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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    You know, that “Morality of Profit” video could even be used as an argument in favor of sex worker rights, and in fact I’m going to use it as such in an upcoming column.

  2. #2 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Gotta get Marianne Gravatte issue, most provocative
    Playmate ever. Maybe it was the dimpled chin. Or those cat eyes.

    BTW Angry mobs rising up over Indiana 4th Amendment desecration.
    At some point even Hoosiers get out the pitchforks, right?

    Indiana Supreme Court threatened following controversial ruling

    By Dan Carden,
    Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 5:30 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana State Capitol Police are investigating harassing phone calls and email messages directed to the Indiana Supreme Court following a controversial ruling issued last Thursday.

    Police would not say how many calls and messages have been received or whether they were addressed to a specific justice. But the communications are being reviewed as part of a criminal harassment investigation, police said.

    Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan said the threats contained in the calls and emails were “primarily” directed at police officers.

    “We obviously want to protect the safety of our employees and alert police to individuals who might be dangerous, so we contacted Capitol Police,” Dolan said. “Because they are investigating, I am not able to give more specific information.”

  3. #3 |  Bob | 

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

    There actually ARE “articles” in Playboy? I thought that was a myth! Sure, I’ve looked through Playboys, but I thought all that extra crap was ads.

  4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

    A personal 9/11!? How incredibly insulting to the actual victims of 9/11.

  5. #5 |  GSL | 

    Thanks for the nod at our blog. Much appreciated.

  6. #6 |  Aresen | 

    I love Tim Carney’s report on Obama’s Boston visit.

    That is what reporters SHOULD be doing, whether the POTUS is Team Red or Team Blue.

  7. #7 |  pegr | 

    #4, my thought exactly. Spot on.

  8. #8 |  Danny | 

    Bill Gates leveraged the synthetic, government-created “property right” of copyright and patent to generate wealth for himself and his company. He did not, in any strict sense, “steal” or “take,” nor did he “create” wealth out of thin air by his own freestanding and autonomous means. He played the rules of the game that society set up, and he came out a winner.

    “Giving back” is not a particularly inapt way of characterizing his private philanthropy.

  9. #9 |  CyniCAl | 

    •The Obama administration whines that the media didn’t sufficiently cover his fundraising trip to Boston. So Tim Carney obliges them, though probably not in the way they had in mind.

    In which Tim Carney propagates the lie that the media are independent of State control.

  10. #10 |  divadab | 

    The desire for profit = Greed. Greed is not a virtue in any ethical system I know of other than “The AMerikan Way”. In the judaeo-christian ethical system, greed is actually a sin. Right there among Adultery and murder in the ten commandments: “Thou shalt not covet” thy neighbor’s possessions.

    Bill Gates actually did build something great. Goldman Sachs and their greedy hordes did not, have not, and never will. They only appropriate the fruits of the labors of others. Disgusting predatory parasites.

    The root of all evil is the love of money. Money lovers control our corrupt government and its empire of greed and oil. Babylon will fall.

  11. #11 |  CyniCAl | 

    So Divadab, you don’t try to non-violently earn as much as you can? How exactly do you survive?

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 


    If you really hate money, you can send it to me.

    I know there is a big risk that I might be corrupted, but I’m willing to accept it.

  13. #13 |  Greg | 

    Of course, Playboy for the articles. Whaddya gonna do, look at the pictures?

    Between the mainstream hirsute nastiness of the pre -80s and the, umm knees touching, there was absolutely nothing to see that you couldn’t see at the beach/pool.

    To steal a bit from Airplane – Whacking Material? Gallery, Hustler, Oui, Penthouse, etc. The only thing Playboy was good for was the articles. More and better nudity at the art museum. Snore.

    I guess it’s still somewhat entertaining to have women with some level of public notoriety naked-ish in a magazine. The pics are artfully done and there’s always beauty in a nice nude shot.

    I just don’t understand how Playboy could be considered even mildly risque anymore. It hasn’t been for at least 35 years.

  14. #14 |  Mario | 

    Concerning Playboy and its articles, about 20 years ago I bought a bound collection of its interviews. It was a “best of” in honor of Playboy’s 35th anniversary. The interviews in there — Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, John Wayne, Bill Cosby, Malcolm X, Ayn Rand, Muhammad Ali, et al. — were just fantastic. It was easily worth the 20 or 30 dollars it cost me.

  15. #15 |  JOR | 

    “The desire for profit = Greed.”

    In all those ethical systems you mention that condemn greed, none of them call any and all desire for or efforts toward profit as “greed”. The Bible indeed does say that “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s possessions”, not that “Thou shalt not desire to gain more possessions”. And it does indeed say that, “The love of money is the root of [much] evil.”, but this is the same rhetorical and literary style that has Jesus saying that anyone who follows him has to hate his family, etc. “Love” and “hate” are used rhetorically to indicate relative priorities: the valuation of money (material comfort and security) to the degree that one will to harm others or otherwise neglect their moral obligations to gain it is one of the more common vices.

  16. #16 |  Greg | 


    What a great purchase.

    While we honestly thought the pictorials were a joke, we did have a sub back in the mid 80s – for our HS debate team. Interviews with a level of candor that you just didn’t find in most media dialogues.

  17. #17 |  Big A | 

    #4 Mattocracy – I was just about to say the same thing. Personal 9/11- how ridiculous. Though it was a very fitting phrase for that sort of article. I expect to see it frequently in other similar crap news articles.

  18. #18 |  derfel cadarn | 

    SUCKS ,that when you whine sometimes you get just what you deserve. If the press were actually doing their jobs ALL reporting would be just like this. Hpoe you enjoyed the coverage Mr. pResident

  19. #19 |  Franciso D'Anconia | 

    So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

    Or did you say it’s the LOVE of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is the loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money–and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.

    Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.