New Year's resolution

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2005-12-22 17:01

Unlike christmas, kwanzaa, chanukah (sp?), saturnalia, and boxers day, I think the New Year is a holiday to celebrate. It marks the end of a year of joyous conversations, new and old friendships, getting stuff done (hopefully), and the continued expansion of our mind. Yeah, I suppose there's some negative stuff that has happened, but compared with the joy of living and all the good stuff that has happened and will continue to do so, why dwell?

So, in celebration of this annual event, I am going to make a resolution. I know I'm not disciplined enough to tell myself it's for the whole year, so I will see if I can't make it for a month first and then move forward from there.

Aussie adman says Merry Xmas, and pull your socks up

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2005-12-21 21:07

A Christmas message from plain-talking Australian ad-man Sam Kikovich, a man whose ads have sold "shitloads of Australian lamb."

"Frankly," he says, "bad ads are un-Australian." Smiling

Watch Quicktime here.

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hehe — by Joe Idoni on Fri, 2005-12-23 13:00

It can be interesting AND educational at the same time!

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Wed, 2005-12-21 10:56

I'm not a very good writer. Sure I can spell and my grammars pretty good, but my content sucks. Alot of this has to do with me not doing my assignments in school; and when I did do them, they were pen-vomit.

So I've started practicing. Nothing major, just little things here and there, but I realised something today that I probably should have known for a while. I've been taking the wrong approach! I realised that I'm probably not going to come up with any new philosophical break-thru anytime soon, so anything I write will just be reiteration.

On the other hand, if I write things that I know about.... well maybe someone will think about how that applies to their own life.

In Good Company

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2005-12-19 20:39

So I watched this movie last night entitled "In Good Company" and honestly I can only remember one portion of it. At the climax of the movie, the father character stood against the CEO known as Teddy K. and gave an empassioned speech regarding the treatment of people as people and not as objects. He continued to comment on 'bottom-line' thinking and how that affects morale.

I have often heard commentary from my own employees, although rarely so passionate. And honestly, I can't say that I disagree. But I suspect that my motivation is slightly different.

In my company, and I suspect many others, I'm often faced with the decision between how to keep people happy and satisfied in their job and my own responsibility to complete projects within the designated budget. I of course work for me, but as a result I produce for the company and that is why they keep me employed.

Diggz Dot Org

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Submitted by diggz on Mon, 2005-12-19 11:49

I don't plan on updating this blog, but if you want to check out my real blog, you can go here:

Johnny Diggz

The social implications of fuzzy-facedness

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2005-12-19 10:03

I'm growing a beard.

The first comment I received about this personal statement was from my girlfriend. It went something like this, "You look great either way, but you look better with it trimmed."

Well I'll be damned. You see, I don't understand where this began, but I'm pretty sure where it will end. This sort of social convention is completely baffling to me. Do people think that my unwillingness to shave makes me a lazy person? Or maybe having my face hidden (naturally, I might add) makes me dishonest?

Well I say screw that. Shaving is a serious pain in the neck. And if anyone can disagree with this, then I invite them to step up. I won't even limit this to men since women have just as much of a difficult time shaving their legs (although they may argue this point).

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Damn apostrophe's — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2005-12-22 16:41
Priorities — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-22 09:10
Damnit! — by Joe Idoni on Wed, 2005-12-21 10:43

This week's best from the blog that's 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2005-12-18 21:58

Here's your chance to catch up on some of the best posts from PC's blog this week, and to send this link of the week's best to everyone you've ever met.

My actual blog...

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Submitted by bidinotto on Sun, 2005-12-18 05:46

My actual blog is located "off the premises," at:

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Or himself? — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sun, 2005-12-18 09:55
...and is normally a great read. — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2005-12-18 08:59

Leaving town.

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Submitted by stormyeyes on Sat, 2005-12-17 15:58

I'll be leaving town for a couple of weeks, so I won't be online. Have a happy solstice and a happy new year, everybody.

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happy new year — by Christy L on Sat, 2005-12-17 18:18

Friend of my Friend

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Submitted by Marty on Sat, 2005-12-17 10:28


It mattered that he lived and died -

A wild, kicking stallion,

Who lusted, laughed, defied and cried

He roared like a battalion.

Friend he was to a friend of mine -

A rock! a tower! giant of a man!

In a flash, he lost life number nine

But he left a trophy in the race he ran  

Of wisdom and warmth, of dance and song

Of memories, legends, wise words to impart.

His scroll unfurls in a banner so long

Writ with his soul and sealed with his heart.

Soar to the stars, friend of my friend

And we'll know with each shooting star,

Discussion And Knowledge: A Case From The Philosophy Of Law

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2005-12-17 02:55

One of my favorite quotations was from Nikola Tesla: "Be alone - that is how ideas are born." And then I learned from experience that ideas are often born from and refined by discussion. Like most people here, I first joined Internet (then usenet) discussions for social interaction, and to get questions answered by people who had information that I didn't have. But I soon discovered that if I kept my mind open to hints, discussions often led to solutions I could not have arrived at, sometimes as quickly and sometimes at all, by being alone.

A recent discussion here on SOLO makes a good case study in how this process works. Ayn Rand did not develop a philosophy of law as such, but her occasional statements in this area indicate that she considered it a fertile field for the application of Objectivist epistemology, ethics and politics. In particular, her position on the conditions for ethical application of the death penalty, as published in The Objectivist Newsletter, appeared to be a good starting point for understanding the epistemological underpinnings of rational and ethical decisions in the area of criminal justice.

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Aloneness does not mean — by Robert Malcom on Mon, 2005-12-19 18:27
A different approach — by sjw on Sun, 2005-12-18 19:13

An Honest Man in Hollywood

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Submitted by Max on Fri, 2005-12-16 13:20

This is a blog-entry by Ron Moore, screenwriter for ST:TNG, ST:DSN and BG (which is SF slang for two Star Trek franchises and Battlestar Galactica), who happened to be an amateur in the writer's business, but still got a job for one of the big studios. And the impression he recounts in this entry may be especially interesting to the Objectivist crowed, because it shows an honest truthful man inside a snake-pit of liars (well, Hollywood). It reminded me of Dagny's situation in Atlas Shrugged, so here is the link:

Intelligent design

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Submitted by Grey on Fri, 2005-12-16 02:45

Finally found a moment to find the new SOLO site!

The new debate topic is "In the United States, high school science cirriculum should include the study of intelligent design."
*slightly evil grin*
This will be fun, if I may say so.
Honestly, living in a state where the only thing taught is evolution has been interesting, seeing the look of distaste on my teacher's face, etc. I have learned a lot about the different types of creationism and evolution, and how they often overlap or make no sense to a rational individual (Old Earth, anyone?) Whatever, my opinon only.

Perhaps not the

Iraq, Ideology and Narnia - They all meet at the same line

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Submitted by Max on Wed, 2005-12-14 17:38

There have been three posts at Positive Liberty, that can be considered to argue about the Iraq War and which I found intruiging. Albeit I don't share the opinion of Sandefur and Kuznicki


- The Chronicles of Narnia and War:

- Our War:

- Our War, still:

I will respond to them later, when I have more time to get my thoughts on the paper (well, screen or file in this case), but I think that they are right on some things, but messed up on others. I still disagree, that the Iraq War was a necessary or a constitutional war and at last, I believe it was a war the US founding father's would not have waged. However, there are some points in there, that have been made in other posts as well, but clearly Sandefur and Kuznicki have wrote them down eloquently as I possibly couldn't do.

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Missing out. — by Max on Wed, 2005-12-14 17:40

The Whale

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Submitted by Marty on Sun, 2005-12-11 22:24


I met a fellow traveler,


We briefly shared the road.


He told of things spectacular,


So now to him this ode.


Make My Poetry Flow Again

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Submitted by Marty on Sun, 2005-12-11 22:09


Make my poetry flow again –

It's blocked by a dam of despair.

I lack what nature gave to man –

A soft smiling creature to repair

The torn, tired garments and bloodied shirts,

The pain of the climb, the wounds of the battle –

The blow of that fight that throbs and hurts,

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Very good!!! — by Robert Malcom on Tue, 2005-12-13 19:49
I think this is good. I — by Ashley on Mon, 2005-12-12 13:44


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Submitted by Marty on Sun, 2005-12-11 21:47
Ayn Rand says, about altruism, that it substitutes the question: 'Who shall be the beneficiary of values?' for the question: 'What are values and why does man need them?'

That is a good point. It made me think more deeply about ethics. Reading "The virtue of selfishness" made me goal directed - I played more guitar, earned a math degree, became a math prof, etc. I realized the value of rational egoism -- a beautiful way to live. I have never set out to harm another. In fact, though it was not my prime intent, many benefited from my teaching.

Adam Smith understood that in a free market, we derive enormous benefit from those who pursue their own interests through productive activity.

Good-bye to All That

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Submitted by Ali Hassan Massoud on Sun, 2005-12-11 13:54

I bailed today on SOLO (formerly SOLOhq) the Lindsay Perigo version of an Objectivist website. And with that I am out of any kind of “organized” (to use the term very loosely indeed) of Objectivism and Rand-based forums.

I am ashamed on the late Miss Rand’s behalf of what a sad collection of self-absorbed prickly dumbasses pass for Objectivists today. Perigo just can’t pass up any opportunity to pick a fight or pull the scab off some nearly healed and forgotten wound somewhere. He deliberately starts pissing matches with folks from RoR, ARI, TOC, and hell, EVERYFUCKINGBODY ANYWHERE just for the sport. I guess Mr. Perigo’s “sense of life” is that it’s just a big food fight for his amusement. Good-bye to all that.

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OK — by James Heaps-Nelson on Sun, 2005-12-11 16:21
OK — by Casey on Sun, 2005-12-11 15:39
Self-absorbed, prickly dumb-asses? — by Derek McGovern on Sun, 2005-12-11 14:38

EU is funding Attac

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Submitted by Max on Fri, 2005-12-09 14:42

Some people, who either have been in Germany or followed News about Germany, are wondering why Unions and Attac are so pre-dominant in Germany. (Well, other's who know of our social history, don't wonder much about it ...) But there is more to these so-called NGO's than meets the eye. This was reveiled, when the German Liberal (not as in Democrats Liberal, but rather classical liberal) European Parlamentary member Silvana Koch-Mehrin got word on Research about EU fundings. She then wrote this open letter(


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Submitted by katdaddy on Fri, 2005-12-09 13:20

Property of the Colonel, if found please return to the kitchen.

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Bloggin' togetha' — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-10 07:17
*shakes a box of kibble and — by stormyeyes on Fri, 2005-12-09 15:01

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The Gulf Stream and Politics

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Submitted by Max on Thu, 2005-12-08 20:51

We have read it on several newspapers already and I think it will continue to circulate. It even reached Die Welt and got an article, which was more balanced than I had thought.
But there are also experts who are weary of the ongoing alarmism and want to research in peace and rational debate. However, those people are no good in printing fearsome articles about a coming catastrophe. Since the end of the cold war, this urge for biggness in catastrophe and doomsaying, this worshipping of fear by the people and the media, has increased big times.

It's good that some people give us a better impression (from the expert above):

SOLO Pilot Podcast #4

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Submitted by SOLO Podcasts on Tue, 2007-09-18 20:01
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Update is that the civic — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-11-06 23:00
Hilarious — by Lance on Wed, 2007-09-19 22:46
Many thanks. Callum and I — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2007-09-19 14:26

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