The Future is Now: Heroes and Property Rights in the Final Frontier

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-02-20 18:29

On a crisp evening not long ago, I took a brisk walk through the park near my home. The sun’s radiance had long since faded giving way to far-reaching darkness, and the moon—understatedly luminous—had risen. As I strolled through the park, I observed a man in the distance standing rigidly, but with his head bent back at an awkward angle. He appeared to be transfixed by something overhead. Curiosity got the better of me and I approached him. When I asked what he saw, he replied simply: “The future.”

I didn’t understand what he meant at first. But then, I gazed up and witnessed the moon, the stars and the vast expanse of space. And, feeling a strange sense of exhilaration, I started to grasp the meaning of his statement.

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This is very good. Thank — by John M Newnham on Wed, 2006-02-22 16:50
Very nice! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-21 01:34

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Thoughts on Heroism from the Gods...

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Submitted by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-20 01:43

From the closing scene of the movie CLASH OF THE TITANS:

On Mount Olympus, the Gods reflect on the victory of Perseus over the Kraken:

"What a dangerous precedent...what if one day there were other heroes like him? What if courage and imagination were to become everyday mortal qualities...what would become of us?"

"Then we would no longer be needed! Until then, there is sufficient cowardice, sloth...mendacity...down there on earth to last forever..."

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Heads-up to Multiculturalists: Time to Change your Mind.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-02-20 01:19

There is a widespread view that it is wrong to criticise another's culture, that all cultures are equally valid, and that to do crticise cultural practices or mores is insensitive, if not outright racist. This viewpoint, known as cultural relativism, is as widespread as it is wrong. As a view that purports to accurately describe the way the world is (rather than how we might wish it might be), recent events have made clear it is a viewpoint that is increasingly untenable. It is an idea in crisis.

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Al-Jazeera WordCloud ... — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-02-20 21:48
Excellent article — by sanjay on Mon, 2006-02-20 19:33
I've said it before... — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-02-20 04:11

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Neighbours ignore murder, thinking it was a 'domestic dispute'

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-02-19 19:29

According to this NZ Herald story:

Residents of Fyfe Rd in Waihi Beach say they heard the muted sounds of a BB gun or air rifle and "blood-curdling" screams from a woman about 1.40 yesterday morning.

But they thought it was a domestic dispute and went back to sleep.

What kind of fucking retard would do that? I mean, even if they were a bit testicularly challenged, or perhaps didn't feel like actually getting out of bed to investigate & possible save a life or two ... what's wrong

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Yep, the AirSoft thing did — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-22 21:25
The neighbours’ reaction — by CVert on Wed, 2006-02-22 20:25
I once saw a strange guy — by Robert on Sun, 2006-02-19 22:59


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Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-02-18 22:18

You can look the other way once and it’s no big deal, except it makes it easier for you to compromise the next time and pretty soon that’s all you’re doing because that’s how you think things are done.
You know the guys I blew the whistle on. You think they were the bad guys—cause they weren’t. They weren’t the bad guy--they were just like you and me, except they compromised--ONCE.

Jack Bauer - the hero of "24" This is from season one, hour one.

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Choices and Decisions are the heart of '24' — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-05-12 00:54
"24" — by seddon on Thu, 2006-02-23 19:13
Good Shows... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-23 17:08

Gumbel No Fan of Winter Games

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Submitted by Ashley on Sat, 2006-02-18 21:01

Have you guys seen this? I just had a discussion a few days ago about whether events like board-x and halfpipe events were "really sports" (yes, they are). But I have never seen anyone so angry about the Olympics!

"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t like them and won’t watch them ... Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin."

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Artistic evaluation vs. physical observation — by sjw on Fri, 2006-03-17 16:31
Great post Robert. I'm in — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:51
Hmmm — by Robert on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:25

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A Quiet Contradiction

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Submitted by Senator Willcox... on Sat, 2006-02-18 06:44

In 1955 Graham Greene wrote perhaps his most famous novel: The Quiet American. (Yes, Greene was a Catholic and socialist, but bear with me.) It is the story of a very cynical English Journalist in Vietnam during the Viet-Minh-French war. The book is made up of his experiences concerning a very idealistic, innocent, and bloodstained American. The story is less important to my article though, than the idea of the Third Force.
The Third Force is a small army led by a General Thé, a man who supposedly finds the imperialist French and Communists evil. He leaves the French and takes those loyal to him to a Mountain stronghold to wage war on both the Viet-Minh and the French.

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Follow Up — by Senator Willcox L. CO on Sun, 2006-02-19 00:42
'Senator', you described the — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-02-18 01:10

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It's more humorous by the day!...Flushing a Baldwin out of the Bush (or something like that)'s picture
Submitted by on Sat, 2006-02-18 04:28

Well, it official! Dick Cheney is a terrorist, according to actor Alec Baldwin. Yep! That's right, Alec-I'm-leaving-the-US-if-Bush-wins-Baldwin posted this lovely gem of a quote on Huffington's post:

"Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately. Who ever thought Harry Whittington would be the answer to America's prayers. Finally, someone who might get that lying, thieving Cheney into a courtroom to answer some direct questions."

To view the whole post, go here:

Younkins on Hegel

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Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-02-18 03:04


Thanks for your article on Hegel. Just a few thoughts.

1. “Kant thus proposed the paradox that the world consists of antinomies—contradictions that cannot be resolved.” But they can be resolved and Kant himself proposed the resolution. Hence the title of Section VI, in Book II, chapter II, to wit: “Transcendental Idealism as the Key to Solving the Cosmological Dialectic.” (i.e., antinomies).

2. “the State, . . . is an end in itself.” And yet Hegel can write, human beings “are ends in themselves—not merely formally, as is the world of other living beings, whose individual life is essentially subordinate to that of man and is properly used us as an instrument. Men, on the contrary, are ends in themselves in regard to the content of the end. This defines those elements which we demand to be exempt from the category of means: morality, ethics, religion. [Remember that for Hegel, religion is a primitive form of philosophy.] Man is an end in himself. (REASON IN HISTORY, 44-5)

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Hegel — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2006-02-19 13:18

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God's Original Plan for Humanity

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Submitted by Ergo on Fri, 2006-02-17 18:55


Assume that the Genesis story in the Bible is true.
Therefore, God exists.

God created man in His image.
Then he created woman out of man.
Strangely, however, God commanded Adam and Eve to not eat the fruits of the tree of life and knowledge.
In other words, God made man and woman in His image except for the knowledge and immortal life part. So, “His image” is quite questionable as to what it means.
It is said in the book of Genesis that before eating of the forbidden fruit, man had no concept of sin or wrong or evil. It was after having eaten the fruit from the “Serpent” that sin entered into the world. Sin implies immorality – which also implies a possibility of morality.

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'The Bible'...simplified — by Rowlf on Mon, 2006-04-17 02:35
The Origin & the last 2000 years — by on Sat, 2006-02-18 04:58

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

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Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-17 05:53

A picture is worth a thousand words

Photo shot Feb 15th (I think) in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Hat tips: and URL=

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Landon, here comes Pigman, striking terror against Jihad..... — by Bosch Fawstin on Sun, 2007-08-05 05:18
'Hate' Speech — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 01:56
Pig Man — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-02-25 03:02

Some Levity About Cheney's "Hunting" Accident's picture
Submitted by on Fri, 2006-02-17 05:01

Amid all of the media and liberal hysteria, I thought this quote of the day was just so funny I had to it pass on:


BTW: For those people who don't know what a quail is (the bird that Cheney & friends were hunting, when the veep pulled the trigger and shot his buddy in the face), it is a helpless little bird found in the great American Southwest, that lives under bushes, doesn't fly (except in short bursts) and is typically marked with an oh-so-cute little plume on the top of their heads. Quails hatch their young, which then follow the hen around in a little line (kind of like ducklings). As helpless little creatures, they are easy to find, shoot & kill...Much easier than bin Laden! PLUS, they taste GREAT BBQ'd and served with corn and beer! Really, though, to "hunt" quail is a misnomer, as you can generally his them with a good wrist-rocket!

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Depends on when you're shooting — by Wes on Fri, 2006-02-17 17:47
As a former desert dweller, — by on Fri, 2006-02-17 13:12
Perhaps a bit too tongue & — by on Fri, 2006-02-17 13:10

Don't get hooptedoodle mixed up with your story

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-16 23:38

Heard the one about the doctor, the hooker and the libertarian?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-16 23:34

Heard the one about the doctor who's opening a brothel 'cos he's sick of the health bureacracy pushing him around?

A certain Dr McGrath spoke up for the doctor a week or so ago, and last night at a packed public meeting in Mangonui Julian Pistorius put in a word or two for the hookers -- or at least the erstwhile Dr Benson's freedom to hire them. (Apparently Sue Bradford, a strong promoter of the Prostitution Reform Act was "very sympathetic," but alas apparently washing her hair last night and unable to attend).

Activism: Dr Neil Benson's Brothel

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-02-16 22:53

Last night, as the Far North representative for Libertarianz, I attended a public meeting in Mangonui. For those who don't know, Dr Neil Benson, Cooper's Beach GP, is setting up a brothel in his medical rooms. I went to support his right do to so.

(Dr Neil Benson, photo courtesy of NZ Herald)

The meeting was organised by The Doubtless Bay Christian Centre, and was addressed by Scott McMurray, former communications director of Maxim Institute.

The NZPC (New Zealand Prostitutes Collective) only heard about the meeting late yesterday, and contacted Dr Richard McGrath, Libertarianz health spokesman, for assistance. They must have read his press release in support of Dr Benson:

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Aw, shucks you guys! — by JulianP on Fri, 2006-02-17 19:51
Hear, hear! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-17 04:45
Well done that man! — by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-17 03:36

Linz Bows Out Of TOC Summer Seminar

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-15 23:26

I have just now sent the following note to Ed Hudgins and Will Thomas, after receiving e-mails from them complaining that I had insulted TOC in my recent post here, quoted below at the end of my note.

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Kenny ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-20 18:41
Thank you — by sjw on Mon, 2006-02-20 16:53
Barbara Branden comments on PARC!! — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-20 12:52

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Do you have a people?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:16

Some people define themselves by what they call 'their people.' Do you have a people? 'Professional Maori' Willie Jackson says he's spent his life looking out for "his people" -- when resigning as a Labour MP Tariana Turia declared "it came down to a question of integrity and I had to act for my people" -- her present Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said in his maiden speech to parliament that "the hurt to my people" in being called "haters and wreckers" by [Prime Minister] Helen Clark was "very deep."

So Willie, Tariana and Pita seem to think they have 'a people,' and they're basing it on their race. They are making a virtue of their skin colour, about which they have no choice, but because of which they demand special 'race-based' favours. Such is the mistaken value of ethnicity:

ETHNICITY: The elevating of one’s racial identity and associated cultural traditions to a position of supreme importance – a racist version of collectivism, under-pinned by post-modernism in philosophy, and still very fashionable in academia.

How about you then? Do you have 'a people'? If so, on what basis do you decide who that 'people' is. Think about it for a minute, and while you do, let me ask you a question and offer you a proposition.

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— by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2006-02-16 01:13

Some cultures deserved to die out

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:11

Not every culture is worth saving or preserving. There are some cultures that deserved to die out -- the Maya were just one, and on this as so much else Jared Diamond's book Collapse has it wrong again. As a tragic loss, they weren't, and Roger Sandall is right on the money. "I don’t care if the Maya civilization did collapse," says Sandall. "I don’t think we should shed a single retrospective tear":

When Passive Verbs Attack

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:09

What's a passive verb? It's a way of writing that removes from what is written both writer and passion. Compare for example: 'You cannot do this' (active) with 'This cannot be done' (passive). Passive verbs are used to soften the sense of a phrase, and too often to camouflage an opinion as being the writer's own. It's a way of speaking for the speechless without appearing to.

Why does this matter? Well, how many times do you hear these phrases used like a stop sign:

It is considered that...

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About your Verbally-Abusive article... — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:43
The article is misguided. — by tdh on Thu, 2006-02-16 19:55
Shane Jones — by Phil Howison on Thu, 2006-02-16 12:49

71 Million Murderous Muslims

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:06

[... with apologies to Captain Haddock, from whose lips the above might well have sprung]

I think David Farrar has made a slight error in his estimate, in that he's confusing total population levels with adult population levels. So I put my estimate, based on his figures, at around 71 million.

That's still 71 million too many.

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Statistics, anyone? — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:50
Blood Feud — by Senator Willcox L. CO on Wed, 2006-02-15 23:14
Interesting ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-15 22:00

No Blood For Oil!

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:04

Check out this story about socalist dictator/thug Hugo Chavez and socialist representative/thug-wanna-be Bernard Sanders have made a deal to sell Venezuelan oil to 'low-income' Vermonters at a 40 percent discount, with an additional 108,000 gallons going to homeless shelters for free. Where is Ragnar Danneskjöld when you need him?

Technical Analysis (Investing)

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-02-14 19:21

I have never understood the draw of technical analysis. Making investment decisions based upon this or this or trend or indicator doesn't strike me as a prudent investment method. In fact, I wouldn't call it investment at all. I would call it speculation. I also think that day trading is silly. Does anyone out there employ these techniques and do you believe that they actually work?

- Jason

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Technical Analysis — by Sam Erica on Sat, 2006-03-18 17:25
Investment Strategies (Part B) — by Ashley Chan on Sat, 2006-03-18 08:12
Investment Strategies (Part A) — by Ashley Chan on Sat, 2006-03-18 08:10

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Lennox on Axioms

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Submitted by seddon on Tue, 2006-02-14 15:16

In this article I would like to raise five points about Jim Lennox’s paper, “Ayn Rand as Aristotelian: Axioms and their Validation,” which he delivered at the American Philosophical Association meeting in New York City on Dec. 29, 2005.

1. THE NECESSITY OF AXIOMS: On p. 3 of his paper Lennox quotes Rand approvingly, (All four speakers ALWAYS quote Rand approvingly) “But what will come out of this is an arrangement of the whole in a logical system, proceeding from a few axioms in a succession of logical theorems. The axioms will be necessary—even mathematics has them—[because sic.] you can’t build something on nothing. . . .(Harriman 1997, 72) Lennox then gives the “you can’t get something from nothing” argument. You need axioms because you can’t get something from nothing. But he gives no argument for identifying the “something” as “axioms.” He also gives no argument for equating a non-axiomatic foundation with nothing.

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A Valentine's Day poem

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Submitted by Casey on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:24

For guys for their gals today, and for all you gals reading this...


If gathering all Desire’s flowers,
And blending them all with mystical powers
And honey and ivory and rubies and milk
And gold and berries and music and silk
And the airy sigh of the waterfall
And the liquid shimmer of nightfall
And the birdsong in spring forests
And the phosphor of phosphorous
And with extra angels leavened
The potent tears of storming heavens
And diamonds, pearls, perhaps a mink fur
Could make one replica of her —
What a shy price would be squandered
For the prize Pygmalion pondered.

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Claudia, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-06-16 02:00
Thankyou — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-06-16 01:54
Claudia, the answer is a — by John M Newnham on Thu, 2006-06-15 16:03

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The inevitable first blog post

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:39

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I get quite a bit of enjoyment reading my friend's blogs, and I *love* hearing myself talk, so it was only natural that eventually I'd start one of my own, especially once I was handed an audience of fellow travelers to marvel at my own online navel-gazing.

So, here goes.

Throwing parties is a new hobby of mine, so this past Friday, in my cramped little university apartment, my roommate and I put away all our furniture and various geegaws that were lying around, hung a mirror ball and a Vertigo light (which shoots out colored beams to the beat of music that is playing) from our ceiling, and put on a full-blown retro-70s disco party. It was a blast, and, despite the simultaneous presence of two handles of tequila, two liters of vodka, and two dozen college students, nothing (and nobody) wound up broken, stained, or poisoned. I attached a little picture of the festivities.

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Jesus, Deputy! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:01

Submitted by on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:29

Ah yes, it's that time again...The last minute rush to buy flowers, chocolate and other assundry things for that someone special in our life...

Here's a CAPITAL idea for everyone who loves capitalism and the free market:

Buy a stock (or 10) in a company that you value.

Who knows? If you choose wisely, your gift may appreciate in value...

Although my other-half may disagree, it sure beats the heck out of roses that are going to be dead in three days anyway!

Good shopping to you!

Rand and "Black Hate Radio"

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Submitted by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-14 00:22

Philadelphia City Paper recently ran an article called "Black Hate Radio", about a radio show "Star and Buc Wild". The show airs weekday mornings on urban station Power 99 FM. The show's star, Troi Torain, according to the City Paper, "spits epithets at everyone: "'spics,' 'asslickers' (homosexuals), 'hoes' and 'bitches.' Kanye West is a 'nigger.' Whites are especially despised: 'whitey' was recently blamed collectively for choosing February as Black History Month, it being the shortest."

Now for the punchline: "Torain hates everyone, though not equally. A disciple of Ayn Rand, the formerrecord company exec spouts a creed of self-interest he calls "Objective Hate." By attacking all the 'losers' around you, says Torain, one can find personal fulfillment, and much wealth. Among Torain's biggest losers are black people, especially black women. Torain, who disavows his own African-American heritage, dismisses black identity as 'modern day tribalism.'"

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Yes — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-02-22 20:00
Yeah, — by Casey on Wed, 2006-02-22 18:30
Oh Henry — by Ed on Fri, 2006-02-17 09:55

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Machan's Musings—Free Speech's "Least Attractive Practitioners"

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2006-02-13 22:01

Over the last several days I have been thinking and writing about the
furor surrounding the Danish cartoons that many Muslims have found so
offensive. I have noted that even if they are offensive and grievously
insulting, this doesn’t justify the sort of violence we have witnessed in
response to it often perpetrated against people who haven’t had anything
to do with the cartoons. Justice must be proportional—one doesn’t hit
another because one’s been insulted by him and certainly one doesn’t just
vent against innocent bystanders. At most insults may be met with
comparable insults and the targets must be those who issued the original

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Another perspective — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-14 18:40

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Coupla Things!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-13 07:56

It's that time again when FreeRad is being readied for the printer, so no Daily Linz in the interim. When it resumes it'll include Fundamental Stuff again. (I know you're all hanging out for that. Smiling)

I'm disestablishing the position of editor because to all intents & purposes there's no longer anything to edit. With the instant access folk have to the front page with their personal SOLO blogs etc. no one seems to want to write articles as such. So I'm going with the flow on this one. But I'm not disestablishing Mr Bissell. He becomes Deputy-Principal, someone for me to chew the fat with, help me set goals, etc.

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Dear Confused-of-Auckland — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 23:46
Confused — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:50
Fool — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:24

Beyond Emotion: The Gestalt Theory of Music

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Submitted by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-13 02:34
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