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  1. Just 5 times a week- it's that easy! Monday: Spread peanut butter & jelly on bread for lunch Tuesday: Spread butter on French bread for dinner. Wednesday: Spread barbeque sauce on ribs for dinner. Thursday: Spread chocolate sauce on waffles for dessert. Friday: Spread cream cheese on bagel for breakfast.
  2. I know it'll take a lot to stop NSDA nationals from taking place, but how bad is the flooding in Dallas and how are the competitors going to be affected?
  3. So cool that even though your seasons may be over, you still want to give back and help the rest of the debate community! Thanks so much!
  4. I know very little about politics- what's a thumper, and what is intrinsicness?
  5. What are the best ways to answer a politics DA (and what are the common ones going to be run at NSDA Nats), besides "no-link"? I'm looking for efficient and maybe something which won't take up a huge time for prep. Also, is anyone interested in starting a politics prep group for Nats?
  6. Just some questions to the overall debate community concerning NSDA nationals, specifically in policy debate. We are a paper team, and don't plan on bringing laptops. Will that mess up our rounds? Will the other team provide a viewing laptop if they're paperless- is that a "rule"? How traditional/progressive are the rounds? Or is it a hit or miss, half/half type tournament? What do the judge paradigm sheets look like and what info do they include?
  7. I mean, it's all cool that you don't want to CX him, but I think that after the 2NC, before the 1NR, he should get to CX you.
  8. Your argument does make a lot of sense and I think I know how to argue it more effectively. However, how would you interpret this card differentiating research and exploration? McNutt 6 ~ Marcia McNutt is the Chair of the Geoengineering Climate committee of the National Academy of Sciences, editor-in-chief of the journal Science, and former director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and science adviser to the United States Secretary of the Interior. “THE NATIONAL OCEAN EXPLORATION PROGRAM ACT OF 2005 AND THE UNDERSEA RESEARCH PROGRAM ACT OF 2005”, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-109hhrg28758/html/CHRG-109hhrg28758.htm Ocean exploration is distinguished from research by the fact that exploration leads to questions, while research leads to answers. When one undertakes exploration, it is without any preconceived notion of what one might find or who might benefit from the discoveries. Research, on the other hand, is undertaken to test a certain hypothesis, with the clear understanding of the benefits of either supporting or refuting the hypothesis under consideration. Often novel discoveries are made accidentally in the process of performing hypothesis-driven research, but with a purposeful exploration program, those discoveries are more likely to be appreciated for what they are, properly documented, and followed-up.¶ Here is a concrete example. One of the greatest surprises in oceanography in the 20th century was the discovery of the hot-vent communities, deep-sea oases that thrive in sea water geothermally heated to several hundred degrees centigrade. These animals form an entire ecosystem completely independent of the sun's energy, and their existence opens up huge new possibilities for how life might be sustained elsewhere in the universe. This discovery led to a host of new research questions. What is the energy source for this new style of community? How do proteins fold at such high temperatures? By what reproductive strategy do deep-sea vent organisms manage to find and colonize new, isolated vent systems as the old ones die? These are important questions, but ones that we would not know enough to even ask had the discovery not happened. And it almost didn't. The shipboard party involved was entirely geologists and geophysicists. There wasn't a single biologist on board to appreciate the significance of what was to become the most important discovery in marine biology. Ever. Lacking basic biological supplies, the geophysicists had to sacrifice all of their vodka to preserve the novel specimens they collected.¶ Such discoveries don't need to be rare, accidental, or potentially unappreciated with a strong, vigorous, and systematic ocean exploration program. I created a graphic (Figure 1) to show how NOAA's OE program might ideally relate to the broader ocean research agenda and to the NURP program.¶ The upper box is meant to represent NOAA's Ocean Exploration program. New discoveries are made by exploring new places, and/or by deploying new tools which ``see'' the ocean in new dimensions. With roughly 95 percent of the ocean still unexplored, and new tools that image the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of the ocean at all scales being developed constantly, the opportunities for discovery are virtually limitless. Also, this is what a lot of times the aff would bring up against me: From http://deepseanews.com/2012/10/we-need-an-ocean-nasa-now-pt-3/ In an agency with a chiefly applied mission, those programs that are purely exploratory must eventually invent an applied focus or face the axe. For example, even under NURP, exploration often focused on corals and fish of considerable economic and conservation importance rather than those species of greatest novelty or knowledge deficit. The current situation at NOAA also highlights how less applied scientific programs are likely to be lost.
  9. So I looked through the scientific method file and it looks good. Only thing is, the exploration aff stock answer to that would be that exploration precedes hypothesis making and research in the SQ, as it's going to parts of the ocean never "explored" before- discovery and observation oriented rather than seeking to prove/disprove a hypothesis. I do like the zero solvency point though-that will stick with the judges.
  10. These are so annoying to go neg against, especially with lay judges. What are good strategies? I'm talking NOAA exploration, OSEA, mapping, etc. Lay, so no Ks, and I can't run politics. Also willing to trade for good files.
  11. MHK is Marine and Hydrokinetic technologies, essentially five types of marine renewables.
  12. Perfect. I'll PM you with a file.
  13. Yeah, running that as a major strat, but I still want case answers, so environment disadvantages (disease, escapes, deadzones, GMOs) aren't turned and we have major offense in the round.
  14. What are some good policy only strategies against aquaculture regulation/framework type affs? Good answers to "Regulations solve environment DAs"? General economy, environment, overfishing, food security advs.
  15. For those of you talking about icebreakers, I bet you that it will be run as an advantage counterplan next year. For once, it's non-topicality is useful.
  16. Courtesy of aram, I believe. (This was released with the first free Thursday file). Check duhbait.com for the newest Thursday file. Politics Links.docx
  17. What they said, but what I'd do is wait till the middle of the 1NR and turn your advantage to mess up the 1AR.
  18. What are some reasons that workability is not a voter? Specifically, no timeframe specification, funding specification...
  19. I don't have bids nor do I compete in such tournaments, but prepping at least one hour a day everyday (more on weekends) has improved my skills tremendously. Debate is not a super high priority for me though, so I spend less time than maybe you would. If you want to qualify to the TOC, I think 2 hours a day is a minimum. I don't have personal experience with bids or competing in bid tournaments so don't take my word for it. Many debaters put in 30-40 hours a week. However, make sure to keep a good balance between school and debate- doing well in debate is not worth letting your grades slip, in my opinion. There are a lot of good articles on the 3NR on how to practice, prep, and improve. Do not just focus on research, cutting cards, and basic speaking drills. You need to practice speaking, giving speeches, reading evidence every day if you expect to improve.
  20. I will trade for handcut case negs. More specifically, I'm looking for aquaculture, solar desalination, acidification, and unique DAs. I'd also be interested in answers to renewables affs (MHK). I have some stuff to trade as well. I will only trade handcut evidence for handcut evidence. I have a limited amount of things I can trade, but we can make a deal. PM me if you are interested.
  21. I don't have anything on this, but I'd say go for T as a part of your strategy. T-substantially and development.
  22. thanks to whoever sent me the article. I realized I could've just ctrl+a and ctrl+c. Files will go to the first person who sent me stuff- that's HAM.
  23. Hey, so if anyone (probably going to be a college student) can access this article, please send me the text of the article and whatever is necessary to form the citation. Thank you so much! If you are debating high school topic, I will give you something small in return. http://www.technologyreview.com/questionoftheweek/535381/what-happened-to-the-rare-earths-crisis/ EDIT: oops this posted twice. Can someone delete one?
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