The Instigator
conoscenza
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The Contender
Lightkeeper
Con (against)
Winning
28 Points

H1N1 influenza A will not cause a global pandemic

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/30/2009 Category: Health
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 1,091 times Debate No: 8479
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conoscenza

Pro

I will let my opponent start the debate.
Lightkeeper

Con

I thank my opponent for this opportunity.

Since my opponent has posted the resolution and has not stipulated the burden of proof, the burden of proof must fall on him.

Therefore, it is for my opponent to show that swine flu will not cause a global pandemic. Note that my opponent did not put any time limits on the quesiton. In other words he's not saying that swine flu will not cause a global pandemic in, say, the next 10 years or the next 100 years. Rather, he is saying that swine flu WILL NOT start a global pandemic.

Therefore, unless my opponent can conclusively show that swine flu will NEVER cause a global pandemic, I win.

I will now step to the side and let my opponent make his opening argument.
Debate Round No. 1
conoscenza

Pro

conoscenza forfeited this round.
Lightkeeper

Con

It seems that my opponent has failed to post an opening argument.

As I have indicated above, the burden of proof falls on my opponent as no alternative burden has been stipulated and it is the instigator who must prove their resolution in a debate.

My opponent has not proven the resolution.

Therefore, you should vote Con.

Thank you for your attention.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Lightkeeper 8 years ago
Lightkeeper
Kind of hard when I'm obviously getting vote-bombed.....That makes me really doubt this website!
Posted by conoscenza 8 years ago
conoscenza
Well, you should still win, family emergency or not, because I failed to post my argument.
Posted by Lightkeeper 8 years ago
Lightkeeper
Glad to see they're ok. We have quite a bit of swine flu in my suburb. But I'm not worried.

What do we do about the debate?
Posted by conoscenza 8 years ago
conoscenza
Sorry I wasn't able to post my second argument. A family emergency came up. One of my relatives ironically caught the swine flu and was very sick. Luckily though, he is ok. :)
Posted by Lightkeeper 8 years ago
Lightkeeper
Not really, considering the burden of proof.
And an old military saying goes "no plan ever survives the first contact with the enemy".
Posted by mongeese 8 years ago
mongeese
This is too easy for PRO. If a single group of people somewhere in the world manage to completely avoid swine flu, then the resolution is affirmed.
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Vote Placed by conoscenza 8 years ago
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