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Everything posted by dpreguy

  1. I guess it all depends on your point of view and philosophy regarding the legal system, the government's role (laws encouraging vs laws discouraging lawsuits) and the range of opinions regarding ideas of personal choice and personal responsibility. We probably never would agree on those issues. Libertarianism v socialism; trust in government v mistrust of government, and the vast differences of one's belief of what the "social contract" is and isn't. I respect your views; but on this issue, but don't share them.
  2. Not illegal acts, but in all cases of ordinary negligence, yes. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it ridiculous. Errors in judgment, errors/ defects in packing, etc, are all acts of ordinary negligence and are waivered, and should be. Adults can choose to expose themselves to risk or they can walk away. If sports activities companies and events are not protected by waiver, and have to obtain insurance, who would write that policy? Casualty insurance companies that would assess (with actuaries) the risk and write the policies to cover anticipated losses and still make a profit. The premiums would reflect this increased exposure, and would be sky high. Of course I just made up the figures about $50 skydives and $200 pony rides, but these may actually be low. The end result is that these sport activities and sport activity companies would go out of business, as very few people would pay $500 or $1000 for a tandem jump, as the instructors, the company, the mfgs of equipment, aircraft companies, etc would all have to be covered. Think I am exaggerating? I doubt it. Ski areas would have to charge phenomenal prices for a lift ticket, 10 K run organizers the same, as would all of the companies on my short list. etc etc. Waivers are an agreement. The prospective customer can accept the risk or walk away. Reasonably priced sports activities are the gateway for adults to participate in fun and yes, risky stuff. That's the way it is everywhere but Oregon. For now. The nanny mentality of saying all waivers are unconscionable, is depriving those persons who are willing to make their own decisions on risk. Treats adults like they were children.
  3. Waivers only cover ordinary negligence. Everything you have mentioned (except for the out of date reserve) is ordinary negligence, and is waived. And should be. To hold otherwise will kill all of the activities I mentioned, and a lot more. Oregon's rule would be the end, unless of course jump tickets go to $50 and riding a horse for an hour goes up to $200, etc etc. The nanny state philosophy is alive and well in Oregon! Hope the EbolOregon Waiver Disease doesn't become contagiousl
  4. Oregon Supreme Court is substituting it's view of "unconscionable" over the participant's agreement. Pretty ridiculous. Wow: Horseback riding stables Ski Resorts, ski rentals Skydive Businesses, esp tandems 10K-Marathon etc run organizers Bike ride groups (MS Charity Bike ride, etc) Softball and Baseball youth and adult leagues Tennis businesses Surfing companies Hangglider and Paraglider companies Snowmobile rentals Archery and gun ranges Waterski instruction and rental companies Gymnast training centers Whitewater rafting companies Boat rental companies Little buzzy go cart and motorcycle rentals Dance instruction Mountain guide and rock climbing schools and climbing walls Holy Batman! This is just a quick, off the top of my head list. There must be a hundred more businesses that rely on the protection of waivers to stay in business. The Oregon ruling basically embraces the point of view that adults cannot voluntarily make the decision to take risks. In recreational states, and indeed all the states this would kill almost all waivered recreational businesses. My belief is that European countries have a completely different viewpoint. Our tort system allows anyone to sue, without consequences of losing. My understanding of the English tort system is that if you sue for an ordinary tortious act, and lose, you have to pay the defendant's legal fees. Weeds out the cases without merit. Maybe we need that here in the US.
  5. When I read, "Another scumbag politician involved in tax fraud" the name Timothy Geithner comes to mind. He said, "The Turbotax program was just too confusing", just before he was appointed as Secretary of the Treasury and IRS chief. He said he "just forgot" to pay taxes on about $200,000 of income. Plenty of tax fraud scumbags out there. Some get caught, some skate because of political expediency.
  6. Changing the stitch length is goofy, but it can be figured out.
  7. It is an automatic oiler. So, when you eventually do get it cleaned up - pull the bobbin case out, pull the thread out of the upper, maybe even remove the needle too, and run it at full speed until you see the oil dripping down the glass viewing port. A hundred little 'one minute' or 'two minute' starts, not at full speed, won't lube this auto lube machine. Once you get it clean and regularly do the auto lube thing where you can see the oil dripping, it'll last forever. Of course, also throw a few drops of oil on the bobbin case area regularly.
  8. The picture of the slipped grommet with the green loop and safety pin: Your grommet looks suspiciously like a smooth, "no tooth/non spur" grommet. Must have spur grommets for parachute work of any kind. The smooth ones will always slip under a load. They are just for tarps and covers and such.
  9. The old Coolidge T shirt: "Take the picture!" desert scene comes to mind. Round formation, jumpers at the level of the saguro cactus; beady eyes and all. Maybe someone can find it and post a picture of this T shirt classic. Just hope you never are low enough to get that ground rush. I's flat out scary.
  10. Gruber thrown under the bus? Well; maybe not. It is opined he got about 2,000,000, yup, 2 million for about a year's worth of work.
  11. A majority would be 9 of 16. One more than half. If New York says 12 of 16 then that's what it takes to bring an indictment and issue a True Bill. The state constitutions set for the number to constitute a grand jury and the number it takes to indict.
  12. To indict, (accuse), the grand jury in every state must have a certain number of the grand jury voting for indictment to issue what is called a "True Bill"=an Indictment. That number is termed a plurality. Examples are 9 of 12, 10 of 12, 7 of 9, etc. The number of grand jurors constituting a grand jury, (vary from state to state) and the number to reach the plurality are almost always set forth in the state's constitution. It is not just a majority. That standard would be too low.
  13. The coroner listed 5 things. I believe the coroner used the term 'Extreme Obesity': . exreme obesity, . the weight on him (the police officer) . his prone position . heart condition . asthma My point, which you missed entirely, was that the death was not from the choke hold, which the previous poster assumed crushed the throat.
  14. 50% at risk...yadda ... = unintelligent response/comment, and totally off point.
  15. A properly administered "choke hold" does not crush the throat, as you are incorrectly assuming. It doesn't even touch the throat. The upper part of the arm and the lower part form a "V" and the throat, where breathing occurs is not even touched. The pressure is on the sides of the neck, squeezing the two big veins (return flow from the brain) and if hard enough, the two arteries(blood flow to the brain. It is called a "blood choke" and is one way to subdue a person as distinguished from a striking force, such as a baton or a gun or some other potentially lethal or injurious force. The person faints from low blood flow to/from brain. That is why he was able to say 'I can't breathe'. His throat/vocal chords were not affected. After the pressure is released and blood flow resumes, the person is woozy; then fully Ok after a few moments. The coroner said, correctly, that the pressure of weight was the reason. The blood flow choke was only on for 17 seconds. The guy was grotesquely obese. Asthma, heart problems also according to coroner. Weight was on his back. That's about it.
  16. Both of you guys know more than I do. Meet you guys at PIA in '15? I would get to meet the "legend" Wendy and the "inventor", Jerry.
  17. Invented the RSL?- don't know, but the "Stevens System" was the earliest system that was well known. A nylon strap was external and went to the belly mounted reserve handle. Who Stevens was, I don't know, but would be easy to ferret out
  18. John Mitchell. I agree with you. At some point I won't be looking at the altimeter anyway. Will just be trying to get it done and survive. (probably won't be looking at the ground either - that would just be a distraction and wouldn't lend to doing anything with my hands) This is a good discussion. I kinda came off like a jerk. Sorry.
  19. For me, everything has to occur by 1000 feet
  20. Sorry to get pushy about the term. We have these discussions and they always end up with the person just describing what they really mean. The SIM uses 'decision altitude', etc. Whatever works that cannot be misinterpreted or misunderstood is best. I don't have a term for the 1000 foot decision. It is just that.
  21. I think Jeff Johnston get the credit for actually inventing the over the shoulder "pro pack" method; but as to the naming of it as "Pro Pack"... I defer to the other posters, although I suspect that was Jeff Johnston too. Before that we all 'flat packed'.
  22. The term"hard deck" has no universal meaning. It is a cutesy term used in the movie Top Gun and people think it makes them seem cool when they use the term. Please do not use the term at all. It has no meaning beyond the user's use of it. I have heard the term used to define: . The breakoff altitude . The pitch/pack open altitude . The decision altitude as it is correctly defined in the SIM . The lowest altitude you should cut away after fighting a mal main (1000 feet?) . I have even heard it used to describe a low cloud ceiling. Point is: It has no meaning. Please ditch the use of this movie term altogether, as it will be understood in many different ways. It doesn't make you look cool. It makes you look like you want to impress people. At it's worst, it will cause confusion and make you end up by describing what you really meant in the first place.
  23. Visited a a DZ a few times many years ago. They had a (it was described as a 205 and a half?) Actually I think it was just a 206 with the front door instead of the cargo door. To the point: The step was very "long" forward to aft. Not long before we showed up one time, they said a tandem instr, not used to the long step, stepped off backwards, and because the step was so unusually long, smashed his student's face on the step. Smashed it very badly. It WAS very big. We jokingly called it "as big as a front porch". Seemed like the wing strut was at the front of the step, just like a 182 step/strut setup, but it continued aft a long long long ways because the wheel strut was much further back. If you wanted to face forward, You had to step back a step after you let go of the strut. If you didn't the back end would hit you. Especially if the plane came up when the weight was off of it. Of course, when you got used to it, no problem, but the first time you used it, it came so close it scared you. Tandem instructors just turned/pivoted and went off the back edge of the step. We learned to do that too.
  24. Lame and pathetic story line (It actually really didn't have a story line) WAY TOO LOUD. Not even the ending, which was only kinda an ending. This was a colossal dud. Don't bother. Now Fury....there's a movie. MockingJay was pretty good too, but open ended. Intentionally.