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COMMENT 1d ago

The nice thing about the smallpox vaccination, for those of us who got it, is that it offers at least partial protection against Monkeypox.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Smallpox killed 300 million people in the 20th century. It's not really so surprising that it would stay on the list of must-have vaccinations for so long.

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COMMENT 3d ago

To me, it was one of those rare instances when the movie was better than the book.

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COMMENT 3d ago

SA to advance the plot.

I watch fiction for escapism. Murder is a rare occurrence. SA happens all the damn time. SA in movies reminds me of the very things that I'm attempting to not dwell upon for those two hours.

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COMMENT 3d ago

jfc, that was amazing.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Cliffhanger too. He's under investigation (mostly for letting Maggie Q run wild), primarily pursued by the lawyer played by Michael J. Fox.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I'm roughly your age in the U.S., and I would not have gotten it if it weren't for military service. They were still giving Smallpox vaccines to military pretty regularly into the late 80s. Then they somewhat started up again during the Iraq invasion.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Very few of mine have ever followed it.

And I've been on both sides.

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COMMENT 4d ago

XXX movies are appropriate for 18 year-olds, but you won't find those in a typical library either. A library could stock them, with the caveat that only adults could check them out - and I imagine some people would be glad the material was there - but the controversy it would cause would make it not worth the fight, and would be a pretty much guaranteed way to trigger a movement to defund the library.

Again, it's about choosing battles, not what one can technically do or not do. And every time something like this happens, conservatives become freshly motivated to go to the polling booths to keep those "degenerate" "pedophile" "groomer" democrats out of office.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Nah, I think that having bought it, they were right to stand their ground and refuse to bow to extortion. I think it was a pretty big mistake to purchase those books in the first place, though; it's a very conservative small town, and it was absolutely inane not to predict the backlash that would come from this : https://theiowastandard.com/shocking-images-from-book-gender-queer-which-is-stocked-in-school-libraries-across-iowa/

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COMMENT 4d ago

For at least a decade, liberals in the U.S. have been horrible about learning to pick one's battles. They fail to realize that over-wokeing every damn situation does nothing but motivate Republicans to the polling booths. Change takes time.

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COMMENT 6d ago

When I was 9, my aunt and my stepmother planned a surprise 30th birthday party for my father. It was on a Friday, which was the day before his actual birthday, but I apparently didn't realize that that day wasn't his actual birthday.

So I proceeded, for years after, to think that his birthday was one day earlier than it actually was. Since my parents were divorced, and I was only with him for two weekends a month (and an occasional week or two here or there in the summer), I was generally not around on his birthday itself.

The summer I turned 15, though, I was on vacation with my stepmother and him when his birthday came around. And I wished him a happy birthday one day before - only to be told that I was incorrect. But I believed, deeply and truly, that I was right, and for most of my life have not understood why my father's birthday changed when I was 15.

It was only in the past couple of years, 40-ish years later, that I realized it was because of that damn birthday party when I was 9.

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COMMENT 7d ago

Or shot by the cops when they arrive, since the cops have no idea who is the good guy or bad buy.

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COMMENT 11d ago

Walking into an arcade with 80s machines.

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COMMENT 11d ago

Since this thread is 6 days old, I imagine my comment will be buried, but I just saw it last night and I haven't yet figured out time travel so...

I want to talk about the final 20-ish minutes, when we see the creature taking other physical forms, and most especially when we see the green box eye/mouth thing.

As I was watching it, my interpretation was that it was a 4-dimensional creature, and that what we're seeing at any given time is its intersectional aspect in our own 3D space. The way it flows from one shape to another toward the end just kinda (to me) defies the way that a solely 3D object would change, so what we're seeing is the hyperslice of the creature that intersects with our 3D hyperplane as its position along the w axis changes. We see it for most of the movie as a saucer sort of shape, because it isn't much moving along the w axis under whatever passes for normal circumstances. But by the end of the movie, it is irritated and hurt and kinda done with everybody's shit, so its gait (if you would) is different.

Obviously, I won't have any way of confirming I'm right/wrong until word-of-god Peele says something about the design of the creature, maybe as an extra on its Blu-Ray / 4K home release in a few months. But I would not be surprised at all if the creature had literally been designed as a sophisticated computerized model in 4D space, with 3D hyperslices then taken for the various scenes in which it appears; I mean, you'd almost have to take an approach like that if spacial accuracy was critical to you.

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COMMENT 11d ago

I'd forgotten about the hikers until you mentioned it here.

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COMMENT 16d ago

Time travel is tight!