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Pat is kooky
O.K. Round 2.....
Pat refuses to support an alternative. First, saying my arguments are wrong
ignores the context of my arguments. My posts are intended to support treaties
versus harm area topics....Pat suggests alternative criteria for endorsing
topic choice but does not apply them to topics generically (harm area topics)
or specifically (one of the topics on our current slate). While this does not
damn Pat to irrelevence it does give me a leg up in convincing you which topic
to vote for. In addition, I presume much of his criteria and suggest a
qualification that, I argue, is more important than his. In addition, Pat
never explans why treaties does not meet the Salience, Heuristic, Activist
values mentioned or why treaties is worse compared to an alternative. In other
words, my arguments may be problamatic but still superior to the alternatives.
I win without a fight :).
1. You do not read me carefully - Ditto
2. This makes more sense in reference to the Paul Hayes post - Oh please,,,
if you want to ake an argument based in the futility of topicality please
make it instead of constantly refering to it as if I am ignoring it. I
cannot disprove what I cannot see. Also, I was responding to you responding
to me. Why am I responsible for answering arguments you make shadow
refernce to? Play or play not.
3. Words are targets but not bullsyes - Hmmmmmm......Why does this answer any
of my arguments? If you cannot make any target smaller than all words
are literally equal - they all make a suggestion that need not be followed.
If this is your position, all topics cannot a) do anything but equally
meet your criteria (all topics are as salient, heuristic, and activist
at the same level because they all create the same amount of target) b)
serve a useful ground division function at all (hence my claim that you
are supporting the words are meaningless school). Anyway this whole part
of the argument is a judgement call - if you think that some words mean
more than others than choose topics that best shrink the target pick the
topic that best shrinks the target - if you think that all words create
an equal topic throw your ballot up in the air an shoot a shotgun. To say
that you can choose based on criteria dependent upon the meaning of words
(salience, heuristic, activist) only butresses my argument.
4. The search for more determinate terms is futile - all terms create larger
indeterminacy than indeterminacy - Judgement call - I disagree - you cannot
prove I am wrong any more than I can prove you are wrong....No ground for
meaningful argument here.
which is more indeterminate?
5. No topic has ever been effectively managed - Oh but many topics have
contained the amount of cases and possible plans.....And even if I am
wrong why should we give up.....I think I am suggesting a semi-radical
alternative....why should the failures of the status quo apply to my
6. Other purposes for a topic except for ground-division - First, it is the
predictability of ground division that I am concerned about (different
argument). Second, I argue that predictability of ground division is more
important because it helps make research manageable and helps decrease
debater stress (you at least have a greater likelihood of having something
to say), I coud also make the arguments for why it = better debates
(deeper debates - read the Bile article from back in the day). In addition,
you offer no alternative that meets this criteria. I would contend that
treaties does not violate the criteria. You make no argument for why
treaties does violate any of these criteria. In other words, make an
argument and I will answer it (non-sequiter).
7. What if they ratify one article of a treaty
a). Solvency problem - better have solvency ev for both the need for
the article and the effectiveness of ratification of onepart of
the treaty (both domestically and internationally). I would suggest
such a case suffers from a large deficit.
b). Not normal means - ratifying an article is not ratifying a treaty.
and my guess is it would be an act of congress which is clearly not
normal means for the topic wordings (note-I am not talking about T
although these could also be T arguments)
c). Still a better chance you have something to say - they affect the
treaty I have cards against e.g. I have a chance at specific cards.
It is at least more likely than the harm area of say Mexico and
hearing a brick kiln fires case. Also, you totally ignore my argument!
I can accurately predict the affirmative permutations because they
are literature based within the set of 48. Under, for example, Mexico
there were 500 possible actions daily between the US and Mexico - are
you actually arguing that there are 500 possible ways to ratify 48
treaties? I think not....
8. Bet over 100 cases on Mexico. I would take the bet except that my argument
has nothing to do with case permutations. Once again my argument is that
predictability is a superior guide for research and it increases the odds
that you will have applicable cards to most permutations. If there are
100 cases I bet I can predict them better under treaties than you can
under any other topic option.....Want to make that bet?
9. T yes/no - Did I miss an argument here..????
I think you are cheerfully ignoring the meat of most of my arguments.......
Joshua B. Hoe
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