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  1. OK for all my talk of voting 3rd party, I just couldn't bring myself to vote for any candidate for president. I did vote for a republican for NY state assembly who, on the issues positions test at www.vote-smart.org, answered pro-choice, pro-gun, pro-death penalty and for reducing or maintaining tax levels (no increases). In NY we had one amendment to make it possible for disabled veterans, who are not receiving disability benefits, to get civil service credits on "competitive civil service examinations". I also abstained from voting for offices where I only had 1 choice (Socialist Bu
  2. So in Volume 20, # 2 of The Intellectual Activist, Tracinski argues that McCain is the "Lesser of Two Evils". Basic summary points: On morality: Obama - advocates the "altruist welfare-statism and foreign policy appeasement" McCain - "basic convictions are a generalized altruism expressed by his frequent exhortation to serve 'a cause greater than your own self-interest'“ and Pragmatism. Tracinski argues that there is one crucial question about these two candidates: "Does he love America?” He goes on to analyze: Obama: his association with people such as Wright and Ayers te
  3. I think it is legitimate to add "3rd party" to this poll. I think there are many students of Objectivism here who may see a vote for a third party as a protest vote. Some of us, myself included, just may not be able to bring ourselves to not vote (especially since many of us are still going to the polls for local/state reps and issues). I think the media and public would pay more attention if a third party, known for their message of individual liberty, were to receive 20 % of the vote rather than have that 20% go to "abstained". I'm still not sure why there is a hatred of the libertaria
  4. Oh this thread is hilarious. These all had me rolling. I'd like to address your comment on Dwarves though: Leviticus 21 reads (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2021;&version=31;): "The LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron: 'For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running so
  5. This is out of control. According to this article, the US is responsible for destroying the primitive way of life of these people. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070416/ap_on_..._from_the_ice_4 This is a perfect example of man as an animal; a subsistence existence in which a small perturbation in environment wreaks havoc with their lives. "She", in the quote below, refers to one of the Inuit hunters, expert in global climate change... Does she know what a greenhouse is? This just blows me away. We're supposed to make drastic changes to our lifestyles because of an
  6. Sounds like this has been a useful thread. Thanks for all the good feedback too. My daughter is so curious about this topic. Kids can be very rational thinkers and their questions can catch you off-gaurd because they're to the point and ask about things that maybe you haven't thought about in years. My wife went to a wake (without the kids) for a friends mother when they were visiting family last week. My daughter found out where she had been and asked if she could go next time someone we knew died. We told her that we hoped no one we knew would die any time soon, but that if she reall
  7. I've never listened to Imus in the morning, I've only heard a clip or two. I have no interest. There are some buttons on my radio that I can use to avoid listening to things I don't like. I use them all the time when the scan stops on christian music channels or rap. Do other people know about these buttons? If people stop listening, and sponsors stop paying, those shows get cancelled. Laissez-Faire
  8. I just saw this movie. Yes, there was some revisionism and a good deal of creative license was taken in depicting the events (like one on one combat outside the phalanx). However, given the historical significance of this battle, how this really marked the beginning of a unified Greece and set into motion the chain of events that would ultimately lead to the end of the Persian invasion of Europe, I loved it. Would there have been a United States of America if Greece had not been able to repel the Persians? I can't say the movie deeply stirred me until the final scene. The scene where
  9. I've had a great conversation via private messages regarding this topic with Smathy. Profile I liked his advice so much that I thought I'd post it. However, the format of our messages contained a lot of quotations & commentary related to specific paragraphs that I thought it would be useful to reformat it into a conversation format. We both agree that the conversation sounds a bit contrived, but that the messages are conveyed acurately. Both of us have reviewed the contents and approved - with the disclaimer that this is a conversation constructed from messages sent back and for
  10. My daughter (turning 5 in May) has been staying up unusually late the past few nights. Tonight, after responding to my daughters calls, my wife came downstairs with tears in her eyes. Apparently my daughter had told her that she wants to be put between us with her bunny and other stuffed animals & her blanket when she dies. My wife told me she tried to explain to her that she wouldn't have to worry about that for a long long time, probably not till she was 85. My daughter is really worrying about death & dying. I want to have a discussion with my daughter to try & take her
  11. I voted the best I could to maximize individual liberties & minimize government. Here in Ohio we had 5 "Issues" on the ballot as well. Minimum wage hike (no), Banning smoking in places of employment & most open to the public (no, even though I hate smoking), etc... In my opinion, one should do the best they can to understand a candidates position on individual rights & vote for candidates who will support those rights. This is not always easy & involves somewhat ranking the freedoms important to you. I have no problem abstaining when I think both candidates are fascist o
  12. It's been a few months since I read it, but it struck me that there are economists with a philosophy and Economists without one. It's not clear from the book that Levitt has a philosophy (or is willing to publicize it). Don't expect Levitt to objectively identify behavior as "good" or "bad". As an economist, he is only concerned with how various "incentives" result in a particular outcome. Overall mrocktor's summary is right on. Levitt presents data and draws some logical conclusions from his overall analysis but don't expect him to apply any objective judgement to this work. Just
  13. Yes, e-ink is doing some pretty cool work. Check out their press releases: http://www.eink.com/press/releases.html and how the technology works: http://www.eink.com/technology/howitworks.html Imagine the possibilities of a flexible battery integrated with a flexible display -- The "scroll" of the 21st Century. Also imagine a house without lights, just photo-luminescent wall paper (flexible OLED technology. I work with a colleague who worked on this at GE - not proprietary info, patent cited below). Check out US pat # 6,891,330 -- Mechanically flexible organic electrol
  14. Drewfactor, You'll find lots of articles supporting free-market solutions (authors from Economists like Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell to Medical Doctors) to various aspect of healthcare here: http://capmag.com/category.asp?action=cat&catID=6 I especially like the one Why Is There No Car Insurance Crisis? at: http://capmag.com/article.asp?ID=3848 Especially worthwhile is to read about how HMOs were created by an act of congress, effectively eliminating individual insurance. This is especially important since people tend to point at HMOs as an example of "Capitalism g
  15. Interesting, to address the copyright issue as well: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#what ------------------------------- When is my work protected? Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Do I have to register with your office to be protected? No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.
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