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  1. Some further comment after Ellen's post ... Quoting caroljane: “... it [a vaccination ID] illustrates my point. A public health measure is not viewed [by those who object to this?] as what it is, a measure to limit the initiation of force by citizens upon each other, but as – well, what? An infringement on your sacred right to get sick, and make others sick?” The ending is sarcastic and “initiation of force” is designed to push Objectivists’ buttons. The mask orders, “lockdowns” of healthy people, limiting businesses, closing businesses, forbidding public assembly, etc. have to
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  2. Has anyone here read NB's novel Layers? It was published in July 2020. I had heard he had written and completed at least one novel and that it had been submitted to publishers about 15 years ago. But for some reason, it was never published. I bought the Kindle version of Layers a couple of months ago and am in the middle of reading it for the second time. I didn't know it had been published until I did a search on Nathaniel Branden books on Amazon. The book has not been mentioned on any of NB's Facebook pages. It's not even listed in the store on nathanielbranden.com I really like the bo
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  3. Peter quotes Rand Paul three posts above: I'd like to emphasize this sentence: "We can't let government tyrants and media fear mongers push us into accepting this terrible idea that we need their permission to go back to our lives." Ellen
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  4. I inadvertently got a lesson in my COVID-19 vocabulary education today. I want to say this word applies to many, but I think it serves better for the elite of the elites club. And I love Juanita basically telling the oligarchy, you'd better put some ice on that, you mothafuckin' cockwomble... Michael
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  5. NIOF has been regularly used disingenuously "to push (~libertarian's~) buttons", I agree. The right of ownership of one's own body. Well, of course, but inadequate. The Objectivist formulation comes from one's right to *freedom of action*- which must not be interfered with, by others' initiation of force. This is a positive and active right, not a passive one. No one in general is required to take especial care of you, and one has no expectation of such. That is a *claim* on others. Such as, one doesn't wander onto a busy highway, expecting that motorists all manage to avoid kno
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  6. It was an interesting time at Walmart today. We now, both have our double Covid shots just as a Brazilian double mutation is on its way to get us. How many variants is it now? But we are not doomed. Study the science and get your shots. Obviously the Corona virus was manufactured to kill off Republican, conservative, conspiracy theorists, and libertarian knuckle heads. Other than old people and people with “underlying conditions” who is more likely to die? Deniers.
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  7. Richard, Great to hear you are well. I infer you have all your site files. (Which is great. I was downloading them from the Wayback Machine so you could have them just in case the site was taken over without your permission and the site was the only place you stored them. Since I am no techie, I no longer have to keep busting my chops trying to get it right. ) Here is a friendly suggestion. Please leave the site as it last was online somewhere as an historical place for posterity. Put a date on when it was active and mention that it is no longer being updated. I don't kno
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  8. Hello. Richard Lawrence here, again belatedly responding to a thread that I just recently learned was revived. To clear things up from my side, I did not sell the noblesoul.com domain or any of my content to "Anthony Mason" or anyone else. I did take the site down voluntarily and abandon the domain after I realized that I was not likely to give it the time and effort needed to get it current again or otherwise maintain it. It appears that someone else has obtained the domain, which is totally fine by me. However, they have also chosen to repost some of my content, in particular personal essays
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  9. My wife went through a phase, when she was about 23-24 during which she had an intense and visceral urge to have a baby... was drawn almost with a kind of yearning.. to every baby she saw... we finally had a baby close to 10 years later. Those could have been voluntary chosen rational urges... or she may have temporarily and involuntarily transformed into an animal of sorts... like a Weremother or something.
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  10. This has turned into a new form of philosophical argument: argumentum ad nationalgeographicum. Michael
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  11. William, And imagine if that someone had the entire human race to test that strong claim on. That situation does not happen all the time. In fact, this is the first time I am aware of it ever happening in human history. "Oops" at that level is not good. Most people get that, but I'm saying it in case it isn't clear. Michael
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  12. Tony, Done. What a mess, but I did it. I hope what's left is that what you wanted. btw - What makes you think an instinct guarantees success? If it did, most animals and insects would never eat. Formatting or fore-mating on autopilot is pretty close to what operating on instinct feels like. (And do you really need to fore-mate on autopilot? That's disgusting... ) Just be glad a predator was not around to eat you for the autopilot fail. Michael
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  13. That’s the usual pattern, fore mating instincts lead to secondary cleaning up concerns.
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  14. AH, Free will needs no proof, despite the constant attacks against it. There are two divisions of philosophy that serve as major frames for looking at this: metaphysics and epistemology. Metaphysically, free will either exists or it does not. Humans have no control over that and, no matter what anyone says, humans will never have any control over that. Trying to prove free will according to metaphysics is a fool's errand. It's in the same category of the age-old question, if a tree falls in the woods and nobody perceives it, did it really happen? Whether things happen or not on
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  15. On the TV show "Blue Bloods," Tom Selleck is NY Commissioner of Police. He would do a good job playing President Trump in a movie.
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  16. Incidentally, there are some people in Canada who are standing up against encroaching totalitarianism from the bad guys using COVID like Hitler used the Reichstag fire. For instance, here is a pastor in Calgary who grew up in Poland and has seen what the beginning of massive oppression of citizens looks like. This guy had a fit and when the goons showed up to shut down his church service over COVID restrictions. He threw them out by sheer force of personality and moral courage. There is no syllogism on earth that is going to make this pastor bear false witness to what he has liv
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  17. Carol, That's an amusing quip when sitting in a safe place and typing on the Internet. For those in jail for real over nonviolence, it's not entertaining. But, hey. Why get your hands dirty when you have thugs, er secret police to do the dirty work for you? Just so long as the thugs, er law enforcement personnel understand that you, yourself, are not to be touched, that you are one of the good guys, that you are on the right side of history, right? As for the victims? Well, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, huh? (Famous last hazy thoughts an
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  18. Just doing a little introspection, trying to identify the pattern of psychological learning and my reasoning at thirteen, when at the poster store I chose the Farrah Fawcett one , even though the Kate Smith was right there.
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  19. Possibly the infrastructure bill I posted about on the "Unraveling" thread - link. Ellen
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  20. Carol, Be careful. Instead of transmitting joviality, I get the feeling from your writing of seething hatred. Should I start calling you Karen? Michael
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  21. You quoted it in the post of yours I quoted. Anyway, I have no interest in discussing Covid further with you, seeing things you wrote to Mark. Ellen
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  22. BREAKING: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Issues an Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies or Political Subdivisions in Texas from Creating a ‘Vaccine Passport’ Requirement ‘It Can Be Confusing…I’m Not Really Quite Sure’ – Fauci on Texas Covid Cases Dropping Despite Ignoring His Advice on Masks, Social Distancing (VIDEO) Ellen
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  24. My question was more a statement than question. Your reasoning here is akin ( ) to the detractors in the 'Scopes monkey trial'. " aint no way we came from monkeys" The detractors didn't understand that that was not what was being said. Evolution as theory never said humans 'came from' monkeys, chimps or the great apes. All phenotypes are the result of the evolutionary process, evolution isn't alchemy in the sense that you can look at a contemporaneous species and make a claim that a similar contemporaneous species evolved 'out' of the first group.
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  25. I need to correct myself. I am not proud of that statement. It was factual in that the camera angle and length of time did make it look like cold-blooded murder, but the way I said that still smells like spin. Not one of my finer moments. Kind of like throwing a stone at the man the mob wants to lynch. And now? It's really hard to look at the following and think murder. Add that to the fact that Floyd had enough narcotics (including fentanyl) in him to kill 4 human beings minimum, this makes me more disgusted with the current media and propaganda culture than ever.
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  26. The more fundamentalist religious people do not believe in evolution. Unfortunately, here is a version of the same thing in a different accent. Why bother discuss anything else about this? Dogma is dogma. Bullshit. You've been presented with solid evidence several times. You've been shown where more exists, too. You won't look. You've said so several times. When cornered, you've even said you look "beyond" the evidence. You can't have it both ways and be rational. They contradict each other. You can't be presented with evidence, refuse to look,
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  27. Peter, There was no trade. The human brain did not lose instincts. It added rationality on top of them. Like I said, there was no trade. There was a gain. Michael
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  28. Oh, no. Not another Zombi movie.
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  29. Interesting. We lose instincts as we gain rationality. Was it a good trade? Hell yes!
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  30. No, I’m not cavalier about them. Who the hell are they to ruin my life for some tiny possible benefit to them? Who are these old people who sacrifice the young to themselves? (By the way, the iron hand of the state is doing a lot more than forcing people to wear useless masks.) “Fanboy” wasn’t in my vocabulary so I looked it up. Merriam-Webster online: a boy or man who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something It’s a disparaging word. I don’t think I have any “fanboys.”
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  31. I haven't been giving many notifications on Sidney Powell recently because the media campaign was so overblown against her, I thought it better to let it burn itself out. It was like whistling during a hurricane. And burning itself out is exactly what is starting to happen. Here is an indication of that from an unusual place--Scott Adams. One would think he was on Sidney's side about election fraud, but he hasn't been. He hasn't even been on board with voting machine fraud. But Lo and Behold, he is starting to drift. The moment he started waking up was on this last fake news assault
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  32. William, I've read people with far better credentials than you or me say it is true. But there are many people who agree with you. In my view, the idea of vaccines is no longer a medical issue, but is now a team sport. On another point, let me ask you something. How would you like to be banned from OL for saying that? I'm not going to do that but the fake news media and big tech do that to people who disagree with them (and you) all the time. All. The. Time. Do you think the powers that be should do that? If I banned you because you disagreed with me
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  33. Speaking of the NIOF principle , it does imply reciprocity, no? Who is going to stop licking his honey pots and kick Pooh's ass ? I suppose the question is when are enough people in this country( and the rest of the west) going to demand a Pooh ass kicking and get someone to do it?
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  34. Tony, That's easy. Go look. There are two issues here. 1. The either-or people. Either humans have instincts or they have volition. Neither consider that humans have both. The bad guys fall into this category and try to sell it to get power. You, also, fall into this category, but I won't speculate about what you gain. Rand, at times, fell into this category. When she did, she was fighting the bad guys. 2. The law of identity. Humans have both instincts and volition. Humans evolved. Humans are still evolving. There is plenty of evidence for this and even Rand ackno
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  35. Tony, I also mentioned there was a shit-ton of other examples by Rand I could quote--both fiction and nonfiction. You are making it sound like I only presented two because I could only find two. That's the kind of spin the fake news media does all the time. Why do that? I was clear in what I wrote. Isn't truth enough? Michael
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  36. Not silly at all...isn't Rand the one who, instead of saying "good luck", insisted on saying "good premises"? (Or, is this a case of "it's not ok to use sloppy metaphors, except when it is?)
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  37. Just when I think the evil of the spiteful tribal mindset in the Objectivist subcommunity has been amply illustrated by the monkeyshines on SLOP, Objectivist Liar and Hater Lindsay Perigo manages to outdo himself. Before I get to it, though, first here are some thoughts. Let's get the cavaet out of the way. Not all tribal thinking is spiteful. I am only addressing the spiteful kind, especially the spiteful kind sometimes seen in the Objectivist subcommunity. Now for the meat. One of the main differences between a tribalist and a person who thinks for himself is in their respective attitudes to
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  38. Michael, I'm only going to reply on a few factual points in your psychological profile of me. To begin with, five years ago I'd decided not to continue posting in discussion fora. That was before all the PARC stuff hit the fan. I resisted for some time saying anything about that, but then broke down and started posting about it on the SOLOHQ list. When you set up this list, I was reluctant to join it, but then did -- and have very much lived to think that I made a mistake in doing so. My health problems are debilitating and getting worse. Brant is correct that I can't predict from day to d
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