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1551  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
Inks.LWC0%100%0%100%
ZuWwo0%100%0%100%
Gass326827%73%0%73%
Oldiesfreak18%82%0%82%
TexasDem0%100%0%100%


Member 1Member 2Matching Vote Percentage
Inks.LWCZuWo72%
Inks.LWCGass326850%
Inks.LWCOldiesfreak44%
Inks.LWCTexasDemocrat55%
ZuWoGass326875%
ZuWoOldiesfreak67%
ZuWoTexasDemocrat45%
Gass3268Oldiesfreak100%
Gass3268TexasDemocrat75%
OldiesfreakTexasDemocrat89%

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!
1552  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!
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Helping Our Farmers Act (Final Vote) on: March 04, 2013, 09:19:04 am
Aye
1554  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2013 Austrian Parliamentary Election + State Elections + Army Draft Referendum on: March 03, 2013, 11:20:32 am
Are these percentages actual results or is that really a projection? I'm asking because the numbers seem to fluctuate enormously from "projection" to "projection". If we're dealing with a projection rather than actual figures, the people who are responsible for it are doing a pretty horrible job ... Wink
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Confirmation of Clinton1996 for Lieutenant Governor (Final Vote) on: February 28, 2013, 03:49:23 pm
Aye
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Unnamed amendment to the MFSA (Final Vote) on: February 28, 2013, 03:49:00 pm
Aye
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Helping Our Farmers Act (Vote on Amendment) on: February 28, 2013, 03:31:43 pm
Nay
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Budget Amendment (Final Vote) on: February 28, 2013, 05:00:41 am
Aye
1559  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)
1560  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
1561  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.  
1562  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.
1563  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).
1564  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.
1565  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 ...
1566  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
1567  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.
1568  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.
1569  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 ...
1570  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.
1571  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
1572  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.
1573  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
1574  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".
1575  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!
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