ocean policy

Part of Your World- Policy Debate Version

Look at this aff, isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think my 1AC’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl
The girl who has solvency

Look at this tub, case negs untold
How much evidence can one flash drive hold?
Looking at my case you’d think
Sure, she’s got solvency

I’ve got DAs and CPs a plenty
I’ve got great links and impacts galore
You want topicality files?
I’ve got twenty
But who cares? No big deal, I want more

I wanna be where the debaters are
I wanna see wanna see them prepping
Walking around with those
What do you call them?
Oh, tubs

Without some hard work, you won’t break too far
Prep is required for winning trophies
Running along to your
What’s that word again?

Up where they spread, up where they cut
Up where they give their speech till time’s up
Running their Ts
Wish I could be
Part of debate

What would I give if I could live
In my coach’s classroom
What would I pay to spend a day
At a tournament

Betcha at state
They have recent dates
Bet they don’t
Reprimand their novices
Bright young freshmen
Sick of fish jokes
Running their plans

And ready to know what debaters know
Ask em my questions and get some answers
What’s your aff and what does it
What’s the word?

When’s it my speech
Wouldn’t I love
Love to explore the oceans below
Develop the sea
Wish I could be
Part of debate

anonymous asked:

Any ideas for honoring Poseidon?

You could light ocean-scented incense or burn an ocean-scented candle, and recite the Homeric Hymn to Poseidon or the Orphic Hymn to Poseidon

Better yet, do something to help our planet’s oceans and fresh waters!

Dying Corals by prilfish, 2010 via Flickr

Take action to help the oceans:

Global fisheries are on the verge of collapse. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), three quarters of the world’s fisheries are now overexploited, fully exploited, significantly depleted or recovering from overexploitation. Carry a sustainable seafood card and ask your seafood restaurant or fish market to buy from sustainable fisheries. Look for special terms like “line caught”, “diver caught”, “sustainably caught” or “sustainably harvested.

Avoid products produced through unsustainable or environmentally harmful methods. For example, avoid cosmetics containing shark squalene and jewelry made of coral or sea turtle shell. These products are directly linked to unsustainable fishing methods and the destruction of entire ecosystems.

Select sea-friendly souvenirs: Steer clear of jewelry, mementoes, and products made from marine animals or animal parts, including sea shells, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), shark products, and—especially—coral.

Vote responsibly. Electing the right public officials is essential to good ocean policy. Do your research and make an informed decision. Stay involved after Election Day. If you have concerns or questions, contact your representative.

Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is making our oceans more acidic. One consequence could be the loss of corals on a global scale, as their calcium skeletons are weakened by the increasing acidity of the water. There are many simple ways you can reduce your energy use. Ride a bike, walk or use public transportation. Use high efficiency appliances in your home. Turn off appliances when they aren’t in use. Turn up your thermostat a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs in your house.

Use reusable plastic products. Plastic debris in the ocean degrades marine habitats and contributes to the deaths of many marine animals. Because floating plastic often resembles food to many marine birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, they can choke or starve because their digestive systems get blocked when they eat it. Help prevent these unnecessary deaths—use cloth grocery bags and reusable water bottles.  Start a Ban the Bottle movement in your community. It can be done!

Pick up garbage and litter near beaches and shorelines. Much of the plastic and debris found in the ocean has its beginnings in beach litter. As beach crowds increase, so does the amount of trash left behind. Sea birds, turtles, seals, and other animals can mistake floating plastic for food or become tangled in it and die. Don’t let your day at the beach contribute to the destruction of our oceans. Bring a trash bag with you for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups.

If you have a salt-water aquarium, make sure you ask where and how the animals you buy were collected. Look for the Marine Aquarium Council’s Certification in pet stores to find animals that were carefully harvested and well cared for. And never release an unwanted pet into the ocean or any waterway. Organisms that don’t belong can crowd out the locals and disrupt the ecosystem.

Plastic Trash along our rivers Mouth of the Los Angeles River, Long Beach, California. Photo: Bill McDonald, Algalita Foundation, 2002. Plastic Pollution Coalition via Flickr.

Take action to help fresh water lakes and streams:

Find out where YOUR water comes from and urge others to do the same.

Make sure your hiking gear is free of plant matter when you head out into nature. Seeds of invasive plant species can hitch a ride on boots. Invasive species can cause many water problems, including absorbing more water than native species and sending erosion and bacteria into rivers and lakes.

Volunteer for a stream-clean up or wetland restoration event.

Take someone on a hike near a river or lake – or better yet, get in or on the water – swimming, kayaking, canoeing, etc. People protect things they care about. Make sure your hiking gear is free of plant matter when you head out into nature. Seeds of invasive plant species can hitch a ride on boots. Invasive species can cause many water problems, including absorbing more water than native species and sending erosion and bacteria into rivers and lakes.

Plant a tree in your yard or a friend’s yard, at a school, University, church, or other public place. Trees help keep soil in place – rather than flowing into our streams and lakes – and help slow water down, reducing flooding and enabling more rainwater to trickle down into groundwater supplies.

Water your garden in the morning or the evening when the water will evaporate less rapidly.

Sweep patios and sidewalks rather than hosing them, which wastes water and carries contaminants into freshwater systems.

Limit pesticide use. Pesticides are the only substances we intentionally introduce into our environment to kill living things, and besides being potentially dangerous to people, pets and wildlife, they’ll eventually be carried into our freshwater supply by runoff.

Keep a timer in your bathroom to help you take a shorter shower, and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. All that perfectly clean tap water is just going down the drain.

Skip meat for one meal a week. It can take about 600 gallons of water to produce a hamburger. (Think of all the grain that’s grown to feed the cattle.)

Never flush non-degradable products, like baby wipes or plastic tampon applicators. They can throw a huge wrench into the sewage treatment process and wind up littering beaches and water. (Who wants to walk along a beach and step in their own garbage?) And never dump old pills in the toilet, either. Instead, bring them to a local pharmacy that has a take-back program.

Choose toothpaste, face and body scrubs, and cosmetics containing a biodegradable exfoliants, like powdered walnut shells or crushed apricot seeds instead of polymer microbeads. The beads absorb toxins in water, are eaten by marine life, and can make their way up the food chain all the way to our dinner plates

Don’t let paint, used oil, chemical cleaners, or other questionable household products go down the drain. These items contain toxic ingredients (think sodium hypochlorite, ammonia, formaldehyde) we don’t want in our water supply. To find out about hazardous-waste collection days and facilities, or contact your local sanitation, public works, or environmental health department.

Good vehicle and machine maintenance can reduce the leaking of oil, coolant, antifreeze, and other nasty liquids that are carried by rainwater down driveways or through parking lots and then seep into groundwater supplies. Go a step further by always choosing a car wash over hosing down your ride yourself. The pros are required to drain their wastewater into sewer systems, where the water is treated for all the bad stuff before being discharged. Many even recycle that water.

Choose non-toxic cleaning products and low-phosphate detergents. Many household chores can be done with simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice. Visit Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices page for suggestions.

Hail, Poseidon, Holder of the Earth, dark-haired lord! O blessed one, be kindly in heart and help those who voyage in ships!

Poseidon Fighting Marine Pollution by Esmeralda Avila Boyes, 2014-2015. Image sources:  http://www.sacmex.df.gob.mx/sacmex/hidroarte/2014/img/murales/13.php


band of brothers au

shall we look at what your otp is doing when there is a Christmas party?

  • winnix
  • the couple that most likely to host said Christmas party bc the boys secretly (and not so secretly) consider Dick and Nix as their dads
  • so it’s understandable that everyone wants to hang out with them especially with Dick and talk to him and make him proud when there’s a talk about what the boys have been doing for the past year
  • Nix usually will just lean against the wall between then living room and the kitchen; watching at Dick being surrounded by his boys while drinking beer, a proud smile on his face
  • and honestly, Nix doesn’t mind that these boys are monopolizing Dick because he knows later Dick will come to him with a flushed face and a proud smile bc he’s happy for his boys and ask Nix to dance to make up for it
  • baberoe
  • that one couple who most likely will be at a party with a matching sweaters
  • bc Babe thinks it’s cute to wear something similar to Gene and Gene loves Babe too much to tell him that argyle makes him itch
  • still
  • Gene is learning to let loose and has began to talk to their friends more rather than hanging out at the dark corner of the room watching everyone
  • and it helps that Babe never once leave his side, always there to hold his hand when he’s not busy poking Bill
  • and it feels like an achievement when they are alone at the balcony and Babe is brushing Gene’s hair and leaning in to kiss him and telling him that he’s proud bc he knows Gene is trying his best to talk to their friends
  • webgott
  • that one couple who don’t stick around each other much bc they have their own set of friends
  • like Lieb will hang out with Tab and Toye and Grant and Malarkey and Skip and Perco and Luz and be loud and talking about things that Web has no interest in like the latest gadgets and that new Batman movie and cars
  • then at the other side of the room, you’ll see Web hanging out with Pat and Hoob and Janovec and discussing about books and politics and Hoobler rolling his eyes when Web is using big words and Pat smiles easily when Janovec is goading Web about the new government policy about ocean life
  • but in the middle of a heated discussion about which actor is a better Batman, Lieb will look up to see Web already looking at him from the end of the room and everything seems to slow down and fade away when he only sees Web’s blue eyes and the beginning of a smile
  • then later when the crowd is getting a bit rowdy, Lieb and Web can be found sitting in the garden with a bottle of champagne that Web smuggles out from Nix’s collection; leaning against each other and sharing a smoke and lots of kisses
  • not talking
  • just savoring this little quiet moment between them
  • luztoye
  • that one couple where the other half has to babysit the other person
  • bc Luz can be rowdy and loud and making impressions of others and is always surrounded by his own fanclub bc who doesn’t love Luz?
  • Toye definitely loves Luz and his annoying puns and his stupidly adorable face and his stupidly silly impressions on others and how he manages to make everyone laugh with just one joke
  • Toye also knows Luz is most likely to get tipsy drunk so fast bc he’s small and he drinks too fast and he gets all giggly and handsy and Toye is the willing victim of Luz’s handsiness
  • following Luz to the dance floor when his boyfriend drags him there with a blindingly not so innocent smile and a low voice that asks him to “dance with me”
  • he doesn’t mind that they’re dancing to a slow song bc Luz is warm and soft and lovely
  • speirton
  • the other parental unit couple at the party with Lip being the ultimate mom and Ron watching everyone like a hawk
  • they don’t always keep an eye of the boys though bc they are literally adults so Lip and Ron can always be found hanging with Harry and Kitty, with Lip talking to the married couple and Ron stands quietly next to him; drinking his beer and bopping to the music
  • for some reason, Ron always ends up dancing with Kitty much to Harry’s annoyance bc Kitty gets all flustered giggly bc Ron is a handsome man and Lip only smiles bc he knows Ron is trying to push Harry’s button
  • it doesn’t stop Harry to steal his girl back and Lip smoothly fills in the space and they will spend the evening dancing and holding each other and Ron is conscious enough to let himself go, but he’s among friends so he’s trying and Lip looks so proud and beaming at him
  • and when the evening dwindles on, you can see Lip starts to be the mom again, asking Luz to “maybe stop drinking now, George atta boy” and Ron quietly covers Grant and Tab with a thick blanket when they fall asleep on the couch
  • and even when Dick says not to help, Ron and Lip still help clean the house bc they don’t want to go yet and if tomorrow the boys wake up to a stack of pancakes and bottles of water and two pots worth of coffee, they don’t ask any question bc the sight of Ron expertly flipping pancake while wearing an apron is bizzare enough
Sustainability: Don't waste seafood waste
Turning cast-off shells into nitrogen-rich chemicals would benefit economies and the environment, say Ning Yan and Xi Chen.

Every year, some 6 million to 8 million tonnes of waste crab, shrimp and lobster shells are produced globally — 1.5 million tonnes in southeast Asia alone. But these shells harbour useful chemicals —protein, calcium carbonate and chitin — what if we actually *did* something with it?


Pollution in China.

“The oceans are in trouble; the coasts are in trouble; our marine resources are in trouble. These are not challenges we can sweep aside."— James Watkins, Admiral, US Navy (Ret.); as head of US Commission on Ocean Policy