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  • Birthday 11/15/1985

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  • Location Champaign, IL
  • Interests Reading
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  1. Ted Cruz filibuster read from Atlas Shrugged

    I think they meant he was reading the Obamacare parody of Green Eggs and Ham. "I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health care plan. I do not like these dirty crooks Who lie and cheat and cook the books..." etc.
  2. Who's your current pick for president?

    @John - they're not more profitable to society at large, but they are more profitable to certain segments of society such as say... military supply companies. I think the idea in the case of banks is that since governments always engage in massive borrowing and spending for wars, they have to a) borrow the money, usually in large part from banks and bankers, and repay that money with interest, to the profit of banks and bankers.
  3. Love of the guilty for being the guilty

    People complain about how many people we have in prisons, but I must say I'd rather have crowded prisons and proper sentencing than the utter indifference towards crime I've seen in Europe. This case is not the only appalling example I've seen, nor is Sweden the only appalling European country in this regard.
  4. Who's your current pick for president?

    It's a pity they can't all lose :-(
  5. Khadafi dead or captured

    "I always wondered why more of those bullets didn't come down and kill people on the ground. That would stop such a stupid practice." I once read a book (nonfiction) where an Iraqi woman said that occasionally they did kill people. Apparently nobody cares. I don't understand why.
  6. If you really want to buy physical, then I'd suggest you talk to David Batson (look him up on FB and send him a message saying Brianna referred you). He does investing for people too, but you need to commit a much higher minimum for that than you do for a simple monthly purchase plan for physical metal.
  7. So it is not out yet? Do you think they'll show it at the NYOS conference next month? That'd be cool, as I have made plans to go :-)
  8. Assassination of Americans

    False argument. The whole point of the civil war was that the confederates didn't *want* to be part of America anymore. It's a little difficult to claim the citizenship of a country you're in the middle of fighting to secede from. I don't think he should have been assassinated; not because he didn't richly deserve to be, but because I don't think assassination is a tool we should use on citizens. Extradite him if you can, kidnap him if you can't, try him for treason, and *then* shoot him. God knows a guilty verdict would have been easy enough to come by... or at least, by all reason and logic it should have been.
  9. Happy Birthday to Brad Harrington

    Happy birthday
  10. Earlier this evening, i was talking to my mother about some short-term debt I racked up while moving to MI to start my new job (had to stay in hotels for a couple weeks waiting for my apartment, made 4 12-hour round trips driving, had to buy some business wear... you get the idea). She was commenting on the fact that I don't really have much furniture yet in my apartment, and I said I wanted to pay off the credit card first. She asked how much debt I had, I said about $2000 (my salary is enough to pay this off handily if I am thrifty). She said that was nothing, not to worry about it, lots of people my age have that much or far more and it was fine. I replied with the title of this thread. She actually suggested keeping the debt and not paying off much more than the minimum in order to build up a good credit history, despite the fact that it would cost me more money and there would be no point in it, as I already have an excellent credit score. It's not just that particular attitude either. My mother confuses me. On one level, she understands the fundamental laws of economics and the basics of our monetary system, has read and agrees with much of Rand's work, and in general knows the current trend of the US economy and government policy can only end in bankruptcy. On the other hand, she complains that I am "so right-wing" even as she acknowledges that what I say is nothing but the truth, tells me to "stop being so political" whenever I ask her to stop making comments to the effect that my future as a female engineer is assured b/c of affirmative action, complained about my extensive vocabulary when I was a teenager (it was somehow offensive and condescending to those around me to use large words in their presence), and otherwise continues to behave as though she is in complete ignorance of reality despite the fact that I know she's not. So here's the point of this thread. My mother is someone who "gets it." I know she gets it, because she's said many things to that effect. However, she is also someone who seems determined to run off the cliff with the rest of the lemmings, even though she can see the cliff approaching and knows what is going to happen. Does anyone else know of people who seem to understand the truth privately in their own minds, and then conducts their lives as though they are in complete ignorance? Can you shed some light on why people might do this?
  11. Who is Pamela Geller?...

    I don't know about anyone else, but the vlog of her in a bikini was what I was referring to. As I said, a bit sensationalist, but also with a not-invalid motive behind it.
  12. Tax on financial transactions

    "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." - Winston Churchill
  13. Who is Pamela Geller?...

    "The way she exploits Ayn Rand and other aspects of her web site, as well as the sexually provocative way she dresses and conducts herself, indicates a person whose primary goal is self-promotion, and I am suspicious of that, but there are some positives too." Now that I think of it, I bet that part of the reason why she dresses so provocatively is because many Islamists believe that "proper" attire for women means walking around swathed in black coffins. She made this video for the troops once (I think it was to wish them Merry Christmas) where she was dressed in a bikini, and I know for a fact that she did that specifically to tick the Islamists off.
  14. Who is Pamela Geller?...

    From what I've seen of Geller, she is a bit of a sensationalist, but overall she does more good than harm. The way in which she goes about fighting for her causes is not always to my taste (I prefer her colleague Spencer's more dispassionate, scientific approach), but her causes are valid and she fights well for them. As Betsy said, she is a fan of Objectivism and Rand, and usually discusses Objectivist material properly and in context, but she is not herself an Objectivist nor has she ever claimed to be. She is of Jewish descent, but beyond the fact that I know she believes in God I do not know what she believes or practices, if anything. Overall I think she's a good person doing good work, even if I don't always like the way in which she does it.
  15. Happy Birthday to Alon Tsin

    Yom huledot sameach! Mazel tov :-)