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Posts posted by nigel99

  1. 21 hours ago, TriGirl said:

    Well, I sort of agree.  The name day is one thing, but the description of Patrick as having "chased all the snakes out of Ireland" is a sanitized version of his (reported) exploits of forcibly converting Pagans -- Inquisition-style.

    I will celebrate/appreciate Ireland.  I will not celebrate that.

    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 :)

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  2. 6 hours ago, TriGirl said:


    In response to the original question, I have one word:



    (note: I had a coworker decades ago who unapologetically replied, when asked what his kids were wearing as costumes that year, that his family doesn't celebrate Halloween traditions.  He was what we would now consider evangelical Christian, and had done his homework)

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 4 hours ago, Bokdrol said:

    I jump a Spectre 190 with a PD160 reserve. I had one ride on the reserve about 6 years ago when I was 300+- jumps and found it as easy to handle and land as my Spectre - conditions to be fair, were very benign and perfect for landing. I realise a lot is down to WL on canopies but the question I have is this - are reserves configured or set up to handle 'easier' than a standard main canopy? I still jump the 190' because I'm old and prefer to be safe rather than flash, so wasn't lulled into a false sense of downsize security by my let off on the 160' . Thanks. 

    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 

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  5. 10 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    In the case of the fatality mentioned in the thread title; the reserve was an Optima 113, combined with a Spectre 120 main. I do not know the physical size of the person in that fatality, but that's a pretty aggressive size for most people.

    I currently have a larger reserve than main, and I'm not that large a person. Of course, I'm old...

    Considerations to me include the "do you really want to downsize on your first reserve ride," along with terrain where you jump (if it's flat all over, then you have a lot more leeway and are less likely to have to sink your reserve into a back yard or a hole in the trees) and experience, and RSL or MARD use.

    There have been discussions in the past on this topic, but there's always room for a new discussion, because there are always people who can contribute and/or learn

    Wendy P.

    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. 




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  6. On 2/28/2021 at 6:54 AM, billvon said:

    Yes, they have tried, which speaks well of them.  It's still a problem.

    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.

  7. 16 hours ago, billvon said:

    I predict there won't be a "bomb."  Prosecutors will find some shady dealings, the trial will proceed, Trump supporters will say "but Clinton did it first," Trump will blame his accounting firm and someone there will take the fall.

    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

  8. 13 hours ago, JerryBaumchen said:

    Hi Wendy,

    Re:  There are consequences for decisions.

    Yes, there are.  I am a believer that if you are not listed as an organ donor, you should not be eligible to get one.

    And then there is this:  Anti-vaccination protesters have gathered across Australia

    Covid: Anti-vaccination protests held in Australia ahead of rollout - BBC News

    I would not give them a hospital bed if they get infected.

    Jerry Baumchen

    PS)  I was reading the other day that 30% of the US military is refusing the vaccination.  When I was in 'No' was not an option.

    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.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

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  11. 2 hours ago, wolfriverjoe said:


    Trump didn't cause it. He just capitalized on it.


    If you want to blame someone, blame Obama (not really).

    Once one of 'them' took up residence in the White House, all the racists lost their shit.

    They claimed he was a 'secret Muslim'. They claimed he was really Kenyan. They called him nigger in every way except actually using the word, and many of them did use the word. Just not where 'regular people' could see it.

    Trump capitalized on that big time. Remember when he claimed that a private detective had provided him with earth shattering proof about Obama?
    Of course, it was going to be made public in 'two weeks' and again of course, never was.

    Lots and lots of older white Christian males were completely marginalized when their hate, something they had held for decades, something they had needed to keep secret for a while, was brought out to the degree that Obama fueled it.

    As I noted above, Trump capitalized on it. He fed into the bigotry, xenophobia and hatred. He made it acceptable to hate again.
    His supporters lapped it up. He let those slimeballs think it was ok to crawl out from under their rocks.
    Why do you think Trump praised the Nazis?
    Or told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by"?
    Or attacked the BLM protests with anonymous federal agents?

    All of it was because he knew his base and what they wanted.

    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 


  12. 9 hours ago, JoeWeber said:

    That's your definition of truth? At the end of the day your bitch is that the election was stolen from Trump. Why not take some time off from patting your back over food bank work and give us the proof? If it's true, Ron, there is proof. It's not something you just know is true that feels oh, so good, it's something with evidence you can show. But you can't, can you? Truly there is nothing there but what you need to believe. The thing is that it isn't benign. It's a very bad thing that people believe things without proof. 

    Hebrews 11:1

    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  13. 2 hours ago, SkyDekker said:

    Considering you like calling peoples employers to try and get them fired for online postings, I wonder if somebody has called the FBI tip line on you yet?

    Really? Is that the saga involving Philly

  14. 25 minutes ago, RonD1120 said:

    Do you think that maybe, just maybe, SHTF is right around the corner?

    God's people will stick together.

    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

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  15. 3 hours ago, Phil1111 said:

    To all my American friends. Lessons will be learned, America will rise stronger and some good news to sleep on.

    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 

  16. 1 hour ago, billvon said:

    But it is possible with Andi and Eve.  Sperm is easy to come by.  So does that mean that Jesus is OK with lesbians but not gay men?  It would not be the strangest misread to come out of the Bible camp.

    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. 

  17. 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

  18. 3 hours ago, billvon said:

    Well, Hitler's been overused lately, so 1984 is sort of second most hyperbolic.

    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!