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  1. A couple of the varsity at my school went there and said it was pretty good.
  2. CP's- For off case there are a lot of options. You can also run advantage counterplans. They are pretty much counterplans that solve for their impacts. So if they run a warming advantage you can run a carbon tax counter plan. Then run either a politics scenario or a da as the net benefit. For politics you cant use open evidence though. You will either have to cut yourself or ask you coach/other schools for politics stuff. Also you have to make sure that your counter plan does not link to politics. DA's- You can run something like a china renewables da if they run an energy aff (i.e. OTEC, Offshore Wind, etc.). You can also run something like spending. Although spending is not particularly strong it is always an option. PM me if you want some stuff on politics and/or china renewables. Kritiks- These are a little complicated to run and to run against. For K's to run I'd suggest cap k (capitalism) or security. They both are pretty easy to understand and link to just about every case. Cap K pretty much says that their plan pushes capitalism forward and that capitalism is bad and causes impacts/turns case. I personally like to run that cap turns their impacts. For security I don't have much experience running, but I know that it talks about who the aff impacts aren't real and that they are just made up (i.e. they say nuclear war, but it is only going to happen because they say it will). You run it like the impacts are false and that aff talking about them will cause the impacts. Heidegger was mentioned above. I don't think it is the best k for new debaters unless you understand the arg. It focuses a lot on ontology. You can read up on it and if it makes sense to you then feel free to run it. Answering Kritiks- There are different ways to do this. One of these is for example case outweighs. This is pretty much the most generic and standard argument against K's. Also say Perm do Both. You can list off other perms as well but make sure you say perm. If they don't answer as to why the perm won't solve, then you win that they can both be done. You can also say something like perm do plan then alt. This works well for things where you can say that the plan solve for some impact (i.e. warming) that needs to be solved but the alt cant solve that so we must do plan to solve warming then solve for whatever impact they claim. Pretty much means you won that flow. Also depended on the k run things like no link or alt too vague. PM me if you need anything else I would be happy to help with whatever I can.
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    I don't have any specific coral reef cards but I do have a general ocean bios card. Hope this helps! Exploration of Marine Biodiversity motivates conservation efforts- the plan is necessary to an overall response to ecosystem declineGoulletquer 14 (Philippe, PhD in Biologic Oceanography at West Britain University and head of biodiversity issues at Ifremer’s Prospective & Scientific Strategy Division, Philippe Gros, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University, his research focuses on mathematical modelling of harvested marine fish population dynamics and marine ecosystems, Gilles Boeuf, full professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie, President of the French Museum of Natural History, Jacques Weber, economist, biologist, and anthropologist, a member of the committee on Ecology, “Biodiversity in the Marine Environment,”Chapter 1: The Importance of Marine Biodiversity, page 1-2, Springer Books, http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/862/chp%253A10.1007%252F978-94-017-8566-2_1.pdf?auth66=1405020052_78e0c78b7b3c72ce1f138fa24ef66e87&ext=.pdf) The study of marine biodiversity is timely and fundamental for a number of reasons (CBD, Global Biodiversity Outlook 3, 2010). Marine biodiversity plays a key role through ecosystem services (provisioning and regulation, amongst others). They provide economic wealth and resources that range from active ingredients for phar- maceuticals and medicine to products from fisheries and aquaculture, as well as contributing to cultural well-being and supplying relevant "biological models" for both basic and applied research. The role and dynamics of biodiversity are central themes when addressing climate change, earth and universe sciences or sustainable use of natural resources. Thus the issues of application involve policy, regulations and ways to globally manage energy and food security. We now have access to a breadth of diverse tools and sensitive indicators to ex- plore marine biodiversity, in realms which have been limited to terrestrial habitats until now, and have been difficult to apply. They range from molecular barcod- ing approaches that can explore entire communities, to the use of real time ma- rine sensors incorporating innovative stimulus and photo-responsive materials and Lab-on-a-Chip (LOAC) technologies. In addition, satellite data and pctaFLOP (1015 FLoating-point Operations Per Second) computing power to analyse extensive data sets are available. The marine environment is highly sensitive to various climatic and other en- vironmental perturbations, such as thermohaline or overturning circulation in the North Atlantic, changes in polar ice cover and greater stratification in surface waters and their acidification; resulting in already observed changes in species* phenology and ranges of distribution. Today, the ability to robustly and quantitatively assess the implications of climate scenarios on marine ecosystems and their associated services, and appraise the scope, nature and projected effectiveness of management actions in a changing context, is of prime importance. This has led to a growing need to understand overall marine ecosystem responses, particularly to large-scale offshore developments. These include renewable energy structures (e.g. farms exploiting offshore wind and marine currents), ever- deeper drilling for oil and the associated changes in habitats, and growing demand for marine resources (living resources and mining), in a context of policy objectives aiming to implement holistic integrative approaches to marine management based on the principles of an ecosystem-based approach. The human population reached 7 billion individuals in 2011, and is forecast to reach 8 billion in 2024 (Palumbi et al. 2009; UNPD 2011) and 9.3 billion in 2050 (more precisely, between 8.1 and 10.6 billion), along with population movements towards urban developed coastal areas and consequently, increased pressure on marine ecosystem services. It is currently estimated that 60% of the global popu- lation lives within 100 km of the coast, relying on marine habitats, resources and space for food, housing, food production, recreation and waste disposal. The majority of big mega-cities with more than 15 million inhabitants are and will continue to be located near coasts. Much of the remaining non-coastal population is concentrated along rivers and other waterways and generates indirect effects on marine biodiversity (Kay and Alder 2005). Assessing the global footprint and impact on biodiversity that these changes will entail for the topology of human society is a major question. Synergies between hu- man drivers, the timescales and locations of thresholds, the trajectory and speed of biological adaptation to climate change, and the resistance and resilience of marine biodiversity to anthropogenic disturbances are only partially understood. They are key priorities in the quest to maintain ecosystem services. Likewise, better under- standing and anticipation of the consequences that changes in biodiversity will have on individuals and human societies, particularly in their ability to adapt to them, are urgently needed. Drawing up methods to protect and sustainably utilise marine biodiversity rep- resents a complex issue of collective choices to be made; requiring consideration of geographic (land-sea interfaces), political (conservation, exploitation) and eco- nomic (fisheries, tourism, intellectual property, etc.) aspects. It is thus becoming increasingly important to clarify, quantify and communicate across social, aca- demic and industrial sectors, these stakes, values, priorities and conflicting de- mands (Fig. 1.1
  4. I recently heard about the Aryan (Arian?) brotherhood k. I was wondering how you can run it and if i could have some cards on it .
  5. I saw a death good K ran in a TOC bid round once. The neg said that the aff's nuclear war impacts solve all human suffering. The aff got up in cross ex and said what is happiness. They then said in their 2AC that life is worth living because of the pursuit of happiness. I'm not sure about specific cards, but their argument was built up on the fact that life has happiness and we can only pursue it if we are alive. The aff ended up winning the round. I don't have any actual cards though, sorry. Also I don't know how to answer any other versions, but I hope I helped.
  6. I was at that round too and I looked up the cites. They read ligotti and dolan as the alt i have the cites if you want to see.
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