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26  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Should we make voting mandatory? on: November 07, 2014, 09:17:16 pm
Absolutely. I've supported that for ages and ages; though it hasn't a prayer of passing. The best we can probably hope for in this country is automatic registration in particular states along with vote-by-mail. Which would still be a dramatic step forward from what we have, I suppose.
27  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Better country: Japan vs. Israel? on: November 07, 2014, 09:10:41 pm

はい!!! GREAT! !!!日本
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: November 07, 2014, 04:11:02 am
You can think whatever the hell you want of the proposal itself; the point was that whatever the actual idea was, it was dealt with as seriously and sincerely as you could possibly get in this game. It was put in Labor's platform, I ran on it, Nix and I wrote it (and I wrote a speech on it, which few Presidents bother doing with anything), the Senate debated and passed it, and the the SoEA and GM did stories on it and cooperated in its implementation.

Calling it "one off plot vomit" is offensive to me (and should be to anyone who spent hours of their time working on it), and presenting it as a GM-related problem is irrelevant to the GM's issues at best, and at worst actually a good example for the importance of maintaining the GM position, since the proposal of it was going to happen with or without a Game Moderator.

This gets back to exactly what I criticized Al's posting of this for in the first place: You simultaneously complain someone should've stopped these supposedly silly and unrealistic Canada policies, but use this as an example of why we should get rid of the Game Moderator. But it wasn't, in fact, the Game Moderator that put it into place, or even came up with the idea to begin with. A single Senator stood against it at the time. From your perspective, the Game Moderator would be the person best suited to stop alleged "silliness" like this, since they are the sole individual with the weight to stop it in its tracks. Without the GM, we end up with a "nothing is true, everything is permitted" situation where more situations like that are likely, not less. Do you remember what happened after DemPGH resigned and Tyrion was banned? That's what you get without a Game Moderator.

The push to abolish the GM is utterly shortsighted, and evidently, influenced by half-cocked information to begin with.

Annexing Canada was rather en vogue at the time, and considering the nature of what we ended up with, you should be thankful. The exact Common Market proposal was my idea, meant to stem the tide of people just shouting "Let's annex another country on a whim! Yay!" and to accomplish the same ends in a more "serious" fashion that respected the way the game works, in as grounded a manner as possible. The only thing that makes this different than a Common Market, free-movement zone wherein residents abroad can vote in at-home elections is that we designate residents of certain foreign regions to certain electoral districts. You can call that unrealistic, but I call the obsession on that single (minor) detail of it petty.
29  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Sexual harassment? on: November 06, 2014, 06:58:53 pm
I don't know if it's sexual harassment, but it's definitely harassment.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What is your personal opinion on the US political system? on: November 06, 2014, 05:56:25 pm
S**t's f**ked.
31  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: National turn-out was 36.6%, the lowest since 1940 on: November 05, 2014, 11:38:57 pm
And we claim to want to spread democracy throughout the world.
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 2014 Post-Mortem: How did the Democrats screw this up so badly? on: November 05, 2014, 05:51:48 am
What's wrong is that we have two different electorates that are increasingly different from each other and the way our system is set up means that we have wild, embarrassing swings from pathetic ~40% turnout rates. The end result is a wildly unstable and schizophrenic government that doesn't represent the broader population, exacerbated by other issues such as voting rights restrictions, gerrymandering, the nature of the Senate, etc.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Official GOP Gloating Thread. on: November 05, 2014, 03:06:55 am
What happened instead...amazing. The Republican ground game is what did this. Here in Kansas, Sam Brownback is not well liked. If you asked every registered voter in the state, his approval rating wouldn't touch 40%. Folks just didn't show up to vote.

34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: November 04, 2014, 05:10:16 pm
It's more than a little amusing to me that someone advocating the abolishment of the one position that gives actions context, seriousness, and meaning, is basically saying "What?! This happened?! How silly, that would've never happened in real life! Grow up, guys!"

Exactly how would you intend to enforce that particular mentality, without a GM? In a position where what anyone makes up is equally valid?
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: November 04, 2014, 04:53:53 pm
Except that no country (and certainly not Canada!) would willingly agree to sacrifice their territorial integrity in that manner. I mean it's like something out of Infinite Jest. This is a really great example of why the GM position needs to go.

With any other group of people, in any less structured situation, people would just randomly declare "We annexed Canada for the lulz!" and this would be treated as every bit as valid as any other crank's delusions.

The GM and SoEA were equal partners in implementing the Common Market Agreement, which wasn't just a random declaration, but rather a lengthy proposal passed through the Senate before it became a thing. Canada remains an independent nation and we merely consider certain provinces as part of certain regions for voting purposes. Nothing's been taken away from them and everything was done on the up-and-up. I made sure this was done in as "serious" a manner as possible relative to how most other things get done around here precisely because I didn't want it considered a joke done on a whim.
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BK4Senate Exploratory Committee on: November 04, 2014, 04:14:14 pm
Do you support abolishing the GM position?
37  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - Special At-Large Senate Election on: November 04, 2014, 04:01:46 pm
I really don't know.
38  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: November 04, 2014, 04:01:06 pm
. Each province is also considered, for regional voting purposes, to be associated with one of the five regions.

...and this is where things get dubious. That's fycking with Canada's territorial integrity and effectively deleting its sovereignty from the map.

From the perspective of how the game works, it was an treaty both countries agreed to. It wasn't foisted upon them.
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: November 03, 2014, 08:57:03 pm
Marokai Blue
40  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What Made You Change Politically? on: November 02, 2014, 07:17:17 pm
A compelling argument will do the trick.
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: 2014 October Presidential elections, political loser on: November 01, 2014, 07:39:04 pm
The Labor Party machinery, such as it is, has never seemed to me to be much aside from a means to organize people for electoral purposes, not to actually push an agenda while in government or pull the strings of any office-holder. The Politburo just tries to get people elected and defends them once they get there.

I mean, let's take a look at Labor Presidents:

Me. Everyone is already on the same page about the fact that I can't be cajoled into much of anything unless I'm willing to do it already, so there's no point elaborating on that much. The fact that the last weeks of my Presidency were spent realizing I was hopelessly out of the loop with Griffin as it related to Rimjob is proof enough of that.

Nix, who is notoriously strong-willed. This is the person that tanked Griffin's GM nomination in the opening days of my Presidency, has always been an independent-minded element of the party, and now doesn't even identify with it anymore.

And DemPGH, who's presidency probably would've gone 10x better if his strings had been being pulled.

People don't give Labor enough credit; Griffin and co. aren't idiots. We're actually incredibly effective negotiators and have succeeded so far in many respects because the party knows when to hold 'em and knows when fold 'em. Labor doesn't exert influence so bluntly and stupidly. 90% of the party's failures have been due to individual negligence rather than the party being rotten to the core; which, by the way, is my answer to the multiple people who've straight-up asked me "Why are you still in Labor?" I genuinely don't believe the party itself is a destructive or controlling influence. At least, no more than any other group around here. I would've left if the party was truly led by a tiny group of stubborn-minded people with little tolerance for diverse opinion. The JCP we are not.

I think the party could use a fresh perspective on things (and perhaps a Lumine Presidency is the opportunity to be more contemplative about that) but I've never felt like the party is actually some sort of Soviet entity despite the use of Soviet-esque language as some sort of little dramatic flourish.
42  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are you concerned about ethics in video game journalism? on: November 01, 2014, 10:44:28 am
The poll is a false dichotomy.

Yes I don't like how gaming media is largely a farce that exists to parrot projects for personal/economic favors but I don't and wouldn't affiliate with the so-called "Gamergate" crowd.
43  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: YouTube on: October 31, 2014, 06:14:03 pm
Some old George Carlin stuff is nice to browse through from time to time.
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Just call me Dukey, Esquire on: October 31, 2014, 06:09:45 pm
Congratulations, Duke!
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: October 31, 2014, 06:08:59 pm
I completely clicked on the wrong thread. That was meant for the trick-or-treating thread. Tongue
46  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Boys playing on girl sport teams on: October 31, 2014, 02:18:50 am
Yes for both boys and girls.
47  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: 2014 October Presidential elections, political loser on: October 30, 2014, 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.
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: GM Independence Amendment on: October 30, 2014, 02:30:23 pm
49  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?
50  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.
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