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  2. Shootist Jeff

    The Opening Statement

    I hates to tell you, but QPQ is the way international diplomatic business gets done. The vast majority of it IS perfectly legal and expected. And if it's not technically legal (I don't claim to be a legal expert on foreign affairs) among governments - its still happens daily. Hourly. For example - the US asks the UAE "hey I want to use your airbases as a bridge/staging point to airlift troops into Afghanistan (or Somalia, etc) and in exchange we'll give you preferential consideration on the new F-35 FMS buy. That Shit happens everyday. However, having said that - doing a QPQ of military hardware in exchange for foreign political favors to help a US domestic political election campaign - that is absolutely illegal and impeachable and should be prosecuted. But a QPQ in an of itself is not unusual or illegal.
  3. SSolo

    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    i embarrass him enough already with my own sailing antics....... we are very proud of both our sons (other is a dentist) However, they just haven't agreed to the 'grand plan' by their mum and me to sail off cruising (and racing) into the sunset - one son to design and build the boat, the other son to pay for it :-) best laid plans...........
  4. Beer fueled Mayhem

    Here Comes The Night

    Kinda a sunset...Poulsbo with my monkeys in the rigging.
  5. "Solidarity forever....for the union makes us strong!"
  6. Gissie


    3to1 calling others dipshits, god I love this place.
  7. Shootist Jeff

    Brexit, and all it entails

    I read a really interesting article in the Sunday NY Times about Boris' tactical losses but potentially strategic success re bexit. Sorry for the Copy/paste but its a registration site: Despite Litany of Failures, Boris Johnson Is in Striking Distance of Brexit Success The prime minister will try again this week to get his draft deal through Parliament. He has one key thing going for him: a divided opposition. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still within distance of a majority in Parliament for his Brexit plan.CreditTolga LONDON — He suspended Parliament and was rebuked by Britain’s top court. He purged his party and lost a string of votes. After trying to strong-arm lawmakers into supporting his new Brexit plan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to ask for a delay for withdrawal from the European Union, a request he had vowed never to make. Yet, while this litany of failures should be spectacularly good news for opponents of Brexit, who came out in huge crowds onto the streets of London on Saturday, Mr. Johnson still has a surprisingly good chance of leading Britain out of the bloc. Mr. Johnson is not just still in the game, despite a remarkable succession of miscalculations, but he is also within striking distance of a majority vote in Parliament for his Brexit plan. The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, predicted on Sunday that the government proposal would pass. The odds are better than ever because three years of Brexit chaos has left the nation angry, frustrated and tired, the opposition is divided, and many expect a general election for which Mr. Johnson has been gearing up, with speeches highlighting platform issues such as more money for the police force. The situation is fluid and the math is tight, so the votes expected this week could go either way. But even if they go against him, Mr. Johnson is well placed for the general election that everyone expects soon, analysts say. Anand Menon, a professor of European studies at King’s College London, described it as a “remarkable turnaround.” According to Mr. Menon, the prime minister is the beneficiary of “two or three contextual changes” that put him in a better position than his predecessor, Theresa May, who failed three times to win approval for her Brexit deal. “There is a palpable sense of fatigue about Brexit that is a lot more marked than it was earlier in the year,” Mr. Menon said. “And there is an election coming soon, so everyone is thinking of that.” But Mr. Johnson is also lucky in that his opponents are divided, unsure of their tactics and fretting about upsetting voters who voted “leave” in the 2016 referendum. The main opposition Labour Party has always wanted to keep closer economic ties to the European Union. And on Sunday, Labour said it would try to sabotage Mr. Johnson’s new proposal in Parliament with amendments tying Britain more closely to the bloc and putting his plan back to the people in a second referendum, with remaining in the European Union as the alternative. Anti-Brexit demonstrators marched through Trafalgar Square in London on Saturday.CreditVictoria Jones/Press Association, via Associated Press “They have now arrived at the position where they can agree that whatever deal there is, they want to attach a referendum to it,” said Steven Fielding, a professor of political history at the University of Nottingham. “But they have taken a heck of a long time to get there.” Reaching this point illustrates the limits of cooperation among opposition parties that expect to be fighting one another soon in an election. No serious effort to oust Mr. Johnson has been made because the Liberal Democrats, a smaller centrist force, do not want Labour’s left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as prime minister — even on a temporary basis. Mr. Corbyn’s profile, as a lifelong critic of the European Union and a committed socialist, makes cooperation harder. And anything that would propel him into 10 Downing Street is too much for some critics of Brexit to contemplate. “They think that Jeremy Corbyn would be an absolute disaster for the country,” Mr. Menon said. Mr. Corbyn, for his part, has rejected the idea of allowing a less-divisive figure into Downing Street as a caretaker prime minister. But his party is split on whether to have a speedy election — which some fear they would lose — or to hold a referendum first. The Scottish National Party, which hopes to advance its own cause, independence for Scotland, is pressing for a quick election, calculating that would be to its advantage. And though the opposition parties have a good chance of preventing Mr. Johnson from rushing his deal through by Oct. 31 by wrecking his accelerated timetable for ratification, agreement on more fundamental points has proved elusive. “Up to now they haven’t had the votes for a second referendum, so a lot of it has been positioning and posturing between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party,” Mr. Fielding said. So while Mr. Johnson’s tactical plays have blown up in his face and his harsh rhetoric has caused outrage, the campaign for a second referendum has yet to gain traction. Even if lawmakers vote for one this week, the prospects of passing the complex legislation needed to make it happen are remote. Anything that would propel Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour leader, into 10 Downing Street is too much for some critics of Brexit to contemplate. CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Still, Mr. Johnson has opened the door to that possibility through a series of errors, most recently by striking a Brexit deal that alienated the 10 lawmakers from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, who normally prop up the government. They were furious about the draft deal, saying it would risk cleaving Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. The Democratic Unionists look likely to vote against him in Parliament this week, as they did on Saturday when they backed a last-ditch amendment to force a delay, and they even seem to be flirting with the idea of supporting a second referendum. BREXIT VOTE Here’s what happened in Saturday’s vote in Parliament. Angering the Northern Irish party was only the latest in a series of miscalculations. Since becoming prime minister in July, Mr. Johnson has enraged lawmakers by seeking to suspend Parliament for five weeks. That brought him a rare rebuke from the Supreme Court and galvanized his critics to push through a law designed to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without an agreement. Mr. Johnson expelled 21 members of his own party for supporting that legislation, which kicked in on Saturday night, forcing him to request another Brexit extension, something he said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than do. The biggest risk Mr. Johnson faces now, Mr. Menon said, is how the European Union would time its decision on whether to grant Britain an extension. If Brussels did so before Parliament held another vote on the draft deal, it would deprive Mr. Johnson of a potent argument to fence-sitters: Vote for my deal or face the danger of leaving Europe without any deal. But that looks unlikely. European Union ambassadors in Brussels met for only 15 minutes on Sunday — deciding to forward Mr. Johnson’s deal to the European Parliament for ratification — and did not even discuss granting an extension. Their strategy appears to be to wait and see if Mr. Johnson can win a majority this week before deciding whether to give Britain more time. Some influential figures in the bloc would like to grant Britain a leisurely extension, as long as a year, so that the country can resolve its Brexit deadlock once and for all, either through an election or a second referendum. The European Union “should now grant a final long one, giving the U.K. time to sort itself out & prepare for all possible resolutions,” including a second referendum, Norbert Röttgen, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the German Parliament, said in a Twitter post on Sunday. Mr. Röttgen is considered close to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Other Europeans, however, are fed up with Britain’s anguished indecision and are more than ready for it to leave. While Mr. Johnson’s tactical gambits have backfired, there is a strategic thread to them, analysts say, that may ultimately prove successful. He has relentlessly courted hard-line Brexit supporters, Mr. Menon said, in the hopes of staving off a challenge in the next general election from the populist Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, that wants a clean break with the European Union. For the most part, Mr. Menon added, Mr. Johnson has succeeded.
  8. Shootist Jeff

    Brexit, and all it entails

    No, not really
  9. jack_sparrow

    Brexit, WTF

    I dispair, a week old and it's only had 58K views. Needs another 65 million X 0.52 views to get the message out.
  10. Kiwing

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    @Erwankerauzen That is really interesting we will never know if they are going to use something like this for the foil but, What about he booms? This is much more possible and well These clever guys might have something like this?
  11. jack_sparrow

    Brexit, WTF

    Some food for thought with today's PMQ's in mind and how Boris frames his answers remembering he scarpered off straight after the vote last night to dial up his "EU Hotline".
  12. Bobbing Buoy

    Brexit, WTF

    Well, the BBC is not completely oblivious to what is going on:
  13. floating dutchman

    Collapsing buildings

    Just don't get the Kiwi's to rebuild it: More than 24 hours on a new (still under construction) convention center and still not out. Seriously. When will the "developed" World learn how to make structures that will outlast the people building them?
  14. Laser1

    Brexit, WTF

    We seem to be going around in circles, here and in Westminster. Yesterday I caught myself swearing at the talking heads on telly again. All these so-called university educated smart people (MP's, commentators, experts, analysts) saying how, with the present deal or any deal for that matter, the economy will suffer, standards/rights will drop, businesses will go bust, intelligence/science partnerships will go up in flames ....... etc. If only some of these talk show hosts had the balls to point out the obvious. excuse the shouty font : WHAT DID YOU FARKING REALLY EXPECT !!!! These programs would be done in 10 seconds flat but hey, they sit on the gravy train at the BBC as well seeing their recently published salaries. FFS.
  15. Erwankerauzen

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    Hi Everybody, For the Wingsail geeks, please find attached a workpaper, describing another application of the fishbone concept to a morphing airfoil. For our topic, it is a bit more illustrative than a gripper. Cheers EK Fish_Bone_Concept.pdf
  16. rgeek

    Brexit, WTF

    The kind of good sorts who would routinely assure everyone that there was no need for a written constitution in the UK because the good sorts on all sides would never be so reprehensible as to push the boundaries of the possible are exactly the chaps taking a wrecking ball to the UKs due process. The Emperor has no clothes.
  17. JL92S

    Farr 30 on Yachtworld

    There’s a Farr 30 in the UK that went extreme on the mods, 2.2M bowsprit, massive kites, inboard engine removed. The boats an absolute rocket. It was deemed that a Code 0 would have too narrow a wind range as the boat lacks form stability. They instead use a flying jib top from the end of the bowsprit
  18. floating dutchman

    The new tool for cunts to be cunts in public

    This is actually a really good way to explain this. Like the cunt who, after I made the effort to allow room for him to get around me at the fuel pump, then stops 3 meters away from his pump, blocking my exit. Fucktard! The people, who during busy Xmas shopping time block the footpath to chat to friends when there lots of space meters away you could stop and chat without blocking the footpath. Fucktards! People who stop and examine the food at the bain-marie at work and discuss today's food while I'm patently waiting behind you hungry, just get out of the fucken way would ya, I just want to eat! People who talk loudly on the phone, making no effort to not disturb other people by moving away a bit, then ask you to be quiet because "I'm on the phone". Just fuck off would ya, it's not like the thing has a cord anymore. And of course the fucktards who drive really slow, then when you get to place where you can safely overtake, fucken speed up. Those cunts need to be rammed of the fucken road. Why should I lose my license doing more than 40 over just because you are a cunt! Just plain arrogant rude people.
  19. Rainbow Spirit

    Transat Jacque Vabre 2019

    Looking at Windty one would have to believe that a huge swing to the west might be the way to go. As often is the case it might not be the fastest boat/s that win but the ones with the best routing options.
  20. weta27

    Trying to identify photographer

    It's called fluketography
  21. mad

    Brexit, and all it entails

    Is there really any point in quoting that idiot?
  22. mad

    Brexit, and all it entails

    If anybody wants a journalist with integrity and independent thinking to follow.
  23. LeoV

    Brexit, WTF

    This is the biggest question. Seems to be so much laziness to trust what their leader says so you do not have to think for yourselves. Saw yesterday a vid of a flower importer who's business is EU goods depended. She thought that Saturday all would be settled and Brexit was done. All solved, every rule, did not understand transition period, laws to be implemented, trade talks would start etc. She really thought it would have been 100% done. Had even champagne ready. And on remain side too, EU election was horrible, the one place to show you support the EU, voting numbers were to low under remainers. Now there is a whole bunch of TBP idiots sitting there. Hey EU we are pro EU, but will not vote in EU elections... idiots. But not the ones who did vote, but so many did not. And in Lab, after all those years still infighting of the way to go. They are as bad in planning as the Tories. Could have worked on all kind of possibilities and set up a roadboak for everything. This all limbo stuff is not a surprise. It is the natural state of the UK at the moment. Could have been prepared. No, ongoing struggle. Government is now an egomaniac who uses populist tricks and a bunch for frontbenchers/cabinet who are dogmatic low tax,low wages, small government dogmatists. Did read stuff Patel, Raab and Truss wrote together in 2012. Scary in dogma's. As this thread shows, a leaver troll like Gissie is even out of ammo in a few posts. Wayne took longer but was repeating stuff.
  24. chesirecat


    Packing up for the Med
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  26. jack_sparrow

    Brexit, WTF

    Seems this article "British journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news machine" (described at end of previous page) has caused #10's Mata Hari to be more carefull when constructing their "#10 framing" for diverting attention. This one is very smart. She shares the "delay blame" 50/50. Either that or she hit her head and forgot the sole reason WAB isn't going anywhere is because Boris "suspended" it.
  27. mad

    Brexit, WTF

    He’s only here for Twitter entertainment factor.
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