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I HATE PRODOS site launched

Just launched the new I HATE PRODOS website.

As well as providing a range of glow-in-the-dark t-shirts in Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s sizes, plus shopping bags, it has a nice collection of items that attack, slander, slime, smear, and misrepresent yours truly.

Please do let me know if you come across more material that I can add to the site.

I’ll write a bit more about the i hate prodos site soon.

In the meantime, dive into the sewers of the living dead and enjoy the hatefest!

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iLOVEprodos.COM broken

The iLOVEprodos.COM merchandise site is broken.

I broke it yesterday when I clicked a wrong button whilst working on the server. That’s what happens when one gets too tired and loses focus for a moment.

What a nuisance.

It’s now going to have to stay that way for about a week until the server migration is completed.

Oh well.

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Discover Capitalism: Ayn Rand’s, The Establishing of an Establishment

At the weekly Discover Capitalism meeting here in Melbourne last night we studied Ayn Rand’s 1972 essay, The Establishing of an Establishment.

In this essay, Ayn Rand discusses how it’s not only Government censorship which causes intellectual stagnation in a culture. Governmental encouragement – through funding – does it too. It’s not a direct effect, however.

Ayn Rand details the mechanisms involved, focusing on a particular example: The funding of the Behavioralist School of psychology – B F Skinner – author of “Beyond Freedom and Dignity” – being its best known proponent at the time.

One of the problems with government funding/encouragement, especially in the social sciences, is that it makes politicians and beauracrats arbiters of thinking and ideology.

This has been one of my concerns in the recent complaints made against Australia’s taxpayer funded TV and radio network, The ABC.

The gripe has been that ABC presenters and shows are heavily biased towards leftist views. Anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-capitalist, etc.

The proposed solution has been to do something like find a “Phillip Adams of the Right” or get more “conservative” presenters and shows. This is a bad move which I believe will make things worse than they already are.

Why? Because it sets up government officials as arbiters of ideology. What is “conservative” or “right wing”? How will the right “mix” of viewpoints be determined? Who will decide this? How will they decide it? It can’t be done and it shouldn’t be done – or even attempted.

It’s bad enough the state funds this idiotic enterprise which undermines the values of liberty, private property, individual rights. To now try to micro-manage its ideology, steps way over the bounds of the proper role of government.

This proposed “solution” reminds me of another counter-productive idea that is now entrenched. Namely, work-for-the-dole. This has to be one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever come across.

Since it is government which maintains unemployment by restricting the labour market by such measures as minimum wage laws and so-called “unfair” dismissal laws, then the government has some responsibility to provide a safety net of some sort. i.e. the dole. As long as the government restricts labour market flexibility and freedom, the dole is valid.

What the labor market needs is not another layer of bureaucracy in charge of forcing people to work in bogus jobs. We need deregulation. We needs the free market.

And, as for The ABC, privatize the bastard.

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iLOVEprodos.COM – upgrading admin function

Having received a small donation recently, I have commissioned a small but long-needed upgrade to the admin function of the iLOVEprodos.COM shopping system.

[Later note: Upgrade successfully completed.]

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iLOVEprodos.COM upgrades on admin

Last week, working with a coder, we completed further upgrades to the iLOVEprodos.COM admin control panel. There are a few more things I need to fix, but have run out of money for now.

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iLOVEprodos.COM: Books & Audio Books

I’ve added suppliers of books and audio books for: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand.

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iLOVEprodos.COM – CSS update completed

I have been working with a programer/coder this week to improve the CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) for the site. This work was successfully completed this morning.

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iLOVEprodos.COM – Now online

The shopping system is now online. I have started populating it with products and services.

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iLOVEprodos.COM – debugging completed

The system is now working properly. I will be adding content to it today and bringing it online by this evening.

I have also commissioned a coder to add some further administration functions to it and make some minor aesthetic changes but this won’t affect the current system.

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iLOVEprodos.COM – troubleshooting and repairs continue

I spent most of Saturday and Sunday working back-and-forth between the coder who built the system and the new troubleshooter to test and fix problems.

We found both backward incompatibility problems in the migrated PHP5-based system and coding errors in the original system. There has been good progress. There’s a bit more to test and fix yet, but things are looking hopeful.

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