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    Queer Fem K

    Exactly. Edelman talks about the queer as the representation of a process in the same way he talks about the child as a symbol for a process. And while I agree there's no obvious path from this topic to an exclusively-QT Aff, there's a huge case to be made (excuse the pun) for Lacanian political theory this year. I mean, the whole ego malformation in the mirror stage leading to otherization / threat construction / exclusion clearly overlaps with the topic area. Edelman starts in the same place and any solvency mechanism that addresses one (over-identification, maybe) probably addresses both. I think a Lacanian QT advantage is super workable within that case framework, whether Edelman or bædan. I find Edelman easier to deploy because there's no anarchic baggage to deal with. But, if used properly, either would allow you to preemptively take out impact-based decision calculus. While the rest of case (the geopolitical ego formation stuff) would allow you to preempt "real world" link stories.
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    Queer Fem K

    bædan is amazing, but maybe not the best entry point. edelman is a super easy and enjoyable read and gives you a good understanding of mirror stage ego malformation.
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    Queer Fem K

    I'm not a super huge fan of Butler. I suggest you read "No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive" by Lee Edelman. Lacanian queer theory is a lot harder to answer back than nth wave feminism. Edelman's futurity stuff kills almost all DA / solvency warrant ground, so it can be an excellent tool, Aff or Neg, if run correctly. Shoot me a DM if you have questions.
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    K AFF - How to answer PICS

    You could preempt / answer exclusion PICs with geopolitical ego formation. Some cards that might help... The counterplan is an attempt by the negatives to secure their perceived position in the psychopolitical world order. They refuse any encounter with the real, choosing instead to embrace its utopian reflection, real politick. Toal 93 (Gerard Toal, Professor of Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, PROBLEMATIZING GEOPOLITICS: SURVEY STATESMANSHIP AND STRATEGY, December 1, 1993, lexis) Thirdly, though it may be problematic to speak of Cartesian perspectivism making different geopolitical strategies of sight-site-citing possible, it is nevertheless worth problematizing how the geopolitical gaze is gendered. That the disembodied, distancing and de-eroticizing cold eye of Cartesian perspectivism is masculinist is well established, though hardly uncontroversial. That we can begin to understand geopolitical sightings as cases of pornographic voyeurism - an obscene will to see everything - is an intriguing possibility. To designate the looking found in geopolitical practices as voyeuristic not only subverts the objectivist perception pretensions of such practices but places them within the domain of subjective pleasure and desire. Geopolitical visions are mediated by fantasy, desire and denial; envisioning becomes the means by which homo geopoliticus ostensibly secures his subjectivity as a tough, anti-sentimental, hardheaded realist. Geopolitics operates as ego-politics. (Interestingly, some elements of the US press suggested that the geopolitics of Nixon-Kissinger is a misspelling of ego-politics.) Investigating ego-formation in geopoliticians through acts of recognition, specularization (construction of mirror-images) and voyeurism is also something that needs further investigation. Ego-formation, as Freud and Lacan have suggested, is a projectionism, a graphing of psychic-imaginary maps of meaning. If we read geopolitics as ego-politics in a Lacanian sense, then we are dealing with the orders of the imaginary and the symbolic not the real. In other words, we are dealing with the systematic refusal of the real. A critical geopolitics ought to engage with feminist psychoanalytical discourses much more so than it has done for there is much to be learnt about how geopolitics and gender work together. Specular ego-formation is inherently unstable. The ever present gap between the real and the imaginary is closed by alienation and otherization of the external, fueling narcissistic aggression. Stavrakakis 99 (Yannis Stavrakakis, Fellow, University of Essex, LACAN AND THE POLITICAL: THINKING THE POLITICS, 1999, 118) What is most important here is that in the mirror stage, the first jubilant moment is anticipating its own failure. Any imaginary unity based on the mirror stage is founded on an irreducible gap: ‘the human being has a special relation with his own image - a relation of gap, of alienating tension.’ Unity in the imaginary is a result of captivation, of a power relation between the infant and its image. But this captivation, the anticipation of synthesis, can never eliminate the real uncoordination of the body of the infant; it can never erase the external and alienating character of its own foundation. This ambiguity is never resolved. One important consequence of this is that narcissism starts appearing in a different light, as constituting the basis of aggressive tension: the imaginary is clearly the prime source of aggressivity in human affairs. What characterizes every narcissistic relation is its deep ‘ambiguity.’ The ambiguity of the imaginary is primarily due to the need to identify with something external, other, different, in order to acquire the basis of a self-unified identity. The implication is that the ‘reflecting specular image’ in imaginary relations, ‘always contains within itself an element of difference’: what is supposed to be ‘ours’ is itself a source of ‘alienation’. In that sense, ‘every purely imaginary equilibrium or balance with the other is always marked by a fundamental instability.’ This alienating dimension of the ego, the constitutive dependence of every imaginary identity on the alienating exteriority of a never fully internalized mirror image, subverts the whole idea of a stable reconciled subjectivity based on the conception of the autonomous ego. It is not surprising then that when Lacan discusses the idea of the autonomous ego in the ‘Freudian Thing’ it is enough for him to say ‘It is autonomous! That’s a good one!’ Threat construction is an inevitable and lethal consequence of utopian projectionism. In the arena of geopolitics, the terminal implication of narcissistic aggression is genocide. Stavrakakis 99 (Yannis Stavrakakis, Fellow, University of Essex, LACAN AND THE POLITICAL: THINKING THE POLITICS, 1999, 100) What I will try to do in this chapter is, first of all, to demonstrate the deeply problematic nature of utopian politics. Simply put, my argument will be that every utopian fantasy construction needs a ‘scapegoat’ in order to constitute itself - the Nazi utopian fantasy and the production of the ‘Jew’ is a good example, especially as pointed out in Zizek’s analysis. Every utopian fantasy produces its reverse and calls for its elimination. Put another way, the beatific side of fantasy is coupled in utopian constructions with a horrific side, a paranoid need for a stigmatized scapegoat. The naivety - and also the danger - of utopian structures is revealed when the realization of this fantasy is attempted. It is then that we are brought close to the frightening kernel of the real: stigmatization is followed by extermination. This is not an accident. It is inscribed in the structure of utopian constructions; it seems to be the way all fantasy constructions work. If in almost all utopian visions, violence and antagonism are eliminated, if utopia is based on the expulsion and repression of violence (this is its beatific side) this is only because it owes its own creation to violence; it is sustained and fed by violence (this is its horrific side). This repressed moment of violence resurfaces, as Mann points out, in the difference inscribed in the name utopia itself. What we shall argue is that it also resurfaces in the production of the figure of an enemy. To use a phrase enunciated by the utopianist Fourier, what is ‘driven out through the door comes back through the window’ (is this not a ‘precursor’ of Lacan’s dictum that ‘what is foreclosed in the symbolic reappears in the real’?). The work of Norman Cohn and other historians permits the articulation of a genealogy of this Manichean, equivalential way of understanding the world, from the great witch-hunt up to modern anti-Semitism, and Lacanian theory can provide valuable insights into any attempt to understand the logic behind this utopian operation - here the approach to fantasy developed in Chapter 2 will further demonstrate its potential in analyzing our political experience. In fact, from the time of his unpublished seminar on The Formations of the Unconscious, Lacan identified the utopian dream of a perfectly functioning society as a highly problematic area. Plan identifies with the Other and abandons the ego-formation of real politick, disrupting social fantasy and opening discursive space for de-alienation. Recognizing the universality of the lack strips signifiers of their meaning. Stavrakakis 99 (Yannis Stavrakakis, Fellow, University of Essex, LACAN AND THE POLITICAL: THINKING THE POLITICS, 1999, 133) By saying ‘We are all Jews!’, ‘We all live in Chernobyl!’ or ‘We are all boat people!’ - all paradigms used by Zizek in Looking Awry - we elevate the symptom, the excluded truth of the social field (which has been stigmatized as an alien particularity) to the place of the universal - to the point of our common identification which was, up to now, sustained by its exclusion or elimination. The same happens when we say ‘We are all gypsies!’ - the central slogan in a recent anti-racist protest in Athens - or when it is argued that we will be in a stronger position to fight anti-Semitism only when the Holocaust is recognized as a true part of all and not only of Jewish history, this localization silencing its significance; only when ‘on finding out what happened, everyone, and not just the Jews, thinks: “it could have been me - the victim that is.”’ What is promoted here is an attitude consistent with identifying with the symptom of the social and traversing social fantasy. It is only by accepting such an impossible representation, by making this declaration of impossibility that it is possible to ‘represent’ the impossible or rather to identify with the impossibility of its representation. Identification with the symptom is thus related to the traversing of fantasy. Going through fantasy entails the realization of the lack or inconsistency in the Other which is masked by fantasy, the separation between objet petit a and the Other, a separation which is not only ethically sound but also ‘liberating’ for our political imagination: It is precisely this lack in the Other which enables the subject to achieve a kind of ‘de-alienation’ called by Lacan separation [in the sense that it is realized] that the Other itself ‘hasn’t got it’, hasn’t got the final answer. This lack in the Other gives the subject - so to speak - a breathing space, it enables him to avoid the total alienation in the signifier not by filling out his lack but by allowing him to identify himself, his own lack, with the lack in the Other.
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    K's

    If you're going to go hard policy, you MUST win the framework debate. 16 extinction scenarios get you nothing if the only thing the judge considers are in round implications. Know your judge. A judge who leans policy isn't going to need nearly as much convincing on this. A judge who leans kritikal (like me) already thinks DAs (and DA stacking) are ridiculous. You want to put as much ink on the framework flow as possible to get us to a place where we'll consider "real world" implications. Cater your arguments to your judge.
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    What's up in Virginia?

    That's sad to hear about Virginia Beach and the Tidewater area, but not unexpected. There were very few active policy programs there when I was coaching. Congratulations on winning states. Did you have any specific questions about kritikal theory or specific arguments you needed help with? My cup of tea leans towards the Lacan / Baudrillard / Badiou / Foucault end of the spectrum, but kritikal theory is kritikal theory, regardless of the individual arg.
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    What's up in Virginia?

    I coached Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for a goodly while in the '90s and then again from 2006 to 2011 (I think? It may have been 2005 to 2010). I was feeling more than a few pangs of debate nostalgia today and was wondering what's up in the Tidewater Debate League and the rest of Virginia. My job doesn't allow me enough time off to travel the circuit like I used to, and I don't think I could ever be happy as a local-tournaments-only coach, but if a program in Virginia needs help with briefs or theory, I might be able to help. I lean HEAVILY towards the kritikal end of the spectrum. So, you know, fair warning.
  8. Debaters and Coaches, The Kempsville High School Debate Team cordially invites you to participate in the resurrection of the Beach Invitational Tournament (last held in 1994) on Friday, November 12th, and Saturday, November 13th, 2010. We’ll be offering six rounds of Open and Novice competition in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate, with breaks to Quarterfinals. The BIT always prided itself on being different, and we plan to continue that tradition. Dress and even business casual clothing is forbidden. This is the Beach Invitational, so we want to see you in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. Hawaiian shirts, the louder the better, are strongly encouraged. Several creative (and unexpected) awards will be presented. We can’t guarantee that you’ll have the best time you’ve ever had at a tournament, but we’ll do everything we can to make the experience enjoyable. Please note that due to room constraints, we’ll need to put a cap on the number of entries in each event and debaters will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Free housing for debaters is available, but extremely limited, so housing requests should be made as soon as possible. Registration should be emailed to khsdebate@cox.net no later than Tuesday, November 9th, 2010, and, due to entry caps, early registration is strongly encouraged. We look forward to seeing you in November, Alexandra Gabriel Tournament Director Sandra Kilpatrick Team Captain John M. Cowan Director of Debate Events Open Policy Debate Novice Policy Debate (limited to debaters in their first year of involvement in this event) Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate (limited to debaters in their first year of involvement in this event) Fees $50.00 per Policy Debate Team $25.00 per Lincoln-Douglas Debater $25.00 school entry fee $75.00 hired judge fee All fees are final as of Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, at 6:00PM. Checks should be made payable to “Kempsville High School” and can be submitted in person at final registration on Friday, November 12th, or mailed in advance to the address on the first page of this invitation. Judging Requirements One qualified judge is required for every two Policy Debate Teams or four Lincoln-Douglas Debaters registered. Experienced 3rd- or 4th-year debaters are eligible to judge in the Novice divisions. All judges are obligated to judge one round past their team’s elimination from competition. We strongly encourage all Policy judges to post their paradigms at http://judgephilosophies.wikispaces.com. A small pool of Policy judges will be available for hire. Hotels While there is no official tournament hotel, there are several hotels located conveniently close to Kempsville High School, and, since you’ll be visiting the city in its tourism “off season”, rates will be reasonable. Days Inn Virginia Beach Expressway 4600 Bonney Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 473-9745 http://www.daysinn.com/DaysInn/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=09613&as_srp=SP2&cid=carat_search-Days_Inn Holiday Inn Executive Center 5655 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (877) 863-4780 http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/orfgr Red Roof Inn 196 Ballard Court Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 490-0225 The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center 4535 Commerce Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 557-0550 http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1568 The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is only about 12 miles from Kempsville High School. If you feel having a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean would be worth a slightly longer drive to and from the tournament, there are literally dozens of hotels to choose from. Comfort Inn Oceanfront 2015 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3344 (757) 425-8200 Econo Lodge Oceanfront 2109 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3346 (757) 428-2403 http://www.econolodgeoceanfront.com/ Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront 3001 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 213-3000 http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/ORFVHHF-Hilton-Virginia-Beach-Oceanfront-Virginia/index.do Pairing The first two rounds will be paired randomly, with all additional rounds paired high-low, within brackets. Schedule Friday, November 12th, 2010 2:30PM - 3:30PM Registration 4:00PM Round One 5:45PM Round Two 7:30PM Dinner Break 8:30PM Round Three Saturday, November 13th, 2010 7:30AM Breakfast Available 8:00AM Round Four 10:00AM Round Five 12:00PM Lunch Break 1:00PM Round Six 3:00PM Quarterfinals 5:00PM Awards Ceremony 6:00PM Semifinals 8:00PM Finals
  9. John, hope you are well. We are putting togehter our schedule at Broad Run, are you running your Beach tourney this year? Thanks, Duane

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    Beach Invitational Tournament

    Debaters and Coaches, Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, VA, is pleased to announce the resurrection of the Beach Invitational Tournament (last held in 1994) on Friday, November 13th, and Saturday, November 14th, 2009. We’ll be offering five rounds of Open and Novice competition in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate, with breaks to Quarterfinals. The BIT always prided itself on being different, and we plan to continue that tradition. Dress and even business casual clothing is forbidden. This is the Beach Invitational, so we want to see you in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. Hawaiian shirts, the louder the better, are encouraged. Several creative (and unexpected) awards will be presented, Dead Pigeon included. We can’t guarantee that you’ll have the best time you’ve ever had at a tournament, but we’ll do everything we can to make the experience enjoyable. Please note that due to room constraints, we’ll need to put a cap on the number of entries in each event and debaters will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Full details will be released in the next few weeks, but anyone who wants to jump to the front of the line can express their interest by sending us an email: khsdebate@cox.net. We look forward to seeing you in November, KHS Debate
  11. Debaters and Coaches, Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, VA, is pleased to announce the resurrection of the Beach Invitational Tournament (last held in 1994) on Friday, November 13th, and Saturday, November 14th, 2009. We’ll be offering five rounds of Open and Novice competition in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate, with breaks to Quarterfinals. The BIT always prided itself on being different, and we plan to continue that tradition. Dress and even business casual clothing is forbidden. This is the Beach Invitational, so we want to see you in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. Hawaiian shirts, the louder the better, are encouraged. Several creative (and unexpected) awards will be presented, Dead Pigeon included. We can’t guarantee that you’ll have the best time you’ve ever had at a tournament, but we’ll do everything we can to make the experience enjoyable. Please note that due to room constraints, we’ll need to put a cap on the number of entries in each event and debaters will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Full details will be released in the next few weeks, but anyone who wants to jump to the front of the line can express their interest by sending us an email: khsdebate@cox.net. We look forward to seeing you in November, KHS Debate
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    JMU HS Invitational

    unfortunately, yes... same weekend.
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    Camp Backfiles

    works fine in chrome, too.
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    Camp Backfiles

    right click and select "save link as" and they should download for you.
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