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  1. 5 points
    You lack the ability to think independently and are only able to parrot what your leaders tell you?
  2. 5 points
    Hi folks, It would appear that the only way Trump gets to 270 is if he loses 50 pounds. Jerry Baumchen
  3. 4 points
    You’ve never had one. You’ve only had that when the media called it. Your side is arguing that isn’t valid. As usual Republicans are talking out of both sides of their mouths. Mainly because they stand for nothing. They have no backbone.
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    Skydiving may not be a thing for you these days, but for 40,000 USPA members it is. Besides, after tomorrow the "real election" will be over. The USPA election goes on through the end of the month.
  6. 4 points
    I voted for Melissa Lowe. She will help stop the USPA BOD from wasting anymore USPA Members money on the failed building of the International Skydiving Museum building. This is NOT about the "skydiving hall of fame", it's about a building that has no location or plan and no money, other then USPA Members. Our USPA money would be more productively invested in Airport Access and the USA Team's.
  7. 4 points
    Ron, A Trump supporter dies and goes to the pearly gates… There he sees St Peter and gets excited and walks towards the pearly gates. St. Peter says, "I want you to know, on the whole you were a good person, that's why you're going in. But we almost had to send you to hell because you voted for Trump." "What do you mean? Trump is the best president ever and a devout Christian!" St. Peter snorts and says, "He's nothing of the sort. He's vain, greedy, an adulterer, racist, and corrupt. As soon as he dies we're sending him straight to hell." The Trump supporter shakes his head, his eyes wide and mutters unhappily, "Oh my gosh. I didn't realize the deep state went this far!"
  8. 4 points
    I PLF more than most people. In fact, my default landing is PLF, with a standup being a last-minute decision if everything looks perfect. And it's a fairly honest PLF, generally done only when it's a no-wind or downwind landing, so there is some speed. I just don't run out landings any more. Frankly, my depth perception isn't great, never has been, which makes using my backbone/ass instead of my legs be the first point of contact (i.e. sliding) a really bad idea, too. What has this bought me? A dirtier rig than most, and an injury-free jumping career so far. That includes about 500 round jumps (although most of those were standups). I taught PLF's back when I was an instructor, so I do know how to do them, and it's pretty automatic. I highly recommend the skill, and enough practice for it to be fairly automatic. Unfortunately, the most realistic PLF nowadays would be to jump off a moving truck or something, but frankly the injury rate would be too high. And since generally the forward speed is higher than the downward speed, it'd be jumping off a lower platform than the 3-4 feet that we used to use for PLF practice. The practice should't injure you (though I did have a student discover once that she had osteoporosis after breaking her ankle jumping off the PLF platform). Wendy P.
  9. 3 points
    Either: a) No one is above the law. b) We have two classes of people in the USA: Those subject to the law, and those who are above it. The whole idea of a pardon is disgusting. That would be letting the next wannabe-Mussolini know that there is no reason to pay any heed to what is legal, since political office will give him immunity.
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  11. 3 points
    Could be here, or who won the election thread: Oh, Lindsey went down to Georgia, He was looking for some votes to steal. He was in a bind, 'cause Trump was way behind and he was willing to make a deal.
  12. 3 points
    When Ron goes out for dinner: "Good evening sir, do you have a reservation with us tonight?" "No. Not safe. System not secure." "Yes sir, of course, not a problem. How many are in your party?" "Unknown. Waiting. Being watched. Soon." "Certainly, sir. We'll prepare your table. Can I have your name, please?" "No. Gave it away last night. Stolen. Wait. Chavez." "Very good, Mr. Chavez, let me just take your temperature, sir." "Drop it! I will shoot. Lima. Air America. Communists". "Please, sir! Don't shoot. It's just a thermometer". "Leaving. Don't follow. Benghazi. Deep state."
  13. 3 points
    you'd be better off using an barometer along with the gps. i made one once using a gps module and a barometer, a small display screen, and a raspberry pi zero, but couldn't get them both to read at the same time. the forums i was looking at when i put it together suggested using gps also to check the accuracy. getting the raw gps data works fine, and it works with just the barometer, but not both together yet. i had to stop when shit went bad a few months ago. when i get some time, i will post some links that i used to help you with yours. i used the same battery you have and it seemed to do fine. when i get it working this winter, i plan on testing it in the air as a wrist mounted altimeter. as a chest mount it would be great. i was going for a sub $75 altimeter/gps/logbook. if that works out, i was going to add bluetooth and mate it with the pi i am putting in a helmet over the winter, but that may take a backseat also, a little ambitious anyway.
  14. 3 points
    To a degree, you're right. But Trump is making baseless claims about fraud. The FBI has repeatedly said there's not fraud (FBI Director is a Trump appointee). EVERY lawsuit claiming election fraud has been dismissed. EVERY ONE. Your question about Republicans being denied access to the vote counting was proven to be false. Trump's own lawyers admitted in court that the R observers were there (which is why that suit was dismissed). This level of BLATANT lying is something the media has aided & abetted for the past 4 years. They've finally grown some balls and said (more or less): "We aren't going to be a vehicle for your lies any more". That's not 'censorship', that's responsible journalism.
  15. 3 points
    And I can tell you what WILL happen if a vaccine is released and it turns out to have serious side effects. All those nutjobs will say "see? I've been telling you all along - these vaccines are UNSAFE! I have PROOF!" And they will actually have it - and will be listened to. And the next vaccine will have to go a much longer set of trials before it's released. And when it is released, most will refuse to use it it. "Remember last time when the FDA said it was safe? Not injecting my kids with that. I'll wait a year." And millions will die. That's worse than hundreds of thousands. If you want to join a vaccine trial I support that 100%. Go for it. If you want to end the disease before then, push as hard as you can for universal masking, testing, distancing, contact tracing and improved hygiene. Those aren't as quick and easy as a shot you get in ten seconds - but are a whole lot safer at this point. And they are very effective. I have a Nova that I haven't jumped for years. Do I feel foolish when someone else jumps a Nova and says "See? It landed FINE. You're afraid of nothing!" Nope. Because I have enough experience to know that "it will probably be OK" is not sufficient evidence for me to trust my life to it. Same with vaccines.
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    I just read an article that said NBC News cut into Trump’s last address in order to correct all the misinformation he was spreading. My question is: why did it take 5 years for any news organization to implement this process?
  18. 3 points
    My analogy to this situation (where wording was surely deliberately chosen to be misleading): White House releases Pearl Harbour accomplishments Highlights include: - Ending World War II We have taken decisive action to understand, engage, and defeat the enemy. - .... etc
  19. 3 points
    Well, I'm convinced. I'm not going to vote for Hillary.
  20. 3 points
    The only reason we have such low temperatures is that we have so many thermometers.
  21. 3 points
    Better than being a Republican. They always go low.
  22. 3 points
    1st year in sport, wanted to talk to everybody about it and expected most would love it. 2nd-4th year in sport, loved to talk about it but realized most would never do it. 5th-30th year in the sport, change the subject when someone brings it up, having heard every wuffo skydiving story and joke way too many times.
  23. 3 points
    Dude, you survived a situation that a whole lot of experienced people would have trouble dealing with. Really. You got some good luck, but quite a bit of bad luck too. This was not a beginner malfunction. A lot of people have jumped with injuries they thought they could handle; most of them got lucky. Your shoulder demonstrated why that's not always smart. Having two out is a theoretical situation that they give very experienced jumpers during emergency procedures practice; there are a lot of decision trees, and you haven't the time in the sport to have gone through most of them in your mind. One thing to consider is that when you have a potential ball of shit above you, a big ball of shit is probably better than a small ball of shit. And cutting away that low is almost guaranteed to kill or hurt you very seriously. Even a downplane that starts that low probably doesn't have enough time to accelerate as much as cutting away would. But shit -- you have 24 jumps and you were facing an emergent situation. You're here to talk about it. Anyone who gives you a bunch of crap is wrong. Instructors and the like talking to you about choices are hoping that you can incorporate what happened well enough to judge more quickly if you have another malfunction. You are very lucky that you were probably still jumping big student canopies. This would have been a different report with smaller canopies. Heal fast. Wendy P.
  24. 3 points
    Thank you for all the encouragement. And you guys have convinced me and I will post the details here for the purpose of learning and helping others. I feel bad to ignore multiple inquiries. But I can expect that I will get different opinions and advice here. What happened: I hurt my arm during my previous landing. It was sore but was functional and I decided to jump again. Right shoulder dislocated on exit and I couldn’t control my right arm right after the exit if I remember correctly. Pulled the reserve at 3,300 ft. (And my coach pulled the main at the same time but I didn’t realize it) I was under the beautiful white reserve and my main was trailing behind, still in the bag. Later, the reserve suddenly dived down at maybe just a couple hundred feet. I was confused for a second, looked back, saw the fully inflated main and realized i was having a 2-out. The reserve was nearly below me and the main was behind and above me. I thought it was a down plane, so I cut away immediately and hit the ground before the reserve flew level. What I have learned: 1. Make good decisions up high to avoid making bad decisions down low. (Pull the reserve at 4,500. ) 2. Altitude is my friend. 3. Do not jump when I am not fully confident with my body. What I still feel confused about: People (who I have asked) have various opinions on whether I should cut away (or not) my coach told me that not cutting away at that low is a better course of action and personally I tend to agree with this saying - because the main provided a drag force that slowed me down. If I cut away I would swing under the reserve.And one of my instructors thinks that it looks like a down plane but it actually acts like a stable “bi-plane”. Honestly I still don’t understand why it acts like a “bi-plane”. He says I was coming down at an angle not straight down,so I should have landed the 2-out. However, some people say I should cut away(and that is what I actually did) “it is a down plane by definition” and “any down plane is a cutaway”. It is definitely a tough 2-out situation.. it is not a standard down plane but it really looks like it. The reserve was nearly below me and the main was behind and above me and they were opposite each other. Welcome to discuss...I always have fun learning new things. I have been doing research on two canopies out these days.
  25. 3 points
    I'm surprised they let your friend jump at all. At one dropzone there were two young women who were treating the entire class (with other students) like it was just a wild hoot. The instructor (also a woman) came over and told them to go back to the office and get their refund, she was kicking them out of the class. End of story. Considering that this is a sport that can actually kill someone, I think instructors have a duty to not allow a student to jump if they just don't get it or act like they just don't care.
  26. 2 points
    I guess we can add paranoia to your list of cognitive infirmities. Were you military, I would next have asked if mindsets like yours were prevalent in your unit. Now I know it's much simpler: you are just an angry old man, unhappy with your lot in life, who finds validation in lashing out bitterly at make believe enemies. The internet and this forum give you a channel to behave as abysmally homophobic and prejudicial as you like without fear of retribution. I'll further guess that in your little circle at home you take pains to be well behaved lest you be left without even the pretense of friends. Old age is a time for mellowing out and enjoying the days you have left not hating ever more intensely. Go find some good in something.
  27. 2 points
    I always jump with gloves, too. Same reasons as Councilman, with the addition that I had a friend whose ring finger was degloved when she caught it on a floating exit on a Twin Beech (or maybe a DC3). This was before the days of float bars on airplanes, but it still brought home the fact that in a finger-vs-anything fight, the finger loses, so why not protect it. I always wore them when motorcyling, too, for the same reason. Wendy P.
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    The reason has nothing to do with standards. The lawyers don't want to work for free. They want clients who pay the bills.
  30. 2 points
    For crying out loud. It doesn’t take specially fitted masks or any high tech filters to slow and stop the friggen virus. It takes a disciplined and careful society with people who can be counted on to do their part. Nothing more and China has proven it.
  31. 2 points
    I'll submit they have Electile Disfunction.
  32. 2 points
    What do you expect the President to do? I ask this honestly, because I expect a statesperson, who will have general policies and directions they want to go, and a cabinet who are knowledgeable in their fields -- and all of these people advised by advisers who aren't necessarily as good interpersonally, but who are all experts in their fields. I expect the President to have a political compass of some sort -- and that can be a huge guideline. E.g. "no 'socialism,'" or "free trade," or "health care," etc. But one who just throws bombs won't get much done. And I really, reallly, want intellectual honesty and consistency from as many of the congresscritters as possible. Which is why things like all the statements around the Garland nomination vs. the Coney Barrett nomination stick in my craw, because they had such self-serving "whatever it takes" approaches to getting done what they wanted. Likewise the "I'll be the hardest-working president ever, no golf for me" statements, and just about all the stuff that is absolutely within Trump's control that didn't happen. The wall was one thing (it was hyperbolic, and wrongly proposed, but it was at least a stab in a direction), he did need budget for that, and it wasn't entirely in his control. So I find Trump to be wholly unacceptable, in large part because he's a bomb-thrower, with no real concept of what's going to happen when he's done. That's fine for some positions, but not the President of the last (well, not for long) superpower. Wendy P.
  33. 2 points
    I stopped doing more than skimming it quite a while ago. I am glad that the participants seem to enjoy it. I will say that is has always been a point of contention whether free will exists or not. I long ago came to a personal conclusion that it is another of the things that we can never know. And that it does not matter.
  34. 2 points
    Any further news about the Easter Bunny?
  35. 2 points
    Right??? Holy crap it’s a breath of fresh air. Functioning adults who can give a presentation.
  36. 2 points
    Hi Joe, I am 100% with you. Prosecute him for the rest of his life. And, shove anything & everything that we can down Mitch McConnell's throat. I want Kamala to get herself down to Georgia & do everything possible to get those two Senate seats for the D's. Then she can be the tie-breaker voter. No mercy whatsoever for Trump; a plague on his house. Jerry Baumchen
  37. 2 points
    Yes you were. See, you just explained the insult.
  38. 2 points
    They used to fight nazis. Without waiting for Japan to attack first. Unlike “America firsters”.
  39. 2 points
    Because their crying keeps interrupting the counting.
  40. 2 points
    Stolen from FB: How many Trump supporters does it take to change a light bulb? None. Trump says it's fixed and they all sit in the dark cheering at the great job He's done.
  41. 2 points
    No it didn't. No they didn't. No they didn't. Indeed. Lawsuits as frivolous, baseless and ignorant as your post.
  42. 2 points
    The Trumpists have convinced me. I'm NOT voting for Hillary or for Hunter.
  43. 2 points
    I have been jumping 47 years and seldom mention it also. I am tired of the line "why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane"
  44. 2 points
    You must have missed the electric C208 already flying: In the UK and Europe the C208 is one of the most common jump planes around. MagniX are going to market it for cargo ops, which is pretty much the exact configuration for skydiving. The 3 DZs near me operate: C208, C208 (3 aircraft), PAC 750XL.
  45. 2 points
    Tough choice: an intelligent, articulate, accomplished woman, or an elf on a shelf.
  46. 2 points
    Now we know who Putin thinks will win on November 3.
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  48. 2 points
    Your (you're) a tool then, sorry to be so blunt. You have no Ideas (idea) what the silent majority is about to do to your reality. Since were (we're) both in SoCal I've got an Experiment for you, actually Bill, (space)I dare you. (no space) Put a Trump Flag over your solar array.(space) See what Happens (not capitalized).(space) Put a Trump sticker on your Tesla see what happens. As I drive down the freeway I just figure every car without a sticker is the silent supporter.( space and moment of silence) So much for the liberal idea of freedom of speech, to prove my point..(another moment of silence) We can go to N (period) Hollywood (and) have some sushi (and) saki and a couple (of) beers all on me. We'll both dress up in Pink Toto's (tutu's) and walk the streets (take your pick) we'll have a blast.(space) On the way back I'll put a red hat on your head and we'll see how the rest of the night goes. (distracting sexual connotation) Rich, you might work on your presentation a bit if you want to be taken seriously.
  49. 2 points
    Holy shit! You survived a nightmare situation. That could have easily been a fatality report and damn, I'm glad it isn't All my respect. You sir are a badass.
  50. 2 points
    Was that a haiku?
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