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Letter to the NZ Herald re. the cost of being blind

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-03-21 05:05

I just sent this letter to the Herald, in response to their article Blind have to fork out extra $61m a year:


The Soul of Science Vs. the Ghost of Intelligent Design

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Submitted by Kamarat McWashington on Mon, 2006-03-20 14:42

Reposted from: Atlantis Blog

    The most frustrating thing about the
Evolution vs. Intelligent design debate is the voluminous research
both sides have done. How can either side condense that information
into a paragraph or sound bite in order to persuade the other side.
When it comes down to it, the essential driving force of both groups
is philosophy. It deals with two main branches of philosophy,
epistemology and metaphysics. Epistemology deals with the theory of
knowledge. In other words, how do we gain knowledge and how do we
know it is true. Metaphysics tells us what kind of universe we live
in. Your answers to these questions will determine the quality of
your science and whether something should be considered science at
all.

    Starting with metaphysics, do we view the
universe as something that has always existed, with everything having
a set identity and nature. This would entail that based on each thing
having a set nature, set consequences would occur by different things
interacting with each other. In other words, cause and effect is the
expression of the set nature of things applied to action. Which in
discovering the set nature of things and observing the cause and
effect of their identities in action, allows us to find universal
principles that apply to many things besides the ones we are
observing. For example, water boils when the right amount of heat is
applied. On the other hand, do we view the universe as something a
all powerful being created. Things did not always exist only the
powerful being was eternal. This universe would not have set
identities and natures. It would have the natures that the powerful
being or beings (god or gods) would give it. If the nature of
something is created by a god, it can be changed by that god. So a
car could be turned into a living human being if a god decides to. A
house is a lion if god wishes it so. Observe the different views of
life those two different ideas create. The universe that
always existed(UAE) suggests that studying every
thing's specific natures and their interactions with each other will
lead to an ever growing knowledge that uses past knowledge as a
stepping stone to reach new heights. A universe that was
created(UWC) suggest that we can never really know the
truth about anything because god can change the nature and identity
of something, by simply wishing it so.


Women at war with the mullahs

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Submitted by JulianP on Sun, 2006-03-19 20:51

There's a great piece in The Times about Dr Wafa Sultan, the outspoken critic of Islam, as well as other prominent Muslim/ex-Muslim female critics of Islam. Here are a few choice quotes from Dr Sultan:

"We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them."


A Pappap’s Dream

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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2006-03-19 19:18

This is a site dedicated to the Passion of Ayn Rand’s thoughts and definitely not a photo album grandkid kind of place. So what this particular blog entry. Well, let me tell the story and you be the judge.
I riding in the car with my 3 grandchildren, 2 10 and one five year old and the kids start arguing about proof. I don’t even know what started the argument. I chime in with the idea that there are different kinds of proof and as an example I said that if you wanted to prove that a swimming pool exists over there to our right, all you had to do was look. Or if you wanted to prove that the car ahead of us exists all you had to do was look. It was at that point that my 5 year old grandson asked, “Pappap, Does existence exists?” Holy shit I thought, What a great moment to be a grandfathter. Oh, by the way, I said, “Yes.”

Recent Comments:
Mean — by seddon on Sun, 2006-03-26 20:29
Fred ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-22 08:14
Linz, What do you mean by — by seddon on Tue, 2006-03-21 15:52

V for Vendetta Reviewed

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Submitted by Robert on Sun, 2006-03-19 00:09

"A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having."

There are many aspects of V for Vendetta that will warm the cockles of the Objectivist heart. Set in post-apocalyptic Britain, the story unfolds with an innocent citizen, out after curfew, is beset by three special police officers ("Finger-men") intent on gang raping her. Out of the midnight mist appears a caped figure in a Guy Fawkes mask, a vicious fight ensues and the masked man prevails.

Recent Comments:
Yep, yep, yep ... — by Ed on Thu, 2006-04-27 04:22
IDEAS are Forever... — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-25 21:51
Agreed, even better than Batman Begins ... — by Ed on Tue, 2006-04-25 08:57

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Noodling David Kelley

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Submitted by sjw on Sat, 2006-03-18 23:05

Diana Hsieh is well-known in Objectivist circles for her philosophical criticisms of TOC & David Kelley, all essentially amounting to the idea that they are fundamentally at odds with Ayn Rand's Objectivism. Her latest round is here: http://www.dianahsieh.com/blog/2006/03/david-kelleys-mind-body-dichotomy-in.html.

On the face of it, that first paragraph she snipped out of T&T does look like it could be damning. If one were inclined to knee-jerk criticism, one might accuse Kelley here of saying that to judge someone, we take into account two exhaustive factors: their motives—what they intended to achieve—and their actions—what they actually did. Now any Objectivist knows that good intentions are worth zilch unless backed by integrity to rational principles. Therefore Kelley must be advocating some kind of touchy-feeling judging of people by what they hope and wish, and pragmatically balancing that with what they actually did in order to sneak in a little Objectivism, right? So as Diana asserts, Kelley must have a mind-body dichotomy manifested here as a motives-consequences dichotomy, right?

Recent Comments:
Re: Kelley on the mind-body issue — by mcohen on Wed, 2006-05-03 15:30
No you weren't — by eg on Tue, 2006-03-28 17:47
Brant... — by sjw on Tue, 2006-03-28 15:48

NOW and THEN

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Sat, 2006-03-18 03:30

A recent article by Mike Adams. I don't always agree with him, but he always makes me laugh.

NOW and THEN


Production Versus Consumption

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-03-17 22:49

There are two fundamental views of economic life. One dominated the economic philosophy of the nineteenth century, under the influence of the British Classical Economists, such as Adam Smith and David Ricardo. The other dominated the economic philosophy of the seventeenth century, under the influence of Mercantilism, and has returned to dominate the economic philosophy of the twentieth century, largely under the influence of Lord Keynes. What distinguishes these two views is this: In the nineteenth century, economists identified the fundamental problem of economic life as how to expand production. Implicitly or explicitly, they perceived the base both of economic activity and economic theory in the fact that man’s life and well-being depend on the production of wealth. Man’s nature makes him need wealth; his most elementary judgments make him desire it; the problem, they held, is to produce it. Economic theory, therefore, could take for granted the desire to consume, and focus on the ways and means by which production might be increased.

Recent Comments:
My two cents. — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-03-18 19:28
1964?! — by eg on Sat, 2006-03-18 17:28
Wow! That is a wonderful — by JulianP on Sat, 2006-03-18 01:17

Machan's Musings - Business Ethics Distortions

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Submitted by removed on Thu, 2006-03-16 22:54

Ethics is an ancient discipline, mostly tackled by philosophers. It addresses the issue of how human beings should choose to live, what standards should guide them in deciding what conduct is right, what is wrong. And it concentrates mainly on broad principles or virtues—honesty, generosity, temperance, courage, moderation, prudence, and so forth. Philosophers tend to argue about the exact ranking of these principles or virtues, as well as about whether ethics is possible at all.

There has always been some interest on the part of certain philosophers in the application of ethics to specific areas of human life—parenting, farming, medicine, business, engineering, and so forth. For some years, however, the study of business affairs was completely taken over by economics, which is deemed a social science. Thus ethics had been set aside where business was being investigated—it was assumed, largely, that what happens in commerce and business goes on as a kind of natural process, driven by the innate human impulse to prosper—in other words, the profit motive.

Recent Comments:
Well said. — by Prima Donna on Fri, 2006-03-17 23:12

Letter to the NZ Herald re. smoking restrictions

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-16 20:04

I just sent this letter to the Herald, in response to their article Anti-smoking lobby targets 'last frontier':

Recent Comments:
And further, we have health — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-03-18 05:48
The facists have leverage. A — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-03-18 05:44
Absolutely — by Scott Wilson on Fri, 2006-03-17 21:37

In the U.S. Senate the Guilty Interrogate the Innocent

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-03-16 16:55

In an article titled “A Senate Panel Interrogates Wary Oil Executives” today’s New York Times reports that “The nation's top oil executives were called before Congress again yesterday to defend their industry's recent mergers and record profits, in the face of public outrage over high oil and gasoline prices.”

Judging from The Times’ article, the hearings touched on everything but the simple, obvious cause of high oil and gasoline prices. They dealt with mergers in the oil industry, which, it was recognized by Senator Feinstein (Democrat from California), have served to lower costs of production in the industry. Somehow neither she nor, apparently, any of the other senators present, could see that the resulting lower costs would naturally result in lower prices if that were the only factor operative. (Lower prices would be necessary in order to derive competitive advantage from the lower costs and the mergers that produced them. Absent lower prices, smaller-scale, higher-cost firms would be just as profitable as before. But with lower prices, they would not be and would thus have to yield market share to the merged and now lower-cost producers.)

Recent Comments:
Reisman on SOLOpassion — by seddon on Thu, 2006-03-30 18:40
"I suspect they find me a — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-03-18 01:43
It's really great to see Dr. Reisman here! — by Casey on Fri, 2006-03-17 10:22

Morality, Its not just for Religions

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Submitted by Kamarat McWashington on Thu, 2006-03-16 15:41

Reposted from: Atlantis Blog

The other day in talking with two different friends, they each brought up quotes on morality.

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." - Henry David Thoreau

and

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"- Gandhi


Now you see Solo-Passion. Now you don't.

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-15 14:07

Here's an exercise for your Wednesday morning: Type in www.solohq.com and try to determine whence the message announcing the rise of SOLO-Passion from the ashes of SOLOHQ has gone. You will see Joe Rowland's RoR announcement, but nothing about Linz or SOLO-P.

Disclaimer: I, Robert Winefield - author of this post, do solemnly acknowledge that Joe is under no legal obligation to afford SOLO-Passion advertising space on his website. Mind you, I didn't go to RoR by choice! I navigated to www.solohq.com - previous location of a joint venture between Joe Rowlands and Lindsay Perigo.

This is only an observation. I am reserving my judgement because I don't have the vocabulary to express my true feelings without being obscene.

Recent Comments:
My point is... — by atlascott on Sat, 2006-05-27 19:06
Olives — by ethan_dawe on Sat, 2006-05-27 13:42
Here's a wee task ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-05-27 11:47

Roe vs. Wade For Men PLUS

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2006-03-15 13:10
     When a normal fertile male and a normal fertile female have sex together, usually that's all they're doing. They're participating in some mutual moments of pleasure, passion, and intimacy. They are generally not trying to make a baby. They are generally not planing to start or expand a family.
     This is the "default position" of sex. This is the implicit agreement and implied social compact between them. This contract may be unspoken and unwritten -- but it's very clear and strong.

Recent Comments:
Jen, I fully agree with you. — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-03-21 05:48
This is MY body — by Rukundo on Tue, 2006-03-21 03:34
Property Rights — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-03-20 18:51

TOC: Bill Perry "Retires"

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-03-14 21:22

TOC has officially confirmed Bill Perry's departure with the following announcement:

___________________________

"Bill Perry, The Objectivist Center's director of community relations, is retiring and returning to Arizona.

"After a career as a prosecutor in Arizona, where his family lives, and after trips to our Summer Seminars, Bill retired not to a life of leisure but, rather, to Poughkeepsie, New York to work for us for a while. He started with us in March 2004 and when the Center moved to D.C., Bill agreed to serve another year before really retiring.

"He has been a great help in the transition and in creating a well-organized system for fundraising and keeping in touch with our members. For example, Bill produced the Logbooks that are sent out ten times a year and organized the sponsors' dinner at the Summer Seminars. He even found time to do a fine seminar talk in 2005 on Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher on whom Ayn Rand in part modeled Dr. Huge Akston in Atlas Shrugged.

Recent Comments:
Come out and say it — by wsscherk on Sun, 2006-04-23 14:48
And... — by Holly Valliant on Thu, 2006-03-16 14:57
I'm sure.... — by Robert on Thu, 2006-03-16 14:31

Introducing: The Objective Standard

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Submitted by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-03-14 10:04

The high-minded and magnificent Lindsay Perigo gave me permission to post this even though it's in competition with his own Free Radical. Thanks Linz!

From their Statement of Purpose:

The Objective Standard is a quarterly journal of culture and politics based on the idea that for every human concern—from personal matters to foreign policy, from the sciences to the arts, from education to legislation—there are demonstrably objective standards by reference to which we can assess what is true or false, good or bad, right or wrong. The purpose of the journal is to analyze and evaluate ideas, trends, events, and policies accordingly.

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Blog — by Glenn I Heppard on Thu, 2006-05-11 04:41

Lindzen on climate alarmism

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-03-13 19:42

Richard Lindzen is one of the most well-known global warming 'skeptics.' Here is a recent Powerpoint presentation given by Lindzen "rebutting alarmist climate science." As Robert Bradley from PERC notes, "he explains, among other things, how each greenhouse gas emission has less of a climate effect than the one before -- a powerful scientific law that neuters the CO2 mitigation option as the years and decades progress."

Take a look. It only takes a minute to get the main arguments. The document itself is in PDF form.

Recent Comments:
PERC — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:48
PERC — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:44
Okay Cool — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-03-14 00:52

Objectivist Cultural Sighting – Star the Hater

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-03-13 18:47

Joe Maurone started a thread here a while back entitled “Ayn Rand and Black Hate Radio”. His post quoted a Philadelphia newspaper article which was stereotypically critical of the popular Star and Buc Wild radio show and its lead personality Star (Troi Torain). The popular media refers to Star as a shock jock. He is a morning FM radio talk show host based out of New York City with growing syndication on FM radio stations along the East Coast and in the South East. According to some web sources Star's show regularly beat Howard Stern's show among 18-35 year olds in New York during Stern's last couple of years on FM radio. Indeed, as Stern announced his move to satellite radio his former employer Clear Channel signed the Star and Buc Wild show to a lucrative contract.

Recent Comments:
And then we hit the wall... — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-05-14 01:16
Jeez — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-03-14 00:43
Of course ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-03-13 21:21

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This week at 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-03-12 01:34

For those of you who disgracefully missed some of Not PC this week, here's a brief summary of the best of it. Feel free to pass it on to everyone you've ever met...

  1. Fallingwater: The story of how Frank Lloyd Wright drew up America's finest Twentieth-Century house in the time it took the client to drive two hours to meet him

    The story of how Frank Lloyd Wright drew up America's finest Twentieth-Century house in the time it took the client to drive two hours to meet him is the stuff of legend...

  2. God drinks Guinness

    Friday afternoon a week before St Patricks Day seems an ideal time to ponder a fairly convincing Ontological Proof of God provided by a skinful of Guinness, a pretty girl and a bright sun...

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Plein Air — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-03-13 20:07
:-) — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-03-13 00:21
Oh my...'Colonial' (as I — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-03-12 23:16

Slobodan Milosevic is Dead - Good Riddance!

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Submitted by Robert on Sat, 2006-03-11 19:36

From Foxnews:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0...

"AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, the so-called "butcher of the Balkans" being tried for war crimes after orchestrating a decade of bloodshed during his country's breakup, was found dead Saturday in his prison cell. He was 64."

I was never a supporter of Bill Clinton's 1999 punitive campaign against Serbia. The reason? I couldn't figure out who the good guys were! Dyed in the wool ethnic-Serbian ex-commies on one side fought the less-well armed Bosnian-Herzegovinian Croats and Bosniaks on the other - when they weren't fighting each other that is. And, to add to the fun, the Lillie-white uniformed UN "peace-keeping" forces spent most of their time trying to avoid being shot. Not an easy thing to do when some moron in New York decides you must scorn camouflage because your so-called mission requires you to be highly visible in a combat zone.

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It wont be mentioned — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2006-03-13 16:03
Accusations of all sorts of dirty business at the U.N. trial ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-03-12 19:27
"I'm glad that Slobodan — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-03-12 02:07

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.

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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

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