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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast State Representation Act (At Final Vote) on: Today at 01:55:26 am
Abstain - I'm a bit late to the party but I don't think we have the authority to restrict people's ability to vote in Federal (e.g. Government of Atlasia) Elections.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Because You've Earned It Act (At Final Vote) on: Today at 01:51:47 am
Nay
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 24, 2014, 11:54:55 pm
President:

[1] Poirot/Shua
[2] Al/Hashemite

Senate:

[1] Matt from VT
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: N1: Freedom of Thought Act (At Final Vote) on: October 24, 2014, 07:00:53 pm
Aye
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Because You've Earned It Act (Debating) on: October 23, 2014, 07:22:12 pm
I'm not terribly interested in this.

However, if we're going to have a conversation about ballot placement I think this might be a good opportunity to do so.

Unless I'm mistaken, earlier this session the Governor tackled an initiative moving the deadline for declarations to the Wednesday before the Assembly election (a measure I supported and would still.) That being said, so far it hasn't ameliorated our problems with write-in candidacies.

In the event that there's no clear resolution on this bill, how does the Assembly feel about a proposal listing candidates in the order in which they declared? Perhaps that would spur more Assembly campaigning and earlier declarations.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: N1: Freedom of Thought Act (Debating) on: October 23, 2014, 07:07:38 pm
Quote
Freedom of Thought Act

1. No judge or probation officer shall mandate attendance to Alcoholics Anonymous, although they may provide it as one of several alternate courses of action.
2. No statutory penalties on drunk driving, domestic violence, or other alcohol-related offenses shall mandate attendance to Alcoholics Anonymous, although they may provide it as one of several alternate courses of action.
3. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage. Existing sentences will still be abided by.

How about this amendment?

I figured the inclusion of "mandate" would've left the option open, but I'll accept this as friendly for the sake of clarity.

Anywho, wrt to this:

Not all AA meetings are religious.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/us/alcoholics-anonymous-without-the-religion.html

I fully oppose this act.

But plenty are, and some court rulings agree.

For instance:

Quote from: PracticalRecovery
If you have been convicted of a crime, the judge when sentencing you has much freedom to order you to do various things: go to prison, pick up trash on highways, attend classes, etc. If you have been convicted of an offense related to addiction, it is common to be ordered to attend support groups, treatment, or both. It has also been common that you would be ordered, not just to a support group, but to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) specifically, or to another 12-step based group.
citation

This isn't a Northeastern state, but there's evidence that this still happens regardless.

Unlike the real world, we've spent more money on rehabilitation treatment, so it's likely that Alcoholics Anonymous isn't the only option.

Also, I'm not convinced that Alcoholics Anonymous promotes a culture that's best for overcoming destructive alcohol addiction. The cult of abstinence may be creating a "forbidden fruit" effect for some addicts. And on AA's effectiveness:

Quote from: Dr. Hurd
Yet with alcoholism, we have a situation where 75 percent of people quit on their own. In other words, 75 percent of people with the “disease” of alcoholism cure themselves. You’ll never find that sort of self-cure with real diseases.
citation

I'm not opposed to AA being an option, but it shouldn't be the only option.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 23, 2014, 06:06:15 pm
Democratic Republicanism has failed! The Mideast DR Majority is a failure! Every bill has failed! The Speaker has failed! You have failed!

sick life bro
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Snowstalker on: October 20, 2014, 07:55:24 pm
Guilty.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Based God Polling - Approval Polls (Governors) on: October 19, 2014, 10:40:09 am
Approve of Talleyrand
10  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / LeBronFitzGerald vs No Shave November on: October 17, 2014, 06:48:44 pm
http://www.no-shave.org/
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Blam This Crap Act (At Final Vote) on: October 16, 2014, 06:55:36 pm
Aye
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: October 16, 2014, 06:54:04 pm
Quote
Freedom of Thought Act

1. No judge or probation officer shall mandate attendance to Alcoholics Anonymous.
2. No statutory penalties on drunk driving, domestic violence, or other alcohol-related offenses shall mandate attendance to Alcoholics Anonymous.
3. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage. Existing sentences will still be abided by.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1:From Each According to His Ability,To Each According to His Need Act(Vote) on: October 16, 2014, 03:41:05 pm
Aye
14  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / BushOklahoma vs Inactive - Weird Al on: October 15, 2014, 03:55:15 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=canyUPQqxGQ
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Green Monster Polling - Northeast Senatorial Race on: October 15, 2014, 03:10:25 pm
MattyVRaps
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The White House's Public Office - President Cranberry - Ganonsyoni Solution! on: October 14, 2014, 10:12:53 pm
Buffalo, New York:

It is with great joy that today, I can announce to the people of the Northeast Region and Atlasia at-large that we have finally found a compromise between the Government of Atlasia and the secessionist of Ganonsyoni. This area of Upstate New York, around Buffalo, Rochester and Utica is, together with the state of Vermont, to form an autonomous state of Ganonsyoni. This state will be part of the Northeast Region and the Republic of Atlasia, but will maintain a level of autonomy determined by its citizens and the Federal and Regional Government.
The following days, a board of negotiators comprised of Mr Alfred, leader of the Ganonsyonian people; Governor Talleyrand, SGO Mr X and yours truly will issue the binding legal contracts to establish Ganonsyoni.
Now, we can really say that we have achieved with peace and talk that could not be achieved with violence and aggression. Together, we united as one peaceful people, have made our nation whole and proud again. Long live Atlasia!

You're handing entire states over to criminals and terrorists? What does the Northeast have to say about this?

I think that even the phrases "criminals" and "terrorists" give this cringeworthy and unfunny trolling movement more distinction than it should have. There's really only one logical depository for all posts regarding this sordid affair:



Also I'd argue that a better decision than negotiating with this movement to give it its own region is to give them full-on autonomy: give the Gayosoni movement its own thread or childboard and let them post at each other in full isolation. This whole "LMAO SECESSION" spree has been to my brain what diarrhea is to a bowl.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The White House's Public Office - President Cranberry on: October 14, 2014, 07:42:11 pm
Buffalo, New York:

It is with great joy that today, I can announce to the people of the Northeast Region and Atlasia at-large that we have finally found a compromise between the Government of Atlasia and the secessionist of Ganonsyoni. This area of Upstate New York, around Buffalo, Rochester and Utica is, together with the state of Vermont, to form an autonomous state of Ganonsyoni. This state will be part of the Northeast Region and the Republic of Atlasia, but will maintain a level of autonomy determined by its citizens and the Federal and Regional Government.
The following days, a board of negotiators comprised of Mr Alfred, leader of the Ganonsyonian people; Governor Talleyrand, SGO Mr X and yours truly will issue the binding legal contracts to establish Ganonsyoni.
Now, we can really say that we have achieved with peace and talk that could not be achieved with violence and aggression. Together, we united as one peaceful people, have made our nation whole and proud again. Long live Atlasia!

Huh
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Snowstalker on: October 14, 2014, 02:28:26 pm
I swear that I will well and truly try the matter in issue between the parties, and give a true verdict according to the law and evidence, so help me Dave.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: a Person for Secretary of External Affairs (Questioning) on: October 14, 2014, 12:57:58 am
Can the nominee even speak English?

Take your petty insults elsewhere, please.

I'd suggest that fluency in English should be obligatory for any SoEA applicant.

First off: anybody using the atlas forum should know how to speak proficient english. Secondly, a Person lived in the United States for a significant part of his life.

but can he into shift key
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 12, 2014, 11:35:38 pm
I just noticed that we didn't mention the Pacific Senate seat - I would recommend a write-in of Nix if he's running for a full term.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 12, 2014, 11:24:14 pm
President:

[X] Poirot/shua

Northeast Senate:

[X] Matt from VT

Mideast Senate:

[X] write-in: lol

Midwest Senate:

[X] TNF

IDS Senate:

[X] Yankee

Pacific Senate:

[X] Write-in: Averroes Nix

Northeast Gov:

[X] Sawx
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1:From Each According to His Ability,To Each According to His Need Act(Debate) on: October 12, 2014, 11:19:04 pm
This is a groundbreaking technology that has potential to improve many of our lives. However, 3D printers come in many shapes and sizes.

Some of these are more snazzy than others. For instance, here's the ORIGINATOR, which seems to make knick-knacks; gears, trophies, and candle holders. It goes for $799.

By comparison, here's the Makerbot Replicator, which costs a whopping $6,500 per piece. It's capable of printing much larger objects.

At first glance, this seems more of a hobby than anything else, which may prompt one to ask: why invest so much in a technology that just replicates trinkets? Because it's capable of doing much more than that.

3D technology has recently been making waves in the health industry. For instance, some 3D Printers are being used to make prosthetics.

Quote from: Zenon Evans
"We're focusing on amniotic band syndrome, which is a birth defect in which one or more fingers are stunted in the womb. It's a problem," he says, "in which 3D-printed designs can very cleanly be leveraged to make people's lives better."
citation

As the article points out, 3D-printed prosthetics are comparatively cheaper to their current counterparts.

3D Printers have also been making breakthroughs in other sectors of the health industry. For instance, (apologies for the dated article) developers are working on a 3D printed liver. In addition, 3D printed ears might not only help the deaf hear, but do so beyond our own capabilities:

Quote from: John Sullivan
This project, however, is the team's first effort to create a fully functional organ: one that not only replicates a human ability, but extends it using embedded electronics.
citation

I find all of this fascinating. For those that would like to weaken corporate America and redistribute the means of production, this might be the best way to do it.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1:From Each According to His Ability,To Each According to His Need Act(Debate) on: October 12, 2014, 12:10:45 pm
just need a little more time on this one
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 12, 2014, 11:54:16 am
I have ADHD as a package deal with my Tourette's (also comes with OCD), and I have only seen the aforementioned psychologist.  I did have a pediatric neurologist that I saw regularly from about age 7 through my freshman year of college, so about 12 years for all of these symptoms.  Now my PCP handles my Tourette's.

Quote from: wikipedia
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD

Huh
25  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / 20RP12 vs I Must Be Emo on: October 10, 2014, 05:09:42 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRru7xBlWmU
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