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101  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
ON THE EARTHQUAKE IN THE NAPA VALLEY



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.
102  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
103  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.
104  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.
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anyone of you know ... on: August 28, 2014, 02:37:35 pm
An air horn?

Probably inhumane.
106  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

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"?
107  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would you spend $42 000 from your piggy-bank on? on: August 28, 2014, 01:32:13 pm
Debt.

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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many reported/moderated/infacted posts/points do you have? on: August 28, 2014, 02:14:17 am
3-2-6
113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: August 28, 2014, 12:44:07 am
Pretty funny. Looks like it could be from the same people who animate Gravity Falls.
114  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 14 on: August 27, 2014, 11:09:50 pm
Usually disagree. Not a critical issue.

I still think it's like a dog chasing its tail, but I say it's not a critical issue because if it superficially makes people feel better and helps for a year or two until the prices jump, who am I to say anything one way or the other?
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Presidential Tournament - Fictional Presidents on: August 27, 2014, 09:50:51 pm
Well, Joe listed them as a group, so I'll separate them. Yes, I'm one of those war-mongering torture-lovers who enjoy 24.

President David Palmer
President John Keeler
President Charles Logan
President Wayne Palmer
President Allison Taylor
President James Heller
116  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Mike Dukakis v Mitt Romney 2016 on: August 27, 2014, 09:43:03 pm
At least Romney would've gotten the "raped and murdered" question right.
117  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 8 (Matt from VT) on: August 27, 2014, 07:25:44 pm
Oh well. Was fun.
118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Keaton House Polling: Lawsuit Opinion Poll on: August 27, 2014, 02:42:50 pm
"Labor is not radical!"

Roll Eyes

Tongue
119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: August 27, 2014, 02:41:37 am
Lookin' good, Alfred.

Tongue
120  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of people who wear hoodies and baggy pants on: August 27, 2014, 01:54:52 am
I'm not going to pretend I don't form an opinion despite my best attempts not to. We can sit here and talk about things in our ivory tower all we want, but we're all mostly human.
121  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney: "Circumstances can change" on: August 27, 2014, 12:36:53 am
I didn't. Wink
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (LEADERSHIP DECLARATIONS!) on: August 26, 2014, 10:19:04 pm
Well, that's not exactly what happened, but Atlasians living abroad now have more recognition in the game and are allowed to register in provinces. I've always thought it was time to throw a bone to those folks. #NotBiasedOrAnything
123  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which will happen next term? on: August 26, 2014, 10:09:50 pm
I think we need to take you into the shop for repairs, Adam.
124  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Keaton House Polling: October 2014 Presidential on: August 26, 2014, 10:08:42 pm
But it's worth pointing out that the polls are still usually much closer than this, and I doubt what we're seeing is a complete anomaly, especially after the midterm rout.
125  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Keaton House Polling: October 2014 Presidential on: August 26, 2014, 09:57:13 pm
BRB PMing all my friends to vote in this too


Please, guys! Save the platform discussions for your respective threads!

It's interesting to watch you not know what to do about this.
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