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  1. During practice, I’d tell them to imagine they had a $100 bill between their legs, and they have to hold it in just with leg tension. Wendy P.
  2. They’re like two-thirds or skydivers, who would never make x mistake, or who are way above average canopy pilots. Wendy P.
  3. One thing that was discussed in the early 80's was something called the banana landing or banana roll; you tighten your legs, and curve your body, with the feet slightly curved away from the direction of travel. Because consider - you drop a banana on its end, and it's GOING to end up rolling along the outside curve. Make your body the same. For credit, I heard it from Kevin Gibson at an ICC I was helping teach at. I have no idea if he came up with it. Wendy P.
  4. I also took a long-form class, with a heavy emphasis on PLF's. I was an instructor in the 70's and the 80's, so I think I have some understanding. a. nope, not every one of my PLF's is a perfect PLF. But they all assume that I'm going to fall down, and I prepare for it. b. one key to a good PLF is assigning a direction -- if you're coming straight in forward, pick whether you're going to twist left or right. Same goes for backward. c. yeah, the zombie is right, you rarely come straight down under a round. Most often we were going backwards under cheapos, and forwards with the high performance rounds. There isn't as much forward speed as under a square, but even a crummy flare will cut a lot of your forward speed. d. I'd also spend at least an hour doing PLF's, but in two sessions, so that some integrating can be done. I'd also set up a PLF station on safety day. But I'm no longer an instructor or in charge of anything... When you jump off a PLF platform, you do have some lateral speed, that of the jump. And as an instructor, you do have to monitor that the student is keeping some muscle tension in their legs, and twisting one way or the other, because it's the forward speed momentum that carries you through the PLF. Wendy P.
  5. The discussion about whether government employment should be based on a spoils system or a civil service was a huge topic of debate in the US in the late 19th century. We've had a strong civil service pretty much since then. I hadn't heard this, and am not happy with it, but unfortunately other than voting there's not much I can do. Just being pissed off about it doesn't help a lot. Unfortunately Wendy P.
  6. I PLF more than most people. In fact, my default landing is PLF, with a standup being a last-minute decision if everything looks perfect. And it's a fairly honest PLF, generally done only when it's a no-wind or downwind landing, so there is some speed. I just don't run out landings any more. Frankly, my depth perception isn't great, never has been, which makes using my backbone/ass instead of my legs be the first point of contact (i.e. sliding) a really bad idea, too. What has this bought me? A dirtier rig than most, and an injury-free jumping career so far. That includes about 500 round jumps (although most of those were standups). I taught PLF's back when I was an instructor, so I do know how to do them, and it's pretty automatic. I highly recommend the skill, and enough practice for it to be fairly automatic. Unfortunately, the most realistic PLF nowadays would be to jump off a moving truck or something, but frankly the injury rate would be too high. And since generally the forward speed is higher than the downward speed, it'd be jumping off a lower platform than the 3-4 feet that we used to use for PLF practice. The practice should't injure you (though I did have a student discover once that she had osteoporosis after breaking her ankle jumping off the PLF platform). Wendy P.
  7. It’s not a slogan, I’ve also heard it from staunch conservatives who have no intention of voting for Biden. BTW, braggadocio doesn’t make you sound strong, it makes you sound blustery. Facts, and countering arguments with data and facts, do. Wendy P.
  8. Putting a flag over a solar array kind of ruins the point, doesn't it? And shouldn't the truth of something be addressed, or is this a post-truth society (of course, some said that the election of Obama should mean the US was now a post-racial society). Wendy P.
  9. It’s not. You’re just not guaranteed that everyone will laud you for it. Pushback isn’t the same as forbidding. Wendy P.
  10. I guess I conflated questioning myself with questioning my beliefs. Either way, to me it's powerful. I'm quite comfortable with myself, and questioning my beliefs makes me stronger, not weaker. Just as questioning myself does. It tests me. I can't make a completely neutral test, so I just have to keep working the pieces. Wendy P.
  11. Most of life is messy and complicated. Some things used to be easy to judge, but times have changed — just consider medicine. Used to be there was maybe one thing to do for a disease, so it was cheap. Now the number and sophistication make doctoring much harder and much more expensive. Since its their own health, most people don’t want to reduce that to its simplest. Only when it’s someone else’s health. I’ve read a couple of things recently that really do a good job of showing what comes from questioning yourself: The Unlikely Disciple. A semester spent at America’s holiest university the kid transferred from Brown to Liberty for a semester, to try to learn from the inside. You can see his thought processes maturing as the semester goes on. Nuance is your friend. The second is an article in this week’s NY Times magazine: Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration, and Me by a writer who’s also a convicted juvenile felon, and whose mother is the survivor of a rape. You can turn off Java for the session if you want to look through the paywall, apparently. Again, he’s becoming more comfortable with a world that isn’t (ahem) black and white. He knows he never wants his mother’s rapist to go free, and he knows that most of his friends from when he was in prison have moved way past the youthful offenders they once were. And he knows these two views are inconsistent. It also places Kamala Harris, and her vilification for having been a prosecutor, into this lens Wendy P.
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    No, D run states aren’t in terrible shape. They contribute more to the national tax burden than R run states; currently they have less Covid than R-run states (even accounting for the R-run states which accept science, like Ohio. If you’re using the presence of cities and ghettos as your delimiter, then maybe some work on why people left the country is necessary. But all those states have Americans in them. Wendy P.
  13. Yes, you should have pulled your reserve higher. But you're here now, and here to tell people that it's better to pull a little bit earlier than to try to tough it out. That's a much better position than the alternative "We're not sure why he didn't pull, but it might have been because he thought he could fix it." No one is perfect. Your coach could just have easily have pointed straight at your reserve handle earlier, and that would probably have given you the hint to pull your own reserve higher. This was a complicated situation. Wendy P.
  14. Which part? The lies? the list of well-documented lies is pretty long. Everyone has lied at some time; however, the quantity of the lies matters, too. Kids enriching themselves? Really? What about Ivanka and Jared? It's not like they were qualified for anything they were doing. Wendy P.
  15. The thing is, Turtle, is that the tables aren't turned; there hasn't been this kind of powermongering history in the Democratic party in a long time (think Tammany Hall, and the Dixiecrats vs. African-American voters), and those were far more regional. It's hypocritical, and just because it suits you and pisses liberals off doesn't make it right. Political power isn't supposed to serve the politicians, it's supposed to serve the people. Are the people of the US served by Project Red State? Are the people of the US served by the shutdowns? Are the people of the US served by this judicial appointment? Wendy P.