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    There's an overwhelming over-abundance of more than enough information. And that's just in any single frame of the video. Consider all of the content of all of the frames, and there are multiple, layered, redundant means of determining whether or not any entity, attribute, action or effect seen in any frame conforms to reality. The space, the objects within it, and the motions are all precisely measurable. Then add all of the visual information from other cameras at other vantage points... Each participant on this thread who has commented on the visual evidence is right about some things, yet wrong about others. The issue is not that the visual evidence is insufficient, but that none of you has the technical knowledge to be making any conclusions, or to be dismissing anyone else's observations or concerns, or to be throwing accusations of kookiness or conspiracy theorizing at anyone who thinks that something in a photo looks a bit odd. J
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    Just like in Communist China. Tell me again that Google is a decent, rights-bearing private company, Statist. Google, FBI, bomb squad airing anti-Red Flag laws advertisement ... https://truepundit.com/video-police-bomb-squad-there-were-snipers-on-the-rooftops/ “San Francisco Police, its bomb squad and the FBI surrounded the residence of Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies, just hours before he was scheduled to provide evidence to the Justice Department detailing how the tech giant has been manipulating its algorithms to promote an anti-Trump agenda and censor Conservatives on Google and YouTube.”
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    LOL. Look at the amount of verbiage you produced when I didn't even cite a passage. What would I be in for if I did? Ellen btw, I haven't read any further than the sentence I quoted, just taken a quick glance. I truly don't have time for this stuff, much as literature interests me. I was merely letting Jon know that there are people who don't find Rand's calling the book "a poem" (loosely speaking) odd.
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    I could, abundant passages, like approximately the whole book. But I don't have the time, and if I did have the time, I wouldn't want to spend it on so frustrating a proceeding - way worse than trying to explain a joke Ellen
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    "Please, never use the word Objectivist associated with yourself, because you cannot be..." Directed at "the apologists for Donald Trump". The "sell-outs". First, he draws an equivalence between the Conservatives and the Left; the "nuttiness" of each. (Which is like comparing apples to - I don't know what). Then, he slams anyone who supports Trump over the Left. In other words: Brook is "an apologist" for the Left. And does not see his own self-contradiction. This is an unwarranted and heavy-handed interference in others' choices. Besides, he's wrong.
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    The editor of The Objective Standard, a magazine affiliated with the Ayn Rand Institute, has finally responded to the revelations in ARI Watch’s exposé “Who is Carl Barney?" about ARI’s largest donor. ARI Watch reviews that response in a new article Barney Tells His Story. You can understand it by itself because it quotes the TOS article.
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    The Perfect Storm for a VACCINE HOLOCAUST is Now Here video, 36 minutes -- Mike Adams https://www.brighteon.com/8879b5af-59b3-4ed3-98e6-f9037f22ade5
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    Jules, That's actually great advice. I bet some people are doing just that and cleaning up. Michael
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    Can you perhaps point to a specific moment when this idea of "equality before God" became important in Christian thought? Because for most of Christianity's history, the religion was considered to be perfectly consistent with absolute monarchy. Christian theology was used to justify the Divine Right Of Kings. Where would you suggest the "turning point" is?
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    From the poetically-prosaic Anthem, by way of the Haikus From Books blog.
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    TG, No biggie. I just think Anthem would need to show things like heroic couplets or other poetry-related elements for me to put it in that category. (Fun fact that is neither here nor there. David Mamet writes his stuff in iambic pentameter. That's right. Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag the Dog, Oleanna, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Verdict, Hoffa, etc. are all in iambic pentameter. At least the plays are. I did his online masterclass in writing and I'm pretty sure he said his screenplays are, too. But don't quote me on that until I do the course again. I've tried writing in iambic pentameter in modern English and it's irritating. I'm gonna learn it, though.) Michael
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    Interesting take, and quite plausible (even if I don't think it has to be either/or regarding the epic poem argument). This is not unlike what happens in comic books/sequential art. Those interested in pursuing this line of thought may be interested in a book called UNDERSTANDING COMICS: THE INVISIBLE ART by Scott McCloud. He examines how comic book artists and animators "draw in the reader" (pun intended) in how they balance realism and more abstract styles. The more detailed, the more distance the reader becomes, and the more abstract or "cartoony", the more the reader/viewer can project themselves into the character or story. Sounds very similar to what Michael is getting at, here; even talks about the child vs. adult modes of perception. (And its medium is its message; it's done in a comic-book format. But don't let that fool you, it's very sophisticated in its approach.)
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    He's got a point. Day 2 of "Everyone Has A 'Theory' Week." -- Forensic Nose Patrol to the fore with the OL delegation! This was supposed to be Infrastructure Week, but hey. Good luck to all contestants.
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    Something else to think about. No matter what anyone says about the Epstein death: suicide, murder, escape, whatever, there is one constant that runs through almost all stories, including most stories in the mainstream press. The message? Nobody trusts the establishment politicians to tell the truth. Nobody trusts the establishment press to tell the truth. It doesn't matter what they say. The vast majority of people distrust them by default and do not consider them sources of information. There is a different feel to this from before where people argued about it. Most people would think a story was BS, but the nest story was credible. This time around, nobody thinks the next story is credible. What's worse, this feeling has reached a much larger audience than normal due to the mass cognitive dissonance from the sheer absurdity of the coincidences. Everyday people are getting it. The establishment politicians think everyday people are stupid. The establishment press thinks everyday people are stupid. Finally, everyday people agree on something: establishment politicians and the establishment press have no credibility. Michael
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    I said sandwich and TG ran with it. You’re not missing anything, I don’t think. TG took sandwich and jumped to that “Manwich is a meal” ad.
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    TG is saying that it is pitiful how The Manwich Co. found poetry in a sandwich while you cannot, in Anthem. 😆😆😆
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    For the sake of clarity, President Trump retweeted it. He included the video. Here is the original. To the reader, watch the video. It's funny as hell and when you add that President Trump retweeted it, it's even more hilarious. LOl... Michael
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    I think he has been in a secret, safe location and not at that facility in New York they say he died in today. But bad guys don’t know that. Bad guys make a plan to go in and Arkancide Epstein. The good guys learn of this plan and they place a dead double for the hit team to discover. There’s no time to abort the plan, media is already announcing, picture with bad ears is already out. The traitors get punked right out in the open for any and all who can see, to see.
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    Here's a thought I just want to leave out there. It's in the press--they are pounding the image of Bill Barr enraged at Epstein's suicide. (A word image, but even so, an image.) It so happens that Epstein taught at the Dalton School on the Upper East Side in NYC for a couple of years starting in 1974. Bill Barr's father ran that school until 1974. Was there overlap? Did Donald Barr hire Epstein before stepping down? What was the trustee trouble that led to Donald Barr stepping down? And so on. Here's the press game: These questions have been bouncing around for a while with a hell of a lot of contradictions and disinformation. Now there is this image of Bill Barr being furious. I don't know what game is being played because everything I can come up with seems so goddam dumb no matter which side is playing. But my gut tells me a game is being played. It's probably this. The rules changed and nobody knows the new ones, if there are any right now. Michael
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    The President posted this today: Donald J. Trump Retweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/w_terrence Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen #JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Surprised #EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily 2:04 1.3M views 12:26 PM · Aug 10, 2019
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    That's because I was originally exercising poetic license in my quotation... "Oh....fudddddggeee..." (Only he didn't say "fudge"...)
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    Actually, Ralphie got an A + + + + + + + +
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    "What I want is a Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock... "and this thing which tells time." Wow, that's great. "I think that everybody should have a Red Ryder BB gun. "They're very good for Christmas. "I don't think that a football's a very good Christmas present." Oh, rarely had the words poured from my pencil with such feverish fluidity. Poetry! Sheer poetry! A+ for Ralphie! A + + + + + + + !!!!!
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    Just wanted to add this to the list of Rand's informal definitions of poetry: “These four attributes pertain to all forms of literature, i.e., of fiction, with one exception. They pertain to novels, plays, scenarios, librettos, short stories. The single exception is poems. A poem does not have to tell a story; its basic attributes are theme and style.” Ayn Rand. The Romantic Manifesto (Kindle Location 1126). Signet. Kindle Edition. And here's comment from The Journals of Ayn Rand I think may shed light on what Rand meant when she called Anthem poetic: "It may be said that a spiritual exchange would be this: I receive all the great inventions, great thinking, great art of the past; in exchange, I create a new philosophy or a new novel. But this is more poetic than exact; there is no direct exchange; there is no way to measure one against the other." Ayn Rand; Leonard Peikoff; David Harriman. Journals of Ayn Rand (Kindle Location 8198). Plume.
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    Hmm...I took Rand's description of Anthem as a poem as being in the tradition of the epic poem, something like The Epic of Gilgamesh or The Odyssey; like something pre-dating the invention of the novel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_poetry
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    I won’t know for sure what to think about those ears until the OL expert on all things batshit chimes in. Can’t wait. 😆
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    You can't make me stick to that belief, though. You can't! You can't! I didn't know what i believed when I wrote that and I still don't know what I believe about this and I only said "Her poem" in respect to what its creator herself calls it, so you can't pin anything on me here! Not anything!! 😀
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    Nathaniel Branden in "Who is Ayn Rand" (p.92):
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    Jonathan, If you ever change that, I will fall out with you. I can't think of Jonathan being Jonathan unless he is hanging someone with their own rope. Michael
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    That house they repaired to might have been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, a picture of which appeared on the cover of Time magazine. I toured it in 1973. --Brant
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    Jonathan, That's one hell of a frame. I seriously doubt Rand meant that Roark was excited to be working for the government. Thank God Oliver Stone never got to do a second version of The Fountainhead because that is exactly what he intended to change Roark into (designing public parks and other government projects as his main occupation). Michael
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    An awkward tense pose is a Rodin thing, isn't it? Rodin's sculptures often present people like that. (Oddly enough, in a discussion I had with Michael Newberry years ago on the old SoloHQ, he was not too approving of Rodin. Yet here I see him doing the same thing as Rodin constantly did. I wonder if he's aware of this? I bet he picked it up without noticing, which happens a lot with artists in all areas...) And this leads me to throw some ideas down on the page (or screen). I hold that one of the purposes of a painting (not the only purpose or function, but an important one) is to trigger story fragments, images and other sensory impressions, and emotions from the viewer's memories (both buried and surface) and allow these elements to mix freely in the way dreams and daydreams do. From that angle, anything on a painting that is out of place as opposed to a normal state (like an awkward tense pose or odd color or shape) calls attention to itself and serves as a looking glass or rabbit hole for the viewer to enter that kind of trance. The incongruence is only the start of the trance, the crossover, though. Other elements are needed to deepen the trance or the viewer snaps out of it, so it's better for the enticement-to-go-further elements (generally familiar things) to be on the canvas than solely in the surroundings or the viewer's mind. (And, of course, there can't be resistance in the viewer's mind. If there is, the experience doesn't kick in.) If a person wants to let his (or her) mind roam free while looking at a painting, that permission itself allows something normal to be the crossover and no incongruence is needed. In this state, a beautiful normally posed hand can be a crossover and will send his mind in one direction. An awkward or tense pose doesn't need as much permission to elicit the beginning of the aesthetic trance (although enough permission is needed to cancel any resistance). The incongruence makes the viewer focus on it slightly and go: hmmmmm... Then off his mind goes in that direction, probably and initially with more focus on story fragments than on images, sensations or emotions. After all, tension suggests conflict and that is one of the linchpins of story. In Newberry's painting above, the burnishing of the body is a color incongruence in relation to reality, thus it's another crossover point to the aesthetic trance, but in this case, it initially dredges up free-flowing images more than story fragments. At least this is the way it all works with me. This kind of experience--the aesthetic trance and how to get into it--is one of the reasons I don't agree with Rand on her view that modern art is a vicious attack on the mind. It's just a different kind of rabbit hole into an aesthetic trance and relies more on the viewer's memories to provide a theme (or magnet) for the swirling or free flowing mental dream/daydream elements than a familiar subject does. I'm rambling right now, but this process reminds me of a persuasion template for how to engage an audience and present a message. The template is the AIDA sequence. You attract people's Attention through incongruence and/or other attention getting things (loud noises, questions, and so on). Then you bond with stories or expressions of common values (positive and/or negative) that elicit common emotions for creating Interest. Then you provide your message, in other words you Deliver it (and if it's long, using the form of "good news, bad news, good news, bad news" or "hope fear hope fear" keeps the audience from getting bored). Finally, you tell people what you want them to do, in other words, you provide a call to Action. Getting into an aesthetic trance uses the first three in sequence (with the extended free-flowing inner experience being the Deliver part), but allows the viewer to decide on what Action to take, or not take. Expressing an evaluation to others ("I loved that," or "What a mess," etc.) is probably the most common action. Note, the free-flowing stories, images, etc. with a well-told story are replaced by the audience blending the story elements with elements from their memories as they go along. With movies, this works the same way but with different degrees for image, sound, etc. Anywho, this is a bit of my own free-flowing thinking about art and aesthetics. Michael
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    Thank you Michael. I like what you said about Objectivism being a starting point rather than an end point. I'm reminded of a well known book in libertarian circles titled It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand. After rereading PAR and seeing some Youtube videos of Barbara, I wish I had had a chance to meet her. Hers was not a perfect life, but neither is anyone else's. PAR helps me understand who Ayn Rand was better than any other book, and I'm grateful to her for that. BTW, I've never heard of VDare. Robert
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    I don't see why. RBG could be spending almost all of her time at home with no congress to speak of with other justices with her staff doing all the work, the idea being to outlast Trump. And just maybe her body is in the freezer laid out in the right posture for the after the election funeral. --Brant "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"
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    Woo hoo! The sticky one from the Deep State finally leaves. Michael
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    Are we still talking about the RBG doppelgänger? I'm only claiming that the "Russian Interference" narrative is/was plausible, in comparison to the RBG story, as presented on this thread, which I call Batshit Crazy. In other words, utterly implausible.
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    Would you all mind choosing a different word than "artifact"? Thanks, J
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    "Knowing" the story in my head is the essence of psychologizing. The discussion is about conspiracy theories, in this case the theory that the photo that we've been discussing was faked, to bring that old woman in it, who is supposed to be dead. The funny thing is that I hadn't realized that you had put those circles on the picture, to alert us on a supposedly missing shadow, as evidence of tampering. My impression was that you'd copied that photo with circles and all from some conspiracy site. Apart from my reaction, Mark and Anthony also dismissed that "shadow" argument. You then brought up new arguments: 1. The walking people seemed to be "out of focus", in contrast to the standing and sitting people. I pointed out (and Anthony also implied) that that fuzziness was nothing but the motion blur of moving people. 2. Then your next argument for tampering was that the fuzziness should only be on the backside of the walking person, and not on the front. I showed you why this notion is incorrect. 3. Your next argument was about the statue, the "white holes" between statue and shadow. I pointed out that this is a common effect of (often automatic) sharpening of the image. Further you asked where the mouth was. I replied that it was covered by a beard. 4. Then you tried to ridicule the picture of the statue, that it didn't have a real beard. I replied that I didn't see anything wrong in that part of the photo, other than that the statue was overexposed and therefore details were washed out. Anyway, I found a different photo of that scene, this time with considerably better resolution. The statue is obviously the same as on the other photo, only with more detail. You can discern mouth, ear, beard and hair, and these correspond clearly with what the fuzzier image shows. Due to overexposure it is still washed out, but I think nobody will think this has (also?) been tampered with. If I'm prejudiced, then my prejudice is rationality, common sense and respect for reality (omg, now I sound like a real Objectivist). You never disputed any of my refutations of your evidence of tampering, but only came up with again another argument. What is your subtext, or don't you have one? Is the idea that these images are perhaps not tampered with really anathema? Because you once were sure that it had been tampered with?
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    Thank you. And right back at you. J
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    Bump: C'mon, O-vish necromancers, give it a jolt. J
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    Lesson of the day kids! If you are bullied just remember and repeat after Grandpa Jon. “You deserve it!”
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    Oh, goodie. The symbolism that goes all the way back to Babylonia. (It does go all the way back at least that far.) Ellen
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    That’s a great video, Jerry. Freaking horrifying how many people cannot grasp the problem with this situation, their legal immunity. The holocaust he outlines really has been their plan for years, it will all be disclosed in total and no one will be able to deny the truth of it, in due time. But the military intelligence operation we are living in now, that recruited Trump, prevented Killery’s election and is engineering the Epstein, spygate and other disclosures we’ve been witnessing, has already stopped these plans.
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    Final days of Seth Rich conspiracy peddling? Kevin Poulsen has a different perspective, based on the Mueller Report itself: Mueller Report: Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians Julian Assange repeatedly blamed Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer, for Russia’s leaks. The Mueller report shows that Assange was lying from the start. Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation.
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    It isn't rational to just dismiss "some paper" as the product of those awful scientists. The Danish study I referenced followed all children born in Denmark in the period January 1, 1991 to December 31, 1998, a total of 537,303 children followed for a total of 2,129,864 person-years. Read the paper to see how careful this study was set up, how painstakingly and meticulously all kinds of possible factors were taken into account. If you think you can just dismiss the study, you should point out the errors therein. Follow also the references in that study to see the results of other studies that come to the same conclusion. As I said before, "data" is not the plural of "anecdote" and "post hoc ergo propter hoc" is a common fallacy. With many millions of people it is statistically unavoidable that there will be "remarkable" coincidences. How impressive these might seem, in themselves they don't prove anything. Therefore you need large and carefully designed scientific studies, not a collection of anecdotes. In such cases I trust only scientific data. Not that these are automatically correct (far from it!), but at least I have some possibility to check the accuracy and the soundness of the methods used.
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    Let's put it this way: The question boils down to answering: Is it possible to be an Objectivist and not be absolutely, 100% consistent with each and every consequence of Objectivism? I think that the answer to that is . . . obviously, yes it is possible (and hence, no - not an oxymoron). Otherwise, anybody who thinks of themselves as an objectivist, but then changes their mind on learning something new which contradicts something they had thought earlier, either wasn't an Objectivist before or isn't after. The only way around this that I see is to maintain that there is a short list of essentials without which one is not an Objectivist. If so, what is that short list, and on what is that list based? When Rand did the "standing on one foot" characterization of her philosophy, she didn't explicitly mention atheism. Bill P Bill, I strongly disagree with your statement of what the question boils down to. It is not whether, to be an Objectivist, one must accept each and every consequence of its basic principles claimed by Rand. It is whether one can be an Objectivist while denying its most fundamental principle. And its most fundamental, principle is the absolutism of reason. Rand wrote: "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. . . . This -- the supremacy of reason -- was, is and will be the primary concern of my work and the essence of Objectivism." Religion -- any religion--requires a belief in the supernatural, in a realm unknowable by reason. In The Art of Living Consciously, Nathaniel Branden defines mysticism as follows: "Mysticism is the claim that there are aspects of existence that can be known by means of a unique cognitive faculty whose judgments are above the authority of sensory observation and reason." One does not have to accept the idea that a woman should not be president of the United States to be an Objectivist; one may quarrel with many of the concepts that Rand claimed logically followed from her basic principles and still be an Objectivist. But just as one cannot, for instance, claim to be a Christian while denying the existence of God -- one cannot claim to be an Objectivist while denying the absolutism of reason. And -- not incidentally -- when Rand characterized her philosoophy while standing on one foot, it is true she did not mention atheism, but she most certainly named the absolutism of reason as essential to her philosophy. Her rejection of theism was implicit in that statement. Barbara