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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-SurveyUSA: Gov. Scott (R) up 3 on: August 19, 2014, 07:10:01 pm
Wow, Crist really f***ed this up didn't he? Its hard to believe he lead by 12 at one point.

16 points actually. But its not Crist's fault that liberals are attacking America with obamacare.

Don't you mean Cristcare?

No, Charlie Crist never voted for Obamacare. Neither did Alex Sink. The voters thrashed Sink anyway.

Jolly won by 1.8%, hardly a thrashing. If you want to see a real thrashing, pick up a local newspaper on November 5th. Wink

The more relevant story with Sink isn't her narrow loss, it's how the party completely ed up fielding a candidate for the general.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-SurveyUSA: Gov. Scott (R) up 3 on: August 19, 2014, 03:24:23 pm
Did the democrats really have nobody better than Charlie Crist to run against Scott?

A former CFO and gubernatorial nominee who lost a Congressional race to an attorney despite massively outspending him, a guy who hadn't served in the State Senate since 2006 (losing a gubernatorial primary in 2006 and on the losing ticket as Lt. Gov in 2010, and served as FDP chair), a big-city mayor previously indicted and suspended on suspicion of election fraud and noteworthy for his ban on feeding the homeless, a couple guys who served as mayors of a major city for less than a full term, a sitting US Senator, and Pam Iorio, who I don't think wanted to run. So yeah, we really didn't.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - August Senate Election Poll (FINAL POLL!) on: August 19, 2014, 02:58:55 pm
[1]Polnut
[2]Lumine
[3]Deus
[4]GAworth
[5]Bacon King
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: The Candidacy Withdrawal Amendment on: August 19, 2014, 02:46:41 pm
Aye.
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The New Order--Gameplay Thread on: August 19, 2014, 01:59:21 pm

International Affairs: Japan was clearly acting in self-defense and the League's condemnations of her actions in Manchukuo represents nothing more than the clear Western bias of the League and of League leadership - see, for example, Japan's exclusion from this proposed international trade conference. Japan hereby withdraws from the League of Nations, for her interests are no longer served by membership. Now that we're good and friendless, we will begin exploring alternative trading partners, with a particular focus on Latin America (already home to significant diaspora communities)

Government Affairs: Publicly, I'll take a more nuanced line than the militarists, but privately they shall be reassured that they shall get that which they wish to see happen within their lifetimes. The progress of the Empire is paramount, and a united Asia free of Western influences is our ultimate goal - it may require us to take more time and act less aggressively than some of them hope, but it will happen.

Economics: We have suffered less from this depression than most other countries and shall stay the course with Takahashi's policies of fiscal stimulus and currency devaluation, which should allow us to seize a greater share of export markets. We shall taper deficit spending should the inflation rate spike above 8%.

Military: The army, in particular the Kwantung Army, appears to have become a bastion of the militarists. In response, military officers more loyal to the Emperor's orders shall be concentrated in the Navy. We shall not take aggressive action this year.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Facebook to start tagging Onion articles as 'Satire', to protect the stupids on: August 18, 2014, 09:00:59 pm
The Onion responds.

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Describing him as frequently frustrated and overwhelmed, sources confirmed Monday that local Facebook user Michael Huffman is incredibly stupid.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: RC Poll: Regional Consolidation Poll on: August 17, 2014, 05:15:23 pm
Regardless of my support for bicameralization or regional consolidation, I cannot see an Atlasia with five active regions and two active houses. Assuming we want a bicameral legislature, it's necessary.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: August 16, 2014, 01:21:43 pm
Also, I've tried looking up this Taddeo woman, and I can't find anything that she's actually done.

Businesswoman, Congressional candidate against IRL in 2008, and party chair of the Miami-Dade Dems.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS August 2014 Regional Election on: August 16, 2014, 11:11:28 am
Emperor:
[1] Scott
[2] WI: Maxwell

District 1:
[1] WI: Flo
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Allen West: Obama is an "Islamist" on: August 15, 2014, 09:41:48 pm
Who cares about Allen West anymore? Even the Teabaggers have moved onto Ben Carson as their token black hero.

He is planning on running for US Senate if Rubio runs for President in 2016.

And leads in the most recent poll of that race.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color/state combinations represents the best/worst group of posters? on: August 15, 2014, 09:39:27 pm
Best is easily O-AR.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 15, 2014, 09:01:59 am
I really like Pensacola, however, that literally is basically in Alabama. But Orlando is central, so I voted that way. It also is on the dividing line of Florida, if you will. South of Orlando, the state is more akin to a Northeastern state, while north of Orlando you basically have "the South".

It's bad wording, but he's not wrong.

I'd also put it north of Gainesville instead of Orlando.

The only really Southern parts of Florida are Jax and the Panhandle, and whatever's in between there - Gainesville really isn't, and I'd struggle to define Daytona/St. Augustine as 'Southern' too. But Florida south of Orange County isn't akin to a Northeastern state either, unless you're just looking at transplanted Yankees in Palm Beach and Broward.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 15, 2014, 08:18:48 am
What also worries me is the military-style outfit of the police in small towns like this one in MO:



Not even the riot police in Vienna (a city of 1.8 million) is outfitted like this (they have a few water cannon throwers and normal guns and pepper spray).

It's like they are trying to fight ISIS within a MO small town ... Tongue

Tender, that's a Lenco Bearcat, which Ferguson's PD doesn't have. That's St. Louis County PD, which isn't really a small town. As for why they have it, they won a grant from DHS that gave it to them for free to - fight terrorism, or something.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Onion has a new clickbait site, and of course it's genius on: August 14, 2014, 11:20:15 pm
Is that legal? Tongue

US copyright laws are draconian and terrible, but even they recognize 1851 as being in the public domain.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: IDS Save our Utilites Act (Final Vote) on: August 14, 2014, 09:51:55 pm
Veto it and let us redraft it.

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1. All power and fuel companies within the IDS (defined as any for-profit entity deriving 75 percent or more of its profit from the production, maintenance, or distribution of any form of energy, but excluding gas stations and the extraction of natural resources) will be immediately nationalized by the Imperial Government upon any attempt by the federal government to bring those corporations into public ownership. These companies will be returned to their former owners one minute after the federal attempt goes into effect.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 1 in 4 tea partiers support socialism on: August 14, 2014, 07:55:04 pm
The pollsters must have disguised socialism somehow.

"As I read a list of words and phrases, please tell me if you have a very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very UNfavorable opinion of them. First, would you say your opinion of [socialism] is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very UNfavorable?"
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 14, 2014, 12:57:31 pm
Rand Paul delivers a much stronger statement than I've seen from any Dem.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: IDS Save our Utilites Act (Final Vote) on: August 14, 2014, 09:02:14 am
Nay

You are not a member of the legislature.
19  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: If you could move the Florida capital to another city...? on: August 14, 2014, 08:26:46 am
My vote's for Lakeland (or Winter Haven, Lake Wales, etc - something in the Orlampa area). Right in the middle of the population, which correlates with decreased corruption. One of the Polk County cities would also have enough room to build a new capital (unlike, say, downtown Tampa or Orlando) without being the middle of nowhere (ex: Okahumpka).
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: IDS Save our Utilites Act (Final Vote) on: August 13, 2014, 07:10:30 pm
Aye
21  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (3) - The Black Dragon) on: August 13, 2014, 02:37:22 pm
Told you that damn castle is cursed.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy birthday, SJoyce! on: August 13, 2014, 02:30:01 pm
Thanks, y'all!
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: RC Poll: At-Large Senate Election Preference Vote on: August 12, 2014, 07:53:24 pm
1. Polnut or Lumine
2. Lumine or Polnut
3. Cynic
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: IDS Save our Utilites Act (Debating) on: August 12, 2014, 07:36:09 pm
I move to waive the minimum debate and cloture requirements and proceed directly to a final vote.
25  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (3) - The Black Dragon) on: August 10, 2014, 05:45:45 pm
I really enjoyed this game and I must say the players gave excellent performances, so hopefully we will be able to have more games like this in the future. Now, we have a series of options for the game:

-End the game at the next turn (unless we have something unexpected).
-The same, then take a rest and consider the possibility of another one (like one set in Robert's Rebellion or in ten or twenty more years in this timeline of events).
-Finally, extend the game. I decided not to have the Others strike as of now because I have no way of simulating their invasion, but if all the players agree I might extend the game a few turns to deal with the Night's King.

Opinions?

We could always extend it, or do a new one - Robert's Rebellion, Dance of the Dragons, a continuation, or maybe Daenerys' war in Essos. Of course, I could always just cause something unexpected to happen.
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