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February 18, 2010

Totalitiarianism is yummy at Whole Foods!

All hail fearless leader! DailyTech - Exclusive: Whole Foods Market Disciplines Employees For Facebook Posts
The company is currently struggling with an identity crisis, with CEO John Mackey looking to purge what he views as unhealthy evils such as processed sugars and white bread from the chain's lineup. And he created a major storm of publicity when he attacked President Obama's healthcare reform plan in a Wall Street Journal interview. And to top it all off, sales of the company are slipping. Amid this harsh atmosphere and its CEO's controversial comments, the company is reportedly cracking down on employees' expression of dissatisfaction online. DailyTech interviewed Whole Foods Market employees at several locations, and according to them the chain has implemented a zero tolerance policy with regards to online postings and is aggressively monitoring its employees. One employee reports that the company discovered a post on their private Facebook page via a friend who leaked the info. The post complained about a long day and obnoxious customers. Despite the fact that the general public could not view the page, WFM reportedly gave the employee a disciplinary notice and disciplined several other employees who commented on the post as well. WFM is reportedly monitoring its employee's Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and blog accounts both directly and via friends (for private accounts) to identify and silence such complaints.
Further: Yummy cadmium! Whole Foods "organic" food grown in China!

January 31, 2010

Rahm Emanuel's fingerprints will be on health-care reform's broken neck

If Health Care Dies, Who Will The Murderer Be? | The New Republic
1994 was bad, but passing a bill through both chambers then sitting by and letting it die is the kind of behavior that makes even the most pragmatic Democratic voter want to punish his own party.... Where McArdle is right is her description of how health care will die if Democrats do choose to go that route:
They don't want to say they want to kill it, of course. So instead, they're doing pretty much what I expected: putting it on the back burner. We want to pass health care, but we just have a few things to do first . . .
That sounds a lot like Rahm Emanuel's plan of action, floated in today's New York Times:
Mr. Emanuel, the chief of staff, said he hoped Congressional Democrats would take up the jobs bill next week. Then, in his view, Congress would move to the president’s plan to impose a fee on banks to help offset losses to the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the fund used to bail out banks and automakers. Lawmakers would next deal with a financial regulatory overhaul, and then pick up where they left off on health care.
Let's call this the "My boyfriend is going to do a world tour with his rock band, then have a totally platonic weekend in Vegas with his ex-girlfriend, then join the Army, and then we'll get married" plan. Anybody see any potential problems here?

January 25, 2010

Olympics call for "treatment" of intersex athletes

I.O.C. Panel Urges Treatment for Female Athletes With Male Characteristics - NYTimes.com
A panel of medical experts convened by the International Olympic Committee recommended Wednesday that the issue of athletes whose sex seems ambiguous be treated as a medical concern and not one of fairness in competition. Athletes who identify themselves as female but have medical disorders that give them masculine characteristics should have their disorders diagnosed and treated, the group concluded after two days of meetings in Miami Beach. The experts also said that rules should be put in place for determining an athlete’s eligibility to compete on a case-by-case basis — but they did not indicate what those rules should be. “We did not address fairness,” said Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson of Florida International University. He is an expert on such disorders and participated in the meeting. “The entire concept was that these individuals should be allowed to compete.”

January 19, 2010

Luxury Cruise Ship Docks On Private Haitian Beach, Just 60 Miles From Devastation

Luxury Cruise Ship Docks On Private Haitian Beach, Just 60 Miles From Devastation
BoingBoing reported this morning on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship that made its scheduled docking at a private beach. Though the cruise ship delivered 40 pallets of relief supplies while it docked, vacationers frolicked and held a barbecue on the private area, just miles from the devastation caused by the 7.0 earthquake last week.