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1726  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 03:16:49 pm
The whole idea of moving away to live in a dorm for college seems to be largely an American phenomenon, yes (Canada too?).

Is it really that uncommon in Europe? What do students who don't live near a decent school that suits them do?
1727  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club on: August 24, 2014, 03:13:26 pm
Bony obviously hasn't read the groups press releases or its Twitter feed.
1728  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: August Senate Election. Tracker/Discussion Thread. ELECTION TRACKER-BICAMERALISM on: August 24, 2014, 09:47:25 am
As of 10:00 PM EDT, Sunday

Votes: 93
Last voter: Cincinnatus

Polnut has increased his lead over the other candidates and is now virtually guaranteed a seat. Deus is also likely to win a seat.

The remaining three winners are less clear. The Federalists and Labor are certain to each take at least one seat, although it is impossible to project which of those four candidates - Lumine, JCL, Alfred, and Cynic - will win.

The final seat is a close three-way contest between the Federalists and Labor - who are both in contention for a second seat - and Bacon King. As of now Bacon King has taken a slight lead.

✓17 - Polnut
13 - Deus
11 - JCL
11 - Lumine
10 - Alfred  F. Jones
10 - Bacon King
  9 - Dr. Cynic
  4 - GA Worth
  2 - Clarence
  1 - Poirot
  2 - undeclared write-ins

Polnut's surplus: +.52 BK, +.18 Cynic, +.18 Dues, +.06 Alfred, +.06 Lumine
Elimination of undeclared write-ins: +1 Alfred, +1 BK
Elimination of Poirot: +1 BK
Elimination of Clarence: +1 Deus, +1 JCL
Elimination of GA Worth:+2 Cynic, +1 Deus, +1 Lumine

✓16.00 - Polnut
15.18 - Deus
12.52 - Bacon King
12.06 - Lumine
12.00 - JCL
11.18 - Dr. Cynic
11.06 - Alfred  F. Jones

Elimination of Alfred: +7.06 Cynic, +3 BK, +1 Deus

Count III
✓16.00 - Polnut
✓16.18 - Deus
✓18.24 - Dr. Cynic
15.52 - Bacon King
12.06 - Lumine
12.00 - JCL

Redistribution of Deus + Cynic's surplus brings Bacon King to quota and pushes Lumine ahead of JCL

RESULT: Polnut, Deus, Dr. Cynic, and Bacon King are elected. Lumine is elected without meeting quota.
1729  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: August 23, 2014, 06:30:36 pm
If anyone wants to see a picture of TX Conservative Dem, PM me.

I'll save you the trouble:

1730  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Аverroės vs. PPT TNF on: August 23, 2014, 03:21:40 pm
I am filing suit against President Pro Tempore TNF for his certification of the Senate's confirmation of Tyrion for Vice President.

PPT TNF certified Tyrion's confirmation as passing 6-5, claiming that as Acting President of the Senate he is entitled to break the tie by casting a second vote.

Quote from: Third Atlasian Constitution
The Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided. The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, who shall act as President of the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.

Without a Vice President, the Constitution specifies me as acting President of the Senate. The Vice President normally has no vote with the noted exception of a tie. As such, with the vote on confirming Tyrion tied at present, I shall now cast a second ballot in my capacity as acting President of the Senate to break this impasse once and for all.


TyriontheImperialist is thus confirmed as Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia.

Aye(s): Senator TNF, Senator bore, Senator Alfred F. Jones, Senator TheCranberry, Senator Cynic, PPT TNF
Nay(s): Senator North Carolina Yankee, Senator Goldwater, Senator Cassius, Senator Spiral, Senator Lumine

However, nowhere in the Constitution is the Acting President of the Senate granted the power to cast a second vote in the case of a tie. The Constitution only stipulates that the Vice President is limited to casting tie-breaking votes and may not vote under other circumstances. (Art I., § 1: "The Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided.")

Furthermore, the Constitution states elsewhere that the Vice President "shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of the Senate" (Art. II, § 3). As the Senate was divided 5-5 in this case, that majority failed to obtain.

I petition the Supreme Court to overrule President Pro Tempore's certification of the vote, to affirm that the power to break tied Senate votes applies only to the Vice President, and to clarify that the "majority vote of the Senate" required to confirm a nominee for Vice President must include at least half the number of sitting Senators plus one.
1731  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Rank Northeastern and Midwestern metros from most liberal to most conservative on: August 23, 2014, 03:09:19 pm
I was going to make a similar point that Balto shares much in common with Philly. The architecture and history follow very similar paths. I would take train as the authority, but rowhouses in parts of Queens and Brooklyn remind me of their counterparts in Balto and Philly. In my visits I find more similarities than differences.

As to the demographics, Balto was a significant some to white ethnic immigration and was the second largest port of entry after NYC. Residents of Irish ancestry make up 13% of the population in Balto. Little Italy is an important neighborhood and was the childhood home of Nancy Pelosi, the daughter of Baltimore Mayor D'Alesandro. Before the Civil War the black population of Balto was predominantly free, though there were some slaves, and today makes up the largest ethnic group as it does in Philly.

What I'm thinking of more than anything is the two-story lower-class housing like this:

(in Philly)

That doesn't look all that different from several of Albany's neighborhoods (fire damage aside):

I've seen similar neighborhoods in almost every city in Upstate NY. Maybe I'm missing something, though. Are most Baltimore and Philadelphia rowhouses so lightly ornamented? That seems like a significant difference.
1732  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: "Having children is a human right that should not be denied by society." Really? on: August 23, 2014, 10:01:27 am
Disagree. Every child born in the United States increases global carbon emissions by nearly 10,000 metric tons. Whether we are anywhere near it or not, there's a global carrying capacity for our species, to say nothing of how we live. At some point the "right" to have children comes into conflict with society's ability to provide them with a decent quality of life.

We take children from abusive parents. And as the United States leads the western world in child abuse fatalities, we probably should do it more often. There is no compelling reason to allow child-abusers to have more children.
1733  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: August 23, 2014, 08:55:23 am
Is that your history teacher?

Looks more like a daughter.
1734  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Kate Bush on: August 22, 2014, 05:33:18 pm
Hounds of Love is one of the best albums of its time, and her version of "Rocket Man" is better than Elton John's original. FF.
1735  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Enderman on: August 22, 2014, 05:23:10 pm
How was Senator Tsongas' extramarital affair discovered? And what did Governor Dukakis say about it?
1736  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS goes awry; 2 injured, 4500 without power on: August 22, 2014, 05:14:28 pm
In part, it's a matter of self-control and how involved you are with social media.

I've watched three videos. The first was a friend, the second was the mayor of the city that I live in, and the third was someone who had recently been diagnosed with ALS who also spent a few minutes talking about the disease and how it had affected his family. The first came from Facebook, the latter two from Twitter.

That's enough for me, so I've stopped clicking the links or pausing to watch what shows up on my feeds. But I wouldn't feel bothered if I inadvertently watched a clip, and I don't mind if people continue to talk about it. Why would I?
1737  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best College Town In The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) (Final) on: August 22, 2014, 05:04:42 pm
Cuse was named the best party school in America. So, I'll take Cuse.

Not a wise choice, unless you're an elevated highway enthusiast or a connoisseur of empty lots.
1738  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: August 22, 2014, 04:52:34 pm
Worst of all Snowstalker is not a literal baby, his ability to post on an Internet forum proves that he is not an infant.

May we never forget how lucky we are to post on a forum where such keen observers of human behavior share their insights.
1739  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club on: August 22, 2014, 11:00:07 am
Nothing good will come of "armed resistance," whether it's for real or for show. It's an idiotic gesture when suburban NRA members or squatting cultists are behind it, and it's no less stupid or unlikely to help in Saint Louis. HPs.
1740  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS goes awry; 2 injured, 4500 without power on: August 22, 2014, 09:57:42 am
Some people are clearly missing the point (e.g. not even mentioning ALS in their videos), but if you're petulant and self-absorbed enough to whine about a campaign that has succeeding in bringing public attention to a terrifying disease that is usually ignored, get help.
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Clean Energy Act of 2014 (Debating) on: August 21, 2014, 04:10:08 pm
The primary cause of last winter's high fuel prices was congestion in the grid. If we place heavy restrictions on the movement of natural gas and the development of related infrastructure, we will make ourselves more vulnerable to sudden price increases in periods of unusually high demand.

Even if you believe that fossil fuels should be more expensive than they are in the United States (as I do), these extremely high prices during the coldest weeks of the coldest winters are difficult to justify. These prices are a severe hardship for many businesses and families. Moreover, because it's an infrequent event, people are rarely inspired to switch to less fuel-dependent behavior as a result.

Also, why are we targeting natural gas exclusively? Too often, it would only be replaced by coal, which is dirtier by far. Hydraulic fracturing is incredibly damaging to the environment, but we shouldn't treat other forms of natural gas extraction in the same way.
1742  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 16 year-old arrested for writing about shooting a dinosaur on: August 21, 2014, 07:25:26 am
When dinosaurs are criminalized, only criminals will have dinosaurs.
1743  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish we had opebo's insight on the Ferguson, MO situation? on: August 20, 2014, 11:33:07 pm
I would tolerate opebo's (predictable, uninteresting, and distracting) "insights" if it meant getting Lewis back as a regular poster, but I certainly wouldn't wish for them.
1744  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: August 20, 2014, 06:58:34 pm

I guess that's as close to waterboarding him as we'll ever get. Cry
1745  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.
1746  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Northeast Assembly on: August 19, 2014, 11:28:05 pm
Endorsed (normal)
1747  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.
1748  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.
1749  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.
1750  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment (Not Yet Open!) on: August 18, 2014, 11:40:41 pm
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