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AJ Oliver

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  1. Neither China nor Russia, or the two combined . . are any sort of rational military threat. But who is rational these days ?
  2. BP's posted photo is downright embarrassing . . could not figure out its origin.
  3. Glad he made it in . . that forecast lee shore big wind looked really scary. Good on ya mate !! Just don't let that Kea eat yer boat ! Salute from the Sweetwater Seas
  4. A sailor's worst nightmare . . the sound of big waves breaking on the shore at night. Hope he makes it - the gent has some stones.
  5. A five thousand year-old town . . wiped out by the wonders of Western Civ. Had not known that story - thanks for posting it
  6. As an aside, hopefully not much thread drift . . . Boats, kayaks, bicycles etc are selling very well in the US People are apparently looking for non-close-up recreation. A good time to sell a boat here actually Sailing Clubs here are starting up regattas again - just without the cheek to jowl parties
  7. Ahem, now about that OP . . . I guess that explains why the Canadians claim the right to exclude US boats from their waters, not just anchoring, but sailing over them. But don't get me wrong, the USAean gummint is worse. Our continent could be witnessing the unraveling of 200 year old Rush-Bagot Treaty Sad
  8. One of the cruisers from our Club sailed across the international border into Canada a few weeks ago, attempting to enter the port of Leamington, Ontario. He was told quite brusquely that under no circumstances could he land, and further that he had to leave Canadian waters immediately. Two points: (1) Our sailor is very involved in politics, and really should have known better. The Canadian border has been closed to US boats for at least five months. We had a good laugh at the Bloke's expense. (2) It appears that the Canadians are not discriminating agains
  9. Sorry for my part in some thread drift . . But the US being outspent on the military by China is ludicrous.
  10. The chart below, like US military accounting in general, seriously understates US security spending - the figure in the chart DOES NOT INCLUDE: spending on the entire US itell system (NSA, CIA, FBI, and more), spending on vets pensions & health care, nuke weapons R & D and production, and much else. https://www.pgpf.org/chart-archive/0053_defense-comparison A fair estimate of total annual US military spending is around $1.2 trillion, about 7% of what used to be our GDP. https://www.fcnl.org/about/policy/issues/wars-militarism/pentagon-spending
  11. By any honest measure, the US spends more than ten times as much on the military as China. Don't trust the Blob.
  12. For sure, as you know . . the effects of tornadoes are usually restricted to particular areas - sometimes only meters apart. Don't ask the Sweetwater Seas how we know.
  13. Yeah, thanks. All those posts by Rehab made it difficult to access what others had written.
  14. Another problem with e-charts is that it is pretty easy to zoom out a bit to far on your nav screen - and if you do that, some hazards will not be shown. I can think of several fairly recent examples of boats hitting the beach and/or reefs for that reason.
  15. Hey, now hold on a minute there pardner . . . I thought we were the apex predators !!
  16. He was a key part (from skipper to head honcho) is what, five consecutive AC victories? Six? I doubt that will ever be equaled. I met his smarter brother once when he dropped into our club - very unassuming and gracious person.
  17. It is a very good film, but leaves out a huge amount of important points from the original book - Ott's Sharks and Little Fishes https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/411611.Sharks_and_Little_Fish which states that, among other things, the German submariners did not hesitate to murder officers who were incompetent or cruel. If the movie/TV versions were accurate, they would show that. But that would not boost the war-heroic narrative, would it?
  18. My first downvotes - just so crushing !!
  19. your restrictions are tougher than ours, we'll just have to wait a month (or more?) to find out if yours have been more efficacious. Here by the Sweetwater Seas, for now all the yacht club facilities are closed; but the marine service folks are still allowed to splash boats, and we are still allowed to be out there. These rules are state-by-state in the US; and they can change at any time. Wheels et al make a good point about recreational boaters tying up rescue/first responder resources. Your attitude of "all in this together" will get you through it. Love ya to
  20. Come on now Mr. Knot, you do have an interesting perspective - well, mostly But you need to be respectful and play nice For myself, I'd like you to be able to stick around for a while. (On lockdown here by the Sweetwater Seas, the Admiral and I have been watching a good bit of old US film "noir' on YouTube. Dark stuff, a lot of it) May you find peace, or peace find you - whichever comes first
  21. I'm tellin' ya I've got a million of them ! or para tu esposa . . Te digo que tnego un millon de ellas ! With apologies to James Durante - long ago humor.
  22. Speaking as your pet gringo - only one account
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