A bit of econ. reasoning about gas prices

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-24 05:03

On several occasions recently, I've heard people say that the fall in gas prices is a result of manipulation and that they'll be going up after the elections. I only have one question in response to this: are oil futures traders (the ones who'll put their money where their mouths are) actually betting that this will happen?

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Nope — by Kendall J on Tue, 2006-10-31 02:14
Watching the futures markets — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-10-26 03:13
Plus... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 08:34

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Half-naked men for a good cause...

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Submitted by Robert on Tue, 2006-10-24 01:51

Freedom is not free is a non-patisan US charity set-up to raise money to help ease the load for wounded warriors as they make the transition back to civilian life. Currently, Freedom is not free is selling a calendar which may err... "interest" the ladies and many of the lads on this website.

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DID YOU WANT TO SEE SOME COCK? — by Elijah Lineberry on Mon, 2007-10-01 20:55
 2007 promises to be a very — by Summer Serravillo on Fri, 2006-10-27 13:25
Why I should have known! — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-10-25 05:28

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Tristan, Isolde, Wagner and I. "Must I waken?"

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:15

I saw the opera Tristan and Isolde on the weekend (staged by the Welsh National Opera), my first Wagner opera. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and see (with an open mind) if Wagner was really the operatic genius that some people claim he is.

Recent Comments:
Que? — by Tim S on Tue, 2009-10-06 19:54
The conclusion of the Levin's article... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-10-31 15:57
Siegfried's Funeral March & Hitler's Suicide — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-10-31 07:51

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ARI's Epstein KASSes!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2006-10-23 22:35

"Cultures are not of equal value: prosperity is superior to poverty, happiness is superior to misery, freedom is superior to slavery, and a visible face is superior to a slit revealing two anonymous eyes."

Recent Comments:
Cultures are NOT equal. — by Ergo on Tue, 2006-10-24 20:10
If they continue — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-10-24 16:42
I shall never compromise my culture ! — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 06:44

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Debate Over the Iraq War: Liferaft or Ship Wreck?

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 22:08

A debate over the Iraq War has started between two writers for the Times (I hope they continue). So, I thought it would be intersting to post the two articles here and see what people think. Lately there is talk in this country that the whole Iraq war project has just turned out to be another Vietnam.

Recent Comments:
debate? NOT in the US. Civil war? Not in Iraq (but — by Orson on Mon, 2007-07-23 12:53
I prefer the "remove all stains" - cycle. — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 20:29
Tim Hames writes: "The — by mckeever on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:03

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New Member

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Submitted by Matt33 on Mon, 2006-10-23 07:12

Hello there everyone, thank god Im not alone with my thoughts. Nice to meet you.

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Hi Matt,I also discovered — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 04:14
Excellent call — by Matt33 on Tue, 2006-10-24 01:13
I rest... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 00:51

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VIDEO: McKeever on Rand vs. Libertarianism

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Submitted by mckeever on Mon, 2006-10-23 01:44

Hi all:
I've posted a video to YouTube.com in which I discuss Rand vs. Libertarianism while on my drive to work (it's actually part 3 of a 4 part video on http://www.youtube.com/fpontario ).  The intention of the video is not to teach objectivism (it's more part of a "get to know Freedom Party people" series of videos).  However, I thought you all might enjoy it just the same.  Here's the link (feedback encouraged of course):

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Petition: No Royal Assent to Electoral Act Violations

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Mon, 2006-10-23 01:28

This is a call to all the SOLOists who are eligible to vote in New Zealand. Could you please have a look at this petition:

Recent Comments:
How many signatures — by Troy Martin on Sat, 2006-10-21 09:45
Hang on a minute... — by Stephen Davis on Fri, 2006-10-20 01:22
Intense blog discussions — by gone on Thu, 2006-10-19 09:03

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Environmentalism: Finding the Missing Valuer

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2006-10-22 23:29

New Scientist asks us to "Imagine Earth without People". All it takes is a read of the opening to get the gist of the article:

Recent Comments:
May I change your quote just a mite? — by VSD on Tue, 2006-10-24 09:09
Oh and the deceptiveness is — by Marnee on Mon, 2006-10-23 05:18
Beyond Revolting — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-10-23 03:58

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The Hostage Principle

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Submitted by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-10-22 17:52

During the 70's, after leaving school, I moved to New York and audited courses from both Leonard Peikoff and Murray Rothbard. (They both taught at Brooklyn Polytechnic.) I apparently was the first Objectivist to develop a key principle regarding the ethics of the use of force.

Recent Comments:
> 'Never heard of your — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-10-24 23:18
Phil, — by Casey on Tue, 2006-10-24 15:23
where? — by Mike_M on Mon, 2006-10-23 01:20

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Casey Fahy in the Movies! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-22 11:04

We know Casey's fiction will hit the Hollywood big-time soon enough. What he hasn't told us is that he's already been in the movies.

Recent Comments:
Yes, Scott, — by Casey on Tue, 2006-10-24 02:33
...or consecrated in mirth? — by l on Tue, 2006-10-24 01:07
Separated at birth? — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:52

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Double Posting

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-10-22 05:25

Not sure if its me, my machine, the damp or those pixels hitting the anti-freeze again.
However, if it is of any help regarding gremlins, some posts including my own, only display about a quarter of the (facial) image. Likewise I still don't see the headline of some posts, which disappear and I need to click onto the comments column in order to read these posts?

Recent Comments:
Thanks Ross — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 22:04
You may have partially — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-10-23 03:40
Hi Ross — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-10-23 02:40

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One in five British pupils can not pinpoint the UK on the Map

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-10-22 05:14

A tradgedy that ends in a comedy.

"They are better-travelled than any other generation and are constantly told they are part of the "global village". But millions of today's schoolchildren do not even know where the British Isles are on a map. Despite living in a country whose empire once stretched to every corner of the globe, one in five British pupils questioned in a survey could not pinpoint the UK and one in 10 were unable to name a single continent. Forty per cent did not know where the United States was and nearly half failed to identify China, in the poll of six- to 14-year-olds. The survey of 1,000 children, by National Geographic Kids magazine, found that while many children were ignorant about the nations of the world, nearly half were "very concerned" about the environment.

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"...while many children were — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-22 21:23

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P.C. Ramadam in The UK Police

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-10-22 04:51

Two interesting stories in one here.

University officials are to launch a "counter-terrorism" group to tackle the spread of Islamic fundamentalism on campuses. "Officials at every university will work with the Government, the police and the security services to monitor the activities of Islamic student societies that might be targeted by extremists. Barry Jakeman, the head of security at the University of Surrey and chairman of the group, said that extra vigilance was essential in light of growing concerns that terrorist organisations are recruiting from campuses. "We know that leading figures in the terrorist field have studied at British universities and, because of our large population of international students, we are vulnerable," he said.

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Flirting with Friedrich

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-22 00:18

[First published in The Free Radical]

"Be Thou Thyself, that which thou art!"

Recent Comments:
Illiberal Nietzsche — by F L Light on Sun, 2006-10-22 04:00

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Nietzsche and the Nazis by Stephen Hicks

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Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-10-21 21:15

What follows is not a review of Stephen Hicks’ new video NIETZSCHE AND THE NAZIS but rather a recommendation to buy it.

Recent Comments:
Philip — by seddon on Tue, 2006-10-31 15:14
Academic Writing — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-10-31 01:05
Linz, — by seddon on Sun, 2006-10-29 13:08

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Saving Versus Hoarding

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-10-20 23:50

Saving is the use of revenue or income by a business or individual for purposes other than expenditure on consumers’ goods (or consumers’ services). It is revenue or income that is not consumed.

Recent Comments:
Some points to consider — by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-10-22 03:36
Keynesianism on saving — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-10-21 17:41

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ARI Denounces E-Gambling Law

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-10-20 23:32

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
Restrictions on Internet Gambling Are an Infringement on Our Rights
October 19, 2006

Irvine, CA--On Oct. 13 President Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a measure restricting Internet gambling.

Recent Comments:
Voting Records and Comments — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:34
Ron Paul. Sadly, it seems — by Aaron on Mon, 2006-10-23 13:09
Republicans and Values — by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2006-10-23 06:04

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Changes at KASSless

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 23:27

Trustee Changes: Bob Poole Joins Board, Kelley Elected Chairman!

October 20, 2006 -- The Atlas Society, with its Objectivist Center, announces changes in its Board of Trustees.

We've added an exciting new member: Bob Poole. Bob established the Reason Foundation in 1978 and for years was editor of Reason magazine.

Recent Comments:
Oh dear — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-10-22 21:40

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OCON Boston Now FREE For Students

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-10-20 22:01

OCON Boston event is now FREE for students!

The Jihad Against the West: The Real Threat and the Right Response

Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum
Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute

Recent Comments:
John Lewis Lecture — by JulianD on Thu, 2010-07-01 09:57
Any SOLO readers in Boston — by JulianD on Thu, 2010-07-01 09:56
What an evening!!! — by JulianD on Thu, 2010-07-01 09:56

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Smearer-in-Chief Ups the Ante

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 07:40

In the thread here about Plagiarist Pross's depiction of Diana naked on O-Lying, I asked SOLOists who can bring themselves to plunge into that sewer to keep me posted as to whether Barbara Branden, Lying's resident Namblaphile-defender, responded to my question here re her demand that I denounce Craig Biddle, Yaron Brook and sundry other "lepers of Objectivism," on pain of being deemed to be a "leper" myself ... this in the wake of Biddle's Objectivist Standard article on how best to deal with Islamo-Fascism. I've just been told that Barbara has not responded to my question, but has seen fit to post this:

Recent Comments:
Hahahaha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-22 01:31
James — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-10-22 01:09
LW — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-10-21 20:43

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How the new 'left' and 'right' meet in the authoritarian middle

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-10-19 22:36

Many people have been surprised at the alliance of George W. Bush and Tony Blair, men respectively of the right and the left but who share an obviously genuine friendship. The answer to the apparent paradox is to be found in their respective philosophies. The so-called 'philosophies' of the left's 'Third Way' and the right's Neo-Conservatism' to which these two subscribe share more than their promoters might like to concede.

Recent Comments:
Well said, Peter — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-10-23 19:15
Right on. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-10-20 22:26

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Ralph Harris RIP

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Submitted by Kenny on Thu, 2006-10-19 20:18

Freedom lovers all over the world will be mourning the sudden death, at 8am GMT this morning, of Lord Harris of High Cross. Ralph Harris, with Anthony Fisher and Arthur Seldon, founded the Institute of Economic Affairs. The IEA proved to be the model for literally hundreds of pro-freedom think tanks.

Recent Comments:
Rees-Mogg — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-10-23 19:11
William Rees-Mogg... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 15:07
Thanks Marcus — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-10-22 17:07

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If you're 'it' - then you are sent straight to dention without passing the naafi in case you get obese on the way

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Submitted by Sandi on Thu, 2006-10-19 08:12

"Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable. Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban."

Recent Comments:
It had to be a female principal... — by gone on Thu, 2006-10-19 22:50
Tort Reform — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-10-19 11:56

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Something to consider regarding the upcoming Election Day in the USA...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-10-19 07:05

We've been hearing about it for months- "the Republicans are finished- the Democrats are gonna sweep the house, and take back control of Congress!".

Many websites are buying into this, and even Rush Limbaugh decided to put in a few words about this....

Recent Comments:
Answer to two evils... — by dcarvell on Sat, 2006-10-28 18:16
"Given the choice between a — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-10-24 11:51
Democrats and Republicans - Who's the Killer? — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-10-24 03:26

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The Linz and Don Show

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-10-18 21:23

New Zealand's likely next Prime Minister, National Party leader Don Brash and I proved Oscar Wilde wrong this morning, if I may be so immodest as to say so myself.

Recent Comments:
Sorry Guys ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 09:20
I would also love to hear — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-18 22:34
Raconteur... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-18 22:18

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Liberal Appeasement

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-10-18 19:17

Bush shouldn't have labeled North Korea part of an "axis of evil," stark raving liberal and billionaire investor George Soros told a group of investors and academics in Seoul.

Recent Comments:
Ted, I wouldn't lump Kenny — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-10-20 12:37
Read the Poll Results! — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-20 05:06
Looking for data — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-10-18 19:48

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Classical Jazz... and a little tango.

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-10-18 00:33

Just listened to Shostakovich: The Jazz Album, containing his two Jazz Suites & 1st Piano Concerto.

Just tremendous, especially the second suite with its very Russian waltzes. More Cossack stomp than Viennese spin Smiling

Can anyone suggest great jazz-orientated music from classical composers?

Recent Comments:
Or for your local quota — by Grace on Mon, 2007-09-17 10:44
Shreya — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-06-29 05:17
Hey Lindsay — by 0 on Fri, 2007-06-29 04:41

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FREE RADICAL 72: The Great Environmental Sellout

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-10-17 22:27
The mainstream media only picked up on NZ's political challenge of the year in late September, but The Free Radical had the whole Darnton V Clark story and the details about the stolen election in July!


Free Radical 72 is out now, it gets beneath the news, and it's ready to hit your letter box today. SUBSCRIBE NOW. In this issue:

Recent Comments:
— by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-27 22:13
Thanks. — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-10-27 22:02
Great work Peter. — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-10-27 20:18

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Libz Declares Banana Republic Day

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-10-17 22:08



Libz Declares Banana Republic Day

Libertarianz members including Leader Bernard Darnton will be at Parliament today from 12.00 pm handing out bananas to celebrate New Zealand's first Banana Republic Day. "In a breathtakingly arrogant move, Clark has shown that she thinks she can get away with anything. Her actions are that of a banana republic dictator. We're marking this inauspicious occasion by handing out bananas," Darnton explained.

Recent Comments:
Go you Libz — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-10-18 06:50
shame — by Phil Howison on Wed, 2006-10-18 06:34
Just submitted this to — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-10-17 23:57

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