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  1. Sorry, I didn't make that clear. The paragraphs are from Krugman, not me.
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/opinion/17krugman.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss "True, that’s not how it was supposed to work. When the economy plunged into crisis, many observers — myself included — expected a political shift to the left. After all, the crisis made nonsense of the right’s markets-know-best, regulation-is-always-bad dogma. In retrospect, however, this was naïve: voters tend to react with their guts, not in response to analytical arguments — and in bad times, the gut reaction of many voters is to move right. "That’s the message of a recent paper by the economists Markus Brückner and Hans Peter Grüner, who find a striking correlation between economic performance and political extremism in advanced nations: in both America and Europe, periods of low economic growth tend to be associated with a rising vote for right-wing and nationalist political parties. The rise of the Tea Party, in other words, was exactly what we should have expected in the wake of the economic crisis."
  3. Maybe. But the Library of Congress indexes Schindler's List as a work of fiction.
  4. Needless to say. But for comparison: Pride and Prejudice, based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Schindler's List, from Shindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally MASH, from MASH by Richard Hooker Psycho, from Psycho by Robert Bloch The African Queen, based on the novel by C.S. Forester The Bridge on the River Kwai, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle The Godfather, based on Mario Puzo's novel Jaws, based on the novel by Peter Benchley The Shawshank Redemption based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption Marathon Man, based on William Goldman's novel The Great Escape, novel by Paul Brickhill To Kill a Mockingbird, novel by Harper Lee
  5. Ankur, I work from the following presumptions: 1. Well-prepared debaters are on the look out for recent evidence from qualified sources on both sides of impact issues. 2. "Deficits bad" evidence is easier to find than "deficits not bad" evidence. 3. If I stumble across "deficits not bad" evidence, some debaters on Cross-X.com might want to cut it and use it in a round. You can, of course, comment on the article. I am not dogmatic on the question of budget impacts. But the point of the post was just to give a link to someone who might want low-effort evidence.
  6. Ankur, I know you fancy yourself an economist, but he actually is an economist. He may be right or wrong, but "his claims are silly and ludicrous" probably isn't enough in a round.
  7. I believe the National Day of Prayer Task Force excludes Catholics from full participation in its events.
  8. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/05/galbraith_the_danger_posed_by.html
  9. Creative people will always seek a competitive advantage by innovation.
  10. Do we know that the Big 10 (supersized) would continue to split revenue equally?
  11. He did not make it out of the Republican convention here.
  12. That's great. Kami is wonderful.
  13. Clara, Who is coaching policy at West next year?
  14. It's probably a little early to know whether there was negligence (visible or in). I don't know the facts, but it may be that the workers on board were BP employees, and covered by workers' compensation insurance, such that negligence would not be an issue for the claims of their dependents.
  15. I understand Mr. Bentley will be enrolled full time at Weber State to finish his degree.
  16. birdwing7


    I don't see how all arguments can be posted in advance. How do you make an argument that is specific to what's going on in a round? Or are you saying only evidence needs to be posted in advance? If the latter, does it have to be posted in a particular file? What if I want to use in 2NR a card posted in a different file? Why do cards need to be posted, but their application not? Following the analogies in the kritik (full disclosure: I hate analogies), I can't see why posting evidence is more important than posting the application of the evidence to a particular argument. In academia, if that is the analogy you are using, the application might sometimes be more important than the evidence. The same is true in round, isn't it? Sometimes the evidence is outcome determinative, but often it is the way the evidence is applied. If you truly have to post everything, how do you know in advance what 2NR in a given round will be? I'm probably misunderstanding the position.
  17. I was merely trying to say (inadequately, apparently) that opposition to the death penalty is generally based on considerations such as morality or value of life or disparate treatment. I don't think absolute certainty of guilt enters into the equation much.
  18. I don't think the death penalty question turns on the issue of 99% versus 100% reliability.
  19. If you're saying that no level of accuracy is sufficient to support the death penalty, I respect that. But 99% accuracy is certainly a higher level of confidence than I would put in eyewitness testimony (or most anything else, for that matter).
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    Do all arguments have to be posted before the round, or only the 1AC?
  21. The time frame is too short for next fall, but I thought the discussion of Japanese politics in relation to U.S. bases on Okinawa was interesting. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/world/asia/26okinawa.html?hp
  22. Terrance, with respect to chumps, who would be your less favorite Chiefs pick, Blackledge or Beathard? How about for quarterbacks generally? Ryan Leaf?
  23. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/opinion/21friedman.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
  24. birdwing7


    You forget: I'm rich.
  25. birdwing7


    Dating myself once again.
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