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John Key - as principled as any National MP

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-03-10 02:33

A number of people have been reacting to this speech by John Key in surprise; his candid championing of crony-capitalism (also known as public-private partnership) and Government intervention seems, on the face of it, to contradict National's Vision & Values.

Let's take a closer look at the Vision & Values items, & see how well National's actual policies uphold them ...

Recent Comments:
I would like to amend this post ... — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:33
You know, all could be — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-03-12 08:03
National has never been much else — by Scott Wilson on Fri, 2006-03-10 09:40

Reprise—Hitting the Spot

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-03-10 01:25

Reason is retreating before the advance of primitive superstition.

Recent Comments:
Ciro- I thought it WAS a — by Jody Gomez on Fri, 2006-03-17 02:59
HITTING THE SPOT — by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2006-03-16 19:45
Extra Information — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-03-14 23:59

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Journalism Ethics 101

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-03-09 23:23

(Original: http://www.julianpistorius.com/journal/?postid=135 )

I have always had the greatest respect for journalists. It is a very difficult job, and usually thankless. For many years, my mother worked for a small, regional newspaper in the little rural town in South Africa where I grew up, so I saw this first-hand.

As an activist in a small, radical political party on the outer fringes of the political spectacle, I rely on an unspoken understanding with the media. Because the libertarian perspective on issues, based on individual rights, can be very different from the accepted norms, and run of the mill opinions, we have to present these views in an entertaining fashion, so that the media will report on them. The media then put their own spin on these amusing and/or interesting stories, and present it to their customers. As a result, their customers are kept informed and entertained. In return, I get to air a bit of our message of freedom and equality. Everybody wins.

Recent Comments:
It's your choice — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-03-10 08:42

Concealed Carry Cock-up

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-09 02:23

The way I test out weapon systems is to buy a cheap generic example of something, see if carrying it works for me (or could be made to work, given the limitations of the cheap generic example), and if it does, then purchase a decent example and practice with it lots.

Case in point: clipped folders. I bought a really cheap tip-up Spyderco knock-off for NZ$2.00 from a two-dollar shop in the St. Lukes mall, and carried it around experimentally for a week, praticing drawing & opening it from a fence. I decided I liked the way it worked, so bought a Benchmade Pika, which I still carry.

Another example: neck knives. I bought a Maxam Talon neck-knife for NZ$15 & carried one around for several weeks in the supplied sheath. I encountered several drawbacks:

Recent Comments:
Buwahahahahaha — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-08-01 07:56
From the title... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-07-31 17:52
You should hear some of the — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-09 05:52

ARI Launches Free Speech Campaign

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-08 04:45

(Note from Linz—no, I haven't joined ARI, but this project seems well worth supporting, & is another instance of ARI leaving TOC in the dust.)

In light of the recent violent outrage in the Islamic world over the "Danish Cartoon" controversy, and the anemic response to this outburst in Europe and America, the Ayn Rand Institute is pleased to announce a campaign to bring the Danish cartoons to the widest possible audience--and to arrange a series of panel discussions to discuss the vital need to defend free speech.

So long as men are free to criticize, free to dissent, free to present their own ideas without fear of reprisals--the fight for rational culture has a chance. But the crisis over cartoons of Mohammad threatens to wipe out freedom of speech. Our leaders have shamefully sided with the mobs chanting death threats and torching embassies. Free speech, our leaders say, is not an absolute, its exercise must not offend religious beliefs--it is a right, in other words, that we are not free to exercise.

Recent Comments:
F_wit — by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2006-03-10 05:46
Amen! — by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2006-03-10 05:33
I'd love to see what a — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-03-10 01:57

Bought any ammo for Hamas recently?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-03-08 03:53

[Edit: I should have read the article more carefully ...]

The New Zealand Government has given 65 million dollars in aid to Palestine - which means that every one of the 4 million subjects of New Zealand has been forced to contribute NZ$16.25.

"That's not so bad", I hear you say?

Well, according to figures from AK-47 World and XE.com, NZ$16.25 should buy around 87 rounds of 7.72 x 39mm ammunition, as used in AK-47s.

Recent Comments:
Mea culpa — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-03-08 23:44
Silly CVert — by Utility Belt on Wed, 2006-03-08 23:18
Stilll... — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-08 20:09

Something Better than Rage, Pain, Anger and Hurt (reprised from SOLOHQ)

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-08 01:29

It might be fun to have a kid I could pass something on to
Something better than rage, pain, anger and hurt …

~Lou Reed

There’s nothing inherently more rational about a violin than a guitar – as Eric Clapton says, ‘It’s in the Way That You Use It!' It just so happens that over the last three centuries or three most violins have been asked to do more than have most guitars. That’s just the way it is.

Art really is our own shortcut to our own soul. Good art enables us to hold up a mirror to ourselves and to see what our own soul looks like - and it isn’t always pretty, and we’d sometimes rather not know. Arguably, music is the most personal of the arts because there is no other that plays so directly with our own emotions, and which tells us so directly (if we have ears with which to listen honestly) who we are.

Recent Comments:
Peter — by gregster on Thu, 2014-07-31 11:52
Thanks for your comments — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-08 20:11
Agreed — by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-08 17:13

Incinerating Nanny State!

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Submitted by Phil Howison on Tue, 2006-03-07 21:57

An illustrated report on the 2006 Wellington census-burning.

Freedom of speech implies the freedom to remain silent, and with that in mind, Wellington Libertarianz members incinerated their census forms last night. As party leader Bernard Darnton told us: "The only correct response when Government agents come knocking on your door asking for personal information, is to tell them to bugger off!".


Activism: Census 2006 Burning

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-03-07 20:53

Well, the deed is done. Libertarianz members all over the country have taken a principled and moral stand against the census, and sent their forms up in flames.

It's simple. Is it OK for the government to forcibly demand private information from you?

I don't think so. Neither do many other people. Unfortunately, most of these people are too afraid to stand up for their rights. Instead they just fill in their forms with bogus information.

Well, if you and enough other people tell the bureaucrats to bugger off, you might make a change. Bit by bit, you can claim back your individual rights.

Recent Comments:
Brilliant!!! — by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-08 17:18
Census — by eg on Wed, 2006-03-08 05:18
Last Census — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-03-07 23:08

Minister of Parliament reverses Court decision to allow Marina

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-03-07 04:26

For fourteen (yes, 14) years, a group of New Zealanders has been battling through the Court system in a bid to build a Marina. Finally ... success! The Environment Court approved their application.

However, they're still being thwarted, because the Conservation Minister, Chris Carter, has stepped in and vetoed the Court decision (!) because, he says, "it would destroy a salt marsh and effect local Maori".

Recent Comments:
As always politicians come — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-04-03 22:41
Abstract laws justify the stupid rulings — by gone on Mon, 2006-04-03 20:24
The only time to blog is when you are Pissed off!!! — by Robert on Tue, 2006-03-07 05:16

Friendship and Values

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Submitted by John M Newnham on Sun, 2006-03-05 22:08

As an individualist, with Objectivism as my guide, I would like to think that I choose friends based on shared values. A recent event challenged this idea. I found myself faced with someone, a person with whom I had corresponded, in whom I had confided personal information, and on whom I had conferred the title friend. For myself the introvert, the cautionary one, the wolf, this was no small thing. In some ways, I had begun to see in this person, a kindred spirit. When the shit hit the fan however, and some fell my way, a number of things happened.

First I questioned the process by which we had become "friends". It had started with praise. He became aware of one of my aspirations, and praised it to the hilt. He confessed similar aspirations. He mirrored some of my experiences, and spoke about values which were near to my heart. In public, I was offered yet more praise, and sanctioned heavily. For my part I surrendered reason to validation. I mean, fuck, the man called me a genius. Hemingway was a genius. Damn!

Recent Comments:
Real Friends — by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-06-12 19:57
John — by Victor Pross on Fri, 2006-06-09 04:52
Kelly you are so right. — by John M Newnham on Fri, 2006-06-09 04:21

Societys Downward Spiral

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Submitted by Frizzy on Sat, 2006-03-04 21:40

What is it that causes us, the general public, to sell off our freedoms for trinkets or 'peace-of-mind's?
Could it be the lack of perceived personal responsibility?
Our bosses at work tell us what to do at work, and we really don't have a say there.
There are 'no smoking' signs, there are 'tow away' signs, there are signs on just about everything these days.
When we relax at home, most people choose to suppress their personality in front of the television.
And then the whole cycle starts again.
Humans are creatures of habit, and we are habitually loosing oppertunity to use our rights, slowly and surely when we cannot think of the immediate response to prevent it from happening in a given instance.

Recent Comments:
Apostrophes — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-03-09 21:58
Humph. — by Utility Belt on Wed, 2006-03-08 23:16
Nicely said Marnee. — by John M Newnham on Wed, 2006-03-08 17:06

Machan's Musings—Here We Go Again!

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Submitted by removed on Sat, 2006-03-04 11:38

The lawsuit against a Kentucky school district over a Confederate flag
prom dress, set to go to trial in August, is yet another illustration of
what trouble is caused by public or government schooling. When Jacqueline
Duty reportedly alleges that the Russell Independent Board of Education
denied her right to free speech when she was barred from her senior prom
in May 2004 because of a homemade dress bearing the confederate flag, she
shows that freedom of speech and government schooling are plainly
incompatible.

But this has been clear for years. All those lawsuits against school
boards about making students say the Pledge of Allegiance, saying a prayer


Auckland local authorities plan on using taxpayers money to 'fight' Telecom ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:06

I'm not sure which is the worst part of this story - my pick is the utter insanity of the idea of 'intangible social and economic benefits'.

Recent Comments:
Not helped by the Local Government Act — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2006-03-06 16:26
Sounds entirely feasible. — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-03-03 05:20
Watch Vector — by Frizzy on Fri, 2006-03-03 04:58

Smartest guys in the room? Are you kidding?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-01 22:30

I saw a new film the other night at The Academy. A very simple film in which there are good guys and there are bad guys, and the film makes very sure we know which is which. But it seems to me that the film makes the same mistake as the people it criticises -- rather than showing all the facts, it invites us to take somebody else's judgement for our own, which was in part the reason for the catastrophic failure the film portrays.

The film was The Smartest Guys in the Room, portraying the collapse of what was then America's seventh-largest company. The bad guys were not 'baddies' in the usual Saturday matinee fashion of wishing harm on everyone. They were baddies because they had failed to perform a simple human task: they had failed to think about what theywere doing.

Recent Comments:
Group consolidation rules — by Merlin Jetton on Sat, 2006-03-04 14:26
Group consolidation rules — by Tim S on Sat, 2006-03-04 13:15
Your trader friend — by Tom Matassa on Fri, 2006-03-03 18:47

Victor Borge - Music for your Funny Bone (Reprise).

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:03

"The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer" - Victor Borge.

The evening I spent captivated by Victor Borge, as he performed in front of a packed house in Hamilton's Founders Theatre, is one of the highlights of my life. At one point Victor attempted to play his finely polished Steinway but kept falling from his piano bench (Victor was 80-odd when I saw him). Exasperated, he opened the lid of the bench, pulled out a seat belt, and buckled himself in. Thus secured, he completed the excerpt by Brahms and then stood to accept the rapturous applause with a bow. As he bowed the little concert hall filled with laughter, for the piano bench was still attached to his backside.

Recent Comments:
Thanks Robert. I'll be on — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-03-03 07:32

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A Little Ripper of an Invention!

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-01 06:46

For those who don't know, I've been banished to Lawrence, Kansas, USA for my sins as a scientist (i.e. being dumb enough to become one).That poses a slight problem in that my loved ones are well out of shouting distance on the other side of the world.  This is what the telephone, telegraph, and radio were invented for, I hear you say.  'Tis true - and very fine inventions they all are - but there is now something much better: the Internet!  Now, before you tell me that you know about that one already, do you know of a piece of software called Skype?  Skype (www.skype.com) is a wonderful piece of software that allows me to place videophone calls to my parents in New Zealand for free!

Yes! I said, “for free!!!” 

There are some catches though.  For the videophone calls, both parties will need a computer with a broad-band/hi-speed connection, a sound-card, a microphone, and a web-cam.  This isn't a huge problem because most modern computers have this anyway.  You download and install Skype (for Mac OSX or Windows XP - though the webcam feature only works on the PC at the moment), create your Skype identity and you may place "calls" to any other customer with a similar computer set-up, anywhere in the world, free of charge.

For a small fee, you can upgrade Skype to call mobile and land-line phones and you can even set up "local" telephone numbers anywhere in the world.  The beauty of this is that you can have a telephone number in the USA, without residing in that country...  [Pause for business opportunities to sink in!]

Now I'm sure that Skype has competitors, and this little review has nothing to say about them because I haven't tried them yet.  However, I have used Skype extensively and I can vouch for the fact that, in terms of long-distance and international calls placed from a fixed address, it exceeds the quality of any conventional telephone service available in Kansas - that includes SBC/AT&T, T-mobile, and MCI.

In summary, it's just the thing for certain New Zealand-based objectivists in the process of setting up a sanctuary for "homeless" Objectivists Smiling


Monthly Update—March 1

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-01 04:17

I’m really excited about the first announcement I have to make in this monthly update.

*Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Executive Director. It’s … (drum roll, please) … Jason Quintana. I proposed, and he accepted. By way of explaining why I picked him, I can do no better than quote from my note to him:

"Thing is, Jason, I need an Executive Director. I'm offering you the job. My job is not to *run* SOLO. It's to provide the over-arching vision, the broad brush-strokes. The whole point of having staff is to let *them* run the thing, *implement* the vision. I've been waiting for a successor to Joe to become apparent. I gave Joe carte blanche to run SOLO as he saw fit, subject only to ultimate veto power on my part if I saw fit to exercise it. I never did. We conferred a lot, & that worked well ... until the end, obviously. I'd expect you to confer, too, if you felt the need, but I wouldn't back-seat drive. You'd be one below me in the pecking order, but to all intents & purposes, you'd be in charge. What I'm looking for is someone with precisely your attributes, at least as I see them. Young, vibrant, good grasp of Objectivism, a deep, passionate commitment to its future & SOLO's, good 'people skills,' a sound practical bent ... I silently followed your chat with Lance yesterday & thought, 'Here's my man.' You stepped up well to your current job. How about an upgrade?"

Recent Comments:
Congratulations... — by atlascott on Fri, 2006-03-03 16:23
Jason: As one who's always — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-03-02 19:09
You're the man now, dog! — by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-03-02 09:19

Quote: William Pitt and Bill Clinton

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 08:41

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt
(1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Source: Speech, House of Commons, 18 November 1783
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/William.Pitt.Quote.D262

"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... [However, now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it."
-- Bill Clinton
[William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ), 42nd US President
Source: MTV's "Enough is Enough" 3-22-94
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Bill.Clinton.Quote.7332

Recent Comments:
1st Time I Read That One — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 02:02
freedom not given — by Rick Pasotto on Tue, 2006-02-28 15:19

Letter to Statistics New Zealand re. 2006 Census

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:49

[Please find attached this letter in MS Word format, with italics and footnotes intact]

75 Mays Road
Onehunga
Auckland

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

To whom it may concern,

I have a number of moral and legal objections to completing the census.

Firstly and most significantly, no-one has the moral right to demand information of me by force (either morally or legally; I will address the legal argument later). Despite obfuscatory taxpayer-funded advertising to the contrary, the 2006 Census is a programme for information gathering by threat of force. If I do not complete the required Census forms, I am subject to financial penalties according to the Statistics Act 1975[1], a threat that if issued by a market research company or private investigator would itself be considered extortion and punishable by a jail sentence.

Recent Comments:
Avoidance and minimum conpliance — by apteryx on Sat, 2006-03-04 00:18
Sad, isn't it ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:06
They pick them up from the door, too ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:03

If Hank Rearden Was A Dairy Farmer...?

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:48

http://www.azstarnet.com/altds/pastframe/business/117302

Excerpt:

"By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga, 64, says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his customers can make a hefty profit at dirt-cheap prices. Such vertical integration, as it is known, is increasingly popular in agriculture as farmers and processors try to find ways to eliminate costs and increase revenues.

"But in the highly politicized world of dairy, efficiency could carry a price. Major dairy cooperatives and milk processors successfully persuaded federal regulators to write new rules that would prohibit the business practices that Hettinga has so successfully put in place.

Recent Comments:
Lance: America is no longer — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:25
Duncan:I am almost — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:02
The end of milk — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:49

Both letters published ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:24

Both my letter to the Central Leader and (more importantly, I think) my letter to the NZ Guns & Hunting have been published. Here's hoping they'll open a few eyes & minds.


House!

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-28 03:19

I've joined the bourgeois and become a proud property owner. My first house. I know its mostly BB&T's at this point, and thanks to Baltimore property taxes, city zoning laws, state fees and taxes the point of it becoming mostly (or even fully) mine is that much farther off, it can't take away from the fact that its mine, from my own work, supported by my (mostly) free exchange of my own productive efforts.  

Recent Comments:
'OWNership' — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-04 21:43
Congrats — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 19:06
I've got some painting to do — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-03-01 03:31

Putting Freedom beyond the Vote

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-02-27 09:59

There are some things that are so important they should be put beyond the vote. That's the proposition I want to offer you this morning.

Consider this for example: Western countries around the world express concern at how waves of Islamic immigration could put at risk the freedoms we take for granted -- or at least the freedoms that some of you take for granted, such as the right to free speech, the separation of church and state, and the blessings of secure property rights.

As long as there was widespread understanding of and support for these important bulwarks of liberty, the secure retention of them was relatively assured; but as ignorance overtakes knowledge and the population changes any of these things of importance can be easily taken away by citizens'-initiated referenda, government vote-buying, or the easy, knee-jerk clamour of populism.

Recent Comments:
Right Destination, Wrong Route — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 01:32
I don't mind at all, Joe. — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:35
A great summary of an urgent — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:13

Stealing property with weasel words

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:06

Let me try a phrase on you: "Local loop unbundling." There. I'll wager most of you have switched off already, haven't you? But you shouldn't. While geek phrases aplenty are being flung about, plans are afoot to dismember New Zealand's largest company and to nationalise the bits left over.

What "local loop unbundling" really means is this: nationalising Telecom's telephone lines because other telecommunications companies can't be arsed building their own, and the RMA makes it all but impossible to do so if the will were there in any case -- which it isn't. In a word, it is theft.

Why invest in your own lines when the RMA makes it too damn difficult to lay them or string them, and when you can get them anyway by stealth - by theft, and with the vigorous support of all sides of the traditional one-dimensional left-right spectrum it seems, from Green to Tory and all points in between. (Observe that the very terminology of left and right was derived from the post-Revolutionary French parliament when both left and right sides of parliament were arguing over to whom to dole out all the proceeds of loot and pillage.) The honorific seems no less appropriate to today's apologists for theft and interventionist dimememberment of private property, who think their desire for broadband internet trumps Telecom's right to keep what is rightfully their's.

Recent Comments:
RMA = Resource Management — by Frizzy on Sun, 2006-02-26 08:54
TLAs — by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:35

Would Orwell or Marx have blogged?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:04

Would Karl Marx or George Orwell have made good bloggers? Some opinions on that question here from a host of bloggers and commentators in a meditation on blogging from FT.Com's Trevor Butterworth. There is, says Trev, "a spectre haunting the blogosphere - tedium."

If the pornography of opinion doesn’t leave you longing for an eroticism of fact, the vast wasteland of verbiage produced by the relentless nature of blogging is the single greatest impediment to its seriousness as a medium.

"The point is," he says "any writer of talent needs the time and peace to produce work that has a chance of enduring. " The daily blogging treadmill, what some bloggers call "feeding the beast," stultifies output says Trev. And what happens to the blogger's material in the end? It's not even the stuff of tomorrow's fish and chip wrappers, is it?

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It's Whatever You Make Of It — by Bikemessenger on Mon, 2006-02-27 07:53

The Chemistry of Love

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-02-25 09:28

"Love and obsessive-compulsive disorder could have a similar chemical profile," says professor of psychiaty Donatella Marazatti, who studies "the biochemistry of lovesickness." Now there's a topic to ignite the passions, one explored in this month's National Geographic magazine.

The key apparently is two chemicals: serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin -- "perhaps our star neuro-transmitter" -- the one that is altered by drugs like Prozac -- is what quite literally gives our passions real feeling. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder apparently have an imbalance of serotonin; so too do people in the grip of love.

Recent Comments:
Capitalist and Joe M, — by Charles Henrikson on Mon, 2006-02-27 20:19
Taken — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-27 16:49
A Conumdrum — by Capitalist on Sun, 2006-02-26 05:37

The Passion of the Critics of Ayn Rand's Critics (reprised to mark the death of Rand arch-critic Nathaniel Branden)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-02-25 07:18

The Affair … The Break … The Affair Revealed (The Passion of Ayn Rand) … Peikoff in denial … Judgment Day … Anti-Peikovian backlash … IOS-TOC … The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics … Ancient History … Yawn … Better Things to Do …

Recent Comments:
Well — by Brant Gaede on Tue, 2015-01-20 17:14
Nathaniel Interviwed in 1989 (Judgment Day Tour) — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2015-01-11 13:13
it's more complicated — by Brant Gaede on Sat, 2015-01-03 18:05

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Repeal "Blasphemous Libel" section in Crimes Act

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-23 23:30

It's not often I agree with a raving statist, but in this case I'm 100% in agreement.

Section 123 of the Crimes Act, which provides for the crime of "blasphemous libel" needs to be repealed as a matter of urgency, as Catholics in New Zealand are attempting to use it to stifle free speech (tasteless free speech, but that's another issue).

Idiot/Savant has drafted a bill to repeal the offending section from the Crimes Act; you can see it, and his call for action, here on his blog.

Recent Comments:
Mistake ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-24 01:08

Dialling 911 to get your ethics? Stop right there.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-23 19:17

University ethics classes and late-night bull sessions are replete with discussions of hypothetical and unikely moral dilemmas. Whose responsibility is an abandoned baby in the woods? Should I dive into a turbulent river to save a dying woman? What should I do if I my boat sinks and I wash up on a desert island only to stumble across a locked but well-stocked hut -- can I break in and use the food and shelter? What if there are two if us in a lifeboat but only food for one? What if (for a dose of humour) we're a brain in a vat driving a runaway trolley down a rail line with with only two forks with five people standing on one and nine on the other but... Etc. Etc. Ad nauseum.

Recent Comments:
Utility's...Arithmetic-Utilitarianism — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-02-25 00:27
>>Indeed, I'd say that the — by Utility Belt on Fri, 2006-02-24 23:22
'Utility' logic — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-02-24 20:46

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