What Does It Mean When An Employer Holds A Food Drive For Its Own Employees?
In the Spotlight
Walmart has been in the news recently after a store in Canton, OH was found to be running a food drive for needy employees. As of 2010, the giant retailer employed fully 1% of working Americans, and has become known for failing to pay wages sufficient to allow even its full time…
There’s no such thing as a natural disaster
Let me be blunt: there is no such thing as a “natural” disaster. Disasters are complex, multifaceted, frequent, and overwhelming. We have a hard time fully grasping the nuance and complexity of each disaster – particularly one that strikes halfway across the world – so we turn to calling it a “natural” event. The term natural disaster is, in essence, a heuristic that we fall back upon in order to interpret the event.
In their landmark work, At Risk: Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability, and Disasters, Wisner, Blaikie, Davis, and Cannon term the tendency to view disasters in this light as the “myth of naturalness.” As Comfort et al put it (PDF):
A disaster is widely perceived as an event that is beyond human control; the capricious hand of fate moves against unsuspecting communities creating massive destruction and prompting victims to call for divine support as well as earthly assistance.
Good read of the day. Skip to the first four paragraphs though.
If you don’t like where you are, move on. You are not a tree.
Thanksgiving: 61 Year Old Wields Shotgun, Stabs 35 Year Old Over Walmart Parking Space
Yesterday, a 61-year old man reportedly stabbed a 35-year old in a fight over a parking space at a Walmart, at around 6:30 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
Yeah, I’m locking myself in my room now.