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Posts posted by Andy9o8

  1. On 2/22/2019 at 11:27 AM, fastfaller2 said:

    .... state law largely trumps federal law in most contexts, ....

    Um, no. But just the opposite of that is true, so you were close.

    (OK, back to just lurking.)

  2. 1 hour ago, JerryBaumchen said:

    Hi Rob,

    Only speculation; but, IMO because the 1 1/2 shots became available & the OneShots were costly to make.

    Jerry Baumchen

    This is an old memory from the 1970's when we were all trained on 1 & 1/2 shots...  I seem to vaguely recall one of the old hands back then saying that it was intended as a safety measure to guard against an immediate riser release in case a cover was inadvertently flipped open. But don't quote me on that...

  3. wolfriverjoe

    *********dumb. The TM should never have let that happen.

    Yes because we let our students take cellphones on jumps for this exact purpose.

    More likely the student was a douche nozzle, and despite being told to empty their pockets fully they snuck their phone on to the jump and pulled it out unannounced and unplanned.

    Would the pilot be in jeopardy of an enforcement action/lawsuit if the phone was dropped and caused injury/damage?

    "It Depends." (stock answer to just about any legal question, thanks Prof Schaefer)

    If the DZ has a policy of "empty your pockets, no phones or cameras on the jump", and this "douche nozzle" student violated that policy and snuck the phone on the jump, then probably not.

    Most lawyers would probably answer: Would the pilot, as well as the TM, the DZO, the S&TA, and the airport owner all be at risk of a lawsuit or enforcement action - even with the best "policy" possible in place? Absolutely yes, because, as the saying goes, "In the US, you can sue anyone for anything. But that doesn't mean you'll necessarily win."

    Now then: Might they have viable defenses that might eventually get them off the hook? Maybe, maybe not, but even if so, only after a long, aggravating process (maybe multiple processes), and only after spending many thousands of dollars in (often un-recoverable) legal fees.
    Are the pilot, TM, DZO, etc guaranteed to win based on that defense? No. Why not? Well, if such an incident did occur it arguably means that they failed to search the student well enough pre-jump to effectively enforce their strict policy. (Unless it's stuck up the student's asshole. Or worse.)
    And for the DZO, even if he wins the case(s), it might still give him future trouble obtaining affordable insurance, and/or it might provoke hostile airport access opposition.

  4. Don't count too hard on that hope.
    Google the almost identical shit Archbishop Chaput has done in the last 2 dioceses he's run.. He's still doing it, but the boss isn't telling him to back off and be s human being.
    Mark my words,- these thugs are just marking time until Francis flames out.

  5. Quote

    You made the decision to allow your cat to go outside, stop whining about the consequenes. Take some responsibility for your own actions. You sound like a Trudeau.

    Ooh!! Canadian cat fight! With the ultimate beat-down! Go, bitches, go!

  6. Prolly_Nervous

    Others have recommended I do a tandem as well . I think I'll do one tomorrow before my next jump with my instructors . Get use to the freefall feeling, sights and the sounds will make it easier for my AFF for sure

    Go for it, man. Remember, I'm some guy on the Internet, so it must be true! ;)

  7. Does your DZ offer tandem jumps? If so, there's no shame in making a tandem jump now, so you'll have nothing to do on the jump but float there and let your brain acclimate to freefall, and then the TI even takes care of flying and landing the canopy. Other students have done that during AFF for exactly the same reason; you can, too. Give it a thought.

  8. Hopefully you and your instructors will hit it off with each other better for your next jump. That said, being a new skydiving student is stressful enough without personalities adding to it. And it works both ways - sometimes instructors aren't as patient as they might be, but sometimes certain students can have particularly "needy" personalities, too. Each can be tough for the other person to deal with. None of us were there at your DZ to see it and judge for ourselves.

    Every person has his own personality, and every DZ has its own culture and vibe. Sometimes new students quit the sport because of personality or culture issues, when maybe all they needed was a "change of scenery" to stick with it. If you have the same trouble clicking with your instructors the next couple of jumps - whether it's them, or it's you - maybe you might consider switching either to different instructors or to a different DZ.


    P.S. - huge sensory overload, especially on one's first jump, is very normal. My first jump was a static line jump. I remember the jumpmaster saying "Go!", then I remember a fully-inflated canopy over my head. The 5 seconds in between are a complete blank. Very normal.

  9. turtlespeed




    Yeah, really.


    How could I ever do that in a way that would even remotely satisfy you.

    Pretty easily, really. First, explain how Saddam was the belligerent. That's pretty self explanatory, I don't know how to make the question any clearer.

    Second, find some posts on here with people saying that Saddam wasn't that bad a guy. It should be easy, if you're not making it up.

    The belligerent, or a belligerent?

    From what I gather, he was pretty belligerent. Kind of a dick, even.

  10. billvon

    >Ah, but therein is the problem; a centrist has a more difficult time winning a primary.

    In today's climate I see that as less of a problem. Both sides will dislike them at first. Then one party will "claim" him or her, and the other will immediately compare them to Hitler, and the process will resume - but this time with a better candidate.

    yeah, Mussolini.
    Can you tell I'm beyond disgusted?

  11. Anvilbrother

    Very cool, thanks for the info. Just to be clear I am not trying to limit any information from ever getting to the public. Just wait till a fair trial is over then release everything you could possibly know if you want to.

    Just for the record, I support the American / First Amendment rule rather than the British rule - not because I don't see both sides of the debate, but because I see it as the lesser of two evils. Erosion of Constitutional rights, as I see it, can lead to a dangerous slippery slope; and keeping the public timely and fully informed about the issues of the day is Rule Number One in a healthy, well-functioning democracy.

    As I've said before, what in many other countries, including the other democracies, would be considered unlawful communications or publications, is considered to be "constitutionally protected speech" in the US. I think that's a good thing.

  12. Anvilbrother

    It isnt fair for either side thats why my post specifically stated the suspects trial not the cops. I think people have a right to know what happened but the people who are going to court have the right to the most innocent fair trial possible. I also think it would be better if juries were completely blind to the facts or circumstances before a trial. Just come in as a blank slate with no knowledge the incident even happend and be presented evidence from each side and rule on that.

    What you propose is actually the law in, for example, the UK, where there are legal restrictions on publishing certain facts about a criminal case (maybe any court case? I'm not sure) if that would unfairly prejudice the course of justice in the court proceedings. Newspaper publishers could be prosecuted criminally for breaching these laws.
    By contrast, many of the legal restrictions on pretrial publicity that exist in the UK would be deemed unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment in the US.

    Here's an article that compares free speech laws in the UK vs. the US.