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  1. 3 points
    The Smithsonian Promotes Pure Toxic Racism You have to see this to believe it. It's almost out of an Ayn Rand novel. At least this boneheaded spiteful chapter in The Smithsonian is getting bashed by lots and lots of people. Here's an article that gives an overview: Byron York's Daily Memo: 'Whiteness' and the National Museum of African American History and Culture The chart mentioned in the last paragraph is the cause of the storm. Before I show it, The Smithsonian's site took it down. Here is the webpage where it used to be. Whiteness Now here is the chart they took down. There is only one way to respond to trash like that. And Charlie Kirk did it, much to the surprise of Shannon Bream, who was trying to do her Trojan Horse gig of treating garbage as the equivalent of facts, but having a real hard time selling this particular pile of shit. Charlie outright called Leslie Marshall a racist in a tone of deep anger for defending it. Leslie, poor thing, is used to calling conservatives racist. She's not used to the racist label landing on her face like a pie. And it showed. I think the bullshit was too much even for Shannon. She wanted to sell sell the party line in a way that advances the Overton Window like she is paid to do, but this was too much. So she did the best she could at pretending pure toxic racism was a reasonable argument that should be examined in a "fair and balanced" way. But her heart wasn't in it. She just wanted it to be over. She allowed Leslie to bark back at Charlie, but Leslie sounded condescending and infantile and weirdly insecure. Shannon looked so relieved when it ended. Shannon should take a lesson from Charlie. The way Charlie did it is the only way to do it. Call evil evil. That Smithsonian poster could have easily been part of the text of "Why Do You Think You Think?" in Atlas Shrugged. Michael
  2. 3 points
    Wow, that one seventeen year old basement troglodyte really got under Twatter's skin. All four hundred pounds of ze.
  3. 3 points
    Frankly I think we have entertained the irrational and fear-frozen among us for way too long. It is time to take life back. No more forced face diapers and closed schools. The frightened can stay indoors indefinitely if they want, but they have no right to shut the rest of our lives down and we are not going to take it much longer.
  4. 2 points
    MSK wrote: "Brant, Damn you. Too often you manage to say in a sentence or two what it takes me paragraphs and paragraphs to say" (link). I will summarize in a few sentences what took you paragraphs and paragraphs to say. You find fault with the messenger, e.g. citing the CDC or WHO or CNN. You believe that entitles you to dismiss the entire message as propaganda, falsehoods, and garbage. That’s despite any facts or merits in the message. You even cite a fact and then concoct a slur. You don’t have enough interest to discern what is relevant and objective from what isn’t. It’s so much easier and convenient for you to trash the entire message and the messenger. At the same time, you exempt Dr. Simone Gold’s message from any of your “analysis” and slurring her.
  5. 2 points
    Bingo - only change the word "cannot" to "pretend not to" - and put "on our side" in scare quotes: "The self-proclaimed principled people 'on our side' who [pretend not to] see the Deep State for what it is are beneficiaries of the elitist ruling class." Ellen
  6. 2 points
    It means employees will get more in their paychecks. Yes, 16% is due. So if the pay to an employee is $100, then the gov't wants $16. Yes, the employer pays $8 of that and the other half is taken out of the employee's check, and then the $16 is forwarded to the gov't. (And, yes, it is fair to say that in actual fact the employees are the ones paying all $16, if we track the consequences carefully.) Trump's order says the employer will no longer have to forward $16, but only their half, $8. He is not giving employers a holiday for their half, but only the employees, for theirs. So, unless they want to go viral, the employers will stop taking the $8 from the employee's checks. Once made permanent after his re-election the overall effect will be to cut this tax in half. (It will still be true that employees really are the ones paying it, as it comes out of the higher rate of wages they would be getting in the absence of the tax.) But that doesn't change or diminish the fact that the overall effect will be to cut this tax in half.
  7. 2 points
    Trump today: "I am providing a payroll tax holiday to Americans earning less than $100,000 per year. In a few moments I will sign a directive instructing the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes from the first of August. ... "If I am victorious on November third, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax. ... "I will terminate that tax."
  8. 2 points
    Chloroquine for SARS-CoV in vitro is quite different from hydroxyhloroquine (HCQ) for SARS-CoV-2 in humans. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fauci-quote-hydroxychloroquine/
  9. 2 points
    Woo hoo! A halftime show! Kanye West Will Appear on Colorado’s Presidential Ballot Now we need to get Kanye on one of the debates. Can you imagine what would happen if Biden refused to show up for a debate, so President Trump and Kanye West debated instead? It would be a classic bash-fest on Biden with the whole world tuning in. If the debates are ultimately cancelled because Biden's people manipulate the system, I think President Trump should schedule a debate of his own with Kanye just for the hell of it. Michael
  10. 2 points
    LOL... Do not get Polly mad. Cory Doctorow is an all right science fiction writer, but he's lousy at understanding individuals. In fact, I have tried to read his science fiction and I couldn't get into it because the characters seemed so bland and/or unbelievable emotionally. Doctorow is good at technological theory from a narrow specific angle, but lousy at human nature. In fact, I doubt he would consider Polly's zinger to be magical thinking at all. But it is if you look at it from a reality standpoint. Human nature is reality and Polly knows about human nature. And she knows about good and evil. And she knows a thing or two about QAnon. All Doctorow and that idiot Ferguson he mentioned (the one who made the video) knows is they are superior lifeforms to humans who follow such conspiracy theories as Q. I saw some of that video and, as Ferguson said sarcastically in the video (with title card for emphasis), "It's always gotta be pedophiles." Well, yes... It does. When people are pedophiles. Including elitists and other superior lifeforms when they are pedophiles. Here's some more magical thinking by people like Doctorow and Ferguson: Everybody knows there is no pedophilia or blackmail going on in the ruling class. See? Say it out loud and it's magic. (btw - The video is not getting all that many views. I bet it's stunning to them that it hasn't gone viral from the moment it was uploaded.) Michael
  11. 2 points
    Some dumb leftist today said to Kayleigh McEnany during her press briefing question period that he has never heard of the government getting a percentage of private transactions. He really said that. He asked her to explain how that would work because he has never heard of such a thing and it sounds fundamentally wrong to him. How did Trump get them to open that conversation? Tik-Tok is a spy and data theft operation of the PLA (People's Liberation Army) of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). It will soon be ended as a data theft and enemy spy operation. Microsoft is buying it and will be subject to privacy law, storing data only in U.S., etc. Negotiations got pretty hard for Microsoft (the sellers want fifty thousand million dollars) so Trump pointed out publicly he can and will ban it in the U.S. as soon as he feels like doing that. Of course, that would destroy the value of the social media app before a deal and so the CCP grew more agreeable, negotiations sped right back up. Trump then says the U.S. government should get a percentage of the deal from Microsoft, for helping facilitate, . So anyway, the dumb leftist today at the briefing can't stand that the CCP's operation is being shut down and openly questions "the government receiving a percentage of private transactions."
  12. 2 points
    Bwook is a mowon. His modus operandi is a goofy variation on Rand at her worst when she was being driven by aesthetic tastes and pretending that it was purely objectively systematic philosophy that she was doling out. It's his little feelings about what he's heard other people express in their feelings about someone else's emotional reaction to their willful misinterpretation of something that they misheard that Trump said. Anyway, I hope that Bwook is living comfortably while shredding that last of what remains of Rand's coattails.
  13. 2 points
    If anyone needs some quick corroboration for Mark's article linked in the opening post, I just saw an 8 minute extract from a Yaron Brook video dated July 15. I imagine most people don't have time to watch videos that run for an hour or more just to see if something someone said is right. So they take the person at face value or reject the person at face value. Here is an easy-to-check thing from the horse's mouth that does not take much time. This is unbelievable. Brook's biggest beef and fear in the beginning is that Tucker Carlson could become a successful Republican politician in the future. At lease Brook is aware that lots of people say he (Brook) has Trump Derangement Syndrome. He openly said so. I could have a field day with each boneheaded thing out of his mouth in this video, but I prefer to note the rhetorical pattern. Think about this pattern when you watch the video. It's amazing how it just loops over and over. The Rhetorical Pattern If there is something bad in the world that has happened during President Trump's term of office, Brook claims that's an indication of Trump's true intention, or it is the inevitable outcome of Trump's philosophical, moral and/or character defects. If someone brings up something good President Trump has done, Brook uses the BUT Eraser. This is when you state something, you then say, "BUT..." and proceed as if what you said earlier got erased and no longer exists. It's a rhetorical blank-out tool. The way Brook mostly sounded using this blank-out tool went something like this: "Yeah yeah yeah, Trump did XXX. BUT... [fill in the blank with anti-Trump stuff]." That's it. That's the pattern. It's not very complex or philosophical, is it? Remember kindergarten and elementary school playground fights? Any time I feel like giving Brook the benefit of the doubt in the future, I am going to try to remember this video excerpt (and Mark's article, of course). Unless Brook owns up to how irrational he is in this video and his call to elect Biden in general, I am going to assume the brain in his skull still works like this. In the current situation the world is in, with a real threat of war with China--a situation Biden not only helped orchestrate, he made a financial killing at it--Brook's video and call to elect Biden have not aged well. And that's only after a little over two weeks. At least few people are watching this mess. There are only 1,345 views since July 15 as of this post. Michael
  14. 2 points
    I made a meme and posted it to Twitter. Here's the meme. And here's my tweet. The odd thing about it is that this is probably the only place on Twitter you can see it. The tweet itself was immediately removed from my own timeline. I noticed it glitching the moment I posted it. Oh noooooooooooo... I think my tweet was shadow banned.... But only the shadow nooooooooooos... Michael
  15. 2 points
    Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) filed a lawsuit, AAPS v. FDA, against the Food and Drug Administration to end its arbitrary interference with the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), which President Trump and other world leaders have taken as a prophylaxis against COVID-19. “It is shocking that medical workers in Brazil will have access to HCQ as a prophylaxis while Americans are blocked by the FDA from accessing the same medication for the same use,” observes AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, M.D. “There is no legal or factual basis for the FDA to limit use of HCQ,” states AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly. “The FDA’s restrictions on HCQ for Americans are completely indefensible in court.” Many foreign nations, including China, India, South Korea, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, use HCQ for early treatment and prevention of COVID-19, AAPS points out." aapsonline.org/hcqsuit/
  16. 2 points
    OMG... It took me a minute. LOLOLOLOLOLOL... Michael
  17. 2 points
    Ellen, I actually spray my masks down with alcohol after I come back home (btw - this thing is awesome if you ever need something like that). And after about 3 or 4 uses, a mask goes into the dirty laundry. I used to play trombone, so I know all about gunk buildup. As to my past drug and alcohol abuses, I'm probably more scarred than weakened by now due to years of mostly healthy living, with the exception of not getting enough exercise. (I keep promising myself, but I'm not the most reliable fulfiller of promises to myself. ) And the exception of maybe eating more crap these days than I should (fucking potato chips, chocolate covered almonds and so on ) instead of sticking to kale and similar mouth-fucking-watering delights. (I'm going to stop talking about the exceptions now. ) Obviously, I no longer drink alcohol or take drugs. I also take vitamins every 2 or 3 days, including D, a multivitamin, fish oil, A, different B's, etc. and I season foods with turmeric (including black pepper to bring out the anti-inflammatory goodness) and cumin and powdered ginger, lots of garlic and onions, and on and on and on. But thank you for the concern you exhibited. It's just words on a computer screen, but it means a lot to me. I hope you and Larry are staying safe, too. On the sensitive topic, I don't want to get into it again with Jon, but I don't think his intention is to exonerate bio-warfare creeps. In fact, I think he would like to execute them. And--like you--I fully believe this virus was produced as a weapon or human population culling agent. I don't know that (you might), but I believe it. Ah... what the hell... I avoid talking about this stuff to keep the tension down... but here goes... Jon is a warrior. He has a warrior's mind (I am going by his posts). That means when he sees an enemy, he goes all in and fuck the rest. What do warriors do? They break things and kill people. They do that because they like to do that, especially when they feel in the right. Warriors are blunt instruments. And for feeling in the right, QAnon does it for him. I'm perfectly fine with that, even when I disagree. I can't look at the mainstream and call that better. It's far worse. And, to be honest, being a blunt instrument is one of the things I like most about him. I love his default attitude toward elitist ruling class pedophiles and the rest. They deserve him. I have little doubt if you point him at the bio-warfare creeps in a way warriors respond to--in other words, prove to him (with a few examples) they are vermin that need to be exterminated, and he will be your biggest ally. I believe that. Michael
  18. 2 points
    Ellen, Ambiguity is the reason for the hint and this is used as a formal technique by Q--a hook that prompts action. The term for this is "curiosity gap" or "information gap." I first became aware of this by a hard leftie named Eli Pariser (who used to be the director of MoveOn.org). He founded a site called Upworthy and started the clickbait headline craze ("You won't believe what Kanye said to Mike Pence about Black Lives Matter" and that kind of crap.) The idea is to present a headline that promises an "hot emotion" payoff, but leaves out a critical piece of the information. In order to find out what's in the gap, you have to click on the article. A scientist named George Lowenstein came up with this gap concept in a 1994 paper called "The Psychology of Curiosity: A Review and Reinterpretation." Pariser took that information years later and figured out how to piss off everyone on the Internet with it, but also made a fortune by using it to promote leftie causes. Without the curiosity gap, QAnon would not spread in the culture as much as it does. As to Q's own insider status, based on a lot of different elements, I find it likely Q's an insider or at least friends with one. But there's a lot of mystery surrounding this, too--starting with his real name. Right? Another question, is Q one person or several? Helooooo curiosity gap. Twitter's ban (and Facbook's if it happens) doesn't stand a chance against that level of wedding messages to human nature. And that's just the curiosity gap. There are archetypes, codes, sundry cognitive biases, knowing secrets, the appeal to belong and be an insider, and a whole bunch of similar things. I think, just in terms of persuasion techniques alone, QAnon is one of the best formed public personas in our culture today. I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, Twitter just added the Streisand effect to the mix. Michael
  19. 2 points
    Trump, Flynn and others on the team have confirmed their affiliation with Q hundreds of times in hundreds of ways. It is no longer a question.
  20. 2 points
    Sooner the better, imo. Not that any place will be "safe" - but the Chicago area seems pretty guaranteed to become a war zone. Ellen
  21. 2 points
    Here in Chicago, Mayor Lightweight, after blustering nonstop that Trump better stay out of Chicago or else, backtracks. Now she's like, "Of course the Feds can come in." (She wants Fed money, that's her real motivation.) She's snarling as she backtracks, but action-wise, she's been potty-trained. And, her real name is Lightfoot, but I don't like that name. I like the one I used. Chicago Mayor Confirms White House Deploying Federal Agents to City God, how I dislike this place. Kat and I gotta get outta here. We're actually making plans... Michael
  22. 2 points
    Here's another trace. The elitists own the press... Michael
  23. 2 points
    Hello, Everyone! I started reading "Atlas Shrugged" for the first time on the weekend in August 1997 when Princess Diana of Wales was killed. I was thirty three. The book taught me many things and changed the way I look at life from then on, and I went on to read it many times since and to read all of Rand's other books. I haven't been an Objectivist in every sense of the word since then and probably never will be, though much of the philosophy never leaves me and I read the books often. I am a working person, not an academic or a rich industrialist or "professional", if that's the word to use. I cut sheet metal on a plasma burn table in a custom shop. This glorious earth is mine and I belong here, creating, thinking, dreaming, enjoying. I am a physically grounded sort, and I like it hard and dirty, down and dirty. I love fatbiking and design my bikes and drive them everywhere I go. Rain or shine, fine summer day or twenty three below zero Fahrenheit you will see me out there pedaling. We get it all here in South Dakota, and everywhere is a good place for a fatbike. It is crazy to see all of Rand's predictions come true, and it is likely many here knew they would. The older among us have watched the country unravel at the seams for a long time now. It never gets better. Rand's predictions about the Left are startlingly accurate. The difference between then and now is the fact that all of this seemed so far away once, but now we are living it, feeling it, experiencing it first hand. As a survivalist, hunter, fisherman, etc., I can appreciate Rand's predictions in ways others cannot. I knew something was dreadfully wrong in the world long before I read "Atlas Shrugged", and Rand helped to clarify all of it, to make sense of the who, what, why, when, where and how. I took the advice in Galt's Speech and took inventory of my mind and my possessions and connected with others of like mind wherever they might be found. As the infrastructure crumbles, it is time for Atlas to shrug, indeed. Where is Galt's Gulch? Let me know and I'll be on my way.
  24. 2 points
    2nd one down. Finally got his right to speedy justice.
  25. 1 point
    Amash deduces reality from principles as opposed to inducing principles from reality, then checking their extent and validity through observation and deduction. To people like him, peacetime and wartime are the same contexts. He's the guy on the sinking Titanic enforcing the chess rules of some men who were playing the game. He's not a bad man. He's just got a serious case of hardening of the categories. Michael
  26. 1 point
    HOLY SHIT!!! HE JUST DID IT!!! Watch him give a press conference saying almost what I just said (without the "no need to campaign" part) and then sign the Executive Orders right in front of everyone. He pulled the goddam trigger... Cash money is coming to the American people and it looks like this week. (I've set the video to start when he comes in.) The press just sat there stunned. Then during the Q&A, there were a few timid questions from reporters. You could almost see these poor deers looking at headlights of vehicles speeding right at them. But then someone in the press (I don't know who, yet) woke up and realized what just happened. She started out reasonable, but soon (like within a few seconds) went into a full blown panic badgering President Trump about why he won't negotiate with Congress, what happens if he gets sued, yada yada yada... even talking over President Trump as if there was still time to get to a different outcome that would favor the Dems. After this went on a bit, Trump pointed to the Executive Orders and said, "There it is, right there." She still would not shut up, even after he indicated to her several times that her time was up. Boy was she yapping... So President Trump just said thank you and walked away. If you want to see the press go DEFCON 5 apeshit and anti-Trump heads explode all over TV and social media videos, not to mention the sheer quantity of written bile that is coming, go get your popcorn and settle in. This is going to be one hell of a show. Michael
  27. 1 point
    btw - I still think it is a very good possibility that Biden dies or becomes incapacitated at some point and Hillary Clinton comes swooping in out of nowhere funded by Bloomberg. How about a Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama ticket? How's that for an October surprise? Michael
  28. 1 point
    I just watched this video by Tim Pool because of the title. I wanted to see what he thought of the ominous words from President Trump saying people might not see him for a while, that he has some rich and powerful enemies who are not happy right now. But what a pleasant surprise. Not about Trump's ominous words. Those could mean this or that. We still have to wait and see. (My favorite speculation is that the shit is going to hit the fan big-time with many powerful people and AG Barr is going to have to take the brunt of the initial heat surge, so the best thing Trump can do at the moment to let Barr get the job done (and done right) is get out of his way. I like that image. And that is the way Trump thinks re specific projects once he has a competent person he trusts working for him.) The pleasant surprise is what Tim and his peeps said about President Trump not being part of the swamp and taking on the whole world as a champion of the American people. As soon as it looks like he has pissed off so many powerful people his life is in danger, he goes after more of the elitists. And then more. And more. And he pisses off all of them in an ever-growing number. All his efforts have one theme--they are geared towards defending the American people against being exploited by the elitists, against their different exploitation rackets, including endless war for profit. And the only thing Trump has between him and destruction by the elitists is the massive solid support of the American people. Man, did they gush--even Tim, who always qualifies whenever he says good things about Trump. This time he didn't qualify. Or if he did, I missed it. Michael
  29. 1 point
    Doctorow has a way with words. If something like "Magical Thinking" exists ... 'The Apophenic's Curse"! "When people are pedophiles" and "when they are pedophiles" ... relates immediately to accusations and false accusations. How can you tell the difference between a false and a true accusation? Is Chrissy Teigen a pedophile? Every accusation is true and well-founded -- except for the accusations that are false and unfounded. Again, using a cognitive before normative framework, is Chrissy Teigen guilty of child sexual abuse? Yes or no? Magical thinking. The video cued to "it's always gotta be pedophiles." Q is a hoax and a scam.
  30. 1 point
    Thank you, Peter, for bringing Barbara back to life. She last officially visited OL on March 28, 2012, my 68th birthday. --Brant
  31. 1 point
    One more? This may have appeared on OL but not for a long time. Notice the spelling of Patrecia. I wonder what she is doing. Peter BBfromM Wed 8/23/2000 2:48 AM atlantis Here we go again! Ellen Moore wrote, "The simple fact is that I do not believe that Barbara wanted to 'humanize' Ayn Rand. I do not believe that love and admiration was, or is, her purpose. I had a meaningful but brief association with Alan and Joan Blumenthal, with Barbara's sister-in-law, with MaryAnn Sures, with Leonard Peikoff, with Edith Packer and George Reisman, as well as with many other friends of Rand over the years. None of them treat Ayn Rand's personal characteristics with the maliciousness of the Brandens. There are still many left who can "tell the tale," and they knew the Brandens too. I know how to judge the difference between objectivity and subjectivity when the facts are retold by those from all sides of a conflict. Most of the people on Atlantis naively believe only the Brandens, so I judge them as being willing dupes of malicious intent." How nice of Moore to judge most of the Atlantis members as being "willing dupes." Is it just possible that such "dupes" recognize the truth when they see it, and are no one's "willing dupes?" No, love and admiration for Ayn Rand, although I feel them, were not my purpose in writing PASSION. My purpose was to tell the truth. Ellen's "meaningful but brief association" with the people she names need to be more meaningful and less brief. She will find that, particularly but not only in the case of the Blumenthals, their understanding of Ayn Rand is perfectly consistent with mine and in fact their judgments are more harsh than mine. Why don't you find out, Ellen Moore? That's a rhetorical question; I know perfectly well why you don't find out. Moore also wrote, "Remember that Rand withdrew from him {Nathaniel Branden} personally when he wrote her a repugnant letter in July '68. . . " Do you care to say what were the contents of that "repugnant letter," Ellen? Apparently not. The letter was a tortured effort to explain, as you well know, that the age-difference of twenty-five years, now that Ayn Rand was in her 60's and he still in his 30's, had become an insuperable barrier to a sexual relationship, despite his love and admiration for her. She had wondered if that were the reason for his emotional withdrawal, and he confirmed it. Surely most women would have accepted and understood the inevitable change in their relationship. Ayn Rand did not. Ellen Moore states that Ayn Rand "repudiated" me when she learned of my past lies and deceptions. Not so. She did not repudiate me when she learned that I had been covering for Nathaniel; she accepted that and made excuses for me that I would not have made for myself. It was only when I refused to attend a kangaroo court of her choosing that she repudiated me. It's a good idea to have your facts straight, Ellen, before you hurl accusations. But then, you might not be able to hurl them, and what would be the purpose of your life if that were taken away? Ellen wrote, "And even if Rand had been hurt by the truth that he loved Patrecia, that fact could have been resolved between them by some private agreement. " You must be joking! It was precisely when Ayn Rand learned of Nathaniel's love for Patrecia that she turned on him and informed him that if he had an ounce of morality left he would be impotent for the next twenty years! Ellen wrote, "I have never understood, and I disagree with those who condemn the 'Affair.' I understand their agreement about having an affair, and I do not think that the affair destroyed their relationships." Oh, Ellen, there go the facts again! Of course the affair destroyed our relationships. How do you think Frank O'Connor felt, as only one example, when Nathaniel twice-weekly walked into the apartment Frank shared with his wife and he had to go out in order to allow them to experience love and sex? Despite Nathaniel's repeated suggestions, his pleas, Ayn Rand had refused to allow him to take an apartment--in the same building if she wished, since she was terrified of the affair being known--where they could have time together without putting Frank O'Connor through the hell Ayn Rand insisted on putting him through. Who, I wonder, has the greater allegiance to Ayn Rand and Objectivism--you, who insist on ignoring the facts and/or twist them out of all recognition, or I, who am concerned only with the facts? Although this letter is addressed to Ellen Moore, I know better than to think she is open to reason. It is intended, rather, for "the willing dupes" of Atlantis whom I respect and many of whom I admire, and who wish to separate facts from Moore's fantasies. Barbara
  32. 1 point
    I may have shared this before but Whew! Here’s the tough side of Barbara Branden. Be sure to read the last sentence. Peter Re: ATL: Re: evil ideas and moral judgments – Barbara. BBfromM Fri 5/5/2000 12:43 AM To: atlantis. Oh, Ellen Moore, there's no point in calling me the same names all over again. You wrote: Rand did say in '68, "I cannot say as much for Barbara Branden." She did indeed say it, in an article in which, terrified that truth about her affair with Nathaniel Branden might be revealed, she flailed out blindly, irrationally, and dishonestly at the two people who knew the truth. But you see, I do not agree with Ayn Rand--or with Ellen Moore--about the moral necessity of being judgmental. I am able to say that although what she did was certainly wrong, I feel and always have felt great sympathy for the agony that led her to do it. By the way, Ayn Rand also said the following, as quoted by Nathaniel Branden in "In Answer to Ayn Rand:" <On Mrs. Branden's parents' copy of Atlas Shrugged, Miss Rand wrote the following inscription: "To Reb and Johnny — the parents of a girl who has the spirit, the ambition and the talent of the best characters in this book. Affectionately, Ayn." <When Mrs. Branden was interviewing Miss Rand, in preparation for the writing of Who Is Ayn Rand? (the interviews were tape-recorded), Miss Rand made the following statement: "As far as you're concerned, career-wise, the turning point was when I saw the first few pages of that short story which you started and didn't finish. It was those pages that convinced me that you're going to be a great writer, and, as you see, I was right. . . . Up to then, I thought that you were very intelligent, and since you talked about writing intelligently, that you probably would be a good writer, but one has to see the real work. And it's those pages that made me think that this is something of enormous size."> Sorry, Ellen, but one must tell the truth, mustn't one? Ellen also wrote: <"You cannot bring yourself to take me seriously" ??? Truth is, Barbara, you always do take me seriously; I know it and you know it. > Oh dear, Ellen, you're reading my mind again, after you said <<I am not qualified to tell her the content of her mind because I cannot conceive of a mind that is so evasive about facts and moral judgments. >> Ellen wrote: <You may wish to preen and glow in the likes of Roger's and Jay's support and sanction of you. . . > I haven't been doing a lot of preening and glowing, but thanks for the suggestion. Ellen made another suggestion: <<You are free to continue to exist as you have in the past by advocating this inconsistent, subjectivist, anti-moralism position on judgments, and non-principled libertarianism, but after that you cannot claim to be an advocate of Objectivism - while betraying its author and the fundamental principles that constitute its philosophical identity.>> Ellen, do you want to know the exact value to me of your nonsense? It’s that occasionally you provide comic relief. Now I have a suggestion for you: If you want to convince people that I'm a worthless human being, you would do better to be a tad more subtle. Ranting and raving doesn't work. I will now step out of character and say what I never have said to anyone, and have not wanted to say even to Ellen Moore: Ellen, you are a hostile, presumptuous, spiritually ugly, hate-filled, intellectually pretentious woman. Barbara
  33. 1 point
    Jonathan, Another one. LOL... Michael
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    Floyd's death may have been prevented if Officer Chauvin and other officers would have checked Floyd's condition from time to time. They did nothing instead. The death was not intentional, but an obvious lack of regard for Floyd's well being was amply demonstrated by all concerned. Cops know better. They just don't care. They are backed by the courts in even the most heinous situations. And they are under no obligation whatsoever to protect anyone. They are there for one reason: to enforce the law. Officer Chauvon did just that. Hooray. Hope it was worth it, guys. But none of this would be any concern to anyone had Floyd been a White man. More than double the number of White persons have been murdered by cops than black in the last 365 days. And no one cries or riots for this outrage. No one cares. And the riots, allegedly kicked off because of what happened to Floyd, were going to happen anyway. And there's more to come. Lots more. Brace yourselves. Prepare. More violence. More riots. More deaths. Forced innoculations. Economic free fall. Mandatory lockdowns--for whatever excuse they dish out. Get out of the big cities if you can. Not a good place when the proverbial turd hits the fan. Here in South Dakota, we were the least locked down and the least affected by Covid nonsense. Go figure.
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    Here's a feel-good video from Great Britain regarding a white male supporter trying to do Antifa crap in a different manner. He got a different response, too. Somebody in the thread said this probably happened in the Ukraine. Michael EDIT: They mystery is solved:
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    U, Ayn Rand also said the individual is the smallest minority on earth. I feel so oppressed... Poor me... Actually, I've always done what I want to do irrespective of the law. And I lived in Brazil during the military dictatorship. The few times I have had trouble with the law, I learned how to find corrupt officials or find loopholes and did what I had to do. I once heard a saying I really like (I don't know who originally said it), and it goes for all countries: The government is a cad, but the law is a whore. I stay free because I keep a long way away from cads and whorehouses. And when I do go into a whorehouse, I remember another saying I learned a long time ago. Treat a lady like a whore and a whore like a lady. All in proper context, for course... (Man, am I feeling naughty. I have a feeling the OL women are not too pleased with me right now. That's what I get for overextending a metaphor... ) Michael
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    Me, too. Andrew Jackson said, correctly, "One man with courage is a majority." I love that!
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    It's amazing how the MSM audience hears what Trump said and takes it at face value. People commenting literally thought Trump was sweet talking her so she wouldn't incriminate him... I hope people saying the MSM is basically irrelevant now are correct.
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    Brant, In my way of doing it, force was definitely involved in the entire processes of Jim Jones. What a nasty piece of work that asshole was. (He even studied Hitler all the time.) Way before the Jonestown "mass suicide" (as if that were voluntary by everyone), Jones had mysterious deaths follow him around like the Clintons do. He also liked to wave a gun around in front of his followers. And other things. There were plenty of tells of force for those who looked. (btw - He was a Democrat and really red progressive. ) Jones used all his persuasion skills to aim directly at compliance, and when he did not get that from his subjects, he aimed his persuasion at acts of physical violence and sex with the unwilling. He mostly used a gigantic bait and switch form of story model. But at times he used raw intimidation with a naked threat of violence right there in front of his victims. When persuasion is used in the service of violence like this, in other words, within this context, I say force is a fundamental part of a whole and persuasion is just one component. Force is not a persuasion technique like was presented in the discussion earlier. It is reality, with the reality of the violence manifest in the future, and it is represented by a story model that leads up to, then completes a physical act of violence. This is not a story model of persuasion (and I can provide a bunch of those), but instead a story model of an act of violence. It has a beginning, middle and end. This way of abstracting goes back to Aristotle, who considered a proper story to be a whole thing--with a beginning, middle and end, and not a series of unconnected events. Aristotle's observation applies to story models. (btw - If the term story model is a bit confusing as opposed to story, I once read an excellent analogy from a book on movies and neuroscience called Flicker: Your Brain on Movies by Jeffrey Zacks that makes it clear. Think of a toy commando built out of a single piece of plastic. You can't change it. You can just put it here or there. This is an analogy for how a story works. But think of a toy model of a commando. You can move its arms, legs, waist, and so on. You can't change the overall shape, the whole, but you can change posture details where the movable joints are. This is analogous to a story model.) Whether the physical act occurs or not is beside the point with a story model built around force. The story model is about perpetrating an act of violence and that's the form the force exists in. The act of violence does not exist without the beginning and middle happening first. (A random act of violence can happen suddenly like when someone snaps and loses his mind, so there is no story model in that case, but in the stuff Jones was doing, force was always embedded in the model.) This is waaaaay different than a marketer who detects a self-limiting-belief kind of resistance in a prospect to what he is offering, and knows what he is offering will be a boon to the prospect's life, one that the prospect will be grateful for in the end. Even though exaggeration, bait-and-switch, future-casting, and other similar persuasion tactics may be involved (that some might call sleazy and deceptive ) to get past the initial resistance, force is not involved anywhere in that story model. Story models are the way the human mind groks everything, especially danger. Causality is another way of saying story model when you think about it. On a simple, non-human level, if you see a lion roar then start running toward you, you kinda know that you are the main course in its next meal within that particular story model, and you know it without too much sophistry. It doesn't matter if you escape. Your demise was a fundamental part of the event. It just didn't complete. In other words, predatory killing (of you in this case) is a fundamental part of a predator story model. The lion won't kill you without first noticing you, signaling (or not depending on its mood), and running toward you. There is no way to think about that event and say force is absent until the actual killing. The model--as a whole thing--is about nothing but killing (and eating). The noticing is about that. The roaring is about that. The running is about that. And so on. This works identically in human relationships, albeit humans are far more complex than lions, so there are many complex story models. As an amusing aside, one way we practice these models to become skilled at using them (and become experts) is through gossip. Not our finest hours, but still true. Michael
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    The issue is control, not medicine. And gradual acquiescence by the public, despite token objections. Garrison nailed this one. It's not funny, but I'm glad he did it. Michael
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    I also have to add that the idea of "political power" does nothing to answer "who" has power? The police officer? Does he have political power? Or is it the politicians--you know, the ones not holding any guns? This is just sloppy thinking. It's an attempt to draw a straight line back from a roughly correct conclusion to a starting point. Political power usually leads to bad things, economic power often leads to good things. I see why Rand would want to differentiate between the two.
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    "Bad cold" is rhetorical slop if you're talking about a severe case. "Flu" is a reasonable comparison in terms of locale (lower respiratory), symptomatology, and course. The best comparison for a severe case is to the original SARS, which is why this bug was first called "SARS-CoV-2." You've evidently caught up to the erroneousness of your statement that "all common colds ARE coronas." Ellen
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    The Myth of Systemic Police Racism
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    It's a wonder that Peikoff or whoever thought that Brook should be the spokesman for the ARI. He is such a smug, condescending, abrasive and just unlikeable person. Maybe he is or was good at raising money.
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    I just watched the video. Dayaamm! Yeah, this is real. Polly herself kicked it off by accident. She said she took a vacation to get away from all the spiritual trash for awhile. As preparation, she wanted to buy some storage things, so she went to the Wayfair site, but began to notice the high prices and girl's names. So she made a tweet about it saying something looked really off, then she went on her vacation. Apparently she did a hard vacation, too, for a couple of weeks, completely unplugging and tuning out. Now that she's back, she said she's flabbergasted at how this thing grew. She believes some people who read her tweets started researching and as they shared their findings, this thing grew and grew--all organically. That actually sounds right to me. There's even a technical word for it, crowdsourcing. Hell, Wikipedia started that way. Anyway, Polly blasted the crap out of several people, including Cindy McCain. She presented a video of Cindy McCain saying they all knew what Epstein was doing, but nobody had the legal path to do anything about it. Yup, she said that. Right on stage in front of a lot of people. With her own mouth. Polly paused at that moment and said something like, "Nobody, Cindy? How about this man?" Then she posted a take of President Trump. Watch the video and you'll see it. But hell, watch the video to watch this video. This one is important. Do it. Then come to your own conclusion. But watch the damn thing. This evil has to be shut down. And it starts with looking and actually seeing. Incidentally, the high prices are not so someone stuffs a kid in a standalone closet and ships it somewhere. The high prices are for how the money is laundered. Wayfair, according to Polly, does not turn a profit on its books and hasn't for a long time. But it never lacks for money or products or anything--all while offering free shipping. Oddly enough, I've never been one to crusade for children. But when I think of these kids, both the sex slaves and those chopped up and used for organ harvesting, my heart breaks. Michael
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    LOL. If you thought she wasn't his doctor, then your commenting on her specialty makes no sense. LOL. He didn't read between the lines.
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    Peter, But so far, this thing with Roger Stone is making all the right heads explode. It is signaling to the Deep State its lack of efficacy. And that is infuriating them. People as infuriated as they are make many mistakes. The best person to sum up the Roger Stone case to date is Jesse Waters. President Trump liked his recent opening statement so much, he pinned the video to the top of his Twitter feed. Here is President Trump signaling his like: And here is the video of Jesse Waters: The Exploding Heads Now look how heads are exploding. After Mueller's disastrous July 24, 2019 appearance before two House committees, has anybody heard from him? No. Why? Because he's losing his mind in an old-age kind of way. So he's stayed silent. Until now. Robert Mueller breaks his silence and condemns Trump for commuting Roger Stone's sentence Obviously someone wrote the WaPo op-ed for him. (My vote is for Andrew Weissmann, the nastiest piece of work from his former team--and, boy, is Weissmann hopping mad, see here.) Lee Smith, author of the best and bestselling book on the Deep State operation against President Trump, The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, agrees with me: There is a huge risk in dragging Mueller out. If he gets interviewed or ambushed by a reporter, he's going to make Biden sound coherent. Yet they are risking it because Roger Stone is more of a symbol to them than a case. He is a symbol of their weakness, of the public exposure of their weakness, and that eats them alive inside. Tinseltown Take a look at these beauties from Hollywood (on Breitbart). Hollywood Erupts After Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence: ‘Treason’ If you are into schadenfreude, reading all that is deeply satisfying. They are howling in impotent rage because they claim to be able to strike fear in the hearts of anyone, especially someone like Roger Stone who they want to see dead, but they are powerless and the whole world sees it right now. They can't even nail an inconsequential reprobate (to them) like Roger Stone. This may not seem like much, but in the story-wars department, it is moving the Overton Window a couple of notches. Don't forget, we have an election in 4 months and the Overton Window is more important during this time than it is at other times because it impacts voting habits. Never Trumpers Look at the anti-Trump Republicans: Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Others like Pat Toomey, Mark Sanford, Bill Krystol have come out in public against President Trump for commuting Roger Stone's sentence. Imagine what the anti-Trumper Republicans are saying behind the scenes. Here is an indication from The Lincoln Project (a group of never Trump Republicans who now support Biden--they are led by Kellyanne Conway's boneheaded husband, George Conway and others, see here). There's a hidden message in that video. The Deep State framed most of those "felons" or entrapped them with legal minutia. The hidden message is: Do not oppose us or this is what we will do to you. And Trump's time is coming... It isn't, but dogs have to bark, pigs have to grunt, snakes have to hiss and so on. Poor things, they can't help it... Final thought for this post If Roger Stone is not that important, why are all the heads of these famous people exploding? I say, in addition to hating President Trump, every one of them wants the power to jail someone they don't like simply because they don't like him or her. In other words, when you look favorably at any of these creeps, make sure you do not get on their bad side. They are vindictive spiteful snakes. They play much dirtier than Roger Stone ever did (and he played plenty dirty). They will turn on you in a fraction of a second if they think this will help them get back their lost power. I mean that literally, too. If they take a disliking to you, and I mean you Peter, for whatever reason and it gets strong enough, regardless of legality, they will throw you in jail and make up some kind of bullshit reason for it. Wielding that kind of power is what gives them meaning to themselves. It's like crack cocaine to them. I, for one, like sticking it to them. That is one of the reasons I like Roger Stone and particularly the news of his commutation. It makes them crazy. So that's my final thought about Roger Stone for this post... But not my final thought about Roger Stone... Michael