Radicals for Happiness is my external blog devoted to sharing things of joy, movie and book reviews, links to music and other positive matters. The last five posts have included entries on Rita Hayworth and the movie Gilda, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy, 25 Articles by Christopher Hitchens and a Link to a three hour interview with the fiercely pro-Western writer Ralph Peters. You are invited to view Radicals for Happiness and leave a comment there, or make suggestio
I reported on Canadian Court of Appeal finding Trusocott not guilty of the murder of Lynn Harper.
A former judge was given the task of recommending compensation. He has recommend that Truscott be paid $6.5 million.
This is one of the largest amounts recommended in Canada
Today is Nick Dyke's birthday with several people suggesting a really long life.
There is an episode of the Twilight Zone where Kevin McCarthy plays a man who has already lived more than a century. It was not easy for him since he had to keep reinventing himself. He keeps seeing people he loves die. The same thing was true in the movie "The Green Mile". People keep dying.
In the last couple of weeks the home of the mayor of a small Prince George's County was raided by a swat team because the home had received a delivery of marijuana.
The mayor and his family were subjected to all the thing that happen in these actions including the killing of his two dogs.
If you read Radley Balko's blog The Agitator he has a host of stories of this sort.
The people who were raided were held for over an hour withe their dead dogs very close to them.
There are inves
Here is an article from -Wired- indicating a synergy between the aspie world and the world of computer software.
I have seen estimates that hypothesize that as many as 20 percent of the males in the computer software business are either aspies or auties.
I was a child in thd late 30's and 40's. In those days neurological dysfunctions were not understood particularly well and there was a general intolerance to and for people who were "peculiar" and "touched in the head". Prior to 1950 there were no psychotgropic drugs to manage various neurological dysfunctions such as bi-polar disorder, schizhophrenia, severe depression (melancholia).
Aspberger's was not even identified until 1944 by Doc Aspberger in Austria and did not enter mainstream clas
A clue to one's nature can be inferred from his favorite characters and heroes.
My favorite fictional characters:
Andrew Martin, the android in -Bicentennial Man-, played by Robbin Williams.
Sarek and Spock, the son of Sarek. I dig Sarek. He married an earth woman and was happy to do so. I relate to that. I too married an earth woman.
Data, the android in ST:TNG. His naivete reminds me a great deal of my childhood before I learned to pass for human.
In -Atlas Shrugged- my faves were
I will make the first posting to my blog.
1. I always wanted a blog. Now I have one. Thank you, MSK.
2. Here is place for mindless people like me. I have Aspberger's syndrome, a neural variant found in about 20 percent of the U.S. population. Our intellectual machinery does not work quite the same way as for Neuro-Typicals (you guys).
3. People like me tend to trades and professions that are rule-based and are rewarding to the literal minded. There are a lot of Aspies in the computer and so
William Peterson plays Gil Grissom on CSI. He is leaving the show early next season.
Grissom is all about the evidence. He seemed passionless although in the last season he had a relationship with Sara Sidell. Someone will succeed him but no one will replace him.
On Line Polls are not totally reliable except to the people who take it.
Even so I am going to share one from Instapundit. Glen Reynolds asked which is the bigger problem Global Warming or People who think humanity is the blight on the planet. People who think humanity is the blight won 98 to 2.
Hector Elizando is now playing Monk's psychiatrist. My first memory of him is as the wonderful desk clerk in "Pretty Woman". He is wonderful professional and gentleman with the Julia Robert's character in that movie. He does a wonderful performance in Monk too.
August 3rd would be John Scope's 108th birthday.
John Scopes was the defendant in what has come to be called the "monkey trial " that has been depicted in the play and movie "Inherit the Wind". There are several inaccuracies in the play and screenplay about the trial. The Scopes character is depicted as being held in jail before and during the trial. The Darrow character is depicted as fighting alone when he had several distinguished co-counsel. The Bryan character was not as much of buff
Saturday July 26th is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the FBI.
I enforces hundreds of Federal laws. It has offices all over the United States and foreign countries. If you watch the Cato Forum yesterday (July 23) it has broken the law in a host of cases. It led to the death of a pregnant women at Ruby Ridge and killed a host of people in the siege of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco.
As a American and lover of freedom I don't think I'll be celebrating.
Robert Bradley spoke at the 50th Atlas event. He spoke twice at the Summer Seminar.
His topics were Energy: The Master Resource and Ayn Rand, Enron and the Reconstruction of 'Business Ethics'.
In Energy I learned that fossil fuels are indispensable.
In the Enron talk the refusal of a host of people to look at Enron bottom line should make anyone suspicious of these institutes. I am thinking of Fortune magazine. Bradley was also asked to leave Ken Lay's funeral. Also be very suspicious
Susan McCloskey is the wife of David Kelley. She taught English Lit. at Princeton before starting a firm that teachs businessmen how to write.
Her lecture were about Ellsworth Tooney, James Taggart and Lillian Reardan.
On Tooney she made the point that Tooney is a character who you enjoy when he is on the scene. He is interesting in a way that Taggart is not. Ms McCloskey made the point that from Taggart's first appearance he repels the reader. Tooney is fun to watch.
Phil Coats asked me to name a high point of the Summer Seminar.
Bill Kline as he was last year.
His three talks on Environmental Ethics were the best at the conference. Bill has a mind that skewers collectivist jargon. I hope TAS keeps bringing him back.
On Monday, July 7, 2008 I had the unique honor of attending Ringo's birthday happening at the Hard Rock hotel in Chicago. I wiggled myself in next to the CNN camera and got some great pictures. I have posted them up on www.myspace.com/katdaddy9
Looking forward to seeing Ringo and the band again on Sunday!
Peace & Love
The Objectivist History Project is a brain child of Duncan Scott.
Duncan Scott is trying to interview people who knew Ayn Rand while they are still with us. Many are already gone and all are in advanced ages.
Duncan Scott has interviewed the Brandens, Robert Hessen, John Hospers and others. His latest interview was with Al Ramrus who was the producer of The Mike Wallace Interview wit h Ayn Rand. Mr. Ramrus is in his 70ths but his mind is clear. It was a fun interview.