ARI's Lockitch on Conservatives & Birth Control

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:40

The Conservatives' War on Birth Control
Opposition to birth control is an assault on the pursuit of happiness.

By Keith Lockitch

Religious conservatives are increasingly opposing birth control. The Bush administration has shifted funding from sex education endorsing condoms to programs preaching "abstinence only." And Bush F.D.A. appointees spent three years blocking nonprescription use of the "morning after" pill, despite overwhelming evidence of its safety. Shockingly, there has been an increasing number of Christian pharmacists refusing to fill contraceptive prescriptions--in some cases even for ordinary birth control pills for married women. What is behind this disturbing hostility to reproductive freedom?

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Fred ... — by Bill Tingley on Fri, 2006-09-29 12:39
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Bill — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-09-29 02:43

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Hudgins on the Pope & Islam

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:20

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The Pope vs. Islam: Who Stands for Reason?

by Edward Hudgins

In a long, scholarly dissertation on “Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections,” Pope Benedict quoted a Byzantine emperor as saying “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” While the Pope was not endorsing this view of Islam, Muslims across the world immediately took to the streets in violent, murderous rampages to prove the old emperor right.

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Moral B.O. — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-09-25 07:23
> On the other hand if I am — by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-09-25 01:03
Phil's Step Program — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-09-24 23:41

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Suicidal Hand-Wringing

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-09-19 18:57

Suicidal Hand-Wringing by Thomas Sowell

Article III, Section II of the Constitution gives Congress the power to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts, and Congress has specifically taken away the jurisdiction of the courts in cases involving the detention of illegal combatants, such as terrorists, who are not -- repeat, not -- prisoners of war covered by the Geneva convention.

Recent Comments:
Letting the thread die... — by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2006-09-22 03:37
Michael - let's agree — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-09-21 18:01
Adam - Not Ok — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2006-09-21 15:35

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Hungary - Democracy in Action!

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-19 13:33

Socialist Hungarian prime-minister, Gyurcsany, has admitted to saying that he had "lied morning, evening and night" to the Hungarian people about the state of the economy. Since then protestors in Hungary have "stormed the offices of Hungarian state television" to demand his resignation.

Recent Comments:
The Hungarian socialists are murderers too! — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-21 14:51
Prices and Cost — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:37
Extracts from the Hungarian PM's 'lying' tape. — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-19 22:48

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Updated Contributions Page

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-19 13:23

Thanks to Ross and Julian, our excellent webmasters, SOLO now has an updated Contributions page. For a look, click on the button on the top right corner labelled "contribute." The new page provides you with multiple options, allowing you to contribute as you see fit to SOLO's continued improvement. As you may or may not know, SOLO operates almost entirely on contributions from its members - so if you have enjoyed participating on SOLO, I'd like to encourage you to make a contribution. And I thank those of you who already have.


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Well thats "one small step for maam and a giant step - without a Burqa !!

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Submitted by Sandi on Mon, 2006-09-18 10:23

Mixed emotions really.

space records: the first female tourist, first female Muslim, and first Iranian in orbit
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0...

Recent Comments:
Anousheh Ansari — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-20 05:28
Answering James Taranto's Question — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-09-19 21:41
She's 40?! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-09-19 01:48

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I say "Cease all aid" to all countries that are not democratic

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Submitted by Sandi on Mon, 2006-09-18 08:27

Doing the usual Google search on the latest news (as I do each morning), I was shocked to read headlines such as:

"More than 50 leaders from over 100 Third World countries rejected US use of the “axis of evil” label and supported Tehran’s right to nuclear technology for peaceful use. "

Recent Comments:
It all depends on how you define democracy — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-22 09:08
No thanks. We Brits are — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-09-18 23:35
Shared military interest? — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-09-18 21:34

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Muscle Cramps

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Submitted by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-18 05:20

The title says it: I get bad muscle cramps. Usually at night after I exercise during the day. They go away if I don't exercise, but that is not a long-term option. All my mineral levels are correct. My internist's NP prescribed quinine, which reduced the intensity of the muscle cramps by about one-third, but they are still painful. I do some streching before going to bed, but still I sometimes I wake up with muscle cramps at night, and I need to do several minutes of streching and other "warmup" exercises before the cramps subside and I can go back to sleep.

I'd be grateful for any advice.

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I'd be grateful for any advice. — by 0 on Sat, 2008-02-09 05:04
I am surprised to hear about — by 0 on Tue, 2008-02-05 20:14
Cramps — by Nick Bruijn on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:46

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Andrew Sullivan -"Powell leads the right in a Bush-whack."

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-17 13:12

From the Times...

"American conservatism has gone from being a political philosophy rooted in scepticism of power, empirical judgment and limited government into an ideology based in born-again religious faith, immune to empirical reality and dedicated to the relentless expansion of presidential clout. It sanctions wiretapping without court warrants, indefinite detention without trial and the use of torture."

Recent Comments:
A lot has changed since your — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 19:55
Adam, I'm not a psychologist — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 19:50
The time period I'm thinking — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 19:48

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For discussion: Which way to victory?

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-17 09:01

I am starting this thread to get the discussion away from Philip Coats' mendatious attack of Craig Biddle - that thread is useless - and to focus on the really important issues:
1. What kind of victory over the current regime in Iran is in the best selfish interest of civilized men, and
2. How to achieve such a victory.

Recent Comments:
> there seems to be a — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-09-27 00:27
Ok Phil — by Michael Moeller on Tue, 2006-09-26 17:17
There is something else... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-26 14:20

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losing "new" indicators

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Submitted by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-09-17 02:41

It sometimes happens that when I click on the '1 new' section of the thread listing, the resulting page has no posts marked as 'new'. The titlebar ends in '#new' so I know I've clicked on the correct part of the listing.

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Everyone else will be — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-17 03:58

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How Do You Sort and File your evidence?

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2006-09-16 22:21

Are there any lawyers or the likes, who have a few minutes to email me some advice?

I am building a very large case which is complex and there are many webs to weave.
My problem is arranging my evidence and adding to my time line as new details come


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Muslims Need To be Media Savvy - Interesting Article in The Arab News

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2006-09-16 21:38

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=... JEDDAH, 14 September 2006 — Muslim businessmen should buy into global media outlets to help change anti-Muslim attitudes around the world, said information ministers from Muslim countries at a conference that began at Jeddah Conference Palace yesterday.

Recent Comments:
Ban Saudi investment in the West — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-09-18 21:38

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How Ayn Rand Taught Me to be a Christian

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Submitted by Bill Tingley on Sat, 2006-09-16 18:01

The year I was born the Soviets raised the Berlin Wall and imprisoned half a continent. Three decades later the prisoners tore down the wall and the regime of their jailers soon fell afterwards. This was a heartening turning point in history I was never certain I would witness in my lifetime. I like to think I did my small part to bring it about by serving in U.S. Air Force during the climax of the Cold War.

Recent Comments:
Bump — by Richard Goode on Sun, 2012-01-29 10:05
Bill — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:39
Postscript — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-10-03 17:46

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A Few Favorites

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Submitted by itheliving78 on Sat, 2006-09-16 15:19

Here are a few of my favorites..what are yours?

Gattaca
Equilibrium
Men of Honor
Good Night, and Good Luck

Recent Comments:
Hmm... — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-10-26 19:36
these are my favorite movies — by 0 on Fri, 2007-09-28 17:32
Not to mention River Tam — by Lance on Fri, 2007-09-28 05:31

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Want to brag a little bit

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Submitted by User hidden on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:31

I am kind of excited about the gymnastics progress I am making, and I wanted to brag a little bit to you guys.

Recent Comments:
My gymnastic goal — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-20 23:23
Gymnastics goals — by User hidden on Tue, 2006-09-19 21:47
Skill indeed! — by Wes on Mon, 2006-09-18 17:29

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ARI Acclaims Gene Therapy Breakthrough

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:21

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
http://www.aynrand.org/

Gene Therapy Cures Men Dying of Cancer
September 15, 2006

Irvine, CA--"Dr Steven Rosenberg and his team of scientists at the
National Cancer Institute should be congratulated for developing a

Recent Comments:
One of the reasons.... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:04

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ARI Hails DDT Decision

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:09

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
http://www.aynrand.org/

WHO Sides with Humanity Against Mosquitoes and Environmentalists
September 15, 2006

Irvine, CA--The World Health Organization, conceding that alternative

Recent Comments:
Thanks Marnee. — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:46
Obviously Kelly has never — by Marnee on Mon, 2006-09-18 04:52
For fuck sakes... — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-17 14:01

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Hudgins on Immigration

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Submitted by sjw on Sat, 2006-09-16 01:06

This week I got my "The New Individualist" from TOC. Which by the way is not to imply that I recommend the publication; I have only received a few issues. Judging by this issue though I'd definitely NOT recommend it.


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Betting California

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sat, 2006-09-16 00:10

Earlier this month, the California Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to put up the economic future of their state’s citizens as proof of what can perhaps best be called their personal “good global citizenship.” In a move reminiscent of television’s popular “World Poker Tour,” in which a player announces that he is “all in,” their new law mandates that by the year 2020, California will emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide than it now does. The bet is that somehow, merely by virtue of the bet’s having been made, new technologies will be developed that will make it possible to comply with the law without any great increase in cost or major economic loss.

Recent Comments:
Reisman on target again — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 05:23

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden and Libertarianism

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:13

On pages 69-70 of The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics, James Valliant discusses Rand’s disapproval of libertarianism and the Libertarian Party (LP). According to Valliant “[t]he Brandens, along with many others, believe that Rand was intolerant and ‘close-minded’ because she denounced the Libertarian Party.” (PARC, p. 70.) In support of his claim that both Brandens and “others” disagree with Rand’s denunciation of the LP, Valliant cites to PAR once and to Peter Schwartz’s article on libertarianism once.

Recent Comments:
One obstacle for — by Orson on Sun, 2006-12-03 22:33
Kenny: Radicalism — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-16 17:43
The Brandens and Libertarianism — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-09-16 14:54

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A little bit of musing on "anarchy" vs. nightwatchman state

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-09-15 20:18

Came up with this idea more of less on the spot.

Recent Comments:
Gov't Funding — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-09-16 06:01
Chris- — by Aaron on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:17
Fred — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:04

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Science: Pope Benedict vs. Yaron Brook

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:33

Pope Benedict rails against science
http://abcnews.go.com/Internat...

Yaron Brook praises it.
http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?
JServSessionIdr006=r3kcyooc84.app7a&page=NewsArticle&id=13349&news_iv_ctrl=1221


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UK tory party seriously going down the environ-mental toilet with new Logo.

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:11

David "I am a socialist fuck-up" Cameron - new leader of the UK Tory party - is getting rid of Thatcher's "Freedom Torch" in favour of an Oak Tree. What's next? Swastikas?

"David Cameron, the new leader, is replacing the famous flaming torch of liberty introduced by Margaret Thatcher with a squiggly impression of an oak tree. It’s the party’s first new logo for more than a quarter of a century.

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As a former Conservative candidate... — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:08

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Question on integrity and hypocrisy

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Submitted by eprime75 on Fri, 2006-09-15 17:40

I am currently a single man who will soon be seeking a romantic partner. Now by being an Objectivist and thus, an atheist, I would prefer my future girlfriend/wife to also be an atheist, but will consider one who is mildly religious in order to expand my pool of choices. Now if I do wind up with a religious partner, she might request that I attend church or temple with her since religion would be an important part of her life and that I as her boyfriend/husband should express a willingness to share that important part of her life with her.

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I feel compelled to add my — by Aaron on Mon, 2006-10-23 00:38
Hi, gang, Thanks for all — by eprime75 on Sun, 2006-09-17 16:10
Paul, don't even think about — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-17 00:13

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Hospers on classical music (OL)

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-09-15 05:05

Finally something we can all agree upon -- the value of classical music. Smiling It caught my attention that Roger Bissell is posting a series of articles from John Hospers on OL, on classical listening recommendations:

Recent Comments:
Orchestral works — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-09-27 08:00
It was not worth the trouble — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:12
Chris, — by seddon on Fri, 2006-09-15 09:22

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Targeting Those Who Have not Initiated Force--Muslims as Such

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-15 04:34

Craig Biddle on his Objective Standard blog advocates taking out Iran by aerial bombing. He adds the following to the list of military and leadership targets:

"All Iranian mosques and madrassahs, and the residences of all Iranian...imams [and] clerics. Hit these targets when they are most likely to be occupied (e.g., mosques during the day and residences at night)."

Recent Comments:
OK thanks for the heads up Mike... — by Greg Mullen on Mon, 2006-09-25 19:00
> if you listen to older — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:58
Mike, just curious, where is — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:06

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Fabrizio Quattrocchi

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:21

This moved me. Today, I came across the tale of Fabrizio Quattrocchi - an Italian security guard executed by Islamic terrorists in Iraq.

He was taken hostage together with Umberto Cupertino, Maurizio Agliana and Salvatore Stefio. They worked in Iraq as security contractors.

Quattrocchi's kidnappers forced him to dig his own grave and kneel beside it wearing a hood as they prepared to film his death, but he defied them by pulling off the hood and shouting "Adesso (or ora) vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano." -- "Now I will show you how an Italian dies." He was then shot in the back of the neck.

Recent Comments:
As were the passengers on flight 93! — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:30
Fabrizio was a fucking hero! — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 19:22
A Brave Man — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-09-14 15:23

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Great British Fallacies No 83: It’s an outrage! We are not churning out enough scientists!

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-13 18:44

In this article by NZer Jamie Whyte from the Times, he raises an important and thought provoking point - about the ideas behind international competitiveness being linked with socialism.

"UK plc – an utterly bankrupt idea."

Recent Comments:
Yes, plc would be whatever you call... — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 19:59
PLC Abbreviates Public Limited Company — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-09-14 17:44
"Of course, this analysis assumes that people... — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 10:44

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SOLO Fitness on the Cheap?

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-09-13 13:34

Craig and Others,

Here’s a challenge for you.  What kind of strength training would you recommend to one with a limited budget?  $50 / month is more than I want to spend right now for membership to the local gym, and I don't have room in my apartment for a bench, weights, etc.  Is it possible to build muscle mass using only calisthenics and free weights?  I have one pair of 25 lb free weights, an exercise bike, and plenty of hardwood floor space in the living room.

I'm 6' tall, 180 lbs, trim, and relatively fit.  I can do 40 proper push ups and 70 proper situps without stopping, though I usually only do 30/50 in a regular workout.  I do three sets, 15 reps of bicep curls with my 25 lb weights, and two sets, 30 reps of shoulder pulls with the same weights, about 4 times a week each.  I also get on the exercise bike for 15-20 minutes, 4 times a week.

What can I be doing better, until I get a gym membership?  Any recommendations for more intense calisthenics that can improve muscle mass with limited risk of injury?

Recent Comments:
Just an idea: around these — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-09-16 05:49
Pride — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-15 13:09
Dan, Dan, Dan... — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-15 02:48

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