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-*'''[[Debate: Child beauty pageants]]''' - May 28th, 2011. +*'''[[Debate: Home plate collision rule in baseball]]''' - June 1, 2011.
-:[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k71rG0o02BM "Child Beauty Pageants-Good or Bad?" on YouTube]+:[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVfoUpW5FE8 "Buster Posey San Jose Giants Collision at home plate " on YouTube from 2009]
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-*'''PRO: Despite outliers, the average beauty pageant is tame.''' Melbourne mother of four Kristin Kyle, who is organising Australia's first beauty pageant in 2011: "We are asking people to educate themselves. Toddlers & Tiaras is a reality TV show. They have to make it dramatic so people will watch it. Our pageant is not going to be like that."[http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/lifematters/tiaras-before-bedtime-20110430-1e1zi.html]+*'''PRO: Home plate collisions are essential tension of offense/defense.''' [http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/its-time-to-end-home-plate-collisions/ Dave Cameron. "It's time to end home plate collisions." Fan Graphs. May 26th, 2011]: "Rounding the bases, getting to home plate and putting a run on the board for your team is what the game of baseball is all about. A baserunner wants to get there at all costs, whereas a catcher wants to protect it at all costs. The mutual discomfort that's evoked in both the catcher and the baserunner as a play at the plate develops is one of the intriguing peculiarities that makes the game of baseball so great."
-*'''CON: [[Argument: Moms enter kids into beauty pageants for own insecurities| Moms enter kids into beauty pageants for own insecurities]]''' [http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/the-ugly-face-of-child-beauty-pageants-20110521-1exnb.html Leslie Cannold. "The ugly face of child beauty pageants." Sydney Morning Herald. May 21, 2011]: "Some pageant mums are living out their own dreams of 'go[ing] somewhere in life', as one mother put it, rather than being 'stuck at home' due to early childbearing. While self-focused female ambition continues to be stigmatised in Western societies – with the ambitious working woman always contrasted unfavourably with the mum who sacrifices her career to stay at home pageant mums justify their application of false eyelashes or even Botox to their children as evidence of a competitive desire for their daughter to win."+*'''CON: Home plate collisions turn baseball players into gladiators.''' [http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/its-time-to-end-home-plate-collisions/ Dave Cameron. "It's time to end home plate collisions." Fan Graphs. May 26th, 2011]: "I was a catcher in high school, and I was trained how to block the plate while trying to keep myself alive. High School isn’t MLB, but I still found myself in a few situations where a significantly larger player was barreling towards me at full speed, and I realized that I had to stop being a baseball player and start being a gladiator. It was ridiculous to me then and is ridiculous to me now. Millar is right if you want to watch violent collisions, you can watch football. Or hockey. Or MMA. There’s no reason baseball needs to have similar kinds of plays; it’s an entirely different sport with a different premise and different rules."
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 +*'''[[Debate: Child beauty pageants| Child beauty pageants]]''' - May 28th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban| Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban| Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: China "one child" policy| China "one child" policy]]''' - May 12th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: China "one child" policy| China "one child" policy]]''' - May 12th, 2011.

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  • PRO: Home plate collisions are essential tension of offense/defense. Dave Cameron. "It's time to end home plate collisions." Fan Graphs. May 26th, 2011: "Rounding the bases, getting to home plate and putting a run on the board for your team is what the game of baseball is all about. A baserunner wants to get there at all costs, whereas a catcher wants to protect it at all costs. The mutual discomfort that's evoked in both the catcher and the baserunner as a play at the plate develops is one of the intriguing peculiarities that makes the game of baseball so great."
  • CON: Home plate collisions turn baseball players into gladiators. Dave Cameron. "It's time to end home plate collisions." Fan Graphs. May 26th, 2011: "I was a catcher in high school, and I was trained how to block the plate while trying to keep myself alive. High School isn’t MLB, but I still found myself in a few situations where a significantly larger player was barreling towards me at full speed, and I realized that I had to stop being a baseball player and start being a gladiator. It was ridiculous to me then and is ridiculous to me now. Millar is right – if you want to watch violent collisions, you can watch football. Or hockey. Or MMA. There’s no reason baseball needs to have similar kinds of plays; it’s an entirely different sport with a different premise and different rules."
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