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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. President Cowardly Lion

    The partisan differences are to be expected, despite the pointless one sided discussions. But publicly firing anyone via Twitter or any public outlet hours before talking directly with the fired person is cowardly, unprofessional and inexcusable. Management 101 for the lowest, least experienced supervisor - but a President? Comey, Tillerson and others deserved much better. Trump won’t be held directly responsible but hopefully there will be consequences, most likely reflected in midterms and 2020. Maybe it’s started with Roy Moore (Alabama) and Rick Saccone (Pennsylvania) both defeated in deeply red states/districts. Unfortunately Trump resembles the Scarecrow and the Tin Man at times as well...
  2. President for Life?

    Pointless speculation all around...
  3. Sprit seal for J/125

    May be out of date but http://waterlinesystems.com/shop/other-jboat-parts/sprit-pole-seal-j120-j130-j145-87094/
  4. I’d think he’s less than 50:50 already unless he changes dramatically which seems unlikely, and I’m a lifelong conservative or at least center right. Surely the Democrats won’t run a much disliked, arrogant insider like Hillary again or Bernie.
  5. Trump is called out all the time. Acting like “we” can wave a magic wand and make Trump go away is just as ignorant and pointless as Trump’s unfounded solutions and proclamations. Just as stupid as those who wanted to get rid Obama every day for 8 years at the top of their lungs. There are corrupt politics and uninformed voters all over the world, who survive their short term mistakes, not new. Now if Trump is re-elected, then the OP has a point...
  6. TV -

    +1. I find myself watching YouTube, PBS and sports more than anything else. Most, but not all, other broadcast TV on major network and cable channels is formulaic garbage, and “news” today is mostly partisan entertainment. We cut the cord, no cable or satellite anymore. We only have streaming channels now, and we pay about 1/3rd what Dish was costing us - we don’t miss it at all! Cable and satellite are losing customers every year, and they aren’t coming back. If it wasn’t for all the old and young technophobe/Luddites, they’d have way fewer customers.
  7. 2018 Winter Olympics!

    I almost never watch snowboarding except during the Olympics. But you have to hand it to Shaun White for delivering the run of his life to climb from silver to gold in the events last, and his last chance do or die run. In the presser afterward, he said he had not attempted back to back 1440's in competition before, and it must be true since it would be easy to verify. He did what he had to do in the moment, and the pressure after a disappointing showing in Sochi and all the media star hype had to be immense - beyond what any of us could ever imagine. There's good, and then there's clutch - the latter is the far rarer commodity, and what separates the truly great performers from all other professionals. I just hope he has the good sense to quit on top, and not try to come back to the 2022 Olympics.
  8. The Case for Nationalizing Elon Musk

    Remains to be seen whether Musk is another Bezos, or another DeLorean...
  9. "Sailing" v "Yachting"

    +1. Every word of this and more has been said a thousand times for twenty years, and nothing has changed. Sailboat sales, sail participation and yacht club membership are still a fraction of what they were in the 80’s, despite the occasional localized blip up. The old guard continues to kill sailing as a pastime, and when they fade away, the next generation already doesn't care in large numbers. “...95% of youth sailors quit sailing by age 22.” Today’s kids/young adults aren’t interested in sailing given the costs-logistics-time and other alternatives, dragging them on to adult boats isn’t going to change that. Sailing continues to slide into a niche sport for the wealthy, most of the middle class left a generation ago or more.
  10. Burger King Explains Net Neutrality

    Cute, too bad it’s not entirely analogous to what’s happening WRT net neutrality, those customers are all getting the same Whopper. That said, I’m not sure why consumers/users paying more for X+ speed and/or Y+ data caps doesn’t address the original real issue. Eliminating net neutrality outright could have the added effect of arbitrary preferential throttling (the angle BK is legitimately targeting), not the intended outcome. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
  11. Why don't more people race?

    Slow day, picking nits? Both sources were a mix of racers, cruisers, etc. - maybe that's why the results were similar. And the purpose was to identify and somewhat rank the barriers, not to nail exact percentages. If the charts aren't useful to you, no problem. And if you have better information or insights, I am sure many here would be interested...
  12. Chicago Area III

    Hasn’t been worth it since it rolled in with power boats and RV’s to me, but at l least Chicago still has a sail show. YMMV
  13. I've had it with Rhode Island - Where to go?

    There are lots of safe, low COL areas all around Chicago, but you’re right about dingy access. The OP has a B36.7, lots of them around Chicago...
  14. I've had it with Rhode Island - Where to go?

    Too bad about RI. We love to visit, but we’d never move back. There are conservatives everywhere, you can find lots of like minded peeps in any big city. Sailing cities; San Diego, Annapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Newport, Miami, Chicago, Charleston, Boston, Santa Barbara. If you’re not racing, that opens up some large inland lake places.
  15. Which are the smart states?

    Are those the parameters used to declare a state is stupid?