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From Diana @ NoodleFood: Dr. Brad Thompson on School Violence

This cross-post is not* too late to be of good to anyone who might be interested in attending the first of these lectures, but it may give guidance for the later lectures in the series.

NoodleFood: Dr. Brad Thompson on School Violence

Seven years after the horrifying Columbine High School massacre, America’s public schools are still plagued by student violence. This Thursday, October 5th, Dr. C. Bradley Thompson will examine the causes of that violence in the inaugural lecture of “Think!”–a new series of public lectures sponsored by the Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

What: Lecture on “Why Johnny Can’t Think or Distinguish Right from Wrong” by C. Bradley Thompson.

Where: Old Main Chapel on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. (Campus Map)

When: October 5th from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Lecture Description:

What’s wrong with America’s adolescent boys? Why are they so angry, and why are they committing mass murder in America’s government schools? How are we to understand and explain what happened at Columbine high school?

In this lecture, C. Bradley Thompson rejects the leading theories of conservatives and liberals and instead advances a radical proposition–that the cause of America’s epidemic of school shootings is to be found in the schools themselves. He argues that the root cause for all these shootings might very well be found in the destruction of the minds and souls of America’s young people by an education establishment bent on using our children as guinea pigs for their experiments in schooling.

C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.

“Think!” will also sponsor two events later this fall:

-Thursday, November 16th. “What We Owe to Animals: A Debate” David Barnett and Robert Hanna (CU/Boulder)

-Thursday, December 7th. “Integral Ecology” Michael Zimmerman (CU/Boulder)All talks will be held from 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Old Main Chapel on the CU Campus. They are free and intended for the public. Members of the media are welcome to attend. For more information, visit: lectures are funded through the generosity of The Collins Foundation.

From above: “C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.”
That puts Dr. Thompson in my neighborhood (state of South Carolina). I’m always glad to hear that rational thinking is moving in next door. A big HT to Diana @ Noodlefood for helping with this Philosophy Dept., CU/Boulder, Colorado rational effort.

Thanks Diana, you go girl!


*Note: Update! Due too Diana’s comment, I’ve amended this entry. It’s now 1:58 EST, so wrap up what you’re doing, get youself cleaned up, grab a bite and head out. Times-a-wastin’! Tonite’s C. Brad Thompson lecture starts at 8:00 P.M. (MT?)

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In Moral Defense of Israel

This is the title of a page at The Ayn Rand Institute’s website dedicated to a reasoned defense of Israel’s right to exist and to explain why it is in America’s best, rational self-interest to support her.

The explanation itself is a quick read, but contains numerous links to op-eds and press releases that ARI’s Objectivist team of scholars have developed, written and released over time addressing this theme.

If you’d like a better rational understanding of this important subject and have neither the time nor desire to research tons of materials, and the tedious task of separating fact from fiction, this is a great resource.

An early paragraph reads:

Israel and those who attack it are not moral equals. Israel is, like the United States, a “mixed economy,” which retains a significant respect for individual rights. Its citizens, whatever their race or religion, enjoy many freedoms, including freedom of thought and speech, and the right to own property. The purpose of Israel’s military is only self-defense: to protect its citizens from aggressors. Consequently, Israel has a moral right to exist.

For what its worth, I recommend it.


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A Personal Web File – for free

Those in need of a personal, feature rich, for free, web file might like to give LookSmarts Furl -Your Personal Web File a look.

Here is some info from their “About us” page:

About Furl…

Furl is a free service that saves the important items you find on the Web and enables you to quickly find them again. Furl archives a personal copy of every page you save. When you want to recall it, you can find it instantly by searching the full text [of] your archived items. Each member has a personal archive of 5 gigabytes (GB), large enough to store tens of thousands of searchable items.

Furl recommends new Web pages that may interest you, guided by the sites you’ve already “Furled,” or saved.

Furl also offers the best ways to share the content you find on the Web. Send a daily email newsletter of links to friends and colleagues, use Furl to generate RSS feeds for your links, or integrate them quickly and easily into an existing Web site.

Furl was founded in the spring of 2003 by Mike Giles, and is part of the LookSmart family.

I use Furl to store and quickly retrieve categorized groups of articles, etc. containing information I can gleen as research for new articles and posts, and for review – as a means of increased understanding on a particular subject. You can zap most anything into Furl as you roam about perusing all that’s out there in cyberspace.

I’ll put a link to it under a new link category. Let’s see,how about “Blogging resources and tools” maybe.


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About recommendations

Occasionally I’ll want to post on things I think you might enjoy. Obviously these will be things that I, myself, find interesting or enjoyable so I’ll set up relevant Recommendations post categories to put posts under as they develop. Anyone visiting this Weblog is welcome to offer comments to any Recommendations posted; or leave any new, more general, suggestions for Recommendations here under this general post. If they’re of the nature of the www, or whatever else for that matter (and I can agree that they’re worthy), I’ll post on, and/or link to, what’s being offered.



9/4/06 revision – just editorial housekeeping

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A great place to visit

My first Blog comment was from Linda Zimmerman, Director for Quent Cordair Fine Art in Burlingame.CA, If you haven’t had the pleasure of their site, you should certainly visit it. Their site, is resplendent with heroic, uplifting and inspirational Romantic Realist artwork.

Linda wasn’t aware that I was already on their email list for their monthly updates. Those alone can be a real treat. You get that great sense that these are people that truly enjoy their work, and their leisure. How could they not, being around all those beautiful artworks daily.

I visit their website often. Sooner or later, I’ll find that “got to have it” piece that will transform me from “lurker” to customer.

Visit with them… it’s vitamins for the soul!


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