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    Was Iroh a war criminal?
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    Alicorn
    Alicorn
    Yes, Iroh was a war criminal. When he obstructed Zhao's mission during the North Pole invasion he became a war criminal.
    About every once a month, I go to a Walmart to see if 3D All Stars is still in stock after Nintendo stopped making more copies since late March. The first few months had 2 - 3 copies left on display, and I didn't go to Walmart last month but did found 2 copies at a different local store.

    Today, Walmart actually restocked a few more copies on display. I don't know whether if the people around this area hates Mario or something, but all those people fearmongering about Mario dying after March and copies being sold on eBay for like hundreds to thousands of dollars really be acting like fools this whole time.
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    DrCoeloCephalo DrCoeloCephalo Here's the pic I took earlier today while shopping at Walmart:
    I still have the images of the previous times I went there as well.
    DrCoeloCephalo
    DrCoeloCephalo
    I bought the game used so I own it without giving Nintendo a cent.
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    People had a good reason to get worried that stores would sell it at ridiculously high prices, but ironically their fear is what ended up making ebay scalpers realize they could sell it at unreasonable prices. Obviously it’s still Nintendo’s fault though.

    Also, to be fair, it’s only been a couple of months after it stopped getting manufactured. The prices probably won’t absolutely skyrocket at stores any time soon but still the game might become pretty rare yet.
    I need a list of movies where the non-US countries are the heroes and the US is the villain of the story. A lot of Hollywood movies are centered around the US since it's Hollywood, so I wanna see something where the movie portrays the US as the villains and it's up to another country to stop them whether if it's a fun spy movie or actual propaganda.
    Politics on twitter has conditioned me to want to see someone mourn the loss of a republican figure followed by ratio replies.
    I was going through my image files to delete some stuff and stumbled upon an image related to Smash that I completely forgot.


    Speculation was at its most engaging for me when this was made. It's kinda sad looking at the current state of speculation due to the lack of leads on DLC and the repeat of the same topics being discussed throughout Vol 2, and I don't expect it to change even when E3 is over.
    John Cena apologizes to China for calling Taiwan a country was not something I expected to see today.
    After Chauvin was found guilty, people on twitter were bringing up a 16 year old black girl getting shot and killed by a white cop in Columbus. People were saying the girl in question was an honor student who was threatened by another girl and had a knife on her to protect herself and got killed by a cop for no reason, which you could tell got a lot of outrage. Then the bodycam footage came out, and as it turns out, she and another guy started attacking 2 girls in front of the cop. The guy kicked 1 of the girls on the head, and she was about to stab 1 of them but got shot before she could do it. A good amount of people I followed who liked and retweeted stuff around the incident went radio silent on the topic when the footage came out and kinda just ignored it.

    There are a great amount of instances where cops commit terrible acts and need to be taken down for their actions like the officer that killed a guy for failing at his Simon Says game and the cops that pepper sprayed a 9 year old girl, but that cop in Columbus isn't 1 of them. It's unfortunate she died, but she never should've tried to do what she did in the first place.
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    "Even if she had a knife, the officer should have known how to easily disarm her and handcuff her"

    Maybe, but this is a split second decision the cop had to make. She already had the girl on 1 hand and was ready to stab her with the other while the cop was a bit too far to grab her. I'm not sure how effective a taser could be in this situation, so I won't comment on that. He could try to run and tackle her down or get her knife out of her hand, but if he isn't fast enough, that girl would've had a potentially fatal stab wound on her. In those moments, he shot her until she no longer posed a threat, and it did look like the other officers attempted to keep her alive while being shouted at by the people near them. If he decided to go up to her while she was down and shoot her in the head or let her stab the other girl and then shoot her, that's where it'd be out of line and deservedly call it police brutality.

    "they're supposed to be protecting people"

    Which that cop did do. He protected another person from harm, even if it meant the attacker unfortunately died from their wounds. As ****ed up as that sounds, an innocent person was saved at the end of the day.
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    StoicPhantom
    In that specific situation I think the call was justified. When you have life and death situations that are measured in seconds you have to make a decision without hesitation. You can make counterarguments like firing warning shots or using less lethal means, but if you guess wrong then that other girl's life is forfeit. The quickest and most guaranteed method to resolve that situation is lethal force as all other methods aren't necessarily guaranteed to have the stopping power to prevent the other girl from being stabbed. It's tragic, but there generally isn't a palatable outcome in these situations.

    Though I do think this is a good example of why the police as a whole need to clean up their act so the public doesn't automatically assume the worst of them even in situations where lethal force is justified.
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    StoicPhantom
    At the end of the day, when you pull a lethal weapon on someone for any reason, you should always do so with the expectation that you are going to die doing so. This girl did just that, and while unfortunate, she ultimately made that decision and suffered the consequences. I don't mean to sound callous, but lethal weapons are no joke. You are pretty much forcing the other person to make extreme decisions in order to protect themselves or others from you. Maybe you just wanted to threaten them and had no intention of harming them, but there's no way for them to know that and wrong guesses can get them killed.
    It was never going to happen, but Sephiroth should've came with Mako Reactor as a stage, music from Pendulum, and Counter Strike spirits.
    Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges. There's certainly a lot of people relieved of the outcome and hope he rots in prison or gets maimed by his fellow inmates, but the most probable outcome will be him getting a cozier time there than others while his lawyers will be on the bat to file appeals. You can't imagine he'd just be sent to the wolves without an array of guards watching over him at all times, and his lawyers will make a case for the jury being pressured into the decision than giving a fair trial. This isn't going to be the last of what we hear of the whole situation.
    It was a pretty fun movie. I was surprised how much focus King Kong got throughout the movie in comparison to Godzilla, and even then, he still gets his ass whooped lmao. All the kaiju **** was awesome, but of course, most of the scenes involving the humans were filler. Some characters didn't really need to be in the film like that 1 daughter who has a dad and got into a conspiracy theory podcast, but at least the little girl and her mom had importance to the story. Also, I really dig Mechagodzilla's design.

    Whenever the next Kaiju movie happens, I hope it involves Gigan or Destoroyah.
    After the Atlanta shootings took place, I saw an article about a rise in Asian Americans purchasing firearms with that shooting targeting Asian women and the rise of Asian discrimination in the US, and as someone who is Asian, it's good to know there's a good portion of Asian Americans taking up arms to fend off against those that are wanting to hurt them.

    Then come a week later, another shooting took place, and there's people pushing ideas to make it harder for people to obtain a firearm, whether if it's psych evaluations, banning assault style weapons, or limiting ammo capacity when there's a shortage going on already. It makes me mad that a lot of people are misguided into thinking these measures would stop criminals from committing violence against others. They always think about the preventative measures to keep a crime from happening, but they don't think about how to stop 1 as it happens. It just makes regular people into easier targets to not only criminals but also police officers and government officials because they're allowed to have a firearm and carry them around while citizens aren't. I get guns look scary, but no matter what, I'd rather have whatever gun I want to protect myself and potentially others than wait for law enforcement to show up and possibly do nothing to stop crime.
    Zachmac
    Zachmac
    But it's proven to work. Countries that have implemented gun control like the UK, Japan and Australia haven't had mass shootings in a looong time, while the US who stubbornly refuses to implement it is plagued by them.

    It doesn't stop violence but it slows it down significantly. It's much harder to stop someone with gun then with a knife, even if you have a gun yourself.

    Prevention is almost always a more effective measure the just waiting for something to happen then dealing with it then.

    We require people to get liscenses to drive cars because they're dangerous. Why is it so crazy to make sure gun owners can safely handle theirs?
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    You know a country that has implemented gun control yet still has a very high murder rate? Mexico. Their gun laws have yet to prevent people from getting both shot and killed, yet we're supposed to believe the US wouldn't be like this despite the private militaries and militarized police forces that exist within the country. The government will disarm citizens but will also turn a blind eye on those groups because they're apparently trusted enough to have them over the common folk, and you're more likely to get shot by a cop than a mass shooter for that matter.

    Gun control is less about keeping the general populace safe as it is more about suppressing them. Nazi Germany disarmed Jewish people and those who didn't believe in their cause to suppress them, and during his run as governor, Ronald Reagan banned open carrying in California because of Black Panthers arming themselves with rifles to stand against racism and police brutality, an issue that's still prevalent to this day.

    The whole point of owning a firearm is to protect yourself from a threat. Sure, you have a 50/50 chance to survive an encounter against a person with a gun, but you do have a higher likelihood of surviving an encounter against a person with a knife or somebody who physically imposes you. Prevention ends up making you an easy target against those who don't follow the law.

    And onto cars. Did you know you can actually purchase a car without the need of a license? Sure, you might need proof of insurance to do so, but it's similar to guns in that aspect alongside the fact that there are people who do misuse them even with a license from hit and runs to drunk driving to vehicular homicide. We don't blame the cars for such things happening, but when somebody misuses a gun or kill somebody with it, people seem to forget about the person who had the gun over the weapon said person used.
    1 year ago today, I ate at the last buffet I'd go to before the state of Wisconsin started locking things down due to COVID, which also happens to be on my birthday. I'm not a downer thinking the pandemic will be here for the rest of our lives because eventually everything comes to an end, and as soon as COVID no longer poses a major threat, the first place I'm going to dine at will be at a buffet. I only hope most of them aren't shut down from everything that's happened in the past year.
    We're over a month into Biden's presidency and twitter went back to turning on him pre-election day lol. They were ecstatic to learn Trump lost believing things will turn for the better only to remind themselves Biden and the politicians within the Democratic Party aren't going to do enough to satisfy their needs other than not being Republican.
    unironically hoping for Fortnite to crossover with Seinfeld just to hear this in a dance emote

    With how insanely divisive Trump's presidential term was, it's really surprising to think there weren't any assassination attempts on politicians that ended up being successful. A lot of them were thwarted pretty easily like the people that tried to send lethal chemicals to Trump through mail a few times or the group of crazies that planned to kidnap Michigan's governor, and the attempts that did actually harm a political figure were unsuccessful like when that 1 republican congressman got shot during a baseball practice game. Even during the Capitol Incident, none of the people that died were politicians. It's like it's either the agencies behind protecting politicians are insanely good at their jobs or politicians are immune to dying.
    Wait Project Triangle Strategy isn't a Square Enix game?

    Edit: okay nvm Nintendo is just publishing the game oops
    Otoad64
    Otoad64
    isn't it?

    I thought in the Direct they literally said something along the lines of "this game from Square Enix"
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    I was just looking at who was credited for publishing it and it said Nintendo which confused me a bit.

    I also learned that DC Super Hero Girls game is also being published by Nintendo so yeah.
    Otoad64
    Otoad64
    I think Octopus Trivago was also published by Nintendo until it wasn't

    pretty sure Square Enix is developing it though
    1 of my biggest pet peeves in any media ever is when a character dies but their faces are obscured from the shot. I get it's supposed to add to the horror of that character's death, but man I just wanna see what their faces look like as they die.
    Janx_uwu
    Janx_uwu
    ...Why?
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    Killing off a character without showing their face kinda just gives me the most curious thought as to what it would've looked like if they showed it, and it bothers me to some degree to be left to interpretation.
    Super Seducer 3 is releasing the day after Valentine's Day. I wonder if anyone actually listened to any of those dating tips from the previous 2 games and managed to have a successful date with them.
    Are there any legitimate downsides to Free Healthcare? The only thing that ever comes up is taxes, but people make it out to be like it's not going to be super costly anyways so what's the worry?
    Wario Wario Wario
    Wario Wario Wario
    Americans care more about money and the economy than human lives. The whole thing with not closing the schools is a perfect example.
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    StoicPhantom
    Not really tbh. Pretty much all arguments against it have been distorting information or only doing half-truths (e.g. tell you it will cost x amount, but not telling you that it will be cheaper than what you currently pay) or some bizarre libertarian morality play. You can't really argue against it on a purely objective basis so most of the opposition is either outright lying about it, trying to spin it as some sort of sin against individualism, or claiming that it is some authoritarian power grab for the government.
    Nothing felt stranger last week than when 1 wrestler got let go by WWE and most redditors on the wrestling subreddit were pretty much glad it happened because of a bunch of bad things he previously said including racism, homophobia, and harassing women previously only for them to turn a 180 after said wrestler revealed his dad passed away last year and was his own worst enemy dealing with anxiety issues to the point he couldn't eat or sleep.

    I wouldn't have expected most of them to double down and be like awesome to hear that happened anyways, but from being glad he's gone to hoping he'll get his issues straightened, the mood switch on that subject was night and day.
    When people say Eat the Rich, do they mean figuratively as in trying to financially bankrupt rich people into poverty or literally by killing them and cannibalizing on their corpses?
    You know there's something up about how Democrats are pro-choice but are against guns while Republicans are pro-life but are for guns. You'd think being for abortion would also mean you're okay with owning a firearm and vice versa, but for some reason, both parties have it switched.
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    StoicPhantom
    To the OP: those are more cultural aesthetics that the parties have adopted and don't really stem from any serious ideology. Inconsistency, hypocrisy, and weird little ironies is the natural result.
    Goomboi
    Goomboi
    I do see your points StoicPhantom, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. So I will hold mine and anyone else can have theirs.
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    StoicPhantom
    Though a part of it, politics isn't necessarily about convincing someone to your opinion and more about hashing out an acceptable compromise. And a part of doing that is to address fears and concerns one side might have about an issue and work on calming those fears in some capacity.

    If the pro-life crowd is concerned about treating abortion as frivolous and inconsequential, then the pro-choice crowd can perhaps work out a compromise that will disincentivize abortion as much as possible by exploring other alternatives. One of which could be not trivializing abortion as just a mere clump of cells being removed. If you wouldn't think of making light of the burial process when a loved one dies as "It's just a lifeless corpse" then perhaps show a little more understanding for how people view life in all of Its stages, whether you agree with it or not.


    If the pro-choice crowd is concerned about women being harmed from medical complications, then perhaps the pro-life crowd can ease up a bit on the whole "baby killer" thing and allow a little room for nuance. Life is rather messy and unfair after all, so perhaps not treating every abortion as avoidable is in order.


    Figuring out a compromise means addressing concerns and hashing out which ones are important and which ones aren't. People can't really do that if they are immediately painting the other as illegitimate and immoral. That kind of binary thinking is only going to lead to this being an eternal cultural battle. There are some topics that aren't debatable, but this isn't one of them.
    Despite how difficult it probably would be to implement, it's a shame Smash doesn't have a mode themed around the Royal Rumble. The inner wrestling fan in me would love to watch a group of 30 comp players try to win a Royal Rumble mode and see how far the early entrants get before losing.
    Wario Wario Wario
    Wario Wario Wario
    IIRC you can have multiple players on one Squad Strike team.
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    You can't replicate Squad Strike with the Royal Rumble. It's 1 big match with 30 players involving 2 people starting and other players entering in certain time intervals, and Squad Strike isn't even a big free for all anyways.
    With Biden officially in office, I have to admit I was expecting Trump to win a 2nd term. It wasn't because lol 2020 but because a lot of things around the DNC and Biden's campaign from him not being as progressive as Bernie to a good portion of people saying he's the lesser of 2 evils to that 1 sexual misconduct allegation to him saying something about not being black for voting against him to that old clip of him saying he wants to cut Social Security decades ago to having a person who was incarcerating people for marijuana use while saying she's for marijuana as VP really could've blown up in the Democratic Party's faces with another major loss in the presidential election once again, and had it not been for COVID, Trump would've probably been president for 4 more years given the election ended up being pretty split rather than a landslide.

    I should be glad Biden won since it's not Trump and there will probably be less tweets and posts about how bad of a president Trump is/was, but I can't say I'm looking forward to how the next presidential election fares with how split this 1 was.
    Ridley64
    Ridley64
    One of the worst thing is that now SNL will have to come up with innacturate politics jokes.
    MarioRayFalcon
    MarioRayFalcon
    Ridley64 Ridley64 Get the thinnest cast member to play Biden and have some deranged MAGA redneck in the stands while he's giving a speech
    When it comes to events like those people entering the Capitol, I always like to think about possible what if scenarios that sound pretty extreme. 1 of those is what could've happened if the National Guard was deployed while things were still red hot and launched a full scale assault against those buffoons to the point the entire White House gets repainted. Would most people and the media praise the National Guard for taking out these supposed terrorists and stopping an attempted coup through sheer force, or would they have been shamed for using such violent methods against their own citizens? It's an interesting and terrifying thought, but it would've also made the US look less of a laughing stock than it was already that's for sure.
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    Zachmac
    Zachmac
    Personally I'm glad things didn't excalate more then they did. I'm of the belief that fatal methods should never be used when non fatal ones are still an option.

    That said, I still believe that day was still a huge failure for riot control. 5 deaths is 5 too many.
    People **** on that 1 congresswoman saying she's going to carry her glock on the capital for saying that and being republican a few days ago, but with what's transpiring right now in DC, I'd want a gun too to keep those ****bags away from me. It's not even like I'm looking to kill bad people; the main thing I don't want to happen is to be killed by them.
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