The protagonist of both stories is computer expert Bob Howard, who re-discovers certain mathematical equations that contact other worlds. The Laundry detects the disturbance and swoops in to give him a mandatory job offer (\"I thought I was just generating weird new fractals; they knew I was dangerously close to landscaping Wolverhampton with alien nightmares\"). From his position in the Laundry, a secret British occult intelligence organisation, Howard is allowed to learn something of the secret history of the world, as well as the various modern counter-measures the Laundry has adopted to deal with these threats. Despite the nature of the work, the Laundry is an efficient and low-key modern organization; more cubicle-jockeying than stately mansion towers and hidden volcano lairs, in other words. A tag-line used for the books by publisher Ace Books was \"Saving the world is Bob Howard's job. There are a surprising number of meetings involved\".
He didn't mention names, although he did state that several members of the '96 team, which won the gold medal in Atlanta that Olympiad, didn't even show up for practice out of disgust for their playing time. \"It was not a lot of fun hearing guys bitch and complain all the time about who should be starting,\" Barkley said \"...In '96, it was a nightmare. Guys complained about playing time and starting the whole time. I hated it.\"
Schumer blamed a newly energized right-wing faction in the U.S. House for what he called an incoming \"economic nightmare\" for residents should leaders of both parties fail to make an agreement and avoid default. 59ce067264