Which way will you be voting in the November elections?

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Submitted by administrator on Mon, 2006-10-30 01:56
12% (6 votes)
22% (11 votes)
16% (8 votes)
On merit
24% (12 votes)
Whatever will cause gridlock
12% (6 votes)
14% (7 votes)
Total votes: 50
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Actually Mick, the press was — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-15 19:42
Mr. Green — by Mick on Wed, 2006-11-15 07:47
Crazed fan of Ed Cline — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-11-01 17:57

Why I'm Voting for the Democrats

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Sun, 2006-10-29 15:40

Dr. Leonard Peikoff recently posted the following Q&A on the upcoming election on his web site.

    Q: In view of the constant parade of jackassery which is Washington, is there any point in voting for candidates of either entrenched party? Throwing out the incumbents "for a change" is to me an idea based on the philosophy that my head will stop hurting if I bang it on the opposite wall.

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Of course I have! — by atlascott on Tue, 2008-11-11 14:20
drop the fatwa — by Jmaurone on Tue, 2008-11-04 21:45
Scott, your idea here is way — by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2008-11-04 21:29

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Swearing off caffeine

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-10-29 08:33

Last week, I decided that I was ingesting too much caffeine (way too much caffeine in fact), and thought I'd cut it out from my diet for a while to see what happened, and blog about it on Fluidscape, my professional blog). Here are the details:

Recent Comments:
After a month of no — by Aaron on Fri, 2009-04-17 16:35
I'm starting out slowly to — by Aaron on Wed, 2009-03-11 17:42
I can relate to clutching a — by 0 on Wed, 2009-03-11 15:23

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:32

Apparently DailyKos is arguing that Libertarians should vote Democratic this coming election in the US. Andrew Sullivan is speaking on his new The Conservative Soul on Book TV at 1130PM EDT.

Recent Comments:
Always my privilege — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-29 05:50
But thanks for trying Ted. — by Marnee on Sun, 2006-10-29 05:11
But as a practical matter... — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-29 04:17

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Free course: The DIM Hypothesis

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-10-28 20:25

ARI appears to be offering free of charge to anyone, for a limted time, Dr. Peikoff's course on the DIM Hypothesis.

Recent Comments:
Awareness and being made aware — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:23
Objectivist Conferences — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:16
Luck — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:04

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Seasoning for Salmon

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Submitted by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-26 05:32

I was wondering about a good seasoning for salmon. Maybe something that comes prepared from the store or is easy to prepare. I eat a lot of salmon but Im a bit tired of the same old salt, lemon, olive oil combo. Im a bad cook so the simpler the better.

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Marnee, Apparently this — by 0 on Wed, 2007-02-28 22:58
OH MY GOD, I LOVE THAT POLO — by 0 on Wed, 2007-02-28 22:51
*Tch* No doubt the little — by Lance on Fri, 2007-02-23 10:50

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The Green Business Racket: Con Customers, Cut Corners, Boost Profits

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-10-26 00:39

At the most fundamental level, environmentalism and the Green movement that represents it are hostile to business. The ethics of environmentalism and the Greens is one of human deprivation and individual self-sacrifice. Business in contrast rests on a foundation of the pursuit of happiness and the profit motive.

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I kinda agree.Protection — by 0 on Tue, 2008-11-11 20:20
You've really been cheated out of your 'amenities' ... — by VSD on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:56
Not only that, but green — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-10-28 00:21

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Nanny wants your cream bun

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Wed, 2006-10-25 21:03

According to the NZ Herald:

Health officials target workplace vending machines
Thursday October 26, 2006
By Errol Kiong

Workplace food-vending machines are the next target in the battle against obesity.

Health officials want to restrict their contents, and say they could use health and safety legislation as a way to improve what people eat.

A university nutritionist has welcomed the idea, but says it would be impossible to enforce.

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THey should ban ALL FOOD. — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-26 04:17
Off with her head ! — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-25 22:24

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Ethical bugs

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Submitted by John Drake on Wed, 2006-10-25 17:18

I have a general question for SOLO.  What are the ethical principles involved with revealing and fixing bugs in hardware and software sold to third parties?  This issue came up recently while I was writing about the Intel Pentium flaw that forced a recall of the chip in 1994.  Below is my analysis so far. 

Recent Comments:
Intel — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-11-01 02:20
I didn't realize there was a — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-10-31 21:32
Aaron — by John Drake on Tue, 2006-10-31 18:47

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Election '06

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Submitted by Mike_M on Wed, 2006-10-25 16:46

Since every other Objectivism related forum has a thread on the upcoming American election, I figured I'd start one here. First, some background reading.

Vote Democrat: Peikoff on the election

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Linz, it must be said — by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-11-08 09:16
Forming Parties — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-10-31 17:26
On the topic... — by Robert on Mon, 2006-10-30 22:07

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Eddie Willers

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-10-25 11:34

Is there a place for Eddie Willers in Galt's Gulch. He represented the 'best of the rest'. Yet he doesn't make it in the novel. Is Galt's Gulch purely for the 'prime movers'? I understand that Gal

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Have we not questioned love? — by 0 on Thu, 2010-05-13 01:02
When a quote is not a quote. — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2009-10-09 18:19
Brant Gaede wrote: — by 0 on Fri, 2009-10-09 13:33

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Mike Mentzer

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-10-25 11:25

How many of you came to Ayn Rand's writing through the body-builder Mike Mentzer?

I became aware of her through his writings though he was a fan of the ARI and Peikoff.
Thanfully I have an averiso

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 My friend Dean was — by Plasmatic on Fri, 2008-08-01 05:58
X — by l on Sun, 2006-11-19 00:59
Mentzer and Objectivism — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-10-25 17:41

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Chronic anti-semitism on Islamic television

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-10-25 03:34

Many times, I've heard the argument that those protesting against Israel aren't motivated by hatred of Jews.

Those honestly holding that opinion would do well to have a look at some of the Memri TV clips (many of which you can find with a YouTube search). This is one of the worst ...

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Dinther... — by Kevin on Thu, 2006-10-26 09:15
Duncan, there are and have — by Kevin on Thu, 2006-10-26 09:00
Propaganda — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-10-26 08:49

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Clintoniad: a little speculation

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 23:37

Section 1 of the twenty-second amendment to the United States constitution:

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once... [emphasis mine]

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ick god please no — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-10-25 04:50
I would love to see her go — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-25 04:49

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ARI on Skilling

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-10-24 22:42

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
The Media's Mistreatment of Jeff Skilling
October 23, 2006

Irvine, CA--Upon hearing the news that former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced to 24 years, most Americans, trusting the newspaper articles and books they have read on Enron, think that justice has been served. But, said Alex Epstein, a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, "Jeff Skilling has not gotten justice, and the media bear a major portion of the blame.

Recent Comments:
Peter and Fred W. — by Merlin Jetton on Fri, 2006-10-27 12:20
Peter — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-10-27 01:01
The sentence and the mob — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-10-26 22:38

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SOLO conference

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Submitted by User hidden on Tue, 2006-10-24 22:23

Any news on this? Even just dates and an approximate cost would be a help for me in planning. I'm determined to go. I have to meet Lindsay in person or I will just die! Smiling

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"Who has been shagging while I've been off in Italy...?" — by Robert on Wed, 2006-10-25 00:53
What?! — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-10-25 00:36
Kelly — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-10-25 00:19

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Why is Ayn Rand Respected More in India?

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Submitted by Ergo on Tue, 2006-10-24 20:52

Ayn Rand is rather well-known in India, though of course not as widely known as she is in the US; however, it can be argued that Rand is certainly viewed more respectfully and with admiration here in India than in the US.

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English is an official language in India — by seymourblogger on Sat, 2012-01-07 01:55
Rudolph Steiner — by seymourblogger on Sat, 2012-01-07 01:43
Howard Roark in New Delhi — by gregster on Thu, 2012-01-05 23:33

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Humanity: An Unacceptable Risk to the Environment?

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-10-24 17:20

A report jointly released by the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Footprint Network states that human development poses an unacceptable risk to the earth’s natural environment.

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And then some. — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-10-25 01:46

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Barolo e bene!

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-10-24 16:11

I've just returned from a press trip to the Piemonte region of Italy, and I must say that I've developed a passion for Barolo.

Recent Comments:
Truffles, truffles, truffles — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-11-01 02:19
Excellent wine — by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-10-27 19:05
Falling in love — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-10-26 15:57

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Education in the free market

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Tue, 2006-10-24 14:39

I've often wondered how education would work under the free market.
How would the children of families, who can't afford school fees and who also can't aford to give up work to educate their children, be educated?

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"Private enterprise is more efficient — by 0 on Fri, 2007-07-27 08:04
Contrast this with your "opt out" comment — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-10-27 01:24
welfare oh my — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-26 04:21

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Objectivism and labor Unions

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:36

Do Objectivists join Labor Unions?

If so, is there a limit on how far an Objectivist can climb up the ladder of Union heirarchy?

If you join a union should be bound by Union democracy?

If the majority agree, after a ballot, to go out on strike would you respect that decision?

Recent Comments:
I have opted out of the — by Piksmeat on Thu, 2006-10-26 11:05
Linking the Obvious — by RL0919 on Wed, 2006-10-25 23:28
"Piksmeat" — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-10-25 18:59

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Bertrand Russel in the Intro to Obj. Epistemolgy

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:32

For the life of me I can't understand what Ayn Rand meant when she wrote this on pp50-51:

As an illustration, observe what Bertrand Russel was able to perpetuate becasue people thought they "Kinda knew" the meaning of the concept of "number"...

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Piksmeat - Read Principia — by Aaron on Thu, 2006-10-26 11:00
Piksmeat — by Lanza Morio on Thu, 2006-10-26 07:59
I don't know about his number theory... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-25 22:24

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Consider THIS before voting...

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Submitted by Kevin on Tue, 2006-10-24 06:08

I am amazed that there has been no discussion of the new "Military Commissions Act" by any American here. (maybe I missed such)
Could it be that they are totally ignorant of it or is it a subject which they prefer to ignore?
How can you ignore an Act which allows your Government to arrest you and, without charge, throw you in a secret prison and hold you for
Please, can anyone explain this attitude to me?

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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