I don't put much stock in rankings. Some people have been doing it so long they know how to work Nationstates (likely) basic formula. Others have simply been here so long that they happened into the top 1000 on chance. It's sort of unfortunate. It seems you either had to be here for six years with your nation, or you had to know how to set up your nation from the getgo for certain rankings, as I've seen done. It sort of robs casual players (who might care about such things) of any chance.
If wine was a woman, would aged scotch be a man?
Institutional Psychiatry Act
For: 398. Against: 134.
Voting ends in 3 days, 22 hours.
Rags, I would like you to change your vote FOR on this one. It addresses one of the oldest tricks in the books--placing political prisoners in mental institutions to avoid the oversight of watchdog groups, not to mention a lot of abuses that historically have taken place in psychiatric facilities and occasionally still do in some places.
On the WA Resolution, I must agree. I find the requirement for "a wealth of recreational, educational and leisure activities" annoyingly grandiose and arguably unreasonable (surely another phrasing besides that one could have been found - it's a red flag to the anti-spending crowd), but the rest of it is really very good.
A new humanism?
Are philosophers wise?
Quick question. I was reading various archives chats from a few different liberal sites I like to read and giggle at. I came across many posts about "two oil men" in the whitehouse (Bush and Cheney) and them being the reason for the high gas prices. I have no doubt many libs on nationstates felt the same way. I'm wondering if any of the people who blamed Bush for high gas and oil prices are here, and if so, do they blame Obama and consider him an oil man as well?
Point well taken, The Holy Red Clay Dirt Racers of Hoosier Daddies:
For: 4,315. Against: 1,380.
Voting ends in 2 days, 19 hours.
Actualy, I do consider Obama indebted to large corporate interests--he received more money in 2004 and 2008 than any other candidate in his class, so I've read.
Now Mr Kadha-fry spent a lot of money on loads of people, does it make him nicer?
I keep dying and ressurecting in here. Hi guys, again! ^_^
Rags, I think that proves Mr. Gaddafi was a corrupt leader skimming off the top of probably just about everything, domestic and foreign.
Dr George, Mr Gaddafi is still corrupt, alive and kicking! Here is one who intend to die as a martyr...
I say we grant him his wish.
When you're at a negotiating table, representing yourself, or having someone represent you, what is your hope? To benefit your self interests, yeah? An athlete wants to be paid by the management. The management has people that represent them, as well. After all, it is there money. So you have the athlete and his people, and the team and theirs. They work things out and meet in the middle, one wants the most out of the deal, the other wants to give the least, while keeping the player.
So in Wisconsin, with teachers, bus drivers, corrections officers, etc...If they are the athlete. If they are the ones with talent and skill, then who is the management who's paying for all of this? It's certainly not the politician. Unions are huge bankrollers for Democrat politicians. So in the case of many of these states, Unions are paying for the right to pick their own bosses.
Is it wise (or sane) to have politicians of any stripe to be the ones "representing" the tax payers (who are at the end of the day, the hands that feed the unions) when unions by and large are the largest contributors to Democrat causes? Shouldn't it be frowned upon that state lawmakers set budgets, and thus set how much money unions get, which in turn decides how much they can donate?
Also find it funny people calling the Republican maneuver in Wisconsin to vote against bargaining rights, without Dems voting was "undemocratic" when Democrats ran to Illinois and hid, shirking their responsibility as elected officials by not showing up to votes. The democratic thing is to vote out Walker, if that's what they want.