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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Old Man in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Here's an article discussing the differences in the two autopsies.
     
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/george-floyd-autopsies-death-homicide-details/
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Ranxerox in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Sure, the murderer got caught ... by the cell phone carrying public.  This cop had been 18 prior complaints filed against him with internal affairs, and yet he was still working for the  Minneapolis Police Department.  It took him killing a man in broad daylight in front a score of witnesses taking cell phone videos of the whole thing for the Minneapolis PD to do anything.  Yes, by all means, lets give the Minneapolis police department a big round applause for a job well done.  I wonder if they catch robbers or if they just wait for civilians to tackle them and then collect the robbers and take the credit.
     
    Sarcasm aside, people are right to protest.  We need lasting structural reform of our police departments in order to counteract systematic racism, and officers with multiple complaints against them like Derek Chauvin shouldn't still be working in law enforcement.  These changes will not happen if people settle for charges being brought against Chauvin and call it a day.  They also won't happen from a some sternly worded letters to the editor, or peaceful speeches that the local newspaper might mention on page eight if even there.  No, for change to come, people are going to have to be loud and forceful.  They are going to sometimes have to refuse to disperse just because law enforcement told them to.      
     
     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Old Man in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Yeah, you can see the one guy ward off the skateboard aimed at the goober's head.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to zslane in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I can't say I was that impressed with Shazam! Don't get me wrong, it was competently made, I just don't think I was its target demographic. The whole conceit of a kid driving a (super-powered) adult body, but still thinking and acting like a kid, was something that just didn't appeal to me all that much (as an older adult). That concept was cute when it was just a light, fluffy, dramedy starring Tom Hanks back in 1988, but it just didn't resonate with me as a narrative vehicle for telling a superhero story today.
     
    Aquaman was another movie that a lot of people liked but left me fairly disappointed. While it had a lot of very comic-booky moments that I could appreciate, it was full of too much dumb stuff (most of the underwater action, for instance) for me. Plus I just can't get on board with this particular depiction of the character's personality. I don't care for Miller's bumbling, socially awkward Flash, and I don't care for Momoa's crass frat-boy Aquaman either.
     
    I always thought Cavill and Affleck were good choices for Superman and Batman respectively, but I agree with Spence that neither really got to play those characters (except for Cavill who got to be Superman for Justice League's final act). I thought Cyborg was well conceived and executed in the movie, but he was weighed down with too much brooding angst, and I think that really marred what was otherwise a terrific portrayal. That leaves Gal Godot who takes the award for best portrayal as I feel she embodied--and more importantly, was allowed to embody--the character of Wonder Woman in all her powerful, compassionate, thoughtful glory.
     
    Apart from a by-the-numbers, CGI-heavy Final Battle, the Wonder Woman movie did pretty much everything right, and in some cases showed flashes of cinematic brilliance. That's why, in my view, it stands head and shoulders above all other DCEU movies.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    This just in: There were 12 monkeys in that troop . . .

     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    This just in: There were 12 monkeys in that troop . . .

     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from assault in Coronavirus   
    This just in: There were 12 monkeys in that troop . . .

     
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Simon in Coronavirus   
    Sadly, not much good to update:  she's been moved to hospice.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Lord Liaden in DC's Stargirl   
    *Shrug* The examples I gave had nothing to do with screaming over racism, or screaming in general. Except in the sense of cheering and applauding a positive depiction of their "group" and what they value that they almost never had before, without denigrating any other group (well, maybe a few gentle digs).
     
    I suppose my own experience informs my perception of this situation. I came to manhood in one of the very few places and times in modern Canada or the United States where a white, middle-class, heterosexual, English-speaking male could experience even a little of what it feels like to be a minority: the French-majority Canadian province of Quebec during the 1970s.  Constantly being told, in a few large but many subtle ways, that you're an outsider, you don't belong, what you are makes you somehow less.... it alters how you think of yourself, and everyone else. It can weigh on you, fill you with self-doubt and resentment; or it can spur you to try harder, to show those others how wrong they are. And when you see something or someone bucking that trend, making a statement that who and what you are matter and have value, you feel proud. If I hadn't had that experience I never would have grasped that.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Cygnia in In other news...   
    Are you sirius?
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Don't be ridiculous. Trump is obviously Chaotic Evil.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    She's entirely too good at what she does to be safely ignored, IMO. She's the best propagandist press secretary the administration has had.
     
    Watch this carefully:
     
     
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Cygnia in Coronavirus   
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I guess it depends on if you see them as primarily guns rights advocates or  [insert fringe group or militia du jour here], with guns rights going along with some other primary agenda like white nationalism masquerading as originalism.  I think it's more of the latter, personally. The guns rights crowd has its fair share of goobers, but I don't think that's the primary focus of the groups mentioned in the article.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to ScottishFox in Coronavirus   
    My last couple posts were in response to Old Man's claim that the USA has 1/3rd of all cases on Earth.
     
    My point is - No, we don't.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Starlord in Coronavirus   
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Pariah in How to "Jailbreak" a Kindle Fire 8?   
    Haven't done it. Here's a guide, which isn't a guide, but links to guides:
     
    https://liliputing.com/2019/01/amazon-fire-hd-8-2018-you-can-root-it-and-unlock-the-bootloader.html
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Cygnia in Coronavirus   
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Old Man in Coronavirus   
    See what I mean?
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    The doctors in question work for Accelerated Urgent Care . . . I think I'll stick with the recommendations of immunologists and infectious control specialists.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Starlord in Coronavirus   
    Got my $2400 a few days ago for additional Ohio unemployment back pay from the CARES Act.  This is on top of my regular unemployment pay which has been quick and on-time since the beginning, no problems whatsoever.  Also, due to get our stimulus checks on the 30th so this will be a pretty good week for the Starlord family.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to assault in Coronavirus   
    The population of Australia is only slightly smaller than that of Texas.
     
    We have what is probably a more intensive lockdown than Texas.
     
    Our current number of deaths: 83.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    Very not safe for work rant:


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