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June 2-5, 2008

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Culture
Do We Go With the Flow, Compromise, or Just Say No?:
Jim Camp

June 2, 2008
Generation Y, those born between the late 1970s and during the 1980s, is now entering the work force and, in the process, they are transforming it, requiring Baby Boomers now facing retirement and Generation X’ers, born in the mid-1960s to late 70s, to face up to their shortcomings in our ability to negotiate, writes Jim Camp. Mr. Camp discusses the challenges America's workplaces face due to the norms and attitudes prevalent among members of Generation Y.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Introduction:
G. Stolyarov II

June 2, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov aims to create a different approach to self-help, one free from the vices of the conventional self-help industry. In the introduction to The Best Self-Help is Free, he outlines a few essential differences between his approach and the mainstream approach.


The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 1: The Need for External Feedback:
G. Stolyarov II

June 2, 2008
How can you know whether your own current ideas are aiding you or harming you? Surely, you cannot rely on the ideas themselves to evaluate the soundness of those ideas. Some external indicators are necessary to make such evaluations. In other words, writes Mr. Stolyarov, you need to continually challenge your own theories using evidence external to those theories.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 2: The Limits of Knowledge, Ideas, and Impressions:
G. Stolyarov II

June 2, 2008
When you come to hold any idea, it is essential to understand exactly how far this idea applies and what the limits of its application are. Mr. Stolyarov explains the necessity of a cautious approach to prediction and judgment, especially when it comes to evaluating other people.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 3: The Myth of Complete Happiness:
G. Stolyarov II

June 3, 2008
Before you proceed on any path to self-improvement, you need to recognize that you will never be completely happy - ever. In fact, complete happiness is neither a possible nor a desirable state, when we define happiness in the sense in which most of our contemporaries use that word. Mr. Stolyarov explains.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 4: The Greatest Problem of the Human Condition:
G. Stolyarov II

June 5, 2008
The great problem of the human condition is not a problem of the mind. It is material at its core. The greatest harm that can befall a human being - death - is the disruption and disintegration of the material components of his body. To fight against death effectively and assure one's own existence, one needs to realize that no static happiness is possible. Mr. Stolyarov shows that only in a dynamic, incremental progress against death and deterioration can our lives be happy, meaningful, secure, and so much more. 

Economics
How Do We Solve the Looming Social Security Crisis? Sell the Moon and Give Us Back Our Money!:
Gary Deering

June 2, 2008
Gary Deering suggests that by subdividing the Moon into lots and selling those lots, the United States government could earn enough money to fulfill current obligations and unfunded liabilities created by the Social Security program. The sale of government assets might be an effective way to extricate the United States from the present Social Security mess.

Politics
Sowing More Big Government With the Farm Bill:
Ron Paul

June 2, 2008
Recently Congress sent the latest Farm Bill to the president.  The bill features brand new federal programs, expansion of existing subsidies, more food stamps, and more foreign food aid.  This bill hits the taxpayer hard, while at the same time ensuring food prices will remain elevated. Rep. Ron Paul explains the massive problems with this bill, which threatens to become law.

"Climate Security Act" is a Massive, Dangerous Tax Hike:
American Policy Center
June 3, 2008
The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, currently before the Senate, is a piece of legislation dangerous to the American economy, consumers, and the developing world. This press release from the American Policy Center explains how the Climate Security Act is based on flawed and unscientific arguments in an attempt to impose major tax increases and totalitarian energy rationing in the guise of a "market solution."

The Ideas That Promote Terrorism (2005):
David Kelley

June 5, 2008
The most virulent form of terrorism in the world today is perpetrated by Islamic extremists. And the first thing to say about them is that they represent sheer, unmitigated evil. David Kelley argues that the meaning of Islam is for Muslims themselves to determine in their thoughts and actions. If they believe that violent jihad is not compatible with Islam, then they are the ones who have the power, and the responsibility, for making it so. They and they alone must define what the religion means in the world today. But only if they make their viewpoint known. Unfortunately, it is the Islamists who have so far had the loudest voice.

Videos
Message to YouTube: Stop Banning Users Without Due Process!:
G. Stolyarov II

June 5, 2008


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~ Ayn Rand

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