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  1. Jokes

    Liked that one. Checl this out - very amusing little skit Link
  2. World's most ambitious privately funded projects

    I can't let this pass - Eurotunnel is 6.4 billion pounds in debt, financially its been a total disaster...there trying to get the banks to wipe some of the debt (more specifically the interest on the loans). BBC News: Troubled Eurotunnel in debt talks BBC News: Eurotunnel announces 900 job cuts Eurotunnel hopeful over debt deal Chief executive Jacques Gounon states that unless they can come to an arrangement of the loans, they face bankruptcy. The expected profits were lost to low fares airlines and ferry services. To my knowledge there are no plans to build a 2nd set of tunnels, and I would be very surprised if they did.
  3. YOUR 2005 Best Picture

    I too can't decide between Serenity and Batman Begins
  4. Jokes

    Here are some amusing Jack Bauer facts along the same lines as Chuck Norris: Couple of excerpts: - Jack Bauer played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won. - Jack Bauer is the leading cause of death in Middle Eastern men. - People with amnesia still remember Jack Bauer. - Osama bin Laden's recent proposal for truce is a direct result of him finding out that Jack Bauer is, in fact, still alive. - Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys. - Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer. - 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight. - Superman wears Jack Bauer pyjamas.
  5. The benevolent airline

    Truly a pleasure! Thankyou for sharing. A Gershwin Fan
  6. US government funding mosques.

    Its an interesting ploy based solely on a philosophy of pragmatism.
  7. 24 (2001)

    The thought had crossed my mind...
  8. 24 (2001)

    Logan is a sure fire Nixon...dodgy and opportunistic - and look at the forehead/jowl combo! The President I took issue with least was Keeler.
  9. "We will put the Palestinian house in order."

    Well, I imagine things will really kick off after the Hamas government has settled into power and Israel have had their election. A Netanyahu led Likud vs Hamas does not make for a quiet time. I certainly agree with your point Stephen. At my university there are large groups celebrating 'Free Palestine' week, and regular meetings held with Islamic academics orating. Now, they must admit who and what it really is they support...
  10. ... It's wassup, Bro.

    Perhaps the writing was so awful that the TV executive said to the writer he'd only show it if he had one of his characters quoting Atlas Shrugged, lol!
  11. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To All

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good break! With special seasonal greetings to Aristotle Speicher & Family.
  12. WTO in Hong Kong

    No doubt China is a danger, and for a number of reasons, not least of which is that they are party to a sizeable arsenal of nuclear weapons. What I don't understand is whether or not you advocate use of 'devastating force' against them in a historical sense or whether you think it the appropriate course of action now? If the latter, I'd ask you to elaborate on how/why you hold such a view?
  13. This news makes my day! Although 38,000 people is a long queue even by British standards...!
  14. Happy Birthday...

    A happy birthday to you Mr Speicher!
  15. The Music of Ludovico Einaudi

    Glad you like it. There's a piece, 'Odessa' on Eden Roc that sound not dissimilar to some of the soundtrack to the movie Serenity with its Nomadic violins. At least thats what it reminds me of. I have just sent the CD to a friend in Canada for Christmas!
  16. The Music of Ludovico Einaudi

    I first heard this man's music about a year ago, lying awake in the early hours, unable to sleep - and it touched me. I specifically recommend his album Eden Roc - his is not an overly complicated music - but very stirring, very emotional. As he gestured at the end of a live performance I saw at the Royal Festival Hall, London, it is 'from the heart'. Here are some links: Amazon (Photo link from his website)
  17. Betsy, me, and THE FORUM

    Yes, modern dentistry is a wonder! I suppose they used acid etching to add successive layers of some replacement material? I had the same, and no one's ever noticed the difference! Get well soon!
  18. Religious Festivals/Greetings

    Well the Christians hijacked Christmas from Pagans, so I see no reason why Objectivists can't hijack it off Christians . I personally love Christmas - returned to the country home, warm log fire, smell of pine needles from the tree, all the seasonal foods...and lots and lots of mulled wine & mince pies. For me its a time of year for family and food - for enjoying the home enviroment and putting work aside for a few days On another note...we are actually having a cold winter here in the UK - which hasn't happened for quite some years. Snow & Blizzards in November is a first for me - and Im just about to go on an army cadets excercise for the weekend (-10C wind chill, storm on Sat - great!).
  19. Rationalism

    But are not conscious processes a function of neural processes?
  20. Rationalism

    What are yours grounds for presuming thinking processes are gender indifferent? There are numerous examples of sexual dimorphism in the brain, both anatomically and neurochemically - in structures thought to be of great importance with regards higher cognitive functions. Having said this, I think that gender specific learning attitudes and cultural conditioning play the stronger role in biasing a particular way of thinking. I just think its worth due consideration, for the ratio of factors here is an unknown.
  21. Nuclear Weapon Upgrades

    A couple of questions for Forum members: Do you think Nuclear Forces/the military should be maintained using taxpayers money?/Do you think having a privately operated Nuclear deterrent service for the public good is a realistic/good idea? And furthermore: To the extent that governments do spend public money on defence do you think it is in any way necesary or sensible to spend billions of pounds/dollars on upgrading older systems? Is not the time-driven degradation of older technology a good opportunity to cut down nuclear stockpiles to sensible proportions? I'd give a link to the newspaper article that set me thinking about this, but you have to be a paid and registered member, and I generally do not read nor recommend the paper. Since reading it though, I have come across similar articles in papers I regularly read. A further angle for consideration as a Brit is whether or not we in particular really need to upgrade (proprosed 20 billion pound Trident upgrades) - the nature of our defence is such that any nuclear actions are liable to be done with respect (read: total submission) to US policy.
  22. Nuclear Weapon Upgrades

    I shall look for and read these articles and then comment. Given our political and cultural proximity (in the UK) to the US, I still fail to see the need for 20 billion pound upgrade of our entire seabased arsenal. I presume the strategic outlook is that its one big game of nuclear chess and you have to cover all bases.
  23. Nuclear Weapon Upgrades

    The US Military currently operates approx. 500 Land based ICBMs with 800 complementary Nuclear Warheads, 15 Ohio class Submarines with 24 Trident Nuclear Missiles each, 850 gravity nukes to be dropped from bombers and an additional 320 Tomahawk Nuclear missiles on standby for use in attack submarines*. That doesn't even include those in the 1000+ strong destroyer fleets. Overkill anyone? This array is enough to destroy the planet many times over. I do not suggest elimination of Nuclear forces for a minute, but a serious reconsideration of numbers and deployment, and diplomacy to match I do support. How many times over do we have to be able to destroy everything to take each other seriously as nations? And Jay, stating you dont accept the idea doesn't add anything if you dont explain why not and why you think massive nuclear arsenals and concurrent public spending is a good thing? *cited from this Wiki
  24. Free WiFi for all...

    Sometime ago I heard of a project in Texas where the government was planning on providing free wireless broadband access from a solar powered blimp hover near Houston. I dont know what came of that, but I have since heard of a number of other technologically innovative mass broadband ideas - in the UK they have been testing possible ways of using the power lines as information highways. Then tonight I read *this* on the BBC news website, about a muncipal internet system being built in Philadelphia. Having read the article and some of the reponses to it, Im curious to know what people here think of publicly provided internet? Some of the schemes projected are apparently relatively low cost, putting relatively low burden on the taxpayer, compared to the plethora of other public services. My quick reply to the comment section of New debate was this: The following question occurs to me: When your talking about potentially unlimited access to information at low cost to the entire population - inclusive of all its most disadvantaged members, is it simply pig headed to insist upon private provision only? Understanding the principled stance of Obejectivists on the role of the state, I'm guessing the answer would be that any such free mass provision must be funded by charity and not the state. Still, I'm interested to hear what peoples thoughts on this are...
  25. God-related (sort of) jokes

    Behold the Son of GOD!