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Stalin and Tsar Nicholas II neck and neck for title of greatest Russian

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2008-07-16 11:23

The Times reports that Stalin and Tsar Nicholas II are currently battling for title of greatest Russian in their version of the BBC series.

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It doesn't say anything much — by Tim S on Fri, 2008-07-18 01:09
I think it should go to — by 0 on Wed, 2008-07-16 11:39

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Quote of the Day - “I want to cut his nuts off.”

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2008-07-10 11:34

The Reverend Jesse Jackson commenting privately on TV about Barack Obama "talking down to black people" about faith and morality.


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SOLO-UK Press Release: David Cameron Grows Some Balls!

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2008-07-08 09:06

Hooray! Finally a conservative leader with the balls of Margaret Thatcher to confront the UK public with the reality of personal responsibility ...

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Davis report by ITN — by Marcus on Sat, 2008-07-12 11:33
Davis has future role - Cameron — by Marcus on Fri, 2008-07-11 12:01
Oh! what a splendid idea! — by 0 on Fri, 2008-07-11 10:40

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Quote of the week - Barack Obama

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2008-07-07 10:58

"It is not part of a political strategy. I say it because I believe it - I've always believed it. This is the work we are called to do as Christians."

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Obama is trying to reach — by 0 on Mon, 2008-07-07 21:43
it's still hard to say which — by mo250 on Mon, 2008-07-07 15:51
Kirk — by mo250 on Mon, 2008-07-07 15:29

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SOLO-UK Press Release: Stop the Madness of Islamapartheid!

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2008-07-04 09:12

SOLO-UK Press Release: Stop the Madness of Islamapartheid!

July 5, 2008

Creeping Islamapartheid must be stopped in its tracks now, says SOLO-UK spokesman Dr. Marcus Bachler.

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Oh please! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2008-07-05 10:26
Shocking brown-nosing of extremists in the UK! — by Marcus on Sat, 2008-07-05 09:28
Minister for community cohesion — by Marcus on Sat, 2008-07-05 09:26

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New Zealand is in tune with the times - Britain's lagging

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2008-07-03 09:19

Hold on to your lunch!


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The Da Vinci Code of Islam

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2008-07-02 12:55

"The Last Patriot" is a book released yesterday that according to Glenn Beck is going to get US author Brad Thor killed.

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Yes Marcus — by Sandi on Wed, 2008-07-02 21:55

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Drooling Beast Award: Labour MP David Clelland

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2008-07-02 09:46

"I do not want your vote so you can stick it wherever best pleases you."

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However being a politician... — by Marcus on Wed, 2008-07-02 19:49

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Finally a politician who stands by his principles!

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2008-06-12 14:31

After the Government yesterday passed a bill to hold suspects for 42 days without any charge, David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary has forced a by-election in his constituency by resigning.

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"In a dramatic — by 0 on Fri, 2008-07-11 05:13
Speaking of — by 0 on Fri, 2008-06-27 07:34
Labour say they won't fight by-election — by Marcus on Sat, 2008-06-21 07:47

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Al Gore criticizes George Bush for ignoring Iraq's ties to terrorism

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2008-06-05 17:18

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. In 1992, VP candidate Al Gore savagely criticised George H.W. Bush for ignoring the terrorist threat from Iraq and Saddam Hussein's stock pile of WMD.

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Yes, Gore Vidal and Al Gore... — by Marcus on Fri, 2008-06-06 13:11
I'll take your word for it, — by Bosch Fawstin on Fri, 2008-06-06 07:41

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Quote of the Day - David Hockney (Artist)

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2008-06-05 09:58

"The suggestion that drawings of children should now be prosecuted is mind-blowing in it's ignorance. I am out of step with the mean spirit of our age.

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Yes, David Hockney... — by Marcus on Fri, 2008-06-06 07:30
Well spotted Marcus — by Sandi on Fri, 2008-06-06 01:47

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Bear Grylls: The latest addition to Testosterone TV.

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2008-04-22 15:29

Some of you may remember that I lamented the tragic death of Steve Irwin in 2006, the Australian I used to love to watch wrestling a crocodile after telling viewers that this was “reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyy dangerous!!!”

Recent Comments:
The most valued compliment of all — by Sandi on Fri, 2008-04-25 04:08
Thanks Sandi... — by Marcus on Thu, 2008-04-24 10:37
I saw the whole camel episode — by Jameson on Thu, 2008-04-24 01:09

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"If you're trying to bed a book snob, hide the Ayn Rand"

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2008-04-18 15:44

These are the words of one of the Daily Telegraph's arts correspondents Tim Martin.

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Tim Martin — by Robert on Mon, 2008-04-28 14:32
Tim Martin is at it again. — by Marcus on Fri, 2008-04-25 10:00
Well I'm currently reading — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2008-04-24 20:46

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The Future of Objectivism!

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2007-10-09 08:12

This is to announce that Maria (my partner) and I have just brought to the world the future of objectivism.

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A belated congrats, Marcus! — by mvardoulis on Thu, 2007-10-18 22:29
Congrats — by Newberry on Tue, 2007-10-16 08:33
Congratulations — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2007-10-15 07:51

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SOLO-UK Op-Ed—Al Gore's Assault on Reason

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2007-10-02 16:24

Al Gore, the man who is launching an “assault on reason” with the current Global Warming hysteria, has this year released a book supposedly defending the use of reason in politics. Ironically, “The Assault on Reason” sounds like a title an Objectivist might have chosen himself for an essay denouncing the current culture of Al Gore’s propaganda.

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Matty and Marcus, what are you talking about... — by dinther on Wed, 2007-10-03 22:20
Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' can be shown to schools. — by Marcus on Wed, 2007-10-03 20:09
Did he ever have a point? — by Marcus on Wed, 2007-10-03 08:44

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Newsflash: I have just seen Linz on BBC TV!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2007-05-13 19:41

A documentary called Victoria's Empire has just screened in the UK on BBC One. It is about the British comedian, Victoria Wood, travelling around the former British Empire of Queen Victoria and questioning how the people living there now feel about the British.

Recent Comments:
Victoria Wooden — by Kenny on Tue, 2007-05-15 23:39
For UK Soloists... — by Marcus on Mon, 2007-05-14 11:29
Bolshevik Broadcasting — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2007-05-14 02:49

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We'd be better off without religion!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2007-03-28 22:29

Yesterday I attended the "intelligence squared" debate in Westminster, London.
The debating team of Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling (Philosopher) and Christopher Hitchens (pro-Iraq War Journalist) won the above motion by 1205 to 778 votes with about 100 undecided. The team defeated were made up of a female Rabbi and church of England academics.

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Marcus — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2007-04-01 14:59
"Speak for yourself!!!" — by Marcus on Sat, 2007-03-31 21:58
Dawkins Means No Religious Gene — by Luke Setzer on Fri, 2007-03-30 23:01

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Casino Royale. I think Rand would have adored it.

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-05 19:46

I went to see the new Bond film Casino Royale on the weekend.

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Jeff answered me:"How To — by Orson on Fri, 2006-12-08 01:13
Marcus — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-12-08 01:02
More Bull!!! — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-12-07 22:21

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The God Debate Reloaded with the Old Moral Brickwall

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-27 17:42


Recently in the "Time Magazine" (Nov 13th), there was a Debate between two scientists - Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins (Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute since 1993) on the existence of God. These debates always run aground for Atheists at the merest whiff of the argument for morality. What typifies the Atheist argument is a rejection of an "absolute morality" - inherently associated with religion.

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"Have I not been paying attention?" -- Cresswell — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2007-12-28 05:44
Spinoza — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-05-01 12:27
Atheists who happen to be Objectivists? — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-11 00:32

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The Age of Rand – Imagining an Objectivist Future World.

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-20 21:49

By accident I stumbled upon these two items at once.

The first is a video clip from March this year of an interview on a Manhattan Libertarian TV programme called “Hardfire” with the author Frederick Cookinham about his book “The Age of Rand – Imagining an Objectivist Future World.” The author claims that there will be an “Age of Rand” 50-100 years from now.

Recent Comments:
No, I don't think so... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-11-21 21:03
Is Cookinham a Brandenite? — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-11-21 17:37
Act I, Sc 2 — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-21 02:21

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Tristan, Isolde, Wagner and I. "Must I waken?"

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:15

I saw the opera Tristan and Isolde on the weekend (staged by the Welsh National Opera), my first Wagner opera. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and see (with an open mind) if Wagner was really the operatic genius that some people claim he is.

Recent Comments:
Que? — by Tim S on Tue, 2009-10-06 19:54
The conclusion of the Levin's article... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-10-31 15:57
Siegfried's Funeral March & Hitler's Suicide — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-10-31 07:51

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Atheism, Ayn Rand and the BBC.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-23 18:29

Atheists are not necessarily rational or moral, but consistent mystics can never be. Therefore, atheism is in fact a necessary prerequisite for the consistent application of objectivism as a philosophy. I am convinced that if the majority of people in the world were atheists, after having rejected religious mysticism, it would be a lot easier to make the case for objectivism.

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Sandi... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-04 21:39
It will eventually bawl itself out — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-03 21:38

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This is a very sad day for we "fearless" men :-(

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-04 09:59

The Crocodile Hunter is Dead!!!

I was very sad to hear this news on the radio this morning.

I very much enjoyed Steve Irwin's fearless way of handling dangerous animals.

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Katherine — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:35
Marcus — by Kat on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:09
Thanks Katherine — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-06 17:36

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The Banishment of Charlie Chaplin

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-06-29 01:05

[From The Free Radical, Issue 67]

Charlie Chaplin was one of first geniuses of cinema and had a career that lasted over 50 years and spanned over 80 movies. During the height of his fame in the 1920s and 30s he was one of the wealthiest and most famous movie icons in the US. And yet after the Second World War Chaplin was to provoke a moral backlash and frenzy over his alleged communist activities that would see him effectively banished. How was it possible that such a man who had become the most universally recognized icon in the world suddenly became persona non grata in his adopted country?

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The funniest comment about — by 0 on Wed, 2008-07-16 07:24
Chaplin had a great sense of life! — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-06-30 19:38
This is an excellent — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-06-29 01:39

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Revelation #2: “the Emperor’s New Clothes” fallacy

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-06-27 20:45

A few months ago I attended the first small meeting of the Oxford Objectivist Society. They were showing a video of the Leonard Peikoff ford forum lecture:
“Why Should One Act on Principle?” (1988). I have never heard a talk from Peikoff before in my life. I was keener on meeting the members of the society than hearing the talk actually.

I got there after the video had already started, but even then it seemed pretty monotonous and nothing much new. However, near the end he made a point that really struck me as being quite self-evident, but also profound. (It is always the self-evident things that startle me the most).

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Basking in the sunlight of others — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-06-28 17:13
"They remind their audience — by JoeM on Wed, 2006-06-28 02:37

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Revelation #1: Nothing is a matter of opinion by my standard.

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-06-13 23:11

Recently, I have had some philosophical epiphanies, independent of Objectivism, that I want to reveal to you here, that others may find them useful too.

The first of these I discovered when reading a book by the NZ philosopher - Jamie Whtye.

In the book he states that nothing is in fact “a matter of opinion“, that a statement is always either true or false.

You might think this should be obvious to any Objectivist, i.e. that A=A. Existence exists. What is true is true. What is false is false.

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Zen and the Art — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-06-21 10:10
Marcus — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-06-21 10:07
Speaking of intrinsicism, I — by Matt on Mon, 2006-06-19 19:46

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The Oxford Objectivist Society

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-06-09 09:15

Last Tuesday (6th of June) I delivered a talk to a recently formed Oxford Objectivist Society. The society was started by a small group of students studying humanities in Oxford, mostly philosophy and economics.

The founder of the group had learned of my name from another Objectivist when recently in the states.

The speech I gave went down really well, and the students asked highly intelligent and probing questions afterwards. This was followed by a long, but enjoyable debate. We were having discussions long into the night at the college bar.

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Another suggestion, Marcus — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-06-12 13:38
Hayek vs Rand — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-06-12 13:35
Thanks for the suggestion — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-06-10 23:10

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