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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Game Moderation Abolition Amendment (Debating) on: Today at 04:25:47 am
AYE
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End Racism in Federal Contracting Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:24:54 am
This is relevant now?
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: Today at 12:08:53 am
Apologies all, I've been caught up with some RL stuff, so my plans for getting this up have gone out the window.

It will be some point tomorrow my time.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut on: November 23, 2014, 11:01:58 pm

POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT

Prisons

Senator Polnut, if re-elected will be committing to deliver serious reforms on our prisons.

"Turning prisoners into commodities is something that I have long felt is a repugnant and vile system. I understand the concerns of my fellow citizens about ensuring those who are threats to civil society are kept locked away.

However, our prisons are not filled with dangerous criminals. They are filled with people who have made personal mistakes, very often, those most directly affected by their actions are them.

We need to stop throwing people into prison, because it is the easier thing to do. These are still human beings and we all deserve the opportunity for a second chance. Now, obviously, some have committed crimes that mean they have waived their rights to citizenship and will and should remain behind bars. But this is not the growth in the prison populations.

There is such a strong desire to punish, that we ignore mercy. We see people as their crimes, not as people. We need to do much more to make sure that people who have committed small, often victim-less crimes are not placed into the prison industrial complex.

We have other options beyond incarceration, where he have seen for generations, the radicalisation of young men. There's a reason why they call prisons Universities of Crime.

I want to open a national conversation about what we do about crime, about those who commit crimes and what we as a society do with them. This might be a difficult discussion for some, nor, will it be as easy as others think it is. But I believe, we need to do it."
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: November 23, 2014, 10:31:59 pm
Official motion for a final vote.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: November 23, 2014, 08:20:33 pm
I'll vote AYE on the amendment as mine is kind of structured off it.

I should have my amendment up in the next two or three hours.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Co-determination Act of 2014 (Debating) on: November 23, 2014, 08:18:39 pm
These are just musings and rumblings. Feel free to tinker - I'll wait to hear from people before officially presenting this as an amendment.

Co-determination Act of 2014

Section 1: Co-determination

1. All public companies, private limited liability companies, and private-public partnerships with over 2,000 employees represented by a labor union shall establish a two-tiered system that shall allow for greater worker representation in industry by no later than January 1, 2015. The aforementioned system shall be established along the guidelines established by this legislation. All public companies, private limited liability companies, and private-public partnerships with over 2,000 1,000 employees represented by a labor union shall will be invited to establish a two-tiered system through a national pilot program to determine the effectiveness of increase workforce participation in the management of these entities.

2. The primary method of co-determination in industry shall be the establishment of a two-tiered system of directorship for the firms mentioned in Section 1. Firms subject to this legislation shall establish supervisory boards primarily concerned with the general agenda of the firm in question. Supervisory boards shall consist of at least 20 members, 10 of which shall be elected by shareholders of the firm in question, and 10 of which shall be employee representatives, elected by members of the labor union responsible for representing the employees of the firm in question. Supervisory boards can be larger, so long as the proportional representation ratio of employee representatives and shareholder representatives are maintained. The chair of the supervisory board shall always be a representative of the shareholders of the firm in question and shall, in the case of a tie, have the right to cast a second vote to break said tie. The primary responsibility of all supervisory boards shall be the approval of all major business decisions and the election of members of the management board (to be described in Section 3). Those companies who qualify under section 1, will be required to institute an advisory panel made of 40% workforce, 40% existing management and 20% local community representatives. The Board must consist of at least 15 people. All decisions made by the managing Board of the entity must be supported by two-third's majority of the advisory panel. Note that for quorum to exist at least 50% of each group needs to be present to enable votes to proceed.

3. Supervisory boards shall elect a Management Board responsible for the day-to-day operations of all firms subject to this legislation. The size of management boards shall be the purview of Supervisory boards, who may establish boards as large or as small as they like, however, at least one seat must be reserved for a worker representative on said boards. The election of members of the Management Board shall be done by a 2/3rds vote of members of the Supervisory Board, and terms shall be no longer than five years in length. Members of the Management Board may be recalled at any time by members of the Supervisory Board, provided that at least 2/3rds agree to the recall of Management Board members, except in the case of gross negligence of duty (as determined by the Supervisory Board), willfully acting in defiance of the Supervisory Board's decisions (as determined by the Supervisory Board) or criminal action, wherein members may be recalled by a simple majority vote. The Advisory Panel is entitled to be informed and give advice on Management changes or changes in Board composition. However, the Advisory Panel can only remove Management Board members with a super-majority vote of 75% or higher. Approval of new Board members can be  done through the traditional two-thirds vote. Those entities, whose management Board goes against the decision of the Panel will be liable for an organisational tax penalty of $40,000 per event.

4. An ombudsman will be created within the Department of Internal Affairs to make determinations in the event of disagreement between Management and Advisory panels. These decisions will be legally binding on the organisation and all panel members.

4. All firms subject to this legislation shall establish Workers' Committees consisting of all workers subject to this legislation. Workers' Committees shall primarily be responsible for electing members of the Supervisory Board charged with representing employees and shall act as an adviser to labor representatives regarding working conditions, insurance, economic assistance, and other related issues at the individual plant or firm level. Workers' Committees shall be elected by all the workers employed in a plant represented by labor unions. Workers' Committees shall consist of various sub-committees charged with individual issues as referred by the labor union responsible for representing the workers. The Advisory Panel will be able to create sub-committees to deal with specific issues arising out of the work of the main panel. These can be created at the discretion of the Panel, but cannot be constituted with one of the original three groupings having greater than 50% of representatives. They will report findings to the main Panel, but will possess no additional voting rights or powers.

5. The Advisory Panels will have a life of 24 months from the moment of inception and will provide a report to the Department of Internal Affairs for consideration of further action from the Senate at the conclusion. The reports will be focused on the economic and productivity performance of the business, as well as surveys of workforce satisfaction. Until the Senate has considered the reports and the effectiveness of the program, the Panels can be continued at the discretion of the entity.

Section 2: Implementation

This legislation shall go into effect 1 January 2015.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 23, 2014, 07:43:00 pm
OK... let's be honest. Even it required going to *gulp* Oklahoma... who wouldn't have paid to see an overweight American score lower than a 5 year old with one of those slide-like ball launchers?

I mean, bowling is considered the sport for the fat and nonathletic ...
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendments to the Senate Rules (Voting) on: November 23, 2014, 06:43:08 pm
AYE
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Youth Empowerment Act (Debating) on: November 23, 2014, 03:55:01 pm
I'm *shocked* to see our resident 'moderates' endorse child labor. Roll Eyes

That's a very mild reaction for you.

It's not like child labour and working at a video/book/grocery store for a couple of hours after school. So if an amended Bill clarified the existing arrangements, it would be considered. But I won't support lowering the age below that standard of 14 years, 9 months.

I also won't support the original Bill as I won't support the repeal of portions an Act that protected children from exploitation and made sure business owners and parents didn't see kids as cheap labour or didn't prioritise education.  So this needs a LOT of clarification and amendment.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 23, 2014, 07:18:46 am
Less than a week to go! Place your bets.

I'll do something more thorough later in the week. But my view has not changed for the last few months. I think the TPP will be a pretty comfortable 52-53% for the ALP, but that a win of that size won't be reflected in the seat count. I cannot see the ALP going beyond 50 seats, I think somewhere around 46-48.

This will be down to some very weird local dynamics.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Potus 2036 for SoEA/SecState on: November 23, 2014, 07:08:35 am
I understand the reasoning behind those who have voted aye. I have changed my vote. I thought a lot about this.

As someone who has served in this position and believes what drives the success or failure is an active SoEA. I cannot in good conscience vote for this nominee, considering his troubling record of activity.

NAY
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Youth Empowerment Act (Debating) on: November 23, 2014, 07:03:30 am
Most countries have a cut-off of 14 years and nine months (give or take).

As long as there are very clear parameters, maximum hours and minimum rates of pay and conditions.

I believe it's important to give kids an understanding of the dignity of work. I will not do anything that enables workplaces to hire young people because of lower pay and conditions.

A young person's priority should be their education, we cannot allow a situation where kids sacrifice their opportunities for a better life in the long-term.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: November 23, 2014, 06:54:07 am
I don't object - but I will be presenting my amendment on the loan concept tomorrow.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Potus 2036 for SoEA/SecState on: November 22, 2014, 08:36:14 am
AYE
 I will support, with deep reservations. If the Secretary-designant does not fulfill his role, I will call for his removal, IMMEDIATELY.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: RPryor for Deputy AG on: November 22, 2014, 05:05:49 am
AYE
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Re-election campaign launched! on: November 21, 2014, 06:26:37 am
CAMPAIGN SCHEDULE


22 November
Richmond - Virginia Beach, VA

23 November
Raleigh, NC - Charleston, SC

24 November
Orlando - Miami, FL - Austin, TX

25 November
Denver - Boulder, CO - Lawrence, KS

18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Youth Empowerment Act (Debating) on: November 20, 2014, 07:12:55 pm
I really wish Senators would submit legislation that has a hope of passing.

Enabling child labour is not empowering them. What empowers youth is education, not being sent out to work.

What is wrong in the left's mind with teens having part-time jobs? While I agree with Senator Polnut on education empowering our youth, working provides valuable life experience that shouldn't be denied to 14 and 15 year olds that education can't totally provide.

Because this is not about empowering youth, this is about businesses being able to hire young people and slave-wage rates.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendments to the Senate Rules (Debating) on: November 20, 2014, 06:00:26 pm
I support this measure.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Co-determination Act of 2014 (Debating) on: November 20, 2014, 05:59:02 pm
I think it would have to be a voluntary pilot program by the way.

Give it two years, undertake a study to see the overall effectiveness on productivity, worker satisfaction etc - then, frankly, if it works, then there might not need to be the force involved that some Senators are advocating.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Atlasian Universal Education Bill (Debating) on: November 20, 2014, 05:57:19 pm
To bring this back to life, I would like to offer the following amendment, including the things I have already proposed in this thread.

Quote from: amendment offered
The Atlasian Universal Education Bill

1. Effective upon the passage of this Act, no individual educational institution (hereby defined as any institution which provides education beyond compulsory education) receiving federal funding may levy tuition fees as a condition of attendance.
2. To account for the loss of income for the respective educational institues, the "Federal Higher Education Account" (FHEA) shall be created. Educational institutes affected by the provisions in Clause 1 shall receive funding by the FHEA equal to the sum they formerly realized in form of tiution fees.
3. To account for the expenses of the FHEA as created in Clause 2, students enrolled in any educational institution as defined in Clause 1 shall be required to pay tuition fees directly to the FHEA, the sum of which depending on the student's family's income in the preceeding year. The following rates of student tuition fees shall be levied on the following brackets of the student's family's income:
Yearly familiy income: $0-$20'000: $0 tuition fees per semester
Yearly family income: $20'000 - $75'000: $450 tuition fees per semester
Yearly family income: $75'000 - $150'000: $750 tuition fees per semester
Yearly family income: $150'000 - $500'000: $1'500 tuition fees per semester
Yearly family income: exceeding $500'000: $4'000 tuition fees per semester
4. Furthermore, the sum of $X shall be added to the yearly budget point of "Higher Education", to account for the remaining expenses of the FHEA.

2. Section 1 of this Act shall be paid for by instituting a new income tax bracket on all income in excess of $10 million. Income in excess of $10 million shall hereby be taxed at a rate of 65% following the passage of this Act.
3.5.Any current student who has paid their tuition fees for the 2014-15 school year shall have that money returned to them no later than six (6) months following the passage of this Act.
4.6. Existing student loan debts held by residents of the Republic of Atlasia is hereby forgiven.
5.7. All federal programs providing loans or financial assistance for the purpose of obtaining an education shall be phased out upon the passage of this Act.
6.8. Nothing in this Act should be understood as providing for the phase out of tuition fees for any private university. Private universities shall henceforth be barred from receiving federal funding of any sort upon the passage of this Act.
7.9. Unless otherwise stated, this Act shall take effect immediately upon it's passage.

I added a point for incomes of more than 500k, but I doubt that would make up for more than a billion. So the sum we would need is still twenty billions. Any ideas on how to get them in?

I think still think, some kind of deferred loan scheme, low-no interest, not considered 'credit' and paid back at increments once the graduate is earning $xxxxx. I think you could increase the fees in this and permit students to borrow what they mightn't be able to afford.

I think if you include mandates caps on maximum tuition, to reflect the increased costs of teaching certain subjects, such as science, engineering and medicine.

I would also suggest that the existing student debts are not forgiven, but re-structured to reflect the new loan arrangements I'm proposing.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End Racism in Federal Contracting Act (Debating) on: November 20, 2014, 05:15:30 pm
Atlasia doesn't have the Act referred to in this Bill.

I support the motion to table.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Youth Empowerment Act (Debating) on: November 20, 2014, 05:14:21 pm
I really wish Senators would submit legislation that has a hope of passing.

Enabling child labour is not empowering them. What empowers youth is education, not being sent out to work.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 19, 2014, 11:28:56 pm
What a shock, Bushie is behaving like a spoiled and petulant child.

No, clearly there are some things you do correctly. I assume you can perform basic functions. But when it comes to realities of life as an adult, you constantly fall down. Whether its your parents or your God, you throw the responsibility back onto someone else to fix. You don't try because there's no incentive of survival because someone or something is there to break the fall.

You aren't being attacked, you're just so unfamiliar with constructive criticism, that unlike most people who get to your (our) age, we've heard the word 'no'. We've figured out this doesn't happen by the will or skill of other people... it is supposed to come from you. No amount of planning, hope, prayer or desire will matter a jot, without the discipline to actually DO IT.

The only thing you don't consider a personal attack is us validating your horrible life choices, and those of your family. The fact is, we've given you perpetually sound advice, which you have ignored time and again, entirely to the detriment of yourself and your parent's bank-balance.

Guess what? People stuff up, they make mistakes... but they hopefully learn from them. It's plainly clear to me that you have an idea of yourself and your abilities in your head that will never shift. Mid-western domestic bliss, a wife, two kids and a professional career. And guess what again, the only person who is going to get even remotely close to anything like that is YOU. Your parent's 'game plans'  don't matter, your prayers don't matter... you putting your nose to the grindstone, making REAL sacrifices and changes will get you at least part of the way there...

Yes, you can't lose 100lbs overnight... but if you'd put in place ANY of the 'plans' you've had for the last 3 years, you would have been there or close to it by now.

Stop planning and start DOING. Accept that you might not end up with the life you expect, very few of us do, and get on with having any life at all.

Seriously, cut the crap and get on with it!
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 19, 2014, 08:30:20 pm
bushie can you confirm that your very elderly grandmother was busy cooking your supper while you napped?

We didn't have supper together this evening.  She went to church and I was going to go to church, but I needed a new office chair in my room at Grandma's because the one that was in here was wreaking havoc on my back and was not ergonomically friendly in any way, shape, or form.  I voiced this to Mom and this evening Dad and I went to Office Depot to get a new chair and we decided to have supper next door at McAllister's Deli.  I had a four cheese grille sandwich.

I assume your parents forked out for this egonomic chair? Was is the most expensive, therefore, best in the store?
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