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1726  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of "intellectual indie hack" style liberals on: January 13, 2014, 09:43:17 am
As seems to be the case far too often, DeadFlagBlues is the only poster talking any sense in this thread.

...and I agree despite matching much of BRTD's description. (With a couple of notable points of difference - I'm frugal and, like anyone with even a bit of class, my taste in music spans more than a single scene within a sub genre within a sub genre.)
1727  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the proper title for Bushie's thread series about his personal life? on: January 13, 2014, 09:36:01 am
Schadenfreude
1728  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What's your Abortion Policy? on: January 13, 2014, 09:33:54 am
Late-term abortions are incredibly rare, even where restrictions on abortion are almost nonexistent. When they do take place, it's almost always due to a previously undetected medical issue.

Anyway, I support allowing women completely autonomy with regard to their pregnancies.
1729  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Why are *so many* Libertarians so smug and annoying? on: January 13, 2014, 09:26:32 am
Wouldn't you be if you believed that you didn't need help from anyone but yourself?
1730  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should we hold elections on Saturdays rather than Tuesdays? on: January 13, 2014, 09:24:22 am
It doesn't matter as long as you make early voting easy, convenient, and accessible to all. "Election Day" an obsolete convention.

That alone won't improve voter participation, which is in decline almost everywhere in the developed world. Compulsory voting (with a 'NOTA' option) might be the only solution to that problem.
1731  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Who is the more powerful executive in America? on: January 13, 2014, 09:18:07 am
The person with popular legitimacy and nuclear launch codes, obviously.
1732  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support physician-assisted suicide? on: January 13, 2014, 09:14:14 am
I don't see how this is a hard choice.  You either want people to have the option to end what they feel is a horrible life or you're selfish jackass.

It's blunt, but this is how I see it. Denying a person power over something as personal as his or her life strikes me as far more disturbing than allowing each person that decision.
1733  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans Call for New Approach in War on Poverty on: January 13, 2014, 09:05:50 am
I've read several articles describing this messaging blitz and I still cannot identify in substantive terms what kind of approach these Republicans are advocating. At least "compassionate conservatism" was a good catchphrase (and backed up by a couple of actual policy ideas, like them or not). This just seems like a half-hearted attempt to dress up cutting social programs as somehow motivated by a desire to reduce poverty.

Even as messaging, it strikes me as a poor approach. Republicans won't benefit from this conversation as long as they're trying to prove something so basic as merely having compassion for the poor.
1734  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you want to go. Go. on: January 13, 2014, 08:54:18 am
Well, fair warning then: If you announce that you support NAMBLA in a chat room containing a couple dozen people going by their Atlas usernames, I'm not going to treat that as a secret on the forum. I fail to see why there should be any expectation of discretion in this situation, particularly when said support is not a secret to begin with.
1735  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm addicted to pop on: January 13, 2014, 08:32:32 am
Have you considered switching to tea?
1736  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you want to go. Go. on: January 12, 2014, 08:12:16 pm
While the #atlasforum IRC is clearly not the forum, opebo (or someone with a Thai IP and access to opebo's account) reaffirmed his support for NAMBLA there on the evening prior to his banning. Someone else might have a copy of the chatlog.
Sharing information from IRC chats, unless there was a direct physical threat to an Atlas forum member, is a big no no.  For obvious reasons.

All of the operators understand this.  So keep it in mind.

As one of those operators I'm confident that there is no such universally-acknowledged rule.
1737  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you want to go. Go. on: January 12, 2014, 07:14:52 pm
While the #atlasforum IRC is clearly not the forum, opebo (or someone with a Thai IP and access to opebo's account) reaffirmed his support for NAMBLA there on the evening prior to his banning. Someone else might have a copy of the chatlog.
1738  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm addicted to pop on: January 12, 2014, 09:51:09 am
Also I had 5 32oz pops today. I went to Monster Jam monster truck show, you could buy a 320z pop cup and get free refills for 7 dollars, the other pop was like 5 dollars so it was a good deal.

Actually, that sounds like the opposite of a good deal.
1739  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: EndermanInternal Polls: Pacific-Midwest Merger on: January 11, 2014, 11:12:52 pm
I'm skeptical about an outright merger, but I think the regions should consider a shared constitution, executive, legislature, and judiciary - or even just two or three of those elements.
1740  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party General Thread: Mideast Gubernatorial Endorsement Vote on: January 11, 2014, 10:23:04 am
MIDEAST GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION - LABOR PARTY ENDORSEMENT

[X] Siren / OAM
[ ] Write-in
[ ] Abstain
1741  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Sans Watergate, is Nixon a great President? on: January 11, 2014, 10:10:13 am
Without Watergate, Nixon was just a crook who didn't get caught.
1742  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: What is the meaning of this? on: January 11, 2014, 09:50:06 am
With the exception of Oakvale - whom I tried to convince not to leave Labor when he did - none of these people have had any real involvement with the Labor Party in some time.

Anyway, I'm not sure why Federalists, who tolerated opebo being a member of their party for months, are complaining and attempting expulsions now.
1743  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Asthma Inhaler Act (Debating) on: January 10, 2014, 07:06:00 pm
This should be renamed the "Sucks to your ass-mar!" Act in loving memory of Piggy.

1744  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: January 10, 2014, 05:57:42 pm
A stripper (or maybe a hooker?) rang my doorbell and asked for me by my first name, claiming that she had been hired and paid for to celebrate my "birthday." My actual birthday is in November. Wondering what kind of scam I avoided by telling her to leave.
1745  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Game Moderator on: January 10, 2014, 08:59:41 am
Thanks, Inks. This slipped from my memory earlier but I'll get back to you with some data soon and if you need further info we can  discuss from there.
1746  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hot or Not: Aubrey Plaza on: January 09, 2014, 10:26:05 pm







1747  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party General Thread: Congratulations, Senators-elect X & Talleyrand! on: January 09, 2014, 05:10:50 pm
Vote rules:

  • Endorsement voting will last for 72 hours.
  • Votes for each non-Party candidate shall be cast and counted either as an affirmative, negative or abstention.
  • An abstention ballot is counted against a candidate's affirmative percentage as it applies in Section VI-6.
  • A non-Party candidate must receive affirmative preference from at least 60% of all endorsement ballots cast in order to receive the endorsement of the Party.
  • In the event there are more candidates with 60%+ affirmative preference than available endorsements, they will be awarded from highest percentage affirmative preference downward.


MIDEAST GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION - LABOR PARTY ENDORSEMENT

[ ] Siren / OAM
[ ] Write-in
[ ] Abstain
1748  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party General Thread: Congratulations, Senators-elect X & Talleyrand! on: January 09, 2014, 05:06:21 pm
Correct - OAM is the only Laborite on any ticket.

Don't bylaws dictate an automatic endorsement for the ticket in that case?

Not that I can tell.

The Mideast election begins on the 23rd, correct?

I'm pretty sure the election starts on the 16th.

In that case, I'll open a vote immediately.
1749  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you miss The Onion print edition? on: January 09, 2014, 05:02:40 pm
People actually read more than one article of The Onion at a time?
1750  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party General Thread: Congratulations, Senators-elect X & Talleyrand! on: January 09, 2014, 04:55:37 pm
Correct - OAM is the only Laborite on any ticket.
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