People

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2015-06-23 09:19

People are good. At least in general and for the most part. People are socially virtuous. Given a chance, most people most times won't beat or rob you, nor lie to or betray you.

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Three to Nine — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-06-26 01:20
Linz — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2015-06-25 00:14
Haven't and Won't Examine the Evidence? — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2015-06-23 15:29

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Capitalist Planning and Socialist Chaos

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2015-06-21 22:45

This essay, “Capitalist Planning and Socialist Chaos,” shows that capitalism has all-pervasive but unrecognized economic planning. The separate, individual plans of all of its hundreds of millions, indeed, billions of individual participants, are harmonized, coordinated, and integrated by the price system and profit motive. Socialism, in contrast, is a chaotic “anarchy of production,” made that way by the stupendously ignorant and arrogant attempt to monopolize economic planning by a handful of government officials who prohibit economic planning by everyone else.


Simon Soars

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-06-16 01:45
Simon Soars

Simon Soars

"Tenor is not a voice; it is a disease!" harrumphs a woman who just happens to be a soprano, in the 1951 Hollywood bio-pic The Great Caruso. The movie featured one spectacular carrier of the "disease" playing another, and spawned veritable epidemics of it, most notably in the forms of Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras. And it didn't stop there:


Hilary Hahn & Sibelius Violin Concerto

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Submitted by Olivia on Sat, 2015-06-13 08:50

I've looked for this clip via YT and was delighted to find it because it shows something unusual.


From Defeat to Disintegration: Reflections on 1967 and afterwards by Hisham Melhem

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Submitted by Olivia on Tue, 2015-06-09 07:14

This is a great piece of journalistic reflection on the Arab world in the 21st Century.


Je Suis un Islamophobe ... Proudly!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-06-09 03:34

Here are the latest doings of the savage superstitionists who rule Saudi Arabia. It is this variant of Islamofilth that we are allied with against another called ISIS. The hell with all of them. Leave them to behead, stone, incinerate or otherwise slaughter each other, as they are so ferally intent on doing. No human should be required to lay down his life for sub-humans.

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Fucking muslim maggots — by gregster on Fri, 2015-06-19 16:42
Je suis aussi... — by Olivia on Tue, 2015-06-09 06:24

A Trial, but a whimper.

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Submitted by Shane Pleasance on Fri, 2015-05-29 22:59

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/s...

He should have done this:
https://youtu.be/KR3MgIPxb38

Clearly, he had nothing left to lose but to Shrug.

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Grotesque Injustice — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2015-05-30 14:00

Production Versus Consumption

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Submitted by George Reisman on Wed, 2015-05-20 07:41

“Production Versus Consumption” shows why the production of wealth, not the artificial creation of the need and desire to consume, is the fundamental problem of economic life.


Reading Rand

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2015-05-17 21:25

On May 12, 2015, at Georgetown University (Washington, DC), at an intellectual symposium on eradicating poverty, President Barack Obama spoke of: "...cold-hearted, free market, uh, capitalist-types who, uh, you know, are reading Ayn Rand...[slow derisive laughter from crowd]...and, uh, you know, think everybody's moochers [sic]..."

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Video — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-06-26 14:11
Kyrel, elsewhere — by gregster on Fri, 2015-06-26 07:38
A Bit Of My Background — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-06-15 14:06

Radical Environmentalists Own Their Real Motivation

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Submitted by Brant Gaede on Sat, 2015-05-16 19:21

I don't agree with everything in this "To The Point News" free article, but most strikes home.

http://www.tothepointnews.com/...


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Black Trash Trashes Baltimore; White Trash Makes Excuses

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-05-01 07:01

Black Trash Trashes Baltimore; White Trash Makes Excuses

For using this title, I shall of course be accused of being a racist—by racists.

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Yes, less crime but... — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2015-05-06 02:30
Ed — by gregster on Tue, 2015-05-05 10:48
Drug war is a problem but... — by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2015-05-05 06:25

Baltimore Riots as Criminal Culture Writ Large

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-04-30 22:00

Baltimore Riots as Criminal Culture Writ Large
By Edward Hudgins

April 30, 2015 -- The rioting in Baltimore represents criminal culture writ large. It is what happens every day on a smaller scale in poor minority communities: theft, vandalism, and violence.

The flames in Baltimore hideously illuminate the fact that the culture of the welfare state creates the criminals and rioters that plague this city in my native state.

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Baltimore war zone — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2015-06-03 04:39
Black Culture — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-05-28 17:10
No rioting, no looting! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-05-19 07:15

How Anti-Individualist Fallacies Prevent Us from Curing Death

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-04-23 04:51

How Anti-Individualist Fallacies Prevent Us from Curing Death
By Edward Hudgins

April 22, 2015 – Excited about Silicon Valley entrepreneurs investing billions of dollars to extend life and even “cure” death? It's amazing that such technologically challenging goals have gone from sci-fi fantasies to fantastic possibilities. But the biggest obstacles to life extension could be cultural: the anti-individualist fallacies arrayed against this goal.

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Brother Ed! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-05-01 06:33
Hey Linz, wanna die?! — by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2015-05-01 03:25
Ed — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2015-04-30 08:29

Campbell Live and the Culture of Cretinism

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-04-13 04:53

Campbell Live and the Culture of Cretinism

The rumoured looming demise of Campbell Live has triggered an avalanche of obituaries for "true current affairs," of which John Campbell, his fans claim, is the last embodiment standing.

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Shameless self-plug — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-05-22 06:27
And so ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-05-22 01:21
The BBC — by Tore on Mon, 2015-04-13 11:48

Freedom of Opportunity, not Equality of Opportunity

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2015-04-12 03:21

FREEDOM OF OPPORTUNITY NOT EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

This essay shows that the goal of equality of opportunity is both absurd and vicious. Achieving it would require that children all be raised in the same environment and have the same genetic inheritance. In contrast, the essay shows that what we should actually strive for is the freedom of opportunity.


Thirty Great Crapolae of Our Time—Updated!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-04-06 02:35

It's ten years since I wrote Thirty Great Crapolae of Our Time, which is included in my Kindle book, Total Passion for the Total Height. I figured it was time for an update.

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peikoff <3 — by Tore on Tue, 2015-04-07 11:33
Excellent! — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2015-04-07 02:44
Print it out ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-04-06 21:35

Obama Disproves His Own Assumptions About Iran

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2015-04-04 13:55

Obama Disproves His Own Assumptions About Iran
By Edward Hudgins

Barack Obama is pushing for a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran because he believes “the more people interact with open societies, the more they will want to be part of an open society,” according to former NATO ambassador Ivo Daalder (quoted in the Washington Post).


Killing Reason

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-04-04 03:50

Killing Reason

Last night I watched Killing Jesus on the National Geographic Channel.

That is, I watched as much as I could stomach. It occurred to me that if I really wanted that sort of thing I should pop along to the nearest BDSM club, where the activities depicted in the movie have the status they should have—something for consenting adults in private, not to be broadcast on public television where they could frighten children and the horses.

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Huh? O'Viley has directed his — by Tore on Sat, 2015-04-04 10:44

Music of the Gods—The Joy of Janine Jansen

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-30 04:18

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto was a happy eventuality arising from a singularly unhappy folly.

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Sometimes.... — by Olivia on Sun, 2015-04-05 22:22
End of the Reign! — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2015-04-01 12:45

Time Again to Celebrate Human Achievement!

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2015-03-27 21:02

Time Again to Celebrate Human Achievement!
By Edward Hudgins

It is again Human Achievement Hour! On March 28, celebrate all that the modern world offers us as a result of the efforts of the human mind!

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And take — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-04-25 14:13
Human Achievement — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-03-30 03:33

Cyber-Warriors' Priority One

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-03-19 14:32

I call upon all cyber-warriors in the world to fight for freedom. To defend liberty, justice, and individual rights.

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The Victory of the Good — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2015-03-21 13:28
Ermmm — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-03-21 07:38

The Night Beethoven Made Me Cry

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Submitted by tvr on Mon, 2015-03-16 22:05

I am not one to profit from the misfortunes of others. Saturday night I made an exception, filling the seat for PC at pianist Freddy Kempf's last NZ performance because he most regrettably could not make it and did not want his ticket to go to waste.

It didn't.

What. A. Night. To. Remember.


The Secret Papers of Ayn Rand

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-03-13 19:46

Interesting and provocative short story about the Objectivist Movement: http://leonardpeikoff.tumblr.com/

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Utter Vermin — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-03-19 14:26
My only question is, Kyrel ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-03-18 05:04
White-Hot Denial — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2015-03-18 04:34

Google, Entrepreneurs, and Living 500 Years

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-03-12 19:50

Google, Entrepreneurs, and Living 500 Years
By Edward Hudgins

“Is it possible to live to be 500?”

“Yes,” answers Bill Maris of Google, without qualifications.

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Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death — by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2015-04-05 23:03
Picture Perfect — by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2015-04-05 15:53
I'm convinced that — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-04-04 10:22

The O'Lielly Factor—Reprised

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-03-06 04:59

With Bill O'Reilly being called out on the lies in his latest truth-killer, Killing Reagan, it's timely to reprise the following from earlier this year:

The O'Lielly Factor

In a world where "journalism" has come to mean "left-wing advocacy as practised by the mainstream pseudo-media" (MSPSM henceforth), Fox News stands out. It is openly engaged in right-wing advocacy. While it sports some daily news programmes that are genuinely ideologically neutral (which cannot be said for the MSPSM), its star hosts and commentators unashamedly nail their colours to the mast, even as they invite ideological opponents onto their shows (which again cannot be said for the MSPSM).

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More traction — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-09 07:45
And ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-09 05:34
O'Viley — by Tore on Sun, 2015-03-08 16:59

Fundamental Insights into the Benevolent Nature of Capitalism

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2015-03-05 01:51

My essay “Fundamental Insights into the Benevolent Nature of Capitalism” is now available to the general public for 99¢ as a Kindle Book on Amazon.com.

Here are the leading points of my essay:


Music of the Gods—Of Genius and Genuflection: Freddy Kempf's Beethoven

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-03-03 21:49
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"I love sport, so continue to jog religiously and do strength work too. I've also more recently started to work on my swimming as it's something I was never very good at—and I'm still determined to be able to attack any kind of black (ski-)run one day. I think a secret ambition of mine is to do the Ironman one day."

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Ha, Nephew! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-16 03:50
I'm fairly certain — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2015-03-16 03:30
Freddy's Phenomenal Finale — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-03-15 23:15

Music of the Gods: New Lanza CD

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 06:39

"Singers should sing words, not notes. The words tell the story of the music, and should be made clear to those who want to hear them. I will never sing an operatic aria if I do not know the words, because I do not believe that the melody is enough, no matter how beautiful it may be."

—Mario Lanza, August 1959.

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Yay! — by Tore on Mon, 2015-04-06 13:19
Got it! — by Tore on Tue, 2015-03-17 18:11
It's worth it! — by gregster on Fri, 2015-03-06 06:32

Music of the Gods: Beethoven's Emperor Concerto

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 00:50

Beethoven's 5th and final concerto is one of the crowning glories not just of Romanticism in music but of Western Civilisation itself. "Emperor" is a fitting sobriquet, though it is doubtful Beethoven approved (it was not his idea) because of the endorsement such a title would have implied of Napoleon, with whom Beethoven had become disillusioned when Bonaparte assumed the moniker of a monarch.

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Exquisite! — by Olivia on Tue, 2015-02-24 06:17

Beautifying the Universe

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-02-20 12:07

Human beings naturally, healthily, nobly, and heroically seek to live and thrive, with the maximum possible quantity and quality of life.

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Steve — by gregster on Sun, 2015-03-08 03:21
But Greg! — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-03-07 13:19
AR — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-03-06 15:32

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