Well, someone should say this is really cool. This was really cool.
Also: FUCK George Mason University.
The strategy works, too. They're right there in Washington, so journalists quote those Koch economics professors all the time.
Unrelated: their hockey team are bunch of pansies.
However, I still believe 3x bottom line corporations are a good idea. A business has to measure itself by SOME metric, and adding environmental and social metrics to profit metrics seems valuable.
For fucks sake that was amazing.
Holy shit, so much awesome Swedish swearing.
@oldtaku Dude, MYTH. I read those repeatedly and have NO shame. Did you ever end up reading Asprin's attempt at '80s deregulation future thriller, The Cold Cash Wars, in which all these corporations have their own private armies? I think about it every time I hear "Dyncorp," or "Xe"...
And you know what? I read a lot of these books and loved the hell out of them, too. On the Road was cool. Steven King never grabbed me, and I disliked Rand from page 500 of Atlas Shrugged, but to this day I think Raymond Carver and Camus and Nancy Drew and Catcher in the Rye deserve plenty of respect. Tom Robbins too.
Reading is fun. Shame is boring. Fuck it, why am I reading a comment thread? Someone give me a book about dragons.
Holy Shit. Move in with me? I mean, don't, because I am not neat, and disaster would ensue, but...put me in your life in a cookie-eating and admiring capacity. Which circle of friendship do I have to attain? I will win a level four amulet. I will buy flour.
@beerd Seriously, it minimizes the awkwardness. The holidays are like a social vomitorium for love and all the discomfort, vulnerability and irrationality connected to it. You have to give a gift sometime...
@deepomega You don't need to bring gifts to weddings. It's a recession. Anyone under 35 gets credit just for showing up.
In defense of gift-giving
Sometimes, you want to give people stuff. A book for your friends, or you found tomato seeds your dad would love, all these things you WANT to give people, but for fucks sake, if you just gave them a gift at any old time, it could get awkward. Who has the brain cells to track a lifetime of gift-giving math, and is that bottle of wine for dinner equal to doing dishes or do I still owe you a Moondog CD and when I bought that beer that one time, is that on a separate ledger?
Let’s face it—gift giving is awkward, yet giving is important because your friends are awesome, and seriously, they want that cast-iron pan so much and would never cough up the cash themselves.
Christmas erases the awkwardness or the potential power-imbalance of an unreciprocated “thinking of you” gift. (No, I’m not trying to get into your pants, it’s fucking Christmas!) Christmas erases the informal value-ledger: a Christmas gift is worth a Christmas gift. And Christmas forces you to hunker down, itemize the people you love, and think hard about how to make them happy, you fucking Grinch.