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We should develop an alternative to The Boy Scouts of America 13

  1. The Boy Scouts should improve their requirements to reach their first advancement category (see the list below for this requirements). (Score: 1 + 2 + 7 + 3 = 13)
    1. Reasons to agree: 2
      1. The Boy Scouts should not require people to be "properly dressed" in a Boy Scout Uniform in order to advance to their first rank of "tenderfoot". (Score: 6+3-1-1 = 7)
        1. Reasons to agree: 6 
          1. You have to go through a monopoly to purchase a Boy Scout Uniform. Monopolies are bad. 
          2. The uniforms are a racket
          3. Even if uniforms were important they should be a "nice to have" not a requirement. The policies should be organized in order of most importance. Some policies should be requirements some should be suggestions. The uniform should be on the 2nd list, if at all. 
          4. The belief that what you were is important is stupid. As long as you were something that is clean and shows respect for yourself and your troup, it shouldn't matter. 
          5. There is no reason to wear uniforms (Score: +3-1 = 2)
            1. Reasons to agree: +3
              1. It is unfortunate that outward appearances are what the boy scouts of America are judged by, but the leaders of the organization obviously didn't get their marketing merit badge. Marketing tells you that we make decisions based on outward appearances, and the appearance of being cool. The outward appearances of scouting is dorkiness. There should be personal improvement youth organizations that are not dorky. 
              2. Not everyone understands the military, or views similarities to the military as reasons to do things for a youth organization.
              3. Grown men in the military are not as prone to peer pressure as Jr. High school kids. People have made sacrifices to be in the military. When they have the power to kill, they are not concerned about looking nerdy in their uniforms. 
            2. Reasons to disagree: -1
              1. The military still uses uniforms
          6. There is something sort of dorky about getting merit badges and sowing them on merit badge sashes (Score: -1)
            1. Reasons to disagree: -1
              1. The military still uses uniforms
    2. We need something similar to boy scouts that does not emphasize camping. (Score: +1 -2 +4 = +3)
      1. Reasons to agree: +1
        1. You can enjoy nature without sleeping in it (Score: +4)
          1. Reasons to agree: +4
            1. You can go on hikes and enjoy nature without sleeping in it
            2. Bird watching in the City can be just as rewarding as sleeping in the forest. 
            3. You can enjoy nature canoeing in a river or lake without sleeping in a tent
            4. You can enjoy nature by fishing without sleeping in a tent
      2. Reasons to disagree: -2
        1. Camping is an opportunity for youth to get in touch with what is really needed in order to live. You don't need a bed. You don't even need a house. You can view your own life better from a place of primitive existence. 
        2. There is something cool about cooking and sleeping in the outdoors. 
Background: Below are the first advancement category "tenderfoot rank requirements".

Reasons to agree:
  1. There should be young groups for people who don't like camping. 
  2. The Boy Scouts have a lot of really great parts, but people should be more free to choose the parts they like, without making a multi-year commitment.
    1. The Boy Scouts have a lot of really great parts
      1. Reasons to disagree:
        1. The Boy Scouts of America have a lot of good merit badge

You should post your kids old school work on line +2

  1. The internet has more room than the refrigerator
  2. Grandparents can't see your refrigerator, if they live thousands of miles away.
  3. You can usually assume other people will want to be treated the way you want to be treated. I wish my parents had access to scanners and the internet when I was little.
  4. Kids will want to see their work when they are older. If you house burns down, has water damage, or you loose things, or throw them away, the internet can back them up.
  5. Kids will need to get used to their efforts being evaluated by others including their teachers, their boss, and the public.
  1. Kids might think you are making fun of them, by posting their early work.
  2. You don't have the right to publish things, unless they give you permission. 
Belief Score: +5 -3 = +2

Soft: Echolocation, a piano, and a bat in a cave
Load: An elephant, a lion, and and avalanche

Self Portrait


James Laub, Mammal, Warm bloodid, A mammal has fur, warmblood and drinks milk

James, 2012. Their little mistakes are cute, because they remind us how much there is to learn, and reminds us when we were little, and trying to figure stuff out. If you look carefully you will notice the following: no "x" in the alphabet, includes "and" as a letter on the keyboard, as = us, momy = money, nise = nice. That's my son. And just so adults don't get too high and mighty, you might notice that the question omitted the word "give".

James, 2012: James: "She will make a thump!" I love breakfast! Today I had jeltin and cereal. The jeltin was shalbe flaber. The cerial had brownshager. on it. Do you like breakfast? Items in the above image: James sitting at our table. Megan climbing under the table. She will make a thump. A fly in our Kitchen. The ceiling fan, faucet, and cupboards.

James, 2012: "When I grow up I want to be a zoo keeper. I want to be a dophim chaner. I want to swim with dolphim. I want to look at Dolphim emery day. I will never choe my jod. I like dolphim. I want to make sher that the dolphim are helfy. And thay git lots of exersise. I want thme to be good. the end. James"

James, 2012, Dolphin are sort

James, 2012: "My fabrite animal is a humpback whales! It lives in the sea. It eats crill"

Its alright to let your young kids chase geese +5

Reasons to agree: +7
  1. Young kids will never catch geese.
  2. Geese can bight back. They have sharp teeth. 
  3. Geese are overpopulated. For instance here in Chicago they put chemicals on eggs to prevent them from hatching, because their are too many, and they poop everywhere and create environmental problems.
  4. The lack of predators have allowed geese to overpopulate. 
  5. If you eat meat you are guilty of more violence against animals than chasing geese. 
  6. Geese may get chased by wild animals. They are violent against each other. They rape ducks (google it, it is a fact). You can't apply people ethics to animals. Animals chase each other. Cats chase mice and play with them. If you don't want animals tormented you will have to kill all cats. 
  7. Its cool to watch birds fly. Letting kids chase birds until they fly gives kids an awe, and an experience, and an appreciation for animals. It is possible to love animals, and hunt them, as native Americans taught us. Chasing them, and smiling at them as they fly away is not bad. The French who force feed geese in a cage are bad. But little kids who chase them, and make them get some exercise are not. See image below for evidence to support this belief.
  1. From "Auguries of Innocence by William Blake": A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage. A dove-house filled with doves and pigeons Shudders hell through all its regions. A dog starved at his master's gate Predicts the ruin of the state. A horse misused upon the road Calls to heaven for human blood. Each outcry of the hunted hare A fibre from the brain does tear. A skylark wounded in the wing, A cherubim does cease to sing. The game-cock clipped and armed for fight Does the rising sun affright. Every wolf's and lion's howl Raises from hell a human soul. The wild deer wandering here and there Keeps the human soul from care. The lamb misused breeds public strife, And yet forgives the butcher's knife. The bat that flits at close of eve Has left the brain that won't believe. The owl that calls upon the night Speaks the unbeliever's fright. He who shall hurt the little wren Shall never be beloved by men. He who the ox to wrath has moved Shall never be by woman loved. The wanton boy that kills the fly Shall feel the spider's enmity. He who torments the chafer's sprite Weaves a bower in endless night. The caterpillar on the leaf Repeats to thee thy mother's grief. Kill not the moth nor butterfly, For the Last Judgment draweth nigh. He who shall train the horse to war Shall never pass the polar bar. The beggar's dog and widow's cat, Feed them, and thou wilt grow fat. The gnat that sings his summer's song Poison gets from Slander's tongue.
  2. My wife says we were geese bullies. 
  3. Animals are cool. Leave them alone. 
Idea Score: +7 - 2 = +5

Me in Idaho Falls with my brother. An old man came and yelled at us.

Chicago and Chicago Land are good place to raise a family

Background, definitions, and assumptions
  • For a place to be considered good, it must be better than average. 
  • Chicago land is, of course, Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Reasons to agree: +10
  1. Chicago has lots of stuff to do, that don't cost too much money
  2. Trips to the zoo are good for kids (+1). Chicago has good zoos. 
  3. Chicago has good mass transportation (+2). 
  4. Chicago has good architecture (+0). Its cool to live near good architecture. 
  5. You can leave near Chicago, and still have a back yard. Despite criticism of suburban sprawl kids have fun in their back yards (+0).
  6. Bolingbrook, a typical suburb of Chicago, has pretty good parks.
  7. Kids like fireworks, and there are often good fire works shows around Chicago. For instance Navy Pier has free fireworks during the summer, their are good firework shows across the suburbs on the 4rth of July, and the Chicago Air Water show has good fireworks.
  8. Numbers are what matter, and on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being best and 10 being worst) Bolingbrook, a typical Chicago suburb, is a 4 on property crime, and a 5 on violent crime, which is about average for the USA
  9. You should make wherever you are home. 
  10. Chicago has a lot of stuff to do.
Reasons to disagree: -6
  1. Hiking is a good pastime. Hiking is only fun in the mountains. There are no mountains in Illinois. There is no good hiking near Chicago. City walking is not as cool as hiking in the mountains. Sure, Boise is hot during the summer, but its cooler in the mountains. It is hot everywhere in Illinois in the summer. It is too humid in the summer to hike. There are too many bugs, and the forest have too much undergrowth. 
  2. State Parks in Illinois are anticlimactic (compared to Idaho).
  3. There is a culture of corruption in Chicago, that rewards people based on who they know.
  4. In Illinois kids from worse neighborhood go to much worse schools than those who are from better neighborhoods. 
  5. A good place to raise a family is close to extended family. It is hard to go from a place you grew up in, and then just live somewhere else. It may always feel unlike home. 
  6. Shooting is fun, but you have to pay to go shooting around Chicago. 
Total Score:
  • Reasons to agree: +10
  • Reasons to disagree: -6
  • Net reasons to agree with reasons to agree minus reasons to disagree: +1+2
  • Total: 
Images that agree: +3