Monthly Archives: December 2010

Captured!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 097 – pp. 1080-1089 + pp. 1090-1099 Guess what? It’s two-fer Thursday. The story between 1080 and 1089 was pretty stock stuff. If it was a movie, it’d be some kind of juxtaposition of scenes with a bit of dramatic background music. Witness…
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Aftermath of the broadcast

Atlas Shrugged – Day 096 – pp. 1070-1079 A Christmas Miracle! I got to go home for a few days for the holiday. I didn’t pack my book. Figured it would put my luggage over some arbitrary airline weight limit. Besides, I really didn’t have the time to write what with all hugging and partying […]
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Ladies and Gentlemen – The John Galt Show!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 095 – pp. 1009-1069 Holy crap!!! John Galt has just taken the stage. Actually he’s used his hulking intellect to commandeer the broadcast. Hulk Galt say, “Puny looters!” Certainly, a mind of this superior capacity would obviously have something to say. But Ayn Rand goes nuts. I mean freakin’ nuts. His […]
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Broadcast interruptus

The news reports that reported Hank’s disappearance told everything but the story. They said things like it was “social treason to ascribe too much importance to Hank Rearden’s disappearance.” Some denied his disappearance entirely. Others reported his untimely demise. “It was strange she thought, to obtain news by means of nothing but denials…” But the […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 4

Atlas Shrugged – Day 093 – pp. 992-1001 “Listen, kid,” said Rearden sternly, “I want you to do me a favor. …make up your mind that you want to live — just as you did down there on that slag heap…” Time for a quick comment.
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 3

Atlas Shrugged – Day 092 – pp. 982-991 Hank has a solution. “If it’s production hat you want, the get out of the way, junk all of your damn regulations, let Orren Boyle go broke, let me buy the plant of Associated Steel — and it will be pouring a thousand tons a day from […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 2

Atlas Shrugged – Day 091 – pp. 972-981 “You can accept our repentance,” said Lillian in a voice glassy with caution. “I only want you to know that whatever I’ve done, I’ve done it because I loved you.” Hank ain’t listening to that. Mother Rearden is approaching panic mode. “What’s happened to you? What’s changed […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 1

Atlas Shrugged – Day 090 – pp. 962-971 D’ja ever read something so good that you couldn’t stop? That’d be Chapter VI – The Concerto of Deliverance. Rand’s finally got it going. Far as I’m concerned, this has been the best chapter in the book so far. Made the 962 pages leading up to it […]
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The tunnel affair

Atlas Shrugged – Day 089 – pp. 952-961 They’re going to the main signal tower. She consults with the tower director. He starts making calculations. How are they going to move the train?
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The looters next plans

Atlas Shrugged – Day 088 – pp. 942-951 …And without the necessary transportation in MN, the shit starts flying. “…farmers who had waited in the streets of Lakewood for six days with no place to store their wheat . . . had demolished the local courthouse. . . While the flour mills and grain markets […]
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Soybeans and wheat

Atlas Shrugged – Day 087 – pp. 932-941 I have a question. Why hasn’t JG come after Eddie Willers yet? He’s got to be a candidate for the gulch. And his disappearance would most likely hasten Dagny’s decision.. Anyway, just before Phillip leaves, he tells Hank he’s never had any concern for his feelings. Hanks […]
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Francisco’s farewell… and trouble for Hank?

Atlas Shrugged – Day 086 – pp. 922-931 Hank’s feeling a little melancholy about it all. Like he betrayed Francisco, who was sacrificing for him. Dagny tells him Francisco did it for them. For them all. (So what the hell are you two doing???) What is it with these two? What is the drive not […]
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A September 2 surprise!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 085 – pp. 909-921 Somehow destroying a company like d’Anconia Copper or Rearden Steel is one thing. But destroying an innocent like Cherryl sinks the whole bunch to a new level of moral depravity.  (Not that I’m sentimental, but that bit pissed me off.) That said, the drama is starting to […]
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A tragic, untimely end…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 084 – pp. 902-911 The world, as represented by ole Jimmy Taggart, is rapidly spiraling down into a moral abyss. He’s just hit it with Lillian Rearden. More or less taking advantage of a woman down on her most-undeserved luck to satisfy not a sexual but a power lust. Yeah, he’s […]
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Jim Taggart’s descent to oblivion

Atlas Shrugged – Day 083 – pp. 892-901 Now we shift back in time. (Just an hour or so) Jim Taggart is sitting in his study and sees Cherryl leave the apartment. He slams the door and we get into a little “crazy scene.” (The kind of stuff that wins actors Oscars. — I have […]
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The light goes on for Cherryl

Atlas Shrugged – Day 082 – pp. 882-891 Yeah, Jim keeps heading on down the path with Cherryl. “What path is that?” you say.
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Jim Taggart is a piece of shit

Atlas Shrugged – Day 081 – pp. 872-881 OK, for those who came in late. Things are picking up. A little. Hank and Dagny have taken the last steps they can against the looters. Jim and his cohorts are taking over the rest of the world (to loot it.) (By the way, anyone interested in […]
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Jim Taggart’s hollow conquest

Atlas Shrugged – Day 080 – pp. 862-871 “Now tell me,” he asked, “where were you?” Can’t tell you. Don’t know. Couldn’t’ find it if I wanted. “Who is he?” “Who is John Galt?” Ohhhhhhhh!
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Revelations all ’round

Atlas Shrugged – Day 079 – pp. 852-861 You know, I’m thinking. Wasn’t Hank Rearden’s motive one of self-interest too? I mean he made a choice. And he chose what he wanted to do. He knows he can re-build Rearden Metal. Maybe he was protecting a higher ideal too — Dagny. She’s the last remnant […]
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