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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Merkel running for 4th term on: August 01, 2015, 07:19:46 am
Four more years of cosy social-democratic governance in Germany, then.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of banned posters: Tweed on: July 22, 2015, 01:06:33 pm
Has always been too pompous for my taste so my opinion of him is not too good.

That said, he doesn't deserve to be called "scum of the earth" while BK basically gets a free pass for what he did because of his mental issues. Tweed seems at least as mentally unstable so perhaps his actions should be judgded in a similarly lenient fasion. The ban for both posters is clearly warranted, though.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: July 20, 2015, 04:17:23 am
I thought we'd already reached the low point but apparently the incompetence of this administration knows no bounds.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians with Senator North Carolina Yankee. on: July 19, 2015, 02:54:54 pm
I stand with Senator NC Yankee in light of the AG's frivolous lawsuit.

X Former AG ZuWo
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Public Office of the Bore/Nix Administration (A New Atlasia and A New Game) on: July 19, 2015, 03:41:22 am
Lead or leave.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Frau Merkel makes a Palestinian kid cry on national TV on: July 17, 2015, 03:54:28 pm
Why Frau Merkel in the first place?

Anyway, Merkel's reaction was fine. She was empathetic in her own way and honest at the same time.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Is it time to end Atlasia? on: July 04, 2015, 03:56:58 am
People become inactive or stop participating altogether when a group of players successfully establish an atmosphere of extreme negativity in a game that is supposed to be fun. It's as simple as that.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2015 Federal Special Election - At-large Senate on: July 03, 2015, 03:36:42 pm
1. Dkrolga
2. Poirot
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2015 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 21, 2015, 07:31:38 am
President:

1. Dkrolga/JoMCaR

Mideast Senate:

1. Lumine
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast voting booth: Fix the Constitution Amendment on: June 12, 2015, 02:36:31 am
Nay
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: PiT for Southern Senate on: June 12, 2015, 01:49:56 am
Heartily endorsed! You'll represent the South well.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply Disturbing on: May 22, 2015, 02:50:10 am
Oh dear ...
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply Disturbing on: May 22, 2015, 02:47:51 am
Oh dear ...
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: International thread for shootings on: May 10, 2015, 07:40:15 am
5 fatalities. It appears that the gunman drove to the house of his parents-in-law having planned to shoot them. He also shot his brother-in-law who was there as well as a neighbor who tried to help. Afterwards he killed himself.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: International thread for shootings on: May 10, 2015, 02:39:20 am
It has been reported that "several" people were found dead in Würenlingen, a village roughly 30 kilometres north-west of Zurich, last night. Apparently they were all shot. The police are going to inform the public about the circumstances of the shooting in a press conference in the afternoon.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32680212

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/several-dead-in-shooting-in-switzerland---police/41422300
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record-Courier Polls: May 2015 Mideast Gubernatorial Election on: May 02, 2015, 04:23:28 am
I'm not running for any office.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Commentary Thread on: April 29, 2015, 03:35:35 am
It's both remarkable and fascinating to watch how eagerly Labor is throwing their own president and the key reform project of his administration under the bus.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Madman Motley on: April 23, 2015, 02:44:47 am
Greetings, Governor. Congratulations on your elevation to the highest office in our region!

Your post says that very few Mideasterners, if any, are actually interested in serving as your Lt. Governor. Well, I'd be willing to serve in that position. However, if there is a less senior citizen who really wants the job I will gladly yield to them.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: No Heart of Stone Act on: April 23, 2015, 02:23:30 am
I think shua's concerns are valid. A more neutral title would reflect the purpose of this bill much more effectively. Why don't you name it something like this:

No "Right to Life Act"
 
or

No Right to Life Act

so as to make clear that the phrase "Right to Life" refers to the bill you're trying to get repealed.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: on election day 2004... on: April 22, 2015, 03:45:42 pm
Kerry. I watched the Swiss news on election night and they showed a very reputable pollster named John Zogby who predicted with a great deal of confidence that Kerry was going to win.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of DeadPrez on: April 22, 2015, 02:45:43 am
Possibly our dumbest poster

Don't you say this often about other posters?  Rather ballsy of you don't you think?

The poster you're addressing is 15 years old. That explains a thing or two.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: April 21, 2015, 06:39:32 am
    I'm surprised that SVP is even really active in Ticino and Geneva, considering that I would think of it as a Swiss German movement. Is that not how it is perceived in Switzerland?

The main SVP strongholds are obviously in the rural and suburban areas of German-speaking Switzerland and nearly all of the party's leading politicians at the federal level are Swiss German. However, the Swiss People's Party, which is called Union démocratique du centre (UDC) in the French-speaking cantons, has been growing in the rest of Switzerland as well. In fact, the UDC received between 15% and 23% of the vote in every canton of Western Switzerland at the last federal election in 2011. Indeed, the political priorities of the party, i.e. a strong focus on national sovereignty and reduced immigration, are considered important issues by many people in the entire country.

As for the elections in Ticino things have remained remarkably stable. The executive branch still consists of two Lega members and one FDP, SP and CVP officeholder each.

The composition of the cantonal parliament hasn't changed a lot, either:

FDP - 26.3% (+1.6%), 24 seats (+1)
Lega - 24.2% (+1.4%), 22 (+1)

CVP - 18.6% (-1.9%), 17 (-2)
SP - 14.6% (-0.5%), 13 (-1)
GP - 6% (-1.6%), 6 (-1)

SVP - 5.8% (+0.3%), 5 (0)
Communist Party - 1.5% (+0.2%), 2 (+1)
Mountain Party - 1.2% (+0.4%), 1 (+1)
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: April 19, 2015, 04:46:10 am
Indeed, I was just going to make a new post. Wink

The people of Ticino elect 5 members of the Consiglio di Stato (executive branch of government) as well as 90 members of the Gran Consiglio (parliament) today.

Also, there are municipial elections in 45 communes in Geneva.

Both cantons stand out because there are major right-wing and economically populist parties that are actually more powerful than the Swiss People's Party (SVP). In Ticino the Lega die Ticinesi has a voter share of 23% while the SVP is a minor party with just 5.5%. In Geneva, the Mouvement citoyens genevois received almost 20% of the votes at the most recent cantonal elections in 2013 and the SVP only a little over 10.
Both Ticino and Geneva are considerably more left-wing on economic issues than Switzerland as a whole. At the same time, there is a non-negligible number of anti-immigration voters in both cantons.

http://www3.ti.ch/elezioni/Cantonali2015/

https://www.ge.ch/elections/20150419/
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator HagridOfTheDeep—Flo for Governor! on: April 17, 2015, 02:35:45 pm
What makes you say that DeadPrez is merely a "puppet" and "chosen candidate" who is "fed bad lines" by Yankee"? I see a candidate who's put on an active campaign and offers the voters of the South a real choice for Governor, something this region has been sorely missing for a very long time.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 17, 2015, 09:40:56 am
Members of the European Parliament who support cutting back funding for rescue missions claim that this will actually save lives at the end of the day. Apparently human traffickers have used examples of successful European rescue missions in the Mediterranean as a "marketing tool" to attract even more refugees. I have no means of verifying that but I wouldn't put it past the human traffickers responsible for all the suffering we are seeing.
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