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  1. Re: GPS charplotters and navigating with care

    It is certainly true that wide awake use of all navigation tools, including the magenta line, is a good thing. The OP story has the operator passing on the wrong side of a perfectly visible marker. ...
  2. Re: GPS charplotters and navigating with care

    I don't know if "riding the magenta line" means hooking the GPS to autopilot to follow it or if it means staring at the screen rather than looking around the water but either way is bad. Anyone so...
  3. Re: Really Stupid Republican Obstructionism

    The Republican controlled Senate passed it unanimously.
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    Re: Sunset Reflected

    From an outfit called - https://www.facebook.com/SAILINGSPIRITANDMOTIVATION/
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    Sunset Reflected

    https://scontent.fbed1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20258229_492926241045621_5644831735449433110_n.jpg?oh=51a4439e2b17963bfbcbfda0c26c9665&oe=59F7A07C
  6. Really Stupid Republican Obstructionism

    [IMc - Is this a Republicans won't do anything proposed by Democrats thing; or is it Republican racism because people stabbed by a white terrorist don't count; or what? Whatever it is, it's a...
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    Re: Norwegian Navy

    I'm in pain clenching gut muscles that haven't had such a workout in a while.
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    Re: Bucky Barlow's Last Passage

    A great loss. And I am sorry that we could not manage for him to see Meg Merrilies.
  9. Re: WAPO - Potus lawyers research pardon powers

    Right. Ford pardoned Nixon for crimes already committed but for which he'd not yet been indicted.

    I am not wild about the "whatever" nature of Nixon's pardon. To my mind, a pardon ought to...
  10. Re: WAPO - Potus lawyers research pardon powers

    While not explicitly written down, because one cannot make binding legal judgement upon oneself, there is no power to pardon oneself. Nor, given the plain language in the Constitution is there power...
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    Re: How to reef a Broads yacht

    Thank you Dylan. While I cannot get myself onboard with their approach to reefing I can see how it works in their narrow waters; they run a fine operation; and I'm sure I do at least something that...
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    Re: Glued lap-dark paint, any worries?

    Green is an oddly cooler color than other darks. On my old schooner Goblin I mixed the darkest green Kirby's then produced with three parts of their flat black and got a "greenish off-black" that...
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    Re: How to reef a Broads yacht

    I googled Martham Boats and they appear to have some lovely boats. I hope that their instructional programs are in general more normal than this example. Dylan, please tell us more.
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    Re: How to reef a Broads yacht

    That's not old world reefing. That's about as inexcusably unseamanlike as I've seen from a putative pro. If you cannot reef or unreef underway, stay tied to the dirt.

    Among the many things I...
  15. 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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  19. 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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  21. Re: A bipartisan attack on the first amendment

    Ah snort. Now I have scotch up my nose.
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  28. 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...
  36. Re: Trump Lawyer Blames Secret Service For Not Stopping Jr.’s Meeting

    Republican personal responsibility.
  37. 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.
  40. 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.
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