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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Town'n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.


Friday, January 22, 2016

NPR: As researchers have searched for ways to explain the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S., many have posited that a child's race or ethnicity alone can put them at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. Kim Eagle, a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, was skeptical of this thinking. ... "At first glance it looked like childhood obesity was more common among African-Americans or Hispanics," Eagle says. When they accounted for poverty, though, the trend vanished. What his findings, which appeared in December in the journal Childhood Obesity, show is that "[obesity] is not about our race or ethnicity at all -- it's about resources," he says.


Friday, January 08, 2016

A 25-year-old man proposed marriage to a 20-year-old woman at a Bay City, Michigan, Wal-Mart store in front of employees and other shoppers on Dec. 30. On that same night, police said William Cornelius Jr. was accused of shoplifting at a nearby store and arrested. Cornelius was found by police sleeping in the mall's food court, apparently having fallen asleep at a table while tying his shoes, court records show. He took a watch, an edible thong, a sex toy, panties and sex candy from Spencer's valued at a total of $80.93, police alleged. He did purchase the engagement ring at Wal-Mart for $29.62. read more


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Venezuelan man clinging to a buoy was moments away from being rescued by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard when he was attacked by a shark and died while being transported to a hospital, the Coast Guard announced Monday.


Comments

Somethings to be clear on here there is a lot of shortsightedness here a "blame the victim" approach if you will.

- Because prices are higher at a mom and pop store doesn't necessarily have anything to do with mark ups. That is INCREDIBLY shortsighted. Big companies cut big deals for big chains and Wal-Mart is THE BIGGEST. Coke and Pepsi are a couple great examples. I know local retailers can buy Coke at competing major chains for less than they can buy it direct. Unless you are a chain - prices are steep.

- Mom and Pop don't have teams with PhD and MS degrees in business. So their ability to compete is handicapped by default. They don't have corporate headquarters with thousands of employees in various areas. They are by definition small businesses. Small businesses are cornerstone of our economy.

- There are collectives around for doing this sort of thing. Most are not particularly successful - especially today. And the same thing goes for these type of organizations when it comes to resources. I am familiar with some of the bigger ones that tried this - and mostly failed.

- Oriental, North Carolina Estimated per capita income in 2013: $37,292 (it was $25,949 in 2000) a town of 900. NOT "rich".

- I have seen this all over the upper mid-west - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan in the late 80s and early 90s. It leaves the downtown as a ghost town and an empty "box" store down the street when Wal-Mart pulls out. It was my first clue as to bad business practices and why I do everything possible to NOT go to Wal-Mart.

- DC is another great example of why Wal-Mart is bad. They reneged on their deal after the stores they wanted were operational. Bad negotiating too - the city should have had a requirement those stores they wanted would open first.

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris

That is a moot point. True Earley took over in 2013 as the Emergency Manger from Flint Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz who signed the authorization on April 16, 2013 to form the Karegnondi (Flint) Water Authority. Prior to Kurtz, Michael Brown was the Emergency Manger starting in 2011 - so you see there has been an EM over Flint the whole time. Read on...

The vote was a formality as it was under the tenure of an Emergency Manger. The Mayor and council have no power. So no, he did not agree to build the water district and the decision to do so was prior to him. It has been reported that they also did vote under pressure from both the EM and Governor to form the KWA.

That said the vote was to build Flint's own pipeline to Lake Huron and create their own water authority with some surrounding communities which was going to take a few years and then separate from Detroit. What Darnell Earley did with the Governor and blessing of MDEQ was prematurely cut Flint off from Detroit (the pipeline is still today months from completion).

What had happened is a pissing match started between Detroit's EM and Earley. The Detroit water district had initially agreed to let Flint remain on under their current contract until completion. The EM overruled that and was forcing a renegotiation - not cutting them off but surely raising water rates. There are other links than the above one.

Throw in the fact that the Flint council which he is blaming also voted (March 2015) to reconnect to Detroit several months before the State would recognize the problem (September 2015) and were refused and now there is a real big issue for Mr Earley and Gov Snyder. MDEQ head resigned months ago over the problems.

It is getting so tiring seeing the DR Rs who don't understand what went on and continues to go on. A single article does not reveal the facts. I live near Flint. It will take a couple dozen at least to get a picture and understand the nuances in the timelines.

Fact is this comes across as both a political and perhaps racial issue - the problem with calling it racial is Darnell Earley the EM is African American... He has been active in MI city and governmental management for years. I can say he is a real tool as well though and Gov Snyder really had the power. First sign of trouble they should have been backpedaling but they did not. Look for photos of what the water looked like. Would you drink it?

Fact: Michigan's R Head of DEQ already resigned over the screw up. Should be in jail.
Fact: Virtually every long established city has lead pipes in their system.
Fact: MDEQ ignored the feds and established standards on water treatment when taking water out of the Flint river.
Fact: Tremendous rise in Legionnaires disease started with using Flint river water.
Fact: City Government (who is powerless under EM) did vote to separate from Detroit and build their own water pipeline. (Rubber stamp vote under pressure from EM and Gov).
Fact: EM pulled the plug on Detroit water prior to completion of new pipeline - made the call to pull water from the river.
Fact: Plenty of evidence of issues from very early on.
Fact: EM/Governor ignored all evidence until recently.
Fact: EM/Governor only pulled the trigger to reconnect Detroit water when the reports of how bad the situation was hit critical mass.

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