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101  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: July 07, 2014, 11:50:40 pm
Hazel's retirement is pretty exciting for Mississauga. Not that Crombie and Mahoney are really any different from each other, but just the prospect of a new mayor is so strange. I think I'm gonna go with Mahoney myself.
102  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: HagridoftheDeep for Secretary of Internal Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 10:22:58 pm
You've said that storytelling may not be a primary focus of yours, but this question/scenario may come up in other areas.

As I'm sure you know, the GM has the final authority on the legitimacy of anything the IA/EA does. If the GM were to "void" one of your stories/findings/actions, how would you respond publicly? Privately? Do you believe there will be enough of a discrepancy between the offices to even create such an issue in the first place?

I'll work with Napoleon to make sure everything is approved beforehand to avoid that situation. I know there's a rocky history between him and I, but both of us want to make this arrangement work. If a story I publish does get voided, it gets voided and we move on. He's the GM; I'm not.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: HagridoftheDeep for Secretary of Internal Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 07:53:22 pm
I am quite confident of Hagrid's skill and committment, so I believe voting for him will be incredibly easy. But since the confirmation hearings should always have questions:

-How do you plan to deal with the news aspect of the position? In addition to implementation of policies, do you plan to write about their consecuences or would you rather leave that to the GM?

This is something I've talked with Napoleon about, and we both agree that for the time being, storytelling isn't going to be my main area of focus. Maybe Napoleon can chime in here himself, but I anticipate that he will be creating a number of stories and it will be my job to "organize" people so that the different levels of government can deal with whatever situations he throws at us. I also have the authority to issue directives: If we've got a potentially devastating hurricane on the way, I can ready the resources Atlasia already has at its disposal to deal with the response/evacuation/etc.

That being said, I do consider the SoIA to be part of Atlasia's game moderation team, and I know the president wants us to be more than narrators and spokespeople. Napoleon will give me the odd story to disseminate, and at the bare minimum, I will also create one story per month in accordance with the Fifteenth Amendment. In addition to stories that are unique to Atlasia, I'll probably have some kind of news ticker going to keep people up-to-date on real-life events that trickle into the game. Any stories I issue will go through the GM and SoEA first. Just want everyone on the same page. I'm guess that Napoleon's stories will be "big picture" stuff and I'll be free to fill in some details on more of a micro-scale.
104  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 GOP Convention now between Cleveland and Dallas. on: July 07, 2014, 06:55:16 pm
The 9-member Republican site-selection committee is set to make a decision as early as tomorrow and as late as July 31st with a full RNC vote expected no later than August 9th. Members of the Democratic Committee are set to visit Cleveland Aug. 4th and 5th.

There's not many hints on how they will vote, but it's a matter of whether they would rather appeal more to Hispanics, or more to African Americans, whether they would prefer a city rising in population, or a city decreasing in population, and whether they want to sit it out and have to wait to have their convention until August at latest, or get an early fundraising start by having the convention in June. To sabotage a potential Democratic location, or not to sabotage? To please Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, or to please John Kasich and Ohio's 2 Senators? To have a convention in a state they will win, or a state that they won't win, again? There's just so many questions for those 9 to ask themselves.

It's worth noting that while the Republicans most recent convention in Dallas was as recent as 1984 with Reagan/Bush, Cleveland hasn't held a Republican convention since 1936 when Republicans were more friendly to the domestic programs.

If it does end up being Cleveland, then our Democratic base here is still going to protest when the time comes. Racists aren't welcomed in Cleveland.

You're so cool.
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So Michael's grandparents visited us in Scotland last week... on: July 07, 2014, 06:22:23 pm
I don't think anyone should be accused of "wishful thinking." That phrase implies that there was just an honest misunderstanding and that the two groups were merely incompatible. The truth is, the grandparents are a pair of bigoted assholes who came no where close to deserving such good hospitality. I would've snapped right away.

My aunt has recently taken to posting garbage on Facebook about how freedom of religion only counts for Christians. Or how Muslims shouldn't be allowed to wear burqas in public. Or how she's proud that she "doesn't believe" in homosexuality. Well, I've started causing sh**t and calling her out on it. It would almost be funny how poorly she defends herself if it wasn't such a sad reflection on the bigotry of some people in the West.
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: HagridoftheDeep for Secretary of Internal Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 06:02:51 pm
CARE actually achieved what I had intended when I created it nearly two years. That is, I talked to the other regional executives more often after its inception, mostly via PM, and I think we all built better relationships among ourselves.

The trouble was that several of us left office at the same time and there wasn't anyone to carry the torch forward that fall. Scott made an attempt, but he didn't get much of a response. Something sanctioned by the SoIA that brings in more stakeholders might have better luck, particularly as the Pacific and the Midwest are doing much better now then they were at the time. (If I remember correctly, this was the same summer that Midwest Governor Hawkeye "forgot" to hold regional elections for a couple of months.)

Anyway, I hope that I'm not intruding, but I wanted to provide a bit of historical background.

No, I'm glad you're here. I didn't follow it all that much at the time because I wasn't a regional executive, so it's good to know that things were going on behind the scenes as well. Collaboration lifts the game up.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: HagridoftheDeep for Secretary of Internal Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 05:27:17 pm
I don't think there is even need to create a Council for Atlasian Regional Executives because there is already a CARE but it has not been active in some time. Maybe you could frsshen up preamble and bylaws to suit your objectives.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=158409.0

Well, you're exactly right. This is where I got the idea from. I think it suffered from a bit of a lack of commitment, and it was difficult to keep going because the turnover between governors was high. I think the key to success this time around is making sure that it's not just CARE in its own right, but a body that also represents the interests of the senate and the administration (that is why I'd want myself, as the SoIA, to be a part of it). If we find that a new trial run of CARE is successful, it might be something the senate thinks about entrenching in law so that it doesn't fall into obscurity. I think having the SoIA involved could also help keep it going because the SoIA has more time to administer something like CARE.

That being said, I also accept that this thing might not work, which is what happened the first time around. That's why I'm not really committing to it as a centrepiece of my tenure. Honestly, the main priority is just increasing communication and cooperation wherever possible. If it comes down to an old-fashioned PM chain, that's what it comes down to. But I think having been in party leadership gave me a good understanding of what it takes to reach out to key people, get folks involved, and get things moving.
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Potential dark horse on: July 07, 2014, 04:08:14 pm
Presiding over the Republican victories of 2010 means piss-all. Come on. A steaming pile of garbage could've been the RNC chairman at the time and we still would've seen Republicans take the House.

I don't think it's unrealistic. Granted, he starts out at a disadvantage by not having elected office, but 2010 was considered one of the biggest wave elections and Steele presided under it, which shows a strong amount of leadership. Additionally he would be appealing to party leaders as an African-American. As long as he runs to the right, he should have a pretty good chance at the nomination. In terms of the general, if he runs like he did for Governor he could be a formidable opponent to Hillary - if she doesn't nominate a black VP I could see African-Americans leaving the Democratic Party in droves.

I think he's joking...

I know he's joking. I'm just don't think Steele deserves credit for anything whatsoever. Tongue
109  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you think Obama regrets ever having run for President? on: July 07, 2014, 04:05:37 pm
I think so. I mean, he must realize that his meteoric rise and freshman status in 2008 didn't really endear him to Republicans in Congress who were the complete opposite of "change." I'm not saying a president should pander to senior politicians from the other party, but I think it would have helped if he'd at least taken the oath with a bit more credibility among the likes of, say, Mitch McConnell.

So maybe he doesn't regret the idea of becoming president, but rather that he didn't wait a little longer to pull the trigger. Mind you, the country has become much more socially progressive under Obama. I know the country would've trended in that direction with or without him, but it might not have been as intense under a Hillary presidency. So if he doesn't have regrets, it's probably because he's proud of the example he's set for young Americans.
110  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: HagridoftheDeep for Secretary of Internal Affairs on: July 07, 2014, 03:54:17 pm
Hi everyone!

Superique sent me a message the other day asking what my plans were if confirmed, and I think my response is probably a good opener here:

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My big goal is to find a way to make what happens in the senate actually matter. Right now, the senate is passing and debating a ton of cool motions, but they rarely make it into the news on the main Atlasia board. Plus, once the bills pass, we're essentially done with them. I'm hoping to bring the regions into the fold (they also tend to operate in isolation) so that once something passes in the senate, they get a say on its implementation within their jurisdictions. For example, now that the senate has passed comprehensive health care reform, Emperor Scott is working on setting up a unique exchange in the IDS. I want to be able to facilitate some of the "ripple" between the senate and the regions.

One thing I might explore is setting up a provisional Council of Atlasian Regional Executives to bring the governors together so that we can discuss the best ways to "execute" federal legislation. I talked about this idea in a few threads during the last presidential campaign. Although health exchanges will not require much cooperation, having the regions share their ideas may be beneficial. What is more, if other comprehensive legislation passes through the senate that actually does require significant cooperation between the regions, we will have a framework in which the regions can actually talk about their ideas. One example I've used here is public transportation funding: The regions could work together to draft plans that work for their citizens and the country as a whole.

I will also be issuing more directives than my predecessors and encouraging the senate to pass bills that actually require me to do things. If all levels of government are working together, we can make the game much more immersive. Napoleon seems on board with the idea of a more interactive game as well, so I'm hoping that the stories he creates will be able to fuel the type of discussion and cooperation I'm talking about for the Council of Regional Executives. Even if the Council does not come to be, my goal is to at least facilitate a more open line of communication. Having a more interactive game will be particularly interesting now that we've got an active press. If something big is going on in the senate, I want everyone talking about it. I hope to do the media circuit often. The goal really is to make things more interesting without overstepping our bounds. I think it's doable.

On top of that, an obvious priority is the Pacific Stimulus. I've already been in contact with TheCranberry and Superique to try and get something going on that front. We want to stretch the current package of $10 billion as far as we can, so I think we need to emphasize investing in projects that will create permanent jobs and draw money into the area (there's untapped potential in tourism for the Pacific that's worth exploring).

Anyway, I'll shut up and let you ask questions. Tongue
111  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If Romney had been the nominee and won in 2008, would we have the ACA? on: July 07, 2014, 03:35:20 am
Romney would have lost '08

Yeah, but even Jesus would've lost in '08 if he was representing the party of Bush.
112  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Introduction on: July 07, 2014, 03:05:39 am
Christ almighty.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Politico: The Case for Mitt `16 on: July 06, 2014, 11:57:50 pm
What states could Mitt possibly win against Hillary Clinton that he couldn't win against Obama?

Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin...
114  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Potential dark horse on: July 06, 2014, 11:55:25 pm
Presiding over the Republican victories of 2010 means piss-all. Come on. A steaming pile of garbage could've been the RNC chairman at the time and we still would've seen Republicans take the House.
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which hackery is worse? on: July 06, 2014, 07:03:00 pm
The only Romneytards left are Tmth and myself. So y'all can just piss off.

Tongue
What about me?

I was more thinking about the folks who've been vocal that they think he has a decent chance in 2016. If you agree, please join the fight! Tongue
116  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Robot Unicorn Polling: Whats next for SirNick? on: July 06, 2014, 02:17:43 pm
A little time off does wonders. I enjoy the game more than I used to.

This. As I'm talking with people about some of the projects I'm gonna have to deal with as SoIA, I'm actually finding that it's... enjoyable. If I'd drawn out my tenure as Federalist chairman or senator, I would've exploded.

I also can't overstate how refreshing it can be to leave the political side of things. I still have (FED-SC) beside my name, but I'm hoping to operate completely outside of partisan garbage for the next few months. It's a good feeling.
117  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Pacific Stimulus: Allocations for July on: July 06, 2014, 02:03:29 pm
It would be interesting to look into the feasibility of equalization payments between the regions. I don't know where I'd stand on that myself, but it could be worth discussing. The pro-region side of me wonders how fair it would be to force the "have" provinces regions to pay the bills of the "have-not" regions, but that same side of me also sees that these payments could be a real boon to struggling areas of the country. Plus, we'd essentially be keeping the feds "out of it," other than relying on them as overseers of the transfers. Hmm...

As for the Pacific stimulus, my plan will be to follow the law and work with the committee to come up with a proposal that will stretch this money as far as possible for the people of the region. Maybe there's merit in discontinuing the stimulus after we've made good on our current commitments, but my take now is that we've already promised two more installments of the stimulus. Yes, the Pacific has made progress, but all recent, private investments in the region have been made with the knowledge that more federal money is on its way. To cut it off could send people running scared, no? That's not what we want in the midst of a fragile recovery.
118  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would be the most Clinton/ Gore amplification type ticket possible in 2016? on: July 06, 2014, 01:11:20 pm
Brian Sandoval/Susanna Martinez - well-liked, moderate Republican governors with latin roots from a region where the Dems are making big gains. It does leave the GOP vulnerable a bit in the south and midwest, but it could be a good ticket in a year when the GOP is looking fairly strong.

Susana has videos online of her doing target practice with a handgun. She'd do fine in the South.
119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama on: July 06, 2014, 01:07:46 pm
Like most conservative online causes, I doubt it's as big as made out to be. Probably a handful of guys.
^^^

People who do this need to be deported.

King, try living in east Texas. Its a handful of guys per city. Everytime I am on the road and someone blasts their exhaust from their obnoxiously large pick up I want to ram them off the road (and I am the least aggressive driver I know).
I have seen this a few times, and guess the culprits: the same white, upper middle class pseudo rednecks I mentioned in the other thread Tongue.

I'm not anti-truck. My dad drove one for years, and I first learned how to drive in one. I just hate how much time and money goes into these things, and how generally aggressive these types of people just flat out tend to be when on the road.


I'd actually make the prejudiced generalization that many of them are just aggressive in general.
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (VOTIN ON M/I S text!!!) on: July 06, 2014, 11:28:19 am
Wouldn't societal ills cover income inequalities, I mean from a redundancy/concission point of view?



That's why I supported it. I believe income inequality actually is a serious societal ill, but the proposed language will at least allow reconciliation with members of our party who maybe think otherwise.

I also supported it perhaps out of confusion: Are we voting on this as an amendment or as the final text? I assumed it was the final text and reasoned that it was "good enough" to vote aye and get this out of the way. I haven't been following along though, so it's possible I misunderstood?
121  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: If we had lost the war... on: July 05, 2014, 11:48:30 pm
It's an interesting question but, at the same time, I expect at the end of the day BNA would be just as developed as we are now. What I wonder is how the indigenous population would've factored into things.
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which hackery is worse? on: July 05, 2014, 08:10:32 pm
The only Romneytards left are Tmth and myself. So y'all can just piss off.

Tongue
123  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (VOTIN ON M/I S text!!!) on: July 05, 2014, 04:07:38 pm
Aye
124  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (VOTIN ON M/I S text!!!) on: July 05, 2014, 04:06:54 pm
Nay. Government redistribution is neither the only nor the most effective way to address income inequalities.

No, the best way is supporting unions, but that ain't gonna happen.
125  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Rebirth of the Right on: July 05, 2014, 01:06:25 am
Looking good so far. Very excited for the part when Kasich chooses Susana Martinez as his running mate (make it happen Wink)!
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