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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: October 08, 2014, 08:37:08 am
Yep. They're basically the OP, but with less range.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: With regards to Tyrion on: October 07, 2014, 06:04:27 pm
Wait hold the phone, when did Dallasfan become a Moderator?


Belated Congrats man. Smiley

Thanks. Grin

Sorry if my original post was alarming - I was on the phone and had to leave for work.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: With regards to Tyrion on: October 07, 2014, 08:41:11 am
Posting from my phone but Tyrion has been banned
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lief for Senate Exploratory Committee on: October 06, 2014, 11:21:39 pm
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The heart of Atlasia is the family, usually a man, another man, and one or two adopted children. And what makes this family so strong and enduring is that neither of those men happen to be blood relatives.

What's wrong with two brothers adopting a child or two? Huh
80  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / IceSpear vs Situation roast of Donald Trump on: October 05, 2014, 06:09:21 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJjNjXZTwSA
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Drug Liberalization Act (At Final Vote) on: October 05, 2014, 05:04:33 pm
Aye guess we can revise it later
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / With regards to Tyrion on: October 04, 2014, 07:20:16 pm
OK.

There's been a lot of speculation, so as moderator I would like to clarify things: Tyrion has not been banned, and is merely on mod review.

I'm not the sole authority when it comes to forum affairs, but I will categorically approve all of Tyrion's posts (providing they don't violate the TOS) to preserve stability.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Drug Liberalization Act (Debating) on: October 04, 2014, 07:13:31 pm
This bill legalizes the sale of hard drugs, as Senator TNF's "Smack Ain't Whack" Bill gives the regions the power to do.

I believe that the sale of these drugs should be legal. The majority of problems with illegal drugs comes form their illegality. It'd be much safer to allow the sale of properly regulated drugs than to just leave it to the black market.

Gotcha.

For my fellow representatives, here's the relevant legislation.

I'm on board with this, although I think we should either establish some heavier penalties for buying these substances for minors or amend the relevant legislation I passed earlier this week to do so - my reasoning being that some of these substances are probably a much greater health risk than alcohol.

Don't we have a small "sin tax" on substances like alcohol and tobacco? Maybe we could attach one to some of these?

I'm of the mind that any sin tax shouldn't be in excess of what it costs the FDA to regulate and approve these substances, though I'm pregaming and can elaborate more later.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / bedstuy vs Fall of Constantinople on: October 04, 2014, 06:43:52 pm
bedstuy vs Fall of Constantinople
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 04, 2014, 02:22:31 pm
Spiral and shua
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: October 03, 2014, 01:21:07 am
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Blam This Crap Act

1. Boston's prohibition on the Haystack app is hereby repealed.
2. New York City's ban on "Boogie Boards" is hereby repealed.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Return to Normalcy Act (Debating) on: October 03, 2014, 01:00:42 am
Of course, should Clause 2 of this bill be repealed, then quite a number of people will have their right to free speech severely curtailed, on account of them being severely maimed or dead. Clause 2 is a common sense measure designed to reduce the likelihood of people utilising mobiles in cars, which, as I can attest to, are extremely distracting and cause people to make needless errors.

I must say, this just seems another one of those poorly thought through 'freederms' bills, where the main argument utilised in support is, you guessed it, 'mah freederms'. Of course, I've always felt that the concept of freedom to be a rather superfluous one is it leads to you crashing your car into another car or ramming it into the side of a tree. We need to keep the roads safe, and this can be done at least partially through the maintenance of a legal code of conduct as shown here.

Mmm. Texting while driving is indeed dangerous. It seems intuitive to think that bans on texting while driving would help protect public safety.

That hasn't been the case so far, however. Several states have banned texting while driving, and the results haven't been fruitful.

Quote from: Stephanie Hanes
The research presented Tuesday analyzes insurance claims in four states, and compares crash numbers before and after those states passed antitexting laws. It also compares those numbers with data from neighboring states that did not have texting bans. In each of the antitexting states Washington, Minnesota, California, and Louisiana crash numbers either remained the same or increased. And in all four, accidents increased among drivers younger than 25 the group most likely to text behind the wheel. The researchers speculated that if texting drivers held their phones lower to avoid detection, the amount of visual distraction increased significantly.
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Well-intentioned and common-sense enough, sure. However, the statistics and implications haven't borne out any positive gains from bans in the same vein as Clause 2. Why is that?

Quote from: Mike Masnick
A new study has shown that state laws banning driving while texting have not reduced accidents, and in some cases may have even resulted in more accidents. How could it have increased accidents? Because people who want to text anyway -- especially unskilled young drivers -- begin holding their phones lower to avoid detection, making it that much more difficult to control the car and be aware of their surroundings.
citation

In other words, these prohibitions make would-be texters hold their phones lower, divert their eyes from the road even more, and actually make drivers less safe.

Or uh, as you'd understand it, "freederms."

With regard to the child safety seats it should be reformed to account for height and weight as opposed to age - I can try and look into the matter a bit further.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / DemPGH vs George W. Bush Attorney Scandal on: October 02, 2014, 10:33:17 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_U.S._attorneys_controversy
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Drug Liberalization Act (Debating) on: October 02, 2014, 02:30:42 pm
I've read the TNF's drug reform bill several times but I know the Senate has passed some laws since then - what are the existing statutory penalties on these substances?
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: October 02, 2014, 12:31:00 am
You are a right social libertarian.
Right: 3.43, Libertarian: 8.78



Foreign Policy:

On the left side are pacifists and anti-war activists. On the right side are those who want a strong military that intervenes around the world. You scored: -9.26


Culture:

Where are you in the culture war? On the liberal side, or the conservative side? This scale may apply more to the US than other countries. You scored: -8.13


91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: 2 Month Term Act (At Final Vote) on: October 01, 2014, 11:17:08 pm
Nay
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 01, 2014, 10:48:50 pm
XDallasfan65
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: September 30, 2014, 11:23:00 pm
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From Each According to His Ability, To Each According to His Need Act

This act may be cited as the FEAHAEAHN Act.

Section 1:

1. The Northeast hereby creates a tax subsidy for 3D Printing technology.
2. Northeastern taxpayers who have purchased 3D Printers shall be eligible for a 50% tax rebate on the purchase of said 3D Printer.
3. This section shall go into effect on the November-February 2015 Budget.

Section 2:

1. The Northeast appropriates $50 million dollars toward further research and development into 3D Printing technology, for each successive budget.
2. $6 million dollars of the aforementioned $50 million dollars shall be appropriated under Health Research and Training, in the Health Services section of the budget.
3. The remaining $44 million dollars shall be appropriated under Economic Development.
4. This section shall go into effect on the November-February 2015 Budget.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Deez Girls Ain't Loyal Act (At Final Vote) on: September 30, 2014, 11:19:46 pm
Aye
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: 2 Month Term Act (Debating) on: September 30, 2014, 10:27:39 pm
I guess this is just an opinion thing.

I'm not sold on this - I like the idea of the office of Governor having more prestige with a four month term. Otherwise it just seems as if he's a Representative with a veto pen instead of a vote.

I don't really see the case for that; he'd have all the powers that the Governor currently has, but simply have to face election more. If say we had a Governor who won four terms in a row under the proposed system, it might even be more prestigious than a Governor who won two terms in a row under the current system, if that makes sense.

That would make the poster more prestigious, not the office itself.

As it stands the powers of Governor are fairly limited and I think giving him as long of a term as the Representatives would just dilute the office further.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: 2 Month Term Act (Debating) on: September 30, 2014, 06:41:16 pm
I guess this is just an opinion thing.

I'm not sold on this - I like the idea of the office of Governor having more prestige with a four month term. Otherwise it just seems as if he's a Representative with a veto pen instead of a vote.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: September 30, 2014, 12:06:17 am
Conference: 1988

It was a Tuesday evening in the Drunken Dutchman. Thad was in the midst of a swig of beer, as Ericson Snell continued on with his diatribe. "Defense officials have been obstinate throughout the whole process, but I know I'm on to something," he said. The door swung open as Thad was in the midst of putting his bottle down, and Ralph Stevenson rushed toward Thad's table, with a newspaper clasped in his hand. "Ralph! I am glad to have your company. So what's the news?" asked Thad. Ralph helped himself to a seat and began reading aloud from the paper.

"Gingrich and Areus are favored to win the state. Republicans in both congressional districts lead Democrats on a generic ballot. While Senator O'Connor is considered relatively popular, our poll shows that former Governor Brennan would be within striking distance." As if on cue, a bead of sweat ran down Thad's temple. "How likely is it that Brennan will go about this?" he asked. "There's been no formal declaration, but insider buzz indicates that it's very likely. You could have a challenge on your hands, Thad," said Ralph.

Two years ago Thad had been working on Ralph's behalf to oust a two-term incumbent, William Hathaway. Now it was Thad who was on the defensive, and asking Ralph for advice. "What do you think ought to be done about this?" asked Thad. "You haven't had much of a presence in the state other than the occasional visit. You're still revered in Washington County, but you're slipping in other parts of the state. Even just a few stops would be helpful," said Ralph.

"I don't think it needs to be constrained to that," said Ericson Snell. "Maine's hard to travel. The War in Iran is very unpopular there, and if there's one issue that plays to Thad's strengths, it's this. I doubt that his fiibuster has run dry in the memories of his constituents, but it assuredly has in Congress." Ralph was non-plussed. "What are you alluding to?" he asked. "Simply put, the War in Iran has been an issue that most have pushed to the backburner since last year's compromise. Between political considerations and the fact that there's been a campaign going on, it's been something nobody's wanted to engage in.

The commission has made their recommendations, which have been summarily ignored by the Bentsen administration. However, it's still as unpopular as ever and leading the charge on this issue could put Brennan on the defensive, and complicate Bentsen's primary bid, to boot," said Ericson. Thad nodded. "To be frank, I have not been putting my best foot forward as Senator these days," he said. It was somewhat true - Thad had not done much on the floor of the Senate since his filibuster, which was over a year ago.

"I think part of this is due to the fact that I have been stumping for Areus Ho'kee. That's not to absolve me of my dereliction, but I would like to take note of it," he continued. "Actually, campaigning for Ho'kee has been one of the most active things you've done. It goes a bit beyond that; amongst local circles in Maine, a narrative has begun that you're more comfortable ensconced in the DC bubble than amongst the people of Maine," said Ralph.

Ralph's remarks were like a moon ushering in a tidal wave of guilt upon the beachheads of Thad's heart. It was true that he'd spent more time sipping free wine in ritzy D.C. bars than giving due diligence to those he had campaigned to represent. "There's some truth to what you say. However, I lack the wherewithal to travel amongst the whole state on a regular basis; even campaigning for Ho'kee was troublesome," said Thad. "Well, that's part of the problem - your current residence is technically the Stevenson Brewery in Portland," replied Ralph.

"Jesus Christ, really?" asked Ericson Snell, with distaste. "Yes. It was actually part of Thad's charm in his past two elections. However, it's proven hindersome since he's gotten elected to Congress," said Ralph. Snell creased his face in his hand before responding. "Well, given the salary of a United States Senator, there are always investment opportunities. But let's get focused on tackling the Iran issue for now."
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Deez Girls Ain't Loyal Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 08:11:58 pm
I guess this one's pretty straightforward.

We've made much progress as a nation with regard to marriage. I'm not talking about Atlasia's legalization of gay marriage or our own recognition of polygamy or incest, but rather, the modern and progressive advent of no-fault divorce laws.

However, outdated laws do not always catch up with the times, regardless of enforcement. For instance:

Quote from: Tim Murphy
According to title 16, chapter 9, section 9 of the Georgia code of criminal conduct, "A married person commits the offense of adultery when he voluntarily has sexual intercourse with a person other than his spouse and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor." At least Georgia adulterers are in good company; adultery is a criminal offense in 23 states, with punishments ranging from a $10 fine in Maryland to life imprisonment in Michigan (at least according to one judge). It's also prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
citation

Also, a map in the above link shows that adultery is a criminal offense in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

I think adultery is justifiable cause for divorce, but obviously there shouldn't be any extra penalties associated with it.

Here's New Hampshire's current statute:

Quote from: Jolie Lee
The New Hampshire Legislature is voting on a law Thursday that would repeal its anti-adultery law. Currently, adultery is a Class B misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $1,200 in the state.
citation

Here's the Massachusetts statue:

Quote from: Finn and Eaton
A married person who has sexual intercourse with a person not his spouse or an unmarried person who has sexual intercourse with a married person shall be guilty of adultery and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in jail for not more than two years or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.
citation

All of this is a bit out of proportion, IMO, and not up to date with our consensus of an equitable criminal justice system.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 28, 2014, 02:26:25 pm
Who is more thickheaded: Bushie, or the people that have written literally hundreds of posts (some of which are very verbose) giving him advice they already know he'll never take?

Quote from: Bacon King

probably bushie
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I wrote and directed my own movie. on: September 26, 2014, 11:07:52 pm
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