Thursday, May 14, 2015

US World Schools Debate Invitational 2015 prepared motions

World Schools Debate Motions (listed in round order)
Prelims: Round 1: This House would end all agriculture subsidies. Round 2: Impromptu round Round 3: This House would halt all hydraulic fracturing. Round 4: Impromptu round Round 5: This House would ban the extradition of individuals who could face the death penalty abroad. Round 6: Impromptu round
Elims: Double Octafinals: This House welcomes a Greek exit from the Euro. Octafinals: Impromptu round Quarterfinals: Impromptu round Semifinals: Impromptu round
Finals: This House believes that the United States should substantially curtail its overseas military bases.

Monday, April 20, 2015

North American Universities, 2014

NAUDC, 2014
R1: THW abolish spousal privilege. Info slide: Spousal privilege protects the individual holding the privilege from being called to testify by the prosecution against the defendant/the spouse.
R2: As an author of a non-colonial language (inuktitut, iziXhosa, Quechua, etc.), THW only write in one's native language.
R3: THBT feminists should campaign to deconstruct masculinity rather than attempt to mobilize masculinity in service of feminst goals.
R4: THBT states should not hold prisoners of war after a conflict's cessation.
R5: THR the rise of pop culture authorities on what constitutes good sex (how-tos, Cosmo Magazine, etc.).
R6: THW consider an academic's publicly-stated political positions (e.g. blog posts, Tweets, editorials) in hiring, tenure, and promition decisions.
QF: THBT all media organizations should be owned and run by journalists.
SF: TH supports the prominence of the American Dream in the national discourse. Info slide: The "American Dream" refers to the notion that, regardless of one's demographics, one can significantly improve one’s quality of life through hard work and persistence.
GF: TH, as the United States, would actively foment democratic unrest in China.

Cambridge IV, November 2014

Cambridge IV, 2014
R1: THW not punish people who live below the poverty line for economic crimes (e.g. theft).
R2: Assuming the existence of individuals with superpowers (e.g. super strength, flight, invisibility etc.), TH, as a superhero, would agree to use its powers solely in service of the democratic state.
R3: THS the objectification of male bodies in popular culture.
R4: THW require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the state.
R5: THBT Western foreign policies should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values.
ESL Semi: THBT Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches.
ESL Final: Assuming the existence of a gay gene, THW disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
QF: THW prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
SF: THS the New Atheism movement.
GF: THBT unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay.

Brandeis IV, December 2014

Brandeis IV, 2014
R1: THR the commercialization of religious holidays.
R2: THBT universities should ban all fraternities and sororities.
R3: TH, as the Mexican government, would end its war against the drug cartels.
R4: THR the use of feminism as an advertising tactic.
R5: THW ban all youth wings of political parties in developing countries.
R6: THBT protesters should not use memorials as sites of protest.
QF: THP Facebook's policy of only removing content that users report as objection to a policy where Facebook itself determines restrictions on content.
SF: THBT all information marked as classified by governments should become available to the public within 50 years.
GF: THW allow communities to vote to end police supervision.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colgate IV, 2015

Colgate IV, 2015
R1: THW account for innate capabilities when awarding grades in school.
R2: THW give prisoners who have been assaulted or seriously harmed in custody the legal right to sue the government.
R3: THR the fetishization of race in pornography.
R4: THS a full boycott of Israeli elections by all Palestinians and Arab Israelis that are eligible to vote.
R5: THW allow the US President to make a limited number of congressional votes anonymous per term.
QF: THW shut down banks that are, in the future, found to be assisting rogue states and facilitating illicit trade.
SF: THW recognise the sovereignty of land purchased by Indigenous clans or tribes. Info slide: Under the SQ sovereignty is granted only on land that is awarded to indigenous communities by the Federal government.
NF: As an LGBTQ fiscal conservative, THW vote Democrat.
GF: THW prevent the Military from engaging in active recruitment efforts.

HWS Round Robin 2015

HWS Round Robin, 2015
R1: THS establishing an independent state of Kurdistan.
R2: THW measure gross national happiness and base policy decisions on those measurements.
R3: THW disallow exclusive private arbitration for contracts between corporations and individuals. Info slide: Private arbitration is the referral of a dispute to a third party chosen by disputants, who agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. In contracts requiring exclusive private arbitration, the parties agree to forgo recourse to a court or jury trial.
R4: Setting aside infectious diseases, THW work to prevent interaction with tribes who have not had contact with the modern world.
R5: THW prohibit religious institutions from considering applicants’ religious affiliation for any position whose primary function is not the performance of religious rites (e.g., administrators, teachers, fundraisers, etc.).
GF: THBT prominent civil society activists should choose not to run for public office.

US Universities Debate Championship 2015 - Univ, of Alaska

USU Alaska, 2015
R1: THW abolish teacher unions for primary and secondary (K-12) education.
R2: THW tax members of systematically oppressed groups at a significantly lower rate than equivalently wealthy members of groups with historic privilege.
R3: THW make it illegal for the police to tactically lie during questions and investigations.
R4: THS private space exploration and colonization.
R5: THW exempt small businesses from laws that violate their religious convictions.
R6: THW replace government welfare programs with competitive grants to private non-profits focused on social services.
R7: THW eliminate trial by jury and replace it with trial by judge.
R8: THS the significant expansion of global free trade agreements.
Octo Final: THBT adults who wish to have children and are financially able have a moral obligation to adopt rather than have biological children.
QF/NF: THBT developed countries should never place sanctions on developing countries.
SF: THBT when discussing social justice issues, the identity of a speaker should not be used to limit their participation in discussion or to criticize their points.
GF: THW, as the US government, grant amnesty to all undocumented immigrants living in the United States on the sole conviction that they have not been convicted of a violent criminal offense.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cal Poly SLO USU Western Regional Championships 2015

Cal Poly SLO USU Western Regional Championships motions:
1. THBT the US Federal Government should place a cap on the amount of homework assigned primary and secondary school students
2. THW place a substantial tax on successful artists in order to fund new and upcoming artists
3. THW prosecute individuals who kill members of endangered species as if the victims were human
4. Given the inevitability of the upcoming zombie apocalypse, THW rather be a zombie than a human
5. THBT PBS should broadcast childrens shows geared towards sexual education, including techniques for pure sexual gratification
6. THW force Greece to surrender its sovereignty to the European Commission until its financial situation stablilizes
SEMI. THW implement a two state solution in Ukraine
FINAL. THW not allow police to use deadly force to preempt bodily harm to themselves

George Washington University IV 2015

Here are the motions from the George Washington University IV held this weekend:
Round 1
This house believes the media should not report acts of terrorism.
Round 2
This house opposes prenatal gene manipulation for traits that parents find desirable (e.g., cosmetic changes, improved athleticism, increased intelligence, etc.).
Note: Gene manipulation does not include genetic screening of diseases.
Round 3
This house regrets the rise of the “No Excuses” model of education reform.
Info slide included on "no excuses" model.
Round 4
This house believes we should have a moral obligation to protect and preserve non-intelligent extraterrestrial life and their ecosystems if they are discovered.
Round 5
This house believes that developing nations should prioritize their economic development over addressing the cause and effects of climate change.
This house believes that individuals considering relocating to, or already living in, urban districts have an obligation to oppose gentrification.
Definition slide for "gentrification" included.
This house believes the reelection of Netanyahu will lead to policies that safeguard the welfare of all Israeli citizens.
This house believes that public universities should have the right to immediately expel students who publicly or privately use hate speech.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pan American Univerities Debate Championship, January 2015

Held at the University of Miami.

CAs were Ken Newby (Morehouse, USA) and Alfred Snider (Vermont, USA) in English, and Nicole Hansen Salas (Andres Bello, Chile) in Spanish.

1. THW implement mandatory voting in all elections.

2, This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.

3. THBT international military intervention against Boko Haram is justified, regardless of the views of the Nigerian government.

4. THBT the normalization of relations between the USA and Cuba will result in substantial improvements in civil rights in Cuba.

5. This house regrets the commercialization of “hip hop.” DEFINITION SLIDE: Hip-hop is the culture associated with rap music.

6. THW reject the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

Quarterfinals English, Semifinals Spanish. TH regrets the deployment of fear about the ebola situation.

Semifinals English. THBT the struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations.

Finals Spanish and English. This house would establish a free trade area comprised of all countries in the Western Hemisphere. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kuala Lumpur Open Challenge 2014

Thanks to everyone for coming to KLOC 2014. It was a pleasure to have you and we hope you enjoyed the topics and the tournaments. 

Round 1: This house believes that the ICC should prosecute George W. Bush and Barack Obama for war crimes.
Round 2: This house, as the Malay people, would give up Bumiputera privileges in exchange for the abolition of vernacular schools. 
[Bumiputera is a Malaysian term used to describe the Malay race and natives of Sabah and Sarawak. Bumiputera privileges include quotas for entry into public service positions, trade or business licenses, public scholarships and public education. National schools have Malay as the medium of instruction. Vernacular schools have Tamil or Chinese as the medium of instruction.]
Round 3: This house believes that the Feminist movement should oppose sex change operations.
Round 4: This house would actively discourage home ownership in the developed world.
Round 5: This house believes that courts should enforce Ulysses contracts.
[Ulysses contracts are contracts in which there is only one party to the contract. The contract restricts the party’s liberty in some way, usually by imposing a financial punishment if certain terms are not met by the party in the future.
  • A smoker could sign a Ulysses contract stipulating that if he has not quit smoking after a year, he will pay a large fine to the state.
  • A young person could sign a Ulysses contract stipulating that if at any future time her income exceeds a certain threshold, the excess will be donated to charity.]
Pre Quarter Final: This house believes that companies in the sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb etc) should be liable for offences committed by service providers against customers.
Quarter Final: This house believes that the US should cut ties with the ruling regime in Saudi Arabia.
Semi Final: This house opposes the culture of outrage.
Grand Final: This house believes that development organisations should work closely with religious institutions. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

BRAC Masters 2014 Bangladesh

BRAC Masters 2014

R1- THW financially incentivize men to take up jobs that are traditionally dominated by women or become house husbands
R2- THW allow victims to chose the punishment for convicted sexual offenders
R3- THW Ban logos from luxury goods
R4- THBT political assassinations are a legitimate tool of Foreign policy
R5- THBT nations should hold the Catholic Church financially liable for   of Catholic HIV/Aids patients in areas where the church has strongly campaigned against condom use
Finals- THBT states should withhold democratic elections during economic crisis

NSU IV 2014 Bangladesh

NSU IV 2014

R1: THW allow corporations to incorporate child labor in return for educational opportunities

R2: THW Shut down all state owned media (eg. BTV, BBC,RT, etc)

R3: TH Regrets Obama's Immigration Policy

R4: THW break up tech companies that get too big

R5: THW ban the killing of animals for commercial purposes (except for medical research).

NDDC Bangladesh 2014

NDDC 2014

Round 1: THBT all the public services should be provided by private providers.
Round 2: THBT western education system should never rationalize their colonial history.
Round 3: THBT West and Nigerian Government should arm Nigerian Citizens against Boko Haram,
Round 4: THBT the media should not report on street crimes.
Round 5: THW bar its citizens from tourism trips to countries with high rates of child prostitution.
Semi Finals: THW bar government agencies from taking personal information from tech giants.
GF: TH, as the People's Republic of Bangladesh, would allow transit facilities to India.

Pan African Universities Debating Championship 2014

Pan Africans Debating Championship 2014

Round 1
THW not grant demands for hazard pay during times of epidemics in developing nations.
Round 2
THBT China should subsidise families for every daughter born.
Round 3
Given that you discover with 100% proof that God does not exist, THW not disclose the information.
Round 4
THS a unisex FIFA World Cup.
Round 5
THW grant the police unlimited access to data collected by private companies (e.g. telecommunications, GPS services).
Round 6
INFO: You are a heterosexual male in his twenties living in an impoverished African state. You have been given the chance to be smuggled on a ship to a country in the West.
Motion: THW choose to go to the West.
Round 7
Assuming the technology existed, THW allow for the cloning and growth of brain-dead human beings for the purpose of organ harvest and scientific research.
Round 8
THW require victims of recurrent domestic violence to move to homes for abused women for a limited period of time.
Round 9
THBT previous colonial powers should pay reparations to former colonies for past atrocities (including but not limited to slavery) in addition to development aid.
THW institute a “Beauty Privilege Tax” for individuals whose physical appearances are conventionally appealing.
INFO: Corporate negligence occurs when a company is not able to fulfil the standard duty of care to a third party, consumer or employee.
THW incarcerate the decision makers of companies that commit corporate negligence.
THW exclusively fund African NGOs instead of Western NGOs working in African countries.
INFO: Saartjie Baartman, an African woman in colonial times, took the chance to leave the country and stay overseas on display in Western museums, in which she would sing and perform for onlookers. She was often naked. After a few years, she also resorted to prostitution to support herself. The people of the West were fascinated with her culturally distinct physical features, which were embalmed and put on display after her death. However, she has also been hailed as a courageous woman for taking the chance to go overseas and refusing genital examination up until her death.
Recently, Kim Kardashian's set of photographed poses were likened to those of Saartjie Baartman.
THR Kim Kardashian's recent photoshoot.