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  1. This is less of a personal issue, but the pandemic has also motivated many cities in the US to reconsider how they design and plan out their cities. This is the longest time in a while a city such as Los Angeles could see unpolluted skies and roads without congestion. It would be insane to fall back onto our normal ways after this pandemic is done. Some American cities have decided to join the "Open Streets" movement and convert car-oriented roads to be more equitable to pedestrians and bikers. A lot of public transportation projects have also been sped up with the reduced traffic; more recently the BART extension to San Jose has been completed, while the LA Metro Purple Line project is ahead of schedule by seven months.
  2. Not to mention that some soldiers are never deployed in a combat zone, and even when in a combat zone, only a small amount of them see direct combat. A ton of jobs in the military have nothing to do with combat, such as being a cook, software engineer, chaplain, mechanic, and so on. In some cases, certain military personnel get what is basically a glorified desk job. It's part of the reason why it's so hard for the small amount of soldiers who do see combat to come back home – not only is it hard for civilians to understand what they've been through, but even within the military itself. And if you're part of the National Guard branch of the Army or Air Force, you essentially see no combat at all. The National Guard is there to perform peacekeeping duties and respond to natural disasters and acts of terrorism at home.
  3. The Newbie Dash episode is honestly what put me off from RD's Wonderbolts arc. It was just such a poorly written episode with a poorly written lesson that contradicts the episode anyways. The whole episode was over Rainbow Dash trying to stand out because of her embarrassing nickname and trying to suppress her emotions, while most of the story could have been resolved had she acted on her embarrassment and stood out by explaining her issues sooner. Rainbow Falls was another poorly written episode, too. The intended lesson was that one should be loyal to one's friends, but RD never gets the chance to properly express her problems, and Twilight acts with hostility towards RD and guilt-trips for practicing with the other team rather than try to understand her motives. It's just a very unfair dilemma for RD.
  4. On another note, I personally don't understand why people assume everyone on the left is against gun ownership. It's the liberals in the Western world that want to restrict gun use. Socialists such as Eugene Debs, George Orwell, and Malcolm X were not opposed to Americans, especially minority communities, owning guns for community self-defense. Especially with the police abolition/defunding movement, more and more people should consider that idea for public safety. Of course, I am for reasonable gun control, but we shouldn't allow violence to be monopolized by the state.
  5. lol, I made that post four years ago so I honestly can't remember on the top of my head. I haven't been involved in Pokemon for a few years now.
  6. You may be misunderstanding what personality actually is. Making random sarcastic quips or comedic punchlines is not effective characterization. People, especially inexperienced writers and roleplayers, treat personality like a shopping list of likes, dislikes, flaws, and traits. Poorly characterized characters are often simply one-dimensional and forgettable because stories fail to explore any of their emotional nuances. What are their motivations and goals? How do these characters respond to conflict, and how do they resolve it? How do they develop as a character in the long term? If Link can be sarcastic and sassy, that's fine, but if it's not reflected in how he reacts and resolves conflicts or why he developed such a trait in the first place, then it's just poor characterization that really does not go anywhere.
  7. The Swiss K31. The 1874 Sharps: Arisaka Type 99: And the relatively uncommon MAS-49:
  8. The issue is that megacorporations simply cannot replace governments in real life. The closest thing was the British East India Company, but even they were ultimately under the control of the British Empire, and they regularly relied on bailouts from the government to stay afloat during economic downturns. Governments are not made to be efficient or profitable. There's also the issue that someone needs to print the money, and how exactly you can profit from that. The very reason that companies are companies is the same reason why it would be difficult for even PMCs today to completely replace military operations and logistics. The US spends a ton of money to keep its military afloat, far beyond the reach of even the largest corporations.
  9. I mean...I've seen even stronger cases of celebrity worship when I lived in Asia. K-pop stanning has been a fairly recent meme but it is all too common in the home country of South Korea, though they are called "sasaeng" instead of stans (Eminem not being so popular in Asia, after all). Mukbang was another trend that started in South Korea where people would watch celebrities and influencers consuming a ton of food on camera. And fashion is such a huge industry there. A lot of these trends have bled over into the Western world as well. What I'm saying is that celebrity idolization is hardly something that is unique to the US and is just as prevalent in other countries. Celebrity idolization is hardly exclusive to mainstream media as well. It's just as common on sites such as YouTube or Twitch. There are plenty of people online who are obsessed with PewDiePie or Ninja. Certain YouTubers, as we've seen with ImJayStation or the Paul Brothers, could be just as snobbish and petulant.
  10. You know, looking back at the older posts, a lot of them aged very poorly. Now that the virus has gotten considerably more severe in the US, trips outside are basically either to walk the dog or buy groceries. My dad still has his job and is able to work from home, but the economy as a whole is not doing well and there are several friends that have lost their jobs. Some of the restaurants are at risk of bankruptcy, and most of the "small business" loans failed to even get to them. And now there are anti-lockdown "protests" going on in California. It might get far worse here before the virus finally starts to slow.
  11. Eh, a post-money world is something that is largely stuck in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, because of one simple thing: every commodity has value. Money has been here since the beginning of civilization. Yes, before that, we relied on barter economies. But many modern economists today will point out the inherent inefficiencies of barter, and at some point, humans will end up pegging goods to something in particular. Even tribes thousands of years ago ultimately ended up bartering with cowrie shells or crops, which basically became their "currency". It's a bit telling that Star Trek is relatively non-descriptive on how a post-money economy would actually work, and the portrayal of Federation credits in the show is very inconsistent at times. Money doesn't just disappear in non-capitalist economies, either. Even if theoretically, income inequality ceases to exist and everyone lives in a classless utopia, humans still have different wants and needs, and so they will spend their money in different ways, including spending more or less of it. There's also major questions such as how society would deal with resource scarcity, and managing resource production if there is no one to direct it – not the free market of capitalism, the central planning of socialism, not even the worker collectives of anarcho-syndicalism.
  12. A dark sky doesn't literally mean that the sky is dark, just that there is a lack of artificial light pollution. Many observatories and radio telescopes are located in dark sky regions, away from civilization, to minimize light pollution.
  13. It's still entirely possible for German civilians to receive a firearm license. You need to get either a competitive shooting license, a collector's license, or a hunting license, and each one has different criteria. For the first one, you can get a yellow competitive license which allows you to own as many non-semiautomatic long guns (shotguns and rifles), with a limit of two firearm purchases per six months. The only requirement is that you're part of a gun club, have taken a gun safety exam, and have no felony and mental illness record. Those who are actively shooting for at least a year can apply for a green license which allows two handguns and three semi-automatic rifles, as long as they are not "military grade". Germany has 19.6 guns per 100 people, and around 1.4M Germans own guns. Hardly as common as the US or even Canada, but it's still a sizable amount. My family actually does own a few guns, though; two handguns, a bolt-action rifle, and a shotgun. We live in California, so gun laws are fairly stringent relative to most other states.
  14. Well in the red. California is highly urbanized, so there isn't many dark sites in the state. My hometown is San Jose but I live in Santa Barbara to go to college. I used to live in LA as well and the high light pollution and poor air quality makes it near impossible to see anything in the sky. It doesn't have to be this way, though. City policies can do a lot to reduce light pollution; a lot of the small cities in Arizona such as Flagstaff actually use LED lampposts that face downward and some homes there have exterior shades to prevent interior light from going out. Flagstaff is one of the few cities that is considered a dark sky location, and the effects can be pretty dramatic; for comparison, Cheyenne has the same population and area as Flagstaff but has more than ten times the light pollution.