Thursday, July 11, 2019
It's standard operating procedure for our government to make major decisions that have an impact on people all around the world, often killing thousands, if not millions of people. This is supposedly often done in "defense of freedom and democracy," yet they rarely, if ever, consult with the people impacted by these decisions outside of our country.
This includes refugees currently fleeing from central America and being held in detainment or concentration camps, often refereed to as "illegal aliens." I'm not going to go into the long history of intervention in other countries including Iraq, Central or Latin America etc. (Some sources are listed below), but many of these refugees are victims of past interventions without there consent, in some cases to overthrow Democratically elected governments, including Iran, Guatemala, Chile, and Honduras, among many others.
Abraham Lincoln once said, "No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent." This should also involve informed consent, which means that people should have access to education and credible media reports about political activity. If you accept this fundamental concept of democracy then we should be trying to figure out to accommodate people that have been, directly or indirectly, victims of past wars based on lies; instead we're suppressing their right to seek asylum and trying to use many of them for low wage labor without rights allowed for citizens.
No doubt many people might disagree that undocumented immigrants or people in foreign countries should be allowed to participate in our democracy, one way or another, even if they're not allowed to vote; however, we should keep in mid that what the oligarchy will do for us they'll do to us, and in many causes they're already doing that, since the vast majority of the benefits for foreign activities and globalized trade, if not all of it, is going to the richest, while the majority of the public are having their wages suppressed in this rigged system.
A major part of the reason why most people don't understand the fundamentals of democracy and propaganda is because the media repeats the same ideology over and over again and as a famous quote ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin says, "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to. Malcolm X also recognized this when he said “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
What the mainstream media, of course, fails to mention is the fact that they're controlled by six large corporations and the next half a dozen biggest news outlets are all either owned by billionaires as well, or controlled by stockholders, which are mostly millionaires if not billionaires, and they routinely only cover a small fraction of the news or candidates. Some of the best reporting doesn't come from them at all, and in many cases it's often referred to as Russian propaganda even if there's no evidence to prove one way or another.
Many of these allegedly Russian news outlets come up with large amount of reporting that can be independently verified by any rational person, and it's often quite clear that even if the source can't be verified, the reporting is accurate. In many cases they report things that the mainstream media doesn't actually dispute and even admits to in low profile articles; but they often repeat deceptive propaganda over and over again, while those low profile articles are quickly forgotten.
Some of these news outlets reported on the lies that led us into the war with Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction that weren't there. This includes some reporting that was covered months if not years before the preparation for the war by the mainstream media, although they didn't present it as credibly as some alternative media outlets. Both Scott Ritter and Mohamed ElBaradei reported about how Iraqi weapons were mostly if not all destroyed years before the invasion. This was covered in the mainstream media; however they also covered false smears against both of them, often from unreliable sources which they didn't accurately investigate.
After the invasion it was clear that they were right all along, and there was much more to prove that it was based on lies, but mainstream media refused to cover the most credible news or expose the lies until it was too late. The same mainstream media that now tries to present itself as the more reliable source, compared to Trump, also gave him the obsession coverage he needed to get name recognition years before the 2016 election. They also presented Hillary Clinton as the inevitable nominee years before the election, even though both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had incredibly record breaking high negative poll ratings during the primary season.
They refused to cover many other candidates for office, which is part of their routine. They rig elections by only covering candidates they support, which means ones that go along with the agenda fighting wars for one reason or another, whether it's for oil, profits, ideology or some other far-fetched idea. This seems hard for some people who haven't kept up with alternative media outlets to believe, but there's an enormous a mount of evidence to support this conclusion, although some things remain unexplained.
There should be little doubt that the bigger problem isn't Russia interfering with our elections, it's the fact that a small fraction of the public in this country is allowed to control almost all of the mass media and they're rigging elections, and the economy in their own favor.
This was clear even before the alleged Russia hacking to interfere with the elections; but even if you accept this claim, the hacking exposed additional details about how the Democratic Party is colluding with the media to rig the primaries for Hillary Clinton.
Now they're not only using this as an excuse to suppress speech that they suspect is from Russia trolls, but they're also suppressing an enormous number of accounts from people in the United States. Not only are they not limiting their censorship to people from other countries that don't have the right to vote but many of the people in other countries are impacted by our foreign policy and their own governments are often oppressing them as a result of American interference in their elections, assuming they have them at all, in many cases our government is propping up dictators that are violently oppressing their people!
And many of these refugees that are being detained or deported, either on the Mexican border or elsewhere, are fleeing violence that resulted in United States intervention. this includes the seven countries on the travel ban, all of which the United States intervened militarily, either by invading or by overthrowing their governments sometimes democratically elected, or at least elected with far more popular support than the puppet regimes the United Stated installed in many countries, including Iran, which is on the ban.
The citizens of these countries are also subject to oppressive labor practices as a result of United States intervention, and when they migrate to the United states it may not be much better, especially if they're undocumented. Corporations routinely take advantage of their status to suppress their wages and force them to work in hostile work environments. This includes on the property of many wealthy people that are routinely caught hiring undocumented immigrants, including Donald Trump, who had many of them working at his hotels, at least until they were exposed the latest time. Supposedly he fired them and blamed them for their status; but this is part of a pattern of behavior that has been going on for decades, and whenever he gets exposed, he goes through the same routine and after the media stops paying attention he does it again until they expose, him again, so it's virtually guaranteed that although he may have some deported, he only hires more so that he can profit off of people not allowed to participate in the democratic process.
There are plenty of credibility problems with some of the sources that they tribute to Russia; however, in many other cases what these alternative are much better, often exposing the lies that lead us into war, and the leaks that exposed additional information about how the democratic establishment was rigging the primaries for Hillary Clinton, including when Donna Brazile leaked questions to the Hillary campaign, and much more. And of course there'are many examples where alternative media outlets mix in unreliable news with reliable news, which the mainstream media routinely does as well.
This is why we need a diverse media, so that the public can sort through different sources and do their own fact checking. If the mainstream media was really concerned about "Fake News" the most effective response might be to teach people how to recognize propaganda tactics so they can sort it out themselves, since the media can't possibly debunk every false story on the internet. However, if they did a good job at this they might expose their own manipulation tactics, which is presumably why they don't.
Under the current system a small fraction of the public controls a massive amount of propaganda designed to indoctrinate the majority. For the most part it's very effective, although they divide the public into various factions, mostly controlled by demagogues approved by the mainstream media; which essentially mean that although we have the illusion of a debate the leaders are controlled by the same small fraction of wealthy college educated political operatives and media pundits.
There's another small percentage of the public that learns how to check facts, and sort through the propaganda reasonably well, and recognize that our government and the media are manipulating us. This percentage of the public is probably larger than the elites controlling the mass media; however, they don't control large institutions that can get their message across to the public, although some of them do control some of the alternative media outlets, some of which are being demonized as Russian propaganda.
Our leaders would have us believe that if we vote to invade another country based on their lies that we're justified in killing them, including what they call "collateral damage" or innocent men, women and children, yet these men women and children shouldn't be allowed to vote on whether or not we kill them and if they flee their country after the United States supported a coup like in Guatemala, Honduras and many other countries around the world, then they're treated like criminals instead of victims, while some of the same people that are responsible for their oppression also control large corporations that exploit their labor victimizing them again.
We're supposed to believe this political establishment is protecting out democracy?
I certainly agree that we should have disclosure when ever possible from our sources of news; however, that should apply even more to mainstream media than it does to social media since they have a much larger reach than even the most popular Twitter or Facebook accounts; yet, when they were exposed for their fraud, instead of admitting that they were involved in rigging the primaries, which ultimately enabled Donald Trump to get elected and allowing fair coverage for all candidates who run for office they provided an enormous amount of obsessive media coverage to convince the most complacent people that they were justified in rigging the primaries that that the only problem was someone allegedly hacked their computers and exposed what they were doing!
I can't completely guarantee you that some of these accounts aren't from foreign powers; however, even if they are, they're not doing nearly as much damage as the mainstream media, and some of them might be acting to prevent American atrocities by helping elect reasonable candidates that aren't catering to the corrupt oligarchy. This is actually far more rational than terrorist that are so outraged by constant bombing of foreign countries that they go on shooting sprees or the Boston Bombing.
One alleged example that Twitter blocked at least twice, the most recent time appears to be permanent is Jeanette Jing, who had a large following of Bernie Sanders supporters during the 2016 election, and was a very credible source, even if she was anonymous, as she admits. there was a claim that she's actually a gut from Singapore based on a couple of her Tweets, including one that showed two JPGs of Jeanette's tweets one that said "Was great to hang out with Adam's sister Ari," and a picture of a guy and a girl. Jeanette doesn't say who's in the picture which could have been Adam and Ari, or as the author seemed to assume it could have been him with Ari. And another saying "Late salad and soup lunch on a rainy Singapore day. In a strong aircon it feels like the U.K.!" without any more specifics, without additional details I can't rule out the possibility that she might have just been visiting Singapore assuming they're legitimate Tweets.
The person making this claim is clearly a avid opponent of Bernie Sanders, for one reason or another, which indicates as much, if not more, bias against Sanders and Jeanette Jing, and he cited extensive Tweets from Jeanette, including some of her first ones, which most of us probably wouldn't know how to find, raising questions about how he did it, or if he was archiving her form the beginning, which may raise more doubts about his credibility than hers.
However, whether or not she was from a foreign country isn't that important since she wasn't providing any first hand accounts of news instead she did a very good job reporting from reliable sources that could be confirmed independently which is considered acceptable when Twitter accounts supporting establishment candidates do the same thing.
Exactly why they're coming up with such an elaborate scheme to blame Russia for interfering in our election when the political establishment and media are doing far more to rig them by only covering candidates they support, is hard to tell. However, for years the media was in control of a fraction of the public, getting much worse with media consolidation that sped up during Reagan's presidency and peaked when Bill Clinton allowed them to consolidate until there were only six oligarchies controlling over ninety percent of the media. And two of them, Viacom and CBS, have been trying to merge for years, and already have directly interlocking boards of directors, which should be a violation of antitrust laws; the next half a dozen or more larges media outlets including Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, are either owned by billionaires or the New York Times which is also controlled by wealthy stockholders also catering to the richest percent of the public.
The bottom line is that billionaires and multimillionaires control the truth according to the mainstream media; and there are a lot of on line activist trying to create alternative media to let people know how the 1% is rigging the system against us. Whether it's because the online activists are doing a good job; the oligarchy is being incredibly obvious and taking it to extremes; or most likely, a combination of both, leading to massive mistrust of the mainstream media.
Now they're increasing their reliance on censorship to suppress views that challenge the elite narrative, which clearly appears to be a major part of the reason for the demonization of alternative media to justify censoring them. This is being used to censor citizens and foreigners alike including many of the victims of corporate corruption either here or abroad!
There are two things that mainstream politicians can't seem to do; one as Bernie Sanders pointed out is "use dirty words," they can starve children, bomb houses and innocents in wars based on lies but not swearing.
The other one, which even Bernie Sanders doesn't do nearly enough of is speak out about how those that are allowed to participate in the pseudo-democratic process are allowed to suppress the rights of those who aren't allowed to participate! Bernie Sanders does far more to criticize the mainstream media than most politicians but he still doesn't do enough and there are somethings which we have to push at the grassroots level if we're going to convince politicians to do them. Either that or we need major reform enabling those that are willing to speak out on these issues to get enough name recognition to get elected, or better yet some of both. Sanders slogan, "not me us" does far more to motivate the public, and we need to go with this.
I have no doubt that the vast majority of voters don't want to support these wars based on lies or suppress rights of those without political power, with the possible exception of the most racists ones, many of whom are strong Trump supporters. But even those have been raised in an authoritarian manner, teaching them to blindly trust their leaders and blame those without political power for their problems. The reason for that is more than I can go into in this article; but, a large portion of that is because the elites have been studying how to manipulate them for decades!
It's not the immigrants coming to this country or the poor people still in other countries that are causing problems for the working class, including the racist ones; it's the wealthy elites rigging the economy, partly by suppressing voting rights or free speech rights to prevent working class people from educating each other about massive fraud they're carrying out!
The following are some additional sources for this article, including examples of censorship, with the tweets about Jeanette Jing, and a handful of additional news about how it's the victims of our foreign aggression that are being turned into refugees are forced into oppressive labor conditions:
Poll: One-third of Americans say news media is the 'enemy of the people' 07/02/2019
Sigmund Fraud: 11 Tactics Used by the Mainstream Media to Manufacture Consent for the Oligarchy 07/08/2014 Sigmund Fraud is obviously an anonymous pseudonym; however the principles that he describes can be easily recognized and verified independently, so they're credible as long as you apply them well.
Sigmund Fraud – archives on Waking times
War, Propaganda and the Media 03/31/2005
Fourteen Propaganda Techniques Fox “News” Uses to Brainwash Americans 07/02/2011 Other media outlets use most of these tactics as well, although they're often more subtle. With Fox News it's so obvious that almost anyone can recognize them, assuming they haven't been indoctrinated into a right wing ideology and under peer pressure to go along with the crowd. Other media outlets often try to take credit for exposing Fox's tactics while using the same ones in a more subtle manner.
How Mainstream Media Strategies Enable Political Propaganda 06/02/2018
Border Patrol Agents Attempted to Delete Racist Posts 07/05/2019
'This Is a Scandal': Documents Show ICE and FBI Using Facial Recognition to Mine Millions of Driver's License Photos 07/08/2019
Mike Gravel: The Trump administration is deporting refugees of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide and the Vietnam War - two tragedies that U.S. imperialism is responsible for. It’s not enough to stop deportations. All of these refugees should be given full citizenship. 07/10/2019
U.S. deports 37 Cambodian refugees after criminal convictions 07/04/2019
Banning refugees from countries America destroyed 01/28/2017
Why these 7 countries are listed on Trump's travel ban 06/26/2018
Twitter Erupts Over News That Hillary Clinton Used Black Prison Labor While First Lady of Arkansas 06/07/2017
Censored again 02/19/2019
“I’ve Been Labeled a Russian Troll By Twitter. What Do I Do Next?” 10/25/2017
Twitter suspends account of @JeanetteJing, vocal Bernie Sanders supporter 05/13/2016
Free Jeanette Jing 05/13/2016
In case anyone still doesn't know. Anti HRC bot Jeanette jing is a dude from Singapore @smoothkobra @MrDane1982 05/18/2016
Now that Bernie’s 2020 campaign is up and running, it’s time to take a look back at the crushing aftermath of his capitulation to HRC. Jeanette Jing writes here that it may not AT ALL be what it appeared. (Jing was suspended from Twitter yesterday.) #Bernie2020 02/20/2019
Do progressives even want to win? 11/14/2016
Guatemalan Domestic Workers Reveal a Dirty Business 05/04/2015
Hondurans Are Still Fighting the US-Supported Dictatorship 07/01/2019 Ten years after the coup, they have become the largest single Central American nationality in the refugee caravans fleeing north. By James North
Honduras at Ten Years After the Coup: a Critical Assessment 06/28/2019 On the morning of June 28, 2009, Honduran army units entered the home of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and forcibly brought him to Palmerola, a joint Honduran-U.S. military air base where they put Zelaya on a plane and sent him into exile.
The 1953 coup still matters in Iran—here’s why 09/15/2018
Collateral damage in Syria and Iraq 12/07/2015
Ali Ismaeel Abbas, 12, was inside his home in Iraq playing with his sister when an American missile tore through and exploded severing both his arms and leaving him crippled for life. 2019
Collateral damage: A brief history of U.S. mistakes at war 10/07/2015
Monday, July 1, 2019
After an unusually slow month for shootings, with only four in May, Walmart had another fourteen in June with eight of them fatal. One of these shootings was during a DEA drug bust that created a panic in the store; the FBI had another arrest just last month using flash bang grenades during the arrest scaring people into believing that there was an active shooter. There still hasn't been a public explanation for that.
The media finally acknowledged the large number of shootings at Walmart, sort of, they provided a list of seven of them with a disclaimer that it wasn't a complete list. some people might think they were exaggerating things if there weren't much more than seven shootings over a year and a half around the country; however, there have been over a hundred shootings in each of the last three years and it's virtually guaranteed that there will be more than a hundred this year, probably breaking the previous record of one hundred and twenty one; there have already been at least sixty-eight in the first six months and November and December are usually when they have the most crime, including shootings.
At least two of these shootings were suicides, including one employee, and there were several other suicide attempts at Walmart this month, this is becoming more popular. Florida had the most shootings with four, including three fatal ones, North and South Carolina had another five shootings, three of them fatal. there were a couple stories about old shootings that killed people including an officer that was honored after being killed fifteen years ago and an inmate that was executed after murdering someone who gave him a ride twenty-three years ago. Another person was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty only five months after the shooting, last January.
There were at least fourteen more gun related crimes at Walmart, including robberies, arguments, often over petty things, and several panics, including two that were only over BB guns. There was a report of an alleged kidnapping and torture incident that took place five months ago but wasn't reported publicly until this month and another incident that took place two months ago, also reported this month. These were major incidents, yet they were withheld from the media for months. There have been numerous stories about Walmart not wanting to report on their crime problems to preserve their reputation, this adds to the evidence that police may also be under political pressure to do so as well.
There were at least five more deaths unrelated to the shootings, making it a total of thirteen dead at Walmart or related to their business, including a woman that was killed by a distracted driver, two others killed in a three-car accident in front of their store, a body found in their parking lot that had been dead for at least forty-eight hours, and a Walmart worker who was last seen leaving work, and her body was found several days later, with coroner still investigating cause of death for last two.
Another two communities have blamed Walmart for their high crime problems, including a Wyoming town where it's the police blaming them, which is actually unusual; they usually put out facts that obviously implicate Walmart without drawing that conclusion, sometimes even saying they're doing a good job helping them fight their crime problems without acknowledging the fact that it grew dramatically when they moved to town, or that it's their corner cutting and other policies that create this magnet for crime.
A police department in New Hampshire is going to bizarre extremes to prosecute a legally blind person from stealing things at the self-checkout aisle, with a total value of $20 for five trips, which means that they're spending far more in legal expenses than it would to provide fair service to people at the store. Most if not all the money they save on cashiers seems to be going to security cameras to catch people stealing, which is clear entrapment.
They had another panic overt a suspected IED along with their usual bomb threats which are almost always bluffs, even suspected IEDs usually turn out to be harmless; more razor blades found in shopping carts, which seems to happen almost every month now, they occasionally report in in local areas where they're found but most of the country probably never hears about this problem.
There were more brawls that went viral when they were reported on Facebook often by customers, otherwise there might not be any reporting on it at all. There was at least a couple attempted kidnappings, many assaults, and a growing number of purse snatching's in the Washington area. The vast majority of these probably don't get reported in the traditional media unless there's a surge in them like this month or additional violence accompanying them.
Walmart is facing another lawsuit for someone wrongfully suspected of stealing credit cards because they accused the wrong person caught on their video cameras.
There were at least seventeen major crashes, police chases, hit and runs, and one incident where a driver dragged a Louisiana Deputy with his truck before fleeing to Mississippi; apparently if you make it to the next state after dragging a police officer that doesn't mean they let you go like he thought. Two of these incidents were fatal including one that was also related to the eight fatal shootings.
There were close to, if not more than a dozen fires, at least five or six that were arson and more that causes that weren't reported; three of these fires were set by the same person in an attempt to shoplift, which never works but people keep trying it.
They had at least half a dozen knife crimes including at least four stabbings, one of which was a road rage stabbing on the freeway after an argument that began at Walmart. There were various robberies, assaults, sex crimes, and an art teacher stealing art supplies, which would be much less likely if we financed education more instead of subsidizing large corporations.
Bernie Sanders showed up at Walmart's annual meeting to speak about oppressive wages which led to the executives calling for a raise in the minimum wage, which is a step in the right direction, although some are saying they're only doing this to force their competitors to increase pay, which would be fine as long as they don't use oligarchy power to drive up prices defeating the purpose, which they often do. Walmart came up with another plan for cheap college at a dollar a day, but it's an online college which is probably useless like other ones exposed by Diane Ravitch and other education watchdogs.
Walmart has several mass lay-offs, as a result of outsourcing or technology advances, each of these are being reported separately with hundreds of lay-offs for each report which is probably more than two thousand lay-offs combined, although they seem smaller to people only seeing one of the reports.
A large part of the reason for this is advanced technology, which isn't taking into consideration the needs of workers or consumers, just the profits for those controlling corporations. This technology includes self-driving cars of delivery trucks, drones, artificial intelligence to catch people stealing at the check out or elsewhere, more self-checkout methods, which means that instead of stopping entrapment policies they want to increase them, as long as it increases profits and the public has to pay legal expenses or incarceration.
This months recalls include flour due to E. coli, fruit due to norovirus, 23K containers of baby formula powder for possible contamination, all produce sold at a Minnesota store that had a chemical contamination problem, and Rhododendrons bought in Kansas. There were at least two or three more evacuations for chemical problems for cleaning products or something else, which happens almost every month. In some cases they tell people to simply destroy their products, which they paid for, presumably if you take them back they'll refund money but it's up to consumers to go through the trouble of returning them and saving their receipts, which they might not think to save when it comes to recalls.
And most of these recalls aren't reported widely so many people buying them never even know about it or bother to make their returns which decreases Walmart's incentive to improve safety, which they habitually take advantage of to increase profits.
Walmart has been suing the legal system to squeeze small town across the country to cut back on their assessments demanding tax rebates, including in Kansas, where courts ruled against them, Maine where they've had more success, at least for now and Georgia where they've been avoiding local sales taxes with their on line decisions, but local officials are trying to reverse that, although the government almost always works for lobbyists and campaign donors, not voters who only hear from candidates supporting large corporations although they routinely pretend to defend the working class.
A new report by Stacy Mitchell has shown that Walmart controls a fifth of the grocery business nation wide but in some areas it's a virtual monopoly controlling over seventy percent of the market. This is exactly what antitrust laws were supposed to prevent but not only have they declined to enforce them for decades, but the government has been subsidizing Walmart to enable them to wipe out their competition helping them gain market dominance. Most of this is often negotiated at the local level, but they couldn't do it without state or federal support as well.
This is not a "free market" as they claim at all; it's an Oligarchy market, with the government choosing who controls the economy!
There are numerous cases where Oligarchies are fighting it out in courts to decide which corporation gets to control which segment of the economy or hold which patent; however it's all buried in confusing legal jargon and only reported in a low profile manner, so there's little doubt that the best interests of consumers or workers aren't the top priority, since they're not even involved in the debate or fully informed.
These corporations are deciding how to control the food chain, medical treatment, whether or not to protect the environment, usually favoring what ever's more profitable, how welfare payments are distributed giving oligarchies another advantage over small businesses, how old people have to be to smoke, or where alcohol should be sold. sometimes they might make the right decision, like when they decided to raise the smoking age to 21, but it's primarily based on the most effective way to increase profits not concern for health.
Walmart is involved in several lawsuits for slips and falls or someone getting their hand caught in an automatic door that wasn't working properly; and they've written off their bribery scandal as a cost of doing business, paying out a fraction of what they made as a result of it, which means that it won't serve as a deterrent at all.
Punishment as a deterrent is something reserved for the poor when people are much more likely to be desperate so it';s less likely to work, when it would work with wealthy they rig the system so they don't face punishment.
They also faced outrage over sales of "Virginia Beach Strong" shirts claiming after they were called out on it that all proceeds would be donated, although there was no such claim before they were called out, which raises possibility that they only agreed to this because of customer outrage. Unfortunately, neither Walmart or most of the people pushing for proceeds from sales to go to charity seem to be reporting about the leading causes of violence which makes these shootings much more likely, like early child abuse leading to escalating violence, abandoned inner cities, wars based on lies, etc. When they do raise money for this they often spend it on consoling people but the best research isn't presented in the media or used to make policy decisions.
This month there were fewer reports of animals that might want to shop at Walmart with one story about a cop catching a snake, most other animal incidents don't seem to have been reported.
One Walmart manager started yelling at one of her customers when he decided to wear a yellow vest without a shirt underneath, taking a while to realize that he didn't work there, and could dress as he liked. Another customer decided to eat half a cake and refused to pay for the second half getting her banned, a third one was upset when a graduation cake wasn't available and they offered a free one which turned out to be made out of Styrofoam embarrassing her in front of a large gathering.
If someone thinks that Ravens have to be free so anyone named "Raven" can't be arrested especially if they come from "earth," I'm not going to argue with them, but it turns out police in Montana disagree.
Police in Florida aren't much happier with people that pour salt on the floor and his feet to get rid of evil spirits. At least he didn't go on a rampage with stolen construction equipment because a "Hookah smoking Rabbit" told him to or because he was being chased by zombies in a zombie apocalypse. It's been over a year since either of those events happened.
Strange things happen at Walmart!
In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart 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 Walmart’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 Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart 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 Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart 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 June 2019. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, 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 Walmart.
Woman Arrested For Stealing Items Worth Hundreds Of Dollars From Pa. Walmart 06/01/2019
Crowd of disruptive youths twice shooed from Ill. Walmart lot 06/01/2019
Millville NJ Police Have Money You Dropped At Walmart 06/03/2019
$30,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at Goodyear Ariz. Walmart 06/03/2019
Man Accused Of Robbing 70-Year-Old Woman May 30 At Mass. Walmart Arrested 06/03/2019
Man puts on women's shoes, walks out of Pa. Walmart 06/03/2019
Man, 20, held for rolling joint outside Walmart, Carson City Nevada Sheriff’s Office says 06/04/2019
Rapid City woman accused of deadly June 26 crash at Walmart receives $250,000 bond 06/03/2019
Man who threatened SC Walmart officer with box cutter, carjacked vehicle to escape police, in Feb. 2018 is sentenced 06/03/2019
Fla. Walmart gas station to reopen after fire during Memorial weekend 06/04/2019
Deputies: Woman charged with neglect after child left in car outside SC Walmart 06/04/2019
Boerne Police seeking Walmart theft suspect 06/04/2019
Brazil, Ind. man accused of touching a small child in Terre Haute Walmart bathroom 06/04/2019
Beloit Wisc. police seek man who stole credit card, used it at Walmart 06/04/2019
Service Dogs Cause Issue Inside Ga. Walmart 06/04/2019
Lufkin Crimestoppers searching for man who reportedly exposed himself to Tx. Walmart employee 06/04/2019
Collier deputies looking for suspected North Naples Fla. Walmart thief 06/04/2019
Human remains found behind Maine Walmart in April are those of missing man, Bangor police confirm 06/05/2019
Carson Nevada Sheriff's detectives looking for Walmart burglars 06/05/2019
Suspect goes on a Ga. Wal-Mart shopping spree with stolen credit cards 06/05/2019
Warner Robins Ga. Police want two women for Walmart incident 06/05/2019
Deputies looking for suspects who allegedly stole cash from Fla. Walmart 06/05/2019
UPDATE: Fla. Walmart on Creighton Road reopens after bomb threat 06/05/2019 Store patrons said a message over the store's loudspeaker announced there was an active shooter and instructed them to exit the store.
Police looking for suspects accused of stealing elderly woman’s walker from Walmart in Canton Ohio 06/05/2019
Police Working To Identify Suspect In Pa. Walmart Robbery 06/06/2019
Wixom man arrested in White Lake after allegedly masturbating in Mich. Walmart parking lot 06/04/2019
Walmart sued for selling fake medicine 06/04/2019 For instance, they claim Walmart sells homeopathic medications on the same aisle as medicines tested and approved by the FDA. They also say the labels intentionally mislead customers into thinking the two drugs are comparable.
Couple sought for quick-changing Fla. Walmart cashier 06/06/2019
Police searching for two people who used counterfeit bills at Walmart in Moline Ill. 06/06/2019
Child locked in car at Mobile Alabama Walmart 06/07/2019
Pa. Walmart employees stop man from stealing electronics worth thousands at 2 different stores 06/06/2019
Indiana bank robbery suspect may have targeted bank in Mattoon Walmart; reason for May 31 lockdown 06/07/2019
JCPD: Local man shoplifts from Wal-Mart, uses counterfeit money 06/08/2019
Parents of child found in Raytown Missouri Walmart parking lot located 06/09/2019
Police: We've Identified Branford Conn. Walmart Credit Card Thieves 06/10/2019
Shoplifter caught stealing from Ind. Walmart 06/10/2019
Employee charged with embezzling from Morrisville NC Walmart 06/10/2019
Two arrested after attempting to steal from Newport News Va. Walmart, police say 06/10/2019 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – An officer was working secondary employment at Walmart on Saturday when he received a call around 4:46 p.m., about a woman concealing merchandise.
Wanted: Two-state La. Walmart shopper allegedly using stolen credit cards 06/11/2019
Robbery reported in Missouri Walmart parking lot 06/10/2019 COLUMBIA, Mo. - One person suffered minor injuries in a strong-arm robbery Sunday outside a Columbia Walmart.
Police seek assistance IDing suspects in Pa. Walmart theft attempt, assault 06/11/2019
Laurel Montana police seeking suspect they say stole purse with $800 inside from Walmart 06/11/2019
Milford Man Arrested After Threat Involving Delaware Walmart 06/12/2019
Woman charged with stealing $301.72 worth of merchandise from York Pa. Walmart 06/11/2019
Man and woman attempt to steal 60" TV from Pa. Walmart 06/12/2019
Shallotte NC police looking for suspects in thefts at Walmart, Belk 06/13/2019
Phoenix Ariz. officer enters not guilty plea after Walmart assault case 06/13/2019
Deputies: Macon woman with meth arrested for Ga. Walmart shoplifting 06/1/2019
Wal-Mart and hundreds of other companies call on Trump to drop China tariffs 06/13/2019
Walmart Neighborhood Market off 38th Street in Indianapolis Ind. to close 06/12/2019
Deputies looking for suspects involved in Fla. Walmart theft 06/13/2019
NY State Police looking for person in Walmart security photos 06/13/2019
Walmart employee's call to Brown Deer Wisc. police leads to arrest of woman with eight warrants 06/13/2019
Man Wanted For Stealing TV From Walmart In Aberdeen Md. 06/14/2019
'Baywatch' actress Kelly Rohrbach marries Walmart heir Steuart Walton: report 06/14/2019
Tennessee man convicted on armed robbery charges of Dallas Ga. Walmart store 06/14/2019
Deputies looking for suspect in Crawfordville Fla. Walmart theft 06/14/2019
Crockett Tx. police searching for suspects in 3 Walmart theft cases 06/14/2019
Canton Twp. Mich. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 06/17/2019
Police investigating bomb threat at Bridgeton Missouri Walmart store 06/16/2019
Man arrested on drug trafficking charges in Murray Ky. Walmart parking lot 06/16/2019
Man who groped girls at Palm Desert Ca. Walmart in July 2018 sentenced to probation 06/17/2019
'I'm really shocked': Plan to close Va. Walmart's pilot store near VCU baffles shoppers 06/17/2019
Attempted shoplifting at Nebraska Walmart turns into felony drug charge 06/17/2019
Lexington SC Police search for accused Walmart shoplifter 06/18/2019
Suspect wanted in Opelika Alabama for theft at Walmart on Pepperell Pkwy. 06/17/2019
How a long-distance feud locked down a Delaware school, closed Walmart in May 2018 06/18/2019
Sumter deputies searching for bandit who ripped off cell phone at Villages Fla. Wal-Mart 06/18/2019
Police investigating bomb threat at Franklin Wisc. Walmart 06/18/2019
Walmart is closing its on-campus store at Arizona State University in Tempe Ariz. by June 28 06/18/2019
Man Steals iPhone From Unsuspecting Victim At Fort Smith Arkansas Walmart 06/18/2019
16-year-old charged in Roanoke Va. Walmart shooting three days after Christmas is denied bond 06/18/2019
Five Milwaukee teens arrested for shoplifting from Wisc. Walmart 06/19/2019
Aransas Pass Tx. police identify man who exposed himself in Walmart 06/19/2019
Blotter: Man arrested after inappropriately touching Tx. Walmart employee, report says 06/1/2019
Investigators searching for man who stole victim's phone from Tenn. Walmart, refused to give it back 06/20/2019
Wareham Mass. Police on the job: Couple arrested on methamphetamine charges in Walmart parking lot 06/20/2019
Mesa Ariz. PD: Dog stolen from outside Mesa Walmart 06/20/2019 Thanks to the power of social media, a Phoenix man got his dog back after he was stolen at a Walmart.
Orlando Man Sentenced to 26 Years for Multiple Fla. Walmart Robberies 06/20/2019 An Orlando man was sentenced to more than 26 years in federal prison for robbing Walmart workers and shoppers at gunpoint at two stores in 2017.
ASU’s ‘Walmart on Campus’ pilot store in Tempe Ariz. to close by end of June 06/20/2019
Greenville Police seek public's help to ID suspect in Walmart phone theft 06/21/2019
She stole $49 in stuff from York SC Walmart. Here’s why she could see 25 years in jail. 06/21/2019
Police searching for suspect in Ohio Walmart assault 06/21/2019
2 people use deception to steal cash from northeast Lincoln Nebraska Walmart, police say 06/21/2019
Shoplifting suspect tased outside Mobile Alabama Walmart 06/21/2019
Man pulled a woman into woods to rob her near a Myrtle Beach Walmart, report says 06/22/2019
Man wearing red Jordan Jumpman hat wanted for Walmart theft in Springetts Pa. 06/23/2019
Man paid $7.42 on $184 worth of items at Ind. Walmart, police say 06/22/2019 Charles Puskac said he thought it strange that the purchase of a large step ladder, garden hose, a couple of heavy duty tie downs, and various hardware and clothing at the local Walmart store rang up to just $7.42, according to police. The 41-year-old Portage Township man said he intended to speak to the loss prevention officer on the way out of the store but then clammed up when it was pointed out he passed by the officer, who wound up chasing after him, police said.
12 Apple TVs found in Ga. Walmart stocker’s car, officials say 06/24/2019
Thieves steal Children’s Miracle Network donation bin from Stafford Va. Walmart 06/24/2019
Deputies: 2 arrested for shoplifting personal lubricant from Macon Ga. Walmart 06/24/2019
Police seek help identifying 2 people accused of fraud at Carmel Ind. Walmart 06/25/2019
Tilden Township Pa. police officer, 2 Walmart employees help homeless woman living out of car 06/24/2019
Police looking for man accused of exposing himself in women’s restroom at Newcastle Okla. Walmart 06/2/2019
Man Sought for Taking Illicit Photos of Woman as She Shopped at Walmart in Perris Ca. 06/25/2019
Urine bag found in parking lot of Labelle Fla. Walmart 06/25/2019
Police seek help identifying 2 people accused of fraud at Carmel Ind. Walmart 06/25/2019
Winter Garden man accused of taking pictures up woman's dress at Fla. Walmart 06/26/2019
Baltimore man charged with cutting Westminster Md. Walmart fence, stealing dozens of car batteries 06/27/2019
Conn. Police positively ID Walmart theft suspect who ran from police 06/26/2019
Montana Police blotter: Shoplifting from Walmart, resisting arrest 06/26/2019 After police informed Raven she was under arrest, she told officers they had no authority over her because she was from the earth. She also said because she was Raven, she could not be put in jail as ravens have to be free, police said.
Bay Area Walmart.com worker arrested on embezzlement charge 06/28/2019 SAN BRUNO Ca. — Authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of a 24-year-old Daly City man on suspicion of embezzling more than $100,000 from the corporate offices of Walmart.com.
WFPD: Woman banned from Tx. Walmart for eating half of cake, refusing to pay for other half 06/27/2019
Las Cruces NM man allegedly exposes himself to teenager in Walmart 06/27/2019
Orange County man accused of touching, filming underneath woman's skirt at Fla. Walmart 06/27/2019
Baby locked in car at Kelowna Ca. Walmart 06/27/2019
Tampa man arrested for exposing himself to Fla. Walmart shopper 06/28/2019
Mom says young daughter propositioned by stranger at Walmart in King NC 06/28/2019
Rapper DaBaby found guilty of weapons charge in NC Walmart fatal shooting case 06/28/2019
Walmart Supercenter in Nacogdoches Tx. closes temporarily because of plumbing issues 06/28/2019 A little over two weeks after the store, which is located at 4810 North Street in Nacogdoches, closed down for a short time after a man allegedly set a fire in the Walmart’s Supercenter, the store was forced to close temporarily because of sewage issues.
Lehigh Acres Fla. Walmart employee licked, exposed in parking lot 06/28/2019
Ga. couple shoplifts from Walmart but can’t slip away, cops say 06/28/2019
Man convulsing in vehicle outside Valparaiso Ind. Walmart was 'huffing," police say 06/28/2019
Pottstown man draws prison for multi-county Pa. Walmart robberies 06/28/2019 “We believe the gun involved was a BB gun. But that doesn’t change the perception of the clerks who have this seemingly real-looking gun shoved in their faces. He placed them in fear of serious bodily injury,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Richard Bradbury Jr.
Abbeville La. PD: 9-month-old left in hot car in Walmart parking lot 06/2/2019
Homeless Set Up Camp In Ca. Walmart Parking Lot, Police Say They Can’t Do Much About It 06/28/2019 No discussion about making our economic system work for everyone to reduce homelessness, just shock that they don't punish the homeless more.
Public hearing scheduled for South Union Pa. Walmart beer and wine sales 06/30/2019
NYS Police ask for help identifying multiple shoplifters at Watertown NY Walmart 06/30/2019
Girl Raising Money For Local Police Receives $7,500 From Pa. Walmart 06/30/2019