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  1. How timely. I just watched watch Snowden again last week. Extemporaneously, law (I got the impression as a general reference) was critiqued as being "not perfect". In this arena, laws should be good laws, or they are not good and should be amended or repealed. Even in the sciences, as an example read in another thread, water boils at 212°F, except when it doesn't. It's not a bad law. The law just needed to be amended to include the consideration of atmospheric pressure. As to a pardon, I think it would 9help circumvent bad law(s), indeed.
  2. An app available for 'smartphones' has metrics of less than six feet in conjunction with a time-span of over 15 minutes, an interesting juxtaposition to superpose with an encounter generated by mere walk in a park, sans a face diaper.
  3. Parachute use causes mass panic I suppose the individuals who leaped from the building top forced the guests to watch, (but not to leap themselves). To a conclusion, that is . . . The two men are still at large. As an aside, when I was in Nashville last summer, masks were mandatory per the county. Other communities left it to local businesses to set guest policies. I don't know if the establishment had posted the ledge as a no-leap zone.
  4. Are there even enough "petri-dish scenarios" to objectively and unequivocally establish a difference in outcomes between the control groups 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., without cherry-picking? SARS and MERS managed to contain earlier outbreaks of a comparatively similar viral variant. Now reports are of a new more virulent strain having recently jumped the pond from Europe to the Americas. Such adds yet another permutation to the evaluative processes.
  5. Defiant Michigan UP cafe owner told to shut down after serving indoor diners Since November, bars and restaurants in Michigan have been limited to carry-out service or outdoor dining in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Who is mandating the limitation (and by what means)? Who's rights are being violated? Is it the people who chose not to frequent this establishment for CoViD-19 concerns? Is it the owner and voluntary workers at a restaurant violating a mandate to only fulfill carry out orders? A patient checks into a hospital and the diagnosis turns out to
  6. Is the activity of a bureaucracy allowed to act in a manner that purposely or accidentally harms others?
  7. Is the bureaucracy that cites "the public good" while clamping down on the freedom of rational actors to act accordingly exempt from "the freedom to harm others", be it on purpose or accidental? The metaphysical aspects of a virus are not man-made. Governments and the choice of what purpose governments are instituted for are, indeed, man-made.
  8. The risk of complications increase for those over 65 years of age CoViD-19. Some in that age group support the sacrifices advocated, others in that age group do not. Those supporting the sacrifices advocated are morally culpable. Thee, thou, thy, thine and ye have been dropped in favor of the more equivocal 'you' and 'your' which tend to straddle the singular/plural fence. It appears that whYNOT, and others, may not be as sensitized to that distinction.
  9. Doug Morris: Nicely put response. Your clarifications bring into better focus a blurring on my part of social pressure/metaphysics and altruism. Objectivism provides proof for a moral high ground. Clarifying the issues involved is not only to be right about the issues, it is to be clear on what the issues are. As to protecting one's self from the coronavirus, if I do not contract it, then I can not spread it. Whenever I turn on the radio, or go to a news website I more often find myself thinking of the passage from Galt's speech about defining one's character when treating men like i
  10. The focus is still that the concern is placed on the CoViD-19 virus and what it is reported to be doing to others. The fuel, you say, is provided by people, . . . i.e., by others . . . not taking the CoViD-19 viral aspect seriously. Altruism is Other-ism. Even in the response to the altruistic element, the claim is that it is by people . . . i.e., others . . . not knowing how to react to the altruistic element in the response. I read, recently, that the media may not be able to tell people what to think, yet have a great deal of influence on what people think about.
  11. From early on, there were some comparisons to SARS and MERS. Two days after the genome sequence of the virus was released, a vaccine was postulated. The pandemic underlying the pandemic, i.e., the altruistic pandemic fueling the CoViD-19 pandemic, already has an alternative morality available. Truly, a most rational gift offered to mankind. Merry Christmas!
  12. He last visited on October 4, available via his profile page. There is not a mechanism in place for what you ask, @Boydstun.
  13. Faceless. As in one's mouth and nose obscured by a mask (as has been typically been observed.) The opportunity to express one's self to others still transcends this protocol. At this stage, our eyes and ears are not obscured. My daughter and her husband expressed the fact that they had likely contracted CoViD-19. The symptoms, thus far, have been relatively mild. She, being in the nursing field, indicated that her two boys were to develop their immunity to CoViD-19 over the Christmas holiday—should they contract it— changing the usual course of the last 15 years of our historical tra
  14. "You have heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis. You have said it yourself, half in fear, half in hope that the words had no meaning. You have cried that man's sins are destroying the world and you have cursed human nature for its unwillingness to practice the virtues you demanded. Since virtue, to you, consists of sacrifice, you have demanded more sacrifices at every successive disaster. In the name of a return to morality, you have sacrificed all those evils which you held as the cause of your plight. You have sacrificed justice to mercy. You have sacrificed independence to unity
  15. Atlas Shrugged opens with the question "Who is John Galt?" and reiterates the question and proposes various answers to the question with the book ultimately leading to John Galt publicly addressing the question in the chapter, "This Is John Galt Speaking." John Galt essentially owns up to being the cause behind the national crisis as he sets forth to contrast it using his world view as the source of his motivation.
  16. "For twelve years, you have been asking: Who is John Galt? This is John Galt speaking. I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values. I am the man who has deprived you of victims and thus has destroyed your world, and if you wish to know why you are perishing—you who dread knowledge—I am the man who will now tell you .... (Which portion(s) of Atlas Shrugged best illustrate this paragraph from Galt's Speech?)(Referenced source.)
  17. BLM was not the Bureau of Land Management as referenced recently. TDS is apparently an acronym for Trump Derangement Syndrome. And when my doctor provided me with a personal copy of Rule By Secrecy by Jim Marrs to read, the potential of the Queuelosophy factor involved had risen exponentially, given the pandemic landscape of the times. The fight for what is right need not operate from the shadows of the clandestine. The "need" to cloak what is right only caters to the notion that human nature is geared toward what is wrong and, therefore, must be fooled. Such a notion reveals th
  18. So the "what" that is being discussed (i.e., an abstraction) does not exist? An abstraction has no identity?
  19. Mr Thompson was introduced in Atlas Shrugged in Part Two/Chapter VI, appropriately at an unofficial conference on the national crisis. In Part Three/Chapter VII, the advertisement of Mr. Thompson report on the world crisis set the stage for John Galt's report on the world crisis in it's stead.
  20. The O.P.'er does not generally reply directly to the posts generated by his articles being re-blogged here, vis-a-vis my experience. @whYNOT expounds on the the distinction brought forth in the O.P. of Disney's choice to ask guest to wear masks at the theme park as touched upon by Ben Bayer while contrasting what might have been it's likely acceptance except for the ethics of altruism clouding the issue. Details folks. Attending a "fireside chat" by the ARI today, I found myself thinking of the posts here that have critiqued the ARI for not creating content consistent with unfun
  21. Michigan Lays Out a Detailed List of 'Entitlement'

    Rearden to the man for the State Institute to go into the mill and take as much of the metal as he wanted. 

    When the process is blanketed by tiers of bureaucracy, the result is more insidious.

    Meanwhile, the headline writers for the papers and those holding the microphones and cameras continue to flood their network of radio and television, desensitized to the effects of the slow acting poison being distributed.

  22. "Ladies and gentlemen," said a voice that came from the radio receiver—a man's clear, calm, implacable voice, the kind of voice that had not been heard on the airwaves for years—"Mr. Thompson will not speak to you tonight. His time is up. I have taken it over. You were to hear a report on the world crisis. That is what you are going to hear .... (Which portion(s) of Atlas Shrugged best illustrate this paragraph from Galt's Speech?)(Referenced source.)
  23. Apparently whether it is right or wrong to wear a mask which is apparently more important than if it is right or wrong to expect others to do so via social pressure or political edict. Watching the the DC Comic movies again recently, it strikes me now the comment that there are some that just want to see the world burn, a reference to Joker's seemingly nonsensical motivations behind the dastardly deeds. Understanding evil is difficult enough that Rand provided this gem of an aide to assist: "I told them the nature of the game you were playing and the nature of that moral code of yours, wh
  24. Wearing a mask is a basic health precaution that should be done anyway, regardless of CoViD-19? (rhetorical) Near as I could tell, prior to mid-March 2020, masks were commonplace by surgeons in operating theatres, people working in areas where particles such as asbestos and other hazardous dust particles were present. Currently, many businesses here are posting that masks are expected to be worn by patrons in compliance with state/county expectations. As a patron, I comply with the request of the company managements choice to comply with the guidelines, or go elsewhere, (not that muc
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