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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Council of Atlasian Regional Executives (C.A.R.E.) on: Today at 05:41:59 pm
Signing in.

x Talleyrand, Governor of the Northeast
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Council of Atlasian Regional Executives (C.A.R.E.) on: Today at 05:38:52 pm


This organization aims to improve governance and regional co-operation in Atlasia by creating a forum where regional executives may work together and discuss proposals to improve the state of the nation.

List of Regional Executives


Mideast

Governor TJ- Office

Midwest

Governor LeBron Fitzgerald- Office

Northeast

Governor Talleyrand- Office

Southeast

Emperor Maxwell- Office

Pacific

Governor Varavour- Office

C.A.R.E. welcomes all contributions from Atlasian citizens to further foster discussion and objectives between regional executives. Any input is appreciated.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: War Powers Amendment on: August 31, 2014, 04:06:17 pm
AYE
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Women in Senate on: August 31, 2014, 08:31:45 am
It'll probably stay even; Hagan and Landrieu lose, and Capito and Ernest win. Possibly a gain of one if Land wins.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast Governor Talleyrand (New Session) on: August 30, 2014, 08:21:02 am
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Amendment to the Smoking Age Standardization Act

The Smoking Age Standardization Act of 2008 is hereby amended to read:

SECTION 1. Smoking age. Except as provided in Section 3, no person under 18 16 years of age may do any of the following: a. Buy or attempt to buy any cigarette or tobacco product. b. Falsely represent his or her age for the purpose of receiving any cigarette or tobacco product. c. Possess any cigarette or tobacco product.
SECTION 2. Sale to persons under 18 16. Except as provided in Section 3, no person may do any of the following: a. Knowingly sell or otherwise distribute cigarettes to a person under the age of 18 16. b. During the course of a sale of tobacco products, fail to perform a reasonable check of identification on persons appearing to be under the age of 28.
SECTION 3. Exception. A person under the age of 18 16 may purchase or possess cigarettes of tobacco products for the sole purpose of resale in the course of employment of a business registered under the tax code of the Northeast.
SECTION 4. Penalties. The penalties for violation of Section 1 of this act shall include forfeiture of the cigarettes or tobacco products and a fine not to exceed $50 per offense plus applicable costs. The penalty for violation of Section 2 of this act shall include a fine not to exceed $500 for the first offense, and a fine not to exceed $2,500 for each subsequent offense.

x Talleyrand

This law will simply put Northeast laws regarding smoking in compliance with federal laws, which have lowered the purchasing and possessing age of cigarettes to the age of 16. Even if that were not so, I feel that is a perfectly logical step to take- if we can trust teenagers to drive at this age, there is no reason why we should not trust them to use this privilege "responsibly".

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I don't even know how much I really made, I forgot, it's a lot Act

Section 2 of the Budget Procedure Act is amended to read:

1. Each budget presented shall demonstrate public expenditures in total dollars.

    $ - School aid
        $..... Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education
        $..... Higher education
    $ - Economic development
        $ ...... Community development
        $ ...... Area and regional development
    $ - Transportation
        $ ..... Highways and highway safety
        $ ..... Mass transit
        $ ..... Railroads
        $ ..... Air Transportation
        $ ..... Water transportation
        $ ..... Other transportation
        $ ..... Non-Highway Roads
    $ - Public safety
    $ - Health services
        $ ..... Substance abuse and mental health services
        $ ..... Disease control, public health and bioterrorism
        $ ..... Health research and training
        $ ..... Food safety and occupational health and safety
        $ ..... Other health care services
    $ - Tax expenditures
    $ - Environment & energy
        $ ..... Loans to be granted to energy companies that have a responsible environmental track record, are seriously attempting to develop clean energy alternatives, push for energy efficiency and/or have an approved plan to do so.
        $ ..... Fund for alternative energy
        $ ..... Updating the Northeast's current energy infrastructure
        $ ..... Refitting all government buildings to run on clean energy
    $ - Direct aid & incentives to municipalities
    $ - Government administration

TOTAL EXPENDITURES - $

Disaster Relief Fund: The Northeast Assembly is advised to appropriate 20% of all budget surpluses to a Disaster Relief Fund which may be spent during emergencies at the discretion of the Governor via executive order.

The existing funds in the Disaster Relief Fund shall be listed in each budget.
Disaster Relief Fund: (TBD sum)

Free Cash Fund: The Governor shall work in concert with the Secretary of Internal Affairs and the Game Moderator to estimate the roll-over surplus from the previous budget(s).
Free Cash Fund: (TBD sum)

x Talleyrand

This clarifies our budget process through two changes. First, the disaster relief fund is made, optional, not mandatory, and leaves far more discretion in the hands of the executive. Secondly, a "Free Cash Fund" is added, showing all the leftover money the Northeast has accumulated from previous budgets.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the 2014 Indian General Election? on: August 29, 2014, 03:54:31 pm
TRS.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: Baker pulls ahead in Massachusetts on: August 29, 2014, 03:52:35 pm
Lol at the "Coakley is a sure loser!!!1111" circlejerk.

I love that no one is mentioning the fact that in their final poll of the 2012 election cycle, Boston Globe had Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren tied 47-47 in a race Warren went on to win 54-46.

Not to mention that this same poll shows Berwick trailing 19-44 and Grossman trailing 33-37. These are the worst numbers that either of them have had for a while in this poll too.

Once the real campaign actually begins and voters tune in, Coakley, who is Massachusetts's most popular officeholder, will win.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: August 28, 2014, 08:57:07 pm
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Budget Sanity Amendment

Article III, Section 10 of the Northeast Constitution is amended to read:

10. The Governor is obligated to present the Legislative Assembly a budget for their term. The structure and procedure for the budget process are to be determined by law. The budget of all government activities is to be voted on by the Assembly after a normal debate period. The Governor is obligated to ensure that the budget does not provide for any deficits excepting times of emergency or war, a condition the Legislative Assembly must successfully endorse. All budgets must include a plan for revenue and taxation.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast Governor Talleyrand (New Session) on: August 28, 2014, 04:18:19 pm
After an eventful election season, I would like to congratulate Dr. Cynic, Polnut, Lumine, JCL, and Deus on their elections to the Senate, and offer my condolences to Alfred, Poirot, Clarence, and Bacon King. It will be exciting to have three Northeasterners in the Senate, and we just missed out on having a fourth.

On a note closer to home, I am glad to see all current Representatives re-elected to the Assembly. These gentlemen have been an extremely active and productive group, in addition to representing a broad variety of ideologies in the game. I am looking forward to entering the new session soon.

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Forever Alone Act

Section 8 of the Northeast Marriage Act of 2005 is hereby amended to read:

8. Rights of the union, including, but not limited to: i) It is assumed that the property of the members of the union shall be the ownership of all parties. This may be nullified with a pre-nuptual agreement. ii) The union parties will have the right to open a join bank account. iii) The union parties will have a right to certain tax benefits. iv) The union parties will have a right to certain social security benefits. viii) The union parties will have visiting room privileges at hospitals.

x Talleyrand

I am glad to sign this bill which cleans up some outdated language, which as Deus put best, will prevent "subsidization" of marriage that many could manipulate.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Blanche Lincoln on: August 27, 2014, 07:39:00 pm
FF

Roll Eyes at the Democrats who vote HP on Lincoln but FF on Landrieu, Pryor, etc.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Amendment to the Smoking Age Standardization Act (Debating) on: August 26, 2014, 05:47:09 pm
I am totally fine with this, but I think sixteen is a good age to stop with these kind of things- it's the age where adult responsibility starts coming in at full force.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2:I don't even know how much I really made, I forgot, it's a lot Act(Debating) on: August 26, 2014, 05:45:25 pm
Dallas, why do you want an extension on this? It seems like a pretty straightforward fix to me.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2014 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 24, 2014, 10:36:22 pm
1. Dr. Cynic
2. Alfred
3. Polnut
4. BK
5. GAWorth
6. Mecha
7. Poirot
8. Deus
9. JCL
10. Lumine
11. Clarence
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast Governor Talleyrand (New Bills) on: August 24, 2014, 03:25:42 pm
Poirot, while I would have agreed with you maybe six months ago, it's become almost unheard of for these special elections to be particularly competitive (I can think of one exception during my tenure), and weekly special elections combined with an already high rate of turnover are just disruptive to the Assembly.

The people elect the Governor to serve as the executive of the region. If we give him or her the power to fill legislative vacancies too, I think it could be said that the public have a say on whose representing them when they elect the position, or alternatively, they could try to the best of their ability to avoid voting for candidates with spotty activity in the general election.

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FitzGerald-Grehan Act

Section I:

1. The inside of a car is now treated as the owner's private property.

2. Sexual acts in the passenger seat of an enclosed car are now private, and therefore exempt from public indecency laws.

3. Persons deciding to use their car to expose or perform sexual acts in front of minors still hold liability for pedophilia charges.

x Talleyrand

While this isn't something I'd recommend doing, I see no reason why it should be banned- this bill fits in directly with a right to privacy.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who wins control? on: August 24, 2014, 01:34:15 pm
Republicans gain 9 seats, South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, and Alaska.

With Michigan, possibly a tenth, although I'm now leaning towards a Peters victory.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: August Senate Election. Tracker/Discussion Thread. ELECTION TRACKER-BICAMERALISM on: August 24, 2014, 10:50:39 am
Also, by my count, there are another 14 voters who are ineligible to vote based on recent activity or the date of their registration, which makes maximum turnout for the election 155 voters.

There 49 remaining eligible voters who have not cast a ballot. If everyone who is eligible to vote exercised that right, the quota would be 26.

The highest number of votes I can remember in my time here was something close to 140. So even it probably won't exceed 24. It'll probably end up being something just above 20.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Assembly General Election & Referendum on: August 24, 2014, 07:39:59 am
1. Sawx
2. Matt
3. SWE
4. Dallas
5. Rpryor
6. NJ Christian
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 23, 2014, 07:47:12 pm
OFFICIAL MODERATOR RULING: If you're gonna call someone out for being a racist please be prepared to defend that assessment with evidence in the form of direct quotes. Anyone called out as a racist has a right to dispute that claim in a rap battle against the accuser.

thank you and goodnight
Already on it.

Iím no hater,
Talleyrand voted for Nader!
So Iíll cash in my chips,
and see 'yall later.



You are a racist imbecile,
possessing self-awareness that is minimal!
Believing whites are persecuted,
by those nasty browns you want executed.

^
Not sure how seriously this rap thing is supposed to be taken, so I decided to be hyperbolic.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: BREAKING: Zephyr Teachout Endorsed by Massive Labor Group on: August 23, 2014, 05:12:50 pm
Hearing rumblings that NYT may endorse her.

That would be an incredible boost to her campaign, and a shocking one.

Genuine question- when was the last time a newspaper endorsement dramatically changed the course of an election?
20  General Discussion / History / Re: Interesting Senate elections on: August 23, 2014, 09:23:18 am
The first woman US Senator, the last former slaveholder in the US Senate, and the shortest serving US Senator were all the same person.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Latimer_Felton

She was also the oldest freshman Senator.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 22, 2014, 09:52:34 pm
3. Saying that most reactionary immigrants in Europe are Muslims is not saying every Muslim is intolerant. Use some reading comprehension.

Your grasping at meaningless technicalities proves that you really don't have a case to make here. Or your bolding of random words in my post as an attempt to imitate my bolding of the blatantly xenophobic elements in your post.
Is this sentence for real?

It's slightly uncouth, but it gets the point across nicely, I think.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 22, 2014, 09:41:25 pm
3. Saying that most reactionary immigrants in Europe are Muslims is not saying every Muslim is intolerant. Use some reading comprehension.

Your grasping at meaningless technicalities proves that you really don't have a case to make here. Or your bolding of random words in my post as an attempt to imitate my bolding of the blatantly xenophobic elements in your post.

However much you parry and dodge the point (and in the process confirming your views), your idea that your beloved liberal culture is threatened by "unreformed" immigrants from "unreformed" cultures is glaringly racist as are your constant passive-aggressive remarks against anyone who criticizes racial insensitivity on this forum.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats who voted against aca in 2010 but still lost the seat. Why? on: August 22, 2014, 09:18:07 pm
The unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act was only a small part of the anti-Democratic sentiment in 2010, and in addition, many of these seventeen representatives were running in heavily red territory in which they were running on borrowed time anyway. Just a perfect storm of things came together at the time, hastening defeat for many of these members.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 22, 2014, 09:13:17 pm
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Secondly, both of these points deals with real issues. The climate crisis and our unsustainable life style in the West thats spreading making it even harder to solve the problem + the clash between liberal Western values and traditional values in "unreformed" patriarchal societies around the world. The feeling that reactionary immigrants threatens liberal values is not racist, because its not based on race, but (elements of) culture and values. The same people being worried about this have nothing against adopted children with dark skin colour, African university professors or womens activists from the Middle East coming as refugees, they just dislike macho culture, homophobia and antisemitism and react to this being a widespread and even dominant attitudes among certain groups of immigrants (and yes, in Europe those would typically be Muslim).

If this were truly an argument based on a "liberal culture", you would also support deporting every anti-Semite, homophobe, or machoman (lol) who comes from a Western background from their country of birth, but you don't.

Not to mention that in this very post you basically admit you've painted the people of a whole faith with one brush.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 22, 2014, 08:45:35 pm
2. Increasing the population in countries with a high CO2 emission and high resource consumption makes it harder to combat climate change and other environmental problems. Even if immigrants have a very basic life style this is true. A poor African immigrant in Europe causes about 20 times as much CO2 emission than an average African.

3. Immigration from countries with reactionary values makes it harder to create a progressive and tolerant society. Many immigrants from non-Western countries are homophobic, sexist, anti-Jewish and - in the case of Muslims - intolerant about conversion from their own group. This puts pressure on the socially liberal society we have established and increases problems for women and minorities such as gays, Jews or atheist refugees.

I don't see how anyone could argue that either of these points, especially the latter, are thinly veiled racism or xenophobia.

But I thought you *were* arguing that in your previous post.


Should say aren't. Tongue
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