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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2006-12-27 06:07

Earlier this year, I inquired as to whether any fellow SOLOists had any experience learning with the Harkness method, the extraordinary educational method that I've been working under for this school year. Shortly after that, I started delving into just what it is that makes a class like this effective.


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Sarah Vaughan Singing Blah Blah Blah By George and Ira Gershwin

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-12-24 18:26

For those who would enjoy a delightful and charming ditty with lyrics by Ira Gerswhin (and a lovely tune by George Gershwin), sung with irreverance by the matchless Sarah Vaughan, here it is:

Sarah Vaughan's Snowbound album (Song #7)


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An X-Mas Toast: Here's to Rich People and Unfettered Happiness!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-12-24 17:05

Here's to Rich People and Unfettered Happiness!!!

These two articles from the Times (Christmas Eve edition) get into a praise-worthy X-mas spirit of rational egoism!!!

Recent Comments:
Affirmation — by F L Light on Tue, 2006-12-26 13:46

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Light 'Pollution' Destroys Environment

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 22:12

A UCLA lecturer and his co-writer join the lunatic viro brigade by castigating 'excessive' use of electric lights.

The authors claim, among other gems that: "Light is a drug, and our 24-hour society abuses it. Humans produce the hormone melatonin in the dark. Without darkness, production is diminished. This partially explains the greater incidence of breast cancer in women who work the night shift and never sleep in complete darkness."


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The rise of Religious Correctness in schools

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-12-23 04:11
Recent Comments:
Question about Academia — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 18:05

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ARI's Journo: Diplomacy Only Encourages North Korea

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-12-23 03:52

Diplomacy Only Encourages North Korea's Belligerence
Western "diplomacy" has strengthened North Korea.

By Elan Journo

When North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb in October, it erased all doubts about the threat it poses to not only South Korea and Japan, but also to the United States.

Recent Comments:
Evil is as evil does — by Orson on Mon, 2007-01-15 09:17
Numbers — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2007-01-05 21:09
US lives — by Kenny on Fri, 2007-01-05 20:39

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I am off for a spot of camping, fishing and long balmy nights with the rellies

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:56

I would like to pass on my best wishes to all Soloist's, for Xmas and the New Year.

2006 has been a bitch of a year for me, but there was a tremendous highlight, and that was discovering Ayn Rand.

Recent Comments:
All the best for 2007 Sandi! — by JulianP on Sat, 2006-12-23 10:19
All the best to you Sandi — by Olivia on Sat, 2006-12-23 04:46
SalaciousSaturnalia — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-12-23 02:18

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Hudgins on Fox

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:39

From The KASSless Society:

Hudgins on Neil Cavuto Show on Fox News Channel

Edward Hudgins, The Atlas Society's executive director, will be on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on the Fox News Channel on Friday, December 22 discussing the future of space policy. The show airs at 4:00pm Eastern time (and usually is re-aired at 5:00am for you insomniacs!). Check your local listings. Hudgins should be on the first half of the show.

Recent Comments:
Yeah, I suspect, — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:54
Note, Jason ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:52
It is funny — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:49

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Evil In Black and White

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:34

An editorial in the New York Times by Stanley Fish shows just how far gone some really are. To this oily virus, even free speech is just "an abstract principle."

(Though the Danish cartoon story is now dated, the principle is fresh... and an occasional reminder of what's at stake is helpful. Hat tip to Robert Tracinski for including this in his Top Stories of 2006.)

Recent Comments:
Good points — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 18:57
Are we arguing about the same thing? — by Mario on Sat, 2006-12-23 18:21
Free Pass? — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 16:53

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ARI's Epstein: The Meaning of New Year's Resolutions

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-12-22 22:45

The Meaning of New Year's Resolutions
By Alex Epstein

Every New Year's Eve millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Whether the resolution is to get out of debt, to spend more time with loved ones, or to quit smoking, these resolutions have one thing in common: they are goals to make our lives better.

Recent Comments:
Just like Hudgins — by Kenny on Thu, 2007-01-04 13:33
Resolved — by F L Light on Wed, 2006-12-27 05:20
Very pertinent. — by JulianP on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:12

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No more Big Bangers For Little Snarlers

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Submitted by Sandi on Fri, 2006-12-22 11:35

Next year, fireworks in New Zealand can only be sold to those over 18 years.

Considering no one ever died nor suffered serious injury from fireworks last year, how can the government justify this decision?

Recent Comments:
Not with a bang... — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-12-23 01:33
I actually believed that... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:35
Melissa... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:57

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Let the Holocaust deniers speak out

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-12-22 08:25

Good article from the Times. It mentions David Irving's release from prison - a stupid act by the Austrian authorities.

Recent Comments:
jokes,bias and holocaust — by 0 on Mon, 2007-09-24 19:38
hmmm — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2007-09-22 22:20
Leonid " I'm not going to — by 0 on Sat, 2007-09-22 20:37

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Favorite Christmas Movies

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 07:47

Ok, I'm prepared to be educated: something I don't easily admit to.

I expect the usual including Miracle on 34th St. & It's a Wonderful Life. But, let's try for something a little different that uses the Christmas spirit as a back drop for an enthralling tale. Stuff like Love Actually, The Family Man or [God forbid!] Die Hard.

Recent Comments:
Aw, c'mon! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-30 01:21
Agreed! — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-12-28 17:14
NO! NOT JIM CARREY! — by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2006-12-28 15:34

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An individualist choir?! Yes, it's true...

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-12-22 04:39

I had the privilege this past summer of working under Cantus, a men's choral group based in Minneapolis, MN. They were excellent instructors, and they happen to have been founded (and still led) by a group of honest-to-goodness Objectivists!


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Rocky Balboa

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-12-21 23:23

Well, you know I had to see this one since I used to watch Rocky movies as a kid. I didn't expect much from "Rocky 6", but I must say that as I watched this movie I was more then surprised. I was amazed. Rocky might not be as eloquent as Rearden, Francisco or Roark, but his monologues in this movie have a similar effect.

Recent Comments:
Blocking in Rocky — by Landon Erp on Tue, 2006-12-26 22:18
Not to be a spoil-sport. — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-26 12:39
Well, Rocky II originally — by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2006-12-25 01:19

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Pachelbel Rant

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Thu, 2006-12-21 16:52

Saw this baby on YouTube and thought that everyone here would get a kick out of it. A comedian tears into Pachelbel's Canon in D, then rants about how it follows him everywhere he goes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Recent Comments:
Excellent start to the day. — by Jamie Clay on Fri, 2006-12-22 20:15
Oh Ross, — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-12-22 12:44
Marcus... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 07:46

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A Xmas Wish (PC Version)

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Submitted by Sandi on Thu, 2006-12-21 07:41

I just had to share this little ripper, sent to my other half from a software company.

"I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends, but it is so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my solicitor yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:

Recent Comments:
Good one — by Laure Chipman on Thu, 2006-12-21 14:42

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Tracinski

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-12-21 00:04

It's been drawn to my attention that one of the good folk at RoR has said SOLO has been silent on the matter of Tracinski, the implication being that SOLO is ARI's lapdog (haven't they been keeping up?! Smiling)

Recent Comments:
When You Do... — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-29 18:52
Jeff — by TRowland on Fri, 2006-12-29 17:31
Influences — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-27 17:37

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It's official- George W. Bush has learned absolutely NOTHING from his father's failures...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-12-20 09:19

Word on the web is that the administration is looking to repeal the tax cuts early next year, to appease the Democrats. Y'know, this was like the one thing I had to credit him for- at the bare minimum, I thought he would've been smart enough, no matter what, to learn from his father's BIGGEST folly in office. Sadly, this apparently looks not to be the case- what a braindead f'ing moron.

Recent Comments:
you'd, however, have to hope — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2007-01-02 06:08
The problem with a temporary tax cut... — by atlascott on Sat, 2006-12-23 23:43
This all comes from not — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-12-20 13:53

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How human rights always lead to human wrongs.

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-19 23:56

NZer Jamie Whyte has another interesting article out today in "the Times" about the necessity of property rights over other bogus rights.

"Tens of millions of Chinese have worked their way out of poverty in recent years. It was not achieved by extending human rights law in China. Nor is it an “economic miracle”. It is a predictable consequence of establishing property rights."


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Monckton To Snowe and Rockefeller: Let Exxon Speak!

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:03

Lord Monckton of the UK has written a strongly worded letter to Senators Snowe and Rockefeller. The letter is a reply to the U.S. Senators' recent harrassment of Exxon-Mobil vis-a-vis their support of 'skeptical scientists'; i.e. those who disagree with the alleged consensus regarding Global Warming.

Recent Comments:
Agreed — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:23

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SOLO's Word Cloud

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-19 02:49
SOLO's Word Cloud

Here's a bit of fun: The 'Word Cloud' for SOLO.

Go here to generate your own word cloud for your own sites.

Recent Comments:
No James! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-12-19 22:48
Pomo? — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:17
Krishna? — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-19 10:02

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The Civil War- was it truly necessary?

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2006-12-18 09:24

I was reading a few weeks ago what someone had to say about Abraham Lincoln, and I remembered he's remembered for his greatness for "preserving the Union"...but I was just wondering- was it honestly necessary to do so? I don't mean to ask this like "oh, why do that! what a stupid thing!" cause I Honestly don' know. I mean I know Southerners seem to have a hatred of Northerners and vice-versa..at least from what I've heard. So WAS it a smart move, WASN'T it? What- any thoughts you could offer would be great.

Recent Comments:
Leaving the union was in — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-12-19 14:07
As with most things — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-12-19 12:59
Um...yeah...most of you — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2006-12-19 07:00

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I have a Christmas present this year for Republicans, and those on this forum that back them over Democrats- some advice

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2006-12-18 08:47

Hey there all! I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful Winter Solstice..which ok, hasn't come yet, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, Rightwingnews.com has recently been touting this one '08 candidate named Duncan Hunter, and they claim he's really a principled guy and all that shebang- feel free to go to the site and check 'im out.


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Taking the Christ out of Christmas

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-17 22:17

I hear people complaining that "Christ is being taken out of Christmas." In fact, the Vatican, poor dears, have "accused some western countries of waging "a war against Christmas" by removing Christian values and symbols from the holiday."

So what? Christ was never in Christmas, except in fiction and by order of the Council of Trent. Jesus wasn't even born in December: he was born in July*, which makes him a cancer -- just like religion.

Recent Comments:
Who The Grinch Is — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 15:37
Kenny, re Grinch-i-ness... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-23 07:57
The Grinch is a US... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:25

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Richard Dawkins.net philosophy forums and Lindsay Perigo's open letter to Richard Dawkins

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Submitted by michael fasher on Sun, 2006-12-17 08:49

The new website of Richard Dawkins has a philosophy section in the forums which we could introduce him to objectivism. Lindsay Perigo could get his open letter on there.

Recent Comments:
Re: Linz and Dawkins and Valliant and Peter S — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2007-12-28 05:19
But Prepare for Attacks — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2006-12-19 12:39
Well anybody feel free to — by michael fasher on Tue, 2006-12-19 06:15

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Victor Borge

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-12-17 01:54

Anyone else hear ever heard of Victor Borge? What are people's thoughts on him? Personally, he's one of the damn funniest musicians I've ever seen. His heavily music-based comedic repertoire always sends me into hysterics.

Recent Comments:
Yes! Rainer Hersch! — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-12-19 02:02
Rainer — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-12-18 01:23
Victor Borge... — by Robert on Mon, 2006-12-18 00:48

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General Augusto Pinochet Is Dead

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2006-12-17 00:34

On Sunday, December 10, General Augusto Pinochet of Chile died, at the age of 91. General Pinochet deserves to be remembered for having rescued his country from becoming the second Soviet satellite in the Western hemisphere, after Castro’s Cuba, and, like the Soviet Union, and Cuba under Castro, a totalitarian dictatorship.

Recent Comments:
Reisman responds to critics — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-12-21 22:17
Pinochet — by Ray Bronski on Wed, 2006-12-20 22:11
The ends do not justify the means — by Scott Wilson on Wed, 2006-12-20 01:15

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Whither (Wither?) Europe?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-16 22:47

A German author gives his opinion about the fate of Europe.
The Rape of Europe

His advice? Move to Australia or New Zealand.

His reasons? Among others is this quote from a woman he debated: "[I]t is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting."

Recent Comments:
Breakfasting Slander — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-12-20 09:10
The thing I like about Fraser — by TimV on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:29

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Musical Chairs :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-15 09:35

Jason Quintana, some months ago, took on an academic load that led him to step down as SOLO's Exec Dir. John Gagnon stepped up.

Recently, Jason shed some of his load ... and John took on a load that led him to want to step down. So Jason is stepping back up ... at least for an interim 6-month period!

Recent Comments:
Thanks, John. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-16 05:29
Musical Chairs — by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-12-16 03:40
Both ways — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-12-15 22:06

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