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It really could have been much better. Obviously I liked the concept of it, but she's just not that good of a writer, and it wanders off too much into preaching rather than storytelling.

Anyway - you don't have to be politically aligned with Dagny to understand her biggest problem. She stays because she believes that people can be reasoned with and will eventually come around if she could just make her argument persuasively enough. She was wrong.

Most good people fall into the same trap, even if their positions are different. They really don't want to take the position of "fuck all y'all". They believe that deep down, people can be reached.

Most of us aren't immune to this. I'm not. I try hard to be, but I fail sometimes.

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You would be correct.

I tried to get through it. I really did. At least twice.

But I found the whole thing an exercise in mental masturbation.

I don't know. Maybe I secretly like pulling the wings off of flies.

Or maybe I am a secret masochist.

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Why did Dagny stay when everyone else left?

(Not that I imagine you read it - but do you know?)

Windermere FL
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Just wondering why I waste my time in Politics.

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Re-training for what?

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For me it's more JW why men in coal country continue, as several documentaries have noted, to prefer any opportunity in mining verses programmatic opportunities for re-training. I see the same thing I'm my area with men favoring the timber industry or farming, despite the job insecurity inherent in both. Part of it is definitely a rural ethic that values hard physical labor. This is an ethic that I think is particularly attractive to young men. It was for me.

Though the incidence of a ubiquitous chronic disease like black lung isn't there, both logging and farming are technically more dangerous than mining.

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JW how the sharp rise in complicated (e.g. end stage: get a transplant or wait to die) cases of black lung disease is going to be “spun” by the present....administration, even as they are reviewing the previous administration’s coal dust limits (presumably with the intent of rolling back or otherwise undoing).

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JW why kids feel like their conversations “must” be conducted at loud volume including screams?

opened windows for fresh air...the not so nostalgic sounds of the neighborhood kids. i do not remember yelling and screaming like that as a young’un. my kiddo didn’t either. not regularly/frequently the way these kids do.

maybe it’s just these kids....i don’t recall hearing this much noise at school playgrounds either.

hopefully it’ll be dinner time soon so they’ll get called inside.

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"convicted to pay"

Freudian, but accurate...

San Diego CA
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Jus’ wonderin’ how many were convicted to pay for a lifetime membership by the SLS banner about contributing $15 to the tragedy in FL????

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