Wal-mart; Knuckling under to political pressure, or a convenient excuse for desired policy changes?

By Eyes_Open

I have confirmed with other sources, Wal-mart is suspending ALL orders of ammo and firearms to their stores that carry these items, pending the final wording of the “Federal Gun Control Act” which is now in the hands of President Obama. Is this the beginning of, or escalation of, governmental control of the market? Or the next step in controlling arms to the public? Or both? Or is it just an excuse for Wal-mart to do what it may have wanted to do all along, but couldn’t because of customer pressure?

http://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-confirmed-wal-mart-is-not-going-to-order-any-more-ammo/

Research pair finds global warming matched predictions from 1990

http://phys.org/news/2012-12-pair-global.html

 

Is this an indication that we are doomed, or that global warming is part of the natural cycle of the earth and we can’t do anything to alter it?

 

The article mentions that in 20 years the average temperature has risen .35 degrees Celsius, very close to the prediction. But the original scientist that made that prediction couldn’t have know to factor in the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, the sudden reduction in gasses from Russia or the rise of China as an industrial giant, etc. Though the article attributes this to the “High caliber” of the original scientist, unless that caliber enabled them to see the future events that is not a likely scenario. Isn’t it more likely that “Global warming” isn’t man made or man influenced? And just how much of a difference will ~1 degree make over 40 years, if it continues? Remember, it was the same scientific groups that blamed man-made carbon emissions in the 1970s for the fall in global temperatures, and the beginning of the new ice age, that never happened.

Do they think that we are idiots?

This article is based on a site that was forwarded to to me. (http://consumerist.com/2012/05/has-the-grocery-shrink-ray-turned-saltines-round.html)

Perhaps this is just another case of the pendulum swinging. We see it with the courts and legislation, why not the retail market?

We saw portion sizes increase over a generation or two, until Supersize Me came along an showed people how bad things were getting. (BTW the guy in Supersize Me must have been a pansy since he could not last a month on fast food, but I went roughly 18 months without a home cooked meal)

Remember when we used to buy ice cream by the half gallon? Now it is not that easy to FIND a half gallon container.

This year the boxes of girl scout cookies were in smaller packages and a higher price. I am done with them unless I just WANT a box when they are standing outside the store. The troops only get 25 or 50 cents per box, granted they are relying on volume, but shit!  Plain old macaroni, we could get a 3 pound (?) bag, now I am seeing a pound and a half or one pound…

Is the market shrinking the sizes of the packages to make more variety available in the stores?

Is this just  away to sneak a price increase past the multitudes of sheeple?