Marcy Wheeler, always worth listening to, was interviewed again on The Scott Horton Show on September 30. From the program notes:
Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the New York Times article ["N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens"] verifying the claims of NSA whistleblower William Binney; how the NSA achieved Total Information Awareness through multi-sourced metadata; the tightly-woven webs of information that get ordinary Americans caught up in foreign intelligence investigations; why the NSA can’t or won’t tell Senator Ron Wyden how many Americans have been spied on; and the good and bad aspects of Obamacare.
Podcast here, and transcript below the fold. Read more about Marcy Wheeler on Risen-Poitras-Binney NSA story, and Walmart and Obamacare
Mike Duke is the CEO of Walmart, the world's largest recipient of food stamps.
Many of Walmart's customers and employees are food stamp recipients. Any cuts to the food stamp program will have a devastating effect upon Walmart's sales. So why isn't Duke using the tremendous clout of Walmart to defend food stamps? Read more about Mike Duke leadership FAIL
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has sued a major grocery workers union and others who have protested at its Florida stores, the latest salvo in its legal fight to stop "disruptive" rallies in and around its stores by groups seeking better pay and working conditions.
Cross-posted from Real Economics.
WalMart executives are freaking out over lousy sales, according to this article in Business Insider. After a disastrous January, one WalMart exec wrote in an email that February sales so far are a "total disaster," according to a Bloomberg news story.
“In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February MTD sales are a total disaster,” Jerry Murray, WalMart’s vice president of finance and logistics, said in a Feb. 12 e-mail to other executives, referring to month-to-date sales. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my ~7 years with the company.”
Even More Updates:
Towson, MD Walmart Black Friday 2012 Protest
Please Pledge To Boycott Walmart This Black Friday!
It’s time to support Walmart workers who are fighting for an economy that works for all of us – let’s support their strike this Black Friday by not crossing the picket line.
Why are Walmart workers standing up all across the country?
“Because we live in America, we work for the world’s largest company, and we’re still not making it.”
“Because I have to choose between paying my bills and having enough to eat.”
Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke at work
On the same day that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the economy continues to make a moderate recovery, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke delivered a different assessment.
Wal-Mart customers, he said, are running out of money at a faster pace. He sees it in end-of-the-month sales figures, when sales drop off more sharply than in the past.
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The Related Companies, housed in New York City's Time Warner Building, is in talks to lease Walmart space to build their first store in New York City. Anti-employee Walmart is reported to be intending to followup with 100 more. The performing flash mob did a good job expressing protest over New Yorkers not getting any say in this!
This is what the corporatists are planning for all of us, so pay attention:
[Morning shift] mployees at a Wal-Mart Super Center in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. walked out in protest against the new policies and rallied outside the store, shouting "We want justice" and criticizing the company's recent policies as "inhuman." Workers said the number of participants was about 200, or nearly all of the people on the shift.