Mining for the Next Million Years

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Submitted by George Reisman on Wed, 2006-08-16 04:07

For many years, I’ve been pointing out that the entire mass of the earth, from the upper limits of its atmosphere 4,000 miles straight down to its core, consists of nothing but solidly packed chemical elements. There is not one cubic centimeter anywhere in the earth’s mass that is not some chemical element or other, or some combination of chemical elements. This, I’ve said, is nature’s contribution to the supply of natural resources, along with all of the enormous quantities of energy that go with it, from the energy contained in fossil fuels, uranium, wind, water, and the earth’s core to the energy contained in thunderstorms and static electricity.

Recent Comments:
Phil — by eg on Thu, 2006-08-17 14:14
Phil, who's bothering you, — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-08-17 14:04
> wait more than 2 hours — by PhilipC on Thu, 2006-08-17 06:54

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LOVE LETTERS

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2006-08-16 00:34

Anyone who hasn't yet seen the film, LOVE LETTERS (1945), and who has access to Turner Classic Movies should catch it when it airs on Wednesday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST.

Recent Comments:
Thanks, James — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-08-17 04:29
Sigh — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-08-17 01:50
Brant wrote: >Sad to say, — by l on Wed, 2006-08-16 21:32

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Women Presidents and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

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Submitted by JoeM on Tue, 2006-08-15 15:16

With all the counter-attacks to PARC that zone in on "embarrassing" in-print moments of Ayn Rand, most notably the "About A Woman President" essay, I found this kind of interesting. I had just reread said essay in the bookstore this past weekend, and I can see why it would be considered a black mark in today's climate, especially after the feminist revolution. But I wonder if it is a bit unfair to make such a big deal out of Rand's essay in light of the time period in which is was written.

Recent Comments:
I wonder if... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-08-19 19:11
If you don't like it . . . — by User hidden on Sat, 2006-08-19 18:26
All this hetero flirtation — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-08-19 18:06

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Fifty-one?

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-08-15 08:06

So, Fidel's sick. Aw, too bad.


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IE7, a quick look

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-08-15 00:55

Kenny asked for a little more detail about IE7 and its security features. Microsoft has gotten burned by confusing and easy to disable security features in previous versions of IE. The Fix My Settings feature promises to nag and complain, as often as necessary until you submit to the will of MS and its idea of a secure setting. This can only be turned off with Group Policy (in other words, not something a home user will be able to do) and gets very quickly annoying if you have a situation where your security settings may be set to weak (think, web development: you don't bother to sign your controls /while/ you develop them).

Recent Comments:
My concern is this, how long — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-08-15 02:27
I get where you're coming — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-08-15 01:53

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Intolerance at ROR?

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Submitted by Kenny on Tue, 2006-08-15 00:04

Following Linz's "invitation", I made one of my rare visits to Rebirth of Reason. I came came across this "nugget" (see below). Note the use of the euphemism "promoted" when "exiled" or "excommunicated" would be more appropriate.

Recent Comments:
Ok guys — by User hidden on Wed, 2006-08-16 11:51
Heroine? — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-08-16 05:20
Kelly, I am, without — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-08-16 02:03

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Bidinotto on Objectivist Jihadists

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Submitted by Kenny on Mon, 2006-08-14 19:50

"Heretics versus Infidels (posted 08/14/06 ):

"According to Jim Pinkerton... Here's the distinction: An infidel is someone who never believed what you believe; an infidel is a stranger, and so there's not much point in investing emotions in him. But a heretic is someone you know well, someone who once believed what you believe, but now has a different faith -- that's much more threatening.

Recent Comments:
On the Contrary. . . — by jriggenbach on Sat, 2006-08-19 16:27
Yes, Linz -- but it has potential — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-08-19 01:27
The Problem with "Perigoon" ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-08-17 06:14

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Mining for the Next Million Years

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-08-14 00:00

For many years, I’ve been pointing out that the entire mass of the earth, from the upper limits of its atmosphere 4,000 miles straight down to its core, consists of nothing but solidly packed chemical elements. There is not one cubic centimeter anywhere in the earth’s mass that is not some chemical element or other, or some combination of chemical elements.


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James Valliant on Ayn Rand and the Blumenthals

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2006-08-13 21:20

On pages 74-75 of The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics (“PARC”) James Valliant discusses Rand’s breaks with Henry Holzer and Allan Blumenthal as related by Barbara Branden in The Passion of Ayn Rand (“PAR”).

Recent Comments:
One-sidedness — by Fred Weiss on Mon, 2006-08-14 18:22
Neil — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-08-14 16:44
Well . . . — by Neil Parille on Mon, 2006-08-14 11:29

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The Real Reason for Barbara Branden's Speech

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Submitted by Casey on Sun, 2006-08-13 20:11

For anyone who thinks Barbara Branden's speech about "Objectivist Rage" is a bizarre combination of skepticism concerning the moral status of suicide bombers and psychological moralizing abo

Recent Comments:
Further Note — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2006-08-17 18:57
good faithBut really, is — by Thomas Lee on Tue, 2006-08-15 23:58
Besides, Linz likes it when — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-08-15 23:35

Israel, the Peacekeepers and History

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-08-12 23:56

According to Kofi Annan, Israeli and Lebanese leaders have agreed to begin a “cessation of hostilities” at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) Monday. Accompanying this "cessation of hostilities" will be a 15,000 troop force of U.N. Peacekeepers. Presumably, they will be there to "keep the peace." Presumably, they will be successful in doing so. Presumably, they will deal with violators of the ceasfire with "all necessary means."

Recent Comments:
Finally(?) — by eg on Sat, 2006-08-19 01:52
Not to Thomas, Brant. To — by Thomas Lee on Fri, 2006-08-18 22:56
Sounds Rather Like a Religious Myth, Wouldn't You Say? — by jriggenbach on Fri, 2006-08-18 22:43

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Diana Shakin' It Up

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Sat, 2006-08-12 23:17

Diana,

You're cute as a button in that new picture.  Much much better than the old one.  I could just eat you alive!  *pinch* 

--Dan Edge

Recent Comments:
They'll be fighting over — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-08-14 05:06
*sigh* — by Adam Buker on Mon, 2006-08-14 04:47
Nice one Dildo — by Tim S on Sun, 2006-08-13 19:49

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Contextual Virtues: A Wee Test

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Sat, 2006-08-12 21:36

(Subtitle borrowed from Matt Groening, Graduate School Is Hell.)

A passage in OPAR that has become rather notorious reads as follows:

There are men other than criminals or dictators to whom it is moral to lie.  For example, lying is necessary and proper in certain cases to protect one’s privacy from snoopers. (p. 276)

Recent Comments:
I see that your point here — by Olivia on Thu, 2006-08-31 05:35
Claudia — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-08-31 04:59
Then my neighbour better — by Olivia on Thu, 2006-08-31 04:42

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Announcement: SOLO Staff Position

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-08-12 16:59

SOLO needs a self-motivated, reliable, and internet savvy individual to join the team as a website promoter.

The position is extremely important to enhancing SOLO’s web presence. As a part of the team, the website promoter will play an integral role in advancing SOLO’s long and short term goals. The position requires only a minimal time commitment, regular internet access, and a willingness/ability to complete assigned tasks within set deadlines.

Recent Comments:
Go Green! — by JoeM on Wed, 2006-08-16 02:00
Position Filled — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-08-16 01:56

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Log-In Issues

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-08-12 16:35

In light of the recent fiasco revolving around log-in issues, I wanted to ensure that we appropriately address the problem so as to avoid any confusion in the future.

It seems that some people have problems logging in to SOLO from time to time. I’m not sure if this is a problem related to the site’s design or if it is related to the internet browsers individual members are using.

Recent Comments:
Thanks Ross — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-08-14 12:14
I've done an in-depth review — by wngreen on Sun, 2006-08-13 13:19
How to market a browser... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-08-13 04:53

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Mozilla Firefox to the rescue

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Submitted by Kenny on Sat, 2006-08-12 12:41

Following the discussions regarding my "banning", I ought to clarify what has happened.

Yesterday, I had an exchange of views with Linz. He had previously written that he thought that I should not post on SoloPassion and that I should move to Rebirth of Reason or Objectivist Living. In response to another post, Linz called me an "evil bastard" in the heading.

Recent Comments:
Firekox — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-08-14 12:22
Firekox? — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-08-13 05:06
Ross — by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-08-13 04:30

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Linzisms

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-08-12 07:24

Subsequent to my policy statement on banning, I received a private message from a poster who didn't know what "KASS" means, asking for clarification.

Recent Comments:
ARISIS — by gregster on Sat, 2016-12-24 01:19
UIN — by Richard Goode on Wed, 2012-10-31 06:36
Marcus — by Kasper on Sun, 2010-04-25 22:12

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Policy Statement—Banning

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-08-12 05:09

[Note—I'm restickying this article from several months ago in light of a crazy debate I've been referred to at RoR right now sparked by "Jeremy LeRay" aka "Orion Reasoner" aka Galt-knows-who-else, who is claiming he was booted from here in contravention of our banning policy. He was not.

Recent Comments:
Good for ROR for bringing — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2007-05-09 03:58
True, Jim... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2007-05-09 00:58
Deleted — by 0 on Wed, 2007-05-09 00:53

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A Surgeon's Tale

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Submitted by Phil on Sat, 2006-08-12 02:27

I am an Ophthalmologist. I trained for 13 years to be one. It was not easy time then, its not easy time now, but I love my work and would not have it any other way. If I wanted easy I could have been a quality control clerk in a cheese factory. I see 400 people every month and for the majority I either ease their pain, help them develop sight (kids are fun), make them see again or stop them going blind.

Recent Comments:
Phil — by eg on Mon, 2006-08-14 15:14
"Good" is not good enough — by Phil on Mon, 2006-08-14 11:36
Two Couplets — by F L Light on Sat, 2006-08-12 12:08

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Yaron Brook on Bush's "Islamic Fascist" Remark.

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-08-12 00:33

The Ayn Rand Institute

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
http://www.aynrand.org/

U.S. Muslim Group Should Apologize
August 11, 2006

Irvine, CA—Following news of the foiled plot to bomb airlines, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) criticized President Bush for calling the would-be killers "Islamic fascists."

Recent Comments:
al' Reuters style guide — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-08-14 22:07
The BBC is even worse — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-08-14 18:15

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Fomenting free market revolution from the unlikeliest base

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-11 23:42

Wall Street Journal has a piece on the Mises Institute and its quiet achievements, and what the hell it's doing in Alabama of all places. As the author himself says, "Growing up next door in Georgia, I never thought of Alabama as a beacon of intellect." Who would? However:

Recent Comments:
Agreed Peter — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-08-14 20:17

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A treasure trove of audio books!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-11 23:41

Wow! I'm not a big listener myself of audio books, but I know many people who love them. If so then Learn Out Loud have a deal for you: a free download of Ayn Rand's early novella Anthem, their free audiobook for August.


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They've Banned Kenny! [No they haven't!—Linz]

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Fri, 2006-08-11 23:34

This afternoon I received an email from Kenneth Irvine (aka Kenny), who informs me that he has been banned from this site.

According to Mr. irvine, this action was taken without any warning, either from Mr. Perigo or Mr. Gagnon.  He simply discovered that he couldn't log on any more.

Recent Comments:
Paranoid? — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-08-13 05:20
I think it was Burroughs who — by Marnee on Sun, 2006-08-13 03:39
? — by eg on Sat, 2006-08-12 18:47

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Harry Binswanger on Perception

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Fri, 2006-08-11 18:03

While browsing the website for the recently concluded Ayn Rand Institute summer conference, I came across a most interesting lecture.  Here is part of the abstract:

Recent Comments:
Robert — by seddon on Thu, 2006-11-30 17:41
What's good for the Campbell is good for... — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-08-17 11:55
Hits? — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-17 03:51

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Overall Antarctic snowfall hasn't changed in 50 years

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2006-08-11 17:38

The most precise record of Antarctic snowfall ever generated shows there has been no real increase in precipitation over the southernmost continent in the past half-century, even though most computer models assessing global climate change call for an increase in Antarctic precipitation as atmospheric temperatures rise.

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CEI too — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-08-14 22:36
PERC presentation — by James Heaps-Nelson on Sun, 2006-08-13 03:26
This indicates that there — by Marnee on Sun, 2006-08-13 00:41

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From Robert Tracinski

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-08-11 05:04

TIA Daily -- August 10, 2006 -- Five Minutes to Midnight

This sample issue of TIA Daily is a special update on the war in Lebanon and its implications for an American confrontation with Iran. Please consider subscribing to TIA Daily, which will offer more suggestions for intellectual activism and keep you informed about new developments in this conflict as it unfolds.—RWT

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"Besides, by far the biggest — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2006-08-12 09:32
Kenny Is NOT Banned! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-08-12 00:03
Another excellent — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-08-11 18:06

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Unusual Behavior as a Clue to What Happens Inside the Black Box

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Fri, 2006-08-11 02:12

Outsiders like myself have to treat the Ayn Rand Institute like a black box.  We know a certain amount of what goes in, and a certain amount of what comes out.  We can apply whatever we’ve learned about human nature and organizational dynamics, and that’s all.

Recent Comments:
Robert Campbell : — by Mark on Sat, 2006-09-09 19:33
CJW — by jriggenbach on Wed, 2006-09-06 01:42
comment about Kilbourne-Branden — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-09-06 00:51

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Free-Market Science vs. Government Science

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-08-11 00:36

In a free market, science originates in the minds of individual scientists, who have studied and thought about problems that interest them and who from time to time arrive at new insights, which they develop further and verify. In the course of their work and in the dissemination of its results, they often need more funds than they can personally provide. In such cases, inspired by the value they see in their work, they attempt to obtain the necessary funds from those other individuals whom they can persuade to share their understanding of their work and its value.


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Objective 'right to privacy'

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2006-08-10 19:12

Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the Search Engine Strategies industry conference members that government intrusion, not private accidental disclosure of personal information, pose the greatest threat to web privacy. "The more interesting question is not an accidental error but something where a government, not just the US Government but maybe a non-US government would try to get in (Google's computer systems)," Mr Schmidt said.

Recent Comments:
Maybe my post was a bit early... — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-08-21 01:11

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