http://www.walmartmovie.com/ a documentary about how walmart is the great satan, or something. i'm expecting fahrenheit 9/11-levels of bullshit, but it shoudl be interesting at any rate. and free!
November 16, 2005 07:00 PM
Union Center 1700 N. State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
if this location is not to your liking, you can find another free screening over here. it's playing all over the place. but you should go to that one cuz i'll be there.
and here is the (amended) comment i left jennie about it--
i'm going, but cautiously. everyone likes to kick walmart, and i am all for that because the top dog should always be kicked, but i have never once heard a good reason why walmart is any more evil than 99% of the corporate universe. they're just better at the things that everybody else is doing too. so this amounts to attacking them, not for being evil, but for being successful. (which i just lent my support to in the 1st sentence, but shut up.)thoughts? what did i overlook? because there's always something
example: if they paid people more and had better benefits, they would have to charge more for their junk, and then everybody who shops there would spend more to get their junk, and i suspect things would come out about even. it's not like there's a whole lot of rich folks kicking it at walmart, after all; i think most of thier customers are around the same bracket as their employees. if anything, america is being fucked by expensive healthcare, not walmart. but the only ways to fix that seem to be a) magically find cheaper ways to create health, or b) let people suffer and die. so i dunno.
further on that point, here is why i don't think universal healthcare will save the world: overall costs will rise, via more people having access to expensive procedures and more people driving up demand for the supply of healthcare stuffs. none of this added expense will be borne by the new people, seeing as if they could afford to pay their way they already would be. it won't be borne by the rich, because let's face it that would never pass congress. so it will be a new general distributed cost, driving up the price across the board, which will push more people across into not being able to pay, which will drive up the cost yet more. ultimately everyone would get some coverage, but it would take everyone paying a whole shitload more to run a huge and probably very broken system.
 like, ya know, exercise and eating right. but who does that?
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