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Everything posted by nigel99

  1. No just tattoo 666 on the forehead or implant a micro chip
  2. I don't disagree with their views. I just found the completely different viewpoint amusing and also how strongly they felt about it. Especially that almost everyone celebrating that day is using it as an excuse to party and have a few drinks. I will admit that prior to the people getting really upset about it, I hadn't ever read up the story behind it. I've never dressed up or partied for St Patricks day, guess next year I will go to something as a snake :)
  3. I know. I laughed this year on St Patrick’s day when Pagans I know went off their heads about how it celebrates the persecution of witches.
  4. I’m pagan and so fairly interested in Wicca and pagan symbols. While the USA claims to be Christian I find it interesting that it is full of pagan symbols. From the money with the 3rd eye, the flag is full of Pentagrams (Pentacle is generally a pentagram with a circle around it). The freedom statue on the capital building has a crown of Pentagrams. It is interesting the amount of pagan symbolism and lack of Christian symbols.
  5. I started jumping on F111 7 cells canopies. I’ve only had one reserve ride on a Tempo 160 and was fine. But I also had 3500 feet to do practise flares etc. I think someone with more experience is probably better placed to answer your question
  6. A big part of the problem is that people simply don't read their reserve manuals. The Optimum has clearly stated maximum levels from novice through to expert. I am not certain of the certification status in the grey zone between maximum wing loading above expert and below the listed absolute maximum weight. For a 143 Reserve the recommendations are 122lb for a novice, 143lb intermediate, advanced 165lb and expert 200lb with maximum rated capacity at 254lb. This means that the vast majority of jumpers on 143 and smaller reserves are in the expert category and often exceeding manufacturers recommendations. At 300 jumps I was on a PD160 reserve placing me in the expert category. With the evolution of main canopies, the flight characteristics are vastly different between mains and reserves. So I have no idea on a two out situation (which is one of the reasons cited for having similar sizes) what the outcome would be. You need to make an informed choice on your reserve. The type of jumps you do, the terrain you are jumping over, your experience level, physical fitness and how your reserve responds if you're slumped over in the harness due to being unconscious. We all take risks, and this is a risk based sport, but it is better to take risks with an informed decision. Just because you are jumping a 119 Crossfire, doesn't mean that a 126 reserve is a sensible choice as an example.
  7. Back in the UK a work colleague went to University with a guy from Nigeria. The Nigerian graduated towards the top of the class and yet simply could not get an interview and therefore job as a software engineer. This was dot com and y2k era so massive shortage. Being a really clever guy he changed his name by deed pole to Bill Gates and got an interview and job within a few days. Sure the novelty of employing Bill Gates played a part, but it shows a systemic problem that he felt compelled to change his name.
  8. I’m pretty sure that any large organisation that is subject to a detailed investigation will be found to have breached some rules. So unless there is something major I don’t think it matters that much. More interesting is how broke or rich Trump is and I hope that is cleared up
  9. Yeah people are stupid. It is not compulsory to have the vaccine here. However they are in the process of making updates to the national vaccination register compulsory, at the moment it is voluntary. They are also trying to figure out the legal position of businesses. So can you deny an airline passenger a flight if they aren’t vaccinated for example. I’m slightly concerned at the growing requirements that are moving towards some sort of compulsory identity card. Although growing up in Zimbabwe national ID card was mandatory so I’m fairly familiar with it and it wasn’t abused there. To re enter Western Australia you need a pass issued by the police. It’s a difficult situation because while I have concerns I believe that WA is 6th in the world for handling Covid. Our economy is thriving as a result.
  10. Reviving this thread because frankly the US has demonstrated that is far from the model of democracy that it pretends to be, and is well in the way to being a typical banana republic., The fact that the system allows for blatant disregard of the law by politicians is shameful. In fact I would imagine the US would be towards the bottom of the Western countries leaderboard. It goes well beyond Trump, he is just the symptom. The refusal of politicians to vote based on morality or adherence to law, but rather vote on their back pocket is a horrible reflection of American society and values.
  11. This whole thread reminds me of this video.
  12. nigel99


    Living in one of the best managed places in the world for Covid we have just had our first case in 10 months. We are immediately back into full lockdown for 5 days. For all the complaints, we have been affected very little. The economy is booming it is next to impossible to get a rental property as the less than 1% vacancy rate and house prices set to rise by up to 15% this year. Our local government and community is a model of how this should be managed. I just hope that because we had gone back to “normal” life that we don’t have an outbreak.
  13. nigel99


    You are missing out on the fact that it is not older white males. Right wing extremism has been named as one of the biggest threats that Australia is facing. I also find it amusing that Ron and Co are now lumped in alongside Islamic extremists. I guess they share the same values of wanting a theocracy and not democracy
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    Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  15. Really? Is that the saga involving Philly
  16. Your side and group are essentially domestic terrorists. You aren’t interested in democracy and have given up all pretence of it. Allah Akba can be your rallying cry, and maybe the taliban can help co ordinate your terror movement
  17. It’s really lucky the protesters were white!
  18. I disagree. I think that is in a death spiral. There are at least 73 Million more Rons out there who are utterly opposed to democracy. The root cause has not been dealt with, Trump is simply the face of that side of America. You’re media and outlook is so polarised and toxic and until that is addressed it will only get worse. Just look at the number of politicians who are prepared to contest the results
  19. Don’t worry there are patriots in the Georgia hills who are armed and ready to make sure SHTF. Maybe they will be heading down to the polling stations in Atlanta to ensure all non whites have suitable ID, bible and MAGA hat :)
  20. If you’re looking for a good laugh reflecting on 2020 I highly recommend this Netflix movie. Happy New Yesr to all
  21. this is the funniest video I’ve ever seen about how some people apply the bible. Not sure if the link works being age restricted.
  22. nigel99


    I’ve come to appreciate how tightly WA controls things and the measures in place. We lifted our interstate borders on the 8th December and I flew interstate to NSW on Tuesday for a couple of days. There’s been an outbreak here in Sydney 17 people in 2-3 days and so WA have reinstated mandatory quarantine. So I’ll be spending Xmas and New Years home alone as I fly back tomorrow. It does go to show how quickly they need to take action to keep things under control
  23. nigel99


    Quite surprised how out of step I am both with all my friends and this forum. Seems almost everyone supports these measures. It honestly feels like the early steps of big brother. Happy to be wrong!