Weekly Reads: Whole Foods, health care & Animal Crossing

by Colin Lalley
Weekly Reads: Whole Foods, health care & Animal Crossing

This week: What's making Whole Foods employees cry at work? What are the next health care battles of 2018? And what life lessons we can learn from the cute and cuddly Animal Crossing series?

Business Insider
'Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal': Employees say Whole Foods is using 'scorecards' to punish them

When Amazon bought Whole Foods, it was supposed to be great for Whole Foods shoppers and terrible for the grocery industry. The jury’s still out, but one group that hasn’t seen improvement is Whole Foods employees. "Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal,” isn’t a ringing endorsement. But then, filling out 108-point checklists and having “a checklist where one task was to initial that you initialed off another task” would probably make anyone cry.

Crooked Media
Democrats and Activists Prepare Health Care Offensive

What, you thought the fight over health care in America was over? Good one. Democrats stopped a full repeal of Obamacare, but Republicans still got rid of the individual mandate, have begun instituting Medicaid work requirements, and opened the path for healthcare associations. So it’s basically a wash. But the grassroots “health care for everyone” campaigns that were surprisingly successful in 2017 are still kicking in 2018, and Crooked Media breaks down all the fights they’re likely to face this year.

The Verge
Animal Crossing is a dystopian hellscape

Animal Crossing is a cute video game made by Nintendo where you, a human, live amongst anthropomorphic animals and just, like, go about your life. It’s like The Sims for furries. But beneath the adorable aesthetics and calming gameplay there’s commentary on our society — class, equality, and capitalism are at play and, as in real life, they aren’t always pretty. Are there tough life lessons to be gleaned from Animal Crossing? Maybe. Are we looking too deeply into a children’s video game? Probably.