Fah Kiew Tu

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    What Needs To Be Undone Post-Trump?

    And so you get what you deserve. I fully understand that the political parties want nothing to do with such changes, it's not in their interests and both sides think that when *they* get back in power, they don't want any brakes on what they can do. Therein lies the problem. There needs to be a long march through the system and I don't think enough of you have the attention span or willingness to do it. Plus the inevitable capture by association along the way. FKT
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    What Needs To Be Undone Post-Trump?

    Fix your electoral laws because an awful lot of the shit you see flows from that. End gerrymandering. Independent commissions to set electoral boundaries. Enable some form of preferential voting so the big parties don't just get to select a single candidate to offer. Make voter registration simple and universal when reaching the age of majority. Make voting simple and straightforward. Postal, ease of getting to polling places, whatever, just do it. I'd suggest that voting be compulsory (or attendance at least) to stop fence sitting and whining but that'd be way too far for you guys. Possibly enable term limits? Possibly enable a more general recall system? That'd be a good start. A lot of the other stuff people have listed is short-term and tactical, easily reversed by the next clown that gets elected. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Australian here. We have food quarantine rules for good reason. If you deliberately tried to break them because of your self-entitlement, I hope they confiscated your smuggled foodstuffs and threw the book at you. You don't get to decide what food rules you choose to follow in someone else's country. You can call them food nazis if you want, you can also stay home. FKT
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    Donald Trump loses Nov 3rd

    I often agree with him and nobody could classify me as a Republican let alone an extreme Right one. I doubt even the US Democratic Party would be Left enough for most of my positions. AGITC gets a lot of undeserved shit here mainly because those flinging it can't or won't attempt to refute what he actually says. FKT
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    Jim Mattis drops his gloves

    Actually, IMO they are exactly equal the moment they resort to violence and raise a fist or weapon. If you think the likes of Antifa on the far Left don't lead to enslavement and genocide you have a much poorer grasp of history than I thought you had. Different form, same end result. Now right at the present time the far Right are a much, much greater threat to civil society and need to be squashed fast & hard. But they need to be squashed by the legal authorities, not by a self-appointed band who want to use the same level of violence but in what you think is a good cause. Basically you're asking for a re-run of Wiemar Germany in the late 1920's where the Reds and the Nazis battled it out with murders and gang violence on both sides, while the authorities sat on the sidelines or took fairly ineffectual action on a sporadic basis. Are you really sure that this is where you want to go? Because even if you win, you've still lost. You might just as well kick off the second Civil War right now and be done with it because if you let one side use the violence that you decry on the other side, that's what you'll get. I want *both* sides squashed, with a very large majority of the effort directed at the far Right, because they're responsible for the vast majority of the problems. At the moment. FKT
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    Jim Mattis drops his gloves

    I think you're failing in basic comprehension here. The VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR of both sides is equally bad and should be equally condemned. THE PREVALENCE OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR is heavily biased ATM to the Right/Fascist/Racist groups and therefore they should be targeted as a first priority. Do you actually understand the difference here? Because it seems that either you actually don't, or you really are trying to paint AGITC into a position that he doesn't actually hold. And that's on you. More pointless rubbish, fuck it, I'm off to the boat yard. Even sanding the hull is preferable to this. FKT
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    Protect AND Serve?

    Fire fighters? Lime green or bright yellow high visibility. Cops - pink. FKT
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    The rise of the KAREN

    Nora Roberts. I've read some when I've been desperate. They remind me of a supposed inscription in a novel that a yachtie picked up in a swap meet - "If you are on passage and this is the last book you have left unread, you have my profound sympathy" FKT
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Get a custom shaft made. Or assuming the Volvo seal is a bigger diameter, loctite a sleeve over the shaft. There's always a way (usually of increasing expense, aggravation and coupled with decreasing reliability, but there's always a way)... FKT
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    Police Qualified Immunity

    What I know about this comes from reading Tom's thread, but it appears to me that the decisions have come down on the side of 'what is not specifically forbidden to the nth degree of specificity is permitted'. I think this is an utter perversion of the law and should have been stamped on a long time ago. So on that basis I think the police officer who killed someone by kneeling on their neck has a really good chance of getting off using this defence. I also think this is utterly wrong but it seems the way previous decisions have gone. We'll see what happens. FKT
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Good luck with it all - I'm on the hard ATM doing a pretty serious going-over as it's the first time the boat has been out since we splashed it. It's all looking pretty good but as you say - 'as long as we're out......' I found some loose bolts on the steering gear but it's so massively overbuilt that it was in no danger of failing. Might have settled in a bit or I might have forgotten to do the final torque on them. Whatever. Thing is I'm in no rush and the yard fees are reasonable so it's all good. FKT
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    Invoking the insurrection act

    Yes with the Senate Republicans cravenly and totally abrogating their responsibilities, Trump can get away with almost anything. Total and complete failure of the checks & balances needed. FKT
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    Invoking the insurrection act

    Incidentally, can anyone explain how Trump can order what seems to me to be a complete violation of the First Amendment and nobody says boo? Should be grounds for impeachment all by itself. FKT
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    Invoking the insurrection act

    The USA elected the utter antithesis of a gentleman. A nasty, vindictive, female-assaulting liar and narcissist. FKT
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    The rise of the KAREN

    He'd have been referring to Australia, where we don't have such outrages as civil forfeiture and 'equitable sharing'. FKT
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    The rise of the KAREN

    I don't believe I mentioned or implied that the standards were better now. Merely that it was difficult to see how they could be lower than in the past. Given the then level, that is. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I'd be doing the BBQ with pigs - especially nice tender suckling pigs - thing. FKT
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    Two Lawyers and a Girl

    That's quite disingenuous but I'm sure that was no accident. Even a lawyer should be able to recognise cause and effect, unless of course they're being paid to deny it exists. FKT
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    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Burns, yeah, been there. But I know at least 3 people with massive problems WRT epoxy sensitivity. OK they were careless in its use, still can't come anywhere near the stuff. At least burns (generally) heal up OK. I have one from welding new fittings in my foredeck to remind me. I'm using epoxy paint on the boat ATM but wearing a lot of protective gear to keep the paint off of my skin. I keep fantasisiing about a very lightweight aluminium nesting dinghy. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    So put forward a motion for the club's AGM that they dis-affiliate from AS and stop paying them. See if you get the numbers. If you don't then change clubs or start your own because the bulk of the membership obviously don't care. Frankly *I* don't care because I'm not interested in racing at all. I'm also not interested in helping to fund AS in any way, shape or form as they appear to be more interested in their own machinations than serving the sail-racing community at large. FKT
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    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Not that it's helpful for dinghies but I would much, MUCH rather use a welder & grinder than go anywhere near fibreglass & epoxy. I hate that toxic, sticky shit. FKT
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    On This Season of Riots

    Yep. And if you kill anyone for any reason in the course of your duties, you immediately lose your right to carry a firearm and are transferred to administrative duties, for the entire term of your employment. It's a health & safety thing. Killing someone is highly traumatic and your employer needs to look after your mental health. You say it's not traumatic? Then you don't belong in an organisation that's there to *protect* and *serve*. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Wrong couple. IIRC they bought a shotgun purely for defence against bears, test fired it and that was it. I know some locals who knew her as a kid, said that her only real flaw was she was a way better sailor than they were. Funnily enough while I disagree about hunting & shooting in general (had to shoot a dying wallaby outside my back door recently before the crows pecked out its eyes and started eating it alive) I am also just barely tolerant of fishing off of my boat. But that's partly because as am ex-fisheries biologist I reckon I've killed way more than my lifetime quota already and don't want to kill anything these days. Cormorants, OTOH, especially New Zealand cormorants, are a different matter. I'd *like* to shoot the lot of them - but won't. FKT
  24. Reminds me of a no doubt apocryphal sign attributed to the French in a zoo: "This animal is dangerous and untrustworthy. When provoked it fights back." How dare something like that be permitted. People need to know their place. FKT
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    The rise of the KAREN

    I have to say, it would be a very difficult argument to make that the legal profession now has less ethics than it had in the past. Very difficult indeed. FKT