Burnished Bernstein and Cosmic Cacophony

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-05-14 03:37

New Zealand's premier Big Band were in outrageously good form in Wellington on Friday and Saturday nights. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's hallmark precision and passion, their flagrant virtuosity and sinful zest, were on such shameless display that one feared the arrival of some branch of the Fun Police.


NZ Racism & Unearned Guilt

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2018-05-09 04:35

By Olivia Pierson
http://www.oliviapierson.org/b...

I’ve lived in this country for 40-odd years, mostly in areas that would be called white middle-class suburbs. I went to a very middle-class girls’ high school and have held down jobs in a wide variety of fields of employment. I have a circle of friends from many different backgrounds, but never once have I met someone who could truly be called a flat-out racist, i.e, someone who really hates people of a different ethnicity.

Recent Comments:
White Cowardice and Submission — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-05-19 02:07
Philadelphia: "White Knights", Nay, "Black Panthers, YAY — by Jmaurone on Wed, 2018-05-16 04:58
The Usual Phony Racism — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-05-12 16:06

Hideous Hillary in New Zealistan: the Huddle of the Harridans

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-05-07 10:45

That thing came to New Zealistan yesterday, apparently, hard on the heels of Obama bin Laden. Evidently, Comrade Clinton forgot to apply her usual barrow-loads of make-up.

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And the job of the press is — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2018-05-12 09:28
The Thing ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-09 05:45
Godzilla Strikes! — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2018-05-09 05:40

The Filth Go After Kenneth Clark and Civilisation

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Submitted by Grant Jones on Sat, 2018-05-05 00:57

Kenneth Clark (1903-1983) was an eminent, British art historian and museum curator. His most well-known work is the landmark documentary series Civilisation that was aired on the BBC in 1969. He sub-titled the documentary - and the companion book that followed - as "A Personal View." His concentration is on the visual arts that was his forte. He also emphasizes the deep connection between art and religion during most the time-frame covered in the book and documentary.

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Pt 4 — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-16 07:34
Pt 3 — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-08 08:50
My name is "Danger" — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-08 06:27

Molyneux & Rand, childhood experience of insecure man on steroids VS John Galt the ideal man

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Submitted by Bruno Turner on Mon, 2018-04-16 10:02

A man uses anabolic steroids to get women's attention, but Stefan Molyneux gets much deeper into the root causes of this behavior.

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Wet nurse — by Bruno Turner on Fri, 2018-04-27 19:16
> The problem with your — by Alan Forrester on Tue, 2018-04-24 17:33
JustinCEO — by gregster on Tue, 2018-04-24 10:54

"Government by Intimidation", or, Free Speech on the Brink

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Tue, 2018-04-10 04:04

"No, the government would not establish any censorship; it would not need to." Ayn Rand, "Govenment by Intimidation"

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Unserious — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2018-05-09 23:43
Ugly Wimmin Strike Again — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-09 05:56
Pomos and Progs — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-04-28 15:59

Ayn Rand-"Government by Intimidation"- Selected quotes

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Tue, 2018-04-10 02:33

"No, the government would not establish any censorship; it would not need to." Ayn Rand, "Govenment by Intimidation"


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#MOGA! Open Letter to Objectivists—Make Objectivism Great Again! Repudiate Obleftivism!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-02-06 02:44

[This is an expanded version of the opening statement I had prepared for my aborted debate with Yaron Brook on Amy Peikoff's BlogTalkRadio show, "Don't Let It Go." I withdrew from the debate when I realised I could not in all conscience comply with her last-minute request that I refrain from making "sweeping statements" critical of Yaron. Warning: the following contains a number of sweeping statements critical of Yaron.]

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Faces of Evil — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-15 22:55
Making Hungary Great Again — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-15 21:37
Keith Ellison of The Filth Wears Bwook of The Filth T-Shirt — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-08 03:36

Fottles, Fatwas and Free Speech

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-02-22 09:31

The Fascists of the Left (FOTLs, pronounced “Fottles” and spelled that way henceforth) have won. Free speech in New Zealand is dead. It has been throttled by Fottles.

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Pigeons — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-04-21 00:37
Commie Cuomo Video Got Removed! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-04-19 06:15
Contemptible Cuomo — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-04-18 07:46

#MOGA! The Interview - Make Objectivism Great Again!

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Submitted by Bruno Turner on Sat, 2017-09-09 15:24

Ladies and Gents, here it is! The long awaited interview has hit Youtube. From the video's description:

"Dinky little savages": that's what Ayn Rand called them...

Recent Comments:
“Las Vegas Massacre –The Story is Coming Apart” — by Mark Hunter on Fri, 2018-01-19 07:31
Yes — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-01-19 04:58
FINALLY...Possible info linking Vegas shooter to ISIS — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2018-01-19 04:57

#MOGA! Ghastly Ghate!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-11-27 23:22

In an article earlier this month marking the one-year anniversary of the election of Donald Trump, Obleftivist Onkar Ghate, Senior Fellow and Chief Content Officer with the Ayn Rand Institute, began:

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Imagine ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-01-01 06:19
ARI Fund Raising — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2017-12-31 15:57
Fund-Raising for ARI — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2017-12-31 14:08

Make Western Civilisation Great Again!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2016-12-29 04:25

Undeniably, the biggest events of 2016, seismic in their enormity, were Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Because of those two events, for the first time in eight years we could say that Western Civilisation had rallied to mount a rearguard action against The Anti-West, aka Islamo-Marxism, aka The Filth. The latter were in pouting, infantile retreat, alternately sullen and hysterical, unable to comprehend that the seeming hegemony of their loathsome, totalitarian world view was not invincible after all.

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Groan! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-02-23 03:27
"White males are the scum of the earth . . ." — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2018-02-23 02:56
Guess Linz is a Klansman because he listens to Verdi & Puccini. — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2018-02-21 23:09

NZ on Screen: New Linz Profile (with very old pic: hair warning!)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-06-21 07:20

https://www.nzonscreen.com/per...

... In the 1989 Post profile Perigo expressed concerns about the depth of debate he was able to elicit on television: "we’ve become a sort of society where people don't analyse an argument: they attach brandnames to people who proffer arguments and think that they’ve dealt with the argument that way". In 1993 he infamously abandoned the medium, claiming that TVNZ news and current affairs was "braindead", and that stories of celebrities and trapped cats had superseded politics.

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Fish! — by Olivia on Fri, 2017-09-15 21:29
More Memory Lane :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2017-09-15 20:40
Andrew — by Richard G McGrath on Fri, 2017-06-23 02:44

President Donald Trump

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2017-01-20 19:01

Obama is out and the rebuilding begins!

We all have our favorite moments in the inaugural speech. What are yours?

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Gun Tyranny Isn't the Only Answer — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-05-19 02:15
Tweet to Creep Cuomo — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-05-18 23:41
Fantastic to see ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-05-03 10:40

New (Kindle *and* Paperback!) Edition of Linz's 'The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza'

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Tue, 2016-07-12 09:59

New (Kindle *and* Paperback!) Edition of Linz's 'The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza'

I've just posted the following item about Linz's updated edition of The One Tenor on my website, Mario Lanza, Tenor (http://www.mariolanzatenor.com...):

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Had to chuckle ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2018-03-10 05:44
Congratulations, Derek! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2018-01-06 04:26
New Mario Lanza CD: "Poetry and Passion" — by Derek McGovern on Sat, 2018-01-06 04:04

Book recommendations

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Submitted by Tore on Mon, 2016-02-15 19:02

This is a thread where I want to see everyone (that is, the four other people posting on this site) recommend books.

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Books — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2017-10-19 14:11
Zoltan — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2017-10-17 04:10
Zoltan and transhumanism — by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2017-10-17 02:41

Bravo Bosch!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-05-05 10:32

Bosch Fawstin, who graced the pages of SOLO during the embryonic stages of his campaign against Islamotrash, was the winner of the Draw Mohammed Competition in Garland, Texas, organised by the beyond-courageous Pamela Geller, where ISIS scum tried to shoot attendees but got themselves shot instead.

Recent Comments:
Great — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-04-21 14:30
Bosch's new book — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-04-20 06:26
Incompetent Slimeball — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-05-28 16:55

The Movie Thread

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2009-10-11 07:26

If like me you haven't yet seen Dark Knight it's just about to screen on Sky Movie Channels 1 & 2.

Recent Comments:
Death of Stalin — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-05-18 09:56
Raphael: The Lord of the Arts — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-04-20 05:55
Melanie Phillips ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-03-01 06:00

Music of the Gods

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-04-21 06:11

"The emotion involved in art is not an emotion in the ordinary meaning of the term. It is experienced more as a 'sense' or a 'feel,' but it has two characteristics pertaining to emotions: it is automatically immediate and it has an intense, profoundly personal (yet undefined) value-meaning to the individual experiencing it.

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Just wonderful. Absolutely — by PhilipD on Thu, 2018-05-17 01:43
God Yes ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-16 08:40
Incredible! — by Olivia on Wed, 2018-05-16 08:20

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The Great Global Warming Swindle!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2007-03-10 19:12

Surprise, surprise.

You can watch the entire thing now - for free - already on Google Video.
Watch it while you can, here is the link below.

Recent Comments:
NOAA Scientists Falsify Data to Dupe World Leaders on Climate — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2017-02-15 16:56
Anti-EPA attorney to head the EPA — by gregster on Thu, 2016-12-08 04:29
How Funny is this? — by HWH on Thu, 2015-10-08 05:39

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Death to Islam! [Reprised to mark latest Islamatrocities in ... I've given up itemising the locations. Today, October 31, 2017: New Yorkhistan.]

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-06 23:49

[Note—June 13, 2016, following the killing of 50+ attendees at an Orlando gay nightclub: I hope LGBT moronnials, the Pink Swastika carriers who support the Islamappeasing agenda of Obama and remain silent, as he does, about Islam's routine killing of gays while loudly propounding a totalitarian PC agenda of their own, will be awakened by yesterday's slaughters to the nature of Islam in particular and tyranny in general.]

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Twit-Witter Kow-Tows to Islamosavages, Suspends Bosch — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-15 06:36
Airhead Amy's Intellectual Dissonance — by Grant Jones on Mon, 2018-05-14 20:21
Ramadunces — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2018-05-13 18:52

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SOLO Credo

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-11-30 09:26

SOLO—Sense of Life Objectivists.

  • "The total passion for the total height."
  • Rational passion and passionate reason.
  • Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
  • "This above all, to thine own self be true."
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In " Fountainhead" the total — by 0 on Fri, 2011-06-17 21:25
Tonytowner — by Kasper on Wed, 2010-05-05 23:12
Haven't seen this type of — by tonytowner on Wed, 2010-05-05 10:55

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'Crystal Chapel' Project - Bruce Goff

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-23 08:31


Sketch and model of Bruce Goff's 1950 Crystal Chapel project, and Bruce Goff in his studio in 1962. I have to say that his office looks way, way tidier than mine!

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The Roots of Anti-Capitalism

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Submitted by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-02-23 07:02

Excerpt from this article:

This month, as Wal-Mart finally began clearing ground on the site, Gillespie introduced a new group, this time including Jesuits, Catholics, Baptists, Buddhists, Daoists, Lutherans and Anglicans, among others, to front the argument that Wal-Mart will blight the practice of religion in Guelph. This time the target is the constitutionality of the local bylaw that permits the Wal-Mart on the site.


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The Environmentalist Conservative: Behold the Purity of Obscurantist Evil

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Submitted by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-02-23 05:29

No Randian could fail to notice the incoherence of contemporary Conservatives, who combine nominal support for economic aspects of Capitalism with God-thumping social repression, and of contemporary Socialists (in America, "Liberals,") who combine nominal adherence to social liberalism with advocacy of Environmentalist prohibitions against economic progress. So here is an exhibit of pure evil: one Rod Dreher, a consistent advocate of obscurantist repression on all fronts - the Environmentalist Conservative.

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What Adam said... Victor: — by Victor Pross on Thu, 2006-06-08 03:04
Environment and Capitalism — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-06-08 02:14
Bob? What have ye to say? — by Victor Pross on Thu, 2006-06-08 01:46

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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

The target of Michael Moore's next film

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Submitted by Pete L on Wed, 2006-02-22 03:32

Michael Moore's next movie will take on the American health care system. No doubt the underlying message will be that America needs a government financed system. On his website currently, he is appealing to Americans who have horror stories to share about their experiences with HMO's and insurance companies. Here's the link, if you think you can handle it without vomiting:

http://michaelmoore.com/words/...

Recent Comments:
Michael Moore naked? — by Andrew Bates on Sat, 2006-03-04 20:46
Moron — by Andrew Bissell on Fri, 2006-02-24 01:13
National Healthcare — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-23 17:01

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The Austrian "school"

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Wed, 2006-02-22 02:46

I have a basic question. I'm embarking on a study of economics(just purchased "Human Action" and "The Capitalist Manifesto"), but what are the basic tenets that distinguish the Austrian school from others? Also, what other "schools" are there?

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Schools table — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-10 14:38
Capital Markets Vs Labour Markets focus — by Andrew Bates on Mon, 2006-03-06 06:10
Pay 80%! — by Andrew Bates on Mon, 2006-03-06 05:43

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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

Brokeback Mountain - again!

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Tue, 2006-02-21 19:30

A couple of weeks back, I stopped reading the SOLO Homo thread on Brokeback Mountain because of the rash of plot spoilers that had appeared there.

Recent Comments:
Agreed on that — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2008-04-20 22:30
Why I love Brokeback Mountain — by Matty Orchard on Sun, 2008-04-20 07:03
I was just having a discussion about this yesterday — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2008-01-24 00:41

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The Nature of Poison

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Submitted by Casey on Tue, 2006-02-21 01:37

When my friend, James Valliant, had his book sent to the publishers, the galleys completed and the jacket copy and cover decided upon, I expected to have only limited involvement thereafter. A review posted at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, a response to some flagrantly erroneous articles that recycled lies about Ayn Rand that the Brandens told—that was about the extent of the contribution I anticipated after the book was out there for all the world to see and read.

However, I was surprised by the nature of the posts that were slamming the book before it was published at the old SOLOHQ site, where Barbara Branden herself held court, considering this was a site comprising individuals who claimed to admire Rand, or at least her novels and ideas.

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Perspective — by Holly Valliant on Mon, 2006-03-06 05:08
Suspicious? — by sjw on Sun, 2006-03-05 19:20
Ok Shayne — by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2006-03-03 20:05

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THREE CHEERS FOR AUSTRALIA!!

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Submitted by Ciro D Agostino on Mon, 2006-02-20 22:26

FINALLY, SOMEONE GETS IT! CANBERRA AUSTRALIA:   Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.  A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown.
Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament.  "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," he said on national television.  "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that is false.  If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option," Costello said.  Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country.

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Get Out of Britain! — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-27 23:12

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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

The Future is Now: Heroes and Property Rights in the Final Frontier

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-02-20 18:29

On a crisp evening not long ago, I took a brisk walk through the park near my home. The sun’s radiance had long since faded giving way to far-reaching darkness, and the moon—understatedly luminous—had risen. As I strolled through the park, I observed a man in the distance standing rigidly, but with his head bent back at an awkward angle. He appeared to be transfixed by something overhead. Curiosity got the better of me and I approached him. When I asked what he saw, he replied simply: “The future.”

I didn’t understand what he meant at first. But then, I gazed up and witnessed the moon, the stars and the vast expanse of space. And, feeling a strange sense of exhilaration, I started to grasp the meaning of his statement.

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This is very good. Thank — by John M Newnham on Wed, 2006-02-22 16:50
Very nice! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-21 01:34

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Thoughts on Heroism from the Gods...

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Submitted by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-20 01:43

From the closing scene of the movie CLASH OF THE TITANS:

On Mount Olympus, the Gods reflect on the victory of Perseus over the Kraken:

"What a dangerous precedent...what if one day there were other heroes like him? What if courage and imagination were to become everyday mortal qualities...what would become of us?"

"Then we would no longer be needed! Until then, there is sufficient cowardice, sloth...mendacity...down there on earth to last forever..."


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Heads-up to Multiculturalists: Time to Change your Mind.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-02-20 01:19

There is a widespread view that it is wrong to criticise another's culture, that all cultures are equally valid, and that to do crticise cultural practices or mores is insensitive, if not outright racist. This viewpoint, known as cultural relativism, is as widespread as it is wrong. As a view that purports to accurately describe the way the world is (rather than how we might wish it might be), recent events have made clear it is a viewpoint that is increasingly untenable. It is an idea in crisis.

Recent Comments:
Al-Jazeera WordCloud ... — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-02-20 21:48
Excellent article — by sanjay on Mon, 2006-02-20 19:33
I've said it before... — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-02-20 04:11

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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

Recent Comments:
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

Gumbel No Fan of Winter Games

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Submitted by Ashley on Sat, 2006-02-18 21:01

Have you guys seen this? I just had a discussion a few days ago about whether events like board-x and halfpipe events were "really sports" (yes, they are). But I have never seen anyone so angry about the Olympics!

"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t like them and won’t watch them ... Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin."

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Artistic evaluation vs. physical observation — by sjw on Fri, 2006-03-17 16:31
Great post Robert. I'm in — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:51
Hmmm — by Robert on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:25

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