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3026  General Politics / Economics / Re: Florida, Texas & California the fastest growing economies in absolute numbers on: September 08, 2014, 02:59:04 pm
Florida, Texas, and California are also the three most populous states. I'm not sure what is supposed to be gleaned from this.
3027  General Politics / Economics / Re: Germany’s Trade Surplus and Exports Reach All-Time High on: September 08, 2014, 02:58:04 pm
Shame on you, Germany, with your balanced budgets and trade surpluses! Bad, bad, bad!
3028  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: September 08, 2014, 02:54:04 pm

3029  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President Pro Tempore TNF: Seeking a second term as Pres. Pro Tempore on: September 08, 2014, 02:53:07 pm
Isn't Puerto Rico an Atlasian state?
3030  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Kate Middleton pregnant with baby #2 on: September 08, 2014, 12:19:36 pm
Hear, hear. For shame.
3031  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 63rd Senate Noticeboard on: September 08, 2014, 12:15:44 pm
No one is going to call you "Varavour", Simfan.

Mike Naso aside I think that's generally not been the case. I don't mind waiting and am not going to be anal about it, but at least for the purposes of the game I'd prefer if it'd be respected.

Considering the several... inventive use of the laws by this government, I would not discount the possibility of a discrepancy being exploited to my detriment. I can imagine winning an election, for example, but finding myself denied whatever office I was elected to because people were voting for "Simfan" when the candidate was "Varavour", or vice versa.
3032  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you let your children play with these "toys"? on: September 08, 2014, 12:00:30 pm
Ah, angus, you would have something like those.
3033  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: CAUTION on: September 08, 2014, 11:15:21 am
I don't want to be eaten by anything purple

Ambiguous adjectives/adverbs.  I interpreted it to mean that he ate purple people.  Thus, you're OK as long as you're not purple.


I was actually always confused by that. Was it purple and ate people or did it eat purple people?
3034  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Simfan OK? on: September 08, 2014, 11:13:35 am
What is the purpose of this thread? What- what made that post worth such a treatment? I simply tried to articulate my feelings on the issue. Which are clearly very confused, and I won't pretend they're not.

The feelings and the topic itself are irrelevant. It's mostly things like this:

Also fun fact: I started this post at 07:06 and finished...whenever I end up posting this. It's 11:45 right now. Wait-what the hell?! Have I been sitting here for this long?!

I was just making an observation. I don't think that required a whole thread.
3035  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman, mattress, rape, performance art on: September 08, 2014, 11:10:27 am
If I seem overly concerned about this (Kemp?) it's probably because one here is not only confronted with it, but apparently people are being "called out" for not helping her carry the mattress, and groups are being pressured by activists to get involved.

I never said you were "overly concerned" but the musings/ramblings are a bit odd. Your fascination with this as well as what you call "kettle-sim" or whatever rivals that of Snowstalker's with SJWs. I'm kinda amused by it.

Well like I said, my "fascination" with this stems from the fact I've been directly confronted with it without the opportunity to actually discuss it much. I wouldn't have even bothered bringing it up here if not for the fact it has garnered a great deal of media attention already.

And I fully concede my ramblings (which is what they are) are odd- there isn't really a point I'm trying to make beyond expressing confusion and my attempts to understand things.

As for "tea-kettlism" I'd say that's best left in the IRC whence it came- where you know it's not a view that I am alone in holding, nomenclature aside.
3036  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman, mattress, rape, performance art on: September 08, 2014, 10:52:53 am
Agreed- I see how this is completely logical from her perspective but in the case of anyone else I'm not sure how one could "support" her explicitly defined aim.

If I seem overly concerned about this (Kemp?) it's probably because one here is not only confronted with it, but apparently people are being "called out" for not helping her carry the mattress, and groups are being pressured by activists to get involved.

It's a shame the broader activism focusing on selection assault on campus has become so shrill and confrontational- because something needs to be done- rape is bad.

I wish her "objective" was to force a significant revision of how sexual assault is responded to on campus and that victims come forth so that their attackers can face justice- rather than the attempt to essentially run the man off campus. It would be more productive and less, well, disconcerting.

But I obviously understand why she would want justice for herself. The tragic thing is, however, that I don't see how it could be done, and certainly not through this.
3037  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this look tasty to you? on: September 08, 2014, 08:10:33 am
No, I don't like oreos.

What the f[inks] is wrong with you?
3038  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman, mattress, rape, performance art on: September 08, 2014, 08:05:02 am
I agree with what most of you're saying, but the fact is there really isn't any confusion about her intent here:

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An American student has vowed to carry a mattress everywhere with her until her alleged rapist is expelled from their university.

Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University student, has claimed she was raped in her bed last year at university by a fellow student.

The problem has nothing to do with the guy's name, which is already out there in the police report, but rather the idea that the rule of law should be thrown out the window. Is that something you see nothing wrong with?
3039  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 08, 2014, 07:50:37 am
Shut up, the two of you.

Also realize Scotland would keep the monarchy even if they voted for independence.
3040  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Kate Middleton pregnant with baby #2 on: September 08, 2014, 07:45:06 am
Glorious news!

Poor Georgie though, he barely got his time in the sun...
3041  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Simfan OK? on: September 07, 2014, 10:55:31 pm
What is the purpose of this thread? What- what made that post worth such a treatment? I simply tried to articulate my feelings on the issue. Which are clearly very confused, and I won't pretend they're not.
3042  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Council:ROLC.(Debating). on: September 07, 2014, 10:48:17 pm
Mr Speaker, are you completely familiar with the present rules of order of the Legislative Council?  Neither am I. Much as is being done with the Senate, the intention of this is to revamp the Council's procedures as to be more understandable, accessible, and straightforward.

I might seek to make some amendments about executive slots and executive administration for expediency's sake.
3043  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Anglo-Zanzibar War on: September 07, 2014, 10:43:53 pm
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The British authorities preferred Hamud bin Muhammed, who was more favourable to British interests, as sultan. In accordance with a treaty signed in 1886, a condition for accession to the sultanate was that the candidate obtain the permission of the British consul, and Khalid had not fulfilled this requirement. The British considered this a casus belli...

What is with you and reading skills? I specifically mentioned this passage, and is failure to specify what said British interests were, in my first post.
3044  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: September 07, 2014, 03:22:23 pm
The US didn't fund Bin Laden.  The US funded Afghani groups, while Saudi Arabia and perhaps ISI funded Arab foreign fighters.  Most of the support for the Afghan insurgency came from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia anyway.  Let's not rewrite history here.
3045  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: September 07, 2014, 01:12:07 pm
Anyways, the problem is not China, it is US, EU and NATO.

Looks like Ukraine has been sold wholesale. MM Chamberlain and Daladier are toasting from wherever they are: they are surely happy to know that 75 years later their successors have judged them right.

I'm so incredible tired of this comparison, yes Chamberlain and Daladier sold Czechoslovakia out, after which they returned home and mobilised, because they was able to see that they could not take out Germany at that point.

As for the whole Ukraine crisis, if you think we don't do enough, you should volunteer to their armed forces.

No. That is completely wrong. Had Britain and France (and I'm guessing Czechoslovakia, and maybe even Poland) fought the Germans over an invasion of the Sudetenland they would have won decisively and rather quickly. Hitler probably would have been ousted in short order by the more conservative elements in the Heer and the Junkers (the same sort of people who mounted the Valkryie plot) for his recklessness. Had they confronted him over the Rhineland it would ended even faster.

Anyways, the problem is not China, it is US, EU and NATO.

Looks like Ukraine has been sold wholesale. MM Chamberlain and Daladier are toasting from wherever they are: they are surely happy to know that 75 years later their successors have judged them right.

I'm so incredible tired of this comparison, yes Chamberlain and Daladier sold Czechoslovakia out, after which they returned home and mobilised, because they was able to see that they could not take out Germany at that point.

As for the whole Ukraine crisis, if you think we don't do enough, you should volunteer to their armed forces.

Unlike you, I live in Mexico. I am safe. It is you who will be fighting and/or being killed when the war starts. I would think, you would want to prevent that. Or else, move here:)

This is NOT about Ukraine - like it was not about Czecoslovakia back then. It is anout peace in Europe.

... and people starting wars, because they see Hitler in every corner, don't help keeping the peace.

Putin is not Hitler, Ukraine are not Czechoslovakia and 2014 are not 1938.

Surely you think that we in the 21st century ought to be above wars of state aggression and blatant conquest? I'm struggling to think of the last time this happened, when a country just invaded another one with the intention of annexing non-disputed territory. The first Gulf War? And the last sucessful one- the invasion of Portuguese Timor? Or Operation Polo, if you want to make an exception for colonies (although that might not be the best example).

That was in 1947. The idea that the soldiers of one country should not be able to just march into another country and take over its sovereign territory merely because they want is one of the more crucial parts of the "international order". I'm not sure how you can act so blasé about this.

People- or at least ag, I imagine, myself, and others here- aren't making the comparison to Czechoslovakia out of mere hyperbole. It is being made because of the consequences it brought- which is why I prefer to make the comparison with the invasion of Ethiopia.The invasion emboldened not just Mussolini to engage in further conquest, but showed the whole world that the "international community" had no intention of stopping the wars of aggression they had proclaimed outlawed just a few years prior- encouraging further aggression by Japan and, yes Gernany.

Thus the truly disturbing thing about this is not just that it shows Putin that the West is unwilling to truly resist acts of aggression, but it shows tyrants the world over that the "international community" won't do much if they were to decide to march into a neighboring country one day with the aim of taking over a province or two- "if Putin could do it, why not us?" "Indeed, not only do they stand by idly doing little more than finger-wagging, but they sell him naval ships, invite him to their get-togethers, invest in his country, have their companies change their maps to show his new conquests, take money from his rich friends, and even have their leaders attend his birthday party!".

The consequences of Western inaction extend well beyond the Ukraine or Europe,  it is an event with potential to create instability on a global scale.

At least Hitler had the courtesy to be open with his aggression.  Putin seems to take us all for dunces with their talk of "polite people", "self defense forces", and "volunteers", not to mention Soviet-style referenda.
3046  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 63rd Senate Noticeboard on: September 07, 2014, 10:00:00 am
It is the name under which I am legally registered.
3047  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 07, 2014, 09:56:42 am
Urgh, the YouGov poll is the lead story on the BBC News website.

Are they trying to split the country?

I think they're trying to report the news. Which is kind of, you know, their duty.

They needn't be hysterical about it.
3048  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 07, 2014, 09:40:06 am
Urgh, the YouGov poll is the lead story on the BBC News website.

Are they trying to split the country?
3049  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Return to Normalcy Act (Debating) on: September 07, 2014, 09:27:33 am
As the sponsor of the The People's Defense Against Distracted Driving Act, I oppose this legislation.
3050  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Public Sector Strike Curtailment Act (Debating) on: September 07, 2014, 03:20:59 am
I will not support this because I believe in a right to strike.


Also, I am pretty sure the PPT loses his authority to run the Senate after the new Senate starts until a new one is elected.


Hmm. I guess it's muddy because it's up to the VP to do certain things and there is no VP. Plus we have a court case ongoing to decide some of this!

Yeah, we're in a bit of a grey area. Do we just let the Senate grind to a complete halt?

I think that is the law.
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