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"Industry-funded propaganda?"  Going for the ol' ad hominem, I see.
Fine.  I'll take the bait.
I think the best answer is:  no one knows.  Even if the planet is warmer than it was a century ago, we don't know what it would be without a single human being walking the planet.  We know the planet was much warmer a few hundred years ago, and we had an ice age a few thousand years ago.  So...what would the earth's climate be like if there were no people and no industrialization?  We just don't understand just what will cause climate to change, and by what amounts, well enough to model the addition of burning fossil fuels.
I will say this much.  At this point, all climate is used as proof of "climate change."  Hot weather used to be the standard for judging the veracity of global warming, but now so is cold weather.  So is wet weather, and so is dry weather.  The whole thing has unfortunately become a tautology.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Choosing in the south..
« on: March 18, 2009, 07:28:35 PM »
Where do you want to practice?  In your home state, in the same geographical area (south Central), or someplace completely different?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Odds on keeping scholarship?
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:15:15 PM »
I appreciate the two points of view.  I realize that everybody comes in to law school believing he or she will be at the top of the class (although I have doubts about the folks that post "how-is-the-party-scene at school 'x'" questions).
For the record, my LSAT falls in line with other standardized tests I have taken, and the GPA is out of whack.  I have been out of school awhile, and I have a good work ethic, and distractions won't be a serious temptation for me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Odds on keeping scholarship?
« on: March 12, 2009, 06:32:03 AM »
> 90th percentile LSAT, middle-of-the-road GPA.  I expected to get in, but I was completely surprised by the scholarship.

Choosing the Right Law School / Odds on keeping scholarship?
« on: March 11, 2009, 06:46:51 PM »
I just received a nice scholarship offer from Indiana (Bloomington) that has a minimum GPA requirement (3.2); does anyone know whether the school requires that all grades average out to a certain value, and if so, what it is?  (Forgive my ignorance for not knowing the specific term for this kind of curve).

Financial Aid / Re: Amount of schools you can send to?
« on: March 08, 2009, 07:48:27 PM »
Once the SAR has been processed (about 3-4 days, I think) you can edit the existing FAFSA.  You'll have to remove some of the schools and then add new ones in their place.  It sounds kinda risky, but it's the way recommended by the FAFSA site.  (Leave it to the Federal govt. to create a limit so infuriatingly arbitrary and easy to remove).  From what I've read, as long as the FAFSA info. is saved for a given school at some point, that school will be able to access your information.
There are several links out there on the Web that will explain this better, but I'm too tired (and lazy) to look them up for you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What kind of notebook should I buy?
« on: March 06, 2009, 07:56:04 PM »
My tuppence, as someone who has worked in the computer industry 10+ years....
Dell's are, as a rule, made as cheaply as possibly.  That makes them as cheap as possible, but know that you get what you pay for.  I've had about a dozen Dell's, and they all worked fine for at least a year and a half...but no guarantees past that.  Also, I've had issues with a lot of the "specialized" hardware that is only available from Dell for their computers.
You can't go wrong with Lenovo.  I've had two laptops and they're both great.  Of course, Lenovo caters to business users, so there aren't as many entertainment options with that brand as with others.  I'm also fairly happy with the Compaq/HP's that I've had, though not as much as the Lenovo's.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Illinois 1L - Ask away
« on: March 04, 2009, 07:48:26 PM »
I realize you are a first-year student, but can you provide details on the breadth of the intellectual property program?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Games help beyond LG Bible
« on: February 24, 2009, 08:07:40 PM »
If I may offer a suggestion, I wouldn't spend TOO much time looking for inferences that aren't obvious when you first start diagramming.  I would make sure you look for inferences from questions you solve; you'd be surprised how often you can eliminate possibilities or draw a helpful conclusion from solving an easy question.  As you say, there really isn't a lot of time to work, so you have to spend it judiciously.  For me, simple practice (even with the same questions more than once) helped a lot.
If it makes you feel better, I think almost everyone, including people who score really well, struggle with time on the logic games.  You'll get better with practice.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Thoughts on Albany
« on: February 23, 2009, 06:11:32 PM »
From my understanding if you want to stay in the area it's not exceedingly difficult to land a job
I'm surprised to hear that.  I have two relatives that went to Albany law, and they both had great difficulty landing a job in the Albany area after graduating.  One of them was unemployed almost a year after graduation, and what he did eventually get was not a regular job.  I don't know exactly where they were in class rank, but I know they were both in the top half.
Here is a link to some data on how many lawyers there are per capita in New York state:
As you can see, Albany has a lot of lawyers per capita.  Maybe there's a large need that needs to be filled simply because it's the state capital, but maybe not.

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