Hilarous Mohammed cartoon courtesy The Whig ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-02 01:37

Perhaps I just have a childish sense of humour, but I love this cartoon, which originally appeared on The Whig ...

Recent Comments:
I obviously have a childish — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 17:47

Generation Gap

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Submitted by Marty on Wed, 2006-02-01 06:16

Though I have older and younger friends, each a generation apart from me, I do not experience a significant generation gap with either group. I have been asked, in particular, why I befriend some of my college students half my age. The answer is simple -- I love math, science, chess, classical music, karate, philosophy, etc. -- timeless threads that weave a common blanket of friendship. That my young friends may not have seen a Bugs Bunny cartoon involving the Martian who wished to blow up the Earth doesn't raise a wall between us. Neither does the fact that my older friends don't enjoy some of the rock tunes or video games that I do. 

Ironic News comment of the week

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Fri, 2006-01-27 01:57

Today I heard a quote from Condoleeza Rice stating that "[Hamas] cannot have one foot in politics and one in terrorism". I believe it was intended to say that that sort of thing is completely seperate.

I think I laughed for about 20 minutes.

I guess she figures that if you put attention on one set of terrorists, we'll not think about the ones here at home.


Recent Comments:
Flat fee Mls — by 0 on Wed, 2009-02-04 06:27

Every normal man ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-01-26 23:32

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken

The funny thing is, I didn't think they had the R.M.A. where Mencken lived.

Atlas Shrugged Goodies

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Submitted by Aethlos on Thu, 2006-01-26 02:42

I designed a few "Rearden Steel" items on cafepress just for myself, my blog readers, and my friends, but after discovering this site last week I realized there might be more of you who, like me, were disappointed to discover how little there is out there as far as Atlas merchandise. I found "John Galt Gifts" online, and they have some great stuff, but I thought there should be a better selection of Atlas-wear for objectivists to brandish, so I've created a NEW online store at Cafepress... PACKED with "Rearden Steel" and "Taggart Transcontinental" goodies. You'll notice the prices I set are very low, I've only added 2 or 3 dollars to each item--because it's a labor of love not a profit-making endeavor (would Dagny smack me for that?). If you think of any combinations of logos you want but aren't presented, let me know, and I can create them. I hope this offers many of you gift ideas for the objectivist you love. Smiling

Letter to the NZ Herald re. one-sided coverage

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-01-26 00:00

I just read the Herald's coverage of the resorative 'justice' session and was dismayed, but not surprised, to see no mention of the vocal supporters of Mr. Shaw. So I sent them this letter ...

Recent Comments:
The Herld printed it yesterday ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-01-28 00:44

Radio interview re. restorative 'justice' meeting

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-01-25 23:42

This morning, Lindsay interviewed me (on Radio Live) regarding the developer Mr. Shaw, who was charged for felling a tree on his own land.

Rest assured, a full article about the event and the issues leading up to it will be following. But for now, here's the interview audio.

Many thanks to Lindsay for arranging to have me on his show - and congratulations to him for the way he grilled the councillor who appeared on the show before me. He showed the bastard up for what he really is: a fascist goon. As one local Libertarian said after hearing it, "he might well need counselling after that interview" Smiling

Recent Comments:
Just a thought — by CVert on Sun, 2006-01-29 18:58
Thanks for sharing — by Pete L on Thu, 2006-01-26 05:10

Bottoms up

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Submitted by katdaddy on Tue, 2006-01-24 05:06

I have no desire to be on the staff of Solo any longer. I quit as Solo Illinois Leader. The position is now open.

I now work on Rand Road.

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Tue, 2006-01-24 01:28

After a long time of wanting out of my warehouse job I finally managed it. I am now working an office job, the type I've been trying to get ever since dropping out of business school.

The cool thing about it is it's actually loacated on RAND road in Indianapolis.

Had a good first day there and 2006 is already looking great.


Recent Comments:
Should have got the joke. — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:39
Glad to hear the first week at the new job went well. — by Jon Letendre on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:08
Point Taken. Fair enough... — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-01-28 23:29

Farewell to Auckland ...

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-01-23 01:18

Auckland SOLOists - my current radio gig comes to an end this Friday. I'll be returning to Wellington Saturday. There'll be one last knees-up in my hotel room (lotsa space, furniture & a deck), Rm 413, Barrycourt, Gladstone Rd., Parnell, on Friday evening from 7.30 on. BYO - the cost of in-house alcohol is horrendous. Smiling All welcome.


Recent Comments:
Julian's back — by Brendan Hutching on Sun, 2006-01-29 22:08
A jolly good night — by JulianD on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:31
Fabulous! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-01-28 20:56

Developer charged for felling a tree on his own land ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-01-21 10:51

Developer facing angry community for pohutukawa destruction


"The charge is punishable by a fine of up to $200,000 or two years in prison, but Judge Fred McElrea deferred sentencing until February 13 for restorative justice. That process is likely to include a meeting at the Maungakiekie Community Board with those directly affected by the cutting down of the tree."


The idea is that residents will be able to express their feelings about the matter, then neogiate with Mr. Shaw some kind of 'compensation for the community' (yes, a bribe paid to local residents for his felling a tree on his own land - I wish I were joking).

Recent Comments:
Land 'OWNERship' and 'Restorative Justice' — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-02-03 23:19
Bravo, Duncan! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-01-25 21:15
Thanx for the clarification — by VSD on Mon, 2006-01-23 10:02

Letter to NZ Guns and Hunting

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-01-20 07:15

Dear Sir,

I note that many hunters complain bitterly of mismanagement of game resources by DOC - and yet those hunters are also opposed to the idea of privatisation of those same resources. They want to see changes in the way the resources are managed, new priorities, new governing organisations - but miss the truth of the matter: endemic mismanagement is an inescapable consequence of public 'ownership'.

In 1968, Garrett Hardin eloquently described the consequences of such a system in his classic treatise "The Tragedy of the Commons" - which is available freely on the Internet, and is essential reading for anyone contemplating the future of hunting, or indeed most aspects of modern society.

If hunters want game resources controlled by people with a vested interest in the continued maintenance of those resources, they should welcome privatisation - especially if they themselves form trusts to buy public land, under covenant, from the Government.

Yours sincerely,
Duncan Bayne

Recent Comments:
Primitive Hunting — by Ashley on Thu, 2006-01-26 13:46
I have set myself a challenge ... — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-01-20 07:37

This isn't my only blog ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-01-20 00:04

... I actually have two others:

DotGeek - my blog covering professional software development & general geekery.

WestiAmp - my blog providing an history of my (currently languishing) efforts to restore an old Westminster valve radio into a valve-amplified MP3 player.

Feel free to hassle me if I don't make any progress on WestiAmp this month Smiling

'Not PC' Post-Holiday Blog Carnival

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-01-19 22:45

There are blog carnivals for everything these days: football, philosophy, psychology, pharmacology... so as I write so much and you lot need to read it all -- every last sentence! -- I'm having my own. In the last week-and-a-few-bits 'Not PC' has had something for everyone who can read and who has a pulse and some grey metter. Here below is just some of what you would have seen recently if you'd slithered towards your keyboard and pushed the 'Not PC' button (and that's not counting all the art, architecture, cartoons and jokes). What are you waiting for, dive on in:


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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Tue, 2006-01-17 01:40

I've been postponing it for three weeks, but after today, I no longer need to hold my tongue.

I have officially proposed marriage to my girlfriend of almost 1 year today. She had accepted, and after what I see as a long engagement, we will be married.

Recent Comments:
Hahah — by Joe Idoni on Sat, 2006-01-21 15:21
Congratulations Joe! Did you — by Tim S on Fri, 2006-01-20 06:57
congrats....... — by Robert Malcom on Wed, 2006-01-18 02:44

My dog Tika jumped the fence today ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-01-12 07:15

... and rolled over a passing Jack Russell terrier, scaring the pants off it and her owner. She didn't attack it mind you, she was just playing - which is why I'm being slapped with a $200 fine for failing to keep my dog on my property, rather than with a notice for a court appearance.

So, as a side issue, a builder is coming around on Saturday to give us a quote for raising our fence, and I've got to pay a $200 fine, plus registration costs for all 3 dogs. Although I neutered, chipped and obedience trained all three of them (recently winning an Elementary 5th place ribbon with Tika), I've never registered them, as Tika is a Staffie cross.

Really, really sad ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-01-12 03:02

From (I came across it while Googling for workplace CCW restrictions, and I've not hyperlinked it because I don't want to give them any undue search engine promotion):

Winning Government Contracts
Learn the rules that will help you sell to the biggest consumer there is: the U.S. government.


Controlling Your Taxes
Develop effective methods for complying with your sales, income, property, and other tax obligations.

Economically illiterate sadsack hypocrites. Grrrrrrrrr! >Sad

NZ Govt. prepares to nullify covenants on private property

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-01-11 22:15

I'd like to say that this kind of thing could never happen in America, but it just did, didn't it? Sad

State tenants excluded from new neighbourhoods

By Angela Gregory

Developers have begun placing covenants on land titles to keep state housing tenants out of newly established neighbourhoods.

The trend has disturbed Housing Minister Chris Carter, who warns that the Government could consider a legal challenge if it continues.

Recent Comments:
Section 8 — by Jon Letendre on Sun, 2006-01-15 18:17
Section 8 — by atlascott on Sun, 2006-01-15 14:01

A handy little image ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-01-11 21:02

... for those who frequently post on internet fora:

Don't Feed The Trolls

Recent Comments:
For posting to bullies ;) — by VSD on Sun, 2006-01-22 13:16
And another — by Laure Chipman on Wed, 2006-01-11 23:52

A Cowboy's view of the Army's job

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Wed, 2006-01-11 16:11

Last night at the National Western Stock show, in Denver CO, they had a presentation about how great the army is... I thought that it was interesting that they said the army's job is protecting the bill of rights... Only the first fourteen amendments to the constitution, and I guess the constitution as a corolary. Not the right to vote without racial descrimination; Not the Income tax; Not Senate electionds by popular vote; Not the abolition of Alcohol, or its reinstitution; Not Women's Suffrage; they don't support the term-limit amendments; They don't work to protect D.C.'s right to vote for president; They won't protect you from poll taxes; they will only follow the original instructions for the succession of the presidency; Nor will they support the voting age at 18; and they don't protect congressional pay increases.

Recent Comments:
My bad... the first ten... — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-01-17 19:26
Charles, — by Summer Serravillo on Wed, 2006-01-11 16:21

Police now Judge, Jury but not (yet) executioner ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-01-09 22:48

This story ...

Noisy car hoons face tough penalties

"Police officers will be able to impose an instant $250 fine, increased from the current level of $150, and demerit points if they felt a car was "significantly louder than it should be", Pullen said.

There was no existing legal test of what constituted a noisy vehicle so individual officers had to make their own assessment, he said."

... is best read in the context of this story:

Policeman quits after texting 16-year-old girl

"Cases investigated included:

* A constable is before the courts on charges of indecent assault against an 11-year-old girl, alleged to have occurred before the man joined the police;

* a constable who pleaded guilty in court to wilful damage after smashing a car headlight with his baton after pulling the vehicle over. He has resigned;

* an inspector alleged to have assaulted a female in an off-duty domestic incident;

* a detective sergeant was fined for disgraceful conduct after behaving inappropriately towards a female subordinate."

... because of course, we can trust the Police to issue on-the-spot penalties without any due process.

Letter to the NZ Herald re. Pepper Spray

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-01-09 02:07

[This was in response to the article MP wants tough new penalties for attacks on police]

Dear Sir,

So, Ron Mark has announced that pepper spray is an effective weapon against armed attackers. Excellent - it's about time. Now, how about letting ordinary, law-abiding New Zealanders carry it to defend themselves?

Last I checked, it's not only the Police who'd like to avoid grappling with knife-armed attackers.

Duncan Bayne

My main blog

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-01-09 00:28

I run my main blog @ I post a lot of writing excercises there.

But who am I kidding I'm going to wind up crossposting eventually.


Recent Comments:
I use myspace to network. — by Landon Erp on Wed, 2006-01-11 03:10
Crossposting?!?!?!? — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-01-11 03:01

Liquor Bans? Yeah Right!

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-01-08 05:39

How about making drunken disorderly behaviour an offence, for which one can be arrested and either fined or imprisoned? Nah, easier to just ban alcohol, that'll solve the problem. Yeah, right! An empty bottle of Speights Old Dark, a bit of careful climbing & some even more careful balancing produced this wonderful political protest - if I'm not careful, Creative New Zealand will be trying to foist some taxpayers money on me for my modern artworks ...

Speights bottle atop Liquor Ban warning

Recent Comments:
Welcome! — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-01-10 03:26
Grr my leg is still giving a little trouble — by CVert on Tue, 2006-01-10 03:12
Heh. If you can't make a — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-01-09 05:38

Right, that was easy enough.

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-01-07 08:54

Well, I've finished moving my blog over to SOLO. Didn't take much, as a matter of fact. Just posted a notice at my old blog, & this new post here.

I should shortly be posting some new stuff here. Much has been happening of late; new leathers (for racing the NSR150), sold the GSXR (same reason), now officially debt free (except for my mortgage & student loan), & I'm starting a new job soon. I've also resolved to post at least weekly to my blog Smiling

Let's fight fire with fire?

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Tue, 2006-01-03 06:33

Some may have read my recent thread entitled AC/DC. I'm sure to at least someone's chagrin, this had nothing to do with the rock band. In fact it had to do with an issue I was grappling with when it came to dealing with the conversion of a friend of mine to the path of rational thought.

In this particular instance I use the word friend as someone I feel a particular sense of benevolence toward. As a person, I know that she has been inundated with the putrid volatesence of altruistic thought, but has had enough experience to know that there is a line between right and wrong. In an effort to expand this to a point where she could understand, I did some preparation.

I will never understand this....

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Submitted by Grey on Sun, 2006-01-01 18:41

It is beyound my comprehension as to why people do everything short of worshipping sports. I can see liking some sports, I like hockey, but I do not avidily follow my team every day. Nor do I riun things if the loose, as they have the last three games.


Recent Comments:
Yes — by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-01-01 22:12

Brockian Ultra Cricket

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Submitted by Grey on Fri, 2005-12-30 17:09

My friend and I were originally planning to go play this wonderous game last summer but never got around to it. I wonder if we can revive said plans.

This is gonna be great! Hopefully, we can go snag a few blow-up bats, and go at it.

Another pointless post, but meh...

A year of blogging...

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2005-12-28 23:41

As my farewell too you all for the year (now, now, don't cry), I've posted links below to some of my own favourite and more reflective posts from the past year so you don't get 'PC withdrawal' over the holiday season. I've tried over the year to be pithy, thought-proving and entertaining -- I've enjoyed writing these pieces, and I'd like to thank all of you who've visited my blog, who enjoyed what you found there, and who left me feedback about what you read.

Feel free to print off a few copies of these pieces and take them with you to the beach. Smiling

As if you needed more proof

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Fri, 2005-12-23 12:31

On my way home from work this morning, I heard a news story about a thwarted assassination plot against President Bush. Apparently the Al Qaeda 'Operations Director' was directly linked to the obviously failed attempt.

I just have one thing to say about that: Terrorists are stupid.

I know that they all want to die and have their 40 virgins, but do they not understand the hierarchy in the United States government? If they kill the stupidest president in recollection, they only harm themselves. Do they think that ultra-capitalist Dick Cheney is going to roll over and make oil prices higher for his beloved Halliburton? Yeah, ok. Or maybe they were hoping they'd get old Dick as well. Let's go down the list for the infidel pigs.

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