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  1. 5 points
    Because done properly, it's not just testing. You test positive, you isolate and the people you have contact with get tested. Those who test positive isolate and the people they've had contact with get tested, etc. Compared to the alternatives of locking down everyone and having no economy, and locking down no-one and seeing huge numbers of infections this is a good thing. I've gotta be honest, at this stage of the game I really wonder how someone who appears to be interested and has been actively discussing the subject for months doesn't have even a passing awareness of the concepts involved.
  2. 5 points
    It's a simple solution really. Name all the bases and put up statues in honor of those 3,520 Medal of Honor recipients. Of those, 90 of the MoH's went to 89 African-Americans (Sweeney was awarded twice). Who's gonna take exception to an MoH recipient.
  3. 4 points
    I'm getting this almost every day. I do wonder if people accessing the site via mobile and leaving their browser running on their phone is keeping a connection open. Maybe try a timeout option that closes connections if they're inactive?
  4. 4 points
    Since illegal immigrants bother you so much, a simple solution is for Trump to order an end to counting them. Then the numbers will drop to zero.
  5. 4 points
    Robert, I know you're not a skydiver, but if you thought this was funny you should look for a video called 'Good Stuff' by Joe Jennings.
  6. 3 points
    If it's OK to require women to cover their boobs in public, why do so many idiots think it violates their rights to require people to cover their mouths and noses? If the laws on "indecent" exposure can be enforced, why do so many GOP governors think rules on mask use can't be enforced?
  7. 3 points
    We got married there - on the shore of Lake McDonald. Pity the glaciers are almost gone.
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  10. 3 points
    I spoke with Chris Dales (Parachute Systems owner) yesterday afternoon for over half an hour, and here is the latest on Parachute Systems and their product line and service. The factory in South Africa is closed. Negotiations are ongoing with a possible new manufacturer for the Vortex harness/container that would be made here in the US (thus removing one of the bigger reasons given by US jumpers for not buying the Vortex). However, COVID-19 has greatly slowed the negotiating process. Chris hopes to have Vortex production resumed in the US by year's end but nothing is certain due to the uncertainties of COVID-19 and the negotiating process. There are no current plans to resume Volt and Hurricane main canopy production, at least not in the US. There's a slight chance of production resuming in South Africa at some point in the future but those plans have a lower chance of panning out compared to the resumption of Vortex production. If canopy manufacturing does resume, odds are that the Parachute Systems Decelerator reserve canopy will not be produced - only the Volt and Hurricane main canopies. Their crossbraced canopy was discontinued a couple of years ago according to Chris. Some good news - regarding support for the Vortex and canopies, Chris still has the equipment and materials needed to support spare parts which include but are not limited to reserve free bag and pilot chute, main cutaway, reserve ripcord, and line sets for the main canopies. Presumably this is why their website is still up despite the factory being closed. Later this year I'll try to get an update and if so will post the latest info. Hope this helps.
  11. 3 points
    We're lucky that in the UK you don't have to follow the manual anyway. Unpicking and then retacking a slink on very packjob is going to do more harm than good, fight me.
  12. 3 points
    The police in Atlanta are calling in sick to protest the murder charges against the cop. Two thoughts: 1. Fuck 'em 2. Fire 'em
  13. 2 points
    Not only am I OK with it, I’m thrilled. People who traditionally have to ask for permission (even to occupy their own space) are taking the same space and rights as people like the Charlottesville gun rights protesters. What don’t you think is OK? Wendy P.
  14. 2 points
    What does this thread have to do with anything?
  15. 2 points
    I guess George Floyd is still alive then. And Eric Garner. And James brown. And Willie Ray Banks*. And Byron Williams. And... well just a shitload of people. *(Pay close attention to that one, the cop is as ignorant as you on how suffocation works.) You're right, that was an irresponsible statement. I was speaking of my own experience and it shouldn't be extrapolated. Agreed.
  16. 2 points
    The Lincoln Project scores another home run. Whispers
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  18. 2 points
    Also with way fewer "undecided" voters but I'm still taking the stance that people CANNOT think this is a sure thing so I'm going to have to agree that this is the same dangerous mentality we saw in 2016.
  19. 2 points
    A recession is when your neighbor loses their job A depression is when you lose yours And recovery is when Donald trump loses his
  20. 2 points
    Evidently Presidents Putin and Xi will also be included because of their services to the 45th president. For their help of the GOP.
  21. 2 points
    It was my favorite time of day. A cup of coffee, slight breeze, blue sapphire skies, smell of fuel wafting over the DZ...I miss seeing MaryBeth's smiling face in the mornings And then, the fucking squall lines of destruction in the afternoon, black ominous clouds, trying to hold on to your tent as God tried to rip it from the ground. Tent poles snapping like twigs... Ahhh. the good ol' days. :)
  22. 2 points
    How many trump supporters does it take to change a light bulb? None, he tells them that it’s fixed and they all sit in the dark and applaud him.
  23. 2 points
    Yet you applaud American soldiers pissing on corpses. You applaud a president grabbing women by the pussy. You applaud police who kill black people. You have left children fatherless. You have multiple ex-wives. You support a president with 5 children from 3 wives, one with an anchor baby who used chain migration to bring her family into the country. You heavily oppose all those things when done by non-white people. You indicate how the downfall of the US is caused by exactly the behaviour you exhibit. You just believe yourself to be superior, because you are white.
  24. 2 points
    You mean WHITE people are finally afraid and angry. People of color have been in that situation their whole lives.
  25. 2 points
    True trump is both physically and mentally unfit right now.
  26. 2 points
    You say that, but the rest of your posting record shows the opposite to be true. This has been discussed before. To which you replied: Oh, but I am just trolling. To me that just says: I don't have the balls to stand up for what I really believe in. It is like Ron saying he doesn't understand why people think he is racist.
  27. 2 points
    "The Times reported that President Trump and the White House's National Security Council were briefed on Russia's bounty rewards in late March. They discussed an appropriate response, ranging from making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and economic sanctions, but the White House had not yet authorized a response"... trump bag boy stated "Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it's "imperative" to get answers and urged the Trump administration to tell Congress what it knows about Russia's efforts to pay bounties to kill American soldiers. "I expect the Trump Administration to take such allegations seriously and inform Congress immediately as to the reliability of these news reports," Graham, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted." Above from FOX news so you know its true.
  28. 2 points
    Mark, I was looking over your shoulder at the Symposium at one point, and saw a still shot from, I assume a test jump, where the MARD (not sure who's) released prematurely. It looked pretty nasty. Almost like the reserve bag got ejected out of the container at the same time as the reserve PC. I wanted to produce a device that I had as much confidence in as the snap shackle that's the first link in the chain. When you think about it, our main deployments rely on the pilot chute being able to pull the pin to initiate the deployment, and then finish it- there's no need for second PC inside the container to take over the deployment once the PC has pulled the pin. In testing, we found the same to be true with the Infinity MARD- if there's a horseshoe malfunction (for example) where the main is still in the bag, it doesn't create enough drag to open the riser covers, or separate the risers from the harness rings (even if the riser covers are open), let alone pull the reserve pin. So if the jumper cuts away the main, and pulls the reserve (standard EP's), the reserve bridle will disconnect from the Infinity MARD before the risers and RSL can lock the MARD to the bridle. So, from our testing, it appears as though the concept that the MARD needs to be able to "change it's mind" mid deployment isn't accurate. Maybe there's some fringe entaglement/malfunction scenario where an aerodynamic MARD would be beneficial, but since you're starting with an entanglement already, nothing can really be predicted.
  29. 2 points
    Seriously? You 'haven't been paying attention'? So you don't realize, that with 4% of the world's population, the US has 25% of the deaths. You haven't been paying enough attention to realize that much of the industrialized world has this under control? That New Zealand has eradicated it? The main reason the US is so far behind is simply because Trump didn't do anything substantial for several weeks. He was waiting for it to "go away". He stopped travel from China (and proposed stopping travel from Mexico - remember that argument?) because they have dark skin. He DIDN'T stop travel from Europe, even when it was clear that Italy had a pretty severe problem... Because they were white. He 'fiddled while the corona burned' (and didn't even get that it was an insult). Now we're opened up. And it's spreading. The positive cases found today were almost certainly infected 2 or 3 weeks ago. So, even if we closed everything down again (and the Trumpettes won't let that happen), it will be 2 or 3 weeks of 40k+ new cases... EVERY DAY. Do the math. 17 days of 40k is... SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND NEW CASES. We're fucked. Thanks to Trump.
  30. 2 points
    You've done the correct thing by choosing your main and reserve first, and then finding a container to fit. Don't worry about downsizing for now.
  31. 2 points
    A lifetime of practice at being antisocial is finally paying off.
  32. 2 points
    When used repeatedly until the victim is dead should at least deserve some consideration. More so when a physical interaction was entirely uncalled for in the first place. What 911 center responds to calls with the initial question "Is he black?". To me, he seemed confused but not intoxicated. Fully cooperated. He's then asked to walk a line that doesn't exist. Yet is does have an unstraight crack in the pavement along his path. Fully honest and open with the officers. Seems he is trying to understand his rights and whether or not to take a breathalyzer. Whic can easily be incriminating and why a lawyer typically advises you to not take, especially if you have been drink at all any time within the day. On probation, so he wants no part of a police interaction. THIS is where he changes his thinking. A black man, on probation. He's fucked in most places right here. The interaction alone, without any charges or consequence, can cost him dearly on the probation requirements. Depending on the jurisdiction, the minimal over the limit blow on the test, he could have received a minor citation and driven home if he left his car there. Which to some cops makes it a judgement call. IMO, he wasn't "drunk". He was fully interacting, direct, honest, eye contact, no slurring, no stumbling, no risk to anyone it would appear. Even addressed the officers by NAME. Fully aware. As soon as 2 cops take his hands, he flipping panics. This is where killed while being black comes in to play IMO. I don't personally understand or know this fear. I have friends that do. I at least can understand it. They had his ID, they knew who he was, knew he was on probation, and could have easily located and taken him into custody. Why did they need to kill him? He was no threat to them in any way when he was shot in the back and murdered. Most of the techniques cops use for restraint, work against the body. The body responds. It's not resisting when the natural human response is always to stop the pain the technique is causing. What it is, is the first charge of resisting arrest and justification of murder. 3 shots. In the back. Running away. With a useless piece of plastic. Taken from a clueless cop who doesn't understand how he just used his weapons. Anyway. Chokeholds should not be used either.
  33. 2 points
    Well, a good start would be to require bodycams with audio on ALL cops. Make turning it off a firing offense. And one that revokes the qualified immunity (see my next point). Another good start would be to revoke the qualified immunity for any action that goes against department policy or regulation. For example, the cops on the scene at the McDonald shooting in Chicago falsified reports, changed witness statements and destroyed video from a nearby Burger King. Those actions should end up with the officers becoming personally liable. If the cops knew that they could be held personally responsible for what happened if they violate the rules, I would think the rules would be violated less.
  34. 2 points
    You know why, right? Federal funding of testing sites not only doesn't directly WIN him votes in November, it actively HURTS his reelection campaign to see those numbers continue to rise. But a second stimulus cheque in the mail, well, that'll get him a few votes, and that money needs to come from somewhere. He doesn't give a shit about anything, or anyone apart from his reelection.
  35. 2 points
    I wear a Vigil neck buff. When I'm trucking I isolate myself in the truck. Shippers and receivers in the US are mostly taking things seriously. I don't go into truck stops and I do my best to bring all the food I need for my normal 6 days on the road. Manitoba has a small population and is not a travel destination in the early spring. We are lucky that way. But we have been taking the same precautions as everyone else. Schools closed, bars and restaurants closed. We are re-opening now slowly. The DZ is now open and doing some tandems, but not me. I'm taking enough chances already for a 63 yo with a wife who is a working nurse.
  36. 2 points
    That's the real story. Whatever happens as a result of the court's actions will be sorted out on appeal. If the judge is doing something illegal it will be fixed and the 'correct' legal action reinforced in precedent. What Barr's Justice department is doing is a separate and far more important issue. He is destroying the fundamental principle that all men are equal in the eyes of the law, and substituting for it his preferred idea that justice depends on who your friends are. It's mind boggling that up until now this mature democracy has depended solely on participants respecting the convention that President's don't tell AGs what to do and AGs don't meddle in political cases. If it prompts the gov't to actually taking some kind of action to fix that it might just be that Trump and Barr are doing you a favour by ripping that convention to shreds, but I doubt it.
  37. 2 points
    Maybe, maybe not - but whitewashing in cinema and TV is absolutely an example of long entrenched systemic, institutional racism that has suppressed or destroyed the career prospects of an untold number of BAME actors.
  38. 2 points
    You're talking about his impersonation of Snoop Dogg, right? The song from 1996? If that's so then I don't care, that's a very contextualized use of that word and there are millions of people on the planet who have sung along to many many many rap songs using that word. You don't get an automatic gotcha if someone does any of that. Again, who was a conservative entertainer who's career was ended by doing this? Meaning an honest, not deliberately racist depiction of a black person. This is nothing more than the 100th attempt to take down someone who vocally opposes Trump.
  39. 2 points
    So, there were no black men that could have played the part? Civil Activist Paul Robeson played Othello on Broadway in 1943. At that time it was said that no white man should ever play Othello again.
  40. 2 points
    I agree but that runs counter to supporting small business especially in the food and beverage industry. Social distancing and cleaning of everything make it hard enough for small business. Then you throw in WTF its time to party attitudes and everything goes back to zero. Meanwhile your next door neighbor has his life savings flushed down the toilet by indifferent stupidity.
  41. 2 points
    Yes, thats correct. Renewing your Instructor rating also renews your Coach rating.
  42. 2 points
    There used to be a distinction between an Instructor rating and a lower Jumpmaster rating, but the JM rating was phased out quite some time ago. Perhaps that now applies to a Coach rating.
  43. 2 points
    Somebody forgot to call Oklahoma. Every year everyone goes to the lake for Father's Day weekend. It's a rule. :)
  44. 2 points
    Sounds like you pinched a nerve that controls your left arm. I suffer similar symptoms after damaging a pair of spinal discs in my neck. I suffer tingling and loss of control - in my arm(s) - if I sleep with my neck at the wrong angle. Delay any further jumps until your neck and arm have been checked by a medical doctor. A chiropractor may be able to help straighten out your neck. Good luck!
  45. 2 points
    Turtle, it's rational to think about the current president. A sitting president and their policies are pretty relevant to most Americans. Wendy P.
  46. 2 points
    If it's not even fun doing non-work jumps, it might be time to take a break. Don't sell your gear right away though.
  47. 2 points
    On mini-risers they'll stick out before they take a set, or if they take a set without the tab tucked in. So if I'm putting gear together for a customer I know isn't amazing at noticing things about their gear, I'll tack them. I also tack wayward main slinks that come into my loft sticking out of the riser. The tacking allows the slink to be "trained" to stay inside the riser.
  48. 2 points
    Old airplanes wear out or corrode out. I was badly injured when a 40 year old King Air suffered a fuel pump failure. A skipped inspection almost killed us all! After 3 -ish years, the factory's liability fades and then the reliability of any machine becomes increasingly dependent upon the thoroughness of the last mechanic. For example, if the owner does 1,000 jumps per year - in the Southern California desert - a parachute might be scrap after 3 years. OTOH Closet Queens might be in mint condition after 30 or 40 years. However, Closet Queens may need Special Inspections or Service Bulletins that were published long before the interweb became popular. That is why young riggers should not feel forced to repack any parachute older than themselves. As for the grey-bearded, grumpy old Master Riggers ... I refuse to repack plenty of gear that was fashionable when I started jumping: round reserves suspected of acid-mesh, first generation 5-cell square reserves, Sentinel AADs, pre-3-Ring canopy releases, etc.
  49. 2 points
    OK, but this thread isn't about Republican politicians.
  50. 2 points
    Hi Ken, I've heard that the vaccine will be available on Nov 3rd. Jerry Baumchen