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  1. The most definitive answer so far, to virus and lockdowns. Listen at 1.5 speed I suggest.
  2. Fantastic signs. A rebound I wouldn't think possible. The market has 'voted' in an early election?
  4. Yup Michael, Scott Adams is firm on the American/ individual/freedom/leader's role, and that scientists and MD's should never stray - in official capacity - outside their fields, into economics, ethics or politics, much less make arguments from authority (out of their areas) a la Carl Sagan, or that they need taking seriously. Most disappointing of the respectable New England Journal of Medicine that they'd make this nakedly obvious political ploy against the Trump Administration, close to the election. And I see similar propaganda from other once apolitical and great organs, like Nat Geo's ma
  5. "Nothing". I like that. Je ne regrette rien... The President's Mass Declassification By Sebastian Gorka, PhD After I left the White House in 2017, I wrote a book of my experiences and the way Donald Trump, a non-politician, had totally upended American politics. Once The War for America's Soul was written, I decided to do one more thing... I contacted the president to ask if he would agree to an exclusive interview on his tenure to date and lessons learned. He agreed, and the transcript of our discussion in the Oval Office became the appendix to my book.
  6. Of interest to you Mike. Not all of them, as I said, a minority with integrity:
  7. Typical, all of science and medicine has been compromised by a single, unquestioned ethics: government owns your bodies and you are responsible for others' bodies. When a govt. doesn't do enough fast enough - perhaps from a semblance of recognizing citizens' self-responsibility and individual liberty, these people stick the knife in and 'politicize' what's not their business to do. Altruism 101. One's life belongs to the Other.
  8. Anti- *illegal* immigration, right. The same deceitful strawman I heard from Brook and Co. about the President: "Anti-immigrant". Apart from your good reasons and the attractive US welfarism which some Objectivists don't want to consider, dropping context and by idealist standards of the ideal free nation of full individual rights, there's of course a good social reason against open borders. While every citizen in the country is documented, identifiable and traceable, now allow others coming in who can't ever be found or known. Not that most migrants are or will be criminals, but it only take
  9. Philosophy ~explains~ the "mystery" to one (else what good is it?). The absolute truth is, to the universe, there's no value in life and particularly human life, we are as useful and incidental as a lump of rock or volcano or Black Hole, and as valueless. Without A Valuer. So "value" was a construct of mankind along with 'purpose' and 'meaning'. I think you start enjoying living - totally - the moment you realize - fully - that there will be an end to it, there's no let off, in time you will die. And "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees" (and die all the same). All implicitly
  10. There's the distinction I was talking about. Today's "anti-racists" are indeed the new racists - or "racialists". Looking for and stirring up race supremacist motivations under every bed. A highly unpopular question to ask here: Where would you successful blacks be today in Africa if not for the "colonizers" you say you loathe? One or two youngsters who won't have to barely survive in another shit hole country get this guy's virtuous wrath. He could have picked on Hollywood starlets first.
  11. Paul was correct, Branden's and Rand's fields are distinct - and simultaneous, I think he'd agree: Good and evil and healthy and unhealthy. As both thinkers understood. Philosophy and psychology are considered different areas of formal study and application but co-exist in the individual mind and his life. (Self-evidently). Healthy and unhealthy was the specific concern of this Objectivism-grounded psychologist. Who would still write psycho-philosophically in Honoring the Self, about the correlation of human atrocities, sacrifice and self-sacrifice : "It is not self but the absence of self whi
  12. "Make deals not war"? Do you think the peaceniks (or ARI) will give the Prez an iota of credit?
  13. Some places that reacted fairly or very quickly are going back into further lock downs, or considering it as cases "surge" -e.g. UK, New Zealand, Israel - despite the freedom seeking minorities which oppose them. Boris was saying he wants everybody in England to test every day...Huh?! Virologist Wittkowski's factual advice will be proven right, "flattening the curve" extends the curve. But such dissenting experts have been silenced by social media pandering to WHO, UN, etc. Let's eventually see some model that can demonstrate how many lives have been saved (or not) by the blanket is
  14. "You don't have to rely on altruistic obedience". True. The prevailing perception of love is that you sacrifice yourself. (Or someone does for you). Except, much of the time, most people aren't surrendering "a higher value to a lesser one". Sub-consciously at least, they understand that the object of their love is 'worth it', and what they do to sustain it through thick and thin totals a gain in value, since they love him/her above minor outlays, but often they'll mis-name and display their acts as 'sacrificial' nonetheless. Then the others, the authentic self-sacrificers, who hang on through
  15. Beware COVID-19 Vaccine Politics By Buck Sexton Dear reader, Last week, President Trump made an optimistic claim... "We could have a vaccine soon, maybe even before a special day. You know what day I'm talking about." The possibility of a COVID-19 breakthrough should be positive news to all Americans. But some are terrified for what it will mean for the national election, now less than two months away. Never in living memory has an emerging medical breakthrough been poised to play such a critical role in who will stay – or become – the leader of the free world. For t
  16. Next follows Bahrain, and some interesting ramifications. It is clear that the moderate Arab states have long been tired of the Palestinians - who predictably are mighty upset at these 'betrayals' - for holding out of a peace accord. Next that with Iran's threat to the region, they'd rather side with Israel. And - the timing of these diplomatic moves: just shortly pre-US elections, shows they are openly throwing in with and supporting President Trump, for whom this is a feather in his statesman cap so bettering his chances for re-election. (Maybe, also gaining the USA as a potential ally).
  17. The video is very good, but slavery is not 100% relevant to my post. Bear in mind that slavery and racism are not always equal bedfellows. Where there was systemic racism like South Africa, there wasn't slavery. Which went roughly for all the African ex-colonies, they tolerated little or no slavery but had racist policies of varying severity.
  18. I don't agree. Conversely, America is NON-racist. It's predominantly individualist. To be actively anti-racist is still to be aware of collective differences and make allowances. Which is why most Americans don't know how to deal with the new racialism, masquerading as "anti-racist", espoused by a minority to divide the nation. They don't recognize anti-racism, or the threat it poses, since non-racism is what they know and live by..
  19. There is no "anti-racism", it's all simple racism now. You are defined by your group - period. Uplifting or pandering to a person's type, group or tribe - by cause of their "type" - is as much anti-individualist and -phobic, as belittling and negating them because of their type. (While granted the latter is nastier in appearance, they are identical in premises and consequences). The soft bigotry of low expectations, as it's said, is a subtler and insidious racism. It follows we'll have competing groups, and sacrifices of one to another (altruism-collectivism) and a break down in society. There
  20. Michael, At that stage of the game, with fears of conflict in the air, it was important for SAfricans (and the international community) to believe the fairy tale of reconciliation - the past is forgotten and we are all free and equal now. Hell, that's what I believed. Mandela was excellent in that role of statesman and race reconciler keeping hidden his personal (mostly private) dislike of whiteys. A pragmatist, he said that obviously the country needed the Whites, their finance and abilities and foreign investment to succeed. He would have been appalled at the ANC today, the elite looters hav
  21. There's no edit function. But to add, Peter, the nihilists and cynics who would force society to be 'good', would be useless without numbers of followers: the fervent true-believers, sundry feel-gooders and useful idiots.
  22. Peter, I'd like to be reassured by your positivity ;0. I've seen more than enough of the unbelievable nihilism of the US Left to be persuaded. What I remember reading of FDR's period, this is not to be his 'soft', one might say good-willed Socialism - wrong-headed as it was - now is a different context. They want nothing short of totalitarian control. Socialism, the down trodden and poor, equality, and so on is their moral pretext. That their objective won't be accomplished due to Conservative/patriotic resistance is not much help. In the effort of power, the Leftists will do maximum damage. I
  23. Inspired by the Marxist Black Lives Matter, this was predictable, I saw something like this coming our way next. And there is almost zero overt white on black racism remaining in SA, I know (but plenty of the reverse, systemic and legal to shut whites out of the economy) - AND all lives taken are by blacks on blacks. This is Malema of the EFF (Economic Freedom Front, sounds good? Except that it wants to nationalize banks, property and everything).