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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Coalition for the Protection of Gun Rights (CPGR) on: June 25, 2014, 11:42:11 pm
XDallasfan65
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Petition to demod Inks on: June 25, 2014, 09:28:19 pm
XDallasfan65
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: General Election on: June 25, 2014, 12:46:25 am
I certify that Mr X, Rpryor, BB96, SWE, and Napoleon are elected.

XDallasfan65
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of usernames that make the page unreadable on: June 24, 2014, 11:52:41 pm
The Obamanation vs Kalawao County, Hawaii
80  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / GaussLaw vs Gully Erosion on: June 24, 2014, 10:24:16 pm
GaussLaw vs Gully Erosion
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End to Vaped Stupidity Act (Debating) on: June 24, 2014, 07:32:13 pm
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The authors of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report -- from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration -- found records of 9,839 calls involving either regular or electronic cigarettes that included information on the side effects suffered by victims. Among these cases, 58% of calls involving e-cigarettes reported some kind of “adverse health effect.” In 68.9% of these cases, people became injured by ingesting something, 16.8% by inhaling something, 8.5% by getting something in their eye and 5.9% by getting something on their skin...

...One person committed suicide by injecting the nicotine solution into his or her veins.

That certain people are irresponsible in using these is not a very good reason to vote against this proposal. This is similar to Maureen Dowd eating an entire brownie.

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However, another recent study from New York University researchers reported that e-cigarette smokers may not be spared such exposures. They inhale more nicotine because they puff more often and tend to breathe in more deeply than regular cigarette smokers. So higher nicotine consumption may be a risk for e-cig smokers.

Due to its association with tobacco, cancer and all other things undesirable, there's a degree of stigma surrounding nicotine.

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The effects of nicotine itself are similar to that other popular drug, caffeine. See our (nicotine reading list.) There is no evidence that nicotine causes any substantial risk for cancer, and the research shows that the risk for cardiovascular disease is minimal. The confusion about nicotine comes from anti-smoking activists talking about nicotine and smoking as if they were the same. While it is true that people smoke mostly because of nicotine; nicotine users die mostly because of the smoke.

Neither nicotine nor coffee are completely benign (in particular, both cause a short-term increase in your blood pressure and pulse rate when you use them, which could affect your health).
citation

E-cigarettes are a relatively new advent (or at least new in its proliferation) so the science is somewhat murky. I'm not purporting that it's completely harmless, but I know what also isn't harmless: tobacco. E-cigarettes are the future. Apologies to my buddy in the Assembly, but fighting the reactionary, ham-handed efforts of these communities in question would strike quite the blow to Big Tobacco.

I ask the Assembly to pass this bill.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Scott v. The Northeast on: June 23, 2014, 07:04:06 pm
I will be filing a brief.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / The Obamanation vs Battle on the Amerigo on: June 23, 2014, 06:32:31 pm
http://youtu.be/WI-utH8_D-Y?t=1m23s
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Officially Official Office of NE Rep SWE - THREE TERMS! on: June 23, 2014, 02:21:37 pm
Congrats man!

Despite party affiliation you were always very helpful with my agenda - keep doing the Northeast's work.

Congrats to the others too naturally. I'll certify the results in a bit.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator TNF: VICTORY! on: June 23, 2014, 02:04:35 am
Hopefully you enjoy your last term, before you get crushed in October.

#KeepmahMidwestStrong
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SirNick & Dallasfan for Atlasia - Voting Ends at Midnight, Vote Now! on: June 23, 2014, 12:49:05 am
The people have spoken, and DemPGH and Windjammer are the victors. I won't spend too much time writing as this is their night, not our's.

Despite the melodrama following up two weeks to the election, this was a relatively tame campaign. In some respects I think that is better than what I've seen in the past, though Atlasia probably deserved a more direct and substantive back-and-forth on some issues. As part of a ticket I have no grounds to complain for a lack thereof, however.

All-in-all this was a pretty enjoyable campaign. I'd like to thank The People's Party, Federalist Party, and the Democratic-Republicans for their support. I'd like to thank Sirnick for picking me as his Vice Presidential nominee as well. However, perhaps most importantly, I'd like to Atlasia for giving me the opportunity to play this game. This was fun!
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: June 22, 2014, 11:46:00 pm
I'll accept my write-in for Senate.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / The Obamanation vs Jörmungandr on: June 22, 2014, 05:54:03 pm
The Obamanation vs Jörmungandr
89  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / BushOklahoma vs Sensory-specific satiety on: June 22, 2014, 05:26:05 pm
BushOklahoma vs Sensory-specific satiety
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Happy Birthday Jbrase! on: June 22, 2014, 05:05:45 pm
Happy birthday man!
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: General Election on: June 22, 2014, 12:58:59 pm
Governor:

[1] Talleyrand

Assembly:

[1] BaconBacon96
[2] SomebodyWhoExists
[3] Write-in: Deus
[4] Write-in: Napoleon
[5] Write-in: JoMCar
[6] Rpryor
[7] Write-in: BushOklahoma vs Availability Heuristic
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 22, 2014, 12:51:15 pm
President:

[1] Sirnick/Dallasfan65

Senator:

[1] Deus Naturae
93  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Should Libertas be unbanned? on: June 22, 2014, 11:28:20 am
Don't forget Winston Disraeli


Dallasfan and I are discussing 2010s Atlasia and I run across this.


I would say give him a chance.

But RIP old FF, as shua pointed out. Most of the O.G. Populares have since abandoned libertarianism.

"I try to find my friends but, they're blowin' in the wind" - Tupac

Yes (not a far-left hack who wants to ban people simply for disagreeing with them.)

This is funny in the right context.
94  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
95  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
96  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
97  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.
98  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
99  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.
100  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
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