Recommendation: Betsy Speicher & Epistemology Thread

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Submitted by PhilipC on Mon, 2007-03-26 21:11

I just finished reading a long thread on The Forum for Ayn Rand Fans. It is entitled "Issues with the DIM Hypothesis", but is basically about a wide range of issues in Epistemology, including the key differences between the concepts of integration, identification, and differentiation.

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I'll allow people to read — by PhilipC on Sun, 2007-04-01 15:22
Phil — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-04-01 04:56
I just don't understand why — by User hidden on Sat, 2007-03-31 19:20

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Valliant Razes the Brandenian Carthage - Cline

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2007-03-25 04:59

Novelist Ed Cline, the creator of the brilliant 'Sparrowhawk' novels, has just finished reading James Valliant's The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, and like many of us after reading Valliant's painstaking demolition of the Brandens, he is aghast at learning the full extent of their duplicity. Says Cline at his Rule of Reason blog, in a post appropriately titled 'Dissemblers Unmasked':

I have written fifteen novels, every one of them with a villain, but all my fictional villains are amateurs compared to the Brandens. I could never have conceived of such evil for any of my villains, of the kind of monstrous deception to which the Brandens subjected Rand even while they knew she was attempting to comprehend their behavior and problems, and even trying to salvage their lives and careers. They are beyond redemption. Valliant's book is a long overdue work of justice, and anyone who values Objectivism and the truth should thank him for it. Ayn Rand is the bridge between Aristotle and our future. It would be tragic if her importance were diminished without challenge by backyard fence gossip and vile dissimulation.

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Thank You — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2007-03-26 21:26
Exceptional! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-03-25 07:03

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Who will win the Cricket World Cup?

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Submitted by administrator on Sat, 2007-03-24 23:08
New Zealand
20% (9 votes)
7% (3 votes)
Sri Lanka
9% (4 votes)
West Indies
0% (0 votes)
South Africa
2% (1 vote)
7% (3 votes)
I couldn't care less
35% (16 votes)
What's cricket?
22% (10 votes)
Total votes: 46
Recent Comments:
My only question — by Bill Visconti on Tue, 2007-05-01 23:16
Well done Australia!! — by Jameson on Sun, 2007-04-29 00:37
Donning the black cap — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-04-25 02:10


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Submitted by Kasper on Sat, 2007-03-24 04:03

Nathaniel Branden (psychologist) wrote a piece called, "The benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand".
(Journal of Humanistic Psychology; Fall84, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p39, 26p.)

Branden recommends how one can adapt Objectivism, its morals and ideals to one's life. Nathaniel reports many people who come to him for psychotherapy are disheartened and/or emotionally shut off because they dont feel exceptional in their lives, or they live with a multiphilosophical structure of thinking which renders them with conglomerations, smokescreens and the inability to integrate.

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Further — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-03-26 21:49
Kas — by Olivia on Mon, 2007-03-26 10:58
Nicely put Ross well I — by Kasper on Mon, 2007-03-26 09:00

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The Greatest of Them All

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sat, 2007-03-24 02:08

"Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I go I make the damn rules."
-Maria Callas

Much has been written about the great Mario Lanza, and I feel that a piece is long overdue about the woman who was his counterpart in some ways, and was so much more than that in others. That woman is Maria Callas, the greatest diva of the twentieth century and, perhaps, of all time.

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Daniel — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-03-25 05:44
Mario and Maria — by Daniel Walden on Sat, 2007-03-24 19:26
Nice, Daniel ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-03-24 03:34

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ARI Press Release—Legalize "Price-Fixing"

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2007-03-24 00:03

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
Legalize "Price-Fixing"
March 23, 2007

Irvine, CA--On March 26 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., where the justices will decide whether antitrust law forbids a manufacturer from setting a minimum retail price for its products.

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Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West 

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2007-03-23 23:55

The Ayn Rand Institute

Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West 
Who: Dr. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum
        Dr. Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute         
        Dr. Wafa Sultan, outspoken critic of Islam and author of the forthcoming
                               book "The Escaped Prisoner: When God Is a Monster"

What: A panel discussion on the threat of Islamic totalitarianism and how to deal with it

Where: UCLA Campus: Moore 100, Los Angeles, CA

When: Thursday, April 12, 2007, at 7:00 PM

Admission is FREE.

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ARI—Bush and Chavez: The Two Amigos

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2007-03-23 22:08

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Bush and Chavez: The Two Amigos
March 20, 2007
Irvine, CA--As President Bush ends his tour of Latin America, he has vowed to deliver "social justice" to poor Latin Americans.

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Diseased Hsiekovian Chickens' Homecoming — Dem-Scum Redouble Their Treason

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-03-23 12:53

Desperate Dem-scum are trying to rush through a measure called the "Murtha Proviso." It would cut funding for the war in Iraq and haul US troops home next year, willy-nilly.

Filth. Utter, unspeakable filth.

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Badnarik and Browne — by Kenny on Sun, 2007-04-01 21:05
Kenny — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-04-01 19:06
Another LP smear — by Kenny on Sun, 2007-04-01 18:19

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Beautiful Song, Beautiful Singing

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-03-23 00:04

Please note a rendering of the song "Scenes that Are Brightest" has now been attached to my "Sins that Are Tritest" article below. It's a live recording of my friend Lillian Young, from a concert we both performed in some years ago.

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Nevermind — by Olivia on Fri, 2007-03-23 11:37
Where is the song? — by Olivia on Fri, 2007-03-23 11:23
Yes ! — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-03-23 05:40

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Cricket World Cup

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2007-03-22 06:00

UPDATE: Super Eight Playoffs!

Each country plays every other excepting the team it played in the group games. So, NZ won't play England again. Plus, each team carries over the points it gained against the other qualifying team from it's group. So, NZ will carry two points but England will start the playoffs on zero.

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Bond. Shane Bond — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-03-30 07:57
Oh, no! — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-03-26 02:29
Oh no!!!! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2007-03-26 02:12

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The Great Chinese Famine

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Submitted by matus1976 on Wed, 2007-03-21 15:03

They pretend an object is not what it really is.
In the hopes it will not be that which it always is.
Imagination, it seems to them, is meant to be absurd.
They use a gun instead of reason to make their voices heard.

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5 Couplets on Mao — by F L Light on Fri, 2007-03-23 04:08

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Nanny State's fascist anti-smacking bill

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Submitted by Mitch on Wed, 2007-03-21 02:25

In response to the dictatorship's intention to take away a parent's right to smack their children, a march on Parliament is being organised for Tuesday 27th March Wednesday 28th March. Reports from the media suggest that up to 80% of people are opposed to Sue Bradford's bill, and in a somewhat pleasing development, some MPs have finally started kicking up a fuss.

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Congratulations Mitch! — by Jameson on Thu, 2007-03-29 12:51
Bloody well done Mitch — by Robert on Wed, 2007-03-28 16:00
Final Update! — by Mitch on Tue, 2007-03-27 11:20

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Objectivist Conference 2007, Telluride, Colorado

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2007-03-20 23:31

Objectivist Conferences is the premier venue for high-caliber presentations by Objectivist scholars, and that is what you can expect this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Atlas Shrugged in Telluride, Colorado. In this spirit, we have assembled a broad array of lectures and events, highlighted by a six-lecture presentation by Leonard Peikoff from his forthcoming book, "The DIM Hypothesis."

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9 days sounds about right — by 0 on Tue, 2007-05-08 21:51
9 days sounds about right — by 0 on Tue, 2007-05-08 21:51
Agreed Robert — by Kenny on Tue, 2007-04-10 21:35

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Summer Seminar 2007

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Tue, 2007-03-20 21:58

The Atlas Society is proud to announce its 2007 Summer Seminar on the theory and practice of Objectivism. The Seminar will be held at Towson University in Towson, Maryland during the week of July 8th through the 15th.

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Yup! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2007-04-03 12:02
Disappointing Atlas/TOC programme — by Kenny on Tue, 2007-04-03 09:59
Ha, Heaps! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-03-29 09:55

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India's Red Menace and the Backlash against Globalization

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Submitted by Phil Howison on Tue, 2007-03-20 09:02

(Crossposted from Pacific Empire)

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DIM and the Maoists — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-03-25 22:17
Phil, I think that — by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2007-03-25 00:25
Indian Maoists — by Phil Howison on Sat, 2007-03-24 11:28

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Battlestar Galactica

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Mon, 2007-03-19 21:28

Occasionally a television show comes along that is so god damned good that one has no choice but to declare it a masterpiece. Battlestar Galactica, a sci-fi drama about the last remnants of the human race, is just that kind of show.

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Just discovered this thread — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2007-06-20 21:14
Ah ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-03-23 22:23
Linz — by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2007-03-23 14:07

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Improvisation: "Nothing Extraordinary"

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2007-03-18 21:17

(Written In response to a suggestion on THE SEEDS OF INNOVATION thread that improvisation is a vital part of innovation.)

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Kinda like cooking. — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2007-03-20 05:13
Jazz improvisation — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-03-20 04:35

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James Valliant on TARC

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2007-03-18 17:50

One claim of PARC is that the Brandens’ books can be shown to be unreliable based on evidence that Valliant has unearthed. Most significantly, Valliant argues that Rand’s diaries contradict the Brandens’ version of the 1968 split. However, these diaries do not shed much (if any) light on other events.

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Phil Smith — by mcohen on Sun, 2007-07-08 00:56
Correct — by Neil Parille on Sat, 2007-07-07 18:44
Correct — by mcohen on Sat, 2007-07-07 18:34

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Martin Durkin Responds To His Critics!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2007-03-18 16:37

Martin Durkin responds to his critics over his documentary the "Great Global Warming Swindle" in the Daily Telegraph, asking of his critics, “why are they so feeble?”

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James Valliant on Nathaniel Branden as Objectivist Heretic

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2007-03-18 15:00

One of the central sub themes of PARC is that not only that the Brandens’ books are untrustworthy, but also that the Brandens have so departed from Objectivism that they view Rand from their new perspective, often distorting Rand as result.

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Footnotes — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2007-03-24 14:40
Yes, Phil, "Details" Matter -- Like Yours — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-03-22 21:26
I don't know ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-03-21 04:22

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Words of wisdom, from Machiavelli

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2007-03-18 07:21

Therefore, any one wishing to maintain among men the name of liberal [in the modern sense, not the classical] is obliged to avoid no attribute of magnificence; so that a prince thus inclined will consume in such acts all his property; and will be compelled in the end, if he wish to maintain the name of liberal, to unduly weigh down his people, and tax them, and do everything he can to get money. This will soon make him odious to his subjects, and becoming poor he will be little valued by any one; thus, with his liberality, having offended many and rewarded few, he is affected by the very first trouble and imperilled by whatever may be the first danger; recognizing this himself, and wishing to draw back from it, he runs at once into the reproach of being miserly.

I've been doing a bit of reading in my spare time lately, trying to refine my understanding of, & opinions on, politics.  Reading The Prince has certainly been an eye-opener, & allowed me to look at certain areas of politics (in particular, war & economics) in a new light.

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Jason, yes, exactly - & it's — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2007-03-23 02:13
Machiavelli — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2007-03-23 00:20
Learning from Machiavelli — by Phil Howison on Tue, 2007-03-20 08:25

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300 Objectivists

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2007-03-18 00:31

"Hell is for martyrs,
and Heaven's for fools,
but Earth is the place where we make our own rules."

As Aaron noted in his review, "300 presents heroes without doubt or apology.

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300 Lesbos — by JoeM on Sat, 2007-04-14 05:34
I'm with you, Julian. It's — by User hidden on Fri, 2007-04-13 13:48
Thanks to the Wellington crew — by JulianD on Fri, 2007-04-13 01:15

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A Pig for a Paint Job

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Submitted by Jameson on Sat, 2007-03-17 11:46

Are there any legal experts out there who can tell me why this idea wouldn’t work?:

A website where people can network to trade services & products 100% tax-free!

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Good Luck — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2007-03-18 03:57
"I do not have a grasp of — by JoeM on Sun, 2007-03-18 03:55
I think it's a fucking — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2007-03-18 03:50

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Today's Reprise—Right plus Left = Wrong!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-03-17 09:45

[Originally published in Auckland University's student magazine, Craccum]

Right plus Left = Wrong

Libertarians are often labelled "Right-wing." Some libertarians themselves accept the appellation "libertarian Right." I reject the term altogether. There are too many disagreements, fundamental and incidental, between libertarians and those on the Right of the conventional political spectrum for me to countenance using the same label, however it be qualified.

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These days anyone who isn't — by Murray the catapult guy. on Sun, 2007-03-18 01:11
Beautifully stated... — by Jameson on Sat, 2007-03-17 11:11

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Fun with meat

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Submitted by Lance on Fri, 2007-03-16 20:55

There are 2 recipes that I adore. One is quite simple the other is extremely simple Smiling

The first, extremely simple, recipe is:

'Scotch Fillet Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce'


1,2 or 3 Cloves of garlic (purely optional)

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Thanks Lance — by Kasper on Fri, 2007-03-16 22:40

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The New Individualist, Atlas Society in Pittsburgh Paper

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Fri, 2007-03-16 20:53

The New Individualist, Atlas Society in Pittsburgh Paper

The March 16th issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured a column based on the latest efforts of The Atlas Society. The piece was also posted on the RealClearPolit ics website.

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Grand Old Party — by Jameson on Fri, 2007-03-16 22:45
GOP? — by Kasper on Fri, 2007-03-16 21:08

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Global warming may not exist BUT.

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Fri, 2007-03-16 07:52

I recently attended an engineering expo in an unpronouncable town in China about an hours flight from Hong Kong. This town had a pop. of about 3 million. The air pollution was absolutely phenominal. You could taste the contents of the coal fired power station everywhere you went. The sun was totally blacked out over the entire area. This was not even a major city.

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Sure. Rand observed that — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2007-03-16 08:26

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Stop Press!—Linz and James!!!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-03-16 03:03

James V on with Linz in a little over an hour, Easter Friday NZ time, midday.

Radio Live, Easter Friday and Easter Monday, 12-3.

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Re the recording.. — by Olivia on Wed, 2007-04-11 05:01
Amazing Radio — by JulianD on Fri, 2007-04-06 07:02
Valiant Hero! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-04-06 04:20

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Pets: second-handers, individualists or just another mouth to feed?

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Submitted by Jameson on Thu, 2007-03-15 10:15

Personally I have no time for them. I’m simply too evolved to be walking behind a dog and picking up his shit when I go to the park. And cats? Is there a creature more fickle, more bitchy, more “take-take-take and I’ll give back when I’m goddamn ready…”?

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Rosie: "One person (the — by Kasper on Thu, 2008-06-26 03:09
cat and a dog — by Matty Orchard on Wed, 2008-06-25 13:36
I vote for just another — by James Heaps-Nelson on Wed, 2008-06-25 13:24

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