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What’s happening at NYLT Camp Lindblad Today: Day-0 Setting Up Day

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk after setting up NYLT
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk after setting up NYLT

Setting Up NYLT at Camp Lindblad

This is Day-0, Setting up day, of the first week of our National Youth Leader Training course. The Staff arrived Saturday to finish setting up the course. They are now relaxing on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This is their reward for setting up camp and having every one of their presentations ready to go. We go as a group observing the buddy system at all times.

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for the second week of NYLT. National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program

About the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
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KPC – What is Sexting at the Elementary School & What to do about it

Sexting on the playground
the modern playground

What is Sexting at the Elementary School & What to do about it.

Parents, do you know how to translate WTTP IPN GYPO?

KPC was the title of Judge Cheryl Mills’ group’s presentation at last week’s Inns of Court. It was an informative discussion of the legal consequences of youth abusing social media and the internet, and bullying and abusing each other sexually. There are serious consequences. The group went into detail on the various laws and their impact on the youth and their parents.

Almost all youth are on social media. If you believe that yours is not, then they have been successful KPC – Keeping the Parents Clueless. Besides Facebook, they are on Yik Yak, Instagram, and many others the adults don’t know about. Many have multiple accounts on many different platforms. Often they will have one on Facebook with smiling cute faces for mom and dad and then other account that the parents are clueless about. Hence the title of the presentation KPC – Keep the Parents Clueless. Judge Mills’ group gave us a test of terms currently in use. You can take it below.

Best Practices

Later Melissa Strongman shared what her students in her ACSA’s Innovative Tech Academy have told her:
• Just saying no to technology doesn’t work. Students no matter what age will find a way to gain access;
• Schools and parents that simply ban access find that it back fires on them;
• Communities that appear to be great places to raise kids are not safe from sexting and internet bullying:
• Fourth graders often enjoy doing internet searches for word “boobies” on their smart devices;
• Actively teaching digital citizenship is the only way to combat the problem. It creates openness and interaction between students, parents, school administrator and teachers.

Match the following:

1. IWSN                                                                         A. I want sex now
2. SUGARPIC                                                               B. See you for sex
3. IPN                                                                            C. Acid (the drug)
4. GYPO                                                                        D. Marijuana
5. TDTM                                                                       E. Suggestive or erotic pictures
6. CID                                                                           F. Porn
7. 9                                                                                G. I’m posting naked
8. (L)MIRL                                                                  H. Get your pants off
9. 8                                                                                I. Get naked on camera
10. DOC                                                                        J. Party meeting place
11. LH6                                                                         K. Hung-over from alcohol
12. TWD                                                                       L. Kiss on lips
13. 420                                                                         M. Talk Dirty to Me
14. 99                                                                            N. Want to trade pictures?
15. CU46                                                                      O. Naked on front of computer
16. GNOC                                                                     P. Parent gone
17. PIR                                                                          Q. Parent over shoulder
18. NIFOC                                                                    R. Let’s meet in real life
19. 53X                                                                          S. Parents around/Code 9
20. 1174                                                                         T. Let’s have sex
21. CD9                                                                         U. Texting while driving
22. THOT                                                                      V. That hoe over there
23. POS                                                                         W. Sex
24. PRON                                                                      X. Parent in room
25. KOTL                                                                       Y. Oral sex
26. CD9                                                                          Z. Parent Watching
27. WTTP                                                                      AA. Drug of Choice
28. KPC                                                                         AB. Keeping Parents Clueless

1-A, 2-E, 3-G, 4-I, 5-N, 6-C, 7-AA, 8-S, 9-Z, 10-H, 11-U, 12-V, 13-D, 14-Q, 15-B, 16-J, 17-Y, 18-P, 19-X, 20-K, 21-L, 22-W, 23-R, 24-F, 25-M, 26-T, 27-O, 28-AB

Judge Mills Group Members: Jeremy Seymour, David Marchiano, Bonnie Johnson, Susan Aglietti, Joseph Ryan, Jonathan Wolff, Jill Lifter, David Pearson

staying on top of school sexting
Class outdoors

Ken StrongmanAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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Mary Mallon AKA Typhoid Mary, was held in quarantine for how many years?

Typhoid Mary
Typhoid Mary

Mary Mallon AKA Typhoid Mary, was held in quarantine for how many years?
A. 1
B. 3
C. 23
D. 26

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

Mary Mallon AKA Typhoid Mary, was held in quarantine for how many years?
A. 1
B. 3
C. 23
D. 26
Mary Mallon was initially detained for 3 years, until her release in 1910, at which time she promised not to work as a cook. She violated that agreement, and in 1915 was again apprehended, and spent another 23 years in quarantine, until her death from an unrelated stroke.

Answer: D – 26 years total.

About the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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If deadly disease on BART can Police keep passengers from leaving the train?

BART Quarantine
BART Quarantine

Under California law, if someone exhibits signs of a deadly disease on BART Can the police (or anyone) keep passengers and others from leaving the train and/or station?

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

Under California law, if someone exhibits signs of a deadly disease on BART Can the police (or anyone) keep passengers and others from leaving the train and/or station?

Orders to quarantine, limit movement, etc. properly come from federal, state, and local Health Officers. The orders are implemented by local enforcement agencies, i.e. police, with violations prosecuted by the District Attorney.

In California, Health Officers are authorized to control contagious, infectious, or communicable disease and to “take measures as may be necessary” to prevent and control the spread of disease within the territory under their jurisdiction (Health and Safety Code§120175). Potential actions include, without limitation:
– Limiting movement of individuals and groups
– Closing/restricting public assemblies or gatherings
– Evacuation, examination, inspection, vaccination, decontamination, disinfection, property destruction or commandeering
– Compelling assistance

Answer: Yes, if the circumstances warrant it.

Putting aside Quarantine for a minute, Mediation is one of the best ways to resolve disputes. For an experienced Mediator to help negotiate a resolution to your dispute contact Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com).

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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When Black Death threatened Milan, City leaders did this to combat it

City's response to the Black Death
City’s response to the Black Death

When the Black Death threatened Milan in the middle ages, the City leaders did the following to combat the epidemic:

a. Forbid anyone from leaving or entering the city.
b. Quarantine new people arriving in the city for 40 days.
c. Wall up the houses in which plague was discovered.
d. All of the above.

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

When the Black Death threatened Milan in the middle ages, the City leaders did the following to combat the epidemic:

a. Forbid anyone from leaving or entering the city.
b. Quarantine new people arriving in the city for 40 days.
c. Wall up the houses in which plague was discovered.
d. All of the above.

Answer: c: The despot of Milan ordered the first three houses in which plague was discovered walled up with the occupants inside, enclosing the well, the sick, and the dead in a common tomb. This is a drastic example of the exercise of state police power, which apparently worked in this instance.

Putting aside Quarantine for a minute, Mediation is one of the best ways to resolve disputes. For an experienced Mediator to help negotiate a resolution to your dispute contact Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com).

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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The 1st instance of quarantine in the US was for:

Instance of quarantine
Instance of quarantine

The first instance of quarantine in the United States was for:
A. Leprosy
B. Plague
C. Tuberculosis
D. Small Pox

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

The first instance of quarantine in the United States was for:
A. Leprosy
B. Plague
C. Tuberculosis
D. Small Pox

Here are some historical highlights of quarantine in the United States.
• 1738: New York City commandeers Bedloes’s Island as quarantine station due to concerns about smallpox and yellow fever.
• 1799: Philadelphia builds quarantine station/hospital in response to yellow fever outbreak that started in 1793.
• Epidemic killed 5,000 of city’s 45,000 residents
• Caused another 17,000 to flee
• 1863: New York state’s Quarantine Act calls for detention of any ship entering port, removal of all cargo, and cleaning and fumigating of ships
• 1878: Congress passes National Quarantine Act
• 1865: Hawaii established policy for quarantine and isolation of HD patients. Leper settlement established on Molokai
• 1873: Leprosy proved to be caused by bacterium
• 1894: Louisiana establish leprosarium, several other states including New York and California established isolation policies
• 1917: US passes law authorizing purchase of site for anyone diagnosed with leprosy
• 1921: US takes over Louisiana facility, establishes rules:
• Prohibited pts from leaving grounds
• Prohibited communication with members of opposite sex
• 1946: Leprosy patients given right to vote
• 1917-1919 Federal authorities incarcerated tens of thousands of prostitutes to curb venereal disease
• 1921: last of non-federal quarantines stations is transferred to U.S. government
• 1944: Public Health Service Act increases quarantine authority
• 1967: CDC takes over federal quarantine stations & functions
• 1970-2000: CDC reduces number of quarantine stations from 55 to 8, thinking infectious diseases “thing of the past.”
• 2004-2007: Number increased to 20 due to 9/11 terrorism, and 2003 SARS outbreak

Answer: Small Pox

Putting aside Quarantine for a minute, Mediation is one of the best ways to resolve disputes. For an experienced Mediator to help negotiate a resolution to your dispute contact Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com).

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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Is Quarantine Constitutional in today’s society?

Is quarantine constitutional?
Is quarantine constitutional?

Is Quarantine Constitutional?

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

Is Quarantine Constitutional?

The federal government derives its authority for isolation and quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Per Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states.

The authority for carrying out these functions on a daily basis has been delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Per Section 42 Code of Federal Regulations parts 70 and 71, CDC is authorized to detain, medically examine, and release persons arriving into the United States and traveling between states that are suspected of carrying communicable diseases.

As part of its federal authority, CDC routinely monitors persons arriving at U.S. land border crossings and passengers and crew arriving at U.S. ports of entry for signs or symptoms of communicable diseases.

When alerted about an ill passenger or crew member by the pilot of a plane or captain of a ship, CDC may detain passengers and crew as necessary to investigate whether the cause of the illness on board is a communicable disease.

Gibbons v. Ogden, 22 U.S. 9 Wheat. 1 1 (1824)

Enacting quarantine laws is among the powers reserved to the states (and by extension, to local governments acting with authority granted by the states).

Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997)

The federal government lacks authority to “commandeer” state or local officials who would rather pursue their own priorities.

United States v. Comstock, 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

The federal government has “necessary and proper” authority to permit civil detention.

Addington v. Texas, 441 U.S. 418 (1979)

Proof by “clear and convincing evidence” is the proper standard for civil commitment.

Jacobson v Massachusetts (1905) 197 US 11, 24-27

• States have wide latitude in adopting whatever reasonable measures they deem necessary to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
• Upholding compulsory vaccination against smallpox, provided the regulations are reasonable in protecting public health and safety. (Id. at 25)
• States have police power functions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of persons within their borders. To control the spread of disease within their borders, states have laws to enforce the use of isolation and quarantine.
• These laws can vary from state to state and can be specific or broad. In some states, local health authorities implement state law. In most states, breaking a quarantine order is a criminal misdemeanor.
• Tribes also have police power authority to take actions that promote the health, safety, and welfare of their own tribal members. Tribal health authorities may enforce their own isolation and quarantine laws within tribal lands, if such laws exist.

Shorter Answer: Yes

Putting aside Quarantine for a minute, Mediation is one of the best ways to resolve disputes. For an experienced Mediator to help negotiate a resolution to your dispute contact Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com).

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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First record of quarantine was…

quarantine
Quarantine

The first recorded instance of quarantine was:
A. 14th century (Plague)
B. 19th century (Cholera)
C. 6th century (bubonic plague)

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

The first recorded instance of quarantine was:
A. 14th century (Plague)
B. 19th century (Cholera)
C. 6th century (Bubonic Plague)

• A.D. 549: Byzantine emperor Justinian enacts law to isolate people arriving from plague-infested regions
• A.D. 583: Council of Lyons restricts lepers from associating with healthy people
• A.D. 600: China has well-established policy to detain plague-stricken sailors and visitors who arrive in Chinese ports
• 1179: Third Lateran Council decrees living arrangements for lepers, separating them from society
• 1200: Europe has 19,000 leprosaria to house lepers
• 1300s: Several European and Asian countries begin enforcing quarantines of infected persons by encircling them with armed guards. Those caught escaping are returned, sometimes executed
• 1348: Venice establishes world’s first institutionalized system of quarantine. Council of Three has power to detain ships, cargoes and people for up to 40 days.

Answer: C. 6th century (Bubonic Plague)

Putting aside Quarantine for a minute, Mediation is one of the best ways to resolve disputes. For an experienced Mediator to help negotiate a resolution to your dispute contact Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com).

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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Are Mandatory Vaccinations Constitutional?

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Are Mandatory Vaccinations Constitutional?

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

Are Mandatory Vaccinations Constitutional?

Jacobson v. Massachusetts 197 U.S. 11 (1905)
• Upheld the right of states to compel vaccinations
Maricopa County Health Department v. Harmon 156 Ariz. 161 (1987)
• Held it was prudent to take action to combat disease by excluding unvaccinated children from school when there is a reasonably perceived, but unconfirmed, risk for the spread of measles.
• Epidemic conditions NOT necessary to compel vaccination
Prince v. Massachusetts 321 U.S. 158 (1944)
• Doctrine of parens patriae gives state authority over child welfare

Short answer: Yes it is generally constitutional to mandate vaccinations.

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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Walnut Creek at 100 years

Fountain Head in Walnut Creek
Fountain Head in 100 year old Walnut Creek

2014 was an eventful year for my family. But I don’t want to focus on that but to reflect on the events of the wider world and the relative small town I live in – Walnut Creek.

One hundred years ago Walnut Creek citizens voted to incorporate the city. This year was the celebration of that election. For the last 100 years the city council has met to govern the affairs of the community. It has not always been smooth. There were plenty of arguments. Many were very long meetings. There may have been a fight or two that wasn’t recorded in the official records. There was even a move to reverse the incorporation. Despite the good, bad and not so pretty, the town government still functions.

While Walnut Creek has been bumping along with democracy more or less successfully for the last one hundred years the rest of the world is just learning what democracy is and is not. There are some places where democracy has been practice for much longer than Walnut Creek, but for most of the world it is a totally a new thing.

Looking at a map of the world in 1914 you will find that the world had little experience with democracy.

The Middle East was all part of the Ottoman Empire. None of the countries that now dominate the news existed. They were not even provinces of the Ottoman Empire. They would be created by the winners of World War I.

Likewise the Russian Empire had not fallen to bold vision of communism. It was ruled by an absolute monarchy. Therefore Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus were all subject to the will of the Tsar.

Not stopping with the Russian Empire, the Austria-Hungry Empire also fell at the end of World War I. With its fall all of the Balkan countries were created. We often think that Europe has been there for thousands of years. It has but not in its current form. Many new countries appeared at the end of the War to End All Wars. Their first experience with democracy occurred in the 1920’s. I haven’t even gotten to post colonial Africa and Asia. Democracy is a new concept there as well for the most part.

We shouldn’t be surprised when there are some bumps or major challenges on the road to a robust democracy through out the world. I for one want to congratulate the people of Walnut Creek for persevering and wish them the best in the next 100 years.

Have a very Happy New Year in 2015.

Ken StrongmanAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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