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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. This just screams out why the US needs a third political party.
  2. Perhaps a stretch, but according to my uncle, not far off the mark.
  3. One of the founders of Greenpeace had an Olympic Bronze in sailing. May help to set the tone.
  4. The hand surgeon at my wife's hospital is Dr. Groper.
  5. Now I told you, I have to kill you. Sub skippers are not in love with nuclear tipped torpedos. They are thermo-nuclear devices and the ocean is a pretty big heat sink. Look at the original Bikini Atoll results. Give them an old MK15 with a shaped charge and it can do more damage to the ship they are trying to sink.
  6. The fast ferry fiasco. What is known in organizational behaviour is "somebody's great idea". Mr. Ward was a forceful personality that was speaking to people at a level that knew very little of the actual process of running ferries. The time waster in ferries is load/unload. Taking 15 mins to half hour off a ferry run and having to run more of them makes little sense, especially when load/unload times are not affected significantly. Something so basic was not taken into account because Ward went directly to the politicians. Just one of many business processes based on "somebody's great idea". On the other hand, some people were taken by the argument that there was success in using fast cargo carrying catamarans up and down the east coast of the US. In fact costs were significantly less than trucking. After the ferries, the factory was supposed to be overbooked making high speed cargo carriers. I also remember the Chief Steamship Inspector not believing tales about the giant wakes these things put out until he was sailing his Thunderbird near Nanaimo and was put on beam ends by the passing of one of the ferries.
  7. Not all over the world. Have you noticed the temperatures in the Arctic or Antarctic these days? Temperature fall with CO2 rising? Phsssaw!
  8. The scientists know this. It is the public who work on an intuitive vs an analytic basis. Listen to Neil Degrasse Tyson a bit on climate change. It really doesn't matter whether you "believe" or not. It is happening. We can do something about it and people will. The role of the doubting Thomas is to see that the scars are there.
  9. The first thing you have to do is change from measurements of temperature to measurements of energy. Much of the energy goes into melting ice, which does not mean a change in temperature. There are other "sinks" of energy not associated with changes in temperature. Also, ocean temperature changes are so far into the "noise" that they don't mean a lot on a earth sized basis. 98% of the ocean is at the basal temperature of the ocean (2C) and remains constant.
  10. But that is not the data from satellites like DSCVR. That is the "buttterfly wings" stuff. Interesting to do, but it has its limits. When is the last time you did a partial differential equation and had it run away on you?
  11. The IPCC have been within the precision implied. The overall trend has been quite accurate. DISCVR and other satellites have been very good at pinpointing the sources. If you want to base the accuracy on the ability of following each event caused by the "flutter of the butterfly's wing" you cannot be as accurate in your "postulations" as you can for an overall measurement of the amount and rate of energy retention by the earth. People fear what they do not understand.
  12. Parliamentary democracy started out and has the structure that it works best as a voice of the people when it is a minority parliament. Produces statesmen like Walpole. I really, really wish the US would start a third party so they would not roll back into bi-partisanism the moment a debatable subject came up.
  13. WTF. That is some of the worst science I have ever come across.
  14. my bad. I misunderstood
  15. Average vs median difference means that nearly all the money is held by the upper earners. If the average equalled the median, everyone would earn the same.