Friday, December 22, 2006

Philadelphia Says No Thank You to Wal-Mart

In a pathetic attempt to buy "class" Wal-Mart heirs (the ones who keep all the money they are not paying their employees, the ones who pave their homes with marble and install swimming pools, the ones who own acres, and acres of land, the ones who write fat, fat checks to the hard right pseudo Christians vying for power in the Federal government, the ones who do all this while exploiting children and using child labor) tried to quietly pirate a priceless heirloom out of this country's founding city. When the citizens of Philadelphia realized Wal-Mart was shopping for a piece of their history and heritage the good citizens of Philadelphia privately pulled together and said no to the kings of polyester and the China trade deficit. Wal-Mart released this statement;

"We are disappointed that Eakins' Gross Clinic will not be coming to the nation's capital or America's heartland. However, we are pleased for the city of Philadelphia."

This statement struck me as disingenuous and typical lobby spin speak.
Wal-Mart is good at that. I've got three words for that statement - Go F*** yourself.

Here's why...
Americas heartland as embodied by Wal-Mart has given us a trade imbalance with China - senior citizens being exploited, hellish working conditions and draconian attitudes about people, and profit, the exploitation of children and child labor is their business model, employees forced onto federal welfare because zero health care is provided. Their business model has given us the homogenization of culture and is a reflection of a classless, crass, dictatorship that values money above everything else. Everything about Wal-Mart is pathetic and wrong. The jobs they provide suck and as an investment their stock is falling. They specialize in dis-information campaigns and want to become a banking institution. That's right they have petitioned the Federal government to become a member of the banking community. They have Hitler like tendancies and want to drive everyone else out of business. Because as we all know monopolies are how the free market system thrives (sarcasm).

If Wal-Mart is America's heartland - then it's heart is made of coal and doomed to dress the same, act the same and be horribly exploited across generations.

How dare they align themselves politically with the good people who would never exploit their grandmothers and grandfathers or the children of the planet. Their attempt to acquire respectability through a museum and to try and quietly pirate priceless pieces of art is a one shot attempt at having some class.

They could have a museum that rivaled the MET but because they put profit over people and consolidate wealth in the hands of the few Wal-Mart is a heartless, classless, blight on this country - trying to pull the traffic congested, self impressed, corrupt and bloated District of Columbia into the dialog overflowing with wannabes and political hacks to shore up the Wal-Mart image is laughable.

Philadelphia has the heart, Philadelphia has the class and the vision. Philadelphia is the founding city of this nation! Bravo City of Brotherly Love who's Quaker citizens lived in harmony with the indigenous Natives, bravo William Penn and the first home of religious freedom, Bravo Ben Franklin visionary, innovator and first American and bravo Thomas Eakins world renowned artist and teacher who called Philadelphia Home. These were men with vision and drive for the good of all. These were men who reflected our better nature as human beings. These were men who were great and good citizens. These men are the true Americans, what America is supposed to be and those that run Wal-Mart should take a closer look and then they would understand - you can not buy greatness!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Junk Mail

There are over three hundred million Americans flushing toilets, running water, using electricity, driving cars and getting junk mail. Eliminating junk mail across the board would save millions of trees and lessen air and water pollution significantly. There is legislation that is being introduced but instead of waiting here is what you can do now - today!

Here are some facts:

Junk Mail as it Affects You

  • Each person will receive almost 560 pieces of junk mail this year.
  • More than 4 million tons (62,000,000,000 (billion) pieces) of junk mail are produced yearly.
  • The majority of household waste consists of unsolicited mail.
  • $320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of unsolicited mail each year.
  • It costs $550 million yearly to transport junk mail.

Junk Mail as it Affects the Environmental

  • The production and disposal of junk mail consumes more energy than 2.8 million cars.
  • 100 million trees are ground up each year for unsolicited mail.
  • 42% of timber harvested nationwide ends up as pulpwood for paper.
  • It wastes 28 billion gallons of water for paper processing each year.
  • If you cut your bulk mail for 5 years, you’ll conserve 1.7 trees, 700 gallons of water and prevent 460 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the air.
  • 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste. By the year 2010, it is predicted to make up about 48%.
  • Scarce landfill space disfigures rural areas and pollutes ground water.
  • It is difficult to recycle, as the inks have high concentrations of heavy metals.
Before you cry for the businesses who will loose this outlet keep in mind that the majority of junk mail goes right into the trash unopened. No one is seeing their offers or ads. This is a complete waste of resources, time, money and lays waste to the environment. I have seen the satellite pictures of pollution coming off of the pulp mills. It's sad and unnecessary. We are destroying our fishery's for junk mail. It's time to put an end to it today. Take action now!

Paul
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1. It's simple.

2. Over half the profits from each sale go to not for profit organizations such as environmental organizations, local schools and youth groups. If for whatever reason your name gets back on these bulk mailing lists within 5 years you can contact us and we will go through the entire procedure again at no cost to you.

3. There are other companies out there that advertise similar services. If you read the fine print; most will tell you they will not stop mail addressed to “Occupant” or “Resident” (this included Penny Savers, ValPak, etc…). Also they do not contact catalog distributors or other bulk mailers that are not members of the DMA (including most credit card offers). Our goal is to remove you from these lists; as “Occupant” and “Resident” mailings are responsible for the majority of what you are trying to eliminate.

Information and facts re-printed from
41 Pounds.org

Monday, December 04, 2006

WAKE UP - Grand Oil Party at it right now Today!

While visions of holiday shopping and what to get Mom and feeling fat after Thanksgiving occupy our mind, and I've got to get the decorations out and when to buy the tree the Grand Oil Party is at it again. They are secretly trying to pass laws to drill everywhere up and down our coastal waterways during this very moment during their last "throes" of power.

They are continuing to ignore the need of a healthy environment, ecosystem and food chain. Their reckless greed driven actions are treason against our nations sovereignty, our collective health as a nation and the will of the people. These oil drillers from Texas who this Country elected because they draped themselves in the cloak of the Flag and the Wooden Cross of Christianity are showing their true colors once again. Greed, greed, greed resulting in a drill everywhere policy because that is where their personal stock portfolios are invested.

Not once have they increased gas mileage efficiency so we know their concern isn't using less oil from the Middle East or energy independence. If they increased fuel efficiency these oil men in the White House would sell less oil and their personnel portfolios would loose money. Foisted on the voters as the only ones who can save America the Bush family has disgraced itself repeatedly by it's incompetence and lack of understanding. They are a corrupt family who only cares about their own ill gotten gains and have destroyed America's name and wilderness and God's very own creation Earth at home and abroad. What's so patriotic about that, what's so Christian? Tell me again who the evil doers are?

Paul
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From the NY Time article linked above:

Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in a statement Sunday that “executive withdrawal on oil and gas leasing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of our nation’s most sensitive fisheries, combined with House Republicans scheduling a vote next week to expand offshore drilling off Florida’s coast, only underscores that G.O.P. stands for Gas and Oil Party.”

Mr. Markey added, “The administration should be leading efforts to increase fuel economy standards, which would dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”