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Lyrical International Brigade
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Postby Lyrical International Brigade » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:18 am

Sorry I missed this before, but...

Independent News Network wrote:FOOD
POTATO SALAD

Boiled potatoes, a custard-like dressing and your mayo of choice. What's not to like about a good, homemade potato salad? Your Chef's Tip for today? Salt and sugar quantities are referential; always add them to taste.

INGREDIENTS
4 extra large potatoes
4 slices of bacon
2 eggs, beaten lightly
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of milk or cream
1/4 cup of white vinegar
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

PREPARATION
1. Boil the potatoes; make sure they have been rinsed, but not peeled.
2. Peel the potatoes -this should be easy, once they are boiled- and cut them into chunks.
3. Fry the bacon to your desired crispiness and set aside. Do not drain the pan.
4. Mix in a bowl the beaten eggs, the sugar, the salt, the milk or cream and the white vinegar.
5. Pour the mixture into the pan with the bacon grease, cooking on low heat and stirring until you obtain a custard consistency.
6. Crumble up the bacon and add to your mix.
7. Add the mix to the potatoes and let it cool.
8. Add in mayonnaise and mix, once the potato salad has cooled.


Bacon grease and mayonnaise and cream and eggs? Boy howdy holy shit! This is properly classed as weaponry rather than food, strictly speaking.
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Breaking News #4

Postby Independent News Network » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:29 pm

Good, Insightful and Timely | Year 18 | 18 July 2020
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ELECTIONS
AMERION ELECTED DELEGATE; WINS 62% OF THE GAMESIDE VOTE


Election Commissioner Tsunamy certified on July 18 that, with 150 votes cast, Amerion has captured 62% of the gameside vote and has been elected Delegate of the South Pacific.

Amerion, who consistently led Penguin throughout the vote, ran on a graphics-heavy platform of supporting existing projects, including the fledging Office of World Assembly Legislation (OWL), and attempting to bridge the gap between the gameside and offsite communities. The campaign was enthusiastically supported by various South Pacificans who embraced Amerion's self-assigned title of "Supreme Leader" and their most recent self-reference as "Auphelia-lite".

Penguin, who congratulated Amerion shortly after the certification of the election results, ran a more austere campaign and focused on their qualifications for the delegacy, rather than on pursuing specific projects or policies, though they still maintained an active presence on the Regional Message Board (RMB) and engaged with citizens throughout the elections.

Amerion is now expected to continue obtaining endorsements. Until the official transfer of power takes place, regional law dictates that Somyrion will continue serving as Delegate.

The South Pacific Independent News Network (SPINN) is an independent news organisation established in 2003 whose goal is to provide good news, insightful commentary and timely information for the citizens of the South Pacific. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board. Content is published anonymously, unless is the author requests otherwise. The SPINN is in no way, shape or form associated with the Government of the South Pacific.
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Postby Qvait » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:40 pm

Congrats to the Supreme Leader!
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Postby Independent News Network » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:03 am

Good, Insightful and Timely | Year 18 | 20 July 2020
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ELECTIONS
AMERION GAINS EARLY LEAD IN DELEGATE ELECTION GAMESIDE ROUND

Amerion has gained an early lead against Penguin in the gameside round of the Delegate election, having obtained 72% of all the votes that have been cast so far. The vote, which will run until July 18, is open to Native World Assembly members and deployed Special Forces personnel, and will determine which of the two candidates, who have already passed through the forum round, will succeed Somyrion as Delegate. Once a winner is announced, they will have to surpass Somyrion in endorsements before formally assuming the office of Delegate.

HIGH COURT
COURT EXTENDS DELIBERATION ON LOCAL COUNCIL VACANCY CASE

The High Court has extended the deliberation period for the Local Council Vacancy case, which was set to conclude on July 11. In their public notice on July 8, Associate Justice Nat announced that the deliberation period would be extended until July 18 to allow for a redraft of the expected ruling. This extension is the first publicly known use of the Standards for Case Management, one of the three internal rules that the Court announced and released earlier this month.

ASSEMBLY
LEGISLATOR COMMITTEE DID NOT CONDUCT JUNE LEGISLATOR CHECK

Chair of the Assembly Rabbitz published their first State of the Assembly report on July 10, accounting for changes to the legislator roster, recent debates and votes held. In addition to announcing the admission of 10 new legislators during the past month, Rabbitz said that the monthly activity check, which would lead to legislator removals, would not taken place given that the Legislator Committee Act requires the Legislator Committee to perform activity checks only during the first week of a month.

MILITARY AFFAIRS
SPECIAL FORCES REPORT 93 OPERATIONS IN THE PAST WEEK

Minister of Military Affairs Phoenix distributed the latest Special Forces Weekly Report, which summarises the 93 operations that the military conducted during the week. These options include 53 defences, 38 detags and 2 liberations, conducted with regional partners such as The Gray Wardens and the Rejected Realms Army. In addition, the report also shared the news that Swifty Gamer, until then a Trainee, was promoted to Soldier, having proven, in Phoenix's words, ""more than capable in battle"".



FOOD
RICE PUDDING

It's soft, sweet and warm. The perfect dessert for a cold afternoon, here's SPINN's recipe for rice pudding. Your Chef's Tip for today? The rice should be soft, so it's better to err on the side of adding more water when cooking it.

INGREDIENTS
200 grams of rice
10 cloves
1 cinnamon straw
1 litre of water
400 grams of evaporated milk
400 grams of condensed milk
1 teaspon of vanilla extract

PREPARATION
1. Cook the rice with the water, the cloves and the cinnamon straw.
2. Once the rice is cooked, remove the cloves and the cinnamon, keep cooking at medium heat, add the evaporated milk and keep stirring.
3. Once the evaporated milk is consumed, add the condensed milk and the vanilla extract, then stir until well incorporated.

If you like this recipe, make sure to try it and share a photo of your result!

The South Pacific Independent News Network (SPINN) is an independent news organisation established in 2003 whose goal is to provide good news, insightful commentary and timely information for the citizens of the South Pacific. Recipes shared in its publications presume personal responsibility or adult supervision in the kitchen, as well as adherence to local laws. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board. Content is published anonymously, unless is the author requests otherwise. The SPINN is in no way, shape or form associated with the Government of the South Pacific.

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Postby Tinhampton » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:02 am

Independent News Network wrote:Good, Insightful and Timely | Year 18 | 20 July 2020

[...]

Amerion has gained an early lead against Penguin in the gameside round of the Delegate election, having obtained 72% of all the votes that have been cast so far. The vote, which will run until July 18, is open to Native World Assembly members and deployed Special Forces personnel...

Emphasis mine... I'm not sure that the above is my idea of "insightful and timely news" myself :P
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Postby Bormiar » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:19 am

Who is the Editor-in-Chief of SPINN? That will help to provide context behind any current or future articles, should they be divisive. Articles in an independent newspaper are likely to occasionally be divisive.

It's not traditional for the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper to be hidden from the public, so there's no excuse there. In this example in 2012, Hileville is named as editor. In fact, it seems to be just as normal for SPINN writers to reveal their identities as SPINN writers hiding them. Here's another example.
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Postby Independent News Network » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:05 am

Bormiar wrote:Who is the Editor-in-Chief of SPINN? That will help to provide context behind any current or future articles, should they be divisive. Articles in an independent newspaper are likely to occasionally be divisive.

It's not traditional for the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper to be hidden from the public, so there's no excuse there. In this example in 2012, Hileville is named as editor. In fact, it seems to be just as normal for SPINN writers to reveal their identities as SPINN writers hiding them. Here's another example.

It has been standard practice since 2015 to keep the management of the SPINN anonymous, which is why even on the regional forum an anonymous account is used. The reasoning for this was explained at the time:

SPINN wrote:The new SPINN practices editorial anonymity. We believe that the content is more important than who writes it. Oftentimes in NationStates, discussions are dominated by personalities and the personal grudges and nonsense that come with them. The story gets drowned out in ad hominem attacks and musing about the authors. We wish to cut through this tendency and highlight what really matters.

The only occasion where writers are named is when guest contributors write opinion columns, since the opinions in them are not necessarily the opinions of the SPINN.

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Postby United Massachusetts » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:53 am

This is strange journalistic practice. A public editorial roster would serve to (a) demonstrate accountability by showing that SPINN's writers and editors are confident enough in their material to put a name on it and (b) show NSGP that SPINN's editorial board has no agenda.

It is remarkably interesting that SPINN is worried about the names of their authors being scrutinized. If you are worried that the personality and names of your writers/editors would overshadow your content, perhaps that information would be highly relevant. In short, your current justification is the justification of someone intent on hiding an editor who perhaps is more controversial.

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Postby Tinhampton » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:22 am

Independent News Network wrote:
Bormiar wrote:In this example in 2012, Hileville is named as editor.

It has been standard practice since 2015 to keep the management of the SPINN anonymous

The above quote has been edited for brevity. Is this the same SPINN that existed in 2015, but a completely different SPINN to the one that existed in 2012 (much like Rangers still exist in the Scottish football pyramid today but have been under different management for the past ten years or so)?
The Self-Administrative City of TINHAMPTON (pop. 319,372): Saffron Howard, Mayor (UCP); Alexander Smith, WA Delegate-Ambassador ~ Achievements
3 SC Resolutions + 0 co-authored:
A: SC#250, Repeal "Liberate Femdom Empire" (87%)
A: SC#251, Commend Alasdair I Frosticus (91%)
A: SC#267, Repeal "Liberate The East Pacific" (90%)

1 GA Resolution + 1 co-authored:
A: GA#484, Disease Naming Compact (54%)
C: GA#491, Rights of the employed (54%)

1 Issue:
C: #1115, One in the Arm for @@LEADER@@?

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Postby Sandaoguo » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:19 am

United Massachusetts wrote:This is strange journalistic practice.

It's modeled after The Economist and, as they explain, was actually the tradition until recently (relative to the invention of published news).

It's common in editorial sections of real-world newspapers, too. The Guardian also doesn't use bylines in their lead editorials. Same with The Washington Post. Could find more examples, but I think this actually standard among editorial sections, when you're writing from the "the newspapers'" view, rather than externally submitted op-eds or columnists.

SPINN (2015) adopted The Economist's approach of not having any bylines at all, even for news items. From what I can find, only one actual editorial was written (https://tspforums.xyz/thread-2941.html), about court reform. The idea being anonymous bylines makes sense to me. How often do GPers dismiss an article simply because it's written by someone they don't like?

Tinhampton wrote:
Independent News Network wrote:It has been standard practice since 2015 to keep the management of the SPINN anonymous

The above quote has been edited for brevity. Is this the same SPINN that existed in 2015, but a completely different SPINN to the one that existed in 2012 (much like Rangers still exist in the Scottish football pyramid today but have been under different management for the past ten years or so)?

Traditionally, SPINN can be taken up by whoever dedicated the time to it. It's gone in and out of publication many times since it was created, and each new incarnation has to my knowledge been led by a different person.
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