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1551  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2013 official results thread on: February 26, 2013, 04:23:07 pm
Svizzera (Camera):

PD 50,139 34,19%
Monti 38,274 26,10%
PDL 25,379 17,30%
Grillo 20,101 13,70%
...

Total number of votes cast: 162,250 (out of 442,557 eligible voters)
1552  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Have you read The Bible? on: February 26, 2013, 08:00:21 am
Reading plans are certainly helpful. Alternatively, you can simply read one chapter (or more, if the chapters are very short) a day. The first nine chapters of the Books of Chronicles, for example, may be a bit tedious, but you will be rewarded with an interesting insight into the early Jewish kings once you have finished that. Wink
1553  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: More Germans want to raise the voter age than lower it on: February 26, 2013, 07:27:10 am
The most important to me is that the age requirements for different actions are as similar as possible. I don't understand, for example, why 16-year old kids should have the right to drive cars but only be considered mature enough to vote at the age of 18. The same with the legal drinking age, which is an even more extreme case in some parts of the world. Let them do all these things at the age of 18, that's a reasonable threshold in my opinion.  
1554  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2013 official results thread on: February 26, 2013, 04:38:13 am
A profound assessment of the impact Martin Schulz's words have had on the election may be difficult at this point, but I guess Schulz has helped Berlusconi and Grillo more than some would think. In times where a sizable chunk of the Italian voters like the European Union as much as British cuisine, it is foolish of the president of the "European Parliament" to tell an entire nation he is confident that the voters will make the "right choice for their country". Having talked to several Italians who live here in Switzerland (it's nearly impossible not to have at least a dozen Italian acquaintances where I live), I realized that many of them are well aware of Berlusconi's ... uh, problematic record, but the last thing they want is a foreigner who tells them how they should vote - it gets even worse when that foreigner comes across as arrogant and completely out of touch with their country.
1555  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2013 official results thread on: February 25, 2013, 04:50:24 pm
Surprisingly, Monti sounded like the winner rather than the loser of the election, at least as far as the beginning of his speech was concerned. He stressed the fact that his party more or less had to start from scratch and only had small (financial?) means and very limited experience so he is content with the performance of his party (if I got that right Tongue).
1556  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2013 official results thread on: February 25, 2013, 04:06:22 pm
Where are you getting these results?

http://elezioni.interno.it/index.html

Even if you don't understand any Italian, this website (it's the official results website) is great.
1557  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2013 official results thread on: February 25, 2013, 03:44:35 pm
The better guide for the Camera, at this point, seems to be the margin. Right now it's just under 408 thousand votes - down from about 500 thousand a couple of hours ago. May be very close Smiley


Yes, only 1.5% at this point ...
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—BOULDER, CO (Voting on next location) on: February 25, 2013, 09:26:20 am
1. Write-in: Lake Zurich, Illinois
2. Portland, Maine
3. Little Rock, Arkansas
4. Burlington, Vermont
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 25, 2013, 08:40:56 am
As it's your bill, I'm assuming you just want it added on?  Or did you want a vote on it?

Yes, just add it to the bill since there's apparently a majority in favor of the amendment.
1560  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Have you read The Bible? on: February 24, 2013, 03:47:22 pm
Yes, the entire Bible and more than once.
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Why do you vote against Labor? on: February 22, 2013, 07:35:40 am
We have ONE (1) senate seat.

The Liberals are in the same situation.

This seems like a good time to pull out my crudely-assembled chart:



Looking at this chart I see seven Senators who are undeniably on the left of the political spectrum. To claim that the five TPP Senators are somehow centrists or rightists is absurd if you look at their voting and legislative record and their political philosophy. The mere fact they aren't part of the Liberal Party or the Labor Party doesn't make these guys conservative ...
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Why do you vote against Labor? on: February 22, 2013, 02:56:26 am
I don't dislike Labor. The Labor Party obviously represents political stances that are very different from those I hold, but I like the party for its ideological consistency.
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: What to do next? - The future of Cathcon and his legacy. on: February 22, 2013, 02:54:56 am
Don't worry too much about your future in this game. Wink
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Budget Amendment (Debating) on: February 21, 2013, 04:57:16 pm
If the goal of this bill is to limit the government's long-term debt without tying its hands during times of economic emergency, wouldn't a GDP cap somewhat defeat that purpose, since GDP will necessarily shrink during a recession?

I see what you mean. If, during a recession, the government deems it wise to stimulate the economy with additional expenditures, a GDP cap can indeed be counterproductive. Indeed, in times of a crisis the GDP is lower. As a consequence, the government cannot spend as much money (in raw numbers) as in a situation where the GDP is higher.
I am not a fan of massive government intervention even during a recession, but for someone who wants the government to take drastic measures in times of economic hardship your point is very valid.
1565  General Politics / International General Discussion / CEO of US tire company to France: Keep your so-called workers on: February 21, 2013, 04:41:25 pm
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The boss of US tyremaker Titan has provoked outrage in France after mocking its workers for putting in only "three hours" a day and said his company would be "stupid" to take over an ailing French factory.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9882422/US-boss-berates-French-for-three-hour-working-day.html
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 21, 2013, 10:28:57 am
I propose the following amendment:

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9.) All municipalities in the Mideast are required to organize gun drop-off events at least once every two years. All weapons which are collected during such an event must be destroyed and can be recycled. Municipalities which do not comply with this statute can be punished with a fine of up to $50,000.

Suspending all regional aid to municipalities which do not comply with the law seems overly harsh to me, but I included a fine which is higher than $20,000 instead. Also, I'd rather leave it up to the municipalities whether they want to recycle the weapons or not, hence the formulation "can be recycled".
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—BOULDER, CO (Open floor statements from members) on: February 21, 2013, 05:03:22 am
Yeah, for some reason I thought he'd joined the Liberals a couple months ago and was only just returning home now. :p I think it was his post in the new register thread that threw me off.

D'oh.

Don't worry, from now on I will have a good overview of our regional members. Wink With that being said, I humbly accept your appointment and will serve as regional chair with great pleasure!
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Confirmation of Clinton1996 for Lieutenant Governor (Debating) on: February 20, 2013, 04:33:05 pm
A question that must be asked in every confirmation hearing Wink: What, in your view, qualifies you for the job?
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Official Matt from VT Northeast Assembly Campaign Thread on: February 19, 2013, 04:34:30 pm
Endorsed, dawg.
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Siren for Mideast Assembly: Campaign Office on: February 19, 2013, 03:30:46 pm
Welcome to the race! It's nice to have a diverse field of candidates.
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 19, 2013, 03:30:09 pm
We could leave that decision to the municipalities - they can, for example, simply collect and store the guns or destroy them. I'm not sure what I prefer, I'm open to either of these two options or to other good proposals.
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—BOULDER, CO (Open floor to members) on: February 19, 2013, 02:14:35 pm
Chairman Hagrid - thank you very much for stating what many of us in this party feel.

I agree with your analysis and would like to add the following to point 3 of your list:

According to the most recent Atlasian exit poll data, which is widely considered to be reliable (thank you drj101!), only 40% of Atlasians describe themselves as centrist, right of center or right-wing. The remaining 60% are clearly left-wing. What does this indicate? It means that the Federalist Party has a very hard time winning any federal election, but this task becomes impossible if members of our own party and independents with similar views don't support our well-qualified and active candidates.
This game is only interesting as long as there are competitive elections and there is a certain degree of balance between the left on the one hand and centrists and rightists on the other hand. So if you describe yourself as a centrist, a moderate, a conservative or anything of the sort, vote for candidates who share most of your political views! Not necessarily because it serves the interests of this party, but most importantly because we have to make sure this game remains exciting and provides an incentive for conservatives to make an effort.
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: February 19, 2013, 07:38:41 am
I'm seeking re-election to the Mideast Assembly in March.
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Debating) on: February 19, 2013, 04:26:37 am
Yes, that's why I put clause 9 in bold print. Wink

For comparison, this is the original bill:

http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/A.R.2_:_MIDEAST_FIREARMS_SAFETY_ACT
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Constitutional Amendment: Vote Tracker/Discussion on: February 18, 2013, 02:43:26 pm
At least as far as I'm concerned, there will not be a lawsuit. My opinion on this matter differs from yours and the governor's - in my view the prerequisite for a vacancy is that someone previously held the office in question - but I'm fine with your general opinion. The most important to me was that we could hear what the representative of our judicial branch has to say before we proceed on this matter. And this is the case now.
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