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  1. 5 points
    I don't think he's motivated by prejudice, instead just by owning the libs. Not having actual beliefs, instead depending on others to provide the ones to be against, is kind of weird to me. Wendy P.
  2. 5 points
    "Listen up! So here's how the economy works. If you have a large supply of gasoline, and the demand drops due to a pandemic, then price drops because Trump is a genius. Companies will then scale back supply. If the demand comes roaring back after the pandemic and the companies drag their feet on getting the supply back up, then it's all Biden's fault. If the demand starts to decline due to high prices, and companies start producing more, then the price will drop because of natural market forces that have nothing to do with Biden."
  3. 5 points
    How fucking rich is it that you're taking a minor diversion from your thread defending the actions of Rittenhouse to school somebody on being a member of society.
  4. 5 points
    Bill is an odd name for a whole duck though rather than just a part of one.
  5. 5 points
    Jesus fucking Christ that is so naive you cannot possibly actually believe it. When you have to obviously lie to yourself to support your point of you then surely it would be easier to simply acknowledge reality instead? Doctors who want to continue being doctors (I.e. pretty much all of the good ones) in places where abortion is illegal will allow a 10 year old to have a baby. This is why said 10 year old could not get an abortion in her state, because the doctors there would have allowed her to have a baby. That is what really happened in the real world where real people live.
  6. 4 points
    Any attempt to rationalize behavior like this assumes there is some sort of logical reason at play, the sort of thinking that rational people apply when they are weighing potential risks and benefits. With Trump, this is a futile exercise. He has never acknowledged that any law constrains him, or applies to him in any way. Considering his malignant narcissism, perhaps it just makes him feel as if he is still President to have this material in his possession. Perhaps he is just pissed off at being told he isn't allowed to have it. He is a child, an obnoxious spoiled brat who never grew up because he inherited enough wealth to escape any consequence of his pathological behavior. What I find to be even more mysterious than his malignant behavior, is that so many people still support and even worship him. Years from now psychology professors will make a career out of studying the contagious insanity that has gripped so much of the US, assuming of course the insanity hasn't sucked the whole world into Orwell's 1984.
  7. 4 points
    Intro As there are not a lot of ressources regarding a transition from skydiving to paragliding/speedflying available online, I decided to share my experiences and impressions in this post here. Even if you are not planning to get into paragliding yourself, it might still give some interesting insights. If you like, I can keep you updated on my journey. About my skydiving background Originally from Austria, I started skydiving in southern Germany back in August 2012 and got pretty hooked on it. After spending every weekend at the dropzone for about a year, I decided to quit my regular job, move to the dropzone and pursue a career there, although I always had to support it with at least a part time "normal" job. Living off skydiving alone is almost impossible within Germany. After about two years (as soon as legally possible) I got my coach and tandem instructor rating. I was able to earn money with skydiving from that point on, mainly doing videos, tandems and coaching jumps. My AFF rating followed soon after. My favourite discipline in skydiving has always been canopy piloting, why I invested lots of time, money and effort into that. I quit skydiving in the beginning of 2020 as I was starting to burn out after 7 seasons of 7-day-weeks during the summer and moved back to my origin in the Alps of Austria at the beginning of this year. Alltogether I did about 3500 jumps of which about 2000 have been on solo-canopies. My canopy progression was: * PD 170 (~150 jumps) * Pilot 150 (~150 jumps) - started working on high-performance landings with that canopy * Pilot 132 (~200 jumps) * Katana 120 (~200 jumps) * Velocity 96 (~300 jumps) * Valkyrie 84 (~1.000 jumps) - loaded with up to 35lbs of extra lead (total exit weight around 220lbs) (sample landing) Do not take my personal path as advice for your own downsizing. I went through some downsizing steps rather fast, but keep in mind that I did many of these jumps in shorter timespans than many other people and always had direct mentoring from more experienced pilots available. In retrospective I have to say, that the step from the Pilot 132 to the Katana 120 was the most challenging. My paragliding experience until now I started my training at Cloudbase, a professional, commercial paragliding school in Zell am Ziller (Tyrol, Austria) - huge recommendation by the way - last Saturday and completed my final exam yesterday. Usually training takes a bit longer (40 flights) but due to local regulations a shortcut for licensed skydivers is possible (15 flights, although practically not appropriate in many cases). Theoretical instruction is easy, but covers topics that many skydivers have likely never had any contact with. It might have helped that I also hold a commercial pilot license for airplanes and have quite some knowledge regarding meteorology and basic aerodynamics, but I doubt that my skydiving experience gave me an advantage in that area. During training (and some test flights today) I had the chance to fly the following paragliding wings (surface area in brackets although less relevant): * Mescal S (240 sqft) * Masala S (235 sqft) * Susi 23 (213 sqft) * Susi 21(190 sqft) * Kode P 18 (173 sqft) * Tonic 2 S (172 sqft) How do paragliding wings compare to skydiving canopies? I was surprised how much performance even large student paragliding wings offered in comparison to skydiving canopies for students. While a skydiving canopy for students (and to be honest - also most intermediate skydiving canopies) allows the pilot to hang in the harness like a bag of water and yank on the steering lines without any requirement for sensitivity, a paragliding wing requires immensely more coordinated inputs by harness and brakes to achieve an acceptable amount of control. I suppose a docile student paragliding wing would likely still not kill you, but it will be a very uncontrolled ride, if you fly it the same way a skydiving canopy allows you to fly. Techniques required to fly real high-performance skydiving canopies transition very well to paragliding. From the first flight on paragliding felt very natural and I had the feeling of having a good amount of control over the wing. I got lots of compliments to be the very first skydiver at the school with sensitivity for brake inputs. Aside from techniques like doing big ears, that are not used/available in skydiving, a huge difference is the possibility of (unintentionally) inducing extended rolling and pitching oscillations and the inputs required to stop these oscillations. Standard skydiving canopies do not really require such inputs and will quickly self stabilize (or at least keep the oscillations low). High-performance skydiving canopies require such inputs but still stabilize quicker than paragliding wings. While angle-of-attack control is not necessarily required to safely fly a skydiving canopy, like it is on a paragliding wing, it certainly allows much better flight path control even on less performant skydiving wings (Did you ever feel your controls become "mushy" after recovering from a turn input? Surprise! There's ways around that...). Some skydiving pilots might bring that skill, some might not. Paragliding wings are a lot easier to flare than their skydiving counterparts. I did not see a lot of really bad flares during the course on my coursemates without any pre-experience. That is likely due to the much lower sink rate and more lift that paragliding wings provide. I would not expect any skydiver to have much trouble correctly flaring a paragliding wing. Paragliding wings seem a lot less critical regarding low turns. While even very docile student skydiving canopies react with a good amount of dive to any turn, I have seen safe turns at heights that sent shivers down my former skydiving instructor spine during the past week. There are other dangers that come with paragliding wings, but the risk coming with low turns seem a lot lower with paragliding. I do not have any numbers on that feeling, so take it with a grain of salt. Conclusion I have a hand full of paragliding flights by now, so my opinion might either be false or have to be revised by myself in the future. High-performance canopy flying experience transitions very well to paragliding and should allow you to feel comfortable on a paragliding wing quickly. Controls are different but follow very similar principles. If you got the feeling for a high-performance skydiving canopy, you will likely have the feeling for a paragliding wing. At least a docile one (like to ones I used to fly during the past week) and at least in my case. I doubt that limited, other skydiving experience will give you a huge advantage on paragliding. Some things might feel similar, certainly taking away a good amount of stress. Some of your habits might be very counter-productive. And it is very well possible that you will have to seriously extend your "toolbox of canopy control". Recommendations In any case, do not assume that you know how to fly a paragliding wing, because you know how to control a skydiving canopy. It's different. I for my part decided to go with the Tonic 2 S for now. It's very slow in comparison to the Valkyrie 84 I used to fly, but it still behaves reasonably agile and I have the feeling that I got a good amount of work to do until I can fly it perfectly to its limits. It outperforms similarly sized skydiving canopies by far. Speedflying is my goal, but I do not see any reason to rush it. Doing some paragliding training could be a good addition to becoming a great skydiving canopy pilot. I can see paragliding skills and knowledge transition extremely well to skydiving canopy control, if you already bring some skydiving experience. Paragliding training is super cheap in comparison to skydiving. And it's a huge amount of fun.
  8. 4 points
    My sources tell me it was Hunter Biden, hoping to distract attention from his several felonies, who whacked al-Zawahiri with an AR-15 in front of a classroom of kids while he was giving a lecture on climate change. Photo's reputedly show Hillary Clinton running away holding a to-go pizza box. As expected all of the real news is still being suppressed. It's that bad. Everyone should stock up now before the shelves are bare. God Bless.
  9. 4 points
    I'd be okay with that if it ever got to where I gave a shit. In the meantime, I'll leave those weighty matters to my betters and continue thinking that what ever makes people happy, that has no intentional negative impact on others, contributes to a generally happier world to live in. That's a good thing.
  10. 4 points
    Yep. To most conservatives:
  11. 4 points
    Calling a shapeless cluster of cells a ‘baby’ or ‘person’ is redefining the language.
  12. 4 points
    When I said you don't care about the US and you only care about liberals losing you called that a strawman. Here you prove me right rather nicely. You don't care about your country, you just want to feel superior.
  13. 4 points
    That is why I think DeSantis is even more dangerous than Trump. He is just as vile, but not as goat-fuck stupid as Trump.
  14. 4 points
    The implication that there is a flood of kids regretting their transition and detransitioning is a right-wing myth. Recent studies (Gender Identity 5 Years After Social Transition | Pediatrics | American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org)) show that the rate of youths who socially transition at a young age who then transition back are extremely low, in the vicinity of 2%, and that the vast majority of those who do so are doing it due to family pressure, not regret. For comparison, the average regret rate on all regular surgical procedures comes in at around 7%. Kids who identify as trans early on, almost universally continue that position. Using emotionally charged (and blatantly inaccurate) language like "vivisection" as opposition to this is a tell that you aren't looking for a scientific basis for your views, and likely consider that trans people are just doing these things for funsies. You're wrong.
  15. 3 points
    I don't like Hillary very much either, but comparing her to The Donald is like comparing someone who stole a Snickers bar to the mastermind of a heist of the bullion depository at Fort Knox. There's no suggestion that Hillary withheld anything from the National Archives, nor that she secreted away defense secrets. She hasn't stolen from a charity, run a fraudulent unversity, nor does she claim to now more about everything than anyone else in the world. Viewed objectively, there's simply no comparison.
  16. 3 points
    Hi Jim, And, sometimes, if the stars all line up, you get asked to work on developing some new gear. Jerry Baumchen
  17. 3 points
    It's like holding a fart in the airplane. You don't do it for yourself, you do it for your fellow skydivers. What could be more noble?
  18. 3 points
    Get a big wingsuit! That way you have the sky to yourself under canopy For realsies though my rule is: If I can count every canopy on the load (like a 182 DZ), then I'll be a total asshole under canopy. Spirals, stalls, have a good pee... You know the works If I can't count all canopies easily then I fly like a conservative grandma going to church. So just depends on the DZ/load specifics
  19. 3 points
    Many drop zones discourage spirals and some even prohibit them as a way to reduce collision risks. I'm ok with spirals above pattern altitude as long as the jumper has cleared the air around and below. From pattern altitude to the ground I discourage any turns not required for reasonable accuracy.
  20. 3 points
    Hi Phil, There it is in a nutshell. Bill E just wants to continually confuse the discussion with his red herrings; that have nothing to do with the discussion. That is the killings from Columbine to Uvalde. Jerry Baumchen
  21. 3 points
    Kentucky. Help me out here, seems like there are other asshole politicians from Kentucky.
  22. 3 points
    So what is a sociopath with no marketable skills expected to do now? Run for president?
  23. 3 points
    Greg - your post made a couple alarms go off in my head. A 10 year break for someone with 65 jumps is a loooong time. You didn't mention where you live, but if it's in the U.S. we have protocols for returning after layoffs. I suggest going to the DZ before making your first jump back and discuss things with an instructor. The DZ personnel can walk you through everything.
  24. 3 points
    Hi folks, IMO there can never be enough financial damage to this piece of shit: Alex Jones Concedes Sandy Hook Attack Was ‘100% Real’ – NBC New York Here's hoping the jury makes the award about 5 times what is being asked. Jerry Baumchen
  25. 3 points
    stoopid? no scary? yes I led the trail plane jumpers to close on a 16 way CReW diamond to complete a 25 way diamond. at night lotta pressure to find the base not a lot of fun chose to not do that again. craig
  26. 3 points
    So why not discuss things with people who will discuss them, rather than the people who just copy and paste FOX News zingers?
  27. 3 points
    Part 73! https://vault.fbi.gov/D-B-Cooper /d.b.-cooper-part-73/view
  28. 3 points
    I'm guessing it's something of an 'add on' position, where someone is given the duties of establishing policies and procedures to be 'inclusive'. I had something along those lines as a member of the 'Safety Committee' a while back. I had a 'real' position and duties, but the 'safety guy' was also part of it. As a side note, I volunteer at a cat rescue, where the owner is very inclusive and open to the LGBTQ community. We had mugs made for Pride month that said "Purrrrride" on them, with a picture of a rainbow colored cat. They sold out. Of course, a couple dipshits on FB complained about 'going against God's Will' or accusing us of being 'groomers'. We get quite a few 'difficult to determine' people walking in (it's a cage free shelter, where visitors are welcome to come in and interact with the cats). My job is to greet them, make sure they understand and follow the rules and answer any questions they may have. Not to judge or classify them. Something I have found is that very few are offended if I 'mislabel' them. As long as I accept correction and address them as they choose to be. I was having a conversation with one of the other volunteers, and she said that she was often nervous trying to decide how to address someone, and would usually default to 'them'. I pointed out that it's easiest to simply ask. Something like "How do you prefer to be addressed?" What I have realized is that giving someone the opportunity to clarify that before any awkward mistakes is giving them a level of respect and acceptance that they don't usually get. The times I've gotten a 'thank you for asking' outweighs the number of 'what do you mean you can't tell' by a HUGE margin.
  29. 3 points
    I think it's highly unlikely that he was a no-pull. On any given jump, the odds are highly in favor of survival. However, people do occasionally go in. And there certainly have been no-pull/low-pull fatalities that the who and how left everyone scratching their heads. So, on any given Sunday, as they say, anyone can bounce. But with over thirty years experience in dealing with first-time jumpers, I think I have a pretty good take on how different types of people are likely to react. So even if you start with assuming Cooper has no jump experience whatsoever, my professional opinion is that if he has it in him to go through with this caper, then he has it in him to pull the ripcord. Even if he's tumbling and out of control. And if he pulls, he all but assuredly gets an open canopy. I've seen, seen video, and heard of people deploying in out of control f'ed up body positions, and even with hand deployed throw out pilot chutes they get open. With a rigger packed reserve canopy and a ripcord activated, spring loaded pilot chute coming off his back, all the better. Add to that Andrade's research on WWII bailouts. If he has military/combat experience, as many men of his age and era did, then all the more experience with focus under pressure. And if he had any parachuting experience, which his handling of the chutes would seem to indicate, that adds to his chances. So my bet is that he got under an open canopy. After that... ???
  30. 3 points
    Once I identify someone as a troll it goes on my ignore list and I no longer engage with it. If everyone stopped feeding the trolls they'd get tired and go away. Apparently it's too much to ask.
  31. 3 points
    You've never heard of the Rural Electrification Program? Without that, farms would still have Jacobs windmills and 30 volt nickel-iron batteries - and appliances that worked at that voltage. Sears sold them. The government got involved because they thought that making more power available to farms would promote the general welfare of the United States. Like solar, wind, EV's and grid scale storage.
  32. 3 points
    You're not, though, unfortunately. You're educated and, within acceptable boundaries, smart; that's all that keeps me from blocking you, truth be known. Thus, I won't agree that you're a knuckle dragger. I'm without doubt that you're homophonic, whatever that is. The rest, well, I'm inclined to agree with the exception that I don't think you're a red neck. What you are is outstanding at trolling and, to our consternation, apparently without any other outlet for entertainment.
  33. 3 points
    What's definitely clear is that the easy stuff's already been gotten. If that wasn't the case, they would't be looking to drill through the ocean floor off of Africa. What's the point you're trying to make? We're not out of oil yet so there's nothing to worry about? Plenty of oil reserves in the stable, American bastion of Namibia so Teslas as still stupid? This strikes me as being along the lines of what I see every day in posts/talking points that create a false choice that you're either 'drill-baby-drill, fuck all renewables and those lefty cucks' or 'you hate everything that petroleum products have ever made and you want to steal food from the mouths of the children of oilfield workers and ban gasoline vehicles yesterday'. How deep down the Fox rabbit hole does somebody have to be before they simplify things that fucking much? Aside from a brief, 3 month stint in another industry before I got called back with an offer I couldn't refuse, I've been in oil and gas for the past 20 years and I may well be in for another 20. Oil is hugely important right now and that's not going to change tomorrow, but whether we're at peak oil now, in 10 years, 50 years or 10 years ago doesn't change the fact that it's a FINITE RESOURCE and we'd best not wait until we're almost out to start figuring out how to live without it, or at least with much less of it. Starting now (or decades ago as people have) with imperfect solutions is the only way to get to a point where we can transition to a live without oil that's not the doomsday scenario that the 'peak oil' scaremongers were predicting 20 years ago. Even if you're willfully ignorant of the effects of climate change, the above should be reason enough to at least concede that renewables aren't some lefty pipe dream...
  34. 3 points
    Which, as I pointed out earlier, happens to exactly match your serious views on the topic. Yeah, such a great demonstration of a sense of humour that is. That's what grownups call a lie.
  35. 3 points
    Abortion is a part of reproductive health care. Any attempt to redefine it as something else would be Political Correctness gone mad.
  36. 3 points
    Peter Pumpkinhead came to town Spreading wisdom and cash around Fed the starving and housed the poor Showed the Vatican what gold's for But he made too many enemies Of the people who would keep us on our knees Hooray for Peter Pumpkin Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead? . . . Peter Pumpkinhead was too good Had him nailed to a chunk of wood He died grinning on live TV Hanging there he looked a lot like you And an awful lot like me
  37. 3 points
    This reminds me of my buddy J.P. who used to work as a body guard for the busiest abortionist in Vancouver. The doctor was 60-something years old and could not run because he lost a chunk of leg muscle during an earlier assassination attempt. Sorry folks, but I believe there need to be limits on public protests. Anti-abortion protesters need to stand "X" number of yards (meters in Canada) from abortion clinics. They should stand far enough back that they can be seen, but maybe not heard. Patients entering abortion clinics are stressed enough already. To much more stress might push them into a spontaneous miss-carriage. How would anti-abortion protesters feel about that sad train of events?????????? Wounding or killing abortion clinic staff is a SIN ... and should be punished by jail time. On the same note, protests outside the houses of public officials should be banned because they need a good night's sleep to allow them to think clearly while making public decisions.
  38. 3 points
    The folks who had been "operators" of the DZ are no longer in the picture . However LONG Time airport OWNER and Original DZO John King, Still owns the place, Still calls the shots, Still has a dedicated following of certain staff members and Fun Jumpers. The airport has always Been and Still IS a DZ.. J.King simply stayed busy with Other things, and "subbed Out" the Running of the skydiving part to others... Word through the grapevine IS of the Likelihood that a C206 will soon offer the opportunity once again , for jumpers to Enjoy the Great views and Good Vibes of a Skydiving Venue with 40+ years of Parachuting History. So No worries, wmw999 jimmytavino in Rochester. :-)
  39. 3 points
    Not just the US, it is everywhere really. I am convinced that the free flow of information in its current state is absolutely detrimental to society as a whole. Most of us are simply not smart enough to deal with it. No, I don't know what the solution is. But I do think the result will be events that will lead to being forced to reduce your sphere of information. When only what happens immediately around you becomes important.
  40. 3 points
    Those who would force a rape victim to give birth against her will are just as evil as the rapist.
  41. 3 points
    We all have personality conflicts with someone else in the Vortex. I’ve never known Fly to be a bully. I’d actually say he’s the exact opposite. He calls everyone out. He’s a peaceful guy who has a lot of case knowledge. So does Georger and so does Blevins. It’s a loss for Fly to not be on the boards. That’s my opinion. This isn’t taking sides. Chaucer you’ve had some good posts and seem to adapt well. If we get too heated with eachother then it ruins the fun. Maybe you guys should just not respond to eachother. Don’t take this as I don’t feel like knocking some people out sometimes. :)
  42. 3 points
    It may be; it may not be. That decision ultimately lies with the child and their parents.
  43. 2 points
    I was and as usual Bill Von picked up on it and stated it eloquently with a movie quote.
  44. 2 points
    Republicans are criticizing the search as politically motivated. They seem to forget that FBI Director Wray is a Trump appointee. The also seem to forget what they did to AG Garland for purely political reasons. Fucking hypocrites.
  45. 2 points
    Spiralling should be heavily discouraged everywhere with more than 2 canopies in the air, except if you are the lowest one and with a fall rate in full flight comparable to the ones above you. It develops 0 skills, it is an unsafe practice for the one doing it (can collide with other canopies that he/she didn't see) and for others (don't know where to go because the one spiralling is not flying predictably) and it gets boring rather quickly, so it is not even fun compared with other things you can do under canopy if you have the skills for it. To minimize conflict under canopy, you want to maximize both horizontal and vertical separation, and "pipeline" the canopies landing. A typical situation in medium size dropzones is having 18 canopies in the air at the same time. If you are in the middle of the bunch and have a canopy loaded at, let's say, 1.5, the safer way for everyone is if the heavily loaded canopies after you overtake you up high, and the vertical separation between these 2 groups is not reduced after that. That way there are no conflicts close to the landing pattern. If you start spiralling they can't overtake you at a safe altitude, since you artificially accelerated your fall rate, just to stop to your normal rate as soon as you stop spiralling. If you start-stop and then start and stop again, that makes it even worse. Like a car in the highway driving on the left lane and slamming on the brakes just to swerve to the right, accelerate, move again to the left lane and slam the brakes again. So the ones behind with highly loaded canopies need to do either of these: - Overtake you in the pattern. Take into account that the *last* turn for many canopies starts at 1000 feet. So your pattern starts when theirs finishes. Nobody wants to overtake or be overtaken at this point, every one should be focused on the ground and landing safely, not on canopy slalom. - Land out. Not always an option, depends on the DZ. - Hold on to breaks as much as possible, forcing everyone behind to do the same. This is not always possible, as even in brakes some canopies that are heavily loaded fall faster than other lightly loaded canopies in full flight. All these options are bad. This situation is quite common, as belly flyers typically fly lightly-to-medium loaded canopies and exit first due to free fall drift, and freeflyers have a higher tendency to fly medium-to-highly loaded canopies and exit after the belly groups. The exit order helps to keep horizontal separation between groups, but minimizes vertical separation as both groups open at a similar time and altitude. To fix that heavily loaded canopies should land first for everyone's sake, but can't do that if the lightly and medium loaded canopies are spiralling. Some would blame the small canopy and say they have the right to spiral down. Others would blame the spiralling pilot for lack of canopy etiquette and being equally skill-less and a dick.
  46. 2 points
    After my father was diagnosed with Altsheimers' Disease, my brothers auctioned off his guns. They were sold through Canadian auction houses that regularly sell guns to competitors, hunters, collectors, etc. Those sales helped pay down some of his debts. Since he had competed on the Canadian Olympic Team, our father had hundreds of guns, but no AR-series. He was from an older generation that preferred .303 Lee-Enfields at 1,000 yard sover iron sights.
  47. 2 points
    Diversity officer? Could you get tickets and fines? Demerits? I’m thinking Windsor would make a great diversity officer. Couple of weeks back at the DZ there was a pride jump at the end of the day and a party after. Fun get together, for sure. I spent the night trying to figure out who was gay or whatever, and I know everyone, but finally gave up. I’m pretty sure that’s how it is supposed to be.
  48. 2 points
    He was gone for a month. I liked it better that way. Nothing more, nothing less.
  49. 2 points
    Then give it a social security number and tax the heck out of it.
  50. 2 points
    From an old manual if you are still unsure. Really, one can stuff the pilot chute in just about anywhere it fits on top of the bag. Mushroom it, or fold it neatly, whatever. Just has to be clear (not jammed in between the bag and container when it is open), and the base has to be near the corner with the pud, so the pud can pull the pin without having to move the pilot chute (so it doesn't jam when the container is closed). Something about not being pretty but it works. Not sure if it grandfathers you to pull at 2k. :-) I used to use a Racer with a pullout.
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