Archive for July, 2008

More fun with polls.

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Holly J. has given me an idea. Since I figured out how to embed a poll on this blog, let’s see if we can get to know one another better: Where do you stand on Wal-Mart? ( polls) By the way, my last poll is still open. If you’re reading this and don’t see fit […]

Speaking of the environment…

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

From the Center for Biological Diversity: The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today to force Wal-Mart to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new store construction as required by California law. Conservationists are challenging the megacorporation’s failure to implement measures to reduce the carbon footprint of a new Supercenter in the town of Yucca Valley, […]

NOTE TO WAL-MART: INSTALL BIKE RACKS…

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I bike. A lot. My Trek 800 has more than 20,000 miles on it and as long as the weather is reasonable (no gale force winds or Arctic temperatures) I use my bike to get around my city. I’m not alone. With $4 per gallon gas, bikes look better and better. Both the city and […]

Retail summary

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’ve been thinking about posting on the sorry state of retail, but I found this nice summary on DailyKos, so I’ll just be lazy and refer to it. The retail sector is showing signs of collapse The comments cover the usual range of opinions as well. As we’ve noted before Walmart is still making money. […]

A modest proposal.

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

This post by a participant at Wal-Mart’s recent sustainability summit includes this statistic: “Ninety-two percent of Wal-Mart’s environmental footprint comes from their supply chain…”. Obviously, the author, Che Mott, learned that at the conference. On one level this makes sense, as Wal-Mart is a retailer and retailers exist in order to sell the supplies they […]

Luckily, red is a good color for me.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I just ordered mine. Did you order yours yet?

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I wasn’t sure how to explain the point of this great chart from Wal-Mart Watch. Now I can let the Village Voice do it for me.

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

How do you really feel about Wal-Mart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings — pro and con — about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

THIS IS NOT A REASON TO OPPOSE A WAL-MART…

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The crew here at The Writing On The Wal has shared many, many reasons for oppossing Wal-Mart with our readers, but one given by a City Commission aide in Miami, Florida, represents a level of bigotry and possibly racism that should earn the aide a pink slip. From The Miami Herald (motto: Dave Barry doesn’t […]

Vegetarian Propaganda (4th of an ongoing series).

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Here, in this Economist article by Homi Kharas, is what Paul Roberts means when he calls Wal-Mart’s food model unsustainable: For many years, food supply has kept up with and surpassed demand. Modern agricultural technology, based on cheap fossil fuels, delivered productivity gains. But for the last ten years, supply growth has faltered, and with […]

I wonder if the pepper had a sign near it that said, “PRODUCT OF MEXICO.”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A breakthrough in a tainted food mystery has occurred in my neck of the woods: A pepper sold in Colorado has been linked to the salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 1,300 people in several states. The pepper, a jalapeno purchased from a Wal-Mart in Montezuma County around June 24th, was given to the state […]

By what name should we refer to Wal-Mart (or Walmart) on this blog?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A few days ago, Robert wrote us to suggest that we all standardize the way we spell Wal-Mart. After all, “Wal-Mart” had just become “Walmart.” His reasoning is: I think this would make finding our site a bit easier if we are more consistent. I’ve never used the * or the – since I’ve always […]

Wal-Mart managers across the country knew about hours violations.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

From Arkansas Business (via Wal-Mart Watch): Wal-Mart managers were told in 2000 that employees were not taking breaks required under company policy and state laws, but ignored the findings of the company’s own internal audit, court documents show. “Stores were not in compliance with company and state regulations concerning the allotment of breaks and meals,” […]

Wal-Mart endorses government-run unions.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The Chinese union agreement story keeps coming out in dribs and drabs. This may be the best quote yet: Wal-Mart’s latest agreement with the Chinese government is proof that if you’re going to do business in China, you’ve got to play by the rules. The U.S. retailer, the world’s largest, said Friday it had reached […]

Stretching the poverty line.

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

“A linen shirt, for example, is, strictly speaking, not a necessity of life. The Greeks and Romans lived, I suppose, very comfortably though they had no linen. But in the present times, through the greater part of Europe, a creditable day-labourer would be ashamed to appear in public without a linen shirt. …” – Adam […]