Standards of Environmental Good and Evil: Why Environmentalism Is Misanthropic

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-11-17 00:25

It is very common for people to talk nowadays about environmental good and evil, but with virtually no explicit statement of the standards by which something is to be judged environmentally good or evil. People are unaware that a standard is always present and that there is more than one such standard. There are in fact two diametrically opposed and mutually exclusive standards of environmental good and evil. The following example will bring them out.

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Misgrounded — by F L Light on Fri, 2006-11-17 04:54

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Hudgins on Friedman

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2006-11-17 00:17

Milton Friedman: 1912-2006

by Edward Hudgins

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman passed away on November 16, 2006 at the age of 94. Friedman was one of the most influential economists in the twentieth century and probably the most famous one advocating free markets, thanks in large part to his TV series and accompanying book "Free to Choose."

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Swill? Um okay. — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-12-05 20:15
How to label a radical for capitalism? — by Orson on Sun, 2006-12-03 10:44
Sullum on Friedman — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-23 03:50

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Barzun made me laugh

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Submitted by seddon on Thu, 2006-11-16 16:37

So I get an email from Michelle Kamii telling me about this essay that Jacques Barzun wrote defending the proposition that music tells a story; that it is representational.

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Suspended animation

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Submitted by TRowland on Thu, 2006-11-16 11:49

Just thought the readers here might like to know that I've been suspended from the Speicher's Forum site until -- now get this -- April 15th, 2023. If I'm still alive, I'll have recently celebrated my 80th. What a glorious birthday present that will be. I can hardly wait.

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I agree — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2006-11-16 22:13
Never mind, Tom ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-16 20:38

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Does anyone consider maybe Bush is conflicted on the war because he partly DOESN'T want to win it?

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-11-16 09:11

Here me out on this- as we all know, he's a religious nutcase, yet at the same time also falls on his knees to post-modernist philosophy( need proof? check out how he's fighting the war, as well as how he initially pushed for the social security plan). Do I believe he wants to protect America? Partly, yes- but remember: when two philosophies, based on Altruism, are mentally conflicting someone, the one common link they have becomes much stronger. His pre-modernist philosophies get in the way when it comes to fighting the war for two reasons:

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My God! — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-16 18:32
No. He is not a religious — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-11-16 18:22
I raised the same issue on my blog, — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-16 09:31

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Science v religion - Dawkins v Haggard

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:23

What happens when an atheist with a rather 'disintegrated' philosophical world view debates a religionist with an integrated but factually incorrect worldview about the foundations of science and the scientific method?

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Robert... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-11-18 18:52
Only... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-18 06:43
Scientists and empiricism... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-18 01:10

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What 'everybody knows' about Tuvalu

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:22
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died... - Leonard Cohen
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That's How It Goes — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2007-10-19 15:48

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Delusions, and the people who have them

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:20

Senior Skeptic Michael Shermer has a look at the many delusions afflicting too many people, "from alien encounters to Virgin Mary sightings on pizza pies, to hidden messages revealed while playing "Stairway to Heaven" backwards - and explains the evolutionary and cognitive basis for these lapses in reason."

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Ok I admit it — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-11-18 00:10

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A new 'Frank Lloyd Wright house' nears completion

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:19

A new Frank Lloyd Wright building has almost been completed -- at least, there is controversy as to what extent it is still a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

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not — by Brant Gaede on Tue, 2008-07-29 22:41
Nihilism! — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2008-07-18 15:27
Right Wright — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2008-07-18 05:49

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More capitalism => More forests.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-11-16 00:18

According to the sternly sanctimonious Stern Report, well over one-third of contributions to CO2 emissions are due to deforestation. And what do you think is the best way to minimise deforestation? To get rich.

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Auckland Wind Orchestra Concert on 18th November

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-11-15 23:11

Apologies for the short notice - but I'll be attending a concert by the Auckland Wind Orchestra this Saturday (18th November), at 8PM at St Michael's Church in Remuera, & was hoping some other SOLOists might be able to make it as well.

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Ralph Peters: Spare the killers & you deprive the populace of their human rights.

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-15 22:42

Ralph Peters in today's 15 November NY Post:

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Watch out for chisel-carrying nose-crackers! — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-16 07:33
Ted — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2006-11-16 02:02
Well, in no way mistake me — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-16 01:29

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Report Blasts "Peak Oil" Theory

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Submitted by JulianP on Wed, 2006-11-15 20:56

From Slashdot:
Report Blasts "Peak Oil" Theory

"Today, the Cambridge Energy Research Associates released a report dismissing the Peak Oil theory, suggesting that world oil production will continue to increase for the next 24 years, and then only level into a plateau. The report, which suggests that world reserves are enough to last 122 years at our current rate of consumption, also blasts Peak Oil theorists for repeatedly making unscientific predictions and then shifting them whenever their predictions fail to materialize."

Update - PC got there first:

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very interesting — by Greg Mullen on Wed, 2006-11-15 21:46

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Game of the Year, Michigan vs. OSU

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-15 20:16

If there is one NCAA college football game that you watch this year, this Saturday at 3:30pm Eastern is the time to do it.

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Incredible drama... — by Pete L on Sat, 2006-11-18 03:45
Legendary Former Coach at Michigan Dead — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-11-17 20:18
Michigan vs UF — by LWHALL on Thu, 2006-11-16 15:13

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Dawkins' US Book Tour

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-11-15 17:20

Perhaps the US is not such a religious country after all?

At the end of Dawkins' God Delusion tour he writes on his website the following:

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Thanks, Luke — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-16 18:38
Dawkins Deserves No Blame for Her Past Divorce — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-11-16 16:05
May the best Gallifreyan... — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-15 22:49

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Lessons in High Culture

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2006-11-15 03:57

Recently, I managed to procure a DVD version of La Boheme, both so that I could enjoy watching the opera and so that my friends could finally see this art that I almost never shut up about.

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Daniel ... edited! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-11-17 06:48
What, Me Worry — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-11-16 16:13
Well, don't worry Giuseppe ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-16 07:59

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Peikoff and Molly Bloom's asshole

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Submitted by seddon on Wed, 2006-11-15 00:48

In a recent skimming of Peikoff’s OPAR I came across the following paragraph. I will quote the whole paragraph.

“So much has been lost so fast. In not time at all, the West moved from “perpetual peace” [surely LP knows that PERPETUAL PEACE is the title of a work by Kant] to perpetual war; from the rapture of Victor Hugo to the tongue in the asshole of Molly Bloom; from progress taken for granted to Auschwitz taken for granted.” (458) [I don’t know anyone who takes Auschwitz for granted.]

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Well, Peikoff might mean two different things. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-15 02:19

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American Atheists Contradicts Claims of Hsiekovians

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Submitted by Orson on Tue, 2006-11-14 07:48

Americans are fond of confusing effects with causes. Such would seem to be the case with the recent contretemps with the Hsiekovians endorsing the moral necessity of unseating Republican rule. The reason? The latter want to impose theocracy. A lively debate on this matter ensued here and elsewhere.

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Chris' Crow — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-11-17 17:30
Hey Fred — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-11-17 16:55
The "Blind Hsiekovians" — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-11-17 14:32

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Blair Joins The Enemy?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-14 02:07

If this story is accurate, this is possibly the most disgusting thing I have read in the last 5 years.

Blair to Bush: Embrace the Enemy

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Good Points, Fred — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-11-15 04:28
Sucking up — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2006-11-15 03:21
Baker — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-14 19:24

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Libertarianz Press Release: Gun Dealer Should be Applauded, Not Charged

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-11-14 01:33


Law and Order

Gun Dealer Should be Applauded, Not Charged

"Auckland Gun Dealer Greg Carvell should be applauded for his actions in defending himself from a machete wielding aggressor in his shop last July," says Peter Linton, Libertarianz Firearms Spokesman. "It's disgusting that the police are charging Carvell with 'possessing a firearm without lawful, proper or sufficient purposes'."

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Linz had a great show on — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-11-21 00:57
Apparently COLFO are waiting — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-11-20 07:33
Thanks - personally I don't — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-11-17 04:34

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Payout for inmates forced off heroin

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Submitted by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-13 18:24

Payout for inmates forced off heroin

By Neil Tweedie
Last Updated: 7:00am GMT 13/11/2006

The Government was accused of "caving in" over drugs yesterday following the disclosure that the Home Office is about to pay out tens of thousands of pounds to prisoners because they were forced to stop taking heroin or other opiates in jail.

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Freedom Is An Addiction — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-13 18:41

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Another Fact-Mangling Essay

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Submitted by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-11-12 02:10

[on the 'Newsflash' thread] Mike Mazza suggested I (and presumably anyone else) should not point out Diana Hsieh's smearing and character assassination of the Speichers since that is only trivial "blog moderation policies". Instead one should have been attacking her on her more substantive philosophically based attacks on TOC, on David Kelley, etc.

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fredunmasked — by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-11-12 22:21
More Phil-iblustering — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-11-12 21:25
> the essay of Diana's that — by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-11-12 17:33

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Draft of: Thrival Principle in brief

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Sat, 2006-11-11 18:06

Thrival Principle in brief

With all the talk of DIM going around I wanted to post my own parallel hypothesis. I do wish to state that I agree with the majority of Dr. Peikoff's DIM theory, however I was disappointed when I discovered that DIM didn't cover every instance that my hypothesis covered, perhaps since I have yet to listen to the great majority of the lectures recently released (I must say that I never thought that I was going to hear them... mighty pricetag and all), but I did hear the short lecture that he gave a while ago on his theory. At the time my theory my trying to describe the way people drove their cars on the highway... anyhoo my theory has progressed and heregoes:

1) Survival to Thrival
2) Human Trait Breakdown
3) Philosophy
4) Thrival Pyramid
5) Culture Change

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Religion In America, Growing or Shrinking?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-11-11 16:26

Though we can and should continue to discuss fundamentals, it's always helpful to have a broad base of facts while you do so. Here are some I found interesting.

According to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARI) conducted in 2001 through CUNY (City University of New York):

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Sorry for the confusion, Jeff — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-11-14 03:21
Explain, please — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-14 01:36
Phil's Vector Sums — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-11-14 01:14

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Statists Disguised as Freedom Fighters

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sat, 2006-11-11 07:28

Does anyone, other than me, ever notice that most people who say they hate all the government intrustion in our lives also have no problem admitting how they believe "socking it to those evil corporations" and "universal health care", and "increasing the minimum wage" are all a good thing?

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In a word: — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-11-14 00:44
Freethinkers — by Luke Setzer on Sat, 2006-11-11 12:32

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Wow- what some Statists will do to get me to leave Jersey/move to Ohio.....

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sat, 2006-11-11 07:19

I was driving to the mall, today, with my friend, and we were discussing the election results. I must say- ever since breaking off loyalty to the GOP, and considering myself an Independent influenced by the principles of Objectivism, I find it much easier to hold my own ground in a discussion- even if my friend attempts a low blow at the GOP..yeah, like I care anymore.

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Kaiju Alert! Kaiju Alert! BANDUWITSUKANSUMA is on the Loose!

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-11 05:07

Our heroes at Science Patrol Tokyo have notified mainland North America to be on the lookout for the raging Banduwitsukansuma monster, which translates roughly in English as "person who writes overly long and informative posts while sometimes using images pirated from other pirates to illustrate his points." The Banduwitsukansuma, pictured above, not only has a habit of conducting discussions on aesthetics, it also tends to complain vigorously when it is accused of "not only illegal but also immoral" on its own personal threads.

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My Apologies — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-11 20:57
Deletion — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-11-11 15:24
Eh Hem, the Banduwitsukansuma is me, not Jen. — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-11 07:11

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The sick gloating after the US election!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-11-10 11:32

This article makes some good points. I too can not stomach all the gloating by the British and European media at the Republicans and Rumsfields fall at the moment. I actually believe, it is not even just the gloating at Republicans or Rumsfield, but a tangible joy at the prospect of anything going badly for Bush. Blahhh!!!

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My Life of Crime — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-14 17:32
Agreed. — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-11-14 16:59
I detested Giuliani as a bully as mayor — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-14 10:02

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ARI's Beenfeldt—The Anti-Life Movement

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-11-10 01:21

The Anti-Life Movement
By Christian Beenfeldt

South Dakota voters have rejected the state’s proposed abortion law--a law that would have outlawed abortion in virtually every case. The law’s supporters claim that its rejection is a blow to “the sanctity of human life.” But is it?

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Contracts to Full-Term — by Stephen Boydstun on Tue, 2006-11-21 15:18
Stephen — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-11-20 23:27
Viability and Liberty — by Stephen Boydstun on Sun, 2006-11-19 15:09

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Urgent Help Needed!!

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-11-09 17:37

Hi Gang.

I'm finalizing an essay on food and sensuality for an upcoming book, and urgently need some assistance with a Rand reference. I'm looking for it myself right now, but as Atlas is a looooooong book, if anyone here can help me speed up the process I'd really appreciate it. (I need it today.) Smiling

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Mantra — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-11-14 05:07
A tag line for you, Jenn, . . . — by User hidden on Sun, 2006-11-12 17:19
The photos on your website — by User hidden on Sun, 2006-11-12 17:17

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