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About captainbubbles

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    Ben Jefferies
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  1. Milk is a dynamite movie, see it if it's showing anywhere near you. Unfortunately it has been really difficult to find many places, until a week ago or so it wasn't showing anywhere in Kansas City or Lawrence. I had to go all the way to New Orleans to see it. The underlying homophobia in our culture is ridiculous. But still, see it.
  2. captainbubbles

    Topeka High

    Ham Salad? I'm a vegetarian, but even given my bias, ham salad? It's just not right.
  3. Chaz was one of the nicest guys on the debate circuit. I went to camp with him, competed with him at tournaments, including National Qualifiers, and whether or not we were being competitive or chummy, he was always super kind and made you feel welcomed in his presence. I will miss him.
  4. HA!!! We made it to your next birthday without me eating a burger... guess that means I am entitled to a rematch, double or nothing. Yeah, that means two tourney's for you without flesh.
  5. This topic will, I humbly predict, be fantastic for the legalization of hemp case. Hemp seed bio diesel, not to mention hemp has 4 times as much cellulose as corn, the key ingredient in producing ethanol. Plus think of the advantages to planting huge swaths of land with a weed that requires no pesticides or herbicides, thereby replenishing the good farm land that we are so rapidly losing. Any thoughts?
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    It's just so amusing when people not from kansas read the forum and respond sincerely to Deskboy. Silly Floridians.
  7. In some other interesting news, I believe Alex Parkinson made it at least to finals in the open division at Richmond this weekend. Whether or not he was victorious I know not, the edebate posts ended there. This is pretty impressive though, really.
  8. I was sent this by some friends of mine associated with an anarchist organization here in lawrence. Please contact anyone you know about this, see if you can get the story in local papers, or better yet National papers, if anyone has those connections. I really believe this guy needs support. ------------------------------------------------------- Please forward widely! Yesterday, June 19, 26 year old SPC Eli Israel put himself at great personal risk by making the courageous decision to refuse further participation in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Eli told his commanding officer and sergeants that he will no longer be a combatant in this illegal, unjustified war. Eli believes that the U.S. government used the attacks of September 11, 2001 as a pretense to invade Iraq and that "we are now violating the people of this country (Iraq) in ways that we would never accept on our own soil." Eli is stationed at Camp Victory in Baghdad with JVB Bravo Company, 1-149 Infantry of the Kentucky Army National Guard. This soldier's decision to refuse orders puts him at great risk, especially because he is in Iraq, isolated from legal assistance and other support. The following is a message that Eli sent yesterday to a friend back home: "I have told them that I will no longer play a 'combat role' in this conflict or 'protect corporate representatives,' and they have taken this as 'violating a direct order.' I may be in jail or worse in the next 24 hours. Please rally whoever you can, call whoever you can, bring as much attention to this as you can. I have no doubt that the military will bury me and hide the whole situation if they can. I'm in big trouble. I'm in the middle of Iraq, surrounded by people who are not on my side. Please help me. Please contact whoever you can, and tell them who I am, so I don't 'disappear.'" Eli is taking an incredible risk by refusing orders in Iraq and will most likely be court martialed. Please help him by contacting his Senator and requesting that he take any steps necessary to support and protect this soldier and ensure that the Army respects his rights and does not illegally retaliate against him. Senator Mitch McConnell: http://mcconnell.senate.gov/contact.cfm Washington Office 361-A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2541 Fax: (202) 224-2499
  9. Hey there, I live in Kansas, so I figured I could save some teams some money. Hire me to judge for NFL's and I will provide my own transportation. All I will need is housing and minor compensation for time. If you are interested give me an email at bjjefferies @ gmail . com
  10. Hey there. I'm a student at George Mason but I live in Kansas. I could judge for a school in Wichita this summer, which means I wouldn't require a plane ticket, just a room and compensation. If you are interested email me at bjjefferies @ gmail . com
  11. way to prove my point, there are only 50 schools involved in the activity statewide. That's not a lot, and you are not answering my specific claim that it's on the decline, you don't prove that this is an increase in participation or at least a leveled out number. Other states, however, have seen a drop in participation and that drop began occurring as soon as debate got fast and speed leaked into the highschool circuit. The same thing happened at the collegiate level, this is fact my friend. Funding is a big deal too, but you know what? Administrations simply aren't happy about funding fast paced policy debate. Have you all not heard the reason why NFL created public forum? People with funding hate Policy debate as it is, because it's just not understandable at such a rapid pace. Yes there are issues with some schools having more research resources and funding. But that was always true, the decline in schools participation in policy came only after speed became popular. I don't understand why people in the policy community are so resistant to the idea that the activity we all love might need a little tweaking, maybe a little care in order for more people to be able to enjoy it. If it means giving up speed are we really giving up that much?
  12. This is hilarious, and slightly Orwellian, if you think about it.
  13. great, and so is the circuit in Kansas. And you know which circuits have the largest amount of competitors, the one's that still speak slowly and have debates that are more readily transferable to people without a specialized training. Telling me that national circuit schools attend doesn't prove anything, my point is that even the number of teams competing on the national circuit is declining drastically, this is proven. I'm pretty sure you aren't fully understanding my argument here. The fact that state tournaments are dwindling doesn't decrease the activities educational appeal, it's just proof that very few people are getting the opportunity to participate in this beneficial activity. State tournaments are shutting down because so few schools are still participating. If you think debate is incredibly helpful educationally, then you might agree with me that lot's of people should be able to participate in it. Spread debate, though, ushered in an era where many kids simply didn't have the desire to go fast because they couldn't relate to it, administrations didn't want to support it, and so the entire program collapsed. Also, you are dead wrong about PA, while there are schools that have debate there, there aren't many, as opposed to Kansas which maintains a policy program at a large number of schools (most debaters per capita of any state). That's because they keep it relatively slow, but... once again speed has infiltrated to a small degree and some schools are dropping programs. I'm in Virginia now and i judge for schools and the same pattern is happening here. Schools with policy are dwindling, either kids just drop out and the program collapses or they move to LD, and now Public Forum. I mean, if you want policy debate to die out, then continue speaking fast and supporting that style. That's fair, I went to a very small underfunded school, never went to an out of state tournament, we hardly even had a coach, ours was consumer with helping novices and he didn't really appreciate the type of debate (fast) that we were competing in, and I think I came out decently educated, but... that's a tough thing to quantify. I will take issue though with the argument that speed equalizes things, like researchers and money for evidence and camps... that's crap. No amount of fast talking can overcome you not having evidence on an argument, you are just gonna flat out lose in some situations. Speaking fast doesn't automatically make you a good debater, you have to learn the arguments and know how to critically analyze. Your point doesn't deny that a good deal of education can come from slow debates, speed doesn't offer all that much that would outweigh the fact that so few kids, be they in elite schools or regular public institutions, are able to participate in the activity. I disagree that it's off topic. This kid is making the assumption that the only way to win a round and get good at debate is to be fast. I'm saying that we should all get rid of this notion as it is bad for debate, and the education of the masses in general.
  14. can you say non-responsive? I concede, often times people will gain wins solely because they are faster than another team. I'm arguing that this is a bad thing. It doesn't prove one team smarter than another and this sort of situation has resulted in drastic declines in the number of debaters across the country at both the high school and collegiate level. I've seen it first hand. And I know that debate can be treated as a game, and speaking fast can be fun. I do it. I've been doing it for a while. But that doesn't deny the fact that the reason debate gets support from communities, administrations, and competitors is because it is an EDUCATIONAL activity. This sort of education is vitally important, helping people to learn to analyze critically, and generally increasing knowledge. My contention is that the more people that get to experience that the better. We are seeing entire states lose debate programs, very few colleges have policy programs anymore. A few people getting a little bit better education because of fast paced debate doesn't outweigh far, far more people receiving that same education, at maybe a little less intense level. As far as speed being inevitable and one person not being able to change things, I would contend that one person resisting is better than none. Odds are if one person resists then others will too. Lots of schools are beginning this resistance right now, Binghamton has recently adopted this strategy, at least for a couple of their teams, not to mention a number of other alternative style teams like Louisville and others. Maybe through discourses like this we can change peoples minds and do what is best for the debate community and the education of ours and future generations.
  15. I will tell you why. Have you ever wondered why tournaments in almost EVERY state see a decline in participation every year? National Circuit, yeah it's happening. Pennsylvania debate is nearly dead. Illinois is getting ready to cancel it's state tournament because there are too few competitors. And there's a reason, it's because the skills we are "learning" in debate aren't directly transferable to the real world. Kids coming into debate that see fast debate get scared away. I will grant you this, speed increases the research burden because more arguments are present. But at what point do you draw the line here? When does the education you get out of the game become that much more important than ACTUALLY HAVING COMPETITORS TO PLAY THE GAME. Slow debate can be intellectually stimulating too, training kids in clarity and making the best logical arguments can compensate for the slower debates. But if you think that debate has done a world of good for your education (which I do and will defend to the death), and if you want the generations after you to have a peice of this essential democratic activity then you might want to think about the direction this community is moving in. After all, I see American's becoming more and more ignorant and close minded, debate can solve that problem, but if it's only touching a certain few kids at elite academic academies then it's not worth much at all now is it?
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