Abercrombie & Fitch’s ‘Fat Policy’ A Good Thing

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Jasmyne Cannick: Protesting Abercrombie & Fitch is sending the message to children, teens, and adults that it’s okay to be fat and if people don’t accept you being fat and make clothes to accommodate your fatness that they are somehow bad.

Walmart in Altadena: Fact or Fantasy

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Help take Altadena back. Say NO! to Walmart.

Walmart Trying to Open First LA Grocery Store, Major Fight Looms

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LAANE: Small business leaders have expressed serious concerns about Walmart’s impact on existing businesses, while opponents have long maintained that Walmart’s entry into the grocery industry would create a race to the bottom

Labor Pains: A Fable for Our Times

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Walter Brasch: “As long as the product is cheaper, our people will gladly go to large non-union stores and buy whatever it is that we tell them to buy.”

Eat at BJ’s

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Steve Hochstadt: The lesson for all of us is that we do better for ourselves and our communities if we patronize small businesses and use local tax dollars to encourage local entrepreneurs, not big boxes.

Ralphs’ Workers Aren’t the Only Ones Getting Played

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Jasmyne Cannick: When I think about it, the only thing that has changed since those stores were taken over by Ralph’s in the early 1990’s, are the increase in prices and the sign on the outside of the building.

The Wageless Recovery

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Robert Reich: The question on everyone’s mind: Will the Fed signal it’s now more worried about inflation than recession?

Transition Initiative: Feeding Ourselves Tomorrow

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Robert Haw: Climate change is fact. It will bring us great misery if fossil fuel use continues unabated. Perhaps a better name for the phenomena unfolding around us is climate chaos, because “a climate” (as we define it) will no longer exist.

Tiger’s Rag

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Dick Pric: Different strokes for different folks, right? If Tiger and dozens of other celebrities can do what they’re doing and hurt no one, why should we care?

The Housing Crisis and Wall Street Shame

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The $75 billion federal program designed to bribe banks to modify mortgages has been a bust. No one knows the exact number of mortgages that have been modified (that will be reported next month) but housing experts I’ve talked with say it’s a tiny fraction of the number of homeowners in trouble. Seems that the big banks can’t be bothered.

Obama Owes Hillary Some “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”!

by Rev. Irene Monroe — The second night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Obama’s toughest rival for the presidential nominee, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a knockout keynote address, bridging the chasm between her supporters and his.

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