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About bnittoli

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  • Birthday 07/27/1968

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    Waterbury, CT
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    biking, hiking, movies and TV. digital photography and photo restoration. reading, writing, discussion, philosophy, ethics, economics, current events. Interested in meeting others in area.
  1. i'll be moving to NYC soon as well. looking for apts this weekend. will likely be in the downtown/financial area. hopefully, i'll have something to move in during april. will definitely be up to meeting others. we have a small group here in CT that i'll miss.
  2. Here are a couple excerpts. i found them in lexicon, but copy/pasted from the O'st research CD-ROM reprinted in the new intellectual, The Nature Of The Second-Hander, from a conversation between Roark and his friend Gail Wynand, in which Roark explains what he has discovered about the psychology of those whose basic motivation is the opposite of his own. "Isn't that the root of every despicable action? Not selfishness, but precisely the absence of a self. Look at them. The man who cheats and lies, but preserves a respectable front. He knows himself to be dishonest, but others think he
  3. Yah, this is one of those articles that is so messed up in so many ways, it's hard to know where even to start. Note his total misunderstanding of the "Second-Hander" concept thinking it means everyone who isn't a Galt or Roark.
  4. Not sure if this is correct forum. New York Times has an article about Ayn Rand noting that it's the centenial of her birth. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/02/books/02rand.html fyi, the times requires free registration to read articles.
  5. If you haven't already, you should start by reading Ayn Rand's essay "The Ethics of Emergencies" in The Virtue of Selfishness.
  6. sorry, not on your question, but that thumnail looks to be a Steve Hanks. I have 2 hanging on my wall myself, though not that one. see attachment. I discovered Hanks through a O'ist as well. I wish i had something to say on relationships, but that area of life has alluded me as well. cheers
  7. Before I learned about O'ism, I took a class in my psych major called "investigating paranormal activity" and used one of Randi's books (Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions) as a textbook. It was taught from the small s skeptical perspective and debunked many of the popular notions of horoscopes, faith healing, ESP, etc. Basically, the class was a excersise in applying the scientific method to a particular claim or ability. The funny thing was even though we debunked everything, the prof half-heartedly joked that we could probably make more money using what we knew
  8. ugh, my little inch thing didn't work. the second set of lines is supposed to be the distance of an actual inch. **** vs **************
  9. I would think the only role gov would have in terms of rates would be limited to keeping the exchange rate constant as in standards/measurements. 1 dollar = 1 oz. of gold (or whatever) and keep it there. It's up to the market to decide how much 1 oz of gold buys of a particular product/service. "A dollar" is just an abstraction. It's the objective amount of gold that is being traded. If they could change it rate, it would be as useless as if they could arbitrarily redefine 1 inch to equal | | instead of | |.
  10. congrats on BA. It is pretty common to do stuff with friends, buy something nice, or treat myself to a dinner, but sometimes it's nothing all that unique or even planned. Sometimes, I would be doing a simple activity I typically enjoy, but it takes on a special significance due to the fact that I just accomplished something huge. For instance when I finally finished my Masters thesis, I dropped off the manuscript to Kinkos and went next door for a slice of pizza and a beer while they made the copies. I've had pizza/beer many times before, but just sitting there, enjoying my lunch,
  11. My first Ayn Rand book was "The Fountainhead", but i read OPAR before that. I would have continued with the non-fiction first, but there were so many references to the fiction, i switched gears and read Fountainhead and Atlas before returning to the non-fiction.
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    I don't care for his New-agey eclectic stuff, with a couple exceptions, but I very much enjoy his piano based "classical" pieces. I have his "live at acropolis" disc and program in just those and find them very moving and uplifting. If i'm in crappy mood, the tracks below can usually shake me out of it. #3 (until the last moment), #6 (one man's dream), #8 (nostaligia), and #10 (reflections of passion). A couple others #1,5,7 are OK, but i wouldn't cue those up specifically.
  13. Not a lot of details in the story yet about the north korean train collision that might have killed 3000 people, but the description of their infrastructure sounds an awful like the series of events that led up to destruction of the Comet and Taggart Tunnel in AS. Not that I'm surprised.
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    "Capitalism Forever" summed up what i was initially going to say. I reckon that an adult who has believed in afterlife all his life, it is emotionally difficult to deal with the reality of a finite existence for many reasons, but not the least of which is he can no longer be comforted when someone dies by the phrase "well, at least she's in a better place". And not only for future deaths, but retroactively for all the people who may have died and was comforted by the tired bromide. Knowing that they are truely gone and you'll never see them again (and vice versa) has got to be hard to acc
  15. This is one of those policies that really test one's principles. I lived in CA for 6 years and they passed their ban not long after i moved there. i was against the ban based on the business owner's right to set the conditions for his business, but i got very used to smoke-free establishments. i moved to NY just before they banned it, and i was so overwhelmed by the smoke the first time i went out, i had to leave early. Now i'm in CT and they just banned it here. I'm still against the ban and state my opinion when it comes up in conversation. Smoke-free is great, i just wish it coul
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