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  2. fear not, that happened long before this post.
  3. Is it? Didn't we just spend 4 years blaming "mexicans" for most of the problems? Every election "caravans" show up.
  4. Correct. Nor is the Earth warming up making the Sun hotter. The very same Sun makes a planet with more CO2 (the bottle on the left) warmer than the same planet but with less CO2 (the bottle on the right.) That's because CO2 absorbs infrared. See how easy that is?
  5. A clear majority of Republicans give a shit. "A large share of Republicans want Trump to remain head of the party, CNBC survey shows" https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/02/12/a-large-share-of-republicans-want-trump-to-remain-head-of-the-party-cnbc-survey.html
  6. who gives a shit, Trump was hardly even worth talking about when he was president. Now he's just an unemployed rando. He's history and not even remotely worth wasting brain power on.
  7. The Kraken still chained up.
  8. I always liked his alpha-emitter rocket idea. Totally impractical - but great in theory.
  9. John T. Houghton won a Nobel Prize for his work on climate change on the IPCC; he died only last year. He was certainly convinced that not only was "climate control" possible - we were doing it. Katharine Hayhoe is a professor and the daughter of missionaries. She describes herself as an evangelical Christian. Some of her thoughts on climate change - "Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place. The choices we're making today will have a significant impact on our future." “The six stages of climate denial are: It’s not real. It’s not us. It’s not that bad. It’s too expensive to fix. Aha, here’s a great solution (that actually does nothing). And — oh no! Now it’s too late. You really should have warned us earlier.”
  10. Time Left: 29 days and 23 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    Used Sidewinder harness container system including PD 176R, 12" wide rig, built to fit PD 176R and PD Lightning 176. 6" longer legpads, 1.5" longer yoke and med/large harness, easily shortened at hip rings. Inset sidestraps. Custom embroidery on 3ring covers and top reserve cover flap. Comes with new cutaway handle, new main d-bag and new main pilot chute (+$50 if you want collapsible). Sidewinder dom 12/05, reserve 6/05 (only 2 packs on it). Definitely a closet queen. Price is $300 more than a new PD reserve.

    $1,800.00

    Claresholm, Alberta - CA

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  12. Time Left: 29 days and 22 hours

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    Accuracy rig complete in very good used condition. Talon h/c DOM 2/89 (yes that's a throwout p/c on the legstrap). Harness medium size. Reserve Swift DOM 4/81, repacked 4 times, last repacked 6/90. Main 252 Parafoil -- no idea how many jumps on it but canopy looks in good shape and Dacron lines have no wear or fuzz. I could do a permeability test on the fabric. Closet queen -- owner stumbled onto it last winter and might accept less. No AAD setup but that can be done easily.

    $700.00

    Claresholm, Alberta - CA

  13. Many many years ago there was a column in New Scientist by David Jones, under the pen-name Daedalus, in which he presented the most imaginative and clever implausible ideas (some of which, like 3D printing and carbon nanotubes, turned out to be plausible after all). https://www.amazon.com/Inventions-Daedalus-Compendium-Plausible-Schemes/dp/0716714132/ref=pd_sim_1 https://www.amazon.com/Further-Inventions-Daedalus-Compendium-Plausible/dp/0198504691 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_E._H._Jones
  14. And yet we carry on as if anything matters.........
  15. "In the long run we are all dead"; someone famous from Cambridge.
  16. Agreed; Even better: Pin this thread to the top of the SC thread listing for easy reference.
  17. The models say what ever their creators want them to say. Observation says the earth is getting greener and deserts are shrinking. (Contrary to the dire predictions). BTW plants are more efficient with their water in a higher CO2 environment. ”As the air's CO2 content rises, many plants reduce their stomatal apertures, because with more CO2 in the air, they don't need to open their stomates as wide as they do at lower atmospheric CO2 concentrations to allow for sufficient inward diffusion of CO2 for use in photosynthesis. As a result, plants growing in CO2-enriched air typically exhibit reduced rates of transpirational water loss, smaller productivity losses attributable to the indiscriminate uptake of aerial pollutants, and increased water-use efficiency.”
  18. I think a membership campaign would be a good idea. I would want to fix the technical glitches first though--it can't be going offline on a daily basis.
  19. Ya think? Or link this thread and include the appropriate numbers.
  20. Don't give up dude, once you master Katana openings you'll be able to handle anything! 29 Navigator 240 @ 0.9 2 Safire2 209 @ 1.0 56 Triathlon 190 @ 1.15 70 Triathlon 190 @ 0.95 2 Sabre2 190 @ 0.95 12 Pulse 170 @ 0.95 7 Sabre2 170 @ 1.05 25 Echo 150 @ 1.2-1.3 80 Katana 150 @ 1.2-1.3 Moving to a Katana 135 next month when I get my new rig together.
  21. Hey, this is handy! Now instead of typing out an argument to the post of a fool/troll/русский-bot, we can just respond, for example: See BillVon #6 ;-)
  22. Oh come on. Was that really necessary.
  23. A couple others: Load capacity (how many jumpers go up in a given day?) Availability of student gear (will there be a student rig available when you want it?) Quality of the student gear goes along side that. Not necessarily age, but what kind of shape is it in and how well is it taken care of? The 'open 7 days' will be a pretty busy DZ. That can be good, because you'll get more opportunity to jump. But it can also be bad because you might not get the level of personal attention you want. One of the bigger ones will be 'atmosphere' and 'comfort level'. How are you treated as a student? How are the other fun jumpers treated by the DZ? One of the things I love about the bigger DZ I jump at is the way the DZ & DZO treat the fun jumpers. We're a community. There are social events on a regular basis. Cookouts, musical events, just hanging out around the bonfire at night. The DZO has been quoted in an industry article that he wants that community. He wants a fun place for him, his wife and kids to jump. His 2 sons both jump and his wife is a pretty hardcore competition jumper (multiple medals in a couple events at a few different levels). The DZO has also said that any student who has made his/her first jump is now a part of the community and is welcome at any of the 'social stuff'. They are actively encouraged to hang out after jumping and join the shenanigans. Price & distance (as long as it's not 'stupid far') would be last. The cost of training is a rather small portion of what you're going to spend. I drive a half hour to the 'nearby' 182 place. Or two hours to the bigger one (mentioned above). I have no issues going that far, and typically take a tent and spend the whole weekend down there. I've done "Friday afternoon through Sunday night, come back Monday morning" a couple times. More often it's 'leave early Saturday morning, come back late Sunday night' though.
  24. So western democracies can sentence ex-presidents to prison: Paris (CNN)A French court on Monday sentenced former President Nicolas Sarkozy to three years in prison for corruption and influence peddling, but suspended two years of the sentence. President from 2007 to 2012, he was found guilty of trying to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about an ongoing investigation into his campaign finances.
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