South Park: No More Love Gravy

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-03-16 02:08

Isaac Hayes, singer known for the famous theme from "Shaft" and more recently the voice of "Chef" on SOUTH PARK, has quit in high dudgeon over the recent trashing of the Church of Scientology, of which he is a member. "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," says Hayes.

Co-creator Matt Stone pointed out the hypocrisy of Hayes's stand: "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem - and he's cashed plenty of checks - with our show making fun of Christians."

Recent Comments:
Will television networks stand up for freedom of speech — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-04-08 23:04
South Park --- and Voltaire — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-04-08 22:51
James, my view of you is — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-03-18 22:55

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Dr. Madeleine Cosman RIP

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2006-03-15 20:56

In case some of you missed the sad news, Madeleine Cosman passed away on March 2. Here's a link to our short obituary, with a photo. She was a wonderful woman and will certainly be missed. -- Ed Hudgins

http://www.objectivistcenter.o...

Dr. Madeleine Cosman: RIP

We're sad to announce that one of our most popular speakers, Dr. Madeleine Cosman, passed away on March 2 from complications from scleroderma. She was 68.

Madeleine was a grand dame, who spoke with the diction and drama of a Shakespearean actor on a variety of subjects ranging from the persecution of physicians by government, to the virtues of learning how to fly a plane and shoot a gun.

Recent Comments:
Linz -- I can think of no — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2006-03-15 22:14
Salute to Madeleine — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-15 21:51

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Now you see Solo-Passion. Now you don't.

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-15 14:07

Here's an exercise for your Wednesday morning: Type in www.solohq.com and try to determine whence the message announcing the rise of SOLO-Passion from the ashes of SOLOHQ has gone. You will see Joe Rowland's RoR announcement, but nothing about Linz or SOLO-P.

Disclaimer: I, Robert Winefield - author of this post, do solemnly acknowledge that Joe is under no legal obligation to afford SOLO-Passion advertising space on his website. Mind you, I didn't go to RoR by choice! I navigated to www.solohq.com - previous location of a joint venture between Joe Rowlands and Lindsay Perigo.

This is only an observation. I am reserving my judgement because I don't have the vocabulary to express my true feelings without being obscene.

Recent Comments:
My point is... — by atlascott on Sat, 2006-05-27 19:06
Olives — by ethan_dawe on Sat, 2006-05-27 13:42
Here's a wee task ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-05-27 11:47

Roe vs. Wade For Men PLUS

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2006-03-15 13:10
     When a normal fertile male and a normal fertile female have sex together, usually that's all they're doing. They're participating in some mutual moments of pleasure, passion, and intimacy. They are generally not trying to make a baby. They are generally not planing to start or expand a family.
     This is the "default position" of sex. This is the implicit agreement and implied social compact between them. This contract may be unspoken and unwritten -- but it's very clear and strong.

Recent Comments:
Jen, I fully agree with you. — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-03-21 05:48
This is MY body — by Rukundo on Tue, 2006-03-21 03:34
Property Rights — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-03-20 18:51

TOC: Bill Perry "Retires"

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-03-14 21:22

TOC has officially confirmed Bill Perry's departure with the following announcement:

___________________________

"Bill Perry, The Objectivist Center's director of community relations, is retiring and returning to Arizona.

"After a career as a prosecutor in Arizona, where his family lives, and after trips to our Summer Seminars, Bill retired not to a life of leisure but, rather, to Poughkeepsie, New York to work for us for a while. He started with us in March 2004 and when the Center moved to D.C., Bill agreed to serve another year before really retiring.

"He has been a great help in the transition and in creating a well-organized system for fundraising and keeping in touch with our members. For example, Bill produced the Logbooks that are sent out ten times a year and organized the sponsors' dinner at the Summer Seminars. He even found time to do a fine seminar talk in 2005 on Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher on whom Ayn Rand in part modeled Dr. Huge Akston in Atlas Shrugged.

Recent Comments:
Come out and say it — by wsscherk on Sun, 2006-04-23 14:48
And... — by Holly Valliant on Thu, 2006-03-16 14:57
I'm sure.... — by Robert on Thu, 2006-03-16 14:31

Introducing: The Objective Standard

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Submitted by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-03-14 10:04

The high-minded and magnificent Lindsay Perigo gave me permission to post this even though it's in competition with his own Free Radical. Thanks Linz!

From their Statement of Purpose:

The Objective Standard is a quarterly journal of culture and politics based on the idea that for every human concern—from personal matters to foreign policy, from the sciences to the arts, from education to legislation—there are demonstrably objective standards by reference to which we can assess what is true or false, good or bad, right or wrong. The purpose of the journal is to analyze and evaluate ideas, trends, events, and policies accordingly.

Recent Comments:
Blog — by Glenn I Heppard on Thu, 2006-05-11 04:41

Larkin Building - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:48

Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building of 1905 was revolutionary. The first atrium office building -- indeed, the first atrium building of any type -- air-conditioned, fire-proof, a veritable 'cathedral of industry.'

The Larkin building was completely revolutionary for the time. Most obviously it was one of the first buildings to use a form of air conditioning that was integral to its design. The main pillars would circulate air through them and treat them with a water mist to cool and cleans the air as it flowed into the rest of the building...

Recent Comments:
I have the honor of having a — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-03-14 20:58
A Song Comes to Mind — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-03-14 18:32
Air Conditioning — by eg on Tue, 2006-03-14 16:49

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National ID: HOW REAL ID WILL AFFECT YOU?

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Submitted by JoeM on Tue, 2006-03-14 03:24

Rev.13:16:

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

Ayn Rand, when asked about civil disobediance, said that "You didn't expect her to be storming the barricades, it's much too soon for that." Many Objectivis s wonder if and when that time will come. Barbara Branden, in an interview with Lindsay Perigo, pointed to the implementation of a national ID card, which w s being discussed as a possibility after Sept. 11th, as an indicator that such a time might be nea

Recent Comments:
National ID cards are being — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-03-14 22:26
Marnee... — by sjw on Tue, 2006-03-14 21:06
Thank You Marnee — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-03-14 19:39

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Food and the Power of Sight

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-03-13 20:29

Food has the power to enchant us with a glance -- a promise of things to come. From the ReMARKable Palate Podcast (www.gildedfork.com/podcast.html).


3:20 minutes (3.06 MB)
Recent Comments:
Tim, — by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2006-03-20 10:45
So excited! — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-03-19 16:28
Fancy schmancy — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-03-19 16:18

Lindzen on climate alarmism

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-03-13 19:42

Richard Lindzen is one of the most well-known global warming 'skeptics.' Here is a recent Powerpoint presentation given by Lindzen "rebutting alarmist climate science." As Robert Bradley from PERC notes, "he explains, among other things, how each greenhouse gas emission has less of a climate effect than the one before -- a powerful scientific law that neuters the CO2 mitigation option as the years and decades progress."

Take a look. It only takes a minute to get the main arguments. The document itself is in PDF form.

Recent Comments:
PERC — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:48
PERC — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:44
Okay Cool — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-03-14 00:52

Objectivist Cultural Sighting – Star the Hater

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-03-13 18:47

Joe Maurone started a thread here a while back entitled “Ayn Rand and Black Hate Radio”. His post quoted a Philadelphia newspaper article which was stereotypically critical of the popular Star and Buc Wild radio show and its lead personality Star (Troi Torain). The popular media refers to Star as a shock jock. He is a morning FM radio talk show host based out of New York City with growing syndication on FM radio stations along the East Coast and in the South East. According to some web sources Star's show regularly beat Howard Stern's show among 18-35 year olds in New York during Stern's last couple of years on FM radio. Indeed, as Stern announced his move to satellite radio his former employer Clear Channel signed the Star and Buc Wild show to a lucrative contract.

Recent Comments:
And then we hit the wall... — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-05-14 01:16
Jeez — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-03-14 00:43
Of course ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-03-13 21:21

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On an Island: The Solitary Listener

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2006-03-12 18:22

Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour released his first solo album in 20 years, fittingly titled ON AN ISLAND.

Recent Comments:
Point — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:40
Your point? — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-03-14 00:45
Gilmour — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-03-13 20:02

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This week at 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-03-12 01:34

For those of you who disgracefully missed some of Not PC this week, here's a brief summary of the best of it. Feel free to pass it on to everyone you've ever met...

  1. Fallingwater: The story of how Frank Lloyd Wright drew up America's finest Twentieth-Century house in the time it took the client to drive two hours to meet him

    The story of how Frank Lloyd Wright drew up America's finest Twentieth-Century house in the time it took the client to drive two hours to meet him is the stuff of legend...

  2. God drinks Guinness

    Friday afternoon a week before St Patricks Day seems an ideal time to ponder a fairly convincing Ontological Proof of God provided by a skinful of Guinness, a pretty girl and a bright sun...

Recent Comments:
Plein Air — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-03-13 20:07
:-) — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-03-13 00:21
Oh my...'Colonial' (as I — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-03-12 23:16

Anna Moffo Dies

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Sat, 2006-03-11 21:12

Very sad news indeed: the great Anna Moffo has died. She suffered a
fatal stroke two days ago after having endured cancer for almost 10
years. Here's a link to her New York Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03...

Anna was my favourite soprano. Her career may have been shortlived,
but when she was at her peak in the late 1950s and early 60s, there
wasn't a soprano alive with her combination of vocal beauty and
phrasing. And there still isn't. Someone once called her "the female
Mario Lanza," and in many respects she was. What a duo they would

Recent Comments:
Photo of Anna and Linz — by JulianP on Sun, 2006-03-19 01:37
He means my *vinyl* collection! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-03-12 02:02
Memory — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-03-12 01:57

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Changing the Culture

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Submitted by sjw on Sat, 2006-03-11 20:38

At the heart of the premier Objectivist organizations, ARI & TOC, is a common goal and purpose: to change the culture to be pro-reason, pro-individualism, pro-freedom:

  • ARI: "ARI seeks to promote these principles, spearheading a 'cultural renaissance' that will reverse the anti-reason, anti-individualism, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's culture. The major battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism is the educational institutions-high schools, and above all, the universities, where students learn the ideas that shape their lives.”
  • TOC: "The goal of The Objectivist Center is to help create a new culture in our society, a culture in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy, a culture that affirms the core Objectivist values of reason, individualism, freedom, and achievement."
Recent Comments:
I suspect that ARI and TOC — by rinkuhero on Tue, 2006-03-14 02:05
Fundamentals — by sjw on Mon, 2006-03-13 17:18
Refutation — by rinkuhero on Mon, 2006-03-13 12:17

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The Sense of Smell

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-03-11 20:36

This is from my Weekly Meditation, which is part of the podcast we now produce at the Gilded Fork (www.gildedfork.com). I'm presently doing a series on the senses, so this was the first installment. Note that the fabulous music was created by my favorite Pianoman. Smiling

Additional note: Recorded with cold, hence Lauren Bacall-esque thematic. Laughing out loud

Music: New York Cheesecake by Adam Buker


3:18 minutes (3.03 MB)
Recent Comments:
Coming Soon — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-03-21 23:17
Pod People — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-03-13 19:53
Truffles? — by Tim S on Mon, 2006-03-13 09:42

Bravissimo, Chef!

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-03-11 19:45

Ciro, I greatly enjoy your passion, and I wanted to commend you for the sheer delight you take in il gastronomiche. (Not sure if "il" is correct, but we'll go with that.)

I look forward to perusing your recipes. Since you are the fellow owner of a Newberry, you clearly have good taste. Smiling

Recent Comments:
Mille grazie — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-03-16 20:05
Ciro D'Agostino — by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2006-03-16 19:38

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Slobodan Milosevic is Dead - Good Riddance!

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Submitted by Robert on Sat, 2006-03-11 19:36

From Foxnews:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0...

"AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, the so-called "butcher of the Balkans" being tried for war crimes after orchestrating a decade of bloodshed during his country's breakup, was found dead Saturday in his prison cell. He was 64."

I was never a supporter of Bill Clinton's 1999 punitive campaign against Serbia. The reason? I couldn't figure out who the good guys were! Dyed in the wool ethnic-Serbian ex-commies on one side fought the less-well armed Bosnian-Herzegovinian Croats and Bosniaks on the other - when they weren't fighting each other that is. And, to add to the fun, the Lillie-white uniformed UN "peace-keeping" forces spent most of their time trying to avoid being shot. Not an easy thing to do when some moron in New York decides you must scorn camouflage because your so-called mission requires you to be highly visible in a combat zone.

Recent Comments:
It wont be mentioned — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2006-03-13 16:03
Accusations of all sorts of dirty business at the U.N. trial ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-03-12 19:27
"I'm glad that Slobodan — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-03-12 02:07

On Dildos

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-03-11 07:53

I realized that Regina Dildo would be a decidedly tacky name, so I went with my second-favorite Linz assignation.

Eye

Recent Comments:
Jordan! — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-04-05 16:09
Fantastic! — by JordanKing on Wed, 2006-04-05 13:07
Tight T — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-03-20 22:22

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To All Staff

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-03-11 03:21

Hey guys. I hope that all of the staff can see this.

As you've probably noticed since “the split” site activity on SOLO has been sporadic. There are days when the web site experiences massive activity and other days when we only have 5-10 new messages all day long. Much of this is due to the fact that there are far fewer new full blown articles on the site. These provided a steady stream of activity on SOLOhq. Unfortunately we're not at the point yet with SOLOPassion where we can expect to be able to post one or two top quality edited articles per day.

I hope that we will be able to return to that level of article submission in the near future. In the mean time I would like to work on building up activity among the various SOLOGroups. What I am requesting from each of you is some kind of content submission on a weekly basis. This can be anything from a full blown article to a new forum topic or an interesting news link. This will add up to one post per week in your group forum. And if you can't think of something relating to your group you can post on any other subject. .

Recent Comments:
Reiterating Jason ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-03-12 22:06
Jason: As soon as my — by Derek McGovern on Sun, 2006-03-12 19:54
I'm a little occupied — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-03-12 05:04

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Church joins crusade over climate change

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-03-10 23:06

It was just a matter of time, that these two groups of irrational thugs, religious leaders and Environmentalists, ganged up together.

From Nature....

"Church joins crusade over climate change"

Evangelical leaders have called on the United States to step up its efforts to control greenhouse-gas emissions. But can they force action where others have failed, asks Amanda Haag.

Fire and brimstone are coming to the aid of US science, as evangelical scientists and their allies in the religious community embark on a battle against climate change.

"The time has come...for destroying those who destroy the Earth," says Calvin DeWitt, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, quoting from the Scriptures. The Bible teaches stewardship of the planet, he says, which is partly why 86 prominent US evangelical Christians last month signed the 'Evangelical Climate Initiative' calling for mandatory limits on greenhouse-gas emissions.

Recent Comments:
Mmm, well Christianity & — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-03-12 07:07
Just when you thought ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-03-12 03:22

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What are the best Italian films?

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-03-10 21:01

I am posting this in the hope that I will receive some good suggestions. I should add up front that I have never been a big fan of Fellini though of course I am open to any opinions or suggestions. I have never seen any of the movies directed by Vinconti. I have also never seen a movie directed by Bernardo Bertolucci that wasn't an English language film. And I'm sure there are other great Italian films and directors that I am unaware of. So my own top list is incomplete. Here are my favorites :

1. Life is Beautiful -- One of the great sense of life films ever made. The lead actor and director is the great Roberto Benigni.

Recent Comments:
Where is Master Bates? — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-08-01 06:56
Which seems to imply Andrew — by Hayden Wood on Wed, 2007-08-01 06:44
Jameson, 'MALENA' was — by Erik Christensen on Tue, 2007-07-31 22:18

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Reprise—Hitting the Spot

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-03-10 01:25

Reason is retreating before the advance of primitive superstition.

Recent Comments:
Ciro- I thought it WAS a — by Jody Gomez on Fri, 2006-03-17 02:59
HITTING THE SPOT — by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2006-03-16 19:45
Extra Information — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-03-14 23:59

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Journalism Ethics 101

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-03-09 23:23

(Original: http://www.julianpistorius.com/journal/?postid=135 )

I have always had the greatest respect for journalists. It is a very difficult job, and usually thankless. For many years, my mother worked for a small, regional newspaper in the little rural town in South Africa where I grew up, so I saw this first-hand.

As an activist in a small, radical political party on the outer fringes of the political spectacle, I rely on an unspoken understanding with the media. Because the libertarian perspective on issues, based on individual rights, can be very different from the accepted norms, and run of the mill opinions, we have to present these views in an entertaining fashion, so that the media will report on them. The media then put their own spin on these amusing and/or interesting stories, and present it to their customers. As a result, their customers are kept informed and entertained. In return, I get to air a bit of our message of freedom and equality. Everybody wins.

Recent Comments:
It's your choice — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-03-10 08:42

ARI Launches Free Speech Campaign

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-08 04:45

(Note from Linz—no, I haven't joined ARI, but this project seems well worth supporting, & is another instance of ARI leaving TOC in the dust.)

In light of the recent violent outrage in the Islamic world over the "Danish Cartoon" controversy, and the anemic response to this outburst in Europe and America, the Ayn Rand Institute is pleased to announce a campaign to bring the Danish cartoons to the widest possible audience--and to arrange a series of panel discussions to discuss the vital need to defend free speech.

So long as men are free to criticize, free to dissent, free to present their own ideas without fear of reprisals--the fight for rational culture has a chance. But the crisis over cartoons of Mohammad threatens to wipe out freedom of speech. Our leaders have shamefully sided with the mobs chanting death threats and torching embassies. Free speech, our leaders say, is not an absolute, its exercise must not offend religious beliefs--it is a right, in other words, that we are not free to exercise.

Recent Comments:
F_wit — by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2006-03-10 05:46
Amen! — by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2006-03-10 05:33
I'd love to see what a — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-03-10 01:57

Something Better than Rage, Pain, Anger and Hurt (reprised from SOLOHQ)

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-08 01:29

It might be fun to have a kid I could pass something on to
Something better than rage, pain, anger and hurt …

~Lou Reed

There’s nothing inherently more rational about a violin than a guitar – as Eric Clapton says, ‘It’s in the Way That You Use It!' It just so happens that over the last three centuries or three most violins have been asked to do more than have most guitars. That’s just the way it is.

Art really is our own shortcut to our own soul. Good art enables us to hold up a mirror to ourselves and to see what our own soul looks like - and it isn’t always pretty, and we’d sometimes rather not know. Arguably, music is the most personal of the arts because there is no other that plays so directly with our own emotions, and which tells us so directly (if we have ears with which to listen honestly) who we are.

Recent Comments:
Peter — by gregster on Thu, 2014-07-31 11:52
Thanks for your comments — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-08 20:11
Agreed — by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-08 17:13

Incinerating Nanny State!

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Submitted by Phil Howison on Tue, 2006-03-07 21:57

An illustrated report on the 2006 Wellington census-burning.

Freedom of speech implies the freedom to remain silent, and with that in mind, Wellington Libertarianz members incinerated their census forms last night. As party leader Bernard Darnton told us: "The only correct response when Government agents come knocking on your door asking for personal information, is to tell them to bugger off!".


Activism: Census 2006 Burning

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-03-07 20:53

Well, the deed is done. Libertarianz members all over the country have taken a principled and moral stand against the census, and sent their forms up in flames.

It's simple. Is it OK for the government to forcibly demand private information from you?

I don't think so. Neither do many other people. Unfortunately, most of these people are too afraid to stand up for their rights. Instead they just fill in their forms with bogus information.

Well, if you and enough other people tell the bureaucrats to bugger off, you might make a change. Bit by bit, you can claim back your individual rights.

Recent Comments:
Brilliant!!! — by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-08 17:18
Census — by eg on Wed, 2006-03-08 05:18
Last Census — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-03-07 23:08

Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett dies

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Tue, 2006-03-07 02:57

Puckett was a great player. Though he helped the Twins to beat my hometeam in '91, I always enjoyed watching him play.

Recent Comments:
Agree completely jt. Kirby — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-03-10 07:28
Sad day for baseball fans... — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-03-07 16:16

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Friendship and Values

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Submitted by John M Newnham on Sun, 2006-03-05 22:08

As an individualist, with Objectivism as my guide, I would like to think that I choose friends based on shared values. A recent event challenged this idea. I found myself faced with someone, a person with whom I had corresponded, in whom I had confided personal information, and on whom I had conferred the title friend. For myself the introvert, the cautionary one, the wolf, this was no small thing. In some ways, I had begun to see in this person, a kindred spirit. When the shit hit the fan however, and some fell my way, a number of things happened.

First I questioned the process by which we had become "friends". It had started with praise. He became aware of one of my aspirations, and praised it to the hilt. He confessed similar aspirations. He mirrored some of my experiences, and spoke about values which were near to my heart. In public, I was offered yet more praise, and sanctioned heavily. For my part I surrendered reason to validation. I mean, fuck, the man called me a genius. Hemingway was a genius. Damn!

Recent Comments:
Real Friends — by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-06-12 19:57
John — by Victor Pross on Fri, 2006-06-09 04:52
Kelly you are so right. — by John M Newnham on Fri, 2006-06-09 04:21

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