7.31.2008

The Merry Go Round Speeds Up Again

I used to check my SiteMeter stats compulsively as if those random visitors were ego manna or something. And then something changed and I just stopped caring about my traffic. I'm not sure what did it but it just became unimportant to me. Sure, I'd like 20,000 visitors a day and decent money rolling in from Googles advertising (yes, I'm well aware there are no ads on this blog, that is for a reason).

But I do still check in on my site stats every so often just to get an idea of what's going on.

My hits are up markedly again and, when I checked my referrals, the vast majority of the traffic is coming to read What Every American Needs to Know, a book synopsis about the business evils perpetrated by Wal-Mart written by James Hightower. Which is kind of interesting seeing as how that post is now almost three years old.

But the information is still relevant and important to disseminate. Wal-Mart may be trying to change its spots but its like putting lipstick on a pig, its still a pig underneath. My brother, who's a high powered businessman, takes the position that corporations cannot be evil. But I disagree. The codified business practices, the lawsuits, the exploitations, the stories from previous employees, all of it adds up to a corporation that behaves in a way that is detrimental to America. Maybe that isn't evil but it sure as shit isn't on the side of good.

I will never set foot in one of the stores again and urge everyone I know not to. I understand that there are places where there are literally no other options and hate that reality forces people to shop there.

Anyway, the traffic has been solid for the last couple of weeks and, hopefully, most of the people visiting the page are leaving with some new knowledge about what Wal-Mart represents and does in the course of its business.
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