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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

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

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "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"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
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    Advances in Science of Evolution

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Sexual Selection Promotes Giraffoid Head-Neck Evolution and Ecological Adaptation  

    Reblogged:Media Inadvertently Campaign for DeSantis

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    As regulars already know, I have major issues with Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis. That said he remains, as I said then, the man to watch in the next presidential election cycle. It's clear why from an admiring Jeff Reynolds piece at PJ Media. Two major factors are that DeSantis is not risk-averse or driven by polling, and that the news media -- blatantly slanted to everyone but themselves -- keep acting as dishonest foils to be exploited by his aggressive press secretary, Christina Pushaw.

    Ukraine

    softwareNerd
    By softwareNerd,
    The current revolution in Ukraine has taken a turn away from Russia and toward Europe, with the President fleeing the capital and being voted out by parliament. Russia could still use its army to squash the rebels, but with much less legitimacy, except by claiming to protect the ethnic Russians in eastern half of Ukraine.    The President did come to power via a democratic election, but the political split of the country is pretty obvious in this map showing which parties won in different area

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Notable Commentary "If you're a patient and you're unsure about the quality of the care you are receiving, you might want to ask your doctors who they work for." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Does Your Doctor Work for a Private Equity Company -- and Should You Care?" (Forbes) "Entrainment can also effect personal safety and health." -- Paul Hsieh, in "How The Bernoulli Effect Can Help Patients and Physicians" (Forbes) "I am optimistic because of the hospitalization data and the success of vaccines, a

    A thought on hyperinflation

    necrovore
    By necrovore,
    I've been reading a lot about hyperinflation, and how it makes life more difficult for a lot of people, because it makes prices go up, and it makes cash lose its value, which punishes savers, and so forth. But there is one perspective I haven't read about lately, and it just occurred to me: hyperinflation isn't bad for everyone. It's not bad for you if you're the one printing the money. It's not bad if you're friends with the ones printing the money, or friends of those friends, or so forth

    Reblogged:Toss the BS Flag Like a Pro...

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    ... by not actually tossing it. At Ask a Manager, Allison Green got an interesting letter a while back by someone whose question boiled down to s there a way to call someone out on their BS in a professional and polite manner? There are many things I like about Green's answer, including her preface that it can sometimes be politic to allow a colleague to save face. The gist of it is:Green supplies several good examples of how to do this and adds:In addition to this, several commenters chimed i

    Reblogged:The Formula Shortage, in a Nutshell

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    John Stossel correctly notes that "one factory closure doesn't normally cause massive shortages" in his latest column. There, he nicely summarizes the ridiculous and inexcusable situation regarding the availability of infant formula in the United States. Among the reasons:The import bans exist in part at the behest of the protectionist dairy lobby and in part due to the FDA jealously guarding its authority to enforce such things as formula having specific ingredients, labels listing them in (w

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things I'm outta here until next Wednesday for the long holiday. I wish everyone a happy Memorial Day and I thank my fellow veterans. 1. Tetrachromacy, super-human color vision due to having four independent channels of color information (as opposed to the usual three), has been getting lots of popular attention lately. Common among some animals, it is thought to exist in as much as one percent of the human population:This has gotten enough attention, in fact, that my daughter surprised

    A bit of humor

    Doug Morris
    By Doug Morris,
    DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas and talks with an old rancher.   Ghost Girl, studied Literature, Languages, and Communication at Foreign Langauges (2011)

    Reblogged:Will DeSantis Fight, and for Whom?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit notes that Florida's Governor, Ron DeSantis, may soon have to take a stand on an issue that can severely damage his chances for reelection, not to mention his presidential prospects:Allahpundit correctly notes that no matter what DeSantis does in such a situation, he stands to lose political capital. DeSantis has so far seemed the heir apparent to the kind of voters Donald Trump has attracted to the Republican Party, in part due to his reputation as a "fighter," and

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