Helen's Headgear

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-02-13 01:04

Get a look at this! My Prime Minister (I admit it), Helen Clark, is seen here wearing what http://www.investigatemagazine.com/ calls a Hijab- a Muslim head scaff. It's on their website and on the cover of the published magazine out fresh today.

Recent Comments:
Helen is what? — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-02-19 07:16
Helen the Hypocrite — by Jameson on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:53
No scowls here! — by Melissa Lepley on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:44

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ARI—Chavez's Disastrous Nationalisation Plan

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2007-02-12 22:45

The Ayn Rand Institute

Chavez's Disastrous Nationalization Plan
February 12, 2007
Irvine, CA

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has recently announced plans to nationalize utilities and telecommunications companies.

Recent Comments:
"Fatherland, socialism or — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-02-13 22:26
Kevin has also missed the — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2007-02-13 18:47
Another of Kevin's Favorite Countries — by Fred Weiss on Tue, 2007-02-13 17:22

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Elan Journo—Washington's Make-Believe Policy on Iran

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2007-02-12 22:34

Washington's Make-Believe Policy on Iran

By Elan Journo

The Bush administration claims to have a way to deter the militant theocracy of Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons--and thwart its ambition to bring "death to America." Washington's plan aims to pressure Teheran, financially and psychologically. The idea is to cut off Iran's nuclear program from banks and businesses in other nations, and to undermine the confidence of Iranian officials. The right amount of pressure, we are told, can induce Teheran to give up its nuclear program.

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101 Places in New Zealand You Must Visit Before You Die

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 10:01

The AA have released the results of their '101 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand' survey, all of which are listed below and raved about on their website; and like DPF, I've emboldened my own conquests -- which just to clarify means visiting Mt Cook, not climbing it.

Recent Comments:
Hanmer Springs at Number 8, — by 0 on Fri, 2008-05-23 08:35
More... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-02-12 23:33

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Vienna's Ringstrasse

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 09:25

Some two-hundred years after the Ottomans abandoned their unsuccessful Siege of Vienna (and incidentally leaving behind a sackful of coffee, which started the west's fortunate love affair with caffeine) Western Europe's eastern outpost against the Moslem hordes tore down its protecting wall, and developed an integrating 'ring road' called the Ringstraße. This was not intended to be a 'working' thoroughfare, it was intended primarily for show -- and what a show.

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Perigo launches voluntary euthanasia book

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-02-12 08:32

As I was playing losing tennis yesterday out at Patumahoe, libertarian Lindsay Perigo was in Grey Lynn launching what is hoped to be a winning campaign by Dr Philip Nitschke to help people who through age or illness are no longer able to live without pain, and who are unable even to help themselves to end their own lives with dignity.

Recent Comments:
Humanity is Not The Way of Muslims — by Sandi on Sat, 2007-03-03 20:59
Brilliant Speeches!!! — by Marcus on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:00
I also went along to the — by Sandi on Tue, 2007-02-13 05:10

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New Wafa Sultan Appearance

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Mon, 2007-02-12 04:26

This is a brilliant recent broadcast video of Wafa Sultan discussing Islam as a religion of hostages. She talks about the Danish cartoons being a "crack in the wall" of the prison of Muslim life:


Recent Comments:
Well, ultimately I agree — by 0 on Tue, 2007-02-13 11:44
Wafa Sultan, is a hero. But, — by Wayne Simmons on Tue, 2007-02-13 06:06
Thanks Jeremy — by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2007-02-12 04:47

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E-Stonia, The Baltic Tiger

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2007-02-11 00:14

New Europe's Boomtown
By John Tierney
The New York Times

Tallinn, Estonia

Philippe Benoit du Rey is not one of those gloomy Frenchmen who frets about the threat to Gallic civilization from McDonald’s and Microsoft. He thinks international competition is good for his countrymen. He’s confident France will flourish in a global economy — eventually.

Recent Comments:
Estonia — by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2007-05-09 07:24
My inaugural hyperlink... — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-02-21 06:13
Cato Institute Honours Laar — by Jameson on Mon, 2007-02-19 01:23

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The story of one control after another

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2007-02-10 23:07
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

They say one bad apple spoils the barrel; one rotten apple will quickly affect a whole bunch. The same is true of government controls. One control is introduced to 'correct' something that's making some legislator unhappy, following which economic imbalances occur; new controls are pretty quickly called for to try to correct them, following which more are introduced to correct the dislocations that occurred from those controls, and so on. Control follows control, as dislocation follows imbalance.

The history of government controls is like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes in reverse:

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The Environmentalist Noose Is Tightening

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sat, 2007-02-10 09:03

Forty-Five nations joined France in calling for a new environmental body to slow global warming and protect the planet, a body that potentially could have policing powers to punish violators.—AP, Feb. 5, 2007

Recent Comments:
KASS, George! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-02-15 05:44
Brilliant! — by Jameson on Thu, 2007-02-15 04:36
What Marcus said. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2007-02-10 23:08

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Pyrophobia and the Puritan Premise

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Submitted by David Heleniak on Sat, 2007-02-10 03:04

The Secular Web just posted an article by me:


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Lonely voices that GET Rand's point: the moocher versus the producer's ethics and world politics!

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Submitted by Orson on Fri, 2007-02-09 07:27

It's rare to find a voice or authority that gets Any Rand's point, and applies it to today's world. For example, the ethics and politics of the moocher versus the producers - the self-sacraficial Leftist versus the egoistic capitalist. As I've written before, one who does is a Univeristy of Michigan psychiatrist Pat Santy – blogging under the clever title ”DrSanity” – who admires both Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand.

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Go Blue! — by wngreen on Fri, 2007-02-09 19:04

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PARC on Amazon

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Submitted by Casey on Fri, 2007-02-09 06:45

You know what would be great? I have done everything I can to support James Valliant's landmark book, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, while he was researching and writing and defending the book during the post-publication fracas. Now, some very sleazy and sickeningly sychophantic and dishonest defenses of the Brandens' smears of Ayn Rand are surfacing in the readers' reviews of Amazon.com.

Recent Comments:
Feel Free to Join In Anytime, Phil — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-15 17:14
I agree — by Casey on Thu, 2007-02-15 00:55
Landon doesn't post very — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2007-02-14 22:58

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Global Warming: "It doesn't commit governments to any course of action."

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2007-02-08 17:18

The current issue of the journal "Nature" has a feature on the 2007 IPCC report on climate change. Although the upper limit prediction of ocean rising by 2100 has been reduced by 25% (the media omit this part), the media in the UK have jumped up and down about this report, claiming that the science is now so accurate that man-made global warming is no longer debatable!

Recent Comments:
What we don't know about climate change. — by Marcus on Mon, 2007-02-12 11:24
Marcus you are exactly right, — by wngreen on Fri, 2007-02-09 19:02
William are you referring.. — by Marcus on Fri, 2007-02-09 12:20

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Free Speech's Fits and Starts

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-02-08 00:47

[Reprised for obvious reasons—Linz]

"Freedom is the fundamental requirement of man's mind. ... A gun is not an argument."—Ayn Rand

Walking home from the gym the day of the first anniversary of the beginning of the liberation of Iraq, I encountered several hundred smelly Saddamites marching towards Parliament to demand the reinstatement of their toppled idol (I exaggerate the letter, but not the spirit of their protest).

Recent Comments:
Good closing their, Wilson — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-02-13 06:36
Ruth?? — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2007-02-12 13:12
WSS — by wngreen on Sun, 2007-02-11 22:42

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Craven Cowardice on Campus

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2007-02-08 00:20

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

UCLA Penalizes Student Group's Exercise of Free Speech
February 6, 2007

Irvine, CA--UCLA has cravenly scuttled a student-sponsored forum on U.S. immigration policy--and revealed the administration's contempt for freedom of speech. The administration not only refuses to protect free speech, but also penalizes those who wish to exercise it on campus.

Recent Comments:
Fair Point — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2007-02-08 02:25
Well, to be fair . . . — by User hidden on Thu, 2007-02-08 02:16
Whats interesting here... — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2007-02-08 00:54

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Malthus meets the Greens, and we're all going to die!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-02-07 21:16

NZ Greens' co-leader Russel Norman (left) has been reading Thomas Malthus (right), and he's feeling really scared. Who exactly is Thomas Mathus, I hear you ask, and why should you care? Let me tell you.

Recent Comments:
Good post, Peter... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2007-02-07 21:54

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"Group" for Objectivists on youtube.com

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Submitted by mckeever on Wed, 2007-02-07 04:53

For those interested in youtube.com: I've started a youtube "Group", the URL to which is http://youtube.com/group/objectivists

Youtube.com is a video sharing website.  A group is simply a collection of videos that fall into a category.  Right now, the objectivists group includes the full 1/2 hour interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace (1959) and one of Rand's appearances (in full) on Donohue.  My understanding - however flawed - is that if you click on the Subscription button for the group, you will be notified when new video content is added.

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I might yet see the end of AS

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Submitted by VSD on Tue, 2007-02-06 10:44

Atlas Shrugged is well on it's way to the final stages!

when my brother forwarded me this tasty little news-morsel from our old home Romania I laughed out loud with pleasure Smiling

seems the parasites are well on the way to legalize exploitation openly on an international scale from which it is only a short step to the 'Moratorium on Brains' and then:

Recent Comments:
free at last — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-02-26 09:10
Arguing for Fun — by VSD on Sat, 2007-02-24 12:47
Vera, you are set in your — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2007-02-24 07:18

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More-icone on YouTube

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2007-02-05 17:07

In continuation of the discussion on a blog that should be in the Music forum, I was doing some YouTube'ing lately, searching in vain for video clips featuring my current favorite piece of music (Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2, movement 2), and then decided to see what new Morricone was on there. I've summed up my findings in the Morricone section of the music-favorites page on my website.

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UK Libertarian Alliance Denounces Brainwashing

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2007-02-05 02:06


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today denounces the new policy of the British Government to indoctrinate all schoolchildren with the lies of the global warming lobby.

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All English schools to screen Al Gore film — by Sandi on Mon, 2007-02-05 22:16

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A supply teacher has been sacked from a secondary school following complaints from Muslim pupils.

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2007-02-03 22:32

“A British teacher has been sacked from a secondary school following complaints from Muslim pupils.

Andrew McLuskey was sacked from Bayliss Court Secondary School in Slough after a Religious Education lesson discussing the pros and cons of religion.

Recent Comments:
"Pape argues that the news — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2007-05-25 10:34
Singing, "M.I.C… K.E.Y… T.E.R.R.O.R.I.S.T." — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-05-22 02:24
I agree with Bill — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2007-05-21 16:58

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The Freedom Party

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2007-02-02 22:32

I just decided to start a new forum, which is in part inspired by the recent debate that took place on this site about voting and political parties. I don't think anything of merit has come out of that debate, and I am not interested in taking part in any extended version of it. I definitely don't want that to occur here on this particular forum.

Recent Comments:
"I am not interested in — by 0 on Thu, 2009-05-14 04:17
a thought — by reason_is_the_season on Thu, 2009-05-14 03:55
Isn't — by Elijah Lineberry on Sat, 2007-09-15 22:52

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Atlas Month—Happy Birthday, Atlas!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 22:04

Happy Birthday, Atlas!

Recent Comments:
"going backwards" — by gregster on Sun, 2007-10-07 20:28
One person at a time — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2007-10-04 11:53
I'm going to be at the — by Bosch Fawstin on Tue, 2007-10-02 01:33

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Happy Birthday Ayn Rand!

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Fri, 2007-02-02 21:40


February 2, 2007 -- Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905; in 2007 we celebrate her great achievements and the legacy that she left us all!

Rand has had a significant influence on today's world:

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Formal logic of Groundhog Day

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2007-02-02 14:34

Aside from being Ayn Rand’s birthday, Feb. 2 is also known as Groundhog’s Day. In the spirit of fun and frivolity, a logic exercise:

S = Groundhog sees shadow
W = There are six more weeks of winter

Recent Comments:
Damn! — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-02-02 15:27

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Linz to Launch Peaceful Pill Handbook

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 02:07

Dr. Philip Nitschke, advocate of the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia, known to his admirers (not) as "Dr. Death," will be in New Zealand shortly to promote his Peaceful Pill Handbook and conduct two workshops. I'll be officially launching the book in Auckland on Sunday February 11. Details attached.

Recent Comments:
Does a — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-02-13 06:39
Spontaneous combustion - — by Aaron on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:31
Fireworks! — by Marcus on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:22

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Finally, Elegant – and Accurate

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-01 21:07

Allan Gotthelf and Greg Salmieri have authored an elegant summary of Rand's life and work. It can be found at the website of the Ayn Rand Society. Just scroll down to the "Overview."

Recent Comments:
James, that's actually Greg — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2007-02-02 01:05
Summary — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-02-01 22:01

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Start spreading the news ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-01-31 19:58

... I'm leaving, errr, on the 2nd of March. Not quite as catchy as the original, but the sentiment is the same. On that day I'll be leaving Auckland for Melbourne, and once there partnering with a good friend of mine to set up an ISV. We will be offering consulting services while we make the transition to product-based revenue (a time-honored tradition employed by many ISVs).

Recent Comments:
Provincial Auckland - hehe, — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2007-02-13 08:58
All the best Duncan — by Olivia on Mon, 2007-02-12 07:26
Shucks — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-02-12 06:38

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As Hillary Might Say, “Let’s Start the Conversation…”

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-01-31 08:20

For me, and for most of my friends, “supporting” the ideas of either major political party in America is impossible. Both offer some form of deadly poison or another from which we are forced to choose.

Recent Comments:
The shot that won't ring around the world! — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-03-21 04:57
More Decency — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-03-21 03:58
Rudy vs Hillary looking likely — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-03-20 23:49

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