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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senator TNF, why? :( on: January 24, 2015, 11:18:22 pm
It's usually good to wait until specific events precipitate authentic outrage before stirring the pot. But best of luck.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - If I say... (RESULTS) on: January 24, 2015, 09:29:12 pm
"Been here for two weeks." Lol. I wish that was the truth.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 24, 2015, 01:07:25 pm
So what happens when the cost of a loaf of bread is ten dollars because we keep spiraling things up and up and up?

Then we seize bread production, turn it over to the workers, and do the same with the rest of industry.

And then the workers would establish some kind of organizational framework and hierarchy because, contrary to popular belief, that's necessary for the functioning of an industry, and then some in the hierarchy would demand more for expending more effort, then the system would warp and become even less equitable, and then we'd be back at the same "problem" we had in the first place, having done nothing to combat inflation.

All this when, in the first place, a little restraint with minimum wage hikes could've kept things in check much sooner.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your top of the ballot W/L record on: January 23, 2015, 07:56:54 pm
In the 2011 Canadian federal election, I voted Conservative and the Conservative Party formed government.

In the 2011 Ontario provincial election, I voted Liberal and the Liberal Party formed government.

In the 2014 Ontario provincial election, I voted Liberal and the Liberal Party formed government.

In the 2014 Mississauga municipal election, I voted Steve Mahoney but Bonnie Crombie became mayor.

So I guess it would be three out of four?
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you still a virgin? on: January 23, 2015, 04:49:09 pm
javascript:void(0); gay sex. etc.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 23, 2015, 04:18:17 pm
All right. No one said anything, so here's a suggested solution. Maybe it's too generous. I also fixed some spelling issues.

Quote from: Looking for a sponsor...
Civil Rights Act of 2014
 
Section 1. Combating Racism and Safeguarding Minority Rights

1. Within thirty days of the passage of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall prepare a report on where and how to most effectively implement a program of reparations for African Atlasian descendents descendants of slavery and Native Atlasians.
2) A fund of $150 million is granted to the Secretary of the Interior to finance various projects recommended in said report to compensate for historical discrimination on the part of the Atlasian government.
3. The right of all persons to speak whichever language they choose shall be respected by the Republic of Atlasia, but knowledge of English shall be encouraged in order to promote greater discourse and communication amongst the diverse populations of Atlasia. The Republic shall establish English as a working language (that is, it shall establish English as the language of political debate and discussion within the halls of the federal government) and shall print all official documents in English.
4. There shall be equal representation for all racial minorities reasonably proportionate to their numbers (as a percentage of the local population, and if applicable, as a percentage of workers in that economic sector) in federal hiring and in all federal aid provided to independent institutions within the Republic of Atlasia. Juries shall be selected thoroughout throughout the Republic of Atlasia according to these proportions, and Regional governments shall enact guidelines providing for proportionate hiring, aid, and jury selection or face losing federal aid for highway construction and maintenance, effective upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 2. Combating Sexism and Recognition of the Rights of Women
1. The right to contraception and birth control shall no longer be restricted in any way, and the payment of these services shall be fully covered by the Department of Internal Affairs.
2. All involuntary sterilizations shall be banned throughout the Republic of Atlasia and no medical research or medical procedure performed on any person without their full knowledge and consent.
3. Employers found guilty of paying men more than women in the same positions or for the same work shall be subject to all existing applicable damages for doing so.
4. Sexual harassment shall be prohibited totally and fully throughout the Republic of Atlasia. Engaging in sexual harassment shall be considered as harassment under all existing statutes barring the latter and shall be prosecuted and punished as such.
5. No person may be denied access to housing  on account of domestic violence victim status or source of income, effective upon the passage of this legislation.
6. No victim of domestic violence shall be prosecuted for violating their own order of protection or when a protected party contacts a respondent upon the passage of this legislation.
7. Domestic violence victims shall be allowed to testify remotely in any court in the Republic of Atlasia, by means and guidelines established by the Department of Internal Affairs.
8. Employers shall provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees upon the passage of this Act. Failure to do so shall result in fines totaling no less than 25 percent of the before-tax profit of the previous year of the firm in question.
9. Employers may not take adverse action against an employee because the employee or their dependent made a reproductive decision conflicting with the employer's personal or religious beliefs, effective upon the passage of this legislation. Violation of this provision shall result in fines totaling no less than 25 percent of the before-tax profit of the previous year of the firm in question.
10. No institution shall enact a discriminatory dress code within the confines of the Republic of Atlasia. Dress codes shall be considered discriminatory if they require women to dress differently than men (or vice versa), if they require removal of facial or body hair, if they place limits upon the length of shorts or skirts, if they require sleeved shirts or specific sleeve lengths or types for for women but not for men (or vice versa), if they ban low-cut shirts for women but not for men (or vice versa), or if they prohibit toplessness in public for women but not men. Exceptions to these rules will apply in any workplace where a strict dress code can be demonstrably justified as in the best interests of an individual's or the public's safety.
11. No institution shall prohibit breastfeeding by women in public.
12. There shall be equal representation for women reasonably proportionate to their numbers (as a percentage of the local population, and if applicable, as a percentage of workers in that economic sector) in federal hiring and in all federal aid provided to independent institutions within the Republic of Atlasia. Juries shall be selected throughout the Republic of Atlasia according to these proportions, and Regional governments shall enact guidelines providing for proportionate hiring, aid, and jury selection or face losing federal aid for highway construction and maintenance, effective upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 3. Combating LGBTQ Discrimination
1. No law or measure enacted by the Republic of Atlasia or any territory subject to its jurisdiction shall give preference in word or in deed favoring heterosexual relationships over other relationships.
2. Educational institutions throughout the Republic of Atlasia shall adopt policies and procedures to address and prevent student violence and ban discrimination against LGBTQ persons throughout the educational system.
3. Transgendered and gender non-conforming persons shall have equal protections in education, employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations (including, but not limited to, banks, bus stations, court rooms, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and libraries) effective upon the passage of this legislation.
4. Any educational institution receiving federal funding providing sex education shall, upon the passage of this legislation, provide information to students about being LGBTQ and shall provide students with proper sex education for LGBTQ persons, as developed by the Department of Internal Affairs with the aid of sexual health experts.
5. In recognition of the fact that all restrooms within the confines of the Republic of Atlasia must should be equally accessible to transgendered or non-gender conforming persons, all public premises built after January 1st, 2016 which include restrooms shall ensure that these facilities accommodate the aforementioned persons. The Republic of Atlasia shall provide grants to the owners of previously-established premises for the purpose of upgrading their restroom facilities to accommodate these persons by January 1st, 2022. The owners of premises which are unsuitable for these upgrades by virtue of space or construction limitations must apply for an exemption through the Department of Internal Affairs before the 2022 deadline.
6. No person shall be prosecuted for using the restroom of their choice as is reflected in their gender identity upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 4. Anti-Discrimination Campaign
The Senate shall appropriate $25 million toward the creation of a sustained public campaign focused on rooting out all forms of discrimination and exclusionary behavior in Atlasian society. Said program shall be administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and shall include poster campaigns, television and radio spots, internet banners and ads, and educational materials provided to schools and local communities requesting them.

Section 5. Apologies for past discrimination
The Senate of the Republic of Atlasia hereby apologizes for the treatment of all persons discriminated against within the Republic of Atlasia during the period in which it has existed, and in the proceeding period in which the United States of America claimed its territorial jurisdiction. There is no excuse and there is unfortunately nothing that can ever fully heal the wounds of four centuries of genocide, slavery, racial discrimination, violence and discrimination against women and against LGBTQ persons. The Senate recognizes that the fight against discrimination cannot be won in a single generation but must continue to be a struggle waged by all progressive-minded persons the world over; it further commits itself to this struggle and to eliminating all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and exclusion in the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 6. Implementation
Unless otherwise stated herein, this legislation shall take effect upon its passage.

82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 23, 2015, 04:02:37 pm
So what happens when the cost of a loaf of bread is ten dollars because we keep spiraling things up and up and up?
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Act (Debating) on: January 23, 2015, 04:00:39 pm
I think the game benefits when there is more reaction to what the GM is doing. As SoIA or Secretary of the Interior or whatever it is, I'll admit that I know pretty much piss all about monetary policy, but having the freedom to choose a deputy to cover this portfolio kind of rectifies that problem.

Moreover, I think the game still functions if no one does this job, so it just kind of adds another layer to the game if someone wants to seize the responsibility. I don't see a problem here.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improving Support for Carers Bill 2014 (Passed) on: January 23, 2015, 03:56:09 pm
I'll contact the regional executives to see if they would consider drafting plans to dispense this money. Cheers, good work, etc.! Cheesy
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public non binding consultations Amendment (Debating) on: January 23, 2015, 03:54:39 pm
I support the sentiment behind the proposal, but do we really need more unbinding laws on the books? If it's unbinding, what do we need legislation for? Good senators will know to consult the public, and active citizens will know to speak with their senators.

I mean, if you can rebut these points, I'd be supportive, but right now I just don't know if we need this bill.

(Also, I apologize for being a sort of vote-less senator, but I might as well participate. Tongue)
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NBC/WSJ poll: Hillary way ahead of Jeb/Romney in favorability on: January 23, 2015, 03:48:27 pm
I don't know why people keep thinking it will be a low-turnout election. The 2008 hype over electing the first black president is going to return at least a little for electing the first female president. And this time Hillary will know enough to capitalize on it. I could see superfeminism being a big part of the 2016 cycle. Hillary will make feminism look popular.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Best campaign: Clinton 1992 Reagan 1980 or Obama 2008 on: January 23, 2015, 01:17:58 pm
I also believe it was 1988. I mean, I can accept the 1992 argument... but I do really get pissed when people try to say that 2008 was some kind of revolutionary realignment that turned things upside down. It just built on previous trends. Sure, Obama sent the Appalachians packing to the other side, but whatever... there's room for some local variation.
88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: IA-Gravis: Mitty in the lead on: January 23, 2015, 01:02:10 am
Romney will implode well before Iowa. His lead is mostly name recognition.

Your incredible power of foresight dazzles even the best of us.
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: January 22, 2015, 11:52:08 pm
Well, I just got another grad school app in, this time to the University of British Columbia. Good times. I think my statement was excellent, so I'm narcissistic enough to believe I'll get in. Tongue

Maybe that's bad.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 22, 2015, 10:35:22 am
Anyone have any suggestions for how to address that? I could come up with something, but I'm curious to hear if other people think it's an issue and have any practical ideas for smoothing it out.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Wish me luck (for probable date with nice girl I met) on: January 21, 2015, 02:58:33 pm
She didn't say yes right away?
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could you see a Romney-Huckabee Unity Ticket? on: January 20, 2015, 11:42:37 pm
I mean, let's be honest. If, by some stretch of fate, Romney became a two-term president, he could plausibly come out in favour of gay marriage sometime during his second term. Maybe I'm being optimistic, but it would do a lot to push the GOP in the right direction, especially if he was popular. I can see it happening.

I know that's not something he's thinking about now, but having a loon like Huckabee on the ticket would kind of remove that opportunity for him. Having a real social conservative on a winning ticket would be so bad for the party. Romney won't go overboard.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread (Part 2) on: January 20, 2015, 04:03:37 pm
Maybe this will seem like a n00b question, but is this shaping up to be one of the biggest fields ever?
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - If I say... (RESULTS) on: January 20, 2015, 03:53:51 pm
Are you going to continue with this, Cris?
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: NYC Atlas Meetup Week of April 6th on: January 20, 2015, 12:13:05 am
Well, I'll be there with my boyfriend in mid-March, so that would be a bit better, but I'll defer to everyone else. Tongue
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policy Report Act (Debating) on: January 19, 2015, 11:34:26 pm
Being inactive is not a result of the position being unclear. I'm here participating, and nothing's telling me I have to be. I'm doing it because it's the best way for anyone to do their job well. The administration has goals and philosophies. I give the Vice President some leeway for not participating, but there are things he could be doing to champion those principles.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Describe a potential Obama 2012/Romney 2016 Voter on: January 18, 2015, 10:16:44 pm
An Obama voter who realized that all of Romney's predictions came true and regrets that nothing got done over the last four years.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Debating) on: January 18, 2015, 09:11:40 pm
Okay, here's something that addresses my first two concerns. I thought about adding the washrooms thing now, but I expect it'll be a bit more controversial, so maybe we should separate it from the easier stuff. If anyone wants to sponsor, go ahead. And if anyone thinks my ideas can be expressed in better language, make the change! But there ya go. Smiley

Quote from: Looking for a sponsor...
Civil Rights Act of 2014
 
Section 1. Combating Racism and Safeguarding Minority Rights

1. Within thirty days of the passage of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall prepare a report on where and how to most effectively implement a program of reparations for African Atlasian descendents of slavery and Native Atlasian.
2) A fund of $150 million is granted to the Secretary of the Interior to finance various projects recommended in said report to compensate for historical discrimination on the part of the Atlasian government.
3. The right of all persons to speak whichever language they choose shall be respected by the Republic of Atlasia, but knowledge of English shall be encouraged in order to promote greater discourse and communication amongst the diverse populations of Atlasia. The Republic shall establish English as a working language (that is, it shall establish English as the language of political debate and discussion within the halls of the federal government) and shall print all official documents in English.
4. There shall be equal representation for all racial minorities reasonably proportionate to their numbers (as a percentage of the local population, and if applicable, as a percentage of workers in that economic sector) in federal hiring and in all federal aid provided to independent institutions within the Republic of Atlasia. Juries shall be selected thoroughout the Republic of Atlasia according to these proportions, and Regional governments shall enact guidelines providing for proportionate hiring, aid, and jury selection or face losing federal aid for highway construction and maintenance, effective upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 2. Combating Sexism and Recognition of the Rights of Women
1. The right to contraception and birth control shall no longer be restricted in any way,and the payment of these services shall be fully covered by the Department of Internal Affairs.
2. All involuntary sterilizations shall be banned throughout the Republic of Atlasia and no medical research or medical procedure performed on any person without their full knowledge and consent.
3. Employers found guilty of paying men more than women in the workplace in the same positions or for the same work shall be subject to all existing applicable damages for doing so.
4. Sexual harassment shall be prohibited totally and fully throughout the Republic of Atlasia. Engaging in sexual harassment shall be considered as harassment under all existing statutes barring the latter and shall be prosecuted and punished as such.
5. No person may be denied access to housing  on account of domestic violence victim status or source of income, effective upon the passage of this legislation.
6. No victim of domestic violence shall be prosecuted for violating their own order of protection or when a protected party contacts a respondent upon the passage of this legislation.
7. Domestic violence victims shall be allowed to testify remotely in any court in the Republic of Atlasia, by means and guidelines established by the Department of Internal Affairs.
8. Employers shall provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees upon the passage of this Act. Failure to do so shall result in fines totaling no less than 25 percent of the before-tax profit of the previous year of the firm in question.
9. Employers may not take adverse action against an employee because the employee or their dependent made a reproductive decision conflicting with the employer's personal or religious beliefs, effective upon the passage of this legislation. Violation of this provision shall result in fines totaling no less than 25 percent of the before-tax profit of the previous year of the firm in question.
10. No institution shall enact a discriminatory dress code within the confines of the Republic of Atlasia. Dress codes shall be considered discriminatory if they require women to dress differently than men (or vice versa), if they require removal of facial or body hair, if they place limits upon the length of shorts or skirts, if they require sleeved shirts or specific sleeve lengths or types for for women but not for men (or vice versa), if they ban low-cut shirts for women but not for men (or vice versa), or if they prohibit toplessness in public for women but not men. Exceptions to these rules will apply in any workplace where a strict dress code can be demonstrably justified as in the best interests of an individual's or the public's safety.
11. No institution shall prohibit breastfeeding by women in public.
12. There shall be equal representation for women reasonably proportionate to their numbers (as a percentage of the local population, and if applicable, as a percentage of workers in that economic sector) in federal hiring and in all federal aid provided to independent institutions within the Republic of Atlasia. Juries shall be selected throughout the Republic of Atlasia according to these proportions, and Regional governments shall enact guidelines providing for proportionate hiring, aid, and jury selection or face losing federal aid for highway construction and maintenance, effective upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 3. Combating LGBTQ Discrimination
1. No law or measure enacted by the Republic of Atlasia or any territory subject to its jurisdiction shall give preference in word or in deed favoring heterosexual relationships over other relationships.
2. Educational institutions throughout the Republic of Atlasia shall adopt policies and procedures to address and prevent student violence and ban discrimination against LGBTQ persons throughout the educational system.
3. Transgendered and gender non-conforming persons shall have equal protections in education, employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations (including, but not limited to, banks, bus stations, court rooms, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and libraries) effective upon the passage of this legislation.
4. Any educational institution receiving federal funding providing sex education shall, upon the passage of this legislation, provide information to students about being LGBTQ and shall provide students with proper sex education for LGBTQ persons, as developed by the Department of Internal Affairs with the aid of sexual health experts.
5.All restrooms within the confines of the Republic of Atlasia must be equally accessible to transgendered or non-gender conforming persons; no person shall be prosecuted for using the restroom of their choice as is reflected in their gender identity upon the passage of this legislation.

Section 4. Anti-Discrimination Campaign
The Senate shall appropriate $25 million toward the creation of a sustained public campaign focused on rooting out all forms of discrimination and exclusionary behavior in Atlasian society. Said program shall be administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and shall include poster campaigns, television and radio spots, internet banners and ads, and educational materials provided to schools and local communities requesting them.

Section 5. Apologies for past discrimination
The Senate of the Republic of Atlasia hereby apologizes for the treatment of all persons discriminated against within the Republic of Atlasia during the period in which it has existed, and in the proceeding period in which the United States of America claimed its territorial jurisdiction. There is no excuse and there is unfortunately nothing that can ever fully heal the wounds of four centuries of genocide, slavery, racial discrimination, violence and discrimination against women and against LGBTQ persons. The Senate recognizes that the fight against discrimination cannot be won in a single generation but must continue to be a struggle waged by all progressive-minded persons the world over; it further commits itself to this struggle and to eliminating all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and exclusion in the Republic of Atlasia.

Section 6. Implementation
Unless otherwise stated herein, this legislation shall take effect upon its passage.

99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: List your preferred GOP primary field on: January 18, 2015, 05:47:28 pm
Rob Portman only.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the rebanning of Libertas on: January 18, 2015, 03:10:42 pm
Seems ridiculous. And I'm usually an anti-social fascist.
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