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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. Look for anything written by Eric Foner or Gordon Wood. Foner is the one of the most respected authors on Reconstruction in the field and Wood is the same on the Constitutional period.
  2. "I've been saying for a long time here that the right to vote has far more consequences than the right to gunz. Not only should we be certified/recertified to vote, but we should have to pass background checks to keep the vote out of the hands of dangerous people who might misuse that vote or handle a ballot carelessly. And then once a voter passes a background check, they need to be trained correctly in how to vote. Oh, and it goes without saying that one must have a photo ID in order to vote." It sounds good until we look at how the same idea was implemented in the past. Perhaps we could go for two and exempt everyone whose grandfather voted in a presidential election. Funny how, with the South in political power, these old ideas float back up.
  3. " The real solution to this is to address the electoral college head on with a constitutional amendment. We passed the 25th as a result of the Kennedy assassination and this situation is much more dire to the longevity of the nation. So we either disband the EC and go with a popular vote, or we force the electoral college members to be unbound and unfaithful, able to vote their conscience irregardless of party affiliation as the founding fathers intended. " Simpler solution; triple the size of the House to around 1200, shifting the electoral votes toward population, creating smaller districts with more responsive representitves and reducing the dollar effect (someone could win by knocking on doors rather than TV ads). This can be done legislatively rather than changing the Constitution. For a bonus, insert independent commissions to apportion the districts.
  4. Due to a couple of crew failures, I'm looking for someone to sail with us at J24 Na's in Houston May 24 -28. Middle position (mast or tactician).. Please contact Kevin Mott 405-924-6380 nw_history@hotmail.com
  5. Not at all. But if we're going to use the "war on police" bumper sticker we should at least keep track of the scores. None of the deaths should be "acceptable" but should not be ignored just because some are people most don't think worthy of consideration. It's kind of interesting that just by putting raw numbers up, without any commentary, elicites a "fuck you" and a "police officers deaths are acceptable" when nothing of the sort was stated or implied. Says more about those looking at the numbers than the numbers themselves.
  6. "Was it over when the Germany's bombed Pearl Harbor?' Nope, when we dropped THE BOMB on Hitler.
  7. Officer deaths 2017 41 17 gunfire 17 vehicular Civilian deaths by police gunfire 317
  8. A conspiracy theory keeps bouncing around in my head; T makes intemperate remarks and the markets move in a predictable direction. He then walks the the remark back and the markets recover. Is it a reasonable possibility the someone in the family is cashing in on these movements?
  9. One of the reasons for the charter/private/home school movement is to avoid mandated high stakes tests. The larger problem is the teaching styles required by the high stakes testing mandated by GW and No Child had driven out the skill of critical thinking in favor of rote knowledge needed for the tests. Then, due to a lack of a unified set of standards and no curriculum, the rote knowledge is not reinforced in the later grades. Finally, before getting on the "Schools ought to ..." band wagon, consider that Marzano (the current educational research god) determined that taking every standard K-12 students are required to master and applying the amount of time research indicates is needed for mastery, students would need to go K-23. Trying to cram too much into too little time has put us in this state.
  10. "I'm telling you, a progressive "flat tax" on income with no deductions or loopholes for individuals." Jeff, to what extent, if any, do you view the increasing concentration of the nation's wealth as a danger to the American Dream and way of life?
  11. An interesting parallel to the United incident. United said "get him out of there" and someone got hurt. It appears that United will be ruled as liable. Differences?
  12. " Traditional cavalry were all but useless in our own War Of Northern Aggression" Not true. While cavalry as a shock force (similar to armor) was rendered obsolete by long range accurate fire, cavalry as scouting and screening (more similar to helicopter) was vital to the Civil War. One of the factors leading to the defeat of the rebels at Gettysburg was Lee's inability to control Stuart who took off and allowed Buford to detect the rebel forces. Granted the Buford's fighting his unit as dragoons rather traditional cavalry allowed the northern army to arrive in time, it doesn't diminish the value of cavalry as scouts. One of the scenarios that gets wargamed is keeping Stuart under control and holding off Buford allowing the rebels to escape Gettysburg and threaten DC. The Plains Indian wars and the response to the Villa raid were the last gasps of effectiveness for horse based cavalry.
  13. " Just another stupid study trying to paint all Trump voters as racist nazis..." After listening to a couple of T supporters talking about how Katrina was the greatest thing to happen to New Orleans because it "washed the dark off the streets", the study may have a point.
  14. A way of restricting $peech would be to issue each candidate x number of radio and TV minutes, 'donated" have the stations as a part of their licensing of public airwaves. When these are expended, done. Any outside organization that buys political ads must disclose all sources of revenue to buy space. Wouldn't stop but would slow the influence.
  15. I don't recall where I saw this but some time ago an article on the popularity of conspiracy theories stated that the tendency to believe them is exceptionally well rooted. The basis is that since the greatest threat to any person is another person, the mind runs through all possible threats and prepares for them. Conspiracy theories are manifestations of our profound distrust of "them". Or they're all true and the mind control beams through the cell towers make us question.