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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bore for Northeast on: Today at 04:18:27 pm
As people may be aware, the president has nominated hifly for the position of SoEA

I feel I should inform my constituents that I will be voting against this confirmation.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hillary Clinton casually admits involvement in Honduras coup on: Today at 06:11:38 am
I don't think anyone is shocked by another spectacularly misleading thread title from snowstalker.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of trigonometry on: Today at 06:02:10 am
Trigonemetry, in the UK at least, refers to working out things about triangles like their angles, areas, side lengths etc. Things like SOHCAHTOA, the sine and cosine rules and pythagoras.

Calculus in secondary school at least, just refers to various types of integration and differentiation.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Downsize the Debt Act (Debating) on: Today at 05:54:17 am
Aye

I'm fine with debating things I disagree with, but not if they obviously won't pass.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Ending Financial Havens for Islamic State (Debating) on: Today at 05:52:54 am
Nay
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: Today at 05:50:16 am
I appreciate this debate about police and why they exist but lets not forget the funding issue.

First is scraping surplus and using the money to pay for this feasible? Only one has responded so far on this matter.

Second, what about the NE, considering the Public Means Public Act, how do we go about distributing the money as this is a similar instance of one region already doing this?
I see no reason to waste additional funds on cameras Northeast PD's don't need. I say we should just include a clause stipulating that any department already equipped with cameras won't receive new funds.

That's not the point.

The fact that the northeast is paying out of its own pocket for something that the federal government pays for in every other region is unfair on the northeast. Just like it's unfair for the IDS and NE to pay to support their own homeless while other regions have it paid for them.

However, short of a restructuring of what constitutes regional and what constitutes federal areas of power I don't see what can be done. Does anyone else have any ideas?
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Majority of Americans think there should be a third party on: September 29, 2014, 04:18:48 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAT_BuJAI70
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: September 29, 2014, 03:43:31 pm
Today was a glorious day.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: September 29, 2014, 01:16:34 pm
I'd be happy for a final vote.

Simfan's figure seems reasonable and in line with what would be expected and with other known facts, so I'm happy to take it in good faith.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Energy for the Future Bill 2014 (Debating) on: September 29, 2014, 01:12:00 pm
Aye
11  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to demod ag on: September 29, 2014, 01:09:23 pm
I don't remember any controversy over gustaf as a mod (as a poster, yes), but even if he is hated as a mod the point stands that acerbicity is entirely independent to whether someone makes a good mod.

FWIW I don't frequent economics so I don't know whether ag is actually good as a mod.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 05:43:34 pm
Well I'd favour scrapping the military selling kit to the police even if it made a profit, but that will affect what we do with the rest of the bill.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 04:48:08 pm
Then what is to be done with the money the northeast loacl police forces have been given to spend on military surplus?
14  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to demod ag on: September 28, 2014, 04:42:23 pm
It seems to me that the more acerbic the moderator the better they are at moderating.

Huh

People like Al and Joe and Gustaf are (or were) pretty universally regarded as good moderators, while the unpopular mods like inks are (or were) definitely not acerbic.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 04:26:12 pm
The only thing I can think of is far more stringent separation of powers.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 04:14:09 pm
I guess this is similar to the public means public bill, where the federal government is considering implementing something that has already been implemented and paid for in a region.

The problem I see is giving the money to the northeast is redundant seeing as this is already paid for, but not giving it seems to send the message that regions shouldn't bother innovating if they want to save money.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 04:10:31 pm
Where is this distribution formula determined for the cost, referred to what Cranberry said in his previous to last post?

The sum that government should pay according to simfan's model is 1.15 billion.

The annual federal expenditure divided by 5 (so roughly the amount spent on the pacific) is about 700 million, while the pacific's regional expenditure is roughly 400 million.

So, it seems reasonable for the federal government to contribute 7/11ths of the 1.15 billion.
18  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to demod ag on: September 28, 2014, 10:23:51 am
It seems to me that the more acerbic the moderator the better they are at moderating.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 09:01:05 am
Oh didn't see this, I would have been okay with a final vote.

As for bore's amendment, what would you say with 800 millions?

Well I'm not going to vote against it if it were 800 million, but the 730 was chosen for a reason. Namely the 730/1150 is the same as 400/700 so the cost would be distributed among regional and federal governments according to their ability to pay.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 06:27:36 am
Offering an amendment to put the federal and regional expenditures on this in sync to wider federal and regional expenditures, then I think we should have a final vote.

Quote from: amendment offered
August 2014 South Napa Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act

1. The sum of 730 900 Millions shall be set free for the Pacific Regional Government in order to aid said body in redressing the damages done by the August 2014 South Napa earthquake in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, as well as surrounding areas affected by the earthquake.
2. The Pacific Regional Government shall present the Department of Internal Affairs a plan on how to use the funds outlined in clause 1. Upon consideration by the Secretary of Internal Affairs, he may give the money free to the Pacific Regional Government or offer a redraft to the Pacific Regional Government.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Job Guarantee Act of 2014 (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 06:20:07 am
Aye
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Capital Freedom Act (Debating) on: September 28, 2014, 06:18:41 am
Nay
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Alfred's Hastily Constructed Cardboard Polling Box: Mideast "Hate Bill" on: September 27, 2014, 01:22:16 pm
Being pro life stems from a genuine belief that a foetus is a person and as such can not be murdered and that position is something that you can respect while disagreeing with it. Whereas the mideast gay bill seems to stem only from bigotry, which is impossible to respect and understandably makes people angry.
24  General Politics / Economics / Re: opebo was right about a $15/hour minimum wage on: September 27, 2014, 11:37:34 am
In fairness, this thread is more symptomatic of rather than a cause of the economics boards general crappiness.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: September 27, 2014, 05:53:10 am
For the record, my own region of the northeast already has this.
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