NYC Junto Newsletter – Sept. 25, 2009

September 25, 2009

Contents
* NEW Junto’s meeting Oct 1, 2009
* Upcoming Junto meetings
* NEW John Stossel leaving ABC for Fox
* NEW John Stossel on Obamacare on YouTube
* NEW Read “The Freeman” online, current and archived
* NEW Author of Ayn Rand bio speaking in NY
* NEW Gifford told Junto “green” buildings aren’t efficient
* NEW Rand’s “We the Living” on DVD and bits on YouTube
* NEW D.C. 9/12 signs, photographed by an Objectivist:
* NEW Principles of a Free Society, new site from ARC
* NEW Nader “answering” Rand’s arguments
* NEW “Atlas Ideas” from The Center for Objectivism
* NEW Galt Niederhoffer in Sept. 2009 “Vogue”
* NEW Point Counterpoint on the Chinese economy
* NEW NYU interactive discussions of Rand’s “Atlas”
* NEW New York City Ayn Rand Meetup
* NEW Ayn Rand and NYC history tours
* NYC Junto on Facebook
* NYCjunto site
* NYCjunto-discuss list
* About this newsletter
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Junto is a group that shares information
and discusses current issues…
plus presents speakers to talk with us:
Linda Russell, Historical Balladeer
“Coming to America:
The Dream and Reality from the Immigrant Point of View”

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
Admission Free No reservation necessary

* We’ll socialize from 7:00pm.
* The meeting begins at ABOUT 7:30pm with
a discussion of current issues and events.
* The featured speaker is introduced at ABOUT 8:00pm.
* The meeting will continue to ABOUT 10:00pm.

General Society Library
20 West 44th Street, NYC
between 5th and 6th Avenues
near the Grand Central Terminal

Subway:
4, 5, 6, 7, S to Grand Central — 42nd St.
or
B, D, F, V, 7 to 42nd Street — Sixth Ave. at Bryant Park
or
A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 to Times Square — 42nd St.
or
Bus: M6, M7, M10, M27, M42, M104

Please note:
Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech
followed by Q & A. Junto’s invited speakers give a short
presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions.
Discussions are intense, but polite. Participation by all
attendees is highly encouraged.

Junto has a meeting on the first Thursday of every month,
at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, NYC,
between 5th and 6th Aves., near the Grand Central Terminal
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At this Junto, Linda Russell, historical balladeer, explores the
17th through early 20th century immigrant experience through
songs and personal narratives.
She performed at Junto in Jan. 2008 and Oct. 2006. Her
appearances include radio, stage and historic sites throughout
the U.S. Mixing music with history comes naturally to her.
She grew up in the Wisconsin countryside where she went
to a one-room school.
Her mom was a church organist and her dad the local
historian. On family vacations, the Russells followed a trail
of history, visiting Civil War battlefields, pioneer villages and
waterways of voyageurs. History was tangible on these
journeys and Linda was captivated.
Singing came easily to Linda, and she credits her mother
with instilling in her the pure joy of singing and passion she
feels for all types of music.
Linda played music all through college at the U. of
Wisconsin/Eau Claire. It was also at college, that she
discovered her love of theater and performed many great roles.
She was Katherine in “The Lion in Winter”, Blanche in “A
Streetcar Named Desire” and Aldonza in “Man of La Mancha”.
This love of the stage led the once shy country girl, suitcase
in hand, to New York City where she enrolled in The American
Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Linda began her professional career by performing as a
balladeer at Federal Hall National Memorial. For 16 years,
Linda brought the 18th century vividly to life for countless
visitors to the site of George Washington’s inauguration on
Wall Street.
In 1985, Linda launched her touring career with her first
album, “The Good Old Colony Days.” Seven more recordings
followed, including “Sing We All Merrily — A Colonial
Christmas.”
She sings and plays ballads, broadsides, love songs,
marches and dance tunes of early America at national, state
and local historical sites, as well as schools, community
centers, churches, nursing homes and folk festivals.
Linda’s repertoire spans over 300 years of American song.
She specializes in presenting programs of songs specific to
many eras in our country’s past. Playing guitar, hammered
and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and limberjack,
she appears either as a solo performer or with her ensemble,
Linda Russell and Companie.
Visit here to learn more:
LindaRussellMusic.com
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Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism, and investing.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:
DailySpeculations.com
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Come to Junto:
* Nov. 5, 2009, Seth Lipsky, author of “The Citizen’s
Constitution: An Annotated Guide”, published 10/27/2009
and former editor of The New York Sun.
* Dec. 3, 2009, Amity Shlaes, author of “The Forgotten Man:
A New History of the Great Depression”.
amityshlaes.com
and
blogs.cfr.org/shlaes
* In 2010, Part 2: Douglas B. Rasmussen, Professor of
Philosophy at St. John’s U.
Showing the film “Billy Budd” with two Q&A’s related
to it’s demonstration of law, liberty and moral responsibility.
* Feb. 4, 2010, Ayn Rand’s 105th birthday celebration

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John Stossel leaving ABC for Fox
Stossel, longtime ABC News correspondent and co-anchor
of “20/20,” is leaving ABC to join Fox News Channel and
Fox Business Network.
On his blog he reported, “I plan to do a one hour prime time
show every week on FBN, the Fox Business Channel, and
contribute to various existing programs on Fox News
Channel….In my new job, I want to dig into the meaning of
the words ‘liberty’ and ‘limited government’….Fox offers me
more airtime and a new challenge….one hour each week….
Exercises in understanding libertarianism.”
Read his blog at:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/johnStossel/2009/09/im-moving-to-fox.html

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John Stossel on Obamacare on YouTube
Watch Stossel’s six minutes on Obamacare:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9GMKK_fWKg

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Read “The Freeman” online, current and archived
Some of the articles in the October 2009 issue:
* “Why the Government Fails to Maintain Anything” by
Jim Powell. As the mad scramble to pass President Obama’s
stimulus bill reminded us, politicians love to start new
government programs. They gain things they can brag
about during their reelection campaigns.
* “How ‘Intellectual Property’ Impedes Competition” by
Kevin Carson. Any consideration of “intellectual property
rights” must start from the understanding that such “rights”
undermine genuine property rights and hence are illegitimate
in terms of libertarian principle.
* “If You Really Love Volunteers, Mr. Obama…” by James
L. Payne. Barack Obama gave volunteerism a big boost early
this year, visiting service centers on Martin Luther King Day,
greeting volunteers, and working alongside them. “Everybody’s
got to be involved”
* “Health Care: A Future Free-Market Alternative” by Ross
Levatter.
* “America’s Debt Paranoia” by Todd Zywicki
* ” The Rise and Fall of Curaçao’s Offshore Financial
Sector” by Andrew P. Morriss
The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, is the flagship publication
of the Foundation for Economic Education and one of the
oldest and most respected journals of liberty in America. For
almost 50 years it has uncompromisingly defended the ideals
of the free society.
Find these and years of archived articles at:
www.thefreemanonline.org/

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Author of Ayn Rand bio speaking in NY
Jennifer Burns, author of “Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand
and the American Right”, will be speaking at two locations in
Manhattan:
* Mon., Nov. 9, 2009, 7:00pm, Barnes & Noble,
2289 Broadway at 82nd St.
* Tues., Nov. 10, 2009, 6:30pm, New York Public Library,
Mid-Manhattan, 455 Fifth Ave. at 40th St.
“Jennifer Burns has written a brilliant book about Ayn Rand
— why many men and women praise her, but others despise her.
She places Rand in the intellectual and political history of her
times, moving adroitly between Rand’s fiction, non-fiction,
and the people with whom she interacted.” by Martin
Anderson, Hoover Institution
These are entries by Burns on her blog:
“In the Rand Archives, Part 1: Gaining Access”
Sept. 5 2009
[Author’s Note: this is the first of a series of postings about
my experience in the Ayn Rand Archive.]
The legacy of Ayn Rand is a source of never-ending
controversy, which I seem to have stirred up again with my
forthcoming book, “Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the
American Right” (Oxford University Press). Many observers
are wondering: How did I get access to the Ayn Rand Archives?
Very simply: I asked.
Rather, since I was a graduate student at the time, my
advisor inquired in a formal letter. This was back in the fall of
2001. I had written a research paper on Ayn Rand, but before
I proceeded to design a dissertation about her, it was vital to
know if I could work in the archives. For my project to make
an important contribution to scholarship, I would have to go to
the original sources generated by Rand herself. At the time,
the archive was not officially open. But there was a newsletter,
and I reasoned that if the archive published a newsletter, they
must want visitors.
As it turned out, the archives were open, and willing to have
me, with stipulations. The primary stipulation was that I not
use the archival material to write a full length biography, since
the Ayn Rand Institute had commissioned an Objectivist
literary scholar, Shoshana Milgram, to write an authorized
biography. Because my focus was on Rand in relationship to
a particular aspect of American history — the American right —
my work was classified as a “special study.” I was also told I
would not be shown certain material related to legal disputes
and a few items of sensitive nature pertaining to persons still
living. Other than that, I had free rein in the archive. (Along
the way, I did in fact stumble across some material I wasn’t
supposed to see — more on that later).
So in the summer of 2003, all my qualifying exams behind
me, I packed up my car and drove down to Irvine. It would be
the first of many visits over the years.
AND
“In the Rand Archives, Part 2: The edited letters and diaries”
Sept. 13, 2009
Perhaps no part of Rand’s legacy is more controversial today
than the editing of her letters and diaries. When the Estate of
Ayn Rand released two huge volumes of her letters and diaries
in 1995 and 1997, Rand fans were thrilled. It didn’t take long,
however, for suspicions to surface. Sifting through earlier
published excerpts of Rand’s journals, NYU scholar Chris
Sciabarra discovered that the journals had been edited. As I
write in my forthcoming book, “After several years working
in Rand’s personal papers I can confirm Sciabarra’s discovery:
the published versions of Rand’s letters and diaries have been
significantly edited in ways that drastically reduce their utility
as historical sources.”
When I arrived at the Ayn Rand Archive, I kept quiet about
all of this. I was a little bit paranoid, in fact, during my early
time at the Archive. I had read all the stories about Rand
infighting, the schisms, purges, and breaks. I knew it would
take me years to finish my dissertation, and then write a book,
and I didn’t want to jeopardize my access to the archive.
Then one day, I mentioned the books in passing, and an
archivist rolled his eyes at me.
“Those were done years ago,” he said. I sensed an opening.
“Yes, I noticed some discrepancies…” I began tentatively. The
floodgates sprang wide. The staff at the archive knew all about
the editing — and they heartily disapproved. The staff at the
Ayn Rand Archives is professionally trained and serious about
their work; like all archivists and librarians, they treasure
knowledge for its own sake and scrupulously try to preserve
the historical record.
I felt a great weight lifting from my shoulders. No longer
would I have to pretend there was nothing problematic about
the published letters and journals. I began a serious
concordance project, doing line by line comparisons of
the published text and the originals. It was tedious, eye
straining work. The archivists helped me locate the right
files, which had been scattered into many folders.
When two Objectivist scholars, funded by the Ayn Rand
Institute, arrived at the archive, I was again circumspect. Then
I heard loud sighs of disgust arising from a nearby scholar.
He, too, was comparing the different versions, and he, too,
was outraged.
Her next installment will be
“The plot thickens…publishing.”
You can visit her site to read her blog entries and find links
to reviews of her books and many sites related to Rand
and Objectivism:
http://jenniferburns.org/

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Gifford told Junto “green” buildings aren’t energy efficient
In an article by Jacob Gershman he credits Henry Gifford
with blowing the whistle on bogus LEED promises of energy
saving. Henry has spoken about this at Junto.
From the article “…You could call it a moral-protection
racket. In fact, “green” buildings don’t even use less electricity.
…Mayor Bloomberg approved a bill…imposing LEED on
billions of dollars of public projects….LEED regulations are
now on the books in 45 states, including more than 100 cities.
…In fact, a LEED study commissioned by the USGBC
suggests that certified buildings often use more energy.
Much credit for this discovery goes to a Manhattan
building-energy consultant, Henry Gifford, who was the first
to blow the whistle on the USGBC’s bogus promises of energy
savings….But Gifford figured out that USGBC fudged the
study by comparing the median energy usage of a LEED
sample to the mean (or average) usage of non-LEED buildings.
By taking the mean value of both distributions, he found the
same data indicated that LEED projects use 29 percent more
energy than non-LEED buildings….
Thus, when city and state lawmakers imposed their
sweeping regulations here in New York, they never bothered
to check LEED’s claims.
While estimates vary, developers and officials say LEED
often adds 5 percent or more to project costs–an expense
that’s passed on to the tenant or (in the case of public works)
to the taxpayer. Gifford says it’s possible to make buildings
efficient cheaply….
Read the complete article at:
www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/fake_green_labels_aU9PWSSD4p71LigLp0z4eO

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Ayn Rand’s film “We the Living” on DVD and bits on YouTube
In connection with the DVD release of “We the Living”
Duncan Scott, documentary film maker, has posted six clips
from the film.
Each clip is only a minute to a few minutes. Duncan’s taste
is superb. He chose some of the film’s most dramatic scenes,
which also display the outstanding performances of all
the actors.
This is a link to the first clip, with links to the others at
it’s right:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPDz1ECPjVU
This two DVD set has over 45 minutes of deleted scenes,
never before released. Each scene is preceded by a title
explaining why Rand wanted it removed.
Another feature is “We the Living, a Lost Treasure
Recovered”. It’s a documentary about the making and recovery
of the film. It includes an interview with the studio manager of
the Italian production company who tells how the film came
to be made, and how it had to be rescued from Mussolini’s
government. Three hours of film extras.
“An amazing piece of cinema. I loved every minute of it…
Alida Valli has the same kind of quality on-screen as Garbo —
just magical — what a performance! I think you will also fall
under the spell of this film.” Review by Michael Medved on
“Sneak Previews”.
On Amazon: Beautiful, strong-willed Kira (Alida Valli) is
torn between two men (Rossano Brazzi and Fosco Giachetti)
while she courageously defies the authoritarian rule of
post-revolutionary Russia. Her passionate struggle for the right
to her own life burns at the core of “We the Living”.
First produced in fascist Italy during World War II, it’s the
painstakingly restored film version of Ayn Rand’s novel “We
the Living”.
Rand did virtually all the major (esthetic and philosophical)
re-editing. The result, she later said, was far superior to what
Hollywood would ever have allowed.
The film is actually an adaptation of two films, “Noi Vivi”
and “Addio Kira”, originally produced, without authorization,
in Italy in 1942.
The story pits individuals against the state, set in the chaotic
years following the Russian revolution.
The DVD two-disc set with bonus features, 174 minutes,
black and white, Italian with English subtitles. It’s sold by
Amazon and many other sites.

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Signs at the D.C. 9/12 event, photographed by an Objectivist:
http://912dc.dhwritings.com/

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Principles of a Free Society, new site from ARC
From The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
What makes a society free? What does it mean for an
individual to be free — free to pursue his rights to life, liberty,
property and the pursuit of happiness? Just how free are we in
the “home of the brave and the land of the free”? And most
importantly, what must we now do to achieve the type of free
society that our Founding Fathers envisioned? What did they
miss that we must now fight for?
In a free society the government’s role is crucial but
delimited: the government possesses only those powers
delegated to it and necessary for the protection of each
citizen’s individual rights against force and fraud. So long
as men are dealing with one another voluntarily when they
are trying to reach agreement or going their separate ways
when they can not (i.e., exercising their individual rights),
the state has no role to play in the affairs of men.
Consider these questions: In a free society, should there be:
* regulations imposed on businesses in addition to objective
criminal and civil laws?
* a public education system implementing state-influenced
curricula and teaching methods?
* restrictions on free speech in the name of not offending
others?
* an ability for the government to seize real estate in the name
of eminent domain?
* a central banking system that holds a monopoly over the
supply of money?
Explore these pages to learn: Ayn Rand’s answers to these
and many other questions. Learn more about the principles
necessary for a truly free society.
A free society requires a limited government that enacts
and enforces objective laws for the sole purpose of protecting
individual rights.
A free society is one where the government does not
interfere (by penalty or reward) in thought, production
or trade. A free society requires a separation of:
* Church and State
* Science and State
* Education and State
* Economics and State
Visit the site at:
http://principlesofafreesociety.com/

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Nader “answering” Rand’s arguments
According to a brief item in the NY Times, Ralph Nader
conceives his 700+ page novel as “an answer to Ayn Rand”.
This is from Variety.

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“Atlas Ideas” from Atlas Society: The Center for Objectivism
*Why is health a low priority?
* Archives for the G-20
“Why on earth — is health such a low priority?” by Bradley
Doucet. Health care policy is “Topic One” in Washington. But
an important topic for any individual is, “Why on earth is
health such a low priority?” Many individuals, in fact, act
in ways that are seriously detrimental to their health; after
all, obesity is not a problem that results from lack of
health insurance.
* From the Archives: The G-20 summit in Pittsburgh of the
leaders of leading industrial nations will give us just what we’d
expect when a group of multinational politicians get together:
nonsense piled on top of nonsense.
* Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” TV documentary
review by Edward L. Hudgins
* Bruce Bartlett’s “Impostor: How George W. Bush
Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy”.
A book review by Robert Huberty
* “Death by Environmentalism” by Robert James Bidinotto
* “Q&A on Free Trade and the Poor” by William Thomas

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Galt Niederhoffer in Sept. 2009 “Vogue”
“Up Front” is the story of Galt Niederhoffer and how she
learned the true measure of success. She’s a daughter of Victor
Niederhoffer, Junto sponsor. It’s on page 278.
Thank you, Eleanor Rosenblatt, for telling me of this.

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Point Counterpoint on the Chinese economy
Mike, who was at the Sept. Junto, was a guest on a friend’s
YouTube channel. His friend regularly talks about finance,
investing, the global economy and the end of the world as
we know it.
Watch them in conversation in a recent episode:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RElsMpk1p30
And there are at least 58 comments.

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NYU interactive discussions about Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”
The discussions about Rand’s novel will be held by The
Objectivist Club at NYU at 8:30pm to 10:00pm on Tuesdays,
Oct. 6th, Nov. 3rd and Dec.1.
The Club will also present “Columbus Day without Guilt”
which is sold out, Mon., Oct. 5, 2009 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
All these events will be at the Kimmel Center at New York
University, New York, NY.

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New York City Ayn Rand Meetup
Come this Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 at 3:00pm.
Talk about Ayn Rand, her works, Objectivist life, challenges,
options, associations and knowledge. Give and take, open to
all, no charge, no reservations.
It’s at The Midtown Restaurant, 155 East 55 St., between
3rd and Lexington Avenues, in Manhattan, free.
For those particularly interested in social gatherings see the
message board under the Objectivist Social Gatherings posted
and maintained by Lou Esposito.
Benny Pollack, Ayn Rand Meetup organizer says:
“Join our group of regular Objectivists for a lively discussion
on topics related to Ayn Rand and Objectivist philosophy
in general.
“Please join us. If you are already versed in the topic, want
to learn or just want to spend an intellectually stimulating
afternoon, please come. I hope to see you all there.”
The Ayn Rand Meetup is on the last Sunday of each month.
Learn more about it at:
http://AynRand.meetup.com/8

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Ayn Rand and NYC history tours
Fred Cookinham does a series of tours related to both
Ayn Rand’s life in New York and her writing about the city.
His walking tours keep getting better, because his research
never stops. He’s often at Junto.
You’ll find his 2009 tour schedule at:
http://centurywalkingtours.com
New 2009 tour: “Kensico Cemetery” See the graves of
Ayn Rand, Danny Kaye, Rachmaninoff, Tommy Dorsey and
others, flowers or the fall colors, in Westchester County’s
beautiful hills.
Highlights of 2008 and early 2009:
* Fred gave a special “Ayn Rand and Free Market Tour” to the
Mont Pelerin Society.
* You can hear Fred give his “Ayn Rand’s Park Avenue” tour
on BBC’s Radio 4 “The Right Stuff” on their site. It aired
11/11/2008.
* His 2005 book, “The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist
Future World”, continues to generate attention in the
Objectivist blogosphere.
* He did a talk and book signing at the Queens County
Libertarian and Objectivist Party chapters.
* His 2006 interview on “Hardfire”– Ayn Rand Revealed,
continues to generate online hits. It’s for sale on Amazon and
many other places.
Fred answers questions about Ayn Rand’s life, loves,
philosophy, works, and influence. What are the differences
between helping a person and sacrificing for someone? When
is “volunteering” not voluntary?
Fred is interviewed by Joseph Dobrian, then Chair of the
Manhattan Libertarian Party.
You can watch part of it at:
http://vodpod.com/watch/1243981-hardfire-ayn-rand-revealed-frederick-cookinham-joseph-dobrian

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NYC Junto on Facebook
At the April 2009 Junto Michael Hussey told us he’d
created a Facebook page for NYC Junto. He encourages
people to join.
The public URL for the group:
www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=58008241953
Would you like to volunteer to manage it? Respond to this
email to get more information.

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Visit the Junto site at: NYCjunto.com
On this Junto site you’ll find:
* Links to Junto speakers.
* Kindred events, organizations, publications and sites
* Details about many people who attend regularly at:
www.nycjunto.com/exchange.htm
* Junto’s origin and reason for being

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NYCjunto-discuss list
Junto members can discuss Junto speakers, articles
from other places and other topics of interest on the
NYCJunto-discuss list.
You can read these posts at:
groups.yahoo.com/group/nycjunto-discuss/
To post to this list you need to be a member of it.
To become a member visit:
groups.yahoo.com/group/nycjunto-discuss/
or send an email to:
NYCjunto-discuss-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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About this NYC Junto newsletter
Susan Rowe comes up with promotion ideas for the Junto
and the Ayn Rand birthday celebration.
Iris Bell moderates and writes this e-newsletter.
Alexander R. Cohen is the webmaster.
Don Slepian care for the email list, sends out this newsletter.
We’re looking for volunteers to help with Junto publicity.
Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer. Visit his site at:
dailyspeculations.com
This newsletter comes out twice a month. You might receive
an occasional extra email about a timely event.
To subscribe to this newsletter put “Junto list” in the subject
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