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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Party Standing Committee—Endorsements for Mideast Assembly on: March 15, 2013, 03:51:39 pm
I would also like to seek the endorsement for the Mideast Assembly race

Since you're member of the Federalist Party, you automatically receive our endorsement.
1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Party Standing Committee—Endorsements for Mideast Assembly on: March 15, 2013, 03:40:13 pm
Actually, there are three Federalist candidates in the race already (Inks declared in the old "Candidate Declaration Thread") but that's not a big problem since there are at least seven candidates (myself, Inks, IdahoBlueDogDem, shua, Lumine, Talleyrand, Gass), which means that the new Assembly will consist of five members. Thus, we can theoretically endorse two candidates who are not members of our party, and, in my humble opinion, shua should be one of them. Wink
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment (Vote on Amendment) on: March 14, 2013, 04:58:38 pm
1554  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the new Pope Franziskus I on: March 14, 2013, 04:44:19 am
He comes across as benevolent and warm-hearted, which is obviously very positive. (Non-Catholic)
1555  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: whats the ratio of men to women at your job on: March 14, 2013, 04:41:25 am
51-74% women both at my university department and at the school where I teach.
1556  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Roman Catholic Church feels Europe slipping from its hands on: March 12, 2013, 02:27:18 pm
It may be too late, but if the church stopped being evil on birth control and gay issues, it would get a lot of people back.

It's a shame, since the church is so right on almost every non-sex-related issue.

Your first assertion is probably not accurate. Various European protestant churches have become liberal on a wide range of issues and it hasn't helped them at all with regards to church membership.
1557  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you see my left-ward shift approaching? (since we're all attention whoring) on: March 12, 2013, 02:17:44 pm
I've always assumed that your views would become less libertarian over time so no, I'm not really surprised. I guess you will continue to shift in a leftward direction in the next months/years until you gradually start adopting moderate views in your mid-twenties. Wink
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Record of Dedication to the Mideast - ZuWo for Assembly on: March 12, 2013, 03:56:49 am
Thank you very much, Clarence and TJ!

I'm pleased to see that LuminevonReuental has entered the race. I'm confident he will have a positive impact on the Assembly if he is elected.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LumineVonReuental for Mideast Assembly - (Campaign HQ) on: March 12, 2013, 03:55:21 am
You have my endorsement. It will be great to work with you in the Assembly (assuming we're both elected, which is far from certain, but we're optimistic, aren't we?)!
1560  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Greece or Oklahoma? on: March 11, 2013, 09:55:35 am
Both places are too hot for my taste. But if I have to choose between the two I prefer Oklahoma, I don't think I could ever learn to speak good Greek.
1561  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Vatican City 2013 papal election on: March 11, 2013, 09:46:37 am
Still hoping for Ouellet Koch, just out of a sense of patriotism. He could be a reasonable compromise between the Europeans and the out-of-towners.

If you want an untainted and uncontroversial Pope, he's the right man for the job. Wink
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: clarence for Senate 2013 on: March 11, 2013, 04:34:16 am
I wholeheartedly endorse you in the race for Senator at-large!
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Record of Dedication to the Mideast - ZuWo for Assembly on: March 10, 2013, 05:17:55 am
Thank you, Governor Wolfentoad.

Unfortunately, I'm withdrawing my candidacy for the Mideast assembly.  Life just got way too hectic and crazy recently for me to devote myself the way I was hoping to.  Thanks to everyone that helped me along the way.  It definitely meant a lot.

While it's unfortunate that Siren is compelled to withdraw her candidacy for Mideast Assembly, I thank her for having contributed to an interesting campaign. I wish Siren the best of luck in her future Atlasian endeavors.
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Helping Our Farmers Act (Debating) on: March 09, 2013, 11:28:10 am

This is the Mideast, not the Northeast. Wink

My vote on the amendment: NAY
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Helping Our Farmers Act (Debating) on: March 08, 2013, 11:18:58 am
I fully support Inks' amendment! Wink
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Budget Amendment on: March 08, 2013, 11:16:41 am
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: March 07, 2013, 03:38:45 pm
Helping Our Farmers Act

Section 1 - Definitions
1. The word "farm" in this act shall be defined as any land used to produce crops, livestock, specialty livestock, or grazing and includes woodland and wasteland not under cultivation or used for pasture or grazing. 

Section 2 - Farming Investment
1. The Mideast Region shall be authorized to provide money to farmers for the purpose of capital investment to farms.
2. Grants shall be awarded by the Region on the basis of the quality of farmers' business plans that is a part of their applications.
3. Farmer applicants must match or exceed the amount of the grant being requested.  These funds must be used for projects that are defined as capital fixed assets and have a life expectancy of 10 years or more.
4. Should all funds not be used by the farmer within the time allotted, the farmer must return all remaining funds.
5. Funds must be used for the expansion of existing agricultural facilities, or diversification-expansion into new production areas and site improvements related to such expansion or diversification.

Section 3 - Eligibility
1. Agricultural producers, singularly or jointly, whether such producers are owners or tenants of existing agricultural production facilities must be located within the Mideast Region.
2. Applications must include an individual business plan. In the case of a joint venture, two business plans must be filed, one for the individual applicant and the other for the joint venture, demonstrating how the agricultural production facility will remain ongoing for at least ten years and show what impact the improvements will have on his or her business via projected increased sales, additional jobs, local taxes, etc.
3. Applicant must provide conceptual construction designs with a projected budget, should funds be planned to be used on such projects.
4. Applicant must be responsible for securing and complying with all necessary zoning, inland wetland, building and other permits, as well as environmental regulations, as required prior to receiving grant
5. Upon completion of project, applicant must provide an audit from a Certified Public Accountant, a lending institution or an agricultural advisory institution that includes an itemized statement of expenses of the project.
6. Applicants must agree to a site inspection conducted by an agent from within the region prior to final approval or rejection of their application. If application approved and project monies awarded, applicant must agree to site inspections during the construction phase of the project.
7. Applicant's farm must receive less than $500,000 in revenue per year.

Section 5 - Funding and Longevity
1. $600 million will be allocated from the Agriculture portion of the 2012 Mideast Budget to fund this program.
2. This program shall last for five years, at which time, the Mideast Assembly may extend the program.

Let's try another compromise! Wink
1568  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss voters approve measure to curb excessive CEO compensations on: March 06, 2013, 09:45:00 am
It's important to keep in mind that this initiative doesn't prevent CEOs from receiving extremely high salaries so it's probably not as revolutionary or dramatic as many might be tempted to believe.
An interesting footnote: Thomas Minder, who launched the initiative and is an entrepreneur himself, caucuses with the Swiss People's Party in the upper chamber. The fact that Minder is a conservative with vast experience in business has made the initiative attractive for large segments of the electorate.
1569  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official curling thread on: March 05, 2013, 03:37:52 pm
That's amazing and somewhat funny because Tirinzoni, skip of the Swiss team, curls out of my club. Wink

I certainly think the Canadian women have a good shot at winning gold. However, one big factor will be the ice conditions. It's the first time the world championships are held in Latvia and maybe this country has a few surprises in store ...
1570  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official curling thread on: March 05, 2013, 03:11:39 pm
I'm surprised to see Team Martin so weak. But that just shows how strong Canada is in men's curling. Canada is obviously also very strong in women's curling but not as dominating. I have no doubt Team Homan will be a contender for gold, though. And whoever wins on the men's side is poised to win gold anyway.
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Record of Dedication to the Mideast - ZuWo for Assembly on: March 05, 2013, 02:22:09 pm
Thanks for your kind remarks, Senator X and Matt, and for your endorsements, X, Matt and Maxwell!
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Poll: Inks.LWC's reelection on: March 05, 2013, 02:20:56 pm
Absolutely, and of course in the Mideast!
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Record of Dedication to the Mideast - ZuWo for Assembly on: March 05, 2013, 04:33:25 am
Thanks to both of you, Inks and Griffin! Actually, I interpreted Griffin's comment more as a tongue-in-cheek remark which I consider acceptable in a political context so I hope no one takes offence. Wink
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Record of Dedication to the Mideast - ZuWo for Assembly on: March 05, 2013, 03:52:37 am
Re-elect Assemblyman ZuWo

Greetings citizens of the Mideast,

I hereby announce that I am seeking re-election to the Mideast Assembly. In the present term of the Assembly, both the more liberal and the more conservative members of our regional legislature have managed to find common ground on a couple of crucial issues. While the previous session of the Assembly was marked by heated conflicts at times, this session can certainly be considered more peaceful and less ideological.

By introducing an amendment to the Mideast Abortion Statute and an amendment to the Mideast Firearms Safety Act I fulfilled two of my most prominent campaign promises. I am very satisfied that both of these amendments were passed unanimously and want to express my gratitude to my Assembly colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

To underline what I have just said I would like to direct your attention to the following statistics provided by the Speaker of the Assembly:

28th Assembly Statistics - Issue 3

Through 3-1/13
Final Votes: 6
Amendment Votes: 5
Veto Override Votes: 0

MemberNot VotingVotingABSTAINYES/NO

Member 1Member 2Matching Vote Percentage

Clearly, I am a conservative member of the Federalist Party and I am not afraid to express my views. At the same time, my philosophy is that I'd rather try my best to get a compromise version of a bill passed than not to have any solution at all.

I am looking forward to an interesting campaign and election!
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Sentinel Polling: Adam Griffen for Game Moderator on: March 04, 2013, 09:31:38 am
I was skeptical at first and would still prefer it if Griffin temporarily resigned as chairman of the Labor Party for the sake of his work as GM, but I generally support his nomination. Every GM is influenced by his views in some way or another and I am confident that Griffin is able to be relatively neutral. If he ever became too partisan, he could still be replaced but he deserves a chance. Therefore, Griffin for GM!
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