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Top Stores Caught Selling Phony Herbal Supplements

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A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.

That’s according to an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. All four have received cease-and-desist letters demanding that they stop selling a number of their dietary supplements, few of which were found to contain the herbs shown on their labels and many of which included potential allergens not identified in the ingredients list.

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Why Wal-Mart Employees Are Incompetent Or Unfriendly

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[Rants]
An ex-Wal-Mart employee explains why there's never anybody around, and when there is, they don't know anything or are in a bad mood. A very interesting and illuminating explanation for how, in their obsessive quest for increased profits, Wal-Mart has created a business model that thrives on attrition and crappy, burned out employees, who are systematically run-off before they can become competent.

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Ode To The Average American Wondering What Happened

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Hey... you lost your job? What a drag. Wonder how that happened?

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Green Day Snubs Wal-Mart Over Censorship

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Green Day has the most popular CD in the country, but you won't be able to find it at your local Wal-Mart.

The band says the giant superstore chain refused to stock its latest CD, "21st Century Breakdown," because Wal-Mart wanted the album edited for language and content, and they refused.

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Black Friday Consumers Trample Wal-Mart Employee

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A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

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Wal-Mart Tells Employees They'll Lose Their Job If Obama Wins

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[Activists]
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it has held meetings with U.S. store managers warning them of issues that could arise if Democrats win power and pass a law that would make it easier for workers to unionize, but stressed it was not telling workers how to vote.

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Merry Christmas From China

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Pick up almost any commonly used product and you won’t be surprised to find that it was made in China. It is here that 90 percent of your Christmas decorations are made, 29 percent of color television sets, 75 percent of the world’s toys, 70 percent of all cigarette lighters and probably every T-shirt in your closet. The hard drive for your iPod mini was made in the city of Guiyang. Located in China’s poorest province, Guiyang is more noted for its poverty than for making state-of-the-art one-inch hard drives. Working the assembly lines, China’s youthful peasant population is quickly abandoning traditional extended-family village life, leaving the monotony of agricultural work and subsistence income behind for a chance at independence.

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Inside: A Wal-Mart Sweat Shop Christmas

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At Wal-Mart, Christmas ornaments are cheap, and so are the lives of the young workers in China who make them, apparently.

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Wal-Mart Shows Off Its Fine Cake-Decorating Skills

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My friend says, "We had a 'going away' party yesterday for a lady at our Little Rock claims office. One of the supervisors called a Wal-Mart and ordered the cake."

He told them to write:
"Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that write "We will miss you".

As the picture shows, it didn't quite turn out right.

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Wal-Mart To Customers: Don't Call Us, We Don't Care

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[Retail]
Wal-Mart, the ever-expanding purveyor of cheap crap you think you need, is committed to customer service. Health-care for employees, not so much, but customer service for sure. They've put so much effort into increasing the usefulness of their online customer "self help" tools that they've taken the next logical step in getting their online customers the help that they need--they won't answer any more phone calls.

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Corporate Low-Down Depot Mart and the Tall Trees

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[Environment]
So you want to keep the weeds out of your flower bed. How about some nice mulch? How about some nice, cheap mulch made by clear-cutting and grinding up the cypress forests that help to prevent coastal erosion, weaken hurricanes, and provide habitat for wildlife? I mean, trees grow back, right?

They do. But they take years to recover. Cypress forests that were clear-cut in the 1930's are only now starting to look like healthy forests again...if they grew back at all.

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Wal-Mart Test Markets Biblical Action Figures

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Wal-Mart plans to test-market biblical action figures in U.S. stores as a "faith-based" alternative to toys tied to commercial movies, video games and TV.

The toys -- ranging from a talking 12-inch Jesus doll to 3-inch figurines depicting Moses and the Ten Plagues of Egypt -- will be available in about 425 of Wal-Mart's 3,376 stores in 21 states, starting in mid-August.

Locusts, fire, and brimstone sold separately.

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Wal-Mart Pays Itself Rent To Gain Huge Tax Breaks

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Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer and the world's biggest retailer, is regularly paying itself rent and using the transaction to decrease the taxes it pays to state governments, according to a report in this morning's Wall Street Journal.

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The Sacred Virgin Jolie Spotted Hovering Over Wal-Mart

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[Art]
A North Carolina artist intrigued by the public obsession with celebrity has found herself feeding that obsession with a painting of actress Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary hovering over a Wal-Mart check-out line.

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Wal-Mart Strong-Arms Coke To Bypass Local Bottlers

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Coca-Cola, fearing Wal-Mart would launch its own sports drink to rival the beverage giant's Powerade if it didn't agree to the retailer's new distribution terms, caved under the pressure and altered its own century-old supply system, a published report said Thursday.

Instead of involving regional bottling branches who deliver to individual stores (and thus help the local communities and employ more people) Coca Cola has been forced to set up more direct distribution methods to appeal to Wal-Mart's demands or else be replaced with Wal-Mart branded drinks.

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WAL-MART Seeks To Patent Smiley Face

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Obviously when you smile, you think of Wal-Mart...

Wal-Mart is embroiled in a legal dispute over the smiley face image which it wants to trademark in the US. A Frenchman who claims to have invented the yellow smiley face back in 1968 is opposing the US retail giant's move. For some, the image is a reminder of 1970s counter-culture, for others, a useful shorthand when sending e-mails.

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Wal-Mart Cautions Blogger-Shills to Avoid Being Caught

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[Viral Marketing]
Wal-Mart, in an effort to change public opinion is now mobilizing armies of bloggers to push the pro-company line and counter other sites who are critical of the retail giant. However, some of its blogger army are intentionally reprinting the company's dictates word-for-word and the monster corporation is concerned they may get "ripped" for being the shams they are.

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Boycott Demands Equal Representation For Christian Consumers

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There's an e-mail going around, spawned by an organization called the Catholic League which suggested a boycott of Wal-Mart due to the company's policy of substituting "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas".

This would be another boring, goofy Internet rumor if it wasn't for the true story of what one Wal-Mart temporary worker e-mailed an irate Christian who complained that a Wal-Mart website search for "Christmas" didn't bring up as many items as a search for "Kwanza."

Read on to understand why Nerds rule.

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Battle of the Documentaries

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[Pubic Relations]
In August 2004, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company told Wal-Mart, "The public believes [Wal-Mart] treats its employees poorly and is a negative force in communities." The report suggests steps for "managing change," including to "spread messages that it cares for employees, build local relationships, increase local philanthropy." McKinsey also helped prepare a memo, leaked to the New York Times last week, that proposed "numerous ways to hold down spending on health care and other benefits," in part by "discouraging unhealthy people from working at Wal-Mart." With the new Robert Greenwald documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" about to be released, Wal-Mart's PR firm, Edelman, "sent reporters a press kit last week attacking claims made in the film's trailer, along with negative reviews of Greenwald's previous work. Wal-Mart is also promoting a competing documentary about the company, directed by Ron Galloway, titled 'Why Wal-Mart Works & Why That Drives Some People Crazy.'"

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Wal-Mart Interested Only In Physically-Fit Employees

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An internal memo sent to the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. board proposes numerous ways to hold down health care and benefits costs with less harm to the retailer's reputation, including hiring more part-time workers and discouraging unhealthy people from seeking jobs, the New York Times said Wednesday.

To discourage unhealthy job applicants to save on insurance, the paper suggests Wal-Mart arrange for "all jobs to include some physical activity (e.g., all cashiers do some cart-gathering).

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WAL-Mart Bails Out Tom Delay

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Last week, Republican Congressman, and former Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom DeLay was arrested and booked on state conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

As if corruption at the highest level of our government isn’t bad enough, it turns out Wal-Mart actually gave Tom Delay money 2 days after he was indicted. That’s right. Wal-Mart made a $5,000 contribution to support Tom Delay’s corruption 2 days after his indictment.

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Hootie and the Blowfish Back On Top: At Wal-Mart

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[Music]
For those of you who were wondering what happened to Hootie & the Blowfish, worry no more. They recently performed at Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Florida. Two great tastes that go great together: Hootie and Jacksonville, FL.

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Wal-Mart Seeks Upscale Customers: We Can Help

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Among the more out-of-character things Wal-Mart Stores CEO H. Lee Scott has been talking up lately is the retailer's quest for more sales to more affluent shoppers.

To do it, the company's Wal-Mart chain — which has built an empire out of going for the biggest discounts for the most price-conscious shoppers —is working to overhaul its merchandise mix, stores and image in hopes of snagging a share.

We here at BSAlert feel compelled to help the retail giant out of this pickle and have compiled our own TOP EIGHT list of ideas to help Wal-Mart attract more affluent consumers...

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WAL-Mart Gets Special "Sanitized" Version of Willie Nelson CD

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As Willie Nelson prepared to release his upcoming reggae album, "Countryman", it seems his record label has altered the album's original artwork to pander to Wal-Mart's sensibilities, replacing the hemp leaf with a palm tree, specially for Wal-Mart distribution. Obviously Mall-Wart patrons would be offended by any reference to marijuana. I suspect the record company turned down the retail chain's first request: changing the pot leaf to an image of a package of Pepsid AC.

My cousin was killed by a falling coconut. As a result I'm quite offended by the palm tree cover. Any chance we can have a third version with the silhouette of a sheep jumping off a cliff?

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Wal-Mart Tries To Shut Down Critical/Parody Web Site Using DMCA

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A college student was forced to redesign a Web site satirizing a foundation run by Wal-Mart after the discount retail giant claimed he violated copyright law by using graphics from the company's Web site.

This goes to show you that the law, which protects parody from copyright issues, doesn't mean a thing against a big corporation who intimidates you and your ISP.

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Is Wal-Mart good for America?

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PBS has put up a comprehensive web site detailing Wal-Mart. Well worth a look. A history of the company, how it works, why it's successful and how they utilize foreign suppliers and how this affects the American economy.

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Wal-Mart endorses unionization... in China

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In what many consider to be brilliantly evil, Wal-Mart has announced just as the holiday shopping season starts, that they're supporting "unionization" of their stores in China. This is particularly delicious as the company has maintained an intensely anti-union stance in North America, even going so far as many speculate, in closing stores that organize unions. However, Chinese unions are apparently nothing like westerners versions of unions and the move is considered more ceremonial than any indication of a change in the company's anti-union stance.

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