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101  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: April 25, 2015, 01:49:56 am
The sleeves are too short, otherwise I would've just left them. But thanks. Smiley I'm trying to decide if it's worth paying to alter the thing, but I don't know...
102  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: April 25, 2015, 01:36:23 am
I suppose the way I'm seeing it is that pressuring someone to invalidate their vote is always going to be a negative, conniving thing. Asking someone to change regions, however, could be done with quite positive intentions if it's done by someone who's taking a newbie under his or her wing. Failure to include a disclaimer would now be a criminal offense, however. Even though the original act of suggesting that the person move isn't that bad at all. I don't know. I'm just not really seeing it. I've suggested to some friends in jest that they come to the South, and I certainly never provided the disclaimer. We're on good terms now, but if something happens down the line, my innocent suggestion could now be used to tank my career. All over something that's not necessarily a big deal.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015 (Debating) on: April 25, 2015, 01:25:00 am
Seeing the above responses, I feel good going ahead and putting this amendment forward.

Quote from: Amendment Offered
Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015

Section 1. Cooperatives Administration
1. The Senate hereby appropriates $TBD toward the establishment of a Cooperatives Administration under the purview of the Department of Internal Affairs.
2. The Cooperatives Administration will be modeled on the existing Small Business Administration and shall have, for its purpose, aiding the development of cooperative enterprises. In that capacity, the Cooperatives Administration will provide low interest loans to cooperative enterprises, information on successful business practices, and other information and aid of interest to cooperative enterprises.
3. All loans and other forms of aid currently provided to cooperative enterprises by the Small Business Administration, as described in the Cooperative Development Act of 2014, are hereby the responsibility of the Cooperatives Administration, which shall conduct all dealings with cooperative enterprises on behalf of the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 2: Expanding the Cooperative Sector
1. Upon the passage of this legislation, one-third (1/3rd) of federal contracts shall be reserved for cooperative enterprises.
2. Contributions by cooperative enterprises toward Social Security and other federal programs traditionally made by employers shall henceforth be paid in full by the Republic of Atlasia federal government.
3. The Republic of Atlasia Treasury shall henceforth issue 'Solidarity Bonds' with the express goal of using these for investing in and expanding the cooperative sector. Persons who purchase Solidarity Bonds shall not be taxed for any income derived from the cashing in of a Solidarity Bond.
4. Cooperative enterprises are hereby exempt from all extant anti-trust legislation.

Section 3 2: Implementation
Unless stated otherwise herein, this legislation shall take effect July 1, 2015.
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote Aye: Atlasians for Electoral Reform on: April 24, 2015, 12:35:23 pm
So interesting to see how the support and dissent breaks down.
105  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: April 24, 2015, 12:24:25 pm
At what point does this become "excessively regulating conversation" though? I understand the intentions, but suggesting that someone change regions is not blasphemous, and expecting the suggestion to always be followed by some sort of qualifier seems unrealistic... At some point people are just going to have to look out for themselves. Not everything needs a law.
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015 (Debating) on: April 24, 2015, 12:00:14 pm
Strike Section 2 and I could support it. The government should not artificially bloat one sector just because of what it is or stands for. If cooperatives are to be successful, they will need to be able to survive on their own.

Plus, one third of contracts cannot immediately go to cooperatives after the passage of this bill for the simple reason that there will not be enough cooperatives to take on this work.

I think we can support cooperatives in their infancy (so long as we make it clear what a cooperative is), but I can't see how setting any kind of quota is a good idea here. They've got to compete for contracts just like everyone else.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Cranberry, Pacific Regional Senator - STATEMENT ON JUNE on: April 24, 2015, 11:51:33 am
Bigger and better things await. In the meantime, you'll be sadly missed. Good luck.
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Fox: RUBIOMENTUM on: April 24, 2015, 12:38:43 am
The GOP Primary map is going to be so great if nobody breaks out of the pack.

I think it's a distinct possibility. So many candidates, no frontrunner, and divergent core beliefs among primary voters? This whole primary contest has a non-negligible chance of going all the way to the convention. Plus, Rand Paul totally throws a wrench between the traditional establishment/social conservative rift. With three key players not willing to give up, each representing a unique segment of the electorate (let's say Paul, Bush, and Generic Bigot™)... things could get pretty complicated.
109  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Look for the Union Laben Act of 2015(Vote to end the debates) on: April 24, 2015, 12:31:10 am
110  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote No to the Electoral Reform Amendment on: April 23, 2015, 07:46:30 pm
I would consider moderating. I voted in favour, but I certainly see both sides. Don't know if people would consider me qualified to do something like this though. Maybe I'd do it through a national paper.
111  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Look for the Union Laben Act of 2015 on: April 23, 2015, 02:01:29 pm
"Encourage" is too toothless. I'd rather this pass or fail on its own merits. Not enter into the books as a meaningless law.
112  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment on: April 23, 2015, 01:59:55 pm
I would like to make one more amendment tonight. Give me that wiggle room? I really believe there's a way to make this legislation friendly to most of us here without sacrificing its core measures. Right now, I'm worried the bill will fail. I want it to pass.
113  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Electoral Reform Amendment (Final Vote) on: April 23, 2015, 01:57:29 pm
I'm torn. As a former party organizer and former at-large senator, I actually thought these contests had the potential to be really fun. That being said, I think it's time to try something new and get the regions more involved in federal politics. This approach could do that... and I think it's worth trying.

114  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on Polnut's amendment) on: April 22, 2015, 11:01:34 pm
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your number on the Kinsey Scale? on: April 21, 2015, 09:57:28 pm
4-5, I guess.
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: April 21, 2015, 04:02:53 pm
I commend the Vice President for making a sensible decision on this matter.
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: April 21, 2015, 09:02:57 am
Well, I've often said I learned more here than I did for school during undergrad. Unfortunately this place has never seemed résumé-appropriate... Sad
118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Electoral Reform Amendment (Debating) on: April 21, 2015, 08:57:22 am
That was a lot of words to say basically nothing, but yeah. Tongue
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Electoral Reform Amendment (Debating) on: April 21, 2015, 08:56:56 am
I don't necessarily see oakvale's suggestion as a poison pill, but I also don't really see how it's related to the current set of changes. It's a different issue entirely that I haven't given much thought to, and I don't really want to have to think about it in this particular debate. I have no strong feelings one way or the other, but I'm thinking that keeping this amendment as simple as possible would be advantageous to those of us who want to see the amendment pass.
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reintroducing the Cabinet Reform Amendment on: April 21, 2015, 08:53:39 am
Ah damn. I thought I got them all. My apologies.
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: April 20, 2015, 06:27:39 pm
I just learned that my dream school doesn't offer funding to any of its M.Ed. students. No where on the website did it say that; it instead mentioned that funding is common and asked me on my application if I wished to be considered for financial support. It was my understanding that most universities usually support their graduate students due to the intensity of the work, so I just assumed information about a funding package would be on its way. Nope. The kicker? Had I simply selected the M.A. program track in the same area of study on my application, money would've been made available. I'm so pissed.

So now I have to decide between making the move to the University of British Columbia, which was already going to be a bit daunting to me, or staying at Queen's for my third (!) degree where I'll receive between $5,000 and $10,000 a year. Basically, a better program with hugely expensive tuition and more student debt, or a worse program with tuition almost paid for.

I'm really upset. Never in my life have I ever felt comfortable doing something crazy. Doing the risky, spontaneous, interesting thing. Finally I thought everything was falling in line for me to do something different and move out West, and now this information comes along and makes the decision so much more difficult. I already turned down a lot of money for my undergrad to go to what I thought was the better school. I don't regret it, but there comes a point where financial responsibility starts to be more of a consideration.

Plus, even if I could overlook the money situation, part of me just doesn't want to go to UBC anymore because I can't believe how deceptive they were about funding. Undecided
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Look for the Union Laben Act of 2015 on: April 20, 2015, 06:14:20 pm
Meh. This was never law in the past when companies were proud to advertise their ties with organized labour. If they don't wish to advertise those ties now, I don't think it's our place to force them to. It's not like it's a health and safety concern for the consumer, so I'd err on the side of free speech. Unions need to find a way to win the PR war themselves. After all, this government is pretty much helping them win every other battle.
123  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Constitutional Amendment (Final vote) on: April 20, 2015, 03:15:03 pm

I'm loosely paraphrasing Arthur in Excalibur when he said, "They're not laws if they don't apply to everyone" or something closely to that effect. So, I guess what I see is that without this, if someone became President who had a strong personality cult behind him (or her), he (or she Wink) could get away with literally anything.

The president having the power to pardon anyone undermines those laws, though. So barring presidents from pardoning themselves really just creates a false distinction that makes it possible for us to eat away at the powers the founders intended presidents to have.

Anyway, I realize debate is over, so I'll shut up. Tongue
124  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator HagridOfTheDeep on: April 20, 2015, 11:49:59 am

North Myrtle Beach, SC —

I would like to congratulate the victors of this weekend's at-large senate elections. Despite the best efforts of extremists to derail the democratic process and take the lives of Atlasians performing one of their most sacred civic duties, the will of the people—our collective national voice—can never be silenced.

What is more, the results of this election have mostly left me satisfied. I have had the pleasure of working with each of these individuals, and I am hopeful that this diverse team of senators will be able to overcome its political differences and effectively serve the people of Atlasia. Congratulations again to Senators Leif, Blair, Polnut, and Cris on winning re-election, and to former Senator North Carolina Yankee on returning to the senate once more. Best of luck in the next session.

125  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Agricultural Policy Act of 2015 (Final vote) on: April 19, 2015, 09:56:20 pm

I am eager to see how these programs will improve the lives of our farmers.
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