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Maury

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  1. Fool's errand: by the time you catch all the current pokemon kritiks they'll just release 100 new ones.
  2. Hey All, Steven Murray here, Director of Debate at the Digital Debate Camp. We are about to enter our SEVENTH(!) year of camp, and while we believe our program is top notch, we are curious what you as a community are looking for in a camp. We currently offer limitless one-on-one interaction with lab leaders to discuss any subject on your mind. In addition we provide file production advice, we block out times for practice speeches/ redoes, and of course we host a large series of lectures each summer. I for one think our camp is quite good, and I wish it was around when I was in high school and couldn't afford a big 1.5K+ summer institute. That being said, what would a camp like ours need to have for you to sign up? What are you looking for in a camp like ours? If you have thought about joining the Digital Debate Camp but chose not to, why? And if you joined the camp but didn't like it very much, what did you dislike? Finally, if you joined the camp and liked it, what about it did you like and how could we improve upon that in the future? Our camp would not exist without this site and all of the wonderful feedback we have received from it. I greatly look forward to hearing your constructive advice regarding the Digital Debate Camp. Mods: this is an expressly commercial thread, but should not be pruned for 2 reasons. First, I have a standing agreement with cross-x.com which allows me to "advertise" on the site, which includes any means of mentioning or talking about the camp. Second, for every student who pays for camp we have one who doesn't, and getting feedback in threads like this is essential to make sure students who cannot otherwise afford camp are still given the best experience possible. Please PM me before deleting this thread in the event of a problem.
  3. Hi there! I run the DDC and have for about 5 years now. While I think our camp is excellent at mimicking the camp experience, if you have to choose between our camp and another I have two bits of advice for you. First, the Digital Debate Camp is incredibly cheap so it's likely you could afford both. Second, there are many intangible benefits to an in-person camp like making friends, getting away from your parents (an especially liberating moment if you have never done so), and developing social skills. If you have never had a camp experience (debate or otherwise), it's hard to explain those benefits. Thus, if you get away from home often I'd suggest the DDC, but if you rarely get a chance to sequester yourself away with peers, it's hard to argue against an in-person camp experience.
  4. This is realer than real life
  5. Basically most of the people in coaching positions who aren't tenure track professors seem really hip and cool to young debaters because they chain smoke between rounds, are always at the bar, do drugs with undergrads, etc, but as you get older you realize a lot of the "cool kids" in debate are just depressed burnouts with crippling substance addictions who take 25K annual salaries because they have literally no other career prospects outside of debate. Sure, that dude with the beanie and the american spirits and the hidden flask seems so edgy and cool to a 19 y/o, but once you cross the threshold you realize how isolating, lonely, and crushing of an existence that can be. Then you get drunk and say mean things to some kid on a Bangladeshi recipe forum and the cycle continues.
  6. Troll of the year. Everyone who downvoted this post is officially on the "I don't understand satire" list.
  7. I think the best place to apply defense to a trade impact is not at the terminal level (it is very difficult to prove that trade is not good, or even worse that the absolute stoppage of trade would not be horrific), but rather the internal link. It is so so so so so unlikely that any major trading partner would dissolve itself on the back of any single dispute. People love to read advantages that argue China will stop trading with the US (read: decrease trade by a small percentage) but the truth is that any given trade is itself independently valuable, and so there is never a financial incentive to decrease trade in the abstract. Force the other team to get more specific: what will country X stop trading and what is the impact to that? It is much more likely that China/Korea/"Latin America" would stop trading good XYZ than all goods in sum. It will be difficult for them to prove good XYZ is independently valuable unless they are deep in their lit base, which good teams will be. In short: argue that trade is globally inevitable and that the sum total of possible trade networks is so large and so robust that the other teams terminal impact cards have no threshold and no uniqueness. Unless they have cards very specific to good XYZ, you shouldn't have trouble winning at the internal link level.
  8. Always the same dream: in a hotel room with only beds and no tables, debating on paper and none of my cards are highlighted.
  9. Im pretty raw sometimes. Thats not a good thing, but it is a thing. Sorry for being too much.
  10. Yes, yes I do you humorless boil. I also think it's very very funny to make fun of the limp-dicked try-hards who spend their time hating on everyone's parade because they have never accomplished anything, nor attributed productively to anything, in their life. I guess you fit somewhere in there. I'm sorry. My B.
  11. NO YOU GUYS IF YOU THINK THIS MATTERS YOU ARE IGNORING THAT LIKE OTHER STUFF IS BAD TOO YOU GUYS LIKE RACISM AND STUFF SO LIKE IF YOU THINK THIS IS GOOD YOURE A RACIST AND A RAPIST WHICH IS DOUBLE BAD BECAUSE REASONS
  12. I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT RIGHT NOW
  13. If you're talking impacts, you've already missed the whole point. Consequence is an illusion created by attempting to rationalize the flow of phenomena linearly through time. What's far more important is the way of reading.
  14. Damn, my rep is lackin
  15. Don't forget the Digital Debate Camp!
  16. Maury

    Evazon

    $50, tops.
  17. Maury

    Evazon

    If it does go up for sale there's a strong chance I'll buy it. Me and Scott almost bought it the last time it was for sale to make it a sort of platform for the DDC. Presuming it will sell for significantly less this time, I might have the capital to own the site myself.
  18. As much as you would like. You can speak to an instructor at your own discretion most times of the day.
  19. Maury

    Debate Team

    I can assure you that Bill English is very much alive and strongly prefers his employees be at least 10 minutes early, and if possible, white.
  20. Maury

    Debate Team

    True story, I work for his debate coach.
  21. Maury

    The NDT 2015

    We all have our weaknesses. Mine is for my affs.
  22. BABYRAGE PJSALT KAPPA
  23. Stockpile stewardship, prolif, nuclear laboratories, figure it out I'm not your daddy.
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