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):

Recent Comments:
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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Two Ice Ages, With Up to 16 Times the Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-11-09 14:19

In the last 500 million years, there have been two ice ages at the same time that vastly higher carbon dioxide levels prevailed in the earth's atomosphere—up to 16 times the present level.

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"Confusing, perhaps, but — by Orson on Tue, 2006-11-14 09:05
WMD — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-13 17:56
They probably lie because.... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-13 17:12

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Freedom of Choice in New York City: Diet, No; Gender, Yes

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-11-09 14:13

From The New York Times of October 31, 2006:

Dozens of people appeared before the city’s Board of Health yesterday, offering a largely favorable response to proposed restaurant regulations that would ban all but a minute amount of artificial trans fats in food preparation, and require some restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus and menu boards.

The board has said it planned to vote on both proposals, which are supported by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in December. The hearing yesterday was part of a process of public comment that also includes written responses.

The New York City proposals, which have drawn attention across the country, would establish some of the most rigorous limits on trans fats in restaurants and set requirements for menu labeling more rigid than in any other American city.

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A non-Objectivist Friend of Mine — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-11-12 23:43
I Agree with Sandi and George — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-11-12 13:31
Back to the real issue here — by Sandi on Sun, 2006-11-12 04:21

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I'd like everyone's thoughts on a classic myth about Marriage..and it ain't about Gays either...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-11-09 09:32

I was talking with a co-worker about this & that, and he told me he'd let me in on a great piece of advice for the perfect union between a man and a woman- "the woman is always right", he said "you accept this, and your marriage will be fine". I have some problems with this mentality- but I'd like to hear everyone else's thoughts on this.

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Sounds familiar... — by Summer Serravillo on Thu, 2006-11-09 15:31
As a past guilty party . . . — by User hidden on Thu, 2006-11-09 15:08
Rubbish... — by Summer Serravillo on Thu, 2006-11-09 14:10

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Post-Election thoughts...and interesting perspective, when I got to work

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-11-09 09:26

I woke up this morning( November 8th), and turned on Fox News to hear what Dubya had to say about the Congress "regime change". My dear lord...that was probably the saddest excuse for a speech I've heard since John Kerry accepted his nomination at the DNC in '04.

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NEWSFLASH--Diana Bans Her Most Articulate Opponent

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Submitted by PhilipC on Thu, 2006-11-09 06:07

--Fallout from the Great Election Debate--

."..Certain Objectivists have openly accused Dr. Peikoff of serious moral wrongs...I've also been attacked with increasing ferocity... that's why I've asked Betsy Speicher not to post in these NoodleFood comments any longer. It's her Forum and her husband that has led the charge against Dr. Peikoff and against me." [Diana -- NoodleFood, Recent Comments, Monday, November 6, 2006 at 21:23:07 mst]

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The Latin is perfect. — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-11-19 05:44
De Gustibus — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-11-19 04:58
Sometimes, a Disagreement is Just a Disagreement — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-11-19 02:34

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Islamist In Congress?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-09 05:32

From the 'thin edge of the wedge' column:

The newly elected Democratic Congressman in Minnesota may bear closer scrutiny.

"The first Muslim elected to the United States Congress is a Democrat from Minneapolis with ties to an Islamic group that supports terrorism and a radical cult whose leader says God will destroy the entire white race and establish a paradise nation ruled by blacks.

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Ellison — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-16 03:30
Ick! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-16 03:02
Regarding Keith Ellison — by Daniel Walden on Thu, 2006-11-16 02:12

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American Youth

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-09 03:14

At the risk of sounding collectivist (which is entirely opposite to my nature from the age of 2 or earlier), I have some brief observations about American youth.

[I note up front that I have no studies to quote. The following are just impressions, based on personal experience.]

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Internet — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-09 04:09
The Internet — by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-11-09 04:04

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The Great Election Debate—Epilogue

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-09 03:01

Islamo-Fascists, eco-fascists, statists of every hue, pomo-nihilists and Hsiekovians are cheering the Democrats' victory in yesterday's mid-term elections. The Dems are promising to push for "changing course" (i.e. capitulating) in the war against Islamo-Fascism and are in a position to engage in such favourite pastimes as raising taxes domestically. I trust the odd people out in the above list, the Hsiekovians, are satisfied.

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Ted — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2006-11-23 00:54
Don't Blame et Alia... — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-21 04:44
Get Your Rosary Ready — by Bill Tingley on Tue, 2006-11-21 03:14

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Hudgins on Election

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2006-11-09 02:13

Report from the Front: Republican Election Fiasco

by Edward Hudgins

(In my article on "The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party" in the Fall, 2006 issue of The New Individualist I analyzed the likely results of a GOP turning more and more to big government, interventionist policies. In that issue TNI editor Robert Bidinotto's piece on "Back to the Future?" looked at the philosophical degeneration of the Republican Party. The results of the party's direction were seen at the polls in the 2006 elections.)

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I wouldn't know, Kenny — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-11-09 21:00
I cannot agrree Chris — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-11-09 15:47
zzzz — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-11-09 05:19

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Wonderjock? What a crock.

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-09 00:06

You'd really have to wonder at the psychological shortcomings of any man who would buy a pair of these:


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The wonderbra (TM) actually exisits — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-13 18:02
We're Bigger than Aussies (where it matters) — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-11-13 09:25
That's very true, Kenny. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-10 23:44

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ARI's Epstein—What We Owe Our Soldiers

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-11-08 20:01

The Ayn Rand Institute

What We Owe Our Soldiers
By Alex Epstein

Every Veterans Day we pay tribute to our fellow Americans who have served in the military. With speeches and ceremonies, we recognize their courage and valor. But justice demands that we also recognize that we should have far more living veterans than we do. All too many of our soldiers have died unnecessarily--because they were sent to fight for a purpose other than America's freedom.

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"Mark" and "the Tar Baby" — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-11-11 05:20
"Mark," — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-11-11 05:07
Shame on Shamir — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-11-11 04:55

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On Arsonists and Firefighters

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Submitted by TRowland on Wed, 2006-11-08 17:40

Jeff quotes Thomas Sowell's tag line "better a third-rate firefighter than a first-rate arsonist."

I suppose I'm to take the referent in the little tag line from Sowell's article to be, in the first instance Bush and, in the second, who? Surely not the Democrats, who haven't managed, for all their trying, to destroy America's Sense of Life (forget that the same sense of life elected a third-rate firefighter) or the terrorists, who, according to almost everyone, we could wipe out in very short order if we were fighting a real war.

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Take off, light up on smokers' airline!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-11-08 12:38

Very interesting article from Yahoo about the courageous German businessman starting up an all-smoking airline, Alexander Schoppmann.

Take off, light up on smokers' airline!!!

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Maybe it'll work in Europe.... — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-11-08 23:35

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Kudos to all here who voted yesterday

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-11-08 11:59

Whoever won wouldn't have done so without your vote, so thanks for making a difference.

("I chose the Republicans and got the Democrats. In philosophical terminology, this is called having a choice.")

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C'mon, Chris ... — by Robert Nasir on Thu, 2006-11-09 22:34
In Spanish — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-09 07:20

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