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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who was President when your parents were born? on: September 06, 2014, 04:53:46 pm
JFK for both.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Purely Capitalist Utopia vs. Purely Communist Utopia on: September 06, 2014, 11:13:50 am
If it's truly a utopia, everyone would have everything in the communist scenario. So why wouldn't I go with that?

In the utopian capitalist society, everyone would have everything, but some people would have more everything than others.

I almost think the communist world sounds better...
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 18 on: September 06, 2014, 11:10:19 am
Usually agree. Critical issue.

What Nix said. The idea of regulations is not all that bad. The goals of them aren't either. The problem is they're difficult to follow and strange to administer.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you be disappointed if your daughter was dating the previous poster? on: September 05, 2014, 09:57:54 am
Age is just a number. Wink
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs: Earthquake in the Napa Valley on: September 05, 2014, 08:54:46 am
I'm taking a leave of absence for a week. I need to figure some sh-t out, and not thinking about Atlasia is the best way right now. It's not the worst time of my life, but it's definitely one of the hardest. Sorry, folks.

I've heard people say that posting elsewhere on the forum invalidates the LOA. I don't know exactly how it works, but this post is more of a courtesy than anything official. Hopefully I'll be back swinging soon.
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 04, 2014, 11:44:59 pm
My update is that I'm not good. Cheers and goodnight!
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Manitoba on: September 04, 2014, 10:15:35 am
It's part of Canada, but Manitoba doesn't really have much to recommend it... and the winters are awful.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 17 on: September 04, 2014, 10:14:32 am
Usually agree. Critical issue.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton's gay rights evolution on: September 04, 2014, 10:10:39 am
Romney changes stance: Flip flop!
Clinton changes: SHE HAS EVOLVED

I'm no Clintocrat, but these are entirely different kettles of fish.

Romney abruptly reversed his directions on his various issues. Cap-and-trade, healthcare, gun control etc. I don't blame him, considering the state he was in, but it does make him look a person without ideology (except pursuit of power).

Clinton just put gay marriage on the backburner until she thought it was feasible to say "I've evolved blah blah blah". True, a politically coward and craven thing to do; but I think even the most ardent Clinron hack would agree she is primarily a politician; and politicians by default are amoral cowards.

People could say the same for Romney, yet he gets hit harder for his "evolutions." I think both are cynical tactics, but I think its obvious that Romney (or even Rand Paul as of late) get more negative responses for position changes compared to Clinton.

Well yeah. Romney is a Republican.

I still appreciate Clinton's stance on marriage equality more than his though, but I expect when Romney evolves and sees the light, he'll be branded more of an opportunist than Hilldog ever was.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When was the last time you used a pay phone? on: September 03, 2014, 12:53:22 pm
Funnily enough, I had to use one just last week. My cell phone died on the train and I needed to call my parents to get a ride back from the station. It was a bit of a surreal experience.

Before that, I'd say 2009.
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 16 on: September 02, 2014, 08:10:09 pm
Missed voting, but I'll answer for posterity.

Neutral. Not a critical issue.
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay teen attacked by family (VIDEO) on: September 01, 2014, 11:11:27 pm
Yeah, I saw this a few days ago. What a f-cking disgusting world.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 01, 2014, 07:48:08 pm
She sounds like a good catch. Tongue
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 01, 2014, 05:28:02 pm
The girl I've liked for four years broke up with her boyfriend a month ago. We had a heart-to-heart last night, and she feels the same about me as I feel about her. Except I'm going to school in Kingston, Ontario and she's going to school in Cincinnati.

And there's the whole "me also liking dudes" thing, which she doesn't know about.

Gah. Confusing times.
90  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - September 2014 on: September 01, 2014, 05:07:53 pm
Romney, although Perry's stock is rising.
91  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: . on: August 31, 2014, 04:46:10 pm
I wish I'd seen the original post, because I imagine I would've agreed with all of it. The guy has never really known what he was doing. Should've waited a few cycles. He could've been good.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - Consolidation on: August 31, 2014, 04:29:29 pm
Against both, of course.
93  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is overpopulation and the human breeding the root of all evil on the planet ? on: August 31, 2014, 02:41:24 am
I think it's a mistake to disregard the fact that land has a carrying capacity. Technological innovations can stretch it out, but at the end of the day, access to those technologies is not equal and fair, and in some places the increase of people outpaces the spread of technology. Yes, the issue often fixes itself (people die), but that doesn't do much for local quality of life.

So I'd summarize my opinion like this: Looking at the Earth from space, I wouldn't say that overpopulation is, on average, a massive problem. Looking at it in specific places, it really is.

I mean, look—death rates have dropped in the developing world with the spread of Western medicine. Infant mortality is down. Life expectancy is up. The trouble is, cultural disparities have prevented birth rates from similarly dipping. One example is that parents still hold onto the idea that they need to make more babies so that the kids can go out and earn extra money for the family. Couples have many babies as a sort of insurance policy... they expect some of the children to die. What's happening now though is that they actually aren't dying, so we end up with all these families living in arid places with piss-poor access to decent farmland and too many mouths to feed. Here, overpopulation is a problem because access to vital resources sucks and too many people are competing for the same stuff. How can you honestly say that's not a problem? It would be okay in a place with wealth, access to food and water, and good infrastructure, but not everywhere has that.

So yeah, the developing world would be better off with less people. This is where I think empowering women would really make a difference. Let's actually educate women so that having eight kids is no longer necessary or common. Let's make sure the caretakers of the family—the "mothers of the nation"—actually know a bit about family planning.

Anyway, I've gone off topic, but I think expecting the problem to solve itself or waiting on "the inevitable spread of technology" misses the mark. There are unique factors that make overpopulation a problem in certain places, and we shouldn't approach the issue as if the silver bullet is "we need more food!"
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: August 31, 2014, 12:04:10 am
Sorry for the delay, gentlemen. Here's a list of some of the most poverty-stricken counties in the country. I'm not prepared to definitively call them the 25 poorest counties or give out firm figures (to me, that's  a job for the GM, and since it seems like I'll be playing a role in administering the program, I don't want there to be a conflict of interest), but I'm confident in saying that these places have seen persistent poverty. I tried to match them up with Atlasia's regional economic indicators as best as I could.

In alpha order by state, they are as follows:

Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska
Apache County, Arizona
Clark County, Idaho
Madison County, Idaho
Owsley County, Kentucky
Wolfe County, Kentucky
East Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Holmes County, Mississippi
Humphreys County, Mississippi
Issaquena County, Mississippi
Leflore County, Mississippi
Guadalupe County, New Mexico
McKinley County, New Mexico
Luna County, New Mexico
Socorro County, New Mexico
Sioux County, North Dakota
Allendale County, South Carolina
Buffalo County, South Dakota
Shannon County, South Dakota
Todd County, South Dakota
Hudspeth County, Texas
Willacy County, Texas
Zavala County, Texas
San Juan County, Utah
Whitman County, Washington

Numerous regions have passed legislation changing the names of some of their counties. While I respect the legitimacy of those changes, they were not reported to the Department of Internal Affairs so I don't have that information on hand. Tongue
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2014, 04:30:26 am
Senator Cranberry, I've seen the damage estimates, but I was under the impression that those numbers represented a grand total and that, in many cases, private insurance will cover the damage. Handing over $2.5 billion is significant. To be honest, I was thinking something more in the range of the hundreds of millions.

In real life, I don't think FEMA is actually providing funds at all. Just something to consider.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2014, 12:53:49 am
That being said, I'd be interested in hearing what people think would be a sufficient amount.
97  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 15 on: August 30, 2014, 12:47:44 am
Usually disagree. Not a critical issue.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: August 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake Relief for the Pacific Act (Debating) on: August 30, 2014, 12:34:26 am
I appreciate Senator Cranberry's faith in me to distribute funds, but I'll be honest and say that I'm already planning to give funds to the Pacific for disaster relief. I'm sure FEMA has some money on hand for crises exactly like this one, so I was just going to kind of release a bit of money unilaterally. Tongue

By all means, vote on this bill, but the region will likely get money regardless.
99  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is there a hidden "mini-decade" between the 80s and 90s? on: August 28, 2014, 11:13:14 pm
For the record, I also think this is the case for the late 2000s and early Teens.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs: Earthquake in the Napa Valley on: August 28, 2014, 08:54:19 pm

STATEMENT from the Secretary of Internal Affairs

Secretary HagridOfTheDeep spoke today in Napa and pledged support for the region.

NAPA, CA (2014.08.28)—

I have been very saddened by the destruction from last weekend’s earthquake here in the Napa Valley; I’d like to thank Governor Varavour for hosting me in the region as I’ve toured around and seen for myself the devastation that this quake wrought.

With so many injured and in hospital, I’d like to extend my well-wishes to everyone whose lives have been touched by this disaster. I am confident in the governor’s response to the situation and, on behalf of the administration in Nyman, pledge whatever federal support I can to help rebuild damaged public infrastructure, get this region’s industries back on their feet, and help homeowners rebuild. FEMA inspectors have been in the area and will be reporting their findings to the Department of Internal Affairs shortly. I anticipate being able to redirect a portion of FEMA’s budget to the region before the end of the weekend.

Although some politicians have invoked this disaster to politicize the future of the Pacific Stimulus, I would urge lawmakers to dispense with the maneuvering and focus on the disaster at hand. People are suffering. I am a supporter of the stimulus and believe the final installment should be provided in October as the law dictates. But, regardless, all regions will receive the help they need in the face of natural disasters whether a stimulus is a part of the mix or not.

Once again, I would like to thank the people of the Pacific for hosting me over the last few days. Stay strong—help is on the way.
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