Happiness

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Submitted by Ergo on Tue, 2006-12-12 21:33

Happiness, in Ayn Rand’s words, is the emotional reward for the achievement of one’s values. Depending on one’s perspective and how well one has integrated the various principles of the philosophy, this definition of happiness can be either very expansive or very narrow.

Recent Comments:
Passionate Serenity — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-12-14 03:34
I agree — by Ergo on Wed, 2006-12-13 05:42
Non-Contradictory Joy? — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-12-13 00:44

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Jesus H. Christ!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-12 01:35

Jesus! What a nut!

Who? Pastor Becky bloody Fischer, that's who, the former head of the 'Jesus Camp' documented in the film of the same name (hold on to your head, here's a trailer), and still head of KidsInMinistry.Com -- tagline, "redefining children's ministry in the 21st Century"! The exclamation mark, by the way, is mine. You'll understand why quite quickly.

Recent Comments:
Reason — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 20:03
Reason - dup deleted — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 20:02
"Still, I don't accept your — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:24

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Will the Real Mister Scherk....

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-11 22:25

It's finally me you see as my Avatar as of this post. The picture is unfairly flattering, being actually 15 years, two major surgeries, a few fistfights, 40 pounds of stress, and a few lost or grey hairs too old. (It's by far the best ever taken of me.) But its not William Scherk, or Fred Weiss for that matter! I'll probably eventually go back to my uncle or the Twin Towers, as those have more meaning for me. I may post a new one with my nephew if I can get one.

Recent Comments:
Phil — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-12-13 03:25
How anyone could consider — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-12-13 03:09
Whoops! — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-12-13 01:05

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Gay Stereotypes in Primetime

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:42

I am not usually subjected to TV advertisements but I do sometimes catch them while watching HD (still waiting for that Tivo Series 3) or listening to the radio (only out of desperation when my CPN podcasts are done). When I first heard the commercial for Wedding Wars I thought it was a spoof.

Recent Comments:
Ooo-er, Matron! — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Sun, 2006-12-17 12:46
Ross ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-12-17 03:51
Lindsay... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-12-17 02:44

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Tivo Series 3

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:21

I love my Tivo and have had a hacked Series 1 since it first came out. I upgraded the memorycard, network card and hard drive myself. I've been a huge proponent amoung family and friends encouraging them to live a life free of commercials. I never took the plunge when the Series 2's came out, opting for another hard drive upgrade arround that time for my Series 1. But now Tivo is offering the Series 3 with lifetime service upgrade to Tivo Series 3 for owners of a series 1 or series 2 Tivo. Dual cable card inputs, HD tuners and cable tuners it has everything I wish my old Series 1 had. While it is expensive, its simple interface and HD features make it worth the investment. I get only a small amount of time to watch the few quality shows that are out there and the Tivo makes sure I always have something I want to watch. Considering the frustraitions I have with the 'DVR' provided by my cable company I'll be watching the door for the delivery of my new Tivo.


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God's man in Mecca

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Submitted by Mario on Mon, 2006-12-11 17:51

Lebanese television featured a two part interview with the public executioner of Mecca, Abdullah Al-Bishi. The eleven and a half minute video opens a window into Middle Eastern culture, though the insight it provides is undoubtedly unintentional.


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Pick Your Gender and We’ll Enforce Your Choice, Says New York City’s Board of Health

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-12-11 08:01

Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.

Recent Comments:
Individual Right to What? — by VSD on Wed, 2006-12-13 09:12
"... if the government were — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-12-13 00:05
Randian Science — by F L Light on Tue, 2006-12-12 16:18

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You Can’t Have Trans Fats Because They’re Bad for You, Says New York City’s Board of Health

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-12-11 07:58

In recent weeks, the New York City Board of Health has displayed a pattern of profound aggression against the citizens of New York City.

Recent Comments:
Removed comment to another — by F L Light on Tue, 2006-12-12 16:11

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"UN downgrades man's impact on the climate"

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2006-12-11 00:06

So, apparently the scientists at the UN have reassessed the impact humans have on global warming:

The Telegraph: UN downgrades man's impact on the climate

Recent Comments:
Next scare. Doubt it. — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-11 01:20

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The new "Who is John Galt?" - the media and why Jihadists are winning the GWOT...

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Submitted by Orson on Sun, 2006-12-10 22:55

"'Who is Jamil Hussein?' is becoming the new 'Who is John Galt?'" says Michelle Malkin.

Recent Comments:
Where are the real journalists? — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-11 17:42
Couple this with P-MSNBC — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 13:46

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A(nother) Big Bang

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-10 21:38

Reposted from SOLOHQ due to the popularity of Daniel's recent thread.

I spent this last week in some of the world’s great Opera Houses.


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1984 Jeane Kirkpatrick Speech at the Republican Convention

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Submitted by jdlimber on Sun, 2006-12-10 17:36

In light of Ms Kirkpatrick's death I thought I would post her 1984 Republican Convention speech. It is just as valuable today as it was then. Hope you enjoy.

Recent Comments:
OOPS! — by Orson on Mon, 2006-12-11 09:17
Galtieri's whore — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-12-10 21:33

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QUOTE: -"Under a worldly camouflage we have come to be dominated by a new natural religion ... Ecologism"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-10 01:26

Quote for today:

Contemporary society is dominated by a widespread pessimism about science; a pessimism which can only be understood within the context of developments that began in back in the 1980s. Though the churches may have been increasingly emptied, society has not developed an enlightened scepticism or a free-thinking culture; not even agnosticism.

Recent Comments:
Marcus? — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-12-14 01:10
...a case in point...THEN there's James Lovelock! — by Orson on Tue, 2006-12-12 02:28

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The Cartoon Foxes unleashed ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-12-09 08:28

So, I now have two jobs Smiling

There's my day job here in Auckland (developing and designing call center software in C# 2.Innocent ... and now a five-week, part-time contract to develop a financial services website in Ruby on Rails (can't be any less vague I'm afraid, as I'm required to keep things more or less under wraps until the project is released).

Recent Comments:
Dunc ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-12-09 21:27

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Why Do Europeans Hate America?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-08 23:02

Jean-Francois Revel, author of Without Marx or Jesus, explains.

Revel on Why Europe Hates America

Recent Comments:
Sweden - Scary Article — by Bill Visconti on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:42
Does This Mean — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-11 23:48
Lighten up Ted... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-12-11 23:29

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Water on Mars = Life on Mars ?

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2006-12-08 18:46

There is growing evidence of liquid water making an appearance on Mars.

Recent Comments:
Mere Speculation — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-12-12 00:07
Something Like This? — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:39
Would we be able to — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 14:39

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Buffalo Rights a Wronged Wright

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Submitted by seddon on Thu, 2006-12-07 16:12

Buffalo has at least one architectural sin on its conscience. In 1950, it demolished Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Company Administration Building and in its place today is a parking lot. Ahhh.

Recent Comments:
Well... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-12-16 17:55
Robert — by seddon on Sat, 2006-12-16 15:49
The Larkin Building... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-12-16 06:01

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The Question of British Will in the Fight Against Global Terrorism

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-12-07 07:20

In the first ever open act of nuclear terrorism, with the Russian embassy to the UK and several British Airways flights now known to be contaminated with radioactive Polonium, one British citizen dead by KGB methods on British soil, and many others either targeted or unintended casualties, Scotland Yard has declared this open act of war, this open violation of British sovereignty by the Kremiln, to be a ... "murder case." In other investigations, World War Two is officially being re-investigated as a hate crime, and World War One is to be reclassified as a pub brawl.

Recent Comments:
"He Won't Escape Trotsky's Ice-Pick" — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-11 08:03
In an interesting — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-12-08 14:52
Not the Threat itself, But that we Ignore it Scares me — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-12-08 00:48

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Christmas in London

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Submitted by User hidden on Thu, 2006-12-07 06:20

I will be in London from Dec 23-Dec 30. Any other SOLOites in town then? I'd love to get together with some of you.

Kelly

Recent Comments:
I should be around, Kelly — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-12-15 21:06
Timing! — by TimV on Thu, 2006-12-07 07:14

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[He's Free!!—Linz] Reprise—Support Greg Carvell

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-12-07 00:38

For those who don't know, Greg Carvell is the Auckland gun store worker & owner who shot a machete-wielding robber who threatened his life

Recent Comments:
what's with the cops? — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2007-06-08 23:59
Reactions to the verdict... — by Jameson on Thu, 2007-06-07 22:14
Hall-ley-luuuu-jaaahhhh!!! — by mvardoulis on Thu, 2007-06-07 16:46

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Trans Fats Now Banned in NYC- ok, what's the big attraction of NJ and Manhattan NOW?

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-12-06 09:18

Yep, yep, yep- those Commie bastards in NYC finally decided to ban trans fats "for our own good", and are now pushing for a nationwide ban.

To quote Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face from Batman Forever, in regards to the Baby Boomer generation: "WHY CAN'T YOU JUST DIE!!!!!!!!"

Recent Comments:
tell 'ya what- SEND that — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2007-01-02 06:06
Love, Dan Edge xoxo — by Titan on Fri, 2006-12-08 02:00
A letter to the Commissioner of Health in NYC — by Dan Edge on Thu, 2006-12-07 19:39

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Charity Versus Justice

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2006-12-06 05:17

I was just reading this article link to sourceand was reminded of precious words from Ayn Rand, in Atlas Shrugged.

In short, a 15 year killed a motorist here in NZ, by throwing a 8kg (um roughly 17lb?) block of concrete, from an over bridge onto the free way, killing a motorist.

Recent Comments:
When is premeditation not premediation? — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-12-14 04:39
Not Exactly Vigilantism — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-12-08 02:51
I agree with you Luke — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-12-08 01:03

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'We must exterminate white people"—Dr Kamau Kambon

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Submitted by Robert on Tue, 2006-12-05 20:12

Welcome into the mind of a racist academic. Dr Kamau Rashidi Kambon

Recent Comments:
I caught this black Nazi on TV — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-12-05 22:52
North Carolina State University -- My Alma Mater — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2006-12-05 20:28

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Casino Royale. I think Rand would have adored it.

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-05 19:46

I went to see the new Bond film Casino Royale on the weekend.

Recent Comments:
Jeff answered me:"How To — by Orson on Fri, 2006-12-08 01:13
Marcus — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-12-08 01:02
More Bull!!! — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-12-07 22:21

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The definition of 'double entendre' :-)

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Submitted by Robert on Tue, 2006-12-05 04:55

FYI for Americans who don't know, Rainbow was a '70s era British TV show for kids made by the ITN network. Click

Recent Comments:
Would you share your balls with your friends? — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-12-06 18:48
But have you seen... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-12-06 14:06
But — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-12-06 07:24

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Bush Testes Resign Amid Senate Foot Dragging

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-05 02:39

John Bolton, President Bush's 'bull in a china shop' at the U.N. has elected to resign his never-fully-official job as envoy to the U.N.

Bolton Resigns

Recent Comments:
Compromise — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:49
Thanks Bill — by Michael Moeller on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:36
Post War — by Bill Visconti on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:00

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Criminals In NZ Have More Rights Than That Of A Law Abiding Citizen Or Tourist

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-12-03 23:59

I was reading Not PC's Blog
and quite by accident I have discovered that here in New Zealand, criminals have MORE rights than that of law abiding citizens.

It is illegal in NZ to smoke inside any public building and in some cases, outside as well. At Auckland International Airport, there used to be designated smoking area's, which have been removed because of the governments anti-smoking campaign.

Recent Comments:
Opps wrong URL — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-12-06 00:05

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New Zealand Qualifications Authority

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-12-03 21:43

Whilst listening to Lindsay this morning on Radio Pacific, some callers referred to the Auckland City Council as funding seances.
A quick search of Goggle did confirm this allegation.

“A spiritual medium group was allocated a $2500 council grant to seek NZQA accreditation for their seance courses, and another $2000 was given to help fund two tarot card reading events.”

Recent Comments:
Montessori and the Framework — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-12-04 20:43
Yes — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-12-04 02:30
Chuckle — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-04 01:01

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Spy Agencies Use Outdated Technology, Says NYT

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-12-03 19:56

In a 10-page story, the New York Times reports on one young new recruit who got a big surprise on joining the Defense Intelligence Agency. It wasn't very intelligent, technologically speaking.

Spy Tech Out of Date


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Turandot: Glory on Stage

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-12-03 04:39

I have just received the indescribable privilege of watching a filmed version of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Turandot. This was my first time actually seeing the opera played out, and now words fail me.

Recent Comments:
Gaah! — by Daniel Walden on Thu, 2006-12-14 03:35
Danny Boy ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-12-12 08:05
FathomEvents — by jdlimber on Sun, 2006-12-10 17:57

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