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  1. 6 points
  2. 5 points
    To me, an entanglement is like a pilot chute in tow. There is no perfect answer; people have died who didn’t cut away, and people have died who did. If there isn’t a good way to fix it, then you have to invest extra effort in preventing it. Wendy P.
  3. 5 points
    What you are doing here is an old tactic called "making perfect the enemy of the good". You can raise an almost infinite series of "what if" stories to justify never ever approving any drug, vaccine, or whatever. Is a side effect that impacts literally one in a million people worse than a disease that has killed a minimum of 4 or 5 million in a little over one year, and destroyed the long-term health of several times that number? For a long time after drugs are approved they continue to be monitored for those infrequent side effects, so that treatments can be developed or people likely to experience the side effect can be identified and excluded from taking the drug. If your standard is that not one person, ever, has an adverse reaction then that is the end, no-one will ever develop a new method to treat or prevent any disease. Don
  4. 5 points
    There are 2 speeds: Indicated airspeed and true airspeed. The speed that the jumper will feel in freefall is always indicated airspeed and for a jumper that falls at an indicated airspeed of 120 mph, he will fall at that same indicated airspeed regardless of altitude (except when going so high there is no air at all). If you could take an airspeed indicator with you in freefall, it would always register the same airspeed, indicated airspeed, regardless of altitude for a give body position. Your true airspeed will change with altitude and at 41,000' your true airspeed, with an indicated airspeed of 120 mph, would be about (depending on temperature) 245 mph. However, your body would only feel the indicated airspeed of 120 mph. Mike Mullins Oh yes I will. Mike
  5. 4 points
    My people (military intel types) made a mistake. Then this military leadership owned it when it was discovered and this administration is trying to make amends. When US forces were targeted in this and other countries over the previous four years, what was the plan? Oh yeah: "bomb the shit out of them." There was a lot of criticism for the administration "allowing" the attack on the airport checkpoint, and quite a lot of insistence that it not happen again during the evacuation. Information was gathered, and we made a bad call over the interpretation of it. How much criticism would be flowing had no action been taken and another attack had happened? Hindsight is 20/20. We recognize it was a bad interpretation of the available information. But we admit it and try to recover.
  6. 4 points
    That’s way too many words for me to read Bill, could you just give us a quick summary?
  7. 4 points
    I don't get sad about these things anymore than I get sad about getting wet if I go out in the rain without an umbrella. Maybe that makes me a terrible person, but this family were given every chance for this NOT to happen and they deliberately chose to do otherwise. I'll save my sadness for people who have terrible uninvited things happen to them, like the family of the baby that was shot in Florida this morning.
  8. 4 points
    Over the last 18 years of flying, I've posted various educational coaching material available online on flying technique in form of writing and videos. During the lockdown period in 2020, I finally took the effort to collect and rewrite all of that in a cohesive and structured book, called 'the flight manual' For those interested in getting into wingsuit flying, I figured it would be an interesting resource, and for those already flying there should be a lot of interesting information on performance, acrobatics and gear that might be of assistance in your progression. The book www.flylikebrick.com/book/ Reviews www.facebook.com/mccordia/reviews/
  9. 4 points
    Public Service Announcement: At the top right of your screen is a link that allows you to put annoying trolls on an "Ignore List". (In many years on DZ.COM I have only put two people on mine.)
  10. 3 points
    I guess you don't follow American politics.
  11. 3 points
    Eric, it’s clear you have a beef with Aerodyne. You’ve shared your reason here, but please don’t have your friends come to a bashfest, because this thread will get either locked or deleted. And I really hope your lawyer is taking the appropriate steps for you Wendy P.
  12. 3 points
    Perhaps, but you have your own choices to make. I won't have any guests at my home who have not been vaccinated. If your friend chooses to remain a carrier, that's his decision. You can choose not to hang out with people who are 10x more likely to carry, transmit, and mutate the virus, which ultimately would exponentially increase the risks to you and your family. Your justifications should be given the same respect as you're giving to his.
  13. 3 points
    From the CDC's MMWR comes a story out of Marin, CA. In one school district in Marin, all teachers were vaccinated except for two. One of them caught COVID. The school's policy was for teachers to wear masks at all times, but this teacher took it off occasionally to read to the class. Of the 24 students in his classroom, 12 of them ended up infected - most of them the closest students to him while he was reading. In other classrooms, several infections were seen. They were tested, and the samples sequenced to ensure that they were all the same strain (they were) thus suggesting that they all came from the same index patient (the unvaccinated teacher.) A total of 27 people were infected. All the children were unvaccinated because they were too young to be vaccinated. Of the adults who became infected, three were vaccinated. This tells us a few things: 1) The Delta variant is extremely infectious. In a school setting with sloppy (but implemented) COVID protocols, one infection led to 26 other infections. 2) Vaccination is effective but does not work 100%. Most of the staff (and parents) avoided infection, and almost all of them were vaccinated. But three staff members/parents who were vaccinated contracted the infection. 3) NPI's are critical, and it's not OK to be sloppy or causal about them. Masking prevents infected people (whether they know they are infected or not) from spreading the disease. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7035e2.htm?s_cid=mm7035e2_w
  14. 3 points
    Here is a Dick pic for ya!
  15. 3 points
    No argument. Bleach also showed effectiveness in similar contrived lab testing. Go figure, bleach in the petri dish destroy virus particles. If doctors are prescribing ivermectin more than the recommended human dosage then they should lose their medical licenses for malpractice. People that are obtaining non prescription ivermectin and are overdosing are idiots. They get what they get, and I don't really care who gave them the idea or supported it, they chose to follow that advise instead of more qualified medical advice like get your vaccination, and don't take horse de-wormer. Fuck 'em. I grow increasingly less sympathetic and increasingly more resentful of these people day by day.
  16. 3 points
    Who could have foreseen that the Taliban would take Afghanistan and Texas in the same week?
  17. 3 points
    Unless (because again, they've spent their entire lives living and fighting in Afghanistan and know how the seasons there work even better than you do) they'd have remained patient and taken over just as quickly in the spring. And then we'd be looking at the exact same evacuation clusterfuck only worse, because there wouldn't even be any troops there to protect Hamid Karzai Airport. Hey, is there an echo in here? Edit: Honestly after 20 years of pointless fighting, 20 years of abject failure in understanding how to work with the Afghan culture culminating in this moment, you're still sitting there with such arrogance and such hubris that you genuinely think you have one simple, easy magic bullet idea to fix everything that's gone wrong over the last month. Two whole decades and you have learned nothing.
  18. 3 points
    Well, I can fly helicopters, but whatever. Right, but again the thing that you don't understand is, who are you withdrawing? The mass evacuation of Afghanistan was not triggered by the withdrawal of troops. It was triggered by the Taliban retaking the country. If you withdraw in winter the Taliban will not retake the country in winter. You pointed that out yourself, in case you've forgotten. So what happens in winter? Afghanistan is a friendly country with an allied government. Why would we be running an evacuation? The Taliban would simply overrun the country in spring instead, and you'd have just kicked the exact same shitshow a few months down the road, except now you don't even have the troops left to secure Hamid Karzai Airport. I don't understand why you don't understand this simple, self evident fact. So here's a question, Trump signed the withdrawal agreement 18 months ago. We've already had 18 months including an entire winter season to evacuate all these people. So why didn't we?
  19. 3 points
    I always thought the one word was "plastics".
  20. 3 points
    And at the end of the day, considering all these facts, it's stupid and irresponsible to not get the vaccine.
  21. 3 points
    All I see here is incoherent rambling.
  22. 3 points
    Perhaps if the vaccination rates stay low more chips will become available for auto production!
  23. 3 points
    I can't count the times I've been innumerate.
  24. 2 points
    Hospital workers who refuse vaccination SHOULD be fired. They are ignoring best practice, setting a very poor example, and unethically putting patients and co-workers at risk.
  25. 2 points
    None of that article says record inflation. Is there anything you can get right? Do you think you could state your name without fucking it up?
  26. 2 points
    My wife has a compromised immune system, made worse by immunomodulatory drugs she is on. She's had 3 doses of Moderna, but was only at about the 2% percentile for antibodies after the 2nd dose. She is sad that she may never see one of her best friends again (they are not local, but still got together), because her friend is not getting vaccinated. Same for another friend. I wouldn't modify my behavior as much (only one very slight comorbidity, normal immune, not overly concerned), but I absolutely must avoid picking up anything (even common cold) and passing it on to her. Sigh. I will get a 3rd dose myself, as soon as it is authorized. I could just claim to be immunocompromized and get the 3rd -- it wouldn't get questioned, but will wait a couple of weeks to see what authorizations come down the pike.
  27. 2 points
    United Airlines has issued it's policy on those who have a 'valid reason' to refuse the vaccine. They don't get fired. Those claiming a religious exemption get unpaid leave. Those who have a valid medical reason get temporary medical leave. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/united-airlines-staff-who-are-granted-religious-exemptions-vaccine-mandate-n1278782?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR32UdnYA0CQkXZJQ2_iWkkK-RNxJWcHMceFOXRbBAOcOTKMCq8EIBakouw
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    The Democratic states need to get in on this type of legislation FAST in order to push back. None of this 'take the higher ground' bullshit. If the SC doesn't rescind it we're seeing the end of traditional law as we know it.
  30. 2 points
    And the last post in that FB thread by a supporter: “I prey God that you put someone in their path to show them and tel, them…” It’s the parable of the man dying in the flood that comes back to me daily. “I sent you a radio broadcast, a boat and a helicopter. What are you doing here?”
  31. 2 points
    The unit has been tested through the weekend and I'm really happy that it worked! Unlike previous attempts, when proprietary GPS units couldn't handle freefall, this time GPS data was displayed during all phases of the flight. Update was to 250ms and unit reaction time was pretty accurate. GPS unit rated up to 5Hz, with time it will be upgraded to 10Hz (same as in FlySight) I didn't have time to order tinted tape, so I put black one on the back, and on a bright day digits were readable no problem at all. Despite digits being blurry (the image attached is pretty close to what's in reality) it was easy to read them during the flight. Display is not distracting and could be looked at with quick eye movement. You might need some practice on the ground first just to get used to it, but then during the flight it didn't take an effort to check speed. As promised, basic source code and hastily written assembly instructions: https://github.com/RomanTheLegend/WingsuitGps Contributions are welcome because I won't have enough time to develop this project at a good pace, and there are few quite complex functions to be implemented. Next on the ToDo list: * Make few more units for my friends for wider testing and feedback (mid-October because shipping is only from China) * Make 3D models and wiring cleaner and leaner * Explore the possibility of attaching some control switches - that would allow to write some kind of menu interface in the future P.S. I got carried away a bit and added Bluetooth intercom made from old cheap headset while at it. This helmet gets more and more advanced
  32. 2 points
    That's my view and I make no apologies. Really they aren't just suicide anti vaxxers they're homicide antivaxxers.
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  34. 2 points
    We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough, and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our partner gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice holiday, when we retire.The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?Your life will always be filled with challenges.It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. A quote comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. "This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time...and remember that time waits for no one.So, stop waiting until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until winter, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink.... there is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.Work like you don't need money,Love like you've never been hurt,And dance like no one's watching.
  35. 2 points
    I would add — don’t have a bucket list, just figure out ways to do what fills your soul, or plan when you can (traveling the world hitch hiking with a backpack is not practical when you have a toddler). Ive done very little I regret having done — and the lessons I learned made that regret unimportant. Wendy P.
  36. 2 points
    "We're wary about people going out to hunt the jararacussu around Brazil, thinking they're going to save the world ... That's not it!" said Giuseppe Puorto, a herpetologist running the Butantan Institute's biological collection in Sao Paulo. "It's not the venom itself that will cure the coronavirus." Something tells me that this will be missed by many. Wishing good hunting... to the snakes.
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  38. 2 points
    Loved this line: "Allen says she has been replaced by Todd Shapiro, a former spokesperson for Lindsay Lohan’s family who also claims to have represented Trump properties, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Hooters of Long Island and New Jersey." At least he still has the Hooters guy! Now he will have a place to hold all his press conferences. Look for his next conference at (the Hooters next to the) The Four Seasons.
  39. 2 points
    Bill Mayer said it exactly! North Americans have no idea how much we are spoiled with our soft lives, etc. I had a "soft" childhood in Canada, then visited: Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Cuba, Denmark, England, France, Greenland, Italy, Luxembourg, Leichtenstein, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, USA, etc. but now am glad that I live in Canada with our excellent socialized medical system. I also find Canadian police to be boring ... the way all police should be. Canadian politicians are also boring ...
  40. 2 points
    Biochemistry is not the same as immunology or virology. That’s why they’re called different things and have different degrees and specializations. I did a degree in neuroscience - that doesn’t mean I understand epidemiology or immunology the same way as a specialist would. What my bioscience background SHOULD do is give me the ability to read and evaluate scientific literature and data to some degree, and to make more informed opinions than a layman with no scientific background - but you’re not displaying that ability, despite a 4.0 in biochemistry.
  41. 2 points
    But they will need to market it as a horse tranquilizer to overcome vaccine hesitancy. (I stole the idea from Borowitz).
  42. 2 points
    I think Trae's suggestion is worthy of consideration:
  43. 2 points
    And he really loved his family, just not enough to get a vaccine to protect his kids. And of course, there is a GoFundMe. I really have a hard time mustering up any sympathy for that level of stupidity.
  44. 2 points
    I definitely don't and I'd rather not make shit up. What I do know is that this clusterfuck is on Trump and his deal to release the Taliban and their leaders. It also seems reasonable to add more blame for his refusal to give Biden's transition team access after he lost the election. Further, notice to get the hell out of Afghanistan started back in March. You guys are acting like he's Hitler always overruling his General Staff. I simply don't see that. It's a damn shit show, for sure, and the sooner we are away the better, seems to me.
  45. 2 points
    Can you explain how deliberately "slow walking" visa applications from allied Afghanis fits into your narrative?
  46. 2 points
    FIFY If someone puts inflated values on their personal freedoms over the rights and safety of others. There are always other jobs where they don't have to interact with anyone else.
  47. 2 points
    Hi John, Re: Delta isn't lowering their pay And, one more way to get into their money: Oregon says people fired for refusing vaccines generally can’t collect jobless benefits - oregonlive.com 'Ya pays ya money and ya takes ya chances.' Jerry Baumchen
  48. 2 points
    Earplugs unless you want tinnitus.....spoken from a sufferer...
  49. 2 points
    How would you describe your feelings for any administration over the past 20 years? What is happening now is exactly what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld promised us would happen. They were adamant from day one that the US would not be sucked into a nation building project in Afghanistan, and look - we haven’t built a nation in Afghanistan! Someone break out the GWB ‘Mission Accomplished’ photo because it’s finally true.
  50. 2 points
    Do you have anything to say about the video? Because posting stuff without comment is strongly discouraged. Wendy P.
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