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1  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Some caucus maps don't show county results. on: February 23, 2015, 07:55:06 am
I'm seeing them just fine Huh
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 22, 2015, 11:47:36 am
When I was hanging out with BRTD yesterday we talked about BushOklahoma. This gave me a terrifying realization that just as BRTD was a real person standing in front of me, Bushie was also a real person out there somewhere. This is terrifying.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Thanks to Andrew Cuomo, at least 15 towns want to secede from NY and join PA on: February 22, 2015, 11:42:54 am
If they want to pollute lands, they are free to sell their houses and move to PA.

Who would be buying real estate in the Southern Tier?
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: February 22, 2015, 11:35:52 am

I quickly worked out that Ed Miliband was not a campaigning asset. Barnstorming the constituencies with Ed was ineffective to the point of being a waste of time and he was positively toxic North of the border. I quickly kept him confined confined to a few well received set piece policy speeches and rallies in the North of England and Midlands and invested some time setting up Harriet Harman to tour the marginals.

Despite my investing heavily in his debating skills, Ed also lost out badly in all three debates, trailing Cameron in the final head-to-head and being pushed to the margins by a triumphant Farage in the first one. (Farage’s star rather faded in the second debate when all other party leaders ganged up on him).

best political simulator
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BK and BRTD adventure time on: February 21, 2015, 07:04:11 pm
BK what the hell happened to your mouth?

When my lips are chapped I reflexively bite them

not really sure why BRTD is wearing a chicago flag hoodie, but great pick nonetheless

BRTD wants to make adamantly clear that it is a band shirt and the band is from Chicago and he is wearing a Minneapolis shirt underneath
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / BK and BRTD adventure time on: February 21, 2015, 01:08:18 pm

Very cold but still alive
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Lib Dems (UK): What is their constituency? on: February 20, 2015, 03:01:00 pm
And, except in instances of surviving local personality cults

At this point, I feel like a local personality cult is almost the only thing that'll allow incumbent LD MPs to survive reelection
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: who was [OFFICEHOLDER] when [PERSONAL MILESTONE] on: February 19, 2015, 06:50:19 am
C'mon Angus I didn't even give you deathpoints
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek election - January 25th 2015 on: February 19, 2015, 05:31:56 am
I'd like to hear the resident experts on Greece thoughts about the Prokopis Pavlopoulos nomination for president. A former Karamanlis minister and 20-year MP seems a bit tainted, if only by association, with the politics Syriza is supposed to be leaving behind.

I assume that with Syriza, ANEL and ND behind him, Pavlopoulos is as good as elected, but feel free to correct me.

Pavlopolous has been elected now with 233 votes Smiley

Several reasons Tsipras picked him:

1. At this point there's still an 180 vote threshold required for electing the President, so an opposition party supporting the government's presidential candidate was necessary to let Parliament start doing real stuff instead of spending a week holding more presidential votes

2. This olive branch to ND plays into Tsipras' desire to frame the narrative that SYRIZA is sort of a "Greek national unity government" in opposition to the troika and etc.

3.  Pavlopolous was apparently a bit of a maverick within the ND, speaking out against the memorandum

4. The Presidency is ceremonial and the office's actual powers are obligatory actions the Constitution requires the President to take no matter what

The real big thing to notice was that Tsipras had to delay the vote for a full week to get his own party in line behind the candidate. Electing a conservative was hard for SYRIZA's left to swallow.

 There's also the fact that back when the Golden Dawn MP punched a KKE politician on a talk show, Pavlopolous was literally sitting between them but didn't do anything to stop the punch and just watched it happen
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: who was [OFFICEHOLDER] when [PERSONAL MILESTONE] on: February 18, 2015, 09:00:14 pm
thank you based bacon king (or badger or afleitch who knows)

Twas i
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: February 18, 2015, 01:53:16 pm
Posts like these are why I keep coming to the Atlas:

Okay, I'm going to address Vosem's interpretation of the Mines of Moria scene, because this is going to bother me if I don't.

What Gandalf is saying in that scene is not limited to a commentary on the relationship between Frodo specifically and Gollum specifically. 'Even the wise cannot see all ends' is a remarkable statement coming from Gandalf, who, we read in the Silmarillion, is the wisest of the Maiar, a class of beings that also includes such luminaries as Melian and Uinen. The point is that the sort of knowledge that would be necessary to say whether somebody 'deserves' to live or die is practically impossible to obtain!

I would never claim that the Tolkien canon is a pacifist set of texts, or even a death penalty abolitionist one. (It also has...uncomfortable racial and sexual politics.) But what it does say is that killing is to be understood as something that one sometimes does to make a problem go away NOW, not because one has come to some sort of certain, enforceable conclusion about what the person one is killing 'deserves'. (Again, in the Silmarillion we see that if somebody were to have just up and killed Maedhros and Maglor after the first couple rounds of Kinslaying, which they would have richly 'deserved' by most metrics, things would actually not have gone so well towards the end of the story! Elwing would have had no reason to throw herself into the sea, et cetera.)

tl;dr what Gandalf is saying is basically, as Tony Abbott might put it, that nobody, not even Gandalf himself, is the suppository of all wisdom, and that only somebody who was would be qualified to say whether or not killing somebody would be altogether 'just'. In Tolkien's worldview, this is nobody but God. In the worldviews of most forumites, it'd be either nobody but God or nobody at all.

From "Capital punishment in Pennsylvania" to "Lord of the Rings Literary Analysis" in two pages is also a very impressive derail
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Final Vote) on: February 18, 2015, 12:46:49 pm
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Two-thirds resolution (Voting on Amendment) on: February 16, 2015, 12:05:39 pm
Sitting senators = senators currently holding office (I.E. vacancies are accounted for).

The phrase "sitting senators" explicitly clarifies two things:
1. vacant seats aren't counted when determining the number of votes required
2. Incumbent senators that don't vote are still counted when determining the number of votes required

"divided by three, times two, rounded up" is the functionally identical to "at least two-thirds"
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Two-thirds resolution (Voting on Amendment) on: February 16, 2015, 09:48:16 am

"two thirds" is sufficient without specifying seat number IMO- 2/3 of a full Senate is already 7 because you can't have fractional Senators Tongue
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Indianapolis or New Orleans? on: February 15, 2015, 03:37:12 pm
Having lived in New Orleans for three years, I think most of you guys are vastly overstating the city's problem with crime. Memphis might have a different experience but I drunkenly walked home through quite a few "bad" neighborhoods and was never robbed or harmed in any way.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Scott on: February 15, 2015, 03:25:48 pm
You people realize that just because the galleries are gone does not mean the posts themselves are gone, right?

but effort Sad

srsly though I'm sure there are caches of both threads somewhere on the internet

Scott is a wonderful person who is being unnecessarily targeted because posters here like to make mountains out of molehills. Everything will be okay, friends. Just calm down.

Sure it wasn't nice to delete two major community threads but don't be dicks, guys. Personal attacks against Scott will be infracted etc just like they would be for anyone else
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Scott on: February 15, 2015, 03:19:39 pm
Wait what have I missed?
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: This is why I'm about to quit Atlasia on: February 12, 2015, 04:36:28 am
While I strongly agree the rush toward impeaching or otherwise attacking Atlasians for hiccups in activity needs to stop, it really isn't fair to post one message in an argument to make the other person look bad. I mean if people insist on posting private messages, then please post the entire conversation.

There was no conversation- this PM was entirely unsolicited. He's quoting a portion of a public post I made. If you'd like I could provide context by posting some of the numerous other creepy/offensive unsolicited PM's Windjammer has bombarded me with over the previous four months.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ingress General Discussion: we're all BRTD now on: February 11, 2015, 02:49:46 am
he had a band shirt on but i forgot the band

I have officialy joined Ingress!


BK have you registered for the anomaly yet?

oh no i forgot do you have the link?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Vote for the title of Update XXI! on: February 11, 2015, 02:49:05 am
Death Of A Salesman
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: This is why I'm about to quit Atlasia on: February 11, 2015, 02:16:39 am
On the advice of Adam Griffin I'm going to sleep on it before rashly deregistering
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / This is why I'm about to quit Atlasia on: February 11, 2015, 02:13:51 am
This post has been edited to remove Windjammer's creepy PM, since posting PMs is indeed against the rules. This is a bit tentative since Windjammer has elected himself to post a bunch of PMs from the same conversation.

Note that I decided to not remove the thread since it seems to have discussion that may be important in some sense.

Also, chillax people.

All of the above is a message from your unfriendly neighborhood moderator.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Article of Impeachment Against Secretary of State POTUS2036 on: February 11, 2015, 02:01:43 am
I will be voting in favor of impeachment.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Star Wars character would the above poster be? on: February 10, 2015, 03:14:43 pm
Elan Sleazebaggano
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ingress General Discussion: we're all BRTD now on: February 10, 2015, 03:03:29 pm
Update: level 7

Also on Sunday I met someone through Ingress when hw met me in the park to give me a bunch of items. He was literally exactly how I imagine brtd is in person
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