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  1. Happy Birthday to Betsy Speicher

    Happy birthday Betsy, and thanks again for everything.
  2. New Ayn Rand Bookstore

    There's definitely some interesting items there. I'll be checking it out, thanks.
  3. Hollow point rounds are standard issue for most non-military users. They expand/"mushroom", creating a bigger wound channel, and are less likely to exit the body and keep on going through the target.
  4. Yup, it's by the book, alright. Target the less noble uses of freedom first to drive in the first wedge. It only gets easier from there. Gradualism is specifically designed to conquer principle-less people who still follow moral rules of thumb descended from earlier times. Those rules prevent them from accepting obviously drastic or painful infringements on their freedom, but do nothing when the infringements don't feel important enough in the immediate sense. Unfortunately, when they do, the siege will have advanced too far to be stopped. That's one reason you need principles.
  5. Liver metastasis

    It's working again. Thanks for the link, I told her to ask about this next week.
  6. Liver metastasis

    Link seems dead at the moment, I'm getting timeouts.
  7. Proving a negative

    Here's a few links that could prove useful to you: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/atheism.html http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/religion.html http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/god.html http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/arbitrary.html Yearning for order and principles - especially pertaining to morality - some people find modern Leftist Nihilism unbearable. Where no rational alternative exists, they are driven toward religion. Popularly speaking, religion has long maintained a monopoly in the field of morality. Thanks to a certain author-philosopher there is a better alternative.
  8. What is collective bargaining?

    Your suggestion is valid, but only because it's an attempt to mend something fundamentally broken. It's a way to undo a part of that which should never have existed to any extent. As such, it'd never be accepted without a fight by those who depend on it; "it" being public education or some other illegitimate government institution or activity.
  9. This is something that has puzzled me for quite a while. Where I live it seems like enjoying drunkenness is as expected of young people as liking pizza or chocolate. For many it's the highlight of their lives, the reward for their patience of putting up with work, school, or other "duties" that require a sharp mind. And I'm not referring to intellectual dinner parties rounded off with a bit of wine toward the end. I can't relate to it one bit. I'm 25 and have never been drunk or had a hangover; can't see that ever happening. At most I've been a bit tipsy and that's been enough to make me stay away from alcohol. I don't like the feeling, it feels wrong. When I posted about that on another forum, they were all just as baffled about that as I am about their preferences. Most of them could accept someone not wanting to get drunk, but not enjoying the tipsiness seemed inconceivable to the whole bunch. For them it's just something you do. I posted about this on the Capitalist Paradise forum quite some time ago: http://z7.invisionfree.com/capitalistparadise/index.php?showtopic=1393 I know some people who don't usually drink a lot but still get drunk occasionally, such as during New Year's Eve. So they're not constant weekend escapists, but still they want that state of mind in their lives sometimes. Myself, I don't see a reason to ever get drunk, no matter the occasion.
  10. What is the allure of getting drunk?

    I don't see how using caffeine as a physical (for the brain) boost to increase productivity is comparable to using alcohol to affect one's social inhibitions. Do you have inhibitions when around people you like? If no, you don't need alcohol, right? And if yes, couldn't you fix them? I assume that such inhibitions can be fixed through reasoning and practice, whereas you can't just command a physically tired brain to snap out of it.
  11. What is the allure of getting drunk?

    What is the motivation behind the first? And why would one need alcohol to do the second?
  12. What is the allure of getting drunk?

    I did and came up empty, save escape from reason. If I have an inhibition, intended to be there. And if there's an inhibition that shouldn't be there...it isn't. I can't think of anything I want to change about myself (that isn't related to practicing social skills) in the kind of social situations that I actually want to take part of.
  13. What is the allure of getting drunk?

    Also I should say that I never felt the need alter the way I function in that sense. If I like the people I'm around, and the setting/circumstances, the only problems I may have are related to social training which is something to be overcome with practice, not masked with drugs. Other than that there's nothing I feel that I lack, that would be better with alcohol. I can talk and joke and laugh when that's called for, or share intimate feelings in detail if I respect, value, and feel trusted by the other person.
  14. What is the allure of getting drunk?

    Europe isn't (yet) that homogenous. Weekend binging is the norm in Sweden, though our DUI limit is 0.2% and the government has a legal monopoly on selling anything over 3.5% ABV that isn't consumed in a restaurant or bar. The only alcoholic drink I thought tasted good was Grand Marnier. But I really don't like the "warmth" and buzz from alcohol so I just avoid it altogether. Coffee as a cognitive tool is different since you can't otherwise force yourself to not be physically tired if you are. But I like to think that my mood and state of relaxation are what they should be, and if they aren't, the reasons are something I should investigate and fix. When I was tipsy due to alcohol I felt "fake" since the sensation had nothing to do with who I am and what I do, it was just chemically induced. But this is all related to the lesser concern of social relaxation and "mood lightening", as you say. When it comes to intoxication I just never conceived of altering my mind like that, or why I would want or need to.
  15. Jason, the same is true for me. I like to spend time with people but only if they're my kind of people, and only in environments that don't suppress or overpower the intellectuality of each person.
  16. Forget about alternative fuels

    Here the price of E85 is about 33% less than gasoline. But the way our gasoline price works is that first, several taxes (energy, carbon, etc.) are applied to the real price, and then the 25% VAT is slapped on top of this resulting price. In practice, over 70% of the final gas price (~$8.90 / gallon) is taxes.
  17. Exactly. So if they refused to run the companies at all, I assume they would be held responsible for the much greater "losses" to government that would occur then. Would they then point the gun at Galt and tell him to fix the world? "Our focus has been on doing the right thing, not getting credit for it." Kant taps his fingers and smiles.
  18. I've ordered this book, since it was recommended by Leonard Peikoff, whose writing technique and precision I enjoy: http://www.aynrandbookstore2.com/prodinfo.asp?number=GF73A It seems to assume that the reader knows basic English grammar. My conscious knowledge of grammar is limited to select facts about nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, article etc. You could say I write "by feeling" and that I don't actually know what I'm doing. Obviously it works well enough for most purposes (especially in Sweden) but I want to be able to construct grammatically perfect sentences, and know and explain exactly why they are so and what every component of them is. So is there a good source, online or otherwise, for basic English grammar that would prepare me for this more advanced book? Preferably one that follows older standards, which is supposed to be one of the things that make this book better than current ones.
  19. Basic Grammar

    Carlos, what you describe was the pattern of my classes in Swedish. As a foreign language, English was taught with more emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension. My High School English teacher was a rare gem in the public education system in that she recognized my skill and said it was a waste of time for me to attend class. Instead she gave me separate assignments and let me complete the two English courses in one year instead of two. But if I go to Wikipedia to read about grammar, I find that I have almost no explicit knowledge of it. There are so many unknown concepts to me, such as clauses, subjects, propositions, predicates, pronouns, participles...I could go on to list all linguistic features except the few that I mentioned in the OP. Maybe I should get "the complete works" on all this, whatever that would be. I want to know and see every feature that makes up sentences and paragraphs, down to the atoms of language.
  20. Basic Grammar

    Thanks for the advice, John & Paul. Betsy, that's good news for sure. I think I saw the CD collection of those lectures in Ayn Rand store once, but it doesn't seem to be there anymore and it also cost something like $200. This should be interesting, thanks.
  21. The Trust Molecule

    ruveyn, with regard to consciousness and volition: so what? Do you see the fact that everything is made of matter as a reason to advocate determinism?
  22. A Normal Day

    Yeah, that is a special painting. I don't see this kind of pro-man motive elsewhere, at least not depicted as consciously. I agree with Betsy about the brights colors and composition, and yet there's something subdued about it that gives it an air of solemnity at the same time. I was out for a walk by the coast with my father and brother, and dad chuckled and said "it's a beautiful sight but you might want to look away from the paper processing plants", of which there are three by that particular coastline. But they were the one I was looking at. I realized why and smiled to myself as we left.
  23. Horsepower targeted in Italy.

    In Sweden more than half of the final gas price is taxes. The purchase price is around $3 / gallon, whereas customers pay about $9.
  24. In The Art of Nonfiction there is a section where Ayn Rand compares her own article on the Apollo 11 launch event with that of Loudon Wainwright. Here is a paragraph where she describes a part she particularly dislikes: 'Now consider this line of Wainwright's: "this vast picnic crowd had gathered to see the booster belch out its tremendous power and hurl likenesses of themselves at the Moon." It is disgusting [...] I would use a word like "belch" only if I wanted to degrade something [...] And "likenesses of themselves" provides a disgusting glimpse of his ideas about human motivation.' I see right away why the word "belch" is inappropriate. Its connotation is negative. But I've so far been unable to find anything disgusting about the notion of people wanting to see "likenesses of themselves hurled at the Moon". I took it to mean that the spectators wanted to see and project themselves onto this great achievement. Ayn Rand did like Wainright's line about people being there to "watch 30 seconds of history", and in the book she describes why, but on this point she didn't elaborate. What am I missing?
  25. I didn't make the connection between "belch" and "hurl", good point. But AR seems to object to the "likenesses of themselves" part?