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Preseason Anxiety can strike at any time. This sufferer has not yet recovered.
August is a tough time for debaters, in both high school and college. Debate camp is over. “Real” school is about to start again. But what causes us to lose the most sleep, more than even what to wear on the first day of class, is the total uncertainty of predicting what this season’s debate topic will bring.
Interesting piece on Foreign Policy about Risk that has a lot of potential for thinking about this year’s debate topic.
The Real Risks – By David Rothkopf
With each passing day, it becomes even clearer that despite what appears to be a very serious current terrorist threat, the greatest risks facing America come from our own misplaced priorities and mistaken assumptions.
As recently as late last week, I spoke with a very senior administration official — one of the White House’s best and brightest — who forcefully described the significance of America’s successful destruction of “core” al Qaeda. White House spokesman Jay Carney reiterated this point in comments to the press on Monday. But two errors in that assessment have now become abundantly apparent. The first is obvious given that the current alert is reportedly due in part to communications between a still-active … Read More »
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We’re getting excited and ready for the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) Summer workshop coming up next week (7/29-8/2)!
Check out some of the resources we’ve put together for the institute:
Learning Tools –
Memrise Course – Available Here
Mexico Ports of Entry Aff – Improves infrastructure at US-Mexico border ports, advantage: Economy
Mexico Ports of Entry Neg – Answers aff, includes maquiladora turn
China Disadvantage – China is increasing their economic influence with Mexico, US engagement crowds them out, Destroys the Chinese Economy, War
Relations Advantage Aff/Neg – An additional advantage for the ports aff
States Counterplan – The 50 states (or perhaps the border states) improve border infrastructure, which actually has some evidentiary support.
Topicality – Economic Engagement isn’t Commerical Engagement, the plan is just facilitating Commerce
Trade Promotion Authority Politics Disad – Politics disadvantage at its best. Obama needs political capital to get trade promotion authority (“fast-track”) that’s key to the WTO. … Read More »
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.
Camp Evidence Gathered | GSQ @ MGW.
Cal National Debate Institute:
(Lots of other stuff here too) – including “goat cans”
Cuba – End Embargo, Leadership Adv
Mexico Energy – Renewables, China
Venezuela – Russia, Latin American Instability, Relations (China Crowd out)
Emory National Debate Institute
Cuba – Both pre-camp and post-camp (much like the term “pre-fiat“)
Affs – All zipped here.
Cuba – End Embargo
Mexico – Oil (Transboundary Agreement)
Northwestern Debate institute
Aff – (pre-camp)
Cuba – All impacts (China, Relations, Russia, Drugs, Aliens)
Evidence from the MNDI/Classic/7-weeks it not available on the new-fangled “internets”
Border Infrastructure Mexico
Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its United States – Mexico North American Development Bank border transportation infrastructure investment
Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its investment in United States – Mexico North American Development Bank transportation infrastructure projects
Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its border transportation infrastructure projects with Mexico
Test: The United States federal government should substantially increase aid to funding … Read More »
“Selecting an official question is not all beer and skittles. It means a lot of work and requires a lot of machinery.” – The Forensic, 1938
The 2013-2014 High School National Forensics League topic has been out for some time, but we’re beginning to think and work on the topic – We’ll be posting resources, links, and the like on this blog as well as cross-posting from our GSQ lab blog at the UNT Mean Green workshop.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela.
To kick it off, here’s a very cool word cloud that depicts US-Attitudes towards Mexico that is associated with a study from last year on the topic from the National Journal.
Perhaps debating this topic can change change these associations for the high school students who will be researching and discussing these questions in depth!
Next year’s debate topic area was voted on and announced today! We’ll be debating the implications of Presidential War Powers.
The topic is important, timely and should be very interesting. I’ll be posting here about the topic (among other things) so stay tuned.