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Campus Progress has a nifty guide up to the Top 100 Effects of Global Warming. Everything from koala bears to Bulgarian hookers(?!) is covered.

Because we don't want cute little Knut to turn cannibal (Effect #26).


I understand the title of this post. My roommates understand it. You understand it. (Maybe not you, Adam, but I'm sure if you ask one of your roommates, they'll explain...)

Apparently, the code is too complicated for the US Navy to crack. The subtle nuances of using initials and acronyms to represent larger concepts is far beyond the comprehension of this particular service branch, and in order to bridge such a significant cultural gap, the Navy has started leading trainings for its recruitment officers in order to make sure they understand the "youth of tomorrow". And sidenote-- Aren't we the youth of today? And the adults of tomorrow? Anyway...

A PowerPoint presentation that the Navy is using in these training sessions has begun to circulate the internet, and is worth combing through for pure entertainment value. At one point, for example, the presentation points out that today's typical teenager "has always been online" and "has never known a world without digital phones." Because of such global communications technology, his "best friend may be Chinese". Wonkette's reaction was pretty great: "My god, Chinese?? Ye gods, is nothing sacred in this godless post-9/11 Facebook world?" I heart Wonkette. (And I'm not just saying that so I can demonstrate my nifty knowlege of teen slang, I really do heart Wonkette).

Another great slide presented a pop quiz on teenage culture; questions asked of the recruitment officers addressed topics as diverse as the Black Eyed Peas, emoticons, the Video Music Awards, and Brangelina's baby. I'm not going to lie, those are all important parts of my life, but I was stumped by their question on Degrassi: The Next Generation. I must have missed that trend.

The presentation did eventually get around to more serious topics, such as our generations' over-reliance on planners (excuuuse me for being organized...) and our general apathy towards the Navy and military service in general. It seems to blame such feelings on our parents' "coddling", but I tend to think the war in Iraq might have something to do with it...

Anyway, if you want to sift through the presentation in it's entirety, you can download it from Danger Room, who was first to post it online. There's a link in the first paragraph.

OMG, have fun reading, and ttyl!


Help us host a lively presidential debate on September 19th by submitting questions for the candidates!

The College Dems are hosting a presidential debate on Wednesday, September 19th at 8:00 PM in ICC 107. We have recruited three Georgetown Government Department professors to moderate and, to make their job a little eaiser, we want to provide them with a list of questions they can draw on during the debate. That's where we need your help.

We have divided the debate into eight rounds, each one centered on a different topic. We would really appreciate it if you could each write a question or two based on those topics so that we can put together a list for the professors. Your questions can be general or for a specific candidate. Your questions can be on topics that have received extensive media attention or on more obscure topics. Post your questions as comments to this entry. The round topics are below. Thanks for your help and see you on the 19th!

Round 1 - Personal, character, and media questions (i.e. Senator Kerry, how do you respond to those who say that you are a flip-flopper)
Round 2 - Iraq
Round 4 - Education and Student Issues
Round 5 -Environmental and Energy Issues
Round 6 - Foreign Policy (Includes all non-Iraq issues, such as Iran, Darfur, North Korea, Nuclear Issues, and the War on Terror.)
Round 7 - Social Issues (i.e. Gay Marriage, Abortion, Gun Control)
Round 8 - Urban, Poverty, and Labor Issues