Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wal-Mart, not unlike the Ebola Virus

Check out this frightening, fascinating real-time graph that illustrates Wal-Mart's takeover of America. (Keep your eye on the year in the right hand corner of the page.)

And if you think this is off-topic from today's raging, bleeding financial headlines, you are dead wrong. Getting 'bargains' of cheap plastic crap - mostly made in China - has undermined our economy for years. It has also wreaked havoc on the small business owner and brought in giant ugly box buildings to litter the American landscape.

I'm telling you, all the smiley faces and all the perky store greeters in the world cannot gloss over it. As we are learning anew every single day, bigger is not always better.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmbzJGf90Xc&feature=related
DD

NursePam said...

That's a very scary map. And I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment.

ClizBiz said...

DD: Looks like chaos. At least the balls calm down after awhile.

NursePam: I have a fantasy that I win the lottery. One of my list items is to buy a Wal-Mart store and then blow it up. I'd also have bleachers set up and have a free BBQ.

Jeff C. said...

I cannot agree with you more. Especially about the big boxes. It used to be you could drive across America and each town would have its own architecture, its own character. Now it feels like every town is the same....which is a shame.