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  1. Ken, I thought the dice really let you down this game. It looked like John was going to lose 2 of his 4 ships. Maybe using your TRCs would have splashed at least one of them.
  2. My card pack preorder shipped from FFG today. I also stopped by the FFG Game Center. The had the best inventory of Armada ships from all waves since I started playing 3 years ago.
  3. Just log-in and look at your order history. I checked again just now. My order is still listed as pending, with no shipping updates. I noticed that the card pack is in stock for ordering now from the FFG site, so you would think they have inventory to ship.
  4. Has anyone received their card pack pre-order from Asmodee? I got notice that my order is being processed, but there has been no shipping activity.
  5. Yes, my order is direct from Asmodee.
  6. I got noticed my card pack pre-order is being processed. That usually means a shipment notice within a couple of days.
  7. postje

    Lay offs.

    First of all, the Chinese Communist did not win the revolution until 1949. The had some interim reform in the areas they controlled prior to victory that was less radical than when they won the revolution, because they did not want to alienate the more successful peasants. Second, when they actually won the implemented collectivization and then turned to a more draconian version of it the "Great Leap Forward." Perhaps you should have kept reading a little further in the Wikipedia entry, which notes: Land seized from Landlords was brought under collective ownership, resulting in the creation of "Agricultural production cooperatives".[31] In the mid-1950s, a second land reform during the Great Leap Forward compelled individual farmers to join collectives, which, in turn, were grouped into People's communes with centrally controlled property rights and an egalitarian principle of distribution. This policy was generally a failure in terms of production.[32] I would recommend the The Tragedy of Liberation by Frank Dikotter (his other two books about the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution are also excellent ) or Mao by June Chang. For a better understanding of the Russian Revolution (you do not even dispute that you endorsed policies that caused of millions of deaths in regard to the Russian Revolution), I recommend A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes. Robert Service's biographies of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky are also excellent.
  8. postje

    Lay offs.

    There was no land redistribution except for forced collectivization. By 1950, almost 97% of Soviet farms were collective farms . In China, 100% of farms were collective. Your assertion that there was some other type of land redistribution is nothing more than an attempt to dodge that original post endorsed policies that killed tens of millions. Perhaps your lack of historical knowledge explains your politics.
  9. postje

    Lay offs.

    I was responding to your praise for their land reform (collectivization). The death toll is much higher if you add in the purges, the gulags, the re-education, and cultural revolutions.
  10. postje

    Lay offs.

    Perhaps you should read the Human Rights Watch report on Cuba. Here is the link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/26/cuba-fidel-castros-record-repression Or read up on Cuba's history of discrimination against blacks and the LGBT population: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-11147157 Soviet collectivization killed 6 to 13 million, but yeah people were equally miserable by the end of it and the USSR ended up a net food importer: https://www.jstor.org/stable/2938412?seq=1 But the Soviets were pikers compared to the Red Chinese, who killed 18 to 45 million: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward#:~:text=The Great Leap resulted in,introduction of mandatory agricultural collectivization. I am a little surprised you did not trumpet the success of the Khmer Rogue, who managed to kill a higher percentage of their own citizens than either China or the Soviets. Finally, the embargo against Cuba is terminated by statute when the Cubans hold free and fair elections. So to the extent that the U.S. embargo is preventing Cuba from becoming a Socialist powerhouse, it is due to Cuba's leaders choice of oppression over freedom. You need to read some history other than Howard Zinn. Your criticisms of the United States are a slightly less subtle and truthful than Soviet propaganda.
  11. postje

    Lay offs.

    The conspiracy is not very hidden except to those that wear socialist blinders: https://www.ibtimes.com/fidel-castro-net-worth-2016-how-cuban-leader-built-wealth-after-1959-revolution-2451623 I have to get back to my work of oppressing the masses. I am sure you guys are busy fighting the capitalist running dogs and their lackies. Although I hope your political visions never become a reality in my country, good luck in your next plastic spaceship game.
  12. postje

    Lay offs.

    Your love for Cuba, one of the most oppressive countries in the world and an economic basket case, demonstrates all we need to know. You are aware that the Castro family and its supporters are thieves that have stashed away billions while keeping Cuba mired in poverty. If socialism is such a great system, Cuba's inability to trade with the United States would make little difference. But apparently you are conceding that Cuba cannot move beyond a subsistence economy without trading the capitalist United States. The problem with socialism is that really does not eliminate inequality; instead, it wrenches wealth away from the those that created it through risk taking, innovation, and hard work and concentrates it instead in the hands of those who have political power. In the end, inequality remains, but society is much poorer.
  13. postje

    Lay offs.

    As my post noted, the vaccines were developed primarily by U.S. companies, not exclusively. Moreover, it is not a coincidence that Pfizer partnered with a German company. The German system is not socialized. The Germans do not use a single-payer, Medicare-type plan. So while many other industrialized nations spend less on health care than Americans and Germans do, Germany’s system more closely resembles ours.
  14. postje

    Lay offs.

    There is no evidence that Thatcher funded death squads in Northern Ireland. There is some evidence that the British Army paid informants who were involved in Loyalist paramilitary groups, but no evidence that Thatcher "funded death squads." There is overwhelming evidence that Soviets and its socialist allies funneled arms and explosives to Irish nationalist death squads that resulted in hundreds dead. As far as the rest of Thatcher's legacy, she rescued Great Britain from the near economic collapse caused by the Labor Party and played a critical role in winning the Cold War, which is probably the reason for your personal animus against her. I note you did not touch the facts that make the basis for my post. Typical of the ad hominem attacks that substitute for reason on the left.
  15. postje

    Lay offs.

    Based on the most recent IRS data (2017), the top 1% of earners (incomes over $515,371) pay 39% of income taxes, which is nearly double their percentage of the nation Adjusted Gross Income. The top 10% of earners paid 70% of all income taxes, and the tp 50% of earners paid 97%. In short, the U.S. tax code is very progressive. The difference between the U.S. and the European countries with greater social welfare benefits is that taxes in the European countries start at much lowers levels of income. Thus, everyone from the lower middle class upwards pays significant income taxes in exchange for more benefits. Thus a majority of people in those countries have skin in the game and want to see good governance and effective policies. In the United States, the left has pushed the false notion that every social program could be extravagantly funded if only the rich paid their fair share. Newsflash, as Thatcher famously said, the problem with socialism is that you soon run out of other people's money. The reality is that the left in the U.S. does not want to be candid about the level of middle class taxes that are necessary to support its program because it would be political suicide. Moreover, there is a direct decline in innovation as government takes over sectors of the economy or implements confiscatory taxation. There is a reason that the United States accounts for a lions share of world's patents in the medical field. It is also not a shock that the COVID vaccines were primarily developed by United States companies.
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