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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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Support the Fine Arts

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-05-08 05:15

I saw this t-shirt for sale today, and immediately thought of Lindsay. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he was one of their first customers Smiling

Support the Fine Arts

Recent Comments:
Sadly, we're more limited — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-05-14 21:02
Nice choice for the weapon, — by Andrew Bissell on Fri, 2006-05-12 07:52
I've bought the lot! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-05-08 07:28

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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:

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.


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).



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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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-05-06 11:04
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.

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. 


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."

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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I have disabled the summary of recent comments

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-05-04 20:22

Before the DreamHost fiasco, you would see something like this at the end of a story summary:

Recent comments:

It was instructive to hear (by Ross Elliot at Tue, 2006-04-25 18:23)

Now you won't. The comments are still there, and they're still visible when you read the story, and you can still post your own comments. They simply won't be listed on the front page like they used to be.

This functionality will hopefully be restored once the CPU issue has been resolved.

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Today’s New York Times’ Headline: “Energy Crisis: Many Paths but No Solutions”

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-05-04 15:00

The above headline, “Energy Crisis: Many Paths but No Solutions,” appears on page one of the print version of The Times’ National Edition. I can’t find it on the web version of The Times, however. (To wit: “Your search for Energy Crisis: Many Paths but No Solutions in all fields returned 0 results.”) Perhaps it was withdrawn to avoid embarrassment.

The headline should be embarrassing because it suggests either gross dishonesty or gross stupidity. This is because the solution to the energy crisis is so blindingly obvious. The solution is: allow the oil companies to drill for oil—in Alaska, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of California, on all the land mass of the United States now set aside as “wild-life preserves” and “wilderness” areas. Allow the construction of new atomic power plants! Stop interfering with the strip mining of coal! Stop interfering with the construction of refineries, pipelines, and harbor facilities necessary to the supply of oil and natural gas! This will increase the supply and reduce the demand for oil (this last because substitutes for it will be more readily available). All this can be summed up in very few words: Politicians and environmentalists, get the hell out of the way!

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Submitted by gone on Thu, 2006-05-04 08:06
Recent Comments:
None of this is news — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2006-05-08 11:21
There you go — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-05-06 11:24
Ho-hum — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-05-06 10:13

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Dreamhost = Nightmarehost

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-05-04 07:07


Overnight (NZ time) our site was disabled by our hosts, Dreamhost. I received the following e-mail explaining why:


Unfortunitly being that you have not contacted us to let us know that you are working on lowering the cpu usage We have had to temporarily turn off your site until you contact us to let us know that you will work on it. Sorry for the inconvenience but we can not allow you to impact the performance of other users on this server.


To which I replied:

My understanding was that my webmasters were indeed working on this issue with you - they were reporting frustration to me in their efforts to get the necessary information. But please be assured we want to resolve the matter as soon as possible & restore the site immediately.

Recent Comments:
dummy or idiot? — by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-05-08 01:29
Better Suggestion — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-05-06 23:18
$3.99 / month at GoDaddy — by Rick Pasotto on Fri, 2006-05-05 11:32

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Capitalism, what have you done for me lately?

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-05-03 01:46

From Prof. Reisman's blog:

Read the whole post. Quite funny.

Prof. Reisman's Blog Post

The following paragraph should be memorised and hurled at any of those sniffling, simpering, loopy-lefty, bed-wetting freaksters that you may from time to time encounter:

Recent Comments:
Thanks for being so ortho-Ed-ic ... — by Ed on Fri, 2006-05-05 04:56
Semantics — by Tim S on Thu, 2006-05-04 08:41
Yeah, 'real wealth,' that's it. But ... — by Ed on Wed, 2006-05-03 18:02

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My wonderful brother just bought me two bottles of Scotch ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-05-02 23:30

I just (this morning in fact) received two bottles of scotch, sent to me by my brother:

Glenlivet 15Lagavulin 16

These happen to be my two favourite drinks, ever. I'm actually hoping to convert my wife to the joys of scotch with the Lagavulin, which has a mellow, full-bodied, almost sandalwood-like flavour.

I can now imagine sitting back in my chair, writing up a functional spec (funny the things I do in my leisure time), sipping on a fine scotch ... mmmmmmmmmm ... pity it's only lunchtime, and I've a busy day ahead ... the bottles are sitting on my desk at work, taunting me ...

Recent Comments:
Have you tried the Laphroaig — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-10-04 19:26
I love beer... — by Greg Mullen on Wed, 2006-10-04 17:15
Ross, — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-06-08 09:10

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Jihad, and the Conflation of Freedom with Coercion

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-05-02 21:12

When most people think of the word jihad, they think of a fanatical mujahid with an AK-47, struggling to impose his chosen religion on the rest of the world, by force of arms.

In fact, just one aspect of that definition pertains to jihad - the word struggle:

Jihad ... is an Islamic term, from the Arabic root ... "to exert utmost effort, to strive, struggle" ... which connotes a wide range of meanings: anything from an inward spiritual struggle to attain perfect faith to a political or military struggle to further the Islamic cause. To those the neologism "jihadist" is sometimes applied.1

Recent Comments:
Holy War — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2006-05-04 07:56
And it all goes to show that — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2006-05-03 09:02
It always seems ironic to — by Capitalist on Wed, 2006-05-03 07:00

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Galbraith's Neo-Feudalism

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Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2006-05-02 15:45

[Editorial Note: The following is a fitting remembrance for John Kenneth Galbraith, whom today's New York Times reports as having died on April 29.]

Material progress and individual liberty have once again been made the targets of a crude, sniper attack. In his book, The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard social commentator, has indicated that he views with grave displeasure the “sense of urgency" which is attached to “the craving for more elegant automobiles, more exotic food, more erotic clothing, more elaborate entertainment—indeed for the entire modern range of sensuous, edifying, and lethal desires [sic].” (p. 140.) He has proclaimed that there are things of greater importance, such as more public schools, public parks, public roads, and anything else which “public authority” may deem to be in “relative need.” (pp. 311f.) And he has let it be known that the liberal should cease being “a co-conspirator with the conservative in reducing taxes." (p. 314.)

Recent Comments:
Incredible, Professor — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-05-03 00:43

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The Real World War

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Submitted by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-05-02 07:17

Andre Glucksmann writes: "Our planet is not in the grips of a clash of civilisations or cultures. It is the battleground of a decisive struggle between two ways of thinking. There are those who declare that there are no facts, but only interpretations - so many acts of faith. These either tend toward fanaticism ("I am the truth") or they fall into nihilism ("nothing is true, nothing is false"). Opposing them are those who advocate free discussion with a view to distinguishing between true and false, those for whom political and scientific matters – or simple judgement – can be settled on the basis of worldly facts, independently of arbitrary pre-established opinions."

Recent Comments:
A good point — by Ed on Wed, 2006-05-03 06:33

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An Early Victory?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-05-02 01:22

On my Sunday radio show I read out an item from that day's Sunday Star-Times quoting Green MP Sue Kedgley, chair-thing of Parliament's Health Select Committee, saying she would welcome a ban on the promotional toys given away by McDonald's in association with their Happy Meals (& by implication, a ban on the meals themselves). I railed about this for four hours, along with most of my callers. I urged them & all listeners to e-mail Kedgley, along with National MP Jackie Blue who said the idea was worth considering, letting her know what they thought of her nutri-nazism. Several listeners forwarded to me the replies they received from Kedgley. I e-mailed her myself. The exchange is below, her reply at the top:

Recent Comments:
Luxury?! — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-05-07 21:31
I corresponded briefly with — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-05-03 00:42
I appreciate Rick Gile's tart and sassy reply — by wsscherk on Tue, 2006-05-02 14:20

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Doves for War in Darfur

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-05-02 00:32
Marching yesterday for American military action in Darfur, Sudan, were many people who have previously marched (and voted) against American military action in Iraq including George Clooney, Al Sharpton and three members of the US Congress who voted against the liberation of Iraq.

Hypocrisy? Well, the New York Sun editorial writer is one who thinks so:

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Submitted by wsscherk on Mon, 2006-05-01 12:41

Here's a link to a post that I dithered on putting on SOLO or RoR. Since I was intruding on a conversation in a thread initiated there, but in reference to events here in the SOLO archipelago, I thought it best to post a note. Lest I be thought of as being silly and not worthwhile . . . sample scrapbook below.

What is 'dialectical dishonesty? -- essay? Personal blog entry? Part-scholarly document?


Look into this face Shudder  Tremble  Gasp

Recent Comments:
We are none of us as smart as we think we are . . . — by wsscherk on Wed, 2006-05-03 13:40
William — by Jody Gomez on Wed, 2006-05-03 03:06
Cresswell: 'Save us the bother of reading your nonsense" — by wsscherk on Tue, 2006-05-02 14:34

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Machan's Musings—Galbraith's Obituary Distortions

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2006-05-01 08:39

Not even the obituaries can be trusted now. Having been told of the death of John Kenneth Galbraith, the famed socialist economist—who taught at Harvard University for most of his life and was once John Kennedy’s ambassador to India—I read his obituary in The New York Times (both print and on line) and on several Web sites, including, via my Hotmail account.

I have been following the works of Galbraith for many years, since the 1960s after his The Affluent Society was published in 1958 in which, among other things, he aired his oft-reprinted attack on advertising. This is the piece that presented the view that ads produce desires in us which we then must satisfy, thus becoming addicted to products and services we do not need and taking resources from important public projects and diverting them into the coffers of greedy corporations. It is also where Lyndon Johnson’s idea of the Great Society, following such previous utopian statist experiments as FDR’s New Deal and JFK’s New Frontier, got its send up.

Recent Comments:
The dead — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-05-02 20:12
I remember... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-05-02 01:11
I remember ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-05-02 01:00

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Christianist Ex-Chief Thug of FDA Under Criminal Investigation

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Submitted by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-05-01 08:14

The Christianists' false morality is often a screen hiding vile breaches of objective morality. Thanks to a lawsuit against his arbitrary and unjustifiable ban on over-the-counter sale of emergency contraceptive Plan B, we finally learn the real reason why Lester M. Crawford resigned as head of FDA in September, less than three months after the Senate confirmed him: he is under investigation for using his office to profit from the impact of his official decisions on the price of drug company stocks.

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Half-full, Half-empty, or Twice the Size it Needs to Be?

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Submitted by Antony Reed on Sun, 2006-04-30 13:59

The "Glass" question always gets me thinking. Why would one allow so much unfilled space? Sure, a pessimist may see the glass as half-empty and if one is a pessimist, I could understand the lack of motivation to change the situation...

However, what good is it to merely see the glass as half-full? Many people may hold hope for the future, but never take action to better their situation. Sure, they are still seen as optimists, but feeling things will be better, and MAKING things better, are completely different.

Why should anyone be happy with half of a life? Are there people in your life that drain you? Do you feel you are obligated to certain things in your life that, if you really looked at them, are no good for you? Is guilt a ball and chain you carry around, making your life only half-empty/half-full? Is your true person different than the one you show the world? Then no wonder.

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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2006-04-30 03:38

“President David Palmer: Anne, I have been in this job for nearly four years and I have learned the hard way that there are no absolutes. Sometimes you have to make compromises.

Anne: (President’s Doctor and Romantic interest) Politically, yes. But when it comes to morality, David, you have to draw the line.”

24 – Season Three – 4 p.m. – 5 p. m.

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