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...

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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's called 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 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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Swearing off caffeine

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-10-29 08:33

Last week, I decided that I was ingesting too much caffeine (way too much caffeine in fact), and thought I'd cut it out from my diet for a while to see what happened, and blog about it on Fluidscape, my professional blog). Here are the details:

Recent Comments:
After a month of no — by Aaron on Fri, 2009-04-17 16:35
I'm starting out slowly to — by Aaron on Wed, 2009-03-11 17:42
I can relate to clutching a — by 0 on Wed, 2009-03-11 15:23

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:32

Apparently DailyKos is arguing that Libertarians should vote Democratic this coming election in the US. Andrew Sullivan is speaking on his new The Conservative Soul on Book TV at 1130PM EDT.

Recent Comments:
Always my privilege — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-29 05:50
But thanks for trying Ted. — by Marnee on Sun, 2006-10-29 05:11
But as a practical matter... — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-29 04:17

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Free course: The DIM Hypothesis

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-10-28 20:25

ARI appears to be offering free of charge to anyone, for a limted time, Dr. Peikoff's course on the DIM Hypothesis.

Recent Comments:
Awareness and being made aware — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:23
Objectivist Conferences — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:16
Luck — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-10-29 03:04

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Seasoning for Salmon

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Submitted by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-26 05:32

I was wondering about a good seasoning for salmon. Maybe something that comes prepared from the store or is easy to prepare. I eat a lot of salmon but Im a bit tired of the same old salt, lemon, olive oil combo. Im a bad cook so the simpler the better.

Recent Comments:
Marnee, Apparently this — by 0 on Wed, 2007-02-28 22:58
OH MY GOD, I LOVE THAT POLO — by 0 on Wed, 2007-02-28 22:51
*Tch* No doubt the little — by Lance on Fri, 2007-02-23 10:50

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The Green Business Racket: Con Customers, Cut Corners, Boost Profits

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-10-26 00:39

At the most fundamental level, environmentalism and the Green movement that represents it are hostile to business. The ethics of environmentalism and the Greens is one of human deprivation and individual self-sacrifice. Business in contrast rests on a foundation of the pursuit of happiness and the profit motive.

Recent Comments:
I kinda agree.Protection — by 0 on Tue, 2008-11-11 20:20
You've really been cheated out of your 'amenities' ... — by VSD on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:56
Not only that, but green — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-10-28 00:21

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Nanny wants your cream bun

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Submitted by JulianP on Wed, 2006-10-25 21:03

According to the NZ Herald:

Health officials target workplace vending machines
Thursday October 26, 2006
By Errol Kiong

Workplace food-vending machines are the next target in the battle against obesity.

Health officials want to restrict their contents, and say they could use health and safety legislation as a way to improve what people eat.

A university nutritionist has welcomed the idea, but says it would be impossible to enforce.

Recent Comments:
THey should ban ALL FOOD. — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-26 04:17
Off with her head ! — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-25 22:24

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Ethical bugs

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Submitted by John Drake on Wed, 2006-10-25 17:18

I have a general question for SOLO.  What are the ethical principles involved with revealing and fixing bugs in hardware and software sold to third parties?  This issue came up recently while I was writing about the Intel Pentium flaw that forced a recall of the chip in 1994.  Below is my analysis so far. 

Recent Comments:
Intel — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-11-01 02:20
I didn't realize there was a — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-10-31 21:32
Aaron — by John Drake on Tue, 2006-10-31 18:47

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Election '06

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Submitted by Mike_M on Wed, 2006-10-25 16:46

Since every other Objectivism related forum has a thread on the upcoming American election, I figured I'd start one here. First, some background reading.

Vote Democrat: Peikoff on the election

Recent Comments:
Linz, it must be said — by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-11-08 09:16
Forming Parties — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-10-31 17:26
On the topic... — by Robert on Mon, 2006-10-30 22:07

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Eddie Willers

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-10-25 11:34

Is there a place for Eddie Willers in Galt's Gulch. He represented the 'best of the rest'. Yet he doesn't make it in the novel. Is Galt's Gulch purely for the 'prime movers'? I understand that Gal

Recent Comments:
Have we not questioned love? — by 0 on Thu, 2010-05-13 01:02
When a quote is not a quote. — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2009-10-09 18:19
Brant Gaede wrote: — by 0 on Fri, 2009-10-09 13:33

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Mike Mentzer

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-10-25 11:25

How many of you came to Ayn Rand's writing through the body-builder Mike Mentzer?

I became aware of her through his writings though he was a fan of the ARI and Peikoff.
Thanfully I have an averiso

Recent Comments:
 My friend Dean was — by Plasmatic on Fri, 2008-08-01 05:58
X — by l on Sun, 2006-11-19 00:59
Mentzer and Objectivism — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-10-25 17:41

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