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  1. Just wondering if there are any. I just moved to Jacksonville. I competed in policy in high school and college, and have coached policy and public forum. I miss debate, just wondering if there's any schools that need help or tourneys I can judge at.
  2. does this still work ok if you dont have excel, just word 2007? i wouldnt flow on my computer anyway, i just like the tub/expando features
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    Dispo

    See this just seems crazy to me. ANY offense? I mean teams generally read offense on every flow...so wouldnt you always get stuck with everything? Just baffling to me. =/ Oh well
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    Dispo

    Couple of things that've been bothering me / that I've been curious about dispositionality 1) Does anyone actually run anything dispo....I have never seen it done. Ever. 2) What does dispo even look like...at the point where no one ever reads anything dispositionally I am no longer entirely sure what it entails...does it mean you get to chose the conditions under which youll kick it in cross-x or is there a universal interpretation of what dispo means? 3) Is dispo even strategic...Despite the fact that apparently it "solves all the reasons why condo is bad", according to every condo bad block ever, I just dont get the point
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    Cutting an Aff

    Didn't know this! Cite?
  6. He was nominated less than two weeks after he took office. I think this undermined the credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm not saying Obama isn't going to earn it in the future, but I look at all these other brilliant people on the list....a doctor who started am organization in Africa that's helped hundreds of thousands of abused women...a man who's started hundreds of schools for Arabic girls, at the threat of death....organizations who've saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives by cleaning up cluster bombs... They have already been working toward bettering the world for years, and it just saddens me that they would 1) not recognize one of these outstanding people and 2) cheapen the significance of Obama receiving the prize by not giving it to him later in his presidency, when he's actually done more.
  7. Fiating that the Supreme Court hear a case originating in a lower state court seems theoretically problematic. The best argument is limits: there are THOUSANDS of cases in the federal court system. Add every single case looked at on the stte court level those limits would explode. I cannot emphasize enough the magnitude of the judiciary system. I suppose the affirmative response is that a solvency advocate would check abuse. However, good luck finding solvency advocate for some state court social service case that really recommends it go ll the way to the Supreme Court...the ILs to advantages would have to be shady, I doubt there's many in depth articles on such small cases.
  8. For the record, it was a fake frog, but I agree the guy is a loony Edit: Or so he says. Now I'm not sure if that turned out to be true or not.
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    Novice/Lay Strategies

    thanks all!! good ideas for disads. I just really feel like I should give them some sort of counterplan; I feel like lay judges want to feel like they're voting for some course of action, not just doing nothing in the face of the harms. But I still can't figure out which one would be persuasive...
  10. I'm glad you're doing alright!! In my second year of debate, a fire forced us to evacuate (no harm done to house in the end, luckily)...the first thing I thought to pack was my tub. It MUST be some sort of genetic defect, I told some friends this and they thought I was crazy =)
  11. What do you think are some good negative off case positions to start novices off on in front of lay judges? Spending maybe? Dependency? I can't figure it out, especially the question of what counterplans would be persuasive.
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    Writing my Plan Text

    I'll stand by and elaborate on my initial comment. There is NO reason to avoid a debate you can predict. For all those gazillion debaters who think they're innovative, original, and otherwise hot shit for running this argument, that PIC will take up time in the 1NC that could be otherwise filled with unpredictable disads, kritiks, case hits, etc. WHY would you leave yourself open to answer arguments you can't predict when you could put together a devastating & offensive 2AC to this argument that will effectively knock out one of the neg's strategies going into the block, or perhaps give you a favorable time tradeoff with theory they have to answer. There's a reason predictability is a standard on T debates. Predictability is the gateway to smart arguments on both sides. If you can predict it, you can research it, and you can beat it. On the other hand, if the the particular program you choose is already targeted toward people under the poverty line, no need to include the word. I just think you should avoid that stupid "topically designated" crap. Also, then perhaps you can get the neg to waste time reading T -- for persons in poverty.
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    Writing my Plan Text

    'Topically designated' was not cool on the Africa topic, nor is it cool on this topic. Man up and write a bomb-ass 2AC block to the poverty PIC. Why avoid a debate you can predict? MAKE people read that position so you can school them on it.
  14. I think this is a good idea, despite the amazing resources compiled at planet debate. I'm pretty sure not all camps have decided to host their files and lectures on Planet Debate, and personally, I don't like the haphazard organization of camp files there anyway. It might be better to have a searchable database of all free camp files, sorted by argument as well as camp that produced them, instead of mingling them in with all the lectures and files for sale.
  15. I think you missed the original post. This proves that there is a vast benefit to vegetarianism/reduced meat eating other than personal health/animal rights--it might be a vital step toward feeding the world and ending global warming. I would say there's no "real" purpose to vegetarianism--there are many different motivations for making such a lifestyle choice.
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