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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  2. Shooting fish in a barrel.

    I think..... And I'm not even sure at this point with all the spin going on.... That my point was that people have become so inured to bullshit, to a degree where it's actually expected, rather than something out of the ordinary that gets noticed, and called out.
  3. Shaking down the obscenely wealthy for charity is something which Jesus hisself might give the ol' nod and wink to. Realism is hard for the idealists to approve of, but where would we be without it?
  4. Rimas is alive

    I've never argued against not helping someone that needs it, or answering a call. But somewhere between fraudulent calls when no one is in danger there is an opportunity to shut down the dangerous scam before it happens again. I tend to get suckered like that too, even if I know it's probably bullshit. I know what you mean.
  5. The Other Day the music died

    My daughter went to an American high school at the Army base I worked at in Germany. The older brother of one of her good friends had some affiliation with the Drive By Truckers. That was the first time I heard of them, I like their dirty, gritty, style of Southern Rock.
  6. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    He wears no uv glasses like polarized sunglasses etc. so you are likely correct. That would be my first choice, second being just another lie as an excuse for his incompetence.
  7. Holden R.I.P.

  8. Sailing art

    Pity Salvador Dali is no longer taking commisions
  9. Holden R.I.P.

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/end-of-an-era-the-last-holden-car-made-in-australia/news-story/5ea0fe7c407adcf7290c999be591dac7 Forever the image of surfing in Oz for this Yank.
  10. Manhasset Fall Series

    Oh well
  11. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Based upon his past record his pl;an is to stand, sit around drinking starbucks waiting for others to repair aND PROVISION mIMSY. If they are slow in completing these tasks he will likely postpone his departure.
  12. VOR Leg 1 Alicante to Lisbon

    Alinghi4ever, thanks for the crew lists. Interesting on the one woman entry for Scally. That may be an interesting social experiment (lol). Alas i won't be able to follow as close as I did the last round, but I am thankful VOR upgraded their tracker. I wonder of FORSS got pulled into help it be somewhat better. I loved the tracker for the VG that offered routing views. Looking at Windy, they may have more downwind even after rounding the island and light winds towards the finish. That light air may be the nail biter towards the end.
  13. Wht havent' multihulls taken the world by storm

    Russ, what are your trying to do here? Make some sort of sense out of all this? Did you forget who you are addressing? You pretty much hit the nail on the head with your statement, and I agree but that won't carry much weight with this bunch. Actually multihulls pretty much took the world by storm back when your Dad was putting out the study plans for the SeaRunners. It was just a quiet storm yet still reached a lot of people, myself included. My Dad met your Dad at some function at the Yacht Club in Sausilito and I soon got the study plans for the SeaRunner 25 and those hand drawn perspectives and dreams of sailing off "while you still can" stay with me to this day. A quiet storm, yet a storm none the less. Thanks Jim...
  14. Rimas is alive

    I hear what you are saying. Rimas is not stupid, but he isn't normal either. A sane person wouldn't do what he has done, for sure. Yes, he abuses the system. I also think in some way he wants to die. Clinically speaking it is called sub-intention suicide. He is purposely taking risk in the hopes he might die at some point. He just doesn't have the desire or guts to end it quickly. One of these days his luck will run out and he will die out there. If he manages to find help, he will get it, it is human nature. But one of these days his problems will be over and everybody can breath a big sigh of relief. It would be fascinating to talk to him. In the meantime, there will always be people like him out there. Fortunately they are in the minority. When you are in the business of helping people, you can't just help the good ones, you don't get to pick and chose. Try talking to a man that was having sex with his 9 year old daughter, or a 3 year old daughter. Try to do that and remain calm and professional. I could only do it by finding some way to have empathy with a monster like that. Try talking to men who have beat their children and broken bones or battered their wives. Most people, except the truly psychopathic ones, have something in there that still makes them human. People do horrible things, criminal things, use and abuse others but there are reasons for that behavior. Often they have been treated horribly at some point in their life. If you can't help everyone, than you can't help anyone. This subject has come up often here. Remember Abby Sunderland, lost in the Southern Ocean, completely helpless and clueless? Hot Rod and his Flyin' Hawaiian and others. I hear the same old arguments, people risk their lives to save these folks. They are taking resources that might help others. Some of those arguments have merit, a lot of them don't. To me the bottom line is it is human nature to resent those who take advantage of the kindness of others. People complain about welfare cheats, and anyone that is 'getting over' on the system. The reality is those people rarely directly affect our lives, we just resent it because we work hard and try to follow the rules. Life isn't fair to them, to us, to anyone. Shit happens. It is the price we pay for being in society. It won't change. I don't just talk the talk, I walk the walk too. I have been taken advantage of because I care and I help people any chance I get. I am a big, intimidating looking guy, but the pros have a sixth sense and know I am an easy mark. Two weeks ago I was at the train station in Warsaw. A guy came up to me and started talking to me. I told him in Polish that I didn't speak much Polish. He asked if I spoke English. He told me this story that he needed to get a train to Krakow because his mother was ill. He said he was afraid of his brother, but he needed to get to see his mother. I was 98% certain he was telling me a bullshit story but it was a damn good story, with lots of details. So I gave him the equivalent of $20.00 and he waited for my train with me for a while an we had a nice talk. I gave him a pack of cigarettes too. He asked at one point for money for coffee and I said what the hell I already gave you a lot of money (by Polish standards) and now you want more? Right away he apologized and offered to give the money I had given him, back. I told him no, keep it. Who the hell knows what his life was like, but he was a pretty nice guy, even if he was a con artist. If my train hadn't come, I would have been his BFF. I don't give money to street people that just ask for cash and are rude about it, but if they have a good story I like to reward them for their efforts. I did a bit of panhandling back in my hippy days, it isn't an easy thing to do. I will continue to try and find something to empathize with anyone in need. I have been ripped off more than once but I sleep well every night knowing that I am trying to be a good person. If someone takes advantage of me, that's on them. I don't like being taken advantage of but such is life. I will err on the side of being helpful every time.
  15. The Other Day the music died

    Ballad of Curtis Lowe, and Simple Man are my favs. WPLR in New Haven must have played Freebird 100 times in a row that night. Couldn't get away from it.
  16. GPS tracker for dinghy racing

    I use TRACE for tracking. It's the best for accuracy and frequency of data. I then analyze the GPX file using GPSailing, a free software that generates a lightweight video you can share with anyone. www.gpsailing.eu
  17. VOR 2017-18

    southern worst case I would think they could sucessfully crowd-fund it over the finish line.
  18. Shooting fish in a barrel.

    They don't get salaries here - they bill for patient visits. They make very good livings - especially specialists - but not like some of what you hear about in the States. I doubt any doctors here of any kind make 7 figures. I always figured Boone in Animal House chose his career well - Beverly Hill Groinocologist. Just imagine being paid 7 figures to deal with expensive pussy all day. It varies wildly by country and by field of medicine. See the link for France, above. But in general the lifestyle and practice environments are far superior for doctors outside the US. At the expense of income. My wife never made seven figures, not even close. But she made far more than she ever would have outside the US. Of course, if we'd lived someplace other than Rhode Island she likely would have made even more still, since RI has crap compensation from insurers compared to most states since the state legislature is so in bed with the major insurers. One gets the impression from conversations I've had with some doctors that the thrill wears off. And anywhere you practice you're still going to have more old and obese patients than young hot ones.
  19. Twitter Toddler in Chief back at it

    I think he once read the title of "heaven can wait"
  20. More Examples of Fine People

    Im not going to Canadia , ya dumbass.
  21. used gear

    never mind
  22. Work in Yacht Design Offices

    Hope: Hard to say. We knew what Dick wanted to see aesthetically. He liked conservative looking boats with trim. clean small cabin trunks on a hull with a conservative sheer spring. Kind of the Ted Hood look, pure NE. Dick was never out to make an aesthetic statement. That said, I dont think he ever produced an ugly boat. Look at RED ROOSTER. Look at FRIGATE, AIRMAIL, YDRA on and on. But, it's been many years so I think I can safely tell this story: I was plugging away at some drawing when Yves -Marie called Dick down to help him with a lines drawing he was just finishing. The two of them him and hawed over exactly how to cut the transom off, i.e. what rake should there be to the transom and how much overhang there should be aft. All of this happened beyond the AGS so it had zero to do with the rating. It was 92% about looks. After about ten minutes they made their decision. and Yves-Marie struck the line. Dick left. I asked Yves-Marie why he involved Dick in such an inconsequential decision. Yves-Marie said,,, Well,I'm not going to tell you what he said. I'll tell you what I think you should hear. "Dick likes to have a hand in the look of the boat." I think that sums it up.
  23. Motorcycle Threads

    It's not that hard. It's just like drilling a hole below the waterline on a new boat.
  24. Twitter Toddler in Chief back at it

    Trump better read all about Heaven while he can - he sure won't ever be getting any personal experience with it.
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