Archive for November, 2005

Wal-Mart

2005-11-16

I’m happy that “Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price” is doing good. Roger Ebert has given it a thumb-up (which is quite good (even though he actually liked the latest Star Wars-film; Roger! Wake up!)) and there’s a QuickTime clip available on Jim’s site which lets you see what Ebert has to say about it.

I’ve already ordered my copy of the film. Do the same! Even though you don’t have a Wal-mart in your country (like myself) it’s a very important issue: one should always remain true to businesses that are true to its employees and are not engaging in moronic activities, like polluting the environment.

By the way, if you have seen a documentary (sponsered by Wal-mart themselves) called “Why Wal-mart Works”, you shouldn’t feel as if it does. Just check this little QuickTime video courtesy of The Daily Show to know that the Wal-mart sponsored documentary is as fake as it gets.

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“The U.S. Spends 455 billion dollars a year on the military”

2005-11-03

Read this very interesting post, courtesy of Lisa Rein. It’s Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes, one of the biggest American investigative shows (numbers-wise). Here’s from Rooney’s latest clip.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“We must guard against the aquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disasterous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

Andy: “Well, Ike was right. That’s just what’s happened.”

Andy continues: “I’m not really clear about how much a billion dollars is. But the United States, our United States, is spending five billion, six hundred million dollars a month ($5,600,000,000.00) fighting this war in Iraq that we never should have gotten into. We still have 139,000 soldiers in Iraq today. Almost 2,000 Americans have died there. For what?”

There’s even a couple of video-snippets showing Rooney’s stance on what’s wrong with the US military (among other things, of course).

And don’t forget Katrina: The Gathering.