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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Commentary Thread on: April 28, 2015, 02:42:09 pm
If anyone has any questions they would like me to ask, feel free to send me a private message. I can't promise I'll work it in exactly as you worded it (or at all Tongue), but I'll try my best.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Oakvale v. Clyde on: April 28, 2015, 02:39:56 pm
Thank you Justice Oakvale and Assemblyman Clyde1998 for the lively back-and-forth. Assemblyman Clyde raised an interesting point that I'd like to come back to. The amendment we're currently debating would indeed eliminate at-large elections. What would this mean for regional representation at the federal level? Some have made the argument that we would now have two classes of regional seats. Do you buy into this interpretation? Would it be a positive development?
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015 (Debating) on: April 28, 2015, 02:28:07 pm
Atlasia abolished its Small Business Administration several years ago, IIRC.

Perhaps now would be a good time to reinstate it, then. Unless there were good reasons for abolishing it?
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: April 28, 2015, 02:27:05 pm
Does the free move ever expire? We could set something like a four-month cap on it if not.

I guess it just becomes obsolete once the move-time deadline is reached; and I would think this would work just as well as a cap than four months or whichever other number.

Are you sure it becomes obsolete, though? What the letter of the law says really matters here. If the free move is guaranteed, it's guaranteed. Since I've never used a free move and have certainly passed the move-time deadline, have I "banked" two moves, or just one?
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Look for the Union Laben Act of 2015(Final vote) on: April 28, 2015, 02:24:37 pm
Ingredient and nutrition information is about health and safety. The politics of the manufacturer are not pieces of "must know" information. Mandating that unnecessary information be plastered all over the packaging of a commercial good is an unnecessary intervention. Hence, it is an overstep. Pretty clear to me.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Oakvale v. Clyde on: April 28, 2015, 12:20:59 pm
Thank you, Justice Oakvale. Assemblyman Clyde1998, you now have the floor to address my follow-up question and rebut Oakvale's points.
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kids of Republicans pull parents to the left on gay marriage on: April 28, 2015, 10:59:58 am
I don't mean to sound rude, but I find your post near totally incoherent. Sorry about that.

Look at something objective and meaningful, rather than feeding yourself a steady diet of political op-eds and vapid talking points. You'll figure it out soon enough.

What is the root cause of being a dope, I wonder? Being well-read or not has nothing to do with it... and even if it did, there'd be no concern on that front with Torie. I don't know if I could say the same for you, sadly. Sad

It's just so interesting!
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Look for the Union Laben Act of 2015(Final vote) on: April 28, 2015, 10:52:28 am
Earth.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: April 28, 2015, 10:51:28 am
Does the free move ever expire? We could set something like a four-month cap on it if not.

Unlimited free moves in the first week could also be abused, and I don't think a week is long enough for people to get an idea of whether or not they made a smart choice.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment on: April 28, 2015, 10:49:23 am
Oh shyte. I totally let this fade off my radar. I'll look at it tonight. Promise. If I don't, feel free to attack my office with torches and pitchforks.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015 (Debating) on: April 28, 2015, 10:47:00 am
Not sure. We could arbitrarily throw a number onto it, but I'd be curious to know what our budgetary situation is looking like. Not that this would be a hugely expensive program, but it would be nice to know how we're doing before we agree to spending.

Is there a way just to group co-operatives in with small business and allow them access to the grants/support that already exists? Or is this the case already?
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Oakvale v. Clyde on: April 28, 2015, 10:33:24 am
Thank you, Assemblyman. I'll ask you to elaborate on a few of the points you raised once I hear from Justice Oakvale, but I'd like to circle back to my original question. Are there specific examples from the last time we tried this system of its failure?
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Repeal Act (Debating) on: April 27, 2015, 09:53:17 pm
Except monetary policy is policy, not a god power. Different administrations would take different actions, which makes the realm of the Federal Reserve inherently political. This is how it is in real life, too. A different chairperson will take different actions. With these changes, the executive can play off of the GM. Before, the GM was just sort of playing with himself (forgive the word choice).

Senator, your reasons just don't make that much sense to me.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Oakvale v. Clyde on: April 27, 2015, 08:40:41 pm


Senator HagridOfTheDeep introduces the topic of the night's debate.


Thank you, President Lumine and good evening from Louisiana State University. I’m HagridOfTheDeep, Independent Senator from the South, and I’ll be the moderator of tonight’s debate. The focus of our discussion will be on electoral reform and, specifically, the proposed districts system. This issue is of particular interest tonight as our country tragically faces the threat of rebellion from individuals demanding a greater say for the regions in Atlasian politics. While each of us condemns these actions, they provide a sobering backdrop to this debate. Our hearts are with all Atlasians feeling troubled or threatened by this turn of events.

At this moment, I would like to introduce Assemblyman Clyde1998 and Justice Oakvale. Gentlemen, good luck.

In December 2007, after years of electing half the senate from dynamic districts, the government abolished, by statute and amendment, this electoral system. What is your take on how this system played out in the past? What lessons can we learn from this experience as we debate reintroducing districts today?

90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator HagridOfTheDeep—Congratulations! on: April 27, 2015, 03:39:22 pm





Protestors begin to gather in Nyman in support of and against
the takeovers occurring throughout the country.


Mobile, AL—

Over the weekend, a group of individuals claiming to represent a number of states in the South (including Alabama, where I’m currently staying) and elsewhere asserted what I believe is a false right to usurp all federal authority in the governance of these jurisdictions. I am struggling to find a way to properly address this situation, for the simple fact that these criminals merit zero validation. Radicalism is never the way to make change—indeed, we have seen all too often that actions like these can lead to violence and loss of life. I urge the signatories to this coup to allow the federal government to reassert control of its assets in New Hampshire, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Mississippi and make itself available for fair dialogue with the federal government, as any citizen is entitled to.

As the South’s representative in the senate, I recognize that it is my job to make government accessible to and representative of Southerners. While I cannot speak for other regional senators, I am open to hearing more from those individuals from Mississippi and Alabama who have signed onto this illegal action, should they agree to respect the legitimacy of our democratically-elected governments, repudiate violence, accept their guilt in the criminal actions that have thus far been taken, and turn themselves in.

While I am sympathetic with the distrust that some people in the country feel towards our centralized government in Nyman, we must respect the will of the people. What is more, I believe in our federalist system of governance; I believe that the states have some rights which this government is not currently respecting. The way to make change, however, is to rally support for the cause, win elections, and take legislative action. I cannot condone the current takeover that we are currently witnessing. Too much is on the line.

It is for that reason that I will be working with the regional governments and senate to provide a safe place for any Atlasians wishing to flee the affected states. That being said, I urge everyone to stay calm: The situation is not out of control, and order will be restored once more.

Thank you, and Dave bless.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Repeal Act (Debating) on: April 27, 2015, 03:02:55 pm
Not a fan of double jeopardy. I will vote against this proposal.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reintroducing the Cabinet Reform Amendment on: April 27, 2015, 03:01:57 pm
Although I'm sure someone in the future will give me a reason to eat my words. Tongue
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Reintroducing the Cabinet Reform Amendment on: April 27, 2015, 03:00:56 pm
I think I could be okay with Senator Lief's amendment. Deputies aren't really so significant that they require action from us.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015 (Vote on Hagrid's amendment) on: April 27, 2015, 02:59:24 pm
Aye
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Look for the Union Laben Act of 2015(Final vote) on: April 27, 2015, 02:58:31 pm
Nay

Grossly unnecessary. It oversteps our bounds to mandate this action.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on Blair's amendment) on: April 27, 2015, 02:57:49 pm
Abstain

It's not a huge change, though I suppose it does slightly blur the line between what we can and can't do as an arm of the federal government.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: April 27, 2015, 02:56:05 pm
So how should we proceed?
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Let's Stop Tricking the Newbies Act (Debating) on: April 25, 2015, 11:08:26 am
What this debate is showing, though, is that the issue here is so muddy that it's not worth codifying in law. While I agree that "pressure to invalidate" is also murky territory, I think the Vice President has demonstrated that it is at least less murky than what we're proposing here.

Either way, the point of the law is less to actually convict people and more to set in stone exactly what unacceptable behaviour is. In that case, you might ask yourself why not just include the proposed language. The trouble with the current proposal is that, like the Vice President, I'm not entirely sure it even makes sense to include. As I've said, the act of asking someone to move is not always malicious or self-serving, but the failure to include the disclaimer could still result in a person's conviction. The act of invalidation or intimidation is always malicious. Maybe we can patch up the language a bit, but the end of the day, I don't think this clause belongs in this bill, alongside these much more serious offences.

Sorry...
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Cooperatives Administration Act of 2015 (Debating) on: April 25, 2015, 10:51:57 am
I object.

The point of section 2 is to make sure we have a strong cooperative sector by setting aside federal contracts for cooperatives.

Why should we give them contracts if it is counter to our fiscal interests?
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: April 25, 2015, 01:53:59 am
Some friends from out of town are visiting for the weekend, but they sort of just invited themselves and assumed I'd be free. They never asked if I'd be around to entertain them, despite the fact that they're really only coming to see me and another friend.

The thing is, it's actually a pretty busy weekend and I've got a lot of work I should be doing. Except now I feel forced to spend time with them. It's nice to see people I haven't see in a while, but it's also a bit of a bummer. I wish they'd just asked first... because as it stands, their weekend might not be what they had in mind. And I don't want to be blamed for that.
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