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  1. Who ya gunna call? Ghostbusters? From an old letter of mine back in 2003 from Atlantis or OWL . . . . Dan wrote: “Isn't it possible that Objectivism is incomplete and might even have some errors in it? Isn't it possible that more work needs to be done here -- not just in applying Objectivism, but also in working out just what should stay, what should be modified and what should go in the core philosophy (ontology, epistemology, and theory of value)?” end quote That is an interesting point Dan. Objectivism is a “contextual philosophy,” and MUST be amended if new knowledge contradicts something within its Philosophy. Reality is all. Objectivism requires it, but how is change to be accomplished? Ayn Rand is not here to do the amending. Who proves there is a contradiction now? Leonard Peikoff will not change a word Rand wrote and that is right. When he has expanded on Objectivism he has had many critics who questioned his judgment. And he has been very slow in producing or at least publishing anything he has written. He is the logical choice to be an arbiter or judge, as her closest confidante in her last days and as her heir. Rand did place the mantle in his hands, and as much as some may loathe the thought, he has the moral authority to officially “add” or change Objectivism. Leonard could have created a Foundation like the old NBI and enlisted the people currently at ARI, TOC, or Jars to be writers in residence. There could have been a *super* “Intellectual Activist Magazine” much like the old “Objectivist Newsletter,” expanded lecture series, etc. I can imagine Chris Matthew Sciabarra writing for that imaginary journal. But that is not to be. So, what contradicts Objectivism? Anything? Speak up. Anyone is free to discover something and perhaps reach a consensus. It will be a slow process for now, but I imagine the pace will quicken. And Atlantis and OWL are a great place to begin the discovery. Semper cogitans fidele, Peter Taylor
  2. It has come to our attention that the United State's mountains called The Rockies have been partially confiscated by Canada and renamed The Canadian Rockies. You are hereby ordered to give them back. U Thant from the United Nations. edit. "O Canada" O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all of us command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. What’s from Canada? Popular kids’ fictional character, Winnie the Pooh, was inspired by a black bear at a zoo in London, which was named Winnie after Canada’s city of Winnipeg. The first Winnie the Pooh stories were released back in 1926, and their popularity saw several more volumes released by author Milne over the years. The telephone was invented by Edinburgh-born Alexander Graham Bell, who immigrated to Canada in 1870 with his family. Bell was a researcher, teacher and scientist, who began to research into acoustic frequencies while he was teaching at various schools for the deaf. Maple syrup is not just a food that originated from Canada – even to this day, 71% of the entire world’s maple syrup is produced in the country. 91% of this is produced in Quebec, the maple syrup motherland. Unaspiringly, Canada is home to a whole host of maple trees. Just when you thought Canada had already set enough world records, the border between Canada and the US is recorded as the longest international border in the world. It is otherwise known as the International Boundary and is 8,891 kilometres long. You might not immediately think of Canada when someone says “donuts”, but it turns out there is a bigger link between the country and the popular sweet pastry treat than many people realize. Despite having a fairly small population, Canada has been found to consume the most donuts in the world. It also has the most doughnut shops per capita out of all the countries in the world. America might be more known for its donuts, but in Canada, donuts are an unofficial icon. Canada’s most popular donut chain is Tim Hortons (named after a national ice hockey league player who opened the first store). There are currently more than 2,500 Tim Hortons stores across the country, which are thought to sell a staggering 3 million donuts on a daily basis. Canadians all. Jim Carrey. Justin Bieber. Neil Young. Mike Myers. Drake. Celine Dion. Michael J. Fox. Ryan Reynolds. Alanis Morissette. And OUR beloved Alex Trebek who was born in Sudbury, Canada. Trebek, who has lived in the United States since 1973, said he decided to become a citizen because he is married to an American and they have two American-born children.
  3. Thanks William. I found this from yesterday on MSN. As reported by William Scherk . . . .. The Arizona Republic reported on Friday evening that Ken Bennett, Arizona's former Secretary of State who has been described as the audit's "director," was barred from entering the building on the state fairgrounds where the audit is moving forward. The newspaper reported that Bennett had shared some of the audit data with outside experts showing that the ballot recount was tracking "very closely" with Maricopa County's certified results. end quote Newer news from a few hours ago. President Trump just held a rally in Arizona and here are some of his quotes from Politico: “I predict when the votes come in … I think they’re going to be so horrible. They will be, in my opinion, the results will be so outrageous,” he said, promising to continue the fight in further politically driven audits across the country . . . “This is only the beginning of the irregularities,” he insisted, reeling off a litany of polling grievances, none of which his team of lawyers were able to substantiate in court after the election. “We’re not talking about Arizona any more. We’re talking about the United States of America.” The Republican-controlled Maricopa County government has strongly opposed the review conducted by a company called Cyber Ninjas, whose founder has backed Trump’s claims of a stolen election.
  4. See a doctor or talk to a receptionist and simply ask if the doctor is advising shots for Covid. There you won't find conspiracy mongers but someone who is expressing a real doctor's opinion. I know . . . a clinic or a doctor will make something off the transaction, but it is always thus in a free society. One more point. On an objectivist site I am the only one daring enough (joke) to suggest medical advise is valid.
  5. Once more. Ask your family doctor or a Medical assistant at a clinic about the advisability of taking any of the vaccines. When you do internet research you are clouding your view with unproven assertions, and an agenda, even if they CLAIM TO know some fact the medical community does not acknowledge. That is not credible.
  6. And when you are wrong, do you ever admit it? I am not trying to be mean but I don't think you or That Guy, etc. are looking at this from a reasonable perspective.
  7. But I would not chomp on a pill, or NOT, based on the "internet science" scattered across a vast information panorama. Go to a doctor or the VA. I think I read there have been 600,000 deaths in the U.S. to date from Covid. People who do not get a doctor's opinion are putting themselves at risk. edit. I have also heard 98 percent of the current deaths from Covid are unvaccinated people. If anybody has a paranoia or agenda it is the vaccine deniers. As with school age children, if a parent has a religious reason for an exemption, I can understand that, though I disagree with their decision . . .
  8. Column: Ivermectin, another bogus COVID treatment, becomes a darling of conspiracy-mongers (
  9. Equine excrement. I saw a statement based on nothing.
  10. From NBC News March 22, 2020. "Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19," Paul's account tweeted. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person."
  11. And Ike as commander in chief of the invasion. I re-watched the speech Dwight Eisenhaurer (sp?) gave when he first speaks of "The Military Industrial Complex."
  12. I am a fan of "Rand" but I wish he had not kept interrupting. The "moderator" tried to get Rand Paul to let Fauci finish, but he continually cut in. And Rand Paul had bags under his eyes like I have never before noticed. Odd. Are they from smoking or lack of sleep . . . or stress maybe?
  13. Now cometh The Delta Variant Hollywood! I re-watched “Good Will Hunting” yesterday. What has Matt been up to? Has he gotten the vaccine? It sounds like it. Matt Damon who starred in the 2011 movie “Contagion”: “There are a lot of reasons that people have, and I don’t want to belittle them,” . . . . “It’s tough for me, I have a couple friends who are immunocompromised and they can’t get the vaccine, so they have no choice but to rely on the rest of us to do our part to get to herd immunity. So I look at it that way.” . . . . “I wish at the beginning of this people came out and said, ‘Look, if we all do this, then we’ll protect each other better,’ rather than ‘Well, I’m not in this cohort so I don’t have to worry and it’s not going to hurt me that much.’ It’s just about looking at this as ‘me’ thing or an ‘us’ thing.” . . . . “But look, it’s a personal choice. That’s the beauty of America, it’s a free country. And none of us would have it any other way. But I fall heavily on the side of trusting science more than something you read on Facebook.” Notes. Contagion, the 2011 movie about a fictional pandemic sweeping the globe, has resurged in popularity in the wake of the coronavirus. Now, the team behind the film, including its stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Laurence Fishburne, is reminding people how to stay safe during what’s quickly become a global health crisis.
  14. Ooops. Make that two teachers. One has gone from being a real journalist . . . to Special Ed and just a few days ago . . . to being a high school journalism teacher.
  15. I do distrust Network News, and to a lesser degree government sources like the CDC and Fox News. But if they say X number happened and they can break it down . . . well I have been watching the virus rates since last March and reposting them here on OL. Local hospitals report cases and lately use that for a reason to require masks and vaccinations for those entering the facility. Another example is if an expert on any news source can say how many died from COVID in each state or city, I believe them with a grain of salt. However, blogs, alternative news sources, kooks, people with agendas, and conspiracy sites don’t have much credibility to me. I am still waiting for several things to happen that were said to be like inevitable from alternative news sources. Trump resuming office. Massive voting fraud. Overturning the election. COVID is a hoax. The vaccines are a hoax. The vaccines are meant to subjugate or kill you. But I do listen and believe The Veterans Administration about COVID. I may have mentioned that I have close relatives who work in health care facilities, another in government, and another is a teacher. I believe them. When I went to a doctor’s appointment for a CPAP checkup I wore a mask as required. My doctor wanted to know if I had gotten the COVID shots and when I said I did, he responded, ‘Good, good,” and then he said, “Masks off,” and we both took our masks off. I believe him in this life and death dilemma. Michael wrote about COVID, “Nothing observable in nature.” I DISAGREE. If *it* is objectively true, then *it* is provable using Objective (Aristotelian, Randian, and Scientific methods (observable, verifiable and repeatable). Peter Notes. Quotes from OPAR by Leonard Peikoff and Ayn Rand, pages 112-120. According to Objectivism, epistemology is necessary for practical purposes, as a guide to man in the proper use of his conceptual faculty. We are ready to concretize this claim. We can now begin to identify the rules men must follow in their thinking if knowledge, rather than error or delusion, is their goal . . . . These rules can be condensed into one general principle: thinking, to be valid, must adhere to reality. Or, in the memorable words of the old "Dragnet" TV series, which can serve as the motto of all reality-oriented thought: "Just give us the facts, ma'am." But how does one reach "just the facts"? The answer lies in the concept of *objectivity*; it requires that one grasp the full philosophic meaning and implications of this concept . . . . When you grasp this concept, you will have an invaluable tool enabling you to assess and, if necessary, improve the quality of your own thinking. You will also understand why, out of all the possibilities, Ayn Rand chose to call her philosophy, "Objectivism."
  16. From Reuters: U.S. life expectancy fell a year and a half in 2020 due to COVID-19 –CDC. Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.S. health agency said on Wednesday. It is the biggest one-year decline since World War Two, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943, and is six months shorter than its February 2021 estimate, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. "Life expectancy has been increasing gradually every year for the past several decades," Elizabeth Arias, a CDC researcher who worked on the report, told Reuters. "The decline between 2019 and 2020 was so large that it took us back to the levels we were in 2003. Sort of like we lost a decade." Deaths from COVID-19 contributed to nearly three-fourths, or 74%, of the decline and drug overdoses were also a major contributor, the CDC said.
  17. Ya mean I gotta stay up late on election night? Crap.
  18. No good news from around the world. “A Florida man who was seen carrying a large red "Trump 2020" flag on the floor of the U.S. Senate during the Capitol riot received eight months in prison Monday in the first felony sentence from the Jan. 6 attack.” What would his sentence be if he were carrying a Biden 2020 flag?
  19. China Dirty. “WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers on Monday will make public a plan to raise as much as $16 billion annually by imposing a tax on imports from China and other countries that are not significantly reducing the planet-warming pollution that they produce.” And what are we going to do with the money? Maybe we could clean the air with a giant air filter. “A man in China has died after contracting a rare infectious disease from primates, known as the Monkey B virus, Chinese health officials revealed in a report Saturday. The victim, a 53-year-old veterinarian based in Beijing, was the first documented human case of the virus in China.” Oh oh. Here comes the next pandemic! Suddenly I have a craving for bananas. Bad monkey. Monkey be good! I refuse to climb trees, screech, and scratch fleas.
  20. I have not watched CNN or MSNBC in years. But sometimes I will leave Fox News on with the sound turned down and just occasionally read the captions as I clack away at the computer. I know Mediacom keeps data on viewing habits, so I hope leaving Fox or even the Weather Channel on, helps their ratings. And I also read a story about how burglars look for dark houses with their owners away, but a lit up TV is a warning to them thar varmints.
  21. Great posts ThatGuy. When I first heard Biden say, "They are killing people," I got his message but not all the implications of him "threatening" free speech. I know there are limitations / implications on free speech when you lie or libel but this "White House Down censorship" goes beyond that. Odd. Trump is still calling people out for their bad choice of words, but I never considered him a totalitarian, just a free speech advocate. And the free speech, includes him.
  22. The Biden administration may be stepping over the line with “social shaming, censorship, and brow beating but they have yet to revoke The First Amendment which protects Free Speech, A Free Press, Religion, and the Right to Assembly. Whew! Rush’s replacement, Dan Bongino, is on Fox Saturday night, and below are some of the things he covered last night. Dan is a fiery speaker, and gets left wingers on his show who are quite willing to argue. Watch it! Peter MSN: Biden Says Social Media Misinformation on Covid 'Killing People.' President Joe Biden said Friday that social media misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccinations is “killing people” and the White House said Facebook needs to clean up its act. “They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,” Biden told reporters at the White House, as he left for a weekend at the presidential retreat in Camp David. The White House is turning up the pressure on social media companies to weed out what officials say is widely spread misinformation on coronavirus vaccinations. According to US health officials, a current spike in Covid-19 deaths and illnesses around the country is almost exclusively hitting people who remain unvaccinated. From The New York Post. DNC, Biden allies want phone carriers to vet anti-vax messages: report.
  23. From Save America, President Trump’s official site. Here are a few quotes. All but the last are from President Trump. Closed up for brevity. Peter President Trump: Today’s Democrat Party is so far left they can’t even take a stand against violent Communism. Many are Communists themselves! As President, I advanced a strategic vision in which the people of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua would be free, and that the Western Hemisphere would be the first fully free hemisphere in all of human history. The Biden Administration is squandering a historic opportunity to stand for freedom and human rights in our home region. The Biden Administration is betraying the freedom-loving people of Cuba. I fought for Cuba, they didn’t. . . . . Mike Carey, a true champion, is doing really well against the gang of RINOs in Ohio's 15th Congressional District. Mike loves our Country, is smart, strong, tough on Crime and Borders, adores our Military and our Vets, and will totally protect our Second Amendment. I have known Mike for many years and he will not let you down! Mike Carey has my Complete and Total Endorsement. Get out and VOTE on August 3, 2021! . . . . Nancy Pelosi is a known nut job. Her enraged quotes that she was afraid that I would use nuclear weapons is just more of the same. In fact, I was the one that got us out of wars, not into wars. And I was the one who got respect for our Country again, not like now when the leaders of the entire World are laughing at us. They didn’t laugh when I was there! – Bill O’Reilly "Without any marketing at all, the Trump O’Reilly History Tour has already grossed more than $7 million. In some venues, the VIP tickets are almost sold out. This tour will be one of the most lucrative of all time.”
  24. Here are a few excerpts from “Conspiracy theories that turned out to be true” Stars Insider. The Canadian government built a "gaydar" machine. In the 1950s, the Canadian government developed the "fruit machine" to test for homosexuality in federal employees. The testing was done by exposing subjects to same-sex erotic images and analyzing pupil dilatation response. Many employees lost their jobs. Illuminati and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) There is actually a link between the supposedly secret organization that rules the world and the NSA, albeit just a hyperlink. Just type Illuminati backwards (Itanimulli) into a web browser, and it will take you to the NSA website Polio vaccine caused cancer In 1960 it was revealed that some of the cells used to make the polio vaccine could cause cancer. Between 1955 and 1963, nearly 100 million children were given this vaccine. It's not really Hitler’s skull tests performed in 2009 revealed that what was supposedly Hitler's skull was actually that of a young woman. World leaders gather yearly at a campground in California Every year, some of the world's richest and most powerful men gather for two weeks at Bohemian Grove.. The Gulf of Tonkin incident didn't happen According to the U.S. Naval Institute, the Gulf of Tonkin incident on August 2, 1964, was faked in order to gain American support for the Vietnam War. Smoking kills. It wasn't until the late 1990s that Philip Morris admitted that smoking could be deadly. In 2006 a judge found tobacco companies liable. Playing football can cause brain damage A study found there was a link between brain damage and playing football.