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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Article of Impeachment Against Associate Justice Torie on: Today at 01:50:47 pm
This is what I was talking about. A 2-2 tie (or higher) isn't great, but in that case allowing the senior Justice to break the tie doesn't reduce the Court's decisions to the whims of a single person like it does when we only have two active Justices.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of International Affairs on: Today at 01:14:24 pm
What's the current status of Iraq and the Middle East? I know we've said there is no Protective Edge going on, does that mean the peace process is done? What are the state of relations between parties in the region? Strengh of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other radical political movements in the Middle East would be helpful too.

Most of these would be good questions for the Game Moderator. I've asked GM Napoleon to provide information on events in Iraq and Syria, since events in this part of Atlasia's world only roughly mesh with those IRL.

Atlasia will remain an active partner in the ongoing peace process between Israel and Palestine in the coming months. The conclusion of Secretary Superique's negotiations will not mark the end of our involvement. I intend to follow through on his promises and provide the continued support that this reconciliation will undoubtedly require.

What if we've visited these countries within the past six months but have already returned to Atlasia?

The Department of International Affairs has concluded that these travelers do not pose a health risk after consultation with the CDC.

Mr. Secretary,  how is the administration responding to the current border crisis?  I am strongly considering whether to use my power as Emperor to sign an executive order that will open our military bases to migrant children and appoint lawyers to assist them, if necessary.

Sorry to interrupt, but I recall that the Game Moderator explained that there is no border crisis: "Due to differences in Atlasian policy and past events, there is no immgrant/refugee crisis occuring on our southern border at this time."

This is correct. The status of our southern border remains unchanged.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Coalition for the Protection of Gun Rights (CPGR)- Endorsement vote! on: Today at 12:55:35 pm
At-Large Special Election Ballot

[1] Dr. Cynic

[3] Matt from VT

[4] Mechaman

[5] Poirot

[6] WrathoftheGods

[ ] JCL

[2] Spiral
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Pollstergeist: August 2014 At-Large Senate Special Election Mock on: Today at 09:36:39 am
1. Cynic
2. Spiral
3. Undecided
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is President Obama's approval so low? on: July 29, 2014, 11:38:26 am
The economy is doing much better now than it has since a year or more before the Recession struck. Stock market is high, unemployment is down around 6% and dropping.

The economy consists of more than the stock market and the reported unemployment rate. Most Americans continue to face shrinking real household incomes, and the working share of the adult population is stagnant at well below its pre-recession level, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that our bleak collective view of the economy persists.

Interesting. What explains the 15-point jump in the participation rate? Women entering the workforce, I'm guessing? Also, I'd feel the data from two term presidents is small enough... as to be statistically meaningless. But it's interesting. A lot of people here are being ridiculous, though. I get the distinct sense that the country seems to be on autopilot, and talking to a range of people (also statistically meaningless, but whatever), a lot of people seem to wonder what exactly is the value-added of having Obama as opposed to... not having him. He doesn't seem to be affecting events, either positively or negatively.

Yes, rising female participation explains the increase.

I mention the comparison to past presidents not because of its statistical rigor but to establish that Obama's second term isn't unusual compared to the few other data points that we actually have.

Most people don't know what Obama is doing because they're ignorant or uninformed. It's more an issue of headlines than of governing. Other than the lag in nominations that has been a problem since the beginning of the Obama presidency, there's no real indication that the administration isn't doing everything that it can, the usual canards about communication and leadership notwithstanding.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Judge strikes down DC's ban on handguns outside home on: July 29, 2014, 07:16:08 am
The Second Amendment may be the dumbest statute still standing in the modern era.

Hey, I've found a statement of yours with which I couldn't agree more strongly...
Yeah, the fact that a guy who is probably a Nazi sympathizer is proclaiming the need for guns to be taken away from civilians doesn't really help your argument.

Thinking the 2nd amendment is crazy doesn't equate wanting to take all guns away. Although even the wording "take guns away" is an oddly American sentiment.

So you're one of those "the Nazis took guns away!!" people?

Gun nuts are so cute when they think that they can resist a tyrannical government with their rifles.

As Cliven Bundy proved, having innocents under your thrall to use as a human shield is even more important to resisting "tyranny."
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 08:03:31 pm
Granted Bushie has "ended" the Update many times before, but it's genuinely disturbing that this is coming on the heels of him quitting his job and breaking off his engagement.

There's something that he's not telling us, and it's worrying that he's dealing with it by systematically cutting himself off from the rest of the world.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: July 28, 2014, 07:37:24 pm
The midwest passed it here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=186690.0
The pacific passed it here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=186563.0
The mideast passed it here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=186552.0
The northeast passed it here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=187245.0

Unless the argument is that sirnick failed to close the Northeast's booth...

Unless closed, I don't think it is considered as having passed said region.

Why would that be so?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is President Obama's approval so low? on: July 28, 2014, 04:23:37 pm
The economy is doing much better now than it has since a year or more before the Recession struck. Stock market is high, unemployment is down around 6% and dropping.

The economy consists of more than the stock market and the reported unemployment rate. Most Americans continue to face shrinking real household incomes, and the working share of the adult population is stagnant at well below its pre-recession level, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that our bleak collective view of the economy persists.





In addition to that, the President's signature achievement remains unpopular and virtually everyone is frustrated with the federal government's ineffectiveness. (Almost no one gives a crap about foreign policy unless Americans are dying, so I'd write that off as a factor.)

Actually, Obama's approval rating appears to track the historical average for all US Presidents since Truman pretty closely. (It would be interesting to look at the actual statistics if the data were available for download.)

10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Lt. Gov. Dr. Cynic: Campaigning For The Special Election on: July 28, 2014, 02:47:10 pm
Endorsed. That's about what I was hoping to hear.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: July 28, 2014, 02:45:08 pm
At least it's less cringeworthy than the imitators who coin similar terms to describe invented regions that are used exclusively to market to tech companies (e.g. "Silicon Alley" in NYC, "Tech Valley" to describe eastern Upstate NY).
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Judge strikes down DC's ban on handguns outside home on: July 28, 2014, 02:35:59 pm
The Second Amendment may be the dumbest statute still standing in the modern era.

It's amazing how much emotion it provokes. People somehow allow their weapons to become an integral part of their identities. Point out that it's a dangerous, unjustifiable anachronism and most Americans treat you as if you've suggested slaughtering children for food.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Baaack!...Sort Of on: July 28, 2014, 02:24:52 pm
Thank you for your discretion, and please be more consistent about it than you have been abou "leaving" the forum.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Lt. Gov. Dr. Cynic: Campaigning For The Special Election on: July 28, 2014, 02:19:42 pm
I would like to hear more about your approach to foreign policy.

Also, you described yourself as close to "generic Laborite" recently, yet like me you chose to vote against the proposed party platform. What motivated your vote?
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Article of Impeachment Against Associate Justice Torie on: July 28, 2014, 02:13:59 pm
I nearly appointed Torie to the Supreme Court, but I can't understand why you wouldn't impeach someone who is gone for 2-3 months, regardless of the office. It shouldn't matter that Torie has good reasons for not posting; we shouldn't have to risk a deadlocked or delegitimized Court. If we had 5 justices, maybe it wouldn't be such a problem if one were missing, but with only 3 it's clearly an issue.

(And it shouldn't matter, but it's worth noting that here's no shortage of willing, capable replacements. Impeachment is not an impractical recourse here.)
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: July Regional Senator Approval Ratings on: July 28, 2014, 11:17:11 am
Approve of Bore.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: July Senate Approval Ratings on: July 28, 2014, 11:16:24 am
Strongly disapprove. The August at-large elections cannot come too soon.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 28, 2014, 12:25:49 am
I started to get into beer a couple of years ago before realizing that I'm almost always happiest just drinking whatever IPA is on tap. Ordering drinks has been straight-forward since then.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast News Agency Head Needed) on: July 27, 2014, 06:29:41 pm
The lady doth protest too much, methinks
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Spring 2014 Convention - PLATFORM OR I'LL CHOKE A B*TCH on: July 27, 2014, 12:07:54 pm
Nay
21  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support the legalization of marijuana? on: July 25, 2014, 11:47:34 pm
What I was getting at is that it is exceedingly irritating to see "libertarians" act like they are hold the keys to every single solution posed by society's ills when, in fact, all of their positions fall entirely outside of the political mainstream - marijuana included. 
But why did you randomly bring up libertarians when you weren't even responding to one?

Also, the fact that a solution is outside of the political mainstream means it's incorrect? What kind of logic is that?

Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on a roof!
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has the forum been better since Inks was demodded? on: July 25, 2014, 03:51:40 pm
It'll be interesting to watch how the next controversy goes... but it's notable that there hasn't been a moderation-related flare-up since Inks' termination. Aizen probably has it right.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Special Assembly Election on: July 25, 2014, 03:44:37 pm
Official Ballot
Northeast Assembly
To fill one seat

[2] Matt from VT (The People's Party - Vermont)
[1] Write-in: Poirot
[  ] None of the Above
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: job applications on: July 24, 2014, 05:30:42 pm
Paper applications are a warning sign. This works both ways.

Employers who insist on them (or who strongly prefer them, for that matter) are likely to be the kind of setting where the computers still run on XP and everyone prints their e-mail as a matter of routine.

For applicants, a paper application implicitly advertises that you're inefficient and lacking in basic computer skills.

Hiring practices vary across types of jobs, obviously, but the fields where this does not hold true are exceptional. Most listings that I've looked at over the past couple of years don't even offer applicants the option of submitting paper applications.

Paper is infinitely superior and I don't get how anyone could even say otherwise. Online applications are super long and get sorted through so many filters that most people have been disqualified before they even finish the application (obviously one doesn't know this until after submission but you get my drift).

If the hiring agent uses a filter for online applications, then they are almost certainly scanning your paper application and doing the same. If they bother to look at it at all, that is.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is "The Train Room" in Update supposed to symbolize? on: July 24, 2014, 07:21:39 am
How could this not recall Bobby Baccala? I wonder if Bushie's father has a copy of the Blue Comet.
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