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76  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96 on: December 29, 2016, 12:10:49 pm
Damn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGyQmH9NZcw
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 3rd Congress Noticeboard on: December 29, 2016, 11:47:00 am
Okay so I haven't forgotten about this. I made an excel spreadsheet of ALL house bills, which I will update periodically. I am so sorry for all the delay. Please everyone, especially congresspeople, use this as reference for past legislation and current.


This is an awesome design.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: LOA - 28 Dec to TBC on: December 29, 2016, 11:45:31 am
Get Better soon Smiley
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 1026 - The Freedom to Drink Act on: December 29, 2016, 11:44:37 am
I've always thought that a uniform age of 18 works well; in my own experience you have a year or so drinking in secret, and then by the time you're 18 you actually become more responsible and start going to pubs/having it with meals etc (I feel like I have no right to talk about licensing ages since I'm from the binge drinking capital of the World, combined with being a student)

Anyway what I argued for in the Senate many moons ago was for a federal minimum of 18, with allowances for raising the age to 21 if regions/states wished to (but wouldn't because 21 is a stupidly high age)

Really?
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: December 29, 2016, 11:42:45 am
I have PMed GM Kalwejt and asked him to give us a budgetary analysis.

Did he say how long it would take to provide such analysis?

He didn't get back to me at all, and now he's on leave from the GM office, apparently.

Ugh...

     Well this might take a while. I'll get the hot chocolate going. Tongue

Hey so instead of waiting on budgetary analysis, if the sponsor wants to come up with his own budgetary proposal and gives sources and calculations to GM Kal, then Kal can agree or veto the cost. I wouldn't mind helping do it at all, either. Just so we can get the ball rolling on such an important issue.

Kalwejt always presents such great potential and opportunities, but he always leave you but a taste and a tremendous hunger thereafter.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: December 29, 2016, 11:41:03 am
I have PMed GM Kalwejt and asked him to give us a budgetary analysis.

Did he say how long it would take to provide such analysis?

He didn't get back to me at all, and now he's on leave from the GM office, apparently.

Ugh...

     Well this might take a while. I'll get the hot chocolate going. Tongue

Hmm, sounds temping, but I prefer not to drink so early in the morning.
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kissinger Could Help Broker Deals Between Trump and Putin on: December 26, 2016, 10:28:43 am
Some of the posts in this thread are pretty sick.


Keep something in mind. Kissinger was the first one to articulate and implement an alternative to the Domino Theory and its inherent view that all Communists were Reds and instead sought to break them down by their self-interests and pit them against each other.

Is that idealistic or moralistic, of course not. But sometimes you have to accept reality for what it is and work within it to protect your interests and citizen's lives.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How much did Pence help or hurt? on: December 26, 2016, 10:13:20 am
The Midwest was a team effort. Pence got the base voters out while Trump got the WWC indies and swing voters.


Look at the cities that Pence most went too after the Convention (Lima, Altoona, Sioux City, Grand Rapids, WOW), compared to Trump (Scranton, Davenport, Green Bay, Detroit). There was a definite pattern of rust belt cities for Trump and more Republican and Evangelical cities for Pence, not to say there was not significant overlap when it comes to say Lima obviously or even Grand Rapids.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 1026 - The Freedom to Drink Act on: December 26, 2016, 10:07:52 am
16 and 17?  Allowing minors to drink alcohol is an extremely scary notion. I prefer 21 to be the age, as it has been since the 1984 bill did with the highway standards. But this needs to be a regional thing, and I support allowing the regions to choose between 18 and 21, with 21 being the standard. 

You make it sound as if I'm suggesting a complimentary bar in every elementary school. Tongue

Devil rum shall indeed destroy A-murica! Tongue

85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 1026 - The Freedom to Drink Act on: December 26, 2016, 09:51:55 am
Seriously? I wrote this damn bill forever ago as a Senator, and now I will (hopefully) finally be invloved in the House vote? Tongue

It is sad that regularly updated noticeboards became a lost science after the reset (well even before that at times). It does so much to ensure bill resolution and certainly to avoid both bills and amendments to bills being lost.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-043 - Gas Tax of 2016 (Debating) on: December 26, 2016, 09:47:06 am
Also, which metric of inflation is going to be used?

This is very important because some measures of it do not move much with the price of gas, while others have a much stronger correlation.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: December 26, 2016, 09:44:30 am
I have PMed GM Kalwejt and asked him to give us a budgetary analysis.

Did he say how long it would take to provide such analysis?
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1062 - Amendment to the Presidential Succession Act of 2016 (FINAL VOTE) on: December 21, 2016, 07:36:07 am
This bill is listed as Passed in the House on Truman's List, but I haven't seen where such has been declared by the Speaker.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-046 - Electoral Tie Resolution Amendment (Debating) on: December 21, 2016, 07:27:53 am
Likewise with the Integrity bill, I would recommend a final review of the text for similar concerns.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-044 - Deputy Game Moderator Act (Back to House) on: December 21, 2016, 07:26:04 am
This is still listed as being voted on the tracker. Wink
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-043 - Gas Tax of 2016 (Debating) on: December 21, 2016, 07:25:05 am
I am certain this is a very positive step.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-041 - Safegraud the Integrity of Our Institutions Act (Debating) on: December 21, 2016, 07:23:51 am
I would recommend one last review for any potential conflicts, legalistic or constitutional in nature that might remain, then proceeding if nothing remains of concern.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Congressional Federalist Conference on: December 18, 2016, 06:34:20 am
This should be alphabetical.

I have Senators alphabetically, then Congressmen alphabetically. This has traditionally been the pecking order Tongue

But... I want to be first.

I do have the People's House listed first on the Noticeboard. That can be a consolation if you like. Tongue
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Congressional Federalist Conference on: December 18, 2016, 06:33:17 am
Hopefully this idea survives this time. Didn't really get off the ground in June.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: December 18, 2016, 06:32:18 am
Young Texan
Federalist
Texas

I echo my exuberant Vice Chair in likewise welcoming you to the game/region/party!!! Cheesy
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: North Carolina G.O.P. Moves to Curb Power of New Democratic Governor on: December 18, 2016, 06:27:34 am
This state's GOP sucks


news at 11
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1058 - Support Our Steelworkers Act of 2015 (FINAL VOTE) on: December 18, 2016, 06:26:27 am
Any update on this folks?

3 Nays, 2 Ayes and 1 Abstention

I have been sending PMs to both NeverAgain and Clyde, but only Clyde has been responsive. For instance, only Clyde has posted his noticeboard in the new thread I created.


98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: December 18, 2016, 06:17:58 am
As someone who's never had to use any form of US healthcare my knowledge is very much weighted towards outcomes rather than the actual process of getting healthcare.

Gets back to the vague post I made in Scott's thread about learning just how long the road is.


When it comes to outcomes, and especially outcomes relative to cost you are dealing with three things that interconnect.

1. Availability of qualified professionals
2. Availability of Technology
3. Pricing Mechanism (Pay for services rendered or overall outcomes)

Also the combination of technology and transparency of cost/quality allows (in some instances of healthcare) to expand choice and the range of options for their care, just as much as this bill does with choice in coverage.

I think we are going to end up having 3 to 4 bills on healthcare. 1. Access and related Cost concerns (This Bill), 2. Healthcare Delivery and Quality (Includes 3 point list above), 3. Healthcare IT, and 4. Liability Reform.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: December 18, 2016, 06:10:10 am
I will acknowledge that the one component of the 2014 bill that I had "least understanding" of was exact mechanics of the CIEP and risk pools. Yes, I can read what it says but my feel for how that would function practically was never as strong as the portions I wrote myself or had influence over. If memory serves me that was largely the work of Duke and Lumine, so people who generally know what they are doing.

I might hazard to suggest that having them, might alleviate some of the problems that Obamacare experienced regarding who was signing up and was not, but relative improvement in that regard is not something that I could speak to directly.


100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: December 18, 2016, 06:06:42 am
Oh okay that makes more sense; I was worried that the majority would piggyback onto that part of the plan.

I think we're looking at a very strong piece of reform, especially in regards to the amount of choice that consumers have

I agree, it is certainly heading in a strong direction, at least structurally.
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