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Thursday
October 17, 2002
Commentary
The Ad Culture and Its Enemies
by Francois Tremblay
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Do we consent to being marketed to on the internet? We obviously consent to having text and pictures displayed onscreen, but not to having our hard drive deleted.... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 25, 2002
Commentary
Politically Incorrect Editorial, Wed, May 25
by Lindsay Perigo
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Yesterday I wrote about certain similarities between New Zealand and Germany in light of the latter's weekend election results. I noted that like New Zealand, Germany had appeared to be on the brink of launching an assault on the collectivist beast that was devouring it, but, like New Zealand, had dissembled for want of philosophical fire power. (Read more...)
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Monday
September 23, 2002
Commentary
We Went to the Moon
by Ross Elliot
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There's a vicious little conspiracy theory about that maintains that Man never set foot on the moon. That it was a hoax. A lie. It goes something like this... (Read more...)
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Thursday
September 19, 2002
Commentary
Blood Money? I Don't Think So
by Matthew Graybosch
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A businessman named Edward Fine survived the destruction of the World Trade Center by Muslim fanatics, despite being trapped on the 79th Floor of the north tower. A photographer from Agence France-Presse captured him on film, his suit covered in dust, in a photo that made the cover of Fortune. In the aftermath, he spoke freely of his experiences, but since then he's returned to his life as a businessman. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 18, 2002
Commentary
Fraud Does Not Prove Anything But Fraud
by Francois Tremblay
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The recent wave of corporate fraud, starting with Enron, has made many commentators raise on their hind legs and decry capitalism as unable to establish honesty. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 11, 2002
Commentary
I Did Not Fail Him
by Anton Kelly
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Six New Zealand teenagers have just been convicted of killing 40-year-old pizza-delivery man Michael Choy in South Auckland last year. The oldest killer was seventeen at the time; the youngest, BJ Kurariki, was just twelve. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
September 10, 2002
Commentary
Stacking the Deck -- And the Courts
by Arthur Silber
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As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, on July 26, 2002: "San Francisco's judges have become the first in the state to cut ties with the Boy Scouts because of the organization's refusal to admit gays and lesbians." (Read more...)
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Friday
August 30, 2002
Commentary
Philosophy Lessons -- Courtesy of Opie and Anthony
by Arthur Silber
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While it is certainly true that ideas underlie all events, sometimes philosophical instruction comes to us from unexpected directions. Consider the recent case of two radio "shock" jocks, Greg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia. The New York-based radio hosts, whose show was nationally syndicated and carried in 17 additional markets, had their show canceled by station WNEW-FM on August 22, 2002. An uproar had ensued when Opie and Anthony, as part of a "stunt" on their show, had offered their listeners a live broadcast of a man and a woman apparently having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Read more...)
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Friday
August 16, 2002
Commentary
Irresponsible Bar-Stewards!
by Malcolm MacKenzie
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Earlier this evening I watched the news on TV, the first 35 minutes on TV3 then switched to TV1. I normally only watch the first ten to fifteen minutes of news then, who cares, there's nothing of any interest after that. (Read more...)
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Monday
August 12, 2002
Commentary
Transparency In Government
by Jeff Landauer
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After recent business scandals in the US, critics have called for more transparency in business. With better transparency, we can hold people accountable for their misdeeds and better direct our investment dollars. Meanwhile, civil libertarians are complaining about President Bush's nontransparent military tribunals for our enemies in the War Against Terror. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
August 6, 2002
Commentary
Triptych on September 11th
by Jane Yoder
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The starkest of contrasts, black and white, distinguishes Ansel Adams' art and color codes the natural by technologic device. So too did Miles Ertman color morality in his New York skyline panorama while the World Trade Center still stood tall and proud. I have coupled Adams September photo of Colorado aspens straight but fragile with the Erman poster entitled Morality Made Visible on a simple, white, student display board. (Read more...)
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Monday
August 5, 2002
Commentary
PI Editorial: Live, Damn You!
by Lindsay Perigo
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"The purpose of morality," said Ayn Rand, "is to teach you, not to suffer & die, but to enjoy yourself & live."
Conventional morality enjoins a hideous third alternative: suffer & live. (Read more...)

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Friday
August 2, 2002
Commentary
Regulating Humanism
by Elizabeth Kanabe
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Do you want to add a bed on the third floor? You must ask for permission from the state in what can be a several-hundred page application process. Seem a little extreme? It is how the hospital industry operates. Health care is extremely regulated, especially in New Jersey where I work. A hospital must ask for permission for every bed that it wants to add or take out of service. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 25, 2002
Commentary
On Paid Parental Leave
by Anton Kelly
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The due date of our impending baby (arriving any day now!) means my wife and I qualify for the newly introduced twelve weeks' paid parental leave, courtesy of the New Zealand taxpayer. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 18, 2002
Commentary
Politically Incorrect editorial, July 19, 2002
by Lindsay Perigo
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It's been a while. Sorry about that. Something came along called a general election. We haven't had it yet, but *I* have had it. (Read more...)
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Monday
July 15, 2002
Commentary
One Nation Above God
by Matthew Graybosch
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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." (Read more...)
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Friday
July 12, 2002
Commentary
Here's the Dope
by Marcus Bachler
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The British Home Secretary has announced that cannabis will be reclassified from a class B to a class C drug from July 2003 onwards. (Read more...)
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Friday
July 5, 2002
Commentary
Charity vs. Welfare
by Ross Elliot
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Man is a generous being and finds it hard to forego an opportunity to help his fellows. He gives willingly to those who exhibit genuine distress. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 26, 2002
CommentaryThe Free Radical
If the Founding Fathers Returned
by Larry Sechrest
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The Fourth of July is, or should be, the grandest holiday of the year for libertarians, especially American libertarians. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 19, 2002
Commentary
In Anticipation of Max or Shaedyn
by Anton Kelly
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I believe it is up to me how I raise my child, not the government. I will do a better job. (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 13, 2002
Commentary
Fat Foes
by Anton Kelly
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The war against tobacco has almost been won and busybodies are turning their attention to the rising prevalence of obesity. (Read more...)
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Monday
June 10, 2002
Commentary
Wishing Won't Fill the Fuel Tank
by Anton Kelly
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They were convinced that only prayer and natural herbal remedies would help Caleb, and they took him from hospital because they believe conventional medicine is "Satanís way". (Read more...)
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Sunday
June 9, 2002
Commentary
PI Editorial, June 10, 2002 - Et Tu, Deborah!
by Lindsay Perigo
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Life goes on. Deborah Coddington, MP, certainly won't be the worst MP in the House, & may well be the best...Does it hurt? You bet it does. (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 6, 2002
Commentary
God Save the Queen!
by Marcus Bachler
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If the monarchy is ever abolished, it will not be based upon any principles, but due to some scandal or lull in popularity. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
May 28, 2002
Commentary
Memorial Day is over...now, back to work!
by Craig Ceely
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Values are meaningful only for, and to, the living--and it is only the living who can mark any occasion, properly or improperly. (Read more...)
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