Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" Reviewed

Atlas Shrugged - An Absolute Page Turner that I Could Not Put Down

By Mark J. Donovan

Today I finally finished reading Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” magnum opus. It was an incredible book, albeit at 1,069 pages and size 3 font it was a bit tough on the eyes. The book was written in 1957, however the similarities of the characters and the “people’s state” of the United States and world, with today’s present political environment, is frighteningly familiar and uncanny. The basic premise of “Atlas Shrugged” is based around Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. Objectivism is a viewpoint in which the individual thinking man acting solely upon himself to produce products and services, and resulting in achieving personal gain, is better overall for a society than a society mentally coerced and effectively physically enslaved to the concept of self-sacrifice for others.

As I read the book and watched the “Head of State” and his political self-sacrificing thinking political cronies develop new federal programs and initiatives to unsuccessfully pull a country out of its economic death spiral, I began to jot down just a few of the similar federal programs, plans, and acts our current political leadership has recently initiated, all in the name of fairness and to help the U.S. out of its economic and moral decay. Again, the similarities are uncanny…..

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • American Jobs Act

  • Mortgage Relief Plan

  • Making Home Affordable Initiative

  • Choice Neighborhoods Program

  • Promise Neighborhoods Program

  • Byrne Criminal Justice Initiative

  • Buffet Rule (Tax Fairness Act)

  • Shovel Ready Projects

  • Unilateral Disarmament

If you really view yourself as a thinking and objective man or woman, I highly recommend reading this book. It’s a page turner both from a riveting story line and from an intellectual enlightenment perspective. After reading this book, I can’t imagine how anyone could not feel changed in some way. I know I’ve been and I hope you’ll read this book…. “Who is John Galt?”

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sheetrock Calculator Iphone App Available on Apple’s Itunes Store’s new Drywall Cost Estimator / Calculator Iphone App is Fast and Easy to Use for Calculating Sheetrock Material Quantities and Costs for a Drywall Project

By Mark J. Donovan

For diy homeowners and contractors alike,’s new Sheetrock Calculator Iphone App is the perfect tool to have at your disposal on your Smartphone. The Sheetrock Calculator allows you to quickly and easily determine how many drywall panels and 5 gallon buckets of joint compound to buy. In addition, it calculates drywall costs for the entire project by the push of one button. Moreover, you can either use the default unit costs for the drywall panels and joint compound or you can enter in your own specific unit costs. It also allows you to select various standard sheetrock panel sizes.

To use the sheetrock calculator just enter in wall height and width dimensions, ceiling dimensions, the number and size of doors and windows, and hit the calculate button. In an instant you’ll know how many drywall panels to buy, how much joint compound is needed, and the total cost for the project. It’s that easy. The Sheetrock Calculator costs only $0.99 and is available on Itunes. Buy the Sheetrock Calculator Iphone App at Apple’s Itunes Store today.