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  1. I think the phrase is related to this puzzle: http://www.brainstorming.co.uk/puzzles/ninedotsnj.html I suppose it's possible that the phrase has taken on some anti-conceptual elements in modern usage -- I don't have any opinion on that -- but it appears the original meaning is merely to look beyond the obvious or conventional for solutions. I believe Ayn Rand actually used the phrase in her lectures on (and subsequent books on) fiction writing. (Or non-fiction... I forget which). I remember being surprised seeing that phrase by her, as I had assumed it was newer.
  2. Yeah KurtColville, King Crimson fan here. Pre- or post-Belew? (Doesnt' matter, I like em both).
  3. Apologies, I don't have a source, and I dont' mean to be glib, but there is the obvious inference that if recycling a particular material in a particular location were profitable, it wouldn't have to be mandated by the government.
  4. Actually, I found Jason's responses to be very civil. And his position, though dead wrong, is consistent and shows he has at least thought about the issue. I wouldn't be so hard on Jason. Some religionists arrive at their conclusions because they see the results of relativism and reject them in favor of... of... what? Usually they grasp the only theory which they know of which upholds objective (i.e., "absolute") standards of morality, which, unfortunately for us yet, is religion. I'd like to discuss morality with a religionist like Jason. I'd point out that I too believe in absolute standa
  5. Try www.classicalarchives.com for extremely inexpensive downloads. Join for a year for $20 and get virtually unlimited downloads. REcordings vary from amateur to very good professional. All recordings there are in the public domain, which is why it's so cheap. While there, I rediscovered a composer that I hadn't heard for more than 20 years (and then only in a very limited way -- I played some of his piano pieces at that time). Erno Dohnanyi. I had never heard his orchestral stuff before, and upon hearing it I was completely blown away. Absolutely beautiful. I downloaded all his stuff at cl
  6. Inspired by Lisa van Damme's story of tutoring and eventually starting her own school (www.vandammeacademy.com), and frustrated by our child's current school, we are looking for a tutor for our 9-year old daugter, Kira (and eventually, her currently-4-year-old sister, Alexandria.) Our primary goal is for her to receive a rational education. We are also seeking additional students locally, in order that our costs are spread out a little (maybe with 4 or 5 children). Ultimately, if interest grew, we are open to investing to expand to a full school -- but, again, primarily we just want our daught
  7. My two cents: Do not abandon a job you love because you think it is not "heroic" enough, by your relatively new Objectivist standards. This was a mistake I made long ago, temporarily. Filled with enthusiasm by the worlds of Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, I aspired to do something great, something that would change the world, something that would advance Objectivism and help bring on a new era of rationality.... etc. ... ...I made the mistake of switching cause and effect. One cannot choose one's way in the world by saying "I should do something great", and then look to see what soci
  8. The website at www.monticello.org said only that they were closed from 9:30 to 12:30 today for a "special event". Please protect the memory of Thomas Jefferson by contacting Monticello and expressing outrage. I demanded to be removed from their mailing/fundraising database. I am sick at the thought of this Islamic butcher of men poking about in Jefferson's home.
  9. Whether or not WMD are ever found in Iraq is irrelevant. The point is that there was good reason to believe that they would be found, and that this fact, in context of 9/11 was sufficient reason to bring down that regime. There were a number of other reasons why Sadams regime was fair game. Almost all of this is now obscured by the leftist dogma-turned-prevailing-wisdom that "Bush lef us into Iraq based on lies!".
  10. Rob Tracinski's excellent article on Iran is featured at Little Green Footballs (it's the 2nd topic down as I write -- 4/15/06.) Be sure to go take a look. The more hits, the more likelihood Tracisnki and other Oists will be featured again. www.littlegreenfootballs.com
  11. I also do not believe that most or all Libertarians are anrachists; I agree with the above poster who pointed out that most of the non-anarchists among them have no principled objection to the anarchists. Also, the anrachists among them tend to present the most consistent case; in my opinion the status of an "ism" is determined by its most consistent adherents. Finally, I believe the official Libertarian platfrom still advocates the "right of secession", as well as other nods to the anrachists in its ranks.
  12. I think inciting violence can properly be prosecutable, if the incitement is real and reasonably known to be taken seriously. For example, if some loon walked around with a sign saying "Hit Bill Cosby with Gobs of Jello Pudding", he would reasonably be dismissed without any further consideration. But if, say, we were at war with militant Islamists, and enduring acts of terrorism, beheadings, etc., and a militant Moslem chanted "Behead infidels in the street!", and got lots of angry Moslems to join in, then I think that'd represent a reasonable worry for citizens. A good body of legal prece
  13. The campaign is getting some good publicity over at Little Green Footballs: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?en...rtoons#comments ...third Objectivist mention over at LGF in the past week, IIRC.
  14. Chernobyl does underscore the dangers of governments regulation. Nonethless, history has shown it to be largely a myth. Compare the damage/mortality reports that circulated for years, compared to the more recent assessments of it. I'm sorry I have no citations right now -- I remember the issue re-surfacing in the news over the last couple of years, with reports to the effect that earlier reported effects of the Chernobyl disaster were grossly exaggerated. Perhaps somebody with a convenient link could point that-a-way?
  15. A couple of random issues: Who is financing this plant? Don't they have incentive to keep it safe? Who is insuring this plant? Seems like it would be hard for a ticking time bomb to maintain liability insurance (or property insurance), without which how do they get workers, service contracts, etc.? What evidence supports the idea that a typical nuclear power plant could -- even under bad supervision -- become a "time bomb", or any kind of bomb? I think the idea that a power plant could go up in a mushroom cloud is a myth. Finally, it is possible for such a plant to pose an objectiv
  16. iouswuoibev, I have pondered this phenomenon too. (I have made some comments on it on an online forum, but am not able presently to locate those comments). In short, it is a stolen concept fallacy, as was pointed out above. The idea that we can apply a limit to a quantity or quality, while denying the existence of that quantity/quality. Skeptic: "We can't know reality with 100% certainty". Oist: "How do you know? Wouldn't you have to have 100% certainty of reality in order to know what fraction of it remains unknowable?" Skeptic: "Fascist!"
  17. Jon Bolton is interviewed over at the AtlasShrugs blog, and expresses admiration for Ayn Rand. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_s...olton_inte.html
  18. Robert Tracinski's article on the cartoon jihad was linked at the Little Green Footballs weblog.(www.littlegreenfootballs.com) LGF is a very popular and influential blog. They frequently link Cox and Forkum cartoons, which provides great publicity for Objectivism, albeit a little indirectly. The Tracinski link directly links to the Intellectual Activist website and features a great article by Rob. This would be a good time to visit www.littlegreenfootballs.com and add a comment in the comments section under the Tracinski mention. The more comments, the more likelihood there'll be mor
  19. I recommend the book "Getting Things Done", by David Allen. I found that one time management obstacle was worrying or getting diverted by one project while working on another. "Getting Things Done" has almost completely cured me of this. This book has other strengths as well. It also has some weaknesses -- it is not a thorough time management instruction book, but rather, a book which details a system in which your particular time management principles may be practised efficiently. It's a rather compact book, so rather than try to describe it -- perhaps unsuccessfully, I'll just re
  20. Definitely not within the weight limit here, but I had to mention the Great Pyrenees. Wonderful dog.
  21. In answer to my request for Brit2006 to provide a conrete example of his "perfect crime", he provided this example: "What about downloading music that is illegal. The crime is a faceless one, involves no lying, concealing etc" Okay, well, apparently the price of this prudent predator's integrity has dropped dramatically, from $1M, down to $.49 -- the cost of a song download at many sites. So, let's run with this example. Some questions for Prudent Predator: (btw, these questions are addressed to Prudent Predator, not necessarily Brit2006, as I don't know to what degree his arguments were rh
  22. I wasn't involved with the "prudent predator" thread on this forum -- not that I remember at least -- but I have been before, and I found that the thing that brought the discussion to a resolution was to ask the prudent predator advocate to describe in realistic detail his theoretical "perfect crime". In reality -- you know, actual REALITY -- there are very few opportunities wherein $1M goes up for grabs without anybody knowing. By fleshing out all these details, we start to hear how the prudent predator lies to his friends, conceals his assets with phony accounts, lives a lie in order not to
  23. I haven't seen the film, and probably won't -- I like my cowboys rustling dogies of one sort, and not another -- but from what I've heard, all the attention is on the gay aspect of the story. I find it strange that none of the attention is on the cheating aspect. Two cowboys periodically cheat on their wives. In Hollywood-ese, that's "shockingly courageous".
  24. Globalization and capitalism have secularized Christmas, driving a merry wedge into even Islam. In the cultural battle between Muhammed and Santa, every kid around the world can tell you which is more fun. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,179678,00.html Merry Christmas to everybody on OO.net.
  25. Graatz said: "oil WILL run out in 20-30 years" Hmm, care to make a 20-year bet?
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