Monthly Archives: August 2010

Tracking the motor

Atlas Shrugged – Day 030 – pp. 294-303 Chapter X — Wyatt’s Torch They’re going to find the person who built that motor. Won’t be easy. First they have to find out about the owner of the factory. So they start at the hall of records. . . “Nobody knows who owns that factory now. […]
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The discovery

Atlas Shrugged – Day 029 – pp. 284-293 They’ve stumbled into what happens when industry fails. What happens when the businesses that provide people their livelihood close their doors. “Through the open door, they could see the interior of her house. There was useless gas stove, its oven stuffed with rage, serving as a chest of […]
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Road trip

Atlas Shrugged – Day 028 – pp. 274-283 “Owen Kellogg.” It’s the kid with all the promise Dagny wanted to make manager of the midwest region. The one who quit and dropped off the face of the earth so mysteriously. Doing transient labor now? “Listen Kellogg, what do you think is going to happen to […]
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Absolution

Atlas Shrugged – Day 027 – pp. 264-273 Absolving himself. For his inabilities. . . For falling back on the excuse of doing things for the heart — the right reasons. The other reasons. I wonder if Rand doesn’t think “other reasons” are valid motivations for anything. There are those who beg charity to help the […]
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Jim and Cherryl

Atlas Shrugged – Day 026 – pp. 254-263 Chapter IX – The Sacred and the Profane (sounds like a soap opera…) The deed done, now comes the awkward part. Hank gets up to get dressed and addresses the situation…
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A good day gets better

Atlas Shrugged – Day 025 – pp. 244-253 OK the train is hurtling on. And as it blows past everything at 100 mph, Rand describes Dagny’s feelings of exhilaration. Her sense of triumph blends into the scenes Rand paints of land and skyscapes flashing by. I’d say Dagny is having a good day. Now combine all […]
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Launching the John Galt Line

Atlas Shrugged – Day 024 – pp. 234-243 She invites Hank to the press conference for good measure. “Dagny recited the technological facts abot the John Galt Line, giving exact figures on the nature of the rail, the capacity of the bridge, the method of construction, the costs. . . . That is all,” she […]
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Blind public sentiment and clear business will

Atlas Shrugged – Day 023 – pp. 224-233 Hank envisions Paul Larkin as a young man of 18. . . “And he saw what Paul Larkin must have been at that time — a youth with an aged baby’s face, smiling ingratiatingly, joylessly, begging to be spared, pleading with the universe to give him a chance. […]
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Divvying up the empire

Atlas Shrugged – Day 022 – pp. 214-223 The Equalization of Opportunity Act, as I recall, stipulated that businessmen could not own more than one business. It was designed so that others could have a chance at some success. Hank, who owns pretty much his whole line of production from the ore mines to the […]
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Needing to feel wanted

Atlas Shrugged – Day 021 – pp. 204-213 Things turnin’ a little sexy. While Dagny’s talking about Rearden Metal and bridges and union labor Hank’s having about two pages of fantasy lust in his mind . . .
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The ultimatum

Atlas Shrugged – Day 020 – pp. 194-203 Her ultimatum?
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Dr. Stadler and the SSI

(Damn! Had this post all queued up and forgot to hit the button…) Atlas Shrugged – Day 019 – pp. 184-193 The State Scientific Institute, the smartest science guys in the land as proclaimed by the G, have issued a paper condemning Rearden Metal by inference. An indefensible proposition…
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The two non-followers

Atlas Shrugged – Day 018 – pp. 174-183 And what about the school teachers in New Mexico? It’s their opinion that children should not be permitted to ride on trains running on Rearden Metal. It seems that public outrage has hit some kind of fever pitch. I want to just pause here for a sec and think […]
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Everything’s made of Rearden Metal

Atlas Shrugged – Day 017 – pp. 164-173 Gittin’ ‘er done… Let’s see, the new contractor Ben Nealy’s an oaf… (Jeez, even I’m not this cynical…) “I couldn’t help it Miss Taggart,… You know how fast drill heads wear out. I had them on order, but Incorporated Tools ran into a little trouble, they couldn’t […]
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Three strikes for Dagny

Atlas Shrugged – Day 016 – pp. 154-163 Dagny questions the story… Can’t imagine why.   However Francisco walks up and says he believes the story.  The storyteller walks away in a huff — Nobody likes Francisco anymore… He chuckled at her bursque departure. Dagny asked coldly, “What’s the joke?”
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Hank, Ragnar and John…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 015 – pp. 144-153 Of course all that is lost on Jim who is a capitalist when it suits him and a “progressive” the rest. Now Rand shifts gears once again to Dagny who is in some bit of awe of Henry Rearden. Perhaps since the d’Anconia thing didn’t work out… […]
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An explanation of the Mexican fiasco…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 014 – pp. 134-143 The exposition of modern thought continues for a couple pages. They seem to be able to apply their planned economic ideas to almost anything… “There should be a law limiting the sale of any book to ten thousand copies. This woudl throw the literary market open to […]
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Equalization of Opportunity

Atlas Shrugged – Day 013 – pp. 124-133 “Whether I did it on purpose,” he said, ‘or though neglect, or through stupidity, don’t you understand that that doesn’t make any difference? The same element was missing.” Same element? Hmmmmm.
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The d’Anconia Mystery…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 012 – pp. 114-123 “It was long past midnight when she awakened in bed by his side.” What the hell?..
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Becoming a d’Anconia (for real)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 011 – pp. 104-113 On the ride home, Dagny asked her mother, “Mother, do they think it’s exactly in reverse?” “What” Mrs Taggart asked bewildered “The things you were talking about. The lights and the flowers. Do they expect those things to make them romantic, not the other way around?” “Darling, […]
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