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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The "Geriatric Congress" on: Today at 12:00:12 pm
Sometimes the older members are more reasonable than the younger ones, who are more partisan.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why did Howard Dean's scream destroy his campaign? on: Today at 11:57:34 am
For me it was always my view that the Scream distracts people looking back from the real cause of his loss. The fact that he just lost Iowa badly.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Reintroduction of Top Secret Classification Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:40:48 am
Now that is how you should advocate for a bill and I would note this is not even my bill. Tongue
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Reintroduction of Top Secret Classification Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:40:25 am
This was a process that we had prior to the reset when we had Active GMs. I recall getting classified intelligence briefings as Senate President Pro-Tempore from I believe SoEA Sjoyce. I recall that  this was attempted previously unsuccessfully since the reset though in my state of extreme sleep deprivation I might be misremembering about that. Tongue. Anyway I think this moves further along the road to a more well developed foreign policy simulator and perhaps even into the realm of covert ops simulation that I proposed a year ago in my Presidential campaign. I think a more well developed Foreign Policy aspect will be more engaging, dramatic and consequential for the game players thus encouraging greater activity and interest.

At the same time I think a greater focus on foreign policy at the Federal level will create the breathing space for the Regions to flex their muscles on education and healthcare and similar issues without the centralized state seeking to usurp their problems, which a was root cause of the decline pre-reset.

Time and time again we opted for a more narrow, less engaging simulation be it in 2009 with th e arguments over number versus story generation and outright broken foreign policy simulation with the integration of the SoEA (SoS) into the Game Moderation team. This meant that a lot of the energy and effort was directed at domestic policy areas, squeezing the regions out of responsibilities and when combined with the large centralist movement decrying every move that left any responsibility with the regions as "irresponsible" in light of activity issues, created a self-fulfilling prophesy of decline. 

I will also note for those who are of a mind to oppose military-defense apparatus and foreign intervention, I would note that the presence of such a system renders a spirited debate over foreign policy actions much more likely, giving new depth and meaning such positions. But to get that point, it is first necessary to setup the required game mechanics to facilitate that.

Rather than repeat the mistakes of 2009 and 2011/2012 we should proceed with alternative choices that lead to a better, more integrated foreign policy. It is for this reason that I support the bill here before us and urge the House and Senate to pass it.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Reintroduction of Top Secret Classification Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:24:42 am
The sponsor has 24 hours to advocate for this and the other members have an additional 48 hours to respond.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1152 - Carbon Tax Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:19:04 am
That is thin and borderline pathetic JGibson Tongue
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Prioritizing Our Workers' Employee Rights (POWER) Act (Passed) on: Today at 04:12:36 am
Quote from: Final Text
House Bill
to allow working Atlasians to more easily create and join labor unions and protect workers' rights

Be it enacted in Both Houses of Congress Assembled,

Quote
POWER Act


Section 1-Title

i. The long title of this Act shall be, the "Prioritizing Our Workers' Employee Rights " It may be cited as "POWER"

Section 2-Organization of Unions
i. If employees at a company distribute and collect cards to form a union with the signatures of over half of the company's employees, a union a secret ballot election shall be held within 2 weeks shall be formed and and if a union is formed it shall serve as the official union for that company

ii. Official unions retain the power to collectively bargain on behalf of members in negotiations with the company

iii. Language on the aforementioned cards must be clear in expressing that the drive is for unionization, and must describe the level of dues to be paid

Section 3-Enforcement

i. Fines levied by the Atlasian Department of Labor against those convicted of violating the rights of workers to join or form unions without coercion or discrimination shall be increased by 20%

ii. The Atlasian Department of Labor shall from this point forward seek an injunction against firms engaging in discriminatory labor practices against employees seeking to unionize, if the allegations of discrimination have been properly investigated and proven in court

iii. Elections deemed as fair must be certified by the Atlasian Department of Labor within 1 month

Section 4-Employee Freedoms and Reponsabilities

i. Unions shall decide whether or not those who do not pay dues for union representation can receive the benefits of the union

ii. This measure bans the firing of employees based on union organization or membership

iii. Company violations of this act or labor standards as per the Atlasian Department of Labor's guidelines and statutory guidelines shall be made clear and taken into account during the government contract procurement process

iv. Government protected employee rights shall be listed in each workplace in clear, readable English, along with any other language spoken by over 15% of the population of that workplace's county

v. Employees have the right to report abuse by corporate or union officials without retribution in the form of losing their job or having wages garnished

Section 4-Mechanisms
i. This measure will be enacted immediately

ii. Enforcement will be carried out by the Atlasian Department of Labor

Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Passed 7-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled,

8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Prioritizing Our Workers' Employee Rights (POWER) Act (Passed) on: Today at 04:09:54 am
Vote on Final Passage of the Prioritizing Our workers' Employee Rights (POWER) Act:

Aye (7): Harry's State Department, Haslam2020, Iliniwek, JGibson, LouisvilleThunder, NC Yankee and VPH
Nay (0):
Abstain (0):

Didn't Vote (2): Peebs and Rfayette.

With seven votes in the affirmative, the bill is adopted and sent to the VP and PPT.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Return Education To the Regions Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:06:32 am
Going to hold off on the next vote until I get on next so people recognize it is a different amendment. Tongue
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Return Education To the Regions Act (Debating) on: Today at 04:05:38 am
Vote on Final Passage of the Amendment H8:06 by NC Yankee:

Aye (7): Harry "No One Listens to Me" Truman, Haslam2020, Iliniwek, JGibson, LouisvilleThunder, and NC Yankee
Nay (0):
Abstain (0):

Didn't Vote (2): Rfayette and VPH.


The amendment is adopted.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE RESOLUTION: Continuing Resolution (At Final Vote) on: Today at 04:02:11 am
AYE
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Crusader Polling - Federalist Primary (General Public) on: Today at 03:56:14 am
Wow, I see Lyin' Leinad is SWEATING LIKE A DOG as his cosy cartel collapses!



That's adorable!
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / HOUSE BILL: Reintroduction of Top Secret Classification Act (Debating) on: Today at 03:45:23 am
Quote
House BILL
To reintroduce and organize the distribution of classified information from the Game Moderator to responsible officials in the government.

Be it enacted in Both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Quote
Reintroduction of Top Secret Classification Act
1. The Game Moderator shall have the power to label select documents as "Top Secret" for the purpose of dissemination of matters vital to national security or economic imperative.

2. Matters deemed as "Top Secret" must labeled clearly at the top of the message.

3. Matters deemed as "Top Secret" may only be revealed, whether in full form or in summary, to the President, Vice President, Cabinet, Deputy GM and to any person the GM feels it is essential have the information. Any person the GM consents to receive the information must be listed as the original PM sent by the GM.  Such matters may also be revealed to the Justices of the Supreme Court and to trial juries only where necessary for the prosecution of cases outlined by this Act.

4. It shall be punishable under Atlasian Law for any person entrusted with material labeled "Top Secret" to reveal that information to an individual not mentioned in section 3.

    a. This crime shall be tried as though it were a crime under the Consolidated Criminal Justice Act.
    b. Use of "Top Secret" material as evidence in such cases shall be revealed and discussed in private among the presiding Justice, Counsel and the jury, where applicable.
    c. Sentencing of the crime shall be by the presiding Justice; He may sentence the guilty party for up to, but not exceeding, a 2 month ban from voting and a 4 month ban from holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia.

Atlasian House of Representatives
pending


Sponsor: NC Yankee for the Game Moderator
Status: HB 1154
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: dfwlibertylover for Lincoln Assembly (platform unveil) on: Today at 03:16:38 am
Technically speaking the healthcare bill itself won't be debated, but as a consequence of first Section of said bill, the regions will have to make several determinations on the nature of their exchange, the main ones are listed in the polls I fielded (Opt Out or not, Monopoly or not, Mandate or not). Those determinations will be debated between now and Jan 1, 2018.


That being said, endorsed! Smiley
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1152 - Carbon Tax Act (Debating) on: Today at 01:49:37 am
On what planet is that an advocacy Gibson, really Tongue
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE RESOLUTION: Continuing Resolution (At Final Vote) on: Today at 01:16:50 am
With no objections the motion is sustained. A final vote is now open on this resolutions, Representatives please vote, Aye, Nay or Abstain.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People's Regional Senate Budget Committee Member Election on: Today at 01:06:44 am
I didn't even notice you went with a tighter schedule then we did. Tongue
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Survey Atlasia: We BACK MOFOS - Big 3 Regional Healthcare Decisions in Fremont on: September 20, 2017, 06:42:28 pm
This poll is for all registered voters in the Fremont Region and will run for Five Days.


Explanation of Questions: Per the the Reforming and Regionalizing Healthcare Act of 2017, the regions have to make several determinations regarding the nature of their exchanges by January 1, 2018.

The first Question:
AtlasCare can be opted out of for the general market, but will remain available for seniors, vets and others previously in disparate Healthcare programs, as it is the consolidated successor to those entities.

Those regions who opt out have to ensure that there is a provider for both catastrophic care and for preventative care in the region, otherwise the opt out will lapse.

The Second Question:
AtlasCare can be allowed as the only provider on your exchange, in which case a region basically has a single payer, medicare for all type setup.

Alternative Regions can decide to allow competitors onto the market and these can include a number of options, including private-for profit, private - non profit, and co-op based options.

The Third Question
Will people be required to purchase Healthcare.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Survey Atlasia: We BACK MOFOS - Big 3 Regional Healthcare Decisions in South on: September 20, 2017, 06:31:07 pm
This poll is for all registered voters in the Southern Region and will run for Five Days.


Explanation of Questions: Per the the Reforming and Regionalizing Healthcare Act of 2017, the regions have to make several determinations regarding the nature of their exchanges by January 1, 2018.

The first Question:
AtlasCare can be opted out of for the general market, but will remain available for seniors, vets and others previously in disparate Healthcare programs, as it is the consolidated successor to those entities.

Those regions who opt out have to ensure that there is a provider for both catastrophic care and for preventative care in the region, otherwise the opt out will lapse.

The Second Question:
AtlasCare can be allowed as the only provider on your exchange, in which case a region basically has a single payer, medicare for all type setup.

Alternative Regions can decide to allow competitors onto the market and these can include a number of options, including private-for profit, private - non profit, and co-op based options.

The Third Question
Will people be required to purchase Healthcare.

 Fremont will be up shortly.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Survey Atlasia: We BACK MOFOS - Big 3 Regional Healthcare Decisions in Lincoln on: September 20, 2017, 06:21:06 pm
This poll is for all registered voters in the Lincoln Region and will run for Five Days.


Explanation of Questions: Per the the Reforming and Regionalizing Healthcare Act of 2017, the regions have to make several determinations regarding the nature of their exchanges by January 1, 2018.

The first Question:
AtlasCare can be opted out of for the general market, but will remain available for seniors, vets and others previously in disparate Healthcare programs, as it is the consolidated successor to those entities.

Those regions who opt out have to ensure that there is a provider for both catastrophic care and for preventative care in the region, otherwise the opt out will lapse.

The Second Question:
AtlasCare can be allowed as the only provider on your exchange, in which case a region basically has a single payer, medicare for all type setup.

Alternative Regions can decide to allow competitors onto the market and these can include a number of options, including private-for profit, private - non profit, and co-op based options.

The Third Question
Will people be required to purchase Healthcare.

South and Fremont will be up shortly.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Oakvale/Potus for Atlasia on: September 20, 2017, 05:37:10 pm
OF course in the best of all worlds, my financial situation would have been stable, and instead of no Federalist running I would have ran in June with Cincy or Superique as my VP and there never would have been a DemPGH Presidency in 2014. Tongue
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Oakvale/Potus for Atlasia on: September 20, 2017, 05:34:46 pm
The more time passes, the more weird the DemPGH Administration looks in retrospective. Such a horrible time, yet at the same time ironically fun.

I think DemPGH was a horrible President to have "as a Laborite" with a split Labor Senate and TNF the leading LAborite in the Senate.

Had DemPGH been President with a 6-4 Non Labor Senate from the getgo , I think a lot of things would have been much better. You probably would have taken the PPTship after I lost my internet, without that 2 months of TNF control, and bills like nationalizing power would have died 6-4 in the Senate. Like they had died 5-5 with Cincy's tie breaker for no under Duke's administration.

But unfortunately, it seemed too few people seem to care enough about Senate seats. Be it Superique against Tyrion, or you against TNF, there were many opportunities to avert that near disaster, but too many people were focused on other considerations and not on knocking out Socialist Senators.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Oakvale/Potus for Atlasia on: September 20, 2017, 05:29:27 pm
Basically I defined every election for Senate from the October 2013 Regional Senate elections through August of 2014 when I was no longer able to get online, in terms of "If more conservative candidate doesn't win, the Labor candidate will be a vote for the TNF agenda". Which was not a lie as Labor always seemed to vote as a block on most key issues. So whether or not "bore or Tyrion" were considered "reasonable laborites", made little difference and people finally learned that distinction was meaningless, when it was almost too late.


24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Oakvale/Potus for Atlasia on: September 20, 2017, 05:24:11 pm
Who can forget the energy debate?

Sadly I missed most of the fun after Spiral won that special election. It was the last election I was able to really GOTV hard for until April 2015. Damn good thing he won it and not Labor, otherwise power would have been nationalized and Tyrion confirmed as VP weeks earlier.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=194522.msg4253857#msg4253857

There was still a lot of anger brewing in the Feds against third parties after what happened in June and so getting all but 1 JCL voter to second Spiral over Cynic was not easy. I recall nationalizing power was still sitting in the queue at time or perhaps it had the floor, but I used TNF Socialism and nationalization in the GOTV PMs asking them to second Spiral for the sake of blocking his radical agenda.

25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Oakvale/Potus for Atlasia on: September 20, 2017, 05:07:20 pm
That said, Elizabeth Warren's platform is a marked improvement from the heady days of TNFism.

Well when 60% top tax rate is considered "moderate" and 50% is considered an extreme Conservative position (all the times I tried and failed to get it back down to 50% only to have Labor vote as a block to kill it), just illustrates how far left he pulled the spectrum. I remember arguing up an down how 90% wouldn't work now and didn't even work in the 1950's.

I remember when he tried to nationalize railroads, that was an especially fun debate since I know a bit about railroads and his only response was oft resorted to marxist dogma.
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