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  1. Peter

    Donald Trump

    Who is using a vulgarity to describe someone as female genitalia? Jon. So, I suggest using "lobe" or "big toe"
  2. Peter

    Prison Reform, Finally

    I think someone cited this, but I may be wrong. Some snips from Walter E. Williams in The Daily Signal: How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? In the interest of brevity, I shall list only four: “The world could get by just fine with zero black people.” “It’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old black men.” “Dumbass f—ing black people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants.” “Are black people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically only being fit to live underground like groveling bilious goblins?” I think most Americans would find such blatant racism despicable and would condemn any company that knowingly hired such a person. Leftists of every stripe would be in an uproar, demanding the dismissal of such an employee. College students and their professors would picket any company that hired such a person. I could be wrong about this, so I’d truly like any employer who’d hire such a person to come forward. Most Americans would see such statements as racist, but consider this: Suppose we slightly changed the wording of each statement, replacing the word “black” with “white.” For example, “The world could get by just fine with zero white people.” Would you consider that statement to be just as racist? I would hope you’d answer in the affirmative. They’re all racist statements. The racist statements about white people were made by Sarah Jeong, one of the newest members of The New York Times’ editorial board. end quote The joke is the jokes were about, white folks. The writer was of south Korean descent and Walter is a person of darker skin and large brain.
  3. Peter

    highway robbery by police

    In many cases I am waiting for the "Trump trickle down affect," to kick in. It is not a cascade because the elitists are erecting dams to slow the flow.
  4. Peter

    Prison Reform, Finally

    "Shawshank Redemption." "Cool Hand Luke." "Pappillon." however it is spelled. "Escape from Alcatraz." Isn't it odd how we feel real empathy for actors playing people in prison, but that feeling may not stretch into real life? Maybe not as much feeling as for Tom Hank's character in "Castaway," but you like the prisoners but despise the wardens.
  5. Peter

    Trump humor

    I believe the Saudi’s said a dozen people were chastised so we need not send Teddy Roosevelt or Lawrence of Arabia to have a word with them. Carol sure seems intent on throwing around Canadian righteousness. Her favorite crossword clue may be: Clue: In the beaver state. Answer: eager. Thanks for arresting that Chinese “business woman” too. You guys are swell.
  6. Peter

    Fake Social Media

    I thought it was interesting that a Congressman asked the head of Google why, when you type in "idiot," the first "hit" is Trump. Obviously someone at Google Search is insanely hateful.
  7. Peter

    Rape scene in the Gospel of Luke

    36 26 36 indicates ability to conceive. That's why those numbers look so good to men.
  8. Peter

    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Sam two you rest inn piece. From the Readers Digest. I am hungary. Maybe you should czech the fridge. I’m russian to the kitchen. Maybe you will find some turkey. We have some but it’s covered in greece. Yuk. There is norway you are going to eat that. I think I will settle for a can of chile as well. Denmark your name on the can.
  9. Peter

    Harry Dean Stanton has died.

    From Movie Magic: Ayn Rand Casts Atlas Shrugged The Atlas Society | 11/11/02 | Erika Holzer Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 7:00:21 PM by RJCogburn: DAGNY TAGGART: Kristen Scott Thomas Julianne Moore Sigourney Weaver. end quote Excellent choices. Clint Eastwood as Hank Rearden? Matthew Broderick as Eddie Willers? Yeah I could see that. Peter Movie Magic: Ayn Rand Casts Atlas Shrugged The Atlas Society ^ | 11/11/02 | Erika Holzer Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 7:00:21 PM by RJCogburn They were the most heady "casting parties" I ever attended. I especially liked being the only attendee (Hank Holzer also being present but not contributing much to the fun). Those of you who've read my 2001 essay for The Atlas Society, "Why Ayn Rand Would Have Loved This Site," know that I'm a lawyer turned novelist and that, during the mid-60s, my husband and I represented Ms. Rand. Those of you who have checked out my website ( learned, from the site's dedication, that my husband and I held professional consultations with Ms. Rand - not during normal business hours, nor at our midtown Manhattan law office - but evenings at her home. You also learned that, once our legal business was concluded, we would talk into the wee hours, conversation ranging from the broadly philosophical (deficiencies in the criminal justice system) to the mundane (the virtues of stamp collecting). But one topic I returned to again and again with the dogged persistence of a Golden Retriever (excuse the pun) was movies in general* and casting Atlas Shrugged in particular. Ayn enjoyed our "game" as much as I did. In all honesty I can't recall every actor or actress we mulled over - there were too many and the process was ongoing for a long period of time. But certain names stuck in my memory - especially those movie stars who were the subject of fierce/friendly debate. We were of one mind on who should play the central character - central, that is, to Ayn: Robert Redford as John Galt. Lacking the courage to mention that, for me, the central character (or, at the very least and to this day, my favorite character) was Francisco D'Anconia, I put forth the name of John Justin for Francisco and got an immediate and enthusiastic thumbs up. John Justin, for those of you who have never had the pleasure of viewing David Lean's greatest cinematic achievement, his post-World War II "Breaking the Sound Barrier," starring Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick - and a young, stunningly handsome, and utterly flamboyant John Justin - would, I venture to say, be hard put to disagree with our assessment once you'd seen test pilot Justin's climactic scene in that movie. John Justin was Francisco D'Anconia. Candidates for Hank Rearden were more numerous. To my dismay, Ayn seemed stuck on Robert Stack. While I agreed that Stack was an ideal physical type for Rearden, his acting tended to be "wooden" - in much the same way, I pointed out, that Gary Cooper had, on the surface, been a perfect Howard Roark in The Fountainhead but had lacked Roark's power of certainty and keen intellect. (Ayn had to admit that, even after much coaching and explaining on her part, Cooper - whom she liked - was unable to bring off the movie's climactic speech, confessing to her that he didn't understand it.) Much later, Ayn and I settled quite happily on Clint Eastwood. Dagny Taggart was a hard case. Ayn regaled me with anecdotes about Barbara Stanwyck, whom she'd known and who had coveted the role of Dominique in The Fountainhead. While she respected Stanwyck as an actress, she and I agreed that, although Stanwyck would have done justice to the tough-minded aspect of Dagny's character, she (like Joan Crawford) wouldn't have been able to temper tough-mindedness with femininity. "Can you picture Barbara Stanwyck - for one minute - projecting vulnerability?" Ayn asked rhetorically. I couldn't picture it. We managed to come up with a number of candidates, but the only one I remember - a leading contender - was Faye Dunaway. That took care of major characters in the "good guys" corner. Even after all these years, Lillian Rearden in my book retains her title of most despicable villainess in fiction, so I take great pride in revealing that it was I who identified the perfect Lillian. Ayn, as I recall, had to be reintroduced to the actress I had in mind for the role but, that done, she wholeheartedly agreed: Claire Bloom. "The eyes are the key," I remember telling Ayn excitedly. "No actress is better at conveying evasion and a sort of lifelessness . . . a deadness of the soul that detracts from her undeniable beauty." To this day, I cannot reread any portion of Atlas where Lillian is on stage without seeing Claire Bloom. The male villains were a lot of fun. Ayn and I clashed over James Taggart, her vote going to Vincent Price, mine to Joseph Cotton; in retrospect, I think she was right (although I remained skeptical about whether Price could keep from surrendering to melodrama). I came up with the actors to play Dr. Robert Stadler, Wesley Mouch, and Cuffy Meigs. I can't recall any reaction on her part to Eddie Albert as Mouch, but she loved Hume Cronyn as the brainy, boyish, likeable - and ultimately evil - Dr. Stadler. As for Cuffy - he of the leather leggings and short attention span - who could better pull off the quintessential looter than Rod Steiger? Remembering Steiger from Stirling Silliphant's memorable "In the Heat of the Night," Ayn readily added her vote to mine. I miss those casting parties. What I wouldn't give right now to sit with Ayn on that overstuffed couch of hers at three in the morning while the two of us rose to the challenge of sifting through today's movie stars and nominating some likely candidates! A few years ago, when it looked as if Atlas Shrugged might finally make it to the Big Screen, I shared with the would-be producer, whom I'd known for many years, the Randian/Holzerian selections. But I didn't stop there - I couldn't. Indulging in a little extrapolation (forgive me, Ayn), I came up with the following casting suggestions - the ones I deemed most in keeping with those mid-60s choices she and I had made - even going so far as to note alternatives, listed according to preference. In a few instances, I've taken the liberty of updating the list. JOHN GALT: Brad Pitt Patrick Swayze Jeremy Northam FRANCISCO D'ANCONIA: Gabriel Byrne - hands down (I rest my case on his superb swashbuckling and magisterial persona in "The Man in the Iron Mask.") Pierce Brosnan (if only he could shed his tongue-in-cheek James Bond image) George Clooney (ditto re his tongue-in-check goofiness) HANK REARDEN: Russell Crowe Ed Harris Chris Cooper DAGNY TAGGART: Kristen Scott Thomas Julianne Moore Sigourney Weaver LILLIAN REARDEN: Uma Thurman Cate Blanchett Joan Allen JAMES TAGGART: Kevin Spacey Geoffrey Rush Sam Waterston DR. ROBERT STADLER: Ralph Fiennes Stephen Rea Tim Roth WESLEY MOUCH: Gene Hackman Dustin Hoffman William Hurt CUFFY MEIGS: Armand Assante Andy Garcia Mickey Rourke I vaguely remember Ayn and I debating about three other pivotal characters in the good-guys category, but since the choices we made continue to elude me, I'll list some actors I think she'd have approved: EDDIE WILLERS: John Cusack Matthew Broderick Edward Norton ELLIS WYATT: Bill Pullman Kurt Russell Brendan Fraser QUENTIN DANIELS: Gary Sinese Ethan Hawke Keanu Reeves After reviewing all of the above, I decided to take a last hard look at the entries and, taking into consideration who would play off best against whom, I would settle on one actor or actress for each role. Here they are, ready or not: Galt: Brad Pitt Francisco: Gabriel Byrne Rearden: Russell Crowe Dagny: Kristen Scott Thomas Lillian: Uma Thurman Taggart: Kevin Spacey Stadler: Ralph Fiennes Mouch: Dustin Hoffman Cuffy: Armand Assante Eddie: John Cusack Ellis: Brendan Fraser Quentin: Gary Sinese When it comes to Atlas Shrugged, people are prone to vehement disagreement about who should (or who most definitely should not) help bring this incredibly complex novel to visual life. It's contagious, playing the casting game. Irresistible. Isn't it?
  10. Peter

    APS and the Global Warming Scam

    Were the people laughing because he was spoofing the doomsdayer's or because he was not reporting real news? We are lucky space debris was mostly cleaned out of our solar system before people evolved. That recent television show about an asteroid heading to earth was interesting but I kept thinking how long can they drag this out?
  11. Peter

    Harry Dean Stanton has died.

    I haven't seen it in a while but I remember he and another worker were negotiating for more pay in a realistic manner.
  12. Peter

    APS and the Global Warming Scam

    The end is near crowd have always been nuts. I like the editorial cartoon where a guy in a long white robe and with long hair and sandals is holding up a sign that prophesizes doom. The fake climatologists deserve ridicule, like the "seerist" Jean Dixon who told us what terrible things were going to happen in the coming year. Her predictions were garbage. To avoid the never ending funeral I was watching Varney on Fox Business and he had three "experts" saying what will happen in the stock market in the coming year. They disagreed. The nerdy lady was a bit of a scoffer when she said there is always a downturn once a year and a few days.
  13. Peter

    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    I typed in Xeno and got Xenophanes. And Zeno and got: Scientology, Seizures, and Science by Edward Hudgins. January 13, 2009 -- Jett Travolta, the sixteen-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, died recently of what the autopsy found to be a seizure. The boy had a history of seizures and unconfirmed reports suggest that his parents acted responsibly to ensure he was on medication to mitigate his condition . . . . end quote Excellent letter. You should look it up. Peter And this. The Problem of Induction (1953, 1974) by Carl Popper. For a brief formulation of the problem of induction we can turn to Born, who writes: '. . . no observation or experiment, however extended, can give more than a finite number of repetitions'; therefore, 'the statement of a law - B depends on A - always transcends experience. Yet this kind of statement is made everywhere and all the time, and sometimes from scanty material. ' 1 . . . . The question of the sources of our knowledge, like so many authoritarian questions, is a genetic one. It asks for the origin of our knowledge, in the belief that knowledge may legitimize itself by its pedigree. The nobility of the racially pure knowledge, the untainted knowledge, the knowledge which derives from the highest authority, if possible from God: these are the (often unconscious) metaphysical ideas behind the question. My modified question, 'How can we hope to detect error?' may be said to derive from the view that such pure, untainted and certain sources do not exist, and that questions of origin or of purity should not be confounded with questions of validity, or of truth. This view may be said to be as old as Xenophanes. Xenophanes knew that our knowledge is guesswork, opinion - doxa rather than episteme - as shown by his verses [quoted on p. 31 above]. Yet the traditional question of the authoritative sources of knowledge is repeated even today - and very often by positivists and by other philosophers who believe themselves to be in revolt against authority. The proper answer to my question 'How can we hope to detect and eliminate error?' is, I believe, 'By criticizing the theories or guesses of others and - if we can train ourselves to do so - by criticizing our own theories or guesses.' (The latter point is highly desirable, but not indispensable; for if we fail to criticize our own theories, there may be others to do it for us.) This answer sums up a position which I propose to call 'critical rationalism'. It is a view, an attitude, and a tradition, which we owe to the Greeks. It is very different from the 'rationalism' or 'intellectualism' of Descartes and his school, and very different even from the epistemology of Kant. Yet in the field of ethics, of moral knowledge, it was approached by Kant with his principle of autonomy- This principle expresses his realization that we must not accept the command of an authority, however exalted, as the basis of ethics. For whenever we are faced with a command by an authority, it is for us to judge, critically, whether it is moral or immoral to obey. The authority may have power to enforce its commands, and we may be powerless to resist. But if we have the physical power of choice, then the ultimate responsibility remains with us. It is our own critical decision whether to obey a command; whether to submit to an authority . . . . end quote
  14. Peter

    My first gripe with ayn rand

    I was just quoting old letters and may not agree with particular points. However, I will defend Israel, the last and farthest outpost of America. Who shares our objective, Western values? Israel. What would John Galt do? What would Ayn Rand do? Would she stand next to Francisco and John Galt on the borders of Israel with a gun in each hand, shooting the terrorists? Yes she would. The quote at the end reminds me of "Give me liberty, or give me death." Peter Some quotes from the speeches of Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel is the last and farthest outpost of America . . . . You don't have to read Robert Frost to know. You have to live life to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace, we all desire . . . . . And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past . . . . We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves. This is why -- this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand. end quote And I am edited this to add, watch the movie, "Laurence of Arabia' for an interesting historical presentation of Arabia.
  15. Peter

    Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

    So it's not like paying with Mexican pesos? I know fiscally conservative people have always been suspicious about our dollar, backed ONLY by the United States, but bitcoin is very iffy in my book. I saved silver coins and bought Univasario's? from a libertarian site in the 70's and sold them a few years ago for a hefty Ferengi profit.