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  1. "I never thought that any plane would attempt to drop within seven hundred feet of the ground." — John Galt

    Terminal Airspace, Class E reference?

  2. What is the essence of Objectivism? (Click below to reveal hidden contents.) Why settle with being a mere subgroup, be it Christian, Muslim, French, Polish, etc. Stand up. Be man! "Man has been called a rational being, but rationality is a matter of choice—and the alternative his nature offers him is: rational being or suicidal animal. Man has to be man—by choice; he has to hold his life as a value—by choice; he has to learn to sustain it—by choice; he has to discover the values it requires and practice his virtues—by choice."
  3. The FDA approval process precludes significant use of products for the duration of the testing. You have previously pointed out that individuals do not have the right to volunteer, which provides a moral avenue to explore and expand upon. The more intimate you become with the details of the processes of the FDA, the more conviction you will have as you apply sound moral assessments in the efficacy of your mind dealing with the subject.
  4. What comes to my mind is that "suffering, as such, is not a value; only man's fight against suffering, is." There are people engaged in the fight against the suffering you are expressing. What are you contributing to the effort?
  5. The Psychology of Atlas Shrugged Characters Thus far, Andrew Bernstein, Ellen Kenner and Shoshana Milgram Knapp provide insights into the characters of Atlas Shrugged providing references to passages from the novel and assessments based from the professional lives of instructors and psychologists. A compliment to The Psychology of The Fountainhead Characters.
  6. I appreciate the sentiment but letting others manage themselves means my rights being severely restricted. That is the current state of affairs. How do you propose to alter human nature? Are you proposing that others need to be managed since self-management mysteriously leads to your rights being severely restricted, as is the current state of affairs?
  7. The Romantic Manifesto came into focus during a preliminary read of Paul Graham's lengthy presentation. Here are the two paragraphs that stood out. While I was a student at the Accademia I started painting still lives in my bedroom at night. These paintings were tiny, because the room was, and because I painted them on leftover scraps of canvas, which was all I could afford at the time. Painting still lives is different from painting people, because the subject, as its name suggests, can't move. People can't sit for more than about 15 minutes at a time, and when they do they don't si
  8. You start with yourself and let others manage themselves. It would not be an Objectivist case. It would only be an objective case were I so inclined. Consider, too, the role compulsory education contributes as an obstacle going forward. If you're still intent on changing the world (or even just standing up for America) consider the advice provided in the hidden comment by William McRaven:
  9. I don't tackle mass immigration or open borders. I can advocate for or against them. When it comes to Objectivism, as a philosophy, it is a philosophy for individuals to live by. Fixing the politics is merely a fortunate side-effect that will come from successful implementation of the moral aspects outlined and advocated in your own life. As a living example of being able to successfully deal with the world, identify essential issues from inessential ones, surrounding yourself with what you value leaving no space for what is not a value to you. In short, it is a philosophy that has b
  10. From the paper: As Henry W. Johnstone, Jr., puts it,our duty to openness coexists with a duty to resoluteness—“a duty to myself not to capitulate willy-nilly to the rhetorical demands of others” To treat all subjects as endlessly open makes such a capitulation capricious. Once a matter is decided by the final arbiter, as is referenced two pages later in the article, what is the purpose of further rhetoric?
  11. The 65-Year-Old Helping to Un-Deplatform Parler Jeffrey Wernick is not your typical tech investor. When Wernick came to Parler late in 2019, he understood that his involvement would be more than financial. Matze, he said, “was looking not just for money but for mentorship.” Parler was getting little traction, and one of Wernick’s first suggestions was to not renew the contracts of the influencers the site was paying to attract users, except for one: Dan Bongino, the Secret Service agent turned lib-owning podcaster. Parler had its best download days when Bongino read its ads on his show.
  12. On a slight tangent: Idiot of the Week: Quaker Oats "What’s next, that Coca-Cola might change its name because it is cocaine-based and could be accused of drug abuse? That Lacoste might be associated with animal cruelty because crocodile skin is used to make handbags and shoes? Or perhaps Quaker Oats itself should consider changing its name because it is related to the Quaker religious community, potentially offending other religions or atheists? "What is clear is that the dictatorship of political correctness, promoted and used by the left to silence its critics, only succeeds
  13. Alas, the world stage draws back the curtains to rebrand a player whose true identity is to be grist into its new identity: The Pearl Milling Company. I suppose if a pearl necklace is to be formed, milling holes in them is a prerequisite to stringing them along. In this case, the pearls ought be judged by the company they keep. Meanwhile, I'll stick with adding grade a eggs and milk before whipping things up for a few stirring moments while the griddle heats up for the occasion.
  14. Shall laws be passed to micromanage other aspects of societies health? Such as: Which vitamins should be taken? Which foods shall be eaten? How much exercise should one get? What types of exercise should one engage in? While in Nashville, Tn, I visited a Steinway Piano store, and the proprietor offered a mask to be worn after requesting admittance to the facility. Jobs and education do not grow on trees. When mandates, such a mandatory health insurance, or executive orders to wear masks in public facilities, who is to provide them and at who's expense? Wayne County's prosecuting att
  15. There are legitimate laws on the books regarding both scenarios, here in America and most other countries in the world as well.
  16. What about them? Demanding such an environment(s) does not bring it(them) about.
  17. I am responsible for my own reasonable safety, @Easy Truth
  18. @Doug Morris Before you can claim the right to demand that another take reasonable precaution to avoid spreading a disease, there is the onus to demonstrate the individual you want to take the precautions has the disease in question.
  19. Florida Supermarket Sparks Outrage Over Customers and Employees Openly Rejecting Mask-Wearing Rules Note the outrage is by outsiders exerting the peer pressure to conform with the rest of the world, or at least the NBC viewing audience. Was his concern for his own health and well being so great that he immediately walked out, or is he so committed to public safety that he stayed and shot some footage so other concerned shoppers could avoid this particular venue?
  20. About 1/2 way into Part 2, Chapter 1, The Man Who Belonged On Earth It is from a paragraph on an elaboration by Dr. Stadler to Miss Taggert on "the hallmark of a second-rater".
  21. The Psychology of The Fountainhead Characters Psychology is not one of my strong suites. It is conversations like the several here linked to that provide insights into this novel that otherwise would have alluded me. The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are two distinct works of art. These assessments are primarily of The Fountainhead, and also provide a parallel between Ayn Rand and Dominique, as Ayn on a bad day. Another comparison is parallelled between Catherine Halsey and Cherryl Brooks as well as the young man on the bike and Richard Halley These are produced by the Ayn Ran
  22. Spoiler alert: Charles Murray was the signal engineer from the Chicago terminal requested by Dagny to repair the interlocker. Touché @Harrison Danneskjold An 'ilka and a Pow appear to reference back to Robert Burns, the source of the quote heading Charles Murray's peom in the O.P.
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