A few Despair.com “De-motivators:”

A sampling of “De-motivators:”

Change When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can become deadly projectiles.

Bitterness Never be afraid to share your dreams with the world, because there’s nothing the world loves more than the taste of really sweet dreams.

CluelessnessThere are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.

Compromise Let’s agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.

Consistency It’s only a virtue if you’re not a screwup.

Consulting If you’re not a part of the solution,there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem.

Conformity When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Defeat For every winner, there are dozens of losers. Odds are you’re one of them.

Delusions There is no greater joy than soaring high on the wings of your dreams, except maybe the joy of watching a dreamer who has nowhere to land but in the ocean of reality.

Demotivation Sometimes the best solution to morale problems is just to fire all of the unhappy people.

Discovery A company that will go to the ends of the Earth for its people will find it can hire them for about 10% of the cost of Americans.

Destiny You were meant for me. Perhaps as a punishment.

Doubt In the battle between you and the world, bet on the world.

Dysfunction The only consistent feature in all of your dissatisfying relationships is you.

Dreams Dreams are like rainbows. Only idiots chase them.

Fear Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea

Flattery If you want to get to the top, prepare to kiss a lot of the bottom.

Give Up At some point, hanging in there just makes you look like an even bigger loser.

Humiliation The harder you try, the dumber you look.

Idiocy Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Irresponsibility No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.

Meetings None of us is as dumb as all of us.

Mistakes It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

Potential Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up.

Pretension The downside of being better than everyone else is that people tend to assume you’re pretentious.

Pressure It can turn a lump of coal into a flawless diamond, or an average person into a perfect basketcase.

Problems No matter how great and destructive your problems may seem now, remember, you’ve probably only seen the tip of them

Propaganda What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies right to our faces.

Sacrifice Your role may be thankless, but if you’re willing to give it your all, you just might bring success to those who outlast you.

Stupidity Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win AND never quit are idiots.

Tradition Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.

Worth Just because you’re necessary doesn’t mean you’re important.

Underachievement The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the lawnmower.

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After Layoffs, Workers Stay at a Factory in Protest

In the New York Times Saturday, by MONICA DAVEY:

CHICAGO — Scores of workers laid off from a factory here that makes windows and doors have refused to leave, deciding to stage a “peaceful occupation” of the plant around the clock this weekend as they demand pay they say is owed them.

Workers at Republic Windows and Doors, which laid off about 250 people, said they were notified Tuesday that the plant, more than four decades old, would close Friday. They said they were given insufficient notice and were never paid for vacation days or severance.

The workers, many of whom were sitting on fold-up chairs on the factory floor Saturday afternoon, said they would not leave.

“They’re staying because the fact is that these workers feel they have nothing to lose at this point,” said Leah Fried, an organizer for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 1110, who said groups of 30 were occupying the plant in shifts. “Telling them they have three days before they are out on the street, penniless, is outrageous.”

Officials from the company, which makes vinyl windows and patio doors, were not at the plant on Saturday and could not be reached by telephone.

Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the company’s leader had reported that sales had fallen drastically over the last month.

The Chicago police said they were monitoring the situation but had no reason to remove the workers. “We haven’t got any reports of a criminal nature at this time,” a police spokesman said.

Workers blamed Bank of America, which they said had served as an important lender to Republic Windows, for cutting off credit to the company and preventing workers from being paid. Some workers carried signs and stickers criticizing the bank: “You got bailed out, we got sold out.”

A spokeswoman for Bank of America, Julie Westermann, said in a written statement that “because of our client confidentiality obligations, we cannot comment on any individual clients’ situations.” But Ms. Westermann noted, “Neither Bank of America nor any other third party lender to the company has the right to control whether the company complies with applicable laws or honors its commitments to its employees.”

Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, said union leaders hoped to meet Monday afternoon with the company’s leaders and its lenders.

Meanwhile, workers said they were going nowhere.

“It came as a complete surprise,” said Lalo Muñoz, 54, who had worked at Republic for 34 years and who spent the night on the factory floor Friday and was still there Saturday afternoon. “We’re waiting for answers.”