Johansson and Knightley Naked on the cover of Vanity Fair

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-02-08 04:43

Oh boy! I think I need a cold shower!

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Daily Linz 24 - It's the Integration, Stoopid!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:52

“A concept is a mental integration of two or more units possessing the same distinguishing characteristic(Drunk, with their particular measurements omitted.”

–—Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology

Somewhere in his prodigious output Leonard Peikoff tells a hypothetical story that is highly instructive. From memory, it goes like this: A group of men sit around and discuss whether it would be moral to rob a bank. The discussion rapidly degenerates into competing suggestions as to which bank might be the most practical to rob—which offers the most loot, the most lax security, the quickest escape route, etc.. The issue of whether they should or should not rob a bank becomes an issue of “Which bank are we talking about?” No one speaks up to say, “Wait a minute! We shouldn’t even be having this discussion. Robbing any bank would be wrong! It would represent the taking of other people’s property, without their permission, by force—force initiated by us. Initiating force is always wrong, if human life is our standard of right and wrong.” To say such a thing would require an ability to derive abstract principles from concrete life experiences and repair to those principles in evaluating possible future actions. It would require the identification of the same distinguishing characteristic in all the proposed robberies—initiated force—and their integration into the concept “wrong,” with a few narrower integrations along the way. Alas, people generally just don’t think that way any more. They don’t think in principles; they don’t integrate—the point of Peikoff’s story.

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Thanks John — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:25
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Beyond The Glory

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Submitted by Ashley on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:41

I was watching FoxSports' "Beyond The Glory" tonight and saw one of their 5 part series on sex in sports. They were talking about homosexuality in sports, and then specifically the NFL. I didn't really watch it all, and I can't get the video to work on my computer, but here's a link:

http://msn.foxsports.com/story...

It was interesting because they mentioned an NFL player who came out as gay in a magazine article in the mid-70's, and I think he came out after he retired although I am not positive. He said he thought he was opening a door for others, but apparently not because I don't think it has happened since. In the next segment NFL players were interviewed and gave many reasons that there won't be any openly gay active players in the NFL, including various sorts of peer discomfort and discord which would affect the "teamness" of the team.

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"I suppose it is up to every — by Robert on Wed, 2006-02-08 05:24

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One country. One law. One constitution.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:29

Another Waitangi Day in New Zealand and (no doubt) another set of protests and claims for more legal privilege. Another Waitangi Day in which the the usual parade of politicians and protestors confront and avoid each other, and the professional grievance industry discuss and issue their demands for the taxpayer to give even more -- (for those interested in such things, this year's fashionable demand seems to be for a separatist Maori General Assembly.)

Frankly, we don't need another taxpaid gravy train or another grievance industry or yet another charter for separatism or a forum in which to demand it; we simply need good law.

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Very good — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:40

Left and right and other nonsense

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:27

I've tried telling you lot I'm neither left nor right (though you continue to put me on the 'Right' on your blogrolls). I've tried telling you that libertarians are neither Right nor Left, but 'North' (but I still hear people calling libertarians "extreme right"). And I've tried pointing out that your traditional Left-Right spectrum is simplistic and one-dimensional and blurs too many important distinctions to be worth a pinch of shite, as compared to the diamond-shaped 'Nolan' spectrum that has real depth, and great descriptive power. (See for example here, here and here, and that picture of NZ's political spectrum over there on the, ahem, right.)

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U2? — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-02-08 09:21

Liberty lost out in Costa Rica

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:23

I mentioned the Costa Rican elections on my main blog last week, and you might be wondering how the Costa Rican 'Libertarians' got on. Former Moviemento Libertaro activist Jorge has the news, and plenty of criticism. The MLs went soft in a bid for power over principle ... and the bid failed, and with it went the principles:

[Party leader and Presidential candidate Otto] Guevara and his group expelled the hard core libertarians, or as he called them “radicals”, from the party, saying that they were responsible for the impeding the growth of the party. He said that by becoming “moderate” they would move closer to the Costa Rican people, thereby gaining many more votes.


Cartoons and the Negation of Reason

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-02-07 20:01

“Faith … is the negation of reason.” (Playboy's Interview with Ayn Rand," Playboy, March 1964)

In September 2005, a Danish newspaper published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. It caused great insult to Muslim communities in Denmark because it is against Islam to portray the Prophet Muhammad. In an effort to “internationalize the issue” Abu Laban, a Palestinian and former assistant to Gamaa Islamiya leader Talaal Fouad Qassimy, formed a delegation to meet with the Arab League, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, and Sunni Islam’s most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi.

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Thanks — by jtgagnon on Fri, 2006-02-17 18:26
Great post. Great thread. — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Fri, 2006-02-17 14:53
Attn Mr. Gagnon! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-16 21:47

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Angry photos

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 16:55

(Due to some of the discource going on in some of the threads on SOLO) I am reading these obviously hostile/agressive/angry posts, but there is a smiling-happy-person's picture of the person sending it. Perhaps we could have a few pictures that we could choose from while making a post: a happy picture, a jesting picture and an angry picture...or something akin to smiley icons? just a thought.

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I was pissed when this pic was taken. — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:45
I have a mean looking face on ROR — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-10 01:16
Outrageous! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:55

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Daily Linz 23: Dining with the Enemy - Lunch with a Bishop!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-07 05:50

Daily Linz 23: Dining with the Enemy - Lunch with a Bishop!

by Lindsay Perigo

One of the (mostly) nice things about being a broadcaster is that it enables one to rub shoulders with the rich, the famous, the powerful and the influential. One of the nice things about being an Objectivist broadcaster is that it enables one to judge them unawed by their status, unblinkered by conventional bromides.

Recently I had lunch with a bishop. A Catholic bishop. Not a small-fry New Zealand Catholic bishop, but a Catholic bishop from overseas. A bishop who, if he has anything to do with it, will end up a cardinal. “No one deserves a biretta [cardinal's red cap],” he observed as we dined. “Except me. I’m working on it.”

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Out to lunch — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:43
Ed, I think the official — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-02-07 08:00
Out to lunch — by Ed on Tue, 2006-02-07 07:34

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Activism: Waitangi Day

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-07 04:06

Well, I've just come back from the Libertarianz activism at Waitangi. Spirits ran high, but it was noticeably more peaceful than last year. Yes, there were the usual displays of tribalism, marching, chanting and a heavy police presence.

For such a small group of people, we always seem to attract a lot of attention. The big 'END WAITANGI APARTHEID' banner might have something to do with it. Smiling Usually people just stare and give us a wide berth. Some angry people sometimes berate us, but it was not nearly as bad as last year. And there were also the brilliant conversations we had with people who ended up agreeing with the common sense of what we said.

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950 years Before Cook? — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:30
Julian, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:40
Thanks Linz! — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:29

Dark Matter

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Submitted by Frizzy on Mon, 2006-02-06 22:57

Hi,

I thought this might be of interest to people here.

An article on Dark Matter, which claims to have measured some aspects of Dark Matter.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci...

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My apologies, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:23
No... — by Utility Belt on Tue, 2006-02-07 18:59
Theory versus Observation — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-02-07 18:27

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Archive Relocated: The Writings of Ronald E. Merrill

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-02-05 06:02

I have finally re-located the web archive of the writings of the late Ronald E. Merrill. The archive is now at

http://www.calstatela.edu/facu...

and is linked from my university web page,

http://www.calstatela.edu/facu...

.

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Thank you Adam, you're — by Charles Henrikson on Mon, 2006-02-06 22:00

The George Reisman Blog

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-02-05 05:16

Dr. George Reisman, the eminent economist and Objectivist has in the last week initiated a blog.  It can be accessed at www.georgereisman.com.  His insights on current events and economic theory are highly valuable contributions to the fight for liberty and capitalism.

 - Jason

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Reisman is the MAN when it — by Titan on Thu, 2006-02-16 19:56

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Islamic Caricatures

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-02-05 00:39

It was bound to happen. The current hot debate over the cartoons depicting Mohammed, which is forbidden by Islamic law, illustrates once again the fundamental incompatability between western and Muslim culture.

A press release from the org Reporters Without Borders:

"Reporters Without Borders has appealed for calm and reason as the controversy over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed moved in disturbing new directions: "While we understand that many Muslims have been shocked by these caricatures, as Islam forbids any physical representation of the Prophet, there is no justification for calls for violence or threats of any kind."


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NZ Official Censor does it again.

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-02-04 07:31

I haven't had time to comment much lately, but here is an item so preposterous it even made headlines in the staid, US-based Chronicle of Higher Education. Some time ago, on old SOLO, I was told that I was unfair to New Zealand's chief censor, Bill Hastings, when I referred to him as a man so depraved that he would take on the job of censoring what other people are allowed to read. Last week, the same Chief Censor made it a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 (U.S.) or three months' imprisonment, to own or distribute any of the 5,500 copies of a

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OK — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 18:29
Again I say, Adam ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 10:23
An apology and a request — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 01:44

Roderick Long on "Ayn Rand's Left-Libertarian Legacy"

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Submitted by jriggenbach on Sat, 2006-02-04 01:03

The editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies makes some interesting points.

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/21...

JR


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Ayn Rand's 101 Birthday Celebration at New York Junto

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Submitted by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-03 22:28

I attended the New York Junto's celebration of Ayn Rand's 101st birthday last night and had a blast. Ed Hudgins talked about TOC's plans to use the new Bidinotto edited The New Individualist to influence Washington lawmakers and think tanks. Marsha Enright gave her spiel about plans for a new Objectivist College of the United States based on a Great Books curriculum and Ayn Rand's epistemology. Also Erika Holzer spoke by phone conference about her new book: Ayn Rand My Fiction Writing Teacher.

There were about 100 in attendance and a good time was had by all. Also, Marty Lewinter gave an excellent short presentation on the Development of Western Civilization through the eyes of Ayn Rand. We will have to nudge him to post it here at Solopassion Smiling.


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Machan's Musings - Revisiting Objectivity

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Revisiting Objectivity

Tibor R. Machan

In ordinary terms, to achieve objectivity one needs to check one's own
likes and dislikes and guard against their influence and also check for
influences coming from outside, such as flattery, on the psychological
front, or obstruction of visibility on the perceptual. To avoid bias one
needs discipline and self-understanding. If I know that I am partial to
those who are tall, blonde or athletic, while working as a teacher, juror
or judge, I need to make doubly sure that what I think of their
performance, the merit of their work or their legal status isn't based on

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Clarification — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-07 18:26
Shayne, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 16:39
Clarification — by Wes on Tue, 2006-02-07 15:23

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Machan's Musings - Cultural Relativism and Freedom

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Machan's Musings - Cultural Relativism and Freedom

Tibor R. Machan

In one area, classical and modern liberals have tended to agree, namely,
that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, expression, speech, and
so forth. Both types of liberals have been supporters of the spirit and
letter of the US Constitution’s First Amendment (although modern liberals
have been known to cave in when it comes to the demands of political
correctness). At least when it comes to political ideas, both groups
champion the position that people may not be censored and otherwise
intruded upon in their beliefs and in their efforts to express these


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Andrew Bernstein's "The Capitalist Manifesto"

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Submitted by sjw on Fri, 2006-02-03 03:20

There is some good stuff in this book. In particular I've liked the anecdotes of famous and not-so-famous capitalists (but I really did *not* like the short-shrift that Tesla, the man whose AC motors and other inventions largely power the information age, got).

However, not long after I started reading it, I found myself disappointed, and started skimming ahead to see if the book was going to include what I thought was so sorely missing in this class of writing.

Frankly, I don't think that Bernstein's book adds much in the big picture. I don't think it warrants the title. Rand's writing is sufficient to establish Capitalism as the only moral economic system. I really doubt that anyone who's not been convinced by Rand is going to be convinced by Bernstein.

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Italy

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-03 01:10
Italy
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Evader! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-03 08:38
From here on out I will just — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-03 04:15
Leave it there, leave it — by Ashley on Fri, 2006-02-03 03:53

Cue Card Libertarianism: 'No man is an island'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-02 22:36

No man is an island, says the poet... As for myself, I like to see myself as a sort of a peninsula -- with a good bar located near my connection with the mainland.

The thing with the 'no man is an island' argument is that those who normally use that line have a wrong idea about individualism. They have an idea that 'individualism' is some kind of 'atomistic individualism' -- another line frequently used. But a genuine individualism has no need to be 'atomistic'; one of the pleasures of life is interacting with others, enjoying the pleasure of their company (and their drinks cabinet), gaining knowledge from those who have it, and trading with others to help achieve our values. Life without other people would be a pretty miserable existence.

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Thank Tibor — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-02 20:25
Terminology — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 17:44

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Jimmy Carter: Neville Chamberlain of our times

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Submitted by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-02-02 14:21

Jimmy Carter, who nearly lost the Cold War now asks us to give Hamas a chance. Not only that, but he wants us to extend monetary aid to this terrorist organization. Revolting.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/...

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Cockroach Carter — by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-02-02 21:20
Cockroach Carter — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-02 20:43

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Needs more Objective Clues

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Submitted by Frizzy on Thu, 2006-02-02 13:06

Hello,

So, ok, like I've been hearing about this interesting concept of objectivism.
And now I'm formulating a question that perhaps someone here can enlighten me on.
So if I started out by identifying as a subjective entity, in that I see life being totally subjective in virtually every way, and I have built up a lot of understanding about how things work under this very broad and sweeping premise, it seems very daunting to colapse that whole structure of thinking in favor of the strange new concept (to me), objectivism.
Understandably people don't like giving up their figurative security blanket, so the question I have is, how can you convince me that there is an objective reality, rather than the one I percieve currently, which is working quite nicely btw, without threatening violence to make me say that I admit your objective reality is more 'correct' without believing it to be?

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Hi Ed, — by krishna2 on Wed, 2006-02-22 13:00
You do exist! — by Ed on Sun, 2006-02-19 06:03
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Face of Muhammed

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Submitted by Tim S on Thu, 2006-02-02 01:28
Face of Muhammed

Here's one of the pictures that is causing a bit of a furore in Europe. The pictures have now been published in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Mexico, in defiance of the predictable reactions from various Islamic quarters, not least their politicians.

How deliciously ironic then that, because of the Islamists' efforts to escalate the issue, these pictures will now be posted everywhere.

Like here for instance.

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A NZ newspaper shows some balls! — by Derek McGovern on Sat, 2006-02-04 01:05
Sad — by sjw on Sat, 2006-02-04 00:18
Dripping in irony — by sjw on Fri, 2006-02-03 23:42

American businessmen promoting dictatorship

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Submitted by sjw on Thu, 2006-02-02 00:08

See:

http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/0...

This is part of why businessmen get the reputation of being greedy and corrupt. No one is forcing them to do business with China on any terms but their own. It's a clear case where they could further the cause of freedom in the world, and with the simple action of refusing to compromise their technology for evil ends. China, in order to be competitive, would have little choice but to let the uncensored form of Google et. al. in.

Disgusting.

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Google Shrugged? — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-02-02 00:45

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February Frolics - Monthly Update!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-01 23:48

Two months on and things are shaping up nicely. SOLOPassion began without the advantage of incumbency, with a relocation that had to start from scratch. Duncan and Julian have done superlatively well in creating a new home for SOLO that, with ongoing tweakings, will more than hold its own against all-comers. Most importantly, the unique SOLO vision, articulated in the Credo remains intact—and as urgently salutary as ever. I never tire of quoting this crucial excerpt:

"SOLO seeks to galvanise all Objectivists who recognise that Objectivism is a tool for living, and who repudiate any reason/passion dichotomy. We seek to be a magnet and a home for those who are exuberantly rational and rationally exuberant, who aspire to the 'total passion for the total height,' intellectually and emotionally, simultaneously and harmoniously. We aspire to a culture of sincerity and integrity, where mind-games, deceit and posturing—and having to read between the lines—in one's dealings with others, are a thing of the past; where Shakespeare's 'This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. ...' is second nature. ... SOLO is for those who want reason and logic to be liberated from the Mr. Spock straitjacket and impregnated with KASS—'the kick-ass' factor."

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By the way — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-03 17:24
By the way, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-02-03 15:17
Dylan Thomas poetry reading too — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-03 14:48

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The Eupopean Media defies Muslims

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Wed, 2006-02-01 22:35

Now here's something you don't see every day: the European media refusing to pander to the demands of Muslims:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...

First it was a Danish newspaper editor who outraged Muslims everywhere in September with his decision to publish 12 caricatures of the Prohet Muhammad (one of these has him telling Muslims that Paradise is running out of virgins for suicide bombers). According to the Associated Press, the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published the drawings as a challenge to "what it perceived was self-censorship among artists dealing with Islamic issues."

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Apologies about the typos, — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-02-02 11:32

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Machan's Musings - Wanting but Reproducing

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Machan's Musings - Wanting but Reproducing

Tibor R. Machan

At the Dallas/Forth Worth Airport I had to wait for two ours to board my flight back home so I sat before a TV set beaming forth CNN’s various scary stories. (Even as the traffic there was quite calm, and even as my two days of lectures in New Orleans proceeded amidst a city now showing mostly evidence of human resilience, the “news” came to nothing but scary stories!)

Included in the bad news viewers were being offered there was story of a family’s financial struggles, one in which both parents worked, earning about $55k per year, voicing drawn out complaints about how strapped they are. They had children already, in their early thirties, plus “one on the way.” Which brought up the issue, at least for me, if they believe they are so strapped, what business do they have bringing yet another child into their home?


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Reprised—Betraying the self. Betraying a heroine.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-01 07:35

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - Mark 8:36

What makes someone give up their soul? In the decade after the publication of her magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand was at the very top of her game and she began preparing another, final, novel, To Lorne Dieterling, in which she hoped to dramatise the answer to that very question. Unfortunately for all of the fans of Rand’s earlier novels, a real life drama got in the way.

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PARC — by Brant Gaede on Sat, 2017-08-26 15:29
Filling in the blanks, laying it to rest — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2017-08-24 23:57
Neil — by gregster on Thu, 2017-08-24 08:22

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