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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce "Nevada"? on: Today at 10:04:03 pm
But seriously, who says 'neh-vey-deh'? Bad poll. Sad
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce "Nevada"? on: Today at 10:02:25 pm
How the actual word is pronounced; the state and its residents be damned. This of course makes me a hypocrite, as I don't pronounce Colorado in Spanish form.

That's not really that different from how we say it, just with more of a Spanish accent.

Yeah, I kind of noticed that in the audio there - the 'va' seems more Anglo than how the word is usually pronounced by Spanish speakers. Vowels (except i, or u/) in Spanish have consistent pronunciation, so it's probably not the best example for me to use.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce "Nevada"? on: Today at 09:58:00 pm
How the actual word is pronounced; the state and its residents be damned. This of course makes me a hypocrite, as I don't pronounce Colorado in Spanish form.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - SO AWESOME THEY NAMED A DAY AFTER US on: Today at 04:54:09 pm
Let's reflect, as today, we celebrate the struggles of the working class as they fight to unshackle themselves from the chains of economic tyranny.

Dear People,

A special message today from the President on Labor Day:

Without Atlasia's workers asserting themselves and without unions to protect wages and to bargain for measures like just cause, I dare say that that we'd be far less removed from Feudalism than what we currently are. Power and wealth are relative, and when power and wealth are exclusively owned by too few people, the democratic processes that ensure our freedom and moreover, the mobility of our people, are severely threatened.

Democracy and equality have been slowly evolving over recorded time, and I feel that as long as Atlasia's workers assert their voice and we hold in check the corporate, we will continue on the path of progress!

Atlasia's workers have a friend in this President. Enjoy your day off, your friends, and good wine (or your favorite beverage!).

--The President

Hoffa and Reds are excellent choices, Comrade President. You're doing a fine job. Don't let the haters get to you. Keep up the good work.

I thank you, Senator! As I mentioned in your thread, you have my endorsement!
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Gay teen attacked by family (VIDEO) on: Today at 05:07:18 am
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KENNESAW, Ga. (WXIA) -- At age 19, Daniel Pierce just had a feeling something bad was coming when his family suddenly began talking to him about coming out.

He says his father, grandparents, step-mother and her sister gathered at their home for what he describes as a "pray the gay away" intervention. "It was something that built over time," he said. Pierce said he did not ambush them with the news and then record it.

"When you watch the video and then you hear what my blood relatives said, and then you look at the comments (online) it was just crazy," he said.

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6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Do you feel bad for Tom Corbett? on: Today at 03:03:45 am
No, and he shouldn't, either; he just has to close his eyes.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - Consolidation on: August 31, 2014, 08:23:23 pm
Preferably, I don't want any form of consolidation at all, but 4 regions would be better than 3.

The problem with 4 regions is that the primary reason for consolidation - inactivity and a lack of being able to fill all regional offices effectively - would only be addressed partially if we went to 4. Such a large change - as it has proven to be with more than a year of talks on the matter - might prove to be useless if we only eliminate 5-7 offices instead of 10-14. I recall several of us discussing this issue many months ago and somebody had a very compelling argument as to why we shouldn't bother with 4, which hinged on the outlined point above.



It is possible to make a map like this which (apart from shifting Oklahoma) keeps four of the five regions intact.



Which isn't fundamentally different than the CARCA map that came out of the convention (sans OK, MO, MN & IA). As I recall, there was a lot of heavy debate about this general region in the map making process.

I will point out that your map doesn't keep 4/5 regions intact wholly (not sure if that's what you meant). The NE gets split because of DE going south, the ME is obviously divided and the MW is divided due to OK.

8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 15 year old given twenty five years for 'swatting' on: August 31, 2014, 06:36:52 pm
When you see Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin at the top of the page...

http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/local/2014/01/10/dylan-schumaker-sentenced-for-toddler-death/4407071/

NationalReport.net is a "satirical" news that doesn't bother to make their news funny.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: August 31, 2014, 05:31:42 pm
YEEEEES

I'm visiting my maternal grandmother in Macon so it's now time for a

BK FAMILY TRACKER MINI-UPDATE
  • She really doesn't like Chris Christie; she thinks he is "on drugs, dancing around like that" (?) and thinks he's a corrupt jerk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reK2Nd0WYKA
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - Consolidation on: August 31, 2014, 05:23:32 pm
Three regions.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of IDS Emperor Maxwell on: August 28, 2014, 05:41:17 pm
Who is all even in the Legislature right now? Tongue
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Cris Plan - 5 Regions and Bicameralism on: August 28, 2014, 05:39:21 pm
Or maybe it's just all of us not doing our share to draw people into the game and keep them interested.

Well, you and I came of age at the same time during this game, which was a glorious time indeed. There was a point where five of us (Napoleon, Wolfentoad, Tmth, you and I) were all actively pushing the pedal to the metal coming off of a presidential surge of traffic to the forum when it came to recruitment and candidate fielding, which pushed the game to damn near 200 people. Yet, this era still didn't produce more than 3 healthy regions.

As the MW & Pac altered their governments and became more active, the others began to suffer. Without the stars aligning so to speak when it comes to megalomaniac behavior, you can't sustain such a system, which still doesn't appear to produce 5 healthy regions. I consider late-2012/early-2013 to be a benchmark for the activity levels in this game, and I highly doubt we'll see such a climate unless Atlasia either starts recruiting from other sites (which, hey, wolfentoad was doing during that time anyway) or until the next presidential election rolls around. In the meantime, resolving the lull should be a top priority, rather than appealing to a standard none of us can live up to anymore.

The game wasn't built around five regional governments at the beginning, and the five-region system wasn't created around five regional governments as we know them today (at least I think?), so I see no reason to defend the status quo as being perfect or even what we needed from the start.

Well, I've been candid and admitted that I used these recruits mostly as numbers and not really as players. Some figured it out on their own or took the initiative to ask about opportunities in the game, but "integration" was never really a focus of mine. It should've been. I won't speak for you, but I think we were certainly satisfied as long as people turned out to vote.

Perhaps that was why Labor was so adept at taking over the regions back then; I did attempt to integrate everyone who came into the game, within reason. Some people enter the game with a zombie mentality, though. Still, it's hard to sustain such efforts indefinitely.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Cris Plan - 5 Regions and Bicameralism on: August 28, 2014, 05:03:11 am
Or maybe it's just all of us not doing our share to draw people into the game and keep them interested.

Well, you and I came of age at the same time during this game, which was a glorious time indeed. There was a point where five of us (Napoleon, Wolfentoad, Tmth, you and I) were all actively pushing the pedal to the metal coming off of a presidential surge of traffic to the forum when it came to recruitment and candidate fielding, which pushed the game to damn near 200 people. Yet, this era still didn't produce more than 3 healthy regions.

As the MW & Pac altered their governments and became more active, the others began to suffer. Without the stars aligning so to speak when it comes to megalomaniac behavior, you can't sustain such a system, which still doesn't appear to produce 5 healthy regions. I consider late-2012/early-2013 to be a benchmark for the activity levels in this game, and I highly doubt we'll see such a climate unless Atlasia either starts recruiting from other sites (which, hey, wolfentoad was doing during that time anyway) or until the next presidential election rolls around. In the meantime, resolving the lull should be a top priority, rather than appealing to a standard none of us can live up to anymore.

The game wasn't built around five regional governments at the beginning, and the five-region system wasn't created around five regional governments as we know them today (at least I think?), so I see no reason to defend the status quo as being perfect or even what we needed from the start.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your three favorite avatars on: August 28, 2014, 04:11:44 am


15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Cris Plan - 5 Regions and Bicameralism on: August 28, 2014, 03:21:51 am
A Senate with only 5 members would be incredibly boring.

I agree with this.

The problem with this plan, like many other variations proposed, is that the original justification for consolidation was that we have too many offices, and that we need fewer. The justification for consolidation is that regions have traditionally failed to thrive (at least, all of them alongside each other) and that consistent patterns of vacant seats and non-competitiveness run rampant.

Bicameralism was later devised as a way to incentivize parting with the current number of regions, most of which find themselves unsustainable. We agreed upon handing the Senate exclusively to the regions to make up for the loss of regional offices, giving each region 2 of them. Unfortunately, there is no real federal remedy that can require the regions to alter the number of offices they are allowed (or at least not one that would pass the regions).

I was (and still am, to a degree) critical of the FTRA/BBA because the final product in my view doesn't reduce the total number of offices enough. Compromises on this matter have already been made (for those who remember the original dialogues) in which we were to simply reduce the regions without adding any new offices at the federal or regional levels whatsoever.

The original plans as outlined via the two amendments would result in a net reduction of 6 to 8 offices combined, which we may discover if enacted are still not enough. I just don't see any plan that doesn't address the major and fundamental component of doing this in the first place - activity levels and competition - being sound. After all, to keep the offices the same in terms of overall numbers truly would just be a partisan and/or aesthetic change, as many critics of the idea seem to believe. I commend the author for his dedication to this idea, however, and hope we can all work toward broad-based consensus on the matter in the weeks and months to come.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: AR: AARP: Ross +2 with older Arkansans on: August 28, 2014, 02:48:41 am
^ Because its only voters over 50. The ORA is an internal.

Oh, I didn't catch that. I was thinking they polled everyone (despite the clearly-detailed graphic).
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Based God Polling: Presidential Race on: August 28, 2014, 02:05:34 am
Wait... Spiral is one of those fluoridation people?  Jebus.

He's not the only one. Why so disappointed?

The 63rd Senate, ladies and gentlemen...

18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many reported/moderated/infacted posts/points do you have? on: August 27, 2014, 08:40:42 pm
12/5/3
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: AR: AARP: Ross +2 with older Arkansans on: August 27, 2014, 08:39:15 pm
Any reason this hasn't been entered into the database (along with the ORA poll)?
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: August Senate Election. Tracker/Discussion Thread. ELECTION TRACKER-BICAMERALISM on: August 27, 2014, 07:33:49 pm
What about regular old consolidation?

FTRA would need to be ratified and the consent process would need to occur before bicameralism could go into effect (as the amendment is written), or else we'd have a flustercuck of offices and the existing problem would become even more severe.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Cynic: Remember terrorists, all I have to do is sit on you on: August 27, 2014, 06:33:38 pm
http://youtu.be/WqPb-S7F8uc?t=7s
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BIOPOLITICS with Foucaulf - 96.3 FM, Minneapolis on: August 27, 2014, 05:36:41 pm
Do not dismiss me as simply "whining". What would you rather have me do - burn myself in the middle of Nyman in protest? I would not suggest such extreme solutions if the problem has not entrenched itself already. Naturally Labour supporters will fight if all their "major accomplishments" are destroyed as they should be. Few in power realize how much the nation has been hurt - but they are responsible for reviving it from its crippled state.


What a load of sh**t. You don't actually believe this nonsense. Nothing whatsoever structural has changed about this game.
Sorry but are you really that dense? He's obviously trolling with this whole persona. Do YOU actually believe that he's being serious? I find it so hard to believe that you do that I'm starting to suspect that Foucalf's radio program is actually a false flag operation orchestrated by you with the intent of getting a quasi-fascist type to back the Right and see how many Federalists agree with him.

And who said I wasn't trolling with mine? I think you missed the great era of the Laborinth, which always used satire based in elements of truth. Perhaps it's time for a resurrection?
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BIOPOLITICS with Foucaulf - 96.3 FM, Minneapolis on: August 27, 2014, 05:13:16 pm
Do not dismiss me as simply "whining". What would you rather have me do - burn myself in the middle of Nyman in protest? I would not suggest such extreme solutions if the problem has not entrenched itself already. Naturally Labour supporters will fight if all their "major accomplishments" are destroyed as they should be. Few in power realize how much the nation has been hurt - but they are responsible for reviving it from its crippled state.


What a load of sh**t. You don't actually believe this nonsense. Nothing whatsoever structural has changed about this game.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which will happen next term? on: August 27, 2014, 07:42:16 am
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Keaton House Polling: October 2014 Presidential on: August 27, 2014, 07:10:43 am
FTR - I don't keep track of these things to call shenanigans. You might well be right, but it's still a sad thing to do lol.

I wasn't PM'd nor was I asked during the time I was in IRC...

Only when a blatant anomaly presents itself does it ever cross my radar - like how this poll got as many responses in its first hour as this one with actual discussion managed to get during a three-day span mostly coinciding with the election.
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