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  1. As the kids today might say, "Imma stop you right there..." Pacifism. "The necessary consequence of man’s right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative. If some 'pacifist' society renounced the retaliatory use of force, it would be left helplessly at the mercy of the first thug who decided to be immoral. Such a society would achieve the opposite of its intention: instead of abolishing evil, it would encourage and reward it." [“The Nature of Government,” VOS, 146; pb 108.] Ayn Rand; Harry Binswanger. The Ayn Rand lexicon: objectivism from A to Z (Kindle Locations 7074-7076). Meridian.
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  2. I cannot speak from experience (to your disappointment I am sure), but there is a certain consistency with those who are consumed with a hatred for everything on earth including themselves to be eminently satisfied, in fact proudly self-martyred (so to speak) with that kind of self-hatred. How else can a culture of small envious people who vilify the rich or successful arise without a hatred of the good for being good... and hence at least partly... the archetype of that small wrinkled hating thing hating those good parts of the psyche within. The Canadian Liberal and the NDP might be already be worse than the Marxist-leftist wing of the US Democratic party, but darn it of those Yanks aren't doin' their dangdest to out Marx them Socialist Canucks. Any neighbor who would say "please", "sorry", and "thank you" to your face, but would have no quandry robbing you blind in your sleep to keep their party's corrupt politicians in power, squashing your right to free speech, or forcing you to risk your life with mediocre state run healthcare or at least trying to guilt you into not "jumping the queue" (as if one exists) by seeking healthcare in a freer country.. The little tyrant next door, might smile at you in the street, but would grin at the chance to have you shackled and cowed by her leftist strong men. I need not list them, they are legion. I do not know you personally, but perhaps You might have seen that tyrant in the mirror, if you ever had the secret wish to force others against their will, not because they violated anyone else's rights but because you wanted to see them suffer, because you wanted to equalize their success with other's failures, you wanted to violate the rights of those innocent not because of their incompetence and disability but because of their competence and ability, because you wanted to knock them down a notch or two, for being successful... because you wanted to eat the rich, and strike out at the good for being the good, because you wanted to lash out in your own shame... or perhaps you no longer see that tyrant in the mirror, or indeed, perhaps in fact, you are one of the lucky few who never saw it. Trust me, as a person raised in a mixed economy, semi-socialist state, rife with a culture of altruism, and dominated by progressive education over the last 5 decades, I indeed was one of those tyrants in the mirror and next door. Now I know better. I see what you did there with the politeness.... quite funny. I observe that the statement I have heard: "Canadians are polite, but Americans are friendly", as an aphorism is quite true, very much, most of the time. Not all Canadian politicians are as I allude to above, THIS guy can actually be quite impressive from time to time:
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  3. A Jew speaks.... When WE were led into the gas chambers, THEY said nothing. When WE were forcibly converted, THEY said nothing. When WE were thrown out of a country just for being Jews, THEY said nothing. BUT when WE now defend ourselves, all of a sudden THEY have something to say. How did WE take our revenge on the Germans for their "Final Solution?" How did WE take revenge on the Spanish for their Inquisition? How did WE take revenge on Islam for being Dhimmis? How did WE take revenge on the lies of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion?" WE studied our Torah, WE innovated in medicine, WE innovated in defense systems, WE innovated in technology, WE innovated in agriculture, WE composed music, WE wrote poetry, WE made the desert bloom, WE won Nobel prizes, WE founded the movie industry, WE financed a fledgling democracy, WE fulfilled the word of G-d by becoming a Light Unto the Nations of the Earth. DEAR WORLD, when You criticize us for defending our heritage and our ancestral homeland -- WE, the Jews of the world, do exactly what You did to/for us; WE IGNORE YOU. You have proven to us for the last 2,000 years that when the chips are down, animosity towards Jews reigns supreme. Now leave us alone -- and go sort out problems in your own back yard whilst WE continue our 5778-year old mission of enhancing the world we all share. -The Jews
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  4. Let's flip this around, and see how it goes over: "This is truly misguided and mean of me, but the more Americans who die from totalitarianism, the loss of liberty, the loss of GNP, and the loss of their lives from a stupid fear of a virus with a scientifically proven survival rate for most people, and treatable with HCQ instead of an experimental vaccine, is better off dead per Evolutionary Physiology. Only the strong shall survive." Same energy...
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  5. Even Jon Stewart is coming out of retirement to skewer the bullshit about Wuhan. This clip is quite funny and I'm not even a fan of Jon Stewart. Michael
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  6. Here is a very interesting way James O'Keefe managed to cut through the noise. One of the local weather reporters on Fox announced live that she was going to be in a James O'Keefe video blowing the whistle on Fox censorship. And, of course, it is now all over Twitter where O'Keefe is banned. Hecker will probably lose her job, but she was probably going to lose it after the Veritas release anyway. So why not use the free publicity before she was axed? James is one creative dude. In a weird way, this reminds me of the campaign Alex Jones did with "Bill Clinton is a rapist." Michael
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  7. There was a Tech Issue Yesterday, about the middle of the day, OL was not functioning correctly for a bit and this went on up into the wee hours of the morning. It almost looked like a hacker attack or something like that. But it wasn't. The problem happened during an upgrade. Without going into detail, this was a coding burp. I managed to get in touch with support and they fixed the problem. So rest your minds and leave worry to the wokes. All is well in this corner of O-Land once again. Michael
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  8. Oh, it's shining. The problem is getting through the clouds. The really bad things are yet to come but even those will be transcended as humanity lumbers into its future. We are in an acceleration of history, mostly thanks to technology and that in itself is thanks to the Enlightenment. --Brant buckle up
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  9. Mike Lindell's video, Absolutely 9-0, is now up in the Opening Post. On a different issue, I really need to get Rudy's early things up. There is a saying around Bannon's people that it all started in Gettysburg. And it did. That was the special hearing where Rudy presented the evidence of election fraud to the Pennsylvania Senate. From there he went to other state senates doing similar presentations. And now, guess what? State audits of the 2020 election are being demanded by state senates and those are going to help take down this fraudulent constitutional abomination called the Biden election. As an aside, I had a kerfuffle with an OL poster I like a lot (David, a lawyer). Back during that time, he kept trying to blame Rudy's legal strategy for the upcoming losses. But it was evident to everyone that Rudy didn't stand a chance irrespective of what strategy he chose. The election was rigged all the way up to the Supreme Court. So I saw Rudy take this path with state senates and I knew then, as I know now, it will win if all else fails. I tried to articulate that back then and probably did a bad job of it because David kept insisting that Rudy was essentially washed up and didn't have much of a legal strategy to win the court cases anymore. So, as usual, when things reach that kind of impasse, I automatically go into a more colorful mode of communication. I told him to hold his horses and called him "twinklefoot." I don't think he was amused because he has not posted on OL since. (Which is his right and privilege.) But Rudy is one of my heroes. If he screws up, OK. He screws up. I've got no problem saying that. But to call him washed up when his legal strategy back then has resulted now in actions that are scaring the crap out of the Biden people, especially as they look at the audit in Arizona and at the other audits in other states currently brewing, that judgment was premature to be charitable. I saw the real deal back then. I don't know why it was so difficult to communicate it. But it was. I don't believe it will be anymore. Without Rudy teaching checks and balances to the state senates at their level, meaning it included their own power that they were not exercising, and presenting to them (the only ones in the system he could get to listen and look, meaning he found people who made a difference who were not in on, or intimidated by, the election rigging coup) solid proof of election fraud, the Biden junta might have pulled off the abomination. Michael
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  10. A Facebook post by Richard Ruggiero:
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  11. This new video by Mike Lindell is absolutely devastating for the election fraud supporters. I will be putting it in the Opening Post. YouTube is taking it down as quickly as people are putting it up, so I am giving a BitChute version below. MIKE LINDELL PRESENTS ABSOLUTELY 9-0 Description According to the cybersecurity expert in the video, this is not a recording of something after the fact. This is a digital recording of the crime happening as the crime was happening. I'm not going to give details right here, but the details exist. Here is the overall picture. China was heavily involved with flipping votes from Trump to Biden through the voting machines on the night of the election. It starts with Mike Lindell receiving a huge recording of Internet data flows on election night. He didn't know what to do with them, so he hired top people who work in the USA government's cybersecurity staff to look at them. They were real. Mike then tasked them to take 20 (from the swing states) and comb through them with a fine-tooth comb, then examine the hair follicles one by one. They did and there are no errors. A cyber attack happened, mostly from China, but also involving other countries. And enough votes were flipped in the 20 records alone that the cyberexperts examined to show that Trump won the election. From what I understood, there is no way to falsify this recording as it was taken in real time and has to match up with super-complicated redundancies, encryptions, and so on. It is validated by the system that the USA government uses to track cyberattacks and wage cyberwar with. Transcription YouTube has been so inundated with people putting it up, I was able to find one (after checking several from search results, most of which were deleted ) that stayed up long enough for the automatic transcription to kick in. I have copied it and am now checking it and formatting it. I will put it up as soon as the work is done. This is one of the big ones, folks. The video itself is for laypeople, so it is an overview. There are massive amounts of details to back it up that the courts will be forced to look at. Take this into account, along with the audits, and there is no longer any way for something grave to be avoided. Grave as in Civil War level. The legitimacy of the Biden election and, for that matter, down-ballot elections all over the country, is being proven to be fraudulent through objective, not political, means. Michael EDIT: Here is the transcription (screenshots still to be added):
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  12. It makes no sense except for sweeping the problem under the table, if that. And that would be all in the head. Governments don't give a shit regardless. It's much more about the USA than China. We might as well nuke DC. --Brant now that I think about it . . .
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  13. They haven't become anything they weren't already. For instance, the machinegun in WWI. "Weapons of mass destruction" was US pro war propaganda to justify the invasion of Iraq. The Vietnam War killed at least 2 million, mostly soldiers, and led directly to the Communist Cambodian Genocide. All thanks to a stupidly fought war by Lyndon Johnson. Your perspective is "home front." Mine is unarmed Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. Americans need to arm up more. I'll bet good money what happened in San Diego happened in a "gun free" environment. --Brant
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  14. This is about the San Diego shooting? Ah... I get it. Gun control bullshit in the fake news media like in this article: ‘What the hell is wrong with us’: Officials react to San Jose shooting. And here I thought Carol was hurting for real. That there was some tragedy in her family of some sort that was more or less private. Damn. Someday I'll learn. All she does is parrot the feelings and platitudes presented in fake news mainstream articles. Virtue signaling and trying to make innocent people feel guilty to promote a political agenda. What a crock... I got snookered. I'm sorry I posted what I did. Michael
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  15. "Olive Branch and Sword." "Speak softly and carry a big stick." "Don't start none; won't be none."
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  17. I neither insinuated anything nor was I being ironic. I said exactly what I meant. I do wish recovery for Sasha Johnson. She's a human and I'm a human. The end. At least for shootings. Parallel to that, I do think she is a vicious hostile racist (a particularly nasty one) who prances about as if she is fighting racism. I fully believe were the roles reversed, she would be gleeful that I was shot, being an adult white male, and for that reason alone. That's the image she promoted, not me. Let her live, or die, with it. She made it. I didn't. I've been trying to find quotes and information on her to post here to show what I mean, but the news is impossible right now. The propaganda machine is running on all cylinders. However, I did find something about her saying in public she wants "house negroes" to be hung and if I dig further, I know I will find her talking about killing whites. Look at this from last month on Breitbart (way before the shooting): ‘They Need Hanging’: BLM Radical Sasha Johnson Blasts ‘House Negroes’ After UK Race Report She's also on record saying that capitalism is the cause of racism. Let that sink in... SL* is right that in my world, this lady would always be safe. And I know that in her world, I would not be safe. That's just the way hate works. The haters are the ones who promote and do violence. btw - Here is something ironic. Her shooting was a drive-by rival gang shooting. It had nothing to do with politics. (One could say, nothing to do with preaching politics, but everything to do with living with the results of authoritarianism.) So Carol, please leave your self-loathing for being white at the door, at least long enough to read correctly. Besides, this kind of self-loathing is only displayed by women of a certain means, never by poor women. So it's kinda tacky. And once again, you get it totally wrong by looking at the story in your head rather than the looking images (words) right in front of your eyes. Look at how you fought with yourself as if you were bitching at me. I have nothing to do with any of that. I carry no such guilt anywhere inside my soul. But I do have something for you. Since I am shameless, you can double your portion of shame for being white for me... I give you permission... At least that way, you can double your virtue signaling for free... Michael Note *: I originally said "TG." Well, hell. There goes my reputation...
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  18. Can we have this back - please?
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  19. Michael, You can get things so scrambled and tangled, it's a mystery to me how you do it, but you do have a genius for it. We all have our talents? Take care. Ellen
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  20. Aldo, There are a couple of young guys who are doing a new YouTube podcast called "Ayn Rand Fan Club." MisterSwig, one of them, posts on OL and shares their videos. The latest was an interview with Stephen Hicks. I haven't had the time to see it or comment on it yet. But here is the link if you are interested. I bet it's a good interview. As to Hicks's book, I've started it several times, but for some reason I can't get into it. I don't know what the problem is, either, so I'm not criticizing Stephen for this. I like Jordan Peterson's criticism of postmodernism, though, and I even saw him do an interview of Stephen. I think part of my particular problem is with art and overgeneralizations. I'm not satisfied with anything I have read about the nature of art up to now. By art, I mean more than fine arts, painting, or any other category of art. I mean art as a form of human activity that covers decoration, works of art, music, story, all of it. I used to be happy with Rand's definition, but the more I learned about neuroscience and modern psychology, the more I fell out of love with her idea of sense of life as the basis of art. I haven't learned enough about postmodernism yet to be able to keep the good and discard the bad, but I can point to some things I think are completely silly like the constant self-referencing of form in the middle of art works. And some of the deconstruction I have seen reminds me of the 12 tone system of composing I learned in college (which I consider to be one of the major movement starts to postmodernism). Leonard Peikoff has an interesting way of categorizing things with his DIM Hypothesis and one of the categories is misintegration (the Frankenstein monster). Except some of the postmodern deconstruction I have seen take it one step further. It not only finds random patterns and assembles parts from those patterns into something that looks like wholes, it also transposes them into systems that are not made to process them. In the dodecaphonic system of composing I mentioned, it takes tones, assigns a mathematical number to each of the 12 chromatic tones, then plays with the math of the numbers as form principles while ignoring how the human mind processes sound. When I look at the mess postmodernism has made with history (for example the feminist way of seeing everything through the lens of the patriarchy), I think the root of it is to remove the human from human nature, then remove nature. I will get around to Stephen's book, though. I want to find out what my inner resistance to it is. (I suspect it is the writing style, but don't tell Stephen. ) Anyway, food for thought. And I hope you look at the Ayn Rand Fan Club/Hicks interview I mentioned. These guys are just starting out and I would like to see them grow. Michael
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  21. Say whatever you want, it doesn't matter, you 'll do whatever they tell you. maybe you could volunteer to shoot them? Probably earn you some points toward your social score.
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  22. We have a new episode where we interview Stephen Hicks on postmodernism and the leftist manifestations of it. If you're into the use of language, I ask him about the postmodern tactic of weaponized rhetoric near the end.
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  23. And Max Keiser is still saying bitcoin will be at $220,000 by the end of the year. Michael
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  24. Heh... IMF sees legal, economic issues with El Salvador bitcoin move Enjoy the show. Where we read "economic issues," the IMF is actually reading "first domino to fall." And guess what? The IMF doesn't and can't control bitcoin. Does it sound like they're worried? Michael
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  25. Bloomberg also gave a decent account: Colonial Hackers Broke the Fundamental Bitcoin Rule Why on earth did they funnel the bitcoins back to a centralized address after they had dispersed them all over Kingdom Come? And, like the article says, the people who pulled off the ransomware attack are smart enough to know they had to use a cold wallet. But they didn't and they recentralized their bitcoins after splitting them up. And conveniently, the FBI has the private key to where they re-centralized the bitcoins. Something sounds waaaaaaaaaay off... That's like a bank robber splitting up the money from a robbery and letting the gang scatter, then getting everyone to show up at the same time at a different bank to deposit their takes into a single account--and where the cops were just waiting there for them. Weird. Really weird. Was this a false flag attack of some sort with a convenient way to recoup the money built in? Only the Deep State knows... Michael
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  26. The American experiment in self governance was based on a separation and equalization of the ‘powers’ ie legislative, executive and judicial. As a reaction to the European ‘ancien regime’ s and their ‘departmemting’ of the institutional bodies that carried out those particular functions. Despite decades and decades of loss at educating our population of our civics, the idea that the main branches of government should function as separate and equal instructions whose combined efforts are the ‘government ‘ is still recognized as the American ethos . Are Canukers cautious all the times , or just behind them ?
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  27. William, In fact, I think I read one back then. So? I don't want to sound dismissive, but why would I read them at all? When someone says you can't look at what you have a right to look at, and tries to put guns (law enforcement) in between you and what you have a right to look at, I don't give a fuck about the rest of what he says. The Board of Supervisors is a board of crooks engaged in an attempted coverup. Plain and simple. I bet they will end up in jail. I certainly hope they do. Watching them try to blame the people who want to look for wanting to look is not my idea of anything interesting except as something to dismiss. If you are interested in their bullshit, knock yourself out. To be fair, I suppose their bullshit has to be considered by the legal authorities to make sure their rights are not infringed. But I am not a legal authority. I am a member of the public. You are, too. They themselves infringed the rights of countless other people by helping pull off a fraud. So fuck 'em. Michael
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  28. I think it's a deeply psychological problem in most cases. These types treat their mind as sacrosanct, because it's their "reality," their "truth." Thus, anything that pops into their mind has the force of a "fact," including their misinterpretations of what you say, which often result from the influence of triggered emotions. Sometimes they notice that their belief clashes with another "fact," and then they have to try to think or evade. But they are generally oriented toward a subjective world view, because they failed to automatize objectivism, despite claiming to uphold it. Misconstrual is sometimes error and sometimes malice, to my mind. A psychological problem of "these types" can be illustrated by examples of the "lashing out" and "lashing back." In the absence of formal physical contests between Objectivist blocs or institutes, a general lashing-about is O-land's most popular sport. It's a tricky area, moral equivalence. As an operating assumption -- Both Sides R Bad2 -- it's far afield from an operating assumption that Both Sides/All Sides should be heard from, depending on the dispute, case or issue under discussion, or milepost on the road to Judgement. An extended judicial metaphor might be handy, but I don't have a good one in mind. The podcast is well worth a second listen. Frankly, if I had but two minutres to choose Us or Them, I'd come down hard on the side of Us.
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  29. Ain't this sweet? Chinese military 'engineered mice with humanized lungs' in 2019 to test viruses on them - just months before the pandemic erupted Granted, this is the Daily Mail, but still... Ten trillion is sounding more and more plausible... And I still agree with Styx. The world needs to come together and dismantle the CCP on pain of being nuked. A government that would do what it did does cannot coexist with other governments on the same planet. Michael
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  30. Two days ago, the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman reported that Donald Trump “has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August.” . . . because Haberman’s reporting was correct. I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources . . . . I can attest, too, that Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, end quotes. Sounds like Hitler’s propagandist using a tiny bit of facts to spread lies.
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  31. Germany had to pay reparations for WWI which led to WWII and 70,000,000 dead not to mention the Holocaust. --Brant
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  32. In episode four Scott and I discuss the momentum of religious and philosophical ideas throughout history and the problem of moral equivalence related to judging political sides. We also talk about Scott's view of life extension and making it the unifying purpose of the liberty movement.
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  33. Unless President Trump writes or says something I can see or hear, I will not believe it. Not from Forbes, TV, or any online source.
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  34. Useful info. Not anything I'm much concerned about, which party and PM come to the fore. Perhaps you think William that the problems can be reduced or eliminated by a change of government? Perhaps a "left" leaning one will be more accomodating, less "insane"? Well, you'll have to take my word that not much will change for the Palestinians. A few more concessions, maybe, that's all. Left and Right in Israel's political context are not that far apart. Their methods and exhortations might differ a little, while they are bound by a common purpose and value. Fact: until Abbas (and whomever comes after him) and Fatah AND most Palestinians come to the realization that living alongside Israel as equal states is in their best and permanent interests - nothing will change. Any Two State solution depends -only- upon them. Do not blame Israel for dragging their feet. The PLO wants the status quo to continue, foreign aid to keep flowing, anticipating that their patience will lead in time to an Israeli-overthrow by attrition. Fact: Nearly every Israeli, Jew and Muslim, young and old, knows that a weakened PA means the take-over by Hamas on the West Bank. Then, a continuation of terrorism and endless border wars on a second front (as followed Gaza's self-rule). The final fact, Leftist (and Muslim) politicians in Israel know all the above, and despite their public protestations, privately know they can never negotiate with bad faith partners. They intimately understand the character of the foes of Israel. They've been burned too often in previous Treaties and Accords. No, don't expect an Israeli-Leftist Gvt. to commit national self-sacrifice, like appeasement of enemies and giving up more territory for peace, as could be expected by other Leftist gvts. If you fervently wish for peace there, it is the Palestinians you should take to task.
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  35. I forgot to mention something about this. Since these are famous or prominent people in their fields who are disappearing, at first I felt the pattern more than recognized it. Now I see it clearly. This is Atlas Shrugged in reverse. Instead of the good guys slowly disappearing, the bad guys are. If it is true that these prominent bad guys are being taken, I wonder if AS gave the pattern for the strategy. I know the people who are on that side of the line generally like Ayn Rand... Michael
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  36. Peter, Now, all we have to do is convince certain prominent Objectivists of that. It's gonna be hard because of all the money they can make. They don't see it as making money Jim Taggert style because there is just too much to be made that can go into their own pockets and they can use the term "free trade" on it. Michael
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  37. From CBS News: The Department of Justice said as of Thursday, they had arrested approximately 440 people in connection with the Capitol riot on January 6. But four months after the attack, the FBI is still searching for suspects accused of vicious attacks on officers and members of the media. Of the 440 arrested so far, CBS News has independently reviewed the cases of 400 defendants. More than 100 of those were charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees, including more than 35 charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon. Around 140 officers were assaulted that day, the Justice Department has said, and the search continues for some of the most high-profile assailants. end quote Enquiring minds want to know . . . as do leftist propogandists and right wing conspirators and everybody else who believes, or doesn't believe, in the Constitution. I want HISTORY to be written from facts.
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  38. Peter, Do you really believe that would actually happen? I don't. Of even if it did, it would be top-heavy on the Republican side with anti-Trumpers who will soon be leaving. Here's an idea for some facts. Real facts and not propaganda. Why not release in the mainstream some of the ton-loads of videos showing a mostly peaceful event? There is plenty to release. After all, about a million people were there on Jan. 6, most with smartphones. I've even seen some of it on alt media sites. But it never appears on the fake news media, who simply play the same loops of the same few people over and over. Frankly, we don't need a Congressional commission to rectify bullshit by the fake news media. On the contrary, such a commission will provide even more bullshit. I have a suggestion for you. I am now up to Chapter 4 in the just-released Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media's Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption by Alex Marlow, the Editor in Chief at Breitbart. It's a bestseller right now and for good reason. It gives stats on the news. For example, do you know how many mainstream articles were written promoting the Russian hoax? Mainstream, not alt media on the left. Here's how many. Over half a million. That's a hell of a lot of articles for a limited space and small time period (about 3 years). Here's another. The New York Times vastly increased the word-count of racist terms in its articles after the disaster of the Meuller Report. I don't recall the number since I am listening to an audiobook version, but the stats are given and the increase was drastic. And on and on and on... Michael
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  39. Eric Weinstein had him on his podcast , interesting juxtaposition of views and personalities. The conversation itself and the fact of their conversation works to highlight the institutionalized bubble making infrastructure. Weinstein takes him to task for his methods but appreciates that stories that normally would not have opportunity to pierce the suppression mechanics of the modern information and communication ‘systems’ can reach escape velocity by his efforts.
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  40. Peter, A few hundred million dollars (minimum) in Fauci's bank account is all the self-interest he needs to call it "rational." Lying his ass off all the time, running people crazy with inconsistencies, inducing people to do dangerous things to their detriment (including shutdowns), and making the US ever more vulnerable to the Chinese Communist Party are merely the cost in reality for those hundreds of millions. Since others pay this cost, not him, it's a great deal. This rational self-interest thing is awesome... Michael
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  41. From USA Today. 'The truth is hard': Senate Republicans block commission to study Capitol riot of Jan. 6 Bart Jansen and Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY 56 mins ago Why in the heck would they do that? I agree that a probe should be bipartisan and the participants should be from both parties, but this looks like a stupid cover-up. Can we handle the truth? I think the Republicans are looking like stupid conspirators . . . and they MUST BE guilty.
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  42. Since the muscle mystics are coming into dominance, this is a good place for a refresher: William, thanks for the thread revival. "Mystics of Spirit and of Muscle" As products of the split between man’s soul and body, there are two kinds of teachers of the Morality of Death: the mystics of spirit and the mystics of muscle, whom you call the spiritualists and the materialists, those who believe in consciousness without existence and those who believe in existence without consciousness. Both demand the surrender of your mind, one to their revelations, the other to their reflexes. No matter how loudly they posture in the roles of irreconcilable antagonists, their moral codes are alike, and so are their aims: in matter—the enslavement of man’s body, in spirit—the destruction of his mind. The good, say the mystics of spirit, is God, a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive—a definition that invalidates man’s consciousness and nullifies his concepts of existence. The good, say the mystics of muscle, is Society—a thing which they define as an organism that possesses no physical form, a super-being embodied in no one in particular and everyone in general except yourself. Man’s mind, say the mystics of spirit, must be subordinated to the will of God. Man’s mind, say the mystics of muscle, must be subordinated to the will of Society. Man’s standard of value, say the mystics of spirit, is the pleasure of God, whose standards are beyond man’s power of comprehension and must be accepted on faith. Man’s standard of value, say the mystics of muscle, is the pleasure of Society, whose standards are beyond man’s right of judgment and must be obeyed as a primary absolute. The purpose of man’s life, say both, is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question. His reward, say the mystics of spirit, will be given to him beyond the grave. His reward, say the mystics of muscle, will be given on earth—to his great-grandchildren. Selfishness—say both—is man’s evil. Man’s good—say both—is to give up his personal desires, to deny himself, renounce himself, surrender; man’s good is to negate the life he lives. Sacrifice—cry both—is the essence of morality, the highest virtue within man’s reach. Galt’s Speech, For the New Intellectual
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  43. OMG! OMG!! As someone with degrees in Physics, I have no idea what to say but ... what a complete and utter farce. There never was a paradox, Merlin admitted as much when he said in the OP he had a solution he would "give" later. [Did he ever really give one that was any better than what anyone else offered?] As mentioned multiple times, there literally is nothing to "resolve", only bad thinking or intuition. The real problem is simply this: How does one address a fictional problem in a bad thinker's mind? and how do you evaluate WHO WINS the prize for that sort of thing by any kind of rational standard? The so called problem was dismissed successfully multiple times in many ways. Those who argued tooth and nail to deny the obvious revealed themselves with stark clarity. As someone who embraces Objectivism, all I can say is, credit to those here who were right, but you should all be MORE selfish given our finitude... one life 72 PAGES???? Unless you personally LOVE going through the explanations of rotation, rolling, translation etc, love making diagrams and VIDEOS... OMG MAKING VIDEOS!! in an attempt to show something to a select few who cannot or will not understand something??? Life is too short, BE MORE SELFISH and DON'T WASTE TIME ARGUING POINTLESS ARGUMENTS. Gotta give this one to jts, THE FIRST REPLY, even though only a sketch, it is true, and enough to dispell the idea (in a rational mind) that anything paradoxical is happening.
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  44. This is unfortunate, but not unique. But you are defined more by what you DO, than what you have done, and in a sense what you attempt to do even if you fail. With repeated effort, you become a person you can love more (with time).. if not the most. "Evil" certainly constitutes evidence citable to justify hate. The more one loves oneself, and loves one's life, loves family and friends, and all the values one has and pursues, all the more hatred one could have or justify having toward the evil that exists and threatens all that which one loves. We all know (including Michael) that meditating incessantly or obsessively on Evil and one's justified hatred of it, is not conducive to flourishing. BUT wholly evading evil or suppressing the momentary experience of the appropriate emotional response is not useful either. You speak of wasting hate on yourself (or your life), best we all try not to waste life on hate, no more than appropriate in any case.
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  45. Is self-satisfaction strictly compatible with self- hatred, Strictly Logical? And please supply a list of tyrants noted for their politeness. Thank you so very much in advance!
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  46. Are the Abraham Accords standing up to the latest events? https://avipnadel37659.lt.acemlna.com/Prod/link-tracker?redirectUrl=aHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ3d3cuaXNyYWVsdW53aXJlZC5jb20lMkZiaWRlbi1sb3Nlcy1taWRkbGUtZWFzdCUyRiUzRnV0bV9zb3VyY2UlM0RBY3RpdmVDYW1wYWlnbiUyNnV0bV9tZWRpdW0lM0RlbWFpbCUyNnV0bV9jb250ZW50JTNEVW5kZXJlc3RpbWF0aW5nJTJCdGhlJTJCQWJyYWhhbSUyQkFjY29yZHMlMjUyQyUyQkJpZGVuJTJCSGFzJTJCTG9zdCUyQlRoZSUyQk1pZGRsZSUyQkVhc3QlMjZ1dG1fY2FtcGFpZ24lM0RVbmRlcmVzdGltYXRpbmclMkJ0aGUlMkJBYnJhaGFtJTJCQWNjb3JkcyUyNTJDJTJCQmlkZW4lMkJIYXMlMkJMb3N0JTJCVGhlJTJCTWlkZGxlJTJCRWFzdA==&a=1000826368&account=avipnadel37659.activehosted.com&email=WuxRfRtBcRGM%2FRTMWdgn3QA3SuMkJhmkGexv49sZvNU%3D&s=d5811b885e9ba6f5be0c988f0bb8f253&i=279A297A8A4474
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  47. North Korea will welcome you if you bring peanut brittle.
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  48. Norian, You appear to think that Barbara Branden's bio on Rand was too harsh at certain points. In particular you doubt her accounts of Rand's less than hospitable treatment of certain people, her condemning those around her who did not agree with her tastes in music, art, etc. If you doubt Barbara's account, and think that she exaggerated Rand's social failings, then you really do need to read the other two bios on Rand by Anne C. Heller and Jennifer Burns. Because If their accounts are accurate, then Barbara's portrait of Rand was if anything, too sympathetic and laudatory; not the other way around. In particular, I was struck by your comment, "The Rand in the latter half of the book almost makes you wanna grab her and say 'here, read this book by Ayn Rand and get your act together.' Indeed, and that is, in effect, what those around her tried to do when she felt crushed by the hostile reviews of Atlas Shrugged and went into a deep depression for quite a while. Nathaniel Branden pointed-out to her that her own reaction to published criticism of Atlas, was not what one would have expected from the author of The Fountainhead, who created a key passage summing up her view of how a person representing her own values, should respond to hostile opposition, Howard Roark, his architectural career left in ruins, has a chance encounter with Ellsworth Toohey, the architectural critic chiefly responsible for (seemingly) ending Roark's career. Toohey, recognizing Roark, approaches him and says, "Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me? In any words you wish. No one will hear us." Roark's answer: "But I don't think of you." Unfortunately, Rand was unable or unwilling to follow her own advice. But, by the way,...so what? Ayn Rand was not a deity. Only a deity is capable of perfect, unerring, behavior. Some fans of Rand seem to think that if any human failing by Rand is acknowledged, that negates her whole philosophical construction. No, it does not., It merely shows that she was human. It is ironic that certain self-appointed defenders of Rand's legacy will not admit that she was anything less than perfection - which is dangerously close to buying into the same argument (a logical fallacy) that her leftist enemies invariably utilise, the ad hominem.
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  49. One bullet point was obviously left out: How making Nathaniel Branden invisible will make you more visible to ARI. Ghs
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