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@  Waspinator : (17 December 2018 - 12:29 AM)

I'd say it's more of a crushing sensation than a sucking one.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 December 2018 - 09:57 PM)

Whole heartedly agree.

@  Paladin : (16 December 2018 - 07:22 PM)

migraines suck.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 December 2018 - 04:39 PM)

They may have had it earlier than that; Risa uses weather control tech to maintain its resort-style climate, and it was shown to already be established in the late 22nd century

@  wonko the sane? : (16 December 2018 - 03:13 PM)

By next gen they had weather control on earth, and were even in the process of upgrading the geologic stability network. So yeah: habitat maintenance on the next level.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 December 2018 - 02:51 PM)

Something something invert polarity something technobabble something.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 December 2018 - 02:38 PM)

I imagine World War III managed to decimate enough of the industrial economies that they inadvertently managed to exceed their carbon reduction targets from the Paris Accords, and then by the time Earth got back on its feet after the development of warp drive and first contact with the Vulcans, electricity was able to be generated cleanly and much more efficiently

@  The Doctor Who : (16 December 2018 - 01:48 PM)

I mean, they have futuristic weather control satellites and everything, I would imagine that global warming is a thing of the past in Trek.

@  unluckiness : (16 December 2018 - 09:39 AM)

How's that unrealistic? Not even the ocean wants it.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 December 2018 - 01:35 AM)

The most unrealistic thing (from a U.S. perspective) is that Florida isn't underwater!

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 December 2018 - 01:35 AM)

I was reminded today of a funny thing about Star Trek:

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 09:58 PM)

Whatever they can sell it for?

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 December 2018 - 09:48 PM)

Geez, WTF do those China sellers on eBay need my phone number for?

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 09:44 PM)

Does the PotP voyager Starscream's chest stick out so far in combiner torso mode? It's kinda weird how much Elita Infinite's back seems so empty up top but very... protruding lower down.

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 01:26 AM)

Trying to fit Elita One's combiner head back into her torso is a pain in the arse (and not just because her torso becomes her arse in combiner torso mode)

@  RichardT1977 : (14 December 2018 - 10:04 PM)

Power corrupts and corruption empowers.

@  Echowarrior : (14 December 2018 - 07:10 PM)

Welcome to real life...at least until enough people get fed up and they break out the guillotines.

@  Pennpenn : (14 December 2018 - 06:58 PM)

It's almost as if the people with the most money have funneled money into making the systems of government and law serve their purposes in retaining their wealth, no matter how harmful, counterintuitive, or just flat out evil they have to be. Huh.

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:49 PM)

https://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/10/mother-jones-vandersloot-melaleuca-lawsuit/

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:45 PM)

Some states have laws against that, but they're in a tiny minority. There are plenty of cases where rich people have gone after journalists and their employers for accurate reporting, lost, but still left their targets saddled with hundreds of thousands ofdollars in legal fees and no hope of recovering anyof the money because a partisan judge has decreed that while they're innocent, they're not innocent enough.

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:43 PM)

The american system is as bad, there are plenty of cases of billionaires or corporations filing libel suits purely to kill reporting or activisim against their activities. SLAPP suits. Strategic Lawsuits against public participation.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2018 - 12:48 PM)

e.g. British libel laws place the burden of proof on the accuser, which is how we wind up with Emirati billionaires suing Western journalists in British courts

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2018 - 12:46 PM)

Never visited the UK in my life, but reading about British laws in the news gives me the vibe that British culture inherently protects the wealthy and established.

@  Anonymous X : (14 December 2018 - 12:39 PM)

Sounds a lot better than labour law in the UK. It's bare minimum standards here, you don't get any employment rights as such in the first two years of employment (and the employer can arbitrarily reset the clock). Unions are limited to a few public sector professions as well; in the private sector, there basically aren't any unions.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:25 PM)

Bonus points if your company has a works council. The employer is required by law to hear the works council prior to giving you your termination. The works council cannot prevent your termination if the employer really insists on going through with it, but if the employer failed to hear the works council, didn't wait for the works council to respond, or failed to tell the works council *all* the relevant details, the termination is legally invalid due to a technicality.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:23 PM)

The employer has to tell you the reason for your termination if you explicitly ask for it, and if you can prove the reason is factually incorrect, the employer may lose the case.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

For all its flaws, I really like a lot about our German labor law. Here, if you're under a permanent contract and have been continually employed for over six months, employers can only fire you for reasons that fall into one of three categories defined by law, and the burden of proof is on the employer's side in a potential court case.

@  Paladin : (13 December 2018 - 05:38 PM)

in brightest day or blackest night?

@  Bass X0 : (13 December 2018 - 05:25 PM)

Finally we get a Greenlight toy.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 December 2018 - 04:58 PM)

See.. In America they would just fire you for having the wrong color shoes on or some BS reason.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:13 AM)

And hey, in addition to the clocked extra hours, I earned an additional 50% overtime bonus.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:12 AM)

This past Saturday, in full expectance of a strike this week, I worked a full extra shift. They assigned me and some of the other volunteers to a totally pointless task, while some ladies were seriously sweeping the floor. When asked how long I was planning to stay, I smiled and said "a full shift!"

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

"You were asking for volunteers, right? I'm staying." - "But we have no more work for you!" - "I don't see how that's *my* problem..."

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

It's possible to use that to troll the employer a little, though... Once they allow voluntary overtime, they cannot backtrack from that. So once you notice you're rapidly running out of work, you just decide to do overtime out of spite.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:08 AM)

Now if there's *no* strike... people eventually run out of work.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:07 AM)

Amazon is prepared for strikes... they just hire way too many people for the Christmas season. If there's a strike, they still have enough (albeit inexperienced) workers.

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 07:49 PM)

Not one bit :p

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (12 December 2018 - 06:46 PM)

@Steevy Did you read TM2's post? "Amazon.de".

@  Paladin : (12 December 2018 - 06:37 PM)

just wait until the European economy collapses up its Brexit-shaped asshole.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 06:22 PM)

Probably not a ton of people, no. Although I'd say I order from one European Amazon site once every month or two, myself. Usually UK, but sometimes Germany as well. France and Italy a couple times, too. There are some good Blu-Ray releases that are exclusive to Europe

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 06:00 PM)

I'm not sure a European strike is going to impact North American customers.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 04:13 PM)

Well, somebody must've been working 'cuz I had an order in with Amazon.de that got shipped out the other day

@  Echowarrior : (12 December 2018 - 01:29 PM)

Amazon.

@  Benbot : (12 December 2018 - 01:01 PM)

AOL?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:22 PM)

Also, strike has been extended. So no working for 50 minutes. Would have been fun, though.

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:21 PM)

I said numerous times already that I work at that big American corporation that begins with "A".

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

Preferably the equivalent of Lara Croft or Indiana Jones a thousand years from now

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 December 2018 - 02:26 PM)

The turkeys... The answer is always the Turkeys.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 December 2018 - 02:05 PM)

Who would be the heroes in this situation?

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 02:03 PM)

When I die, I want my body to be part of a puzzle solution. Like, have my skeleton pointing at the clue the heroes are supposed to find.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:30 PM

https://www.cnbc.com...tcy-filing.html

This is not good. Not good at all! :(
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:56 PM

How did they find a picture of a Toys R Us putting anything on sale?


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:57 PM

Must be photoshopped.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:05 PM

Yeah, losing TRU would be devastating in terms of toy maker leverage.  If they go, the market will pretty much shutter to Walmart, Target and Amazon with whatever meager percentages regional department stores and the old "market six" categories like dollar stores and outlet/discounters.

 

And toys are NOT a priority for most of those sources.  Frankly, I think a LOT of smaller toy makers and smaller/riskier initiatives are going to be hurt by such a loss.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:15 PM

Losing TRU would probably seriously hurt NECA, maybe even kill them...


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:31 PM

I work there this is troubling we lost 4 stores in Houston area due to Harvey as well ugh

 

 

and... HEY! we have sales all the time and I made dam good use out of them


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:33 PM

I hope they're not the next major retailer to abandon the Canadian market completely.  The retail landscape up here is bleak enough as it is.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:34 PM

I've seen some NECA stuff at Walgreens and even larger Walmarts and Targets.  But those venues really don't address the same numbers as the dedicated section they get at TRU.  I was actually thinking guys like Tomy, Spinmasters and Jazwares who generally don't command significant space at Walmart and Target.  The loss of TRU would DEVASTATE them given how the larger retailers (ESPECIALLY Walmart) tend to ignore anything without a major movie or media push. 



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:36 PM

I hope they're not the next major retailer to abandon the Canadian market completely.  The retail landscape up here is bleak enough as it is.

No kidding, the only other place to get transformers in quebec is walmart, and that is literally it. None of the other big box stores have toy sections, except at christmas, and it's all everyone else's overstock. Even walmart sucks these days as they haven't seemed to restock anything but lego since june.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:17 PM

Goddammit.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:13 PM

I think this would be more of a financial structure issue, not an actual "closing the business down for good" issue.  A bankruptcy wouldn't be a good indicator of long-term health and stability, but it wouldn't necessarily be a death knell either.

 

I'm not worried yet.  If they suddenly start spinning out more baby-only stores, or non-toy versions, or other things that show clear moves away from the toy market, then I'll be worried.  Right now it just looks like an exercise in accountancy.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:07 AM

This doesn't surprise me at all. They are over priced compared to big box stores. But I hate to see them go. Hope it doesn't affect babies r us.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:18 AM

This does not sound good. They are the only toy store left.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

This doesn't surprise me at all. They are over priced compared to big box stores. But I hate to see them go. Hope it doesn't affect babies r us.

Which, in my corner of canada, was usually made up for by the fact that they carried not only volumes the other stores (at the time.) didn't carry, as well stock the other stores didn't carry.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:09 AM

Hopefully they remain afloat. 


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

Nice to see that I'm not the only one hoping that Toys R Us weathers this current storm.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:42 AM

I don't think Toys R us will go under but in the era of Internet shopping its likely they'll consider down sizing and moving to smaller stores to help reduce costs, then they might decide to reduce number of staff in their stores, the video part of the article pretty much says without saying it, all options are on the table.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:48 PM

I work there this is troubling we lost 4 stores in Houston area due to Harvey as well ugh

 

 

and... HEY! we have sales all the time and I made dam good use out of them

The problem with Toys R Us sales (and has always been, really) is that the "sale" usually just lowers it to the normal price of most other places.

 

Atlanta used to have three Toys R Us stores not just five years ago, and now there are none left in the city, just a couple in the outlying towns.  I think TRU might have a problem handling rising rent rates in civic centers.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 02:45 PM

Expect to see more of this in the next five years.

 

As part of my moving up the corporate ladder, I've been privy to education about the state of the retail business in general. While yes, I work for Satan Incarnate (Walmart), it surprised me how in training they talked openly about the state of brick and mortar retail.

 

Bluntly put? It's dying out. Some businesses have the means to weather the storm and transition to a E-commerce platform, but a lot of stores have over-specialized and lack the overhead and infrastructure to transition to a web based business.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:55 PM

Or they were too slow in jumping on board with e-commerce and their niche has already been filled, which is what Wal-Mart itself has had problems with for a decade.


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