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    Ironhold got a reaction from NeuroTypical in 20 year anniversary of 9/11   
    https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers:_Robots_in_Disguise_(2001_cartoon)
    In 2000, Japanese toy maker Takara was in a bind. Takara has joint control over the Transformers franchise with Hasbro, but in the late 1990s the two companies had gotten well out of step with each other. Hasbro had decided to have the franchise move from "robots that turn into cars" to "robots that turn into animals", but the significant delays in producing the second and third seasons of the "Beast Wars" cartoon series forced Takara to create two "filler" shows to keep new content on the airwaves. The second of the two shows, and its tie-in toy line, flopped. 
    In desperation, Takara came up with the "Car Robots" series. Well over half of the toys were reworked versions of existing product, meaning they only had to create a handful of new toys. As part of it, the good guys once more transformed into cars, with team leader Fire Convoy transforming into a Hino Brandlier fire engine. Takara and several other companies were pushing "Burning Justice!" in their content during this era, with over-the-top heroes always arriving just in time to save the day with no small amount of righteous indignation backing them up, and this series was a part of that trend. Given that the hero was a robot who turned into a fire engine, that made the whole "Burning Justice!" bit extra special. 
    In 2001, Hasbro was likewise forced to stick a fork in the "Beast" era since it was done. With "Car Robots" ready to go, they made the decision to go ahead and import the series. Most of the characters were given names recycled from the 1980s assortment, and thus Fire Convoy became Optimus Prime. 
    The first episode aired the Saturday before 9/11. 
    In the aftermath of the attacks, many people the world over found themselves in shock and wanting something, anything, to reassure them that good would prevail, and that heroes still existed in the world. 
    A lot of them turned on their television sets and saw a fire truck robot who always saved the day, no matter how dangerous the odds, in the process reminding the world of the better virtues of life and how evil would lose in the end. 
    To this day I hear people talking about how this one cartoon, one that was pretty much cranked out on the cheap, restored their faith in the world and helped get them through their shock and grief. 
    Always look for the heroes, folks, even if they're fictional. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    The film has *serious* issues with pacing, such that it's very easy to nod off or zone out during quiet - and often critical - sequences. 
    I'd actually recommending stopping the movie every half hour or so to get up and stretch. 
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    Ironhold reacted to mikbone in BYU - Call to Arms   
    I applaud your ability to continue working.  You are a Texan though, so I would expect no less.
    Come to California.  I swear you can be disabled for almost anything here.  
    Responses that I have heard for disability, I am not kidding...
    I'm dumb
    I did too many drugs.
    I have PTSD.  <oh yeah, what branch did you serve in?>  What? oh, I didn't serve in the military.  My mom was mean.
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    Ironhold got a reaction from SpiritDragon in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    At the end of February (right after the massive blizzard here in Texas that took out the power grid), I got sick for a few days. Exhausted to the point that I was only marginally functional, overly sensitive to the level of salt in what I ate, and with my stomach more sensitive than normal. But in time I was back on my feet, and largely recovered. My dad, however, was down for the better part of two weeks with similar symptoms, and never quite recovered; there are days where he'll just sleep. 
    At first, mom suspected that we were dealing with after-effects of the blizzard, especially since we had our fireplace going around the clock; dad and I took turns tending it, so it was possible smoke inhalation combined with everything else. Now, however, she fears that the two of us had Covid (mom was vaccinated before a family trip she and dad took, but dad wasn't), and that my recovering so quickly was because with my history of health issues I've had to learn how to listen to what my body is telling me. 
    Since then, I've had both shots. 
    The sheer level of exhaustion I felt was greater than anything I dealt with during that period where I was sick, to the point that I spent most of the entire next day afterword asleep. I also had cold sweats, nightmares, and nose bleeds. 
    In short, the side effects from the vaccine were worse than what I dealt with when I might have actually had it. 
    After this, I'm not getting another one unless I absolutely have to. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from Anddenex in BYU - Call to Arms   
    To point #1 - 
    Many colleges, for the sake of "diversity", have - deliberately or inadvertently - hindered the ability of men to seek higher education through academia. 
    A key part of this is the infamous "Dear Colleague" letter that the Obama administration issued. 
    The letter was intended to light a fire under colleges to take reports of on-campus rape and harassment seriously, but it led to many colleges essentially running witch hunts. If a young man found himself accused of wrongdoing, the college would presume him guilty even if local law enforcement cleared him. He would not be allowed to even present his own defense, let alone bring a lawyer or cross-examine witnesses. 
    Basically, the college had already determined him guilty just on the accusation alone, and any hearing they did was a formality. 
    This has so terrified many young men that they're avoiding colleges outright. They're either favoring trade education programs (where there are shortages of skilled workers), favoring the protective services, taking internships, using various programs to teach themselves skills, or just going straight into the workforce and giving that a go. 
    Trump's Secretary of Education realized that this was creating a gender divide in higher education and sought to hold hearings on whether or not the "Dear Colleague" letter had done more harm than good, but the very fact that she was even questioning this led to the usual suspects engaging in such manufactured moral outrage - especially when it was revealed that she was in communication with several young men who had their lives altered by false accusations - that the whole thing became a faux controversy. Even though she officially renounced the "Dear Colleague" letter and tried to move the pendulum back to the center, it's pretty much taken for granted that Biden will re-issue the letter if he remains in charge long enough. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Religious Exemption   
    I've had both doses. 
    In both instances, the reaction was so severe that I spent the entire next day basically sleeping on the couch because I was that exhausted, and had cold sweats, muscle fatigue, and even nose bleeds for a few days beyond that. 
    I might have actually had Covid back at the end of February, and I bounced back from that faster than I did from the vaccines. I had low energy for a few days (but still enough to be marginally functional), I was unusually sensitive to how much salt was in my food, and my sour stomach was worse than normal, but I was able to soldier on. 
    I'm not going for a third shot unless I absolutely have to, and even then I'll be registering a protest as I do. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    A few days ago, comic book writer Tom King went on a rant on social media.
    In the "Watchmen" comic, there's a dramatic scene where masked hero Rorschach removes his mask as part of a plea to Doctor Manhattan; former hero Ozymandias outright confessed to crimes against humanity, and Rorschach wants Doctor Manhattan's help in exposing what happened. It ends with Doctor Manhattan killing Rorschach because he, too, feels that what Ozymandias did was for the greater good. 
    King was, if he's to be believed, at a comic convention when he saw someone in a Rorschach costume unmask, likely re-enacting this scene. King freaked out and caused enough of a spectacle that the convention staff were forced to have security eject the costume guy from the venue. King then went on a tirade on social media, and a number of sycophants are agreeing with what he did and echoing similar sentiments that people who don't mask up and people who aren't vaccinated need to be forced out of society. A few were all but demanding that the military go house-to-house and enforce vaccinations. 
    This is the kind of thing that has people worked up, the knowledge that everyone from everyday peeps to various celebrities are *that* ready and eager to see those who they disagree with as sub-human and start removing their rights. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    A few days ago, comic book writer Tom King went on a rant on social media.
    In the "Watchmen" comic, there's a dramatic scene where masked hero Rorschach removes his mask as part of a plea to Doctor Manhattan; former hero Ozymandias outright confessed to crimes against humanity, and Rorschach wants Doctor Manhattan's help in exposing what happened. It ends with Doctor Manhattan killing Rorschach because he, too, feels that what Ozymandias did was for the greater good. 
    King was, if he's to be believed, at a comic convention when he saw someone in a Rorschach costume unmask, likely re-enacting this scene. King freaked out and caused enough of a spectacle that the convention staff were forced to have security eject the costume guy from the venue. King then went on a tirade on social media, and a number of sycophants are agreeing with what he did and echoing similar sentiments that people who don't mask up and people who aren't vaccinated need to be forced out of society. A few were all but demanding that the military go house-to-house and enforce vaccinations. 
    This is the kind of thing that has people worked up, the knowledge that everyone from everyday peeps to various celebrities are *that* ready and eager to see those who they disagree with as sub-human and start removing their rights. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in When we behave as Zion   
    If you'll recall, the Book of Mormon states that Captain Moroni was so righteous that "if all men were like unto him, the devil would have no power over the hearts of men". 
    He was one of the most righteous people in the Book of Mormon, yet was also one of the most brutally effective military leaders and saw nothing wrong with tricking the Lamanites into maneuvering into poor positions. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    A few days ago, comic book writer Tom King went on a rant on social media.
    In the "Watchmen" comic, there's a dramatic scene where masked hero Rorschach removes his mask as part of a plea to Doctor Manhattan; former hero Ozymandias outright confessed to crimes against humanity, and Rorschach wants Doctor Manhattan's help in exposing what happened. It ends with Doctor Manhattan killing Rorschach because he, too, feels that what Ozymandias did was for the greater good. 
    King was, if he's to be believed, at a comic convention when he saw someone in a Rorschach costume unmask, likely re-enacting this scene. King freaked out and caused enough of a spectacle that the convention staff were forced to have security eject the costume guy from the venue. King then went on a tirade on social media, and a number of sycophants are agreeing with what he did and echoing similar sentiments that people who don't mask up and people who aren't vaccinated need to be forced out of society. A few were all but demanding that the military go house-to-house and enforce vaccinations. 
    This is the kind of thing that has people worked up, the knowledge that everyone from everyday peeps to various celebrities are *that* ready and eager to see those who they disagree with as sub-human and start removing their rights. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    A few days ago, comic book writer Tom King went on a rant on social media.
    In the "Watchmen" comic, there's a dramatic scene where masked hero Rorschach removes his mask as part of a plea to Doctor Manhattan; former hero Ozymandias outright confessed to crimes against humanity, and Rorschach wants Doctor Manhattan's help in exposing what happened. It ends with Doctor Manhattan killing Rorschach because he, too, feels that what Ozymandias did was for the greater good. 
    King was, if he's to be believed, at a comic convention when he saw someone in a Rorschach costume unmask, likely re-enacting this scene. King freaked out and caused enough of a spectacle that the convention staff were forced to have security eject the costume guy from the venue. King then went on a tirade on social media, and a number of sycophants are agreeing with what he did and echoing similar sentiments that people who don't mask up and people who aren't vaccinated need to be forced out of society. A few were all but demanding that the military go house-to-house and enforce vaccinations. 
    This is the kind of thing that has people worked up, the knowledge that everyone from everyday peeps to various celebrities are *that* ready and eager to see those who they disagree with as sub-human and start removing their rights. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in When we behave as Zion   
    http://joeguide.com/summaries/second_hand_emotions/
    http://joeguide.com/summaries/second_hand_emotions/misc.shtml
    "Second-Hand Emotions", original air date 31 October 1986 (in most US media markets that aired the "G. I. Joe" cartoon on weekdays)
    Lifeline, the team's medic, is basically a modern version of real-life war hero Desmond Doss. He's a pacifist, but enlisted to become a medic in order to help people. 
    Unfortunately, his father, a Protestant minister (the denomination is never mentioned), is such an extreme pacifist that he disowned Lifeline for enlisting. The only reason he's even spoken to Lifeline after all this time is because Lifeline's little sister is getting married, and as dad is doing the ceremony Lifeline is the nearest biological male relative and tradition demands that he be the one to walk her down the aisle. 
    Cobra spies have intercepted their communications, however, and have arranged to cause a scene at the wedding to humiliate the Joe team and destroy Lifeline psychologically. 
    So 31 years ago we had an episode of a kids' cartoon looking at pacifism and its value during war. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from clbent04 in Too Sinful to Relate   
    "If that ox is in the mire, and you're down there trying to get it out, how long are you going to stay clean?"
    The sad, simple truth is that the further down a person is, the further down you've got to go if you're going to try and pull them back up. As you go down, you'll see things you'll wish you'd never seen. As much as you want to flinch, to turn away, you have to remember that whoever you're trying to reach is *living* down there. 
    Even the first rescue attempt will ensure that you'll never be the same person again. But if you're lucky, whoever you just rescued won't be the same, either. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in When we behave as Zion   
    If you'll recall, the Book of Mormon states that Captain Moroni was so righteous that "if all men were like unto him, the devil would have no power over the hearts of men". 
    He was one of the most righteous people in the Book of Mormon, yet was also one of the most brutally effective military leaders and saw nothing wrong with tricking the Lamanites into maneuvering into poor positions. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in When we behave as Zion   
    If you'll recall, the Book of Mormon states that Captain Moroni was so righteous that "if all men were like unto him, the devil would have no power over the hearts of men". 
    He was one of the most righteous people in the Book of Mormon, yet was also one of the most brutally effective military leaders and saw nothing wrong with tricking the Lamanites into maneuvering into poor positions. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from NeedleinA in Sabbath as a delight... how?   
    I make it a point to make my Sundays as calm and quiet as possible. 
    I listen to a couple of radio shows I like before church, during which I get my online matters knocked out. 
    I have church, then I go to a particular store to get a particular newspaper. 
    Barring any situations that may arise, once I'm home, I'm home. I find a comfortable spot, turn the radio back on, and just chill. I usually read and otherwise just take it slow to recharge for Monday. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from Traveler in Landlords Still Cannot Legally Evict Those Who Do Not Pay Rent   
    I know that property values in my part of Texas (two hours north of Austin) are going up significantly as people move in. 
    Folks are trying to escape New York & California by going to red states, and it's putting a squeeze on things. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from scottyg in Church Handbook - search function?   
    Yeah; it seems like every time they update the church website whoever does it tends to fix more than they break. 
    Basically, once an update goes live, it's 6 - 12 months before the site regains full functionality. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from LDSGator in Where Are All the White-American NBA Superstars?   
    The more "elite" someone is, the more likely they are to claim that professional wrestling is the province of "white trash". 
    In reality, however, professional wrestling is one of the most diverse sports going right now. Not only is it popular in the United States, where you currently have wrestlers of all races and ethnic backgrounds and several top wrestlers are or have been in interracial marriages, it's also incredibly popular in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.
    It's very common to see wrestlers from one country work for a promotion in another country, and in fact right now the big thing in the industry is the "Forbidden Door", an official talent-sharing arrangement between All Elite Wrestling (US), Impact! Wrestling (US), New Japan Pro Wrestling (Japan), Stardom (Japan), National Wrestling Alliance (US / Canada), and AAA (Mexico). A wrestler signed to one promotion could hypothetically wrestle with most of these promotions (Stardom is all-female) if they become popular enough, and in fact All Elite Wrestling routinely features wrestlers *from* Japan as travel restrictions permit. 
    So yeah... perhaps the most diverse sport in the world right now is the one that most people presume only one race are fans of. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    My mom wouldn't stop nagging me, so I got my shot today under the condition that she be there with me in case I had a reaction.
    Today is the only day of the week I don't have fixed plans for work or other activities in the evening, so it's my only real shot. 
    ...But dad decided he had plans for today on top of what mom already had, and so it was close to 2:30 PM by the time I got my shot. 
    On a normal Tuesday, I'd have done my errands around 9 AM, gotten home, and gotten right on my paperwork. Instead, I waited until about 11 AM to give them the benefit of the doubt before doing my own errands because I wanted to give them time, and instead it was 2 PM before they finished up with theirs.
    Had I done things to my schedule, I'd have already been done with paperwork when the office called to let me know some customers hadn't gotten their papers. Instead, I had to drop everything *yet again* to run, re-deliver those papers, and come back. 
    I'm now several hours behind, missed an important message about some people from church getting spoof friend requests (meaning I'm now worried about my Facebook account), and now have a blazing stress headache. It's 6 PM local, and I figure it'll be about 10 PM local before I'm done with what I need to do. 
    This is the kind of snafu I was hoping to avoid, but she just wouldn't stop. 
    She knows I have issues with stress, she knows I'm likely on the autism spectrum to the point that I need to get in to see someone, but she just wouldn't let up. 
    Once again, her drama became my drama, and I'm paying for it. 
    (And no, so much of my paycheck goes for Obamacare that I can't even afford regular medical checkups, let alone rent on a place of my own.)
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    Ironhold got a reaction from Anddenex in Insight from Man’s Search for Meaning   
    In real life, there's something known as "Caregiver's Fatigue". This is a situation where a person puts so much of their time, energy, and focus into caring for others that they have very little left for themselves or those around them. 
    I actually have a deformity because of this. My maternal grandmother had Alzheimer's, and my parents were so busy taking care of the paperwork and legal materials *in addition to* going to the nursing home to make sure she was taken care of that I couldn't get them to understand that the assorted aches and pains I kept feeling were more than "growing pains" or my "not [being] used to physical activity". It turns out that the aches and pains were scoliosis, and by the time I was an adult and in a position to actually get myself to a doctor on my own accord a pretty bad case had set in. It actually got to my hips and legs because of how long my spine was curved, and I'm now looking at multiple rounds of surgery to correct it. 
    Situations like this, where a person is completely drained or where someone's efforts to care for others left them uncared for, are when #2 turns into #1 and people start walking some very dark paths. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from dprh in BYU Hawaii - vaccine required   
    IRL, I'm the entertainment writer for a local family of newspapers. 
    I've had people tell me that they wait to get my review before deciding to see a movie or not. Even if they disagree with my review, they trust that I'm being honest with my opinion.
    In other words, I - as one person - have the ability to influence what people in three counties see in theaters. 
    Never underestimate how much influence you can have with your friends and neighbors. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from dprh in BYU Hawaii - vaccine required   
    IRL, I'm the entertainment writer for a local family of newspapers. 
    I've had people tell me that they wait to get my review before deciding to see a movie or not. Even if they disagree with my review, they trust that I'm being honest with my opinion.
    In other words, I - as one person - have the ability to influence what people in three counties see in theaters. 
    Never underestimate how much influence you can have with your friends and neighbors. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from dprh in BYU Hawaii - vaccine required   
    IRL, I'm the entertainment writer for a local family of newspapers. 
    I've had people tell me that they wait to get my review before deciding to see a movie or not. Even if they disagree with my review, they trust that I'm being honest with my opinion.
    In other words, I - as one person - have the ability to influence what people in three counties see in theaters. 
    Never underestimate how much influence you can have with your friends and neighbors. 
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    Ironhold got a reaction from dprh in BYU Hawaii - vaccine required   
    IRL, I'm the entertainment writer for a local family of newspapers. 
    I've had people tell me that they wait to get my review before deciding to see a movie or not. Even if they disagree with my review, they trust that I'm being honest with my opinion.
    In other words, I - as one person - have the ability to influence what people in three counties see in theaters. 
    Never underestimate how much influence you can have with your friends and neighbors.