Suppose that a soldier, freshly home from Iraq, is made to take a test. He or she is asked to describe the following statements as true or false: I usually feel that life is worthwhile. False. Sometimes I feel as if I must injure myself or someone else. True. Most of the time, I wish I were dead. True. This soldier is at risk for suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms can include flashbacks or nightmares, lack of sleep, panic, and violent or explosive outbursts.
OUR MEDIA ... NOT SO BAD? Late last week, the media was abuzz with news of outsourcing on its own front -- two reporters in New Delhi would be reporting on local events in Pasadena, CA. The new issue of Columbia Journalism Review, however, has an article by Basharat Peer explaining why Indian journalism is not so great and serious Indian journalists need to look to the British and American media:
CAVEMEN ARE WHITE. ABC announced its fall lineup, dumping George Lopez's sitcom in favor of a "spinoff" from the Geico cavemen television commercials. Reportedly Lopez said, "TV just became really, really white again." Not to mention that, similar to other sitcoms that pair dopey, overweight comedians with model-like girlfriends and wives, the hairy cavemen are accompanied by thin, blond girlfriends.
DEPLETED FORCES. Gov. Kathleen Sebeliusnoted on Sunday that the response to the deadly tornado that destroyed the small town of Greensburg, Kansas has been slower because many of the troops and equipment for the state's National Guard are in Iraq. Today, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also voiced the same concern. Traditionally, of course, the National Guard has been used as a state militia to help with natural disasters.
Yesterday, the day branded as "Equal Pay Day," Dedra Farmer told the House Committee on Education and Labor her history with America's most notoriously unfair employer, Wal-Mart. She was hired as a Tire Lube Express (TLE) manager, a coveted salaried position among Wal-Mart employees, with an annual salary of $28,000. Her work was routinely praised and rewarded, and she was even asked to train the new TLE managers, "all of who were men." Those trainees informed her that they had a base salary of $30,000. Even worse, bonuses for TLE managers are based on the volume of sales in a given store, and Farmer's requests to be transferred to high-volume stores were routinely denied. Additionally, as a TLE manager, Farmer had access to hourly employee wage information.