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    December 3, 2017

    The FCC Is Attempting To Censor This Blog! Plus Other Updates…

    Conditions looked good for diving, but I wasn’t able to go because of other things that I needed to do.

    My six readers know that I rarely ever get political on this blog – this blog is dedicated to SCUBA diving, travel and other extremely macho activities that I take part in.

    This blog has so far outlasted many dive clubs and organizations and has been constantly rated as one of the top 700 English language Southern California SCUBA diving blogs in the world.

    However, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican and ex-lawyer at Verizon communications, announced in October that the agency would vote to undo its 2015 net neutrality rules, which prevent companies like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or slowing down websites or creating internet “fast lanes.”

    Friends, and enemies, I have been a Libertarian for many years and have often believed in free market capitalism.

    Why should there be any laws that regulate what you can do with the network that you own?

    55% of households have only one choice for an internet service provider; you think they are going to do what’s best for their customers?

    However, you cannot have free market anything if there is no competition, and anyone who thinks that the internet was just fine before OBAMA passed Net Neutrality, please read the following article:

    10 Facts That Show Exactly What’ll Happen Without Net Neutrality

    Seriously though, I doubt it would really impact this blog, but repealing Net Neutrality would allow your ISP to basically censor the internet, which Verizon already said they would do.

    I’ve been to China, where the government censors the internet – Facebook, Instagram, Google and many other sites are blocked, so you have to use a proxy service that is slow as shit, depending on the time of day you are online to get to those sites.

    Is this the direction that we want to go?

    Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

    The FCC will vote to repeal Net Neutrality this month.

    “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” – Unproven quote attributed to Mark Twain

    And Now…

    Joe R. emerged from his disappearing act last weekend to forward me his pictures from last weekend’s dive:

    A group shot of the divers, minus Joe R.
    A group shot of the divers, minus Joe R.

    I think I'm starting to look old.
    I think I’m starting to look old.

    Taking a picture of the wine label.
    Taking a picture of the wine label.

    Checking the Barbecue.
    Checking the Barbecue.

    I turn the ribs.
    I turn the ribs.

    I pour Ginseng Wine.
    I pour Ginseng Wine.

    Thank you, Joe!

    Also:

    I did another interview for a British rag about my trip to North Korea.

    I say rag, because after answering four pages of their questions and giving them permission to use my videos, they cut it down to make me look like an American boozer in North Korea.

    And, I never said it was dangerous to get drunk in North Korea, however, I did say that it is dangerous to mess with their propaganda or preach religion.

    Enjoy the fake news: North Korea’s drinking culture REVEALED: 26p a pint but you don’t want to get too drunk

    November 26, 2017

    Thanksgiving Weekend Dive and Debrief

    I arrived promptly at 8 am to check the conditions; Reverend Al and other divers were already present.

    For the most part, the Cove was pretty calm with some waves rolling onto shore.

    The Point was a little different because some big swells were rolling into the rocks between lulls; I would have called it, but the consensus was “It is doable, if you are patient.”

    We geared up and headed back down.

    Someone remarked, “If all seven of us make it out unscathed, it will be a miracle.”

    That is not what I wanted to hear, but Reverend Al assured us that all will be fine.

    We made an entry off of the Point!

    We took our time; I waited for a swell to come in.

    As a swell came in, I jumped in and rode the wave out, kicking as another swell tried to push me back into the rocks.

    We all made it in!
    We all made it!

    We noticed that there was one hell of a current pushing us West; we submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #507

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Reverend Al, Nice Rob, Rob, BlueSteel, Joe R. and David

    The Point off of Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 64 feet
    Waves: Calm with occassional chop towards shore.
    Visibility: 10-15 feet but silty, better shallower
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 76 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Visibility looked pretty good on the surface, but cut down to 10-15 feet with lots of silt.

    It took me a while to get down because of problems equalizing; by the time I reached the bottom, everyone was gone.

    I knew swimming against the current was going to suck, so I just headed to the Cove on my own.

    Kelp.  Vis sort of sucked.

    Conditions were not good for photography.

    Fish and kelp.

    I surface by the Point.
    I surfaced after getting lost; I was still at the Point.

    I did a surface swim to the drainage pipe and submerged.

    I finally find another diver!
    I finally found another diver!

    All seven of us surfaced at roughly the same time.

    We make an easy exit.
    We all made an easy exit!

    Debriefing ensued!
    Let the debriefing begin!

    Barbecued Ribs!

    We had a Korean themed debrief with pork ribs, rice, kimchi, dried mushrooms and Ginseng wine from North Korea.

    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    Made in North Korea
    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    My video of “Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)” can be found here:

    Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)

    Now, the mushrooms that I brought back from North Korea had been soaking in water for two weeks, they were still as hard as rocks.

    Barbecued mushrooms - horrible!
    The mushrooms looked like dried dog turds on the barbecue.

    After taking a taste, I decided not to torture my fellow divers with them; they tasted like dried cork.

    Kimchi and rice!
    Kimchi and rice!

    A group photo!
    Me, Nice Bob, Joe R., Reverend Al and BlueSteel.

    Matty joins us for a beer.
    Matty, Cal Poly Pomona student, joins us for a beer after she was waved at.

    Right around this time, Joe disappeared mysteriously like Clark Kent.

    One of the topics of conversation was how different the diving community is now, as compared to 15 years ago.

    Divevets is gone, so are the Sandeaters, The Dive N Surf group has fractured, people have died, gotten sick, stopped diving and moved away; even this blog (so I have heard) is on the decline.

    Even Reverend Al said, “I keep wondering how long I’m going to do this.”

    Until they can perfect underwater WIFI, SCUBA diving may not be as popular with the new generations.

    Until next time!

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