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  •  Walmart seems to have arrived at the point (18+ / 0-)

    where bad publicity is better than no publicity. Their road to monopoly looked so good, until they got so big that failure became inevitable.
    I'm not sure how it happens, but accumulation and hoarding seem to turn into obsessions almost imperceptibly in artificial as well as natural persons. Perhaps these obsessions are even more destructive for corporations because, unlike individual persons, they can't just walk away from the mess they have created. Even when the people walk away, the evidence of their failure remains on the landscape as a reminder and a deterrent to redevelopment.
    Georgia seems to have come up with some strategy in its tax code which persuades defunct commercial and industrial enterprises to buldoze their properties and return them to a natural state and prompt re-development.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 05:46:18 AM PDT

    •  I live in Georgia and this surprises me. (2+ / 0-)
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      It's out of character for our rapaciously pro-business state "government".  Can you share a link?

      Private health insurance: a protection racket without the protection.

      by rustypatina on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 06:02:05 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think WalMart is Rush Limbaugh (2+ / 0-)
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      or ever will be.

      They still want to be regarded as a "good guy," so kicking up this shit, and doing it in a very visible way, is only bad news for them.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 07:15:20 AM PDT

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      •  I am not sure about that. . . (5+ / 0-)
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        unfangus, karmsy, elwior, gustynpip, mikejay611

        It will get me to reconsider it and it is a good comment but I see this as nothing but a cold calculated business decision right in line with Rush Limbaugh. The single biggest threat to WalMart's global domination is work forces organizing and striking. It seems to me that they will do anything and everything (even to potentially dangerous excess) to stop any worker movement from getting traction.

        If that means overbearing stupid litigation on a visible leader, so be it.

        Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

        by 4CasandChlo on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 09:16:26 AM PDT

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        •  Yes on the "world domination," for sure-- (4+ / 0-)
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          but these people do NOT like being embarrassed, or exposed as total assholes. Again, they do NOT thrive on controversy.

          Look at their whole promotional scheme. Look at their use, documented in this venue, of their company web site to solicit "positive" feedback from their employees about their experience. Look at their clueless audacity a few years ago, aiding NPR financially, in exchange for on-air spots between programs ("Brought to you by WalMart"), only to be drummed off the air by the furious and incredulous listeners they'd been trying to suck up to! Talk about humiliating!

          There are many more examples like this.

          It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

          by karmsy on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 10:33:22 AM PDT

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          •  Well, then I am glad to hear that. . . (4+ / 0-)
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            karmsy, elwior, mikejay611, llywrch

            If they really want to be liked, perhaps they should pay their employees enough to get off social services and sponsor a little league team now and then!

            It will do far more than billions in advertising.

            Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

            by 4CasandChlo on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 11:00:16 AM PDT

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