I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
Culled the blood of the exploited working class
But now they've overcome their shyness and they're calling Your Highness
And saying 'kiss me, son of God'
So I'm biggering my company
I'm biggering my factory
I'm biggering my corporate sign
Everybody out there, take care of yours and me?
I'll take care of mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!
(Shake that bottom line)
Let me hear you say 'smogulous smoke'
Complain all you want, it's never ever, ever, ever gonna stop
I'd do it in a minute
If I could write off your murder
I'd save all of my receipts
Because I'd rather you be dead
Than lose a tiny shred of what I made this fiscal year
I'd rather you be dead than ponder parting with my second home
I'd rather you be dead than consider not opening a restaurant
I'd rather you be dead
You can wheel and deal the best of them
Steal it from the rest of them
You know the score
Their ethics are a bore..."
There's a man going around in the town
He's the bad businessman
Does his business while he can
He just does his business bad
— Squirrel Nut Zippers - Bad Businessman
"There are so many things I remember
From the deeply revered days of old
When living was gentle and gracious
And working folk did as they're told.
They were wonderful days, I remember,
When a feller could live like a king;
And children were working in coal mines
And life was a beautiful thing.
But the fortunes of mankind are changing;
Things aren't what they were anymore;
And although I'm in no way complaining,
By Harris and Tweed, I preferred it before."
Family, religion, friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
is a record executive — a cunning hotheaded opportunist. Don’t you see, they thrive on misleading, tricking and ensnaring! They’re like feral animals, rabid dogs thinking only of what will benefit them in the moment!
The unfiltered starlight from the lovely constellations above is full of deadly radiation! Help yourself to our complimentary SPF 3000 starblock. And by 'complimentary', I mean 'quite expensive'.
Are you saying that we shouldn't help our customers? Gilbert Huph: The law requires
that I answer "no."
"? Bruce, shame on you. No such thing. One can never have too much power. If my life has a meaning, that's the meaning. Bruce Wayne:
Yeah. Well. I'm gonna fight you on this. And I've already spoken to the Mayor, and we see eye-to-eye, so— Max Shrek:
Mayors come and go. Bluebloods tire easy.
New York disappeared behind a veil of snow. I had crossed the threshold. This was her domain. Sleek and sexy and souless, all glass and steel. A place of color-coded security keycards, metal detectors and surveillance systems. Colder than a walk-in fridge...Cold as a gun.
Ansem: We need to kick off 2009 with a bang. Something that will remind people how evil FOX truly is. I mean something that would make Sauron jealous. Just pure evil.
[Cut to a courtroom] Judge: I hereby award the rights to Watchmen to FOX studios.
Killing the indigenous looks bad, but the only thing the shareholders hate more than bad press is a bad quarterly statement.
I hear you're a conspiracy nut
. Well, this
is the conspiracy, kid. It ain't ancient gods an' aliens an' coded shit on the dollar bill. It ain't even a secret. It's somethin' ordinary folks do for a livin', every day of the week. It's business
People wanna live like this, in their cars and big fuckin' houses they can't even pay for — then you're necessary. The only reason that they all get to continue living like kings is cause we got our fingers on the scales in their favor. I take my hand off and then the whole world gets really fuckin' fair really fuckin' quickly
, and nobody actually wants that. They say they do, but they don't. They want what we have to give them, but they also wanna, you know, play innocent and pretend they have no idea where it came from. Well, that's more hypocrisy than I'm willing to swallow, so fuck 'em. Fuck normal people.
: Wally, I've discovered a deadly security flaw in our product. Who should I inform? Wally
: No one. The stock market would plunge. We'd have massive layoffs. Your career will be ruined. Asok
: But my negligence could cause the death of a dozen customers. Wally
: The first dozen is always the hardest
Oh, don't turn into one of those environmental doomsayers, Sinclair. Boo-hoo, it's raining acid, there's a hole in the ozone, you're hurting Flipper
! Bah! Bunch of tree hugging pantywaists! They're always standing in the way of profits and it's our job to pave right over them! Earl:
I think you're missing the point, sir. The world may be coming to an end! Richfield:
Well, that's a fourth
: You are responsible for raising an icon which draws worship from the Lord. You have broken the first commandment. Not only that, I'm afraid not a-one of you passes for a decent human being. Your continued existence is a mockery of morality. Like you, Mr. Burton. Last year, you cheated on your wife of seventeen years eight times. You even had sex with her best friend while you were supposed to be home watching the kids. Loki
: (gives two thumbs up)
In the bed that you and your wife share, no less! Bartleby
: Mr. Newman: you got your girlfriend drunk at last year's Christmas party and then paid a kid from the mail room to have sex with her — while she was passed out — just so you could break up with her guilt-free when she sobbingly confessed in the morning. (She, uh, killed herself three months later.) Mr. Brace disowned his gay son! Very compassionate, Mr. Brace. Mr. Ray put his mother in a third-rate nursing home and then used the profits from the sale of her home to buy an oriental rug for himself. Heavens
. Mr. Barker flew to Thailand on the company account to have sex with an eleven-year-old boy. Mr. Holtzman okay'ed the production of Mooby Dolls from materials he knew to be toxic and unsafe, because it was, SURVEY SAYS...!
— Two archangels preparing to execute the board of Dis
We chase and shout after the man who steals your basket of eggs. The wiser thief is the man who manipulates us into buying goods we need at his shop and overcharges us a copper piece every time he can. He takes much more from us all, without ever having to run anywhere or suffer our anger. Indeed, sometimes we praise him for providing what we want or need, and never look past his welcoming smile.
It has been said that most merchants die not of lawbreaking or lack of coin but of running afoul of a cabal—one they belong to, two or more they belong to that end up having conflicting aims or activities, or just one they happen to be in the way of. Cabal troubles, even more than angry victims of swindles, are the reason so many merchants mysteriously fall out of high windows, fall 'asleep' on streets where heavily laden wagons can roll over them, or go for swims in handy harbors while unconscious.
: So you're saying we should go to the company C.E.O. and appeal to his generosity and nobility instead of his greed? Sawtooth
: Psst. Florence. Go with the greed.
After all, what could a master criminal buy? There was a shortage of seaside properties with real lava flows
near a reliable source of piranhas, and the world sure as hell didn't need another Dark Lord, not with Gilt doing so well. Gilt didn’t need a tower with ten thousand trolls camped outside. He just needed a ledger and a sharp mind. It worked better, was cheaper and he could go out and party at night.
You make history, I make money.
I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices
. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.
The markets are free! So much money for me! Tell me, why should I care for peace and love?!
— Pig With The Face Of A Boy, Soviet Tetris
Meanwhile the four ugly corporation directors were having a wonderful time. They were running the company all over the place. Twice a day they watered the stock, to keep it fresh. And every Saturday they took a long pair of garden shears and trimmed the dividend. All in all, you would not find a nicer bunch of fellows outside of a police line-up.
I prey on the innocent. It's how I made my fortune, and, quite frankly, it's fun
Those without valid employment cards will be shipped off to the eastern labour camps. President
: Of course, the irony is while you've been closing plants here in the west, you've been building them in the east. So if the unemployed were sent to the eastern labour camps, a great many of them would be working for you again, only this time without payment. Morgus
: (innocently) I hadn't thought of that. President:
: Good morning, my golden retrievers! What kind of havoc shall the Carver Media Group create in the world today? News? Newsman
: Floods in Pakistan, riots in Paris, and a plane crash in California. Elliot Carver
! Mr. Jones, are we ready to release our new software? Jones
: Yes, sir. As requested, it's full of bugs, which means people will be forced to upgrade for years
. Elliot Carver
: Outstanding! Mr. Wallace, call the President. Tell him if he doesn't sign the bill lowering the cable rates, we will release the video of him with the cheerleader in the Chicago motel room. Mr. Wallace
: Inspired, sir. Elliot Carver
: And after he signs the bill, release the tape anyway
. Mr. Wallace
: Consider him slimed.
So you've got a dweeb army. Am I supposed to be scared to attack? Dartz:
(smirking) Well, only if destroying an innocent soul concerns
(smirkier) Naaah. As the President of a major corporation, I have to do that every day.
The true terrorists of our world do not meet at the docks at midnight, or scream "Allahu Akbar" before some violent action. The true terrorists of our world wear 5000 dollar suits and work in the highest positions of finance, government and business.
Whenever I saw a negative article about Gore, I put it in with the paychecks of my 8,000 employees
. I had my managers do a survey on every employee. If they liked Bush
, we made them register to vote...he would win by 527 votes. Afterward, we did a survey among the employees to find out who voted who wouldn’t have otherwise. One thousand of them said so.
—David Siegel explains how billionaires cast their votes
You gotta understand the dystopic cyberpunk future that Microsoft's doing business in...During and after the reveal event, these executives have been acting real
wishy-washy about how they're trying to cripple the retail side of the gaming industry and scrape even more jobs away from the American economy.
One of Walmart’s tractor-trailers rammed into a limo bus carrying Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Mack and others on the New Jersey Turnpike last June. Tracy’s lawyer says that it’s all Walmart’s fault because Kevin Roper, the driver of the tractor-trailer, was awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and he was driving 20mph over the speed limit. But well, if you thought that Walmart’s yellow smiley face of pure evil
would just spit out an 'I’m sorry' before dropping a mountain of money into Tracy’s lap, then you don’t know Walmart or billion dollar American corporations... I’m surprised they didn’t say, 'No, Tracy’s limo ran into OUR truck. It ran into OUR truck ten times!
' But I’m sure they’ll settle, and then the evil minions of Lucifer who run Walmart will roll-forward prices a little bit, because it’s not like that settlement money is going to come out of their year-end bonuses.
Imagine being a billionaire with a permanent, endless revenue stream thanks to a brain-damaging sport
and somehow feeling like the VICTIM. That mentality isn't an accidental byproduct of Goodell's leadership. At every turn, the NFL has been openly irritated at being compelled, against their will, to deal with all of this shit: injuries, abuse, etc. In keeping with the hypocrisy of the 32 men he answers to, Goodell also berated employees for being overpaid (Goodell earned $44 million in salary last season):... These are the gifts Goodell has given to football: not only the visible and lingering resentment of those in power being asked to act in a humane manner, but adopting the institutional tone of a 90-year-old oil-state senator discussing climate change with Sean Hannity
. DURRRRR STUPID LIBRULS WITH THEIR SCIENCE CAN'T TAKE THE HIGH ROAD DURRRR
Yeah, we can't get in to see Unplugged
. Why not? Well I asked one of the vice-presidents here — and obviously I'm not allowed to say what his name is, so I'll just call him 'Dirtbag
' — I said, 'Hey, Dirtbag, how come we can't get in to see Unplugged
?' And he gives me this whole rigmarole about how we can't get a load of tickets for you guys, and we only run the network, and we probably can't even count that high.
— Michael Ian Black
, The State
, complaining about MTV
not allowing him and the other ten cast members to be in the MTV Unplugged
ISO 9001 Certification is a license to kill!
Weyland-Yutani now of the opinion that an uncontrollable biological weapon that reliably wipes out their science teams en masse is totally worth openly declaring war on their own country's military
for. Christ knows how Weyland-Yutani spent their time before the Aliens were discovered; probably threw children on piles of burning money.
If corporations are people then why can't I punch one in the fucking face?
"I know this is supposed to be an evil corporation, but having actual pure, elemental evil lying around seems to be slight overkill."