I will wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving today because I intend to take the day itself off. Hope it will be a good day of food, friends and family for you.
Is it me or is this kind of story appearing more often now-a-days? And, if these incidents are more frequent, what should be done about them? I readily acknowledge that our industries need to transport a wide range of volatile, dangerous, or toxic materials but people have a right to live in safe environments. How do you balance the risks and benefits? And who reaps benefits and who pays absorbs risks?
This totally resonates with me. I think it says something sad about a society. Some of my relatives are in the competitive camp and I have watched them planning their shopping "campaign" with the intensity and attention to detail Eisenhower and his generals planned D-Day. But I think it says something very sad about our society when people have to bond over a shopping experience or they consider standing in a line for hours, if not days, to get the latest "must have" product or advertised deal (which may not be all that much of a deal.)
I have a stock phrase for the examples of ridiculous excess like the stainless steel and leather smart phone retailing for $4,000 that was featured on the morning news: more money than brains. Here is another exhibit that has me at a total loss for comments caustic enough to express my disgust.
I have seen the commercial cited in this article all too often and I always grumble that, even if I lived in Illinois, the candidate's $18 watch means zip. I wouldn't be voting for the damned watch. Evidently, frugality is defined differently when you are a multi-millionaire. Maybe he thought the cheap watch would make the unemployed, underemployed or declining middle class think he is one of them. Sorry--hasn't worked.