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  1. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    What the hell. Maybe it is best. My naivety will be good for a laugh at least. it's not pleasant and nor do I want to do this. Give me a bit.
  2. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    There, much better. No more lies. Now we just have to work on your social skills a bit, you know, represent the squadron in the best possible light 'n all. Desperate? Why would I be 'desperate'? FFS, it's you and the club I have been trying to protect, not me! Give me strength.......
  3. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    Mrs Octopus, can you please for the love of God stop with the lies and fabrications? Nothing is that big a deal that warrants tearing the sport and the club down over. 100% of all disputes, whatever the hell it is, can be mediated. A failure of mediation is only due to ONE cause, and that's a lack of willingness from one of the parties involved. This failure is bad for the sport. With this in mind, what on earth is your agenda that you continue to publish the most erroneous information as fact? I am trying to keep my mess out of the public eye, but you are forcing me to respond. Not because I want to, nor because I feel the need to take sides, nor I am some pedantic nerd that gets off on detail. I do so because as this snowball gathers momentum we’re deviating further and further from the facts. And adding more lies and innuendo is only adding fuel to the fire. The lies have to stop. This goes against every core principle of our sport, it is indefensible as a competitor or a race official. Anarchy is Anarchy and the home of some of the best shit fights in the sport, and I think the freedom of speech principle that is inherent here is one to be applauded. But that does not mean blatant lies shouldn’t be called out. If you persist in this obfuscation, I am forced to respond in kind every time with facts to correct you. Please continue offering comment or opinion. Give each other a touchup, or engage in robust debate. Please, just stop with the lies.
  4. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    I am sorry you find my situation to be humorous. In the interests of full disclosure, go and look up OSINT, I did all two years of testing on it for Police, it might be of interest.
  5. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    Hi Roon, Yep.
  6. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    Ever since I was a wee pup and first started racing, I was that in teenage period where I used to express frustration to a race official about witnessing some clear breach of the rules by another boat. The answer was always the same, and I remember distinctly these moments as an important life lesson, even though at the time youth and exuberance didn't really stop me from just pointlessly bitching to an official a few more times. The lesson, often expressed with a hint of exasperation, was always the same. In my recollection it went something like ; "YOU, a competitor choose to compete in a self regulated sport. It is up to YOU, the competitor, to protest when you witness a rule breach, just as it is on us. A race official does not obtain God like powers and can somehow magic themselves to all points of the race course at the same time. Get it through your thick fucking head, it is YOUR responsibility. And ....("owww!! leggo of my ear!!"!)......having this authority requires YOU to exercise that right with integrity and in a sportsmanlike manner AT..(poke)....ALL (poke)...TIMES!...(hard poke)" That's the cloak we chose to wear as sailors. where we are measured by (and that our sport is reliant upon) our integrity as much as our skill. Or maybe that was all just horseshit. Which sadly, might explain the path we seem to be travelling.
  7. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    It's strange where one can gain motivation, sometimes in the unlikeliest of places. Mrs Octopus, stumbled a bit and has misrepresented the facts. Curious by comparison just appears to be misinformed, I agree with some of his thoughts and principles, they simply have no relevance to actual events. I have been involved in a parallel dispute due to the same issue, and whilst I cannot speak with first hand experience on the IRC hearing and findings, I can categorically speak from first hand experience of my own engagement. Call me a soft cock, but I have too much respect for our rules and processes for me to discuss this openly whilst the matter was under adjudication. I trusted AS be the final adjudicator of my issue, and was more than happy to accept the findings regardless of the decision. And I mean that genuinely, whilst I am happy to profess that LB is a friend, I will not ignore, or break rules, for anyone. I lost my appeal, and I blame myself, it is up to me to present a clear and concise case, which I clearly did not do, as the facts are indisputable. As such I was tempted to let it rest . However, comments from Mrs Octopus right here have changed my mind. There was one slip up in a post by Mrs Octopus that proves first hand knowledge, and because i have gone to great lengths to respect the club and AS process and keep my hearing out of the public eye, nobody could know that unless they were a senior representatives of the club. It is one thing for a club to be unaware of senior representatives going rogue, it is entirely another thing for our governing body to sanction their actions, which , inadvertent or not, is exactly what they did. There were clear breaches of the RRS by the club that are indisputable. Either the process is flawed, or we did not follow process, it's as simple as that. This morning, on advice from Police and my insurance company, I have had to move my boat out of the club marina, as I have repeated visitations where the boat is being tampered with. I am sure this will transpire to be pure co-incidence and completely disconnected that this started after I protested the club. But it does give you a sense of how this mess is now spiralling out of control, and our failsafe, being the governing body, did not investigate the abuses of process, and by their actions have condoned this as acceptable behaviour. That's not mediation, that 's a green flag for a continuing escalation. And if the club want to follow up on their threat of disciplinary action against me for bringing the club into disrepute by this post, I want to clearly state I will exhaust all avenues available to me to ensure Mrs Octopus is sharing the dock with me. One set of rules gentlemen, they (should) apply equally to all of us, and we have an obligation to respect them. I do, for the club and AS I ask only one thing, the same in return. .
  8. shaggybaxter

    Greta

    Out of the park!
  9. shaggybaxter

    Immediate withdrawal from Syria

    Absolutely. My junior science teacher was ex ARVN, and when pressed used to tell us stories about their struggles on school camps. You'd be hard pressed to meet a better or more decent man.
  10. shaggybaxter

    Immediate withdrawal from Syria

    Good morning MB “This morning, Turkey, a Nato member, invaded Syria. The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea,” the statement said, before noting: “There are no American soldiers in the area.” Not that you or your vaunted President need to worry about the people dying. You just change channels over to Fox. Comfy? Need a pillow? Remote? This day is history in the making for the US military history. The day the US just got up and left their brothers in arms exposed on the battlefield.
  11. shaggybaxter

    Australian Sailing

    No he was not, according to the Squadron General Manager. That's why. Which I am respecting.
  12. shaggybaxter

    Greta

    This was interesting.....I know its not generation, but storage is the other half of the equation... CARBON PROTON BATTERY STORES AS MUCH ENERGY AS LITHIUM BATTERY IN LAB TESTS “Will anything match lithium-ion batteries for energy density?” is a frequently repeated question. It’s certainly not in the cards in the next few years. But the research coming out of Australia’s RIMT University in Melbourne says that one day, it’s possible – with a carbon proton battery. The research team have designed and built a battery that uses environmentally friendly carbon electrodes, water, and a permeable membrane to store electrical energy. Lead researcher Professor John Andrews says, “Our latest advance is a crucial step towards cheap, sustainable proton batteries that can help meet our future energy needs without further damaging our already fragile environment. As the world moves towards inherently variable renewable energy to reduce greenhouse emissions and tackle climate change, requirements for electrical energy storage will be gargantuan. “The proton battery is one among many potential contributors towards meeting this enormous demand for energy storage. Powering batteries with protons has the potential to be more economical than using lithium ions, which are made from scarce resources. Carbon, which is the primary resource used in our proton battery, is abundant and cheap compared to both metal hydrogen storage alloys and the lithium needed for rechargeable lithium ion batteries.” “Future work will now focus on further improving performance and energy density through use of atomically-thin layered carbon based materials such as graphene, with the target of a proton battery that is truly competitive with lithium ion batteries firmly in sight,” Andrews says. The functional prototype carbon proton battery works as the best of both worlds, combining the pros of hydrogen fuel cells and battery power. Hydrogen fuel cells are environmentally friendly, but lack energy density. Lithium-ion batteries, while energy dense, require rare materials and are chemically sensitive. According to the report in Science Daily, “The latest version combines a carbon electrode for solid-state storage of hydrogen with a reversible fuel cell to provide an integrated rechargeable unit.” “During charging, protons produced by water splitting in a reversible fuel cell are conducted through the cell membrane and directly bond with the storage material with the aid of electrons supplied by the applied voltage, without forming hydrogen gas. In electricity supply mode, this process is reversed. Hydrogen atoms are released from the storage [medium] and lose an electron to become protons once again. These protons then pass back through the cell membrane where they combine with oxygen and electrons from the external circuit to re-form water. “A major potential advantage of the proton battery is much higher energy efficiency than conventional hydrogen systems, making it comparable to lithium ion batteries. The losses associated with hydrogen gas evolution and splitting back into protons are eliminated.” Proton batteries have been explored before at RMIT, with previous experiments resulting in a heavy and costly battery. The new carbon proton battery already can produce as much energy per unit of mass as lithium-ion units.
  13. shaggybaxter

    Greta

    Christ...that's a nuts amount of power.
  14. shaggybaxter

    Immediate withdrawal from Syria

    Dear Christ....... The issue is not in the leaving. It is the manner in which you do so. People that believed in you are going to get wiped out. For believing in you. And you think that's ok. Take a bow son, you've set a new bar for depravity in my eyes.
  15. shaggybaxter

    Immediate withdrawal from Syria

    Is this is how you speak about an ally? Did you get your wife to alter your marriage vows too? "Do you take this woman to be your convenient whipping post plaything, to attend to my riches by being poorer, to suffer from sickness for my good health, till death takes them so I can be a live off their struggles like a greedy selfish cunt" One thing worse than scum who renege on their word, and that's those who cheer for them when they do.