jasonlockwood

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  1. Criminalizing airflight passengers

    Geez, I know that, but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth.
  2. Criminalizing airflight passengers

    I'll note that in little ol' Australia, domestic security consists of very little indeed. I can get on a flight to Melbourne or anywhere else in the country without ever showing an ID. I can even meet someone AT THE GATE even if I'm not travelling myself. Americans may recall this is how it once was in America before insanity set in. Will Australia succumb to the same nonsense? I hope not.
  3. Critique: aynrand.org sanctioning the sanctioners

    I might have, but not having had the chance to look into that matter myself, I couldn't conclude anything. I do think it's smart to be careful about using words like sanction, though. Betsy did you a good service in her reply. Regards, Jason
  4. AVATAR

    I have to disagree about the visuals. Yes the technology is astounding and yes there are pretty things to look at in the movie, but that is ALL. Without any substance, the visuals are completely useless. I can stare at a room full of winking lights in a computer room and be just as dazzled - and maybe more so because at least a computer room in a modern company serves a rational purpose. Let's face it: Cameron made an ugly turkey of a movie and put lipstick on it to lure people on the promise of a good popcorn movie. No way am I going to give him credit for that.
  5. Critique: aynrand.org sanctioning the sanctioners

    Bear in mind, too, that if you sent these messages within the last couple weeks, you would not likely have received a response. The holidays are a very busy time for most people, so a reply to e-mails of that nature are low on the list of priorities. I suggest you wait several weeks after things are back to normal and try again. My approach would be to simply ask about the links in a courteous and friendly manner, as opposed to accusing sanction out of the gate.
  6. Critique: aynrand.org sanctioning the sanctioners

    You have a long list of 'you shoulds' for the ARI. Why not contact them as ask why they put up the links they do? I think it's better to find out all the facts first before you conclude that they're sanctioning anything.
  7. AVATAR

    Interesting how in Aliens, the company was evil, but wanted to protect the alien creatures, regardless of harm to human life. Ripley and her crew set out to destroy the aliens to PROTECT human life. Flash forward 23 years to see how low Cameron (and the culture at large) has sunk that protecting and advancing human life is viewed as evil, but doing nothing and letting savages do whatever they please is lauded as the good. Cameron has successfully encapsulated this cultural slide, if nothing else.
  8. AVATAR

    I gave this piece of claptrap an hour to entertain me, another hour not to piss me off too much and then cried uncle. I sat through it and yes, the visuals were stunning, but it was *so* tedious and so easy to predict every Rousseau-ean turn of events that I tuned it out at the 3/4 mark. You know you're bored at the movies when your iPhone is begging you to play with it. Ordinarily I would call this kind of movie 'evil,' but it was so thinly veiled and so poorly written that I doubt anyone is shocked or even disappointed. Toohey is a far better villain and far more insidious. This stuff is pure 'West evil/native good' after school special nonsense. The stuff about trees with special powers reminded me of the 'science' of 'mediclorians' from The Phantom Menace. It's meant to lend some plausibility to the story, but it's so silly and lacking in explanation that it merely distracts from the rest of the noise. How about this: until a brilliant writer teams up with a brilliant visionary in film, I give up. I will stick to interesting detective plots or the occasional straight drama.
  9. Record Cold To hit Global Warming Conference

    Hey now, I don't want those morons coming to Sydney. That's MY city. ;-)
  10. Objectivists View Towards the Art of Acting?

    If I may chime in from the standpoint of a non-actor, but who nonetheless must give pretty frequent presentations: I notice in myself that when I've really nailed a talk or taught a really good class that I KNOW it. In my field (software sales), I am called on to present a really technical software suite to business analysts, CIOs and occasionally CEOs. None of these people understand software as such, but they do know they need a solution my company offers. Therefore, I have to strike a balance between explaining what our software does, without it becoming a technical training session, but also not sounding like I'm trying to do a hard sell - which Australians and New Zealanders typically dislike. If I've prepared well and I know my material (and audience) well, I OWN the board room or hall where I'm presenting. When I was a high school student, I had speech class where the teacher counted 'ums' and 'ahs' while she was evaluating the students' speeches. She wanted to ensure we were all aware of the impact those tics had on an audience so we could become good or even great public speakers in the future. I have held on to her tips for more than 25 years because they highlighted a vital piece of advice: always be aware of the words that you're speaking and how you're speaking them. Today, I often receive praise for my speaking skills. People wonder how I can sound so poised and eloquent, without being boring or pedantic. I tell them Barb Gensler taught me many years ago and I took her advice to heart. Not surprisingly, Mrs Gensler was also the director of most of my high school's plays and musicals, frequently winning awards for my school.
  11. Analyzing the Health Care Bill

    I wonder why you're trying to persuade people like that. They won't be the ones to fight against it, anyway. It's like persuading a Christian to drop religion. Now, the one POSSIBLE benefit to posting on these other forums is the lurker who sees your argument and thinks 'hmmm, maybe this guy has a point'.
  12. Analyzing the Health Care Bill

    Another thing to bear in mind when thinking about what's in the bill, you have to consider 'what's seen and what's not seen,' to paraphrase Frédéric Bastiat. For example, the bill doesn't mention death panels or rationing explicitly, but it doesn't have to. That is entirely implicit in the notion of government ownership and control of the medical system. As inevitably happens when something is 'free,' eventually people are more than eager to use the system for every sniffle and paper cut. What's a bureaucrat to do under such an arrangement? The cuts have to come from 'somewhere,' and we all know what that means: rationing.The moral of the story is: just because some politician claims it's not rationing because he doesn't use that word, doesn't mean he won't 'cost cut.'
  13. The Consent Of The Exploited

    The other thing to bear in mind is what Rob Tracinski calls the 'Ayn Rand Factor'. This year has really brought Objectivist ideas to the forefront in American society, and that I think will play a massive role in the near future. Obama and company may think they're getting away with heaps of things, but that's only because they have no clue what the opposition is about to serve up.Besides all that, how many Americans would willingly let those jokers send people to detention camps? It is not even close to Weimar Germany. The massive Tea Parties alone are proof of that.
  14. Ed Cline's FIRST PRIZE to be republished!

    It would be fantastic to have the books available for the Kindle, like the Sparrowhawk series.
  15. RIP Capitalism

    As a still fairly new resident of Australia, I wonder if there is a similar situation in Australian high schools. I don't detect the same kind of grassroots movement to home school kids here, but I am curious to know if Australia has been less adversely affected by progressive schooling ideas.
  16. The other book: Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    Another tangential point: when I began writing my blog a few weeks ago, my intent was to talk to a general audience. What I've noticed just in the weeks that have passed and the relative handful of articles I've written is that my followers tell me I'm presenting ideas that hadn't considered. In one of my pieces, I wrote about how I rejected the religious and hedonistic view of sex in favour of sex as a rational pursuit. My friends in Sydney (who are not Objectivists) were amazed to see the topic put in such different terms. All of them told me it got them thinking more deeply on the subject. I consider that a big win.
  17. Confessions of an apostate mac user

    I don't think this is incorrect as a general assumption, and I was a programmer and quite technical guy for years. As my job shifted more towards the business side of things, I found PCs less and less compelling. Yes, I can figure out - as a techo - how to fix PC problems, but I haven't the inclination to do it now. In other words, I want a stable tool that I don't need to babysit. In my Windows days, it was always a waiting game when the OS would deteriorate to the point that I had to re-image the primary drive. In the nearly two years that I've owned Macs, I haven't experienced the headaches I once did. So for me the value is there and I have been willing to spend the extra money up front.Furthermore, all the software I need is available on Macs (including the Cisco VPN client my company requires), and because of products like Parallels and VMware Fusion, I can 'revert' to Windows when necessary. I've become quite a fan of Apple's supporting products, too, like the Apple TV and the Time Capsule wireless router/backup disk. With my three Macs, keeping my back-ups current is entirely effortless. For me, it all comes down to the elegance of the product line and the usability. Apple for me offers the value I'm looking for.
  18. Confessions of an apostate mac user

    I was a PC user for years and then bought my first MacBook Pro in early 2008. I now have three Macs, one I just bought to replace my awful Dell the company provided me. With VMware Fusion, I can do all the Windows stuff I need to for work (I'm in software sales for a large global IT company). I don't get preachy about Macs, but I have found them vastly superior to any PC I owed in the past.
  19. The other book: Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    On top of it, leftists are crashing BORES. Everything they utter is a tired, century-old slogan. You should see how some people get all doe-eyed over Kevin Rudd in Australia. He has the distinction of appearing slightly more lethargic than a Koala. The one word I use to describe Australian politics these days is: bland.
  20. The other book: Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    So, Heller wants to have her cake and eat it, too. It's perfectly OK to take ideas from a philosopher - as long as they aren't Ayn Rand. Might this be a psychological confession on Heller's part?
  21. 'Goddess of the Market' by Jennifer Burns

    My attitude is: what do Objectivists gain from such a book - aside from some historical data - that we can't find on our own? Sure, it's 'nice' AR is getting more notice, but seriously, I would never read a book that so grossly gets wrong who Miss Rand was. Not to mention an utter lack of understanding Objectivism on even the most basic of levels. Even worse is what people not familiar with AR's works would get from such a distorted view. I'll pass.
  22. A new blog

    Hello everyone, To get in the regular practice of writing focused pieces, I have decided to begin a blog of my own, that I have called A life of valuing. My goal for the blog is to examine values from every angle and reach conclusions in each posting. I'm targeting a general audience, but obviously many of the things in my posts will be familiar to FORUM members. The URL is http://alifeofvaluing.blogspot.com/. I invite all of you to take a look and if you are so inclined, comment on my posts. I intend each post to be no longer than 500 - 1000 words. I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I write. Primarily, this blog is to aid in focusing my writing, while offering up views on what I value in life and why. Enjoy!
  23. A new blog

    To be fair, though, I was referring to optional values. In strong relationships, these things can be worked out if both parties are willing, of course. Otherwise, I do think resentment starts to build and over time can seriously compromise the relationship.
  24. A new blog

    To be sure, I'm not out to tell anyone what to value (leaving aside truly vile trash, but that's not my focus, anyway). The idea I'm conveying is there is a plethora of options out there and couples do better when they accept that the choices of one are not necessarily the choices of the other.
  25. An hypothesis about intelligence

    I concur with Betsy. I wouldn't want to discount the effort required to emerge with a healthy sense of life. It is possible, though, and I am living proof of it, as are others who post here.