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  1. 8 points
    Response to the nipply one: Your first jump will be a recurrency. To make sure that you obey your jumpmasters, you'll be required to wear eye shades along with the face mask. The instructors will pull off the eye shades when they deploy you. With a frap hat, the options are endless. I'd go with the standard little blue face shield, and just let freefall blow it off. Then you can wait for it to land and re-use it again. Make sure you weight it appropriately -- you do want it to come back down on the airport, after all. There's a whole new sport of mask accuracy, with people building special accuracy masks, studying the wind currents in detail, and adjusting the mask weight based on the exit altitude and direction. Wendy P.
  2. 7 points
    I think this thread should be renamed to "old man yells at cloud".
  3. 5 points
    I agree that that is one of the functions of the electoral college, but not the only one, at least at the start of the country. The 3/5ths compromise was put forward to address concerns of the southern colonies that they would be dominated by non-slave states because they would only count votes of white males, making their population much smaller than it actually was. For non-American readers, the 3/5ths compromise was an agreement to count slaves as 3/5ths of a person. Of course slaves still could not vote, so 3/5ths of nothing is still nothing. To go along with the 3/5ths arrangement, some mechanism had to be invented to turn that 3/5ths into presidential votes. The electoral college filled that role. Each state would be allocated some number of electoral college votes in proportion to their population, which in the case of slave-holding states was all the non-slave population plus 3/5ths of the total number of adult slaves. The electoral college allowed slave states to derive political power in proportion to the number of slaves, without actually allowing the slaves themselves any power. So I would say the electoral college had two functions: to keep power in the hands of the wealthy elite, and to allow southern slave owners to profit politically as well as financially from their slaves. Today the system may not favor slave owners, but it ensures that residents of some states have a disproportionally large voice in presidential elections, and other states have their voice diminished. For example, voters in Kansas have 3 electors, or about 1 for every 180,000 people. On the other hand, Texas has 1 elector for every 763,000 people. Are people who happen to live in Kansas really worth 4 times as much as people who happen to live in Texas? Texas has about the same population as Alaska, Colorado, North and South Dakota, Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah combined. Texas has 38 electoral votes, and all those states combined have 63. You could make similar comparisons if you substituted California for Texas. So much for one person/one vote! The electoral college serves no useful purpose, it was conceived in order to support evil and it is deeply undemocratic. It's past time for it to be abolished.
  4. 5 points
    I have nothing to contribute to this discussion from a technical standpoint. But I want to comment that it's absolutely amazing to see folks with decades of experience in this sort of thing freely contributing and sharing to help the 'new guy' get it right. This is basically 'doctorate level' harness design and construction stuff. Both theory and practical. Way, way, waaaaaaay beyond my skill/experience. But the fact that Jerry, Lee & Rob are willing to help at the level they are is REALLY cool.
  5. 4 points
    Yup, and significantly hotter than 120 years ago. In life there are people who can see a big picture and there are those who can only handle one little moment at a time.
  6. 4 points
    Umm.. not really. It can fire as fast you can pull the trigger. Something has to keep the sere depressed or the sere filed down to make it truly automatic. Both of these done in your garage is a felony (and additional felonies for each weapon). Not something you want to entertain. So, let's define assault weapon properly not by the liberal definition - cause just about anything that "looks" tactical and military is the scary "assault rifle." An assault rifle is any weapon that has a gas-operated blowback and is full auto. Everything else is just a rifle. With regard to storage - if you can afford weapons, you can afford a safe. If you feel the need to have one or two pistols at quick disposal located in a couple of strategic locations in the house - get a biometric release safe. They run about $189. If you're going to carry in your vehicle; the same biometric release safe can be mounted in the vehicle. If you're going to carry on your person, know what the laws for state are regarding carry (open/concealed/constitutional) and be trained on using it - and go to the range and practice - frequently. Note: If you're going to carry, you may wish to consider a slide safety - not that bullshit Glock or Springfield Arms - just have to squeeze safety. Give yourself that one split nanosecond to have to flip the safety lever down to ensure that you really really want to shoot this person AND look pass the shot. To Joe's point - THE BEST home defense you can have is a 12 gauge "automatic" or "pump" Not automatic fire - automatic reload the cartridge from the chamber, whereas, the pump needs to be wracked after each round - with alternating rounds of 00 Buck and deer slugs. And, if you do this - you need to put it in the safe when you leave the house. When you're in the house, put it up high in the bedroom over the closet door on a couple of rifle hooks, so wee people can't inadvertently get to it. NOTE: Not necessarily directed to you - but the group.
  7. 4 points
  8. 3 points
    At the time the Constitution was written there were no political parties (although they appeared soon after) and several of the "Founding Fathers" wrote against political parties in the Federalist Papers (although some of them later became founders/leaders of early parties). They hoped that those elected to public office would act as well-meaning individuals, concerned about good government and not about personal power. They hoped that ideas would be presented and debated, and legislators would then vote on positions that they believed were in the best interest of the country. I don't know if they were really so naive, or if they really believed that could become reality. At any rate I think they would be horrified to discover that one of the two biggest parties in the country has given itself over to grabbing power for itself, to the extent that they are quite willing to dump the spirit of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, just to install themselves and their pathologically narcissistic dictatorial leader into a permanent position of power. As far as the SCOTUS is concerned it's power has grown far beyond what the Founders imagined, or intended. Today most of the Justices are products of the Federalist Society, dedicated to (or at least strongly influenced by) ideas that favor putting political control in the hands of a few wealthy people. After all if they are rich it must be because they more qualified to govern than the unwashed masses! The judiciary may not write laws directly, but they can strike down anything that doesn't conform to their political leaning.
  9. 3 points
    And to add to this question - is this actually a problem? What are the numbers on this? Without numbers this can be just like arguing for having triple reserves when skydiving. I've read (in the distant past, I'll admit) that the former Eastern Bloc countries had the largest proportion of repeat abortions. Here, since they cost money, and a significant amount if it's not the morning after pill, I have a feeling the number is fairly small. As far as the morning after pill, well, I'm for it. Regardless of how many times someone uses it. It shows they're thinking ahead. In fact, when my son was a little before likely sexually active age (12; I'm realistic), I told him this was possible, and told him how to look it up on the internet, since that was already a thing. I convinced him to listen by reminding him that it might be someone else who needed the information, not him. Wendy P.
  10. 3 points
    Yes. My source has recordings past the transcripts at 7:41 when 305 leaves Seatac. Stay tuned!
  11. 3 points
    Are there a lot of people who feel that? Do they support counting pregnant women as two (or more) people during a census. Are they in favour of allowing any child tax credits to start at pregnancy in stead of at birth? I will agree that a lot of people say they feel that fetuses are human beings, they just don't back up those feelings with actions other than actions to control women.
  12. 3 points
    Cari & I had lunch yesterday and the subject of this abortion thread came up. She is very religious and goes to church a couple of times a week. We are both of the mindset that we are personally opposed to abortion, but who are we to judge what others have to, want to, or need to do. Your question is the perfect example and we discussed that exact scenario (except it was any woman who had been raped). To make some law that she could not have an abortion would make her have to face that incident in a very different way than most rape victims. A law like that would be criminal in itself. We are both opposed to rescinding or modifying RvW in any way.
  13. 3 points
    Yep, which is true of everything else as you mentioned. For example, interracial marriage. It's not that the worst bigots of the 60's discovered that race wasn't all that important, and thus dropped their condemnation of interracial marriage. It's that most of them are dead. And their equivalent generation today grew up seeing interracial marriage in newspapers, on TV, in magazines and in movies. So even if they have the same basic level of intolerance, if someone bring up interracial marriage their first response is "but that's always been here; it's part of my cherished childhood memories. So that's fine. It's not like they are nonbinary freaks who don't know their own sex!" And in 30 years, those people will be dead, and we will have a new generation who grew up with genderfluid people and just don't care about it. I am sure they will have a new thing to refuse to tolerate - but at least they've been raised to be more tolerant to a few more things. And thus the cause of civil rights lurches and stumbles forward, driven more by human mortality than enlightenment.
  14. 3 points
    Bottom Line: One should treat race, creed, religion. gender, with respect. This country is going to shit for one reason and one reason only - we have lost our sense of decency towards others. We spend more time finding the minority of bad in a group, than we do the majority of good. Two valuable lessons: If you don't have anything nice to say; keep your mouth closed. If you're not willing to say it to their face; then don't say it at all.
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    The one true religion is Dudeism. If you don't believe in it, well, you know, that's just like, uh, your opinion, man.
  17. 3 points
    Happy New Year to all. Let's hope the world finds a way to get a little closer together this year.
  18. 3 points
    And a happy New Year to all as well. I hope that Omicron is the straw that broke the back of the pandemic, and that we are on the back side of it by Chinese New Year. To have family and friends together again for good food and good company will be lovely.
  19. 3 points
    I'm going to respectfully disagree. It gives an element of respect for someone's beliefs while acknowledging that you don't believe the same way.
  20. 3 points
    Every time he posts a new topic I hope that this will be the one that gets no replies. I've been disappointed every single time. While he sits back and laughs at those thinking that they are clever in calling out the bullshit and plots the next stage of his self amusement.
  21. 3 points
    There's a lot more to learn. This is a virus that hadn't been seen before it appeared two years ago. BUT (and it's an important 'but'), there's a lot about viruses in general that we DO know. And we've learned a lot about Covid-19 in the past two years, including how to create a vaccine to help prevent it (not perfectly, but no vax is). The part that's infuriating is how many people simply refuse to believe it. They pretend it's a 'hoax'. Or that the vax is killing people. Or that they won't get it. Or if they do get it, it will be 'just like the flu'. So many of them have wrapped up their 'tribal identity' (political views) in it. The unvaxed are dying by the thousands. Something like 80% of them are Trump supporters. If they weren't overloading the health care system I really wouldn't care (regardless of their political alignments). If they want to risk dying because of their idiocy, that's on them. But they're filling the hospitals. To the point that other people, people with legitimate health issues, people that DID take proper precautions, get vaxed, ect are being denied care because of the morons.
  22. 3 points
    Hi folks, This one has been going around; but, just in case you have not seen it: GOD'S TECH SUPPORT - YouTube Jerry Baumchen
  23. 3 points
    I think this thread is a joke, which is why I’ve had no interest in participating, but this is the most ironic thing yet that you’ve posted to it.
  24. 3 points
    Here's a little Chrismas cheer from one of the best song writers ever, the great Robert Earl Keen. Hope everyone has a great Christmas holiday, God Bless.
  25. 3 points
    Well, given your propensity to post inaccurate information - These help
  26. 3 points
    Right side was cut away, but not the left.
  27. 3 points
    Yes, we learned not to follow US policies too closely. Like not following the neo-cons into Iraq. We learned not to allow our Supreme Court to be packed with ideologues. Thank you.
  28. 3 points
    I think it's just naked tribalism. Some time ago I was reading about religious (=tribal) rules. The point of these rules is to distinguish members of "your" tribe (or religion) from others, so the rules have to be unusual (or weird) enough that no other tribe would accidentally come up with the same rule. For this reason rules about how you wear your hair, or clothing, or what foods you can/cannot eat often don't make sense, as their only real function is to make it obvious to everyone that you belong to tribe "X". Often the rules are burdensome to follow, for example banning perfectly good foods, so you really have to work to prove you belong to that tribe. I think in 2021 Republicans are a tribe, and to prove you belong you have to forego logic, common sense, and science, and instead commit to lies, nonsense, and Trump.
  29. 3 points
    Alberta court settles COVID-19 vaccine dispute between Lethbridge, Alta. parents The parties have not been named, but both parents had joint custody over the children and decided each child would receive all of their routine childhood immunizations and annual flu shots. However, once the COVID-19 vaccination was available for each of the children, the decision over the shot ended in a dispute that resulted in legal action. So vaccinations for the less common diseases are OK, but a vaccination for a disease spreading in a global pandemic is not. How the anti-vaxxer mind works is a complete mystery to me.
  30. 2 points
    This has absolutely nothing to do with DB Cooper, but....
  31. 2 points
    You keep saying this, but your posting history here suggest this is absolutely false. Whenever data doesn't support your bias, you start posting biased opinion pieces with some misrepresented data. When challenged, you say you just posted it cause you thought it was an interesting read.
  32. 2 points
    On their wedding night, a groom asks his new bride, "Honey, am I your first?" She says, "Why does everyone ask me that?"
  33. 2 points
    There is no compromise. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in Texas, we shall fight in Kansas and Utah, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our principle, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
  34. 2 points
    So then, nothing is different. You are still angry about the general lack of respect for religion that you feel is owed. And you still confuse the things that different posters here say with each other. I also have a hard time with that. After a while all the conservatives start to sound the same when really the thing most of them share the most is their deep anger.
  35. 2 points
    Here, I will tie it together for you, with a quote from Shannon Watts: "So, in summary, if a child decides to take an AR-15 to an abortion clinic to protect women from protesters in a state that has open carry and Stand Your Ground laws, they are allowed to open fire on anyone who has a skateboard. Am I doing this right?"
  36. 2 points
    Do they still need you? Do they still feed you?
  37. 2 points
    Hi Coreece, You going to go into the parachute business? Jerry Baumchen
  38. 2 points
    Hi Jim, Let me add one more location: The ball end on the ripcord cable when it is enclosed inside a soft reserve ripcord pud. Sorta difficult to inspect, no? Jerry Baumchen
  39. 2 points
    No you're mistaken. I'd be the first to attack the hypocrisy of the Gulfstream owning televangelists. The politicians and religious leaders who use the names of their gods for political purpose. But like other concepts of human behavior that are difficult or impossible to define in scientific terms. For some religion is useful, beneficial in driving positive behaviors and actions. There are many religious charities and adherents of religion solely devoted to helping mankind.
  40. 2 points
    Agreed. The only unrealistic bit was the guy in the crowd who suddenly twigged that they were lying to him. Most people this satirises are not that self aware.
  41. 2 points
    Most of us here are whine connoisseurs.
  42. 2 points
    So you're saying that even Alex's own family is conspiring against him?
  43. 2 points
    The unintended double entendre not withstanding, we really need to do better than fund things for a couple of years planning to come back later with more money. Yes, he's a douche for being a dick head negotiator. Yes, he's an ignorant bigot praying to be reelected by other ignorant bigots who need to hear him say that poor people buy drugs with their kids lunch money. Yes, naming your boat after a John Denver song should be disqualifying for the meanest elected office. But also, yes, we live in a better country when a handful of newbie progressive congress critters get schooled on how the world really works.
  44. 2 points
    This was probably the biggest thing as a child that brought me to the conclusion that it was all bs. The fact that there were different groups of people with opposing viewpoints, all equally convinced that theirs was the "one true way". The only reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.
  45. 2 points
    Intentional malfunction. During airshow. Jumper has three parachutes in total. Performed by US Golden Knights.
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    "Walk through this Xray scanner if you want to fly. Don't want to get scanned? You can't fly. Even if you think that Xrays are dangerous." Because people voluntarily do what's best for other people? Really?
  48. 2 points
    I don't have a problem with anti-vaxxers as long as they are kept away from me and mine and the rest of the sensible folk, and are willing to pay for their treatment if they get sick. What a woman does with her own body is no-one's business but her own. Certainly not the business of any politician. I have no problem with anyone having access to guns if they can pass the same background check as is needed for a Global Entry card and are willing to affirm under penalty of perjury that they will properly secure their firearms so kids can't get them.
  49. 2 points
    Hi Jerry, That's absolutely hilarious. I can't think of any substantial issue that Trump didn't lie about. Not that every statement was a lie (although it's pretty close), it's that there weren't any issues that he didn't lie about something. And, from the article: No shit. Trump lied. And anyone who looked at it from a 'reality based' perspective SAW THAT IT WAS ALL A LIE. It was marks and dupes (you know, morons) who fell for Trump's con. Every single major media outlet (except Fox) made it clear that the election wasn't fraudulent, Biden won and Trump's claims were all lies. But these fools fell for Trump's con, the 'fake news' bullshit and all the rest of the lies. And now they are 'sorry'. File it under TFB. (Too Bad).
  50. 2 points
    Hi Lee, Re: I don't see manufacturers volunteering to produce unsightly rigs. My having now known of two rigs where the reserve risers were not completely stitched ( one in which all four risers were not stitched ), I think anything to ensure this does not happen again is very important. I see the contrasting stitching only needed on the reserve risers; and, possibly on the ring-to-harness attachment. This is covered by the 'mud flap' so is not normally seen. Here is a photo from the Javelin manual: Re: it makes less then perfect sewing blatantly obvious I would consider that a good thing. Jerry Baumchen
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