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Unfortunately, peace is not something that can be pursued; it is a byproduct of a Balance of Power resulting from Bi/Multi-polarity and the absence of hegemony. Mutually Assured Destruction tends to put things in perspective for world leaders.

soooo.....

support iranian nukes?

Not necessarily, but someone has to emerge as a dominate power over there. Hopefully, it will be a democratic Iraqi government. The Soviets had nukes, and there was never a conflict between the U.S. and USSR. Meanwhile, the Middle East has been Nuke free and it is one of the most unstable regions in the world.

Unfortunately, the Mid East is closer to the situation between India and Pakistan than the cold war, a religious hatred thousands of years old. While fighting over the Kasmir between India and Pakistan has quelled since both developed nuclear arsenals, it’s hardly a stable situation. Anybody who thinks dinner at Camp David and a handshake can solve that problem definitely inhaled.   

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General Board / Re: Law school vs. 9 to 5 job...give your opinion
« on: July 16, 2006, 09:44:15 AM »
I gotta say I'm really surprised to read these posts.  After two years in law school, my take on it is if you want a BigLaw job, then as a 1L you'll be going hard from about 8AM-9PM all year, and studying most of the day on Saturdays and Sundays too.  If you do that you'll finish pretty high in the class. 

Everybody is different and different people take a different amount of time to study. I studied alot, but 81 hours a week of studying? What exactly do you study for that many hours a week.

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Unfortunately, peace is not something that can be pursued; it is a byproduct of a Balance of Power resulting from Bi/Multi-polarity and the absence of hegemony. Mutually Assured Destruction tends to put things in perspective for world leaders.

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Throughout Clinton's Presidency, his only concern was his personal legacy, e.g Triangulation. His only intention with regard to a Mid East peace plan was to cleanse the stain - quite literally - that he knew his Presidency would be remembered for 25 years from now.

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General Board / Re: So Far
« on: July 14, 2006, 10:21:33 AM »
Bankruptcy is designed for the equitable treatment of creditors and to give relief to overburdened debtors who have fallen on hard economic times. Some loser, who rings up unsecured debt with the hope of discharging it in bankruptcy when the spending spree is over, is pathetic.

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General Board / Re: Rankings, how to round
« on: July 13, 2006, 04:37:28 PM »
All GPA's are rounded; it’s the degree that they are rounded to that’s different. A calculator used to determine GPA or a percentile rounds the last number that is displayed. If your school lists GPA to the hundredth, then you round the thousandth place value. i.e. a 3.726 is rounded to a 3.73. A 3.7 would be rounded to a 4, but not a 4.0 because that’s not rounding, that’s lying. In rounding you have to be accurate to the place value before the last place value listed. Hence, when listing the percentile of your rank you would round the last place value. A 50.2% would be a 50%. I think everybody knows that class ranking do not fall into whole number percentiles, so rounding takes place. However, a 50% is not in the top half of the class, it would be at the middle of the class. You would have to be at 49% to be within the top half of the class.

Coincidentally, a student ranked 101 out of 201 would be at the 50.2%, which would then be rounded to 50%, the middle. He would have 100 students ranked above him and 100 students ranked below him, putting him in the middle of the class, making the rounding completely accurate.

The problem is when you get to number 202 out of a class is 401. That person is 50.3%. There are 201 kids higher than the student and 199 lower. So the student could not say “in the top half of the class,” but could accurately say “50% of the class” because it does not signify either the bottom or top half of the class. Such a difference is not misleading, but representative of common mathematical practice. The student at 200 out of 401 is at 49.8%. Here it would be misleading to round to 49%, but he may not want to round up to 50%, so saying “top half of class” is accurate. As such 33.4% is not “in the top third” of the class, but is “33% of the class.”

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General Board / Re: Rankings, how to round
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:19:30 AM »
I would image that at schools that rank, standard rounding rules apply, i.e. Round up 5 and over and ound down 4 and below. I can't Imagine a 33.1 would be rounded to a 34.

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General Board / Re: So Far
« on: July 13, 2006, 10:57:09 AM »
Thats pathetic.

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General Board / Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« on: July 12, 2006, 03:21:55 PM »
You can get Back's online if your school gives you unlimited Westlaw. Lexis has an online dictionary too, it uses Ballentine's Dictionary. The library will have a copy as well. A hard copy of the dictionary is helpful, but you can get a pocket dictionary for like 8 or 9 bucks. It doesn’t need to be a Black's.

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General Board / Re: So Far
« on: July 12, 2006, 09:19:36 AM »

So if you plan on going bankrupt, don't consolidate?


You bet!

So there are people in law school now who are already planning their bankruptcy?

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