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King of All Cosmos

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  1. I recently moved to the DC area (on the Maryland side) and I'm looking to get involved again in debate but I'm not sure where to start. I debated in high school (some national tournaments but mostly local and regional) and some in college (mostly JV). In the past I've done a lot of judging and some coaching, but I have not been involved with the community very much for the last 4 years. If anyone had any suggestions for tournaments in the area that might need to hire judges, schools that might need to hire coaches, or volunteer opportunities to help out with high school debate in the area, I would appreciate it. Alternatively, if anyone has any contacts in the area that might be willing to talk to me, that would be helpful. My debate career was very Texas centric and I don't know much about debate in the DC area.
  2. A:What's the status of the K and the Counter Plan? N: Propositional. A: What does that mean? N: It's hard to explain.
  3. The amounts you can expect also depend on whether you are willing to also provide coaching and/or cutting updates (if you are judging for a school), whether you're willing to stay to judge outrounds, and where/what kind of tournament you're dealing with. For example, the norm in Texas for CX tournaments a couple of years ago was $125 for a 2 day tournament when being paid by the tournament. Some tournaments pay by the round and some pay by the tournament for you to be available for a certain number of rounds. The latter is usually (but not always) a better deal.
  4. Well, I don't see anyone else in this thread with that same IP. I'd do a site wide search but it looks like mods aren't able to look up users by IP or vice versa. I think we used to but I'm not too sure.
  5. Maybe I've been out of the loop, but Northwestern and Harvard seem noticeably absent from these lists.
  6. I'm not sure how it wound up in Misc since there are no posts showing the chain, but oh well. Off to Arts!
  7. How so? I would prefer to be governed by someone who was either smart enough or invested enough in the value of education to get better grades. Many Christian candidates, such as Obama, accept the scientific method and support evidence based judgements. That a candidate does not accept evolution is not an indication that they "reject[] all science," but rather that they base their views of how the world functions in such a way that openly ignores evidence. There is a big difference in believing in the unprovable (e.g. religion) and disbelieving the proven. This is the thought process point that Ian brought up. You bring up a good point that it may only be a political move. This is hard to say. I would hope that Paul with his advanced training in science that he would know better than to actually believe what he articulates. I'd like to say that there's something worrying about a politician lying to the public, but to say one could base one's voting decision on that would be naive. This is true, but as Ian hints at, there probably aren't any other electable candidates willing to cut spending either. Cutting spending has some popularity in the abstract, but when you get to specific discussions of where the money should come from it becomes politically impossible, in the current social climate. To paraphrase John Steward, something is only an entitlement if it benefits somebody else. If you are benefiting then it is the hallmark of a civilized society.
  8. Also: Romney - Magic Underwear Perry - Graduated from a state school with a 2.2GPA. Bachman - Has never sponsored a bill that later became law. Paul - Does not understand evolution. Litmus test failed.
  9. Well, unless you're planning on voting for someone other than me. In that case I'd prefer that you do vote for Paul Ryan.
  10. He will not secure the Republican nomination and will thus not be an electable candidate. Feel free to vote for him in the primaries though.
  11. Perhaps a better question then is, "What is the net present value of the cost of war?" or the like.
  12. http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/7/5/watch_full_video_of_wikileaks_julian_assange_philosopher_slavoj_iek_with_amy_goodman Feel free to move if you think there is a more appropriate sub forum for this.
  13. Minecraft is a ludicrously good game.
  14. I'm also running in a few forums. I think I posted about it somewhere, but I PMed it in to the admins, at least. Culture is my main one, but I think I listed some others. I don't have the tag but my mod powers still work. Confirmed.
  15. It would not surprise me if this was appealed, reversed, and remanded.
  16. The stage never existed, but yes, I miss it.
  17. My rep bar! NooOOoooOOOOooOOOOoo
  18. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/26/china-space-station-tiangong China unveils rival to International Space Station Less than a decade ago, it fired its first human being into orbit. Now, Beijing is working on a multi-capsule outpost in space. But what is the political message of the Tiangong 'heavenly palace'? Tania Branigan Visitors to the Airshow China exhibition look at a model of the Tiangong-1 space station. China laid out plans for its future in space yesterday, unveiling details of an ambitious new space station to be built in orbit within a decade. The project, which one Nasa adviser describes as a "potent political symbol", is the latest phase in China's rapidly developing space programme. It is less than a decade since China put a human into orbit for the first time, and three years since its first spacewalk The space station will weigh around 60 tonnes and consist of a core module with two laboratory units for experiments, according to the state news agency, Xinhua Officials have asked the public to suggest names and symbols for the unit and for a cargo spacecraft that will serve it Professor Jiang Guohua, from the China Astronaut Research and Training Centre, said the facility would be designed to last for around a decade and support three astronauts working on microgravity science, space radiation biology and astronomy The project heralds a shift in the balance of power among spacefaring nations. In June, the US space agency, Nasa, will mothball its whole fleet of space shuttles, in a move that will leave only the Russians capable of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The $100bn (£60.5bn) outpost is itself due to fly only until 2020, but may be granted a reprieve until 2028 Bernardo Patti, head of the space station programme at the European Space Agency (Esa), said: "China is a big country. It is a powerful country, and they are getting richer and richer. They want to establish themselves as key players in the international arena. "They have decided politically that they want to be autonomous, and that is their call. They must have had some political evaluation that suggests this option is better than the others, and I would think autonomy is the key word." He added that China's plans would be "food for thought" for policymakers elsewhere. Esa and other nations are already discussing a next-generation space station that would operate as a base from which to explore space beyond low-Earth orbit; future missions could return astronauts to the moon, land them on asteroids, or venture further afield to Mars. "Another country trying to build its own infrastructure in space is competition, and competition always pushes you to be better," Patti said. The central module of the Chinese space station will be 18.1 metres (59.4ft) long, with a maximum diameter of 4.2 metres and a launch weight of 20 to 22 tonnes. The laboratory modules will be shorter, at 14.4 metres, but will have the same diameter and launch weight. Pang Zhihao, a researcher and deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine Space International, told Xinhua: "The 60-tonne space station is rather small compared with the International Space Station [419 tonnes] and Russia's Mir space station [137 tonnes], which served between 1996 and 2001. "But it is the world's third multi-module space station, which usually demands much more complicated technology than a single-module space lab." China is also developing a cargo spaceship, which will weigh less than 13 tonnes and have a diameter of no more than 3.35 metres, to transport supplies and equipment to the space station. John Logsdon, a Nasa adviser and former director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said China's plans would give it homegrown expertise in human space flight. "China wants to say: 'We can do everything in space that other major countries can do,'" he said. "A significant, and probably visible, orbital outpost transiting over most of the world would be a potent political symbol." China often chooses poetic names for its space projects, such as Chang'e – after the moon goddess – for its lunar probes; its rocket series, however, is named Long March, in tribute to communist history. The space station project is currently referred to as Tiangong, or "heavenly palace". But Wang Wenbao, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, told a news conference: "Considering past achievements and the bright future, we feel the manned space programme should have a more vivid symbol, and that the future space station should carry a resounding and encouraging name. "We now feel that the public should be involved in the names and symbols, as this major project will enhance national prestige and strengthen the national sense of cohesion and pride." China plans to launch the Tiangong-1 module later this year, to help master docking technologies. An unpiloted spacecraft will attempt to dock with the module; two piloted spacecraft will then follow suit. Wang Zhaoyao, spokesman for the programme, said researchers were developing technology to ensure astronauts could remain in space for at least 20 days and to ensure supplies could be delivered safely. According to Space.com, Jiang, the chief engineer at the China Astronaut Research and Training Centre, in Beijing, told an international conference last month: "The rendezvous and docking project is smoothly going through technical preparations and testing." The Tiangong-2 should support three astronauts for around 20 days, while the Tiangong-3, which is due for launch in 2015, should support them for twice as long. The laboratories would allow China to develop the technology it needs to build the space station. Jiang added that China aimed to increase international exchanges, and that the hardware from the current rendezvous and docking project is compatible with the International Space Station. "We will adhere to the policy of opening up to the outside world," he said. "Scientists of all countries are welcome to participate in space science experimental research on China's space station." China hopes to make its first moon landing within two years and to put an astronaut on the moon as early as 2025.
  19. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer American Beauty Fight Club American Psycho The Silence of the Lambs
  20. A surprising amount of the mods are still active. However, Mat has a very easy going mod policy, and as the supermod is the only one of us who has much of any power to enforce the rules. However, I do agree that it's about time for mod elections - they should probably happen in mid to late May, as was tradition.
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