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No Blood For Oil!

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:04

Check out this story about socalist dictator/thug Hugo Chavez and socialist representative/thug-wanna-be Bernard Sanders have made a deal to sell Venezuelan oil to 'low-income' Vermonters at a 40 percent discount, with an additional 108,000 gallons going to homeless shelters for free. Where is Ragnar Danneskjöld when you need him?


The inevitable first blog post

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:39

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I get quite a bit of enjoyment reading my friend's blogs, and I *love* hearing myself talk, so it was only natural that eventually I'd start one of my own, especially once I was handed an audience of fellow travelers to marvel at my own online navel-gazing.

So, here goes.

Throwing parties is a new hobby of mine, so this past Friday, in my cramped little university apartment, my roommate and I put away all our furniture and various geegaws that were lying around, hung a mirror ball and a Vertigo light (which shoots out colored beams to the beat of music that is playing) from our ceiling, and put on a full-blown retro-70s disco party. It was a blast, and, despite the simultaneous presence of two handles of tequila, two liters of vodka, and two dozen college students, nothing (and nobody) wound up broken, stained, or poisoned. I attached a little picture of the festivities.

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Jesus, Deputy! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:01

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT THOUGHTS

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:29

Ah yes, it's that time again...The last minute rush to buy flowers, chocolate and other assundry things for that someone special in our life...

Here's a CAPITAL idea for everyone who loves capitalism and the free market:

Buy a stock (or 10) in a company that you value.

Who knows? If you choose wisely, your gift may appreciate in value...

Although my other-half may disagree, it sure beats the heck out of roses that are going to be dead in three days anyway!

Good shopping to you!

peter@capitalismgear.com


Coupla Things!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-13 07:56

It's that time again when FreeRad is being readied for the printer, so no Daily Linz in the interim. When it resumes it'll include Fundamental Stuff again. (I know you're all hanging out for that. Smiling)

I'm disestablishing the position of editor because to all intents & purposes there's no longer anything to edit. With the instant access folk have to the front page with their personal SOLO blogs etc. no one seems to want to write articles as such. So I'm going with the flow on this one. But I'm not disestablishing Mr Bissell. He becomes Deputy-Principal, someone for me to chew the fat with, help me set goals, etc.

Recent Comments:
Dear Confused-of-Auckland — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 23:46
Confused — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:50
Fool — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:24

Epistemology and Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2006-02-12 02:57

I just finished "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" (skiped the Q&A for now) and I have to admit this was my first in depth presentation on epistemology. I have wondered what the consequences are on a field I have always found facinating: Artificial Intelligence. The pragmatic definition of AI has always been 'that which has not been pinned down by Computer Science', and so we started with the (flawed) turing test, Chess games (which brought us game theory),  pattern recognition (Optical Character Recognition (OCR), speach recognition, face recognition, biometrics), and computer modeling (weather prediction, nuclear modeling). I have wondered what consequences IOE has on the field of AI and the progress it has made. This led me to stumble accross some (older) papers on just this subject

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IOE & AI — by sjw on Sun, 2006-02-12 06:13

Freedom in Medicine

Submitted by wngreen on Sat, 2006-02-11 15:04

I have to admit that I got my hopes up. I saw a commercial that touted that medical care improves, patients recover faster, doctors operate better -- when more freedom is brought into medicine. I was dissapointed when I found out the commerical was for some 'Liberty' HMO in N. Virginia and not an ad advoicating less government in medicine. Why doesn't the industry stand up and say get out of the way?

Recent Comments:
But Objective Reality Still Wins — by Bikemessenger on Sun, 2006-02-12 08:09
The mentalty of business in a mixed economy — by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-02-11 17:18

Brit humour

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 22:01

Subject: Fw: British Humour

The train was quite crowded, so a U. S. Marine walked the entire length looking for a seat, but the only seat left was taken by a well dressed, middle-aged, French woman's poodle.

The war-weary Marine asked, "Ma'am, may I have that seat?"

The French woman just sniffed and said to no one in particular, "Americans are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat."

The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat left was under that dog.

"Please, ma'am. May I sit down? I'm very tired."

She snorted, "Not only are you Americans rude, you are also arrogant!"

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Linz, I love it! Did you — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 22:14

For Capitalists only: Capitalismgear.com is now online

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Thu, 2006-02-09 23:52

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ARI Affiliate? — by Teresa on Fri, 2006-02-10 17:39
Link... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:36
Good luck fellas! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:35

Sometimes, China does things the right way ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-09 23:31

The scenario: a man arms himself with two kitchen knives, and takes two children hostage, perched in a fifth-floor window.

Recent Comments:
roger — by Wes on Fri, 2006-02-17 14:22
Don't get me wrong ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-16 20:54
Aren't they all... — by Wes on Thu, 2006-02-16 14:00

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

Cartoons:

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).

Recent Comments:
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
Recent Comments:
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

http://www.calstatela.edu/facu...

and is linked from my university web page,

http://www.calstatela.edu/facu...

.

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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.

Idoni

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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.

---Landon

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.

Linz

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

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