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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
    That’s way too many words for me to read Bill, could you just give us a quick summary?
  6. 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.
  7. 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/
  8. 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.)
  9. 3 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.
  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
    Hi folks, Another medical person loses his income: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation - oregonlive.com When will they ever learn? Peter, Paul and Mary - Where Have All the Flowers Gone (25th Anniversary Concert) - YouTube Jerry Baumchen
  25. 2 points
    I think many of us have put things on hold this past year... All I can say is that the sky isn't going anywhere and try to make sure you are good and ready to get back out there. xx [email protected]
  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
  28. 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.
  29. 2 points
    Ivermectin causes sterilization in 85 percent of men, study finds I say let them have it. Stop the procreation of idiots.
  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
    If Lindsay Graham wants to go to Afghanistan, then I'm all for it; And hopefully he stays there.
  32. 2 points
    That's my view and I make no apologies. Really they aren't just suicide anti vaxxers they're homicide antivaxxers.
  33. 2 points
    Suicide by religion gets no sympathy from me. No sadness here. I just hope his attempts at influencing others fail miserably.
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  35. 2 points
    I have an image in my mind. An old man calls a press conference. He walks up to the lectern with an old parachute, a stack of twenties, and other definitive proof that he is in fact D B Cooper. But nobody hears a word he says, because the entire audience is engaged in an old west saloon style brawl, with fists and chairs flying everywhere.
  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.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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.
  39. 2 points
    Can you explain how deliberately "slow walking" visa applications from allied Afghanis fits into your narrative?
  40. 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.
  41. 2 points
    ABC News: Special Forces Vets Volunteered To Run Covert Evacuation Of 630 Afghan Allies
  42. 2 points
    I wonder if you have ever jumped a new exit?
  43. 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
  44. 2 points
    I learned a new term yesterday: "hospital pass". Geoff Hoon, who was the British Defense Secretary when Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded (the British military was involved, not just the American), put the blame for the Afghanistan situation on the "peace treaty" Trump negotiated with the Taliban, and said Trump threw Biden a "hospital pass". I had to look it up as I had not heard the term before. A hospital pass comes from Rugby but it's sometimes used for other sports, it's when you avoid being tackled yourself by passing the ball to another player who then immediately takes a hard tackle that could put them in the hospital. Sounds to me like a good description of what has happened here. Don
  45. 2 points
    Invitation to those who think Trump would have done it better: Given that Trump's "deal" with the Taliban would have withdrawn US troops sooner (May 2021), given that Trump had negotiated the release of several thousand Taliban fighters already, given that the US had been training the Afghan so-called "Army" for nearly 20 years, given that the US had propped up a puppet government riddled with incompetence and corruption for years, and given that the same US generals would have been in charge on the ground: How exactly would Trump have overseen a better outcome?
  46. 2 points
    Earplugs unless you want tinnitus.....spoken from a sufferer...
  47. 2 points
    So America if the GOP had its way.
  48. 2 points
    Cheer up Tootsie Roll, SHTF and the party of God has won the day in Afghanistan. There will be no more abortions but lot's of mandatory religious study, heathens will be executed or worse, liberals are in hiding or running for their lives and no one will be taking any guff from the ladies. How can you not be thrilled?
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  50. 2 points
    I was the “connector” slot on exit, 4th man on the 3 man chunk. Single file, no show exits and only a 3 way base permitted and viewed / verified by Telemeters. If the exits got sloppy,(as they did often), the trailing swoopers would hold on too long and my left shoulder would get hyper extended, (subluxation). Now,(45+ years later) it’s weaker & smaller but sounds like a piece of waxed paper getting crumpled along with pops & creaks.. Still worth it!! Anybody remember Jerry Birds “Saloon Door” exit?
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