How Environmentalism Raises Profits at the Expense of Wages

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Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2006-07-25 23:53

In my last article, “How Government Budget Deficits Reduce Wages and Raise Profits”, I explained why those who complain about profits rising at the expense of wages should not blame the free market but, in part at least, the growth in government budget deficits. I’d now like to show that in addition they should blame the environmental movement and the government intervention that it has inspired.

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QUOTE: "The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable, but a good thing..."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:27

I mentioned yesterday in the debate about Charlie Pedersen's speech some pretty horrifying quotes from some relatively mainstream environmentalists. Some of you told me you had a problem finding the post I mentioned, which was a comment attached to this post, so here's the 'money part,' answering a question from a chap called Den: a series of quotes from mainstream environmentalists that support Charlie Pedersen's position that there are environmentalists about who see themselves "at war with the human race."

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They slur mankind — by F L Light on Wed, 2006-07-26 17:19
Recent Polls? — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-07-26 14:37
A split — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-07-26 02:25

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The Poor Immigrant's Statue of Bigotry

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:26

At the foot of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from nineteenth-century France to nineteenth-century America, Emma Lazarus's poem The New Colossus sums up what the statue symbolised for the immigrants who helped build America:

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Chinese rice 'tipping point' for GE

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:23

China is "on the verge of a decision that historians eventually may interpret as a tipping point in the global debate over genetically modified food," says Dean Kleckner of Truth about Trade and Technology. No doubt the decision will also nettle the type of environmentalist that Charlie Pedersen was criticising: the 'religious environmentalist.'

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Moral equivalence is an inducement to war

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:21

MORAL EQUIVALENCE: the position whereby those who initiate force and those who defend themselves against that initiation are considered morally equal.

A position equivalent to a parent who treats a bully the same as a child being bullied.

A position easily taken here in New Zealand at the distance of twelve-thousand benign strategic miles, with the luxury of not having Katyusha rockets raining down on us and enemies permanently at our gates who have expressed for fifty years their desire to drive us into the sea.

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It's been refreshing to see — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-07-26 01:33

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Cue Card Libertarianism - Pro-Liberty, not Anti-State

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:17

Libertarians are not anti-state, they are primarily pro-liberty -- we define ourselves by what we are for, not what we are against. In the current state of the world, that difference makes all the difference in the world.

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Blind? — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-07-27 09:56
And Peter? — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-07-27 09:01
Thanks — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-25 23:40

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Goodkind Movie?

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Submitted by Greg Mullen on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:10

Forget about an AS movie, how about The Sword of Truth?

From the article: “Blockbuster director Sam Raimi, who's helming the record-breaking Spider-Man franchise, has optioned Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series with his producing partner, Joshua Donen.

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For the record, the mention — by Matt on Thu, 2006-07-27 07:26
Thanks Greg — by William E. Perry on Wed, 2006-07-26 19:02
Phantom — by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2006-07-26 15:26

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A KASSless Coup

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-07-25 10:23

This update today from The KASSless Society. Seems they've stolen a march with this one. I'm not worried that Kelley is in charge of the "philosophical integration." He knows the philosophy. I think he'll do just fine. I hope like hell he doesn't prove me wrong.

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Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-28 09:32
Composing Halley's Fifth — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-07-28 02:53
The movie — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-07-28 02:16

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ARI's Elan Journo—The U.S.-Israeli Suicide Pact (reproduced with permission)

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-07-25 00:14

The U.S.-Israeli Suicide Pact
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
By: Elan Journo

The Iran-Hamas-Hezbollah axis is fully responsible for initiating the war on Israel, but the Islamists' aggression is the logical product of U.S.-Israeli policy. The longstanding commitment of Israel and America to "diplomatic engagement" with Palestinians and Islamists--a euphemism for appeasement--is suicidal.

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Re: the frikkin' — by Matt on Fri, 2006-08-04 06:27
Qana: Stage Managed? — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-08-03 10:10
Qana and Self-Destruction — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2006-07-31 22:47

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What Killed the Aztecs?

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Submitted by Marnee on Mon, 2006-07-24 22:50

Megadeath in Mexico

Amazing new research shows that a form of native hemorraghic fever, called cocolitzli by the Aztecs, was the likely cause that wiped out the native Mexican populations. This contradicts the popular notion that it was the Europeans that brought the devastating diseases to the New World.

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No accident! — by Rex Wilkinson on Wed, 2006-07-26 18:06
I'd love to read that. — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-07-25 06:42
Marnee — by Fred Weiss on Tue, 2006-07-25 05:58

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"Ayn Rand In America"

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Submitted by eg on Mon, 2006-07-24 17:06

I wish to state for the public record that I am starting research on my second book (the first wasn't published) to be titled "Ayn Rand In America". I want to make clear that it will neither be a personal biography nor an examination of her cultural or intellectual influence. As for the rest, I have nothing more to say at this time.

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Huh? — by eg on Tue, 2006-07-25 16:18
Huh? — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-07-25 01:14

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Pachelbel's Canon, arranged for Electric Guitar by JerryC

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-07-24 02:05

I have long enjoyed Pachelbel's Canon. So it was with trepidation that I played the following video, which is of a Korean guitarist "funtwo" playing a rock arrangement of that piece:

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I'm not a big musio by any — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2007-10-30 01:33
Well, — by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-07-30 22:21
Depraved Souls — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-07-29 23:29

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An unusual side of N. Branden

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Mon, 2006-07-24 00:55

Thought I'd share this with my fellow SOLOists; it got posted on Google Video at the end of April. To my great surprise, he's treating Rand and her ideas with more respect than I've ever seen from him.

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Daniel ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-07-25 06:30
Linz — by Daniel Walden on Tue, 2006-07-25 04:13
opps! — by eg on Tue, 2006-07-25 01:29

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Letter to the Herald re. Doctor's Visits

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-07-24 00:34

One day, I'm going to realise that reading newspapers does me more harm than good. This time, it's the turn of the NZ Herald to push me closer to the grave:

National health spokesman Tony Ryall refuses to rule out reversing the cheaper doctors visits being introduced by the Government.

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You are so right — by Phil on Thu, 2006-07-27 10:23

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Nathan Hawking, R.I.P.

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Submitted by Aaron on Sun, 2006-07-23 20:25

Today I got word that Nathan Hawking died at age 59 of pancreatic cancer on July 5, 2006.

Many may remember Nathan as one of the most prolific posters on SOLOHQ around a year ago. He later also created the site 'We The Thinking' (now down) exploring general philosophical questions and arguments. Upon his diagnosis this past winter, Nathan began creating 'We The Dead', a site dedicated to transhumanism and the conquest of death - in a lighthearted manner. Unfortunately he didn't have a chance to finish this endeavor.

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Christian — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-08-01 19:09
RIP — by R. Christian Ross on Tue, 2006-08-01 17:37
ad hominem abuse — by mykestriker on Mon, 2006-07-31 05:15

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Kelly and Jennifer wreak havoc on Atlanta!

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Submitted by User hidden on Sun, 2006-07-23 16:14

Just wanted to let you all know that Jennifer Iannolo is currently eating leftover Thai food in my living room! Hooray! So far, we have eaten good food, drank (a lot) of alcohol, danced our KASSes off to hip hop music, played pool, played Loaded Questions and Never Have I Ever with a big ole group, said very catty things about everyone we know (except you Linz!! We would never make catty remarks about you!), and generally stirred up as much trouble as possible. Today we are getting manicures and pedicures, going shopping, and going out dancing again. It is wonderful to have her here, and I had to share my excitement with y'all.

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Likewise! Glad you could — by Aaron on Wed, 2006-07-26 16:38
And of course Aaron... — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-07-26 05:20
Dan... — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-07-26 05:14

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Libertarianz = Neo-conservatives

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Submitted by Ruth A on Sun, 2006-07-23 06:29

I wished to post this under the "Linz killed JFK" thread, but the interface will not allow me to. So maybe the webmaster may like to shift this.

As much as I like Mr Perigo, I strongly disagree with his letter to The Dominion Post. The NZ Libertarianz Party have embraced the neo-conservative mentality almost wholeheartedly. One can read eliminationist rhetoric on an almost daily basis on prominent Libertarian Party members blogs. As best selling author Glenn Greenwald http://glenngreenwald.blogspot... says:

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Ruth A — by Elijah Lineberry on Sun, 2007-08-05 06:58
I'll see your raise — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-08-04 00:16
I see your addendum and raise you a correction. — by Robert on Thu, 2006-08-03 21:58

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Say what you mean, and mean what you say

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-07-23 04:15

Language is a tricky instrument to weild. Special languages have been developed, with their jargon, to match all the different sciences and disciplines. The more these disciplines grow and change the more their languages diverge. This is because it is meaning that matters, language the slave to it. To get the message accross, then, one should say what they mean. Say anything you like, say anything you can as long as it transmits an idea from one mind to another. Say with clarity or say with mumbles, say happy or say sad, say threateningly or say pleasently. Say the opposite, the positive, the negative, the double negative. Say whatever works. Meaning deserves uttter respect, 'saying' is a prostitute to be abused and thrashed and moulded into whatever gets to job done.

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Hi Rick, — by krishna2 on Sat, 2006-09-16 12:19

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SOLO's New Look

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-07-21 06:47

Yes, the old tart has had a makeover. As we would say in NZ, a bit of a tickle-up.

Hope you like it.

SOLO is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher. If you aren't sure about your resolution just search your computer for "display settings".

Recent Comments:
SOLO's New Look — by James Heaps-Nelson on Sun, 2006-08-06 00:25
Wow Linz! — by Olivia on Tue, 2006-08-01 10:03
Everyone back off! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-07-31 06:57

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Objectivist Anarchists: Can There Be Such A Thing?

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Submitted by Wayne Simmons on Fri, 2006-07-21 05:15

There is a new convert to Anarchism who seems to be very popular among Anarcho-Capitalists. His name is Stefan Molyneux. The host of Freedomain Radio and a regular contributor to, Stefan is an old friend of mine. We lost touch with each-other about 10 years ago. I remember the days when Stefan and I would discuss Anarcho-Capitalism. He would say that Anarcho-Capitalists should stick to writing science fiction because their theories aren't grounded in the real world. Stefan also stressed the need for philosophical change prior to politics. At the time, Stefan, was a consistent advocate of Objectivism. How times have changed. Within the last 2 years he has divorced his political theories from reality and converted to Anarchism. Yet, it appears from his podcasts that Stefan still clings to his Objectivist roots.

Recent Comments:
This thread is ancient. — by Aaron on Wed, 2009-03-18 13:33
Wayne — by 0 on Wed, 2009-03-18 01:03
    If both sides — by 0 on Tue, 2009-03-17 04:10

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Linz Shot JFK! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 01:47

"YOUNGER New Zealanders should consider the origins of the current obsession with political correctness. This catch-all expression for every social policy with which the Right disagrees can be traced back to the antics of Lindsay Perigo, editor of The Free Radical and founder of the far-Right Libertarianz Party."

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Kenny — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-08-03 11:56
An honest answer, Lance — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-08-02 18:52
An honest question — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-08-02 17:58

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I'm sorry

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Submitted by eg on Fri, 2006-07-21 00:02


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Ah, well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 23:02
Brant ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 08:09
Fuck, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-07-21 07:29

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Turgot on Progress and Political Economy

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Submitted by younkins on Thu, 2006-07-20 17:01

Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot (1727-1781) was a major political and intellectual figure in pre- revolutionary France. He was a man of wide-ranging intellectual interests and is considered to be a symbol or exemplar of the Enlightenment. A.R.J. Turgot was a well-respected social philosopher and political economist despite having written no books. He was a man of letters who was actively involved in pubic life. Turgot’s breadth of interest, enormous erudition, and powers of analysis and synthesis were of the highest order.

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References — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-23 22:45

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How Big Can You Think

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Wed, 2006-07-19 20:53

To see life from the individuals point of view is thinking small.To include family and friends is about average but not many think about humanity.Most of us are far too busy chasing individual desires

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Why bash capitalism on a religion thread? — by personallydisinterested on Mon, 2007-12-17 18:01
Innovation incentive — by gregster on Mon, 2007-12-17 03:17
I'm not embarrassed! — by Rex Wilkinson on Tue, 2006-08-15 03:11

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Open-Mike Night for George & Tony Reveals ... Hard Sense and Straight Talking

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-18 04:17

If you haven't yet seen or head the video of Tony Blair and George W at the G8 summit discussing international events between themselves ... here's a transcript, courtesy of The Times. Videos are a little more difficult, but this site is loaded with them. What's more difficult to find is intelligent journalistic commentary on this.

For the site hosting the videos for example, the straight-talking seen here is a sign of the curtain getting lifted from the "moral majority" act. Glory be but someone should call what Hizbollah is doing is "shit" when shit is what Hizbollah is clearly doing, and clearly is.

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Blackmail — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-07-22 22:42
Scott read my post — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-07-19 19:47
Thatcher — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-07-19 18:40

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Israel-Hezbollah: A War of Self-Defence

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-18 04:11

As Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning, if anywhere else had been attacked, if Chicago, Moscow, London, Paris or Berkelely, California had been attacked for example, then no-one would deny the right of the countries in which those cities reside to defend themselves. So why do citizens of those cities deny the right of Israel to defend its own citizens? Once again a Cox and Forkum cartoon (right) makes the point: the defence is being carried out against an undeclared proxy war controlled in Tehran and Damascus.

And once again, those defending themselves from violence are themselves criticised for doing what's necessary to end the ongoing violence of murder by mullah, and of war by proxy.

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Over there — by eg on Fri, 2006-08-11 06:42
Fred — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-07-25 13:40
That is Ok, in parts. This is far, far better. — by Richard Wiig on Tue, 2006-07-25 06:26

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Something Beautiful for Ayn

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-07-16 23:50

I left Auckland, New Zealand, on July 4 at 7.30 pm. I arrived in Los Angeles, California, on July 4 at 12.30 pm!

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Mr. Kay ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-07-23 12:29
Yes, please note!! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 00:12
Wow, that Jennifer! Hubba — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-07-21 00:04

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Trying to find a new home for one of my dogs ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-07-16 22:25

Today, I reached the sad decision that I'm going to have to find a new home for one of our dogs, Charlie:


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Good on ya mate — by Phil on Fri, 2006-08-18 13:56
Charlie — by James Heaps-Nelson on Tue, 2006-08-08 01:28
Update — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-08-08 01:21

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Death to America! Death to America!

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-07-16 15:41

I think it is important every once and a while to watch the Friday prayer speeches delivered by Iran's Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Not only is the rhetoric absurd, but the frantic "death to ....." chants from the crowd are chilling. This is the leader of a large country and this is the propaganda which is orchestrated by the government and broadcast constantly on Iranian TV. Here are a couple of recent Friday prayer speeches made by Iran's leader in Tehran.



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I just edited your post ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-07-16 21:55

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All things lead to Iran...

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-07-16 14:10

I generally loathe the National Review, in part because of its religious mumbo-jumbo. However, Michael Leeden recently posted a fairly good article on the subject of the Middle East situation...Here's an excerpt from it:

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Fred — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-07-23 21:05
LW — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-07-23 19:00
Fred — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-07-23 18:20

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