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-*'''[[Debate: China "one child" policy]] - May 12th, 2011.+*'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011.
-:[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4OWJlyaHt0 "One Child Policy - China" on YouTube]+:[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHcg_zoo1oc&feature=grec_index "California Bans Trans Fat" (2009)]
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-*'''PRO: [[Argument: China's "one child" policy is key to stabilizing global population growth| China's "one child" policy is key to stabilizing global population growth]]''' [http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/ce/cegv/eng/bjzl/t176938.htm "Family Planning in China". Information Office of the State Council Of the People's Republic of China. 1995]: "China is home to more than one-fifth of the world's population. It thoroughly understands the responsibility it bears in stabilizing world population growth and the essential role it should play. Family planning as an effective solution to China's population problems is more than just responsibility towards the well-being of the Chinese people and future generations; it is a duty owed to maintaining the stability of the world population. Working for the common interests of all of humanity, at the same time working for individual interests of each nation, the international community and each nation should work together to solve the population problems facing individual nations and the entire world. This will promote development and progress in every country and throughout human society."+*'''PRO: [[Argument: Trans fats are uniquely bad for human health| Trans fats are uniquely bad for human health]]''' [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/05/AR2006110500790.html "Ban Trans Fats." Washington Post Editorial. November 6th, 2006]: "The evidence that doctors and public health experts presented makes you think twice about picking up a Whopper: Trans fats, which are chemically engineered, decrease levels of desirable cholesterol while increasing harmful cholesterol; they increase dangerous inflammation that can contribute to the onset of diabetes; and they harden artery walls, which increases blood pressure. Trans fats are much worse than even naturally occurring -- and still very unhealthy -- saturated fats such as those found in butter. Dariush Mozaffarian, a Harvard cardiologist and epidemiologist, calculated that up to 22 percent of heart attacks in the United States are the result of trans fat consumption."
-*'''CON: Condoms/sex-ed better population control than "one child"''' [http://www.economist.com/node/18651512 "China's population: The most surprising demographic crisis." The Economist. May 5th 2011]: "coercive controls had little to do with lowering fertility, which would have happened anyway. Countries that simply improved access to contraceptives—Thailand and Indonesia, for instance—did as much to reduce fertility as China, with its draconian policies. Taiwan, which the government in Beijing regards as an integral part of China, cut its fertility rate as much as China without population controls."+*'''CON: [[Argument: Government should inform citizens, not ban trans fats| Government should inform citizens, not ban trans fats]]''' [http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-roberts-grier20-2008jun20,0,3813920.story "Banned foods and misinformed consumers." Los Angeles Times. June 20th, 2008]: "rather than ban HFCS or trans fats or any of these unhealthy foods, it would be far more effective to embark on an aggressive campaign to education consumers -- much as we've done with tobacco. In the case of trans fats, consumers need to understand what these substances are, why the industry uses them and what the consequences are. If information on trans fats and other "bad" foods were provided within a broader program of nutrition awareness, consumers might gradually eliminate the use of trans fats voluntarily, in the same way that many people have rejected tobacco. I also suspect that, as the public became more fluent in the language of diet and nutrition, the food industry would be less and less inclined to use such ingredients."
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 +*'''[[Debate: China "one child" policy| China "one child" policy]] - May 12th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011.

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  • PRO: Trans fats are uniquely bad for human health "Ban Trans Fats." Washington Post Editorial. November 6th, 2006: "The evidence that doctors and public health experts presented makes you think twice about picking up a Whopper: Trans fats, which are chemically engineered, decrease levels of desirable cholesterol while increasing harmful cholesterol; they increase dangerous inflammation that can contribute to the onset of diabetes; and they harden artery walls, which increases blood pressure. Trans fats are much worse than even naturally occurring -- and still very unhealthy -- saturated fats such as those found in butter. Dariush Mozaffarian, a Harvard cardiologist and epidemiologist, calculated that up to 22 percent of heart attacks in the United States are the result of trans fat consumption."
  • CON: Government should inform citizens, not ban trans fats "Banned foods and misinformed consumers." Los Angeles Times. June 20th, 2008: "rather than ban HFCS or trans fats or any of these unhealthy foods, it would be far more effective to embark on an aggressive campaign to education consumers -- much as we've done with tobacco. In the case of trans fats, consumers need to understand what these substances are, why the industry uses them and what the consequences are. If information on trans fats and other "bad" foods were provided within a broader program of nutrition awareness, consumers might gradually eliminate the use of trans fats voluntarily, in the same way that many people have rejected tobacco. I also suspect that, as the public became more fluent in the language of diet and nutrition, the food industry would be less and less inclined to use such ingredients."
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