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76  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 02, 2015, 02:39:50 pm
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: September 01, 2015, 09:10:15 pm
#2, but at least I have the excuse of youth (not yet being in college).
78  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Foreign Office on: September 01, 2015, 06:55:13 pm
Foreign Office

Statement on South American Compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention
It is the formal legal opinion of the Foreign Office that the actions to recover Daniel Rojas from his captivity do not constitute a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The use of incapacitating chemicals, such as fentanyl, is covered under Article II 9(d) of the CWC, which specifically exempts “law enforcement including domestic riot control purposes” from the CWC.
The FARC kidnappings were conducted in violation of the laws of Colombia, and law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction to enforce that law, qualifying an antiterrorism hostage recovery operation such as was conducted as a form of domestic law enforcement.
The convention defines a riot control agent (Article II 7) as “any chemical not listed in a Schedule which can produce … disabling physical effects which disappear within a short time.” Fentanyl gas is not listed in any of the Schedules and has relatively short-lasting effects.
Given these circumstances, it is the opinion of the Government that no international treaty was violated in the conduct of this operation.
79  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 01, 2015, 02:30:49 pm
Amendment 1: Nay
Amendment 2: Nay
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: September 01, 2015, 08:46:14 am
Team with biggest drop from preseason to final polls: Notre Dame
Team with biggest rise from preseason to final polls: Kansas State
Heisman winner: Nick Chubb
National Semifinalist/Champions: TCU over Arizona. OSU over Georgia. TCU over OSU.
Winner of:
  • SEC: UGA
  • Big 12: TCU
  • Big 10: OSU
  • Pac 12: Arizona
  • ACC: Georgia Tech
Biggest upset from the current perspective: Western Kentucky over LSU

Week 1:
TCU over Minnesota
Boise State over Washington
UCLA over Virginia
Louisville over Auburn
Alabama over Wisconsin
Virginia Tech over OSU
Upset: North Carolina over South Carolina
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Denali ! on: August 31, 2015, 04:00:06 pm
Light hearted jokes aside, if you follow this through to it's logical conclusion, everything in the US that originally had a Native American name that has since been renamed should revert back to the original Native American name.

If the majority of people who live there support the renaming, I don't see the issue with it.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / 2020 presidential election on: August 31, 2015, 02:47:48 pm
Discuss with maps.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 30, 2015, 09:53:32 pm
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Ky. Governor's race: Who will win? on: August 30, 2015, 01:23:53 pm
lmao the libertarians are putting up someone pulled straight from an internet comments section
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of this GIF? on: August 30, 2015, 08:57:44 am
The amount of money it'd cost to give every student in America a free meal every day amounts to less than half of our yearly expenditure on the F-35 project. Just to put this in perspective.
86  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 29, 2015, 11:33:16 pm
Ernest's advice is probably the best - Fix-It and Forget-It can work wonders. Throw some stuff together in the morning, go to class and do whatever else it is you feel like doing that day, come home to a good amount of food that can easily be made into a meal with some rice and vegetables (something you can do in <10 minutes with a microwave). Bourbon chicken in the crock-pot with yellow rice was my parents' go-to meal on busy days when there wasn't much time for cooking dinner.

Also, Trader Joe's has some easy & cheap chicken dishes (orange & teriyaki are the most popular among my brothers) that can be fixed quickly with rice. One bag serves three teenagers, so it should last you a few days. Not sure how far away you are from their unofficial Vancouver location (I know their prices are usually a few bucks higher too).
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: police murder megathread on: August 29, 2015, 10:45:57 pm
Cops shoot San Antonio man who had his hands up.
88  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Which city is going to serve as capital city? on: August 29, 2015, 03:53:59 pm
The Vrije Alliantie suggests having a decentralized presidency, along the lines of our constituent republic of Bolivia or South Africa.

I could get on board with the Bolivian model - the capital somewhere like Cochabamba, but with government functions largely occurring somewhere like Buenos Aires.
89  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Reuters primary polling: tracking thread. on: August 28, 2015, 07:25:35 pm
Trump's lead is now larger than Hillary's.
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Alan Grayson on: August 28, 2015, 07:22:02 pm
One of the worst.
91  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurricane Erika on: August 28, 2015, 04:12:06 pm
Erika expected to weaken down to a depression, come onshore around Sarasota.
92  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Which city is going to serve as capital city? on: August 28, 2015, 01:23:29 pm
The Foreign Office is based in Santiago de Chile (on a temporary basis); significant infrastructure improvements, including the addition of international flights, will be necessary to make Cochabamba a sufficient capital city.
93  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurricane Erika on: August 28, 2015, 11:28:25 am
Last I heard it is heading straight for my hometown. I am eight hours away in Tally, so I will be missing out on the first hurricane to hit us in ten years.

Track's shifting back towards me (and, from there, on to you), but they're also saying it'll only be a TS by the time it hits.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Where will your support go if your top choice drops out? on: August 27, 2015, 07:45:42 pm
Biden -> Sanders -> Clinton -> Webb -> O'Malley -> Chafee
95  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: When did you first hear of each of the candidates? on: August 27, 2015, 02:35:25 pm
I had never heard of Jim Gilmore until now.
96  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Two TV journalists shot dead live on air on: August 27, 2015, 02:20:06 pm
The man used to be a reporter here in Tallahassee, where he was fired. He seems to have been quite a loose cannon.

And yet he was still able to get a gun.

Do you think a stricter gun law would have stopped this?  Sorry, but I think that's completely emotion-based and naive.

Of course there are types of stricter gun laws that would have stopped this.

Of course none of them are remotely constitutional and would have only prevented this from being a "shooting" and instead made it a stabbing. This was targeted at two people, it wasn't a mass shooting. He used a handgun (something he, as a non-felon and person who was not adjudicated mentally ill, had a constitutional right to) against unarmed people with no one else around to stop him. No one that worked with him thought he was violently mentally ill, if those coworkers being interviewed are to be believed; they just thought he was overly litigious and had a temper.

If there was a case that cried out for some kind of further gun regulation, this ain't it. It isn't Sandy Hook. The media outlets using this tragedy to push for more gun control just reveal themselves to be what they are: people who get excited when these things happen because they can use it to score points for their side.

I mean, if you want to be technical, no specific type of gun is protected.

Heller outlined the types of weapons that could not be banned, and McDonald applied the same standard nationwide. A person has a right to any gun in common use for lawful purposes (the ruling considered self-defense as lawful). There can be restrictions, but not a prohibition. Handguns were the type of gun at issue in the case, and therefore obviously covered. This guy used a Glock semi-automatic handgun after passing a background check; doesn't get much more common....

Your argument is about what the law of the United States currently is under this court's interpretation of the Constitution. Everybody else in this thread is talking about what the law should be. There's a difference.
97  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Will the government publish its agenda? on: August 26, 2015, 02:05:53 pm
My priority at this time is drafting legislation to clarify the organization of our armed forces, as well as establishing relations with our northern neighbor.
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Post photos of typical supporters of the candidates on: August 25, 2015, 10:25:17 pm
This is the only image I can picture when I think of "Jeb Bush supporter:"

99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOP or Dems: Doomed if they win in '16 on: August 25, 2015, 09:42:44 pm
So, another big picture to look at here is after the current slow rebound of the economy we are due for a correction hear sometime before ~2020ish. This is agree'd on by many big economists to expect this sort of default in the next 4-6 years, so whoever win's in '16 will definitely take some heat for another likely minor recession. Which the other party will capitalize on in the 2020 elections.

This is not true and so this is a silly discussion.
100  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which of these people is the most likely to gain a lot of support? on: August 25, 2015, 09:40:11 pm
Graham is not running for President (he's running to push his foreign policy views), Pataki's trying to play for a space already occupied by a number of quasi-moderate Republicans, Perry's dropping out soon, and who's Jim Gilmore? That leaves Santorum and Jindal. Santorum strikes me as someone who has more of a popular base among the Iowan grassroots, so I'll go with him.
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