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  1. With the internet market we can get any paint, including Model Masters and it was still more readily available in store than most other brands. Testors was available, but once we could easily get better products we did. People will pay for quality products, look at the following MRP has, and it is only available from a couple places. So I think Testors declined because they offered an inferior product in a market with many better options.
  2. We will have to disagree on that. My father was in Vietnam and later in Germany. I'm sure he would say he was at war when he was in Vietnam in 1968, he wouldn't say he was at war in Germany in 1972. My Iraq tour during the surge was war, the one in Kuwait is not. Plus the Cold War is still going on to an extent. Before I switched services in 06 I was in the USAF and spent 2004-05 at Thule, Greenland on a radar site keeping a lookout for Russian missiles. In 2018 I jumped into a DZ in Latvia as part of Swift Response which is all about deterring Russia. If COVID hadn't happened I'd likely be in Europe now for Defender 20, which was going to be the biggest movement of troops from the US to Europe since the Reforger exercises in the 80s. We have aircraft interceptions of Russian bombers, and we have Russian fighters playing games with our aircraft too. So not much has really changed we just don't call it the Cold War now.
  3. That depends on what the measure of liberal or conservative is. My opinions haven't changed much, but 10 years ago I would have been considered a moderate-conservative while today with the same opinions I fall more on the moderate-liberal part of the scale.
  4. To go back to the topic of COVID, it sadly looks like today will be the worst day so far for the US with over 2500 dead with increases in several states. The latest IHME model projects 60,000 dead by August but with 45000 so far and still at over 2000 a day I don't see how that's feasible. We are only seeing an increase in the percentage of deaths with testing numbers. It is up to 5.5%, and if that trend continues we will see at least 1000 dead a day for the next few weeks at least.
  5. I know what he said, and he again tried to use his service as an appeal to authority. As if being on a ship in the 80s makes him an expert on political systems.
  6. There were wars in that time, Korea, Vietnam, even Grenada. Those can be considered the proxy wars of the Cold War, but we never went to war with the Soviet Union thankfully. That doesn't diminish the service of those who served in that time it's just reality though. There are things now that aren't very different. You can get a GWOT-E medal for sitting in Kuwait, but you aren't at war.
  7. I should have said incidents, usually involving aircraft straying into the wrong airspace. We had some shot down and we shot down a few. From what I can tell the last Navy aircraft was in 1955 though.
  8. To win the war between Ukraine and Russia, in case you weren't paying attention to what's been happening in Ukraine.
  9. Did you catch where he said he is rooting for Russia? That's not out of context that a pretty clear statement, he wants Russia to win. But go ahead and pretend he didn't say that.
  10. Sorry but I have to disagree, there was tension and there were noncombat incidents. It wasn't war though. If there isn't combat, it's not a war.
  11. They got close, that's just like combat. Who on CNN has advocated for the abolition of all private property and one party elections?
  12. It's not those on the other side of the aisle. Here is a quote from Tucker Carlson "Why do I care … what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?” “And I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am?”
  13. Obviously you didn't, and maybe I missed it but I don't recall any naval battles with the Russians during the Cold War. Communism as in the Soviet communist state is a single party government with ownership of everything. No private property, so private business, no democratic elections, etc. The textbook definition is the people own everything, there isn't even a state but that definition is of a theory not any large scale reality. Either way I don't think you find CNN advocating for either definition.
  14. I have no problem with people who don't share my views, I don't like people who throw out words like communist without understanding what that means. If you choose to only accept news you agree with that's your choice, but it's a good idea to hear many viewpoints and make an informed decision.
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