Around 1997 after several individuals had been freed from prison as a result of DNA Truscott contacted AIDWYC one of the other most successful of these groups about having such testing. After going back and looking through for such samples the report was there was no such material
Aidwyc was not disheartening but not discouraged. Trusccott's wife Marlene and others had been gathering material and TV news program thought there might be a story in the case. The show began interviewing indiv
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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]
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