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3026  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: Presidential Pardon Amendment on: April 24, 2015, 03:50:40 pm

This voting booth is on a constitutional referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia.

Please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the amendment in question. Editing your ballot more than 20 minutes after casting it will invalidate your vote. Voting begins immediately and ends in exactly 7 days.

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Presidential Pardon Amendment

7. The President shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons to any individual other than himself or herself for offenses against Atlasia, except in cases of impeachment. A president may not repeal any prior pardons or reprieves.
3027  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: April 24, 2015, 03:48:22 pm
And can the Prime Minister still "recommend" the creation of hereditary peerages to the Queen?

Yes, but this hadn't been done since the 80s (Thatcher was the last PM to pull this, even though only a couple of non-royal hereditary peerages were created since the Life Peerage was introduced).

I really don't see it happening.

Neither do I, just wondering if it was still possible. So the PM could recommend that person X be made a Duke or something, and it would be done. Huh. Not going to happen, but interesting all the same. There were those stories about Cameron wanting an Earldom as per the old custom. Again also likely rubbish, but if true, I could see him recommending Major be made one to "re-set the precedent" (at this point, I'm not sure if Blair would turn down one, actually). Murmurs about the Middletons as well, but that would've gone against the point...
3028  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: vandals destroy michael brown memorial less than 24 hours after it is dedicated on: April 24, 2015, 02:17:06 pm
Why does he deserve a memorial?
3029  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: April 24, 2015, 11:56:22 am
Some questions, not very topical (but very much Simfan questions!), but it seems the history section is very much US-focused.

When (or before) the Life Peerages Act was being debated- and I am aware they had existed before then- was there ever some kind of system considered that would have allowed the creation of hereditary peerages that would have allowed only the first holder (the would-be life peer) to sit in the Lords, so in other words, the peer's heirs would have inherited the title but not the right to sit in the Lords?

Or, perhaps did anyone ever consider, for the Peerage Act 1963, a solution less dramatic than complete surrender of the peerage- that one could have, say "retired" from the Lords (apparently you can do this now?) by suspending their right to receive a writ of summons, and that whenever this was no longer desirable/necessary they could again receive the writ?

And can the Prime Minister still "recommend" the creation of heriditary peerages to the Queen?

Again, very much the sorts of questions I would ask, but, look, this is why I find your country so interesting in the first place! Going around calling everyone "Mr" and "Ms" seems so... dull. Although these days, one can't even take that for granted because we're all apparently on a first-name basis with each other now... Tongue
3030  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: vandals destroy michael brown memorial less than 24 hours after it is dedicated on: April 24, 2015, 07:28:07 am
Attempted cop killers do not deserve a memorial. Vandals will be idiots, but I have no sympathy. Sorry.

Your evidence?

The DOJ report?
3031  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific v. Poirot on: April 23, 2015, 05:19:43 pm
Thank you, your honour.
3032  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 23, 2015, 05:03:40 pm
JonathanSwift
Civic Renewal
Alaska

Welcome!
3033  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be put to death for the Boston Massacre? on: April 23, 2015, 04:46:13 pm
Accidentally voted for Life in Prison with Parole- meant w/o Parole.

Capital Punishment - Firing Squad (sane)

I'm kind of surprised of people voting for firing squad in Tsarnaev's case, given that it's transitionally considered an honorable death for military personnel.

Agreed. If we were going to execute him, I'd want it to be a short-drop hanging.
3034  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 23, 2015, 04:34:33 pm
Just to remind everyone I'm no longer a Midwest citizen:

FreeTNvolunteer
Civic Renewal
Idaho

Welcome!
3035  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Is the Above Poster's "Type"? on: April 23, 2015, 04:15:50 pm


I don't know? I know so little I don't know how to make a joke about it.

Matt: Not bad, not bad. Maybe a bit old. In 20 years or so I imagine I'd think differently, however...
3036  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: April 23, 2015, 04:11:24 pm
I don't have strong feelings one way or another over whether Canada should be involved in atlasia, but seeing as you can legally register there we have to include it in the Electoral Reform amendment. This is not an example of atlasian imperialism and it seems kind of odd to oppose the amendment over this.

Could we at least include some more flexible wording? "Other territories" or something?

Canada isn't our territory, it's just that atlasians living in Canada can vote in our elections. It's no different to, say, the French Government having a bit in their law saying the french citizens residing in the UK may not be split into multiple seats.

Yes, but this is the Constitution.
3037  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Fairness in Cabinet Obligations Amendment on: April 23, 2015, 04:10:44 pm
NAY
3038  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: The Twenty-First Amendment on: April 23, 2015, 04:09:38 pm
AYE
3039  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: Fairness in Cabinet Obligations Amendment on: April 23, 2015, 04:08:57 pm

This voting booth is on a constitutional referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia.

Please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the amendment in question. Editing your ballot more than 20 minutes after casting it will invalidate your vote. Voting begins immediately and ends in exactly 7 days.

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Fairness in Cabinet Obligations Amendment
Clause b of the Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the Third Constitution shall be added to read:
b) Members of the Senate may concurrently hold positions in the President's cabinet, excepting the positions of Secretary of Federal Elections, Registrar General and Game Moderator.

[  ] Aye
[  ] Nay
[  ] Abstain
3040  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: The Twenty-First Amendment on: April 23, 2015, 04:05:15 pm

This voting booth is on a constitutional referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia.

Please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the amendment in question. Editing your ballot more than 20 minutes after casting it will invalidate your vote. Voting begins immediately and ends in exactly 7 days.

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The 21st Amendment

The Nineteenth Amendment is repealed, and is reintroduced as follows:

If the President does not post in the Atlas Fantasy Elections Board(s) for seven consecutive days (168 hours) without posting a leave of absence an article of impeachment shall be placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

If a member of the Senate or the Vice President does not post in the Atlas Fantasy Government Board for seven consecutive days (168 hours) without posting a leave of absence an article of impeachment shall be placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Whenever a Justice of the Supreme Court shall have failed to participate in the two consecutive rulings issued by said the aforementioned  court, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Participation in a case shall be determined by whether or not the Justice in question joined, concurred, dissented or recused himself in the case thread, by individual public post, for that particular case.
3041  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: April 23, 2015, 04:03:50 pm
I don't have strong feelings one way or another over whether Canada should be involved in atlasia, but seeing as you can legally register there we have to include it in the Electoral Reform amendment. This is not an example of atlasian imperialism and it seems kind of odd to oppose the amendment over this.

Could we at least include some more flexible wording? "Other territories" or something?
3042  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Cranberry, Pacific Regional Senator - STATEMENT ON JUNE on: April 23, 2015, 04:02:33 pm
I think I speak on behalf on all Pacificans when I say you shall be sorely missed as this region's representative in the Senate, for it is hard to imagine a better voice for the Pacific, and an outstanding legislator, as you have been. Your departure shall be greatly felt by all, but I wish you the best on your future endeavours, and, above all, thank you for your immense service to our region and our country.
3043  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Friend of the Worker on: April 23, 2015, 03:53:31 pm
Ooh!
3044  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Free Canada Movement on: April 23, 2015, 03:48:41 pm
I urge the revival of this organization.
3045  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS video purports to show killing of 21 Egyptians in Libya on: April 23, 2015, 02:42:29 pm
They did it again, this time to 28 Ethiopians and Eritreans- including one Muslim, who is said to have refused to let his friends be carried off and instead was executed along with the rest of them. There've been huge protests all over the country, both mourning for the dead- in Ethiopian custom it is traditional to visit the family of the deceased, which thousands of people have done. Yesterday the government tried to preempt spontaneous rallies by hosting their own, but the PM was apparently booed, with people calling for the government to do something (I don't know what) and reduce unemployment, and the protest ended with the police being called in and arrests being made, with the opposition (as usual) being blamed. One gov't official tried to insinuate that one party was even made up of ISIS sympathisers- despite probably being more nationalist than the ruling party!



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But on Sunday, a video surfaced online revealing that his brother was among about 30 people who appeared to have been shot or beheaded by masked militants in Libya. The Ethiopian government is trying to determine how many were Ethiopian citizens.

Social media activists had called for a Thursday demonstration to protest the killings, but those plans were pre-empted by a government-organized gathering on Wednesday. Schools and government offices were closed, and civil servants were bused to the city center.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addressed the crowd in Amharic, Ethiopia’s national language, to denounce violent extremism and discourage illegal migration.

But after the speech was over, underneath elevated tracks that will soon support sub-Saharan Africa’s first urban light-rail system, young men hurled rocks at a group of federal police officers. The police responded by firing small canisters of tear gas to disperse the crowd. Some onlookers, including one foreign journalist, were beaten and detained by officers in blue camouflage uniforms.

“I think people got angry because they didn’t hear what they wanted to from the government; we were hoping for some kind of solution, but all we got was a political message,” said Ephrem Aweke, 32, who was filming the proceedings with his cellphone when federal officers called him over to interrogate him. “Then one of them came out of nowhere and hit me in the face and kicked me.”










http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/world/africa/grief-mixes-with-anger-over-christian-ethiopian-deaths.html?_r=0
3046  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you support the "Electoral Reform Amendment"? on: April 23, 2015, 02:10:32 pm
No.
3047  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Electoral Reform Amendment (Final Vote) on: April 23, 2015, 01:35:42 pm
No irridentism in the Constitution!
3048  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Is the Above Poster's "Type"? on: April 23, 2015, 01:11:59 pm


Not bad at all.
3049  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Media outlets strike deal with Republican operatives for dirt on Clinton on: April 23, 2015, 01:08:59 pm
So, this is a book connecting dates of random events to each other without any witnesses or concrete proof. What. The. F_ck. This is the definition of a conspiracy theory.

The NY Times might as well run articles from 9/11 Truthers concerning the Clinton Administration.

New York Times insufficiently progressive for this "blue avatar"?
3050  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Media outlets strike deal with Republican operatives for dirt on Clinton on: April 23, 2015, 08:02:59 am
Lol, "the [mainstream] media!"
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