Monthly Archives: September 2011

Oil Companies Have a Right to Their Profits

This is an excellent LTE by David Holcberg.

Lightmatter_oilrigs“Oil companies have a right to their record profits.

The oil companies earned their profits honestly, and have a right to keep them. Their profits are a just reward for decades of investment and production.

If politicians are really concerned with the effect on the public of high oil and gas prices, they could do many things about it. They could cut gasoline taxes, eliminate regulations mandating gasoline blends, and free energy companies to drill at will. These measures would increase the supply of gasoline and reduce its cost–without violating the property rights of oil companies.

Oil companies, in pursuing their own profit, provide us with an invaluable product, without which our modern civilization would suffer immensely. We should be grateful for their good work, and our government should protect–not expropriate–their well-deserved profits.”

Copyright © by the Ayn Rand Institute. Reprinted with permission.

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Yahoo’s “Plugged In” on Paper Planes

Just read a story on Yahoo’s Plugged In about paper plane designs that work really well.

Some interesting stuff there. I followed the instructions for the first one and created “The Record Holder” which once had the world-record for the longest flight of a paper airplane. Here’s the video instructions:

It’s a consistent flyer.

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