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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which Republican candidate would do best in Pennsylvania? on: November 17, 2014, 08:30:00 pm
Paul would do the best here in Pittsburgh because of his father's ties to the region. Yinzers will push any local connection, no matter how tenuous when it comes to stuff like that. Mitch Daniels would do well here too because he was born right here in tiny Monongahela, PA.

Christie would do better in Philly, but there's no way he'd get over here. The accent is wrong as it sounds much too close to Philadelphia and he comes off something like a Tony Soprano. Anathema to Pittsburgh's old school.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 17, 2014, 06:43:22 pm
To what extent will your news events diverge from reality?

On occasion, it will be necessary to do so given Atlasia's political situation that stories will diverge from the realities faced by the U.S. However, all of my news stories will be written to be realistic. No aliens, no mass suicide bombings across the country, etc.

I will deal with fallout from the Civil Conflict but as to the rest, my blueprint for how to operate this job is to provide realistic issues that would potentially be faced by the nation. In order for this job to gain back ANY credibility at all, it has to be done. The storylines have to return to earth and be as realistic as possible if the job is going to gain back any sort of credible standing.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BK4Senate Campaign Thread [VICTORY] on: November 17, 2014, 02:27:25 pm
It's good to see BK in the Senate!.....Again....
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 16, 2014, 10:10:48 pm
I will not vote against, but I will abstain. Again, it's not that I have anything wrong with you personally, Cynic. It's just that I've no confidence in the position itself, and don't feel comfortable confirming anyone to a spot with so much power and yet so little impact on the course of events in the game itself.

Well, I respect that.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you be interested in getting into medicine? on: November 15, 2014, 02:56:28 pm
It never interested me, really. The only skill I particularly possess well is the ability to "play pretend". It's why I went into acting.
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Where should I move? on: November 15, 2014, 02:52:56 pm
I'm deathly afraid of tornadoes

And that's how you decided to boot out Virginia :p?

Tornadoes don't really climb mountains, which is where I was gonna suggest next. It's the Appalachia area  that gets all the snow, where the government is at a comical low, and there's plenty of history to be had as well.

Taxes in the state are "reasonable" too.

Worth another look.

My aunt and uncle lived in Stafford, VA for almost 40 years... Never mentioned Tornadoes...

But if you like the cold, rolling landscape, plenty of jobs and low taxes, I would suggest Pittsburgh. However, being as you're a Republican, I don't want you to move here, so please don't consider us. Tongue
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Abbott? on: November 15, 2014, 02:48:46 pm
My fiancee lived just a few streets away from him when we first met (She lives in Brisbane now). In fact, her mother was involved in a bike group with Abbott's wife and absolutely could not stand her.

Laura once described Abbott as "psychotic". Now, she's not someone who is even interested in politics at all on any level, but based on everything I've heard, I'll take her word for it. HP.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Worst English monarch? on: November 15, 2014, 02:40:22 pm
Charles I certainly was an incompetent boob as well.
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Where should I move? on: November 15, 2014, 02:36:03 pm
I hear Alert, Nunavut is lovely this time of year.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Songs that just click on: November 15, 2014, 02:33:38 pm
I actually prefer this version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1v_EcjeIkg

You just destroyed my whole childhood. Angry

Meh, D+.

Honestly, it didn't keep in time with the music or the lyrics. Not really at any point at all. If you're going to parody a song you should at least do one or the other.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Papal Patch (some clarification if you even bother) on: November 14, 2014, 06:40:19 pm
Just so you guys know, if I'm confirmed as GM, I'm going to bring you into the stories.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 14, 2014, 04:32:40 pm
I think another problem is that we diverged from the "real life" timeline a helluva long time ago. Atlasia is simply not in a world where "real world" events are even remotely close to happening.

This is true, but realistic storylines are still within the realm of possibility for the country, even though Atlasia diverged a long time ago.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Co-determination Act of 2014 (Debating) on: November 14, 2014, 03:46:12 pm
I think this could be good legislation on the whole to experiment with. I believe there are several companies in Europe, particularly Germany, that operate in a manner similar to this. The size of the pilot program is probably a bit too large, but I think this is something that should be experimented. I don't see that it particularly expands union power, considering unions in Atlasia enjoy a good deal of influence already (some of which has been scaled back), this seems something worth trying.

Just my two cents on the matter.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Potus 2036 for SoEA/SecState on: November 14, 2014, 03:40:39 pm
I feel it would be wrong for me, given my position to state that I would vote against you, but the concerns I have over your conduct in the  regard raised by my colleagues just strikes me as bad form and I think you should probably express some contrition over it.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 14, 2014, 03:25:44 pm

AT-LARGE SENATE (to fill one vacancy)

[1] Bacon King of Oceania
The People's Party

[3] Cris of Kansas
Federalist Party

[4] Poirot of New York

[2] SomebodyWhoExists of Quebec
Labor Party

[5] rpryor03 of New Jersey
National Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 14, 2014, 03:21:38 pm
I'd like to add, only two people have requested any sort of cost analysis since I've been GM (Dallasfan and Maxwell). My door has always been open.

I was going to be a more activist GM, but then the Thursday Night Massacre happened. Since then I've taken a more lax approach, but still no one has approached me about anything (other than one private convo w/ Dr. Cynic). I took the lax approach due to complaints that I was being too much of a player in the game.

It's a hard balance, especially when you have some people complaining no matter what you do. I personally vehemently disagree with Averroes and the idea that we don't need a GM. The sad part of Averroes' standpoint is that a lot of his perspectives are founded (people simply don't care about the GM, and we can't make them care --but we can restructure the position).

I think Dr. Cynic will face the same circumstances. I think Dr Cynic has the right mindset, and if I were a Senator I'd vote in favor of him, but some of the arbitrary things (like the dice rolling) is really BS in the end.

Well, the reason I plan on using dice if it ever comes to it in order to simulate a conflict that goes on domestically is to be fair to posters on both sides. Foreign conflicts, if we ever came to it, wouldn't be necessary to do that. I know it seems rather silly, but Lumine used a very similar method in the game he was admin for when it came to conflicts between the players and it worked very well and was fair to everyone. At the end of the day, the GM really is accountable to the player base as a whole and I plan on being fair to everyone regardless of past political disagreements.

As far as cost analysis and budgeting, I felt it best to be upfront that it's not something I know a whole lot about. If the job is going to work, we can't have people driven out of the job because of the difficulty of budgeting and costing. So, rather than let myself get sucked into the trap that several previous GM's have been knocked out by, I'm right up front letting you guys know that it's not happening. Instead, I'm going to stick with what I know I can do and work to make the office viable that way.

I'll be open to constructive criticism from everyone, but I am also saying that once I make a final decision, that's what it's going to be. If the GM is the god figure or say a Pope-like figure for the game, the final decisions made by the GM should be infallible.

I will at least go forward with my plan (Nat'l stories every few days and Regional stories every week) of action and just hope that forcing my forward will help people to see that it can be a viable position and offer a blueprint for people who take the job in the future. That's the best I can do.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 14, 2014, 02:08:24 pm
Senator, there was recently a discussion on the GM position and I believe you stated a vision for how you want the GM to operate going forward. Would you restate that in summary, and explain your expectations on how that new arrangement will be an improvement over the current state of affairs.

I outlined how I wish to operate in the position in a separate thread. However, I don't have a problem restating how I'd like to do things. First off, I'm not a budget expert nor am I particularly good at math so if you're going to want to write a bill and you want the cost, you'd honestly be better off just working it out for yourself than asking me to give you a cost analysis. I would analyze and let you know how a bill would be received by the general public, but it's not in my range to do the kind of heavy math needed for cost analysis. I feel the GM should basically represent the views of the Atlasian public (that is, since we're all "the elite", or politicians, or however you wish to say it), I feel this is something that's long been ignored. It could also be used to ramp up competition if it's done right.

I plan on being news heavy as GM. I want to do a national news story (foreign and domestic) every 2-3 days and a regional story about once a week. Though that schedule could change as my workload changes, I want to try and get a lot of news out for people.

I feel the GM job is essentially like an admin to the game to keep everything from going completely off the rails. I won't set out to sabotage people. I won't try and do these insane stories we've seen in the past (Though I'm going to cover the finish of the fallout of the Civil Conflict). In general, I'm going to let everyone operate without too much interference and simply go about news and analysis. However, if we ever come into another conflict (Like the one we just got over) or a foreign war, I'm going to simulate results as fairly as I can by using 5 dice. The closer the full number is to 30 (which would be the top number you could get when added together), the more positive the result for the government and hopefully you guys will react accordingly to that.

In general I'll let you guys be, but if I hear someone come out and basically say about any of my analysis or news, "Cynic's full of sh**t!" or whatever, I'm going to hit back in the news and I'll set out to make you miserable for trying to make me miserable and don't think I wouldn't, guys. I think that's fair.

I count you as a friend but must sincerely ask why it is you think we should confirm you for this position, given the pretty solid consensus among the general public and in the Senate that this position you have been nominated to should be gotten rid of.

The reason the position doesn't seem to have much support and why people can never last is because of how it was structured. Budgeting and costs are difficult for anyone to do and most people said the hell with it. I'm flat out saying that you would be better off asking Barack Obama to give us a budget than you would be asking me. I'll give you polling, I'll give you news, I'll sim public opinion and foreign and domestic disputes, hell, I'll help resolve disputes among individuals if you want, but I cannot do the budgeting, especially not by myself. To me, since so few people have an interest or an inclination to do that sort of thing, it's my view that for the viability of the office, it simply should be dropped. Why am I asking you to confirm me to the job? Because I think the game needs an admin style figure to keep things realistic such as how the general public reacts to policy and to handle disputes like the Civil Conflict, which, let's face it, was just a bunch of us posting at each other back and forth saying whatever we pleased. The GM should prevent that kind of thing from happening with a "Alright, so you want to move your troops to NYC, here's how it goes down..." I explained above how I plan to do that.

That's my vision for the job. If you don't like the fact that I won't be doing budgeting or cost analysis, I'm sorry, but it's not in my skill set and I'm not going to take up something I know for a fact that I can't do and drive myself out of the job. This is my plan for viability of the office and I don't plan on changing it because I know what I can do and what I can't do.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Vice President on: November 13, 2014, 06:04:15 pm
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: November 13, 2014, 05:57:39 pm
In anticipation of assuming office as GM...

Dr. Cynic
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Senate Fair Participation Act (Debating) on: November 12, 2014, 03:14:53 pm
No need. I withdraw the bill.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: November 12, 2014, 03:13:34 pm
So then we just raise taxes on the rich. What's the problem?

You proposed that already, and we can't even get 10% of the sum needed from that.

Anyway, I guess I'll revoke my earlier position, and join the Senators Polnut and Yankee in their sensible opinion of finding a way to get the remaining money in somehow, and not run a deficit of it. As much as I believe free or near free universal education is imperative, we should try to keep our budget as balanced as possible, too.
So, we are probably at the point to find some other methods of funding this. I don't like it, but maybe we should raise the fees we would levy in my latest proposal by a bit? Maybe we also have a budget point from which we could transfer something to this point? I will try to come up wing a few more solutions tomorrow.

As a matter of fact, since Senator Dr Cynic is sponsor of the bill, I dare ask if I may assume co-sponsorship for this bill, for the case the Senator is sworn in as GM before we pass this act?

Senator TNF to took sponsorship, so the bill is in no danger from me becoming GM.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 64th Election of the PPT on: November 10, 2014, 11:19:05 pm
1. Bore
2. Yankee
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Game Moderation Abolition Amendment (Debating) on: November 09, 2014, 11:55:26 pm
Can I just say thank goodness we all got past the initial bickering and were able to meet in the middle on this.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures (Debating) on: November 09, 2014, 03:38:42 am
It may be one of the last votes I cast.

100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Game Moderation Abolition Amendment (Debating) on: November 08, 2014, 07:09:07 pm
I want to say that as someone potentially entering the office that I support this. The job as it is now is an overwhelming one and I've outlined how I wish to run things if I'm confirmed and it's pretty much in lock step with this. It's to keep the office viable and work as an admin for the game basically, but to allow the game to run naturally with minimal interference.
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