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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School Ollie 1962 View Post
    I have no obligation to accept lifestyles that go contrary to my personal beliefs. And I no longer allow others to make me feel guilty or ashamed for my beliefs either.
    I'm not sure what makes you think that someone else's lifestyle is yours to accept or not accept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    I feel the same way as well, but I also suspect for some reason that celebrity is dying. I have seen the point brought up a many a time when talking about the film industry that there aren't any real movie stars anymore.
    I don't think that celebrity is dying as much as the nature of it has changed. People like Kim Kardashian are famous for what exactly? And yet she's a celebrity.

    I think with movie stars specifically, the days when you could have a hit movie just by having a certain star in it are pretty much over, but that has more to do with how people consume media these days. A fan might think say "Bobby Handsome" or whoever is the greatest ever, but not want to go to the theatre. They'll just buy all his DVDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    I don't think that celebrity is dying as much as the nature of it has changed. People like Kim Kardashian are famous for what exactly? And yet she's a celebrity.

    I think with movie stars specifically, the days when you could have a hit movie just by having a certain star in it are pretty much over, but that has more to do with how people consume media these days. A fan might think say "Bobby Handsome" or whoever is the greatest ever, but not want to go to the theatre. They'll just buy all his DVDs.
    Movies are slowly but steadily reaching into that baseball/football game upper-echelon region of entertainment that is pricing out more & more people. Now I want a full-blown Michael Bay like spectacle when I go to the movies.

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    The so-called reality TV shows are staged.

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    I like watching Dateline on NBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    The so-called reality TV shows are staged.
    I don't think that's an unpopular or controversial opinion. If it is, something is very wrong with everyone.

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    I don't feel sorry for people who walk down the street texting--oblivious to their surroundings--who get mugged or run over.

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    The Monkees should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There! I said it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    The Monkees should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There! I said it!
    They were the first rock 'n' roll group I liked as a little kid, so yeah!
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    The US' fixation on sports is a key factor in its moral decay in general, and the erosion of its educational system in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    The Monkees should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There! I said it!
    I agree as well!

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    I love the Monkees, but considering they didn't write the songs or play the music on most of their tracks, they were basically four actors, three of whom also sang.

    Not sure that's really enough for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Miller View Post
    DS9 is a bit of an acquired taste. I wasn't a big fan first run, but after a rewatch when I was in college, I really came to appreciate it. TNG actually ended up worse for me on a second viewing.
    I'm having a similar experience, loved TNG when it first aired and pretty much ignored DS9. Started watching DS9 a few months ago, almost to about halfway through season 3 now and while it took a bit to get going, it has some really, really well done episodes on par with or better than TNG's best(an early favorite for me being "Duet". Some really good world building with the Bajorans and Cardassians and some really great character relationships(Bashir and O'brien, Kira and Odo, Odo and Quark, Sisko and Dukat).

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    My 9 year old daughter told me yesterday that a boy she knew became a girl over the summer. It came right after a person that I was watching on Twitter bragged about having a "non-binary kid". This bothered me because I do not believe children are capable of understanding the long term implications of their decisions. They have zero ability to raise themselves. Parents should encourage their children to express themselves but not to the point of changing their gender. Parents should encourage children to identify as the sex they were born as until they reach their teen years when - hopefully - they can truly understand what their decisions mean.

    Boys and girls like to play with things that are typically identified with the other sex, and so do cisgender adults honestly. But children identifying with the opposite sex is something that they can possibly grow out of. They need the chance to grow out of it. If children are allowed to change their gender and even go through hormone therapy they could do irreversible damage to themselves psychologically and physiologically. This is why I see such actions by parents as reckless and harmful. In simpler terms, it's child abuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Star View Post
    My 9 year old daughter told me yesterday that a boy she knew became a girl over the summer. It came right after a person that I was watching on Twitter bragged about having a "non-binary kid". This bothered me because I do not believe children are capable of understanding the long term implications of their decisions. They have zero ability to raise themselves. Parents should encourage their children to express themselves but not to the point of changing their gender. Parents should encourage children to identify as the sex they were born as until they reach their teen years when - hopefully - they can truly understand what their decisions mean.

    Boys and girls like to play with things that are typically identified with the other sex, and so do cisgender adults honestly. But children identifying with the opposite sex is something that they can possibly grow out of. They need the chance to grow out of it. If children are allowed to change their gender and even go through hormone therapy they could do irreversible damage to themselves psychologically and physiologically. This is why I see such actions by parents as reckless and harmful. In simpler terms, it's child abuse.
    I am by no means an expert, but my understanding is that most drs won't give children hormones for that reason unless there's long ongoing medical/physical purpose determined at birth. I don't know if there's a more proper term than correcting a birth defect, but that's my understanding.

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