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  1. If there is one type of boating safety equipment you are unlikely to use until you need it in an emergency, it's pyrotechnic visual distress signals - as in flares, rockets, smoke signals, and other attention getting devices that burn, sputter, smoke or explode. The Coast Guard requires most recreational boats 16 feet and larger to carry equipment to signal for assistance an approves two types. Non-pyrotechnic devices are straightforward and include a three-foot-square orange signal flag for day use and for night, an electric light that flashes the international SOS signal 50 to 70 times p
  2. We live near Chesapeake Bay, and most families have some kind of boat...and most have flares. Very practical here...
  3. You should consider it...see G2SS, vehicle checklist. Highly recommended... MotorVehicleChklst_Update.pdf You can be in a survival situation anywhere.
  4. You can be in a "true wilderness setting" in your front yard. Flood waters rising? Tornado rip through your neighborhood and trees are down everywhere? No EMS response within 30 minutes of you? You are in a survival situation.... Concur
  5. All right, Scouters! Weigh in on this one, please! Wilderness Survival Merit Badge has a requirement to "Show five different ways to attract attention when lost." A Scout who wishes to complete this badge has asked if he can light a flare, such as those carried in road vehicles, aircraft, and boats. I say, "Yes." These are not classified in our state laws as fireworks. As long as they are used in accordance with the safety instructions they are sold with, and under adult supervision (for the training and badge), with appropriate precautions to prevent a fire, I think they are
  6. A swifter justice system... "Justice delayed is justice denied"
  7. Oh no I didn't!! I was drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's!! But sadly, the perfect hair is long gone 😥
  8. AAAAAOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo Man, that felt good 😜
  9. Now you know why the term "mindless rabble" exists
  10. My wife and kids protested at my bugling when I started...you can buy a mute that helps...nothing flashy...just a $10-15 model from Amazon. Go in a room, close the door, use the mute, and you will keep the peace
  11. Imagine how many people were having these discussions in Europe about a hundred years ago...
  12. Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past… The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existence, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it. Orwell, 1984
  13. Fortunately, much of the population has the means to resist a new Reign of Terror.
  14. Yes, it is about feeling powerless, and seeing that store as someone else's wealth/power to be destroyed. If I cannot join you in your prosperity, I will destroy yours to even the playing field. Turf control to sell drugs... I think you are right here...mental illness may be the issue
  15. All about wealth and/or power...which is why those two things always concentrate together... Have wealth...get power Have power...get wealth Now, there are many who use either or both for good, but that is a relatively new phenomenon in history
  16. Unable to view the opinion piece...no WaPo subscription. Since the letter was broadcast, I have had conversations with experienced local Scouters who see the BSA's letter as (their words) "pandering", "bandwagon", "a PR stunt", "an attempt to remain relevant", "inflammatory", etc. Although most understand the intentions behind the letter, there is general sentiment that BSA should have simply reinforced existing parts of the program which apply. Most also agree this will probably be the end of the DRP, or BSA risks another label of hypocrisy.
  17. Ask five lawyers a question and you get seven different opinions Recommend you contact your local canvas shop (or canvas repair shop). They can give you some good advice. Send them that diagram and ask for a quote to make the tent. We'd all be curious as to how much they'd ask... If done by hand (depending on thickness)... recommend a thimble
  18. I'm going to have to take off my boots to count that high, aren't I??
  19. I am celebrating the 24th anniversary of my 29th birthday this year! 29 is a great age to keep for the rest of your life 😜
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