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626  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring - The South on: December 23, 2015, 02:58:19 am
A DECLARATION TO THE REALM

All men must know me for the trueborn Prince of Dorne and a man of honest conduct and virtue. On the honor of my House I declare that our late king, Aerys II Targaryen, was mad and unfit to rule. Let the proof of his madness be known by all:

1. His erratic behavior and warped appearance, witnessed by all the Realm during the Tourney at Harrenhal.
2. His frequent usage of pyromancers, including in executions in violation of our rights of trial, while the Tragedy of Summerhall is still fresh within memory.
3. His unprompted taking of highborn hostages from undeniably loyal subjects such as Lord Stark.
4. His fickle governance and dismissal of fair and honest councilors, disrespect for vows made before gods and men, and abuse of the High Septon.
5. His unjust murder of the good Queen Rhaella and demands for highborn women to be kept from their families at his pleasure.

Therefore, the decree stripping crown prince Rhaegar Targaryen of his title and rights, being the product of madness and made without trial or evidence of wrongdoing, must be invalid.

Rheagar I Targaryen is by right of birth and blood the rightful King of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Elia Nymeros Martell is his Queen. Dorne will recognize none but Him and His line as King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men.


Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne
627  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 23, 2015, 12:22:52 am
That was well worth the wait. It seems the fun has started very very early this time; we didn't have anybody die until turn 3 in the last game.
628  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 2nd Parliament: Election of the President of South America on: December 19, 2015, 09:05:00 pm
Talleyrand
629  General Politics / Economics / Re: Fed raises rates from 0 percent to .25 percent on: December 17, 2015, 07:51:26 pm
More savings = more loans is old fashioned banking. Modern banks only care about the capital requirements they have to meet. It doesn't matter how much people are saving

That's true in theory, but banks still aren't lending to the extent that would otherwise be expected. My theory is that a larger margin of money to work with could improve that; no point in being so difficult on businesses wanting loans if you've got so much more cash to play around with anyway.

If you really wanted more saving, better solution would be to make high-yield CDs tax deductible, so people have more incentive to store their money and banks have more incentive to chase after savers with good rate offers.

That would be an issue for Congress though. Even if Fed board members did want to encourage spending, the politicians probably would not. They'd have to work with the resources they have.
630  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Will Crist try again in Florida? on: December 17, 2015, 05:13:32 pm
I don't think he runs. Crist's biggest selling point was that he could win which didn't turn out very well and I assume there will be one or two actual Democrats running next time who will quickly start outpolling him in the primary. I don't think Rubio runs for the same reason; he has no strong FLGOP  connections and there are cabinet members who have been preparing to run in this election for years. The strategy for both would be to rely on starting name recognition and non-local fundraising, because their rivals will get the institutional support.
631  General Politics / Economics / Re: Fed raises rates from 0 percent to .25 percent on: December 17, 2015, 04:38:25 pm
saving money doesn't help the economy, investing does. Why should the Fed care about "rewarding" savers - it's not like inflation is high, so the money in the bank isn't declining in value.

Well, the average savings account interest rate is 0.06% and I'm 99% sure that doesn't account for inflation so your money in the bank actually IS declining in value. And its not like saved money just sits there; more savings makes it safer for banks to loan and can be counted as investment that way.

I'm not sure where I feel the right level is, but one thing the Fed considers is the personal savings rate and household debt ratio and while we're not anywhere near 2008 levels I've heard it argued that Americans are still too close to the point where one bad quarter can cause a chain reaction of defaults and foreclosures. It's not like there's no good case out there for encouraging more saving, especially if you think the economy is doing better and that further artificial pushing by the Fed will cause more harm than good.
632  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Students: How is your current semester going? on: December 16, 2015, 12:31:00 am
I had 5 exams in 7 days and was a physical, mental and emotional wreck for a while, but now I'm done and that means I'm halfway through with law school!

Not going to find out how I did for another two months though. They like to make us suffer.
633  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 09, 2015, 11:18:41 pm
I went through several characters in the last ASOIAF game because Lumine killed everyone I loved.

I feel slightly ashamed that I never actually managed to kill you, though I hope I get some credit for sending one of your characters to the Wall and making another commit suicide.
634  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida 2016 Congressional Elections on: December 08, 2015, 06:54:29 pm
Andrew Gillum might be challenging Corrinne Brown in FL-5 in the Dem primary.....please please please let it be true!!!    Get rid of her ASAP!

Don't get your hopes up. As long as that seat is primarily Jacksonville based she'll win easily. I think former Jacksonville mayor Brown could beat her, but that might be wishful thinking.
635  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 06, 2015, 10:47:28 pm
Robert shouldn't be necessary for the beginning: he'd start the game at the Gates of the Moon (assuming the false spring was over) as Jon Arryn's ward.

And yes, the longer you play as someone the more you'll sympathize with them. I was never on Team Stannis before the last game.
636  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 05, 2015, 09:42:59 pm
I'm in, of course, but I'll be virtually unavailable for a week. I'll stick with Doran.
637  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 2nd General Election of South America on: November 05, 2015, 10:12:35 pm
Conservative Party
638  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: November 05, 2015, 10:11:24 pm
Here are week 10 picks   Spread
Duke at North Carolina UNC 7.5  UNC wins but fails to cover
Florida State at Clemson Clemson by 12  FSU Wins Outright
(This is an insane spread when we've got a healthy Cook; I honestly think we'll lose but not by THAT much)
TCU at Oklahoma State TCU by 4.5 TCU Covers
LSU at Alabama Alabama by 6.5   Dunno, but Alabama wins but fails to cover is usually a safe bet for any Bama game
Cal at Oregon Oregon by 5 Cal Wins Outright

Do we use the opening line or the current one? If it's the opening, Wazzu (+1) vs Arizona State is my upset, if it's the current line (Wazzu -3) it's my cover.

Depending on what Wazzu counts as, my other upset is Texas Tech (+7) vs West Virgina
my other cover is Northwestern (-2) vs Penn State

Michigan (-21.5) fails to cover over Rutgers
639  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Jeb done after tonight? on: October 28, 2015, 10:16:46 pm
Jeb isn't done until people with money stop backing him. People voting for him based on debate performances left several debates ago.
640  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the main debate? on: October 28, 2015, 09:23:56 pm
Cruz easily. Trump had one or two good moments but won't gain anything. Marco said nothing new and thus did moderately well like usual.
641  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-13: Crist running on: October 28, 2015, 02:54:50 pm
I wish him well. It is a shame for Floridians that he lost the election if only for the fact that he would have expanded Medicaid to more uninsured Floridians. I hope he wins the seat, and then comes back as Governor 4-8 years from now, and if he makes a name for himself as a progressive legislator or governor within his new Party, I'd like to see him on a presidential ticket somewhere down the road.

Yeah....no. If you didn't notice, expansion of Medicare this year already caused a massive fracas in the legislature and while Rick Scott admittedly didn't help with his incredibly stupid hospital funding plan, the primary force in the state stopping expansion of Medicare is actually the House, specifically, the incoming House Speaker who led what he called a "great crusade" against it. Charlie Crist wouldn't be able to act without the legislature  and he wouldn't have the spine to fight them anyway. Medicare would fall by the wayside as Crist would negotiate to get some kind of populist goodie to pave the way for a future campaign.
642  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2015 General Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: October 25, 2015, 09:31:18 pm
President:
1. Cris/Homelycooking
2. AdamGriffin/Duke
3. Write-in: Seatown/BenKenobi

Midwest Senate:
1. Write-in: RFayette
643  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: October 25, 2015, 04:09:40 pm
Aye
644  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: October 24, 2015, 09:29:10 pm
The FSU/GT finish....

Let's not talk about it. Please. Please.
645  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Scalia: it's probably time to say goodbye to the Death Penalty on: October 23, 2015, 02:45:19 pm
Sounds like he's just whining because it's about to go away despite his best efforts to keep murdering the mentally handicapped and innocent in Texas.

Yeah, I'm sure that's a MASSIVE percent of those "murdered" via the death penalty.

Personally, I don't know where I stand on this issue.  I think there are some good logical issues for abolishing it (e.g., cost analysis), but I don't buy for a second this fake moral high ground that we just simply shouldn't be executing vile criminals because it's "inhumane."  Bullsh&t.  In the end, I don't really care at all.

Surely, you're kidding. Even one innocent is too many (and frankly one guilty too), and I believe the wrongful rate is 1 in 20. That's before you even consider states that frequently execute the mentally handicapped - Georgia in the news most recently, Florida and Texas from time-to-time as well.

This sounds really strange to me. If you think the error rate on death cases (where every case has mandatory review by layers of judges, lay people and politicians) is that high, do you think the rest of the criminal justice system is worse? Because an argument that juries in general are wrong 1 in 20 times is a strong argument for scrapping the whole trial by jury system as it exists now. IMO if the wrongful deaths since the death penalty has come back are more than one or two its a stronger argument for reevaluating the whole way we deal with criminal justice more than anything else.
646  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: October 21, 2015, 02:03:16 pm
I second
647  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: October 13, 2015, 11:57:56 pm
UCLA at Stanford    Stanford by 6.5  UCLA wins outright
Iowa at Northwestern  Iowa by 2.5  Iowa covers
Alabama at Texas AM   Alabama by 4 Alabama covers
Michigan State at Michigan Michigan by 8.5 Michigan wins but fails to cover
Florida at LSU  LSU by 9.5 LSU covers

Bonus: Your upset pick (Straight up)  Nebraska beats Minnesota
One game where the favorite will cover the spread and another where the favorite will not cover the spread (please choose a different game then the ones listed above)

Ohio State fails to cover over Penn State (Ohio state by 17)
Auburn covers over Kentucky (Auburn by 2)
648  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the debate? on: October 13, 2015, 10:06:49 pm
I like that Chafee was progressive, but not TOO progressive. By all accounts the winner.
649  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: October 12, 2015, 10:09:56 pm
Wow, absolutely terrible day is your initials are SS and you coach at a USC...

RIP Steve Spurrier's coaching career as well Sad

One of the best. Guess that leaves Saban, Miles, Mullen, Craig Bohl and Italian-icon Mark Dantonio to cheer for. Maybe Pat Fitgerald and Kirk Ferentz too.

This is the worst coincidence since two guys named Jim from Virginia thought they could be the next President.

If you're cheering for Nick Saban and you don't live in western Alabama something is objectively wrong with you.
650  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The ultimate poll: Opinion of Florida on: October 09, 2015, 10:33:40 pm
The greatest state. Accept no substitutes.
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