Donkey Con: Wal-Mart selling fox meat as donkey meat in China

The Chinese lectured us over food safety but things are pretty bad in their own country…Wal-Mart has just been busted for selling fox meat as donkey meat.

While other news outlets are writing about the scam, we here at WOBH are providing you with a buyers guide about how to tell the difference between fox meat and donkey meat so that you aren’t ripped off when buying and consuming donkey meat.

Whether in Britain or in China, no one wants to think they’re eating a familiar meat product only to discover they’re really eating an exotic, as one unfortunate Wal-Mart customer in northern China experienced recently, when his “strange” tasting donkey meat turned out to be fox.

But telling meats apart can be tricky! Even experienced beef eaters last year seemingly couldn’t tell cow apart from horse when it was smothered in lasagna; it gets all the trickier when it comes to distinguishing donkey, which far less of the world is familiar with, from fox, which seemingly no one eats on a regular basis.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to telling apart these two unusual edibles.   Read more »


Gay CNN anchor defends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star, Piers Morgan outraged

Piers Morgan wrong again…typical liberal bansturbator. Nice to know that Piers Morgan doesn’t believe in free speech unless it is for him.

“Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson got an unlikely boost Wednesday when CNN anchor Don Lemon — who is gay — told Piers Morgan he disagrees with Robertson’s “indefinite suspension” from the A&E television network over his anti-gay remarks.

An outraged Morgan repeatedly slammed Robertson and his corporate affiliates in the strongest terms, clearly hoping Lemon would jump on the bandwagon. But the CNN anchor took a more measured view:

MORGAN: Final question to you, Don. Should he be allowed back? Should he just be fired from the show for this? And what is the corporate, responsible reaction from Wal-Mart, who sells so much “Duck Dynasty” products?  Read more »

Retailers fightback against Living Wage idiocy

Finally someone has found the spine to fight back against the idiocy and lunacy that is the living wage campaign.

AutoZone, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Macy’s, Target and Walgreens have joined Wal-Mart in officially opposing a D.C. bill that would require some large retailers in the city to pay their workers more.

On its second reading before the D.C. council, the controversial Large Retailer Accountability Act passed by a margin of 8-5 earlier in July.

Without a veto from Mayor Vincent Gray, that means a non-union District retailer with a parent company making more than $1 billion per year and occupying at least 75,000 square feet will have to pay employees a minimum of $12.50 per hour. Current minimum wage in the city is $8.25. Federal minimum wage is $7.25.    Read more »

Why newspapers are vulnerable, Ctd

 Harvard Business Review Blog

Justin Fox is looking at the failing model of major newspapers and reasoning that they were doomed all along:

Over the decades, the monopoly dailies saw some signs of trouble: newspaper readership kept declining, and new retailing giants such as Wal-mart often bypassed the papers in delivering ad messages into homes. When the Internet came along in the 1990s, though, they were still big and profitable — and, it turns out, profoundly vulnerable. As the account above should make clear, the challenges that the Internet posed to these newspapers had much less to do with new sources ofnews than new channels of advertising.

If the newspaper companies had been nimble, well-managed organizations (news alert: monopolies usually aren’t) trying to follow Clay Christensen’s playbook for dealing with disruptive innovation, they would have set up separate ventures aimed at exploiting new digital advertising opportunities. Norway’s Schibsted did just that in 1999, and has remained a classified-advertising power. In the U.S., two newspaper chains bought the job site CareerBuilder in 2000 (a third joined them in 2002), and have built it into a successful online/print hybrid.

Not surprisingly, though, the biggest digital advertising successes have been claimed by baggage-free newcomers such as Craigslist and Google. And these digital natives have seen no reason to attach expensive news-gathering operations to their efforts. The Internet has unbundled the various businesses that made up a metro daily newspaper, and there’s no putting them back together again. And since selling news never was a profit center for metro dailies, there’s been no great surge of well-funded digital upstarts clamoring to take over their editorial tasks.

Is filesharing like shoplifting?

The record company fat cats would have you think so, the movie barons likewise. They say that file-sharing is like shop-lifting. If they want to use the comparison then let’s extend it. Julian Sanchez from Ars Technica does exactly that in his article on the dodgy accounting and lies that the movie barons and record company executives and their lobbyist like to spout when they cry about  the harms that piracy causes and why they support draconian laws like SOPA and PIPA:

As a rough analogy, since antipiracy crusaders are fond of equating filesharing with shoplifting: suppose the CEO of Wal-Mart came to Congress demanding a $50 million program to deploy FBI agents to frisk suspicious-looking teens in towns near Wal-Marts. A lawmaker might, without for one instant doubting that shoplifiting is a bad thing, question whether this is really the optimal use of federal law enforcement resources. The CEO indignantly points out that shoplifting kills one million adorable towheaded orphans each year. The proof is right here in this study by the Wal-Mart Institute for Anti-Shoplifting Studies. The study sources this dramatic claim to a newspaper article, which quotes the CEO of Wal-Mart asserting (on the basis of private data you can’t see) that shoplifting kills hundreds of orphans annually. And as a footnote explains, it seemed prudent to round up to a million. I wish this were just a joke, but as readers of my previous post will recognize, that’s literally about the level of evidence we’re dealing with here.

In short, piracy is certainly one problem in a world filled with problems. But politicians and journalists seem to have been persuaded to take it largely on faith that it’s a uniquely dire and pressing problem that demands dramatic remedies with little time for deliberation. On the data available so far, though, reports of the death of the industry seem much exaggerated.


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