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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 is good news, right? The Russians are our friends now, right? Maybe we cruise-missiled that airbase to make Assad more dependent on Russian air power? -DSK
  2. Right, thanks for catching that... very poorly written on my part. I should have said DECLARE war. -DSK
  3. I don't really "manage" our credit, just the old fashioned method of only buying stuff you can afford and paying the bills. Right now my wife and I have 3 credit cards, 2 of which we use for everyday transactions. Neither gives us any cash back or bonus miles or anything. We pay the balances in full, have no fees, and don't pay any interest charges. I don't really see the need for anything complicated. HOWEVER- One of these cards we normally use for consumer goods & services, and occasionally (once last year, most recent previous to that was 3 or 4 years ago) we get embroiled in a dispute and want to have a charge removed. This card has been very good about that, taking our side and not helping crooked merchants rip us off. This year, the policy is changed. Now, if we want to dispute a charge (which we now do) we have to fill in a shitload of paperwork (which they send us on their own schedule, if it's late getting back to them then it's blown up), they ask the vendor 'mother may I' three times and if the vendor wants to keep our money, they shrug and say 'we can't help you.' So I intend to cancel this card account. Which credit company stands by their customers rather than the vendors? Does anybody have a recommendation for a credit card? Thanks all- -DSK
  4. Boehner knows better than most how dysfunctional the GOP House is. However, I wish he'd be specific about what foreign policy & security issues Trump has "handled well." Launching missiles while eating cake? Pissing off Germany? Leaking intel to the Russians? FWIW I agree with him about Democrats talking impeachment. 1- it's silly because you can do nothing about it and 2- it's the surest way to keep Trump supporters supporting Trump. But I also think very few Democrats have the self discipline to think about it and not talk about it. -DSK
  5. And putting Trump in the White House fixed that, right? -DSK
  6. RMDanko, My first impulse is to say it is an Enterprise...the chines, but I did not go over it carefully. If an Enterprise, and all there and glass might be very good deal...Trailers can look dismal but end up very functional with little work...tires are cheap and wiring can be nudged, if messed. E's are many for a reason...only weird thing used to be the sails had to be blue for some odd reason. I'm not familiar with the Enterprise other than old sailing book pictures. It looks very much like a Wayfarer, only smaller. Handles along the gunwhale? That trailer doesn't look too bad either. FB- Doug
  7. I think the change is limiting the authorized use of force to a specifically identified group and geographic area. I could be wrong; and the question of "who is associated with this identified enemy" is a crucial one. -DSK
  8. Shucks, back in the days of large conscript armies it was well known that only about 10% of people will actually SHOOT (even into the air) in combat. The "trolley problem" is a good analogy- if I'm understanding, the relevance is that if we kill 5 people with a drone strike, and 1 of them is a terrorist leader who will kill dozens of others, then we have achieved a higher moral utility. But the converse is also true, killing innocent people increases hatred of the US among their peers; perhap even among people who were formerly neutral or pro-US. This is very real and has become a big factor in our Middle East relations. I don't have a problem with using drones to conduct a war. I -do- have a problem with a US President (or general in charge of something-or-other) unilaterally sentencing a whole room or building full of people to death, for the shadowy reason that it's "fighting terrorism." Yes yes yes they have all kinds of intel blah blah; the issue at hand is that we are NOT at war and these people are NOT enemy soldiers. Perhaps, as we Americans become a people who like to sing about "freedom" but are otherwise peons herded around by our government overlords' whims, we should learn to not worry about national policy. It's not like we voters actually have any input on such things. -DSK
  9. Hah Ever had much to do with lawyers? I haven't, fortunately, but even in my limited experience I have found all too often that lawyers are less than perfect as human beings and as servants of an impartial Justice. -DSK
  10. This is one reason why I said, don't worry about smoothing the bottom... for now. It will make a much smaller difference in how well the boat sails than many other improvements you can make, with far less time invested. Get the rigging all sorted out, good sails, get familiar with the boat's characteristics. The difference between a rough paint job and perfectly smooth & faired bottom is less than the difference you'd make with better sails , which is less than the difference you'd make with proper tuning (which requires proper standing rigging), which is less than the difference you'd make getting the running rigging sorted out. Get the boat sailing first, then grab the low-hanging fruit. It's certainly a much better boat than the Catalina 22 you first set your sights on, and worth putting in a good bit of upgrading and sweat equity. I'm just suggesting that you spend more time sailing, this first season, and less time working/spending on things that won't make that big a difference. FB- Doug
  11. https://www.yahoo.com/news/senators-kaine-flake-seek-vote-authorize-war-islamic-state-152924702.html Instead of just "fighting terrorism" whenever and wherever the President wants, as long as not too many US soldiers get killed, a couple of Senators have proposed a bill to give the the power to wage war back to Congress. This bill also specifically authorizes war against ISIS and perhaps we should assume that the war in Afghanistan will also continue. I did not like the perma-war when Obama was waging it, especially with drones, and in the near future I foresee liking it even less. Is this a step in the right direction? I'm cautiously optimistic. -DSK
  12. That it is a stupid move is almost beyond dispute. Just another example of a bully and how he conducts business. sad I think if Trump Inc tries to hold a copyright on all use of his image, they are going to be disappointed. Plus, the letter is both mean-spirited and stupid. Would any judge be impressed by shit like this? -DSK
  13. Totally agree. Not sure 'love' has much place in politics, it would be fine if we could remove the hatred though. Government is supposed to fix the pot holes and keep the lights on; not make everybody love each other. Our system should provide a way forward for the least of us, rather than providing ever-greater wealth for the luckiest. America has been a land of equal citizens, not a land of lords and peons. I don't like this change and don't understand how some people can think this is 'American.' -DSK
  14. Ham? No... fish! Mahi to be exact FB- Doug
  15. Yep. Odd stuff, the guy is fairly successful but really doesn't get out much beyond the circle of Hollywood sycophants and alt-right illiterati. Doesn't travel, doesn't get involved in any kind of civic projects, no hobbies... and yet he thinks he's smart enough to completely re-invent the wheel, the steam engine, electricity, and the telephone... probably sharks with frikkin' laser beams too... A couple of his partners were on the show, explaining how smart he is: "He reads deep books" followed up with a long list of philosophy explained for the layperson, not even a serious Cliff Notes type book. "He knows a lot of history" followed up with the historical fiction movies he likes to watch. Not impressive. For any President other than Trump, and without having sucked up to some deep-pockets Republican donors, he would be a fringe whacko. I could be wrong, he could be really really smart. We'll see. Results so far have not been positive. -DSK