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Title: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 09:27:43 pm
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This thread may be used for reader comments and requests of the Atlasia Dispatch-Herald. All requests will be considered and added to the queue for public viewing in the paper.

Keep it clean and enjoy.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 18, 2009, 09:31:49 pm
National Debt numbers please.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Special K on August 18, 2009, 09:33:30 pm
I think that my return to Atlasia is deserving of a front page headline in very big, bold, bright red letters.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Barnes on August 18, 2009, 09:35:08 pm
Just to let you know, I've updated the Wiki to include you as GM, and stuff.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Barnes on August 18, 2009, 09:36:35 pm
I'd like to see a story over the recent controversy over absentee ballots.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 18, 2009, 09:38:36 pm
How about we just PM him requests so as to keep this thread more about discussion of the articles. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 09:39:40 pm
Bare in mind that I have many articles ready to publish, but they will be spaced out and not placed down in one big lump. I have to give you guys a reason to keep coming back. This first wave will be four articles, one in each section. After this most days will have one or two.

National Debt numbers please.

Ready, but won't be up for a day or two.

I think that my return to Atlasia is deserving of a front page headline in very big, bold, bright red letters.

Stay and get involved and maybe you'll make it into an article.

Just to let you know, I've updated the Wiki to include you as GM, and stuff.

Thanks Barnes.

I'd like to see a story over the recent controversy over absentee ballots.

Do you mean Hamilton's opening of the booth improperly? Story doesn't seem that deep, but I will look into it.

How about we just PM him requests so as to keep this thread more about discussion of the articles. :)

And spam my Inbox? ;)

You can all PM me or post here. I'll stick it in the queue either way.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Barnes on August 18, 2009, 09:42:21 pm
Bare in mind that I have many articles ready to publish, but they will be spaced out and not placed down in one big lump. I have to give you guys a reason to keep coming back. This first wave will be four articles, one in each section. After this most days will have one or two.

National Debt numbers please.

Ready, but won't be up for a day or two.

I think that my return to Atlasia is deserving of a front page headline in very big, bold, bright red letters.

Stay and get involved and maybe you'll make it into an article.

Just to let you know, I've updated the Wiki to include you as GM, and stuff.

Thanks Barnes.

I'd like to see a story over the recent controversy over absentee ballots.

Do you mean Hamilton's opening of the booth improperly? Story doesn't seem that deep, but I will look into it.

I mean Hamilton, but you decide. But it could include the new laws about absentee ballots, and Hamilton thinking he was Deputy and stuff. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 18, 2009, 10:04:26 pm
I hope that as time goes on, not only will Atlasia's events be significantly different from the US', but that other countries' behavior may be significantly different due to Atlasian policy.

By the way, do we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 10:09:12 pm
I hope that as time goes on, not only will Atlasia's events be significantly different from the US', but that other countries' behavior may be significantly different due to Atlasian policy.

By the way, do we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The Senate has never passed a declaration of war against either country, so the answer would be no.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on August 18, 2009, 10:10:34 pm
I hope that as time goes on, not only will Atlasia's events be significantly different from the US', but that other countries' behavior may be significantly different due to Atlasian policy.

By the way, do we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The Senate has never passed a declaration of war against either country, so the answer would be no.

We inherited all laws up to 2004 I thought, so wouldn't those resolutions have been passed?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 10:12:05 pm
I hope that as time goes on, not only will Atlasia's events be significantly different from the US', but that other countries' behavior may be significantly different due to Atlasian policy.

By the way, do we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The Senate has never passed a declaration of war against either country, so the answer would be no.

We inherited all laws up to 2004 I thought, so wouldn't those resolutions have been passed?

I believe the decision to inherit pre-2004 laws was an optional, rather than mandatory adoption. If I am mistaken I'll take that into account, but I will refrain from doing so until then.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 18, 2009, 10:25:48 pm
I'm pretty certain that we inherited all laws.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 10:39:04 pm
I'm pretty certain that we inherited all laws.

I'm not seeing where this happened (just went through every law on the Wiki). Could you link me?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 18, 2009, 10:41:20 pm
I'm pretty certain that we inherited all laws.

I'm not seeing where this happened (just went through every law on the Wiki). Could you link me?

Nothing written either way, but given that we repealed a lot of old laws, it's a logical assumption.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 10:43:37 pm
I'm pretty certain that we inherited all laws.

I'm not seeing where this happened (just went through every law on the Wiki). Could you link me?

Nothing written either way, but given that we repealed a lot of old laws, it's a logical assumption.

I'd rather that sort of thing actually be done by the Senate. Especially we haven't taken any action relating to the wars, nor does the FTA with Iraq seem to take it into account.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 18, 2009, 10:54:39 pm
I'm pretty certain that we inherited all laws.

I'm not seeing where this happened (just went through every law on the Wiki). Could you link me?

Nothing written either way, but given that we repealed a lot of old laws, it's a logical assumption.

I'd rather that sort of thing actually be done by the Senate. Especially we haven't taken any action relating to the wars, nor does the FTA with Iraq seem to take it into account.

Since we can't be sure either way at this point, it's probably up to you as GM to decide.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 18, 2009, 10:55:40 pm
I'm pretty certain that we inherited all laws.

I'm not seeing where this happened (just went through every law on the Wiki). Could you link me?

Nothing written either way, but given that we repealed a lot of old laws, it's a logical assumption.

I'd rather that sort of thing actually be done by the Senate. Especially we haven't taken any action relating to the wars, nor does the FTA with Iraq seem to take it into account.

Iraq was "fixed", don't you know?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 10:59:01 pm
I'm going forward under the assumption that we are now wholly separate from the U.S., aside from things that have commonly been assumed to be a part of both (such as social security, medicare/caid, etc.) or those which the Senate has mentioned in legislation.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 18, 2009, 11:23:47 pm
Economic and Financial News

Atlasian National Stock Exchange Opens
GM Purple state today announced the opening of the Atlasian National Stock Exchange (ANSE), Atlasia’s first such exchange for trading financial products. Asserting the nation’s independence from the United States, Atlasians flocked to the ANSE to buy up local stock.

ANSE     1,000  (Unch)

Financial Indicators
  • $1 Atlasian = $1 U.S.
  • Unemployment = 10%
  • Crude Oil = $70/barrel
  • Revenues = $11 trillion; Expenses = $12.8 trillion
  • Trade Deficit = $700 billion

Could the GM comment on why those revenues are so high? The Gov't would be accounting for like 70% of GDP if GDP is anything close to RL numbers. I don't see how five years of difference in laws could cause GDP to grow so far so fast that would be taken in 11 Trillion dollars in revenue.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 11:29:06 pm
Economic and Financial News

Atlasian National Stock Exchange Opens
GM Purple state today announced the opening of the Atlasian National Stock Exchange (ANSE), Atlasia’s first such exchange for trading financial products. Asserting the nation’s independence from the United States, Atlasians flocked to the ANSE to buy up local stock.

ANSE     1,000  (Unch)

Financial Indicators
  • $1 Atlasian = $1 U.S.
  • Unemployment = 10%
  • Crude Oil = $70/barrel
  • Revenues = $11 trillion; Expenses = $12.8 trillion
  • Trade Deficit = $700 billion

Could the GM comment on why those revenues are so high? The Gov't would be accounting for like 70% of GDP if GDP is anything close to RL numbers. I don't see how five years of difference in laws could cause GDP to grow so far so fast that would be taken in 11 Trillion dollars in revenue.

Ok, fixed. I'm no whiz on the economic numbers, so if you catch anything like that let me know.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on August 18, 2009, 11:42:35 pm
I'm still hoping for Somalia updates, hinthint ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: SPC on August 18, 2009, 11:48:30 pm
I think there was a resolution that withdrew Atlasian troops from Iraq.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 18, 2009, 11:48:36 pm
Economic and Financial News

Atlasian National Stock Exchange Opens
GM Purple state today announced the opening of the Atlasian National Stock Exchange (ANSE), Atlasia’s first such exchange for trading financial products. Asserting the nation’s independence from the United States, Atlasians flocked to the ANSE to buy up local stock.

ANSE     1,000  (Unch)

Financial Indicators
  • $1 Atlasian = $1 U.S.
  • Unemployment = 10%
  • Crude Oil = $70/barrel
  • Revenues = $11 trillion; Expenses = $12.8 trillion
  • Trade Deficit = $700 billion

Could the GM comment on why those revenues are so high? The Gov't would be accounting for like 70% of GDP if GDP is anything close to RL numbers. I don't see how five years of difference in laws could cause GDP to grow so far so fast that would be taken in 11 Trillion dollars in revenue.

Ok, fixed. I'm no whiz on the economic numbers, so if you catch anything like that let me know.

Its better but they are still considerably high. 30%-40% of RL GDP. I would suggest that in the future you look at RL numbers first and modify as needed. That will give it a better basis in reality.

For instance rought RL numbers
GDP: 14 Trillion
Expenses: 3.6 Trillion
Revenues: 1.8 Trillion
These are the estimates for next year when we have a projected 1.8 Trillion dollar deficit.

The recession has murdered Revenue and generally you should keep expenses either at 25% of GDP or slighlty over(RL is about 26% maybe 30% at most). The Recession also distorts the numbers somewhat. For instance Revenue is down to 12% of GDP now when just a few years ago it was at about 16 or 17%. Judging by our Tax code I would say revenue should be in the 20-25% range, I would say low ball the number some cause the Recession would depress it. Your deficit is fairly accurate though at 1 trillion.

My suggestion is first start out with your GDP number. Then break down revenues, expenses, etc. 


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 18, 2009, 11:56:30 pm
My biggest trouble has been finding RL numbers. I'll shift it to what you laid out. They probably won't change any more often than monthly at the most.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 18, 2009, 11:58:29 pm
My biggest trouble has been finding RL numbers. I'll shift it to what you laid out. They probably won't change any more often than monthly at the most.

The CIA World Factbook is a great resource and of course there is always good old wikipedia.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html)

Scroll down to the Economy section. All the info you need to know about the US economy.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 19, 2009, 12:02:22 am
My biggest trouble has been finding RL numbers. I'll shift it to what you laid out. They probably won't change any more often than monthly at the most.

The CIA World Factbook is a great resource and of course there is always good old wikipedia.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html)

Scroll down to the Economy section. All the info you need to know about the US economy.

I've always used the Factbook for other countries. Never thought to use it on my own.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 19, 2009, 12:05:48 am
Okay you are getting there. You need to account for Tax code differences between Atlasia and RL  meaning our revenue will be slightly higher then RL. I would say maybe 2.2 Trillion to 2.5 Trillion instead of 1.8 Trillion.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 19, 2009, 12:10:08 am
Obviously if any deputy GM would be needed, it's in the economic sector. ;)

How do the healthcare numbers look?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 19, 2009, 12:22:07 am
Obviously if any deputy GM would be needed, it's in the economic sector. ;)

How do the healthcare numbers look?

Well I being a cynical conservative doubt that it would run a surplus, at least initially. Other then that they seem at least somewhat reasonable. It would have a positive effect on wages and employement, and even GDP cause small Businesses will expand as you say so thats correct. It would also lead to the dropping of private Health Care plans and the bankruptcy of many small insurers as you say it does. I would say Good job.

And you wanted to do it for Foriegn policy? Told you :P. Needs a separate position. Unfortunately most of the "experts" either aren't registered in Atlasia like Beet, Ford, Carl Hayden or have other positions already, Sam Spade. And if you are thinking about me the answer is No way in hell. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 19, 2009, 12:28:44 am
One more thing. Discretionary spending is as a percentage declining in relation to the overall budget even in good years. In recessions this gets worse. The vast runupp in Deficit from about 2.9 Trillion to 3.6 Trillion is not just cause of Stimulus and such but because of automatic increases in Entitlements like Medicaid, Food Stamps, Unemployemnt etc.
So of the 3.6 Trillion about 1.3 Trillion would be Discretionary spending. The rest almost 64% of the expenditures is entitlements of various kinds and in the future its only going to get worse. Just something to consider when cruncing Fiscal Budget issues.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 19, 2009, 12:34:46 am
I'll keep that in mind.

Just as a note, the health care cost vs. revenue is projected over ten years, which is why it is running a surplus.

One more thing: I hope you guys can keep up. ;) You would be surprised how much I have ready for this. The confirmation process gave me a lot of time to write things up.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on August 19, 2009, 04:00:42 am
Just a note to wish best of luck to you PS. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Franzl on August 19, 2009, 08:51:21 am
You're doing a good job :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on August 19, 2009, 10:17:36 am
I'm still hoping for Somalia updates, hinthint ;)

Hint: Thanks to the Atlasian recognition of Somaliland it is COMPLETELY STABLE ;D


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 19, 2009, 10:22:03 am
I'm still hoping for Somalia updates, hinthint ;)

Hint: Thanks to the Atlasian recognition of Somaliland it is COMPLETELY STABLE ;D

Something is coming down the pipeline, but I'm having so much fun with Colombia right now, especially bringing back the GTO.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: big bad fab on August 19, 2009, 10:37:11 am
You're doing a good job :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 19, 2009, 11:16:22 am
You're doing a good job :)
^^

This and can we get some information on what the Dirty South citizens think of the assembly? (obviously not a pressing issue)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 19, 2009, 11:40:23 am
You're doing a good job :)
^^

This and can we get some information on what the Dirty South citizens think of the assembly? (obviously not a pressing issue)

That's more reliant on NC Yank's approval polls. I  can write something based on those numbers, but the idea is pretty clear: a majority of the DS support it.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 19, 2009, 01:19:12 pm
I'm still hoping for Somalia updates, hinthint ;)

Hint: Thanks to the Atlasian recognition of Somaliland it is COMPLETELY STABLE ;D

Except for the southern part, which doesn't count.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on August 19, 2009, 02:37:13 pm
I'm still hoping for Somalia updates, hinthint ;)

Hint: Thanks to the Atlasian recognition of Somaliland it is COMPLETELY STABLE ;D

Something is coming down the pipeline, but I'm having so much fun with Colombia right now, especially bringing back the GTO.

Yup, I am very much enjoying having something to respond to day to day on.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on August 19, 2009, 04:00:11 pm
You're succeeding "beyond my wildest expectations" ;)

I plan on introducing legislation relating to the GTO, such as expanding it to other allies such as France, Canada, Italy, Spain or Argentina.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 19, 2009, 04:02:03 pm
You're succeeding "beyond my wildest expectations" ;)

I plan on introducing legislation relating to the GTO, such as expanding it to other allies such as France, Canada, Italy, Spain or Argentina.

For your reference, the treaty was originally ratified through this (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Global_Treaty_Organization_Act) piece of legislation (F.L. 14-6).

And a hat-tip to MasterJedi for bringing the GTO to my attention the other day.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 19, 2009, 05:05:36 pm
You're doing a good job :)
^^

This and can we get some information on what the Dirty South citizens think of the assembly? (obviously not a pressing issue)

That's more reliant on NC Yank's approval polls. I  can write something based on those numbers, but the idea is pretty clear: a majority of the DS support it.

Come on DWTL. I know you want to give me another $10,000. :P

I'll keep that in mind.

Just as a note, the health care cost vs. revenue is projected over ten years, which is why it is running a surplus.

One more thing: I hope you guys can keep up. ;) You would be surprised how much I have ready for this. The confirmation process gave me a lot of time to write things up.

PS, here is one more thing you might want to study in relation to Economic Info
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late-2000s_recession

I admit its long, but it gives you the broad picture.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on August 21, 2009, 11:00:28 am
I'm glad I was part of "One of the Greatest Senates Ever"


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 21, 2009, 11:03:08 am
I'm glad I was part of "One of the Greatest Senates Ever"

I was not. :( But I got to pass regional legislation as Mideast Speaker regarding the Help Atlasia Study Act, so at least I was around.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 21, 2009, 03:52:45 pm
National News

High Speed Rail Construction Underway!
This past April the Senate passed and then-President bgwah signed the High Speed Rail Act, sponsoring the construction of “railroad tracks designed for high speed electrically operated trains running up to 250 km/h (156 mph).”

The legislation plans routes between St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL; Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY and Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA; and Dallas, TX and Houston, TX. After months of planning, construction has begun on the line between St. Louis and Chicago, placing the cornerstone of what will be an expansive network of paths connecting major Atlasian cities. Sooner than most expected, those charged with implementing the Act attributed much of the early start to the $30 billion in stimulus funding designated for the project, allowing more of the funds allocated thus far to be pushed up.

Many analysts believe that the HSR Act is an achievement of great foresight by the Senate, putting into effect a new nationwide source of construction employment just as the worst economic crisis in recent memory was setting in. In fact, some have gone so far as to dub the Thirtieth Senate one of the great sessions in Atlasian history in terms of quality of legislation, noting the HSR Act as well as the Help Atlasia Study Act of 2009, the Voting While Banned Act and the Middle East Peace Act of 2009.

Although it is not yet clear how big the impact of the HSR Act will be on the construction industry, it can be expected to create upwards of half a million jobs around the nation, dropping the unemployment rate in construction well below the current level of 25 percent.

Does the honerable GM realise that there is in fact a high speed Rail line already in place between those cities, the Northeast Corridor. So does this mean that improvements and repairs will be done to that existing line, which the famous Acela Express runs on(Can reach 120-130 mph easy, I have done so on Train Sim), or are we building a whole new line through there. The existing NEC is badly in need of repairs however, if improved the speeds could reach those specified in the act.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 21, 2009, 04:16:44 pm
National News

High Speed Rail Construction Underway!
This past April the Senate passed and then-President bgwah signed the High Speed Rail Act, sponsoring the construction of “railroad tracks designed for high speed electrically operated trains running up to 250 km/h (156 mph).”

The legislation plans routes between St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL; Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY and Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA; and Dallas, TX and Houston, TX. After months of planning, construction has begun on the line between St. Louis and Chicago, placing the cornerstone of what will be an expansive network of paths connecting major Atlasian cities. Sooner than most expected, those charged with implementing the Act attributed much of the early start to the $30 billion in stimulus funding designated for the project, allowing more of the funds allocated thus far to be pushed up.

Many analysts believe that the HSR Act is an achievement of great foresight by the Senate, putting into effect a new nationwide source of construction employment just as the worst economic crisis in recent memory was setting in. In fact, some have gone so far as to dub the Thirtieth Senate one of the great sessions in Atlasian history in terms of quality of legislation, noting the HSR Act as well as the Help Atlasia Study Act of 2009, the Voting While Banned Act and the Middle East Peace Act of 2009.

Although it is not yet clear how big the impact of the HSR Act will be on the construction industry, it can be expected to create upwards of half a million jobs around the nation, dropping the unemployment rate in construction well below the current level of 25 percent.

Does the honerable GM realise that there is in fact a high speed Rail line already in place between those cities, the Northeast Corridor. So does this mean that improvements and repairs will be done to that existing line, which the famous Acela Express runs on(Can reach 120-130 mph easy, I have done so on Train Sim), or are we building a whole new line through there. The existing NEC is badly in need of repairs however, if improved the speeds could reach those specified in the act.

Because of the requirements in the HSR Act that the line must accommodate trains that reach speeds of up to 156mph, a new line is being built roughly along the path of the current NEC. Upon completion of this HSR line, the NEC will be decommissioned and taken apart.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 21, 2009, 05:10:07 pm
National News

High Speed Rail Construction Underway!
This past April the Senate passed and then-President bgwah signed the High Speed Rail Act, sponsoring the construction of “railroad tracks designed for high speed electrically operated trains running up to 250 km/h (156 mph).”

The legislation plans routes between St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL; Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY and Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA; and Dallas, TX and Houston, TX. After months of planning, construction has begun on the line between St. Louis and Chicago, placing the cornerstone of what will be an expansive network of paths connecting major Atlasian cities. Sooner than most expected, those charged with implementing the Act attributed much of the early start to the $30 billion in stimulus funding designated for the project, allowing more of the funds allocated thus far to be pushed up.

Many analysts believe that the HSR Act is an achievement of great foresight by the Senate, putting into effect a new nationwide source of construction employment just as the worst economic crisis in recent memory was setting in. In fact, some have gone so far as to dub the Thirtieth Senate one of the great sessions in Atlasian history in terms of quality of legislation, noting the HSR Act as well as the Help Atlasia Study Act of 2009, the Voting While Banned Act and the Middle East Peace Act of 2009.

Although it is not yet clear how big the impact of the HSR Act will be on the construction industry, it can be expected to create upwards of half a million jobs around the nation, dropping the unemployment rate in construction well below the current level of 25 percent.

Does the honerable GM realise that there is in fact a high speed Rail line already in place between those cities, the Northeast Corridor. So does this mean that improvements and repairs will be done to that existing line, which the famous Acela Express runs on(Can reach 120-130 mph easy, I have done so on Train Sim), or are we building a whole new line through there. The existing NEC is badly in need of repairs however, if improved the speeds could reach those specified in the act.

Because of the requirements in the HSR Act that the line must accommodate trains that reach speeds of up to 156mph, a new line is being built roughly along the path of the current NEC. Upon completion of this HSR line, the NEC will be decommissioned and taken apart.

Ah, no you won't. THe NEC handles Commuter and Freight lines, dummy. You going to shut them down. You can't haul freight at 150 miles of hour. Your knowledge of the Raillines are very lacking. Where are you going to build the new line. Most of the NEC is surronded by Development especially in Philly, Baltimore, and Boston. What about under NYC. The NEC corridor goes under ground in NJ, travels underneath the Hudson under Manhattan, goes through the discusting subway station they have the audacity to call Penn Station and then out through more tunnells underneath the East River to Long Island and New England. You going to build completely new tunnells, where are you going to put them? Clearly the GM doesn't know what he is talking about. :P It would cost Hundreds of Billions just for this one line to do what you are asking. Why not just replace, upgrade and modernise existing track over which the Acela currently runs?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 21, 2009, 05:15:50 pm
I'm not researching American railways for this. ;)

The engineers and planners will deal adequately with the placement of tracks, the modernization of current lines, etc. I'm no engineer, I simply report the news.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 21, 2009, 05:22:53 pm
Well, it looks like if the RPP receives a majority in the Senate the stock market will crash again. :(


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 21, 2009, 05:36:52 pm
I'm not researching American railways for this. ;)

The engineers and planners will deal adequately with the placement of tracks, the modernization of current lines, etc. I'm no engineer, I simply report the news.

My railway workers un my as yet unamed Railroad are considering going on strike due to your lack of appreciation for there importance.

I have some more requests
I need Housing market Data
Retail Sales
Durable Goods orders
Factory orders(also say whether this number is due to export changes or changes in domestic consumption)
Consumer Spending
Consumer Confidence

Please try to do some research on these. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 21, 2009, 06:12:02 pm
I'm not researching American railways for this. ;)

The engineers and planners will deal adequately with the placement of tracks, the modernization of current lines, etc. I'm no engineer, I simply report the news.

My railway workers un my as yet unamed Railroad are considering going on strike due to your lack of appreciation for there importance.

I have some more requests
I need Housing market Data
Retail Sales
Durable Goods orders
Factory orders(also say whether this number is due to export changes or changes in domestic consumption)
Consumer Spending
Consumer Confidence

Please try to do some research on these. :P

Only if you guys start taking action on some of my releases. Nothing regarding Venezuela from anyone but HW? Not even a comment on health care, not to mention moves to amend or make it better. You guys need to keep up with these things. I can give you all the data in the world, but it wont mean anything if you don't respond.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 21, 2009, 06:53:55 pm
I'm not researching American railways for this. ;)

The engineers and planners will deal adequately with the placement of tracks, the modernization of current lines, etc. I'm no engineer, I simply report the news.

My railway workers un my as yet unamed Railroad are considering going on strike due to your lack of appreciation for there importance.

I have some more requests
I need Housing market Data
Retail Sales
Durable Goods orders
Factory orders(also say whether this number is due to export changes or changes in domestic consumption)
Consumer Spending
Consumer Confidence

Please try to do some research on these. :P

Only if you guys start taking action on some of my releases. Nothing regarding Venezuela from anyone but HW? Not even a comment on health care, not to mention moves to amend or make it better. You guys need to keep up with these things. I can give you all the data in the world, but it wont mean anything if you don't respond.

Me try to amend Health Care? If I try to amend it, it would be a full repeal of it, which obviously won't pass, so why bother? Foriegn affairs aren't my current cup of tea and I shouldn't be held responsible for the inaction of my fellow Senators on the subject. I am an economics guy and I am trying get a good feel of the economy to see where to go next and so far what you have given me is so blind to underlying factors as to be worthless. Finally its election time and we are approachin Lame Duck status for this session. You are a former Senator, you know the drill. Now give me the data or I will have your a** impeached in the next Senate. I am in a very bad mood right now and you ain't helping.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on August 21, 2009, 08:58:11 pm
Now give me the data or I will have your a** impeached in the next Senate.

Oh yes, impeaching the only active and competent GM in a while. What a marvelous idea!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 21, 2009, 09:22:22 pm
Now give me the data or I will have your a** impeached in the next Senate.

Oh yes, impeaching the only active and competent GM in a while. What a marvelous idea!

Competent in certain ares yes. However he spouts off practically meaningless economic data on a regular basis and then when I ask for some special info on a one time basis so I can craft some economic legislation, I get a BS response about not responding. I ran on GM Reform, ID theft and the Economy. My focus right now is the economy, and I shouldn't be denied info critical to turning around the economy, because none of the other 9 Senators hasn't bothered to respond to his conflict with Chavez.  He was not appointed GM so he could point to us and laugh every election season and say, they aren't doing anything. He was appointed to work with the Senate to craft legislation, when I ask for critical data I get all kinds of excusses from "I don't know", to, "you idiots won't respond anyway". I came here to get what I need so I can do my job, I didn't expect to be caught up in a verbal attack on the entire Senate. He took this job, and said he would do daily reports, which he has, so I don't expect it to be a problem when I ask for one time dosage of more specific info.

I also ran on accountabililty for officeholders, and I sure as hell plan to continue to hold people accountable when I find they are not.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on August 21, 2009, 10:22:01 pm
Now give me the data or I will have your a** impeached in the next Senate.

Oh yes, impeaching the only active and competent GM in a while. What a marvelous idea!

Competent in certain ares yes. However he spouts off practically meaningless economic data on a regular basis and then when I ask for some special info on a one time basis so I can craft some economic legislation, I get a BS response about not responding. I ran on GM Reform, ID theft and the Economy. My focus right now is the economy, and I shouldn't be denied info critical to turning around the economy, because none of the other 9 Senators hasn't bothered to respond to his conflict with Chavez.  He was not appointed GM so he could point to us and laugh every election season and say, they aren't doing anything. He was appointed to work with the Senate to craft legislation, when I ask for critical data I get all kinds of excusses from "I don't know", to, "you idiots won't respond anyway". I came here to get what I need so I can do my job, I didn't expect to be caught up in a verbal attack on the entire Senate. He took this job, and said he would do daily reports, which he has, so I don't expect it to be a problem when I ask for one time dosage of more specific info.

I also ran on accountabililty for officeholders, and I sure as hell plan to continue to hold people accountable when I find they are not.

Also, he updates infrequently!  He should be updating more than once a day!  We demand minute-by-minute stock data!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on August 22, 2009, 02:04:20 am
I must admit that while I'm very happy with Purple State's activity and enthusiasm, I'm, like NYC, a bit miffed at his attitude towards the Senate as well. It's not like random stock data and updates on the dollar as well as pointless news about Colombia gives us alot to legislate over.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 22, 2009, 09:13:31 am
I'm glad I was part of "One of the Greatest Senates Ever"
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Twentieth_Senate


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on August 22, 2009, 09:14:46 am
I'm glad I was part of "One of the Greatest Senates Ever"
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Twentieth_Senate

Al, Lewis, Ebowed, Phil and Rob? i'll pass. sorry


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on August 22, 2009, 09:19:17 am
And I agree that the 30th is by far the best Senate ever. I could vote for any of them, honestly. Awesome group of Senators.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 22, 2009, 09:30:41 am
I'm glad I was part of "One of the Greatest Senates Ever"
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Twentieth_Senate

Al, Lewis, Ebowed, Phil and Rob? i'll pass. sorry
It was by far the most exciting without a doubt.  See the defeat of some of the extremely liberal bills like "Acceptance of Science" and see the one week period when Lewis was on vacation


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 22, 2009, 10:21:08 am
I'm glad I was part of "One of the Greatest Senates Ever"
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Twentieth_Senate

Al, Lewis, Ebowed, Phil and Rob? i'll pass. sorry
It was by far the most exciting without a doubt.  See the defeat of some of the extremely liberal bills like "Acceptance of Science" and see the one week period when Lewis was on vacation

You've talked about that bill about a thousand times now. I went through the thread and, you know what? It was boring.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 22, 2009, 04:07:45 pm
Now give me the data or I will have your a** impeached in the next Senate.

Oh yes, impeaching the only active and competent GM in a while. What a marvelous idea!

Competent in certain ares yes. However he spouts off practically meaningless economic data on a regular basis and then when I ask for some special info on a one time basis so I can craft some economic legislation, I get a BS response about not responding. I ran on GM Reform, ID theft and the Economy. My focus right now is the economy, and I shouldn't be denied info critical to turning around the economy, because none of the other 9 Senators hasn't bothered to respond to his conflict with Chavez.  He was not appointed GM so he could point to us and laugh every election season and say, they aren't doing anything. He was appointed to work with the Senate to craft legislation, when I ask for critical data I get all kinds of excusses from "I don't know", to, "you idiots won't respond anyway". I came here to get what I need so I can do my job, I didn't expect to be caught up in a verbal attack on the entire Senate. He took this job, and said he would do daily reports, which he has, so I don't expect it to be a problem when I ask for one time dosage of more specific info.

I also ran on accountabililty for officeholders, and I sure as hell plan to continue to hold people accountable when I find they are not.

Also, he updates infrequently!  He should be updating more than once a day!  We demand minute-by-minute stock data!

Its not frequency but a content issue.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: MasterJedi on August 22, 2009, 07:34:01 pm
Only if you guys start taking action on some of my releases. Nothing regarding Venezuela from anyone but HW?

Happy knows what I'd like to do with Venezuela. But they actually have to do something worthy of action on my part. I don't feel like wasting Senate time on a resolution for what they did, which happens all the time. Give me something I can work with and you'll have your bill. Even though this Senate is almost over too.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 22, 2009, 09:35:05 pm
Enough, enough. This thread is not for your petty threats, nor is it for countermeasures.

You will all be kept plenty busy by a fun regional and financial week.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 22, 2009, 09:40:25 pm
Enough, enough. This thread is not for your petty threats, nor is it for countermeasures.

You will all be kept plenty busy by a fun regional and financial week.

Check your PM box, before you get me going again. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 22, 2009, 10:56:23 pm
This office also urges the federal government to direct an additional $50 billion to $100 billion to the Midwest over the next year to alleviate the region’s budgetary woes.

The Midwest has no budgetary woes. >:( What's the opposite of woes? It has seow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 22, 2009, 11:08:46 pm
This office also urges the federal government to direct an additional $50 billion to $100 billion to the Midwest over the next year to alleviate the region’s budgetary woes.

The Midwest has no budgetary woes. >:( What's the opposite of woes? It has seow.

I'm going in order of budget size so the Midwest will be the last one listed.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 22, 2009, 11:37:25 pm
This office also urges the federal government to direct an additional $50 billion to $100 billion to the Midwest over the next year to alleviate the region’s budgetary woes.

The Midwest has no budgetary woes. >:( What's the opposite of woes? It has seow.

I'm going in order of budget size so the Midwest will be the last one listed.

I thought the Dirty South's would be because of their population.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Associate Justice PiT on August 22, 2009, 11:48:13 pm
This office also urges the federal government to direct an additional $50 billion to $100 billion to the Midwest over the next year to alleviate the region’s budgetary woes.

The Midwest has no budgetary woes. >:( What's the opposite of woes? It has seow.

I'm going in order of budget size so the Midwest will be the last one listed.

I thought the Dirty South's would be because of their population.

     Yeah, the DS is in dire need of more people.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 23, 2009, 12:06:37 am
Population according to membership in Atlasia is not to be taken as overall population or economic output. The DS has Florida and Texas, two of the most populous states in Atlasia in general, while the Midwest has most of the smallest states.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 23, 2009, 08:09:44 pm
I'm really happy with your job so far. But, please give NCYank his statistics, he's pretty pissed right now.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 23, 2009, 11:13:02 pm
I'm really happy with your job so far. But, please give NCYank his statistics, he's pretty pissed right now.

Honestly, being pissed off with me will get him his information no sooner. I don't appreciate people feigning anger after I respond publicly to a public outburst of theirs.

Tomorrow's economic news will include his information and I am announcing that those sorts of numbers (i.e. bonds, GDP, Libor, etc.) will come every three to six months.

Also, just for future reference, if you want information post it here or PM me. If I don't respond immediately or if I question the purpose of the information, PM me with a clear, concise and respectful summary of why the information is needed and you will get it. If you go off on foam-at-the-mouth rants you will be asked to leave the news room.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 24, 2009, 12:15:52 am
If you could prepare the Midwest education data in the next few weeks, but refrain from posting it until I'm officially Governor-elect, I would really appreciate it.

Here are the figures I would like to request:

- % graduation from high school
- % high school graduates who enter college
- % of college students who graduate with at least a two year degree.
- avg. teacher salary
- the power and influence of the teachers' union
- avg. dollars per student
- any regional disparities
- any class, ethnic, racial, or gender disparities
- the influence of the standardized test ban enacted in the Midwest last year
- brief comparisons to the other regions
- overweight and obesity rates among children and adolescents
- levels of teen violence
- % of teens without fathers, racial disparities would be nice
- levels of teen pregnancy
- state of charter schools in the state and school choice.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on August 24, 2009, 12:17:52 am
If you could prepare the Midwest education data in the next few weeks, but refrain from posting it until I'm officially Governor-elect, I would really appreciate it.

Here are the figures I would like to request:

- % graduation from high school
- % high school graduates who enter college
- % of college students who graduate with at least a two year degree.
- avg. teacher salary
- the power and influence of the teachers' union
- avg. dollars per student
- any regional disparities
- any class, ethnic, racial, or gender disparities
- the influence of the standardized test ban enacted in the Midwest last year
- brief comparisons to the other regions
- overweight and obesity rates among children and adolescents
- levels of teen violence
- % of teens without fathers, racial disparities would be nice
- levels of teen pregnancy
- state of charter schools in the state and school choice.

For each region would be nice, really

I hope the Southeast's numbers are accurate and fairly represented though. (By the I mean worse than every other region. :P)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 24, 2009, 12:31:46 am
If you could prepare the Midwest education data in the next few weeks, but refrain from posting it until I'm officially Governor-elect, I would really appreciate it.

Here are the figures I would like to request:

- % graduation from high school
- % high school graduates who enter college
- % of college students who graduate with at least a two year degree.
- avg. teacher salary
- the power and influence of the teachers' union
- avg. dollars per student
- any regional disparities
- any class, ethnic, racial, or gender disparities
- the influence of the standardized test ban enacted in the Midwest last year
- brief comparisons to the other regions
- overweight and obesity rates among children and adolescents
- levels of teen violence
- % of teens without fathers, racial disparities would be nice
- levels of teen pregnancy
- state of charter schools in the state and school choice.

For each region would be nice, really

I hope the Southeast's numbers are accurate and fairly represented though. (By the I mean worse than every other region. :P)

I'll get to it. It can usually be assumed that when one region requests data I will do my best to get it for all of the other regions as well. This may take some more time than the other requests though.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 24, 2009, 03:53:58 pm
Where does the Midwest income come from? We have no tax code to my knowledge.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 24, 2009, 04:14:09 pm
Where does the Midwest income come from? We have no tax code to my knowledge.

Because of the general lack of regional information in such regards, the numbers given are set as baselines, with future actions affecting those numbers. They are not based on any specific pieces of legislation passed, because there has been little or no such legislation, but is meant to give you an idea of where each region stands.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 24, 2009, 05:27:58 pm
Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     1,006  +5.50 (0.55%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.99645 U.S. (-0.00154)
  • Crude Oil = $74.04/barrel -0.75 (1.0%)
  • Libor = 4.2075; OIS = 0.96
  • Prime Rate = 4.5
  • 3-Month Government Bond Yields = 0.218
    6-Month Government Bond Yields = 0.722
    2-Year Government Bond Yields = 1.42
    10-Year Government Bond Yields = 3.45

Analysis:
The ANSE rose slightly at the news that the Senate’s composition would remain relatively stable. Investors, hoping that the incoming Senate will continue to address economic matters, were comforted by the stability, as it was the previous Senate that passed major health care reform and the economic stimulus bill.

The Atlasian Dollar continued its falling trend as regional budget numbers have appeared worse than expected.

Oil fell slightly after rising nearly six percent in one week. This is likely a result of the lack of tense news coming from Venezuela.

The split between the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the Overnight Index Swap (OIS) rate is 3.2475 and growing. The rising LIBOR indicates that banks believe the other banks they are lending to have a higher risk of defaulting on the loans so they are charging a higher interest rate to offset this risk. It also tells us that the credit markets are not functioning as smoothly as they could be.

Sh**t a 300 point spread that means the banking system is collasping. We need to move on this at once. Like Yesterday. Good job PS! :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 24, 2009, 06:20:37 pm
If you could prepare the Midwest education data in the next few weeks, but refrain from posting it until I'm officially Governor-elect, I would really appreciate it.

Here are the figures I would like to request:

- % graduation from high school
- % high school graduates who enter college
- % of college students who graduate with at least a two year degree.
- avg. teacher salary
- the power and influence of the teachers' union
- avg. dollars per student
- any regional disparities
- any class, ethnic, racial, or gender disparities
- the influence of the standardized test ban enacted in the Midwest last year
- brief comparisons to the other regions
- overweight and obesity rates among children and adolescents
- levels of teen violence
- % of teens without fathers, racial disparities would be nice
- levels of teen pregnancy
- state of charter schools in the state and school choice.

For each region would be nice, really

I hope the Southeast's numbers are accurate and fairly represented though. (By the I mean worse than every other region. :P)

I'll get to it. It can usually be assumed that when one region requests data I will do my best to get it for all of the other regions as well. This may take some more time than the other requests though.

As I requested it and actually plan on addressing it, I hope you can come out with the Midwest numbers first.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 24, 2009, 07:30:01 pm
Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     1,006  +5.50 (0.55%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.99645 U.S. (-0.00154)
  • Crude Oil = $74.04/barrel -0.75 (1.0%)
  • Libor = 4.2075; OIS = 0.96
  • Prime Rate = 4.5
  • 3-Month Government Bond Yields = 0.218
    6-Month Government Bond Yields = 0.722
    2-Year Government Bond Yields = 1.42
    10-Year Government Bond Yields = 3.45

Analysis:
The ANSE rose slightly at the news that the Senate’s composition would remain relatively stable. Investors, hoping that the incoming Senate will continue to address economic matters, were comforted by the stability, as it was the previous Senate that passed major health care reform and the economic stimulus bill.

The Atlasian Dollar continued its falling trend as regional budget numbers have appeared worse than expected.

Oil fell slightly after rising nearly six percent in one week. This is likely a result of the lack of tense news coming from Venezuela.

The split between the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the Overnight Index Swap (OIS) rate is 3.2475 and growing. The rising LIBOR indicates that banks believe the other banks they are lending to have a higher risk of defaulting on the loans so they are charging a higher interest rate to offset this risk. It also tells us that the credit markets are not functioning as smoothly as they could be.

Sh**t a 300 point spread that means the banking system is collasping. We need to move on this at once. Like Yesterday. Good job PS! :)

Figured the best way to do it was check the US's numbers from last October. All good.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 24, 2009, 08:40:09 pm
I'm not researching American railways for this. ;)

The engineers and planners will deal adequately with the placement of tracks, the modernization of current lines, etc. I'm no engineer, I simply report the news.

My railway workers un my as yet unamed Railroad are considering going on strike due to your lack of appreciation for there importance.

I have some more requests
I need Housing market Data
Retail Sales
Durable Goods orders
Factory orders(also say whether this number is due to export changes or changes in domestic consumption)
Consumer Spending
Consumer Confidence

Please try to do some research on these. :P

NCY, if you could specify which data specifically in those categories you would like it would greatly expedite the process.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on August 24, 2009, 09:06:00 pm
I'm not researching American railways for this. ;)

The engineers and planners will deal adequately with the placement of tracks, the modernization of current lines, etc. I'm no engineer, I simply report the news.

My railway workers un my as yet unamed Railroad are considering going on strike due to your lack of appreciation for there importance.

I have some more requests
I need Housing market Data
Retail Sales
Durable Goods orders
Factory orders(also say whether this number is due to export changes or changes in domestic consumption)
Consumer Spending
Consumer Confidence

Please try to do some research on these. :P

NCY, if you could specify which data specifically in those categories you would like it would greatly expedite the process.

Housing market data:
Housing Starts-measure Home Constructionconstruction
New and Existing Home Sales-Measures the Housing Market.
A regional and Nation Avg Home price would be helpful
Avg time it takes to sell a home-Another measure of the market. In RL we are at 11 months I think. 

Retail Sales- Just give a summary of how retailers are doing, and percentage change from the previous month's.

Durable Goods- Pretty straight forward single piece of data measuring sales of Goods that last longer the 6 months(Cars, Stoves, Refridgerators, Freezers, Washing machines, and other large appliances. If you want you could just give the percentage increase or decrease over the previous month's sales and keep it simple.

Factory Orders- Similar to the Durable goods orders only it includes non durable good's orders and exports. Percentage increase over previous month will work here as well.

Consumer Spending- Just percentages like the previous two would be fine.

Consumer Confidence- Measures consumer's likeliness to spend in the future. I would suggest finding an index that tracks this and then using that in Atlasia, Rasmussen has one as do a few other organizations. They differ in how they measure and how they display Confidence.

If you want to, you could also create an Index similar to the ISM index of the Manufacturing sector and tie together Durable Goods, Retail Sales, Factory Orders together into something so we aren't left with just individual data, and it would gives us a big picture of how these individual pieces of data come together.




Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 25, 2009, 09:32:21 pm
A basic summary of the regional economies would be nice, if you're not already working on that.

GDP
GDP per capita
Percentage of the workforce in each industry
Percentage of the regional economy of each industry
Unemployment
Job loss/gain rate
Economic growth/decay numbers


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 26, 2009, 11:34:56 am
Sorry, all unexpectedly did not have internet after yesterday early morning. I will put a few things up in the next little bit.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 26, 2009, 11:59:06 am
Could be joking ourselves any harder than to think the GBLT Trade Act would actually work? 


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on August 26, 2009, 12:21:11 pm
Regional News

Employment Information by Region
The following lists the top three industries in each region in order:
Northeast = Service; Trade and Transportation; Government
Mideast =Manufacturing; Trade and Transportation; Government
Southeast = Manufacturing; Trade and Transportation; Agriculture
Midwest = Manufacturing; Agriculture; Health
Pacific = Government; Trade and Transportation; Education

The following lists the unemployment rate in each region:
Northeast = 7.5%
Mideast = 18%
Southeast = 13%
Midwest = 14%
Pacific = 7%

The following is the breakdown of unionization figures in Atlasia by region:
Northeast = 16%
Mideast = 19%
Southeast = 11%
Midwest = 17%
Pacific = 21%

Are you sure you're not confusing the Midwest with the Mideast?  The Midwest should have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, and probably the second-lowest unionization rate:

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Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 26, 2009, 01:34:26 pm
ilikeverin, I will revisit the numbers a little later. I won't simply be basing numbers on the US though, especially because of the differing attitudes in Atlasia vs. the US.

Could be joking ourselves any harder than to think the GBLT Trade Act would actually work? 

If you can explain to me why a small country like Saint Lucia, that doesn't punish female homosexuality and only fines and/or jails male homosexual activity, would not react to restrictions on trade that lead to economic hardship in their country, I would like to hear it. Otherwise, I have a feeling you give far too much credence to the amount that people care about social issues when they are hurting in the wallet.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 26, 2009, 04:32:44 pm
Regional News

Employment Information by Region
The following lists the top three industries in each region in order:
Northeast = Service; Trade and Transportation; Government
Mideast =Manufacturing; Trade and Transportation; Government
Southeast = Manufacturing; Trade and Transportation; Agriculture
Midwest = Manufacturing; Agriculture; Health
Pacific = Government; Trade and Transportation; Education

The following lists the unemployment rate in each region:
Northeast = 7.5%
Mideast = 18%
Southeast = 13%
Midwest = 14%
Pacific = 7%

The following is the breakdown of unionization figures in Atlasia by region:
Northeast = 16%
Mideast = 19%
Southeast = 11%
Midwest = 17%
Pacific = 21%

Are you sure you're not confusing the Midwest with the Mideast?  The Midwest should have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, and probably the second-lowest unionization rate:

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Considering our region has been dead for the past year, our unemployment is no surprise.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on August 26, 2009, 04:36:35 pm
Why would the Mideast unemployment be that high, and further, higher than the South? (Especially considering all their idiotic policies.)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 26, 2009, 06:52:55 pm
Regional News

Regional Budgets Released
For the first time in Atlasian history the budgets of each region were released to the GM. They will be released in the order of largest to smallest over the course of the next few days:

Mideast: This region has revenue of $600 billion and expenses of $680 billion, resulting in a deficit of $80 billion. The deficit is mostly a result of the current economic crisis, which has hit the region harder than most. While the numbers currently seem reasonable, this office projects that Mideast industries, especially the automotive industry, will continue to falter beyond the end of the current recession. With that in mind, it is highly recommended that the region directly inject all stimulus money into local industries, cut the corporate tax in half and operate in an increased deficit economy for the near future. This office also urges the federal government to direct an additional $50 billion to $100 billion to the Midwest over the next year to alleviate the region’s budgetary woes.

Do these deficit figures take into account federal stimulus money received/expected to receive? If not, what is the amount of federal stimulus money the Mideast can expect to receive to at least partially fill that $80 billion shortfall?

Please place all questions/comments in the News Room thread to keep this board clear.

I believe the reports mention (at least some do) that this is not including the stimulus funds; however, there is some directive as to how to spend the money (local industries, such as automotive, in the case of the Mideast). In addition, the regions may choose how they close their deficits, either through taxation (this is outlined for some) or using stimulus funding.

Why would the Mideast unemployment be that high, and further, higher than the South? (Especially considering all their idiotic policies.)

The Mideast is home to the auto-industry of Atlasia. The massive problems those companies face has resulted in major unemployment. Meanwhile, the Southeast, despite their proposed "idiotic policies," tends to pass very few of them. I actually am very happy that the SE rejected every unnecessary spending initiative in the last elections, as prescribed in their budget report.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 26, 2009, 07:26:39 pm
A basic summary of the regional economies would be nice, if you're not already working on that.

GDP
GDP per capita
Percentage of the workforce in each industry
Percentage of the regional economy of each industry
Unemployment
Job loss/gain rate
Economic growth/decay numbers

The numbers recently posted take care of the fourth and fifth items on that list. I will try to work on the rest as well.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on August 26, 2009, 08:33:47 pm
I'm, uh, a little bit surprised how much people think policies affect unemployment rates... really, no matter how much and what kind of activity exists in the Midwest, it's not like somehow magically that would turn the Midwest into a manufacturing powerhouse or make the Mideast have a balanced economy or something :S


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 26, 2009, 09:09:00 pm
I'm, uh, a little bit surprised how much people think policies affect unemployment rates... really, no matter how much and what kind of activity exists in the Midwest, it's not like somehow magically that would turn the Midwest into a manufacturing powerhouse or make the Mideast have a balanced economy or something :S

True, though having an unregulated horde of heavily armed ursine running around probably isn't good for economic activity ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 27, 2009, 10:21:19 pm
Financial News[/size]

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     977  -25.00 (2.495%)

Analysis:
For the first time in the history of the ANSE, The Atlasian stock index fell below 1,000.

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Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 27, 2009, 11:56:48 pm
Financial News[/size]

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     977  -25.00 (2.495%)

Analysis:
For the first time in the history of the ANSE, The Atlasian stock index fell below 1,000.

()

I'm most hopeful that the Senate can amend the election procedure next term to cut down this lame-duck period substantially. It is pretty ridiculous that no substantive legislation can even begin to be debated until September 7th. This has always been an issue left to the back-burner, despite its presence as a nuisance and source of confusion every two months.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on August 28, 2009, 12:12:23 am
The lame-duck period was useful two months ago.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 28, 2009, 12:37:35 am
The lame-duck period was useful two months ago.

It can be useful, but three weeks of it is a bit much I think. Cutting it down to one and a half would give the Senate more time to really get things done.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 28, 2009, 01:03:15 am
By the way, just to make sure you are all aware, the first post of the Atlasia Dispatch-Herald main thread has a queue of current and recently completed requests. There is also a column denoting the status of each request, whether it is yet to be written, written and pending posting, or written and posted.

It should help you all keep track of my job.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 28, 2009, 04:54:00 pm
Could you periodically, say, once a week, update us on the economic status of the individual regions.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 28, 2009, 05:03:30 pm
Could you periodically, say, once a week, update us on the economic status of the individual regions.

I will try to describe the directions of the regions once a week or so, more likely through analysis or stories than specific data, which probably won't come more often than once a month, simply because the regions don't act on enough to effect enough change to make a substantive difference that quickly


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on August 28, 2009, 05:16:53 pm
Could you periodically, say, once a week, update us on the economic status of the individual regions.

I will try to describe the directions of the regions once a week or so, more likely through analysis or stories than specific data, which probably won't come more often than once a month, simply because the regions don't act on enough to effect enough change to make a substantive difference that quickly

I know, but it would also be interesting to see how federal  policy affects certain regions.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 28, 2009, 05:47:28 pm
Could you periodically, say, once a week, update us on the economic status of the individual regions.

I will try to describe the directions of the regions once a week or so, more likely through analysis or stories than specific data, which probably won't come more often than once a month, simply because the regions don't act on enough to effect enough change to make a substantive difference that quickly

I know, but it would also be interesting to see how federal  policy affects certain regions.

That I will be sure to include in the analysis of federal policies from now on, especially when the stimulus funds begin rolling out.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on August 30, 2009, 12:34:40 pm
I'm wondering how you came up with regional population numbers, because it isn't based on the real figures.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 30, 2009, 02:22:41 pm
I'm wondering how you came up with regional population numbers, because it isn't based on the real figures.

It is based on the populations of the regions as a proportion of the whole, which is derived from the US population total.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on August 30, 2009, 02:23:45 pm
I'm wondering how you came up with regional population numbers, because it isn't based on the real figures.

It is based on the populations of the regions as a proportion of the whole, which is derived from the US population total.

Well... 2 of the 4 most populous states are in the Southeast, and 4 of the top 10. Meanwhile the Midwest has nothing. You should look into updating that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on August 30, 2009, 02:27:34 pm
I'm wondering how you came up with regional population numbers, because it isn't based on the real figures.

It is based on the populations of the regions as a proportion of the whole, which is derived from the US population total.

Well... 2 of the 4 most populous states are in the Southeast, and 4 of the top 10. Meanwhile the Midwest has nothing. You should look into updating that.

Most populous states does not have anything to do with total regional populations. The populations of the regions, as outlined by the SoFA are:

Mideast, Midwest = 25 (~18%)
Pacific, Northeast = 35 (~25%)
Southeast = 19 (~14%)

That is what the numbers are based on. I would agree that there are a number of ways I can do these numbers to make some regions bigger or smaller. This is how I chose to do it so as to more accurately represent Atlasia, rather than the US.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on August 30, 2009, 02:30:05 pm
I'm wondering how you came up with regional population numbers, because it isn't based on the real figures.

It is based on the populations of the regions as a proportion of the whole, which is derived from the US population total.

Well... 2 of the 4 most populous states are in the Southeast, and 4 of the top 10. Meanwhile the Midwest has nothing. You should look into updating that.

Most populous states does not have anything to do with total regional populations. The populations of the regions, as outlined by the SoFA are:

Mideast, Midwest = 25 (~18%)
Pacific, Northeast = 35 (~25%)
Southeast = 19 (~14%)

That is what the numbers are based on. I would agree that there are a number of ways I can do these numbers to make some regions bigger or smaller. This is how I chose to do it so as to more accurately represent Atlasia, rather than the US.

Okay that makes much more sense. thanks for clearing that up.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on September 01, 2009, 01:43:30 pm
Damn ruskis!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on September 01, 2009, 05:15:00 pm
Damn ruskis!
Wow I honestly thought it was like the only person who used the term "ruskis".  In fact, I actually didn't know anyone outside my friends even heard of that word.  God I am so stupid sometimes :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 01, 2009, 05:27:35 pm
Damn ruskis!
Wow I honestly thought it was like the only person who used the term "ruskis".  In fact, I actually didn't know anyone outside my friends even heard of that word.  God I am so stupid sometimes :P

Its in the Michael Moore film, Canadian Bacon, I beleive.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on September 01, 2009, 07:05:46 pm
Damn ruskis!
Wow I honestly thought it was like the only person who used the term "ruskis".  In fact, I actually didn't know anyone outside my friends even heard of that word.  God I am so stupid sometimes :P

Its in the Michael Moore film, Canadian Bacon, I beleive.

Never seen a Michael Moore film actually.  And Canadian bacon is not very good.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on September 01, 2009, 07:23:02 pm
Damn ruskis!
Wow I honestly thought it was like the only person who used the term "ruskis".  In fact, I actually didn't know anyone outside my friends even heard of that word.  God I am so stupid sometimes :P

Its in the Michael Moore film, Canadian Bacon, I beleive.

Never seen a Michael Moore film actually.  And Canadian bacon is not very good.

Canadian Bacon, the movie, is.

However, all the older forumnites should be laughing in their sleeves right now, as they were no doubt entirely aware that the slur of choice for "Russians" was "Russkies" (sp?) at the time, and so they should find it lulzworthy that you actually think it came from a movie.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on September 02, 2009, 10:46:42 am
lol


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 03, 2009, 04:03:49 pm
I've posted the Midwest regional education numbers. I won't be doing every region in this way unless there are specific requests (I know Marokai wants the Pacific, so that will be the next one I work on). It will take some time to do each one.

In your requests, it would be greatly appreciated if you brought to my attention any legislation passed by the region pertaining to education (as Vepres did with the End to Standardization Act).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Kaine for Senate '18 on September 03, 2009, 04:07:35 pm
I'll request the same education numbers that you gave for the Mideast, as well.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 03, 2009, 04:08:29 pm
I'll request the same education numbers that you gave for the Mideast, as well.

I'm fairly certain I know of most of the Mideast's legislation on education (as I passed some of it), but if you could dig that up and post links in here that would be great.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Kaine for Senate '18 on September 03, 2009, 04:52:56 pm
This was what I could find:
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/A.R._3:_Amendment_to_the_Mideast_Intelligent_Design_Statute
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Mideast_Education_Reform_Statute
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Mideast_Senator_Al_Scholarship_Statute
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/A.R._2:_The_Mideast_Education_Opportunity_Act_of_2008 (my pride and joy)
https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/A.R.1_:_The_Mideast_Education_Funds_Allotment_Act


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 03, 2009, 09:15:41 pm
I just want to say that you're doing such an amazing job so far PS. Please, keep it up, I love all the economic data, and can never get enough.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 03, 2009, 09:19:53 pm
I just want to say that you're doing such an amazing job so far PS. Please, keep it up, I love all the economic data, and can never get enough.

Agreed.

Hopefully your tenure will set a standard that all future GMs will reach for so that when your time as GM has ended, we can continue this awesome flow of information.

BTW, how long do you think you'll remain in this post at the moment?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 03, 2009, 09:23:45 pm
Damn ruskis!
Wow I honestly thought it was like the only person who used the term "ruskis".  In fact, I actually didn't know anyone outside my friends even heard of that word.  God I am so stupid sometimes :P

Its in the Michael Moore film, Canadian Bacon, I beleive.

Never seen a Michael Moore film actually.  And Canadian bacon is not very good.

Canadian Bacon, the movie, is.

However, all the older forumnites should be laughing in their sleeves right now, as they were no doubt entirely aware that the slur of choice for "Russians" was "Russkies" (sp?) at the time, and so they should find it lulzworthy that you actually think it came from a movie.

I never said it "came" from the movie, stupid. :P I was pointing out that it was in that movie which was made 14 years ago an so it predates his group of friends. You read too much into what I said.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on September 03, 2009, 09:25:23 pm
;D Positive results from the End to Standardization Act.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 03, 2009, 09:27:35 pm
I just want to say that you're doing such an amazing job so far PS. Please, keep it up, I love all the economic data, and can never get enough.

Agreed.

Hopefully your tenure will set a standard that all future GMs will reach for so that when your time as GM has ended, we can continue this awesome flow of information.

BTW, how long do you think you'll remain in this post at the moment?

I thank you all for the kind words. And I have no plans to leave this office for a good while Vepres. I'm not eyeing October or anything, so you are stuck with me here for a while.

;D Positive results from the End to Standardization Act.

I have my moments. ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 03, 2009, 09:32:27 pm
;D Positive results from the End to Standardization Act.

I still think it sucks. >:(


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 06, 2009, 12:30:09 am
Expect Mideast education numbers tomorrow. If someone can get me any laws passed by the Pacific on education, I would appreciate not having to hunt for them myself.

By the way, if it has not yet been noted, Saturdays are the GM's day off. ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 06, 2009, 11:25:26 am
Hey PS, you may want to proof read the most recent update.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 06, 2009, 11:27:39 am
Hey PS, you may want to proof read the most recent update.

Had a feeling I may miss something. All fixed.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 07, 2009, 03:30:57 pm
Housing data gives me more cause for concern. Hopefully my credit bill will have some impact. Which should be introduced by tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 07, 2009, 06:43:11 pm
Housing data gives me more cause for concern. Hopefully my credit bill will have some impact. Which should be introduced by tomorrow.

For the remaining economic stuff up on the queue I've been having trouble finding data. If you could point me in the right direction (feel free to post it or PM it to me) it would be appreciated.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 07, 2009, 08:06:13 pm
Housing data gives me more cause for concern. Hopefully my credit bill will have some impact. Which should be introduced by tomorrow.

For the remaining economic stuff up on the queue I've been having trouble finding data. If you could point me in the right direction (feel free to post it or PM it to me) it would be appreciated.


Okay, if I am correct the two remaining are Factory and Durable Goods orders. Thats good, cause they go hand in hand. Durable Goods+NonDurable Goods=Factory Orders. Just for a reminder durable goods last longer then 3 years(I realise I told you 6 months before, I was incorrect) and non durable last less then 3 years.

Durable Goods only
http://www.census.gov/indicator/www/m3/ (http://www.census.gov/indicator/www/m3/)
http://www.census.gov/indicator/www/m3/adv/pdf/durgd.pdf (http://www.census.gov/indicator/www/m3/adv/pdf/durgd.pdf)

Total Factory orders
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112467517  (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112467517)
http://www.reuters.com/article/gc04/idUSTRE58147L20090902 (http://www.reuters.com/article/gc04/idUSTRE58147L20090902)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 08, 2009, 12:40:22 pm
I didn't notice till know that Crude oil raced up to the $80's recently. We may have to take drastic actions. I hope recent bills by Marokai and others might have an impact. If not, or if not enough, I might have one or two arrows in my quiver but neither is very promising either. We did Health Care, the biggest drain on consumers and small Business. The next biggest drain is Energy costs. Whats left to be done, that hasn't already though? Atlasia has programs for Mass Transportation and alternative energy, and have done much more then in RL in general. We start getting over $100 is when the cause for concern becomes real. 


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 08, 2009, 12:57:24 pm
I didn't notice till know that Crude oil raced up to the $80's recently. We may have to take drastic actions. I hope recent bills by Marokai and others might have an impact. If not, or if not enough, I might have one or two arrows in my quiver but neither is very promising either. We did Health Care, the biggest drain on consumers and small Business. The next biggest drain is Energy costs. Whats left to be done, that hasn't already though? Atlasia has programs for Mass Transportation and alternative energy, and have done much more then in RL in general. We start getting over $100 is when the cause for concern becomes real. 

Most of the current increases in crude oil are a result of the tension in South America. It is understandable that the Senate does not have all that much power to change things there. Diplomacy mostly depend on how the executive handles the situation. HW has tried. Perhaps Lief will as well?

I have not yet made up my mind on how the matter there will proceed. It really can go either way (war or deescalation), but it depends fully on how it is handled.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 08, 2009, 01:09:04 pm
I didn't notice till know that Crude oil raced up to the $80's recently. We may have to take drastic actions. I hope recent bills by Marokai and others might have an impact. If not, or if not enough, I might have one or two arrows in my quiver but neither is very promising either. We did Health Care, the biggest drain on consumers and small Business. The next biggest drain is Energy costs. Whats left to be done, that hasn't already though? Atlasia has programs for Mass Transportation and alternative energy, and have done much more then in RL in general. We start getting over $100 is when the cause for concern becomes real. 

Most of the current increases in crude oil are a result of the tension in South America. It is understandable that the Senate does not have all that much power to change things there. Diplomacy mostly depend on how the executive handles the situation. HW has tried. Perhaps Lief will as well?

I have not yet made up my mind on how the matter there will proceed. It really can go either way (war or deescalation), but it depends fully on how it is handled.

I was referring to our dependence on oil in general. Do we still rely on imported oil for 70% of Atlasias energy or has that gone up or down from RL at all?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 08, 2009, 01:15:12 pm
I didn't notice till know that Crude oil raced up to the $80's recently. We may have to take drastic actions. I hope recent bills by Marokai and others might have an impact. If not, or if not enough, I might have one or two arrows in my quiver but neither is very promising either. We did Health Care, the biggest drain on consumers and small Business. The next biggest drain is Energy costs. Whats left to be done, that hasn't already though? Atlasia has programs for Mass Transportation and alternative energy, and have done much more then in RL in general. We start getting over $100 is when the cause for concern becomes real. 

Most of the current increases in crude oil are a result of the tension in South America. It is understandable that the Senate does not have all that much power to change things there. Diplomacy mostly depend on how the executive handles the situation. HW has tried. Perhaps Lief will as well?

I have not yet made up my mind on how the matter there will proceed. It really can go either way (war or deescalation), but it depends fully on how it is handled.

I was referring to our dependence on oil in general. Do we still rely on imported oil for 70% of Atlasias energy or has that gone up or down from RL at all?

That number is closer to 60% at the moment, with a likely drastic decrease as renewable energy initiatives propagate and launch. So in that sense, the price of crude oil may not be as significant, but is still significant. Not to mention cars still mostly use gas, so the average Atlasian is feeling the pinch.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on September 08, 2009, 01:27:27 pm
If any accuses Atlasia of not doing enough to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, my head will explode. One need only look through the massive expenditures pushed through (in part during my administration) to expand mass transit opportunities. Not to mention the fact that Atlasia put so many tax benefits on hybrids that they're subsidized below the cost of non-hybrid vehicles.

Besides, given the imposition of the Carbon Tax, what is gas now, maybe $5 a gallon?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 08, 2009, 03:44:27 pm
If any accuses Atlasia of not doing enough to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, my head will explode. One need only look through the massive expenditures pushed through (in part during my administration) to expand mass transit opportunities. Not to mention the fact that Atlasia put so many tax benefits on hybrids that they're subsidized below the cost of non-hybrid vehicles.

Besides, given the imposition of the Carbon Tax, what is gas now, maybe $5 a gallon?

I am aware of this and beleive I mentioned it in my post, hence the point, what else could be done?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 10, 2009, 04:41:34 pm
Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     951.50  +2.50 (0.26%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.99053 U.S. (-0.000332)
  • Crude Oil = $85.25/barrel +2.86 (3.47%)

Analysis:
The ANSE rose slightly as investors continue to await substantive economic initiatives, while the reality of the legislative process sets in.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as commodities, led by Oil, rose significantly

Oil increased by nearly three-and-a-half percent as Colombia was rocked by a FARC attack and war with Venezuela seems almost inevitable.

Sometimes I just gets so pissed at Chavez, I want to aim an ICBM at the mens room of his Presidential palace.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 10, 2009, 08:07:49 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Efficient Automobile Rebate System Bill
An important function of the Game Moderator is to provide functional and timely information to not only discussing the impact of Senate legislation, but also to notify the Senate and nation about possible effects of legislation currently being debated. To achieve this function, the Atlasia Dispatch-Herald launches the series “From the GM’s Desk.”

Efficient Automobile Rebate System Bill: This legislation, proposed by Senator Marokai Blue and currently being debated in the Senate, seeks to establish an $8 billion, six-month program to increase short-term demand for automobiles through a rebate scheme, while also promoting trade-ins of old “clunker” vehicles for more fuel-efficient cars, trucks and SUVs.

The Office of the GM believes that this legislation would generate nearly 2 million rebate applications for approximately $7.75 billion. This will translate into nearly $60 billion of economic activity, a massive short-term boost to domestic auto sales benefiting local car dealers throughout Atlasia first and foremost. Of that, it is likely that $24 billion, or 40 percent, will be from those who had not previously planned to purchase a new car. This is three times the amount spent by the government on the program, not including expectations of increased production by automakers, increased spending from rebates and other effects.

The environmental impact of the bill is less clear. If someone swapped a clunker that got 18 miles per gallon for a new car that got 27.5 mpg (the current average fuel economy standard for passenger cars) and drove it for 12,000 miles (the average distance an Atlasian car travels annually), you would personally save a little more than two tons of CO2 from being emitted in one year. However, manufacturing a new car produces 6.7 tons of carbon dioxide on average, the equivalent of burning approximately 700 gallons of gas.

The likely environmental results of the program would require at least two years before realizing CO2 reductions. If each car purchased is kept for 10 years, then the total savings should be a little less than 26.6 million tons of carbon dioxide. That means each ton of carbon dioxide would be worth about $291.35 to the Atlasian government. A ton of CO2 currently goes for about $17.50 on the European Climate Exchange.

The environmental gain comes from raising the Average MPG of the US car fleet. The CO2 reductions may not be realised immediately.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 10, 2009, 08:20:23 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Efficient Automobile Rebate System Bill
An important function of the Game Moderator is to provide functional and timely information to not only discussing the impact of Senate legislation, but also to notify the Senate and nation about possible effects of legislation currently being debated. To achieve this function, the Atlasia Dispatch-Herald launches the series “From the GM’s Desk.”

Efficient Automobile Rebate System Bill: This legislation, proposed by Senator Marokai Blue and currently being debated in the Senate, seeks to establish an $8 billion, six-month program to increase short-term demand for automobiles through a rebate scheme, while also promoting trade-ins of old “clunker” vehicles for more fuel-efficient cars, trucks and SUVs.

The Office of the GM believes that this legislation would generate nearly 2 million rebate applications for approximately $7.75 billion. This will translate into nearly $60 billion of economic activity, a massive short-term boost to domestic auto sales benefiting local car dealers throughout Atlasia first and foremost. Of that, it is likely that $24 billion, or 40 percent, will be from those who had not previously planned to purchase a new car. This is three times the amount spent by the government on the program, not including expectations of increased production by automakers, increased spending from rebates and other effects.

The environmental impact of the bill is less clear. If someone swapped a clunker that got 18 miles per gallon for a new car that got 27.5 mpg (the current average fuel economy standard for passenger cars) and drove it for 12,000 miles (the average distance an Atlasian car travels annually), you would personally save a little more than two tons of CO2 from being emitted in one year. However, manufacturing a new car produces 6.7 tons of carbon dioxide on average, the equivalent of burning approximately 700 gallons of gas.

The likely environmental results of the program would require at least two years before realizing CO2 reductions. If each car purchased is kept for 10 years, then the total savings should be a little less than 26.6 million tons of carbon dioxide. That means each ton of carbon dioxide would be worth about $291.35 to the Atlasian government. A ton of CO2 currently goes for about $17.50 on the European Climate Exchange.

The environmental gain comes from raising the Average MPG of the US car fleet. The CO2 reductions may not be realised immediately.

The bill raises the average MPG of the Atlasian car fleet insofar as it leads people to purchase vehicles with higher fuel efficiency. Based on the number of cars that are likely to be purchased, in combination with the average MPG change between the car traded in and the new car purchased, the number of years most cars are used, the number of miles each car drives, etc., it was determined that the long-run environmental impact would be tangible, but overpaid for.

This is not to say that the economic impact of the bill will not be substantial, as the report does state significant economic benefits. But the bill should not be viewed as a productive way to reduce CO2 emissions. If the intent of the legislation was to reduce emissions alone, this would be a pretty bad bill.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 11, 2009, 05:17:51 pm
Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     945.50  -5.00 (0.53%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.98492 U.S. (-0.00302)
  • Crude Oil = $89.46/barrel +3.09 (3.58%)

Analysis:
The ANSE continued to decline slightly as the Senate appears to lack focus and direction. Without an elected PPT for the first week of Senate activity, in addition to the grinding legislative procedure, economists worry major economic legislation will not come soon enough. These losses, however, are being tempered by the expected release of the first stimulus funds to the regions. No region has yet outlined a method to apportion those funds.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as Oil spiked.

Oil prices neared $90 per barrel as major news from South America seemed to indicate an inevitable clash between close Atlasian ally Colombia and major oil producer Venezuela. Without any word from President Lief or the Senate, many worry that a war between the two nations could disrupt the production of oil.


Really!?! The regions apportion some of the stimulus money. Did not know that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 11, 2009, 05:45:26 pm
Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     945.50  -5.00 (0.53%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.98492 U.S. (-0.00302)
  • Crude Oil = $89.46/barrel +3.09 (3.58%)

Analysis:
The ANSE continued to decline slightly as the Senate appears to lack focus and direction. Without an elected PPT for the first week of Senate activity, in addition to the grinding legislative procedure, economists worry major economic legislation will not come soon enough. These losses, however, are being tempered by the expected release of the first stimulus funds to the regions. No region has yet outlined a method to apportion those funds.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as Oil spiked.

Oil prices neared $90 per barrel as major news from South America seemed to indicate an inevitable clash between close Atlasian ally Colombia and major oil producer Venezuela. Without any word from President Lief or the Senate, many worry that a war between the two nations could disrupt the production of oil.


Really!?! The regions apportion some of the stimulus money. Did not know that.

Yup. They get some direct cash, so it would be nice if they had some way to distribute it. There are also portions of funding that go to federal programs run by the regions, which means how the regions spend that money exactly, within the confines of the law, is up to them.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 12, 2009, 08:38:07 pm
How are those Factory/Durable Goods orders coming?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 12, 2009, 08:41:46 pm
How are those Factory/Durable Goods orders coming?

Working on it. I'm trying to keep it at one story a day (to keep me sane) and there is much to report on. You will hopefully get them this week.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 12, 2009, 09:29:19 pm
How are those Factory/Durable Goods orders coming?

Working on it. I'm trying to keep it at one story a day (to keep me sane) and there is much to report on. You will hopefully get them this week.

You will definitely get it Tuesday. Minimum wage on Monday. Foreign news tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 13, 2009, 02:08:48 pm
Can someone (other than the Sentinel, thanks Vepres) actually pay attention and comment about what's going on? I mean, does no one care?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Lief 🐋 on September 13, 2009, 02:16:39 pm
Oh sh!t, I go to eat brunch and our embassy is attacked.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on September 13, 2009, 02:18:01 pm
Can someone (other than the Sentinel, thanks Vepres) actually pay attention and comment about what's going on? I mean, does no one care?

I'm thinking of an appropriate response.  Also PS can you ge on AIM?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Barnes on September 13, 2009, 02:23:02 pm
The Columbian Crisis: Atlasia Held Hostage
Day: 1


(Now if only we can get Ted Koppel! :D)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 13, 2009, 02:43:23 pm
After today, there will be occasional top-secret intelligence briefings for the President, VP, SoEA and PPT.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on September 13, 2009, 03:34:36 pm
After today, there will be occasional top-secret intelligence briefings for the President, VP, SoEA and PPT.

Why the PPT?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 13, 2009, 03:53:00 pm
After today, there will be occasional top-secret intelligence briefings for the President, VP, SoEA and PPT.

Why the PPT?

Checks and balances. I also think it could be important when filling the legislation slot for PPT's discretion.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 14, 2009, 11:31:24 pm
The car rebate bill would have a couple additional votes if the Senate didn't lose it's mind and completely ruin it with outrageous requirements.

Just chalk it up as a victim of the Senate's constant need to compromise.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 14, 2009, 11:32:48 pm
The car rebate bill would have a couple additional votes if the Senate didn't lose it's mind and completely ruin it with outrageous requirements.

Just chalk it up as a victim of the Senate's constant need to compromise.

Fortunately we got a better bill courtesy of Tmth and Hamilton


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 14, 2009, 11:34:06 pm
The car rebate bill would have a couple additional votes if the Senate didn't lose it's mind and completely ruin it with outrageous requirements.

Just chalk it up as a victim of the Senate's constant need to compromise.

Fortunately we got a better bill courtesy of Tmth and Hamilton

First of all, you are not a Senator, so you better learn your limits.

Secondly, no, the changes made the variety of purchasable cars very narrow and almost entirely foreign. The point was to get people to buy cars, not turn it into a green initiative.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 14, 2009, 11:35:26 pm
The car rebate bill would have a couple additional votes if the Senate didn't lose it's mind and completely ruin it with outrageous requirements.

Just chalk it up as a victim of the Senate's constant need to compromise.

I wouldn't say that was a compromise. That was a pretty one-sided move by the Senate to increase the environmental impact of the bill at the expense of the economic impact.

*shrug* If it doesn't pass as a result, you can bet the market won't be happy.

On another note: Chalking up some release info on the stimulus. If anyone has something they really want to see in there, post here or PM me with what it is and, if available, a link to the raw info or an analysis of the info. Remember, this is just the initial release, not months down the road.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 14, 2009, 11:36:50 pm
The car rebate bill would have a couple additional votes if the Senate didn't lose it's mind and completely ruin it with outrageous requirements.

Just chalk it up as a victim of the Senate's constant need to compromise.

Fortunately we got a better bill courtesy of Tmth and Hamilton

First of all, you are not a Senator, so you better learn your limits.

Secondly, no, the changes made the variety of purchasable cars very narrow and almost entirely foreign. The point was to get people to buy cars, not turn it into a green initiative.

I can work with Senators however I choose. Go yell at PiT or Purple State or Xahar. They frequently post in the Senate and also worked on legislation this session. Leave me alone. Just because all evidence shows the opposite of your position on the auto rebate bill doesn't give you a right to continue on this tirade.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on September 15, 2009, 12:24:01 am
Just thought I'd let you know that you're doing a wonderful job.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on September 15, 2009, 03:28:48 am
Just thought I'd let you know that you're doing a wonderful job.

^^^
Indeed, it's been years since we've had a GM anywhere close to as active and committed. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on September 15, 2009, 08:58:39 am
It almost wounds me to say this, but I urge the Senate to immediately open up hearings investigating the link between Governor AndrewCT and the emerging terrorist threat looming over our nation.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on September 15, 2009, 10:19:49 am
Just thought I'd let you know that you're doing a wonderful job.

^^^
Indeed, it's been years since we've had a GM anywhere close to as active and committed. :)

;D :D ;D *hughughug* ;D :D ;D


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 15, 2009, 08:20:56 pm
Thank you all for the kind words.

Busy day today IRL. I will have a report up in a few minutes and financials a little later (after I get homework done).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 15, 2009, 09:53:05 pm
Purple State, do we have anti-trust laws? I know we carried over some US laws, but I'd like to know some specifics of the laws for future reference. I'll probably introduce some in the Midwest either way though.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 15, 2009, 10:10:29 pm
Purple State, do we have anti-trust laws? I know we carried over some US laws, but I'd like to know some specifics of the laws for future reference. I'll probably introduce some in the Midwest either way though.

Antri-trust laws can be considered to be the current US anti-trust laws.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 16, 2009, 11:56:33 pm
Just as a note, the Office of the GM will be officially closed on a number of Sundays (and one Monday), in addition to every saturday in the coming weeks. These are due to the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

I thank you for baring with me. The first such occurrence will be this Sunday, so no news (or posting from me at all) from this Friday night to Sunday night.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: MaxQue on September 17, 2009, 12:06:49 am
Just as a note, the Office of the GM will be officially closed on a number of Sundays (and one Monday), in addition to every saturday in the coming weeks. These are due to the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

I thank you for baring with me. The first such occurrence will be this Sunday, so no news (or posting from me at all) from this Friday night to Sunday night.

A unrelated question. What are those holidays? We don't have any Jews where I live, I only know Hannukah.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 17, 2009, 12:16:47 am
Just as a note, the Office of the GM will be officially closed on a number of Sundays (and one Monday), in addition to every saturday in the coming weeks. These are due to the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

I thank you for baring with me. The first such occurrence will be this Sunday, so no news (or posting from me at all) from this Friday night to Sunday night.

A unrelated question. What are those holidays? We don't have any Jews where I live, I only know Hannukah.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, which is both celebratory, but also the beginning of judgement for the next year.

Yom Kippur, which is ten days later, is literally the Day of Atonement (we don't eat or drink all day and pray to God for forgiveness) and the final day before God closes the books that determine the next year (who will live or die, be wealth or poor, etc.).

Sukkot is a harvest festival. We eat (and some sleep and spend much of their days) in a constructed hut with bamboo roofing. It is partly to remind us of the way the Jews lived while traveling in the desert for 40 years after leaving Egypt.

Those are basic sketches and each holiday has a lot of intricacies, rules, traditions, etc. If you are ever interested in additional information you can PM me any question.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: MaxQue on September 17, 2009, 12:36:06 am
I remember Sukkot on TV. In Montreal, there were some troubles because some owners were banning the huts on their grounds because they are ''unaesthetic''.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on September 17, 2009, 10:32:15 am
My favorite is Purim because every time the writers of quiz bowl questions ask for a Jewish holiday that they think will be "difficult" it's always Purim.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 17, 2009, 05:04:19 pm
Economic News

Durable Goods, Factory Orders Data Released
New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $12.7 billion or 6.2 percent to $193.0 billion, the Atlasian Census Bureau announced today. This was the largest percent decrease in new orders since October 2006 and followed two consecutive monthly decreases including a 0.2 percent July decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 4.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 4.6 percent.

Transportation equipment, up twenty-one of the last twenty-two months, had the largest increase, $1.3 billion or 1.5 percent to $89.9 billion.

Meanwhile, total factory orders, calculated as the sum of all durable and non-durable goods orders, declined 6 percent, indicating that new orders of non-durable goods had decreased at a slightly slower pace than durable goods. Nevertheless, this fall represents a major shift in demand for products.

Hopefully the stimulus will help boost these numbers in the future. We need to get Business investment back up for sure.

Good job, PS. Any chance I could get you to supply these on a monthly basis? Along with the Construction/Housing and Consumer Demand/Retail data. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 17, 2009, 10:49:19 pm
Economic News

Durable Goods, Factory Orders Data Released
New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $12.7 billion or 6.2 percent to $193.0 billion, the Atlasian Census Bureau announced today. This was the largest percent decrease in new orders since October 2006 and followed two consecutive monthly decreases including a 0.2 percent July decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 4.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 4.6 percent.

Transportation equipment, up twenty-one of the last twenty-two months, had the largest increase, $1.3 billion or 1.5 percent to $89.9 billion.

Meanwhile, total factory orders, calculated as the sum of all durable and non-durable goods orders, declined 6 percent, indicating that new orders of non-durable goods had decreased at a slightly slower pace than durable goods. Nevertheless, this fall represents a major shift in demand for products.

Hopefully the stimulus will help boost these numbers in the future. We need to get Business investment back up for sure.

Good job, PS. Any chance I could get you to supply these on a monthly basis? Along with the Construction/Housing and Consumer Demand/Retail data. :)

I'll need you to remind me, but I will do my best to update the economic reports on a monthly basis. I may try to set up some sort of schedule where they are each released in separate weeks. Let me go through and see what I've done and try to get some dates for everything.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 17, 2009, 11:06:14 pm
Tentative Schedule for Recurring Reports:

Topic: Schedule; Next expected release

Federal Revenue/Expenditures: The second Wednesday of every other month; October 14
Regional Budgets: The second week biannually; February 7-12
LIBOR/Prime, Bonds: The last Thursday of every other month; October 29
Employment/Unionization: The first day of every other month, with regional numbers the following day; October 1, 2
Population: The first day of every year; January 1
Retail Sales: The first Tuesday of every other month; November 3
Consumer Spending: The first Monday of every other month; October 5
Consumer Confidence: The fourth Thursday of every other month; November 26
Housing Data: The second Friday of every other month; November 13
Durable Goods/Factory Orders: The last Monday of every other month; November 30


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Frodo on September 18, 2009, 09:58:06 am
So when are you going to start issuing news reports regarding energy, climate change, and what effect our policies are having with regard to these issues?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 18, 2009, 02:33:27 pm
So when are you going to start issuing news reports regarding energy, climate change, and what effect our policies are having with regard to these issues?

I will put it on the queue. If you have any specific information you would like on those topics, please let me know (I like specifics). Also, if you know of any reputable sources to find related information, that would be great as well.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 20, 2009, 11:29:55 pm
I'm back from my holiday and rearing for a fun week. A look ahead includes more news from South America, worries brewing about bank failures, the beginnings of regional reports and other fun stuff. I will also begin working on refreshed economic numbers (just for NCY).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 21, 2009, 04:37:17 pm
Tentative Schedule for Recurring Reports:

Topic: Schedule; Next expected release

Federal Revenue/Expenditures: The second Wednesday of every other month; October 14
Regional Budgets: The second week biannually; February 7-12
LIBOR/Prime, Bonds: The last Thursday of every other month; October 29
Employment/Unionization: The first day of every other month, with regional numbers the following day; October 1, 2
Population: The first day of every year; January 1
Retail Sales: The first Tuesday of every other month; November 3
Consumer Spending: The first Monday of every other month; October 5
Consumer Confidence: The fourth Thursday of every other month; November 26
Housing Data: The second Friday of every other month; November 13
Durable Goods/Factory Orders: The last Monday of every other month; November 30

This is great, now you can have the Stock market fluctuate the days leading up to a release based on "market expectations" and then have market react to the final numbers. This is a very fun process.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Rowan on September 21, 2009, 10:18:00 pm
Can I get information about the number of babies aborted each year, and the cost incurred for those procedures?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Lief 🐋 on September 21, 2009, 10:56:49 pm
I wonder how the stock market will react to the possible abolition of all regional taxes in one fifth of the country.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 21, 2009, 11:14:31 pm
I wonder how the stock market will react to the possible abolition of all regional taxes in one fifth of the country.

Getting to it right now. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 22, 2009, 06:08:16 pm
Regional News

Midwest Regional Report
With a new and active Governor in the Midwest region, a number of actions have been taken that will have large impacts on the region’s internal administration.

First, in response to the release of a report on education in the Midwest region, Governor Vepres has ordered that all public-run colleges and universities reduce tuition and other costs of attendance, even at the expense of university revenue.

The Office of the GM projects that this memorandum will lead to a gradual slowing of the rate of increases in tuition costs; however, tuition will continue to rise and the impact will fall short of the governor’s goal to make college “a place open to all people.” In addition, the revenue reductions could actually hurt the viability and competitiveness of the Midwestern universities.

Instead, the GM recommends that the Midwest institute a scholarship program aimed at benefiting students in SEDZs, as determined by the Atlasian Senate in the Establishment of Social and Economic Development Zones Act (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Establishment_of_Social_and_Economic_Development_Zones_Act).

In addition, the Office of the GM applauds the governor’s proactive attempts to stimulate and encourage students in the region to strive to work hard and do better in school. The GM believes that actions like this, especially in underserved neighborhoods, will do much to create a more equitable education environment in the long-run.

Governor Vepres has also recently issued a memorandum on the violation of wage laws, a rampant phenomenon throughout the nation. It is the opinion of the Office of the GM that more effective and clear wage laws are necessary in the Midwest in order to aid law enforcement officials in determining what is and is not an offense. Such a law may be modeled after the federal legislation moving through the Senate or may be specific to Midwestern “tastes.”

An executive order was also issued on enforcement of immigration laws in the Midwest region. The governor made clear that illegal immigration laws would not be proactively upheld and that funding would be reprioritized to violent crimes. In addition, Vepres has ordered that punishment for the employment of undocumented workers will be focused on the employer, rather than the employee. This has caused a fair bit of outcry from Midwestern businesses, but many human rights groups have applauded the governor for his tough stance on abuse of illegal immigrants.

This office projects that the order will result in an influx of cheap undocumented labor into the Midwestern economy, while businesses seek to mask or remove similar types of employment. This could result in a quick surge in unemployment in the region and the GM believes the region should take proactive steps to alleviate this possible issue. Solutions could include reducing enforcement of employment-related illegal immigration laws, creating citizenship-incentive or guest visa programs or other related actions. Each solution has its own pros and cons which should be discussed further in debate within the region.

Thank you! ;D

As for immigration, I don't believe Atlasia currently has amnesty nor a guest worker program, but it is my understanding that that is a national responsibility, one where the regions have little influence. I will take some more action though.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on September 23, 2009, 02:42:05 pm
The Dirty South just created an assembly and people throw to recall our govenor.  What is the reaction dearest GM?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Barnes on September 23, 2009, 02:45:39 pm
The Dirty South just created an assembly and people throw to recall our govenor.  What is the reaction dearest GM?

Don't forget about the Northeast! :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 23, 2009, 08:56:11 pm
Regional News

Midwest Regional Report
With a new and active Governor in the Midwest region, a number of actions have been taken that will have large impacts on the region’s internal administration.

First, in response to the release of a report on education in the Midwest region, Governor Vepres has ordered that all public-run colleges and universities reduce tuition and other costs of attendance, even at the expense of university revenue.

The Office of the GM projects that this memorandum will lead to a gradual slowing of the rate of increases in tuition costs; however, tuition will continue to rise and the impact will fall short of the governor’s goal to make college “a place open to all people.” In addition, the revenue reductions could actually hurt the viability and competitiveness of the Midwestern universities.

Instead, the GM recommends that the Midwest institute a scholarship program aimed at benefiting students in SEDZs, as determined by the Atlasian Senate in the Establishment of Social and Economic Development Zones Act (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Establishment_of_Social_and_Economic_Development_Zones_Act).

In addition, the Office of the GM applauds the governor’s proactive attempts to stimulate and encourage students in the region to strive to work hard and do better in school. The GM believes that actions like this, especially in underserved neighborhoods, will do much to create a more equitable education environment in the long-run.

Governor Vepres has also recently issued a memorandum on the violation of wage laws, a rampant phenomenon throughout the nation. It is the opinion of the Office of the GM that more effective and clear wage laws are necessary in the Midwest in order to aid law enforcement officials in determining what is and is not an offense. Such a law may be modeled after the federal legislation moving through the Senate or may be specific to Midwestern “tastes.”

An executive order was also issued on enforcement of immigration laws in the Midwest region. The governor made clear that illegal immigration laws would not be proactively upheld and that funding would be reprioritized to violent crimes. In addition, Vepres has ordered that punishment for the employment of undocumented workers will be focused on the employer, rather than the employee. This has caused a fair bit of outcry from Midwestern businesses, but many human rights groups have applauded the governor for his tough stance on abuse of illegal immigrants.

This office projects that the order will result in an influx of cheap undocumented labor into the Midwestern economy, while businesses seek to mask or remove similar types of employment. This could result in a quick surge in unemployment in the region and the GM believes the region should take proactive steps to alleviate this possible issue. Solutions could include reducing enforcement of employment-related illegal immigration laws, creating citizenship-incentive or guest visa programs or other related actions. Each solution has its own pros and cons which should be discussed further in debate within the region.

Thank you! ;D

As for immigration, I don't believe Atlasia currently has amnesty nor a guest worker program, but it is my understanding that that is a national responsibility, one where the regions have little influence. I will take some more action though.

I would urge the Governor think strongly before agreeing to what PS proposes here. Doing so what he wants would lead to severe wage Depression, and that would be just as bad as increased Unemployement. I also think the Governor has made a mistake in "shifting the focus" of Immigration laws. The affects will be felt the most by those at the lowest of the pay scale who are being hit hardest by the recession already. Guest worker or other type programs tend to have the same effects as illegals coming into an area. When it comes to Wage Depression there is no distinction between legal and illegal what matters is line of work and education level.

Lastly I beleive a recent Senate passed an Amnesty if I am not mistaking.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 23, 2009, 09:11:50 pm
Regional News

Midwest Regional Report
With a new and active Governor in the Midwest region, a number of actions have been taken that will have large impacts on the region’s internal administration.

First, in response to the release of a report on education in the Midwest region, Governor Vepres has ordered that all public-run colleges and universities reduce tuition and other costs of attendance, even at the expense of university revenue.

The Office of the GM projects that this memorandum will lead to a gradual slowing of the rate of increases in tuition costs; however, tuition will continue to rise and the impact will fall short of the governor’s goal to make college “a place open to all people.” In addition, the revenue reductions could actually hurt the viability and competitiveness of the Midwestern universities.

Instead, the GM recommends that the Midwest institute a scholarship program aimed at benefiting students in SEDZs, as determined by the Atlasian Senate in the Establishment of Social and Economic Development Zones Act (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Establishment_of_Social_and_Economic_Development_Zones_Act).

In addition, the Office of the GM applauds the governor’s proactive attempts to stimulate and encourage students in the region to strive to work hard and do better in school. The GM believes that actions like this, especially in underserved neighborhoods, will do much to create a more equitable education environment in the long-run.

Governor Vepres has also recently issued a memorandum on the violation of wage laws, a rampant phenomenon throughout the nation. It is the opinion of the Office of the GM that more effective and clear wage laws are necessary in the Midwest in order to aid law enforcement officials in determining what is and is not an offense. Such a law may be modeled after the federal legislation moving through the Senate or may be specific to Midwestern “tastes.”

An executive order was also issued on enforcement of immigration laws in the Midwest region. The governor made clear that illegal immigration laws would not be proactively upheld and that funding would be reprioritized to violent crimes. In addition, Vepres has ordered that punishment for the employment of undocumented workers will be focused on the employer, rather than the employee. This has caused a fair bit of outcry from Midwestern businesses, but many human rights groups have applauded the governor for his tough stance on abuse of illegal immigrants.

This office projects that the order will result in an influx of cheap undocumented labor into the Midwestern economy, while businesses seek to mask or remove similar types of employment. This could result in a quick surge in unemployment in the region and the GM believes the region should take proactive steps to alleviate this possible issue. Solutions could include reducing enforcement of employment-related illegal immigration laws, creating citizenship-incentive or guest visa programs or other related actions. Each solution has its own pros and cons which should be discussed further in debate within the region.

Thank you! ;D

As for immigration, I don't believe Atlasia currently has amnesty nor a guest worker program, but it is my understanding that that is a national responsibility, one where the regions have little influence. I will take some more action though.

I would urge the Governor think strongly before agreeing to what PS proposes here. Doing so what he wants would lead to severe wage Depression, and that would be just as bad as increased Unemployement. I also think the Governor has made a mistake in "shifting the focus" of Immigration laws. The affects will be felt the most by those at the lowest of the pay scale who are being hit hardest by the recession already. Guest worker or other type programs tend to have the same effects as illegals coming into an area. When it comes to Wage Depression there is no distinction between legal and illegal what matters is line of work and education level.

Lastly I beleive a recent Senate passed an Amnesty if I am not mistaking.

The only law I could find was this (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/The_Illegal_Immigration_Act_of_2009). It doesn't give amnesty, but it doesn't call for deportation unless they commit a crime.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 23, 2009, 09:24:07 pm
Regional News

Midwest Regional Report
With a new and active Governor in the Midwest region, a number of actions have been taken that will have large impacts on the region’s internal administration.

First, in response to the release of a report on education in the Midwest region, Governor Vepres has ordered that all public-run colleges and universities reduce tuition and other costs of attendance, even at the expense of university revenue.

The Office of the GM projects that this memorandum will lead to a gradual slowing of the rate of increases in tuition costs; however, tuition will continue to rise and the impact will fall short of the governor’s goal to make college “a place open to all people.” In addition, the revenue reductions could actually hurt the viability and competitiveness of the Midwestern universities.

Instead, the GM recommends that the Midwest institute a scholarship program aimed at benefiting students in SEDZs, as determined by the Atlasian Senate in the Establishment of Social and Economic Development Zones Act (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Establishment_of_Social_and_Economic_Development_Zones_Act).

In addition, the Office of the GM applauds the governor’s proactive attempts to stimulate and encourage students in the region to strive to work hard and do better in school. The GM believes that actions like this, especially in underserved neighborhoods, will do much to create a more equitable education environment in the long-run.

Governor Vepres has also recently issued a memorandum on the violation of wage laws, a rampant phenomenon throughout the nation. It is the opinion of the Office of the GM that more effective and clear wage laws are necessary in the Midwest in order to aid law enforcement officials in determining what is and is not an offense. Such a law may be modeled after the federal legislation moving through the Senate or may be specific to Midwestern “tastes.”

An executive order was also issued on enforcement of immigration laws in the Midwest region. The governor made clear that illegal immigration laws would not be proactively upheld and that funding would be reprioritized to violent crimes. In addition, Vepres has ordered that punishment for the employment of undocumented workers will be focused on the employer, rather than the employee. This has caused a fair bit of outcry from Midwestern businesses, but many human rights groups have applauded the governor for his tough stance on abuse of illegal immigrants.

This office projects that the order will result in an influx of cheap undocumented labor into the Midwestern economy, while businesses seek to mask or remove similar types of employment. This could result in a quick surge in unemployment in the region and the GM believes the region should take proactive steps to alleviate this possible issue. Solutions could include reducing enforcement of employment-related illegal immigration laws, creating citizenship-incentive or guest visa programs or other related actions. Each solution has its own pros and cons which should be discussed further in debate within the region.

Thank you! ;D

As for immigration, I don't believe Atlasia currently has amnesty nor a guest worker program, but it is my understanding that that is a national responsibility, one where the regions have little influence. I will take some more action though.

I would urge the Governor think strongly before agreeing to what PS proposes here. Doing so what he wants would lead to severe wage Depression, and that would be just as bad as increased Unemployement. I also think the Governor has made a mistake in "shifting the focus" of Immigration laws. The affects will be felt the most by those at the lowest of the pay scale who are being hit hardest by the recession already. Guest worker or other type programs tend to have the same effects as illegals coming into an area. When it comes to Wage Depression there is no distinction between legal and illegal what matters is line of work and education level.

Lastly I beleive a recent Senate passed an Amnesty if I am not mistaking.

The only law I could find was this (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/The_Illegal_Immigration_Act_of_2009). It doesn't give amnesty, but it doesn't call for deportation unless they commit a crime.

Well guess what, if that wasn't amnesty, Then many illegals can be tried for violation of the Id Theft Prevention and Resolution Act and held to its standards. :) So they are criminals.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 23, 2009, 10:23:01 pm
The Dirty South just created an assembly and people throw to recall our govenor.  What is the reaction dearest GM?

Don't forget about the Northeast! :)

Working on reports for each region. Rest assured I will get to both.

I would also like to first see if anyone brings a follow-up on my case to revoke devilman88's pardon. I have urged BK to do so as he would be considered to have proper standing.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 23, 2009, 11:45:27 pm
I know conditions are dire and the economy sucks in Atlasia right now, but even the US' stock market went up sometimes throughout the crisis, even if they were mediocre gains.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Badger on September 24, 2009, 09:26:36 am
I know conditions are dire and the economy sucks in Atlasia right now, but even the US' stock market went up sometimes throughout the crisis, even if they were mediocre gains.
True. The market has performed quite well in fact during the last 6-7 months.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 24, 2009, 01:05:51 pm
I know conditions are dire and the economy sucks in Atlasia right now, but even the US' stock market went up sometimes throughout the crisis, even if they were mediocre gains.

Remember we are about 6 to 8 months behind the US and much deeper because the gov't waited to act.


I don't want to write the Financial package alone. I would prefer to work with someone on it. If anybody is interested please PM me.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 25, 2009, 07:03:34 pm
The markets are now closed until Tuesday in observance of Yom Kippur...

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     902  -7 (0.77%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.95103 U.S. (-0.00076)
  • Crude Oil = $101.92/barrel +3.84 (3.92%)

Analysis:
The ANSE returning to its decline as investors were increasingly skeptical that the Senate could produce and act on meaningful legislation to rescue failing banks before a major collapse of the system. 

The Atlasian Dollar fell as commodity price, led by Oil, soared.

Oil prices rocketed as violence broke out between Venezuela and Colombia. It is unclear what the impact of this will be on Atlasian-Venezuelan relations and on Venezuela's oil production and exports.

The federal government seems to be ignoring this. Does the GM believe anything can be done at the regional level to help Midwestern banks?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on September 25, 2009, 07:25:30 pm
The markets are now closed until Tuesday in observance of Yom Kippur...

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     902  -7 (0.77%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.95103 U.S. (-0.00076)
  • Crude Oil = $101.92/barrel +3.84 (3.92%)

Analysis:
The ANSE returning to its decline as investors were increasingly skeptical that the Senate could produce and act on meaningful legislation to rescue failing banks before a major collapse of the system. 

The Atlasian Dollar fell as commodity price, led by Oil, soared.

Oil prices rocketed as violence broke out between Venezuela and Colombia. It is unclear what the impact of this will be on Atlasian-Venezuelan relations and on Venezuela's oil production and exports.

The federal government seems to be ignoring this. Does the GM believe anything can be done at the regional level to help Midwestern banks?

Well NCY has anointed himself the resident expert on credit and banks, plus, I'm not exactly sure what can be done.

Honestly, I think alot of this banking crisis stuff is ridiculously overblown and doesn't take into account the differences between Atlasia and the United States.

And I doubt it, by the way, given the comparatively low economic muster your region has.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on September 25, 2009, 09:21:57 pm
The markets are now closed until Tuesday in observance of Yom Kippur...

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     902  -7 (0.77%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.95103 U.S. (-0.00076)
  • Crude Oil = $101.92/barrel +3.84 (3.92%)

Analysis:
The ANSE returning to its decline as investors were increasingly skeptical that the Senate could produce and act on meaningful legislation to rescue failing banks before a major collapse of the system. 

The Atlasian Dollar fell as commodity price, led by Oil, soared.

Oil prices rocketed as violence broke out between Venezuela and Colombia. It is unclear what the impact of this will be on Atlasian-Venezuelan relations and on Venezuela's oil production and exports.

The federal government seems to be ignoring this. Does the GM believe anything can be done at the regional level to help Midwestern banks?

Well NCY has anointed himself the resident expert on credit and banks, plus, I'm not exactly sure what can be done.

Honestly, I think alot of this banking crisis stuff is ridiculously overblown and doesn't take into account the differences between Atlasia and the United States.

And I doubt it, by the way, given the comparatively low economic muster your region has.

True.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 26, 2009, 02:33:45 pm
"When one man is indespensible, no one is free" 



Unfortunately, as I warned, my knee sprain took me off the forums Friday. Tomorrow I will be busy prefering for a medical procedure on Monday. With no complications, I should be available Monday night, or Tuesday at the lastest.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on September 26, 2009, 07:46:26 pm
Well, the markets will not open until Tuesday this week, so you do have some time.

As for the actual state of the banks Marokai, it is difficult for me to take into account differences between Atlasia and the US on certain things. I can't predict how a different tax rate will have affected the banking sector over the last five years. However, given the assumption that we were the US until 2004, it is pretty likely something like this would be relatively similar.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on September 30, 2009, 05:59:02 pm
Well, the markets will not open until Tuesday this week, so you do have some time.

As for the actual state of the banks Marokai, it is difficult for me to take into account differences between Atlasia and the US on certain things. I can't predict how a different tax rate will have affected the banking sector over the last five years. However, given the assumption that we were the US until 2004, it is pretty likely something like this would be relatively similar.

The housing boom lasted 10 years. In 2004, 80% of it had already gone by. Most of the toxic loans made by private institutions were put out in the 2001-2004 period. Housing had already decoupled from wage growth in 2001 or 2002. Tax rate would have had no impact on whether or not this occured. This likely would have happened in RL if either AL Gore or John Kerry had won election.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 01, 2009, 12:38:56 am
Apparently it is irrelevant that Lief just had the Treasury prevent a bank's collapse with $30 billion.

Anyone there?!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 01, 2009, 12:41:13 am
Apparently it is irrelevant that Lief just had the Treasury prevent a bank's collapse with $30 billion.

Anyone there?!

The Senate doesn't care about the economy. They care about whether kids can get porno four years earlier.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on October 01, 2009, 12:42:17 am
Forgive me but I'm having a hard time taking all this seriously given that it seems wildly unrealistic for Atlasia to be directly compared to America.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 01, 2009, 12:51:47 am
Forgive me but I'm having a hard time taking all this seriously given that it seems wildly unrealistic for Atlasia to be directly compared to America.

I asked for you to show how we would have avoided the current crisis with Atlasian policy.

Look, Atlasia cannot exactly mirror the US because we don't pass enough, or detailed enough, legislation, nor is all the legislation the same. However, much of the underlying currents are the same and trends are relatively the same. Not to mention, I clearly don't have the knowledge or time to start inventing economic models and doing complex calculations to determine what ambiguous Atlasian legislation, since the beginning of the game, has done to change us from the US. Sometimes it can be done, but when it comes to major economic matters, it's just not possible.

Also, I fail to see how it is fun if matters deviate so far from the US. It would create a world that is far too difficult for new members to become familiar with while also increasing the likelihood that I will make a mistake. If you want detailed and accurate data, I can't stray very far from sources of actual information.

Finally, just because you dislike what the GM says, so long as the data makes reasonable sense it is your job, as a senator, to care. That is the point of the position. If it is just a joke for people to ignore I will gladly resign and let the position return to irrelevance.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Badger on October 01, 2009, 07:53:04 am
Apparently it is irrelevant that Lief just had the Treasury prevent a bank's collapse with $30 billion.

Anyone there?!

In fairness, PS, that fact was somewhat buried in the story (one sentence in the middle of several paragraphs). After skimming the story yesterday, your post made me go back and reread it to pick that nugget out. I suspect I'm not alone there.

That said, I care PS. :-) I would like to know if the Treasury "funding" provided was merely loan guarantees or an actual infusion of federal cash? Either way, but particularly if the latter, what compensation are the taxpayers getting in return? Is the fed swapping stock for cash, and if so is it preferred stock in case Eagles Bank assets prove insoluble? Further, is the Lief Administration proposing additional regulatory reforms to avoid repeats of this incident? Will the financial community's (or at least J.P. Colin's) support of such reforms be expected in exchange for this federal bailout?

Inquiring minds want to know! Answers should be demanded!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on October 01, 2009, 07:57:01 am
I think you're doing a fine job with national stuff, but I think your regional news needs work.  You tend to focus almost exclusively on the Mideast and the Midwest.  Have you done anything on the Northeast ever?  Isn't it still our most populous region?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on October 01, 2009, 08:03:52 am
I think you're doing a fine job with national stuff, but I think your regional news needs work.  You tend to focus almost exclusively on the Mideast and the Midwest.  Have you done anything on the Northeast ever?  Isn't it still our most populous region?

Myself and Mideast assemblymen have requested info, so yeah.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on October 01, 2009, 08:37:12 am
I think you're doing a fine job with national stuff, but I think your regional news needs work.  You tend to focus almost exclusively on the Mideast and the Midwest.  Have you done anything on the Northeast ever?  Isn't it still our most populous region?

Myself and Mideast assemblymen have requested info, so yeah.

I have too, and even went so far as to provide a draft.  :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 01, 2009, 01:25:29 pm
I think you're doing a fine job with national stuff, but I think your regional news needs work.  You tend to focus almost exclusively on the Mideast and the Midwest.  Have you done anything on the Northeast ever?  Isn't it still our most populous region?

Myself and Mideast assemblymen have requested info, so yeah.

I have too, and even went so far as to provide a draft.  :P

There has been an article for the Northeast if I recall correctly. I am also working on the NE's regional report for tomorrow hopefully. And I am in the process of reviewing your draft, but much of it seems to rely on what you want to happen, which is not necessarily what I think would happen.

Also, not one of the regions have yet acted on my budget recommendations from a month ago. Things could better build on themselves and grow if people reacted to what the GM posts so that the GM can react to their actions. It's a self-sustaining cycle.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 01, 2009, 05:28:11 pm
I think you're doing a fine job with national stuff, but I think your regional news needs work.  You tend to focus almost exclusively on the Mideast and the Midwest.  Have you done anything on the Northeast ever?  Isn't it still our most populous region?

Myself and Mideast assemblymen have requested info, so yeah.

I have too, and even went so far as to provide a draft.  :P

There has been an article for the Northeast if I recall correctly. I am also working on the NE's regional report for tomorrow hopefully. And I am in the process of reviewing your draft, but much of it seems to rely on what you want to happen, which is not necessarily what I think would happen.

Also, not one of the regions have yet acted on my budget recommendations from a month ago. Things could better build on themselves and grow if people reacted to what the GM posts so that the GM can react to their actions. It's a self-sustaining cycle.


It just seems like no one understands the economy enough to comment.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on October 01, 2009, 05:36:21 pm
We can't all be geniuses like you, NCY.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 01, 2009, 05:46:28 pm
We can't all be geniuses like you, NCY.

The more you know about the economy the better off you will be. Atleast you get to know who you are getting fuck by.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 02, 2009, 12:16:29 am
I think you're doing a fine job with national stuff, but I think your regional news needs work.  You tend to focus almost exclusively on the Mideast and the Midwest.  Have you done anything on the Northeast ever?  Isn't it still our most populous region?

Myself and Mideast assemblymen have requested info, so yeah.

I have too, and even went so far as to provide a draft.  :P

There has been an article for the Northeast if I recall correctly. I am also working on the NE's regional report for tomorrow hopefully. And I am in the process of reviewing your draft, but much of it seems to rely on what you want to happen, which is not necessarily what I think would happen.

Also, not one of the regions have yet acted on my budget recommendations from a month ago. Things could better build on themselves and grow if people reacted to what the GM posts so that the GM can react to their actions. It's a self-sustaining cycle.


It just seems like no one understands the economy enough to comment.

Hell, I don't understand everything. But I did give some pretty simple lines for the regions, along the lines of "cut taxes X%" and "put money here." No legislation to that effect though. Oh well.

Side note, Sunday is another Jewish holiday (don't ask me why we have so many in one month, it's just the way it goes) so I won't be able to comment for another two-day period.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: AndrewTX on October 02, 2009, 03:10:32 pm
I dont feel like copying and pasting right now, but I would like to thank GM Purple State on his recent article about the Northeast.  I thought it was all done in good taste, and to be honest the Northeast was overdue on some good recognition. Of course, I am not speaking about myself, but for people like Antonio, and Lt. Governor Barnes and many others who helped me so much to bring this region back together, and active again. It takes a lot of work, and they did a terrific job

 


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on October 02, 2009, 05:13:04 pm
Is there any coherent reason for why Northeastern unemployment dropped .4% and Pacific unemployment spiked .3% in basically a month? Because that seems rather nonsensical to me.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 02, 2009, 05:48:45 pm
Is there any coherent reason for why Northeastern unemployment dropped .4% and Pacific unemployment spiked .3% in basically a month? Because that seems rather nonsensical to me.

Bear in mind the economic recovery is not fully in effect. First, Northeast region is doing better because their industries are different, which is pretty huge, and so their economy is healthier. In addition, Northeast businesses and investors are more confident than those in the Pacific.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on October 05, 2009, 09:17:02 am
Perhaps someone could help me here.  I've been doing some research into the stimulus package passed by the Senate, and can't quite get a handle on how much money the Northeast (or any other region) gets from it.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on October 05, 2009, 06:03:32 pm
Perhaps someone could help me here.  I've been doing some research into the stimulus package passed by the Senate, and can't quite get a handle on how much money the Northeast (or any other region) gets from it.

I believe the GM said that because no official declaration of the apportionment of the regional stimulus money that each region received a share proportional to their population. However, I'm not 100% certain about that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 05, 2009, 10:07:30 pm
Perhaps someone could help me here.  I've been doing some research into the stimulus package passed by the Senate, and can't quite get a handle on how much money the Northeast (or any other region) gets from it.

Essentially, each region should assume that they have received exactly one-fifth of the region-specific funding from the stimulus package (I believe this amounts to $20 billion each).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on October 05, 2009, 10:38:55 pm
I would like to request a report on the general status of Iraq and Afghanistan. Did we have troops at one time, or still do, or did we decide we would break from the US?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on October 05, 2009, 10:44:01 pm
I would like to request a report on the general status of Iraq and Afghanistan. Did we have troops at one time, or still do, or did we decide we would break from the US?

I think our old GM in time long gone by declared that we won the war because we had a surge or whatever.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on October 05, 2009, 10:47:55 pm
I would like to request a report on the general status of Iraq and Afghanistan. Did we have troops at one time, or still do, or did we decide we would break from the US?

I think our old GM in time long gone by declared that we won the war because we had a surge or whatever.

Ok, though I'd like to see what Purple State has to say about the countries anyway.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 05, 2009, 11:11:34 pm
I will do you one better Vepres (and I know HW wants this too). I will release a comprehensive foreign policy review in the next week or so.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on October 07, 2009, 07:04:31 am
I'd like some reports and stats on the effectiveness and usefulness of the stimulus act passed by the Senate.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on October 08, 2009, 01:48:58 am
I didn't realize it was also the GM's job to make social commentary as well as analysis, but I learn something new every day.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on October 08, 2009, 09:36:08 am
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 08, 2009, 12:03:30 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office; however, it is clear that despite a wave of reform initiatives through the other regions, Pacificers are content with the system they have.

Since when?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 08, 2009, 12:25:23 pm
You made an error. You said the Pacific is the home of the largest party in Atlasia. The largest party in Atlasia only has like 3 members in the Pacific. You might want to look into correcting that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 08, 2009, 03:38:52 pm
You made an error. You said the Pacific is the home of the largest party in Atlasia. The largest party in Atlasia only has like 3 members in the Pacific. You might want to look into correcting that.

I can only go by what the SoFA page has.

I didn't realize it was also the GM's job to make social commentary as well as analysis, but I learn something new every day.

I must not have noticed you complaining when I issued my report on the Southeast. You didn't comment on the "social commentary" in any other region either. And the Pacific doesn't pass (or even consider) enough legislation for me to comment on much besides you, well, lack of the consideration of legislation.

Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office; however, it is clear that despite a wave of reform initiatives through the other regions, Pacificers are content with the system they have.

Since when?

Since its members, including the region's current senator (if I am mistaken here, I apologize to Max), came out for removal of regional Senate seats...


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Lief 🐋 on October 08, 2009, 03:47:42 pm
To be fair, abolishing regional senate seats is not the same as abolishing regions. And I also find it a little suspect that the GM is trying to change the type of governments that individual regions want to set up. If some want elected legislatures, that's awesome. If some want to do the every citizen is part of the legislature deal, that should be fine too. I'm pretty sure that's what regional rights are all about, no?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: tmthforu94 on October 08, 2009, 03:50:24 pm
To be fair, abolishing regional senate seats is not the same as abolishing regions. And I also find it a little suspect that the GM is trying to change the type of governments that individual regions want to set up. If some want elected legislatures, that's awesome. If some want to do the every citizen is part of the legislature deal, that should be fine too. I'm pretty sure that's what regional rights are all about, no?
I think the GM's main request is that you just increase activity. I think everyone can agree that the Pacific region is the most inactive and boring region in Atlasia.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: bgwah on October 08, 2009, 04:24:11 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 08, 2009, 04:30:47 pm
I highly advise Purple State stop politicizing the GM position. Highly advise.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 08, 2009, 11:06:53 pm
To be fair, abolishing regional senate seats is not the same as abolishing regions. And I also find it a little suspect that the GM is trying to change the type of governments that individual regions want to set up. If some want elected legislatures, that's awesome. If some want to do the every citizen is part of the legislature deal, that should be fine too. I'm pretty sure that's what regional rights are all about, no?
I think the GM's main request is that you just increase activity. I think everyone can agree that the Pacific region is the most inactive and boring region in Atlasia.

You hit it right on the head. No where did I recommend that the Pacific institute an elected legislature. I said: a) act on my previous economic recommendations and b) ensure that the region's existing dictates are actually being abided by.

I highly advise Purple State stop politicizing the GM position. Highly advise.

I highly advise that you know what is going on before you choose to comment. No where in that post did I politicize this office or push a personal agenda (besides the agenda of following the law, but I guess that's hard for some).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Ebowed on October 08, 2009, 11:13:48 pm
Most curious about the region is the seeming lack of adherence to its own constitutional dictates. Seeing the document as more like guidelines than rules, very little proposed legislation in the region is actually voted on and even fewer votes are tallied for results.

Technically, legislation can only be brought to a vote if it has the signature of three residents and/or the Governor.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 08, 2009, 11:19:03 pm
Most curious about the region is the seeming lack of adherence to its own constitutional dictates. Seeing the document as more like guidelines than rules, very little proposed legislation in the region is actually voted on and even fewer votes are tallied for results.

Technically, legislation can only be brought to a vote if it has the signature of three residents and/or the Governor.

Voting on the Bill Frist bill has been open for about two and a half weeks, when the proper legal limit is one week.

Really, I am more concerned with general inactivity. The Pacific was the first region to bring legislation to address its regional budget report, yet has been unable to move forward on it since.  It has neither an active legislative system (as every other region arguably has), nor does it have an active governor. Most of the time it serves as a dead region.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on October 08, 2009, 11:35:48 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on October 09, 2009, 10:38:41 am
A GM "Hatch Act" wouldn't be the worst idea in the world.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 09, 2009, 12:11:09 pm
A GM "Hatch Act" wouldn't be the worst idea in the world.

I stand strongly against any sort of restriction of GM speech. Outside of the actual reporting of news, which I have kept fairly equal, the GM should have the right to speak and act just as any other citizen.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 09, 2009, 01:08:14 pm
Hi all, another one of those holidays, plus fall break, so I will be away from 3pm today until Monday evening. Please don't do any crazy stuff, would ya? Oh, and this should be the last holiday like this for a while.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: bgwah on October 09, 2009, 01:28:49 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

No, reactionary doesn't mean super-conservative. It suggests I want to revert to some previous condition or state. I do not desire to regress to a previous state. I seek to conserve the present state by keeping the regions, making me a conservative on the issue.

If regions were abolished, and I was calling for their return, then I would be a reactionary.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on October 09, 2009, 04:37:09 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

You just don't want to admit regions are making a big comeback as far as activity is concerned :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on October 09, 2009, 04:48:25 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

You just don't want to admit regions are making a big comeback as far as activity is concerned :P

And as far as impact is concerned, they're just as irrelevant.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 09, 2009, 05:01:47 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

You just don't want to admit regions are making a big comeback as far as activity is concerned :P

And as far as impact is concerned, they're just as irrelevant.

Step number two in Marokai's handbook to success in politics: Never admit to being wrong on big issues. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 09, 2009, 05:28:01 pm
It's because he isn't wrong.

I remember when he was saying the same things to me that you now say to him. It was just half a year ago...


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 09, 2009, 05:30:42 pm
It's because he isn't wrong.

I remember when he was saying the same things to me that you now say to him. It was just half a year ago...

Those weren't about policy.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 09, 2009, 05:40:11 pm
It's because he isn't wrong.

I remember when he was saying the same things to me that you now say to him. It was just half a year ago...

Those weren't about policy.

How would you know the conversations we had in private?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 09, 2009, 05:46:47 pm
It's because he isn't wrong.

I remember when he was saying the same things to me that you now say to him. It was just half a year ago...

Those weren't about policy.

How would you know the conversations we had in private?

Well its not like you have change positions that much before or since. My guess is they focused on other matters.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on October 09, 2009, 06:02:13 pm
It's because he isn't wrong.

I remember when he was saying the same things to me that you now say to him. It was just half a year ago...

Those weren't about policy.

How would you know the conversations we had in private?

Well its not like you have change positions that much before or since. My guess is they focused on other matters.

I used to be very pro-region. You can look back on my former posts in the Social Democratic Party and my early days in the JCP as proof of that. Xahar and I used to conflict over the issue of regional rights a great deal, mostly in private, and especially over my constant efforts to bring myself closer to the RPP.

Over time, however, my positions on regional rights evolved to what they are now. Xahar was right all along on the issue and I apologized to him awhile back for my youthful ignorance, if you will.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 09, 2009, 06:05:40 pm
It's because he isn't wrong.

I remember when he was saying the same things to me that you now say to him. It was just half a year ago...

Those weren't about policy.

How would you know the conversations we had in private?

Well its not like you have change positions that much before or since. My guess is they focused on other matters.

I used to be very pro-region. You can look back on my former posts in the Social Democratic Party and my early days in the JCP as proof of that. Xahar and I used to conflict over the issue of regional rights a great deal, mostly in private, and especially over my constant efforts to bring myself closer to the RPP.

Over time, however, my positions on regional rights evolved to what they are now. Xahar was right all along on the issue and I apologized to him awhile back for my youthful ignorance, if you will.

Well instead of one of you being wrong and the other right, now both of you are wrong, and I am right. Nice how that works out. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on October 09, 2009, 08:39:57 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

No, reactionary doesn't mean super-conservative. It suggests I want to revert to some previous condition or state. I do not desire to regress to a previous state. I seek to conserve the present state by keeping the regions, making me a conservative on the issue.

If regions were abolished, and I was calling for their return, then I would be a reactionary.

As I recall, you entire arguments earlier this year were that regions were once great and miraculous and could be again if only we (insert your manifesto here).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: bgwah on October 09, 2009, 09:35:16 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

No, reactionary doesn't mean super-conservative. It suggests I want to revert to some previous condition or state. I do not desire to regress to a previous state. I seek to conserve the present state by keeping the regions, making me a conservative on the issue.

If regions were abolished, and I was calling for their return, then I would be a reactionary.

As I recall, you entire arguments earlier this year were that regions were once great and miraculous and could be again if only we (insert your manifesto here).

But you just said I was saying "Regions are just swell in every way!" Trying to save face for misunderstanding a basic political term? I'm a little surprised you didn't know what reactionary means, but I don't think you're dumb because of it or anything. Just an honest mistake. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on October 10, 2009, 04:17:16 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

No, reactionary doesn't mean super-conservative. It suggests I want to revert to some previous condition or state. I do not desire to regress to a previous state. I seek to conserve the present state by keeping the regions, making me a conservative on the issue.

If regions were abolished, and I was calling for their return, then I would be a reactionary.

As I recall, you entire arguments earlier this year were that regions were once great and miraculous and could be again if only we (insert your manifesto here).

But you just said I was saying "Regions are just swell in every way!" Trying to save face for misunderstanding a basic political term? I'm a little surprised you didn't know what reactionary means, but I don't think you're dumb because of it or anything. Just an honest mistake. :)

reactionary
adjective
1. opposed to change; urging a return to a previous state
2. very conservative

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/reactionary


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: bgwah on October 10, 2009, 05:40:28 pm
Ah, I see Jas, still humiliated that he lost to Keystone Phil (really, can you possibly be more of a loser?), that his failed ideology was not only defeated but proven oh so wrong, could not resist an opportunity to get a quick punch in on a political enemy of his.

Hurry, Jas! Run back into the shadows and cower in your hole.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on October 10, 2009, 05:58:24 pm
Ah, I see Jas, still humiliated that he lost to Keystone Phil (really, can you possibly be more of a loser?), that his failed ideology was not only defeated but proven oh so wrong, could not resist an opportunity to get a quick punch in on a political enemy of his.

Hurry, Jas! Run back into the shadows and cower in your hole.


Mmm...okay. I just think if you're going to criticise someone else for apparently not knowing the definitions of words, it'd be nice if you actually knew what it meant yourself.

I've no idea what the rest of your nonsense is about, nor why you feel the need to resort to such petty abuse, but to each their own I guess.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: bgwah on October 10, 2009, 06:02:37 pm
Ah, I see Jas, still humiliated that he lost to Keystone Phil (really, can you possibly be more of a loser?), that his failed ideology was not only defeated but proven oh so wrong, could not resist an opportunity to get a quick punch in on a political enemy of his.

Hurry, Jas! Run back into the shadows and cower in your hole.


Mmm...okay. I just think if you're going to criticise someone else for apparently not knowing the definitions of words, it'd be nice if you actually knew what it meant yourself.

Your Wiki definition differs from what I learned in class and read myself, but whatever. Even using your definition I disagree that it is an accurate description of myself.

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I've no idea what the rest of your nonsense is about, nor why you feel the need to resort to such petty abuse, but to each their own I guess.

As if you often reply to me in a non-petty or respectful way. Your "contributions" to Atlasia have largely consisted of hit and run attacks on those you disagree with and nothing more.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on October 10, 2009, 06:20:07 pm
Ah, I see Jas, still humiliated that he lost to Keystone Phil (really, can you possibly be more of a loser?), that his failed ideology was not only defeated but proven oh so wrong, could not resist an opportunity to get a quick punch in on a political enemy of his.

Hurry, Jas! Run back into the shadows and cower in your hole.


Mmm...okay. I just think if you're going to criticise someone else for apparently not knowing the definitions of words, it'd be nice if you actually knew what it meant yourself.

Your Wiki definition differs from what I learned in class and read myself, but whatever. Even using your definition I disagree that it is an accurate description of myself.

Well, I think the definition quoted isn't uncommon (e.g. see here (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reactionary) and here (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reactionary) also).
And I think ilv was applying the definition specifically to your views on the regions, which I think most would agree was appropriate.


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I've no idea what the rest of your nonsense is about, nor why you feel the need to resort to such petty abuse, but to each their own I guess.

As if you often reply to me in a non-petty or respectful way.

Please feel free to list my oft made petty and disrespectful replies to you.
Certainly I've disagreed with various matters of policy and practice of yours, but I don't recall being out of order in such disagreements. Believe it or not, I don't have any personal problem with you.

Your "contributions" to Atlasia have largely consisted of hit and run attacks on those you disagree with and nothing more.

I don't think that's a fair characterisation, but I'll allow people to make their own minds up on that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: bgwah on October 10, 2009, 06:23:04 pm
I have no interest in looking through your 7,388 post history to prove my point. You sure take a while to write your seemingly short replies, though. Do you just sit there figuring out the best way to push my buttons? I regrettably probably responded exactly how you wanted me to initially. But I'm done with you. Good bye.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Snowguy716 on October 10, 2009, 06:28:47 pm
bgwah is quite correct on the definition of reactionary.  He was also right in labeling himself a conservative on the issue of keeping regions. 

A reactionary goes beyond this.  Again, he was correct when he said he would be reactionary if he wanted to reestablish regions once they had been moved.

A reactionary is someone VEHEMENTLY opposed to progress or change, often seeking to revert to a previous state.

Don't get all smug and cute with these dumb political labels.  It's not worth fighting over.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on October 10, 2009, 06:29:53 pm
I have no interest in looking through your 7,388 post history to prove my point. You sure take a while to write your seemingly short replies, though. Do you just sit there figuring out the best way to push my buttons? I regrettably probably responded exactly how you wanted me to initially. But I'm done with you. Good bye.


I think if one is to make the sort of accusations you've made, then it's reasonable to ask that you can back them up. If you don't want to read through my posting history, use the search engine to help out. Given the apparently numerous nature of my misbehavings, one would think that a few examples would be easy to come by.

Again, not sure where the rest of the abuse here stems from - but glad to hear it's at an end.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 10, 2009, 06:30:00 pm
bgwah is quite correct on the definition of reactionary.  He was also right in labeling himself a conservative on the issue of keeping regions. 

A reactionary goes beyond this.  Again, he was correct when he said he would be reactionary if he wanted to reestablish regions once they had been moved.

A reactionary is someone VEHEMENTLY opposed to progress or change, often seeking to revert to a previous state.

Don't get all smug and cute with these dumb political labels.  It's not worth fighting over.

Exactly. I'd say bringing back districts would be a reactionary position.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on October 10, 2009, 10:57:55 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

No, reactionary doesn't mean super-conservative. It suggests I want to revert to some previous condition or state. I do not desire to regress to a previous state. I seek to conserve the present state by keeping the regions, making me a conservative on the issue.

If regions were abolished, and I was calling for their return, then I would be a reactionary.

As I recall, you entire arguments earlier this year were that regions were once great and miraculous and could be again if only we (insert your manifesto here).

But you just said I was saying "Regions are just swell in every way!" Trying to save face for misunderstanding a basic political term? I'm a little surprised you didn't know what reactionary means, but I don't think you're dumb because of it or anything. Just an honest mistake. :)

Sorry for not defining every term I use in conversation explicitly, I'll try to do better next time :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 12, 2009, 01:29:59 pm
Whether its most prominent residents, whose political leanings tend to favor abolition of the regions, view this as a positive or negative aspect cannot be determined by this office

I'd say its most prominent residents have a strong pro-regional tendency.  bgwah, for example, is a reactionary on the issue.

Do you even know what "reactionary" means?

Yes.
<-Radical----Liberal----Moderate----Conservative----Reactionary->

I'd say clapping your hands over your ears and going "lalala, regions are just swell in every way!" hearkens back to the days of yore entirely too much, wouldn't you?

Similarly, my impractical support of the complete abolition of regions is extreme enough (in a "change the foundations of society") way that it's clearly radical.

You just don't want to admit regions are making a big comeback as far as activity is concerned :P

And as far as impact is concerned, they're just as irrelevant.

Would depend on how you define impact of course. I would say that increasing activity on the Elections board and providing means for new members to orient themselves in the game and stay active is impact enough to make the regions valuable. To each their own.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Lief 🐋 on October 16, 2009, 07:58:06 am
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.93064 U.S. (-0.00719)

The Atlasian trade deficit was reported to have shrunk by $10 billion since mid-August as the weakening dollar and economic recovery of a few key nations has led to increasing exports.

I hope people realize that this is a good thing.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on October 16, 2009, 05:25:55 pm
Let's see if this will work this time... I won't be available until tomorrow night. Please don't do anything newsworthy or noteworthy until then (besides start elections).

I will try to post something on the national election when voting closes, so look out for it.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on October 16, 2009, 05:29:12 pm
Let's see if this will work this time... I won't be available until tomorrow night. Please don't do anything newsworthy or noteworthy until then (besides start elections).

I will try to post something on the national election when voting closes, so look out for it.

Yay PS is gone, lets get the Tommy guns out, boys. :P

  • $1 Atlasian = $0.93064 U.S. (-0.00719)

The Atlasian trade deficit was reported to have shrunk by $10 billion since mid-August as the weakening dollar and economic recovery of a few key nations has led to increasing exports.

I hope people realize that this is a good thing.

I tried to convince Vepres of that last night in the Fiscal Relief debate.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on October 21, 2009, 03:40:59 am
Foreign News

Added Forces Fail To Deter Pirates
Despite recent Senate measures to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, a steady flow of international ships have been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden.

Despite the best efforts of Somalia’s Transitional Federal President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, violence and unrest in the largely lawless state have plagued the government and prevented meaningful gains against the pirate groups. The situation has only been exacerbated as well-armed militias continue to fight in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.

Most tellingly, a group of pirates hijacked a Chinese vessel Sunday over 700 miles away from shore. This example is only one of a number of recent cases of piracy over 500 miles from a coast, perhaps indicating that Somali pirates are becoming more sophisticated, as well as broadening their reach.

It is not yet clear how policy makers will seek to remedy the situation. Many governments have simply opted to pay the ransoms, rather than commit extensive resources to prevention. Others have proposed allowing the crews of these vessels to arm themselves for defense; however, many question whether this could lead to the unnecessary death of crews and an increased militancy among pirates.


I would advise the SoEA to consult with EU partners. The EU has a sizable effort underway to counter piracy actions (http://www.eunavfor.eu/) in the area. Consideration might be given as to what support Atlasia can provide that would aid 'Operation Atalanta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Atalanta)'.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on October 21, 2009, 10:11:43 am
Foreign News

Added Forces Fail To Deter Pirates
Despite recent Senate measures to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, a steady flow of international ships have been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden.

Despite the best efforts of Somalia’s Transitional Federal President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, violence and unrest in the largely lawless state have plagued the government and prevented meaningful gains against the pirate groups. The situation has only been exacerbated as well-armed militias continue to fight in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.

Most tellingly, a group of pirates hijacked a Chinese vessel Sunday over 700 miles away from shore. This example is only one of a number of recent cases of piracy over 500 miles from a coast, perhaps indicating that Somali pirates are becoming more sophisticated, as well as broadening their reach.

It is not yet clear how policy makers will seek to remedy the situation. Many governments have simply opted to pay the ransoms, rather than commit extensive resources to prevention. Others have proposed allowing the crews of these vessels to arm themselves for defense; however, many question whether this could lead to the unnecessary death of crews and an increased militancy among pirates.


I would advise the SoEA to consult with EU partners. The EU has a sizable effort underway to counter piracy actions (http://www.eunavfor.eu/) in the area. Consideration might be given as to what support Atlasia can provide that would aid 'Operation Atalanta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Atalanta)'.

I will first have to discuss it with the president but I think that is an excellent idea.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on October 21, 2009, 10:35:11 am
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.93064 U.S. (-0.00719)

The Atlasian trade deficit was reported to have shrunk by $10 billion since mid-August as the weakening dollar and economic recovery of a few key nations has led to increasing exports.

I hope people realize that this is a good thing.

I tried to convince Vepres of that last night in the Fiscal Relief debate.

Certainly the trade deficit decreasing is good, but a weak dollar hurts homeowners and seniors, and it also causes inflation. This is fine for now, but it shouldn't go on for too long.

Ideally we could have a strengthening dollar with a decreasing trade deficit, but a situation where that would occur would be difficult to engineer.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on October 21, 2009, 12:53:16 pm
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.93064 U.S. (-0.00719)

The Atlasian trade deficit was reported to have shrunk by $10 billion since mid-August as the weakening dollar and economic recovery of a few key nations has led to increasing exports.

I hope people realize that this is a good thing.

I tried to convince Vepres of that last night in the Fiscal Relief debate.

Certainly the trade deficit decreasing is good, but a weak dollar hurts homeowners and seniors, and it also causes inflation. This is fine for now, but it shouldn't go on for too long.

Ideally we could have a strengthening dollar with a decreasing trade deficit, but a situation where that would occur would be difficult to engineer.

Read: impossible ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 02, 2009, 04:05:13 pm
Watch it, Purple State, before I start completely disregarding your updates.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 02, 2009, 04:17:48 pm
Watch it, Purple State, before I start completely disregarding your updates.

I forgot I was limited to news you deem acceptable. Am I suddenly to disregard credible threats?

And it should be noted that I pushed this off to ensure it would not affect elections. Try to actually enjoy the game every so often Marokai. The game in general, and the position of GM in particular, is not supposed to be some dry and boring stream of news. I would say I am more conservative in my updates than past GMs.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 02, 2009, 04:31:30 pm
I'm not going to play along with random pretend terrorist attacks in New Mexico or whatever it is you've concocted. I am here to play the game, but not these ridiculous SPC-esque scenarios.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 02, 2009, 04:41:46 pm
I'm not going to play along with random pretend terrorist attacks in New Mexico or whatever it is you've concocted. I am here to play the game, but not these ridiculous SPC-esque scenarios.

I refuse to simply be a dispenser of economic information and legislative evaluation. Stuff used to actually happen in the game, which is exactly what made it great fun. Honestly, most of the people playing this game don't care whether or not you "play along." They care that something interesting is going on. I serve the people in that regard. Do with it as you may.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on November 02, 2009, 04:42:59 pm
I'm not going to play along with random pretend terrorist attacks in New Mexico or whatever it is you've concocted. I am here to play the game, but not these ridiculous SPC-esque scenarios.

Marokai, since when do get to be da final arbitor of what is exceptable from the GM? I do recall it was PS and I that spent the most time trying to improve the position and so far I am praying that PS remains there as long as possible cause I don't know anyone who could do it like he does.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 02, 2009, 04:46:43 pm
I'm not going to play along with random pretend terrorist attacks in New Mexico or whatever it is you've concocted. I am here to play the game, but not these ridiculous SPC-esque scenarios.

I refuse to simply be a dispenser of economic information and legislative evaluation. Stuff used to actually happen in the game, which is exactly what made it great fun. Honestly, most of the people playing this game don't care whether or not you "play along." They care that something interesting is going on. I serve the people in that regard. Do with it as you may.

And to be honest, most of the people playing this game don't care about completely out of the blue updates like "Oh and by the way bombs have gone off in New Mexico."

This is like SPC playing army-men with his fake security force. There's got to be some constraint on just being able to make everything up.

And lets just jump ahead a little. What, ultimately, will matter from this? The President says a few words, some forces from somewhere are deployed to keep order, and the Senate passes some sort of useless bill to mop up after it? We would be going through the motions, and you know it.

I'm not going to play along with random pretend terrorist attacks in New Mexico or whatever it is you've concocted. I am here to play the game, but not these ridiculous SPC-esque scenarios.

Marokai, since when do get to be da final arbitor of what is exceptable from the GM? I do recall it was PS and I that spent the most time trying to improve the position and so far I am praying that PS remains there as long as possible cause I don't know anyone who could do it like he does.

I wasn't trying to decide the news ::) I was merely giving my opinion and saying what I would do.

You can now go back to finding some flimsy reason to attack me and hypothesizing about my master plans.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 02, 2009, 05:08:36 pm
I'd just like to clarify that I don't think Purple State is doing a bad job or that all his news should be ignored, but I just think something like this is completely out-of-left-field, unrealistic, and ultimately totally pointless and something that either no one will care about, or people will just force themselves to care about.

I understand you dont want to just be a dispenser of economic numbers, but you can do more than that and still force legislative ideas. Like "Alcohol accidents on the rise" or "Midwestern farmers undergoing harsh winter" or something like that. I think there's a certain line that we shouldn't pass when making up fake events, and things like "bombs go off in New Mexico" pretty much cross that line for me.

You can maintain activity without pretend wars and imaginary terrorists.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 02, 2009, 05:15:37 pm
I'd just like to clarify that I don't think Purple State is doing a bad job or that all his news should be ignored, but I just think something like this is completely out-of-left-field, unrealistic, and ultimately totally pointless and something that either no one will care about, or people will just force themselves to care about.

I understand you dont want to just be a dispenser of economic numbers, but you can do more than that and still force legislative ideas. Like "Alcohol accidents on the rise" or "Midwestern farmers undergoing harsh winter" or something like that. I think there's a certain line that we shouldn't pass when making up fake events, and things like "bombs go off in New Mexico" pretty much cross that line for me.

You can maintain activity without pretend wars and imaginary terrorists.

As will be clear soon (and is likely clear to some of the older members), this current news story actually directly flows from happenings of over 2 years ago in the Pacific region. Nor was this simply resurrected at my whim. This was specifically requested of me.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 02, 2009, 05:16:32 pm
So you're just after my region? :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 02, 2009, 05:28:46 pm
So you're just after my region? :P

Just alerting you to the presence of those that are after your region. Think of it as a service I am providing, free of charge (aside from the stipend the GM gets, of course).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on November 03, 2009, 07:38:53 am
nor how Al, who first reported WMS's return (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=104484.0), may be implicated.

Innocent!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on November 03, 2009, 02:38:15 pm
Is it unreasonable to expect some news about the Northeast Assembly ?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 03, 2009, 03:05:53 pm
Is it unreasonable to expect some news about the Northeast Assembly ?

I'll be launching a new series to address this today.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on November 03, 2009, 03:18:59 pm
Is it unreasonable to expect some news about the Northeast Assembly ?

I'll be launching a new series to address this today.

Great. :D


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Јas on November 05, 2009, 04:24:44 am
Meanwhile, some experts are questioning the use of federal troops without express permission of the Senate.

One presumes this would be related to Posse Comitatus (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/usc.cgi?ACTION=RETRIEVE&FILE=$$xa$$busc18.wais&start=2443406&SIZE=2375&TYPE=TEXT)?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 05, 2009, 02:18:04 pm
Meanwhile, some experts are questioning the use of federal troops without express permission of the Senate.

One presumes this would be related to Posse Comitatus (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/usc.cgi?ACTION=RETRIEVE&FILE=$$xa$$busc18.wais&start=2443406&SIZE=2375&TYPE=TEXT)?

No, Article I, Section 5, Clause 23 of the Atlasian Constitution, which enumerates the following power of the Senate:

Quote
23. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 05, 2009, 03:55:03 pm
Mr. GM, what is the current state of the EAA?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 06, 2009, 12:25:14 am
Sorry all, busy night. I will do tonight's finances and give better updates for a bunch of things tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on November 06, 2009, 03:20:24 pm
When did Albuquerque become the capital of New Mexico?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 06, 2009, 03:22:30 pm
When did Albuquerque become the capital of New Mexico?

When I had very little sleep, was studying for two tests and mistook the largest city of its capital. ;)

It is now fixed.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on November 09, 2009, 06:32:26 pm
I haven't been following the GM reports in the last week, been distracted. Thats going to change.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 09, 2009, 08:04:17 pm
I haven't been following the GM reports in the last week, been distracted. Thats going to change.

Thank you for giving me a heads up. I'll work extra hard, just for you babe.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on November 09, 2009, 08:19:26 pm
I haven't been following the GM reports in the last week, been distracted. Thats going to change.

Thank you for giving me a heads up. I'll work extra hard, just for you babe.

I have a question, do you get paid time off for all those Saturdays? ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 09, 2009, 10:23:13 pm
I haven't been following the GM reports in the last week, been distracted. Thats going to change.

Thank you for giving me a heads up. I'll work extra hard, just for you babe.

I have a question, do you get paid time off for all those Saturdays? ;)

Seeing as I haven't gotten a paycheck for this yet, I'm starting to wonder which senator is skimming the cream off the top. I'll be watching...but I'll put on these shades so you can't tell who I'm looking at. 8)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on November 09, 2009, 10:32:32 pm
I haven't been following the GM reports in the last week, been distracted. Thats going to change.

Thank you for giving me a heads up. I'll work extra hard, just for you babe.

I have a question, do you get paid time off for all those Saturdays? ;)

Seeing as I haven't gotten a paycheck for this yet, I'm starting to wonder which senator is skimming the cream off the top. I'll be watching...but I'll put on these shades so you can't tell who I'm looking at. 8)

lol.

Well Service is its own reward as they say. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Brandon H on November 12, 2009, 08:41:09 am
I know there are a lot of new threads being started so it is hard to keep up with. This fell to page 3.

The Southeast Initiative thread. And it already has one measure on the ballot, and a second one still requiring signatures.

You know what to do.
---
Comprehensive Drug Reform Initiative



Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Bacon King on November 12, 2009, 02:08:28 pm
Indeed, I was about to post the same as BrandonH but he beat me to it :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 12, 2009, 02:32:56 pm
I know there are a lot of new threads being started so it is hard to keep up with. This fell to page 3.

The Southeast Initiative thread. And it already has one measure on the ballot, and a second one still requiring signatures.

You know what to do.
---
Comprehensive Drug Reform Initiative


My apologies. I will edit the story to reflect that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on November 12, 2009, 04:33:38 pm
Northeast
While passing substantive reforms for regional governance, the Northeast's Assembly seems to have become bogged down recently in substance-less discussion and debates over protocol. The Office of the GM recommends a revision of the legislature's SOAP to both ensure clarity and efficiency.

Why ? The protocol exists and is very clear, we just need to apply it and are just waiting for an official (Lt Gov or Speaker) to do. Revising (again) the SOAP will be a waste of time for real legislation.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Dr. Cynic on November 12, 2009, 04:39:04 pm
Northeast
While passing substantive reforms for regional governance, the Northeast's Assembly seems to have become bogged down recently in substance-less discussion and debates over protocol. The Office of the GM recommends a revision of the legislature's SOAP to both ensure clarity and efficiency.

Why ? The protocol exists and is very clear, we just need to apply it and are just waiting for an official (Lt Gov or Speaker) to do. Revising (again) the SOAP will be a waste of time for real legislation.

I've also got legislation in waiting to deal with the issue of green jobs.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 13, 2009, 12:41:58 am
Northeast
While passing substantive reforms for regional governance, the Northeast's Assembly seems to have become bogged down recently in substance-less discussion and debates over protocol. The Office of the GM recommends a revision of the legislature's SOAP to both ensure clarity and efficiency.

Why ? The protocol exists and is very clear, we just need to apply it and are just waiting for an official (Lt Gov or Speaker) to do. Revising (again) the SOAP will be a waste of time for real legislation.

I've also got legislation in waiting to deal with the issue of green jobs.

I noticed that. Just trying to move things along.

And while the SOAP itself may be fine, the Assembly seems to very often focused on questions about protocol. Perhaps clearer guidelines, or more efficient ones, would work better. Just putting it out there based on my own observations.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on November 13, 2009, 12:44:24 am
Northeast
While passing substantive reforms for regional governance, the Northeast's Assembly seems to have become bogged down recently in substance-less discussion and debates over protocol. The Office of the GM recommends a revision of the legislature's SOAP to both ensure clarity and efficiency.

Why ? The protocol exists and is very clear, we just need to apply it and are just waiting for an official (Lt Gov or Speaker) to do. Revising (again) the SOAP will be a waste of time for real legislation.

I've also got legislation in waiting to deal with the issue of green jobs.

I noticed that. Just trying to move things along.

And while the SOAP itself may be fine, the Assembly seems to very often focused on questions about protocol. Perhaps clearer guidelines, or more efficient ones, would work better. Just putting it out there based on my own observations.

Yeah, but we don't need to be told that. It's much preferred if you can give us some kind of news or data to work with. We know about the structural issues because they fall under our jurisdiction. The data is under yours and it would be appreciated.

ALSO: A lot of stuff geared towards the environment, most importantly the green jobs initiative and my sustainable forestry legislation, but also the cape wind resolution.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 13, 2009, 12:53:19 am
Northeast
While passing substantive reforms for regional governance, the Northeast's Assembly seems to have become bogged down recently in substance-less discussion and debates over protocol. The Office of the GM recommends a revision of the legislature's SOAP to both ensure clarity and efficiency.

Why ? The protocol exists and is very clear, we just need to apply it and are just waiting for an official (Lt Gov or Speaker) to do. Revising (again) the SOAP will be a waste of time for real legislation.

I've also got legislation in waiting to deal with the issue of green jobs.

I noticed that. Just trying to move things along.

And while the SOAP itself may be fine, the Assembly seems to very often focused on questions about protocol. Perhaps clearer guidelines, or more efficient ones, would work better. Just putting it out there based on my own observations.

Yeah, but we don't need to be told that. It's much preferred if you can give us some kind of news or data to work with. We know about the structural issues because they fall under our jurisdiction. The data is under yours and it would be appreciated.

I've given the Northeast its fair share of data as well. I give a balance of economic, social and government analysis for the regions. The position of GM has historically focused not only on numbers, but also general goings-on in Atlasia. You will continue to get numbers, but I also serve to instigate the steady flow of effective government (just see my comments on the Pacific, previous comments on the Mideast and Southeast, etc.).

Not pointing out the Northeast in particular. No worries.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Dr. Cynic on November 13, 2009, 02:50:16 am
I certainly have no issues with your GM work.

I was just pointing out that we've got a big line and that my green jobs bill is behind.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on November 13, 2009, 08:41:53 am
I would appreciate a report on the passage of the GTO Expansion Act in the concerned countries as well as a report on the effectiveness of the Atlasian federal stimulus thus far.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on November 19, 2009, 08:19:48 am
Working on a paper and gave you all two stories last night, but forgot financials. So to make up for it, today you get only financials... :P

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     931 +6 (0.65%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.87345 U.S. (-0.01018)
  • Crude Oil = $93.94/barrel -0.52 (0.55%)

Analysis:
The ANSE continued to rise as economic indicators appear to be strengthening. In addition, many believe that Senator NCYank is close to releasing a credit market regulation bill to the Senate in the coming days.
The Atlasian Dollar fell as a result of the large Atlasian trade deficit. Officials in China and the European Union have begun to voice concern about the falling A$, urging policy makers to take needed measures to slow its decline.

Oil prices fell as demand for the commodity has sharply declined in recent weeks.

I am aiming for the weekend by I am hung up on the last sections. Perhaps the GM might be willing to offer some guidance on the later sections.

How big is the CDS market in Atlasia? What is the GM's recommendation regarding reforming them?

What is the GM's recomendation for leveraging/minimum reserve requirements for investment banks?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: MasterJedi on November 19, 2009, 10:35:30 am
Lol, food shortages. What bullcrap!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Franzl on November 19, 2009, 10:55:13 am
Lol, food shortages. What bullcrap!

ugh, what?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on November 19, 2009, 02:10:02 pm
Lol, food shortages. What bullcrap!

Did'nt you watch Colbert last night?  We're low on Eggo!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 19, 2009, 03:23:38 pm
Lol, food shortages. What bullcrap!

Uh, you do know that's based on an actual, real life study, right?

Must be easy to deny reality wherever you're sitting..


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on November 21, 2009, 10:44:17 pm
Working on a paper and gave you all two stories last night, but forgot financials. So to make up for it, today you get only financials... :P

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     931 +6 (0.65%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.87345 U.S. (-0.01018)
  • Crude Oil = $93.94/barrel -0.52 (0.55%)

Analysis:
The ANSE continued to rise as economic indicators appear to be strengthening. In addition, many believe that Senator NCYank is close to releasing a credit market regulation bill to the Senate in the coming days.
The Atlasian Dollar fell as a result of the large Atlasian trade deficit. Officials in China and the European Union have begun to voice concern about the falling A$, urging policy makers to take needed measures to slow its decline.

Oil prices fell as demand for the commodity has sharply declined in recent weeks.

I am aiming for the weekend by I am hung up on the last sections. Perhaps the GM might be willing to offer some guidance on the later sections.

How big is the CDS market in Atlasia? What is the GM's recommendation regarding reforming them?

What is the GM's recomendation for leveraging/minimum reserve requirements for investment banks?

Just so it doesn't get burried, I really need this info, Purple.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 22, 2009, 12:22:09 am
Working on a paper and gave you all two stories last night, but forgot financials. So to make up for it, today you get only financials... :P

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     931 +6 (0.65%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.87345 U.S. (-0.01018)
  • Crude Oil = $93.94/barrel -0.52 (0.55%)

Analysis:
The ANSE continued to rise as economic indicators appear to be strengthening. In addition, many believe that Senator NCYank is close to releasing a credit market regulation bill to the Senate in the coming days.
The Atlasian Dollar fell as a result of the large Atlasian trade deficit. Officials in China and the European Union have begun to voice concern about the falling A$, urging policy makers to take needed measures to slow its decline.

Oil prices fell as demand for the commodity has sharply declined in recent weeks.

I am aiming for the weekend by I am hung up on the last sections. Perhaps the GM might be willing to offer some guidance on the later sections.

How big is the CDS market in Atlasia? What is the GM's recommendation regarding reforming them?

What is the GM's recomendation for leveraging/minimum reserve requirements for investment banks?

Just so it doesn't get burried, I really need this info, Purple.

Assume that financial information that detailed reflects the same as the US. Unfortunately, I do not have the level of expertise to advise anyone on how to reform the CDS market or how to properly regulate investment banks.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: cinyc on November 25, 2009, 03:31:39 am
One thing I'd like to know is how much the Northeast can lower the unleaded gas tax that will have to be enacted when tolls are removed to comply with the Free Highway Access Act of 2009 (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=101096.msg2192099#msg2192099)  for every cent differential in a diesel gas tax.  For example, if we were to charge a 13.6 cent tax on unleaded (instead of the proposed 14.6 cents) and put a15.6 tax on diesel, would that be revenue-neutral?  Or would we have to charge a higher diesel tax for every cent we lower the unleaded gas tax?

Tolls are  higher on larger vehicles because of the additional wear and tear they put on the roads.  A higher diesel tax may be a rough proxy for that - if we decide to go down that route.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 26, 2009, 02:34:43 am
I probably won't be on much this holiday weekend. Markets are closed for the holiday until Monday. Commentary on NCY's legislation will possibly come before next week, but we will see how far I get on my paper assignment.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 30, 2009, 11:09:49 pm
That's what we call real fiscal responsibility, I say.

However, I do not believe my name is Franzl. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 30, 2009, 11:13:26 pm
That's what we call real fiscal responsibility, I say.

However, I do not believe my name is Franzl. :P

Fixed. Shame on me for copying my last report. I even changed it to JCP, but forgot to change the name. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on November 30, 2009, 11:14:11 pm
In any case, thanks for the analysis, and I'll leave you criticism free this time. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on November 30, 2009, 11:16:30 pm
In any case, thanks for the analysis, and I'll leave you criticism free this time. :P

Which means NCY is going to be on my case. Uch...

;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on December 01, 2009, 02:45:12 pm
In any case, thanks for the analysis, and I'll leave you criticism free this time. :P

Which means NCY is going to be on my case. Uch...

Or me :P

You failed to address its impact, if any, on those with higher taxes. So yeah, it's great that it decreases the deficit, but you failed to address the consequences of the bill.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 01, 2009, 08:44:59 pm
In any case, thanks for the analysis, and I'll leave you criticism free this time. :P

Which means NCY is going to be on my case. Uch...

Or me :P

You failed to address its impact, if any, on those with higher taxes. So yeah, it's great that it decreases the deficit, but you failed to address the consequences of the bill.

I'll try to edit it in later or tomorrow. It is much harder to determine though.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Badger on December 02, 2009, 03:36:21 pm
In any case, thanks for the analysis, and I'll leave you criticism free this time. :P

Which means NCY is going to be on my case. Uch...

Or me :P

You failed to address its impact, if any, on those with higher taxes. So yeah, it's great that it decreases the deficit, but you failed to address the consequences of the bill.

I'll try to edit it in later or tomorrow. It is much harder to determine though.
Please do when you get the chance. And don't forget the lesson of the 90's: "Increasing the top income tax rate always results in economic slowdown." Just ask President Gingrich. ;-)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 02, 2009, 10:34:20 pm
In any case, thanks for the analysis, and I'll leave you criticism free this time. :P

Which means NCY is going to be on my case. Uch...

Or me :P

You failed to address its impact, if any, on those with higher taxes. So yeah, it's great that it decreases the deficit, but you failed to address the consequences of the bill.

I'll try to edit it in later or tomorrow. It is much harder to determine though.
Please do when you get the chance. And don't forget the lesson of the 90's: "Increasing the top income tax rate always results in economic slowdown." Just ask President Gingrich. ;-)

Seeing as the legislation has just about passed, I think it is more worthwhile to address other things and come back to the impact of this soon-to-be law down the road.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 04, 2009, 11:51:40 am
Yay, we are the region with the lowest unemployment rate ! :D


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Alexander Hamilton on December 05, 2009, 03:06:43 am
Yay, we are the region with the lowest unemployment rate ! :D

Yes, and when the voters recognize this, they will re-elect me.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 11, 2009, 06:50:03 pm
For the record, the Office of the GM is closed for the first night of Channukah. Happy holiday to all my fellow Jews.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Bacon King on December 18, 2009, 03:56:25 pm
I hope my leadership helps the economy! ;D


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 19, 2009, 08:26:11 am
Will we have some news about Northeast ? A detailed analysis of the legislative work of the incumbent Assembly (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Legislative_work_of_the_Northeast_Assembly#First_Assembly) would be very apreciated. ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 01:24:33 pm
I haven't been following this as closely as I should have over the last two weeks. I am sure PS has felt my absence, well not to worry, I shall once again be meticulously analyzing the GM's economic reports again. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Torie on December 19, 2009, 05:28:09 pm
Where is the thread that discusses the pros and cons of this regional self determination thing about how regional senators or some such are elected?  The voting booth is now open on this, and I don't at present know how to vote. Thanks.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: cinyc on December 19, 2009, 06:04:47 pm
Where is the thread that discusses the pros and cons of this regional self determination thing about how regional senators or some such are elected?  The voting booth is now open on this, and I don't at present know how to vote. Thanks.

That's not the GM's concern.  It's up to the proponents of amendments to justify them.  As usual, they're not mounting any sort of campaign in favor of it.  I know what my default position usually is on something that's not explained to me.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 06:05:04 pm
Where is the thread that discusses the pros and cons of this regional self determination thing about how regional senators or some such are elected?  The voting booth is now open on this, and I don't at present know how to vote. Thanks.

I don't know that there is own. Check the SEnate debate thread where was passed in the Gov't board or look through the SEnate noticeboard (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=102277.120)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 19, 2009, 06:31:37 pm
Where is the thread that discusses the pros and cons of this regional self determination thing about how regional senators or some such are elected?  The voting booth is now open on this, and I don't at present know how to vote. Thanks.

I don't often wade into general institutional reforms such as this. I do in the case of regional assemblies, but that usually involves revealing "popular" sentiment or the need for increased taxes to accommodate the growth of bureaucracy.

GM articles tend to focus on: a) economics and b) foreign policy. This extends not only to happenings around the world, but the impact of legislation on these areas. If people want me to expand to other matters, such as game mechanics, or "forum affairs," I would be happy to, but I fear that would overly politicize the Office of the GM.

That said, I could post an article on the financial and "popular" pros and cons of the amendment. If demand is expressed, I can shoot for tonight or tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 07:35:08 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 19, 2009, 07:54:52 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.

I will clarify. When reading the legislation I missed the pre-text of §3. I will enunciate that this 10-15% only refers to banks, brokers, insurance companies or government-sponsored entities that have implied federal guarantees.[/quote]

EDIT: Not sure it is what you wanted, but that is my current analysis. If you have your own views, feel free to PM me your thoughts and items I could read to back up your points and I will take it into account.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 09:22:37 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.

I will clarify. When reading the legislation I missed the pre-text of §3. I will enunciate that this 10-15% only refers to banks, brokers, insurance companies or government-sponsored entities that have implied federal guarantees.

EDIT: Not sure it is what you wanted, but that is my current analysis. If you have your own views, feel free to PM me your thoughts and items I could read to back up your points and I will take it into account.
[/quote]

That makes more sense.


To some extent. Splitting these organizations and creating several smaller ones will reduce systemic risk and take "too big to fail" out of our vocab to describe the current situation.

I could support lowering the limits if need be.




Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 19, 2009, 11:21:52 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.

I will clarify. When reading the legislation I missed the pre-text of §3. I will enunciate that this 10-15% only refers to banks, brokers, insurance companies or government-sponsored entities that have implied federal guarantees.

EDIT: Not sure it is what you wanted, but that is my current analysis. If you have your own views, feel free to PM me your thoughts and items I could read to back up your points and I will take it into account.

That makes more sense.


To some extent. Splitting these organizations and creating several smaller ones will reduce systemic risk and take "too big to fail" out of our vocab to describe the current situation.

I could support lowering the limits if need be.



[/quote]

It is the prerogative of the Senate. Just laying out the options. You can ensure "too big to fail," but it will limit the amount companies can loan. We can't expect the same speed of growth/innovation as we cutback on certain things. But we can't have unrestrained lending. It's a balance with a give and take.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 11:28:16 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.

I will clarify. When reading the legislation I missed the pre-text of §3. I will enunciate that this 10-15% only refers to banks, brokers, insurance companies or government-sponsored entities that have implied federal guarantees.

EDIT: Not sure it is what you wanted, but that is my current analysis. If you have your own views, feel free to PM me your thoughts and items I could read to back up your points and I will take it into account.

That makes more sense.


To some extent. Splitting these organizations and creating several smaller ones will reduce systemic risk and take "too big to fail" out of our vocab to describe the current situation.

I could support lowering the limits if need be.




It is the prerogative of the Senate. Just laying out the options. You can ensure "too big to fail," but it will limit the amount companies can loan. We can't expect the same speed of growth/innovation as we cutback on certain things. But we can't have unrestrained lending. It's a balance with a give and take.
[/quote]

I know its a tough choice that has to be made. But that is the business we are in, isn't it. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 19, 2009, 11:31:48 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.

I will clarify. When reading the legislation I missed the pre-text of §3. I will enunciate that this 10-15% only refers to banks, brokers, insurance companies or government-sponsored entities that have implied federal guarantees.

EDIT: Not sure it is what you wanted, but that is my current analysis. If you have your own views, feel free to PM me your thoughts and items I could read to back up your points and I will take it into account.

That makes more sense.


To some extent. Splitting these organizations and creating several smaller ones will reduce systemic risk and take "too big to fail" out of our vocab to describe the current situation.

I could support lowering the limits if need be.




It is the prerogative of the Senate. Just laying out the options. You can ensure "too big to fail," but it will limit the amount companies can loan. We can't expect the same speed of growth/innovation as we cutback on certain things. But we can't have unrestrained lending. It's a balance with a give and take.

I know its a tough choice that has to be made. But that is the business we are in, isn't it. :)
[/quote]

It's the business you're in. I just get to slam whatever it is you produce, as it will inevitably hurt someone. ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on December 19, 2009, 11:37:39 pm
National News

From the GM’s Desk: Legislation Analysis
Financial Regulatory Reform Bill of 2009 §3(c): Per the GM's understanding of §3(c) of this bill, sponsored by Senator North Carolina Yankee (RPP), the following analysis addresses capital requirements at financial institutions.

The current bill would require any national banking association in Atlasia to hold 25% of their capital as tangible, on-hand assets.

This policy, if implemented, would essentially force the breaking apart of larger, so-called "too big to fail" banks into smaller spin-offs.

If all the Senate wishes to do is level the playing field between bigger banks, that have an implicit, or explicit, federal guarantee on their debt that lowers their cost of capital, giving them a permanent competitive advantage, the maximum the capital requirements ratio would have to be raised to is 15% directed at all financial institutions that have the implied federal guarantee. It would also be effective, at varying degrees, at 10% to 12%.

It should be stressed that this ratio should only be targeted at financial institutions that have implied federal guarantees. The ratio for smaller banks that do not have this advantage should remain at 8%.

In short, the intent of the Senate should dictate the number in this section. The higher the percentage, the harder it will be for larger banks to effectively loan money, while lower percentages will allow for banks to make more, albeit riskier, investments.

Could you explain this, it has left me confused?


For one the current language only applies those new requirments to Investment Banks and Hedge Funds. There is currently an amendment before the Senate which expands it to cover all banks. I take it then that your concerns actually refer to this amendment and not the overall bill. Please clear this up.

I will clarify. When reading the legislation I missed the pre-text of §3. I will enunciate that this 10-15% only refers to banks, brokers, insurance companies or government-sponsored entities that have implied federal guarantees.

EDIT: Not sure it is what you wanted, but that is my current analysis. If you have your own views, feel free to PM me your thoughts and items I could read to back up your points and I will take it into account.

That makes more sense.


To some extent. Splitting these organizations and creating several smaller ones will reduce systemic risk and take "too big to fail" out of our vocab to describe the current situation.

I could support lowering the limits if need be.




It is the prerogative of the Senate. Just laying out the options. You can ensure "too big to fail," but it will limit the amount companies can loan. We can't expect the same speed of growth/innovation as we cutback on certain things. But we can't have unrestrained lending. It's a balance with a give and take.

I know its a tough choice that has to be made. But that is the business we are in, isn't it. :)

It's the business you're in. I just get to slam whatever it is you produce, as it will inevitably hurt someone. ;)
[/quote]

By being the only Senator who cares about economics, I have reserved the right as the Chairmen of Budget, Appropriations, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and as Education, Health and Labor committees to critique all posts of the GM. :P

"When I first came here, I hated seniority, but I ever year it gets better and better." - Bob Filner


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 20, 2009, 03:33:08 am
Again :

Will we have some news about Northeast ? A detailed analysis of the legislative work of the incumbent Assembly (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Legislative_work_of_the_Northeast_Assembly#First_Assembly) would be very apreciated. ;)

You seem to have dramatically neglected us since the Assembly was created.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 20, 2009, 09:40:42 am
Again :

Will we have some news about Northeast ? A detailed analysis of the legislative work of the incumbent Assembly (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Legislative_work_of_the_Northeast_Assembly#First_Assembly) would be very apreciated. ;)

You seem to have dramatically neglected us since the Assembly was created.

I'm just getting off finals and all that. Yes, I will be getting to a regional update. There will also be other news on a slew of topics coming in the next few days.

From Wednesday night until Sunday night, I will be away, but we can cross that bridge when we come to it.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 20, 2009, 09:53:27 am
Again :

Will we have some news about Northeast ? A detailed analysis of the legislative work of the incumbent Assembly (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Legislative_work_of_the_Northeast_Assembly#First_Assembly) would be very apreciated. ;)

You seem to have dramatically neglected us since the Assembly was created.

I'm just getting off finals and all that. Yes, I will be getting to a regional update. There will also be other news on a slew of topics coming in the next few days.

Thanks. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Barnes on December 22, 2009, 12:21:07 pm
Regional News

Biweekly Regional Report

Northeast
A major winter storm, likely to break all modern records for snow fall, is likely to hit the Northeast particularly hard in the next four days. Allocation of substantive funding to help the region weather the storm is recommended.

With the economic recovery on track and unemployment continuing to fall, the Northeast should consider ways to rebalance its budget, which now faces a $5 billion deficit


Exactly what parts of the Northeast will be hit the hardest, and can you give a rough estimate of the cost of the damage?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 22, 2009, 12:25:27 pm
Regional News

Biweekly Regional Report

Northeast
A major winter storm, likely to break all modern records for snow fall, is likely to hit the Northeast particularly hard in the next four days. Allocation of substantive funding to help the region weather the storm is recommended.

With the economic recovery on track and unemployment continuing to fall, the Northeast should consider ways to rebalance its budget, which now faces a $5 billion deficit


Exactly what parts of the Northeast will be hit the hardest, and can you give a rough estimate of the cost of the damage?


Cost of the damage depends on how quickly the Northeast can get something going. The governor could start things with an executive order to make sure proper measures are in place. Understandably, the Assembly is a little busy.

Coastal states and areas will be hit hardest, with two feet predicted in CT and parts of Maine and slightly less predicted as you move in-coast.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 22, 2009, 05:10:58 pm
Nothing about the 11 bills we passed in 2 months ?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on December 22, 2009, 05:15:19 pm
Your reports on my region are always schizo. You said we had only a modest deficit a few months ago and a simple tax increase would pay for it and then we'd be fine. So we raised taxes. Now we must raise taxes again? Something's not right there.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 22, 2009, 05:22:31 pm
Nothing about the 11 bills we passed in 2 months ?

First, be patient. There are a number of important things to do and I thought I should give all regions something to do before I comment on past items passed.

Next, I'm not going to comment on the various reforms you made to improve the Assembly, such as veto overrides or the number of seats. That should be clear. I commented on the green stuff before it passed and will likely come back to it when the Senate moves on the environment. The economic recovery items were already reflected in various pieces, including falling unemployment, an improving economy, etc.

Finally, bare in mind that some of those items, such as sustainable forestry, won't have an immediate impact. I can speculate, but I think you would prefer that I give you more to do, rather than talk about the number of trees I expect to be saved/planted.

Your reports on my region are always schizo. You said we had only a modest deficit a few months ago and a simple tax increase would pay for it and then we'd be fine. So we raised taxes. Now we must raise taxes again? Something's not right there.

It's not an issue of having enough money as much as having too much bureaucracy in the Pacific. That's the point that was being pushed for a while in these reports.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on December 22, 2009, 05:25:17 pm
I would ask you to say how, but I keep forgetting that you're God and I have to go along with every word you say no matter what it is.

In any case, you could at least put it in a different way. Even if you are God of Atlasia you can't just come out here and say "raise taxes to pay for it" even after you said we had a small deficit and we already raised taxes for that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 22, 2009, 05:28:24 pm
I would ask you to say how, but I keep forgetting that you're God and I have to go along with every word you say no matter what it is.

In any case, you could at least put it in a different way. Even if you are God of Atlasia you can't just come out here and say "raise taxes to pay for it" even after you said we had a small deficit and we already raised taxes for that.

My vision for this may be slightly flawed as it was borrowed from a New York measure that allows citizens to consolidate/remove local and municipal government entities. Perhaps it was an overly ambitious hope of mine. ;)

I'll try to come up with something new for your region.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on December 22, 2009, 05:30:10 pm
I'm just confused at how the Pacific region gets the reputation of being a communist hell-hole or something. I'm curious as to how the Pacific is just so insanely bureaucratic and so radically different from any other region. The only thing different about us is that we had single payer awhile before we in the Senate changed health care. Beyond that, we're not the USSR.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 22, 2009, 05:38:48 pm
I'm just confused at how the Pacific region gets the reputation of being a communist hell-hole or something. I'm curious as to how the Pacific is just so insanely bureaucratic and so radically different from any other region. The only thing different about us is that we had single payer awhile before we in the Senate changed health care. Beyond that, we're not the USSR.

I gave each region its own "character" if you would, based mostly on existing partisan breakdowns when I took office. I never said communist, but overly cumbersome bureaucracy is a hallmark of places like New York and California. The other regions have their own issues as well that they must work to overcome.

I've edited it now. You just won illegal immigrants. Congrats! ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 22, 2009, 05:39:31 pm
I can speculate, but I think you would prefer that I give you more to do, rather than talk about the number of trees I expect to be saved/planted.

Well, snow storms aren't exactly my speciality. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 22, 2009, 05:42:26 pm
I can speculate, but I think you would prefer that I give you more to do, rather than talk about the number of trees I expect to be saved/planted.

Well, snow storms aren't exactly my speciality. :P

Let's hope then that someone in the Assembly is an expert. Or do the research, eh? :P

There is only so much I can give regions before it becomes a federal issue. Technically, the federal government could do whatever it wanted and I highly doubt anyone would sue the Senate for overreaching.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on December 22, 2009, 05:46:23 pm
BTW, for the $5 bilions deficit, a bill I recently introduced devolves half of the $100 bilions we received to budget severity.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on December 22, 2009, 07:38:53 pm
I recommend the Governor just issue an order of sorts closing down non-major arteries, minor airports and ask people to stay indoors and to prevent use of cars. Schools, obviously, should be closed as well and workplaces should be understanding. And also make sure snow plows are ready.

61cm is a bit too much snow, but over a few days it's certainly possible, but it's nothing that threatens to destroy places with solid infrastructure. If you all stay indoors, and if municipal governments are ready; nothing major should happen. Ottawa survived a 51cm in one day storm in March 2008 rather fine.

An emergency increase in funding might be viable to help municipal governments prepare supplies and response.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 22, 2009, 11:36:06 pm
The Office of the GM will be closed until December 28th or 29th. I may get on tomorrow one last time, but it isn't likely.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on December 27, 2009, 10:45:38 pm
Whenever you return, could you elaborate on the problems with Midwest law enforcement?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on December 27, 2009, 10:48:02 pm
Whenever you return, could you elaborate on the problems with Midwest law enforcement?

Sure thing. I'll try to do something this week if I can.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on January 04, 2010, 11:19:30 pm
I am trying something new. I'll be putting headlines in the title of the ADH thread. Let me know if you find it a worthwhile addition.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on January 12, 2010, 08:25:33 am
I plan on introducing legislation to review Atlasia's committment to foreign aid, and I hope to stimulate some discussion of foreign issues in the Senate.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on January 12, 2010, 09:26:13 am
Markets are back...

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     896 -8 (0.89%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.87240 U.S. (-0.01264)
  • Crude Oil = $89.62/barrel +1.53 (1.74%)

Analysis:
The ANSE fell as Atlasian clout over global affairs has come under increasing doubt with seeming isolationist policies in recent months.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as global trade imbalances persist and many question the future dominance of the Atlasian dollar as a global currency. The President and Senate should begin to focus on correcting trade and currency imbalances soon.

Oil prices rose sharply with commodities after China’s exports surged in December and imports rose amid signs of accelerating global economic recovery.

You can't legislate away a trade deficit. You can create policies that encourage Economic growth such as investments in Technology and infrastructure(already done), depress the value of the dollar by spending way beyond our means(already accomplished), or you can just restart the deflationary downward spiral. I am sure 25% Unemployement will end the Trade deficit rather quickly, don't you? :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on January 12, 2010, 04:32:38 pm
Markets are back...

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     896 -8 (0.89%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.87240 U.S. (-0.01264)
  • Crude Oil = $89.62/barrel +1.53 (1.74%)

Analysis:
The ANSE fell as Atlasian clout over global affairs has come under increasing doubt with seeming isolationist policies in recent months.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as global trade imbalances persist and many question the future dominance of the Atlasian dollar as a global currency. The President and Senate should begin to focus on correcting trade and currency imbalances soon.

Oil prices rose sharply with commodities after China’s exports surged in December and imports rose amid signs of accelerating global economic recovery.

You can't legislate away a trade deficit. You can create policies that encourage Economic growth such as investments in Technology and infrastructure(already done), depress the value of the dollar by spending way beyond our means(already accomplished), or you can just restart the deflationary downward spiral. I am sure 25% Unemployement will end the Trade deficit rather quickly, don't you? :P

It isn't necessarily "legislation" that is needed, although I can think of a few things the Senate can do to begin to address currency imbalances. Also, the President has a bully pulpit that can help the issue as well.

For evidence of how well this can work, see here (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/78a7d306-fbf7-11de-9c29-00144feab49a.html).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on January 12, 2010, 06:18:06 pm
Markets are back...

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     896 -8 (0.89%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.87240 U.S. (-0.01264)
  • Crude Oil = $89.62/barrel +1.53 (1.74%)

Analysis:
The ANSE fell as Atlasian clout over global affairs has come under increasing doubt with seeming isolationist policies in recent months.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as global trade imbalances persist and many question the future dominance of the Atlasian dollar as a global currency. The President and Senate should begin to focus on correcting trade and currency imbalances soon.

Oil prices rose sharply with commodities after China’s exports surged in December and imports rose amid signs of accelerating global economic recovery.

You can't legislate away a trade deficit. You can create policies that encourage Economic growth such as investments in Technology and infrastructure(already done), depress the value of the dollar by spending way beyond our means(already accomplished), or you can just restart the deflationary downward spiral. I am sure 25% Unemployement will end the Trade deficit rather quickly, don't you? :P

It isn't necessarily "legislation" that is needed, although I can think of a few things the Senate can do to begin to address currency imbalances. Also, the President has a bully pulpit that can help the issue as well.

For evidence of how well this can work, see here (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/78a7d306-fbf7-11de-9c29-00144feab49a.html).

Yea. But the problem is the US/Atlasia is not Japan and the dollar isn't the Yen. We have to be fearful in Atlasia because if you poke the currency to much it will blow up. The Dollar is the reserve currency and losing that status could cause the dollar to crash. We want a slow decline, not a one night crash. All I am saying is messing with this is dangerous.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on January 12, 2010, 06:27:44 pm
Economic News

Independent Panel Finds Bank Compensation Practices At Fault For Recession
An independent panel has found risky compensation practices at financial institutions to be one of the main causes of the global recession.

The non-partisan panel issued a report outlining the ways in which many large financial corporations promoted short-term profits through compensation packages, without sufficient regard for the risk of long-term losses in the run-up to the crisis. It also stresses the need for government-led reform to ensure that such practices are discontinued or diminished.

One method to shift the focus of compensation practices include compensating employees with awards of deferred stock - shares that they cannot sell immediately. Companies can also include "clawback" provisions requiring employees to repay bonuses if short-term gains curdle into long-term losses. Finally, it is recommended that pay decisions made by independent members of a company's board of directors.

The Office of the GM recommends that the Senate take action to promote such changes in businesses. Some paths to achieve this include government oversight, FDIC action or other means to be assessed at official request.

Lol. This "commission" needs to have it's member's heads examined. This fails to take into account the fact that if it weren't for the Housing Boom 1996-2006 the banks wouldn't have had the risky derivitives to trade. Or the fact that there are macro-economic problems in the US economy that have existed since 2001 that made such a speculatory bubble necessary. To say it is a root cause is a misinterpretation. The speculation in risky derivitives and the accompanying asset bubble was created primarily do to the lack of substantial growth in the real economy so speculation looked like the most promising return on investment unlike in the 90's when the best place to be was in Dow or Nasdaq trading shares of productive companies, not financial schemes. So that was the "root" cause right there.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on January 12, 2010, 08:17:11 pm
Economic News

Independent Panel Finds Bank Compensation Practices At Fault For Recession
An independent panel has found risky compensation practices at financial institutions to be one of the main causes of the global recession.

The non-partisan panel issued a report outlining the ways in which many large financial corporations promoted short-term profits through compensation packages, without sufficient regard for the risk of long-term losses in the run-up to the crisis. It also stresses the need for government-led reform to ensure that such practices are discontinued or diminished.

One method to shift the focus of compensation practices include compensating employees with awards of deferred stock - shares that they cannot sell immediately. Companies can also include "clawback" provisions requiring employees to repay bonuses if short-term gains curdle into long-term losses. Finally, it is recommended that pay decisions made by independent members of a company's board of directors.

The Office of the GM recommends that the Senate take action to promote such changes in businesses. Some paths to achieve this include government oversight, FDIC action or other means to be assessed at official request.

Lol. This "commission" needs to have it's member's heads examined. This fails to take into account the fact that if it weren't for the Housing Boom 1996-2006 the banks wouldn't have had the risky derivitives to trade. Or the fact that there are macro-economic problems in the US economy that have existed since 2001 that made such a speculatory bubble necessary. To say it is a root cause is a misinterpretation. The speculation in risky derivitives and the accompanying asset bubble was created primarily do to the lack of substantial growth in the real economy so speculation looked like the most promising return on investment unlike in the 90's when the best place to be was in Dow or Nasdaq trading shares of productive companies, not financial schemes. So that was the "root" cause right there.

They found it to be "one of the main causes," not the only cause. The title of the ADH page was slightly misleading in order to fit the character limit for titles. I was simply trying to call attention to one issue that has not yet been addressed. People don't seem to act around here unless someone says that the problem is big.

EDIT: In a more explicit prompt for the Senate, here is the article I based this piece on: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/12/AR2010011201492.html


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: HappyWarrior on January 12, 2010, 08:20:18 pm
I plan on introducing legislation to review Atlasia's committment to foreign aid, and I hope to stimulate some discussion of foreign issues in the Senate.

If you need any aid in regard to this just let me know.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Lief 🐋 on January 19, 2010, 02:45:58 am
What's the unemployment rate/when do we get on an update on it, Mr. GM?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on January 19, 2010, 02:58:52 am
What's the unemployment rate/when do we get on an update on it, Mr. GM?

I'll do it tomorrow (Tuesday, so today in that case). I am going to redo the economic data schedule to slim it down a bit. Some things were not being used nearly enough for the work required, so I'll make a new, leaner schedule.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on January 21, 2010, 06:31:35 am
Was there some sort of culling of Pacific citizens I missed?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on January 21, 2010, 12:26:39 pm
Was there some sort of culling of Pacific citizens I missed?

Apparently. I calculated the numbers the exact same way as the last time, right from the SoFA list (which, admittedly, hasn't been updated for a month). Also consider that the loss of one "actual" citizen equals the loss of potentially millions of "Atlasian" citizens.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on January 31, 2010, 05:17:27 am
Quote
Reports indicate that the Northeast has the highest rate of obesity in the country, having nearly doubled in the last two decades from 15% to 27%. Laws promoting healthy living habits, as well as programs to help prevent childhood obesity should be considered for the long-term sustainability of health in the region.

LOL ;D


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on January 31, 2010, 11:13:16 pm
Quote
Reports indicate that the Northeast has the highest rate of obesity in the country, having nearly doubled in the last two decades from 15% to 27%. Laws promoting healthy living habits, as well as programs to help prevent childhood obesity should be considered for the long-term sustainability of health in the region.

LOL ;D

Well, you guys seem to care a lot about the issue, so I figured I would give you some numbers to throw around.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Secret Cavern Survivor on February 01, 2010, 10:07:09 am
Quote
Reports indicate that the Northeast has the highest rate of obesity in the country, having nearly doubled in the last two decades from 15% to 27%. Laws promoting healthy living habits, as well as programs to help prevent childhood obesity should be considered for the long-term sustainability of health in the region.

LOL ;D

Well, you guys seem to care a lot about the issue, so I figured I would give you some numbers to throw around.

Yeah, true. ;) A pity that those numbers seem to favor my opponents... :(


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on February 02, 2010, 06:34:31 pm
Regional News

Biweekly Regional Report
Mideast
Reports indicate that labor laws are being violated at a record pace in the Mideast, many instances going unreported. The region should consider passing comprehensive labor reform legislation in the current session to address the current abuses and clarify the law.

Midwest
As previously reported, the Midwest has seen a recent uptick in the crime rate, especially in violent crimes, as the government seems to have collapsed under its own weight. Reform of the police force is needed, offset by taxes, to ensure future stability. Recommendations to this effect can be found in previous comments by this office from December 30, 2009.

Northeast
Reports indicate that the Northeast has the highest rate of obesity in the country, having nearly doubled in the last two decades from 15% to 27%. Laws promoting healthy living habits, as well as programs to help prevent childhood obesity should be considered for the long-term sustainability of health in the region.

Pacific
As previously reported, the Pacific has seen a rapid influx of illegal immigrants, predominantly from East Asia and Mexico, as security at the border and ports have faltered over the past year. Research of the issue and implementation of new training and security protocols is necessary to maintain the integrity and protection of the region and nation. If the region will not take up the issue, it is recommended that the Senate look to address the matter.

Southeast
The Southeast has moved quickly to address its lower-than-expected revenue with the passage of the Southeast Tax Amnest Act, projected to raise $2 billion over ten years; however, the region still must make efforts to exert proper authority over certain areas in order to prevent the continued abuse of the system. Additional recommendations by this office should be looked into for the upcoming initiative ballot.

What are your recommendations?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 02, 2010, 10:37:49 pm
If you refer to the Southeast, I posted them previously. The tax amnesty was only one of a number of options recommended.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on February 03, 2010, 12:16:45 am
If you refer to the Southeast, I posted them previously. The tax amnesty was only one of a number of options recommended.

I suggest you repost them then. Otherwise this will never get noticed.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 03, 2010, 12:45:32 am
If you refer to the Southeast, I posted them previously. The tax amnesty was only one of a number of options recommended.

I suggest you repost them then. Otherwise this will never get noticed.

Edited it into the post. Link here (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=101096.msg2300299#msg2300299) as well.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on February 04, 2010, 11:53:33 am
Worth noting that the DoIA's work will begin soon.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on February 13, 2010, 06:13:17 pm
Could you give an analysis of the law enforcement reform I proposed?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 14, 2010, 03:01:54 am
Could you give an analysis of the law enforcement reform I proposed?

I'll try to get it done tomorrow. Considering the season of campaigning we are in, could you post a link here?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on February 14, 2010, 05:46:27 pm
https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=110763.0 (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=110763.0)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on February 14, 2010, 11:36:05 pm
Good, effective and the is deficit neutral (well, positive).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 14, 2010, 11:50:41 pm
Good, effective and the is deficit neutral (well, positive).

Yes, sir.

On that note, I will begin working on regional budget reports in the next week or two to make sure you're all updated on the current state of the regions, budget-wise at least.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Kaine for Senate '18 on February 15, 2010, 12:16:40 am
Could the GM provide the Mideast with some more information regarding the labor abuses?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 15, 2010, 12:18:43 am
Could the GM provide the Mideast with some more information regarding the labor abuses?

Yeah, I just saw your proposal in the Assembly, so I'll work on a quick report for tomorrow/today (if I forget, please follow up).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Kaine for Senate '18 on February 16, 2010, 06:38:24 pm
Yeah, I just saw your proposal in the Assembly, so I'll work on a quick report for tomorrow/today (if I forget, please follow up).

Mr. GM?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 16, 2010, 10:18:41 pm
Yeah, I just saw your proposal in the Assembly, so I'll work on a quick report for tomorrow/today (if I forget, please follow up).

Mr. GM?

It's posted. Thanks for following up. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 18, 2010, 11:03:59 pm
NOTICE

I'll be on leave until Sunday. I have a pretty busy weekend and won't be available.

Until then, everyone enjoy your weekend and try not to pull any surprises before I get back, eh? ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on February 22, 2010, 10:19:08 pm
If the Pacific shuts off trade with us, we shall do without Pacific-made products. I for one shall not desert this region.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 22, 2010, 10:41:43 pm
If the Pacific shuts off trade with us, we shall do without Pacific-made products. I for one shall not desert this region.

I much prefer the game drive me than my ideas drive the game. This is actually a fun thing to report on that I can analyze pretty easily while it is actually led by citizens and the people that play the game.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on February 22, 2010, 11:40:54 pm
As a citizen of the Midwest I protest the bussing of convicts through territory that is rightfully and truthfully Midwestern!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on February 22, 2010, 11:54:59 pm
It is an unfortunate consequence of the Pacific's occupation of said land. :(


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Dodger Blue on February 23, 2010, 01:41:11 am
I'd like to please see some analysis on the 'Reasonable Military Funding Act's" impact on our military budget and what levels would be most appropriate to maintain a strong defense while being fiscally responsible. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 23, 2010, 01:52:09 am
I'd like to please see some analysis on the 'Reasonable Military Funding Act's" impact on our military budget and what levels would be most appropriate to maintain a strong defense while being fiscally responsible. Thank you.

I cannot tell you this until the federal government forms a budget from which these cuts can be made. Until then, there is no point of reference for these cuts.

Rest assured, I have begun pushing for the return of the budget process to the government. It will be a slow process and I have started a thread here (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=111506.0) to find a solution. I urge you to research the issue (budgets used to be mandatory, but that process was halted by the 25th Amendment) and to make your concerns known by contacting your senators.

EDIT: I just checked your campaign thread and realize you are in support of that initiative. Great! :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Dodger Blue on February 23, 2010, 01:55:46 am
I know we don't have a budget yet, I was just hoping for some estimates. I have made bringing back the budget a cornerstone of my campaign and hope to work very closely with you if elected. I have made it a priority to observe and act upon GM reports rather than ignore them. Thank you


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on February 23, 2010, 02:02:47 am
I know we don't have a budget yet, I was just hoping for some estimates. I have made bringing back the budget a cornerstone of my campaign and hope to work very closely with you if elected. I have made it a priority to observe and act upon GM reports rather than ignore them. Thank you

I can tell you that a reduction in any department's budget by 50% is bound to have drastic effects on the ability of that department to conduct future operations. As stipulated in the legislation, the exact effects of the cuts would rely on the plan crafted by the DoEA, so for your question I would recommend that you request this information from the SoEA, who will have much greater oversight over what gets cut and what gets funded.

Of course, it will be difficult for the SoEA to tell you what he is cutting if he doesn't have a budget. So it's all a circle with no answer for now.

Thank you for your support of my budget initiative. Keep up the pressure to get it done and good luck in your race.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on February 23, 2010, 09:38:38 pm
I can't find anything on the healthcare bill. Could you link me to something or write a report up :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on February 23, 2010, 10:21:54 pm
National News

Atlasian National Healthcare Act Goes Into Effect
The following are the relevant statistics for the Atlasian National Healthcare Act as passed by the Senate:

Current number of uninsured Atlasians =  40 million
Projected # uninsured under Act = 25 million
Projected # to join ANHCP = 285 million

Projected 10 year cost of Act = $3.4 trillion
Projected 10 year revenue from Act = $3.45 trillion

Analysis
With an available universal program under the Act, this office projects that 25 million currently uninsured Atlasians will receive health insurance coverage with the passage of this Act. Without individual mandates or subsidies to cover premiums for the poor, few poor Atlasians will join the new government program, despite the absence of co-payments and deductibles. With no mandate and new taxes on benefits, those wealthy Atlasians who had refrained from purchasing an insurance plan now have a disincentive from buying in, while middle and upper-middle class Atlasians are somewhat more likely to drop their insurance plan.

Taxes on benefits with the absence of any mandates are likely to result in many employers dropping coverage. Some smaller insurance companies will also be forced to downsize or close due to new requirements to cover those with previous medical conditions and rules preventing them from providing certain basic services. This office projects a loss of $50 million to $250 million in economic activity in this area over ten years.

However, because businesses will no longer be burdened with providing health insurance coverage, projected wages over the next ten years are substantially higher, especially for those who make between $60,000 and $125,000 annually. In addition, the lightened load on businesses, especially smaller ones, will increase economic activity by approximately $700 million over five years.

While most people will proceed to purchase insurance through the exchange, most relying on the universal ANHCP, an estimated 10 million will refrain from buying new insurance. This nets approximately 15 million additional Atlasians with health coverage.

While the cost of the Act and projected number to join government run health care programs seem high, these numbers include the people and funding transferred from Medicare and Medicaid. It also includes those who previously had private insurance, but were transferred to coverage under the government program. Without those numbers, the cost is closer to $1.4 trillion and revenue equivalent to $1.45 trillion over ten years.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on February 23, 2010, 10:39:54 pm
National News

Atlasian National Healthcare Act Goes Into Effect
The following are the relevant statistics for the Atlasian National Healthcare Act as passed by the Senate:

Current number of uninsured Atlasians =  40 million
Projected # uninsured under Act = 25 million
Projected # to join ANHCP = 285 million

Projected 10 year cost of Act = $3.4 trillion
Projected 10 year revenue from Act = $3.45 trillion

Analysis
With an available universal program under the Act, this office projects that 25 million currently uninsured Atlasians will receive health insurance coverage with the passage of this Act. Without individual mandates or subsidies to cover premiums for the poor, few poor Atlasians will join the new government program, despite the absence of co-payments and deductibles. With no mandate and new taxes on benefits, those wealthy Atlasians who had refrained from purchasing an insurance plan now have a disincentive from buying in, while middle and upper-middle class Atlasians are somewhat more likely to drop their insurance plan.

Taxes on benefits with the absence of any mandates are likely to result in many employers dropping coverage. Some smaller insurance companies will also be forced to downsize or close due to new requirements to cover those with previous medical conditions and rules preventing them from providing certain basic services. This office projects a loss of $50 million to $250 million in economic activity in this area over ten years.

However, because businesses will no longer be burdened with providing health insurance coverage, projected wages over the next ten years are substantially higher, especially for those who make between $60,000 and $125,000 annually. In addition, the lightened load on businesses, especially smaller ones, will increase economic activity by approximately $700 million over five years.

While most people will proceed to purchase insurance through the exchange, most relying on the universal ANHCP, an estimated 10 million will refrain from buying new insurance. This nets approximately 15 million additional Atlasians with health coverage.

While the cost of the Act and projected number to join government run health care programs seem high, these numbers include the people and funding transferred from Medicare and Medicaid. It also includes those who previously had private insurance, but were transferred to coverage under the government program. Without those numbers, the cost is closer to $1.4 trillion and revenue equivalent to $1.45 trillion over ten years.

Ok, I still want to repeal it :P

Of course there would be a replacement.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on March 01, 2010, 01:27:19 am
Mr. GM, I would like to request a comprehensive overview on the effects and status of the 11 proposals passed so far during my tenure as OFKA Governor, which can all be found here (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Midwest_Law#September_2009).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on March 01, 2010, 11:33:35 pm
Mr. GM, I would like to request a comprehensive overview on the effects and status of the 11 proposals passed so far during my tenure as OFKA Governor, which can all be found here (https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Midwest_Law#September_2009).

Now that you put 'em all on the Wiki you thought you would make it useful for yourself, eh? I'll take a look and see what I can do.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: ilikeverin on March 03, 2010, 04:40:48 pm
The Midwest Tourist Board would like to remind angry Pacifican and Southeastern truck drivers that it exists!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on March 15, 2010, 06:29:50 pm
Haha, Sarkozy doesn't like the GTFO. As if Francve has ever actually cared about Africa...

Bravo, Mr. GM. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on March 16, 2010, 02:53:44 pm
President Lief

Hmm?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on March 16, 2010, 06:08:16 pm
Haha, Sarkozy doesn't like the GTFO. As if Francve has ever actually cared about Africa...

Bravo, Mr. GM. :)

The SoEA won't listen much to a President whose party is only worth a quarter of the electorate. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on March 16, 2010, 08:27:22 pm
President Lief

Hmm?

Corrected. Still getting used to the new admin. ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on March 19, 2010, 01:03:59 am
Kinda burnt out from the trip home and going to have sparse time this weekend. There will be a GTO General Assembly wrap-up in the coming days, which may come in a few posts. There will also be the week's end financials at some point.

I haven't forgotten about you all. ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Bacon King on March 25, 2010, 04:12:03 am
I beg your pardon Mister GM, but I doubt your report on the Southeast's current prison system is accurate, considering that the region has literally five thousand square miles of available prison space (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=72914.0).


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on March 25, 2010, 11:56:15 am
I beg your pardon Mister GM, but I doubt your report on the Southeast's current prison system is accurate, considering that the region has literally five thousand square miles of available prison space (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=72914.0).

Dear lord, that is actually a law? I'll go edit the report then.

I must say, the Southeast never fails to surprise me.

EDIT: That actually didn't make much difference because the free-range prisons are only for violent crimes with a prison sentence of 10 years or greater.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on March 28, 2010, 01:48:48 am
With the holiday of Passover nearly upon us, my time on the forum will be spotty coming up. I will not be available on the following days:

Most of tomorrow (will be on a bus most of the day); the afternoon of Monday, March 29 until the night of Wednesday, March 31; the afternoon of Sunday, April 4 until the night of Tuesday, April 6.

As punishment for my absence, I promise not to eat any leavened bread or grains from the afternoon of Monday, March 29 until the night of Tuesday, April 6.

Happy Passover all!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on April 02, 2010, 02:40:44 am
Oh good Lord..


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 02, 2010, 02:41:37 am
Oh good Lord..

I assure you a timely response from the SoIA or President should end this quite easily.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on April 02, 2010, 02:44:58 am
Anything to get people moving I suppose.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 02, 2010, 02:48:06 am
Anything to get people moving I suppose.

Really, why not give poor ol' Al something to do over at the DoIA?

Plus, the best stories are those that reflect the impact of something in the game that I didn't invent. Creating stories about how a bill or comment or legal loophole affects the nation make the most compelling issues, since they are made by players, not by me.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on April 02, 2010, 11:10:42 am
<OOC>I've not 'sent in' anyone because I don't know if I can; I obviously don't control the military and (presumably) not national guard units. But I don't know much about the internal structure of the American police, so if there's something obvious... please say so. And I'll probably do it.</OOC>

Obviously we can't let this situation get out of hand. The safety of the people is at stake.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 02, 2010, 06:20:34 pm
<OOC>I've not 'sent in' anyone because I don't know if I can; I obviously don't control the military and (presumably) not national guard units. But I don't know much about the internal structure of the American police, so if there's something obvious... please say so. And I'll probably do it.</OOC>

Obviously we can't let this situation get out of hand. The safety of the people is at stake.

Your response (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=112414.msg2430854#msg2430854) was appropriate.

@Badger: Can you post in this thread from now on? It's kinda a nuisance to have discussion in the main story thread. And bear in mind that certain things are impossibilities in this game and do not add to the content. It means nothing to anyone to say lots of lawsuits are being filed. I think it's more important to allow people to act on a semi-reasonable situation than to allow the game to drag on with no reaction to actual situations. Al stepped up to the plate and managed it quickly and well.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Badger on April 03, 2010, 02:41:04 pm
<OOC>I've not 'sent in' anyone because I don't know if I can; I obviously don't control the military and (presumably) not national guard units. But I don't know much about the internal structure of the American police, so if there's something obvious... please say so. And I'll probably do it.</OOC>

Obviously we can't let this situation get out of hand. The safety of the people is at stake.

Your response (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=112414.msg2430854#msg2430854) was appropriate.

@Badger: Can you post in this thread from now on? It's kinda a nuisance to have discussion in the main story thread. And bear in mind that certain things are impossibilities in this game and do not add to the content. It means nothing to anyone to say lots of lawsuits are being filed. I think it's more important to allow people to act on a semi-reasonable situation than to allow the game to drag on with no reaction to actual situations. Al stepped up to the plate and managed it quickly and well.

Fair enough. Consider my post a letter to the editor. :)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 03, 2010, 07:34:50 pm
<OOC>I've not 'sent in' anyone because I don't know if I can; I obviously don't control the military and (presumably) not national guard units. But I don't know much about the internal structure of the American police, so if there's something obvious... please say so. And I'll probably do it.</OOC>

Obviously we can't let this situation get out of hand. The safety of the people is at stake.

Your response (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=112414.msg2430854#msg2430854) was appropriate.

@Badger: Can you post in this thread from now on? It's kinda a nuisance to have discussion in the main story thread. And bear in mind that certain things are impossibilities in this game and do not add to the content. It means nothing to anyone to say lots of lawsuits are being filed. I think it's more important to allow people to act on a semi-reasonable situation than to allow the game to drag on with no reaction to actual situations. Al stepped up to the plate and managed it quickly and well.

Fair enough. Consider my post a letter to the editor. :)

No worries. I just think it was the second time you did that so wanted to "lay down the law." ;)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: cinyc on April 04, 2010, 12:05:17 am
The ANSE remained relatively flat compared to recent losses as the UNEPSE announced it would pause the current strike in the Northeast until the Supreme Court hears its appeal to NE CJO RowanBrandon's finding in Northeast v. UNEPSE. The strike has so far cost the region approximately $120 million.

No it hasn't.  The strike has cost UNEPSE $120 million under the CJO RowanBrandon's ruling.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 04, 2010, 12:37:50 am
The ANSE remained relatively flat compared to recent losses as the UNEPSE announced it would pause the current strike in the Northeast until the Supreme Court hears its appeal to NE CJO RowanBrandon's finding in Northeast v. UNEPSE. The strike has so far cost the region approximately $120 million.

No it hasn't.  The strike has cost UNEPSE $120 million under the CJO RowanBrandon's ruling.

Come now, you know that is the correct way to phrase it until the matter is resolved.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Marokai Backbeat on April 07, 2010, 01:44:34 am
Regional News

Mideast Return Of Rhetoric Bill Analysis
The Mideast region has proposed to increase the gasoline tax by 2% to pay for materials used to support the teaching of debate and speech in public schools.

The following is a brief report on the Return of Rhetoric Bill (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=82716.msg2436581#msg2436581) to determine the impact of such a tax:

An increase in the gasoline tax by 2% would result in a 0.904 cent/gallon increase in the price of gas, yielding approximately $12.8 billion per year. The true yield over time is likely to decrease as demand for oil is projected to continue to fall. Taxation will contribute to this downward trend, precipitating the continued decline of gasoline consumption. Over a ten year projection, the 2% increase is likely to raise $81.6 billion, an average of $8.16 billion per year.

You mean modest gas taxes aren't the end of the world?

Well, whatever you do, don't tell the Northeast Region!


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 09, 2010, 03:30:22 pm
I will be fairly absent this weekend. Sorry if this inconveniences anyone. :P


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on April 13, 2010, 05:22:37 pm
Atlasia's federal prisons are still in a state of emergency. Given the extreme nature of the measures implemented, I'd like to know when I can order things to return to their normal state.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on April 13, 2010, 05:52:05 pm
National News

Riots Break Out In Federal Prisons
Around Atlasia riots have begun to break out in federal prisons as convicts argue that their constitutional rights have been violated. The riots come on the revelation (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=113707.msg2430270#msg2430270) that the Senate may not have the power to create criminal laws under the Constitution.

Guards in the prisons have been unable or unsure of how to respond to the situation, with many sympathizing with the prisoners. With some guards refusing to help quiet the prisons, it has become nearly impossible for wardens to gain full control of their facilities. The spontaneity of the situation has left prisons without central guidance from the Secretary of Internal Affairs as of yet, resulting in a patchwork of policies to address the emerging crisis.

Some wardens have initiated prison lockdowns, cordoning off wings of their prisons with sealed doors and armed guards. Others have retreated to safe zones within their own complexes, locking the prisoners out, rather than in.

Immediate action is necessary on the part of the SoIA to ensure the peace is restored.

Hopefully you can have events in reaction to new laws and such for the regions as well.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 13, 2010, 10:22:03 pm
Atlasia's federal prisons are still in a state of emergency. Given the extreme nature of the measures implemented, I'd like to know when I can order things to return to their normal state.

I will put out a follow-up tonight.

National News

Riots Break Out In Federal Prisons
Around Atlasia riots have begun to break out in federal prisons as convicts argue that their constitutional rights have been violated. The riots come on the revelation (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=113707.msg2430270#msg2430270) that the Senate may not have the power to create criminal laws under the Constitution.

Guards in the prisons have been unable or unsure of how to respond to the situation, with many sympathizing with the prisoners. With some guards refusing to help quiet the prisons, it has become nearly impossible for wardens to gain full control of their facilities. The spontaneity of the situation has left prisons without central guidance from the Secretary of Internal Affairs as of yet, resulting in a patchwork of policies to address the emerging crisis.

Some wardens have initiated prison lockdowns, cordoning off wings of their prisons with sealed doors and armed guards. Others have retreated to safe zones within their own complexes, locking the prisoners out, rather than in.

Immediate action is necessary on the part of the SoIA to ensure the peace is restored.

Hopefully you can have events in reaction to new laws and such for the regions as well.

See here (https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=113892.0). ;)

Of course I will Vepres.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 16, 2010, 06:11:12 pm
People, please stop posting directly in the ADH thread. It leads to a potential mess. Comments here. Much obliged! :)

So, in this universe Smolensk crash never happened? :P

In general, Atlasia isn't outward-oriented enough for certain things to actually occur. For all intents and purposes the government of Poland will change if I am to ever report on it, but there is not an actual plane crash story.

When it comes to international news, what I report tends to be what I think may lead someone in the game to do something affecting the game. It is rarely beyond that.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 18, 2010, 09:56:30 pm
Okay, I am asking for the last time: Please do not post directly in the Atlasia Dispatch-Herald thread. That thread is for GM reports only. This lovely thread is for reader comments, requests, etc.

I will cease taking requests from those who insist on clogging up the main thread in the future.

Thank you.

And yes, expect a report on algae farms tonight or tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Kaine for Senate '18 on April 18, 2010, 09:58:14 pm
And yes, expect a report on algae farms tonight or tomorrow.

:)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: A-Bob on April 19, 2010, 04:29:25 pm
And yes, expect a report on algae farms tonight or tomorrow.

:)


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: A-Bob on April 19, 2010, 04:52:59 pm
Will we  get algae numbers today?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 19, 2010, 04:58:46 pm
Will we  get algae numbers today?

Working on them now.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 19, 2010, 09:41:57 pm
Intending on a regional update this week. Also, get ready for another fun-filled GTO week, in which Atlasia shirks its responsibility to lead the global discussion on important issues.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on April 24, 2010, 03:16:02 pm
The GM might want to pay attention - because no one else is - to whatever it is the DoI does these days.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: President Mitt on April 24, 2010, 05:11:12 pm
The GM might want to pay attention - because no one else is - to whatever it is the DoI does these days.

Send somebody to Room 101 in the Ministry of Truth. That'll definitely get the media's attention, and the President may give you some attention.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 24, 2010, 07:59:14 pm
The GM might want to pay attention - because no one else is - to whatever it is the DoI does these days.

I just got online and saw your lovely pronouncements. Story pending...


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Southern Senator North Carolina Yankee on April 29, 2010, 08:19:21 am
Regional News

Biweekly Regional Report

Southeast
As stated previously, a study of the region's prisons finds that 90% of non-free-range prisons are at or above capacity, with the remaining 10% nearly there. The packed prisons comes at a cost to both the taxpayers and the prisons, burdening the system with growing costs and making it difficult for prisons to account for all prison activities. The region should look into expanding capacity and staffing, lightening restrictions on free-range prisons or reducing penalties for some non-violent crimes.

Experts estimate that the Southeast region will be hit the hardest by rising gas prices as the summer months loom ahead. The Office of the GM recommends movement on the creation of domestic sources of alternative and renewable energy sources to help alleviate the growing pressure on Southeastern families.

Could you explain what free ranger prisons are?

Another thing I would like to know what crimes could be reduced in penalty.

Finally moves to build alternative energy and renewables wouldn't have an effect for years, and would not have an impact on prices this summer. In fact the region already made investments in this years ago, and appearently barring a repeal I don't know about, they have not succeeded.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Vepres on April 29, 2010, 08:02:42 pm
You never did the regional budget for the MW >:(


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on April 29, 2010, 08:09:24 pm
You never did the regional budget for the MW >:(

A farmer turned over in his tractor and survived to tell the tale. More on this astonishing death-defying tale after the break.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on April 29, 2010, 09:36:15 pm
You never did the regional budget for the MW >:(

Expenditures = $5. Revenues = $7. Congratulations, you have $2 left to spend. :P

I will work on the remaining regions over the next week.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Hash on April 30, 2010, 05:03:38 pm
No comments on my speech to the GTO?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on May 01, 2010, 10:20:27 pm
No comments on my speech to the GTO?

Financials tonight. Another regional budget tomorrow. Sometime this week I will report on the speech.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: A-Bob on May 02, 2010, 12:57:46 pm
Ideas welcome for editing the bill

GI JANE
Growth. In. Jobs. And. New. Economy.
WHEREAS: Unemployment is at 12.1% in the Mideast with over 7 million citizen unemployed and
WHEREAS: Most citizens are employed in small businesses and consumer confidence is down
BE IT RESOLVED:
SECTION 1:
1.   Any business that creates 1 new job in the current fiscal year will be given a $5,000 corporate tax credit.
2.   There shall be no waiting period for a business or company to start after government forms are approved.
3.   Drop the corporate tax rate to 10%, the lowest internationally. The loss of corporate tax revenue gained by the Mideast will be made up with the creation of new jobs and decrease of unemployment benefits.
4.   Cut capital gains tax by 20% for incomes over $500,000 and 40% for incomes under $500,000.
5.   Welfare program requires 40 hours a week of, or a combination of education to receive a GED, job training, work or community service for those that are deemed “fit to work” by the Mideast Government. Every welfare recipient deemed “able to work” must find work within two years of being enrolled in a Mideast welfare program or four years if the recipient is attending education at any level.
6.   Cut income tax to 6% for those making less than $12,000 a year. Cut the income tax to 11% for those making between $12,000-$35,000 a year. Cut the income tax to 17% for those making between $35,000-$80,000. Cut the income tax to 22% for those making between $80,000-$150,000.
SECTION 2:
7.   Departments and committees of government in the Mideast will eliminate overlapping responsibilities, tasks and programs to save tax-payer funding and to guarantee no business has to file or complete the same form or paperwork more than once. Each department and committee will send one representative to a weekly meeting in which they will decide who will have what specific responsibility that they alone will posses. The “Government Employment Committee” headed by an appointee by the Governor, confirmed by the Assembly will lead these meetings.
8.   A one year hiring freeze will take effect. The Mideast cannot total more workers in the government then that of the passage of this bill. If an employee is fired, a different position is allowed to be created instead of replacing that former employee.
9.   Eliminate all subsides to farms that do not grow crops.
10.   The Mideast government must buy products and materials to complete projects that are the cheapest on the market when the material is non-essential to safety and not needed for efficiency (examples: toilet, paper clips, hammers)
11.   Projects of the Mideast government carried out by private companies must be chosen based on the cheapest, most efficient budget requested.
12.   Halt Mideast government purchase of land for one year.
13.   Eliminate corporate subsidies for corporations that cannot provide a business plan or execute a plan that will bring in a profit within 2 years or a profit enough to pay off the subsidies in 5 years giving the corporation the option time for research, development, innovation and improvement or let a different, profitable, efficient company replace the failing corporation.
14.   All Mideast funds to sanctuary cities, that knowingly hold and protect illegal peoples, shall be kept by the Mideast government or returned to the people of the Mideast.
15.   Eliminate any Mideast government job deemed unnecessary by “Government Employment Committee”.

Can the Mideast get an analysis on this impact?
Thanks


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Associate Justice PiT on May 03, 2010, 12:26:23 pm
     Probably should make 1.1 say "at least 1 new job", since otherwise it might be interpreted as them needing to create exactly one new job in order to receive the tax credit.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: yougo1000 on May 03, 2010, 05:39:47 pm
What about election report?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on May 03, 2010, 08:00:09 pm
What about election report?

I don't report on game politics, as that is something you can witness and receive ample commentary on from one of the fine publications out there.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on May 03, 2010, 08:05:01 pm
What about election report?

Shouldn't you be in school?


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on May 06, 2010, 01:45:14 am
Sorry all, it's finals period so I may not be responding to some things in as timely a way as I should be (I know you're staring Hash). I will definitely get to it.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: yougo1000 on May 06, 2010, 08:15:37 am
What about election report?

Shouldn't you be in school?

no school ended 2 hours earlier


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Purple State on May 30, 2010, 09:50:06 pm
Just a note: I've been in transition a lot lately, but as of tomorrow night I will be back in the full swing of things. Probably a financial report and a regional report tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 17, 2010, 06:44:19 pm
The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald has been bought by Minitrue Media, a subsidiary of the IngSoc Group. It is understood that the paper will be closed and the staff re-deployed to various other IngSoc publications.


Title: Re: The Atlasia Dispatch-Herald News Unit
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 18, 2010, 04:35:56 am
...which is a subtle hint to the Moderators here to remove the ADH threads from their current sticky status :)