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  1. MerlinTheGoat

    Star Wars Ep. 9 Thread

    Well the one thing i'll say is that Ian McDiarmid absolutely stole every scene he was in in the previous movies. He was captivating and hugely entertaining regardless of whether he was playing the politician OR the Sith lord. He really is a fantastic actor and made even the most over the top...
  2. MerlinTheGoat

    Star Wars Ep. 9 Thread

    I have always held the opinion that while technically "bad" movies, the prequels are still very entertaining movies. And they have a ton of great concepts and a very solid overall story foundation. The problem was that the execution was botched. Lucas has a lot of primal creative talent, and I...
  3. MerlinTheGoat

    Star Wars Ep. 9 Thread

    Most of the more popular fan theories about her identity WERE objectively better, or at least had elements to them that were more consistent and logical (not to mention more interesting and entertaining) than the official version. So yes many of the "made up ideas" WERE preferable. This would...
  4. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    I don't know if there are statistics on the numbers, but it's certainly a problem. I've witnessed continual longterm psychological torment I can't imagine having to tolerate. From people who should be providing unconditional love and support. I can't imagine how painful and difficult it would be...
  5. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    I have often opted for posting links to evidence for many of my posts on this forum, I generally assume after all that evidence would be better received here than personal anecdotes for trying to construct an argument. However, Stamps has reprimanded me on several occasions for NOT posting...
  6. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    Odds are he thinks it's all fake or whatever... :rolleyes: Then you really missed the mark, these are generalizations about the far right, not Republicans as a whole entity... I started visiting Disney earlier than I was enrolled in school, but after prolonged exposure to the bigotry of my...
  7. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    Everyone's worldview is influenced by their upbringing. But my upbringing was a pretty complicated affair. For part of the first 11 years of my life, well lets just say I was raised around some fairly unpleasant people. My grandmother's side of the family are walking stereotypes of legitimate...
  8. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    What were you wanting specifically from my post? I was sharing some anecdotal experiences due to being raised in a fundamentalist Christian environment. Some of the "logic" behind how radical Evangelicals dance around moral hurdles using the context of the bible's laws and teachings...
  9. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    And to reiterate, even if we were to entertain your "nuance" on what "nationalism" means, that is not what made Candace Owens look like a complete fool. The thing she's in hot water for was her comments that had Hitler kept his aspirations contained to Germany, it was "fine". But that he only...
  10. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    No one was denying that radical Islam is worse, Islam wasn't part of the conversation at all until you brought it up. Radical Islam's insanely violent treatment of homosexuals being worse doesn't make fundamental Judeo-Christian treatment of homosexuals acceptable.
  11. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    In my (rather unpleasant) experiences associating with hardcore fundamentalist Evangelicals, they generally argue that the Bible provides the proper context for when it is appropriate and acceptable to contradict and violate the rules. For example, the 10 Commandments were created quite early...
  12. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    It's delusional to think Candace was the one who came out of this mess looking good. Her right wing base are raging that the clip Lieu played was "taken out of context". It was a short excerpt of a larger speech at the rally, but having watched the fuller context, the comment she's in trouble...
  13. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    My reply was in response to this quote- "When name-calling politicians became an acceptable form of political discourse, we lost a lot of self-respect." Given that calling politicians names has always existed and been "an acceptable form of political discourse", there was never any "self...
  14. MerlinTheGoat

    General political chat

    It has always been considered an "acceptable" form of political discourse. Or at the very least encouraged by society at large, the media AND many politicians. It tends to be an effective tool to help win elections. It isn't new and has been present in America since the country was founded. The...
  15. MerlinTheGoat

    Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway confirmed

    ETwB is of no interest to me, but it seems to take up a relatively small space. Even the smallest classic Fantasyland rides appear to have larger footprints than this attraction. And I assume Tokyo's BATB ride is going to be quite a bit larger than these. Even if you gutted ETwB in favor of...
  16. MerlinTheGoat

    Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway confirmed

    Since this has derailed a bit into a B&TB tangent, figured i'd post this idea (with before and after)- I don't know if this is feasible or not. I tried to stay well away from the utilidor entrance, which I believe is located directly on the backside of Villagehaus, going underneath the...
  17. MerlinTheGoat

    A Spirited 15 Rounds ...

    If you find 74's avatar distasteful (or his overall persona being abrasive), that's fine. But I still wanted to make it clear that the avatar was not intended to make fun of the victim. It's fully directed towards mocking Disney and the weird and twisted up way they addressed this mess...
  18. MerlinTheGoat

    A Spirited 15 Rounds ...

    This. When the attack happened, Disney reacted to the event in a very knee jerk and half-hazard way. They began removing some of the gator/croc references from their property's attractions, but only selectively so. There was a large thread about these changes back when the attack occurred-...
  19. MerlinTheGoat

    A Spirited 15 Rounds ...

    I think there are still some very high quality examples of forced perspective effects outside of New Fantasyland. Both by Disney and Universal. The two Harry Potter lands are extremely good IMO (for the most part). And I think the imagineers did a fantastic job with Cars Land and more recently...
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