Linz on Live, standing in for Laws

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Submitted by JulianP on Wed, 2007-02-14 23:47

Linz is going to be on Radio Live, tomorrow, standing in for Michael Laws.

Listen on-line here:

He'll be on Thursday, 15 Feb, 8pm to 11pm GMT.

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MASS KASS — by Jameson on Sat, 2007-02-17 03:13
Hahahahaha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-02-17 00:06
Glenn — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-16 07:52

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Antitrust = = Price Control?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-02-14 20:32

... but it just dawned on me this morning (with news of another successful anti-trust prosecution against Microsoft) that anti-trust legislation is just stealth price-control legislation. 

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Cast error line 1 — by wngreen on Thu, 2007-02-15 02:00
Oh, absolutely, — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2007-02-14 22:48
— by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-02-14 22:37

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Religious Rampaging Reined in...Reason Resumes!

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2007-02-14 14:41

It looks like Kansas has regained its sanity!


This article on msnbc explains how a coalition of moderate conservatives and democrats took control of the Kansas school-board and are taking out all the not-so-intelligent design crap.

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How can there be intelligent — by 0 on Wed, 2007-02-14 21:46
Simply silly sensationalism... — by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2007-02-14 19:55
Clever title Melissa, but — by Ron Kelley on Wed, 2007-02-14 19:23

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In honor of Valentine's Day....

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2007-02-14 14:31

I saw something on YouTube today that might make you guys...ehem...stand up and take notice.

I figure if you like chicks with might like chicks with power tools.

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Duncan, — by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2007-02-15 15:34
> you might like chicks with — by PhilipC on Thu, 2007-02-15 03:40
Two Valentine's Day poems — by Casey on Thu, 2007-02-15 01:07

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Nanny State Is Uncool!!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-02-14 06:16

I just saw Mark Peck, ex-MP and spokesman for the Smokefree Coalition, say on the Sainsbury programme (for non-Kiwi SOLOists, that's the current affairs programme that follows our leading TV news bulletin) the reason he doesn’t expect his push for a tobacco tax hike to be successful is the “Nanny State” argument, which he said is “huge” and was the cause of Finance Minister Michael Cullen calling the proposal “political suicide.”

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We're not alone... — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-02-14 21:30
I only hope that the... — by Marcus on Wed, 2007-02-14 13:28

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ARI—No Child Let Ahead

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2007-02-13 21:26

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

No Child Let Ahead
February 13, 2007

Irvine, CA--With the No Child Left Behind Act up for reauthorization, critics are pointing out that it is preventing gifted children from advancing ahead. Because the act forces states to ensure that the weakest students are not left behind, it has dried up funding for programs intended to challenge the strongest.

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William . . . — by User hidden on Thu, 2007-02-15 02:03
In my day... — by wngreen on Thu, 2007-02-15 01:43
... don't get me started :( — by VSD on Wed, 2007-02-14 21:54

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Helen's Headgear

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-02-13 01:04

Get a look at this! My Prime Minister (I admit it), Helen Clark, is seen here wearing what calls a Hijab- a Muslim head scaff. It's on their website and on the cover of the published magazine out fresh today.

Recent Comments:
Helen is what? — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-02-19 07:16
Helen the Hypocrite — by Jameson on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:53
No scowls here! — by Melissa Lepley on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:44

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ARI—Chavez's Disastrous Nationalisation Plan

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2007-02-12 22:45

The Ayn Rand Institute

Chavez's Disastrous Nationalization Plan
February 12, 2007
Irvine, CA

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has recently announced plans to nationalize utilities and telecommunications companies.

Recent Comments:
"Fatherland, socialism or — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-02-13 22:26
Kevin has also missed the — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2007-02-13 18:47
Another of Kevin's Favorite Countries — by Fred Weiss on Tue, 2007-02-13 17:22

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Elan Journo—Washington's Make-Believe Policy on Iran

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2007-02-12 22:34

Washington's Make-Believe Policy on Iran

By Elan Journo

The Bush administration claims to have a way to deter the militant theocracy of Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons--and thwart its ambition to bring "death to America." Washington's plan aims to pressure Teheran, financially and psychologically. The idea is to cut off Iran's nuclear program from banks and businesses in other nations, and to undermine the confidence of Iranian officials. The right amount of pressure, we are told, can induce Teheran to give up its nuclear program.

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101 Places in New Zealand You Must Visit Before You Die

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 10:01

The AA have released the results of their '101 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand' survey, all of which are listed below and raved about on their website; and like DPF, I've emboldened my own conquests -- which just to clarify means visiting Mt Cook, not climbing it.

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Hanmer Springs at Number 8, — by 0 on Fri, 2008-05-23 08:35
More... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-02-12 23:33

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Vienna's Ringstrasse

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 09:25

Some two-hundred years after the Ottomans abandoned their unsuccessful Siege of Vienna (and incidentally leaving behind a sackful of coffee, which started the west's fortunate love affair with caffeine) Western Europe's eastern outpost against the Moslem hordes tore down its protecting wall, and developed an integrating 'ring road' called the Ringstraße. This was not intended to be a 'working' thoroughfare, it was intended primarily for show -- and what a show.

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Perigo launches voluntary euthanasia book

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 08:32

As I was playing losing tennis yesterday out at Patumahoe, libertarian Lindsay Perigo was in Grey Lynn launching what is hoped to be a winning campaign by Dr Philip Nitschke to help people who through age or illness are no longer able to live without pain, and who are unable even to help themselves to end their own lives with dignity.

Recent Comments:
Humanity is Not The Way of Muslims — by Sandi on Sat, 2007-03-03 20:59
Brilliant Speeches!!! — by Marcus on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:00
I also went along to the — by Sandi on Tue, 2007-02-13 05:10

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New Wafa Sultan Appearance

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Mon, 2007-02-12 04:26

This is a brilliant recent broadcast video of Wafa Sultan discussing Islam as a religion of hostages. She talks about the Danish cartoons being a "crack in the wall" of the prison of Muslim life:

Recent Comments:
Well, ultimately I agree — by 0 on Tue, 2007-02-13 11:44
Wafa Sultan, is a hero. But, — by Wayne Simmons on Tue, 2007-02-13 06:06
Thanks Jeremy — by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2007-02-12 04:47

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E-Stonia, The Baltic Tiger

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2007-02-11 00:14

New Europe's Boomtown
By John Tierney
The New York Times

Tallinn, Estonia

Philippe Benoit du Rey is not one of those gloomy Frenchmen who frets about the threat to Gallic civilization from McDonald’s and Microsoft. He thinks international competition is good for his countrymen. He’s confident France will flourish in a global economy — eventually.

Recent Comments:
Estonia — by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2007-05-09 07:24
My inaugural hyperlink... — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-02-21 06:13
Cato Institute Honours Laar — by Jameson on Mon, 2007-02-19 01:23

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The story of one control after another

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2007-02-10 23:07
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

They say one bad apple spoils the barrel; one rotten apple will quickly affect a whole bunch. The same is true of government controls. One control is introduced to 'correct' something that's making some legislator unhappy, following which economic imbalances occur; new controls are pretty quickly called for to try to correct them, following which more are introduced to correct the dislocations that occurred from those controls, and so on. Control follows control, as dislocation follows imbalance.

The history of government controls is like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes in reverse:

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The Environmentalist Noose Is Tightening

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sat, 2007-02-10 09:03

Forty-Five nations joined France in calling for a new environmental body to slow global warming and protect the planet, a body that potentially could have policing powers to punish violators.—AP, Feb. 5, 2007

Recent Comments:
KASS, George! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-02-15 05:44
Brilliant! — by Jameson on Thu, 2007-02-15 04:36
What Marcus said. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2007-02-10 23:08

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Pyrophobia and the Puritan Premise

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Submitted by David Heleniak on Sat, 2007-02-10 03:04

The Secular Web just posted an article by me:

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Lonely voices that GET Rand's point: the moocher versus the producer's ethics and world politics!

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Submitted by Orson on Fri, 2007-02-09 07:27

It's rare to find a voice or authority that gets Any Rand's point, and applies it to today's world. For example, the ethics and politics of the moocher versus the producers - the self-sacraficial Leftist versus the egoistic capitalist. As I've written before, one who does is a Univeristy of Michigan psychiatrist Pat Santy – blogging under the clever title ”DrSanity” – who admires both Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand.

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Go Blue! — by wngreen on Fri, 2007-02-09 19:04

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PARC on Amazon

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Submitted by Casey on Fri, 2007-02-09 06:45

You know what would be great? I have done everything I can to support James Valliant's landmark book, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, while he was researching and writing and defending the book during the post-publication fracas. Now, some very sleazy and sickeningly sychophantic and dishonest defenses of the Brandens' smears of Ayn Rand are surfacing in the readers' reviews of

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Feel Free to Join In Anytime, Phil — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-15 17:14
I agree — by Casey on Thu, 2007-02-15 00:55
Landon doesn't post very — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2007-02-14 22:58

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Global Warming: "It doesn't commit governments to any course of action."

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2007-02-08 17:18

The current issue of the journal "Nature" has a feature on the 2007 IPCC report on climate change. Although the upper limit prediction of ocean rising by 2100 has been reduced by 25% (the media omit this part), the media in the UK have jumped up and down about this report, claiming that the science is now so accurate that man-made global warming is no longer debatable!

Recent Comments:
What we don't know about climate change. — by Marcus on Mon, 2007-02-12 11:24
Marcus you are exactly right, — by wngreen on Fri, 2007-02-09 19:02
William are you referring.. — by Marcus on Fri, 2007-02-09 12:20

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Free Speech's Fits and Starts

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-02-08 00:47

[Reprised for obvious reasons—Linz]

"Freedom is the fundamental requirement of man's mind. ... A gun is not an argument."—Ayn Rand

Walking home from the gym the day of the first anniversary of the beginning of the liberation of Iraq, I encountered several hundred smelly Saddamites marching towards Parliament to demand the reinstatement of their toppled idol (I exaggerate the letter, but not the spirit of their protest).

Recent Comments:
Good closing their, Wilson — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-02-13 06:36
Ruth?? — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2007-02-12 13:12
WSS — by wngreen on Sun, 2007-02-11 22:42

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Craven Cowardice on Campus

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2007-02-08 00:20

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

UCLA Penalizes Student Group's Exercise of Free Speech
February 6, 2007

Irvine, CA--UCLA has cravenly scuttled a student-sponsored forum on U.S. immigration policy--and revealed the administration's contempt for freedom of speech. The administration not only refuses to protect free speech, but also penalizes those who wish to exercise it on campus.

Recent Comments:
Fair Point — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2007-02-08 02:25
Well, to be fair . . . — by User hidden on Thu, 2007-02-08 02:16
Whats interesting here... — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2007-02-08 00:54

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Malthus meets the Greens, and we're all going to die!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-02-07 21:16

NZ Greens' co-leader Russel Norman (left) has been reading Thomas Malthus (right), and he's feeling really scared. Who exactly is Thomas Mathus, I hear you ask, and why should you care? Let me tell you.

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Good post, Peter... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2007-02-07 21:54

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"Group" for Objectivists on

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Submitted by mckeever on Wed, 2007-02-07 04:53

For those interested in I've started a youtube "Group", the URL to which is is a video sharing website.  A group is simply a collection of videos that fall into a category.  Right now, the objectivists group includes the full 1/2 hour interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace (1959) and one of Rand's appearances (in full) on Donohue.  My understanding - however flawed - is that if you click on the Subscription button for the group, you will be notified when new video content is added.

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I might yet see the end of AS

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Submitted by VSD on Tue, 2007-02-06 10:44

Atlas Shrugged is well on it's way to the final stages!

when my brother forwarded me this tasty little news-morsel from our old home Romania I laughed out loud with pleasure Smiling

seems the parasites are well on the way to legalize exploitation openly on an international scale from which it is only a short step to the 'Moratorium on Brains' and then:

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free at last — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-02-26 09:10
Arguing for Fun — by VSD on Sat, 2007-02-24 12:47
Vera, you are set in your — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2007-02-24 07:18

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More-icone on YouTube

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2007-02-05 17:07

In continuation of the discussion on a blog that should be in the Music forum, I was doing some YouTube'ing lately, searching in vain for video clips featuring my current favorite piece of music (Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2, movement 2), and then decided to see what new Morricone was on there. I've summed up my findings in the Morricone section of the music-favorites page on my website.

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UK Libertarian Alliance Denounces Brainwashing

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2007-02-05 02:06


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today denounces the new policy of the British Government to indoctrinate all schoolchildren with the lies of the global warming lobby.

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All English schools to screen Al Gore film — by Sandi on Mon, 2007-02-05 22:16

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A supply teacher has been sacked from a secondary school following complaints from Muslim pupils.

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2007-02-03 22:32

“A British teacher has been sacked from a secondary school following complaints from Muslim pupils.

Andrew McLuskey was sacked from Bayliss Court Secondary School in Slough after a Religious Education lesson discussing the pros and cons of religion.

Recent Comments:
"Pape argues that the news — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2007-05-25 10:34
Singing, "M.I.C… K.E.Y… T.E.R.R.O.R.I.S.T." — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-05-22 02:24
I agree with Bill — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2007-05-21 16:58

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The Freedom Party

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2007-02-02 22:32

I just decided to start a new forum, which is in part inspired by the recent debate that took place on this site about voting and political parties. I don't think anything of merit has come out of that debate, and I am not interested in taking part in any extended version of it. I definitely don't want that to occur here on this particular forum.

Recent Comments:
"I am not interested in — by 0 on Thu, 2009-05-14 04:17
a thought — by reason_is_the_season on Thu, 2009-05-14 03:55
Isn't — by Elijah Lineberry on Sat, 2007-09-15 22:52

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Atlas Month—Happy Birthday, Atlas!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 22:04

Happy Birthday, Atlas!

Recent Comments:
"going backwards" — by gregster on Sun, 2007-10-07 20:28
One person at a time — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2007-10-04 11:53
I'm going to be at the — by Bosch Fawstin on Tue, 2007-10-02 01:33

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