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  1. A Motion To Adjourn Is Always In Order

    On Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" show in the mid-1990s, Dr Peikoff quipped to that bitch Janeane Garofalo something along the lines of "why not create an Office of Fabulous Wages." That was hilarious.
  2. A Motion To Adjourn Is Always In Order

    Another one by O'Rourke that I love is: "If you think health care is expensive now, wait till it's free."
  3. A Motion To Adjourn Is Always In Order

    I am reminded here of the old adage "what you don't know can't hurt you" - except that it DOES hurt. Ignorance is bliss only to those who claim mindlessness is the path to a happy existence. It isn't, and never was. Now the chickens are coming home to roost and those mindless millions have no ammunition. Thankfully, we have Bradley our intrepid reporter to dig up these gems and help expose the jerks that the mindless voted into office. Well done AGAIN Bradley.
  4. Tea Parties vs. Open Immigration. My contradiction and dilema.

    That is true. I have not yet decided my course of action with regard to my US citizenship. Currently I'm not planning on renouncing it, but I'm still years away from Australian citizenship, so I have time to think about it.
  5. Tea Parties vs. Open Immigration. My contradiction and dilema.

    You'll be happy to know, Arnold, that I sing the praises of Australia all the time. Of course I am mindful of its faults, but in many many ways it's a great country to live in. After two years here, I am happy to call it the home I've sought out for many years.You can imagine how happy I will be the day I am officially sworn in as a new citizen. Though that is still a few years away, I've already begun thinking about the speech I will give to my friends who were born and raised here.
  6. Dr. Peikoff says "Vote Republican" to kick out Obama

    I've been wondering about the activity this year. Living as far from the US as I do, it's somewhat difficult to gauge what's going on. Can you provide me a sense for how this is coming together?There is so much pessimism out there that it can be like a smokescreen. If some really good things are percolating, I'd love to see some concretes.
  7. Dr. Peikoff says "Vote Republican" to kick out Obama

    I knew Obama was far left the first time I heard him say 50 words or so. This must have been sometime in 2007 and I recall thinking I would never vote for the guy even in protest against a horrible Republican. If I, a reasonably well educated guy but no philosopher, can identify this, why on earth couldn't someone like Dr Peikoff?
  8. John Ridpath on "Robin Hood."

    What's interesting is the movie ACTUALLY portrays the Robin Hood described in the last paragraph above. So what the hell is Crowe talking about?
  9. Inferring motivation from someone's statements

    On every topic, Henrik, your method shines through. A lot of us point out how rationalistic it is and you claim it isn't. Well I offered some actual observation of Mexicans in Arizona and your reply was to say some Objectivists made the claim about their criminality. How do you *know* their claims are accurate? Do their claims trump my first hand observations? Why or why not? "Also, several individuals on this forum have stated that there is a lot of criminality among the immigrants from Latin America, and I have no reason to doubt them." Why not? You seem to doubt me and yet I've offered observations I've made first hand.
  10. Inferring motivation from someone's statements

    There you go again. What proof have you got that MANY of today's Hispanic (i.e. Mexican) immigrants are bad people? Have you lived in a region in America where there are a lot of them from which you can base this conclusion? I lived in Phoenix for nine years and my general observation was they were hard working and wanted to better their own lives. Consider the type of work they're willing to do: house building, landscaping, working in restaurant kitchens. Those aren't exactly the nicest jobs, but they were plentiful and did not require an enormous amount of skill or linguistic knowledge. Those who learnt English well advanced through the ranks. I recall dealing with landscapers when I owned a house. Often the lead landscaper spoke English and then issued the instructions to the rest of the workers in Spanish. Because I knew Spanish pretty well, I could tell if the lead was translating correctly. Are there criminals among the ranks of Mexican immigrants? Certainly, just as there are criminals among the native born in America. To claim without any knowledge that "quite a few" are criminals is the height of arrogance to me. As I have said on many occasions - and in various ways - observe first, conclude second. Because you live in Sweden, how do you *know* that that "quite a few" Mexican immigrants are criminals?
  11. My interview with Leonard Peikoff

    I agree with Alan. Really good interview. I always enjoy interviews that have a different angle, and yours does in spades. Well done!
  12. Lifestyles, Health, and Philosophy

    For the record, I wasn't disagreeing with you, Carlos, but making comments based on a previous post of yours. So really I was challenging the assertions Mr Weiss had made about lean and fit versus overweight and sedentary.
  13. Lifestyles, Health, and Philosophy

    I wonder how one can prove that our bodies have such a requirement. I can say that it's a *value* for me to be fit and eat well, but do I require it to live? Are overweight and more sedentary people less worthy or less rational BECAUSE they aren't lean and fit?The above are rhetorical questions, but it is vital to actually think about these things rather than make bald assertions.
  14. Thoughts on today's Americans and courage

    Yes, Henrik, we are well aware of your views.
  15. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    I of course was fortunate enough to get a business visa in Australia, with an option to become a permanent resident. This is the year I start the process of being permanent.
  16. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    You're a bad Aussie! Don't you know ALL Aussies love cheap shopping trips to America and holidays in Thailand? ;-)
  17. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    And Australians dream of Thailand and cheap shopping in the US.
  18. JOIN the CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against Obamacare!

    I just signed up. Fortunately I still have a mailing address in Arizona.
  19. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    For the record, it wasn't a central thesis I had. More of a thinking out loud as someone who has lived in a lot of countries and travelled extensively. I get the idea that Americans (and I am one, to be sure) want value for their money. That may be the answer I was looking for, but didn't phrase it well. I also know that fine dining is readily available in America. My two most favourite restaurants are in Phoenix, as it turns out. I think what I notice most is in daily living, the general quality of food and drink in Australia is superior to America, but in the category of fine dining, the distinction isn't there. I will say I have never had coffee in America that comes close to what I routinely get down here - not in your average cafe OR in a fine restaurant. I think we've discussed that enough, though.
  20. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    I'm not disagreeing with your assessment concerning attitudes about alcohol, but I wonder what explains the gulf in QUALITY? It seems to be a contradiction in a way because in many ways, Americans demand quality, but when it comes to what they consume, the standards completely drop.Does anyone have ideas about this?
  21. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    As an FYI to everyone, drip coffee is virtually unknown in Australia/New Zealand. So I suppose one would call it 'Italian' roasted. And to those who have said Italian roasted beans are smoother, that is true about the coffee here. It is staggeringly different tasting than the stuff you get in America. To me it's like seeing Cecilia Bartoli at the Met versus Britney Spears (or any other talentless vocalist) in a sweaty arena filled with screaming teenagers.
  22. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    I don't think it's the beans as such, though that is an important element. They have to be fresh and not overly roasted a la Starbucks, but you can have two cafes that use the same supplier and one makes a fantastic flat white while the other is mediocre or worse. Technique is vital. Baristas here are sent to formal training to acquire the proper coffee making skills. At my own cafe which is downstairs from my apartment, their coffee making skills have improved immeasurably since I moved in a year ago. It makes me happy. My recommendation: take a trip to Australia and/or New Zealand and sample the coffee for yourself.
  23. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    Agreed. I have my favourite cafes and when I'm away from Sydney I seek out the places that are LIKELY to make a nice flat white. Coffee 32 in Wellington is one of the best cafes I know there, recommended to me by a business associate.Basically if I'm going somewhere new in ANZ, I ask people I know if they're familiar with good cafes in that new place. As for dangerous creatures, I think it's a little overblown. Living in a large city like Sydney, I haven't encountered anything scary. My neighbourhood has lots of trees and greenery, so that means spiders, but nothing life threatening. I lived in Phoenix, Arizona previously and people would insist it was full of scary creatures that I never saw in the decade I lived there.
  24. "No--drop it in the recycle bin!!"

    My apologies for straying from the topic. I try to avoid that.
  25. Great Coffee and Fine Food Worldwide

    Interesting. I think the flat white is either an Australian or Kiwi concoction, and I've heard the style of coffee has been exported to the UK to good success. It happens to be my favourite style of coffee.I think you're right about proximity, relatively speaking, to Asian markets. It is definitely closer than the US or Europe, but it still takes seven or eight hours from Sydney to travel to anywhere in Southeast Asia. Japan is more like 10 hours away. My work covers mainly Australia and New Zealand, but I do occasionally travel to parts of Asia, including India, where I am headed this weekend, as it turns out. A couple things to note about the Australian economy: there was no forced lending à la CRA in the US and due to the foreclosure laws (as I understand them), one cannot simply walk away from a property the bank has seized. One is still liable for the amount owed on the property. And further, in all my research here I have seen that qualifying for a loan for a house or unit (and a 'unit' here can mean a townhouse or an apartment) is much more difficult than it was in the US. Interestingly, one never hears much in the media about 'affordable housing' in Australia. People rent for as long as they need to until they can raise the capital for a home of their own. A neighbour of mine lived in a rented apartment for eight years or so until he and his wife could save enough to buy a house. Australia may not be a capitalist paradise since it has many welfare state elements, but it is currently superior to the US and certainly Europe. In my two years of living here, I have not for one minute regretted my decision to settle in Australia.