Sunday, August 23, 2015

Why There’s No Such Thing as “Stealing American Jobs” | Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D. | Living Resources Center

Donald Trump and others have been accusing other countries of “stealing American jobs.”

Trump is half right. China is an authoritarian government that
manipulates its economy for the sake of power. Governments like this — i.e., most governments, throughout history — quality as thieves (and usually as murderers, too). Trump is also right that the U.S. federal government, under the Obama administration, has — for its own reasons of wishing to acquire more power and votes — refused to enforce existing immigration laws, thereby creating a crisis of illegal aliens now qualifying for billions in government assistance and programs.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Today's Hot Men (071215)

"Pro-Life" Destroys All Rights

The problem with regarding unborn offspring as "persons" under law, and under a rational morality, is that then a conflict arises. To secure the alleged "rights" of the unborn, government must violate the rights of the individual adult human being, i.e. the pregnant mother. If we accept the notion that it is logically possible for inherent individual rights to conflict, we no longer have a basis for protecting all rights. In that case, in the case of conflict, the unborn can have no moral or legal claim to rights that the mother cannot claim for herself, or that anyone can claim. Without rights, society ceases to be civil, since there can be no limiting factor to government. We will have then legitimated absolute supreme power to governmental force.

On the other hand, if rights really don't conflict, which they logically cannot do, the mother's individual rights take precedence over those alleged "rights" possessed by the unborn offspring.

In short, the idea that unborn offspring can morally possess individual rights is a logical impossibility. Unborn offspring may be human beings, but they are not yet individual human beings, capable of exercising a will independent of other people. They are not yet "persons", nor should they be so considered.

Today's Hot Men (071115)

Playboy Interview: Ayn Rand

Playboy Interview: Ayn Rand By Alvin Toffler

This interview originally ran in our March 1964 issue.

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Ayn Rand, an intense, angry young woman of 58, is among the most outspoken – and important – intellectual voices in America today. She is the author of what is perhaps the most fiercely damned and admired best seller of the decade: Atlas Shrugged, which has sold 1,200,000 copies since its publication six years ago, and has become one of the most talked-about novels in the country. Ayn Rand discussion clubs dot college campuses. Professors debate her ideas in their classrooms. More than 2,500 people in 30 cities from New York to Los Angeles attend courses given by the Nathaniel Branden Institute, in which they listen to live speakers and taped lectures expounding the principles set forth in the book. Thousands more subscribe to The Objectivist Newsletter, a monthly publication in which Miss Rand and her associates comment on everything from economics to aesthetics. And sales of her previous best seller, The Fountainhead, have climbed to almost the 2,000,000 mark. That any novel should set off such a chain reaction is unusual; that Atlas Shrugged has done so is astonishing.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Global Warming Primer, Solutions and Complications, and My Position. - Science & Mathematics - Objectivist Living

With all that, my opinion on global warming is currently as follows:

I am no fan of ‘consensus’ science, historically, some of the worst
things in the world have come from appeals to a consensus, science is not something which progresses by a popular vote or a consensus. Almost all great scientific and technological advancements have come specifically from disregarding the consensus. When an issue is complex enough that it requires appeals to consensus, then the data is not clear enough to make policy pronouncements on. Conversely, a reasonable scientific investigation does seem to suggest that the Earth has warmed, on average, globally, about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last 30 years.

What’s not clear is that this is explicitly anthropogenic in nature,
BUT, we certainly are producing a large quantity of CO2 from previously sequestered sources and CO2 IS a greenhouse gas, so it is reasonable to suspect that if such a warming is occurring, and a large quantity of a gas known to be responsible for a warming like that has been released, that they could be casually related. The reliance however on computer models, the lack of peer review of the data and the programs, and the track record of forgery from these within the advocates of anthropogenic global warming, are something that should cause concern in any rationally minded person and skepticism toward their results.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Today's Hot Men (042614)

Jamaican, gay and Ayn Rand made it OK

Jamaican, gay and Ayn Rand made it OK: My amazing “Atlas Shrugged” love story

I was young, atheist and gay in a very homophobic country. I had no intellectual armor, until I discovered Ayn Rand

Jamaican, gay and Ayn Rand made it OK: My amazing "Atlas Shrugged" love story
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”

The voice behind the words is guttural, the accent — Russian — thick;  raspy, yet confident in its bold pronouncements. I turn up the volume of the tape recorder and feel my chest tighten and my heart race a bit.

I am lying on my back on the floor with both hands clasped behind my neck. The blue and white abstract patterned tiles are cold and relieve some of the all-permeating heat of the city. I am in the sunny bedroom of my best friend, Paula. This is Kingston, Jamaica. It is April 1985, four months before I am to leave for the United States of America where I intend to attend college and become a novelist. It is also where I intend to spend the rest of my life. It is not the country of my birth; but I intend to adopt it as the country of my choice because, fundamentally, I believe in what it stands for and, more important, for the stupendous achievements I know I can accomplish there.

I am 20 years old.