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  1. ok, coming back to the IP agreement saga... sorry for the long post… trust me that this is the abbreviated version! Drink coffee first. First of all, it seems that when the trademark issues are discussed most people don’t realize that trademarks can be rather narrowly defined. What do I mean? Well, when you are with your non-sailing buddies and use the word “Laser” they immediately think its an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and picture in their mind a device that emits a low divergence monochromatic beam of photons. Then you show them th
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  2. I thought there was a rule about the word Friday in a thread title. I must be wrong.
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  3. this belongs in shorthanded anarchy.
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  5. I recently had the unplanned opportunity to test out the power vs sail equation when faced with >55 knot winds on my 31 footer. (These numbers are not open to debate) We happened to be under power when we saw it, and...well maybe if we change course a little bit...the plan was to go west as fast as possible out of the channel and into L Ontario and get some sea room behind us. My plan was the basic plan. I have no sail up, there's a huge fucking something that really doesn't look right, so I want to get a good angle on it, and maybe punch into it with no sail up. The wave height, compa
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  7. True, which is why I'm no longer a Republican. I used to think tax breaks for the rich would trickle down to me somehow. I used to think women who aborted a fetus were immoral. I used to think homosexuals chose their "lifestyle". I used to think the Christian god was real. I used to think Republicans were for smaller government. I used to think that all you needed to do to achieve the American Dream was pull yourself up by the bootstraps. But then I realized how all those positions eventually lead to abject failure and changed my way of thinking and aligned my political beliefs with my
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  8. Lower than accusing another contributor of being complicit in the drowning death of a 2 year old girl? Who are the haters BJ? I have nothing but contempt for those that enable fascism, corruption, human rights violations, and are completely lacking in compassion for their fellow man. You are complicit in the results of this administration you "don't support" because you are willing to uphold and defend their actions and will never, ever speak against party. Since you ARE complicit, I don't see pointing that out as "hate". It's just a simple statement of fact.
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  9. In my boat (42 footer) the engine is pretty much useless for making meaningful headway in anything above 25 knots, although as you noted it does provide some steerage. I'll share one cautionary story about attempting to motor in an emergency situation. By sheer luck we happened upon an exhausted and hyopthermic kayaker who had come out of his boat, didn't have the strength to get back in, was about three miles from land and being swept further out to sea by the current. We spotted him at about 300 yards, so to expedite the rescue and subsequent return to the dock we decided to proactively
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  10. I think it's because I bought a Honda Ridgeline.
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  11. What I love about Andy: Me: Hi Andy Andy: That reminds me of a joke. . . (and off he goes)
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  12. You should teach him about three ways with nubile French girls, fine tailoring, and cocaine if you want him to have useful knowledge and not some quixotic idiocy
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  13. Andy has indeed moved onto greener pastures in San Fran. I saw him last week when he flew back for his youngest son's high school graduation. Andy has his ups and downs but has always been an active countributor to the sport as well as a good friend to many here. Negative commentary on his personal life is low, even for this place. I for one will miss his presence in our sleepy little town WL
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  14. I see no reason why Mini Moon or even the Mule couldn't be a class unto themselves. A fleet of Mini Moons would make for a great racing spectacle, and they don't look overly expensive. No hard wing, just normal sails. The more I see of the AC75 concept, the more I like it.
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  15. IMHO all religion is a mental health issue and what Foleau or any other god botherer says doesn’t effect me personally but I do think openly gay former Australian Rugby League representative Ian Roberts nailed the issue: "I kind of ... I do feel sorry for Israel," Roberts said. "But there are consequences to your actions, and reactions. I don't say this lightly what I'm about to say — the language I use is hard and it's for a point, it's to get that message across. I say that with the greatest sense of respect, and I'm not implying that Israel's responsible solely for that, please don't tak
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  16. With apologies to those who want to fix every broken mind....’ A guy who runs at police while brandishing a weapon is attempting suicide. People who want to die have their reasons. I don’t want to die and I have my reasons. I feel obligated to at least consider the rights of a person to check out. I feel obligated to consider the rights of the cops to avoid checking out. summary: I consider cop assisted suicide to be selfish and abusive to the cops. I do not fault the cops for serving.
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  17. Now, where did you find any evidence that "that part of the world is ready to rename the Laser"? All we can see is the same statement that some builders are converting operations. It doesn't say anywhere that the same builders are ceasing production of Laser boats. I haven't seen any Laser Class association of Asia Pacific Region stating that they are ready to rename their Lasers. http://laserinternational.org/contact/asiapacific What kind of fool are you? Yes ojfd. You are right, I am indeed a fool. A fool for believing that the Vice President of the Asia Pac
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  18. Wess wrote: "...Doubt anyone will claim the sale was not valid." and "Who said the sale invalidated the agreement?" LP/Rastegar advised Kirby that the sale was not valid as part of justifying their position for not paying royalties. The source was Kirby. Wess, you seem stuck on the design rights. This is about a contractual matter. The legal action is a civil matter concerning CONTRACT LAW. Wess wrote: "I am sorry but is that a question mark after the title? Help me understand what that means Gantt?" You really want to talk about the existence of the question mark? It doesn't change tha
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  19. Not what I said. I said show me where Kirby gave back to ILCA in any meaningful way. See 611, 623, 635, 640. Nice try though. Think you are twisting what this is about. The builders take money from us and then they pay Kirby (the cut he claims). This case is about that cut Kirby claims. Show me where Kirby give that cut back to ILCA. And it didn't start with Rastegar IMHO. It started with BK giving his rights to PSA. So then, LPE would collect money from the NA and EU sailors and have to pay PSA (for the rights Kirby claimed but had sold away at that stage for his (I think it w
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  20. From another forum (LinkedIn): Can anyone verify this? If it's true (and I have no reason to doubt that it is), then is shows Laser Performance as a very bad candidate for ILCA to support in any way. ILCA constitution (http://www.laserinternational.org/sites/default/files/Constitution.pdf) says: It would seem that the World Council is held accountable by itself. Are there laws in the UK that organizations must abide with? Must organisations be answerable to their members?
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  21. I was beginning to think you were a paid puppet of BK or somebody close to BK, but this post tells us that you have no idea what is going on! PSA knows everything that is happening and has come out in full support of BK, if not by their statements then in their actions. They have been announced as one of the builders of the Torch and that they are "converting over" to building Torch's. They have announced that they cannot see a way they can build legal Lasers under the new rules and that their announcement infers they do not recognise the new builders plaques. It would be a huge surprise if PS
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  22. Wish there was a better record of what was said 2 December 2012. Pam's been talking about the Kirby / Laser Performance issue on her blog impropercourse: http://www.impropercourse.com/2013/05/whos-your-daddy.html I find her blog quite informative.
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  23. SimonN, your post highlights the most plausible reasons (or paints the scenario) why the ILCA might have acted in the way they have. Their strategy might be based on the stand-off that exists between Kirby and Laser Performance / Rastegar, the ICLA are not willing to bite the hand that feeds them. Of course there is more than one builder in the world, it seems that PSA know about the same as us, and we haven't heard from the Japanese. That being said, we can only act on what we know - ILCA are issuing plaques to Laser Performance, in spite of knowing that Laser Performance no longer are author
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  24. Wow, some really 'interesting' perspectives. Wess, you are really off the charts with your perspective. I'm really glad that very few share your views. Think of at more like a joint venture, where a 'system' between different parties has been set up. Holding together the system are agreements, and ultimately, the integrity of the respective parties to uphold those agreements. As one of the key architects of the system, Kirby got royalties for his design. When one party decided act out of integrity with the system by not paying royalties, the system fell over. Wess, talking about owners
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  27. I missed much of it because I switched to Caddyshack when they all started trying to yell over each other. I would check back in every once in a while, but it was tedious and I didn't want to miss the sinking of the Flying Wasp.
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  28. That pretty much sums up my view. And yes, i'm welcome to be quoted. My frustration actually lies in the lack of diversity - not racial or gender - i mean law school. Apparently, only Ivy's crank out decent lawyers - the rest of the country can just fuck the right off.
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  29. On the opposite side of my pier, there's a Spækhugger quite similar to that. I'll try to grab a picture of it later today.
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  30. Photos are hard to judge from with the shadows. The question I would ask is what happens when you lift some of the weight off the bunk- does the hull come back? Or can it be brought back with a little weight or force applied to the right spot? Try to find someone who knows the Highlander (or failing that, a similar class) who can provide an in-person assessment. Making some fitted supports for the hull might ba an important first step before replacing he balsa core.
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  31. That is the shooting that I simply cannot fathom. I cannot see how anyone can watch that and think - yup, the cop behind the car 50' away felt threaten. As I recall, the Cop later changed his story and said he was actually trying to SHOOT THE AUTISTIC GUY and missed and just accidentally SHOT THE BLACK GUY so he's not only an idiot, he's a bad shot. I'm sorry but that cop should never be allowed to have a stapler, let alone a gun, ever again. He's clearly not capable. The jury sort of agreed: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/06/17/north-miami-officer-jonathan-aledda-retrial/
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  33. Can you outrun her?
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  34. The 50th in 94 got 371 line up and 300 odd finish. Should get around one-third of that or one-third increase on today numbers you would hope.
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  35. Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests: I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trashcan under the table, and notice that the trashcan is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the
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  36. I think PLBs are mostly a waste of time. They are broadcasting to a satellite which may make 1 or more pass before figuring out your location, which talks to a rescue coordination center, who calls the contact number, who say's "yes Bob is on a sailboat in the North Atlantic". Then they talk to the Coast Guard, who then starts looking for you. That can take a long time while you are treading cold water. On the other hand a personal AIS beacon is way more appealling. The closest boat to you is the boat you just fell over from. And there might be other racers in the area. Assuming your boat
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  37. Here's the application, for your collective interest: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxraXJieXRvcmNofGd4OjZhNWM2NTA1NTUyMjRiNWY I'm actually glad Kirby is doing what he is doing. I think history will show that he is acting in the interest of the Laser class. I think in 5 years time, we'll be still sailing the same design of boat, and this will be behind us.
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  38. Found on another site: It was referring to the speed by which the ILCA can act / react. I think the ILCA World Council are scheduled to meet June / July. While getting ILCA and ISAF to change their stance may not change LP's, at least they will be representing the majority view of their members, and they won't be supporting LP. Also, the deadline for LP to lodge their defence must be getting close.
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  39. Found on another site: It was referring to the speed by which the ILCA can act / react. I think the world Council are scheduled to meet June / July. While getting ILCA and ISAF to change their stance may not change LP's, at least they will be representing the majority view, and they won't be supporting LP. The deadline for LP to lodge their defence must be getting close.
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  40. So Wess and OJFD, it would appear that you both support ILCA and ISAF issuing plaques and effectively taking sides opposing Kirby. This action, (which does not appear in my mind to have the majority support of ILCA membership) sits firmly in support of Laser Performance. OJFD, then ILCA executive is answerable to its membership. It would seem that their course of action is at odds with their membership's wish. I'm pretty sure that one of the obligations is to have integrity with the agreements with Kirby. The ILCA and ISAF have in my view backed the wrong horse. This is all pretty simple.
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  41. The effect of taking the middle ground is to accept the status quo. It is almost the same as supporting ILCA to issue plaques to Laser Performance, which is effectively taking sides against Kirby. I'm fine with people holding that view, though it would appear that it is the minority view. The reason is that making a choice whether or not to support Kirby is timely now, is that ILCA and ISAF have effectively taking a position against Kirby. ILCA and ISAF are either basing that on what we already know - or basing it it on information that they have not shared with their membership. The re
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  42. Hi there Ojfd. I make no apology for asking people to take sides, based on the information that is public. Yes there is speculation, but there are also quite a few facts and testimonies that have been presented. It's important to take sides NOW because our representatives ILCA and ISAF seem to have already taken sides with Laser Performance, and I am not so sure that they are representing their members. (Have the ILCA and ISAF seen the contract between Kirby and LP?). By the way, this is not about forming a legal position on the contracts. It's about how the ILCA and ISAF have acted,
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  43. Do you support the ILCA and the ISAF's positions with regards to the Bruce Kirby issues with Laser Performance? Should they be issuing plaques to Laser Performance. I've started a simple survey, in the hope that a clear message is sent to ILCA and ISAF - supporting their position - or not. I would appreciate: 1) Completing the survey 2) Asking your contacts to complete the survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8P3TDZ2
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  44. Whoever wrote this, can you quote your source? I do not remember GS cancelling the building contract with LP. I wrote the above. I knew I'd read it, though many people had said the same, I had trouble finding the source (which I knew I'd seen). Didn't take long to find it - turns out it's posted in a few places, including the NZLA's website: http://www.nzlaser.org/content/clarification-laser-design-rights-rule-change-ilca-president Specifically, the important part is in Heini's words: "The whole issue started when ILCA was advised by Global Sailing, who purports to be re
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  45. So, BK just simply figured out? Who gave him the powers? When you own something, it's reasonable to think you can sell it. The Spencers have been pretty good - they have consistently produced Lasers and met the local demands - not perfectly - but pretty well for a few decades. The Spencers have made their fortune through toilet paper - I don't believe that they are driven to manufacture Lasers to make a buck - rather 'manage it' to make a modest profit. Bruce Kirby accepts that he is not immortal was trying to do the right thing by the Laser class, plus - as he put it - 'estate plann
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  46. Here's Bruce Kirby's account from sailworld in Sept 2011: (Source = http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Breaking-News:-Laser-Class---Contracts-signed-and-Kirby-is-back/88802) Of course this was the post where it was announce that he had just got the rights back:
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  47. According to BK: BK sold the design rights to GS. LP paid GS royalties for a couple of years before stopping. GS cancelled the building contract with LP. BK bought back the rights from GS. BK cancelled the building contract with LP. LP kept building. PS and GS are both owned by the Spencer family and are independent companies.
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