Saturday, January 13, 2018
Did you notice that on the morning after the Golden Globe Awards when the entire media establishment started talking about how Oprah Winfrey might be running for president at the same time it virtually proved that they were coordinating their propaganda?
Did you notice that for all practical purposes they might as well have admitted that only wealthy celebrities are entitled to get the coverage they need to run for higher office?
Did you notice that the same people trying to take credit for leading the way to defend women's rights are the people that clearly must have known about it years ago but, at best looked the other way, or in some cases helped cover it up and even promoted politicians that were involved in it?
We're supposed to live in a country where anyone can grow up and become president, governor or at least a senator or representative or some other office that serves the public's interests.
Or at least that's what the propaganda they repeat over and over again tells us; but it's an obvious load of crap and the recent surge of coverage skyrocketing Oprah's presidential ambitions should make it even more obvious. For all practical purposes they seem to have declared that Mitt Romney has already won the Senate seat from Utah, even though Hatch only recently declared he wouldn't run and few others had a chance to declare they would even consider it.
This has been standard operating procedure for decades; in 1999 the declared that Al Gore and George Bush would win their respective nominees then provided the obsession coverage they needed to make this come true; and when John McCain had a surprise victory in New Hampshire they resorted to obsessive amounts of dirty tricks, especially in the states that respond to appeals to emotion the most to ensure that the candidates would be limited to those approved by the media.
In 2016, despite all the propaganda they provided saying Trump was an anti-establishment candidate they provided him the obsession coverage he needed when they to get name recognition and attract the most foolish of the electorate even though his lies weren't even any good; but by rigging the nomination for Hillary Clinton with the entire political and media establishment, including Oprah, who said "You don't have to like her," they gave him an opponent so pathetic that he could win!
The mainstream media is a master at propaganda trying to convince people that their candidates have grassroots support, which is part of the way they rigged the nomination for Hillary Clinton; but in this case they were incredibly sloppy and a large percentage of the public saw right through it.
Another classic propaganda tactic is to take a simple principle that the masses can understand, or at least pretend to understand, and repeat it over and over again, until it is perceived as fact, without scrutiny! This is some of what they did with their so-called movement to stand up to sexual harassment by all wearing black.
How does telling people to wear black prevent sexual harassment?
It doesn't, of course, although they could claim it draws attention to it, at least for a little while, which might be true but it does little or nothing more than that and distracts from efforts that might be more effective.
Why are they referring to this as a grassroots movement?
Did this idea come from a small movement of lower or middle class people then move from one city to another until it went viral, perhaps with the help of the internet?
Highly unlikely, it is far more likely that a small number of leading celebrities came up with the idea or perhaps it was suggested to them by others involved in the political establishment for one reason or another.
The real reason they're portraying this as grassroots is because they want to convince the public to follow celebrities which can be controlled by the most powerful people in the political establishment. I don't need inside information to figure out all this, since they can't keep their propaganda tactics secret sine it has to be presented to the public, I just have to understand these propaganda tactics and recognize them when they're being put into practice; and it helps to be familiar with the history of how the political and media establishment has been working.
Rumors about this going on were going on long before any of us were born but they've always been at the grassroots, and the political and media establishment have publicly acted as if it is just disgruntled people trying to smear hard working celebrities, or something like that as indicated in the following article, including comments from George Clooney, who famously held a fund raiser for the incredibly phony Hilary Clinton that was obviously selling out to the financial establishment:
George Clooney and the entire celebrity class of people have an incentive to portray the acting field as if it is based entirely on talent, not who you know, or as the old saying "Who you blow" to get their job, but that isn't even close to the truth, although it would be politically incorrect to say it in the circles they travel in. This is something that is probably only whispered in Hollywood, and perhaps for some people that dream about going to Hollywood and find out the hard way what it's like they might speak about it to their friends.
However these rumors weren't news and they didn't start as late as the nineties as Clooney says they've been around much longer, and I heard them as early as when I was a teen; but when I stopped paying attention to celebrity gossip I was less likely to hear the latest rumors. I haven't been the most religious person but those who have have often told their daughters tat they should abandon their dreams of going to Hollywood and get a real job or find a husband, in some cases because those who do are "all whores." I wouldn't go that far but, even though I don't agree with all the views of these pious ladies, some of them might be far closer to the truth than many of us suspected as proven by the disclosure of these scandals.
This attitude isn't new, according to many history books, that often put it more delicately actors or actresses that traveled to do plays in Shakespeare's time were all considered to be trashy women or "whores," and anyone that reads Machiavelli might find that he provides a description of women that is similar, although it helps to consider the biases me clearly had. He often wrote as if many rich men bent over backwards to treat them well, but this is highly unlikely and even if they did buy them stuff at times, it is virtually guaranteed that at others they beat them or raped them to keep them in their place.
I've written numerous times about various research about psychological manipulation tactics that the media political and military establishment have used to control the public, and even if it annoys any regular readers that may have gotten used to it, I'll post a few below for any that haven't read them. The Political establishment has passed down some of their psychological manipulation tactics from generation to generation for thousands of years although, at times they may have been disrupted when empires collapsed; but anyone that has read Machiavelli or other historians knows that past kings or emperors have often had advisers from the educated class to help them control the public; and that research has gotten much more sophisticated since World War II.
This isn't completely secret, a lot of it has been reported in the academic world, alternative media outlets, good library books and sometimes by people who are ridiculed as conspiracy theorists, including some that are incredibly incompetent as the stereotype implies, and others that do far better work, but get less attention; however it is rarely ever mentioned in the traditional press, which portrays all researchers that disagree with them with a broad brush implying they're all fringe.
They've learned how to use the carrots and stick approach and now that all these disclosure have been taking place it is much more reasonable to think there's a good chance that Donald Trump really did pay off an adult film star to keep quit before the election, as recently reported, or intimidate a girl that claimed to have been raped by him to drop her lawsuit shortly before the election as well, which was only reported in a low profile manner at the time.
Weinstein has been exposed using Israeli intelligence to spy on potential victims and use this to intimidate them and offer opportunities for them if they learn to go with the program.
This isn't just wild speculation; it is proven to be true over and over again although the evidence is often only reported in low profile ways. Courtney Love Tried to Warn People About Harvey Weinstein in 2005 when she said, “I’ll get libeled if I say it. .... If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don’t go.” This was on camera yet there was no investigation and the media didn't report it until it broke wide open last year, which is probably the only reason she didn't get sued for libel for telling the truth. If Weinstein had sued her it would have drawn more attention and the media was willing to help cover it up.
The clear implication, along with all these "non-disclosure agreements" is that the truth can be a commodity that is bought and sold or negotiated by lawyers based on political power not evidence or the free exchange of ideas.
For one reason or another, one exception that got an enormous amount of coverage back in the nineties was the sexual harassment accusation against Bill Clinton, which were public all along, yet the entire media establishment from the left downplayed it. It first, they said that at least he stopped when girls said no and that the scandals that turned out to be true were at least consensual; but when it became one scandal after another and some of them clearly weren't so consensual Hollywood still went along with efforts to down play it.
Thinking back it should be clear that we probably never should have nominated Bill Clinton in the first place let alone elected him, instead supporting someone like Jerry Brown who at least seemed better at the time; but even he was from e the political establishment. It would actually have been much better if we had a diverse media back then that covered much more issues and candidates. But by the time Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016, they clearly picked her long before the public had any say about it and not only did the entire Democratic Political Party line up to support her announcing that they wouldn't run but so did the entire celebrity class despite the fact that the public hated her and her attacks on women that had legitimate complaints were well known to anyone that wanted to know about them including Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep who are now trying to portray themselves as heroes with the help of the political class that enables them.
The real victims are the people that believe all this propaganda and try to get the easy way to fame and fortune by going to Hollywood and spend all their money trying to become rich and famous only to find out these rumors about sleeping to the top are at least partly true!
In addition to blindly supporting the political establishment and making an emotional appeal about something bold happening when Barack Oabama was elected and remaining silent and remaining silent when he caved on one issue after another to support Wall Street including mass incarceration Oprah also has a history of reporting war propaganda as Stephen Lendman points out in Oprah Winfrey for President in 2020? 01/10/2018
Phil Rockstroh also points out how she's used her charisma, celebrity status and connections to manipulate people in Thus Spake Oprah As The New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire 01/11/2018, although he takes some literary licence with some of it he's close to the truth. She didn't rise to the top by exposing all the scams the media has been involved in; she rose to the top by helping them with them.
Oprah Winfrey has used her charisma to push weight loss scams which can easily be exposed by searching the internet to find Oprah Winfrey & Kirstie Alley Weight Loss Scams Revealed? 01/23/2016 where they observe that "Oprah’s fans are like a cult." which the media almost never reports; and on the only occassion that I remember them mentioning this they had a gleeful fan of Oprah say something like, "Some people call Oprah's followers a cult; if this is true it's a cult that I want to be part of," with a big smile on her face as if blindly following the leader is a good idea as long as it's the great and glorious Oprah.
Oprah also gave Dr. Phil his start on her show repeatedly recommending him as if he was a great psychologist. The truth is that I've never like him but once I learned more about indoctrination tactics and the way they escalate from early use of authoritarian upbringing including corporal punishment it has been even more obvious that he's a fraud. Recently Evan Allen and David Armstrong exposed him for the fraud he is setting his TV patients up for failure so that he could get good ratings for his reality TV show and sell his treatment plans or those that he affiliates with even if he tries to maintain plausible deniability when they get exposed.
In all fairness just googling around for picture of Harvey Weinstein with Hollywood women doesn't automatically mean they're complicit, especially if it happens to be one that the progressive movement likes like Susan Sarandon who was the only high profile person to consistently speak out against Hillary Clinton that I know of and she was demonized by a large portion of the political and Hollywood establishment; just like when the Dixie Chicks were demonized for speaking out against the Iraq war when it was obviously based on lies.
The political and media establishment has done an enormous amount of research into the herd mentality and how it can be manipulated by propaganda, especially when a shocking percentage of the public worships celebrities even though they're involved in one scam after another.
By refusing to cover anyone but the celebrities that go along with the program they make it extremely difficult for a small percentage of the public that is better educated about the issues to get their point across and the majority follow one cult or another!
In the case of the Dixie Chicks, even though they're far better than the majority of celebrities they also have a history of proving their own war propaganda like "Travelin' Soldier" which sounds very romantic and is a great song; but it glorifies war indirectly by glorifying the soldier without discussing the true cost of war and that it isn't so glorious. I don't want to demonize veterans that intended to do what's best for their country but fell for the propaganda anymore than I want to demonize the enablers that started out as victims but the most effective way to end this abuse of power involves exposing these tactics even when it it means facing facts that many may not want to acknowledge.
The following are some related articles and sources including an expose on Dr. Phil who was highly recommended by Oprah even though he's a major scam artist:
How Dr. Phil’s new addiction recovery venture trades on his TV show’s marketing clout 12/29/2017 by Evan Allen and David Armstrong
Dr. Phil says he rescues people from addiction. Others say his show puts some guests' health at risk 12/31/2017 by Evan Allen and David Armstrong
Dr. Phil: Rescuer or Reckless showman? 12/29/2017-01/01/2018 (If these Boston Globe articles are restricted due to "Privacy mode" or some other reason see this article with the text of both.)
Meryl Streep, Who Once Called Harvey Weinstein ‘God,’ Speaks Out Against Him After Sexual Harassment Allegations 10/09/2017
Susan Sarandon Has Some Interesting Theories About Harvey Weinstein and Hillary Clinton 11/27/2017
10 years later, Dixie Chicks right all along 03/05/2013
Not Ready to Make Nice 10/25/2006
Dixie Chicks "Travelin' Soldier"
Oprah awkwardly endorses Hillary Clinton: ‘You don’t have to like her’ 10/21/2016
The following are some of my past articles about psychological manipulation and propaganda:
Frank Luntz confesses to sabotaging democratic process for clients
Fundamentals of Psychology
Philip Zimbardo, Lucifer Effect, Stanford Prison Experiment
Corruption or Bias in the American Psychological Association
Eli Roth’s Milgram/Obedience experiment much more extensive than most people realize
Political Psychologist Are Suppressing Democracy
Human Research Subjects
Anti-violence social experiments could be part of a slippery slope
Monday, January 8, 2018
Another veteran shot another cop!
It was, of course, reported widely for a day or two, but then the national media quickly forgot it, for one reason or another.
Some in the grassroots media do a much better job reporting on it, like Michael Harriot, who wrote the following; but even he didn't cover it all:
Michael Harriot was right about the double standard by the media; however Micah Johnson and Matthew Riehl, along with some of the police they fought were all trained by the government, in the military, police force or both to allegedly protect us; however in the case of one war after another that we fight, they're based on lies, like the ones about weapons of mass destruction, and the threat that they're protecting us from is a sham! The methods they use to train these veterans involves teaching them to obey orders without question and to deal with their problems with violence, although officially it's supposed to be only when they're ordered to.
This, of course, doesn't mean that all police or all veterans are violent psychopaths going on shootings sprees; in fact, as this case shows other police or veterans are often the victims when those the government train to kill with emotional problems do go on shooting sprees. One of the other most common victim of violence from veterans, or police, for that matter, are often their own family members.
This is far more common than the media reports and a major part of the reason for it is that they're constantly providing the propaganda to fight all these wars based on lies; and they only provide media coverage for politicians that support their ideology. People that do the best research into how violence starts at an early age and escalates from their or how military or police training can, in some cases, lead to more violence that it prevents.
The war on terror has never honestly exposed the real causes of terrorism and that a lot of it is retaliation for the attacks that we make in wars based on lies overseas ; which means that they're doing more to incite terrorism than they are to stop it! It shouldn't be hard to understand that they don't like it when we bomb them anymore than we like it when they bomb us; yet many veterans are trained to believe what they're told, even when the evidence overwhelmingly indicates it's a lie. Anti war protesters are often treated as unpatriotic; but they do a much better job recognizing the causes of violence and how to prevent it, and veterans have been coming home and going on shooting sprees far more often than the media implies, by reporting each incident briefly and quickly forgetting it.
It was only a few weeks ago that Devin Patrick Kelley went on his rampage and they reported that the military didn't adequately report the signs of his problems with domestic abuse. The same thing happened with Matthew Riehl who also had signs of mental issues that weren't reported as widely as they could have been but the media didn't focus on this nearly as much and has now moved on to other things.
Another thing that they fail to report on is that if they did report all these problems then it would be clearer that they may need these people with emotional problems if they're going to continue fighting all these wars based on lies, since they're the ones most willing to kill without question.
However it is unlikely that this begins with military training, although boot camp indoctrination does escalate violent tendencies. One of the most important contributing causes of violence later in life is the way children are raised early in life, often starting with corporal punishment which is used to teach blind obedience and it is also used to teach children to accept the beliefs from their parents without question, which makes them very susceptible to continued indoctrination at boot camp that uses the same tactics, instead of treating any emotional problems that cadets might have.
Boot Camp indoctrination doesn't teach cadets to question orders; it teaches them to blindly obey, or as they say in "A Few Good Men," they "Obey orders or people die," which might sound very good and seem to be true if it is repeated over and over again like the propaganda in "A Few Good Men" or in the real world where it is a realistic portrayal of real boot camp and the media where they always present us as "fighting for freedom," but it's often based on lies!
This may be much easier when they recruit veterans that are taught to believe what they're told without question, often even racists veterans like Matthew Riehl and Wade Michael Page, who also have emotional problems and are often involved in domestic violence. With the shrinking pool of potential veterans, especially after growing disclosures about weapons of mass destruction that don't exist or reports about how veterans aren't being treated well after they're discharged, and that when there are problems like at Abu Ghraib it is the lowest veteran that was trained to blindly follow orders that got all the blame while those that gave the orders weren't held accountable it is much harder to recruit.
This means that they have to recruit veterans anywhere and everywhere they can and screening out people with emotional problems will make that more difficult. Amazingly, on top of that the political establishment is blatantly admitting that they're not going to keep their promises to these veterans anyway, like when they routinely betray promises about immigrants, or so called "dreamers" that have been led to believe that they would have a path to citizenship if they serve the military, but they routinely abandon this promise.
They're also trying to recruit a growing percentage of minorities to fight their wars based on lies, but when many of these minorities come home and they return to their abandoned inner cities they realize that the government isn't keeping their promises. It becomes clear that when the police are often shooting black people and the economic system isn't providing them with educational or economic opportunity that they're fighting to defend only the wealthy, not the majority of the public, although it is easier for white people in the suburbs to ignore this when they don't live in the ghettos that have sky high rates of violence.
It's much easier to blame black people for all the violence that takes place in these ghettos; however it's not the black people that make the decisions to slash funds for education and child care while they're spending a fortune on wars based on lies and to ship jobs overseas so that they don't have any opportunities.
There's much more details to the research into how violence escalates starting from early abuse and that it gets worse in boot camp indoctrination; so it's much easier to dismiss this as "blaming society" for the things done by the people without any resources; however it's not all of society and sometimes the details are relatively simple assuming you actually want to acknowledge them.
It should be incredibly easy to understand that spending billions of dollars on wars and prisons while cutting funds to schools and child care are bound to cause major problems, especially when it's only the funds for education to the poor, not the rich that is being cut. Nor should it be easy to understand that when they use outsourcing to ship jobs overseas combined with deceptive advertising about the economic system to ensure that the working class gets their wages crushed so they can't afford to pay for education or child care, while the ruling class gets advertising, union busting, public relations, insurance, political pundits, or other white collar jobs that pay well but don't improve the quality of life for the majority of the pubic is epidemic fraud!
Nor would it be hard to understand this if white people actually had to live in the ghettos and be treated the way blacks are treated by police to understand that they aren't always there to protect them at all. In this case it began with a veteran that shot and killed a cop and wounded several others before being killed by police, but in the vast majority of cases it's the police that are the ones that kill either veterans or blacks or in many cases both.
Not that I'm trying to blame the police for this, or at least not entirely, and some of the better police officers realize this. It's actually the politicians that make the decisions that lead to these confrontations that are more responsible including the ones about police training. But many police officers are trained like veterans to blindly obey orders and only how to escalate tensions with the threat of increased violence.
In one case, that I've cited in the past, David Couper, former police chief of Madison Wisconsin, has advocated for reform in police training speaking out against bullying and hazing in the police academy, so like some of the veterans, including those speaking out against wars based on lies or family members some of the most effective solutions are coming from police, but the media rarely reports on his research anymore than they report on how early child abuse leads to escalating violence or how the predatory economic system abandons inner cities and leaves them without the resources to function properly.
I've gone into this more in numerous previous articles including a recent one when Devin Patrick Kelley went on his shootings spree in the following articles:
Texas Church Shooting Exposes Cover-up of Military Domestic Violence Problems
Does Training Cause Police Domestic Violence And Infighting
Military Indoctrination Endangers Veterans and Public for Wars Based on Lies
Or for additional stories about this shooting see the following:
Colorado gunman threatened to ‘fire’ sheriff before shooting deputies 01/01/2018
Colorado gunman who killed deputy left alarming online trail, officials say 01/02/2018
Colorado shooting: Concern over Matthew Riehl's mental state flagged a month ago 01/02/2018
Colorado Shooter Matthew Riehl Shared Alt-Right Memes on Facebook 01/02/2018
Deadliest U.S. mass shootings, 1984-2017 10/02/2017
Motive behind the madness in Sikh shooting 08/09/2012
Fellow veterans paint conflicting views of Douglas County shooter Matthew Riehl’s military service 01/04/2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Walmart broke a record for the most shootings on their property, or in incidents that began on their property, including chases that started as shoplifting incidents, in 2017 with at least 121 beating last years previous record of 104. However, this record was broken early in November, and their Christmas season, had fewer shootings than last year with only seven in December, although two of those resulted in deaths and two more in serious injuries. One of the deaths, and another injury, were an officer related shootings, one where a police officer was shot and the suspect was killed by return fire and the other death in a separate shooting is being investigated as a murder.
There were also at least sixteen other gun related incidents including another shooting, although it was with an air-gun and several panics or false alarms, armed robberies stolen guns or an abandoned found in a shopping cart, a stand off with someone threatening to commit suicide, and an armed police impersonator.
In addition to the two shooting deaths, there were two more bodies found on the property, three that died as a result of accidents and another body that was found in a burning car, making the total body count for the month eight dead. Hardly a month goes by, including this one where there isn't a local story about how much more crime there is at Walmart than other stores, however these stories are almost never reported nationwide, even a year ago last August when it got much more attention in the printed and internet media the national televised media, which a shocking percentage of the public relies primarily on, hardly mentioned all these problems.
They finally ended their controversial program, which they called "Restorative Justice," at least in some states; however they only did this after court rulings calling it extortion and other backlash from people outraged by the program. This program spread throughout the country without ever reporting it widely to the majority of the public, even now that it has been eliminated. It should have been obvious, even before they began it that it was a disaster waiting to happen, but the decisions were made by ideological businessmen that don't seem to care what impact their policies have on the public. The bigger concern should be that the government allowed it to happen in the first place.
A cop in Texas who refused to arrest a hungry shoplifter, against Walmart's wishes was taken off duty, although after the story went viral on the internet they said it was for unrelated causes, whether anyone believes it or not. I suspect there are many more police outraged with Walmart that are reluctant to come out and say so publicly, thanks to the media pressure they may not be able to retaliate against him to much, which is all the more reason to get these stories out. Another amusing incident happened in Texas when an advertising agency searched for a logo for one of Walmart's ads and picked one without reading it too carefully, and published an ad that said "Save money. Screw people over."
I don't know whether I should shed tears for the advertisers or Walmart executives, or maybe just laugh it up without losing any sleep over this one!
In addition to the three crashes, or fallen car, that killed people there were at least ten crashes, high speed chases, carjackings or attempted carjackings, including numerous injuries, and one totaled car that was crashed by an eleven year old left in the vehicle alone. December may have been slow for shootings but not crashes, and as usual the vast majority of fender benders don't get widely reported.
They also had at least six knife or hatchet crimes, including three stabbings, one of a police officer, and a knife that was thrown at another police officer. another chase involved a person being chased with a cross bow and another with two people using hammers for smash and grab incidents. The reports don't always say where they got their weapons, but in many cases people charged with armed robbery don't bother bringing their own weapons including hammers or knives, possibly even a crossbow, they just go through Walmart and steal them.
And even in a slow December crime month they always have at least one brawl. It wasn't a slow month for fires or arson either with at least seven fires, some of which the causes haven't been reported, although at least a few are arson.
A cop was found guilty of beating a man falsely accused of stealing a tomato, and another one was arrested for buying stuff with stolen money, in this case they were both held accountable although they rarely hold them accountable for beating or killing people in the line of duty with excessive force. But this doesn't stop police or security from tackling shoplifters, often for petty thefts and holding them to the ground. There is a growing trend referring to people that confront shoplifters, as "Good Samaritans" although the Biblical reference to this is for someone that was considered of ill repute helping out an injured man when a priest and a member of the royal family refused to help, not for someone fighting battles, even if it is for a justifiable cause.
No members of the Walton family ever have to confront shoplifters in potentially violent situations, yet they're involved with the decisions that lead to many of their workers doing so, and the workers that often get bit, hit, dragged stabbed pepper sprayed etcetera, get little or no compensation for their actions, and in some cases they even get fired. The policy for these incidents often changes and is often not reported until after they happen and the workers often don't seem to know about it until then.
As usual they had several incidents at self-check-out lanes, indicating that although they save a modest amount of money on cashiers, they spend more on security for these incidents; and the tax payers also foot the bill for the arrests and court costs; but that is considered a negative- externality that doesn't affect profits, as long as people remain silent about it. They're even experimenting with cashier-less stores after all these disasters, as a way of competing with Amazon. There are also numerous incidents where their customers get beat or assaulted, sometimes it's customers and workers that are both impacted by corner cutting that wind up fighting each other.
Walmart is being sued again for anti-pregnancy bias, selling flushable wipes that clog septic systems, forced to stop clearing endangered forests, they've been caught selling fake "fingerlings" which can catch fire, and facing a backlash for selling Antifa sweatshirts. In a free enterprise system that is diverse and small companies compete against each other some can sell items like this catering to one view, while others sell different items to a different crowd allowing a larger variety of products to compete, the way a free enterprise is supposed to work; however in an oligarchy system, like we have now public pressure deprives people of things they want to buy since almost the entire economic system is controlled by a small number of corporations.
They also had protests about their policies cutting holiday pay for people forced to work during Thanksgiving or other times close to family time for most people. They're being accused of double charging, their gift cards have been subject to scams, and a woman who brought her young son to the rest room with her was scolded again, and another woman was allegedly kicked out for giving away Walmart Gift cards. One women responded to being treated badly for breast feeding her baby by arranging a "Nurse-in" at Walmart to try to get through to them, although that is virtually impossible without an enormous amount of attention.
They've also suspended their relationship with Tavis Smiley, after he was accused of harassing women; but it's hard to imagine why this so-called defender of the poor ever had a relationship with Walmart in the first place, with their reputation.
Another allegedly dirty needle was found in an online order.
Another man was arrested for crawling around the floor trying to lick women's shoes.
You would think these types of strange incidents would only happen once at most, but not at Walmart.
Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!
In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Wal-Mart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Wal-Mart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues un-investigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.
Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in December 2017. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart.
Man steals $1,600 in jewelry from Va. Walmart 12/01/2017
Trio Distracts Cashier to Steal $4K in Gift Cards From Santee Ca. Walmart 12/01/2017
Three N.O. women busted for stealing more than $1K from Slidell La. Walmart 12/01/2017
Throwing Walmart merchandise at girlfriend ends in charges in Pa. 12/03/2017
Police: Bomb Threat At Saraland Alabama Walmart 12/03/2017
Man arrested for stealing handicap scooter from Gastonia NC Wal-Mart 12/03/2017
Bloomfield resident charged with felony armed robbery at NM Walmart 12/02/2017 a total of $49.44 in stolen merchandise
Man tries to pass counterfeit bills to Fla. Walmart 12/02/2017
Who is this? Police look for Pa. Walmart theft suspect 12/04/2017
Woman cited after child attempts NC Walmart larceny 12/04/2017
Man accused of robbing Tx. Walmart turns himself in 12/05/2017
Ariz. Wal-Mart shoplifting arrest leads to heroin, meth bust 12/0/2017
Thieves wanted for using stolen credit cards at Walmart in Delray Beach Fla. 12/05/2017
Police: Wayne County man used stolen debit card at Auburn NY Walmart 12/06/2017
FBI looking for woman – or man – who robbed Tx. Walmart bank on FM 1960 last June 12/05/2017
Police blotter: Homeless man arrested; trespassing at Walmart; assault reported 12/05/2017
Man accused of robbing Tx. Walmart in Sept. turns himself in 12/05/2017
PHOTO: 2 suspects wanted after theft at Chesterfield Va. Walmart 12/05/2017
Man gets life for killing Gwinnett Ga. Walmart guard in attempted TV theft in April 2016 12/05/2017
Thief racks up online Walmart charges on Ozarks Missouri family's bank account 12/06/2017
Suspect Arrested Trying to Steal From Nevada Walmart During Shop With the Sheriff 12/06/2017
Bomb threats made to 2 Walmarts in El Paso County Colorado 12/06/2017
Beware of third-party sellers on Walmart’s website 12/06/2017 "When I had issues with the product that was damaged in shipping, I contacted Walmart to find out how to get refund and return them, and they let me know I needed to contact a third-party seller," Blackburn said.
Police arrest Va. Walmart employee for allegedly stealing cash, inventory scanner 12/06/2017
Man caught on camera stealing Salvation Army red kettle at Walmart in Gladstone Missouri 12/0/2017
Judge sides with Ca. Walmart Environmental review was sufficient, he rules 12/07/2017
Man charged with stealing 31 iPads from Springville NY Walmart 12/06/2017
Paw Paw police seeking trio who left Mich. Walmart with unpaid basket of goods 12/05/2017
Suspected shoplifter arrested after second trip to Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 12/07/2017
Henrico Va. Walmart employee charged with 33 counts of embezzlement 12/07/2017
Possible bomb scare at Walmart in Watchung NJ 12/07/2017
Cops thwart heist of expensive items from Fla. Wal-Mart 12/07/2017
Man admits he flashed two girls at Wisc. Walmart 'for the thrill of it' 12/07/2017
Semi hits bridge in front of Ammon Idaho Walmart 12/07/2017
Crime: Thieves hop off with swiped beer from NC Wal-Mart 12/08/2017
Racine Wisc. man accused of crawling behind Walmart counter to steal cigarettes 12/07/2017
Authorities searching for shoplifters at Walmart in Madison Heights Va. 12/07/2017
Man accused of robbing wallet from would-be cellphone buyer in Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/07/2017
Bomb threat forces Walmart evacuation in Boynton Beach Fla. 12/08/2017
Fla. Judge Orders Halt To Clearing Rare Land Targeted For Walmart 12/08/2017
Man faces charges after allegedly propositioning girl at Wash. Walmart 12/08/2017
Police arrest Bedford Va. Walmart robbery suspect 12/08/2017
Police: Hudson NH Walmart thief likely hit other stores 12/09/2017
Woman passed out in Pikeville Ky. Walmart parking lot with 3-year-old in lap 12/10/2017
Police looking for man that stole TV from York County Va. Walmart 12/10/2017
Smoke forces Bartow Fla. Walmart to be evacuated 12/10/2017
Alleged Nov. makeup thieves behind bars after pepper spray attack at Walmart in Montgomery Co. Tx. 12/09/2017
Alleged NY Walmart wallet thief arrested 12/09/2017
Man gets life for Jan. shooting deaths outside Mich. Walmart in Craigslist marijuana deal gone bad 12/11/2017
Gov. Haslam offers $5K reward in Bristol, TN Walmart shooting death case in Sept. 12/11/2017
Thief steals Salvation Army kettle from Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 12/11/2017
Walmart in Mooresville NC evacuated after bomb threat 12/11/2017
Winter Park paper company says Wal-Mart, others stole design 12/11/2017
El Paso man allegedly tries to steal over $700 worth of goods from Tx. Walmart 12/11/2017
Police seek ID of man accused of groping girl in toy aisle at Renton Wash. Walmart 12/11/2017
Renton Wash. Walmart groping suspect exposed himself to little girls at a second Walmart, police say 12/14/2017
Police: Suspect fraudulently used credit card at Arkansas Walmart 12/11/2017
Man arrested for making threats at Conestoga Mall, Nebraska Walmart 12/12/2017
Woman allegedly seen snorting heroin in meat section of SC Walmart, according to authorities 12/11/2017
Police need help in identifying NC Walmart theft suspects 12/12/2017
Walmart releases statement ahead of demonstrations 12/12/2017
Richmond Va. Walmart reopens after bomb threat evacuation 12/12/2017
Two wanted for $7K in iPhone thefts from Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Twp. Pa. 12/12/2017
Fla. Walmart manager arrested for grand theft and fraud 12/12/2017
Suspect tries leaving SC Walmart with $800+ in items, deputies say 12/12/2017
Orem woman arrested for shoplifiting from Utah Walmart, swapping price tags 12/12/2017
Man charged with criminal damage in Ill. Walmart parking lot 12/12/2017
Suspects sought in multiple Southwest Florida Walmart thefts 12/12/2017
Walmart evacuated in Delray Beach after report of a bomb threat 12/13/2017
Police seek information on alleged wallet thief at Tunkhannock Pa.-area Walmart 12/13/2017
Two Separate Shoplifting Incidents at Milford Del. Walmart 12/13/2017
Police: Colorado Walmart bomb threat a 'false alarm' 12/13/2017
Man acting as own lawyer convicted of hitting Ill. Walmart worker in 2015 12/13/2017
Third time not a charm for duo shoplifting from WV Walmart 12/13/2017
Walmart employee says she committed theft to help people: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 12/13/2017
Deputies: Man stole over $1,000 worth of merchandise from NY Walmart 12/14/2017
Man charged with theft of smart phones from Mass. Walmart 12/14/2017
Couple wanted for shoplifting at Okla. Walmart 12/14/2017
Pa. Walmart 2015 shooter’s chilling tattoo shocks courtroom as he’s sentenced to life in prison 12/14/2017
Franklin Wisc. Police Report: Three people try to steal $1,300 TV from Walmart 12/14/2017
Man accused of shoplifting over $2,000 from DL Minn. Walmart 12/14/2017
Three arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills at Chambers County Tx. WalMart 12/14/2017
Pulaski Wisc. man arrested in connection with Walmart theft; 31 batteries recovered from vehicle 12/14/2017
Dubuque Iowa Police ask for public's help to ID suspected Walmart wallet thief 12/14/2017
Grand Rapids Mich. man gets life in prison for double murder in Walmart parking lot 12/15/2017
Man arrested after stealing 31 car batteries from Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart 12/14/2017
Police ask for help in identifying people at Rome NY Walmart 12/15/2017
Undercover cops arrest teen allegedly selling pot brownies outside Ga. Walmart 12/15/2017
$1,400 in baby formula stolen from NJ Walmart 12/15/2017
Family of woman killed in Wisc. Walmart shooting asks that claims be dismissed 12/15/2017
Theft suspect caught on camera at Tallahassee Fla. Walmart 12/15/2017
PD: North Branford man arrested for shoplifting at Conn. Walmart 12/17/2017
Sheriff's office: Madison Heights man wanted for shoplifting from Va. Walmart 12/17/2017
Warrant: Woman scanned items but left Ga. Walmart without paying for them 12/17/2017
Know these people? Cops look for Pa. Walmart theater system theft suspects 12/17/2017
Cops: Gwinnett mom left child in car as she shopped at Ga. Walmart 12/18/2017
Suspect jailed for allegedly stealing $1,031 in goods from Pa. Walmart 12/19/2017
Hero Ohio Walmart clerk stops scam, saves Christmas 12/18/2017
The Oroville Ca. Walmart was evacuated for a short time Monday 12/18/2017
Police seek suspects in ‘bait and switch’ Ky. Walmart thefts 12/18/2017
Man injured after car backs into him in Crystal Lake Ill. Walmart parking lot 12/19/2017
WATCH: Man steals red kettle, stand at Tyler Tx. Walmart 12/18/2017
Metro police seek to identify Ga. Walmart shoplifting suspects 12/19/2017
Suspects steal hover boards, Segways from Chesterfield Va. Walmart 12/19/2017
Wrongful death suit proceeds vs. Wisc. Walmart 12/20/2017
Deputies seeking two people for questioning in Fla. Walmart theft 12/19/2017
Elkin NC police investigate report of possible mugging at Walmart store 12/19/2017
SC Walmart employees’ vehicles broken into 12/20/2017
Metro police seek to identify Ga. Walmart shoplifting suspects 12/19/2017
Victor student uses CPR to revive woman in NY Walmart parking lot 12/19/2017
Man targeted by Walmart Secret Shopper scam, wants to warn others 12/20/2017
Cartersville Ga. man chooses wrong time to shoplift from Walmart during Shop With a Hero event 12/20/2017
Man steals purse from woman sleeping in truck at Missouri Walmart 12/20/2017
People sought for questioning in Walmart theft in Crawfordville Fla. 12/19/2017
La. Walmart clerk arrested in theft of $4,600 12/21/2017
Pa. Walmart employee admits he took upskirt photo 12/20/2017
Pair sought for theft at Walmart in Tappahannock Va. 12/21/2017
Suspect jailed for allegedly stealing $1,031 in goods from Pa. Walmart 12/19/2017
Woman arrested after multiple fraudulent returns at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 12/21/2017
Man arrested after children found alone in car in WV Walmart parking lot 12/21/2017
Police looking for man who robbed NH Wal-Mart credit union 12/22/2017
Springfield Ohio man accused of stealing $2K in goods from Walmart stores 12/22/2017
Nevada Walmart 2015 burglar sentenced to additional prison time 12/21/2017
Heavy police and FBI presence reported at Moline Ill. Walmart 12/21/2017
La. Walmart employee accused of stealing $1,600 for mother's bills 12/21/2017
Walmart executive named U.S. Attorney for western Arkansas 12/22/2017
Teen accused of assaulting police officer inside Tx. Walmart 12/21/2017
Woman suspected of stealing iPhone 8 from Alabama Walmart wanted for questioning 12/22/2017
Stillwater Okla. police investigate two separate thefts at Walmart 12/22/2017
Woman charged with shoplifting at Columbus Ga. Walmart on Christmas Eve 12/25/2017
Deputies: Canandaigua man made fraudulent transactions at NY Walmart 12/25/2017
Do you know this woman? Cops look for suspected Pa. Walmart purse-snatcher 12/24/2017
Police arrest man accused of dealing heroin near Kitty Hawk NC Walmart 12/26/2017
Dartmouth Mass. Police investigate suspicious package at Walmart 12/24/2017
Tennessee woman arrested in Idaho Walmart burglary 12/26/2017
Police seek vehicle burglar after stolen credit card used at Lubbock Tx. Walmart 12/26/2017
Police try to ID burglar who broke into Vermont Walmart 12/26/2017
Duo on felony probation arrested for theft at Apple Valley Ca. Walmart 12/26/2017
Man accused of fraudulent return scheme targeting Idaho Walmart stores 12/27/2017
Meriden woman charged with shoplifting from Walmart in Wallingford Conn. 12/26/2017
Man arrested after taking over $700 worth of items from Waterloo Iowa Walmart 12/27/2017
Walmart pulls Lord Ganesha plush doll following furious response from Hindus 12/27/2017 Hindus have vented their fury against Walmart, which has now withdrawn the sale of Ganesh Plush Doll.
Suspect nabbed in Williston Vermont Walmart burglary 12/27/2017
Combat wounded signs installed at Walnut Ridge Arkansas Walmart 12/27/2017
Police: Bomb threat at Rindge NH Walmart probably a hoax 12/21/2017
Cops: Reward offered for man who stole TV from NY Walmart 12/28/2017
Police in Search of Fla. Walmart Robbery Suspects 12/27/2017
Man accused of fraudulent return scheme targeting Wash. Walmart stores 12/27/2017
Man exposed himself to women at Deltona Fla. Walmart during holiday shopping, deputies say 12/27/2017
Drugs, gun, teeth found on NC man stopped at SC Walmart 12/27/2017
Outrage over cars illegally parking next to handicap spaces at Belmont NC Walmart 12/27/2017
Huntsville man charged in Alabama Walmart theft 12/27/2017
Woman allegedly tried to take about $650 in items from Okla. Walmart 12/27/2017
Photos released of North Myrtle Beach Walmart shoplifting suspect 12/27/2017
Man takes picture up woman's dress in Fla. Walmart, deputies say 12/28/2017
Shoplifting at Mich. Walmart brings felony charges 12/28/2017
Deputies looking for Charlotte County Fla. Walmart thief 12/28/2017
S.A. woman allegedly had meth in bra, drug paraphernalia in purse outside Tx. Walmart 12/28/2017
Montpelier Vermont woman charged for returning donated toys at Walmart 12/28/2017
Police Log: Ca. Walmart greeter pepper-sprayed 12/28/2017
Lacey NJ Police Investigating Fire Police Radio Theft At Walmart 12/28/2017
Christmas morning burglars steal jewelry from Sam's Club and electronics from Walmart 12/29/2017
Hayden Idahp Wal-Mart evacuated due to fire alarm 12/29/2017
Trio of women arrested on theft, drug charges at Wal-Mart in Summerfield Fla. 12/29/2017
Security photo of Walmart robbers released by Maryland authorities 12/29/2017
Kernersville man who fired gunshots at TVs in NC Walmart in 2012 now faces charges of statutory rape 12/30/2017
Unsolved murder of Michael Heatherly in Walmart parking lot tops Tenn. homicide stories in 2017 12/30/2017
Who is this? Cops look for suspected Pa. Walmart thief 12/31/2017
Man Inhales Aerosol Duster at Palm Bay Fla. Walmart 12/29/2017
Shots fired Monday afternoon at Colorado Walmart in west Greeley 01/01/2018