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Gold Winger

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  1. "Science (from the Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge" or "knowing") is the effort to discover, and increase human understanding of how the physical world works. Through controlled methods, scientists use observable physical evidence of natural phenomena to collect data, and analyze this information to explain what and how things work. " Sounds like drawing conclusions based on observations of phenomena.
  2. Mark, it is these kinds of antics that got you suspended from the forums once before. It isn't funny. FScouter (This message has been edited by a staff member.)
  3. , it was the orthodoxy of then which is far different from the orthodoxy of now. At one time, the idea that there four elements of earth, air, fire and water was considered science and to claim that substances were made up of of unseeable particles was heresy. You're the one who seems to miss the idea that science changes continually. (I'm sure that will be moderated) (This message has been edited by a staff member.)
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  5. If any part of a pitched ball passes through the imaginary box which defines the "strike zone" while in flight, it is a strike. A common foul is illegal contact which hinders the normal offensive or defensive actions of an opposing player. Technical fouls, intentional fouls and flagrant fouls are different beasts. Pretty simple, eh? Compared to the foul in basketball, a strike is easy. Try explaining to a new coach why a bump at the mid court line isn't a foul but a similar bump three feet from the basket is a foul. Are they called the same by every ump or ref? Not hardly, i
  6. NO IT ISN'T. It is an historical document sent back from the future.
  7. Lem, long ago I was getting ready for a basketball game at a "Friends" school, you know, like the one that Chelsea went to. The scorekeeper, a student said to me, "I'm Becky, what's your name." To which I responded, "I'm Mr. Winger." She said, "What's your first name? At this school we call all the adults by their first names." I said, "My first name for you is Ref. You can call me Ref or Mr. Winger." Becky was a bit miffed. The AD was close by and told me that she was a bit surprised by the custom when she came to the school but it worked there. The kids were all respectful, polite an
  8. "Not that I'm all that interested in the squabble between you and Merlyn, but you could have used the 4 minute mile case." That's true, they once believed that the 4 minute mile would be run or that the sound barrier could safely be broken or that the atom could be sub-divided. However, back to Lardner, he sure was a crackpot and not at all a member of the science orthodoxy. A lecturer at the University College of London and was granted medals and prizes for his work in logic, physics and math. Not quite the Einstein of his day but close. As for the insults, I do them because
  9. you claim that it was just "one man" and now you can't back that up because "it don't make no sense." [personal affront] FScouter (This message has been edited by a staff member.)
  10. I'm really wondering because this "urban legend" was reported in one of my high school text books as an example of how "scientific belief" changes. Horses are really irrlevant since the belief was that air would be sucked out of the train carriages causing the suffocation. [personal affront] FScouter (This message has been edited by a staff member.)
  11. [personal affront], FScouter (This message has been edited by a staff member.)
  12. Ahhhhh (heavy sigh), BSA patches are supposed to be small enough to fit on the shirt pocket but sometimes folks just forget about that. If you really want to wear the patches on your jacket, go ahead, the uniform police have no arrest authority. However, you can always get a nice red wool blanket and make it into a poncho and decorate it with your patches. Wear it when sitting around a campfire and I'm sure that it will stimulate some conversations.
  13. Yep, that's one of the names for it. BP called it a cowboy hat. The army apparently adopted the dimpled top during the Spanish American war because the creased crown hat tended to hold water in a rain storm. Some call it a "Montana peak hat," that name came about after WW I. The Marines call it a "field hat." The Stetson of the Mounties as well as the British Scout hats differ from the American ones by having their dimples squarely at the front and sides
  14. To be by the book, there are only a few patches that are authorized to be worn on the red jacket. They're buried in the insignia guide but basically you can wear a big one on the back, a program insignia on the left front, PTC on the right front, Philmont Bull or the Loon, and maybe a couple more. Just about any patch that you want to wear on the right pocket of the shirt may be worn there. I use the patch holders and switch that patch out every time I put the shirt on. "unless the commissioner paid for the uniform, he had no right to say what was and wasn't wrong with it." Not
  15. " I will agree with the literature being more plentiful and better written, training however still had a long way to go." And then it hit its zenith and started a rapid slide back down to the nadir.(This message has been edited by Gold Winger)
  16. Well Pack, since you don't like it, it must obviously be a bad idea. I'm sure the guys who are studying the idea are not nearly as qualified as you are. I can't really comment since it is out of my field of expertise and I haven't studied it in any detail. Remember that the great orthodoxy of science once believed that man couldn't go faster than 30 mph or he'd suffocate. In any case, even if it is a bad idea, bad idea lead to good ideas. Just look at how many tried Edison had to make before he found a filament that would work.
  17. "Well for starters Barry, how about the Scouts assault on the US Army during practice manuvers?" Having read the biographies of a few soldiers who served between the wars, that wouldn't surprise me. The stories they tell of the military at the time were of officers who were more interested in promotion and protecting their position than doing their jobs, non-coms who were worried about making a misstep and attracting the attention of some "danged officer" and troops who treated most of it as a lark. After all, there never was going to be another war.
  18. " Forget global climate change. It's going to happen or it's not going to happen. We're deceiving ourselves with arrogance to think we can turn off a few lights or get a few greater mpg and that's going to make a difference one way or the other." That's what the polluters have said for decades. "Aw, a little bit of chemicals in the ground water won't hurt anything." "Smoke never hurt anyone." "Acid rain? It's cleaning our buildings." We have to start somewhere and every journey begins with a single step.
  19. Hey, they're using a three fingered salute and the have their shirts tucked in. What more could you ask for?
  20. Of course that was in a time when most boys were around horses even if they didn't ride them (the milk man, produce man, etc) and most boys were in good enough shape to run. Now the appropriate action would be to call 911 and then get out of there.
  21. Of course that was in a time when most boys were around horses even if they didn't ride them (the milk man, produce man, etc) and most boys were in good enough shape to run. Now the appropriate action would be to call 911 and then get out of there.
  22. I asked at the local REI about a Scouting discount and was told by the staffer (also a Scouter), no discounts. I wound up at a locally owned outfitters and got a level of service that was incredible and was surprised when he rang up my pack for less than the price tag. I said, "hey, you didn't charge me enough" and was told, "you said that you're invovled with Boy Scouts, we give Scout 10% discount." I liked that, a discount without even asking. One feature that I liked about the Cascade was the attached pack cover. I had thought that the zipper pocket on the belt would be good f
  23. There are and can be creative ways to get trained. Maybe not ideal training but training. Our district training chair offered to set up training for individual units for committee training. Out of 50 units, how many accepted? Zero. If you're too busy to get the training, how can you not be too busy to do the job properly? When I officiated basketball, we had to go through a state mandated training session about rule changes and new interpretations of rules. About half of my organization hated that meeting. Their attitude was "I know how to referee, why do I need to know about t
  24. " Even if WE as the United States went completely eco friendly, there are still countries that are working aginst us." Hey, if we wait a few more years we won't have any factories left to pollute. :-( Why is China so popular with manufacturers? Because they don't have to worry about pollution. Most ompanies only care about the planet if it makes for good publicity.
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