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  1. Pfc. Bradley Manning finally given a trial

    We'll really only know the consequences of this leak in a few years. People can go around and speculate about what this leak did or didn't do, but the real consequences of any action take time to reveal themselves.
  2. Pfc. Bradley Manning finally given a trial

    Your claim was "resulted in no deaths." One can argue about whether the outcome of the Arab Spring was good or bad, but it mainly depends on one's perspective. I generally consider people wresting their sovereignty from tyrants to be a good thing, but we really won't know the consequences of these events for years.
  3. Pfc. Bradley Manning finally given a trial

    The truth is, we can't really ever be certain. It seems fairly widely believed that some of the documents triggered the Arab Spring (just google search "Bradley Manning Arab Spring"), and the Arab Spring did very much result in deaths.
  4. Pfc. Bradley Manning finally given a trial

    How can you be so certain? Also, the Supreme Court ruled that "...while military personnel are not excluded from First Amendment protection, the fundamental necessity for obedience, and the consequent necessity for discipline, may render permissible within the military that which would be constitutionally impermissible outside it." 417 U.S. 773 (1974) and "...the rights of men in the armed forces must perforce be conditioned to meet certain overriding demands of discipline and duty." 417 U.S. 773 (1974). Now, that ruling concerned a separate set of charges and regulations, but the precedent has been set.
  5. UFOs and Human Observation

    Alright children, settle down. Now I've already handed back your graded quizzes, so let's go over the answers. All the answers came directly from the reading assignments by the way, so I expected everyone to get a 100%. 1. What are citations? A citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source (not always the original source) to validate a statement of fact. (1) I would have also accepted: The name for a series of Cessna business jets, a Chevrolet, an Edsel or a ticket issued by a law enforcement officer for a traffic violation. 2. Why are citations important to intellectual discourse? Citation has several important purposes: to uphold intellectual honesty (or avoiding plagiarism), to attribute prior or unoriginal work and ideas to the correct sources, to allow the reader to determine independently whether the referenced material supports the author's argument in the claimed way, and to help the reader gauge the strength and validity of the material the author has used. (1) 3. Whose responsibility is it to provide citations? When debating any issue, there is an implicit burden of proof on the person asserting a claim.(2) 4. What qualities do good citations possess? Good citations exist and subscribe to one of the generally accepted citations systems, such as the Oxford, Harvard, MLA, American Sociological Association (ASA), American Psychological Association (APA), etc. (1)
  6. UFOs and Human Observation

    I've taken this thread very seriously.
  7. UFOs and Human Observation

    I am but a facilitator. My contributions to this discourse are to get you to provide supporting evidence for your claims.
  8. UFOs and Human Observation

    2. You say it's a "proven fact" yet refuse to provide any actual proof. Of course you can demand citations, but only when someone else presents something as a fact and does not provide evidence to support it. You didn't win anything. You can't just win a debate by refusing to provide supporting evidence.
  9. UFOs and Human Observation

    Pandora, Your grade is a 0/4. You've failed.
  10. UFOs and Human Observation

    Times up. Pencils down. Everyone pass your quizzes to the front. I'll grade these and have them to you at the beginning of next class.
  11. UFOs and Human Observation

    It's quiz time! The questions will be short answer. You have 15 minutes to complete the quiz. 1. What are citations? 2. Why are citations important to intellectual discourse? 3. Whose responsibility is it to provide citations? 4. What qualities do good citations possess? Your time starts... now.
  12. UFOs and Human Observation

    *tips hat* Inspector...
  13. Mermaids

    I don't curse, Lucas.
  14. UFOs and Human Observation

    Also, don't forget your reading assignment on the Burden of Proof. We're not going to discuss it in class, but it will be on the test.