The best decade

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  1. Le Chef

    Le Chef Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    In my lifetime, I'd have to agree ethat the 90's were the best decade:

    During the ’90s, the only American-led war in the Middle East was the one that drove Saddam Hussein’s invading army out of Kuwait with a ground campaign that lasted a mere 100 hours .... Peace, prosperity, order — and American culture was vibrant and healthy as well .... What is the most remarkably successful literary creation of the last several decades? The Harry Potter novels, the first three of which appeared in the ’90s .... The quality of television radically improved. “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons” had their premieres in 1989 ...then with “The Sopranos,” it proved that episodic television could accommodate major ambition and actual brilliance, ushering in an enduring new (cable) TV era.

    More here from the NY Times.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ny...best-decade-ever-the-1990s-obviously.amp.html

    National Review has a similar appraisal of the 90's.

    The 10's = ww1, 20's I guess were good, 30's = depression, the 40's = ww2, 50's was Korea and the arms race, 60's = race riots and Vietnam, 70's = stagflation and Iranian hostages, 80's = Iraq war, 00's = Afghanistan.

    Now we are in a soft civil war. All of us hate about 50% of our co-citizens.

    We did have a bad scare in the 90s with the .com crash, but other than that, pretty great.
     
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    For better and for worse, I've lived more in the last 7 years than in all that came before. So this is the best decade of all.

    As for the arms race, that was in the 50, 60s, 70s, and 80s. In the 90s, we began to worry about the former Soviet coming unglued. Nuclear weapons sites were abandoned by guards in search of food. There was a serious threat of terrorists getting a nuke.
     
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    In the 90s we saw the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo

     
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    Yeah, you know I've been thinking it sucks we can't have an extended period of peace, like a Pax Romana, which no doubt sucked for slaves. I've been uneasy about the world situation my whole life. The early 70's were pretty idyllic for me personally, but even then kids were getting killed and maimed in Vietnam. That wasn't over until '75.

    Now that firearms and bomb making technologies are plentiful and pervasive and everybody's really pissed off about something, except in China and North Korea, where they can't own guns or protest, we are maybe destined to suffer periodic disasters. I'd like to believe things will get better, but ....

    One really successful guy I know reads nothing but the sports pages and what he has to read for work. I can't fix Syria or Yemen or Israel or Washington DC anyway, so maybe that's the best approach.
     
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    I'm really enjoying the technology we have now, and hope to see much more positive technology to be developed.
     
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    I dont use it as much as millennials, and I complain about it, but I was in Guatemala for 3 weeks and was miserable without it, LOL.
     
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    Just after 1970, I believe, we still had public air raid tests and drills in school. Even as a little kid I understood the futility of hiding under our desks if there is a nuclear attack. And all hell could have broken loose at any moment quite a number of times. So the threat was very real. The drills were at 10:00 AM, the last Friday of the month. One day I was home alone for a time. I was thinking it was a Saturday and my mother had run to the store or something like that. Suddenly, at about 9 AM, the air raid sirens started screaming. Immediately I had the realization that this was no drill! I was outside at the time and had run into the garage to check the time. When I saw it was about 9 AM, and not 10 AM, I knew it was only a matter of 20 minutes or so before the Soviet missiles would hit. So I sat on the washing machine and was waiting to die. I was terrified and all alone. But then, after a minute or two, the sirens started winding down. And before long, it was silent. No boom, no blinding light, no rushing wind. I could only hear birds tweeting away. Only then did I remember that it wasn't Saturday, it was Friday and we had a special Holiday. And it wasn't 9 AM, it was 10 AM but the garage clock had not been moved ahead for DST.

    That is definitely one of the more memorable moments of my early childhood. More than not, most people figured it was just a matter of time before one of us started WWIII. And we all lived with that awareness every day.
     
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    In the 1970s we had two episodes of gasoline and diesel shortages. This had a huge impact on me and helped to determine the course of my career and my life. Even long before we knew about climate change, the vulnerability of the US to petroleum shortages made petro an unacceptable fuel source. The risk was far too great to tolerate. It was a threat to national security and our way of life. Of all people, Carter actually authorized the use of tactical nukes in the field when the Soviets were poised to sweep across the ME. It was the only time since WWII that the use of nukes were authorized by the President. And he was forced to do this to protect our oil supplies. It was clear that sooner or later, the need for energy would lead to a nuclear war.

    As a result of this, I spent a great deal of my life to date working to help solve the energy problem - to find a clean option to petro. And I finally did find the solution. Carbon-neutral fuels derived from algae will make petro products obsolete.

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    The 90s

    Presidency of George H. W. Bush[edit]

    Presidency of Bill Clinton[edit]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_history_(1990–2009)
     
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    America has always been energy independent, there was a recession from carters socialism and creating a fuel shortage was the only way to make Americans spend for a better economy.

    the best decade came shortly after that under Ronald Reagan's capitalism.

    it will take a decade to fix the last train wreck of socialism that ended in 2016, so around 2026 will be the beginning of the next best decade.
     
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    Or you can choose to believe reality.
     
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    Anything would be anticlimactic after that.
     
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    Duck and cover worked very well at my school. Not a single kid was killed by an atomic bomb ... as far as I know.

    I like this one guy at a picnic who ducked and covered with a piece of newspaper.

     
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    My thoughts keep returning to the days { decade } of my childhood.
    The 1950's.Arguably the most American and wholesome period in
    Modern History.It also provided us with Color TV's and TV shows that
    stood out.Movies were great but the 60's were best.Moms and Dads were
    in top form and didn't act weird let alone trendy.
    Music did make a difference as Rock n Roll was making inroads.
    The Beatniks of the late 50's were doing their artsy fartsy best to get
    noticed.Science Fiction Movies were great.Even the cheesy ones.
    I mean,Stephen King also thought so.There was No Fast Food.
    Just honest to goodness real whole foods.Moms were cooks and
    Dads cut the lawn and worked around the garage fixin' stuff.
    You'd never catch a father out in public unshaven with dirty shoes
    and clothes.Actually not even around the house.most often.
    Kids joined the Cub Scouts then the Boy Scouts.Had paper routes.
    Came home for supper when called.No back sassin' was allowed
    as to what was served for dinner.You ate yer vegetables or couldn't
    leave the dinner table w/o eating most everything on yer plate.
    Sodas were not allowed at dinner.It was Milk for the Kids or
    Iced tea or coffee for the grown-ups.Maybe beer for pops in the summer.
    Moms of the 50's did not drink beer.It was very unfeminine.And if they
    did it was just sipping on a beer at a picnic.
    There's a reason fuddy-duddy Archie and Edith Bunker sang :
    - Those Were the Days - to start each sitcom.
     
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    I remember that. And you're right! I don't remember a single person being killed by an A bomb. I guess it did work!

    In the cub scouts, I got to tour a then decommissioned, previously secret, underground Nike Missile base. It was right there in our back yard for two decades, and we never knew. It just looked like rolling hills. But those rolling hills opened up.

    We had marked fallout shelters at the local high school. But I never saw inside of one.
     
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    During my Grade school { Catholic Parochial } we had Air Raid drills.
    Which encompassed basically getting on the ground behind your wooden
    desk and maybe Praying while the loud bell blasted.
    We also had eraser fights in school before class.I once got caught
    in an eraser fight with a classmate and had to stay after school.
    The Nun who ran the class decided we should finish the eraser fight.
    However,I'll never forget what happened.The kid I had the eraser fight
    with just so happened to be the Teacher's { Nun's } pet.He had problems
    at home with an absent father.He was also the biggest brat in class.
    Yet this New Nun { her first year teaching } decided to take sides in the
    after school eraser fight.She was joining sides with her pet and
    was throwing erasers at me.I kid you not.
    Right there could a been,grounds for therapy in later life.
     
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    I take it back, that was in Boy Scouts. The missile silos were next to a military base and we were allowed to pitch our tents on the beach, on the base. Because of the tour we had to pitch our tents on the beach after it was dark. The next morning, we all awoke to scorpions in our tents and even in some sleeping bags. We had pitched our tents on a giant scorpion nest - or a community of nests.
     
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    that sounds like heaven filled with lily white Christian angels

    who ruined America's decade of utopia?
     
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    that was because the nun is not allowed to fornicate, so it made them sadistic and the catholic men masochistic.

    in the Protestant religion it is the direct opposite, which is why America was able to defeat england for freedom.
     
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    Did you know any poor people at this time?
     
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    Yes I can remember all the warning signs

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    We even had this posted on the wall of my fathers shop:p. Loads of people read it seriously until they got to the last line :D
     
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    You could tell the rich kids in the class - they were the ones with shoes!!
     
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    Yeeek!

    And you lot think Australia is full of venomous critters! ;P

    Though I do confess to taking a tent down and finding an Eastern Common Brown snake curled up underneath!
     
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    decrease supply, increase demand.

    What Is the Law of Supply and Demand?

    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/law-of-supply-demand.asp
     
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    Liberals.
     

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