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1726  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?
1727  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?
1728  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.
1729  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.
1730  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.
1731  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.
1732  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.
1733  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.
1734  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.
1735  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
1736  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.
1737  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Northeast Assembly on: August 19, 2014, 11:28:05 pm
Endorsed (normal)
1738  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.
1739  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.
1740  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.
1741  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment (Not Yet Open!) on: August 18, 2014, 11:40:41 pm
NAY
1742  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 18, 2014, 11:32:20 pm
Depends on how we define "without politics."

Avoiding all exposure to political news and discussion would be virtually impossible for me unless I locked myself in my apartment without my computer or phone.

Easy, go on vacation to a foreign country without internet.

Even if taking a vacation overseas were "easy," I fail to see how that would achieve anything. It's not as if the question refers exclusively to American politics.
1743  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senate Office of NC Yankee (Healthcare Statement) on: August 18, 2014, 06:32:23 pm
You raised a question, and I provided a straightforward answer... I'm not sure what about that merits "calming down." All I ask is that you read it.

You seemed rather defensive, man. Tongue

1744  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 18, 2014, 05:44:15 pm
Depends on how we define "without politics."

Avoiding all exposure to political news and discussion would be virtually impossible for me unless I locked myself in my apartment without my computer or phone.

Following a vegan diet would only require that I pay slightly more attention to labels than I usually do.

1745  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senate Office of NC Yankee (Healthcare Statement) on: August 18, 2014, 05:02:09 pm
You raised a question, and I provided a straightforward answer... I'm not sure what about that merits "calming down." All I ask is that you read it.
1746  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senate Office of NC Yankee (Healthcare Statement) on: August 18, 2014, 04:43:49 pm
Let me reassure everyone: My re-write of the rules would not introduce partisan administration to the Senate.

The goal of the revision is to allow the Senate to operate mostly as it has, but with a more easily understood set of guidelines. Where it includes significant changes  - such as reducing the number of bills under debate at a single time, or clarifying the role of the President of the Senate1 - the goal of those changes is to make administering, following, and participating in Senate affairs more manageable.

I wrote the rules to be as robust as possible. For instance, if we amended the Constitution to change the number of Senators or the manner of their election, no changes would be necessary. But these rules were not designed as a component of any larger Game Reform™ package, and I did not consider any specific initiatives, such as last year's failed attempt at regional consolidation or the Bicameralism Amendment that just passed the Senate. The rules revision is compatible with either reforming the game or leaving it as it is.

1This is why Senate's chief officer would become the 'Speaker' rather than the PPT, but it really doesn't matter what it is called as long as its responsibilities are clear.
1747  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 17, 2014, 07:16:25 pm
Also, do not forget that reducing the per unit cost of energy will disincentive investments in energy conservation, energy efficiency, and distributed renewable energy generation.

We implemented a carbon tax that makes (most) energy more expensive to encourage these behaviors... and now we're about to undermine that by taking over the industry, operating at a loss, and slashing prices?

Again, if energy affordability, is our concern, there are other ways to address that. As I asked before (someone should do a round-up of all of the questions about this that have been ignored, by the way): Why not expand aid for home heating and weatherization, if that is the problem?

I'm sorry, I must have missed that. Are you suggesting some sort of subsidy for double-paned windows and better insulation and the like?

Correct. Lowering energy prices across the board - to the point where they do not reflect even the cost of production, to say nothing of negative externalities such as carbon emissions - creates perverse incentives and should not be a goal of our energy policy.

Nationalization is an extremely blunt policy tool if our goal is only to guarantee that families can keep their lights on and their houses warm through the winter. The same subsidies that reduce energy prices for the needy will encourage the better off to drive more, live in larger homes, and crank up their thermostats. Targeted assistance is a simpler, less risky, and more cost-effective approach.
1748  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TTS1996 on: August 17, 2014, 05:38:54 pm
Deserves a prompt retirement.
1749  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 10 on: August 17, 2014, 08:40:46 am
Usually disagree/not crit

NPR, PBS and the like are fine...I do take issue using Federal tax dollars on "arts" only rich people enjoy though.  Or the stupid giant chunks of metal that passes as art in front of govt buildings everywhere.

You would love Empire State Plaza.

Behold the Giant Space Moth:



..the Flying Guillotine (yes, those blades twirl in the wind):



...the Broken Slinky:



...and, uh, whatever this is:


1750  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 17, 2014, 08:22:53 am
Also, do not forget that reducing the per unit cost of energy will disincentive investments in energy conservation, energy efficiency, and distributed renewable energy generation.

We implemented a carbon tax that makes (most) energy more expensive to encourage these behaviors... and now we're about to undermine that by taking over the industry, operating at a loss, and slashing prices?

Again, if energy affordability, is our concern, there are other ways to address that. As I asked before (someone should do a round-up of all of the questions about this that have been ignored, by the way): Why not expand aid for home heating and weatherization, if that is the problem?
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