London is a magnet for Billionaires $$$$$ :-)

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-11-24 12:40

No wonder the majority of SOLO-UK members live in London. No wonder I enjoy visiting them too Smiling

"London is not just a good place to do business. It boasts a luxury industry designed to cater for every whim of the wealthy, Mr Maidment added.

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Progressive Metal

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Submitted by Omniverse on Fri, 2006-11-24 06:08

Is Progressive Metal a popular genre among Objectivists? I know that I personally can't find music that moves me more than the best this genre has to offer.

Recent Comments:
No, probably not popular, though... — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-11-24 18:17

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Contract enforcement and dispute resolution in Galt's Gulch

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Submitted by Pete L on Fri, 2006-11-24 05:07

I read Atlas Shrugged six years ago, and only once. I don't have a copy of it on hand (I lent it out). Can someone remind me how contract enforcement and dispute resolution were handled in Galt's Gulch?

Recent Comments:
For the record... — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-11-26 18:07
It was Judge Narragansett!! — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:55
Specifics — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2006-11-23 02:41

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Roleplaying Games

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-11-24 02:07

I'm not sure how many fellow SOLOists were (or still are) lovers of the tabletop RPG, but I still get together every weekend in a friend's living room for a good game of Shadowrun. Roleplaying as a hobby gets a lot of bad press, especially in the States, and is generally regarded as a hobby for teenagers and college students. There are, however, several games worth mentioning that can be great fun even for adults. It can be particularly fun for Objectivists because in many of these games, you play the larger-than-life heroes who save the world for fun and profit. Some of my favorites:

Recent Comments:
Self confessed MMORPG addict — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-24 21:05
Yes — by ethan_dawe on Fri, 2006-11-24 05:21

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Top Ten Lies Parents Tell Their Children

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:59

Should you tell harmless lies to your kids? I would definitely try not to propagate these.

Here are the top ten "white lies" from the Times.

It brings back childhood memories.

"The Times November 23, 2006

Recent Comments:
Penetrating — by Ptgymatic on Thu, 2009-01-01 23:33
Spoilsport — by gregster on Thu, 2009-01-01 11:40
Some of you aren't parents, I suspect — by Ptgymatic on Wed, 2008-12-31 20:01

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Hudgins on Thanksgiving

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2006-11-23 15:12

Creating Our Own Blessings
by Edward Hudgins

November 26, 2002 -- We’re told that Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings, as the Massachusetts Pilgrims did in 1621 after a harsh year that saw half of the Mayflower’s original passengers perish. Today we mark Thanksgiving with parades and football as well as family gatherings, but few of us have ever experienced the Pilgrims’ near-starvation. What are the blessings we’re suppose to count today? How, exactly, are Americans blessed?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-23 12:25

Don Brash has resigned as leader of New Zealand's main opposition party, the National Party, in order to save it from the distraction of deflecting allegations about him in a new book by communist "peace activist" and all-round conspiracy nutter, Nicky Hager.

Recent Comments:
After a week... — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-12-01 09:56
Linz had a fascinating — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-11-28 20:35
"Lunch-time for Don" — by Kevin on Mon, 2006-11-27 09:52

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To SFC Cheryl Dupris 82nd Airborne, and her Comrades in Arms, my Thanks

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 05:56

May God & she forgive me for the lateness of this post, but I would like to thank SFC Cheryl Dupris, proud American Sioux Indian and Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, and all her comrades in arms, and all our allies who are fighting and risking everything for us now in Afghanistan and in Iraq and around the world. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Dupris who has voluntarily served tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, in the Federal clean-up effort after Hurricane Katrina, and again in Afghanistan all while my acquaintance.

Recent Comments:
Seconded - thank you Ms. — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-11-24 09:19
From — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 06:23

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A Thanksgiving for All Mankind (Reprised)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-23 01:16

I want to join our American friends this weekend in giving thanks to their Pilgrim Fathers, and more importantly, their Founding Fathers (I hope they are doing that!), for creating the greatest country on earth, Western Civilisation's highest achievement: the United States of America.

Recent Comments:
See... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2007-11-10 09:37
Thanks, Linz — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:43
America — by F L Light on Thu, 2006-11-23 05:29

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Why Nerds Are Unpopular

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-11-22 18:16

This morning I read an excellent essay by a gentleman named Paul Graham, which really hit home.

Recent Comments:
Although I had my social — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 17:32
Politics is less important than you suggest — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-23 03:42
Secondary School, The Government and Social Conformity — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-11-23 00:53

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An Immoral act?

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-11-22 15:35

Well, i cenrtainly think so.

I'm talking about the part in Atlas Shrugged where a man breaks the jaw of a woman who suggests that her son share his toys with other children.

Well my wife says the same and I hear that all the time from friends and from other women to their children in local parks in my area.

Recent Comments:
Approximation — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-11-24 00:45
What page? — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-11-23 17:53
Don't feed the trolls. This — by Adam Buker on Thu, 2006-11-23 02:03

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Objectivists and non-objectivists

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-11-22 14:40

Should Objectivists marry or date non-Objectivists?

Say you become an Objectivist after getting married. If your partner refuses to follow you should you seperate and/or get a divorce from your partner.

Recent Comments:
— by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-11-22 21:26
Proposed pictures — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-22 16:59
You are right I had — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-22 16:56

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Human Flourishing and Natural Rights

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Submitted by younkins on Wed, 2006-11-22 01:39

Natural law is an older concept than the idea of natural rights. John Locke and his predecessor, Hugo Grotius, are frequently credited with ushering in the modern concept of natural rights. Historically, the doctrine of natural rights appears to have developed either within, or at least consonant with, the framework of the natural law tradition.

Recent Comments:
I do not know... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-11-22 20:59
Darn — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-11-22 16:04

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A lesson in capitalism from Iran?

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Submitted by Greg Mullen on Tue, 2006-11-21 19:59

Iran has done what ARI has been advocating for years, allowing the market to solve the organ transplant problem at least for kidneys. According to

Recent Comments:
The Economist — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-11-22 00:54
Good article... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-11-21 22:05

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The Question of American Will in the Fight Against Global Jihad

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-11-21 19:15

Jeff Jacoby, of the Boston Globe, provides a few snapshots from the global jihad.  The following is from his November 1 commentary

"Australia's foremost Muslim cleric triggers an uproar when he likens women who don't wear an Islamic headscarf to "uncovered meat" and blames them for attracting sexual predators. "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or the park . . . and the cats come and eat it," says Sheik Taj al-Din Hilali, "whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat? If [the woman] was in her room, in her home, in her headscarf, no problem would have occurred."

Recent Comments:
Very Interesting Question... — by atlascott on Sun, 2007-01-14 17:13
Linz — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-30 15:00

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Scientific American on socialist economies

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Submitted by Mario on Tue, 2006-11-21 17:09

An article running on the Scientific American Web site entitled, "The Social Welfare State, beyond Ideology," claims that the evidence is now in: socialism isn't the bogeyman Hayek, Mises, et al. have made it out to be.

Recent Comments:
Interventionism leads to socialism — by Mario on Thu, 2006-11-23 15:35
Piksmeat, Well, perhaps — by 0 on Wed, 2006-11-22 14:52
The welfare state is socialism? — by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-11-22 14:46

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Radical Universities

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-21 16:18

David Horowitz is a staunch conservative. As such, his views are to be taken with a very critical eye. But, he (and his colleagues) often write on the state of the universities in a way that matches my own experience.

Recent Comments:
I was lucky — by 0 on Wed, 2006-11-22 19:11
Correction — by Mario on Wed, 2006-11-22 03:48
Helpful — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-11-22 00:59

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More Infidel Gear

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-11-21 09:18

Today, I received my first cheque from CafePress - of which US$9.20 will shortly be deposited in SOLO's PayPal account. To celebrate, I've added two more products:

Infidel Dog Shirt Infidel Button

Visit the InfidelGear Store to buy, & remember, 25% of the profit from each item goes to SOLO.

Recent Comments:
If my own experience with — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-11-22 09:04
Wonderful! — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-22 02:03
Thanks - I'm quite proud of — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-11-21 22:50

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Life is your Mission, Kori: Search and Enjoy

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-21 03:35


God, I do detest KoRn. But does, or even should that, make you like them any less?

Life is your mission, Kori, search and enjoy.

Recent Comments:
How could I have forgotten Camille Paglia? — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-29 04:19
Commager & the movies — by 0 on Thu, 2006-11-23 06:20

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The Age of Rand – Imagining an Objectivist Future World.

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-20 21:49

By accident I stumbled upon these two items at once.

The first is a video clip from March this year of an interview on a Manhattan Libertarian TV programme called “Hardfire” with the author Frederick Cookinham about his book “The Age of Rand – Imagining an Objectivist Future World.” The author claims that there will be an “Age of Rand” 50-100 years from now.

Recent Comments:
No, I don't think so... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-11-21 21:03
Is Cookinham a Brandenite? — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-11-21 17:37
Act I, Sc 2 — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-21 02:21

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Military draft

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-11-20 20:12

Democrat Congressman Charles Rangel of NY is proposing reinstating the draft, on the grounds that it would discourage U.S. involvement in wars. Curious-looking rationale for conscription. Why not propose all kinds of egregious government controls on the grounds that they'd lead to unpopular results?

Recent Comments:
See, I partially don't think — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2006-12-05 06:54
In what capacity... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-11-22 03:03
Downsizing — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-11-21 23:10

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Organ donation in the news

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Submitted by Mario on Mon, 2006-11-20 18:49

I have a new post on my blog discussing organ donation and the altruistic motivations against free-market solutions. It contains a good link to a podcast from the Cato Institute.

Recent Comments:
Measurement Ommission — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-21 01:48
Thanks for the offer. — by Mario on Mon, 2006-11-20 21:44
Feel free... — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-11-20 19:15

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The Truth & Lies of 9/11

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Submitted by Fifth of November on Mon, 2006-11-20 08:29

One of the members of the facebook group: "Abolish the PATRIOT Act Now!" just happened to send a link which directs to a lecture by Mike Ruppert about...well, it's in the title. Before I link the video, I must admit that some of the information he brings up was simply lost on me, simply because the previous positions and actions of some of the people now more or less in power were orchestrated while I was still a child, but of course this won't be the case after I do some more research.

Recent Comments:
I've spent several hours on — by Orson on Tue, 2006-11-28 10:47
I'll give you a rundown — by John Armaos on Tue, 2006-11-28 08:10
More 9/11 conspiracy theory fantasies? — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-11-21 01:47

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Home Truths from Russell Crowe :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-11-20 07:35

Russell Crowe, Kiwi actor (not Australian as Australians & ignorant Americans keep reporting) has just appeared in a 60 Minutes interview in the wake of some new film he's done with Ridley Scott.

Recent Comments:
How about — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-24 19:36
No, I see Taggart as... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-24 05:50
Kevin Spacey... eeew — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-11-24 00:18

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Positives about Diana

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Submitted by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-11-20 04:48

Despite my many strong disagreements with Diana Hsieh, there is one area where her intellectual method is one that Objectivists should emulate far more often.

It has to do with diligence, thoroughness, and seriousness about Objectivism and about ideas.

Recent Comments:
I cast no aspersions... — by Orson on Wed, 2006-11-29 01:22
A fundamental difference in "psycho-epistemology" — by 0 on Tue, 2006-11-28 19:39
How, Fred? — by Bill Tingley on Sun, 2006-11-26 21:04

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For Sargent Lovers

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-11-18 23:18

For those who love the paintings of John Singer Sargent, you will want to investigate a painter you may not know: Joseph Sorolla

The Spanish artist knew and admired Sargent and his work often bears a strong similarity to that great American painter.

Recent Comments:
Absolutely gorgeous, Jeff ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-11-20 03:19
Sorolla Museum — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-11-19 19:22
Yes — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-11-19 05:17

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More Stupidity from NZ's Left Wing Labour Government...

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Submitted by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-18 18:27

Intensive care to save to save families

Some choice quotes from this report:

"Intensive family therapy - which can include removing members from their home - is one option the Social Development Ministry is examining as it works to deal with dysfunctional homes in which drug and welfare dependency is rife.

Recent Comments:
"Those who grant sympathy to — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-20 08:44
Just as much bullshit from the UK — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-20 08:40

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Philosophy and History

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-11-18 17:06

What is the Objectivist view of the role of philosophy in history? Does it need modification? Robert Tracinski asserts his views in a recent series of TIA articles.

Recent Comments:
On Cause and Effect — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-29 21:59
George Baker on Tracinski — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-27 20:09
Tracinski's triad — by 0 on Wed, 2006-12-27 19:47

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My blog

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Submitted by Mario on Sat, 2006-11-18 01:38

I have an existing blog covering politics, education, and other cultural topics from an Objectivist viewpoint to which I would like to extend an invitation: Coarsely ground at

Recent Comments:
Great to be on board! — by Mario on Mon, 2006-11-20 18:46
Mario — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-11-19 01:09

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Submitted by TRowland on Fri, 2006-11-17 20:09

When I was a kid my relatives on my Mother's side would -- on occassion (don't ask on which)-- sing the following bit of dogeral:

Get outta the way, old Dan Tucker;
You're too late to get some supper.

Recent Comments:
Thanks, Jeff — by TRowland on Mon, 2006-11-20 13:35
Tom, — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-11-17 21:30
Thanks — by TRowland on Fri, 2006-11-17 20:46

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