7 Facts That’ll Make You Delete Your Facebook
If you’re addicted to watching television before bed, or frequently get rudely awoken by your mobile in the middle of the night, read on to discover how these factors can influence your sleep, and what you can do to achieve a better night’s sleep.
Soon after announcing the plans to cut their worker’s health insurance, Wal-Mart revealed their plans to work withto allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.
In a corporate blog post with the Orwellian headline “Providing Quality Health Benefits for Our Associates,” a WM executive wrote, “We will continue to provide affordable health care to all eligible associates, including part-time, who work more than 30 hours. However, similar to other retailers like Target, Home Depot, Walgreens and Trader Joe’s, we will no longer be providing health benefits to part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. This will impact about 2% of our total U.S. workforce”
Imagine if you were a Walmart employee working 28 hours per week right now. Imagine what choices you face right now.
A couple of quick thoughts:
1. Employees tend to work fewer than 30 hours not because that is all they want to work, but because that is all the hours the company will give them, because companies do not want to allow workers to go full time.
2. Walmart has enough extra cash to raise employee salaries by 50% if it wanted to. Health insurance for 30,000 workers costs only a small percentage of this.
3. Four members of the Walton family, who inherited the Walmart fortune, are together worth more than $140 billion. If they were so inclined, these four people could pay the $500 million increase inWalmart’s employee health insurance costs (covering 100,000 new workers) for the next 280 years.
Six members of the Walton family have as much wealth as the bottom 42% of American families combined.
Every time you make a purchase at a Wal-Mart, you are supporting this statistic. You are supporting this reality. FUCK this reality!
from the Economic Policy Institute Blog, 2012 (cited here)
A brief history of melancholy
If you are a living, breathing human being, chances are you have felt sad at least a few times in your life. But what exactly is melancholy, and what (if anything) should we do about it? Courtney Stephens details our still-evolving understanding of sadness — and even makes a case for its usefulness.
Lesson by Courtney Stephens, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.
Uploaded by: TED-Ed.
Jane Goodall shares an important message on the need for empathy in science, and how viewing intelligent and social non-humans as “animal beings” can help us not only treat them with the respect they deserve, but also understand how their complex biology and behavior is intertwined with our own.
Explore my Jane Goodall archive for more from this wonderful human being…
A lake that used to be the fourth-largest in the world is nearly completely dried up, according to recently released NASA images.
The side-by-side images of Central Asia’s Aral Sea in 2000 and 2014 are striking.