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On "The Sounds of Silence" in the Presence of Evil, or, "Inside the Criminal Mind"

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Tue, 2017-10-03 01:44

The question has been asked, on this forum, why so many Objectivists stay silent when they should be speaking up against evil. I've had that question in mind for some time now, myself.

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Sure — by Tore on Tue, 2017-10-10 15:04
Key — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-10-09 10:00
The Matter of Choice — by Jmaurone on Tue, 2017-10-03 21:17

"Occupy Philadelphia": The Pictures They Won't Show On Prime Time

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2011-10-08 23:13

Long-time SOLO readers may remember the SOLO 2003 convention in Philadelphia's historic district, home of the Liberty Bell, but much has been forgotten at the Birthplace of Liberty.

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Here it is — by atlascott on Fri, 2011-10-21 17:09
(No subject) — by Richard Wiig on Tue, 2011-10-18 21:22
Richard — by 0 on Tue, 2011-10-18 19:43

Real-Life Heroes: Jasper Shuringa, the "Flying Hero Dutchman"

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-12-28 20:18

You've most likely heard, by now, about the Christmas day terrorist attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, another demonstration of the truth of Islam. Fortunately, we got a demonstration of true heroism as well. Meet Jasper Schuringa.

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My link is now on You Tube — by Sandi on Fri, 2010-01-01 01:23
Hero? I am not so sure? — by Sandi on Thu, 2009-12-31 04:23
R&R — by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-12-28 22:14

Avatar and the Prog-Rock Revival

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-12-27 07:35

"Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends..." Avatar is not only a hash of new-age ideas in a technicolor dreamcoat, it's a rehash of new-age ideas in said dreamcoat. The progressive rock bands of the seventies beat Cameron to the punch, and it shows; not only are the visual designs digital animations of a Yes album, the philosophical themes are co-opted as well...including the contradictions.

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Important ideas — by gregster on Mon, 2009-12-28 00:17

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"T'was the Night Before Christmas..."

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-12-25 06:21


Paging Dr. Hendricks

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-12-24 22:45


“I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks.

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I want to see the model. Show — by John Donohue on Mon, 2009-12-28 02:58
Reform — by Alfonso on Sun, 2009-12-27 05:24
"insurance programme for the poor" — by Ellen Stuttle on Fri, 2009-12-25 18:58

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White House Job Summit: What Obama REALLY Means

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-12-03 21:24

"Don't Despair! Don't give up! We will reach an agreement with John Galt. We will get him to lead us. He will solve all our problems. He will make things work. Don't give up! We will get John Galt!"

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Correction — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2009-12-08 10:04
And.. — by gregster on Tue, 2009-12-08 07:24
AS... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2009-12-08 06:14

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SMALLVILLE: "An Orgy of Self-Sacrifice," or, The "O-Face" of Altruism

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-10-31 21:01

"Clark, just stop, ok? I mean, your willingness to sacrifice yourself for others is a great strength, for sure, but when it comes to your own happiness, it's definitely a weakness." -Chloe Sullivan, Season 9, "Crossfire"

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Superman — by Jmaurone on Tue, 2009-12-01 07:13
Even Jesus Christ.... — by 0 on Tue, 2009-12-01 07:06
Steve Ditko and "Must There Be A Superman?" — by Jmaurone on Tue, 2009-12-01 06:40

Goddess of the Market: "Trash."

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-10-08 06:00

Now that I've got your attention Evil , my review, as published on Amazon.com.

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Compare and contract — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-10-23 21:00
What's weird? — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-10-23 20:57
Just sayin'. — by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-10-10 02:37

From Superhero Babylon:HEROES Premiere: "Anemic."

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-09-27 19:38

(excerpt from original post at Superhero Babylon)

While great villains do help to make the hero, if the villains steal the show, then the heroes have failed. To be fair, it's not a problem specific to Heroes; it's a problem of philosophy. Ayn Rand nailed this problem in The Romantic Manifesto.

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I stopped watching... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2009-09-27 21:39

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"Second Renaissance Rock?" or "Rach Ripped-Off?"

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-09-17 04:14

I Belong To You (+ Mon Ceur S'ouvre A Ta Voix)-(Particularly, the part at Approx. 2'10 to 4'10)

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Nice. — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2009-09-24 21:57
Modern composers — by 0 on Thu, 2009-09-24 15:02
Horrible! — by anax on Thu, 2009-09-24 12:58

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Inglourious Basterds: Get Some.

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-08-29 21:54

There are those who would say that a movie such as this is the wrong way to think about WWII, and are in favor of taking the "moral high road." There are even people who would say that we should even forgive Hitler for his atrocities.

Those people are dead wrong.

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Defiance — by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-09-27 22:13
Another film that comes to mind — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2009-09-21 03:47
Former bloody dictators become the new rock stars! — by Marcus on Tue, 2009-09-08 08:44

"Facts ARE Stubborn Things," or, "Being On Your 'A-is-A' Game"

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-08-07 17:53

I am all in favor of exposing the Obama administration for the socialist/fascist agenda that it is, but I do not approve of alarmist methods or distortions. That said, everything this administration has done so far has been so mired in double-speak and weasel-words; it's not easy to call "bullshit!" outright. (In Rand's words, it takes some "philosophical detection.") That's because politicians know how to cover their tracks and dupe the average American Idol voter with feel-good slogans and vague notions ("Surely they couldn't meant THAT!"). So this next bit of info, well, you're going to have to work out yourself.

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No Creedence Clearwater Revival here... — by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-08-08 02:02
On the same page, sort of. — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-08-07 23:28
Jeff, you lost ME...I'm not — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-08-07 22:23

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From Nobama: STOP SNITCHIN'!

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-08-06 03:08

(originally published at Nobama)

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Stalin — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-08-09 20:14
Where is Stalin? — by 0 on Sun, 2009-08-09 20:12

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From Superhero Babylon: Capitalist Heroes: Dave Ramsey

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Wed, 2009-08-05 23:40

(originally published at Superhero Babylon)


From Superhero Babylon: "One Giant Leap"

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-07-20 15:20

"It was the overwhelming response of people starved for the sight of an achievement, for a vision of man the hero."
-Ayn Rand, "Apollo and Dionysus"

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Good point — by atlascott on Tue, 2009-07-21 01:40

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From Superhero Babylon: An Angel Remembered

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Fri, 2009-06-26 01:47

Remembering Farrah Fawcett

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I was a fan... — by Marcus on Fri, 2009-06-26 08:39
The Angels — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-06-26 08:23
How wonderful is that! — by Sandi on Fri, 2009-06-26 08:18

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From Superhero Babylon: Illogical...but Fascinating...

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-06-01 01:10
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I'm rather suprised... — by Jmaurone on Wed, 2009-06-10 22:05
The last several — by atlascott on Thu, 2009-06-04 13:12
Junk is junk — by atlascott on Thu, 2009-06-04 12:24

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Sunday Morning Music: Contemplative

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-05-17 19:40

Music for a contemplative Sunday morning...


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Reagan and Obama -- the surprising link that can make you rich

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-05-17 02:19

From the Motley Fools: Strange Bedfellows!

3 Stocks You Must Buy Before The Next Economic Boom


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Kass Music Gems of the Day: Western Style

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-05-16 23:57

Hang Em' High

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Copland — by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-05-17 01:19
Copland — by jeffrey smith on Sun, 2009-05-17 00:59

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Reading List: SECURING THE COMMONWEALTH

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-05-14 02:36
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NOTE TO LIST — by atlascott on Fri, 2009-05-15 20:23
In conclusion, there is — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-05-14 21:40
The Great American Banking Experiment with Fiat Currency — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-05-14 21:17

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Civil Disobedience: A Principled Stand

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sun, 2009-05-10 03:22

When I was in high school, during my "neo-hippie" phase (i.e., the '90's), I did a few things to rile the establishment and question authority: underground newspapers, anti-war signs, infiltrating student government. One day, a few friends and I instigated a "sit-out" to protest the school's dress code, which prohibited shorts before a certain date, regardless of temperature (South Jersey can be pretty swampy early in the spring.)

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My impression of "average" is skewed — by atlascott on Mon, 2009-05-11 14:52
For convenience sake — by jeffrey smith on Mon, 2009-05-11 01:35
What the Average American Thinks — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-05-10 17:19

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And now the Left cries censorship?

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-05-09 18:55

For the "horror files," Know your enemies:

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Too Funny! — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2009-05-11 20:43
Latest update from the Single Taxpayer call to arms — by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-05-11 16:29
Good point — by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-05-11 04:35

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Health Care, Obama, and Motley Fools

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-05-09 18:49

"Obama's 100-Day
Profit Plan
Priority One: Fix the Economy
Now, with $787 billion flooding the market,
here are the sectors you need to watch
and 3 companies you need to

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Whenever I see something — by jeffrey smith on Sun, 2009-05-10 01:25

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Jeff Riggenbach: American History, Revisited

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Wed, 2009-05-06 21:06

In my post, "A Sequel to The Ominous Parallels," I wrote, about the "contradictions" of the Founding Fathers:

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Definitely. Blanket — by Aaron on Thu, 2009-05-28 02:17
Thanks, I'll check that book — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2009-05-28 00:08
Thanks, I'll look up the — by Aaron on Tue, 2009-05-26 13:09

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"It Can't Happen Here?" THE HELL IT CAN'T!

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-04-30 17:30

(originally posted at Superhero Babylon)

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Publishing — by Jmaurone on Mon, 2009-05-04 19:09
I really enjoyed it — by atlascott on Fri, 2009-05-01 20:34

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A Sequel to The Ominous Parallels?

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-04-30 17:17

America Reverses Direction, or, A Republic to Keep

It hasn't been written yet, but I submit that it needs to be written.

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That was me all right! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2009-05-07 05:23
Mr. Perigo. — by 0 on Thu, 2009-05-07 04:38
Conspiracy theories — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-05-07 03:10

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End the Fed Rally, Philadelphia 4.25.09

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Sat, 2009-04-25 23:37

There were End the Fed rallies today in several cities with Federal Reserve offices. I attended the one in Philadelphia.

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Videos from the event — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-04-30 02:58
My impression — by atlascott on Wed, 2009-04-29 11:40
TRUE — by atlascott on Wed, 2009-04-29 11:37

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A Timely Quotation

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-04-23 18:27

"I am speaking to those who desire to live and to recapture the honor of their soul. Now that you know the truth about your world, stop supporting your own destroyers.

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Quotable — by Laure Chipman on Thu, 2009-04-23 21:54
Rolling over... — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-04-23 21:24
A Jaw-Dropper from Andrew Cuomo — by Laure Chipman on Thu, 2009-04-23 20:38

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