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1726  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: AON Polling: Consolidation on: October 28, 2013, 08:28:16 pm
What's new or unique about this? Atlasia is dynamic. Any law that you've written could be repealed at any time.
1727  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Size of your home county on: October 27, 2013, 09:47:31 pm
Jefferson County, NY (120,000)
1728  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: o hai on: October 27, 2013, 09:22:05 pm
I don't think there's anything wrong with strategic registration, and I suspect that many Atlasians agree.

Nevertheless, focusing on regional politics in the Mideast is probably a mistake for Atlasian progressives. We can most effectively limit the damage done by the reactionary clique that governs the Mideast by acting at the federal level. It'd take a massive effort to overcome their stranglehold on the region. Our soldiers are needed elsewhere.
1729  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: the 2000s - a decade without an identity? on: October 27, 2013, 12:18:47 pm
I prefer 'the naughts.'
1730  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ATTENTION ALL FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES on: October 27, 2013, 09:51:10 am
June was one for the ages, definitely do one for that. Smiley

Agreed!
1731  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Ben on: October 26, 2013, 10:04:02 pm
Good to have you back, Ben. I wish you the best of luck as Attorney General. It looks as if you may be a very busy man over the next few weeks.
1732  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Comprehensive Drug Reform Act of 2013 (At Final Vote) on: October 26, 2013, 07:11:59 pm
I'm not sure that I'm entirely comfortable with Section 3, either - if this passes while I'm President, I'll probably send it back to the Senate with all our part of Section 3 redacted.
1733  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Veterans Support Modernization Bill (On the President's Desk) on: October 26, 2013, 12:25:08 pm
I sign,

Quote from: Final Text
Veterans Support Modernization Bill

This Bill will provide additional resources to fast-track the digitisation of existing veteran's affairs records and to create a mostly-electronic network for the processing of veteran's support claims, along the lines of electronic personal income taxation processing.

1. $25 million will be provided to employ additional staff to increase the rate of record digitisation, these jobs should be based in the Pacific Region. Record digitisation should be completed by 1 April 2014. 

2. $150 million will be provided to the department to support the development and application of a new software package to enable all veteran's support claims to be lodged online and unless irregularities are noticed, processed within thirty days of application.

3. All existing claims, and claims lodged until 31 March 2014 will continue to be processed in the current manner.

4. $25 million will be provided for additional contract employees to increase the rate of existing paper application processing times. These positions will be spread across national veteran's affairs processing centres and will be specifically targeted at those centres with average processing times exceeding 200 days. The exact breakdown of funding and staff allocations will be directed by departmental officials.

5. A progress report is to be provided to the Senate on all timelines this Bill established by 1 October 2013 and 1 February 2014.

1734  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Comprehensive Sex Education Act (Debating) on: October 26, 2013, 10:43:26 am
If this amendment is adopted, we wouldn't be eligible for the federal funding anymore.  It's quite clear about not permitting abstinence-only education models.  And for good reason.  If everyone practiced abstinence, there wouldn't be any more human race.  :p

Basically I'm telling Nyman that they don't have the right to forbid abstinence-only models or extort the regions by taking away funds.

The federal Comprehensive Sex Education Act does not "take away" funds. It merely offers an additional incentive for implementing sex education programs according to a defined set of guidelines.
1735  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What are your top 5 favourite and least favourite movies? on: October 26, 2013, 10:35:57 am
least (not the worst movies ever made, just movies that really let me down...failed to live up to the hype)..no order
Phantom Menace (obvious)
Return of the Jedi (I love a lot of the movie, but the freaking Ewoks....and the cartoonish Emperor)
Boogie Nights
the last Die Hard
the last Indiana Jones



Seriously? I always thought that Emperor Ham was the most entertaining part of what is otherwise a boring mess of a blockbuster.

I don't think RotJ is terrible, but for me the escape from Jabba's palace sequence and Luke's confrontation with the Emperor have always been the only memorable parts.

Least Favourite:
1. Inception
2. Return of the Jedi
3. Les Misérables
4. The Social Network

Good choice, assuming you're referring to the latest adaptation. When I attempted to watch that one at the movie theater I felt a bit like:



...I only made it through the first half hour before slipping over to the adjacent screen to re-watch most of Django Unchained.
1736  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What are your top 5 favourite and least favourite movies? on: October 26, 2013, 10:16:42 am
Favorites
1. Trainspotting
2. The Seventh Seal
3. Brazil
4. Ran
5. Das Boot

Least favorite (sequels/prequels/remakes/reboots/"re-imaginings" excluded; ignoring obvious schlock)
1. The Brown Bunny
2. Animal House
3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
4. Chasing Amy
5. Primer
1737  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Northeast Governor SirNick - Updates on: October 26, 2013, 09:06:05 am
Thank you, Governor Sirnick!

1738  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: House Republican Women Jungle Primary on: October 26, 2013, 09:02:00 am
NOTA
1739  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Snowstalker Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts III on: October 26, 2013, 09:00:25 am
jaichind makes me want to punch a baby

You would only do that if it were economically productive to engage in such behavior.
1740  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Federal Referendums and Deregistration Eligibity Act (Debating) on: October 26, 2013, 08:48:03 am
I agree with Sbane and Homely. It's not that hard to re-register.
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Would you like to see Mideast-style abortion laws adopted in your home region? on: October 25, 2013, 09:39:56 pm
  BREAKING 
MIDEAST MAY ATTEMPT UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL FROM NATIONAL HEALTHCARE

5. The Mideast irrevocably withdraws from Fritzcare and restores a free market healthcare insurance system 
1742  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Missed votes in the 57th Senate on: October 25, 2013, 09:33:33 pm
September 6 - October 25 (session ends in one week); votes entered "for the record" after the official voting period are counted.

 0% - Senator North Carolina Yankee (Missed 0 out of 53 votes)
 0% - Senator TNF (0/53)
 0% - Senator Tmth (0/53)

 4% - Senator Maxwell (2/53)
 8% - Senator Sbane (4/53)
 9% - Senator Gass (5/53)
13% - Senator TJ in Cleve (7/53)
15% - Senator Bore (8/53)
42% - Senator Napoleon (22/53)
70% - Senator Xahar (37/53)
1743  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Amendments per Senator - 57th Senate Session - Yankee, Tmth, TNF, Maxwell lead on: October 25, 2013, 08:29:02 pm
I recall having 40% one Senate.

Glad someone is starting to call attention to the stats once again. I created the tracker partially to facilitate that, but Yelnoc did it once and got bitched out as I recall.

The tracker makes it very easy to put comparisons like this together. I'll be posting more stats soon.
1744  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Veterans Support Modernization Bill (Debating) on: October 25, 2013, 08:02:32 pm
I support this bill, and I appreciate former President Polnut's efforts to address this critical concern. I encourage all Senators to vote in the affirmative.
1745  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Amendments per Senator - 57th Senate Session - Yankee, Tmth, TNF, Maxwell lead on: October 25, 2013, 07:58:54 pm
The 57th Session of the Atlasian Senate began on September 6th. With one week remaining...

Senator North Carolina Yankee - 13 amendments (24%)
Senator Tmth - 13 amendents (24%)
Senator TNF - 11 amendments (20%)
Senator Maxwell - 11 amendments (20%)
Senator Bore - 3 amendments (5%)
Senator Sbane - 3 amendments (5%)
Senator TJ in Cleve - 1 amendment (2%)

Senator Gass - 0 amendments
Senator Napoleon - 0 amendments
Senator Xahar - 0 amendments
1746  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Would you like to see Mideast-style abortion laws adopted in your home region? on: October 25, 2013, 07:48:35 pm
Fantasyland is 100% male, so it isn't as if this is a serious issue.

This isn't actually true. At the moment, we have at least two female officeholders. (Which isn't to imply that we're anywhere near a level of representation worth bragging about.)
1747  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Amending our Expulsion Process Resolution (At Final Vote) on: October 25, 2013, 07:45:50 pm
True, but in each case the absentee Senator was only subject to expulsion long after everyone knew that they were gone for good.
1748  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: the 2000s - a decade without an identity? on: October 25, 2013, 07:41:28 pm
No identity? That's a strong claim, and one that I don't think you can justify.

I like the current decade better so far, but for better or for worse, the 2000s spawned plenty of memorable sounds, and images.















1749  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Super Polling Center: Historical Presidents on: October 25, 2013, 12:31:29 pm
Your atrocious record of participation in the Senate over the last several months is somehow the chief executive's fault?

Blaming the President for the harm to Atlasia caused by do-nothing Senators like yourself makes as much sense as blaming Barack Obama for the harm to the United States caused by the government shutdown.
1750  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite and Least Favorite books? on: October 25, 2013, 10:06:37 am
Favorites
1. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevksy
2. Walden, Henry David Thoreau
3. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
4. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
5. Dune, Frank Herbert
6. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie

Least favorites
If I don't like a book, I stop reading it.
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