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    Kant

    Anyone have any kant or kant related files? pm me
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    Sudan aff help

    you dont have to, but the card can answer any team that is stupid enough to say "the situtation is getting better".
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    Sudan aff help

    When the Janjaweed are directly stopping aid from getting to refugee camps, and you take away the Janjaweed, then the aid can get through. I know one major problem in the camps in cholera, and with intravenous fluids being blocked from getting into the camps the problem is getting worse, I am sure this could be considered a "public health" deterrent. Along with this, there is also the fact that the Janjaweed pick out their soldiers with HIV/AIDS, and purposely have them rape women to spread the disease. I really don't think this case is "public health" T.
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    Sudan aff help

    And O'Hanlon talks about this, how a specific genocide prevention force would be incentive in itself for people to join. Really, your going to want your plan to do something with military intervention. As I said above, sending weapons will only feed the Janjaweed. A better question is, who are you sending the weapons to? The government, as of now, is in support and actually supplies the Janjaweed. Finding a way to give weapons to the rebels would just be counterproductive to the cause.
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    Sudan aff help

    Also, I don't remember what camp put it out, but this year a genocide prevention aff was put out, and in the file, there was some neg stuff. With the neg stuff was a cp involving what I was talking about above, I am sure you could find a few useful cards in the file.
  6. "Now don't get me wrong, I love animals, but I like eatin' 'em more... fun to pet, better to chew." - Jim Gaffigan
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    Sudan aff help

    Actually, most PHA being directed to refugees is being blocked by the Janjaweed. If you were to send direct aid to the people, you would first have to stop the Janjaweed. That is why you would most likely use the armed forces. Although, if you look hard enough, there is a bunch of stuff on how blocking and putting sanctions on US investments in Chinese Oil companies could pressure China to try to end the conflict. There are also alot of great cards that talk about China being key to stopping the genocide, especially since China has so much influence on the Janjaweed.
  8. "Rock, paper, scissors, Cheney." http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/player.jhtml?ml_video=89059&ml_collection=&ml_gateway=&ml_gateway_id=&ml_comedian=&ml_runtime=&ml_context=show&ml_origin_url=/shows/the_colbert_report/videos/most_recent/index.jhtml&ml_playlist=&lnk=&is_large=true
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    TB AFF

    lol, a delay cp.
  10. A book that you can purchase either at the camp, or when you get home. And read at either place too. It is a fiction book too, as in none of it has really happened, fake. You are going to spend 1500$+ on camp, and you are going to whine about having to wait a couple of weeks to read a book. I hope I see you there so I can be "that guy" who spoils the ending for you.
  11. Almost like GG Allin except without the shit and the heroin.
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    Kierkegaard Aff

    I would consider genocide to be detrimental to public health. I think the affirmative acts as an advocacy and a commitment to stop genocide. I think that is a good debate, and I think that it can be won. Individual action = K to change That is to be expected.
  13. I am struggling with finding a viable alternative.
  14. I actually ordered it, and read it and I have to say it was pretty good. You can cut alot of good cards from it too.
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    Kierkegaard Aff

    Would it be possible, or even a good idea to write a Affirmative following the philosophy of Kierkegaard? It would be something like this. Kierkegaard says that to have meaning in your life, you have to make the movement to higher immediacy. You have to make a unconditional commitment, which basially defines who you are and gives you your identity. Since the commitment has to be temporal and finite, the plan would encompass fighting for the rights of ethnic minority groups in Sudan and stopping the genocide they are being faced with. We, in the round, move to stop the genocide, and make the move to be knights of resignation, in which we eternalize the memory. "Eternity is only possible in time", which means the memory we hold from this relationship sticks with us forever, and sets the paradigm that allows us to stop genocide in any other future occurences. So the plan allows us in the round to experience "joyful sorrow" by becoming knights of resignation and gives meaning to our lives, but also allows us to alleviate the suffering.
  16. I actually prefer wearing nice outfits, and I am planning on bringing them.
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    Framework

    There is no reason why you, as either the neg or the aff, can't accept the other teams framework, and argue within it.
  18. I'm sure cocaine has some detrimental effect on public health. Africa’s cocaine route David Lewis10 June 2007 11:59 The police ambush was a success, but only just. Fuel for the police vehicles to get to the location outside of town was hard to come by. Then the first car sped through the roadblock, as some officers were busy picking mangoes. After the fourth was caught, some of the cocaine was pocketed before it could be destroyed. But, as chaotic as it sounds, the April 3 seizure of about 635kg of Colombian cocaine that had just been flown into an army-run airstrip in Guinea-Bissau was a tiny but important victory in the battle against a mounting surge of the drug flowing into West Africa. It also gave an indication of the scale of the challenges facing those trying to curb the flow to Europe’s flourishing cocaine markets. The street value of the drugs seized was more than $35-million. But another $100-million worth is believed to have got through. Two soldiers were arrested in the sting but the ringleaders are still free. West Africa is no stranger to the drug trade. Nigerians are infamous for running a highly efficient network of couriers, known as mules, who can ferry up to 3kg of cocaine to dealers around the world who want small quantities in a hurry. But the recent phenomenon of cocaine arriving from Latin America and heading to Europe in bulk has taken it to a new level. “We are talking about hundreds of kilos, if not tonnes,” said Antonio Mazzitelli, the head of the United Nations’s Office on Drugs and Crime in West Africa. With the street value of cocaine in Europe now about $60 000 per kilo, the trade that transits through the region is believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. More precise figures for the trade are hard to come by but seizures over the past few years are a fairly good gauge. Guinea-Bissau’s largest seizure took place in the heart of the capital last September when two Colombians were caught driving around with 674kg of cocaine. Another 600kg haul took place in May in northern Mauritania. Nearly two tonnes of cocaine were seized in Ghana last year and about seven tonnes were seized from ships off the West African coast in 2006 alone. “The growth of the European and new markets in South Africa, the Middle East and Asia have led to the need to set up new stockpiling and redistribution places to make the tracing of shipments more difficult,” Mazzitelli said. “Latin America is the only source of cocaine so West Africa is the ideal hub for big quantities. The existence there of a number of failed states — states that are not able even to exercise their basic prerogatives — has facilitated this,” he added. Guinea-Bissau is at the centre of this hub and the crumbling former Portuguese colony, perched on the western tip of Africa, oozes decay. The bullet riddled former presidential palace with its bombed-out roof serves as a reminder of the country’s last war at the end of the 1990s. The conflict was not serious enough to have attracted much attention and Guinea-Bissau has quietly suffered several years of unstable peace since then. One attempted coup failed, another, in 2003, succeeded and elections in 2005 returned Joao Vieira, a formerly deposed president, to power. But the 24-hour growl of generators highlights the collapse of the state — only those rich enough to have one have electricity. There is virtually no private sector and salaries are always months late, though, when there is money, the current government is wise enough to pay the army first. The street value of Guinea-Bissau’s recent large seizures was the equivalent of more than 10% of the country’s GDP. “Our economic problems and the lack of a real state make us vulnerable. There is a risk of us becoming a narco-state,” explains Juliano Fernandes, a former minister and attorney general in Guinea-Bissau. With years of experience in drug running and budgets many times larger than Guinea-Bissau’s, Colombian-run cartels are operating sophisticated networks 2 000km across the Atlantic. Drug control experts say they can choose between a number of routes, depending on the amount and the final destination. Up to a tonne of cocaine can be packed into a small aircraft and flown, via a refuelling stop in Brazil, straight into remote airstrips that were built across Guinea-Bissau for fighter jets during the war for independence. Larger amounts are put in bigger planes and dropped from the air into secluded bays in the scattering of uninhabited islands or along the country’s unguarded coastline. Teams waiting on the ground then scoop up the drugs and dispatch them by air or in boats through the winding mangrove-lined creeks. The cocaine is then distributed through a network of organised crime and legitimate businesses that are involved in everything from importing and exporting goods to running deep sea fishing operations, experts say. As seizures in the region suggest, there are various routes to ferry the drugs into and out of Africa. Buried in food on overland trucking routes through the desert, packed into the catches of commercial fishing vessels or swallowed by human mules, the drugs make their way north. One consignment from Ghana was hidden in giant snails destined for Irish restaurants. Somewhat belatedly, the scale of the trade has begun to worry those outside the region. Ahmadou-Ould Abdallah, the UN’s senior representative for West Africa, warned in May that action must be taken to stop the cartels overrunning West Africa. A joint European anti-drugs task force will soon become operational in Portugal and the United States recently dispatched high level navy and coast guard officials promising to help control the chaotic ports and high seas. But the people of Guinea-Bissau say the trade there is sanctioned by officials, and the benefits are clearly visible in the shiny new cars and large new houses of those involved. Foreign officials and local human rights activists agree, saying some members of the government and the armed forces are clearly involved, whether by turning a blind eye or actively supporting the traffickers. “The state is impotent. It has a problem imposing itself as people can’t control some members of the armed forces,” said Fernandes. “The government needs to take up its responsibility, even if it means a clash. There needs to be a repression of these acts.”
  19. It would be kritikal, so the arguement you first have to win is that fiat is illusionary. The scenerio would be that right now the media exacerbates catastrophes, and shows the public "images of suffering" in order to titilate us. These images only actually cause shallow guilt within us, and once they stop playing on the television news report, we forget them. Yet, because we were horrified by the images, any images after that cease to surprise us. Because we become so desenititized, the images mean nothing, and we stop caring. Since we don't care anymore, we stop acting out, and the problem can't be solved. You will probably be advocating that individual action is key too. I am sure you could run it more policy oriented, but I would rather run it more kritikal.
  20. I am surprised there isn't a good debate going on in this thread..
  21. This sounds alot like a debate we had this year when we ran the Genocide Prevention Force Aff, and some team ran militarism. I am not going to get into specifics, but it was interesting.
  22. That Somalian Piracy Aff you have discussed in the other thread would be worth buying if it was well blocked out.
  23. This was an also interesting article I ran by, might be some sweet solvency. http://www.checkbiotech.org/green_News_Biofuels.aspx?infoId=14703 May 18, 2007 Stanford Business School blueprint for wiping out disease-bearing Mosquitoes Releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes could eliminate the danger of dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases within a year in communities of up to a million people, according to research released this week. Health professionals have tried different techniques to control disease-bearing mosquitoes, including a process called Released Insect with a Dominant Lethal, or RIDL, that uses genetically-modified male mosquitoes who produce offspring that die shortly before or after birth. "The RIDL approach is an alternative that is also environmentally-benign," said Lawrence M. Wein, the Paul E. Holden Professor of Management Science at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, one of the authors of a paper published today by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. RIDL mosquitoes have proven more effective than insects that are irradiated to make them sterile, he added, because the genetically-modified male insects are more physically fit to compete with the mosquitoes in the wild than those that have been subjected to radiation. However, scientists have had difficulty trying to figure out the effectiveness of such campaigns and to determine the right proportion of altered insects necessary to have an impact on infected mosquito populations. Wein and his co-researchers developed a mathematical model that predicts the effectiveness of RIDL eradication campaigns. Their paper, "Analyzing the Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases by a Dominant Lethal Genetic System," was authored by Michael P. Atkinson and Zheng Su of Stanford's Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Nina Alphey and Luke Alphey of the University of Oxford, Paul G. Coleman of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Wein. Mosquito-born diseases, such as dengue fever, are a major health problem in many countries, especially in the developing world. There is no licensed vaccine for dengue which affects up to 100 million people each year. Between 250,000 and 500,000 potentially fatal cases are reported annually. One of the known dengue-causing types of mosquitoes is endemic in the southeastern United States. The recent spread of the West Nile virus has raised concerns that the United States may be vulnerable to other serious outbreaks of mosquito-born diseases. Health professionals have used different methods to battle dengue and other similar diseases, such as launching sanitary campaigns in affected communities and trying to eradicate mosquito populations in their natural habitat. Recently, scientists have tried different approaches aimed at suppressing the infected insects' ability to reproduce. One technique, called Sterilize Insect Technique, or SIT, introduces male mosquitoes that have been irradiated and rendered sterile in order to mate with infected female insects. The RIDL method uses genetically-modified mosquitoes to cause the offspring of female insects to "die either before or after the larval stage," the study said. Wein said based on their research into the RIDL method, "Eradication of the disease might be feasible within about one year for affected populations in the order of 100,000 to a million." "This was a mathematical study to get an order of magnitude," he added. "From a practical point of view, it is important to understand how many ... mosquitoes are required for eradication and how long it takes to eradicate the virus," write the authors. "Our model should suffice for an order-of-magnitude assessment of the effectiveness and practicality of the RIDL strategy." However, Wein said the strategy also entails serious challenges. "The real drawback is the logistical consideration," he said. "Once you release the mosquitoes, they only travel half a mile. So if you try to eradicate the disease in a rural area where there's distances between neighbors, you pretty much have to hand deliver the insects." Wein is known for his work exploring homeland security issues related to potential Anthrax attacks and the effectiveness of the two-finger fingerprinting system used on the U.S. border. He has also testified before a variety of government agencies considering policies affecting public health, epidemics, and bioterrorism. and this one too. http://allafrica.com/stories/200703210653.html Africa: Resistant Mosquito Developed to Combat Malaria This Day (Lagos) 20 March 2007 Posted to the web 21 March 2007 Gboyega Akinsanmi Lagos A team of transgenic mosquito researchers at the Malaria Research Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA, have developed resistant mosquitoes to combat the malaria parasite. This development was revealed in an article published in the journalproceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stating that resistantmosquitoes capable of combating malaria parasite have been developed. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, one of the researchers said his team createdgenetically engineered mosquitoes that were more hardy than so-calledwild-type mosquitoes that carry the parasite around. He said the investigators had put the blood sucking insects to test andassured that the resistant mosquitos are stronger than those which normally tyransmit malaria parasites. "What we have shown in this work that will be published is that the mosquito that carries the gene has an advantage if it bites an infected individual," he said. Jacobs-Lorena and other researchers report having an equal number of genetically engineered mosquitoes and wild-type insects feast on a malaria-infected mouse. After nine generations, the percent of altered mosquitoes increased from 50 percent to 70 percent. If and when scientists are able to breed transgenic mosquitoes in numbers that might make a difference in the spread of malaria, Jacobs-Lorena says researchers have to make sure such insects do not cause an unforeseen harm. "We have to be absolutely sure that any genetically modified mosquito does not cause any harm in the environment or cause unpredictable harm to people that they bite. But I think we are on the way," Jacobs-Lorena said. This, according to the researchers, could lead to a cure for the disease as they try and stop the spread of malaria. Despite the obstacles, Jacobs-Lorena is optimistic that genetically altered mosquitoes will one day take their place alongside other strategies to fight malaria.
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