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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. Actually, the kid's ride looks like an Indian, lacking mostly the Indian head front fender light, and, uh, an engine. And the tank shifter, suicide treadle clutch, left-hand throttle and right-hand spark. Had a fixer-upper '48 Chief in high school, along with two other idiots.. Ah, Springfield.
  2. Or Indians. But not BMWs. Hell, they don't even leak oil...
  3. You're probably correct in that conclusion. If so (and there are a lot if "ifs" in what I'm going to say), then assume CRYSTAL is making 16-17 knots on about 072, having altered about 10 degrees to port a few minutes earlier (per the trackline diagram Chasm posted), and FITZGERALD is making what, about 25 knots on (say) about 135 deg (working backward from the crushed steel angles of let's say 60 degrees, which ain't real precise--yet), it may be more of an overtaking situation, with the faster FITZ initially having initially been more than two points abaft CRYSTAL's beam, i e unable to see Crystal's red sidelight initially before gaining on her gradually until Fitz could see Crystal's port nav light, and no longer see Crystal's stern light. If so, it's an overtaking, and under Rule 13(d) (the Overtaking rule) it remains one, even as Fitz gains on Crystal ("..any subsequent alteration of the bearing between the two vessels shall not make the overtaking vessel a crossing vessel.." If the relative approach angles were greater, and Fitz was within the range of Crystal's sidelight, then it's a crossing situation. Either (theoretical) way, whether it's a crossing or an overtaking situation, FITZGERALD would be the give-way vessel. Crystal's approximate 10-degree alteration to port probably wouldn't make much difference. What I feel the worst about are the seven dead souls on FITZGERALD.
  4. The Times article seems to divvy up the "new" electorate into "smart party" versus "dumb party", based primarily on educational level. But the smarts (generally, globalists) seem more unmoored at present than the dumbs (generally, nationalists), and lately (France excepted) have been losing elections. Maybe the author is on to something. Are "left" and "right" breaking down in Trumpian-era confusion? Maybe it will take a couple of election cycles for the old political order to figure out what they are supposed to stand for, and become the "new" political order. Complicating this is the somewhat older trend (domestically in the US, but elsewhere too) of the loss of the "middle" in the political culture itself. Both sides prefer to dance out near their edge, while demonizing the other side. Gone are the old "moderate" Republicans and "Blue Dog" Democrats who, while catching low-grade flak from the margins, would get things done in the middle. Now nobody wants to cross the aisle. Media are polarized too, and put up a wall of overheated click-bait noise in order to fill up a 24-hour news day.
  5. Is obstruction of justice basically about.... Sure seems that way.
  6. Tonight, on a borrowed 34' plastic classic, with friends, an evening sail out on the lake to see sunset 2000 and Full Honey/Strawberry/Rose moonrise, 2010. Nice weather, way better than Friday night TV, and a much bigger screen.. Sis, we shall drink a toast at moonrise to you and Mainsheetgirl.
  7. Sol. Level head, who's provided us unlevel cleavage on GA.
  8. *28* gallons of gasoline, presumably straight into the bilge, before anyone noticed things weren't, uh, quite right?? Glad they all lived. Wonder what the BAC was.
  9. Whose bright idea was that strange, scary "press conference"?? Ms Griffin's? She just convinced even more of the country that needs mental health intervention. Her attorney's idea? Then she owes a refund to her client.
  10. What does the stock market think?
  11. Was she in Marblehead harbor in the '60s?? I remember pick-up dinghy races by us float-rats, where we used her as a mark of the, uh, "course" through the mooring field that was the harbor, because she was so easy to spot among the other less buxom girls.
  12. That's the "designed to look like a swan" thingy? (not "Swan", no, not by a long shot). Lack of beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  13. Now this is rich: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/st_tammany_gop_group_to_vetera.html#incart_2box_nola_river_orleans_news Would they also like to tell themselves not to come to those, uh, "jobs" they have in New Orleans?? And the "fallen" warriors they refer to, are the soldiers who died in battle? Which, correct me if I'm wrong, would not include Gen. Lee, nor Gen. Beauregard, nor civilian CSA Pres. Jeff Davis? They were not war casualties. So, don't come to the WWII Museum in New Orleans. Go to St Tammany Parish instead. Uh, huh...
  14. We could add this to the "things that have been replaced by zip ties" list. Must have hurt? Hope you're mended soon.
  15. I had to get into Panama to attend on a ship that had had a collision off Cristobal, and was anchored (and listing) in Limon Bay. this was about a month before the Noriega government toppled. No visas for Americans, they (meaning the gov't) hated us. With help from the steamship agent, I had to pretend to be a ship's replacement crewmember to get in. Flowered shirt, no briefcase, tore up my telexes on the plane, no speak Spanish, no speak English either. I was ready to mumble a little French, but the agent just said, "marinero". It worked. Without me showing a passport, Customs waved me in. And once in, nobody cared. This was just around Thanksgiving, and I had wondered how Panama customs jail with no turkey nor cranberry sauce was going to be if it hadn't worked. Instead, I got to sleep on the listing ship, which I was advised was better than trying to stay in Colon. Up "on the hill" over by Panama City where the Canal Zone offices and the BLI hearing were, all seemed normal. Anyway, this brings back those memories.