Soooooo I already talked about how I like to think that Garrus and Shepard don’t really do PDA because they’re private people, out of respect for the people around them, personal reasons etc etc

HOWEVER this one time Shepard, Garrus, and Zaeed were on a mission and Shepard accidently called Garrus ‘honey’ just once and Zaeed IMMEDIATELY grumbled about how gross they are and how they should get a room. Weeeell Shepard isn’t having any of that so for the rest of mission Shepard and Garrus were like “CAN YOU SNIPE THAT ONE IN THE FACE, MY SWEET ANGEL?” “I SURE CAN, HONEY DARLING” and basically just tormented Zaeed the whole time.

Unfortunately for Zaeed, this starts A Thing and Garrus and Shepard put on this act every time he happens to be in the room alone with them. First it’s just pet names but then it somehow turns into them aggressively cuddling/making-out whenever he scowls in their direction. Eventually it escalates to the point where they violently launch themselves at each other the second Zaeed enters the room.

So why did the media choose to cover around the clock a terrorist bombing that killed fewer people and is extremely rare while all but ignoring an industrial explosion that killed more people, is far more common and is far easier to prevent? …death in the workplace is a much more real possibility for almost all Americans than is death at the hands of a terrorist. In 2011, 4,609 Americans were killed in workplace accidents while only 17 Americans died at the hands of terrorists — about the same number as were crushed to death by their televisions or furniture. One could argue that terrorists get more attention because they intentionally aim to kill people, but disasters like at Upper Big Branch are also the result of companies violating workplace safety laws.
—  Mike Elk: The Texas fertilizer plant explosion cannot be forgotten
Texas has always prided itself on its free-market posture. It is the only state that does not require companies to contribute to workers’ compensation coverage. It boasts the largest city in the country, Houston, with no zoning laws. It does not have a state fire code, and it prohibits smaller counties from having such codes. Some Texas counties even cite the lack of local fire codes as a reason for companies to move there.

But Texas has also had the nation’s highest number of workplace fatalities — more than 400 annually — for much of the past decade.
A 29-year psychiatric nurse, who requested that his name not be used for fear of his employer’s reaction, reports that there are always two to three nurses out of 30 absent due to workplace injuries in the closed psychiatric unit where he works. He reports that the mental health patients he sees are younger and stronger, while showing higher levels of violence, than those in the past. In his career this nurse has suffered a broken ankle, a scratched face, a beating resulting in 12 stitches in his head, and an assault to his jaw requiring two-and-a-half-weeks’ medical leave. As hospital workplace violence increases, he fears that fewer young people will be interested in becoming nurses.

7 Biggest ‘Has DC Done Something Stupid Today’ Stories of 2013


  If you haven’t heard of it, The Outhouse maintains a benevolent public service website called and its purpose should be fairly easy to figure out.  It’s a lot of work to keep track of how many times DC screws up, often in easily avoidable ways and usually in spectacular fashion. One morning, over a hot cup of black coffee in The Outhouse Newsroom, a plan was hatched to definitively track these blunders in the style of a workplace accident sign.  A few hours and some hastily written HTML and PHP later, was born, and legions of fans wondering how long its been since DC last committed an epic PR fail or drove beloved creators from the company have been able to find out with one click ever since.

Here are seven of the biggest stories of 2013 (in no particular order):

Read 'em here!  (not a slideshow, we don’t do that crap)

“Are you wearing the right safety equipment?”

From the series:  World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945

June is National Safety Month and the National Archives will be celebrating Safety and Health Week June 8-12 in the Washington, DC area. usnatarchives staff have contributed some of their favorite health and safety related documents to help get us started, including this vintage World War II-era poster featuring a somewhat confused welder. 

The Absurd Way McDonald’s Expects Workers to Treat Burns

On Tuesday, McDonald’s workers throughout the U.S. protested the corporation’s unsafe working conditions, claiming they were instructed to treat workplace burns with condiments like mustard and mayonnaise. The protests come after McDonald’s workers announced Monday that they’ve filed 28 health and safety complaints in nearly 20 cities against the company.