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Capitalism Recovering Itself

[¡#zucked!]

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., 10 April 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

If the question is whether you want the lede or bottom line, well, it is Axios, and some days that pretty much makes the article. How about the headline: “Facebook stock has fully recovered from Cambridge Analytica scandal”.

What did anyone actually expect of capitalism? Of course Facebook stock has recovered. Public morality is also public relations, and that pretty much makes for the private limit. One thing about the Cambridge Analytica scandal is that it demonstrates just how valuable Facebook is to capitalists.

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Image note: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., 10 April 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Primack, Dan. “Facebook stock has fully recovered from Cambridge Analytica scandal”. Axios. 10 May 2018.

What Is Caesar’s

12-month graph showing stock prices for Caesar's Entertainment Corp. (CZR), as of 25 November 2014. (via Yahoo! Finance)

Try to follow the latest twists and turns in the CZR debacle—

A Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CZR) creditor group said managers should be stripped of control of the casino company’s operating unit because they looted the subsidiary of billions of dollars in assets.

UMB Bank, trustee for first-lien noteholders owed about $1.25 billion, sued Caesars today in Delaware Chancery Court, repeating allegations made by junior creditors in August.

Today’s suit, the first by senior creditors, came after some of them had agreed on the outline of a debt restructuring plan for the operating unit. The first-lien creditors today asked the court to appoint a receiver for the unit ....

.... Bonderman and the other directors “have thoroughly ransacked CEOC in a sweeping and now transparent plan to take CEOC’s prime assets for themselves and leave its liabilities and creditors behind,” according to today’s filing.

Caesars has said its largest division won’t have enough cash to repay debts by the fourth quarter of 2015 if it can’t restructure its obligations through refinancing, creditor negotiations or bankruptcy.

(Church and Keller)

—and then shrug and tell yourself, “It’s business. Nothing unusual here.”

Now, then, how does that feel?

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Church, Steven and Laura J. Keller. “Caesars Lenders Seek Receiver, Claiming Unit Was Looted “. Bloomberg. 25 November 2014.