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  1. 7 points
    My people (military intel types) made a mistake. Then this military leadership owned it when it was discovered and this administration is trying to make amends. When US forces were targeted in this and other countries over the previous four years, what was the plan? Oh yeah: "bomb the shit out of them." There was a lot of criticism for the administration "allowing" the attack on the airport checkpoint, and quite a lot of insistence that it not happen again during the evacuation. Information was gathered, and we made a bad call over the interpretation of it. How much criticism would be flowing had no action been taken and another attack had happened? Hindsight is 20/20. We recognize it was a bad interpretation of the available information. But we admit it and try to recover.
  2. 6 points
  3. 5 points
    You get offended at Bill assuming things about your 'level of awareness', but you go spouting off this bullshit about 'Woke ideology' and assuming that anybody giving any credence to 'wokeism' rolls with the caricature of it that Fox and the like have created...you and your pals on the right do this shit all the time: take an idea that's embraced by 'the enemy libtards', create a caricature of it and then hold that up as evidence that the whole idea is absurd....you say Woke is a Joke; your definition of woke is a caricature...OF COURSE IT'S A FUCKING JOKE! The rest of the world outside of your right-wing echo chamber doesn't necessarily share that definition. I'm not some social justice warrior and I take a lot of pride in the things I've accomplished in my life and professional career, but I do recognize that some of the doors that have been opened for me (or not closed to me) to allow me to have those successes might have been inched open, at least in part, just because I had the sheer dumb luck to be born in North America with a white penis attached to me. I try to appreciate the fact that some others have a tougher road to hoe for no fault of their own, and do bits to help out where I can. I consider that 'being woke', even if I'm sometimes too tired/lazy/distracted to do it to the level I'd like. If you consider that a mental illness, then I'm not going to finish this sentence as it'd get me banned.
  4. 5 points
    That’s way too many words for me to read Bill, could you just give us a quick summary?
  5. 5 points
    To me, an entanglement is like a pilot chute in tow. There is no perfect answer; people have died who didn’t cut away, and people have died who did. If there isn’t a good way to fix it, then you have to invest extra effort in preventing it. Wendy P.
  6. 5 points
    What you are doing here is an old tactic called "making perfect the enemy of the good". You can raise an almost infinite series of "what if" stories to justify never ever approving any drug, vaccine, or whatever. Is a side effect that impacts literally one in a million people worse than a disease that has killed a minimum of 4 or 5 million in a little over one year, and destroyed the long-term health of several times that number? For a long time after drugs are approved they continue to be monitored for those infrequent side effects, so that treatments can be developed or people likely to experience the side effect can be identified and excluded from taking the drug. If your standard is that not one person, ever, has an adverse reaction then that is the end, no-one will ever develop a new method to treat or prevent any disease. Don
  7. 4 points
    Y'know, reading Winsor's posts reminds me of my own path of learning about race/gender/orientation. I started out about as ignorant as they come. I went to an all-boys catholic high school where there were four black students (because if they had at least four they qualified for some federal something-or-other) and four non-catholic students. Gay bashing was pretty much a given. I was once in the dean's office (wound up there a lot) when two kids were hauled in for fighting. The kid who swung first said "but he called me gay!" The dean asked "Is that true?" Other guy said "Yes, but . . . ." They both got the same detentions, because "gay" was the worst insult imaginable. Nothing was worse. Then I got to college and learned a whole lot quickly about other races (Indian and Asian primarily) sexual orientations (she's WHAT?) and other religious options (of which "none" was a very popular choice.) Had to re-evaluate a lot. Then I graduated and went into industry. I worked with people of all genders and races. Even knew a gay woman! I understood. Gay people might have problems, and might be gross, but they did their own thing. Transgender people had mental problems (it was right there in the DSM IV as a dysphoria) but I understood that they wanted to be seen as the opposite sex. I finally understood women because I was finding it easier and easier to find girlfriends. And I could safely ignore everything else, because now I knew what was important, and I happily told people about my enlightenment. I was race blind! I had no problem with gays. I thought women were equal. I was woke. On that now-famous Dunning-Kruger curve, I was at the top of that first peak. Then I found myself managing a trans woman, and realized I knew nothing about trans people. I discovered my best friend from primary school was gay and hadn't come out for a long time because of . . . people like me. I talked to a man I worked with for years at a defense contractor and learned about what it was like to be perceived as black when it came to social situations. Did camera for an all women 8 way team where most of the members were not straight. I talked to an old friend I had known for years and found out she had been raped while I was seeing her. And when I talked about that with some other friends of mine who were women, a good half the time there would be a long pause - and then I would hear about their rape, and how they felt like they couldn't tell anyone. And I started realizing that I really knew very little about any of that, because I just didn't have the background, and I was relying on baseless assumptions. I am now learning, slowly. I've hit the bottom of that DK valley and am slowly starting to climb the other side. I definitely don't have it all figured out, but I know the direction to go, and I know the importance of DEI programs and strong policies on non-discrimination and anti-harassment. Even helped start the DEI program at my last company, and got a few parts of the sexual-harassment program training changed because I disagreed with its approach. Winsor is traversing the same curve now. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine what point on the curve he currently occupies.
  8. 4 points
    I don't get sad about these things anymore than I get sad about getting wet if I go out in the rain without an umbrella. Maybe that makes me a terrible person, but this family were given every chance for this NOT to happen and they deliberately chose to do otherwise. I'll save my sadness for people who have terrible uninvited things happen to them, like the family of the baby that was shot in Florida this morning.
  9. 4 points
    Over the last 18 years of flying, I've posted various educational coaching material available online on flying technique in form of writing and videos. During the lockdown period in 2020, I finally took the effort to collect and rewrite all of that in a cohesive and structured book, called 'the flight manual' For those interested in getting into wingsuit flying, I figured it would be an interesting resource, and for those already flying there should be a lot of interesting information on performance, acrobatics and gear that might be of assistance in your progression. The book www.flylikebrick.com/book/ Reviews www.facebook.com/mccordia/reviews/
  10. 4 points
    Public Service Announcement: At the top right of your screen is a link that allows you to put annoying trolls on an "Ignore List". (In many years on DZ.COM I have only put two people on mine.)
  11. 3 points
    San Diego has a large homeless population. (In some ways one wonders why more homeless people don't head to the places with the nicest weather.) There are of course as many reasons/types/explanations for the homeless people as there are homeless people, but a two very general categories are the people who live somewhere and the people who are vagrant. The former stake out a spot. Sometimes it's a tent on a sidewalk somewhere, sometimes it's a 1970's RV or trailer parked along a street, sometimes it's in a car. I see them all the time when I ride. The cops periodically roust them (usually because camping and/or long term parking where they are is illegal) but they always come back. Lately I've been noticing that the RV and tent homeless people are using more and more solar. They are almost always those foldable portable panels, but some use older (i.e. smaller) residential PV panels and some use the marine grade flexible panels (which are almost indestructible.) The trailer people will generally have them propped up outside against something or on the roof (identifiable by the two conductor 12-18ga zip cord coming down from the roof.) The tent people generally just prop them against their tent. I have little doubt that these are a mix of discarded, stolen and flea-market systems; none of them look new, and many have yellowed EVA and/or cracks. And I have no idea whether they are charging a trailer battery or some other battery or just being used directly to run something. But a small amount of energy - enough to run a light at night, or run a radio, or charge a cheapo cellphone - can make a lot of difference to some of these people. While waiting for a light down in Mission Bay I overheard two of them talking near one such setup. I didn't catch the whole conversation, but I did hear one of them say "if he's gonna charge his f*ing vape here, he's gonna pay me for it!" Which would imply that such energy might even get someone some $$. It's taken decades for that technology to trickle down that far, but now it's started. And for someone who can't get any sort of utility service it might represent the only sort of energy available to them.
  12. 3 points
    There's a setting on the list accessible from top right of the screen that allows you to see a message like this in response to trolls: "You've chosen to ignore content by brenthutch." I highly recommend it.
  13. 3 points
    I guess you don't follow American politics.
  14. 3 points
    Eric, it’s clear you have a beef with Aerodyne. You’ve shared your reason here, but please don’t have your friends come to a bashfest, because this thread will get either locked or deleted. And I really hope your lawyer is taking the appropriate steps for you Wendy P.
  15. 3 points
    Perhaps, but you have your own choices to make. I won't have any guests at my home who have not been vaccinated. If your friend chooses to remain a carrier, that's his decision. You can choose not to hang out with people who are 10x more likely to carry, transmit, and mutate the virus, which ultimately would exponentially increase the risks to you and your family. Your justifications should be given the same respect as you're giving to his.
  16. 3 points
    From the CDC's MMWR comes a story out of Marin, CA. In one school district in Marin, all teachers were vaccinated except for two. One of them caught COVID. The school's policy was for teachers to wear masks at all times, but this teacher took it off occasionally to read to the class. Of the 24 students in his classroom, 12 of them ended up infected - most of them the closest students to him while he was reading. In other classrooms, several infections were seen. They were tested, and the samples sequenced to ensure that they were all the same strain (they were) thus suggesting that they all came from the same index patient (the unvaccinated teacher.) A total of 27 people were infected. All the children were unvaccinated because they were too young to be vaccinated. Of the adults who became infected, three were vaccinated. This tells us a few things: 1) The Delta variant is extremely infectious. In a school setting with sloppy (but implemented) COVID protocols, one infection led to 26 other infections. 2) Vaccination is effective but does not work 100%. Most of the staff (and parents) avoided infection, and almost all of them were vaccinated. But three staff members/parents who were vaccinated contracted the infection. 3) NPI's are critical, and it's not OK to be sloppy or causal about them. Masking prevents infected people (whether they know they are infected or not) from spreading the disease. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7035e2.htm?s_cid=mm7035e2_w
  17. 3 points
    Here is a Dick pic for ya!
  18. 3 points
    No argument. Bleach also showed effectiveness in similar contrived lab testing. Go figure, bleach in the petri dish destroy virus particles. If doctors are prescribing ivermectin more than the recommended human dosage then they should lose their medical licenses for malpractice. People that are obtaining non prescription ivermectin and are overdosing are idiots. They get what they get, and I don't really care who gave them the idea or supported it, they chose to follow that advise instead of more qualified medical advice like get your vaccination, and don't take horse de-wormer. Fuck 'em. I grow increasingly less sympathetic and increasingly more resentful of these people day by day.
  19. 3 points
    Who could have foreseen that the Taliban would take Afghanistan and Texas in the same week?
  20. 3 points
    Unless (because again, they've spent their entire lives living and fighting in Afghanistan and know how the seasons there work even better than you do) they'd have remained patient and taken over just as quickly in the spring. And then we'd be looking at the exact same evacuation clusterfuck only worse, because there wouldn't even be any troops there to protect Hamid Karzai Airport. Hey, is there an echo in here? Edit: Honestly after 20 years of pointless fighting, 20 years of abject failure in understanding how to work with the Afghan culture culminating in this moment, you're still sitting there with such arrogance and such hubris that you genuinely think you have one simple, easy magic bullet idea to fix everything that's gone wrong over the last month. Two whole decades and you have learned nothing.
  21. 3 points
    Well, I can fly helicopters, but whatever. Right, but again the thing that you don't understand is, who are you withdrawing? The mass evacuation of Afghanistan was not triggered by the withdrawal of troops. It was triggered by the Taliban retaking the country. If you withdraw in winter the Taliban will not retake the country in winter. You pointed that out yourself, in case you've forgotten. So what happens in winter? Afghanistan is a friendly country with an allied government. Why would we be running an evacuation? The Taliban would simply overrun the country in spring instead, and you'd have just kicked the exact same shitshow a few months down the road, except now you don't even have the troops left to secure Hamid Karzai Airport. I don't understand why you don't understand this simple, self evident fact. So here's a question, Trump signed the withdrawal agreement 18 months ago. We've already had 18 months including an entire winter season to evacuate all these people. So why didn't we?
  22. 3 points
    I always thought the one word was "plastics".
  23. 3 points
    And at the end of the day, considering all these facts, it's stupid and irresponsible to not get the vaccine.
  24. 3 points
    All I see here is incoherent rambling.
  25. 2 points
    We (100+) of us gathered @ Skydive PA in Pennsyltucky on Saturday Sep 18 to remember how Moe touched our lives. Cindy M created a wonderful audio-visual presentation. I won't link to it here since I'm not the creator, but if you sniff around on the evil FB, you'll find it. Craig
  26. 2 points
    This is AWESOME. If this convinces people to get vaccinated, it is totally worth it! Have Biden come out strongly against it and threaten to ban anti-venom kits. You'll have conservatives dropping their dewormer and running out to camping stores to get those kits.
  27. 2 points
    Trying to predict an outcome that is dependent on a large number of factors that we don't fully understand, by looking at only a single factor, is kinda silly. Agreed, NWT, especially not taking into account that the delta variant is affecting different people. Bill, you may recall that during most of 2020 the conventional wisdom (supported by the studies) indicated that young people were much less likely to suffer effects of COVID. Now we have kids in ICUs and dying just about as readily as adults. Also with the OG version, the vaccine indicated a near perfect rate of virus resistance, with no observed ability to transmit if exposed. Now what was termed a "breakthrough" infection is becoming more commonplace (though death rates are still but a tiny fraction of the non-vaccinated deaths), and we're back to masking because even vaccinated individuals can transmit this variant. Bottom line is that there are way more factors that go into determining the risk to the population as a whole. And I still fail to understand the resistance to doing our part to help our neighbors and our community. I'm constantly amazed at the people who feel my mother's life is expendable just so they don't have to feel "uncomfortable" wearing a simple device that helps them keep their germs to themselves.
  28. 2 points
    If you’ll recall from the movie, he was guilty. Wendy P.
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  30. 2 points
    Do you remember the adverse reactions to the J&J vaccine back in April? 6 million doses given. 6 women had blood clots attributed to it. One died. As a result, administration of the vaccine was suspended while they tried to figure out what happened. There was a similar situation of 'reactions, suspension of use, investigation, resumption of use' in Europe (UK?) for the exact same thing. Yet the fools and idiots keep on claiming that the vaccines are 'killing people'. Do you really think that the 'government' could keep it quiet? Do you think that Fox, OAN, Blaze, Breitbart and all of the other Alt-right shit-stirrers wouldn't have this all over the place? Even the "main stream media" is 'death focused' enough that they wouldn't let this slide (if it bleeds, it leads). The last few years have seen such an eruption of anti-intellectualism that has been frightening. One that was interesting was that people were reported to have voted for Brexit specifically because the 'experts' told them not to. The current 'treatments' for Covid that are being touted by the fools are equally baffling. Vitamins & minerals. Ivermectin (parasite treatment) HCQ None of them have any valid studies supporting them. These same morons reject the vaccines because they don't think they've been studied enough. The idiots are also starting to spread the idea that the current protocols, Regeneron, Remdisivir and even ventilators are what is killing people instead of Covid. The fact is that by the time these dipshits get to the hospital, they are pretty much doomed. I've seen reports from EMS/ER intake people that if the incoming patient has O2 sats below about 80% on room air, their lungs are damaged to the point that they are not likely to survive. And, of course, once they get to the hospital and realize how much trouble they're in, they want everything. Vaccines (too late), vent, EMCO, even lung transplants. I heard a second hand story about an unvaccinated guy who was in bad shape. A vent would only prolong the misery. So he decided to just do palliative care and hospice. He called family and said goodbye. The family members convinced him to try everything. It won't change the outcome. Just prolong the agony and tie up resources. Right now, it's looking like the current 'wave' is going to subside. New cases aren't increasing as fast as they've been, and are starting to decline in places that saw the first of the delta. That doesn't change the fact that the 7 day average deaths is over 2k, and will continue to be so for a couple weeks (deaths lag new cases by a couple weeks). And, not surprisingly, Florida is seeing more cases & deaths than it did during the worst of it last winter. Link:https://www.google.com/search?q=covid+deaths+in+us&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS910US910&oq=&aqs=chrome.0.69i59i450l8.4576594j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Just google search results, but it has a nice graph at the top. You can switch between deaths & new cases, and pick individual states or the entire country (or other countries), We're likely to see 750k total deaths (3/4 of a million dead) by Halloween. The real fun part will be all the people who had bad cases and didn't die. They're going to be in long term care or on oxygen for a long time. And it didn't have to happen. The Herman Cain Awards page on Reddit is very active. I don't see that changing for a while.
  31. 2 points
    There is NOT a double RSL in this video. The reserve deployed THRU two risers (two risers from the same same side of the rig). .
  32. 2 points
    Hi folks, Another medical person loses his income: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation - oregonlive.com When will they ever learn? Peter, Paul and Mary - Where Have All the Flowers Gone (25th Anniversary Concert) - YouTube Jerry Baumchen
  33. 2 points
    How is that Biden's fault, exactly? We have had fewer than 1,000 deaths from COVID since he took office, not for lack of trying by some large segments of the population who refuse to participate in the societal efforts encouraged and/or enacted by the administration (championed by the president) that are proven to slow and stop the spread of disease. Do you expect him to wave some kind of magic wand to make it all go away? If his predecessor couldn't do it (again, not for lack of wishful thinking and public promises), how do you figure Biden would be able to stop this?
  34. 2 points
    None of that article says record inflation. Is there anything you can get right? Do you think you could state your name without fucking it up?
  35. 2 points
    My wife has a compromised immune system, made worse by immunomodulatory drugs she is on. She's had 3 doses of Moderna, but was only at about the 2% percentile for antibodies after the 2nd dose. She is sad that she may never see one of her best friends again (they are not local, but still got together), because her friend is not getting vaccinated. Same for another friend. I wouldn't modify my behavior as much (only one very slight comorbidity, normal immune, not overly concerned), but I absolutely must avoid picking up anything (even common cold) and passing it on to her. Sigh. I will get a 3rd dose myself, as soon as it is authorized. I could just claim to be immunocompromized and get the 3rd -- it wouldn't get questioned, but will wait a couple of weeks to see what authorizations come down the pike.
  36. 2 points
    United Airlines has issued it's policy on those who have a 'valid reason' to refuse the vaccine. They don't get fired. Those claiming a religious exemption get unpaid leave. Those who have a valid medical reason get temporary medical leave. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/united-airlines-staff-who-are-granted-religious-exemptions-vaccine-mandate-n1278782?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR32UdnYA0CQkXZJQ2_iWkkK-RNxJWcHMceFOXRbBAOcOTKMCq8EIBakouw
  37. 2 points
    The Democratic states need to get in on this type of legislation FAST in order to push back. None of this 'take the higher ground' bullshit. If the SC doesn't rescind it we're seeing the end of traditional law as we know it.
  38. 2 points
    C/Florida/Texas Wendy P.
  39. 2 points
    Hi folks, This arrived via email today; thought it was worth a laugh: Jerry Baumchen
  40. 2 points
    That's my view and I make no apologies. Really they aren't just suicide anti vaxxers they're homicide antivaxxers.
  41. 2 points
    I would add — don’t have a bucket list, just figure out ways to do what fills your soul, or plan when you can (traveling the world hitch hiking with a backpack is not practical when you have a toddler). Ive done very little I regret having done — and the lessons I learned made that regret unimportant. Wendy P.
  42. 2 points
    "We're wary about people going out to hunt the jararacussu around Brazil, thinking they're going to save the world ... That's not it!" said Giuseppe Puorto, a herpetologist running the Butantan Institute's biological collection in Sao Paulo. "It's not the venom itself that will cure the coronavirus." Something tells me that this will be missed by many. Wishing good hunting... to the snakes.
  43. 2 points
    Biochemistry is not the same as immunology or virology. That’s why they’re called different things and have different degrees and specializations. I did a degree in neuroscience - that doesn’t mean I understand epidemiology or immunology the same way as a specialist would. What my bioscience background SHOULD do is give me the ability to read and evaluate scientific literature and data to some degree, and to make more informed opinions than a layman with no scientific background - but you’re not displaying that ability, despite a 4.0 in biochemistry.
  44. 2 points
    I definitely don't and I'd rather not make shit up. What I do know is that this clusterfuck is on Trump and his deal to release the Taliban and their leaders. It also seems reasonable to add more blame for his refusal to give Biden's transition team access after he lost the election. Further, notice to get the hell out of Afghanistan started back in March. You guys are acting like he's Hitler always overruling his General Staff. I simply don't see that. It's a damn shit show, for sure, and the sooner we are away the better, seems to me.
  45. 2 points
    Can you explain how deliberately "slow walking" visa applications from allied Afghanis fits into your narrative?
  46. 2 points
    ABC News: Special Forces Vets Volunteered To Run Covert Evacuation Of 630 Afghan Allies
  47. 2 points
    If you don't want your name known, well, you are too late. If you want a bus load of people to pass through Taliban lines what would be your solution? Have everyone lie and go without the documentation they will need to enter Kabul Airport? Send a SEAL Team to escort the bus? How about accept reality within the confines of the shit agreement Trump laid on us and play ball? Sometimes there are no perfect choices.
  48. 2 points
    Hi John, Re: Delta isn't lowering their pay And, one more way to get into their money: Oregon says people fired for refusing vaccines generally can’t collect jobless benefits - oregonlive.com 'Ya pays ya money and ya takes ya chances.' Jerry Baumchen
  49. 2 points
    I learned a new term yesterday: "hospital pass". Geoff Hoon, who was the British Defense Secretary when Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded (the British military was involved, not just the American), put the blame for the Afghanistan situation on the "peace treaty" Trump negotiated with the Taliban, and said Trump threw Biden a "hospital pass". I had to look it up as I had not heard the term before. A hospital pass comes from Rugby but it's sometimes used for other sports, it's when you avoid being tackled yourself by passing the ball to another player who then immediately takes a hard tackle that could put them in the hospital. Sounds to me like a good description of what has happened here. Don
  50. 2 points
    I was the “connector” slot on exit, 4th man on the 3 man chunk. Single file, no show exits and only a 3 way base permitted and viewed / verified by Telemeters. If the exits got sloppy,(as they did often), the trailing swoopers would hold on too long and my left shoulder would get hyper extended, (subluxation). Now,(45+ years later) it’s weaker & smaller but sounds like a piece of waxed paper getting crumpled along with pops & creaks.. Still worth it!! Anybody remember Jerry Birds “Saloon Door” exit?
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