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251  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 15, 2015, 02:20:29 am
Mr. Speaker,

The honorable member's argument fails to take into account that the parties were elected on their merits at the time of the election; there is no reason to assume that the voters intended to give party leaderships carte blanche authority until the next election. The parties that are represented in Parliament should be as similar as possible to those elected by the people. If, for example, for some reason the Socialists decided to join the Social Liberals and their members were given high spots on the Social Liberal list, would that be the same Social Liberal party that through its member's work and its promises to the voters earned seats in Parliament? Of course not. I think it'd be quite a leap for us to assume that voters are voting for anything beyond the lists presented to them.
252  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament: Inactive Member of Parliament... (Private Members Bill) on: September 13, 2015, 02:31:11 am
Nay
253  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament: Election of the President of South America on: September 10, 2015, 03:04:10 pm
Hagrid
254  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 08, 2015, 07:29:49 am
Aye
255  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 03, 2015, 02:55:59 am
Aye
256  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 02, 2015, 12:12:33 am
Amendment 1: Nay
Amendment 2: Nay
257  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer on: August 30, 2015, 01:12:42 am
I promised an agenda days ago but all my time has been spent with hurricane prep, law school and dealing with a broken AC during a Florida summer. Sorry about that.


In accordance with the belief of this government that national unity is paramount, the Treasury's actions this parliament will be to move towards a gradual financial integration of the South American states.

To begin, we intend to synchronize and normalize inflation and interest rates between South American states. On this, the treasury is primarily concerned with stopping the inflation crises in Argentina and Venezuela.

Next, we intend to pass though Parliament an act creating a Bank of South America. This bank would, in the same manner as the European Central Bank, would coordinate and issue orders to currently existing central banks.

We also intend to create a South American currency. Upon being presented with the choices of adopting a current currency or adopting a new one, this government has concluded that a new currency would further our goals of integration and unity. At the time, our intention is for this to be primarily used by the government and to slowly adopt it throughout the continent, perhaps starting with a loose peg of national currencies.

Finally, in coordination with the rest of the cabinet, we will work on harmonizing and eradicating tariffs and other economic impediments through South America. The creation of a common market as soon as is feasible is our goal here.
258  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Second Amendment also covers those in US illegally on: August 26, 2015, 01:49:52 pm
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illegals constitutional rights so long as they reside under the jurisdiction of the United States and it's laws.

Isn't this a contradiction of terms? How can illegal immigrants be residing under the laws of the United States? Wouldn't that necessitate their immigration to the United States not having been illegal?

Not really. The courts have ruled that the use of "the people" in the bill of rights refers to more than just citizens or residents. The first case I can think of on the topic is United_States v. Verdugo-Urquidez where the court said that the people "refers to a class of persons who are part of a national community or who have otherwise developed sufficient connection with this country to be considered part of that community." I don't know if a court has ruled on it before, but I could see illegal immigrants successfully arguing they have the sufficient connections required for those rights.
259  General Politics / International General Discussion / Russia Accidentally Releases Ukraine Casualty Numbers on: August 26, 2015, 01:33:43 pm
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Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship, finance, and leisure, scarcely an outlet for sensational information. Its innocuously entitled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” however, reveals what appear to be official figures on the number of Russian soldiers killed or made invalids “in eastern Ukraine.” Russian censors quickly removed the offending material but not before it had been webcached by the Ukrainian journal Novy Region (New Region).

"Compensation of military personnel taking part in military actions in Ukraine in 2014-2015...In all, as of February 1, 2015, monetary compensation had been paid to more than 2,000 families of fallen soldiers and to 3,200 military personnel suffering heavy wounds and recognized as invalids"

Despite the mass of evidence, only one-quarter of Russians believe the Russia has troops in Ukraine

http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2015/08/25/kremlin-censors-rush-to-erase-inadvertent-release-of-russian-casualties-in-east-ukraine/

Honestly, the most surprising thing about this whole story is that poll. In February there were almost as many dead Russians in Ukraine as Americans in Afghanistan and yet only 26% of Russians seem to believe that they're even a part of the war.
260  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Will the government publish its agenda? on: August 26, 2015, 01:10:53 pm
I can't speak for other departments, but I'll be putting out an overview of the finance ministry's agenda for this parliament later today.
261  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: August 25, 2015, 02:47:01 am
Aye
262  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Next Greek Legistlative Election on: August 24, 2015, 06:22:37 pm
Ugh...SYRIZA
263  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2015 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 23, 2015, 11:37:16 pm
1. Yankee
2. Cris
3. Kalwejt
4. JoMCaR
5. Write-in: Seatown
6. Evergreen
264  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer on: August 19, 2015, 12:18:40 am
Hello South Americans! This thread will be dedicated to out-of-parliament discussion of the Government's financial and monetary policies and proposals. We will also use this thread to announce new initiatives of the Treasury. We welcome all public discussion of these proposals.

 
The Treasury is currently focused on the distressing monetary situation in certain parts of our country and is considering proposals to address this trouble.
265  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Under what circumstances could Trump win? on: August 16, 2015, 02:11:22 pm
Hillary would have to be caught with a dead boy or live girl after it was too late to drop out but before early voters swamped Trump.
266  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st South American General Election - August 14th, 2015 on: August 14, 2015, 09:26:58 am
Conservative
267  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW: Confirmation of Cassius for Senator on: August 12, 2015, 02:53:10 pm
With two ayes and one nay, Cassius is confirmed as senator for the Midwest.
268  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW: Confirmation of Cassius for Senator on: August 10, 2015, 04:23:54 pm
Aye
269  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW: Confirmation of Cassius for Senator on: August 10, 2015, 02:40:36 pm
Seeing no further debate, I bring this nomination to a final vote. Assemblymen have 48 hours to vote aye, nay or to abstain.
270  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2015 Federal Special Election - At-large Senate on: August 09, 2015, 11:55:11 pm
1.JoMCaR
2.Truman
271  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Sign-in Thread on: August 08, 2015, 11:19:52 pm
Dereich
272  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What's with the Kasich boner? on: August 06, 2015, 11:36:45 pm
He was this debate's Huntsman: a candidate the leftists of the forum could point to and say: "See? One of them is SLIGHTLY less crazy!"
273  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Has Donald Trump faded ? on: August 06, 2015, 11:35:22 pm
Of course he did; exposure is Trump's weakness. He won no supporters with his rambling answers and probably lost a few supporters. If you take the focus group's answers to heart that's what conclusion you'll reach. Anyone thinking Trump improved his position with this is being overly optimistic. Trump may stay around the same level for a while but soon he'll fade like all the media splash candidates (Cain, Bachmann, Newt) did.
274  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Provisional Parliament: Voting on Amendment on: August 06, 2015, 10:30:02 pm
Individuals can still run for office while an officeholder in Atlasia; all that clause does is force them to choose which one to serve in should they be elected to an office in South America as well. It doesn't force anyone to automatically pick anything.

Doesn't it? In the end you'll have to chose Atlasia or South America if you can't be active in both. I'm still not certain why you'd pick South America if your chances in an election are much more uncertain. The power of the parties over individuals would help in that; I don't think members who aren't PM candidates will have much reason to campaign, especially as opposed to Atlasian elections.
275  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News 1st tier GOP candidate debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: August 06, 2015, 10:03:40 pm
THEY"RE ENDING WITH TRUMP. BATTEN ALL HATCHES
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