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1  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Adamobawesomebiberg vs White Crime - Lil Dicky on: December 15, 2014, 11:06:32 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7eA_TyogeU
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Shared Economy Liberation Act (Debating) on: December 15, 2014, 10:40:08 pm
Sorry, fell asleep a bit on this one guys.

I'll accept Sirnick's amendment as friendly.

I would refer everyone to the events transpiring in Sydney where Uber quadrupled their base rate to $100 for the area surrounding the hostage situation. Could you imagine something happening like that during the events of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, for example? Secondly, I'm sure you have all seen the allegations in India and Chicago of Uber drivers raping passengers; without attempting to act as a court of law here, surely this compromises part of the company's prized confidence in their drivers.

In response to these incidents, I am opposed to the bill.

The rape incident is problematic, but it seems like a jump to conclusions to fault Uber for this. For instance, part of the India problem is that Uber's outfit in India is shoestring at best.

Quote from: Peter Relan
From what I understand, Uber does driver background checks in the United States, but not in India. It was probably a "tough nut to crack." I wonder if because of that, it was simply not cracked, despite the obvious problems it creates in addressing customers' core requirements in India.

This may be because India itself has an ineffective criminal justice system. Rape is a serious problem in India in general.

Quote from: Nicole Gelinas
In Delhi, taxi services are notoriously bad, with fraudsters easily circumventing weak licensing standards. Plus, India’s criminal records — which background checks rely on — are themselves unreliable.

India’s justice system is weak on sexual assault, anyway. The alleged-rapist driver likely should have been in jail already for similar, previous crimes. Delhi’s police now call him a “psychotic criminal” who likely committed unreported rapes before. Another passenger — a US-based woman — said she had a creepy experience with him last month.
citation

With regards to the Chicago case, there are instances of regular taxi drivers assaulting passengers.

I'll agree that price gouging is fool-hardy policy and not good for PR. What hasn't been mentioned here is that Uber's pricing is actually automatic.

Quote from: Ed Krayewski
Uber institute the policy of surge pricing to help best connect drivers to potential passengers during high-demand times, like holidays or sporting events. Uber doesn't hide when surge pricing is in effect and it kicks in automatically as needed. No one "turns it on." During the attack in Sydney, then, it makes sense that surge pricing would go into effect automatically as there was a surge of people who wanted to use the service.

In other words, the price of Uber cabs fluctuate in response to demand. This isn't unique to Uber. For instance, it's cheaper to fly on a Wednesday than it is to fly right before a holiday.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: December Assembly Elections on: December 14, 2014, 08:23:16 pm
[1] Write-in: SWE
[2] Write-in: Sirnick
[3] Barnes
[4] Write-in: Cinyc
[5] Write-in: Napoleon
[6] Write-in: Not Dallasfan65
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 14, 2014, 04:28:53 pm
[1] Write-in: Maxwell
[2] Bacon King
[3] Polnut
[4] SWE
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Shared Economy Liberation Act (Debating) on: December 14, 2014, 11:27:38 am
Tongue

Amendment:

Proposed amendment:

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Shared Economy Liberation Act

1. All laws and local ordinances restricting room booking apps are hereby repealed.
2. All laws and local ordinances restricting ridesharing apps are hereby repealed.
3. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Shared Economy Liberation Act (Debating) on: December 13, 2014, 01:04:00 pm
While I like the great Dallasfan, I don't think we should be listing corporations in laws. This is written as if it is clearly catered to corporate interests and not the people.

Proposed amendment:

Quote
Shared Economy Liberation Act

1. All laws and local ordinances restricting AirBnB are hereby repealed.
2. All laws and local ordinances restricting ridesharing apps are hereby repealed.
3. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage.

I'm open to further amendments but I'm not sure of an encompassing term that can cover other apps/institutions like AirBnB.

This is much better, definitely an improvement. Why are we un-restricting AirBnB? Where was the restrictment to begin with?

New York City.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: December 13, 2014, 12:04:26 am
Femme - Le Couleur
Hai bby - The Bilinda Butchers
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Shared Economy Liberation Act (Debating) on: December 12, 2014, 11:24:02 pm
While I like the great Dallasfan, I don't think we should be listing corporations in laws. This is written as if it is clearly catered to corporate interests and not the people.

Proposed amendment:

Quote
Shared Economy Liberation Act

1. All laws and local ordinances restricting AirBnB are hereby repealed.
2. All laws and local ordinances restricting ridesharing apps are hereby repealed.
3. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage.

I'm open to further amendments but I'm not sure of an encompassing term that can cover other apps/institutions like AirBnB.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #15 on: December 12, 2014, 04:59:46 pm
Kansas City
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: October-December Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: December 12, 2014, 04:29:48 pm
I appreciate that you took the initiative of doing this sawx, but perhaps it'd be advisable to get a definite revenue projection from the GM?

Also budgets last for four months, I believe.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, December 2014 on: December 12, 2014, 04:27:55 pm
XDallasfan65

I'll have to decline my nomination for Vice Chairman. I nominate shua.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em Week #15 on: December 11, 2014, 06:51:31 pm
THURSDAY:
Arizona at St. Louis

SUN, DEC 14
Pittsburgh at Atlanta
Washington at NY Giants
Miami at New England
Oakland at Kansas City
Houston at Indianapolis
Jacksonville at Baltimore
Green Bay at Buffalo
Tampa Bay at Carolina
Cincinnati at Cleveland
NY Jets at Tennessee
Denver at San Diego
Minnesota at Detroit
San Francisco at Seattle
Dallas at Philadelphia

MON, DEC 15
New Orleans at Chicago

Tiebreaker: 41
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: December 09, 2014, 11:00:02 pm
So far the Working Man's Party's presidential contest has been between two figures: activist Eldridge Cleaver of California, and Louisiana State Representative David Duke. With each of these men is a heavy millstone; the former has a history of activism with the Black Panthers and several convictions on crack cocaine

I'm not sure that's the worst of his worries, lol.

Worse than crack? Tongue

Talk about a rotten bunch for the Workingmans Party.
Cleaver '88!

Neither of you rooting for Laxalt's last-minute bid?
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act (At Final Vote) on: December 08, 2014, 04:11:09 pm
Aye
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Commission on Campus Sexual Assault Act (At Final Vote) on: December 08, 2014, 04:10:29 pm
Aye
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you buy into any conspiracy theories? on: December 08, 2014, 04:05:10 pm
New Coke was probably a scheme to boost the sales of Coke Classic/a solid cover to replace cane sugar with HFCS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Coke#Backlash

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Even Fidel Castro, a longtime Coke drinker, contributed to the backlash, calling New Coke a sign of American capitalist decadence.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel, Thread 2 on: December 06, 2014, 01:21:08 pm
Bored on da train come chat
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Walker on: December 03, 2014, 04:12:11 pm
Disgusting.

Umm...

Quote from: R2D2

Anyway, no opinion. Who the hell is this guy?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: December 02, 2014, 08:55:04 pm
Other than Bill Miller, who are some possible VP picks for Barry Goldwater in 1964? I ask because I am doing research for my TL.

dae think English Class is just a bunch of Marxist rants?
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: December 01, 2014, 08:28:22 pm
Quote
Shared Economy Liberation Act

1. All laws and local ordinances restricting AirBnB are hereby repealed.
2. All laws and local ordinances restricting Lyft, Sidecar, Uber, and other ridesharing apps are hereby repealed.
3. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Game Moderation Reform Amendment II on: December 01, 2014, 07:04:01 pm
aye
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: We need a good old-fashioned Terror in this country. on: December 01, 2014, 04:07:17 pm


creds to oakvale

Wow, guys, I did not ask to be lambasted while I was gone to the porsche club.  You think I'm hopeless.  You all, except for Kshama Sawant, are hopeless for pointing fingers and viciously assassinating my character.  You'd think I'd learn and stop saging.  Let me ask this:  When I cease saging would you please stop assassinating my character and Socialist Alternative's character?  I do not want to hear a single, solitary word more of this elistist, bourgeois, Capitalist, oppressive garbage.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: UPDATE-OPOLY on: November 28, 2014, 04:21:07 pm
I will pay another $50 to wake up, Joe. The next turn is going to be a busy one, and I will need at least two hours to shower and brush my teeth.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Francois Hollande on: November 27, 2014, 08:10:08 pm
Andrew Cuomo vs Kid Rock
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Re-Opening the Gates Act (At Final Vote) on: November 27, 2014, 01:07:30 pm
Aye
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