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    As many of you have probably noticed, it can sometimes take a long time to submit a post. I've made a few changes that should help decrease the delay between submitting a post and that post being accepted.

    Part of the problem has to do with email notifications. People can follow a thread or forum and receive an email whenever something new is posted. This makes it easy to keep on top of new content.

    However, it's not quick to send dozens of emails. The site has to connect to the email provider, transmit the message, and then wait for the provider to send that message on to the recipient. This process can sometimes take a few seconds, and that time compounds with many followers.

    To make this process quicker the site will now queue emails locally on the server. This removes the overhead of immediately connected, transmitting, and waiting. The server will immediately accept the emails and the post will be added.

    This is only one part of the problem, unfortunately. With hundreds of thousands of posts, the site's database has become quite large. In the past, posts would be deleted to decrease the strain on the server. This is something I never want to do because old posts may still contain relevant content. Instead, optimizations and tweaks will be made to the database server to help speed posting and the entire site up. More information coming soon.

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    can you perm and advocate for whatever the neg is K-ing? I have REALLY good cards in favor of a bunch of K's but like I've always been taught to perm 24/7

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    On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 9:56 PM, Scott Victor Valentine <scott.valentine@nus.edu.sg> wrote:

     


    Dear Aman,
    No my piece was a one off that was responding to an article from another academic that talked about the “superficial friendship” between the US and China.
    My basic point was that little positives can help nurture more positive relationships.
    Since I penned that piece, the political climate on both sides of the Pacific have deteriorated to the point that I would be surprised to see much collaboration of substance between governments.
    Good luck with your study.
    Prof. V

    From: Aman Sharma [mailto:alink.sharma@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:39 AM
    To: Scott Victor Valentine
    Subject: Re: STOP-CC

     

     

     


    The part of the article I was especially interested in is how these businesses have commercial stakes in each other can spillover to broader relations writ-large. It seems to me that the United States and China have fundamental problems over things like the SCS, cybersecurity, etc. I'm wondering on how "honest lines of communications" can undo these problems.

     

    Thank you so much for your help.

     

     

     

    On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 9:33 PM, Aman Sharma <alink.sharma@gmail.com> wrote:
    Professor Valentine,

     

    I was wondering if you had any updates to your ideas on your proposal? You might not be aware, but this year’s high school policy topic is about U.S.-China economic/diplomatic engagement. Your work has influenced how I’ve approached the topic greatly, and it would be great to talk to you.

     

    Aman Sharma


    On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 9:56 PM, Scott Victor Valentine <scott.valentine@nus.edu.sg> wrote:



    Dear Aman,
    No my piece was a one off that was responding to an article from another academic that talked about the “superficial friendship” between the US and China.
    My basic point was that little positives can help nurture more positive relationships.
    Since I penned that piece, the political climate on both sides of the Pacific have deteriorated to the point that I would be surprised to see much collaboration of substance between governments.
    Good luck with your study.
    Prof. V

    From: Aman Sharma [mailto:alink.sharma@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:39 AM
    To: Scott Victor Valentine
    Subject: Re: STOP-CC




    The part of the article I was especially interested in is how these businesses have commercial stakes in each other can spillover to broader relations writ-large. It seems to me that the United States and China have fundamental problems over things like the SCS, cybersecurity, etc. I'm wondering on how "honest lines of communications" can undo these problems.

    Thank you so much for your help.



    On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 9:33 PM, Aman Sharma <alink.sharma@gmail.com> wrote:
    Professor Valentine,

     

    I was wondering if you had any updates to your ideas on your proposal? You might not be aware, but this year’s high school policy topic is about U.S.-China economic/diplomatic engagement. Your work has influenced how I’ve approached the topic greatly, and it would be great to talk to you.

     

    Aman Sharma

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    Has anyone heard of the PLA disad?

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    Also, does anyone have a K cut out fro mEdward Said's works?

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    I know there is anti-blackness, orientalism, and myth of the model minority. But is there anything more geared towards middle eastern backgrounds? Have not found many authors on the lit

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    This was made by NativeWarlock and Me, Enjoy, use carefully

     

    also the link is for the oceans topic, so you might want to change the link

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    So in state there are lots of structural violence affirmatives running around, and I was wondering how to respond to them. I know you usually read util or extinction outweighs. There is only one problem they are getting rid of section 215 of the Patriot Act. There is not any DAs that you can run on this. I was just wondering so I have some more on case to run. Thanks.

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    Here is a free time cube Kritik.

     

    SIMPLE GEOMETRY!!!!!

  2. I am the only policy team on my debate team. My partner and I went to UTNIF last summer so we have a decent grasp on policy so far. We don't have a coach or anyone else on the team with reasonable policy knowledge. I heard that the best way for teams from small schools to be competitive was to become good K debaters, so thats what we're trying to do. Right now, we're trying to qual for state (we're in texas) but idk if that's going to happen. Does anyone have any tips for small schools?

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    My most recent Saturday tournament (Varsity CX at Paris North Lamar in East Texas) consisted of three debates in which neither competitors nor judges knew exactly what was going on.

     

    Why?

     

    Because every team I competed against read a complicated advocacy of which they could not explain paired with a RoB (Roll of the Ballot) framed specifically around their advocacy. The case debate was non-existent. My case was freaking drones.

     

    Now what is the problem with this? Its bad debate! If you can even call it debate.

     

    After one such round, I talked with my opponents. They told me they had been doing debate for three years (both were juniors) and that they did not understand what they had read- a psychoanalysis K. Confused, I asked why they had decided to run thee K, to which one replied "My coach said it would win, he talks about this type of stuff all the time but it goes a bit over our heads".

     

    And here we find the fault.

     

    Psychoanalysis is a complicated critical theory that is hard to grasp for even the most educated political scientists, philosophers, and physicians. So why, may I ask, do we put it in to the hands of high school students to discuss, debate, and overall butcher? My thesis is that winning has overshadowed education in what is supposed to be its one last stronghold.

     

    We write blocks and put them in to student's hands so that they win.
    Why? Why can we not prepare debaters to think? Teach students to respond to arguments in their way, in a logical way that makes sense to them? We must remember that it is our students who are supposed to be learning to form argumentation, not us. It seems that with the "Golden generation" of high school debaters growing up and coaching, they can't let go of the fact that its not about them anymore. This appears to be the case with judges as well. The fad of "doing work" has appeared. Filling gaps in argumentation with a judge's own knowledge or opinions is not the point of debate (YOU WILL ALWAYS BEAT THE CHILD YOU ARE JUDGING, don't worry-we know that. You don't have to prove it), a good educator should judge on whats given to them, no more and no less.

     

    Why do we tell our students they can't do something or that they must do something?
    "You must put uniqueness first in your disadvantage."
    "You can't run new arguments in the 2NC"
    "You must spread." "You can't spread"
    No, your regional biases and trends do not dictate what you MUST do in a debate round. The whole point of debate is to provide a structured round (speech length and order) while not limiting the student's creativity and argumentation i.e. if I can persuade the judge of it then I can do it. There are no rules in debate other than these (provided a few in certain circuits that dictate evidence rules and the like) and that is a good thing. It keeps debate what it is.

     

    Coaches and judges alike need to realize, debate is about the students and their education. Winning is a side-effect of good debates.

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    Hey guys!

    I was wondering if you guys have debated any of these teams in Novice division.

    If you have, what affirmative do they run with what advantages? They don't post themselves on the Wiki.

    • Alpharetta High - Novice
    • Berkeley Prep - Novice
    • Cathedral Prep - Novice
    • Chattahoochee - Novice
    • Georgetown Day School - Novice
    • Greenhill - Novice
    • Heritage Hall - Novice
    • Montgomery Bell - Novice
    • Mount Vernon Presbyterian - Novice
    • Northview - Novice
    • Paideia - Novice
    • Ransom Everglades - Novice
    • Stratford Academy - Novice
    • USN - Novice
    • University of Chicago Lab Schools - Novice
    • Westminster Schools - Novice

     

    Please help! Thank you!

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    So recently my partner and I went to our second varsity debate tournament and we were hit with a k aff round one, in order to stop any more utter surprises and confusions during future rounds, does anyone have any generic files to run against K affirmatives? Also can someone explain to me what a K aff is exactly and what I things i can and can't run against it? Thanks!

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    So I've heard a lot about a great econ collapse impact card Royal 10. The only problem is, I can't find it. Could someone please give it to me?

  3. So its been a week. A week of confusing acronyms. A week of not knowing what the hell everyone was saying. A week of only catching every 5 words that came out my coaches. But thank god I'm starting to get the hang of this flowing thing. Well we have been flowing the exact same thing for a week now. Its Cuban embargo with stability and democracy every single day. Aren't we killing an unnecessary amount of trees for all this copy paper that we are flowing on? Seriously this class uses like 100 pieces of copy paper a day. Not that I'm an environmentalist or anything. This is starting to all make sense at least. I can't remember the difference between solvency and inherency but at least I can list the parts of a 1AC.......or at least I think that is what it is called. I definitely want to be the 1A when we start splitting into partners. They only have to give one actual speech! I don't get what the big deal about giving the 1AR is, it can't be that hard can it? Oh well it is still only one speech! I also still don't understand the point of having these giant boxes. If we are just going to be carrying around a small folder of papers that is a 1AC. Seems like a bit of an over kill huh? One of the older kids told me that it only gets harder from here. How much harder could it get.........

     

     

    *After note written as a varsity debater

    Wow i was stupid as a novice

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    I need specific advice on how to run time cube spec. I heard it was a really good argument and was very effective.

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    How would you answer the Critical Immigration Aff in the core files.

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    CrossX.com is great for many CX reasons. There should be a tabbed section for people to post their judging paradigms online and list the tournaments they have judged, references etc. There may already be such a system in place. If so, please tell me how to find it. I know how to get such info on two other sites, but having everything on one CX site would be AWESOME! Please help. Send a link or support this blog entry by agreeing with it. If enough users want it, it is more likely to be added. Thank you, WTJAZZ

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    I have been fretting over which camp i should go to this summer and ive been looking around and I AM IN LOVE with the seven week program at Michigan, but i simply dont think i would get in or be able to afford it's hefty price. I have done some searching and i has questions about two camps...

    1. Gonzaga 4 week varsity.. pros/cons? research? k? theory? framework? skills? SPUING?

    2. Marquette debate institute camp... its two weeks and cheaper, but is it any good? K? pros/cons?

    3. Texas University UTNIF skills intensive...skills? k? theory? framework? skill? SPUING? worth the cost..?

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    I affirm the resolution that the United States ought to value rehabilitation over retribution in the criminal justice system.

    Hi guys, so this is my case for the January LD topic and I have to say that I feel greatly disadvantaged when I debate on the Affirmative. I feel like this resolution gives more options for the NEG and its a lot easier to argue on the NEG. The first philosophy I studied was the Veil of Ignorance and Rawls' views on Justice and I have developed a liking towards them. I know there are better values out there but I would really like to debate these. I think this is an ok case. I just want to know how to make it stronger, what points should I really impact, and if there is more evidence I need and possibly two more strong contentions. Thankyou

     

    For the Debate, I will offer the following definitions from Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

     

    Ought-moral obligation.

     

    Rehabilitation- to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity.

     

    Retribution- something given or exacted in recompense; especially: Punishment

     

    Criminal Justice System- a just and impartial regularly interacting group forming a unified whole relating to or involving a crime.

     

    The Core value for today’s debate is justice as defined by John Rawls as fairness. Each person has an equal right to a fully adequate scheme of equal basic liberties which is compatible with a similar scheme of liberties for all. It is irrational for any representative to limit the liberty of any individual in society on the basis of their status or attributes. In addition, social and economic inequalities are to satisfy two conditions. First, they must be attached to offices and positions open to all under conditions of fair equality of opportunity; and, second they must be to the greatest benefit of the least advantaged members of society.

     

    I offer the value criterion of the Veil of Ignorance because we can truly achieve Justice with it. The Veil of Ignorance is a concept by John Rawls that teaches us a way to view things in a more impartial and just way. The Veil of Ignorance deprives the parties of all knowledge of particular facts about themselves, one another, and even about their society and its history. This purpose is to place us in a “position of equalityâ€. Without this access to excess particular knowledge, parties cannot have their judgments distorted and thus result in unfair principles. With my core value and my value criterion, I will now move on to my first contention.

     

     

    Contention 1- Rehabilitation deters recidivism in criminal offenders.

     

    According to Issues and Controversies, “federally funded rehabilitation programs are effective in reducing recidivism. studies show that participants in vocational and work programs, as well as prison education, exhibit recidivism rates 20%-60% below those of nonparticipants… The statewide average for recidivism at that time was 42.5%â€

     

    Through rehabilitation, people better themselves and undergo beneficial changes. This not only gives people another chance into society, but it also betters society as a whole. Rehabilitation is completely moral because it provides for the good of everyone. It seeks to “cure†people of their desire to inflict and hurt. It seeks to better society and turn the bad into good. Through the Veil of Ignorance, people would be blind to society’s information and facts. They wouldn’t know who the victims are and who the attackers are. Regardless, everyone in society would want the thing that betters them and then betters society. Rehabilitation offers this option to everyone under the Veil because everyone has an equivalent chance of being the attacker. When we look to the Veil of Ignorance, we achieve Justice, the greatest value in the round.

    Contention 2-Criminals will only know what is shown to them, thus retribution will teach them crime and fear.

    According to the Prison Honor Program• The 120,000 parolees who are released into our neighborhoods each year have endured the extreme trauma of the prison experience and years of exposure to other “hardened†criminals.

     

    By this logic, retribution is clearly detrimental to our society as a whole. If each person in society were to be denied rehabilitation, than the majority will end up having traumatic experiences. This is immoral and unjust. In order to view this justly, we would have to look through the Veil of Ignorance. Under the Veil, no one in society would know their place. No one would know whether they were the victim or the victor, so we must act in the self-interest of both. We do so by allowing rehabilitation for everyone. This way, as the victim or victor you would have a second-chance back into society. This is a very impartial way of approaching this because everyone would have an equal chance of being a victor so it accounts for all possible outcomes. When we apply the Veil of Ignorance, we achieve justice, and therefore promote my core value.

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    I have a few questions NEED HELP...

    1. Whats is a solvency deficit?
    2. Do all kritiks have to be non topical?
    3. How do you announce that the other team has double turned?
    4. Lastly, what is the definition of framework?

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    does anyone have anything to help me with a uniformity K advantage next year

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