Why another blog?

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:41

Don’t be deceived by the title: this isn’t meant to convince you why you should read another blog. I am trying to record my reasons for starting another one. I have haphazardly kept a livejounral since early college but I never really examined why. Ever since I noticed the ‘my blog’ link I’ve thought that this would be an experience I could get something out of in a community that fits my values. Linz’s article “Daily Linz 24 - It's the Integration, Stoopid!” made me stop and think for a while about examining my life and integrating a value driven lifestyle throughout it. So back to the question, why write another blog? I want to list the reasons right now, at the beginning so I can hold myself accountable.

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Great, William! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 19:22

Cartoons, and the Forum of Ideas

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Submitted by Alex Sagan on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:26


Aren't they great? I especially like how the Road Runner outwits Wile E. Coyote each time, not matter what force Mr. Coyote employs...perhaps, if instead of bird-seed as bait, he could leave a letter explaining his views on said Runner, which Mr. Runner would read: they could then get together and have a lively discussion on the behavioral interactions of predators/prey.

Okay, we know what cartoons I'm talking about. But it really isn't all that different from the good old days (though this point is contentious) of Looney Tunes. It's starting to look mighty 'Looney Tunes' out there, if you ask me. And, since this is a blog, you don't have to, I'll just say what I please. Comment: free speech = good, though usually not easy; violence = bad, and usually extremely easy.

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Cartoons are great...and so is free speech... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-09 04:53

New Day, New Lesson

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Submitted by Alex Sagan on Wed, 2006-02-08 23:00

I am very vigilant when it comes to trying to extract as much information out of every experience that I have. Each day that is somewhat like the last still bears fruit, usually in more-than-manageable quantities.

However, I have only recently undergone some very large changes in my life; ending a relationship with a man who claimed to stand for an Objective viewpoint but lived his life in an entirely different manner (it took me a while to understand this, and I hope that I recall my past ignorance should the same situation rear its head in the future); beginning my graduate career in a field that takes my breath away with its magnificence, wonder, beauty and truth---mathematics (spec. mathematical physics).

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Welcome aboard, Abigail! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 00:42

Bert and Osama?

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Submitted by Marty on Wed, 2006-02-08 07:15
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yep — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-02-10 08:09

One country. One law. One constitution.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:29

Another Waitangi Day in New Zealand and (no doubt) another set of protests and claims for more legal privilege. Another Waitangi Day in which the the usual parade of politicians and protestors confront and avoid each other, and the professional grievance industry discuss and issue their demands for the taxpayer to give even more -- (for those interested in such things, this year's fashionable demand seems to be for a separatist Maori General Assembly.)

Frankly, we don't need another taxpaid gravy train or another grievance industry or yet another charter for separatism or a forum in which to demand it; we simply need good law.

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Very good — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:40

Left and right and other nonsense

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:27

I've tried telling you lot I'm neither left nor right (though you continue to put me on the 'Right' on your blogrolls). I've tried telling you that libertarians are neither Right nor Left, but 'North' (but I still hear people calling libertarians "extreme right"). And I've tried pointing out that your traditional Left-Right spectrum is simplistic and one-dimensional and blurs too many important distinctions to be worth a pinch of shite, as compared to the diamond-shaped 'Nolan' spectrum that has real depth, and great descriptive power. (See for example here, here and here, and that picture of NZ's political spectrum over there on the, ahem, right.)

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U2? — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-02-08 09:21

Liberty lost out in Costa Rica

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:23

I mentioned the Costa Rican elections on my main blog last week, and you might be wondering how the Costa Rican 'Libertarians' got on. Former Moviemento Libertaro activist Jorge has the news, and plenty of criticism. The MLs went soft in a bid for power over principle ... and the bid failed, and with it went the principles:

[Party leader and Presidential candidate Otto] Guevara and his group expelled the hard core libertarians, or as he called them “radicals”, from the party, saying that they were responsible for the impeding the growth of the party. He said that by becoming “moderate” they would move closer to the Costa Rican people, thereby gaining many more votes.

Activism: Waitangi Day

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-07 04:06

Well, I've just come back from the Libertarianz activism at Waitangi. Spirits ran high, but it was noticeably more peaceful than last year. Yes, there were the usual displays of tribalism, marching, chanting and a heavy police presence.

For such a small group of people, we always seem to attract a lot of attention. The big 'END WAITANGI APARTHEID' banner might have something to do with it. Smiling Usually people just stare and give us a wide berth. Some angry people sometimes berate us, but it was not nearly as bad as last year. And there were also the brilliant conversations we had with people who ended up agreeing with the common sense of what we said.

Recent Comments:
950 years Before Cook? — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:30
Julian, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:40
Thanks Linz! — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:29

The Thinking Man's computer game ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-02-05 20:34

Recently, I've rediscovered a genre of computer game that I first came across as a child: the text adventure, or as they're more commonly known nowadays, interactive fiction. The idea is simple - there's a goal (say, preventing a missile launch, or simply surviving the adventure), many locations (known as rooms, even though they may be rooms, fields or dungeons), and a series of items you can collect or manipulate along the way.

Recent Comments:
If you're talking RTS... — by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-08-20 16:14
I tend to prefer turn based — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:58
Along the same lines, — by Andrew Bissell on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:20

Archive Relocated: The Writings of Ronald E. Merrill

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-02-05 06:02

I have finally re-located the web archive of the writings of the late Ronald E. Merrill. The archive is now at

and is linked from my university web page,


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Thank you Adam, you're — by Charles Henrikson on Mon, 2006-02-06 22:00

NZ Official Censor does it again.

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-02-04 07:31

I haven't had time to comment much lately, but here is an item so preposterous it even made headlines in the staid, US-based Chronicle of Higher Education. Some time ago, on old SOLO, I was told that I was unfair to New Zealand's chief censor, Bill Hastings, when I referred to him as a man so depraved that he would take on the job of censoring what other people are allowed to read. Last week, the same Chief Censor made it a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 (U.S.) or three months' imprisonment, to own or distribute any of the 5,500 copies of a

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OK — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 18:29
Again I say, Adam ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 10:23
An apology and a request — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 01:44

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.


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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 ...

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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

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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.


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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

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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.

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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

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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

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