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An argument in favor of prioritizing counterterrorism over humanitarian assistance

June 2, 2017
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An enormous humanitarian crisis is currently gripping South Africa.   As noted by Jane Ferguson, in her article “20 million (are) starving to death: Inside the worst famine since World War II.,“ South Sudan isn’t the only country in the region facing mass starvation. A potentially historic famine is also threatening Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Far…

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Winning in front of Lay Judges

June 1, 2017
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With nationals approaching, I’d like to offer some tips for adapting to judges who are less experienced and have not had formal debate training. Despite what debaters think In my experience, these judges are very predictable in terms of how they will evaluate a debate to determine the winner. The most significant thing to understand…

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Effective Public Forum Rebuttals

May 31, 2017
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This will cover some very basic (to make sure everyone is on the same page) as well as some advanced tips for delivering strong rebuttals in Public Forum debate. The Rebuttal should be directed against the previous constructive. That sounds obvious, but I’ve seen debates where the second Rebuttalist direct at least the majority of…

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NSDA 2017 PF — Problems with Counterterrorism

May 30, 2017
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Note — You can read this full essay for free with website registration. All nationals Public Forum Resources There are a number of reasons that prioritizing counterterrorism is problematic. One, it doesn’t solve the underlying conditions that produce the terrorism/insecurity in the first place.  Two, many of the countries that receive the assistance do not…

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2017 Middle School Congress Legislation

May 28, 2017
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Full Middle School Congress Legislation P-1 ……….A Bill to Eliminate Algorithmic Discrimination An “algorithm” is simply a “a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer” (Google definitions).  Algorithmic discrimination occurs when some of the foundations of that algorithm, such as basing income projections or…

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2017 Congress Bills

May 26, 2017
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A Bill to Recognize Hawai’i as a Sovereign Nation A Bill to Provide Reparations This file has all of the files below consolidated into one file  — Intro Essay Pro Essay Con Essay Answering the Con’s Backlash Argument My Public Forum ballots from Yale Why Reparations Can’t Solve Structural Racism Pro and Con Speeches —…

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Resolved:  The people’s right to know ought to be valued above the government’s need for secrecy.

April 25, 2017
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Bibliography —   General Openness Good/Yes Right to Know Secrecy and the right to know.  One of the original articles (1976) that argued for the right to know. ” The purpose of this paper is to begin weighing these considerations systematically. We begin with several premises: that reduced secrecy is vital to the healthy public…

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(Bibliography): US Law should make it illegal to publish classified information concerning the intelligence activities of the United States.

April 20, 2017
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Essay Bibliography — Should Prosecute Media that Publish Leaks Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?  This 2006 article lays out a strong case for punishing those who published classified materials.  It is also a great read because it details the history of the controversy related to punishing those who published leaked materials….

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Subscribe Today — Enjoy full site access until June 2018!

April 19, 2017
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All newly purchased subscriptions are good until June 24, 2018! Individuals and Institutions that purchase a $219 Institutional Subscription will now have the option of syncing Millennial’s Master Drop Box Folder content directly to their computers. The folder includes all generic back files, 2017-18 Policy Topic Evidence, Congressional Debate evidence, LD & PF evidence from…

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