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November 05, 2003

Jeez, this is pretty unbelievable.

Imagine that you earn $8 an hour working for Wal-Mart. Then, you learn that the store is recruiting workers, at $10 an hour, to convince neighbors and shoppers to vote against a law that would limit the size of "big- box'' stores in unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great, you think. I'll apply. But Wal-Mart won't hire its own workers because the corporation isn't sure it's legal to use them to promote a political campaign.

When you realize that Wal-Mart will pay higher wages to those campaigning to keep your wages low, you get angry – which is how I've learned about the Arkansas retailer's countywide plans to repeal the ordinance.

Several city and county governments across the U.S. are realizing that Wal-Mart stores have negative impacts. The stores drive down wages throughout the community, and due to their lousy health care policies, more workers have to turn to Medicaid (funded by taxpayers) to get by. The governments are responding by passing laws to prohibit such stores.

Wal-Mart is striking back by forming fake grassroots organizations, and gathering signatures to overturn these ordinances. And, as the above paragraph mentions, the signature-gatherers are getting paid more than many Wal-Mart employees. What a slap in the face.

Wal-Mart is a corporation that has far too much power. They drive small stores out of business. They drive down local wages. They try to cheat their employees on health care. The very possibility of Wal-Mart grocery stores in southern California led to the supermarket labor strife here right now. They demand that the producers of their products sell them at rock bottom prices, driving down the wages of factory workers worldwide.

Wal-Mart is making the world a worse place.

Boycott Wal-Mart.

Posted by Jake at 08:31 AM | TrackBack (0)

What does everyone make of the FBI rounding up Wal-Mart's illegal immigrants? On one hand, it's nice to see Wal-Mart get busted for exploiting labor. On the other hand, this would make the Buchanan crowd happy -- rounding up all those immigrants. And I'm sure Wal-Mart will make itself out to be the savior of poor immigrants.

Posted by: Eric at November 6, 2003 07:33 PM

Been boycotting Wal Mart since 1994, because of the horrible way they treat women, and for their policy of imtimidating workers who file state industrial claims for workplace injuries.

There are about a thousand more good reasons to shop elsewhere. I used to go to Kmart, mainly because I used to work there, but two stores in my area closed earlier this year, driven out of business by you-know-who.

Posted by: KDR at November 6, 2003 09:29 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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