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Posts posted by SloopJonB

  1. 3 hours ago, Jules said:

    Would there even have been a cold war, like the one we saw, if there weren't nukes?  How much fear and paranoia, which resulted in the nuclear arms race, would there have been without nukes?

    Study your history a little more Jules.

    Without nukes there is no doubt that the USA and the rest of the West would have gone to war with Russia.

    No doubt.


  2. 1 hour ago, Point Break said:

    Slight spin off from the OP, as an adult there are any number of movie genres that do not "mess me up" but still I avoid because I really do not like them. I can't say I have any lingering effects from them but I definitely avoid them because I find my reaction unpleasant. I generally avoid war movies, and I always avoid movies with violent or gory scenes. There are some number of others that I avoid because they bore me......any movie about "super heroes" etc are examples of movie genres that don't bother me but I avoid because of lack of interest. Although from time to time I have gone to a super hero movies with my grandson because he wants to see it and I enjoy hanging out with him.

    But war movies and especially violent/gory ones......they "bother" me and I avoid them.

    As an adult a movie that really messed me up was Sophies Choice. Nearly 40 years later it still haunts me.

    Hard to believe that people are capable of that sort of savage cruelty - especially when you realize they are all around us still.

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  3. 11 hours ago, J24TrickBag said:

    Bingo. I couldn't give a crap about what head types are used (except flat heads), so long as they're all the same (and preferably easy to source spares for- I don't know where I would find Robertson fasteners near me... Maybe Fastenal.).

    They're called "Square Drive" in the States.

    Name had to be changed because of NIH.

  4. 4 hours ago, J24TrickBag said:

    This. Also, for using a different random fastener size and head pattern for every single repair including, I shit you not, a flat head machine screw he/she turned into a "Philips head" using a Dremel.

    Just rebuilt the deck and there are now only three different size fasteners, and all screws are Philips head. I don't want the next skipper coming to murder me in my sleep.

    I'm in the middle of a complete refastening job - my second on a fiberglass boat. :D

    I end up with 2 styles - Phillips if they show, because they look better and Robertson if they don't because they are a much better head.

    I like to have the lengths exact so I can use acorn nuts on all exposed fasteners - looks much better and they don't rip your scalp open.

  5. 51 minutes ago, Jules said:

    But there are some good things about living here.  Almost any weekend you can see tribute bands Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, and lots of other greats!

    You do realize that they are just the latest iteration of Guy Lombardo, Mantovani etc.? :D

  6. IMO the only way to really make racing entertaining again would be to ban sponsorship other than small stuff "Joes Tire Shop" kind of thing - maybe dollar limits on individual sponsors or something. Get it back to amateurs doing it for the love of it.

    It's the corporate money that has spoiled racing - so what if the numbers for speed, G's etc. have gone into NASA territory? As you say - the closeness is what draws crowds. The best road racing series ever was the Can-Am - look up old pics of it - McLaren and Chapparal "factory" teams towing championship winners on single axle trailers with a crew cab pickup.

    Now you need a fleet of semis and bus motorhomes and at the top levels your own wind tunnel.

    I find the most interesting racing these days is Bonneville (all amateur) and amateur drag racing.


  7. 4 hours ago, Murphness said:

    I bought it. This should be fun!

    Will need a really good cleaning and going through systems, but it's in great shape. Trucking it home (to YC yard) early next week so I can work on it easier. Wife is pumped which is 95% of the battle!

    That anchorage thread with all the Maine photo's has us pretty excited to jump into cruising life. Will still be doing a couple of offshore races every season and the local One Design on our T-Bird, but are definitely ready to jump head first into cruising life!

    Thanks for all the advice!


    Pics or you never bought it.

  8. 6 hours ago, Fah Kiew Tu said:

    That would be 'we' as in the USA, right? Not North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Russia, France. Dunno about the UK, they may not have the financial resources to maintain nukes any longer.

    Point being that nukes aren't going away any time soon.

    The other stuff - yeah like poison gas after WW1 and - so far - biological weapons. We know how to make them, the tech (chemical weapons anyway) is pretty well sorted, just an agreement not to do it. I sincerely hope it holds.


    Talk to the Kurds about that.