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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Beebe leaves Governor Mansion; takes all of the doors on: January 13, 2015, 03:25:49 am
The point is not whether or not this actually happened or not solarstorm. The point is that this such a mega-badass action that we want it to have happened, that we wished it would have happened and prefer to pretend that it did happen because it is frankly just so fing petty and cool at that same time that you want to just skip all the foreplay and move him right to the next base.

Beebe 2016!!!!!!

Plus political news is always made sexier when thrown in with some added exaggeration.

"Governor Beebe tilts paintings, leaves the water running, takes towels, silverware and doors on his way out!!!"
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Debating) on: January 13, 2015, 03:20:41 am
My chief concern is that with wage growth being outstripped by inflation, we are getting into a wage deficit situation, so wages in real terms are dropping. The only issue in relation to our inflation rate... I'm not quite sure why our inflation rate is so high, it's not being triggered by high economic growth nor by pricing demands...

The Al Paradox. Despite my personal issues with the man, he was right back in 2010 when he was confirmed as SoIA? (pretty sure it was SoIA though it might have been GM, nah that was Badger I think). Anyway he said, that if any reasonable amount of realism was added, the numbers would be catastrophic for simple fact that Atlasian Gov't is so generally incompetent.

The issues with the budget situation being so late and the fact that the stop gap is a good example of the Cavalry Arrives Late, that could hammer the currency and interest rates. Though the direct effects on inflation might not reflect the current one's at least in the short term save through energy prices possibly forming a root resource effect. I will admit I haven't kept up with the thread the last few weeks because of everything being as they are, so I don't know if the GM has spiked energy prices or not but this is retro (would you believe I am listening to 70's music right now Tongue) scenario is one possibility.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reforming our prisons Bill 2014/5 (Debating) on: January 13, 2015, 03:11:19 am
A week could probably do or maybe ten days. That is far more practical.

I was going to say two weeks should be the maximum range we consider, then I realized that the end of the month isn't much more then two weeks from now. Wink
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policy Report Act (Debating) on: January 13, 2015, 03:07:41 am
I will vote for this amendment.  But I can see a problem: the VP is often chosen as "the man who will get you votes, and then he will do nothing".So, I'm not sure this is totally a good idea to give something to a total inactive office.

It is inactive because we have made it inactive again. As a former, rather active VP yourself this is pretty clearly the case. Duke, DemPGH, and Cincy were active as well. We went four out of five active (which is unprecedented in my five years here) simply by giving it a chunk of the Senate to run.

If we give a specific job or responsibility, you will do much better than if such is vague or to be crafter by their own initiative simply because it is easier to short change on time and participation when there is no blueprint to be compared to obviously. By doing so, we changed the dynamics of the VP selection process too at least partially. Did not DemPGH, one of the said active VP's, consider one of your selling points you activity and thus likely engagement with the Senate's operation?

The selection process by the Presidential candidate will reflect the job description. If we cannibalize the latter, it should be no surprise the former is what it is.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Recall Amendment (Voting) on: January 13, 2015, 02:58:59 am
Aye

Though that is not say that I do not have concerns, particularly with the Midwest being kept in mind (though I must admit I did not follow that quite as closely as most were thanks to the heavy work load over the holidays and so forth).

I think it illustrates the difficulty with controversial players mentioned in reference to the At-Large seats. Regions are not unaffected by this, but ultimately if indeed the process is driver by outsider then one would hope that upon the vote the results would reflect the true desires of the region in question. That said obviously, the distraction can be a negative.

That said, the importance of the potential motivation for competence and activity has landed me on the side of voting aye if for no other reason then to not be deciding vote against this measure even if I do have some concerns, I sympathize with the overarching objective.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Budget Resolution (Voting) on: January 13, 2015, 02:50:57 am
AYE
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Voting on Amendment) on: January 13, 2015, 02:47:15 am
AYE
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: LOA on: January 13, 2015, 02:44:11 am
I know from my eleven week (or was it ten) ordeal last fall how bad that can be.

Actually when I saw this thread I thought you were going on leave not coming off (I must have missed it back on the fourth) so I am relieved.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reforming our prisons Bill 2014/5 (Debating) on: January 13, 2015, 02:40:08 am
Is it practical for the Senate to empanel ah a panel within 48 hours?

Considering it will be made up of Senators... it shouldn't be that difficult.

Are you selecting them by drawing names from a hat? Otherwise, it seems rather impractical. Standard declaration time for interest for any selection of Senators is 48 hours? Then if there is need for a vote... Of course the vote could potentially be over quickly, but usually it carries a maximum that extends for more then a day.

Plus several Senators are going on leave over the next two weeks, myself included (If I could avoid it, I would but as this fall proved, my head did not come equiped with built in wifi). Tongue 
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Beebe leaves Governor Mansion; takes all of the doors on: January 13, 2015, 02:35:47 am
heheheheheHAHAHAHAHA


Did he tilt all the paintings as well?
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: RomneyWatch: Upgrade to "Almost certainly" running again on: January 13, 2015, 02:33:21 am
This makes me wonder, what happens if Romney, Bush and Christie all run for President?  Those are all "serious," "establishment," "moderate" candidates who can raise money and probably run a competent campaign. 

Could that be a reverse 2008 Republican primary scenario where the establishment field is so crowded that the right-wing candidate pulls it out?  Rand Paul and Ted Cruz come to mind as potential beneficiaries if the party elite can't circle the wagons and decide on a single candidate.

The problem is that the "right wing" field is even more crowded than the establishment field. This could seriously end up being a fifteen-way primary. Time to invest in popcorn.

Pop Secret or Orval Red...?
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Leave of Absence - Jan 13th - 19th on: January 11, 2015, 03:17:34 am
I prefer shorter leaves but the variables are too great in this situation to be sure that by X day the interruption will be over.

The simple fact is that we are moving and therefore it is unavoidably going to be the case that there will be several days where access is not only limited but impossible. It had been my plan to ensure it worked out so that the move was completed and TWC had the internet up and running at the new house by Thursday. However, that time frame looks like less solid and it could be as late as the following Monday in the worst case scenario, which pushes it to a full week nearly.

Also the power is going to be cut at this house on Thursday so if the move is delayed further, there will be no access after Thursday until the move is fully completed and so forth. Also my work schedule throws a complication into the mix as well.

Fortunately, once this is over with, my work schedule has stabilized leaving more free time with the holidays passed, I have more or less recovered from the illness I have had since before Christmas and therefore post-move my activity should be higher than it has been since probably earlier December or November.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 11, 2015, 03:10:46 am
I think the best form of reparations would be based specifically on communities that have been damaged by past injustices. So inside of all descendants of slaves, regardless of wealth getting reparations it should be focused on, say, areas of the Mississippi delta and rather than the bushies and Elizabeth Warren's getting reparations it should be aimed at some of the reservations in South Dakota.

Maybe some sort of fund given a certain amount to dole out to various worthwhile projects?

Were it not for the recent tuition reforms I would suggest education for impoverished areas like the Delta or the reservations you mention as well.

Projects can help to be true, but unless they contribute to some form of industry sprouting up or support such that is already existing, the benefits are less long term and more short term. Unless you mean a library or a school for instance, instead of a road or airport then the dynamics are different.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Budget Resolution (Debating) on: January 11, 2015, 03:06:47 am
It is a necessary measure for rather obvious reasons. All that interesting stuff over the summer meant that a budget was not passed in time and therefore we have little choice but a stop gap of sorts.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reforming our prisons Bill 2014/5 (Debating) on: January 11, 2015, 03:04:10 am
Is it practical for the Senate to empanel ah a panel within 48 hours?
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Lenin Society on: January 10, 2015, 02:54:50 am
This caucus madness I seem to have started makes me cheerful Grin

Its actually more of a revival. The Whig Party was founded out of caucus if I am not mistaken. In fact several of the post-dissolution parties probably were ceded by the many caucuses that flourised at the time. Like many things (such as major media, which I tried so desperately to revive six months ago), it seems to have not survived 2013-2014. Hopefully, we can keep it sustained for a while.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - IDS Name change on: January 10, 2015, 02:48:21 am
The south had traditions long before the Renaissance fairgoers took it over after I left for the senate. Bourbon Friday's, mint julep Wednesday's, the governors plantation. The region birthed the RPP from its womb and brought attention to regional issues. People act like it was in such bad shape before the kilt wearers took it over and named it after the Knights of the Roundtable, but it was already colorful.

And it's a poor argument to make that the name attracts people given the current state of affairs. It sounds like a perfect place if you're into slaying dragons. Not if you want to be in the south. If anything, the imperial dominion stripped the region of its heritage and made it a niche region for dungeons and dragons players.

The problem is that some people litterally are offended by Southern heritage. I have met both at school and work people who are litteraly ashamed of the real life region's cultural traditions and heritage. I also remember your loving of such being labeled as racist by the JCP at the time in both subtle and not so subtle ways. This is one change in the south that gets unnoticed, but I run into people all time who litterally cringe at their neighbors' with their trucks and their guns and their duck dynasty type lifestyles.

Either option has drawbacks. But on an internet site, an appeal to dragon slaying is probably less counterproductive then an appeal to cotton fields and plantations.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - IDS Senate on: January 10, 2015, 02:36:16 am

I used to hold that opinion for no particular reason, but it's become clear that others are more than capable of doing Yankee's old grunt work, particularly after the rules revision, so I'm not sure what this means.

That was the case before as well. Hell BK and bgwah were better than I was. The notion came about for the sheer length of time I held the position of PPT stretching from right after dissolution (Marokai's disappearence) until last summer and thus you had to go back to pre-dissolution to find a non-Yankee Senate administrator (save for VPs whose increased involvement was something I not only only encouraged but aggressively pushed by the way). It looked a bit like the back and forth between Martin and Rayburn pre-dissolution. It was thankless and difficult and I was willing to relieve others of the bother, but it came at this price and served to be the undoing for an OSPR that dated back to the mid 2000s. I should have let Franzl have it in late 2012, but my damn sense of obligation to work down the queue backlog insisted I stay. Tongue

94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Recall Amendment (Debating) on: January 10, 2015, 02:25:26 am
So it would apply to only the President/Vice President and regional Senators? There's an equity issue here - if one class of Senators is to be held to this account and not the other? or is it only the President and and Vice President... if that's the case, then it should be made clear.

I sympathize with the concern, but the problem here is with the At-Large seats and the way they are elected. Deus, Libertas (back in the day), JCL represented chunks of the electorate and the popular election method that is at least somewhat proportional would provide someone to represent but at the same time, the majority would be hostile to said representation. Therefore there is at the same time the unfairness of treating one class different from other, there is also the problem that it cannot be fairly implemented without risking unfair treatment of this group by denying them an access the present voting system allots.

One should also remember that the two Senate clases are meant to serve as substitutes for a bicameral legislature and thus not only vast differences in constituency size between the two but also other differences are to be expected. A recall works well in a regional election, how do you recall someone who represents 20% of the electorate. By definition, the ideologues are always disasdvantaged be they left or right, but most of all the right in this situation.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Debating) on: January 10, 2015, 02:19:34 am
Abstain


Yea, I was afraid of this, but like I said, I didn't have much of a time window over the coming day plus.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rothenberg Initial 2016 Senate ratings on: January 10, 2015, 02:16:03 am
Hagan would need a decent win by Clinton in NC to beat Burr.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 10, 2015, 02:12:06 am
Restitution maybe, but restitution of the present value of lands and resources taken? So anybody want to put a dollar value on the chunk of Cleveland alone that would have to coughed up. We are talking Trillions here overall. 
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reforming our prisons Bill 2014/5 (Debating) on: January 10, 2015, 02:07:55 am
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b) the for-profit prison network

For-profit prisons couldn't possibly lead to problems, that would be just "crazy"hehe, not.


Getting serious now,
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Full membership of this panel must be constituted with 48 hours of this Bill being signed.

Is this practical? Also, shouldn't it be "within"?
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Efficient Referenda Amendment (Debating) on: January 10, 2015, 02:01:43 am
Does that resolve it by banning the legislature from doing it, or is this some kind of exemption of sorts?
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Community Development Authority Act of 2014 (Voting) on: January 10, 2015, 01:59:13 am
NAY
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