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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: October 10, 2014, 07:58:27 pm
No! No! What do you mean you didn't ask?
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: October 10, 2014, 07:52:19 pm
Do neither of you know what "ultra-leftism" means? It doesn't just mean "very left-wing".

To quote Wiki "The term ultra-leftism has two overlapping uses. One usage is a generally pejorative term for certain types of positions on the far left that are seen as extreme or intransigent. The term is also used — pejoratively or not — to refer to a particular current of Marxist communism, which is closely related to council communism and left communism."

People fitting definition 1 warning against definition 2 is ironic.

The proper definition is definition 2. I am actually a right-communist.

Huh
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I maybe be leaving the forum. on: October 10, 2014, 06:18:16 pm
Kevin, if you were truly leaving this forum, you would have done so quietly without drawing attention to yourself.  In my experience, nearly everyone who has started threads like this stating they are leaving the forum 'for good' almost invariably return.  You will be no exception.

Quoted for truth.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party October Convention - Endorsement vote underway on: October 10, 2014, 06:14:21 pm
Should I have the autonomy to use my arm to stab someone in the neck?
80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton finds a message in Philly on: October 10, 2014, 06:00:17 pm
What does that mean?
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 10, 2014, 05:54:37 pm
According to some sources the market believed Aecio would be ahead outside the margin of error. But according to Infomoney, a leading economy website from Brazil, Bovespa is just following a very bad day on markets all around the world. There's big concern of a slowdown on China (which has been crucial to keep Brazil's economy alive and well as exporting commodities to China is a huge factor of Brazil's economy). There's also concern about the general state of the economy of Europe. Finally, Christine Lagarde made a pessimistic speech about Brazil yesterday that's not going well with foreign investors.

According to Datafolha 43% of the voters would never vote Dilma, while 34% would never vote Aécio. This stat is really scaring PTists, as basically for every Dilma voter there's a voter who'd never vote Dilma. So, unless Dilma can flip most undecideds on her favor (and there are few undecideds now), Dilma may be extremely close to her roof.

You mean to say the Brazilian stock market isn't completely an inverse function of Dilma's poll perfomance?

Tongue
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Snowstalker on: October 10, 2014, 03:42:31 pm
I will not serve as a Juror if asked, as I will most undoubtedly vote for a guilty verdict.

No one asked.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Office of Provisional Chairman of the RJPRA Snowstalker on: October 10, 2014, 03:40:34 pm
Can someone lock this?
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: During which period was Atlasia more fun? on: October 10, 2014, 03:38:30 pm
Only 23 votes as of this post, but so far the results suggest that those who have been complaining about how "awful" the events after DemPGH's resignation have been compared to the old status quo are simply a very vocal minority.  The current results suggest that, contrary to conventional wisdom, a large plurality/small majority of Atlasians have been having more fun during the events that occurred after DemPGH's resignation that they were under the old system Smiley  If nothing else, this proves considering the post-DemPGH events more fun than the old system is hardly the fringe position some have tried to portray it as being.  Food for thought!

This defeats the point of hiding the results, no?
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 10, 2014, 03:37:19 pm
Aecio 46% x Dilma 44% according to Datafolha.

IBOPE has exactly the same numbers.

Praise be to God! The BOVESPA ought to be surging. But it's down 3%- why?

I imagine it is because the market feels that unless Aecio has a large lead, the greater scrutiny he will be put under in the rest of the campaign both from Dilma and the press will only push down his vote and in which case Aecio will most likely then lose.  Also the natural resource rout across the board does not help the Brazilian markets which is very natural resource intensive.

The press, broadly speaking, is for Aecio, no?
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 10, 2014, 03:36:09 pm
Marina Sets Conditions Before Announcing for Aécio

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One day after been left out of the presidential race, Marina Silva (PSB) started to prepare her speech and negotiate how her support will be offered to Aécio Neves (PSDB) in the runoff.

The former Senator studies the best way of positioning herself without being inconsistent with her "new politics" she advocated during the campaign. She defines the topics of her government program that will be incorporated in Neve's candidature.

A political reform that brings the end of re-election, full time education and sustainability are some of them. They were all previously included in Neve's government program.

Wait, banning re-election? What a monumentally idiotic idea. She wants him to back that? They need to scrap the law that mandates you must resign to run for office, instead.
87  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: October 10, 2014, 03:33:12 pm
Former Petrobras Director Reveals: Bribe Was Made To PT Treasurer

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The former Petrobras director Paulo Roberto Costa and currency exchanger Alberto Youssef indicated during an inquiry by the Brazilian Court of Justice that the treasurer of the Worker's Party (PT), João Vaccari Neto, received money from works carried out at the state-run company.

"The connection was different with him", Costa said at the inquiry last Wednesday, October 8th, in Curitiba, state of Paraná.

Vaccari denied the statements and said that all donations made to the Workers' party are lawful.

According to the deponents, three political parties received kickbacks as part of the scheme: the Workers' Party (PT), The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) and Progressive Party (PP).

The currency exchanger said that the middle man at PMDB was lobbyist Fernando Soares and he himself took and it was also him who managed the bribe destined to PP.

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2014/10/1530309-former-petrobras-director-reveals-bribe-made-to-workers-party-was-paid-to-its-treasurer-political-party-denies-it.shtml
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 10, 2014, 03:25:10 pm
Aecio 46% x Dilma 44% according to Datafolha.

IBOPE has exactly the same numbers.

Praise be to God! The BOVESPA ought to be surging. But it's down 3%- why?
89  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Korea Thread on: October 10, 2014, 09:02:13 am
Did he show up? Doesn't seem like it...
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: October 2014 Elections to the Legislative Council on: October 10, 2014, 12:13:02 am
[1] Spamage
[2] WI: Averroës Nix
[3] WI: TheRileyKeaton
[4] WI: ZuWo
[5] WI: sbane
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: October 2014 Elections to the Legislative Council on: October 10, 2014, 12:08:46 am
             

Pacific Region October 2014 Legislative Council Elections

This booth shall open at 22:00:00 PDT (01:00:00 EDT) on October 9 and remain open for three days, until October 12 at 21:59:59 PDT (October 13 at 00:59:59 EDT). 

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Constitution of the Pacific Region, the Pacific Region October 2014 Legislative Council Elections begin now and shall conclude exactly 72 hours later.

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Elections to the Legislative Council will occur in December, February, April, June, August, and October at any time on the second Thursday of the month and conclude 72 hours later.

The mode of voting is PR-STV, please indicate your ranking of preference for the respective candidates with a number before their name. There are three seats to be filled.

You may not edit your ballot after twenty (20) minutes have expired.

You are eligible to vote if you have been registered in the Pacific for seven (7) days.

You may write in candidates that do not appear on the official ballot. Such votes are valid only if either the respective candidate indicates to accept write-in votes in the official Candidacy Declaration Thread or if the respective candidate writes oneself in for first preference.

Council Election Ballot:

[ ] Spamage of Oregon
      The People's Party

[ ] Write In:
[ ] Abstain:
92  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Have you ever smoked Weed? on: October 09, 2014, 01:00:10 pm
I have, however, smoked a joint... of camomile tea. Apparently this is a thing now.
93  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Have you ever smoked Weed? on: October 09, 2014, 12:26:20 pm
No.
94  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: maoist, trotskyst, moderate...but where are stalinist parties ? on: October 09, 2014, 12:22:13 pm
Hoxhaists?
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: October 09, 2014, 12:18:21 pm
I am choosing to read Snowstalker's and CELTICEMPIRE's posts here as self-aware self-parody of the "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" mindsets all-too-inherent to many ideologues, rather than serious suggestions.

Doing so is a good strategy for preserving one's basic faith in humanity.

>implying that you aren't an ideologue

Can we please stop pretending its possible for someone to approach issues from a 'non-ideological' standpoint, or pretending that being 'non-ideological' is possible?

Fine, then, it is part and parcel of my ideology to acknowledge the contingency and complexity of actual life, and be wary of "pat" solutions that don't at least give lip service to the details of the solution at hand*.  If that sort of care and nuance is inherently ideological, then okay, I will wear that label with pride.  

But, really, it's not actually necessarily ideological in the specific way that you're implying, and if it is than you're really just insulting yourself.  I choose to believe that, if you tried, you could come up with a solution for Syria [or insert other country/region/issue here] that both acknowledged (and demonstrated an understanding of) the unique sorts of challenges it faces, and tried to incorporate a Marxist [or insert preferred approach here] approach into a contextual, on-topic answer.  

The problem is that those folks didn't even try.  They just parroted talking points that could be cut and pasted into any situation, anywhere.  Do you seriously not see the problem with that?

*I might extend that further, actually, to say that I don't believe perfect consistency to be even possible, and I furthermore think that the effort to twist reality to create the appearance of perfect consistency is something that has caused great harm over the years.  That is an ideological thing to say, and I acknowledge as such, and you would be right to label it as such.  It is also superfluous to my task of proving that Snowstalker and CELTIC are being tiresome knuckleheads with their "solutions" here.  One does not need to commit to capital-P Pragmatism to point out when the proverbial Magic 8-Ball is broken.
96  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: ink pens on: October 09, 2014, 12:47:09 am
I do have a couple of Varsity fountain pens, but I've noticed they have a tendency to bleed through paper easily, so I mainly use them for signatures and for writing cards for people.

You get to write cards to people? Lucky dog...
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of the 'thanksgiving bucket' on: October 09, 2014, 12:43:18 am
I hope he gets one and drowns himself in it. Or dies of a surfeit, whatever.
98  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Petition to demod politicus on: October 09, 2014, 12:38:12 am
By which I mean ending her crusade to pasteurise the International General Discussion board.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: October 08, 2014, 11:30:53 pm
Sorry TNF:

Murder would probably vanish as a phenomenon after a few decades due to the common ownership of property and free distribution of goods and services, same goes for the bulk of all crimes that we now have under capitalism.

He can't be serious.

Why not?

Because... it's mind-bogglingly ludicrous, to the point that I'm actually willing to contradict myself and say that he can't not be serious, because there simply is no way a rational person could even conceive of such a thing, neither in seriousness or in jest, such an immaculate absurdity it is.

I honestly don't know what to make of it.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia on: October 08, 2014, 11:17:02 pm
Also:

Royalty = scum

F[inks] you.

FF on grounds of, if nothing else, sheer staying power. Of course, in his last reign he was little more than a figurehead, at least after the ousting of FUNCIPEC. Hun Sen has run the country since 1985 or so. But, I mean, he was still there!

>member of the "Republican" Party
>Supports monarchy


Now, I'm not much of a democrat and certainly no republican...
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