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Comment String theory (Score 5, Funny) 51

A string walks into a bar. The bartender looks at him and yells, "Get out! We don't serve your kind in here."

The string walks out and walks back in a few minutes later looking beat up and disheveled. The bartender looks at him and says menacingly, "Aren't you that string that was in here a couple minutes ago?"

The string looks at the bartender and says, "No. I'm a frayed knot."

Comment Re:powerfully unexamined (Score 1) 167

The neoliberal crowd loves to complain about capitalism and whine it does not provide social justice etc, but they seem to forget its delivered far more in terms of social justice than ANY system that came before and anything we have seen tried since. Where is the concrete proposal for a better socioeconomic system, and how will it resist corruption etc?

How does capitalism resist corruption? It seems beset by it, as well. Thank goodness no one made capitalists answer your question before it was instituted (because, as you say, it was a vast improvement over what came before).

As long as we have people, we will have corruption of the economic system. The question is not whether a new system will absolutely resist corruption, but whether it can resist corruption as well or better than the current system, while improving social justice. Because right now, capitalism (and its corruption) seems to be worsening rather than improving that particular value.

Comment Re:And the obligatory layoffs... (Score 1) 56

News that is known is already built into the price. Unless you bought Dow or DuPont a couple months ago and the market thought the merger was worthwhile (not usually for the reasons put out in the press release), you're not going to be making bank. Right now, no pop in the stock price means that no one's making money from the merger except the investment bankers that will be involved in the stock conversions.

Comment Re:Ha! (Score 1) 543

You want serious commentary? OK.

A) Ted Cruz will never amass the actual power needed to bring about such a change. As such, his statement, though music to the ears of many people beset by the problems of this visa program, is, frankly, irrelevant.

B) This is merely posturing. He notices that Trump is making political bank with his nativist spiel and wants to jump on that bandwagon. This is a way for him to send a dog whistle to the nativist base without seeming too extreme and, ultimately, without doing anything about the visa program.

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