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101  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Current politicians that you think is "meh" or "yawn.... on: August 20, 2014, 04:48:51 pm
Nearly all of them.
102  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 20, 2014, 04:35:47 pm
I can see neither the point Ernest is making nor why he felt the compulsion to make it.

This is the essence of Ernest.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Robin Williams Memorial Suicide Copy-cat Prevention Act (Debating) on: August 20, 2014, 08:56:05 am
I don't want to sound like an asshole - really - but if you want to prevent copycat suicides, it's not a good idea to name a law after someone who just took his own life.
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Northeast Assembly on: August 19, 2014, 11:28:05 pm
Endorsed (normal)
105  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: 2014 New York Gubernatorial Primary on: August 19, 2014, 08:32:03 pm
I'll be voting for Teachout in the primary and Hawkins in the general.
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: The Grand Duchy of the Northeast Act (Debating) on: August 19, 2014, 08:25:44 pm
This is silly. Please vote it down.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014 (At Final Vote?) on: August 19, 2014, 06:11:27 pm
Does anyone else remember when the entire regional government that JCL serves in virtually ceased to exist for a month? I seem to remember the Mideast going dormant through all of July.

And now that I think about it, no one had posted in any of your region's threads over the past 10 days when I checked te Regional Government board yesterday...

When two assemblymen are promoted to the Senate it's kinda hard to have an active assembly. I tried to explain that to Gov. Riley but he had other plans and was dead set on said plan. Sadly I have been proven right in this situation.

The Mideast Constitution allows for recall petitions. Maybe that's something to consider? I don't have a problem with Riley, and we've worked together at the federal without his absences becoming an issue, but I'd be irritated if my region's government were as inactive as the Mideast has been all summer.
108  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut for Senate HQ - Experience with Purpose - Ending support for gay-hate on: August 19, 2014, 04:53:47 pm
ENDORSEMENT

This weekend, I will cross party lines to cast my first preference for Polnut. I encourage like-minded members of the liberal left to do the same.

I support environmental protection, civil liberties, a foreign policy that promotes human rights and human development, and a robust anti-poverty agenda. However, confronting these issues requires that we understand the policy problems that underlie them. That's why I worry when I see well-intentioned but poorly informed or ideologically motivated proposals on the Senate floor. When these efforts fail, it is the least well-off who suffer the most. Not the rich, and not the privileged.

Polnut is the single left-of-center candidate in this race who's shown an interest in solving real problems rather than chasing utopia. He's the most likely to achieve the results that he promises, and that makes him the best choice in this race.
109  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine playing politics wih Tyrion's nomination for VP on: August 19, 2014, 11:01:25 am
It's worth keeping in mind that Labor's platform - which calls for the nationalization of everything from steel to some forms of agriculture - came within a single vote of failing at the last convention and inspired the right's most recent presidential candidate to leave our party when it was first introduced several months before. (DemPGH abstained from the most recent vote, FTR.)

Opinions will vary, but as a Laborite I don't put much stock in the document. As far as I am concerned, it's not an accurate statement about what it means to be a Laborite and I'll push for its repeal again at our next convention.
110  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine playing politics wih Tyrion's nomination for VP on: August 19, 2014, 10:18:05 am
I see five Senators who blocked this confirmation, not one. While some have been quiet, Senators Yankee, Cassius, Goldwater, and Spiral are not thralls to Lumine.

We can react by throwing a fit, and we can make all kinds of claims about their devious motivations, but I fail to see how this will resolve our conflict. If the opposition Senators have concerns, we have ignored them. And if they wanted a circus, we have given it to them.
111  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014 (At Final Vote?) on: August 19, 2014, 08:37:04 am
Does anyone else remember when the entire regional government that JCL serves in virtually ceased to exist for a month? I seem to remember the Mideast going dormant through all of July.

And now that I think about it, no one had posted in any of your region's threads over the past 10 days when I checked te Regional Government board yesterday...
112  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment (Not Yet Open!) on: August 18, 2014, 11:40:41 pm
NAY
113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 18, 2014, 11:32:20 pm
Depends on how we define "without politics."

Avoiding all exposure to political news and discussion would be virtually impossible for me unless I locked myself in my apartment without my computer or phone.

Easy, go on vacation to a foreign country without internet.

Even if taking a vacation overseas were "easy," I fail to see how that would achieve anything. It's not as if the question refers exclusively to American politics.
114  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Summer 2014 At-Large Senate Debate on: August 18, 2014, 08:25:24 pm
Very well, then. Candidates who wish may make closing statements.

Thank you all for participating. I wish that we could have a debate with this much participation with every election!
115  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senate Office of NC Yankee (Healthcare Statement) on: August 18, 2014, 06:32:23 pm
You raised a question, and I provided a straightforward answer... I'm not sure what about that merits "calming down." All I ask is that you read it.

You seemed rather defensive, man. Tongue

116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / TESCO Analytics: Hypothetical federal law on: August 18, 2014, 06:05:18 pm
EXHIBIT A




TESCO Analytics would also like to apologize to all those affected in a recent streak of prank phone calls. Our associates have disciplined the employees responsible.

117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 18, 2014, 05:44:15 pm
Depends on how we define "without politics."

Avoiding all exposure to political news and discussion would be virtually impossible for me unless I locked myself in my apartment without my computer or phone.

Following a vegan diet would only require that I pay slightly more attention to labels than I usually do.

118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senate Office of NC Yankee (Healthcare Statement) on: August 18, 2014, 05:02:09 pm
You raised a question, and I provided a straightforward answer... I'm not sure what about that merits "calming down." All I ask is that you read it.
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senate Office of NC Yankee (Healthcare Statement) on: August 18, 2014, 04:43:49 pm
Let me reassure everyone: My re-write of the rules would not introduce partisan administration to the Senate.

The goal of the revision is to allow the Senate to operate mostly as it has, but with a more easily understood set of guidelines. Where it includes significant changes  - such as reducing the number of bills under debate at a single time, or clarifying the role of the President of the Senate1 - the goal of those changes is to make administering, following, and participating in Senate affairs more manageable.

I wrote the rules to be as robust as possible. For instance, if we amended the Constitution to change the number of Senators or the manner of their election, no changes would be necessary. But these rules were not designed as a component of any larger Game Reform™ package, and I did not consider any specific initiatives, such as last year's failed attempt at regional consolidation or the Bicameralism Amendment that just passed the Senate. The rules revision is compatible with either reforming the game or leaving it as it is.

1This is why Senate's chief officer would become the 'Speaker' rather than the PPT, but it really doesn't matter what it is called as long as its responsibilities are clear.
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 17, 2014, 07:16:25 pm
Also, do not forget that reducing the per unit cost of energy will disincentive investments in energy conservation, energy efficiency, and distributed renewable energy generation.

We implemented a carbon tax that makes (most) energy more expensive to encourage these behaviors... and now we're about to undermine that by taking over the industry, operating at a loss, and slashing prices?

Again, if energy affordability, is our concern, there are other ways to address that. As I asked before (someone should do a round-up of all of the questions about this that have been ignored, by the way): Why not expand aid for home heating and weatherization, if that is the problem?

I'm sorry, I must have missed that. Are you suggesting some sort of subsidy for double-paned windows and better insulation and the like?

Correct. Lowering energy prices across the board - to the point where they do not reflect even the cost of production, to say nothing of negative externalities such as carbon emissions - creates perverse incentives and should not be a goal of our energy policy.

Nationalization is an extremely blunt policy tool if our goal is only to guarantee that families can keep their lights on and their houses warm through the winter. The same subsidies that reduce energy prices for the needy will encourage the better off to drive more, live in larger homes, and crank up their thermostats. Targeted assistance is a simpler, less risky, and more cost-effective approach.
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TTS1996 on: August 17, 2014, 05:38:54 pm
Deserves a prompt retirement.
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: August 17, 2014, 10:02:58 am
Scott, please lock.
123  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 10 on: August 17, 2014, 08:40:46 am
Usually disagree/not crit

NPR, PBS and the like are fine...I do take issue using Federal tax dollars on "arts" only rich people enjoy though.  Or the stupid giant chunks of metal that passes as art in front of govt buildings everywhere.

You would love Empire State Plaza.

Behold the Giant Space Moth:



..the Flying Guillotine (yes, those blades twirl in the wind):



...the Broken Slinky:



...and, uh, whatever this is:


124  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 17, 2014, 08:22:53 am
Also, do not forget that reducing the per unit cost of energy will disincentive investments in energy conservation, energy efficiency, and distributed renewable energy generation.

We implemented a carbon tax that makes (most) energy more expensive to encourage these behaviors... and now we're about to undermine that by taking over the industry, operating at a loss, and slashing prices?

Again, if energy affordability, is our concern, there are other ways to address that. As I asked before (someone should do a round-up of all of the questions about this that have been ignored, by the way): Why not expand aid for home heating and weatherization, if that is the problem?
125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RNC Condemns AP Exam's 'Radically Revisionist View' Of U.S. History on: August 16, 2014, 11:43:48 am
As I was about to say, it's strange to see the College Board taking public criticism while their ongoing shakedown of American students and their families is ignored.
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