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  1. I still give students a "complete" score if they pull the dummy handle during line-stretch. I emphasis that the goal is pulling the handle DESPITE distractions like deployment.
  2. It is amazing how the term "hack" has changed over the years. Initially it simply meant to cut with an axe. Then it transofrmed to a sloppy cut with a dull axe. Then it changed to any job done sloppily. But more recently, computer "hackers" have adopted the term to describe their ability to "hack" into computer systems. Many computer "hackers" are malicious, but a newer generation has modified the term to mean clever improvements to computers and a wide variety of other equipment. Say "hacking" an old delivery van into an apartment on wheels. Now these entrepreneurs often use the term "hack" in the same sentence as "make."
  3. Term limits help to officially retire judges before they turn senile.
  4. First, keep your hands and toggles close to your chest, where they are stornger. Secondly, practice flaring with both hands on both toggles. Do a series of practice flares up high before you try to land with this new method. This will eliminate most asymmetry. Thirdly, ask a friend to video some of your landings, then ask a local coach to criitque your technique on video.
  5. Is Europe suffering from shortages of gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electricity, etc.?
  6. Brent, That difference explains the population gap between first-world and third-world birth rates. Since first-world nations have good health care and public sanitation, infant mortality rates are low and most families are confident that both their children will grow to adulthood. Since 2 children is less than the replacement rate (2.2 children per woman) populations are declining in first-world nations. This also means fewer working-age people to support ever-larger numbers of retirees. Meanwhile, many third-world nations have poor public sanitation, few medical clinics and high infant mortality rates. Hence most families have 6 or more children in hopes that a couple will survive long enough to support their parents when the parents are too old to work full-time. Most of these countries are also too poor to educate even half their children through elementary school, hence the Taliban bans girls studying in public schools. With better health care, more children survive in third-world nations, but they have difficulty finding work in stagnant economies. Hence they try to emmigrate to second or first-world countries where they can find work. These immigrants take menial labor jobs that native-born first-worlders are too arrogant to do. Immigration is the only way that first-world nations can keep up the numbers in their labor force.
  7. I freely admit to understanding very little about quantum physics. I have a pretty good grasp of Newtonian physics. I have also read many articles about quantum physics, but when quantum physics clash with Newtonian physics, I get confused. Perhaps the problem is that I am a visual learner and have seen very few diagrams of quantum physics that I can grasp at a glance. Please note that I am not dismissing quantum physics. I would like to better understand quantum physics, but am currently baffled.
  8. I wrote a church sermon entitled "Religion or Science? What is your best guess?" It outlines how in olden days, when anyone did not have a logical explanation for something, they replied "Because god wanted it that way." Theologians refer to this as "God in the gaps." Some debaters and theologians got stuck on rigidly reinforcing the written words of god(s). Since the Enlightenment, scientists have experimented and invented many new explanations for why the world is the way it is. Most of those explanations have been confirmed by other scientists who repeated those same experiments and achieved similar results. However, I must caution you that many concepts that were accepted as scientific "fact" a few centuries ago are laughed at today. Furthermore, some of what we agree on as scientific "facts" will be laughed at in another 20 or 30 years. For example, I am still skeptical about much of the "quantum" science currently accepted by physicists.
  9. "Nomadland" I am currently reading Jessica Bruder's book "Nomadland." I also saw the documentary by the same name a few months back. They detail the lives of a new class of Americans who live in tents, vans, truck campers, converted buses and even Winnebagos as they move from one seasonal job to the next. Many were middle-class until they were bankrupted by divorce, closing factories, etc. How many dz.commers have lived and worked out of a van parked beside a DZ?
  10. Ask a local instructor to watch you practice DRPs. Sometimes you have to adapt your technique to adjust for different harness-student configurations. For example, I teach my students two different methods to find their BOC handle. I tell them to practice sliding a hand down the right side of the container. I also teach them how to grab their own ass, then slide their hand up until they feel the handle. Then I get them to practice both techniques while laying on the ground and let them decide which technique works best for them. Then we practice their chosen method a few more times to burn it into long-term memory. During later practices, I encourage them to imagine wind noise, etc. By the way, where are the main ripcord handles on your school's student harnesses?
  11. Baluchistan overlaps the southern provinces of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Their loyalty is to other Baluchis first. I doubt if the average Baluchi has ever visited Kabul, mush less consider himself am Afghan citizen. Afghanistan is doomed to fragment into a series of semi-autonimous tribal homelands, with even the Taliban fearing to enter some of those tribal homelands ... much the same as Alexander the Great invaded a few thousand years ago. It is difficult to unite a country with mountains that steep, passes snowed-in for months every year and far too little water for serious agriculture. Note the most of Afghanistan's "green zones" follow irrigation systems gifted by Russia or the USA.
  12. When was the last time that any army's generals did not have a clue about what their private soldiers were doing "in the trenches?"
  13. 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 ...
  14. Hah! Hah! This reminds me of an ad from a military clothing store. They advertised "commando underwear" and posted a photo of a naked man with his crotch blurred out. Hah! Hah!
  15. Back in 2012, Canadian Liberal Justin Trudeau won an amateur show boxing match against Conservative Senator Brazeau. Brazeau dominated the first round by closing the distance and pummeling his opponent. But Trudeau used his 3 inch longer reach to pummel Brazeau during the second and third rounds. Monday morning, Brazeau suffered the humiliation of a haircut.