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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 23, 2014, 10:51:15 pm

They already had the President send us an email- did you get it?

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following sock accusations have you believed? on: October 23, 2014, 12:36:43 pm
Apparently Cranberry is my sock.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Snowstalker on: October 23, 2014, 12:32:01 pm
There's only one sentence for treason. Sadly Atlasians have taken that option off the table.

4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 23, 2014, 12:12:46 am
Suppose the title is no longer appropriate.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield vs. Children of the Northeast on: October 21, 2014, 06:28:26 am
What is this?
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: October 20, 2014, 08:34:49 am

Haha, this will pass easily. Still a very silly idea.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: October 20, 2014, 08:33:09 am
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter on: October 20, 2014, 08:29:10 am
I'm surprised the Washington Post has resorted to such misleading fear mongering in the first place. It is beneath them.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 House Election Polls / Re: NJ-05/Monmouth: Scott Garrett in trouble? on: October 19, 2014, 10:44:02 am

Get this xenophobic Tea Partier out of Congress! I'll be voting for Cho.

Garrett is far to the right of the district- about time people realised this!
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Cosby on: October 19, 2014, 10:36:01 am
Bedstuy is correct.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: October 19, 2014, 10:20:02 am
I have no clue what party I belong to.

12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: October 19, 2014, 09:43:57 am
Why do people think Hillary is going to run? DOES SHE EVEN EXIST?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your walkscore? on: October 19, 2014, 09:40:49 am

Wonder what's missing.

My house, however, is 3.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 18, 2014, 05:11:16 pm
Also, the PSDB is usually underpolled nationally.

One can hope.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Pacific Legislative Council Speaker election on: October 18, 2014, 04:58:23 pm
Members of the Legislative Council have 48 hours to make nominations for Speaker.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Cosby on: October 18, 2014, 12:46:21 am
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Thirteenth Pacific Legislative Council on: October 17, 2014, 11:33:24 pm
This will be the thread for the 13th Legislative Council of the Pacific Region.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which college athletic conference is most academically presitgious? on: October 17, 2014, 12:57:19 pm
I'm guessing the PAC 12.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is hating hip-hop racist? on: October 17, 2014, 12:44:18 pm
Did someone say this to you?
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Keep Them Fearful Act of 2014 (Debating) on: October 16, 2014, 06:43:03 pm
When can you people table this?
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour - Programme of Reforms on: October 16, 2014, 02:18:58 pm
Not a problem. As for the spreadsheet, I hope this link works, if not, some old names will probably have to make an appearance (or at least their Google Drive accounts Tongue).
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour - Programme of Reforms on: October 16, 2014, 02:10:10 pm

You are completely right- the election was virtually unannounced. I consider that a serious oversight on my part, for which I take full responsibility. I have intended to make some remarks about what happened and how I plan to rectify that, which I unfortunately have had not had the chance to do recently.* I will say that my constitutional proposal to reduce the number of elections, which I made last week, is part of the plan, but only one bit.

The list is meant to serve as motivation to vote, but here I think it serves as motivation for me, and the government, to change some things.

Governor Varavour

*To take off my "Governor-in-Fantasyland hat", it's midterm season, which means my already hectic schedule has become even more hectic. On top of that, I've begun working on three term papers (why they couldn't wait a week, I don't know), managing the finances of three extracurricular groups, and most recently frantically wrote to a professor professing my shame at having slept through her class, after having sent her, the night before, an email emphatically stressing that my tardiness was intolerable and unacceptable (this being a problem because it is an early class, the work for which tends to keep me up late the night before).

Generally speaking, I have a finite amount of time, and if the length of most of my longer posts here is any guide, this is quite time-consuming. For example, I began making a spreadsheet of the election on Sunday, but only finished and certified the results yesterday- sacrificing an hour and a half of time that could have been spent on other work, and, by implication, of sleep, which would probably have prevented my sleeping through my alarm this morning, which would have saved me perhaps another two hours of rushing to my advisor, going back and forth in emails, and so forth, not to mention the time spent making the spreadsheet in the first place (which I also intend to share with you somehow).

I will get to it, and I have the time to do it, but at this particular point, I can only ask for the consideration of you all for my other commitments. I am not complaining nor am I asking to be allowed to not do my job as Governor. I just am asking for a bit of patience, and perhaps a bit of forgiveness.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party October Convention - Final comments on: October 16, 2014, 08:53:53 am
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: October 16, 2014, 02:07:42 am
That story about Xi Jinping quoting the classics in support of his policies is a good demonstration of how ideologically strange and contorted modern China's political leadership is with the culture's heritage.  Of course, it's not uncommon for leaders to superficially quote classics in support of their own agenda; that's done in every country.  Plus, the state subsidization of Confucian revivalism has been going on since the 80's.  But Xi's invocation of Legalists like Hanfeizi is a little chilling--Hanfei declared that in a "legalist" (fa jia) state, everyone should be subject to the law but the ruler himself.  It's also odd to laud both Legalist and Confucian principles given that they have virtually opposite attitudes towards resorting to law as a first solution to social problems.  The traditional political synthesis known as "inner Legalism and outer Confucianism" represented an inclination for rulers to socialize the common people with Confucian teachings but use harsh punishments inside the court to control mischievous ministers.  Of course, Xi may in a way be signaling to the more conservative Maoist actors in the leadership that he will be strict with Hong Kong by citing Legalists like Hanfei, since Mao himself was an overt admirer of Hanfei's political thought.  It's just that modern political and financial interests in China play fast and loose with their tradition, and that often results in lots of incoherent associations of tradition and modernity.

How surreal that play can get is very visible sometimes.  In the summer of 2010, I was invited to present a paper at a national and international conference of Daoism scholars in Zhengzhou.  The conference was not organized by an academic institution, but by a private entrepreneur who thought the promulgation of Daoist principles could be productive for business practices (Huh).  The conference was held on the top level of a shopping mall complex the guy owned, and adjacent to the conference site on that level was a practice shooting range for commercial hunters.  When we went inside the facility where the conference was held, the walls were pasted from one end to the other with CCP political slogans about the virtues of communism (Huh).  And up we went, one by one, to give our academic papers on various traditional Daoist texts, while our televised images were broadcast on big screens on the street in front of the building, so that everyone could see that this was where all the foreigners hung out in Zhengzhou.

I actually love to go to mainland China, but sometimes the place is just flippin' weird.  Xi Jinping walking around quoting Hanfeizi and Confucius in support of a supposedly coherent political agenda is just another example of that.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: October 2014 Elections to the Legislative Council on: October 15, 2014, 07:38:18 pm
HELD ON 9-12 OCTOBER, 2014


0 votes
3 votes
6 votes
0 votes

(Keaton, Superique, ZuWo)   
(A. Nix, Cranberry, Lumine, Oakvale, Spamage, Varavour)   

SPAMAGE is elected, with majority   


1 vote
8 votes
0 votes
(A. Nix, Cran., Keat., Lum., Oak., Spam., Super., ZuWo)
RILEY KEATON is elected, with majority with transfers                                                


5 votes
3 votes
0 votes
(Averroës, Cranberry, Spamage, Superique, Varavour)   
(Keaton, Oakvale, ZuWo)
AVERROËS NIX is elected, with majority with transfers      

Note: Write-in votes for Antonio V, Devin, Never, or Sbane were not counted due to the failure of those persons to either indicate their acceptance of write-in votes in the Candidate Declaration Thread, or cast a write-in ballot, with themselves written-in, in the Legislative Council election. Consequently, preferences were distributed with this taken into account.
RESULT: SPAMAGE (TPP-OR), RILEY KEATON (FED-CA), and AVERROËS NIX (TPP-HI) are thus elected to the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region.   

Votes cast:

*at time of election

Voted: Averroës Nix, Cranberry, Riley Keaton, Lumine von Reuental, Oakvale, Spamage, Superique, ZuWo                        

Failed to vote: Antonio V, Bacon King, bgwah, CrabCake, DemPGH, Devin, Ebowed, Fuzzybigfoot, General Mung Beans, IBDD, Never, Ogre Mage, outofbox6, Paul Kemp, politicus, sbane, TheHawk, Torie, Xahar                     
These results are hereby declared certified on this 15th of October, 2014, by I, Varavour, Governor of the Pacific Region.                                          
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