Pukekohe on the 30th

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-09-30 23:16

Well, that was an absolute blast! On the 30th, I took my wife's NSR150RR (having sold my GSXR600 after losing half the points on my license in one hit) to Pukekohe for a track day. It was incredible fun - Pukekohe is a very fast track so the larger bikes tended to come past me like I was standing still, but I made up some time under brakes & through the tighter corners.

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Removing music from your mind

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Submitted by F L Light on Sat, 2006-09-30 16:50

As there have been a number of blogs and forum-topics lately on the merit of various styles of music and musicians, from Mozart to Moffo, I offer in refutation of musical worth these couplets, which are excerpted from a long manuscript on futile music. A defense of poetry is necessarily an offense to musicians and those infatuated by their noise.

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My turn to brag!

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Submitted by Martin on Sat, 2006-09-30 15:18

I feel a need to brag about my improving physical fitness! Today's workout of the day on Crossfit was 10 sets of 2 squats. The last time I did squats it was 10 sets of 1, and I ended with a personal record of 255 lb.

Recent Comments:
Additional braggartry — by Martin on Mon, 2006-10-02 11:51
Linz, — by Martin on Mon, 2006-10-02 11:46
Of comely calves & Linz the Lech (?) — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-01 22:59

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Competition? Only if you insist...

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-30 09:20

Recently, NZ's largest company, Telecom, released a press statement proclaiming that it welcomed competition from a new entrant in the domestic telephone market.

But, that's not quite truthful, is it?

Recent Comments:
Craig copiously, commendably & conspicuously concurs... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-01 02:37
Ross routs regulation rooters — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-30 20:24

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Life Imitates Art? Craigslist Ad

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-09-30 05:06

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Recent Comments:
He forgot something. — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-09-30 05:33

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Founder's College - A Good Preliminary Plan

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Submitted by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-30 01:30

The academic plan for Gary Hull's new Founder's College was just posted. The curriculum and course descriptions look very promising for a number of reasons. This is just an abstract on a piece of paper, so far, and the rubber will meet the road when the actual courses, faculty, textbooks, lesson plans, teaching methods and approaches come into existence.

Recent Comments:
More on math — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-10-07 19:25
Phil - glad to be corrected — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-10-07 06:15
Slight correction to my last — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-10-07 05:56

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The Great Symphonies -- Jean Sibelius

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-09-30 00:31

I have a few moments, and I would like to complete my survey of what I believe to be “the great symphonies” here on SOLO. In my survey of the Bruckner symphonies I promised that Mahler would be next. Well I recently purchased a couple of Mahler CDs and I am still contemplating whether one of those ought to be included in my list.

In any case, instead of Mahler I will move on to one of Mahler's great contemporaries, the Finnish master Jean Sibelius.

Recent Comments:
Ha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-12-17 23:57
Heard Sibelius 5 again today on the radio — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-12-17 23:44
Then again... — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-12-17 17:23

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Hasty Judgment

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-29 21:46

One of the most widespread mistakes among Objectivists is the same as one frequently made by most people:

Recent Comments:
Phil — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-10-03 14:58
Jim,Post for me the exact — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-10-03 02:30
Phil — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-02 18:47

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Question for The Objective Standard and others

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-09-29 18:57

I sent this letter to the editor of TOS:


I’ve very much appreciated the TOS articles concerning the Islamic Totalitarian threat, particularly Dr. Brook and Dr. Epstein’s “Just War Theory” article and Dr. Lewis’s "William Tecumseh Sherman" article.

Recent Comments:
EXAMPLES, please? — by Orson on Mon, 2006-11-27 21:29
Welcome to the Internets — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:29
Yup, that about sums it up. — by Mike_M on Tue, 2006-10-24 02:24

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Ludwig von Mises: Defender of Capitalism

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-09-29 18:55

Today, September 29, 2006 is the one-hundred-and-twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Mises, economist and social philosopher, who passed away in 1973. Mises was my teacher and mentor and the source or inspiration for most of what I know and consider to be important and worthwhile in these fields—of what enables me to un­derstand the events shaping the world in which we live. I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to him, because I believe that he deserves to occupy a major place in the intellectual history of modern times.

Recent Comments:
X — by l on Mon, 2006-10-02 05:03
Our Birth in War, Documentation — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-02 02:53
The ONLY way to Peace is War — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-01 20:22

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"Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with" - Oliver Stone.

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Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-09-29 06:38


Proof that common sense is another thing you can't get from a Stone...

Recent Comments:
"And I fear that fanaticism — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-11 09:05
Grammar is Meaning — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2006-10-04 02:55
Terrorism — by Phil Howison on Tue, 2006-10-03 08:34

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Real footy tomorrow!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-29 02:29

Tomorrow in Melbourne thirty-six high-performance athletes will chase a pointy ball around an oval field with 120,000 fans screaming them on in the stands, and millions more around the world yelling at them through their TVs and big screens -- yes, it's time once again for the annual showcase of the world's most libertarian sport: It's AFL Grand Final time!

Recent Comments:
"Surely individualistic, — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-10-02 04:51
Most libertarian sport? — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-30 09:54
! — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-29 03:20

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Objectivism and Electoral Reform

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Submitted by mckeever on Fri, 2006-09-29 00:54

Hi all,

The government of Ontario (CANADA) has assembled a committee of 103 private citizens (one from each of 103 electoral divisions) to learn about electoral systems and hear testimony from "interests" and "experts" on electoral reform.  In the spring of 2007, the committee will issue a report that either recommends that Ontario keep its "First Past the Post" electoral system, or that it hold a referendum.  The referendum, if it is held, will present Ontario voters with a choice (yes or no) to adopt the electoral system proposed by the committee in its report.  The alternative electoral system could take any form and could even be largely unique or original.

Recent Comments:
Mr McKeever, — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-09-29 03:35

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ARI's Alex Epstein -- What to Do about Gasoline Prices

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-09-28 22:49

What to Do About Gasoline Prices
By Alex Epstein

Now that gasoline prices are below $3 a gallon, calls for the government to "do something" to force prices lower have temporarily abated. But it is crucial for us to recognize that no matter what the price of gasoline is, such calls are wrong.

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Israel, Terrorism and the Morality of National Defence

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Submitted by mckeever on Wed, 2006-09-27 18:37

Hi everyone,

This is my first post on solopassion.  Hopefully, time will permit me to at least lurk here on a regular basis, if not also post with some regularity.

A picture being worth a thousand words, I thought I might save my words and introduce myself indirectly, by providing you with a link to an excerpt from a talk-show in Ontario, Canada (The Michael Coren Show) which has shown some interest in the objectivist perspective over the years:

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Works of JOY: Barbara Stanwyck

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-09-27 03:35

Barbara Stanwyck 1907-1990 the "Ball of Fire"

Barbara Stanwyck, for a period during the 1940’s the highest paid actress in Hollywood, (and woman in the U.S.,) was a self-made woman, if ever there was one. Queen of the film noir, Stanwyck was known for playing tough broads, often the girlfriend of a mobster - Night Nurse, Ball of Fire - or a killer herself - Double Indemnity. Having lost her family at a young age, Stanwyck, born Ruby Stevens, grew up in Brooklyn and got her start on stage at age 13. Often described as ashamed of her lack of education, Stanwyck wasn’t all that ignorant. It was she who fought to have Jack Warner produce The Fountainhead, only to lose the part to Patricia Neal at director King Vidor's insistance.

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"A Craven Act of Surrender"

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Submitted by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-09-26 23:53

Not for the first time, I wish that we had someone with Tony Blair's articulateness to defend prosecuting the Iraq War through to as successful a conclusion as is now possible, rather than the linguistically-challenged George Bush. Today Blair spoke to the Labor Party and said it would be a "craven act of surrender" to simply pull out of Iraq at the present time.

Recent Comments:
Instead of reading... — by Fifth of November on Sun, 2006-11-19 11:13
"How, Robert? With what?" — by Robert on Mon, 2006-10-09 05:55
Ted — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2006-10-04 05:07

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Creeping Sharia?

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-09-26 22:55

From Deutsche Welle: German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble called the decision "crazy" and producer Hans Neuenfels protested, but Mozart's "Idomeneo" will not be performed at the Deutsche Oper because it could upset Muslims.

Recent Comments:
Islam..is terrorism — by BISHOPofSMYRNA on Thu, 2008-07-10 23:56
Peace be upon supporters of equal opportunity — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:39
For the record: — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:18

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Gameday in New Orleans - A Celebration of the Heroic

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-26 12:35

Back in February, Thomas Bowden (a senior ARI writer) observed: "The essential value of spectator sports lies in their capacity to illustrate, in a dramatic way, the process of human goal-achievement. They do this by making the process shorter, simpler, and more visually exciting than it is in daily life--and by giving us heroes to admire."

Recent Comments:
John — by Dan Edge on Sat, 2006-09-30 18:36
John G, that had to be a — by Lanza Morio on Sat, 2006-09-30 00:37

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Works of JOY: Time Bandits - 1981 Terry Gilliam

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-09-26 05:29

Terry Gilliam’s live action fantasy, Time Bandits, is currently playing on Showtime and is widely available for rent and sale. This wonderful romp tells the story of Kevin, a young English boy whose parents don’t believe where that noise in his bedroom at night is coming from. Kidnapped by a band of renegade dwarves with a map of time and space, Kevin and his abductors visit Napoleonic Europe, Robin Hood’s merry old England, Agammemnon’s Mycenae and the sinking Titanic, as well as the Time of Legend and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness, where Evil himself resides.

Recent Comments:
Heresy Exposed! — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-09-28 03:55
"One mistake a lot of — by JoeM on Wed, 2006-09-27 23:49
Taste and movies... — by Casey on Wed, 2006-09-27 20:56

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Armed and Dangerous

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-09-25 21:48

The New York Times has reported that California’s Attorney General, Bill Lockyear, is suing the six largest automobile manufacturers because of their alleged contribution to “global warming” and its resulting damage to the State of California.

Recent Comments:
One defence — by Scott Wilson on Thu, 2006-09-28 12:09
Hey, take it easy on — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-09-26 20:09
My Letter to the CA Attorny General's Office — by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-09-26 18:45

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Modernism Reviewed: 1913

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Submitted by Marnee on Mon, 2006-09-25 18:48

I just discovered what the New York Times is good for: the past! It turns out that a subscription to the NYT will get you access to nearly their entire digitized history of newspapers dating back to 1851.

Recent Comments:
X — by l on Wed, 2006-09-27 01:30

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The enemy within

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-09-25 18:37

Chavez applauded at Cooper-Union University. These fucks are applauding a dictator.

Recent Comments:
Ever since Guevara lost his life... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-25 23:49
Cooper Union — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-25 19:24
Chris — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-09-25 18:44

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Architecture, Art and an Architectural Top Ten

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-25 01:17

[A summary of a recent debate at my blog 'Not PC' on architecture, art, and architectural favourites]

Here first up is the post that started it all:

Recent Comments:
Yeats — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-09-26 03:14
A great man in his pride... W.B. Yeats — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-09-25 02:53

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A good relationship with the Muslim community

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-09-24 20:05

I just sent the following letter to the NZ Herald in reply to this article ...

Dear Sir,

If Mr. Javed Khan wants to foster a "good relationship between Muslims and others," then perhaps he ought to consider imploring those who share his faith to recognise secular Western values - such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of sexual orientation, and the equality of men and women.

Recent Comments:
Nice letter, Duncan. — by Richard Wiig on Tue, 2006-09-26 07:02
Benevolent but unsubmissive, succinct, & well put. — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-09-24 22:13

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Britain’s Royal Society Seeks to Squelch Opposition to Greens on Global Warming

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2006-09-24 18:52

From The New York Times of September 21:

LONDON, Sept. 20 — A British scientific group, the Royal Society, contends that Exxon Mobil is spreading “inaccurate and misleading” information about climate change and is financing groups that misinform the public on the issue.

Recent Comments:
Free market "policies" for sale — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-27 16:42
It's already happened... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-25 11:35

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Works of JOY: Novak in PICNIC on TCM Sep 27 11:30PM EST

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-09-24 07:07

If Objectivism is a philosophy for living life on earth, then it should have little time for quibbles, and much for joy. In that spirit, I have decided to post regularly on those things, art works, news items, and simple observations that have brought Joy to my life, in the hope to share that same Joy with others who seek it.

Recent Comments:
Kim Novak in PICNIC (on TCM Weds 27th 11:30PM EST) — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-09-25 02:00
Novak Luminous — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-09-24 15:27

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Linz on TV

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Sun, 2006-09-24 06:31

Linz was on TV on Saturday, on Willie Jackson's Eye to Eye show. The topic of the debate was Can Maori be Racist? It was a brilliant show, and Linz stood his own against Tariana Turia and Mike Smith.

Recent Comments:
Okay Phil... — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-10-02 22:19
Alternative video link — by Julian Pistorius on Mon, 2006-10-02 17:55
Cut off, Phil? — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-10-02 09:15

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TOS - C. Bradley Thompson: The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-24 04:02

Another brilliant article at The Objective Standard.

The Conservatives' "goal is to induce in Americans en masse an arrested, perceptual-level mentality, a mentality that processes all moral and political matters emotionally and then acts accordingly."

Recent Comments:
more from Thomson — by Mike_M on Mon, 2006-09-25 05:03
The Sin and Danger of Self love — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-25 03:36

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How PC Interrogations Kill Americans

Submitted by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 20:13

I've been busy at work and was surprised no one else posted this.. Most people who have talked with guards and interrogators already can confirm this:

Recent Comments:
Political Correctness and Fascism Mixed — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2006-09-26 08:19
WNGreen - of course — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-23 23:38
I assure you I am in tip-top — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 23:11

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