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But people have been engaging in trade for many thousands of years, to the great benefit of civilisation.
What benefits?  I'm sure there are some, but I'd like to hear which things you think are benefits due to international trade (because it IS international trade you are advocating here).
MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY. Duh.

Follow the money.

The main reason is money.  If you choke off international trade Walmart's prices skyrocket, along with everyone else's. 

Also some things are just not available in the US, and some things are done better overseas.

But the main reason is economics.
price is actually a terrible argument. It assumes a materialism worldview.
Capitalist companies tend to have a materialistic worldview.
sure, but it isn't a good argument for policy unless you accept that consumption is always the best outcome.
That is a symptom of the favoring of growth and consumption vs sustainability in the market economy and investment arena.  Have you seen many business plans, let alone government economic strategies that focus on stasis (with continued employment) instead of growth?

This is definitely one of those is vs. ought issues.
Missing my point. Business plans are categorically different from trade policy.

But in most cases, trade policy is bought and paid for by the same folks who write the business plans.

Not the way it should be, but unfortunately, the way it is.
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Breakfast at school? What next? Lunch and dinner too? Hell let's keep going and have the kids bring sleeping mats and just spend the night! Then we won't need those ridiculous irresponsible know nothing parents at all except for breeding!

Let them eat cake!
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My guess is: Got injured by the moving robopen first, then died of wounds and exposure.

The rabbits were afraid the pig would squeal about their escape plans, so they offed him before the break.
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Because it involved having a fucking empire Dave. Do you think the US will consent to being a colony again?

Right now, that doesn't look like a bad idea.
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for today's pretend, can we pleeeeease have it be Trump's head that rolls, Dave?

Doesn't anyone want to impress Jody Foster?
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Being at least a little smarter than the goats would help.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread
I think he's holding her bra. No wonder she punched him.
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Dave, Trump is as sane as you are.
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There is no theoretical reason why we cannot mimic this and set up a similar system for producing iPhones -  or more likely, something biological that fulfills the same function. There are only practical reasons why we cannot.
And you top it in the next post.
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Dave, to clarify, what is your plan for manufacturing iPhones, tarpaulins, pencils and volvos?

Your comment a few days ago about chickens and iPhones was somewhat confusing.
Chickens are quite literally  automated factories which produce fantastically complex widgets called eggs.   Note that there is no gigantic central factory somewhere producing and shipping eggs all over the world.  Instead there are millions and millions of tiny factories - chickens - which produce the eggs wherever they are needed.

Why can't we learn something from this and model our manufacturing in a similar way?

Your critical thinking skills are breathtaking.
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Dave, humans aren't sheep. Why should I spend my life having to travel several miles to any amenities when I can take advantage of technology and infrastructure to bring the fruits of other peoples' labour to me and distribute those fruits to other people?

Just out of interest what place do museums, libraries and art galleries have in your world?
You're right. It's better to pack humans into small cubicles and bring their food  to them in a box or bag.  Get them exercise by putting them on a treadmill while they watch fake news.  What was I thinking?
Just in case you're wondering, that logical fallacy is called "False Dichotomy"
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Are great apes the only species with prostitutes?
Testy, prostitutes don't lay iPhones either. ::)
But Dave lays prostitutes.

There, I tied it all together.  :smug:
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I got two "females."

Then I got a male.

Yes I replaced the two males with two females as soon as I realized the mistake - 4 months later.

And I ate the two "females."

Your problem is that you have assumed that I am an idiot because you believe what you read here too easily.

Or you don't read carefully.

Or both.

ASSUMPTIONS are big deal, Dave.
No Dave, I assumed you are an idiot because you say and do idiotic things. And because you suck at communication, so its often very hard to work out what you're actually doing. In fact given how much idiotic stuff you say its a surprise when you say something that isn't utterly stupid.

At this point, saying Dave is an idiot is a tautology.
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You just need to squint just right...

And ignore the transport issues.
And, don't take your meds.
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The USA should be like a cell. With a wall. And other things.
No man is an island.

But we all have a peninsula.
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With any luck the Trump administration will suffer the same fate as the Marketing Division of Sirius Cybernetics.
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And then zombie-eyed granny starver Ryan.
Anyone else struck by the resemblance between Ryan and Eddy Munster?

Ah! According to Google, I'm not the first one to notice this.



Jeff Sessions looks like the Nazi leader from The Blues Brothers to me. Highly appropriate, I think.
Arty Johnson
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Iggy ... if you could explain any of your criticisms coherently and in detail complete with defensible reasons for each detailed point, I'd listen. 

But you appear to be too lazy. 

I may be a lot of bad things, but lazy is not one of them.  Especially in my research.  It dawned on me a couple years ago that for the first 50 years of my life, I did what most people do ...

THINK a little bit ... and DO lots. 

When that dawned on me, I decided to reverse that ...

Now I try to THINK lots ... and DO less. 

Its been fantastic so far.  Saved me tons of effort and money and grief.

The problem is, Thinking is the skill you most lack at.

And there is 10 years of evidence on the interwebs.
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Dave is to intelligence, what Stephen Hawkins is to gymnastics.
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The ultimate horror of this election, is not how awful Trump is.

It's that 62,979,636 Americans are as fucked up as Dave.

:stareicide:
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Dave, you have never yet explained why "saving agriculture" should require easily demountable housing.

Can you explain now?

Why would anyone want the equivalent of a refuge camp on their land?

This is a requirement that forces some astonishingly stupid design decisions.
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I was just a lowly radio tech, but isn't that just a DC version of a Wien Bridge?