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					Supporting the Status Quo                                Against the Status Quo
Abortion should remain legal.                            Abortion, now legal, should be
                                                         outlawed.




                                       Abortion



       Key words: Roe v Wade; partial-birth abortion; abortion pill (RU-486)              1
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
The ACLU is a neutral organization that   The ACLU enforces the will of the
defends the rights of all.                Democratic Party by threatening lawsuit
                                          against those who disagree with party
                                          policy.




                                  ACLU



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Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo
Children should be adopted by whoever   Children should be adopted only by
will care for them.                     people of the same race.




                            Adoption,
                           Cross-Racial


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Supporting the Status Quo                                Against the Status Quo
Colleges should continue to use                          Colleges should accept students based
Affirmative Action to help determine who                 solely on their scores and portfolio – skin
will get into its programs.                              color should not be a factor.




                                       Affirmative
                                         Action


       Key words: racial quotas, quota systems, Grutter v. Bollinger                          4
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo.
Airport searches are necessary to protect   Airport searches invade personal privacy
the American public from terrorism.         and do little to protect the American
                                            public from terrorism.




                        Airport Security



       Key words: TSA, Fourth Amendment                                       5
Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo.
Intelligent life probably exists on many              Intelligent life is probably rare in the
planets throughout the universe.                      universe, if it exists anywhere else at all.




                                    Alien Life


       Key words: The Drake Equation, The Rare Earth Hypothesis, The Fermi Paradox , SETI   6
Supporting the Status Quo                              Against the Status Quo
There is no evidence suggesting aliens                 Some evidence suggests that aliens
ever visited the Earth.                                visited the Earth in ancient times.




                             Ancient UFOs



       Key words: ancient astronauts, Eric von Daniken, paleocontact                     7
Supporting the Status Quo                      Against the Status Quo
New drugs and medical procedures should        Animal experimentation is cruel and
be tried on animals before they are tried on   unnecessary.
humans.




                              Animal
                          Experimentation



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Supporting the Status Quo: The Ark of the   Against the Status Quo:
Covenant was lost long ago.                 Researchers may choose ONE theory to
                                            support:
                                                The Ark is buried in Mount Nebo.
                                                The Ark is hidden in The Temple Mount of
                                                      Jerusalem.
                                                The Ark is in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
                                                The Ark is in Southern Africa.
                                                The Ark is in Languedoc, France.
                                                The Ark is in United Kingdom.
                                                The Ark is in Ireland.
                                                The Ark is in Shikoku, Japan.
                                                The Ark is in Sanpete County, Utah.




                      Ark of
                  the Covenant


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Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo.
Atlantis must be considered mythical.        Atlantis once existed as a historical
                                             place.




                                       Atlantis

       Key words: Thera, Bimini Wall                                             10
Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo
Getting government money for art should               The government should not use tax-
always be free of restrictions.                       payer’s money to fund art that is
                                                      offensive to the taxpayer.




                               Art, Taxpayer
                                  Funding
                                 Offensive


       Key words: National Endowment for the Arts, Andres Serrano                     11
Supporting the Status Quo                               Against the Status Quo.
Evidence supporting Bigfoot is flawed or                Evidence shows that Bigfoot is a living
faked.                                                  creature in North America.




                                    Bigfoot

       Key words: sasquatch, cripplefoot, Patterson film, Memorial Day Film, Freeman Film,   12
                  Minnesota Iceman
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo.
Immigrant children should be taught         Immigrant children should receive
English as quickly as possible instead of   education in their own language, not in
being taught in their native languages.     English.




                 Bilingual Education



       Key words: bilingual education                                         13
Supporting the Status Quo            Against the Status Quo
Border control should remain under   States should be allowed to control their
Federal authority, not a state’s.    borders if the Federal Government won’t.




                          Border Control



       Key words: Arizona SB 1070                                      14
Supporting the Status Quo             Against the Status Quo
Boxing should remain a legal sport.   Boxing should be outlawed with other
                                      gladiatorial events.




                                  Boxing


                                                                       15
Supporting the Status Quo                              Against the Status Quo
There is no reliable evidence that the                 There is a distinct difference between
streaks seen in the sky are anything other             ordinary jet exhaust and chemtrails; the
than jet exhaust.                                      government is spraying dangerous or
                                                       unknown chemicals.




                              Chemtrails



       Key words: Chemtrails, contrails, Stratospheric Aerosol GeoEngineering, What on Earth   16
       are they Spraying?
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo.
Small children should not be subjected to   Beauty pageants do not harm small
beauty pageants; it is harmful to them.     children any more than other childhood
                                            activities.




                             Child Beauty
                              Pageants



       Key words:                                                            17
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Churches should be allowed to hire and to   The government should force churches
marry those who believe as they do.         to hire gay employees and to marry gay
                                            couples, even if it is against their beliefs.




                          Churches,
                          Freedom of




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Supporting the Status Quo            Against the Status Quo
Human beings should not be cloned.   There is no problem with cloning
                                     humans.




                               Cloning



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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo.
The government should not intervene in   Child obesity is child abuse. The
cases of child obesity.                  government should intervene into
                                         families in which this occurs.




                      Child Obesity



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Supporting the Status Quo                              Against the Status Quo.
Child-rapists should continue to earn                  Child-rapists should never be released
parole and be released back into the                   from prison.
public.




                             Child-Rapists




       Key words: Jessica’s Law, the Jessica Lunsford Act, pedophiles                    21
Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
Each person should finance their own way   College is too expensive for young
through college. No one should expect      people to pay for. College should be
others to pay for their college tuition.   financed by the government.




                         College, free
                           or self-
                          financed


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Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Condoms should continue to be distributed   A program distributing condoms by
by stores and clinics, not schools.         schools should begin in our state.




                Condoms in Schools



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Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
Our state should not adopt the death   Our state should have a death penalty.
penalty.




                          Death Penalty




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Supporting the Status Quo                               Against the Status Quo
Doctors should not kill their patients.                 Doctors should be able to help patients
                                                        end their lives.




                                    Dr-Assisted
                                      Suicide



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        Key words: Physician-Assisted Suicide, Dr. Kevorkian
Supporting the Status Quo            Against the Status Quo
High school students should not be   High school students should be allowed
allowed to drop out.                 to drop out.




                               Dropouts,
                               legalizing



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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
A stricter dress code improves student   A stricter dress code makes little
behavior and achievement.                difference in student behavior or
                                         achievement.




                       Dress Codes



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Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo
We should continue to import our oil from             We should drill our own oil, even in
other countries.                                      Alaska.




                       Drilling in Alaska




       Key words: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, energy independence             28
Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
American schools are seriously falling   American schools are just as good as
behind European and Asian schools.       European or Asian schools.




                                Education,
                               US is Behind




       Key words: A Nation at Risk                                        29
Supporting the Status Quo                            Against the Status Quo.
The dead do not haunt the living; voices             The dead sometimes haunt the living
heard in recordings are figments of                  and their voices can be recorded.
people’s imaginations.




                          Electronic Voice
                            Phenomena



       Key words: Electronic Voice Phenomenon, EVP                                   30
Supporting the Status Quo                            Against the Status Quo
Governments should be able to take                   The government should be able to take
private property from a citizen and give it          private property from a citizen only if it is
to another private owner.                            needed for a public project.




                                        Eminent
                                        Domain



       Key words: eminent domain, Kelo vs. City of New London                              31
Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
The environment should be protected,   The economy should be protected, even
even if it means the economy will be   if it means the environment will be
damaged.                               damaged.




                           Environment
                           vs. Economy


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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
It is good and correct that the            The Environmental Protection Agency is
Environmental Protection Agency controls   stealing land from private property
privately owned land to protect wetlands   owners. If the Federal Government wants
and endangered species.                    control of land, it should buy it.




                             EPA vs.
                         Property Owners


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Supporting the Status Quo          Against the Status Quo
The elderly should be cared for.   The elderly should receive euthanasia.




                          Euthanasia for
                            the Elderly

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Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Arguments against evolution must be kept    Students should be able to hear both
out of the classroom. Students should not   sides of the argument concerning
be exposed this evidence.                   evolution and decide for themselves.




                              Evolution,
                              Criticism of



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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
Students should not have to take an exit   Students should have to take an exit
exam in order to graduate.                 exam in order to graduate.




                               Exit Exams



       Key words: proficiency exams                                          36
Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
People that engage in extreme sports   People that engage in extreme sports
should be rescued at the taxpayers’    should pay for their own rescues.
expense.




                          Extreme Sport
                              Rescue



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Supporting the Status Quo: The Face on   Against the Status Quo: The Face on
Mars is a natural rock formation.        Mars is a Monument built by Martians.




                           Face on Mars


      Key words: Cydonia                                                 38
Supporting the Status Quo                         Against the Status Quo
The government should not control                 The government should control people’s
people’s eating of fast-food.                     eating of fast-food.




                                 Fast Food,
                                   Gov’t
                                 Control of


       Key words: Supersize Me, Mayor Bloomberg                                     39
Supporting the Status Quo                            Against the Status Quo
The Federal Reserve system is necessary              The Federal Reserve is an
to manage our economy and keep                       unconstitutional fourth branch of
politicians from having direct control of our        government that allows a secretive, ultra-
money supply.                                        wealthy group to control our economy.




                     Federal Reserve




        Key words: Ben Berneke, Timothy Geithner, End the Fed                            40
Supporting the Status Quo                         Against the Status Quo
The secret FEMA prison camps do not               FEMA has secret prison camps set up
exist except in conspiracy theory.                inside the US in which they could imprison
                                                  rebellious American citizens, should it
                                                  become necessary.




                       FEMA Camps

                                                              Gaylord, Michigan




      Key words: Federal Emergency Management Agency; REX 84; Project Garden Plot;   41
      Project Cable Splicer; blue list / red list
Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
Women who drink while pregnant should         Women who drink while pregnant should
be legally liable for problems that result.   not be legally liable for problems that
                                              result.




                               Fetal-Alcohol
                                Syndrome



       Key words:                                                               42
Supporting the Status Quo         Against the Status Quo
Flag-burning is free-speech.      Flag-burning should be banned.




                           Flag-Burning



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Supporting the Status Quo                      Against the Status Quo
Flight 19 disappeared through pilot error or   Flight 19 disappeared due to the
natural causes.                                mysterious powers of the Bermuda
                                               Triangle.




                                Flight 19 of
                               the Bermuda
                                 Triangle



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Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
Developed nations should give money to        Money given from one government to
the governments of undeveloped nations;       another government is an ineffective
it is the best way to combat poverty there.   means of combating poverty in
                                              undeveloped nations.




                            Foreign Aid



       Key words: foreign aid                                                  45
Supporting the Status Quo             Against the Status Quo
Religious expression shouldn’t be     Religious expression must be done in
controlled by the government.         private.




                                    Allah preserve
                                          us!


                  Free Speech,
                    Religious


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Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
Fusion energy may be a far-future solution,   Fusion energy will soon solve our energy
but is not a realistic choice for today.      problems.




                     Fusion Energy



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Supporting the Status Quo                                Against the Status Quo.
Fluoride in water is safe.                               Fluoride in water is dangerous.




                                      Fluoride


      Key words: early onset of puberty, pineal gland, Dr. Jennifer Luke                   48
Supporting the Status Quo                                  Against the Status Quo.
Corporations that develop genetically                      No one should be able to patent a living
modified foods must be allowed to control                  thing.
them with a patent.




                                 Genetically
                                Modified Foods


  Essential Questions: Should a corporation be able to put a patent on a living thing? How otherwise can a
  company protect years of expensive laboratory research? Should a corporation be able to control the farms
  that use its genetically modified seeds? What happens when drifting pollen carries genetically modified
  DNA into the neighbor’s farm? Does the corporation have any control over that farm? Can a genetically
  modified crop drive out native species? Are genetically modified crops susceptible to the problems of
  monoculture?
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  Key words: Monsanto
Supporting the Status Quo                              Against the Status Quo.
Global warming is caused by human                      Global warming is caused by sunspot
behavior and threatens our survival as a               cycles, not human behavior, and is part
species.                                               of a natural cycle.




                          Global Warming



  Key words: An Inconvenient Truth, The Great Global Warming Swindle
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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo.
Ice ages are impossible to predict and   An ice age, such as what occurred in the
unlikely to happen again soon.           past, will soon return.




                         Global Cooling




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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
Grain should be used for fuel as well as   Grain should be used for food, not for
food.                                      fuel.




                            Grain for Fuel



       Key words: Ethanol                                                     52
Supporting the Status Quo             Against the Status Quo
The mosque should not be built near   The mosque should be built near ground
ground zero.                          zero.




                Ground Zero Mosque



       Key words: Cordoba House
                                                                      53
Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
America should run a prison in Cuba in   The president should close the prison at
which it houses people accused of        Guantanamo Bay.
terrorism.




                        Guantanamo Bay
                             Prison



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Supporting the Status Quo                               Against the Status Quo
Citizens without convictions should                     The government should outlaw gun
continue to be able to own guns.                        ownership.




                            Gun Control




       Key words: 2nd Amendment, gun control, Brady Act, right to bear arms            55
Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo
Criminals should be charged not only with             Criminals should be charged only with
the crime they actual committed but also              the crime they committed. The
with the additional charge of hate crime.             government must not outlaw thoughts.




                           Hate Crimes



       Key words: Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (1994), Matthew        56
                  Sheppard Act
Supporting the Status Quo                            Against the Status Quo
HAARP is a program to study the upper                HAARP is a weather-control device.
ionosphere.




                                 HAARP



       Key words: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)             57
Supporting the Status Quo           Against the Status Quo
Health care should remain in the    The government should take control of
control of private businesses.      health care.




                              Healthcare,
                              Socialized



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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
Using atomic bombs to end World War II   The US should not have dropped the
was the correct decision.                atomic bombs on Japan.




                        Hiroshima &
                         Nagasaki



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Supporting the Status Quo:              Against the Status Quo:
The Holy Grail was lost long ago.       Researchers may choose ONE theory to support:
                                            The Grail is in on display in Valencia Cathedral.
                                            The Grail is in Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland.
                                            The Grail is owned by the Knights Templar.
                                            The Grail was really Mary Magdalene.
                                            The Grail is beneath the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
                                            The Grail is on display at the Cathedral of St. Lawrence
                                               in Genoa.
                                            The Grail is buried beneath Glastonbury Tor.
                                            The Grail is hidden on the church grounds of Santa Maria de
                                               Montserrat.




                                    Holy Grail


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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
Homosexuality develops as a result of    Homosexuality is caused by genetics.
cultural and psychological influences.




                         Homosexuality,
                           Origin of



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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
Human organs should not be offered for   Human organs should be offered for
sale.                                    sale.




                         Human organs
                           for sale



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Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo
Only legal immigrants should be given   Illegal immigrants should be given
citizenship.                            citizenship.




                            Illegal Aliens
                              & Amnesty



       Key words: amnesty                                                    63
Supporting the Status Quo                               Against the Status Quo
Our government should be able to arrest                 Citizens of the United States are
American citizens and imprison them                     guaranteed a trial by the Constitution.
indefinitely without ever charging them or
bringing them to trial.




                      Indefinite Detention



       Key words: NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012          64
Supporting the Status Quo                       Against the Status Quo
Indigo children are the result of intelligent   Indigo children reveal that a higher
but overindulgent parents.                      consciousness has awakened in a new
                                                generation which will bring humankind to
                                                a new age.




                                       Indigo
                                      Children



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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
Mentally ill people should be cured, not   The insanity defense should be
punished.                                  abolished.




                                   Insanity
                                   Defense



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Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo
A person’s intelligence-level is developed   A person’s intelligence-level is determined
by academic work.                            by genetics.




                               Intelligence,
                                 Origin of

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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
The dangers of consuming irradiated food   Irradiated foods are safer; food should be
outweighs its germ-killing benefits.       irradiated.




                       Irradiated Food


       Key words:                                                              68
Supporting the Status Quo                            Against the Status Quo
Israel should be able to settle people               Israel is a foreign occupier in the West
anywhere within its own borders.                     Bank. It is using settlement to take over
                                                     new territory. The homes of Israelis there
                                                     should be destroyed and they should be
                                                     forced back out.




                                      Israeli
                                    settlement
                                     conflict

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       Key words: West Bank, 1949 Armistice (Green Line),
Supporting the Status Quo            Against the Status Quo
There is no known solution to the    The researcher must focus on a specific
mysterious murders committed by      suspect to these infamous crimes.
Jack the Ripper.




                                Jack the
                                 Ripper


       Key words: Whitechapel                                           70
Supporting the Status Quo                                   Against the Status Quo
Judges should get justice accomplished.                     A judge should merely interpret the
There is no way to be sure what the what                    Constitution. Making law is the duty of
the writers of the Constitution meant.                      Congress.




                             Judges, Activist



       Key words: judicial restraint, judicial activism, activist judges, original intent, judicial   71
       intervention, constructionist judges
Supporting the Status Quo          Against the Status Quo
Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone,   Opponents to the status quo may
assassinated President Kennedy.    choose ONE of the following possible
                                   killers of Kennedy, such as:
                                       •The Mob
                                       •Castro / The Cubans
                                       •Khrushchev / The Soviets / the KGB
                                       •The FBI
                                       •The CIA
                                       •Vice President Johnson
                                       •The New Orleans Conspiracy
                                       •Oswald, agent of the CIA
           Kennedy                     •The Secret Service
                                       •Howard Hunt
                                       •The Federal Reserve
         Assassination                 •The Israelis
                                       •The Cuban Exiles
                                       •The American Fact-Finding Committee

                                   OR an opponent of the status quo may
                                   focus on one facet or detail of the
                                   assassination, such as:
                                       •Alterations to Kennedy’s wounds
                                       •The Zapruder film
                                       •The Three Tramps
                                       •Grassy Knoll shooter
                                       •The “Magic Bullet”
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Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
The Kyoto Treaty is unfair and an             The Kyoto Treaty is fair and effective
ineffective way to reduce pollution; it was   way to reduce pollution; it should still be
right not to ratify it.                       ratified.




                            Kyoto Treaty




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Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo
There is no scientific evidence to support            Some lakes contain large, unknown
the existence of large, unknown lake                  creatures.
creatures.




                            Lake Monsters




       Key words: Loch Ness, Nessie, Lake Champlain                                   74
Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
Marijuana should remain illegal.         Marijuana should be legalized.




                                   Marijuana,
                                   Legalizing




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Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Catholic clergy should dedicate             Catholic clergy should be allowed to
themselves to service, not to each other.   marry.




                     Marriage of Clergy


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Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
Medical marijuana should be approved in   Medical marijuana should be approved
the same way other drugs are approved –   by the population voting on it.
by careful testing.




                               Medical
                              Marijuana



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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
The United States should not finish or   The United States should finish and
improve the Mexican Border fence.        improve the Mexican Border fence.




                  Mexican Border Fence



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Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Drinking milk is healthy. Older children    People should be weaned. Drinking
and adults should continue to drink milk.   cow’s milk is not healthy for adults and
                                            older children.




                            Milk: Healthy
                               or not?



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Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Increases in the minimum wage really help   Minimum wage increases don’t really
those at the bottom.                        help those at the bottom.




                       Minimum Wage



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Supporting the Status Quo                      Against the Status Quo
In the late sixties and early seventies, the   No one has been to the Moon. It was
United States landed twelve men on the         faked.
Moon.




                             Moon-Landing
                              Conspiracy



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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo.
The United States should not require its   The United States should require its
citizens to carry a national ID card.      citizens to carry a national ID card.




                        National ID Card



       Key words: Real ID                                                     82
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
It is OK to have Native American mascots.   Native Americans should not be used as
                                            mascots.




                    Native American
                        Mascots


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Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
At the time the United States became a      At the time the United States became a
nation, Native American population within   nation, Native American population within
its borders was about 5-10 million. There   its borders was over 100 million. The
are more Native Americans alive today       European settlers are responsible for a
than at that time.                          genocide on this continent.




                       Native American
                          Numbers



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Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo
Freedom on the Internet would disappear if            The Internet would be faster and better if
the government controlled the content.                the government controlled the content.




                              Net Neutrality



       Key words: Net Neutrality, Julius Genachowski, SOPA                               85
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
9-11 was caused by Al Qaeda.              9-11 was caused by a secret conspiracy
                                          of Americans.




                              Nine-Eleven
                              Conspiracy



      Key words: Loose Change, Truthers                                   86
Supporting the Status Quo:               Against the Status Quo:
Noah’s Ark does not exist in the world   Remnants of Noah’s Ark might be found
today.                                   today.




                               Noah’s Ark,
                               Discovery of



       Key words: Mt. Ararat                                             87
Supporting the Status Quo                               Against the Status Quo
The North American Union is just a                      The government plans to erase our
conspiracy theory.                                      borders and create a North American
                                                        Union.




                             North American
                              Union/Amero



       Key words: Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America                  88
Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
Nostradamus made predictions so vague         Nostradamus made predictions that
that they can be interpreted to fit current   correctly forecasted some current
events.                                       events.




                             Nostradamus




       Key words:                                                             89
Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo.
Nuclear power has too many problems to   Nuclear power is the best choice for
supply most of our energy.               supplying most of our energy.




                   Nuclear Power



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Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
The group called Oath Keepers wants to   The group called Oath Keepers is stirring
keep our armed forces from obeying       up rebellion against our legal rulers.
unlawful commands.




                        Oath Keepers



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Supporting the Status Quo         Against the Status Quo
The government should not allow   The government should allow Americans
Americans to drill off-shore.     to drill off-shore.




                    Off-Shore Drilling



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Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo
The Oklahoma City bombing was done by   The Oklahoma City bombing was done
Timothy McVeigh alone.                  by Timothy McVeigh and others that
                                        have never been caught.




                     Oklahoma City
                   Bombing Conspiracy



      Key words: John Doe #2                                          93
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Using chemical pesticides and fertilizers   Organic foods are better for humans and
allows farmers to grow more crops and       better for the environment; organic
grows them more cheaply than organic        farming is more capable to feed the
farming. Organic is only a niche market.    world than chemical farming.




                        Organic Foods,
                        Organic Farming



       Key words: Monsato                                                    94
Supporting the Status Quo                Against the Status Quo
Wiretapping and closed circuit cameras   Allowing the government to spy on
are necessary to keep Americans safe.    citizens is unconstitutional and destroys
                                         our liberties and rights.




                                Patriot Act



       Key words: Patriot Act                                               95
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
Parents are far more permissive than in   Parents are no more permissive than
previous generations were.                previous generations were.




                              Permissive
                              Parenting


       Key words:                                                         96
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
People should not be able to photograph   People should be able to photograph the
the police performing their duties.       police performing their duties.




                 Photographing Police



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Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo
Drug companies should be able to make a    Drug companies should not be able to
profit on drugs they develop. The profit   make a profit on their drugs. No one
pays for many years of expensive           should profit from sick people.
research.




                    Prescription Drugs
                        and Profit


       Key words:                                                          98
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Parents should be able to home-school or   All children should attend government
send their kids to private schools.        schools.




                    Private Education,
                          Abolish

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Supporting the Status Quo           Against the Status Quo
The American prison system works.   The American prison system doesn’t
                                    work. It should be replaced with….




                          Prison Reform


                                                                   100
Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
The “Pledge of Allegiance” should be   The “Pledge of Allegiance” should not be
allowed in schools.                    allowed in schools.




                 Pledge of Allegiance



                                                                        101
Supporting the Status Quo                              Against the Status Quo
Science does not show that any human                   Some scientific investigations confirm
being has psychic abilities.                           psychic abilities in humans.




                        Psychic Powers



      Key words: ESP, extra-sensory perception, precognition, remote sensing             102
Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
There is no official solution to the murder   The researcher must focus on a specific
of JonBenét Ramsey, the six-year-old          suspect to this infamous crime.
beauty pageant contestant.




                               Ramsay, murder
                                 of JonBenet




                                                                                103
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Curbside recycling is an effective way to   Taxpayer’s money earmarked for the
spend the taxpayer’s money earmarked for    environment would be more efficiently
the environment.                            spent in ways other than curbside
                                            recycling.




                             Recycling,
                             Curbside



                                                                              104
Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
Students should advance to the next    Students that do not pass their classes
grade whether they have passed their   should remain in those classes until they
classes or not.                        pass them.




                         Retention
                        of students



                                                                          105
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo.
The Roswell UFO crash never happened.     An alien craft crashed in Roswell, New
People are confused or creating a hoax.   Mexico in 1949. Alien bodies were
                                          recovered and studied by our
                                          government.




                    Roswell Crash




                                                                           106
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo.
Marriage in our state should be between a   Gay people in our state should be
man and a woman.                            allowed to marry.




                               Same-Sex
                                Marriage



                                                                            107
Supporting the Status Quo                                 Against the Status Quo
Segregated schools should remain illegal.                 Many kids do better academically when
They cannot be “separate but equal.”                      they are surrounded by people of the
                                                          same race, gender, or orientation.




                                   Segregation,
                                    Return to



       Key words: segregation, integration, “separate but equal”,                        108
Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
Sex education reduces teen pregnancy   Sex education doesn’t reduce teen
and STDs.                              pregnancy or STDs.




                         Sex Education,
                          Effectiveness




                                                                      109
Supporting the Status Quo: The Shroud   Against the Status Quo: The Shroud of
of Turin was woven during the Middle    Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus.
Ages.




                Shroud of Turin, The



                                                                      110
Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo.
Children of single parents face more    Children of single parents are just as
problems than those with two parents.   successful as those with two parents.




                       Single Parenting


                                                                          111
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
The US Government should not pay living   The US Government should pay living
African-Americans reparations for the     African-Americans reparations for the
slavery of their ancestors.               slavery of their ancestors.




                              Slavery
                            Reparations



                                                                          112
Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo
The decision whether of not a person can     The decision whether of not a person
smoke in a building should be made by the    can smoke in a building should be made
government.                                  by the owner of the building.




                                Smoking
                                It is Against the Law
                                 to Smoke on These
                                       Premises.



                                                                            113
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
We should not meddle with the Social        The Social Security System is in serious
Security system. The problems with it are   financial trouble. If no changes are
exaggerated.                                made, it will not be there for us.




                       Social Security



                                                                             114
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Manned space exploration is important for   Manned space exploration is a waste of
our future.                                 time, money, and lives.




              Space Exploration, cost


                                                                            115
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo.
English should remain the de facto sole   Spanish should be accepted as a
national language.                        second national language.




                     Spanish Language



                                                                            116
Supporting the Status Quo            Against the Status Quo
Our state should continue to leave   Our state should outlaw spanking.
parenting to parents.




                               Spanking


                                                                     117
Supporting the Status Quo                            Against the Status Quo
Colleges should continue to use “Speech              Colleges should not have “Speech
Codes” to control what students can and              Codes” to control what students can and
can’t say.                                           can’t say.




          …and that’s
          what I think.




                           Speech Codes
                                                                         I’m going to
                                                                        report you for
                                                                          saying so!




       Key words: Hate speech laws, Indoctrinate U                                   118
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
The Sphinx is the same age as the other   The Sphinx is much older than the other
Egyptian monuments and was built by the   Egyptian monuments, built by an
Egyptians.                                unknown pre-Egyptian civilization.




                       Sphinx, Age of



                                                                          119
Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo
We should continue to make children’s   Children would be better off engaging in
sports competitive.                     non-competitive sports.




                               Sports,
                             Competitive
                               & Non-
                             Competitive

                                                                         120
Supporting the Status Quo          Against the Status Quo
Taxpayers should be expected to    Large sports expenditures should be
financially support large sports   supported privately, not by taxpayers.
expenditures for their cities.




                Sports, Subsidized



                                                                     121
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
Stem-cells from human embryos should be   Stem-cells from human embryos should
used for research.                        not be used for research.




                          Stem-Cell
                          Research



                                                                        122
Supporting the Status Quo                                 Against the Status Quo
The government needed to give 825 billion                 The government should not have given
dollars to private banks.                                 825 billion dollars to private banks.




                                Stimulus Bill



       Key words: bailout, stimulus package, Stimulus Bill, too-big-to-fail, American Recovery &   123
       Investment Act of 2009, AIG
Supporting the Status Quo                          Against the Status Quo
Who gets on AM talk radio should be                AM talk radio is too conservative; it
determined by the free market, not by the          should be forced by the government to
government. Government interference                be more fair.
intrudes on free speech.




                                  Talk Radio


       Key words: Fairness Doctrine, “Hush Rush”                                   124
Supporting the Status Quo         Against the Status Quo
Our tax system may require some   Our tax system is broken and should be
tweaking, but it is just fine.    replaced with (The researcher may
                                  argue for ONE of the below):
                                      •The Flat Tax
                                      •The Fair Tax.
                                      •A National Sales Tax




                           Tax System,
                             Broken


                                                                  125
Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo
Teachers’ Unions help educators serve   Teachers’ Unions serve the adults in the
children.                               education business at the expense of the
                                        students.




                     Teachers’ Unions



                                                                        126
Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo
Our state should continue to treat violent   Our state should treat violent teens like
teens as teens, not as adults.               adults.




              Teens Tried as Adult


                                                                                127
Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo
Tibet is a part of China and should not be   The United States should help free Tibet
recognized as an independent nation.         from Chinese occupation.




                           Tibet & China



                                                                              128
Supporting the Status Quo              Against the Status Quo
Classes should contain students with   Classes should contain students with
similar ages.                          similar abilities.




                              Tracking


       Key words: Tracking                                             129
Supporting the Status Quo                      Against the Status Quo
The problems experienced by transgender        The problems experienced by transgender
people are psychological, not physical.        people are physical, not psychological.
Acceptance of their natural, birth gender is   Corrective surgery is needed.
needed.




                               Transgender
                                 Surgery


                                                                               130
Supporting the Status Quo                  Against the Status Quo.
Television is not seriously harmful for    Television is harmful for children.
children. Watching television has few      Watching television early in life limits a
harmful effects on a person's thinking     person's thinking abilities.
abilities.




                        TV, Psychological
                             Effects


                                                                               131
 This topic could be modified for video-gaming instead of TV watching.
Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo.
The U.N. is effective in promoting peace     The U.N. has failed to stop wars,
and human rights. The U.S. is morally and    genocide, and human rights abuses. The
legally obligated to recognize the greater   U.S. should never subvert its national
good as defined by the U.N.                  interests to those of the U.N.




                          United Nations



                                                                            132
Supporting the Status Quo                      Against the Status Quo.
The US needs its troops stationed in areas     The US has too many troops stationed in
wherever its national interests are at risk.   foreign countries. America should call its
                                               troops home.




                 U.S. Troops Overseas


                                                                                 133
Supporting the Status Quo               Against the Status Quo
A valedictorian should not be able to   A valedictorian has earned the right to
mention God in his speech.              speak as he or she wishes.




                             Valedictorian,
                               Religious
                                Speech


                                                                          134
Supporting the Status Quo                             Against the Status Quo
Vaccines are safe and do not negatively               Mercury and other chemicals in vaccines
affect one’s health.                                  are unhealthy.




                      Vaccines & Autism



       Key words: autism, thimerosal, aluminum hydroxide                              135
Supporting the Status Quo                    Against the Status Quo
Vegetarianism is not healthier than a diet   Vegetarianism is healthier than a diet
that includes meat.                          that includes meat.




                           Vegetarianism


                                                                               136
Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
Experiencing media violence not only          While experiencing media violence may
encourages a few unstable people to           encourage a few unstable people to
become violent, it also contributes to the    become violent, it does not contribute to
increase of violent behavior in the society   the increase of violent behavior in the
as a whole.                                   society as a whole.




                                Violence on
                                TV & Games



                                                                                  137
Supporting the Status Quo                       Against the Status Quo
Students should continue to be able to          Students, who now are able to choose
choose the school they attend.                  which school they attend, should be
                                                forced by law to attend the school
                                                closest to them.




                      Vouchers , School



       Key words: vouchers, schools of choice                                  138
Supporting the Status Quo                          Against the Status Quo
The government used excessive force in             The government did not use excessive
the siege at Waco, Texas.                          force in the siege at Waco, Texas.




                      Waco, the Siege at



       Key words: Branch Davidians, David Koresh                                  139
Supporting the Status Quo                 Against the Status Quo
Waterboarding is not really torture and   Waterboarding is torture and should be
should remain legal.                      illegal.




                        Waterboarding


                                                                          140
Supporting the Status Quo                              Against the Status Quo
Government social programs are the best                Social programs like welfare aggravate
way to help the poor.                                  poverty and foster intrusive government.




                                         Welfare


       Key words: welfare, food stamps, WIC, the projects                               141
Supporting the Status Quo                   Against the Status Quo
Wind energy is not economical and           Wind energy is economical and practical
practical enough to be the primary source   enough to be the primary source of our
of our electricity.                         electricity.




                            Wind Energy



                                                                            142
Supporting the Status Quo           Against the Status Quo
Women should not serve in combat.   Women should serve in combat.




                   Women in Combat



                                                                    143
Supporting the Status Quo                     Against the Status Quo
There is no official solution to the serial   The researcher must focus on a specific
murders known as the Zodiac killings.         suspect to these infamous crimes.




                           Zodiac Murders



                                                                                144
                                            Other Topics
Any other topic must be presented to the teacher before starting.
The presentation must include both a status quo and non-status quo position.
Should taxpayers fund more AIDS           Can women’s eating disorders be linked      Do oil companies make big bucks
    research?                             to the fashion industry?                    while the rest of us pay too much?
Should grain be used for liquor and       Was there anything unusual in Hanger        What, if any, limitations should be
    beer?                                 19 in Area 51?                              applied to the paparazzi?
Are animal’s rights ever worth more       Should the American Taxpayer have to        Should denial of the Holocaust be
    than human rights?                    cover the losses of people who chose        illegal?
Should our government be this big?        build in flood areas?                       Domestic Violence
Are biological weapons a real threat?     Is a high population a danger to the        Gangs
Are boycotts effective or not?            environment or a benefit to humankind?      Helmet laws
Does censorship really exist?             Should porn be banned?                      Homelessness
How do we balance the rights of crime     Can we ever get rid of nuclear weapons?     Homosexuals in the military
    victims against the rights of the     Do individuals have the right to suicide?   Mainstreaming disabled children
    accused?                              Should government impose restrictions       Michael Moore
Are mass extinction events a serious      on what kinds of foods can be served in     Nuclear Weapons
    threat to the human race?             school cafeterias?                          Outsourcing Jobs
Is the Endangered Species List            Does parental “tough love” really work?     Pork-Barrel Spending
    manipulated for political purposes?   Should the use of coal be subjected to
                                                                                      Prescription Drug Prices
Does nature show signs of Intelligent     stricter environmental regulations than
                                                                                      Prison Reform
    Design or is Evolution completely     other fuels?
    controlled by random mutation?        Should we reform laws to make it harder     Rainforest Problems
Do the rich already pay more than their   to get a divorce?                           Retention of failing students
    fair share of taxes?                  Should DDT be re-approved for use in        School Violence
Should the taxpayer subsidize farms?      the wake of recent bedbug outbreaks         Sexual Harassment
Should gambling be legal?                 across the country?                         Steroids
Should Native American tribal             Do beauty contests serve any purpose in     Sweatshops                145
    members have more rights than the     society?
    general population?

				
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