shut down the corporations

“I haven’t printed that you have a werewolf employed in the Watch,” said William. He regretted it instantly, but Vimes was getting on his nerves.
“Where did you hear that?” said a quiet voice behind him. He turned in his hair. A fair-haired young woman in Watch uniform was leaning against the wall. She must have been there all the time.
“This is Sergeant Angua,” said Vimes. “You can speak freely in front of her.”
“I’ve… heard rumors,” said William. He’d seen the sergeant in the streets. She had a habit of staring a bit too sharply at people, he’d considered.
“And?”
“Look, I can see this is worrying you,” said William. “Please let me assure you that Corporal Nobbs’s secret is safe with me.”
No one spoke. William congratulated himself. It had been a shot in the dark, but he could tell by Sergeant Angua’s face that he’d won this one. It seemed to have shut down, locking away all expression.
“We don’t often talk about Corporal Nobbs’s species,” said Vimes after a while. “I would deem it a small favor if you take the same approach.”

– on dramatic irony | Terry Pratchett, The Truth

anonymous asked:

Corporate: "OT for closers is out of control, you need to find ways of cutting down on overtime!" Employees and managers: "Well, we could start telling customers who come in literally one minute before closing time that they have five minutes to shop before we shut down the registers instead of letting them wander around for 20 minutes." Corporate: "No not that."

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Democrats must overhaul party, attack big business, Sanders says
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a federal contract workers rally to celebrate Andrew Puzder's decision to withdraw from consideration to be secretary of labor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017.

Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday urged a major overhaul of his party, calling for more aggressive efforts to court working-class voters and fight big businesses from Wall Street to the pharmaceutical sector.

Sanders, who spoke a day after Democrats chose Tom Perez, a veteran of former President Barack Obama’s administration, as their new party chairman, said it was also crucial for progressives to do more to mobilize grassroots supporters to take on Republican President Donald Trump.

“We need a total transformation,” the 75-year-old U.S. senator from Vermont said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

We need to open up the party to working people, to young people and make it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is going to take on Wall Street, it’s going to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, it’s going to take on corporate America that is shutting down plants in this country and moving our jobs abroad,” he added.

Democrats are struggling to recover from an electoral rout in November in which they lost not only the White House, but both chambers of the U.S. Congress. Republicans won the governor’s office in 33 states, up from 31, and increased their dominance in state legislatures.

The unexpectedly strong challenge from Sanders, a Democratic socialist, to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary laid bare the fissures within the party.

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anonymous asked:

May I request how FRA+SAERAN will react when MC got kidnapped? Thank you

Alright anonny so when I finished writing the RFA in this headcanon, I realized just how long I made these. Another anonny requested the same as you but also with the minor trio so I will make a separate post adding them in the next couple of days! Anyways, thank you for the request and I hope that you enjoy!! ^^


Yoosung

  • When Yoosung received a ransom that you had been kidnapped by members of Mint Eye he was furious
  • Sure he was scared at first but Yoosung pushed his own fears aside in order to find you
  • Acting childish and scared wasn’t an option for Yoosung, your life was on the line and he would do whatever it took to get you home safely
  • With Seven helping him track the location, Yoosung drove as fast as he could to Mint Eye, ignoring the RFA’s offers to help him
  • You were his precious girl, he didn’t have time to get help from the other members he needed to get to you
  • When Yoosung entered the eerie building, he frantically called your name and ran through the long hallways
  • He reached the grand central room where he almost chocked on his own breath at the sight before him
  • You were kneeling on the floor, hands, feet, and mouth bounded as a very familiar blonde hair woman smiled viciously as she pulled your hair towards her, making you whimper in fear and pain
  • “Well, well it took you long enough to show up Yoosung. I hate to treat poor little MC this way but I had no choice really, it’s the only way to get you to join Mint Eye with me, dear. So choose Yoosung, forfeit MC’s life or stay with me here at paradise!” Rika exclaimed like the madwoman she is
  • You tried to shake your head no as the cloth muffled your voice but Yoosung gave you a quick nod, he went up to Rika and put his hand over his heart and before she could react, Yoosung punched her straight in the face
  • While the guards were distracted, Yoosung carried you as he ran the two of you outside to his car
  • Once in a safe location, Yoosung untied your bounds and you immediately hugged him, crying into his shoulder as you thank him over and over again as he hugged you back
  • “I know how terrible of a person Rika is, Seven told me all about her. I don’t care if she is my cousin, no one hurts you and gets away with it. I’m so sorry that you had to go trough that MC, I promise I’ll never let her hurt you again for as long as I live.”

Zen

  • Zen knew he should have pressed charges against Echo Girl when he had the chance, if only he knew what kind of monster she really was
  • One day after practice Zen hummed happily to himself as he waited for you at a local restaurant but when he got there, you were no where to be found
  • He aimlessly scrolled through his phone when he received a text from Echo Girl
  • Zen’s eyes widened in horror as he saw a photo of you badly bruised and unconscious on the floor as Echo Girl smiled on the side of the photo with the caption ‘such a stupid girl who deserves to be kidnapped.’
  • Without a second thought, Zen had Seven track down Echo Girl’s location as he sped as fast as he could to the location on his motorcycle
  • He burst through the doors, ready to murder anyone in his way, but froze when he saw Echo Girl squeezing your throat
  • She squealed when she saw Zen, letting you go to rush to him but Zen shoved her out of the way and knelt down to cradle you in his arms
  • Furious because of rejection, Echo Girl grabbed a knife from one of her body guards and lunged towards you
  • At the last second, Zen shielded you from her attempt, getting a slash to his arm as a result, and called for the back-up guards Jumin had sent
  • Zen ignored the pain in his arm, seeing you lay unconscious, bruised, and bleeding in his arms was more painful than anything to him
  • You woke up a day later in the hospital with Zen sitting in a chair across from your bed with a heavily bandaged arm yet he still gently hugged you close to his chest as the two of you shed tears of relief
  • “I’m so sorry for not getting to you sooner, MC. I’ll make sure no one ever takes you away from me again, the pain of knowing you were hurt killed me. Please know how sorry I am and how I will never, ever, let anyone hurt you again my princess.”

Jaehee

  • Jaehee never thought that saying ‘no’ to a customer would end up with you being kidnapped
  • It was only a day ago when the two of you were working at the cafe and a group of thugs came in and started catcalling you and trying to touch you, calling woman weak
  • Jaehee wasn’t having it and demanded that they leave, assuming that would be the end of it
  • But when she entered the cafe the next morning, Jaehee discovered a ransom note saying that the thugs from yesterday kidnapped you and wanted Jaehee to go to them and confess that woman were weak
  • Never in her life did Jaehee run as fast as she did at that moment, knowing that every second that passed could be another second of you in danger
  • Jaehee barged into the place where the thugs instructed her to go and gritted her teeth in pure anger at the sight
  • The main thug had you tied up to a pole, having his disgusting arm around you while the others threw money at you and called you degrading names
  • None of the men knew what was coming until Jaehee kicked the daylight out of them, all ended up being unconscious with serious injuries
  • But none of that mattered to her, Jaehee quickly untied your bounds as you shakily fell into her arms, apologizing for getting her in this mess
  • Jaehee took you back to her home and made you stay with her for the next few weeks, giving you plenty of reassuring words that you would never forget
  • “This was all my fault MC, I should have called the police when I had the chance. But it’s in the past now and what I do know is that no one, and I mean no one, will ever harm you again. I’m won’t leave your side MC, not now and not ever.”

Jumin

  • Jumin couldn’t comprehend how this happened, he had the best security and well-trained guards in Korea yet you had been kidnapped
  • It all started when he was sitting at his work desk signing documents when Jaehee burst through his door holding a ransom note
  • His hands shook as he read the contents of the note, one of Jumin’s company rivals kidnapped you and unless Jumin payed the ransom money and shut down the entire C&R corporation, the rival would harm you in more ways than just physically
  • It took Jumin less than an hour to track your whereabouts with Seven’s genius skills
  • Even though his head security guard advised Jumin not to enter his rival’s building, Jumin wouldn’t take no for an answer
  • He swore that if that bastard touched one hair on your head he would rain hell on everyone associated with that man
  • When he entered the room where you were being held, Jumin’s eyes filled with rage as he saw you sitting on his rival’s lap, hands bound, gagged, and blindfolded
  • Jumin tried his best to keep his composure as best as he could until he saw a bloody gash on the side of your head, that’s when he lost it
  • He ripped you away from his rival, giving him several punches in the face before Jumin’s security team showed up
  • As much as Jumin wanted that man to suffer more, he quickly turned to your shaking figure and released you from your bounds
  • The second you were free Jumin gently wrapped you in a warm hug, tears spilled from his eyes as he apologized for not helping you sooner
  • He was relieved though that besides the cut on your head and the rope burns, you were unharmed, although the same couldn’t be said for Jumin’s rival who was taken to rot in hell in a prison cell
  • Jumin took the next month off from work and didn’t leave your side, he hardly let go of holding your hand, as he constantly assured you that he would never let anything like that ever happen again
  • “I will be eternally sorry for what happened to you, MC. But I vow that you will never be in harm’s way again. I swear upon my life that I will keep you safe because losing you would be losing apart of me. I could never bear not seeing your beautiful smile everyday so I will always protect you.”

Seven

  • Anyone who knew Seven should have known better than to mess with someone precious to him
  • When Seven tried to call you since you were taking longer than usual buying groceries, he was met with the voice of his former agency’s boss instead of yours
  • His boss chuckled evilly, saying that he had some of his grunts kidnap you and took you back to the agency, pausing momentarily as Seven screamed into the phone to let you go
  • But his boss said that if he ever wanted to see you again then Seven would have to hack through their security to find you then he would consider setting you free if Seven went back to work for the agency
  • Seven forgot how tough his former agency’s security system was, he took off his glasses and furiously wiped his tired eyes in frustration as he knew he was taking too long
  • He received a motivation on his phone that was a video of you, tied to a chair and with your mouth covered, and Seven’s former boss saying ‘you’re not being quick enough Agent 707’ who then kissed your tear-streaked cheek before smacking you across the face
  • That was all the motivation Seven needed, he was quickly able to track you down and grabbed his guns, ready to destroy all of those scumbags for hurting you
  • With Saeran guarding the car, Seven nimbly infiltrated his former agency, knowing exactly where to step to not get caught
  • He kicked down his former boss’s office door to find him holding a knife to your neck, threatening to kill you if Seven didn’t cooperate
  • Seven cautiously set down his gun, as much as he wanted to shoot his boss down dead Seven saw the look of fear and desperation in your eyes as you struggled against your restraints
  • As his boss was making some obnoxious taunts, Seven, being the little speed demon that he is, dodge behind his boss and knocked him out with the back of his gun
  • Security alarms went off as as much as he wanted to kill his former boss for harming you, knew that your safety was too priority
  • Seven quickly untied you, gritting his teeth as he noticed more bruise marks on your skin, as he carried you to the car with Saeran urging them to hurry
  • Once safely back at his bunker, you collapsed in Seven’s arms, sobbing as you thanked him for saving you
  • Seven softly hushed you, holding you tightly against his chest as he felt his own tears threaten to spill but he knew calming you down was more important
  • “This is all my fault in the first place, please forgive me MC. I swear on my life that I will never let anyone lay a hand on your again. Saeran and I are going to track down and destroy the agency, so you don’t have to worry anymore. I’ll keep you safe, now and for forever my love.”
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Report: Donald Trump Plans to Eliminate National Endowment for the Arts, Privatize Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Donald Trump's transition team is eyeing staggering cuts to the federal agencies that support the arts, humanities, and public broadcasting, the Hill reports. Under the team's plan, the non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television, public radio, and PBS, would be privatized. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which offer grants for artistic and educational productions, exhibitions, research, and more, would be eliminated entirely. As The Hill points out, the proposed plan hews closely to a blueprint prepared by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, which has had an outsize influence on the staffing and direction of the new administration. Two transition team members reportedly discussing the cuts to arts funding, Russ Vought and John Gray, previously worked for the Heritage Foundation, and for vice president-elect Mike Pence. The U.S. has always trailed countries like Canada and

Everyone, everyone on this page should be blowing up phones and trying to shut this shit down. Not cutting military spending, no bail outs for corporations and major tax cuts. We’re saving money by shutting down the arts. And privatizing PBS.

This is absolute bullshit.

So, I work for VanaTea and last week we found out that all of our stores are going out of business by spring. Since we are located in a mall, we have until our lease is up. Anyway, the news came on Thursday (7/27) and for the the rest of the week, all we had was customers coming in to ask if the news was true. I wasn’t mad about that; we have a lot of regulars that are very sweet people that are truly sad that we’re going to shut down and that they won’t be able to buy our tea anymore/see us anymore. The problem I had was with people that came in and said this:

“You’re closing? When is everything going on sale?”

“Oh my god, I love this place! That’s so sad! Guess GalaxyBuck is my new favorite!” (Yeah, whatever, they’re the reason we’re shutting down. Also, 90% of the people that told me this I have literally never seen in the store.)

“Y'all are shutting down? Oh, that means you’re out of a job.” (Thanks for reminding me.)

We spent an entire weekend answering these same questions over and over. And we had a lot of people asking if our workers were just going to move to GalaxyBuck because we were offered that, but what the company failed to mention was that we still have to apply and we aren’t guaranteed a job. Also, if we decide to apply and we don’t get the job, we’re out 2 weeks of severance pay. The customers are getting really terrible already and demanding sales and markdowns because “we have to get rid of everything anyway.”

Long story short, VanaTea is going out of business, the corporation that is shutting us down sucks, and customers are already being shittu. Go figure.

kirasnapeaddict  asked:

In PoA, there are Dementors around Hogwarts looking for Sirius. As we know Dementors are creatures who fill peoples minds with their worst memories and suppress the good memories. So as long as they are around everybody is in greater danger of beeing overwhelmed by their worst memories. How can Severus resist those feelings? There are only few good memories in him, but a lot of very horrible ones. And its not possible to show his Patronus, it woul reveal to much?

In HBP he says there are multiple ways to beat dementors so I’m assuming in PoA he uses them. I feel like Occlumency is one of those as it involves pushing away bad memories. If a Dementor gets close, he shuts down and shields his mind. Also he can use a non corporeal Patronus.

Rivetra Week: Modern

1875

“Oh papa I’ve won again!”

Petra Ral let out a triumphant giggle as she placed her playing cards face up, revealing her winning hand. Feigning distress, her father put a hand over his heart and marked another tally next to her name on the pad of paper he was using as a scoreboard. In a chair by the fireplace, her mother rocked in a wooden chair, mending an apron.

“Perhaps we should send her off to the gambling halls, dear,” she suggested, not looking up from her work, “we’d have to work only half as hard.”

Petra laughed at this, shuffling the deck and asking if he’d like to play again. He did, of course.

A knock at their door caused them to pause and Mrs. Ral set down the her project with a slightly furrowed brow.

“Who would come at this hour?” she wondered, excusing herself from the living area to see what exactly was the matter.

Mr. Ral and Petra exchanged a curious glance.

“You don’t suppose Auruo has lost his cat again do you?” he wondered.

“If he has, I haven’t got it!” she shot back with a huff. It wasn’t likely to be true. Her childhood friend, Auruo Bossard was forever misplacing his pet due to the feline’s infatuation with the copper haired girl. It was trying to say the least.

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Secretary Clinton supported virtually every one of these disastrous trade agreements, written by corporate America. NAFTA, supported by the Secretary, cost us 800,000 jobs nation-wide, tens of thousands of jobs in the Midwest. […] I was on a picket-line in the early 1990s against NAFTA because you didn’t need a PhD in economics to understand that American workers should not be forced to compete against people in Mexico, making 25 cents an hour. And the reason that I was one of the first, not one of the last, to be in opposition to the TPP is that American workers should not be forced to compete against people in Vietnam today making a minimum wage of 65 cents an hour. Look, what we have gotta do is tell corporate America that they cannot continue to shut down. We’ve lost 60,000 factories since 2001. They’re going to start having to, if I’m President, invest in this country, not in China, not in Mexico.
—  Bernie Sanders

“In 2006, Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a bill conceived of and advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-sponsored conservative think tank and lobbying group that champions pro-"free market” legislation. The new law criminalizes actions aimed at “damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise,” including First Amendment activity such as pickets and boycotts. The legislation was crafted explicitly to empower law enforcement to squelch hitherto legal, above-ground animal rights advocacy, after a group of activists called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty nearly shut down an infamous multinational animal testing corporation through purely legal means. Activists charge SHAC’s target, Huntingdon Life Sciences, with killing hundreds of animals a day through their toxicity testing business, which involves practices such as injecting puppies with pesticides. Undercover footage has shown Huntingdon technicians punching beagle puppies in the face and dissecting a live, conscious monkey. Under the AETA’s predecessor, the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, six SHAC activists were convicted as terrorists for posting publicly available information on a website. They were sentenced to a combined 23 years in prison. The new law was created because the animal enterprise lobbies felt that those penalties did not go far enough.

This year, laws were passed in Iowa and Utah that make it a crime to take a job at a factory farm for the purpose of shooting clandestine video footage of animal abuse. As with the AETA, these laws were a direct response to the success of an animal advocacy group using legal means to expose industrial cruelty – in this case an undercover video by Mercy For Animals. The FBI has already recommended prosecuting undercover investigators under the AETA as terrorists.“

Just in case you still believe these people have nothing to hide. 

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anonymous asked:

Ok this is gonna sound weird but hear me out. The office Hamilton AU everybody pulling pranks and burr is actually trying to work. And Laurens, mulligan, and Lafayette can work in the warehouse.

Sounds legit I approve
Like
Hamilton is the main character and he just kinda is average
Then you have him dating Eliza, the by the book secretary for the big boss(Washington), and his coworker Angelica obviously flirting with him and trying to get with him
Then you have the terrifying trio(Laurens, Lafayette, and hERCULES MULLIGAN) working together in one section like accounting or computers or the warehouse or whatever
Then you have Jefferson, the corporate bigwig who wants to shut the company down, and Madison, his shy and cowardly assistant who just kinda follows him around(but he has an episode where he realizes Jefferson is kinda a dickbag, and it ruins Jeffersons plan to ask Madison out cause he was secretly fabulously gay for him).
Then there’s Burr, the stuffy rulebook lovable asshole who is always on everyone’s case for messing around
And Peggy can do something
Sometime
Yaknow
If they remember to cast her ;-;
But yah I fully approve of Office Hamilton
HamOffice? OfficeTon? Idk

Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to ‘pay a damn tax.’ He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad? In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country.
— 

Bernie Sanders“Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump”

Trump is the worst negotiator for the working class. Trump has never represented anyone but himself. He has no understanding of working for someone else. 

Government is the last place a con artist like Trump should be given power.

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Where Online Services Go When They Die: Rebuilding Prodigy, one screen at a time. A brilliant, small effort to reconstruct and revisit a place that many of us knew—a place where, as a first-time user, watching the graphics load up felt as though you’d dialed the future with your modem.

As we invest more of our lives into the electronic realm, corporate decisions to shut down online services without recourse are beginning to resemble digital acts of Nero burning Rome—cultural history and entire communities are trashed in the process.

What is gonna happen with those cars and trucks? Ask to whom write it down on this ad" 

Odd. In 1981, Chrysler Corporation do Brasil shuts down their activities in Brazil. Volkswagen buys the plant and finish the remaining vehicles. So, those rare last Dodges Dart, D100 trucks and Polaras from Brazil were actually built by Volkswagen. The plant still exists in São Bernardo do Campo, where VW builds their Trucks,

anonymous asked:

Do you see Seto Kaiba as more of a Tony Stark kind of guy, or more of a Batman type (or neither)? I'm curious to see which one you think he pulls more towards, or doesn't; whichever.

I like to think of myself as an All-Purpose Nerd™, so this question has occurred to me more than once before. And the first thing I can say with conviction is that the answer is most definitely not neither.

Let’s break this down.

On the one hand, like Iron Man, Seto is an engineer. He not only created Solid Vision holograms, but he also crafted at least the first prototype Duel Disk that would go on to define Yu-Gi-Oh! and its characters’ wrist-bound accessories throughout the years. So, both characters showcase a certain predilection for crafting plot-relevant tech. 

There’s also the fact that they both inherited, from their fathers, a military arms conglomerate. And they both spend a fair amount of time, effort, and money to dismantle said conglomerate. Granted, their reasons for doing so differ. But the bullet point still stands strong in both cases.

Also, I mean, c’mon. Seto Kaiba is the biggest drama queen in Yu-Gi-Oh!, which is right up Tony’s alley. Honestly, the only character in the entire franchise who might top Seto, in pure melodramatic madness, is Jack Atlas.

However, on the other hand …

Seto is an orphan. He lost his parents at a fragile age, and has devoted the rest of his life to a crusade against cruelty, to ensuring that no children ever have to suffer the way he did. After all, what did he do once he shut down Gozaburo’s Kaiba Corporation?

He reformed it into a game company, and built a theme park for his fellow orphans.

If that doesn’t scream Bruce, I don’t know what does.

Honestly, the only difference here is that Seto doesn’t wear a mask.

Or does he?

Another thing Seto shares with the Dark Knight is a troubling touching connection to a winged creature. And he has a tendency to incorporate that creature into the equipment he uses for his personal … uh … missions.

I mean … seriously?

Oh. Right. One other thing.

They’re such freaking dads.

It isn’t enough to say that Bruce or Seto have sidekicks. Or wards. Or whatever you want to call them. That just plain doesn’t cut it.

No matter which black-haired, pint-sized, orphaned sass master you’re dealing with, don’t try telling me they view their respective mentors as anything less than a father figure.

So I guess what I’m trying to say here, is … on the subject of whether Seto Kaiba is a Tony Stark or a Bruce Wayne, an Iron Man or a Batman … my answer is:

Both.

So basically the Supreme Court just said that a corporation not only has free speech, can contribute as much money as it wants to political causes, it also has the ability to impose its religious beliefs on its employees and tell you what you can and cannot do with your body.

But somehow when they actually have to take responsibility for things like poisoning water supplies and knowingly manufacturing goods that kill people they don’t go to jail or get shut down. 

God bless America, a country of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation. 

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#F29: Some photos from today’s Occupy Wall Street protests, which are centered around Bryant Park in New York City and aimed at corrupt corporations. Using the hashtags #F29 and #ShutDowntheCorporations, the protesters seem to be aiming their ire at corporations as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, a conservative non-profit. 

The image in the second row on the left reportedly shows protesters outside of Pfizer’s NYC offices. The bottom two images are a poster advertising and an image of journalist and author Matt Taibbi speaking at the park. Among other things he reportedly urged listeners to take their money out of Bank of America because, “it’s not safe.” (source)

(photos via @allisonkilkenny, @OWStactical, @mollycrabapple, @amymillerz)

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