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101  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (4) - The Gates of Winter) on: July 10, 2014, 01:46:39 pm

Bran Stark and Rickon Stark are not to be killed or harmed, on penalty of death. If captured, the two boys shall be sent to court in the capital to be raised as wards of House Targaryen as soon as conditions are safe enough to permit their passage south, by land or by sea. The men of the Golden Company's northern army shall provide them with protection along this journey if necessary.
102  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (4) - The Gates of Winter) on: July 10, 2014, 12:52:07 am
I probably should not have based my move on my assumption (for which there is strong contextual evidence in the books) that Euron's horn doesn't do what he thinks it does...

Well, without spoiling too much for some people, I had that problem considering Martin always plays with our expectations while using foreshadowing at the same time, so I was undecided between having the horn blowing up a certain important place or giving control over the dragons. Since Winds of Winter is not available to give us the answer I chose to go with this outcome.

It's a reasonable (and fun, I'll admit begrudgingly) plot twist, so I'm not surprised. Even if I had known the outcome in advance, I think it would have been out-of-character for Dany to refuse a meeting. She does have a mild case of hubris...
103  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (4) - The Gates of Winter) on: July 10, 2014, 12:49:18 am
Fantastic update! Cheesy

The North will bleed for the murder of Ser Jorah. I do not think that Bran and Rickon will enjoy being wards of Roose Bolton.
104  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (4) - The Gates of Winter) on: July 09, 2014, 11:06:11 pm
I probably should not have based my move on my assumption (for which there is strong contextual evidence in the books) that Euron's horn doesn't do what he thinks it does.

Of course, now I have the opportunity to do my best impression of Season 2 Daenerys...

105  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Alerting Dave Leip - Atlasia Wiki on: July 09, 2014, 07:14:44 pm
Dave - The problem with the sidebar that Simfan describes began in Google Chrome several months ago. It does not occur in Firefox or Internet Explorer. This is what it looks like (I chose a shorter page to show what is happening, but as you can imagine the problem is worse on longer pages, as the sidebar seems to be aligned with the bottom of the page) -

106  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: July 09, 2014, 07:09:01 pm
Came home to water bubbling up from the drain of my apartment's kitchen sink. Disgusting.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Emergency Resolution to Authorize Force in Iraq (Debating) on: July 09, 2014, 09:48:07 am
I recommend looking at the 2009 War Powers Consultation Act as a model. It might be better to work through an amendment, however, if there's any constitutional ambiguity.
108  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama on: July 09, 2014, 09:44:45 am
Like most conservative online causes, I doubt it's as big as made out to be. Probably a handful of guys.

Perhaps the sole post worth reading in this thread.

I doubt that it's meant as a political act in most cases, but it's common for young rural and suburban men to modify there vehicles in all kinds of loud, dirty, and generally obnoxious ways. Projecting masculinity, I guess.
109  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: least favorite set of states (geographically) on: July 09, 2014, 09:34:33 am
The future Buffalo Commons, obviously.
110  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you drink strawberry milk? on: July 09, 2014, 09:31:39 am
People who are old enough to post on this forum drink milk?
111  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: NE Voting Booth: Cabinet Repeal Amendment (to Northeast Constitution) on: July 09, 2014, 09:24:04 am
This vote was opened based on incorrect information and will be locked.

The vote on this amendment will resume as mandated by the Northest Constitution. I will leave it to my successor to determine whether voting may continue, with votes already cast treated as valid, or whether voting must restart completely.

I thank the concerned citizen who brought this oversight to my attention.
112  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: George W. Bush was the worst president since..? on: July 08, 2014, 05:11:37 pm

In terms of presidential effectiveness, this is the correct answer.
113  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 62st Senate PPT declaration Thread on: July 08, 2014, 09:58:36 am
Sadly, this is what comes of allowing one person to preside over a body and write its rules with little oversight for years. Rather than facing a credible challenger, Yankee can simply "discover" some new meaning in the text that disqualifies that contender from running. (As if we needed more evidence that the Senate's rules need to be rewritten from scratch...)

It's a perfect example of why so many of us - especially on the right - despise bureaucracy. TNF is no different than the entrepreneur who is told to shut down his a prospering business because he filed one of several dozen required forms twenty minutes after the deadline.
Never mind that the office only accepts in-person submissions and is only open until 4 on weekdays.

Of course it would be far easier for everyone to be gracious about this rather than bullying Windjammer into accepting a strained interpretation of the rules that we haven't applied in the past.
114  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 62st Senate PPT declaration Thread on: July 08, 2014, 08:00:05 am
I think its funny how one of the potential nominees for PPT, the guy who pretty much runs the scheduling and timing of the Senate, was late to accept his nomination for PPT...

I'm usually one of the first to attack office holders over negligence, but I have to defend TNF. He posted a LOA and PMed numerous people to let us know that he'd be gone for a few days owing to a local power outage.

Whether he should be listed on the ballot or not doesn't really matter, but it's silly to blame him for his late acceptance of the nomination when there's a valid, obvious reason why he wasn't around before the deadline.
115  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 08, 2014, 07:23:18 am
If anything this thread only confirms that this candidate has, in fact, been forgotten by the forum community. Amusingly enough I doubt that this would be the case anywhere other than here.
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker - Cabinet Poll on: July 08, 2014, 12:00:22 am
I should have qualified my answer, too, because you explicitly stated that you would support my nomination as long as I adequately responded to your concerns. (From what I can remember, you indicated a similar sentiment in the other confirmation threads.) And I don't mind answering those questions, as it provides me with a good sense of what to watch out for if I am confirmed.
117  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker - Cabinet Poll on: July 07, 2014, 11:40:12 pm
This is probably the best cabinet in my time here, yet these are by far the worst numbers I have seen.

And yet, with the exception of Lumine's questions in the confirmation threads, none of the critics have voiced a concern. Go figure.
118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Spring 2014 Convention - PLATFORM OR I'LL CHOKE A B*TCH on: July 07, 2014, 11:04:59 pm
I don't know if further debate of the nationalization question will achieve anything, unless anyone else has anything to say. At this point I think that the best solution would be to hold a vote on whether to include it in the final platform proposal. (Maybe using IRV if we want to select from several options? I like TNF"s counter-proposal better than what we currently have in the platform, but I'd prefer to remove the nationalization plank entirely.)
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Midwest Political Tracker on: July 07, 2014, 10:19:20 pm
Wait, wasn't Flo planning on running in the next Midwest Senate race? Huh
Flo's in the Pacific

You need to be a resident of the region that you represent to serve as its Senator, but you can run for regional Senate anywhere that you want.
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Midwest Political Tracker on: July 07, 2014, 10:16:55 pm
Wait, wasn't Flo planning on running in the next Midwest Senate race? Huh
121  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is 'Hard Choices' bombing? on: July 07, 2014, 09:09:39 pm
Most sales of political books comes from book stores not online. This article is typical Washington Post bullsh**t.

Nielsen BookScan doesn't track physical sales? Huh
122  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted on confirmation of the Supreme Court Justices? on: July 07, 2014, 09:07:57 pm
123  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Averroes for Secretary of External Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 08:56:59 pm
Do you support the global Tobin tax proposed by the administration?
The Tobin Tax is a keystone of the DemPGH-Windjammer foreign policy platform, so I will work to see it implemented. If we implement the tax with European and Chinese cooperation - and political opinion in both areas is at least somewhat favorable toward adoption of a Tobin Tax - we'll be able to unleash a great deal of capital for investment in international development, anti-poverty programs, peacekeeping, and other global initiatives. Among these goals, the Tobin Tax could serve as a fairer source of funding for the United Nations.
124  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Averroes for Secretary of External Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 08:46:57 pm
In regards to Ukraine I am quite supportive of the nominee's views in how to react against Russia on their aggression, but I have some doubts as to how the nominee would handle the relationship with President Poroshenko and what kind of aid to Ukraine he has in mind.
As I said, I believe that our priority with regard to Ukraine should be improving its access to non-Russian sources of energy by removing legal barriers to importing from other countries and improving its infrastructure, especially pipelines. Other than that, Ukraine needs to focus on rooting out corruption and building stronger public institutions. We can assist them as requested - economically, diplomatically, logistically - but part of this challenge is that the Ukrainian government needs to prove that it is independent and not embedded in any external sphere of influence. I don't favor military aid because I believe that doing so would escalate the country's conflict with Russia while achieving nothing substantive; the Ukrainian military is so inferior to its Russian counterpart that it would require assistance on a massive scale to make a meaningful difference.

-Do you plan to have an overreaching theme or message as SoEA?
For too long Atlasia's foreign policy has been guided by an isolationism of indifference. My goal is to re-engage with the world to solve the kind of problems that we cannot tackle alone, most notably, climate change.

What do you think we should about the Global Treaty Organization?
I have not spoken with the President on this subject and I have yet to familiarize myself with the details of our foreign policy dating back to the founding of the GTO. What I have read is a bit confusing. Apparently what started as an organization of wealthy, liberal democracies somehow admitted Somaliland and South Sudan in 2011?

Let me put it this way: I plan to review what my predecessors have accomplished. Unless it becomes clear that the GTO serves an important function and I can explain that function to the citizens of Atlasia, I will call for its abolition, as former Presidents Marokai and Napoleon have both advocated in the past. Speaking purely from a game reform perspective, it doesn't make sense to retain an element of the game that everyone has ignored for several years.

How do you plan to pursue the administration's plans to reform the United Nations?
I support the DemPGH-Windjammer plan to include Germany, India, Japan, and Brazil as permanent members of the Security Council and abolish vetoes for permanent members. But this will be a steep climb given the Security Council's current membership. Russia has isolated itself, and we have alienated China. For a start, we need to limit or eliminate our own use of the veto. There's no way that we can credibly advocate for its abolition if we continue to use it frequently.

What are your thoughts regarding China? Do you see it as a rival? If so, how would to try to contain them?
Our relationship with China has been unacceptably antagonistic. I plan to meet with Xi Jinping to discuss that relationship and what can be done to rectify the rift that has developed between us, in no small part because of rash action from past Atlasian Senates.

China is not our rival, at least not in the sense that the Soviet Union once was. Competitor is probably a better descriptor, and even that only in a limited sense. In most respects, our global interests are in alignment - China has a clear preference for global stability. Our interests collide more frequently with regard to regional issues, including China's treatment of ethnic minorities, and its relationship with its neighbors - including many of our allies - in the South China Sea.

What is your take on the Superique Israel-Palestine peace deal?

I support what Superique has accomplished and will continue to monitor the region and meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders regularly to see that the arrangements that he has made do not fall through. The success of his peace plan will require our continued stewardship.

Do you have any plans regarding the ongoing Syrian Civil War?

We need to review whether the support that we've pledged for refugees of the conflict has been sufficient and effective, but I see no viable path for even a limited military intervention today.

Lastly, I would like to see if the nominee has any plans regarding some nations that have been in the news lately, like Egypt, Thailand and Japan.

To be completely forthright, I'm more interested in cultivating better relationships with large, growing countries where things are going relatively well: Foremost among them, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, India. I think we're better off taking a preventive approach to global conflict by building good relationships - by expanding trade, easing immigration and travel, and gaining better knowledge of their people, culture, and history - with governments with relatively positive records well before problems occur.

I don't see a clear role for Atlasia in Egypt or Thailand. As difficult as it is to watch violence and other human rights abuses occur, it's rare to hear of people on the streets or even in elected legislatures calling for Atlasia to take a stronger hand in their country's internal politics. At this point the best that I can do is to keep a close eye on events in these countries and issue travel warnings.
125  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Robert Mugabe on: July 07, 2014, 07:09:00 pm
Over the last couple months especially (though it's existed as a problem for some time), I've gained something of a reputation as an overly bitter troll of the far-left variety (as well as general attention whoring). I've cognitively understood that I'm probably not bringing much positive contribution to the forum, though by virtue of having a rather dull life outside Atlas (and more and more in Atlas Tongue) and having been in a chronically poor mood for a while now (though I've felt a bit better lately), I haven't really made an effort to improve myself as a poster.

So I'm sorry to those I've needlessly gone after or tried to get a rise out of, and to the forum in general for being something of a pretentious attention whore. Will I be fine after this? Of course not, and I still have rather radical political views (though that doesn't excuse me being a poor man's opebo about them). But hopefully with some encouragement I can improve myself and reestablish myself as a valued and veteran contributor to the US Election Atlas Forum. Smiley

Though I expect it to be thoroughly parodied and referenced until well after its expiration date like the infamous apology thread, I feel I should announce something. I'd make a big effortpost about this, but I'm rather tired and have work to do so I'll condense it to the important parts:

  • Yes, I see how my "sage" is insufferable to some. To a large extent that was the point of it, though I've long passed the point where I'm getting tired of and annoyed by my own forum persona.
  • A lowdown on my actual views: Very left-wing, though rather more nuanced than I let on. I mostly dumbed them down in a misguided effort to combat/make fun of the dominant political perspective on this forum (progressive liberalism) which I'm finding more and more annoying.
  • I won't be posting (or more likely, maybe posting once every couple days) for a while, though I fully expect to return in full force at some point. Hopefully my affected forum schtick will have mostly died by that point, though given past attempts at "reforming" I shouldn't make any absolute promises. I will most definitely continue to lurk on the forum and if my hiatus lasts long enough will probably be a zombie voter in Atlasia (and since it's barely connected to Atlas I'll probably stay in that game Lumine's doing).

I'm fully back a bit earlier than I sort of expected myself, though the few days mostly off have been a bit refreshing and gave an exercise in self-control. I know I've reneged on my "promises" before but I hope I can finally kill off the worst excesses of Sage and get on better terms with some of my old forum friends who have been understandably put off by my affected Marxist propaganda.
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