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  1. Where to get my own Galt cigarettes?

    On kind of a similar theme.... I've been thinking about getting some custom M & Ms printed up that have "A = A" on them. Some with a "$" sign on them might be nice also. http://www.mymms.com/utility.aspx?src=
  2. Funny Videos

    As soon as I heard him say "it's called electrical tape because it conducts electricity" I figured it must be some kind of spoof.
  3. The Narcissist in Chief

    The real problem with Obama is not where he was born but rather where he lives now.
  4. Once again, Rush has something to say...

    Never having been that much of a Rush fan in the past I did get intrigued here lately upon hearing how they (specifically Neil Peart) were supposedly supporters of Objectivistism and fans of Ayn Rand. Well as far as I can tell, while they may have paid some lip service to Ayn Rand and her ideas in their younger days I don't think it could be said that in the "long run" that holds true. According to the Wiki entry on Neil Peart (under political views) it appears he's back peddaling a way from any former advocacy of her ideas he may have voiced. I'm afraid I have to lump him in there with the likes of Paul Ryan as another one of those individuals who really just didn't understand much of what she was trying to say to begin with. Peart has never publicly identified with any political party or organization in Canada or the United States. Even so, his political and philosophical views have often been analyzed through his work with Rush and through other sources. In October 1993 shortly before that year's Canadian federal election, Peart appeared with then-Liberal Party leader Jean Chr├ętien in an interview broadcast in Canada on MuchMusic. In that interview Peart stated he was an undecided voter who supported Quebec federalism.[47] Peart is often categorized as an Objectivist and an admirer of Ayn Rand. This is largely based on his work with Rush in the 1970s, particularly the song "Anthem" and the album 2112, the latter specifically credited to "the genius of Ayn Rand."[48] However, in his 1994 Rush Backstage Club Newsletter, while contending the "individual is paramount in matters of justice and liberty," Peart specifically distanced himself from a strictly Objectivist line.[49] In a June 2012 Rolling Stone interview, when asked if Rand's words still speak to him, Peart replied: "Oh, no. That was 40 years ago."[50] Peart has also ascribed to a philosophy that he has called "Tryism", which means that anything that one tries to attain will be attained if one tries hard enough.[51] Although Peart is sometimes regarded as a "conservative" and "Republican" rock star,[52] he, in 2005, described himself as a "left-leaning libertarian",[53] and is often cited as a libertarian celebrity.[54][55] In July 2011 Peart reiterated those views, calling himself a bleeding-heart libertarian.[56]
  5. ruveyn, Do you remember those old "extra large" slide rules that were used for teaching slide rule use? Well about 2 years ago I was out doing some welding for one of the local Ranchers and came across quite a pile of them (looked like 15 to 20) in one of his storage sheds. At the time I thought wow, that would be a cool thing to have one of. I kind of forgot about it until reading in this thread but now I'm thinking I might ought to go see if I can't horse trade him out of one of them.
  6. I'm curious as to if any one here has ever eaten any Dolphin or Porpoise and how it might compare to Tuna from both a taste and nutritional stand point. Not to be overly flipant about it but would some fricassed flipper of Flipper be a good thing?
  7. Even Sandy concedes to union power

    My experience with trying to work along side, or a times supervise, union welders during the last 30+ years has for the most part been less than positive. Time and time again I've witnessed that pro union mentality try and get used as a rationalization to cover some serious personal short comings. Any more, if I hear people going on about their union politics I pretty much assume their going to end up being a "problem child" I'll have to deal with.
  8. With all due respect to Lord Tennyson, here's some spin on a passage from "Charge of the Light Brigade". Into the valley of the shadow of impending Socialism rode the Objectivist. Weasels to the left of him, Weasels to the right of him, Weasels in front of him. Stormed at not by the volley and thunder of shot and shell, But rather continually jibbered at in their strident, demanding voices, And incessintly ankle gnawed by their sharp pointy, rodent like teeth, Onward he rode......
  9. "Judgment Call"

    How about this for some plot themes...... You've got the same bible thumping fundie for a captain. At the start of the deployment some Ayn Rand books (AS, VOS, PWNI, etc.) get brought aboard the boat. The first sailor reads them, gets excited about what he's read and starts passing them on to his shipmates. After a month or two into the deployment most of the crew has read them and are taking every opportunity to discuss them. It's like they can't contain themselves over the power and truth of the ideas they've all just been exposed to and they realize how horribly they've been lied to about the nature of this existence we all find ourselves trying to comprehend and deal with. The XO finally becomes aware that something has worked to excite the crew and finds out from talking to some of the enlisted men that it's these books by Rand. Being that he's essentially a man of good character with an active mind he decides to read them to see what all the buzz is about, asks to borrow them and is given the books by one of the enlisted men. He too has an ephinany of understanding brought on by what he reads. Next the Captain of the boat realizes that some things up with the crew and asks the XO about it. The XO simply gives the Captain the books he's just read telling him they're the most powerful and in sightful works he's ever read. After a partial reading of one of them the Captain is horrified because he deems them to be contrary and blasphemous to his fundementalist religious beliefs. He considers them to be the work of Satan and orders the XO to confiscate every Rand book on board and eject them over board thru the sewage discharge. He then makes an announcent over the boats intercom that he will tolerate no further discusion among the crew of Rand or her ideas and that any one caught doing so will face serious punishment. Just to set an example he finds out who originally brought the books on board and has him confined to the boat's brig on bread and water rations for 3 days. Led by the XO the crew revolts. The first thing they do is take that bible thumping fundie of a Captain and shoot him out one of the forward torpedo tubes. Next they move the boat out of their assigned patrol area so they can't be as easily found and launch a cruise missle strike on that massive nest of proffesional looters and amoral swine that has accumulated in Washington DC. Next they decide to roam the high seas (a' la Dagnar) meeting out summary punishment to any one who attempts to initiate force against any one else who is trying to use the worlds oceans to engage in free trade. They should definetly sink a few Somalian or Nigerian pirate vessels before steaming majestically off into a tropical sunset. A=A Oh yeah, some where in there after the revolt the boat gets re-christend the USS Galt (SSBN-57)
  10. What did you think of the Vice Presidential debate?

    Well ruveyn, when you put it in the context that Objectivism has had to work to over come a couple millenia of that poisonous altruist dogma that the worlds religions have worked to infect people with I don't see where it's doing all that bad.
  11. ARGO

    Hey Shipmate, In 79 I was an HT stationed aboard the nuclear submarine tender USS Dixon at the San Diego sub base. The Irainian hostage incident caused us to get deployed to the Indian Ocean and I got to spend several intense months sitting in the lagoon at Diego Garcia waiting on the out break of war. We even had a few (un-official) posters up around the ship depicting a mushroom cloud with the words "Hey Iran, Remember Japan" under it.
  12. ewv, Thank you, that was what I was trying to get at. And you're right in that unless you would get to know Felix better on a personal level (and there by get a better grasp on his over all view of existence) it wouldn't be correct to judge him to severly over this. After all it could just be an "innocent error of knowledge" on his part that led him to phrase it the way he did. One thing I can say in Felix's defense regarding this matter is that at least he didn't do a "Tebow" when he landed or have any Bible verse references on his suit or helmet. If I would have seen any of that I'm afraid it would have worked to cause me to judge what he said (and him personally) quite a bit more severly. And to help with context I'd like to know at just what point he said that. Was it on the ride up, right before he jumped or at a press conference (before or after)? If any one knows at what point in the proceedings that got said please let me know.
  13. Not to diminish Felix's accomplishment (or the joy most of us seem to have taken from it) but didn't he also say something along the lines of "sometimes you have to go really high to realize how small you are" ? There's something about that, that bothers me and personally I think I could have done with out hearing that kind of setiment in the midst of what was otherwise one hell of a tribute to the human spirit and the greatness and grandeur of what's possible to man.
  14. Working in groups

    TEAMWORK A group of people doing exactly what I tell them to.
  15. Timeless clock

    Another crude time measuring device that was recently erected along the River's Edge Trail in a Great Falls Montana City Park.
  16. Timeless clock

    Not quite as epic in scope but.... another major clock / time measuring project. Clock of the Long Now http://longnow.org/clock/
  17. Well said ruveyn. There are some seriously unbalanced, irrational and emotionally disturbed individuals in our society. While a lot of them are easy to spot you can't always tell who they are at first glance. About 5 years ago I worked with a guy for 6 weeks during a maintainence shut down at the local refinery. He was assigned to me as my welders helper. Based on this work experience with him I formed a very favorable opinion of the man. He had a very positive attitude toward the job and was enjoyable to work with. About 6 months later he bludgeoned the woman he was living with to death and comitted suicide. Just last week another local man I knew got him self shot and killed. This guy had some what of a track record of being abusive to others (especially when drinking). In the past he's been told to leave from the local Tavern for unacceptable behavior. First time I had any contact with him there about 2 years a go I had some what of a problem with him. Fortunetly he just stood off at a distance and ran his mouth. If he would have tried to move in close to me though I'm afraid I would have felt the need to attempt a little preemptive violence. He's come in there several times since then while I was there and never given me any trouble. My guess would be that he doesn't even remember the incident. While the guy that shot him is claiming self defense and is out on bail, from the few details I've heard it doesn't sound to me like it's going to be found to be a legally justifiable use of deadly force. That being said though, with the exception of the family no one else seems to be all that up set that he won't be around any more.
  18. Astronomy Photos

    Great Spark Man! That's an awesome photo.
  19. Happy Birthday to Joss Delage

    Joss, Is there any place we can view some pictures of your blade smithing work?
  20. Corporations

    AN, Instead of "Crony Capitalism" why not simply call it "Crony-ism"? After all the concept it reffers to is only made possible by the "mixed" part of our economy and not what's left of the "Capitalism" part. It seems wrong (and misleading) to me to taint the word Capitalism by attaching Crony to it. In fact if you want to attach the word "Crony" to something I think it would be more accurate to attach it to the word "Statist" (as in Statist Crony-ism). It's been my experience that the general masses just sort of assume that because something involves "money", it also some how involves Capitalism. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that we should be a little more careful about how we use the word Capitalism so that we don't unintentioanlly perpatrate the misconceptions about Capitalism that are spread by it's enemies. A=A
  21. Study Problems

    rc, Kudos on your achievments. I've spent some time on some pretty interesting ships and off-shore structures during the past 35 years. Have also had some involvement in commercial underwater work. So I'd be interested in hearing more about the ship you designed and what you plan on doing "work" wise. If you want I can give you a suggestion for a company in Holland that's involved in the Mairne Industry to send your CV to. A=A
  22. When I first moved to Montana back in 98 I lived for a short period several blocks from this and use to walk by it regularly. If you'll click on the "older" button at the top right of the picture there's several more views of it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/comtessedespair/2653719946/in/photostream/
  23. View of Galt's Gulch?

    I've read that it was Ouray, Colorado that was the inspiration for "Galt's Gulch". It's on my "to do" list to some day take a road trip thru that area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouray,_Colorado
  24. Visiting The Netherlands

    Laars, There's a good chance I could get to Holland again before the year is out. I've been going on occasional off shore jobs for a Dutch Company based in Langedijk. Don't always go through Holland to get to the job but sometimes it works out that way. Once spent a weeks decompression time there after doing a 2 month job in Nigeria for them. To bad I too just noticed Adam's post. I would have recomended he ride the Antique Stoom Tram from Medemblik to Horne and spend the day kick'n about there. A=A
  25. Hello the Group

    About 25 miles West of Great Falls.