Michael Stuart Kelly

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    Initial Understanding of Islam on Fundamental Intellectual Issues Thoughts on the 12 Steps and Self-Forgiveness Why the Tolerance and Support? Atlantis in the Wilderness A Hunting Story Moral Perfection Like a Lamb to the Slaughter Letter to Madalena ... An Homage to the Value of Valuing Going Home... A Few Thoughts on Family Values Where Principles and Rights Break Down The Stigma of Addiction Book Review on an Addiction Fraud - A Million Little Pieces Charmed on a Raw Night The Nature of Private Written Correspondence – The Sciabarra Smear Online Objectivist Mediocrity The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth - Part 2 - Moral Ambivalence The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth - Part 3 - Brotherhood of Hate The Ayn Rand Love/Hate Myth - Part 4 - Rand's True Value The Virtue of Silliness (w/Kat)
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  1. Donald Trump

    Maybe not. John McCain is a legend in his own time. He's a MAVERICK. He makes HISTORY. He bucks his side for the GREATER GOOD. That's the story he tells himself and, from the looks of things, this issue is the MAVERICK's LAST STAND to prove it to himself. This is the BIG ONE in his mind. People will cuss him today and HISTORY will hold him up as right. The LEGEND goes down shooting as he cries out, "We can do better!" So he tells himself. Honestly, with all my study of persuasion, I don't know how to cut through a core story like that in a man so close to the end. Besides, for a person thirsting for public attention, McCain doesn't have many bullets left in his pistol. Time is running out in his clock. Hopefully, Roy Moore will be elected in Alabama over the Strange Swamp Creature (even though President Trump did come out supporting Strange in a trick play) and this will send shock waves throughout the Senate, both Dem and RINO. Then, it's a good bet we will get the Obamacare repeal, or we will get it with the new MAGA House and Senate in 2018. Michael
  2. Donald Trump

    I predict President Trump signs an Obamacare repeal pretty soon. I keep hearing too many progressives suddenly bitch in a tone that is far, far different than the first round. Even former President Obama says this is "aggravating." They know they have been outmaneuvered, or at least they are sounding like it. Let's see what happens, but that is my prediction based solely on progressive canaries... Hell, they tried to shut down all the coal mines anyway... Michael
  3. how $400 and a car saved my life

    Brant, Really? You think getting money from Americans is different than getting money from Brazilians? Heh... Michael
  4. Donald Trump

    Mike, I love Lou Dobbs. That particular video made me think of Alex Jones of all things. Alex was recently talking to Roger Stone (about the Manafort wiretapping, the mainstream media with egg on its face, and other issues). Suddenly, Alex said things are getting weird. He produced a current CNN report that fluoride in drinking water causes brain damage (see here for the CNN report). Alex has been ridiculed to the skies for this kind of issue that he investigates, reports on and rants about. Now CNN is doing it. That's not the only fringe-like report, either, that is going mainstream. (I would have to look it up to get the other issues.) The point is that suddenly CNN is becoming more fringe-friendly and Alex is suspicious. One interpretation is that CNN is becoming unglued. Michael
  5. how $400 and a car saved my life

    Bob, If you want to see what kind of human comes with that kind of money, don't pay your bill. The human will appear. At such time, you might notice all the covert enticements that came with that kind of money. The tempter was not a piece of plastic or a computer, but a human. (Another name for tempter down the ages has been Satan. ) If you like manipulative assholes, use their money. They will manipulate you to use it and keep using it until you break, but once you don't (or can't) play according to their rules, you meet the asshole side. There's always a human with money... You don't get to choose that. You only get to choose what kind of human comes into your life with the money you take and hand out. Michael
  6. how $400 and a car saved my life

    AH, Here's a money thought for you, one I came to on my own. It's only tangential to suicide-related despair, but it's a way out the depressed person can think about instead of just his problem, and possibly gain a glimmer of solace. Every single penny in your pocket on up to every large sum you possess arrived there through the hand of another person. All money, all of it in your life, comes from some human being other than you. What this means is that each sum of money represents a human relationship, however close or distant. There's family relationship money. There's money from people in your community, people you work for or buy from. There's money from the dark side, too. It's not just money, it's people who come into your life. Even when you get money from a machine or online, those places always have a human being at the other end and, although distant, you get a relationship with them--a relationship with enough trust to transact with them (or anger and distrust because you were not happy with what they provided). If you want happiness with money, take care to make all your money relationships with people who make you happy, people you can love or, at least, admire. If you get money from lousy places or lousy activities, you generally get the lousy people it comes with. They come waltzing right into your life. And they can make you depressed as all hell. The best way to avoid them is to not take their money. This goes for handing out money, too, whether buying, loaning to someone, giving, etc. If you hand out money to lousy people, you will get them in your life. If you hand out money to wonderful people, you generally get those in your life. If you hand out money without thinking about it, you get pot luck in people. That can be horrible at times. There are only about 7.5 billion people on the planet, so it's a pretty good bet you can find lots of wonderful people from whom you can get money and to whom you can hand out money. Wonderful people bring good vibes in your life. Often, they make you want to be wonderful, too. This is not a suicide cure (or it might be in some cases), but I bet this angle resonates with a lot of people and sparks a moment of hope in some. It certainly resonated with me when I came up with it. And it has changed the lives of several people I know (including me ). Michael
  7. Donald Trump

    Trump quote from that speech. Michael
  8. Donald Trump

    I am watching President Trump's UN speech. Un-frigging believable. He said the US will destroy North Korean government if they do not do-nuclearize. And he called Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man on a suicide mission"--right there in the speech. He called the Iran nuclear deal the biggest embarrassment in US history. He called Assad of Syria evil. Other stuff against terrorists. He is naming names, too. I will provide a video as soon as it is available. This speech will go down in history as one of the greatest a US President has ever made to the UN. Michael
  9. Online Literature by Robert Bidinotto

    Anoop Verma alerted me to all the broken links in the opening post. Whew! Almost all of them were broken due to The Atlas Society changing over from The Objectivist Center. When TAS made the new site, they apparently botched the task of keeping their old links valid by redirecting them (or, worse, disregarded the task and left their readers and supporters in the lurch). Oddly enough, many of the headlines of Robert's articles had changed over the years. I don't know if he did that or they did--or why, but this made some of the articles very hard to find. Fortunately, I found them all and even found his old Journalspace blog on the Wayback Machine. He may not be able to recover everything, but he will be able to recover a lot over there. Many thanks, Mr. Verma! Michael
  10. Trump humor

    Gotta luv The Donald. Look what he just retweeted. LOL... Michael
  11. Donald Trump

    Here is the full interview--before being cut for broadcast. It's almost like a completely different interview. What was aired was mainstream media-oriented that dealt mostly with current media narratives and shock value. The complete interview was far more idea-oriented. It's actually instructive to compare the complete version to the broadcast version. You see clearly how much the media can change the thrust and direction of a message with editing. They cut substance on purpose and replace it with pure hype. This goes beyond ratings because, using their editing techniques, they could easily make the substance exciting if they wanted to. They don't want to. If anyone wants to understand President Trump's thinking better, this interview will give them some great information. Also, there are some surprising things in this interview, for instance, how much Bannon and Kushner like each other, or how high Rudy Giuliani is held in esteem by both Bannon and the president despite not joining the cabinet, etc. It's long but worth it. It's so refreshing to see the actual ideas behind what has gone on instead of swatting phony mainstream media talking points all the time. Michael
  12. News from The Atlas Society

    It's wistful to see the old guard going... Michael
  13. Color Correction for Propaganda

    Color Correction for Propaganda This video is amazing in showing how the mainstream media (in this case, CBS) uses color correction for persuasion--for propaganda purposes. The event is the Charlie Rose interview of Steve Bannon, the first TV interview he has given since leaving the White House as President Trump's advisor. Through color correction, they tried to make Charlie Rose look reasonable and Steve Bannon look evil. It took a professional photographer--Peter Duke--to notice and explain it. (shaking head and laughing) They just won't stop. Michael
  14. Donald Trump

    I just saw the Steve Bannon and Charlie Rose interview on 60 Minutes. It looks like nothing changed when he left the government employment except now he gets to target President Trump's enemies in the press. He certainly didn't need the money. Bannon claims his relationship with President Trump has not changed and, from what I have read about it, he's right. They talk by phone a lot. btw - He gave a big shout-out to General Kelly and said he's doing a great job. My favorite quote was about Hillary Clinton. Bannon said "She's not very bright." Here are some Breitbart links (with videos at Breitbart). I'll post the video of the full interview as soon as it is available for embedding. Bannon: I’ve Fought for Racial Unity All My Life; Don’t Need Lectures from ‘Limousine Liberals’ Bannon Praises Trump’s Twitter Use: POTUS ‘Disintermediates Media,’ Speaks Directly to Voters Steve Bannon Slams Hillary Clinton’s Leadership Style on 60 Minutes: ‘She’s Not Very Bright’ Bannon on 60 Minutes: I Hold Bush Admin ‘Geniuses’ in ‘Complete Contempt’ Michael
  15. Trump humor

    Have you have ever wondered where a certain facial expression by snowflake millennials came from? I'm talking about a turn-off-brain-and-return-to-grade-school expression of disdain. The words are harsh like Nazi, white supremacist, racist, misogynist, and so on, but the expression is like when a little girl tells her mother that everybody knows you don't eat chocolate ice cream with Corn Flakes. I think I know where they got it. Here is Hillary Clinton on President Trump's inaugural speech: Michael