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  1. Re: Outfitting a Herreshoff Eagle for the great loop.

    I'd not remove ballast unless the batteries are as low as the ballast being removed, which is not what you describe. You don't want to both load the boat down and raise the center of mass.
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    Re: Towards More War Crimes

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    Feinberg also solicited the views of a number of well-known development hands with experience in South Asia, including economists tasked with building Afghanistan’s...
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    Towards More War Crimes

    [IMc - I find all war profiteering repugnant but corporatizing violent imperialism is really reaching a moral nadir.]

    Exclusive: Bannon & Kushner Want to Outsource Afghanistan to Mercenaries...
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    Re: okay, okay... now I'm p... upset

    [IMc - The ACLU has been fighting this forever. Here's their latest alert.]

    Jeff Sessions Is Aiding and Abetting Police Departments Who Want to Seize Property of People Convicted of No Crime
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  5. Re: Climate scientist reassigned to accounting

    Administrative malevolence. It proves that Trump is attempting to destroy our government. Not just maladministration but deliberate destruction.
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    Re: Just in, McCain has brain cancer.

    McCain's an interesting guy. He was never real command material but his basic insouciance made him a brilliant POW. I always felt that Bruce Willis's character in Die Hard was really McCain.
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  7. Re: A bipartisan attack on the first amendment

    Ah snort. Now I have scotch up my nose.
  8. Re: A bipartisan attack on the first amendment

    "Be honest, Ian, you googled it after my prompt, true?" [#32]

    Of course I did, as you should have.

    I knew the ACLU had a position but I could not cite it without google. I see no shame in...
  9. Re: A bipartisan attack on the first amendment

    "Be nice to see the ACLU stand up against something like this, which is indeed a First Amendment transgression. Too bad they're busy out in the boondocks somewhere making press on a dude with...
  10. Re: A bipartisan attack on the first amendment

    I am sure there are many sorts of independents. Around here, many are right wingers afraid to admit they are Republicans. Many other "independents" would be Republicans were not the national party...
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    Re: Water in the boat....

    Perhaps a little drift but I have learned something. Thank you.
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    Re: Water in the boat....

    I think there must be different types of glands and besides studying the dripless I am only familiar with the units that used to be packed with flax, now teflon. The packing is square section. You...
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    Re: Water in the boat....

    On stuffing box drips: The modern dripless are lovely for motor boats and for sailboats where nothing moves. People with older wooden boats around here have not had such good experience. I...
  14. Re: A bipartisan attack on the first amendment

    I don't buy anything where I could boycott an Israeli supplier and get from somewhere else, but to the extent that a metaphysical boycott makes sense, I am there. Just try to arrest me you jerks.
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    Re: Water in the boat....

    Side note on fresh water in the bilge.

    Firstly, any boat that admits fresh water through deck leaks and lives in salt water probably has at least a little salt water there anyway. You're...
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    Re: Newbie wants to build a boat.

    I agree about Iain Oughtred's boats. The Whitehall is a lovely livery boat, very efficient for rowing. Real Whitehalls sometimes sport a low down-wind rig really to just relax the oarsman. The...
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    Re: Water in the boat....

    Survey - There is an evolving etiquette here and I might be on the wrong side. I grew up thinking that, like buying a house, you look, study, negotiate, and then make an offer subject to survey. If...
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    Re: Water in the boat....

    If the boat will have a problem with electrolysis, it will have it with a wet or a dry bilge. If I remember that design correctly, it has a fairly deep and narrow bilge and nine or so inches of...
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    Re: Criminal Justice Reform - Local

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    Gonzalez certainly values having people with experience on both sides of the justice system. His office is rich in defense bar experience – not least in his top...
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    Re: Criminal Justice Reform - Local

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    That could well have been the end of the story, but then he saw a Navy pilot in the courtroom – charged with the same crime – get off with the help of a lawyer. Until...
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    Criminal Justice Reform - Local

    [IMc - Jeff Sessions is not the only game around. For those who are looking at criminal justice reform, here's good news.]

    Meet a new breed of prosecutor
    A SHIFT IN THOUGHT From Texas to Florida...
  22. Re: Trump Lawyer Blames Secret Service For Not Stopping Jr.’s Meeting

    Republican personal responsibility.
  23. Re: ‘Plan C’ on Obamacare, Repeal Now and Replace Later, Has Collapsed

    On to Plan D, passive sabatoge. Trump will try to aggravate market instability in the more vulnerable states, causing insurers to bail. These are the states that elected him and he's got a plan to...
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    Re: Flashback Quote of the Day

    Personal responsibility, rightie style.
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    Re: Donald Trump, then and now

    Trump is as responsible for his actions as Phillip is for his vote. Personal responsibility, rightie style.
  26. Re: “small,” ”not particularly well organized”

    Has small hands too.
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    Republican's Real Election Integrity

    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, by Common Dreams

    Seriously? New GOP Budget Would Defund Election Security Agency
    "Eliminating the Election Assistance Commission would pose a risky and...
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    Re: 12 ga cannon blanks

    Exactly the signal cannon. Childhood memories of sloppy storage and unsafe handling practices are valid, as are the many contemporary examples of firearms in the hands of children. It is incumbent...
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    Re: okay, okay... now I'm p... upset

    "I don't know if that is a good example of right wing when it's the democrats that want to tax people into oblivion" [#49]

    The history of asset forfeiture and the uses to which that seized wealth...
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    Re: Quote of the Day

    Sounds like Bannon is stealing a line from Bill Maher. I love the "born in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation."
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    Re: Incapable of Governing

    The Republicans' major claim is that government can't do anything right. And they prove their point.
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    Re: The Windmill class

    As I lurched into my teens a neighboring family had both a Windmill and a daughter. The Windmill was hotter sailing than our Cape Cod Knockabout , which was considerably more comfortable. So we had...
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    Re: When to Epoxy

    The book is best.

    I did not mention that once the glass is on, still before the first epoxy has cured, I wet out the cloth with unthickened epoxy. I use both a plastic spreader and a hard roller...
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    Re: When to Epoxy

    It's handy to roll on unthickened epoxy and then place the glass before the epoxy fully goes off. This will not fully wet out, which is helpful as you handle the glass cloth. Gives you a chance to...
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    Re: ACLU Defends "Taps"

    The OP is an argument, not an even handed report. Brian Palmer's picture (#21) sheds more light, at least on the size of the speakers. We don't know if the ACLU claim that the actual noise level is...
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    Re: 12 ga cannon blanks

    More than moot. If anyone wants to pack flour in atop any blank round, put me as your life insurance benefitee first.
  37. Re: The Trumpcare bill is dead... two more R senators bail

    We have a progressive Republican governor. He actually has run, even saved, a major health care provider. I was opposed to most of his policies when he directed Harvard Community health, where I...
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    Chechen Gays to Canada

    [IMc - Idi Amin said much the same thing about Africa, or at least Uganda, or maybe just about himself except when he was exerting a little dominance. By their repression, denial, and covert...
  39. Re: The Trumpcare bill is dead... two more R senators bail

    Back to the OP. The Republicans will now turn to "Repeal in two years, replace by then."

    This will be claimed to have the appeal of putting Congress under the gun and there may be Republican who...
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    Re: Odd Paint Job

    That's wild.
  41. Re: White House Panel Asks States For Publicly available Voter Data.

    The President's Inquisition has promised to make all the information it collects public. The IRS does not.
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    Re: 12 ga cannon blanks

    Purpose made signal cannons are very durable and easily cared for. Mine's iron but many are brass.

    A quick swab after the shot does it.

    For those looking to get a signal cannon, size matters. ...
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    Re: ACLU Defends "Taps"

    The Coast Guard station at Chatham Light is in a dense residential neighborhood. Daily they start with Revellie in the morning, Taps at night, and everything in between.

    While as a matter of...
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    Re: 12 ga cannon blanks

    I use Winchester 10 Gauge and that certainly does not throw its wad at all. They are manufacture to pretty much atomize on leaving the muzzle. One can design a wad to hold together, mostly, and if...
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    ACLU Defends "Taps"

    A Small Town in Pennsylvania Is Treading on This Naval Officer’s First Amendment Rights

    By Witold Walczak, Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania
    JULY 10, 2017 | 4:30 PM

    Lieutenant Commander...
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    Re: Ending Iran Nuclear Deal

    Like anyone, I have liberal and conservative strains in my values. Rectitude and honor are among my conservative values which, sadly, are not shared by todays right wing Republican style...
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    Re: 12 ga cannon blanks

    Signal cannon barrels are not designed to throw anything. Adding loose crud can be done, as Slocum did with tacks, can sometimes work but is hazardous. Putting an explosive in on top of the shell...
  48. Re: Spar building - cutting 45 degree corners in solid mast

    Bob Smalser, formerly of these pages, has on his own site a most excellent eight-siding gauge.

    Gnash teeth. His pix are at W.K.FineTools. com. Google 8-Siding or Octagon Marking Gage by Bob...
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    Re: Falsehoods about Trump

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    Trump the Buffoon

    Another major strand of falsehood about the President is the one that feeds into his persona as a bumbling fool, prone to accidents and devoid of...
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    Re: Falsehoods about Trump

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    Trump the Tyrant

    The second major strand of falsehood we have observed is one that portrays Trump as a would-be dictator, straying beyond his constitutional powers...
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