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  1. I am pretty sure I have resent these two before but they are worth re-reading. Some background on Ellen Stuttle. Peter From: Ellen Stuttle <egould To: atlantis: Re: ATL: "I've outgrown Ayn Rand" Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 01:38:05 -0400. This is a serendipitous development. Between Andy Dufresne's expressing curiosity about the idea of people's "maturing beyond" Rand, and Andrew Taranto's expressing a desire to hear the stories of people who have been "under Rand's influence" for longer than he, I've been provided with a springboard for saying something which I've been thinking for severa
  2. That sums up the way I felt. Because of the "Pueblo Incident" off the waters of South Vietnam? I went to South Korea instead of Viet Nam. I was a radio teletype operator. When I went into the field they handed me my M-14 (not an M-16) and three rounds of ammo.
  3. I threw a low blast, training grenade in South Korea. It was heavier than I thought and louder.
  4. I have mentioned this before but if you want a pick-me-up, watch the opening credits form the movie “Popeye” with Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall. The chorus sings “Sweethaven.”
  5. Just a few more? No one is required to read or respond, but these letters discuss what it meant to be SUCH a true believer you were a Randoid! Ayn Rand was a Zionist? Oh and Sandra went on a date with Leonard. Peter. Written but NOT SENT from me to Barbara Branden back in 2001. Barbara Branden wrote: The question has often been raised on Atlantis: What is wrong with Objectivism that it attracts so many true believers -- people with a psychological need to accept every word Ayn Rand said on any issue as gospel, and who wield Objectivism like a club over the heads of those who do not. Objec
  6. And from the brilliant Roger Bissell. From: PaleoObjectivist To: atlantis Subject: Re: ATL: Objectivism's values and virtues Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 18:55:38 EDT . . . . So, what are those questions, and how do they relate to the cardinal values of Objectivism? Refer to the first full paragraph of p. 19 in VOS: 1. "Is the universe intelligible to man, or unintelligible and unknowable?" Objectivism's answer is: The world is intelligible, and my mind is competent to gain knowledge of the world. Plus, life/survival is my standard of value. Plus, I need to gain knowledge in order to surviv
  7. Here, in an opposite direction are some old letters about what is more obscure, but right with objectivism. They are edited and closed up, for brevity. Peter From: "William Dwyer" To: <atlantis Subject: ATL: Objectivism's values and virtues Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 16:11:18 -0700. Very little if any mention is ever made on this list of Objectivism’s values and virtues, so I thought they might be worth a brief discussion for those who are not especially familiar with them. There are three cardinal values and seven cardinal virtues in the Objectivist ethics. The values are: reason (as
  8. Off hand, I remember some of the discussed “flaws in objectivism” as being: authoritarian-ism, not being strong enough for woman’s equality, yet so pro-abortion it was considered moral for a woman to kill a recently birthed, premature baby. Objectivism is criticized for being ‘cultish.” It is criticized for ostracizing the Brandons and David Kelly.
  9. I went looking for the story but all I could find was that they dated in college, yet I am pretty sure the swiftly glanced at, modern day story I saw, said they were dating today too.
  10. From The New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle. Clue: Work done on the premises. Five letters. The answer is: logic. Get yer toilet paper here. Copies of The York Times for only a buck. Get yer toilet paper here. You know, I may go buy or order some other stuff too . . . just to be safe. LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toilet paper aisles are emptying again as COVID-19 curfews and shutdowns in states from California to New York send pandemic-weary shoppers on a new scramble for essentials. Walmart on Friday said it was "seeing pockets of lower than normal availability" for toilet p
  11. Did you know Dinesh is "dating" Fox News' Laura Ingraham?
  12. Fauci gets frustrated: 'Get rid of these ridiculous conspiracy theories' Kaelan Deese . . . . Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that the U.S. has now seen 250,000 deaths from COVID-19. The nation has recorded more than 11 million cases. "I tell the people who deny or think that this is nothing, do you mean that every single country in Europe is doing the same thing, is making things up? They're not. I mean, it's so obvious," Fauci added. Fauci has expressed hope about coming vaccines, saying Thursday that "the cavalry is coming." But the natio
  13. I would guess a lot of people die of old age and disease every day but that 2000 was attributable to Covid. Statistics, and damn lies as Twain may have said. Pet peeve? Those white ear-buds guys wear on the news. I see them and wonder if they are all wearing “kinky boots” too. I just saw a guy on Fox Business with black ear-buds and they didn’t look so bad in black. And of course since they look like earrings the gals do NOT look odd in them. No offense meant.
  14. Crap. 2000 deaths in one day caused by The Black Death from China!. We actually have a local Chinese food restaurant called Hunan. I wonder how they are doing? Cue the ending music from Forrest Gump. I like the symbolism of the feather floating away. From CNN. Nearly 80,700 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 in the US on Thursday, an all-time high, according to the Covid Tracking Project. As of Friday, the US was averaging 74,063 current hospitalizations over the last 7 days -- up 19.13% compared to the week prior. Over half of the country is now in the "red zone," Dr. Deborah Birx, a
  15. Uh oh. I think I saw at a glance that Georgia was calling the race. And I thought our Maryland Governor Hogan’s “leash laws” were a bit harsh, but it may be worst elsewhere. From MSN News. THANKSGIVING AMID CALLS TO DOWNSIZE GATHERINGS . . . . Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Thursday issued a "social gathering limit" that bars anyone in the state from spending time in a social setting with anybody from outside of their household. Other states have limited gatherings to two or three households, but Raimondo joins just Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in barring social gatherings of any dif