For today’s card, I did a random pull, The Ace of Cups, The Hierophant, and the Queen of Swords. I decided to quit while I’m ahead. The psychic forecast today is heavy on the rules and don’t make the boss mad. There are days you can let your freak flags fly, but not today.
Which aligns nicely with the novel I just downloaded, Shirley- a Novel, by Susan Scarf Merrell. Some of the most original artists of the early Sixties kept their wild ideas undercover. Shirley Jackson, most known for her short-story, The Lottery, was one of the truly desperate housewives. I’ve just started this new work of fiction, but already it reminds me of the gothic novels we used to see on racks at Almacs, so I’m finding it a useful distraction–
The Mormon Church doesn’t go for that Women’s Lib stuff, they have an answer to uppity women– excommunication. Hey, where do you think we Unitarians get our converts from? Drop by our coffee hour any Sunday, all are welcome.
In other news, Target won a lawsuit that accused the store of negligence because they did not have an Automatic Electric Defibrillator (AED) ready in their store when a customer had a heart attack-
The court’s decision was a defeat for the mother and brother of 49-year-old Mary Ann Verdugo, who died of a sudden heart attack while shopping with her at a Target store in 2008 Pico Rivera, California, a city near Los Angeles.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleged the company violated a common law duty to provide first aid to the large volume of customers that frequent its California stores daily, noting that AEDs retail on its website for $1,200.
“The inexpensive availability of AEDs and their ease of use with even minimal or no advance training have led to on-site CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED assistance to now be an expected part of first aid response,” the Verdugo’s complaint said.
How much the AED costs has nothing at all to do with this, the training and readiness of a first responder is everything. To take on the liability of making AED a safety measure in their stores, Target would have to ensure that every shift included an employee who knew how to use it, and they would have to periodically check that the AED was working correctly even if it sat in a closet for years. The sad thing is that many more lives could be saved if we were a society that valued helping more and blaming less. AED’s really are designed to be used by minimally-trained responders in a panic, and they really do work. We could do a lot to make them more available, but chain stores will not lead the way in this, the Invisible Hand of the Free Market is rammed deep into the pockets of the Pants of Fear. You can quote me on that.