Paul Ryan: A Walking-Talking Contradiction

Ari Armstrong has a nice blog piece regarding Paul Ryan, highly recommended. In addition to Ari’s points, I would humbly add that in addition to those who were touched by Ayn Rand, but are not avowed Objectivists, you could have added as texture and contrast, for example, George H. Smith. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yet Another Power Grab

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Welcome to the Future

Ditch the archaic/antiquated pumps and you’ll really look like you’re ready for the future – nice notes by Ari Armstrong.

My prediction is that the greatest revolution of our time will not be technological, but rather philosophical. Mark my words, reason will win easily and hands down over mysticism of every form – it already is in many ways, both subtle and profound. And the soon the better; for you, me, and all of our progeny.

However short this intellectual battle may be, historically speaking, it could be both bloody and painful. Nevertheless, the greatest leap mankind all over the planet can make, a leap that will save him from certain doom, IS the leap from superstition and mysticism of any and all forms to the premise of and absolute reliance upon reason and rationality. In all affairs.

I for one wholeheartedly welcome and revel in what a future universally premised upon reason may hold, and I do not regret I will not be there to see it blooming. Knowing how an enlightened view of reason and individual rights have filled me with an incredible sense of liberation in my own lifetime gives me great reason to be profoundly optimistic in viewing the prospects for the longer term..

Welcome to the Future – indeed!

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Happy Randsday!

The 20th century’s most important philosopher, Ayn Rand, advocated for a revolutionary philosophical system she called Objectivism. It is no understatement to note that even today it is widely misunderstood, often misquoted, and all too frequently, patently, and purposefully mis-stated. In short, it is the incredibly visionary and liberating world-view that a person ought to always operate under the premise of rational self-interest. Meaning that one should use one’s best judgement in the achievement of life-serving, long range, values: those things one works to gain and keep that are necessary for the achievement of happiness.

And make no mistake about it, her philosophical system was what was missing in the brilliant work of the Founding Fathers. It is what gives fundamental power to the political system they envisioned. Had they had her then, we would not have Obama nor would we have had the incredible rise of the interventionist state we all are force to live under today. Her admonition was to always keep the long-range in view, and never commit a sacrifice – never “surrender a greater value for the sake of a lesser one”. To Rand this was the essence of morality, and as such a profound virtue.

Today is the anniversary of Ms Rand’s birthday, she would have been 107 years old today.. So, as Harry Binswanger writes:

“February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand developed and defended Objectivism, a philosophy that advocates “rational selfishness.”

To celebrate Randsday, you do something not done on any other holiday: you give yourself a present. Randsday is for getting that longed-for luxury you ordinarily would not buy for yourself. Or for doing that long-postponed, self-pampering activity you cannot seem to fit into your chore-packed schedule.

Randsday is for reminding ourselves that pleasure is an actual need, a psychological requirement for a human consciousness. For man, motivation, energy, enthusiasm are not givens. Pathological depression is not only possible but rampant in our duty-preaching, self-denigrating culture. The alternative is not short-range, superficial “fun,” but real, self-rewarding pleasure. On Randsday, if you do something that you ordinarily would think of as “fun,” you do it on a different premise and with a deeper meaning: that you need pleasure, you are entitled to it, and that the purpose and justification of your existence is: getting what you want—what you really want, with full consciousness and dedication.”

Let’s hope it won’t take another 100 years to fully grasp and embrace her profoundly moral philosophical system!

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Happy Randsday!

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I Was Wrong, by John Coleman..

This is a very insightful and thoughtful commentary written by an individual whom I have commented on here at POS. I respect his opinions and this article is worth reading; required, in fact..

John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel:

“You must know this about the leaked files. While the emails were damming, the real ‘meat’ was in sections of computer code leaked. Skeptical climate scientists have already studied it and find it an amazing manipulation that takes real temperature data and turns into a warming fairytale. Since this data forms the baseline for the research used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this is huge. Those who counter this argument by saying there [are] three other data bases, and the two that use surface temperatures agree with this data, need to rethink what they are saying. Think about it. This indicates that since the Angelica University data is scientifically meaningless, and the scientists at the other centers are in constant contact with the scientists there, there is a strong likelihood their data is similarly without scientific merit.”

Don’t stop, read the full article by John Coleman at ICECAP

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Let The Unraveling Commence…

Click pic to Monkton’s full analysis..

Various….

“The shocking truth is that the oldest readings have been cranked way down and later readings artificially lifted to give a false impression of warming, as documented below. There is nothing in the station histories to warrant these adjustments and to date Dr Salinger and NIWA have not revealed why they did this. “ICECAP

“If you have to argue your science by using fraud, your science is not valid.”Professor Ian Plimer

Telegraph’s Delingpole article..

Along comes Steve McIntyre, a Canadian analyst, who spends two years of his own personal time reverse-engineering Dr. Mann’s PCA program. McIntyre subjects Mann’s PCA program to a “Monte Carlo” analysis – which inserts random data sets into the function – and discovered that no matter what data he fed it, the result was always the same. The arm of the “hockey stick” ( paleo-record ) always came out straight. In Dr. Mann’s case, the rising temperature of the Medieval Warm Period and the expected trough of the Little Ice Age had been completely erased. The hockey stick was broken. Fini. Kaput. We may never know whether Mann’s work was deliberately contrived to fit some personal environmental agenda, or just a colossal mathematical blunder.James A. Peden

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Save the family bookstore – we need a book bill..

Kudos to Ari Armstrong at FreeColorado.com for motivating this post. Ari makes some good counter arguments as to why the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) October 22nd letter to the DOJ is, well, without merit. The letter is actually a request for an investigation, and it incorporates several flawed presumptions that Armstrong deals with nicely. While reading Ari’s piece, and then reviewing the letter itself, the dual thoughts of social treason and book subsidies popped into my head… Perhaps it is due to my growing up in west-central Wisconsin in the heart of America’s dairy land, but I think we may have a new dependent class of looters emerging in America: the family bookstore. Can it be long before we hear not a request for an investigation, but rather a demand for a literary works price support system designed to benefit not authors, but small-time booksellers?

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