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1551  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Liechtenstein Parliament 2013 on: February 03, 2013, 08:32:24 am
The first results (from Planken) indicate massive losses for the governing VU, less massive but still substantial losses for the FBP, moderate gains for the FL and a great result for the independents.

1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute II (Debating) on: February 03, 2013, 06:50:49 am
I'm not going to insist on removing incest from the list. I simply assumed that striking incest from the list would be relatively non-controversial for the reasons laid out in shua's post. I still think that abortion of incest pregnancies would mostly be covered by the rape clause, but this is not a dealbreaker for me. But clearly, the parental notification clause for minors must remain. It can actually be a protection for a girl who doesn't want to abort her baby but is put under heavy pressure by her boyfriend. If her parents are notified, they can help her withstand that pressure.
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute II (Debating) on: February 02, 2013, 04:15:46 pm
Linking completely unrelated issues such as the budget amendment and the abortion bill is not a good idea because it serves partisan interests rather than the people. We should be interested in finding sensible solutions on every single bill we're debating and shouldn't pit different pieces of legislation against each other. If we come up with an abortion compromise, it will happen regardless of what is going on in the budget amendment thread.
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute II (Debating) on: February 02, 2013, 03:37:00 pm
Oh, I'm simply bringing up a point that was made by then-Senator shua during the debate of our old abortion statute:

A few thoughts, if I may:

I've always thought the mention of an exception for "incest" is odd. If we are talking about cases of forcible incest, or a family member having sex with a child, that would be covered under rape. If you are concerned about some sort of genetic problem, incest is not at all a good proxy for that - (and if it's consensual incest, at least the case of a genetic problem is preventable). An exception for severe genetic abnormalities that either make life outside the womb impossible or involve painful debilitating conditions would be a reasonable exception to make, though it would probably have to be extended for the majority of the pregnancy since these things aren't often caught early on.
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute II (Debating) on: February 02, 2013, 02:55:22 pm
The incest clause isn't necessary since I assume that if a woman wants to end a pregnancy steming from an incestuous relationship it's because of rape. That's why I think the term "rape" already covers abortions caused by incest pregnancies.

"Fetal defects" - as the governor has pointed out, I'm extremely uncomfortable with that term. I don't think a child with "fetal defects", such as for example a baby with the Down's syndrome, has less of a right to life.

Legalizing abortion up to the start of the second trimester is a fair compromise between "no abortions" and "abortions up to the third trimester", in my opinion.
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: How decided are you? on: January 31, 2013, 05:07:45 pm
You mean this debate? Wink
1557  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been ... on: January 31, 2013, 11:10:09 am
Option 2. I'm of the opinion that a slap in the face (not too hard, obviously) is appropriate in particular situations. I certainly deserved every single slap I got. Not that there were more than a handful in my entire childhood, though. Wink
1558  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In Survey, College Students Identify Progressive Policies as "Middle" on: January 31, 2013, 10:21:04 am
I think it should be taken into consideration that these are college students. Regardless, the results are hardly surprising. Social Conservatism is a dying breed and will probably kick the bucket as an accepted system of beliefs within the next decade or two.

Social conservatism in some forms will always exist. As society becomes more liberal over time, social conservatism will shift as well. In some 100 years we will be debating marriage between robots and those who then oppose "marriage equality" will be the social conservatives. Wink
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Trial, Not Turnout Amendment on: January 30, 2013, 04:27:58 pm
Aye
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of JCL on: January 30, 2013, 04:03:35 pm
You've been a friend in Atlasia for a long time and I like that you are always outspoken about your views. We don't agree on everything and may look at certain issues from a different angle, but I'll give you my first preference.
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: January 30, 2013, 09:22:35 am
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Amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute II

The Mideast Abortion Statute II is hereby amended to read as follows:

1: No abortions shall be permitted after the start of the second trimester, except in the cases of threat to the mother's health or a pregnancy caused by rape/incest.

2: Any individual who induces a prohibited abortion shall have any existing license from the Mideast Region or a subdivision thereof to practice a medical profession revoked for up to three years.

3: Any individual who induces a prohibited abortion shall be sentenced to a fine no larger than $50,000. Any person knowingly facilitating the inducement of a prohibited abortion shall be subject to a criminal fine no larger than $10,000.

4: Any individual under the age of eighteen must notify a parent or guardian in order to have an abortion, except in the cases of threat to the mother's health or a pregnancy caused by rape/incest.

There were two typos in section 3; the changes I made in this section are merely corrections.
1562  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of a so-called "draft-reimbursement-tax" on: January 29, 2013, 11:00:28 am
God, Switzerland is ing awful.

It's heartbreaking to read such a statement by an almost-compatriot! Really, Britzerland is worth at least a try. We could jazz up your cuisine with tasty cheese and chocolate, teach you good German and French and make sure you have a proper constitution. On the other hand, we would finally have sea access and get a lovely old lady as our head of state. The royal family as a whole isn't too bad of a prospect, either. It's a win-win situation. We can do it together!

Isn't a bit insulting for Italian-speakers?

Thanks for reminding me. I tend to forget our charming southern countrymen and women. Italian is another advantage of Britzerland, of course.
1563  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of a so-called "draft-reimbursement-tax" on: January 29, 2013, 10:11:54 am
God, Switzerland is ing awful.

It's heartbreaking to read such a statement by an almost-compatriot! Really, Britzerland is worth at least a try. We could jazz up your cuisine with tasty cheese and chocolate, teach you good German and French and make sure you have a proper constitution. On the other hand, we would finally have sea access and get a lovely old lady as our head of state. The royal family as a whole isn't too bad of a prospect, either. It's a win-win situation. We can do it together!
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Budget Amendment (Debating) on: January 29, 2013, 03:57:18 am
I will support this. While I'd prefer to set the percentage at 110%, I can also live with 115%.

In general, a budget amendment is a good idea because it actually requires our regional government to pass a budget, which makes governing much more interesting. In the current situation it is easy for a governor and the Assembly to refuse to pass a budget because they either don't care or are too lazy to do the necessary work. The question remains, though, what happens if we as a region adopt this amendment and a future government simply ignores it. What should be the consequences, if any?
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Re-Establishment of a Lieutenant Governor Amendment (Debating) on: January 28, 2013, 03:41:08 pm
I respect the work the Assembly and the governor have put into this amendment, but I am afraid I will be a NAY vote both when this amendment comes to a vote in this body and when it is voted on by the people. Generally I don't think there is a need for an additional regional office. Also, other than causing one more election I don't see how the lieutenant governor will have any meaningful impact. The main responsibilities of the lieutenant governor are already covered by the governor and the speaker of the Assembly.
It would actually be a joint election, as we have set them up in tickets, rather than separate races.

And I'm not sure I quite understand the continued argument on not wanting to create another office. I could understand this if it were about a year ago when we were struggling to get enough candidates to even run for the Assembly, but shoot, we have a LOT of activity in this region right now, as we had several involved members of this region not even get a spot in the Assembly this month.

All I'm asking is that you stay open-minded and give this position a chance. I think people already have their minds made up going in to this and are going in with no desire to try and solve anything.

It's not only the unnecessary (IMO) creation of another office, but I also see a broader problem. We will either end up delegating such a large number of responsibilities to the new lieutenant governor that the governor loses a lot of power or we will come up with an amendment which makes sure the lieutenant governor only has a few minor tasks, which renders the position quite useless.
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Re-Establishment of a Lieutenant Governor Amendment (Debating) on: January 28, 2013, 03:36:13 am
I respect the work the Assembly and the governor have put into this amendment, but I am afraid I will be a NAY vote both when this amendment comes to a vote in this body and when it is voted on by the people. Generally I don't think there is a need for an additional regional office. Also, other than causing one more election I don't see how the lieutenant governor will have any meaningful impact. The main responsibilities of the lieutenant governor are already covered by the governor and the speaker of the Assembly.
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: January Presidential Approval Rating on: January 27, 2013, 04:37:42 pm
Compared to what we have now, I can say with a great deal of certainty that the time from the end of February onwards will be a happy time for Atlasia, even if it means we elect the ticket led by that loony socialist. Wink
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys: Mideast Senate Race on: January 27, 2013, 04:19:15 pm
I'm looking forward to the campaign. If Ben and Gass remain the only candidates in the race, I could be swayed either way. Smiley

Can we assume you have no intentions of entering the fray, Governor Assemblyman ZuWo?

First and foremost, I am focused on my work as a freshly elected member of the Assembly. Wink
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys: Mideast Senate Race on: January 27, 2013, 04:12:38 pm
I'm looking forward to the campaign. If Ben and Gass remain the only candidates in the race, I could be swayed either way. Smiley
1570  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anybody done the backpacking/hostel thing through Eastern Europe? on: January 27, 2013, 04:03:41 pm
For private reasons I travelled to Poland quite often during the last years. I spent most of my time in Krakow and some smaller towns and villages in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, so I can only speak for that region. I also can't comment on the backpacking/hostel thing, but as far as English is concerned you will probably do fine in larger cities. However, as soon as you visit more rural and not particularly touristic places you will notice that it's not extremely common to find many English-speaking people. In fact, the Poles I have met and talked to (both by means of my broken Polish and thanks to the help of one of the rare English-speaking people) often joked about their non-existing knowledge of English. Anyway, this has been my personal experience and your impression might be a very different one depending on what you will do there and who you will meet.
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: January 25, 2013, 12:00:10 pm
I, ZuWo, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of Assemblyman of the Mideast region, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia and the Mideast Region, so help me Dave.
1572  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why do you smoke weed? on: January 25, 2013, 11:53:46 am
I've never smoked anything and can't imagine a scenario under which I would.
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Budget Amendment on: January 25, 2013, 10:06:48 am
Aye
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Trial, Not Turnout Amendment on: January 24, 2013, 08:01:45 am
Aye
1575  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of a so-called "draft-reimbursement-tax" on: January 24, 2013, 04:57:00 am
I'm not a fan of it as I have to pay the tax myself but I'm not ready to simply dismiss it as a "horrible idea". In a country with universal compulsory military service for men the tax makes sense; at the end of the day, each male citizen directly contributes to the army (or the civilian service) in some form or another.

Also, at least as far as Switzerland is concerned, universal conscription makes sense from the point of view of national cohesion. Indeed, for a sizable number of men the service in the army is one of the few occasions where they closely work with people from other Swiss language regions.
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