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  1. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    The old right-wing/libertarian "taxes are an evil government over-reach" nonsense is not far beneath the surface of these remarks.

    Public education is a public good. Everyone benefits, whether you...
  2. Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    Fair enough, but I'd say there's not much chance anyway, even with a HIN. I'd also say there's little chance of a boat like mine being stolen. I think the trailer would be of more interest to...
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    Re: Calendar Islands Yawl 16 in Chattanooga

    Looks good!

    On the weight/stiffness issue, I have a trailer that is sprung far too heavily for my 300 lb boat, in theory. In practice, I've driven thousands of highway miles with the boat and...
  4. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    And the state replies "Too bad. Social Value X is embedded in the Constitution. Believe what you want. But what you believe has nothing to do with what gets taught in our public schools."

    Tom
  5. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    Wrong. Dead wrong.

    One class of parents gets education for their children according to the rights and protections guaranteed for all citizens by the rule of law in a secular state whose...
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    Re: Unexpected covers

    Any Huey Lewis fans still out there?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roh7bM3QAXc&list=RDMM&index=17

    Tom
  7. Re: Just returned from a cruise circumnavigating Isle Royale on Lk Superior in the Du

    I'm still waiting for the photos on this thread... :)

    Isle Royale is a trip that's been waiting to happen for me for the past 10 years or so. Sigh...

    Tom
  8. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    There is no "right" (parental or otherwise) being infringed by public schools' support of equal rights for LGBTQ+ and transgender people, and raising awareness of gender identity issues.

    Parents...
  9. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    Far worse than that--not "actively ignored" but "violently opposed."

    Tom
  10. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    I get where you're coming from, but I disagree. When have the poor and people of modest means ever enjoyed equal freedom?

    We have the freedom to choose whatever methods of transportation we want...
  11. Re: Is the DNC pushing too hard on the abortion issue?

    You are mistaken.



    "Arguably?" Then argue it. I'm certainly not convinced of that whatsoever. What have you got that's persuasive?

    Tom
  12. Re: Amish Peyote Scalia Shumer Hatch Same Sex Marriage School Bathrooms

    You're mistaken.



    That is not at all the implication.

    First of all, attendance at public schools is not compulsory. There are other options for parents to meet their legal obligations...
  13. Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    Just curious--has anyone ever looked at your HIN? Do you think it's likely they ever will?

    Tom
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    Re: Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    Thanks! I will keep that in mind. Looks like flights from Wrocław to Helsinki might be less than $200 U.S. I can't imagine a better place to explore than the Finnish coast. No pesky tides, either!...
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    Re: Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    Great minds think alike! I've proposed a skin-on-frame building program at my school--minimal tools or toxic glues, also minimal material costs. At the moment, finding space is a problem, but it may...
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    Re: Americans in Europe- strange people!

    Is it a British thing to confuse understatement with irony? :)

    Tom
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    Re: Gentry custom boats....

    Which boat, Rich? I have an unused set of his Chautauqua sailing canoe plans. I'm not likely to use them--they're yours if you want them.

    Tom
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    Re: Jamie Johnston (S.V. Airlie) is in the hospital.

    Thanks for this. My mother-in-law worked an entire career as an RN in nursing homes. She was (is) not "horrible" either. It's a difficult vocation, and many handle it with humanity, grace, and...
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    Re: Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    That would be great. I just have to sell the idea to my (non-sailing) wife. I'm sure she wouldn't mind a week in London on her own, though...

    Tom
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    Re: Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    Oh yeah! Thanks!

    Tom
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    I agree with you here, I think--increased demand is not necessarily bad. But given that much of the increased demand will be met by electricity produced by fossil fuels right now--especially coal--I...
  22. Thread: Duckworks Scout

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    Re: Duckworks Scout

    Probably "reefable"?

    Tom
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    Re: Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    Thanks for all the ideas! The private yards to store and launch sound like they're exactly what I am after. I have just discovered the YouTube videos of the Dorestad Raid... :)

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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Sure, you can look at it that way. But I see this thread a bit differently. The OP isn't about seeking solutions to deal with higher prices--it's simply an announcement of higher prices. It's all...
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    Re: Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    Thanks for all the comments so far--much appreciated!

    The idea of affiliating with a local club is a good one, and I may well do that--there's a "yacht club" about 1.5 miles up the river, but I...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    Glad to help!

    Tom
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    I'm talking about this:



    Source

    That bolded bit suggests (to me) that the problem is global. As energy efficiency increases, costs fall, and new markets for energy consumption arise--markets...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    But industrial uses are far higher, and (I'm guessing) must raise the per capita consumption disproportionate to what individual homes use.

    Tom
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Well, that feels aimed squarely at me. Which makes me wonder:

    1. Why do so many of us assume others are doing nothing?

    2. Why is pointing out that, historically, overall energy consumption...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Down but trending upward again by the look of that graph, as is Europe's. However, worldwide energy consumption is not. China is extremely "not." I would bet India is "not" also. That's the big...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    Nope, I've understood him perfectly. But since you need a reminder, here is what he posted (numbers mine for comments below):


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    1. "family units" = heterosexual couple + children
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    Re: Centerboard Lead Fairing

    That's how I did it on my current boat. It was much more pleasant than melting and pouring lead.

    Tom
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    Buying A Small Boat in Europe?

    Well, I seem to be in Europe for at least the next 2 years. Seems like it might be a good idea to have a boat here, or near-ish enough to use on school breaks. I doubt it makes much sense to try and...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    Yes, that's certainly the standard model of "messabout." I enjoy meeting people at those events, but always feel cheated that there's never enough sailing to suit me.

    I guess what I'm describing...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    I wish it were. But Jevons Paradox has held true historically: as energy costs go down because of increased efficiency, overall consumption goes up. That's reality.

    We need to be talking about...
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    Re: Americans in Europe- strange people!

    How about: "Fine, thanks. And you?"

    It's really not that difficult, or that weird. Or that American, even. It's a basic courtesy, not a literal request for you to list your complaints or medical...
  37. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

    Tom
  38. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    I hope you're right. I still have little faith we're even going to see an indictment, much less a conviction. (Yes, a NY state indictment seems very possible, but Biden can't pardon Trump for state...
  39. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    But "we" do not get to choose whether to pardon Trump or not, assuming he is convicted of crimes. Biden gets to choose. And there will be substantial pressure on him not to let a former president...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    You've misunderstood him. He is talking about HIM getting to choose what gets taught in the U.S. public schools, and what does not, according to his own personal cultural and religious values....
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    Hmm... Brian isn't talking about liberty, OR. He is talking about wanting a society that recognizes HIS choices as the only valid choices. Schools must teach what HE believes, and must AVOID teaching...
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    Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    Well, I tried scrambling some eggs on 3 today. Not much of a success. A little less sticking, but they still don't cook/set convincingly. This on a pan (Green Pan) specifically described by the...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    Well, you could do that. But I wouldn't use GPS for my version. I was thinking more clues/puzzles you'd have to solve to know where to go next, OR a race that required a certain # of miles to be...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    That would be great, really. Now that I think about it, there was a very informal "race" at the Turtle-Flambeau some years back, with maybe 5-6 small boats sailing around Big Island (around a 10-mile...
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    Re: US Latinos - Religion Explains Politics.

    FYI, you are the only one to have mentioned atheism on this thread, which is specifically addressing the extreme branches of one particular brand of protestant Christianity, which is only one...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    This is a great point. Unless you have a very experienced and knowledgeable passenger/crew member, it's much more complicated to sail with other people. It takes time to develop an intuitive sense of...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    I meant to come back to this comment sooner:



    I suspect the "never cleat the sheet" rule might derive from racing, where competitive sailors are constantly looking for an edge over the rest of...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    And:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4q20v4_H8g

    So interesting to see his videos, where there are groups of dinghy cruisers (including women), and lots of wooden boats around. On the Great...
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    Re: Roger Barnes Latest Videos

    A couple more videos popped up on Roger's channel when I wasn't looking--nice way to start a lazy Sunday morning:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfzaoMw1bjQ
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Interesting to hear your take on this. I find that I very often don't bother dropping the mast for rowing--it only takes a few moments to do, but I haven't found it makes much difference for me. I...
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