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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay teen attacked by family (VIDEO) on: Today at 11:11:27 pm
Yeah, I saw this a few days ago. What a f-cking disgusting world.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 07:48:08 pm
She sounds like a good catch. Tongue
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: Today at 05:28:02 pm
The girl I've liked for four years broke up with her boyfriend a month ago. We had a heart-to-heart last night, and she feels the same about me as I feel about her. Except I'm going to school in Kingston, Ontario and she's going to school in Cincinnati.

And there's the whole "me also liking dudes" thing, which she doesn't know about.

Gah. Confusing times.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - September 2014 on: Today at 05:07:53 pm
Romney, although Perry's stock is rising.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: . on: August 31, 2014, 04:46:10 pm
I wish I'd seen the original post, because I imagine I would've agreed with all of it. The guy has never really known what he was doing. Should've waited a few cycles. He could've been good.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - Consolidation on: August 31, 2014, 04:29:29 pm
Against both, of course.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is overpopulation and the human breeding the root of all evil on the planet ? on: August 31, 2014, 02:41:24 am
I think it's a mistake to disregard the fact that land has a carrying capacity. Technological innovations can stretch it out, but at the end of the day, access to those technologies is not equal and fair, and in some places the increase of people outpaces the spread of technology. Yes, the issue often fixes itself (people die), but that doesn't do much for local quality of life.

So I'd summarize my opinion like this: Looking at the Earth from space, I wouldn't say that overpopulation is, on average, a massive problem. Looking at it in specific places, it really is.

I mean, look—death rates have dropped in the developing world with the spread of Western medicine. Infant mortality is down. Life expectancy is up. The trouble is, cultural disparities have prevented birth rates from similarly dipping. One example is that parents still hold onto the idea that they need to make more babies so that the kids can go out and earn extra money for the family. Couples have many babies as a sort of insurance policy... they expect some of the children to die. What's happening now though is that they actually aren't dying, so we end up with all these families living in arid places with piss-poor access to decent farmland and too many mouths to feed. Here, overpopulation is a problem because access to vital resources sucks and too many people are competing for the same stuff. How can you honestly say that's not a problem? It would be okay in a place with wealth, access to food and water, and good infrastructure, but not everywhere has that.

So yeah, the developing world would be better off with less people. This is where I think empowering women would really make a difference. Let's actually educate women so that having eight kids is no longer necessary or common. Let's make sure the caretakers of the family—the "mothers of the nation"—actually know a bit about family planning.

Anyway, I've gone off topic, but I think expecting the problem to solve itself or waiting on "the inevitable spread of technology" misses the mark. There are unique factors that make overpopulation a problem in certain places, and we shouldn't approach the issue as if the silver bullet is "we need more food!"
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: August 31, 2014, 12:04:10 am
Sorry for the delay, gentlemen. Here's a list of some of the most poverty-stricken counties in the country. I'm not prepared to definitively call them the 25 poorest counties or give out firm figures (to me, that's  a job for the GM, and since it seems like I'll be playing a role in administering the program, I don't want there to be a conflict of interest), but I'm confident in saying that these places have seen persistent poverty. I tried to match them up with Atlasia's regional economic indicators as best as I could.

In alpha order by state, they are as follows:

Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska
Apache County, Arizona
Clark County, Idaho
Madison County, Idaho
Owsley County, Kentucky
Wolfe County, Kentucky
East Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Holmes County, Mississippi
Humphreys County, Mississippi
Issaquena County, Mississippi
Leflore County, Mississippi
Guadalupe County, New Mexico
McKinley County, New Mexico
Luna County, New Mexico
Socorro County, New Mexico
Sioux County, North Dakota
Allendale County, South Carolina
Buffalo County, South Dakota
Shannon County, South Dakota
Todd County, South Dakota
Hudspeth County, Texas
Willacy County, Texas
Zavala County, Texas
San Juan County, Utah
Whitman County, Washington

Numerous regions have passed legislation changing the names of some of their counties. While I respect the legitimacy of those changes, they were not reported to the Department of Internal Affairs so I don't have that information on hand. Tongue
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2014, 04:30:26 am
Senator Cranberry, I've seen the damage estimates, but I was under the impression that those numbers represented a grand total and that, in many cases, private insurance will cover the damage. Handing over $2.5 billion is significant. To be honest, I was thinking something more in the range of the hundreds of millions.

In real life, I don't think FEMA is actually providing funds at all. Just something to consider.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2014, 12:53:49 am
That being said, I'd be interested in hearing what people think would be a sufficient amount.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 15 on: August 30, 2014, 12:47:44 am
Usually disagree. Not a critical issue.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2014, 12:34:26 am
I appreciate Senator Cranberry's faith in me to distribute funds, but I'll be honest and say that I'm already planning to give funds to the Pacific for disaster relief. I'm sure FEMA has some money on hand for crises exactly like this one, so I was just going to kind of release a bit of money unilaterally. Tongue

By all means, vote on this bill, but the region will likely get money regardless.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is there a hidden "mini-decade" between the 80s and 90s? on: August 28, 2014, 11:13:14 pm
For the record, I also think this is the case for the late 2000s and early Teens.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs: Earthquake in the Napa Valley on: August 28, 2014, 08:54:19 pm

STATEMENT from the Secretary of Internal Affairs

Secretary HagridOfTheDeep spoke today in Napa and pledged support for the region.

NAPA, CA (2014.08.28)—

I have been very saddened by the destruction from last weekend’s earthquake here in the Napa Valley; I’d like to thank Governor Varavour for hosting me in the region as I’ve toured around and seen for myself the devastation that this quake wrought.

With so many injured and in hospital, I’d like to extend my well-wishes to everyone whose lives have been touched by this disaster. I am confident in the governor’s response to the situation and, on behalf of the administration in Nyman, pledge whatever federal support I can to help rebuild damaged public infrastructure, get this region’s industries back on their feet, and help homeowners rebuild. FEMA inspectors have been in the area and will be reporting their findings to the Department of Internal Affairs shortly. I anticipate being able to redirect a portion of FEMA’s budget to the region before the end of the weekend.

Although some politicians have invoked this disaster to politicize the future of the Pacific Stimulus, I would urge lawmakers to dispense with the maneuvering and focus on the disaster at hand. People are suffering. I am a supporter of the stimulus and believe the final installment should be provided in October as the law dictates. But, regardless, all regions will receive the help they need in the face of natural disasters whether a stimulus is a part of the mix or not.

Once again, I would like to thank the people of the Pacific for hosting me over the last few days. Stay strong—help is on the way.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (LEADERSHIP DECLARATIONS!) on: August 28, 2014, 07:44:39 pm
Okay, I'm adding more to the list, just because who doesn't love a bloated ballot?

Vancouver, British Columbia
Toronto, Ontario
Fargo, North Dakota
Detroit, Michigan
Boston, Massachusetts
San Diego, California
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: August 28, 2014, 05:11:29 pm

He'll have my support if he does.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DNC response to Rand Paul's op-ed on: August 28, 2014, 04:29:32 pm
Wow. I agree with the DNC.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anyone of you know ... on: August 28, 2014, 02:37:35 pm
An air horn?

Probably inhumane.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: August 28, 2014, 02:29:41 pm
It's the reason I picture Susana Martinez every time I read one of his posts. Tongue


I think this photo of her is the most bad-ass one I've used, to be honest. Such a goddess...

As for your sig... I guess I'd say it's "hopefully morbid"?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would you spend $42 000 from your piggy-bank on? on: August 28, 2014, 01:32:13 pm

Right now if I end up getting a teaching job in the Greater Toronto Area after school, I'll probably be living with my parents until I can get a good chunk of my student loans paid down. If I could just erase those I'd be able to start a life of my own somewhere else right away (assuming I can acquire employment).

And given some of the current "issues" I'm navigating, I have to say that I'm really counting down the days until I can live more of a free and independent life.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Cris Plan - 5 Regions and Bicameralism on: August 28, 2014, 12:05:38 pm
Or maybe it's just all of us not doing our share to draw people into the game and keep them interested.

Well, you and I came of age at the same time during this game, which was a glorious time indeed. There was a point where five of us (Napoleon, Wolfentoad, Tmth, you and I) were all actively pushing the pedal to the metal coming off of a presidential surge of traffic to the forum when it came to recruitment and candidate fielding, which pushed the game to damn near 200 people. Yet, this era still didn't produce more than 3 healthy regions.

As the MW & Pac altered their governments and became more active, the others began to suffer. Without the stars aligning so to speak when it comes to megalomaniac behavior, you can't sustain such a system, which still doesn't appear to produce 5 healthy regions. I consider late-2012/early-2013 to be a benchmark for the activity levels in this game, and I highly doubt we'll see such a climate unless Atlasia either starts recruiting from other sites (which, hey, wolfentoad was doing during that time anyway) or until the next presidential election rolls around. In the meantime, resolving the lull should be a top priority, rather than appealing to a standard none of us can live up to anymore.

The game wasn't built around five regional governments at the beginning, and the five-region system wasn't created around five regional governments as we know them today (at least I think?), so I see no reason to defend the status quo as being perfect or even what we needed from the start.

Well, I've been candid and admitted that I used these recruits mostly as numbers and not really as players. Some figured it out on their own or took the initiative to ask about opportunities in the game, but "integration" was never really a focus of mine. It should've been. I won't speak for you, but I think we were certainly satisfied as long as people turned out to vote.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Cris Plan - 5 Regions and Bicameralism on: August 28, 2014, 04:10:34 am
Or maybe it's just all of us not doing our share to draw people into the game and keep them interested.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: August 28, 2014, 02:30:10 am
Sorry, this has been seen. Adding it to the list. I was very busy last weekend for some reason... Tongue

A bunch of updates are coming shortly.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 28, 2014, 02:19:03 am
I think I'm going to try and make a new friend or two. It's been a long time since i last made a friend I could use a new friend or two.

I'm bad at it.

I'm starting teachers college next week and there's a Facebook group of students who will be in the same program. They're all making plans to socialize and meet up and make friends.... and it's just like, ugh.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many reported/moderated/infacted posts/points do you have? on: August 28, 2014, 02:14:17 am
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