Archive for March, 2008

JUDGE TO WAL-MART: GET OVER YOURSELF…

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The right of citizens to use parody and satire in protest is a tradition extending back through Jonathan Swift to the ancient Greek playwrights. But in America there are the rich and powerful with platoons of lawyers who think their sacred ox is beyond goring. U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. just told them […]

REMEMBER THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN…?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Hat tip to Brewed Fresh Daily for the catch. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Wal-Mart Wants $10 CDs

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

From Rolling Stone Wal-mart wants every CD you buy to cost less than ten bucks. And the nation’s largest retailer — which moved a quarter of a trillion dollars’ worth of goods last year — usually gets its way. Suppliers who don’t accede to Wal-Mart’s “everyday low price” mantra often find their products bounced from […]

Deborah Shank still needs the money more than Wal-Mart.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I really am going to disappear for a while (leaving town tomorrow without my laptop), but this story is important enough for me to post here one more time before I go: Other than more detail about just how bad off Deborah Shank is, there is nothing in this story than longtime readers of this […]

“Are you living better yet?”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

DailyKos blogger on rBST

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

A blogger on DailyKos claims Monsanto is fighting Walmart decision on rBST free milk using its own astroturf sites and shills. Isn’t it fun when corporations get hoist on their own petards. Got rBST? Wal-Mart Is Now Being Targeted by the Monsanto Front Groups Last December, I did a piece tracking down front groups,  and […]

Godzilla vs. Mothra.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

This is absolutely fascinating. According to this diary at Kos, Check Out is being attacked by Monsanto shills explaining the wonders of rBST (Monsanto invented the hormone) and the comments are getting posted. I read a few of the 59 there at this writing, and it certainly looks like they’re taking a lot of flack […]

THE GREAT WAL-MART TREK…?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Ten people make a two-hour round trip journey four times a year to a Wal-Mart and the New York Sun sees this as indisputable evidence that residents of the five boroughs of New York desperately yearn for cheap plastic crap from China to fulfill their lives? It must have been a slow news day. This […]

The spring break Wal-Mart round-up.

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I’m off on Spring Break this week, so my participation here will be sparse for a while. Nevertheless, there are enough Wal-Mart related things you should read today to justify one of my periodic round-ups: * It’s Labor-Law Monday over at Wal-Mart Watch. * Speaking of labor issues, it looks like Wal-Mart might be the […]

How the other “half” lives

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Well not actually half, more like 1%. Where Wall Street’s Caviar Set Still Thrives So how does the world look to Trader Monthly, a glossy magazine for people who live and breathe the markets? … Trader Monthly readers have an average income of $653,000, according to Doubledown, making them prime targets for advertisers like Hermes, […]

GOING POSTAL AT WAL-MART…

Monday, March 24th, 2008

My first reaction upon reading the news was to think that the story is all about Elijah Payne. But as I thought more about the reality of working a dead-end job for always low wages in a recession and I wondered, what took so long? From Myrtle Beach’s The Sun News: An on-the-clock Wal-Mart employee […]

Class is in session.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

And as The Connection (the place where I found this first), points out: You must watch until the end. The final point is what make the video so amazing. It was submitted to YouTube almost a year ago!! This kid predicted the recession. Props man, props…

FOR YOU A DEAL… JUST DON’T TELL ANYONE…

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

I do not expect Wal-Mart to adopt a policy of allowing workers to haggle with customers over the price of big, or even semi-big ticket items. But if the competitors are undercutting Wal-Mart’s prices, customers will let Wal-Mart know and the company will react. From The New York Times: Shoppers are discovering an upside to […]

The Power of PR

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

This little bit is from a long story on Norway’s attempt to reduce carbon emissions. Lofty Pledge to Cut Emissions Comes With Caveat in Norway Wal-Mart, an acknowledged leader on the environmental front, is encouraging suppliers to emit less carbon, but does not take into account the emissions caused by the millions of people who […]

WIKISCANNER IS NOW AN ASSIGNMENT…?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Nothing new here. Really. Jonathan reluctantly wrote about Wal-Flacks changing Wikipedia pages back in August. But blogger Jenny Martin’s post caught my attention because it was a (school?) assignment on Wikiscanner. I didn’t really know where to start at first, so I started with the USDA. That was just depressing, since most of the changes […]