Muqtada Al-Sadr Captured?

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sat, 2007-01-20 00:07

I have been sick in bed all day, but awoke to see on ABC News that Muqtada Al-Sadr, several high-ranking members of his militia, and several other bad guys not necessarily related to the Al Mahdi Army have been captured - or "arrested" if you look on a leftist slanting website.

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Phil — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2007-01-21 01:42
Please don't post things — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-01-20 20:56
On the other hand — by Robert on Sat, 2007-01-20 19:34

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Globalization: The Long-Run Big Picture

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:42


Globalization, in conjunction with its essential prerequisite of respect for private property rights, and thus the existence of substantial economic freedom in the various individual countries, has the potential to raise the productivity of labor and living standards all across the world to the level of the most advanced countries.

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> The book Capitalism is — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-01-20 21:10
Wow — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-01-19 18:06
Globalization — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 17:55

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ARI—Don't Revive the Fairness Doctrine

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:31

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Don't Revive the Fairness Doctrine
January 22, 2007

Irvine, CA--At the National Conference for Media Reform last weekend, several lawmakers called for the return of the "Fairness Doctrine," which demands that television and radio broadcasters give a balanced presentation of all sides of controversial issues.

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Pertinent timing — by Sandi on Sat, 2007-01-20 00:26

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What Causes History

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:22

The recent discussion of intellectual causation in Ancient Greece by several Objectivists is fascinating. Here is my own view of the sequence (and components) of historical causation that one will find not only in the ancient world, but over and over in different countries and eras in the modern world:

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Thanks, Stephen for that.A — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-08-18 21:11
Russell 1945 — by Stephen Boydstun on Sat, 2007-08-18 17:05
Addendum — by Stephen Boydstun on Sat, 2007-08-04 13:37

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Britain needs “more millionaires and more bankrupts”.

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:43

Good article from Jamie Whyte on the negative consequences of compulsory insurances and meddling with Bankruptcy laws.

"Sam may neither know nor care that he is paying a little over the odds. But as bankruptcy laws become more forgiving, so the number of defaulters increases."

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800 Pound Guerilla Part Deux

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-01-19 07:49

From SOLO's friends at Cox & Forkum:

C&F can speak for themselves, but let's never forget that you either get tough or you get going.

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Good post Robert. — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-01-19 20:43
And let's also remember — by Robert on Fri, 2007-01-19 19:06

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I Guess PARC Hasn't Reached Canada Yet

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 02:35

Wayne Simmons sent me the following link to an article titled "Sex! Power! Politics! Money! If only Ayn Rand's novels were as filmable as her life" by Robert Fulford, which was published in Canada's National Post on Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

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Jim — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:34
To the point — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:20
The Difference — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:09

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Blitz: The League

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2007-01-19 01:40

Seeing as it's playoff time I've been thinking a lot about (and playing) my favorite video football game "Blitz: the League."

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800lb Gorilla in the Dumblican voting debate...

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Submitted by Robert on Thu, 2007-01-18 18:08

For the last four months a debate has ranged on this forum over the Clayton's choice offered by the current US electoral system.

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Cart before the horse... — by Robert on Sat, 2007-01-20 19:17
See it from the eyes of the masses — by Pete L on Sat, 2007-01-20 06:33
" how would an Objectivist — by Robert on Fri, 2007-01-19 05:53

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Feynman is spot on with the Antikythera Mechanism

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Submitted by matus1976 on Thu, 2007-01-18 16:04

In one of Richard Feynman’s books, (one of my favorite authors, Nobel prize winning physicist, and amazingly prescient person) he recalls visiting a museum in Greece with his wife, and while browsing through the great works of art, fine statues, and beautiful Urns, he came across a stunningly complex device.

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Yes, Thanks — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2007-01-19 04:22
Terrific nugget about Feynman — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 02:06

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Bush's Iran Policy Encourages More Attacks on Americans in Iraq—Brook

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2007-01-18 02:51

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Bush's Iran Policy Encourages More Attacks on Americans in Iraq
January 17, 2006

Irvine, CA--In his January 10 speech, President Bush acknowledged that Iran is providing key material support for attacks on American troops in Iraq.

Recent Comments:
Who is Running The Show? — by Sandi on Sun, 2007-01-21 04:16
How can Objectivists support the Democrats? — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-01-19 23:32
Sandi — by Bill Visconti on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:50

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A Question of Honesty

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2007-01-18 02:05

I really would rather not do this, but I think it is necessary.  I have been silent for far too long and I can no longer sit quietly while good, honest people are being accused – unfairly – of dishonesty.

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Hope — by Brendan Hutching on Mon, 2007-02-12 09:46
The same — by Brendan Hutching on Mon, 2007-02-12 09:44
Yes, Brendan, we've been — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2007-02-11 17:25

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Tracinski and ARI

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-01-17 04:25

Today's edition of TIA Daily includes the following by Robert Tracinski:

I've received a number of questions about this, so before everyone jumps to a lot of conclusions, I thought it would be a good idea to clear things up publicly.

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Is There any Update on Tracinski and ARI? — by 0 on Mon, 2007-05-28 06:25
Nope again, Fred — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-02-17 06:38
Proof Positive — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2007-02-17 06:28

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Slam Republicans

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Submitted by Ron Kelley on Wed, 2007-01-17 02:27

Here’s a small, but nevertheless representative example of why the Republicans must be slammed hard. They must be sent the message that their religious agenda will not be tolerated.

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How The Sociopathic Selflessness of the Democrats, Academic and Political Elites, Aids Jihadists - Hsiehkovian/ARI parallels?

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Submitted by Orson on Tue, 2007-01-16 11:07

Psychiatrist Pat Santy – blogging under the clever title ”DrSanity” – admires both Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand. These influences come through in her analysis of the today’s political events and the GWOT, as we see in “ZAWAHIRI, CHEAP GLORY, AND THE TRIUMPH OF NARCISSISM,” excerpted below with slight commentary.

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Will “Atlas Shrugged” – the movie – have any great songs?

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Submitted by Orson on Tue, 2007-01-16 09:54

Will “Atlas Shrugged” – the movie – have any great songs?
Which ones or why not? (SHOCK: a satirical finish???) That was my first thought as I read another blog post after the recent story about The Challenge of Distilling Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged” for film.

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My knowledge of Opera is Insufficient — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2007-01-18 02:07
I say hit the opera stacks! — by Daniel Walden on Thu, 2007-01-18 00:52
I was mentioning BHotR as an — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2007-01-17 07:16

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On Being Suboptimal

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Submitted by Tanph on Tue, 2007-01-16 02:03

Case Fahy:

""optimal" being a man and a woman with all the sexual variety, procreative and complimentary aspects that that arrangement potentially implies."

Someone please explain why is this optimal as opposed to just normal -- what humans are "designed" to do? This is not to say homosexuality is wrong, just outside the norm -- not average. Certainly since (rational) sexual attraction, sex, love, romance, and relationships are beautiful and life afirming, why is homosexuality, which is in essence a form of sexual desire, now suboptimal because it does not result in procreation? Frankly, as a person utterly dissinterested in having children, this in fact seems optimal.

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William — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2007-01-20 06:00
duplicate — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2007-01-20 05:59
How about government simply — by wngreen on Sat, 2007-01-20 04:35

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Alex Epstein—How to Truly Support our Troops

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2007-01-15 23:48

How to Truly Support our Troops
By Alex Epstein

Whatever their views of President Bush's new "surge" of 20,000 soldiers, both liberals and conservatives continue to claim that they support our troops. Liberals say they support our troops by criticizing or opposing "Operation Iraqi Freedom," which they claim has unnecessarily killed 3,000 soldiers. Conservatives say they support our troops by supporting the mission that most of our troops believe in.

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While it's true that...this remains unconvincing! — by Orson on Tue, 2007-01-16 10:15

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Invitation to NYC & DC Movie Premiere - "Mine Your Own Business."

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Mon, 2007-01-15 22:59

Invitation to NYC & DC Movie Premiere - "Mine Your Own Business."

The Atlas Society/Objectivist Center is co-sponsoring the New York and Washington, D.C. premieres of a new documentary film. The events are free but we ask you to RSVP for:

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Ayn Rand - Mike Wallace Interview 1959

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2007-01-15 21:30

The same person who uploaded the Donahue interview with Ayn Rand to YouTube, just added the 1959 Mike Wallace interview as well:

Ayn Rand - Mike Wallace Interview Part 1

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See this interview! I just — by Aaron on Mon, 2007-02-19 03:02
Just Watched Them — by Bill Visconti on Mon, 2007-02-05 23:52
Lack of smiles — by Laure Chipman on Sat, 2007-01-27 19:07

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Pelosi's Minimum Wage Flip-Flop

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2007-01-15 07:42

Pelosi's Minimum Wage Flip-Flop is a great opportunity to point out the true consequences of minimum wage laws. Even the representatives from American Samoa have voiced their concerns. "The governor of American Samoa, Togiola Tulafono, stated that increasing the minimum wage 'would kill the economy,' and the Samoan congressional delegate, Eni Faleomavaega, said that it would devastate the local tuna industry." But worry not, after the jobs leave for cheaper labor on nearby islands, the federal government will gladly add more Samoans to the welfare rolls.

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Hazlitt — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-01-15 22:09

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Acting and Reality

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Mon, 2007-01-15 03:56

In my experience, theater is one of the most misunderstood and maligned art forms. Painters, sculptors, novelists, musicians...all produce something in which one can, at least to some extent, see the process involved in producing. Actors, however, are somewhat veiled in mystery.

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Re film v stage... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2007-01-16 09:04
Agreed. — by Daniel Walden on Tue, 2007-01-16 01:15
Yes... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-01-15 04:49

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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois-- Bastion of Integrity!

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Submitted by atlascott on Sun, 2007-01-14 17:37

Earlier this week, a Chicago Alderman was busted for accepting bribes in order to fix some zoing problems a fictional property develper was having.  It evidently involved an intial payment of $5,000, plus a promise of $10,000 later, and an agreement to give the alderman (Arenda Troutman) free rent in perpetuity in one of the new building's units.

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Chicago — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 07:48

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If there is a youth at Solo come here for general hanging out.

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Submitted by Jeff Kremer on Sun, 2007-01-14 09:29

Hey, I'm Jeff Kremer, new here. Just noticed that on the SOLO Youth forum...well there's no Youth. So, if there are any of you guys out there come say hi, maybe get a topic going.

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About me — by Callum McPetrie on Thu, 2007-07-12 04:44
yeah? — by Ruby on Mon, 2007-03-12 21:01
Ruby, — by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2007-03-07 21:20

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Rational Exuberance: Go SAINTS!

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2007-01-14 05:20

The New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles this evening, 27-24. And, as one commentator has aptly observed: "Every once in awhile, sports can lift us to heights we never dreamed possible."

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The Oppression of the Urinal

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2007-01-14 02:47



Young women in Sweden, Germany and Australia have a new cause: They want men to sit down while urinating. This demand comes partly from concerns about hygiene -- avoiding the splash factor -- but, as Jasper Gerard reports in the English magazine The Spectator, "more crucially because a man standing up to urinate is deemed to be triumphing in his masculinity, and by extension, degrading women."

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Mother Nature's Oppression of Women? — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2007-01-16 00:34
I don't use urinals — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2007-01-15 03:41
Female Urinals — by Luke Setzer on Mon, 2007-01-15 03:30

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The New York Times Pushes the Doctrine of Class Warfare

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sat, 2007-01-13 21:21

My last post showed how The New York Times promotes the Green party line. The one before that showed how it has supported the Red party line. Like a traffic light, The New York Times alternates between Red and Green.

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Newsrooms — by F L Light on Sun, 2007-01-14 05:37

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Muslim women want special swim pools

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Submitted by Sandi on Fri, 2007-01-12 07:23

"Muslim women in New Zealand say they are suffering health problems because they do not have special pools where they can swim without compromising their religious beliefs"

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muslims swimwear — by alfred on Fri, 2007-01-19 04:49
muslims swimwear — by alfred on Fri, 2007-01-19 04:48
Burkinis? — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2007-01-18 02:08

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Bush's Address to the Nation

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-01-12 02:03

A good poke in the eye to Saddamites and Hsiekovians. One hopes there will be follow-through on the promise to "address" Iran and Syria. Most worrying to me was that in spite of laying out coherently the consequences of failure, Bush's demeanour suggested his heart wasn't in it. I suspect the Dem-scum and their revolting fellow-travellers have succeeded in breaking his spirit.—Linz

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Linz: Bush/Rice/Giuliani are — by Kendall J on Sat, 2007-01-13 14:56
"The Speech" — by Kevin on Sat, 2007-01-13 07:56
OK I'm Fed Up! — by Divine on Sat, 2007-01-13 06:51

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US Forces Raid Iranian Consulate In Iraq

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2007-01-12 00:06

Seizing computers and six individuals, US forces may have taken the first step toward "Going Wide." Let's hope. Of course, the Iranians immediately cried foul, citing violations of international conventions, etc. Oh, the supreme irony.

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That'd work too — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-12 01:39
Alternative Suggestion — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2007-01-12 00:43
Stick them in Guantanamo — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-12 00:34

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