Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Point 1 - why does the paper need to give them free PR.
Point 2 - it is good that the article clearly identifies the criticism of the store
Point 3 - this part of the story seems notable:
Shoppers who descend on the 227,000-square-foot Supercenter in the coming holiday frenzy will discover an abundance of sustainable efforts.
Looking for traditional, watered-down laundry detergent? It's not here, only concentrated brands. That saves million of gallons of water that would have been injected into bottles, says Lisa Nelson, a Wal-Mart senior manager for public affairs and a former member of the Monona City Council.
Nelson began working for Wal-Mart soon after leaving the council in 2006. She was on the city's Planning Commission when the project was approved and was a "very strong supporter" of what she calls a "special store."
I don't know anything about Ms. Nelson but I can't believe that someone who would serve on a plan commission would be hired by WalMat. It sounds like Monona was successful at getting a better than most store for their community because they demanded it. Their MO is to shoot for the cheapest lowest quality planning and construction unless the city demands more. How could someone who knows anything about good planning and design support a company that behaves that way. I wonder if she is the public affairs manager for just this store or a broader area. You voluneer to serve on the plan commission and run for city council because you care about your community. This is not the philosphy of Wal-Mart.
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Intersting This American Life talked about this guy who was doing unusual maps of his NC neighborhood including this one of pumpkins at homes on Halloween. He said there was a correlation between pumpkins and how often homes were mentioned in the neighborhood newsletter.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I was one of the people who came up with the idea to do a neighborhood plan in the first place but kind of dropped out of the effort due to the time commitment.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"I don't want her as commander in chief," he said. "She hasn't run a corner store. She hasn't run a state. She hasn't run a city. She has never run anything."
That is why I think they are not strong cadidates and Richardson is.
the common practice in Washington of lobbying groups paying "line-standers" to go to the Capitol early on the days of congressional hearings. Then, moments before the hearing starts, the lobbyist shows up, pays the line stander $70 to $90, and takes his or her place at the front of the line, thus guaranteeing a seat at the hearing.
Who runs our country? This seems silly in a way because it seems that the hearings are theater anyway, the deals and votes are agreed upon in the back room. You could have 200 people line up to protest a bill at a hearing and the elected folks will vote how every they want.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I think that a Governor is automatically a stronger candidate than a senator.
It appears to be a stupid media horse race no different than Angelina vs Jennefer or Britney vs Lindsey.
Monday, October 15, 2007
This opening is very upsetting but true.
On the day after Al Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize, The Wall Street Journal’s editors couldn’t even bring themselves to mention Mr. Gore’s name. Instead, they devoted their editorial to a long list of people they thought deserved the prize more.
And at National Review Online, Iain Murray suggested that the prize should have been shared with “that well-known peace campaigner Osama bin Laden, who implicitly endorsed Gore’s stance.” You see, bin Laden once said something about climate change — therefore, anyone who talks about climate change is a friend of the terrorists.
What really makes me sad reading this article is that it reminds me how divided and hostile the feelings are in this country.
Blue state/ Red State
Rush L./ Keith Obermann
It makes me very upset to live in a country where there are such strong negative feelings across the political aisle. Can't we all just get a long?
Friday, October 12, 2007
While I think he is a good guy and this is not a bad choice, I personally do not think he has always been a true environmental leader. He was too chicken when he was VP and running for President to really take a hard stand on any environmental issue in a serious way and only started to say the truth after that was over. I hope he does not run for president again.
The right will have a field day with this because they don't like international things like this, they don't believe global warming is real and they don't like Al Gore.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
1. Asbestos in Montana - while the point of the story is about the lawsuit, the most disturbing point is that 200 people have died and 1800 people have been made sick from the asbestos!
2. Polluted Groundwater in Texas - ugggh - truely upsetting story about two small towns with terrible pollution.
See - "Don't Drink the Water" - Wednesday - October 3 - The Story