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1726  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Keystone XL Pipeline Project thread on: January 31, 2014, 11:09:11 pm
If they build it, then the U.S. should get some of the oil from it instead of letting it get shipped overseas. Fair is fair.

For free?
1727  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Common political narratives that annoy you on: January 31, 2014, 11:05:20 pm
Limiting myself to ideas that are well within in the mainstream for both Republicans and Democrats -

1. "You know what's wrong with America? We don't make things anymore!"

Oh, really?



2. "Energy independence."

You can't isolate the US from global oil markets. This is just a distraction from real (and more difficult) energy issues.

3. "Politics has become so polarized because of gerrymandering."

What's even worse is when someone points to jagged district lines to prove their point. Compactness does not guarantee fairness, nor does an ugly-looking district preclude fair representation. It's no use trying to convince most people otherwise, though, because the popular press has hammered this point so hard for so long.

4. "Your money belongs to you, not the government!"

We have no special moral claim to our pretax income. Our property rights are rooted in the government that sustains the conditions in which those rights are respected. Democrats are pilloried any time they dare skirt near this point ("You didn't build that!") and few would be willing to defend it.

5. "Clean coal."

Yes, this garbage was in the Democratic platform. Thanks, but I'd rather chug shale oil.

1728  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Alexander Hamilton on: January 31, 2014, 10:07:28 pm
FF and probably my favorite of the Founding Fathers. His ideas have aged much better than those of his contemporaries.

Oh yes, what great ideas he and his fellows had.

Anybody who at all claims to be a proud liberal should damn Alexander Hamilton.  I count myself among them.  That Jefferson and other men of his era were considered liberals compared to men like Hamilton should tell you how horrible Federalists really were.

I'm not sure that I would describe myself as a "proud liberal," but I'll let others be the judge of that.

Anyway, I like Alexander Hamilton for a couple of reasons. First, he has a compelling personal story - born a bastard and orphaned during his childhood after his mother dies and his father abandons him, he comes to New York and studies at the precursor to Columbia University just before enlisting in the Continental Army.

Second, he anticipated what the United States would become and began to engage with problems of governance that we continue to grapple with today. It's not difficult to connect Hamilton's criticism of the Constitution (which he nevertheless supported) to the rapidly escalating dysfunction that we've seen in the federal government over the past couple of decades. I don't think that lessons from figures like Jefferson, Washington, or Madison are as applicable because the United States that they imagined bears almost no resemblance to the one that we actually live in.

Oh, and he was also an abolitionist and partially responsible for the gradual emancipation of slaves in New York. Being on the right side of that issue doesn't hurt his legacy or my opinion of him.
1729  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Alexander Hamilton on: January 31, 2014, 08:33:26 pm
FF and probably my favorite of the Founding Fathers. His ideas have aged much better than those of his contemporaries.
1730  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Am I the only one who thinks Romney will stage a comeback in 2016? on: January 31, 2014, 07:54:51 am
Well, it would certainly add something to all of those Thomas Dewey comparisons.
1731  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are my views welcome in the Democratic Party? on: January 31, 2014, 07:41:33 am
I would take that counterpoint much more seriously if the empirical support for it were not staggeringly weak.
1732  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Success in Federal-Regional Correspondence Act (Debating) on: January 31, 2014, 12:54:46 am
What, if any, consequences should exist if the Regional Senator fails to perform this duty?
I don't think any concrete consequences should be in place - it's something they'll have to explain when they are up for re-election.

Would this law change anything, in that case? This is the status quo.

It's not explicitly our job right now is the difference.

It's already an informal job responsibility. Almost every serious candidate for any of the five regional Senate seats pays lip service to this idea some point during his or her campaign. So why would formalizing this duty while leaving it up to the voters to enforce it make a difference?
1733  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Deadly Ice storm turns Atlanta into frozen tundra on: January 31, 2014, 12:39:09 am
I would say though that regardless of region the real lesson from all this is why designing an area like the disastrous sprawled out mess that metro Atlanta is is a bad idea.

I agree, but can we honestly say that most Northeastern and Midwestern cities are better in this regard? Median commutes are a bit shorter, more people use public transit, and our cities and inner suburbs are more densely built, but most people in the region remain no less automobile-dependent than those in the South.
1734  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Deadly Ice storm turns Atlanta into frozen tundra on: January 31, 2014, 12:25:14 am
This reminds me of the update thread where a bunch of northerners thought a dog was going to die because it was 95 degrees outside. Assholes.

As it wasn't clear that the dog had access to shade and hot water and the person responsible for taking care of it is demonstrably incapable of taking care of himself, there was plenty of reason for concern. (Furthermore, it's still not clear what happened to the dog in question.)

Anyway, I have no idea why taking proper care of pets has anything to do with poking fun at people in the midst of a snowstorm.
1735  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: critically overrated music on: January 30, 2014, 11:42:54 pm
I suppose that gushing over Led Zeppelin is limited to certain circles? I'm not sure who to look toward as a guide to what is the critical mainstream when opinion is divided. Especially when it comes to historical acts.
1736  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: critically overrated music on: January 30, 2014, 10:43:03 pm
Are Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry etc. actually rated by most people, or are just well-known?

A lot of people posting this thread have overlooked that it's asking about CRITICALLY overrated music and consequently missing the mark badly. The Sex Pistols is a very good answer (although one for which the critical tide has begun to turn). So are Radiohead, The Clash, and Led Zeppelin.

Sticking to recent stuff - because I think that almost all music recorded prior to the mid '90s that hasn't faded from the collective memory is at least somewhat overrated - I'd add a few more:

M.I.A.
Vampire Weekend
Drake
Kanye West

...actually, I had a few others in mind, but that's probably enough that I'll need to hide for a while.
1737  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Killing bin Laden on: January 30, 2014, 10:28:40 pm
Combat deaths aren't comparable to executions, as far as I'm concerned.

Anyway, to answer the question: He should have been alive taken if possible. That said, if battlefield commanders weren't confident that they could do so without putting the lives of their team at an unacceptable level of risk, I'm not going to second-guess the decision to gun him down.
1738  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS3: Budget on: January 30, 2014, 10:18:12 pm
Nix raises a good point.  Exactly what is this 'Pentagram' we're supposed to fund?

Actually, Sjoyce and PiT already provided an answer to that particular question. Check the GM thread, because you probably wouldn't believe me if I repeated it here.
1739  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SomebodyWhoExists for Representative in Northeast Assembly on: January 30, 2014, 10:16:46 pm
Question:

Where did you get your economic platform, Senator Paul?

In what ways does my platform resemble Rand Paul's? Especially considering that Paul has called for nation-wide right-to-work laws.

Actually a joke about Senator Paul's plagiarism flap.

Who are you alleging he plagiarized?

The economic platform is the exact same idea Branden is using. Branden and I developed in a private message in IRC one night.
Repealing the sales tax and exempting people from the income tax aren't original ideas that you can claim ownership of.

This.  I also don't recall the economic platform that TheRileyKeaton wrote having anything in it about about opposing "Right to Work Low Wages" laws in it.  I hope he isn't intending play "the boy who cried plagiarism" whenever someone from another party agrees with him on an issue Tongue

I wrote my platform, Riley helped me with it...

Did you write that bit about privatizing the Brooklyn Bridge?
1740  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Deadly Ice storm turns Atlanta into frozen tundra on: January 30, 2014, 10:08:23 pm
How many Southerners mocked New York and New Jersey because we absorb more powerful hurricanes than Sandy every year? Oh right, 0.  We understand that regions generally aren't well-prepared for disasters that are rare in that region. Instead we just sent aid money and did what we could to help.

But when the tables were flipped this week, Northerners just mocked us instead.  Thanks for nothing.

It's embarrassing and ignorant. I'm not sure why anyone would believe that living an area that's more prone to certain types of severe weather and therefore better prepared to cope with that weather makes them superior.
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Success in Federal-Regional Correspondence Act (Debating) on: January 30, 2014, 09:46:51 pm
What, if any, consequences should exist if the Regional Senator fails to perform this duty?
I don't think any concrete consequences should be in place - it's something they'll have to explain when they are up for re-election.

Would this law change anything, in that case? This is the status quo.
1742  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Death Penalty for Adolf Hitler on: January 30, 2014, 09:43:08 pm
No, and unless you either A) admit that you support the death penalty or B) oppose the death penalty only because you're afraid that innocents will inevitably be executed, I don't understand how you can answer that you would without being a hypocrite.
1743  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS3: Budget on: January 30, 2014, 09:31:35 pm
I'd think our best approach would be to see how other regions conduct their budgeting process - our current one doesn't seem the best suited to reflect Atlasia's different economic conditions and different federal-regional balance.

As GM I would encourage this; I have no idea how to formulate numbers for these categories, or what their function is, pending clarification. For reference, here is my report:

OFFICIAL GM ESTIMATE - SOUTHEAST BUDGET REVENUE FY 2014

Here you are. Please get back to me so that I can provide estimates for the line items that I'm confused about.

Quote
Income Taxes:
Corporate Income Tax Rate: 4% $9.20 billion
Personal Income Tax Rate: 5.8% $57.15 billion
Total: $66.35 billion

Ad-valorem Taxes:
Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $1.20 billion ($1.00/proof liter or $0.385/gallon for beer, $0.909/gallon for wine, $3.31/gallon for spirits)
Tobacco Products Sales: $5.9 billion ($0.04/cigarette  $0.08/cigar $2.00/kg tobacco)
Marijuana Products Sales: $0.25 billion ($3.00/ounce)
Motor Fuel Sales: $16.9 billion ($0.08/liter)
Motor Vehicle Licenses: ? I need more information on the amount of this tax to provide an estimate.
Total: ?
Fees and Charges:
Pentagram Creation Act: ? What the hell is this?
Safe Roads Initiative, Section 6: Likewise, do you have a link?
Total: ?

Business and Other Revenue:
Utilities Tax: Link to description?
Puerto Rican Revenue: Link to description?
Total: ?

Of course, if there's a matter of substantive policy at stake, ignore what I prefer - it's not relevant. I'll do my best to work with you guys to provide an estimate, whatever the case.
1744  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SomebodyWhoExists for Representative in Northeast Assembly on: January 30, 2014, 07:06:21 pm
Hahaha, at least Somebodywhoexists didn't outsource his platform.
1745  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you rather live in Baltimore or Baltimore County? on: January 30, 2014, 12:22:24 pm
The only reason why anyone should consider formal municipal boundaries when they decide where to live is so that they know how much they'll be paying in property taxes and what kind of public services they'll receive.

The kind of stark differences that you see along parts of the Detroit city line, for instance:



...are far more the exception to this rather than the rule.
1746  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 30, 2014, 11:13:06 am
АverroŽs
LABOR
New York
1747  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you rather live in Baltimore or Baltimore County? on: January 30, 2014, 11:07:18 am
I would have to know the price of housing in Baltimore's better areas to answer this question accurately.
1748  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Duke Corporate Tax Reform Act of 2013 (Amendment at Vote) on: January 30, 2014, 10:32:16 am
I'll post numbers by Saturday.
1749  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What does "literally" mean? on: January 30, 2014, 07:55:18 am
Anyone who opposes the use of literally as an intensifier is literally a prescriptivist monster.

The English language has more than enough intensifiers as it is. There are nowhere near as many words that mean what anything close to what 'literally' means.


...and that is why it works so well as an intensifier. I cringe a bit when I hear it used this way but it rarely fails to get my attention.
1750  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is the size of the U.S. national debt a pressing issue? on: January 29, 2014, 05:20:20 pm
Not nearly to the degree that people think it is.  People tend to analogize the national debt to a household budget which is an insane comparison.

This is probably the single most important facet of the issue.
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