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  •  wal-mart is also now... (12+ / 0-)

    ... the largest food retailer in the nation, transforming what used to be a local or regional business (the grocery store chain) into good ol American style nationwide retail behemoth type business, with the distribution strength and the purchasing power to eradicate its competition and set itself up as a truly monopolistic purveyor of food products.

    I only wish Wal-mart was still all about selling us crappy quality Chinese knockoff retail goods.

    "It puts the lotion on its skin, or it gets the GOP again." - The Democratic Party

    by Rick Aucoin on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 03:06:51 PM PDT

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    •  I was being glib and frankly since (5+ / 0-)

      most every plastic object I've ever bought at WalMart has spontaneously failed within a month or two of my buying it, their junk plastic always comes to mind and the fact that they are major polluters because they sell junk that breaks.

    •  And now Amazon is going to enter the food sector. (0+ / 0-)

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:11:25 AM PDT

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    •  Most businesses used to be local or regional. In (2+ / 0-)
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      the neighborhood I grew up in, on my street lived the family of the guy who owned the clothing store, another one who owned the grocery store.  Then there was the family of the people who owned the furniture store and on and on.  They profited and were middle class and lived in my neighborhood.  I went to school with their children - we were more or less equals.  The money they made stayed in our community.

      Now every business where I shop is an international conglomerate that sucks money out of our community and ships it someplace else, sometimes offshore -dividends are paid to stockholders who live outside of the community, a distant management team that lives far away reaps huge benefits and mostly the coporation profits.  They don't contribute locally except in paltry retail wages for the workers and maybe state sales taxes.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:29:09 AM PDT

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      •  And high schools used to be built to look like (1+ / 0-)
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        institutions of higher learning in prominent areas of the community.

        Now, except in 'better neighborhoods' they're being 'enhanced' with portable trailers in a lot of cases. Or simply filled to the brim and the leaky ceilings patched with plastic bags.

        We've fallen pretty far under the rule of the white supremacists.

        Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.
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        by Pescadero Bill on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:34:45 AM PDT

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