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Everything posted by justink

  1. Jack was a good friend of mine, and he will be truly missed. He was one of the most sincere and loving faces in the entire debate community. When I heard the news yesterday all I could think about is how, regardless of the situation, Jack always had such a positive attitude and love for live. He would do anything for a friend. There are a lot of things I could say about Jack, but none of them would suffice. I can only hope that those who knew him will remember his spirit, especially within the debate community.
  2. justink

    I miss

    the old description of this forum. i want to discuss the terror attacks and only the terror attacks god damnit.
  3. whats with the "i'd never burn an american flag" thing? burning the flag is a fine means of protest. i burned one a couple weeks ago.
  4. for real. i'm scared of a mccain nomination. the guy is a conservative hack. the problem is though, that for some reason the public keeps buying the PR message of "a man in the middle". he is, for the most part, popular amongst independent voters and that could be a problem in a tightly contested race. although, i tend to agree with the theory that someone from new york might be key to the GOP. mccain is a wolf in sheeps clothing...
  5. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5399297
  6. i haven't concluded that there is no god. i just think blind faith based on a different reasoning calculus than one normally uses is pretty silly.
  7. you are consistently one of the most idiotic posters on this website. congrats. seriously, rayl, i thought you were opposed to that type of neoliberal international policy.
  8. just curious, if you just happened to be born, oh i don't know, with a hindu family in india do you think you would be hindu? again, without trying to be accusative, why can't belief in god be based in science or logic? and why would one make all the other decisions of thier life based on a certain calculus and then use a different one in matters pertaining to their own mortality?
  9. no offense meant to rayl, but: most of this is the same sort of neoliberal strategy that is the root of most of the explotation, murder, and imperialism that exists now. it's also somewhat surprising coming from you because i thought you generally subscribe to the same school of thought as chomsky. i guess you're more pragmatic.
  10. usual reactionaries. i didn't attack anyone's point of view, my inquisition was an honest one. i want to hear why people believe in a god. i don't and i wanted to hear why people do. maybe you want to examine who is really being narrow minded. additionally, why is it that we can't have a civil discussion about the existence of a diety or the motivation for believing in one? seeing as that can often be a key factor that determines one's "outlook", what better thread?
  11. curious, why would anyone believe in god?
  12. justink


    i too would probably reccomend starting with on the genealogy of morals. it's a good primer.
  13. i introduced empire to a friend and i am rereading along with him. we got into a discussion and i thought i would share with cross-x. in "biopolitical production", hardt&negri say that, "moral intervention has become a frontline force of imperial intervention". they go on to criticize ngo's as "being completly immersed in the biopolitical context of the consitution of Empire; they anticipate the power of its pacifying and productive intervention of justice." now i understand and for the most part agree with their assessment of ngo's, however would that suggest that i shouldn't, at least in spirit, support them? i think what is particularly worth noting is that they specifically criticize intervention in ethnic conflicts because they see these situations as more easy to manipulate and contextualize within empire.
  14. nah, but i heard about that shit though.
  15. So this is a kinda sticky situation and I figured I'd ask for some advice. I don't want to mention any names or anything like. At the beginning of this school season I went way out of my way to judge at a tournament. I knew the tourney director from previous debate experience and consider them a friend. I was contracted for a good price so that, plus doing a favor for someone I consider a friend made it worth the trip. Well I went, judged, etc. I stayed until the end of the tournament and didn't miss any rounds so there is no question that I fulfilled my contract obligations. I still haven't recieved the check. I know that it takes a long time and all (I've judge about 10 other tournaments, this is my first year out) but this was one of the first tournaments of the year. The director isn't responding to my emails and I can't seem to get ahold of them even though I'm using channels of communication that have worked before. Any advice? Suggestions?
  16. surely i don't have as much insight as someone who has lived in nebraska (texas has a huge problem with education of its own, mostly financing) but from what i can gather it seems as if this amendment has some arguable justification. if omaha is unwilling to consolidate and share a common tax base, and schools are de facto segregated, no real progress has been made since brown v board anyways. certainly nebraska should be making an effort to create equality (i don't neccessarily think busing is the solution either), but in the absence of anything resembling it, why not give the power of mostly minority school districts to minorities? i was talking to my girlfriend (she used to live in omaha for a few years) and she tells me that the segregation is blaring and unabashed.
  17. i have it zipped but cant figure out a mechanism for delivery. it's 242,456kb zipped if anyone has any ideas?
  18. i'm all in favor of arbitrary sentences that focus on shame as a form of punishment as opposed to reform. i mean, surely, it will work. when in history have we ever tried this form of punishment? it's not like their is historical precedent for something like this failing. cruel and unusual punishment seems like the american way to me. i don't recall the founding fathers having anything to say on it. come on, they're not really people, just criminals.
  19. i have the the prelim round between UMKC - Malcom and Andy vs Kansas - Cormack and Jennings on my computer, in which UMKC dances to 80's music and proceeds to win. quite entertaining.
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