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  1. packsaddle

    Resistant To Common Sense?

    I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea that anyone has to be 'trained' to protect themselves with sunscreen. It's as if there are still people who don't understand what sunburn is (or in an analogy, that cigarettes are not good for your health).
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    Update On Adult Leadership Standards

    I'm wondering if this will lead to BSA acceptance of the UUA religious award. It sure ought to cause the UUA to rethink the wording of their religious award documents.
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    Update On Adult Leadership Standards

    I apologize if I seemed to imply that Qwazse (I have trouble with the spelling too) was inviting anyone to leave. I just wanted to make it clear to everyone that they were still welcome. But I guess because I replied to Qwazse I can see how it had that appearance. That was not my intent at all.
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    Update On Adult Leadership Standards

    Qwazse, I note that Oldscout448 and AZMike and others who are not happy about this change are still welcome within scouting and I hope they can find a way to reconcile themselves within scouting the same way that others have done for decades under the restrictive rules. They are free to remain or go, their choice, but the last thing I would do is to invite them to leave if they don't like it (as so many others have done to me). I would like them to stay. But if they do decide to go, I respect their views and their decision. I wish them well either way.
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    Parent Raging At A Scout

    I'm wondering why Bloop didn't give us a more balanced view of the situation at the outset.
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    Update On Adult Leadership Standards

    Be advised: I know this is an emotionally-charged subject. Try not to make this a 'personal' thing, however. The last two posts cross the line of decorum and I will let them stand as an example of what crosses the line. However, any future responses like those will find the circular file in short order.
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    Training Experience Is A Negative?

    Yeah, I know you're just pushing my button with this....so I just HAVE to respond.
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    Training Experience Is A Negative?

    Flavor Aid...sputtering...how many times do I have to say this...it's Flavor Aid!
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    Parent Raging At A Scout

    I've seen them push buttons so very effectively. And nearly every adult, under the right (wrong?) circumstances can 'lose it' in one of those situations. It's one thing to snap at the kid in public. It's another to lose it so badly that they pay no attention to an attempt to intervene, worse to follow the kid to his tent. He completely took her power, that one did. So....now that some little time has passed, what is her demeanor and thoughts on this incident? How is it that she thinks she is under "attack"? Will she be at the committee meeting? Has anyone tried to discuss the incident with her? How about the parents of the boy, have they said anything? Does this mom understand that the incident cannot just 'go away' without some response? Or did she know what she was doing and had decided that this would be a great way to 'go out' in a 'blaze of glory' that no one would ever forget? Any chance there's some static on Facebook about this? You can bet the 'grapevine' is working full time.
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    Resistant To Common Sense?

    They all know the score by now. Ask them at the beginning next time if any want sunscreen. And if they do, good. For the others, let them fry. You might want to video the event, here and there as a recruiting tool that you can put on Youtube. But make sure you record that beginning conversation about the sunscreen, "Who wants sunscreen, let me see a show of hands..OK now who doesn't want it, show of hands"...all on the record. That way you'll have the ability to play the conversation back to concerned parents. OR I take students to the tropics. I have red-haired, extremely vulnerable students sometimes and we are out in the sun for most of the day on many days. I merely ask them, "Do you want to end up looking like me?" That does the trick.
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    Serious Problems In My Troop

    Agreed. But I fit your description of "highly trained professional teacher" and I can demand compliance with a snap of my fingers...and I get it. You didn't mention any other conditions. Edit: as for maturity, I think you are underestimating the maturity of scouts (at least the ones I interact with) and overestimating the maturity of college students (at least the ones I interact with).
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    Serious Problems In My Troop

    Stosh, my classes are regularly at least 80 students or more. The one I'm teaching right now has more than 100. OTOH, I have absolute power in the classroom. That helps.
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    How's That?

    There are plenty of options to scouting, both 'boy' and 'girl'. The better competitor usually wins competitions.
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    Gay Scouts & B.s.a.

    Did I read that wrong? It sounded like the touching was by a scout not a scouter. But yes, should be covered by Youth Protection.
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    Boooorring!

    'The flag' was destined to come down sooner or later. I think realistic persons involved in the compromise that put it on the lawn in the first place understood that. But no one had any idea of how long it might take. Like I've pointed out before, the NAACP boycott and the business community have been a long-standing and potent force in favor of its removal. It was just bad business. The photo you mention may have been the stimulus the politicians needed to take the action they took. It was just good business. But lacking that photo, 'the flag' probably would have remained for a while, perhaps quite a while. For me, the best thing about all this is that we no longer can use a symbol to distract us from real problems that need to be addressed. Now that symbol has been removed as an issue. Good. And now the politicians have one less excuse not to address real problems.
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    Boooorring!

    JoeBob, I salute your new-found faith in newspapers as authoritative sources. I guess at that time they had not yet discovered hyperbole or deceit. Edit: Shovels, no less. I have to hand it to you. I'd never heard THAT one before.
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    Boooorring!

    They are THE definitive statements by the states that seceded...as to why they seceded. If you can find more authoritative sources than these please list them. Oops, almost missed this: "No one is saying slavery wasn't an issue..." You might want to take a gander at the next post.
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    Boooorring!

    Of course there's always Texas: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_texsec.asp and Georgia: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_geosec.asp These are not history books or someone's interpretation of what was written. These are what WERE written and they are remarkably consistent and clear about the central issue. Slavery.
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    Boooorring!

    Or might it be Mississippi's declaration in which that state included these words, "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world,†and then “Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of the commerce of the earth. . . . A blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.†Jan. 9, 1861 Is this better?
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    Boooorring!

    OK, what is your better source than the actual "Confederate States of America - Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union" itself?
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    Boooorring!

    I confess. For a while I actually thought people were referring to the 'bad guys' in Deep Space Nine (the Cardassians), one of whom had the first name Kim.
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    Digital Badging - No More Sewing?

    Thanks guys. I guess it's time to begin constructing those 'wireframes'.
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    Stalled At Life

    Me too. Mine was almost done with Life (or maybe it was Star, can't remember really). He wanted to call it quits. I told him that he was mostly done with whatever rank he was working on and that I would support his decision to call it quits IF he agreed to finish the rank he had started. I told him it was important to follow through on things that you start, if possible. So he completed that rank and in the process...decided to go the rest of the way to Eagle. This was the time in his life that he was making a lot of decisions academically as well. I might have been just lucky but from that time forward, my wife and I never had to lift a finger...he took control of every aspect of his life and did well at all of his future challenges. To me this is one of those hard things as a parent, first to acknowledge the need to let them take the lead and then to back off when they do it. You just have to hope it works out and 'be there' for them if they stumble.
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    Boooorring!

    Yes, yes, and yes. And at 10am tomorrow morning when 'the flag' is finally taken down, there will remain all the issues of this society that were in place prior to taking it down. The symbol will remain in a museum setting and on any private property that any owner wishes. (See: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/109640682) The 'heritage' which occupies the minds of the people will remain. BTW, the NAACP just announced it is lifting the boycott. That's good.
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