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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2020 Republican frontrunners on: November 08, 2016, 05:34:14 pm
Curt Schilling
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: UCSF Outsources One-Fifth of its IT on: November 06, 2016, 06:32:41 pm
It is true that when you don't have any money you need to find ways to save money.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD, defend this... on: November 05, 2016, 01:14:16 pm
If this woman is the "voice of our generation", I think we ought to have all of our tongues cut.

uh, you know that's a line from the show about her character and not an actual claim that's being made, right
Is there really that much of a difference between what Lena Dunham thinks about herself, and what her Mary Sue of a character thinks about herself?

Uh, yes? The character isn't supposed to be likable or correct in worldview. Please don't speak in TV Tropes language.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD, defend this... on: November 05, 2016, 12:17:29 pm
If this woman is the "voice of our generation", I think we ought to have all of our tongues cut.

uh, you know that's a line from the show about her character and not an actual claim that's being made, right
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: You should have listened on: November 05, 2016, 01:19:30 am
Don't make claims you can't back up. Everyone has better things to do with their lives, and yet you're posting here anyway.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: You should have listened on: November 04, 2016, 03:33:07 pm
OK, it seems the fundamental disagreement we're having on this particular issue is whether Atlasia should be just an electoral simulation with people spending hours of their time talking s**t about each others on IRC, or something more. Literally every discussion shows the public is in favor of having something more.

[citation needed]
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite fictional President on: November 04, 2016, 10:10:42 am
Underwood is the only one of these characters who is not a complete wank of the writer's fantasy President, and even he is very unbelievable at times.

I don't think Merkin Muffley is that. (Merkin Muffley is, of course, my answer.)
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlas Forum Movement: Restore Atlasia to the Atlas Forum on: November 03, 2016, 11:27:27 pm
I've got two midterms next week so this has been a hectic time for me, please bear with me.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New Democratic Coalition is Complete Inversion of New Deal Coalition on: November 03, 2016, 10:57:42 am
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What these figures suggest is that the 2016 election will represent a complete inversion of the New Deal order among white voters. From the 1930s into the 1980s and early 1990s, majorities of downscale whites voted Democratic and upscale whites voted Republican. Now, looking at combined male and female vote totals, the opposite is true.

Super cool that people who aren't white don't matter.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Introduction on: November 01, 2016, 04:51:22 pm
Welcome to the forum! I agree that fascism is disgusting and that we shouldn't try to normalize it.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Rpryor03, SOFE on: November 01, 2016, 10:30:56 am
It attempts to replicate the law out there in the other place, where electioneering around the polling places is banned. Perhaps you don't see a problem with that either. But most folks do. That is in the real world.

Oddly, in "the real world" we don't have elections where all ballots are publicly visible. But please, try to condescend more.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlas Forum Movement: Restore Atlasia to the Atlas Forum on: November 01, 2016, 10:23:51 am
The suggestion is that the TOS should be set by the elected officials of Atlasia? Really? The owner of the site should defer to what a majority of posters think who vote? I'm gobsmacked.

Nobody suggested this, no.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Forum Movement: Restore Atlasia to the Atlas Forum on: November 01, 2016, 12:44:24 am
The present situation in which Atlasia's electoral official has conspired to steal an election to grant himself the vice presidency is a travesty, but if nothing else it has generated a great deal of interest in matters of Atlasia. Judging by the uproar and the amount of debate going on regarding this Atlasian election, one would think that interest and participation in Atlasian government was higher than ever.

And yet this could not be farther from the case! Atlasia has been plagued constantly by problems with activity; for a very long time, there have been too many elective offices for not enough interested people to guarantee entertaining and competitive elections at all levels. This, at least, is universally acknowledged, and the new constitution was an attempt to fix that. It has not worked at all.

As we speak, there is legislation pending to reduce the number of seats in the House from nine to seven; opponents of that legislation have pointed out the presence of eleven candidates for nine seats in the most recent election, reasoning that if every seat isn't uncontested then that's the best that we can reasonably do. In the Fremont Region, the last election for Assembly had one candidate for three seats. Of the three candidates elected in that election (two, of course, being write-ins), two have left their offices, leaving them to be filled by appointment. The Governor of the region has also since left office, causing his replacement to be confirmed in an uncontested election. This is supposed to be an election game; we're all here on the Atlas Forum because we love elections. Where are the elections?

Some people have recognized this miasma and tried to fix it. Scott, notably, proposed the creation of a Reform Party based around a commitment to activity. This is an admirable and commendable goal. Unfortunately, Scott's approach is doomed to fail because it does not address the roots of the activity problem, which are structural.

The problem of inactivity plagues electoral offices, particularly regional offices, because when excited new posters get elected to office, they soon discover it's not all that it's cracked up to be and lose interest. Alternately, when there aren't enough new posters for that to happen, old posters get thrust back into office despite lacking interest, and so they are inactive also. The reason for this rampant inactivity is that, as it turns out, there's nothing to do in government in Atlasia.

Before you protest, think about it. When Atlasia agreed to reboot its entire legislative history, wiping away over a decade of legislation, it conceded that nothing that happened over that time was of any real consequence. What happens when everything is accomplished again, as it was then? Will Atlasia wipe the slate clean again so that it can legalize marijuana a third time? Government in Atlasia is tedious work, arguing over bills of no real consequence that motivate nobody, which is why so many people stay away. We have long since reached a point where, far from augmenting elections by giving them stakes, fantasy government actually impedes elections by dissuading candidates from running lest they win. The purpose of the Atlas Forum Movement is to offer an alternative, so that there can actually be exciting and competitive elections for everyone. This is, after all, an election simulation.

The Atlas Forum Movement is inspired by Boss Tweed's campaign for president several years ago, which was and remains the presidential campaign most honestly interested in making Atlasia work that I have ever seen. In that campaign, Tweed identified the fundamental issue facing Atlasia: its disconnection from the Atlas Forum. Instead of dealing with problems of real consequence to the forum and its posters, Tweed noted, the Atlasian government spent all its time dealing with matters of no interest except to itself, completely ignoring what was going on in the forum. This was a perversion of the original intent of Atlasia, which was to serve as an election simulator for the whole Atlas Forum community, to determine a president of the whole Atlas Forum and not just of a fake country. Nothing has changed since.

If anything, things have gotten worse. Think back to the great schism of last year, when a large portion of the forum split off to go to a different site amidst contentious debate over the future of the site. The Senate of Atlasia could have been a place to debate this momentous issue for the long-term health of the forum; the President of Atlasia could have provided leadership. Where were they? They were completely absent, because Atlasia is irrelevant to the forum at large. It's two boards on the very bottom of the front page that most people don't even think to look at except when they get a PM to vote, because nothing that gets discussed is really of genuine consequence to anyone.

The goal of the Atlas Forum movement is to make Atlasia once again part of the Atlas Forum as a whole. Instead of debating the abolition of a fantasy EPA, the Atlas Forum Movement proposes that Atlasia instead deal with real issues: both issues happening in the real world and issues for this website. The problems that plague Atlasia will never be fixed with mere cosmetic changes, with increased activity requirements, with a new constitution now and then. What Atlasia requires is reorientation, and I encourage people of all ideologies to join me in the realization of that goal.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TRUMAN for SENATE: A Time for Truth on: October 31, 2016, 11:43:39 pm
Thank you. I am also interested in knowing what about my candidacy was destructive.
I strongly disagree with the vision of the HFP, and the ethical conduct of certain persons associated with it. So, a President Xahar would be destructive to the vision for Atlasia that I have worked towards over the past year or so.

Don't talk in circles like this. Which persons? What ethical conduct? Be specific. Similarly, how would such a presidency be destructive to your vision? Talking like this is worse than nothing.

Perhaps he saw the future. As in what you were going to do.

Pray tell, what was I going to do?
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Rpryor03, SOFE on: October 31, 2016, 08:33:50 pm
Bear in mind, that if the votes count, it will open the door for voters to make all kinds of comments in the voting booth

I fail to see why this is a problem. Why is there a rule against this at all?
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Citizens Movement for Democracy on: October 31, 2016, 08:19:54 pm
I am proud to affiliate myself with the Citizens Movement as a concerned citizen.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you plan to go to any conventions in 2017? on: October 31, 2016, 08:15:13 pm
Yeah, I'm expecting to be at Sloan this year.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Xahar on: October 31, 2016, 08:09:33 pm
Thanks everyone!
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TRUMAN for SENATE: A Time for Truth on: October 31, 2016, 05:37:57 pm
Thank you. I am also interested in knowing what about my candidacy was destructive.
I strongly disagree with the vision of the HFP, and the ethical conduct of certain persons associated with it. So, a President Xahar would be destructive to the vision for Atlasia that I have worked towards over the past year or so.

Don't talk in circles like this. Which persons? What ethical conduct? Be specific. Similarly, how would such a presidency be destructive to your vision? Talking like this is worse than nothing.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TRUMAN for SENATE: A Time for Truth on: October 31, 2016, 05:27:32 pm
Thank you. I am also interested in knowing what about my candidacy was destructive.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Rpryor03, SOFE on: October 31, 2016, 04:54:05 pm
This is quite a valiant effort to defend blatant abuse of power.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TRUMAN for SENATE: A Time for Truth on: October 31, 2016, 04:46:39 pm
Right. I endorsed you before it became clear that you had no intention of running an active campaign and before you endorsed an anti-democratic and, frankly, destructive candidate for the presidency.

What exactly is anti-democratic about my candidacy? Please withdraw and apologize for these baseless slurs.

I would like to note that these remarks have been neither justified nor withdrawn.

I am still waiting.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Potus2036 v. SoFE on: October 31, 2016, 03:12:46 pm
I believe this suit pertains to me.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Discussion on the Supreme Court Cases (Avoid Cluttering Case Threads) on: October 31, 2016, 03:11:12 pm
Xahar - Invalid (VP choice not clearly interpretable)

This is, uh, self-evidently moronic.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: CONFLICT OF INTEREST on: October 31, 2016, 03:04:47 pm
In 2005 Ebowed and Q got elected because Q was the SOFA and he literally just disqualified as many people as he needed for his ticket to win

I think it is more disturbing that people stood by and let that happen, then anything else.

I wonder if North Carolina Yankee is going to stand by and let it happen now!
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