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  1. packsaddle

    Naturalist-Environmentalist divide

    Thanks David. I guess I've become somewhat of an accidental participant this time. I got a message out of the blue and I was curious. But then I discovered this thread. Interesting. I actually teach ecology courses, among others. While I agree that there are what I term, 'true believers' who call themselves 'ecologists' and probably quite a few who claim to teach (preach) it, the ones I know and with whom I interact are probably more skeptical about their own field of study than most of the forum members here. The 'true believers' can claim to be whatever they want to but I will suggest that as long as they do not carefully cast a critical eye at their own field of study, they are not 'scientists', at least not very good ones. This is a source of frustration to me because I do interact with good scientists who are climate change skeptics. They are mostly skeptical about proposed 'solutions' and about those persons who think they know what the consequences will be. But what I find so disappointing is that objective discourse about this and so many other issues that strongly depend on scientific evidence seems to be totally absent from public forums. I do not find our public discussions to be a source of abundant optimism.
  2. packsaddle

    Naturalist-Environmentalist divide

    Global dimming: True. I don't know the basis for the speculations of the 70s but I suspect they were aware of the effect that this has on albedo. It's just really difficult to make predictions about their dynamics. I guess a good supervolcano could be just the thing we need, lol.
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    Naturalist-Environmentalist divide

    That prediction was held by a very small minority of scientists who were basically attempting to play the 'devils advocate'. They were obviously wrong.
  4. packsaddle

    Naturalist-Environmentalist divide

    In regard to the question about the human population, there is an interesting essay on this. You just need to search on the following: Eating Fossil Fuel
  5. packsaddle

    Exploration MB help please

    I feel like 'Jambi' in the old Pee Wee show: "Wish, did someone make a wish?" 'Ideal' probably doesn't apply but I can help if anyone is interested enough. I'm still taking students to exotic overseas places to study weird stuff. Repeat after me, "mecalecahi mecahinyho"!
  6. packsaddle

    Picassa - Google Plus and RSS feed

    If you survey this section of your website: http://12thcambridge.org.uk/blog/2015/04/ I'd say that the vast majority would be accepted with no problem on GE. Even some of the camporee photos would likely be accepted. And GE doesn't care about multiple photos of the same place. Their review process is a laborious manual one-at-a-time process. And like I said before, there is no storage limit as long as they're mapped and they don't have to be accepted to be mapped. Even if you submit closeups of scouts without mapping, the limit is at least 500 photos. Those, by the way, are spectacular photos and I hope you'll get them out there on GE. If they're not already georeferenced, you'll have to do that manually. It's actually a lot of fun. Edit: I just checked and I'm correct. Georeferenced photos have no storage limit. For others they 'may' apply a limit of a total of 2 GBytes. The max for a single photo is 25 MBytes or 50 Mpixels.
  7. packsaddle

    Picassa - Google Plus and RSS feed

    You might consider using Panoramio. I've been adding to that for a very long time, mostly in order to get photos onto Google Earth. But I have over 3000 photos mapped to GoogleEarth and more than that archived in Panoramio. The great thing about it is that as long as the photos are mapped, there is no storage limit. GE won't accept photos of people or events or closeups but you can still map them after they're uploaded to Panoramio. Google Earth accepts and approves submissions (mostly) to photos of places but if people are part of the place they can sometimes be included. On the other hand if you're troop is posing in front of some monument that will not be accepted. But they'll still be mapped...they just won't show up as little photo indicators on the view of the planet in Google Earth. Plus you can make your own groups and store massive numbers of photos. It's what I chose over the alternatives. Here's a link: http://www.panoramio.com/ The only problems I've ever observed is that the analytics don't function sometimes. Otherwise I like the site and the other people who use it are really nice and great photographers too. Use the link to navigate to the account setup if you're interested. On a different Scouting note, if you go somewhere on a trip, or even if you have photos around your area, the boys can engage in getting their photos out to the entire planet as a fun activity. In our unit they learned a lot of geography that way, something that is good to know. Good luck
  8. packsaddle

    BSA requirements are out of hand

    Local historical society may have a member who can do this, also look to local museums who may know of someone. There's also the people involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes who are quite eclectic in their abilities. You may be able to find someone among or through them.
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    It's too bad boys don't (can't) read.

    Spock: Admiral, may I ask you a question? James T. Kirk: Spock, don't call me Admiral. You used to call me Jim. Don't you remember "Jim"? What's your question? Spock: Your use of language has altered since our arrival. It is currently laced with, shall I say, more colorful metaphors-- "Double dumb-ass on you" and so forth. Kirk: You mean the profanity? Spock: Yes. Kirk: That's simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word. You'll find it in all the literature of the period. Spock: For example? Kirk: [thinks] Oh, the complete works of Jacqueline Susann, the novels of Harold Robbins.... Spock: Ah... The Giants.
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    Chaplain's aid prayer policy

  11. packsaddle

    Krispy Kreme vs Dunkin Donuts

    I have to break silence on this one. Agree with Jackdaws. To me Krispy Kreme is one of three absolute components of Heaven (flanked by Dairy Queen and KFC and a big sign saying 'All You Can Eat'). I will divert my route through town, stop by the KK place to pick up a dozen, polish off 6 of those delectable treats in the next few minutes and the rest the next morning. NJ, I am so sorry for your loss. Switching off....
  12. packsaddle

    Add Breastfeeding to G2SS?

    Swooping in for a moment...to followup on Stosh's ideas, I suggest arranging for classes to have some hands-on experience changing diapers, real ones, dirty ones, fully loaded. That is a spectre that will last a lifetime, lol. Flutter, flutter.....
  13. packsaddle

    Interesting topic came up....

    Briefly out of quarantine. Calico, most of the tuition is borrowed at interest rates likely to follow graduates for many years if it isn't paid by rich families. Tuition rates are rising not because states are raising them. On the contrary, when this state lowered state support to record low levels (10% or less) the university was forced to raise tuition to compensate - and the legislature raised concerns about the rising tuition costs in response. One of the major state institutions compensated by opening enrollment to much larger numbers (with resulting increase in failure rates) and another raised both tuition and entry standards - a gutsy move that 'paid off' it turns out. That institution has a huge applicant pool and they only accept a tiny fraction. It conforms to market forces in many ways. Unfortunately, as Beavah noted, it isn't exactly the way to spread the benefit of education to many of the best students who can't afford it. But back to your assertion that states raise tuition: think about the political reasons that this would NOT happen - such as angry parents who can't afford college because some legislature raised rates. Legislators just don't have that kind of 'courage'. They'd rather take the path of cutting support and then pretending to be outraged when the institutions raised the tuition. Over and out.
  14. packsaddle

    Be on my way

    >>coming out of hibernation... There's a limit to how much time moderators have to 'police' the 'behavior' of forums...remember...they also don't get paid and they have 'lives' outside of this as well as careers. In the ideal world, a forum like scouter.com (if it doesn't work for scouters it probably can't work anywhere) should be self-moderating with the 'moderators' providing occasional nudges now and then. I read the series in this case and while I also disagree with his decision, I understand cyclops's feelings. Sorry to see him go. back to hibernation<<<
  15. packsaddle

    As we say goodbye

    MoosetheItalianBlacksmith, I will break silence to express how deeply saddened I am to hear about your mom. She was a truly good human being who, with great eloquence and passion, expressed empathy and generosity and fairness for others. We are all better for having had her among us and I am personally saddened that, like OGE, I never was able to have the pleasure of meeting her. Perhaps someday, I will be able to meet you and say these things in person. My condolences.