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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.
  15. Your reference to CNN as the communist news network says enough. That you think the opinions of those on the other side of the aisle are communist is telling. The people who believe what it is on Fox don't know that it isn't accurate. They believe it, they aren't smart enough to look at multiple sources and have an informed opinion so they believe what Hannity tells them to believe. You are right, I don't think too highly of the people who only get their news from Fox.
  16. It's killed more people in the US in the last month than car accidents do in a year, but continue to downplay it.
  17. I do like NPR. There is certainly bias in cable news going for ratings over truth. Print media is a little better, the WSJ and Washington Post are still good sources
  18. Based on daily averages the number one cause for the last two weeks is COVID. It's not just NYC. Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Orleans, and other parts of the country have been hit hard. The number of viewers has nothing to do with accuracy or quality, even though they are interesting to watch at times. Most of the time they are so far from accurate it's almost funny, but I don't mind hearing opinions I don't agree with. They have a large audience of people who only want to hear opinions they agree with, so anything that doesn't match their worldview is "fake news", or as you put it communist.
  19. I don't understand their logic at all, I don't think anyone does. I really hope they don't end up killing a lot of people, and that somehow it works but what they are doing doesn't make sense. They still have hundreds of new cases diagnosed a day, even though they fall well behind the average for testing so it's safe to assume they have thousands more not being diagnosed.
  20. This isn't a one or the other issue. We have to take very strict precautions for the virus, while doing what we can to keep the economy going. You don't have to downplay the severity of the virus which is what is happening with media like Fox News to acknowledge the economic impacts or the risks that come with keeping people isolated.
  21. Based on just testing the US is just over 5%, but it is certainly a lot lower which is why I said 1%, even at 0.5% we would be looking at 1,000,000 dead to get to 60% exposed with immunity.
  22. Look at the Smithfield plant South Dakota for what can happen quickly in a small town. The stay at home orders will have to be lifted and things will open, but it has to be done wisely. Georgia is a prime example of how not to do it, they are reopening movie theaters, restaurants, tattoo parlors, barbers, nail salons, etc all at one. I will be shocked if they don't have a huge resurgence of cases.
  23. Again you won't find many credible scientists saying that at all. Herd immunity from a vaccine is possible, but with the mortality rate of this virus a natural herd immunity comes with an unacceptable cost. Those young people come in contact with older people, plus the number of high risk people in the US is greater than the low risk population. The top comorbidity with COVID is obesity, and that's 40% of the adults in the US. Plus we have 50 million over 65. There aren't enough low risk healthy people in the US to even get to the minimum of 60% to get to herd immunity. I am not saying a complete lockdown, but the idea that we should promote herd immunity by letting the disease go is not an idea any credible scientist is promoting.
  24. I agree, the problem is the millions of people who won't listen to anything but Fox. Sadly the Fox viewers tend to be older and the ones most likely to die from COVID, and they are being told it is nothing.
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