Hopeful posting on Future Content

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:15

My future Plans for this blog shall be to publish my work in objective philosophy for comment by the community. Currently in progress I have three brief writings on Cosmology, personality studies, and a short on falling out of civilization; also a treatise on objective government.

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Note: — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:17

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Me, in 1985

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-08-29 21:24

I just logged on to OldFriends after some months, & discovered there's a new photo there ...

My 1985 class photo

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oldfriends.co.nz — by Andrew Couper on Wed, 2006-09-06 07:10
Bring on the Aqua Net — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-08-31 04:26
My, you're quite a bit younger... — by Robert Nasir on Wed, 2006-08-30 19:50

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Linz Live!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-08-29 00:50

I'll be back on Radio Live for the fortnight Sept 15-29, substituting for John Tamihere with Willie Jackson, 12-3. Bring it on! Smiling

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Eye to Eye — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-23 00:37
I remember being at Eden — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-22 08:49
I don't believe it!! — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-09-22 02:40

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Meet our closest neighbor

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Submitted by LWHALL on Mon, 2006-08-28 22:58

Star wise that is! This is a photograph of Proxima Centauri a star in the Alpha Centauri system and a mere 4.22 light years away. Just a hop-skip-and a jump in space. Although the obstacles to intergalactic travel are considered to be formidible, one day in the future our descendents may be able to experience the awe of entering another solar system and perhaps somewhere out there coming on an inhabitable planet.

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New ARI Weekend Conference!

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Submitted by Thomas Lee on Mon, 2006-08-28 21:52

I just received this announcement from ARI. It appears Dr. Brook's Ford Hall Forum appearance has now been expanded into a weekend conference:

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So..... Hi!

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Mon, 2006-08-28 16:19

I just realized, that I haven't introduced myself properly. So, hello SOLO people!

Hmmm, a little about me:

I currently live in my beautiful and beloved Chicago, though I'm planning to move to Indianapolis in 32 very short days. Not that I'm counting or anything. There are good reasons for me to move, but I'm going to miss my city so very much!

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Sandi, Thank you for the — by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2006-08-31 15:22
Origasmic. — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:34
Hi Melissa, Welcome. I took — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-08-31 04:31

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Faust in Auckland

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-08-28 07:31

Who wants to join me in attending the NBR New Zealand Opera's performance of Faust, at 1930 on Saturday 7th October? It's being held at the ASB Theatre (at the Aotea Centre) - details here.

I was thinking we could get together at Tanuki's Cave at 1730 for a snack and drink beforehand.

Any takers?

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Tickets booked ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-09-14 21:46
Well ... — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-09-04 20:55
I'd join you... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:47

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Israel vs. Hezbollah: Again, and Again, and Again

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Submitted by Phil Howison on Mon, 2006-08-28 06:13

Lindsay said the following in his otherwise very worthy editorial on Saturday 19 August:

Israel lost. For the first time since its founding in 1948, Israel lost a war started against it by Islamo-Fascist filth. Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers and sent rockets into Israel from Lebanon. Israel fired back, and sent its soldiers in.

Recent Comments:
Exactly... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-08-30 03:44
Asymmetric warfare — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-08-30 00:40
Hard to say... — by Robert on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:24

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SOLO Fitness: Of Canines and Captains

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Submitted by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2006-08-28 04:51

Wow, the response, public and private, to the inaugural SOLO Fitness item was pretty gratifying. We have lots of ground to cover now, and all of it will captivate, I promise you that. At the risk of sounding New Age, well, the Journey is the Reward. I liked seeing comments from both sexes and from people of all ages, too. Well, almost all. That, along with the comments by the bicycling enthusiasts, sent my thoughts hither and yon...

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Craig, yes, the New York — by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-09-03 00:53
Phil — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-02 19:55
Robert, not just running, I — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-02 07:06

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Kant Was Well-Named!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-08-28 01:51

Diana has just drawn my attention to this. As a cashing-in from real life, which we seldom get in discussions of Kant, it's both fascinating & chilling. I'll say no more—my title for this post says it all!

Recent Comments:
Unselfish Emptiness — by F L Light on Mon, 2006-08-28 15:23
"She wants to die. And she wants to visit Kant." — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-08-28 02:40

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Incitement to Class War at The New York Times/Pravda

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:06

The lead article in today’s New York Times/Pravda is titled ”Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity.” The piece is a denunciation of capitalism and its offshoot “globalization” for allowing such a thing to happen. In the print edition of the newspaper, the subhead ominously declares, “POLITICAL FALLOUT IS SEEN.”

As the means of providing a thinly veiled statement of the doctrine of class warfare, the article quotes the publisher of “a nonpartisan political newsletter”:

“There are two economies out there,” Mr. Cook, the political analyst, said. “One has been just white hot, going great guns. Those are the people who have benefited from globalization, technology, greater productivity and higher corporate earnings.

“And then there’s the working stiffs,’’ he added, “who just don’t feel like they’re getting ahead despite the fact that they’re working very hard. And there are a lot more people in that group than the other group.”

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Submitted by User hidden on Sun, 2006-08-27 22:25

Does anyone here have a myspace page? Just interested in seeing more about people who post here.


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Finally gave in... — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-02-09 20:51
Nothing Wrong Philosophically — by Bill Visconti on Thu, 2007-02-08 04:29
It's much more than a — by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2007-02-08 03:35

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How Many Copies Has Mr. Valliant's Book Sold?

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Sun, 2006-08-27 03:27

Jim Valliant has made a number of claims concerning the sales of his book.

But when pressed for specifics, he has said he doesn't know how many copies The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics has sold.

Recent Comments:
> The Brits have His Royal — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:21
How Many Copies Do Books Related to Obejctivism Sell? — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:15
Aha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-02 00:31

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A Great Baseball Story

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-08-26 16:02

Baseball has always been an integral aspect of my life. For years, I've lived and breathed baseball. There are few things comparable to the excitement I feel when Spring Training starts, the smell of freshly cut grass, the blue skies, the cracking sound bats make when smacking baseballs. And there are few things as exciting as watching the playoff race take off as the season winds down. Of course, every baseball fan has his heroes, and I have my share of them - from Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg to Darryl Strawberry (who could have been) and Ken Griffey Jr. But, of them all, one of my favorites has always been Frank Thomas.

Recent Comments:
Update — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-26 14:31
Steroid thread — by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:14
Is the steroid thread going yet — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-08-27 23:57

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Iran Inaugurates New Atomic Project

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-08-26 15:36

This morning, groggy-eyed and mug of coffee in hand, I turned on my computer to check out the news. And what do I find? A headline stating: "Iran Inaugurates New Atomic Project." Now, this was not a wholly unexpected event, but still, the fact that it comes just days before the U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment strikes me as being such a slap in the face to the West that it cannot be ignored. For some time now, Iran has engaged in a policy of poking and prodding the West, testing our resolve and our commitment to our own policies. Iran has discovered, no doubt, that we've become so morally confused that we no longer know what to do when someone stands up in blatant defiance against us. I'm not a fear-monger and I'm certainly not afraid of Iran - but I am deeply concerned (as I've stated a billion times) that unless we do something, Iran is just going to keep poking and prodding until it decides that it is time to take the next step: power-packed punches.

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand, John Hospers and the Brandens

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2006-08-26 12:03

Barbara Branden's discussion of Rand's relationship with philosophy professor John Hospers is four paragraphs on pages 323-324 of PAR.

In paragraph 1, Branden talks of their first meeting. Hospers said that Rand had a "tremendously powerful intellect." (p. 323.)

Recent Comments:
Breaks — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-08-29 10:29
Not trying to evaluate Branden — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-08-29 10:15
Mr. Lee — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-08-29 03:34

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Wahoo! 2006 chile seed delivery!!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-26 03:36

Yes, chileheads, spring's just around the corner and my seeds arrived today from Reimer Seeds in Mount Holly, North Carolina. Galt bless America!

I have Anaheims, Jalapenos, Kiriskas (long cayenne), Hot Banana, Ancho (poblano) large, Goliath sweet bell, Paprika, and, wait for it... the world's hottest pepper, the Red Savina Habanero!

Recent Comments:
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-11-19 23:14
Sandi, if you're using that — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-10-04 23:20
Jen told me about this — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-10-04 23:06

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The Kids Are Alright!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-26 01:21

This Saturday morning, swathed in the imperial purple & gold brocade of my silk robe, I reclined upon Prudence, my velvety chaise lounge-cum-trusty confessor, and while popping delicious morsels of chorizo breakfast sausage onto my quivering tongue, I idly poked the lower, lonely yet loquaciously lamenting numbers of my wireless TV channel selector—a device known as a "remote control"—in my neverending search for some aimless thrills.

To my delight, up popped a recap of the Subway Restaurants 2006 Stage Challenge.

Recent Comments:
This is *not* a Who thread! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-26 08:07
Silly, silly girl. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-26 07:44
Well... — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-08-26 07:14

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Dr Montessori's "old age"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 23:50

A thread begun by Kelly Elmore with a picture of her baby, just off to Montessori school, was interrupted by a contributor with the breathless exhortation that "Maria Montessori was a genius, but unfortunately she became a Fascist in her old age, and some 'Montessori Schools' teach a Fascist version."

So often so short of perspective, once again this contributor put in his contribution and came out with a lemon. What drives people to cut down heroes and heroines with snide onliners I'll leave as an exercise for the reader. What drives a so-called Objectivist who should know better I'll leave as another exercise, one for which the Objectivist literature itself provides a useful clue.

So what’s the truth about Dr Montessori?

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Welcome — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-08-28 01:10
A disgrace — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-08-28 01:04
Sharath — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:37

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The evolution "debate" and why some of evolution's worst enemies are its supporters.

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-08-25 22:46

OK, I'm going to be straight here. I recently began reading "The Origin of Species" for the first time. So far it's been very interesting with discussions of domestic breeding (I just caught the first quick reference to "natural selection"). I've been a supporter of evolutionary theory for years but I've only really began to grasp it in a real way in the last two years. I've watched some PBS specials on the theory, including a great one on the development of canines into the many amazingly variant breeds of domestic dogs.

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Thanks — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-08-25 23:44
Good job — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-08-25 23:17

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Hezbollah Lost?

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Submitted by eg on Fri, 2006-08-25 18:19

A very interesting, detailed article on the editorial page of today's "Wall Street Journal" (August 25, 2006) purports to demonstrate why Hezbollah is the loser in the recent contretemps with Israel. I hope the author, Amir Taheri, is right.

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Post from my other half about Pluto <I have introduced him to SOLO>

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Submitted by Sandi on Fri, 2006-08-25 08:10

This is Sandi's other half who has been "encouraged" to make a post here after a discussion we had about the demise of Pluto from being the ninth planet.

For many years I've discussed this issue with people and I've always been convinced that Pluto wasn't really a planet. For some reason, with a PhD in physics, people seem to expect me to be an expert on astronomy too.

Recent Comments:
Pity poor Colin Matthews — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-08-25 21:20
Poor Pluto... — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-08-25 18:38

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Login problems

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-08-25 07:28

Looks like the irritating login problems won't go away for some SOLOists.

So, I'm after some feedback.

If you've been having problems logging in then I want to know the following:

  • when did it start?
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Roger that, Sandi — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-09 01:55
A grope in the dark — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-09-09 00:30
Sat morning - log trouble — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:06

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Learning from history

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 03:16

It's said that “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” It might also be said that those who are unable to learn from history -- or who don't even know their history -- cannot honestly expect to have their ill-formed and baseless opinions taken seriously. History has many lessons for those both alert enough to identify them and honest enough not to evade them:

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Good points — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-08-26 00:22
History — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-08-25 22:17
Partly True — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-08-25 21:28

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Montessori, the rational alternative

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 03:12

(This article was originally written for the blog 'Not PC,' and was reprinted in 'Free Radical' #71.)

As an enthusiast for the Montessori method of education, I get a little annoyed when the Montessori philosophy of 'freedom within a prepared environment' is mis-characterised as un-schooling, as I've seen recently from someone who should know better.

It's about as far from the truth as it's possible to be. In fact, it's downright insulting.

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Advice — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 04:34
O'K — by eg on Fri, 2006-08-25 04:19
Not Passive — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 04:08

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Dov Fisks Fisk

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 03:09

"Hizbollah are "increasingly heroes across the Muslim world," says Robert Fisk. "As usual," responds Dov Bing, professor of political science at Waikato University, "[Fisk] offers no references for this sweeping statement" -- so Prof. Bing scans the Sunni Arab press on our behalf.

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I don't know if the Sunni Arab press — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2006-08-27 10:01

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Americans more prone to supernatural nonsense

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-08-25 03:03

Americans are more likely to believe in supernatural bollocks than almost anyone else in any other Western country. That's the clear and unfortunate conclusion of research recently published in 'Science' magazine.

Surely proof if proof were needed that freedom is a greater indicator of prosperity than clear-headedness.

That's a graph on the right collating the results of surveying 32 European countries, the US and Japan which reveals "that only Turkey is less willing than the US to accept evolution as fact." You might view it as a 'sanity ranking.'

Recent Comments:
Ha! — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:15
Well said Claudia — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:10
Superstition and anxiety — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:06

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Yaron Brook on Stem Cell Breakthrough

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-08-24 22:14

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Stem Cell Breakthrough Won't Satisfy Religious Conservatives
August 24, 2006

Irvine, CA--"The researchers at Advanced Cell Technology should be congratulated for their scientific breakthrough," said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. "But their new method of creating stem cell lines will not stop religious opposition to scientific progress."

Recent Comments:
Hear, hear! — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-08-25 20:10
Science is not a belief — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-08-25 08:44
The Principle — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-08-25 04:46

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The Morality of Monogamy

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Thu, 2006-08-24 20:02


Monogamy is a long-term romantic relationship in which both partners preserve romantic and sexual exclusivity.  I hold that monogamous relationships are the ideal channel for romantic love over the long term.

Recent Comments:
Time constraints — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-09-03 06:19
Kelly- — by Aaron on Sun, 2006-09-03 06:07
George — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-08-31 03:59

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Big Love, Polygamy & a Woman for all Seasons

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-08-24 13:19

I've become a big fan of the HBO show, Big Love.

From HBO: "Think having three wives is a dream come true? Meet Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), a modern-day Utah polygamist who lives in suburban Salt Lake City with his three wives, seven children, and a mounting avalanche of debt and demands. The owner of a growing chain of home improvement stores, Bill struggles to balance the financial and emotional needs of Barb, Nicki and Margene (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin), who live in separate, adjacent houses and take turns sharing their husband each night.

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Why was Polygamy promoted by the Mormon Church — by Orson on Mon, 2007-07-23 01:52
I saw this — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-09-16 22:26

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