It’s always hard to remember, when you read headlines like this, that correlation isn’t causality.
UPDATE: Instead of being surprised, perhaps Ben and Bill should read this from Peter Schiff:
It’s always hard to remember, when you read headlines like this, that correlation isn’t causality.
UPDATE: Instead of being surprised, perhaps Ben and Bill should read this from Peter Schiff:
Does protesting leather-wearing at a bikers’ get-together sound like a good idea to you? No, me either—although it apparently did sound like a good idea to three PETA protestors, who when last heard of were being searched for by police in the hills of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Story goes that after the protestors showed up shouting slogans, throwing blood and making a general bloody nuisance of themselves—making general Pete Bethunes of themselves, really—the gang members showed their “inclusiveness” by force-feeding them hot dogs and burgers and holding them down and farting on them, before duct-taping some of them to a tree and pissing on them.
“"They peed on me!!!" charged one activist. "They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me 'La Trene', and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!"… When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activists meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and 'farting on their heads,' the organizer declined to comment in detail. "That's just our secret handshake," assured the organizer.”
These are protestors who sound like prime candidates for this year’s Darwin Awards, wouldn’t you say?
Those of my age and above will remember with horror the news of the 1984 Bhopal disaster.
It seems astonishing that it has taken all of twenty-six years for just seven of those responsible for the industrial disaster in Bhopal to be taken to trial, convicted and sentenced. And what a sentence. For those of you unfamiliar with what is still the world’s largest industrial accident, around 3000 people were killed when a cloud of methyl iocyanate gas leaked out of a Union Carbide pesticide plant in central India, and up to another 20,000 died in later years, for which these seven executives have belatedly received just two years in jail, with every expectation they will appeal--“a process that can take years.”
As a family member of of those killed has said, it’s like these executives “have essentially been set free.”
Worse, after years of trying, Union Carbide chairman and CEO at the time Warren Anderson remains free and unencumbered by any hint of justice for his part in his company’s manslaughter—remaining at large with the help, it has to be said, of politicians in both the US and the Indian Governments.
The disaster at Bhopal is still the world’s worst industrial accident, worse even than the mercury poisoning of Minamata, the asbestos poisoning by James Hardie, the ammonium nitrate explosion in Texas City ,the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, and the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea.
Between them they rather put into perspective the Deepwater Horizon disaster still bubbling up into the Gulf of Mexico, don’t they. And sad though every death is, the greatest tragedies are when people are killed, not wetlands, dolphins and sea turtles.
Nonetheless, the disasters of Bhopal and BP (and James Hardie) show that the cosy relationship of big government and big business does not lead to big justice, or provide any guarantee against environmental or human disaster. BP is one of the most politically active in its industry. The close links of BP to both government and environmental organisations should lead one to wonder whether “BP [has] been too busy spending money to [buy politicians, and to] impress the government and the public with how ‘green’ it is to look after safety adequately.” And Union Carbide and Dow Chemical, its new owners, seem to think its easier to buy regulators and politicians—to hold its operations together “by duct tapes and bribes”—than it is to face justice, or to act justly.
And it’s not like the governments they buy deliver any of that “bought-and-paid for” justice to their constituents either. The Indian Government’s fascistic “Think Big” policy saw them forgo their role as referee and act instead as a player, and a bad one. (“The Indian government had its heavy hand on every aspect of the Bhopal plant, from its design and construction to its eventual operation.”) So, desperate to protect themselves and under pressure from the US Government not to charge Union Carbide’s executives, Rajiv Gandhi’s government instead accepted millions of dollars in out-of-court settlements from Union Carbide as "compensation for the victims.” But while all that money was received by the politicians, very little of that 1989 settlement ever actually reached the survivors. The loop of political corruption closed out those who most needed justice from the disaster, just as that corruption and the politics that caused it helped make the disaster itself happen.
Anti-capitalists will often suggest that we need big government as a “counterweight” to big corporates. But is that really true? The fact is that stiff regulation protects no-one except those it shouldn’t, and simply invites big corporations to buy their even-bigger regulators. There really is no greater force for corruption than an equation that puts together a big corporate desperate to escape justice, and a politician in pursuit of power and campaign funds. As PJ O’Rourke once observed, “when buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first thing to be bought and sold are legislators”—some of whom, like Al Gore, take that relationship with them even when they retire from the legislature.
Just one reason that a complete separation of state and economics is called for, lest the poisoners and the parasites make common cause. As they have done all too frequently.
Now that we’ve got some good “road toll” figures for a holiday weekend to shout about, can we try to finally get our heads around the fact that the figures from one weekend—whether good or bad—tell us nothing at all about either the efficacy of road policing policies, changes in driving habits, or improvements in the state of the roads.
Whatever road policing bigwigs might now try to tell you about the success of their ‘zero-tolerance-for-speed’ policy over the weekend, fatality figures from just one weekend are statistically insignificant. Whether good or bad, the sample size itself is so low they tell you nothing at all—not unless you’re a bad journalist keen for a colourful headline, or a traffic policing bureaucrat eager to cement in a new policy. Like Paula Rose, for instance, who “is amazed by what the extra police resources* on the roads and the 'no excuses' speeding policy have done.”
Did their new policy cause the statistics? No, they didn’t. Correlation is not causality, however much the cheerleaders for slow driving might wish it otherwise.
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* Extra police resources? I’m not sure there were any more “police resources” out this weekend than on any other holiday weekend; and since in driving north from Auckland on Friday night I followed one car with only one headlight and passed another, I doubt that those “resources” were any more vigilant than they normally are. What was your experience?
UPDATE: Zen Tiger does a bit more analysis.
I realised I haven’t done my blog stats since November last year. Naughty Blogger. And what I find when I tot them up is that November last constitutes a high point in hits for this blog, following which there’s been a steady decline in readers, if not (I trust) in writing quality.
I’d be curious to know whether other blogs have been experiencing the same thing?
Anyway, here’s the rest of the stats for last month:
Unique visitors [from Statcounter]: 44,251
Hits [from Statcounter]: 64,866
Avge. Monday to Friday readership: 1595 readers per day
NZ Political Blog Ranking for NOT PC in December (the last time Mr Selwyn measured this): 5th
Alexa Ranking, NZ: 1192nd
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They're reading NOT PC here:
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Cheers, and thanks to you all for reading, linking to and talking about NOT PC this month,
PS: As a reward, here’s Pasquale Iannone playing a piano transcription by Franz Liszt of the second movement of Beethoven’z 7th Symphony.
Hi there readers, and welcome to another regular ramble round the interweb.
That’s all for this week.
Have a great weekend!
From the Auckland Architecture Archive’s 'Megson in Auckland' guide:
Megson created this house [at 40 Fern Glen Rd] for himself and his wife Cherie by partially demolishing and building over a modernist brick house by architect Professor Richard Toy (right), a senior colleague of Megson’s at the School of Architecture. (Remarkably, the Megson’s had lived in Toy’s house for 15 years before commencing work). The site – a corner section located on the brow of a steep rise - is vertiginous, and Megson’s extensions further emphasized the vertical. Toy’s house became a brick base over which a new timber superstructure was placed. Fixed to the downhill façade, a series of balconies – cages of mesh and red-painted steel tube - project the spaces of the house out into the treetops.”
A two-zoned house* with the kitchen acting as the “hinge” between the zones—a kitchen opening up to terraces and the sky, since Megson’s death in 1994, it has been bought and sold and renovated “utilising [says the estate agent now trying to sell it] the skill of a London-based architect and former student of Megson to ensure a reverential transformation.” For reverential, read “sterile.”
Nonetheless, you can head to the agent’s site to see more pictures showing the house as it is now.
Writing about Claude's house a few years ago, fellow-lecturer at Auckland’s Architecture School John Dickson said of it,
It is impossible without the process of Megson's imagination to connect the cluster of small, confined rooms of the house as it was (right) to the expansive, multi-levelled, vertical-fissured, spatial-phantasm that it has become."
And English architectural critic Professor Geoffrey Broadbent, writing after a 1992 tour of Claude's Auckland houses had this to say:
Broadbent, for once, is exactly right; even if “the softer glow of the main living spaces” has now been transformed into something more stark, as below, you might still get a sense of what he meant.
This," I said to myself, "is work of a very high international standard indeed." ...One is constantly struck by the surprise around the corner, the bright shaft of light penetrating from above into the softer glow of the main living spaces -- especially in Megson' own house – that give his work such very special qualities...
“There is an essential "rightness" about Megson's spaces, for pleasant occupation by ordinary, normal human beings. Such things, says Dickson, have gone out of fashion with today's students. Well, so much the worse for the students [and their clients!].
“Perhaps it hasn't occurred to them that if they design real spaces for human
comfort and pleasure, then even those anguished souls overwhelmed by post-Heideggerian problematics’ about the nature of their existence might, given spaces like Megson's to contemplate that nature of their ‘Being,’ come to more positive conclusions! Because that's the point about Megson's spaces; they are life-enhancing.”
Cross-posted at the Claude Megson Blog.
*Two-zoned house: A family home giving room and space to both parents and teenage children, with separate "parent's realm" and another realm -- either for children or for guests—which meet around kitchen and family areas.
Guest post by Jeff Perren
Robert Andrews has a terrific smackdown of Nicholas Kristof's utterly revolting New York Times review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's new book, Nomad.
Since she is one of the finest public personalities on the planet, defending the uber-heroic Ms. Ali is of course completely appropriate. Rational, factual, totally dedicated to the right and the true, and with the most horrific bona fides of any public intellectual in memory. How ironic the timing, then, that PBS should choose this week to re-broadcast a documentary called Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain (2007) I confess I haven't even seen it and I can already safely predict it's point of view. There's a big clue in the dead-giveaway title. One usually applies “Rise and Fall” to glorious civilizations (though there are exceptions, like the Nazi regime). But the "Cities of Light" moniker is the real kicker. Still, it's the program description that really cements my certainty:
An examination of a time during the Middle Ages when Christians, Jews, and Muslims peacefully coexisted in southern Spain, and what led to the disintegration of the society.”
I researched Moorish Spain fairly well for a novel some time back, and I can assure you that all was not sweetness and light in early 8th to late 15th century Al-Andalus.
Set aside that nobody had any rights in Iberia during those years. That region had been, and continues to be, dominated by the Catholic Church (now overlaid with a huge dose of modern socialism). The results were not pretty even before the Islamic invasion. But forget that for now. Ask yourself instead what kind of 'peace' individuals in those groups would have enjoyed during the period.
Then, as now, any non-Muslim was a second-class citizen and, at that time and place, "second class citizen" meant something a good deal more onerous than even that of a black person in Georgia circa 1960. To a Christian or Jewish male it was: just pay your Jizya and keep your mouth firmly shut or suffer the consequences.
And what were those consequences? Then as now: imprisonment, beheading, or banishment (which often meant death by starvation). Women, of course, didn't even register on the scale as fully human, a situation that persists in Islamic countries to this day. And, as a side note, Kristof's (and the filmmaker's) belief that Christians got by real well during that time is belied by the many armed revolts led by Christian kings over almost the entire period. That continued until Queen Isabella and her husband completed the final transfer that ended the Caliphate in all of that region. The fate of Jews, not only in Spain but everywhere prior to the mid-20th century, is too well known to require discussing.
How modern so-called liberals can decry Randal Paul's mild disapproval of one aspect of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and enthusiastically embrace Islamic Spain as a garden of delights and an era of religious brotherhood is almost beyond comprehension. It's as if one were to look at the Soviet Union in 1933 and declare that everything was hunky dory because there was 'peace' among Kulaks, Tartars, and Russians. Peace under rule by gangsters is not the same as peace of mind under freedom.
Truthfully, I don't think creatures like Kristof and that documentary maker lack historical knowledge nor are lying. I suspect their minds simply refuse any connection to reality when the facts are not as they wish. It's cherry picking raised to the level of a psychotic break. Fortunately for us, we have Ayaan Hirsi Ali as a counterweight, and that slender woman's weighty thoughts far outweigh any foolishness the Kristofs of the world can spew.
Gazans are suffering under a yoke of Israeli-inflicted poverty. Yeah right.
Hamas just wants peace with Israel. Yeah right.
Their peace-loving government is unmercifully oppressed by Israel. Yeah right.
Palestine is at the mercy of America’s pro-Israel foreign policy. Yeah right.
Palestinians just want peace and a better life. Yeah right.
There can be no justification for Israel’s blockade against Gaza. Yeah right.
The peace flotilla was organised and manned by peace activists. Yeah right.
It’s all about getting aid to suffering Gazans. Yeah, right.
UPDATE: The convoy: another reality check courtesy The Roadkill Diaries:
Peter Hitchens on a certain "Aid Convoy":
“If you want to be wholly dispassionate, you might call it a 'convoy' without adornment. But to call it an 'Aid Convoy' is itself a departure from neutrality. I myself would call it a propaganda fleet, but then I am openly partisan on this issue. The use of the expression 'humanitarians' is likewise suspect, as is the use of the word 'activists' without saying what sort of activists they are. ..
“It emerges that these ships were not entirely peopled by pacifist vegetarian idealists from the Isle of Wight.
Pete Bethune is prepared to go to jail to save whales, but I don’t recall him or anyone else throwing acid at cattle trucks, or trying to occupy abattoirs so cows can’t be killed.
He’d look a bit stupid, wouldn’t he. Hard to get any sort of traction for a “save the cows” campaign.
But what’s the essential difference between marine cattle and land cattle? Well, one essential difference is that unlike land cattle, the marine cattle aren’t owned by anyone. Just one simple reason cows aren’t an endangered species. Fact is, says Christopher Costello, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Santa Barbara, as long as you treat the ocean and everything in it like a commons, “then people will treat the ocean like a public bathroom.”
How to save a dying ocean? Easy. Recognise ownership rights in oceans.
If that heading above got yoiu excited, then you’ll know why I’m thanking the fine men and women at Auckland’s Whisky Shop for conducting a very enjoyable whisky tasting last night: introducing us to the beautiful Ardbeg whiskies from the Scottish island of Islay, accompanied by perfectly matched foods, perfectly weighted commentary, and perfectly knowledgeable hosts---and a perfectly packaged gift pack to take home containing two tasting bottles of Ardbeg 10 year, and Ardbeg Blasda.
If you get a chance to attend one of their regular whisky tastings, I’d definitely recommend you get along.
And speaking of Islay … it reminds me of a story that helps explain why the wonderfully warming Islay whisky is so popular there. When I was working in London a few years back, a colleague married an Islay girl and moved up there, to that small windswept island thrust into the North Atlantic, and he asked me to design a few renovations for the traditional stone cottage they were moving into. He returned from Islay with plans of the cottage for me, and photos of the island and his cottage, perched on a windswept plain sloping down to an iron grey sea. They were perfect photos for what I needed, but I complained to him that the photos must have been damaged in some way, because they all had these strong horizontal lines running back and forth across them.
“Those aren’t lines on the photos,” he replied. “That’s rain.”
Britain’s Sports Pro magazine has selected what they call “the world’s best sports venues” based on ''legacy, location, history, size, versatility, grandeur and technology'--and Melbournians are up in arms that the MCG, AKA the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AKA the Cathedral of Sport, only ranks fifteenth, a lowly ranking they say for "the spiritual home of Australian sport"; a place oozing with history that hosts an average crowd of around 50,000 spectators twice a weekend over the Australian winter, and over 90,000 in AFL finals season.
I must confess, I’m not too happy myself. But there are some stunning stadia that are on their list.
Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, Abu Dhabi (above and below)
Cowboys Stadium, Dallas
Wembley Stadium, London
Flushing Meadows, New York
“The G” in action
No-one will be surprised to hear that Eden Park didn’t make the cut.
Donald Boudreaux’s letters to the editor are small masterpieces of economic proselytisation--like Bastiat in miniature. Here’s his latest to the New York Times (pinched from Cafe Hayek):
Suppose Uncle Sam orders you to raise by 41 percent the price you charge for subscriptions to your newspaper. Would you be surprised to find a subsequent fall in the number of subscribers? If you assigned a reporter to investigate the reasons for this decline in subscriptions, would you be impressed if that reporter files a story offering several possible explanations for the fall in subscriptions without, however, once mentioning the mandated 41 percent price hike?
Unless you answered “yes” to this last question, I wonder why you published Mickey Meece’s report on today’s record high teenage unemployment rate (“Job Outlook for Teenagers Worsens,” June 1). Between 2007 and 2009, Uncle Sam ordered teenage workers (who are mostly unskilled) to raise the price they charge for their labor services by 41 percent. (That is, the federal minimum-wage rose from $5.15 per hour in 2007 to its current level of $7.25 in 2009 – a 41 percent increase.)
Does it not strike you as more than passing strange for your reporter – assigned to help explain why teenagers today have an increasingly difficult time finding jobs – to ignore the fact that these teenagers are ordered by government to raise significantly the wages that they charge their employers?
Donald J. Boudreaux
Following the appearance of Gaza faux-tilla fool Nicola Enchmarch last night on the alleged current affairs show Sunday, I’m re-posting this critique from last week of the organisation for which she works.
Repeaters have been reporting that New Zealand woman Nicola Enchmarch, being held in Israeli custody, works for what they is an “aid organisation” called Viva Palestina.
HERALD: “Enchmarch is a member of the British aid group Viva Palastina”
STUFF: “ ... one of a number of people[working for] aid organisation Viva Palestina”
TV3: “…working for a British aid organisation - Viva Palestina”
If Viva Palestina is an aid organisation, then I’m the UN Secretary General.
Viva Palestina was founded by George Galloway. Remember him? The former British MP who received millions of dollars stolen from the United Nations Oil-For-Food Program, in exchange for his public denunciations of the UN sanctions against Iraq. Who once told Saddam Hussein, "I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” Who recalls the day that the Soviet Union fell as the worst day of his lifeWho used to fly the Palestinian flag over the Dundee Town Hall. Who set up the Mariam Appeal as an anti-sanction “charity” whose stated purpose was "to provide medicines, medical equipment and medical assistance to the people of Iraq.” But a four-year inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Standards and Privileges found massive amounts of incontrovertible evidence -- including bank records and Iraqi government vouchers -- that Galloway had used the money largely to enrich himself, suspending from the House of Commons for his egregious breach of ethics.
This is the founder of the front organisation for which Miss Etchmarch works—an organisation founded by Galloway holding up a bag of money and declaring: “This is not charity ... This is politics.” One set up explicitly “as a challenge to international law”; one that has given given millions of dollars as well as non-cash aid directly to Hamas. “It’s not about charity ... but in every way that we cut it, it is political.” That’s how Lamis Deek, a member of both Viva Palestina and Al-Awda, described it.
Viva Palestina does not hold formal charity status; rather (like other radical organisations) it uses the tax-exempt status of The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace (IFCO) as a conduit to funnel funds and materiel to Hamas.
Their last convoy, in January, saw Viva Palestina protestors erupt in violence at the Egyptian-Gaza border, leaving dozens injured and an Egyptian soldier dead.
Viva Palestina is not about charity ... but in every way you cut it, it is political. And can be violent.
So let’s stop this nonsense about calling it a charity organisation, shall we.
[Thanks to David Horowitz’s Discover the Networks for many of the links.]
UPDATE: It now appears the “peace activists” on board the Mamara who confronted the boarding Israelis with peaceful iron bars, knives and molotov cocktails were recruited by Turkish organisation IHH, who co-organised the flotilla with the Free Gaza Movement.
“Better known by its Turkish name (Insani Yardim Vakfi) and acronym (IHH), the Foundation's initial mission was to supply aid to Bosnian Muslims during their conflict with Christian Serbs in the Yugoslavian civil war. To this day, IHH continues to send aid to distressed areas throughout the Middle East – in the form of food, medicine, vocational education, and the construction of schools, hospitals, medical clinics, and mosques. According to Reuters, IHH “has been involved in aid missions in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Iraq, Palestinian territories and other places.” In recent years, IHH has also established branch offices in a number of European countries.
While IHH is involved in the foregoing humanitarian activities, its overall objectives are much broader…” Read on here.
Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath ransacks the newspapers for stories and headlines on issues affecting our freedom.
This week: Key cutting
Our Prime Minister created ripples this week that extended well beyond the borders of the Shaky Isles when he shared the fact that he has been vasectomised.
In fact he thought getting a vasectomy was such a good idea that he now wants to make the process compulsory, starting with his Cabinet Ministers. [Some of us would advocate a much deeper cut – Ed.] Given that last month was NZ Music Month, ministers were asked to nominate a song they would prefer as background music while their work is done.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English nominated Rod Stewart’s ballad ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest.’
Maurice Williamson could only think of the Joy Division dirge ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart.’
Gerry Brownlee betrayed possible hillbilly ancestry when he suggested Lynard Skynard’s ‘Gimme Back My Bullets.’
Murray McCully came over all misty-eyed as he recalled the Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand classic ‘You Don’t Bring Me Condoms Any More.’
Judith ‘Crusher’ Collins had to be restrained from launching into a rendition of ex-Kiss member Ace Frehley’s number ‘Rip It Out.’
Wayne Mapp, a golden oldies fan, suggested ‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis.
Chris Finlayson may have an S&M streak as he recalled 80s band Culture Club and their song ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, along with John Mellencamp’s ‘Hurt So Good.’
Nathan Guy thought ahead to possible future children post-vasectomy with his suggestion, Jim Croce’s 1973 hit ‘If I Could Save Sperm In A Bottle.’
Tim Groser winced as he hummed the tune to REM’s ‘Losing My Religion.’
Georgina Te Heu Heu cackled as she remembered a song by Queens of The Stone Age: ‘Suture Up Your Future.’
Tony Ryall contemplated elective surgery of a sterilising nature to Nirvana’s tune ‘Half The Man I Used To Be.’
Paula Bennett’s ideal background music as she supervises Phil Goff’s family planning with a rusty tin lid would be Gloria Estafan’s ‘Cuts Both Ways.’
Jonathan Coleman, a medical doctor, said he would prefer to do his own vasectomy with the benefit of local anaesthesia to a medley by Nine Inch Nails – ‘The Beauty of Being Numb’, ‘Somewhat Damaged’ and ‘Mr Self Destruct.’
Toward the end of his media conference yesterday, the Prime Minister said real men bike home after their vasectomies. He was then asked how things are in the nutsack region these days.
‘Love Hurts,’ he replied.
[Note: The Libertarianz Party’s policy on vasectomies is that they should be done by mutual consent in the private sector, by whatever practitioner a person wants to employ. The medical monopoly and crumbling public hospital system should be opened up to competition, thus putting downward pressure on the cost of this surgical procedure.]
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny - when the
government fear the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
Now, on the face of it you’d say that tomorrow night, Thursday, we’ve got a bit of a timetable clash here in Auckland, because tomorrow night, Thursday, we’ve got both bloggers drinks at its regular spot at Galbraith’s at the top of Mt Eden Rd—which is always good fun—and another alluring session down the road at the Uni.
But worry ye not, ye fine folk. I’d suggest getting along to both: i.e., head along to to blogger’s drinks either before or after the economics do, or else grasp the opportunity with both hands to enjoy blogger’s drinks without the educated noise of educated economists drowning out your theorising—at least until the lecture is out.
So that looks to me like a very good night all round, really.
PS: I’m told that Wellington bloggists can enjoy their own bloggers drinks tomorrow night as well, at The Occidental, Wellington. “All bloggers, readers, fans, trolls and stalkers are invited. And a splendid time is guaranteed for all.” Apart from the stalkers.
A humorous art print by Cape Dorset Inuit printmaker Ningeokuluk Teevee.
IN THE FIFTY-THREE years since is publication, there have been many twists and turns in attempts to get Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged to the screen, and many studios and many names associated with those attempts, ranging from The Godfather producer Albert Ruddy, to Russell Crowe, Mr & Mrs Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron.
Now that the book is enjoying unprecedented popularity once again, it looks like another attempt will be made. Indeed, rights-holder and Cybex exercise equipment owner John Aglialoro has just announced plans to begin shooting June 11 on the first of a projected
four three movies based on the book, this time without the backing of a major studio, and more than likely with a cast made up of actors rather than established stars.
UPDATE: Make that “a three-movie sequence, following the structure of the novel” – which makes much more sense, each of those three parts being almost a dramatic whole.