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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.

ramwel2010

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  1. Your take would be incorrect. It was, in fact, All Things Considered. The link is in the OP. "In 2007, Missouri repealed a law requiring gun buyers to obtain a license demonstrating they'd first passed a background check. In the years that followed, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research tracked the results. In the forthcoming issue of Journal of Urban Health, the center will release it's findings: The law's repeal was associated with an additional 55 to 63 murders per year in Missouri between 2008 and 2012. For more on the report, Audie Cornish speaks with Daniel Webster, the director of the center." Diane did an hour on it too. If you're looking for more bed wetting hysteria involving the gun conversation you might want to check it out. To be fair it really isn't bed wetting hysteria. Piers Morgan seems to corner the market on that. It is, however, a very one sided conversation from a news source that usually prides itself on presenting both sides of an issue. Even NPR which is my primary news source, fails to stay objective with some topics. I don't know how some of you can stomach watching Fox or MSNBC. That shit is nails on a chalkboard to me.
  2. I take it you're referring to the Diane Rehm show from today? I love her show, but she loses her objectivity when it comes to this topic and she never has anyone from the pro-gun side of the table on to refute the anti-gun argument. I heard most of the show. It was the status quo when it comes to guns and her view on them. The usual cherry picked data and half truths. The only NPR show I've listened to that ever seems to take the time to flush out real honest answers when it comes to the gun topic is All Things Considered. I regularly listen to both Diane Rehm and Craig Fahle and they both wet their pants and lose their minds if someone says the word "gun."
  3. Here's how I see this going down. Snowden has done a wonderful job of teasing the press with information, watching our officials vehemently claim it's untrue, and then releasing proof that show's they were lying to us. I see this staffer doing the same thing. Christie is now on the offensive. The staffer lets this go on a few days or so, and then releases damning evidence . I could be wrong. I have a strong feeling I'm not though.
  4. Were the nuke secrets in violation of the US Constitution? Was listening in to the German president's cell phone calls in violation of the constitution? C'mon, Jeff. Trying to deflect the conversation in different direction doesn't alter my point. The latest revelation on the Dishfire program shows that the NSA has been collecting data far beyond metadata including millions of text messages, financial transaction data, passwords, geolocation data, missed call and roaming alerts and anything else they can mine from users cell phones across the globe, including from Americans, all without warrants or oversight. The more of this that gets released, the clearer it becomes that our government is out of control and can no longer be trusted to follow the law. Prior to the Snowden leaks I would have passed this kind of activity off as tinfoil hat idiocy. Not any more. The tinfoil hat crowd doesn't look so stupid these days. Every time our government claims they're not doing something, we find out a week later that they were lying to us. I'm pretty fucking fed up with that.
  5. Sorry Jeff, But you can't pin the fault for this on Snowden. The US government gave up this information when they decided to abuse the technology available to them and cast aside the laws our Nation was founded on. If not Snowden, eventually somebody would have blown the whistle on this. I would hope any citizen in a position to shed light on government abuse, yourself included, would have the balls to do the same. There is a difference between blowing the whistle on abuses of US citizens. If he had stopped there, he would have somewhat held the moral high ground. But you don't go around telling the world about our capabilities against foreign nations and who's leaders we are listening in on phone calls. That sort of thing crosses all lines. And using the excuse that someone would have eventually done it is lame. I suppose by that logic, I could have revealed nuke secrets or operational secrets while I was active duty because someone would have eventually done that, right? No sorry, that dog doesn't hunt. Were the nuke secrets in violation of the US Constitution?
  6. Sorry Jeff, But you can't pin the fault for this on Snowden. The US government gave up this information when they decided to abuse the technology available to them and cast aside the laws our Nation was founded on. If not Snowden, eventually somebody would have blown the whistle on this. I would hope any citizen in a position to shed light on government abuse, yourself included, would have the balls to do the same. Sorry but Jeff has no balls... I don't agree with Jeff on some issues, but he is one of very few people on this entire forum who I highly respect. I've met a lot of people through SA and while I have not met Jeff, I regard him as one of the more valued members of this online wasteland. He presents reasoned arguments and has shown himself capable of evolving views while remaining firm to his morals. Balls that clang, I say.
  7. Sorry Jeff, But you can't pin the fault for this on Snowden. The US government gave up this information when they decided to abuse the technology available to them and cast aside the laws our Nation was founded on. If not Snowden, eventually somebody would have blown the whistle on this. I would hope any citizen in a position to shed light on government abuse, yourself included, would have the balls to do the same.
  8. So Chris Christie, the NJ governor, and Wildstein, who works for the entity that owns the World Trade Center, both attended the 9/11 memorial ceremony. And you think that is indicative of the wheels coming off…Do I have that right? Apparently a blog post about a photograph constitutes proof these days. Didn't blog photos solve the Boston Marathon bombing? I suppose that logic works if you're mentally retarded. Right there along the same lines of using the mega millions to plan for retirement because .000000001% of the people who play it win.
  9. So Chris Christie, the NJ governor, and Wildstein, who works for the entity that owns the World Trade Center, both attended the 9/11 memorial ceremony. And you think that is indicative of the wheels coming off…Do I have that right? Apparently a blog post about a photograph constitutes proof these days.
  10. The guy gets stuff done. Sure, that leaves some people butthurt, but he is effective. I think that the only way this really hurts him is if he didn't tell the truth. We will find out. This was a stupid and petty act, to be sure, and he will pay a price for it, but I don't think it will break him...as long as he was truthful. I agree. i don't like the short temper, but he does get things done. i hope an investigation shows he was not involved and can move on with his career. if he was involved... toss his ass out on the curb.
  11. Secrecy has little to do with it, Mark. Get a judge to agree the surveillance is justified, sign a warrant and spy all you want. Rolling over and claiming this an unavoidable reality because calling these programs for the bullshit they are would interfere with your party loyalty is just spineless.
  12. Why would you want to keep these operations hidden? At this point it is obvious to me that our government is well beyond being capable of being honest. I think the entire NSA needs to be scrapped and "terrorism" surveillance needs to be put into the hands of the FBI and CIA with the explicit direction that each case is handled according to the laws of our Constitution. That means the requirement of a warrant to spy on citizens (domestic or foreign) and collect their mail, phone calls, texts, email, or any other personal communications they engage in. Collecting everything to look for something is not acceptable. I'm curious if you defended the Patriot Act when the Bush administration lawyers deliberately issued perverted interpretations of US law in order to open the doors to this insanity?
  13. I sincerely hope the entire cache is released. Our government has brought this upon itself. Our leaders are not above the law.
  14. If you need 30 rounds to hunt....you shouldn't... I don't think anybody makes a 30 round .50 Beowulf mag for the AR. The largest I've seen is 10. Perhaps you could educate yourself. Or you could continue looking like a fucking tool.
  15. These guys know all about the west wight potter. Our kind, not so much