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1  General Discussion / History / Re: Britain's most racist election, 50 years on (Smethwick 1964) on: October 20, 2014, 09:24:33 pm
After Andrew Faulds knocked Griffiths out of the House (unfortunately not permanently), he devoted his maiden speech to taking some serious shots at him. That's the only positive legacy Peter Griffiths left.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which SC Justice Is the Above Poster Most Like? on: October 20, 2014, 09:20:28 pm
Harold Burton.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Flame Warrior is the preceding poster? on: October 20, 2014, 09:18:32 pm
Reminds me some of a Jekyll and Hyde and sometimes of the Big Dog.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Flame Warrior is the preceding poster? on: October 20, 2014, 02:12:06 pm
Coffee Klatch, maybe.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Tax the Bastards Act of 2014 (Debating) on: October 20, 2014, 01:56:14 pm
I want to hear more in this debate and I'm tired of tabling legislation.

Nay
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: LGBT Equality in Schooling Act (Debating) on: October 20, 2014, 01:54:59 pm
Nay
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to the Fair De-Registration Rights Act (Debating) on: October 20, 2014, 01:53:27 pm
Actions have to have consequences. I don't know if I agree with the six month limit, but I agree with Senator bore that if someone is really just making an unhappy statement, then they should have to stick by it for a certain amount of time.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: AK's Australian Election Series - 1985 Referendum on: October 19, 2014, 06:04:29 pm
Voted yes.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: October 19, 2014, 05:59:08 pm
The thing is Senator, I fully support the intent of the Bill.

We need to make sure that every student should have access to University/or equivalent based on academic merit alone.

I'd like to work with you to determine a workable path.

PM me, we can work on a bill together. I'll table this one and work on something that'll pass. If this isn't going to pass, and it isn't, I'm not wasting anymore time.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: October 19, 2014, 05:51:41 pm
The hell with it.

Table the bill.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: October 18, 2014, 07:51:16 pm
I think we've got some problems. We have a mix of public and private institutions, so what powers do we have to abolish tuition fees?

The bill specifies that it applies to public institutions, but that's still a problem. The Senate only has power over the National University System, which was only established two years ago and probably accounts for a negligible share of college students in Atlasia.

We obviously cannot tell the regions that they must abolish tuition at every institution of higher education that they run. In at least a couple of cases, there isn't even much need to for us to do more than the regions are already doing. The Pacific and the Northeast have passed generous tuition assistance policies over the past several years, IIRC.

That doesn't mean that we can't do anything, of course. (See this and this for past examples.)

As in the NE, I wrote the bill that abolished tuition fees as I said. I'd like to see such a policy applied nationally.

We simply do not have the authority to do that.

I'm not entirely sure that we should, but I'm fairly certain that, again due to the way the constitution is written, we do have that authority.

In what way do we not have the authority to abolish tuition fees to publicly funded universities?
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: October 18, 2014, 05:00:28 pm
I think we've got some problems. We have a mix of public and private institutions, so what powers do we have to abolish tuition fees?

The bill specifies that it applies to public institutions, but that's still a problem. The Senate only has power over the National University System, which was only established two years ago and probably accounts for a negligible share of college students in Atlasia.

We obviously cannot tell the regions that they must abolish tuition at every institution of higher education that they run. In at least a couple of cases, there isn't even much need to for us to do more than the regions are already doing. The Pacific and the Northeast have passed generous tuition assistance policies over the past several years, IIRC.

That doesn't mean that we can't do anything, of course. (See this and this for past examples.)

As in the NE, I wrote the bill that abolished tuition fees as I said. I'd like to see such a policy applied nationally.

I think we've got some problems. We have a mix of public and private institutions, so what powers do we have to abolish tuition fees?

Also textbooks, and room and board aren't necessarily set by anything that we can control.

The bill applies only to publicly funded and owned schools. My real desire would be simply universal access to college, but I know that would never pass. It doesn't apply to textbooks, room and board, etc.

What in this bill would compensate for the loss of revenue to the institutions? That could impact quality significantly and decrease the percentage of accepted (into the institution) students.

The institutions this bill is applied for are already public, so profit is not the primary concern. Private schools are not covered in this bill (as much as I would like it).
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Solving Long Term Unemployment Act (Debating) on: October 18, 2014, 04:53:45 pm
Cynic, I'm hesitant for a couple of reasons.

First, we already offer substantial tax incentives for hiring the long-term unemployed
(Long-term Unemployment Relief Act) and for businesses that locate in economically distressed communities (Establishment of Social and Economic Development Zones Bill).

In addition, we run several dozen job training programs that have existed since before Atlasia's establishment a decade ago. According to a 2011 GAO report, there were 44 federal job training programs in 2003.

Second, I have doubts about the effectiveness of offering a no-interest loan to someone who has been unemployed for more than six months. People don't always have a good sense of what training they need to become employable. If someone takes the loan and spends months in training but still cannot find work, they'll be worse off than they were before we intervened.

Well, it's pretty clear that more aid is necessary based on the employment numbers we've seen. This bill was designed to help with education and bring about new training for the long term unemployed in particular. The hope is, that this bill, will be able to kickstart both training and re-educating workers who have been struggling to find employment. With the current programs, my hope is that this bill can help fix some of the problems not covered in the other legislation.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The GM Independence Amendment (Debating) on: October 18, 2014, 04:47:50 pm
Aye
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Solving Long Term Unemployment Act (Debating) on: October 17, 2014, 01:38:37 pm
Nay

Propose an amendment, Nix. I'm open to hearing them.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: October 17, 2014, 01:34:19 pm
Why should this only apply to fees? We need to do something about the insane cost of textbooks and room and board too.

This bill only applies to tuition because I simply feel it would be more likely to pass than eliminating costs of textbooks and room and board will. As far as living on campus, that's a student choice. I didn't live on campus when I went to college and as far as I know, most universities don't require them to do so. My interest is presenting a passable bill and I didn't believe I could get one by adding additional costs to an already, admittedly, expensive bill.

I wrote a similar bill when I was a member of the NE Assembly. I promised during the campaign that I would introduce a bill that would abolish tuition fees nationally.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which SC Justice Is the Above Poster Most Like? on: October 16, 2014, 09:25:19 pm
Marshall, maybe?
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Ending Financial Havens for Islamic State (Debating) on: October 16, 2014, 09:21:24 pm
Aye
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Duke for Vice-President (Voting) on: October 16, 2014, 06:53:13 pm
Aye
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Benn on: October 16, 2014, 03:02:44 pm
I like him quite a bit, but there were certainly things he did that I'd disagree with, but overall, I feel more positively than negatively about him.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasia-Ireland Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on: October 16, 2014, 02:00:05 pm
I'm certainly sympathetic to the cause of Irish reunification. I think the people of Northern Ireland should get a referendum on it, much the same as the Scots did.

To my friend, Mechaman, I really should point out though, and it would be dishonest for me not to, that escaping poverty wasn't the reason my family emigrated from England. On the whole, both my great-grandparents were moderately prosperous. My great-grandfather was one of only I think at the time, two plumbers in the city of Plymouth and my great-grandmother made a nice income as a seamstress. They didn't travel steerage class and had no trouble financially (though he did leave Pittsburgh for Donora because his Irish neighbors harassed him over the issue)... The reason for leaving had to do with a political argument that pitted the five of them three against two. (My great-grandfather Percy and brothers Rod and Owen were Liberal voters and the other two, Alfred and Fred were Tories) The big split came over the 1904 Devonport by-election and snowballed from there until 1907 when my great-grandfather came here.



Thanks for destroying my narrative! LMFAO

Haha... I still appreciate the sentiment though and I am in sympathy with the cause of Irish reunification Smiley
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Solving Long Term Unemployment Act (Debating) on: October 16, 2014, 01:55:57 pm
Could Senator TNF please provide a definition of 'cooperative enterprises'?

As defined in the Cooperative Development Act of 2014:

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(a) be voluntary and have open membership; (b) be democratically controlled by the members of said cooperative; (c) allow for economic participation by the membership; (d) be independent and autonomous enterprises; and (e) provide education, training, and/or information as service to members of said cooperative.

I'm not going to let this bill only apply to cooperatives, because there simply aren't enough of them for this bill to put a dent in the problem. If you want to add them in tandem, that's fine. If not, then for this reason, then the amendment is unfriendly.

...That's the point. Limiting aid to cooperatives would encourage the formation of more of them.

I'm fine with adding cooperatives to the bill, but I'm not limiting the bill to only them. Unfriendly, as I said, which is a shame.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Keep Them Fearful Act of 2014 (Debating) on: October 16, 2014, 01:54:30 pm
I'm disturbed that so many members of the Senate would vote to table a bill that would create millions of jobs. Don't you care about the unemployed even an ounce? The reactions here are par for the course, though, given the alignment of the Fedoralist Party and the so-called "People's Party" with the parasites with whom this bill takes issue.

I care quite a lot. Why not build houses? Fix roads? Hell, put money into building hovercraft for everyone! There are other ways and almost all of them are better than this.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasia-Ireland Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on: October 16, 2014, 01:35:44 am
I'm certainly sympathetic to the cause of Irish reunification. I think the people of Northern Ireland should get a referendum on it, much the same as the Scots did.

To my friend, Mechaman, I really should point out though, and it would be dishonest for me not to, that escaping poverty wasn't the reason my family emigrated from England. On the whole, both my great-grandparents were moderately prosperous. My great-grandfather was one of only I think at the time, two plumbers in the city of Plymouth and my great-grandmother made a nice income as a seamstress. They didn't travel steerage class and had no trouble financially (though he did leave Pittsburgh for Donora because his Irish neighbors harassed him over the issue)... The reason for leaving had to do with a political argument that pitted the five of them three against two. (My great-grandfather Percy and brothers Rod and Owen were Liberal voters and the other two, Alfred and Fred were Tories) The big split came over the 1904 Devonport by-election and snowballed from there until 1907 when my great-grandfather came here.

25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Green Monster Polling - Northeast Senatorial Race on: October 16, 2014, 01:15:16 am
Bore's my buddy.
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