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3176  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 07:00:17 pm
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Anti-Gambling Exploitation Act of 2015

1. Gambling machines of any sort or kind are hereby prohibited from any establishment that serves alcohol or any other mind-altering substances such as marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, salvia, MDMA, etc.

2. Dedicated casinos are prohibited from serving alcohol on the gambling floor.

3. Any institution found to be acting in violation of these provisions shall be fined $20,000 on the first offense and $100,000 on the second with the permanent revocation of its liquor license.
3177  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 06:59:42 pm
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Mind-Altering Substance Accountability Act of 2015

1. Any person who chooses to use mind-altering substances such as marijuana, LSD, alcohol, psilocybin, salvia, MDMA, etc. is responsible for their actions while under the influence of said substances.

2. If a person under the influence of mind-altering substances causes the death of another Atlasian, they are to be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and sentenced according to standards set by the region in which the offense is committed.

3. If a person under the influence of mind-altering substances causes a vehicular accident that does not take the life of another Atlasian, but instead causes them severe injuries such as paralysis, coma or amputation, they are to be charged with Reckless Endangerment and sentenced according to standards set by the region in which the offense is committed.

4. If a person under the influence of mind-altering drugs is operating a motor vehicle and is pulled over by a law enforcement official, said law enforcement official reserves the right to test the offender for sobriety. If the offender is found to be impaired by any mind-altering substance, as outlined in Section 1, they are to be charged with Driving Under the Influence of a Mind Altering Substance and should be sentenced according to standards set by the region in which the offense is committed.
3178  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 06:55:46 pm
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Governor's School Act

1. The Pacific Department of Education shall set up a summer institution, known as the Governor's School, for the education of the most gifted and skilled students, rising 11th and 12th graders; a student of the Governor's School shall be allowed to participate only once. The mission of the Governor's School shall be to identify the most outstanding students of the region and expose them to a learning environment that is both educationally enriching and fundamentally different form a regular school setting.

2. Each school shall be allowed to nominate no more than 2% of its class to the Governor's School.

3. Admission shall be based upon GPA, essays, teacher recommendations, and interviews.  Instructors shall be identified as the best in their selected field within the state and shall have to pass a rigorous application process to be allowed to teach at the program.

4. Tuition, room and board shall be paid for by the region.

5. The courses offered shall include, but not be limited to: Literature, Latin, French, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Engineering, Computer Science, Architecture, Applied and Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Urban planning, and Sustainability and Environmental studies.  All classes taken at the Governor's School by each student will result in that student receiving high school credit for that class, and the ability to exempt from taking it in their regular high school.

6. Enrollment in each grade's class shall not exceed 800 students.  All students shall be treated as equals with regards to grade level and not be divided in any respect based on age.

7. The Governor's School shall be hosted on a campus of the University of California.

8. The program shall last six (6) weeks and take place entirely within the summer break.

9. Upon passage of this act, the Department of Education is instructed to begin planning the first session of the Governor's School for the summer of 2016.
3179  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 16th Pacific LegCo introduction and discussion thread on: May 23, 2015, 06:53:23 pm
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Fighting Unemployment Act of 2015

1. $745 million shall be allocated to employ unemployed Pacificans in infrastructure projects as an auxiliary force.

2. 250,000 people shall be targeted for employment.

3. The employed persons shall be paid minimum wage.

4. A sufficient number of vacant multi-family housing complexes (i.e., apartment buildings) shall be purchased by the region to house all homeless persons at no cost to them, in the Anti-Homelessness Scheme (AHS).

5. The SAOC shall cooperate in ensuring the eradication of homelessness through and compliance in the AHS, which all homeless persons shall participate in.
3180  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record-Courier Polls: Best Atlasian President (Since Dissolution) on: May 23, 2015, 06:46:14 pm
1. Polnut
2. Duke/Nix (tie)
3. Cranberry
4. Lumine von Reuental
5. Nathan
6. Marokai
7. DemPGH
8. "Napoleon", the worst President in Atlasian history.

Probably put Nix ahead, but otherwise this.
3181  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply Disturbing on: May 23, 2015, 06:43:45 pm
What is going on here? I'm completely lost.
3182  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you support Atlasia adopting a bicameral legislature? on: May 23, 2015, 06:38:12 pm
I have long supported a four-region reform.
3183  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: The Pacific Organ Donation Act of 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 06:31:52 pm
The symbol seems a bit much, but I would support this measure otherwise.
3184  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: Reinstatement of the Pacific Protection of Commerce in Arms Act on: May 23, 2015, 06:30:51 pm
I am in agreement with the Senator.
3185  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 06:27:31 pm
that red pea coat is sick, I don't like the rolled sleeves though, rolling up the sleeves on what is ostensibly a cold-weather outerwear piece doesn't make sense

Second that on the peacoat. Nice.
3186  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 06:16:49 pm
The 2% who think Mario Beaulieu would be the best Prime Minister of Canada are my favorite.

This is the first time I've ever actually seen what Justin Trudeau looks like. His face is so unbelievably smug I just want to punch it

At least he shaved his stupid goatee:



Jesus Christ, that happened?
3187  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 05:10:45 pm
This is tomorrow.
3188  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish Elections and Referendums, 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 12:53:52 pm
When exactly did Ireland cease to be the ultra-Catholic society we all seem to vaguely think it is?
3189  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NYT: Latte Liberals still not Ready For Hillary on: May 23, 2015, 04:09:21 am
Don't go turning into the Grauniad on us, Times.
3190  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Should the U.S. join the Commonwealth of Nations? on: May 23, 2015, 04:04:22 am
Sure. All for it.
3191  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 - On the ongoing crisis on: May 22, 2015, 08:27:47 pm
Good evening! Extending the LOA for another week.
3192  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cisneros: Castro only option for Hillary on: May 17, 2015, 02:35:26 pm
I don't see why he'd be a bad choice. For President? Yes. But for VP? He'd be fine.

He doesn't really need to be "ready for primetime". There's nothing to indicate he's some Palin-in-waiting.
3193  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: May 17, 2015, 05:27:28 am
If the Labour Party elects a guy called Tristram as leader they should disband immediately.


e: Suggesting we refer to withdrawals as "a reverse Farage".

It appears Chukka was caught posting on some 1%-er social network asking where in London he could go to avoid "the trash" and whatnot.
3194  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary backs Tubman on $20 on: May 17, 2015, 05:20:08 am
Oh, we're not actually going to do this, are we? And if we are we're going to put Eleanor Roosevelt on it, right?

Please, explain your opposition to this.

It's just so... different. And the mockup they used was just... bad. All just too weird.

Oh we're not actually going to do this are we? And if we are we're going to put Eleanor Roosevelt on it, right?

I'm surprised your preferred option isn't to put the queen on our money and rejoin the British commonwealth

This would be preferable, yes.
3195  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death by Egyptian court on: May 16, 2015, 09:12:54 pm
I can't actually believe this. Have they really done this? From whatever perspective you look at this from, it makes no sense whatsoever?

Honestly, I first have to ask, have they rehabilitated Mubarak over there? Does the government no longer consider him to have been a dictator and autocrat? If not, then why on earth would breaking out of a jail- as the 2011 Revolution was underway- in which one was put for political reasons by the authoritarian regime, constitute any sort of crime? It's like a person in West Germany, after the war, being tried for escaping from a concentration camp.

Also, how does "breaking out of prison" manage to merit the death penalty? I mean, yes, if they had convicted him of killing some people this would make sense. Apparently he's already been given 20 years for "ordering the arrest and torture of protesters". By what logic does "escaping from prison", regardless of circumstance, somehow merit execution while torture doesn't? And all this while Mubarak is already half-free?

As a political move it makes the least sense of all. You overthrow a person who won your country's first free and fair election in history with just over half the vote.  Yes, he was a nasty Islamist who, "deep state" or not, did a rather slapdash job of running the country, while trying to exempt himself from the confines of the law. But then you then re-ban his political party, re-imprison their leaders, and, when you run, struggle to get people to vote for you so badly that you have to leave the polls open for three days to attain a level of turnout that is just barely respectable. One might take this a sign that you probably have something of a legitimacy problem with a non-negligible segment of the population and ought to avoid inflaming tensions. But instead you have him sentenced to death. Hopefully the Grand Mufti does the right thing and blocks the sentence- I'd have no problem with Morsi staying behind bars for decades, because he'd actually deserve it.

I find it ironic that the Egyptians raised hell over having Hosni Mubarak as their president and ultimately wound up with the Egyptian version of Than Shwe.

Although that might be a bit harsh.

The problem is that the Egyptians managed to give themselves a truly awful in the 2012 runoff- Mubarak's last PM, Shafik or Morsi. Neither one of those was going to end well- Shafik basically ran on a platform of "Mubarak with less corruption and more military", which is essentially what they ended up getting with El Sisi.
3196  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Juggalos on: May 15, 2015, 09:12:16 am
And BRTD's latest for the worst?
3197  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Breaking News: New forum is up and running - sign up now! on: May 15, 2015, 09:05:58 am
Haha, this is an elegant solution. As long as BRTD won't start making polls on here about what happens there (which would be my greatest concern).

I am not quite getting what this forum will be exactly but I am curious to find out so link me up by all means.

And this is already happening. But I want to take a look myself.
3198  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: May 15, 2015, 08:47:11 am
Funny how he doesn't throw in land acquisition costs.
3199  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: May 15, 2015, 08:33:16 am
I don't think I need to say anything...


3200  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary backs Tubman on $20 on: May 15, 2015, 08:18:48 am
Oh we're not actually going to do this are we? And if we are we're going to put Eleanor Roosevelt on it, right?
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