Recap #20

Nov 302008

This week on Politics without God, the blog of the Coalition for Secular Government:

And this week on We Stand FIRM, the blog of FIRM: Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine:

Sunday Open Thread #25

Nov 302008

Here’s yet another a Sunday Open Thread for your thoughts:

For anyone in the fiery grip of a random question, comment, joke, or link they’d like to share with NoodleFood readers, I hereby open up the comments on this post to any respectable topic. (Please refrain from posting personal attacks, pornographic material, and commercial solicitations.)

Pizza Versus CrossFit

Nov 292008

Here’s an all-too-telling CrossFit story from Kirez. (The original post has a great picture.) Kirez writes:

Early Sunday morning we setup our gym at Starbucks. I laid out 360 square feet of rubber flooring, setup the squat rack, three barbells, about 450 pounds of Olympic bumper plates, 5 Dynamax med balls and 8 kettlebells. We took a Concept 2 rower and whiteboards.

Starbucks donated free drinks for people who won the hourly workout contests. Alicia got a free drink for her 5:27 performance on: 4 rounds for time, 15-12-9-6 reps, Wall ball shots (10 lb. ball), pull-ups. Michelle had an amazing workout, too. Her time was 6:32 for: 5 rounds for time, 5 x 115 lb. Deadlift, 10 burpees. Jim did a workout of 500 m row & wall ball shots, Dean and Kirez worked on Snatches, we demonstrated a lot of kettlebell exercises and taught some Olympic lifting, and had a great time.

The proprietor of the pizza place next door swore that Sunday was her best day for walk-ins and nobody was walking in if there was something fitness oriented next to her store. “They’ll feel too guilty buying pizza if they see your fitness setup outside!” — direct quote, I kid you not. So… next Sunday, we’ll be on the other side of Starbucks.

And pizza is pretty healthy according to the Standard American Diet! Perhaps people know — even if only implicitly, based on the way they feel — that stuffing themselves with pizza is not compatible with the kind of high-intensity workout that Kirez and company were doing.

Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship

Nov 292008

Here’s one for the “Great But Overdue” file: The Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship has a beautiful new web site at For those of you unfamiliar with that excellent organization, their mission reads:

The Anthem Foundation provides grants for the benefit of academic professionals engaged in serious, scholarly work based on the philosophy and writings of Ayn Rand, and provides resources to others in academia interested in understanding her ideas.

They have done — and continue to do — great work. If you’d like to support their efforts, you can do so here.

Two Must-See Economics Videos

Nov 282008

First, the serious one — “Peter Schiff Was Right” (via Gus Van Horn and Amit Ghate):

Second, the funny one — “Real Estate Downfall” (via Rule of Reason):

A Different Kind of Christmas Card

Nov 282008

Objectivist graphic designer John Powers has created these terrific “alternate Christmas cards”:

From the website:

Isaac Newton Christmas Cards

Celebrate reason and science on December 25th, instead of the same old bearded mystic!

I like to send Christmas cards, but as an atheist, I have had to limit myself to the hundreds of bland cards that neutrally say “Happy Holidays.” I decided that if it’s okay for (almost) everyone else to stamp, seal, and deliver their philosophy to me every Christmas, I’ll do just the same.

Sir Isaac Newton’s ideas helped to rescue mankind from drudgery and propel it into the space age. I am a lover of reason, and I love it unashamedly, and I want my friends to know it too. They will this Christmas. Yours can, too.


Outside: “On December 25th, a Savior was born. He revealed eternal Truth, bringing Joy to millions. He astonished the world with His command over Nature. He changed history forever.”

Inside: “Happy Birthday, Sir Isaac Newton. December 25, 1642 – March 20, 1726″.

Web site and greeting card designs are copyright © 2008 John Powers.

(John also did free web design for the FIRM site.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 272008

Happy Thanksgiving, One and All!

As always, I’m most thankful for my husband Paul. He’s a great man, and he’s my man. And life is so very good with him.

This year, I’m also particularly thankful for the company of my loyal but aged dog Kate. She’s likely to have surgery next week to remove a large fatty tumor recently discovered in her abdomen. It might be malignant, but we hope it’s benign. Whatever it is, we hope that it can be removed safely, so that we can enjoy some more time on this earth with her doggie perfection.

What are you thankful for?

Objectivist Carnival

Nov 262008

Rational Jenn has the latest Objectivist Roundup. Go check it out!

Obama’s Victory and Media Malpractice

Nov 262008

Over at, they wanted to investigate how someone like Obama sails into the White House. Their conclusion? That the news media simply refused to do their job.

On Election day twelve Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience. The rather shocking video below seeks to provide some insight into which information broke through the news media clutter and which did not.

It is indeed shocking to see the demonstration of just where abysmal ignorance contrasts with easy knowledge.

I wouldn’t lay it at just the media’s feet, though — this sort of thing is enabled by serious cultural and epistemological degradation. The state of the news media is only a symptom. An incredibly nasty symptom.

UPDATE: A little clarification: the quote from their website was only sharing what they claim. Obviously, I have no idea what their methodology was for selecting their interviewees, nor how fair they were in their editing. What caught my attention was the contrasting pockets of knowledge and ignorance within the individual people.

Sowell on Economics?

Nov 262008

A question: Are Thomas Sowell’s books worth reading? I’m particularly interested in his books on economics, namely Basic Economics, Applied Economics, and Economic Facts and Fallacies. I don’t need these books to be philosophically perfect, but I’d like them to be good and clear on the economics.

I’m skeptical because I read his book Marxism: Philosophy and Economics some years ago. Although I read it carefully, I learned absolutely nothing from it. It was just a long string of floating abstractions that illuminated nothing. So I’m reluctant to try again, but I’d like to read some economics — or rather listen, and he seems to be the only potentially decent author available on Audible.

So what say you?

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