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  1. Corollary 1. When doing the math, count the ones your neighbour uses for sport shooting, hunting, and training for insurrections, but don't count them for yourself.
  2. Other than using firearms for sport shooting, hunting, and training for any upcoming insurrections, there is no reason anyone in America should need any more guns than their neighbours have in their everyday lives.
  3. But is the rumour true that the turret hasn't blown off it yet?
  4. +1 for an interesting concept. Buildings are approaching that. No doubt you are correct with regard to expense, but consider if the landscape allowed a significant head start. It need not be air tight, or angled, to provide a significant effect. Simply increasing the thickness of a boundary layer increases the effective shape. The pressure difference is almost negligible in terms of the head of water required to move a substantial amount of water any distance.
  5. Okay Beecee. I can understand your placing your framed photo on your wall...but how did your wife feel about your four guests?
  6. You are correct of course in your implication. But it doesn't mean they are not either. If Bruce Jenner had transitioned in 1976 she would still been able to compete in the male decathlon and obviously had the potential to break the World and Olympic record for what is often considered "World's greatest athlete". Now, could she have won the women's heptathlon, after a 2 year drug induced testosterone reduction to closer to female than male range? My opinion is yes, and I am more than certain Caitlyn Jenner would agree. But I am also pretty confident 1976 Bruce Jenner was not using steroids to get his World record results, and would not have agreed to any testosterone reducing treatment to compete in the female category.
  7. Isn't She/He ultimately responsible for the abortions as well? (Hello, this is JCM's wife: He just got hit by a lightning bolt and won't be posting...oh wait...no...he's getting up...carry on)
  8. I guess no one really expects it with your two party system, Moderates from both parties seem at times to be the ones ostracized the most. But one can hope.
  9. It's not religion alone though. We seem to be biologically wired in that direction. Problems arise when we fail to include all humans, maybe due to tribal instincts, or fail to respect the importance of other species as well, mastery or not.
  10. Wouldn't want trans middle school kids to miss out on risking their lives along with the other children...😄
  11. I'll have you know that when I was in my thirties I could run almost as fast as Usain Bolt. I think that changed after I injured my knee (or maybe when he turned six, I can't remember exactly)
  12. Should be required reading for anyone doing anything from making rules for sport...to betting on a horse race...
  13. You should address my arguments, not your incorrect assumption of my motivation for them.
  14. First of all you really don't know all the sports I've competed in, coached in, or officiated in, never mind at what levels. Second, if I had your same attitude, I would suspect a vicarious excuse to be indignant if you were not yourself a female and/or transgender athlete wanting to compete. Some of the arguments here have not been thought through. This is a chance for us to do it.
  15. You probably know this. Assuming you are talking about ice hockey, tryouts in Canada are, and have been for quite some time, open to girls trying out for boys teams. It's certainly important that they are allowed to compete for spots on teams that are appropriate for their level. The better ones often make the top travel teams sometimes well into their early teens. Others struggle around that time but so do some of the boys that go through puberty later than their teammates. Tryouts to make a category though, are fundamentally different from trying to avoid making one. Which is in part why I feel testing participants for eligibility for a lower level is fundamentally flawed. Really? Do you have to be a professional athlete to express concerns for women's sports or transgender inclusion?
  16. No. Not at all. Conceptually only. Or choose your own example of a sport with a XY advantage where XX individuals also want to compete at what they would consider their highest level. I think we both (and certainly CY would as well, but he hasn't replied to me since I questioned his conceptualized solution) realize the potential performance curves of XY individuals, XX individuals, and other individuals, will be different in every sport, and that in the vast majority of physical sports with a well known XY advantage there will be significantly more (many times more) XY athletes capable of competing at the level coinciding with what is currently considered elite XX performance. And I think you further know that defining those curves with reasonable accuracy will be problematic. Yet somehow you think eliminating the female category and replacing it with a second tier otherwise open category based on choosing some cut off point will lead to an acceptable outcome. (for any group other than the sub-elite XY individuals that will no doubt dominate the category) I want to know why you think that is likely or even plausible; Why you think you have conceptualized a solution that others can't see. I don't need to know details at this point, and I don't need to know why it's important that society becomes less discriminatory...which I think everyone here agrees with.
  17. ...Orwellian hit job on the term notwithstanding...
  18. Who though, would feel humiliated running 10.6 flat on the World stage at the Tier 2 Olympic Final (previously raced as the Olympic Women's Final)...even if a seemingly random 1, or perhaps 2, non XY individuals happened to make it to that final. And if the random 1 or perhaps 2 crossed the line ahead of you...it says alot about your peers if they look down on you. You might have also have barely qualified for Tier 1 in the 400 (so no realistic chance to make the Olympics), but done the sensible thing and followed the money...Aunt Sarah does need that operation...and you live in a country without universal health care. (I know you do live in a country that has it...I'm just talking about a very fast runner theoretical you...who might have a sister that's a better runner and more dedicated, but alas lacks the XY advantages) (you will be happy to know Dim, that though you crossed the line 4th in this fictitious scenario, you were given the Gold medal after the judges checked the recorded wind speed and found it to be neutral...and therefore DSQ'd the competitors ahead of you for running under 10.xx...an impossible result for a true Tier 2 athlete)
  19. Currently their is a market at the elite female level in soccer, even though a good high school boys team could beat the World Champions. With no market, clearly viewership is not driving the compensation. There will be nothing like the potential for $500,000/year incomes and any compensation should reflect that.
  20. You do mean (for physical sports where XY individuals dominate): "if someone "demonstrates the inability to compete at the top male level" do you not? Surely you are not filtering them out from competition at any level, correct? You're just removing the Tier 1 competitors from competing in Tier 2, to allow the Tier 2 competitors a chance to compete? Okay. So how is this going to work assuming you have a reasonable method of doing the filtering (which clearly you don't, even conceptually, without assuming best efforts in a trial...the potential reward for best effort being exclusion from Tier 2...a disincentive for anyone wanting to compete in that category) But let's say you have some reasonable method to do this...where are you going to draw your line dividing Tier 1 and Tier 2? Let's use the 100m as an example. Should we use the current women's 100m record? Or is that too fast? Let's say it's 10.xx seconds, with the xx chosen to allow elite females to compete, so you won't explicitly exclude the top current 10, 20, 40? females. How many more XY individuals would also be in this range? How would XY individuals not dominate this second tier, as well as the top tier? Is that okay if they do? (Let's not complicate things at this point, and consider also if they deserve equal pay)
  21. Why even use gender? If we are going to be truly open for category 2, anyone that can demonstrate the right lack of attributes in that sport should be eligible...do we even have the right to question how they might prefer to identify?
  22. Point 1 For most physical sports: Thank you (not being sarcastic, you are at least attempting it) for at least trying to address this one of the objections to this supposed solution that dissolves women's sport at elite level and replaces it with a second tier, and thank you for including almost all current elite women in it by making the bar high enough to allow them, even if very few are at that highest point of the current bell curve that are close to the bar, the cut off point if you will. Now juxtapose that bell curve on that of XY chromosome individuals? For those physical sports where XY individuals tend to dominate. How many XY individuals are close to the bar? How many that are beyond it will fall below it as their sporting careers decline? How many dishonest ones capable of exceeding it choose to measure below it? Is this really a satisfactory solution? Point 2 How, conceptually at least, are the qualifying measurements done? What level of effort are the participants obligated to give? Is it this level? 2012 Olympic Badminton scandal where players intentionally lost matches due to the incentives in the rules to do so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdK4vPz0qaI Point 3 Is everyone sure that none of this threatens women's sports at elite level. Point 4 Does anyone care?
  23. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, assuming Boris identifies as six years old... (kidding)
  24. I say this very tongue in cheek and it might be out of place during yet another tragic event, but it might be time to pry the guns from their cold dead hands.
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