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Is Edward Snowden a hero?
Hell yes! His actions were moral.
Hell no! Put him away for treason.
Yes and no. It's a grey area.
Other (please specify)
Total votes: 11
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-01 04:17
I’m really excited about the first announcement I have to make in this monthly update.
*Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Executive Director. It’s … (drum roll, please) … Jason Quintana. I proposed, and he accepted. By way of explaining why I picked him, I can do no better than quote from my note to him:
"Thing is, Jason, I need an Executive Director. I'm offering you the job. My job is not to *run* SOLO. It's to provide the over-arching vision, the broad brush-strokes. The whole point of having staff is to let *them* run the thing, *implement* the vision. I've been waiting for a successor to Joe to become apparent. I gave Joe carte blanche to run SOLO as he saw fit, subject only to ultimate veto power on my part if I saw fit to exercise it. I never did. We conferred a lot, & that worked well ... until the end, obviously. I'd expect you to confer, too, if you felt the need, but I wouldn't back-seat drive. You'd be one below me in the pecking order, but to all intents & purposes, you'd be in charge. What I'm looking for is someone with precisely your attributes, at least as I see them. Young, vibrant, good grasp of Objectivism, a deep, passionate commitment to its future & SOLO's, good 'people skills,' a sound practical bent ... I silently followed your chat with Lance yesterday & thought, 'Here's my man.' You stepped up well to your current job. How about an upgrade?"
Congratulations... — by atlascott on Fri, 2006-03-03 16:23
Jason: As one who's always — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-03-02 19:09
You're the man now, dog! — by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-03-02 09:19
Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-03-01 00:16
Comic book artist Alex Ross, who created the KINGDOM COME and MARVELS graphic novels, is currently doing a miniseries called JUSTICE, based on the old Superfriends cartoon.
Michael Fasher — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-06-26 07:02
I'll be happy — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2007-06-25 22:25
Tightrope — by JoeM on Mon, 2007-06-25 22:14
Submitted by Tim S on Wed, 2006-03-01 00:09
When Joe Rowlands decided to break away from SOLOHQ, he wrote:
"Lindsay will retain the SOLO name brand, and will have a new website where he will present his own goals and direction for the organization. I will step down as Executive Director of SOLO and form my own organization and websites, with a stronger focus on activism. On Dec 1, this site will link to both of the new sites, where you can learn more about where we intend to take them."
Well, I'm still waiting for Joe's "new" site. All I can see is the old site with a new name at the top and different colours. If Joe wanted to use the SOLOHQ software for a "new" site, then fine, I would have no objections. He developed it and he can do what he likes with it.
Warning: The ideas of the publisher aren't shared by the author! — by Robert on Thu, 2006-03-09 04:41
The ethical wrong — by sjw on Thu, 2006-03-09 01:54
Unanswered question — by Andrew Bates on Thu, 2006-03-09 00:36
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:57
They're horrible, ditch them.
39% (17 votes)
They're great, keep them.
32% (14 votes)
I want more! I want boxing smilies, dancing smilies, head-shaking smilies ...
30% (13 votes)
Total votes: 44
It's also nice to provide an — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-04-23 20:32
image tags — by Rick Pasotto on Sat, 2006-04-22 14:52
HTML-101 - Links and images — by wsscherk on Sat, 2006-04-22 04:57
Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-02-28 08:41
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... [However, now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it."
1st Time I Read That One — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 02:02
freedom not given — by Rick Pasotto on Tue, 2006-02-28 15:19
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:49
[Please find attached this letter in MS Word format, with italics and footnotes intact]
75 Mays Road
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To whom it may concern,
I have a number of moral and legal objections to completing the census.
Firstly and most significantly, no-one has the moral right to demand information of me by force (either morally or legally; I will address the legal argument later). Despite obfuscatory taxpayer-funded advertising to the contrary, the 2006 Census is a programme for information gathering by threat of force. If I do not complete the required Census forms, I am subject to financial penalties according to the Statistics Act 1975, a threat that if issued by a market research company or private investigator would itself be considered extortion and punishable by a jail sentence.
Avoidance and minimum conpliance — by apteryx on Sat, 2006-03-04 00:18
Sad, isn't it ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:06
They pick them up from the door, too ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:03
Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:48
"By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga, 64, says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his customers can make a hefty profit at dirt-cheap prices. Such vertical integration, as it is known, is increasingly popular in agriculture as farmers and processors try to find ways to eliminate costs and increase revenues.
"But in the highly politicized world of dairy, efficiency could carry a price. Major dairy cooperatives and milk processors successfully persuaded federal regulators to write new rules that would prohibit the business practices that Hettinga has so successfully put in place.
Lance: America is no longer — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:25
Duncan:I am almost — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:02
The end of milk — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:49
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:24
Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-28 03:19
I've joined the bourgeois and become a proud property owner. My first house. I know its mostly BB&T's at this point, and thanks to Baltimore property taxes, city zoning laws, state fees and taxes the point of it becoming mostly (or even fully) mine is that much farther off, it can't take away from the fact that its mine, from my own work, supported by my (mostly) free exchange of my own productive efforts.
'OWNership' — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-04 21:43
Congrats — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 19:06
I've got some painting to do — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-03-01 03:31
Submitted by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-02-27 19:15
Max Levchin, who immigrated to the United States as a teenager from Ukraine, achieved a smashing success in 2002 when he was just 26 years old. The company he co-founded, PayPal, was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion. (I've used PayPal myself since the start, to solve a problem that threatened to consume large amounts of my time in the traditional banking bureaucracies. This hero is real.)
Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-02-27 18:56
A campaign by animal rights nutters against an animal research facility in Oxford being built has been going on for the last two years.
After animal-rights groups website listed - all students, and anyone associated with Oxford University - as legitimate targets in their campaign against the animal research facility currently being built, pro-animal research campaigners went on the march.
Unfortunately, I could not join in with the pro-animal test protesters as I was in bed with the flu.
Anyway, bravo to them for their valiant defence of reason against those terrorists!
Article Makes Nature! — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-03-01 21:20
Unliberated animals — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-27 22:43
Indeed. — by Utility Belt on Mon, 2006-02-27 19:17
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-02-27 09:59
There are some things that are so important they should be put beyond the vote. That's the proposition I want to offer you this morning.
Consider this for example: Western countries around the world express concern at how waves of Islamic immigration could put at risk the freedoms we take for granted -- or at least the freedoms that some of you take for granted, such as the right to free speech, the separation of church and state, and the blessings of secure property rights.
As long as there was widespread understanding of and support for these important bulwarks of liberty, the secure retention of them was relatively assured; but as ignorance overtakes knowledge and the population changes any of these things of importance can be easily taken away by citizens'-initiated referenda, government vote-buying, or the easy, knee-jerk clamour of populism.
Right Destination, Wrong Route — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 01:32
I don't mind at all, Joe. — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:35
A great summary of an urgent — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:13
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:06
Let me try a phrase on you: "Local loop unbundling." There. I'll wager most of you have switched off already, haven't you? But you shouldn't. While geek phrases aplenty are being flung about, plans are afoot to dismember New Zealand's largest company and to nationalise the bits left over.
What "local loop unbundling" really means is this: nationalising Telecom's telephone lines because other telecommunications companies can't be arsed building their own, and the RMA makes it all but impossible to do so if the will were there in any case -- which it isn't. In a word, it is theft.
Why invest in your own lines when the RMA makes it too damn difficult to lay them or string them, and when you can get them anyway by stealth - by theft, and with the vigorous support of all sides of the traditional one-dimensional left-right spectrum it seems, from Green to Tory and all points in between. (Observe that the very terminology of left and right was derived from the post-Revolutionary French parliament when both left and right sides of parliament were arguing over to whom to dole out all the proceeds of loot and pillage.) The honorific seems no less appropriate to today's apologists for theft and interventionist dimememberment of private property, who think their desire for broadband internet trumps Telecom's right to keep what is rightfully their's.
RMA = Resource Management — by Frizzy on Sun, 2006-02-26 08:54
TLAs — by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:35
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:04
Would Karl Marx or George Orwell have made good bloggers? Some opinions on that question here from a host of bloggers and commentators in a meditation on blogging from FT.Com's Trevor Butterworth. There is, says Trev, "a spectre haunting the blogosphere - tedium."
If the pornography of opinion doesn’t leave you longing for an eroticism of fact, the vast wasteland of verbiage produced by the relentless nature of blogging is the single greatest impediment to its seriousness as a medium.
"The point is," he says "any writer of talent needs the time and peace to produce work that has a chance of enduring. " The daily blogging treadmill, what some bloggers call "feeding the beast," stultifies output says Trev. And what happens to the blogger's material in the end? It's not even the stuff of tomorrow's fish and chip wrappers, is it?
It's Whatever You Make Of It — by Bikemessenger on Mon, 2006-02-27 07:53
Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:01
Look at the bad behavior that is going on in the Linux and Open Source Software forum. Civility has gone right out the window!
(Yes, I know this joke has already been done)
Hahahaha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:06
Submitted by rinkuhero on Sat, 2006-02-25 12:00
Hello, I just joined, although I'm a long-term reader.
This question might have been asked before, but why does virtually everyone on this forum use their actual photo as their image?
Personally I think that screams naturalism, and doesn't really tell you much about a person. It's more romantic (i.e. essentialist) to post an image of something more representative of you; there's one of you here that I saw using the mad Doctor Brown from the Back to the Future movies, and that one image probably tells me more about him than any other here.
Nice to Meet You — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-03-14 14:02
This isn't really me... — by Summer Serravillo on Mon, 2006-03-13 13:07
Yes, Landon. I was — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-03-13 07:25
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-02-25 09:53
This should be visible to SOLO Staff only. If this works, then any staff member can post with a check in the Only viewable by Staff box, to create a staff-only post.
If you're not a Staff member, but can see this post, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, we'll continue testing this functionality for a few days, and then we'll pronounce it safe for use. In the meantime, please assume that it does not work, so as to avoid any potentially embarassing incidents
Present. — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 13:51
Reporting in — by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-03-02 09:23
Receiving — by David Bertelsen on Wed, 2006-03-01 06:46
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-02-25 09:28
"Love and obsessive-compulsive disorder could have a similar chemical profile," says professor of psychiaty Donatella Marazatti, who studies "the biochemistry of lovesickness." Now there's a topic to ignite the passions, one explored in this month's National Geographic magazine.
The key apparently is two chemicals: serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin -- "perhaps our star neuro-transmitter" -- the one that is altered by drugs like Prozac -- is what quite literally gives our passions real feeling. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder apparently have an imbalance of serotonin; so too do people in the grip of love.
Capitalist and Joe M, — by Charles Henrikson on Mon, 2006-02-27 20:19
Taken — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-27 16:49
A Conumdrum — by Capitalist on Sun, 2006-02-26 05:37
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-02-25 07:18
The Affair … The Break … The Affair Revealed (The Passion of Ayn Rand) … Peikoff in denial … Judgment Day … Anti-Peikovian backlash … IOS-TOC … The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics … Ancient history … Yawn … Better things to do …
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-02-25 05:26
Hi all! There will be some changes to the site soon, as well as (hopefully) a new group and some aesthetic improvements. Read on for details ...
Julian is upgrading Drupal, the software upon which SOLO runs, tonight. There might be the odd delay accessing content, or slight changes in appearance. Please bear with us during this process, it's vital in terms of security and continued improvement - especially a staff-only forum which we've been having difficulty with on our current version.
We're creating a SOLO Geek group. Stay geek-tuned.
As of now, SOLO supports category icons (like the old SOLOHQ icons) - but as I'm entirely bereft of artistic talent, I need someone who isn't to volunteer to create some - if you're keen, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chat Box — by Ashley on Wed, 2006-03-01 22:27
Rick — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-02-28 15:43
long threads — by Rick Pasotto on Tue, 2006-02-28 15:08
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-24 07:29
Fitzgerald: The limits of free speech
Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerld explores further the limits of free speech, exploding some common misconceptions in the process of replying to a commenter here:
A poster here at Jihad Watch has made the following absurd assertions, which are, unfortunately, widely held:
1. Did publisher Rose [Flemming Rose of Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper in which that handful of anodyne cartoons appeared] have the right to publish those cartoons, as a matter of free speech? Absolutely.
2. Did he act responsibly in doing so, knowing that homicidal maniacs would probably go absolutely nuts if he did, destroying property and probably killing people? In no possible way.
Congrat's Lindsay — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-04-11 22:50
War and Peace — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-11 18:29
Note for the Trekkies amongst us ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-04-09 06:24
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-23 23:30
It's not often I agree with a raving statist, but in this case I'm 100% in agreement.
Section 123 of the Crimes Act, which provides for the crime of "blasphemous libel" needs to be repealed as a matter of urgency, as Catholics in New Zealand are attempting to use it to stifle free speech (tasteless free speech, but that's another issue).
Idiot/Savant has drafted a bill to repeal the offending section from the Crimes Act; you can see it, and his call for action, here on his blog.
Mistake ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-24 01:08
Submitted by Frizzy on Thu, 2006-02-23 23:08
I noticed that the timestamp on a recent post of mine is not entirely correct... It probably is just the time on the computer that received the post information, located in America?
I understand this site is not just for people in one timezone?
When Site admins next look at improving the site, please consider getting timestamps on articles correctly.
Frizzy moment — by Frizzy on Tue, 2006-02-28 11:38
No, it was there all along, — by Julian Pistorius on Fri, 2006-02-24 21:30
Cool — by Frizzy on Fri, 2006-02-24 09:01
Submitted by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-02-23 19:57
During the last week I've been fiddling around with Linux. I installed a small Linux partition on my laptop and I am actually impressed with how good it is. The interface is clean, it multitasks very well and everything is free. Included or downloadable is all of the software --
So this begs the question. Can this free, open source software model compete with heavily capitalized software companies like Microsoft? I couldn't imagine something like this working in any other industry. This is the only case I have ever witnessed of a communal property production model having the potential to someday compete with privately owned capitalist businesses and privately owned intellectual property.
Linux and Open Source Software — by tfar on Sat, 2006-02-25 11:15
PMT — by sjw on Fri, 2006-02-24 18:01
SharpDevelop — by sjw on Fri, 2006-02-24 17:54
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-23 19:17
University ethics classes and late-night bull sessions are replete with discussions of hypothetical and unikely moral dilemmas. Whose responsibility is an abandoned baby in the woods? Should I dive into a turbulent river to save a dying woman? What should I do if I my boat sinks and I wash up on a desert island only to stumble across a locked but well-stocked hut -- can I break in and use the food and shelter? What if there are two if us in a lifeboat but only food for one? What if (for a dose of humour) we're a brain in a vat driving a runaway trolley down a rail line with with only two forks with five people standing on one and nine on the other but... Etc. Etc. Ad nauseum.
Utility's...Arithmetic-Utilitarianism — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-02-25 00:27
>>Indeed, I'd say that the — by Utility Belt on Fri, 2006-02-24 23:22
'Utility' logic — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-02-24 20:46
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-23 08:31
Submitted by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-02-23 07:02
Excerpt from this article:
This month, as Wal-Mart finally began clearing ground on the site, Gillespie introduced a new group, this time including Jesuits, Catholics, Baptists, Buddhists, Daoists, Lutherans and Anglicans, among others, to front the argument that Wal-Mart will blight the practice of religion in Guelph. This time the target is the constitutionality of the local bylaw that permits the Wal-Mart on the site.
Submitted by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-02-23 05:29
No Randian could fail to notice the incoherence of contemporary Conservatives, who combine nominal support for economic aspects of Capitalism with God-thumping social repression, and of contemporary Socialists (in America, "Liberals,") who combine nominal adherence to social liberalism with advocacy of Environmentalist prohibitions against economic progress. So here is an exhibit of pure evil: one Rod Dreher, a consistent advocate of obscurantist repression on all fronts - the Environmentalist Conservative.
What Adam said... Victor: — by Victor Pross on Thu, 2006-06-08 03:04
Environment and Capitalism — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-06-08 02:14
Bob? What have ye to say? — by Victor Pross on Thu, 2006-06-08 01:46
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-23 03:16
A few local bloggers have listed their ten worst New Zealanders, predictably including the likes of Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson (or proxies for them) even though the economic golden weather we are presently enjoying is in many ways due to the reforms they both instituted (and which have been left largely untouched by the Clark-Cullen Government) -- and unpredictably including the likes of Sarah Ulmer. Sarah Ulmer for goodness sake!?
what about the fat slag that — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-07-31 10:11
Sarah Ulmlmer WTF!!! — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-07-31 10:08
How about — by Hayden Wood on Tue, 2007-07-31 05:17
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-22 19:47
I am incredibly pleased with the Hideaway Knife. It's custom-fitted to the first two fingers of her hand, manufactured from high quality stainless steel, two-toned black and bare-metal (unlike the single-toned sample image below - I'll be posting photos of my wife's knife shortly), and incredibly sharp - literally sharp enough to shave with. I've already used the complimentary band-aid supplied with the knife after I nicked myself putting it in the sheath.
One caveat re. WarriorTalk - — by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-06-03 00:12
> I am sure you have — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-06-02 08:31
"...I am good with my fists — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-06-02 05:42
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