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Quick comments about Dia's death observation

William and Harry should be happy they look more like her that their father. Church music can be very moving and inspiring I glad Elton John didn't sing at this service. I hope that Objectivists can make the point that production is vastly more important that distribution. I hope that some producers can be as honoured.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

How I got interested in the Truscott Case Part 1

A couple of people have asked why and how I became interested in this case. Shortly after Truscott had been sentenced to death I read a small item in Newsweek about the case. The item simply noted that agiatation about the death penalty might lead to its abolition in Canada. I forgot till one day in 1966 walking home from work in New York City I entered a small bookstore. This small bookstore had a newsletter about interesting forthcoming books. There was an item about a book called The

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Senator Craig

A few quick thoughts. How does everyone feel about policeman sitting in bathroom stalls to prevent inappropriate sexual contact? Do any of you feel safer? Senator Craig in his wide stance explanation and his pleading guilty hurt his case. I think the Senator should resign. One of the stories in the Idaho Statesman says that Sen Craig had sex in a bathroom at Union Station. The bathrooms have a lot of use and are very busy. Not for sex. Bathrooms have to somewhat deserted.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Further Truscott News

Yesterday the Crown accepted the decision and will not appeal. This means the case is over. I have yet to start looking at decision so it will be a little longer for my longer comments. But I have been interested over forty years so I think I can take a little more time.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The End of the Truscott Case

Tomorrow August 28 after almost fifty years Crown vs Steven Truscott will finally have a resolution. Steven Truscott was arrested, charged and convicted of the murder of a class mate in 1959. He was sentenced. That sentence was commuted. But his conviction was later affirmed by Canadian Supreme Court. Truscott came to his unlucky state of affairs because he gave a ride to this school mate. A younger girl in his classes she was in his home room. The Crown pathologist said the t

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Monk: An Annoying Detective Show

Monk is a very popular show on cable. I find the show very annoying. I like detective shows. I don't like Monk. I am willing to put up with many things with my detectives. They can violate rights. They can torture. They can kill people like Mike Hammer did. I don't want them to be neurotic. Monk is neurotic. He has a hand washing and cleaning fetish which in an earlier time would not have him on a police force but in some quite place where he would be kept away from sharp objec

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Another Favorite Blog

The Agitator whose principal writer is Radley Balko is another very fine blog I look at every day. Balko used to work for Cato Institute but now is editor for Reason's blog Hit & Run. His work for Cato concerned police abuses and the increasing militarization's of local police forces. He has also written on the abuse of the Bill of Rights by many government agencies. The address is www.theagitator.com and I hope readers will look at this blog.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Robin Hood

As I mentioned earlier yesterday Sunday, August 19th was Errol Flynn day on TCM. One of the movies was Robin Hood. Robin Hood has been done in various versions but this is the best. As the readers of this forum know Ayn Rand did not approve of Robin Hood. Her reason are good but this is still a great movie. The acting by Flynn, Dehavilland, Rains and Rathbone is first rate. Flynn looks great. Rathbone is the proper villian. The script is well done. The photography is excelle

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Yesterday August 19th was Erroll Flynn day on TCM. That meant is was also Korngold day.. Who was Korngold. Korngold wrote the music for the swashbucklers Flynn made so many of. Korngold wrote for other Warner Brother movies. He was one of the three or four great Hollywood composers during the 30ths and 40ths. Korngold wrote more series music for the concert hall but I suspect his Hollywod music will be what is remembered. I don't know if any of the music can still be bought bu

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Off to London

We're taking off to London and Liverpool for a rockin' good time. Inky's coming too. It's our first time out of the USA and I'm so excited! Cheerio!! Kat

Kat

Kat

 

A Silly Idea

Some of the left wing bloggers have come with the idea of having a labor union for bloggers. Here are some of the reason why this is a silly idea. I don't know about other bloggers but I work for me and my readers. I am the owner. I determine the content. Unions are made up of employees. People who work for the person who hired them and provided the job. One of the items these bloggers want is health care. They have been told that there is right to health care. Now these left w

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Jury Duty

I was picked for jury duty yesterday. Lucky me. Lucky me. I'm a juror all week. Yippee Skippy! Kat

Kat

Kat

 

Another Favorite Blog

Durham in Wonderland is written by K C Johnson. The blog is about the Duke Hoax. Professor Johnson has written since April of 2006 about the Hoax. The blog has been about the case and the reactions to it. As a professor Dr. Johnson has had a great deal to say about the Duke faculty and President. Much of his focus has been on the 88 professors who signed an ad the appeared in the college newspaper now known as the "Gang of 88. Dr. Johnson has ably followed the criminal case as

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Summer Seminar Day 6

The last day. We begin with the David Kelley lecture on the Objectivist Ethics. This is good material that I want to listen to again. Ed Hudgins talks about The Anatomy of Belief. People believe many wrong and bad ideas. Why is this the case. Exposing wrong ideas requires patience. Stephen Hicks second lecture is full of great reports. In the US under a partially free art is flourishing. Dr Hicks pointed that poetry books are selling very well in the United States. Chris B

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Books on Intellectual History

I've recently started reading some books in the Oneworld Thinkers series. These are introductory works on important thinkers. I've read Ed Feser on Locke and Harold Noonan on Hume. The length is about 200 pages each, so they are a bit more detailed than Oxford Past Masters (now part of the "Concise Introduction" series) or Wadsworth's series, but still manageable. I would be interested in knowing what books or series that others have found useful in studying intellectual history.

Neil Parille

Neil Parille

 

A Blog I Enjoy

Tom Stone has a blog called Philospher Stone that I very greatly enjoy. He has two humour entries which are very funny. One is a list of children's books that don't make it One is how to have fun with scissors. He posts about philosphy, sports and baseball in addition to humour. Check it out.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Summer Seminar Day 5

Day Five started with David Kelley continuing his lectures on the Objectivist Ethics Advanced. This is very advance material so I will talk about the next lecture. Fred Seddon gave a great lecture about David Kelley "The Art of Reasoning". Fred is very good lecturer and always fun to listen to. Now one of my favorite lectures and lecturers. The lecturer is Stephan Hicks and the lecture was "The Fate of Art under Capitalism. Most artist think that capitalism and capitalist hat e art

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

One-eyed Ogress of the Slagathon

A cunning lead in to what is actually quite old, my first online clang! on Objectivish subjects, in which I compare Atlas Shrugged to Battlefield Earth [from freedomofmind, at yahoogroups, post number 23918, posted Wed Jun 8, 2005 -- I think I may have killed the thread. Note that Monica Pignotti is known as an apostate of two totalistic systems, The Callahan Technique and Scientology, and is a recent convert to a healthy, normal skepticism, though still touchy it seems on the subject of Rand]

william.scherk

william.scherk

 

While I was mourning Tammy Faye, Albert Ellis died

I noted, rather stupidly it turns out, in a thread called Shyness at Objectivism Online, that "evidence-based" psycholtherapy, such as CBT, DBT etc, was a testament to some of Rand's prescience (i.e., her insistence that the emotive-rational hinge was key to mental strength and moral compass). In the back of my mind (on the old grey chesterfield with the aging fellow who does my research, watching Trailer Park Boys and eating Cheetos) was the voice saying, "Who was that guy that kinda agreed w

william.scherk

william.scherk

 

Objectivists Don't believe in Democracy

With a comment Jeff Kremer about stakeholder theory. Stakeholder theory is based on democracy. Objectivists don't believe in democracy. The United States is not a democracy. The United States is a constitutional republic. Democracy is unlimited majority rule. If you get half the voters to support an idea that idea can be carried out To put the idea in its starkest forum if 50% + 1 had expected Hitlers idea of killing the Jews it would have alright. In the United States you still need

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb