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  1. 8 points
    In my church there is controversy about taking the vaccine. Many have taken it, including my wife and I, but some refuse. Those refusing are not vocal with their reasoning. It comes across as, mostly, the government is not going to tell me what to do. To me that is very weak and not very enlightening. Some of us have had the virus and some of those have died or still suffering long term effects. My wife is in this situation. To date we have had 8,254 infected and 214 deaths. I would guess around 50% of the seniors are vaccinated. Getting an appointment is a stumbling block. Personally, I think it is better to be as safe as possible than to be as sick as possible.
  2. 7 points
    I disagree with just about all of Rep. Cheney's policy positions, but to punish her for not promoting a huge lie is about as low as you can go.
  3. 6 points
    I notice a common theme among some people here. They can't explain their thinking, so they find a video and say "watch this whole thing." If you can't summarize your opinion, I'm not going to watch an hour and forty minute video to make up for that inability. Sorry. This is another common theme here - discarding any data that does not support your belief. "The Shockley-Quessier limit means solar is a pipe dream!" (this was an actual claim here) "The SC limit is not an issue in solar. First off, that states that single crystal solar can never be more than 33% efficient. It's 22% now - which means it can get better by at least 50%. And it's STILL economical - and the price is STILL coming down. Price is not really affected by the SC limit. And it doesn't apply to multilayer anyway, like perovskite plus silicon. That can get you to 69% efficiency, which means practically you could double today's efficiencies." "None of that is relevant." Once again - if you use "woman" as an insult against a guy (or "effeminate" or "feminine" etc) it means you think comparing someone to a woman denigrates them. Even if you have a sister or a friend who is a woman. It's actually pretty common in some circles, just as some people think "that's mighty white of you" is a compliment. Now, if you just posted without thinking, or you asked Joe that by mistake, no worries. You could apologize for your poor choice of words and/or misunderstanding and we could move on. But I am done letting sexism, racism etc just slide to "get along." I've done enough of that throughout my life and I'm not doing it any more. It may cost me some friends, but that's a price I am willing to pay.
  4. 6 points
    Sweetie, you don't empower women, they own the power. It's not yours to give. Wendy P.
  5. 4 points
    My understanding is that it will probably be the end of the week until the pipeline is restored. Then likely another few days to build stocks back up. The shortages are largely caused by panic buying. this should be a wakeup call to everyone about how vulnerable supply chains are. I'm not really sure why it is turning into another partisan issue here. It could pretty much have happened anywhere. It is a criminal act.
  6. 4 points
    Time to make friends with the neighbors who own EVs.
  7. 4 points
    It's a pop music thing. "WAP" stands for 'wet ass pussy'. Cardi B is the artist, and did a (fully dressed) imitation of lesbian sex with another female artist on stage at the Grammy awards show. The conservatives went nuts (predictably). Funny how the word 'pussy' is offensive when preceded by 'wet ass', yet not so when preceded by 'grab them by the'. Yet the first implies consensual activity, while the second is pretty clearly a crime.
  8. 4 points
    Contact Scotty Milne at Active Skydiving via his website. He can give you the pro's and con's of AFF in Scotland and, if necessary, give you good advice on an alternative solution.
  9. 4 points
    "Overall, we rate Electroverse a quackery level Pseudoscience source based on the promotion of misinformation regarding climate change that does not align with the consensus of science." Founded in 2018, Electroverse is a news and opinion website that promotes human-influenced climate change denial. The website completely lacks transparency as there is not an about page, the contact page does not provide the location, the only author named is Cap Allon who does not provide a biography, and ownership is not disclosed.
  10. 4 points
    IMO if you are a cop worried you will end up in Chauvin’s position you should resign, and the good cops you leave behind will be thankful for it.
  11. 4 points
    I love seeing a poster mansplain why a thread was locked - to the person who locked it.
  12. 3 points
    It's not surprising they're still behind Trump - he's shown them a whole new way to work and proven that they can get away with it next time. Direct communication, lies, hyperbole, fear and showmanship are more valuable than statesmanship and experience when all you're interested in is power.
  13. 3 points
    Not even close. Cheney’s a willing participant in the GOP machine despite knowing exactly who they are and how they operate. Good for her standing up on this one issue, but there’s a hell of a lot more she’s happy brushing under the carpet. If the majority of party faithful want someone with even less moral fibre at the top level then I don’t know why anyone in the outside would shed a tear for her. The GOP are indeed going far lower as we speak. Using their gerrymandered, undemocratically gained power to pass multiple election laws that are transparently aimed at allowing them to simply steal more elections in future. Probably the lowest thing they’re doing right now are the GOP states introducing huge personal financial and penal liabilities for election administrators for things that could happen as a result of minor and isolated administrative errors or falling slightly behind schedule. It’s easy to see this as both retaliation against honest Republican and Democrat election officials who refused to facilitate the GOPs attempt to steal the election, and an intimidatory stick to wield against them when they try and steal the next elections as well.
  14. 3 points
    Deduction will always have to be a part of the equation. Otherwise some business could not exist. For some corporations profits are not realized for years. Others operate on very seasonal basis. But simplification is necessary. YES, as per my suggestion above. Tax codes typically arise because some genius politician has an idea on how to "incentivize" a corporations, or individuals actions. Human behavior as its always worked. In sports, taxation, life, etc. writing on the wall is interpreted in different ways. The statutes around taxation need to be more agile. So unintended consequences can be quickly addressed. The code simplified. To raise more money the slope of the marginal rate increased. More enforcement is needed. The US is 1/2 way between Greece and the Nordic countries. Concerning outright cheating and the citizens who think the tax systems are fair and just. As a part of this equation is the entire idea that government supplies needed services. That government is efficient. When government is painted as "evil" and "enemy", a swamp of waste, corruption, etc. Its citizens are more likely to cheat and go to extreme lengths to avoid paying taxes.
  15. 3 points
    I’d include the names of who you jumped with; someday in the future you’ll read that logbook for reminiscing purposes, and that’ll be key. Also a short comment when it’s particularly fun, exciting, or something else like that happened. Wendy P.
  16. 3 points
    Dumbasses. It's a homemade cheese steak.
  17. 3 points
    And at a more fundamental level - homophily exists within all of us. We evolved to have it. Being uncomfortable around people who look different, people who look sick or injured, people from far away with strange ways of talking or acting, people who aren't part of "our tribe" used to be a lifesaving feeling. It warned us that we were in the presence of someone who might do us harm. We see it in four year old children, we see it in educated "woke" people, and we see it on both sides of the political spectrum. That can turn into racism if you are not careful - because people of other races look different. No one is evil for feeling that way; almost everyone does. Where the evil comes in is in not recognizing that for what it is - and not combating it in your daily life.
  18. 3 points
    Whatever is going on in your life I hope you find the strength and peace you need.
  19. 3 points
    Defunding the police means giving the money they spend on doing things that aren’t police work to people who are trained to do those jobs. Currently the police has to do those jobs because there is no one else to do them, because the police have all the money which they need because they have to do it. And because they’re not very well trained to do those jobs that aren’t really their job, they spend more money to do it worse than dedicated professionals would. For a really simple example check out the last vid of the 8(?) year old girl who was maced in the back of a police car after her family called the cops to report a mental health emergency. There were like 6 squad cars and 20 cops on the scene. Like, how the fuck much does that cost vs one trained and knowledgable on call social worker?
  20. 3 points
    Hi folks, He got married at Chambley Air Base, France; where I was stationed a few years later: 'Forgotten Astronaut' Michael Collins Dies : NPR He stayed with the military and rose to the rank of Major General. Jerry Baumchen
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    The massive surge in India is a problem for us too: The more cases there are, the more likely it is that a random mutation will arise that is not recognized by the current vaccines. While most mutations are harmless or benign, even if 1 in a million is a problem, the place with the most cases is where it is likely to happen. Which is why it is in our best interest to supply vaccines to other countries.
  23. 3 points
    Came here to tell a joke about trickle down economics but then I remembered 99% of you wouldn't get it.
  24. 3 points
    When you’re standing here declaring that you have no need to know what evidence was produced in Chauvin’s trial because you have already made up your mind that he wasn’t guilty of murder you really shouldn’t be making such stunningly hypocritical statements.
  25. 3 points
    Haven't seen it mentioned here, but maybe do Tandem jump and reacquaint yourself with the sky
  26. 3 points
    No personal experience, but one thing you can do on the ground to prepare yourself for landing is to learn and practice PLF’s until they’re second nature. Jump a canopy that makes a PLF reasonable (ie not some pocket rocket), and expect to PLF. Then you’re in control; you can prepare for a PLF (which doesn’t require nearly as much coordination and time sense), and only do a standup if everything looks perfect. I don’t have great depth perception or time sense in landing (I’ve taken several canopy classes and have over 2700 jumps — this isn’t new), and take this approach to landings. It’s not nearly as “cool” as a badass standup or swoop, but I’m a 66 year old lady who’s been jumping since she was 20, and haven’t been hurt on landing enough to miss the next load. That’s plenty badass. Wendy P.
  27. 3 points
    North Dakota now has enough vaccine available that they will make it available to Canadian essential workers (mostly truckers) who cross from Manitoba. I'm getting my first shot of Pfizer on Friday in Winnipeg, but likely my second will come from this program. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-north-dakota-vaccine-essential-workers-1.5994519
  28. 3 points
    Lots of troll-feeding going on in this thread.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    I remember when Col Oli North wrote in his book. "We did what any good intelligence agency did; we turned on CNN." Over the past 30 years, journalism has shifted towards more opinion-based content that is heavy on argumentation and less on objective news coverage. They all chose a lane. FOX, OANN, MSNBC, etc. etc. I'm not sure what your point is - they're all guilty of influence and all have a market that listens.
  31. 3 points
    And your house burning down could be a once in a several decades event, yet if it does you actually want the fire service to do its job. You don't care how many training competitions they win, you want them to perform when it really matters. So not including the pandemic in a policy evaluation is actually exactly what a fool would do. Does it matter no large western democracy did it well? Many countries still did it well. You're just laying the foundations of making exactly the same mistakes when the next pandemic arrives.
  32. 2 points
    No Sir. But, the way we handle criminals is ridiculous. The number incarcerated for "soft" crimes is too high, the time for hard crimes is too short and the tansition from criminal to society is retarded. But that is just one man's opinion.
  33. 2 points
    nice summary until this point. the ransomware never hit the pipeline controls, it hit the it system. they said they shut he pipeline down as preventative from getting it infected, but the reason was the it system was how customers paid for the gas. no computers, no way to tell who paid and who didn't. blame the cause of this one on not having a thorough backup system in place. all they would've had to do is restore from a backup and they would've been up in a day.
  34. 2 points
    Two problems there bud. First, you can't just say that I do it without and have it be true. You need examples. Second, the thing you just said I do is not the same thing in reverse as the thing I said you do. Even the way you have specifically chosen to phrase your claim makes it quite clear that the same logical flaw does not necessarily apply. It is ironic that in attempting to demonstrate a non-existent irony, you have only further demonstrated your lack of understanding of either irony or logic.
  35. 2 points
    They are the method of attaching the lines to the canopy using triangular pieces of fabric sewn into the bottom seam. They are used to distribute the load and in some designs also act as small keels and can replace stabilizers. As shown in this drawing of an FCI reserve canopy in side view.
  36. 2 points
    Agreed. You could quibble about his judgment but there's little doubt that attempting to prevent a stabbing - especially as the assailant is lunging at the victim - justifies deadly force. The better question is how things could have been handled such that deadly force was not needed.
  37. 2 points
    Interesting that in your mind the actions of the right are the fault of Dems. Trump didn’t fill three seats because of that precedent. He filled two. He filled a third because of Mitch McConnell refusing to hold a vote on Obama’s last nomination, despite Garland being a pretty centrist pick. The lesson to be learned is that Republicans will do there worst no matter how nice you try to play with them. And they’ll cry victim as they do it.
  38. 2 points
    Depends on the situation, of course. Is it someone who is drunk and is fumbling around in their jacket? Then a taser might be the best approach. Is it someone who just shot someone else, they see you and they draw their weapon? Then deadly force would likely be the best choice. There are absolutely cases where deadly force is appropriate. It is also used as a first resort far too often (IMO.)
  39. 2 points
    maybe YOU did nothing, but I did all sorts of things. i went to protests, started writing articles, started publicly calling out racists on the internet (and sometimes in real life, although living in a state full of them, i have to be more careful), actively support my friends of color, and if i had found a few folks to help one time, would have pulled down a statue of stonewall jackson at the capitol. i had the truck and a few chains, but that thing is heavy. anyone with those stupid blue line flags owns it, along with all of those with the "few bad apples" bullshit. the bad apples were left with the bunch too long and are almost all spoiled now. i, and most folks i know and care about, own none of it. you may, and good on you to admit it. now do something about it.
  40. 2 points
    That I agree with. But the thing is that Keith is simply recognizing that here in America we have the second amendment as interpreted by our Supreme Court. No solution is worth talking about if it lay's outside the confines of that reality. I, for one, think the whole gun craze in America, is simply ridiculous especially this nonsense with AR-15's and safety less hand guns like Glocks. But I am not ready to give up my guns. I don't think my shotguns are a danger to much more than woodpeckers and gophers. Also, I like the idea of a home defense shotgun. I believe if the fringes on both sides would just accept some common sense changes that recognize it's not an all or nothing proposition we can get to a better place. Beating the same drum won't help.
  41. 2 points
    That's fantastic. Tomorrow I am one month post my second Pfizer shot. I'm not cavalier about anything but it's been a joy to be able to have pretty normal dinners with others who are fully vaccinated. The best bit by far was when my favorite niece told her two daughters to give me a hug when I was home. The things you take for granted.
  42. 2 points
    Oh, I’m so glad I didn’t answer this seriously Wendy P.
  43. 2 points
    When you feed trolls, trolls are what you get. Rather like squirrels or pigeons.
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    OK The one on the left is blonde and the one on the right is brunette. How'd I do?
  46. 2 points
    I never claimed the info was new,, What is new is the fact that it is in the FBI docs.. previously it was hearsay from agents. I posted the FBI doc as confirmation... get it.
  47. 2 points
    Brent shows how the problem isn't CNN or Fox or any of the media/entertainment companies providing news. The problem is people's inability to think about what they are reading or watching.
  48. 2 points
    Yep. If he turns out to be a boring chief executive who spends his time in meetings, on the phone and in Congress, it will be a huge improvement.
  49. 2 points
    Unfortunately both our countries allow for loopholes, through child marriage. A practice I find despicable and one that should be changed immediately. In Canada, children between 16 and 18 can get married with parental consent. In many US states that limit either doesn't exist or is significantly lower, some as low as 13. Texas is trying to pass a bill that would label those parents helping their transgender children as child abusers, but does allow a 14 year young child to get married with parental consent. We really need to stop letting religious dogma dictate legislation.
  50. 2 points
    If you’re asking for drop zone financing advice here, you’re not ready to buy a drop zone. IMHO Do you have a good DZO friend that has been around a while that can mentor you through the process? There are about 101 things to review before purchasing, or starting a DZ from scratch. A nicely run DZ in a good location can be very lucrative. Signed, recovering dzo
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