Conspiracy Theories!

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-09-06 18:18

In recent days, a number of conspiracy theorists have reared their ugly heads on SOLO. They believe all manner of incredible things. Regardless of my low opinion of them, I just wanted to let all the conspiracy nut-jobs out there know this: you've got some great company.

Recent Comments:
There is a conspiracy...! — by Jameson on Sun, 2006-09-10 03:36
Absorb this — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-09 23:24
Far be it for an Objectivst — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-08 09:21

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Lindsay Perigo, by Victor Pross—1

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Wed, 2006-09-06 16:22
Recent Comments:
I've just discovered ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-09-07 01:13
Psycho Stalker — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-09-07 00:36
Lindsay ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-06 21:16

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Lindsay Perigo, by Victor Pross—2

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Wed, 2006-09-06 16:20
Lindsay Perigo, by Victor Pross—2
Recent Comments:
Sharon... — by Olivia on Mon, 2009-04-13 01:51
>>Sheesh Sharon.... has it — by 0 on Sun, 2009-04-12 23:49
*Duh* — by Olivia on Sat, 2009-04-11 01:30

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SOLO's Declaration of War!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-09-06 08:13

As the fifth anniversary approaches of the pre-eminent attack in recent times by Islamo-Fascist filth on western civilization, President Bush has reminded his countrymen they are still at war. "Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is 'Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?'"

Recent Comments:
A Couple of Corrections & A Translation — by jriggenbach on Sun, 2006-09-10 20:33
Linz , Peron and ISIL — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-09-10 10:16
Self -abusing Sandi... — by Kevin on Sun, 2006-09-10 08:04

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Bush Reminds Country U.S. At War

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:36

In a recent AP story, President Bush cites several discoveries of Al Qaeda documents that should chill any right thinking person.

Bush Reminds Country U.S. Still At War

Recent Comments:
Craig, I'll try... — by Kevin on Sat, 2006-09-23 09:37
Can't do it, can you? — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-22 15:23
More "Minority Viewpoints".. — by Kevin on Fri, 2006-09-22 05:50

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Quick book notes re PARC and ARA

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-09-05 08:36

I did happen to find myself in a Borders the other day and restocked on some Oist books that I lost a while back in a flood. I added my own copy of PARC, and also Ayn Rand Answers (ARA).

PARC, the book impugned all over the place as not having KASS book sales, was right there in Borders, sitting just next to Passion of Ayn Rand. It just occurred to me then how great the marketing strategy was there. It was set up just right so that when someone goes into a book store and sees PAR, they notice that just next to it is PARC. They see who PAR is written by, and then they see the subtitle for PARC, and instantly realize that there's some matter of controversy: automatically they know that something about the author and/or the content of PAR is open to question. The title for PARC is also well-chosen for another reason: if people were to do a search for "passion of ayn rand" on a bookselling website, more than one title comes up now. You now, quite unavoidably, get the two sides of the story set right along next to each other.

Recent Comments:
PS — by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-09-05 09:07
ARA is highly recommended — by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-09-05 08:51

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A different obscene use of child pornography

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Submitted by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-09-05 07:47

First, full disclosure. I was once arrested on a false allegation of possession of child pornography. Evantually I was proven innocent, the charges were dismissed, and my arrest record expunged. My experience has left me with a realization that child pornography has other uses than the obvious.

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Purported FRoRd

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Tue, 2006-09-05 04:14

Having reviewed the complaints about Rebirth of Reason put forward by Tim Sturm, Robert Winefield, and others, here's my take on the situation.

Recent Comments:
What Robert is Achieving... — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:33
Robert — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-09-05 15:25
I can't imagine ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-09-05 10:19

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Pukekohe Raceway Open Day

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-09-04 19:47

In addition to the Faust evening, I'm organising a get-together of like-minded hoons at Pukekohe Park Raceway - there's an Open Day on the 30th of September. I was thinking of arriving there around 1030 (when things start), spending many hours there, then getting together for a light dinner afterwards.

Details here of the open day are here.

Recent Comments:
What about? — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:14
I've had confirmation that — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:11

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This is a very sad day for we "fearless" men :-(

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-04 09:59

The Crocodile Hunter is Dead!!!

I was very sad to hear this news on the radio this morning.

I very much enjoyed Steve Irwin's fearless way of handling dangerous animals.

Recent Comments:
Katherine — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:35
Marcus — by Kat on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:09
Thanks Katherine — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-06 17:36

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The Romantic Manifesto - Chapter 5 - Basic Principles of Literature

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-09-04 02:14

While I think there is much more to say about chapter 4 (as I only covered music in my hijack post) its about that time to more forward to the next chapter “Basic Principles of Literature”. The essential attributes of literature are Theme, Plot, Characterization and Style.

Recent Comments:
Rand didn't do a great job — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-06 02:22
"Does anyone else see the — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-09-04 02:55

Art: there's more to it than just meets the eye.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 23:34

Art. On the subject of art, ain't there a lot of misunderstanding about -- as this still ongoing and fascinating thread at my main blog shows if nothing else does. But isn't it odd how something we've all experienced and enjoyed is somehow so widely misunderstood?

All of us have felt, after watching a film or having indulged in a DVD marathon of a favourite TV show, that our thinking has somehow been changed by the experience -- having been immersed in the world of CSI or House for example we might imagine ourselves to have become more analytical and more attentive to detail (or more cranky); after a Prisoner marathon we might feel particularly astute and mistrustful; and after hours of reality shows (if you can stomach that) you could feel intensely competitive and 'loaded for bear.'

All of us have been touched at some time by a painting, a film, a piece of music or a work of architecture or sculpture. If we hadn't, we just wouldn't be human. Anything that affects us like this can't be causeless, and indeed it isn't.

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National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

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Submitted by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-09-03 21:34

I have been reading a book called SHAM by Steve Salerno about the foibles of the self-help and actualization movement (SHAM).  He takes Dr. Phil McGraw to task for a number of questionable ethical decisions.

One involved his alleged trickery when he invited two overweight women on his show: "374-pound Sally Smith, editor of Big Beautiful Woman magazine, and 400-pound Maryanne Bodolay, executive administrator of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance" (NAAFA). The women thought he had invited them on his show to air their defense of obesity as a legitimate lifestyle choice. But through the work of Phil's producers behind the scenes, these women claim, the episode became "a freak show at their expense."

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The grace of Santiago Calatrava

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 18:59

The man's a genius. An artistic and engineering genius.

I've only had the the pleasure of being in one of Santiago Calatrava's magnificent buildings -- many of which bring to architecture the novel concept of seeing buildings as mechanisms, or as organisms that change as a living thing would during the course of the day -- so the film on Calatrava and his work I've just seen at the JASMAX Architectural Film Festival was a delight. A real delight. (That's him above, by the way, with another of my heroes, architect Felix Candela.)

Recent Comments:
Saarinen and Milwaukee — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:49
Peter — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:39
Katherine — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:27

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Ayn Rand Archives

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Sun, 2006-09-03 16:00

(This post is an expanded version of some comments I recently made in another thread.) One of the standard claims about the Ayn Rand Archives made by critics of the Ayn Rand Institute is that it only permits ARI-affilited Objectivist scholars to access the archives. That's a myth -- one easily proven to be so. Consider the following two citations of the Archive by non-Objectivists:

Recent Comments:
Hey George! Good to hear — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-09 16:37
George — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-09-09 15:51
George — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-09-09 13:43

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Christianity, Islam and Tyranny

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-09-03 15:30

On the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Ingersoll declared that “[w]e have retired the gods from politics.  We have found that man is the only source of political power, and that the governed should govern.” On that day, Ingersoll spoke eloquently of America as “the first secular government” and argued that its success “did away forever with the theological idea of government.”

Recent Comments:
Richard — by Bill Visconti on Wed, 2006-09-06 23:26
Richard Wiig — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-06 17:53
Bill — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2006-09-06 08:30

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SOLO Montessori?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 03:41

[NB: I've begun this thread to remove this particular topic from the more concrete dicussion on Dr Montessori and Montessori schools begun on this thread, and in response to a suggestion on that thread by Sharath Bachanad.]

Recent Comments:
Just in case — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:48
Will do. — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:29
Hi Peter — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:11

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ABC Upset that Libertarians Make Better Lovers

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Submitted by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-02 11:58

"The Alphabet Net is calling foul after a rough cut of a sex scene from the upcoming season of Desperate Housewives was leaked on YouTube nearly a month before the steamy footage was slated to air.

Recent Comments:
Uh oh... — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-05 13:35
My only concern is the Kyle — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-03 00:30
Looks like they took it down — by LWHALL on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:48

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A little consistency please

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Submitted by John Drake on Sat, 2006-09-02 02:55

Okay, I'm back again venting about TAS/TOC.  Am I the only one that wonders about the inconsistency with these definitions? 


In the first paragraph on the page about Objectivism:
In her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and in nonfiction works such as Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Ayn Rand forged a systematic philosophy of reason and freedom.

Recent Comments:
But they do. — by mcohen on Sat, 2006-09-02 04:41
John — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-02 04:27

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It Lives! The KASSless Society Lives! (?)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-02 01:23

Report from the Front: Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers!

Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers!

by Edward Hudgins

When Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894 it marked not only a celebration by workers but a division of Americans into groups often seen as opposed to one another.

Recent Comments:
Sold out — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-09-10 20:29
> I'm not a fan of — by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-08 05:00
Another false alternative — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-08 04:49

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Free in Irvine, Sept 12: Yaron Brook's rehearsal for the Ford Hall Forum?

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-02 00:15

Democracy vs. Victory: Why the "Forward Strategy of Freedom" Had to Fail

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, California

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Sean Hannity and ARI and Global Warming

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Submitted by Marnee on Fri, 2006-09-01 20:36

I just got word that today, Sean Hannity, on his radio show, quoted at length from an ARI (!) press release on Global Warming, adding:

"Finally, someone got it right." (Or something like that.)


Recent Comments:
Hannity — by Daniel Walden on Mon, 2007-07-16 14:46
Four other words — by Stuart Hayashi on Mon, 2007-07-16 06:32
May their god damn them — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2007-07-15 04:14

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The Fugitive Girl Act

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Submitted by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-09-01 19:41

The Fugitive Girl Act was written by a "leftist" and posted on a "leftist" website. Why link it on SOLO?

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Thanks, Adam — by Laure Chipman on Fri, 2006-09-01 20:10

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The purpose of Objective Art—In Brief

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:07

Ayn Rand’s overview of the purpose of art may be a bit perplexing, perhaps I can simplify:

“Man’s profound need of art lies in the fact that his cognitive faculty is conceptual, i.e., that he acquires knowledge by means of abstractions, and needs the powert to bring his wildest metaphysical abstractions into his immediate, perceptual awareness. Art fulfils this need: by means of a selective re-creation, it concretizes man’s fundamental view of himself and of existence. It tells man, in effect, which aspects of his experience are to be regarded as essential, significant, important. In this sense, art teaches man how to use his consciousness. It conditions or stylizes man’s consciousness by conveying to him a certain way of looking at existence” (Art and Cognition, Romantic Manifesto, paperback edition, pg 45).

Recent Comments:
ITOE — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:39
Some of her Introduction to — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:31
D'oh! — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:15

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Q Magazine's "Guilty Pleasures" List

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Submitted by JoeM on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:17

This is (kinda) heartening. Shortly after AOHELL did their "Wussiest Song" list, Q magazine has put out their Guilty Pleasures issue-115 Records it's ok to love! (Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL took top album, and ELO's "LIVING THING" took top song.)

Recent Comments:
Huey — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-01 23:23
Guilty? — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 14:11
Damned straight, — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:29

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Dagny Taggart Answers Kant

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-01 00:13

Anyone remember the passage below from Atlas Shrugged?

We are in the train's cab at the opening of the John Galt Line.

Recent Comments:
Melody — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:49
Olivia — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:34
Tchaikovsky on Wagner — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:14

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Kofi Annan "keeping the peace" by wishful thinking

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:36

THE TIMES: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, has called for all Israeli troops to be withdrawn from southern Lebanon as soon as an international force earmarked for the area reaches 5,000... Under UN Resolution 1701, signed earlier this month and agreed by both Israel and Lebanon, provision was made for a international force of 15,000 to act as a buffer between Israel and Hezbollah... The UN Secretary-General claimed that the Lebanese authorities yesterday assured him they were taking measures to stop the flow of weapons from Syria and Iran to their ally Hezbollah via sea and air...

Oh right. Well if the UN thinks everything's fine and dandy, then I guess it must be. If the hero of UN successes in Rwanda and Somalia and Bosnia informs the world that he has been "assured" by "the Lebanese authorities" that they're "taking measures" to stop Hezbollah being re-armed, then who would doubt this third-hand information passed on to a bumbling fool by provenly toothless "authorities" -- why would anyone think it might actually need people with real guns to effect a real blockade, one with proper confirmation of disarmament ...

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"Four-thousand years ago..."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:34

About four-thousand years ago when great buildings were erected they were mainly either funerary monoliths or fortresses. Such was the nature of the world four-thousand years ago.

Back then, war and death and disaster were still largely the order of the day and the focus of much of daily life, and life for the most part was seen as simply a small part of the more important journey taking place after death. (Think for example of the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian death cults, and the Sumerian and Chinese fortresses of this period. Such was the architectural expression seen under the sun.)

Not in Crete however, under the King Minos of legend.

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'The Scream ' has been found. Two cheers.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:26

'The Scream ' has been found. The painting by Edward Munch was stolen two years ago, and was recovered this morning (our time). A shame. A great shame.

You see, here's an example of something that is good art -- very good art -- that I don't like at all. If anything better expresses the dis-ease and dislocation expressed by twentieth-century 'thinkers' -- the nausea and helpless angst of Jean Paul Sartre; "things fall apart, the centre cannot hold"; "alone and afraid in a world I never made"; etc; etc. -- then it is this piece.

Recent Comments:
Capitalism the Unknown Ideal — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:28
Damn, Private Simovici ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:13
I'll do you one better, then. — by Boaz the Boor on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:06

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A helpful suggestion for 'random acts of kindness day'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:24

Someone tells me that today has been decreed "random acts of kindness day" -- in New Zealand at least.

Perhaps if that was to be combined with Casual Sex Friday ... ?

Recent Comments:
Ross... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:38
Holidays — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 15:20
"It's usually about now that — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 08:29

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