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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Favorite Supreme Court Justice on: June 18, 2015, 12:31:59 pm
Scalia. Anyone who says anything other than him or RBG hasn't read enough SCOTUS opinions.
77  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: June 16, 2015, 12:03:44 am
Shouldn't the regency for the realm be resolved with my will? One person up there was clearly favored for the position should Royce have died/turned traitor.
78  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 03:09:23 pm
Wait, so has the TV show caught up with the book?9

Other than a couple of scenes, yes.

Out of curiosity which ones are you thinking of? (I've been spoiled up to AFFC/ADWD and all the TWOW sample chapters)

Arya hasn't caught up yet since she's just going blind now. The Ironborn stuff also hasn't happened. They couldn't cut that, could they? It seems so important! Oh, and Kevan is still alive.

There's also Jaime and the Riverlands.

I assume they're cutting that if they cut Sansa in the Vale and Stoneheart. Maybe everyone will end up in the Riverlands for it next season?

Sam's storyline is also further in the books.
79  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 02:06:17 am
Wait, so has the TV show caught up with the book?9

Other than a couple of scenes, yes.

Out of curiosity which ones are you thinking of? (I've been spoiled up to AFFC/ADWD and all the TWOW sample chapters)

Arya hasn't caught up yet since she's just going blind now. The Ironborn stuff also hasn't happened. They couldn't cut that, could they? It seems so important! Oh, and Kevan is still alive.
80  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: June 12, 2015, 11:53:42 pm
I had a tough time deciding whether to go to my inevitable death at Winterfell and die like a king or to go to Braavos and use the faceless men to kill myself and Daenerys in the hope that everything would work out for Shireen. Though I'm pretty sure the other option would have been better for Team Stannis, I feel like this makes a better story and is how Stannis would want to go.

Seeing how the show took things, I prefer THIS death for Stannis in front of Winterfell to whatever may happen there. Game!Stannis dies a hero who had every (excepting the Greyjoys) major house's support at some point, fought and almost beat the representation of evil, organized Westeros against the invading menace, and, of course, DIDN'T BURN HIS BELOVED DAUGHTER AND HEIR.

All in all, better than I thought I'd do.
81  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: The North on: June 08, 2015, 04:57:33 pm
OOC: I think it's the same sense of humanity that led him to "liberate" slaves to be a part of the Iron Fleet.
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 08, 2015, 10:18:21 am
I doubt it; appearing to burn Shireen causes many more problems than it solves: the stand-in wouldn't have king's blood so there's less advantage from R'hllor and the army is demoralized by seeing the heir to the throne burned alive. No, it was definitely her.

As for the Baratheon heir after Shireen; I guess it'd be Gendry or another of Robert's bastards. Otherwise it'd have to be some obscure Baratheon cousin never mentioned in the books or the show. However, I don't see Stannis being that big on legitimizing Robert's bastards....It's one of the biggest problems I have with him doing this to Shireen.

83  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 07, 2015, 11:39:15 pm
Ugh....I feel like this is a blatant attempt to force people who didn't like Daenerys to support her. The show's choices for the throne are now a Lannister puppet, a man who just murdered his daughter for a small advantage or Dany. It's too bad that the writers are going all in on this conflict being purely good vs evil; shades of grey and sympathetic villains (excepting the Boltons/Freys) have been one of the biggest draws for me.
84  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Britain Considering a Written Constitution After 800 Years on: June 07, 2015, 11:01:19 pm
800 years? Are the Instrument of Government and Humble Petition and Advice no longer things that happened?
85  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: South on: June 06, 2015, 10:17:59 pm
In light of his past and continuing service, I, Stannis Baratheon, using my authority as Lord of the Seven Kingdoms do hereby legitimize Aurane Waters. He shall henceforth be known as Aurane Velaryon and shall be untainted by the stain of bastardy.
86  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: June 03, 2015, 10:46:57 am
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! I thought there would be three PoVs! I didn't submit any orders this turn. I'm very sorry. I won't be so negligent again.

Edit: Actually, I submitted a few. Didn't do much good though

Edit 2: Oh look, there's message right there saying no 3rd PoV. Well that was a mistake.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW1: Fifth Most Serene Republic of the Midwest Constitution on: May 26, 2015, 10:29:38 pm
Representatives have 48 hours to vote aye, nay or to abstain on the following amendment:

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Increase Activity and Representation Amendment
"The Alþing shall consist of three four Most Serene Representatives elected at-large to the Alþing in a five day at-large election that shall begin on the third Thursday closing in on Friday of the month during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. They are elected using the PR-STV voting system."

Section 2

"One Archduke of the Alþing is to be elected at-large from among the trustees over the course of five days, starting on the third Thursday closing in on Friday of the month of January, May, and September. They are elected using the PR-STV voting system. The Alþing shall be empowered to create appropriate regulations for the election of the Archduke of the Alþing; however, no candidate may become Archduke of the Alþing without an absolute majority of the vote, unless serious business is afoot. The winner is to serve as head of government, and as the official "Lord of the Cakes." The Archduke’s vote shall have the same power as that of a Most Serene Representative. shall be that resolving tied verdicts reached by the Alþing. The Archduke also acts as the head of the Alþing, bringing pieces of legislation up for debate, vote, and bringing the legislation to the Governor for signing."
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW2: Je Suis Charlie Day Resolution on: May 25, 2015, 12:19:02 am
Amendment:

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Je Suis Charlie Day Resolution
Whereas, On January 7th, 2015, 12 Journalists and Policemen were killed by Terrorists.
Whereas, the attack was due to the publication of satirical Cartoons.
Whereas, the attack was the deadliest single day for Journalist ever.
Whereas, Freedom of Speech was under attack that day.
Whereas, we may not agree with what the Cartoons said, but we defend their right to say it.
Whereas, the Midwest stands in Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.
Therefore, January 7th shall be made, Je Suis Charlie Day.

Representatives have 48 hours to vote aye, nay or to abstain on this amendment.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Jacksonville Mayor Thread on: May 20, 2015, 01:16:00 am
Alvin Brown overwhelmingly won "Real Jacksonville". Unless, of course, only suburban and exurban voters are "real". This shouldn't have much of an impact on any future election, except maybe to point out that 2% of the city's electorate won't vote for a religious/tea party nutjob but will support literally any other Republican put in front of them.

Anyway, Curry ran a godawful campaign, which is hilarious since he's supposed to be better than anybody at that as leader of the FLGOP. He came off during the campaign as untrustworthy, bland, unwilling to make unpopular and necessary decisions, and tone deaf. Mayor Brown and Bill Bishop were both more energetic and dynamic personalities. Curry won because Brown's domineering personality combined with a lack of accomplishments kept some of his biggest supporters from last time (the business community, rich whites) from embracing his campaign to the extent that they did last election. The final choice was between someone who never went beyond generic R or an incumbent who was perceived to care more about his image than the city. I think the lesson here is that for even an above average Democrat to win here they need to have a fatally flawed Republican opponent. That lesson could probably apply for most statewide races as well.

I'll be interested to see what Brown does next. From what I understand, his initial mayoral campaign was more about laying the groundwork for a run against Corrine Brown. I hope he does go that way; Corrine is just an awful Congresswoman and Brown would be immeasurably better.

Also, just in case any is interested, the race for Sheriff ended similarly: Williams, the white Republican, beat Jefferson, the black Democrat, by about the same margin. That race is a bit easier to explain: the Republican was the next in line at the sheriff's office and the Democrat had no leadership experience. 

My precinct voted Alvin Brown (DEM) 27.51% Lenny Curry (REP) 72.49%. I voted for Curry (couldn't justify a vote for Brown, even if Curry is awful) and voted for Jefferson for Sheriff.
90  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: May 17, 2015, 11:32:46 pm
Every major house has now at some point or another supported Stannis Smiley
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW2: Je Suis Charlie Day Resolution on: May 17, 2015, 01:43:17 am
I don't support such an edition; I think its irresponsible for a government to make a statement on whether or not we support one type of speech or another. I don't think it should be added even if we as individuals think that's the case.

Anyway, that just amounts to me saying I'm not the one who will write that resolution Tongue
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: the 1st atlas hunger games (end) on: May 13, 2015, 03:50:43 pm
Best. Hunger Games. Ever.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: the 1st atlas hunger games (night 4) on: May 11, 2015, 01:04:03 am
I like this hunger game at my own pace. I'm setting up camps, collecting food and sitting back waiting for people to come to me.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: the 1st atlas hunger games (day 3) on: May 09, 2015, 05:03:40 pm
I've been getting a lot of food lately. Next time the deaths are shown can you pull up the full status chart? It'd be interesting to see kill numbers.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / MW2: Je Suis Charlie Day Resolution on: May 08, 2015, 10:38:16 am
Quote
Je Suis Charlie Day Resolution
Whereas, On January 7th, 2015, 12 Journalists and Policemen were killed by Terrorists.
Whereas, the attack was due to the publication of satirical Cartoons.
Whereas, the attack was the deadliest single day for Journalist ever.
Whereas, Freedom of Speech was under attack that day.
Whereas, the Midwest stands in Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.
Therefore, January 7th shall be made, Je Suis Charlie Day.

Sponsor: GAWorth

A little late, BUT THAT'S JUST HOW THINGS WORK OVER HERE
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW1: Fifth Most Serene Republic of the Midwest Constitution on: May 08, 2015, 10:30:39 am
Since this was next in the queue anyway, I guess it should be proposed here:

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Increase Activity and Representation Amendment
Section 1
1) Section II, part (b) of the Fourth Midwest Constitution shall be amended as follows:

"The Alþing shall consist of three four Most Serene Representatives elected at-large to the Alþing in a five day at-large election that shall begin on the third Thursday closing in on Friday of the month during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. They are elected using the PR-STV voting system."

Section 2
2) Section II, part (d) of the Fourth Midwest Constitution shall be amended as follows:

"One Archduke of the Alþing is to be elected at-large from among the trustees over the course of five days, starting on the third Thursday closing in on Friday of the month of January, May, and September. They are elected using the PR-STV voting system. The Alþing shall be empowered to create appropriate regulations for the election of the Archduke of the Alþing; however, no candidate may become Archduke of the Alþing without an absolute majority of the vote, unless serious business is afoot. The winner is to serve as head of government, and as the official "Lord of the Cakes." The Archduke’s vote shall have the same power as that of a Most Serene Representative. shall be that resolving tied verdicts reached by the Alþing. The Archduke also acts as the head of the Alþing, bringing pieces of legislation up for debate, vote, and bringing the legislation to the Governor for signing."

Sponsor: LeBron

Also, I will assume that my prior amendment is added without objection.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MW2: Heating Fuel Reduction Bill on: May 08, 2015, 10:26:14 am
With nay and one member not voting, this bill fails in the Althing.
98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen: Murphy In on: May 07, 2015, 08:43:38 pm
Murphy is further to the right than any Dem I've ever supported. I'd support someone like Murphy in a red state like Georgia or Mississippi, but Florida can do better.

That is exactly the same frame of mind that the FDP has had since the 90s.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: the 1st atlas hunger games (day 1) on: May 07, 2015, 09:00:16 am
I guess I'm hunting SWE down...with a shield?
100  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 08:19:05 am
What is dead may never die...
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