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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Don't vote for deviants on: October 21, 2014, 08:06:44 pm


What's M. Poirot's fursona, I wonder? I'll bet it's a chicken.

This was the first question that came to my mind as well.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 21, 2014, 08:06:08 pm
Thanks Nix.

I genuinely believe that anyone who participated in this debate would probably do just fine in the office if elected, to some degree or another. You're all good people, and right now Atlasia needs good people.

We need stability in the game more than ever, and many challenges lay ahead. I'm running because I also happen to believe that I am the most capable of the candidates of solving these issues based on past experience addressing many of these same things. I am not, and have never been, a lackey to any party boss, and I enjoy taking the time to refine individual ideas and work out kinks. We need a better cabinet, we need a better Constitution, and we need an economy that isn't (entirely) fantastical nonsense.

As a person who has built friendships all over the place and spent most of my time in this game brainstorming, I hope that people will at least consider supporting Antonio and I. I suppose that's all there is to say.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Would you vote for a Le Pen supporter? on: October 21, 2014, 07:42:50 pm
Your campaign has been the most interesting thing to come out of this election, Al.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey for Lumine Campaign - October Presidential Election Poll on: October 20, 2014, 04:04:47 pm
I sincerely hope I get more than four or five people when the day comes if nothing else. Tongue
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 20, 2014, 04:02:48 pm
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How will Atlasia be different after your Presidency? How will we know whether you've succeeded or failed?

Though I hate pinning success or failure on a single thing, it would feel dishonest to say the my test for my success would be managing to get through some sort of constitutional reform. Though there are plenty of things to be done, the importance I place on that cannot be overstated, and I would do as much a I could each day to push people toward that. In the end, if it hadn't been accomplished in some fashion, I suppose that would be a failure.

There's kind of a shocking lack of "working together" these days, as trite as that sounds, and whoever wins needs to focus on this first and foremost. A seriously divided game isn't a very fun game for most people, nor is it sustainable. No matter who wins, this is important, and I hope trying to show people that they need to share and refine ideas in good faith is a high priority. Bitter distrust is the only thing that will destroy Atlasia and that will only happen if we let it. I would hope that my history has demonstrated a desire to keep the gears moving regardless of who it is helping to make that happen. There are good people all over this game and we should reward them based on their individual merit rather than rewarding lackeys.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of turtles on: October 19, 2014, 08:24:52 am
Turtles are adorable in many ways, but sadly, they're very demanding as pets. They need a lot of places to roam and a very diverse diet or they don't live very long.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which comedian would you most like to see as president? on: October 17, 2014, 10:04:58 pm
If he were still alive, George Carlin.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: So there's a new PC game coming out called "Hatred"... on: October 17, 2014, 02:51:27 pm

Unfortunately it is no longer just stuffy old white dudes in politics that are concern trolling about the harm of video games on society these days.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you think the letter on the left side of this "Krone" page is racist ? on: October 17, 2014, 12:52:32 pm
Undoubtedly.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is hating hip-hop racist? on: October 17, 2014, 12:49:01 pm
These days everything is everything.

There are racist reasons for disliking hip-hop but disliking hip-hop is not inherently racist.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 17, 2014, 11:08:24 am
Should the Mideast Right to Life Act be struck down as unconstitutional?

Probably not, because I don't actually think the law itself really trips anything up. It doesn't necessarily create any extraordinary barriers to getting an abortion for the vast majority of women, and it's not an outright ban, merely a restriction, which we've had on the federal level. It's a poor act, but there doesn't seem to be much of a rationale for striking it down on that basis.

Should the right to an abortion be protected or restricted nationwide, or left to the regions?

There should be a firm federal baseline for abortion access, at the very least, yes. As alluded to above by anyone who looks at the Wiki article, I support restricting abortion access in the super-late-term, but I absolutely think there should be protections that women don't have to go through bulls**t questionnaires or counseling or anything else that could be used as a roadblock to getting an abortion, and should have protected access to at least a greater level than the Mideast bill.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Doug Butzier, Libertarian Senate candidate in Iowa, killed in plane crash on: October 17, 2014, 10:06:26 am
RIP. Sad
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support a travel ban for Western Africa countries... on: October 17, 2014, 12:17:58 am
A brief travel ban to get a hold on the situation (and actually getting our s**t together on travel restrictions placed on people traveling within the country too, so you don't have nurses with Ebola traveling around the f**king country in commercial airliners) is reasonable, and this case, not all that economically damaging to do so.

The fact that this has turned into a political issue seems stupid. I'm not sitting here freaking out about Ebola, but considering the severity of the disease and the resources we need to get in place still, this does not strike me as something that should be as controversial as it is.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lima, Ohio: A portrait of not getting by in the Rust Belt on: October 17, 2014, 12:10:05 am
Rather misleading title, since the article itself talks very little about the Tea Party, but has some very sad profiles of small town Ohioans and the bleak, underpaid lives they live.

Very heartbreaking, and very accurate.

And compared to many of the other small towns throughout the state, Lima has it good.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: October 16, 2014, 07:19:30 pm
Complètement fou - Yelle
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 16, 2014, 08:48:17 am
Do you believe that any regional laws, either on the books or under serious consideration, are unconstitutional? If you do, will you direct your Attorney General to challenge those laws?

Nothing new immediately spring to mind, however I do believe in ensuring that regions neither A) Attempt to force federal departments to do their bidding for weird, random reasons, and of course B) Protecting the rights of all citizens from regional discrimination of any sort.

The "Keep Them Fearful Act" for instance, seems like a preposterous thing to support even aside from how it tries to compel the Department of Internal Affairs to do anything on the regional government's behalf, and would not be something I support, and any law that does anything like it, I would direct the AG to file suit over.

Examples like the recent "Promotion of Marriage in Education Act" proposed (but thankfully vetoed) in the Mideast is another example of the sort of thing I believe would be unconstitutional. The recently passed into law "Mideast Right to Life Act" is also something I believe that should probably be struck down; if it's not outright unconstitutional we should have basic protections for abortion rights at the federal level to trump such laws.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - Midwest Senate. on: October 15, 2014, 09:38:05 pm
TNF is good people.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 15, 2014, 09:37:32 pm
I concur with Poirot; pre-emptive action would absolutely be off the table. That is simply not worth the risk.

My response would be no different than most. You contact NATO. You contact allies. You contact the UN. You contact Russia. You rally allies in a unified warning to Putin that any such action would result in serious consequences; economic and potentially armed force. Anything more specific is impossible without actual details of the situation, so I won't concoct some sort of play-by-play. It goes without saying that, as NATO allies, we are obligated to defend them, and I do my best not to back down from obligations.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Flash Poll: Ganonsyoni Compromise on: October 14, 2014, 11:57:40 pm
Absolutely not.

I understand Cranberry's intention, but I oppose the compromise, it sets a terrible precedent.

I kind of don't, to be honest.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The White House's Public Office - President Cranberry - Ganonsyoni Solution! on: October 14, 2014, 11:56:46 pm
This is, as has been stated, insane.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 13, 2014, 08:19:15 pm
How did you select your running mate?

My criteria for who I run with has always been, first and foremost, "can I trust them?" and can I speak freely with them as a friend. I want a partner in work, and a friend in private. Antonio is someone who has a history of being hard-working and diligent, of being open-minded and very frank, and someone I can openly talk to without fear of being negatively judged.

Purple State and Duke were similar people to me. People who I could trust to work, and people I could come to at night and vent at, and they would react compassionately and sympathetically. This leads to a very healthy partnership, where communication is frequent, and honest, and our work reflects that attitude. I have very little doubt in my mind that Antonio will live up to that expectation just as well.

What functions will he serve in your administration?

The same as any other Vice President, really. Antonio would fulfill all of his constitutional duties and participate in the legislative process and work as a liaison to political organizations, similarly to how Duke often did.

Crucially, though, Antonio is very mindful about not over-stepping his boundaries as a potential VP. The VP is not meant to be firmly in control of things in the Senate or elsewhere; he is meant as a junior partner in the Executive and will be just that, frankly.

For a long time I've been sort of sick of Vice Presidents being chosen as political footballs. The VP has so little "official" responsibilities that they're often chosen as token entities, picked for what get maximum political benefit, and then does very little in office, only serving as a way to bolster the President political power. Antonio isn't that. He wasn't picked to curry favor with disparate political groups or be a rubber stamp vote when needed. He has a mind of his own and will be free to make legislative decisions through his own devices merely with my advisement, not my order.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: October 12, 2014, 11:03:02 pm
It's silly, it looks like one of those Middle Ages wars nobody had a clue why they fought or fought because the other side allied with their nemesis.

This is more or less accurate.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: October 12, 2014, 10:35:21 pm
Although having read the Gawker article and timeline on it now, it does seem there's more to it than just the one person posting really sick tweets highlighted in the link. Ugh.

It's been going on for so long at this point with so many different motivations and "sides" now involved in it all that trying to explain what's happened up to this point in any condensed form does the entire controversy a disservice. It has been a nightmare to follow in general.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: October 12, 2014, 10:27:43 pm
Man do I hate nerds.

Hate does not resolve hate.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 12, 2014, 06:34:24 pm
Thanks for agreeing to carry out this debate, Nix.

What caused the Crisis of 2014?

Frustration with DemPGH's term, probably. It was mutual, I suspect. Things had grown quiet, somewhat dysfunctional, very passive aggressive; it was the sort of thing that was bound to just explode at some point.

The actions carried out were largely reprehensible but it's understandable how we arrived at that point. A President that seemed to loathe his responsibilities, didn't communicate with his cabinet, made trolly appointments, a public that desperately wanted to move on, and a GM that was immediately ignored. It's a recipe for disaster.

Has it changed your thoughts about the state of Atlasia? How should we move on?

Has it changed my opinion of this place? Not really. Atlasia's been in rough patches before, and we've always come out of them somehow. The tug of war between different powers and interests can be very destructive for the game, as we've seen in the past week or two.

I was already feeling that the environment in Atlasia at the moment is incredibly toxic. It's not a surprise that things like this happen when there is no mutual respect and people are being hostile toward each other on a constant basis. We seem to forget sometimes that the people behind these accounts aren't evil monsters and if people tried to build common ground with a more diplomatic attitude we could get a lot more accomplished than we have in the last month. A little less gossiping and a little more direct communication would go a long way to resolving the current mood.

If we want to move forward, the people who are likeminded about how to reform the game need to work together to refine those proposals, instead of bickering over dumb personal issues. There are tons of people in this game who are on the same page like 85% of the time, so why the f**k can't these people just agree to talk and work together to advance the proposals they completely agree on? A lot of the general consternation would vanish if we simply got the game back on a functioning track again.

Moving forward we should respect the GM's independence and authority (within reason, I suppose) so these stories can be resolved appropriately. Trying to throw a wrench in the system only results in everything coming to a screeching halt. The last couple weeks have only reinforced my belief that the game can only function well with a GM that provides context and consequence to the actions carried out around here that we can react to. Without that it's complete anarchy. In general I think the most recent controversy was a case of individuals creating the crisis rather than something from the mechanics of the game itself.

I'm not sure that prosecuting people is the right way forward, though.
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