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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 02, 2014, 10:03:30 pm
I cannot help but feel but that this "Yesmentum" shares a common origin with "Cleggmania"- and they will result in a similar effect in the actual result; that is to say, none. But it is just a feeling.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 02, 2014, 12:22:22 pm
Maybe it's just my strict African upbringing talking here, but I don't see why teenage girls would have access to their parents' credit cards. Then again I don't see why parents would be paying for their children to have credit cards, but it seems more common than not here... so maybe it's just me.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 02, 2014, 11:57:39 am
I mean the obvious question is why female celebrities and not male celebrities? Would they have gotten any interest had they been, as Marokai suggested, been pictures of Taylor Lautner or, say, Michael Phelps? Would they have even bothered? This is obviously a disturbing invasion of privacy, an act of exploitation, and a show of depravity.

It also raises the question, however, of why there were naked pictures in the first place. Setting matters of prudery aside (and avoiding a moralistic argument), why did they decide to upload them to the Internet in the first place? For whom were they intended? Perhaps that last question is overly prying, but I would think celebrities would take greater caution with such things.

At the same time I sort of wonder what the big deal is here, as I often do in these "moral crises". Haven't we already seen these people topless? Even if not, is it such a big deal? We've gotten used to seeing actresses' beasts in movies, no? Of course this doesn't do anything to mitigate the invasion of privacy issue, but the main problem stemming for that, I'd say, is the fact that hacking into "the cloud" is apparently doable. Which should worry all of us. We as a society, again, have apparently decided paparazzi getting into the face of famous people at all times is acceptable, so I'm somewhat unconvinced by people suddenly up in arms about celebrities' "right to privacy".
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce Oregon? on: September 02, 2014, 07:55:14 am
This thread needs some International Phonetic Alphabet.

No, not that nonsense.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have things ever happened to you you thought would make a good Onion article? on: September 02, 2014, 07:52:31 am
GOP Maintains Solid Hold On Youth That Already Look Like Old Men

The Republican Party may have an insurmountable lead among young voters who dress and act like they’re already 50 years old.

Wait a minute... that was already in the Onion.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Council of Atlasian Regional Executives (C.A.R.E.) on: September 01, 2014, 06:55:54 pm
Signing in.

x Varavour,  Governor of the People's Region of the Pacific
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite hard liquor on: September 01, 2014, 11:49:05 am
I'm 20, what do I know?
8  General Politics / Economics / Re: Germany posts record budget surplus in 1st half of 2014 on: September 01, 2014, 07:11:23 am
Highly admirable.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce Oregon? on: September 01, 2014, 06:59:33 am

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Far too many people outside the state mispronounce it. Tongue

Glad I got it!
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 01, 2014, 06:56:52 am
Doubtful.  I haven't briefly relaxed in over a week.

TMI
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 01, 2014, 06:54:47 am
Doubtful.  I haven't briefly relaxed in over a week.

TMI
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of IceSpear on: September 01, 2014, 06:51:41 am
Hack.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth (12th) Pacific Legislative Council and Discussion Thread on: August 31, 2014, 11:27:52 pm
Let it be known I am officially proposing this:

tried my hand at a new thing

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Rules of Order of the Legislative Council (ROLC)

1. The Pacific Council shall elect a Speaker from their own membership in a thread posted by the Governor, at the start of a session as well as any other time the office of Speaker is vacant.

2. The Speaker shall administer the Pacific Council and its operations.

3. The Pacific Council may have up to five bills on the floor at a time, and they shall go to the floor in the order of their introduction to the Pacific Council thread, except that the Speaker may at any time have up to one bill on the floor placed there regardless of when it was introduced.

4. While no Speaker is in office the Governor may serve as Acting Speaker or delegate this authority to any member of the Council.

5. Bills shall be debated for at least 48 hours and any amendments to bills shall be debated for at least 24. Votes on amendments to bills shall last at least 24 hours and votes on final bills shall last at least 48, although votes shall end whenever enough votes have been cast to determine passage or failure of the bill.

6. The above time limits may be waived by the Speaker with unanimous consent; in such event, the Council may immediately proceed with other business, but members of the Council may object to the unanimous consent at any point during the time that would have been allotted for debate/vote in the preceding section, at which point all actions happening as a result of the pronouncement of unanimous consent shall be annulled.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: An Act. Pac Council. on: August 31, 2014, 11:25:49 pm
This is the "'26th of August Commemoration (Pacific) Act of 2014".
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Apparent coup in Lesotho on: August 31, 2014, 01:59:24 pm
Lesotho? Surprising.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President Pro Tempore TNF: On the Campaign Trail on: August 31, 2014, 01:44:27 pm
What are you talking about? There are elections in Wales.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Marriage Amendment (Debating) on: August 31, 2014, 01:40:45 pm
Can we please stop using the inane euphemism "group marriage"? It makes my blood boil. That is all.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: . on: August 30, 2014, 10:54:45 pm
Ugh, I appreciated what Beet said.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Council. on: August 30, 2014, 09:54:26 pm
Aren't there supposed to be individual threads for each bill? Or am I mistaken?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: does bushie represent the average oklahoman? on: August 30, 2014, 07:49:50 pm
Why does saying you are above average constitute making fun of Oklahomans? And why does this necessitate you saying something as ludicrous as "Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are among the best universities in the world.  My education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is just as good as a Harvard education"? Chances are it was actually more expensive than what you'd pay had you gone to Harvard.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce Oregon? on: August 30, 2014, 07:47:06 pm
Or-REH-gihn.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 30, 2014, 03:51:00 pm
Fascinating, water weight can account for your weight gain, but not your loss...
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Wind Rising: Predict Teachout's Total % of the Vote on: August 30, 2014, 03:43:55 pm
The primary is on the ninth? Who knows what might happen. How's Cuomo's GOTV effort shaping up?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 30, 2014, 01:54:27 pm
Talk about absurdity:

I want to know what would happen if you run a small business, and your religion requires you to allow unions and free bargaining. Wouldn't a "right-to-work" law violate freedom of religion?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans both support unions and right to work laws on: August 30, 2014, 01:53:29 pm
...what?
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