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101  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: May 11, 2015, 08:45:32 am
I will say Police Integrity Commissions (or differently named bodies) exist in many places around the world without the world falling apart and anarchy being released upon the community.

And they are probably more strictly regulated than they are here, unfortunately. As Senator Yankee said, there are no protections and no way to ensure that the PICs actually operate with any kind of integrity or professionalism.

I hope the president will consider these points when he takes action on the bill. Otherwise I fear our country will become less safe.
102  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: May 10, 2015, 08:32:50 pm
I will be running for re-election to the Southern Senate seat.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: May 10, 2015, 07:21:55 pm
Do we want to do something about the free move? Now is the time. If someone else is interested, I'll pursue it and significantly change this bill.

Otherwise I'm assuming we'll just vote it down and be done with it, which I'm okay with too. Thoughts?
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Repeal Act (Final vote) on: May 10, 2015, 07:20:08 pm
Nay
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: the most unpopular politician that you actually like. on: May 09, 2015, 09:26:38 pm
Mitt Romney
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Senate resolution: Improve the Senate Rules on: May 09, 2015, 02:06:20 pm
All right. Didn't mean to accuse, but I thought I'd cover my ass.

In that case, I do think it is worth looking into whether the vice president should not have that power during the transition.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine for Mideast Senate! (Office and Campaign HQ) (Announcement and Logo) on: May 09, 2015, 01:50:02 pm
Best of luck! Endorsed.
108  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 09, 2015, 01:48:03 pm
Went to the slots for the first time last night. $60 went up in flames, but it was so awesome. I should do it more often. Cheesy
109  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Senate resolution: Improve the Senate Rules on: May 09, 2015, 01:44:03 pm
Total side note, but while we're discussing the rules, I want to bring up the following.

I know this was a sensitive issue with some members not so long ago, but I believe the vice president should have more authority in one important instance: the transition between speakers. We had basically a week where nothing really happened because we were electing a speaker. It is possible my unfamiliarity with the rules is showing here (and that the VP was supposed to do something and didn't Tongue), but I think the vice president should have been keeping things going in the debate threads. That short hiatus has thrown a lot of us off... and it strikes me as an unnecessary occurrence.
110  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: May 09, 2015, 01:35:38 pm
Nay

I see a number of issues in the bill that make me uneasy. In general, I support the spirit of the work unions do in protecting employees from unjust termination of employment; this bill does not engage them whatsoever. I am nervous of the authority we will be giving potentially uneducated, untrained civilians over police officers. The members of these PICs could be completely unfamiliar with police work. Plus, the intent of the PICs is not exactly ambiguous: These are the bodies that will be digging up dirt on officers. There's nothing about when an investigation would be appropriate and when one would not be. I am afraid that PICs would attract individuals who want to smear officers... and now they'd have the authority to do just that. It is true that the PICs only have the power to recommend persecution, but the ability to subpoena individuals and documents is quite a big muscle to be able to flex. A slanted investigation, which the PICs now have the ability to conduct (basically they're extra-judicial witch-hunt panels) could do serious damage to innocent officers.

Sometimes officers have to make hard decisions in the line of work that, when politicized and made the subject of sensational investigations, could be construed as criminal. In reality, the hard decisions they make are often necessary at the time. I have a hard time handing the power to condemn these individuals to popularly-elected anti-police activists. How can they know what a police officer should or shouldn't do when lives are at stake?

In fact, I believe we should look into passing a Good Samaritan Act that makes clear the protections first responders have in the line of work. If a firefighter breaks someone's ribs when saving them from a burning building, a lengthy trial, the possibility of being fired, and criminal proceedings aren't something that person should have to face.

Anyway, I digress. I urge my fellow senators to think more carefully about what this bill, particularly the establishment of PICs, would mean for our law enforcement.
111  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment on: May 09, 2015, 01:16:26 pm
One small change at the beginning of section 4. Smiley

Quote from: Current Text
Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015

Section 1: Introductory Matter
1. In order to receive federal financial assistance from July 1, 2015, a post-secondary educational institution (hereafter referred to as the "institution") must adopt a comprehensive policy concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as defined in relevant regional and federal statute involving a student, both on and off campus, in person and online.

2. The Secretary of Internal Affairs is hereby directed to promote a similar agreement with the regional governments regarding regional financial assistance to post-secondary institutions.

Section 2: Affirmative Consent
1. The said policy shall be centred on
    the promotion of an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. “Affirmative consent” means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not necessarily mean consent, nor does silence. A sexual act can become an assault if consent is revoked by any party during any point in the activity and that activity continues. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.

Section 3: Disciplinary Processes
1. The said policy shall institute a victim-first disciplinary process unrelated to criminal proceedings that may be ongoing in relation to a case of alleged sexual assault.
2. This disciplinary process must clearly reject intoxication or lack of knowledge regarding whether consent was given as defenses for the accused.
3. Affirmative consent standards, as outlined above, must form the bedrock of the disciplinary process.

Section 4: Establishing Policies Dealing With Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
1. The policy shall include detailed, victim-centered policies and protocols regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving a student that comport with best practices and current professional standards. At a minimum, the policies and protocols shall cover all of the following:
    (1) Maintaining the privacy of individuals involved.
    (2) Initial response by the institution’s personnel to a report of an incident, including requirements specific to assisting the victim.
    (3) Response to stranger and nonstranger sexual assault.
    (4) The victim interview
    (5) Providing written notification to the victim about the availability of, and contact information for, on- and off-campus resources and services, and coordination with law enforcement, as appropriate.
    

Section 5: Partner Organizations
1. It is suggested that the institution shall, to the extent feasible, enter into memoranda of understanding, agreements, or collaborative partnerships with existing on-campus and community-based organizations, including rape crisis centers, to refer students for assistance or make services available to students, including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, and legal assistance, and including resources for the accused.

Section 6: Outreach Programs
1. The aforementioned policy shall implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
2. A comprehensive prevention program shall include a range of prevention strategies, including, but not limited to, empowerment programming for victim prevention, awareness raising campaigns, primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction. Outreach programs shall be provided to make students aware of the institution’s policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
3. Outreach programming shall be included as part of every incoming student’s orientation.


What are people's thoughts on this? I'd really like it to pass, and if there's anything that can be done to make it so, I'm open to hearing some input. I think we've managed to strike a decent balance already that can hopefully appease both sides, but let's talk about it!
112  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Childcare Reform Act (Debating) on: May 09, 2015, 01:10:48 pm
To be honest, while I agree that the vice president makes a strong point, I'm just a bit leery of handing out money to more social programs in general. We have a huge social support net in this country already. Services do cost money because the work does have value (whether you're a fan of the commodification of labour or not). So since we have done quite a bit to put money in the pockets of the people at the bottom of the social ladder, what is wrong with asking them to pay for a service?

I am totally okay with giving a little bit of help, but we can't cover everything. Especially since we already do cover so much.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb says that George W. Bush is on of his main Middle East advisors on: May 09, 2015, 11:36:31 am
Maybe it's not politically smart, but I'm okay with it personally.
114  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Repeal Act (Debating) on: May 07, 2015, 10:53:43 pm
Well yeah. There's nothing that could really convince me that this bill is a good idea. The senate voted on this matter not that long ago, and I think its members made the right call.
115  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Childcare Reform Act (Debating) on: May 07, 2015, 10:52:26 pm
Aye
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: May 06, 2015, 09:08:23 pm
Talleyrand
Independent
Delaware

Congratulations on a fantastic choice!
117  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Speaker declaration thread on: May 06, 2015, 02:47:04 pm
[1] Windjammer, FTR

Sorry, just figured there'd be a separate thread opened for the vote. Didn't even check in here again. My mistake.
118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment on: May 06, 2015, 02:46:01 pm
And I guess the VP no longer has the power to keep things going in the meantime? Makes sense.
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment on: May 06, 2015, 10:50:39 am
What's the hold-up here?
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Oakvale v. Clyde on: May 04, 2015, 07:51:05 pm
Do any of you have any questions for each other?
121  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Childcare Reform Act (Debating) on: May 04, 2015, 07:44:10 pm
Sounds like we're in a better position to offer a grant or a tax credit instead.
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record-Courier Polls: June Presidential Election on: May 03, 2015, 06:39:57 pm
Wow, this pot sure does stir easily.

1) I didn't vote for SirNick.
2) I wasn't involved in the Federalist Party's decision to sit the election out, except by virtue of choosing not to run myself.
3) Sorry D, but most of what went wrong with your presidency had little to do with policies.
4) A president being marginally less-worse than his onetime opponent doesn't count as vindication.
123  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record-Courier Polls: June Presidential Election on: May 03, 2015, 05:32:01 pm
Don't think the Labor mouths have much credibility on this matter when one considers how bad the DemPGH presidency actually was.
124  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US-led airstrikes kill 52 Syrian civilians in a day, not 1 ISIS fighter – monito on: May 03, 2015, 08:32:55 am
War is a sh**tty thing. Doubt you'd find many people who disagree.
125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm semi-retiring on: May 02, 2015, 10:07:36 pm
Huh.
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