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christ. wailing on that poor gobbo for XP... why did i never think of that?!

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Sick......Poor goblins

Miew mriewiew mrrr mriew prrrr!!!
12-01-2018 13:40:10
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So this looks stupid... and I want to try.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfvBdZhNspA


Remember those guys who did the Star Trek videogame where his arms got stuck raised up all the time? They're playing a VR game now, where you're a Star Trek bridge crew. Things go about as well as you'd expect it to.

What you need to understand about the apocalypse is that you aren't Mad Max. You're part of the skull pyramid in the background.
19-01-2018 22:02:09
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Hahahaha
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vet.

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19-01-2018 22:04:54
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Part 35: The Anti-Life Equation

This is about chapter 24. It’s called “Anti-Life” so I guess it must be of great interest to Darkseid. Spoiler alert: Anti-Life turns out to be unconditional love.

The chapter is about 40 pages long but I’m confident that a skilled writer could’ve done it in five. As usual the same point is just repeated over and over and over. In this case, it’s about Cherryl, the wife of James Taggart. Remember her? She was this little shop girl who was impressed by him because she thought all of the grand achievements were his, unaware that he’s really just a mooching lowlife.

Well about that…

The chapter begins with several incidents where Cherryl basically realizes the truth. But not realizing it quite enough, I guess, because then it moves on to the next incident where she glimpses the truth all over again.

For real. It goes like, “And then Cherryl was at a party and James was horrible and she feared him. And then this other time she was suddenly scared of what James said. Oh! And I mustn’t forget to tell you about that time when she grew fearful because-“

Yes! We get it! Shut up already!

The final straw is when James and some co-conspirators got together with some of their counterparts from Argentina. They concocted a sinister masterstroke: Argentina would become a People’s State and they would… wait for it… nationalize the mines of Francisco d’Anconia! Yes! Brilliant!

Except… uh… didn’t you already try this back in Mexico? And it went down really poorly for you all? Because his famed mines turned out to be shit? I mean… are you really sure you want to go over this again?

I can’t help but shake a feeling like…


Gentlemen! Behold! Copper!
Oh! Yay! You know, this is pretty nice! Yeah I am kinda greedy.
Good! Then let the failing begin! Aahahahahahaaaaaa!


~ Later ~

Gentlemen! I bring you: more copper!
Yeah I dunno man. I mean after last time…
This time, shall be different! Hahahahaaa!
Yeah well alright. ‘Cuz I am greedy again.
It’s not different at all! Is it James?! Aahahahahahaaaaaa!



So yeah, calling it now: this plan won’t work like they expect it to.

Anyway, James doesn’t know all that yet. He thinks he’s negotiated a big stunt and feels like celebrating. He’s not sure where to go so he goes home to Cherryl, but the latter is in a glum mood. She’s catching on to James and his ways and she’s not happy about it. While she started out as an ignorant blue collar girl, she’s learned and grown as a person. In the past she didn’t understand the strange ways of the elite because she didn’t know enough. Now she doesn’t understand their ways because she knows plenty.

They get into a fight and James admits that he wants her to love him for… just the sake of loving him. Not because of his looks, or what he says, or does, or owns. Just for himself. Naturally this is a horrific thing which proves that he is a shapeless man who kills for the sake of killing.

Just… just go with it, ok?

Cherryl can’t take it anymore and gets out. She makes her way over to Dagny’s place, to whom she apologizes. She always used to think Dagny was bad and James was awesome, but now she knows the truth: it was actually Dagny who was the great mind behind the John Galt line! And James is just a rotter whose ideas of accomplishments is just backroom deals and corruption.

Uh, excuse me?

It was Hank Rearden who designed the miraculous Metal, which he used to design a new bridge for the John Galt Line. He also made other essential contributions, such as designing new tools which could handle greater stress to speed up the process.

Dagny? She begged someone else for money and threatened local mayors and judges not to interfere with her plans. Which is exactly the kind of thing that James also does!

Dagny is not a hero. She is just as bad as her brother. Just… just look at her actions. Look at them!

So anyway, Cherryl can go fuck herself.

The two discuss their Randian philosophy, which is the same shit recycled all over again we’ve seen a dozen times now. Mercy is weakness, true justice means acting without emotions, etcetera. This is your basic Cyberman propaganda.

Back home, James receives a visitor of his own: Skeletor! And Skeletor has grave news, as Hank is going to divorce her and he’s bought all the judges and bureaucrats so there’s nothing she can do. They will separate and she will be left with absolutely nothing.

Once again, perverting a court of law is only bad when other people do it. I know I keep hammering on this but the blatant hypocrisy of this novel is unhinged.

Skeletor has no more influence over elite society because of this. She’s basically begging James for some help. But James remains unmoved. Except for one thing: she’s technically still the wife of Hank Rearden, and so he has sex with her. Because when Skeletor cheats on Hank, it is “an act in celebration of the triumph of impotence.” But when Hank cheats on Skeletor, it is “an act in celebration of life.”

Lastly, Cherryl arrives back home later and finds out what happened. The two argue again and she finds out how bad James is again. Except now she can’t take it anymore… because she received a pep talk from Dagny? Or something? The novel is terribly confused at this point because it wants to reach the symbolic climax of Cherryl’s journey, which ends in suicide. She runs away from home, wanders the streets for a bit, and then chucks herself into a river. But the symbolism doesn’t flow neatly from the narrative. She already realized all of this stuff before and was recently bolstered from her talk with Dagny. If talking to James became too much for her at that moment, she could just return to Dagny, who called her a sister in spirit.

Oh well. Cherryl is dead and the chapter’s over.

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what a superb begin to sunday ^^

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