Wal-Mart rules the world, and other stuff

Possibly on the verge of WW3, should we be concerned that Wal-Mart is the world’s largest employer, with 1.3 million workers, and that it has an enormous impact on the US economy? Are Canadians on the verge of turning into a Wal-Mart Nation, like the US? There’s one down the road from my house, and I do shop there too.

From Derryl‘s site comes this bloody brilliant way to deal with junk mail, including credit card applications.

I had acupuncture on my tennis elbow today (which, contrary to a previous entry, is on my left arm.) This was my first time, and it was interesting. It was administed by the physical therapist working on my injury. Tonight it feels a wee bit better.

I’ve been in a crabby, poopy mood for a few days. (What, you’re saying? Is that any different from any other day?) Anyway, I think the planets converged and All Things Annoying hit me at the same time, heightened by the constant pain in my left arm. I’m looking forward to drinks after work tomorrow with BAWK (Bi-weekly After Work Club), and on Saturday, a full body massage at noon, and friends over in the evening for an Outer Limits Pizza Party. We’ll be watching episodes from the original series.

It warmed up here today for the first time in weeks. By warm, I mean 4C. And it felt great. Tonight I’m as restless as ever.

8 Responses to “Wal-Mart rules the world, and other stuff”

  1. tami Says:

    Did you know that in some states Wal-Mart has taken out life insurance policies on their employees? And no, the beneficiaries are NOT the employees’ families — Wal-Mart is the sole beneficiary in case of death. There is only one thing to do — stop buying crap you don’t need at Wal-Mart!

  2. Michelle Says:

    And did you know that it’s estimated that for every job at WalMart 1.5 jobs were lost in the community? And that WalMart only contributes .0004% of its earnings to charity while most businesses (who obviously have more of a vested interst in the community) contribute 2-5%? And that WalMart doesn’t allow their staff to be unionionized. And that a lot of their products come from overseas sweatshops? And, and, and.

    It’s been hard to resist heading to that glorious bargain-filled box in South Edmonton Common, but then I start thinking of the stuff I mentioned, and it’s easy to avoid. And of course there’s the #1 reason: They’re a huge bombastic gingoistic American conglomerate with their sights set on taking over the world (but what American isn’t these days?).

  3. Michelle Says:

    That should be ‘jingoistic.’ Sorry, I was ranting.

  4. randy Says:

    Both your comments now have my brain spinning a bit. Michelle, where did you get those stats? I’m intrigued. Regarding the SouthECommon store, I think I may begin avoiding it a bit more, if not altogether. In many instances, the stuff I want to buy there is also available right next door, at London Drugs.

  5. Michelle Says:

    Randy, go to http://www.flagstaffactivist.org/campaigns/walmyths.html
    or just do some web surfing and you’ll find a bunch of stuff about how evil they are.

  6. randy Says:

    Thanks Michelle, I’ll check that out later. – R

  7. Billy Says:

    Wal-Mart is building a humongous store down the road. To do the masonry, Wal-Mart has trucked in bricklayers from Mexico. NAFTA in action.

  8. Munchkin Says:

    hey Randy! Well I just have a few words for u
    Never lose hope, Life is journey and it never ends! I know ur totally under sum wierd stress/ mood! But u know what! UR SO GREAT! and I dont know one person that doesnt like u
    ! YOur special! and u have a wonderful SMILE!
    😉

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