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  1. Lol, was actually assuming it was this article: http://www.usip.org/programs/projects/gender-war-and-peacebuilding. i should really have read the link. haha .
  2. College Prep's Givan will do great next year, I'm sure. Also, the girl from the GBN A team is also a junior, I think.
  3. Also, what happened to St. Mark's BM?
  4. I don't think I'm dumb for asking why you would like to brand people who attend resource-rich schools as individuals who cannot rightfully have leftist political ideologies. I understand where you are coming from, but I feel like you shouldn't be so quick to pass judgment on kids who do well just because they go to schools with plenty of resources. I personally attend a public school with 70% of kids on the free and reduced lunch program (which is bad for a town in southeast Kansas with less than 12k population) and we maintain a decent budget while doing half-way decently on our circuit. I also don't understand where this animosity is coming from. I don't think kids who attend private schools necessarily have a choice between going to a school in East St. Louis versus a private school in Texas and I don't think we can necessarily blame them for choosing to go to private school if they were born into wealthy families. YOU are dumb if you think calling me or those alleged hypocritical leftists "dumb fucks" is going to right the wrongs that has been done to your program. Also, you apparently are linking this leftist circle jerk to classism in debate otherwise you wouldn't have said what I quoted you as saying. I compared you to Paul Ryan because you appear to be making conspiracy theories about how debate has become a leftist, elitist circle jerk that actively prevents public schools from ever doing well. If this is not true, then please explain yourself.
  5. Could you please explain how the leftist circle jerk has led to classism/elitism in debate, Paul Ryan?
  6. Field Kindley's not going - our budget got slashed after state. :/
  7. This is the best new evidence I could find, but it only talks about the Great Lakes: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/12/shipping_suffers_as_dredging_f.html IMO, this aff is non-inherent. Also, if you claim small ports as key to solvency, you can probably spin a better inherency story since the projects are mainly being secured for larger ports.
  8. SKNFL: Field Kindley Foster/Wright Pittsburg Brummitt/Cronister Pittsburg Hawn/Matthews Alternates: Field Kindley Kritz/Hendrix Pittsburg MacDonald/Stebbins WKNFL: Buhler Crane/Brookman Hutch Blake/Sain Hutch Krambeer/Crater KCKSCFL: BVW Birzer/Yeamans BVW MacDonald/Nelson BVN Evans/Jones SME Murphy/Tulp BVSW Locke/Super Emporia Haynes/Smith WCFL: Kapaun Meyer/Scott El Dorado Turner/Yates Buhler Estabrook/Harner Buhler Crane/Brookman Hutch Blake/Sain Hutch Crater/Krambeer
  9. Field Kindley is most likely going.
  10. If I recall, this same student also ended up 4-3 the TOC as well.
  11. Quarters Field Kindley defeats Buhler on a 2-1 Hayden defeats Sumner Pittsburg defeats Rock Creek Nickerson defeats (i think) Spring Hill Semis Field Kindley KH defeats Pittsburg HM on a 2-1 Nickerson defeats Hayden on a 3-0 Finals Field Kindley KH defeats Nickerson on a 2-1
  12. This topic would be sweet if it just included cooler countries like Brazil and Colombia.
  13. Transportation doesn't cause racism, racist policymakers cause racism. Infrastructure planning would cause racism, but that is already posted in this thread. Also, it appears to me that you're emphasizing the -ed on caused like racism doesn't occur now. I'm not entirely sure what you're asking.
  14. Thanks! Google maps has the route through KC at just under 500 so I wasn't 100% sure.
  15. I know that Heritage Hall is on the KSHSAA approved list and Colleyville is within the radius. Are there any other good tournaments to attend? Also, is Homewood-Flossmore within this radius? Does the KSHSAA stipulation apply to air miles or road miles?
  16. I think you can avoid this by having the judge you recruit be part of the "community" judging pool as opposed to judging for your school specifically. The only downside is they probably don't get paid. Also, to tack on to that: Joy of Tournaments assigns judges randomly without taking into consideration judging experience or other 'subjective' factors. It doesn't make any sense to have experienced judges sit around and make less experienced judges judge. I think that after a certain point, you MUST have only school judges judge.
  17. The question isn't what you're supposed to do when you're hired as an assistant coach (obviously, you'll do your job.) The question is whether or not the disparity between the schools who can afford to hire judges and those who can't is compounded when they disclose. I believe it is. I know it doesn't help anything to cry about how unfair life is, but to some debaters, not disclosing is away to close the gap between a richer school with more assistant coaches by mitigating the impact assistant coaches have on the playing field. It forces both debaters to rely on their personal knowledge not knowledge articulated by an assisting coach.
  18. As a debater from a small school who semi-regularly attends tournaments on the varsity circuit, I think I can give some insight into why some teams don't disclose (even though my partner and I have personally been disclosing on the NDCA wiki all year.) Note: These aren't necessarily my personal beliefs, just some responses I have heard and my attempts to reconcile their logic: 1) We can't compete with bigger schools as an evidence cutting machine. At my school, there are only a few dedicated teams who actively cut new evidence. We are expected not only to supply ourselves with evidence, but our entire squad, without them reciprocating in a reliable fashion. If we don't disclose, these few precious new arguments we have don't need to compete with your squad/hired college debater/coaching staff. 2) Disclosure can be perceived as elitist. Weird concept, since disclosure is meant to democratize information access, but its true. Some debaters in South Kansas circuit think of it as though X team thinks they're so good that they post your aff on the wiki for all to see. Its not really logical, but it is a barrier that needs removing. 3) Some people are just ignorant of the process and its benefits. At a local tournament, someone informed me that my 1AC and neg cites had been posted online. They were astounded when they found out that we had done it ourselves. Even after explaining why we did it, they still had difficulty fathoming the reason why "we would do that to ourselves." 4) We won't see the benefits by the time our debate careers are over, especially in west/south Kansas. The simple fact is that these regions progress slower. In local tournaments, people still try to tell me that giving the order off-time is "against KSHSAA rules" as if its going to hurt them that I make sure they can follow where I'm going. We have to make progress a priority before we even think about disclosure as a norm. 5) Its not even really a norm in East Kansas. Less than 20 teams disclose on the wiki currently, and those are nearly all BVN, BVW, BVSW, SME, SMS, and SMNW. Hopefully, it will trickle down, because I doubt it will spread to West/South Kansas before its a norm there. On a side note: Not that personal feelings matter, but it really sucks when you're in out rounds and the opposing team's assistant coach is helping to set up their stuff as their other assistant coach is asking you to disclose your aff when at the same time your coach is struggling to make sure the rest of your team is getting where they need to go. This wasn't really a Kansas thing, but it really discouraged us from disclosing in outrounds of NFL last year because we knew that both of those coaches would be huddled over the other teams laptops, telling them what to run, etc. On the other hand, I had no idea teams usually reciprocated by giving past 1NR's. That is what really made debate more fun, that both teams knew what to expect. Anyways, just some thoughts.
  19. Lol, Buhler is a Kansas team. I think you're confusing them with SFL. The Soux Falls Schools and Brookings are both very good schools and are pretty competitive nationally. Also, I'm pretty sure that poor judging pools don't necessarily equal bad debaters. Kansas has a lot of tournaments with lay judges happening at the same time as more competitive varsity tournaments and this is probably true for many states. The real culprits are more likely: 1. states like Hawaii and Alaska can't really travel all over the nation to compete. 2. lack of experienced debaters willing to come back to their old state and judge 3. no competitive universities around to host affordable debate camps while also helping to sustain the culture of competitiveness in highschool. I mean, can you imagine what debate would be like in states like Kansas, Nebraska, and Michigan without their state universities? I think you'll find that most states that have problems with debate lack a good debate college.
  20. Predictions Bad K could be useful too. There are a few files on Open Evidence.
  21. Field Kindley is Ben Wright/Brittany Foster
  22. Owasso's Bagram Aff from the military topic had some good torture cards.
  23. This definition of epistemology is correct. Ontology directly ties into epistemology, as it refers to the "state of mind" or decisive philosophical doctrines (if any) that one keeps. Methodology is just that - the methods you choose. This is an example of how it relates to framework: Say that someone reads a Nietzsche aff. If you were to read a Lacan K that accomplishes the same thing as the aff (most likely abandoning ego formation to traverse the fantasy, reject the utopia, etc) they could potentially accomplish the same thing, but you could say that Nietzsche links to cede the political and Lacan doesn't, therefore you should prefer Lacan's (and by extension, your) methodology because of its political potential. *I think I explained that right.
  24. I don't understand why they wouldn't include countries like Brazil, who are untapped economic powerhouses, in any Latin American topic. That's what makes it undesirable to me.
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