Friday, August 27, 2010

OBJECTIVIST ROUND UP #163





Welcome to the August 26, 2010 edition of Objectivist round up.




Earl Parson presents OList Twitter Party Kickoff posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "2 weekly Twitter parties, for members (and lurkers) of Diana Hsieh's OLists, are starting up, and I'm hosting, along with William Green. If you're curious about the OLists or Twitter, now's a great time to join both and start participating in some great discussions with other Objectivists."



Edward Cline presents Nancy Pelosi, Pen Pal posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Levity can be leveraged.

Roger L. Simon, writer, critic, and regular columnist for Pajamas Media and other news outlets and blogs, responded to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s remark on KCBS Radio in San Francisco that the funding behind the effective and influential opposition to Imam Feisal Rauf’s Ground Zero mosque (once Cordoba House, now called Park51) should be investigated. Doubtless she had been informed that about 65% of Americans are opposed to the mosque, and that this is largely a consequence of not only the blogosphere, which is doing the MSM‘s job of actually reporting news that‘s fit to report and print."



Fred Seiler presents Agora posted at Seiler on Science, saying, "Some notes on the recent movie about the life of Hypatia of Alexandria"



Rachel Miner presents Genies, Spirits, Nuns posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "A brief post about a delightful parenting moment. If the title makes you smile, these two paragraphs will too :)"



Rituparna Basu presents Embracing the “Unnatural”, written by Daniel Casper and posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The Undercurrent has released a special preview article from our Fall 2010 Print Edition. The article, Embracing the ‘Unnatural,’ is about two roots of today’s popular opposition to scientific progress."



C.W. presents Inflation and the International Wheat Market posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Understanding inflation requires knowing what it isn't, too. International wheat prices offer a helpful example. It is also useful to keep an eye on commodity prices."



Jared Rhoads presents Doctors presumed corrupt posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "New government rules against self-referral in the health reform law presume that doctors are crooks. That's not right."



Kelly Elmore presents The Day I Became an Atheist posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This is the story of how I became an atheist. I had serious fears about life being devoid of spiritual values without religioun, but I found that Objectivism is chock full of that kind of value."



Benjamin Skipper presents Mental Calvinball at Work posted at Musing Aloud, saying, "Inspired by the book *Flow* and the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, I came up with a game that enhances my productivity at work. I consider this particularly useful advice for those in tedious, repetitious, or monotonous positions."



Sandi Trixx presents The Times on Tax Cuts posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "The problem with the Left's "debate" is that they take some fallacies as absolute truth."



Diana Hsieh presents OList Twitter Brunch posted at NoodleFood, saying, "My OList e-mail lists now host two get-togethers on Twitter each week. If you're an OList subscriber, come join the fun!"



Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh PJM OpEd: "Avastin and Your Life" posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "My latest PajamasMedia OpEd shows how the Avastin controversy illustrates the twin dangers of government-run health care -- namely, rationing and politicization of health benefits."



Jason Stotts presents Contra Peikoff on Swinging posted at Erosophia, saying, "In this essay I explore Leonard Peikoff's dismissal of swinging as a bestial activity and take a look at his reasons for doing so."



Sean Saulsbury presents Is Netflix Getting Into The Dating Game? posted at SeanCast.com, saying, "That same technology Netflix has developed to guess what you’ll rate a movie you haven’t seen could just as easily be applied to matchmaking...."



Sean Saulsbury presents Movie Review: The Switch, etc. posted at The Movie Film Show, saying, "I am producing a new weekly movie review show called The Movie Film Show, featuring the reviews of "Mr. Movie" and "Mr. Film" (I play the Mr. Movie character). I hope you enjoy it!"



Kate Gerber presents Looking For The Next Opportunity posted at CareerMama℠.



Edward Cline presents We Are All Al-Qadists Now posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "One of the most appalling and bizarre opinion pieces about the Ground Zero mosque appeared on August 21st in The New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof's "Taking Bin Laden’s Side." The op-ed closely follows and dovetails with a Times report on how opposition to the mosque has only "provoked" Islamic "extremists" and "played into their hands.""



Zip presents Only By Permission posted at UNCOMMON SENSE, saying, "We living in Canada and"the west" are truly and rightfully horrified at the prospect of this kind of control. But are we just evading our own reality?"



Joshua John M. Lipana presents Censorship Strengthens Islamists posted at This is Joshua Speaking.




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