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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Rally for Freedom of Speech on: June 20, 2014, 10:59:38 pm
@Butafiend: sick life bro

You can somehow justify allowing little children to watch pornography, decriminalizing public urination, legalizing hempfests


Spare me the pearl-clutching. I've posted my reasonings in various threads.

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naming derogatory acts after me

Huh I haven't named anything after you.

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Obscene content"? I looked through the lyrics again and there's not one curse word throughout the song. Sure, you can insinuate that the lyrics imply vulgar things, but this song is fit for public entertainment. My local radio stations play this regularly and nobody has a major problem with it!

There's a lot of worse songs out there where it's nothing but banging drums and yelling out cuss words and other words you can't even hear it's so annoying. This song is by no means terrible and you're infringing on basic rights.

Happy is problematic because it isn't lyrically obscene when it's only examined piecemeal. However, when you analyze the lyrics (and musical content) on the whole it becomes more apparent why Happy is obscene: in its repetition and lack of creativity. Happy is audible diarrhea and is not fit for Northeastern radio stations. The first part of this quote raises a more interesting question though: Are there certain songs that do rise to the level of being banned? RIP Cannibal Corpse.

I don't know if the onus is necessarily upon me, but I will be glad to defend this case in court. I am a patriot, and will fight this good fight for the sake of my countrymen.

That said, I'm alarmed that people don't think banning Happy is legal. Whatever happened to government as a force for good? Sad

Banning "Happy" was the right decision to make. I stand by Governor Dallasfan65, and call for Pharrell to be detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay prison for crimes against humanity. (i.e. the production of that song)

#KeeptheNortheastStrong
77  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / AggregateDemand vs Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Soundtrack on: June 20, 2014, 10:37:13 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vInY1kDRE4
78  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / DrScholl vs San Andreas Fault Line on: June 20, 2014, 10:28:27 pm
DrScholl vs San Andreas Fault Line
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End to Vaped Stupidity Act (Debating) on: June 20, 2014, 06:04:08 pm
As a humble citizen, might I make a contribution here?

While I certainly sympathize with the prospect of e-Cigarettes being used as an avenue to curtail regular tobacco consumption, I know that there is a concerted effort being made by colleges and universities to eliminate all forms of smoking on their campuses.  As it is the purview of the Assembly itself to decide whether that is in itself an acceptable policy, I simply wish to know if this bill will address those regulations, which presumably would not be covered merely under "local ordinances"?

Good question, Barnes.

Unless there's an oversight on my part, I imagine college boards and administrators would set their own policy on the matter. Ideally, public Northeastern universities would accommodate vaping.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / The Obamanation vs Lorde without autotune on: June 20, 2014, 03:09:07 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uzR0ZoZPjU
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Rally for Freedom of Speech on: June 20, 2014, 01:36:48 am
Plenty of songs are censored because of obscene content. I don't see how Happy doesn't rise to this level.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Voting Booth: General Election on: June 20, 2014, 01:33:15 am

As Governor, I hereby declare this polling place open at 02:33am EST on Friday June 20th, 2014.


This is the Northeast regional polling booth for the June 20-22 election. In this polling place, Northeast citizens are electing a Governor and five members to the Assembly.

Votes for offices in this region are cast using PR-STV.  Voters who wish to preference more than one candidate should allocate a first preference for a candidate by marking a [1] in the space provided by that candidate's name, and proceeding to number as many preferences as they desire by marking a [2], [3], etc for as many candidates as they so desire.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts  a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is not considered informal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is not considered informal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

Per past practice, write-in votes are only counted for a candidate if he or she publicly declares a willingness to receive write-in votes for a particular office in the [name of election] before the polls close in the Candidate Declaration Thread or writes in his or her own name on the ballot for that particular office.

Votes for "NOTA" or "None of the Above" for any office are formal regardless of the preference assigned to it. Should a voter preference "NOTA" as well as other candidates, only his vote for "NOTA" will be counted.

This booth shall remain open until June 22nd at 11:59:59 PM EST.  Editing your ballot at any point after posting will result in disqualification of your vote. I will be strictly enforcing the time parameters of this election, voting outside of the time parameters will disqualify your ballot.

Official Ballot

Governor:

[ ] Talleyrand
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[ ] BaconBacon96 (Democratic-Republican - New York)
[ ] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - New York)
[ ] Rpryor03 (Federalist-New Jersey)
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: RR1997, what time is it? on: June 19, 2014, 09:59:17 pm
lel

(200th post)

RIP TNF
84  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / NewYorkExpress vs Operation Sea Lion on: June 18, 2014, 10:58:06 pm
NewYorkExpress vs Operation Sea Lion
85  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / ProgressiveRealist vs WoW Freakout Kid on: June 18, 2014, 09:12:22 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YersIyzsOpc
86  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Snowstalker vs The Cosmological Principle on: June 18, 2014, 04:15:35 pm
Snowstalker vs The Cosmological Principle
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End to Vaped Stupidity Act (Debating) on: June 17, 2014, 10:55:28 pm
For starters, this will more likely than not be my last bill for the time being (hence Dallasfan's farewell.)

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I oppose dropping sales taxes on e-cigarettes entirely. If you want to lower the sales tax overall, that's one thing, but dropping it completely, I oppose, especially if you're only dropping it for e-cigs and not for other items. What makes e-cigs so special?

The sales tax is only 1%, and we accrue a significant amount of revenue from it as is. This is specifically about exempting e-cigarettes from taxation.

Exempting items from taxation isn't an unprecedented idea. Several states exempt clothes and food. It's a popular idea in some political circles that punitive/excise taxes ought to be imposed in order to influence and change behavior. My opinion is that if taxes can be levied to change behavior, why can't they be waived?

New Jersey is currently considering imposing additional taxes on e-cigarettes. In addition, New York City is trying to restrict e-cigarette usage. I think proponents of these measures are knee-jerk reactionaries, and that we ought to do something about it, as New York and New Jersey are under our jurisdiction.

The whole point of this bill is to make e-cigarettes an attractive alternative to tobacco.  E-Cigarettes can be an avenue for quitting, for many people. Encouraging use of e-cigarettes as opposed to tobacco would help the poor, as well.

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Starter kits usually run between $30 and $100. The estimated cost of replacement cartridges is about $600, compared with the more than $1,000 a year it costs to feed a pack-a-day tobacco cigarette habit, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. Discount coupons and promotional codes are available online.
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That's what makes them special. The potential positives (less people smoking, less cancer, et cetera) far outweigh the negatives (minimal loss in tax revenue, when we have had large surpluses.)
88  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Oldiesfreak1854 vs The Fly (1986) on: June 17, 2014, 05:37:39 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BzwxJ-M_M0
89  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / MalaspinaGold vs Armagnac-Burgundian Civil War on: June 16, 2014, 11:31:37 pm
MalaspinaGold vs Armagnac-Burgundian Civil War
90  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / CrabCake vs JCP in the Pacific on: June 16, 2014, 11:22:11 pm
CrabCake vs JCP in the Pacific
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: June 16, 2014, 11:11:46 pm
Hot Creations continues to amaze:

Electricity - Lee Foss ft. Anabel Englund
Don't Feel The Presence - Hunter/Game
Forward Motion - Hot Natured
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: June 16, 2014, 12:56:21 am
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Solitary Confinement Ban Act

Section 1:
1) Upon the passage of this legislation, the use of solitary confinement to discipline inmates is hereby prohibited

Section 2:
1) An exception to this bill can be made if an inmate poses a direct threat to the other inmates

I sign,

XDallasfan65
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act (Debating) on: June 16, 2014, 12:54:24 am
No. Forget it.

Table it.

Why?
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act (Debating) on: June 15, 2014, 10:21:21 pm
That's not my objection to it. What if the news producer is active? Would they then be left in a state of limbo once legislation expired? What if they Assembly simply doesn't feel like it?

I'd support it if there was a rider promising that a renewal would be automatically debated among the assembly when it expired.

I don't think the SOAP allows for sponsor-less bills to hit the floor.

If the News Agency is a smashing success, then surely the News Producer would be acutely aware of his own job's expiration date. Shouldn't an active and engaged News Producer know that he'll be out of a job, and perhaps raise a stink about it in his paper?

I doubt that a situation would prevail where this idea works and the Assembly either forgets about it, or stands athwart of its popularity and refuses to renew it. I think it's much more likely that this legislation would be forgotten and clog up the Statute for a year or two before being repealed, much like the legislation I cited.

If you want to make the expiration date further from now, I'm open to such discussion.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: June 15, 2014, 05:32:08 pm
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An End to Vapeid Stupidity (or Dallasfan65's farewell)

Section 1:
1. All community ordinances restricting the sale or usage of e-cigarettes (otherwise known as personal vaporizers) are hereby repealed.
2. Any excise taxes imposed upon the sale of e-cigarettes are hereby repealed. Sales taxes shall no longer be imposed upon the sale of e-cigarettes, or paraphenalia relating to e-cigarettes.

Section 2:
1. April 20th is established as a regional holiday in the Northeast, to be referred to as "Johnson Day."
2. This legislation shall go into effect upon passage.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act (Debating) on: June 15, 2014, 05:14:15 pm
I'm not enthused about an expiration date, particularly if I'm not in the Assembly to advocate for it.

An expiration date would be a good way of gauging the level of success of the program in question. If there's enough interest, then it'll be worthwhile to renew it.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1968: Nixon vs Johnson vs McCarthy vs Wallace on: June 15, 2014, 05:07:16 pm
Bump
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act (Debating) on: June 15, 2014, 01:15:49 pm
Another amendment offered:

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The Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act

Section 1:

1. In order to better serve the people of the Northeast specifically as well as assist the Game Moderator, shall create a news agency specifically dedicated to Northeast storylines and news.
2. This news agency shall be a thread created in the "Regional Governments" childboard of Atlas Fantasy Government.

Section 2:
1. The Northeast News Agency is to be managed by the Northeast News Producer.
2. The Northeast News Producer is to be appointed by the Governor at the beginning of his/her term and confirmed by a majority vote in the Northeast Assembly.
3. The Northeast News Producer is responsible only for storylines pertaining to the Northeast and cannot override any decision by the Game Moderator.
4. The Northeast News Producer can be impeached by a majority vote in the Assembly while the Assembly is in session.

Section 3:
1. This legislation shall expire on October 30th, 2014.


Cynic, my reasoning for this is basically grounded in my skepticism. I believe if we set an expiration date on this legislation, it can become a trial program and we'll see if this is effective during Talleyrand's (presumable) Governorship.

If it works well then the Assembly can renew it two sessions from now.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Taking Things Into Our Own Hands Act (Debating) on: June 14, 2014, 09:39:17 pm
motion to extend debate 72 hrs

This is probably a good idea.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / The Obamanation vs Psionic Storm on: June 14, 2014, 12:41:19 pm
The Obamanation vs Psionic Storm
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