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Comment Re:Worrying (Score 3, Insightful) 168

The really worrying thing is that he is so easy to trigger.

No, the really worrying part is that the stock market is so fucking fragile that such a stupid comment can bring prices down. I mean, it can't be because millions of shareholders suddenly grew a conscious and realized "y'know, he's right, they are charging too much. I'm gonna sell my stock to show that I don't support such high drug prices">

I don't know about you, but when it comes to fragility, I'm a whole lot more concerned about Trump than the stock market.

The stock market has a multitude of agents across the world, pushing in different directions. Trump is one single person who has control of the most powerful bully pulpit on Earth. You tell me what/who is more likely to fly off the handle.

And to put a finer point on it: the stock market doesn't have nukes.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 163

Other posts in this thread have pointed out that this is in fact news, because this is the first record of a previously sexually-active female shark giving birth asexually, with no DNA from the father.

And BTW, fake news is not what you seem to think it is. Fake news is written by fake reporters. It is a deliberate fiction intended to deceive, frighten, or enrage the reader. It is not old news. It is not a good-faith news story that contains errors.

Comment Re:Don't realize who the robber barons are, do you (Score 1) 119

Why do you think so many unions make it MANDATORY for workers to become members?

Because if they didn't, they'd have freeloaders who receive the benefits of union protection of their jobs without paying the dues.

And BTW, nowadays, it's a very fortunate union that can negotiate a "closed shop" (mandatory membership) contract.

If a union was useful to a worker, workers would be eager to join instead of being forced to. Being forced to pay for an organization that provides no goods or services to you is the LITERAL DEFINITION of robbery.

First of all, unions do provide goods and services to their members. You may not like what they do, or want what they provide, or be cynical about them in general. But you cannot claim that they don't provide goods and services.

I'm forced to pay taxes. I may not agree with what my government does with the money. But I don't question the fairness of paying my share of taxes.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 406

I still cannot get over how you are somehow not allowed to USE YOUR BRAIN to count cards in order to win in a casino. Yes, I know it is not illegal to count cards (I mean how would someone go around proving it beyond reasonable doubt), but casinos (except in NJ) are allowed to ban players who can win, which is mostly the same thing.

It's the same in Las Vegas (in fact, all of Nevada.) Counting cards is not illegal, but casinos have the right to expel you and blacklist you if they suspect you're doing it. And they'll rat you out to other casinos, so you can't just go to a different one.

Generally, casinos are good at spotting cheaters, because their business model depends on it. In the case of counting cards, they start to get suspicious when your luck is significantly out of line with the laws of probability.

Comment Re:Fake news != Flawed news (Score 1) 406

But it's abundantly clear that the players did all of this with the intent to trick the casino. They didn't do it out of some superstitious belief that it would help them win. They did it knowing it would help them win. And that's not allowed.

Why not? The casino agreed to do it.

It's not allowed because it's illegal.

It doesn't matter if the casino or the law don't realize what they did until later.

Comment Re:Fake news != Flawed news (Score 2) 406

Yes, the stuff about superstitions is all in TFA. That was the premise the players used to justify their requests.

But it's abundantly clear that the players did all of this with the intent to trick the casino. They didn't do it out of some superstitious belief that it would help them win. They did it knowing it would help them win. And that's not allowed.

Comment Re: He cheated OTHER players (Score 2, Insightful) 406

He also got a green light from the casino on all the things he requested. I can't understand the judge's logic in this at all. They should have just denied his request knowing he was asking for these things to gain an advantage. They gambled that his requests would give him no advantage and they lost, but yet cry foul after the fact. A

As TFA explains, some baccarat players have may superstitions. The casinos have no problem indulging such superstitions when, on their face, they don't appear to impart an advantage to the player. The fact that the casino didn't notice what these players were doing until later is irrelevant. The players cheated. The judge made the right decision in finding with the casino.

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