Rich Engle

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  1. Have you seen how spineless many anarchists have been about the Smith vs McElroy thing? If their utopia were ever achieved, they'd be the first to go. Within minutes of the state being abolished, they'd be clubbed to death by the first wave of power-lusting thugs while their fellow egg-headed anarchist theorists watched in indifference and said, "It's none of my business, it's between the two of..." (these fellow anarchist theorists would be interrupted mid-sentence by being clubbed to death themselves while the next ring of anarchist theorists watched in indifference, etc.). Instant tyranny. Not that Objectivist minarchism would be any better. It would probably be worse. Imagine a government run by Objectivist luminaries like Peikoff, Harriman, Binswanger, Hsieh, Pigero, Rowlands, Newberry, Cresswell and Coates. It wouldn't just be tyranny, but a clusterfuck of tyranny. J It would be something along this line:
  2. Maestro, I only hope for checks and balances, but performance-wise I have not seen this working so well lately. However, it does not mean that I have abandoned nor lost any faith in that idea. As writers (say), we know the power of words alone, and how sacred that freedom is. Will it be protected at any level down the road? I do not know. I see deterioration, and I see dumbing down. I see Idiocracy (the film) as a viable probability, if not already in place. People are not educated as they were. Specifically, they are not of an inquisitive mind (I am talking general populous here--what I see all over every day in many places). Being inquisitive, questioning, is something that does not seem to be taught, or at least taught properly. I do conclude that there is a conscious effort from above (elites) to discourage inquisitive, "question authority" behavior. And it is easy enough to do--simply shift the learning to compliance with authority. This is a very expedient strategy, and it has been done over and over in human history. I find very little depth in the masses. They are confused, and they are using the primal parts of their minds to survive. On the mega scale, to be otherwise is not encouraged. It is so touching when I find "old school" type people--educated freethinkers, rugged individualists. I don't see true individualists that much anymore. r
  3. This is from "The Nature of Government" in The Virtue of Selfishness. Some people disagree with Rand on this, but I don't. From what I have learned over life and study about human nature, she was spot on. I may disagree with those people who disagree, but I won't call them names like Rand did. I realize that she was lonely in her own fashion and had her own ways of getting attention. Michael I can speak only for myself, of course, but I know that I am struck dumb with admiration by the way the American system of checks and balances has left no opportunity, no legal loophole for the development of tyranny. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes. JR I remember a day when that was true, Jeff; it was the ultimate in human innovations. But, I do not for a minute believe it has nearly the strength it used to. For that matter, I wonder if it exists anymore at all. I see it subverted, constantly--there is a reformation of thought being enforced. Checks and balances? Have you seen what goes on with the cops? The fascism? And then, on the other side, even the remaining good cops have their hands tied on things that they used to be able to fix very easily. I find it very skewed, inverted, and generally a fucked-up Orwellian nightmare. I always, always thought that the U.S., what it stood for, how it was incepted, was inviolate, but I was either naive as hell, or things changed, or both. Not buying it. Not only do I see the check/balance system failing miserably (or becoming extinct), but I see it turning into an angry, reverse backlash. And mind you, I am a man of faith and hope--two fairly dirty words in these waters. I hope I am wrong, and you are right, but it smells like swamp. Best, rde
  4. So, are you in? www.chesspostcard.com . You can warm up by playing on their computer if you wish. There are no levels here. Just a rockin' tournament. r My Queen Just Got Violated By A Horsie I don't play any more. I peaked after reading a book by Botvinnik in 1960. I played my bro and beat him and he threw up the board. I wasn't naturally better; I had just read that book. I really have no real chess ability; my mind doesn't work that necessary several moves ahead brilliant way. I may be some kind of genius in some kind of way, but I'm not brilliant. I purchased one of those early computer chess games to play against, but it was so slow I threw it away. I mean, if you are a computer--SPIT IT OUT NOW! --Brant I don't dig the new system of designating moves at all--they can stick it where the sun don't shine! I didn't like it at first either. I think actually a mixture of both is good when you're talking about a game. But I'm with you on that--c2 to c4 just isn't sexy. r
  5. You introduce checks and balances, of course. These will magically mitigate the unimaginable excesses committed by monkeys doing what they naturally do, just as checks and balances magically mitigate the unimaginable excesses committed by politicians doing what they naturally do (abuse the power they have been naively given by the voters, who naively trusted them not to abuse it). But you know all this. JR Geo. Washington was America's first American king. Maybe he should have just said so. Then everybody would have known the truth from the get-go AND FOUGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM--from the get-go and the continual-go --Brant That's right. And, I can imagine the attempted, er, "insertion" of checks and balances on this thread alone. Yeah, that sounds fucking fabulous. I can hardly wait to get started! rde Oh boy me first me first!
  6. So, are you in? www.chesspostcard.com . You can warm up by playing on their computer if you wish. There are no levels here. Just a rockin' tournament. Yeah, California Dreamin'. . .I've been there a few times, on a heavy basis, and I loved it. But I live in FL now so it's a whole different dealio. I love it here. Tropics. I bet you did enjoy that! r My Queen Just Got Violated By A Horsie
  7. Well THAT didn't work. Post where you want, I guess. rde Double-gangin' eff. . .
  8. COMPUTER GLITCHY THIS GOT DOUBLE POSTED SO . . . Until MSK fixes it (I sent him a line) if you are interested in organizing a tourney post to the OTHER one. Repeat, this is a clone, this is a clone. rde Fuck's sake . . .
  9. I'm feeling the Henry Belafonte smarm. I want to Limbo. I think I will change my name to, uh . . ."Mango." rde Yes, we have no ber-nanners.
  10. OK, here's the deal: I've been playing chess since I was like 9. I even played on the chess team in high school and such. Spent a lot of time loving on chess (I have little time for games, but when I do it is chess and pool). I just started getting my game back a bit, I am really rusty. Crap, I even played for USCF ratings when I was a kid. I have played chess through my life though, and really enjoy it. I noticed that people like Ghs, others, mention chess as a pursuit. So, I got to thinking, why don't we do a little, er, "team building exercise?" I started thinking about starting a tourney; the simple way would be to create pairings and just do round-robins, although there are other ways. How would we do this? Well, I think the simplest way would be to use the guys over at www.chesspostcard.com. Play online postcard chess I've used this for years and it always works. There would be very few rules, other than like you can't use analyzers, and you should write down your moves (there have been times when the postcard server fails during tourneys, but not that often--if so, you just play back to where you were). I think this would be Big Fun. If you are interested, I'll start a signup sheet. But, I could use a helper on this one if we decide to do it. rde
  11. You buy more bananas, and start over. That's one way. Or, buy them typewriters--maybe hit eBay and treat them to IBM Selectrics. IPads . . .something. Then you wait until they get done throwing poop at one another. After that, you are kind of on your own. rde Primate Fever
  12. Here's some more interesting stuff when you cut through the swamp, Ghs--this should keep you going for a bit. Quite interesting, even if you are a non-MA person: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMSgJqGW0YY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8GGz82Ib6M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w9bRQTHd9g Regards, rde
  13. I assume you have seen "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," starring Jason Scott Lee. How accurate was the film? I thought it was a good flick. Ghs Historically, it is kind of close. You have to, of course, ignore that whole haunting thing they ran through there, that sucked. Since you have Netflix, there is tonnage there, but maybe try an older one called "Martial Arts Master: The Life of Bruce Lee." Bruce Lee cut a pretty wide swath, George; you can study him for years and barely hit the surface. I wish I could've met him, but I was only 11 turning 12 when I started MA in '69. He was only with me for a short time, you know? Just when I got the awareness of him, he was gone. I remember the cover of Black Belt Magazine, an article called "Liberate Yourself From Classical Karate." He was wearing boxing gloves and cross-training shoes, which was unheard of (Inasanto was a track star and that's where that came from--it is arguable that those two were the founders of what is now called cross-training. Well, at least cross-training shoes, because before then, Bruce was wearing these boots). Philosophically, he is of great interest as well. This interview has always been a fave in the JKD world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pIEKv_Tyno rde Be Like Water, My Friend.
  14. Another huge Bruce Lee fan from (virtually) day one was the late Roy Childs. During the early 1970s, while I was writing ATCAG, Roy and I lived in the same Hollywood apartment building, and Roy was always bugging me to go with him to see one of Bruce Lee's early Hong Kong films. Roy was ecstatic when "Enter the Dragon" was released in 1973, because he was convinced that it would propel Lee to major-league stardom. As I recall, Roy convinced BB to see "Enter the Dragon" with him on his second or third go-around. Roy claimed that Barbara liked the film, but I don't think I ever heard a confirmation of this from Barbara herself. Ghs The death was tragic. There continues to be a conspiracy theory on this, which got even more punctuated when Brandon Lee died during the filming of "The Crow" (another excellent film) via a blank gun that got live-loaded. The funny thing about that is this was a plotline in one of his father's films, where the character faked his own death in almost precisely the same manner. Linda Lee says there is nothing to any of it, which I tend to believe because, well, because truth truly is capable of being far stranger than fiction. Call it irony. "Enter The Dragon" is probably overall the best MA film of that era. I have been watching kung fu flicks for years and years (you tend to do that if you are a practicing MA, and/or are black and/or smoke dope), and you watch them, obviously, for different reasons. IP Man was a real breakthrough, hadn't seen something quite that in a good while. Why do black people never join the Objectivism but they love kung fu movies, right? You go into a vintage black dude's house, you are sure to see a Bruce Lee poster. "Game of Death" was supposed to be BL's opus magnus, but by then he was dead. There is a terrible cut of it where they actually have this paste-on head thing for him that . . . Nonetheless, the main idea at the end is kind of Jungian--going from the bottom of the house to the top, each time encountering a more dangerous opponent. r
  15. I just saw it last week on Netflix, via Roku. I'm a lifelong martial artist (1969). My last teacher was with both Ed Parker and Danny Inosanto (who developed many things with BL and ran his Hollywood studio). I was a Bruce Lee fan from day one, even though I never got to formally train kung fu until much later in life (but for a brief stab when I was 18). Anyway, I became a JKD man. Bruce Lee's books, particularly "The Tao of Jeet Kune Do," are as good as it gets, and that includes on the philosophical level. Inevitably, you study the Wing Chun, and you learn about Yip Man (as we knew the western spelling). He was an opium addict, but that doesn't bear all that much relevance to his teaching. This movie is elegantly filmed, and much closer to truth than most MA films. It was very inspiring for me to see MA represented in this manner. I was looking at the Wing Chun wooden dummy and it brought things back. Ah, the bliss that is Chinese Boxing. Even if you aren't into MA, this film is lovely. Wiki thing on Yip Man rde Makes you wanna do some pak sao and lop sao!
  16. Rich, my fellow madman iconoclast, there are a couple of us here (at least) who have been keeping in touch with Phil. From all reports he is doing well and feeling pretty sprightly. He shares with me from time to time some fun things he has written. I paste one such below in an attempt to turn mere drift into a tidal bore. Two things jump out. Don't say 'speak frog,' please. It suggests something about you that cannot possibly be true: bigotry. Bete noire is a fully-functioning part of the English language now, like rendez-vous, hors d'oeuvre, apéritif and va t'en faire foutre, bub. As we say in Canada, checkez vos premises . . . Secondly, yes, Steve throws red meat and George chomps. Comme toujours. Who could expect anything different (especially when he prepares the chomping by telling the dogs to be nice or he will be disappointed)? That said, you are the other face of the coin at times -- we all can be -- taking the part of competing Miss Manners, chiding and pursing lips and sighing and fainting at bad form in the other dog's performances. [in my own guise of Madame Etiquette, I would think that if Steve wanted discussion of the discussion and its points, he could have opened the gambit. It reminds me of someone standing at the kitchen counter, with a tin of Spaghettios and a can-opener, grizzling and keening: "Won't anyone help me with dinner!"] Finally, how dare you post the picture of that accordionist? Surely everyone knows Johnny Puleo deserves the honour! -- here is Phil the light-hearted: If you believed for a minute that I cared about what languages are used. Heavens, William. That was just for him, effete as he appears. There's no crying in baseball, and yes, I realize what French Canadia<tm> is. French is a beautiful language. It is a Movable Feast! Rightio. It is very difficult to kill a zombie. Phil was better, I guess. It's like deciding between weird meats in a strange shop. Regards, r Nice hearin' frum yuh.
  17. Yeah, I was thinking on that. He was better. Phil would, from time to time, resurface and he would do some beautiful things. Well, maybe not Beauty, but awfully damn good. You could see his nature. You know you're fucked when you talk about missing Phil. That is the pregnant fact of it, methinks. Jeez. rde Waiting for the Curmudgeon or Someone Like Him Phil still haunts these pages. I continue to be amazed that nobody has outed him yet. I saw this weird shadow on my wall this a.m. It could be so.
  18. It's hard to explain what you believe when deep inside you don't know. She has a decent moral compass. If you are looking for an informed, scientific/theological thinker, probably not so much. The forces of nature move her. rde
  19. Yeah, I was thinking on that. He was better. Phil would, from time to time, resurface and he would do some beautiful things. Well, maybe not Beauty, but awfully damn good. You could see his nature. You know you're fucked when you talk about missing Phil. That is the pregnant fact of it, methinks. Jeez. rde Waiting for the Curmudgeon or Someone Like Him
  20. "It must be hard to type with one's hands nailed to the cross" Much less play decent accordion. If there is such a thing. I was going to do a trivia contest on the pix, but the hijacking levels are already peaking to a dangerous state. So . . . Obviously, the first three are Phil (or The Artist Formerly Known As Phil)--these reside in the Phil Shrine here at OL, which, by the way, seems to be suffering from a severe attendance problem, despite lots of bells, whistles, dancing monkeys, and even a Hong Kong funeral shot. The accordion dude (and, God help you, you have to have your finger on the pulse of the accordion world for this sort of nonsense) is none other than Bruce Gassman : Bruce Gassman Web Site No one plays "Star Wars" quite like Bruce does. Then, the finally rendered Creature is Lou Catell, appearing in a one-time-only role in "Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster." Art at its finest. Oh, eff it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9It2mr5hP8 It all seemed appropriate, given the curmudgeon-ness. OK back to it, folks. I got nothin' for awhile. rde In honor of Phil, I am skipping the Quote Function.
  21. You characterized your own headline post as "red meat." You also posted a link to Stephan Kinsella's article, one that supposedly provides "extensive background to the debate events and related intellectual ferment, which in turn influenced his and many others' thinking on IP, in a Mises Daily article posted today." Much of that background is fictional, as I have pointed out. And pointing this out does not amount to "character sniping." I was intimately involved with those events -- far more than Wendy was in most cases -- and if I catch her lying again and again, I will call attention to her lies, again and again. Why you believe anything at this point that Wendy might say in a "Retrospective" mystifies the fuck out me. The woman is an inveterate liar, a person who will manufacture "facts" out of thin air, if she thinks they will enhance her own reputation. Of haven't you figured this part out yet? Moreover, if you wish to start a discussion of IP and its background in the modern movement, do you really think you will achieve this goal by posting a verbal debate that runs nearly two hours, and which few people will listen to in its entirely? There is a ton of written material out there, if that was your purpose. Ghs He's a one trick pony, George. He de-cloaks, scolds everyone, complains in a most bitterly manner, then re-cloaks. A basic hit-and-run artist, without the striking power. For what it is worth I am usually not this hard on anyone but his persistence, if nothing else, is enough to warrant it. He hates it here, but not enough to not be here. Since he chose to psychologize, I guess that opens a door. The reason he does the bete noire thingy is because he feels, on some level or another, that he has been, uh, "betty-nwahed," and he has. People get sick of his endless complaining. It smells like old man farts, or the inside of a coffin, or something along that line. It's a given, at this point. Some form of weak, moral outrage. But at least he put the thing up. As to his motivation(s), I was wondering about that myself. r
  22. For fuck's sake, man--do you think you are going to persuade Ghs into editing to your taste? Now, that would be a gruesome day. His replies to your very useful topic are exactly as they should be, if not a little more. Save yourself now, before it is too late. Don't you see the signs, brother? It's The Transformation. The Changin'. It comes on subtle, you know . . .mild urges to sanitize, correct, enforce what you feel is "decorum." Before long, you are in Bat Country--you have become Phil Coates. Bete noire list my sorry hide. How dare you speak frog. And invoked as a hot link, even! Was that an effort to educate the groundlings? Minka. I bet you had to look that up to be sure, didn't you? A lot of trouble to get an accent mark. Need I remind you of how and what you will become, step by step? Behold your future: Originally. Early molecular rearranging takes place. The Transformation. Temporary atomic flux. The Pale, Hideous Aftermath. Loosen up, Moneypenny: Un-cradle the phone, undo that tight bun in your hair, and hike your leg up over yonder mahogany desk. This is what living feels like. rde Time for the garlic necklace.
  23. Proudly "Randian" in some respects. You're a bit slow on the uptake aren't you? Shayne You got it, Sporty-Pants: just your basic Barbarian.