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Spot the Newbie

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Submitted by MikeE on Sat, 2006-05-20 06:43


New Guy here... just saying hi then going into lurk mode.

Politically I'm a libertarian/classical liberal member of ACT.. didn't know about or understand objectivism untill recently (having been chatting to Rick and reading not PC since september) am just making my way through Atlas Shrugged and have Captialism - the Unknown ideal sitting on the coffee table.

So anyway, just saying hi and introducing myself out of courtesy.

Recent Comments:
Good — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2007-04-27 09:58
Fellow Newbie — by 0 on Fri, 2007-04-27 09:53
Hey, I'm a newbie, too...and — by Victor Pross on Sun, 2006-06-04 04:13

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Catholic League Angry with Penn Jillette

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-05-18 20:26

I don't know if anybody saw this, but I missed it when it came around. And it was too funny not to post. Smiling

Here is a press release from The Catholic League:

April 12, 2006


On his April 5 CBS radio show, Penn Jillette commented on the rumor that Paris Hilton may play Mother Teresa in a movie. He said Mother Teresa "had this weird kink that I think was sexual" about seeing people suffer and die. He also said that "Paris Hilton is so far above Mother Teresa on the moral scale, she should not lower herself" to playing the saintly nun. After comparing Mother Teresa to Charles Manson, Jillette again said she "got her [sexual] kicks watching people suffer and die." He concluded by saying, "Paris Hilton. You're so much better than that. Don't take the gig. Keep making good wholesome porno films. Just do that. Do what you're cut out for. Don't lower yourself to playing Mother Teresa."

Recent Comments:
Rats are Wonderful Creatures, Adam — by Bill Tingley on Tue, 2006-05-23 17:38
It's the Zeitgeist, Fred — by Bill Tingley on Tue, 2006-05-23 17:33
Ways of helping the poor — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-05-23 07:12

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Platonic Competition, Pt 1

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-05-18 09:38

The doctrine of “pure and perfect competition” is a central element both in contemporary economic theory and in the practice of the Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice. “Pure and perfect competition” is the standard by which contemporary economic theorists and Justice Department lawyers decide whether an industry is “competitive” or “monopolistic,” and what to do about it if they find that it is not “competitive.”

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Would love to know what KASS is...

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Submitted by Robert Nasir on Wed, 2006-05-17 18:51

Would love to know what KASS is.  Seems like it may have originated as a quirky way to write, "kick-ass", but I see it used in contexts where that substitution wouldn't make any sense (at least gramatically), so perhaps it's an expression that's taken on a life of it's own?

Recent Comments:
Thank you, Señor. Linz! — by Robert Nasir on Thu, 2006-05-18 17:32
Hey Fred — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-05-18 03:35
Polish is unKASS! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-05-18 00:16

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With Friends Like These...

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Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-05-17 18:17

Star the Hater, aka Troi Torain, has proven that Objectivism's enemies are not from without, but from within. Torain, who spouts his own version of Objectivism called "Objective Hate," was recently arrested over these on-air remarks:

“Yes I disrespected your seed." “If you didn’t hear me, I said, I would like to do an R. Kelly on your seed, on your baby girl. I would like to tinkle on her....Where does this kid go to school? I got 500 bucks for that information.” And, “I will come for your kids. I finally got the information on [DJ Envy’s] slant-eyed whore wife.”

Recent Comments:
Knowledge Is Power — by Mick Russell on Thu, 2006-05-18 14:53
Knowledge is Power — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-05-18 14:01
deleted — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-05-18 14:01

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Black Book of Saddamy

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-05-17 07:49
Recent Comments:
I'd say it's hard bigotry — by Mario on Fri, 2007-01-05 19:12
No crumbs of credit — by Kenny on Fri, 2007-01-05 10:19
Tarred with the same brush — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-01-05 02:05

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Nathaniel Branden is getting married

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Submitted by eg on Wed, 2006-05-17 07:22

Nathaniel Branden is getting married May 20 in Maui to Leigh Horton.

I wish them health and happiness.


Recent Comments:
Who is — by Banned User on Thu, 2006-05-18 05:00

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Lost Posts

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-05-17 01:02


Some of you have noticed that a few posts have gone "missing". No, it's not some conspiracy to randomly censor Smiling but a glitch in our current server routines.

This problem should disappear once we have moved to our new server.

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You Get The Face You Deserve

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Submitted by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-05-16 19:59

I don't think the statement "You Get The Face You Deserve" is -always- true. Sometimes it's bone structure, being under or overweight, complexion, size of mouth or eyes, etc. Some people are blessed by being born with handsome faces with clean and regular features. Other times, someone who concentrates or thinks a lot has intense eyes or a wrinkle at the top of the brow. There are angry people whose temper or bitterness does indeed show on their face. There are unhappy faces

Recent Comments:
A Good Face - as Engaged in Action — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-05-17 20:10
After 40 — by eg on Wed, 2006-05-17 05:22
"You get the face you deserve." — by Adam Buker on Wed, 2006-05-17 05:21

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Spinoza Spin

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Tue, 2006-05-16 19:11

Well that to me is a very long way round saying that you are a believer and would like to create the illusion that you can be a believer and an intellectual to.I believe it was kepler who tried to marry the maths the physics and god all in the one.he never made sense of it and eventualy gave it up.Rather than try and create the idea that god can exist in the modern world why not accept that there

Recent Comments:
Atheism is a step in the right direction — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-06-04 21:35
Rex, you're an interesting — by Victor Pross on Sun, 2006-06-04 21:23
A negative — by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-06-04 07:03

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Robot Chicken

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Submitted by Wes on Tue, 2006-05-16 15:18

If you're under 35, and weren't raised by the Amish, you'll enjoy Robot Chicken.

(Shortened link)

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The art of comunication

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Tue, 2006-05-16 08:33

I would like to see the people express their views, rather than make endless references to books or people whom they might think have said something profound.How about all you experts having an origanal idea,I have heard one or two in here but most are just reference manuals.I,m not a university graduate,I didn,t even get there but I feel there are so many children out there,we are faced with some

Recent Comments:
;) — by Utility Belt on Tue, 2006-05-16 12:55
The art of written communication... — by Rick Pasotto on Tue, 2006-05-16 12:27

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-05-15 16:41

The dark ages,a very ugly time in our history,how quickly the cruel and ruthless crusaders become the righteous,the pioneers.At the time of the witch burning the laws regarding the sale of rhy wheat had not yet been established.The bread was contaminated with a fungi producing LSD.The hot spots around the world for witch burnings were exactly the same as the low points around the world where mould

Recent Comments:
Warm fuzzies — by Rex Wilkinson on Tue, 2006-05-16 00:50
Religion... HEALTH? We got — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-05-15 22:09
Utility belts healthy religion? — by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-05-15 19:03

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A Challenge to Ed Hudgins

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-05-15 12:10

Diana, who has a stronger stomach than I, sometimes lurks on hostile territory, whence she has sent me this post by TOC Executive Director Ed Hudgins:


Recent Comments:
US allies, allies of us, Objectivist allies — by William Scott Scherk on Tue, 2007-07-17 04:03
Answering Fred's comments on Lincoln's inaugural — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-05-27 23:50
This came up ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-11-10 07:42

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Is Bernanke an Admirer of Galbraith?

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-05-15 10:20

In today’s New York Times, Robert H. Frank, who is described as “the co-author, with Ben S. Bernanke, of `Principles of Economics,’” writes that Galbraith should have won the Nobel Prize—for the ideas expressed in the The Affluent Society.

In case anyone needs a refresher about Galbraith, and the fascistic nature of his ideas, be sure to see my "Galbraith's Neo-Feudalism," which recently appeared on my blog.

Recent Comments:
I had no idea — by Pete L on Tue, 2006-05-16 01:36

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What is Sane

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-05-15 01:09

I believe there is no sane way to believe in god,no rational way to believe in someting for which there is no proof.The leap of faith required to reach god is another way of saying don,t work it out just believe.The idea of god is insane! it,s so completly rediculous to think there is a being in the sky thats all knowing and all powerfull,so stupid ,so lacking in comprhension.WE now have society s

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Mind Control and Children

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Submitted by VSD on Sun, 2006-05-14 20:32

As promised I'll cross-post this to Solo Parenting as I think it is not so much a problem of the bogey-man or the fear of god, but the way we control the minds of our children through fear and submission - which btw. works both ways: for the rationalists and the believers - the crucial point is to let the children decide instead of controlling their minds to get the desired results: fearful, stunted children ...

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Mind Control

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-05-14 19:20

If you were unlucky enough to be born into a family of fundementalists then you may never free yourself of the brainwhashing that you recieved. You will become fearfull when you try and ridd yourself of the concept of god because thats part of the control is the fear and the poor wee kids get it rammed down their throats when they are young and inocent,as all children are .But the christian doesn,

Recent Comments:
Hi Rex — by Olivia on Sun, 2006-05-14 23:11
Well, quite possibly you're — by Utility Belt on Sun, 2006-05-14 22:02
See the conclusion ... — by VSD on Sun, 2006-05-14 21:35

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World of children

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-05-14 08:08

We all grow up in fear of the bogey man,things that go bump in the night.God is the bogey man,that thing we imagine is the cause of the bumps in the night,until we face the bogey man we are still a child.Until you face your own mortality,you are a child.There are many people who never grow up and I,m not just talking about the Micheal Jacksons,it,s allso the Peter Dunns and the Brian Tamaki,s,peop

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Death to lobbyists!

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-05-14 03:52

On Kiwiblog thismorning DPF points us to Deborah Coddington in the Herald newspaper. Jane Cliffton does this sort of thing better but it still serves as a preliminary memorial to a dying breed.

A lobbyist is an animal with pull on his mind,

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BB's last meeting with AR

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-05-14 03:29

Maybe this has been discussed to death already, but I was wondering how those making the case against the Brandens (led by Valliant's PARC) viewed the portrayal of Rand in their final meeting together in Barbara's PAR -- the one in 1981. Is it the view of those critics of the Brandens that Barbara doesn't have enough credibility to make this account believable (that they had a meeting at all, much less a reasonably happy one), or is it granted as one of those times that Miss Rand is shown in a very positive light? Rand is portrayed as a very warm person, warm enough to put aside past differences enough to the extent of spending a pleasant day together. I'm also thinking of the account provided by Devers Branden in her meeting with Rand -- that Rand, instead of angrily turning Devers away at the door, was trusting enough to eventually invite her in and have a civil conversation.

Recent Comments:
Probably Amazon. — by Casey on Thu, 2006-05-18 05:28
Not yet. — by Olivia on Thu, 2006-05-18 05:01
Claudia, — by Casey on Thu, 2006-05-18 04:53

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Classical Influences in Popular Music

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-05-13 02:37

From Wikipedia, a list of popular songs from the past century that incorporate classical compositions.

(1891) "O Promise Me" by Reginald DeKoven & Smith, from the musical Robin Hood -- based on Musica proibita, the name popularly given to an aria in the 1888 Italian opera Mala Pasqua by Stanislo Gastaldon.

(1913) "Hungarian Rag" by Julius Lenzberg - based on the Second Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt.

Recent Comments:
very useful. — by waynesl on Thu, 2009-09-24 15:49
Yeah good post !!!!I feel — by Irving on Tue, 2009-08-04 11:11
Ahh..this is the theme I had — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-05-07 06:40

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More of an actual "proof" there is no (transcendent) God

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-05-13 00:19

This ties into a couple recent SOLO blog posts, one titled The proof there is no god and another on Spinoza on Freedom, Ethics, and Politics. The thoughts here are those occurring to me as I've been recently coming down quite hard on Kant's metaphysics on HPO. I won't speak to the apparent naturalistic pantheism of Spinoza; rather, I'm concerned here with a non-naturalist, transcendent God, the kind which Kant held out a metaphysical possibility for.

Recent Comments:
>>"How would that [the idea — by Utility Belt on Sat, 2006-05-13 21:13
Probability — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-05-13 21:03
Metaphysics — by Rex Wilkinson on Sat, 2006-05-13 20:50

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The proof there is no god

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Fri, 2006-05-12 16:22

I believe the proof is all around us.Our history is full of proof there is no god and no proof there is.How long can we never find god for,before we have to conclude that there is nothing to find.Every test we want to perform will have the same result ,no god appeared,no god appeared and never has.There have been a few claims of seeing god but people claim some amazing things and one individuals a

Recent Comments:
OK there seems to be some — by michael fasher on Sat, 2007-04-28 23:46
my 10 cents worth — by 0 on Sat, 2007-04-28 12:37
You can't deny that which you cannot discern — by Ed on Thu, 2006-05-18 07:01

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Off to China

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-05-12 16:19

Ok guys -- I am off to Shanghai. I will be back in two weeks. Everyone behave while I'm gone. Smiling

- Jason

Recent Comments:
Snap off a big one, Jase! — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-05-12 23:44

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Spinoza on Freedom, Ethics, and Politics

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Submitted by younkins on Fri, 2006-05-12 14:22

If one mentions the name Spinoza, he is likely to get a response something like “Oh, wasn’t he the pantheist philosopher who lived around the time of Hobbes and Locke?” Of course, he was but he was also much more than that. Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza (1632-1677) promulgated a deductive, rational and monist philosophy that exhibited a mathematical appreciation of the universe and that held that things can only be understood when viewed in relation to a total structure. Spinoza’s thought is still extremely relevant to 21st Century thinkers in areas such as methodological individualism, value theory, ethical naturalism, self-perfectionism, and political philosophy. For example, many of Spinoza’s ideas are reflected in the works of contemporary philosophers such as Douglas Den Uyl, Douglas Rasmussen, and Tibor Machan.

Recent Comments:
Thanks — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 03:14
Comments on interview with author of book on Spinoza — by mcohen on Fri, 2006-05-19 15:04
Aquinas and Spinoza — by mcohen on Wed, 2006-05-17 03:18

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The New Philosophy of Chatons and J-thons

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Submitted by wsscherk on Fri, 2006-05-12 14:06

Oops, don't have one, just a musing, and a mental image of kittens (chatons, Fr., kittens):

-- doesn't it seem to some of you, oh chin-on-fist, palm-on-mouse, angina-tablets-at-hand readers who have yet to post, that the chatbox is a different form of forum? a more kittenish place, as opposed to the "Gladiators and the Lions" main SOLO battle arenas?

Recent Comments:
No, I won't, Will, and it is — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-05-13 14:23
"I met Chris Sciabarra" — by wsscherk on Sat, 2006-05-13 07:56
"ps did it strike you at all — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-05-13 00:25

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Rex Wilkinson

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Thu, 2006-05-11 23:25
Rex Wilkinson

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A golden belch in NZ

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-05-11 22:45

Article about Science in NZ from the New Scientist.

There is a side-splitting part about flatulence research.

Under the heading, "Belching Cattle".

"EIGHTY million cows, sheep and deer burp their way into a major methane headache for New Zealand, which has the unique distinction among developed nations of having methane as its major greenhouse gas. About 90 per cent of the country's methane emissions come from ruminant belches.

Recent Comments:
Ha. — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-05-15 21:45
Still? — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-05-15 16:51
Hokey ole NZ — by Olivia on Sun, 2006-05-14 23:42

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The Romantic Manifesto - Chapter 2: Philosophy and Sense of Life

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-05-11 20:19

There are some brilliant insights in the discussion of the first chapter. Thank you guys! Smiling Especially to Marcus - very inspirational - even though you cheated and skipped to chapter 2. Eye

Right, let's all move on to chapter 2 then.

Would anybody like to lead the discussion?

I have a question to start it off. Ayn Rand wrote that you can improve your Sense of Life (SOL). How would you kick-start this process? Once you have this bad SOL, any exposure to great and uplifting art would not have the same wholesome effect, or would it? You would prefer the unclear, the murky, the dark, surely?

Recent Comments:
Yikes. — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-05-29 13:46
"I'm just glad I picked up — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-05-28 02:11
Linz: Except I know damn — by wngreen on Sun, 2006-05-28 01:43

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