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Wake Up Walmart

Wishing everyone a happy 4th of July!  As am American, I decided to take this opportunity to give you some thought provoking information about one of America’s biggest detriments, Walmart.  Is there any other company or person who has done so much damage or is capable of wreaking such havoc on my beloved country?  I doubt it.  On this day I am declaring my independence from Walmart!!

Before moving to Florida 9 years ago I barely knew what Walmart was.  Walmart was just starting to put their print on Long Island and the only store was about 6 miles away.  I was already a huge fan of Target so I never gave it much thought.  Now living outside of Tampa there is a Walmart seemingly on every corner, the nearest one being conveniently about 3 miles from my house in the 1st large shopping center I pass to go pretty much anywhere.

I have never understood people’s love of Walmart nor their cutesy nickname Wally World.  However, despite my knowledge of the companies terrible deeds I have still from time to time shopped there.  At this point my trips there are very rare and usually based on work hours where I leave work at 10 pm which is when local grocery stores close.  I’ve just stumbled across a webpage and blog that I think has finally gotten me over Walmart completely.  From a favorite blog of mine Fed up With Lunch (see links) I came to http://wakeupwalmart.com/ They also have a blog which sadly my Google Reader couldn’t find however, I was able to sign up for an email subscription http://blog.wakeupwalmart.com/

I have been aware that Walmart has had several sexual discrimination suits against them.  What I didn’t know, is that one started in 2001 representing 1 million women just this year was given the green light to proceed.  1 million women were held up in appeals for 9 years because Walmart will gladly pay lawyers to delay this forever if possible.  In 2001  woman represented about 2/3’s of their workforce while only holding 1/3 of their salaried position at notably lower wages than men.

Late last year a Walmart employee was fired after 5 years because he tested positive for marijuana.  The problem, he has a legal prescription and is using under a doctor’s supervision.  He is currently suing Walmart and I wish him the best.  It will be a difficult struggle against their corporate lawyers and unlimited funds.

Here’s a few more facts I found on http://wakeupwalmart.com/

Walmart’s $4 Drugs Coming From Indian Company Whose Products Have Been Banned In US and Canada btw, Target now offers $4 prescriptions!

WalmartSubsidyWatch.org – How Wal-Mart Uses Taxpayer Subsidies to Finance its Never-ending Growth

Here’s any interesting article on anti gay discrimination http://www.advocate.com/News/News_Features/Rolling_Back_the_Discrimination/

100 million people shop at Walmart each week, about 1/3 of the US population

90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of Walmart, sadly there’s 4 within 15 miles of my home

While the Walton family is worth about $83 billion, they only donate about 2%.  On the other hand Warren Buffett worth $47 billion donates about 78%!

I could go on all day but I’d rather you go to their site and sign up on the fight against this company.  As a women, feminist, advocate for legal marijuana for medical use I can no longer support this store.  I hope you’re onboard with me and I’d love to hear what you think.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!  Also my deepest respect to those serving or who have served our country and to their amazing families.

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One of my favorite things

I know, I know, it’s just a container.  But it’s the most perfect personal sized salad container I’ve ever seen.  My friend Caz brought to work a salad in it a year ago and within a week all my friends had one.  Mine is getting a little worn and after 11 months my fork finally broke so I was thrilled to find it in stock at Target once again. You can find it in the seasonal aisle with summer stuff.  It’s cost, a mere $2.99!  They also have a really cute “meal” version with the separated sections.  I did not purchase that one simply because I don’t heat food in plastic and assume I’d only use it for hot food.

As you can see this is a complete salad kit.  The best part is that it does not leak at all!  It is a perfect size for a meal sized salad, the fork doesn’t fall out and the cup for dressing actually holds the dressing.  I only dress my salads with oil and vinegar so that’s pretty amazing.  It’s not too large so it fits perfectly in my lunch bag.  So I have 1 item that is food friendly, functional and environmentally friendly since it’s reusable.

The salad you see here is using the leftover grilled veggies from the other night.  It consists of spring mix, grilled zucchini, sweet potato, and baby peppers.  On top of that is some onion, tomato, and feta.  I sprinkled some Italian seasoning on it and dressed it with pear vinegar mixed with olive oil.  It’s a perfect dinner for work or home.

Completely unrelated, I just got a text from my son who is in Prague.  He’s 2 weeks into his 9 week European adventure and is finally completely over his food poisoning and is feeling well.  Apparently he is able to cook in the hostel where he’s staying.   His text stated that he was in a store and needed a recipe asap.  He’s with a girl who speaks enough English and can help him shop.  I sent him my original Fettucini Alfredo recipe which I posted 12/22/09. It has very few ingredients and is easy to make anywhere.  I can’t wait to hear his results!