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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. In the one prospective, randomized, controlled trial of headgear in sports that I was able to find (a very large study of rugby players), there was no significant effect of padded headgear on measures of brain injury <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19127196>. PM me if you are interested and can't access the full text. It is worth noting that one's subjective impression of impact with and without a helmet is derived from effects on the skin, bone, sinus linings, meninges, large blood vessels, etc., since the brain, which alone among the contents of the head is subject to injury from deceleration in the range we're talking about, has no sensation. Historically, "common sense" has been a very unreliable guide in clinical matters.
  2. The clinical data on this question are not very good or very clear. The best come from football and if there is an effect of helmets on concussion there, it doesn't seem very big. This may be because much of the acceleration-deceleration you mention is not linear, but rotational. Of course, there are no comparisons to no helmet. You are definitely right, however, about the prevention of skull fractures, which is why I wear a helmet every day on the bike. Skull fractures kill and kill fast. Want to mitigate concussion? Maybe develop a fluid damping system of some kind. I don't think rigid helmets will ever do much for concussion.
  3. I don't like the Wichard clip and have enough trouble with the other one (Kong?), especially at O-God why am I doing this-thirty seven hrs with a scop patch behind each ear. It too has a hook, but not as pronounced as the Wichard. Being aluminum, it is also much lighter, which is good.
  4. Any opinions on the Crewsaver Ergofit series? They have some very serious looking jackets with massive buoyancy and and AIS transmitters, available at great prices from a discounter in the UK. I am thinking of getting one for next season unless someone tells me they're rubbish.
  5. Unless the tingling starts to interfere significantly with sleep, which is no kind of joke. But to quote an old professor of mine, "If your ass hurts, stop sitting on thumbtacks."
  6. This is due to compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve in the groin (not spine, pelvis, sciatic nerve) and the syndrome of numbness and tingling on the side of the thigh even has a Latin name, "meralgia paresthetica." It almost always gets better if the cause is removed, although it can take a very long time if the damage is severe enough that the nerve has to die back and regrow. I've had it and it got better over a month or two.
  7. Sailing in no wind takes skill. Sailing in no wind in shoal water, among fish traps, in tight quarters with commercial traffic, while having ones ankles incessantly stabbed by dog flies, is a consummate test of seamanship.
  8. The cruise ships don't go into St. Georges anymore. They got too big to fit through the cut and the facilities just aren't there. They all go into Hamilton now, IIRC. The two races have been "back to back" like that in previous years. Some boats have finished A2B, re-provisioned, and taken off the next day for Newport but that's pretty hardcore. The A2B was moved from the alternate year to the same year as N2B to not conflict with M2B, which is more direct competition for A2B. The cruise ships go to the Navy Yard at the other end of the island from St. George's.
  9. What's the rear spacing, 125 mm? Get it cold set to 130, buy a new wheel and a whatever-speed freewheel, and put whatever Shimano is selling these days on it as a shifter. What am I missing? That's a great frame. I'd hold onto it.
  10. Sorry. I did find the Annapolis list and signed up after Suijin's first post. Thanks again. Hope the family gathering was good, M25. See you in a couple of weekends.
  11. There's a couple of decades of good clinical and basic neuroscience, epidemiology, and genetics on ADHD, but folks prefer to blame it on people they don't like because it feels good and fits with their beliefs. Why do we need to actually find anything out, when we have such a font of truth deep inside each of us? All that's missing is the "Thus sayeth the Lord" part.
  12. Need Ritalin to do what, is the question. To have their ass worked off on a farm, play ball and hunt on the weekends and afternoons, and pay enough attention in a rural school to pass? Sure. No Ritalin required. To compete with elite kids and get into a competitive college and go to law school? maybe. There is some tenuous evidence linking ADHD to parenting and factors, such as TV, but it's not the whole story by a long shot. Genetics seems to be much stronger. Beside, telling parents how to raise their kids is dangerous territory and we treat the results of environmental damage with drugs all the time. ADHD is clearly the "pathological" tail of the normal spectrum. It can be tolerated in some settings and not in others. The drugs help, at least for a while, and of that there is not the slightest question. On the other hand, if I took a little speed at work, it might help with my ADHD tendencies (worsening as I approach 60), too. Difficult question. Sleep drugs are scary. On the other hand, the effects of insomnia are terrifying.
  13. For the ones who are truly sick, I wholeheartedly agree. I think the point is that we think an Rx pad is the solution to every problem nowadays. Have we become so much clinically sicker sicker than we were 20, 30, 60 years ago? Or has the prevalence of the drugs just made it easier for two working parents to control their kid when they are busy? Personally, I think the vast majority of kids and adults on Riddalin, Prozac, Xanax and all the other stuff need a big dose of HTFU instead. The drugs should be reserved for those few who are actually really medically mentally ill. But BIG Pharma need$ those patient$ to keep the $hareholder$ happy, so they push them on everyone they can. "Is your 4 year old sad that her goldfish died? Give her the blue pill and she will cope with life again" Again, I wonder if the spate of mentally ill mass shooters were actually mentally ill before they started taking their drugs, or did the drugs used to treat a mild condition make them worse. I don't know the answer to that, but I hope someone is actually looking at that aspect. I have some unfounded and data free theories about aeronautics and air weapons systems, of which I would be happy to unburden myself, if you have the time. I think I stated clearly that theory is unfounded, but I believe only because its not been closely studied. Please feel free to enlighten me as to the real facts. I would be especially interested in your thoughts on my question about are we mentally sicker as a society than we were several decades ago? We certainly didn't have mass shootings then before all the miracle drugs hit the market. I'm not trying to be argumentative, Moe. I would really like to know if there is any research on this subject. Just giving you, shit. I dont have time now, but there is literature on the benefits and risks of psych drugs and, while it doesn't say anything about individuals in these exceedingly rare cases (right, gun guys?), they do not, as a rule, make people sicker. Unhappy and crazy people do tend to be on them, though. As to the HTFU thing, we said the same things about concussions and sunburns and every successive generation is soft and has it easy. All I want to say right now is that there's plenty of suffering out there.
  14. For the ones who are truly sick, I wholeheartedly agree. I think the point is that we think an Rx pad is the solution to every problem nowadays. Have we become so much clinically sicker sicker than we were 20, 30, 60 years ago? Or has the prevalence of the drugs just made it easier for two working parents to control their kid when they are busy? Personally, I think the vast majority of kids and adults on Riddalin, Prozac, Xanax and all the other stuff need a big dose of HTFU instead. The drugs should be reserved for those few who are actually really medically mentally ill. But BIG Pharma need$ those patient$ to keep the $hareholder$ happy, so they push them on everyone they can. "Is your 4 year old sad that her goldfish died? Give her the blue pill and she will cope with life again" Again, I wonder if the spate of mentally ill mass shooters were actually mentally ill before they started taking their drugs, or did the drugs used to treat a mild condition make them worse. I don't know the answer to that, but I hope someone is actually looking at that aspect. I have some unfounded and data free theories about aeronautics and air weapons systems, of which I would be happy to unburden myself, if you have the time.
  15. I think you'll find that for any given level of pathology or absence thereof, the people who are getting clinical attention, including meds, are less likely to act out than the untreated ones. If not, why all the talk about the deficient mental health system and violence? Personally, I prefer my psychotic subjects medicated, having seen many in both states. What pills are you feeding your kids?