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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Great Canadian Flag Debate on: October 26, 2014, 11:45:41 pm
Either the current flag or the similar Reid Scott proposal with blue bands instead of red.

I like that one.
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 26, 2014, 11:29:12 pm
What's going on with Solarstorm's vote? Didn't he vote already? Did he delete it?

President/Vice President:

1.) Marokai/Antonio
2.) Poirot/Shua

Mideast Senate:

1.) Windjammer

Yes, I had been reminded that I live in the Mideast. Sorry for that.

(invalid votes: hawkeye, the Presidential portion of solarstorm's ballot)

What did I do wrong?

deleting the ballot instead of editing it

That wouldn't work because a ballot edited after 20 minutes is invalid.  I think what is supposed to be done is to leave the old vote as is and then cast another vote. But given the procedure here isn't clear, I think it makes sense to count solarstorm's vote for both races.
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: October 26, 2014, 11:13:09 pm
Does this
1. Shua/Poirot
2. Lumine/SJoyceFla
3. Marokai Blue/Antonio V
4. Al Sibboleth/Hashemite
count as a vote for the declared ticket of Poirot and myself?

I'm thinking it should given we constitute a ticket together, but I don't know if there may be a different precedent here.
29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1940 Presidential Election on: October 26, 2014, 11:02:03 pm
Willkie actually gets the same percentage from Atlas as he did IRL, but FDR is less and third parties are much greater.  A map might look like this:

- 245
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New Jersey Public Question #2 (2014) on: October 26, 2014, 08:26:59 pm
It looks like it's a major change to the funding formula for several environmentally-related programs (some more, some less), so I'd have to see some more information on the reason behind these changes. The conservation and preservation fund is depleted, but are the other environmental programs meanwhile overfunded?
Generally I think having funding formulas in a constitution should be avoided, but that option isn't available here.
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Rand Paul gives foreign policy speech at the National Interest on: October 26, 2014, 08:04:10 pm
On Thursday, Rand Paul gave the keynote speech at the annual dinner of the National Interest, a major foreign policy magazine from a realist perspective.  He generally endorsed a Weinberger doctrine approach, and also commented on drones, ISIS, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

After the tragedies of Iraq and Libya, Americans are right to expect more from their country when we go to war.

America shouldn't fight wars where the best outcome is stalemate.  America shouldn't fight wars when there is no plan for victory.

America shouldn't fight wars that aren't authorized by the American people, by Congress.

America should and will fight wars when the consequences….intended and unintended….are worth the sacrifice.

The war on terror is not over, and America cannot disengage from the world.

We need a foreign policy that recognizes our limits and preserves our might, a common-sense conservative realism of strength and action.

We can't retreat from the world, but we can't remake it in our own image either.

We can't and shouldn't engage in nation building, but we can facilitate trade and extend the blessings of freedom and free markets around the world.
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Steve King: "I don’t expect to meet [gays] should I make it to heaven." on: October 26, 2014, 06:51:38 pm
Hardly a shocking statement to make if one is familiar with Christian doctrine and teachings on the subject.

It's obnoxious because Steve King is not really a role model for compassionate, selfless behavior who should go around casting stones. Comments like this were completely ordinary into the 1990s and 2000s but the world has changed so much that one wonders what the point is of an elected official making a statement like this. I don't really care what his religious views are, but here he's just trying to relive some Republican fun of the 1990s at the expense of gays.

I believe he was asked about his religious views on this question, and thus he gave them. 
33  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cameron: UK won't pay £1.7bn EU bill on: October 25, 2014, 09:47:01 pm
See why people think the EU is bad.

Because Cameron is grandstanding about something trivial Huh

That's a lot of money for something trivial.
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Institute of Funny Partial Thread Titles You've Seen on Atlas on: October 25, 2014, 08:47:34 pm
"Re: Small Island Develop..."
in International Elections

The world has a new island and Atlas is already talking about who will run for office.
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 25, 2014, 07:18:27 pm
Why is Poirot getting votes?

Poirot's first round voters: Kalwejt, Spiral, Gramps, Maistre, NHI, shua, ZuWo, Pessimistic Antineutrino, DC Al Fine, CELTICEMPIRE, ElectionsGuy, Small L, homelycooking, Dallasfan, smoltchanov, BMotley, Mechaman, JBrase, dead0man, ChairmanSanchez

Yeah, he's favored with the Libertarians (Democratic-Republicans) which makes a big part of internet politics. I'd like to see what the race would look like if it was between Poirot and Lumine.

We have had great support from libertarians, however our campaign is also resonating with those from across the spectrum who want a greater voice in their democracy.

BK, why do you have hawkeye's vote as invalid?  His registration looks legit to me.  Is it a problem with his ballot?
36  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Abraham Lincoln on: October 25, 2014, 12:43:11 pm
Ultimately an FF, but he's certainly not all he's cracked up to be, and he certainly didn't emancipate the slaves as a matter of conscience.

He compromised at many points for the sake of the Union, but if you look very much at Lincoln's statements both in public and in private over the course of his political career, saying slavery was not for him a matter of conscience is not a tenable position.
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: If Mark Udall (D-CO) survives, what will be the factor that did it? on: October 25, 2014, 10:24:52 am
Ground game. As 538 has pointed out, the difference between D and good public polls is whites, not Hispanics.

I didn't really follow the logic in that article.
38  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best President, of these three on: October 24, 2014, 09:49:57 pm
Ford is immediately eliminated for his pardoning of Nixon and letting inflation run rampant (remember "Whip Inflation Now"?). Also, his two progeny were easily the worst high-level public servants in American political history.
Huh  Ford had four children and none of them were politicians - not that it would matter to his presidency if they were.

Ike of course.
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 24, 2014, 09:23:10 pm
presidential count (last voter homelycooking):  

first count after write-ins eliminated:
Lumine     23
Marokai    17
Poirot       13
Al              9
none/ex     1

Lumine     24
Marokai    21
Poirot       15
none/ex     3

Lumine     35
Marokai    21
none/ex     7
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: October 24, 2014, 07:47:34 pm
41  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: AK-Hellenthal (R): Begich +10 on: October 24, 2014, 07:34:58 pm
403 is not a lot of respondents for a poll, hence the large MOE at 4.88%. 800 is usually the magic number. Then again Alaska has such a small population, who knows.

With populations of more than a few thousand it shouldn't make much difference - a sample size of 400 is pretty low.
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Steve King: "I don’t expect to meet [gays] should I make it to heaven." on: October 24, 2014, 05:18:09 pm
I don't expect to meet gays
Should I make it to heaven
Would it be the same
If there were gays in heaven?

I've got to be strong
Against the things I frown upon
Cause I expect gays don't belong
Up in heaven
43  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Finding political meaning in this Simpsons Couch Gag.. on: October 24, 2014, 04:44:20 pm
It is rather Wittgenstein-esque, showing the problem of translation between the thoughts of one time and place and another. What appears as unintelligble is shown to not in fact be also irrational, but involving a logic which we are not cognizant of, and relations which have a deep reservoir of sentiment. In this way attempts at colonization of one culture over another are questioned.
44  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: wikipedia.org has no page for this site on: October 24, 2014, 03:37:48 pm
Wiki is generally a pain when it comes to establishing notability and there doesn't seem to be any reviews of the site (except some peer reviews) or articles about the site.

Well, there has been at least one article, though it doesn't mention the forum specifically.

It doesn't mention Atlas at all.

But it does mention Atlas forum members! That's really cool.

Here is perhaps the most recent notable use of The Atlas as a source:
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Another School Shooting north of Seattle on: October 24, 2014, 02:57:51 pm
Only fifteen minutes from my home. Yikes.

EDIT: Apparently my brother-in-law's wife's brother teaches there. He's okay, though.

Glad you are safe!

one other person is dead, three more are in surgery.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jeff Merkley becomes first sitting US senator to endorse marijuana legalization on: October 24, 2014, 12:57:17 pm
So glad he won in 2008. Can you imagine if Gordon Smith were still Senator? LOL

I'm sure it would be hilarious ?
47  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Civil liberties advocates losing in midterms on: October 24, 2014, 12:34:46 pm
Udall not making his stand against security state overreach central to his campaign is one of the worst political decisions of this cycle.
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Sarah Palin has endorsed Walker in AK-Gov race. on: October 24, 2014, 11:51:46 am
Why exactly is Parnell even struggling? Has he done anything wrong?

We don't know that he actually is struggling; Alaska polls are basically polls of just Anchorage because there's almost no landline penetration in the rest of the state.

But rural Alaska is afaik leaning Democratic, isn't it?

Basically you've got three groups:

1. Weirdo loners, either survivalists or hippies, but the former outnumber the latter.
2. Oil industry workers; extremely Republican, especially in this race (they don't like the oil severance tax).
3. Natives, who have very idiosyncratic voting patterns and often vote as a bloc; they usually have a strong pro-incumbent bias but not always.

In general it combines to be more Republican than the rest of the state, except when natives vote as a bloc for the Democrat.

The Native vote is why I think Begich still has an even or better chance of winning, and why Young is absolutely safe no matter what scandalous insane thing he does or says.
49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 24, 2014, 11:42:55 am

[  ] Al Sibboleth of West Virginia and Hashemite of Oklahoma
All Atlasia Progressive Rashtriya Janata Dal - Verenigde Gesuiwerde Atlasianer Volksfront

[2 ] Lumine von Reuental of Utah and SJoyceFla of North Carolina
Federalist Party - The People's Party

[3 ] Marokai Blue of Iowa and Antonio V of Hawaii
Labor Party

[1 ] Poirot of New York and Shua of Nunavut
Independent - Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above


[1] Bmotley of Indiana
Democratic-Republican Party

[2] Cassius of Virginia
Federalist Party

[3] Windjammer of Michigan
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Biggest Hacks on Atlas? on: October 23, 2014, 10:39:55 pm
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