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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans Support Gun Rights Over Gun Control -Pew Poll Shows on: December 12, 2014, 05:41:48 pm
While I initially thought (and still feel) that the wording might be slanted, an assumed "right" being rather loaded a term, particularly when the "protection" of such a "right" is contrasted with its"control", it appears that they've used the same wording since they started asking the question in 1993. Slanted or not, they're certainly observing a real trend.

So the real question is when (if ever) did we start thinking about gun ownership through the lens of it being self-justifying "right", as opposed to a practical measure for self-defense or sport? I'm not qualified to speak definitively here, but I'm of the impression that the "protection against tyranny" rhetoric one hears coming from a surprising amount of people nowadays wasn't how people looked at the it 20 years ago.

(I ought to add that I find such rhetoric to be patently insane, if that wasn't obvious. The idea that arms are somehow legal as to enable the citizenry to overthrow the state if it is deemed "tyrannical"- and by whom?- is not something one would support enshrining in a constitution unless they were to the left of Makhno. Certainly it's not something a group of people as skeptical of the capacities of the "common man" as the Framers would believe in.)
77  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra on: December 12, 2014, 04:30:27 pm
Srirasmi is officially out, having "resigned from her royal post" as per Reuters, citing a palace statement. Strangely enough it doesn't mention "divorce" but she's now a commoner, going by the name of "Srirasmi Suwadee", so we might as well.

MacGregor Marshall said this was happening four days ago, and he says they've now been divorced, so I'll take his word for it. Apparently Surayud Chulanont (the royalist ex-military former PM) was the witness, he must have been gnashing his teeth...
 
It's been reported that she's been banished to the provinces while Prince Dipangkorn has been flown to Munich, where his father resides most the time with his new (and unconfirmed) wife, Suthida, the erstwhile "Khun Nui". This picture supposedly shows their sad farewell:



I follow this because it's like a good drama, Game of Thrones or whatnot set in the present-day. Of course, the Thais have to live with this, which is unfortunate, but it makes for very exciting reading; you couldn't make this up! And it all began when Bhumibol shot his brother, or so they say...
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Pacific election notice on: December 12, 2014, 03:19:14 pm
Only ten votes in so far. Around twenty more to go... go vote.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: December 11, 2014, 08:08:06 pm
Ever since the Atlanta games, the host cities have been worried about being berated by the IOC for being cheap.

That, and over-commercialised, which the Atlanta Games were also criticised for being. Funnily enough those Games turned a profit...
80  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Don't look now but the oil market is collapsing on: December 11, 2014, 02:02:56 pm
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Solar costs are nearly at parity with those coming from natural gas

What?! I call BS on that. And even if not, the issue of space would still remain a major barrier.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 11, 2014, 12:39:44 pm
I thought Atlasia was a rather left-wing place, so I'm confused why this is taking as much effort as it is.

I obviously support the existence of "well-regulated" (i.e., regional) militias, however.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Game Moderation Reform Amendment II on: December 11, 2014, 12:09:51 pm
This passes, 11-1-1.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: October 2014 Convention (24 hr Snap Vote On Endorsements) on: December 11, 2014, 12:09:13 pm
I thank you for your endorsement! Smiley
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: December 2014 Governor and Legislative Council Elections on: December 11, 2014, 12:08:06 pm
Gubernatorial Election Ballot:

[1] Varavour
[2] Write In: Averroes Nix
[  ] Abstain:

Legislative Council Election Ballot:

[5] Devin
[4] Gully Foyle
[3] Paleobrazilian
[2] Superique
[1] Türkisblau
[  ] Write In:
[  ] Abstain:
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Pacific election notice on: December 11, 2014, 12:25:38 am
The election shall begin in approximately an hour and a half!
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: December 2014 Governor and Legislative Council Elections on: December 11, 2014, 12:24:00 am
             

THE ELECTION SHALL NOT BEGIN UNTIL 05:00 PST, OR 08:00 EST, APPROXIMATELY 7 HOURS AND 35 MINUTES FROM THE TIME OF THIS POST. ALL BALLOTS CAST BEFORE THIS TIME WILL BE CONSIDERED INVALID AND WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

Pacific Region October 2014 Legislative Council Elections

This booth shall open at 05:00:00 PST (08:00:00 EST) on December 12 and remain open for three days, until December 13 at 23:59:59 PST (December 14 at 02:59:59 EST). 

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Constitution of the Pacific Region, the December 2014 Gubernatorial and Legislative Council Elections shall begin at midnight Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, December 11, 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.

Gubernatorial Election Ballot:

[ ] Varavour of California
      The People's Party - Federalist Party - Transcendental Democratic Party

[ ] Write In:

[ ] Abstain:


Legislative Council Election Ballot:

[ ] Devin of Washington
      Federalist Party

[ ] Gully Foyle of California
      Transcendental Democratic Party

[ ] Paleobrazilian of Washington
      Federalist Party

[ ] Superique of Alaska
      The People's Party

[ ] Türkisblau of New Mexico
      The People's Party

[ ] Write In:

[ ] Abstain:


THE ELECTION SHALL NOT BEGIN UNTIL 05:00 PST, OR 08:00 EST, APPROXIMATELY 7 HOURS AND 35 MINUTES FROM THE TIME OF THIS POST. ALL BALLOTS CAST BEFORE THIS TIME WILL BE CONSIDERED INVALID AND WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: End Predatory Gambling Act on: December 10, 2014, 07:47:00 pm
Are slots really the most harmful way of gambling, as opposed to online gambling? I've not once stepped foot in a casino, indeed, I can hardly play cards, so I'm quite inexpert here, but I would think having gambling everywhere- on your phone or your computer- would be far more harmful and should be targeted first.

Would abolishing the Gambling Revenue Amendment raise or lower rates?

Your point about people not travelling to Las Vegas to play slots is astute- and would, I think, strengthen the case for not eliminating them there. We can and should continue the debate, but as of now I think the following represents a reasonable compromise which we can build on:

  • The Arizona [Pacific] Department of Gaming is to be renamed the Pacific Gambling Control Commission (abbreviated (P)GCC), which shall possess regulatory and powers over all organised gambling in the Pacific Region.
    • "Organised gambling", utilising the games classification of the (Federal) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1996, is to be defined as all Class III games and all Class II games with single-payouts of $250 in cash, credit, or any other liquid asset, or higher, henceforth referred to as "Class II games", with the exclusion of those games not falling under the GCC's purview. (We don't want to ban churches from having bingo or mandate that people apply to play poker at home).
    • Regionally-run lotteries shall exempted from the regulatory control of the GCC.
  • In no case shall any form of organised gambling be practiced without the approval of the GCC.
    • Class II games shall only be practiced with the authorisation of the GCC via permit. Such permits shall have a term lasting no longer than 10 years for commercial holders and 2 years for non-commercial holders. (these are arbitrary figures, change as you see fit)
    • Class III games shall only be practiced with the authorisation of the GCC via permit, in approved facilities.
  • The facilities in which Class III games may be practiced are to be defined as follows:
    • Racecourse facilities: Locations where animal sport racing takes place, on which pari-mutuel bets ("wagers") can be placed, and where such wagers are the sole type of games practiced
    • Non-racecourse facilities: All locations not falling under the definition of a racecourse facility where class III games may be -practiced, and where races do not take place; i.e., a casino.
    • Integrated resort: Approved non-racecourse facilities, in zones designated by the GCC, with a minimum of 250 hotel rooms as an integral part of the broader facility
  • Integrated resorts, as per this Act, shall exist solely in non-balance gaming areas in the State of Nevada.
  • The total number of permits for facilities to host Class III games is to fixed at the number deemed extant in the Pacific Region, as of the beginning of December 2014. The calculation is to be made by the GCC.
  • All Class III games shall be prohibited from unapproved facilities beginning on January 1, 2016.
  • All Class III games at racecourse facilities, other than wagering on races, shall be prohibited beginning on January 1, 2016.
  • An single-entrance fee of $75, or an annual fee of $2,500, shall be levied on residents of the Pacific Region for entry into the part of a non-racecourse facility where Class III games are taking place, per facility, to be collected in full by the GCC.
  • Persons who are bankrupt or are receiving any sort of income assistance from the Pacific Region shall be forbidden from entering into facilities of any sort where Class III games are practiced.
  • All non-racecourse facilities, other than integrated resorts, shall not have more than 100 card tables or any number of slot machines, beginning on January 1, 2016.
  • The practice of any sort of gambling on the Internet shall be prohibited beginning on July 1, 2015.

I think the Singaporean model of the "integrated resort" is a good model- and it's not unheard of to limit it to one place; I know that New Jersey limited casinos to Atlantic City.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Accountability for Merchants of Death Act on: December 10, 2014, 06:28:06 pm
You're asking the wrong question. What purpose does the Protection of Commerce in Arms Act serve? When you consider the list of exceptions that it includes, this is hardly obvious. Its most likely use is to provide cover for someone with a creative legal imagination.

This makes sense.

I have no concerns with the bill as it presently stands, except perhaps for the rather... colourful title. Councillor Türkisblau, I don't think this should really harm legally operating manufacturers and retailers, except whatever decline we see in the spontaneous purchase of firearms, which can only be a good thing. 
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Attempted Gas Attack on Furries in Chicago! on: December 10, 2014, 03:47:53 pm
Lol. Furfag.

Grow up.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Accountability for Merchants of Death Act on: December 10, 2014, 03:46:40 pm
Can I ask what the utility of repealing the Protection of Commerce in Arms Act would be? I don't want to sound like I'm saying "guns don't kill people, people..." but I'm at a minor loss as to what purpose that would serve. I'm sure your reasoning is sound, I'd just like to hear it.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: December 10, 2014, 03:19:54 pm
Barcelona is recent?

Apparently so, if it can be used to counter a generalisation of what it means to be a "modern Olympic host city". But then again, I wasn't alive in 1992, so maybe it's not so recent.

Early '90s events are like that- I want to consider them "recent" but they're pushing a quarter century, and I wasn't even around for many of them. The fact I was not yet alive when the Soviet Union collapsed always seems somewhat remarkable, if not embarrassing.

But to return to the point, Olympics would be a lot cheaper if hosts didn't feel the need to build new Olympic Stadia if they had perfectly good ones already. At least the Brazilians have had the sense to reuse the Maracana for both the World Cup and the 2016 Games; in Japan they're already asking what the point of the shiny new Zaha Hadid-designed stadium is outside of the games. Then again I consider the fact we used an ersatz baseball stadium in 1996 to be mildly embarassing, and I don't think the Olympics have been so terrible outside of (and I know Lyndon will hate hearing this) Athens 2004. 

But I don't think angus, anyway, was trying to say that was a bad thing for Obama to have lobbied for as opposed to having been the most important thing for him to have done with his time. I also would agree with angus that Obama getting involved with the Gates incident was not the best use of his time, at least to the extent of hosting a presidential "beer summit" about it.

(I'm still confused about that episode. It's as if they were trying very hard to make it a "thing". Huh)
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: December 10, 2014, 02:54:31 pm
Eh. Over the years I've generally found angus to be fair in his postings, even if I don't agree with them, and the above post is no exception.

So you agree that Obama trying to help Chicago get the 2016 Olympic Games was a bad thing to do?
Ok.

It certainly would have been bad for Chicago.  Being a modern Olympic host city is a burden not worth putting up with unless you are an egomaniacal leader who needs a spectacle to validate your leadership with the masses.

I guess you haven't visited Barcelona.

Did it help there? If so it would be the counterpoint to a recent trend.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: End Predatory Gambling Act on: December 10, 2014, 02:33:30 pm
I would support a freeze on new slot facilities, the strict restricting, if not prohibition, of online gambling, and quotas on gambling licenses, but I believe that this bill in its present form is too extreme and would be net harmful when the economic costs it would impose (and the resultant social costs) are compared to the social and economic gains, appreciable as they may be, they would deliver. I urge the Legislative Council to consider revising the focus of the bill.

Once again, I advise the Legislative Council to consider getting gambling out of the home and restricting online gambling. That seems like a more critical starting point. But I, as always, am open to new points of view.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What religion are you? on: December 09, 2014, 05:54:13 pm
Where is Oriental Orthodox?
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: ZANU-PF Congress December 2-7 - choosing a Queen and a course on: December 09, 2014, 12:14:50 pm
"Solomon Mujuru left a 9 billion US dollars estate"

Of course he did...
96  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MI cops seize man's property, freeze bank accounts - with no charges on: December 09, 2014, 12:03:07 pm
The guy was arrested hours after reporting this to the media.

Excellent news! I like this civil forfeiture thing and it seems like we could use more, not less, of it.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Protecting People From Explosives Amendment on: December 09, 2014, 11:22:26 am
AYE
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: Protecting People From Explosives Amendment on: December 09, 2014, 11:21:59 am

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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Protecting People From Explosives Amendment

Article VI, Clause 5 of the Third Constitution shall be amended to read:
The right to keep and bear fire-arms and low-potency explosives A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

[  ] Aye
[  ] Nay
[  ] Abstain
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: October 2014 Convention (Leadership Declarations) on: December 09, 2014, 01:26:06 am
I'd like your endorsement! Smiley
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 08, 2014, 11:01:10 pm
INFLATION!

Holy s**t our inflation rate is through the roof! Shocked

I don't think we've had rates this high since the 70s, no?

And it appears that unemployment has gone back to what it was back when I was GM, huh...
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