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  1. These are immoral irrationla "rights" which are created by the government to interfere with the free market. The government has no business interfering with the rights of facebook to serve their customer. The best protector of anonymity and privacy is the free market.
  2. Harper says 'Islamicism' biggest threat to Canada In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the biggest security threat to Canada a decade after 9/11 is Islamic terrorism. In a wide-ranging interview with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge that will air in its entirety on The National Thursday night, Harper says Canada is safer than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda attacked the U.S., but that "the major threat is still Islamicism." Harper cautioned that terrorist threats can "come out of the blue" from a different source, such as the recent Norway attacks, where a lone gunman who hated Muslims killed 77 people."There are other threats out there, but that is the one that I can tell you occupies the security apparatus most regularly in terms of actual terrorist threats," Harper said. But Harper said terrorism by Islamic radicals is still the top threat, though a "diffuse" one. The prime minister said home-grown Islamic radicals in Canada are "also something that we keep an eye on.""When people think of Islamic terrorism, they think of Afghanistan, or maybe they think of some place in the Middle East, but the truth is that threat exists all over the world," he said, citing domestic terrorism in Nigeria. Tories to resurrect controversial anti-terrorism laws Harper said his government will bring back anti-terrorism clauses that were brought in in 2001 but were sunset in 2007 amid heated political debate. There were two clauses at the heart of the debate: One allowed police to arrest suspects without a warrant and detain them for three days without charges if police believed a terrorist act may have been committed. The other allowed a judge to compel a witness to testify in secret about past associations or perhaps pending acts under penalty of going to jail if the witness didn't comply. In October 2006, a parliamentary committee recommended extending the two provisions.Neither clause was used by police or prosecutors in the five years before they expired. The Conservatives put forward a proposal to keep the measures in place for three more years, but the three opposition parties united to defeat the proposal in February 2007 by a 159-124 vote. The rest of the legislation remained in force. "We think those measures are necessary. We think they've been useful," he said. "And as you know … they're applied rarely, but there are times where they're needed."When asked by Mansbridge if he would try to bring those laws back, Harper replied: "That is our plan."
  3. Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is facing the death penalty, again refused to convert to Islam to save his life. Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 for the crime of apostasy because he allegedly abandoned Islam for Christianity. As a pastor, Iranian clerics believe that Nadarkhani was preaching in order to convert Muslims. Before his last hearing Wednesday, Nadarkhani had been given three previous chances to repent, and all three times he has refused. After his final refusal Wednesday, no verdict has been announced, but many expect that he could be put to death as soon as Friday. The case has slowly garnered international attention, and there are a number of Christian rights groups advocating for his release. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner also has spoken out against Iran. "While Iran's government claims to promote tolerance, it continues to imprison many of its people because of their faith. This goes beyond the law to an issue of fundamental respect for human dignity. I urge Iran's leaders to abandon this dark path, spare [Nadarkhani's] life, and grant him a full and unconditional release," said Boehner. There were rumors on Wednesday night that Nadarkhani's execution sentence was to be waived after the final trial, but contradicting reports indicate that the news was incorrect. "We've had some reports that there has been a verbal announcement from the court in Iran that the sentence is annulled but we urge caution," said Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a religious group campaigning for Nadarkhani's release. "It's been known that verbal announcements have been directly contradicted by later written statements. We are still calling for international pressure to be kept up." The American Center for Law and Justice said in a message titled "Troubling News" that the rumors were spread by the Iranian secret service in an attempt to get the media to stop reporting the story. ACLJ said Nadarkhani's lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah called the center Wednesday to say the death sentence hasn't been overturned. Even if the sentence were commuted, Nadarkhani could still face life in prison. And even if he were released, there would still be danger. "In Iran about 18 years ago, they had released a pastor, but then came and assassinated him and his bishop later. We cannot stop the pressure," Pastor Firouz Sadegh-Khandjani, a Member of the Council of Elders for the Church of Iran, told the ACLJ. Between June 2010 and January 2011, more than 200 people in Iran were arrested for their religious beliefs, according to Elam Ministries, a United Kingdom-based church with ties to Iran. In August, a pastor named Haghnejad was arrested for the third time, according to Christian Solidarity. Police also confiscated 6,500 bibles, which Iran's social issues committee deemed were being used to deceive youths. While no one has been hanged for the crime of apostasy in Iran for more than 20 years, the country has the second highest execution rate of any nation in the world. So far in 2011, there have been about 400 executions, a quarter of which occurred in September.
  4. Karma and Objectivism

    I'm not a racist but, to be honest, Karma was invented by a people who were mainly uncivilized mystics.
  5. Miss Rand was not affected much by her experience in Russia. Anyone with the extraordinary amount of brilliance and intelligence like her would have seen the world the way she did. Human beings have this curious thing called free will. One has to use free will and have rational values which have been prevalent exclusively in the west in order to arrive at Miss Band's philosophy.
  6. 9/9/62 - "Foreign Policy Drains U.S. of Main Weapon" article by Miss Rand. Another related article: http://www.noblesoul.com/orc/texts/energy.html
  7. Why do people disagree?

    It is this curious little thing called free will.
  8. A jury consisting of so called equal opportunity moochers is no more a guarantee of liberty than a public vote. The jury should be based on property rights. Those who are on the jury must be competent as property holders to know the individual rights as a self evident value based on reason and not a majority imposed mob justice.
  9. Un-understood Quote from The Fountainhead

    Most parasites and moochers consider the producers and achievers of this world to be stubborn bastards. The reason is the mystical worship of force and a lack of self esteem among parasitical second handlers. Just as Roark was seen to be stubborn, most liberals see entrepreneurs and those who advocate freedom in the same way. Miss rand was the first to recognize this singular charactersic of certain individuals which appears as the standard oeuvre of fare in an atmosphere of force worshipping liberalism.
  10. Rand-bashing article

    What does this mean for following Miss Rand as an idol?
  11. Link I did not expect this.
  12. Locals Protest Mosque That's Actually a Church By Max Fisher | November 16, 2010 12:08pm Some vigilant citizens in Phoenix, Arizona are up in arms over a domed church that they wrongly believe to be a mosque. The large building, still under construction along a busy interstate, is actually a nondenominational church. The backlash has been severe enough that the church's leaders have hung a giant banner over the dome: "IF YOU THINK DIFFERENT YOU ARE WRONG -- WE ARE BUILDING A CHRISTIAN HOUSE OF WORSHIP." The incident suggests that the widespread backlash against Muslim-American centers, which began this summer in reaction to the planned Cordoba House in New York, may still not have fully receded. Phoenix's CBS affiliate KPHO reports, "People behind a new church in Phoenix are trying to stay ahead of any potential controversy or hate that accompanied the announcement of a proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York City." Source
  13. Happy Bosses Day!

    Not sure if this is in the correct forum, but today is Bosses day. I think this is one of the few meaningful public holidays in this country when we celebrate the true great minds that run our civilization. More info about Bosses day: Patricia Haroski, a secretary from Deerfield, Illinois, originated National Boss Day in 1958 in honor of her white-collar father, who helped all of his children with good advice throughout their careers. In honor of the elder Haroski's birthday - October 16 - daughter Patricia registered the day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Four years later, National Boss Day was backed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner who officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The idea quickly gained favor across the country and is now even observed in England, Australia and South Africa. Today, National Boss Day (or Bosses Day) always falls on October 16 and is traditionally celebrated with greeting cards, e-cards, flowers, gifts, and a few extra smiles in honor of the big Boss Man or Lady. Since October 16 falls on a weekend this year, watch for celebrations taking place on the Friday prior to, or on the Monday following, Bosses Day 2010 .... Link
  14. "Atlas Shrugged" Movie

    TBH I think Hollywood has long become a festering den of collectivists and mystics. I would be really really surprised if this movie will accurately represent the message of Miss Rand's work, but I would be glad anyway since moviegoers would be able to hear the names of John Galt and Dagny Taggart
  15. Anti-capitalism discussion

    Why do people hate capitalism? Just searching on google images for "capitalism" brought up a horde of images that made me puke due to their irrational and anti-mind nature. Why does this happen? For example: http://www.google.com/images?q=capitalism
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