Cash to Stay Afloat: Minimize the Effects of a Natural Disaster on Your Business

One out of four businesses that are hit with a natural disaster never opens again. Natural disasters are becoming more common. In 1975, approximately 100 natural disasters were reported, according to the International Disaster Database. By 2010, there were nearly 500 disasters reported. Simply put, if a company wants to stay in business after a disaster, it needs to have safeguards in place to mitigate the risk.… [Read more]

In the Spirit of Bipartisanship, Boehner Gets Kicked by Repub and Dem Governors

A joint statement was issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

“With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bi-partisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor.… [Read more]

The 2012 Dark Horse Candidate: Hurricane Sandy?

Hunkered down in my apartment in Virginia Beach, VA, I’ve been running circles from the windows to the TV to the computer, obsessing on Hurricane Sandy since 3:45 Monday morning. I noticed something unusual—little to no political ads. Not much in the way of campaign propaganda whatsoever. Was I simply sleep deprived, or was something unusual going on?… [Read more]

Qīn’ài de Běijīng–Message From an Angry Global Citizen

Dear Beijing,

I couldn’t help but notice there was another natural disaster. Another one with a pretty bad death toll attached. But these things don’t happen but once every couple hundred years or so, right? Doesn’t it seem like it’s just another day’s worth of incoming reports on supposedly historic disaster-events?

Another major flood rocked China’s capital the last week of July, taking with it 37 Beijingers—up to two dozen confirmed dead by floods in a month.… [Read more]

Earthquake and Tsunami Bring New Issues to Light

The Japanese people are outraged.

In particular, Japanese women are outraged.

As well they should be. With the decision to reactivate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, there has been a lot of scrutiny into what happened last year in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Many problems arise, but one of the most unsettling revolves around the Japanese nuclear power industry’s views on women.… [Read more]

2012 Republicans May Not Believe in Climate Change, But Your Insurance Company Does

“I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man…is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors.”  ~ Rick Santorum,

“I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring.” ~ Newt Gingrich

“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” ~ Mitt Romney

“There is no consensus in the scientific community that global warming is getting worse or that it is man-made.” ~ Ron Paul

2011 was a record high year for disasters: Hurricane Irene, a blizzard, the floods in Mississippi and the wildfires in Texas.… [Read more]

Eric Cantor: SO full of…..Sympathy

It has been said that when opportunities are found, fortunes are made and/or the course of events can change.  Some people are great at finding opportunities in any given situation — and that’s not always a good thing.When I think of Eric Cantor (US Representative from Virginia and House Majority Leader), this word comes to mind:

op·por·tun·ist  (pr-tnst, -ty-)
  • A person who takes immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit
  • A person who places expediency above principle
  • A person who adapts his actions, responses, etc., to take advantage of opportunities

What’s with this guy?  … [Read more]