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1726  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: are there any democrats on this forum who support gun control on: August 02, 2013, 04:31:04 pm
I dislike the Second Amendment and would support something along the lines of Germany's gun control laws, so yes.
1727  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Melissa Harris-Perry: Life Begins When the Parents Think it Does on: August 02, 2013, 03:56:04 pm
How dare you suggest that individual parents have the authority to decide when their childs life beings. Children's lives begin when we all, as a group, say they do. How naive of her.

While this is obviously an attempt at humor, the idea that life begins when society says that it begins is obviously true in a descriptive sense. This is a moral question that should be informed by empirical data, not a scientific question that should be informed by moralistic arguments.

1728  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Forum Cabinet on: August 02, 2013, 03:47:42 pm
I'll mix it up this time by using my own schema of executive departments.

President: Αverroës (D-NY)

Secretary of State: Polnut (D-AU)
Secretary of the Treasury: Oakvale (I-IE)
Attorney General: DemPGH (D-PA)
Secretary of Defense: Sjoyce (D-FL)
Secretary of Social Welfare: Antonio V (PS-FR)
Secretary of Education: Snowguy (D-MN)
Secretary of Science & Technology: MaxQue (NDP-QC)
Secretary of Public Works: Traininthedistance (D-NY)
Secretary of Environmental Conservation & Land Management: Scott (D-CT)
Secretary of Agriculture: Al - (Oth.-UK)
Secretary of Community Development: TNF (D-KY)
Secretary of Economic Development: Superique (D-BR)
Secretary of Disaster Relief & Prevention: Talleyrand (D-TX)
Secretary of Culture: Nathan (D-MA)

Chief of Staff: Adam Griffin (D-GA)
OMB Director: Gustaf (D-SE)
UN Ambassador: Ben (D-VA)
1729  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Make a map between the three preceding posters (non-US edition) on: August 02, 2013, 02:48:58 pm


Anton Kreitzer: CDU + CSU - 33%
Antonio V: SPD + Greens - 31%
TNF: The Left - 19%
Goldwater: FDP - 17%

I'm not sure why Die Linke and the FDP are doing so well, or why the FDP vote suddenly so geographically concentrated, so use your imagination, I guess.
1730  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Committee Approval...Impeachment Amendment (Debating) on: August 02, 2013, 10:34:21 am
I don't understand why a hearing separate from the Senate "being impaneled as a grand jury" is necessary.
1731  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE: Gov't Oversight and Reform (Pacific Hearing) on: August 02, 2013, 10:32:50 am
Removing the regional Senate seats entirely would have no functional impact on the Senate other than making elections to it more visible and exciting.

Anyway, as long as we're forced to hold on to the outmoded regional seats and keep them equal in number to the at-large seats, it would make sense to increase the number of at-large Senators to six and increase the number of regional Senators to two from each of the three resulting regions. I have no idea how to make the four region proposal work mathematically. Personally, I expect that eliminating only one region will make very little difference and make consolidation more difficult by creating the impression that we're eliminating a particular region, which will only encourage opposition. For this to work, we need to commit fully to redrawing the lines and letting the three new regions develop organically - certainly with characteristics inherited from the old regions, but as three new, separate entities.
1732  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Executive Branch Reorganization Act (On the President's Desk) on: August 02, 2013, 10:21:29 am
I sign,

Quote from: Final Text
Executive Branch Reorganization Act

A BILL

To clarify, streamline, and improve the structure of the federal government.

1733  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you support "regional rights"? on: August 02, 2013, 10:19:33 am
What should I support if I believe in stronger, but fewer regions?

You should choose whichever option you believe is most important. I included the choices that I did because there is a vocal contingent in favor of each. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who has pushed for what you're describing until now.

What the hell? I have been trying to work greater regional involvement into bills of all kinds since I became a Senator and have actually tried to get a consolidation plan going on three seperate occassions unlike some who just like to bitch and then do nothing. Tongue

I hadn't realized that you actually supported a reduction in the number of regions, Yankee. You often work constructively to improve proposals without actually supporting them yourself, and I've only been around for one of three occasions that you mention, so I just assumed that you wanted it done right if it was going to happen.

The accusation that I'm "bitching" is correct - we need to build public support for this. The accusation that I am "doing nothing" is incorrect. I took part in the same discussion as you not long ago - only to see it abandoned once I left the Senate, I've continued to discuss the issue with several Atlasians in private, and I've drafted a regional consolidation amendment. Unfortunately, the Constitution was not written so as to make a change in the number of regions simple.

There's also the matter of our clunky amendment process, which is almost certain to block any real change in the structure of the regions because it only takes 15-20 people distributed between two regions to bring down any proposal. I've also written a proposal that would remove the regions from the amendment process, but, as you know, that's been tried before with no success.
1734  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of the President - Senate Update on: August 02, 2013, 10:04:09 am
Oh, I forgot TJ.

I haven't added that vote to the scorecard yet, Yankee. I don't count votes before they're completed.
1735  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Best post-dissolution Senate delegation? on: August 01, 2013, 11:11:39 pm
The numbers would look a bit different if I had counted "pieces of legislation authored" rather than "pieces of legislation sponsored" Ben's would be lower, Marokai's would be higher, mine would be slightly higher. It's a judgement call in many cases, because many bills are more the product of multiple authors by the time the Senate is finished with them, regardless of who wrote the initial proposal. Ben still  managed to usher through at least a half dozen proposals of own, though.
1736  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you side with in the 'Paul vs. Christie' debacle? on: August 01, 2013, 10:44:04 pm
The man behind the "Death Ray" was not a KKK member. He drove to Virginia because he wanted to sell what he was building to the KKK. They turned him down and called the feds.

I'm not sure of what exactly the piece that I linked to says. A lot of the details of the case have been misreported.
1737  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 5th Pacific Legislation Introduction and Discussion Thread on: August 01, 2013, 06:43:03 pm
Hello, folks. Is there still a regional government here? I understand that this one has a nasty habit of dissolving itself during periods of inactivity.
1738  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of the President - Senate Update on: August 01, 2013, 06:35:10 pm
SENATE SCORECARD UPDATE

Senator  With    Against    Abstain    No Vote    Score 
Bore (Lab-RI)
12
0
1
0
100%
Polnut (Lab-MA)   
5
0
1
0
100%
Kalwejt (Lib-VT)
4
0
0
5
100%
MaxQue (Lab-CO)
22
1
1
0
96%
Gass3268 (Lab-WI)
21
3
0
0
88%
NC Yankee (Fed-NC)
21
3
0
0
88%
Sbane (Lib-CA)
16
4
0
4
80%
Napoleon (Lib-CA)
18
5
1
0
78%
TNF (Lab-KS)
17
5
0
2
77%
HagridoftheDeep (Fed-SC)
13
5
1
5
72%
TJ (Fed-OH)   
12
9
0
3
57%
Scott (Lgt-NH)
3
3
0
3
50%

Votes (Administration's Position)

Other notes:

  • A final vote will soon begin on the Judicial Tenure Amendment. This administration supports this amendment, which would end lifetime appointments in Atlasia. We also support former President Snowguy's call for more radical reform of the Court that would broaden citizen engagement with the judicial process.
  • Discussion continues on the Wikimaster General Act. This administration opposes this bill, which would create a new Cabinet-level office. Existing Cabinet-level officials are both capable and legally accountable for maintaining the wiki, and we see no reason to change that given its current status, which is good.
  • The Representative Democracy Amendment will soon be put to a vote. This administration supports this amendment, which would end the use of the initiative system for passing federal laws. We view the initiative system as a failure on its own terms and an unwelcome distraction from the legislative work of the Senate, where the public eye ought to be focused.
  • Discussion continues on Secretary of External Affairs Talleyrand's Foreign Policy Review. This is the one of the single most important pieces of legislation that will be considered during the current Senate session, and I encourage Atlasians to investigate its content to ensure that any of our country's relations that are of particular concern to your are being dealt with properly. A vote is currently taking place on whether Atlasia should place partial economic restrictions on Switzerland until it takes further action to make its banks more transparent. As Switzerland is among Atlasia's top twenty trade partners and has made considerable progress on this front in recent years, the administration opposes these restrictions. The current tally on this vote is 5-4, with Senators TNF, Gass, Bore, and MaxQue in support of restrictions and Yankee, Polnut, Sbane, and Napoleon TJ voting to remove them from the Foreign Policy Review. Senator Hagrid has yet to vote
1739  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasia -vs- Madman Motley on: August 01, 2013, 05:08:59 pm
Thank you, Inks.
1740  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Super Polling Center: At-Large Senate Possibilities Poll on: August 01, 2013, 04:18:04 pm

*July election. I was thinking about the June election for so long that I keep mistakenly referring to both the July by-election and the August Senate election as the "June election."
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you support "regional rights"? on: August 01, 2013, 03:31:58 pm
What should I support if I believe in stronger, but fewer regions?

You should choose whichever option you believe is most important. I included the choices that I did because there is a vocal contingent in favor of each. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who has pushed for what you're describing until now.
1742  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Do you support "regional rights"? on: August 01, 2013, 03:16:09 pm
Federalism was one of the most divisive issues in Atlasia for years. Lately, it seems to be an increasingly common topic of conversation. What do you think? How do you define 'regional rights,' and why do they matter to you?
1743  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Super Polling Center: At-Large Senate Possibilities Poll on: August 01, 2013, 12:11:06 pm
That's because he hasn't been online since the June election.
1744  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Best post-dissolution Senate delegation? on: August 01, 2013, 12:08:46 pm
When you look at who's successfully sponsored bills, resolutions, and amendments - admittedly a blunt measure of legislative success - you see that Talleyrand is correct. No party is especially dominant among the most active Senators, and it's difficult to judge a delegation as a whole.

18 - Averroës (TPP/Labor)
14 - Ben (Moderate/Independent/Liberal/TPP)
13 - NC Yankee (IB/Federalist)
12 - Scott (Liberal/Light)
10 - Napoleon (Liberal/Labor)
  8 - Marokai   (Labor)
  5 - TJ (Whig/Federalist)
  5 - Sbane (Liberal/Federalist)
  4 - Clarence (Whig/Federalist)
  3 - Simfan (TPP)
  3 - Hagrid (Whig/Federalist)
  3 - Snowstalker (Labor)
  2 - Seatown (Labor)
  2 - Mr. X (Liberal/TPP/Independent)
  2 - Oakvale (TPP)
  1 - Spamage (Federalist)
  1 - Kalwejt (Liberal)
  1 - MaxQue (Labor)
  1 - TNF (Labor)

(Senators are colored based on the party they belonged to for most of their tenure, except Whigs and IB members who are show in orange.)

I can say something positive about each of the delegations included in this poll. Both TPP and the Feds/Whigs/IB do well in terms of breadth of quality. Labor seems to be best at electing many Senators who will sponsor at least one or two bills during their term. The Liberals seem to be (have been?) best at electing 'superstar' Senators who are extremely active and introduce many bills.
1745  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are you depressed about the fact that Hillary will be the democratic nominee? on: August 01, 2013, 11:19:57 am
Oh, wow. I completely forgot about Clinton's performance among Hispanic voters. (Although in my defense, her substantial advantage crumbled in some of the later states - she continued to outperform Obama, but with margins more similar to her usual advantage among non-Hispanic whites.) It's still an embarrassing oversight on my part, though. And I'll confess that I don't remember what her numbers looked like among different Asian groups, Native Americans, multiracials, etc.

Polling obviously shows high approval ratings for Clinton among every demographic, including young voters, black voters, and progressives, but I'm not convinced that polling at this point means much when it comes to looking at demographic particulars, and it's not a reliable guide at all when it comes to predicting where and how the party's activist base will direct its enthusiasm.
1746  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Best post-dissolution Senate delegation? on: August 01, 2013, 10:48:33 am
Whig / IB / Federalist - 7 Senators, 28 terms
  • NC Yankee - 10
  • HagridoftheDeep - 6
  • TJ - 5
  • Clarence - 4.5
  • Spamage - 1.5
  • Matt - 0.5
  • Pingvin - 0.5

Liberal - 11 Senators, 24 terms
  • Sbane - 6.5
  • Napoleon - 4
  • Scott - 4
  • Kal - 2
  • MOPolitico - 2
  • Franzl - 1.5
  • Bacon King - 1
  • Polnut - 1
  • Svensson (NVGonzalez) - 1
  • Mr. X - 0.5
  • Oakvale - 0.5

Labor - 11 Senators, 19.5 terms
  • Marokai - 3.5
  • Snowstalker - 3
  • JulioMadrid - 2
  • MaxQue - 2
  • Redalgo - 2
  • Seatown - 2
  • Αverroës - 1.5
  • Barnes - 1
  • Gass3268 - 1
  • TNF - 1
  • Alfred - 0.5

The People's Party - 6 Senators, 11 terms
  • Αverroës - 2.5
  • Oakvale - 2.5
  • Ben - 2.5
  • Franzl - 1.5
  • Mr. X - 1
  • Simfan - 1

Others - 9 Senators, 14 Terms
  • Ben - 4.5
  • Junkie - 1.5
  • ILV - 1.5
  • Mr. X - 1.5
  • 20RP12 - 1
  • AndrewCT - 1
  • bgwah - 1
  • Wormyguy
  • Scott - 0.5


Because I rounded to the nearest half term and compiled this a few weeks ago, before several changes in Senate membership, some counts are slightly off.
1747  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban barfbag on: August 01, 2013, 09:46:02 am
Just put him on iggy......life is better that way

Petition for Uncle Gramps to bring back the other popsicle girl.  She is more better.

x - H.D. (D-NJ)

Aubrey Plaza > both, IMO

1748  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasia -vs- Madman Motley on: August 01, 2013, 09:41:40 am
Before we proceed, would it be possible for a moderator (preferably the official one appointed by the President, but it honestly doesn't really matter) to confirm this, and whether or not they are the same person?

I believe that Inks mentioned this several days ago, but I've PMed Gustaf for official confirmation.
1749  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you side with in the 'Paul vs. Christie' debacle? on: August 01, 2013, 09:36:35 am
I'm generally a skeptic of the security state, but I've been feeling more than a bit paranoid since it came out a month ago that my aunt's neighbor was attempting to build a "death ray" to kill Muslims. (You can't build a death ray, the guy was a machinist - not an engineer as most articles claim, and he was so crazy that the KKK called the FBI on him when he went to them for funding, but considering the number of guns the clown had in his house it's unnerving nonetheless.)
1750  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum demographics on: August 01, 2013, 09:31:22 am
- Ideology relative to the Atlas Forum: Very, even severely, conservative


taking your views on gays and immigrants, etc into account, you're far right relative to anything.

Unless Zuwo wants to shoot gays or something, I really doubt that's the case.

Supporting minaret bans and opposing gay adoption aren't the positions of someone on the far right? I know it's central Europe, but... really?
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