Is it wrong to take price advantage of someone who is over a barrel because of circumstances beyond their control? With one hurricane barely over and another one barreling in, that question is in the news. Should anyone charge $42 for a case of bottled water? How can an airline raise prices overnight on flights out of Miami from under $200 to over $1,200? The other side of the question hit me personally last week as I picked up a dozen eggs in a full-service neighborhood grocery near my home.
Natural disasters like floods, tornados and earthquakes destroy wealth but may spur economic production. These effects vary with the situation, especially the scale of the disaster. The destruction of wealth is a constant, but the degree to which production is spurred varies with size. In practical terms, millions of households along the Texas Gulf coast are poorer than they were two weeks ago. In some cases, their net worth has been wiped out.
Ogden Nash said that for babies “a little talcum is always walcum.” That was true for decades, but a series of liability suit decisions against Johnson & Johnson, long the dominant manufacturer of baby powder, is changing things. This past week a Missouri jury awarded a California woman $417 million because that firm’s powder purportedly caused her ovarian cancer. This is not the first such finding of liability nor will it necessarily be the last, but it is by far the largest one.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".