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Doug Huffman

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  1. Do you think this can be countered by giving an example of a person that does believe in altrusim, but is happy? Or altruistic societies that are happy? Or - this is a matter of principles, and no altruist _can_ be happy?
    A counter-example falsifies only a universally quantified assertion, like <<For all humans, no human exists that is altruist and happy>> would be falsified by a counter-example.
  2. I think that I recall news reports of volunteer FD's occasionally allowing uninsured structures to be destroyed as object lessons. 'Uninsured' in this case particularly meaning fire protection fees not paid. This may have been in Round-O or Branchville, South Carolina and perhaps in the late Seventies.

    That said, I also observe that "volunteer fire departments" are properly non-existent if volunteer means unpaid. State and federal mandates have raised the costs of a VFD beyond "volunteer", and there are assumption of liability issues. Here, our HS students qualify as drivers, for instance, for the turn-out money.

    I trained as EMT. I believe that some of the issues arise for emergency medical services going beyond "emergency" or "medical" or "service".

  3. From The Letters of Ayn Rand, from a letter to John Hospers dated April 29, 1961:

    Thank you for the very best answer, that from Ayn Rand herself!

    I will note, as one with very different experience with risk calculus, there are no accidents with control rods latched, a key in the ignition, or a round chambered, there is only negligence. This hung in my briefing room...

    "Responsibility is a unique concept

    You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished.

    You may delegate it, but it is still with you.

    If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.

    Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible."

    — Hyman G. Rickover

  4. ...Why would someone, for example, fork over money for space travel? ... Another example would be travelling to the depths of the sea: why would an entrepreneur spend the money to go down there?...
    Neither of those examples are science or doing science. Both are demonstrations of proven technology, the building blocks of which are merely being shuffled. Science is a way of thought that may lead to truth, it is not gee-whiz.

    The answer to the question of why one might go down or go up, is because one can (or should be able to).

    The ISS Blackhole One and its attendant Space Scuttle are mere technology demonstrators for which we traded away the Super Conducting Super Collider - that could have done Real Science® Welcome USA to the third world and NASA to Muslim meals-on-wheels.

  5. Notice, too, that most of the major Randian/Objectivist writings are still privately held/copyright. As in my career, I was paid for what I wrote, invested my remuneration and now enjoy the fruits of my labors. Professional Objectivists are and have been paid for their efforts.

    There's a new book out on the inner workings of Scientology and that illuminates its essential and integral business practices. Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman.

  6. Electronic Frontiers Foundation on Pseudonymity, de-Facedbook and G00gle+

    A Case for Pseudonyms - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/07/case-pseudonyms

    A new debate around pseudonymity on online platforms has arisen as a result of the identification policy of Google+, which requires users to identify by "the name your friends, family, or co-workers usually call you". This policy is similar to that of Facebook’s which requires users to "provide their real names and information." Google’s policy has in a few short weeks attracted significant attention both within the community and outside of it, sparking debate as to whether a social platform should place limits on identity. A considerable number of Google+ users have already experienced account deactivation as a result of the policy, which Kirrily "Skud" Robert, a former Google employee kicked off the service for identifying as "Skud," has closely documented.
  7. Thank goodness that you are not me! It would be horrible of ME to prescribe another's behavior.

    The citation is to a professional collection, an ana if you will, of observations beyond anecdotes.

    I don't know what makes policeman to you. I am wearing my sidearm even as I write. Wisconsin has just passed 2011 Act 35. I qualified as EMT in about 1980 because I could.

  8. I'm 62, retired at 47 and went on strike.

    I live in a beautiful cottage tucked under the Niagara Escarpment (the slope falls four feet away) and guarded by a ferryman from those that would cross Death's Door.

    Today we friends have gathered 250 miles away as we prepare to bicycle home while eating and drinking and enjoying our health and what little wealth we control.

    I think that even by Ayn Rands estimation we are happy.

    Do we and I have challenges? Of course, ranging from arthritis to a failed political context.

    How do I value my life and happiness? When I am faced with the cusp of whether or not to live in this world that has forgotten Objectivism then I will see it as an opportunity to strike a blow to save my child from slavery.

  9. http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2400:1001:3655468672013241::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,89446

    Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus

    ----------------------------------------

    In the United States, an estimated 3.2 million persons are living

    with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (1). HCV transmission occurs

    primarily through percutaneous exposure to blood, and persons who

    inject drugs are at greatest risk for infection. The role of sexual

    transmission of HCV has not been well defined. However, reports over

    the past decade, mainly from Europe, have implicated sexual

    transmission of HCV among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected

    men who have sex with men (MSM). In late 2005, 2 HIV-infected MSM,

    each with acute HCV infection that was suspected to have been acquired

    sexually, were evaluated at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York

    City, prompting Mount Sinai to request referrals of similar patients

    (2).

  10. Welcome, Snow_Fox, from a fellow newbie and another that carefully marches to my own beat.

    I came here expecting archly orthodox Objectivism that might at least be silent on topics on which Ayn Rand's leadership is not well documented. But no, so I read and comment a bit, and tersely, and avoid controversy.

    I came here from Karl Popper's falsification-ism and his answer to the boundary problem of induction, from which I am not yet dissuaded.

    About the thread title question, yes.

  11. Searching on "Ayn Rand automobile car" I found a very strong statement, utterly without citation or provenance, that she was uninterested in cars (thetruthaboutcars.com). From my idea of her time and lifestyle, that sounds reasonable.

    Believe nothing that you read or hear without verifying it yourself unless it fits your preexisting worldview.

  12. Thank you for your opinion, but more for pointing me to the Wikipedia as a source and to 'The Moratorium on Brains' Q&A as a reason to purchase the multimedia expositions of Randianism. Now maybe Dragon Naturally Speaking can demonstrate its ability to produce text from voice (other than mine).

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