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  1. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Fairy Tail.........what about it is rough to you? My Hero....so far yes, I'd say worth it. I think it does what Fairy Tail wants to do but better. You still have all the normal shonen tropes but...

    Fairy Tail.........what about it is rough to you?

    My Hero....so far yes, I'd say worth it. I think it does what Fairy Tail wants to do but better. You still have all the normal shonen tropes but the characters have actual growth. In most cases anyway. Some characters, I'm still waiting on them to not be total shitheads cough Bakugo cough

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  2. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Finally finished up Fairy Tail. Now making my way through My Hero Academia. Initial impressions....gorgeous animation. Good characters for the most part. I'm only up through the Hero Killer Stain...

    Finally finished up Fairy Tail. Now making my way through My Hero Academia.

    Initial impressions....gorgeous animation. Good characters for the most part. I'm only up through the Hero Killer Stain episodes though. Bakugo needs a good ass whupping. Like....I get physical violence will only make him madder but he needs to be knocked down a few pegs. His treatment of Deku and then everyone else, just not as bad......reminds me of Draco Malfoy. I'm sure there's more backstory that will make Bakugo more understandable but right now, I genuinely dislike his character.

    Also....Mineta.....what a pervert character. I'm fine with the occasional cheeky pervy joke every now and again but his entire being seems to be centered around copping a feel of one of his female classmates and even Midnight and the detail he describes them in is.....whew lads.....I don't dislike him as much as Bakugo because you can tell Mineta has some redeeming qualities but I can't abide someone being THAT perverted.

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  3. Comment on Blade Runner and personal identity in ~humanities

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    This issue crops up in the Destiny franchise and has proven quite polarizing among the fanbase. I'll try to be vague to avoid spoilers for any of those interested but the basic story is that a...

    But another philosophical issue that is raised in the film – and to some extent in a more interesting way than in the book – is the issue of personal identity and its connection with memory. Does what you can remember make a difference to who you are?

    This issue crops up in the Destiny franchise and has proven quite polarizing among the fanbase.

    I'll try to be vague to avoid spoilers for any of those interested but the basic story is that a beloved character is killed off by a certain Prince. The player character embarks on a mission of vengeance ultimately succeeding. To quote Morpheus, Fate was not without a sense of irony and the Prince is reborn, only with no memories of his previous crimes. Shunned by the only people who would welcome him, the Prince turns to some shady individuals for shelter and support.

    Although the Prince's resurrection was telegraphed because Bungie isn't as smart as they think they are, the player base was very divided. Many players wanted to kill the Prince again. They wanted no redemption for this character and for him to continue to pay for his crimes.

    Others, like myself, felt that the Prince had, in fact, paid. With his life. He was basically executed by the player or an allied NPC while the player stands to the side. His rebirth, while maybe not celebrated, should've entitled him to the same rights and privileges it did every other Guardian in the game. After all, no Guardian ever has any memory of their previous life and, for all we know, our Guardians could've been mass murderers.

    This particular character is shunned and treated like an outsider because he committed a crime in a previous life but he has no memory of this crime. He has no idea why he's treated like that. Other Guardians even killed the Prince out of spite, his status as a Lightbearer meaning that he would be resurrected again and again.

    Over the course of the game, the Prince has began to earn the trust of certain NPCs and the game is clearly setting him up for a larger role.

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  4. Comment on World of Warcraft players are hosting sit-in protests after Blizzard allegations in ~games

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    Going through the Reddit threads on this, with many verified current and former Activision Blizzard employees confirming their stories of this behavior……. Just infuriates me I’ve only been playing...

    Going through the Reddit threads on this, with many verified current and former Activision Blizzard employees confirming their stories of this behavior…….

    Just infuriates me

    I’ve only been playing Blizzard games for a few years now so I don’t have the same level of loyalty and attachment to Blizzard a lot of players do but…..

    I can’t even log into WoW right now. I’ve thought about logging on to participate in the “sit in” that’s going on but that’s still a log on, still time that Blizzard gets to put on to their player metric sheets.

    I can’t right now.

    I work nights. I’m about to get off here in the next 10 minutes or so. Normally I’d go home, feed the hounds, then hop on WoW for a couple hours before bed.

    Not today. Not until Activision Blizzard is cleaned from the top down until everyone responsible is gone.

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  5. Comment on Scream (1996) in ~movies

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    I’ve never been a huge horror film fan but Scream was one of, if not, the first horror films that I genuinely enjoyed. While the first is definitely superior to its sequels, I don’t mind 2, 3, and...

    I’ve never been a huge horror film fan but Scream was one of, if not, the first horror films that I genuinely enjoyed.

    While the first is definitely superior to its sequels, I don’t mind 2, 3, and 4 and will usually binge all of them around Halloween as a sort of personal tradition.

    There’s a fifth film in the works that brings back the major original players

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  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Mass Effect Legendary Edition The Mass Effect series is easily my favorite video game series of all time. I bought every game and DLC when it came out originally, every game and DLC on PC, and...

    Mass Effect Legendary Edition

    The Mass Effect series is easily my favorite video game series of all time. I bought every game and DLC when it came out originally, every game and DLC on PC, and still bought the Legendary Edition. Why? I don't know. I guess some part of me is voting with my wallet. THIS is the sort of content I want developers making. Strong, narrative focused RPGs. I don't mind multiplayer or "Live" services so long as they're complimentary to the single player experience and not required for maximum enjoyment. Mass Effect 3's multiplayer was a good example of this. Something fun, contributed to your War Effort but in no way required.

    Back to the game itself......it's like visiting old friends for me. Sure, nothings changed. The dialogue is the same, the choices are the same. But in this crazy last year, there's something cathartic for me about going back to the Mass Effect universe.

    The QoL changes BioWare are welcome. The Mako does handle a bit better although the terrain of most planets leaves something to be desired. The combat isn't Mass Effect 2/3 levels of good but it's still better than the original. 4K/60FPS on the Series X is a dream. Taking my time playing 1 just because.......don't want it to end I guess.

    World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Classic.

    I didn't start playing WoW until late in Legion's lifespan, right around the 7.3.5 patch. So despite BCC being old hat for a lot of people, it's a completely new experience for me.

    As a Paladin main, the whole combat system is vastly different than I'm used to. Seals and Blessings and the emphasis on auto attacking is so much different than the current "generate Holy Power, beat face" of BfA and Shadowlands.

    The leveling is much slower and I have mixed feelings on it. Like I'm enjoying the slower pace, enjoying coming to a new area and seeing a bunch of exclamation points denoting new quests but part of me also wants to get to all the important levels. 30 for my first mount, 60 so I can get to the actual TBC content. Instead, I'm languishing in the Ghostlands which wasn't my favorite even in Retail leveling BUT the slower pace means I do feel somewhat like I'm actually contributing to the Sin'dorei slowly reclaiming their homeland instead of when I flew through it leveling on Retail since heirlooms trivialized both the XP and the difficulty.

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  7. Comment on Our digital pasts weren’t supposed to be weaponized like this in ~tech

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    Would you happen to have a guide or process for this? Scrubbing my online presence is something that I've been considering doing myself. I'm just not sure how to even begin

    Would you happen to have a guide or process for this?

    Scrubbing my online presence is something that I've been considering doing myself. I'm just not sure how to even begin

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  8. Comment on You got a one way ticket to 200 years into the future. Do you go? in ~talk

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    I wouldn’t be able to resist. The allure of the unknown of the future would be entirely too enticing to me. The chance to see what the future looks like, to see how humanity develops, what...

    I wouldn’t be able to resist.

    The allure of the unknown of the future would be entirely too enticing to me. The chance to see what the future looks like, to see how humanity develops, what advancements in technology there are

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  9. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    I'm starting therapy on this Friday. I'll start going by myself to see how things progress and I'll reassess after some time. As far as talking to her about it, no. It's partially because of how...

    I'm starting therapy on this Friday. I'll start going by myself to see how things progress and I'll reassess after some time.

    As far as talking to her about it, no. It's partially because of how much I try to avoid confrontation because I doubt it would be well received by her. I think, in her mind, she's not doing anything wrong because she's only wanting to spend time with me. And there's nothing inherently wrong with spending time together but it's getting increasingly difficult for me to have time just to myself which is something I desperately need.

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  10. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    Sure, for the purposes of this, I'll use her initial "K" Just to be clear, K is a wonderful person with many fine qualities. She cares about people, almost to a fault, and is willing to bend over...

    Sure, for the purposes of this, I'll use her initial "K"

    Just to be clear, K is a wonderful person with many fine qualities. She cares about people, almost to a fault, and is willing to bend over backwards for her family, my family, and friends.

    But K wears her emotions on her sleeves and has zero problem telling anyone and everyone exactly what she thinks whether or not anyone has even asked for her thoughts combined with a bit of a temper. This has lead to K getting into serious conflict with virtually every one of my immediate family members. On two separate occasions, I've had to literally pick her up and carry her out of a situation. One time she was trying to go after my stepfather, the other time it was my brother.

    I'm the complete opposite. I'm diplomatic to a fault. I abhor confrontation and go out of my to avoid it and try to keep the peace. My grandmother used to say I had the "patience of Job" because of how far I'd let my brother push me before retaliating. But, in the last couple years, I've begun to wonder if I've enabled her behavior and now any pushback from me only upsets her and makes things worse.

    Many of my friends no longer hang out with me or have ghosted me completely specifically because of K. They either had issues with her directly or didn't care that I respected her wishes on certain things like spending time together. I wouldn't go so far as to say that she's manipulating me in an effort to isolate me but she is very codependent. There are very few things I can do that she doesn't expect to be involved.

    Just recently, we got into a pretty big fight because K wasn't invited to a dinner I went to with my mother. She felt "excluded" because it was the second time I had gone to dinner with my mother where my girlfriend wasn't invited. The first time was intentional. It was intended to be a mother-son dinner. Something we'd rarely ever done before. The second time wasn't. My mother and I planned dinner earlier in the day and here's the kicker, my mother explicitly asked if we were bringing spouses and K was flying that day. I showed K the screenshot of my mother asking.

    K got upset over not being invited to a dinner she literally couldn't attend because she wasn't even in the same country. There was no intent to exclude K. It's just how things shaped up for that particular day. But no matter how I tried to explain it, she was convinced that it was intentional. Funnily enough, K isn't even that fond of my mother. They've had their issues over the years(what mother and daughter in law don't though?) but K largely only tolerates my mother. I honestly didn't think it would be that big of a deal for her not to be there.

    I've given up hobbies because it's just easier than having to deal with her. I used to LARP but practices were Sundays and K would get upset if the possibility existed that she might have to fly out when I wasn't home. She wanted me to stay at home with her until the very minute she left. Then my time was my own.

    I play DnD but the nature of my job means I have pretty limited availability. I have to check with K to make sure she'll be ok with me going if she's going to be home that day/night. I've outright cancelled going because she was unhappy with the day DnD was going to be played on.

    A couple weeks ago, I went over to my best friends house for a night of pizza rolls and gaming. Just two buddies living out high school for a night.

    They literally negotiated what time I could go over to his house. She was flying out the next day and didn't want me to leave too early. And when I did leave, she was noticeably upset.

    I used to have my Xbox/TV in a different room where I could game and not block the TV she usually watches. She wanted me to move the Xbox into our bedroom so we would "at least be in the same room together". But now I can't play Xbox when she's home because she's usually watching that TV. So I don't play a lot of online games that require chat because I don't want her in the background of my chat nor do I always feel comfortable chatting with her around.

    I know I've painted a fairly bleak picture here but, again, she really is a good person. She's just reached this sort of codependency on me and she does not like being separated from me. She didn't used to be like this and it's starting to wear me down feeling like I can't do anything without her approval or say so.

    There's more but I feel like I've rambled on enough at this point. These are the bigger, most recent issues that bother me.

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  11. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2021) in ~talk

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    I'm going to my first therapy session this next week. Not really sure what to expect and if I'm being totally honest, part of me is worried that the therapist will tell me things I've already...

    I'm going to my first therapy session this next week. Not really sure what to expect and if I'm being totally honest, part of me is worried that the therapist will tell me things I've already figured out.

    Like.....the sources of my stress are not secrets to me. Why they're stressing me is what I'm trying to figure out. How best to address them. Because if I wanted to go scorched Earth, breaking up with my girlfriend is probably solution number 1. But we've been together 12 years, at this point, and I don't want to toss that sort of relationship unless I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's the reason I feel like I do all the time.

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  12. Comment on Gearbox threatens to leave Texas over anti-trans bill in ~games

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    As a Texas resident, and someone who has to Gearbox’s studios to play test a few games over the years...... I applaud this move. I would be sad if they left. Play testing games at a big studio...

    As a Texas resident, and someone who has to Gearbox’s studios to play test a few games over the years......

    I applaud this move.

    I would be sad if they left. Play testing games at a big studio like Gearbox is a fun time.

    But if I had the resources to leave Texas, and honestly the country, I probably would

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  13. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    I would agree wholeheartedly. From what I know of the man my dad killed, what little my dad spoke of after a few too many drinks, the man was largely a career criminal by the time he was killed. A...

    I would agree wholeheartedly.

    From what I know of the man my dad killed, what little my dad spoke of after a few too many drinks, the man was largely a career criminal by the time he was killed. A long criminal history, thefts, burglaries, drug use. He apparently had a warrant issued for robbery in another city just the day before after he assaulted an elderly woman and stole her car. None of these things my dad knew at the time of the shooting so I don't think they factored into my dads approach of the situation. Bear in mind, I'm not saying any of these things justify his death.

    But I believe it's important to put more context to the situation. Why did he turn to this life? Was it purely out of necessity? Survival? Addiction? Enjoyment? I don't know. I agree with you that if we did a better job, as a society, taking care of folks, perhaps there'd be less people who turn to crime. That number will never be zero. No matter how generous a society is there will always be those who seek to take advantage whether it be for need or greed. But a more generous society would likely see that number greatly reduced.

    I've lost faith that such a thing will happen in the USA though. Too many people in too many positions of power and importance are too set on maintaining the status quo. Tom Cotton saying that America has an "under incarceration problem" was just mind blowing to me. Imagine that....the country that jails more people than any other country, especially black people, was somehow "under incarcerating". Considering Cotton is fairly popular Republican, I can only assume his viewpoint is probably shared by many within the Republican party and those that follow their ideals.

    I understand that this likely makes me sound like a hypocrite given the defense of my father and the fact that I work for a police department as a 911 dispatcher but I'm not blind to the facts of how police departments have largely acted. I genuinely believe that the role of police is to be one of service to the public. I want to see police return to that role. To stop actual criminals and to stop killing people because of perceived threats that end up not having existed in the first place.

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  14. Comment on Florida’s new transgender sports ban permits schools to require "routine sports physical examination" of the students' genitals, genetic makeup, and testosterone levels in ~lgbt

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    Americans, by and large, do take sports way to seriously. I live in Texas where American Football is pretty much next to religion in terms of importance to a lot of people. If you ever have the...

    Americans, by and large, do take sports way to seriously.

    I live in Texas where American Football is pretty much next to religion in terms of importance to a lot of people.

    If you ever have the time, give the movie, Friday Night Lights, or it's spin off TV show by the same name a watch. It's exaggerated but only slightly. Texas has high school football stadiums that can fit thousands of people and a few of them cost millions upon millions of dollars to build.

    When I played, 2002-2006, there were rumors that one of the schools in our district was illegally recruiting middle school kids to play for them but since it kept our area significant, the school district looked the other way. That's just rumor that was never substantiated but it did seem suspicious that the school in question seemed to get all the best local talent even when there high schools closer or those kids would up and move to get within that schools district.

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  15. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    Apologies on the delay for the response. I work nights and thus, my days tend to get a little blurry. To your point about Walmart....I don't know. I would assume them being so tightfisted about...

    Apologies on the delay for the response. I work nights and thus, my days tend to get a little blurry.

    To your point about Walmart....I don't know. I would assume them being so tightfisted about theft is a key reason they have half a trillion in revenue. When I worked at Sam's Club during high school, they put a tremendous amount of importance and work literature on "reducing shrink" or what product was lost due to damage or theft to the point that it actually affected the employee bonus structure. Too much shrink and our yearly bonus check would either be reduced or eliminated entirely. Shitty as that is, it certainly kept most of the employees vigilant especially when it was getting close to bonus check time.

    Regarding the duty to retreat, you may have a point but my dad was doing the job he was hired to do. Stop and/or prevent thefts and other crimes from occurring on Walmart grounds. Walmart certainly cared enough to hire him to stop or prevent those sorts of things from happening. Could my dad have simply let the guy go? Sure. Then he would've been fired from Walmart from doing so. As far as my dad was concerned, his Walmart part time was a usually easy gig that helped him feed and cloth four growing boys. Certainly not something he expected to find himself in that sort of situation.

    Perhaps it's just how I'm interpreting your response and you're not actually meaning it this way but why is it all on my dad? Why does the man that came at my dad with a crowbar over such a paltry amount bear no responsibility? I never knew the amount but in all likelihood, the man would've gotten a ticket at most. My father chose to stop a thief but that thief chose to attack my dad. The man didn't run away. It wasn't a peaceful situation that went bad. He didn't come at my dad unarmed. As soon as my dad attempted to stop him, he came at my dad with a crowbar, a tool that can absolutely be a deadly weapon. My dad didn't immediately draw his gun and only went to the gun after the peaceful/non lethal efforts were exhausted. In order to "retreat" was my dad supposed to turn tail and run?

    For what it's worth, after the shooting, my dad quit Walmart so that he'd never be in that situation again. The investigation cleared him of any wrong doing. A Walmart full of customers, employees, and cameras helped make sure the investigation had a clear picture of what happened. It still eats at my dad. He knows the man's name. His date of birth. What the time of death was. He had a copy of the CD that had the camera footage home and spent hours watching it over and over trying to figure out what he could have done differently. I snuck it out of his room and watched it because I had to know the truth myself. He got off the streets as soon as he was able(he now works as a detective covering thefts/criminal mischiefs/hate crimes) but unfortunately turned to alcohol to help him cope rather than seeking legitimate therapy and is now a full blown alcoholic. He is a stubborn old fool, if I'm being honest.

    Regarding your career in mental health, I read your response to the other Tilderino. I'm probably going to sound more antagonistic than I mean to but do you have any other examples that would be more comparable to the situation my dad found himself in? Otherwise, it's somewhat disingenuous to compare that situation with my dads. Five on one, in an enclosed shower room, presumably with no other patients around so far less risk of innocents being harmed as opposed to my dad who was by himself and had to act with the welfare of the Walmart customers and employees in mind? Sure both situations were involving armed individuals but you had a significant advantage in numbers, more available strategies to deal with such situations, and a staff trained to deal with that exact sort of situation. It's 100% fair to question the police's overall ability, or inability, to handle mental health subjects but that's not the situation my dad was in. He had no way to know what the mans mental state was prior to contacting him.

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  16. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    Gonna be "that guy" here but if my dad, a 25 year police officer, wasn't allowed to carry a gun, he'd likely be dead. He was working a part time for a local Walmart in a rougher part of town when...
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    Gonna be "that guy" here but if my dad, a 25 year police officer, wasn't allowed to carry a gun, he'd likely be dead.

    He was working a part time for a local Walmart in a rougher part of town when a suspect tried leaving the store with a handful of items. One of those items was a crowbar. When my dad went to stop the suspect, the suspect came at my dad with the crowbar. Dad went for the tazer, had no effect. Guy was hopped up on something. Dad went to his service pistol. One shot. Right through the heart.

    If he didn't have his gun, my dad likely would've been seriously injured or killed by a druggie with a crowbar.

    I don't disagree things gotta change. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad my stepmother was able to call me and say "Your father was in a shooting. He's ok but he did end up killing someone. Just wanted you to hear it from us first in case it hits the news"

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  17. Comment on Loki | Official trailer in ~tv

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    I tend to agree with your perspective on this. I’m a sucker for a good redemption story and Loki’s MCU journey was a pretty good one. It might be a stretch to say he was completely redeemed but he...

    I tend to agree with your perspective on this.

    I’m a sucker for a good redemption story and Loki’s MCU journey was a pretty good one. It might be a stretch to say he was completely redeemed but he definitely changes from someone who is totally committed to his own goals and desires to someone finally at peace with his brother and willing to fight for Asgard’s future.

    I genuinely hope we see Loki still make that journey albeit differently this time because, while I think evil Loki is a good villain, I greatly preferred Loki as he was at the end of Ragnarok

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  18. Comment on Godzilla vs. Kong - Discussion thread in ~movies

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    Enjoyed it overall. Perhaps less than KotM but more than the first Monsterverse Zilla Maybe I’m being overly sappy(not something I’m generally accused of) but I’ve grown weary of films where...

    Enjoyed it overall. Perhaps less than KotM but more than the first Monsterverse Zilla

    Maybe I’m being overly sappy(not something I’m generally accused of) but I’ve grown weary of films where monsters/mechs/aliens/heroes/villains are wantonly destroying everything in sight and likely killing hundreds or thousands of innocents and overmatched soldiers. I had hoped part of the reason for finding Hollow Earth was to lure Zilla and Kong there and let them slug it out with minimal risk to Humanity.

    Alas, Hong Kong became their playground.

    I did appreciate that Kong and Zilla, more or less, seemed to make their peace with each other. Zilla rules the surface, Kong rules the Hollow Earth.

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  19. Comment on The Suicide Squad | Official trailer in ~movies

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    “Shark Guy” Aka King Shark https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Nanaue_(New_Earth) In this film, is voiced by none other than Sylvester Stallone Also, if you love him in this, give the new Harley Quinn...

    “Shark Guy”

    Aka King Shark

    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Nanaue_(New_Earth)

    In this film, is voiced by none other than Sylvester Stallone

    Also, if you love him in this, give the new Harley Quinn animated with Kaley Cuoco a try. King Shark features fairly prominently as one of Harleys friends/allies and it seems Gunn has pulled at least some of that version of Shark for his movie.

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  20. Comment on Do any other US citizens think of emigrating? in ~talk

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    Huh.....my great grandfather was Irish and great grandmother Hungarian. The last I looked, though, I couldn’t claim Irish citizenship because my dad hadn’t done so, either for himself or me. Far...

    Huh.....my great grandfather was Irish and great grandmother Hungarian.

    The last I looked, though, I couldn’t claim Irish citizenship because my dad hadn’t done so, either for himself or me.

    Far as I know, I have no legal ties to either country. I wonder if their might still be some way