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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Pataki to launch presidential candidacy on Thursday on: May 28, 2015, 06:19:26 pm
Pro-abortion RINO. Not interested. A total sideshow.

We need more Republicans like you-you're the reason you've only won the popular vote once since 1992

No, we need more Democrats! It's why you only won a majority of the popular vote with a candidate not named Obama just once since 1964!
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 28, 2015, 05:34:35 pm
So, like, how do those vote totals occur in electoral-type events?  I've often wondered.  Are voters so intimidated that they just don't show up?  Or do they show up and are given completed ballots?  Or do the poll workers just blatantly not count the votes actually cast and write in whichever numbers they feel, or are told to write in?

Nope, party extension workers were going door to door in Addis Sunday afternoon, checking up on people who hadn't shown up at the polls telling them to vote.

Interesting.  But what prevents them from checking someone else's name on the ballot from the one that party extension workers want them to?

Nothing in particular, but this isn't an "established" practice so I doubt people made arrangements in expectation for it.

Also, "party extension workers" don't actually exist- but rather they are agricultural extension workers who also peddle partisan propaganda. I suppose it was plain old apparatchiks at work in town.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: America now FIFA's savior on: May 28, 2015, 05:00:22 pm
Former President of CBF (Brazilian Confederation of Football), José Maria Marin, served as governor of São Paulo between 1982-83. He was lieutenant to Paulo Maluf (PP-SP), who is also wanted by American justice.

Of course he would have been deputy to Maluf...

I'd be surprised if Russia gets its hosting revoked, but Qatar, considering the slave labor conditions in building the infrastructure, and the fact there are reports that over a thousand migrant workers have died already, seems likely. And that would give seven years.

This raises in interesting point:

If Blatter is re-elected as FIFA president and Michel Platini gets enough support for his proposed withdrawal of UEFA (of which Russia is a member) from FIFA, can the world cup still take place in Russia and can Russia still participate in the world cup? Tongue

Of course, the easiest solution for Russia would simply to switch membership from UEFA to the pro-Blatter Asian Football Confederation I guess.

You mean the Arab Football Federation?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mass arrests at FIFA on: May 28, 2015, 04:59:03 pm
Wanda? The Chinese real estate company?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 28, 2015, 03:37:29 pm
So, like, how do those vote totals occur in electoral-type events?  I've often wondered.  Are voters so intimidated that they just don't show up?  Or do they show up and are given completed ballots?  Or do the poll workers just blatantly not count the votes actually cast and write in whichever numbers they feel, or are told to write in?

Nope, party extension workers were going door to door in Addis Sunday afternoon, checking up on people who hadn't shown up at the polls telling them to vote.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: My Predictions for Jeb Bush's Cabinet on: May 28, 2015, 03:34:47 pm
Secretary of State Charles Krauthammer? Charles Krauthammer?!
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mass arrests at FIFA on: May 28, 2015, 03:32:37 pm
Reportedly, Jack Warner has already flipped (after only one night in jail!) and is now revealing everything he knows about Blatter to the FBI

Source please! (I like how the lack of periods adds an air of immediacy)
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Public Office of the Bore/Nix Administration (On President Hollande) on: May 28, 2015, 06:37:55 am
They don't cancel elections in Singapore. Indeed they are an important part of the PAP's mandate to rule.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker: Mandatory Ultrasounds are "Just a Cool Thing" for Women on: May 28, 2015, 12:32:53 am
Let's be honest...this is about women who want an abortion not liking the guilt trip.  They're about to have a fetus scrambled and vacuumed out of their uterus ffs.

That Scott Walker jokes about it should be unsurprising.  There is nothing pretty about any of it.  Walker least of all.

But you have to look at it from the anti-abortion perspective.  If you believe it is murder of the innocent, then a ten inch probe that takes a picture of the fetus is a low price to pay.

The anti-abortionists only think of the fetus.  The pro-abortionists only think of the woman.

Personally, I am pro-choice.  I hope you choose not to have an abortion simply because of the harm it can do to the woman, let alone the fetus.  Adoption is far better imo as the child of an adopted mother and who knows someone very close that gave up a baby for adoption.  Birth control, condoms, other contraceptives...

Moving to sanity you are! Cheesy
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: LA labor leaders push hard for $15 mim wage, but hold on a second... on: May 27, 2015, 10:59:44 pm
Yglesias with the explainer:

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The dissonance in the American case is that while we have long had labor unions, they are very much a niche force in the private sector economy. They're not nearly strong enough to replace labor market regulation, which is precisely why unions are often political advocates for regulation to complement their bargaining work. Then when they turn around and suggest Nordic-style flexibility inside the context of a collective bargain, it looks like pure opportunism. And, obviously, like everything in politics, there is some opportunism present. But the basic notion is that a work agreement reached through a collective bargaining process should be judged presumptively fair and non-exploitative in a way that isn't true for individual bargaining alone. That's obviously not an idea everyone accepts. But it's very close to the core of what labor unions are all about, so you can see why they would embrace its application in this instance.

"Explainer".
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion: Cameron 2.0 on: May 27, 2015, 10:24:29 pm


hahaha Cheesy

Photoshop?
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 27, 2015, 09:41:59 pm
Lots of people not voting for themselves!

13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 27, 2015, 09:36:35 pm
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 27, 2015, 08:33:03 pm
Right now, 442 seats out of 547 are known, and the government has won 442.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mass arrests at FIFA on: May 27, 2015, 04:57:59 pm
Just goes to show that it's useful to have a country that likes football but doesn't worship it.

We like soccer?
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Reintroducing the Cabinet Reform Amendment on: May 27, 2015, 04:55:59 pm
Nay
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 on: May 26, 2015, 09:19:37 pm
I hereby sign the Pacific Organ Donation Act 2015 into law.

I will continue deliberating on the Reinstatement of the Pacific Protection of Commerce in Arms Act.

x Simfan
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's going on? on: May 26, 2015, 09:15:42 pm
But will you become mayor of Hudson?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Rank posters from most hawkish to least hawkish on: May 25, 2015, 03:34:36 pm
Murica! (during an anarchist revolution)
TNF(Socialist State)
SunriseAroundTheWorld
MungBeans
Computer89
RINO Tom
IceSpear
Dr Cynic
shua
MadmanMotley
Simfan
Smilo
New Canadaland
TNF(normal)
Maxwell
ElectionsGuy
LDSmith
Zen Lunatic
tara gilesbie
Spiral
Murica!(normal)
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA3: Fighting Unemployment (Pacific) Act of 2015 on: May 24, 2015, 01:33:06 pm
Seeing how, despite our efforts, unemployment remains stubbornly high, we are forced to resort to unorthodox measures.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: Reintroducing the Cabinet Reform Amendment on: May 23, 2015, 07:17:22 pm

This voting booth is on a constitutional referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia.

Please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the amendment in question. Editing your ballot more than 20 minutes after casting it will invalidate your vote. Voting begins immediately and ends in exactly 7 days.

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Reintroducing the Cabinet Reform Amendment

1. Following the passage of this amendment, the current existing Cabinet shall retain its current form until the start of the next presidential term.

Article II of the Constitution is hereby amended to read:

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Section 1: The Presidency
5.The President shall appoint the Secretaries of the executive departments who shall constitute the Cabinet, with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall all be registered voters. The President shall have power to dismiss any member of his Cabinet.

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Section 4: The Cabinet:

1. The cabinet shall be divided into different executive departments, created and regulated by executive order, with the exception of the Department of Federal Elections, Census Bureau and the Department of Justice.
2. The individual departments shall be led by Cabinet Secretaries, who shall be appointed by the President through executive order and confirmed by the Senate through a majority vote.
3. All of the Secretaries of the Cabinet may appoint Deputies, who all shall be registered voters, to handle specific government departments, agencies or responsibilities.

Section 5: Game Engine:

1. The Game Engine shall be represented in the person of a Game Moderator who shall be entrusted with establishing and informing about the real world events and situations of the Republic of Atlasia and the World.
2. The Game Moderator shall be a registered voter, and he shall be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Game Moderator may at any time be removed by the Senate by a three fifths vote, without presidential approval.
3. The Game Moderator may appoint deputies to assist him on his duties, who shall all be registered voters and confirmed by the Senate through a majority vote.
4. The office of the Game Moderator shall not be considered subordinated to the Presidency or the Cabinet.

Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read:

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1. No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at any level of the government. An exception shall be made for the Secretaries of the President's cabinet, excluding the Game Moderator, who may serve in multiple cabinet posts, but not in addition to any other office. The Vice President may also be allowed to serve in a single cabinet post. Any person nominated to multiple offices, and any person already holding office nominated to another office as allowed above, shall still require Senate approval for each individual cabinet post. In the event that a Vice President who holds a cabinet post becomes Acting President, the Vice President shall designate an Acting Secretary to exercise the powers of that cabinet post while he or she serves as Acting President. The Senate shall, by appropriate legislation, have the power to place further limitations on the holding of multiple offices within the President's cabinet.

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read:

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1. The candidacy declaration deadline for regular and special federal elections shall be determined by the Senate via appropriate legislation.
2. The procedure for absentee voting shall be determined by the Senate via appropriate legislation or by the Secretary of Federal Elections in the absence of such legislation.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 07:12:10 pm
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Securing Teacher Excellence Act of 2015

1. Teachers shall hitherto be required to undergo processes of self-review monthly and write confidential reports on the performance of their colleagues. Problematic teachers will be required to undergo improvement training, if they fail to improve substantially the district may terminate their employment.

2. Any new teacher must score above the 50th percentile in their GPA from the institution they received their last degree.

3. A $200 million fund will be established to endow continuous-training and skill updating programs for teachers. Amharic shall be made an official language of the region. All districts shall be required to establish or provide for these training programs, whether they establish their own or work at an inter-district or county-wide level.

4. Districts will be encouraged to hire professionals to teach in their professions in schools.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 07:10:37 pm
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Year Round School Act of 2015

1. The Pacific Region shall require all primary and secondary schools to adopt a schedule of at least 190 school days.

2. This schedule shall require a continuous cycle of 605 blocks of school days and 205 breaks, for a year-round schedule.

3. All districts and primary and secondaries schools shall adopt this schedule by the beginning of the 2016 academic year.[/b]
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 07:08:29 pm
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Sidewalk Proliferation and Pedestrian Encouragement Act of 2015

1. All new residential and commercial developments in the Pacific Region will be required to have sidewalks.

2. The addition of sidewalks to roads in the Region will be encouraged and supported by a 50% subsidy for sidewalks for both new and existing roads.

3. The construction of bicycle lanes will be encouraged by the region and supported in a way deemed appropriate by the Budget Commission.

4. The costs for the construction and maintenance of sidewalks in private developments will be considered tax-exempt.

5. The Region will launch and maintain an advertising campaign promoting the benefits of walking for at least six months.

6. The Region will investigate and consider ways to facilitate more pedestrian-friendly forms of development.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 - On the ongoing crisis on: May 23, 2015, 07:06:50 pm
Good evening! Extending the LOA for another week.

Nope! LOA over.
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