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  1. Zar_B

    OK State 2010

    We're up on this wiki. http://oklahoma-disclosure.wikispaces.com/
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    OK State 2010

    Thus we advocate the following policy, The United States federal government should provide all necessary funding and eliminate all unnecessary restrictions on the Legal Services Corporation in providing social services to people specified by the resolution. Available funding should be increased and federal restrictions on the following should be removed: *Class Action Lawsuits *Restrictions on Non-Governmental & Local Aid. This was the plan text we read at Regionals. Also - for the teams that haven't disclose cites/advantages, would you mind at least disclosing advantages read so far?
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    OK State 2010

    At Regionals we read a Legal Services Corporation AFF with Predatory Lending, Unemployment, Health, and Environmental Justice advantages.
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    Expired Links

    If you cut a card from the internet and the link expires (and you can't find the card on another url), should it be axed?
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    Poverty Good

    Maybe people should not read shitty arguments. Maybe people should come up with something more realistic (and easier to defend) then poverty good, because if the opposing team has any idea what they're doing, they'll beat you down if you try and impact turn poverty. As other people have stated, it's better to go for a link turn or an impact outweighs argument (potentially paired up with legitimate defense against their poverty arguments). Also, claiming that preserving poverty is good is morally reprehensible in the eyes of some people; some judges might find it very repulsive, which could be harmful in a debate round - something to keep in mind.
  6. Conditionality - they can drop the K/CP when we want to. Dispositionality - there are multiple definitions, but the one I've heard most often is that if you put offense on the K/CP, they have to answer it, but if you only have defense, they can kick it like in conditionality.
  7. Was it on politics?
  8. Define education. And how is it gained?
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    Education CP

    Wouldn't you have a very delayed timeframe? It would take at least four years for the CP to have any real effect, unless you're forcing everyone to take an accelerated program (which seems kind of silly & would still have a long timeframe), or unless you can somehow link perception of increasing US education in a field to solving AFF advantages.
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    Types of Turns

    Well that's kind of silly. Have debaters become so stupid that we cannot recognize the same argument said with different words? Using the "proper" terminology is all well and good, but it's the argument that counts.
  11. From the new generation - Weavile and Hippowdon.
  12. Wrong, you might have a different interpretation of what atheism means, but my interpretation is just as acceptable. I define atheism as the rejection of belief in a deity/deities, a form of gnosticism. My arguments are based on the worldly benefits for the adoption of faith, not on the potential after-worldly benefits of endorsing a particular theology. These are still arguments against atheism because they call for an endorsing of theology (which you cede is in contrast to atheism), I'm just not putting one theology over another.
  13. As a precursor, I don't really endorse the arguments I'm about to make. I'm not really "religious" in any sense, I think that implies dogma, which I don't embrace. -------------------------------------- First of all, there is no reason to endorse Pascal's Wager, I agree its flawed for many reasons. Now of course, you raise the possibility of being punished for being "religious". However, since neither of can know what the response of a deity/deities would be to human worship, it is most logical to apply equal probability to there being no impact/rewards/consequences for faith or a particular type of faith. Because of this, we should not logically support a religion because of its supposed after-worldy benefits. However, if it can be proven that atheism is a logically incorrect position and that being "religious" has a positive impact in our current lives, then being "religious" would be the best option because of maximizing our current lives. But to be an atheist, you have deny the existence of the possibility of deities. This is "scientific objectivity" at its worst. To be an atheist, you must presume that because your physical senses cannot test the existence of a God or multiple Gods/Godesses/etc., that such a being/beings cannot exist. This ignores the fact that there are other dimensions that humans cannot perceive/understand. The human ability to understand the universe through scientific/logical means is inherently limited because we are human. If one truly wishes to be logical, the proper response is that one cannot know for sure whether or not a deity or multiple dieties exist. That means it is a question of faith/belief. Ultimately, faith has its benefits. This is not to say that people should blindly follow authority. However, belonging to a certain group and sharing an identity/beliefs is beneficial. It provides a source of physical satisfaction because it satisfies the innate biological want to "belong", to be part of a larger social structure. Furthermore, for those that "believe' more strongly, the concept of heaven is another source of satisfaction in current life. Whether or not this heaven exists, it is a source of content that has allowed billions to face death without fear, to live life comfortably. The value of this is immeasurable, we simply cannot calculate the psychological damage caused by the fear of death. In this way, religion allows people to accept death, even if it may perhaps be a delusion.
  14. That's not the point he was making (I think). He is saying that the average impact card has fewer/as many warrants as Immortal Technique's songs, and citing one card as an example. It may have been a bad example, but the argument hasn't actually been addressed.
  15. The only way your "quals attack" has any relevancy, whatsoever, is if you bring up evidence with warrants that specifically contradict with Immortal Technique's, then maybe you could win the warrant based on the fact that your's is "peer-reviewed" (assuming it is, and the person writing it is more qualified than Technique, which might not be true). And even then, I think there's a legitimate argument to be made that Immortal Technique knows/understands a lot more about "poverty" than the majority of people writing books about it. It's one thing to see/analyze "poverty", it's another to understand it.
  16. Yes, they're song lyrics. You could still use them in a round, though you might also want to have a concrete piece of evidence to back it up in case someone flips a shit. Otherwise, the song has some good assertions and is rhetorically powerful. And yes, Immortal Technique is a rapper.
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    Kibbutz Aff

    If you run a small AFF, it should probably be critical because otherwise, you won't have access to large policy impacts nor critical ones, which puts you at risk to generic Ks. Also, helping 400 people is probably going to violate a substantial T. But otherwise, it's probably as doable as any other version of this AFF - it just won't have as strong impacts/links to disads.
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    Kibbutz Aff

    Probably referring to the man known as John J. Mearsheimer, the "creator" of offensive realism and writer of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. I would assume the cards being referred to would be from that book.
  19. If you won on those arguments whoever read it didn't know what the fuck they were doing.
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    Foucault Case

    I mean that's the point. I'm saying if you want to heg in entirely on kritikal advantages then just run it the way it's supposed to be run and criticize the resolution if necessary. You can run whatever case you want, you just have to be ready for the obvious responses (T and Framework).
  21. While RBY have a lot of nostalgic value, the new games are probably the best to come out. The gameplay is the same as always, and so is the story, the new ones are better graphics + new pokemon + wifi.
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    Foucault Case

    Easy way to solve the problem, don't defend a government policy. Impact turn T/Framework. You're good.
  23. Nah, you can find one while you're there.
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