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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    1985 was better for one simple reason:

    I'm a lifelong Giants fan but even I appreciated the 1985 Bears. Sweetness, Mike Singletary, the Fridge, and Jim McMahon wearing his headband. It didn't get much better than them.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Not in 1985. Please pay attention to the thread topic.

    You stated that terrorism killed more Americans than Communism in your lifetime. That was not limited to 1985 and had to include the Vietnam War thus your comment was simply wrong. Moreover, terrorism worldwide in 1985 was just as bad as it is today (if not worse) statistically speaking and that is on top of a murder rate in the United States that was twice what it is today, and death's due to armed conflicts around the world much higher than they are today, and of course the threat of the Cold War at the time. Anyway you slice it, from a statistical perspective we are much safer today than we were in 1985. I would suspect that we will be much safer in another 30 years than we are today too.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    1985 was a better time in many ways from my perspective. I grew up in a small town where I roamed the woods and fields around my home hunting a fishing. Since 1985 the US population has gone up almost 25% and we have a lot less nature in our back yard and in our lives. The area I grew up in is 6x more populated and the fields and woods are now neighborhoods and shopping centers. People are migrating towards urban centers and frankly I cannot understand those folk. I hate the growing population trend and our overcrowding(imo).

    Kids spent a lot more time outdoors then and now they all seemed to be glued to some form of electronic device. About the only time I stayed around the house and played with electronics is if the weather was bad, otherwise I was outdoors.

    The US was a lot less paranoid back then. I was once stopped as a teen in the 80's riding my ATV down my street with my new 12 gage shotgun in hand. I was taking it to show my best friend and a policeman just happened along. He pulled me over, checked to make sure the gun was unloaded, handed it back and then lectured me about riding my ATV on public roadways never once mentioning the gun. Today, at that age and in that situation I would probably find myself surrounded by police with guns all pointed at me or worse.

    Americans seem to be pitted against each other a lot more today than in 1985. At least in my neck of the woods it seemed we viewed it as (we) the US vs the bad people around the world. We seemed to have a sense of community that stretched the entire country. Now it seems Americans focus more negative attention onto fellow Americans than outside parties. It wont be long and we may start devouring our own.

    However the 80's hair! Oh how I hated the hair styles of the 80's. Much of the early 80's music wasn't much better lol.
    Excellent post.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    You stated that terrorism killed more Americans than Communism in your lifetime. That was not limited to 1985 and had to include the Vietnam War thus your comment was simply wrong. Moreover, terrorism worldwide in 1985 was just as bad as it is today (if not worse) statistically speaking and that is on top of a murder rate in the United States that was twice what it is today, and death's due to armed conflicts around the world much higher than they are today, and of course the threat of the Cold War at the time. Anyway you slice it, from a statistical perspective we are much safer today than we were in 1985. I would suspect that we will be much safer in another 30 years than we are today too.
    We aren't talking about wars. And Korea wasn't during my lifetime. If you want to start a thread complaining about Johnson sending American boys to Vietnam, please do so.

    In 1985 planes weren't being flown into buildings. In 1985 people weren't shooting up schools. You feel safer now. I was safer in 1985.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Step By Step was released in 1990. We're talking about 1985. New Kids didn't make the charts until Hangin Tough in 1988.
    Yet the formed in 1984 and released their first album in 1986, so I used the weighted average method in response to someone who praised Guns and Roses that didn't have their first album release until 1987

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Yet the formed in 1984 and released their first album in 1986, so I used the weighted average method in response to someone who praised Guns and Roses that didn't have their first album release until 1987
    You mentioned them before he gave his list of bands he liked. You mentioned them in post 122.

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Please. One Direction is so much cooler than New Kids on the Block.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    You mentioned them before he gave his list of bands he liked. You mentioned them in post 122.
    So I did. You really are not very good at smack talking are you? Bet you had a Joey poster instead of a Donnie poster on your wall.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    So I did. You really are not very good at smack talking are you? Bet you had a Joey poster instead of a Donnie poster on your wall.
    No, because in 1988 I was 26 years old and married. This isn't about talking smack. This is about music in 1985 compared to 2015. Nobody heard of New Kids in 1985. And they were not a mainstream adult group. They appealed to teenage girls. I wasn't a teenage girl in 1988.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    So I did. You really are not very good at smack talking are you? Bet you had a Joey poster instead of a Donnie poster on your wall.
    From what I know of tres the poster was probably Leif Garrett or Shaun Cassidy.
    Last edited by Lutherf; 02-17-15 at 10:46 AM.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I'm a lifelong Giants fan but even I appreciated the 1985 Bears. Sweetness, Mike Singletary, the Fridge, and Jim McMahon wearing his headband. It didn't get much better than them.
    I was in grade school at that time and a huge fan, I kept pestering my parents to buy me sunglasses like McMahon's. And when I finally played varsity football in high school I wore a headband and everyone on the team called me Mac even though I wasnt a QB. lol

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