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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation of Bacon King as Justice (Debating) on: November 10, 2015, 04:29:22 pm
Simfan called me out for betraying something and now refers to the administration I'm serving with as failed yet he isn't even a registered voter? What on earth did I do to him?

I guess it doesn't matter. It seems like the new norm is disliking people for no reason.

You have not failed. You can never fail, Dukey. Smiley

But you all are right. The hallowed chambers of this house are not the place for me to be arguing about my record, or talking about myself in general. Best save that for some other place, some other time.

I am simply here to say that Bacon King, despite whatever blemishes there may be in BK's past, is by far and away the most qualified person for this post, to an almost ludicrous degree. If I feel confident in saying this despite my long personal history of being frustrated with many of BK's political decisions, I cannot see how this house should fail to do the same. You can object to some of the ends to which BK's talents have been applied, but the sheer breadth and depth of those talents should overwhelming override such concerns, when considering if those very same talents should now be employed in upholding the law of the land in its highest court-- and the answer to that question can only possibly be a most resounding yes.

I thank the members of this house for putting up with my presence for as long as they have, and I'll now be off. Cheesy
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor-elect Türkisblau on: November 10, 2015, 04:20:17 pm
I congratulate you on your victory. Best of luck.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation of Bacon King as Justice (Debating) on: November 10, 2015, 11:26:26 am
And you want to talk about defections from Cris. How about your homeboy Foucaulf voting for Bacon King over Cris, casting the deciding vote reducing the right down to three seats, after which Bacon King then proceeded to vote to overide Lumine's veto on TNF bills.

How did you vote in that election again? Did you even vote?

What election was this? December at-Large?

If we're talking elections let's talk about March Special. By allowing the perpetually unelectable JCL to run you divided the right, pushed out Foucaulf, and gave a seat to... Adam Griffin, since he faced JCL... who is, as I said, perpetually unelectable.
79  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Helmut Schmidt dies, aged 96 on: November 10, 2015, 11:23:11 am
"Ex-chancellor and chain smoker"
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation of Bacon King as Justice (Debating) on: November 10, 2015, 10:57:27 am
Deus was an unreliable supporter of our agenda. When he got into office he did little to stop the expansion of TNFism but much to further their agenda of social degeneracy. Neither you nor I could have trusted him to do the right thing. His candidacy would have not gotten anywhere, anyway, if not for Labor's election rigging.

I fled before I could be removed in a putsch carried out by an unholy alliance of regime roadies backed by dissolutionists. We all know Adam had a secret accord to "forcibly remove me from office" (his words, not mine), after which the dissolutionists, with their zombie judge, would conduct what would have been a de facto lynch mob to strip me of my rights and imprison me. It's why I had to flee the country, and why I will not return until this regime is no longer in power.

None of this would have happened had your people not betrayed Cris. Spineless chitterlings pretending to be on the "right" betrayed Cris and gave us this terrible regime which now so imperils us all.

I do not see the world in black and white. The person who challenged me most as Governor was Bacon King. This is without dispute. But I wouldn't let the past blind me to the fact that BK is singlehandedly the most qualified person for this office.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation of Bacon King as Justice (Debating) on: November 10, 2015, 10:34:29 am
I handed a seat over to Labor by running in an election which I would have won had it not been stolen? Adam singlehandedly stole that election. I was your party's standard-bearer in that election-- unless you thought JCL would bring you to victory. I was right there alongside those who fought and sacrifice to bring DemPGH's disastrous tenure to an end. That's where I was.

It is not sufficient to support reform. It is necessary to oppose the Left, or, more specifically, the most malevolent forces of the radical Left. There are a few good people on the left (such as Bacon King), and we can and should work with left-of-centre moderates. But there are many bad ones, they shall always remain the enemy, regardless of their position on "reform", which is ultimately secondary. This is not a "special snowflake" viewpoint.
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is street mime or loom weaving more popular in your city? on: November 09, 2015, 05:49:39 pm
if it counts, where I'm from rainbow loom bracelets have become a form of currency exclusively in exchange for sexual favours

thanks obama's sharing economy Sad

83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish you never heard of Ingress? on: November 09, 2015, 05:39:38 pm
I don't want to hear about Egrets ever again.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Releases Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Details; Congress Prepares For Deb on: November 09, 2015, 05:30:36 pm
Yeah, why are people against NAFTA? I truly don't understand that.

The most solid ground to attack it is the Mexican farmer suicides. Which is a direct responsibility of the protectionism the U.S. encourages with its outrageous corn farm subsidies. (And yes, I know the EU is just as much a villain in this respect)

Luckily, the TPP seems to undercut the Japanese corporate agribusiness a bit, which is very good because they are a terrible racket and quite surprising seeing as the LDP are in power at the moment.

Well that's grounds to accuse NAFTA of providing for insufficiently free trade, not the opposite.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Industrial Labor Relations Decentralization Bill (Failed) on: November 09, 2015, 01:44:35 pm
Cowardice from the so-called "moderates" of this once-great House!
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation of Bacon King as Justice (Debating) on: November 09, 2015, 01:30:51 pm
Many good people have become trollish. Sadly, many other good people-- including much of the great TPP-- have given the backing the enemy. We need a strong right-wing reformist alternate to not only oppose the regime, but to resist it, after my undemocratic removal in a coup d'etat blatantly carried out by the regime before it even entered office.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Simfan34 on: November 09, 2015, 01:22:52 pm
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation of Bacon King as Justice (Debating) on: November 09, 2015, 01:19:04 pm
While I'm sure we all want to hear "the truth", I highly doubt any of it is going to manifest here. Cris ought to go ahead and lock this trainwreck and stop giving the trolls any more free air-time than they're going to get otherwise.

So this is the first act of the new President, to silence debate and discussion.

Well, I can see this is going to be a disaster of a Presidency.

Hear hear. It appears that Winfield is one of the few people in this country with his head screwed on straight. The right has taken sides with our greatest enemy and the only opposition are a bunch of populist nihilistic trolls. We need consistent opposition to Griffin (Public Enemy Number Two, Public Enemy Number One of course being TNF), populism, dissolutionism, and hyperlegalism.

Where is Foucaulf's radio station when you need it?
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Zero In Polling: Post Dissolution Presidential Approvals on: November 08, 2015, 03:57:22 am
I'm sorry but Averroes was one of the greatest presidents of all time!
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: SC-01: Sanford getting primary challenge on: November 07, 2015, 12:31:20 pm
I can't see a Republican successfully being primaried from the left in South Carolina.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: November 07, 2015, 03:30:39 am
We men are like territorial crabs.
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: November 06, 2015, 01:18:19 pm
Can someone explain why the long form census was such a big deal?
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nicolae Ceausescu on: November 06, 2015, 01:11:02 pm
I'm guessing that Top Gear explains the interest. I mean, it's an interesting-looking road that I presume a capable driver in a fast car would enjoy very much (i.e., not me-- I'd just drive very slowly).

At least Ceauseșcu was interesting, with his neo-medieval pageant plays, status-craving fake scientist wife, and insane building project(s). It was all very theatrical-- I once saw a documentary, "The King of Communism", whose main theme was more or less that aspect. A brutal, totalitarian dictatorship is a truly horrible thing to endure, but it's even worse if the only thing one can say about it is that it was a brutal totalitarian dictatorship, and nothing else (think Eritrea).

Of course, none of this changes the fact that he was a HP, of course.
94  General Politics / Political Debate / Civil service reform on: November 06, 2015, 01:00:54 pm
In an American context. Another pet issue of mine. Will rant on about this in detail at some point , but right now I'll simply suggest that the broad strokes of my "plan" would entail laying off a considerable portion of present mid-level "government employees" (whose ranks are bloated, often unprofessional, and hampered by decades of congressional and special-interest group meddling) and using the savings to competitively compensate a re-professionalised senior civil service drawn from the "best and brightest" who would otherwise go into the private sector.

Instead of outsourcing tasks to specialised government consulting firms (which rarely saves any money) that actually have the talent, their functions would essentially be brought in-house; maybe the government should just buy out Booz Allen and the like outright to avoid screwing over their owners.

Right now, government jobs are often just dished out to veterans, with minimal regard for qualifications, in a fashion that could have been taken right out of some third-world country trying to avoid instability.
95  General Politics / Economics / Re: Corporate short-termism on: November 06, 2015, 12:33:18 pm
This has sort of become a pet issue of mine recently, and I made this post not long ago:

The key is to encourage long term focused corporate management, reducing incentives to eschew investment in favor of short term value maximization, and more direct pressures in the form of buybacks and dividends. Policy approaches to this end would involve restructuring the capital gains tax to favor real long term ownership (1 year is not long term) and corporate governance to favor more long term interests.

Underutilized capital could be mobilised by the National Infrastructure Bank we've long talked about, with its bonds carrying highly advantageous tax incentives. (A deduction on purchases and exemption on interest, perhaps). The point of the Bank would not be Keynesian stimulus but rather infrastructural investment to boost competitiveness. A national broadband network as in Australia, port expansion, railway electrification, high speed rail, smart grid, etc.

A few years ago people were talking quite a lot about the vastness of the cash reserves corporations were sitting on and not doing anything with. I don't know how much this has changed in recent years, but this idea started to seem like a good idea to me back then, so I don't know how much of a good idea it is now. This goes back to my ideas on a "tax code that encourages manufacturing and savings" that I meant to get back to Frodo about three years ago now but still never have.

Before hearing about Fink's ideas I read a number of articles in the HBR on this issue, which, if I can find them and if I have time this weekend, I'd like to look over again and comment on. One of the key takeaways was that stock-based compensation was amplifying short-termist pressures on executives, even at the expense of the long-term health of the company. Essentially, it was driving them to think like activist hedge fund managers, sharing their obsession with maximising shareholder (since they are shareholders!) value above all else. One solution I recall being suggested was to shift from stock-based compensation towards compensation based on alpha (the value added by management, calculated by comparing a company's stock performance to that of a market index-- roughly speaking, I'm not a finance person), essentially a novel form of performance pay.

There's evidence to suggest that this kind of activity is encouraged by low interest rates, so that might be one (extra) reason to support a rate rise.
96  General Politics / Economics / Re: Corporate short-termism on: November 06, 2015, 12:16:30 pm
BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink, who would likely be Hillary's Treasury Secretary, has been fairly good on position favoring regulation of his own industry. He also has a pretty populist idea of capital gains tax reform based on length of investment--so day traders would pay really high rates while those who hold onto the investments for 3, 5, or 10 years would pay less, which would favor smaller investors and retirement funds over Wolf of Wall Street types and stabilize the market to prevent recession-starting short term bubble parties.

"Cracking down on Wall Street" is a crock, anyway. A good banking and investment sector is important to our national economic strength. The more important thing progressives should be focusing on is to make sure these rich people are paying a fair income tax and that our poorer citizens have access to affordable education to become recession proof via mobility. We wouldn't be better off if Wall Street were destroyed and everything else the same. There would just be different group of rich people starting gigantic financial bubbles.

King (as is often the case) is right, but I don't think calling for a more graduated and genuinely long-term oriented capital gains tax regime is "populist". Fink's proposal called for extending the "short-term" period to 3 years and applying progressively lower rates until 10 years, after which capital gains would not be taxed at all.

A genuinely more "populist" measure would be an FTT, which would penalise high-frequency traders, who, it is said, are engaging in nothing more than high-tech arbitrage that provides no benefit to the wider economy. For me, at least after reading Flash Boys, this seemed rather clear, in which case an FTT would be sensible policy (in effect being a sin tax). However, more recently, I've seen evidence suggesting that the traders' claims that HFTs add liquidity to markets is not entirely without substance, in which case you have to try to quantify and weigh whatever benefits--fiscal and economic-- an FTT would have against the costs of reduced liquidity in markets from reduced HFTs. I think someone (DC Al Fine?) was talking about this recently.
97  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russian airliner crashes in Sinai, killing 224 on: November 06, 2015, 09:10:20 am
Russia appears to be warming to the bomb theory, FSB chief recommends that flights to Egypt should be suspended.

Sinai plane crash: Russia 'should suspend Egypt flights' - www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34743216

As awful as it is that the bomb theory is becoming more likely, it's somewhat more reassuring to me that this wasn't a case of planes falling apart mid-air due to structural failures.  Thats a terrifying prospect for flyers everywhere

Agreed. I'm comfortable saying that I think it would be better if this was the work of a bomb rather than a mechanical failure or pilot error. On a personal level it's comforting to know that the plane didn't fall out of the sky on its own accord due to a tail strike 13 years ago (unlikely considering Airbus conducted the repair themselves) or pitot tubes failing; in essence that the plane only crashed because someone wanted it to. Also it hopefully would encourage Putin to start targeting ISIL more, rather than the Syrian opposition
98  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 2nd General Election of South America on: November 06, 2015, 08:31:33 am
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio near turning point as GOP powerhouse begins to coalesce around him? on: November 06, 2015, 08:23:47 am
I think it's hilarious that the same leftist media hacks that criticized Mitt Romney for being rich are now criticizing Marco Rubio for being poor. You just can't make this stuff up.

And the same Republicans who are absolutely convinced that abortion is identical to murder also vote for politicians that force their mistresses to get abortions (as long as they have an (R) after their name, of course.)

I do?
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nicolae Ceausescu on: November 06, 2015, 02:19:13 am
He commissioned the Transfăgărășan, so FF.

But really, though. Obvious HP is obvious.

Is there something that particularly endears you to the second-highest road in Romania?
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