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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Good lesson for us sailors on little plastic boats.....I can tell you I had an 0300 meeting with a carrier out between Santa Barbara Island and San Nicholas one night. I called the OOD just to be sure they weren't planning on making a big turn and starting flight ops or anything. I was transmitting AIS and had a radar reflector......OOD didn't see me. I had to tell him my location before he finally said "Oh, there you are....". As I was single handing, I found it disheartening to say the least that they weren't really paying much attention and I might have been grabbing a nap.....
  2. Too dramatic? Or you just don't like Pink Floyd?
  3. Outside of Santa Barbara Island was breezy maybe not the 35-45kts the NWS posted but......8-10 foot seas at 8 seconds....Did it doublehanded though, no rail meat.
  4. Just picked up some Bang and Olufson H8 noise cancelling blue tooth headphones.....in a word: Stunning. Might be the best sound quality phones I have ever had, plus super convenient wireless and noise cancelling. I have become that irritating guy wandering around the airport with his headphones on.... They are a bit spendy......
  5. Jeanneau Sunfast 3200......get one with all the "proper things" and sails, up your purchase price a bit.....
  6. +1 on Garmin. Whatever else you can knock it on.....it works. My GoPRo required constant restarts because of freezing. It was on the boat, only seen when sailing. By the time it finally bricked itself completely? Warranty gone.......Absolute shite I link the VIRB to my Garmin watch and mount it on the boat and start remotely. Use the integrated GPS for occasional velocity overlays......but haven't linked it to my B&G Happy with the editing software....pretty basic, but it works consistently and advertised.
  7. I don't know if any "official" r2's are here.....but you can do an aftermarket mod if you want.
  8. you can have any two of the three........
  9. I am more than happy to look at any outcome studies other than cancer that are any good........but they are really hard to find. But your unproven assertion that we are "dead last in developed countries" on ANY actual medical problem (as opposed to lifestyle) isn't true, no matter how often you repeat it.
  10. Infant mortality is lifestyle/genetics-driven? How so? https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/infantmortality.htm Smoking,drinking, street drugs,diet and exercise all have a much bigger contribution to that mortality number than the quality of medical care. You aren't measuring medical intervention with infant mortality as much as moms personal decision making
  11. again, if it were true that everyone didn't have access to care the cancer death rate would be worse right? I mean, people are dying in the streets here! A little critical thinking debunks that myth immediately. But hey, if you believe Cuba does better healthcare than the US, anything is possible. And we don't do "reasonably well" we are the best in every important category. Infant mortality, life expectency and chronic disease is much more lifestyle/genetics driven, which is why it is BS to look at them. Of course comparing a tiny country (Canada) or an ethnicall/economically homogenous country to the US is also biased against the US....which means we likely do even BETTER than the numbers suggest.
  12. Cancer simply has the best data and endpoints. If you are young and healthy, much better to get the flu in Canada.....you get free (to you)motrin and a visit to the GP Yes, couple of vested interests, one being I live in the States. However I am in the medical field and travel and speak all over the world so I am familiar with the systems and both the end users and the doctors. There is no doubt good medical care/doctors elsewhere ,sometimes their experts are better than the US. But on the whole, the US medical care is the best in the world....partly because we pay throught the nose for it. My favorite scientific paper was Canadian though. It looks out at outcomes of a certain type of benign brain tumor. They took people that they recommended surgery and then followed them for years....until they could actually HAVE surgery under the Canadian system. Great science (intent to treat study), pretty poor healthcare at least from the perspective of the patient whose own surgeon said take out the tumor but couldn't put them on the books for years! I see many Canadians down here in the States to get their care in a timely fashion, that certainly has to suggest a level of dissatisfaction with the care they are receiving at home...... And minor science point: Look at the Cuban error bar compared to the US, it is entirely possibly (likely) that Cuba just doesn't stack up. Lancet, BTW, is notoriously political as well as far as medical journals go....... YMMV
  13. yup, believe me I am NOT of the belief that we have the best health insurance system in the world.....not by a long shot. Obamacare made it demonstrably worse, but it certainly wasn't great to start with. Simply agreeing in point with the great Maggie Thatcher (paraphrased): "The American health insurance industry is horrible, it is simply better (outcomes, in general) than all the rest......" And yes, there is a metric-ton of wiggle-room about whether we have the best outcomes!
  14. yeah, different topic........Look, over there! Squirrel! LOL
  15. Thats true, and even more ironic that the US does better than countries that have supposedly "free" and available healthcare right?