the-corporation

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Anti Gravity Smartphone Case

If you are tired of the old selfie stick and are looking into alternative ways of making equally good selfies, then look no further than the Anti Gravity Smartphone Case by Mega Tiny Corporation. The back side of this smartphone case was made with nano suction material which sticks to, literally, any flat surface.

The Military Fall Formal has Eren excited because this could be his and the Captain`s first actual date, and Levi happily agrees to his romantic way of asking him - he had gotten roses and everything - but their plans are shot when there`s bad weather and it ruins the ball. 

Levi is upset over it but Eren makes sure they still have their date, he gets an old record player from the attic so they can dance, finds bread that isn`t stale and arranges it all fancy, and still dresses up for the night even though they aren`t leaving. Levi is more than pleased with his efforts as they pretend like this was what they`d planned all along.

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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.

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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!

Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Take Action

Last week, Congress engaged in a bipartisan barrage of CEO bashing.

The Senate Banking Committee assailed Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for pushing employees to create as many as two million bogus bank and credit card accounts without customer’s consent – making customers pay overdraft and late fees on accounts they never knew they had.

Louisiana Republican David Vitter pressed Stumpf on when he knew about the wrongdoing. “In 2011, about 1,000 employees were fired over this,” said Vitter, incredulously, “and you were never told about that?”

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticized Mylan Pharmaceutical’s CEO Heather Bresch for raising the price of its Epipen, an emergency allergy treatment, by 500 percent – forcing customers to pay $608 for a two-pack that had cost $100 in 2009.

Noting that Mylan had sought legislation to increase the number of patients who receive prescriptions for EpiPens, Representative Mick Mulvaney, Republican of South Carolina, angrily told Bresch: “You get a level of scrutiny and a level of treatment that would ordinarily curl my hair, but you asked for it.”

Such shaming before congressional committees tends to reassure the public Congress is taking action. But – especially with Republicans in charge – Congress is doing nothing to prevent the wrongdoing from recurring.

Can we be clear? CEOs have only one goal in mind – making money. If they can make more money by misleading or price gouging, they’ll continue to do so until it’s no longer as profitable.

For years we’ve watched Congress grill CEOs of Wall Street banks about bank fraud.

If it’s not John Stumpf’s sham accounts, it’s JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, whose bank failed to report trading losses (remember the “London Whale?”). Or it’s Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein, whose bank defrauded investors.

Wells Fargo’s Strumpf made $19 million last year, partly because all those new accounts helped maintain the bank’s profit machine. Sure, the bank was fined $185 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the fraud, but that’s chicken feed relative to what the bank pulls in. Between April and July, 2016 alone it had revenues of $22.16 billion.

Why should we expect Wells Fargo or any other big bank to stop such frauds, when they’re so lucrative?

For years we’ve watched Congress condemn CEOs of pharmaceutical companies for price gouging: If not Mylan’s Heather Bresch, it’s Turing Pharmaceutical’s Martin Shkreli, who jacked up the price of Daraprim – used to treat HIV patients – from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

Or Valeant Pharmaceutical’s Michael Pearson, who quadrupled the price of Syprine, used to treat an inherited disorder that can cause severe liver and nerve damage. Or Amphaster Pharmaceuticals CEO Jack Y. Zhang, who hoisted the price of naloxone, used in cases of heroin overdoses, to more than $400 a pop.

Heather Bresch made $18.9 million last year. Mylan’s incentive plan will bestow additional bonuses of $82 million on top executives if they hit certain high profit targets by 2018.

Why should we expect Mylan or any other pharmaceutical company to refrain from yanking up the price of lifesaving drugs as high as the market will bear?

Republicans may rage at the CEOs who appear before them, but they haven’t given the Justice Department enough funding to pursue criminal charges against corporations and executives who violate the law.

They haven’t even appropriated enough money for regulatory agencies to police the market. Funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for example, is capped at 12 percent of the Federal Reserve’s operating expenses. Even now, Republicans are trying to put the CFPB’s funding into the appropriations process where it can be squeezed far more.

Meanwhile, Congress has allowed Wall Street banks and pharmaceutical companies to accumulate vast market power that invites wrongdoing.

Wall Street’s five largest banks (including Wells Fargo) now have about 45 percent of the nation’s banking assets. That’s up from about 25 percent in 2000. 

This means most bank customers have very little choice. Nearly half of American households have a Wells Fargo bank within a few miles of home, for example.  

Every big Wall Street bank offers the same range of services at about the same price – including, most likely, services that are unwanted and unneeded.

Similarly, Mylan and other pharmaceutical companies can engage in price gouging because they’re the only ones producing these lifesaving drugs.

Congress has made it illegal for Americans to shop at foreign pharmacies for cheaper versions of same drugs sold in U.S., and hasn’t appropriated the Food and Drug Administration enough funds to get competing versions of lifesaving drugs to market quickly.

So instead of setting up further rounds of CEO perp walks for the TV cameras, Congress should give the Justice Department and regulatory agencies enough funding to do their jobs.

While they’re at it, break up the biggest banks. And regulate drug prices directly, as does every other country.

It’s easy to holler at CEOs. It’s time for to stop hollering and take action.

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)