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.”

Recent Comments:
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


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.


Recent Comments:
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


and is linked from my university web page,



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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.



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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

Recent Comments:
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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Phil — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-26 03:11
Jim I don't like lawyer-type — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-26 01:46
Phil — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-01-25 00:05

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-03 01:10
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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.

Recent Comments:
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.


Recent Comments:
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


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
Frizzy, in all other posts — by Frizzy on Sun, 2006-02-19 05:08

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Face of Muhammed

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

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.

Face of Muhammed
Recent Comments:
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



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.


Recent Comments:
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."

Recent Comments:
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:


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."

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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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Generation Gap

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Submitted by Marty on Wed, 2006-02-01 06:16

Though I have older and younger friends, each a generation apart from me, I do not experience a significant generation gap with either group. I have been asked, in particular, why I befriend some of my college students half my age. The answer is simple -- I love math, science, chess, classical music, karate, philosophy, etc. -- timeless threads that weave a common blanket of friendship. That my young friends may not have seen a Bugs Bunny cartoon involving the Martian who wished to blow up the Earth doesn't raise a wall between us. Neither does the fact that my older friends don't enjoy some of the rock tunes or video games that I do. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Sprawl Is Good

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-01 00:55

"Urban sprawl is one of the greatest enemies of good urban design," say some. I don't agree. Lack of choice created by a lack of freedom is the greatest enemy -- 'sprawl' gives people choices: the alternative is mandatory slums. Frank Lloyd Wright's 1932 concept of the 'Broadacre City' -- while somewhat nebulous, and by no means a libertarian vision; it includes for example the idea of benevolent architectural dictators -- shows at least that sprawl is not the enemy. Lack of choice, and lack of imagination are. Wright's concept of the 'disappearing city' represented an abundance of choices of how to live.

"Wright's pattern is closer to today's sprawl than it is to a city, but it is not the same as today's sprawl."

There should be as many kinds of houses as there are kinds of people and as many differentiations as there are different individuals. A man who has individuality (and what man lacks it?) has a right to its expression in his own environment. Wright 1908

[The houses in Broadacre City] would be especially suited in plan and outline to the ground, where they would make more of gardens and fields and nearby woods than now, insuring perpetual unity in variety. Wright 1932, 8-9

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Hi Peter,I'll try to — by Andrew Bissell on Wed, 2006-02-01 07:44
Pictures fixed — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 22:34
Pictures — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 21:27

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Super Bowl Time!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-01-31 23:31

The Steelers are clear favorites and having beaten both Indianapolis and Denver to make the big game it would appear they've got the best recent form. The citizens of the Motor City seem to have taken them to their bosoms so it'll probably seem like a home game for Pittsburgh.

It's a long way from mild Washington to freezing Detroit but if you look at the stats Seattle seems to have the edge. Hasselbeck has thrown for longer than Roethlisberger although their completions are about the same. And Shaun Alexander has rushed like a madman and scored 28 TDs, more than Hines Ward & The Bus combined.

Recent Comments:
It was indeed a snoozer — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-02-09 14:36
Game Report. — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-02-09 07:45
Glitch — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-01-31 23:57

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"Drug Use Is Not a Victimless Crime"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 21:59

"Drug use is not a victimless crime" argued a friend recently. Drug users harm themselves and other people too, said my friend; they are all victims.

Well, as I've explained before, yes it is a victimless crime. Drug use may well make of the user a 'victim,' but as long as nobody initates force against another, no crime is involved. As I explain here, a crime is when somebody does initiates force, or its derivative fraud, against someone else:
Cue Card Libertarianism - Force

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The Law — by Ashley on Wed, 2006-02-08 02:58
None at all — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-02-07 22:03
Drugs & Kids — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-07 21:09

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SOLO Economics

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-01-31 16:25


I have been invited by Tim Sturm and Lindsay Perigo to take over SOLO Economics.  I thank both of them for their vote of confidence.


I am happy to have the opportunity to lead SOLO Economics because I think that an understanding of the subject is important for those who wish to advocate freedom and capitalism.  I hope that our discussions will promote interest in the subject.   I want to note up front that I am not an expert in economics.  I do not have any official degrees in the subject.   Those who are more knowledgeable (like Ed Younkins or Tibor Machan) are welcome to correct me when I am in error. 

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Physics- A handmaiden of economics — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-05-30 12:10
> but the nature of the — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-05-30 05:04
No I didn't. — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-05-30 02:08

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Machan's Musings - Teacher Watch!

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Machan's Musings - Teacher Watch!

by Tibor R. Machan

Here is my imaginary scenario: A black student alumni organization hears
that some teachers are making racist remarks—advancing racist theories and
conclusions—in, say, a sociology course. But they have no proof, so they
offer to pay a student to take the risk of wearing a wire in class to make
sure the report is accurate. Turns out it is and the teacher is caught on
tape doing just what he had been suspected of doing, advancing racist
theories in his class.

It is doubtful that anyone but the racist professor would complain too

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Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

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Submitted by JulianD on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:12

I having been intrigued by the case developing in the United States against RIM, the supplier of the mobile data device - Blackberry.


I have never understood the degree to which people are addicted to them given that PDA's exist which do the same - and more...but what has been interesting to watch over the last 6 months is how the alleged theft of intellectual property in the form of a Patent Violation might soon impact the lives of millions of people.

The legal complexities are obviously many - and someone out there might have more insight than I into the truth about the claims of a patent violation. But it appears that patent violation has occured and it is indeed reassuring to see that the US justice system is being somewhat objective in threatening to punish a company - for theft. The impact that a closure would have on a large number of its customers should not be - and it appears will not be - an issue the court will entertain.

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Interesting — by sjw on Wed, 2006-02-08 04:48
I don't think I'm expressing — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:52
Copyrights & Patents — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-07 23:14

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Mozart's birthday

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Submitted by Tim S on Fri, 2006-01-27 16:22

Well, it's Mozart's 250th birthday, and it seems he's everywhere today.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em I reckon. I'll be sitting back enjoying a few of those immaculate fondants tonight. As my flatmate TimV keeps reminding me, we shouldn't really be dissing someone who wrote their first symphony aged 8 and who perfected the classical structure, on which others were able to build and reach greater heights.


Mozart's birthday
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Piano Concertos — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 18:10
Wagner groupies — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 21:19
Sturm, you big wuss! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-01-31 20:08

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