Russian Journalists Critical of Moscow Have Falling Life-Expectancy

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 14:50

Russian journalists critical of the government are being brutally murdered, as you can read here and here.

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Absolutely!Just as a matter — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-17 04:42
An Important Topic — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-16 15:43

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New Free Radical: A wee taster!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-10-16 02:39
New Free Radical: A wee taster!

Here's just a wee taster of the outside of the lastest 'Free Radical' to hit the streets and the inside of your letterboxes!

I'll post more shortly about what's inside this exciting new issue , but if you want to be included in the latest mail-out, then now's the time to subscribe.

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Congratulations PC. It looks good!!! — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-16 20:48

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Frank Miller on Patriotism

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:38

“Patriotism, I now believe, isn't some sentimental, old conceit. It's self-preservation.”

Audio: That Old Piece of Cloth by Frank Miller

[Hat tip: Bosch Fawstin]

Text from NPR Morning Edition, September 11, 2006:

"I was just a boy in the 1960s. My adolescence wasn't infused with the civil rights struggle or the sexual revolution or the Vietnam War, but with their aftermath.

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Glad you liked it. — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-10-16 23:56
Thanks, John. I have 40 — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-10-16 04:01
Landon — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-10-16 03:39

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Hudgins in The Wall Street Journal

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:37

Hudgins Letter in Wall Street Journal

The October 14-15, 2006 Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal featured a letter to the editor by Atlas Society/Objectivist Center Executive Director Edward Hudgins. Under the heading “Economic Individualism and the Only Truly Just Society,” Hudgins commented on an October 10 editorial page essay in the Journal by Edmund Phelps, the 2006 Noble Prize winner in economics.

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Not bad, Chris ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 09:24
Linz, here's one you'll like — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-17 21:34
"Consequences Be Damned!" — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 17:51

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The Adam Smith of Poverty.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-10-15 19:04

After Nobel Peace Prize prizes awarded to the likes of Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat and Mother Teresa - here is finally a winner worth applauding!!! A self-proclaimed "free market guy" - Muhammad Yunus.

The Adam Smith of poverty.

"Blair and Bush pay lip service to fighting poverty. But they should forget charity. They should be business people, instead,” he said.

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The Eighth Habit — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:33

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Aristotelian Reality Check

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Submitted by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-10-15 17:56

ARI publishes many very good op eds and press releases saying things virtually no one else in the culture says. But unfortunately they also publish many "deductions from philosophy", attempts to make detailed policy prescriptions without having thoroughly followed the details of the matter.

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Pathetic — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2006-10-18 22:36
Have to agree with you Phil — by LWHALL on Wed, 2006-10-18 19:41
The Objectivity of Intellectual Enemies — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-10-18 18:32

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Leaving SOLO

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-10-15 16:23

I recently posted an article on "Lessons Learned: A Post-Mortem of the Jim Peron Affair." I wanted it to be the last thread on which I would ever mention the thing. Lesson learned, case closed. I did not anticipate that it could be the next-to-last thing that I would write here.

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Phil — by ethan_dawe on Thu, 2006-10-19 03:14
I think the age of consent — by PhilipC on Thu, 2006-10-19 00:36
Kenny... — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2006-10-18 03:13

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Participating in the Eternal

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-15 06:43

On another string I was questioned as to what I meant by my use of the concepts of the eternal and the divine. I'll answer the easy one first.

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They Didn't Rise up for the Barbie-Doll of Democracy — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-18 04:56
Casimir Pulaski at Czestechowa — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:22
Claudia, — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:06

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RESPONSE OPTIONS: Teaching Kids Self-Defense to Counter School shootings

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-10-14 20:09

FOX NEWS has announced that a high school in Beaumont Texas is having its students trained to resist school invasions by a co-ordinated response to overpower the intruder. The lessons are being given by the volunteer organization RESPONSE OPTIONS, founded in 2000 by Greg Crane, a highschool teacher and, if I heard right, a survivor of a previous school shooting. I found this relevant link on Google, but have not found a direct link or website for that organization. If anyone finds it, please post it.

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See the Video — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-15 01:56
Well, I don't know what the — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-15 01:30

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Submitted by Mark Dow on Sat, 2006-10-14 15:32

If country “A” (a free country) decided to invade country “B” (a non-free country or slave-pen), and country “C,” a semi-free country saw this invasion as a violation of country “B’s” sovereignty and decided to retaliate against country “A” with force, country “A’s” response to country “C” would be what? And how would you justify it?

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Mark — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2006-10-15 17:43
John, James and Ted — by Mark Dow on Sun, 2006-10-15 00:54
Mark — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-10-14 21:39

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 02:02

Is anyone watching LAW AND ORDER tonight? The opening scene is pretty strong. Usually the episodes are "ripped from the headlines", has anyone heard of a real life incident like this?

This is also

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"The fact that slasher — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-17 05:12
A Cheap Plot Device — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-16 16:13
Never seen it. — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-10-16 07:42

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"My Composer Can Beat Up Your Composer," or, "Get Off My Bach!"

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 01:49

Greatest Composer. Best Musical. Top 100 rock albums. Everyone has their favorites, everyone has their opinions, and everyone has their gun cocked to defend their opinion. Wars are fought, friendships rocked, internet forums are deprived of the opinions of decadence praisers over the subject of the greatest in music.

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Chris — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-10-15 05:28
Please Don't Mistake Me — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:42
Landon — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:24

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Lessons Learned: A Post-Mortem of the Jim Peron Affair

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-10-14 01:38

"Who gained most from a clash of ideas? He who changed his mind." The Talmud, Pirkey Avot.

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"I'm interested in what the — by Robert on Sun, 2006-10-15 17:39
Adam — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-10-15 14:02
Linz - The moral hole — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-10-15 09:21

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Hélène Grimaud?

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-10-14 01:02

I just heard on the radio several excerpts from the work of French-born American pianist Hélène Grimaud. They were wonderful, but too short for definitive judgment. Has anyone heard whole concertos as played by her?

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Nor mine... — by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-10-14 15:45
Not my choice — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-10-14 11:44
No!! — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-10-14 04:53

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The Music Forum Manifesto

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 00:56

Ok, summer's over. Time to stop playing that damn tiddlywink music and get down to business.

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ARI: N. Korea's Bomb Exposes West's Moral Cravenness

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-10-14 00:41

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

North Korea's Power Over the West
October 13, 2006

Irvine, CA--Speculation is rampant about North Korea's apparent test of a nuclear bomb. But one fundamental question is being ignored: How does a country so poor that its citizens die of starvation become a nuclear menace?

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Japan recognises this — by Scott Wilson on Sun, 2006-10-15 11:29

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North Korea: Land of Darkness

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Fri, 2006-10-13 18:35
North Korea:  Land of Darkness

This spectacular satellite photo unveiled yesterday by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shows in stark detail the haves and have-nots of the Korean peninsula. The entire news article can be found here .

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Adam — by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2006-10-16 00:05
ISRAEL?! — by Adam Buker on Mon, 2006-10-16 00:00
And you know... — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:47

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Greatest Aria?

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-10-13 12:54

I'm just curious as to the opinions of my fellow opera-loving SOLOists regarding their favorite arias. Please do feel free to include the singer and the version, not just the song, as we all know how much of a difference that makes.

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Maria Callas - 'Casta Diva', — by Cafiero on Mon, 2007-01-15 00:26
Two more. — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-10-14 05:44
Daniel, yes, they did a lot — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 03:10

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North Korea: Living in a Fantasy World

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-13 04:04

Both South Korea and Japan have been able to indulge in their pacifist fantasies for so long because of America's willingness to shoulder almost the entire burden of protecting them militarily.

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Where did I say to Blockade China? — by Robert on Sat, 2006-10-14 19:32
A link from John Gagnon on Rumsfeld — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-10-14 18:55
The Present Situation is Reality — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-10-14 03:52

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Mugabe-style tactics of environmentalists challenged by farmers

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Fri, 2006-10-13 00:37

This striking quote from The Press today:

"Kokshoorn yesterday likened the SNA policy to a Robert Mugabe-style land grab that created huge uncertainty for farmers."

Absolutely. It is property rights violation on a grand scale.

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I know the West Coast quite — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-10-13 05:34

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British General Seeks to Lose Iraq War

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-10-12 23:49

Assuming BBC news or the Daily Mail isn't twisting his words, the remarks of the head of the British army in Iraq have to be among the dumbest ever uttered by a military commander.

UPDATE: 10/14 (

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Agree, but... — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-10-15 14:50
John -tied hands — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-10-15 06:55

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Letter to the NZ Herald re. National

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-10-12 22:55

I don't know what angers me more ... the hypocrisy of the National Party, or my own naivety in believing they'd behave any differently to other career politicians.

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More here on Scoop on — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-10-17 00:28
It turns out National will — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-10-16 23:16
According to And the numbers — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-10-16 21:02

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-12 21:55

I got called in to Parliament at short notice to be Radio Live's commentator for yesterday's release of the Auditor-General's report on illegal election spending by political parties.

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You read my mind — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-10-12 22:58
Well Dunc ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-12 22:56
And what's the bet this — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-10-12 22:52

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A Challenge to Objectivists

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Submitted by Mark Dow on Thu, 2006-10-12 06:10

If President Bush were offered a peace agreement with North Korea such that in return for dismantling their nuclear arms program (with verification), we would agree too never invade that country, and you were a Bush adviser, would you advise him to sign that agreement?

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Sorry, Ross — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-10-15 06:09
Craig, Peter, do either of — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-15 05:58
This thread ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-15 05:53

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When will the world get serious about fighting terrorism? I assure you sooner than you think...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-10-12 05:35

Right now, it appears as though only the USA- and PARTLY Israel- are taking the terrorist threat overall seriously. This bothers many people, but I wouldn't let it get to ya...and here's why:

Right now, most nations only see the threat as a minor annoyance- I'm not saying it is, I'm just saying that's how they see it. They also see it as a momentary "plus", as they want the US out of the way cause, well, we're the best. They have to remember though- Iran, Syria, China, Palestine, and North Korea don' just want US gone...they want ALL other countries under their control. After all- what happens when, after a long service TO Iran, France is told "either you step out of power, and let us in, or you get destroyed"? I don't think most other countries have optioned this in yet.

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By now, you've all probably realized I have issues with the country's may wonder why, though...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-10-12 04:49

I come from America- the greatest country in the world, a country founded by true visionaries..brilliant men who believed in liberty, and freedom overall. Take note- I mentioned overall..there's a reason for that.

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Hmmm, figured as much... — by Volkov on Wed, 2007-10-24 12:03
X — by l on Thu, 2006-10-12 06:25

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-10-12 04:06

Hollywood producer David Zucker has posted an incredible webcast available here at YouTube. See Madeline Albright sing Kumbaya with Kim Jong Il.

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The question at the time of — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2007-01-15 07:27
Flawed by its partisanship — by Pete L on Mon, 2007-01-15 05:40
It's both. — by Jeff Kremer on Sun, 2007-01-14 09:47

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A Root Cause of the Failure of Contemporary Education

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Submitted by George Reisman on Wed, 2006-10-11 21:32

Ask yourself if the following paragraph would seem believable to you if you were to read it a in a newspaper:

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I don't know Dan — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-10-13 12:10
Claudia — by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-10-13 11:35
When the Romantics were Correct / Albigensian Crusade — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-13 04:24

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Ayn Rand, North Korea and the Bomb

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-11 12:36

Someone (should I know this person?) has a letter published in the Times (London) today on the recent development of a nuclear bomb by North Korea quoting Ayn Rand.

Sir, The philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand correctly argued that “evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us”. Truly evil men such as North Korea’s Kim Jong II are a small minority; it is appeasement that unleashes them on to mankind.

Dorking, Surrey

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Douglas Murray — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-10-14 19:17
mistaken identity — by Ted Coxhead on Sat, 2006-10-14 07:49
An Impressive Speaker — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-10-14 07:11

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Review of Linz's Stint on Radio Live

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Wed, 2006-10-11 04:03

Opposite poles attract
Radio review by Clarke Isaacs

They're as alike as chalk and cheese, and, boy, did it show in their animated discussions on the subject of Maori and Pakeha relationships.

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Ok — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:05
Linz, you are a sexual — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-10-13 13:45
Landon — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-12 08:25

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