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  1. Private Property-Who Does It Belong to Anyway?

    Supreme Court of Connecticut decision affirmed. Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States involving the use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development. As if the desire for more cows justifies cattle rustling. The arrival of Atlantis presupposes a context in which the consent for the transfer of a domain is acquiesced by its particular eminent.
  2. The Greatest Salesman On Earth

    Haven't ordered (or looked in the local brick -n- mortars), but I did locate this as further motivation.
  3. I read this book years ago. It's probably still sitting on my shelf. I like the title. It fits with what I'm thinking at this point. This will not be a review of the book. Anything I might say that seems similar to it is purely coincidental. In school, fundraising opportunities came along at every grade. Candy, popcorn, magazine subscriptions where done at a markup price. As an adult, I see these forms at work where other parents bring them in to 'help' their children out. I think it does the child a dis-service and never buy them in this way. My parents did not do this for me. We lived in a more rural area. Bike and shanks-mare usually netted me the pizza party or other top-sales rewards offered. One year, I wanted to enter a gardening contest. I did not win the gardening contest, but I sold seeds to raise the money to buy the seeds I planted. I worked on a roadside farm market. We tended the garden thru the year, and sold the harvest and other products we bought from the larger farmer's market by the roadside. You interact with a lot of people this way. Many repeat customers, as well as those that just happen to be passing by. I asked questions, I got stories. Later, I found myself in a short term telemarketing position selling tickets for a circus for a charity organization. The had the script written out on a 3 x 5 card. I read the script on the first several calls, and then threw it away. And the end of the nights, I usually had the most tickets vouched for. Shortly after, I canvassed neighborhoods for a carpet firm. It was not my job to sell carpeting, only to find leads for the salesman. We were paid to do our job with a percentage of the commission for closed deals. My second month with the firm, I was handed the highest commission check of the canvassers. I tried my hand at Amway on a couple of occasions, but never repeated the success, so I got myself a "real" job. Most of us get solicitations from time to time. Most of the time I listen politely then decline. I had a gal stop by peddling magazine subscriptions. I ended up buying one. I didn't really know why at the time, but I was discussing this with a friend of mine and it occurred to me. This gal had "thrown away the script." I bought the magazine, because I enjoyed her presentation. She wasn't trying to sell the magazine, she was out looking for people that were interested in buying. I wasn't interested in buying it, but I did anyway. When I first came to OO, I did so because I discovered I did not know Objectivism as well as I thought I did. I was re-reading the books and investigating online for better sources of information. The voice I used to listen to on the radio fell silent. It left a hole, for rational assessment of the world. I got here and tested my knowledge with others. I could look up the material and cite it, but I discovered I was still relying on the script so to speak. I still look things up. I still cite them I listen to ARI materials in my rolling library. I listen because I continue to discover things I missed before, or hear them again in the light of new understandings. In doing so, I find myself throwing more and more of the script away. In the proper means of communication, between the lines I read the question how does the message of Objectivism make further inroads to the world at large. Part of the answer I think lies in being able to throw away the script.
  4. Is "groupthink" an anti-concept?

    ...kind of. It still needs to be checked in some (or many) ways against what you already know from your own experiences and thinking. Presumably the server of a valid conclusion has already integrated the material properly, and presents it in such a way that the recipients can integrate it on the basis of their own experiences and thinking.
  5. Is "groupthink" an anti-concept?

    In the battle for the mind, how does "groupthink" factor in? Each individual mind needs to do the work independently to arrive at a valid conclusion. The exchange of ideas can help to reduce the amount of time to discover valid conclusions, or conversely it can hinder reaching a valid conclusion. In order to streamline the process, those committed to such a task need establish the veracity of their idea(s) prior bringing them to the table. When a valid conclusion is served properly, it can then be consumed on the basis of its own merits.
  6. Mona Lisa Smile

    This movie is a periodic favorite of mine. It has a nice tightly packaged interplay between many different, clearly distinct characterizations. Katherine Watson's role, portrayed by Julia Roberts, is a pull no punches approach to individualism throughout. (Several examples provided in the hidden comments.) The examples given are of very tactful responses given during the course of the movie. See it for yourself, if you haven't already. Whether you buy it, rent it, or borrow it . . . it doesn't matter. Just see it.
  7. How Nazis Recruit Normie Conservatives For Meme Wars

    Even if a source of "groupthink" were hijacked, that in itself would not alter a general tendency for "groupthink." A far better course would be to identify the thinkers and gravitate towards the opportunities that offers.
  8. What are you listening at the moment?

    Disturbed—The Sound Of Silence
  9. As I scrolled through Digg's Long Reads this morning, I discovered this assessment of how the inter-connectivity of the internet with other technologies compared with: After a bad day at work, you return home to find a turnip, some lettuce, and a desultory chicken breast. That problem was the basic premise of the British cooking show Ready Steady Cook: Members of the public would throw together bags of groceries for a few pounds, and chefs would then make a serviceable meal out of these ingredients. This premise lasted 16 years and 1,895 episodes. Beyond their knife skills, what the chefs on Ready Steady Cook really offer is improvisational intelligence: the ability to come up with solutions to new problems on the spot. I found the title of this Torontonian highly caffeinated inspired article on several different levels. One of these levels is of the domino effect featured in several movies, such as Pixtar's Robots, and Warner Bros' Collateral Beauty. Then there's the tie-in to pizza, cascading quickly from Pizza Hut to the Domino chain. On yet a different level, is this excerpt featured as an excerpt in and from the article here: These interfaces appropriate both experience and effort, repurposing unseen human labor as machine magic. No one is working for you, only empowering you to make your own decisions [Bold mine.] The Domino Effect is by-lined as How machine logic infects our tastes. I'm not so sure that infects is the best verb to utilize as such, especially if you consider the machine as the frozen form of a living intelligence. (paraphrased from Galt's Speech.)
  10. Properly understood, Objectivism is not a manual for what to think, it is an introductory primer for how to do so.

  11. Education

    The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early-to-mid 19th century, and used by African-American slaves to escape into free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Mark Scott used to tout on his radio show that education was far too important to be left in the hands of government. On occasion, he would reference the comprachicos, or comprapequenos, as Ayn Rand wrote about in her essay originally published in The Objectivist Newsletter in 1970, and subsequently republished in The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution. An astute observation of hers was the correlation between comprachicos of old, and the comprachicos of new, stated as: This is the ingenuity practiced by most of today's educators. They are the comprachicos of the mind. Ingenuity, as used in the above quote, probably should have been placed in scare quotes. It is not ingenuity. Due to a stupefying powder, the disfiguring done of old, was done without the victim's knowledge. The disfiguring done of new, is done without anesthesia, and is a slow, drawn out process. Those who can protect themselves, do. Those who cannot are irretrievably deprived of themselves in such a way as they are unable to detect (this, perhaps, is a supposition on my behalf, and a disguised blessing on their behalf). Many African-American slaves resigned themselves to the lives they found themselves within. Others suspected that something was amiss. The history of the underground railroad sorted them out accordingly. It is one thing to move a railroad underground. An underground railroad is what precipitated into this post. This appears to have come full circle. The alternative, as near as I can tell, would be nothing less than an infinite regress.
  12. Education

    Over at Real Clear Education, Homeschool Advocates to Betsy DeVos: We ‘Want to Be Left Alone by Federal Government’ The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are pretty clear that when the government funds something, it also attaches the strings. On a positive note, "Common Core and other federal overreach in public education has driven more families to choose homeschooling.” The crux of the article is as follows. In February, Iowa Rep. Steve King created a firestorm when he introduced H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, a bill that Estrada asserted “would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling.” Estrada explained the bill would essentially create a “federal right to homeschool”: While this sounds good, HSLDA has fought — successfully—for decades to make sure that there is no “federal right to homeschool” because what could be created by a favorable Congress could be regulated by a future, hostile Congress. It is far better (and far more constitutionally sound) for education decisions—and homeschool freedom—to be protected at the state level. We ask our friends at the federal level to simply leave homeschooling families alone. [bold emphasis added] While this may be self-evident to the more astute reader, seeing it stated so clearly and forthrightly makes it readily available to many who might read it and go: Hmm. That's a good point. Many here are aware of lassie-faire with regard to economics transmitting the message of 'leave us alone', or 'let us be' to government—it is good to see it flourishing in the smaller mom and pop gardens on the educational front as well. Education is far to important to be relegated to the machinery of state.
  13. Dream_Weaver's Allusions

    The Forgotten Path A line between two points that's straight, with compass scribe an arc. Project between dependent views, with gutter spike leave mark. Upon a page, line after line, filled with repeated letter. Duplicate each stroke in kind, while penmanship gets better. Descript geometry's an art programmers try to capture. Their lines of code, while often bold, must correlate to rapture. Planography that's based on keys, to truly understand, must break them down and make them sound to not face reprimand. To all of this add tolerance; a band of width that's known— related to an origin, to reap from what was sown. Pythagoras, his theorems held, for proof, one looked to see. The evidence of senses saw, the observed, thus, must be. The rank and file, lest't be defiled, should on this onus stand. The penalty, if varied much, deserves such reprimand. With more to write, yet less to say, The penalties, though come what may. Determine what lies in the course, But do not account for the horse.
  14. Dream_Weaver's Allusions

    The Creators I looked out at the starry sky; my thoughts gave way to awe. I reminisced about my day and some wonders I had saw. A drive nearby a building site where skilled men with tools toil, A structure began to take its shape and rise above the soil. In a quarry by those who plied their trade, cleaved granite along its rift, A foundation worth every penny paid, once set, it would not drift. The wood from trees was hewn then cut, some lumber thus was made, It was sorted out in several piles, according to each, their grade. From a mine deep ‘neath the ground, the ore brought up by rails, A smelter’s furnace burning hot would help to make the nails. He retraced in his mind what had guided his hands, As the architect studied his blueprints and plans. I looked out at the starry sky; my thoughts gave way to awe. I reminisced about my day and some wonders I had saw. The structure began to take its shape and rise above the ground, Creation based on reasoning, helps to keep the process sound. Gregory S. Lewis
  15. Subtleties

    Getting lost in some of the details at work, I took a moment to look up a phrase that had came to mind. The devil is in the details. I thought the Gammerist captured this nicely, and introduced me to an older more common phrase I don't recollect as standing out in my life's experiences. Devil is in the details vs. God is in the detail The idiom the devil is in the details means that mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project. Usually it is a caution to pay attention to avoid failure. An older, and slightly more common phrase, God is in the detail means that attention paid to small things has big rewards, or that details are important. The devil version of the idiom is a variation on the God phrase, though the exact origin of both is uncertain.
  16. Abstract Surrealism

    In the series Law and Order, Season 10, Episode 20 titled "Untitled", focused on a crime where the victim was murdered in such a way as to resemble a particular painting. The victim was a philanthropist in the pop-art culture. The detectives discovered the painting during the course of the investigation. The trial was, in essence, a variation on a theme of the "Twinkies" defense: "The painting made me do it." The show included a scene where the artist was interviewed by the detectives, and a later scene where he was called to the stand to provide testimony during the trial. The perpetrator of the crime was portrayed as being disgruntled about his paintings never having been supported by the philanthropic community. Recursively, one could step back from the Law and Order show, and try viewing it as a piece of art, consider what the artists are portraying and the audience's thoughts might be about the show.
  17. Abstract Surrealism

    Billionaire Griffin Pays $500 Million for Two Paintings The Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Source: Art Institute of Chicago “In order to own the greatest art historical objects of our time one has to go above and beyond to obtain them,” said Abigail Asher, a partner at art advisory firm Guggenheim Asher Associates Inc. in New York, who wasn’t involved in the transaction. This makes me think of a couple of lines from the chapter on Anti-Greed. One: "She picked up a discarded newspaper; she managed, with effort, to understand what was written, but not why it should ever have been written: it all seemed so childishly senseless." True, it is quite a story. It is not every day a billionaire purchases two such paint-works for half a billion dollars. The other: "But the child, she thought, knows that he is playing a game; these people pretend to themselves that they are not pretending; they know no other state of existence." There are some really surreal aspects to this.
  18. The Inner Sanctum

    Poking around in the dustbins of radio broadcasts, this was a radio show that initially aired in 1941. For a very few here old enough to remember the show, this may coax a smile from you. The Inner Sanctum was a horror anthology that first aired on NBC in 1941, and later, on CBS. Hosted by Raymond Johnson, the show featured stories of horror, thriller, and mystery. Unlike other horror series during that time, the show had this tongue-in-cheek style which were adapted by other radio programs such as Quiet Please and The Mysterious Traveller. Johnson was later replaced by Paul McGrath, at the same year in which Lipton Tea became the show’s primary sponsor. During its decade-long run, the show was able to produce a total of 526 episodes. The most popular ones were “Terror by Night,” aired on September 18, 1945, and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” aired on August 3, 1941 which featured Boris Karloff. The Tell-Tale Heart was a pleasant listen. Enjoy.
  19. Abstract Surrealism

    Surrealism, from Etymology: 1927, from French surréalisme (from sur- "beyond" + réalisme "realism"), according to OED coined c. 1917 by Guillaume Apollinaire, taken over by Andre Breton as the name of the movement he launched in 1924 with "Manifeste de Surréalisme." Taken up in English at first in the French form; the Englished version is from 1931. From wikipedia, Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias) is an opéra bouffe by Francis Poulenc, in a prologue and two acts based on the play of the same title by Guillaume Apollinaire. ... Although the action of the opera is farcical, it contains a serious message: the need to rediscover and repopulate a country ravaged by war. The opera, written in 1945 performed in 1947, was based on the play by the same name written in 1903. The plot is described as: Inspired by the story of the Theban soothsayer Teiresias, the author inverted the myth to produce a provocative interpretation with feminist and pacifist elements. He tells the story of Thérèse, who changes her sex to obtain power among men, with the aim of changing customs, subverting the past, and establishing equality between the sexes. A point observed and mentioned in an undocumented search of mine, the myth of Tiresias contains one of the earliest allusions to transgender known. In Greek mythology, Tiresias (/taɪˈriːsiəs/; Greek: Τειρεσίας, Teiresias) was a blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes, famous for clairvoyance and for being transformed into a woman for seven years. Tiresias was blinded for having observed Athena's nakedness and was ultimately granted clairvoyance, rather than sight, in response to his mother's pleadings with Athena. The question 'Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?' poses as an arrow in a crossbow aimed at a heart. The landscape has to be the same for the philosopher or the artist. Only the mode of expression differs. The sculptor sculpts. The painter paints. The writer writes. The philosopher philosophizes. Perhaps it is only the musician that crosses the mode of modalities, at least until the philosopher grasps the means by which the musician does so. Until then, the melody will only be discerned by its creator and those who are more attuned to nuances of the musical arts.
  20. Thumbnail Success Stories

    Why Do We Still Read ‘Moby-Dick’? Melville Fans on Why It Remains Relevant I read this book several years ago. I found it interesting that the book was initially a flop. It was not a blockbuster at first glance; in fact, it was out of print by the time that Melville passed away in 1891, with only about 3200 copies sold during his lifetime. It was, by any account, a literary failure. And while I found this reeled me in, While it may be a hefty tome, it also features a surprising amount of humor and modernity that makes it a good read. “It’s also a book that’s very of its time,” Bullock pointed out. The book gives you all the knowledge you need about the whaling industry in 1851, with the arcane mistakes that we had made about the sea creature. I'm not entangled by the nets of this malevolent universe premise. “I think one of the reasons that its lasted is because Melville describes a community with a leader headed towards obvious tragedy,” Philbrick said on the phone. “It’s a story about what do you in the face of impending disaster?” Melville wrote it in the face of the looming Civil War, and that perspective has remained ever significant. “We’re always on the edge of an impending catastrophe.”
  21. The rise and fall of Hudson's Big Store in Detroit Excerpt: A legend begins Joseph Lowthian Hudson and his father were running a men's clothing store in Ionia, then a small lumber town. When the Panic of 1873 struck, the town's sawmills were silenced. Without work, their customers couldn't shop. Then Hudson's father died. J.L. Hudson went bankrupt. His creditors got 60 cents on the dollar. Hudson dusted himself off and moved to Detroit to start over. In 1881, he opened his first store on the ground floor of the old Detroit Opera House on Campus Martius. In 1888, he was so successful, he repaid all the creditors he had shorted in bankruptcy in full — and with compound interest. [emphasis mine.] The imploded store mentioned in this story was reported to be near where Gratiot Ave and Woodward Ave crossed. I have recollection of a building being imploded closer to Six or Seven Mile Rd and Woodward at the time, similar in description.
  22. Roll over, Picasso.

    Do We All See the Woman Holding an iPhone in This 1860 Painting? A closer look at “The Expected One,” a painting by 19th century Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. The image has been doctored to include a cone of light thrown off the woman’s “phone.” Apparently, this girl's prayerbook is providing her with an unusual source of illumination.
  23. Roll over, Picasso.

    Performing electrical work at the home of Pablo Picasso's wife's home in the early 70's leads to a trial over the ownership of over 200 artworks of the deceased artist. Pierre Le Guennec, now 77, worked for several years at the Picasso couple's villa in the French Riviera town of Mougins. He argued at the trial that he was given the artworks by Jacqueline Picasso upon her husband's death at 91 in 1973, which sparked a succession feud between her and her son-in-law, Claude. Without the explicit details from the trial, offhand, this brings into question how mutually beneficial trade between consenting adults can be brought into question, posthumously, forty years after the fact.
  24. The Pro•me•the•us Dis•connection

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    2. dream_weaver


      I'm finding it a little difficult to envision Prometheus carrying Disconnection itself down to the mere mortals. Would he transport it in a purse, strap it onto his back, or perhaps fill a new wine sack with it lest an old one burst?

    3. StrictlyLogical


      The pro me - the us disconnection ... I missed this on first reading.  There is no "I" in team but there's a "me" and an "us" in Prometheus.

    4. dream_weaver


      And it is close to the intriguing title of a book.

  25. Truth as Disvalue

    That is an intriguing thought I had not hitherto entertained. Toohey, in his self-portrait to Keating (4-14) confessed his power-lust. If Roark could not have accepted his path, his alternative would have been to look at 'the proof that another kind of men existed' as 'tombstones, slender obelisks soaring in memory of the men who had been destroyed for having created them'. (Atlas Shrugged, Part Three, Chapter IV) — or so it seems to me.