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1726  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 04:10:32 pm
As of Shua:

PRESIDENT
57 DemPGH (57%)
42 Sirnick  (42%)
  1 NOTA

Bore and TNF have a slight edge in their races, Yankee and Maxwell are tied with 6 votes each, Flo leads by a wide margin in the first round the Pacific, and DC wins easily in the first round in the Mideast and looks likely to win even in the unlikely event that he doesn't gain a majority in a three-way race.
1727  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End to Vaped Stupidity Act (Debating) on: June 21, 2014, 02:54:21 pm
I don't want to be sitting in a library or train or just about anywhere and have to deal with smoke in my face. This would reduce quality of life considerably for a lot of people.

Fortunately, smoke and vapor aren't the same things.

The secondhand vapor from e-cigs that I've been exposed to is completely odorless. Harmless, and far less offensive than halitosis or flatulence, neither of which we ban.
1728  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 02:46:52 pm
I'm glad so many here on the right know a DemPGH that is reasonable and easy to deal with. I would like to meet him someday.

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1729  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 02:37:41 pm
Ah, I see. That's not surprising. I was hoping for a promise to have TNF arrested for sedition or something like that. Tongue
1730  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: June 21, 2014, 02:34:50 pm
Whether you're noticing it or not, 5% sounds like real progress.

I don't know about you, but I struggle to keep myself occupied when I'm not taking classes. I enjoy having the freedom to explore whatever subject I want in my free time without having material from several classes constantly floating in the back of my mind, but I also lose the sense that I have any purpose when I'm not at work.

Maybe your job is on your mind more often, though. I don't know. I rarely think about mine when I'm not in the office.

1731  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 02:27:22 pm
What ideas have the Federalists come up with? How have they articulated an opposition to Labor that could persuade people in the middle that voting for their opponents would be a bad idea?

What was Sirnick's basis for convincing voters they should vote for him instead of DemPGH?

For one, there's a private message from a few months ago to you that should give you a decent idea.

SIRNICK'S SECRET MISSIVE TO FEDERALIST INSIDERS REVEALED!!!

OOH SCANDAL OOH  OOH Tongue

Amazing how irrelevant your Party becomes when you don't run a candidate, so irrelevant that you get both angles as to why each candidate not from your Party is better than the other or why you should support one over the other. Tongue

No comment on the message's contents? What about you, Sirnick? This is not something to float in public unless you plan to reveal what's going on.
1732  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: June 21, 2014, 02:02:10 pm
Ten pounds is a lot for some people, but how you feel now will depend more on weight loss as a percent of your original weight and how much you've changed your diet and increased your physical activity.

And maybe you're feeling a bit sluggish because you don't have as much to do over the summer?
1733  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 01:57:10 pm
What ideas have the Federalists come up with? How have they articulated an opposition to Labor that could persuade people in the middle that voting for their opponents would be a bad idea?

What was Sirnick's basis for convincing voters they should vote for him instead of DemPGH?

For one, there's a private message from a few months ago to you that should give you a decent idea.

SIRNICK'S SECRET MISSIVE TO FEDERALIST INSIDERS REVEALED!!!
1734  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: June 21, 2014, 01:51:22 pm
It's easy to cook all of your meals using only a stovetop or a slow cooker. I use my oven only once or twice per month, and half the time it's for desserts.

Eating in restaurants frequently is an efficient way of ruining both your health and your finances. Even someone who can afford to eat out as often as he or she wants shouldn't do it more than once or twice in a typical week. (And ideally, less than that.)

This is only of theoretical interest here, obviously.
1735  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Scott v. The Northeast on: June 21, 2014, 01:20:23 pm
THE OFFICE OF NORTHEAST CHIEF JUSTICE AVERROËS

Thank you, Scott. I will hear the case.

I will allow one week for anyone to submit a brief, to be followed by a question and answer period of whatever length I deem necessary to gather the relevant facts.
1736  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anyone of you have an ECONOMIST subscription ? on: June 21, 2014, 12:59:18 pm
Yes. If you can only afford to subscribe to one English-language news magazine that offers global coverage and you keep its editorial biases in mind, it's not a bad choice.

What do you mean by "editorial biases" ?

Is it right-wing ?

That depends on your perspective. It's usually characterized as liberal (not in the American sense). This Wikipedia article provides some background, and this column provides some explanation from the magazine itself:

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The concepts of right- and left-wing predate The Economist's foundation by half a century. [...] To this day, the phrases distinguish conservatives from egalitarians. But they do a poor job of explaining The Economist’s liberalism, which reconciles the left’s impatience at an unsatisfactory status quo with the right’s scepticism about grandiose redistributive schemes.
1737  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 298 AL (4) - Five Kings) on: June 21, 2014, 12:39:29 pm
DAENERYS

We will take your ships, Ser Barristan, and sail west.

I warn you, I trust Illyrio no more than I trust you. You must tell me what he is planning. Will he provide me with men, ships, or gold? Or does he mean to sell me away again?

If he will not provide me with the means to return to the Seven Kingdoms, I will find someone else who will. I will hear your counsel and consider your penance, but I promise nothing more.
1738  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anyone of you have an ECONOMIST subscription ? on: June 21, 2014, 11:34:59 am
Yes. If you can only afford to subscribe to one English-language news magazine that offers global coverage and you keep its editorial biases in mind, it's not a bad choice.
1739  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 11:27:29 am
The far biggest problem for the Federalists is that the activity of last year was built on an activity bubble amongst several members and thus skipping a few races, or running complete novices as the alternative was unavoidable for an election or two.


The root of the problem for the Federalists is that there isn't a candidate who can please both the median voter and their base.


It is a secondary problem. The discontent expressed with votes for people like Tmth illustrate that there are candidates who can bridge the divide, but it is tough and most of those type of candidates are likewise older and often fit into that category I described above.

I disagree. Who could pull this off? There isn't anyone who can unite the two, because the demands of the Federalist base are in direct conflict with the expectations of the median voter.

You might think the same thing about Labor, but when you consider the Laborites that we've elected to the presidency (Marokai, myself, and - I hope - DemPGH), it's obvious that we don't work the same way. And if Duke had chosen to run as our candidate in September or even in February, he would have won at least nine out of ten Labor votes.

Duke came closer to achieving this than anyone else ever will, yet his presidency has left the Federalists fractured. He barely mustered enough enthusiasm from them to win renomination against a veritable nutcase, and at least one person left the party in protest.
Duke made a lot of mistakes during his first term. The biggest was not becoming a Federalist and also constantly expressing doubt about his running for a second term. The former meant severe breakdown in communication, and the latter meant that people were beginning to plan "post-Duke" as early as December. Duke often communicates and acts in a matter that works wonderfully as long as all the matters the immediate circle who knows and loves him. The doubt about running again was probably disappointment expressed outwardly, but even I misread it based on sheer number of mentions of the matter in public and private.

He also nearly made the same mistake as Sirnick, leaving himself without a tangible connection to the party on an issue set, just as Matt was transitioning from a Federalist insider to something of a rogue agent.

I don't blame Duke. He has had a successful presidency. It was the Federalists who barely lobbied him at all in his first term and never even attempted to pull together a policy agenda that Duke could assist them with. They always needed him more than he needed them.

Matt was supposed to be the Federalist representative within the administration, but it was clear from early in Duke's first term that he had become not just an unreliable liaison, but a renegade working to undermine the Federalist Party. Yet it took months for the Federalists to stop attempting to work through him.

To your personal credit, you've done a lot to fix all of this over the past couple of months.
1740  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Spring 2014 Convention - VOTE FOR LABOR! on: June 21, 2014, 11:07:46 am
I think we should have a discussion on the public ownership planks.

I understand the case for public ownership of the electrical grid, but I'm less aware of why nationalizing energy production would be a good idea, particularly as distributed generation (e.g. solar panels on the roof of a residence) becomes more prevalent.

I think that ownership of production capacity is good for a whole host of reasons. For one, we ensure a fairly stable supply of energy and likewise adjust supply and control a lot more easily without market mechanisms; beyond that, it also allows us to offer cheaper energy directly to the public, operating at a not for profit. With distributed generation, I think that we could, theoretically, produce the solar panels on rooftops and just give them away for free, which is again, something that the market can't and won't do.

We need to be careful about making energy too cheap, though, because we can only achieve sustainability through a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. If you drive the price of energy down, you diminish an incentive for people to use less of it. Investments in efficiency will take longer to pay off.

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Another thing I was thinking of, especially when it comes to Fossil Fuels, is that under a nationalized regime, we can entirely phase out usage over a period of time. I'm all for anything that will deprive the dirty energy capitalists of their ability to make a pretty penny driving the human race to extinction.

We could achieve the same result with an increase to our carbon tax. And if we want to reduce profits in the energy industry, the easiest way to do that would be by adjusting our current regulations and subsidies to reduce barriers to entry and diminish the advantages of incumbency.

I'm concerned that nationalization will harm us in two ways. First, I worry about how nationalizing energy will affect our ability to innovate. Renewable energy is at a stage where it's highly reliant on entrepreneurship, and I doubt that we can pull that off if we replace market incentives with command & control.

Second, nationalization would risk making us more reliant on fossil fuels. How will we maintain our commitment to sustainable, long-term thinking if the government relies on dirty energy for revenue (or if the public expects the government to provide it with a reliable supply of cheap energy)? Under these circumstances, I don't trust politicians or the electorate to prioritize our future well-being over next month's bills.

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Public ownership of transportation also leaves me confused. I don't have even a general sense of how that would be implemented or what it would entail. Does this mean nationalizing transportation networks only, or would it mean taking over everything from airlines to shipping?

It depends on how you want it implemented. I would prefer that we nationalizing shipping, airlines, the automotive industry, etc. But I understand that at this juncture that's not very likely, and so I think it's reasonable to think that nationalization would mean acquiring bus lines, rail lines, etc.

Considering how poorly Amtrak is administered (largely because its mandate to cover the entire country prevents it from focusing on the corridors where passenger rail works best) I'm concerned about this setting back some forms of transportation by decades. I think that it would be better to focus on encouraging accessibility and sustainability and fighting monopolies without committing to wholesale nationalization.

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Also, what problem would public ownership of iron and steel solve? Is there any evidence that the shortages of these materials have limited domestic production?

For one, it would help us secure control over a vital industry that is rapidly shifting to production overseas. Making steel in Atlasia not only saves a lot of jobs, but it's also a good policy (imo) not to be entirely dependent upon production from elsewhere. We have too many steel mills and iron works that are shuttered; obviously with technological improvements we wouldn't want to bring all of those back online for the sake of bringing them all back online, but in my vision of this, acquiring the property of the steel and iron sectors would allow us to implement a plan that increases steel and iron production (and divorces us from reliance on foreign steel and iron) and also allows us to use whatever excess capacity remains to build other useful products, by converting those old mills and works into new facilities.

Would we prevent from domestic firms from buying steel or iron overseas, or just price it at well below the cost of production and flood the market?

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I'm also concerned about single-payer auto insurance creating perverse incentives. Wouldn't this policy benefit people with vehicles at the expense of those without them? And wouldn't benefit people with more expensive vehicles over those with cheaper vehicles?

Part of the reason I threw that on was because I feel a need to provide something for those in rural areas who have little access to alternative means of transportation. If we can come up with an alternative to it, by all means, let's do it. I am just concerned that those who live in rural areas still don't have any options when it comes to transportation that are safe, reliable, and cost-effective.

In the long-term, this is a problem that autonomous vehicles acting as taxis might solve. In the short-run, some kind of commitment to guaranteeing access to essential services in rural areas is probably our best bet. Even for someone who owns a vehicle, having to drive 20 miles to the nearest grocery store is a problem. Maybe I could write something up on eliminating food deserts and promoting walkable developments and local businesses in small towns. (As far as truly rural places are concerned, it's more a matter of deciding how to help people whose livelihoods are historically tied directly to the land. IMO, this is a more difficult problem.)
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Rally for Freedom of Speech on: June 21, 2014, 10:33:31 am
I actually like the song (burn me alive, i know) and am not a fan of censorship in general, but its interesting to see the sides flipped on this.

Are we talking about the song, or the designer drug?
1742  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 10:31:34 am
The root of the problem for the Federalists is that there isn't a candidate who can please both the median voter and their base.

Duke came closer to achieving this than anyone else ever will, yet his presidency has left the Federalists fractured. He barely mustered enough enthusiasm from them to win renomination against a veritable nutcase, and at least one person left the party in protest.
1743  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Can we ban TX Conservative Dem? on: June 21, 2014, 09:43:10 am
No, because only Nym and Dave can ban posters.
1744  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 09:13:59 am
Wow.
1745  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why has legalizing gambling allover been non-controversial politically? on: June 21, 2014, 07:57:25 am
It hasn't been non-controversial in New York. Last year's ballot measure allowing several casinos passed by a comfortable margin, but failed in nearly two dozen counties. Since then, there's been no shortage of public rancor over where to site them, although that has more to do with NIMBYism and political influence-peddling than moral opposition to gambling.

That's a really interesting map.  I'm assuming Red = against gambling.  It looks like Manhattan voted against it but most of the rest of the area voted for it.

That is interesting. I wonder why Manhatten would say no, especially compared to the rest of the city? Maybe the tony set worried about NIMBY issues? Though I suspect any new casinos there would be attached to existing hotels (Trump comes to mind).

Also surprised at the Buffalo/Niagra region voting no. The economy up there isn't great IIRC. Maybe the Catholic Diocese campaigned against it as it could chip into their bingo revenue. (Seriously, the Church opposed casinos in other states based exactly on that basis.)
There are already casinos in Buffalo/Niagra, its likely self preservation.

Correct. Casinos built under the terms of the ballot initiative will be extremely tightly regulated, pay huge licensing fees to the state, and can only be built in regions where there are not already Native American casinos.

 A comparison of these areas to the vote helps to make sense of the result:





1746  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Oldiesfreak1854 vs The Fly (1986) on: June 20, 2014, 08:34:46 pm
Brundlefly/Brundlefly
1747  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Simfan34 on: June 20, 2014, 05:03:05 pm
I simply didn't know that Federalists wanted someone who would probably sign in favor of large tax increases, nationalisations, polygamy, and pretty much everything conservatives hate.

DemPGH was one of the most vocal opponents of the Group Marriage Act, and Windjammer was also extremely skeptical about the idea. That's proof that there's more diversity within Labor than you are willing to grant.

Had we run TNF, you would be watching a markedly different election play out. As it is, the campaign did little to highlight the substantive differences between the two candidates, and most voters seem to be casting their ballots based on style or personal loyalty. This is reasonable. There's no reason to expect DemPGH to become a party-line hack the moment that he's elected, and he certainly hasn't acted that way in any previous office.

Moreover, the most interesting contrast between these candidates has been who each chose as his running mate. There are leftists who identify more closely with Dallasfan, and there are some posters on the right who believe that they have more in common with Windjammer. Both were solid choices, in my opinion, but I don't expect that all Federalists prefer the same one.
1748  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Rally for Freedom of Speech on: June 20, 2014, 02:22:46 pm
We do have a regional court that could hear this case, you know.
1749  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: General Election on: June 20, 2014, 06:50:08 am
Governor:

[ 1 ] Talleyrand
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[ 6 ] BaconBacon96 (Democratic-Republican - New York)
[ 1 ] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - New York)
[ ] Rpryor03 (Federalist-New Jersey)
[ 2 ] Write-in:Cincinnatus
[ 3 ] Write-in: Napoleon
[ 5 ] Write-in: Dr. Cynic
[ 4 ] Write-in: Deus
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain
1750  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of MW Rep & Pres. Pro Tempore Adam FitzGerald (Senate Election Tracker) on: June 20, 2014, 06:35:01 am
Thank you for running this, Adam.
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