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Dear Mr. President

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-07-10 03:06

A few minutes ago I submitted the following email letter to Barack Obama:

"Mr. Obama,

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That's what I loved about Rand ... — by VSD on Wed, 2014-07-16 06:59
Dullard — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-07-16 01:36
missing? — by VSD on Mon, 2014-07-14 14:05

Teaching the Controversy

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-06-17 13:58

The ignorant, irrational, evil Christians of Western Civilization today often say, with disarming simplicity: "Teach the controversy." On August 1st, 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush said: "Both sides should be properly taught" so "people can understand what the debate is about."

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Sometimes you have to make a choice ... — by VSD on Mon, 2014-07-21 19:20
Jules — by reed on Fri, 2014-07-18 07:56
Reed — by Jules Troy on Fri, 2014-07-18 04:33

Values

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2014-06-06 07:30

Right-wing conservatives promote "family values" and "traditional values" while left-wing progressives promote "multicultural" and "politically correct" ones.


Mike Massé

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-06-04 23:25

Obscure but stunning musical virtuoso:

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Toto cover — by Jules Troy on Wed, 2014-06-11 02:16
Karaoke — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-06-10 12:29
Unique — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-06-10 12:24

'Bad Deeds' by Robert Bidinotto

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-05-28 23:55

Long-time Objectivist Robert Bidinotto's new thriller novel Bad Deeds was just published today on Amazon.


Immigration

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-05-15 17:33

In many respects the worldwide issue of "immigration" couldn't be more simple.

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Terry — by gregster on Fri, 2014-06-27 08:18
Greg — by tvr on Wed, 2014-06-18 05:17
Terry — by gregster on Tue, 2014-06-17 11:41

Non-Entity Philip Pettit and Today's Academic Style: Mindless, Soulless, and Lifeless

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-05-08 04:25

For the record, Philip Pettit's current semi-libertarian book, Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (March 2014), is utter intellectual drivel.


Mankind's Doomsday?

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-03-22 00:44

Eugenic superhumans, self-aware computers, and superior space aliens are extremely unlikely to enslave or exterminate mankind. This is so, no matter how much we well deserve it!

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I'd back you on this one Kyrel — by gregster on Thu, 2014-05-08 04:50
Mankind's Final and Worst Mistake Ever? — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-05-03 17:11
Food for Thought — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-04-02 02:56

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The Language of Liberation

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-03-01 07:20

We may need a new vocabulary for political liberty. Some of the current and accepted welfare state language -- even going back over 5000 years, to Sumaria and Eqypt -- seems loose and awful.


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Thoughts on the Passing of 'Solo Passion'

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-12-30 20:04

They say "All good things must come to an end." C'est la vie...

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Thanks — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-12-31 17:39
Thanks Kyrel — by gregster on Tue, 2013-12-31 07:57
Farewell... — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-12-31 04:13

Good vs. Evil in 'Looper'

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-12-27 17:28

The film Looper is a well-made, intricate, time-travel thriller (featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, from 2012) which accidentally demonstrates how Good tends to naturally triumph


Stupefying

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-11-22 15:04

In the Game of Life, it's genuinely hard to: 1) determine the meaning and purpose of existence; 2) find work which is satisfying, and friends that are high-quality, and lovers who are long-term desirable; 3) become a billionaire; 4) paint like Michelangelo and sing like The Beatles; 5) innovate and discover like Leonardo and Edison; 6) build a warp drive and time machine; 7) achieve immortality.

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Still Stupifying — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-11-28 14:48
Kyrel — by gregster on Thu, 2013-11-28 04:22
Well? — by Jules Troy on Wed, 2013-11-27 20:42

Brotherhood and Paradise

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-11-18 20:48

The key to achieving 1) universal happiness and creating a social utopia is the same as that of achieving 2) maximum social cohesion and harmony, along with human solidarity and unity, and the Brotherhood of Man, and optimal comity, amity, sociability, neighborliness, comradeship, communalism, friendliness, love, etc.


Homo Sapiens Progress

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-10-30 14:52

Current humans may have emerged physically around 195,000 years ago, but we seemingly emerged mentally only around 30,000 years ago.


Health Care for All

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-10-12 02:17

Everywhere on the planet today health care is considered to be a "right".


Methods of Persuasion

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-10-12 01:33

There seem to be two main illegitimate ways of winning an argument.

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OK, Kyrel, fine — by gregster on Sat, 2013-10-12 01:41

Keys to Eudaemonia

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-09-16 05:53

Individual pleasure, flourishing, greatness, and happiness seems to depend upon comprehending and utilizing: 1) abstract and general philosophy; 2) practical and personal philosophy; 3) social and per

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Tony Robbins and Rivals — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-10-05 06:20
Regardin Self Help — by Doug Bandler on Thu, 2013-10-03 05:51
Late Late Reply — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-10-02 20:52

Thoughts on Barack Obama's Speech

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-09-11 05:40

A few hours ago, Pres. Obama said: "America is not the world's policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong.

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You misunderstood my position... — by Marcus on Fri, 2013-09-13 21:15
Yes and No — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-09-12 18:37
The question is whether... — by Marcus on Thu, 2013-09-12 08:14

Early Philosophy

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-09-07 06:02

I converted to Objectivism when I was about 18 1/4. Took me less than a day.

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Early Life — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-09-11 20:44
Thank you for — by Shane on Mon, 2013-09-09 22:39
A Bit on Rand's Methodology — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-09-09 21:33

Balanced Budget Amendment

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-08-28 21:10

Government spending is out of control, and deficit spending is wild, pretty much all over our politically ignorant and depraved Welfare State world.


Our Do-Gooding Democratic World

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-08-26 06:12

Ours is a world of do-gooding, democratic semi-tyranny.


The Real Enemies

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-08-19 16:28

Ours is generally and predominantly an irrational, illiberal, ignorant, depraved, Dark Age culture and era.


America is No Longer Exceptional Says Charles Murray

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-07-23 15:12

Excerpt from article:


Survelliance State Cartoon

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-07-21 18:34

Maybe it's time to do like the Muslims: submit and surrender.


Is Objectivism a Cult? A Cultist Says No

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-07-08 01:16

I watched this whole, long, tedious, mindless, 15-minute video. What a waste! Here's what I posted in response:

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Defeating Philosophical Cultism — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-07-14 17:57
Gregster, The Founding Fathers were Christians! — by Reason Man on Thu, 2013-07-11 06:11
Reason Man — by gregster on Thu, 2013-07-11 05:52

Ayn the Great

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-07-03 16:07

Ayn Rand is the greatest philosopher by far of the past 2000 years. She is easily the most liberal thinker in the history of man.


The Immigrational Ideal

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-06-28 00:09

Immigration is generally beneficial. It usually adds to a nation's economic wealth, military strength, and even intellectual power, and cultural riches.

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I like it, but... — by tvr on Tue, 2013-07-02 11:17
a possibility for the future — by Doug Bandler on Tue, 2013-07-02 02:43
Pro-Freedom Policy Alone — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-07-02 01:39

American Gov't Spying Cartoon

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-06-26 21:26


The Death of Privacy in America

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-06-23 16:56

Evidently the United States federal government is now monitoring every American bank and financial transaction whatsoever, while tapping every phone call, and reading every email.

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Half-full Cup is Seemingly Still Filling — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-07-02 17:34
Another, Kyrel — by gregster on Mon, 2013-07-01 09:38
America: One Nation Under Allah — by gregster on Sun, 2013-06-30 09:13

The Enemy Within

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-05-30 11:08

Watching the high-quality, Cold War movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [from 2011, based on the 1974 John le Carré novel] the thought occurs to me: the West was genuinely petrified of communist


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