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Hate groups associated with Wal-Mart stores: study

The more Wal-Mart stores a county has, the more likely it is to have active hate groups in the area, according to Penn State economists. “Wal-Mart has clearly done good things in these communities, especially in terms of lowering prices,” Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural economics and regional economics, explained.…

S.Africa court dismisses Wal-Mart takeover challenge

A South African court cleared the way on Friday for the world’s top retailer Wal-Mart to take its first foothold in Africa by dismissing a government bid to set aside its $2.2 billion takeover of local chain Massmart. The case is seen as a bellwether for foreign investment in South…

Wal-Mart seeks end to refiled gender-bias lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Women who refiled a gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc have failed to come to grips with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended their nationwide class action against the company, Wal-Martargued in a court filing. Plaintiffs alleging the world’s largest retailer denied them pay raises and promotions because of their gender are…

Pepper spray for your convenience

I defended Black Friday (albeit in a tongue-in-cheek, pro-environment, pro-local business way) for a couple of reasons. One is that I'm not buying the sanctimonious anti-materialism that crops up in some sectors of the left in response to the holiday. It's liberal reactionary politics, in my opinion, and driven as…

‘Occupy San Diego’ targets Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Protesters affiliated with “Occupy San Diego” took their demonstration to two Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. A group of protesters filled shopping carts with merchandise and congregated at the check out lines at their first target, a Wal-Mart on on Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego, California. “Citizens of WalMart!” they…

Pepper spraying Wal-Mart shopper turns herself in

The woman who reportedly used pepper spray on fellow Black Friday shoppers at a Los Angeles’ Wal-Mart has turned herself in. According to CBS affiliate KCAL, the woman turned herself into LAPD officers Friday evening. The incident came as crowds were in line to buy a new XBox 360. At least…

Police body slam leaves grandpa bloody, unconscious at Wal-Mart

Witnesses say police officers tackled a grandfather at an Arizona Wal-Mart Friday, leaving him bloody and unconscious. The video game section of the Buckeye store got a little rowdy when people started trying to tear open boxes of games, and one woman got punched. After one man’s grandson got trampled,…

Wal-Mart shoppers ‘riot’ over two-dollar waffle irons

Things got out of control at one Wal-Mart near Little Rock, Arkansas on Black Friday as shoppers went wild over a good deal on kitchen appliances. Screams could be heard as the greedy shoppers struggled to grab one (or five) of the $2 waffle irons. A video of the scene…

Really, it’s not about the money, it’s about class warfare

There’s something darkly literal about the way this whole story about Wal-Mart’s overblown hatred of OSHA has played out, in that in their attempts to squash the little guy, an actual human life was taken by being trampled to death. If you recall the horrible story, a Wal-Mart employee was…

SEIU Got Served

I’ve been trying to make sense of exactly why Wal-Mart is endorsing employer mandated health care and, more importantly, why the SEIU is playing along. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, joined hands with a major labor union Tuesday to endorse the idea of requiring large companies to provide health…

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