Monthly Archives: November 2010

Saving the country’s morale

Atlas Shrugged – Day 078 – pp. 842-851 “How many trains have been discontinued in the country in the past three weeks?” “It has eliminated thirty per cent of the trains run in the country,” said Eddie. “The only competition left is in the applications to the Board for permission to cancel trains. The railroad […]
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Dagny’s return from paradise

Atlas Shrugged – Day 077 – pp. 832-841 “The buildings seemed worn by weeks of summer heat, but the people seemed worm by centuries of anguish.” Dagny’s back in the Big Apple. Apparently things have gone down hill in just the last month. These ten pages are more or less catch up so I’m just […]
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Project X – pt. 2

Atlas Shrugged – Day 076 – pp. 822-831 “Project X,” Dr. Ferris was saying, “was devoted to some special research in the field of sound. The science of sounds has astonishing aspects, which laymen would scarcely suspect… And it was discovered that there are certain frequencies of sound vibration which no structure, organic or inorganic […]
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Project X

Atlas Shrugged – Day 075 – pp. 812-821 But then again, maybe I judge too harshly. Self-interest is the thing that Rand is all about, and Galt is looking out for his interests. OK, maybe he’s not such a liar… Maybe. Anyway, as they’re saying goodnight, Dagny bursts into a stream of Galt-worship that come […]
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Decision Day!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 074 – pp. 802-811 I can’t wait!! “Yes or no, Miss Taggart?” She’s at a meeting with the “heads” of state — Mulligan, Galt, Francisco and Hugh Akston. Now I think we all know what her answer will be. The only question is whether she goes back to save the railroad […]
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Romantic Objectivism … Bullshit

Atlas Shrugged – Day 073 – pp. 792-801 Galt, Francisco and Dagny walk out to see d’Anconia Copper mine #1. Francisco and Galt chat but Dagny is watching Francisco. She notices the “quality of his glance whenever it rested on Galt.” Francisco obviously looks up to Galt. He’s the alpha dog in this pound. And […]
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Philosophical tid-bits from the valley

Atlas Shrugged – Day 072 – pp. 782-791 Now we cut to a section where Rand does a little philosophical exposition via her characters. She expands her worldview to beyond the realm of just “business.”
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“Dagny in Love” and other romantic twists

Atlas Shrugged – Day 071 – pp. 772-781 Francisco says: This country was the only country in history born, not of chance and blind tribal warfare, but as a rational product of man’s mind. this country was build on the supremacy of reason — and , for on magnificent century it redeemed the world. Indeed. […]
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St. Paul, Capitalism and Ayn Rand (a few extra thoughts…)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 070 – pp. 762-771 Cut to scene, Dagny’s at the airfield in Galt’s Gulch (that’s what they’re calling it.) Who gets off the plane but Owen Kellogg. He brings back a bit of reality. It’s been three days since she’s been missing and the outside world thinks she’s dead. Harsh reality. […]
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Visit from an Osprey

I usually don’t get to see cool shit like this up close but, it would seem that an osprey decided to stop next door for a little dinner.  Unfortunately the sun sets quick this time of year and I had to run for my camera, tripod,  (find some new batteries!!) so I only got a […]
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A guest for breakfast

Atlas Shrugged – Day 069 – pp. 752-761 (One extra page at the end of the last chapter.) Chapter 2 – Utopia of Greed! (Don’t know but it sounds good.) So it’s morning and Dagny wakes up to see John Galt who’s already working at his desk. She broke something on the “ray screen” of […]
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“Evil” minds pt. 2

Atlas Shrugged – Day 068 – pp. 741-750 Now Rand twists — or rather UNtwists — a commonly held belief. “We’ve heard so much about strikes. . .and about the dependence of the uncommon upon the common. We’ve heard it shouted that the industrialist is a parasite, that his workers support him, create his wealth, […]
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Man’s “evil” mind

Atlas Shrugged – Day 067 – pp. 731-740 (Your bonus section for the day…) Dagny’s hot for this. It’s the one thing that has consumed her even more than the railroad. Over the door, there was a sign. I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE […]
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The tour continues…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 066 – pp. 721-730 I just had a thought. All these men of industry are creating a veritable capitalist paradise in Mulligan’s mysterious valley. Cashing in on the power of their minds. Exchanging value for value. But. . . How do they plan to re-enter society? I mean, I’m guessing here, […]
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A tour of the grounds

Atlas Shrugged – Day 065 – pp. 711-720 Galt tells Dagny he’s been watching her (from the cafeteria via Eddie) and quotes her thing about the destroyer draining the brains of the world. She asks how long he’s been watching her. . . “For years.” The manner in which Rand describes his reply kind of […]
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Welcome to paradise

Atlas Shrugged – Day 064 – pp. 701-710 Welcome to Part III entitled “A is A” (What the hell does that mean?) When last we left our heroine, she was at the stick of a P-51 North American Mustang fighter plane, gunning down Nazis over Alsace Lorraine, France. . .
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THE most unbelievable ten pages…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 063 – pp. 689-698 (Oooooh. End of Part II coming up.) It’s an airfield. Dagny tells the night dispatcher boy to pick up Mr. Kellogg. She’s got other plans. She has to get to Quentin Daniels before “they” do and she’ll do it any way she can. Owen offers to see […]
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Obeying expectations… pt. 2

Atlas Shrugged – Day 062 – pp. 679-688 (doubling up to get back on track. . . so to speak) As they’re walking, Dagny has a bit of a crisis about Nat Taggart. Apparently his memory is sullied in history as having made his fortune by exploiting others. By keeping them down. Owen tells her […]
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Obeying the expectation of obedience

Atlas Shrugged – Day 061 – pp. 669-678 Anyway, the tramp is going on about the utter social decay the Starnes kids’ experiment of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” created. It’s a long section, as much of Rand’s stuff tends to get, but it’s an excellent depiction of […]
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The United States of Twentieth Century Motors

Atlas Shrugged – Day 060 – pp. 659-668 So Dagny and the Tramp continue their conversation. He tells her about his experience most recently at the Hammond Car Company. He waited nearly a year for the job. He got on just as Larry Hammond quit and disappeared. Then the G took over and he was […]
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