Monthly Archives: January 2012

Don’t Let It Go…Unheard Returns to Two-Hour Format today at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET)

Planned topics for today’s show: Is Iran a real threat, and are sanctions an “act of war,” as Ron Paul says? Should Obama be impeached for making non-recess, “recess” appointments? Iowa is over, and the gloves are coming off. Any new thoughts on the GOP field? A tribute to John David Lewis, and more.

The live show, and later the archive, can be accessed here.

To access the show page, which will allow you to check out a past episode, or to subscribe to the recorded archives via iTunes and other services, use this link.


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Help The Ayn Rand Bot Win A “Shorty” Award

…or at least get a lot of good publicity trying.

This year will be the 4th annual Shorty Awards, which their website describes as “Honoring the Best Producers of Short Content on Social Media.” The awards seem to be based entirely upon votes in the form of Tweets, and anyone with an active Twitter account (an account that predated the beginning of the voting period, January 3) can vote. If you would like to help the Ayn Rand Bot (you can read more about the Bot here) stay near the top of the list in the #author category (as of this writing, it’s at #5), go to this page for more details and instructions on how to vote.

Thanks for your help! Because each person can vote only once, any help you can provide in spreading the word to other Twitter users is also greatly appreciated.

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Socialism in Eight Words

Those who are on Twitter know about the games people often play there. For example, yesterday people were playing one called “Less Ambitious Book Titles,” in which you are asked to make a variation on a book title that sounds less ambitious than the original and follow it with the tag, #LessAmbitiousBookTitles. One player offered, for example, “Atlas Took It” instead of “Atlas Shrugged.”

Another game I saw yesterday was called “Socialism In Eight Words,” and I couldn’t resist joining in. Here’s what I came up with:

Because your life’s work belongs to the state.

Who needs to work, when you can mooch?

Slaves as far as the eye can see.

Down the slippery slope from a mixed economy.

Trying desperately to pretend that stealing is good.

Your mind and body belong to the state.

“The common good,” taken to its logical conclusion.

And, my favorite (which I thought of second):

Sharing your toys was just a warm up.

One person on Twitter, and another on Facebook, thought that Rand described Socialism in eight words better than anyone:

Hatred of the good for being the good.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that quotation was the inspiration for the game in the first place…


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