Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ever seen a Girl Scout flying past during a hurrican?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States wants to enlist its 3.4 million Girl Scouts in the effort to combat hurricanes, pandemics, terror attacks and other disasters.

How fun? Isn’t it?

With the promise of a new patch if they pitch in and undergo training, many young girls are likely to sign up. The patch will be available alongside existing Girls Are Great, Girl Scouts Against Smoking, Media Know-How and Read to Lead patches, and, of course, the Cookie Sale Activity Pin.

I’m still trying to rap my head around the “combat hurricane” –scenario. How exactly is this going to work? I do guess that the main idea is to have these pedocatchers helping out with debris, helping the sick, distribute food and such, but is a hurricane stricken area really the sort of place for young girls? Riots, lootings, injured and desperate people with lots of mayhem and destruction doesn’t really sound like selling cookies. And pandemics? Will they help out holding down babies so they don’t squiggle too much during vaccination? And terrorist attacks? There is probably no real catching-the-bad-guy training involved, but what then? Picking up body-parts? Searching our computers? Reassuring adults that everything is going to be okay?

During World War II, Girl Scouts operated bicycle courier services, invested more than 48,000 hours in Farm Aid projects, collected fat and scrap metal. As the end of the second millennium neared and computers around the world were expected to be stricken with a debilitating bug, Girl Scouts were enlisted in some parts of the country to hand out advice about the threat poised by Y2K. After the September 11, 2001 attacks scouts hosted remembrance ceremonies and wrote thank-you letters to rescuer workers.

Aha, okay, that answers some questions, they are going to act as an extra free working unite spreading “information”, writing letters and otherwise being helpful. However, some of my questions above still remains, and doesn’t this sound more like forming more government stooges? And sure enough…:

The unveiling of the patch marks a partnership between the scouts and Citizen Corps, a community-based initiative under the DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This kind of works well together with a decision from 18 of March 2009 made by the House in the US, when they voted yes to the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act. This made it possible to dramatically increase funding for AmeriCorps, with a goal of expanding from 75,000 volunteers to 250,000 (nowadays apparently there are even more of them). Obama has also called on all citizens to “serve America” requiring somewhere in-between 50-150 hours of community service. Under this plan, all Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service.” These people also get fun things like uniforms, staying at campuses for their training and get paid for this voluntary service.

Ever considered bringing home those millions of soldiers deployed all over the world? But nah, that might lower GDP, and we cannot have that.

Yeah, this will turn out very well…

Probably not really applicable, I just like the picture…

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