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  1. 8 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. 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.
  3. 4 points
    Well, let's see... Top headlines: Coronavirus. The US has 4% of the world's population, and 25% of the cases & deaths. Those rather grim facts can be laid almost entirely at Trump's feet. He ignored the problem for a couple months, pretended it wasn't serious for another month, tried to force the country to re-open, held 'virus briefings' that were both pathetic and funny - thinly disguised campaign speeches that were so full of lies you couldn't keep up. Now, the much of the rest of the world is getting it under control, and we are seeing a million new cases in 15 days. So he finally says 'it's going to get worse'. No Shit Sherlock. Protests. The BLM protests haven't died down a whole lot. So, in order to both pretend he's "Law & Order" and to distract from corona, he sends unidentifed 'federal officers' in to Portland. Where there's been a lot of graffitti, but very little actual damage or violence... Until his thugs showed up. And are now 'proactively detaining' people. As in arresting them before they commit an actual crime. Russia. He had a chat with his master, Putin, the other day. Despite the overwheming information about Russia paying bounties for dead US soldiers, he didn't bring it up. His "Entourage". The shit his kids and their S/Os are pulling on a daily basis is really fucked up. Ivanka with Goya, Don Jr's sqeeze abandoning infected campaign workers in the middle of nowhere while she takes a private jet home (at the campaign's expense, of course), the list goes on and on. Look at the 'top stories' on any news site. See how many of them are about Trump or his minions. It's a fucking train wreck. Unfortunately, it's going to wreck the country. And it's almost entirely Trump's fault. Either through his action or his inaction. I've reached the point where I can no longer understand why anyone would actually support that fool. It seems to be that either they are so stupid and gullible that they are still being conned. Whether it's the 'socialsim' crap, or the 'great leader' crap, they still buy it. Or, it's that they are willing to ignore the lies, the crimes, the malfeasance and corruption because they support his racism and hatred. They support the sending of 'storm troops' to Portland because they are beating up on the 'liberals'. It goes along with some of the Trump signs I've seen. "Trump - Make Liberals Cry Again" Really. Their entire focus is on hurting people they don't like. Its fucking sick.
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    Was talking to a "Billy Joe Bob" a few days ago. "It's my constitutional right to not wear a mask and the government can't make me!!" he says. Me: "OK. Walk down the street without your pants and skivvies and let's see how that works for you."
  6. 3 points
    Again, I do not want the executive branch involved in this, they need to run the country. The New York DA's office can deal with Trump and they are equally capable of tapping federal resources where needed.. We will very quickly put our country into a cycle of one administration investigating the last if Biden and his office and cabinet have anything to do with Trump. They absolutely do NOT need to be involved and therefore shouldn't. They DO need to lead the country and should.
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  8. 3 points
    Hi folks, I received this in an email this morning: From Dr. Fauci. “Chickenpox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don't think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you're older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don't just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it's been around for years, and has been studied medically for years. Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they're going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you're going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don't just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it's been around for years, and been studied medically for years. HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years. Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood. So far the symptoms may include: Fever Fatigue Coughing Pneumonia Chills/Trembling Acute respiratory distress Lung damage (potentially permanent) Loss of taste (a neurological symptom) Sore throat Headaches Difficulty breathing Mental confusion Diarrhea Nausea or vomiting Loss of appetite Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young) Swollen eyes Blood clots Seizures Liver damage Kidney damage Rash COVID toes (weird, right?) People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill. Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths. This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know. For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity: How dare you? How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as "getting it over with", when literally no one knows who will be the lucky "mild symptoms" case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30-year-olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died. How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don't yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as: Frequent hand-washing Physical distancing Reduced social/public contact or interaction Mask wearing Covering your cough or sneeze Avoiding touching your face Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren't immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term. I reject the notion that it's "just a virus" and we'll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.” Jerry Baumchen
  9. 3 points
    What short-sighted people don’t realize is that when the bottom 10% is repeatedly eliminated, eventually they’re part of that bottom 10% Wendy P.
  10. 3 points
    Hi Terry, I've been shaking my head for so long, over the crazy rigging that I've seen, that people think I've got Parkinson's. Jerry Baumchen
  11. 3 points
    No apologies necessary. I was sort of replying to Turtles post supporting vouchers. But i don't like debating with him for obvious reasons. IMO good schools are the best way to lift poor people from a economic malaise. It is for certain the most effective way for countries to increase overall productivity, GDP, reduce unemployment, etc.
  12. 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?
  13. 2 points
  14. 2 points
    He breaks the tablets of commandments and yet the white wingers still adore him. It's a cult to a horrible treasonous human.
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  16. 2 points
    Looks like Sturgis is killing it this year.
  17. 2 points
    Yes, Colorado is building a wall, and we're making New Mexico pay for it!
  18. 2 points
    I didn't quite expect this from NYP -- except for the misleading sensationalist headline. This former producer is not talking about HOW events are covered (or editorialized). She's talking about WHICH stories are covered (and how often). While I do agree -- and have for a couple decades -- that "commercial" broadcast news spends too much time on the same story regardless of the programming, and should spread the attention to explore a variety of issues that should be important to their audience, what is cited in this article is much different than what goes on at Fox (since you brought it up). At Fox, except for a couple of straight-on news programs, the majority of the content is editorial and opinion, not news (though many viewers take all of it as "news," or at least based on factual premise). Except for the headline, I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage of this topic by NYP.
  19. 2 points
    For those who do not recognize this cartoon character, he is now known as "Yo Semite Sam"
  20. 2 points
    Yup, looks like Bupa does cover 3rd party insurance even for skydiving. At least they don't have anywhere stated that they don't. Personal liability - property damage USD 500,000 / EUR 360,000 / CHF 550,000 / GBP 280,000 Personal liability - bodily injury USD 1,000,000 / EUR 715,000 / CHF 1,100,000 / GBP 550,000
  21. 2 points
    Should have? That would be a recommendation then. Hard rules use words like must. Like others have said, balloon jumps are most often available at desert DZs in the US. Eloy is known to allow a balloon operator access to their facilities regularly. The OP appears to to from or even possibly in Iran. Asking about "regulations" but not stating the jurisdiction make the question difficult.
  22. 2 points
    I'm not buying this scenario one bit. Hillary Clinton was never President, so there's no way to say how she would have responded to the pandemic. Obama, not perfect, but a pretty level-headed guy, would have done better. Assumes facts not in evidence, as they say on Law and Order. But I can assure you their responses to the pandemic would have been better than a guy who tells you drinking or injecting antibacterial cleaners is a possible solution to the problem. You understand of course...that prior to Trump...presidents like Andrew Johnson (guy who took over after Lincoln was killed) and maybe Herbert Hoover were always near the top of the list as the worst US Presidents in history. When the votes come out again on that list, it is a certainty that Donald Trump will take the top spot. What did Obi-Wan Kenobi say in Star Wars?
  23. 2 points
    Wow. That this needs to be patiently explained to anyone at this juncture tells you all you need to know about how how screwed we are.
  24. 2 points
    That's for sure, or as Smokey Robinson once said, "I second that emotion.' The reason the WW2 stats are skewed is because the nation was cranking out mass quantities for the war. The reason it dropped after the war was because much of that stopped when the war ended. But notice that we've never even come close to the 34-37% drop that is happening now, and will probably get worse. Like the few months that passed after the stock market crash in 1929, you aren't feeling the effects of that drop. YET. But you will, and sooner than you think. One of the reasons you aren't feeling the effects right now is because so far...the US government and deficit spending has artificially propped up the economy. But like the eye of a hurricane passing over you, this calm will not last long. A GDP drop nearly triple the worst that happened during the Great Depression will certainly have an effect. Things are not going to get better. They are going to get much worse, and by the time they do, the US Government will only be able to help people and prop up the economy to a certain extent. Even they can't go on forever as they are doing now. If you twisted my arm behind my back and demanded I take a guess on the economy for next year, I would say these things: Many small-to-medium size companies will go bankrupt, and their employees be thrown out of work. Many large corporations that depend on steady consumer spending, or who sell extremely expensive durable goods, (Boeing, for example) will be forced to do mass layoffs. The stock market will undoubtedly drop, but I couldn't tell you how much, or how far it will go before stabilizing. Infrastructure and road repairs will once again (like the 2008 recession) go into the tank because states will have no money remaining to do them. Housing prices may drop. The number of homeless people in America will increase by a great deal. Double, certainly. Triple, maybe. If, after all this, you are considering opening yourself up a new business...I suggest you and just your family members (so you don't have to pay high minimum wages)...open a shop that sells really cheap food. Hamburgers and shakes. Or something that most people will eat, and mostly American-style. CHEAP. The people will line up for a block and you will be busy every single day.
  25. 2 points
    Coreece, Thank you again for more of your million word repetitive posts where, once again, you project your own doubts and confusions. At the end of the day all that you bring to the table are wish thinking and fear of being wrong. You have nothing that has a chance of proving what you believe is true. As your argument, you want we naysayers to accept as of equal value your gut feelings and the teachings of your parents. You want us to feel the exaltation you have felt in the company of like believers. Well, here's the good for us news: we do feel that in like minded company. But all of the discussions are of facts that are testable and the new stuff we learn feels so very real because it is. Until you open your mind to thinking about the world as it really is you will never know how wonderful that feels.
  26. 2 points
    It's called stopping the insanity of a domestic terrorist group. All social media platforms are removing the q bullshit, why is it tolerated here? Russia has defeated us and we are destroying ourselves with this type of insanity and disinformation. As a veteran with a decent sense of patriotism, it disgusts me. Treason is practiced and celebrated now.
  27. 2 points
    And Airdvr makes his play for stupid post of the month. The woman is his wife, the guy is a close friend, and he tested negative the same day.
  28. 2 points
    Why? When you have cancer, it tends to be the focus of your thoughts. The US is the richest and most powerful nation in the world, and it has a cancer at its heart.
  29. 2 points
    I think your dispute is with the DZO. You might kindly ask if they would be so good as to actually train the pilots in the future. You might point out, as reasonably as possible, that knowing how high above the ground ones jumpers are while in flight is a very important part of jump piloting.
  30. 2 points
    Sort of like a community organizer?
  31. 2 points
    You are so full of shit that I am surprised that it doesn't come flowing out your ears. It is definitely coming out of your fingers. Tandems instructors don't need to be Skygods and many aren't because they get stuck hucking drogues all day, but they are complicated jumps due to the equipment and the unpredictable cargo strapped on the front, and TI's need be consistent and reliable. You claim you have a tandem rating, so you should be familiar enough with some of the tandem fatality reports. Things can go really bad on tandems when procedures aren't followed. All of those fatalities prove the point that they aren't just another jump. Your average 4-way belly doesn't normally lead to a drogue entanglement if someone fucks ups. The jumpers on your average FF jump don't have a malfunction decision tree nearly as long or as complicated. I am trying to figure out your angle on all these asinine posts about tandems. I think I am settling on the fact that you were a shitty instructor, which is ironic considering how "simple" you make it out to be.
  32. 2 points
    But that is not relevant to the subject here. The question is about a new lower time jumper lurking a tandem. Several things can and have gone bad in that situation. A normal tandem is not complicated. The decision tree and potential for things to go wrong make the possible EPs on a tandem jump extremely complicated.
  33. 2 points
    Q is mostly an online social support group for people who are powerless but want to believe they are insiders. It is a way for them to mitigate their fear. I have no fear of Q or it's believers. I only have pity for fools.
  34. 2 points
    This whole pardoning thing needs to be revisited. Personally I don’t think any individual should have the ability to sidestep the justice system like that.
  35. 2 points
    Bill, I for one am very excited about the future of EV. In my town; there are currently 157 EV Charging stations they keep popping up like spring wildflowers. I try to stay up on it. Last October, Google added an EV charger search function EDIT: Now if Harley would make an EV Road Glide - my world would be complete :)
  36. 2 points
    I did the PM already about a week back. But I will do as you ask. Surprised no one has taken action. Spammer is back and posting porno again. EDIT: Done. There was a previous thread at Suggestions about this spammer. I added my two cents. I think DZ admins will end up locking the thread.
  37. 2 points
    i usually start walking with groups of folks when they are marching like that. i have supported pride, blm, the wv teachers strike, and a whole host of other things, and at least one which i wasn't even sure why they were walking but they were a friendly group.
  38. 2 points
    Don't believe the polls. Assume it's neck and neck and your vote could tip the proverbial scales.
  39. 2 points
    Yep. In freefall you are horizontal. Once you open you pull a lot of G's for a second and are then vertical - often with a bit of loss of circulation in your legs. If you're hypovolemic that's where you will notice it.
  40. 2 points
    How can you say such a thing??? Turtle is just bringing a moderate centrist point to the argument! Nope. Can't keep a straight face when typing that.
  41. 2 points
    QE2 (age 94) knights Capt. Tom Moore (100). Capt. Moore raised over $40Million for the health service.
  42. 2 points
    Haha yes exactly! Well I believe it was just mental exhaustion after that week. Actually feel great now after some time off and ready to finish the course :)
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    fixed it for ya...
  45. 2 points
    Westerly, overwhelming people with sheer volume of ignorance is not an effective trolling technique. Where's the subtlety?? To be a good troll, you need to get people to respond, right? In that post, there's just too much for anyone to even know where to start with a response. We all know you can do better than that.
  46. 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.
  47. 2 points
    Your pilot chute doesn't look completely collapsed. Not a clue if that has anything to do with your problem though.
  48. 2 points
    I’ve had to travel recently (fortunately I can bring my house with me), and am exclusively taking my business to places that require masks. Now that’s not a major blow to anyone’s budget, but it’s at least a little protection of me. Wendy P.
  49. 2 points
    It’s good when a person understands that.
  50. 2 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.
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