Archive for September, 2008

Bon Scott must be turning over in his grave.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Usually, I leave the NYT stories to Robert. However, I consider has-been rock bands to be my personal territory at this blog: MTV plans to announce on Tuesday that it has made a deal with the band and its label, Columbia Records, to create an AC/DC version of the channel’s popular Rock Band video game […]


Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

In writing another post this morning I came across this classic BBC American post and was bowled over by his prescience. BBC American knew about the secret plan to reduce Walmart’s usage of shopping bags three years ago. Before either the Environmental Defense Fund or Walmart itself. Way to go BBC! OK. You’d think Wal-Mart […]


Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

There are plenty of reasons for consumers to be upset with Walmart, but as BBC American has so well shown us, there are also Walmart customers who defy reason. This un-signed complaint at Pissed Consumer just has me shaking my head this morning. I told him that I am a registered nurse and that I […]


Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Walmart has lusted after an open door to banking for years. Maybe Republican presidential candidate John McCain should suggest that Walmart offer to assume the $700,000,000,000 cost of bailing out its cronies. Nah, that would involved taking responsibility. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Everyone gets wet in a flood

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Along with all other sectors, retail got clobbered today: Retail tumbles as House rejects plan “Consumers are reacting to the news surrounding the financial sector,” said Thomas Weisel Partners analyst Liz Dunn. “Sales broadly are below what originally appeared to be conservative estimates.” Circuit City dropped 18%, others dropped 1-4%. Walmart dropped 3.7%. People who […]

Someone (not you Someone, someone else) is falling down on the job here.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

OK, this isn’t exactly the most important thing in the world, but I’m posting it anyways: Yesterday, when I saw that Rand had posted on plastic bags at Check Out, I dropped a comment here to let Jeff know. I then left a comment there. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was a […]


Monday, September 29th, 2008

I’ve posted quite a few videos of teenagers running amok in Walmarts at all hours of the night, but this afternoon I came across a blog post that offers a better look into the Walmart experience. There is hope for us all. From Norse Notes: Marcie: On Saturday, everyone woke up around the crack of […]


Monday, September 29th, 2008

New Rule. Anyone who knowingly ingests anything remotely food-like from China should have their adulthood license revoked. Nothing. Absolutely nothing is safe to eat if it comes from The People’s Republic of China. No exceptions. From the Associated Press: British candy maker Cadbury said Monday it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates found to […]

“Wal-Mart Women” are the figment of a Republican pollster’s imagination.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Really. I’m not interpolating at all. In fact, it’s right here in the Wall Street Journal: With more Americans turning to Wal-Mart for essentials such as food, health care and gasoline, candidates run a risk of alienating voters by assailing the company, said Neil Newhouse, a partner with the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies. […]

It’s not a Meltdown – It’s the Triumph of Capitalism

Monday, September 29th, 2008

There are many who are saying that this collapse “proves” that the US capitalist model is obsolete, or based upon false ideas. I claim that it is just the reverse. What the US has had since the 1870’s is syndicalism – a partnership between big business and government. In an earlier time people weren’t afraid […]


Sunday, September 28th, 2008

The partnership between Walmart and the Environmental Defense fun on a project to reduce the use by Walmart customers of plastic shopping bags is a good idea. And I applaud the initiative and eagerly await learning of the project’s price tag. But a year from now will Walmart and the EDF triumphantly announce that they […]

How do you spell co-opted? C-A-S-H

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

This young woman justifies her job modeling Walmart “yoga” clothing by blogging about overweight Americans and how she is helping them exercise. That doesn’t explain how she got all those impressive statistics about how much Walmart is saving the environment by becoming “green”. Can Wal-Mart Make Me Healthy? You don’t have to become a shill […]

The Economic Crisis Explained – Really

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

(Since we have been broadening our scope of late, I don’t think this little essay of mine will be too out of place). Analogies are never perfect, but here’s one using horse racing. Don’t expect a perfect correspondence to the banking situation, but I think it is close enough for government work. Joe goes to […]


Thursday, September 25th, 2008

This is so not good. This has massive, humongous, end-of-the-world fail written across it in letters so big that if bankers aren’t jumping out of windows, we should be behind them with torches and pitchforks encouraging them to do the right thing. From Reuters: Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to […]


Thursday, September 25th, 2008

[Update — 0929: And here I thought I was being creative.] Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley has identified 36 food deserts in his city and he wants grocery stores to create oases for residents. The Chicago Sun-Times jumped to the idea of Walmart supercenters in the top six spots. That’s a bad choice, and not just […]