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  1. The Fall 2010 Edition of The Undercurrent (TU) is now available to order! Influence new students at your school and increase your club’s campus presence by passing out TU at back-to-school club fairs. This edition will feature articles on the destructive premise underlying America’s un-American immigration system, the root of popular opposition to scientific progress, and how the false alternative between hedonism and duty frustrates achieving academic goals and having fun. Place your order at today, or e-mail your name, address, and the number of copies you would like to The Undercurrent is sold at or below our cost to print and ship the papers. Here are the prices for the Fall 2010 issue (including shipping and handling): 250 copies $26.50 500 copies $50.00 750 copies $71.50 1000 copies $95.00 1500 copies $131.00 2000 copies $181.00 Can’t afford to distribute The Undercurrent? We can help! Send us an e-mail at and we may be able to find a donor to sponsor your distribution efforts. If you don’t have the time to hand out copies, we would greatly appreciate a donation so we can continue to provide papers to students free of charge. If you’d like to support distribution efforts in a particular region or university, we can contact distributors and club leaders in the area you indicate. As The Undercurrent is a 501©(3) non-profit corporation, your donations will likely be tax deductible. However, please check with your tax professional to be certain. For more information about donating to The Undercurrent, please visit or e-mail us at There has never been a more opportune or critical time for Objectivism to positively impact the culture. Help us make a difference.
  2. Do you ever read a campus newspaper and want to express your disagreement with articles that attack capitalism or individualism, or uphold multiculturalism, environmentalism or religion? Do you want to promote Objectivist principles as alternatives to conventional opinion on campus--and on a national stage? If you answered "yes" to the questions above, The Undercurrent's Campus Media Response project may be for you. The Undercurrent (TU) is the national student newspaper dedicated to spreading Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism on college campuses. Campus Media Response (CMR) is a new TU project which aims to create an online clearinghouse for Objectivist commentary on the nation's campus opinion pages. If you're not a college student, this is a great opportunity to write to your alma mater's student paper. If you're not sure what pieces you can respond to, we have a variety of articles ready and waiting to be responded to on our blog: #### Participating in CMR is simple and time-saving way to get your online activism fix. Here's how you can help us spread rational ideas: 1. REVIEW the comments the CMR team has already written on campus media, to get a sense of what we're looking for: 2. READ opinion pieces in your local campus paper that deserve commentary,OR BROWSE our blog listing recent opinion pieces with suggestions for brief responses 3. SELECT a topic and WRITE a one-paragraph response (it can be challenging, but aim to focus on a single point). Think about your CMR post as you would a letter to the editor. SUBMIT it to our 4. If we accept your response, we'll POST it on our blog, the original article's comment section, and SEND it to the paper as a letter to the editor. Even if your piece isn't accepted as a letter to the editor, you'll still get the satisfaction of knowing that the world can see your commentary on both the paper's comment section, and in an even more prominent position on The Undercurrent's blog. To make it easier for us to contact you with weekly emails suggesting new writing opportunities, please consider joining our Facebook group and Google Group e-mail lists: f:// f If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact me via PM or e-mail at
  3. Smart or Stoopid

    I got a 24. That's 33.4% smarter than the average bear!
  4. Traditional Remedies For Colds and the Flu

    OK, here's a gross way to clear out super-congested sinuses that's always worked for me. It's pretty disgusting, but it works every time. Warm up some water and add plain table salt to it (not too much!). Once the water is tepid, take a funnel and pour the salt water into your nostrils while your head is parallel to the ground. You'll cough out the water along with a lot of the mucous from your sinuses. This can get messy so I usually do it in the bathtub. I hope that helps!
  5. Having children

    I'm also very interested in the answer to the original question!
  6. House (2004)

    The main goal of Tritters actions is to humiliate House and drag him down. He seeks to wrongfully deprive him of the freedom to practice medicine because he has a personal beef with House. I think David Morses character is pretty evil. That being said, I want Tritter's efforts to humiliate House to be fruitless. I want House to be pronounced not guilty at his trial and not be forced to apologize for who he is or have to compromise. I want this scene to be pretty similar to the scene in Season 1 where he's asked to give a speech that goes against his medical judgement and refuses to compromise and do so. Giving Tritter a larger role in this season would make him more important. He shouldn't be, because he's evil. If House is going to change for the better, I'd like to see that change be catalyzed by his own rational thought process, not a series of external events where he's under the control of a character I love to hate.
  7. English class discussion question

    Sadly, no alethiometer to consult on this one. I checked out the AR Lexicon from the library, it's been very informative. Thanks for the recommendations!
  8. Today in class, my English teacher asked us to come up with an example of a rational emotion. For some reason, nobody could or would do this.By the time I thought of a half-way decent response, class was over. I was wondering if anyone would volunteer an example of a rational emotion and a irrational emotion, and explain why they are rational or irrational. Hopefully this exercise will give me some fuel for our next class discussion... Thanks!
  9. Nip/Tuck (2003)

    I've watched the past four episodes of this series and recent turns of events on the show are interesting. One of the main characters, Shaun, prides himself on his exceptional abilities as a surgeon, but he's an altruist who is largely uncertain of what he wants. He takes lots of charity cases in his plastic surgery practice, which angers his partner, Christian Troy. He also sacrifices his own desires for his famillies desires and thinks he can save his marriage by having another son. The infant is born with deformed hands that look like lobster claws. Christian is an unmarried man who has innumerable one-night stands with beautiful women, loves nice cars, and prides himself on his social connections and his ability to attract clients to his joint practice with Shaun. He's not a great surgeon, however, this does not trouble him. His son is 20ish and his life is a social and mental nightmare. Christians son is subject to a variety of horrifying relationships with women and finally becomes a Scientologist. He's on lots of antidepressants and has never had anything that resembles a normal relationship with anyone throughout the course of the show. What's the symbology there? I'm interested to see where they go with the two surgeons sons.
  10. GRE success

    Nice! Do you know where you'll be applying to grad school yet?
  11. Seeking Assistance

    I must confess I also have procrastination issues. However, I read Procrastination by Burka and Yuen over the summer and it helped me immensely. Books that have anything to do with psychology usually leave a bad taste in my mouth, but this book is truly excellent. The authors go into great detail regarding the reasons people procrastinate. A couple of the reasons given in this book defined my reasons for procrastinating to a T. It really helped me to know why I was procrastinating and have some kind of strategy for dealing with it. Procrastination also defines a very simple way to overcome putting things off until the last minute. It's been working for me so far, but old habits do die hard and the authors encourage you to improve little by little. Fidgit, I recommend you read this book. I'm in my last year of undergraduate chemistry courses now and the work I do is both time-consuming and challenging. I never felt remotely challenged by anything I had to do for school until last year. So for 10+ years, I could do things at the last minute, rarely study, and make easy A's. It's hard to break habits that gave good results for years but just aren't cutting it anymore. It makes me wish I hadn't gone to public school. I'm curious, has anyone else had a similar experience with procrastination and public schooling? Sorry if that's kind of an off-topic question.