feygan: (ResEvil2)
Saw "Lucy." Wow, that was some seriously dumb science.

Not only is it incorrect to say that humans only use 10% of their brains, I have to question whether she really did become intelligent at all. Because other than rudely tossing people around with her mind and staring at electrical signals nobody else could see, all she did was run and keep on running.
spoilers )

That said, I feel as though watching "Lucy" actually lowered my IQ.

Lucy on Amazon.
feygan: (purple dead bear)

In the Tomorrow People, is that kid supposed to be in high school? Because if that's the case, Cara just committed statutory rape. Is no one else disturbed?

My dad is currently obsessed with this show and watches it every week. I'm like, dude, this show is weak sauce. The writing isn't great, it's more melodrama than drama, and the main dude is yet another high schooler played by a 25 year old.

This is all sex, sex, "we should totally have sex," telekinesis, telepathy, sex. I guess "coming of age drama" means different stuff now than it did when I was a teen, where it was more about finding a place to belong and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Maybe I've gotten old, but I don't remember shows being like this when I was a teen. I mean, teen sex happened, but it wasn't shown on regular TV with such graphic detail. Honestly, it makes me feel gross watching stuff like this. Ugh.

feygan: (Tribe-LexWantsYou)
Originally posted by


Marie Antoinette, meet Ronald McDonald.


A lot of people are angry about McDonald’s new financial advice website for employees, an ill-conceived project which drips with “let them eat cake” insouciance.


“Every dollar makes a difference,” McDonald’s lectures its struggling and often impoverished workers.


But it’s time to ditch the resentment and offer McDonald’s a word of thanks. It has just performed an invaluable service for campaigns like Raise the Minimum Wage, anupcoming July 24 campaign to raise the minimum wage, and petitions like this one by serving up a timely and exhaustively researched brief on their behalf. This new website provides invaluable data for a living-wage “McManifesto.”


You want fries with that?


Golden Archness


Get this: The new employee website, co-created with Visa, helpfully suggests that people who work for this Fortune 500 corporation begin the financial planning process by taking a second job.


As a number of ticked-off writers have observed, McDonald’s also pretty much advises its employees not to clothe themselves, heat their homes, seek educational advancement, or pay more than $600 in rent and $20 in health insurance premiums per month. (As Daniel Gross notes, that would pay for about two days of coverage.)


And, as if that’s not enough, there isn’t even any money for food in the McDonald’s sample budget. Apparently for McDonald’s employees the phrase “Happy Meal” means you’re happy whenever you’re lucky enough to scrounge a meal.


People were seething at the website’s arch touches, which include interactive games like “Financial Football” and “Road Trip to Savings,” and were thunderstruck by the lordly obliviousness behind pronouncements like “Knowing where your money goes and how to budget it is the key to your financial freedom.”(Not when there’s not enough of it, Sir Ronald.)


Peter S. Goodman notes that McDonald’s receives a fortune in “corporate welfare.” In fact, government policies help most of the country’s underpaying mega-corporations keep expanding through a series of tax breaks and other concessions.


Economically, we’re super-sizing them.


Heart of the Matter


Many McDonald’s workers need public assistance to survive, which often includes Medicaid. That’s right: The public is even subsidizing McDonald’s low wages and lousy benefits when it comes to health care.


Subsidize McDonald’s? For health care? With that food it should be hit with a surcharge.


Fun fact: McDonald’s says it serves nine million pounds of French fries globally every day. Since slightly more than half its franchises are in the U.S., that means Americans presumably consume between four and five million pounds of this lard-laden, massively space-time curving starchy mass every 24 hours.


Each McDonald’s French fry is a tiny, fat-drenched drone missile aimed directly at the American cardiovascular system. One can only imagine how much of our nation’s runaway health care costs are traceable to this one corporation alone.


And we’re subsidizing its health care, rather than the other way around.


Gross Profits


In 2012 McDonald’s had gross profit of more than $10 billion on annual revenues of $27 billion. That’s up more than 12 percent from 2010. The lard business is good.


Visa, which for some reason has been spared most of this week’s online fury, deserves its own share of negative attention. As the financial half of this website team, Visa presumably provided the handiwork which reminds struggling fast-food employees that “every day and every dollar make a difference.”


Visa, like McDonald’s, is a coddled corporation. A government less corrupted by Big Money would have broken up this monopolistic enterprise long ago, especially given its tendency to abuse its marketplace dominance. Visa was originally created by one fraud-ridden and bailed out megabank, Bank of America, and continues to enrich another. And, as CNN Money reported, its 2008 IPO “created a nice windfall for its owners, including its largest shareholder JPMorgan … about $1.3 billion on its 29 million shares.”


JPM made the headlines with yet another major fraud just this morning, adding piquancy to the knowledge that it bleeds us a little every time we swipe a credit card or debit card. And yet these two corporate anti-heroes have performed a great service by making the case so beautifully:


Americans can’t live on today’s minimum wage.


With a Side of Cynicism


As this video from LowPayIsNotOK.org makes clear, it takes a minimum of $15 per hour to even begin earning a living wage in this country. (And that’s without some basic necessities.)If the minimum wage had kept pace with productivity it would now be $16.54 per hour, according to the Center for Economic Policy Research. It would be $10.74 if it had merely kept pace with inflation – although McDonald’s and VISA have now demonstrated that this isn’t enough to live on either. (The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.)


That adds an extra dose of cynicism to the website’s observation that “You can have almost anything you want as long as you plan ahead and save for it.”


That lie carries a special sting for the millions who have been locked out of the American Dream. Thanks to the deliberate policy decisions of the last four decades – breaks and giveaways for corporations, coupled with lost income for the majority – social mobility and income fairness have plunged in this country.


No matter how much you try to save on a minimum wage, a better life will remain beyond your means – until something changes.


Are there no roommates? Are there no malt shops?


A McDonald’s-like tone-deafness let Washington Post blogger Timothy B. Lee in for a heavy dose of online criticism too, when he defended the McDonald’s/Visa budget. Here’s an excerpt:



“Gawker’s Neil Casey calls $600 per month for rent a ‘laughably small’ figure, but Casey should spend more time outside the Northeast Corridor. When I lived in St. Louis, my roommate and I each paid $425 per month …”



Roommate? That clichéd thinking reflects one of the key misconceptions about minimum-wage workers: that they’re teenagers or twenty-one-year-olds just starting out in life. It’s closely related to the myth that most fast-food workers are fresh-faced kids serving root beer floats at the local malt shop.


In fact, less than 16 percent of minimum-wage workers are teenagers. Many are parents, which makes the “roommate” suggestion especially silly. More than seven million children live in a minimum-wage home. And many minimum-wage workers live in poverty. (SeeReal Faces of the Minimum Wage for more.)


You Deserve a Break Today


America is crying out to McDonald’s as if with one voice: “Stuff that financial planning website in your Egg McMuffin.”The pain and anger is palpable. But it’s not enough. What do we do?For one thing, we can sign a petition supporting a bill which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 – and then demand it be raised even further. We can back the minimum-wage campaigns being waged around the country, including the upcoming July 24 Day of Action to commemorate the anniversary of the last minimum wage increase four years ago. These build on an exciting grassroots movement of fast-food workers in cities like Detroit. (Watch for more information here.)


McDonald’s should join the wage movement it so ably served this week, because economic misery is hurting its bottom line in the U.S. and worldwide. And while its new and successful “dollar menu” shows that it’s willing to profit from hard times, that’s only a short-term fix in a declining economy.


Pay your workers what they deserve, McDonald’s. But the rest of us won’t wait for you. We’re taking action, because we agree with you about one thing:


Every dollar makes a difference.


feygan: (Willow - huh?)
My DA/F4 story has no title and I'm supposed to send it in tonight D:

Blargh, there's some times when I wonder what the hell I'm doing even as I'm doing it. I wrote this whole thing with no title, and now I don't have any idea what to name it. It's like my brain is imprinted with "DA/F4" as the name.

Fanfic problems. Amirite?

Yeah, no.

Feb. 27th, 2013 08:38 pm
feygan: (Dark City)
No, I will not join your Street Team and I don't know why you keep asking me :/

If you don't know what a street team is, it's "a term used in marketing to describe a group of people who 'hit the streets' promoting an event or a product." Basically, you pick some people and they go pimp your shit for you in return for free books/movies/shoes/whatever and all kinds of promo goods. Which can be awesome for you and your product, but kind of terrible for anyone in your friend's circle as they keep getting pinged to volunteer to help you or ad spammed if you have shared followers or whatever.

So when some author I know gets a street team going, all of a sudden my Twitter and my Facebook are flooded with shout outs for the same book because of follower overlap. I don't really mind and I tend to ignore it as something not for me, but it does become obnoxious when the same writer asks me over and over again on Facebook to Like this or that book or asks/begs me to join their street team every time I log in.

To be honest, if I was into the whole street team thing, I would arrange one of my own rather than joining someone else's.
feygan: (yami - hand on face)
I've gotta stop reading things on the Internet, it just makes me really upset.

I followed a link from DearAuthor.com and ended up at this Guardian article "Libraries 'have had their day,' says Horrible Histories Author" Terry Deary. From there I ended up at this Techdirt article "Bestselling Author of Children's Books Accuses Libraries of Stealing His Paychecks."



Libraries "have been around too long" and are "no longer relevant", according to Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, an apparently lone literary voice to believe that libraries have "had their day".



Basically, this elitist asshole thinks that libraries offering his books means that he's losing out on money he would have made from sales and thus libraries should be shut down. Because people don't need libraries anyway. He also thinks that kids should stop attending school at age eleven and get jobs, but that's a whole other level of crazy.

I think this guy should have his books banned from libraries or anywhere else run by people with consciences. This is some ridiculous crap.



"I'm not attacking libraries, I'm attacking the concept behind libraries, which is no longer relevant," Deary told the Guardian, pointing out that the original Public Libraries Act, which gave rise to the first free public libraries in the UK, was passed in 1850. "Because it's been 150 years, we've got this idea that we've got an entitlement to read books for free, at the expense of authors, publishers and council tax payers. This is not the Victorian age, when we wanted to allow the impoverished access to literature. We pay for compulsory schooling to do that," said Deary



Seriously, why do so many wealthy people have such a hate-on about people of lesser means trying to improve their lifestyles? I'm sorry not everyone is rich enough to buy every single book or movie they want to enjoy, but I would rather see people visiting their local library than going to prison for stealing.

Also, following the story, found out that Deary doesn't even do his own research. He hires a bunch of researchers to do all the work for him. A historian went through his book on the Normans for fun and found a bunch of mistakes.

What an asshat.

*Quotes from the Guardian.co.uk
feygan: (Tribe-LexGun)
WTF man? The ignorance of this woman in charge of making laws for actual people has me frothing incoherently. Then to top it off and have her moronic law passed???

A fetus is NOT an organ and in fact is not a native part of a woman's body. To all intents and purposes, it is a parasite living inside someone until it can burst its way out into life. And to force someone that sees a fetus as nothing more than a parasite to give birth and raise it... Aren't there enough abused children already?

I think a person has the right to do what they want with their body. So if lawmakers are going to tell me that I have to succor and raise my own rape baby... They better have another uterus handy because that thing is coming out. We can do a pre-birth adoption, but I'm too crazy to ever be trusted to care for an infant I hate before it's born.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] crooksandliars at Alabama Lawmaker Thinks a Fetus is "Largest Organ in the Body"


There need to be some improvements to Alabama's health education programs, and soon, because this little slice of inanity actually came from a female lawmaker.


Via Raw Story:




In a recent interview, state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin explained why she was sponsoring House Bill 57 — The Women’s Health and Safety Act — which would “require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications,” according to theMontgomery Advertiser.


“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” the lawmaker declared. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”




Worse yet, she's actually making progress on this bill, which is yet another back door attempt to bar women from seeking or receiving abortions of any kind. McClurkin has moved it through committee and it is up for a vote today.


Jezebel:




My liver, heart, and skin are all very excited that we are now giving organs personhood rights, although the latter is slightly upset about losing out on its "largest organ in the human body" rep.


Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, who opposes the legislation because she is a smart lady, said she expects the bill, which is a mixture of old and new restrictions, to pass.


"They're drafting a bill on a subject they have no knowledge of," she said. "They've never been in a clinic. They don't know what the regulations are." (They also need to hop on the Magic School Bus for a refresher in how the human body operates!)




Yes, it would be helpful if they learned the regulations and maybe even understood basic biology and science before they do things like this. But then, that would be too sane for most of these crackpots.


feygan: (yami)
My first response: "Oh, ugh, why would you put your face on there? You're ugly."

Then I felt really, really bad.
feygan: (Gangster Wife - mean look)
I saw this post and was absolutely horrified.

Sure, AO3 has been having some Beta issues lately, but that's all they are, BETA issues. So to turn around and completely rag on the coders until THIS happens is just awful. I wish I could offer apologies to Lim from all of fandom, but I know there are still some people out there bitching.

Once I figured out I could still read stories and leave kudos and comments, I was like "This will all get fixed up and the site will be even better," then I left it like that. But I guess some people decided to take things a step further and actually get someone to quit. It's so sad.
feygan: (madhatter)
They're going to play "The Room" again on Adult Swim on Thursday. I still remember the one year they replaced the regular programming with it on April Fool's Day.

It's the stupidest soft-core porn EVAR! I mean, the girl is kind of cute if that's what you're into, but the guys are both kind of... uck. The acting is terrible, the dialogue is lame, and the story itself is ridiculous. Plus, they put big black squares across the screen at just the slightest hint of skin... which I was kind of glad of.
feygan: (madhatter)
They're going to play "The Room" again on Adult Swim on Thursday. I still remember the one year they replaced the regular programming with it on April Fool's Day.

It's the stupidest soft-core porn EVAR! I mean, the girl is kind of cute if that's what you're into, but the guys are both kind of... uck. The acting is terrible, the dialogue is lame, and the story itself is ridiculous. Plus, they put big black squares across the screen at just the slightest hint of skin... which I was kind of glad of.
feygan: (gangster wife 1)
Well, since we're raping national icons, I figure we might as well take it on an international scale, amiright? So here's the cast for the "upcoming" Korean remake of Superman.

Rain is Clark Kent/Superman
Yoon Eun Hye or Eugene is Lois Lane
Boa is Kara Kent/Supergirl
Se7en is Bizarro

And with that many pop idols in one place, how hard would it be to throw in a few musical numbers? That would be super awesome!

Up next, Japan does Goonies, China does The Godfather, Finland does Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Germany does Iron Man. Yays all around!
feygan: (gangster wife 1)
Well, since we're raping national icons, I figure we might as well take it on an international scale, amiright? So here's the cast for the "upcoming" Korean remake of Superman.

Rain is Clark Kent/Superman
Yoon Eun Hye or Eugene is Lois Lane
Boa is Kara Kent/Supergirl
Se7en is Bizarro

And with that many pop idols in one place, how hard would it be to throw in a few musical numbers? That would be super awesome!

Up next, Japan does Goonies, China does The Godfather, Finland does Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Germany does Iron Man. Yays all around!
feygan: (gangster wife 1)
Okay, so I just went through and friended a bunch of people that had friended me, which was something. And yesterday I took out a whole frickin' lot of archived posts that I just felt like getting rid of.

I am starting to post "Faster Than the Speed of Love," a Draco Malfoy slash fic. I realize that the title is completely ridiculous, but the story is not. It's a pretty serious angst piece, so don't go into it expecting shits and giggles.

It's just that I figured Brian Griffin wasn't using the title to its full potential, so why not, right?

The FTtSOL entries are friends only, and when the monster is all finished, it'll go on my AO3. I should hopefully be posting 2-3 days a week.
feygan: (gangster wife 1)
Okay, so I just went through and friended a bunch of people that had friended me, which was something. And yesterday I took out a whole frickin' lot of archived posts that I just felt like getting rid of.

I am starting to post "Faster Than the Speed of Love," a Draco Malfoy slash fic. I realize that the title is completely ridiculous, but the story is not. It's a pretty serious angst piece, so don't go into it expecting shits and giggles.

It's just that I figured Brian Griffin wasn't using the title to its full potential, so why not, right?

The FTtSOL entries are friends only, and when the monster is all finished, it'll go on my AO3. I should hopefully be posting 2-3 days a week.
feygan: (Default)
Wow, just finished watching the first episode of "Princess Princess D." That's yet another cute anime [Princess Princess] ruined by the live-action weird.

Currently noshing on a Korean pear and swearing about my having to go to work in an hour. Stupid graveyard shift... Li'l Debbie better get her ass trained so I can go back to swing, that's all I'm saying.

BTW, I would totally have to kill my self if they made a live-action Angel Sanctuary...
feygan: (Default)
Wow, just finished watching the first episode of "Princess Princess D." That's yet another cute anime [Princess Princess] ruined by the live-action weird.

Currently noshing on a Korean pear and swearing about my having to go to work in an hour. Stupid graveyard shift... Li'l Debbie better get her ass trained so I can go back to swing, that's all I'm saying.

BTW, I would totally have to kill my self if they made a live-action Angel Sanctuary...

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