Article Recommendation: Billions in red tape by Jim Fryar

30 09 2010

Jim Fryar commenting on Queensland’s excessive bureacracy woes.  Something the entire western world can relate to.  “Billions in Red Tape


The lay scientist. Humour

28 09 2010

Funny stuff.  Martin Robbins makes fun of how science news is reported in your typical newspaper/web article:

Organized campaigns to remove US judges

27 09 2010

See NY Times article:  “Voters Moving to Oust Judges Over Decisions” 

“The three Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year are indeed the targets of a well-financed campaign to oust them. But the effort has less to do with undoing same-sex marriage — which will remain even if the judges do not — than sending a broader message far beyond this state’s borders: voters can remove judges whose opinions they dislike.”

Article: “My global warming skepticism for dummies”

23 09 2010

Well worth the read.  The article is written by climate scientist and author Dr. Roy Spencer.

Quote of the day: Jesus

22 09 2010

“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me” (Luke 19:27). 

I loved this one because in my experience Christians often try to dismiss the appalling barbarism of the Old Testament by saying that the New Testament is all about love or some similar weak argument.

New Objectivist website to be launched: Objecivist Answers

20 09 2010 

Interested in finding out more about Objectivism?  Go to Objectivist Answers. 

Anyone can ask a question and comment on answers.  Answers can be rated by voting.  Any Objectivist who becomes a member of the site can provide answers to questions.  

If you post an answer you still have the option to edit the answer after publishing.  I think this is a good idea, because writers can continually refine their thoughts on a particular issue.

Life Under Communism in Yugoslavia

14 09 2010

Charlotte Cushman has written a fantastic article about life under communism in Yugoslavia.  It’s scary stuff.

See article

I found this article quite touching as my parents were immigrants themselves escaping civil war in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) for a better life in Australia.  I’m so glad they made the move.  Eventually, my entire immediate family were forced out and lost virtually everything – a life time’s work. 
Those who did stay did not fare well.  Just a few weeks ago I heard news that a distant, elderly relative of mine was brutally bashed to death in Zimbabwe, a fomerly prosperous country which according to one UN report now has the lowest life expectancy in the world.  Property rights are not protected and government induced inflation has crippled the country.