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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you consider yourself a patriotic person? on: July 23, 2014, 03:48:09 am
Yes. And frankly, I immediately lose respect for people who aren't. My country isn't just maple leafs and lumberjacks; it's the people who live here and help make Canada great. Same goes in the US. To me, denouncing patriotism is to denounce your neighbour, your friends, your family, and, in many cases, your ancestors. No one person is better than the collective.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 22, 2014, 11:31:51 pm
I thought I would give the Campus Conservatives a chance and see if they could overcome the negative first impression I got from them. They could not.

Unfortunately joining the club meant giving money to Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party. I regret it.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Do you believe the Nappy-Hagrid partnership will be successful? on: July 22, 2014, 10:49:39 pm
The big challenge will be getting things to trickle down through the rest of the game. I'm pleased that the Northeast will soon be debating a proposal to combat homelessness and put some of the money from the Public Means Public Act to use. But it would be nice if the media picked up on some of the stories the GM is creating... just to add some immediacy to things.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Other Frontrunner on: July 22, 2014, 05:39:06 pm
Biden. And I'd support him if my guys nominated someone like Cruz, too. Joe Biden is great.
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Apparently Britain just decriminalized online piracy... on: July 22, 2014, 04:59:07 pm
I've always thought that in 50 years the internet will be as safe, boring, and regulated as crossing the street at a crosswalk with traffic lights and a crossing guard.

This development is encouraging and makes me think that maybe the experience of going online will not be so rigid. At the very least, the downloaders should not be punished.
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how do you get paid? on: July 22, 2014, 04:53:17 pm
The tears of the poor, of course.
82  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 22, 2014, 04:12:20 pm
If Jas were to attack you Hagrid, it wouldn't be for the purpose of gaining territory to hold, but of depriving you of your regional bonus.  Iowa->South Dakota would have been the surest way of doing it while Oklahoma->Kansas would likely have worked and kept Jas from being too strung out.

Altho to be fair I think his best choice for this turn would have been to split his reinforcements between Oklahoma and Missouri, attack Missouri->Illinois and then tactical move some armies from Arkansas into Louisiana.  He has little to gain from denying Tyrion the Southeast himself this turn, and Illinois and Mississippi were the only 1 battalion territories bordering him for a quick card pickup.  While Jas can't prevent a determined effort to deny him the bonus for holding the South, he could prevent a casual one in a way that wouldn't really adversely affect his ability to strike next turn.

No, I understand. I guess my way of playing though has always been "me first, others second." As long as I set and achieve my own incremental goals (and avoid making enemies whenever possible), I'm satisfied. Y'all can have whatever bonuses you want. Tongue

But I'm shutting up now, lol.
83  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 22, 2014, 03:23:17 pm
Gotta say, that's actually very interesting.
Since Matt had no real hope of holding the Southwest, it made no real sense for him to fight to temporarily take it.

I am a bit surprised by Jas.  The de facto truce with Tyrion makes sense as there's an excellent chance Snowstalker will attack him to secure a card, if nothing else, and if not attacked by Snowstalker, Tyrion would be a fragile ally who could move against Snowstalker and/or Polnut while Jas looks towards the west.  The only surprise I have is I'd have thought that if he moved against the Matt/Hagrid pairing this turn, it would have been to put all 6 reinforcements in Iowa and attack Iowa->South Dakota, or if he wanted something RISKier, all in Oklahoma and attack Oklahoma->Kansas.  There was a reasonable chance Matt would go after Colorado next turn, but now it's pretty much inevitable that Matt will attack Jas next turn.

I don't want to comment too much because obviously I have a stake in this, but I think the benefits of going against Matt in New Mexico are more immediate for Jas than the benefits of going against me in South Dakota. Adding South Dakota to his collection of territories only elongates a strange "arm" of land that will be difficult to hold onto. Attacking NM keeps his territories close together, heads off what would have been Matt's inevitable attack on the South (with two regional bonuses behind him), and at least gives Jas a chance at securing another region. Meanwhile, his nine armies in Arkansas are threatening enough to prevent me from encroaching too far on his holdings.

I say it's an interesting move because it's not necessarily what I would've done but I still understand it.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (NEED MORE AMENDMENTS CHECK THREAD!!) on: July 22, 2014, 03:10:53 pm
I like that very much as a first point in a foreign policy section. Maybe after this vote we can get into specifics about some countries of interest (a commitment to Israel, for example).
85  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (Jas) on: July 22, 2014, 10:49:00 am
Gotta say, that's actually very interesting.
86  General Discussion / History / Re: If McCain had picked Governor Mark Sanford for VP in 2008..........? on: July 22, 2014, 01:27:48 am
I find this scenario a little odd, but I could see him choosing someone like Huckabee.
87  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What party are you a registered member of? on: July 22, 2014, 12:41:41 am
I'm a registered member of the Democratic Party as of 2012. For ideological purposes, political-campaigning purposes, primary election purposes and the fact that I'm a party loyalist, I plan to stay in the party until the day I die.

I don't mean to be rude, but isn't that kind of... close-minded?
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Pacific Stimulus: Allocations for July on: July 22, 2014, 12:37:32 am
Just checking in to say I'll get something up in writing tomorrow!
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs: Funds from the Public Means Public Act on: July 22, 2014, 12:18:19 am

DIRECTIVE of the Secretary of Internal Affairs

SoIA Directive #005 of July 22, 2014
Official Record

Sec. 1. Recall of Products Originating from Tyson Fresh Meats in Holcomb, Kansas

(1) By the authority vested in me as the Secretary of Internal Affairs, I hereby direct the Department of Agriculture to issue a formal request of Tyson Fresh Meats to recall all food products originating in its Holcomb, Kansas meat processing facility.

Sec. 2. Review of Department of Agriculture Food Inspection Procedures

(1) Effective immediately, all facilities dedicated to the cultivation, processing, and packaging of food that have a history of one or more food safety code violations shall be prioritized for inspection above similar facilities that have accrued no major violations over the last five years.

(2) I hereby direct the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration to conduct thorough evaluations of their food inspection procedures and report back to the Department of Internal Affairs with their findings, specifically those related to (a) any improvements to inspection procedures that may be made with existing resources; and (b) requests for additional resources that will improve inspection and enforcement standards.

90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of conservatives parroting this quote on: July 21, 2014, 08:41:26 pm
HP. We just can't do anything right.
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What party are you a registered member of? on: July 21, 2014, 08:39:44 pm
None in Canada. I would register as a Republican in the US but would probably vote for quite a few Democrats on the state level.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In your Atlas history, how many posters have you intentionally ignored? on: July 21, 2014, 02:43:57 am
At this point I can't imagine using the forum with signatures turned on. They add nothing.

So you don't associate me with a spunky Latina governor...? Sad
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wages for Housework Act on: July 21, 2014, 02:41:36 am
If families can afford to have a spouse stay home and take on the majority of the housework, can't we safely assume that the individual with formal employment covers all the living costs (and then some) of the houseworker? To provide a minimum wage salary to a person whose needs are already covered just doesn't make sense.

Not to mention, wouldn't this basically be a grant for rich people? I mean, I like that these folks would be getting back some of the money we take from them with our ridiculous tax rates, but I think this money is much better spent on other projects.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: FL-St. Leo University: Bush leads Clinton, other Republicans trail on: July 20, 2014, 06:58:36 pm
Bushmentum.  Seriously though.  Bush is leading the national polls and leading Clinton in Florida.  In a few months time, could Bush be where Christie was pre Bridgegate? 

I would say he's there now.  Christie is finished as the "establishment's" candidate.

He's the establishment candidate, sure, but that doesn't mean he has the same potential that Christie had.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In your Atlas history, how many posters have you intentionally ignored? on: July 20, 2014, 05:40:13 pm
I think the only people I've had on ignore at some point are mondale84, HockeyDude, and Lief (just during the election Tongue). I agree that it's dumb to put people on ignore. I just click "show post" anyway.
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: 2016 Official Polling Map Thread on: July 20, 2014, 04:49:10 pm
And people try to say Hillary would've been a worse candidate than Obama in '08. Pfft. I know her tenure as Secretary of State has bolstered her credentials and endeared her to the public, but the point is, she is naturally a good fit for some of these traditional R states.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 20, 2014, 03:51:12 pm
See, I have trouble with this topic. Autism is naturally occurring, so basically it's just a condition on the far end of "normal." Where does normal end and Autism begin? Why can't social awkwardness just be considered normal? I know I'm not being especially profound, but we're so concerned in this day and age with making people out to be special or different. I think it does a disservice to these folks a lot of the time, because we're basically forcing them to live with the idea that they can never integrate into society at large. That's just not the case.

It's like, I have a cousin eight years my junior who's about to go into grade nine. He has an IEP (not related to Autism) and has been given all this special treatment. He doesn't have to take French class, which is a requirement in grade nine, and I imagine he's signed up to take all "applied" classes, which is basically what you take if you're stupid. That's how it's perceived, at least. So this kid is going to go through high school feeling like he's dumb and not going to amount to anything. Basically, his parents' decision to put him in applied classes will affect his entire life, because he will now not even have the option to apply to university. I think it is much more admirable to struggle towards a 65% in "academic math" than get an 80% in "applied math." I know it's not my business, but I just feel like it's destructive to treat people like they're these fragile little creatures who can't achieve the same things as the rest of us. My cousin will not be valedictorian, but the opportunity to try to do well alongside everyone else, learn a few things, and develop the right work ethic is worth a lot more than an 80% in stupid class.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Air Force One Down on: July 20, 2014, 04:16:54 am
Well, it certainly would've been interesting.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What was your most memorable wildlife viewing moment? on: July 20, 2014, 04:04:01 am
Killbear Provincial Park. My family was at the bathroom and it was basically pitch black because the campfire was pretty much done. It also happened to be the night of Susana's speech at the Republican convention in 2012, so naturally I was streaming the thing from 3G onto my laptop. My parents weren't too impressed.

Anyway, halfway through her speech I hear someone shout "BEAR," and two seconds later I hear these thunderous footfalls in the patch of trees beside our campsite. A sapling comes crashing down and almost lands on me, and I know the bear is literally feet away. I actually never saw the thing because it was so dark and my eyes were adjusted to the laptop screen, but I damn-well heard it. I never yelled so loud in all my life.
100  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: RISK Domination XI: Round 2 (HagridOfTheDeep) on: July 20, 2014, 12:32:23 am
Tactical move one from Kansas to Nebraska. That'll be all for this turn.
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