Societys Downward Spiral

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Submitted by Frizzy on Sat, 2006-03-04 21:40

What is it that causes us, the general public, to sell off our freedoms for trinkets or 'peace-of-mind's?
Could it be the lack of perceived personal responsibility?
Our bosses at work tell us what to do at work, and we really don't have a say there.
There are 'no smoking' signs, there are 'tow away' signs, there are signs on just about everything these days.
When we relax at home, most people choose to suppress their personality in front of the television.
And then the whole cycle starts again.
Humans are creatures of habit, and we are habitually loosing oppertunity to use our rights, slowly and surely when we cannot think of the immediate response to prevent it from happening in a given instance.

Recent Comments:
Apostrophes — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-03-09 21:58
Humph. — by Utility Belt on Wed, 2006-03-08 23:16
Nicely said Marnee. — by John M Newnham on Wed, 2006-03-08 17:06

Machan's Musings—Here We Go Again!

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Submitted by removed on Sat, 2006-03-04 11:38

The lawsuit against a Kentucky school district over a Confederate flag
prom dress, set to go to trial in August, is yet another illustration of
what trouble is caused by public or government schooling. When Jacqueline
Duty reportedly alleges that the Russell Independent Board of Education
denied her right to free speech when she was barred from her senior prom
in May 2004 because of a homemade dress bearing the confederate flag, she
shows that freedom of speech and government schooling are plainly
incompatible.

But this has been clear for years. All those lawsuits against school
boards about making students say the Pledge of Allegiance, saying a prayer


Free Radical Issue 70 - Table of Contents

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Submitted by administrator on Sat, 2006-03-04 07:54

This is the complete table of contents for the 70th Free Radical. Some of the content will be made available online, but to read most of it you'll have to subscribe to the print edition.

  • Lindsay Perigo - Death To Islam!
  • Ron Smith - Civilisation In The Balance
  • George Reisman - Ready To Kill Over Cartoons
  • Marcus Bachler - The Root Of All Evil
  • Lindsay Perigo - Death To Hate Speech Laws!
  • George Reisman - The Anti-Big Oil Backlash
  • Bill Belton - Signage SS In Auckland, New Zealand!
  • Peter Cresswell - What You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Leaky Homes
  • Peter Cresswell - A Fairytale Of A Leaky House Or Two
  • Peter Osborne - Leaky Buildings Or Leaky Brains?
  • Libertarianz - Activism
  • Peter Cresswell - Betraying The Self, Betraying A Heroine
  • Philip Nitschke - Whose Death Is It Anyway?
  • Tibor Machan - A Brief On Ayn Rand's Philosophical Contributions
  • Lindsay Perigo - Dining With The Enemy - Lunch With A Bishop!
  • Lindsay Perigo - It's The Integration, Stoopid!
  • Horror File
  • Jyllands-Posten - Those Cartoons!

The Free Radical #70

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Sat, 2006-03-04 05:39

The latest Free Rad is out, folks, and it may well be the important issue of them all. This one deals it to Islamo-fascism, and from its unforgettable cover (depicting placard-waving Muslim thugs denouncing freedom and rejoicing in bloodshed) to its magnificent articles by Linz, Ron Smith, and George Reisman, et al, it's an extraordinarily powerful and disturbing read.

This is The Free Rad at its bravest and most compelling. So buy it now! Hell, buy a dozen copies and leave them on buses, in libraries, and in the cafes. For if ever an issue deserved the widest possible audience, it is this

Recent Comments:
Yes — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-03-05 10:45

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Fritz Lang

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-03-04 05:31

This man was one of the most amazing film makers in the history of the medium.

Some of his accomplishments include the science fiction epic "Metropolis"... the murder mystery "M" and many many others.

I'm a pretty big fan I'm kind of wondering if any other Soloists are as well.

---Landon

Recent Comments:
Siegrfried — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-04-07 01:16
Re FL's Metropolis — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-04 18:24
Yeah the moment where Freder — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-03-25 23:41

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Vote for the best New Zealand blog

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Submitted by Andrew Bates on Fri, 2006-03-03 10:00

Vote for the best blog in NZ NetGuide awards

Support one of the best Objectivist blogs, http://pc.blogspot.com, by voting it the best blog in New Zealand.

You'll need to go to http://www.netguide.co.nz/webawards/ to vote for it.

Of course, you could vote for Julian P's or any of the other fine blogs here.

Recent Comments:
Vote ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-03-07 21:48
Amen! — by Andrew Bates on Tue, 2006-03-07 04:21
I've got to agree with Scott and Andrew. — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-03-07 01:13

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Find out "How Cancer Works" in 100 pages!

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Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-03-03 04:37

How Cancer Works is a book by Lauren Sompayrac designed to deliver an overview of this topic to first year students and the educated layman.

Cancer is an insidious disease in which your own cells turn against you. It kills 600,000 people a year in the US alone, and I'll bet that everybody who reads this knows someone who has been "touched" by cancer. There are many reasons that scientists and laymen would want to learn more about the disease. If you are a US taxpayer you are contributing to the estimated $70 billion of tax-payer-funded research conducted by the National Cancer Institute since 1937! If for nothing else, it'd be interesting to find out where all the loot has gone!

The problem in understanding cancer is that cancer-research incorporates knowledge from every specialty in the biology field from anatomy to genetics and protein biochemistry to medicine and zoology. And, if you want to understand the mechanics of cancer-treatment then you'd better dabble in organic chemistry and nuclear physics too! Test the waters of cancer-knowledge you risk being drowned in an ocean of detail whipped up by a storm of obscure Latin- and contemporary genetics jargon.

There are a number of good University textbooks available to help ease you into the topic. But, seeing as these are normally 1,000 pages plus, you'll need steroids to help you lift them if you intend to read the book in bed. And even then, if you survive the dry and dusty prose, you'll have to scale sand-dunes of data. At least that was the task facing me as I embarked on a career at the periphery of mainstream cancer research when I took a Post Doctoral position at The University of Kansas.

Prior to that, I'd been working on cell-wall proteins from bread-mould fungi and photosynthetic bacteria. I'd never studied anatomy or higher eukaryotic organisms (animals and plants) and so I needed to find a book that could give me an overview of this vast topic and pronto! Then along comes Lauren Sompayrac, a retired Professor from the University of Colorado. The good doctor has talent very few teachers possess: he can write and think clearly and concisely!

Nine breezily-written lectures, taking up just 100 A4 pages, are all he needs to distill the entire topic of cancer down to the bare essentials. Sompayrac describes nine sets of "model" cancers, one set per lecture, in order to communicate a clear picture about the way cancers appear, propagate and (if undetected and untreated) kill. There is just enough detail in each lecture so that the skeletal overview has the right amount of meat to aid your mental digestion. And the entire book is ordered and organized so well that, after reading it, you will instantly be able orientate yourself the next time you hear about cancer, be it in the main-stream-media or the professional literature or even in polite conversation. The book retails for about $25 second hand on Amazon and is well worth a read.

Hell, if you fly Continental Airlines, you may find my first copy of this book stuffed in the seat pocket in front of you. Yes, the book was so damned useful and enjoyable to read that I just had to get a replacement copy.


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Discipline is Sexy

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-03-03 00:07

The title of this post probably sounds like a discussion of S & M but it's something a little more universal than that.

A few years ago I read a review of a film in a gender-feminist magazine. The film was about a woman who had a condition where she had an abnormal amount of hair growth(which she was quite comfortable with). The point of the story was that she was drawn into a romance where the man was attracted to her but the hair turned him off. The film appearantly regressed into a meditation on the evil patriarchal standards of beauty and the harsh regimines that the evil patriarchy requires.

Recent Comments:
Yes, Landon, there's truth — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-03-12 07:42

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Meeting event suggestions

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:06

Not one to give up easily, I have decided that I need some suggestions. In fact, maybe we all need suggestions. I noticed that there is not one local club here that has had activity in the past month or more. That's upsetting.

So, I'm going to throw out some things here and see if I can't get some cooperation.

EVENT LIST!!!!
1. Museum - There are literally 100's of museums in the DC Metro area. There is probably one for just about everything that you can think of.

2. Actual activity - rock climbing, hiking, bowling (if you haven't done it in a ahwile or never, then you might be surprised --- or not), dancing.... whatever.

Recent Comments:
Any of these ideas are fine — by Charles Anderson on Tue, 2006-03-14 05:06
I know a few people who have — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-03-03 03:47
Joe! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-03-02 23:41

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Technique (not work safe)

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:05

I'm just wondering if there are any particular sexual techniques (beyond the basics) that really get her going. Since sex is one of the most important parts of life, it might as well be done right! Right now my situation is that my girlfriend has a lot more sexual experience than I do, and she's told me a little about what she likes. However, I'm usually trying to figure things out by trial and error. I love her dearly, and I would love to show her that I know my stuff.

Recent Comments:
Yup, I guess someone had to — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-03-23 00:33
The other hole — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-03-22 06:41
Ask ... — by eg on Wed, 2006-03-22 02:22

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SOLO Website To-Do List

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 06:09

This page is a Staff-only resource where we (the SOLO webmasters) will keep track of things that need doing to the website. We'll trial it for a while, and if it proves adequate, leave it. Otherwise, we'll be moving to a more sophisticated issue tracking system.

Once a Webmaster completes an item, he'll strike it out. Periodically, we'll go through and prune out old completed items.

The List

Split up FAQ into separate pages, and use the existing FAQ node as an index.

Printable version of articles (asked by Jody).

We still have unused space down right hand side. Maybe put links there?

Recent Comments:
More coming soon.... — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-03-14 19:40
Thanks for the offer — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 06:58
Issue tracker — by sjw on Thu, 2006-03-02 06:52

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Favorites-(rated R)

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-03-02 03:32

Hmmm...Free Radical Issue Number? God help us if this ever gets published in the "Free Radical."

Given a woman's body, what is your favorite part? Among the more urbane, I would say the small of her back. Among the more prurient, I would say her inner thighs when trembling...

Recent Comments:
Thank you. :) — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-03-16 17:41
Jennifer — by Charles Anderson on Thu, 2006-03-16 06:45
Jennifer — by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-03-16 01:52

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Quantum Physics

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-03-02 01:17

I have been discussing quantum physics and the nature of reality with some subjectivist friends... I am very interested in physics, but it has been a while since university. I was wondering where I could find out more about quantum phenomena.

Then I came across this:
http://physics-qa.com/html/QMBOOK.HTM

The Realistic Quantum, by Atilla Gurel

It looks interesting. Has anybody read it?

I know that quantum physics has probably been discussed to death by Objectivists - but not on the new SOLO site! Smiling So could somebody with more knowledge than me, please point me in the direction of the truth?

Recent Comments:
Your commitment to "truth — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-06-04 01:31
I love the Turth mor than I love Rand. — by bobkolker on Sat, 2006-06-03 19:40
We meet again Mr. Kolker. — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-06-03 02:19

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'The Tall Building Artistically Considered' - Louis Sullivan

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-01 22:32

Wainwright Building, St. Louis, Missouri, 1890-1891, Louis Sullivan (right)

Guaranty Building, Buffalo, New York, 1894-1985, Louis Sullivan (left)

Recent Comments:
Me too, Peter. Very — by Lanza Morio on Sat, 2006-03-04 10:54
Great stuff! — by Casey on Fri, 2006-03-03 08:04

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Smartest guys in the room? Are you kidding?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-01 22:30

I saw a new film the other night at The Academy. A very simple film in which there are good guys and there are bad guys, and the film makes very sure we know which is which. But it seems to me that the film makes the same mistake as the people it criticises -- rather than showing all the facts, it invites us to take somebody else's judgement for our own, which was in part the reason for the catastrophic failure the film portrays.

The film was The Smartest Guys in the Room, portraying the collapse of what was then America's seventh-largest company. The bad guys were not 'baddies' in the usual Saturday matinee fashion of wishing harm on everyone. They were baddies because they had failed to perform a simple human task: they had failed to think about what theywere doing.

Recent Comments:
Group consolidation rules — by Merlin Jetton on Sat, 2006-03-04 14:26
Group consolidation rules — by Tim S on Sat, 2006-03-04 13:15
Your trader friend — by Tom Matassa on Fri, 2006-03-03 18:47

Victor Borge - Music for your Funny Bone (Reprise).

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:03

"The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer" - Victor Borge.

The evening I spent captivated by Victor Borge, as he performed in front of a packed house in Hamilton's Founders Theatre, is one of the highlights of my life. At one point Victor attempted to play his finely polished Steinway but kept falling from his piano bench (Victor was 80-odd when I saw him). Exasperated, he opened the lid of the bench, pulled out a seat belt, and buckled himself in. Thus secured, he completed the excerpt by Brahms and then stood to accept the rapturous applause with a bow. As he bowed the little concert hall filled with laughter, for the piano bench was still attached to his backside.

Recent Comments:
Thanks Robert. I'll be on — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-03-03 07:32

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A Little Ripper of an Invention!

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-01 06:46

For those who don't know, I've been banished to Lawrence, Kansas, USA for my sins as a scientist (i.e. being dumb enough to become one).That poses a slight problem in that my loved ones are well out of shouting distance on the other side of the world.  This is what the telephone, telegraph, and radio were invented for, I hear you say.  'Tis true - and very fine inventions they all are - but there is now something much better: the Internet!  Now, before you tell me that you know about that one already, do you know of a piece of software called Skype?  Skype (www.skype.com) is a wonderful piece of software that allows me to place videophone calls to my parents in New Zealand for free!

Yes! I said, “for free!!!” 

There are some catches though.  For the videophone calls, both parties will need a computer with a broad-band/hi-speed connection, a sound-card, a microphone, and a web-cam.  This isn't a huge problem because most modern computers have this anyway.  You download and install Skype (for Mac OSX or Windows XP - though the webcam feature only works on the PC at the moment), create your Skype identity and you may place "calls" to any other customer with a similar computer set-up, anywhere in the world, free of charge.

For a small fee, you can upgrade Skype to call mobile and land-line phones and you can even set up "local" telephone numbers anywhere in the world.  The beauty of this is that you can have a telephone number in the USA, without residing in that country...  [Pause for business opportunities to sink in!]

Now I'm sure that Skype has competitors, and this little review has nothing to say about them because I haven't tried them yet.  However, I have used Skype extensively and I can vouch for the fact that, in terms of long-distance and international calls placed from a fixed address, it exceeds the quality of any conventional telephone service available in Kansas - that includes SBC/AT&T, T-mobile, and MCI.

In summary, it's just the thing for certain New Zealand-based objectivists in the process of setting up a sanctuary for "homeless" Objectivists Smiling


Monthly Update—March 1

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-01 04:17

I’m really excited about the first announcement I have to make in this monthly update.

*Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Executive Director. It’s … (drum roll, please) … Jason Quintana. I proposed, and he accepted. By way of explaining why I picked him, I can do no better than quote from my note to him:

"Thing is, Jason, I need an Executive Director. I'm offering you the job. My job is not to *run* SOLO. It's to provide the over-arching vision, the broad brush-strokes. The whole point of having staff is to let *them* run the thing, *implement* the vision. I've been waiting for a successor to Joe to become apparent. I gave Joe carte blanche to run SOLO as he saw fit, subject only to ultimate veto power on my part if I saw fit to exercise it. I never did. We conferred a lot, & that worked well ... until the end, obviously. I'd expect you to confer, too, if you felt the need, but I wouldn't back-seat drive. You'd be one below me in the pecking order, but to all intents & purposes, you'd be in charge. What I'm looking for is someone with precisely your attributes, at least as I see them. Young, vibrant, good grasp of Objectivism, a deep, passionate commitment to its future & SOLO's, good 'people skills,' a sound practical bent ... I silently followed your chat with Lance yesterday & thought, 'Here's my man.' You stepped up well to your current job. How about an upgrade?"

Recent Comments:
Congratulations... — by atlascott on Fri, 2006-03-03 16:23
Jason: As one who's always — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-03-02 19:09
You're the man now, dog! — by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-03-02 09:19

"What can Superman say to the starving?"

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Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-03-01 00:16

Comic book artist Alex Ross, who created the KINGDOM COME and MARVELS graphic novels, is currently doing a miniseries called JUSTICE, based on the old Superfriends cartoon.

Recent Comments:
Michael Fasher — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-06-26 07:02
I'll be happy — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2007-06-25 22:25
Tightrope — by JoeM on Mon, 2007-06-25 22:14

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Why is SOLOHQ material not archived on RoR?

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Submitted by Tim S on Wed, 2006-03-01 00:09

When Joe Rowlands decided to break away from SOLOHQ, he wrote:

"Lindsay will retain the SOLO name brand, and will have a new website where he will present his own goals and direction for the organization. I will step down as Executive Director of SOLO and form my own organization and websites, with a stronger focus on activism. On Dec 1, this site will link to both of the new sites, where you can learn more about where we intend to take them."

Well, I'm still waiting for Joe's "new" site. All I can see is the old site with a new name at the top and different colours. If Joe wanted to use the SOLOHQ software for a "new" site, then fine, I would have no objections. He developed it and he can do what he likes with it.

Recent Comments:
The ethical wrong — by sjw on Thu, 2006-03-09 01:54
Unanswered question — by Andrew Bates on Thu, 2006-03-09 00:36

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Quote: William Pitt and Bill Clinton

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 08:41

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt
(1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Source: Speech, House of Commons, 18 November 1783
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/William.Pitt.Quote.D262

"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... [However, now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it."
-- Bill Clinton
[William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ), 42nd US President
Source: MTV's "Enough is Enough" 3-22-94
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Bill.Clinton.Quote.7332

Recent Comments:
1st Time I Read That One — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 02:02
freedom not given — by Rick Pasotto on Tue, 2006-02-28 15:19

If Hank Rearden Was A Dairy Farmer...?

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:48

http://www.azstarnet.com/altds/pastframe/business/117302

Excerpt:

"By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga, 64, says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his customers can make a hefty profit at dirt-cheap prices. Such vertical integration, as it is known, is increasingly popular in agriculture as farmers and processors try to find ways to eliminate costs and increase revenues.

"But in the highly politicized world of dairy, efficiency could carry a price. Major dairy cooperatives and milk processors successfully persuaded federal regulators to write new rules that would prohibit the business practices that Hettinga has so successfully put in place.

Recent Comments:
Lance: America is no longer — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:25
Duncan:I am almost — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:02
The end of milk — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:49

House!

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-28 03:19

I've joined the bourgeois and become a proud property owner. My first house. I know its mostly BB&T's at this point, and thanks to Baltimore property taxes, city zoning laws, state fees and taxes the point of it becoming mostly (or even fully) mine is that much farther off, it can't take away from the fact that its mine, from my own work, supported by my (mostly) free exchange of my own productive efforts.  

Recent Comments:
'OWNership' — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-04 21:43
Congrats — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 19:06
I've got some painting to do — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-03-01 03:31

Pro-Animal Research March against anti-human life animal right nutters

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-02-27 18:56

A campaign by animal rights nutters against an animal research facility in Oxford being built has been going on for the last two years.

After animal-rights groups website listed - all students, and anyone associated with Oxford University - as legitimate targets in their campaign against the animal research facility currently being built, pro-animal research campaigners went on the march.

Unfortunately, I could not join in with the pro-animal test protesters as I was in bed with the flu.

Anyway, bravo to them for their valiant defence of reason against those terrorists!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/eng...

Recent Comments:
Article Makes Nature! — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-03-01 21:20
Unliberated animals — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-27 22:43
Indeed. — by Utility Belt on Mon, 2006-02-27 19:17

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Putting Freedom beyond the Vote

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-02-27 09:59

There are some things that are so important they should be put beyond the vote. That's the proposition I want to offer you this morning.

Consider this for example: Western countries around the world express concern at how waves of Islamic immigration could put at risk the freedoms we take for granted -- or at least the freedoms that some of you take for granted, such as the right to free speech, the separation of church and state, and the blessings of secure property rights.

As long as there was widespread understanding of and support for these important bulwarks of liberty, the secure retention of them was relatively assured; but as ignorance overtakes knowledge and the population changes any of these things of importance can be easily taken away by citizens'-initiated referenda, government vote-buying, or the easy, knee-jerk clamour of populism.

Recent Comments:
Right Destination, Wrong Route — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 01:32
I don't mind at all, Joe. — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:35
A great summary of an urgent — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:13

Stealing property with weasel words

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:06

Let me try a phrase on you: "Local loop unbundling." There. I'll wager most of you have switched off already, haven't you? But you shouldn't. While geek phrases aplenty are being flung about, plans are afoot to dismember New Zealand's largest company and to nationalise the bits left over.

What "local loop unbundling" really means is this: nationalising Telecom's telephone lines because other telecommunications companies can't be arsed building their own, and the RMA makes it all but impossible to do so if the will were there in any case -- which it isn't. In a word, it is theft.

Why invest in your own lines when the RMA makes it too damn difficult to lay them or string them, and when you can get them anyway by stealth - by theft, and with the vigorous support of all sides of the traditional one-dimensional left-right spectrum it seems, from Green to Tory and all points in between. (Observe that the very terminology of left and right was derived from the post-Revolutionary French parliament when both left and right sides of parliament were arguing over to whom to dole out all the proceeds of loot and pillage.) The honorific seems no less appropriate to today's apologists for theft and interventionist dimememberment of private property, who think their desire for broadband internet trumps Telecom's right to keep what is rightfully their's.

Recent Comments:
RMA = Resource Management — by Frizzy on Sun, 2006-02-26 08:54
TLAs — by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:35

Would Orwell or Marx have blogged?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:04

Would Karl Marx or George Orwell have made good bloggers? Some opinions on that question here from a host of bloggers and commentators in a meditation on blogging from FT.Com's Trevor Butterworth. There is, says Trev, "a spectre haunting the blogosphere - tedium."

If the pornography of opinion doesn’t leave you longing for an eroticism of fact, the vast wasteland of verbiage produced by the relentless nature of blogging is the single greatest impediment to its seriousness as a medium.

"The point is," he says "any writer of talent needs the time and peace to produce work that has a chance of enduring. " The daily blogging treadmill, what some bloggers call "feeding the beast," stultifies output says Trev. And what happens to the blogger's material in the end? It's not even the stuff of tomorrow's fish and chip wrappers, is it?

Recent Comments:
It's Whatever You Make Of It — by Bikemessenger on Mon, 2006-02-27 07:53

More Trouble in the Linux Forum

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:01

Look at the bad behavior that is going on in the Linux and Open Source Software forum. Civility has gone right out the window!

http://sites.gizoogle.com/index2.php?url=http://www.solopassion.com/node/539

(Yes, I know this joke has already been done)

 - Jason

Recent Comments:
Hahahaha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:06

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Photos

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Submitted by rinkuhero on Sat, 2006-02-25 12:00

Hello, I just joined, although I'm a long-term reader.

This question might have been asked before, but why does virtually everyone on this forum use their actual photo as their image?

Personally I think that screams naturalism, and doesn't really tell you much about a person. It's more romantic (i.e. essentialist) to post an image of something more representative of you; there's one of you here that I saw using the mad Doctor Brown from the Back to the Future movies, and that one image probably tells me more about him than any other here.

Recent Comments:
Nice to Meet You — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-03-14 14:02
This isn't really me... — by Summer Serravillo on Mon, 2006-03-13 13:07
Yes, Landon. I was — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-03-13 07:25

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