News Roundup – Typhoon, Big Corporations, NFL

Early reports of typhoon Haiyan stated that there were 100 dead. I thought those reports were a waste of electrons. We know the Philippines is a poor country without an advanced system to get people out of the way of an approaching storm. (I’m not sure if any country has a good system to move large numbers of people from one area to another.)

From CNN:

A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, officials predicted that the death toll could reach 1,200 — or more.

“We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago.

The Red Cross said it would have more precise numbers Sunday. But experts predicted that it will take days to get the full scope of the damage wrought by a typhoon described as one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history.

Large corporations are robbing us blind. “If the companies don’t pay enough to their employees to live—but still have to have employees to keep their doors open—what do they do? That’s where you come in. They depend on your tax dollars to make up the difference between their refusal to meet the minimum employment expenses they would have to pay to keep their business in operation and the amount that employees need to survive. Let me make it even simpler: if an employee needs $10 for basic necessities and is paid $7, then your taxes will be used to supply that employee the other $3. Saying it the other way, companies reduce their required expenses by $3 by taking the money from you; then they can directly count that $3 as profit.” Perfectly said.

The NFL has to get on top of these head injuries. No one should be permanently disabled from playing a sport. Tony Dorsett announced that he has brain damage from football. Today Mark Duper has said the same thing.

The harassment of Jonathan Martin by Richie Incognito is turning into a really big deal. Martin has retained a lawyer.
This thing is going to change the NFL forever, no matter how this ends up shaking out.

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