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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. Remember, we were european colonists then. Slavery was debated from the founding of the country and recognized as something we needed to be rid of from the beginning. In Aus, of course, the colonists were the slaves of the crown and had few compunctions about importing others as slaves. You really should read up about the Somerset decision https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_v_Stewart -it was one of the main causes of the American War of Independence.
  2. I think the leave vote was strong for many reasons including: 1. The European Court of Justice interpreting every bit of European law on political lines to diminish the nation states; this includes ignoring explicit clauses in European treaties. The "right to family life" has been judged to allow a non-EU murdered to remain in the UK after serving 10 years in jail. 2. An absolutely overweening bureaucracy in Brussels led by a bunch of socialist politicians feathering their own nests. 3. Stupid regulations - see (2) above. I attended meetings with at the EU about the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. Complete bullshit rules that in theory could make it a criminal offence to plug a computer into a network. 4. The Germans make the rules, the British obey the rules, the French ignore the rules and the Spanish & Italians don't know what the rules are. 5. Both campaigns were very negative - you would have thought the Remainers could have come with something more than fear about the economy. If the Scottish want to be independent a large chunk of England would be happy to see them go. Ireland was divided after the 1922 vote because the Northern 6 counties wanted to remain British; if they've changed their minds they are free to go also. Having a refendum on this was stupid - Cameron is a complete short termist plonker. It would have far better to have pushed much harder for shrinking the EU project to a free trade area rather than the crazy monolith it is working towards.
  3. I don't know you've been smoking but it isn't doing your brain any good.
  4. Have you ever dealt with the EU commission bureaucracy? I have and it is pretty ugly.
  5. This was not primarily about immigration - it was more about the ECJ interpreting European law to make up the rules as they please.
  6. BREXIT and Russell rebalance today, it's going to be a bumpy ride. Looks likely that the S&P futures will quickly go limit down...
  7. The EU is a corrupt, bureaucratic nightmare. The British joined to get into a free trade area but the political ambitions were hidden from the public before the 1970's referendum. The Lisbon Treaty is a re-hash of the EU Constitution that was rejected by the French and Dutch voters and even then the Irish were forced to vote twice to get the 'right' result. The European Court of Justice has given itself the power to overrule any government as it sees fit. The clauses in the Lisbon Treaty that were meant to give the UK and exception in some policy areas have already been disregarded by the ECJ. The day after the British referendum the EU is schedule to discuss creating an army. If I still lived in the UK and I would vote to leave because a vote to stay will be taken by Junker et al as a green light for more and more European bureaucratic control. Cameron made a complete hash of the negotiations but we are now stuck with the mess he made.
  8. The biggest cause of the mortgage crisis was Fannie & Freddie buying all the collateralized mortgages they could lay there hands on. Lots of donations to congress to make sure they were never regulated properly - bumbling Barnie Frank's partner benefited well from this. AIG's selling credit default swaps badly was another regulatory fiasco. It's much easier to blame all on the banks than the corrupt piece of shit politicians who enabled the mess.
  9. MSA - I am keen to add the inhaulers because this will save wearing out the mast boot and will be easier than using the lazy sheet.
  10. I feel that we should minimize changes to the boat for one-design racing. I have an old A3 that is used to be great on a reach but if we add a bobstay for one-design anyone wanting to be competitive will have to add one. Adrian, Mad Dogs, J109 260
  11. I like the inhaulers proposal. I think adding a bobstay for one-design racing will push the need for reaching kites making one-design more expensive.
  12. The trip down the East River is fun if you haven't done it before. Make sure you go between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan to avoid the lift bridge between Roosevelt Island and Long Island. There will be lots of traffic with barges, ferries and if you are lucky a seaplane. I'll be running Mad Dogs round to RYC on Friday evening.
  13. You must never have heard of Belgium. But then, not many have. But I think craigiri never read any US history other than what was taught in 1st grade... Some of the causes for the war for US Independence: 1. Colonists wanted to break treaties with Native Americans to allow westward expansion. 2. Plantation owners fearful that the Somerset Decision (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somersett's_Case) would be imposed in the North American colonies. 3. Allowing Catholic church to organize in teh Ohio valley after the French and Indian wars. 4. Samllpox infected blankets as special donations to Native Americans. 5. A number of well planned death marches for the American tribes. Every country has behaved badly...
  14. Mad Dogs will be there.
  15. Mad Dogs will be in Annapolis for the NOOD and NAs.