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Economy-sized Sunday readings

13 September 2009

Stimulus package?

This week, Allison Vivas of Pink Visual received a fax from Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) group, informing her that she’s been chosen for a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award by his Business Defense and Advisory Council.

Pink Visual is a porn DVD superstore…

(Think Progress)

For a few cents more

OK, this press release from Chipolote Mexican Grill (a U.S. chain that sells quasi-Mexican food) is self-serving, but it’s good to see a business getting down to business…

Chipotle Mexican Grill…  announced that it has reached an agreement with East Coast Farms, one of Florida’s largest tomato growers, under which workers who harvest tomatoes for Chipotle will receive an additional penny per pound, a wage increase of 64 percent, for tomatoes picked for Chipotle.

The agreement between Chipotle and East Coast Farms comes following months of discussion between Chipotle and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based organization that has led a campaign to improve wages and working conditions for Florida farm workers.

Similar agreements between other large tomato buyers, like Chipotle, and the CIW have been blocked by a Florida tomato industry cooperative.

(Marketwatch.com)

Penny pinching

Un-fucking-believable! Translated from Citius64:

The year has not passed, but I think we have the key quote of 2009. I copied this quote entirely from remarks made yesterday by President Calderon at a conference on housing:

“If we (the government) ensure that poorer households consume less water, without sacrificing their needs, and consume less electricity, we will save these families hard cash from the disposable income, and also pass the savings on to us, because kilowatt hour not consumed is a subsidy that we won’t need to pay. “

Alfredo adds:

The president is a genius, without a doubt. How do we cut subsidies to the poor? By making sure at the outset that they use less water and electricity! Calderon should win the Nobel Prize in Economics for sure. How do we stop giving money to the poor? Well… we can let them die of thirst, or not warm their coffee, or use their electric stoves…. poor country!

(Citius64.blogspot.com)

Money isn’t everything, but it sure calms the nerves (María Felíx)

During a nationally televised address, [Guatemalan President Alvaro] Colom … said the nation’s food problems are the result of a drought this year, global warming and the effects of the international economic crisis. He also cited the Central American nation’s “history of unfairness that has made Guatemala live since long ago with high and shameful poverty levels, extreme poverty and undernutrition… I am making a fervent call to all of the country’s sectors to contribute to confronting this grave problem.”

(Medical News Today)

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