automated equipment

Happy's secrets

-Has a multi-engine commercial license
-Was an ice-road trucker
-Designed automation equipment for a Portuguese company
-Knows Portuguese
-Recorded a single in Portuguese
-Hiked in Morocco
-Dated Jake Gyllenhaal
-Loves being Toby’s wife (but that’s not really a secret)
-More secrets (to be updated)

I CAN’T HANDLE THIS.

First Words part 2

Originally posted by littlemisssyreid

Bruce Banner x reader

Prompt: Soulmate au where the first words you ever say to your soulmate are tattooed on your wrist.


It was almost completely silent.

The only noise in the early empty lab was the low background hum of the various automated machines and other equipment.  Considering it was late this made sense—during the day  with all the people around and even more machines running it was almost twice as loud.

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Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

Last Thursday President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis.

“Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our workers,” Trump told The New York Times. “The free market has been sorting it out and America’s been losing,” Vice President-elect Michael Pence added, as Trump interjected, “Every time, every time.”

So what’s the Trump alternative to the free market? Bribe giant corporations to keep jobs in America. 

Carrier’s move to Mexico would have saved the company $65 million a year in wages. Trump promised bigger benefits. The state of Indiana will throw in $7 million, but that’s just the start. 

Carrier’s parent company, United Technology, has military contracts that just last year generated $6.8 billion of its $57 billion in revenue – creating a yuge Trump card that makes $65 million look like peanuts. If Trump comes through with the military buildup he’s promising, United Technologies could reap a bonanza. You can bet that figured into the deal.  

In addition, United Technologies has more than $6 billion parked abroad where tax rates are low. It will make a bundle if Trump follows through with a plan to allow global corporations to bring that money home and pay a rock-bottom tax rate.

In other words, Trump will get corporate America to take care of “our workers” by bribing them with government contracts, tax cuts, and relief from regulations. The art of the deal is to Increase corporate profits, and assume that corporations will reciprocate with good American jobs. 

It’s “trickle-down” economics dressed in populist garb.

But it won’t work. As long Wall Street continues to push corporations to maximize shareholder returns, American workers will continue to lose good-paying jobs to foreign workers or to homegrown robots. 

Payrolls are the biggest single cost on most companies’ balance sheets, so cutting jobs and wages will continue to be the easiest way to boost profits and share prices.

If Donald Trump were serious about reviving good jobs in America, he’d give workers more bargaining power by strengthening trade unions, upgrading lifelong education and training, and simultaneously making it harder for Wall Street to demand that companies shed workers. 

This was the way the American economy functioned from the end of World War II through the early 1980s, when jobs and paychecks rose in tandem with corporate profits. Large corporations weren’t just responsible to their shareholders; they were also responsible to their workers. 

They treated workers as assets to be developed – retraining them with higher skills as the companies moved to higher value-added production, or for new jobs as the companies expanded – and resorting to layoffs only as a last resort.  

But starting in the 1980s, workers became costs to be cut. Corporate raiders mounted hostile takeovers – using high-yield junk bonds, leveraged buyouts, and proxy fights to gain control of companies – and then squeezed payrolls to get higher profits. They busted unions, outsourced jobs abroad, and installed automated equipment. 

American manufacturing employment peaked in 1979 at nearly 20 million jobs. Since then, about 8 million of those jobs have been lost to cheaper foreign labor or to automation.

Trump won’t change these economic fundamentals. How do I know? Because his cabinet choices for key economic posts were among the ring leaders in the changes I’m talking about. 

Steven Mnuckin, his Treasury pick, is a former Goldman Sachs partner who made billions over the past decades buying up companies and slashing payrolls. Wilbur L. Ross Jr., Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, made his billions using bankruptcy to protect wealthy owners while leaving workers and communities holding the bag. (Example in point: the collapse of Trump’s casino empire.)

These men exemplify the financialization of the American economy that’s focused only on high profits and rising share prices, and shafted American workers. 

Trickle-down economics dressed in populist garb is still trickle-down economics.

siliconginge  asked:

I wonder, what kind of spaceship would each of the 16 types use?

XNTJs: spaceship build to either take over the known universe or defend it from power-hungry despots. It has all the newest technology, and is as spiffy to look at it as it is fast, but has frequent inner-ship personnel problems due to multiple attempts from various NTJs who feel their vision is the one that ought to be followed, and bring constant mutiny to the crew.

XNFJs: beautifully-designed ship with a five year plan attached relating to humanitarian and diplomatic work. Not too flashy, though, as we don’t want to offend the poorer planets who can’t afford our holographic data and beaming technologies.

XSTJs: built for duty and functionality, it is 50 years out of date, but that’s good because the Cylons can’t hack into its computer systems with a virus and destroy the entire fleet through a mass takeover.*

XSFJs: the prime emphasis is on the medical bay, which is fitted out with the best comfort money can purchase, in readiness for all the aliens it may need to take care of when next they encounter a medical outbreak.

XSXPs: built for speed and high-stakes chases through alien-infested territories, with a fully-automated halo-deck equipped with pre-built in dangerous adventures to alleviate temporary boredom. The engine room is just as gorgeous as the rest of the ship, coz the ISTPs work there.

XNTPs: a practical ship with all the coolest, latest technology, particularly built for mental stimulation, with a fully-automated telepathic communication system, but is ten minutes late to depart due to the tinkering going on below decks, and the inability of anyone to decide which of the 10,000 planets they should visit first.

XNFPs: a unique, creative, and somewhat eccentric ship designed to stimulate the imagination of the many distant planets it will visit, in order to inspire the natives to feats of greatness, but plagued with indecision and a general attitude of “NOPE!” toward any attempts by the Fleet to control … well anything.

* If you get that reference, you are my new BFF.