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Some more letters you can write… if you’re so inclined

My Letter.

Walmart has done a lot recently that should be commended. They’ve begun to open new stores based off sustianable design and their now pushing for a host of new services.


Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott announced today that his company, long a
target of activists of pretty much every stripe, was going to be paying
a lot closer attention to the environmental and labor standards of its
overseas supply chain. In a speech on Thursday at a conference on
retail trends held by the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College
of Business, Scott said:

The factories in China are going to end up having to be
held up to the same standards as the factories in the U.S. There will
be a day of reckoning for retailers. If somebody wakes up and finds out
that children that are down the river from that factory where you save
three cents a foot in the cost of garden hose are developing cancers at
significant rates — so that the American public can save three cents a
foot — those things won’t be tolerated, and they shouldn’t be

So while it certiantly has it flaws, some things are worth encouraging. And yes I know they have low wages and are anti-union etc. but so is Whole Foods. So here’s my letter:

Dear Walmart,

Just wanted to write to say that I’m impressed with Walmart’s commitment to build better and more energy efficient stores and also your recent ideas regarding increasing labor conditions in China while taking a more ethical stance towards the production of goods you stock and investing in women and minorities in the workforce. I also was glad to hear about your aid to Katrina victims. What I was wondering though is Walmat going to release a sustianability report on it’s new efforts? Both Nike and Gap release these. To qoute Joel Makower on

“sustainability report detailing its environmental and social impacts
around the globe, demonstrating that the company fully understands its
impacts, has a plan to continually measure, track, and improve them —
and to report annually the results. That’s the minimum standard these
days for a socially responsible company, and once-reviled companies
like Nike and Gap have made huge strides in turning around their
negative social images through such means.”

 I’m sure a lot of people would like to keep track of Walmart’s efforts to better the working conditions in Asian factories while reducing energy consumption and run-off from it’s stores.

Kind Regards,


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Koreans have a tendency to ask the impossible of me, or perhaps I agree to it, but after trudging from incheon to mancheon and beyond all day I am one hour behind for me first interview and my second. The first interviewer packs us into a car at which point I tell him we’ll need to turn around soon, I’m way to late to make the next interview. He looks pissed. He doesn’t say anything to me. Afterwards he gives me money for a cab and says to call him. I’m not sure I will. There i a slight strange feeling a lot of Koreans have, that their controlling. Maybe all bosses are like this and some asian stereotype just drives the whole thing higher, but Koreans seem to ask more of your body than your teaching ability. Smile I’m told, don’t yawn, don’t do this, etc. It’s one constant procession. It’s number 1 reason why I want to leave, that and the pictures of white people that make us look like apes that you find in bars and other hide aways, although increasingly with less frequency. But these statues meet with a paradox. A Korea man comes into the restuarant in Seosan, he has obviously gotten plastic surgery to look more Western. A woman interviews in our hogwon, she looks like Parker Posey. Off to Canada she goes. Korean women seem to be preserved. The farming hands of yesteryear still wait around wrinkled and old, but the newer class of female seems to be surviving into 50 and 60s fit and trim, still fairly pretty… waiting. I message Tae-He and say he I’m in Seoul shopping on Sunday. I miss the 9 a.m. appointment. I’m to tired. It sucks. I roll over and try to masturbate, but can’t. It here that I have realization. The Hawai Hotel used to stock Korean porn, which is for the most part bad. You turn on your TV and some lynched and greased korean dude is moaning over the top of a korean woman. It’s obviously pretty fake. Some type of change at the hotel or in law has made these soft-core porn films (already edited) illegal. In class Gi-Ok asks me for American Romance comics. I print I Loved a tale of dangerous romance. They kiss in their hooped skirts and ford automobiles. It’s to “controversial” for children her age, never mind that shojo comics these days, which she reads in abundance, regularly feature lesbian trists with school mates while boyfriend-san watches etc. The Japanese complain about America’s puritan streak… but Koreans seem to be restricting even more along with Singapore from what I understand. What’s so wrong with pornography? It’s kinda addictive. Last night I watched REC on japanese spice tv (which seems to be the work around in my imiganry new porn law in south korea). It features fake home video recordings on people fucking. Of course, keeping with south korea, there’s no penetration, people hardly have sex. In one scene a hiker supposively stumbles upon a couple having sex in a tent. They don’t take their clothes off, he takes her from behind, parka still on, hands grumbling through bra and undergarmets. Something in it is erotic. The next features a woman who wears some type of Japanese traditional about 5 minutes she’s undedressing and feeling her breasts, edit, now she’s masturbating. I jerk off here using some love hotel supplied lubricant. When I wake up and consider masturbating again, it’s not possible. I switch to spice tv and jerk off to previews. Such is the way porn changes thge landscape of penises, it’s not that masturbation is impossible now, it’s simply that it’s something a little more. If you can try it. One interview goes well, for a multiple subject english language school, the others don’t go so well. 2 cancel. I might just take Taiwan.


October 23, 2005 at 10:04 am 1 comment


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