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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker on: Today at 09:21:35 am
After some thought, I decide to reopen the tracker. But seriously guys, there isn't any bad intent behind my tracker.

Word counts of debate (excluding bore); this is for everything in Feb on page 2 + the wrong choice
 BK   3
LIEF   20
POLNUT   26
SWE   47
CRANBERRY   73
TNF   100
CRIS   109
WINDJAMMER   143
YANKEE   225

See... and people say I talk too much
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you on the same cell phone plan as your parents? on: Today at 09:02:26 am
No. Must be an American thing.

No, I'm 31.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Alcoholic Beverage on: Today at 08:53:01 am
The only one I'm not a fan of is whiskey.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Sunday Rest Act (Debating) on: Today at 08:48:36 am
I object.
I can't support this. If a worker will refuse to work more than one day for "religious reasons", using this rule as an excuse?

I disagree that the workers of Atlasia are dishonest, but more that this is just fundamentally unnecessary.



Dear Senator, I'm not saying that the workers of Atlasia are dishonest.

I should be clearer, I think there are better reasons to disagree with this beyond some vague suggestions that it could be abused, when I doubt the vast majority of Atlasian workers would be that dishonest for that to be a primary reason to reject this.

My view is that I believe the reasonable provisions for religious expression and practice already exist in law.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Prison Reform Committee. on: Today at 08:45:22 am
Guys - my peace on this issue has been said. I want to move onto the work the Atlasian people expect ALL of us to be doing.

I'd appreciate if further talk of this went elsewhere.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Sunday Rest Act (Debating) on: Today at 02:11:59 am
I object.
I can't support this. If a worker will refuse to work more than one day for "religious reasons", using this rule as an excuse?

I disagree that the workers of Atlasia are dishonest, but more that this is just fundamentally unnecessary.

7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Slovenia legalises Same-Sex Marriages on: Today at 12:35:02 am
Let's now add to the list of places that are now more advanced than we are... Slovenia.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: Today at 12:17:22 am
I had a bacon cheeseburger.  It sure was good, too!

You do realise that this isn't a cheat day, it's a near week-long set back. You don't do the level of physical activity or restraint required for 'cheat days'.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Senate primary on: March 05, 2015, 11:03:34 pm
This is an incredible decision for me.

I believe fresh-blood should encouraged, so I'm pleased to see DKrol running. But there is something to be said for people whose views I know, and while I don't always agree with him, I know Foucaulf to be a very thoughtful and intelligent person. I think we need greater diversity of views and solid debate based on fact and analysis.

[ ] DKrol
[ x ] Foucaulf
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Prison Reform Committee. on: March 05, 2015, 10:58:43 pm
Guys, I appreciate the passion in here. But I think it's in everyone's best interests for this issue to be put to bed. I acknowledged my eye has been taken off the ball over the past few weeks, but that the metric produced does not in any way reflect the quality of my activity or participation in the Senate. But I have committed myself to ensure that all Atlasians know that I am active and engaged in any possible metric of measurement. None of us in the Senate are perfect, and I'm sure most of us would fall down with different parameters.

As I said, if Senators Windjammer and Cris wish to re-open their thread, then they should. I think the measurements on different policy positions would be genuinely interesting to see.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: March 05, 2015, 08:12:34 pm
Considering the circumstances of the amendment, particularly, the one submitted by Senator Windjammer, I would urge consideration for a rapid uptake.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Running for reelection. on: March 05, 2015, 07:31:08 pm
Alright everyone lets move on to the job we're actually elected to do. If Senators wish to undertake these types of ranking systems, then that's their prerogative. But at the same time, they should expect to be challenged or to be asked for more specific detail about what is considered activity.

As I said, I will make very very clear that those who elected me and those who didn't that my activity is not just quantitative but qualitative. A Senator's contribution to the Senate is not just about the raw number of votes attended, but contributions to the Senate's work through thoughtful legislation, debate and consensus-building.

Now.


A little while ago, the Senate passed my Bill on Prison Reform. Namely to institute a Senate committee to study the challenges of the issue and what the Federal Senate may be able to do to address them. I have been working on this issue for a few weeks and I'm now presenting my findings.

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1. The Demographic Challenge.

Firstly, our prison system is fundamentally broken. Any system where you have an prison population that does not reflect those who are committing the most crimes, we need to acknowledge a serious problem exists.

African Atlasians and Latinos constitute a significantly higher proportion of the prison population than their representation in both the general population, and those arrested. Which means, minorities are more likely to be given custodial sentences, even for minor crimes. This situation has created generational issues in these communities, with social and economic impacts.

The next issue presents both an overlap and an additional challenge. The connection between the quality of justice a person receives and their socio-economic status, is alarming. Those in the lower quartile of household incomes, when dealing with the criminal justice system, are at much higher risk of incarceration, again, even for minor crimes.

The lessons of this are clear. If you are poor and/or a minority in Atlasia, you are more likely to be imprisoned for your crimes than someone who who does not fall within those categories.  The important point about the connection between arrest and being poor or a minority does not fall under the purview of this committee. It is not that poorer or minority Atlasians are committing the most crimes, they just happen to be the ones more likely to end up in prison - this is a fundamental challenge.

2. Prison Governance

Everyone who has worked in regional government recognises that prisons are very expensive to run. During the 1980s and 1990s the idea of putting private businesses in charge of the regional incarceration systems, due to a misplaced idea that the private sector is always more efficient, became more powerful. It was also a creative accounting trick, it enabled the governments to shift expenses from one side of the ledger to the other.

But we have seen marked increases in the prison population across the nation, at a time when the crime rates are dropping and regional governments have undertaken to remove a number of 'victimless' crimes, such as prostitution and drug use and possession of the books. Why is this? Because the private prison industry have deep pockets and are influential when it comes to public discourse. It is easier to tell people that the issue is too many criminals and the answer is bigger prisons and more people in them.


3. Who should be imprisoned?

One issue is of considerable importance here. What kind of crimes, putting aside the demographics of who is imprisoned, end up seeing a custodial sentence? Now, no one suggests that those who undertake offenses against the person, such as murder, rape, assault etc should be free in the community. But we need to get a much better grip and have a deeper conversation about what our society expects.

Is it 'right' or does it aid our community to have people who have undertaken minor crimes, that caused no damage to person or property in the custodial environment?

The other issue is how we treat minors, or those who commit serious and minor crimes under the age of 18 years old. One thing the data tells us is those who are placed in an adult custodial environment are more likely to re-commit on release, than those who received some other form of punishment or intervention. There is a reason why prisons are called Universities of Crime. Imprisonment cannot be just about punishment, particularly for the young, where rehabilitation is possible, other options that are used end up with more positive outcomes for inmate and the society.

---- Recommendations to follow----
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Prison Reform Committee (Polnut TNF and Cranberry Elected) on: March 05, 2015, 07:25:45 pm
Well... these are my views and recommendations. I've been working on these over the past few weeks.

1. The Demographic Challenge.

Firstly, our prison system is fundamentally broken. Any system where you have an prison population that does not reflect those who are committing the most crimes, we need to acknowledge a serious problem exists.

African Atlasians and Latinos constitute a significantly higher proportion of the prison population than their representation in both the general population, and those arrested. Which means, minorities are more likely to be given custodial sentences, even for minor crimes. This situation has created generational issues in these communities, with social and economic impacts.

The next issue presents both an overlap and an additional challenge. The connection between the quality of justice a person receives and their socio-economic status, is alarming. Those in the lower quartile of household incomes, when dealing with the criminal justice system, are at much higher risk of incarceration, again, even for minor crimes.

The lessons of this are clear. If you are poor and/or a minority in Atlasia, you are more likely to be imprisoned for your crimes than someone who who does not fall within those categories.  The important point about the connection between arrest and being poor or a minority does not fall under the purview of this committee. It is not that poorer or minority Atlasians are committing the most crimes, they just happen to be the ones more likely to end up in prison - this is a fundamental challenge.

2. Prison Governance

Everyone who has worked in regional government recognises that prisons are very expensive to run. During the 1980s and 1990s the idea of putting private businesses in charge of the regional incarceration systems, due to a misplaced idea that the private sector is always more efficient, became more powerful. It was also a creative accounting trick, it enabled the governments to shift expenses from one side of the ledger to the other.

But we have seen marked increases in the prison population across the nation, at a time when the crime rates are dropping and regional governments have undertaken to remove a number of 'victimless' crimes, such as prostitution and drug use and possession of the books. Why is this? Because the private prison industry have deep pockets and are influential when it comes to public discourse. It is easier to tell people that the issue is too many criminals and the answer is bigger prisons and more people in them.


3. Who should be imprisoned?

One issue is of considerable importance here. What kind of crimes, putting aside the demographics of who is imprisoned, end up seeing a custodial sentence? Now, no one suggests that those who undertake offenses against the person, such as murder, rape, assault etc should be free in the community. But we need to get a much better grip and have a deeper conversation about what our society expects.

Is it 'right' or does it aid our community to have people who have undertaken minor crimes, that caused no damage to person or property in the custodial environment ?

The other issue is how we treat minors, or those who commit serious and minor crimes under the age of 18 years old. One thing the data tells us is those who are placed in an adult custodial environment are more likely to re-commit on release, than those who received some other form of punishment or intervention. There is a reason why prisons are called Universities of Crime. Imprisonment cannot be just about punishment, particularly for the young, where rehabilitation is possible, other options that are used end up with more positive outcomes for inmate and the society.

---- Recommendations to follow----
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker on: March 05, 2015, 05:21:41 pm
I would urge Senator Windjammer to calm down. We know what happens when you get over-excited.

You've clarified the basis of your determinations. Again, I reject the notion that I'm inactive, strongly. However, the Senators have every right to make these rankings on whatever quality of data they use or standard they apply.

As I said, I apologise for the substantive votes I missed, Februrary was a very busy month for me but the next few months will not be.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Set It and Leave it Alone Minimum Wage Act of 2015 (Debating) on: March 05, 2015, 05:09:47 pm
Well, many companies may run to different budget processes and structures and reporting standards, so it's possible that companies may not have budgeted for this measure, but still need and want interns and vice-versa. Many projects that I deal with in my private life speak of in-kind support. So offering something of a monetary value but not cash.

So, long story short it enables organisations to use different internal finance streams.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Prison Reform Committee (Polnut TNF and Cranberry Elected) on: March 05, 2015, 05:03:00 pm
Chair? Where are you?
17  General Politics / Economics / Re: Hedge fund manager who predicted 2008 collapse predicts even bigger 2015 collaps on: March 05, 2015, 05:20:27 am
this is the sort of nonsense hedge fund managers spout when they don't have the fear of the guillotine in them

18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules on: March 05, 2015, 05:18:43 am
Oh s***, this changes EVERY-THING!!!
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Kurdish Solidarity Act of 2014 (Voting on Amendment) on: March 05, 2015, 05:11:59 am
AYE
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of peanut butter on: March 05, 2015, 12:38:48 am
smooth peanut butter is great idk wtf you all are talking about
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Maroon 5 on: March 05, 2015, 12:38:05 am
I don't think they're as terrible as most tend to suggest... but they're not that good either.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut on: March 05, 2015, 12:19:51 am

PRESS RELEASE


Combating Boko Haram

This evening, I submitted a Bill to have the Senate deal with the scourge of West Africa that is Boko Haram. Despite some limited pleasing actions by the Nigerian military, I believe the hesitancy of the Nigerian Government to aggressively combat this menace has significant international concerns.

We are dealing with mass executions, mass abductions, rapes and forced marriages. This is a terrorist organisation, as we deal with our own extremists, can cannot ignore the poor people of Nigeria who are dealing with such dreadful circumstances.

This plan will ensure that if the Nigerian Government has not put in place a clear and concrete plan to combat Boko Haram forces by 31 March 2015, then we will cease all military aid on 1 April. In a plan is in place, we will provide intelligence and other relevant support, as well as increase humanitarian aid for those living in fear after fleeing Boko Haram.

This Bill also calls for the Secretary of External Affairs to convene a multi-nation working group to address the impact and the need of countries facing the direct, or indirect threat of Boko Haram or of associated terror groups.

I want to stress that this Bill specifically rules out the presence of Atlasian forces, beyond any possible security needs for Atlasian infrastructure. This is Nigeria's fight, but one with international consequences. I have always argued that our strength should be in knowing how to use our power in the right way. I believe these are productive and positive steps.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: March 05, 2015, 12:06:06 am
Combating Boko Haram

In order to respond to the heinous activities of the terror group 'Boko Haram' that has undertaken atrocities across Western Africa, this Bill recommends the following steps be taken.

1. All military aid to Nigeria to be halted from 1 April 2015, until an agreement is reached with the Nigerian Government, to undertake strategically significant actions against Boko Haram.

1a. Atlasia will support Nigeria with the provision of intelligence and other relevant resources if they agree to a robust set of actions against Boko Haram within its borders.

1b. Atlasia will also support Nigeria to create partnerships with bordering countries to manage the threat of extremism within their borders.

1c. Under no circumstances will Atlasian forces be deployed in any capacity outside protecting any vulnerable Atlasian infrastructure.

2. Atlasia to increase the provision of direct humanitarian aid to areas where people have fled the presence of Boko Haram.

2a. Atlasia will also provide additional humanitarian aid to neighboring countries.

3. That the Atlasian Senate urges the Secretary of External Affairs to undertake high-level talks with all affected nations, and request high-level engagement from other African nations, as well as other interested parties, to develop an international consensus on this issue.

4. Any agreement between Nigeria and Atlasia must be in place by 31 March 2015, otherwise, section 1 will be brought into effect.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Electoral Reform Amendment (Voting on Amendment) on: March 04, 2015, 11:42:07 pm
AYE
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Perennial Candidate Declares For Senate) on: March 04, 2015, 11:35:38 pm
I have expressed that there is no use in getting mad, but yes, I do find it frustrating to see an effort with widespread support being defeated due to not showing up to vote. And as Windjammer pointed out, it's not the first time legislation fails due to a lack of votes.

I urge the President or Senator Windjammer to re-introduce this amendment.
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