Sunday, October 20, 2002

THE DARK SIDE OF SWEDEN

Did you know that Sweden had censorship laws in place during the WWII? Torgny Segerstedt, chief editor of G�teborgs Handels- och Sj�farts-Tidning, took a stand against Nazi Germany. Segerstedt wrote an article with the title, Herr Hitler �r en f�rol�mpning (translation: "Mr. Hitler is an insult"), on February 3, 1933. Reichsminister G�ring sent a protest by telegram saying: "Als aufrichtiger Freund des schwedischen Volkes sehe ich in solchen schmutzigen Auslassungen eine schwere Gefahr f�r die verwandtschaftlichen und herzlichen Beziehungen beider V�lker." Segerstedt's newspaper was under attack several times. Look at this example of censorship. The "Freedom of the Press Ombudsman" in Sweden, cut out the article on page 3, dated March 12, 1942. But the people at GHT kept the headline, I norska f�ngelser och koncentrationsl�ger (translation: "In Norwegian prisons and concentration camps.")

Related: Read the report by the Stephen Roth Institute. Check out the result of the election in Sweden. Do you see an ominous trend?

NO CHEERS TO WOODY...

Natural Born Killers' actor, Woody Harrelson, has written a terrible piece in The Guardian. He says he is "tired of American lies." [Via Watch.] For a remedy, read Paul Johnson's article, The Ostrich Position. European anti-Americanism reflects a deeper malaise. [Via Watch.]

Thursday, October 17, 2002

MEDIA AND WEBLOGS

Are the weblogs driving the big media into a state of "bloganalia," or could the both parties live in a "symbiotic relationship?"
Related: BLOGS OF IDEAS.

MY NEW WEBLOG

I have started a new weblog. I wanted to have a place for my r�sum� and my search for a new job in America. Maybe I will integrate my new weblog into this site sometime in the future. I am also thinking of creating a new web site. Please send me suggestions on HTML and web design tools.

HOW TO DEAL WITH TERRORISTS

Read Tim Blair's piece, Killing terrorists wipes out terror, on how you should deal with the terrorists. [Via InstaPundit.]
Related: Eric Raymond's Draft for an Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto. [Via Fredrik Norman.] I am not so sure about his view on isolationism. I am positive that America would be better off if the leaders of the country had taken a firm stand from the beginning by using the policy of gunboat diplomacy.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

GADGET

Here is another example why I like the American culture; the great supply of gadgets! Check out the hiptop� communicator (Danger, Inc.). [Via Sidney Cammeresi.] For more stuff, go to Corante's Personal Technology News.

WHAT IS AN AMERICAN?

Read J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur's essay, What is an American? The author grasped the true essence of the American sense-of-life. Here is a great quote:

"The American ought therefore to love this country much better than that wherein either he or his forefathers were born. Here the rewards of his industry follow with equal steps the progress of his labour; his labour is founded on the basis of nature, self-interest; can it want a stronger allurement? Wives and children, who before in vain demanded of him a morsel of bread, now, fat and frolicsome, gladly help their father to clear those fields whence exuberant crops are to arise to feed and to clothe them all; without any part being claimed, either by a despotic prince, a rich abbot, or a mighty lord."

MSNBC WEBLOG CENTRAL

I have added MSNBC Weblog Central to the Resources category. The site has a list of weblogs, resources, indexes, and "blogspotting" tips edited by Will Femia.

DAVE BARRY

Thanks to Russell who made a comment on my post on P.G. Woodehouse, and informed me about Dave Barry's columns in the Miami Herald newspaper. I thought his column, Art is in more than eye of the beholder, described the sorry state of today's modern "art" in a clear way.

Monday, October 14, 2002

COLUMBUS DAY

Celebrate Columbus Day!

LA DOLCE VITA II

I tasted a cup of Assam Mokalbari today. The tea has many golden top shoots and leaves. The taste is medium strong. I enjoyed the smoothness of the tea. I think that Assam is my favorite type of tea. It is perfect together with a splash of milk.

I bought a new wine a few days ago, Luis Felipe Edwards Shiraz 2001. I have to use the Wine Aroma Wheel sometime in the future. Talking about wine, I can recommend you to have a glass of Taylor's 10 year old Tawny port together with a piece of Saint Agur cheese (Compagnie Fromagere de la Vall�) on top of a rye biscuit.

I have started to work out at a gym. I have added Mike Mentzer's High Intensity Training web site to the Good Life category.

Thursday, October 10, 2002

DON'T BLAME THE MARKET...

Read Richard M. Salsman's excellent article, Spring-loaded market. Here is a quote:

"Market-makers are not stupid; they know a policy of appeasement when they see it. And they know history, too; they know that appeasement of evil only brings more evil -- and in more virulent forms. In the past year market-makers have seen that the United States and the UN are not serious about fighting terrorism -- that both sponsor terror regimes and condemn Israel whenever it properly and forthrightly fights terror."

JAMES LILEKS

Read James Lileks' post on the importance of blogging. [Via InstaPundit.]

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

THE LITERARY ENCYCLOPEDIA

I have added The Literary Encyclopedia to the Literature category. Read John Lewis' entry on Ayn Rand.

THE END OF FREE SPEECH?

Read Robert W. Tracinski's great column, Permission to Speak.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

I am getting so furious about the lawsuits against several different tobacco companies. What has happened with the freedom of choice and taking responsibility for your own actions? Will America end up as a total Nanny-State?

I need a "Cyber Cigarette Break!"

Related: The Tobacco Industry Surrender. Only Moral Certitude Can Save It. By Thomas A. Bowden.
The Tobacco Gestapo. The Tobacco Settlement Is a Dangerous Assault on Individual Rights. By David Harriman.

MOBILE PHONES

Read Steven Den Beste's interesting post, GSM 3G. It was an eye-opener to read about how the bureaucrats in the European Union forced the GSM standard in place, instead of allowing the players on the market to compete and establish the right choice of mobile standard.

Related: Job cuts at Ericsson.

Monday, October 7, 2002

HEART OF PAGAN II

Holly White has informed me that Andrew Bernstein's novel, Heart of a Pagan, is in need of a new cover. Please go to Andrew Bernstein's website for more information.

Sunday, October 6, 2002

"GOOGLEFIGHT"

Ayn Rand (111,000 results) versus Immanuel Kant (106,000 results).

UPDATE 10/07/02: Thanks to Christian Beenfeldt for the correction. I mis-spelled Kant's first name. It should be Immanuel, not "Emmanuel."

ANDREW BERNSTEIN

I have added Andrew Bernstein's website to the Objectivism category. [Via Fredrik Norman.]

THE NATIONAL POST

The National Post has another article on the Canadian Customs' censorship. [Via Mark Wickens.]

Friday, October 4, 2002

CENSORSHIP IN CANADA

Betsy Speicher's CyberNet (10/03/02) had the following breaking news from Ray Girn, President, University of Toronto Objectivist Club:

"Yesterday morning, I received a Notice of Detention from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency regarding the pamphlet delivery. The letter stated that "The following goods [the pamphlets] have been detained for a determination of tariff classification as they may constitute obscenity or hate propaganda. You will be notified in writing of the decision.""

After a three-day detention, the Canadian Customs released the pamphlets, according to this press release from the Ayn Rand Institute. The Canadian Customs' act of censorship made headlines around the world:

MetaFilter. [Via Fredrik Norman.]
� Canadian newspaper, National Post. Right now, number 22 on DayPop's Top 40 list.
Glenn Reynolds a.k.a. InstaPundit.
Initium - The Daily Journal of Capitalism.

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

WORLD TRADE CENTER III

Read Arnold Ahlert's column, The Rebuilding Reshuffle. Go to The World Trade Center Restoration Movement's Guide to Rebuilding Resources. [Source: Betsy Speicher's CyberNet.]
Related: WORLD TRADE CENTER II and WORLD TRADE CENTER.

PROJECT ATHENE

I have added Project Athene to the Objectivism category. Here is a paragraph from their Mission Statement:

"The key to revealing the truths contained in the science of neuropsychology lies in the integration of modern neurophysiology with the Objectivist metaphysics and epistemology. This integration is the forum's guiding principle -- and the achievement the forum is created to facilitate."

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

LA DOLCE VITA

It's time to drink some German beer, it is time for Oktoberfest!

I have bought a box of S.T. Dupont cigarillos at Brobergs Tobakshandel. The latest issue of European Cigar Cult Journal includes a long list of different cigarillos. I bought a small book on cigars at the local bookstore.

I have purchased a moka coffee maker, an aerolatte milk frother, and a book on espresso. Time for a cup of cappuccino!

I will test a high quality tea, Assam Mokalbari, in the near future. I will be back with a review.

GOOGLE NEWS

I have added Google News to the News category.

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