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May 24, 2021 06:21 AM UTC

Monday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”

–John C. Maxwell

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  1. Just four US retailers sell 43% of our groceries – and one of those (Wal-Mart) sells 25%. As a result, suppliers feel pressure to accept less favorable terms or offer special perks to dominant buyers because they cannot afford to lose their business.

    High levels of consolidation have also contributed to food waste. Retailers have strict requirements for produce size + appearance. Farms can't afford not to deliver on key contracts, so they may plant extra in case of drought or pest infestations.

    We need an industry-wide re-tolling of our food system. 

    Fighting the Big Grocery Monopoly

    In March, the National Grocers Association (NGA), a trade association representing independent grocery stores, released a white paper detailing the ways dominant retailers abuse their market power over suppliers and marginalize small grocers. The pandemic exacerbated these abuses, the group argues, citing practices such as Big Box retailers demanding priority access to products in short supply, while smaller stores were frozen out. The group calls for enforcing antimonopoly laws, including the long-dormant Robinson-Patman Act, to address what it deems “economic discrimination.”

    Passed in 1936, Robinson-Patman was intended to preserve the viability and diversity of smaller retailers by ensuring that the big chain stores did not engage in price discrimination and other unfair business practices. For example, it makes it illegal for suppliers to charge small retailers more than they charge the big chains for the same product.

    1. Two of the big four, Costco and Kroger (King Soopers) are unionized, as are Safeway and Albertsons.  Supporting unionized retailers means you are voting your dollars for your values!

    2. Walmart is still in the top 100 companies donating to legislators who sponsor bills to suppress  voting  and  punish peaceful  dissent. ( page 23 of the linked pdf).

      If you boycott these companies because of their donations to wannabe fascists, make certain to also contact their PR offices to explain why they won’t have your business anymore.

      1. For real. *Slow clap* for the idiot system that has the two best teams in the NHL going head-to-head in the second goddamn round (or will, assuming Vegas finishes off the Wild).

    1. Talking Points Memo has "Report: Dems Paying Out Of Pocket For Extra Security Measures Back Home Amid Rising Threats"  It covers US House members. "the U.S. Capitol Police reported that there was a staggering 107% hike in threats against congressional lawmakers this year from 2020." 

      Colorado may be setting a precedent — I would not have guessed there would be a similar set of rising threats in in the chambers of the legislatures.

      1. I don't think threats of violence have been completely unheard of, even in the Colorado legislature, and I'll guess with not great certainty that Hanks was just blowing off steam. But only time will tell how far Pandora's Box has really been opened.

  2. This is a good segment from John Oliver about how local tv can be bought and paid for by snake oil salesmen.  Sponsored Content: Last Week Tonight

    The political angle is these are the same stations we are expecting (?) or trusting (?) to fact-check political ads. This is not reasonable. The stations have a financial motive to air as much paid advertisement as possible, no matter how deceptive. 

    1. Let’s see if he looks at the elephant under his nose: the meat packing business.  Given that Big Tech is ‘silicone valley’ liberals and the meat packing industry is in his backyard I’m betting he’ll take a pass. 

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