It's April 1 in NZ ...

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-03-31 03:54

Standards NZ think this is funny. And it is. What's not funny is that if it were serious, no one would turn a hair!


MEDIA RELEASE New NZ Standard on Lift etiquette

Standards New Zealand has initiated a new Standard to govern the way in which people behave in and around lifts. The Standard will specify appropriate queuing behaviour, right-of-way rules for those exiting and entering lifts, and - most importantly - define appropriate behaviour when actually travelling in lifts.

"Standards NZ has become aware of concerns amongst the general public about an increasing tendency for rudeness that seems to be triggered by close proximity to lifts," says Rob Steele, Chief Executive at Standards NZ.

Recent Comments:
Rules to be extended — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-03-31 09:31
Must... resist... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-03-31 04:45

UK Libertarian Alliance KASSes Again!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-03-31 00:28


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil
liberties policy institute, today calls on the Crown Prosecution
Service to drop its investigation into the private life of the
well-known fashion model Kate Moss. Miss Moss could be charged with
possession of cocaine. If convicted, she could in theory go to
prison for seven years and face an unlimited fine.

Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:

"If Kate Moss wants to sniff cocaine - not that I would for a moment

Recent Comments:
Spot on — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-03-31 09:10


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Submitted by eg on Thu, 2006-03-30 23:25

Today, March 29, MSK on Objectiist Living, attacks Linz, though not by name, for intolerance. What he and Barbara Branden have in common is the establishment and maintenance of as broad an Objectivist community as possible under the "toleration" rubric. Michael: Ayn Rand was "intolerant." Do you know what you are doing?


Recent Comments:
Maybe, perhaps (words never used by Dagny T.) — by eg on Mon, 2006-04-03 20:26
Related? — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-03 18:26
You don't understand — by eg on Sun, 2006-04-02 01:07

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Proto Kyoto

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-03-30 12:15

Bangladesh, for example
The other week I was blogging about George Reisman, the economist.

I planned to come back to one of the very interesting points George made with respect to the global warming mumbo-jumbo and what it means for developing nations. Bangladesh, for example.

Have been waiting for a nifty lead-in but in all this time the best I can do is that a left wing and a right wing blog have each just done respective little environmental jigs. One is praising Michael Chrichton's "State of Fear" and the other is bemoaning the fact that the Gov isn't doing more to respond to climate change- take a wild guess for yourselves which blog is saying which!

Rental Dispute

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-03-30 04:52

A man met a beautiful girl and she agreed to spend the night with him
for $500.00. So they spent the night together.

In the morning, before he left, he told the girl that he did not have
any cash with him, but that he would have his secretary write a cheque
and mail it to her, calling the payment "Rent for Apartment."

On the way to the office, he regretted what he had done, realizing that
the whole event was not worth the price. So, he sent a cheque for
$250.00 and enclosed a note:

Dear Madam:

Enclosed find a cheque in the amount of $250.00 for rent of your

Recent Comments:
Is that a 'fig leaf', or...? — by Rowlf on Thu, 2006-03-30 21:21
Ehh... would you mind — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-03-30 19:41
Oh, is *that* Ron — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-03-30 06:48

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Basic Curry

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-03-30 04:39

Due to an enormous number of requests (2), I'm posting this recipe.

Most people enjoy curries but perceive them as being difficult to make. Consequently they order out or use a store-bought sauce or powder. Fact is, curries are easy and use readily available ingredients.

Here's my basic curry that suits most tastes and can be made mild or spicy. Americans, be grateful that I've converted the metrics for you Smiling

You'll get all these ingredients at your local supermarket.

For two or three.


3 medium onions (red or white) finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped or pressed

Recent Comments:
Easy, big guy... — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-06-01 23:08
Jennifer, star anise — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-05-31 08:19
Food porn. — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-05-31 05:31

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-03-30 02:49

Designer vagina?

What's the male equivalent?


Recent Comments:
hummm... — by Repairmanjack on Thu, 2006-03-30 19:16
Ross... — by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-03-30 02:55

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Islamo-Fascist Filth Cows NYU

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-29 21:27

Story on Diana's blog:

NYU Cowardice

Recent Comments:
Diana — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-04-01 21:04
Check Your Facts, Kenny — by DianaHsieh on Sat, 2006-04-01 17:49
Objectivist Standard links — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-04-01 16:56

Collectivism, Climate Change, and Economic Freedom

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Submitted by George Reisman on Wed, 2006-03-29 02:10

An individual kills someone—for money, out of jealousy, as an act of revenge, or because he doesn’t like his victim’s looks. A chorus of left-“liberals” rushes in to excuse his act, especially if he is poor. He is not responsible, they say. The real criminal is “Society,” for having allowed him to live in the conditions that led him to kill.

Another individual owns a refrigerator, an air conditioner, and an automobile or SUV. This time, a chorus of left-“liberals” rushes in and pronounces him guilty. He is allegedly guilty of causing “global warming,” by virtue of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere in connection with the fossil fuels required to produce and operate his goods.

On being Right

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-03-29 01:04

What does being 'on the right' mean to me?

The term is a broad brush stroke, a useful generalisation. The characteristic feature of a right winger's politics is his belief in the market. He believes 'good ends' come of trade, that the forces of supply and demand will reconsile their own natural level of production and consumption. He believes that there are laws, perhaps scientific ones, which allocate a never-ending array of various goods and services according to the qualities and quantities individuals choose for themselves. The right-winger has convinced himself, if imperfectly, that the left-winger (who seeks by degree to supplant this natural and automatic allocation process with an explicit human plan) cannot choose these rich mixtures for each of the many individuals, nor of society as a whole, better than the unfettered individuals can choose for themselves.

Recent Comments:
Both agree — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-03-29 01:36
Nice one Rick. I have to — by JulianP on Wed, 2006-03-29 01:13

Machan's Musings - Impossible Egalitarianism

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Submitted by removed on Wed, 2006-03-29 00:59

Among my many acquaintances there are some avid egalitarians. Among these a few are very influential, a couple of them leaders in the global movement called “the capabilities approach.” They have written extremely well-published books and essays advocating global wealth redistribution. Some have even insisted that nearly all the resources possessed by those in developed countries need to be sent abroad to be used by the poor. As one has written, “On pain of living a life that's seriously immoral, a typical well-off person, like you and me, must give away most of her financially valuable assets, and much of her income, directing the funds to lessen efficiently the serious suffering of others.”

Recent Comments:
Tibor! — by eg on Wed, 2006-03-29 05:56
Magnificent — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-03-29 05:46

Genetics is a risky business

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-03-28 19:41

Fast becoming my favourite NZ author/ columnist abroad in the UK, Jamie Whyte delivers another gem here on the inanity of those that would prohibit insurance companies using "genetic testing" to set their premiums. (From February 2006).

Favourite passage:

"We already accept genetic discrimination in insurance. Being male is part of my genetic inheritance, yet no one seriously complains about insurance firms charging women lower car insurance premiums than men. Does Sir John really want to outlaw Sheilas’ Wheels?"

[Sheilas’ Wheels is a UK based insurance firm that offers lower car insurance premiums to women drivers only].

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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Submitted by JoeM on Tue, 2006-03-28 17:02

On the "other forum," there's an interesting rebuttal of the book THE RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS, which is a call for government to spend more money attracting so called creative artists to rejunivate cities. As was pointed out by others, the author replaces cause and effect by government planning. I wrote,

Philadelphia is going through something of a renovation, and areas like South Street, famous for it's bohemian stylings, is slowly giving way to Starbucks and the like. Of course, all the dirty hippies complain about the area losing its charm, and such. But when that charm is manifest as punk rock shops and various holes in walls, you won't see me complaining.

religous friends question

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Submitted by Titan on Tue, 2006-03-28 15:34

Just out of curiosity, does anyone here have a best friend, or very close friends who are religous? Me personally, my best friend since childhood is Mormon.

Recent Comments:
Fundamentalists--not so much... — by Jody Gomez on Fri, 2006-03-31 03:04
I have religious friends — by Ashley on Thu, 2006-03-30 19:55
Utility Belt — by Mark Dow on Thu, 2006-03-30 04:38

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Abortion is a Property Rights issue

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Submitted by Kamarat McWashington on Tue, 2006-03-28 14:12

Reposted from: Atlantis Blog

A wonderful little piece by Humble
B Wonderful

has lead me to ponder the abortion
issue again. Essentially her position is that abortion is a property
rights issue and provides a wonderful thought exercise on her blog in
regards to that position. I agree with her points. Further more I
agree with the Objectivist View that abortion is Pro-life and it is a property rights issue.
The right to property or ownership is the freedom to use and dispose
of one's property as you see fit. The first thing one owns as a
separate individual being is one's body. Therefore, the right to
property in this case is the right to use and/or dispose of ones body
as you see fit. A government that states or is given the power to
control what goes in or what goes out of your body, implies they have
a right to the use/ or dispose of your body. Government is only
a group of individuals. So lets follow this reasoning to its
conclusion. A group of individuals that controls the use of /or
dispose of your body implies that you are the property of this group
or government. This is just plain slavery. The rights of a fetus
would be the right to slavery. That's just not right at all.

Homeschool books

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Submitted by Titan on Tue, 2006-03-28 05:34

My wife and I are planning to homeschool our daughter. Any good recommendations for childrens educational books who are going into the 6th grade?

Recent Comments:
Economics — by Mark on Wed, 2006-03-29 12:44
For math, I highly recommend — by dvo on Tue, 2006-03-28 21:15
Thank you, Adam. I'll look — by Titan on Tue, 2006-03-28 15:29

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Toastmasters in Japan

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Submitted by Titan on Tue, 2006-03-28 05:30

So, is Toastmaster's in Japan called Toastsensei's???

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True Romance

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:44

So I watched the Quentin Tarantino written True Romance and found it enjoyable. It has a strong sense of (twisted) justice. Since True Romance is filled with "witty dialogue; sharp, macabre humor; and more bullets and blood than one would think likely for the running time." (imdb) I certainly don't recommened it enough to have someone buy it, it was a great topic for discussion amongst my friends at work of what is justice and the concept of romance.

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mc hawking "fu_ the creationists"(not safe for work!!)

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:10

Here's another.

2:23 minutes (2.21 MB)

mc hawking "you down with entropy"(not for work)

Jody Gomez's picture
Submitted by Jody Gomez on Tue, 2006-03-28 01:23

I know Linz hates rap, but....

3:25 minutes (3.15 MB)
Recent Comments:
Ah, I love this song. So — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:05


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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-03-27 22:05

Cost-benefit charity assessment. I like it Smiling
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Trendsurfing: Philanthrocapitalism (The Times)
By David Rowan

Here's a problem you'd love to face. You have a spare couple of billion pounds burning a hole in your back pocket, and you're thinking of using it to feel good about yourself. Sure, you could endow a few opera productions in your name, with any leftovers nicely tiding over the cats' home. But what if you wanted to ensure that your money was being used to the greatest possible effect, efficiently and cost-effectively making the world a better place? What if you could quantify your donations' returns on your initial investment, just as you would measure a successful stockmarket punt?

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Raped, or business deal gone bad?

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Submitted by Repairmanjack on Mon, 2006-03-27 14:25

Greetings, all.

I'm jumping right in here with a question. A friend of mine just sent me an email about an exotic dancer that claims she was raped by members of the Duke University lacrosse team. She was hired to dance (naked?) at a party.

Assuming this woman is telling the truth and was indeed raped, my friend does not equate this rape with the rape of a woman who is NOT engaged in this type of thing. He then goes on to say, "Now I'm sure whores do get raped but isn't that actually a dispute over payment (or lack therof) rather than a sexual assault?"

What I am trying to do is uncover the fundamental principle behind his thinking. I always seem to have trouble doing this, even after listening to Dr Peikoff's lectures. I came up with 'Take what you want', but that seems too broad. Could anyone here come up with a principle that applies?

Recent Comments:
Ayn said — by eg on Sun, 2006-04-02 01:14
More on ethics — by Repairmanjack on Sun, 2006-04-02 01:00
You're correct - an external — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-03-31 01:03

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How Shumpterian as can be!

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-03-27 10:53

Joseph Shumpter was a funny old sod, also a very clever economist. An Austrian Economist actually, broadly speaking. Austrian Economics is a school of economic thought, as is Marxism or Monetarism or Classicism or Keynesianism for example. The reason this way of thinking about economics is called 'Austrian' is because its origionators hail from Austria. Go figure.

One of Shumpters economic ideas was that of the product cycle.

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For those of you looking for forbidden aural pleasure...

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Mon, 2006-03-27 07:59

My new website will open this Saturday at midnight. You'll be able to hear samples, see what compositions I am working on as well as buy recordings of my music. So don't go out this Saturday. Stay home and surf your computer over to !

Recent Comments:
Don't fight her, Adam. I — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-03-28 06:18
Ack! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:47
Fine! Have it your way, Ms. — by Adam Buker on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:37


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Submitted by Adam Buker on Mon, 2006-03-27 07:41

*SEETHING WITH UNCONTROLLABLE RAGE* Ok, although I dislike Microsoft's software, I never did think that any monopoly case against them could be legitimate (like the Sherman Antitrust act itself) because of the possibliity of choosing an alternative via Apple (whose products I use religiously) or Linux. Now Apple is the big bad monopoly?! Granted they have dominance in the legal media download market, but is it really any wonder? The iTunes and the iPod are terrific products that are easy to use and cost effective. But if you don't like iTunes and/or the iPod, you can use Rhapsody or other such services as well as other types of mp3 devices.

Recent Comments:
I've said this on another thread discussing this case ... — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-03-27 20:11

The Objectivism Research CD-ROM

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2006-03-27 07:19

Has anybody ever bought/used The Objectivism Research CD-ROM?

Since I have to get a copy of The Romantic Manifesto anyway, I was wondering about getting this CD-ROM instead. Assuming I don't mind reading on my laptop's screen, is it possible to read all the works fairly easily? Otherwise, it looks like a great reference.

From website:
Objectivism Research CD-ROM by Ayn Rand

Includes works by Leonard Peikoff

Recent Comments:
Save your voice — by VSD on Mon, 2006-03-27 22:49
Oliver Computing — by VSD on Mon, 2006-03-27 22:05
Thanks for the comments — by JulianP on Mon, 2006-03-27 19:13

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WTC video footage. MUST WATCH!!!

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Submitted by Titan on Sun, 2006-03-26 19:39

My dad sent me this short WTC video footage link. Things that make you go hmmmm. Anybody have any answers?

Recent Comments:
Fires burned in WTC7 for — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-03-28 06:31
Zap! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-03-28 05:42
Pete, notice that both — by Titan on Tue, 2006-03-28 05:15

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The Environmentalists Are Trying to Frighten the Natives

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2006-03-26 08:10

In a manner reminiscent of witch doctors urging primitive people to sacrifice their sheep and goats in order to mollify the wrath of the gods, today’s environmentalists and their shills in the media and academe repeatedly urge the people of the United States and the rest of the modern world to sacrifice their use of energy and their standard of living in order to avoid the wrath of the Earth and its atmosphere. That wrath will allegedly take one form or another: a new ice age (recall the predictions of Paul Ehrlich) or, if not a new ice age, then global warming and a resulting rise in sea levels. And if global warming and a rise in sea levels of 1 to 3 feet over the next 100 to 150 years is not sufficiently frightening, then a rise in sea levels of 13 to 20 feet over centuries lying still further in the future is projected. Both of these sea-level results are supposed to proceed from a projected rise in average global temperature of 4 degrees, and of average temperature in the Arctic specifically of 5 to 8 degrees. (See “Melting Ice Threatens Sea-Level Rise” and “Climate Data Hint at Irreversible Rise in Seas” in today’s [March 25, 2006] New York Times.)

Recent Comments:
The climate is changing... — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-03-26 18:23

Universe of Evil

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Submitted by wsscherk on Sun, 2006-03-26 04:55

[Edit April 1, 2006]

Pic above links to great story on Grand Guignol and San Francisco's 21st century heir, Thrillpeddlers

More pix, links, and post-mortem at bottom.


I have enjoyed the Mertz-Wissler sideshow very much. It occurred to me that I needn't observe the existence of the Iron Curtain between SOLOPassionofbitchingendlesslyaboutpeoplewhodon'tgiveashitaboutyouroryouropinions, and RebirthoftheSanerLargerpieceofthepiethatLinzwastoostupidtonoticewasbeingdivviedup . . . and so thought to link and post some lighthearted banter from the Dark side of the Universe.

Recent Comments:
Tic Toc pick talk — by wsscherk on Thu, 2006-04-20 07:00
The referrence to Birdcage — by John M Newnham on Tue, 2006-04-18 13:28
Wow — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 01:01

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NZB3 Promo

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-03-26 04:48

New Zealand Be Free blog
NZB3 Show- The New Zealand Be Free podcast

Last year Julien Pistorius and I put together a pro-capitalism New Zealand podcast. We made 10 fantastic episodes!

One of the most important things I learnt from doing this was how to correctly pronounce Julian's surname. It really makes you think.

Though we're both committed to Objectivism, we didn't make a subject of it in our podcasts. I think though, that if we could get some extra Objectivist manpower, we could make some more podcasts that focused more broadly on philosophy.

1:41 minutes (1.54 MB)
Recent Comments:
Julian, we're starting a — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-03-26 08:21
Something new and better — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-03-26 08:09
Linz is right. — by JulianP on Sun, 2006-03-26 07:29

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