debater life

The will to succeed

I lay here contemplating life. Debating between pushing myself to complete my business plan and throwing it all away to succumb to the mundane lifestyle of 9-5. Wondering if my ideas with ever come to fruition. But then I think of all the support I have. It doesn’t seem so large a task after all. To everyone who supports me, thank you.

hopefullyfunnystuff  asked:

What the heck is a feral horse????? Do this like attack people or something?

So the southwest in general has this kinda serious problem with poorly-managed ranches where horses escape/get lost/get abandoned and run around the mountains and breed with each other and you get these horses that haven’t lived with humans for 3 or 4 generations and are only kind of domesticated.

They don’t go out of their way to attack people, but they’re not chill like regular horses that have been socialized to live with humans, and they REALLY don’t like dogs and might kick the shit outta you if you get too close.  99% of the time they just run away though.

The more serious issue is that they’re aggressive around any surface water, which discourages the native deer/elk/antelope form drinking, so they die, and they are also a major vector for a bunch of ungulate and livestock diseases.  But people get really pissy when the park service rounds them up and sells them off because sometimes foreign companies purchase them for meat/the whole “we should find homes for these animals!” Ok brenda u gonna feed this pretty much wild animal?

it’s kind of a huge mess.

Silmarillion Project Help

As some of you well know, this semester I am attending a lecture class called the ‘Life and Works of J.R.R. Tolkien’. As expected, we have a finale project at the end of the semester in which we are supposed to present. Such must of course relate in some mannerism to Tolkien’s life or his works.

For myself, I have decided to discuss the dynamics between Morgoth and Sauron, primarily their roles as Dark Lords. The presentation within itself is to explore the differences between their approach and ultimately strive to answer the question– could it be argued that one is more dangerous than the other?

As some of you know, an often disputed conversation is a quote found within the Silmarillion when Sauron is first introduced stating; “–and was only less evil than his master in that for long he served another and not himself.” It is obvious from a logical approach, Sauron cannot be more powerful (or even equal) to the authority of Melkor, as being a maiar; he is physically weaker to that of a Valar, especially one that is ‘mightiest among the Ainur

However, as directed in the Silmarillion; “In all the deeds of Melkor the Morgoth upon Arda, in his vast works and in he deceits of his cunning, Sauron had a part–” Sauron’s influence in Melkor’s dominance over Arda cannot be disputed or discredited. But as we are evidently shown throughout the legendarium, Sauron was no master of war. Where as Morgoth could easily designate with brute force, his servant had to turn towards charm and manipulation for gain.

Therefore, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss the basis of Chaotic Evil vs Lawful Evil. Such is where I would love to have your thoughts and/or opinnions upon this topic for I do not believe there is an honest answer here. 

Some may believe that Sauron came closer to achieving the conquering of Middle Earth in the 6,000 years he reigned from the Second to Third Age then Melkor managed to accomplish in the 50,000 years that was the First Age. However, an argument could be poised that Sauron faced a lesser competition, with the glory of the elves fading and the Valar retreating from this world. After all, Morgoth did manage to hold superiority for 50,000 years. 

But what do you all think? Is the brutality of Morgoth more deserving of the accreditation of a Dark Lord or do you believe in the slyness of Sauron proved a much more deadly advisory? Feel free to comment on this post or even reblog with your ideas or simply share to help spread the word! After all, asking yourself who’d be worse to deal with is a lot left up to opinion then an honest answer and because of that– I need opinions for this presentation!

- Ardie

Your weekly reminder that:

  • Victor Nikiforov’s name is officially spelled with a C as decided by the show’s writers
  • The YOI Wikia is WRONG, they know it and they refuse to correct their mistake, therefore invalidating their role as a source of objective, factual information. If they can’t even get a main character’s name spelled correctly, then none of their information can be considered reliable because who knows what else they changed just because the admins wanted. (ETA: At the very least now they have a note that acknowledges Victor as the canon spelling, but why they insist on keeping the incorrect one is beyond me)
  • If you write it with a K because “that’s more correct in Russian”, I hope you also write Atabek Altyn, Yuriy Plisetsky (or Yuri Plisetski) and Akuseeru, Ruuppu and Ruutsu Nishigoori, because those are more accurate and correct spellings in relation to those characters’ countries of origin, and if you don’t use those spellings, then you don’t care about being “culturally appropriate” and are just being stupid :D

If you spell it with a K for aesthetics… I mean that’s your prerrogative and I’m not gonna bitch at you for it but I’ll also never undestand why

It’s late 2004 when Petunia receives - by owl, of all things - a copy of The Daily Prophet. She almost throws it away as a reflex, but movement on the front page catches her eye. A newborn baby held in the arms of a red-headed woman who looks vaguely familiar stares back at her from the paper. The headline reads SAVIOR OF THE WIZARDING WORLD AND STAR CHASER WELCOME NEW BABY JAMES SIRIUS POTTER-WEASLEY. 

She drops the paper to the kitchen floor in shock. Harry. Nasty, freakish little Harry, who couldn’t properly cook bacon has a son. 

She’s slightly more prepared two years later when another copy of the wizarding newspaper soars through her window. This one she has to open to the second page, but sure enough, HARRY POTTER CAUSES CONTROVERSY WITH NEW CHILD’S NAME blinks from the top of the paper. Another baby, this one looking more like Harry himself had - where had THAT thought come from - blinks up at her. 

Petunia Dursley has a nervous breakdown, though, after an anxiety attack caused by a third birth announcement from that world. Vernon enters the kitchen to find her sobbing on the floor, next to a newspaper - a moving newspaper - open to the fourth page, which proclaims, LILY POTTER-WEASLEY BORN NEW YEARS EVE. 

Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life!!

Evolutionary biologists have never known what to make of viruses, arguing over their origins for decades. But a newly discovered group of giant viruses, called Klosneuviruses, could be a ‘missing link’ that helps to settle the debate — or provoke even more discord.

In 2003, researchers reported that they had found giant viruses, which they named Mimiviruses, with genes that suggested their ancestors could live outside of a host cell1. The discovery split researchers into two camps. One group thinks viruses started out as self-sufficient organisms that became trapped inside other cells, eventually becoming parasitic and jettisoning genes they no longer needed. Another group views viruses as particles that snatched genetic material from host organisms over hundreds of millions of years.

A study2 published on 6 April in Science provides evidence for the latter idea, that viruses are made up of a patchwork of stolen parts. But it has already sparked controversy and is unlikely to settle the raucous debate.

La Scola, B. et al. Science 299, 2033 (2003).

An illustration of what a Klosneuvirus might look like. Ella Maru Studio

Something I’ve been wanting to explore for a while now - The differences between the UK and US education systems. (Spurred by one of my friend’s claiming America has it harder, and the decision to explore this fact. Basically, it’s a bit of a rant.)

I think the main assumption that U.S. exams are difficult is the fact that you need to get 97-98% on exams to get an A+, whereas A* in England require 90%. Coupled with the fact that A’s in the US are 90-92% upwards, whereas in England you only need 80%, at first glance it could be seen that American exams are harder.

But the main difference isn’t the mark schemes. It’s the way exams are held. As far as research shows me, American grades go towards your GPA, from 0.00 to 4.00 (5.00 in some states). The exams you take, accumulating over middle school and high school go towards your final grades when you graduate high school or apply for college.

These exams are based on school terms / semesters, and are accumulative. And, if my research is right, students in the U.S have the capability of retaking tests if they don’t do well.

Apparently Americans study 6-8 subjects and each exam is an hour, with half of the exam being multiple choice and the other being a written essay.

However, in England, our exams take place at the end of our courses. GCSE’s from ages 14-16, and A-levels from 16-18. We start our two year course and take all of our exams at the end of it: There’s usually 2-3 exams per subject.

During GCSE’s, I personally took 9 subjects, with a total of 22 exams at the end of my course over June and July. The average exam is 90 minutes, so I had on average 33 hours of exams for GCSE’s on a whole. (That’s excluding the 18-hour drama exam I had to take).

People in UK don’t get to retake GCSE exams - the only retakes schools push for are those who get below a C in English or Mathematics - and they don’t get to retake A-level exams anymore.

At A-levels in the U.K, you typically study 3-4 subjects, in depth with a range of sub-groups. Personally I’m studying, Sociology / Psychology / English Literature and Language, each forcing me into 3 exams. That’s 18 hours of exams over a 3 week time period.

Okay Mint, you say, where are you going with this.

Give me a moment, I have a point.

In my psychology course, I have to learn 11 topics in depth. In just one topic, it’s necessary to be able to recall over 20 names, each with specific studies and specific evaluation. That’s 220 names for just PSYCHOLOGY.

Sociology, luckily, only has 5 topics. Sadly, you need about 50-60 names /studies/evaluation for 4 of those topics specifically, and you need to have about 40 extra names and studies to evaluation any question with. That’s an additional 240-280 names.

That’s up to 500 names that are necessary to remember to pass the course. All that need to be remembered over a 3 week exam period. All that are required to get marks. No multiple choice questions - well, maybe 6 multiple choice questions in all of psychology - because everything is essay based over here.

And then, to top it off, most of the English exams over here are closed book, meaning I have to be able to quote by memory and then analyse these quotes. Cramming, is practically impossible - they got rid of yearly exams three years ago, meaning retakes in second year of A-levels is impossible.

And universities don’t give concrete places. They give offers and if you don’t get the grades they say they’ll take you for, then oops you’ve got to go through clearing.

There’s a point to all this knowledge other than complaining about the exams I’m currently suffering through. It’s the place a point to the percentages necessary for grades that I pointed out earlier.

The grade boundaries are lower in the U.K because retakes are unheard of. Since we need to remember so much, need to recall over 500 names / 4 books / 50 poems, the grade boundaries give a little leeway for it’s students. If you make the percentages too high, then only two or three people would ever pass.

The grade boundaries in the U.S. then, are higher, since everything is on an accumulative scale. You give in essays and take tests that go towards a final GPA. Retakes are possible if necessary. Grade boundaries are higher since you study for one test per subject at a time.

Listen - I’m not saying either system is harder. (Although, if I’ve got you thinking one way or the other, that’s okay. I’ve got my own personal view on this that I’m not gonna go into right now).

I’m saying both systems are COMPLETELY different. It’s impossible to say that one is more difficult than the other without having studied both. U.S has higher grade boundaries, but that doesn’t mean that those getting those grades are any smarter than those studying in the U.K.

Let’s just say that both systems suck. And that we’re all suffering.

(Also, I’m not sure about America, but in the U.K, a lot of people say that A-levels are actually harder than the degrees we go into. Mostly because it’s all at the end of 2 years, whereas universities test after every term.)


If I’ve gotten anything about the U.S education system wrong, please tell me and I’ll adjust it! And what’s everyone else’s experience with the schooling system. Do you think you have it easier or harder?

Regarding an old question involving identifying human remains: I greatly appreciate everyone’s responses about contacting authorities and I want to make it clear that I greatly encourage those who believe they’ve found a human bone to talk to local law enforcement! Never remove remains from the scene if you believe they are human, only take pictures if you need to to show authorities what you found and the area you found it in to help them with a potential case.

However, I realize there are many people who are not familiar enough with skeletal anatomy to believe they’ve found human remains. There are many, many people who are not comfortable with death and remains (both human and animal) that can be quick to jump the gun or be frightened by stumbling upon bones in the woods. For those not familiar it would be impossible to tell on the spot whether you’ve found human or animal, which is why there are numerous identification resources popping up on the web that want to help give you as much information we can at your fingertips.

If you believe you’ve found human remains, please don’t be afraid to contact local authorities. If you aren’t certain what you’ve found, do not touch them, take some pictures, and take a minute to use the Internet. I’m more than happy to help you identify what you’ve found and I make emails/submissions labeled “Human?” my absolute priority. My goal has always been to make bones less scary and more fascinating, no matter what you’ve found.

How the Houses would React to:

SUDDENLY DEVELOPING SUPERPOWERS (ya know, aside from magic)

request

Gryffindor: Really into it, has been waiting for this day all their life.

Originally posted by queenmeras

Hufflepuff: Feels a great duty to use their powers for good

Originally posted by reginaa-phalange

Ravenclaw: Struggles with the work-superwork-life balance

Originally posted by anime-entity

Slytherin: Debates between altruism and what would be best for themselves

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Donald Trump’s grotesque abortion horror story is as offensive as it is misleading

After Clinton emphasized her firm support of Roe V Wade, Donald Trump used his speaking time to elaborate on a gruesome — and grossly misleading — description of abortion. Clinton called out his scare rhetoric and stood up for women’s rights. Of course, at one time, Trump would agree.