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1551  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite Drink, Main Course, & Dessert on: April 02, 2013, 01:41:57 pm
In a cold spring like this one I'd go for a hot barley soup, a cheese fondue with black tea and vanilla ice cream for dessert, if there's still room for a dessert.
1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Common Courtesy While Driving Act (Debating) on: April 02, 2013, 01:27:06 pm
I voted for the repeal of the original bill, so I won't be supporting its return.

I removed the controversial bits of the original bill and lowered the fine so this is actually a compromise. Here's the old, repealed text:

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1. It is hereby prohibited to create excessive noise or havoc whilst driving in the Mideast Region.

2. "Excessive noise or havoc" shall be defined as excessively honking one's car horn, intimidating drivers, using profane language that is audible to other motorists and/or turning on high beams when it is not necessary to do so.

3. The punishment for committing any of these acts shall be a fine of $500 (five hundred dollars) and one week of anger management classes.

4. While each case will be handled individually, multiple violations of this law may result in suspension of driving privileges and/or revocation of one's license.

1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: April 02, 2013, 10:06:05 am
Common Courtesy While Driving Act

1. It is hereby prohibited to create excessive noise or havoc whilst driving in the Mideast Region.

2. "Excessive noise or havoc" shall be defined as excessively honking one's car horn, intimidating drivers and/or turning on high beams when it is not necessary to do so.

3. The punishment for committing any of these acts shall be a fine of up to $100 (one hundred dollars).

4. While each case will be handled individually, multiple violations of this law may result in suspension of driving privileges and/or revocation of one's license.

1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Fix to the Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment (Final Vote) on: April 02, 2013, 02:27:53 am
I can support this like all previous budget proposals that made it to a final vote.

Aye
1555  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is the English language being "dumbed down", and if so, why? on: April 01, 2013, 09:02:29 am
We are free to welcome or bemoan certain aspects of language change but it's essentially just like the weather: Languages change irrespective of our preferences and wishes.
1556  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Gay Marriage Poll on: April 01, 2013, 04:56:03 am
Support, but as part of a package that also makes Polygamy legal as well.

That's only consequential. The term "marriage equality" obviously involves much more than the mere right for heterosexual and homosexual inidivuals to marry one person; "marriage equality" means that consenting adults should be able to marry whoever they wish as long as their partners are consenting adults, too.
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Party Standing Committee—PRIMARY IN PROGRESS on: March 31, 2013, 02:32:09 pm
This shouldn't be too lopsided:

1. JerryArkansas
2. Matt from VT
1558  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hefty pay for bankers on: March 31, 2013, 06:30:35 am
I don't care how much money bankers make.
1559  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Wedding Countdown on: March 30, 2013, 02:14:28 pm
Congratulations, that's great to hear!
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Let's Really Make Things Interesting Amendment on: March 30, 2013, 04:12:35 am
Nay
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Matt from VT for Senate Campaign HQ on: March 29, 2013, 04:03:09 pm
I hope you win!
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: March 29, 2013, 02:14:33 pm
I, ZuWo, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Mideast Assemblyman, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, so help me Dave.
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: March 29, 2013, 09:00:08 am
Aye
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LumineVonReuental for Mideast Assembly - (Campaign HQ) (Victory Speech!) on: March 25, 2013, 09:34:05 am
Congrats! I'm very glad you made it!
1565  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official curling thread on: March 25, 2013, 03:38:51 am
The Swedish team is very strong and if they manage to stay focused I expect them to win gold next year. You can't come in second all the time. Wink
1566  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is it acceptable for guys to shave their legs/body? on: March 24, 2013, 04:06:38 pm
Of course it is acceptable but nowadays I think the question should be posed in a different way (at least that's my impression): Is it acceptable for guys not to shave their body (fortunately leg hair still seems to be tolerated by many)?

Good lord, of course it is.  What are you, a rent-boy?

No.

You apparently misunderstood, or I didn't express myself clearly enough. I was trying to say that shaved bodies seem to be a fashion trend nowadays while non-shaved bodies are often regarded as something unaesthetic, so the question is whether non-shaved bodies can still be considered acceptable.
1567  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is it acceptable for guys to shave their legs/body? on: March 24, 2013, 03:53:13 pm
Of course it is acceptable but nowadays I think the question should be posed in a different way (at least that's my impression): Is it acceptable for guys not to shave their body (fortunately leg hair still seems to be tolerated by many)?
1568  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce ... on: March 24, 2013, 03:48:16 pm
Incidentally, you do get some German words today spelled and pronounced with ö that aren't Umlaut at all, but derive from e's. That's because the distinction got sufficiently lost in some dialects as to blur the boundaries.



That's right. Alemannic dialects are especially prone to this process, e.g. in words like Mönsch (Mensch 'human being'), Schwöschter (Schwester 'sister), Öpfel (Apfel 'apple' - probably derived from the Middle High German plural form epfel) or brönne (brennen 'burn').
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Assembly Elections: March 2013 on: March 24, 2013, 03:16:23 pm
1. ZuWo
2. Inks
3. Oldiesfreak
4. LuminevonReuental
5. shua
6. IdahoBlueDogDem
7. Talleyrand
8. Gass
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Inside Nyman: March Elections - Clarence falls short of first-round majority on: March 24, 2013, 01:11:15 am
Why is DistingFlyer's Assembly vote invalid? I presume it's due to activity requirements, but what are they?

Quote from: Final Text
End to the Zombie Apocalypse Act

1. The Anti-Zombie Act of 2009 is hereby repealed.

2. The Federal Activity Requirements Act is hereby repealed.

3. Section 14, Clause 1 of the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act is hereby amended to read the following:
All those persons who have posted at least 10 times in the 8 weeks (56 days) prior to the commencement of an election shall be defined as active for the purposes of that election.

The Mideast follows federal requirements, and these are the most recent.

I think Abhakhazia's vote is invalid for the very same reasons. It's a pity, really, but what to do. Wink
1571  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce ... on: March 22, 2013, 02:38:28 pm
Eh, he mangles it himself so he's fair game.

I have no idea how the "oe/ö" sound came to be pronounced as a long a sound in (American?) English. It's very weird. And I have no idea what kind of weirdo pronounces "Julia" like that.

It's not just "Boener"' either. Maybe a German speaker can help me out here... My mother's maiden name is "Frobel" (from Froebel/Fröbel) and I've been told it's pronounced in German similar to FREW-buhl. However, her family pronounces it FRO-buhl. Anyways, never would I pronounced it FRAY-buhl.  However, names like Boener and Toews use the "AY" sound. What's up with that? Are they spelled that way in German, or do they use the umlaut.

laziness and ignorance.  Even prior to importing German proper nouns into English, the transition from bo to bö in Old High German stemmed from laziness.  Maybe some linguist (ilikeverin?) can put a better spin on it, but I think languages evolve through laziness and ignorance.  The official line is that the sound is moved to the front of the mouth to accommodate another syllable.  Lohr becomes Löhrer, for example.  The prefix Um- means something like the English prefix para- and the laut is loud, so umlaut is basically "sound nearby" or "sound around."  But I really think that in Old German the process of the umlaut is the product of laziness, just like elision in French and Arabic probably evolved via laziness of the speakers.  (Umlaut can also refer to the actual diaresis, the diacritical mark above an a, o, or u, but I'm talking about the act of the umlaut.)  Ilikeverin can probably clarify this if he wants to.  I think he's our resident language geek.


I wouldn't describe the driving forces behind language change by using terms such as "laziness" or "ignorance" but I see what you are getting at. Anyway, you are referring to a process called "i-mutation" (or "i-umlaut") which occurred in all Germanic dialects except in Eastern Germanic (though, to be fair, whenever we speak of "Eastern Germanic" we essentially mean "Gothic"). It's always difficult to explain why a certain change has happened and why languages evolve in a certain way but in this case we are dealing with a case of assimilation, a kind of articulatory simplification so to speak. You may call this "laziness" if you like but we must be aware that processes such as these aren't conscious.
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2013 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 22, 2013, 12:49:18 pm
1. Clarence
2. Snowguy
3. Kalwejt
1573  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official curling thread on: March 22, 2013, 09:48:17 am
Team USA defeats Switzerland and will play Canada in the 3 vs 4 game tomorrow. Switzerland will finish 5th, which is a solid result but nothing more. Maybe Team Ott would have been a stronger representative, but that's futile now.
I wish team USA the best of luck, but I think Scotland, Sweden and Canada are just too strong for them.
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Dog Welfare Act (Final Vote) on: March 21, 2013, 03:31:39 pm
Aye
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Carbon Emission Control Act (Final Vote) on: March 21, 2013, 03:31:16 pm
Aye
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