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    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

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    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
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    White Supremacist Protest Violence

    gregory kalian
    By gregory kalian,
    A federal judge ruled the "supremacists" had a right to protest.  It seems the reason violence occurred is because "counter protesters" gathered in an effort to block the lawful expression of free speech. Notwithstanding the murderous act of one individual who drove his vehicle into the crowd, is there a reasonable basis to blame the supremacists for the violence? I understand their position is objectionable, however the true value of the right to free speech is for the protection of speech some may consider objectionable. How is the action of the counter protesters different from recent incidents of students and others shouting down campus  speakers and denying them their right to speak?  I have not heard a single sole blame the counter protesters. If the supremacists had been left unmolested to merrily or perhaps nastily carry out their demonstration and go home, would any of this have happened? Many people believe abortion is murder. They consider abortion to be an abhorrent and evil act against the most innocent and defenseless. In a word, some consider abortion to be objectionable.  If a "woman's march" or other "choice" protest were met by an armed and angry mob bent on the disruption of their free expression and clashes occurred, would we blame the freedom of choice people for perpetrating the violence?

    My Verses

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    . These Words These words we read from some desire . . that someone live . . the this entire. Read is our reach, . . our grasp, our be . . life that is know . . wings that are free.   Copyright Stephen C. Boydstun 2016    

    Solar Eclipse, Amazon Recall

    dream_weaver
    By dream_weaver,
    Alibaba is still listing these for sale, while Amazon has issued a recall. https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/2017-wholesale-protect-Eye-solar-eclipse_60708159288.html?spm=a2700.7724857.main07.23.2bd13975SmLNZ1 The packaging lists a UV400 rating, and having worn them indoors, a 100 watt light bulb is not visible. Outdoors, the sun appears as a somewhat a bright circle on an otherwise darkened background. In conversation with an individual who has had some experience in welding, the experience was somewhat reminiscent of wearing number 14 welding eyewear protection. Given the short notice, and the spike in prices for authenticated eye protection (read a once in a 99 year window opportunity to generate an artificial shortage to create what is described as a 'black market' in this commodity), combined with couching terms about these glasses "may" or "might" be unsafe, along with others suppliers that have been determined to be counterfeit, it raises the specter of a popular selling item being used as a foil to divert more monies into a last minute market. I don't know what the company paid for their lot. They combined it with a 1/2 hour "party" centered around the time of the  eclipse, and earmarking the markup ($5.00 a pair) toward a currently focused upon charitable cause. With the eclipse less than 4 days away, and all the locally suggested brick and mortar establishments being  out of stock, this turned into a research project to ascertain whether the $10 should be reclaimed by turning in the glasses and missing the direct viewing opportunity, or if there is more here than meets the eye. So far, the searches have been centered on how the recall has been couched by the various news media outlets (only a few of them showing this pair of glasses specifically.) Moving the search into the UV400 category, there is a NASA link touting "One of the most widely available filters for safe solar viewing is a number 14 welder's glass, available through welding supply outlets." The eclipse is going to occur over the course of about 20 minutes. I've no intention of staring that the phenomenon for the entire duration. Part of that time will be spent without the extra protection on observing just how much an 80% coverage impacts the general viewing area. On reconfirming that these glasses are, in essence, as dark as a welder's shield, I intend to use them accordingly at this point in this particular juncture.. If anyone asks, all I can tell them is that I did my own research to the best of my ability. C'est la vie.

    Immigration as related to loyalty

    Grames
    By Grames,
    Your first paragraph is altruism. Your second paragraph asserts moral equivalance between all political states.  You should at least be aware of a crucial difference between some nation-states on the legal status of homosexuals, so thats rather hypocritical of you.  Then theres the value equivalence of professing to not prefer any language or culture or even climate over any other.  I don't think you are so robotically indiscriminate on your personal tastes that you can truly claim that for you no place on Earth is better than any other.   You are not a citizen of the world.  Most of the world in fact would reject you if it became aware of you.  Even in China, setting aside homosexuality, just your Objectivist philosophical activities could get you or I imprisoned if we came to the notice of certain officials.  Even the minor differences within the Anglo-Saxon legal tradition between the English speaking countries should be significant to a politically aware citizen.  Does it not matter to you that Great Britain has no equivalent to the American First Amendment freedoms?  Or the Second?  I think it should.  That's what I mean by country loyalty, not whether refried beans are better or worse than fried rice. **MOD EDIT: moved from http://forum.objectivismonline.com/index.php?/topic/30795-white-supremacist-protest-violence/ **

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