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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
10:07 pm
[arfan99]
Tell the world!
I've had so many people shake their heads, or tell me I'm silly for believing in the philosophy of Ayn Rand. But I know what's right for me, and what I believe. I've decided that I need to tell the world, but I thought I'd do it in a clever, more subtle way. Check out these t-shirts - only those in the know will understand the significance. But you know you'll share a special bond with anyone who does!

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Friday, February 11th, 2011
5:38 pm
[rinku]
12:36 pm
[writerspleasure]
update on "atlas" trailer
ATLAS SHRUGGED will go live at 4:30pm eastern time. less than an hour to go!

http://www.atlasshruggedpart1.com/atlas-shrugged-movie-trailer

[ disregard timing bug on trailer page. state science institute product. :p ]
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
1:23 pm
[writerspleasure]
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
9:07 am
[russj]
Fountainhead movie by Kashmiri filmmaker
“The film is an inspiration from the novel,” Kureshi said during promo release function of the Khudi held at Hotel Grand Mumtaz Tuesday. “Infact it has been a tribute to Ayn since my film was the fifth adaptation of her novel”.
The director said the film is two hour long film in Urdu while it has 90 minutes English version for international audience.

I know about the Gary Cooper movie, and Wikapedia mentions an illustrated newspaper series.

What were the other two adaptations?

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2010/Dec/8/kashmiri-filmmaker-shoots-the-fountainhead-as-khudi-15.asp
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
11:12 pm
[brucevbracken]
Nightmare Room, Part II

In the nightmare room,
the tongues of the living
are redistributed throughout
the cemeteries of Chicago.

In the nightmare room,
a pedophile prophet gets
the keys to the city
and a temple of hatred.

In the nightmare room,
the school safety czar
measures a sixth-grade ass
knuckle by knuckle.

In the nightmare room,
the attorney general
calls the truth cowardice
and he calls ignorance strength.

In the nightmare room,
green power lets turtles
drown in slick oily platitudes
so as to not be too pure.

In the nightmare room,
blue power points fingers
between stand-up routines
anywhere but at himself.

In the nightmare room,
SWAT teams make on the
spot psych evaluations
on the newly jobless.

In the nightmare room,
I'm trying to wake up
underwater, while doctors
ask me to sign with my eyes closed.

In the nightmare room,
the community organizer
slips a rubberstamped vote
in with the no code papers.

In the nightmare room,
I run from blue corpses,
in their red and purple
pointy hats. Please let me wake up.

In the nightmare room,
I'm a blue cadaver, looking at
my blue heart, dripping strange juice
to feed a rotting fruit tree.

Please, let me wake from this
nightmare room; let me feel
my fresh red heartbeat.
Let me hear my red tongue sing freedom.

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Current Mood: Creative
11:12 pm
[brucevbracken]
Nightmare Room, Part II

In the nightmare room,
the tongues of the living
are redistributed throughout
the cemeteries of Chicago.

In the nightmare room,
a pedophile prophet gets
the keys to the city
and a temple of hatred.

In the nightmare room,
the school safety czar
measures a sixth-grade ass
knuckle by knuckle.

In the nightmare room,
the attorney general
calls the truth cowardice
and he calls ignorance strength.

In the nightmare room,
green power lets turtles
drown in slick oily platitudes
so as to not be too pure.

In the nightmare room,
blue power points fingers
between stand-up routines
anywhere but at himself.

In the nightmare room,
SWAT teams make on the
spot psych evaluations
on the newly jobless.

In the nightmare room,
I'm trying to wake up
underwater, while doctors
ask me to sign with my eyes closed.

In the nightmare room,
the community organizer
slips a rubberstamped vote
in with the no code papers.

In the nightmare room,
I run from blue corpses,
in their red and purple
pointy hats. Please let me wake up.

In the nightmare room,
I'm a blue cadaver, looking at
my blue heart, dripping strange juice
to feed a rotting fruit tree.

Please, let me wake from this
nightmare room; let me feel
my fresh red heartbeat.
Let me hear my red tongue sing freedom.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.



Current Mood: Creative
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
7:59 pm
[russj]
I've just finished listening to the John Galt radio address on the audio book of Atlas Shrugged (available from emusic.com).

It reminded me of something that I'd heard from Stephen R. Covey:
"You can buy a person's hand, but you can't buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.
You can buy his back, but you can't buy his brain. That's where his creativity is, his ingenuity, his resourcefulness.
PC work is treating employees as volunteers just as you treat customers as volunteers, because that's what they are. They volunteer the best part -- their hearts and minds.

(Stephen R. Covey "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", p. 28.)

I wonder if Covey got this idea from reading Ayn Rand?

Note: Covey uses the term PC to mean "production capacity".
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
7:11 pm
[writerspleasure]
my new facebook group

"The 'Coffee Party' Is Astroturfy"

We seek a good, honest brew.



A lot of sincere people want something better in U.S. politics, but Annabel Park's "Coffee Party" isn't the place to go. This Facebook group is for those who want more factual scrutiny into the establishment roots of this "Grass Roots" movement.

- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=359936598963

join up, and tell people who want an honest cup of coffee to join too!

[ x-posted, for importance ]

Monday, January 4th, 2010
8:38 pm
[vasily_nosikov]
Looking for "The Passion of the Ayn Rand" subs
Hi, guys.

I can't find english subtitles to "The Passion of the Ayn Rand" film. Oh yeah, I tried Google and I hope I'm not an idiot, however I fail.

Maybe somebody could help me. Or these subs don't exist, and it's good time for me to practice listening skills?

Thanks for your time!
Thursday, November 19th, 2009
4:18 pm
[russj]
Atlas Shrugged reading groups
Any Rand fans in Southeast Minnesota?

I just started a new job in Rochester, MN and moved from Longmont, Colorado, where I had just started attending an Atlas Shrugged reading group.

Is there a similar group near Rochester?

Anyone interested in starting one?
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
4:31 pm
[angel1972]
In need of some help.
I know that Ms. Rand held the founding fathers in high esteem, but did she or anyone else write anything about them in connection with objectivism? 

Current Mood: hungry
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
9:51 pm
[lapiskelinia]
Hello, and thank you CrazyMike
I thank Mike for pointing me here, and it is a pleasure to join. Why I hadn't sought out a group like this previously baffles me, but just the same, I am happy to be here. Be warned, I am in the mood for lyrical rambling.

I mostly know Ayn Rand through a multitude of progressions through "Atlas Shrugged" and snippets taken here and there from her other works and inferences upon her character and history. I was gradually swept into the story in 2003, and have read it 10 times since. More accurately, the last reading was three years ago, and I was unable to make it through the full, usually tumultuously joyful round as modern politics and their gross similarities made me sick to my stomach. Since that point, I've attempted to get my friends to read it, and only no, for the first time ever, have I succeeded. Now I celebrate that success.

It has pleased me to have found a similarly minded person among my friends, and to him I have entrusted a copy of Atlas. He's just now reached the scene of Jimmy Taggart's wedding, and is salivating over the Francisco's speech to the point of sending me exultant text messages and posting the whole of it to his LJ. This from a young man who previously had been allergic to the written word, and had put up the notion of reading it strictly through affection for me.

That was yesterday, but this is today, and the same day that I first heard the words "Employee Free Choice Act." At first I was appalled and then turned to my boyfriend to discuss, current event buff that he is. Upon the discussion of its nature, we spoke of employers shrugging, and the case where one gentleman auctioned his equipment and bulldozed his factory shortly after the unions had descended. This is the point in the conversation where I left the room, sought out my copy of Atlas, and thumped it before him, to save him the effort of seeking it out. If we should live in times such as these, why not have the quasi-prophetic* manual? He hasn't read it in the three years I pointed it out, and it's a pity to present it in this fashion, I thought. But I figure if it worked for one, might it work for the rest?

So it is to this end, I shall shortly hunt the metro area for spare copies of the book, and take all duplicates I can afford from local half-priced book stores. These I shall deliver to local libraries (if they have no copies) and place in the hands of friends. I may need to hurry- in the past year, Atlas Shrugged has gone from #146 in ranking to #36, and the largest such store has only one expensive copy.

*I saw 'quasi' because I neither believe in prophecy nor do I believe that the scenarios described by Rand weren't predictable by many other obvious and social means. Fanatical and romantic I may be, but not in this sense.
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
6:23 am
[sarcasticwriter]
Wall Street Journal Editorial: 'Atlas Shrugged from Fiction to Fact in 52 Years
I'm surprised no-one posted this yet - enjoy!

Original Link

'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years

By Stephen Moore

Some years ago when I worked at the libertarian Cato Institute, we used to label any new hire who had not yet read "Atlas Shrugged" a "virgin." Being conversant in Ayn Rand's classic novel about the economic carnage caused by big government run amok was practically a job requirement. If only "Atlas" were required reading for every member of Congress and political appointee in the Obama administration. I'm confident that we'd get out of the current financial mess a lot faster.

The Entire ArticleCollapse )
Monday, November 24th, 2008
4:53 pm
[russj]
Lakota nation issues real money
The Free Lakota Bank is the world's first non-reserve, non-fractional bank that issues, accepts for deposit, and circulates REAL money...silver and gold. All of our deposits are liquid, meaning they can be withdrawn at any time in minted rounds.

According to http://www.kitco.com/market/ silver is trading for just over $10/oz.
Even the introductory price at 500 oz. has a hefty markup.
Is this typical?

Saturday, November 1st, 2008
12:38 pm
[dribs]
objectivismonline's forum
G'day all,
Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble accessing the forum on objetivismonline.net? Maybe it's closed or getting updated? I hardly post there so I doubt that I've been blocked. Even after clicking help all I get is:

"Sorry, an error occurred. If you are unsure on how to use a feature, or don't know why you got this error message, try looking through the help files for more information.

The error returned was:
Sorry, you are not permitted to use this board"

The main part of the site works fine. There's people in the chat part of the forum so I guess it's not down.

Thanks in advance.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
9:49 pm
[writerspleasure]
huge and long and x-posted all over the place ...
because it is that important. read it, and repost it all over. this needs to be known. an important voice has emerged.



Mr. Obama,

Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me "Cory the well driller". I am a 54 year old high school graduate. I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the world" when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80's oil boom. I didn't get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start as a result of privilege. They are the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn't afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).

I spent the next 10 years developing the reputation for being the most competent and most honest water well driller in East Texas. 2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling. Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water well screen service machine from a friend, starting business # 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000.00 to build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine. I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine. No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills. Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.

2 years after that, I made another business loan, this time for $250,000.00, to buy another used drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig. This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans. Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would bankrupt me. For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order to build a business.

A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally necessary pump used on water well drill rigs. I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000.00), building a prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well convention to show it off. Customers immediately started coming out of the woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem. I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would make me a business loan to start production of the new pumps. With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I finally started applying for as many credit card as I could find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000.00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.

Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over the line in an effort to start another business. I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested prototype to a reliable production model (in six months). How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production, which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas. Some of the models in the first year suffered from quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan employed) had to drive across the country to repair customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast. I stood behind the product, and made payments to all the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister). I spent the next 5 years improving and refining the product, building a reputation for the pump and the company, working to get the pump into drill rig manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards. During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews. Also, the screen service business continued to grow. No government programs were there to help me, Mr. Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any. I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around waiting for the government to help me.

Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time employees, and distribute $5,000,000.00 annually through the local economy. Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed $1,254,000.00, purchasing computer controlled machining equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop. The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide. Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well. This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months. This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like yourself, will have destroyed our countrys' (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that unqualified borrowers could get mortgages. You see, at the very time when I couldn't get a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet, bad credit. Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets). While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates, I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business that has created jobs for more East Texans. It's funny, because after 25 years of turning almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I have finally made enough money to be able to put a little away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.

You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career. What's worse, each year more Americans buy into your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves. Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.

What is so terribly sad about this is this. America was made great by people who embraced the one-time American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would strive for it. Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together. We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and unremarkable states. If you and your liberal comrades in the media and school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large embracing the conviction that they can elevate themselves through personal betterment, personal achievement, and self reliance. You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed. All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating. But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it, Mr. Obama? The country would not need you if the country was convinced that problem solving was best left with individuals instead of the government. You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a dependent class in our country. It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on government. What's remarkable is that you, who have never produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise their station in life.

You see, I know because I've had them work for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years. People who simply will not show up to work on time. People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days. People always looking for a way to put less effort out. People who actually tell me that they would do more if I just would first pay them more. People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for them if they had spent that time earning money and pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from your entitlement mentality culture.

Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate. Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again. You see, I've seen what the average percentage of your income has been given to charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce "politically motivated"), you averaged less than 1% annually. And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable contributions over the last 10 years. Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else's money you are giving to them. I won't say what I have given to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden. combined (don't you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.

In short, Mr. Obama, your political philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country. You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate. If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline. All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.

God help us...

Cory Miller

just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the way a lot of Americans used to be.

P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American... www.cmillerdrilling.com

- http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3069303.html
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
8:15 pm
[writerspleasure]
so obama never believed in wealth "redistribution"?

negative rights versus positive rights: here it is. the philosophical issue is joined.

a moderate, eh?

i strongly suggest you forward this as widely as you can. wealth redistribution is not american. not yet.

[ c/o http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3065491.html ]
1:06 pm
[writerspleasure]
this is a disaster waiting to happen - spread the word, broad and wide
ladies and gentlemen, i don't do alarmism or conspiracy theories, but this is an absolute catastrophe - and it is obscene that it is even being discussed.

Would Obama, Dems Kill 401(k) Plans?

House Democrats recently invited Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School of Social Research, to testify before a subcommittee on her idea to eliminate the preferential tax treatment of the popular retirement plans. In place of 401(k) plans, she would have workers transfer their dough into government-created "guaranteed retirement accounts" for every worker. The government would deposit $600 (inflation indexed) every year into the GRAs. Each worker would also have to save 5 percent of pay into the accounts, to which the government would pay a measly 3 percent return.

- http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2008/10/23/would-obama-dems-kill-401k-plans.html

more (somewhat more partisan/inflamed) at: http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/24/obama-dems-seek-to-end-401-k-plans/

originally found in http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3064509.html

do i even need to adumbrate what withdrawing trillions of dollars of investment from the stock market would do to individuals and to the american economy? how many fewer business startups and expansions would find funding (in a time when india and china are rising)? what the consequences would be of turning trillions of investment funds over to government keeping - which would then pay in the form of more taxes - at a miserable return hardly even up to the present rate of inflation, not to mention the higher inflation under a more left-tending mixed economy?

says j. mcdermott (dem-wa, chairman of the house ways and means committee's subcommittee on income security and family support): "we have to start to think about whether or not we want to continue to invest that $80 billion for a policy that's not generating what we now say it should."

well "we" can decide what "we" want to do with our money ourselves, thank you. how about you stop addling the economy with your interventions?

these idiots think there's some sort of golden fountain from the exploitation of the poor oppressed workers that can just be infinitely siphoned from. they do not seem to know that the system is already battered and on its knees from their bad "management." this is yet another smashing blow. how long can a complex system endure such massive distortion?

this is insane. if this comes to pass, i might just started taking thomas jefferson's line about what's good every now and then. enough is enough.

[ horrifiedly x-posted all over ]
Monday, October 6th, 2008
12:34 pm
[starblade_enkai]
A more rigorous foundation.
Objectivism offers itself as a more rigorous foundation of the discoveries established in the Renaissance, but is there a more rigorous foundation for Objectivism somewhere that Ayn Rand, while providing the necessary foundations, may have not had the time to construct?

Current Mood: curious
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