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10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:04:08 PM »

Liberty Slipping: 10 Things You Could Do in 1975 That You Can't Do Now
In 1975:

1.You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID.

2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.

3.You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID

4.You could buy a gun without showing an ID

5.You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government.

6.You could get a job without having to prove you were an American.

7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID

8.You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who called you.

9. You could open a stock brokerage account without having to explain where the money came from.

10. You could open a Swiss bank account with ease. All Swiss banks were willing and happy to open accounts for Americans.

There are thousands of other examples.The monitoring is in place all that is required from here is the clampdown.

The differences, between now and 1975 in the business sector are even more prevalent. In recent years, in industry after industry regulations and prohibitions have been poured on top of free markets. It doesn't look like things will get any better in years to come. Eventually, the economy will suffocate and collapse, if this continues.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/07/liberty-slipping-10-things-you-could-do.html

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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 10:41:52 PM »
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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013, 10:44:10 PM »
interesting Famous..

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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2013, 11:07:48 PM »
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4 (don't ask. Seriously don't ask)
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still applied as of February 2013.

Awww.  Come on, EC.  We want to know all about #4.  (Pay no attention to that NSA guy)

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013, 04:54:08 AM »
Awww.  Come on, EC.  We want to know all about #4.  (Pay no attention to that NSA guy)

I'm sticking my tongue out at you right now  :laugh:

Actually - no big deal. Went to visit an old mate of mine in Texas. We were going hunting for a few days, so I picked up a rifle and a few rounds in the car park at a gun show. No ID needed, my face obviously looks honest and the cash moreso. It's nicer not to have to fiddle with the sighting of someone else's rifle.

Gave him it when I left as a thank you gift for one of the best times of my life.  :beer: I got friends in Louisiana and KC, but Texas kicks both of them at barbecues.

Edit to add - the gun show bit is not important. It happened to be a convenient meeting place for the guy who was selling the rifle.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013, 01:30:23 PM »
I'm sticking my tongue out at you right now  :laugh:

Actually - no big deal. Went to visit an old mate of mine in Texas. We were going hunting for a few days, so I picked up a rifle and a few rounds in the car park at a gun show. No ID needed, my face obviously looks honest and the cash moreso. It's nicer not to have to fiddle with the sighting of someone else's rifle.

Gave him it when I left as a thank you gift for one of the best times of my life.  :beer: I got friends in Louisiana and KC, but Texas kicks both of them at barbecues.

Edit to add - the gun show bit is not important. It happened to be a convenient meeting place for the guy who was selling the rifle.
 
Lost my, er, gift in an unfortunate boating accident.  Double beers  :beer: :beer:

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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2013, 01:32:59 PM »
EC, for *real* BBQ (pork) come to NC.  I'll take you there!   :howlin:

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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2013, 02:46:57 PM »
 
Lost my, er, gift in an unfortunate boating accident.  Double beers  :beer: :beer:
Yes, I've heard there's been a rash of such unfortunate incidents.
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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2013, 03:01:48 PM »

7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID



I was always carded. There was something about being 17 at the time.
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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2013, 03:19:30 PM »
I bought Lucky's for my dad all the time.  25 cents.  Those were good times. ahem, before '72.  No locked doors anywhere.

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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2013, 05:14:35 PM »
EC, for *real* BBQ (pork) come to NC.  I'll take you there!   :howlin:

Deal! I do love a good BBQ  :laugh:
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 02:55:38 AM »
In my high school you could have a rifle in your pickup's  gun rack and no one blinked an eye. You were either going hunting after school or you were a member of the schools rifle club.  The rifle club had 7 boys and 1 girl all proudly posing with their rifles on campus in our year book.
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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2013, 03:03:02 AM »
The things we have today that was not available in 1975 is something to think about as well. If I could be transported back to 1975 with my fully loaded  ipod, I would be treated like a god on campus. That is until the Men in Black come and take me away to Area 51 or the town burns me as a witch.
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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2013, 05:11:46 AM »
The things we have today that was not available in 1975 is something to think about as well. If I could be transported back to 1975 with my fully loaded  ipod, I would be treated like a god on campus. That is until the Men in Black come and take me away to Area 51 or the town burns me as a witch.

That is exactly right. I am sitting here with a machine on my lap which connects me to most of the world's knowledge. Some of you are reading on a machine you carry in your pocket. I needed to know a potted biography of Dickens' granddaughter Mary Angela about 5 minutes ago. It's right here in front of me, in the time it takes to enter two keywords.
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2013, 10:41:39 AM »
Uh....I'll take the earlier times, thank you very much.  We built solid rocket boosters using K&E Slide Rules--good to four places.  Too easy now.  People get lazy.

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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2013, 10:52:00 AM »
Take the best of each.  :patriot:

The best of what we have now - not so much the toys, but the knowledge and the easy access to it. Combine it with the drive, the passion and the willingness to work hard and take pride in both work and country from back then. Can you think of anything more amazing?

A guy can dream, right?
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2013, 11:00:41 AM »
Take the best of each.  :patriot:

The best of what we have now - not so much the toys, but the knowledge and the easy access to it. Combine it with the drive, the passion and the willingness to work hard and take pride in both work and country from back then. Can you think of anything more amazing?

A guy can dream, right?

I agree completely; however, living in Realville, facts are that we put a man on the moon in less than 10 years, while we are *still* working on a new world trade center.   Americans built the Empire State Building in approx. 18 months, under budget.   Still love your dream; and it was still possible before weasels took over everything. :patriot: :patriot:

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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2013, 01:10:52 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2013, 01:20:55 PM »
Just to add - posting that made me cry.
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2013, 01:47:13 PM »
EC:  Please don't cry.  The point I was trying (poorly, it seems) to point out is that we used to do amazing things without all the whizbangs --  I worked on hypersonic wind testing projects with a sliderule, engine configurations, later advanced flight simulating technology -- and it was wonderful.  But during the latter days of my career, the best and the brightest engineers were coming here on H1B1 Visas, largely because hardware engineers are not being turned out by our universities to meet the market demand.  Simple supply/demand Econ 101.

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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2013, 01:58:57 PM »
I know.

You did amazing things. Still do  :laugh:

Just - not as much. Gonna bet you pushed that slipstick to 5 places - not 4.

Sorry. Feeling old tonight.
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2013, 02:16:22 PM »
I know.

You did amazing things. Still do  :laugh:

Just - not as much. Gonna bet you pushed that slipstick to 5 places - not 4.

Sorry. Feeling old tonight.

Yep.  But "5" was where I could not go!  :silly:
I'm feeling old, too.  Worse than that--fearful.  However I have Messrs Rossi and Beretta to keep me company.

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« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2013, 03:02:35 PM »
I remember when you could go to a major sporting event without having to walk through metal detectors or have your bags searched for food.  In fact, they encouraged fans to bring a picnic lunch to the games.  Now they confiscate any outside food brought in and treat you like a criminal for trying to bring in potato salad.

It's one reason I rarely go to golf tournaments and major league games anymore.  That, and the premadonna athletes who have no respect or gratitude for fans.
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« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2013, 05:22:10 AM »
Yep.  But "5" was where I could not go!  :silly:
I'm feeling old, too.  Worse than that--fearful.  However I have Messrs Rossi and Beretta to keep me company.

I do sometimes wonder where the courage has gone. That spirit of "Screw physics, we'll do it anyway."

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Re: 10 Things You Could Do In 1975 That You Can't Do Now
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2013, 07:58:52 AM »
I bought Lucky's for my dad all the time.  25 cents.  Those were good times. ahem, before '72.  No locked doors anywhere.

There were dispensing machines for packs of cigarettes....27 cents a pack...and there would be three pennies change slipped into the cellophane wrapping because the machine would not accept pennies.
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