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.

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"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.

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"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!

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"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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Happy Birthday Ayn Rand!

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Fri, 2007-02-02 21:40

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AYN RAND!

February 2, 2007 -- Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905; in 2007 we celebrate her great achievements and the legacy that she left us all!

Rand has had a significant influence on today's world:


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Formal logic of Groundhog Day

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2007-02-02 14:34

Aside from being Ayn Rand’s birthday, Feb. 2 is also known as Groundhog’s Day. In the spirit of fun and frivolity, a logic exercise:

S = Groundhog sees shadow
W = There are six more weeks of winter

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Damn! — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-02-02 15:27

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Linz to Launch Peaceful Pill Handbook

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 02:07

Dr. Philip Nitschke, advocate of the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia, known to his admirers (not) as "Dr. Death," will be in New Zealand shortly to promote his Peaceful Pill Handbook and conduct two workshops. I'll be officially launching the book in Auckland on Sunday February 11. Details attached.

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Does a — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-02-13 06:39
Spontaneous combustion - — by Aaron on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:31
Fireworks! — by Marcus on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:22

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Finally, Elegant – and Accurate

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-01 21:07

Allan Gotthelf and Greg Salmieri have authored an elegant summary of Rand's life and work. It can be found at the website of the Ayn Rand Society. Just scroll down to the "Overview."

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James, that's actually Greg — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2007-02-02 01:05
Summary — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-01 22:01

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Start spreading the news ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-01-31 19:58

... I'm leaving, errr, on the 2nd of March. Not quite as catchy as the original, but the sentiment is the same. On that day I'll be leaving Auckland for Melbourne, and once there partnering with a good friend of mine to set up an ISV. We will be offering consulting services while we make the transition to product-based revenue (a time-honored tradition employed by many ISVs).

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Provincial Auckland - hehe, — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2007-02-13 08:58
All the best Duncan — by Olivia on Mon, 2007-02-12 07:26
Shucks — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-02-12 06:38

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As Hillary Might Say, “Let’s Start the Conversation…”

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-01-31 08:20

For me, and for most of my friends, “supporting” the ideas of either major political party in America is impossible. Both offer some form of deadly poison or another from which we are forced to choose.

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The shot that won't ring around the world! — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-03-21 04:57
More Decency — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-03-21 03:58
Rudy vs Hillary looking likely — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-03-20 23:49

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The wrong kind of freedom endangers the West.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2007-01-28 22:12

Francis Fukuyama has in the past been described as a neo-con, but I have always thought of him as a bit of a lefty liberal.

However he writes a good article in the Times today arguing the case for the US based Lockean "individual rights" instead of the age-old "group rights mentality" to combat Muslim fundamentalism.

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EU Smoking Ban!!! — by Marcus on Wed, 2007-01-31 13:22
Good Luck — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2007-01-30 14:07
Luke — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2007-01-30 05:24

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Atlas Shrugged published in Penguin!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2007-01-27 17:01

I was delighted to see Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" published as a penguin Modern Classic (offered 3 for the price of 2) - at my local Borders bookshop in Oxford.

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Gold and Second-Hand Souls — by Marcus on Thu, 2007-02-01 10:28
What the Pelican said to the Penguin — by 0 on Thu, 2007-02-01 01:14
> Don't let me ruffle your — by PhilipC on Thu, 2007-02-01 00:54

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The time has come to chatter

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Submitted by William Scott Scherk on Sat, 2007-01-27 04:31

The horror and the valour. A review of the week at SOLO.


0:22 minutes (85.11 KB)
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Who wants a hoedown? — by William Scott Scherk on Tue, 2007-02-06 01:25
Killing incentives — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-01-28 00:08
Oy. — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2007-01-27 06:43

Beauty

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2007-01-27 03:18








Seeing as it's been 6 weeks (!) since the last posting in Thrust . . .
(Jeez, what have people been doing in the meantime? Debating how to vote or something?)

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Stuuuuuunnnnnnning!!!!!!!! — by Kasper on Wed, 2008-05-07 21:35
The momentum is gathering steam — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2007-05-29 14:20
Here — by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2007-01-29 16:39

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Brook on TV Tonight!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2007-01-26 23:05

Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, is scheduled to appear on CNBC's program "On the Money" today, January 26, 2007, between 7:00 and 8:00 PM Eastern time (4:00 to 5:00 PM Pacific time), to discuss a demand to government regulators from large investor groups for laws to regulate executive compensation.


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Objectivism Infiltrates Talk Radio

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2007-01-26 05:06

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been quoting a lot of Rand lately.

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Chris — by Mark Dow on Sun, 2007-01-28 15:43
I do admit, though, — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2007-01-27 15:35
BTW, you can count on — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2007-01-27 15:27

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News of Success in Iraq

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-26 04:08

If you go to national review online right now, there is an eye-opening article by Bill Crawford called "Reconstruction".

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America — by Ray Bronski on Sat, 2007-02-03 22:32
Burning Bushes — by Ray Bronski on Sat, 2007-02-03 22:23
Delay — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:01

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Hi Fi

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2007-01-26 01:03

I have a lot of quirky hobbies and interests. By far the most expensive among them is my audiophile habit (fetish). As I write this I suspect I will start to sound like the stalker guy that showed up on the romance thread when I talk about what attracts me to each of my system components. Luckily for others my own obsession only involves obscure pieces of electronic equipment Smiling

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Hi-Fi digital audio — by wngreen on Sun, 2007-01-28 16:14
A company you should be aware of — by Pete L on Sun, 2007-01-28 02:10
The idea behind using... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2007-01-28 01:05

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Is anyone else...

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2007-01-25 20:00

...familiar with the savethehumans website?

It is one of my favorites...the man is a genius.

A profane, sometimes inappropriate genius...but entertaining nonetheless.

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Melissa — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2007-02-01 04:41
And... — by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2007-01-31 16:32
Oh Yes — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2007-01-31 05:34

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Anti-Smoking Nazis

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2007-01-25 03:31

The stars finally aligned and I was able to listen to Linz's radio program the last two days.

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Don't be so sure it's — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2007-01-25 08:36

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North Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2007-01-24 09:31

Does This Come As A Surprise?

N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing

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Do as you are told, Sandi... — by Kevin on Fri, 2007-01-26 06:28
Sandi, don't feed the troll. — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-26 01:57
Open the OTHER eye, — by Kevin on Thu, 2007-01-25 22:11

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"Evil" Bush's State of the Union Address

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-01-24 06:30

A mixed bag to be sure, but "evil" (Hsiekovians)?!—Linz

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. And tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own -- as the first President to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker. (Applause.)

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I would if — by Bill Visconti on Sun, 2007-01-28 06:42
Bill wrote: — by Robert on Fri, 2007-01-26 20:13
On Bush — by Bill Visconti on Fri, 2007-01-26 08:13

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'Altruism' in the News

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Submitted by William Scott Scherk on Tue, 2007-01-23 03:58

A study out of Duke University is making world media rounds today, with some outlets going for the gusto:

"Belief in People Presages Altruism," blurts PsychCentral; "Are you a giver? Brain scan finds the truth," exults Scientific American; "Why Do Good? Brain Study Offers Clues," says the Washington Post.

I'm sure this study will garner some reaction from the Objectivist world (me, I'm hoping for Diana Mertz Hsieh).

Here's the abstract of the 'Brief Communication' "Altruism is associated with an increased neural response to agency" as it appears in Nature Neuroscience.

Here's the full text of the Duke press release (link), with a google newslist link down below for the absolute junkies.


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The Dangerous Book For Boys.

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2007-01-22 14:44

A rare bred of children's writer, Conn Iggulden, celebrates the heroic in his non-fiction bestseller - "The Dangerous Book For Boys".

"For the moment what he is really concerned with is trying to get boys to be inspired by the idea of the heroic; it’s the theme that runs through all his writing.

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One Question? — by VSD on Tue, 2007-02-27 14:25

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National Health Care in the USA...some questions

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2007-01-22 06:39

I've been hearing politicians left and right talk about the impending implementation of this.

I figured I'd ask those, here, in the know:

How close ARE we to this going into effect?

Also, what are the actual CHANCES of it happening, and STAYING in effect?


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The State Against Economic Law: the Case of Minimum Wage Legislation

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2007-01-22 03:55

When it comes to matters such as the theory of evolution and stem-cell research, so-called liberals—i.e., socialists who have stolen the name that once meant an advocate of individual freedom—ridicule religious conservatives for their desire to replace science with the dictates of an alleged divine power.

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Overmuch — by F L Light on Mon, 2007-01-22 05:13

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Life's Rational Meaning

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Submitted by Martin G. Walker on Sun, 2007-01-21 13:49

I'm new to this forum, but not new to the idea of looking at life objectively. I'm looking forward to conversing with people here.

If anyone is interested in a new philosophy that arrives at a rational explanation for life's meaning and purpose, beginning from an objective exploration of the laws of space and time, I've got a website and book that presents one: www.meaninginmylife.com.

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Amazon Wish List — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2007-01-21 23:23

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G K Chesterton

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2007-01-21 04:02

"Chesterton carried a small loaded revolver which he purchased before his wedding to protect his bride. The only use he found for it was to offer to those who complained life was meaningless. He found no takers. He carried a dagger, which he admired because like logic, it cut both ways, and like a good argument, it came to a point." - Dale Ahlquist, from memory.

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Grow Up Marcus — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2007-01-25 04:06
The Wikipedia entry starts... — by Marcus on Tue, 2007-01-23 17:16
Don't Judge an Author by his Detractors — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2007-01-21 18:37

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Rand's Ontological Failure

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Submitted by Bill Tingley on Sun, 2007-01-21 03:23

[NOTE: I originally wrote this to Chris Cathcart in response to his argument that only adult human beings possess rights. Because I address at length key aspects of Rand's philosophy, I thought this was better suited for display as a separate article.]

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It's only a word, Bill... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:52
Not the "Construct" word !! — by Bill Visconti on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:09
Ross ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 22:53

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Policy Statement—Banning

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Submitted by William Scott Scherk on Sat, 2007-01-20 20:11

A link and a couple of excerpts from the official August 11, 2006 policy:

Policy Statement -- Banning.

"In light of today's kerfuffle about my (non-)banning of Kenny, I

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Cathcart: "Sherk is a real-life example of a borderline case." — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-05-27 21:53
From the Bulgarian — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-05-27 21:30
Ya see, — by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2007-01-22 21:29

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Where Tracinski Went Right

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Submitted by Mark Tammett on Sat, 2007-01-20 14:54

In his recent series of articles “What Went Right”, Robert Tracinksi makes some original, and I believe brilliant formulations.

I will not try to describe all these - as the author has done that far more eloquently than I could.

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Jim — by Boaz the Boor on Wed, 2007-05-30 23:58
Phil, Thanks for this — by 0 on Tue, 2007-05-29 16:00
Are There Historical Parallels? — by PhilipC on Mon, 2007-05-28 16:34

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