July 24, 1998 - S.T.A.R.S. Investigates a Bizarre Series of Murders Outside Raccoon City

On the outskirts of the Midwestern town of Raccoon City, a bizarre series of murders took place on July 24, 1998. Raccoon City Police Department’s Special Tactics And Rescue Service sent their Bravo Team to investigate, but contact with them was quickly lost. STARS then sent in their Alpha Team to find out what happened to Bravo Team, who quickly located Bravo’s crashed helicopter and landed at the site. They were attacked by giant, wild dogs, losing one team member (Joseph Frost); their helicopter pilot, Brad Vickers, panicked and ran off. The remaining four members, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker, and Barry Burton, pressed on.

Over the course of the night, Alpha Team located the members of Bravo Team, but they were all either dead or dying; some were turned into zombies. The team ended up at a nearby “abandoned” mansion, the Spencer Estate. As they explored the house, they found documents showing that the building was being used by a clandestine science team doing illegal experiments for the Umbrella Corporation. This renegade science had led to the creation of monstrous inhuman creatures and a highly contagious mutagenic biological agent called the T-virus.

As if that weren’t enough, Bravo Team leader Enrico Marini revealed to them that a member of Alpha Team was a traitor, just before he was shot and killed by an unseen assassin.

(Resident Evil, 1996/2002)


I took my Resident Evil Hunter figure to work, and I had one final adventure with him before giving him a new home. My buddy in the television production department is a huge RE fan, and so, I thought my little hunter would go well with his dope Tyrant and HUNK figures.

Sometimes, the collection needs to be shared. 😊


The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (2003)

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions, to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person.

The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those of the United States. One theme is its assessment as a “personality”, as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as “persons” having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Topics addressed include the Business Plot, where in 1933, General Smedley Butler exposed an alleged corporate plot against then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt; the tragedy of the commons; Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning people to beware of the rising military-industrial complex; economic externalities; suppression of an investigative news story about Bovine Growth Hormone on a Fox News Channel affiliate television station at the behest of Monsanto; the invention of the soft drink Fanta by the Coca-Cola Company due to the trade embargo on Nazi Germany; the alleged role of IBM in the Nazi holocaust (see IBM and the Holocaust); the Cochabamba protests of 2000 brought on by the privatization of a municipal water supply in Bolivia; and in general themes of corporate social responsibility, the notion of limited liability, the corporation as a psychopath, and the corporation as a person.

Through vignettes and interviews, The Corporation examines and criticizes corporate business practices. The film’s assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert D. Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath (however, Hare has objected to the manner in which his views are portrayed in the film; see “critical reception” below). The Corporation attempts to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy, e.g. callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law. However, the DSM has never included a psychopathy diagnosis, rather proposing antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) with the DSM-IV. ASPD and psychopathy, while sharing some diagnostic criteria, are not synonymous.


The Rock wins the WWF Championship
[November 15th, 1998]

The WWF was known for years for having its “Big 5″ pay per views of the year, them being the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, King Of The Ring, SummerSlam, and finally Survivor Series. In 1997, one of the most shocking incidents in professional wrestling occurred as Vince McMahon did what he deemed necessary to protect the WWF from having its champion appear on WCW Nitro with the championship gold as former WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze had done, throwing the title belt in the garbage on TV. Shawn Michaels defeated then-WWF Champion Bret Hart under controversial means, by delivering Hart’s signature Sharpshooter and McMahon prematurely calling for the bell, in order to keep the company’s number one championship protected. The following year, fans anticipated something equally controversial and they wouldn’t be disappointed.

After The Nation Of Domination separated, The Rock began gaining massive popularity as the fans took this charisma and electrifying in-ring presence. Meanwhile, the lunatic Mankind would be dwelling deeper and deeper into the pit of despair and desperation, doing whatever necessary to appease The Corporation’s leader, Vince McMahon. In the Survivor Series “Deadly Game” tournament, a new WWF Champion would be crowned at the end of a 14 man tournament which seemed tailor-made for Mankind’s success and impossibly difficult for The Rock. The Rock would face off against members of The Corporation on his way to the main event, defeating The Big Bossman and old rival Ken Shamrock from The Corporation, as well as The Undertaker, who himself seemed to be in cahoots with McMahon.

Meanwhile, Mankind would have a much easier route, facing Al Snow (who the WWF was not taking seriously, nor ever would, for some reason), the returning Duane Gill who was about half of Mankind’s size, and finally, defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to go on to the finals. Austin seemed like a surefire runner for the gold, but referee Shane McMahon and Vince’s stooges, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, would prevent that from happening. Finally, the main event took place as the tournament finals consisted of Mankind and The Rock. This match would be a grueling 17-minute bout in which both men, having already wrestled multiple times throughout the night, were running on pure adrenaline. Reminiscent of the 1997 Survivor Series, The Rock put Mankind in the Sharpshooter submission hold, during which Vince McMahon would call for the bell and The Rock would be awarded the WWF Championship. McMahon would explain that he couldn’t stand Mankind, and he saw The Rock as being more of a People’s Champion than Mankind would ever be. This set into motion a feud that would eventually wind up with Mankind winning the WWF Championship the following January!

You know, we’ve got the same genes, we’re more or less the same, but our nature, the nature of humans, allows all kinds of behaviour. I mean, every one of us under some circumstances could be a gas chamber attendant and a saint.
—  Noam Chomsky, The Corporation (2003)
Bidding War Erupts Over Cuban Mafia Book 'The Corporation'
Bidding War Erupts Over Cuban Mafia Book 'The Corporation' (Exclusive)

A bidding war is under way in Hollywood for a nonfiction book about the Cuban mafia titled “The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld” that was written by bestselling author TJ English, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap.

Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. are among the studios putting in bids featuring A-list packages. Other entities are believed to be in the mix for the red-hot book, which centers on The Corporation’s founder Jose Miguel Battle Sr., who died in 2007. The book will be published in winter 2017 by William Morrow.

Warner Bros.’ offer comes with Oscar Isaac attached to star and David Heyman‘s Heyday Films producing alongside Brett Ratner and James Packer‘s RatPac Entertainment.