The use of torture is justified in ticking time bomb situations.

RoyLatham
jopo

For the purposes of this debate "torture" is defined as those methods of interrogation revealed as being used by the CIA on GITMO detainees. These methods include physical and psychological stress, the most severe being water boarding. The methods are non-lethal. An ABC News article describes the methods, at least in general: [1. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1322866.] The article says tha...

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It is stupid to compare politicla correctness to the rules of a religion

RoyLatham
imabench

My opponent claims it is stupid to compare the rules of political correctness to the rules of religion. He quoted my claim in his list of the top ten most stupid things said on DDO. [1. http://www.debate.org/forums/miscellaneous/topic/35982/1/] This debate provides him with an opportunity to argue for his proposition that the comparison is "stupid." Pro gave no unusual context for his claim, so the primary definition of "stupid" applies: not intelligent : havin...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Pres. Obama's Legacy

asmith
RoyLatham

President Obama's legacy will be extremely positive in the eyes of future Americans. note: Any criticisms, contributions, accomplishments, scandals are allowed. Nothing is off the table. But this will be a fact-based debate. I will be taking the pro position as I will show that the President's legacy will be acclaimed and favored in history. Round 1: acknowledgement Round 2: Substance Round 3: Substance Round 4: Closing Arguments...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Scientific theories should require the ability to be falsified.

RoyLatham
SubterFugitive

Falsifiability has long been held as a criteria for a validly conceived scientific theory. In this debate I will defend this criteria, and Con will argue that falsifiability is not a necessary criteria for a valid scientific theory. Science is defined asknowledge about or study of the natural world based...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

The minimum wage should not be raised to $15/hr for fast food workers

RoyLatham
TheHitchslap

Unions recently staged protests demanding that McDonald's in the U.S. should be required to pay workers a minimum of $15 per hour. An ABC News report provides some background on the issue [1. http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/fast-food-workers-demand-pay/story?id=20235304]. While McDonald's was the focus of the demonstrations, a law cannot target just one fast food company. If that were legal, other chains might get most of the business, McDonald's w...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

What came first: The Chicken or The Egg

emil1
RoyLatham

The Chicken. The chicken came first because they were the evolved species from a flying bird dinosaur in the Cretaceous Era. The bird was an evolution species with then produced eggs and so on to have a multiple population around the world....

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Guns should be legal for home defense in the U.S.

RoyLatham
Wocambs

The status quo is that in every state guns are now legal for home defense, and the Supreme Court has upheld the right of using guns for self-defense of the home. I will argue that the legality should be maintained. My opponent will argue that the Constitution should be changed, if required, and laws passed to prohibit the use of guns for self-defense in the home.

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Obama's presidency has been successful so far

Junja
RoyLatham

For RoyLatham, Obama has been a successful president and can only get better...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Affirmative action should be ended in college admissions

RoyLatham
YYW

Pro is against affirmative action and Con is for affirmative action.In California, affirmative action was ended in 1996 with a ballot initiative that stated:"The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on...

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The splitting of the sea is more probable then the Big Bang

LaL36
RoyLatham

Just to be clear for all the athiests this is not a debate about relgion. I know athiests worship the Big Bang but please give me a chance. I'd like to thank my opponent in advance. The splitting of the sea is the one that occurred in the Bible. And the Big Bang is defined as a theory that the world orginated billions of years ago from an explosion at a single point. First round is for acceptance. I am not a fan of limiting the debate but please accept if you are committed. First round is for...

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