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  1. the old CEDA-L has tons of interesting discussions about debate-theoretical stuff: http://debate.uvm.edu/Library/DebateTheoryLibrary/CEDA-L-Counterfacts&Fiat http://www.cs.jhu.edu/~jonathan/debate/ceda-l/archive/CEDA-L-Dec-1994/msg00066.html http://www.cs.jhu.edu/~jonathan/debate/ceda-l/archive/CEDA-L-Sep-1995/msg00025.html http://debate.uvm.edu/Library/DebateTheoryLibrary/CEDA-L-Plan-Plan-Theory
  2. it's a book called suicide note that is also a suicide note.
  3. i think this is pretty obvious if you simply look at the phaedo quote on page one of the book.
  4. i think that might be the first time i've been accused of being a "k oriented" person. i'll take it.
  5. while these two arguments may seem contradictory, they aren't really. the internal link from warming to ice is continental ice shelves melting. so both arguments rely on the idea of the planet getting hotter, icehouse just argues that in a slightly longer run the earth will be plunged into an ice age.
  6. the link in the citation of the first card is dead
  7. yes. these cards rely on global warming (so2/particulate screw) and are america's best kept secret: this one makes the extinction claim Lovelock (Inventor: Gaia theory, fellow Royal Society, fellow Green College: Oxford) 2006 [James, The Revenge of Gaia p. xiii-xiv, loghry] This is no sci-fi speculation; we now have evidence from the Earth's history that a similar event happened fifty-five million years ago when a geological accident released into the air more than a terraton of gaseous carbon compounds. As a consequence the temperature in the arctic and temperate regions rose eight degree Celsius and in tropical regions about five degrees, and it took over one hundred thousand years before normality was restored. We have already put more than half this quantity of carbon gases into the air and now the Earth is weakened by the loss of land we took to feed and house ourselves. In addition, the sun is now warmer, and as a consequence the Earth is now returning to the hot state it was in before, millions of years ago, and as it warms, most living things will die. Once started, the move to a hot state is irreversible, and even if all the good intentions expressed at the Kyoto and Montreal meetings were executed immediately, they would not alter the outcome. Much of the tropical land mass will become scrub and desert and will no longer serve for regulation, thus adding to the 40 percent of the Earth's surface we have already depleted to feed ourselves. Curiously, smoke and dust pollution of the northern hemisphere reduces global warming by reflecting sunlight back to space. This 'global dimming' is transient and could disappear in a few days if there were an economic downturn or a reduction of fossil fuel burning. This would leave us fully exposed to the heat of the global greenhouse. We are in a fool's climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over, billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the arctic region where the climate remains tolerable. this one is another internal to the screw Lovelock (Inventor: Gaia theory, fellow Royal Society, fellow Green College: Oxford) 2006 [James, The Revenge of Gaia p. 56-57, loghry] Recently the BBC broadcast in their Horizon series of science programmes an account of 'global dimming'; in it climate scientists, among them V. Ramanathan and Peter Cox, voiced their concern that we have already, in a sense, passed the point of no return in global heating. The science behind this programme appeared in a Nature article in 2005 which included as an author the distinguished German scientist, M. O. Andreae. Industrial civilization has released into the atmosphere, in addition to greenhouse gases, a huge quantity of aerosol particles, and these tiny floating motes reflect incoming sunlight back to space and cause global cooling. On large areas of the Earth's surface the aerosol haze reflects sunlight back to space sufficiently to offset global warming. By themselves they cause a global cooling of 2 to 3°C. Back in the 1960s, when we knew much less about the Earth and its atmosphere, a few scientists even speculated that continued economic growth would increase the density of the aerosol and lead to global cooling and even precipitate the next glaciation. The present extent of aerosol cooling is real and seriously worrying. It may have allowed us to continue our business as usual, not noticing how much we had changed the Earth nor realizing that we would have to pay back the borrowed time. Aerosol particles stay only a brief time in the atmosphere: within weeks they settle to the ground. This means that any large economic downturn, or a planned reduction in fossil-fuel usage, or unwise legislation to stop sulphur emissions, as the Europeans are now enacting to stop acid rain, will allow the immediate expression of greenhouse warming. It has been suggested that part of the excessive heat of the 2003 summer in Europe was caused by the European Union's efforts to remove the aerosol which is the source of acid rain. Peter Cox reminded us that because the aerosol was not fully included, climate modellers may have underestimated the sensitivity of their models to greenhouse gas abundance and failed to notice that we may already be beyond the point of no return. enjoy in good health
  8. i dunno, there probably is. i just did a google search of ["space technology" & jobs] and that first card came from the third article. however you were doing your research must've been really bad.
  9. it might be helpful to know the specific tech GENERIC "NASA TECH KEY TO LEADERSHIP/JOBS" Robert D. Braun (chief technologist @ NASA) 9/1/2011 ["NASA Internal Memo: Resignation Letter of NASA CTO Robert Braun" online @ http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=38313] I believe NASA has a bright future. In these challenging fiscal times, we sometimes forget that the Agency's future missions in science, aeronautics and exploration are grand in scope and bold in stature. Reading a Decadal Survey, a human exploration Design Reference Mission, the National Plan for Aeronautics R&D, it is clear that we have significant and compelling work to do. I remain convinced that a NASA focused on grand challenges and operating at the cutting-edge is not only critical for our Nation's future in space, but also for our Nation's technological leadership position in the world. These outcomes can only be met by a NASA that balances its three long-standing core competencies: basic and applied research, spaceflight development, and mission operations. While these three competencies do not require equal budgets, they must each be nurtured and funded at a level that provides critical mass. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent, nurture and begin to rebuild the Agency's basic and applied research competency. At NASA, these three core competencies are truly, and perhaps uniquely, interconnected. Sustained investment in research and technology is required to enable the compelling missions of NASA's future. These same missions focus and sharpen NASA's research and technology investment portfolio. The symbiotic relationship between innovative technology development and mission development drives the pace of our nation's future in space, builds our technological capability and creates jobs. DEBRIS TECH SPECIFIC JOBS CREATION CARD LA Times (staff) 9/2/2011 ["Wanted: Space junkmen. Apply today" online @ http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/09/jobs-space-junk-man-to-the-moon.html] Jobs are on everyone's minds these days, especially after this gloomy bit of news Friday: The U.S. economy added no new jobs in August -- the worst showing in a year -- as employers cut back hiring and trimmed work hours of existing employees. Now, ordinarily I wouldn't pitch "picking up trash" as a big jobs generator, even though humans -– and Americans in particular -– are especially adept at creating messes. But these aren't ordinary times. So I think maybe we can kill two birds with one stone with a "jobs for junk" program. And not just any junk. Space junk. From an Associated Press story Friday in The Times: Space junk has made such a mess of Earth's orbit that experts say we may need to think seriously about cleaning it up. That may mean vacuuming up debris with weird space technology -- cosmic versions of nets, magnets and giant umbrellas, according to the chairman of an expert panel that issued a report on the problem Thursday. There are 22,000 objects in orbit that are big enough for officials on the ground to track and countless more smaller ones that could do damage to human-carrying spaceships and valuable satellites. The International Space Station has to move out of the way of debris from time to time. We know the problem. We don't have a solution yet. But how many good jobs could we create coming up with one?
  10. gargamel

    Evidence Posts

    i plan on doing some stuff for the space topic
  11. here you go edit: also, reusable launch vehicle has practically every aff under the rez as an advantage
  12. gargamel

    gettin paid

  13. how do i change my payment preference? there's no longer a private evazon authors forum so i have to ask here. plz halp. (x-posted to evazon)
  14. gargamel

    gettin paid

    how do i change my payment preference? there's no longer a private evazon authors forum so i have to ask here. plz halp. (x-posted to feedback)
  15. can't tell who is smarter
  16. please learn how to use the internet. i did a mediafire search for "requiem for a dream ost" and found 2 different copies. this search took me 3 seconds. http://www.mediafire.com/?qcdtzwxr3eyxz85 http://www.mediafire.com/?4l1i9ezh2c0 you can seriously find tons of music on mediafire.
  17. ALL life extinction impacts????? IMPOSSIBLE.
  18. I don't know if ~19 years is the fastest, but: http://io9.com/5664078/humanity-will-need-two-earths-to-sustain-itself-in-just-twenty-years here's the report to which the article refers: http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/
  19. Point of clarification: militarization and weaponization are distinct. space is already pretty militarized. Many weapons do not violate the OST, for example, China tested an ASAT in 2007. While it wasn't exactly welcomed, it was definitely not deemed a violation of the OST. Any aff that put SBLs and/or ASATS in space would likely not link very well to any OST violations type of disad. That is simply not true. "Militarization" includes a lot of things "outside the storage of conventional weapons," Like improved military satellites for observation or geolocation. What I think is more interesting is that Article 6 requires private enterprise to get approval from the government of the country they operate in first. Specifically that, “The activities of non-governmental entities in outer space shall require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty.â€
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