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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian electorate maps - by poll/locality/postcode on: March 27, 2015, 05:22:13 pm
I started working on this while Julia Gillard was Prime Minister. How's that for an effortpost?

2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: March 27, 2015, 01:57:28 pm
I thought you guys might like to see this: a map 18 months in the making.



Thanks again go to Smid for his advice and encouragement.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Talleyrand for Dep. Secretary of Fed. Elections [debating] on: March 27, 2015, 11:50:51 am
Talleyrand has served with distinction as DSoFE in the past, and I trust that he will do so once again if confirmed.
4  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: What Happened to Phil? on: March 26, 2015, 08:54:59 pm
Who is John Galt?
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: March 25, 2015, 07:47:58 pm
Taraf de Haidouks - Turceasca

These guys are the giants of Romani music and probably one of the greatest instrumental ensembles ever. (I thought you had to sell your soul to the devil to play a violin like that!)

Genesis- Duke (full album)

This is supposed to be the weird album where they had one foot in the world of prog, and the other in the world of pop.  I think it might be their best: while I do have a soft spot for prog in general, their early stuff doesn't do a whole lot for me.  And of course neither does the 80's smash hits version of Genesis.  But this strikes a pretty cool balance that's better than the sum of its styles.

It's worth listening to just for the spectacular, triumphant intro to "Behind the Lines"! Some terrific, imaginative songs here, especially "Man of Our Times". However, having worked in a supermarket that played SUPER SOUNDS OF THE EIGHTIES nonstop, I don't think I'll ever want to hear "Misunderstanding" again. And I can't forgive the use of the drum machine. What on Earth were they paying Phil for anyway? Wink

How do you like A Trick of the Tail? Not as cohesive as "Duke" as an entire album, to be sure, but I don't think Tony Banks has ever written songs as moving as "Ripples..." and "Entangled".
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Homely's new maps thread on: March 24, 2015, 07:17:38 pm
Sorry, Phil.

7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Homely's new maps thread on: March 23, 2015, 08:51:42 pm
The same-sex marriage referendum (2012)


8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Adam Griffin for Registrar General on: March 23, 2015, 11:47:43 am
Thanks for your answers, Adam. It would be a pleasure to work with you on any of those issues if you are confirmed.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Adam Griffin for Registrar General on: March 22, 2015, 06:11:40 pm
Well, Adam, I'm primarily interested to hear how you plan on organizing and updating the census data. My suspicion is that some sort of open source spreadsheet would be a more effective way of presenting the voter list than the in-forum table, but since you have a real talent for presenting data elegantly, perhaps you could tell us what you have in mind.

Do you think that the standard of missing three consecutive regular federal elections is appropriate for deregistration of inactive voters? Should special elections count toward the three?

What do you think should be the membership threshold for a political party to be considered "major"? Should such a distinction even exist?

What's your opinion of deregistration? Do you think its most recent iteration in Atlasian politics has been a success?

Would you be interested in surveying people for more Census information - such as their county of residence within a given state or for some sort of "fantasy demographics"?
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Adam Griffin for Registrar General on: March 22, 2015, 04:42:44 pm
May I ask the nominee a few questions? It's not really my place to do so here, since I'm not a Senator, but I will be working with Adam in the future if he is confirmed and I think the Senators might like to hear the answers.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Last time every major city went Republican on: March 22, 2015, 11:59:41 am
Hartford, CT last went Republican in 1924.
12  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: When will the "New" in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico etc be removed? on: March 21, 2015, 12:26:19 pm
If the city is called New York, then the state should be called New Yorkshire. New York (state) resembles Yorkshire much more than it does York, and it would clear up some of the confusion resulting from the city and state having the same name anyway.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Five favorite albums on: March 18, 2015, 06:59:57 pm
In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson

This is probably my favorite of the so-called "prog rock" genre. I'm interested to know what you think of the track "Moonchild".

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

I often wish they'd play "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Any Colour You Like" more often on the radio in place of the big hits, since I don't think anyone is prone to tuning to their local classic rock station and thinking to themselves: "'Money'? I haven't heard that in ages!"
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Five favorite albums on: March 18, 2015, 05:57:42 pm
^ am I the only one who sees what other people like and then checks out some tracks?

You're doing it right. Heard anything that you hadn't heard before but enjoyed in the thread so far?
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Five favorite albums on: March 18, 2015, 02:54:11 pm
Out to Lunch! - Eric Dolphy
Conference of the Birds - Dave Holland Quartet
The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius
Hot Rats - Frank Zappa
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What are your favorite movie soundtracks? on: March 17, 2015, 12:08:14 pm
Herrmann's scores for "Psycho" and "Vertigo" are probably the greatest masterpieces of the genre, though my favorite is George Antheil's score for the avant-garde film Ballet Mécanique.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 16, 2015, 09:05:14 pm
I'm really sorry, but I can't constantly be checking that thread to see whether or not people delete their posts. The last notification from Kalwejt that I saw in the Candidate Declaration thread indicated that he was no longer interested in accepting write-in votes. He should not have deleted that post - and he could have simply written himself in if he wanted to change his mind again and accept them.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 16, 2015, 08:45:41 pm
Why was my write in for kaljew not counted?

The last time I had checked the Candidacy Declaration thread, I'm certain that Kalwejt had posted something like "On second thought, never mind" about accepting write-in votes. He must have deleted it. Surely I'm not losing my mind...!
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 16, 2015, 07:03:17 pm
OFFICIAL RESULTS
SPECIAL FEDERAL ELECTION OF MARCH 2015


AT-LARGE SENATOR (to fill one vacancy)

FIRST BALLOT

ADAM GRIFFIN 52 (Fritz, MalaspinaGold, Ebowed, a Person, EarlAW, Nagas, New Canadaland, SWE, Harry S Truman, TDAS04, Mattrose, Dr Cynic, BrewerPaul, bgwah, Marokai Blue, Badger, IceSpear, Blair2015, Ogis, Antonio V, Velasco, solarstorm, Windjammer, Beatrice, Clyde1998, Arturo Belano, Barnes, Nathan, BRTD, Sol, Thomas D, Njall, vivaportugal, MilesC56, ModerateVAVoter, wifikitten, Fuzzy, MaxQue, tara gilesbie, DemPGH, Joshua, Bore, Gaworth, Lief, badgate, TNF, SawxDem, Talleyrand, Gass, Duke, Adam Griffin)

JCL 26 (Maxwell, Spiral, Bmotley, Reaganfan, SNJ1985, TJ in Cleve, Small L, Rooney, Pessimistic Anti, DC al Fine, Celticempire, Pandaguineapig, Goldwater, PiT, dead0man, Torie, Wulfric, RogueBeaver, ElectionsGuy, Anton Kreitzer, IndyRep, JCL, Jerseyrules, Deus naturae, Dereich, NCYankee)

FOUCAULF 23 (Mr X, Averroes, Turkisblau, Foucaulf, TheCranberry, Oakvale, MormDem, Simfan, rpryor03, Gustaf, morgieb, BaconBacon96, Snowguy716, Sibboleth, Polnut, sbane, pikachu, Franzl, angus, sjoyce, Jack Enderman, Potus2036, Flo)

POIROT 10 (Castro2020, Spamage, Winfield, shua, Kalwejt, cinyc, homelycooking, Superique, smoltchanov, Poirot)

DKROLGA (write-in) 3 (dkrolga, Cris, Lumine)

NCYANKEE (write-in) 2 (Smilo, Hagrid)

INVALID 3 (TheDeadFlagBlues, Goodwin, Pingvin)

SECOND BALLOT

ADAM GRIFFIN 55 (Fritz, MalaspinaGold, Ebowed, a Person, EarlAW, Nagas, New Canadaland, SWE, Harry S Truman, TDAS04, Mattrose, Dr Cynic, BrewerPaul, bgwah, Marokai Blue, Badger, IceSpear, Blair2015, Ogis, Antonio V, Velasco, solarstorm, Windjammer, Beatrice, Clyde1998, Arturo Belano, Barnes, Nathan, BRTD, Sol, Thomas D, Njall, vivaportugal, MilesC56, ModerateVAVoter, wifikitten, Fuzzy, MaxQue, tara gilesbie, DemPGH, Joshua, Bore, Gaworth, Lief, badgate, TNF, SawxDem, Talleyrand, Gass, Duke, Adam Griffin, smoltchanov, homelycooking, Castro2020)

JCL 33 (Maxwell, Spiral, Bmotley, Reaganfan, SNJ1985, TJ in Cleve, Small L, Rooney, Pessimistic Anti, DC al Fine, Celticempire, Pandaguineapig, Goldwater, PiT, dead0man, Torie, Wulfric, RogueBeaver, ElectionsGuy, Anton Kreitzer, IndyRep, JCL, Jerseyrules, Deus naturae, Dereich, NCYankee, Smilo, Cris, Lumine, Poirot, cinyc, shua, Winfield)

FOUCAULF 28 (Mr X, Averroes, Turkisblau, Foucaulf, TheCranberry, Oakvale, MormDem, Simfan, rpryor03, Gustaf, morgieb, BaconBacon96, Snowguy716, Sibboleth, Polnut, sbane, pikachu, Franzl, angus, sjoyce, Jack Enderman, Potus2036, Flo, Hagrid, dkrolga, Superique, Kalwejt, Spamage)

INVALID 3 (TheDeadFlagBlues, Goodwin, Pingvin)

THIRD BALLOT

ADAM GRIFFIN 70 (Fritz, MalaspinaGold, Ebowed, a Person, EarlAW, Nagas, New Canadaland, SWE, Harry S Truman, TDAS04, Mattrose, Dr Cynic, BrewerPaul, bgwah, Marokai Blue, Badger, IceSpear, Blair2015, Ogis, Antonio V, Velasco, solarstorm, Windjammer, Beatrice, Clyde1998, Arturo Belano, Barnes, Nathan, BRTD, Sol, Thomas D, Njall, vivaportugal, MilesC56, ModerateVAVoter, wifikitten, Fuzzy, MaxQue, tara gilesbie, DemPGH, Joshua, Bore, Gaworth, Lief, badgate, TNF, SawxDem, Talleyrand, Gass, Duke, Adam Griffin, smoltchanov, homelycooking, Castro2020, Superique, Kalwejt, Spamage, Mr X, MormDem, morgieb, Snowguy716, Sibboleth, Polnut, Franzl, sjoyce, Flo, Averroes, TheCranberry, pikachu)

JCL 40 (Maxwell, Spiral, Bmotley, Reaganfan, SNJ1985, TJ in Cleve, Small L, Rooney, Pessimistic Anti, DC al Fine, Celticempire, Pandaguineapig, Goldwater, PiT, dead0man, Torie, Wulfric, RogueBeaver, ElectionsGuy, Anton Kreitzer, IndyRep, JCL, Jerseyrules, Deus naturae, Dereich, NCYankee, Smilo, Cris, Lumine, Poirot, cinyc, shua, Winfield, dkrolga, angus, Potus2036, Gustaf, Turkisblau, Jack Enderman, Foucaulf)

EXHAUSTED 6 (Hagrid, Oakvale, Simfan, rpryor03, BaconBacon96, sbane)

INVALID 3 (TheDeadFlagBlues, Goodwin, Pingvin)



ADAM GRIFFIN is elected At-Large Senator.

There was a total turnout of 119 voters, with 3 ballot papers being rejected.

I, Homelycooking, Secretary of Federal Elections, declare the above results to be a complete and accurate summary of the votes cast.

20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 15, 2015, 10:34:06 pm
The election ends at 0:00 EST (Atlas default) (1:00 EDT) tomorrow. Any votes cast after that time will not be counted, so if you haven't voted yet, please hurry up.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 14, 2015, 09:31:09 pm
The cruel destruction of two of our beloved friends and colleagues thrusts upon our consciences the urgent need to celebrate their lives while we can still vividly remember who they were and what they did. In doing so, we must offer solace to those for whom their loss is felt acutely, but we must not mourn, for Michael Denvir and Andrea Roccanello were not innocents. Their deaths were not unthinkable or incomprehensible. They were partisans of democracy, committed to ideals which marked them as enemies and targets. Though they may not have expected to part from us in that time and in that place, they were prepared to make this sacrifice so that the right of Atlasians to govern themselves might be preserved, enriched and bequeathed.

May we too be so prepared. May we strive to combat the terror and ignorance that afflicts our society with the fortitude of our departed fellow citizens. By their blood, in their names, the democratic sacrament is renewed.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2015 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 14, 2015, 12:17:57 pm
1. Poirot
2. Adam Griffin
3. Foucaulf
4. JCL
23  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Long Island in recent presidential elections on: March 13, 2015, 02:15:47 pm
I have a stack of four 500-page canvass books from Nassau for which I paid $100 total. Suffolk will at least put their canvasses on a CD for you, but will still charge you $25 apiece.

I'm working on some precinct maps of Long Island, by the way.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / March 2015 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 12, 2015, 09:35:40 pm
REPUBLIC OF ATLASIA - In Dave We Trust
Official Ballot




READ THIS FIRST

1. The election will last 72 hours, starting at 0:00 EST (1:00 EDT) Friday March 13 and ending at 0:00 EST (1:00 EDT) Monday March 16. Your vote will be considered invalid if you post before the election begins.

2. You are eligible to vote in this election if you have made 10 posts on the Atlas Forum in the past 8 weeks, have registered as a voter with the Registrar General more than 7 days before the start of the election, and have not had your voting rights stripped as a result of deregistration or a court verdict.

3. You will vote by ranking your choices in the order of your preference: 1 for your first preference, 2 for your second preference, and so on. You may write in preferences for candidates not on the ballot.

4. If you do not wish to vote for any candidate on the ballot nor to write in a candidate, you may vote for None of the Above as your first preference. All candidates ranked under None of the Above will not receive those preferences during the counting of the votes.

5. You are permitted, but not advised, to edit your ballot within 20 minutes of posting it within this thread. Deleting your ballot at any time or editing it after 20 minutes will result in the invalidation of your vote.

6. Please check over your ballot thoroughly before you click "Post". You have no excuse for casting a ballot which contains errors or does not accurately reflect your preferences. While the alphabetically-ordered ballot below is provided for your convenience should you wish to quote this post, you may order the candidates on your ballot however you would like.




AT-LARGE SENATE (to fill one vacancy)


[  ] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party



[  ] Foucaulf of Minnesota
The People's Party



[  ] JohanusCalvinusLibertas (JCL) of Indiana
Federalist Party



[  ] Poirot of Quebec
Independent



[  ] Write-in:______________________________



[  ] None of the above
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 12, 2015, 09:17:58 pm
I'll be posting the voting booth thread for this weekend's special election momentarily. The booth does not open until 12:00 EST, Atlas default time (1:00 EDT), so take note: if you cast your vote before 12:00 EST, Atlas default time (1:00 EDT), it will not be counted.

In other words, there's no need to try to be the first person to cast your ballot. You have 72 hours in which to vote.
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