WAL-MART WEDNESDAY…

October 10th, 2007

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap. On The Writing On The Wal — the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar — Jonathan Rees, Robert Feinman, Peter Sayles and I continue our work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery.

ONE-MAN SIT-IN EXPLODES IN LOCAL MEDIA… Grandfather David McCarty”s one-man sit-in became, in the words of columnist Byron Crawford, a corporate version of Joe vs. the Volcano, or maybe Appalachian State vs. Michigan. You don”t mess with a man tending the tomatoes in his back yard. Keep reading…

AT THE WALLY PLEX… There are sound stages on Hollywood”s back lots smaller than Bentonvile”s behemoths, so it”s no surprise that budding video talent has been sneaking cameras in at odd hours. And now for the midnight show at the Wally Plex featuring crissybb03. Keep reading…

PROTESTER ENDS WAL-MART SIT-IN… How much can one family be expected to tolerate before it blows a gasket somewhere? That point for the McCarthy family in Lebanon, Kentucky, came this week when David McCarthy sat down in his backyard and refused to budge. Keep reading…

WAL-MART.COM EQUALS FACEBOK…? Watch…

HIGH TECH AND CHEAP CRAP STILL CHEAP CRAP… At the turn of the millennium the claim that Wal-Mart was best known for in the business community (besides selling cheap plastic shit from China) was it”s ability to track and deliver merchandise in a efficient manner that made the competition”s heads spin. Keep reading…

SAVE THE PARK… BUT ONLY AT WAL-MART… Earlier this year, the announcement from The Eagles that it would only sell its latest CD at Wal-Mart caused a great deal of hair pulling in the Rees household. Now comes the announcement that Nintendo will only sell the latest version of Chibi-Robo through Wal-Mart. Keep reading…

POP-TARTS VS. WAL-MART TOASTER PASTRIES… Watch…

WAL-MART PINNED DOWN ON THE BEACHHEAD… General Dwight Eisenhower”s worst fear on 6 June 1944 was that the allied troops landing at Normandy would get pinned down on the beaches and pushed back into the English channel. This is a fear that Wal-Mart is growing to appreciate. Keep reading…

ONLY AT WAL-MART… Yeah, I know. Wal-Mart is not the only place that you can buy a 25-pound bucket of rendered pig fat, but the picture is just too funny. At a whopping 105,000 calories, that”s a food bargain. From Monica at Rural Vegan: Keep reading…

VERDICT ROLLING WEST… Last week a judge in Pennylvania ordered Wal-Mart to pay an additional $62.3 million in damages over a forcing workers to put in time off-the-clock. That decision, according to the Kanasas City Star, is good news for workers in Kansas and Missouri. Keep reading…

WAS SAM RIGHT ABOUT COMPUTERS…? Late last week I wrote about how Wal-Mart”s love affair with Radio Frequency Identification had turned sour. Now it appears that wider cracks are appearing in Wal-Mart”s much vaunted information technology systems. From CIO: Keep reading…

GOOGLE IS BIGGER THAN WAL-MART… OK, so strictly speaking, this isn”t about Wal-Mart, but when I saw the headline this morning it gave me pause. Google is much more than a search engine. The company is a multi-national media giant and what do any of us know about the people who run it? Keep reading…

ONLY MANHATTAN…? NOT THE BRONX TOO… Keep reading…

WAL-MART TURNS ITS BACK ON SCHOOLS… I attended the Warren local school district in southeastern Ohio. We had really good schools because of the property taxes paid by Union Carbide and other large factories in the district. Without those taxes, my experience would have been very different. Keep reading…

A FEW WORDS FROM A FOOL…
Emil Lee, one half of the Motley Fool team writes this morning about how the age of buying customers with everyday low prices has passed and offers advice for how Wal-Mart might regain its lost customer base. Not that Lee Scott is listening. Keep reading…

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WAL-MART OFFEND…? Jonathan wrote on Sunday about the case of John Runza, a Wal-Mart employee who has Down Syndrome and suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. This morning I found this story about Valerie Armour. Keep reading…

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