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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 01:08:49 am
If a girl tells you she fantasizes about you constantly, and you aren't sure you want to date her, what should you do?

Duke, you always seem to have this problem, but I am skeptical we are the people you should be asking...

Maybe not. I just don't know where to go from here.

I'd say give it a shot, but I don't know your life.

If a woman were to tell me such a thing I'd be incredulous and, provided she wasn't intolerable, highly inclined to let whatever qualms I had about her be set aside until if and when they became problematic, if ever.

Perhaps you're at the point dating people you're unsure about is "wasting [precious] time", perhaps you're (far) less susceptible to female attention than I, perhaps your reasons for not being sure are perfectly sound, but I don't know your situation so I can't say. But I do know you have a track record of attracting, erm, crazy girls, so I can sort of understand your caution.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order on: Today at 01:01:56 am
A couple corrections, and the inclusion of an anti-clogging rule, formatting guidelines, and a clear provision specifying that the new Rules of Order supercede the old ones.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 12:05:25 am
If a girl tells you she fantasizes about you constantly, and you aren't sure you want to date her, what should you do?

Duke, you always seem to have this problem, but I am skeptical we are the people you should be asking...
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: The Second amendment act. on: Today at 12:00:24 am
IT would be helpful if the Speaker could keep the formatting of the original proposal intact. A good deal is lost by his doing otherwise. Furthermore I am not the sponsor of this piece of legislation- Never is.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order on: September 17, 2014, 11:58:59 pm
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APPENDIX - FULL TEXT OF THE AMENDED RULES OF ORDER

1. The Rules of Order, as above amended, shall hence read as follows, with amendments here indicated via bolding. This appendix shall not be considered nor cited as part of the resolution but merely illustrate the changes being made:

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A RESOLUTION

To revise the rules of order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region in the interest in the clarification of procedures and the function of the legislative process

SECTION 1. NAMING

1. These rules shall be referred to as the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council"

SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS

1. Legislation - any bill, Constitutional amendment, or resolution.

2. Legislative Council - the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, by which name the regional legislature shall be known.

3. MLC - an abbreviation for the title of Member of the Legislative Council.

4. Speaker - the Legislative Council's presiding officer.

5. Sponsor - the person who introduces a piece of legislation to the thread for the present session of the Legislative Council or the MLC who assumes sponsorship when the original sponsor of a piece of legislation leaves the Senate or withdraws his or her sponsorship

6. Council Floor - the threads open for debate and voting on legislation in the Legislative Council on the Regional Governments board

SECTION 3. THE SPEAKER

1. The Speaker shall be the presiding officer of the Legislative Council and shall be responsible for upholding the provisions of these rules. No MLC other than the Speaker may open a thread on the Regional Government board unless authorized by the Speaker or by a resolution of the Legislative Council.

2. The Governor shall convene the Legislative Council to elect a Speaker amongst its members, by majority consent, at the beginning of each new session of the Legislative Council. If the Legislative fails to reach majority consent within one week, the Governor may serve as Speaker until agreement is reached.

3. If the Speaker fails to conduct the outstanding business of the Legislative Council for a period exceeding three days (i.e., 72 hours), then Governor shall become Acting Speaker and preside over Legislative Council at least until the Speaker indicates his presence in the official thread of the Legislative Council opened by the governor.

4. If the Speaker fails to post on the Regional Governments Board for a period exceeding one week (i.e., 168 hours), the seat of the Speaker and the office thereof are to be declared vacant and the Governor may proceed to hold new elections.

5. The Speaker may publically make it known that they are taking a Leave of Absence, in which case the Governor shall become Acting Speaker with immediate effect. The Speaker shall be entitled to fourteen days (i.e., 336 hours) of leave, after which the Governor may, at his discretion, declare the office of Speaker vacant and may proceed to hold new elections.

SECTION 4. INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

1. Legislation shall be introduced in a thread opened by the Governor, as mandated by the regional Constitution, for the official business of the Legislative Council.

2. Only the Members of the Legislative Council and the Governor shall have the right to introduce legislation, which shall be filed into a legislative queue.

3. There shall be three legislative slots, in the form of threads on the Regional Governments forum, for general legislation. The Speaker shall thus normally bring no more than three pieces of legislation to the floor, and into a slot, for debate, and in the order in which they were introduced into the queue.

4. The Speaker shall not bring more than two pieces of legislation to the Council floor to be deliberated upon simultaneously, that have been proposed by the same person, provided there are other pieces of legislation in queue proposed by other persons.

5. An fourth, additional legislative slot shall be reserved for the Governor to personally bring to the floor legislation related to regional or emergencies as declared by the Governor or the Federal Government, or legislation relating to the Pacific Recovery (for the period of its duration). The debate on such legislation shall be presided over normally by the Speaker.

6. Each piece of legislation shall be posted in a clearly named thread that prefaces the title of the legislation with the abbreviation for the region (i.e. PA) and the number of the legislative slot. (e.g. "PA3: Piece of Legislation (Pacific) Act of 2014")

SECTION 5. DEBATE AND VOTING

1. Legislation shall be debated on for at least 48 hours, and any amendments to legislation shall result in debate being extended for at least an additional 24 hours. Votes on contested amendments to legislation shall last for 24 hours and votes on final bills shall last for 48. In the case of a unanimous final vote in favour or in opposition to a piece of legislation, the Speaker may terminate the voting period early.

2. The Speaker shall, at his discretion, extend the debating period for legislation to 72 hours. After the end of the discretionary debating period of 48-72 hours (in addition to time added debate on amendments or other reason), the Speaker shall either move to extend debate for an indefinite period or to move to the final vote, in consideration of the course of debate. If no objection is made to either within a period of 12 hours, the Speaker shall then deem the motion carried and proceed accordingly.

3. If a member of the Legislative Council objects to the Speaker's motion to continue or end debate, the Speaker shall hold a vote, lasting for no more than 24 hours, on his motion. If a motion to continue debate is defeated, the debate shall be considered ended and the Speaker shall move to the final vote and if a motion to move to the final vote is defeated, debate shall continue.

4. A member of the Legislative Council may move to end debate after at least 48 hours have passed since the introduction of the legislation; upon such a motion the Speaker shall hold a vote, lasting for no more than 24 hours, on said motion. If the motion is successful, debate shall be closed and the Speaker shall move to the final vote.

5. Upon the approval of a bill by the Legislative Council, the Speaker shall forward the bill to the Governor for his approval or veto.

6. Legislation shall be considered no longer on the Legislative Council floor, and its slot considered empty, upon its approval, rejection, tabling, or explicit passage into law (in the case of a bill), after which the Speaker shall lock the thread.

7. In the case of emergency legislation introduced in the fourth slot, the Governor shall have the right to direct the Speaker to abbreviate debate to a period of no less than 3 hours, and votes on such legislation shall be ended immediately after enough votes have been cast to ensure its passage; however affirmative votes made after such a time, and before the Governor signs or vetoes the bill, shall be recorded.

SECTION 6. FORMAT AND STYLE OF LEGISLATION

1. All bills (i.e., proposed Acts), shall utilise a standardised style of naming. This shall entail utilising the following model: "[Piece of Legislation] (Pacific) Act of [Year]", where "[Piece of Legislation]" is the name of the bill, "Pacific" included in parentheses if the regional provenance is not made clear by the name of the bill  (e.g., The "Pacific Railways Act of 2014" would not be in need of such specification), and "[Year]" being the year in which the bill was proposed in standard numeric form.

2. All legislation (not just bills) shall be prefaced with the type of legislation it is (e.g. "AN ACT", "AN AMENDMENT", etc), followed by a brief description of its purpose.

2. All legislation shall be divided into topical sections. The first section shall always specify the name of the bill.

2. The format of resolutions and constitutional amendments shall follow the abovementioned specifications where practicable.

SECTION 7. RULES SUPERSEDED

1. The "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", as amended by the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order" and any future resolutions, shall be the sole reference and guide for the rules of order and procedures of the Legislative Council.

2. All prior resolutions of the Legislative Council pertaining to its rules of order and procedures, with the sole exception of the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region" most recently passed, are annulled and voided by this resolution. This includes, but is not limited to, the Random Acronym Relating to Council Order (RARCO) and amendments made to it.

Sponsor: Governor Varavour
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / PA2: Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order on: September 17, 2014, 11:57:50 pm
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A RESOLUTION

To amend the new Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region to correct for omissions and inspecificities

SECTION 1. NAMING

1. This resolution shall be referred to as the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order".

SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS

1. Rules of Order - The Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, as authorised by a resolution of the Legislative Council on September 15, 2014.

SECTION 3. AMENDMENT REGARDING NAME

1. Section 1, Clause 1 of the Rules of Order is amended to read "These rules shall be referred to as the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", viz, the name of the Rules of Order is shortened to the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council".

SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE SPEAKER

1. Section 3, Clause 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase", in his capacity as Acting Speaker,", viz, the Governor shall hold new elections to the office of Speaker by right of his being Governor rather than being Acting Speaker

2. Section 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, reading as follows:

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5. The Speaker may publically make it known that they are taking a Leave of Absence, in which case the Governor shall become Acting Speaker with immediate effect. The Speaker shall be entitled to fourteen days (i.e., 336 hours) of leave, after which the Governor may, at his discretion, declare the office of Speaker vacant and may proceed to hold new elections.

SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

1. Section 4, Clause 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase ", with the exception of ....", and the insertion of a full stop at the end of the clause.

2. Section 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, between Clause 3 and the present Clause 4, reading as follows:

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4. The Speaker shall not bring more than two pieces of legislation to the Council floor, to be deliberated upon simultaneously, that have been proposed by the same person, provided there are other pieces of legislation in queue proposed by other persons.

3. The clauses shall be re-numbered in consideration of the insertion of an additional clause as the fourth clause.

SECTION 5. AMENDMENT REGARDING FORMAT OF LEGISLATION

1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of an additional section, reading as follows:

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SECTION 6. FORMAT AND STYLE OF LEGISLATION

1. All bills (i.e., proposed Acts), shall utilise a standardised style of naming. This shall entail utilising the following model: "[Piece of Legislation] (Pacific) Act of [Year]", where "[Piece of Legislation]" is the name of the bill, "Pacific" included in parentheses if the regional provenance is not made clear by the name of the bill  (e.g., The "Pacific Railways Act of 2014" would not be in need of such specification), and "[Year]" being the year in which the bill was proposed in standard numeric form.

2. All legislation (not just bills) shall be prefaced with the type of legislation it is (e.g. "AN ACT", "AN AMENDMENT", etc), followed by a brief description of its purpose.

2. All legislation shall be divided into topical sections. The first section shall always specify the name of the bill.

2. The format of resolutions and constitutional amendments shall follow the abovementioned specifications where practicable.

SECTION 6. AMENDMENT ON RULES SUPERSEDED

1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of the additional section, reading as follows:

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SECTION 7. RULES SUPERSEDED

1. The "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", as amended by the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order" and any future resolutions, shall be the sole reference and guide for the rules of order and procedures of the Legislative Council.

2. All prior resolutions of the Legislative Council pertaining to its rules of order and procedures, with the sole exception of the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region" most recently passed, are annulled and voided by this resolution. This includes, but is not limited to, the Random Acronym Relating to Council Order (RARCO) and amendments made to it.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth Pacific Legislative Council Introduction and Discussion Thread on: September 17, 2014, 11:53:32 pm
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APPENDIX - FULL TEXT OF THE AMENDED RULES OF ORDER

1. The Rules of Order, as above amended, shall hence read as follows, with amendments here indicated via bolding. This appendix shall not be considered nor cited as part of the resolution but merely illustrate the changes being made:

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A RESOLUTION

To revise the rules of order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region in the interest in the clarification of procedures and the function of the legislative process

SECTION 1. NAMING

1. These rules shall be referred to as the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council"

SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS

1. Legislation - any bill, Constitutional amendment, or resolution.

2. Legislative Council - the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, by which name the regional legislature shall be known.

3. MLC - an abbreviation for the title of Member of the Legislative Council.

4. Speaker - the Legislative Council's presiding officer.

5. Sponsor - the person who introduces a piece of legislation to the thread for the present session of the Legislative Council or the MLC who assumes sponsorship when the original sponsor of a piece of legislation leaves the Senate or withdraws his or her sponsorship

6. Council Floor - the threads open for debate and voting on legislation in the Legislative Council on the Regional Governments board

SECTION 3. THE SPEAKER

1. The Speaker shall be the presiding officer of the Legislative Council and shall be responsible for upholding the provisions of these rules. No MLC other than the Speaker may open a thread on the Regional Government board unless authorized by the Speaker or by a resolution of the Legislative Council.

2. The Governor shall convene the Legislative Council to elect a Speaker amongst its members, by majority consent, at the beginning of each new session of the Legislative Council. If the Legislative fails to reach majority consent within one week, the Governor may serve as Speaker until agreement is reached.

3. If the Speaker fails to conduct the outstanding business of the Legislative Council for a period exceeding three days (i.e., 72 hours), then Governor shall become Acting Speaker and preside over Legislative Council at least until the Speaker indicates his presence in the official thread of the Legislative Council opened by the governor.

4. If the Speaker fails to post on the Regional Governments Board for a period exceeding one week (i.e., 168 hours), the seat of the Speaker and the office thereof are to be declared vacant and the Governor may proceed to hold new elections.

5. The Speaker may publically make it known that they are taking a Leave of Absence, in which case the Governor shall become Acting Speaker with immediate effect. The Speaker shall be entitled to fourteen days (i.e., 336 hours) of leave, after which the Governor may, at his discretion, declare the office of Speaker vacant and may proceed to hold new elections.

SECTION 4. INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

1. Legislation shall be introduced in a thread opened by the Governor, as mandated by the regional Constitution, for the official business of the Legislative Council.

2. Only the Members of the Legislative Council and the Governor shall have the right to introduce legislation, which shall be filed into a legislative queue.

3. There shall be three legislative slots, in the form of threads on the Regional Governments forum, for general legislation. The Speaker shall thus normally bring no more than three pieces of legislation to the floor, and into a slot, for debate, and in the order in which they were introduced into the queue.

4. The Speaker shall not bring more than two pieces of legislation to the Council floor to be deliberated upon simultaneously, that have been proposed by the same person, provided there are other pieces of legislation in queue proposed by other persons.

5. An fourth, additional legislative slot shall be reserved for the Governor to personally bring to the floor legislation related to regional or emergencies as declared by the Governor or the Federal Government, or legislation relating to the Pacific Recovery (for the period of its duration). The debate on such legislation shall be presided over normally by the Speaker.

6. Each piece of legislation shall be posted in a clearly named thread that prefaces the title of the legislation with the abbreviation for the region (i.e. PA) and the number of the legislative slot. (e.g. "PA3: Piece of Legislation (Pacific) Act of 2014")

SECTION 5. DEBATE AND VOTING

1. Legislation shall be debated on for at least 48 hours, and any amendments to legislation shall result in debate being extended for at least an additional 24 hours. Votes on contested amendments to legislation shall last for 24 hours and votes on final bills shall last for 48. In the case of a unanimous final vote in favour or in opposition to a piece of legislation, the Speaker may terminate the voting period early.

2. The Speaker shall, at his discretion, extend the debating period for legislation to 72 hours. After the end of the discretionary debating period of 48-72 hours (in addition to time added debate on amendments or other reason), the Speaker shall either move to extend debate for an indefinite period or to move to the final vote, in consideration of the course of debate. If no objection is made to either within a period of 12 hours, the Speaker shall then deem the motion carried and proceed accordingly.

3. If a member of the Legislative Council objects to the Speaker's motion to continue or end debate, the Speaker shall hold a vote, lasting for no more than 24 hours, on his motion. If a motion to continue debate is defeated, the debate shall be considered ended and the Speaker shall move to the final vote and if a motion to move to the final vote is defeated, debate shall continue.

4. A member of the Legislative Council may move to end debate after at least 48 hours have passed since the introduction of the legislation; upon such a motion the Speaker shall hold a vote, lasting for no more than 24 hours, on said motion. If the motion is successful, debate shall be closed and the Speaker shall move to the final vote.

5. Upon the approval of a bill by the Legislative Council, the Speaker shall forward the bill to the Governor for his approval or veto.

6. Legislation shall be considered no longer on the Legislative Council floor, and its slot considered empty, upon its approval, rejection, tabling, or explicit passage into law (in the case of a bill), after which the Speaker shall lock the thread.

7. In the case of emergency legislation introduced in the fourth slot, the Governor shall have the right to direct the Speaker to abbreviate debate to a period of no less than 3 hours, and votes on such legislation shall be ended immediately after enough votes have been cast to ensure its passage; however affirmative votes made after such a time, and before the Governor signs or vetoes the bill, shall be recorded.

SECTION 6. FORMAT AND STYLE OF LEGISLATION

1. All bills (i.e., proposed Acts), shall utilise a standardised style of naming. This shall entail utilising the following model: "[Piece of Legislation] (Pacific) Act of [Year]", where "[Piece of Legislation]" is the name of the bill, "Pacific" included in parentheses if the regional provenance is not made clear by the name of the bill  (e.g., The "Pacific Railways Act of 2014" would not be in need of such specification), and "[Year]" being the year in which the bill was proposed in standard numeric form.

2. All legislation (not just bills) shall be prefaced with the type of legislation it is (e.g. "AN ACT", "AN AMENDMENT", etc), followed by a brief description of its purpose.

2. All legislation shall be divided into topical sections. The first section shall always specify the name of the bill.

2. The format of resolutions and constitutional amendments shall follow the abovementioned specifications where practicable.

SECTION 7. RULES SUPERSEDED

1. The "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", as amended by the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order" and any future resolutions, shall be the sole reference and guide for the rules of order and procedures of the Legislative Council.

2. All prior resolutions of the Legislative Council pertaining to its rules of order and procedures, with the sole exception of the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region" most recently passed, are annulled and voided by this resolution. This includes, but is not limited to, the Random Acronym Relating to Council Order (RARCO) and amendments made to it.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth Pacific Legislative Council Introduction and Discussion Thread on: September 17, 2014, 11:52:26 pm
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A RESOLUTION

To amend the new Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region to correct for omissions and inspecificities

SECTION 1. NAMING

1. This resolution shall be referred to as the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order".

SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS

1. Rules of Order - The Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, as authorised by a resolution of the Legislative Council on September 15, 2014.

SECTION 3. AMENDMENT REGARDING NAME

1. Section 1, Clause 1 of the Rules of Order is amended to read "These rules shall be referred to as the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", viz, the name of the Rules of Order is shortened to the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council".

SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE SPEAKER

1. Section 3, Clause 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase", in his capacity as Acting Speaker,", viz, the Governor shall hold new elections to the office of Speaker by right of his being Governor rather than being Acting Speaker

2. Section 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, reading as follows:

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5. The Speaker may publically make it known that they are taking a Leave of Absence, in which case the Governor shall become Acting Speaker with immediate effect. The Speaker shall be entitled to fourteen days (i.e., 336 hours) of leave, after which the Governor may, at his discretion, declare the office of Speaker vacant and may proceed to hold new elections.

SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

1. Section 4, Clause 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase ", with the exception of ....", and the insertion of a full stop at the end of the clause.

2. Section 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, between Clause 3 and the present Clause 4, reading as follows:

Quote
4. The Speaker shall not bring more than two pieces of legislation to the Council floor, to be deliberated upon simultaneously, that have been proposed by the same person, provided there are other pieces of legislation in queue proposed by other persons.

3. The clauses shall be re-numbered in consideration of the insertion of an additional clause as the fourth clause.

SECTION 5. AMENDMENT REGARDING FORMAT OF LEGISLATION

1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of an additional section, reading as follows:

Quote
SECTION 6. FORMAT AND STYLE OF LEGISLATION

1. All bills (i.e., proposed Acts), shall utilise a standardised style of naming. This shall entail utilising the following model: "[Piece of Legislation] (Pacific) Act of [Year]", where "[Piece of Legislation]" is the name of the bill, "Pacific" included in parentheses if the regional provenance is not made clear by the name of the bill  (e.g., The "Pacific Railways Act of 2014" would not be in need of such specification), and "[Year]" being the year in which the bill was proposed in standard numeric form.

2. All legislation (not just bills) shall be prefaced with the type of legislation it is (e.g. "AN ACT", "AN AMENDMENT", etc), followed by a brief description of its purpose.

2. All legislation shall be divided into topical sections. The first section shall always specify the name of the bill.

2. The format of resolutions and constitutional amendments shall follow the abovementioned specifications where practicable.

SECTION 6. AMENDMENT ON RULES SUPERSEDED

1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of the additional section, reading as follows:

Quote
SECTION 7. RULES SUPERSEDED

1. The "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", as amended by the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order" and any future resolutions, shall be the sole reference and guide for the rules of order and procedures of the Legislative Council.

2. All prior resolutions of the Legislative Council pertaining to its rules of order and procedures, with the sole exception of the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region" most recently passed, are annulled and voided by this resolution. This includes, but is not limited to, the Random Acronym Relating to Council Order (RARCO) and amendments made to it.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Joe Biden under fire from Jewish groups for using word 'Shylocks' during speech on: September 17, 2014, 08:16:18 pm
I will fully concede that this makes me very late to the game and is probably a mark on my judgement, but any expectation I had for the Daily Mail to sensationalise rather than completely invent went out the window when I read an article containing the line "many Egyptians resent the Obama administration for not doing more to stop the overthrow of long-time leader Hosni Mubarak by the Muslim Brotherhood."
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour - More About the Earthquake, and More on: September 17, 2014, 03:57:53 pm
I hope my sketch projecting the cost structure of aid would be of help to the Senate.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth Pacific Legislative Council Introduction and Discussion Thread on: September 17, 2014, 02:59:36 pm
While I have no hope that this will fail the current council, I will be eager to vote against it in the referendum and if it should pass the public vote, seek legal action against this. Heck, such a thing has no place in our constitution! Pass it as a law if you wish, but keep our constitution unspoiled of this!

Would this be viable as a law, however? I will introduce it, and we may have this discussion.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Twelfth Pacific Legislative Council Introduction and Discussion Thread on: September 16, 2014, 05:50:53 pm
The Speaker has indicated to me that he will be unavailable for an indefinite period. Thus, as per its  rules, I will preside over the Legislative Council for the time being.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine for President! - A New Course for Atlasia on: September 16, 2014, 11:34:58 am
Best of luck!
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 15, 2014, 10:10:09 pm
no of course not

and if they do vote yes, then the queen should raise the peasant levies and send prince charles north with a grand army to quash the would-be rebels



Ban finger bowls!
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Americans: if your state... on: September 15, 2014, 10:07:57 pm
No one except for a handful of people would support the movement, so no.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Andrew Cuomo to the right of the average New York voter? on: September 15, 2014, 10:04:08 pm
BRTD's question is, of course, unanswerable, because it assumes that Andrew Cuomo has actual political convictions.

Or that the "average New York voter" does, either.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Post Dissolution Elections: February 2013 on: September 15, 2014, 09:53:19 pm
I vote for me.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most iconic avatar in Atlas history? on: September 15, 2014, 08:53:59 pm
O-UK
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: All Atlasia Progressive Rashtriya Janata Dal (Cultural Marxist) on: September 15, 2014, 08:50:50 pm
Discrimination is a terrible evil. Therefore AAPRJD(CM) proposes that 80% of cabinet posts at a regional level and 70% at a national level should go to posters from backwards classes (backwards being defined as having a low registration number: i.e. the longer you have been registered on Atlas Forum the more 'backwards' you are).

Smiley
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Council:ROLC.(Final Vote.). on: September 15, 2014, 08:48:29 pm
This passes, 2-0, with one abstention.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A fun fact about billionaires. on: September 15, 2014, 05:55:47 pm
And this?

Well, someone should at least attempt to assess the costs of such legislation, rather than all of you just paddling around in circles asking, "how much will it cost?".

The last unemployment report put the rate at 8.9%. The target is 3%. We'll assume that to get to a (BLS-style?) rate of unemployment, half of the measured percentage-point difference (being working-age, willing and able-bodied people) would need to be hired. If we roughly assume a country with 315,000,000 people, then such a program would need to hire approximately 9,000,000 people (5.9% / 2 = 2.95; 2.95 * 3,150,000).

So a minimum wage job at $10.50/hour - excluding any sort of benefits or additional costs - would come to around $3.9 billion per week, or $203 billion per year.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Public Officials Temperature Survey on: September 15, 2014, 04:47:51 pm
Outofbox6 is not a member of the Legislative Council.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What type of climate do you live in? on: September 15, 2014, 08:59:19 am
I knew it! South Jersey is practically the South.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Council:ROLC.(Final Vote.). on: September 15, 2014, 08:40:15 am
Aye.

Please cease and desist. 
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: September 14, 2014, 10:40:53 pm
Who cares? Let him do what he wants. Insisting thst people be attracted to people of other races or be deemed racist is absurd. He's not saying it should be banned. Christ, whatever happened to "live and let live"?

Next thing you know you'll be calling us transphobic because we don't want to date men who have had gender reassignment surgery.
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