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About Zarathustra07

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  1. From what I have gathered from the situation, one student alleges that a former student was hitting on her, and the former student should not have been present in the first place. It's against BHS policy to have former students assist with programs, and the former student was coaching some novices whilst being in the teacher's classroom. It's more of a "he said, she said" kind of thing. And given the fact that the alleged situation occurred in his classroom, it was warrant enough to put him to the fire. As far as using other mediums are concerned, we are using every medium possible to galvanize support for the teacher. The school district, as far as I am aware of, has already made their decision with regards to his future employment with the school district.
  2. As of today, the Belton School District has given one of its greatest teachers, Mr. Timothy Hughes (http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/294689_2363853936591_1231813844_n.jpg), a decision: either resign, or be fired. Although the details surrounding the situation remain murky, the decision has already been made by the school district to move in this direction. Tim Hughes has served Belton High School, his local community, and Missouri debate and forensics for over twenty years. In that time, he saved BHS debate from the clutches of termination--the program had five students when he arrived--and has steadily grown the program in his tenure. To date, the program has 145 students (http://www.nflonline.org/points_application/schoolprofile.php?id=4020)! Although he has been an excellent coach to hundreds of students, his coaching accomplishments pale in comparison to his character. For years, he has interceded on behalf of the students, gave them opportunities to succeed when others would not, and has sacrificed himself if it meant that his students needs were met. Please stand with me, and the hundreds of others, who have already signed this petition. It is our hope that the Belton School District will seek reason during this time, and retract their decision with regards to Mr. Hughes. Here is a link to the Change.org petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-belton-school-district-124-school-board-protect-speech-and-debate-at-belton-high-school. Zack Dodson
  3. That's what we ran out of the early gate. Well, we ran Solar MagLev so we could solve for ocean acidification -> extinction from oceanic collapse, or something like that. If I were you - "you" meaning everyone in this thread so far - I would start going and finding "transportation infrastructure" defs from the literature base so you could limit out half of the ideas in this thread (e.g. pipelines, information networks, etc.). You would be surprised how many people cannot answer limits good/bad.
  4. Environmental managerialism comes to mind - not sure if it is any good. Here is a good resource if you want critical literature of any kind: http://ctheory.net/
  5. That's what they argued out of the 1AC. If I recall correctly, they indicated out of the top half that the current US military strategy and deployments to Guam has left the entire island in complete disarray. It could have been millions, it could have been billions. It's been two years.
  6. You could make those arguments, sure. But the reason for the inclusion of the definitions of investment that I put at the top is that you could select one that applies to monetary investments. And since you need to invest money into a project in order to augment or remove existing services and/or infrastructures, you would be able to get out of T-investment (in most instances). Mind you, I read this AFF on the college topic when it was "Resolved: That the United States Federal Government should substantially reform domestic transportation infrastructure," so, admittedly, you would have to change up the AFF A/T a little bit.
  7. I wouldn't advise it. Most theory debates get muddled by the time it gets to the 1AR. If you want to pursue this as a strategy, prep answers to topical counterplans bad, and other common CP theory arguments.
  8. It was a stab from two years back - I don't endorse it being a good one. The idea was to completely do away with ITS.
  9. I think the AFF was to invest billions in all forms of transportation infrastructure because the military was damaging the island. Now that I think about the AFF more, the advantages were coral reefs, disease, imperialism, and racism.
  10. Useful defs for this AFF - http://dictionary.re...owse/investment Note: You'll also need to find some inherency evidence indicating that ITS is expanding now. Plan: The United States federal government, through an act of Congress, its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States by immediately dismantling and removing all monitoring technologies from all forms of transportation infrastructure. Funding and enforcement are through normal means. Securitization Adv. A) In the post-9/11 environment, mobility and citizen have been reframed through a calculus of maximizing national security. Consequently, the state is expanding the capacities of surveillance in order to eliminate what it perceives as “threatsâ€. Packer, ’07. (Jeremy Packer. “The Ethics of Mobility: Rethinking Place, Exclusion, Freedom and Environment.†2007. Date accessed December 19, 2009. <http://books.google.com/books?id=0FzSI8CnJaIC&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq="But+in+the+past+automotive+behavior+was+itself+the+object+of+surveillance"&source=bl&ots=TlZ_kznZ1h&sig=qcT6Qn_SEqKsetusJJTfGjb_ERY&hl=en&ei=SD8tSaiNI30McXDrfwI&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CA0Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22But%20in%20the%20past%20automotive%20behavior%20was%20itself%20the%20object%20of%20surveillance%22&f=false>.) Whether at border crossings, airport terminals...for addressing such perceived threats. B ) The State’s national security agenda creates an Other that is simultaneously within and “outside†our borders. Lal, ’05. (Prerna P. Lal, social and media expert for the Change Organization. “Deconstructing the National Security State: Towards a New Framework of Analysis.†May 17, 2005. Date accessed January 35, 2010. <http://prernalal.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/css-deconstructing-the-nat-sec-state.pdf>.) As a consequence, imagined enemies...the state and security elites. C) The spectacle of terrorism and the agenda of fear promotion gives the state “the right to kill†and determine who may live and who must die. Giroux, ’06. (Henry Giroux, Global TV Network Chair in Communication at McNaster University in Canada. “Beyond the Spectacle of Terrorism: Global Uncertainty and the Challenge of the New Media.†2006. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers. Print.) In contrast, the spectacle of terrorism...connection between terrorism and security. D) The extending of this logic leads to genocidal violence in the name of “preserving the populace†and the elimination of threats. Violence becomes inevitable and continuous because the state will always fabricate new threats. Duffield, ’04. (Mark Duffield, Professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations. DANISH INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, “Carry on Killing: Global Governance, Humanitarianism and Terror.†2004. Date accessed December 27, 2009. <http://www.diis.dk/sw8141.asp AD 7/9/09>.) This duality moreover underlies the...sovereignty within it can now be examined. E) The power of ITS systems comes from a socially-constructed apparatus. Only by recognizing these systems as socially constructed and dismantling the institutionalization of these technologies can we begin to stop them. Monahan, ’08. (Torin Monahan, Professor at Arizona State University, School of Justice and Social Inquiry. “War Rooms of the Street: Surveillance Practices in Transportation Control Centers.â€July 25, 2008. Date accessed November 10, 2009. <http://torinmonahan.com/papers/war_rooms.pdf>.) Transportation resonates as both...with other systems (Monahan, 2005). F) Our critical questioning of the spectacle of terrorism in the 1AC within the pedagogical site of the classroom is critical to develop an alternative politics and language to the status quo. Giroux, ’06. (Henry Giroux, Global TV Network Chair in Communication at McNaster University in Canada. “Beyond the Spectacle of Terrorism: Global Uncertainty and the Challenge of the New Media.†2006. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers. Print.) The spectacle of terrorism has no vision...promise of global democracy itself.
  11. Yes and no, depending on how you view US territories (e.g. Guam) and US military installations. On the DTI topic for LD there were numerous Guam AFFs ran on the topic with imperialism and racism advantages.
  12. If you haven't already, just talk to an NFA-LD team, and see if you can snag their transportation files from 09-10. I have a lot of the files that I ran, including a K AFF of ITS (intelligent transportation infrastructure). PM me if you are interested in a trade.
  13. I am pretty sure that the planet debate stuff is the KNDI Katrina stuff. The only reason why it is labeled as "Education" is because someone probably mislabeled the file when they uploaded the file.
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