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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of darthebearnc on: Today at 10:21:37 am
Lots of hiding behind the poll here.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How similar are Germany and Austria? How different are they? on: August 29, 2015, 09:33:18 pm
France produces wine and Belgium produces beer

Northern France produce beer and no wine.

Define "Northern France". Is it merely Picardy and Artois? Champagne is hardly central, much less Southern.

One could admittedly argue, however, that it would be more "logical" for Nord départment to be be in Belgium rather than in France,
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 29, 2015, 08:43:58 pm
Binge watch America's Test Kitchen. You'll want to cook and convince yourself that it's doable enough to stick through it. Worked for me.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: TNF vs Matthew Heimbach on: August 29, 2015, 06:07:02 pm
Who?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 29, 2015, 05:52:02 pm
The only workable solution may be something drastic-- an EU-backed UN special administration or maybe even a NATO Trust Territory lasting for a medium-term period. Crazy idea, of course. But it's unlikely that there's any real way to have the situation in Syria, Libya, and Iraq solve themselves soon on their own accord, peacefully.

You could even lessen the amount of "boots on the ground" needed by relying on local troops led by foreign commanders and a strict recruitment and commissioning system. That way you could maintain peace and entice migrants to return to their native countries.

That reminds me: on a tangential note, if I was a particularly diabolical Indian Prime Minister, I might attempt to forment a migrant worker uprising in one or more of the Gulf states, sweep in claiming R2P of nationals, and manipulate the place into becoming a Union Territory. Aden was once part of the Bombay Presidency, after all.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 29, 2015, 05:45:41 pm
Colombian refugees?
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: August 29, 2015, 01:07:39 pm
The idea articulated by some that we should reject national differences and identities in a full throttled embrace of multicultural is not just extreme but paradoxical. Doing such a thing would presumably erase cultural differences between peoples.

I think we humans can find a way to live together peacefully without being reduced to a state of culturally indistinct greyness. The idea seems practically dystopic, even. If there was just one ("progessive", sure) world monoculture human civilisation would be far worse for it. We all have our own countries. People in need should not be left to suffer due to insecurities about identities. But the idea that any culture should be willing to wholly surrender its distinct identity and customs to merely accommodate outsiders is an indefensible one. Migrants should be willing to abide by prevailing customs on the host country, not the other way around.

Fundamentally, Europe needs to get its act together to stop the flow. If they want a viable state of affairs they must be willing to make sacrifices and take a more proactive stance towards the conflicts and other causes of migration. Otherwise they will have to pay a far higher cost.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Thailand Thread on: August 29, 2015, 12:51:11 pm
A Turkish national was arrested by police yesterday in connection to the bombing, was found with 10 fake passports and bomb making material. Not suspected to be the actual bomber, though.

Turkish involvement would suggest a connection to the deportation of Uyghur refugees to China two months ago. If you recall there were riots in Turkey over that incident, and the Thai embassy was attacked. It would also provide an answer to the question of who in Thailand would bomb a Buddhist shrine (answer: someone who was neither Thai nor Buddhist).
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of ironic and unironic Trump supporters on: August 29, 2015, 12:40:23 pm
Ironic: Decreasing as Trump's candidacy becomes less funny.

Serious: Deeply and profoundly negative.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Convention for Agreement on Regional Consolidation in Atlasia on: August 29, 2015, 11:31:51 am
I endorse that, too.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey Poll - Political landscape. on: August 29, 2015, 11:31:00 am
I don't see a Tongue.

Tongue
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Make America White Again? on: August 29, 2015, 11:26:09 am
Non-Polish Jews did not just waltz into Auschwitz-Birkenau on their own accord, you know.

I'm going to regret getting involved here, but technically Auschwitz was under German civil administration during its use as an extermination camp.

Is that really relevant?
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What will take Trump down? on: August 29, 2015, 11:22:35 am
Politico's insiders agree that Trump is defying gravity and they can't see what could take him down after all he's done:

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/joe-biden-president-2016-decision-213103
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey Poll - Political landscape. on: August 29, 2015, 08:03:26 am
Wait... I'm ranked the same as Simfan? No offense, but thank God I'm leaving. lol

Oh come on!
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Make America White Again? on: August 29, 2015, 12:01:02 am
Non-Polish Jews did not just waltz into Auschwitz-Birkenau on their own accord, you know.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Major protests expected in Malaysia on: August 28, 2015, 11:08:11 pm
Big protests are expected in Malaysia tomorrow against Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib is accused of embezzling over $700 million from the underperforming national sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB (named after his half-baked and widely-derided "1Malaysia" campaign designed to paper over social fractions resulting from decades of Malay supremacist policy). 1MDB came under attention recently after an NYT article detailing the activities of a well connected suspected front-man from Penang, Jho Low.

Najib claims that this money was in fact a political contribution from foreign donors in the Gulf, which surprisingly is not illegal in its own right-- but it's not legal, either (he says they'll have to wait and see). None of his ministers can give a consistent explanation as to how the money was spent, although one, unsurprisingly, blamed the Jews. Malaysians suspect the actual use of the money may be related to his wife Rosmah's Birkin handbag habit.



Of course, it goes without saying on this forum that Najib and his UMNO party remain in office even after losing the popular vote in the 2013 general elections to the Pakatan Rakyat, the now disbanded-coalition led by the now-imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim. Najib has problems within his own party, too. He sacked one of his deputy PM's last month after the deputy called for a looking into Najib's finances. Najib's former patron, former long-time PM and old-time ultra Mahathir Mohamad has become once of his fiercest critics.

It is uncertain if Najib will be able to hold on with mounting pressures. He may survive yet. I am told, however, that there are rumblings that the Malaysian military might, for the first time, be planning to take inspiration from their northern neighbours... We shall see what happens.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 on: August 28, 2015, 10:48:45 pm
x Simfan34
18  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Conservative Party on: August 28, 2015, 10:16:25 pm
As Chairman, I think it prudent for us to discuss establishing some bylaws. I motion to adopt the following following debate:

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Governance of the Conservative Party

I: The Party Executive

The Party executive will consist of two members - the Chair and Vice Chair of the Conservative Party. The role of the executive is to draw up the party list, in consultation with the Leader, and to manage the organisation of the party on a day-to-day basis, as well as to oversee leadership elections.

The Party executive will be elected once every three months using the alternative vote system. Should there be only one candidate per position then no election will be held and the candidates will be declared elected.

II: The Leader of the Conservative Party

The Leader of the Conservative Party is the highest position in the party and is the Conservative candidate for Prime Minister of South America. He leads the parliamentary party, heads the party list, and leads election campaigns. The Leader of the Conservative Party must be a Member of Parliament.

Elections to the leadership will be held

1. Upon the resignation of the incumbent.

OR

2. Upon the nomination of a candidate by a fellow Conservative Member of Parliament and the acceptance of this nomination by the candidate.

OR
3. Upon the nomination of a candidate by 25% of the ordinary party membership and the acceptance of this nomination by the candidate.

All nominations must take place in the official Conservative Party thread [link].

Elections to the leadership of the party will be organised by the Chair of the party and will consist of a single ballot, lasting precisely 2 days, using the alternative vote system.

In the event that there is more than two candidates and no candidate achieves a majority, the lowest-placed candidate will be eliminated and a second ballot held until one candidate achieves 50%+1 of the vote and is thus elected Leader. The electorate will consist of the entire membership of the Conservative Party.

III: The Party List

The official party election list will be drawn through discussions of the Chair, Vice Chair and Leader of the party and submitted to the Registrar General in advance of an election. The Leader of the Conservative Party must always be the first-placed candidate on the list.

IV: The Party Manifesto

The Party executive, in consultation with the Leader of the party, will draw up a manifesto in advance of scheduled elections and submit the manifesto to the membership in the official Conservative Party thread [link]. The manifesto will contain the Conservative Party's proposed program for government were the party to win a parliamentary majority.

V: The membership

An up-to-date and accurate list of members of the Conservative Party will be maintained in the official Conservative Party thread  [link] by the Chair of the Party.
19  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Capital Planning Committee on: August 28, 2015, 05:32:33 pm
That outer circle is nearly 8 km in diameter. The innermost one is 2 km in diameter-- twice that of the Vienna Ringstrasse. This allows us to work with a virtually ideal layout-- think about it, almost all ideal city plans have been circular--while not having to overly tear up the city.
20  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Capital Planning Committee on: August 28, 2015, 04:54:36 pm
I suggest we look at the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. I don't know about the conditions in the ground, but it has a truly magnificent plan. We wouldn't need to do any work! Tongue (Or at least that much in terms of spatial planning)

21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Convention for Agreement on Regional Consolidation in Atlasia on: August 28, 2015, 04:35:00 pm
I endorse maps 2, 4, and 6.
22  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Which city is going to serve as capital city? on: August 28, 2015, 04:24:29 pm
Yes. We must strive to be compact, but at the same time, we must provide for a comfortable, lively, and dignified, capital. Working with an existing city, we can add transport, incentivise and facilitate upzoning and densification, increase walkability, add parks, and provide for a government zone. I would take one section of the city, put in the necessary facilities, and work around those, rather than append a new zone in the city's periphery.
23  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Which city is going to serve as capital city? on: August 28, 2015, 04:07:38 pm
I am absolutely all for green space of all kinds and water, and canals where viable. Ideally they could also serve practical purposes as channels for storm overflow. We will have to study the geography and climate of the city to determine what is practical.
24  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Capital Planning Committee on: August 28, 2015, 03:46:38 pm
I, as Minister of Infrastructure, am establishing an official committee to select and plan our capital city and plan new facilities where necessary. We shall issue a White Paper  at the end of our duties making recommendations.

The Committee shall have four or six members appointed by the minister, three or four of which shall be non members of Parliament. I have already reserved one seat for one individual I shall contact. The Minister shall chair the committee. Interested persons shall apply below.
25  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Which city is going to serve as capital city? on: August 28, 2015, 03:36:50 pm
Institutions should be located in different cities; perhaps with the Parliament in Cochabamba.

Also Medellín is an awesome city and it definitely needs something.

No. This is costly and time consuming. Just ask the European Parliament.

One Zaha Hadid building may be nice. An entire city, on the other hand, would almost certainly be utterly unbearable.

You do have a point with that. If we keep her far off parliament and the presidential palace, but rather some ministry or some cultural venue (Museo Nacional del Arte Moderno?), that should be fine, though.

Sure. I'm all for pilasters, pediments, and domes, boulevards, pedestrian paths, and dense cities. I will be fighting the corner of New Urbanism, transit, and traditionalism. Neo Herrerian or Spanish Baroque, anyone?



I'll compromise on the architecture if I must  (I'll still oppose everything being in glass and steel), but the urban model is unegotiable.
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