Extemp Files Update

The Extemp Files were just updated, through this evening (effectively, the end of October). They’re complete through June (just before Nationals), and from Sept. 12th through tonight. Articles in the gap will be added as time permits. I have tried to find all the China articles in the gap after Nationals for the CX people. The files now begin in January; 2015 articles are now in the backfiles.

The Extemp Backfiles folder is available, too. With some political issues, global and domestic, having existed for years, there are some gems to be found here.

I’ve also update the LD-Values and the Government folders, which contain a multitude of topics, some going back years. The latter has the Elections and Supreme Court folders; the former has the Racism-Discrimination and Drugs folders for the LD topic (limit qualified immunity).

Extemp Files instructions repost: The link takes you to a Dropbox folder; if a pop-over window saying something about setting up an account or logging in comes up, just close it.

The files are serious overkill – a bit over 20,000 articles right now. There should be a way to copy or download individual articles when you find the ones you want in your files – try right-clicking the specific PDF file/article and selecting the ‘save link as’ option.

The four-digit numbers at the beginning of most of the file names (and the names of the sub-folders) are simply mm/yy codes so that you can tell how recent the article is at a glance.

Please don’t download the whole thing; it trips up my Dropbox limits and bad things happen that shut down access for others. If you need a full copy, let me know (see the About link for an email address) and I’ll make arrangements to get you a copy or share the folder (so that you get the updates as soon as I post them). Students who want to share the folder will need to have an OK from their coach – I don’t want to step on the toes of any coaches who prefer other methods of team research. (Several coaches already share the folder, if you’re a coach and are interested.) Specific topic subfolders can be shared as well.

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CX – China

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

This should be in your files, no question.

War with China – Thinking Through the Unthinkable

It’s from the folks at Rand – over 100 pages long. Note the bibliography at the end – some of the works cited might be worth pursuing. I was surprised by the age of some of the articles/sources used; my read on China is that some of the more recent changes there matter a lot, both in foreign relations terms and in impact on this resolution. The kidnapping of people from Hong Kong, and from other Asian countries, is a fairly recent development that would seem to tie in with human rights crackdowns and corruption purges (often used as a way to remove political rivals).

Poetry

Coaching a speech team means coaching everything, including the Interp events. This post is to make the link for my Poetry folder available – primarily for a student on my team, but for anyone else that might find it useful.

Most of the articles are about specific poets or books, as possible inspirations for cuttings. There are a few general articles on poetry as well; such articles often contain comments about poetry that may be useful in constructing the intro to a cutting.

PF Nov ’16 IoT benefits/privacy

Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy.

There is now an IoT folder, since there have been more articles this past week than individual posting to this blog can cover. The LD-Values folder has a Privacy subfolder that may be of use as well.

Know your acronyms: DDoS and DNS are relevant now, since the recent IoT hack was used to launch a Distributed Denial of Service attack (bombarding sites with access requests, with the purpose of overloading their ability to handle incoming traffic) of a DNS (Domain Name Service) firm (how the Internet translates typed addresses to the numerical Internet Protocol addresses that the Internet really operates on). There were three waves of attacks domestically, and one noted yesterday in Singapore.

Takeaways: I said prior to the DDoS attack that the IoT was hackable; that’s now been proven. The weaknesses exploited mostly had to do with poor device password protection; one manufacturer in China has recalled millions of video cameras to beef up their security.

While the Con side will likely talk about the exploit, there’s a two-fold Pro reply. First, such gaps can be plugged by better software, and even by hardware upgrades (the ARM article in the IoT folder). Second, the issues this past week were about a DDoS attack, which is not something that necessarily compromises privacy – no harm, no foul. Con’s response is that everything is hackable, even with beefed-up software and hardware, and while this attack didn’t jeopardize privacy as such it doesn’t take much of an extension of matters to realize that commandeering someone’s IoT devices will be a privacy threat. (I still think that the biggest privacy threat will come from the owners of the IoT software and hardware collecting information on the operation of their devices. Such information could either be hacked itself, as credit card databases are currently, or sold/used for commercial purposes [monetizing the information]. Businesses exist to make money; providing you with a useful service isn’t the purpose of the business, simply the means to make money.)

Extemp Files Update

The Extemp Files were just updated, through Wednesday evening. They’re complete through June (just before Nationals), and from Sept. 12th through yesterday evening. Articles in the gap will be added as time permits. I have tried to find all the China articles in the gap after Nationals for the CX people. The files now begin in January; 2015 articles are now in the backfiles.

The Extemp Backfiles folder is available, too. With some political issues, global and domestic, having existed for years, there are some gems to be found here.

I’ve also update the LD-Values and the Government folders, which contain a multitude of topics, some going back years. The latter has the Elections and Supreme Court folders; the former has the Racism-Discrimination and Drugs folders for the LD topic (limit qualified immunity).

Extemp Files instructions repost: The link takes you to a Dropbox folder; if a pop-over window saying something about setting up an account or logging in comes up, just close it.

The files are serious overkill – almost 20,000 articles right now. There should be a way to copy or download individual articles when you find the ones you want in your files – try right-clicking the specific PDF file/article and selecting the ‘save link as’ option.

The four-digit numbers at the beginning of most of the file names (and the names of the sub-folders) are simply mm/yy codes so that you can tell how recent the article is at a glance.

Please don’t download the whole thing; it trips up my Dropbox limits and bad things happen that shut down access for others. If you need a full copy, let me know (see the About link for an email address) and I’ll make arrangements to get you a copy or share the folder (so that you get the updates as soon as I post them). Students who want to share the folder will need to have an OK from their coach – I don’t want to step on the toes of any coaches who prefer other methods of team research. (Several coaches already share the folder, if you’re a coach and are interested.) Specific topic subfolders can be shared as well.

Extemp Files Update

The Extemp Files were update this afternoon. They’re complete through June (just before Nationals), and from Sept. 12th through yesterday evening. Articles in the gap will be added as time permits. I have tried to find all the China articles in the gap after Nationals for the CX people. The files now begin in January; 2015 articles are now in the backfiles.

The Extemp Backfiles folder is available, too. With some political issues, global and domestic, having existed for years, there are some gems to be found here.

I’ve also update the LD-Values and the Government folders, which contain a multitude of topics, some going back years. The latter has the Elections and Supreme Court folders; the former has the Racism-Discrimination and Drugs folders for the LD topic (limit qualified immunity).

Extemp Files instructions repost: The link takes you to a Dropbox folder; if a pop-over window saying something about setting up an account or logging in comes up, just close it.

The files are serious overkill – almost 20,000 articles right now. There should be a way to copy or download individual articles when you find the ones you want in your files – try right-clicking the specific PDF file/article and selecting the ‘save link as’ option.

The four-digit numbers at the beginning of most of the file names (and the names of the sub-folders) are simply mm/yy codes so that you can tell how recent the article is at a glance.

Please don’t download the whole thing; it trips up my Dropbox limits and bad things happen that shut down access for others. If you need a full copy, let me know (see the About link for an email address) and I’ll make arrangements to get you a copy or share the folder (so that you get the updates as soon as I post them). Students who want to share the folder will need to have an OK from their coach – I don’t want to step on the toes of any coaches who prefer other methods of team research. (Several coaches already share the folder, if you’re a coach and are interested.) Specific topic subfolders can be shared as well.

Extemp files purge

I’m having issues sharing the Extemp Files with someone, due to its size, so I’ve finally gotten around to moving the 2015 articles to the Extemp Backfiles folder as a means of reducing the space used. I’ve also deleted the Elections folder, due to the proximity to the election. It still exists, and it can be found in its original location, the Government folder. (The version of the Elections folder there is a bit out of date; I’ll fix it Tuesday.)

This reduces the file count from almost 40,000 articles to a bit under 20,000 articles. The difference between those numbers is simply files that have been moved elsewhere, not deleted (which would be blasphemy).