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  1. Did you hear about the cannibal that passed his brother in the forest?
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    Sorry, looks like I Triple(!) posted this
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    To put this in perspective, assuming your flu numbers are correct, 490,000 hospitalizations over the duration of a flu season is a pretty low load for a country that has 160,000 ventilators. It's also about 1% of all that got the flu. So even if all 2018-19 flu hospitalizations required an ICU bed, when spread over 4-6 months it would not have come close to overwhelming the system. From the Diamond Princess cohort, ~50% of the 700 Covid-19 positives had symptoms, and IIRC, 30% required hospitalization, and half of them (15% of 700) needed an ICU bed with ventilator. But if 15% of just 35 M get Covid, (about 10% of US population), we're talking about 5 million needing an ICU at some point. (And is it reasonable to think we can limit this to just 10% of the population?) It would appear that we could only tolerate about 1 million or so people being infected at any one time to fill our existing ventilator capacity, unless we ramp up ICU beds and ventilators. (And what to do with non-Covid folks that would normally be occupying those beds? Estimates are that only 30% of them are available on average at any one time under normal circumstances.) Italy reached the breaking point with official counts in the tens of thousands. Yes, case counts are way below reality due to testing constraints, but our trajectory is about 10 days behind Italy, and based on per capita ventilator numbers, maybe we have another 6-10 days before the US would have hit the breaking point had we waited as long as Italy did to react. A lot is unknown and/or unclear, but hopefully the time we are buying will allow additional tools to come into play. If nothing else, time produce more masks and hazmat suits so at least we keep our existing medical folks from getting taken out of action (permanently or for recovery) and acquire more ventilators, test kits, and increased hospital space so we can handle a higher load. And more time to discover better treatments.
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    Looks like I double posted this
  5. Supremacy would only be an issue if a local gov passed a law that conflicts with fed law. Here it would be a *Federal law* that explicitly gives local govs the right to pass laws regulating local noise beyond what Fed law does. So any local restrictions would not conflict with the federal law.
  6. Bob forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was mad. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds! AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!!" The next morning when his wife woke up, she looked out the window to see a box ... gift wrapped in the middle of the driveway. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale... Bob has been missing since Friday.
  7. There wasn't a knot (at least as far as I could tell). I'm pretty sure the bunching of the lines on the right side is due to the line that caused the lineover. A front line that goes over the top and down the back has to course outside around all the remaining lines to reach it's attachment point on the front riser. (and vice versa if it was a back line). You would expect that bunching to not look as extreme if the lineover was nearer the end (shorter distance, fewer good lines to get past).
  8. FYI, here's what my lineover looked like on a Pilot 189. I'm sure it fully pinched in the middle, but hidden by adjacent cell fabric.
  9. The dropzone you will be jumping at almost certainly will have experienced licenced skydiving photographers for the jump portion of your experience (but call and ask to be sure). The DZ may or may not let you bring your own outside photographer for photographing the jump portion (if you find someone qualified who would be willing to do this for you) so ask about that too if you decide to bring your own. The DZ should be fine allowing an outside photographer to shoot ground scenes, but call about that too to be sure, and so that they can prepare for it (DZ's don't normally allow spectators to be out in the landing area, or near the plane). Happy wedding!
  10. Bump. (Because it is a very entertaining thread)
  11. Wasn't there a wingsuiter that survived a no pull when he crashed into trees? His vertical velocity may not have been typical free fall speeds, but total velocity speed must have been pretty fast; as was, I would guess, Connery's as well. (I would assume that Connery's speed can be determined from the video; did that ever get revealed?)
  12. An interesting story about a somewhat similar problem in the Airbus A330 from 10 years ago. A brutal experience, although fortunately they were able to land intact. But a case where the computer controls overrode the commands of the pilot. https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-ve-become-very-isolated-the-aftermath-of-near-doomed-qf72-20190514-p51n7q.html
  13. I google searched for "parachute found in Amboy was not from Flight 305 as it was too large at 34-feet in diameter", and first link was this (which contains the exact phrase): https://themountainnewswa.net/2012/05/14/the-hunt-for-db-cooper-looking-for-the-amboy-chute/ Does this help?
  14. I don't know any of the details about what went on (I'm just a skydiver mildly interested in DB Cooper), so excuse me if what I say is so obviously contradicted by the known details. But I'm curious why you assume he didn't use his own rig? I certainly wouldn't trust a rig given to me by the authorities if I were in his shoes, particularly when jumping into unknown terrain at night. Even if I could assume they wouldn't jimmie it so I had a total malfunction, they might make the parachute small, or with other defects, that would ensure a rapid descent and a hard, injurious, landing. And I would have also thought about a tracking device being hidden inside. So why ask for parachutes? Could be because he assumed they'd put in a tracking device, and he would toss that out 50+ miles from where he actually exited so that any search would focus on where he wasn't. And/or use some or all of the rigs or reserves to do the final descent of some of the load he was carrying. (What did he exit with, and how much did it weigh?) And a night jump into unknown and gnarly terrain with tall trees? He could almost be assured he'd be hung up in the trees: maybe extra rigs were for rope/lines, etc to help extricate himself. Anyway, just some thoughts