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I'm currently prepping for our local circuit's first tournament.  Trying to cut a Bio-D DA.  Any super lay cards that don't lead to extinction that someone with the IQ of 81 could understand?  Thanks!

EDIT: I fixed the grammar mistake.  S/O to Hannahkiin CAPITALISM IS NOT COOL and Rigbert for giving some good feedback.

EDIT #2: ILY Cappy

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I'm currently prepping four our local circuit's first tournament.

...*eye twitch*

 

Oh-kay, that aside, just because they're lay judges doesn't mean they're completely stupid. Just a wild guess, but tournaments probably don't hire people to judge who didn't pass fourth grade. Sure, they may make what we perceive to be stupid decisions, but they're not debaters, so they may not know that if the aff drops topicality, they auto-lose or something like that. Also, be nice. They're giving up their weekend and trying their damndest to understand people going at 500 words per minute and throwing out all kinds of jargon.

 

You don't need a special card. All you need to do is find a card that says bio-d loss causes extinction and explain the hell out of the warrants in the block/2NR. Not that difficult. You could also talk about the millions of species of animals that will die in addition to humans.

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Honestly. It's probably easier on your side to prove the animals are key to our survival. I'm in a more lay circuit and we read 


 

Diner, 94 [David, Ph.D., Planetary Science and Geology, "The Army and the Endangered Species Act: Who's Endangering Whom?," Military Law Review, 143 Mil. L. Rev. 161]

 

To accept that the snail darter, harelip sucker, or Dismal Swamp southeastern shrew 74 could save [hu]mankind may be difficult for some. Many, if not most, species are useless to[hu]man in a direct utilitarian sense. Nonetheless, they may be critical in an indirect role, because their extirpations could affect a directly useful species negatively. In a closely interconnected ecosystem, the loss of a species affects other species dependent on it. 75 Moreover, as the number of species decline, the effect of each new extinction on the remaining species increases dramatically. 4. Biological Diversity. -- The main premise of species preservation is that diversity is better than simplicity. 77 As the current mass extinction has progressed, the world's biological diversity generally has decreased. This trend occurs within ecosystems by reducing the number of species, and within species by reducing the number of individuals. Both trends carry serious future implications. 78 [*173] Biologically diverse ecosystems are characterized by a large number of specialist species, filling narrow ecological niches. These ecosystems inherently are more stable than less diverse systems. "The more complex the ecosystem, the more successfully it can resist a stress. . . . [l]ike a net, in which each knot is connected to others by several strands, such a fabric can resist collapse better than a simple, unbranched circle of threads -- which if cut anywhere breaks down as a whole." 79 By causing widespread extinctions, humans have artificially simplified many ecosystems. As biologic simplicity increases, so does the risk of ecosystem failure. The spreading Sahara Desert in Africa, and the dustbowl conditions of the 1930s in the United States are relatively mild examples of what might be expected if this trend continues. Theoretically, each new animal or plant extinction, with all its dimly perceived and intertwined affects, could cause total ecosystem collapse and human extinction. Each new extinction increases the risk of disaster. Like a mechanic removing, one by one, the rivets from an aircraft's wings, 80 [hu]mankind may be edging closer to the abyss.

It's a short card, and you can extend the warrants pretty easily to a lay judge if they contest it.

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...*eye twitch*

 

Oh-kay, that aside, just because they're lay judges doesn't mean they're completely stupid. Just a wild guess, but tournaments probably don't hire people to judge who didn't pass fourth grade. Sure, they may make what we perceive to be stupid decisions, but they're not debaters, so they may not know that if the aff drops topicality, they auto-lose or something like that. Also, be nice. They're giving up their weekend and trying their damndest to understand people going at 500 words per minute and throwing out all kinds of jargon.

 

You don't need a special card. All you need to do is find a card that says bio-d loss causes extinction and explain the hell out of the warrants in the block/2NR. Not that difficult. You could also talk about the millions of species of animals that will die in addition to humans.

Oh lol I would twitch too.  My bad.

 

Our judges are from the local college that need the credit to pass a communications class.  Last year, we had a judge who was actually high and the RFD was: I liked his tie better.    So excuse me if I'm looking for something simple.  They don't give up their saturday, they need it.   I was looking for a card that doesn't end in extinction, because in the local circuit no one buys extinction or nuclear war claims.  Its cool though, I'm gonna just look for something else then.  Thanks tho :)

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 I was looking for a card that doesn't end in extinction, because in the local circuit no one buys extinction or nuclear war claims.  Its cool though, I'm gonna just look for something else then.  Thanks tho :)

 

Smith in 10( Carol Smith, 2/19/10, United Nations University, “Biodiversity the Worlds Economic Collapse”, http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/biodiversity-the-worlds-economic-backbone)

The dieback of large areas of the Amazon forest, due to the interactions of climate change, deforestation and fires, with consequences for the global climate, regional rainfall and widespread species extinctions. The shift of many freshwater lakes and other inland water bodies to eutrophic or algae-dominated states, caused by the buildup of nutrients and leading to widespread fish kills and loss of recreational amenities. Multiple collapses of coral reef ecosystems, due to a combination of ocean acidification, warmer water leading to bleaching, overfishing and nutrient pollution and threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of species directly dependent on coral reef resources. These types of disasters will have economic consequences because, though we have a tendency to forget it, biodiversity does not just exist for the benefit of ‘nature lovers’ but is in fact integrated into the ecosystems that are supporting humanity. “Our food comes from supermarkets, our water from the tap, and our medicine from the pharmacy… Or so it often seems. It is easy to forget that all of this, without exception, comes directly or indirectly from nature, writes IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the Debate section of IUCN’s website.“These are ecosystem services, the services that nature provides, mostly for free. They are the vital support that our societies, economies and cultures need to survive and thrive. The natural infrastructure that provides all of these fundamental services is biodiversity: the enormous variety of plants, animals and their natural habitats, linked intricately and elegantly together in billions of ways.”.“We can’t afford to forget that all economic activity is linked to nature. We need new targets and a concerted effort to ensure our natural assets are protected,” HENCE PLAN

There's an economy card. The warrant is meh at best. But good enough for lay, I think.

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Hey oh!

I'm currently prepping for our local circuit's first tournament.  Trying to cut a Bio-D DA.  Any super lay cards that don't lead to extinction that someone with the IQ of 81 could understand?  Thanks!

EDIT: I fixed the grammar mistake.  S/O to Hannahkiin and Rigbert for giving some good feedback.

*sobs internally* 

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Oh lol I would twitch too.  My bad.

 

Our judges are from the local college that need the credit to pass a communications class.  Last year, we had a judge who was actually high and the RFD was: I liked his tie better.    So excuse me if I'm looking for something simple.  They don't give up their saturday, they need it.   I was looking for a card that doesn't end in extinction, because in the local circuit no one buys extinction or nuclear war claims.  Its cool though, I'm gonna just look for something else then.  Thanks tho :)

Read a Race K. Or DnG. Or Fight Club. Or Shadowboxing. Basically any K I mentioned and anything Baudrillard writes. Local college kids would love that, especially if they're high. 

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