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Captain Bill Burt

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  1. Depending upon several factors, for example where I'm going next and how I'm standing in relation to the place I'm shooting the long gun from, I may conclude that it's quicker to take it with me. If directly behind a table, moving to my right, and shooting the shotgun next, I'll probably leave the rifle and grab shells on the way. If I'm moving to my left and shooting pistols next I 'may' want to bring it with me, particularly if I'm standing to the left of table when I'm shooting. In any case I want to know what all my options are before I start figuring out how I'm going to shoot the stage, and I don't ascribe to 'if it doesn't say I can't do it then I can' so better to ask. 'Restage rifle wherever you want' would be great too.
  2. Unless it’s stand and deliver I think ‘make safe’ somewhere is always called for. My preference is ‘make safe wherever you like’ but if the stage instructions don’t say I’m almost certainly going to ask whether it has to be made safe where it was used or if I can bring it with me.
  3. I think they were rejected by the ROC.
  4. You should bring that paddle. I think TW wants it.
  5. It sounds like the precautions that weren't followed are the same ones the CDC implies aren't needed.. The geniuses at the CDC originally said masks were not needed, maybe even counterproductive. They also said that frequent hand washing was critical. They're singing a different tune now. Masks have become very important and hand washing not so much. I wonder if they ever get tired, or even a little embarrassed about being 180 degrees wrong so often. ""COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person," Haynes said. "While it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.....Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented," Hey at least manufacturers of antiseptics made out like bandits, even though all that wiping and washing was for nothing. I keep the Covid model death projection website open on my laptop and compare it to actual deaths each day. I deliberately wait to refresh the page so I can see what the 'old model' projects before they 'tweak' it so it's not to far out of line with reality. The model projected 1,332 deaths from Covid yesterday. There were actually only 617, so they were off by over 100%. Once they get a chance they'll tweak the model so that projected deaths for 5/24 will line up better with what actually happened. Then when they're wrong again they'll tweak it again. That's like a meteorologist forecasting a sunny day on the 25th, then when it's rainy all day he goes back and changes his forecast to make it look like he predicted rain. The forecast for May 25th is 1,315. I'm betting they're off by at least 80%. DDD, we've been 'reopened' in Georgia for over 4 weeks now. Our 7 day rolling average of deaths is 25% lower than it was the day we reopened. Hospitalizations are also lower.
  6. Three of our five monthly clubs will hold matches in June with the fourth a tentative yes and the fifth a definite no. I think by July we’ll be back full speed!
  7. But Barkeep can definitely keep some bar!
  8. Yep, it's a small block Chevy engine on steroids. Betcha never heard of no lift shift! From a stop, in Track mode, clutch in, got to WOT, wait for the rpms to bounce of the redline and stabilize, then drop the clutch. From there on out you use the clutch to shift, but never come off WOT. The puter manages the rpms on the shift. Pretty nifty. She takes premium, gets 17 mpg around town, and when I'm on I75 doing 84 mph heading up to TMM she's turning about 1900 rpms in 6th getting about 22 mpg.
  9. First thing I do when I crank her up is turn on rev match (6 speed manual). Then I go to Track mode, then I turn off all the nannies. That way I get all 455 hp and tq with no coddling. You might be able to get me. She will only do the 1/4 mile in about 12.5. Of course top speed is 182, but I doubt you'll be setting the Chevelle up for top speed. But hey, if you want to spot me a car length, it's your funeral.
  10. I suspect they're getting hit pretty hard unfortunately. EOT being cancelled probably hurt a lot more than the cancelled state matchs with attendant fees.
  11. I think you should build the 4 speed then we should line our cars up for a 1/4 mile run. Loser buys the beers and the nanner splits. PS, I think you'll like the way the rear of my car looks.
  12. Leave the gun, take the cannoli. Oops I mean sell the Henry, keep the Marlin.
  13. Yeah I read about that. Seems they don’t want to release names and refused to classify 50 something deaths as being caused by Covid because the tests hadn’t come back positive yet. How dare they not classify those deaths as being caused by Covid just because the dead people hadn’t tested positive for Covid yet! Here's the headline "Florida coronavirus deaths are higher than the numbers in official reports." Here's what the article is complaining about "But medical examiners in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, who represent the hardest-hit part of Florida, have flagged 59 additional deaths that may have resulted from the disease and for which they’re awaiting test results. Although a few of these may have been included in the Thursday evening death count, this figure represents a significant backlog that is certain to raise the total. Don't believe me though, here's the link to the article https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-coronavirus-deaths-are-higher-than-numbers-in-official-reports/ar-BB127xSA If that's not reporting driven by an agenda I don't know what is. We do have different opinions. In my opinion if you don't have a positive test result for Covid, it's probably a good idea not to attribute the death to Covid. Rebekah Jones has a degree in geography and was fired for insubordination - making changes to the state's Covid dashboard without approval. Again, don't take my word for it. Go here: https://tallahasseereports.com/2020/05/20/rebekah-jones-firing-is-the-covid-clickbait-the-media-dreams-of-but-its-all-fake/ Time will tell. Let’s come back to this in a month.
  14. Excuse me, but I'm comparing how two people, armed with the same information, made different decisions which led to drastically different outcomes. That's not 'arm chair' quarterbacking anymore than stating that Peyton is a better quarterback than Cam is armchair quarterbacking. It's observing different results and concluding who did a better job. DeSantis wasn't using hindsight, as he was faced with the problem at the same time as Cuomo. Yet the press lauds Cuomo and mocks DeSantis.
  15. Yeah, I saw the Kinsa health map too. Interesting. It's not surprising that the lockdown slowed the flu way down. Of course if I catch the flu, it would almost certainly be brought home from school via my children. Covid doesn't seem to use children as vectors. Locking down an entire state to stop Covid is like burning your house down to get rid of roaches. It might work, but there are other ways that get rid of the roaches and let you keep your house. It's striking the difference between how DeSantis handled nursing homes in FL and Cuomo did in NY. THATS where the concern should be focused. DeSantis isolated Covid cases and didn't let them back in nursing homes. Cuomo required nursing homes to take active Covid patients. Florida 71,000 nursing home residents with 655 dead from Covid as of May 8th. New York 117,000 nursing home residents with 5,000 dead from Covid as of May 5th.
  16. I would put it in the Wire Classifieds, just in case, and also on Gunbroker.
  17. I believe in vaccines and antibodies too. Unfortunately there is no vaccine for Covid and I'm not going to deliberately infect myself so I can develop antibodies. To be clear, I'm not aware of any claims that zinc prevents the common cold, or Covid. The claims (and studies in the case of the common cold) are that having sufficient zinc lessens the severity of corona virus infections and speeds recovery. Here's a quote: This Cochrane review provides convincing evidence from 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials that taking zinc soon after the onset of symptoms of the common cold significantly reduces both the duration and severity of symptoms. Zinc supplements are widely available over the counter, so you can recommend that patients take zinc the next time they develop a cold. Here's the link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3273967/
  18. That Marlin sounds kinda familiar...
  19. I totally agree! I think the opposition to Chloroquine as a treatment is almost completely due to the fact that Trump promoted it as a potential cure and the media and liberals (but I repeat myself) can't stand to admit he might have been right.
  20. I hope I'm wrong. Be aware, there are 'experts' who think the virus definitely does attack the vascular system. A belief is that Covid attacks at a cellular level through tissues that contain ACE2 cells which it binds to, penetrates, and turns into little Covid factories. Those cells are prevalent in the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, adipose tissue and so forth. That is believed to be the reason why people with high blood pressure, obesity, heart issues, etc. are particularly vulnerable to the disease. It's believed that may also explain why people with type O blood tend to have better outcomes, fewer ACE2 cells. As I stated, trying to improve your health won't do anything to prevent contracting the disease, but it certainly could help in fighting it off. Again, I'm no expert, but the articles I've read strongly indicate that, losing weight, strengthening your cardiovascular system, and taking steps to improve your immune response (vitamin D, Zinc and Vitamin C among others) can all be very beneficial in terms of outcomes from Covid. Having said all that, if you're predisposed to the disease and pick up a big viral load, none of that may make a difference. If you're really worried Triple D I suggest you supplement with Zinc every day. Buy some Zinc lozenges and if you start feeling ill start taking them too. Zinc has been proven to help with the common cold, which is a corona virus. BTW, the older you are, the more likely you are Zinc deficient, starting at about 50. Some studies are showing that Chloroquine without Zinc isn't effective, and it's an established fact that Chloroquine helps transport Zinc into the cells. Starting to see a pattern......?
  21. I believe you. I've read articles that say the same thing about the decline in cases of the common cold and the flu. BTW, I don't present myself as an expert, or even someone who knows a lot about it. I'm just someone with a more than healthy dose of skepticism who likes to inform himself then make his own conclusions. The view from your saddle may differ and that's fine. Speaking only for myself I believe the likelihood is that the vast majority of us will contract Covid at some point, shutdown or not. I choose to spend my efforts on some minimal moves to avoid contagion (wash hands and avoid large groups in closed spaces) and some big moves to put myself in a position where I don't have a lot of co-morbidities for the virus to exploit. So, two games of basketball a day to drop weight and get my cardiovascular health right. Light calisthenics to build some muscle. Plenty of sleep. Plenty of sunshine on my skin every day for vitamin D. A multivitamin supplemented with extra C and extra Zinc. I've been doing that stuff since the 1st of February as a direct response to Covid. I'm down 12 pounds to about 178 at 6 feet tall, my BP is running in the 120s over 70s, pulse rate 70-80s. Best shape I've been in for at least 15 years. I think those steps will do a lot more to protect me (from dying, not from catching it) than staying in my house will.
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