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101  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 16, 2015, 08:21:04 pm
Senators have 36 hours to object to bore's amendment



Thanks for your suggestions Hagrid, I think all three of those suggestions are good ones and should be implemented. The bill already mandates reparations for native atlasians as well as african atlasians, so that shouldn't need to be changed, though.

Oh, my bad. You're right! Totally missed it. Glad to see its inclusion.

Also, if any senators would be willing to sponsor an amendment on my behalf, I'll offer one shortly. Smiley
102  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Windjammer vs Speaker bore on: January 16, 2015, 08:18:16 pm
Ugh.
103  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: List every GOP candidate you think will win more than one primary/caucus in 2016 on: January 16, 2015, 12:08:00 am
I suppose you're right, Aruca. I'm just hoping America will be able to see through Cruz's sh**t-eating grin.
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: January 15, 2015, 11:56:22 pm
I, HagridOfTheDeep, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of Secretary of the Interior and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, so help me Dave.
105  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improving Support for Carers Bill 2014 (Debating) on: January 15, 2015, 11:49:04 pm
Not that it's my job, but I'm kind of on a roll spamming the senate... Tongue

... So, is this bill going anywhere?
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 15, 2015, 11:45:45 pm
Sections 2(3) and 2(10) seem problematic (forgive me if someone has already brought up what I'm about to say.

Regarding section 2(3), I really feel like the bill should specify that we're talking about the same pay for the same position. If it ends up that there are a couple more male managers than female managers, it's not necessarily a result of discrimination. Yet, in total and on average, the company in question would probably be paying men more. That's not a crime, but the bill kind of makes it out like it is.

For 2(10), the blanket ban on requiring employees to remove facial hair should, I believe, include some exceptions. Fire fighters, for example, cannot wear their breathing equipment if they sport a long beard, so fire departments therefore require that facial hair is kept short. It's an important rule, yet this bill would complicate it unnecessarily.

Just thought I'd add my two cents.

And while I'm at it, I'll say that 3(5) should have a grace period. It basically demands that every building with public washrooms creates a third restroom for people who do not belong to the traditional binary gender system. That's ridiculously expensive and sometimes unfeasible. I appreciate where it's coming from, but I just don't know if it can work. Maybe we make it so that all new public facilities include a non-gender-conforming washroom?

That aside, I think this bill is shaping up nicely. I look forward to working with the regions to implement a reparations program for African-Atlasians. In fact, I think the senate should really consider extending this bill to include something on our indigenous population.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policy Report Act (Voting On Amendment) on: January 15, 2015, 11:27:50 pm
For the record, I don't believe assigning bit duties to the Vice President is a good idea. In fact, to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of mandating inane duties like this at all. The intent is fantastic, but there's no enforcement mechanism (nor should there be), so I don't know if I see the point of this bill. I mean, good officeholders will make sure their constituents know what's going on in the senate. If they don't, that's their problem. Plus, what's stopping Atlasians from checking into this sub-forum and looking at the PPT's thread? All the information is there, isn't it? If they don't read that thread, they're not going to read the Policy Report.

If the bill is going to pass though, I think the position should just be filled by whoever the president appoints, no confirmation necessary. It's not a big job, so let's not make it a bigger deal than it has to be.
108  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: High Federalism Amendment on: January 15, 2015, 11:17:40 pm
I don't think this amendment is necessary. The federal government can still establish its own programs in the regions and administer these programs itself (or provide the opportunity for the regions to buy in). Forcing the regional governments to take action on one thing or another isn't needed and does sort of eliminate the purpose of playable regional governments in the first place.

I will also mention that I am very willing in my role as Secretary of the Interior to help get the regions on board with whatever initiatives the senate passes.
109  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Department of the Interior—Directive Re: Increased Security @ Government Offices on: January 15, 2015, 11:01:42 pm






Fellow Atlasians—

Welcome to my office at the Department of the Interior! In the past, I have served as a Legislator in the Imperial Dominion of the South, an at-large Senator, Chairman of a major political party, and Secretary of Internal Affairs. I’m pleased that the president has put his faith in me to serve this country once more.

Over the remainder of this term in office, I’ll be issuing directives, statements, and estimates which will be linked in the opening post of this thread—consider it your go-to place for everything related to the Department of the Interior. In addition, below you’ll find links to other projects I may be working on at any given time.

My main goal over the next two months is to show that the position of Secretary of the Interior still has an important place in this game as a provider news, a bridge between all levels of government, and a member of the administration. As such, you can expect that I’ll work closely with the administration, regions, senate, and press to make this game a more interactive and immersive experience for everyone.

I hope you’ll follow along with interest, ask questions when you’ve got them, and let me know how I’m doing as time moves along.

Thanks,


HagridOfTheDeep
Secretary of the Interior





STATEMENTS from the Secretary of the Interior
(2015.01.27) Statement on the Civil Rights Act and Investing in our People


NEWS UPDATES from the Secretary of the Interior
[More to come]


DIRECTIVES of the Secretary of the Interior
(2013.02.09) Directive #001 Northeast Exemption from Standardized Testing
(2014.03.26) Directive #002 Pandemic and Bio-Hazard Response Plans
(2014.03.26) Directive #003 General Motors Investigative Action
(2014.07.14) Directive #004 Funding for the Housing First Act in the IDS
(2014.07.22) Directive #005 Recall Request and Re-Evaluation of Food Inspection Standards
(2014.08.12) Directive #006 Funding for the Homelessness Combattement Act in the Pacific
(2014.08.13) Directive #007 Clarification of Operating Costs at the Capitol Complex
(2014.11.23) Directive #008 Appointment of Deputy Secretary
(2014.11.26) Directive #009 Peaceful Protests and Police Action
(2014.12.02) Directive #010 Nullification of all Directives Issued Before November 2014
(2015.01.27) Directive #011 Nullification of all Directives Issued Before January 2015
(2015.01.27) Directive #012 Increased Flow of Information for Security Purposes
(2015.02.20) Directive #013 Increased Security at Government Offices


PREVIOUS SECRETARIES of the Interior
NiK—October 2009 to January 2010
Xahar—January 2010 to February 2010
Realpolitik—March 2010 to July 2010
Winston Disraeli—July 2010 to September 2010
Afleitch—September 2010 to November 2010
Dr. Cynic—November 2010 to February 2011
AndrewTX—February 2011 to March 2011
JBrase—March 2011 to April 2011
Yelnoc—April 2011 to June 2011
Barnes—July 2011 to August 2011
Yelnoc—August 2011 to September 2011
Dr. Cynic—September 2011 to December 2011
Tmthforu94—December 2011 to March 2012
20RP12—March 2012 to July 2012
Morgieb—July 2012 to November 2012
Speed of Sound—November 2012-January 2013
drj101—January 2013 to March 2013
Snowguy716—March 2013 to April 2013
MattVT—May 2013 to July 2013
Superique—July 2013 to January 2014
Cincinnatus—March 2014 to June 2014
HagridOfTheDeep—July 2014 to October 2014
TheCranberry—October 2014
GAworth—October 2014 to November 2014
Flo—November 2014 to December 2014
HagridOfTheDeep—January 2014 to present
 

OTHER LINKS of Interest
(2014.11.23) Former Office of Flo, Secretary of the Interior
(2014.12.28) Confirmation Hearing for HagridOfTheDeep, Designate Secretary of the Interior
110  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: List every GOP candidate you think will win more than one primary/caucus in 2016 on: January 15, 2015, 10:07:01 pm
Romney
Paul

And that's it. I don't think Huckabee will run, and I don't think the remaining social conservatives are actually that formidable. Paul, on the other hand, has an interesting message, wide appeal, and the potential to do well in both Iowa and New Hampshire. I think he could become the candidate of the far right. As for the moderate establishment candidate, Bush is a paper tiger and all the other establishment  candidates are extremely weak. In other words, Romney can count on that part of the vote. I really think it will come down to Paul and Romney.
111  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: January 15, 2015, 09:47:59 pm
Finished applying to the Masters of Education program at my current university. Should be interesting. I did not thrive in undergrad, and I'm afraid my willing sacrifice of participation and attendance marks might bite me in the ass, but whatever.
112  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN: RNC set to open 7/18/2016. on: January 15, 2015, 11:29:55 am
Good! Now me and my buddies know what days to protest these homophobic douchebags. Cheesy

Republicans aren't welcomed in Cleveland, and they screwed over the chance of us getting the DNC here. There's still the chance Columbus gets it, but not the same. :/

As someone who lives in the suburbs of Cleveland, I hope you are aware...that there is almost no Democratic Party left in the state of Ohio.

The entire legislature is Republican. The Ohio House, the Ohio Senate, Governor, Attorney General, ect.

Even the Ohio Supreme Court is 6-1 conservative.

But go ahead and protest. This is America. I support your right to look like a goofball.

More than that, I hope he's aware that over-generalizing a large swath of people by calling all its members "homophobic douchebags" isn't becoming or productive.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who would benefit the most from a Bush vs. Romney stand-off? on: January 12, 2015, 01:20:24 am
Romney, because he'd still win the nomination.
114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you think the previous poster thinks of you? on: January 11, 2015, 07:02:01 pm
Another damn gay with a boyfriend.
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you want the boyfriend or my boyfriend? on: January 11, 2015, 05:59:55 pm
Both.
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Hagrid for SoIA on: January 11, 2015, 05:53:39 pm
I'm looking forward to receiving official word that I have been confirmed and can start my duties...
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What 5 issues spawn the worst internet debates? on: January 10, 2015, 01:57:36 am
I think the list is missing feminism and religion.
118  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nigel Farage on: January 10, 2015, 01:21:19 am
Campus Conservatives hold weekly circle jerks over this guy, so I'm not interested.
119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you think the previous poster thinks of you? on: January 09, 2015, 07:36:07 pm
Rape apologist something something
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Adam Griffin: An Erotic Life on: January 09, 2015, 06:56:00 pm
Well, at least I'm not guilty of anything impeachable.
121  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who Would You Vote for in The Republican Primaries ? on: January 08, 2015, 11:30:01 am
Of these, Jeb Bush.
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - IDS Name change on: January 08, 2015, 11:26:11 am
Of course not. The IDS is struggling numbers-wise, and its unique traditions can be a big draw to new citizens.
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your excuse for not being in a relationship? on: January 05, 2015, 01:43:40 am
I have a boyfriend in spite of all my previous excuses for not having one, so I think you guys should end up fine.
Ah so you are another lucky one, how long have you two been together?

Just since September. I was mostly a closet case until then, too. So the last six months have definitely been transformative for me in a lot of ways. We met on Grindr and both of us are studying education at the same university, which has been awesome. I don't know how much time boyfriends are "supposed" to spend together, but we pretty much hang out every day, haha. We've had some rough times, but now we're at the stage where we're completely honest with each other, so we don't seem to have issues come up as often. I love him dearly.

But maybe talking about how happy I am in this particular thread isn't the most sensitive thing. Tongue

Ah you go to school together, just like the other guy in this thread who has boyfriends regularly, Lebron. It's such a major advantage to go to a university filled with similarly-aged people where you're bound to find genuine guys you can relate to and that you see regularly.

As opposed to the real world, where Grindr will introduce you to complete strangers who often turn out to be creeps and sometimes even rapists.

I see what you mean, but it can also be negative in that graduation is a thing. I'm not looking forward to the end of the school year... I mean, we'll keep it together for a bit, but if we end up in different cities, then it's pretty obvious what's going to happen. Sad
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your excuse for not being in a relationship? on: January 05, 2015, 01:21:59 am
I have a boyfriend in spite of all my previous excuses for not having one, so I think you guys should end up fine.
Ah so you are another lucky one, how long have you two been together?

Just since September. I was mostly a closet case until then, too. So the last six months have definitely been transformative for me in a lot of ways. We met on Grindr and both of us are studying education at the same university, which has been awesome. I don't know how much time boyfriends are "supposed" to spend together, but we pretty much hang out every day, haha. We've had some rough times, but now we're at the stage where we're completely honest with each other, so we don't seem to have issues come up as often. I love him dearly.

But maybe talking about how happy I am in this particular thread isn't the most sensitive thing. Tongue
125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your excuse for not being in a relationship? on: January 05, 2015, 01:02:54 am
I have a boyfriend in spite of all my previous excuses for not having one, so I think you guys should end up fine.
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