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I got into Objectivism in late 1998 shortly after discovering libertarianism. I have since attended SOLOCs 1, 2 & 4, speaking at the first two and consequently being asked not to speak at any future SOLOCs. Other interests include: Rugby, Aussie Rules, Sailing, Politics and Austrian Economics.

I started my career as an Engineer and Financial Analyst at Walker Wireless (now Woosh) in 2001 and worked at the investment bank ABN Amro in 2002. I started with ANZ Bank in January 2003 and quit in March 2005 (a month after completing my Master's thesis) to tour NZ's South Island and the US and I plan to settle in Australia in late 2005.

I enrolled in February 2002 in my Master of Commerce (Finance) degree and worked on it part time. I looked at how the stock prices of firms in the computer industry reacted to events in the antitrust case against Microsoft. I found that when Microsoft had a bad day in court, it's stock fell and so did those of the other firms (more so if they were bigger). To a lesser extent, Microsoft and other computer industry firms' stock prices rose when Microsoft had a good day in court. So much for the DoJ acting to protect those other firms from the Microsoft "bully."

Prior to that I was a full-time student from 1996-2001 and completed 3 degrees - Engineering (Electrical & Electronic), Commerce (Finance & Economics) and Commerce Honours (Finance).

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(News) Anna Woolf passes away.
(Articles) New Zealanders flock to AdultSheepFinder.com
(Links) The Facts About Ethanol
(News) Bush: 'Zarqawi Has Met His End'
(Activism) Vote for Peter Cresswell's blog in NZ NetGuide awards


Quotes - Wednesday's rally took up a familiar theme: taxing the state... - 1
   Friday, July 8, 2011 - 9:09am -- Eat the Rich was the title of a PJ O'Rourke book which he says he ripped off Mot...
Poll Discussions - Are borders required? - 8
   Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 1:59pm -- Man exists in a material realm. Government must govern action which occurs withi...
News Discussions - Spitzer Linked to Prostitution - 6
   Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 3:53pm -- I love it. Spitzer made his name piously advancing hatred of the good for being ...
Poll Discussions - If Ayn Rand could still vote - 12
   Monday, October 22, 2007 - 8:04am -- My $0.02:......The threat posed by Islam is *the* issue and Rand would have boos...
General Forum - More French jokes please - 0
   Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 2:38am -- Guys,......it's been a while since I've seen a French joke here. After last nigh...
General Forum - Alright, 'fess up - who is on Facebook? - 0
   Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 5:28pm -- I've had invites to join Bebo, LinkedIn, iYomu, Facebook, and on and on ad nause...
News Discussions - TAS has huge success at CPAC conference - 2
News Discussions - Gore's Science Fiction Film Wins Oscar - 9
News Discussions - Your real tax rate: 40% - 5
General Forum - OTAGO UNIVERSITY - 7
News Discussions - Randy Girls Adolescent females love Ayn Rand wonder why?... - 2
General Forum - OTAGO UNIVERSITY - 2
News Discussions - Randy Girls Adolescent females love Ayn Rand wonder why?... - 0
Quotes - This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; n... - 1

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