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101  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Supreme Court rules SSM a legal right on: June 26, 2015, 09:16:13 am
So happy right now!
102  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why does everyone now think Bush will win the nomination? on: June 25, 2015, 01:30:13 pm
Yes. The gravitas factor is very important. It's not really quantifiable, but it's just a sense you get when looking over the candidates. This cycle, Bush and Kasich are the only ones who really seem to have it. Perry possibly has the potential to earn back his gravitas, but he hasn't had that aura since the summer of 2011. Christie is another case of a politician losing his aura of credibility. I know it seems shallow, but the winner is necessarily going to "feel" like a president. Do Rand Paul or Scott Walker really feel like presidents of the United States? Nah.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Time Has Come on: June 24, 2015, 05:56:01 pm
Be careful. You might just give me a reason to stay.
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Modern Health Education Act on: June 23, 2015, 02:11:06 pm
I would be pleased to have Senator Blair sponsor.

Basically, this approach is what I would call "non-coercive Common Core." Regions are more than welcome to craft their own health curricula in school, but doing so will sadly mean they miss out on support for a revitalized program from the federal government. What's more, I believe the way I've set up this legislation provides enough wiggle room for the regions to still craft the specifics of their programs.

Mainly, the idea came from the revamped Ontario health curriculum, which has seen much controversy in recent months because it has the audacity to include planks accepting gender diversity and various sexual orientations. The four "strands" of health education comes from the Ontario curriculum, as do some of the specifics in Sections 3(2) to 3(5).

As for the current state of things in the regions, I'm not sure exactly what the learning expectations are (if we have anything on the books at all). If we find that some regions are already in compliance with the provisions of this bill, all the better... our schools could use the funds, especially for health programs as important as these ones.
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you share about your previous relationships with significant others? on: June 21, 2015, 01:08:45 pm
See, I'm okay that there have been other guys. I just see my relationship with him as a very important part of my life... Obviously he felt the same way about his past relationships too. And if they were such a big part of his life, I feel like it would be nice to know about it. I want to be able to share everything. I dunno.
 
106  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you share about your previous relationships with significant others? on: June 21, 2015, 12:14:46 pm
Well, apparently not. But that's how I see it too.
107  Forum Community / Forum Community / How much do you share about your previous relationships with significant others? on: June 21, 2015, 12:07:46 am
A recent stumbling block. I'm curious if people think I'm in the wrong. Discuss. Tongue
108  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you could change one of these election results, which one would you change? on: June 20, 2015, 07:40:56 pm
Hmm. I don't like volatility in the tax rates, and I think Reagan brought them down much too low. If the US could tax at pre-Reagan rates today, who knows what America could accomplish. That being said, raising them back would be a disaster. Plus, Clinton did manage to wipe out the deficit, so... maybe not 1980.

I guess I'd go with 2000. Bush was less transformative, but the country was in an interestingly hopeful place after the '90s. Handing the torch to someone else could have yielded more positive results.
109  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban CountryClassSF on: June 20, 2015, 07:32:01 pm
Sorry to revive a very dead horse, but I saw my name mentioned. Just want to clear the record and say that I rarely identify as a conservative anymore precisely because scum like CountryClassSF drag the label through the mud. It would be an embarrassment and an insult to identify with the likes of him.

Cheers!

<3

110  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: June 20, 2015, 07:18:41 pm
I'M SUCH A CAMERA WHORE.

Anyway, we went camping last week. It was really great to be able to spend a few days together, especially since we've been in different cities since the beginning of May. Lately we've only been seeing each other once a week. It was also a bit of a goodbye trip; he's going back to Vancouver on Monday. I'll be heading out there towards the end of August to start school (us being in the same city was never a sure bet, so I'm super happy it worked out), but two months is a long time to be apart. Anyway, I'm sure we'll be fine.

111  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2015 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 20, 2015, 03:11:19 pm
President:
[1] Write-in: HagridOfTheDeep and Adam Griffin
[2] Dkrolga and JoMCaR
[3] Bore and AverroŽs Nix

Southern Senator:
[1] PiT
[2] Write-in: oakvale

112  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / So, it's time to wrap this one up. on: June 20, 2015, 03:05:59 pm
I may be a little vanilla (at least in public Wink), but I'm going to do something unconventional: I concede the Southern senate race to PiT, a strong leader who was one of my first friends and mentors in the game. Although our paths eventually diverged, he is an extremely capable Atlasian who will serve this region, as he has always done, with dignity and dedication.

To my supporters, thank you. The truth is, events in my life have recently shown me that my heart just isn't in it anymore. I enjoyed my brief return to the senate, but when election time came, I blew up at Griffin over our different approaches to the game, sent a total of two get-out-the-vote messages, went on a lovely three-day camping trip with my boyfriend, and realized, almost all of a sudden, that I don't care about Fantasyland anymore. I have a life now. It's time to go.

It's been three years since I found this place, and a lot has changed in the game and out. I started as a fat closeted gay Republican with all the answers. Things have turned around incredibly, and I'm leaving a much better person. Atlasia has been a big part of my life; in fact, I often joked that I learned more here than I did in university. In many ways, it's true: This place challenges you to be your best, know your stuff, and be open to different perspectives. I've loved and hated every minute of it. And it's time to turn the page.

The narcissist in me always wanted to be something more. I saw much better players (and much smarter people) like Nix and Polnut and Duke and Marokai achieve so much and earn serious respect. I've spent years looking up to them, trying to emulate them, and knowing I'd never come close. Boy, did I ever want to be president. But I have to say, although many of my goals never came to be, I am so grateful to have had the chance to work with, get to know, and in some cases even befriend, great players like the ones above. So many people, even Griffin, made this game what it was. I never imagined the friends I would make, and I'm so sorry some feel betrayed by the changes I made toward the end of my time here. I hope all of you know how much your friendship has meant over the last three years.

I probably exaggerate it in my head, and I promise I've come down a bit closer to Earth, but I'm still very proud of the things I've done in this game. From those six months that felt like six years as Federalist chairman to holding my own as an at-large senator, I hope I moved the needle in some small way. I was constantly on, constantly scheming, constantly trying to win. It often paid off. But I am so glad to finally put it to bed.

The plan for me now is pretty straightforward, in that I will serve the rest of my term and quietly deregister in a couple of weeks. I feel bad for making a spectacle of myself like this, but not saying anything wouldn't feel right. I am an Atlasian at heart. Maybe I'll reach another point in my life when I need Atlasia... But for now, I don't; and it's bittersweet to admit that it doesn't need me, either.

That being said, I'll miss this place very much. Thank you all for everything. The game's in wonderful hands.
113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum queers: Have you ever been openly discriminated against in public? on: June 16, 2015, 08:53:11 am
Yes, I had my arm around my boyfriend on the bus and an aggressive looking guy kept giving us death glares and shaking his head.

Generally my boyfriend tries to avoid public displays of affection precisely because of this, which I kind of hate. I understand why he's afraid, especially because he's so tiny, but I think it says something pretty disgusting about society in general that something as innocent as holding hands has to necessarily become an issue of discussion or reconsideration.

Especially when we have fvckers like CountryClass telling everybody we're "flaunting it" by doing what every single straight couple would do.

My boyfriend tries to avoid PDA as well, though I think that's because he came out relatively recently (around a year ago.) I'd probably have felt the same way if I got a boyfriend less than a year after coming out, so I don't blame him.

Anyway, no. Randoms/casual acquaintances just assume I'm straight usually.

The first person "irl" to ever know about my sexuality was my boyfriend. Last September. So I don't think it's the same for me haha. I'd be all over him all over the place if I could be. Tongue
114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum queers: Have you ever been openly discriminated against in public? on: June 14, 2015, 06:28:30 pm
I didn't say it's the action I'd take, but holding hands is a consensual affair.

I meant it's classic bullying.  They have bullied him into hiding his sexuality and affection for you because they can only hate.  And they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Ah, I see. Full agreement from me... it's really sad. Sad
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your least knowledgeable subject(s)? on: June 14, 2015, 04:09:00 pm
Music. I can never hear the words in a song unless I really concentrate, and the concept of deliberately listening to it frequently goes right over my head.

As the son of two musicians, I'm really sorry to hear the, and I'm not being sarcastic (surprisingly).

And in my case, a lot of effing sh#t. Same as the rest of us.

I'm sorry too haha. I still can connect to music and feel inspired by it or whatever... I just really can't hear the words, and I definitely don't have music playing all the time like some people. If I want to listen to music it basically has to be the only thing I'm doing. Maybe that's silly.
116  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum queers: Have you ever been openly discriminated against in public? on: June 14, 2015, 03:56:57 pm
I didn't say it's the action I'd take, but holding hands is a consensual affair.
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your least knowledgeable subject(s)? on: June 14, 2015, 03:30:59 pm
Music. I can never hear the words in a song unless I really concentrate, and the concept of deliberately listening to it frequently goes right over my head.
118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum queers: Have you ever been openly discriminated against in public? on: June 14, 2015, 03:29:07 pm
Yes, I had my arm around my boyfriend on the bus and an aggressive looking guy kept giving us death glares and shaking his head.

Generally my boyfriend tries to avoid public displays of affection precisely because of this, which I kind of hate. I understand why he's afraid, especially because he's so tiny, but I think it says something pretty disgusting about society in general that something as innocent as holding hands has to necessarily become an issue of discussion or reconsideration.

Especially when we have fvckers like CountryClass telling everybody we're "flaunting it" by doing what every single straight couple would do.
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party June Convention -- NOW VOTING on ENDORSEMENTS! on: June 14, 2015, 12:10:46 pm
I've seen some things said in here. Tongue

With respect, I don't think it's accurate to say I've done a "bizarro 180" like Griffin is arguing. This isn't a Matt-style transformation. I've slowly evolved on a few issues due to me coming to terms with some things in my life and my general dissatisfaction with organized conservatism (and the people it attracts) in the real world. Here in Atlasia, I decided to become an Independent because I wasn't really happy with how things had been going in the Federalist Party. It's been much more stress-free now, and I'm loving it... it makes for a happier Hagrid.

Anyway, just wanted to clear that up. I would love to be able to earn more of your votes in the election. I think the senate has done a lot of good work over the last few months, and I'm happy to have been a part of it. I know others like windjammer and Griffin are already oiling the Labor machine behind the scenes for PiT (interesting), but if you look to what PiT and I both stand for and how we operate in government, I hope most of you will find that I am worth endorsing. I'm not going to fall in bed with some of your more extreme proposals (Tongue), but in me you find someone who is open to having smart government help people.

Thanks everyone!
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Alleviating Rural Poverty Act of 2015 on: June 13, 2015, 11:16:18 am
So we are circling back around to the fact that rural public transportation is not profitable (read: economically-justifiable) in rural areas. Hmm.

I see some merits in trying to set up some kind of inter-city/inter-town/inter-hub service, but I do understand the complications involved with giving subsidies to, say, Greyhound or CoachUSAAtlasia. Perhaps giving the SoIA some discretion to sort this out himself is the best approach, but I'm actually not completely opposed to what TNF has proposed.

I think the best way to do it would be to create an umbrella rural transit authority in each region that we'd partially fund. Perhaps these transit authorities already exist. From there I'd hope these organizations would also loop in the counties/municipalities and expect funding from them. The goal of these transit authorities would be to oversee the growth of a regional system according to the tenets of some sort of master plan that we could decide.

Sadly, I just don't think the private sector is positioned to help us with something that is inherently impractical. That sounds more like the job of government. Roll Eyes
121  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Civic Renewal - June 2015 Party Convention on: June 09, 2015, 11:15:20 am
Thank you, rpryor. I don't want to impose, but I'd be pleased to address your convention if that's agreeable. Let me know. Either way, best of luck for a great gathering!
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator HagridOfTheDeepóCondolences to France | Vote History on: June 08, 2015, 06:56:04 pm


CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF!




Senator HagridOfTheDeep kicks off his re-election bid in Charleston.


Charleston, SCó

Good afternoon, South Carolina! I love my job, but itís always great to be back home from Nymanóespecially for an event like this. It has been such a privilege to serve as Southern senator, and Iím thrilled to start the next chapter of this journey: Today I officially kick off my campaign for re-election to the senate.

When I took on this job, I pledged to offer a much-needed moderate voice to the senate. Since then, Iíve made good on this promise and worked tirelessly to combat extremism in government. I also promised to be an active voice for the South, and I believe Iíve proven that I put people over politics and work hard in the job I do. Lastly, I vowed to be transparent. Although I regret that I havenít had the chance to meet every voter, I hope all of you have found my legislative updates and vote breakdowns valuable. I plan to continue releasing these reports and exhibiting these qualities as senator. I hope youíll keep me on the job!

This particular race has definitely gotten more interesting over the last 24 hours, and Iím happy to welcome PiT to the fray. That being said, right out the gate, heís announced that he believes the South needs a more right-wing senator. Let me tell you why heís wrong.

First, heís wrong because, frankly, Iíve fought for quite a few conservative causes these last couple monthsóand won. Itís no secret that my views have migrated a little to the centre, but over my last term in the senate, Iíve almost always been the one to successfully tone down Laborís excess:

  • When Senator Blair wanted to spend billions on an AIDS package and the numbers didnít add up, I raised attention to the issue and the numbers changed.

  • When the administration wanted the Postal Service to start issuing loans, I was one of the few who tried to limit funds for the project in order to prevent what could become a federal takeover of the financial sector.

  • When almost everyone in the senate decided to line police officers in front of the proverbial firing squad with the Policing the Police Act, I raised numerous concerns and believe Iím at least partially responsible for the fairer version of the bill we see todayóone that strikes a delicate balance between the rights of officers and the victims of police brutality.

  • When Senator TNF proposed bills to bring corporate charters up for review, I stood in firm opposition with a number of colleagues.

  • When Senator TNF suggested providing federal funds for the unionization of farmers, I pushed back against the misallocation of money, created new programs that would more effectively support our farm workers, and made sure the regions had significant agency in the process.

  • When the Senate considered eliminating the at-large class of senators in favour of a districts system, I supported the reform because I believe the regions deserve much more say in the how the federal government operates.

  • When Senator Blair fought for a money-wasting scheme on rural transportation, I continually demonstrated its inefficiency in an effort to save money, and suggested other ideas that could better accomplish the goals of the bill.

Itís a long list, and it goes beyond what Iíve specifically mentioned. The point is, Iíve done a lot to moderate the debate in the senateómy colleagues, at least, would have a hard time believing Iím ďnot conservative enough.Ē That being said, Iíve been so successful with changing course on these radical bills because of my willingness to compromise and belief that government can help people. If I had come in as a hardened right-wing idealist or anti-government Federalist, I promise I would have gotten so much pushback that a lot of these changes wouldnít have happened. I offered meaningful amendments to some of these bills, too; if Iíd put my back up against the wall and shouted louder, my credibility would be gone and Iíd be the senateís JCL: someone with strong beliefs but no political capital to implement them.

The second reason why we donít need a Federalist senator is because weíd potentially miss out on a lot of good programs that passed with my support. See, Iím a reasonable guy: If the senate wants to deal with campus assault, HIV/AIDS, or poverty, you can at least count on me to want to be part of the solution. I do support smart social programs, and Iím scared a Federalist senator would hear the words ďsocial programsĒ and run screaming into the woods.

  • I created a grant program for agritourism to support diversification on struggling family farms. It cost money, but in the long run I think itís an investment that will pay off and revitalize our rural economies.

  • Iíll take significant credit for rescuing the Affirmative Consent bill. It was sinking fast, but I decided preventing campus rapes was important enough to fight for. Without significantly watering down the key elements of the bill, I managed to hone in on what really mattered in the text and present a version that passed with unanimous support. PiT specifically mentioned his fears of wading into this territoryóhad he been in the senate instead of me, this victory would not have happened. And Iím pretty positive when I say that.

  • I supported provisions to help combat Boko Haram in Africa. Some libertarians might say we were dictating terms to the Nigerian government, but I think itís unconscionable to sit by and watch these criminals terrorize the region.

  • I am championing a non-coercive curriculum reform plan to modernize health education in Atlasia. The plan does not force regions to comply, which is important, but does provide strong support and resources to regions that choose to sign on teach about such important things as body image, mental health, and acceptance of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

  • I supported a reasonable funding package to combat AIDS and the stereotypes around the disease in our country.

Bottom line: I support social programs that make sense because I believe itís important to connect people to opportunities. Expecting folks to take care of crippling, cyclical problems on their own does not make for a better Atlasia.

Finally, we donít need a Federalist senator because I think itís kinda nice to have someone who fights not for party, but for people. Iíll tell you nowóitís not electorally advantageous to be an Independent (but by Dave, Iíll try and make it so Tongue). Iím an Independent because I donít want to have a hidden agenda. I donít want to be accountable only to a partisan bloc. Since being elected, Iíve tried my best to represent the whole South, which has been a wonderful home for me over the last three years. At the same time, Iíve always been true to my own beliefs and set my ow priorities. I hope you have found it to be a refreshing change.

In the end, Iím asking once more for your vote. I am glad to have a challenger, but the truth is, heís wrong: We donít need a right-wing senator. I am an Independent: I fight for moderate compromise, value smart social support, and represent people over party. I think the region is better off because of it.

Thank you all, and Dave bless.


123  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How many Presidential candidates do you fear? on: June 08, 2015, 04:37:10 pm
Most of them.

And to be honest, I'm pessimistic enough to think people like Ted Cruz have a chance.
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: June 07, 2015, 06:19:20 pm
Thanks guys! Someone should PM CountryClassWhatever and tell him about this thread. Smiley
125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: June 06, 2015, 11:06:19 pm
Warning: Selfies ahead.

It's been a busy but fantastic couple months on my end! I just graduated with my Bachelor of Education at Queen's on Wednesday, and it was so nice (and a little stressful!) to be able to drive all of my living grandparents out to Kingston for the ceremony. It was also nice to be able to wear what I believe is a pretty classy ensemble. Wink








Last month, I trekked out to Niagara Falls with my boyfriend for a day trip. The weather wasn't the most cooperative, but it was still a really fun day.




And the month before, we had an awesome end-of-year formal for the education students. My stunning blazer made its first appearance at this event, haha. My boyfriend and I wanted a sort of fuzzy vintage look for outfits.






And here's just a fun picture of us by the lake/City Hall in Kingston.



Life's good!

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