Will you be attending SOLO Conference 5 during Feb 8-12, 2007 in San Diego?

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Submitted by administrator on Sun, 2006-11-05 00:33
15% (8 votes)
54% (29 votes)
Firm Maybe
31% (17 votes)
Total votes: 54
Recent Comments:
Kelly, you could kick things off... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-11-19 04:50
my poetry — by User hidden on Wed, 2006-11-08 05:43
Kelly — by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-11-07 12:45

Assessing the DIM(?) thesis for the present political scene

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-11-04 19:52

First off, I have to acknowledge that I have not heard Peikoff's course, but being familiar with his other courses and knowing how valuable they are, I plan to listen to it hopefully soon. I am going only on a rough-outline level of understanding as provided by other posters here, and I can only say that I find the idea discussed intriguing.

Recent Comments:
Guys — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-11-04 22:37
dim is good — by Mike_M on Sat, 2006-11-04 20:07

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Didn't think it was possible...but I actually had a civil mini-debate with a Liberal Democrat!

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sat, 2006-11-04 07:53

Yes, that's right folks- I actually had a CIVIL mini political debate with a Liberal Democrat! Didn't think it was possible- on his end OR mine.

Now, the cool thing about civil debates- sometimes, you can actually walk away learning something from whom you're debating.

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Submitted by Aaron Williams on Sat, 2006-11-04 03:03

It's funny - if you ignore the fact that it's not funny at all - how Lindsay bangs on about decency all the time when he's astonishingly indecent himself,

Recent Comments:
Ted, my love, "The only — by Aaron Williams on Fri, 2006-11-17 18:26
The only thing your personal — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-15 19:22
Laure, I know it's a sin to — by Aaron Williams on Wed, 2006-11-15 13:35

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Brook: Sacrifice in Sadr

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-11-04 01:24

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Sacrificing our Soldiers in Sadr City
November 2, 2006

Irvine, CA--In response to the kidnapping of an American soldier in Iraq, U.S. forces imposed a blockade around Sadr City. Five days later, with the solider still missing, the United States ended the blockade at the behest of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Recent Comments:
The US Army — by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-04 21:10

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A Fountainhead of Wine.

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:24

This has got to be too good to be true. Cabernet Sauvingnon inspired by the Fountainhead. Check it out at www.fountainheadcellars.com. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm saving up and ordering a bottle. If you've tried it already, let me know how it tastes. What follows below is from the website describing the composition of the wine.

Recent Comments:
Copyright vs. Trademark — by Prima Donna on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:48
Actually, — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:08
"Why would the estate need to sign off on it?" — by Robert Nasir on Fri, 2006-11-03 17:24

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DIM Thread

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Submitted by Mike_M on Fri, 2006-11-03 07:39

I figure I'll start a thread for discussion specifically on the DIM course, since a bunch of us are listening to it for the first time as we speak.

One of the things I've been doing before listening to each lecture is writing down how I think the categories for a subject will pan out.

Recent Comments:
Islam, D2 or M2? — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-11-20 16:12
I won't say I'm done yet... — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-11-17 00:56
More Recommendations — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-11-13 18:46

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When Curves Were Fashionable

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Fri, 2006-11-03 06:48

Ross, this site has your name all over it.

Enjoy. Smiling

- Jennifer

Recent Comments:
<3 — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:25
Curves are always — by Marnee on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:06
Speaking of great curves... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-03 11:02

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photo test

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-11-03 06:05


Recent Comments:
Landon... — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-11-05 00:01
Jennifer, our tastes diverge again! — by User hidden on Sat, 2006-11-04 14:51
John... — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-11-04 08:09

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Selling disaster: The four horsemen of the modern apocalypse

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-11-03 01:37

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed - and hence clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -H.L. Mencken

There's money and power and headlines aplenty in scaremongering (and much less and many fewer in good news), but how often is the scaremongering accurate? And does it matter? Disaster sells.

Recent Comments:
Time to stock up on canned tuna, 'cuz... — by Summer Serravillo on Fri, 2006-11-03 11:45
Hard work ahead — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:24
Excellent post Peter. Thank — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-03 07:46

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Britain’s Stern Review on Global Warming: It Could Be Environmentalism’s Swan Song

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-11-02 17:00

To the accompaniment of much fanfare and hoopla, the British government has released Sir Nicholas Stern’s Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, a report that it commissioned but that it labels “independent.”

Recent Comments:
spooky — by Greg Mullen on Thu, 2006-11-16 23:21
Great post George. Not to — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:20
Very Timely, George! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-02 23:31

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Peikoff on Plato

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Submitted by seddon on Thu, 2006-11-02 16:04

At the end of OPAR, Peikoff appends an Epilogue entitled “THE DUEL BETWEEN PLATO AND ARISTOTLE.” If one expects an argument to prove such a duel, one would be mistaken. There is no argument to be found there. Yet before one faults Peikoff for what seems to be quite an oversight, one should re-read the opening paragraph of the Epilogue.

Recent Comments:
T. R. — by seddon on Wed, 2006-11-08 20:49
I will gladly stay off your blog — by TRowland on Wed, 2006-11-08 19:04
T. R. — by seddon on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:32

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Video: Rare Ayn Rand

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-11-02 04:59


Ayn Rand is well-known as a novelist and intellectual and philosopher. But like so many in Hollywood, she really wanted to be a screenwriter. Vicki Curry talks with Michael Berliner, former director of the Ayn Rand Institute, about Rand's years as an extra and screenwriter. He also shares rare film and photographs of Rand. (TRT: 7:52)

Recent Comments:
Gotta admit... — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-11-10 21:42
A great find — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-11-10 21:02
Oh, the big brain *is* sexy. — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 10:15

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Ms. Garrison converts to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-02 04:39

It's now official, former theist, child-molester, slave-master, second grade teacher and testicle owner, Ms. Garrison has converted to the worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and/or atheism, in order to get laid. For his religious faith, Stan is seated in the corner with a dunce cap reading "I have faith." Meanwhile, Eric Cartman is transported 500 years into the future, where he finds that all religious belief has been eradicated by the Unified Atheist League. Unfortunately for Cartman, there is a war in progress in the future, between these forces of reason and...the hated United Atheist Alliance...

Recent Comments:
Mark — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2007-01-23 19:08
Question about Bernstein quote — by Mark on Fri, 2007-01-12 07:43
Question about Bernstein quote — by Mark on Mon, 2006-12-18 00:41

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Rand sighting: "The Endless Enigma"

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-11-02 00:33

Ayn Rand is mentioned several times in a recently published book THE ENDLESS ENIGMA: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake & Palmer by Edward Macan.

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ARI's Elan Journo—Washington's Failed War in Afghanistan

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-11-01 23:41

The Ayn Rand Institute

Washington's Failed War in Afghanistan

By Elan Journo

America's campaign in Afghanistan was once widely hailed as a success in the "war on terror."

Recent Comments:
"...instead of focusing — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 03:16

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Incredible Firefox Add-On

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2006-11-01 21:35

I've found a really amazing add-on for Firefox...it's called Dai.sy and what it basically amounts to is a chat program for everyone who's currently visiting a specific site. It's live feed, and runs a lot more smoothly than our own rather clunky chatbox. I'd advise all the Firefox users (and you should ALL be Firefox users) to give it a look; maybe we can make the site's Dai.sy chatroom a permanent part of the SOLO experience.

Recent Comments:
Daniel, if you're around — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 21:48
I'll check it out. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-01 23:53

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Peikoff's Rude Comments

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-11-01 21:28

"In my judgment, anyone who votes Republican or abstains from voting in this election has no understanding of the practical role of philosophy in man's actual life--which means that he does not understand the philosophy of Objectivism, except perhaps as a rationalistic system detached from the world."

Recent Comments:
Marnee... — by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2006-11-04 06:12
"How much can you conclude — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-11-04 00:40
Double post... — by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2006-11-03 22:55

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Monthly Update

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-11-01 17:41

I’m pleased to announce that SOLO now has an Amazon Associates account. As an initial step, Ross has placed a “Featured Book” on the right sidebar. It clicks thru to Amazon and is tracked to SOLO. Shortly, we’ll have an actual SOLO Store up and running. Once the webmasters complete their “magic,” you’ll be able to buy all your Objectivist-related books, CD’s, and DVD’s via the store – expanding your personal collections and contributing to SOLO’s development at the same time.

Recent Comments:
And you like Count Ducula! — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-11-10 06:21
Not convinced... — by Robert on Fri, 2006-11-10 06:00
Of course not! — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-11-10 04:42

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Firefox 2 & spell-check

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-01 05:00

Firefox 2 has just been released.

Best enhancement is the new spell-check feature. Whenever you add text to an input area such as a SOLO comment box, Firefox will check spelling as you type, underlining any suspicious words. You can right-click on a suspect to get some alternatives or to add it to your local dictionary.

Recent Comments:
Good points, Jeff. — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 22:59
Memory consumption — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-02 22:45
There are extensions that — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 21:42

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What is Love?

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Submitted by matus1976 on Wed, 2006-11-01 04:34

Love, and emotion for that matter (in a healthy brain) is our response to our highest values. Love is the emotional price you pay for *valuing* something and seeing it expressed in another human being.

Recent Comments:
Some Assembly Required — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-21 02:19
Assumptions — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-11-20 23:11
A couple of questions… — by TimV on Mon, 2006-11-20 21:01

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What makes music worthy of being "great"?

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Tue, 2006-10-31 12:49

I want some input from my fellow music-loving SOLOists on this. I think that ultimately, the measure of the greatness of music is in what it pulls out of people.

Recent Comments:
Danny Boy ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-02 00:34
Sadly, no. — by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2006-11-01 13:14
You know, Daniel ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-11-01 05:45

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Iran's Supreme Leader : "Intentional" Masturbation is Forbidden during Ramadan

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-10-31 08:32

This one is great. I caught word of this over on Oliving just now and had to look for myself. It is just too great not to share. This is the Supreme Leader (the ruler of Iran) Ayatollah Ali Khameini who is here dispensing his amazing wisdom and scholarship to his subjects.

Recent Comments:
Ross — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-11-03 01:40
Only if... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-01 05:37
Groan at Boy Spice — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-11-01 04:58

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The Sin against Objectivism

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-10-31 02:52

"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." Matthew 12:30-31

Recent Comments:
As I work for one of the largest — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-11-10 23:22
Ted ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-11-10 23:19
On Gays & 9/11 — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-11-10 23:08

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Brook Alert!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2006-10-30 22:44

The Ayn Rand Institute

Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, is scheduled to appear on CNBC's program "On the Money" today, Oct. 30, between 4:30 and 5:00 pm Pacific time, to discuss a proposal to ban trans fats from New York restaurants. 

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Seddon on Ridpath on Nietzsche

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Submitted by TRowland on Mon, 2006-10-30 19:31

I was about one third of the way through the first draft of a longish article with the same title. It began:

In the thread that accompanies the Blog Entry by Fred Seddon concerning Nietzsche and the Nazis, we have the distinct good fortune to have his complete essay dealing with John Ridpath’s two-part article, “Nietzsche and Individualism” which appeared in The Objectivist Forum.

Recent Comments:
Material Fluency — by F L Light on Wed, 2006-11-01 02:16

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Strangers On My Flight (Very un-PC)

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Submitted by Kenny on Mon, 2006-10-30 16:51

A friend has just emailed me this link. It is "Frank Sinatra's" hilarious (IMO) new version of "Strangers In the Night", with words that reflect 9/11.

Recent Comments:
Keyed up? — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-31 03:00
Ooooo, Ross-diddums ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-10-31 01:26
I just *knew* Lindsay — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-31 00:46

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£20 reward for the father of free trade.

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-30 08:12

Father of Free Trade.

"Today Adam Smith will have his reputation fixed as the father of modern economics as he becomes the latest historical figure to appear on the £20 note."

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Which way will you be voting in the November elections?

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Submitted by administrator on Mon, 2006-10-30 01:56
12% (6 votes)
22% (11 votes)
16% (8 votes)
On merit
24% (12 votes)
Whatever will cause gridlock
12% (6 votes)
14% (7 votes)
Total votes: 50
Recent Comments:
Actually Mick, the press was — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-15 19:42
Mr. Green — by Mick on Wed, 2006-11-15 07:47
Crazed fan of Ed Cline — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-11-01 17:57

Why I'm Voting for the Democrats

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Sun, 2006-10-29 15:40

Dr. Leonard Peikoff recently posted the following Q&A on the upcoming election on his web site.

Recent Comments:
Just Wow — by Grant Jones on Sun, 2016-06-26 09:10
Case Study of Obleftivist — by Doug Bandler The Second on Sun, 2016-06-26 02:03
Bull's-eye — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2016-06-25 17:35

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