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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue on: Today at 03:51:44 pm
Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin’ her tits

2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: Today at 03:10:38 pm
Again though, I'm struggling to see why entrapment is bad in all circumstances. What about the example of using it to catch online predators?

Why don't we just allow mobs to lynch them if we're going to start pulling on heartstrings to justify an abhorrent tactic by mentioning an abhorrent crime?
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: Today at 03:03:09 pm
Griffin,
I have explained why I supported to remove all this clause not a long time ago.

Explain which clause? As I can see it, we're on track to strike five clauses every couple of days until nothing is left and it looks like that embarrassingly awful Boko Haram bill.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: Today at 02:55:27 pm
TNF, you ought to just withdraw this bill. By the time the softcocks are done with it, it'll be named "The Strongly Worded But Useless Admonishment of Police Bad (Sort Of? I Mean We're Defending It) Behavior Act".

Except this bill is not just about dealing with bad behaviour among our police forces. It's about punishing every Atlasian police officer just because they're cops.


Yeah, no. A few provisions are, and I'd be fine with removing them. The fact that this Senate is OK with entrapment and nepotism has nothing to do with that. It's not "a step in the right direction", it's not "a more measured approach", and it's not any of the other flippant bullsh!t some of y'all will try to sell it as when you're removing provisions like these.

The hard-liners and those with personal bias are manipulating the softcocks (which isn't ever that difficult) into removing a bunch of things that shouldn't be removed under the guise of removing one or two that things that should be removed, by removing them all at the same time. "OMG look at that one thing in there, I'll vote to remove whatever as long as we get rid of that, lol".
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: Today at 02:40:00 pm
TNF, you ought to just withdraw this bill. By the time the softcocks are done with it, it'll be named "The Strongly Worded But Useless Admonishment of Police Bad (Sort Of? I Mean We're Defending It) Behavior Act".
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Stop PMing Me Act on: Today at 12:26:00 am
As a True Southron™ and resident in the NE, I will be more than willing to send out PMs to anyone if this law is passed (and will proactively send all sorts of random PMs to anyone who joins this list). Call me Adam Tubman, for I will keep the flow of freedom going (in a general north-south direction)!
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Stop PMing Me Act on: March 25, 2015, 10:58:25 pm
Furthermore, across Atlasia we've seen a trend toward PM-exclusive campaigns.  In these races, we never know what sorts of attacks and empty promises are made to voters behind the scenes and there is almost literally no transparency because a candidate has decided that all they need to win is to pander to the voters as individuals with a bunch of one-on-one PMs.  

Hilarious to see you of all people suddenly concerned about this! Would you kindly point me to your campaign HQ, Mr. Multi-term "Southron" Legislator?
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: March 25, 2015, 08:42:58 pm
NAY
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Postal Service Community Financial Lending Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment) on: March 25, 2015, 08:30:38 pm
Why would we cut the amount allocated to services? One quarter for every Atlasian man, woman and child to lend/invest is going to go a long way, I'm sure...Roll Eyes

Or provide an argument for your numbers - it's not about the per-person amount, it's about why this amount is necessary.

Minimum capital requirements exist in almost every state for new banks and financial institutions. It is not uncommon for the state to require community banks to have $10-20 million in capital to even open their doors. In many cases, this is for one branch in a small town or city. Yet somehow, we're actually considering opening similar services across the entire nation at (hundreds? thousands?) of well-frequented locations, and somehow, we're coming to the conclusion that $75 million is sufficient. Even if it is purely small-dollar loans, the scale of this would be massive. Think about how many small towns would suddenly have a "bank" that currently do not: what percentage of people would frequent their Post Office instead of driving to another town for a small loan (presumably from some quasi-predatory lender)?

Banks have a three-year failure rate of 0.1%: there's a reason for that. That reason, among others, is that sufficient capital is available to ensure that the bank is capable of serving the needs of the community.

Most people will not be flocking to the post office to get a loan, I'm sure... Roll Eyes

And once the system makes money off of interest payments and the like, there will be more there to spend. Financial institutions exist to earn profit... I hope our system here would be able to eventually pay for itself as well...

Even after your oh-so-convenient lurch away from the reactionary right, I can't imagine that you have all that much interest in truly seeing a program like this be successful. Self-fulfilling prophecy? This program has the potential to be quite revolutionary in rural areas in particular; I imagine that the concept (combined with sufficient marketing dollars, which I plan to introduce later) will be quite a bit more successful than you might think.

Also, who said anything about USPS not charging interest or being self-sufficient? Is there straw sticking out from under my sleeve? The incremental infusion of additional capital is obviously included to accelerate any projected market growth of what has the ability in the long-term to become a formidable public banking institution.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Debating) on: March 25, 2015, 04:50:35 pm
I object. This amendment basically only removes the least offensive of the former proposals...
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Postal Service Community Financial Lending Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment) on: March 25, 2015, 04:39:30 pm
Why would we cut the amount allocated to services? One quarter for every Atlasian man, woman and child to lend/invest is going to go a long way, I'm sure...Roll Eyes
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Set It and Leave it Alone Minimum Wage Act of 2015 (Voting on Amendment) on: March 25, 2015, 04:37:35 pm
Aye FTR
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Combating Boko Haram (Final Vote) on: March 25, 2015, 04:33:42 pm
Abstain
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Official Constitution Act (Final vote) on: March 25, 2015, 04:31:33 pm
Aye
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Announcement You Have All Been Waiting For on: March 24, 2015, 10:30:53 pm
It's too early to announce a Presidential and/or Regional Senate run, duh. Tongue
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who do you support in Georgia Tech vs. University of Georgia? on: March 24, 2015, 10:26:53 pm
UGA? Tech is for the rich and snobby.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: FL-PPP: Hillary leads all Pubs on: March 24, 2015, 10:05:23 pm
Hillary's not going to do as well with any minority group when compared to Obama because she is not a minority. I don't know why this is so hard to understand. Even other black candidates for statewide and federal office haven't been able to pull the numbers that Obama did nationally (93-96%, depending on the election and state). Virtually every non-Obama candidate in recent history gets 90% of the black vote. Hillary will too. The whole shtick of "the Republicans have been super bad toward blacks in the past few years and Obama levels of support are going to hold" (not necessarily mentioned in this thread, but it's out there) is ridiculous. They've been bad toward them for decades. The real question is: what will turnout look like?

Latinos and Asians are going to swing back, too, so let's not kid ourselves. It might only be to 2008 levels, but we're way out of sync with where their levels of support should be. These groups are not on their way to becoming new equivalents of the black vote in terms of support. Especially if the Republicans nominate someone who isn't a complete racist in appearance, the combination of party fatigue, her stuffiness, her race, her gender (which will affect non-white male voters to a degree, just as it will white male voters), and the historical deviation from the mean all paint the same picture.

The real question, perhaps, is whether a potential swing towards Hillary in the white female vote (and to a lesser degree, the non-white female vote) will cancel out these effects, and if not entirely, by how much.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. President Ogis/Tyrion - Accepting Write-Ins for Midwest Archduke on: March 24, 2015, 09:47:08 pm
Congratulations and welcome back*!

*Assuming the fascists don't ban you, of course
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Speaker New Canadaland (now re-elected) on: March 24, 2015, 09:46:26 pm
Congratulations Speaker!
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Earl for Mideast Assembly on: March 24, 2015, 09:45:40 pm
Glorious news! Congratulations.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Truman for Mideast Assembly (HUZZAH!) on: March 24, 2015, 09:45:10 pm
Great news.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Althing member Fuzzybigfoot on: March 24, 2015, 09:44:16 pm
Congratulations!
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Brewer for Midwest Representative! on: March 24, 2015, 09:43:51 pm
Congratulations!
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Did Obama receive >25% of white vote in any Mississippi or Alabama counties? on: March 24, 2015, 09:41:52 pm
And here's Mississippi. Three counties on here are denoted with red dashes; these are counties that had extensive prison populations and/or the resulting adjustments were statistically nonsensical (i.e.: suggesting a majority of whites voted for Obama; heavily black counties in all cases). Their numbers were adjusted to take this into account, but take those three with a particularly large grain of salt.

The overall statewide formula produces a result in which Obama received 11% of the white vote in 2012.

25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton Retains Strong Appeal to American Women on: March 24, 2015, 06:23:43 pm
KILL THIS WITH FIRE
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