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  1. " For my choice, the election's lookin' awfully good... " Assuming we get that far... BO has total control. The right has been completely impotent and cowardly his entire administration. The people of the United States have been passively taking whatever insults and takeaways have come their way. Who's going to do a goddamn thing if the left preempts the election? Trump is a perfect smokescreen to let that happen. What is the Constitution? What are principles of government? Where are the free people? Where is the home of the free and the land of the brave? Who's even talking about it? It's all about personalities and "the rules say this and the rules say that". BO has been breaking the rules for eight years. Who the hell is going to stop him now? He's acting a little too relaxed this late in a criminal administration.
  2. "Reparations reasoning"? You're not in good company...
  3. OL for the blind! I like it! (sometimes I'm too tired to keep my eyes open). Here are those rules: GOP 2012 Rules
  4. I've learned more about nutrition and human health on Paul Jaminet's blog (Perfecthealthdiet.com) than all the other books I've read combined. Start with your core, emotional health follows physical health, all your other values follow naturally. Your greatest value is you. Screw the troglodytes. Lift weights. Go for long hikes in the hills. Eat gourmet paleo food. Intermittent fast. Sleep well, dial in your circadian rhythms. You already read a lot and are a deep thinker. I love Nathaniel Branden too, meeting him changed my life forty years ago. You are just fine, life is long, you are your own personal work of art and that's all that's important.
  5. What I took away was that Trump inherited a fortune...and essentially preserved it. How he preserved it includes declaring bankruptcy multiple times and buying politicians to invoke imminent domain on his behalf multiple times. He is not what anyone would call a "corporate titan" of the Atlas Shrugged variety. His vulgarity and personal attacks, his misstatements, his ignorance of economics (except of the crony capitalist kind), world politics and the strategy of warfare, his admiration of thugs and thieves, (I noted first in his book AoD), is an embarrassment for one aspiring to lead the greatest nation in the history of the world. But then, after two bouts of the Obama plague, who could complain? I believe our government (reflected in its people) has become so corrupt decent men of accomplishment and ability will have nothing to do with it. That's not Monday morning quarterbacking, that's a cold assessment of the facts in front of our faces.
  6. http://www.moneytalksnews.com/why-youre-probably-better-investing-than-donald-trump/
  7. Wow. It is a great pleasure to make your acquaintance, Cassandra. It is interesting reading your opening post. I am 67, I read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" when I was 17 working in a community college book store. I felt as you did, I already believed everything Ayn said. I was an individualist through and through, I did not need to be converted. I joined the Navy (I was 1A, about to be drafted if I did not choose my own way). While in the Navy I read the rest of Ayn Rand, and went on to read Aristotle and all of the Austrian Economics I could get my hands on. I debated my fellow sailors on capitalism and individualism. One fellow didn't agree with my views on the military draft. We agreed to a debate. We talked for perhaps two hours, I laid out all of my individual points and one by one got agreement. At the end I concluded "therefore the United States should end the military draft"...after a few seconds this fellow got up and as he was walking away said "No! If I've got to go, they've got to go". So, there it is. I learned a great deal in that exchange. I have never given up my beliefs or principles these 50 years. I am happy. Never give up. I look forward to your writing.
  8. Obsolete? https://objectivists.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/100/ I don't think Greg fits that definition. Your attempt to shoehorn him into it reflects poorly on you.
  9. ["Just a worker"]... If you are an objectivist you are a trader. Meaning, always a student, a business owner, and a worker regardless of what your talents are. As well as a thinker, problem solver, mentor, forward thinker, entrepreneur, producer of capital and a creator of a better future for yourself and your partners. And a fan of all that makes a human being a truly human being.
  10. Victor Davis Hanson (Trump phenomenon: blame Obama):
  11. Bill Whittle and Stefan Molyneux cheer on Donald Trump: "How Western Civilization Can Be Destroyed" I agree with them that if Donald Trump manages to destroy the lw medias ironclad grip on political discourse that would be a very good thing. Great conversation with many good points. Kind of long...I'm only half way through.
  12. William Wordsworth: "She dwelt among the untrodden ways" SHE dwelt among the untrodden ways Beside the springs of Dove, A Maid whom there were none to praise And very few to love: A violet by a mossy stone Half hidden from the eye! --Fair as a star, when only one Is shining in the sky. She lived unknown, and few could know When Lucy ceased to be; 10 But she is in her grave, and, oh, The difference to me!
  13. Thanks Adam. A good read. Same here, Grandfather (fathers side) born in Sweden. Mom's side from England and Germany, immigrated late 1880's to NY & Pennsylvania, then on to Ohio. I grew up early on in Dayton (until 9yo), perhaps I went to school with one of Mr. Anderson's descendants... "...have them form virtuous habits." This jumps out. Good man.
  14. Mikee

    Beyond Carnism

    Jerry, Thanks for this. I am doing personal research on diet for myself and my wife lately. Two books I've just ordered: "Diabetes Epidemic and You" & "Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution". I've had limited success with intermittent fasting the last few months. Some days I feel great, other days not so great. But I have the issue of the heart procedures for afib which are not completely resolved yet and am taking the anti-coagulant Xarelto everyday for the next few months. The recommended diet in the above books are low carb. But I'm learning that animal meat is not a requirement. I may stick to fish and eggs for protein, plenty of coconut and olive oils for cooking, lots of green vegetables, raw nuts liberally. Regarding your posted videos: #1: I made if through the first couple of minutes. Question: do you think domestic animals bred for the purpose of eating would not go extinct if humans stopped raising them for that purpose? Anyway, I call the contents of video 1 moral begging and can't stand to listen to it. #2: Very much enjoyed this one, I really like Patrik. Thanks very much for introducing me to this very bright and accomplished young man. I have an observation; strength maintenance is much much easier than building strength. Do you think this man could have developed the muscle mass in his early training on a vegan diet? I'm also sure his health and recovery improved when he switched to vegan. And also strength (the ability to contract your muscles) is neurological, "strength is a skill" [per Pavel Tsatsouline]. Patrik's success as a strongman may not have been possible if he had been vegan his whole life. Nevertheless, his example and experience may be very instructive for us older guys trying to maintain our health and vitality as we get older. Thanks again.
  15. http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/humanisms-rise/ Matt Ridley's blog: "Fifty years ago, after the cracking of the genetic code, Francis Crick was so confident religion would fade that he offered a prize for the best future use for Cambridge’s college chapels. Swimming pools, said the winning entry. Today, when terrorists cry “God is great” in both Paris and Bamako as they murder, the joke seems sour. But here’s a thought: that jihadism may be a last spasm — albeit a painful one — of a snake that is being scotched. The humanists are winning, even against Islam."
  16. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/24/german-professor-nasa-fiddled-climate-data-unbelievable-scale/
  17. I wonder how many former members of ACORN are now permanent members of the bureaucracy, ideology intact? The real Trojan horse. Obama's administration does not end with his presidency. How many officers and men in our military have been forced to retire? Replaced by community organizer hand picked mentally deficient weaklings? This is the equivalent of losing a world war and being ruled by "community organizer" occupiers. I think the patient is terminal.
  18. Biden will reluctantly re-enter the race as the blue collar hero after Evita goes to prison. ...to avoid the tragedy of reversing any part of Obama-fascism. [the justice dept is now free to toss Evita under the bus]
  19. That particular assertion reflects a basic insight into human nature. It is a premise which should guide your interactions with human beings. Ignore at your own risk.
  20. Reason: Carly slams Trump on Crony Capitalism
  21. What I Learned about Climate Change: The Science is not Settled-David Siegel "I’m a Democrat: I think governments play a key role in helping preserve our environment for the future in the most cost-effective way possible. Over the years, I built a set of assumptions: that Al Gore was right about global warming, that he was the David going up against the industrial Goliath. In 1993, I even wrote a book about it. Recently, a friend challenged those assumptions. At first, I was annoyed, because I thought the science really was settled. As I started to look at the data and read about climate science, I was surprised, then shocked. As I learned more, I changed my mind. I now think there probably is no climate crisis and that the focus on CO2 takes funding and attention from critical environmental problems. I’ll start by making ten short statements that should challenge your assumptions and then back them up with an essay." Critical Thinking: "M y journey into critical thinking has taught me to hold strong opinions loosely. I’ve been more wrong in my life than I thought was possible. Now I try to put my reactions aside and look at all the evidence before coming to a conclusion."
  22. Welcome Pekka! I'm an admirer of a couple of your countrymen, Mikko Salo, crossfit champion, I followed his competitions and videos for a few years. So sorry his injuries prevented him from defending his title. He was quite popular over here, I don't know if he was known much in his home country. For some time I've been following Timo Lauttamus on his youtube channel (19Kamau79). What a beast! I particularly like his winter treks around his home. I'm drawn to the stoic and understated nature of the Finnish athletes, possibly because my grandfather was born in Orebro, Sweden, the men that raised me were something like that. I'm looking forward to your posts and point of view.