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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.

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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

Ten Worst New Zealanders

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-23 03:16

A few local bloggers have listed their ten worst New Zealanders, predictably including the likes of Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson (or proxies for them) even though the economic golden weather we are presently enjoying is in many ways due to the reforms they both instituted (and which have been left largely untouched by the Clark-Cullen Government) -- and unpredictably including the likes of Sarah Ulmer. Sarah Ulmer for goodness sake!?

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what about the fat slag that — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-07-31 10:11
Sarah Ulmlmer WTF!!! — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-07-31 10:08
How about — by Hayden Wood on Tue, 2007-07-31 05:17

My wife's custom knife arrived today ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-22 19:47

I am incredibly pleased with the Hideaway Knife. It's custom-fitted to the first two fingers of her hand, manufactured from high quality stainless steel, two-toned black and bare-metal (unlike the single-toned sample image below - I'll be posting photos of my wife's knife shortly), and incredibly sharp - literally sharp enough to shave with. I've already used the complimentary band-aid supplied with the knife after I nicked myself putting it in the sheath.

Hideaway Knife

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One caveat re. WarriorTalk - — by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-06-03 00:12
> I am sure you have — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-06-02 08:31
"...I am good with my fists — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-06-02 05:42

Wiesenthal Center supports jail sentence for holocaust denial ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-21 23:17

It turns out that the Wiesenthal Center supports the jail sentence handed down to David Irving, a well-known & despicable historian & denier of the holocaust.

If there's one group of people you'd think would know better than to support fascism, it's the Wiesenthal Center! Anyway, I've submitted the item to Fark.com under the 'Ironic' section - here's hoping they'll run it ...

Ironic

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Free speech advocates, be alarmed! — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-02-22 02:56

Some Propositions on Free Speech

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-21 21:54

The right to free speech means the right to express one's ideas without danger of coercion, of physical suppression or of interference by the state.

Censorship is interference by the state in the expression of ideas. Laws against murder, rape, assault and child sex are sufficient to cover any violation of rights in the censor's current domain.

A private network refusing to publish your views is not censorship - it is their choice.

A private network choosing to offend is their business. Choosing not to watch or to withdraw advertising is yours.

Bad ideas are still ideas. You should be just as free to air them as I should be to ignore them, or to pillory them.

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250,000 watched C4 instead — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-02-24 07:41
Clark can't help herself. A — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-02-24 07:35
Another Important Aspect... — by Bikemessenger on Thu, 2006-02-23 07:06

Casual Sex

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Mon, 2006-02-20 21:35

I'm racking my brain looking for Objectivist writtings of any kind dealing with this subject. Besides Francisco's talk with Hank in Atlas Shrugged and the Playboy interview, I've not found much of anything that gives any in depth analyisis to this issue. I'm rethinking a great deal of what I previously thought on the subject and I am searching for more information and a discussion. My definition of casual sex is consen sexual activity occuring between two adults for the sole purpose of physical pleasure detached from the context of a relationship. I used to believe that casual sex was immoral in the sense that in order to take such an action implies that one has no self-esteem or is betraying it.

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Adam, — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:06
Casual sex and...'CASUAL' sex — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 01:20
Claudia's got it in one. Sex — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-03-27 03:09

My WordCloud

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-02-20 19:11



Word Cloud


You can create one of your own here. [Hat tip Not PC]

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Awww... — by Wes on Tue, 2006-02-21 18:13

Neighbours ignore murder, thinking it was a 'domestic dispute'

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-02-19 19:29

According to this NZ Herald story:

Residents of Fyfe Rd in Waihi Beach say they heard the muted sounds of a BB gun or air rifle and "blood-curdling" screams from a woman about 1.40 yesterday morning.

But they thought it was a domestic dispute and went back to sleep.

What kind of fucking retard would do that? I mean, even if they were a bit testicularly challenged, or perhaps didn't feel like actually getting out of bed to investigate & possible save a life or two ... what's wrong

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Yep, the AirSoft thing did — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-22 21:25
The neighbours’ reaction — by CVert on Wed, 2006-02-22 20:25
I once saw a strange guy — by Robert on Sun, 2006-02-19 22:59

Integrity

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Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-02-18 22:18

You can look the other way once and it’s no big deal, except it makes it easier for you to compromise the next time and pretty soon that’s all you’re doing because that’s how you think things are done.
You know the guys I blew the whistle on. You think they were the bad guys—cause they weren’t. They weren’t the bad guy--they were just like you and me, except they compromised--ONCE.

Jack Bauer - the hero of "24" This is from season one, hour one.

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Choices and Decisions are the heart of '24' — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-05-12 00:54
"24" — by seddon on Thu, 2006-02-23 19:13
Good Shows... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-23 17:08

It's more humorous by the day!...Flushing a Baldwin out of the Bush (or something like that)

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Sat, 2006-02-18 04:28

Well, it official! Dick Cheney is a terrorist, according to actor Alec Baldwin. Yep! That's right, Alec-I'm-leaving-the-US-if-Bush-wins-Baldwin posted this lovely gem of a quote on Huffington's post:

"Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately. Who ever thought Harry Whittington would be the answer to America's prayers. Finally, someone who might get that lying, thieving Cheney into a courtroom to answer some direct questions."

To view the whole post, go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...


A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

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Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-17 05:53

A picture is worth a thousand words

Photo shot Feb 15th (I think) in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Hat tips:
http://kolthoff.blogspot.com and N-TV.de: URL=http://www.n-tv.de/634520.html.

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Landon, here comes Pigman, striking terror against Jihad..... — by Bosch Fawstin on Sun, 2007-08-05 05:18
'Hate' Speech — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 01:56
Pig Man — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-02-25 03:02

Some Levity About Cheney's "Hunting" Accident

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Fri, 2006-02-17 05:01

Amid all of the media and liberal hysteria, I thought this quote of the day was just so funny I had to it pass on:

"I'D STILL RATHER HUNT WITH CHENEY THAN RIDE WITH A KENNEDY."

BTW: For those people who don't know what a quail is (the bird that Cheney & friends were hunting, when the veep pulled the trigger and shot his buddy in the face), it is a helpless little bird found in the great American Southwest, that lives under bushes, doesn't fly (except in short bursts) and is typically marked with an oh-so-cute little plume on the top of their heads. Quails hatch their young, which then follow the hen around in a little line (kind of like ducklings). As helpless little creatures, they are easy to find, shoot & kill...Much easier than bin Laden! PLUS, they taste GREAT BBQ'd and served with corn and beer! Really, though, to "hunt" quail is a misnomer, as you can generally his them with a good wrist-rocket!

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Depends on when you're shooting — by Wes on Fri, 2006-02-17 17:47
As a former desert dweller, — by CapitalismGear.com on Fri, 2006-02-17 13:12
Perhaps a bit too tongue & — by CapitalismGear.com on Fri, 2006-02-17 13:10

Don't get hooptedoodle mixed up with your story

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-16 23:38

Heard the one about the doctor, the hooker and the libertarian?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-16 23:34

Heard the one about the doctor who's opening a brothel 'cos he's sick of the health bureacracy pushing him around?

A certain Dr McGrath spoke up for the doctor a week or so ago, and last night at a packed public meeting in Mangonui Julian Pistorius put in a word or two for the hookers -- or at least the erstwhile Dr Benson's freedom to hire them. (Apparently Sue Bradford, a strong promoter of the Prostitution Reform Act was "very sympathetic," but alas apparently washing her hair last night and unable to attend).


Activism: Dr Neil Benson's Brothel

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-02-16 22:53

Last night, as the Far North representative for Libertarianz, I attended a public meeting in Mangonui. For those who don't know, Dr Neil Benson, Cooper's Beach GP, is setting up a brothel in his medical rooms. I went to support his right do to so.


(Dr Neil Benson, photo courtesy of NZ Herald)

The meeting was organised by The Doubtless Bay Christian Centre, and was addressed by Scott McMurray, former communications director of Maxim Institute.

The NZPC (New Zealand Prostitutes Collective) only heard about the meeting late yesterday, and contacted Dr Richard McGrath, Libertarianz health spokesman, for assistance. They must have read his press release in support of Dr Benson:

Recent Comments:
Aw, shucks you guys! — by JulianP on Fri, 2006-02-17 19:51
Hear, hear! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-17 04:45
Well done that man! — by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-17 03:36

Linz Bows Out Of TOC Summer Seminar

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-15 23:26

I have just now sent the following note to Ed Hudgins and Will Thomas, after receiving e-mails from them complaining that I had insulted TOC in my recent post here, quoted below at the end of my note.

Recent Comments:
Kenny ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-20 18:41
Thank you — by sjw on Mon, 2006-02-20 16:53
Barbara Branden comments on PARC!! — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-20 12:52

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Letter to the Central Leader

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-15 05:54

Reading the Central Leader this evening (our local newspaper), I came across a letter criticising my attendance at Mr. Shaw's restorative injustice session - to which I've sent this reply which I actually think has a good chance of being printed:


Do you have a people?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:16

Some people define themselves by what they call 'their people.' Do you have a people? 'Professional Maori' Willie Jackson says he's spent his life looking out for "his people" -- when resigning as a Labour MP Tariana Turia declared "it came down to a question of integrity and I had to act for my people" -- her present Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said in his maiden speech to parliament that "the hurt to my people" in being called "haters and wreckers" by [Prime Minister] Helen Clark was "very deep."

So Willie, Tariana and Pita seem to think they have 'a people,' and they're basing it on their race. They are making a virtue of their skin colour, about which they have no choice, but because of which they demand special 'race-based' favours. Such is the mistaken value of ethnicity:


ETHNICITY: The elevating of one’s racial identity and associated cultural traditions to a position of supreme importance – a racist version of collectivism, under-pinned by post-modernism in philosophy, and still very fashionable in academia.

How about you then? Do you have 'a people'? If so, on what basis do you decide who that 'people' is. Think about it for a minute, and while you do, let me ask you a question and offer you a proposition.

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— by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2006-02-16 01:13

Some cultures deserved to die out

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:11

Not every culture is worth saving or preserving. There are some cultures that deserved to die out -- the Maya were just one, and on this as so much else Jared Diamond's book Collapse has it wrong again. As a tragic loss, they weren't, and Roger Sandall is right on the money. "I don’t care if the Maya civilization did collapse," says Sandall. "I don’t think we should shed a single retrospective tear":


When Passive Verbs Attack

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:09

What's a passive verb? It's a way of writing that removes from what is written both writer and passion. Compare for example: 'You cannot do this' (active) with 'This cannot be done' (passive). Passive verbs are used to soften the sense of a phrase, and too often to camouflage an opinion as being the writer's own. It's a way of speaking for the speechless without appearing to.

Why does this matter? Well, how many times do you hear these phrases used like a stop sign:

It is considered that...

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About your Verbally-Abusive article... — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:43
The article is misguided. — by tdh on Thu, 2006-02-16 19:55
Shane Jones — by Phil Howison on Thu, 2006-02-16 12:49

71 Million Murderous Muslims

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:06

[... with apologies to Captain Haddock, from whose lips the above might well have sprung]

I think David Farrar has made a slight error in his estimate, in that he's confusing total population levels with adult population levels. So I put my estimate, based on his figures, at around 71 million.

That's still 71 million too many.

Recent Comments:
Statistics, anyone? — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:50
Blood Feud — by Senator Willcox L. CO on Wed, 2006-02-15 23:14
Interesting ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-15 22:00

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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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