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The 1950s

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Here's a thread dedicated to the '50s— the best and worst the decade had to offer. And of course, by the "50's", I do mean the cultural time period between 1945-1963. 

Back in a much less politically correct age, where the spectre of the Atomic Bomb began looming over humanity but wasn't quite imposing enough to threaten our total extinction, when the automobile was the peak of freedom and all you needed to do to be rebellious was to wear a leather jacket. When blacks were hosed down just for wanting a few rights while communist Slavs were suddenly the new Antichrist. When rock 'n roll escaped the inner city and jazz was the predominant youth music of the day. Back during the days of capable fathers, stay-at-home mothers, two kids and the family dog out in Modesto, blissfully ignorant of whatever the fuck was going on outside their neighborhood.

Zoot suits and fedoras, oh my!

 

Naturally, I'm most intrigued by the sci-tech and sci-fi of the era (as well as sci-fi that replicates the Golden Age; things like Fallout and Destroy All Humans!). This is due to my latent antemillennialism— my obsession over the Past through the lens of the Future. I love the idea of different lifestyles co-existing— hunter-gatherers mingling with technists and whatnot. I love thinking about low-tech living, and I have something of a fetish for "old-school technology"— I had a geek boner just when discussing computers with 256 bytes of memory! Not that I'd want to actively use such tech in my daily life. Not at all. But the '50s were the peak of "old-school techporn" for me. It was the last decade where digital computers were a sci-fi invention come true and the whole aesthetic of the time was unique. Chrome rocket ships with wood-panel floors? Sign me up!

 


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Haha, you stupid Soviet monkeys, all we have to do is duck and cover!


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coke ad in 1950's manila

 

 

ph village life  (circa 1950's)

 


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-Highways being constructed

-Nasa formed

-Far less income inequality and one parent could work and pay for everything.

-Innovation was the highest it has been in recorded history...Medical advances make today look sad.

-Corporations gave a shit about this country.



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-Innovation was the highest it has been in recorded history...Medical advances make today look sad.

Hey, we've got some pretty amazing stuff going on today. Admittedly not much by way of daily life stuff, but I believe advanced R&D has never been higher.


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Oh B-movies...


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-Innovation was the highest it has been in recorded history...Medical advances make today look sad.

Hey, we've got some pretty amazing stuff going on today. Admittedly not much by way of daily life stuff, but I believe advanced R&D has never been higher.

 

 

 

As a total percentage, federal funding was the highest back in the late 50s/early 60s.

 

Today it's mostly industry.

 

 

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^That's a good thing.



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^That's a good thing.

 

You think science should only be about profit?


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Actually, I'm all for R&D being purely driven by industry. Caveat is: you have to let AI control industry. Otherwise, no deal.


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^That's a good thing.

 

You think science should only be about profit?

 

Funny how often people forget that the private sector includes nonprofits. For instance, universities.



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^That's a good thing.

 

You think science should only be about profit?

 

 

Yes he does...And that is why I disagree with him. We wouldn't have the internet, early space age, most deployment of vaccines that have saved billions or even most of the energy innovation these past 150 years if it wasn't for the government. This is for America alone...Britain and France back to the mid 17th century supported science and played a huge role in the world we live in today.. Sorry, but Jakob is just wrong on this issue and we'd lose greatly if we ever had to give up all that the government does. Almost all of our meteorological, geological and space science is government funded.

 

I don't hate the private sector but science shouldn't only be about profit.


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I miss the 70s.

proposing to my first love, breaking down outside a castle in Texas , getting molested by a sweet transvestite from transylvania , getting turned to stone then watching the castle blast off into space and who knows, perhaps, time itself...
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Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of Great Britain became Queen Regnant as Elizabeth II on February 6, 1952. Her coronation occurred on June 2, 1953.   

https://www.youtube....h?v=xkWtA4-34VE       

The Sovereign's Procession   https://www.youtube....h?v=bTOXdND_Yoo

 



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Ooh, '50s ray guns...

 

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R.I.P. 

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