One Sweet World's Journal
I'm doing some work with WakeUpWalmart.com and just wanted to share a diary that I saw up on Kos. "Brainwrap" is reporting that when Wal-Mart released its statement about the tragic death of employee Jdimytai Damour, it started the release with saying that it would be releasing sales figures -- AS IF THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE WERE THINKING ABOUT.
One of their employees was just trampled and killed in one of the most horrific accidents in retail history, and Wal-Mart sends the message that, "We have sales figures coming out so no one worry - That death isn't going to move the numbers, it's OK."
Wal-Mart should be ashamed of itself. Not only did they not have adequate security, but they OPENED THE SAME STORE THE DAY OF THE DEATH. Shoppers could simply just walk around the cordoned-off police scene. It's the equivalent of stepping over a dead body on the sidewalk.
I've been disgusted by Wal-Mart's ugly business practices for years, but this takes it to a new level that is visible for every one to see. If you're as upset as I am, I urge you to join the good fight.
Ben Grossman at Broadcasting & Cable has very intriguing and smart article today. He recommends that NBC News should spin off MSNBC into its own cable entity that is independent of the NBC-Universal umbrella that would be free to espouse its own political agenda. I'll let him tell it:
That's just a snippet, but I highly recommend reading the whole thing.
I think Grossman has a great point: MSNBC is clearly a Dem channel, which I think is bad for NBC News. Count me in as a progressive, but also count me in as someone who respects journalistic integrity. I have no problem with MSNBC espousing a left-of-center view (in fact I prefer it), but I think it really damages NBC's reputation.
I just saw a Kos diary that I wanted to direct your attention to.
Diarist AfroLiz reports that CNN commentator Lou "I hate Mexicans" Dobbs attended a conference sponsored by right-wing groups that featured ads racist cartoons of Obama.
The Kos diary has pictures.
This is nothing new from the conservative smear-machine, but what was Lou Dobbs doing here? I'm a big opponent of his show because I'm an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, but this is just downright racist.
Via Huffington Post:
Talking about the flap over The New Yorker's controversial cover featuring Barack and Michelle Obama, Chris Matthews slipped up -- once again -- and said "Osama Bin Laden" when he meant to say "Barack Obama." Matthews quickly caught and corrected himself.
Video over at Huff Po.
This is getting absurd. One minute Matthews talks about getting a thrill up his leg from Obama and the next minute he confusing him with a serial terrorist?
What a brutal story -- A college student in Houston needed money to pay for school and so she sold her car. When she took the payments (I think they were money orders) to Wal-Mart to cash them, the manager became suspicious about why this girl was handling so much money and called the police, who subsequently arrested her on allegations of shoplifting.
Austinist has the story of what happened after that:
Only two days later was she finally released from jail, after submitting the original purchase receipts used to acquire the money orders.
Brutal. If you needed another reason not to shop at Wal-Mart, here's one.
I saw an interesting article on Wake Up Wal-Mart today that Chinese Wal-Mart are unionizing, and I'm not sure what to think.
On one hand, I'm always happy to see workers unionized. But on the other hand, I'm troubled by Wal-Mart toxic relationship with China. As jobs continue to disappear in the United States, Wal-Mart becomes deeper and deeper indebted to communist China to the point that 70% of its products now come from there.
I don't know -- what do you think?
It's mayhem at MSNBC.
"From inside MSNBC we hear Gregory and Olbermann kicked off a feud of their own while ankling last night's West Virgina primary coverage.
The Clinton campaign has had it with MSNBC's blatant misogynistic and skewed coverage. I'm no Hillary fan, but I give them props for their forceful pushback against this irresponsible tabloid network.
From The Washington Post:
Jay Carson, Clinton's press secretary, fired off an e-mail yesterday to Chuck Todd, NBC's political director. While assuring Todd that he was "not trying to be a jerk," Carson wrote: "Can you think of one good reason we should continue to cart you guys around the country with us, given that your network has declared the entire race over?"
Interesting column from the Iowa City Press-Citizen:
Wake Up Wal-Mart has an interesting and unfortunate expose about the situation of Wal-Mart buying shrimp from slave camps in Thailand.
Buy shrimp from anyone but Wal-Mart... Costco, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Giant, Bubba Gump, ANYWHERE... JUST NOT WAL-MART!!!
Can't say I'm surprised, what when is this going to stop?
Per the Wall Street Journal:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wal-Mart agreed to a voluntary recall of "Hip Charm" key chains that can contain high levels of lead.
I don't shop at Wal-Mart. Do you?
WalMart Investigated For Possibly Using Sweat Shops
Wal-Mart is facing some heat this holiday season. A National Labor Committee report says some Christmas ornaments supplied to Wal-Mart are made in China under sweatshop conditions. The workers are allegedly forced to handle toxic chemicals without any protective gear.
Some lawmakers say the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is brain dead in their monitoring. Wal-Mart is investigating.
Just doing my part to make customers aware this holiday season. We know that Walmart cuts a lot of corners when it comes to taking care of its employees and suppliers, and the fact that so much (70%!!) of their products come from China should have us all take pause and ask questions not only about safety but also about supporting American workers and families.
Happy and safe holidays to all.
Posted by One Sweet World in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Oct 30th 2007, 08:36 AM
Hey all, I'm doing some work with Wakeup Wal-Mart and we have a fun Halloween feature I'd like to tell you all about. We're inviting people to submit their Wal-Mart horror stories to what we're calling "Tales from the Big Box Boneyard." If you're interested, check out the Wakeup Wal-Mart blog.
I imagine there is gonna be some stiff competition for winner: Already, a woman submitted a story about finding a RAT'S HEAD (!) in a bag of green beans that she bought at Wal-Mart ("Ratatouille"???). And someone else has posted the story about chemicals in Wal-Mart flip flops burning through the skin of their feet because they were made in some toxic Chinese factory.
For those of you who are like me and are concerned about Wal-Mart's ugly business practices, this is a fun - and politically smart - feature. Everyone has horror stories about Wal-Mart - maybe it's a friend who got laid off and had no health insurance, or Wal-Mart paving over important environmental tracts, or them drowning the local economy of your town.
My personal story is when my cousin bought a grill there and that was such a piece of crap the paint on it burned off when he cooked on it. This was disgusting but somewhat benign compared to other stories. Check out the stories out and submit one yourself if you have a chance!
Cross-posted at Daily Kos
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