Slack Randoms: World Cup Speeding Fines, Aaron Gwin's House Tour, Jet Pack Mountain Rescues & More

May 13, 2022 at 7:04
by Ed Spratt  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

Nove Mesto Speeding Fines


Ahead of this weekend's racing in Nove Mesto, the UCI sent a warning out to teams and media after a number of cars heading to the event had been caught speeding. It sounds like the racers are not the only ones going fast this week.

Specialized Pins New Cactus Carrying eBikes to Globe Brand


Specialized has hinted at a new range of electric bikes under the Globe brand. Previously Globe had been used to sell city bikes but now it appears Specialized has plans to make electric bikes carry a whole load of cacti, the perfect companion for bicycles.

bigquotesSpecialized’s purpose is to harness the power of the bicycle to pedal the planet forward. Globe will help us deliver on that promise in a new and more accessible way. Specialized

MTB Cribs Aaron Gwin Edition

bigquotesI decided to do a last minute video tour before moving out of our California house. We're going to miss this place a lot but looking forward to what's ahead. Hope you guys enjoy the tour. Dream Big! Aaron Gwin

Are Jet Packs the Future of Mountain Rescue?

bigquotesWe proved you can scale a Lake District Mountain (3100ft Helveylln) in 3mins 30 seconds, despite very poor visibility that would have grounded a HEMS Helicopter. The Mountain Rescue foot response is over 70 minutes typically. The route was 1.2 miles and 2200ft of height gain.

This is the latest in a series of Paramedic Response Exercises to prove capability in parallel with training up real Paramedics to provide first response Critical Care in hard to reach geographies. Cardiac, breathing or blood loss cases are time critical and require rapid stabilisation to buy time for evacuation. This system, akin to the rapid response of a Paramedic on a motorbike in an urban environment, will be the difference between life and death for many critical cases.
Gravity Industries

'World's First' Wingsuit Zipline

This week we have another world first for Slack Randoms with this attempt at the new sport of wingsuit ziplining.

8 Savage Landings from Red Bull Flutag

bigquotesRed Bull Flugtag is a flying contest like no other, where amateur teams try to fly their homemade machines through the air and compete for glory. As well as trying to fly as far as possible, the teams also need to make a splash with the judges, and are assessed on their creativity, showmanship and flare for design But it's basically a rule of physics: what goes up, must also come down! We've put together 8 of the most savage landings from Red Bull Flugtag Red Bull

Who Needs Chains?


Juliano Neves is back with another wild mockup with this direct-drive specialized. The stem somehow manages to not look as weird as some of the setups we saw in Albstadt last week.

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 As a succulent enthusiast, I feel obligated to point out that the rightmost plant is a Euphorbia, which is not a cactus.
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 Someone correct me - all top American World Cup downhillers now live in either EAST TN or Western NC.
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 @Mavic101: I mean wouldnt you be fed up with wild fires. Mammoth Mtn is guaranteed to have a wild fire every year now a days. Lake Tahoe is also looking like that.

TN has windrock. and then Missouri also has a gnarly DH park. There is just more to offer in the East.
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 @Mavic101: How is that relevant?
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 @dancingwithmyself: I know internet good
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 @Mavic101: Don't think you got it.
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 I'd like to see the Euphorbia bike in the next Friday Fails
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 This is the content that keeps me coming back to Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 Got enough straw men in this thread to build a hell of a bonfire.
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 Dammit. Wrong thread, and no edit button on mobile. So dumb.
  • 81 7
 Am I the only one who thinks Neves "mockups" are mostly dumb?
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 They do tend to be incredibly ridiculous
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 The operative word here is “mock”. Don’t think they’re really trying to make some viable, engineer approved stuff.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (May 14, 2022 at 10:47) (Below Threshold)
 @skinnylegsnocardio: The cranks on the rear axle is what makes this one stupid. Actually it's all stupid. Unrideable seat and stem. Put a little time into it and add footpegs. Flexstays on a DH bike?
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 They’re definitely not even close to front page worthy. They’re not even funny, just bad
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 @5afety3rd: It's 4 seconds of my life I will never get back
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 I think Sam Pilgrim would love them
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 “Mostly” ha!
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 Effective chainstay length: 0mm
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Oh No! a joke bike render isn't accurate! How ever will I cope with this? . . . anyway
  • 37 12
 CA too liberal for the Gwinner?
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 Ivermectin more available in Montana.
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 I think its just that Ivermectin is only for horses in Cali. But in TN - its a free for all. He can own 500 acres in TN for the price of his 1/2 acre Cali lot tho.
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 California sucks anyway...
  • 23 17
 @pablo-b: Wait until he gets a load of the deep South.

Talk about suck...
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 I've lived in Cali my entire life. Geographically, it's beautiful. Everything else about this state is horrible. The pinkbike leftist hoard will downvote this comment into oblivion while stroking it to daddy Gavin on CNN.
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 13:39) (Below Threshold)
 @mtnbikermaniac: you right. The echo-chamber of lib logic is strong here
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 @mtnbikermaniac: Actually I stroke it to Janet Yellen on CSPAN thankuverymuch
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: I saw it in bulk when I was in Florida
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 @mtnbikermaniac: maybe go outside a d have a nice cry.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: the sale is on zillow. He had nearly 11 acres and it is an incredible house.
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 @preach: I know right, the South is totally a bastion diversity and free thinking. LOL
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 18:24) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: say what you will about the south but nobody retires and moves up north. :-)
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 @preach: uh yeah I kinda just did - thanks for your permission though lol
  • 3 2
 Nahhhh. He’s just moving to shred the Rock day in and day out.
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 @preach: You have never been to Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana? filled with Californian refugees. You can have them all.
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flag demolitionnine (May 15, 2022 at 2:10) (Below Threshold)

Somebody who gets it!! Now that’s refreshing, especially on this site. I’m barely ever on here anymore, even as an avid Mtn biker my whole life. This sites so damn woke and libtard anymore it makes me sick.
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 @demolitionnine: Yeah my comment isn't political. It was a geographical reference to a comment.
I'm not really a puppet for the liberals suck, conservatives are fascist media narrative.
I'm more kill your television and act like you have manners.
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Yeah, the south sucks. Please tell your friends.
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 @SurfNC: Uh yeah I kinda just did. You guys can stay there in isolation until Q cleanses the swamps from the pedophiles. It will take an entire lifetime to check every Pizza Hut basement for this global cabal, but if you’re persistent enough, you might find them! The two Z’s in pizza are for ZION ZION!!!
  • 9 6
 Many articles out there show where everyone is going or has gone(across US).
Top destinations are usually red states.
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 @jrocksdh: thank god. Best news of the day!
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 @SterlingArcher: Windrock will be the first gravity Bible school in the country.
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 You've got to really hate the politics of the state you're in to leave this place:

Then again, he probably made out well vs. the cost to purchase and build, and that money will go a very long way toward a new property in TN.

Taking advantage of the market was probably a wise choice. Easier flights to Europe, too, as long as he continues to race.
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 @demolitionnine: lol, anything you disagree with is woke and libtard- who’s the echo chamber now hahaha. you should have stayed in school.
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 @mtnbikermaniac: internet is very SRS bizness!! Argh get more angryyy!!! Lol
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 @demolitionnine: Is it this site or the fact that the majority of people in the US have liberal views and it’s reflected in the site’s demographics.
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 @mtbikesince87: and now CO. Calirado.
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 I grew up in Southern California. The State has amazing geography, history, culture, people, etc. There is a very good reason why so many people moved there.

The business climate is very tough unless you're a multi billion dollar tech/defense company, which is why I left. However, the lockdown/mask hypocrisy & craziness was the final straw for many of my friends and family. The latest data from Israel and the EU confirms what we knew (and apparently what the hypocritical politicians knew) all along: lockdowns and madates don't stop the spread of COVID19, but they were very effective at raising the cost of living, bankrupting small business, and enriching billionaires.
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flag aaronjb (May 15, 2022 at 18:33) (Below Threshold)
 @hamncheez: Kudos on a username choice matching what's between your ears.
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 @aaronjb: it's actually what happens when you eat a sandwich that's been out of the fridge too long then go to wrestling practice
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 @SterlingArcher: @preach is a twat and is retarded. The south is cheep and will inspire young immigrants to the area. Turning the area reasonable, and liberal. Death of the tradition south and good riddance.
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 @seedless: wow
Feel sorry for you bruh
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 @hamncheez: are you trying to tell us that the government lied to us!?!?!
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 @danger13: If you think East Tennessee is part of the Deep South then maybe you could just refrain from commenting on things you have no clue about?

Historically, culturally, racially, topographically, the weather… literally the only systematic similarity is who they vote for, and even that is usually for different reasons. I’m personally a Mississippi transplant to the area and would never consider going back. They are wildly different places.
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 @sancho-ramerez: So sorry! Government never lies. Thats disinformation, as per government fact checkers.
  • 9 0
 Choose a geographic location to homestead and be a dick about it.
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 @seedless: good riddance indeed. BUT we still need people to work at Walmart and Cracker Barrel, and that ain’t gonna be me. Let the southerners keep doing that.
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 @hamncheez: you realize the mask thing was *temporary* right? Big deal - we couldnt go to concerts for a few months. Nobody is looking for you to send you off to a concentration camp. Facepalm
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: gotta keep those alternative care options inaccessible so that big pharma can make their $
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 @Caligula1620: LOL at least look stuff up before posting. Pharma companies do not make that much money on vaccines. Yeah, so follow the money… to nowhere lol
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 @SterlingArcher: not for those of us who are sick of idiots moving in to vote blue all over again lol.
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 @hamncheez: you are perpetually full of shit and I enjoy laughing at your hysterics in the comments.
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 @Caligula1620: maybe you should storm the capitol to make your point heard.
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 @aaronjb: ahh the old 'if I attack you personally I don't have to critically think'. the rallying card of the proudly stupid and boisterously uninformed.
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 @seedless: *cheap.
when you try to call an area stupid and out yourself as illiterate in the process. #winning
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 @Caligula1620: says the flat earther lol
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 @SterlingArcher: oooof, man you either have a great sense of ironic comedy or you are actively tasting your toe jam on your tongue.....
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 @Caligula1620: you should have stayed in school
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 @SterlingArcher: ok? lol. it's sad that this is how you engage as an adult.
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 @SterlingArcher: is school where you learned to research? bc I'll pass on that lol
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 @Caligula1620: you can’t hang with us elites so just stop you’re crying and fall by the wayside like the rest you idiots
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 @SterlingArcher: lol obvious troll is obvious. go touch grass retard lmao
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 @Caligula1620: your entire life is sad haha
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 @Caligula1620: stop propping yourself up with your burner account too
  • 3 5
 @Caligula1620: you’re poor, which is why you’re angry. I get it. One day you’ll get on your feet. Smile
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 @SterlingArcher: lol damn you need validation as bad as a brain cell. have fun begging for my attention like i'm your dad you never knew. later incel.
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 @Caligula1620: uhhh you’re the one who responded. You need validation from us LOL. I actually feel sorry for you. Being poor must suck.
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 @Caligula1620: how did you have time to come here to post? I thought your kkk meetings and raccoon stewing would take up too much of your brain capacity.
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 @SterlingArcher: lololololol incel and probably fat and short Big Grin you're hilarious dude plz keep going this is funnier than a Biden "speech"
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 @Caligula1620: get back to work! This Cracker Barrel ain’t gonna run itself. I’m still waiting for my fries, boy!!
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 @SterlingArcher: - Joe Biden, when asked about the economy
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 @Caligula1620: I get it, you’re angry because you’re poor and there’s no way out. Essentially you’re being *replaced*. And I’m loving every minute of this meltdown and realization that there’s nothing you can do about it. I’m better than you. Must suck huh? You are being REPLACED haha. #MAGA
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 @SterlingArcher: lol you're trying sooooo hard Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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 @Caligula1620: you’re trying sooooo hard Smile
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 @Caligula1620: I guess this is what happens when you’re the product of incest LOL
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flag Caligula1620 (May 16, 2022 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: lol keep going, dance monkey
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 @vapidoscar: @vapidoscar: Well good - he needed the space. Also I got zero ill will toward Gwin - he's a hero and whether he's got 1/2 or 11 or 111 or gulps Ivermectin or PBR, I could give a shit. Just havin' some fun here (and I appreciate the facts).
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 @Caligula1620: Not sure I get ya - sarcasm (?) or are horse meds are "alternative"? And if so to what... just regular human meds or other livestock meds? Also, are the Amish or Santa Cruz hippies making those horse meds from organic clover & unicorn eyelashes but "big pharma" is not making livestock meds? Also - I'm all for anyone taking Ivermectin or whatever they want to prevent a virus they simultaneously say is fake: we need less of these types of minds thinking all the thoughts these days...
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 Lmao this comment chain is hilarious. Guess what people, both your sides of politics suck ass! Everyone I disagree with is a fascist or communist. There, I think I covered all bases lol.
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 @aaronjb: it probably is a huge financial burden lifted from him. I imagine retirement as a pro athlete is always a big worry.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: you equating ivermectin as solely 'horse meds' is like saying people who drink milk are ingesting cat food. you're not really wrong, but you're not the brightest bulb if you're patting yourself on the ass for thinking that lol. you realize you're making the same mistake CNN already made a year ago right?
no clue what your other comments about hippies or Amish or livestock are on about, it read like you were having a stroke.
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flag preach (May 16, 2022 at 15:15) (Below Threshold)
 Man what state was that which had a white supremacist shooting this wknd? Can’t recall…. Must’ve been one of those backward southern states….
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flag preach (May 16, 2022 at 18:40) (Below Threshold)
 Oh got dang is this what it’s like to have your narrative destroyed by inconvenient facts… dang

Oh and. @seedless now is a great time to display that you DM’d me just to insult me w no prior interactions. And then blocked me. Not sure what they call that where you’re from but down south we call that a pu$$y move. Good job son
Also @sterlingarcher…. How is CHAZ going ? And you firebombed the police stations in Seattle and Portland…did you get some fun “defund the police” badges….

Freaking idiots
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 @Blackhat: Literally, the only similarities are the redneck, racist right-wing nuts that live there. That, and they're both in the South.
Remember, the deep South isn't a fixed location, it's a mindset.
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flag Blackhat (May 16, 2022 at 19:27) (Below Threshold)
 @danger13: It’s funny, but for some reason I only every see these types of comments from the tolerant side of the aisle.

I’m fairly middle of the road all things considered, but I’d take the redneck as a neighbor over you any day.
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flag Caligula1620 (May 17, 2022 at 7:10) (Below Threshold)
 @Blackhat: lol he's a true california lefty and his username confirms, its actually a hint that he's a danger to 13 year olds everywhere.
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 @Blackhat: you win with rationality
The left only has emotion and narrative
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 @Caligula1620: yup

Maybe he can try and apply to be a kindergarten teacher and talk to kids about gender identity…..
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: go look up Warfarin and the other drugs that were originally used on animals and are now widely used on humans.
in 5 years when ivermectin is being used regularly because big pharma has made enough money, I'll bet you'll be pretending you never had this ignorant uniformed pseudo science stance.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: Ivermectin was developed for Human use first, then when it was found to be incredibly efficacious, its use in livestock took off.

Ivermectin has had over a billion doses in humans, and the founder/inventor of it won the Nobel Prize. Its saved millions of lives across the globe, and saved tens of millions of Africans from river blindness. Its an extremely safe and effective anti-parasitic drug, and has clinically proven anti-viral properties. Ivermectins effectiveness for COVID19 treatment or prevention is not yet understood.
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 @hamncheez: yeah if it didn't come verified by CNN/China/Russa news they blanked on thinking died when people couldn't espouse their ideas via reason and rationale and only regurgitate what their narrative told them....
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 @preach: It's a regular MENSA meeting in these comments.

Why haven't the moms and dads come to pick up these groms yet?
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 @hamncheez: A simple factual post that makes absolutely none of the controversial claims associated with ivermectin. Yet almost half the votes are downvotes.

Everything has to be totally black and white, and black and white is decided by who is saying it and whether the desired conclusion is supported. Whether it is the truth or not is irrelevant. Weird place we've come to.
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 @Caligula1620: Ivermectin was invented as heartworm / parasite meds SPECIFICALLY for animals / livestock before being approved for human use for similar uses (including lice, etc). It is primarily used on horses today. I didn't say it shouldn't be used for lice, parasites etc - it simply has no basis for being used with covid, the med-community has found zero evidence that it works for that (it doesn't) and Dr. Oz saying you should guzzle it has zero meanting vs. actual science.

And who said anything about me patting my own ass and being "bright" about it - clearly parasitism is the key word in your comments here: zero logic, sniping, bitching, zero facts and 1000% hyperbole.
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 @hamncheez Ivermectin was invented 1st and SPECIFICALLY for animals / livestock - not humans - and was later approved for human use for similar uses (including lice, parasites, some skin infects. etc) - that's not the issue.

The issue is morons with zero med-science training or skill latching onto this (or any) med and claiming it should be used for covid when zero science / lit / study even existed about that in the med community that would suggest it works on respiratory virus and then various US russian state-news types blaring that its a "conspiracy" that drugs like this aren't being used to treat covid. That's the joke.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: I'd not post and drink, but that's just me
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: so wikipedia is a reputable source in your world? good to know, let me just go in and peer edit that link you posted real quick......

and again, my point is that you equating ivermectin to solely being used for horses is the same as saying other medicines that have dual applications shouldn't be used because of their original intended use. Just fyi, you brush your teeth with rat poison if you use tooth paste. SHOCKER!
maybe you should review more reputable sources than just wikipedia lol.
It's not a guarantee that ivermectin will kill covid, but saying "people who take ivermectin are taking horse medicine" shows how little you understand the chemical composition of most pharmaceutical or even OTC drugs. maybe once CNN comes out and backtracks on their statements you'll change your mind. Maybe.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: just because you haven't seen the studies doesn't mean they don't exist lol. jesus is this the ignorance of youth? Fluoride was used to kill rats, corn syrup was originally used to fatten up cattle, etc. Your lack of awareness does not constitute a lack of factual information, sorry to break it to you.

in case you ever read anything besides the MSM and wikipedia
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 @Caligula1620: lol damn you need validation as bad as a brain cell. later incel.
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 @SterlingArcher: dumba$$$ stfu
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 @SterlingArcher: damn you are responding to everything I write, I'm really in your head that much? I bet you'll start calling me daddy soon lol
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 @Caligula1620: - Donald Trump, when asked about the south LOL
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 @preach: “ you know what people do when they can’t properly communicate? Call names and insult. Sad bro sad”
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 @SterlingArcher: you were engaged and proved yourself ignorant and unable to avail.
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 @Caligula1620 1) notice that I'm not personally attacking you so 2) your flip comments are not useful for having a conversation and 3) since I'm a science editor for 25 years I'm referring to actual studies and not strip-mined articles (which yours is) that aren't studies but just thinking out loud based on citing other articles (or studies). FYI - Ivermectin did not cure Zika (etc) as cited in your article.

IE - your ScienceDaily link is from *2018*, before the pandemic, doesn't mention covid and is not a study in any form or even close. It is simply a speculative article, having referred only to a Nat-Academy of Science article (which is also not a study but a summary of the proceedings of a meeting) about using Ivermecton on Zika, and other mosquito-borne illnes - and it was shown in 2017 & 2018 that it does not help with these diseases.

But people don't read NEJM - the Wiki piece summarizes it well (as it does many things). The 'horses' use is the majority so it is correct but here - so sure, I'll take a bath on that generalization. My point: I'm not saying this because I saw it on the news but because I review & edit studies & peer reviews before they are published so yeah: its kinda in the wheelhouse. - this one is probably the best, illustrating how many people have been seriously ill & injured from taking Ivermectin for Covid. There are so many of these that its nutty.

Here's an article citing a composite of other artcles:

BTW - what do you do that makes you an expert on medicine, science, and covid - or do you just like to berate people here like a teenager vs. having actual conversations?
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 @preach: dumba$$$ stfu
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: just let these subhumans take all the ivermectin they want lolololol
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 I just don't get it. Ivermectin is safe, has been administered billions of times, and overdoses are unheard of. @Mtn-Goat-13 I read thru your link, forgive me if I missed it, but it doesn't mention any Ivermectin-induced illness or injury.

"There are few drugs that can seriously lay claim to the title of ‘Wonder drug’, penicillin and aspirin being two that have perhaps had greatest beneficial impact on the health and wellbeing of Mankind. But ivermectin can also be considered alongside those worthy contenders, based on its versatility, safety and the beneficial impact that it has had, and continues to have, worldwide—especially on hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people."
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 @hamncheez: JFC can all of you take this stuff to PMs? Or, better yet, to another platform?
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 @SterlingArcher: solid comeback Einstein
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 @preach: Let. It. Die.
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 @hamncheez: I was agreeing with you! Ivermectin all day baby!
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: lol hey look at that you're a scientist but just now figured out how to cite an article. crazy.
you have completely conflated my point with other talking points, my only point was that calling ivermectin "horse medicine" is like calling milk "cat food".
take your "technically correct but practically useless point" trophy and move on lol.
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 @SterlingArcher: referring to people as subhumans, exactly what hitler did. this explains all that racist pedo shit you keep sending me in my dms.
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 @Caligula1620: you’re a weirdo
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 @SterlingArcher: ok pedo, stop dropping n-bombs and child harm links in my inbox then. pervert racist
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 @Caligula1620: you’re trying sooooo hard lololol Big Grin later incel!
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 @SterlingArcher: reporting you and your IP, pedo
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 @Caligula1620: keep it going, grand wizard! Dance, monkey, dance!! Big Grin lolololol
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 @SterlingArcher: wow now you're calling me monkey after I told you in the dms that I'm black. @radek get this racist pedo out of here.
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 @Caligula1620: bro radek doesn't care about white supremacists, tag an actual mod
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 how do I delete the internet

sudo rm -vfr *

dang didn't work

sudo rm -vfr /

That didnt' either
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 @Caligula1620: the irony is so palpable lol, you have to be a troll you can't be this dumb
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 Smart move getting out of California!
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 @wobbem: Yeah that was a bit heartbreaking hearing the regret. Wishing him all the best for the future
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 Aaron sounded really sad. I didn't get what the issue was. Property taxes? Just wondering.
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flag DirkMcClerkin (May 14, 2022 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 @ullsen: Could be it's a giant house, but property taxes are actually pretty low in Cali at .74%

They do nail you to the wall once your income gets up above a million though by tacking on another percent to income tax.
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 @DirkMcClerkin: well everything is way more expensive in ca. ...hence the mass exodus stage right.
And not really great place to raise kids anymore. It's quite sad and a failure.
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 @DirkMcClerkin: a percent at a million?!? Try over 10% at ~300k, and over 12% at a million. Those aren’t what drive most folks out, it’s the 8-9% at 50-200k “average” salaries… And that .74 is rural areas, most cities it’s well over 1%
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 @DirkMcClerkin:.74% is the average "effective property tax rate" right now, not the assessed property tax rate. Effective tax rate is the amount of current property tax divided by the current market property value. Effective tax rate is just a way to compare the property taxes nationwide based on current market home prices.

Per Proposition 13, the standard tax rate in the state is set at 1 percent. However, the county has some power to make adjustments to the rate. Assessed tax rates in California range from 1.1 to 1.6% depending on county. My county has property taxes at about 1.25%, but also there are a ton of "special assessments" that add on another .2%. So, the tax rate ends up to be around 1.45% of the assessed value after everything is calculated.
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 @baxterbike: Hahahaaarrrr in German (well not really), 42% income tax from approx. 60k EUR upwards. Now that is f***** up.
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 @ullsen: Slovenija 58% at 60k brutto
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 Oops my bad. You keep 58% - 42% tax
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 @jrocksdh: it’s not a failure. You are. Y’all can’t hang in blue states. Sorry! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out Hahaha
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 @ullsen: listening the white Americans complain about taxes on an international site must be Facepalm for everyone else around the world. We make so many excuses for ourselves is what I’m sick of.
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 @ullsen: I’d gladly pay that in taxes if it came with health insurance and retirement and college tuition. I pay less in percent, but then save EVERY PENNY for the above expenses. I have no complaints about my situation. But tax % doesn’t say much about the value of what you get for your money.
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 @SterlingArcher: Why are so many programed to think that any opposing views to leftist policies are automatically whites? I'm not a white-american, I am an asian-american.
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 @MonsterTruck: Oh, health and retirement insurance goes extra, mind you. Not included in the 42%. Same as unemployment insurance, car tax, fuel tax, land tax and 19% VAT just to name a few. I get what you're saying though.
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 @SterlingArcher: I just keep hearing the stories about people leaving Cali and try to figure it out. It's just so far away, culturally and distance wise obviously.
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 @tacklingdummy: Indoctrination of wytees Le Bad. There are many immigrant from Latam that don't support them. Whenever I mentionIm against them they either go on on the condescending tone that I don't know I'm the victim of they get shocked. Pretty funny
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 @ullsen: Wide range of reasons to leave California. Basically, the same reasons people have migrated for thousands of years? People feel that the grass is greener somewhere else, so they are leaving. Hopefully for them, it is. Hopefully for me (I am currently staying), my grass green in California but at least good for me.
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 @jrocksdh: Are you from CA or live here? It's true that everything is pretty expensive here! But I feel like everyone wants to create an ulterior narrative for why people are moving out of the state. Can't it just be for most people that it's too expensive? And your comment about raising kids here sounds like some sort of media talking point or something you saw on facebook. If you can afford to live here it's a fantastic place to raise kids. But that's true about most states in the US now, if you have enough money, most cities/states have great places to raise kids as long as you can afford the nice schools, activities, summer camps, etc.
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 @OCSunDevil: saying “it’s too expensive” is shameful to entitled Americans. It’s embarrassing and signals defeat, so they try to say something insulting about the place they’re leaving. Its state that failed - not me. They blame everyone else for their problems, so I say good riddance!!!
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 @ullsen: yall have way more financial security from the government, and probably spend thousands less a year on basic stuff like healthcare and healthy, decent food
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 @DirkMcClerkin: "property taxes are pretty low" ya because the home values are so astronomical they don't have to make them that high to bleed you dry lol
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 @ullsen: property taxes and politics. I believe Aaron was trying to start more non-profits or likely was looking to get some other revenue streams going which is a nightmare in CA.
Also it's somewhat daunting to invest your livelihood in an area prone to wildfires if the governor has committed to lettting the whole state burn to the ground every 4 years.
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 @tacklingdummy: it's easier for idiots like sterling to assume everyone is morally reprehensible so they don't have to put any rationality into their ideology.
they just say 'oh well that guy is a white racist so I don't have to treat them as human'.
it's the hallmark of the intellectually lazy or outspoken uneducated masses.
sidenote I'm not white either so I kek everytime someone makes that assumption too
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 @Caligula1620: I agree. It is a bare knuckle fight tactic.
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 @Caligula1620: you sure sound like the grand wizard lolololol. They took err jerbs!! Internet is very srs bizness Big Grin
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 @Caligula1620: wait wait wait. You think you sound “EDUCATED”?? HAHAHAHAAH omg I can’t stop laughing lolololololololol
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 @SterlingArcher: lolololololol rofl omg lol kek stfu lmffao jk jkjk omfg gtfo btfo
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 @Caligula1620: the irony is so palpable lol, you have to be a troll you can't be this dumb
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 More pricks on ebikes…… thanks Specialized!
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 It's a thorny issue.
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 @derekr Downvoted, don't think they got the point.
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 How can you blame specialized for poking around in new markets?
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 @mobiller: That happens a lot when you have a dry sense of humor.
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 So, why is he moving ???
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 Shaun Palmer made him a really nice offer on the house. Must have come into some extra cash somehow.
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 Big man told him to?
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 @warmerdamj: HAHA I see what you did
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 @jimoxbox: He's married, dude. There's a new deity in town.
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 @BigballmcCall: Go on, tell us more. Don’t be afraid to hold back. Freedom means saying what you think without worrying others. Don’t hold back either Smile
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 @SterlingArcher: no state income tax, cheaper property tax, no emissions laws for vehicles(old cars, motorcycles, modified 4x4’s), firearm friendly, no carb compliance on outdoor power equipment, and every product I buy doesn’t give me cancer since I’m not in Cali.
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 I wish people could be more tolerant of others.
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 @BigballmcCall: Kind of interesting that all of those things while good for an individual, are bad for society as a whole. At any rate he probably sees the writing on the wall about the real estate market taking a dip and he's getting out at the top.
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 @jaame: I will never be tolerant of the intolerant. That’s how Hitler came into power
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 @SterlingArcher: There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch.
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 @warmerdamj: Michael Kane in Austin Powers - Brilliant
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 @SterlingArcher: the irony is so palpable lol, you have to be a troll you can't be this dumb
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 @Caligula1620: hahaha you’re obsessed with me! I’m living in your head!!!! Nice though, plenty of empty space lolololol
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 @SterlingArcher: lol nah you just don't have a life and comment on every thread on here. everyone can see you clearly need a life and a girlfriend or boyfriend. go ahead and have the last comment about how you're cackling it up over there, it's super believable. #incel
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 @Caligula1620: You just described your entire contribution to PB -vomiting up your MAGA-sheep bleating, for example:

@SterlingArcher: lololololol incel and probably fat and short Big Grin you're hilarious dude plz keep going this is funnier than a Biden "speech"
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 @Caligula1620: lmfao @ u lolololol
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 @suspended-flesh: they hate us cuz they anus
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 Who the f*ck cares about Gwins house or where he lives? Thought this was A mountain biking sight not HGTV. WTF
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 Pays to be Gwin holy crap nice pad. Can't think for the life of me why you'd want to move from there TN. No offense to TN lol.
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 Leaving any political/personal stuff out of it, looks like the property was purchased for $215K back in 2014. House was built in 2019, and lets say it cost $1.5M to build it. He just closed for $4.6M so even if he only paid interest on the loans he just walked away with $2M+ which will probably buy him a Travis Pastrana style compound somewhere in TN. Dudes gonna be have kids soon so we'll be seeing vids of little Gwins boosting into a foam pit in no time.
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 That wing suit stunt is nuts. How do you even determine that it would work and that both might now get injured or die. I guess that both could abort and pull shorts but still
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flag RelapsedMandalorian (May 14, 2022 at 10:07) (Below Threshold)
 That company have been trying to hawk that set up to the military, pretty much chinned it off as it's fraught with 'what-ifs'. And quite glaring capability and implementation gaps.

You'd still need the casualty locating, that thing doesn't have the endurance to search nor the equipment of SAR aircraft.

If the casualty is located you'd need a good visual range else you could end up flying into a hillside.

What happens in the event of a failure of kit?

How much payload can the pack wearer carry to treat a casualty?

It's a solution for a problem that already has options; MRT/SAR/air ambulance have this area covered.
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 I think it's a great idea to cut down on the wait time a patient needs to see a first responder. It can take time to get a SAR aircraft up in the air and under certain conditions, the SAR aircraft cannot safely operate. Mountain rescue teams also need to hike up to the patient which can also take a substantial amount of time. The jet pack responder only needs to be able to carry enough kit to stabilize a patient so that by the time SAR and MRT arrive the patient could be in a better shape for evacuation. The faster someone could be found and stabilized the better their potential outcome. Yes, there are limitations such as the jet pack responder needs to have a good idea of where the patient is, and helicopter and MRT responders need the same, and it's unclear what the max payload and endurance is of the suit. Their website is blank on technical specs.
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 @RelapsedMandalorian @thatalexguy y'all are talking about the jetpack. @mfoga was talking about the wingsuit. Two different stories.
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 @barp: the comment I originally commented on got minimized. Ya, it looks very awkward now. Wingsuits are rad.
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 Given the life expectancy of a wingsuit jumper, I guess they don't even dare determining. It is not a matter of if but how soon they will both die from their silly hobby anyway.
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 Gwin gone full YouTube streamer is peak influencer crap.
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 Crazy to build your dream home that’s a symbol of all your dreams and accomplishments and then up and sell it 3 years later. Maybe it was a good time to cash out since he’s not winning many races anymore.
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 A specialized dh bike with zero rearwheel travel, unless your sitting down, then you have a 200mm suspension seat post. Wow.
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 Moving to TN to train and ride. He's mentioned it in a few other vids.
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 He's leaving behind a dream home, must be some compelling reasons. Did he mention anything in the other vids? That sucks.
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 13:42) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: the fact that Cali taxes it’s citizens into oblivion probably didn’t help
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 @preach: Sorta not exactly.
Sliding tax rate in Cali, the mega wealthy are in the crosshairs for the highest rates and they can get absolutely nailed. Which I'm ok with. Lower and middle income tax rates are comparitvely very low in Cali, for some income brackets among the lowest in the Country. Look it up for yourself.
And turn off Fox it's just making you dumb.
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 15:25) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: says the Canadian. Here on the ground you’ll find people moving out of California in record numbers….I’m sure it’s the weather. Tell Trudeau hello for me.
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 @preach: Accurate Cali tax info is not hard to find, outside of partisan news sites that is. Bridge too far maybe.
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 15:31) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: sure. You can see the sliding scale. Not hard to find. The other things not hard to find are population migration numbers.
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 @preach: And you've been told that's because of taxes? Jesus. The exodus is because of housing prices.

Turn on a proper news source.
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 15:48) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: yes yes
As if that exists in a vacuum. Rather than just looking at Calis numbers for COL, it might be helpful to look at other states. Not just income but property, sales, county and city taxes… that will provide a more accurate picture.
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 @50percentsure: asking those on the right to seek out actual facts is a losing effort.
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flag vapidoscar (May 14, 2022 at 15:58) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: functionally the housing prices in the cities of CA are a tax. Even if i could afford a house i would be terrified of a market crash and all my wealth tied up in said house.
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 16:03) (Below Threshold)
 @packfill: bless your heart
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flag preach (May 14, 2022 at 16:03) (Below Threshold)
 @vapidoscar: yep. You sir understand the issue
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flag Srfab212 (May 14, 2022 at 20:17) (Below Threshold)
 @50percentsure: it could be that he doesn’t want to raise a family in a state where the gov wants full control of your kids Or he wants wet dirt more than twice a year. Or he wants to be around like minded people. Maybe he doesn’t like paying almost 6 bucks a gallon for gas just to name a few
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 @Srfab212: we should def keep speculating as to the potential reasons
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 @Srfab212: We don't want abortion to be charged as a homicide, so we'll keep making do in this living hell. You do you.
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 @Srfab212: god you people are idiots
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 @preach: soooo people just can’t afford it - well no shit Sherlock. Thanks for the explanation dr Warren Buffett
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flag preach (May 15, 2022 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: you know what people do when they can’t properly communicate? Call names and insult. Sad bro sad
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 @preach: since when was calling someone Warren Buffett an insult?! Smile
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 @preach: also, Sherlock Holmes was a well respected man of his time! That’s just elementary, my dear Watson!!
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 @50percentsure: What is the point of a dream home if you are rarely at home?
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 @opignonlibre: we (rich people) get to do what we want. So even if we’re not at home that much, we can still buy nice homes. Mainly because we get to do what we want with our money.
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 Ya'll have a headline as awesome as "Are Jet packs the future of mountain rescue?" and all you can do is argue about whether California is too liberal? WHO CARES, JETPACKS!!
  • 1 0
 Route the cables through the headset to finish that direct drive bike look. Imagine the wheelies, blowing up berms, and hucks to flat!
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 Just a side note, in the Arron Gwin Cribs Addition, at 12:02....well, I just finally, after 9 months of manufacturing delays got my garage doors installed yesterday that I ordered back in August for the new shop I built on the back of my property, and the side mount garage door opener that he has is the exact same that I have on mine. I feel like some like some kind of kinship with Arron. I wonder if he'll take that garage door opener with him when he moves? Probably so.
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 Did you just have a stroke?
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 Goofy ahh bike
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 Sam Pilgrim loves goofy ahh bikes
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 I heard he is moving into Dakotas van, getting the hunger back.
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 Next: wingsuit rocket launch
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 I think that direct drive demo just reinvented the unicycle…
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 1 out of 7 topics is bike related. At least better odds than Vegas. Go Outside!
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 21st century wheelie machine!
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 I feel like the jet suit is to actual flying what ebikes are to actual bikes: it’s cheating. Ultimately if you get a jet suit it’s just going to make you lazy and ruin it for everyone.
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 Is da House for next Gravel Champ ?

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