Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ateneo IV 2015

We'd like to thank all those who participated in this year's Ateneo Intervarsity. Thank you as well to the walk-in judges who took the time to drop by and help. Congratulations to AHS A ( Luigi AlcanesesHans Gonzalez) for winning the high school break and the Idol Squad ( Leloy ClaudioVinny Tagle) for winning the main break. Congratulations as well toGlenn Tuazon and Leloy Claudio for being the co-best speakers of the tournament!
Motions:
Round 1 - THW ban all fraternities and sororities
Round 2 - TH supports the use of religion-based tools in campaigning for sexual rights
Round 3 - THW elect the President and Vice-President jointly
Round 4 - THBT states should pursue wildlife tourism instead of trophy hunting
Round 5 - THBT academic institutions should not tolerate any overall positive portrayal of Marcos by their academic staff and guest speakers
Round 6: THBT liberal democracies should abandon economic sanctions as a tool in international relations
Octofinals - THW allow individuals to choose to donate 50% of the taxes they owe to the state to charities or non-profit organizations
Quarterfinals - THW restrict property development in favor of preserving the visual dominance of cultural sites
Semifinals - TH regrets the rise of the automated workforce
Finals - THBT liberal democracies should financially incentivize parents to raise their children in a secular environment

Commonwealth Open, Day 1 Motions

Motions from day 1 of the Commonwealth Open
(brief note... We tried to give credit to adj cores when we used their motions. We won't have done a perfect job of this, and I'm sure some of the ideas we thought were unique and brilliant were run somewhere before, but we figured it made sense to give credit when we knew it was due). Round 5, quarters, semis and finals are tomorrow and I'll post motions when it's all said and done.
Round 1: Media
1. THW ban media sources from taking institutional stances on the innocence or guilt of people who have been charged with a crime, but not yet convicted or aquitted
2. That journalists and media organisations who cover conflicts should be required to render reasonable assistance to the victims, even where it directly jeopardises their coverage *credit to Australs 2015 Org Comm
3. THBT willingness to participate in publicly televised debates should be a prerequisite to run for elected office
Round 2: Medical Ethics
1. THR the medicalization of sex (e.g. search for female viagra, creation of sex enhancement drugs, etc)
2. In the US (and many other WLD’s), therapists are legally required to report any patients who reveal pedo symptoms to the police, even if the patient has not acted on these urges (physical contact, viewing CP). THW repeal these requirements
3. THW abolish the 20 year patent monopoly awarded to pharmaceutical companies upon the invention of new drugs/medicines
Round 3: Art
1. THWP that large contemporary art institutions preference the display of obviously highly technical artwork instead of art which does not appear to require such technical skill
2. THBT The Texas Muhammad Art Exhibit and similar acts of religious defamation should be treated as hate speech
3. THBT important characters in movies and television should be portrayed by actors of the same ethnicity *Credit to UADC 2010 ORG COM
Round 4: Feminism
1. TH, as a progressive female candidate, would not use conventional gender roles (eg, marketing oneself as a mother, as a wife) as a tactic in political campaigns *QDU Highschool 2015
2. THBT Professional Womens Sports Leagues and National Womens teams should never hire or select men for coaching or executive positions
3. THBT male feminist allies should not take open positions of prominence in the fight for gender equality

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

North America Debate Academy 2015 Practice & Exercise Motions

All previously used motions, many of them classics.

1. THBT all municipalities should not be allowed to export their garbage.
2. THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.
3. This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.
4. THBT Planet Earth should not seek to contact with extra-terrestrial intelligence in the near future.
5. THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.
6. TH regrets the characterization of soldiers as heroes.
7. THBT we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups.
8. THW guarantee the amnesty of retired dictators
9. THB that the state should tax the graduates to cover the costs of their education
10. THB that parents have the right to choose the sex of their children
11. This House would ban international adoption
12. This house would legalize consensual cannibalism

13. THW make failure to render reasonable assistance to a person in distress a criminal offence
14. TTHW allow insurance companies to consider the results of genetic tests in assessing potential customers
15. This house would allow soldiers to opt out of individual conflict for personal reasons
16. THW grant citizenship to illegal immigrants who report on work-place exploitation. 

17. THW allow political parties to designate certain pre-election claims as binding promises, the breaking of which would trigger immediate fresh elections.
18. This House has more to fear than welcome about human genetic engineering. 

19. This house has an unhealthy obsession with sport. 

20. This house would support global nuclear disarmament
21. This House Would Prohibit Women Over The Age Of 45 Years From Undergoing Assisted Human Reproduction

22. This House believes that every criminal defendant should be required to use a government provided defense lawyer.
23. This house would financially incentivize both inter-faith and inter-ethnic marriages.
24. THB that the media should show the full horror of war
25. THW require all isolated religious communities (eg. Hasidic Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses) to give all 18-year-olds a 'Rumspringa' [Amish tradition of sending off 18-y. -olds to live in outside world for 1 year, after which they may chose to return or not]

26. THBT the US should match its military aid to Israel with an equal amount of humanitarian aid to Fatah.
27. THW pursue a policy of constructive engagement with rouge states.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HKPDS Summer Workshop 2015

Here are the motions for HKPDS SW 2015. Enjoy!
Round 0: THW abolish single sex schools.
Round 1: THW ban political parties and candidates from advertising before elections.
Round 2: TH regrets the dominant narrative elements of superhero fiction in the West.
(Info Slide: Superhero fiction is fiction with superheroes as their main characters. The dominant narrative elements of these stories include but are not limited to things such as that superheroes are people whom we should aspire to be, that good will triumph over evil, and that it is virtuous for superheroes to defeat evil supervillains.)
Round 3: Assuming the Earth enters into a post-climate change apocalypse, THW prioritise saving the lives of those who have contributed less to climate change.
(Info Slide: Theorists predict that climate change could lead to an “apocalypse”, characterised by recurring extreme weather phenomena (eg. Typhoons, storms), and the general destruction of livable habitats.)
Round 4: TH supports the right to bear arms in the USA.
Round 5: TH regrets the existence of online services that promote infidelity in marriages or relationships.
Round 6: THW ban this ghost technology.
(Info Slide: Technology is developed that allows individuals to become ghosts. Ghosts are immortal, and appear and act like ordinary human beings. However, they are incorporeal (ie. cannot be physically touched and cannot touch; can move through walls, float, etc.; cannot eat or drink or enjoy bodily pleasures). However, they are visible and can interact with the physical world. They have no other special powers. Once people become ghosts, they can never die or stop being ghosts.)
Round 7: TH believes that Hong Kong high schools should aggressively promote the notion that Hong Kong citizens hold a Chinese political and cultural identity.
Octo-finals: TH, as China, would cut off development aid to dictatorships in Africa.
Quarter-finals: You are an 18 year-old feminist-identifying female pop star, who has enjoyed celebrity status for several years. You are now considering to target the adult market. THBT we should aggressively self-sexualise our image.
Semi-finals: THBT NGOs that advocate labor rights should reject all funding from Multinational Corporations.
Finals: THW allow children, upon reaching the age of majority, to sue their parents for sabotaging their opportunities during their childhood.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore

Preliminary Round 1: This House would ban the use of zero-hour contracts 
Preliminary Round 2: This House would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders 
Preliminary Round 3: This House supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Preliminary Round 4: THW not consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts
Preliminary Round 5: This House believes that cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves
Preliminary Round 6. This house would ban political opinion polls
Preliminary Round 7: This house supports a right to die
Preliminary Round 8: This house would forgive Greece's debt
Octa finals: This house would require members of the clergy to report all crimes to authorities including those made in confession.
SEMI FINAL 1: This house believes that the military struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations
SEMI FINAL 2: This house regrets the media focus on the personal lives of politicians
Grand final motion: This house believes that governments should provide a guaranteed universal basic income

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Beihang World Debate Academy Exercise & Practice Motions July 2015

1.     THBT we should tell our friends if they have been cheated on in a relationship
2.     THBT Internet search engines should inform authorities about suicidal searches.
3.     THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.
4.     THBT governments should tax products on the basis of their ecological footprint
5.     THBT parents should push their kids to achieve, even if that comes at the expense of their child’s happiness.
6.     THW approve of the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body
7.     THW impose a high tax on unhealthy foods.
8.     THW give people the right to erase personal information about themselves on the Internet.
9.     THW ban the practice of contracting freelance journalists and photographers in conflict-affected areas
10.  This house would prohibit the media from reporting on the private lives of any person without their explicit permission
11.  THBT couples should be able to enter relationship contracts which make any future infidelity a state-enforced crime
12.  THBT we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups
13.  THW prefer to prosecute the clients rather than the prostitutes.
14.  THW choose not to consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts
15.  THW not allow individuals to opt into a one-way mission to Mars with the Mars One Project
16.  THBT parents should monitor the electronic communications of their children, for example by installing spyware, requiring their children to give them their passwords, or reading browser histories.
17.  Planet Earth should not seek to contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in the near future.
18.  THW make failure to render reasonable assistance to a person in distress a criminal offence
19.  THW allow companies to pay higher wages to employees who agree not to have children during their term of employment.
20.  THW make the salary of politicians equal to the per capita income of the country
21.  THBT Hong Kong should not extend citizenship to children born in Hong Kong whose parents are not Hong Kong citizens
22.  THBT the state should place baby hatches in accessible areas, where people can leave babies anonymously
23.  THBT there is no such thing as animal cruelty
24.  THW make those who keep the private information of others in databases liable for damages caused by security breaches.
25.  TH welcomes the entrance of large numbers of robots into the workforce.
26.  THBT economic sanctions on Russia relating to the situation in Ukraine are counter-productive.
27.  THW implement mandatory voting in all elections.
28.  This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.
29.  THW approve of the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.
30.  This house supports civil disobedience as a legitimate response to injustice.
31. THBT the struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations. 

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Schools Debating Championships June 2015

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Schools Debating Championships
Venue: The Wykeham Collegiate, Pietermaritzburg
Dates: 26 – 28 June 2015

Chief Adjudicator: Kimera Chetty
Deputy Chief Adjudicators: Elisha Kunene, Unathi Dlamini

Senior Champion: Durban and Coastal Debating League 1
Senior runner-up: Durban and Coastal Debating League 4
Junior Champion: Pietermaritzburg 1
Junior runner-up: Phoenix Debating League 1

Motions:

THW – This House Would
THBT – This House Believes That
THR – This House Regrets
THS – This House Supports

Juniors:
R1: THW allow prisoners with life sentences the right to choose the death penalty.
R2: TH regrets gender normative toys
R3: THBT children should be educated in their mother-tongue
R4: THBT high-profile court cases should not be televised
R5: THS a strong military response to xenophobic violence
FINAL: THBT democracies should remove symbols which represent their oppressive

Seniors:
R1: THW ban treatment or cosmetic surgery aimed at skin bleaching/lightening
R2: THW prohibit employers from basing hiring or dismissal decisions on social
media posts
R3: THW make maths and science subjects compulsory for female learners
R4: Info Slide: “Slum Tourism” is a type of tourism that involves visiting impoverished
areas, mainly by foreigners from the developed world.” THS slum tourism
R5: Info Slide: “Amnesty is a pardon given by the government to a group or class of
persons, usually granted before trial/conviction/deportation.” THW grant amnesty to
all undocumented immigrants who have been victims of xenophobic attacks
SEMI-FINAL: THW ban mega-churches in impoverished communities
FINAL: THBT the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has failed

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ARGO Romania 2015 WSDC Prepared Motions

I am very happy to announce, on behalf of the ARGO Open 2015 CAP, the prepared motions for the preliminary rounds of the tournament:

TH regrets the rise of peer-to-peer economy (e.g. companies like Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and others).
THW assess students on individual academic development instead of standardised examination results.
THW allow the state to monitor all personal electronic communication of its citizens.

Registration will be open until the 1st of August. We are really happy to host debaters from across the world in Romania, between the 4th and 8th of Septemeber.

You can find more details about the tournament here: http://open.argodebate.ro

Saturday, July 4, 2015

World Schools Debate Academy Tournament, Slovenia 2015

WSDA 2015 TOURNAMENT MOTIONS

ROUND ONE:
THBT there should be obligatory equal paid parental leave for women and men.

ROUND TWO
THBT Google should inform authorities about suicidal searches.

ROUND THREE
This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.

ROUND FOUR
THBT all meat eaters should earn the right to be carnivores by personally slaughtering a major meat animal.

ROUND FIVE
THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.

QUARTERFINALS
THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers.

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

FINAL
THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.



Monday, June 29, 2015

World Schools Debate Academy 2015 Impromptu Motion List


We should tell our friends if they have been cheated on in a relationship.

Teenagers who have pocket money should share it with teenagers who do not.

THBT Google should inform authorities about suicidial searches.

THW would require companies to put images of animals suffering on all products and food whose production harmed or killed animals.

Testing products for humans on animals is immoral. MONDAY

THBT states should tax products on the basis of their ecologilcal footprint.

THBT all municipalities should not export their garbage.

THBT WE SHOULD NOT EAT MEAT.

THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.

THBT parents should push their kids to achieve, even if that comes at the expense of their child’s happiness.

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

THBT MOTHERS AND FATHERS SHOULD BOTH BE GIVEN LEAVE FROM WORK AFTER BIRTH OF A CHILD.

THBT parents should monitor the electronic communications of their children, for example by installing spyware, requiring their children to give them their passwords, or reading browser histories.

THBT developed countries should grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants.

THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers.

THW not allow individuals to opt into a one-way mission to Mars with the Mars One Project.

Planet Earth should not seek to contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in the near future.

THW give the people sentenced for life in prison an option to choose a death sentence.

THW not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft.

THW discourage the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced

memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

THW ban all medical procedures intended to change an individual's racial appearance.

THB economic sanctions against entire countries are a violation of human rights.

THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.

TH regrets the characterisation of soldiers as heroes.

THBT the government should pay housewives and househusbands for their work.

THW allow companies to decide not to hire smokers.

THBT we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups.

THW impose a high tax on unhealthy foods.

THBT individuals with bad personal lifestyles (that influence their health) should pay more for their health insurance.

There is too much money in professional sports.

This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore Grand Final Motion

The Motions Committee for the 2015 World Schools Debating Championships in Singapore has now informed the organising committee that the motion for the Grand Final of this year's championship. It is:  

     This House Believes that governments should provide a guaranteed Universal Basic Income

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore - Prepared Prelim Motions

For WSDC 2015
Preliminary Round 1
This House would ban the use of zero-hour contracts
Preliminary Round 2
This House would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders
Preliminary Round 3
This House supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Preliminary Round 5
This House believes that cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves

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.