Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery
on: May 23, 2013, 10:45:55 am
Yes, they were unsolicited
. The incident has caused considerable pain not only to his wife but to some of the young women involved
. If he is elected mayor, it'll just continue to haunt them during his entire tenure. These are young progressive people just like you and me, not powerful and famous politicians like Weiner.
Weiner is the worst kind of Democrat- a self aggrandizing egotist who hides behind progressive positions, but really cares more about promoting his own career than actually making a difference, who is "progressive" on everything except Israel (because he's Jewish, of course). A misogynist who claims to champion womens' rights because he checks off the right boxes. It's rich that nolesfan says Quinn relies on identity politics. I mostly see a bunch of progressive white dudes who just happen to support the most high profile white dude in the race (and before that supported the other one), but whatevs.
Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Averroës & DemPGH for Atlasia: Renewing Atlasian Infrastructure
on: May 23, 2013, 10:20:03 am
What will this campaign do in regards to HSR?
Good question. DemPGH and I are supporters of high-speed rail, and a Nix/DemPGH administration would guarantee that our existing lines are given all necessary federal attention.
We've invested quite a lot of money in HSR lately. Franzl's High Speed Rail Act
, passed in 2009, mandates that the federal government construct HSR lines through many of the nation's most densely populated urban corridors: From Washington to Boston, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, from Dallas to Houston, and from Saint Louis to Chicago. (The law does not establish a construction timetable, so I have no idea whether construction on each of these lines has been completed; I suspect that it has not.) Senator Napoleon's Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act
, passed in 2011, calls for the completion of another five HSR lines by 2016: Boston to Bridgeport, CT; Portland to Seattle; Raleigh to Charlotte; and Minneapolis to Chicago;.
I would be willing to hear proposals from the regions for expanding these lines, but any such requests would need to be very convincing to persuade me to allocate federal funds for such expansion. It's not that I oppose expanding our high-speed rail network; in fact, I'm a supporter of strengthening passenger rail in Atlasia. But we've under-invested in other elements of our physical infrastructure for so long. Limited federal resources should be used to address these neglected elements (inland waterways, sewage collection systems, dams, levees, etc.) first. (Particularly while so many HSR lines remain under construction.)
Forum Community / Forum Community / Obama-era forum members
on: May 22, 2013, 09:22:45 pm
This is a list of every poster with over 2000 posts to register since the beginning of Obama's presidency:
DC al Fine
Alfred F. Jones
Big Sky Bob
TJ in Cleve
px75 (Landslide Lyndon)
Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: AverroŽs & DemPGH for Atlasia: Renewing Atlasian Infrastructure
on: May 22, 2013, 05:25:49 pm
RENEWING ATLASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE
NEW ORLEANS, LA Ė Good evening, Atlasia. Three issues form a troika of top priorities for the Nix/DemPGH campaign: Poverty, education, and infrastructure. Today, we will outline our plan for improving and restoring Atlasiaís physical infrastructure.
In the past, the federal government has turned its attention to green energy
, mass transit
, fiber optics
, and high-speed rail
. Thanks to the efforts of our predecessors, Atlasia's physical infrastructure is less neglected than what we're accustomed to tolerating in our real lives. DemPGH and I hope both to build on these accomplishments and to turn our attention to a few projects that are less glamorous, but just as necessary.
Here are a few of the projects that we plan to pursue:
The Port of South Lousiana is the busiest port in the western hemisphere.
- I chose to deliver this speech in Louisiana because this state hosts three of the busiest ports in Atlasia: South Lousiana, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. Our ports and inland waterways deserve our attention; 95% of foreign trade, as measured by volume, travels through these ports. We must invest in maintaining, modernizing, and expanding our ports to meet the needs of a growing economy that is increasingly dependent on foreign trade. Remember, you can't spell IMPORTANT without PORT. Therefore, we will propose legislation that allocates federal money for the development of ports and empowers the Secretary of Internal Affairs to distribute this money to the regions based on demonstrated need.
Rochester's Inner Loop receives far less traffic than it was designed for and isolates the city's downtown from adjacent neighborhoods.
- Many of our cities are clogged with highways that do more to divide neighborhoods and disrupt daily life for city dwellers than they do to promote easy, efficient transportation. We will introduce legislation establishing grants for the removal of unused and underutilized urban highways, such as Rochester's Inner Loop, I-81 in Syracuse, and the east end of I-170 in Baltimore.
Widening the Saint Lawrence Seaway would allow larger vessels to access the Great Lakes, reducing transportation costs and increasing commerce throughout the entire region.
- Although our inland waterways form an important part of our transportation network, few updates have been made over the past half century. Most locks dates to the 1950s, and delays are common. This drives up costs and discourages firms from relying on barges for the transportation of freight. What makes this especially unfortunate is that barges are a more environmentally friendly form of transportation than airplanes, trucks, or even trains. We will propose a multi-billion dollar national plan for reinvesting in our inland waterways, upgrading locks and dredging deeper, wider channels. We will also work with Canada to upgrade the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which provides ocean access to three of our five regions, to allow larger vessels to access Great Lakes ports such as Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland in the Mideast; Buffalo in the Northeast; and Duluth in the Midwest.
Mileage-based user fees would reduce congestion and raise revenue for maintaining our highways.
- We will also follow with interest Oregon's Road User Fee Program; this program might serve as a model for establishing user fees for Atlasia's interstate highway system. Such a program would raise money for critical infrastructure and further reduce the share of highway funding subsidized by non-motorists. At the same time, we recognize the importance of Atlasia's interstate highway system and pledge to continue to invest enough money in our roads to keep them well-maintained. Keeping our highways in a pristine state is cheaper in the long run - and far safer - than allowing them to fall into disrepair.
- We will work with environmentally-conscious members of the Senate to build a comprehensive national strategy for dealing with hazardous waste, including (but not limited to!) nuclear waste. Particularly at a time when some regions are discussing expanding their use of nuclear power, it is essential that we dispose of hazardous materials safely. We must be especially attentive to how the improper disposal of these materials can effect those of us who live in some of our country's less desirable locations. No one should have to tolerate the effects of exposure to nuclear waste or toxic chemicals because he or she could not afford to live in an unpolluted community. This is a matter that affects us all; consider, for instance, the public safety implications of childhood lead exposure.
Let's not allow these things to break.
- A Nix/DemPGH administration would also work with the regions and the Game Moderator to re-examine the conditions of other physical infrastructure, especially our schools, our sewer systems, and our dams, many of which are in need of improvement.
Thank you for listening. Because infrastructure is such a vast subject - embracing everything from solid waste disposal to transmission of electricty - we cannot possibly cover every aspect in a single speech or plank of our platform. If you have any questions, we encourage you to ask in this thread.
Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Next Generation Consoles
on: May 22, 2013, 09:34:30 am
I'm not sure what my younger brother's buying, but I don't really care; either way, he's giving me his Xbox 360. Can't wait to upgrade from the old PS2. This means that I can finally finish all of Skyrim's expansions and use GTA to blow off steam again.