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Month: January 2007

Official launch of Celebrate Capitalism campaigning

Australia Day – January the 26th – is the official launch date each yearfor the worldwide Celebrate Capitalism campaign.

So, it is with great pleasure that I hereby now launch the worldwide campaigning towards Capitalism Day which this year will by on Sunday June 03 2007 and invite the world to stand up for freedom, creativity, and prosperity.

The main focus of the campaign is to help organise educational and festive events for Capitalism Day.

When the campaign first went international, each participating city had a Chief Coordinator, referred to as a C1.

As the Founder and Global Coordinator of the campaign I worked with each C1 to help organize an effective campaign that kept within the (quite strict) Celebrate Capitalism guidelines.

Anyone wanting to participate in a city’s campaign needed to work under that city’s C1. Each city had a single C1.

Recently, this was changed.

There is now no longer a single Coordinator per city. The Chief Coordinator position no longer exist.

Instead, anyone wanting to organize a festive event in their city can apply to become a Creative Project Leader– aCPL.

There are several reasons behind this change.

One is that I felt it was important to keep the campaign de-centralized in order to reduce the likelihood ofany particular group or ideology fromachieving exclusivity or dominancein any city, or across the campaign in general.I want the campaign to remain grassroots. The reality of organizations and movements is that if they’re not careful they can be hijacked by particular groups or factions. We can see how prevalent this is across the anti-capitalist campaigns of the world. But that’s not so surprising since anti-capitalists tend to be mindless twits.

Another equally important reason is to encourage the widest diversity of types of events, including allowing organizations and clubs to organize Capitalism Day events. The earlier approach explicitly excluded any group from flying its own colors alongside Celebrate Capitalism.

With the new approach, a group is able to run a Capitalism Day event just for its members, if it wants. Of course, the Non-Endorsement Guideline (also known as the one-way street principle) still applies. i.e. Although a group may endorse the Celebrate Capitalism campaign, it needs to make it clear that the campaign does not endorse any group.

With the new approach, a city can have any number of CPL’s and they do NOT have to work together. CPLs can run completely independent events. Of course it’s nice when CPLs can work together at some level, but this is neither required nor particularly encouraged.

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New server now working

At last the new PRODOS serverappears to beworking.

Straight after the mail systemwithin the server was fixed, we found a problem in its control panel – a java memory leak – that was causing it to crash, sometimes 3 times per day.

The new server (actually, I’m running two servers now) have more than twice the space and twice the bandwidth of what was available before. That means it’ll be possible to archive a couple of hundred SOLID VOX podcast shows (each show uses about 1 MB per minute) and offer some more free web services and tools for Celebrate Capitalism supporters.

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Is Greg Sheridan the begining of the end of Western patience with Islam?


Greg Sheridan is the Foreign Editor for The Australian.

Very well researched, highly informative, pro American alliance and pro Western values. But definitely not a neo-con or conservative or right-winger.

My impression is that he tries to be fair and moderate – to a fault. I mean he tries not to lean too far in any particular direction. And tends to be non-judgemental. Or at least slow and ultra careful before making a judgement.

Given all that I was bowled over when I read his column yesterday (January 20/21 2007) in the Weekend Australian. The article was titled “Hate beyond reason”.

It’s now online HERE

While praising in general terms the historic achievements of Muslims and saying that Islam offers a “generally good moral code” he asks The Big Question:

… is there an element inherent to Islam itself that lends support to extremism?

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Progress with new server – but not quite there yet

After several days of trying to fathom why the new server won’t send emails, I’ve discovered that the problem was coming from the provider – not from my end.

The provider looks like they’ve now fixed their side of things. Now we need to make a couple of adjustments from this end and then test the system.

Hopefully, everything will be resolved by tomorrow. Here’s hoping! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Need to set up Virtual Dedicated Server

I’m running behind on my correspondence at the moment. Apologies if you’ve written to me and are still waiting for a reply. I may be another day or two.

The reason for this delay is that I need to configure a new Virtual Dedicated Server so that the lists will work.

The new hosting system I set up recently – to whichnearly all PRODOS websites and web systems (including the THINKER TO THINKER blogs) were migrated-can’t handle mailing lists, unfortunately.

Currently, a colleague is hosting bulletins and mailing lists on his server. But this is just temporary.

Also, the new Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS)runs cron jobs, which the other hosting service doesn’t offer.

The new VDS will be run in addition to the main hosting system. i.e. We definitelywon’t be migrating all the websites and systems to the VDS.

The PRODOSVDS should also run the new free mailing list/newsletter service that I want to offer to supporters of Capitalist Ideals.

Configuring the VDS has also delayed finalisation of the system.

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New York Times reports on Atlas Shrugged movie


Angelina Jolie to play Ayn Rand’s heroine, Dagny Taggart?
Sure! Why not? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Betsy Speicher’s CyberNet reports on an article about the Atlas Shrugged movie project:

The Arts/Movie section of today’s (01/14/07) Sunday New York Times has a large article on the past and present attempts to make a movie of _Atlas Shrugged_. Although some of the quotes and the writer’s conclusions are
dubious, there are many interesting facts about the subject as well.

Here’s the article:

Ayn Rand No Longer Has Script Approvalย (January 14, 2007)


BACK in the 1970s Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of โ€œThe Godfather,โ€ first approached Ayn Rand to make a movie of her novel โ€œAtlas Shrugged.โ€ But Rand, who had fled the Soviet Union and gone on to inspire capitalists and egoists everywhere, worried aloud, apparently in all seriousness, that the Soviets might try to take over Paramount to block the project.

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New server can’t handle mailman/prodoscope lists

The bad news: Unfortunately, the new hosting service that all the sites and web systems have been moved to can’t handle the mailman script which ran the mailing lists.

My colleague, Davide, is temporarily hosting all those lists on his own server, but they’re going to have to be discontinued soon.

The good news: I’ve been testing and comparing some new mailing list management scripts and plan, in the next week, to create a new free newsletter/mailing list service for Celebrate Capitalism project leaders, Thinker TO Thinker bloggers, and other supporters.

This will allow registered users to create their own, quite snappy email newsletters and run their own newsletter service.

More news about this over the next week! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Sheik Speak: Video of Al-Hilali speaking in Egypt

Once again the Grand Mufti of Australia has been taken out of context! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a video with excerpts and translationsof Al-Hilali’s recent interview on Egyptian TV.

It also includes pertinent comments by Herald Sun columnist, Andrew Bolt questioning why Australian Muslims haven’t given the Sheik theAllahu Akboot.

The Thick Sheik

“Their values (Australia’s) are upside down. They have no democracy, no freedom …”

“… They are the worst liars and unjust people.”

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Sheik Speak: Australia’s Grand Mufti doing what he does best


Here he is again! Australia’sal-hilali-rious Grand Mufti!

The hero of Lakemba Mosque! The proud leader of Australia’s proud Muslims! In late 2006 – after his insightful raw meat/cat comments – there was … very briefly … some talkacross the Muslim community about dumping him as Grand Mufti.

But it wasn’t to be. Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali is the best. Why settle for less?

And here’s more proof. Read this article from by Paul Carter:

Australia ‘a convict nation of liars’

AUSTRALIA’S controversial mufti Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali has landed himself in hot water again, this time by saying Australian Muslims are more entitled to the country than those with a convict heritage.

Prime Minister John Howard said today he expected the mufti’s comments to amuse Australians, however one Muslim leader was quick to apologise for the sheik.

Speaking in Arabic on Egyptian television Sheik al-Hilali said, according to a Seven Network translation, that white Australians arrived in the country shackled as convicts.

“We (Muslims) came as free people. We bought our own tickets. We are entitled to Australia more than they are,” he said.

The mufti was on the Egyptian chat show explaining the controversy last year over his comments likening immodestly-dressed women to uncovered meat.

But according to the translation, he said the controversy was a white conspiracy aimed at terrorising Australian Muslims.

Mr Howard laughed off the spiritual leader’s convict comments.

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President Bush announces new Iraq Strategy

Good news!

President Bush has just announced the United States’ new Iraq strategy. It looks very promising.

Click here to read “Highlights of Iraq Strategy Review” (PDF)

  • Over 20,000 additional troops will be sent in.
  • Since 80% of the sectarian violence in Iraq is occuring within a 30 mile radius of Bagdhad (did you know that?) that area will get special attention.
  • Iran and to a lesser extent, Syria have been singled out as fueling the violence: “Iran has been cultivating influence in Iraq through all means atits disposal.”
  • The aim will beto “achieve a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people,”
  • The plan identifies that, due to insufficient security Iraqis have been turning to “self-help” – which I presume includes local militias.
  • The new plan is also looking at improving the Iraqi economy and providing jobs for the citizens. I’d like to see more details about this. It would be a bad move to foster a “hand-out” mentality, but I have no evidence at this stage that this would happen.

Thanks goodness the idiotic Iraq Study Group proposal has been completely side-stepped.

Once again Mr Bushdemonstrates his fundamentalhonesty -looking at the facts and acting on them. And his commitment to American securityand worldwide freedom.

He’s a good man and an excellent President.

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