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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

Iran Declares War?

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-05-11 19:44

Lest you think my previous rants about Iran were without substance or support, I urge you to read and consider the following editorial. That we continue to follow a policy of inaction with Iran is not only despicable - it reveals that America has become a spineless giant, a shadow of its former self...and this is a fact that should worry all individuals who value freedom.

- John

NEW YORK SUN | Editorial

Recent Comments:
Iran declares war — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-05-27 02:07
Indeed — by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-05-20 04:00
Islam at war — by Rex Wilkinson on Mon, 2006-05-15 05:51

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Michael Novak and Edward Younkins: Economic Personalism and Flourishing Individualism

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Submitted by RicoSuave on Thu, 2006-05-11 18:47

Dr. Edward W. Younkins and Michael Novak are both well educated in philosophy and economics. They seem to have similar conclusions, but adopt different methods or premises to reach a free society. The biggest of these differences would lie in whether or not faith should be foundational to our political and economic system. For one to compare these insightful men, one must consider their writings, their influences and whom they influence in turn.


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Jennifer's a star!

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Submitted by Casey on Thu, 2006-05-11 10:14

So I was scanning SOLO for the latest and as the television is on in the background I suddenly hear the sultry voice of Prima Donna and look up and there she is on television in a long commercial talking about the Gilded Fork! I can't even remember which web service it was advertising -- the commercial was all about Jennifer and her new food philosophy business! I kid you not. What a strange experience.

Recent Comments:
And if you're ever in Indiana... — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-05-15 02:30
Well... — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-05-15 02:25
hmm.. — by Adam Buker on Sun, 2006-05-14 08:20

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Gasoline at 10 Cents a Gallon and Falling

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-05-11 05:11

Does gasoline at 10 cents a gallon and falling sound impossible in today’s world?

Well, if you think it’s impossible, you’re wrong. Because that’s where gasoline actually is, and it looks like it’s going even lower.

Recent Comments:
risk premiums? — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-05-11 15:10
Supply and Demand — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-05-11 14:00
General inflation or relative price increase? — by Tim S on Thu, 2006-05-11 08:17

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Cover the Uninsured

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Submitted by SnowDog on Thu, 2006-05-11 00:11

This group

http://covertheuninsured.org/

is now running national TV commercials on some of the news channels, and wants Congress to cover all those in the US who have no health insurance. They honestly believe that they are on the noble side of morality and are being left unchallenged in the arena of ideas. I think we should challenge them wherever we can. I wrote them an email.

I think we need to point out that free people are responsible for their own lives and should take responsibility for their own health insurance. Health insurance costs less than housing, food, and transportation, but few Americans would really want the government to furnish them with a house, food, and a car. Yet many of these same people want the government to furnish them with health insurance, or they want the employers of the country to do so.

Recent Comments:
That danged Hippocratic Oath — by wsscherk on Thu, 2006-05-11 14:39
Chris, you may be right, but — by SnowDog on Thu, 2006-05-11 11:08
The tragic part about this — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-05-11 02:59

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White Guilt and the Western Past

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-05-10 19:08

I've been out of the loop a couple of weeks and just playing catch up so if there has already been a discussion on this piece I'm sure I'll find it soon. If not, check out this article by Shelby Steele from Opinion Journal. In it he discuses why America is so delicate with our enimies citing guilt over 'white power', slavery and past imperialism as the reason the US is so minimalist in our execution of military power. Our military is the best trained, strongest and has some of the best equipment in human history. Terrorists, be they insurgents in Iraq/Afganistan or pot belly dictator thugs like Iran and N. Korea are no match for us.


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Letter from Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad to George Bush

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2006-05-10 17:30

It's hard as holy hell to locate a copy of the recent letter from the Iranian dictator to the US president. The garbled and perhaps truncated copy below, from the Parisian daily Le Monde, is the best I can do:

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/imprimer_element/0,40-0,50-769886,0.html

Recent Comments:
Declaring War — by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-05-12 15:38
>There seems to be little or — by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-05-12 05:30
Re Lawless America — by Capitalist on Thu, 2006-05-11 22:12

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Our pathetic addiction to big government - The Australian

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Submitted by JulianP on Wed, 2006-05-10 02:22

Janet Albrechtsen from The Australian makes some very good points in her article "Our pathetic addiction to big government" today:

WHAT is it with this country's budget obsession? Newspapers devote entire sections to tracking the winners and the losers. Being rather canny, presumably editors know what readers want. But the "what's in it for me" obsession is matched only by that other obsession that rarely gets any attention.

Recent Comments:
Interesting ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-05-10 06:40

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Laurel leaves

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-05-09 03:03
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely
- Lord Acton, British historian
I have never agreed with that, and for various reasons. But it does have a grain of truth pertienent to this post.
Laurel leaves are the most potent of poisons
- Annon, as far as I know

When I showed the following cartoon to my Hamiltonian mate, Manda, she thought it was about my girlfriend "Laurel" leaving me. Manda's not too bright sometimes (I can say that, she'll never read this.)


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Laurel Leaves

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-05-09 02:57
Laurel Leaves

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Today's Reprise—'Architecture is the scientific art of making structure express ideas'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-05-09 00:15

"Architecture is the scientific art of making structure express ideas." A friend asked me recently just what the hell that quote from Frank Lloyd Wright actually means -- and to answer him, I had to go all the way back to the Middle Ages.

Recent Comments:
Peter, just like Lindsay's — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-05-11 05:47
Beautiful, PC! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-05-10 07:03
Thanks — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-05-10 02:51

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“Price Gouging”: Setting the Record Straight

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-05-08 17:38

The Washington Post reports that the House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a measure imposing severe penalties for “price gouging,” an alleged phenomenon it was unable to define and has left to the Federal Trade Commission to define. Once the Federal Trade Commission figures out what price gouging is, it is authorized to impose fines of up to $150 million for wholesalers and $2 million for retailers. Two year jail penalties for both retailers and wholesalers are also authorized, though presumably imposition of jail time would still require a jury trial in an actual criminal court, not a mere hearing before the FTC.

Recent Comments:
Ross, economics, and starter books — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-05-12 04:36
Well, there are plenty of — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-05-12 02:53
Not reading Reisman? — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-05-12 00:48

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Multi-Page Threads

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Submitted by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-05-08 16:46

As someone who's been posting a lot recently, I've noticed some annoying glitches on second and following pages of threads which really slow one down and make one flip through unnecessary already-read pages upon every posting and every reading:

For a thread in which you want to follow the "flow", it makes more sense to look at it in chronological order, i.e., select "oldest first". However, if you do that,

1. After you post or when you enter a thread you are always taken back to the first page not the most recent. It takes a lot of time for this page to load and you have to wait for it to load before you select a later page, because the selection (1,2,3, first page, next page, last page) is on the bottom which loads last.

Recent Comments:
GT 90 posts — by Rick Pasotto on Mon, 2006-05-08 20:05
Yeah, I'm having this issue — by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2006-05-08 18:57
Work in Progress — by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-05-08 17:01

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What if Ayn Rand had been a man?

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Submitted by wsscherk on Mon, 2006-05-08 13:39

None of her ideas and philosophy would be different, since her philosophy was not and is not gender-bound.

But what of her personal life and the facts of the Break?


-- Mr Ayn Rand
-- Mrs (Frankina O'Connor) Rand
-- Mr Robert 'Bob-Ra' Branden
-- Mrs (Nathania Blumenthal) Robert Branden
-- Mr Patricio Gullison

Recent Comments:
Ayn Rand -- parent, novelist — by wsscherk on Sat, 2006-05-13 08:12
Mother — by eg on Sat, 2006-05-13 06:20
"Unspeakably disgusting" vs "Woman Worshipper" — by wsscherk on Thu, 2006-05-11 04:04

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The new James Bond

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Submitted by Casey on Mon, 2006-05-08 01:46

Probably the best movie trailer since the Gladiator teaser trailer with the Conan music. Ladies and gentlemen... the new James Bond: http://movies.aol.com/movie-exclusive-casino-royale-james-bond.

Recent Comments:
> The way to make a — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-07-13 21:02
Dynamic Characters — by NickOtani on Fri, 2007-07-13 20:38
For example, he would — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-07-13 18:47

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Fiendish Brain Researchers [was Theoretical Neuroscience]

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Submitted by wsscherk on Sun, 2006-05-07 07:00


(the last slide of 30, from The Oregon Health and Science University) -- for those interested in Computational/Theoretical Neuroscience, some very intriguing depictions . . . for those not interested, inanity.

Link

Recent Comments:
To be fair to Rick — by wsscherk on Fri, 2006-05-12 13:35
Marching orders from Emperor Norton II — by wsscherk on Sun, 2006-05-07 15:08
Hey! — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-05-07 07:41

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Denunciasaurus Rex

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Submitted by wsscherk on Sat, 2006-05-06 21:56

Denunciasaurs (and toadies and flunkies and lapdogs and anonymous pitbulls, hyenas, vultures and friends) are hypocrites.

Not evul immoral folk, and thus irredeemable, no -- the common Denunciasaurus-Rex is a simple, bumbling hypocrite, all too human, alas1 . . . all too human to be roasted on a spit, shredded, marinated in blog-spit, pounded to paste, spread on white toast, chewed, spat out, ground in the sidewalk, napalmed, hosed off with bleach, and finally cast off into the hideous punishing darkness of the inner 0-ring of Heck (Ottawa)2.

No, we must pity them for their un-remarked and un-corrected mistakes. We must be tolerant. We must obey our stern internal moral injunctions (e.g., do NOT act like Miss Nasty while pretending to be Miss Nice: "But she started it, the poo-poo head!! She's a fucking immoral piece of shit."3).

The plangent whinging and whining and high dudgeon are unseemly of any pretender to the throne of scholarship or the throne of Micronesia (which the SOLO archipelago brings to mind for all its truck and trade with the world, being the crossroads of reason and passion and all). The revelation of La Perigo backstage activities4 put all of this posturing and fervour in perspective: hypocrisy comes in varied delicious flavours.



Cringing hypocrisy
('I was forced to be nasty by Events. It's not my fault -- I didn't know I would be caught')

Amnesiac hypocrisy
('I disremember. I can explain the discrepancy. How can I remember everything I say in private?')

Towering hyocrisy
('Yes, I publish private correspondence. But I have a Higher Purpose!!! I am never immoral myself, in any way: all my errors are undertandable and explicable! I am King [Queen|Empress\Flying Spaghetti Monster creator] of the only moral planet in the universe, cur . . . stupid undergrad, manipulative liar, evul poo-poo head, TOC-infected sub-optimal and unfortunate Jenna Wong-wannabe. I will not engage with the uncivil (except in cases when I am busy or distracted. Don't imagine that I disagree or agree with any comment on my blog. I am strictly neutral and objective. You are banned, cretin.')

Wheedling hypocrisy
('But she hurt my feelings. And my feelings matter. And people are Nasty to me, and I NEVER almost ever except for sometimes am Nasty myself. And I was provoked by secret whispers and she hurt my feelings and none of the other kids will like me if she keeps lying about me. Boo hoo, sniffle, grizzle, snort hiccup sob screech . . . She was supposed to be my frie-eeeeeeend! She was never supposed to tell on ME! She was supposed to support ME! Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo, O woe is me, I hurt so much . . . why doesn't anybody understand?! Now I have to find a new best friend and that's HARD!!! Boo hoo whinge, wheedle, cry, snuffle, cough, load aim KABOOM!!! Hi, wasn't it fun to blow Chrissy's brains out? Wanna be my besssssst frie-eeeeend?! That's a pretty anonymous name you have. I won't ban you if you're nice to me . . . ')

Shameful hypocrisy

('all of the charges of hypocrisy are themselves hypocrisy, and bad and evul and I won't tolerate them in my comments and send me your secret emails too, huh, please? and all the charges of nastiness are themselves nasty, and you are banned from here, mister, and that's not what I said, you're banned from commenting, and you and you and you and even you if you look at me the wrong way. I'm tired. I write over 5000 words every day of top-flight philosphy. It is tiring. You tire me. You are banned. I'm going away on tour and if you are Nasty while I am gone I might have to spank everybody. I might have to pre-spank you all unless you are very very nice while Auntie is gone. I heard that. You are banned too, mister. I warned you. I don't tolerate stuff around here. And no, NOBODY GETS PIE except ME. Got it? If you don't GET IT, consider yourself pre-spanked, pre-banned, and pre-deleted.')

When an author writes "I . . . [he] . . . me . . . digusting lies,"5 we enter a new rhetorical universe. We leave the universe of 'my esteeemed colleague'6 and the planet of, 'my friend and former associate'7 and plunge into the dense atmosphere of 'immoral, contemptible, scum-sucking poo-poo head.'8 There we stagger about deprived of oxygen and cordiality, barking harsh communications at all others we can perceive.

Mertz's routine invocations of her fairness and even-handed objectivity (on her blog here, and here, and here*) are revealed to be a sham. As if a raging Borderline patient9, she turns on her closest bosom buddies, she dares not give real love for fear of melting, she feels anguish at real and imagined betrayals, she denounces what once engendered comradely devotion . . . unbeknownst to her, her ability to navigate the social landscape is significantly impaired10.

What kind of friendship did she imagine she was performing in her mentor/mentee relationship with Sciabarra? How many confidences did she extract from him? How many has she betrayed in public? How much is she holding back in the mountain of archived communications? How much is she not telling? Who opened this Box of Nasty Emails?

Her 400 email trove is then as neutral an object as is Sciabarra's opposing trove (in these two camps, a thumping historical record of their mutual communications; in the massive engorged Inboxes of both, a mountain of material for a future objective historian) -- Mertz's +/-400 vs Sciabarra's +/-400.

What can we see of these troves? Not much more than what is squoze out by one of the interlocutors.

I will reserve judgement on these matters until that future day when the material is open to view. Until then, I consider this a messy internal affair of Rand-followers which is really none of my business . . .

This leaves me with the impression of the world as it is: imperfect, full of imperfect people performing imperfect behaviours. I no more indict Diana Mertz Hsieh for her denunciation of Chris Matthew Sciabarra than I do Sciabarra for his stately, scholarly silence in the aftermath11. The are both human, imperfect and yet valuable.

With my sense of life (in which it is I, Me, Mine own universe, My precious self doing the living among a lot of imperfect Them) there is no option -- I cannot see round every corner, down every rathole or sewer, nor can I see into the hearts of all the men and women who stagger about the earth -- I can only be staggered myself by the rank hypocrisy which stinks up the public sphere from time to time.

To subvert a Fahyism, when one farts in public, the only seemly behaviour for other riders on the train is to ignore it (British and French people will allow a moue of distaste to appear on their granite faces, London/Paris often stinking in other ways12; Americans will open a window with a great irrelavant clatter12A; Scots will be stinking drunk and think it their own crepitation -- and giggle13; Brazilians will hardly notice another sewer smell on their grossly-overcrowded Metro14; Russians will imagine that someone has a trove of home-raised mushrooms in a bag somewhere between their legs and will sniff deeply in an attempt to detect its origin15; Chinese will pull up their face-masks and sign inwardly as they watch the stock ticker on the train car -- installed by the Communist Party16; Swedes will not smell the fart, as the train unit has already detected and removed the methane to a collector-tank where it is fed back into the bio-fuel engine17; Norwegians, Icelanders, Faroe Islanders will all think that the party has started and fart themselves. Accordians will appear. Foot-stomping dances will be performed, babies will be conceived18; Canadians will entertain suspicions that it is a secret Yankee** riding the train whose rectal-blurt so befouled the public sphere, and will ask their government to install fart-detector buzzers on every transit seat at an expense of $850 million tax-funded dollars19).




WSS

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1. [Diana Mertz Hsieh:] "Generally speaking, although I do not take a casual approach to my writings, my basic attitude is that I am perfectly willing to err, even in a spectacular and public fashion. Of course, I would prefer not to do so. Of course, I strive to avoid it. But when it happens, I take it as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than a blow to my self-image. In contrast, when I joined Toastmasters back in 2001, I rather disliked being told pretty much anything other than that my speech was wonderful. Although I understood its theoretical function, I was generally averse to criticism. But in that friendly and supportive environment, I quickly realized that improvement required strong and direct criticism. Of course, some forms of criticism are genuinely destructive. Good criticism aims at correcting errors by noting and encouraging some change for next time. My attitude towards the possibility of error and the value of criticism changed for the better, I think."

Recent Comments:
Disinterested parties — by wsscherk on Wed, 2006-05-17 20:41
By now... — by Jody Gomez on Tue, 2006-05-16 03:32
Stopping Short — by Mark Dow on Tue, 2006-05-16 02:50

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Unbundled

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-05-06 11:04
Unbundled
Recent Comments:
Oh good grief — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-05-06 11:16

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The Chinese

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-05-06 05:56

I thought Trevor Loudon was being a bit over-cautious about letting the Chinese have part-owership in Port Lyttelton. But now it turns out he thinks any trade with China is a security risk to New Zealand! Now that's going way too far, Trevor.

Recent Comments:
Now, Jason, *don't* equate — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-05-07 01:07
Americans Are Insane — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-05-07 00:23
NZers are nuts — by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-05-06 20:40

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You want fairness, you pay up

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-05-05 18:51

NZer Jamie Whyte strikes back again in the Times.

This time against state health and education.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/a...

Recent Comments:
NHS — by Tim S on Sun, 2006-05-07 09:10

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May Update

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-05-05 16:28

I’m a bit late with this month’s update, and due to end of the semester pressures I haven’t been as active in participating and managing SOLO as I would like.  Rest assured that this will be changing soon.   One thing I want to make everyone aware of is that I will be traveling to China on May 13, and I will be returning from the trip on May 28.  I will probably be speaking to some of you privately about keeping an eye on Lindsay while I’m gone Smiling If you have any SOLO related issues during this period please contact the webmasters and of course if there is anything serious you can contact Lindsay.

Due to the recent problems we’ve had with the company hosting the SOLO website we’ve had to disable several site functions including chat.  These problems are being worked on and we should have solutions soon. 

SOLOC 5

The first announcement that I want to make is that SOLOC 5 is on hold.   Lindsay and I have decided not to have the event on the dates of July 7-9, which was our original plan.   Our decision is based on the fact that we just don't have enough pieces of the puzzle in place to move ahead with it on such short notice.  Since Lindsay is flying over that weekend it is a shame that this didn’t work out, but as things stand now we believe that it is best to postpone the conference.  We tried our best to make this work but unfortunately we came up short. Lindsay will still be in Los Angeles during that weekend and a dinner is in the works for those who will also be in L.A. and would like to meet up with him and others.  Look for announcements about this during the next month.  I apologize to anyone who may have made plans around a July SOLO Conference.

Recent Comments:
Note!! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-05-22 22:38
Wow. — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-05-06 00:45
Hey! Cut it out, already! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-05-06 00:06

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"Gaddafi Superstar" The Opera

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-05-05 13:34

Yes, it seems the prestigious English National Opera is doing a "Gaddafi" opera. The lead character is none other then Libyan dictator Maummar Gaddafi.  "'Gaddafi,' which opens in September, will feature Asian beats and rap in place of arias and romance, and the title role will be performed by a 39-year-old Irish-Indian nightclub MC called JC-001."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/arts_opera_gaddafi_dc

Recent Comments:
ENO — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-05-07 09:49
Vicious Circle Jerk — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-05-06 02:26
Just a guy named Maummar. — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-05-06 02:17

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. . . star-spangled darkness

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Submitted by wsscherk on Fri, 2006-05-05 04:56

Another dang post responding to pleasant murmurs when I announced Blog 46 and Concordance on the Objectivist Living list. Excerpt for los guignolardos chicos:

It is telling to me that those who are tone-deaf to other people's emotions and motivations oft try to belittle those they do not comprehend. They do not recall the salient warning of their grandmas: "Don't be small, Missy. Puttin' other people down don't put you up, you is acting nasty. Now you go out on the porch with no pie and you think about it.'

Me, I sat in the star-spangled darkness with no pie, and tried with all my little might to understand what she meant about being small.


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O-blogs & O-lists

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Submitted by wsscherk on Fri, 2006-05-05 00:04



Image sourced from the fabulous Perfectly Imperfect blog . . .

I copied the source from the current Wikipedia entry for
'Objectivism, online groups, and blogs' -- seems a little out of date. I also checked out the listing at SOLO and RoR. What's missing?

Recent Comments:
The're HERE...and more COMING! — by Rowlf on Mon, 2006-05-08 02:52
Spot on, Mark — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-05-07 09:46
Understatement — by Mark on Fri, 2006-05-05 03:17

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Will medics' qualms kill the death penalty?

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-05-04 21:53

I applaud the ends, but are these means worthy of the moral argument against the death sentence?

This method reminds me of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice", whereby the winning argument against Shylock is - you can't take your pound of flesh without drawing blood.

"The goal of death-penalty opponents is to get a court order that says that lethal injections can only be administered by licensed professionals, because the ethics of medical professionals prohibit them from participating."

Nature 441, 8-9 (4 May 2006) | doi:10.1038/441008a

Will medics' qualms kill the death penalty?


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