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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: GM Political Independence Amendment (final vote) on: Today at 06:36:55 pm
I agree with Adam's assessment, so I'm surprised to see that he's voted yes on this. If you take away the President's power of appointment and replace it with nothing, and you remove all accountability from the GM. I'm shocked that this seems likely to pass with barely any discussion.

Wow if this was in effect two months ago we would still be stuck with simfan. Maybe I should resign and run for senate if people in this body actually think this is a good idea. Wow.

It wouldn't be quite so bad if this amendment actually put someone in a position of oversight. Allowing two-thirds of the Senate to remove the GM equates to allowing the office carte blanche. The idea that it would work is laughable. If you want to see how well Senate oversight works in practice, look no farther than the Ben Constine impeachment hearing.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Is Governor Keaton hiking the Appalachian Trail? (MIA since 6/27) on: Today at 01:08:01 pm
Any reports from the Mideast? What is happening?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What American Founding Father Is the Above Poster Most Like? on: Today at 10:43:58 am
If anyone here is a Patrick Henry, it's TNF.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: Today at 07:57:11 am
That isn't plausible. Most workers have the direct deposit option even at high turnover, minimum wage, entry-level jobs...
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (4) - The Gates of Winter) on: Today at 12:02:28 am
Despite an excellent stark and several early victories, the tide is turning against House Targaryen

I don't mean to nitpick over a single typo in a long post, but I laughed at this one.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Military Question:Aircraft on: July 21, 2014, 11:55:28 pm
The fact that we still us B52s is amazing.  What a great bird.  Actually most of our fleet is quite old.  I was at an air show this weekend, nearly everything there was older than me.

I'm always impressed that the B-52 is still in service well over half a century after its introduction. And it's expected to remain that way until the 2040s! By then it'll have been in service for a majority of time since the Civil War.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of International Affairs on: July 21, 2014, 10:08:16 pm


REMARKS ON THE CRASH OF MALAYSIAN AIRLINES' FLIGHT MH17

Last night, a passenger jet crashed in disputed territory along the Ukraine-Russia border after taking fire from an unidentified source on the ground.

As of now, circumstances surrounding the crash remain unclear. Russia and Ukraine actively contest the area, and both have surface-to-air-missiles capable of taking down a passenger jet. Furthermore, Russian-armed partisans have shot down Ukrainian military planes in the vicinity, and the Russian Air Force has been active in Ukranian airspace over the past week.

In the wake of this disaster, Atlasia's position remains the same. We call on Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty, withdraw its forces from Ukraine, and cease arming paramilitary groups active in Ukrainian territory. Atlasia will treat any interference with the recovery and investigation of Flight MH17's wreckage as a serious offense, and will respond accordingly.

Tomorrow, I will meet with our allies in Europe to discuss the economic and national security implications of the ongoing crisis.
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support the legalization of marijuana? on: July 21, 2014, 09:23:39 pm
I do wonder how legalization will effect low-level drug dealers. How many people rely on drug-dealing to supplement their income? Or even as their primary source? What will happen to them when they are no longer needed?

Didn't Freakonomics suggest that drug dealing paid the equivalent of $3/hr? It probably won't have that much of an impact if the income was that minimal.

I don't remember, but the payoff seems to vary considerably. As it's risky work, you would expect it to pay at least as well as a legitimate entry-level job. And if the effective pay rate were even less than minimum wage, there would be even more reason for concern. How would legalization affect someone who literally can't find any other work? (Or who can't live on their legitimate income alone?)

I've never come across any discussion of this point. Maybe the affected population is negligible, but that doesn't seem plausible. As far as I'm concerned, this is the most important unanswered question pertaining to drug legalization.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Ukrainian Technical, Economical and Military Aid (Debating) on: July 21, 2014, 09:09:08 pm
The Department of International Affairs regards the unrest in Ukraine as a grave threat to world peace and international norms. We support this bill and urge the Senate to bring it to President DemPGH's desk as soon as possible.
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support the legalization of marijuana? on: July 21, 2014, 12:01:50 pm
I do wonder how legalization will effect low-level drug dealers. How many people rely on drug-dealing to supplement their income? Or even as their primary source? What will happen to them when they are no longer needed?
11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Why is Meet the Press with David Gregory's ratings so low? on: July 21, 2014, 11:54:40 am
Because no one appears on Sunday morning shows to break news anymore. Guests are there to rehash talking points. This has been true for at least a decade. It does not help that their panel discussions are usually anchored by awful guests.

Those points aside, I'm sure that Fluffy hasn't helped ratings.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 20, 2014, 10:32:35 pm
Bushie, I know the conversation has moved on from this for now, so I'm sorry for bringing it up again, but I've been looking for this quote to share with you for a while now.

Quote from: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Cheap grace is the idea that ‘grace’ did it all for me so I do not need to change my lifestyle. The believer who accepts the idea of ‘cheap grace’ thinks he can continue to live like the rest of the world. Instead of following Christ in a radical way, the Christian lost in cheap grace thinks he can simply enjoy the consolations of his grace.

I'm not surprised that this was buried beneath a page of discussion on Bushie's bowel movements, but I hope that he saw it.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Leaving...For Now on: July 20, 2014, 10:29:39 pm
Looks like he is back posting, unfortunately.

He cried towards the heavens, "Dear God, should I quit posting on this internet forum I post on a lot?" And God replied unto him, "Yes, my son, stop posting, but be sure to return two days later so that you can cast your vote in the Fantasy Elections on that internet forum, before then leaving again." And so it was.

Which raises the question: Is the existence of a god who is both omnibenevolent and omniscient compatible with Oldiesfreak posting on the forum?
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Special Assembly Election & Referendum on: July 19, 2014, 11:28:39 am
Official Ballot
Northeast Assembly
To fill one seat

[ 2] JoMCaR (Federalist - Massachusetts)
[ 1 ] Write-in: Poirot
[  ] None of the Above
[  ] Abstain

Referendum
Quote from: Final Text
Northeast Cabinet Repeal Amendment
The Cabinet Amendment of the Northeast Constitution shall be removed in its entirety.
[ X ] Aye
[  ] Nay
[  ] Abstain
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Leaving...For Now on: July 18, 2014, 03:55:23 pm
Please, come back different, if you come back at all.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Advanced Placement (AP) program on: July 18, 2014, 09:32:10 am
The "secret rich kid code" is more a matter of being aware that the tests exist and that you can take them for college credit in the first place. Even then, merely getting to the test is a non-trivial problem for plenty of teenagers who don't have access to it through their school.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Advanced Placement (AP) program on: July 18, 2014, 08:09:51 am
In my experience, the most important advantage that AP courses confer on an incoming college student is the ability to register for classes before other freshmen.

As far as preparing students for college-level learning and writing is concerned, it's less obvious whether they make a significant difference. (Sure, AP students are better off than someone who doesn't know how to write a paragraph, but how much difference do they make beyond that?)

This would not be the case if the material were taught well. But even motivated teachers tend to focus on the end-of-year exam at the expense of the material, as scoring high enough on that to receive credit for the course is the highest priority for nearly everyone concerned - students, parents, school administrators.

Del Tachi and Storebought are on point with their critiques. Public education at the high school level is so inadequate that credentialist rackets like the College Board function as a replacement for those who can afford the protection fee.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Single mom facing jail time in NJ for self-defense, honesty on: July 18, 2014, 07:39:42 am
Mandatory minimums are horrible, but weapons carriers ought to know the relevant laws of places that they visit. Anyone who has taken a concealed-carry course has no excuse for taking his or her gun to another state without knowing what it allows.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Spring 2014 Convention - PLATFORM OR I'LL CHOKE A B*TCH on: July 17, 2014, 11:22:19 am
I request that the voting period be extended from 24 hours to 72 hours to allow more members of the party time to review the platform and cast an informed vote.




Should the Labor Party platform include an executive summary of the contents inside prior to the body of the document?
Select only one option.
[ X ] Yes
[  ] No

Do you support the Industry section of the platform as is currently written?
Select only one option.
[  ] Yes
[ X ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Select all that apply.
[ X ] Removal of the plank calling for nationalization of power and fuel companies.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the plank calling for nationalization of power and fuel companies. (This essentially means that you support the idea of power and fuel company nationalization, you just want to see the plank re-written in the interests of coming to a consensus within the party as to what that means, exactly)
[ X ] Removal of the plank calling for nationalization of transportation.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the plank calling for nationalization of transportation.
[ X ] Removal of the plank calling for nationalization of iron and steel.
[  ] Clarification of the plank calling for nationalization of iron and steel.
[  ] Removal of the plank calling for federal chartering of corporations.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the plank calling for federal chartering of corporations.
[ X ] Removal of the 'Policy for Exports' plank.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the 'Policy for Exports' plank.
[ X ] Removal of the 'Production for use' plank.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the 'Production for use' plank.
[  ] Removal of the 'Modernize collective bargaining' plank.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the 'Modernize collective bargaining' plank.
[  ] Removal of the 'Industrial democracy' plank.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the 'Industrial democracy' plank.
[  ] Removal of the 'Promote cooperative industry' plank.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the 'Promote cooperative industry' plank.
[  ] Removal of the 'Streamline the state' plank.
[  ] Clarification or modification of the 'Streamline the state' plank.

Do you support the Agriculture section of the platform as is currently written?
Select one option.
[  ] Yes
[ X ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Type all suggestions below.
  • Remove "Farm lands are part of our natural wealth and should be farmed not starved. If farm land is not used it should be brought into public ownership and farmed at the behest of the nation. The nation needs healthy and affordable food. This means that food production must be planned and industrial methods applied to agricultural production wherever possible."

Do you support the Housing section of the platform as is currently written?
Select one option.
[  ] Yes
[ x ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Type all suggestions below.
  • Remove "That may mean the centralization of the housing and construction industries under public ownership, together with applicable price controls – if that is the case, then so be it. Labor will not back down from this pledge."

Do you support the Education and Leisure section of the platform as is currently written?
Select one option.
[  ] Yes
[ x ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Type all suggestions below.
  • Replace "free" college with "affordable to all"

Do you support the Health and Children section of the platform as is currently written?
Select one option.
[  ] Yes
[ X ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Type all suggestions below.
  • Remove the phrase "all-out nationalization of the health care sector" and replace "at no cost" with "at an affordable cost for all."
  • Remove "public ownership of all health care establishments and the pharmaceutical sector"
  • Remove "abolition of all charges for health care"
  • Remove child allowance
  • Remove live-in aids program
  • Remove incentive for having more than two children.

Do you support the Social Insurance section of the platform as is currently written?
Select one option.
[  ] Yes
[ X ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Type all suggestions below.
  • Remove "The establishment of a system of single-payer automobile insurance is henceforth a goal of the Labor Party."

Do you support the Peace section of the platform as is currently written?
Select one option.
[ X ] Yes
[  ] No

If you answered 'no', what changes would you like to see made?
Type all suggestions below.

Do you support the addition of a section to the platform concerning Game Reform?
Select one option.
[ X ] Yes
[  ] No

If you answered 'yes', what would you like it to call for?
Select all that apply.
[  ] Bicameral federal legislature.
[  ] Open party-list proportional representation.
[  ] Closed party-list proportional representation.
[  ] Mixed member proportional representation.
[  ] FPTP
[  ] Referendums at the federal level.
[ X ] Single thread, SoFE administered referendums for the approval of all constitutional amendments.
[  ] Selection of a percentage of officeholders by lot rather than election.
[ X ] Write-in: Senate districts
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Simfan for Attorney General (Final Vote) on: July 16, 2014, 08:36:53 pm
Bullsh**t. Showing up to vote consistently doesn't make someone a good Senator, or even an engaged one.

Someone who contributes nothing to Senate debate has no reason to be here. Scan Goldwater's posting history on this board if you doubt me.

Note that he still hasn't commented on his vote here despite being asked; he only bothered making a self-pitying response about how he "doesn't have anything of value to add." He doesn't deserve anyone's sympathy.

By the way, what is the root of this idea that because someone isn't the worst, they must not be that bad? It seems to come up every time any Senator receives criticism over their activity.

For some odd reason I honestly thought I had made a post explaining my vote, but obviously I didn't. My apologies. Anyway, I was under the impression that Simfan was already GM and for some reason thought the reconfirmation was just a formality, so that why I voted the way I did. I realize that's probably not a very good reason, but that was the reason.

As for my other post, I would just like to clarify that it didn't come out the way I intended it to. I was tired and frustrated when I made that post, so I didn't realize at the time how self-pitying it was. Basically all I was trying to say was that my reason for not contributing more was that I had nothing to contribute. I know that's a BS excuse which does not justify my (lack of) actions, but I can't give you a batter reason. Honestly, my enthusiasm for this game has been decreasing rapidly throughout my second term as Senator, and it shows.

For what it's worth, I appreciate your honesty. I wish that you were having more fun, too.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Hashemite on: July 16, 2014, 04:33:11 pm
What is your long-term plan for your elections blog? Do you just plan on continuing to post whenever you can, or do you have more of a vision for the project?
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Simfan for Attorney General (Final Vote) on: July 16, 2014, 08:04:43 am
Simfan would still be obliged to carry out certain legal duties as Attorney General even if he were to delegate most of the legal work to Deputy AG Snowstalker, but the fact that this position is at least nominally a legal one is not really what bothers me about what has happened here.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Simfan for Attorney General (Final Vote) on: July 16, 2014, 07:50:23 am
By the way, the right way to deal with a situation like this is to insist on a second hearing where the nominee is on hand to answer questions. I have no doubt that Simfan is capable, but the same applies to many past Cabinet appointees who have nonetheless failed to uphold their duties.

In this case, the supposed ambiguity over whether this hearing is necessary should have been a reason to ask more questions and insist on better answers. At least two constitutional requirements cast into doubt Simfan's belief that he has always been Attorney General. First, his original swearing in post has been deleted. Second, he swore into another office, serving as GM for weeks. Why would anyone in his right mind vote in the affirmative without hearing what the person nominated to be the government's foremost legal adviser has to say about this?

Everyone knows that I like Simfan a lot, so believe me when I say that my outrage has nothing to do with him. It's about this Senate's pathetic excuse for a confirmation hearing.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Simfan for Attorney General (Final Vote) on: July 16, 2014, 07:37:26 am
Bullsh**t. Showing up to vote consistently doesn't make someone a good Senator, or even an engaged one.

Someone who contributes nothing to Senate debate has no reason to be here. Scan Goldwater's posting history on this board if you doubt me.

Note that he still hasn't commented on his vote here despite being asked; he only bothered making a self-pitying response about how he "doesn't have anything of value to add." He doesn't deserve anyone's sympathy.

By the way, what is the root of this idea that because someone isn't the worst, they must not be that bad? It seems to come up every time any Senator receives criticism over their activity.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Ask Oakvale on: July 15, 2014, 09:48:24 pm
What does the prime minister of Ireland have to do with Taoism?
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