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  1. "Too good to miss. It clears up everything. Enjoy. The week in Tory (Cummings special): 1. Dominic Cummings, one of the few men to have ever been found in contempt of Parliament, moved onto contempt for everything. 2. When the story broke, and he was accused of doing things that look bad, he said he didn't care how things looked. 3. Then ministers said press outrage meant nothing, only the opinion of the people mattered. 4. Then polls showed 52% of people wanted Cummings to resign. 5. So Cummings decided to show the public some respect, by turning up 30
    7 points
  2. Good morning. Feeling so much better. No fever for days, other than a little lingering cough which lessens each day I have no real remaining symptoms. Fatigue continues to be the greatest obstacle and balancing improving my lung status with over exerting will be the greatest issue going forward. Not a bad problem to have given the possible spectrum of post infection issues. Still not sure if any problems are permanent, for some reason I think (perhaps just hope) there isn't any and simply increasing activity/workouts carefully will get me there. Rode 10 miles yesterday albeit slowly. Finished
    7 points
  3. I think Dorsey is making a mistake if he does not take much more serious action when his top people are being threatened like this. He needs his people to feel he has their back. Suspending Trump's account, and any of Trump's people who participate in stoking the hate and threats against folks, would be a good start.
    6 points
  4. As someone who has spoken to Chris Turner (owner of Ovington Boats) and Paolo Portligia (owner of Nautivela) directly within the last 2 days, I can assure you that both gentlemen are taking the building of ILCA dinghy's very seriously. I have never known either of them to ever countenance "dumping" un-refined products ever on their respective markets, and I doubt seriously that either will do anything but apply best practice to the ILCA build. And I have know both men for 20+ years! I have also spoken to John Higham (Element6) in the last 2 weeks and , Higham/Pom Green, will have
    5 points
  5. Actually a nesting dinghy would fit easily. Here's my FB11 scaled accurately (about 5'-9" nested) on the foredeck of a Flicka 20. 11' long when assembled. We owned a 28' LOD cutter with a similar layout. We stowed jerry cans in front of the coachroof under the dinghy. Unless it was really really rough we could crack the fwd hatch for ventilation. The guy on the Flicka was about 6'-2" and his wife was average. They did seem to manage but their speed was usually around 3.5 knots. Painfully slow.
    5 points
  6. I don't understand this. Shitstain is not having his free speech abridged in any way. Twitter could have deleted his Tweets but didn't. They could have banned him but haven't. What Twitter did was to simply respond to his speech (Tweets) with more speech (a fact check label). Why should the president or really any major political figure be ANY sort of exception to this? Why should Shitstain's speech be allowed to go unchallenged?
    4 points
  7. I never understood party loyalty.
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. I have an idea. Measure and play with carboard on your foredeck. See how big you can make a dinghy that will fit there. Then bring the results here and we'll draw it up. Won't take long.
    4 points
  10. if the ends are faired, and the center is caulked..... doesn't that make, the whole thing faulked ???
    4 points
  11. You guys may have hit the 100,000 as bad as Korea and Vietnam - so CNN tells me six times a day there are 320 million Americans and 66,000 brits we have had over 50,000 - if you count the excess deaths that is given that you guys are -or were - about two to three weeks behind us to be as bad us us at this shit you need to hit around 150,000 within two weeks this is Ms Cunk a top notch english comediian - she will explain the magnitude of our incompetence it is only three minutes long Dylan PS, as a keen follower of
    3 points
  12. EXACTLY! We’re all guilty of it, it’s human nature. However, it’s gotten completely out of hand. I have a hard time taking anyone seriously anymore that happily identifies with either party.
    3 points
  13. I'm pretty sure now that AGITC is just Dog with a poodle cut.
    3 points
  14. they're not like North America in that they don't think it's right for rich people and big events to get special rules. unlike America their system is not powered by corruption.
    3 points
  15. Irony: casting others as snowflakes while melting at first glance. Really need a good name for this. Trumpflakes? I hear they're making America Great!
    3 points
  16. Welcome to the club PB! Glad to have you!
    3 points
  17. No, I believe that the best course is for the followers of twitter to unfollow twits. In lieu of that, I'd prefer that the participants of twitter duke it out amongst themselves. I firmly believe that Ms. Pelosi or any number of other voices are fully capable of making the case that Trump is being a foolish twit. In lieu of that, it gets ugly. Tipper an the PMRC was scary 30 years ago but every generation has to deal with it. This is this generations' moment. But I can say that the last thing I want is Trump - or ANY PRESIDENT - to put their cronies in charge of deciding what
    3 points
  18. This all looks great, Julian - especially on the new builder. The following chart shows the revenue generated by ILCA for plaques and sail stickers: And here are the boats built for the corresponding years (from ILCA): 2017 212236 – 214962 (2726) 2018 214963 – 216182 (1292) 2019 216183 – 217579 (1396) So for plaque fees, that's $89/boat for 2017, $84/boat for 2018 and $93 for 2019. Variances can be explained, as boats built one year may not be sold until the next, and 2019 was a projection. Sail button fees are trickier because they aren't just sold with
    3 points
  19. I avoid PA like the plague. But had to peak to see reaction to this. What happened with George Floyd (and others of late) has really turned my view of law enforcement on its head. I was a long time supporter of law enforcement but from our local level (AACPD), to the MD State Police and DNR, and to this in MN and GA, I just can't support law enforcement anymore. I don't care how far right or left somebody is politically... I don't know how anyone who is human can watch that video of what happens to George Floyd and not be disgusted. That the officers involved have not been arrested and charg
    3 points
  20. In a few days Great Britain will move past Spain leaving the top four flailing, failing, covid-ridden nations to have one unifying characteristic: They have, through clumsy, broken pseudo-democratic processes, turned their governance over to neo-nationalist, greedy narcissists completely devoid of empathy.
    3 points
  21. Cheaper, better performance, and LIGHTER, plus the ability to fly genoas, screechers, and spinnakers. I can see choosing an unstayed mast on a monohull, but not on a multihull. I can also see the biplane rig on a cat making sense, but otherwise it's a ton of money to witness crazy loads that don't make any sense. My 36' proa, whose performance actually would impress you PIL, had a rig which I could carry to the boat and step myself with some setup and tackle. The mast on my current boat weighs 65 lbs. Sidecar's mast is similar.
    3 points
  22. REFITS COME TO AN END ! Just over a fortnight after the lockdown ended, the sailors and their teams are now busy catching up on lost time. Many IMOCAs have been relaunched after their winter refits, which took longer than planned. https://www.imoca.org/en/news/news/refits-come-to-an-end- Good summary of where the fleet is at.
    2 points
  23. Twin grandsons born on Christmas day 2015. Incredible and they've been living with us since birth (financial setbacks for our son plus we live in a large enough house for them to have a separate section). Born premature w/ lots of time in the NICU and big worries but they came through w/ no problems and hit their growth curves quickly w/ no deficits. When it comes time for them to move out it'll be tough. It's a daily clown show that's been incredibly special for my wife and I. We're helping them in preschool and getting lots of time with them on outdoor adventures. Makes a lot
    2 points
  24. Perfect poorly defined subject for endless debate :-) You are correct. I'm being nitpicky. The visible part of the cloud is liquid water. Which is denser than air. But the entire cloud might be said to include the associated humid air, which is clear and invisible. The tiny droplets are heavy and falling. But falling very slowly because Reynolds Number? Falling slower than the rising, light, humid air. That is the end of my ready knowledge. Here is a NASA link: Why Don’t Clouds Fall Out of the Sky? Why Bravo Bravo and others commonly say that humid air is "heavy"...I don'
    2 points
  25. We're recommissioning our Freedom 45 after it being on the hard for 5 years. Among the many jobs that needed to be done were completely replacing the sole in the aft cabin and the cherry trim around the portholes because the portholes leaked badly. The woodwork was done by a talented carpenter in my marina, and I did the portholes myself. The other Big Job was the ceiling in the main saloon. It was typical vinyl over foam glued to thin plywood, and over the past 29 years since the boat was built, the foam had deteriorated and was making a fine toxic dust throughout the boat. Not to menti
    2 points
  26. Access to banking is just about a necessity these days. It's one reason that benefits are paid in EBT cards. But there is a very large cash economy being used by those who don't want to be tracked or to have their finances tracked. After I retired, I took a part-time job for fun. It was the only time I worked where tips were a fair portion of total income. One day as we tipped out the issue of taxes with a teenager came up. I listened as they were told that you only had to pay taxes on the tips that went on credit cards plus a little bit. "Nobody knew how much cash you got". Havin
    2 points
  27. Having our boat struck by lightening I hope this can help somebody else. The short version... IMHO the best and only defense is good insurance. Mitigation is an art not a science and your results may vary! The longer version... we have a 36 foot trimaran trimaran that was struck while in its slip about a year ago. As best anyone can tell the main strike hit about 200 yards away and literally vaporize an entire (decent sized) tree and set a guest house on fire. Our boat has been hit at the same time with the strike happening at the masthead (fried the CHF antenna and lightening di
    2 points
  28. Sooo.... you're defending the legal profession by pointing out the Bar Association that is composed of people in the legal profession and is supposed to govern said profession, doesn't do their job well thereby allowing the legal profession to operate unethically? You're also the guy who made allusions to the old white man's club with your comment about "old white man's idea of the sanctity of the profession". Fascinating.
    2 points
  29. Are you certain of that? I'm not questioning YOU, just the comment - I have no basis for an opinion as I don't follow twitter, or wait on edge with bated breath for every stupid utterance our President makes. IMHO - It's inappropriate to use social media for ANY official communications. Using it to bring awareness of the existence of a "formal communique"? Certainly. Formal communications uttered casually aren't really "formal", are they? Mebbe I'm too old fashioned and stodgy in this regard, but, there are certain things that warrant formality, careful preparation and proper del
    2 points
  30. The point is that, despite all the evidence to support their removal, the logical side of any argument will never produce the people who would actually go out and commit such a crime. Only extremism beyond reason will do this, and at the moment the populist message has all the extremists on its side. When you don't need facts to support the message, the message can be anything you like, and thus they can scoop up all the edges of the population with as many, even contradictory, messages they need. There is nothing original about this methodology, it has been used since the Greeks, by nume
    2 points
  31. i am still really interested in Crowther 33's. I think the right one could work for me. There is a cool one in Auckland, but it's a lot harder to get a boat out of New Zealand unless you register it overseas first, which could be harder. Plus, it's a nice boat and the owner is fairly firm on the price, and it needs some cross beam work. But overall, I am quite keen on the design. I have really fallen in love with multihulls in the last 10 years and I honestly think that every boat I own for the rest of my life will have more than one hull and no lead. I am very excited to get a quick ish multi
    2 points
  32. So it's true that between DB and TH, and all the rest ex-ETNZers and Kiwis that NYYC is really is just the ETNZ B-Team? ;-)
    2 points
  33. Hope this is not a double post; it is pretty darn good . .
    2 points
  34. Laurence Tribe Laurence Henry Tribe is an American legal scholar who is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at the Harvard Law School of Harvard University. Tribe's scholarship focuses on American constitutional law. He also works with the firm Massey & Gail LLP on a variety of matters. Wikipedia
    2 points
  35. Less in fact, around 20 kg or 44 lbs. Bare extrusion weight was 14 kg. And I can raise or drop it by myself. No block and tackle required, just a steadying hand for good luck and safety if there is any breeze....
    2 points
  36. I cannot imagine being the lawyer charged with writing whatever pile of crap he is going to sign tomorrow. "Figure it out or find another job!"
    2 points
  37. Umm, no. You don't seem to realise what strong anti-cartel laws we have in Australia. Any attempt to lock out other companies' shipping would see an immediate ACCC case which the port company would certainly lose, with massive fines. They really cannot do that. As for farming, yes, like minerals, it's possible to upstream value by minimising sales prices to your overseas masters. But we've had literally decades of experience with this issue from the big mining companies. The tax office *would* catch it and once again the fines would be very substantial. The big thing to wat
    2 points
  38. Sounds to me like you're in Mitch McConnell's gene pool. Sorry about that.
    2 points
  39. It's the bottom of the second inning and you know how this turns out?
    2 points
  40. What you think the answer to that question (and that you only offer those two positions) says more about you than it does anything else mate...
    2 points
  41. I can be..................determined (Mrs PB calls it stubborn), but I absolutely do not want to endure that again so I am being careful and trying to listen to the body......as it were..........and Mrs PB.
    2 points
  42. Video showing the change to Charal's bow section.
    2 points
  43. It's always worth the effort to see GMD's contributions.
    2 points
  44. Mrs. Loser takes care of the purty on our boat. 63 in this pic, 45 years together. Damn straight I look smug.
    2 points
  45. Looks like ATR is back on the water for some sailing!
    2 points
  46. That's looking like a sonar array going under a deep vee powerboat.
    2 points

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