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Oct 31, 2013

5 Halloween Posters That Hit A Little Too Close To Home...

It's that time of year, and there are scary things afoot when you go to work every day. Here are some that will make you quake in your boots. Or sneakers.

Note: The text accompanying these posters was written by the creators; a link to them is at the bottom.
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It's that time of year, and there are scary things afoot when you go to work every day. Here are some that will make you quake in your boots. Or sneakers.

Note: The text accompanying these posters was written by the creators; a link to them is at the bottom.
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A Nightmare on Main Street

FEATURING: Income Disparity Between the Rich and the Rest of Us

The federal government spends nearly $24 billion each year to pay contractors for executive compensation. If these payouts to executives were capped at $230,700 (the vice president's salary), hundreds of thousands of low-wage federal contract workers could see a raise of $6.69 per hour, or $13,902 a year, for working full-time, without additional costs to taxpayers. We need federal policies that lift up working families in our country rather than the top corporate executives and bankers on Wall Street.
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Invasion Of The Wage Snatchers

FEATURING: Workers Who Fall Victim to Wage Theft

More than 60 percent of low-wage workers suffer wage violations each week. They lose 15 percent of their earnings each year on average, according to a 2008 report. Wages are stolen when employers do not pay minimum wage or overtime pay, force workers to work off the clock, withhold final paychecks, misclassify them as independent contractors, or steal tips. We need to continue to work with local, state, and federal lawmakers to create policies that reflect how scary of a crime it is to steal wages from workers!
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Silencing the Immigrant

FEATURING: Millions of Our Family, Friends, and Neighbors in the Shadows

America's immigration policies are hurting more than 11 million immigrants and their families while condoning abuse to undocumented workers. More than 75 percent of undocumented workers say they've worked off the clock without pay, 85 percent did not receive an overtime rate, and 37 percent received less than the minimum wage for their work, according to a 2009 survey.
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The Bentonville Horror

FEATURING: Walmart Workers Standing Up for Dignity and Respect

Nearly one-half of Walmart workers earn less than $25,000 a year, a Walmart spokesperson recently said. Wages for store employees are so low that according to a congressional report, one Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin costs taxpayers in the state up to $900,000 in government aid programs for workers earning poverty wages. We need to urge large corporations like Walmart to be leaders in good jobs: pay wages families can live on and create a safe and intimidation-free work environment.

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FEATURING: Poultry Workers Facing Increased Risk of Injury

The Department of Agriculture is implementing a new rule that eliminates 75 percent of USDA inspectors who make sure the poultry that leaves processing plants is safe for consumers. The new rule increases their line speeds for processing by 25 percent. The new line speed regulation will increase risks of injury for poultry workers who process

Vampire Kermit vs Vincent Price

Dad Makes a Low-Cost 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand For His Son

Leon McCarthy was born without fingers on one of his hands due to restricted blood flow in the womb, CBS reports. Two years ago, his father Paul McCarthy saw a video of Liam and his 3D-printed Robohand and searched online for a 3D-printed prosthetic pattern for his son. Since, Leon has learned to use the inexpensive 3D-printed prosthetic and he and his father work to modify the original design to make more useful hands whenever he outgrows one. Previously we posted about the Open Hand Project, an attempt to create an open-source 3D-printed prosthetic hand for people just like Leon.
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Little Girl Dresses Up as All Eleven Doctors From ‘Doctor Who’ For Halloween

Doctor Who
Todd Kent’s two-year-old daughter Katie dressed up as all eleven Doctors for Halloween this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. To see the rest of her outfits, head over to Kent’s blog. In previous years, Katie dressed up as every member of The Avengers and every Lantern color.
Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Doctor Who
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Oct 25, 2013

Here Are 6 Seconds From 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'
In the future, maybe all movies will be Vines. Until then, studios will use Vine to tease the trailers that tease the movies. Cool. With the first trailer for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" due out on Oct. 29, 20th Century Fox release six seconds of the trailer teaser to Vine on Thursday. It looks good, if brief. Watch below.

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The Assassin's Gun: Internet Liberty Gone Way Too Far

It’s not just bomb-making instructions and Daniel Pearl murder videos that you can find online. Joining them now is the world’s first downloadable gun.
Meet Cody Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas, who posted downloadable blueprints for a plastic handgun onto a server in New Zealand. The handgun’s components can then be “printed” and assembled by anyone, anywhere with access to 3D-printing technology. Three-dimensional printers create shapes out of sheets of plastic. At present, those printers are very expensive, but undoubtedly not for long.
Within 48 hours, Wilson’s gun blueprints were copied 100,000 times. They were uploaded onto other file-sharing systems all over the planet. On Thursday, Wilson received a letter from the U.S. government demanding that he take down his blueprints. Wilson has said he will comply, but of course it’s now far too late. His gun is available to anyone willing to undertake a few minutes of Internet research.
Wilson now insists he was just trying to start a conversation about appropriate government restrictions on Internet speech. “This is the conversation I want,” he said to Forbes magazine. “Is this a workable regulatory regime? Can there be defense trade control in the era of the Internet and 3D printing?”
To paraphrase an old joke, however, you get a very different conversation with a question and a gun, than with a question alone.
Wilson, a libertarian activist, calls his gun “the Liberator” — implying that it will empower the beleaguered individual against the forces of state tyranny.
But you won’t be wanting to take “the Liberator” with you into the field against Bashar Assad’s goons. Wilson’s gun fires a single bullet at short range with limited accuracy. It’s main utility is its ability to pass a metal detector. It is, in other words, an assassin’s weapon.
Cody Williams has declared his purpose on his website, Defense Distributed: “to defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute … such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest.” Wilson told an interviewer that he hoped “to literally materialize freedom.”
Anti-social behavior will always be with us. It’s the accompanying sermons that stick in the craw
Rom Coms that didn't make it....
rom-com couples
It's time for some real talk: Your favorite rom-com couple most likely wouldn't last in the real world. Below, we've assembled 10 movie pairs whose love probably didn't make it past the closing credits.
Think we left out any ill-fated rom-com couples? Tell us in the comments!
  • Sandy And Danny From 'Grease'
    This couple's inevitable breakup has nothing to do with them being so different and everything to do with Sandy getting fed up with Danny using all her hair gel if they ever moved in together. Get your own, Danny Zuko. Get your own.
  • Alison And Ben From 'Knocked Up'
    Yeah, because relationships built on the solid foundation of a drunken one-night-stand always work out. (Oh, we kid, we kid.)
  • Blane And Andie From 'Pretty In Pink'
    Why do Andy and Blane break up? Because any scenario where Andy doesn't eventually end up with Ducky (pictured above) is a travesty.
  • Ben And Elaine From 'The Graduate'
    We think Ben and Elaine got married -- then promptly got divorced. The only thing worse than a meddling mother-in-law? A meddling mother-in-law you had an affair with. Yikes.
  • Dionne And Murray From 'Clueless'
    Sorry, guys, Dionne and Murray's love is just too tumultuous to make it past the twelfth grade. Unless Cher plays mediator for them for the rest of their lives, there's no way Dionne and Murray are going to stay together. Sad, but true.
  • Annie And Sam From 'Sleepless In Seattle'
    What spelled disaster for these two? That moment at the end of movie where Sam's 8-year-old son tells a taxi driver, "I'm going to meet my new mom!" Slow it down, guys.
  • Tracy And Dexter From 'The Philadelphia Story'
    Yep, we're going old school with this one. Tracy had the option of choosing a safe nice guy (played by Jimmy Stewart) or Dexter, the charismatic bad boy (played by Cary Grant) she'd already divorced once before. She chose the latter. Good luck with that, girl.
  • Zack And Laney From 'She's All That'
    Laney is too cool to stick with someone who'd place a mean makeover bet on her with his pals. We're guessing she hightailed it to art school on the east coast, sans Zack.
  • Jerry And Dorothy From 'Jerry Maguire'
    "You complete me." "You had me at hello." These two are going to run out of sweet nothings to say to each other eventually -- and it's not going to be pretty.
  • Edward And Vivian From 'Pretty Woman'
    Is it just us, or did Edward spend the majority of "Pretty Woman" trying to change poor Vivian? "Buy new clothes," "stop fidgeting!" "put a coat on." Rude. In our ending, Viv says buh bye to Edward, gets her GED and eventually becomes a kick-ass businesswoman in her own right

Interview with MAD's Jack Davis about his Tales From the Crypt comic book days

Artist Anthony Howe Talks About His Stunning Wind Sculptures

Artist Anthony Howe talks about his stunning wind-powered kinetic sculptures in this video feature by The Creators Project. For more on Howe’s hypnotic sculpture work, see our recent post.
Anthony Howe Wind Sculptures
Anthony Howe Wind Sculptures
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Workwankers, Illustrations of Unlikable Characters in the Design & Ad Industries

Workwankers is an illustration series of the many unlikable characters who lurk in the design and advertising worlds. The series is by Joe Sayaman, Peter Cortez, and Sam Mylarczyk of Mizaplas.
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Oct 24, 2013

Icelandic necropants

As seen on Miami Vice