LandV is dead; long live LandV!

November 23rd, 2013

We have a new site to try!  Please have a go at  make an account, try out the forums… and say if you like what you see.

And spread the word.

Vlad says that once we’ve done this for a while, his intention is to move the forum back to the URL; but he doesn’t want to do this w/o warning, and w/o giving everyone a chance to evaluate the new site.


September 29th, 2013

A blast from the pass:

Thursday, October 31, 1996 Thursday, December 19, 1996 June 19 – 25, 1997 April 10 – 16, 1997 June 5 – 11, 1997 June 19 – 25, 1997 October 9 – 15, 1997 December 4 – 10, 1997 January 8 – 14, 1998 December 3 – 9, 1998 December 10 – 16, 1998 January 21 – 27, 1999 February 4 – 10, 1999 February 18 – 25, 1999 April 15 – 22, 1999 April 22 – 29, 1999 April 29 – May 6, 1999 November 4 – 11, 1999 February 24 – March 1, 2000 March 2 – 9, 2000 May 4 – 11, 2000 May 11 – 18, 2000 May 18 – 25, 2000 June 15 – 22, 2000 August 3 – 10, 2000 October 16 – 23, 2000 October 23 – 30, 2000 Monday, January 22, 2001 Tuesday, January 30, 2001 Tuesday, February 13, 2001 Friday, August 10, 2001 Wednesday, September 5, 2001

A more complete list: IC Archives

Familiar handles from Intellectual Capital:

Academie • alanH • apeepo • bill from buckhead • Brett Bellmore • CA • Charles Taylor (CharlesWT) • Cynthia • DZ (Diethylzink I think) • El Azul • Epi • Ezekk • Forrest S. Higgs • Honest Abe • Kenny • KF • KY • Larry • Larry Homer • Mark Wilson • meadow lark • Mean Mark • Mong • Mopmap • NH4 • Novy • P. Reinhart • pji • Plutocracy Watch • raj • Rosemary • Rosemary Hill (Rosemary?) • S Hemlock • Scott (gusty) • SHEEN • Stevo • W. Bailey • Webwench • Wordy • Young Noggin

Intellectual Outcasts Cafe Forums


How to host IOC

September 23rd, 2013

WordPress does not seem to be working out for IOC. The place is dying faster than I am!

If this is a matter of hosting, I wonder if one of us could not provide the server (etc.) so that Vlad could administer it from wherever he might be.

Could we not then install better forum software (what we had before this was excellent) and continue that way?

My problem is that I don’t know what is required. I have a high-speed Internet connection from Comcast cable network. I could easily get a computer that could handle the software and attach it to my system via our router. I could then make it available to Vlad to install better forum software and administer it. He could set it up any way he wants.

Is that feasible??

I don’t even really understand why we had to drop the old software and move to this stuff, which isn’t very good.

Anybody care to enlighten me on these issues?

Tom DeLay verdict overturned

September 20th, 2013

As several of us predicted way back on the old IOC forum, the phony case against Tom DeLay has been overturned on appeal … for LACK OF EVIDENCE.

As previously noted, you can indict a ham sandwich, but then eventually you have to produce a case that will hold up. As I and others suggested at the time, this case was baloney and now it’s been overturned.

Doesn’t help Mr. DeLay much, does it? Yet another victim of the media and a corrupt prosecutor.

New Delhi on the Hudson

September 4th, 2013

An almost-classless society: I’ve noticed that most Americans roughly have the same standard of living. Everybody has access to ample food, everybody shops at the same supermarkets, malls, stores, etc. I’ve seen plumbers, construction workers and janitors driving their own sedans, which was quite difficult for me to digest at first since I came from a country where construction workers and plumbers lived hand to mouth.
The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian International Student


Global civil war…

September 1st, 2013

Spot on, IMO!

It’s a crime to refer to the NessA!

September 1st, 2013

‘The NSA publicist cites Public Law 86-36:

which states that it is not permitted for “. . . any person to use the initials ‘NSA,’ the words ‘National Security Agency’ and the NSA seal without first acquiring written permission from the Director of NSA.” ‘

(This was used to shut down a Zazzle patron who wanted shirts making jokes about the, um, agency.)

What can I say?  Not much, apparently!  If they choose not to let me.

Robert L Heilbronner: The Worldly Philosophers

August 17th, 2013

Heilbronner’s 1950’s era classic economics history, The Worldly Philosophers, can be downloaded for free in epub format!

The book is totally Eurocentric, but extremely valuable all the same. I have been refering to the chapter, The Economic Revolution, for many years.


Orwell on 1984

August 14th, 2013

Interesting letter


Squirrel eats crape myrtle blooms…

August 13th, 2013

Looking out the back patio door yesterday, I noticed some activity in one of the cherry laurel trees; a squirrel was fooling with something of a reddish color. In a moment, its reddish ball bounced away, and I saw it was a bloom on the end of my mauve-colored crape myrtle. The squirrel pulled it back again and tore it completely off its stem and started demolishing it. Then he leaped across to the crape myrtle and started nibbling at the blooms–several in succession.

I’ve never heard of a flower-eating squirrel. Is this common?

I guess I’m going to have to buy me a bb-gun. I hate those pesky animals anyway; they’re always digging holes in my pot plants. I hate to kill them, though; they are so darned cute. My visiting daughter looked out the door the other day and said it looked like a scene from a Disney movie–all the birds and squrrels cavorting about–she expected to see Snow White come dancing down the brick path.