Sunday night links.
* Details on the Franklin Center's Sun Ra event this Friday.
* Nigeria has banned District 9.
* Consumer electronics and the Jevons Paradox.
* Atheists: we're #1.
* See also: Terry Eagleton and "religion for radicals."
* Does this video from College Humor mean it's now okay to joke about 9/11?
* And a Daily Kos diary on Ayn Rand.
Interestingly, despite her general disdain for humanity, there were people she seemed to admire greatly, such as William Edward Hickman, whose credo, "What is good for me is right," she described in her Journals as, "The best and strongest expression of a real man's psychology I have heard." But Hickman was no simple expositor of personal greed and self-interest; no mere modern day libertarian; no pedestrian practitioner of excessive self-love. No indeed. He was a sociopathic murderer. In 1927 he kidnapped a 12-year old girl from a school in Los Angeles by the name of Marian Parker, chopped off her legs, cut our her internal organs, drained all of her blood and then spread parts of her body all over the city.
Of Hickman, this sick murderer, Rand had almost nothing but positive things to say.