Objectivist Not Living

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Submitted by Kenny on Mon, 2006-07-31 20:55

OL is back online. It looks like all the threads and personal records have been deleted. Nothing in the sections on the Brandens, Kelley, Bidinotto et al. Perhaps you would like to add some content to help out MSK! LOL!

Recent Comments:
WMD — by eg on Sat, 2006-08-05 00:53
MJ — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-08-05 00:47
No, Kenny — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-08-05 00:29

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Opera recommendations?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-07-31 01:59

I've recently started listening to opera (well, specifically, selected parts of different operas, including La Traviata, Carmen, and Il Trovatore).

Has anyone here any "must hear" recommendations as far as opera goes?

Recent Comments:
I agree that the Callas — by Cafiero on Wed, 2007-01-17 16:23
Re Pavarotti — by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2007-01-17 13:09
Offenbach! — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-01-16 21:23

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Marvel Comics, CIVIL WAR, and Vigilante/Anarchism. The End of Secret Identities.

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2006-07-30 22:27

Art imitates life. The Objectivist/Libertarian duel has an ominous parallel in the funny pages.

Marvel Comics is running a miniseries called CIVIL WAR, in which the heroes of the Marvel comics are divided over new legislation, born out of frustration over damage and deaths due to reckless behavior by superheroes in capturing supervilians, that requires all superpowered vigilantes to register with the government or else face prison time. The registration would require the masked heroes to reveal their secret identities which would put their friends and family in danger. The heroes are split over the issue of accountability versus civil liberties; some think that it's the right thing to do, others worry about the safety of their loved ones in the wake of inevitable retribution.

Recent Comments:
Bendis — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-07-31 01:16
I might have to actually check this out — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-07-31 01:12

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Global Warming. It’s So Fucking Irrational!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-07-30 19:24

A news article from leading scientific Journal "Science", they are depressingly biased in favour of man-made Global Warming, reports on a "House Energy and Commerce Committee" hearing investigating the evidence for man-made climate change (esp. hockey stick).

Recent Comments:
Pure Socialism — by gregster on Tue, 2007-07-31 01:00
Thanks for the comments — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-08-01 22:45
Interesting book . . . — by User hidden on Tue, 2006-08-01 22:08

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Individualism on Broadway?!

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-07-30 04:55

A couple of weeks ago I was in New York and had the pleasure of seeing the musical Wicked on Broadway. All I can say is WOW! Truly a great show. For those who don't know, it's the "life story" of the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum's classic The Wizard of Oz, and it turns out she really isn't so wicked after all. Elphaba (the Witch) is an enormously clever and talented individual rejected by her parents on the basis of being born with bright green skin. She attends Shiz University, where she exhibits enormous talent for sorcery and starts to dream that someday she might work side by side with the Wizard. The Wizard, however, begins passing laws against Oz's sentient animals, and Elphaba sees their effects firsthand when her professor of biology (a goat) is taken away. She journeys to Emerald City to challenge the Wizard on the issue and finds him to be nothing more than a petty dictator with an irrational "social consensus" vision of reality; he wants her to help him, because she is the only one able to read the spells from an ancient book of magic in his possession. She, however, refuses, and a massive propaganda campaign is launched against her. That's where I'll stop my summary, so as not to spoil the rest of it Smiling

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The Alleged Coming Crisis: Oil and the End of Civilization

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-07-29 12:07

During the oil crisis of the 1970s, Ayn Rand cogently observed: “There is no ‘natural’ or geological crisis; there is an enormous political one” (The Ayn Rand Newsletter, November 5, 1973). The same could be said today.

Recent Comments:
Mmm, well fact is, we *are* — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-05 01:19
Experience Limited — by Marnee on Fri, 2006-08-04 21:05
Sabotage — by Phil Howison on Tue, 2006-08-01 07:50

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Important Rand Related fiction—A Newbies' Guide

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-07-29 02:58

On the topic "Important Rand Scholarship—A Newbies' Guide" many people have questioned the merit of including such entries as Robert Heinlein's work. Conversely many people have not questioned the entries in the field of "Rand related fiction" just found Heinlein being the only entrant lacking.

Recent Comments:
Great List — by Gordon Butler on Fri, 2006-09-22 10:46
Fydor Dostoyesky — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-08-12 07:32
Duplicate... — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-08-12 07:04

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Special Fountainhead Screening

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-07-28 03:30

Ayn Rand Institute Press Advisory

Art Directors Film Society Presents:

Free Screening of The Fountainhead (1949)

July 27, 2006

Irvine, CA—The Art Directors Film Society will offer a free screening of the 1949 Warner Bros. classic "The Fountainhead" in tribute to its production designer, Academy Award® winner Edward Carrere.  

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Bach's Chromatic Fantasy, played by Trey Gunn

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Submitted by Michael Allen Y... on Thu, 2006-07-27 07:04

I will have to edit this to fill in my thoughts later. time presses, once again.

from some discussion here - http://www.solopassion.com/nod...

1:37 minutes (1.85 MB)
Recent Comments:
Ben Franklin — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-07-30 17:49
Rhapsody on the Incorrigible — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-07-30 05:07
Rhapsody in Linz — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-07-29 14:19

A bit of a dilemma

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Thu, 2006-07-27 04:34

Well, this is my first post to this particular branch of the Solo forums, but some of you have probably seen me around the site. The basic gist is that I'm bisexual and have been honest with myself about it since January. My mother knows and is fine with it, but I'm struggling with breaking the news to my father. See, he actively denies that bisexuality exists. He's perfectly open to people being homosexual, but he thinks that people who say they're bi are just "confused" or some other bullshit euphemism for "stark-raving mad." Intolerance I could stand up to; at least it acknowledges my existence. But what can I do here? Should I chuck the Kinsey studies at his face or something? I'm open to any suggestions (serious or not, though a few serious ones would be appreciated Smiling ).

Recent Comments:
100%ers — by Ashley on Mon, 2006-07-31 00:26
Daniel... — by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-07-30 20:09
Just a guts — by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-07-30 19:10

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James Valliant and the Remington Rand Story

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2006-07-26 23:58

James Valliant, in his book The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, practically begins his attack on the Brandens with Barabara Branden's claim that Rand took her name from the Remington-Rand typewriter. He quotes Allan Gotthelf as discovering that it wasn't until 1927 that Remington-Rand typwriters began to be produced. He says that Gotthelf, in a future edition of his 2000 work On Ayn Rand will discuss the results of his research.

Recent Comments:
So, what's your point? — by Lindsay Blair on Thu, 2006-07-27 20:33
A Clarification — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-07-27 03:19
Big Difference — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-07-27 00:32

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Rand—and the Rand-Related (Including Crap): A Newbies' Guide

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-07-26 22:56

The following has been sent to me by a SOLOist who doesn't wish to be embroiled in any controversy that might ensue from the mention on this list of works whose inclusion might raise eyebrows or dande

Recent Comments:
Kay Nolte Smith — by mcohen on Wed, 2006-08-02 12:22
Nice! — by Lindsay Blair on Mon, 2006-07-31 22:35
Aaron — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-07-31 21:48

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KASSless Walkout!—Q & A From Book-Signing, Borders, Orange, July 6, 2006)

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2006-07-26 19:06

A recording of the q & a, including "walkout" by KASSless Society members (they changed their minds when taunted).

5:51 minutes (861.79 KB)


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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-07-26 07:52

Seems like it's up to me to post some pics of the latest space shuttle mission.

Get a load of that Earth. We—you and me—live there. *That's* what it's all about. Believe it.

Recent Comments:
Safety Is the Top NASA Value — by Luke Setzer on Fri, 2006-07-28 09:52
Thanks, Luke. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-07-28 00:17
CEV and CLV and LSAM and More — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-07-27 23:30

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-07-26 06:25


I didn’t know about this. Did you?

Recent Comments:
7th Heaven — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-07-26 12:03
Time capsules are — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-07-26 07:18

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Letter to the Ministry of Women's Affairs re. Poverty

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-07-26 04:18

I just sent this letter to the Ministry of Women's Affairs, after having a read of one of their papers discussing poverty amongst New Zealand families ...


I've been reading the statistics you've provided at:

Income Inequalities

... and I have a question relating to the measure of poverty. You say that the "... poverty line was estimated at 60% of national median household disposable income."

Recent Comments:
Definition of Median — by CVert on Wed, 2006-07-26 22:23

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Self Demotion

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-07-26 00:27

Hey guys.

I've decided to step down from my position as Executive Director at SOLO at the end of August. I have decided this week to enroll in a very time consuming academic schedule and unfortunately SOLO won't be high enough on my value scale for me to justify keeping the job. Under the right leadership I think SOLO can be something big and I'm convinced that I'm not the right person right now to make this happen. Lindsay has agreed to let me stay on as a member of the SOLO staff as SOLO Economics coordinator and I'll be happy to make myself available whenever anyone wants to bounce ideas off of me. It was fun during the brief time that this lasted and I hope the next executive director is successful in taking SOLO to the next level.

Recent Comments:
Add my thanks — by Boaz the Boor on Mon, 2006-07-31 08:02
Jase, you've done a — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-29 03:15
Bon courage! — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-07-29 03:05

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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."

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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:

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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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