China recently landed a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon, which could make things very interesting in the future.
This is the first time anyone has landed anything on the dark side of the moon. If you were to believe conspiracy theorists the U.S. already has a base there. If it does, the first pictures from the Chinese spacecraft didn’t reveal anything.
Other countries will probably land spacecraft there in the next few years. I’m thinking probably India, Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. This could cause some problems in the future as everyone will want to claim their territory. It could even lead to future conflict. All those science fiction shows from the past where one nation fought another nation in space could come true. Then there would be no place to hide. Scary.
Read an article recently about a Statscan survey which reported that 19 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men admitted they were harassed in their workplace. The nation-wide survey said the highest level of harassment was in health care jobs.
Now, holding down a job in this volatile economy is bad enough but being harassed by a colleague or a boss makes it doubly hard.
I’ve been harassed in the workplace and it’s not a lot of fun. It doubles your stress levels and it’s even worse if you report it and nothing is done.
Verbal abuse was the most frequent in this survey. Sexual harassment was experienced by many women workers. Young, unmarried women were most likely to experience the latter. Retail trade and those in people services were most likely to experience harassment from clients and customers. Verbal harassment is very common for health care workers. A union head recommends increases in staffing levels as a way to decrease harassment, as many workers, especially in nursing homes and hospitals, are often on their own at various times of the day.
In this era of frequent layoffs some employers or higher ups probably think it’s open season on employees as far as bullying seeing that jobs are harder to find than they once were. That’s wrong and it should be curtailed. I say be persistent if you are being harassed at work and contact as many people and co-workers as you can. This might help. Meanwhile, I feel for you.
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* It was so slippery on my street on Jan. 4 that the GFL garbage truck got stuck. He finally got out by backing up so he could get more traction. Meanwhile, I don’t expect to see a plow on my street for quite some time.
* Via Rail east and west bound Canadian passenger trains were mostly on time during the holidays. I suspect that many freight crews were taking the time off, so with less freight trains to contend with Via passenger trains had a clearer path to their destinations.