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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 21, 2014, 12:46:25 pm
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 21, 2014, 12:30:02 pm
How do you Identify?

That's a big question but I think the ultimate thing to remember here is that, given cultural meh fleg meh fleg meh fleg meh fleg meh fleg meh fleg meh fleg meh fleg MEH FLEG  MEH FLEG  MEH FLEG IS MY IDENTITY  MEH FLEG MEH FLEG




MEH FLEG



MEH IDENTITY



THEY ARE TAKING MEH IDENTITY



NO SURRENDER TO FENIANS



MEH



FLEG

3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the Obama legacy sabotage Romney's presidency? on: July 21, 2014, 11:48:26 am
Gentle reminder:

Those are some top-notch arguments you've got there, Mr Rockingham.
Sigh. I'll try one more time:

SERIOUSLY BRUZ!?

Or do I need to state outright that I'm parodying the lunatics who've taken over a good chunk of the USA?

"Romney/Ryan Rill Rin Rassachussets!" signing out.

Not a "troll", a parody.

It wasn't "trolling", because I expected people would realize I was a parody the moment I adopted that blooming "Romney'll will win Rassachussetts" handle. I proceeded to make my posts more and more absurd the expectation that people would eventually realize(to your credit your one of the ones who eventually did).

4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anti-Mormon bigotry on the Atlas on: July 20, 2014, 03:45:41 pm
Serious question - would people get their feathers similarly ruffled at "anti-Scientologist bigotry"? I really don't see much of a difference. There's a lot of open water between established religions that have been around for centuries and a creepy cult invented by a literal conman.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anti-Mormon bigotry on the Atlas on: July 18, 2014, 12:10:03 pm
Why are you acting as if Romney's desire to fulfil the White Horse prophecy isn't relevant to the fact he ran for President?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Leaving...For Now on: July 18, 2014, 12:09:02 pm
Praying? What did God have to say on the matter?
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Scott v. The Northeast on: July 17, 2014, 04:33:56 pm
Supreme Court of Atlasia
Nyman, DC

Scott v. The Northeast

Opinion of the Court.


(Senior Associate Justice Oakvale delivered the opinion of the Court.)



After consideration of the submitted briefs and the facts of the case, the Court has come to a unanimous, but qualified, decision in favour of the petitioner, Governor Scott, in regards to the Northeast region's ban on the song Happy.

At question in this case is the power of the regional government to censor media if it is judged to be in the public interest. The Constitution of Atlasia of course, in Art. VI  c.1, guarantees all citizens

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the rights to free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government to address problems.

The question before the Court then, is the power of regional governments to reconcile this constitutional guarantee of free speech and expression - in this case, personal preferences expressed through playing or listening to a morally objectionable piece of music - and the desire to maintain the general public welfare.

Perhaps the most obvious comparison to Pharrell William's Happy is Andre Serrano's Piss Christ. This extremely controversial 1987 artwork consisted of photograph depicting a crucifix contained in a jar of human urine. Despite some popularity among critics and aritstically-minded audiences, in an inverse of the way that Happy is popular among a certain segment of listeners of dubious taste, Piss Christ proved hugely controversial, with Christian activists and politicians expressing outrage and disgust at the perceived blasphemy. One can imagine that local governments considered the implications of banning or censoring this obscene artwork in, of course, the public interest.

Happy, any reasonably impartial observer would agree, lacks artistic merit almost entirely. Contrary to Piss Christ's intriguing commentary on societal ills and the rejection of Christ's supposed message, Happy contains very little that could conceivably be argued to add anything of worth to society. The lyrics are vapid, the music grating and intolerable, and the near-constant repetition in virtually all public places throughout Atlasia is tantamount to noise pollution or, indeed, a form of mild audio torture.

But the Court must concede that a lack of artistic merit even more blatant than that argued by opponents of Piss Christ does not reasonably give the regional government grounds to legislate on the basis of taste, no matter how objective the question of taste in this instance may seem. Happy is clearly not by any measure a 'good' song. It may even be morally offensive and plausibly damaging to some notion of cultural integrity. But, like Piss Christ, the public must be allowed to display and enjoy art, no matter the content, as the right to free expression remains sacrosanct.

While no one can doubt Governor Dallasfan's noble intentions, and indeed the laudable efforts by the former regional justice, Averroes Nix, in their fight against this distasteful cultural artefact, the constitutional conflict is clear. As we stated in the slightly more significant Snowstalker vs. The Midwest, speech, no matter how distasteful, offensive or lacking in artistic merit (as in this case) is protected. If you will pardon the pun, the Court has little choice but to strike down the ban, allowing Happy to be once again foisted on the Northeast region's radio stations by judicial... phiat.

However, the Court must reject entirely the petitoner's request for monetary restitution to the supposedly injured parties in this case. Crucially, the law in question provided for no enforcement mechanism whatsoever, and there is no reason to suggest the ban ever actually took effect. Indeed, it is entirely possible that Happy received a significant increase in airplay and sales as a result of both the increased publicity surrounding the ban and the subsequent litigation, and indeed as a form of protest against the perceived injustice. We cite in evidence of this citizen A Person's request that protestors blare the song outside the Northeast capitol as a result of the ban.

§2, c. 2 of the Northeast Recognition Omnibus Act is in violation of the Constitution of Atlasia and is hereby struck down. However, no fines or monetary penalties shall be levied on the Northeast government, the federal government, or former Governor Dallasfan as a result of this case.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What musical instruments can you play? on: July 17, 2014, 03:37:25 pm
Guitar is my first instrument but I've mainly been playing 'keyboards'/synth and samplers these days. What I've been enjoying lately is to sample the tail end of a guitar chord running through some random effects pedals and then chop that up, reverse it and stick it into a drum machine or something for mangled weirdness. I still play guitar a lot though - I picked up a cheap Jazzmaster recently which is something I've been wanting to do for ages. Jazzmaster, a delay pedal and some fuzz? Insufferable shoegaze noise, please.

Along with some half-assed attempts at tackling FM synthesis on a level higher than "change the operator ratio until it sounds half-decent", I've also been messing around with Pure Data, which is like a freeware version of Max/MSP (music programming language). I have some basic programming knowledge but it's a little, uh, daunting -



I might be better off copping out and ~legally purchasing~ a copy of Reaktor.
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 17, 2014, 03:26:37 pm
Which does the church see as a greater enemy: Jews or Protestants?

I can only speak from my own perspective. St. Patrick drove the Jews out of Ireland centuries ago so I don't consider that to be a pressing social issue.

What is the correct way of getting rid of protestantism, and how many protestants must you personally kill to get into heaven? I ask this as a catholic who seeks penance.
 

No-one is talking about violence, but, yes Protestantism obviously must be stopped. It - in a strange, blandly liberal form - has killed this board, and - in a more virulent and relevant strain - has created people like GaussLaw and Jerry Falwell. All footsoldiers in the new Counter-Reformation are welcome.
10  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: No, seriously, let's talk about outofbox6. on: July 17, 2014, 03:23:32 pm
If he's older than 13 I've lost what scraps of faith in humanity remain.
11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How can one be a Liberal Christian? on: July 17, 2014, 12:33:54 pm
It requires a strong desire to reconcile a fuzzy sense of religious belief with the platform of the US Democratic Party.

Liberal theology need not imply liberal politics, tho I will admit that embrace of conservative theology by the Republican Party has led to such an alignment in the US.

True, but given that this is the only place I've encountered the bizarre spectacle that is "liberal Christianity" the latter is what I'm referring to.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: TNF v. Windjammer on: July 16, 2014, 10:57:50 pm
The Court is considering whether to grant certiorari on this matter. At issue, of course, is whether the Supreme Court is the appropriate entity to rule on matters of Senate procedure - in other words, whether a procedural Senate election can be treated identically to a regular public election. There is, however, a case to be made that the Supreme Court is the only body that can reasonably issue any kind of ruling on lawsuits involving procedural Senate issues - I refer to this as the "who else?" argument.

The decision on certiorari will be posted in the coming days, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

In the mean time, I am issuing a temporary injunction on the certification of Senator NC Yankee as President pro tempore of the Senate pending a decision on either dismissal of this matter or, in the event that certiorari is granted, a resolution to the case.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How can one be a Liberal Christian? on: July 16, 2014, 06:34:09 pm
It requires a strong desire to reconcile a fuzzy sense of religious belief with the platform of the US Democratic Party.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: You are all missing the point of "Ask" threads. on: July 16, 2014, 03:29:37 pm

15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 16, 2014, 03:24:30 pm
Irish is a national language in name only - really it's the domain of a few smug hicks and pandering politicians who like to trumpet their Irishness by adding a few words in the language to a street sign occasionally.

If only it was just street signs...

True. As you might remember one of the issues that Fianna Fáil tackled in the months of economic collapse leading up to the bailout was to add Irish language notifications to the Dáil elevators.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: You are all missing the point of "Ask" threads. on: July 16, 2014, 02:59:54 pm
The encounter between the ironic and the irony-free is a recurring Atlas train wreck.

Yes. See: Imagen if Atlas Forum Modarn In The Past

I'll make an exception for Hash's since it's actually genuinely interesting.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 16, 2014, 01:34:02 pm

I think it'd probably be worse. Our best writers all wrote in English, despite what the gabbling gombeen mafia will insist, and our literary (and otherwise) impact on the rest of the world - and the impact of the rest of the world on our culture - would have been massively diminished without the English language. Just personally I think it's a disastrous language that should be taken off life support as soon as possible - the unbearable smug attitude of the gaelgoir stormtroopers who act as if they're somehow more Irish than those who don't speak their dead language doesn't exactly help my opinion of the 'movement'.

I wonder, what's it like having a national language but electing not to speak it? In the broader, societal sense, not just you. I imagine there aren't many countries in a similar situation- a non-dead ethnic language of the majority group. I imagine the Irish speakers must be sincerely confounded as to why everyone else isn't speaking it, and I can see how that would be annoying.

It's not that people are electing not to speak it as such - it's that they can't, and more importantly, that there's no point. Quite literally everyone in the country - and I'm including everyone in 'Gaeltacht' areas - speaks fluent English. For the overwhelming majority of those, English is their first and only language. Irish is a national language in name only - really it's the domain of a few smug hicks and pandering politicians who like to trumpet their Irishness by adding a few words in the language to a street sign occasionally.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: You are all missing the point of "Ask" threads. on: July 16, 2014, 01:15:12 pm
Scott, I will direct you to my popular AMA over on the Religion board, where I am engaging with the fans on a personal level. However,

Who are your favorite ministers/theologians?  Whose philosophies have had the biggest impact on your worldview?

1. I answered this before. Antipope Felix V will always hold a special place in my heart.

2. Esoteric Hitlerism.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / You are all missing the point of "Ask" threads. on: July 16, 2014, 01:05:46 pm
The idea was to poke fun at the silly narcissism of random members having AMA threads about their religious beliefs as if they're theologians or clerics. As such, they should all be on the Religion & Philosophy board, although Xahar had an excellent idea in originally putting his on the 2016 board.
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 16, 2014, 01:04:25 pm
Would Irish culture be more or less interesting if the country had remained Irish speaking?

I think it'd probably be worse. Our best writers all wrote in English, despite what the gabbling gombeen mafia will insist, and our literary (and otherwise) impact on the rest of the world - and the impact of the rest of the world on our culture - would have been massively diminished without the English language. Just personally I think it's a disastrous language that should be taken off life support as soon as possible - the unbearable smug attitude of the gaelgoir stormtroopers who act as if they're somehow more Irish than those who don't speak their dead language doesn't exactly help my opinion of the 'movement'.

What does the prime minister of Ireland have to do with Taoism?

That's actually quite simpler to answer if one thinks of the Taoiseach as striving to strike a harmonious balance between austerity economics, special interest redneck lobby groups (see: the GAA and the inexplicable Garth Brooks popularity) and vapid populism.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 15, 2014, 05:14:42 pm

I had no desire to take on that task, but Inks and Morden begged and I felt I couldn't really refuse.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: July 15, 2014, 01:08:14 pm
I think you'll find that many, many Conservative ministers over the past century have had beards...
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: July 15, 2014, 12:10:09 pm
Of course. They want to ban everybody interesting.

Wouldn't that work in your favour?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you think Gully Foyle or Oakvale want you banned? on: July 15, 2014, 12:09:21 pm
If you're not NYExpress or The Worst and a handful of other atrocious spambots you can probably save your time and assume I don't want you banned.

No, wait never mind. T3h Ban brothers!!!1
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 15, 2014, 11:42:54 am
Do you like your eggs scrambled or sunny side?

Scrambled obviously since I'm not a psychopath.

Are you happy about Germany's win?

I don't particularly care but I guess FRAU MERKEL's nation winning the World Cup might conceivably irritate Snowstalker, so...

Why do you hate freedom? (Again)

What does this even mean, Worst?
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