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Shoppers threaten Wal-Mart boycott over opposition to religious liberty (RFRA)

Posted in Anti-Christian Bigotry, RFRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2015 by saynsumthn

Wal-Mart’s CEO has taken a side against religious liberty by asking the Arkansas Governor to veto the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and now twitter shoppers are firing back.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company says the legislation threatens to undermine” the state’s inclusive spirit and does not reflect the company’s values.

Walmart statement on RFRA

“Every day in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve,” Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillan said in a statement posted to Twitter. “It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual. Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold.”

HB 1228 which is still making it’s way through the Arkansas legislature reads in part:

    It is the intent of the General Assembly to:
    (1) Ensure that in all cases in which state action substantially burdens the exercise of religion strict scrutiny is applied;
    (2) Provide a claim or defense to a person whose exercise of religion is substantially burdened by state action; and
    (3) Implement Article 2, § 24, of the Arkansas Constitution, which states that “[N]o human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience”.

Todd Starnes and Tony Perkins both jumped in with the following tweets:

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Some criticize the Wal-Mart CEO for doing business with China but opposing religious people in his own state.

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Others are either calling for a boycott or vowing to not shop at Wal-Mart:

Among them is Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and former two-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who is preparing to lead the nation in prayer on May 7 in Washington, D.C. as honorary chair of the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.

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Graham tweeted, “What if millions of evangelical Christians no longer patronized Wal Mart and others who do not support Religious Liberty?”

Others joined in :

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ObamaCare Kiosk at Wal-Mart?

Posted in Alex Jones, ObamaCare, RFID with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by saynsumthn

According to Kiosk Marketplace, SoloHealth announced a partnership with the Department of Health & Human Services to help promote awareness and information around the new insurance exchanges and Healthcare.gov.

“Champion organizations like SoloHealth are already serving people and are a trusted source of information in communities across the county,” said Julie Bataille, director of communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, in last month’s announcement of the partnership. “These organizations are natural places for people to learn about the marketplace, and we want to make sure that [organizations] have access to the tools and information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on Oct. 1.”

In an announcement yesterday during Health 2.0, SoloHealth revealed yet another strategic partner with a foothold in the private sector. EHealth Inc., the parent company of eHealthInsurance, will make its plan selection and comparison tools available on SoloHealth kiosks in selected geographies.

“The idea behind these partnerships is to link potential buyers with plans to help consumers make the appropriate decision for their insurance needs,” said Bart Foster, CEO of SoloHealth.

Foster said that the kiosks have garnered strong engagement and interaction rates since launching the ACA education module.

“That quickly became our highest-used non-biometric assessment,” he said. “We project that over 25,000 of our daily users will view the ACA educational content.”

Bill Shaughnessy, president and COO of eHealth, said the kiosks show promise in their ability to engage with consumers in a contextually relevant manner, when health care is top of mind.

“The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand health insurance access to more Americans, and consumers need to have simple and effective tools to better understand their options and enroll in the individual, family and Medicare plans that best meet their needs,” Shaughnessy said.

Big Sister Homeland Security chief at Wal-Mart: ‘Report suspicious activity’

Posted in Big Brother, Homeland Security, terrorism with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by saynsumthn

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CNN REPORTS: Walmart will join the Department of Homeland Security in a program called “If You See Something, Say Something” which encourages the American public to take an active role in ensuring the safety and security of the nation, DHS said Monday.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” Secretary Janet Napolitano said as she thanked Walmart and the more than 320 stores who joined the national campaign Monday.

Participating stores, eventually including 588 from 27 states, will play a short video message at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity, said a DHS statement.

“This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities,” Napolitano said.

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign was originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a simple and effective program that engages the public and key front-line employees to report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to authorities, according to the DHS statement.

The program has already partnered with the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and other organizations across the country, DHS said.

According to a DHS press release:
In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

Diminished intellectual capacity and abnormal reproductive system development from cash register receipts ?

Posted in Eugenics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by saynsumthn

Study: Receipts Could Be Harmful to Your Health

(July 26) — Cash-register receipts from many fast-food outlets, groceries, pharmacies, big-box stores and U.S. post offices contain high levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A.

A study released late today by the Environmental Working Group reported that a laboratory analysis it commissioned found the plastic component BPA on 40 percent of receipts from McDonald’s, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway and other businesses.

BPA is used to coat thermal paper, which reacts with dye to form black print on receipts handled by millions of Americans every day. In laboratory tests, the chemical has been linked to a long list of serious health problems in animals. Several environmental activists, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also have called for removing BPA from canned goods.

Laurie Palmer, of Portland, Ore., checks her sales receipt after checking out at Wal-Mart Thursday, May 5, 2005, in Vancouver, Wash.
Rick Bowmer, AP

Laurie Palmer, of Portland, Ore., checks her sales receipt after checking out at a Wal-Mart in Vancouver, Wash.

“Consumers are being exposed to BPA at the point of sale once they’re handed a receipt,” senior scientist Dr. Anila Jacob told AOL News.

These receipts pile up in purses, wallets and shopping bags, coming into contact with food and other items. When handled, the slips of thermal paper can easily contaminate fingers, which then can result in oral or dermal exposure, the physician explained.

Wipe tests conducted by EWG’s researchers easily removed BPA from the sample receipts, indicating that the chemical could rub off on the hands of a person handling the paper. The heat-activated paper that was tested contained as much as 3 percent pure BPA by weight, EWG reported.

But is this harmful to humans?

The EWG, a national nonprofit organization, is undertaking additional studies to determine whether and to what degree BPA enters the body. However, earlier this month Swiss scientist Sandra Biedermann and her colleagues from the Zurich Official Food Control Authority reported that BPA from register receipts can “enter the skin to such a depth that it can no longer be washed off.”

That finding raises the possibility that the chemical infiltrates the skin’s lower layers to enter the bloodstream directly, the EWG says.

The Fix May Be Easy

However, the scientists did not detect any BPA or only trace amounts in receipts from Target, Starbucks, some bank ATMs and other enterprises.

“Since 60 percent of the receipts EWG tested did not contain BPA, we know there is an easy fix for retailers who still use paper containing the chemical,” Jacob added.

For almost two years now, public health and environmental experts have been pushing to reduce BPA exposure, especially in cans for processed food, baby bottles and infant formula.

In animal tests, scientists have produced evidence that BPA can induce abnormal reproductive system development, diminished intellectual capacity and behavioral abnormalities and can set the stage for other serious conditions, such as reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, resistance to chemotherapy, asthma and cardiovascular system disorders.

The EWG added that exposure can also cause epigenetic changes, meaning alterations in the way genes switch off and on and genetic changes that can be passed on to the next generation.

Scientists at the University of Missouri’s Division of Biological Sciences laboratory examined receipts collected from big-name and mom-and-pop stores, ATMs, gas stations and other commercial operations in seven states and the District of Columbia, according to the EWG.

The amount of BPA the analysis found on the feather-weight scraps of paper were 250 to 1,000 times greater than other, more widely criticized sources carrying the toxin.

Risk to Workers

The BPA coating on receipt paper is an obvious concern for shoppers, but even more so for the millions of people who staff cash registers and bag groceries at tens of thousands of retailers across the country

The Swiss researchers reported that a person repeatedly touching thermal printer paper for 10 hours a day could be exposed to 42 times the present tolerable daily exposure.

The risk from handling BPA-laden receipts can be significant, Jacob said, and added that eliminating exposure to this ubiquitous yet toxic substance should remain the first priority of U.S. lawmakers.

The EWG study says statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that retail workers carry an average of 30 percent more BPA in their bodies than other adults.

AOL News asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if it had plans to control this occupational exposure but received no reply.