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101  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: DEEPLY DISTURBING (TM): A. STMARKEN EDITION PART TWO on: February 13, 2015, 08:37:19 am
It's pretty awful to base a political attack on how someone voted as a juror. Maybe you should use your own ongoing ban from voting as a period to contemplate the difference between right and wrong?
102  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: February 2014 Legislative Council Elections on: February 13, 2015, 08:26:06 am
[ 5 ] Devin of Washington
      Federalist Party

[ 4 ] Gully Foyle of California
      Transcendental Democratic Party

[ 2 ] Intell of California
      The People's Party

[ 1 ] Spamage of Oregon
      The People's Party

[ 3 ] Türkisblau of New Mexico
      The People's Party
103  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: February 12, 2015, 05:35:04 pm
I didn't think it was, but you might be right.

104  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: February 12, 2015, 04:47:07 pm
For those of you who don't know, Kingston, Ontario is right at the east end of Lake Ontario where it starts to narrow into the St. Lawrence River. When we have especially cold winters like this one, the lake freezes over (this wouldn't happen in Toronto).

That's not entirely true. The lake hasn't frozen over completely in over a century - but even areas of open water freeze over along the shore in most places.



Anyway, the ice is a lot of fun. When I lived near the lake, I frequently went cross-country skiing across the harbor. I also knew someone who'd built some kind of wind-propelled vehicle for travelling across the frozen surface.
105  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Maxwell/Dallasfan65 for President - A Better, Substantive Atlasia on: February 12, 2015, 11:01:23 am
What will your foreign policy agenda look like? Will you be adopting any sections of Riley's platform, or do you have something different in mind?
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February 2015 on: February 12, 2015, 08:23:05 am
ENDORSEMENT BALLOT
President and Vice President
[ 3 ] bore/Bacon King (Labor/TPP)
[ 2 ] Maxwell/Dallasfan65 (Democratic-Republican)
[ 1 ] Write in: Polnut/Cincinnatus

Northeast Governor - Sawx automatically endorsed
[ ] Write in:

Northeast Senator - MattVT automatically endorsed
[ ] Write in:

Pacific Senator - Cranberry automatically endorsed
[ ] Write in:
107  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Just For Those Interested... on: February 11, 2015, 09:38:37 pm
Glad to hear it, Cynic.
108  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: This is why I'm about to quit Atlasia on: February 11, 2015, 03:04:03 pm
I'm not exactly sure what exactly is going on here but I agree with everything in Lief's post.
109  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Beck vs. Beyonce vs. Kanye on: February 11, 2015, 03:01:44 pm
By losing a Grammy to Beck, this clearly means that Beyonce is a terrible artist.  .

What Grammy is that? Best New Release to Nap to in 2014?
110  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 11, 2015, 12:31:22 pm
I do believe in the $30K Base Salary

That's an interesting capitalization choice...
111  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who should replace Jo Stewart as Daily Show host? on: February 11, 2015, 12:23:39 pm
That's a trade that I hope not to see. Last Week Tonight resembles a less US-centric Daily Show with better writing. It would be a shame for us to lose it after only two seasons.
112  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February 2015 on: February 11, 2015, 08:48:56 am
ENDORSEMENT BALLOT
President and Vice President
[ 3 ] bore/Bacon King (Labor/TPP)
[ 2 ] Potus2036/Maxwell (Federalists/D-Rs)
[ 1 ] Write in: Polnut / Cincinnatus

I honestly believe that we should field our own ticket, and I will support any TPP member who runs. This election is not shaping up to be a competitive one, but it would be a serious mistake for us to allow an unreformed Labor Party to control both the presidency and, very likely, the Senate.

Northeast Governor - Sawx automatically endorsed
[ ] Write in:

Northeast Senator - MattVT automatically endorsed
[ ] Write in:

Pacific Senator - Cranberry automatically endorsed
[ ] Write in:
113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: February 11, 2015, 08:34:35 am
The obsession continues:

Might be no launch, the way things are going! A replay of 2008 methinks....same bitching & backbiting that went on 2008; things are not going exactly as you Dems had hoped. Hillary is out of shape politically and metaphorically; no compelling message, except I'm a woman, I deserve it and oh yeah, I'm married to Bill. No real policy initiatives, except the old class warfare play book u Dems ran in 2012; ain't gonna work this time & then it gets better,  it's mid February already...Over 17 months and counting and the DNC can't even settle on a venue for the convention. Love to have that video clip of Joe Biden nearly wetting himself with mirth and the embarrassing giggling episode he indulged in the Vice presidential debate in 2012. Yeah this keeps getting better all the time, you gotta love it, the Coronation that was supposed to be smooth sailing is turning out to be anything but. Keep it up you Dems. Lol😂😁😁😃😅

STAY TUNED
114  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Webb make any "red" states competitive? on: February 10, 2015, 11:14:43 pm
Whatever the answer is, it says more about the kind of bizarre circumstances under which Jim Webb wins the Democratic nomination than it does about Jim Webb.
115  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who should replace Jo Stewart as Daily Show host? on: February 10, 2015, 11:06:27 pm


John Hodgman a.k.a. THE DERANGED MILLIONAIRE

Edit: Assuming the show continues. I'm not sure that it should.
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February 2015 on: February 10, 2015, 10:30:47 pm
Abstain, I'm sure that either of you will do well.

Presumably Polnut will close the vote and move the convention along in Oakvale's absence?
117  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Marco Rubio on: February 10, 2015, 09:59:42 pm
But, until he stops saying things like "the age of the earth is a great mystery," I will label him dumb.

He's saying what Republican voters (his "base") want to hear. That's hardly dumb in a political sense.

"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do."-Ronald Reagan

Is this what the GOP base wants to hear? Yes. Does that make this an intelligent comment? No.

The same goes for Rubio.

It's worth distinguishing between demagoguery and stupidity. To call the former "dumb" is to give it too much credit.
118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: DEEPLY DISTURBING (TM): A. STMARKEN EDITION on: February 10, 2015, 07:16:48 pm
I'm beginning to think that we'd be better off just calling the February elections off.
119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives obsessed with labeling terrorism as Islamic? on: February 10, 2015, 12:07:41 pm
Racism.

Islam is not a race, so no, not racist. Just very stupid and short-sited.

"Welfare queen" isn't a race, either. That doesn't change its connotation.
120  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Marco Rubio on: February 10, 2015, 08:47:13 am
HP, but I'm not sure what the grounds are for labeling him "dumb."
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Wulfric on: February 10, 2015, 08:41:33 am
The oldest boys in Lord of the Flies were twelve. I lacked the knowledge and skill with language to post intelligently at that age, but I was definitely a better person and almost certainly had more interesting thoughts than I do today. The same is probably true for most of us.
122  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Just when I thought Cuomo couldn't stoop any lower... on: February 09, 2015, 11:15:27 pm
Why does the fact that exurban commuters dislike removing the Tappan Zee make it a "pipe dream"? Traffic levels and patterns of development are largely dependent on the means of transportation that are available. We could just as plausibly say that spending at least $6 billion to construct another bridge spanning the widest portion of the Hudson River is a pipe dream.

Because those suburban (not exurban - the NYC exurbs don't start until you go further north) commuters are voters and they would vote out any politician who wants to tear down their way to get to their jobs and to New York City.  The commuting patterns and patterns of development are already there.  It's a non-starter.

The new bridge will be funded one way or another.  It's only a question of how.

I'm not sure what your standard is for "exurban" - it is not a precisely demarcated technical term and the definitions that have been put forward are varied. If you mean that Rockland County is literally a part of New York City's CSA, fair enough, but, then again, so is Putnam.

The number of voters in New York State who benefit from the Tappan Zee bridge is, comparatively speaking, not particularly high. Rockland County's population is only just over 300,000, and other crossings are usually more convenient for drivers travelling to or from anywhere else on the Hudson's west bank. Of course, maybe you're counting people (like me) who frequently drive along I-90 in Upstate NY, since the current bridge collects more than enough revenue to cover its own maintenance and effectively subsidizes the operating costs for everything else under the Thruway Authority's auspices.

No politician needs to openly oppose building another bridge, anyway, as long there's a better use for whatever funding would otherwise go toward its construction.
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is more representative of the average American swing voter? on: February 09, 2015, 09:53:31 pm
Bushie is always the correct answer: Political cluelessness is the defining feature of most swing voters.
124  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Kurdish Solidarity Act of 2014 (Debating) on: February 09, 2015, 09:45:18 pm
The idea I can understand and I support the Kurds on their struggle against ISIS, although like Cranberry I have my concerns. First because, like it or not, the Kurdish Workers Party has been consistently engaged in acts of terrorism against civilians in Turkey and their current fights across Syria don't precisely erase that situation.

Second, we're completely ignoring Iraq here and I think that's were the real potential for the Kurds lies. Let's not forget that Iraq is now currently ruled by a Kurdish General (check Simfan's GM thread for that information) and the Kurdish forces there. If anything, I believe the Senate should consider giving its support to the peshmerga instead of pushing for the creation a Kurdish state ruled by the PPK without even consulting other nations. In that sense, Cranberry is right that it would be better to push for negotiations between Turkey, Iraq and other nations in the region, something that could be accomplished according to the plans of the Secretary of State.

An annoying thing is, of course, that old GM threads are being spreaded all across the board. Of course we couldn't keep them sticked, but some index of links would be extremely helpful.

You might be interested in the list that I compiled during my tenure as GM last year.
125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Just when I thought Cuomo couldn't stoop any lower... on: February 09, 2015, 09:22:32 pm
BUMP

It occurs to me that maybe I conceded too much: there's a case to be made that you don't need to build a replacement at all

My practical side is undecided as to whether the idea to just not replace the TZB when it reaches the end of its life is, erm, a bridge too far in terms of short-term impacts (to say nothing of political backlash from folks who benefit from the perverse subsidies/don't have the imagination to see a better alternative).  But the Cap'n is absolutely right about the environmental, fiscal, and social costs of locking the region into continued car-dependency.  Any sane discussion would have had his point of view in the mix, pushing the Overton Window in a more sustainable direction.

Alas.

There is no question that the Tappan Zee Bridge needs to be replaced.  It is literally falling down, and will cost more in the long run to continually fix and maintain than to build a new bridge.  The Thruway Authority spent hundreds of millions in recent years to maintain the current bridge, including fixing gaping holes in the deck.  The bridge was built on rotten wooden pilings instead of steel or concrete because of a steel shortage during the Korean War when it was built.

Pipe dreams like tearing down and not replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge are simply not palatable to commuters in the northern suburbs.  More vehicles cross the Tappan Zee Bridge than the Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan.  Where would all that traffic go?  And getting rid of the bridge would make it nearly impossible for Rockland County residents to commute to jobs in White Plains and vice versa. 

Pipe dreams like building train lines along the bridge simply don't make sense.  Most of Rockland and Westchester Counties do not have the density to support trains from nowhere to nowhere, and there's little to no capacity to add more trains to Grand Central during rush hour, so routing Rockland's Metro North trains to Grand Central instead of Hoboken isn't feasible.  Bus transit is the best option, as it is flexible and doesn't require a high cost investment.  But, for some reason, urban planners don't like buses.  Nevertheless, the new bridge was designed to add transit later, if it becomes feasible.

The fact is that fixed mass transit systems don't make sense everywhere.  Cars and buses make more sense in less dense areas, which is what most of New York's northern suburbs are.

Why does the fact that exurban commuters dislike removing the Tappan Zee make it a "pipe dream"? Traffic levels and patterns of development are largely dependent on the means of transportation that are available. We could just as plausibly say that spending at least $6 billion to construct another bridge spanning the widest portion of the Hudson River is a pipe dream.
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