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May. 19th, 2009

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Article: The Mystical Ethics of the New Atheists

Article: The Mystical Ethics of the New Atheists
By: Alan Germani
Source: http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2008-fall/mystical-ethics-new-atheists.asp

Examines the moral ideas of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins, exposes some curious truths about their ethics, and provides sound advice for theists and atheists alike who wish to discover and uphold a rational, secular morality.

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Article: Altruism: The Moral Root of the Financial Crisis

Article: Altruism: The Moral Root of the Financial Crisis
By: Richard M. Salsman (April 27, 2009)
Source: http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5503

America's financial market is suffering not because of greed or freedom, but because of the widespread acceptance of altruism and the consequent government intervention in banking.

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Mar. 30th, 2009

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Article: Light Up the World for Humans

Light Up the World for Humans
by Edward Hudgins
March 27, 2009

Environmentalists worldwide are urging people to turn off all their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm local time. “Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming,” declares the “Earth Hour” website.

Much has been written about the questionable science behind the fear of global warming. Some, but not enough, has been written about the immediate and terrible harm to human beings that the policies to combat warming would produce, compared to the highly speculative harm attributed to the warming itself.

Earth Hour in fact demonstrates how evil ideas, wrapped in soft symbolism, can kill. And it demonstrates how only a morality of rational self-interest can sustain life on earth.
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Article: The Real Meaning of Earth Hour

The Real Meaning of Earth Hour
By Keith Lockitch

On Saturday, March 28, cities around the world will turn off their lights to observe “Earth Hour.” Iconic landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Manhattan’s skyscrapers will be darkened to encourage reduced energy use and signal a commitment to fighting climate change.

While a one-hour blackout will admittedly have little effect on carbon emissions, what matters, organizers say, is the event’s symbolic meaning. That’s true, but not in the way organizers intend.
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Jan. 16th, 2009

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Article: Environmental angst

Article: Environmental angst
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/09/environmental-angst/

Friday, January 9, 2009
LOCKITCH: Environmental angst
Keith Lockitch
OP-ED:

As environmentalism continues to grow in prominence, more and more of us are trying to live a "greener" lifestyle. But the more "eco-friendly" you try to become, the more likely you find yourself confused and frustrated by the green message.

Have you tried giving up your bright and cheery incandescent light bulbs to save energy only to learn that their gloomy-but-efficient compact fluorescent replacements contain mercury? Perhaps you've tried to free up space in landfills by foregoing the ease and convenience of disposable diapers only to be criticized for the huge quantities of energy and water consumed in laundering those nasty cloth diapers. Even voicing support for renewable energy no longer seems to be green enough, as angry environmentalists protest the development of "pristine lands" for wind farms and solar power plants.
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Sep. 12th, 2008

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Article: Honor killings persist in 'man's world'

Article: Honor killings persist in 'man's world'
Source: http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/12/1382073.aspx

Note: I post this article not in support of these actions (hopefully that's obvious), but to show the truth behind the barbarity of some religious traditions, and to dispel some of the 'noble savage' myth.

Honor killings persist in 'man's world'
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2008 8:37 AM
Filed Under: Islamabad, Pakistan
By NBC News’ Shahid Qazi and Carol Grisanti

BABAKOT, Pakistan – In a tangle of bushes and trees outside a remote village in southwest Pakistan, six close male relatives of three teenage girls dug a 4-foot wide by 6-foot deep ditch, on a sweltering night in mid-July, and allegedly buried the girls alive.

The girls' crime: they dared to defy the will of their fathers and the customs of their tribe and choose their own husbands. The mother of one of the girls and the aunt of another were shot and killed while begging for the girls’ lives, according to local media reports.
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Aug. 8th, 2008

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A User's Guide to Time Travel

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.08/pwr_timetravel_pr.html
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Jul. 17th, 2008

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Che Guevara

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/17/beck.che.guevara/index.html

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Jul. 10th, 2008

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Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell

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Jul. 3rd, 2008

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The Philosophy of Liberty

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