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26  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Reintroducing the Efficient Referenda Amendment (Again) on: March 22, 2015, 10:06:14 pm
Nay
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: End Daylight Savings in the Northeast Act on: March 22, 2015, 08:28:58 pm
It gives one extra hour of daylight, beneficial as far I am concerned.

I will not support this bill.
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 22, 2015, 03:45:52 pm
Following is the amended version of this bill which replaces the original bill.

It is my own amendment, and it is friendly.

Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time.  

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time.  

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.    

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program  


Mr. Blair, please look at this possible amended version for this bill and let me know what you think.
29  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: End Daylight Savings in the Northeast Act on: March 21, 2015, 08:57:45 pm
It is still nice to have an extra hour of daylight each day.

30  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 21, 2015, 08:51:43 pm
Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time. 

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time. 

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.   

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program 


Mr. Blair, please look at this possible amended version for this bill and let me know what you think.
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN/ORC national poll: Clinton = 53% favorable / 44% unfavorable on: March 21, 2015, 12:45:34 pm
Dewey being the favorite was built on a selection bias of people throwing out polls that didn't show Thurmond and Wallace getting any broad support.

If anything Republicans have been acting Dewey-Trumanesque these past two elections with unskewed polling and refusing to believe the Clintons are as popular with the public as they are.

My dear friend, the only two things that are certain in this life are death and taxes.
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN/ORC national poll: Clinton = 53% favorable / 44% unfavorable on: March 21, 2015, 11:28:44 am
*yawn* I was talked into this idea that my eyes and ears were deceiving me and Obama wasn't a shoo-in to be re-elected 4 years ago. I'm not buying it again and the credibility of anyone who tried selling it to me then is shot (including our dear Winfield). My eyes and ears are not deceiving me. Hillary Clinton is going to win.

Yes, just ask President Dewey about that.
33  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 20, 2015, 09:19:47 pm
Didn't have time to make my comments earlier today so I'd expand here.

I'd want to see specific care for LGBTQ teens, whilst we've done a lot to help LGBTQ citizens they still face challenges especially at that age.


Community kitchens and homeless shelters are open to all, so I really do not see the need to have specific facilities for LGBTQ teens.

We could have counselling services for LGBTQ teens, but these counselling services would not be LGBTQ specific, but for all in need of these counselling services.

Allow me to clarify.

I recognize that LGBTQ teens face many challenges, however, there are many teens, be they  straight, gay, bi, or whatever, who are facing challenges at this time in their lives.

My idea would be to have specific shelters geared toward homeless teens, teens who have left home due to whatever circumstances, abusive parent or parents, or have been kicked out of their homes.  

These facilities would have the resources and the personnel to deal specifically with this age group.

These facilities would be in a position to provide a safe place for these teens, where they could receive proper meals, have a warm and comfortable place to sleep, so they are not sleeping under a bridge or in a vacant, cold building somewhere.

These facilities would as well have qualified counsellors to help these teens navigate through these difficult times.

But my idea would be to have these facilities open to all teens, like I say, be they straight, gay, bi or whatever.  

These facilities would as well accept teens who are not homeless, but who just need a place to come to during the day, as long as they are not skipping school, a place to meet and talk with other teens, a place to talk to a counsellor perhaps, a place to participate in recreational activities with other teens.

I agree with that, but the thing is is that LGBTQ teens need a safe environment to go to. It's something that's being talked about more, and it's basically to ensure that their physical and mental health isn't at risk. I can't see a one size fits all approach being beneficial

OK, but the LGBTQ issue can be dealt with in a separate bill.



If it's given a separate bill then I'd support a funding cut on this bill to support it

No.  The funding can be provided separately.
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 20, 2015, 02:20:16 pm
Didn't have time to make my comments earlier today so I'd expand here.

I'd want to see specific care for LGBTQ teens, whilst we've done a lot to help LGBTQ citizens they still face challenges especially at that age.


Community kitchens and homeless shelters are open to all, so I really do not see the need to have specific facilities for LGBTQ teens.

We could have counselling services for LGBTQ teens, but these counselling services would not be LGBTQ specific, but for all in need of these counselling services.

Allow me to clarify.

I recognize that LGBTQ teens face many challenges, however, there are many teens, be they  straight, gay, bi, or whatever, who are facing challenges at this time in their lives.

My idea would be to have specific shelters geared toward homeless teens, teens who have left home due to whatever circumstances, abusive parent or parents, or have been kicked out of their homes.  

These facilities would have the resources and the personnel to deal specifically with this age group.

These facilities would be in a position to provide a safe place for these teens, where they could receive proper meals, have a warm and comfortable place to sleep, so they are not sleeping under a bridge or in a vacant, cold building somewhere.

These facilities would as well have qualified counsellors to help these teens navigate through these difficult times.

But my idea would be to have these facilities open to all teens, like I say, be they straight, gay, bi or whatever.  

These facilities would as well accept teens who are not homeless, but who just need a place to come to during the day, as long as they are not skipping school, a place to meet and talk with other teens, a place to talk to a counsellor perhaps, a place to participate in recreational activities with other teens.

I agree with that, but the thing is is that LGBTQ teens need a safe environment to go to. It's something that's being talked about more, and it's basically to ensure that their physical and mental health isn't at risk. I can't see a one size fits all approach being beneficial

OK, but the LGBTQ issue can be dealt with in a separate bill.

35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Ask What You Can Do For Country Act on: March 20, 2015, 02:18:50 pm
Aye
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 19, 2015, 02:28:49 pm
Didn't have time to make my comments earlier today so I'd expand here.

I'd want to see specific care for LGBTQ teens, whilst we've done a lot to help LGBTQ citizens they still face challenges especially at that age.


Community kitchens and homeless shelters are open to all, so I really do not see the need to have specific facilities for LGBTQ teens.

We could have counselling services for LGBTQ teens, but these counselling services would not be LGBTQ specific, but for all in need of these counselling services.

Allow me to clarify.

I recognize that LGBTQ teens face many challenges, however, there are many teens, be they  straight, gay, bi, or whatever, who are facing challenges at this time in their lives.

My idea would be to have specific shelters geared toward homeless teens, teens who have left home due to whatever circumstances, abusive parent or parents, or have been kicked out of their homes.  

These facilities would have the resources and the personnel to deal specifically with this age group.

These facilities would be in a position to provide a safe place for these teens, where they could receive proper meals, have a warm and comfortable place to sleep, so they are not sleeping under a bridge or in a vacant, cold building somewhere.

These facilities would as well have qualified counsellors to help these teens navigate through these difficult times.

But my idea would be to have these facilities open to all teens, like I say, be they straight, gay, bi or whatever.  

These facilities would as well accept teens who are not homeless, but who just need a place to come to during the day, as long as they are not skipping school, a place to meet and talk with other teens, a place to talk to a counsellor perhaps, a place to participate in recreational activities with other teens.
37  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 19, 2015, 01:49:18 pm
Didn't have time to make my comments earlier today so I'd expand here.

I'd want to see specific care for LGBTQ teens, whilst we've done a lot to help LGBTQ citizens they still face challenges especially at that age.


Community kitchens and homeless shelters are open to all, so I really do not see the need to have specific facilities for LGBTQ teens.

We could have counselling services for LGBTQ teens, but these counselling services would not be LGBTQ specific, but for all in need of these counselling services.
38  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 19, 2015, 01:45:52 pm
Didn't have time to make my comments earlier today so I'd expand here.

In regards to women with 'young children' what's the age cut off?

I would think this would have to include all dependent children and the age of "adult" is 16.
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 18, 2015, 08:41:42 pm
Thank you Mr. Speaker

My passion for these causes is well known.

I have spent many hours, days, weeks, and months as a volunteer working for these causes, and others.

As a society and as individuals in society, if we have, we should be willing to share with those who have not.

As a government, we must give support to those who have fallen on hard times, giving them a hand up, should we say.

There is an old song, part of which goes

There but for fortune go you or go I

We never know when we may find ourselves, or someone we love or care about, in need.

Let us never forget about the less fortunate, about those who need our help, about those who find themselves in a situation they never wanted.

By helping now, we can be contributing to these individuals overcoming their hardships, and  becoming productive members of society in the future.

I urge this Assembly to support this bill, to help those in need.
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tony's Back in Town: University Choice (Attention Whoring) on: March 18, 2015, 08:18:13 pm
Definitely Duke.

Then you could be an alumnus of the same university as Richard Nixon.


"And I always remember, that whatever I have done in the past, or may do in the future, Duke University is responsible in one way or another."


Richard M Nixon
August 17, 1960
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Ask What You Can Do For Country Act on: March 18, 2015, 02:22:45 pm
I will still support the bill, but I am simply raising a point that others may have as well. 
42  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Ask What You Can Do For Country Act on: March 18, 2015, 01:14:23 pm
I am always wary of experts or a council of experts.

It is much like experts in a certain field who are called to testify in court.

One expert in that field testifies for the defense, the other expert in that same field testifies for the prosecution, and they have completely opposite opinions on the same subject.
43  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Fix to the criminalization of Blackmail Act (Voting open) on: March 18, 2015, 01:08:34 pm
Aye
44  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN/ORC national poll: Clinton = 53% favorable / 44% unfavorable on: March 17, 2015, 03:23:44 pm
Hillary Clinton

From this:



To this:





SOOOOOOOO SAAAAAAAAD

You realize this favorability rating is far higher than that of any of the Republican candidates, correct?

What polls have shown is that Hillary has very high name recognition. 

Now that the public is getting to know more about her, her statements, her views, her actions, her favorable ratings will decline, go up with some other event, fluctuate.

But anyone who believes that Hillary is guaranteed the Presidency is sadly mistaken.

Once she declares, if she does, and once she is under the microscope as a major candidate for the Presidency, and once the slogging gets tough and nasty, as it surely will, she will not be leading the race nearly to the extent that she has been doing. 

This race is not over, as some Hillary robots seem to believe, but really has not as yet even begun in the larger context.   
45  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Fix to the criminalization of Blackmail Act on: March 17, 2015, 03:06:23 pm
We should get to the vote as soon as possible. 



46  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN/ORC national poll: Clinton = 53% favorable / 44% unfavorable on: March 17, 2015, 02:55:26 pm
Hillary Clinton

From this:



To this:





SOOOOOOOO SAAAAAAAAD
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! on: March 16, 2015, 11:05:38 pm


Happy birthday madam justice, but please try to stay awake while the court is in session.
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney to Fight in Boxing Match Against Evander Holyfield! on: March 16, 2015, 10:58:19 pm
Holyfield doesn't stand a chance.

I feel sorry for poor Evander.
49  General Discussion / History / Calvin Coolidge, champion of African Americans on: March 16, 2015, 08:54:40 pm
Wiki

President Calvin Coolidge repeatedly called for laws to prohibit lynching, calling it a "hideous crime" of which African Americans were "by no means the sole sufferers", but consisted of the "majority of the victims".

However, most Congressional attempts to pass this legislation were filibustered by Southern Democrats

Just sayin'.
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Ask What You Can Do For Country Act on: March 16, 2015, 10:38:49 am
Please exchange pounds sterling into Atlasian $ (U.S.$)



Mr. Blair?
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