Extemp Files update

I did get some filing done this week; the Extemp Files were updated late this afternoon, as were the Unfiled Articles. The latter is current through this morning. Other folders haven’t been updated yet.

PF: Check the Spain folder for the most recent Catalonia articles.

CX: I suggested to a local team than an infrastructure case would be a solid possibility this season on the education topic – facilities matter, and they’re in sorry shape. There’s at least one recent article on this.

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Extemp Files update

The original goal of this blog was to 1) be a cutting service for current events, to cut down on research time by providing a first-pass screening of material, 2) file the articles to give students a head start on topic areas, and 3) post specific articles, sometimes with comments, on certain topic areas.

Trump did in #2 and #3, by generating more stories than any single individual I’ve ever encountered. Goal #1 was done in several weeks ago by life in general, the result being that while I managed to finish pulling November 2017 articles, December took a serious hit (almost nothing pulled, and what was pulled wasn’t done until the middle of the month), and nothing got filed.

In getting back up to speed, the January articles are current through this morning’s news – but filing isn’t happening yet. As such the Extemp Files haven’t been updated (that’s all filing, for which there hasn’t been time), but the Unfiled Articles do include all of November and all of January to date. So, for those of you looking up topic areas, the articles are there but you’ll have to take the time to go through and find what you need.

Current goals are to try to keep current through January and the rest of the season, and to get back to filing if time permits.

The best laid plans…

Extemp Files update

I updated the Extemp Files folder today, and with it the Government and LD-Values folders. A number of NX topics are covered in the latter two folders.

The Unfiled Articles folder is current through the end of September. There are no unfiled October articles right now.

For the PF people doing the Korea topic, see the relevant country folders in the Extemp Files folder. For those already working on the Guns topic for next month (or who want the info for their extemp files), I’ve updated the Gun Issues folder, too.

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 – over 42,000 articles right now (I haven’t purged the 2016 articles yet).. 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

I updated the Extemp Files folder today, and with it (finally!) the Government and LD-Values folders – take a look at them if you’re new around here to familiarize yourself with the sort of topics I keep in them.

The Unfiled Articles folder was updated as well, through the end of September, to remove what I filed during the last filing binge. (Most October articles, except for today’s, have been filed.)

While there are still too many unfiled articles for my liking, the volume of news Trump generates continues to defeat me. A fair amount of the most important articles from this summer have been filed, with the exception of August. I’ll get to that soon, I hope. (One can dream…)

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 – over 41,000 articles right now (I haven’t purged the 2016 articles yet).. 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

I finally updated the Extemp Files and the Unfiled Articles folders!

I did skim the unfiled articles from over the summer (May-July) and pulled a lot from there to file, in no small part because of the North Korea PF topic. I still need to skim the August folder, and file more of the September articles I’ve pulled (though I’m current through Friday on North Korea articles). Much of what I’ve pulled and filed had to do with the summer’s big events – terrorist attacks, elections in Great Britain and France, problems in the Middle East, North Korea, health care, and the US withdrawal from the Paris accords on climate change. Lots of China and Russia articles have been filed, too.

More to come. Tons more to file.

Extemp Files

The Unfiled Articles folder was updated a few days ago. While I’ve been able to keep up with pulling articles, the filing is woefully behind. The truth is that few use the pre-September articles once the season begins; I at least want to make what I have available, however unorganized. It’s still a quick way to scan for relevant material when compared to finding the same information on your own. The whole idea is to shorten your time on research so you can spend more time developing the arguments and positions you’ll be using.

There is a gap of about a week after Nations where I haven’t pulled anything; everything else is current.

I’ll be at the NDSA/CHSAA speech coaches national conference in Denver, from Thursday evening (8-24) to mid-day Sunday (8-27). If I hear anything interesting, I’ll pass it along.

Today’s question

Nationals is over, debate camps are working on actual (CX – Education topic) or potential (LD & PF) topics, and I’m trying to get caught up with pulling post-Nationals articles (still have the last week of June to cover, though I am current for July). So, slow around here for a brief period.

BUT…

…there are still questions worth pondering. The Washington Post had one this morning, already worded the way we like it:

Resolved: Barack Obama is better at Twitter than Donald Trump