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Perigo launches voluntary euthanasia book

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 08:32

As I was playing losing tennis yesterday out at Patumahoe, libertarian Lindsay Perigo was in Grey Lynn launching what is hoped to be a winning campaign by Dr Philip Nitschke to help people who through age or illness are no longer able to live without pain, and who are unable even to help themselves to end their own lives with dignity.

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Humanity is Not The Way of Muslims — by Sandi on Sat, 2007-03-03 20:59
Brilliant Speeches!!! — by Marcus on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:00
I also went along to the — by Sandi on Tue, 2007-02-13 05:10

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The story of one control after another

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2007-02-10 23:07
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

They say one bad apple spoils the barrel; one rotten apple will quickly affect a whole bunch. The same is true of government controls. One control is introduced to 'correct' something that's making some legislator unhappy, following which economic imbalances occur; new controls are pretty quickly called for to try to correct them, following which more are introduced to correct the dislocations that occurred from those controls, and so on. Control follows control, as dislocation follows imbalance.

The history of government controls is like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes in reverse:


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Malthus meets the Greens, and we're all going to die!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-02-07 21:16

NZ Greens' co-leader Russel Norman (left) has been reading Thomas Malthus (right), and he's feeling really scared. Who exactly is Thomas Mathus, I hear you ask, and why should you care? Let me tell you.

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Good post, Peter... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2007-02-07 21:54

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Taking the Christ out of Christmas

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-17 22:17

I hear people complaining that "Christ is being taken out of Christmas." In fact, the Vatican, poor dears, have "accused some western countries of waging "a war against Christmas" by removing Christian values and symbols from the holiday."

So what? Christ was never in Christmas, except in fiction and by order of the Council of Trent. Jesus wasn't even born in December: he was born in July*, which makes him a cancer -- just like religion.

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Who The Grinch Is — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 15:37
Kenny, re Grinch-i-ness... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-23 07:57
The Grinch is a US... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:25

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Where's my free will?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-12-13 23:10

The first thing you notice through the fog of sleep is a loud, ringing sound. As you rise up through the fog of sleep you recognise it as an alarm of some sort. Your alarm clock. You focus further and realise that it's not going to turn itself off. As you force yourself awake you direct your focus to your limbs, lifting yourself out of bed, and you turn off the clock on your way to the bathroom, making yourself shake the sleep from your mind as you go. It's the start of another day.

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Eyes wide open or half closed, discernemnt or apathy — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-12-14 00:01

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Jesus H. Christ!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-12 01:35

Jesus! What a nut!

Who? Pastor Becky bloody Fischer, that's who, the former head of the 'Jesus Camp' documented in the film of the same name (hold on to your head, here's a trailer), and still head of KidsInMinistry.Com -- tagline, "redefining children's ministry in the 21st Century"! The exclamation mark, by the way, is mine. You'll understand why quite quickly.

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Reason — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 20:03
Reason - dup deleted — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 20:02
"Still, I don't accept your — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:24

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A(nother) Big Bang

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-10 21:38

Reposted from SOLOHQ due to the popularity of Daniel's recent thread.

I spent this last week in some of the world’s great Opera Houses.


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QUOTE: -"Under a worldly camouflage we have come to be dominated by a new natural religion ... Ecologism"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-10 01:26

Quote for today:

Contemporary society is dominated by a widespread pessimism about science; a pessimism which can only be understood within the context of developments that began in back in the 1980s. Though the churches may have been increasingly emptied, society has not developed an enlightened scepticism or a free-thinking culture; not even agnosticism.

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Marcus? — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-12-14 01:10
...a case in point...THEN there's James Lovelock! — by Orson on Tue, 2006-12-12 02:28

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Free Radical 73: The Assault on Free Speech

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-12-01 00:12

The new Free Radical is out today!! The Free Radical with the free speech cover, and the inside word on the latest threats to free speech and freedom in New Zealand and around the world is out now, and in shops and letterboxes from Monday.


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Science v religion - Dawkins v Haggard

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:23

What happens when an atheist with a rather 'disintegrated' philosophical world view debates a religionist with an integrated but factually incorrect worldview about the foundations of science and the scientific method?

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Robert... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-11-18 18:52
Only... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-18 06:43
Scientists and empiricism... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-18 01:10

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What 'everybody knows' about Tuvalu

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:22
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died... - Leonard Cohen
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That's How It Goes — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2007-10-19 15:48

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Delusions, and the people who have them

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:20

Senior Skeptic Michael Shermer has a look at the many delusions afflicting too many people, "from alien encounters to Virgin Mary sightings on pizza pies, to hidden messages revealed while playing "Stairway to Heaven" backwards - and explains the evolutionary and cognitive basis for these lapses in reason."

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Ok I admit it — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-11-18 00:10

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A new 'Frank Lloyd Wright house' nears completion

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:19

A new Frank Lloyd Wright building has almost been completed -- at least, there is controversy as to what extent it is still a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

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not — by Brant Gaede on Tue, 2008-07-29 22:41
Nihilism! — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2008-07-18 15:27
Right Wright — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2008-07-18 05:49

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More capitalism => More forests.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:18

According to the sternly sanctimonious Stern Report, well over one-third of contributions to CO2 emissions are due to deforestation. And what do you think is the best way to minimise deforestation? To get rich.


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Selling disaster: The four horsemen of the modern apocalypse

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-11-03 01:37

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed - and hence clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -H.L. Mencken

There's money and power and headlines aplenty in scaremongering (and much less and many fewer in good news), but how often is the scaremongering accurate? And does it matter? Disaster sells.

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Time to stock up on canned tuna, 'cuz... — by Summer Serravillo on Fri, 2006-11-03 11:45
Hard work ahead — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:24
Excellent post Peter. Thank — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-03 07:46

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How the new 'left' and 'right' meet in the authoritarian middle

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-10-19 22:36

Many people have been surprised at the alliance of George W. Bush and Tony Blair, men respectively of the right and the left but who share an obviously genuine friendship. The answer to the apparent paradox is to be found in their respective philosophies. The so-called 'philosophies' of the left's 'Third Way' and the right's Neo-Conservatism' to which these two subscribe share more than their promoters might like to concede.

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Well said, Peter — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-10-23 19:15
Right on. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-10-20 22:26

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FREE RADICAL 72: The Great Environmental Sellout

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-10-17 22:27
The mainstream media only picked up on NZ's political challenge of the year in late September, but The Free Radical had the whole Darnton V Clark story and the details about the stolen election in July!

DON'T MISS OUT AGAIN ON BREAKING NEWS!! SUBSCRIBE NOW!


Free Radical 72 is out now, it gets beneath the news, and it's ready to hit your letter box today. SUBSCRIBE NOW. In this issue:

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— by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-27 22:13
Thanks. — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-10-27 22:02
Great work Peter. — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-10-27 20:18

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Not that I'm boasting...

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-10-09 20:44

Now, I'm not one to boast -- quiet at the back! -- but I just thought I'd let you know I've been invited to participate in something pretty exciting.

Edward Schatz is an archivist and photographer who travels the world documenting what he describes as Modern Masters of Art and Organic Architecture from around the world. His recent round of interviewees includes Douglas Cardinal, Gregory Burgess, Laurie Virr, Bart Prince, Robert Crumb, Daniel Lieberman and Eric Lloyd Wright ... and me!

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Tremendous stuff and my — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-10 23:37
Congratulations PC! You — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-10-10 21:08
Congratulations! — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-10-10 16:26

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Real footy tomorrow!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-29 02:29

Tomorrow in Melbourne thirty-six high-performance athletes will chase a pointy ball around an oval field with 120,000 fans screaming them on in the stands, and millions more around the world yelling at them through their TVs and big screens -- yes, it's time once again for the annual showcase of the world's most libertarian sport: It's AFL Grand Final time!

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"Surely individualistic, — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-10-02 04:51
Most libertarian sport? — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-30 09:54
! — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-29 03:20

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[Today's Reprise] The Long, Long Trail of Appeasement, Capitulation and Death

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-11 04:42

We are at war. We, the people of the west are at war with people who wish to destroy us. It's a different war than we're used to, an asymmetric war -- a so-called fourth-generation war -- so it's one some people still don't recognise (or still don't want to recognise) but we are under sustained attack. We are at war.

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One would have thought... — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 14:47
One would have thought 9/11 — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-09-12 09:16
Helen bin Laden — by Jameson on Tue, 2006-09-12 01:19

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Civilisation Under Siege (SOLO, Sept 11, 2001)

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-10 10:14

If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere, It's up to you, New York, New York!

This was a declaration of war—but a declaration by whom, and against what?

2,500 people were killed in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941. Today, in mainland USA, many many more have been killed in appalling scenes as America was left defenceless. Airline security was exposed. The Pentagon was breached. The glory of the New York skyline was rent asunder; the twin towers of the World Trade Centre—shining spires of capitalism and twin symbols for man's achievement—are no more.

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Thanks — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-10 21:04
The question — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-09-10 17:01
Peter — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-09-10 13:17

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What Architecture Is All About

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:09

Now we're at the halfway point of our architectural debate over at my main blog 'Not PC,' here's a brief meditation on what architecture is all about. In five words or less: giving meaning to our lives. To quote the late Claude Megson, "If it doesn't have meaning, then you're just wanking."

Read on now for the thousand-word meditation...

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Thanks — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-10 21:11
Peter — by TRowland on Sat, 2006-09-09 17:40
Standing ovation. — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-09-09 07:07

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Art: there's more to it than just meets the eye.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 23:34

Art. On the subject of art, ain't there a lot of misunderstanding about -- as this still ongoing and fascinating thread at my main blog shows if nothing else does. But isn't it odd how something we've all experienced and enjoyed is somehow so widely misunderstood?

All of us have felt, after watching a film or having indulged in a DVD marathon of a favourite TV show, that our thinking has somehow been changed by the experience -- having been immersed in the world of CSI or House for example we might imagine ourselves to have become more analytical and more attentive to detail (or more cranky); after a Prisoner marathon we might feel particularly astute and mistrustful; and after hours of reality shows (if you can stomach that) you could feel intensely competitive and 'loaded for bear.'

All of us have been touched at some time by a painting, a film, a piece of music or a work of architecture or sculpture. If we hadn't, we just wouldn't be human. Anything that affects us like this can't be causeless, and indeed it isn't.


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The grace of Santiago Calatrava

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 18:59

The man's a genius. An artistic and engineering genius.

I've only had the the pleasure of being in one of Santiago Calatrava's magnificent buildings -- many of which bring to architecture the novel concept of seeing buildings as mechanisms, or as organisms that change as a living thing would during the course of the day -- so the film on Calatrava and his work I've just seen at the JASMAX Architectural Film Festival was a delight. A real delight. (That's him above, by the way, with another of my heroes, architect Felix Candela.)

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Saarinen and Milwaukee — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:49
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Dagny Taggart Answers Kant

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-01 00:13

Anyone remember the passage below from Atlas Shrugged?

We are in the train's cab at the opening of the John Galt Line.

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Melody — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:49
Olivia — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:34
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Kofi Annan "keeping the peace" by wishful thinking

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:36

THE TIMES: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, has called for all Israeli troops to be withdrawn from southern Lebanon as soon as an international force earmarked for the area reaches 5,000... Under UN Resolution 1701, signed earlier this month and agreed by both Israel and Lebanon, provision was made for a international force of 15,000 to act as a buffer between Israel and Hezbollah... The UN Secretary-General claimed that the Lebanese authorities yesterday assured him they were taking measures to stop the flow of weapons from Syria and Iran to their ally Hezbollah via sea and air...

Oh right. Well if the UN thinks everything's fine and dandy, then I guess it must be. If the hero of UN successes in Rwanda and Somalia and Bosnia informs the world that he has been "assured" by "the Lebanese authorities" that they're "taking measures" to stop Hezbollah being re-armed, then who would doubt this third-hand information passed on to a bumbling fool by provenly toothless "authorities" -- why would anyone think it might actually need people with real guns to effect a real blockade, one with proper confirmation of disarmament ...


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"Four-thousand years ago..."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:34

About four-thousand years ago when great buildings were erected they were mainly either funerary monoliths or fortresses. Such was the nature of the world four-thousand years ago.

Back then, war and death and disaster were still largely the order of the day and the focus of much of daily life, and life for the most part was seen as simply a small part of the more important journey taking place after death. (Think for example of the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian death cults, and the Sumerian and Chinese fortresses of this period. Such was the architectural expression seen under the sun.)

Not in Crete however, under the King Minos of legend.


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'The Scream ' has been found. Two cheers.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:26

'The Scream ' has been found. The painting by Edward Munch was stolen two years ago, and was recovered this morning (our time). A shame. A great shame.

You see, here's an example of something that is good art -- very good art -- that I don't like at all. If anything better expresses the dis-ease and dislocation expressed by twentieth-century 'thinkers' -- the nausea and helpless angst of Jean Paul Sartre; "things fall apart, the centre cannot hold"; "alone and afraid in a world I never made"; etc; etc. -- then it is this piece.

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Capitalism the Unknown Ideal — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:28
Damn, Private Simovici ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:13
I'll do you one better, then. — by Boaz the Boor on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:06

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A helpful suggestion for 'random acts of kindness day'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:24

Someone tells me that today has been decreed "random acts of kindness day" -- in New Zealand at least.

Perhaps if that was to be combined with Casual Sex Friday ... ?

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Ross... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:38
Holidays — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 15:20
"It's usually about now that — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 08:29

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" Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace..."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 01:34

"Give me liberty, or give me death!" That impassioned speech by Patrick Henry still rings down the years from a man who would rather die on his feet than live on his his knees. It is among the top speeches from all history in defence of taking action in defence of one's liberty.

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Marcus, are you having your period? — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:46
Marcus, are you having your — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-02 01:15
Well then, I'm glad we won — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 17:37

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