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  1. 10 points
    Personally? It guides my morality and worldview. I didn't know anything about how people in sub-Saharan Africa lived, and imagined they were all poor, ignorant people who lived in poverty and misery. Then I spent a month there and learned they were some of the happiest people around. When I told them I was a skydiver, one of the kids pantomined an entire RW skydive, including throwing a hand-deploy at the end and releasing the brakes. They all spoke three languages. I thought the US was a good influence there. And I discovered in the cities and larger towns that everyone hated Americans, because they'd come in and steamroller over local businesses, homesteads and farms (often literally) in the name of profit. "It never their fault" one guy told me, who explained that Americans always blamed their boss, or the shareholders, or the (Niger) government for whatever trouble they caused. But when you got to the smaller towns, the only Americans people had seen were Peace Corps volunteers. And they saw Peace Corps volunteers as sometimes misguided, sometimes clueless, but clearly there because they were trying to help. And thus I was welcomed with open arms. And that taught me that ultimately it's what you do, not what you say or what you profess to believe, that determines your morality and how you are seen by the world. I thought I was "woke" and really understood people. Then I managed a transgender woman and realized that I really didn't understand much of anything, and I never would, since I'm a straight cis middle aged white guy. But that that was OK as long as I could accept that her point of view was as valid as mine - even if it didn't make sense to me. I've known people who were great guys, would do anything for you, who turned out to be pedophiles. I've known miserable people who would curse you and never say a good word about anyone - but years after they were gone, I found out they'd been supporting several families and paying for their kid's college education for no reason other than he thought they deserved a chance. From that I learned to not judge people so quickly. True of Barack Obama, too. (Or as you preferred, Barack HUSSEIN Obama.) But I bet you don't think that the reaction to his name defines his significance.
  2. 9 points
    "When a coup attempt goes unpunished, it has officially become a training exercise." - Author Unknown
  3. 8 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 8 points
    So do actions. There was a time (it seems long ago) when elections were bitterly contested, but when the survivors made it to Congress they would roll up their sleeves and try to get some work done, and this meant working across the aisle. Hard though it may be to believe, Republicans and Democrats often socialized together and even had some pretty solid friendships. For some time now though, Republicans have adopted a scorched-earth strategy of total obstructionism when they are the minority, and ram-it-up-your-ass policy making when they are in the majority. This policy has been carried to the ultimate extreme by McConnell, who has pretty much destroyed the Senate as a deliberative body. Once upon a time the Senate required 60 votes to confirm Cabinet appointments and senior judgeship's including the Supreme Court. In Obama's first term McConnell was minority leader but still pushed the Republicans in the Senate to block several of Obama's nominees for his Cabinet, and also many nominees the judiciary. He was not coy about using the filibuster to try to castrate the Obama administration, so that Obama could not seat a full cabinet or fill judicial appointments in a timely manner. This forced the majority leader, Harry Reid, into a Hobson's choice. A Hobson's choice is where you have to make a choice but you only have one option. He eliminated the filibuster (the 60% rule) for most positions that required Congressional approval, but he did not eliminate it for Supreme Court appointments, arguing that such an important appointment should require more than a bare 51 votes to confirm. Leaving the Supreme Court at 60 votes meant any nominee would need to attract at least a few votes from the minority party, so they could not be too extreme. The problem with the Democrat's approach is that they still assumed some measure of good faith on the part of the Republicans. Instead, when the Republicans gained control of the Senate, McConnell blocked almost all of Obama's judicial nominees, creating a huge backlog of empty positions and also a huge backlog of cases waiting to be heard, and ultimately of course he blocked Obama's nominee for a Supreme Court seat. Then when Trump nominated Gorsuch, McConnell eliminated the 60 vote rule for the Supreme Court so he could ram through Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and now Barrett with not one Democratic vote. What I meant by "actions have consequences" is that McConnell's legacy will be a Congress in which Democrats will have learned the lesson to never allow the Republicans one inch, because if you do they will fuck you. The Senate is dead as "the world's greatest deliberative body". It will for a long time be focused far more on screwing over the other side than on doing any actual bipartisan legislation. Good job, Mitch. I have voted for Republicans in the past, when I thought they were the best candidate. Not for president it is true, but I would not have been too alarmed if McCain or Romney had won as I was confident they actually had the best intentions for the country. No longer. The Republican "party" has shown itself to be interested only in cementing their own power in place, establishing one party rule, and prostrating themselves before Trump and their corporate masters. Even if I think a particular individual is OK the party is so corrupt I can never again consider a Republican for any level of government.
  6. 8 points
    Hooray. Good news. I got a job offer today! It’s not quite what I was after, but with so many people unemployed right now and companies having a freeze on hiring just finding a job is a godsend.
  7. 7 points
    Myself and my good friend Brent Findlay set a new national New Zealand record this past Saturday for the most number of jumps completed in a single day by a single person. Dubbed 'The Hundred Jump Project' our goal was to get at least 101 jumps in a single day each simultaneously to beat the current NZ record of 100 which has stood unbeaten since 1999. We managed to achieve an average of one jump each every 5.5 minutes for just under 12 hours non-stop (aside from fuelling obviously), eventually ending the day on 120 jumps each so we now co-own the new record. We jumped from 2,500ft (the lowest legal altitude under our governing rules) from a Fletcher aircraft. We had just the one plane but had 3 pilots who worked on a 10-jump rotation. We had an incredible ground crew of around 50 people including packers, pilots, safety, rig-swappers, catchers, food and hydration runners etc who all also worked on a roster rotation, our first jump was at sunrise 6:35am and our last jump was around 6:15pm. We are not night rated so we were restricted to daylight hours only. We used a total of 20 rigs with quite a large range of canopies. It was really fun to land a Crossfire 3 109, then 5 minutes later land a Saffire 3 150, then 5 minutes later land a 7 cell Krakken wingsuit canopy etc, it was a real test and we had 240 great landings. I know some of you will be referencing people like Jay Stokes and thinking that 120 isnt really a big deal, but it was a big deal for NZ and certainly a big deal for us personally. We used the challenge to raise funds for our local Mental Health Foundation, so far we have raised around $10,000NZD but we expect that number to climb as the NZ media continues to show a lot of interest. We both had one cutaway each which is pretty unlucky really. Both spinning linetwists which put us on our backs, pretty obvious you arent going to fix that from that altitude. Mine was at jump 55 and Brents was at jump 93. Both cutaways were textbook, kept both handles, landed exactly on target, swapped rigs and kept going. One of the coolest stats is that I got to do my 800th and 900th jump on the same day, which not many people can say. Anyway I just thought some of you might be interested in some of those stats. It was a super fun day and Im really proud of what we achieved. Heres a quick story from one of the news channels here in NZ, one of many to report on the event. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/124237213/friends-push-through-parachute-fails-and-fatigue-to-set-new-skydive-record
  8. 7 points
    Looks like a lot of people don't understand the difference between "making good choices" and "having good choices".
  9. 7 points
    YOU don't get off the hook that easily. YOU are one of the enablers. Be ashamed.
  10. 7 points
    I'll say it again. All this nonsense is an indictment of the American education system. Seriously -- where are the (even most basic) critical thinking skills? Occam's razor, anyone?
  11. 7 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.
  12. 7 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.
  13. 7 points
    Anyone who compares a Havok to a performance suit clearly has absolutely no experience with acro flying.
  14. 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.
  15. 6 points
    Sweetie, you don't empower women, they own the power. It's not yours to give. Wendy P.
  16. 6 points
    Resisting arrest, failing to comply, threatening to assault police officers... what does a white guy have to do to get suffocated around here?
  17. 6 points
    Occasionally I see a BH quote and am reminded why I blocked him. Thanks for reminding me why it’s best to ignore his ridiculous bullshtuff Joe
  18. 6 points
    That, hands down and against stiff competition, is one of your lamest statements yet. You realize we are all skydivers, yes? Some of us are also accomplished pilots, motocross racers, rock climbers, base jumpers, speed flyers, extreme scuba divers and a shit pot full of other cool risky things. But here are you in all of your brave glory being sad for us that we don't have the balls to go to Disneyland or your favorite Chucky Cheese owing to our fear of dying. Whatever.
  19. 6 points
    A post in "Friends of Hartwood" on Farcebook. ------------------------------------------------ Here's a shout out to Clay Schoelpple. Clay went back east after his dad passed. He was cleaning out some old shelves & found an old velcro pouch with some old guy's original log books, USPA licenses, SCS cards, etc. I had left those there in 1987 and never found them again. You can imagine what it must have taken for Clay to track me down 34 years later! I was in the Navy and moved a dozen times since then. Thank you, Clay! I miss those days at Hartwood and was sorry to hear about Harry. Blue Skies to all of you in the group & remind Clay what a great guy he is. - Bob Larys, D-6822
  20. 6 points
    36 hours after 2nd shot. I feel strong, going out to hunt bears in forest.
  21. 6 points
    If you storm the fucking Capitol there have to be consequences. If you support that action or incite it, there HAVE to be consequences. You don't get to try and overthrow democracy and just go 'Why won't you be friends?? I just want to move on together! You're so MEAN! waaaahhhhhhh'. Jesus. I've never seen such a bunch of whiners. And they call those on the left 'snowflakes'.... I thought the Republican party was all for personal responsibility? Letting it go is what will make a bad situation worse. There's a reason the policy of every major government and police force is not to negotiate with terrorists or blackmailers - they think they can get away with it and so they do it again and step it up the next time. So yes. Find those guilty. Make an example of them within the law, no matter how high or low they are in the political structure. Slap them all down as hard and fast as fucking possible. This is what the American Government does with insurrectionists, is going to be the message. We'd better make sure it's a good one.
  22. 6 points
    It’s weird to me. Growing up in the UK I heard stories from my grandparents about what it was like for civilians in WWII. Rationing. Blackouts. Travel restrictions. Air raids. All that stuff. They SACRIFICED as a country. They had to, and they got through it. Whereas our country isn’t willing to just suck up wearing a mask and maybe not traveling for the holidays for a single year... Its really not a lot to ask in the big scheme of things.
  23. 6 points
    The underlying problem here is that you are giving your own personal guess more credence than the educated opinions and conclusions of experts. If at the end of the day you're going to choose to ignore references cited by others, not cite any yourself, and stick to your own beliefs without any justification, why bother posting in the first place? It's completely astounding to me that you think you have the knowledge and skills to make such an inference. Why bother with virology and epidemiology when we have you? Aside from that, your thought process is flawed: 1) You've arbitrarily predicted (and stated as fact) that the outcomes of COVID will be (or "are", as if this is retrospective) similar to those of SARS, for reasons you haven't explained 2) You've been presented with scientific evidence that the outcomes of COVID are different from SARS 3) The only reasonable conclusion is that you were wrong at (1), yet somehow you conclude the opposite. That's not an argument--that's a statement of belief with nothing to back it, and it's wrong. You believe it because it seems intuitive, but intuition does not equal truth. You've already been provided with two specific example diseases that start as a mild viral infection but then later on become much more severe and even deadly. And you've been moving the goalposts, too. First it was "organ damage", then it was "organ failure", then you got called out on that and moved it to "severe organ damage".
  24. 6 points
    A quick project for tracking basic data during flight. This is a garage project I made out of own curiosity. Not tested in flight yet, if you decide to do it you're doing it at your own risk. There are advanced solutions on the market like Dekunu One or Aon X2 and if you can afford them I encourage you to use professionally made equipment. You'd need: * Car GPS speedometer (I used this one because its shape and size are already almost snag-free: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000265066382.html * Powerbank (with least capacity and smallest size possible - in the prototype this one was used: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32945597181.html ) * 850 mAh battery (ideally 2000 mAh, but unlikely they'll fit inside the case) * Small switch Assembly is pretty straightforward: unsolder USB ports on both GPS and powerbank, solder switch and battery. Additionally I flipped the capacitor (it's under white tape on the first photo) - put it on the opposite site of the board to give some room for powerbank's charger. The device is mounted on a rig using velcro strap with a loop. So far I tested it on the ground on a bike and the speed is pretty accurate - +/- 1 km/h to what smartphone GPS shows Even with 850 mAh battery the device help up for around 8-10 hours (screen constantly on) which is quite impressed actually. Talking about the battery - attentive reader might notice that it got swollen - probably because powerbank's changer is for 2000 mAh, while battery is 850 mAh. That's a critical flaw because swollen battery has high risk of explosion as pressure changes during climb to the altitude. If I ever decide to use it for actual tests, the batteries will be replaced with non-chargeable lithium batteries just like in audibles (powerbank's module would still nicely convert that into a constant 5V supply). Meanwhile I'm doing some more research to find safe chargeable batteries. Now, what this thing can do: * Display current ground speed (both metric and those other, inferior units). Speed alarm can be set at as high as 200 km/h, so I'd assume device can measure at lease that much * Display one of 8 directions ( N/NE/E/SE and so on) - yeah, it's pretty basic, but better than nothing * Display distance covered, accuracy 100m * Display few other stats, but those are useless for WS flying * Oh, yeah, you can change colors Again, this is a garage project. I'm only sharing the fruits of my curiosity and taking no responsibility for what you might do with it.
  25. 6 points
    IMO while the world is, on average, becoming socially more progressive all the time, it has also been moving drastically towards the fiscal right for decades while people are simultaneously being brainwashed that it's too unfair to rich people and too good to the poor. IMO social programs in temrs of real dollars/pounds have never been weaker since the social safety net was first instituted in the early 20th century, while the rewards for success have never been higher compared to the average Joe, and the real tax burden on both wealthy individuals and corporations has never been lower. Anyone who thinks that poor people are the problem is fucking insane, IMO.
  26. 6 points
    When you claim that George Will is of the far left you lose all credibility. The uncomfortable truth for you is that Will actually represents what you merely claim to be. A conservative who actually has the integrity and the balls to call out the torrent of unnacceptable behaviour from those who currently control his party.
  27. 6 points
    There are no flames. There's a small flame. It will be gone in a few days. But there is no fire. It's a Chinese flame. Once it rains in the spring the flames will disappear like magic. The flames are a Democratic hoax. I removed all the sprinklers and fire alarms because you can get them back very quickly when you need them. I am the best at putting out fires. All the firefighters say "how do you know so much about this?" Maybe I have a talent. Fire at the mall is very small. Macy's sale looking very good to me! Obama started the fire. The CDC is overestimating the risk of flames. They are like a warm campfire. If we lose only a thousand houses to the flames I will have done a great job. The lying liberal media are exaggerating the extent of the flames to make me look bad. We have to put away the fire hoses and reopen the mall. Demand your FREEDOM TO SHOP! LIBERATE! Billy Joel started the fire, even if he denies it. Check it out if you don't believe me. I know, you're going to report "Trump is lying" again but that's because you are a terrible reporter. Terrible, no good mayor tells people to not go into mall because small flames are warming it up. I've heard the effect of gasoline is very powerful on fires. We're going to try that, putting gasoline on the fire. The extinguishing effect is very strong, almost a cleaning. I only asked the firefighters to try putting gasoline on fires. I never said put gasoline on the fires. I was being sarcastic when I said put gasoline on the fires. I always said this would be a big fire. Obama took all the sprinklers and fire alarms. We are the best at rebuilding malls, and I never said anything different. I am putting my son in law in charge of putting out the fires. He started a barbecue last year so he knows all about it. The CDC is exaggerating the number of deaths from the fire. Some people were going to burn themselves anyway. Look, it's very simple. No fire alarms, no fires. If we weren't so good at detecting fires we'd see a lot fewer fires. I was the first to say this was a dangerous fire.
  28. 5 points
    Time to make friends with the neighbors who own EVs.
  29. 5 points
    We ARE a 'deeply dysfunctional, broken nation'. We're finally seeing cops being tried for murdering people in custody (or being murdered while being taken into custody). We just saw how deeply broken the military is and how women are treated within it. We just saw 74 million people vote for a criminal, who wanted to be a despot. We are still seeing the Republican party try to disenfranchise millions of voters, mostly minorities and the poor. We're seeing the results of disregarding science, dismissing education and pretending that ignorance is 'just fine'. One of those results is the highest death toll from Covid in the world. During the pandemic, the rich got richer and the poor got poorer. The amount of wealth gained by the richest people in the past year is appalling. Many of these things have long existed, and the true extent of them is just now being revealed. The idea of "American Exceptionalism" is one of the most arrogant pieces of nonsense I've ever seen, and yet it seems to be growing.
  30. 5 points
    Agreeing with Gerry Baumchen, The first freebags had no through loops (e.g. Strong Dual Hawk Tandem) and short closing loops were tied to internal flaps. Second generation freebags had through loops, but they still rubbed against reserve fabric (e.g. Talon 1 and all Vectors). loop length varies widely depending up the rigger's experience. I have only sewn patches on two reserves, but one of them was in a NARO. The reserve center cell suffered a small tear because a rigger used more muscle than skill in pulling the closing loop through the free bag. Even if I only have to patch one reserve every 1500 repacks, that is too often. Third generation free bags are pinched in the middle they are easier to with only a single grommet through both layers of the freebag (Javelin, Talon 2). They are easier to pack because they need fewer tools and have a consistent loop length. While working at Para-Phernalia, I managed to convince them to switch Softie free bags from second generation to third generation freebags. EOS, Atom and Icon are between second and third generation in that they have grommets in both the top and bottom skins of the free bag, but they also have fabric channels preventing the closing loop from ever rubbing against on reserve fabric. Fourth generation free bags have more secure lines stows to properly stage higher speed openings (Icon, Racer Speed bag). These are mostly found on tandem and military rigs that deploy much heavier and faster than solo rigs. If you have read this far, you understand why I clearly prefer third generation free bags.
  31. 5 points
    Brother, I have to side with the left on this one. And, in part, you are correct. One-time shot in the arms aren't that great, but it is something. IMO: It should have been $600 - $1,000/month this whole time. Any time there's a recession/depression, the Keynesian Model works. Get money into the hands of the consumers that make less than "X" and they spend. Moving money around is what gets the economy to rebound.
  32. 5 points
    Is the emoticon supposed to be you? I'd have chosen differently. Look, a country is many things but more than anything it is a society of people who choose to adopt a common identity and who work toward common goals for the common good. Those things generally come together very slowly for the whole. It's just reasonable that when most people have decided things like racism and racist behavior are no longer a part of their identity then they also no longer see it as a part of their national identity and, by extension, no longer identify with certain symbols of their racist past. It's not about starting over or denying our past it's about standing up for who we are now as a people. That's a good thing.
  33. 5 points
    Qanon: The religion for people who find Scientology too rational and boring.
  34. 5 points
    In all fairness, until you've stood in line at a Seattle Starbucks at 6am waiting to order a triple Americano while some purple haired asshole at the front struggles with whether or not he wants a maraschino cherry on top of his double decaf, nonfat mocha with extra foam and a lemon spritzer you'll never see the comparison.
  35. 5 points
    Bullshit. It was VERY apparent how toxic Trump was. From the beginning, and even before that. His lies, his violent rhetoric, his narcissism, his stupidity was clear to anyone who looked closely. EVERYONE who voted for Trump, even the first time, owns this.
  36. 5 points
    There was a man from Kent whose virus' sequence was bent. It made one no sicker, but passed on much quicker, so faster and faster it went.
  37. 5 points
    I'm embarrassed to say this guy was a Marine (and have been embarrassed by him for some time). I'm pretty forgiving when people who have never served in government are elected to office, and then overstep or misunderstand (innocent mistakes) ethics and finance rules. But military officers have to engage in -- and often lead -- annual discussions and training sessions on this stuff. As a member of congress he committed gross violations of finance laws and ethics regulations (to the point that I wouldn't even have excused them for someone who might not "know better"). Double whammy. It's guys like him who make it so military members can be forced to take on even more training sessions, with documented attendance and participation -- taking away from doing our regular mission and from the annual skills training calendar. It's disgusting.
  38. 5 points
    You lack the ability to think independently and are only able to parrot what your leaders tell you?
  39. 5 points
    Hi folks, It would appear that the only way Trump gets to 270 is if he loses 50 pounds. Jerry Baumchen
  40. 5 points
    Good luck with your recovery. And let me be the first to say that this is a poor place to seek medical advice. Let me also be the first to say that although the gory details of your injury and surgery are interesting, what we really want to hear about are the details of how the hell you did that to yourself. And....what did your mom have to say......
  41. 5 points
    Another American who doesn't understand the US constitution. How did you all get this uneducated and clueless?
  42. 5 points
    Guys, this is a serious matter - he's part of at least three high risk groups: elderly, obese, poor...
  43. 5 points
    Oh come on. Unless you are hoping for dick picks why don't you just share it with all of us? (And you can share those dick pics by pm if you want) Fwiw to the OP, the transition from dive to level before the flare works best if it's done smooth and slow. Put the earphones in that flysight set to ping you the speed, and work on levelling and staying level without losing speed. More often than not a too quick levelling just causes a lot of drag due to changing the angle of attack too much, when at that stage you want to change pitch while maintaining the AoA as much as possible.
  44. 5 points
    Well, at 35 seconds, where he zooms under the student, he was being dangerous. His inability to control his fall rate or position in the sky relative to the student is dangerous. The video is of a single jumpmaster, harness hold exit, student jump. That's an AFF Level 4 type jump. His skills were not even close to being up to the task of helping or saving the student. That is dangerous.
  45. 5 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?
  46. 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.
  47. 5 points
    If it requires belonging to some group, no. If it means I'm against fascism, yes. If it means I think all government, or all conservatives, or all police, are evil, then no. So 2 out of three means a "no" vote. But then I'm not real big on formal groups that seem to demand allegiance. Wendy P.
  48. 4 points
    One of the most ridiculous things happened to me today (even though it's completely my fault, I find it very very very improbable set of coincidences). I jumped hop 'n' pop from 1200m and didn't bother to put on my jumpsuit and went with shorts and shirt instead. After packing the canopy, I put my pull-up cord in the pocket (no zipper or anything). Upon jumping and deploying, the cord slipped from the pocket, went up into the canopy at some point during the snivel, passed through the slider grommet and locked the slider up. I managed to get it down somewhere a bit above 700m. I've had my hard deck set for ~650m (the decision to cutaway). There was a lot of thermics and the canopy seemed too unstable to be safely landable. I've always looked at "don't jump with stuff in your pockets" as "you can drop that stuff and lose it + it could kill someone below. Never considered it could also go up. The takeway: don't jump with wih stuff in your pockets (that could slip out).
  49. 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.
  50. 4 points
    A review of the situation: Nothing substantial has changed biologically regarding the coronavirus. It still is happy to infect whenever and wherever it finds a host. There is not yet a proven safe & effective vaccine available, although that will eventually change. The only reason numbers currently are down is due to us starving the virus of new victims. As new hosts become available, the numbers will rise, especially the easier we make it for the virus to find a warm, moist host. We do not yet know everything about this virus, but we do know this one is especially contagious. Masks by themselves are proven not sufficient to stop infection. Good masks, goggles/face shields, 6' distance, frequent hand washing, avoiding eyes/mouth/nose contact with infected media, all together help in greatly reducing risk of infection, but may not be totally effective 100%. One can be infected but asymptomatic and spread the virus unaware to family, friends and co-workers. Symptoms vary, and can take a week or more to manifest, if at all. In some cases, hospitalization may follow about a week later, sedated intubation may follow a week after that. In extreme cases, death may follow quickly, or take weeks, or one may recover completely quickly or slowly, or recovery may result in lingering, perhaps permanent damage to certain organs and/or senses. The elderly and health-compromised are most at risk, but victims can come in any age and health status. Recovering survivors of those sick enough to be hospitalized describe an extremely unpleasent experience. As skydivers, we are used to understanding risks and devising technology, methodology and training to mitigate those risks. Good luck is always welcome, but we know better than to rely on it, because we know just how unreliable luck is. With careful and committed mitigation, we may know just enough to safely resume sport jumping, perhaps even student jumps. I am not at all convinced we yet know enough to safely resume Tandem jumping. For those choosing to Tandem jump at this time, please let us know the mitigation protocols you've implemented and how they are working. Any obvious symptoms should start manifesting some 2 weeks following infection.
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