Piss Off

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Submitted by JoeM on Fri, 2006-04-07 07:31

Another inspiring item from Philadelphia news:

Comcast is building a new skyscraper in Philadelphia. They've decided to go with waterless urinals, already tested in a public school with success. The new technology promises to save water and provide a more efficient system. Wow! Progress! Innovation! All's well, right?
Wrong. The Plumber's Union is fighting it. And they've come to a compromise that allows the union to install....unneeded pipes.


Recent Comments:
Flash Drive — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2008-10-10 15:10
Sorry to re-open a dead — by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2008-10-10 08:36
It would be so nice... — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-04-07 22:59

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Linz on Radio & TV

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-04-07 03:42

Radio Live: Fri April 14, 10am - 2pm; Sunday April 16, 12pm - 4pm; Monday April 17, 2pm - 6pm; NEWSFLASH!! - every Sunday thereafter, 12pm - 4pm!

TVNZ, Eye to Eye: Saturday, April 22, 8am, against Hone Harawira, MP, on his proposal to ban smoking altogether!

Recent Comments:
"Well you did poke her ..." — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-26 14:08
Well, you *did* poke her — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-04-26 11:16
Did the cameras .. — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-26 08:59

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Is This What They Teach at the Ayn Rand Institute?

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Thu, 2006-04-06 15:01

Since Diana Hsieh is remarkably quick to impugn the scholarship of her "detractors," I thought it might be worthwhile to go through one of her own recent public statements about Objectivist scholarship, to see what standards it actually meets.

Recent Comments:
See my new blog entry — by Robert Campbell on Mon, 2006-08-07 15:07
Generally speaking — by eg on Sat, 2006-08-05 00:47
Two Inaccuracies — by DianaHsieh on Fri, 2006-08-04 21:34

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First, Witchcraft Trials; Now, Impending Health Insurance Fiasco: Massachusetts Leads the Way

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-04-06 14:09

Having just read today’s New York Times’ lead page-one article titled “Massachusetts Sets Health Plan for Nearly All,” I think I know what it must be like to live in some place like Caracas and participate in a popular celebration of the joyous wonders wrought by La Revolución. That’s certainly the spirit of the article.

Recent Comments:
From within the fiasco — by Stephen K. on Tue, 2006-04-11 04:12
This won't fail. It won't be — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-04-07 04:47
I hope this is seen as a failure very quickly. — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-04-06 14:39

Barbara Branden and TOC

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Submitted by William E. Perry on Thu, 2006-04-06 13:50

I think that the invitation of Barbara Branden to speak at The Objectivist Center summer seminar was inappropriate based on her recent conduct. I attempted to stop the invitation based upon judgment of her by the standards of David Kelley in _The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand_. Although my views on judgment are far different than Kelley’s I was attempting to function within the context of the organization and its views.

Recent Comments:
Ciro, — by Casey on Wed, 2006-04-12 08:05
Ciro — by eg on Wed, 2006-04-12 05:04
Mr. Valliant, what if BB — by Ciro D Agostino on Wed, 2006-04-12 04:39

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Vote for BBC "Moving Words"

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Submitted by Scott Wilson on Thu, 2006-04-06 07:59

On the BBC website there is a poll for the most Moving Words quoted in English for all time. The poll is here:


The results so far are:

Results so far:
1: Woody Allen: To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition
2: Dalai Lama: You can't shake hands with a clenched fist
3: Sir Isaac Newton: If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants
4: Saint Augustine: Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.

Recent Comments:
Of Those Listed.... — by Dan Edge on Sat, 2006-04-08 02:46
~~ Since 'The List' doesn't — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-04-08 02:40
Yeah! — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Fri, 2006-04-07 15:35


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Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-06 03:23

Click here for their homepage Click image for link to Frontline's website

We don't know how lucky we are. We don't know how proficious are the circumstances, Kiwis.

I know that since I've been away Paul Homes left TVNZ, and for a while there were three post-news current affairs shows. But thankfully we in Enzed have not yet devolved to the state of presenting and consuming tabloid news shows among ourselves.

Recent Comments:
Ain't no doubt — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-04-07 04:43
Frontline was brilliant. As — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-06 06:29

Duck Duck Goose

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-04-06 03:22

Watching the news here...there's a Home Depot in Cherry Hill, New Jersey where a goose has decided to take up residence on the roof. Said Goose is swooping down at customers in the parking lot, being a nuisance and potentially a danger. So why is it still there? Home Depot has to file paperwork with the government and have the goose removed humanely. Then, on speculation that the goose is guarding ducklings, we get to see an interview with an real authority on why the goose should be allowed to remain, a little girl who wants the goose to be safe.

Foi Gras, anyone?

Recent Comments:
Bastards! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-09-19 01:20
Foie Paux — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-09-19 00:29
Foi-ble — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:35

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It's concrete, Jim, but not as we know it.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:38

Progress is unpredictable. Great ideas and advances in one field can impact unpredictably in others. And some of the best ideas are often obvious once they're done. Exhibit A: light-transmitting concrete.

Just add optical glass glass-fibres to concrete and, hey presto, light-transmitting concrete. I can't wait to use it. Smiling

Recent Comments:
the Jefferson memorial — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2007-07-03 01:02
Credits and Correction — by Stephen Boydstun on Sun, 2007-07-01 17:11
More Light — by Stephen Boydstun on Sun, 2007-07-01 13:03

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One more nail in the ID "theory" coffin.

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:20

Though as we know, ID is a modern euphemism designed to make creationism more stealth-like, so I'm not sure if nailing the coffin shut will ever silence this living-dead creature.

transitional life forms

The Bigger the Better?

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Submitted by JulianP on Wed, 2006-04-05 23:23

No, this is not for SOLO Thrust... Smiling It's an interesting study recently published by Swiss researchers:

The Bigger the Better? Evidence of the Effect of Government Size on Life Satisfaction around the World

This paper empirically analyzes the question whether government involvement in the economy is conducive or detrimental to life satisfaction in a cross-section of 74 countries. This provides a test of a longstanding dispute between standard neoclassical economic theory, which predicts that government plays an unambiguously positive role for individuals' quality of life, and public choice theory, that was developed to understand why governments often choose excessive involvement and regulation, thereby harming voters' quality of life. Our results show that life satisfaction decreases with higher government spending. This negative impact of the government is stronger in countries with a leftwing median voter. It is alleviated by government effectiveness - but only in countries where the state sector is already small.

Recent Comments:
If this is true, then look — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-04-05 23:59

Staff Only -- The mises.org chat software

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-04-05 22:01

I was on just Mises.org and I noticed they have their own chatroom. I couldn't test all of the functionality, but the software seems much better then what we are using now. I'm not sure how easy it would be to integrate this into SOLO but this is the kind of thing we should look into using.



Recent Comments:
I've just realised that this — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:29
Yup. I concur with Ross. — by JulianP on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:42
Jason, it does look better, — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:12

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Fighting Terrorism and Intimidation

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Submitted by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-04-05 21:05

There is disagreement on this in Objectivist circles on everything from the War in Iraq to how to deal with the Danish cartoons issue and the threat of intimidation to whether we should nuke Teheran and more broadly whether we are fighting terrorism properly. It's not a set of debates primarily over theory or over Objectivism, but over practice, application, concretes. Over everything from the nature of Islam to when and how to apply force in countering threats and aggression.

I'm going to start by pulling over a post I just made regarding Borders' bookstore withdrawing a magazine carrying the cartoons from its shelves. [This was over on the 'Announcement' thread, where it started with a post by Diana Hsieh. I'm moving it because it's not the real topic of that thread, the reasons someone left an Objectivist organization or the organization itself.] That topic will follow immediately, but anything on how to fight terrorism, whether in an outright war, what to do about intimidation, issues of civil liberties such as the Patriot Act would fit on this thread.

Recent Comments:
Proper 'tactics'-vs-Evaluations of tacticians — by Rowlf on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:29
Pulling Magazines off the Shelves; Giving In to Intimidation — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-04-05 21:16

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Synaesthetics: Tasty Tunes

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Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-04-05 17:31

"Like a little music with your meal, Tuco?
Yes, very good for the digestion."

-The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

In Celebration of Jennifer Iannolo's podcasts appearing on iTunes (yeah!), and her collaborations with Adam Buker (New York Cheesecake):

What kind of music do you recommend with a fine meal? Is there a preferred genre of music for certain varieties? Do you find that music does, indeed, aid in the digestion? Do you tip the violing player at the table to play or go away?

(If you have the white trash pedigree like me, you've probably come to associate "Sweet Home Alabama" with backyard barbeques!)

Recent Comments:
Right on! — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-04-06 03:37
Oh, lots of Creedence for — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:51
And I have to add — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-04-06 01:49

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Rhythm Versus Melody continued: Extensional versus. intensional

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Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-04-05 17:16

Rhythm Versus Melody continued: Extensional versus. Intensional
By Joseph C. Maurone

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Getting no (musical) satisfaction?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-05 01:02

Reading a puff-piece the other day about the Rolling Stones' impending world tour, a piece of research was quoted that suggested our 'cultural choices' (or some such phrase) are all made between the ages of fifteen to thirty, following which we all apparently seek to recapture and reprise the thrill first felt in the first flush of adulthood.

This, said the journalist about the research, explains such phenomena as the constant repackaging and re-selling of CDs and albums of arthritic rockers, the $umpteen squillion Jimi Hendrix Rock'n'Roll Museum in Seattle (paid for with Paul Allen's Microsoft winnings), and the bland dreck played on expensive sound equipment emanating from the car windows of too many highly-paid middle-aged middle executives - 'life in the fast lane' - 'I can't get no satisfaction' - 'all in all we're just another lame-brain in the wall' - bleecch.

Recent Comments:
James V:I "hear" sincerity, — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:45
Sincerity — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-04-08 13:40
Hey James... — by Lanza Morio on Sat, 2006-04-08 05:02

Why Gareth Morgan is wrong to give his money away

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-05 00:59

Gareth Morgan is wrong to give his money away. Here's why.

There are some people who are so productive they almost can't help creating wealth. These aren't just wealth creators, they're walking machines of production, able to turn a dollar into ten, into a hundred, into a thousand, into seven hundred million... purely on the basis of a good idea, a lot of hard work, and an understanding of the way the world works.

Gareth's son Sam Morgan is such a man.

Recent Comments:
Yikes! — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-04-05 12:17
As was said elsewhere:Have — by Capitalist on Wed, 2006-04-05 07:14
Wrong? — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-04-05 03:48

Suppressing information. A challenge to free speech?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-05 00:57

The use of suppression orders in recent New Zealand trials has come in for much debate, not least in two trials involving and alleging gang rape, the latest being the suppression orders from the Louise Nicholas/Clint Rickards (et al) trials just finished, and currently being informally challenged. A commenter here asked for my opinion on the various breaches of the suppression order in the recent rape trial: "PC," said Yalnikim, "I'm looking forward to your thoughts on "free speech versus information suppression." So here they are.

NZ's water problems cured by property rights?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-05 00:55

Water has become an issue here in Godzone - dirty lakes in Rotorua; falling lake levels in South Island hydro lakes; rising demand for limited river water for agricultural irrigation.

All of these problems have been caused either largely or in part by a lack of sufficiently clear property rights in water -- a Tragedy of the Commons problem, and one recognised even by the Clark Government who has spent the last three years putting together a scheme for tradeable water rights, and by Rotorua Maori who are just beginning to talk about property rights as a means of protecting water quality in local lakes.

The Great Symphonies -- Schubert, Schumann and Brahms

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-04-04 23:48

This week I am giving suggestions for recordings of the great symphonies that were created by Beethoven's German successors Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. While every great 19th century composer can probably claim a Beethoven influence, it is most obvious in the music of these three men. And, like Beethoven the three were not single genre composers in the way that some of the other great 19th century composers were.

Since I only have one recording of each of Schubert's earlier symphonies I will stick to recordings of his 8th and 9th here. Others might argue that the earlier works deserve to be included in a list like this and that is probably true but at the moment I don't have a well formed opinion.

Recent Comments:
Watch those double — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-04-07 05:00
Try try again — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-04-07 04:54
Tune in Next Week — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-04-05 16:37

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On Prayer and Science

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-04-04 18:30

Recently a study was done exploring the efficacy of prayer. I've included the Reuters report about it to provide a contextual backdrop. Following the media's presentation of this study, the J-List, a discussion group of which I am a part, entered into a debate about it. I, being the opinionated person I am, joined in and began an interesting debate with a fellow J-Lister named Lynn. Here is part of that discussion (preceeded by the news article) for your perusal:

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study of more than 1,800 patients who underwent heart bypass surgery has failed to show that prayers specially organized for their recovery had any impact, researchers said on Thursday.

Recent Comments:
Rex is telepathic powers — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-07-06 03:24
My telepathic experience — by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-07-03 21:34
Hypnosis now too? — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-06-30 21:28

A Fat Tax is A Fair Tax

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-04-04 14:56

Not true, but unfortunately plausible.


Recent Comments:
Fascist - indeed! — by Utility Belt on Tue, 2006-04-04 20:37
— by Tim S on Tue, 2006-04-04 19:34

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Atlas Month—My First Love

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-04-04 07:09

From The Free Radical's special Ayn Rand Centenary issue, March 2005)

I met him when I was twenty-two. My life would never be the same again.

Recent Comments:
A Thousand Pardons — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-06-01 22:17
A similar kind of thing — by User hidden on Thu, 2006-06-01 20:03
Rex... — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-05-15 02:27

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Adding Links to the directory

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Tue, 2006-04-04 06:25

I would like to be able to add my website to the the directory but it seems that there is no way for a user to be able to do that like you could in SOLO Hq. Will there be any possibility of adding this feature to this site soon?



Recent Comments:
Concuring and opportunism — by Landon Erp on Tue, 2006-04-04 23:07

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the Web 2.0 and capitalism

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Submitted by dvo on Tue, 2006-04-04 02:58

Everyone is talking about the "Web 2.0", or the "Living Web." The idea that everyone has recognized is that if you want to make a website with a lot of great stuff (but perhaps don't have many resources to start with), then set up a website where users can create their own content, and organize it, all by themselves. Wikipedia, Myspace, Flickr, etc. are great examples of this.

It occurred to me that this is analogous to the idea that makes capitalism so successful. If you want to set up a country that has a lot of great stuff, then you can either: A) Have the government provide all the content; or B) set up a system where any individual user (well, citizen) is free to add whatever content he thinks would be good. The spirit of the "Living Web" would tell you to go with the second option.

Recent Comments:
Daniel, the web is the — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-04-04 05:35

Heidegger on Aristotle

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Submitted by seddon on Mon, 2006-04-03 01:22

There is a lot to hate about Heidegger. The Nazi bullshit is enough to put one off one’s food. And even if you can get past that, there is his lousy writing style. When I teach Existentialism I do Heidegger right after Nietzsche and even the dullest student is aware of the difference. So why this entry? I think I have found something of value in Heidegger and thought I would pass it on. Rand loved Aristotle and Heidegger wrote quite a bit about him. And his approach to Aristotle attracted the attention of Jacob Kline, long associated with the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis and whose influence can now be witnessed in a wonderful series of translations of Aristotle by Joe Sachs. Specifically he has translated the METAPHYSICS, PHYSICS, ON THE SOUL, NICHOMACHEAN ETHICS, ON MEMORY AND RECOLLECTION, AND THE POETICS. But back to Heidegger.

Recent Comments:
Greekless — by seddon on Tue, 2006-04-04 20:09
Greekless... — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-04-04 19:23
That's Brave — by seddon on Tue, 2006-04-04 18:56


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Submitted by William E. Perry on Sun, 2006-04-02 12:57

I am no longer employed by, or affiliated with The Objectivist Center. Nor will I be attending their summer seminar. There are several exceptions to this. First I am technically a member of TOC under its rules until sometime in August due to previous donations. Second I wrote an article about Terry Goodkind which should appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine. (I wrote the article in October.) If there are any letters to the editor concerning the article I may reply. Finally I have agreed to answer questions from the center about work I did, as well as the location of files in my former office and on my computer. I have also agreed to forward any e-mail I receive regarding TOC to the appropriate person there. I have specifically not agreed to give any advice about any matter.

Recent Comments:
Photo please Roderick — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2007-04-17 01:00
"Abstract Particulars" — by Fifth of November on Mon, 2007-04-16 23:07
TOC — by eg on Thu, 2006-04-06 17:56

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Punish, O Lord, those of us who, through our own fault, are ungreen

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-04-02 08:41

Excellent article from the Times.


"Buttonhole a passionate eco-apocalypticist and tell him a way has been found for us to cut carbon emissions perfectly painlessly, and carry on living as we do. Observe the involuntary anger cross his face. Or tell him it’s anyway too late and we’ll never stop China polluting. Observe that his objections remain: to how his own countrymen live. He may talk science but his underlying motives are of a different kind."

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SoloThrust Topic(not safe for work-well, actually this one is) A Piece of Meat

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Sun, 2006-04-02 02:55

While savoring my dinner tonight, I realized that there are only a couple of things more y-chromosome than a perfectly marbled, and perfectly cooked steak. What are your favorite cuts and cooking methods? I like fire as well as the next man, but for me grilling ain't it; I'll take it seared under a high-heat broiler anyday. And to all restaurants out there--never serve up a steak that can be described with the adjective "petit".

Recent Comments:
A-Grade Thruster topic, — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-04-03 00:21
Yum — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-04-02 20:55
Steak — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-04-02 18:52

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April Update

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-04-01 21:47

It has been an interesting month watching things develop here on SOLO. As I initially noted, I was surprised when Lindsay tapped me to run things here, but I decided that the challenge he was offering is one that gives me an outlet to focus on things that are important to me. Objectivism is important to me, discussing ideas is important to me, and advocating freedom is important to me. The goal that Lindsay and I share is that we both want to develop the best Objectivist community on the Internet. While SOLO is certainly my personal favorite Objectivist community I recognize that a lot of work needs to be done before we can once again claim this title. My first goal in this process is to build a strong team of people to help me run different aspects SOLO. A lot of what I write in my initial monthly updates will be aimed at attracting people to help with different projects. This month I have three such projects that I want to mention.

Recent Comments:
contra Jennifer — by Jody Gomez on Tue, 2006-04-04 03:21
Error in Dates — by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-04-03 22:36
Kenny — by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-04-03 19:56

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