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NEW: Galt's Gulch Members Directory PUBLIC BETA

Posted by awebb 4 years, 7 months ago to The Gulch: Promotions
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With nearly 20,000 members, Galt’s Gulch is becoming a big place! To make it even easier to connect with like-minded individuals, we’re publicly unveiling the new Galt's Gulch Members Directory.

Using the Members Directory you can find Gulch members near you, start local group discussions, or schedule times to get together and hang out in person.

Check it out now: http://www.galtsgulchonline.com/members

This is a PUBLIC BETA. Test it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.


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  • Posted by TahoeDagney 4 years, 7 months ago
    Discovered “Atlas” 1966, then read everything ever published by Rand (far as I know) plus most of the stuff written ABOUT her, plus a LOT of the publications of MANY of the people influenced by Rand (& influencers of Rand) in philosophy, economics & politics, subscribed to the Ayn Rand letter, the Intellectual Activist, etc. for as long as they were published … AND most (perhaps all) of her audio material, as well as that of the Brandens, Peikoff & dozens (hundreds?) of other audio presentations by others influenced by Rand. We were facilitators for many of Peikoff’s taped courses in our area & corresponded with Rand for a while. Disappointed that I did not get to NCY to meet her in person before her premature exit from the planet.

    I’m in agreement with most of the Objectivist positions, ‘tho I’ve never completely understood her Esthetics and, after 40+ years of study, I FINALLY graduated from her minarchist limited-Constitutionally-limited government to the more consistent and rational anarcho-capitalist position, which we’re presently calling the Win-Win Free-Market Stateless Society.

    Are any of y’all familiar with the work of Andrew Galambos & Jay Snelson?

    ‘ealth & ‘appiness on ya!
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  • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
    How about making it non-US-only?

    Super-ironic that the "Galt's Gulch Member Directory" only lists those who are still on the sinking ship (and therefore, still contributing to the problem) and not those who've actually gone Galt in real life.
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    • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 4 years, 7 months ago
      In that you are most decidedly incorrect. There are quite a few here who have already "Galted". Keep your presumptions to yourself.
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      • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
        How do you "Go Galt" while remaining in the USSA? I'm sure there are a few methods, but I'm not aware of any really good ones. Would love to know about them.

        Anyone who's paying taxes to the US federal government (even if under compulsion) is definitely feeding the beast and so a part of the problem.
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        • Posted by LetsShrug 4 years, 7 months ago
          What free place did you find to galt to? By 'free' I don't mean monetary free I mean individual freedom. Also, how do you make your living? (We all 'shrug' in different ways.)
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          • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
            There's no really free place left on Earth, but it's possible to use the differences that exist between countries to achieve a high-level of freedom, both individual and financial. Also, doing that fosters competition between countries to attract the Galts of the world, thereby promoting freedom-valuing policies worldwide.

            Sure, we all shrug in different ways, but the most fundamental has to be to shrug off slavery and withdraw the sanction of the victim. That means, stop paying taxes to Leviathan. Anyone who hasn't done that is a slave, and in fact the actual cause of the problem. Evil is powerless without the cooperation of good men. This is why Hank and Dagny were the people Galt and the Gulchers were fighting in Atlas, not Thompson and Mouch.

            Being a "fan" of the art and philosophy while continuing to let oneself be enslaved and used as a tool for the enslavement of others is not Going Galt in any way, shape or form, nor is it consistent with the principles of Objectivism.
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            • Posted by sdesapio 4 years, 7 months ago
              So what you're really trying to say is that the member directory is a really cool, fun, lite, feature to connect like-minded individuals. Got it. ;)

              Hash, you know, you don't hang out in here enough. You going to be in the Dallas area anytime soon?
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              • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
                Yep it's a cool feature - but it really should work for non-US locations too!

                Doesn't have to do proximity calculations internationally, just enable text search on the city / country profile fields.

                If not for those who've truly shrugged and fled the USSA, do it for the producers still trapped inside - it'll be handy for them to have friends on the outside when the lights do finally go out! :)

                Cheers!
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            • Posted by TahoeDagney 4 years, 7 months ago
              RE: " stop paying taxes to Leviathan. Anyone who hasn't done that is a slave, and in fact the actual cause of the problem"

              Have you found a habitable place on this planet where you can pay zero taxes of any kind to some State without fairly high risk of fines, imprisonment or execution?
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              • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
                Yes there are many places like that. Check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internatio...

                At the moment, one of the most promising is Panama, which has a very easy residence visa for nationals of over 40 countries, and doesn't tax the worldwide income of residents.
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                • Posted by TahoeDagney 4 years, 7 months ago
                  ‘tis interesting that even in the Gulch, most folks seem to think that Income Tax is the only tax & yes, there are many places on the planet where the state does not impose an Income Tax … even when the question was rather clearly stated: “Have you found a habitable place on this planet where you can pay zero taxes of any kind to some State without fairly high risk of fines, imprisonment or execution?”.

                  In 40+ years of research, correspondence, observation, we’ve yet to find such a place & if such exists, I’d suspect that the lives of the folks there are still controlled by some version of the State thru regulations, etc. &, unless there are no “legal tender laws”, the folks’ wealth is likely confiscated thru the cruel tax called monetary inflation.
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                  • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
                    Yes there may be other taxes but none of them is as onerous as an Income Tax, especially a progressive Income Tax. Income Tax is a penalty imposed on productivity. A progressive Income Tax is a penalty on productivity that penalizes the more productive more stiffly.

                    Even if there's no getting away from taxes entirely, paying a minimal amount to a government that doesn't engage in mass illegal surveillance, aggressive wars for no reason, massive imprisonment of innocent people for victimless crimes, torture, etc. etc. that the USSA does, is way better, and doesn't really contribute to the problem.
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                    • Posted by TahoeDagney 4 years, 7 months ago
                      Good point, Hash. “paying a minimal amount to a government that doesn't engage in mass illegal surveillance, aggressive wars for no reason, massive imprisonment of innocent people for victimless crimes, torture, etc. etc. that the USSA does, is way better, and doesn't really contribute to the problem.”

                      Probably way better, ‘tho it DOES contribute to the problem of the myth that we need the State … and principle of the less onerous tax is the same as the more onerous one … they’re all theft.

                      And yes, not only is the “progressive Income Tax a penalty on productivity that penalizes the more productive more stiffly”, it’s also a massive invasion of privacy in which the State thugs demand information from us subjects that we wouldn’t share with our closest friends.
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        • Posted by jdg 4 years, 7 months ago
          Characters in the book don't seem to have seen it that way; JG himself took a menial job on Dagny's railroad, and presumably paid taxes.

          What he insisted on was not letting the enemy (system) have the fruits of his mind. In other words, no creative job unless it's within the Gulch.
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    • Posted by Snoogoo 4 years, 7 months ago
      I really don't mean this in a bad way, but looks like you are in BC, same poo different toilet?
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      • Posted by  $  hash 4 years, 7 months ago
        Nope, I'm not in BC. I travel and focus on international diversification, which is AFAIK the only real way to Go Galt in today's world (would love to know about others). I don't feed the beast that's out to enslave and kill me and my fellow man.

        The Galt's Gulch Member Directory excludes people who have opted for the most practical and effective means of Going Galt.

        And let's face it, MOST people living full-time in the USSA (especially, but the same applies to people living full-time in many other countries) are feeding the beast, and continue to accept partial slavery as a way of life.

        As I said, super-ironic.
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    • Posted by Ranter 4 years, 7 months ago
      Those of us still here may not be on the sinking ship. Remember -- Galt's Gulch was actually within the borders of the country. Overseas was all "people's republics" so it was not worth leaving the country. That's sort of the case today.
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  • Posted by  $  Thoritsu 4 years, 7 months ago
    There needs to be other search criteria. Not being 17 yrs old, and traveling regularly, I can "imagine" meeting a Gulch member somewhere beyond where I can ride a bicycle to.

    A nice feature for locals would be a message option for a radius (100 miles might be ok here) to allow them to come to a hosted event. I would be happy to buy beers for Gulchers that want to engage in how to educate and fix things, not just whining.

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    • Posted by sdesapio 4 years, 7 months ago
      Thanks Thoritsu.

      RE: "There needs to be other search criteria."
      What other criteria specifically?

      RE: "I can "imagine" meeting a Gulch member somewhere beyond where I can ride a bicycle to. "
      You can type any zip you like in the zip code field.

      RE: "a message option"
      A "Start a local discussion" button appears after you execute a search. Are you not seeing it?

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      • Posted by  $  Thoritsu 4 years, 7 months ago
        1. Wider area than 100 miles; previous response list (e.g. reply) and mailing list (e.g. the last guys that showed interest); Atheist Gulchers, Christian Gulchers; Constitutionalists; Anarchists...etc
        2. Yes, one could figure out what zip codes to put in to expand the search beyond 100 miles, and make a few messages. However, one would rather have the computer the yeoman's work.
        3. Didn't try to send a message yet.
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  • Posted by  $  prof611 4 years, 7 months ago
    Thanks for starting this. I still can't believe that I am the only member on St Thomas. And, according to the search results, I am not a member either, since the search total is zero.

    I agree with the need for members not in the ZIP code system to have a way of being in the database.

    I would like to see other things in the results, if approved by each member: (1) whether the person considers himself an objectivist or not, (2) age, (3) sex, (4) marital status, (5) availability (looking for ...), (6) email address, just to name a few that come to mind.
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  • Posted by plusaf 4 years, 7 months ago
    ok, it's probably an artifact of IE11, but below the first row, most of the time the detail under the avatar image of each card does not show its content until after I mouseover.

    Next, "Next" at the bottom of the page should probably have another copy near the top of the page for navigation, AND the proverbial "this is page x of N pages" with the option of going directly to page Z would probably help, too.

    "Next" isn't fun if you don't know whether there are three or three hundred pages behind the one you're viewing...

    :)
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    • Posted by sdesapio 4 years, 7 months ago
      I just put in a potential fix. Do me a favor please and test when you have a minute and let me know if it's still exhibiting the same behavior. Thanks again.
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      • Posted by plusaf 4 years, 7 months ago
        Looks ok on my machine now. I've seen a similar effect when image load when scrolling down a page with a mouse wheel or paging down with the page-down button.

        There's a bit of a pause, but now the 'cards' become visible without having to mouse-over.

        cheers and Congrats! Good job!
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        • Posted by sdesapio 4 years, 7 months ago
          Thanks again for catching it plusaf. Unfortunately the pause is necessary for the solution to work. It's an IE specific issue and just one of the many reasons why so many have abandoned IE altogether and switched to Chrome or Firefox. Hint, hint. ;)
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          • Posted by Robbie53024 4 years, 7 months ago
            Google is EVIL. Firefox is OK.
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            • Posted by Rocky_Road 4 years, 7 months ago
              And Palemoon is a souped up version of Firefox, by Firefox.
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              • Posted by plusaf 4 years, 7 months ago
                Ah, which cult to join? Which cult to join?
                I 'started with computers' around 1967 on an IBM 360/45 at RPI and had to drill down to pseudo-assembly language to debug some otherwise-trivial programming problems. One of my close friends found a bug in IBM's compiler. :)

                After that, 'out in the world,' I went from teletype-driven time sharing, where I was doing distribution graphs and intersections of them using the little X's to plot them out.

                Then came a Calcomp plotter hooked to a 16-bit mini from HP and then HP x-y plotters driven by cpus with core memory (the little metal donut kind!)

                Some years later, after BASIC on an HP 'calculator,' I learned DOS from the machine language up so I've cut my teeth on MS products since then and familiarity can breed contempt as well as... familiarity.

                But I was also a Chevy Man until GM drove me away into the arms of Toyota.

                MS has been a thorn in my side for years, but I'm also familiar with a lot of its shortcomings and have some MS-expert friends to bail me out when the software gets deeper than I'm tall.

                Most recently I've discovered that Wells-Fargo and MS IE8 do not get along well, and between W/F and MS, the workaround has been Chrome.

                But again, it's another learning curve that I'm just not eager to climb right now. We'll see what happens in the future, but late this year I turn 70, and there's the old story about old dogs and tricks... I've learned a lot of new tricks in my life, but at some point a nice nap is more rewarding.

                :)))))))))))))
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  • Posted by  $  jlc 4 years, 7 months ago
    It worked for me, but within 100 miles of my zip I did not find folks with whom I regularly interacted in The Gulch. I used to travel a lot for business, though I do not do this any more. But I do like the fact that I could put my destination zip in the field and find possible meet-ups in another place.

    Jan
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  • Posted by  $  MikeMarotta 4 years, 7 months ago
    Google Chrome on the Mac: nope.

    It still does not work for me. I have updated my profile a couple of times, entering the same information. The search does not find me. It does return people I know from the area.

    I tried it on a Mac with Safari; then went to Chrome on the Mac.
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  • Posted by  $  MikeMarotta 4 years, 7 months ago
    It still does not work for me. I have updated my profile a couple of times, entering the same information. The search does not find me. It does return people I know from the area. I am on a Mac with Safari. I can try something else…
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  • Posted by DeanStriker 4 years, 7 months ago
    A good thing to do.

    But profile image update doesn't work, darnit
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    • Posted by sdesapio 4 years, 7 months ago
      What exactly is happening when you attempt to update? What browser and operating system are you using?
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      • Posted by DeanStriker 4 years, 7 months ago
        Linux Mint Cinnamon on Firefox. Repeatedly I upload my avatar image (.jpg 100x) but it never replaces the inital thingy.
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        • Posted by sdesapio 4 years, 7 months ago
          SERIOUSLY. Dean. C'mon!

          We'll look into it. But... in the meantime, you may want to try and operating system and browser combo used here on Earth.

          Just kidding. But not really. ;)
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          • Posted by DeanStriker 4 years, 7 months ago
            Well, I used M$ from DOS2, and spent a fortune on their stuff. I got more work done way back then than I ever managed with Windoze, which versions usually died with BSOD, so No More(!) for the last 4-5 years now.
            Free Linux distros come with very good software and accomplish most everything well in similar ways -- the only exceptions I've run into is poorer CAD and more difficult graphics apps, so Linux has Wine to run those M$-type apps.
            And then Firefox is drastically better than IE. So that's my happy choice.
            But this is WAY off-subject!
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  • Posted by Ranter 4 years, 7 months ago
    I tested the search engine by specifying a 5 mile radius, and got a few that seemed to fit that criterion, but one was in Minnesota. Something is wrong with the search formula to produce that result.
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