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  1. It may be back on: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/10/3008109.htm
  2. I think Glenn Beck was trying to highjack the Tea Party. And I agree that he was up to something when he asked that people not bring signs...it helps him control the message. Fortunately, I don't think the average Tea Partier is buying what Beck is selling. His rally was nothing but a prayer meeting for the religious right, a group that has been growing more bolder throughout the Bush years. The Tea Party on the other hand, was partly a response to the religious right in my opinion. Many conservatives are sick of the anti-abortion, anti-gay and fake capitalism the religious right advocates and have seen the devastation to the economy and our individual liberty that their policies have caused. They hate the principles of Beck's followers as much as they hate the policies of the Obama administration. I saw no religious signs at the Tea Parties I have attended and the people I talked to were interested in one thing...reducing the power of the federal government to intrude into our lives, economically and personally. I think more people are awake now than before the Tea Party movement began and I don't think Beck's revival will make them close their eyes again or move toward religion.
  3. I haven't read the Romantic Manifesto yet, so I don't know if this is redundant, but at ARC TV they have posted a 48 minute audio lecture by Ayn Rand on Art in Education. Here is the link, just scroll down the page to find it. http://arc-tv.com/category/appearing/ayn-rand-appearing/
  4. I think Pink Floyd said it best: *Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are. You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are. And when your hand is on your heart, You're nearly a good laugh, Almost a joker, With your head down in the pig bin, Saying "Keep on digging... Pig stain on your fat chin. What do you hope to find. When you're down in the pig mine. You're nearly a laugh, You're nearly a laugh But you're really a cry.* -Pigs part one from their album Animals. Will Obama ever stop digging? It doesn't look like it to me. The socialists can dish it out, but they can't take the heat. Ha Ha charade they are... Not that the conservatives are offering much better!
  5. Funny... Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd are my favorite bands. I am not sure Led Zeppelin fits into this thread as individualistic in the the lyrical sense. But Pink Floyd certainly does, at times. I like Welcome to the Machine and Animals the best. Although many think those albums were indictments of capitalism, I think they can be better viewed as a depiction of the strength of individual humans to fight the corruption of collectivism. Their lyrics are brutally honest.
  6. Objectivist Punk Rock, what a good idea! I haven't listened to any punk for ah...a few years but I always liked the raw energy of it. I like "Stand Up" a lot. I hope your band is a success!
  7. I thought the first segment was the best but I agree the show was a mess. I think the host needs to do a better job moderating the discussion. It's pretty funny when they show all the guests talking at once! Yaron did a good job defending the insurance industry. I always enjoy his tv appearances. He's on this show again tonight, by the way.
  8. I like the wings. I think they suggest that man's mastery of electricity will allow flights to great technological heights.
  9. Actually, thank you for posting these links, Trebor. I was interrupted three times while listening, so I never got the finish the broadcast! Tomorrow, I plan to try again, and your links will no doubt be of value. Michaelangelos's, David is an image I can recall at will...so beautiful. The others I had not seen at all. MissLemon
  10. I just noticed that on ARI's registered user page, there is now a recording of Leonard Peikoff's talk radio show, with the topic, "What is Art." I'm heading over there now to give it a listen. MissLemon
  11. I DO write them back and say if you "must take action" then I must take action to try to convince everyone I know, who votes, to make sure you don't have the ability to "take action" in the future. I don't get many responses using this approach. I see it's possible they won't succeed in getting this passed so I am just hanging on to that thin hope.
  12. Very nice! Is that supposed to be electric cables encircling him with one end, the one in his right hand, kind of unravelling? Interesting...
  13. I think a government run health care monopoly is exactly what they are trying to do. The government can run it's plan without a profit, in fact they can run at a loss...forever. So how long could any private insurance company compete with that? When I write my Senators, asking them to vote NO, be they liberals or conservatives, all I get back is a form letter stating that both sides of the isle have agreed that the government "must do something." A phrase that sends shivers down my spine. My Representative in the House, Cliff Stearns did send a reply stating that he is against the "public option" in heathcare reform. I guess that's something. ARGH, my blood is boiling over this issue! How do you guys stay calm?
  14. The woman could be Myrna Loy but I am not sure. I say bittersweet because the girl is so beautiful already but she doesn't see that, she longs for a future that she's not sure she can attain, that's why she looks sad as she gazes at herself. Ha, Ha, very funny....
  15. I think it's a lovely bittersweet painting. The white thing is a comb that is stuck down into the bristols of the upturned hairbrush. My mom kept her brush and comb just like that on her vanity table. The string like thing, I think, if you look closely is a hand mirror, look into the standing mirror to see the round shape of it. The other string like things are loose hairs caught in the teeth of the comb.
  16. I'll bite. Broadly, the painting is showing that part of being human is to long to be better or more than we are at present. More narrowly, we see a lovely innocent girl who longs for the beauty and strength of womanhood. She has cast aside her doll, a symbol of youth, in favor of the cosmetics at her feet. When she looks in the mirror, she is not convinced that she will attain the qualities she admires in the glamour photo she holds.
  17. I think the pipe is art and GOOD art for that matter. Wrong! It conveys the message that images are not reality, is that not an idea? A very meaningful idea to life and cognition? This seems like it should be obvious, but so many here seem to disagree. How can any artist draw or paint anything without selecting a subject and making value judgments as they create the composition? As so many have already pointed out, what the artist intends as the "meaning" of his art is not what all viewers of the art will see or understand. Also, if someone paints a masterpiece, full of metaphysical meaning and puts it in a closet where no one else ever sees it...I say that painting is still a piece of ART in reality, even if it is never seen by anyone but the artist.
  18. What I have learned from this thread: My strong points are perhaps some basic skills, an eye for composition and an interest in perspective and proportion. I will continue to draw and paint with the goal of improving on these strengths. I need to focus on purpose most of all since without that, nothing I create will have any real meaning other than the building of my technical skills. Thanks to everyone for helping pinpoint some of the strengths and weaknesses of my creations. I may post more of my work as I continue to study and create, but probably only the finished pieces... A couple of comments about critiquing art in general and the discussion on Dali: I think one does not need to be an artist to offer opinions on art. All one needs is well, vision and an opinion. The intent of the artist doesn't matter as much as the attributes of the finished product, which we are all free to comment on and discuss, forever, even if the artist is long dead. Does this in any way dispute what Ayn Rand had to say about art? Miss Lemon
  19. I once saw a painting very similar this one, I can't remember the artist, but it was a large piece. I remember standing in front of it and I almost felt like I was falling INTO it. It was a pretty interesting sensation. Talk about "looming immensity" and no, I wasn't drinking beforehand.
  20. I'm very new to Objectivism so I may be off base here and corrections are welcome. I've noticed that arrogant is a term used by jealous people when someone else asserts themselves in a competent manner. To me it is similar to the term smart-ass rather than asshole as mentioned above. Because smart-ass is also a term used by jealous people when someone is asserting something correct but perhaps in a curt or funny manner. My point is I don't think arrogant is or should be a negative word.
  21. I really enjoyed at 3:00 in part 2 when he quotes Patrick Henry, something to the effect that Henry wasn't talking about "just a little bit of liberty" and the tall sailing ship passes by in the background... just beautiful! Oh, and I like that he starts the speech with quite a bit of anger, how appropriate considering the political state of affairs.
  22. I noticed that point, too. BTW - I like your Procol Harum quote...just listened to Grand Hotel the other day...
  23. I see that now! Was this really one of Rand's favorites?
  24. I'll try... His left foot looks twice as long as his right foot, in fact that left leg looks wrong to me. Maybe his right arm is too short. The head is strange. That's what I see. Sorry I don't have the vocabulary to clarify. MissLemon
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