Happy New Year everyone. I trust you’ve been having an enjoyable summer, and a great start to the year. Here’s your first ramble for the year, some of the best liberty links around during this silly season.
- UPDATE: John Stossel talks Ayn Rand on his Fox Business show last night with Yaron Brook, John Allison, Brad Thompson and some curly questions from the floor. Top stuff all round. Here’s Part 1. You can get the remaining five parts from the same up-loader…
- Take a look at some of the best innovations of 2009, starting with (who would have thought) blast-proof wallpaper!
Gallery: Looking Back at the 100 Best Innovations of 2009
- NIWA hides the decline, with their selective claim that the 2000s were NZ’s warmest decade
More NIWA sophistry with selective claim that the 2000s were NZ’s warmest decade
- Sea Shepherd have always been sea thugs.
Short video on the weopens of Sea Shepherd . . .
- Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson "made it clear [long before this protest] that he intends to place the Ady Gil in harm's way” and place the blame on the whalers.
Earthrace Reborn: Sea Shepherd Unveils The Ady Gil
- More Sea Shepherd thuggery. This is what they mean by "harm's way" |
Sea Shepherd Attacks Japanese Whaling fleet. Feb 12, 2007
- And just remember that the captain of the Ady Gil, Pete Bethune, is a an idiot with history. The smug moron literally pulled fat out of his arse to power the damn thing in its first ignominious expedition. True story:
Eco-boat powered by human fat attempts round the world speed record
And he's no stranger to crashing into people in his boat either. Fortunately no-one died this time, but they did in 2007:
Earthrace crew allowed to leave Guatemala
[cartoon hat tip Keeping Stock]
- Let’s be honest. Sea Shepherd activists are eco-terrorists, fakes and liars—and always have been.
"Eco-Terrorist" Sea Shepherd and Australian Media (English)
The “stationary” Ady Gil was "rammed," say the Sea Shepherds. But it’s hard to be “stationary” when your boat has a wake. . .
The ACT Coup has been FaceBooked. Hilarious
Joke of the Day, 67 Years Ago, Explains Why We're Losing the War Against Islamist Totalitarianism Today
Ben Bernanke: Man of the Year, or 'A Deer in the Headlights'?
'A Deer in the Headlights'
The central problem, say George Reisman & Robert Klein in Barron’s, is the central bank. “The Federal Reserve's easy-money madness must end.”
Central Problem: the Central Bank
Harry Binswanger damns the two new AynRand biographies in a comment at the Volokh Conspiracy: I knew AynRand, he says, and she was nothing like the Ayn Rand in those two books. [hat tip Lindsay Perigo]
Binswanger also said as much in a letter to the New York Times back in November:
”Adam Kirsch’s review [of Ann Heller’s Rand bio] repeats a story from Bennett Cerf’s 1977 autobiography At Random about Rand’s response when Cerf asked her to cut Galt’s speech: ‘Would you cut the Bible?’ she supposedly said. When Cerf’s book came out, I asked Rand about the story. With obvious indignation, she replied, ‘I never said that — the Bible needs cutting.’
“In general, the portrait of Rand contained in the review [and the bio] clashes dramatically with the Rand whom I first met in 1964 and with whom I was good friends in her final years. The Rand I knew was a unique combination of disciplined rationality and emotional intensity. Well, not completely unique: there are also the fictional heroes she created.”
"The Source and Nature of Rights (Part I)"
Bosch Fawstin reviews Avatar: "A good looking piece of shit." http://www.solopassion.com/node/7265
Finally someone has a solution for that expensive eyesore Te Papa: "Blow it up and start again." It can’t happen too soon.
How come "It’s Always the End of the World as We Know It"? wonders Denis Dutton in the New York Times.
Can you beat the market? Can an Austrian would-be investor resist becoming a permabear? Calandro says "Yes you can!"
No better off since 2000? Neither was the US economy. Take a look at the US economy's lost decade:
If the monetary base has exploded (and it has) then how can the Fed possibly avoid explosive price inflation?
Meanwhile, in the Northern Hemisphere . . .
[hat tip Inquiring Mind]
Here’s some New Year’s Predictions you haven’t seen, but should have: the gathering economic storm clouds of 2010.
New Year Predictions You Haven’t Seen
The Home Office sends an Open Letter to John Minto.
An Open Letter to John Minto
“Reading Homer’s Odyssey … I came across a passage which I think is very indicative of the difference between the ancient Greeks’ attitudes and those of the (Plato-inspired) Christian ones which followed. The Classical Greeks thought of life as meaning life on this earth and were the first, and perhaps still the best, practitioners of a true mind-body integration. These fundamental attitudes are instrumental in explaining why the classical world was so culturally and materially successful, and why, when the Christians substituted the opposite approach, they ended up with a thousand years of stagnation and decline. . . ”
Odysseus and Achilles
Our Australian Objectivist friend Prodos has a whole slate of great films organised for 2010 for the PRODOS Film Society (Melbourne, Australia). Great idea. Here's the full list (2 MB PDF file).
PRODOS Film Society 2010 program
Here’s John Stossell on Ayn Rand’s relevance:
- Two people you just have to read: Frederic Bastiat & Thomas Paine.
Pens for Hire, Cheap
- The ‘Austrian Economists’ blog has changed it’s name. Why? “The term "Austrian economics" has become as much a hindrance to the advancement of thought as a convenient shorthand to signal certain methodological and analytical presumptions.” Crikey!
Boettke Et Al. Engage in Product Differentiation
- Jeff Perren reckons today’s television tells us a lot about our cultural collapse. He’s not watching anthing made after 1965 now!
The Moral Inversion, Part II - TV, Then and Now
- If you haven’t read Dave Barry on the money, madness and misery of 2009, then you haven’t read Dave Barry on the money, madness and misery of 2009. Naturally.
Lowlights of a Downer Year: Dave Barry on the money, madness and misery of 2009
- Another endorsement for Tomas Woods’s essential book, Meltdown: Yaron Brook calls it a must-read.
Meltdown by Thomas Woods, Review
- Is this the year the Presidential bubble pops? [Cartoon by John Cox]
- Here’s the world's tallest building shown superimposed on Wellington's skyline. If only!
- But the Burj creates a "crisis signal for the skyscraper index" says Mark Thornton
- Quick question for you: Which economics book was highly recommended by Ayn Rand, comes between 'Economics in 1 Lesson' & 'Human Action,' & sells for just $10? Answer here
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/ylmgkfr - SUMMER SIX-PACK: From altruism to break-up, with Irish demo and post-modern waffle in between
- Hilarious: Pop Song Lyrics & Cognitive Bias: the basic irrationalities contained in popular songs. [ht The Visible Hand]
- Reporter Michael Yon arrested by morons. Not in the third world, where he normally encounters problems, but in the US.
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yfut6va - Cameron Slater, aka Whale Oil, fights the good fight
- It's the end of the dumbest financial decade ever. Yaron Brook & the PJTV crew present the decade's 5 biggest blunders
- Stephen Hicks’ talk next week at BGSU should be a beauty: ‘What Philosophers Need to Know about Economics.’ Should be several hundred thousand economists who need the insights too.
- Carl Menger Explains the Origins of Money. It’s not a government creation, it’s a spontaneous creation of the market.
- News Update: #Climategate: Breaking News – emails were leaked by a whistleblower, not hacked
[UPDATE: A commenter at Catallaxy notes substantial discussion of the quality of the above-linked analysis, here. Hat tip Eric Crampton]
- Learn more about Ayn Rand’s ideas on individual rights
- Objectivist bloggers choose their best or favourite posts from the past year
- The Ten Best Blogposts of 2009
http://bit.ly/67cCkz Congrats to Eric Crampton for coming out on top!
- "Central Banks are the Last Vestige of Planned Economies"- we desperately need a “fall of the Berlin Wall" in the financial sector
- Icebergs around NZ are "unprecedented"? Well, apart from the last 20,000 yrs maybe.
- "Could 2010 be for Iran what 1989 was for the USSR?"
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yhrtcpb - Made your New Year's Resolutions yet?
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yjlet33 - Five of the best FROM THE ARCHIVES: Engineering & Political Correctness
- Until this basic moral premise: is repudiated--that need generates an entitlement--then socialised govt will continue to grow.
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yh7sebs - “So I love that summer song” - a few of the sounds of summer.
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/yk6nbsh - Organon Architecture’s 2009 Top 10.
- Avatar makes film history: 1st movie about war between aliens and humans in which we’re meant to barrack for the aliens.
- Karl du Fresne gets it right on Avatar and all the drop-dead boring “blockbusters”:
”Wellington’s Weta Digital studios had a crucial hand in both Avatar and District 9, doubtless consolidating its reputation as a world leader in technical ingenuity. But at the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I wonder whether directors like Cameron and our own Peter Jackson (who produced District 9) are so transfixed by Weta-style technological wizardry that they have lost sight of the basic building blocks of a good film – namely script, story and characters.”
And the award for 2009's silliest film goes to ... Avatar
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/ycatm8o - Quotes of the day: ClimateGate in quotes . . .
5:47 PM Dec 22nd,
- Cold weather kills. We NEED the earth to warm up!
- New blog post: http://tinyurl.com/ycw6qdg - The 2009 Christmas Price Index (CPI)
- Is this the best cartoon of the year, asks Julian D.?
And finally, this poetic thought for you from the editors of the New Zealand Week:
T'was the first week of new year
and all through the house
not a politician was stirring
not even a louse.
Enjoy your weekend!