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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: August 29, 2014, 02:57:43 pm
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth (12th) Pacific Legislative Council and Discussion Thread on: August 29, 2014, 02:56:07 pm
simfan is the governor even allowed to introduce legislation
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Do you think Joe Biden will run? on: August 28, 2014, 03:55:58 pm
Do you think Biden will be a candidate for president in 2016?
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 02:26:02 pm
Potential mild amusement: UKIP already have a candidate selected for Clacton (some county councillor).

A feisty type

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/ukips-clacton-candidate-says-he-wont-stand-down-for-douglas

5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: eight arms to hold you on: August 28, 2014, 02:16:36 pm
At a party once I met a marine biology major and she described herself as "obsessed with cephalopods". I tried to make conversation by mentioning some fun facts about cuttlefish I learned from the internet but she clarified she was mostly into octopidiformes, not decapodiformes. She had a distinctly sexual tone in her voice when she was sharing everything she loved about octopi. My final verdict (that I didn't say to her face of course) was that she was way too into tentacle porn
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Re: What would you spend $42 000 from your piggy-bank on? on: August 28, 2014, 02:08:49 pm
Forum Community considers this aggresive thread relocation to be a declaration of war from USGD
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Inks responsible for a majority of your infraction points? on: August 28, 2014, 04:04:12 am
Inks was responsible for only 1 out of my 21 ever infraction points, which he gave to me for using a curse word in response to a news article about a dad killing his own kid.

I gave myself 10 infraction points for a post in a thread titled "What is Mitt Romney doing the morning after he lost?" where I posted the following image from the onion with the caption, "November 8, 2012: Romney Spends Day Tearfully Apologizing at Father's Grave"



people found it to be in terrible taste and someone reported it so I figured I would spare Morden the trouble and just infract myself for it


My third (and most recent) infraction was during the big hullabaloo about Simfan communicating to the forum through intermediaries while he was banned and how infraction points were gonna be handed out for doing it. While several were arguing about the necessity and propriety of this, I relayed a message from Simi:

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from IRC

21:02   Simfan   baconking can you tell inks I am not going to sue the atlas for whatever ridiculousness Snowguy716 might say

The irony was lost, but I got away with it while others' posts were being deleted for the same thing. I had to bring it up like five more times before Gustaf finally gave in and infracted me 10 points for wasting his time
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your three favorite avatars on: August 28, 2014, 03:39:10 am
Matsya, Vishnu's fish avatar



Jake Sully's Na'vi avatar




And I guess #3 is this guy

9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "Imprisoned - A Review" - A Review on: August 27, 2014, 07:01:02 pm
"Two thumbs up" - the Bacon King review of the review of the review of Imprisoned
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Iowa Republican admits being bribed to endorse Ron Paul on: August 27, 2014, 06:57:13 pm
A few things:

1. This guy Sorenson resigned from the Iowa State Senate when its ethics committee released a 560-page report on how he violated ethics laws by concealing the fact that he was paid a lot of money by Michelle Bachmann's campaign.

2. He got the Paul campaign money in two ways. There was a $25,000 check made out to his wife from the company of a Paul staffer's wife, and there were several monthly payments of $8,000 that the Paul campaign gave to a film company which then routed it through a second company that then wired it to Sorenson.

3. The plea bargain says his wife won't get charged so that's probably why he took it

4. People from Bachmann's camp called Sorenson out on taking bribe money literally the same day he switched support, and there are apparently some incriminating emails in which Sorenson was negotiating his "salary" with an intermediary for the Paul campaign
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Presidential Tournament - Fictional Presidents on: August 27, 2014, 05:58:25 pm
President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

President Harrison Ford in Air Force One
President Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact
President Chris Rock in Head of State
President Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks

President Dunkelzahn, America's first dragon president

President Jerry Brown from California Uber Alles
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 27, 2014, 05:44:14 pm
J.J. wasn't racist, HockeyDude. He was something far worse. What? I don't know. But it was definitely far worse.

the price of gold today is $1282.30 per ounce
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How can anyone say the GOP isn't favored to win the Senate? on: August 27, 2014, 03:03:06 pm
The Republicans may be favored at this point but that doesn't mean anything, especially when the Democrats are parachuting millions into the close states to be spent between now and November.

The full picture won't be available until the campaigns' finances for this quarter are released but you can get a pretty solid picture based on last quarter's figures plus the current outside spending numbers.

In Arkansas Pryor is sitting on a ton of money while SuperPACs are spending millions attacking Cotton.

In Louisiana, Landrieu has raised twice as much as Cassidy and SuperPACs have already spent 4.5 million just in attack ads.

In NC, Hagan has raised $16 million to her opponent's $4 million, and that's not even counting the $10 million that liberal groups have dumped into the race.

In CO, Udall has triple his opponent's fundraising plus Democratic SuperPAC's have spent more money attacking the Republican than he's actually managed to raise himself so far.

In IA, exact same thing as in Colorado.

In AK the fundraising is just over 2-to-1 but the spending has been 4-to-1.



All I'm saying is don't count your chickens before they hatch. The GOP certainly has the structural advantage here and a Senate majority should be a foregone conclusion but the Democratic Party is still putting up a very costly fight that the GOP doesn't even seem to be noticing.

No matter how good a candidate is, if you allow him/her to be defined by the opponent's attack ads before they even have a chance to respond, then you cede the narrative, the momentum, and ultimately the race.



14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 27, 2014, 06:35:59 am
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you use ms outlook? on: August 27, 2014, 06:34:09 am
Up until a few weeks ago I used the Outlook web app thing (not desktop program) for work, and now I use it for school again
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President DemPGH (Earthquakes, Announcements, GM Needed!) on: August 26, 2014, 06:57:21 pm
Yeah, a GM is needed pronto. Tongue

When I took office I had this strange notion, based no doubt on the level of partisanship and conflict and oneupmanship and general decline in the game, that by the end of my time in office I would be sitting in my great hall with the queen alone! It's heading that way.

17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Wolfentoad Memorial Liberal Courthouse, Pacific Justice Bacon King Presiding on: August 26, 2014, 12:16:12 pm
The federal government could request an injunction on the judicial matter pending review if this court would accept that. There's this matter and the recent matter in the Mideast where proper procedure was clearly not followed in the appointment of a Senator, but it depends upon whether the federal government's concern is valid or not, and I don't see why it wouldn't be, but it is the justice's call.

Which matter are you referring to? If it's the "Operation Save the Pacific" stuff I'm fairly certain that my acknowledgement of the council's action is an entirely moot point; I distinctly recall Oakvale ending the state of emergency under the terms of sections 5/6 of the original decision but I'm unable to locate whichever thread it was buried in.

Nevertheless I welcome any legal challenges or queries on any topic, if you affirm your desire for the commencement of a formal case and specify the subject(s) that will be under scrutiny, I'll gladly commence the proceedings posthaste
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Nobody is noticing but Democrats are absolutely flooring the GOP with SuperPACs on: August 26, 2014, 08:09:30 am
Better pass that Constitutional amendment ASAP!

I unironically agree with you, all this money in politics is pretty sickening. There's certainly a lot of hypocrisy from the left regarding campaign finance reform but I guess the go-to argument would be "sticking to principles is electoral suicide" much in the same way that a lot of politicos speak out against gerrymandering except when it's their own party doing it in a state where it's the norm
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Nobody is noticing but Democrats are absolutely flooring the GOP with SuperPACs on: August 26, 2014, 05:07:34 am
Just noticed this while I was looking something up and it was notable enough that it sidetracked me so I dug more in depth. Outside spending reports are updated on a daily basis and liberal groups are dumping tons of money into competitive Senate races, especially for use against GOP candidate.

Here's a breakdown of outside spending in some competitive Senate races.



Alaska: Begich (D) vs Sullivan (R)

Supporting Sullivan:     $883,079
Opposing Begich:      $1,215,128
$2.1 million in outside GOP spending

Supporting Begich:    $1,881,951   
Opposing Sullivan:    $4,707,621
$6.6 million in outside Democratic spending


Arkansas: Pryor (D) vs Cotton (R)

Supporting Cotton: $1,352,652
Opposing Pryor:      $2,218,282
$2.6 million in outside GOP spending

Supporting Pryor:     $230,884   
Opposing Cotton: $6,378,628
$6.6 million in outside Democratic spending


Colorado: Udall (D) vs Gardner (R)

Supporting Gardner: $1,293,459
Opposing Udall: $120,165
$1.4 million in outside GOP spending

Supporting Udall: $116,251
Opposing Gardner: $6,393,823
$6.5 million in outside Democratic spending


Iowa: Braley (D) vs Ernst (R)

Supporting Ernst: $1,688,365   
Opposing Braley: $59,328
$1.7 million in outside GOP spending

Supporting Braley: $766,151
Opposing Ernst: $3,262,594
$4.0 million in outside Democratic spending




and the same trends hold up elsewhere, like in Michigan and Louisiana. Hew Hampshire is notable because last week a single group spent a million dollars on Scott Brown attack ads. North Carolina stands out the most because over ten million dollars have already been spent attacking the GOP candidate while only a six figure sum has been spent against Hagan.

The only exception among competitve races appears to be Kentucky, where the pro-Dem Senate Majority PAC is outspending everyone else 2 to 1 at the moment but they have a long way to go before the $4 million anti-McConnell figure approaches the $7 million in anti-Grimes spending.

(Georgia would require some effort to break down the detail because SuperPACs spent millions in the GOP runoff and you'd have to go line-by-line to split that from general election spending)
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Makes "Senate Majority" Video Game on: August 26, 2014, 02:08:28 am
http://superobamaworld.com/
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you remember this commercial? on: August 26, 2014, 01:01:45 am
Hahaha yes! I guessed what it would be before watching, even. Most memorable commercial of my youth apparently
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Wolfentoad Memorial Liberal Courthouse, Pacific Justice Bacon King Presiding on: August 25, 2014, 04:32:06 pm
IN RE IN RE OPERATION SAVE THE PACIFIC (BK0008)

1. By the unanimous agreement of the Pacific Council the State of Emergency and all Emergency Powers stated in ruling BK0007 are acknowledged to have ended.
2. This ruling should not be construed to invalidate any prior actions related to Section 5 or 6 of that ruling, but merely a statement of fact that the prior ruling is no longer operative.
3. This ruling should not be construed to have any bearing on the existence or legality of any other state of emergency the Pacific may or may not be under currently and/or any that the Governor of the Pacific currently considers it to be under.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth (12th) Pacific Legislative Council and Discussion Thread on: August 25, 2014, 04:20:50 pm
tried my hand at a new thing

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New Acronym Related to Council Order (NARCO)

1. The Pacific Council shall elect a Speaker from their own membership in a thread posted by the Governor, at the start of a session as well as any other time the office of Speaker is vacant.

2. The Speaker shall administer the Pacific Council and its operations.

3. The Pacific Council may have up to five bills on the floor at a time, and they shall go to the floor in the order of their introduction to the Pacific Council thread, except that the Speaker may at any time have up to one bill on the floor placed there regardless of when it was introduced.

4. While no Speaker is in office the Governor may serve as Acting Speaker or delegate this authority to any member of the Council.

5. Bills shall be debated for at least 48 hours and any amendments to bills shall be debated for at least 24. Votes on amendments to bills shall last at least 24 hours and votes on final bills shall last at least 48, although votes shall end whenever enough votes have been cast to determine passage or failure of the bill.

6. The above time limits may be waived by the Speaker with unanimous consent; in such event, the Council may immediately proceed with other business, but members of the Council may object to the unanimous consent at any point during the time that would have been allotted for debate/vote in the preceding section, at which point all actions happening as a result of the pronouncement of unanimous consent shall be annulled.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth (12th) Pacific Council and Discussion Thread on: August 25, 2014, 03:48:15 pm
What is the current rules of order for the Pacific Council (is it still RARCO?)

Here's what I can find on the wiki:

http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Random_Acronym_Relating_to_Council_Order
http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Speaker_Election_Act
http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Revised_Discussion_Time_Act
http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Resolution_Concerning_the_Amount_of_Legislation_in_the_Council
http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/End_of_Session_Act

If these are all still the operating documents of the Senate then we need to get a Speaker elected because the Governor shouldn't be running things directly and doesn't appear to be allowed to do so.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Wolfentoad Memorial Liberal Courthouse, Pacific Justice Bacon King Presiding on: August 25, 2014, 03:10:38 pm
I am at present uncertain of the exact extent of the governor's executive power authority and Constitutionally if someone wishes to contest the legitimacy of its use here I will dutifully begin proceedings, but absent that occurring I believe this is sufficient for now

Executive Order 08-03

The Office of the Recovery is directed to suspend the Superior Court Act of 2014, as a result of the concerns raised by the Pacific Justice. I will decide, with input from various persons, whether the situation is best served by a constitutional amendment or the maintenance of the present arrangement.
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