Can't Pay? Won't Pay!
Wont Pay. is play originally written in Italian by Dario Fo. Regarded as Fos best-known play internationally after Morte accidentale di un anarchico, considered a Marxist, political farce, it is one of Fos most famous plays. A comedy about consumer backlash against high prices, it was written by Fo in 1974 and it was first translated into English in 1975 by Lino Pertile. A North American English-language adaptation of the play was created by R. G. Davies around 1984, the American premiere was performed by the San Francisco Mime Troupe. The title of the original English translation, Cant Pay, wont Pay. has passed into the English language. Mitchell, Tony, Dario Fo, Peoples Court Jester, London, Methuen, ISBN 0-413-73320-3
Consumerist is a consumer affairs blog owned by Consumer Media LLC, a subsidiary of Consumer Reports with posts provided by a team of full-time reporters and editors. The blogs focus is on consumerism and consumers experiences and issues with companies and corporations, some content is based on reader-submitted tips and complaints, but the majority of the sites articles consist of original content and reporting by the sites staff. Gawker Media established the blog in December 2005, with Joel Johnson as editor, Johnson had previously edited Gizmodo for Gawker. The idea of the site was based on a similar Hungarian blog called Tékozló Homár, Tékozló Homár is part of the Hungarian leading portal Index. Gawker hired Ben Popken to take over as lead in February,2006. Johnson left Gawker in July 2006, citing a disagreement about role within the company, Gawker put the blog up for sale in November 2008, at the same time it announced the closure of one of its other blogs, Valleywag. Consumerist was purchased by Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports, the sites only two full-time employees, site lead Ben Popken and senior editor Meghann Marco, were retained through the sale. Following the acquisition, Marco and Popken shared the title of Co-Executive Editor, and contributors Chris Walters and Carey Greenberg-Berger, as such, the site was considered a loss leader, whose primary business role was to help drive traffic to other revenue-producing Gawker sites. As an ad-free publication, Consumerist has some freedom to take on major national advertisers such as Comcast, Consumer Reports laid off Managing Editor Ben Popken in November 2011. The departure was announced in a blog post by Popken on Consumerist. Consumerists traffic has remained throughout most of its existence. At the time it was acquired from Gawker, it had traffic of approximately 10 million pageviews. Friday Flickr Finds Usually the first post of every Friday consisting of reader submitted photos, Great Moments In Commercial History A popular past feature was known as Great Moments In Commercial History, which focused on strange and entertaining local commercials. Past feature moments have included Moo and Oink grocery stores and Mr. Appliance, above and Beyond In a post introducing Above and Beyond, Creator Carey Greenberg-Berger said, Occasionally, corporations do something right. When they do, we want to give credit where credit is due, Worst Company In America The Consumerist runs an annual Worst Company In America contest with the winner determined by a series of reader polls. The single-elimination tournament is similar in format to college basketballs March Madness being held simultaneously, companies that have advanced to the final four are included in the table below. The winning company is sent a Golden Poo trophy, in recent years, silver and bronze poos have been sent to the other finalists. This tournament has not been held since 2015 for unknown reasons, stories reported on The Consumerist have been featured in national media such as CNN and The New York Times
WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated dystopian comic science fiction comedy film directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton, produced by Jim Morris, and co-written by Jim Reardon. It stars the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver and it was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and was the overall ninth feature film produced by the company. After directing Finding Nemo, Stanton felt Pixar had created believable simulations of underwater physics and was willing to direct a film set largely in space. WALL-E has minimal dialogue in its early sequences, many of the characters do not have voices, the film criticizes consumerism, corporatism, nostalgia, waste management, human environmental impact and concerns, obesity, and global catastrophic risk. It is also Pixars first animated film with segments featuring live-action characters, following Pixar tradition, WALL-E was paired with a short film titled Presto for its theatrical release. WALL-E was released in the United States and Canada on June 27,2008 and it was an instant blockbuster, grossing $533. The film also topped Times Best Movies of the Decade, in 2805, Earth is abandoned and largely contaminated with garbage, with its people evacuated by megacorporation Buy-N-Large on giant starliners. One day, WALL-E discovers a healthy seedling, which he returns to his home, later, an unmanned spaceship lands and deploys an EVE probe to scan the planet. WALL-E is infatuated with EVE, who is hostile but gradually befriends him. When WALL-E brings EVE to his trailer and shows her the plant, however, she takes the plant. WALL-E, confused, unsuccessfully tries to reactivate her, the ship then returns to collect EVE, and with WALL-E clinging on, returns to its mothership, the starliner Axiom. EVE is taken to the bridge, with WALL-E tagging along, however, AUTO orders his robotic assistant GO-4 to steal the plant to prevent this from happening. With the plant missing, EVE is deemed faulty and taken to Diagnostics, WALL-E mistakes the procedure as torture, and in intervening accidentally frees a group of malfunctioning robots and causes both EVE and himself to be designated as rogue. WALL-E escapes, saving the plant, and he and EVE reconcile, EVE brings the plant back to McCrea, who watches EVEs recordings of Earth and concludes that they must return. However, AUTO refuses, revealing his own secret no-return directive A113 and he mutinies, electrocuting WALL-E and deactivating EVE and throwing them both down the garbage chute, then detaining the captain. Having arrived back on Earth, EVE repairs and reactivates WALL-E, heartbroken, EVE gives WALL-E a farewell kiss, which sparks his memory back to life. WALL-E and EVE reunite as the humans and robots of the Axiom begin to restore Earth, Ben Burtt as WALL-E, the title character. WALL-E, a robot who has developed sentience, is the robot of his kind shown to be still functioning on Earth