[conspire] (forw) [MaraDNS list] Why I won't use Flattr or another similar scheme

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Sun Nov 13 04:37:57 PST 2011

On 11/12/2011 06:12 PM, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben at mrbrklyn.com):
>> I love it when you guys talk in code I don't understand.
> I'm not sure you could stand the pain entailed in reading an actual Ayn
> Rand novel, so I offer the Usenet parody (in which I appear as a minor
> character), as a gentler explanation:
> http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/alt_shrugged.html
> (See:  http://everything2.com/title/alt.shrugged)
> __

from wikipedia:

Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (Russian 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language>: ????? ?????????? 
?????????) on February 2, 1905, to a bourgeois 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourgeois> family living in Saint 
Petersburg <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg>. She was the 
eldest of the three daughters of Zinovy Zakharovich Rosenbaum and Anna 
Borisovna Rosenbaum, largely non-observant Jews 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jews>. Rand's father was a successful 
pharmacist, eventually owning his own pharmacy and the building in which 
it was located.^[4] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand#cite_note-3> 
Rand was twelve at the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Revolution_of_1917>, during which 
her sympathies were with Alexander Kerensky 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Kerensky>. Rand's family life 
was disrupted by the rise of the Bolshevik 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolshevik> party under Vladimir Lenin 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Lenin>. Her father's pharmacy was 
confiscated by the Bolsheviks, and the family fled to the Crimea 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimea>, which was initially under the 
control of the White Army <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Army> 
during the Russian Civil War 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Civil_War>. She later recalled 
that while in high school she determined that she was an atheist 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist> and that she valued reason 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason> above any other human attribute. 
After graduating from high school in the Crimea, at 16 Rand returned 
with her family to Petrograd (the new name for Saint Petersburg), where 
they faced desperate conditions, on occasion nearly starving.^[5] 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand#cite_note-4> ^[6] 

I hope this doesn't say anything about my childrens future...


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