Wednesday, July 31, 2002

THE PASSION OF AYN RAND'S CRITICS

Go to Casey Fahy's web site and read James S. Valliant's essay, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. (Four Parts and a Conclusion.)

I have added Casey Fahy to the Blog category.
THE NEW YORK SUN

Check out an alternative to the New York Times. Here are some good examples from the New York Sun:

A False Privatization.
Axis of Evil.
One of the Most Destructive Myths of American Foreign Policy.
Lieberman vs. the Miners.
MEDIA

Read the column in the Washington Post on how bloggers are influencing the big media players. [Via InstaPundit.]

Monday, July 29, 2002

IRAN

Read Joseph Kellard's article, The Iranian Street.

Sunday, July 28, 2002

"NEXTBLOG"

I have added Blogger's "Random Recently Updated Redirector: NextBlog" to the Resources category.
GADFLY

Could you say that the blogging community is a gadfly? Read John Leo's column, Flogged by bloggers. [Via InstaPundit.]


HOW TO COUNT THE BEANS...

Warren E. Buffett is asking the question: Who Really Cooks the Books? Edwin A. Locke has the answer in his editorial, Congressional Hysteria Will Not Make Every Businessman Honest.
PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy department at McGill University must be influenced by postmodernism...
Related: my post, IVORY TOWER.


UNABOMBER

Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, has found a new propaganda channel. Read Onkar Ghate's editorial, Defend Industry Against Terrorism�Before It's Too Late.

Friday, July 26, 2002

STEVEN DEN BESTE

Steven Den Beste has commented on a report titled, Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the United States, by the National Center for Health Statistics. I agree with Steven Den Beste's view on atheism, but I will not bite my tongue regarding his comment on Ayn Rand and her philosophy, Objectivism. Steve, I recommend you to read Dr. Ellen Kenner's piece, What is Happiness?

Related: my post, "ENGINEERIST". Additional reading: Where're the Radicals for Freedom? By Joseph Kellard.
THE FAT'S IN THE FIRE!

A New York City lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the fast-food industry. He wants warning labels on fast-food products. This is crazy! The "heavy" people should read this fast food calorie chart. Are the candy manufacturers the next target?

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

LINK

Check out Fredrik Norman's new project, The BusinessFan Network. I have added the site to the Capitalism category.
BLOG ON!

Read John Hiler's report, The Microcontent News Blogging Software Roundup, and John Foley's story, Are You Blogging Yet?
NEW BLOG

I have added Harald Waage to the Blog category. Thanks to Fredrik Norman for pointing out Harald Waage's new blog.
NEWS IN IRAN

Here is a follow up to my post, IRAN WATCH. Read Daniel Pipes' article, Iran in Crisis, and David Warren's essay, The end is nigh. [Via Harald Waage.]

Here is a guide to online news in Iran. [Via Hossein Derakhshan.]


Monday, July 22, 2002

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Read this sad story about a British widow (9/11), who is fighting against the INS. [Via InstaPundit.] I am getting so angry and upset! I think that the person in charge of Deena Gilbey's case, should pay a visit to the Statue of Liberty and read Emma Lazarus' poem, The New Colossus:

"Give me your tired your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Please, remember Eli�n Gonzalez! The poor child is a prisoner in communist Cuba, and Janet Reno is having a dance party in order to promote her campaign for governor!


Sunday, July 21, 2002

AYN RAND IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Bill Goldstein's article, Greenspan Shrugged, describes how far Alan Greenspan has moved away from Ayn Rand's original ideas on capitalism. [Via Mark Wickens.] Goldstein is wrong when he says: "...greed apparently represents a greater danger to capitalism than government bureaucrats."

Richard Salsman understands the real meaning of greed, i.e. rational self-interest.

Related: my post, GREED.
BLOGGING

Joyce Slaton at the SF Gate, has an article on blogging. [Via InstaPundit.]

Friday, July 19, 2002

LYCEUM

As a follow up to my post, IVORY TOWER, read John Leo's column in U.S. News & World Report, Professors who see no evil. [Via Ken Layne.] Take the discovery of Aristotle's Lyceum as an inspiration for starting a renaissance of rational education!




SWALLOW THE PILL

I hope that Brit Hume will read Onkar Ghate's editorial, The Rights Of Drug Companies.

WORLD TRADE CENTER II

Read Sherri R. Tracinski's editorial, Anything Less Is Suicide.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

WORLD TRADE CENTER

Have you read about the different proposals for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center? I think that they should build a taller skyscraper. For a "blueprint," check out Bryan Larsen's painting, A New Height. "Howard Roark," where are you?
GREED

Joe Conason at Salon.com, writes about Alan Greenspan's testimony. Here is a quote by Greenspan: "An infectious greed seemed to grip much of our business community." I wonder if Mr. Greenspan remembers what he wrote in August 1963: "But it is precisely the "greed" of the businessman or, more appropriately, his profit-seeking, which is the unexcelled protector of the comsumer." ["The Assault On Integrity," Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, page 118.]
IVORY TOWER

Stanley Fish thinks that he shouldn't take any responsibility for spreading postmodernism in today's society. Read his "defense" of so-called "serious thought," in his article, Don't Blame Relativism.

I recommend you to read Dr. Leonard Peikoff's essay, Assault from the Ivory Tower: The Professors' War Against America.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

TURN THE CHEEK...

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales, thinks "that an attack on Iraq would be both immoral and illegal..." After reading that kind of b.s., I had to let off some steam by reading Jason Roth's editorial, 198 Million Muslims Can't Be Wrong and Quent Cordair's piece, 101 Ways to Foil a Terrorist.

Monday, July 15, 2002

OPERATION "TIPS"

If you want to become an informer, join Citizen Corps. I don't think this is the right way to go. Here are some quotes on their web site:

"We want to be a Nation that serves goals larger than self." -- President George W. Bush - State of the Union, January 29, 2002.
"In the days following the attacks we saw immediate and selfless volunteering..."

What has happened with the idea of individualism?

Related: Assessing the Department of Homeland Security. By The Brookings Institution.

Read Alex Epstein's editorial, Bush's Un-American and Immoral Call for "National Service."
LAISSEZ-FAIRE

How about teaching Bush a new word, laissez-faire? Bush is getting more and more anti-business. Read Robert W. Tracinski's column, The War on CEOs and Harry Roolaart's article, Nationalizing Corporate America.

For more intellectual ammunition, buy the book, Why Businessmen Need Philosophy.


Friday, July 12, 2002

APOLLO 11

Take some time on July 20, to commemorate the flight of Apollo 11 and the landing on the moon. [Via InstaPundit.]

"Nothing on earth or beyond it is closed to the power of man's reason. Yes, reason could solve human problems-but nothing else on earth or beyond it, can.
This is the fundamental lesson to be learned from the triumph of Apollo 11. Let us hope that some men will learn it." -- Ayn Rand (1969) ["Apollo 11," The Objectivist, page 718.]
SUPPORT TAIWAN R.O.C.

Communist China (PRC) is a real threat to Taiwan. Here are some facts about Taiwan.


IRAN WATCH

N.Z. Bear has started to focus on what's going on in Iran. It will be interesting to follow the development.

Read Onkar Ghate's editorial, Don't Blame Our Intelligence Agencies�Blame Our Unprincipled Foreign Policy.

Related:
TERRORIST CONFERENCE IN IRAN
IRAN
ATTACK IRAN NOW!


Thursday, July 11, 2002

INSPIRATION

After I wrote the post on Jihad, I had to calm myself down and try to think in a positive way. I got inspired by reading Sylvia Bokor's article, Owning A Work of Art. For more fuel for your soul, check out Bryan Larsen's painting, A New Height.


JIHAD ON WWW

The individuals who are attacking the freedom of the Western world, are using modern technology in order to spread their holy war. Read Jack Kelley's article in USA Today, Militants wire Web with links to jihad. After you have read the article, you could do a "WHOIS" search on some of the domain names mentioned in the article.

Related: Daniel Pipes' article, Terror & Denial.
NEWS...

Arnold Kling at the Tech Central Station has a piece on the future of newspapers.
PROFIT

Read the story about an Internet hosting company in the North Sea.

Check out Forbes' ranking of the world's billionaires.

Check out Initium, the news log of the Center for the Moral Defense of Capitalism. [Via Fredrik Norman.]

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

FOX NEWS

The Ayn Rand Institute's president and executive director, Dr. Yaron Brook, has been invited to appear on The O'Reilly Factor tonight. The title of the segment is, Is Capitalism Really So Bad?
LINK

I have added N.Z. Bear's Blogosphere Ecosystem to the Resources category.
C-SPAN

C-SPAN has aired a roundtable discussion on the war on terrorism. The event took place at the Second Renaissance Conferences in Vienna, Virginia. The program is titled, Effect of Appeasement on Outcome of War. Great questions and answers. Hopefully C-SPAN will archive the program so you will be able to watch the discussion again. [Source: Betsy Speicer's CyberNet and Harry Binswanger List.]


Saturday, July 6, 2002

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

According to a Columbia Law Survey, 35% of the Americans think that the following sentence is included in the Constitution:

�From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.�

It is sad news that more than 1/3 of the Americans think that Karl Marx and his altruistic ideas should be the guide for the U.S. government. America has to go back to its historical foundation and original political system. The U.S. Constitution is based on rational selfishness. Here is a transcription of the Constitution.

WEBLOGGING

The Economist has an article on blogging.
SEARCH ENGINE

I have added Kartoo, a meta search engine, to my site. Do you think it is a good tool? Is it useful to put the results on a map? I look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

IN GOLD WE TRUST

I am happy with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit's ruling. Read an interview with Michael Newdow, the man who brought the Pledge suit. I think it was an unconstitutional act by Congress in 1954, to add the word, "God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. America is not a "nation under God." America is a secular republic. I see no problem with private schools having their own pledges. The whole educational system should be privatized. It is scary to see what kind of crazy stuff they are teaching the children in public schools.

President Bush is dead wrong, when he is saying: "We need common sense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God and those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench."

It is time to change the national motto on the currency and Ohio's state motto. New Hampshire has a great motto: "Live Free or Die."