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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Haverford Act-Amendment to Pornography and Age of Consent Act 2010 on: Today at 05:51:42 pm
Voting aye on my amendment.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Graduate Protection Act (Vetoed) on: Today at 05:48:49 pm
Yes.  Fine with me.

I should have thought of that when I presented the original amendment.

However, if employers are mandated to pay at the least the minimum wage, I do not imagine that many employers will be paying anything above the minimum wage  at least to start.

3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Stand with the Kurds Act on: Today at 10:15:49 am
Aye
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should Rome be returned to the Vatican on: March 04, 2015, 05:46:39 pm
No.

I don't think the Vatican wants the responsibility of cleaning Rome's sewers and of disposing of Rome's thousands of tons of garbage every day.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are there any certified geniuses posting on Atlas? on: March 04, 2015, 05:37:31 pm
I have a first cousin,  my mother's nephew, who is rated a genius.

Unfortunately, I did not inherit that quality.  Smiley
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Haverford Act-Amendment to Pornography and Age of Consent Act 2010 on: March 04, 2015, 05:05:15 pm
My proposed amendment:

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Haverford Act

The Pornography and Age of Consent Act of 2010 is hereby amended to read:

An act to liberalise laws restricting sexual activity and to amend the Northeast Pornography and Age of
Consent Act of 2005:

1. In accordance with the federal Bow Chicka Bow Wow Act of 2009, All individuals 18 years of age or older shall have the right to buy, possess, and view pornography depicting only persons of 16 18 years of age or older.

2. The age of consent for sexual activity shall be 16 18 years of age. Exceptions to this will be made if the two consenting individuals are within 3 years of age of each other and if both of the individuals are above the age of thirteen. That is, a fourteen-year-old can consent in a relationship with a seventeen-year-old, but a thirteen-year-old cannot give consent in a relationship with a sixteen-year-old.

3. Any person 16 years of age or older, who does not fall under the exception in Part III of this Act, who engages in sexual activity with an individual below the age of consent shall be guilty of statutory rape.


7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Stand with the Kurds Act on: March 04, 2015, 04:53:38 pm
I am fine with the amended version for this bill.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senator Cris's Survey on Secret Balloting. on: March 04, 2015, 01:39:44 pm
The system currently in use is the best system for a forum such as this.

Secret balloting is simply not practical for this application.

I do not like  the idea of secret balloting at all for this game.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Getting old........ on: March 04, 2015, 01:24:46 pm
I will miss you.

All the best to you and yours.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Stand with the Kurds Act on: March 04, 2015, 10:53:26 am
If that is the consensus of the Assembly, but we must be extremely careful that any legislation we present, debate, or pass in this assembly does not pass over into the realm of foreign policy.

Foreign policy is not our  responsibility nor is it our jurisdiction.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Graduate Protection Act on: March 04, 2015, 10:45:12 am
Aye
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Haverford Act-Amendment to Pornography and Age of Consent Act 2010 on: March 04, 2015, 10:42:36 am
Exactly what does the 2005 act say?

We have to know what we are comparing this proposed amendment to.

Somebody please post the 2005 act.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 04, 2015, 12:21:51 am
Prime Minister Stephen Harper

I'm sure you've then considered amputation.

We should all be so fortunate as to have shaken hands with the greatest Prime Minister that Canada has ever been blessed with.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Are there any certified geniuses posting on Atlas? on: March 03, 2015, 11:44:20 pm
Are there any certified geniuses posting on Atlas?
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: March 03, 2015, 11:27:53 pm
Governor, in behalf of former Representative cinyc,  I wish to present the following bill, in order to clarify and address any potential problems with the bill.

(From cinyc)
No region has the power to ban someone from voting in regional elections.  IIRC, there is an old court case that invalidated the South's attempt to create different requirements to vote in regional elections than the federal elections.  Plus, I think Section 1 is far too vague.

Fix to the Criminalization of Blackmail Act

Section 1: Definition of Blackmail

The following actions shall be considered blackmail, a felony in the Northeast:
1A. Any public official's abuse of power vested by the Northeast Constitution or the SOAP to attain, retract, or solicit an endorsement, a political position, or nomination for an election in the Northeast shall be prosecuted under the crime of blackmail by the Chief Judicial Officer of the Northeast.
2B. Any threat or statement, in public or in private, made to alter the course or hinder the debate of a piece of legislation based on the outcome of an endorsement, appointment, or nomination shall be prosecuted under the crime of blackmail by the Chief Judicial Officer of the Northeast.

Section 2: Punishment for Blackmail

Upon conviction after a fair and impartial trial, sentencing of the crime of blackmail shall be by the Chief Judicial Officer of the Northeast; he may, use any combination of the following as punishment, depending upon the severity of the offense, impose a penalty of

1. Up to a one year ban from voting in any Northeastern regional elections.
1. Up to two years ban from holding any office in the Northeast. at any level of government.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Stand with the Kurds Act on: March 03, 2015, 10:01:43 pm
Although I do not believe this bill actually sets foreign policy, but only makes a statement, due to concerns raised about this bill, perhaps we should get a ruling as to rather this bill can legally be introduced and voted on by this Assembly.

Voting should be delayed until a ruling has been obtained.

Does anyone else in the Assembly support me in this proposal?
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 02, 2015, 08:35:39 pm
Does getting a high 5 from David Copperfield count?  Smiley

Happened with me in Vegas April 2014.

Not a political figure but certainly a celebrity.
18  General Discussion / History / Re: Public Offices held by Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates on: March 02, 2015, 06:16:37 pm
In case anybody is wondering what I am doing, I am moving entries down to make more room for adding further information in individual entries.

This is a work in progress.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Dr. Phil on: March 02, 2015, 04:42:46 pm
HP

Buy my how to feel better book

Buy my wife's how to look better book

Buy my son's how to diet book

Buy my niece's fly to Mars and back book
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Graduate Protection Act on: March 02, 2015, 04:17:26 pm

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Graduate Protection Act
Section 1
1.)In the Northeast all unpaid internships are hereby banned and declared illegal,
2.)An unpaid internship is hereby declared as a ''A trainee who works without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.''
3.)Any company that is found to be using unpaid internships will face legal action, and fines of up to $10,000 depending on the severity.
4.)The wages paid to interns at the time of the internship shall be the prevailing minimum wage in place at the time in the Northeast Region.

Section 2
1)All companies offering paid internships must advertise this to the general public.
2)Any forms of discrimination based on gender, age,race, sexual orientation or socio-economic background is prohibited.
Section 3
1) A scholarship scheme will be set up to encourage public service jobs for high skilled graduates. This scholarship scheme will provide grants for graduates who wish to enter public service.
2) In order to continue receiving support graduates must remain in the post for 18 months.
3)This scheme will run in parallel to a Green Graduate scholarship scheme that will run under a public-private partnership, which will provide grants and support to Masters students who are studying  environmental issues

I put forward the above amendment (in blue) to the Graduate Protection Act for consideration.

Mr. Speaker, since you are the author of this bill, does this proposed amendment meet with your approval? 

Amendment is unclear, I want it to specify that interns get the minimum wage

Does this look better?
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CPAC straw poll: Paul 26% Walker 21% Cruz 12% Carson 11% Bush 8% Santorum 4% on: March 02, 2015, 03:16:52 pm
If Walker had Cruz's academic credentials, he would be a viable candidate.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Graduate Protection Act on: March 02, 2015, 03:00:06 pm

Quote
Graduate Protection Act
Section 1
1.)In the Northeast all unpaid internships are hereby banned and declared illegal,
2.)An unpaid internship is hereby declared as a ''A trainee who works without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.''
3.)Any company that is found to be using unpaid internships will face legal action, and fines of up to $10,000 depending on the severity.
4.)The salary or wages paid to interns shall be at the entry level salary or wages for the particular position for which the intern was hired.

Section 2
1)All companies offering paid internships must advertise this to the general public.
2)Any forms of discrimination based on gender, age,race, sexual orientation or socio-economic background is prohibited.
Section 3
1) A scholarship scheme will be set up to encourage public service jobs for high skilled graduates. This scholarship scheme will provide grants for graduates who wish to enter public service.
2) In order to continue receiving support graduates must remain in the post for 18 months.
3)This scheme will run in parallel to a Green Graduate scholarship scheme that will run under a public-private partnership, which will provide grants and support to Masters students who are studying  environmental issues

I put forward the above amendment (in blue) to the Graduate Protection Act for consideration.

Mr. Speaker, since you are the author of this bill, does this proposed amendment meet with your approval? 
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Criminalization of Blackmail Act on: March 02, 2015, 02:45:13 pm
Aye
24  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: If the Vice President dies..........Some questions.......... on: March 02, 2015, 12:06:57 pm
Thank you Federalist.

That sheds a great deal of clarification on this situation.

I am most impressed with your constitutional expertise.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Graduate Protection Act on: March 02, 2015, 11:50:59 am
I think perhaps I did not make myself clear.  When I mentioned medical research scholarships, I was not necessarily advocating scholarships in this field, I was simply using it as one example where scholarships might as well be warranted, as you had advocated two fields in particular where scholarships are warranted.

By pointing out two fields where scholarships  would be granted under this bill, my concern is that perhaps other students in other fields would believe that they too are studying in fields that  warrant scholarships.

But yes, by all means, let's separate the bill, as you have done with the amendment, and deal with scholarships as a separate issue.  I am hopeful that we can come to some kind of a consensus on scholarships for public service and environmental work.   
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