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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: 2014 October Presidential elections, political loser on: Today at 02:56:05 pm
There are no real winners or losers when it comes to the parties, really.

Labor may have defied expectations in this moment, with Windjammer in particular showing some savvy, but the long-term health of the party remains in question as far as I'm concerned. Lumine won, but the Federalists showed themselves as hopelessly disorganized yet again. The D-Rs showed impressive solidarity but remain a wedge. TPP has a Vice President, but it remains to be seen if they will just completely disintegrate the second they actually have to do any serious governing, as they did last year.

There is still plenty of uncertainty abound, and as Nix has pointed out, I'm not sure long-term trends favor any of the political organizations. But that may just be the pessimist in me.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: GM Independence Amendment on: Today at 02:30:23 pm
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anthony Weiner. Again. on: October 29, 2014, 08:20:20 pm
Is this seriously a story about how Anthony Weiner favorited a tweet?
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of traininthedistance? on: October 29, 2014, 06:06:24 pm
I like sparring with him from time to time and would hate if he stopped posting around here. FF.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: October 28, 2014, 06:03:27 pm
I thought this was a good read.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator TNF: VICTORY!! on: October 27, 2014, 03:55:42 pm
Congratulations, comrade!
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: October 27, 2014, 03:55:17 pm
Thank you to everyone who supported Antonio and I throughout the campaign, and I congratulate all of the winners. It was a fun, very polite campaign, all-told, and I'm very thankful for that. I'm optimistic that Lumine will do a perfectly fine job as President and I ask that we all, regardless of what party we throw down with, give him that chance.

And thanks to Antonio for running with me.

Take care, everyone.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: C.Barkley bashes black people that think some black people don't act black enoug on: October 27, 2014, 03:52:58 pm
Social identity politics has largely ruined the ability to have discourse on issues like this, because as evidenced by plenty of posts here, the conversation sidesteps actually engaging the points presented and focuses more on arguing about who is allowed to say what, and why. This is compounded by the (admittedly, well-intentioned) incredibly patronizing attitude from a lot of liberals that seem to treat women, various racial groups, and many religious groups as quaint little hive-minds that all seem to think alike and aren't, instead, actual human beings with conflicting ideas like every other group of people ever.

It reminds me of last year when Diane Sawyer interviewed the record number of female Senators and there was a segment somewhere in the middle where several of them (none of the anti-abortion Senators, conveniently) spoke up to complain about how "Us women just want the abortion issue to be settled, why is this issue constantly pushed on us by men!" Well, probably because the notion that women are somehow uniform on the issue is utter fiction and those men wouldn't be getting into office without thousands, even millions of female votes backing them up.

I don't necessarily agree with extent of Barkley's rant here, but to act like his opinion is all that crazy, or even all that uncommon, is dumb. And worse than that, it ignores what he said in favor of saying there's only one "right" opinion you can have as a black person, and any deviation from that is some sort of evidence of internalized racism, no other substantiation necessary.

I have a wild idea: Instead of arguing about who is allowed to say or think what, acknowledge the argument directly and judge it for being either right or wrong on its own merits.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine & SJoyce - A New Course for Atlasia (Victory!) on: October 27, 2014, 09:57:34 am
Congratulations, Lumine. I think you'll do just fine. Smiley
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Cheerleading a Sport? on: October 26, 2014, 04:18:58 pm
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: October 2014 Gubernatorial Election on: October 26, 2014, 11:46:08 am
1. Write In: Charles Darwin
2. LeBron FitzGerald
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 26, 2014, 05:23:08 am
I do enjoy the leggings at least.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: October 24, 2014, 05:29:19 am
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 24, 2014, 04:11:38 am
1. Marokai/Antonio
2. Al/Hash
3. Lumine/Sjoyce
4. Poirot/Shua

Midwest Senate:
1. TNF
2. Cris
15  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.
16  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.
17  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.
18  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
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2014 Presidential Debate on: October 20, 2014, 04:02:48 pm
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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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
24  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.
25  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.
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