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I'm currently at the topic selection committee.  We're discussing final wording on 9 potential topics for the 2014-2015 school year, which will be voted down to 5 tomorrow.  Those 5 then get sent out to the states to vote down to a final 2, and then there is a final vote near the end of this calendar year.  I will post the topics once we agree on wording before voting.  In the mean time, let me know if you have any potential topic proposals for the 2015-2016 school year.  Per the topic type rotation it needs to be a domestic issue.

 

 

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I will when we're done bickering about the wording, which should have been about 3 hours ago.  I'm still hopeful we will be done within half an hour.

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As of now, some changes can still happen to wording, the potential resolutions are:
 

1.  International Treaties

The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following:  the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty; the Convention on Biological Diversity; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

2.  Oceans

The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

 

3.  Middle East Policy Reform

The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt; Iran; Israel; the Palestinian Authority; Saudi Arabia.

 

4.  Export Control Reform

The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following:  China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.

 

5.  Electoral Reform

The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its regulation of federal elections in the United States.

 

6.  Postsecondary Education

The United States federal government should establish an education policy to substantially increase student access, persistence, and/or degree completion at postsecondary institutions in the United States.

 

7.  Prison/Justice System Reform

The United States federal government should substantially reform its criminal justice system in one or more of the following areas: sentencing, drug scheduling, incarceration. 

 

8.  International Humanitarian Law

The United States federal government should substantially increase its compliance with international humanitarian law by restricting the use of military force in armed conflict.

 

9.  Domestic Water

The United States federal government should increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.

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Quick question does anybody know the sub topic for this year - last year was domestic this year its foreign, what is this?

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The topics above are for a "mixed" year.  I am still looking for suggestions for the 2015-2016 year, which is a domestic year.

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First, no oceans topic. Not again. Too soon.

I like the middle east reform topic. I think there is an equitable division of ground on this topic and overall it would be a fun and debatable experience for anyone, especially seeing how the issues are very current and would give a large boost to research, because people will have to update affs as regularly as politics UQ.
 

Aff - Up-to-date Middle East affs with very nice alliance/cred advantages, ME war stuff, maybe some critical security/Said affs, maybe some based off reducing/increasing military assistance in those areas (idk what will happen in the future). Most advantages will actually be true, instead of the usual slippery slopes.

 

T - not too big, but workable, especially against those small affs. "Substantial" might make a comeback. "Its" will also be there.

 

CPs - so many normal means CPs, it's crazy. There are so many committees, agencies, conditions, etc which would be available.

Ks - Orientalism, Security, Cosmo will all be huge. Agamben is another massive one which people will have to get ready for

 

DAs - good lit on all the countries

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These topics would've been really cool for last year instead of Transportation Infrastructure =(

 

 


As of now, some changes can still happen to wording, the potential resolutions are:
 

1.  International Treaties

The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following:  the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty; the Convention on Biological Diversity; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

2.  Oceans

The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

 

3.  Middle East Policy Reform

The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt; Iran; Israel; the Palestinian Authority; Saudi Arabia.

 

4.  Export Control Reform

The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following:  China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.

 

8.  International Humanitarian Law

The United States federal government should substantially increase its compliance with international humanitarian law by restricting the use of military force in armed conflict.

How are these domestic topics? If I remember correctly, the Dual Use Tech topic was a potential topic for this year.

 

Oceans sounds really cool, but as said above, there was an oceans topic not too long ago. Treaties sounds too neg-biased. 

 

I agree with ARGogate. Middle East sounds cool. But again, how is that a domestic topic?

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The topics I listed are topics for a "mixed" year.  Either foreign or domestic.  I am asking for suggestions for a domestic topic to propose to be at the committee next year.

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Do space again. And space every year. But word it to specifically exclude SBSP.

 

Other than that, what about organized crime? That would be interesting, though it'd be cooler on an international level.

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9.  Domestic Water

The United States federal government should increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.

 

NO. Infinite number of affs, especially because it doesn't say substantially

Anti-Canibalism laws because humans are made of water 

Prohibition

Banning Crystal Lite because it has X chemical that's super bad

No more mud puddles! 

Arrest kids who drink public pool water because that'd make them sick

Ban drinking any water at all - malthus aff

Ration water = no water wars

No dolphin hunting (their blood would contaminate water)

etc., etc.

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omg oceans and the prison reform topics would be amazing.

 

Oceans lean more toward the policymaker side with tons of affirmatives doing different things with a lot of advantage and disadvantage ground and the jail topic would be awesome for kritikal grounds where almost any theoretical standpoint can be argued

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When are the 5 topics selected?

We are in the meeting right now beginning final discussion on the topics.  We will then have one to three votes on the matter, getting rid of four resolutions over that process.  We should, and I hope for my sanity we will, be down to five topics by noon pacific time.

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After the first vote we are down to 7 topics.  Second vote being taken now.  Different wordings on some.

 

 

1.  International Treaties

 

The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following:  the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

 

2.  Oceans

The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

 

 

3.  Middle East Policy Reform

 

The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority.

 

4.  Export Control Reform

The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following:  China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.

 

 

7.  Prison/Justice System Reform

 

The United States federal government should substantially reform its criminal justice system in one or more of the following areas: sentencing, drug scheduling, incarceration. 


 

8.  International Humanitarian Law

 

The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on the use of its military force to comply with one or more provisions of international humanitarian law.


 

9.  Domestic Water

The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.

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Down to 6.

 

1.  International Treaties

 

The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one of the following:  the Comprehensive Nuclearâ€Testâ€Ban Treaty, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

 

2.  Oceans

The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

 

 

3.  Middle East Policy Reform

 

The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority.

 

4.  Export Control Reform

The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following:  China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.

 

 

8.  International Humanitarian Law

 

The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on the use of its military force to comply with one or more provisions of international humanitarian law.

 

 

9.  Domestic Water

The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.

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Final 5.
 

2.  Oceans

The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

 

 

3.  Middle East Policy Reform

 

The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority.

 

4.  Export Control Reform

The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual use technology toward one or more of the following:  China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.

 

 

8.  International Humanitarian Law

 

The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on the use of its military force to comply with one or more provisions of international humanitarian law.

 

 

9.  Domestic Water

The United States federal government should substantially increase restrictions on consumption and/or contamination of water in the United States.

 

 

 

 


These 5 now go out to the states to vote on and narrow it down to a final 2.

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Too bad the treaties topic didn't make the top 5; that looked like fun.

 

I like 2, 3 & 8.

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Grammars looks good too.

Grammar nerd alert! That comment was proper grammar because in this case "Oceans" is referring to a singular noun, the "Oceans" topic. If he said "Oceans look good" he would simply be referring to the oceans and not to the resolution. As another example, you wouldn't say (in reference to the song Roses, written by whoever you want in this case since tons of songs have that title) "Roses are a good song", you would say "Roses is a good song".

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Grammar nerd alert! That comment was proper grammar because in this case "Oceans" is referring to a singular noun, the "Oceans" topic. If he said "Oceans look good" he would simply be referring to the oceans and not to the resolution. As another example, you wouldn't say (in reference to the song Roses, written by whoever you want in this case since tons of songs have that title) "Roses are a good song", you would say "Roses is a good song".

 

Yes, and I was referring to this grammars:

 

Gilmour_(Grammars_of_Colonialism).jpg

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