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  1. There's a high probability that we will see the return of some sort of diplomatic capital DA. You could do some research into whether or not Obama/Kerry are trying to solve another situation somewhere else in the world(that might result in nuke war) and diplomatic relations with china trade off with that.
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    K O/V help

    Most of the long k overview stuff in 2NCs can usually just be done on the line by line tbh. You shouldn't really need much of an overview; I think your judge was giving you good advice
  3. Rowland Hall and Juan Diego are the 2 big schools and they have bid teams every year.
  4. debating off the flow is a lot more advantageous
  5. Apart from evidence cutting, there's usually lectures on the new topic or other debate args, practice rounds, a camp tournament, some form of interaction with experienced lab leaders, crunk parties, and other stuff that's supposed to make you better depending on the camp. It's definitely not required to get better because someone who's dedicated can work their way up to that level but with that said camp alumni will probably have an advantage over others at the beginning of the season and most if not all of the fancy schmanshy national circuit debaters go to camps. If you have time and money, it's can be a very rewarding experience but it's not the end of your debate career if you don't go.
  6. Yo can someone explain the coming community?
  7. I see you are practicing your flowing abbreviations
  8. If you want a great application of heidegger to security, read Politics of Security by Michael Dillon
  9. Soooooo are there ANY videos out there of the TOC finals this year or are the days of streaming national circuit debates over? I would at least like to know how the round went down if anyone actually watched it
  10. I concur. All I know about the round was what was written on the google doc
  11. Coming from an outsider that knows nothing about the Oregon circuit, I can objectively say that Gracia Dodds and JJ Caufield are some of the coolest debaters I've met.
  12. Anything that can run verbatim is good enough for debate. Anything else is up to personal preference.
  13. I went for OSPEC against Makah Whaling this year instead of anthro. I still have no idea why I won
  14. also known as the fallacy fallacy http://existentialcomics.com/comic/9 ^this comic strip is exactly what you are looking for with fallacies
  15. utah is pretty k friendly but the only schools that are successful with k's on the national circuit are rowland hall and maybe juan diego (both private schools).
  16. I haven't really hit any of this this year. Neolib was pretty popular for the latin america topic though. I know this topic doesn't have good DA ground but the critical stuff for the ocean was pretty good (middle passage, identity stuff w/ ocean, dat Land ev, pirates). I also thoroughly enjoyed the T debates this year. I'm also an environmental hippie so stuff relating to ocean biodiversity was fun.
  17. 5 week is probably one of the best camps in the country for rising sophomores and I have heard very good things. I don't think there's much of a benefit to going to 4 wk over 5 wk, it's just cheaper. I'm pretty sure you get more lectures in 5 week and be more prepared for the coming year.
  18. Congratulations to him and his team! My state tournament was pretty tough
  19. space elevators & crappy DA ground
  20. Someone needs to page @MartyP because it was his lab that cut this so he could probably answer questions about it really well
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