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  1. I read a great article in the LA Times, and wanted to share. Now, if only Francisco also owned a copper mine . . . Link to the article: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-guat...5004,full.story
  2. From what I've heard, one of the Johnny Carson shows is accessible (I believe it's at the Ayn Rand Institute?), but her other appearance is not. She was also on Phil Danahue twice, and there are several older interviews with people I have never heard of (excluding Mike Wallace) that he has. I don't want to pressure him into anything, but I will discuss the topic more next time we talk. I don't think he can actually sell the videos, but making them public would be highly beneficial to anyone interested in Ayn Rand, Objectivism, or just someone who stumbles upon them. Plus, I have a feeling many of the videos will be lost for good if he never puts them out there... That scares me. Digitizing them doesn't seem to be a problem; he put several of them on a DVD for the Ayn Rand get together. Updates to come soon.
  3. Tonight I was lucky enough to be invited to a very small Ayn Rand get together. It was hosted by an old friend of hers, and consisted of a handful of Objectivists from back in her day (Nathaniel Branden was even there). Unbelievably, this guy recorded everything from all her talk show interviews, to old college radio lectures, to even a fashion show the whole group put together back in the 60's (or 50's, can't remember). The highlight of the night for me was to watch Ayn Rand on Johnny Carson. I have seen her Phil Donahue and Mike Wallace interviews in the past, but I enjoyed this one more. Instead of putting Rand on the defense or wasting time having her argue with audience members, Carson made sure it was in no way a hostile environment; this relaxed her, bringing out more of Rand's personality and humor. Carson even canceled the other guests, leaving Rand to answer questions the whole show (more than 90% of which was Rand talking, because he didn't cut her answers short). This interview would be great to show people who are new to Rand's ideas; it shows her having a good time, smiling, and joking around while teaching. People who are newly introduced to her might open up more and listen, as opposed to closing off because of her usually blunt, stern approach (which I also enjoy very much). I'm not quite sure what he plans on doing with all of this footage, but I was talking to him about what a valuable learning tool it would be if they were in circulation. I'll talk to him about it more when I go over to see another few interviews (all of which I never knew to exist!).
  4. MANtage! George Washington Rap (VERY funny) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-69414486881463942
  5. Terry Goodkind seems to have led many people to Rand's work. Welcome!
  6. Great video Paul! It very clearly explains the problem with Libertarianism.
  7. The black and white poster is my favorite. Maybe it would help if the letters surrounding the picture were a little darker so it stood out more? That's a shame you aren't going to sell them, I would have purchased several immediately!
  8. That's phenomenal! Is there a reason why something similar isn't done for college students? From my experience, many High School students don't put enough thought into the books they read, but college students are usually at a stage in their lives where many of them really start thinking for themselves and absorbing information from books. Funny enough (or sad enough) just last night I received a myspace message from a young High School girl in response to a bulletin I wrote that contained Ayn Rand's name. "have you read anthem by her? its amazingggggg... and the ending was perfect with the word EGO. because seriously that is what brings down society and brings up power." ... Well, I'm sure it's at least benefiting some students.
  9. The Evolution of Math in America Teaching Math In 1950 A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit? Teaching Math In 1960 A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit? Teaching Math In 1970 A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit? Teaching Math In 1980 A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20. Teaching Math In 1990 A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers.) Teaching Math In 2008 ¡Un hachero vende una carretada de madera para $100! El costo de la producción es $80.
  10. "I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind." --Albert Einstein "My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment." --Albert Einstein "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." --Albert Einstein While Albert Einstein didn't consider himself an Atheist, he sure as HELL wasn't a devout Christian . The same goes for Isaac Newton, who's religious views seemed to be close to those of a deists (I'm not sure what he exactly considered himself), and far from/contradicting to those of a "devout Christians". [Edited to correct a grammatical error]
  11. What do you plan on doing at this study group?
  12. "Trust in the God's, Leonidas" "I'd prefer you trust in your reason"
  13. http://ebaumsworld.com/2006/06/waterfuel.html I'm suprised there isn't more coverage on this technologies progress. Perhaps it's being kept under wraps to not put so many companies out of business?
  14. A news title caught my eye while browsing Yahoo.com. The title: "Atheists in U.S. challenge growing religious influence" Below is the article: Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070104/ts_csm/catheist The merging of religion and state has been a topic frequently rolling around in my mind lately. The amount of people in America that want it to be a reality frankly scare the crap out of me; no matter how unlikely its possibility. It's nice to be reminded by public news that there are others taking up the same fight as myself.
  15. When I hear or see someone get killed who undoubtedly deserved death, it fills my heart with joy to know there is that much less evil in our world; and it fills my heart with pride to see that there still exists good men to fight against such evil. "Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent" -Terry Goodkind, The Sword of Truth
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