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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    Note highlighted company.
    USAA - Wikipedia

    Another tax payer funded "military members only" benny.

    Prices not base in any reality, any losses are made up by the "no say in this" taxpayers.
    "taxpayer funded" my aching ass!

    That is about the most IGNORANT post you've made yet, Garvin-San.

    Nought to do with taxpayers or gummint at all.

    It started because no one wanted to insure "transients" - the military - at all.

    "We" then and now - fund it ourselves as a mutual risk pool or "co-op".

    The restriction to serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces began as a necessity, and continued because - lo and BEHELD... that turned out to be a group of humans with higher than average levels of personal responsibility, lower than average wont to cheat on claims, hence much lower loss rates than average.

    We also STAFF with Veterans and family. Same reason. Good folks. Best we can find anywhere, and dedicated to our "family".

    With "members" rather than outside investors, we have low costs, hence low rates, and even then return any surplus to ourselves. There usually IS a modest surplus, too.

    Not the only example in the world of a successful co-op, or "mutual", BTW. The US has several others. So, too LATAM and Europe.

    PS: If you use electronic banking, EFT, ATMs?

    The core, key technology for all that was developed by USAA. Then donated, royalty free, to the other commercial bankers. Because that benefited all-hands.

    Vets don't hold a patent on that, but it was in our makeup when we raised that right hand and granted the rest of you lot a blank check on our very lives.

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    As Bill said,

    USAA was started by and for US military commissioned officers in the 1920's There is no government involvement never has been. My dad was a member starting in 1938. Today any one who has served or their family are eligible to become members. I will say since the new policy of allowing more members it has become less of a good deal.

    I still have one car and couple of bank accounts with USAA, they have a great web bank.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by thermite View Post
    "taxpayer funded" my aching ass!

    That is about the most IGNORANT post you've made yet, Garvin-San.

    Nought to do with taxpayers or gummint at all.

    It started because no one wanted to insure "transients" - the military - at all.

    "We" then and now - fund it ourselves as a mutual risk pool or "co-op".

    The restriction to serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces began as a necessity, and continued because - lo and BEHELD... that turned out to be a group of humans with higher than average levels of personal responsibility, lower than average wont to cheat on claims, hence much lower loss rates than average.

    We also STAFF with Veterans and family. Same reason. Good folks. Best we can find anywhere, and dedicated to our "family".

    With "members" rather than outside investors, we have low costs, hence low rates, and even then return any surplus to ourselves. There usually IS a modest surplus, too.

    Not the only example in the world of a successful co-op, or "mutual", BTW. The US has several others. So, too LATAM and Europe.

    PS: If you use electronic banking, EFT, ATMs?

    The core, key technology for all that was developed by USAA. Then donated, royalty free, to the other commercial bankers. Because that benefited all-hands.

    Vets don't hold a patent on that, but it was in our makeup when we raised that right hand and granted the rest of you lot a blank check on our very lives.
    Wave that flag...
    The people I know that went military did it because they had nothing else going for them.
    Except for one, I think he’s still in Leavenworth.

    On edit...
    My cousin that was CG walks the walk.
    She left when CG became LEO not SR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguels244 View Post
    Wave that flag...
    The people I know that went military did it because they had nothing else going for them.
    Except for one, I think he’s still in Leavenworth.

    On edit...
    My cousin that was CG walks the walk.
    She left when CG became LEO not SR.
    That is just rubbish,

    I have friends and family both conscripted and volunteer who have served with distinction. Painting all service members with a broad brush is just like a KKKer painting all non whites that same way. You should know better than that, I am appalled but not surprised.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguels244 View Post
    Wave that flag...
    The people I know that went military did it because they had nothing else going for them.
    Except for one, I think he’s still in Leavenworth.
    Schmekel!

    "Why are we not surprised?", birds of a feather, etc.

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    For our Merrican friends, here's just how fooked the NHS is.
    I have said here that my parents can only get an appointment that's now 8 weeks away...

    Well here's a letter for my step lads appointment - he got a head injury and his consultant neurologist was asked for an appointment to check him out.
    9 months...
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    Time to move to Denmark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Clarke View Post
    Time to move to Denmark.
    When things look glum, there's worse to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbter View Post
    Lastly ref King Kenny, if you've never seen this, it's worth 5 mins of your time.
    They always made a big deal out of that, I'm not sure why ... if they had let two-strokes continue on the bigger dirt tracks, Scott Brelsford would have a bunch of national wins. They didn't ban the two-strokes becasue they were too fast, too awesome, too overpowering for the four-strokes. They handled different, and you would have had four opportunities per lap for massive accidents. It was mixing the engine types that was unsafe, not the bikes themselves.

    The most impressive I ever saw was the Sears roadrace in about 1976 ? Roberts' chain broke in the heat so he had to start from last.

    Within six laps he had passed all but two or three other bikes. Sears is narrow, not many places to pass but he did anyway. You could tell where he was by the sound of the crowd gasping as he went around. There's a little kink in the front straight, he came through there leaned over, front wheel a foot in the air, banging off shifts and steering with his feet, passing other riders. National number riders, not some dweebs off the Ride to Support Fair Treatment for Albino Dwarfs.

    KR on a roadracer was pretty much without peer.

    @ Limy - did you go to the match races in '73 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by camscan View Post
    P.S. Can anyone remember (without looking it up ) which rider was nicknamed ''Superfrog'' ?

    Ian NEWTon?[/QUOTE]

    I can't remember ever hearing the nickname, so had to look it up.
    I admit i failed - just punish me lightly!

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    It is interesting to see Boris positioning for position. Politics right? There will be a new leader yet I doubt the EU will give better terms as it seems the whole exit process is so bad that it tries to keep anyone from leaving. Given this impasse I am surprised no new waiting prospective members have been allowed to join.

    I can understand the problem if a country were not very stable and while a new member had a war or civil war occur. I think Ukraine being welcome is out of the question for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinit View Post
    I can understand the problem if a country were not very stable and while a new member had a war or civil war occur. I think Ukraine being welcome is out of the question for example.
    Ukraine has no "civil war". It has an invasion.

    Even so, it is probably better-off in the current arrangement with each of the EU and NATO, and will be for easily five to fifteen years.

    So are their partial/potential partners. Better-off.

    There is a lot more to sorting Ukraine's "issues" than just their Russia problem.

    Just taking RECOGNITION of those took a human-generational change. Actually FIXING their curses will take at least one more generational shift. Or may never happen.

    Not that it has yet been demonstrated to matter, but "Oh, BTW" - their new Prez is billed as a former comedian. Because he was good at it.

    By training, OTOH? He's actually a lawyer. That could work. Or not.

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    It makes me laugh, because for such an *important* thing as Brexit, Parliament is still having its summer holidays, from July 25th and back to *work* on Tues 3rd Sept.
    But I did read that the whole of the EU negotiating team have been sent on their summer holidays early.
    Because they are all wanted back in Brussels early this year in readiness, as they are expecting *negotiations to take place*...

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    Quote Originally Posted by camscan View Post
    P.S. Can anyone remember (without looking it up ) which rider was nicknamed ''Superfrog'' ?

    Ian NEWTon?[/QUOTE]

    Good answer actually, but it's the wrong era, I meant the 70's when Sheene & Roberts were the big players.


    Superfrog was Yvon Duhamel a French Canadian who often rode for the US team in the transatlantic trophy, ……….not only for his French ancestry either, his riding style aboard the physically big and exceedingly fearsome Kawasaki triple racers (they were all engine and no handling**) was often said to look like a frog hanging on for dear life

    ** ''My'' marshal post at Brands was Graham Hill Bend, and from my trackside vantage point, as the big Kwacker (and others) accelerated down the Cooper Straight (back then they were Bottom Bend & Bottom Straight) I (and others) could watch the frames bend as the power was turned on, thus making the bikes snake and shake their heads.


    FYI. A map of Brands Hatch for reference Brands Hatch - RacingCircuits.info

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmanuelGoldstein View Post

    @ Limy - did you go to the match races in '73 ?
    Nope, I remember was booked to go but a rush job came in for the Easter weekend (and daboss was waving big £s) ………….and because of that I missed ever seeing Cal Rayburn - he was killed in NZ in December of that year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limy Sami View Post
    Ian NEWTon?
    Good answer actually, but it's the wrong era, I meant the 70's when Sheene & Roberts were the big players.


    Superfrog was Yvon Duhamel a French Canadian who often rode for the US team in the transatlantic trophy, ……….not only for his French ancestry either, his riding style aboard the physically big and exceedingly fearsome Kawasaki triple racers (they were all engine and no handling**) was often said to look like a frog hanging on for dear life

    ** ''My'' marshal post at Brands was Graham Hill Bend, and from my trackside vantage point, as the big Kwacker (and others) accelerated down the Cooper Straight (back then they were Bottom Bend & Bottom Straight) I (and others) could watch the frames bend as the power was turned on, thus making the bikes snake and shake their heads.


    FYI. A map of Brands Hatch for reference Brands Hatch - RacingCircuits.info[/QUOTE]


    I am happy to see that this thread has turned to something interesting, like post 70's motorbike racing.

    It's going to make mockery of the search function though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limy Sami View Post
    ... because of that I missed ever seeing Cal Rayburn - he was killed in NZ in December of that year.
    That's too bad You read about the "booming Harley-Davidson muscling through the pack" but that's all a bunch of crap. Cal was almost boring to watch, he looked so slow ... as he passed everyone He was extremely smooth.

    Speaking of "superfrog", it was because he was French Canadian and named Yvon. But everyone I know called him "the stupid dork with the beard." He crashed more times than ten other guys. And it wasn't because the Kwacker was unrideable - Nixon did great on the same machine. DuHamel was just a dork. I saw him crash in the pits once, fer chrissake !

    He was partially responsible for Rayborn's last win, tho. In the middle of the short straight right before the corkscrew at Laguna he managed to take out the entire front row on the first lap, when he decided to scratch his ass or something and crashed.

    Same race had Paul Smart on a Kwacker doing okay, but we were all amazed. He was hopping all over the bike like a monkey. "Who is that doofus and what the heck is he doing ?" A few years later everyone was doing it. That was the first I'd seen anyone in the US hang off.

    I still think it looks stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmanuelGoldstein View Post
    That was the first I'd seen anyone in the US hang off.

    I still think it looks stupid
    AFAIK ''Hanging off'' was first done by or ''pioneered'' by John Surtees, and IIRC (it's on YouTube somewhere) because one of his bikes (possibly the big Vincent special) wouldn't lean over far enough at Brands.


    As for looks I agree with you, but think it more awkward and untidy than stupid.

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    Would have thought the name Kwaka riders in that era, at least in Europe, would be Ballington and Hansford, rather than a mostly AMA specialist. KR and Gregg had a few good races in the 350s, remember there was a good pic in the MC press back then of Kenny trying to turn back the green machine's throttle on the straight somewhere as they were dicing.

    One of Hansford's sons is a racer(car), bad luck runs in that family it seems at a certain age, he just lost one of his nuts to testicular cancer.

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    But Superfrog was more entertaining


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