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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should California be broken up into 6 separate states? on: July 25, 2014, 01:28:58 am
Of course. Some of those 55 electoral votes oughta go to the GOP. Tongue
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: job applications on: July 24, 2014, 11:43:06 pm
Paper. You know, the thing that you actually hold in your hand and get off your ass to deliver in person?

In my field, that's not possible.  If it's a small business, random people can't even enter the building, if it's bigger, you'll get to see a receptionist.

I understand there are restraints, but it's pretty sad that we've made it so that it seems like it's not even possible to take a piece of paper to someone and talk to them. I mean, the act of picking up a piece of paper and putting it in someone's hands actually is possible.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Anybody think Rick Perry will run in 2016? lol lol lol on: July 24, 2014, 09:44:28 pm
I actually think he could be very formidable in the primaries, but that seems to be a minority opinion. Obviously he has to fight to earn it... but he's capable.

Same here.

Let's face it: He's one of the few candidates that actually has "gravitas" and comes off as authoritative.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: job applications on: July 24, 2014, 07:02:26 pm
Paper. You know, the thing that you actually hold in your hand and get off your ass to deliver in person?
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever had a job that paid less than promised? on: July 24, 2014, 05:10:08 pm
Sort of? I play the bagpipes, and I've often played for events at my church. Obviously any service I give to the church is donated, but I'll also occasionally do paid gigs there for weddings and funerals. Playing at a Remembrance Day ceremony is something I see as a service to the congregation; playing at one person's funeral is a service to an individual party.

Anyway, I was asked by the minister to play at the funeral of one of our more active members. I didn't push the point on a dollar amount, which was my fault, but I just assumed they would pay me a little less than market rate. With our old minister, this stuff was just kind of assumed.

Anyway, I played at the funeral and all I got was an awkward handshake. I take the bulk of the blame, but to this day I still feel taken advantage of by the minister who set this up for me. He should know that pipers usually expect to be paid. I mean, funerals often pay upwards of $200.00. Maintaining the instrument, buying and laundering my uniform, paying for lessons, and getting from here to there costs money. I really didn't like that it was assumed I'd just do this for free. Hell, my grandma even paid me a little something to play at my grandpa's funeral against my wishes, just because she understood the value of having a piper.

So that's my story. Tongue

Do you ever do curling events?

I never have, but I know my old piping teacher used to do a bunch. The only playing I do up your way (Ottawa, right?) is at Maxville for the Glengarry Highland Games. Smiley
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Sheer speculation, but how would a President McCain.......... on: July 24, 2014, 04:26:07 pm
The Iraq War would be over, but there would be significant remaining troops in the area. Withdrawal in Afghanistan would not have been telegraphed to the world, so the Taliban would not as strongly be waiting in the wings. Rebels would have been armed in both Libya and Syria. Assad would probably be on his way out. There would have been tougher and more immediate sanctions on Russia.

Um, what?

The Iraq War would be over, but there would be significant remaining troops in the area. Withdrawal in Afghanistan would not have been telegraphed to the world, so the Taliban would not as strongly be waiting in the wings. Rebels would have been armed in both Libya and Syria. Assad would probably be on his way out. There would have been tougher and more immediate sanctions on Russia.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Pac. Homelessness combattement act. on: July 24, 2014, 03:08:34 am
Very glad to see you guys putting forward a proposal for the money! Thanks for putting in the work on this. Smiley
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Sheer speculation, but how would a President McCain.......... on: July 24, 2014, 12:44:39 am
The Iraq War would be over, but there would be significant remaining troops in the area. Withdrawal in Afghanistan would not have been telegraphed to the world, so the Taliban would not as strongly be waiting in the wings. Rebels would have been armed in both Libya and Syria. Assad would probably be on his way out. There would have been tougher and more immediate sanctions on Russia.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker - 3rd At-Large Senate Poll on: July 24, 2014, 12:37:07 am
Although I'm a clarence loyalist, I can't understate how valuable you, Lumine, are to the senate. I'll vote for whoever needs my support the most, but I did vote for you in the poll.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs: Meat Recall Request and Food Inspection Review on: July 23, 2014, 10:40:06 pm
Mr. Secretary, can I get an estimate of costs for my bill currently before the NE Assembly?

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The Northeast House the Homeless Act

Section 1:

1. Night Shelters opened under the Northeast Anti-Homelessness bill shall be extended to operate during the day.
1a. Additional funding shall be granted to those shelters to provide adequate food, water, blankets, beds and other amenities toward the well-being of those in residence.
1b. For the purposes of this act, other amenities will be identified as items deemed necessary by those who run the shelters for the well-being of those staying there.
2. The Northeast shall embark on more building of affordable housing to Northeast residents who may not meet the qualifications of staying at a shelter based upon the guidelines laid down by the Anti-Homelessness Act.
3. The Northeast shall create a program whereby those staying in the shelters will be able to gain employment and long term residence in the affordable housing, if they take the choice to do so.
3a. The Urban Development department shall be responsible for setting quotas as to the number of houses to be built.
3b. The Northeast government will maintain assisting those individuals for a period of one year, at which point, a re-evaluation will be made by case to determine if the individuals continue to need assistance.
3c. Even in the case of assistance no longer being required, those individuals will be allowed to maintain residence in the houses built by the Urban Development Department under this act.
3d. Based on space and availablity, individuals described in clause 3c who no longer require housing assistance, and are allowed to maintain  residence provided by this act, may be required to vacate assisted housing in the circumstance that persons of greater need require housing assistance.
3e. Individuals described in 3c and 3d asked to vacate, shall be given a notice of no less than ninety days (90) prior to the date of when they are requested to vacate.
3f. Individuals who are asked to vacate will be assisted by the Northeast government in finding more permanent lodging in the case of such an event, including, but not limited to a voucher.
4. Voucher availability may be determined during the evaluation period and the monetary figure will be determined by need and average housing price in the area.


This has been seen. I'll get back to you before the weekend at the latest.

I've never done an estimate like this, so maybe I'll tell you how I plan on reaching a number and you can let me know if it makes sense. A quick look through the bill tells me I'll probably need to make an educated guess as to how many shelters the Northeast Anti-Homelessness Act created. Once I've got that number I'll account for the wages of people working extra hours to keep the facilities open during the day.

Beds are already provided, but food will be an additional cost that I'll look into. Maybe I'll cost it at roughly $5.00 a plate and multiply it by the number of homeless people you guys expect to be serving.

Building more facilities will obviously cost more, but it's hard to know exactly how many would be created by this Act. I'll try to figure something out.

The section that guarantees employment to homeless people in shelters seems like it might be a bit costly. I mean, the Northeast Anti-Homlessness Act basically guarantees everyone a bed. And if homeless people are using state beds, why wouldn't the majority of them want to get in on a job, too?

Anyway, yeah. I'll talk with people who have done estimates before and get back to you. Tongue Hopefully my general approach is suitable.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Is the previous poster to the left/right of you? on: July 23, 2014, 06:49:03 pm
Right.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your dream job? on: July 23, 2014, 05:59:08 pm
I'd love to be President of the United States, too. Unfortunately it's an impossibility.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your dream job? on: July 23, 2014, 05:10:04 pm
I want to host the Late Late Show.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which candidates do you see not getting picked as VP? on: July 23, 2014, 05:07:33 pm
Deval Patrick- Massachusetts isn't in play, and he was a poor candidate as Governor.

I really, really disagree with this one. If Hillary has even the slightest problems with Obama's base, Patrick has as good of a chance as anyone to get the call. He's also shown the ability to deliver an excellent attack stump speech on a candidate.

Yeah, I also think the possibility of a Clinton-Patrick ticket has been understated. Hillary Clinton does not play as a Northeastern Democrat, even if she is one.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Anybody think Rick Perry will run in 2016? lol lol lol on: July 23, 2014, 04:09:55 pm
I actually think he could be very formidable in the primaries, but that seems to be a minority opinion. Obviously he has to fight to earn it... but he's capable.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Anyone been to Istanbul, Rome, and/or Naples? on: July 23, 2014, 04:08:42 pm
Sounds fun!

If you don't mind me asking, what's the cost of the initial airfare into Europe? I've been looking at flights out of Toronto, and things are a lot more expensive than they were two years ago when I went to Portugal. I got a flight into Lisbon in 2012 for about CAD$750. The same flights are $1200 now. Argh.

The tickets we're looking at are around $800-$900 a pop.

Timing is everything on prices. In winter tickets on my route would be around $800, but in summer they would be $1200. We're going in early/mid-May to get tickets closer to $900-$1000 and avoid the heat and European tourist season that begins more in late-June/early-July.

Yeah, that's gotta be it. I'm looking at flights in July for the middle of August. Not exactly a quiet time to go. It's funny how much they drop in September, but that just doesn't work on a student's schedule. Sad
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Anyone been to Istanbul, Rome, and/or Naples? on: July 23, 2014, 03:30:19 pm
Sounds fun!

If you don't mind me asking, what's the cost of the initial airfare into Europe? I've been looking at flights out of Toronto, and things are a lot more expensive than they were two years ago when I went to Portugal. I got a flight into Lisbon in 2012 for about CAD$750. The same flights are $1200 now. Argh.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever had a job that paid less than promised? on: July 23, 2014, 03:18:56 pm
Sort of? I play the bagpipes, and I've often played for events at my church. Obviously any service I give to the church is donated, but I'll also occasionally do paid gigs there for weddings and funerals. Playing at a Remembrance Day ceremony is something I see as a service to the congregation; playing at one person's funeral is a service to an individual party.

Anyway, I was asked by the minister to play at the funeral of one of our more active members. I didn't push the point on a dollar amount, which was my fault, but I just assumed they would pay me a little less than market rate. With our old minister, this stuff was just kind of assumed.

Anyway, I played at the funeral and all I got was an awkward handshake. I take the bulk of the blame, but to this day I still feel taken advantage of by the minister who set this up for me. He should know that pipers usually expect to be paid. I mean, funerals often pay upwards of $200.00. Maintaining the instrument, buying and laundering my uniform, paying for lessons, and getting from here to there costs money. I really didn't like that it was assumed I'd just do this for free. Hell, my grandma even paid me a little something to play at my grandpa's funeral against my wishes, just because she understood the value of having a piper.

So that's my story. Tongue
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you consider yourself a patriotic person? on: July 23, 2014, 03:01:09 pm
Yes. And frankly, I immediately lose respect for people who aren't. My country isn't just maple leafs and lumberjacks; it's the people who live here and help make Canada great. Same goes in the US. To me, denouncing patriotism is to denounce your neighbour, your friends, your family, and, in many cases, your ancestors. No one person is better than the collective.

What?

I just mean that patriotism, to me, is about more than the abstract consumer icons. In the US, the hicks who wear eagle shirts with stars and stripes aren't necessarily more patriotic than the people who don't.

Yes. And frankly, I immediately lose respect for people who aren't. My country isn't just maple leafs and lumberjacks; it's the people who live here and help make Canada great. Same goes in the US. To me, denouncing patriotism is to denounce your neighbour, your friends, your family, and, in many cases, your ancestors. No one person is better than the collective.

Denouncing patriotism is not denouncing your neighbor, friends, family, or ancestors. It's denouncing the civic religion that says I have more in common with an American one percenter than I do a Canadian 99 percenter, which is ludicrous not just from a modern vantage point, but the entire history of both our countries. Patriotism is a civic religion that helps the one percenters obscure the actual conflict in society that exists between them and everyone else. It tells us to hate the foreigner we struggle alongside, but love the parasite who has the same skin color or speaks the same language that we do. There is nothing wrong with loving where you hail from or honoring local traditions; but there is something else at play entirely when those acts are elevated to the status of untouchability and used as a means of attacking and denouncing other people because they don't hail from the same place on the map that you do.

Being proud of who you are, embracing where you come from, and feeling kinship with your fellow countrymen does not preclude you from being a good global citizen. My patriotism doesn't teach me to hate and it doesn't come with the stipulation that I must more closely identify with a Canadian billionaire than an American prole. Sure, patriotism can be manipulated and perverted by the people in power, but so can the kinship you're talking about between members of the working class. In fact, we've seen it happen on countless occasions.

You're dealing in extremes because it suits your extremism. For me, it's separate from politics. Celebrating one of the things that unites us isn't inherently bad.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Hashemite! on: July 23, 2014, 02:38:28 pm
Happy birthday! I promise to leave the country soon!
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how do you get paid? on: July 23, 2014, 04:18:25 am
I get checks every two weeks, because I'm not working this job long enough for anything else to be reasonable. I wish they would just pay cash, though. It would be great to get an envelope every two weeks filled with twenty hundred-dollar bills.
You're netting 2k every two weeks on a summer internship? That's very impressive.

This is why class warfare works on me.

I mean... congratulations for your success.

(Boy, that's hard. Tongue)
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Homeland on: July 23, 2014, 03:56:27 am
I have high hopes for Season 4 that it'll be on par with season 1. I definitely think the absence of Brody will breathe new life into the show.

Do you really think it will? Season three, to me, was at its weakest when it was just Carrie. Brody's return at the end of the season with the "is he/isn't he" schtick felt like a solid return to form. I'm nervous about how things will go now. Will it just be a suped-up version of CSI?
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Homeland on: July 23, 2014, 03:53:33 am
It's one of my favourite shows. I'd go so far as to say that season one is flawless. Many people argue that season two is crazy and veered too far into 24 territory, but 24 is also one of my favourite shows, so I didn't mind. Season three is... not as good as the other two.

Without spoiling anything, season four is really going to have to find a way to reinvent the show. I'm not convinced it's possible.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you consider yourself a patriotic person? on: July 23, 2014, 03:48:09 am
Yes. And frankly, I immediately lose respect for people who aren't. My country isn't just maple leafs and lumberjacks; it's the people who live here and help make Canada great. Same goes in the US. To me, denouncing patriotism is to denounce your neighbour, your friends, your family, and, in many cases, your ancestors. No one person is better than the collective.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 22, 2014, 11:31:51 pm
I thought I would give the Campus Conservatives a chance and see if they could overcome the negative first impression I got from them. They could not.

Unfortunately joining the club meant giving money to Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party. I regret it.
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