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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: Today at 01:42:19 pm
I think it became pretty clear in the election that a lot of the UKIP vote in England and Wales was a protest, inherited in part from the Lib Dems, but in Scotland there was the SNP don't have the problems of the lib dems, so protest voters could vote for them and not ukip, so that might be a part of it.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Make HIV/AIDS History Act on: Today at 09:35:47 am
I think, even if 2 billion is too much, that 800 dollars is too little Tongue
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: America now FIFA's savior on: Today at 08:21:22 am
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Make HIV/AIDS History Act on: Today at 08:04:30 am
I'm not entirely convinced that any of the 5 billion is necessary for drugs, as I think any clinically necessary drugs will be covered by us already. If we can put a bit of this to research, and also save a bit from the mobile testing centre and the campaign, then I'd like to see us put a bit more into the international section while also cutting the cost overall.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Criminal Justice (Reform) Act on: Today at 07:53:58 am
Again, it's important that we remember that maximum sentences should be for the very very worst conceivable crimes, and I think it's not at all stretching the imagination to think of crimes that are worthy of more than 1 and 2 years respectively.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015 on: Today at 07:51:13 am
I get the feeling we're talking largely at cross purposes here. Of course it's insane in large parts (like, say, in areas of the great plains) of our country to have a bus service. In those areas, a subsidised carpool or taxi service is a good idea. In other areas, where population density is similar to europe (like parts of the northeast, for example) then a bus service is the most efficient and environmental way to provie public transports.

It seems to me just as misguided to say that there are no areas in atlasia that would benefit from a bus service than to say that every rural area in atlasia should have a bus service.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: May 26, 2015, 04:46:36 pm
This poll seems to suggest the numbers on immigration are roughly the same.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion: Cameron 2.0 on: May 26, 2015, 04:38:11 pm
Yeah, that's ... tenuous. Haven't the SNP's online lynch mobs got anything better to do?
They're not SNP supporters, but they are people living in Orkney and Shetland.

It'll be interesting to see what happens though. Especially, if they win the case...

I don't actually know for certain if the people behind the position are members of the SNP, but if they are, they have a vested interest in pretending to be non partisan outraged locals, so I'd take the words on the fundraising page with a tonne of salt.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: May 26, 2015, 03:32:23 pm
The vote will include: British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals who have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Members of the House of Lords and Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar will also be eligible, unlike in a general election. Citizens from EU countries - apart from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus - will not get a vote.

In other words:
If your a British citizen and you've lived in Australia for the last 13 years - you can vote.
If your not a British citizen and you've lived in the UK for the last 13 years - you can't vote.

What's so special about Cyprus and Malta?
They're in the "Commonwealth of Nations" - ie They used to be part of the British Empire.

Is that not true of a host of other nations?

10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015 on: May 25, 2015, 09:20:48 am
In response to hagrid's point, I guess I just don't see why the low farebox recovery rate in urban areas (although we should be careful here, because they're pretty profitable in europe and asia) means, necessarily, that they will be even worse for rural areas. While it's true that there are more potential users in cities there are also far far more buses so more drivers are employed, and there is also more competition. I see no reason why the number of empty seats on an average bus would be less in rural areas than in cities, and that is important.

I suppose you could argue that it's the amount of fuel needed when compared to the city that makes it uneconomic but the existence of so many relatively cheap intercity buses suggests that fuel isn't the main cost involved.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: It's Only Dignified to Do...After All This Time Act on: May 25, 2015, 09:10:35 am

12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Make HIV/AIDS History Act on: May 25, 2015, 09:08:16 am
A few thoughts:

1. I would have thought that all antiviral drugs are covered for atlasians, so I'm not sure the 5 billion is necessary.
2. I think the abstinence clause needs to be more clearly defined and expanded upon. Because, I certainly hope that every Sex Ed class in atlasia does point out the simple fact that abstinence does, in fact work, while also pointing out that so do condoms. I don't think this would be banned by this line, but it's difficult to be sure. I'm also not entirely sure what defunded means, because I don't think the government funds specific classes (like, a certain amount for Geography and a certain amount for Maths), and, here, we also run into the federalism problem. I'm also fairly certain that a lot of the abstinence programmes will run in private schools which we can't simply defund.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply Disturbing on: May 23, 2015, 11:30:12 am
my expert forensics analysis has determined that these alleged "chat logs" located in the OP (original posting) are acutally cOMPLETE FABRICATIONS falsely designed to committing of slanderous fraud

my friends this is DEEPLY DISTURBING indeed

I'm not sure if you're lying, trying to be funny, made a mistake, or what.  But either whatever "forensics" you claim to have done were wrong or you're simply lying.  You should really be more careful before you start making false accusations like this.

I am 300% serios and I stake my reputation as an active atlasian voter on it

Clearly if the logs were genuine a screenshot would have been posted Tongue
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Final vote) on: May 23, 2015, 11:27:13 am
Quote from: Current Text
Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015

Section 1: Introductory Matter
1. In order to receive federal financial assistance from July 1, 2015, a post-secondary educational institution (hereafter referred to as the "institution") must adopt a comprehensive policy concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as defined in relevant regional and federal statute involving a student, both on and off campus, in person and online.

2. The Secretary of Internal Affairs is hereby directed to promote a similar agreement with the regional governments regarding regional financial assistance to post-secondary institutions.

Section 2: Affirmative Consent
1. The said policy shall be centred on
    the promotion of an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. ďAffirmative consentĒ means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not necessarily mean consent, nor does silence. A sexual act can become an assault if consent is revoked by any party during any point in the activity and that activity continues. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.

Section 3: Disciplinary Processes
1. The said policy shall institute a victim-first disciplinary process unrelated to criminal proceedings that may be ongoing in relation to a case of alleged sexual assault.
2. This disciplinary process must clearly reject intoxication or lack of knowledge regarding whether consent was given as defenses for the accused.
3. Affirmative consent standards, as outlined above, must form the bedrock of the disciplinary process.

Section 4: Establishing Policies Dealing With Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
1. The policy shall include detailed, victim-centered policies and protocols regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving a student that comport with best practices and current professional standards. At a minimum, the policies and protocols shall cover all of the following:
    (1) Maintaining the privacy of individuals involved.
    (2) Initial response by the institutionís personnel to a report of an incident, including requirements specific to assisting the victim.
    (3) Response to stranger and nonstranger sexual assault.
    (4) The victim interview
    (5) Providing written notification to the victim about the availability of, and contact information for, on- and off-campus resources and services, and coordination with law enforcement, as appropriate.

Section 5: Partner Organizations
1. It is suggested that the institution shall, to the extent feasible, enter into memoranda of understanding, agreements, or collaborative partnerships with existing on-campus and community-based organizations, including rape crisis centers, to refer students for assistance or make services available to students, including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, and legal assistance, and including resources for the accused.

Section 6: Outreach Programs
1. The aforementioned policy shall implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
2. A comprehensive prevention program shall include a range of prevention strategies, including, but not limited to, empowerment programming for victim prevention, awareness raising campaigns, primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction. Outreach programs shall be provided to make students aware of the institutionís policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
3. Outreach programming shall be included as part of every incoming studentís orientation.

X bore
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Capital Punishment Restoration Act (Tabled) on: May 23, 2015, 11:25:00 am
I think part of the problem is that capital punishment isn't a great subject for stimulating debate. We all have strong opinions on it which won't change, and, perhaps even more importantly, most of us have debated it to death before.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Criminal Justice (Reform) Act on: May 23, 2015, 11:23:26 am
It's important to remember that maximum is by no means the same thing as definite. For example, treason currently has a lifetime ban on both voting and officeholding, but that wasn't even on the cards for most of the people tried during the disturbance recently, and even then, we have to remember that the president retains the ability to pardon whoever he wants.

I think we have to accept that a degree of vagueness is unavoidable, as every crime is unique and we simply can not cover all eventualities. That means we have to trust the court (as we do with the current rules) and the president.

When it comes to maximum sentences I'm pretty liberally inclined- I don't think that sentences should be too long in general, and, in pretty much every case which has come up over the last few years I would have preferred a more lenient or similar sentence. That said, when we put them in statute we have to have, as the maximum, the sentence that we would give for the worst variation of that crime. So, for maliciously editing the wiki, we would have the sentence for someone deleting every article on it, for example.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015 on: May 22, 2015, 07:27:42 am
The reason I proposed this bill was precisely because there often is no good public transportation in rural areas. But just because there is not currently any doesn't mean that's it's impossible. After all, there are different levels of profitability and loss. A for profit bus company won't even run a service that consistently just breaks even, let alone one that makes a small loss, and it might even decide that one which makes a small profit is too risky. The state, can, however, take a wider view here, because public transport has other benefits which aren't simply a matter of making money and can offset the subsidy, so to speak. For instance, public transport means the poor who can't afford a car aren't confined to within walking distance of their house. It gives the elderly who are no longer able to drive far more ability, and, of course, one bus journey is equal to like 30 car journeys, so it's good for the environment.

I'm happy to concede that this subsidy would go to marginally unprofitable routes (otherwise, frankly, what would be the point?) but even if that would be a net loss of income, it would be still be a positive thing overall.

The only way I would agree with Hagrid is if we were subsiding massively loss making routes, but, the fact that basically everywhere in say, the highlands, has a bus service of some sort, which shows it's not that inefficient, and that, as yankee points out, the US is a big country means we won't struggle to find marginally profitable routes to fund.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bore/Nix for President on: May 21, 2015, 08:40:16 am
Obviously wholeheartedly endorsed!

Thank you, everyone Smiley
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Redraft passed) on: May 20, 2015, 11:29:10 am

Quote from: final bill
Law-Enforcement Transparency Bill 2015

1. The Federal Government, in addition to the 2015 budget will allocate an additional $250 million  to the regions, divided on a population matrix, to increase measures to improve training and service provision by regional and local law enforcement bodies.

1a. From 2016 an additional $75 million each year will be directed for the maintenance of these projects.

2  In order to receive and retain this funding, the regions must acknowledge the following conditions.

2a. This funding cannot be directed toward the acquisition weapons of lethal force.
2b. This funding will be directed towards the provision of force-wide badge cameras for uniformed officers by the end of 2016. A further condition on the footage of these cameras is that police Integrity commissions (mentioned below) will have ownership of said footage, the Federal Government will have full access to footage and the public will have the ability to view footage of direct relevance to themselves, after filing a freedom of information request through either their local jurisdiction, the regional government or the Federal Department of Internal Affairs.
2c. At least 15% of this funding must be directed towards increased training in non-lethal control techniques and dispute resolution.
2d. At least 10% of this funding must be directed towards improvements in officer safety equipment (for example, stab-vests and improved body-armor).
2e. At least 5% of this funding must be directed towards community relations and engagement, with emphasis on communities who've experienced historic troubles with police forces

3. An additional $35 million will be provided to the regions in 2015 and $20 million as on-going funding for the creation and support of fully independent bodies to be called 'Police Integrity Commissions' (PICs). In order for funding to be maintained, the following conditions must be met:

3a. These bodies will be made up of  12 people 3 being members selected by the Federal Department of Justice, 3 being members selected by Regional Governments 4 selected from the community and 2 selected by a police union whose members are not being investigated by the PIC.
3b. PICs will have to be granted the authority to recommend prosecution and to investigate allegations of law-enforcement misconduct. PIC's will also be able to subpoena all necessary documents and personnel when conducting their investigations.

4. A condition of this funding is regions must institute clear definitions, in legislation, of what is considered entrapment and what is considered valid engagement for the sake of law-enforcement.

5. All funding agreements between the Federal and regional government will be subject to full audits and acquittal processes to ensure that the conditions of the agreements are being met, with financial penalties to be placed on regions that do not met their obligations.

6. Part of all agreements based upon this Bill will require regional assessments to be provided to the Federal Government each two-year period, to determine progress of these programs.

X bore
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House (Bore/Nix Administration) on: May 20, 2015, 11:26:49 am

Quote from:  Executive Order 7

The extension of the deadline for Nigerian military aid is hereby to be added to the front of the queue

21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you support Atlasia adopting a bicameral legislature? on: May 20, 2015, 07:59:59 am
Over the years my opinion on consolidation has become more nuanced. I still support it in theory, but now I think that the plan should, as far as possible, preserve existing regions, as their history is important. So, for instance, I think a 4 region map should probably just be a merger with the midwest and the pacific, or the pacific split between the midwest and the south, while a 3 region one should try and preserve three regions in their entirety, and then split most of the broken up regions into one other one.

That said, the point is largely moot because FRTA will never pass.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015 on: May 19, 2015, 03:57:07 pm
I'm not sure how this bill is impractical. I can see how it would be if it sort of required by law a bus service to every town with more than 500 people or something, but it doesn't do that at all.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Capital Punishment Restoration Act on: May 19, 2015, 03:42:13 pm
Even if this wasn't unconstitutional I would definitely veto this.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bore/Nix for President on: May 19, 2015, 07:37:56 am
We've suffered an internal rebellion and numerous difficulties in foreign policy

Always happy to help.

Something can be good for us players and bad for the nation Tongue

Endorsed-4 more months!
Enthusiastically endorsed!
Obviously endorsed. Smiley

Thank you everyone! It is much appreciated Smiley

If anyone has any questions on any subject they are more than welcome to ask them here.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015 on: May 19, 2015, 07:23:33 am
I am good with Blair's amendment
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