Monday, March 19, 2018
Contrary to an enormous amount of propaganda from the fanatical fringe, often with the help of the mainstream media, there is no war on the Mexican Border and Hispanic Americans aren't going on wild killing sprees all the time, including undocumented immigrants. Only two out of over a dozen major cities that I found on or near the border have above average murder rates, and only one of those two is actually on the border; and both those are only moderately above the national average murder rates.
By contrast there are at least one hundred and twenty-five cities (listed on Wikipedia, List of United States cities by crime rate, 250,000+ scroll down for smaller cities, and presumably more that aren't listed there,) throughout the country that have more than double the national average murder rates, many of these are four or five times the national rate, and a few are even eight to fifteen times the national rate. Most of the cities with high murder rates are larger ones, until a couple of years ago the only one of ten with more than a million people with below the national average rate was San Diego, which is also the only one a short distance from the border.
Only seven or eight (based on the fifteen year average there's only seven, but in the past four years New York City has been below average,) out of thirty-five of the cities with more than half a million people are below average, and in addition to San Diego one of those seven is El Paso, which is directly on the border and the murder rates are less than half the national average and it has eighty percent Hispanic population. Brownsville, which is 94.4% Hispanic, is also on the border, and also has less than half the national average murder rate. Several of the other cities also have high Hispanic populations with low murder rates often less than half the national average even though many of these cities are low income, which usually correlates with higher murder rates; the biggest exception is Laredo, which is only about 10% above the national average rate not nearly as bad as the long list of abandoned inner cities with limited funds for education or other social programs that could reduce violence.
The enormous amount of hype is distracting the public from the fact that the biggest problem with violent crime isn't from Hispanics, at all, whether their illegal immigrants or not. They're also distracting the public from the lack of educational or economic opportunities in these abandoned inner inner cities and that there are enormous efforts to constantly cut funds that could be used to repair this problem before it escalates. Funds for education economic development and child care are far more effective than funds for courts and prisons, yet the later is the one the government is constantly funding, in a wasteful manner.
The hype demonizing immigrants is also distracting from other contributing causes of violence including early child abuse that leads to escalating violence, which may be even more important than the abandoned inner cities, and many other contributing causes including ones that are a result of corporate corruption, like gambling, insurance, pay day-lenders, union busting, and other activities increasing poverty which is a major cause of crime.
There are plenty of people in the media that fully understand one of the most fundamental principles of propaganda, often ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin, "a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to, especially if it's accompanied by appeals to emotion, with other propaganda tactics like pseudo-patriotism encouraged by loud crowds supporting demagogues like Donald Trump. Another basic principle of propaganda is that this is far more effective if they can repeat their lies and they don't get challenged, which means that they must understand that by not constantly rebutting many of these claims they're allowing these demagogues to get away with it.
James Carville and George Stephanopoulos recognized that when Michael Dukakis didn't respond to false claims fast enough they stuck which is why they cam up with their famous rapid response team, which has been forgotten by the majority of the public now, but the political operatives in the media and in campaigns haven't forgotten this. Frank Luntz has virtually confessed that he's studying how to manipulate the public, and there are plenty of other people in the academic world, often working for major corporations or political parties with an agenda, that also understand basic pribnciples of propaganda and how to educate the public so they don't fall for these scams.
If they wanted to mention these basic simple statistics they could have and would have, yet instead of doing that the mainstream media provided an enormous amount of obsession coverage for one demagogues after another, leading up to Donald Trump. This includes Hillary Clinton, who once said that she "knows how to handle men who get off the reservation," which is an obvious racist and elitist comment demeaning Native Americans or other middle class or poorer people that use rough language.
As exposed in several of the E-mails released by Wikileaks, DNC Describe Wink And Nod Method For Bribes & Indoctrination Studies, Hillary Clinton and her advisers have also demonstrated that they understand how to manipulate the public, including Hispanic voters that she convinced to trust her, often with bad appeals to emotion including a famous scene where she took Karla Ortiz, a small child who was terrified she might be deported, into her arms and told her that she would prevent her from being deported, without reminding them of her previous statement that, "We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that’s contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”" Hillary: Minors crossing border must be sent home 06/18/2014
The mainstream media is now obsessively trying to distract us from the content of these Emails which many people are quickly forgetting, and acting as if the people who leaked the information about their efforts to manipulate and indoctrinate the problem and that it's the divine right of the elites to study manipulation and fraud in secrecy, without addressing the legitimate concerns of the majority of the public, including the real contributing causes of crime and violence!
In a previous article about Immigration Policy And Outsourcing Are Virtual Slavery I cited credible reports from The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Sentencing Project showing that immigrants are much less likely to commit crimes than citizens and pointing out other problems with our current immigration policy including the fact that by driving them underground they make them less inclined to report crimes; and there's plenty more credible research providing additional details however this rarely ever gets mentioned by the traditional media. Occasionally they point out some of the most extreme views from Donald Trump and cite a few facts contradicting them, acting shocked that some members of the public would believe Trump's claims; however they fail to discuss how much obsession coverage they provide for his demagoguery or how it could be prevented if they provided more level headed coverage of the facts that they keep to a minimum.
They same media pundits provide obsession coverage for a small number of candidates supported by the political and media establishment while refusing to cover candidates that look into the higher quality research that is only reported on lower profile alternative media outlets that they treat as fringe. In addition to helping to rig the nomination for Hillary Clinton without reminding the public about how she clearly adopts some of the same policies as Donald Trump with slightly less rhetoric despite her promises to Karla Ortiz she also gave tacit approval to the Honduras coup (How Hillary Clinton Militarized US Policy in Honduras 04/05/2016 and Here's Why Activists Don't Buy Hillary Clinton's Justification for the Honduras Coup 07/17/2016) and a quick search of the internet turns up an enormous amount of fraud from the Clinton Foundation in Haiti among other places.
Like the Republicans the vast majority of the Democrats, if not all of them, supported by the establishment continue to ignore the history of our countries foreign relations which is actually contributing to violence around the world sometimes from immigrants that come from war torn countries. In many cases the conflicts in other countries are a result of our own government's activities including, most famously, coups in Iran, Guatemala, and Chile, as well as other activities from our government in Latin America.
It's tempting to say that the people in other countries know far more about the activities of our own government than people in the United States, and many people from reform movements often do, however, it is only partially true. If you watch some alternative media outlets close enough you might find some stories about well informed people educating the working class or poor about these activities, often citing far better sources than our own media does; however there are also stories about some of them observing their fellow countrymen falling for some of the same propaganda that we deal with here and believing it, even though it rarely stands up to scrutiny when people check the facts. They often use the same manipulation tactics that our own government does.
Regardless of how many people believe this propaganda there are facts that can be confirmed by those willing to do the research including additional research about how our government has been involved in many Latin America countries often supporting one tyrant after another contributes to high violence rates in Latin America countries that the United States has been manipulating for the benefit of multinational corporations. According to Wikipedia: List of countries by intentional homicide rate many of the countries the United States intervened in including Nicaragua, Honduras El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Haiti, Columbia, Venezuela, and Brazil have exceptionally high murder rates and it shouldn't be hard to find good research to show how efforts to destabilize these countries by tyrants supporting the financial interests of multinational corporations have contributed to these high rates of violence.
A few exceptions include Cuba which managed to stand up to the United States efforts to reinstall the same people supporting Batista and Chile which finally ousted Pinochet and managed to implement some major reforms on their own. The United States often tries to portray these high crime problems as justification for their intervention but there are numerous instances where their efforts to destabilize countries like Cuba and Nicaragua did far more harm than good and made the violence much worse.
Many of these immigrants are refugees from these countries and the reason they're fleeing is because they're unable to participate in the governing of their own country as a result of the damage done by the United States; and the same people that claim to defend democracy often vote to deprive them with the right to vote either here or in their own country.
If the media wanted to they could provide far more coverage for some of the best researchers for any given subject; however they're a for profit organization and as they've consolidated into six oligarchies they've abandoned almost all attempts to even pretend to look out for the best interests of the public, which anyone accustomed to looking at better research or alternative media might recognize, unfortunately many of the less educated people or people distracted by sports or celebrity worship, might easily fall for this propaganda.
In a series of previous articles listed below I went into some of the most important contributing causes to violence with a series of relatively simple studies comparing the states; even though these are somewhat rough and not peer reviewed each subject was also backed by additional sources that are peer reviewed, although most of it isn't widely available on mainstream media. This should be enough to show that anyone with access to a library and alternative media outlets sincerely trying to do better than the national media can almost certainly succeed without much trouble.
The subject I looked into the closest with a lot of previous articles using work from many credible researchers is how early child abuse, often involving corporal punishment, leads to escalating violence much later in life. Even though the best research involves far more detail one of the simplest statistics demonstrating how important this is, is the fact that the states which use corporal punishment the most, both at home and in schools routinely have the highest murder rates, and practically never make it into the bottom five, rarely into the bottom ten.
Corporal punishment and authoritarian upbringing is also a major contributing cause for racism and indoctrination teaching children to blindly obey their leaders and go along with the crowd even when the crowd is behaving in a fanatical manner like Nazi Germany. It makes them more susceptible to propaganda supporting wars based on lies, which we fight over and over again. It makes children more inclined to fall for propaganda designed to convince them to vote for politicians that routinely betray their best interests instead of listening to the grass roots candidates that are only covered in alternative media outlets that are often much more sincere than the ones promoted by corporations that control the economic system.
A large percentage of the public might be inclined to fall for many of these emotional appeals, especially if they're not informed about the leading causes of violence which is why many people have accepted the choice between two political parties that both represent the multinational corporations instead of the public.
These same corporations are the ones that are outsourcing jobs and trying to prioritize all the functions of government, including education, especially in low income area. they're rigging the economic system against the majority and using the poor for scapegoats taking advantage of bigotry to help convince some segments of the public to help support their agenda. these multinational corporations caused disadvantaged people to be herded into these abandoned inner cities and lobbied heavily to prevent them from getting the funds they need to educate their children and prevent all the violence that is taking place in these abandoned inner cities.
Both Parties are working for the same economic elites, while grassroots candidates that might actually support the best interests of the public can't get any media attention. Those that control economic, political and media establishments refuse to educate the public about the most important issues; instead using propaganda to distract them and convince them to vote against their own best interests as part of a divide and rule tactic enabling an economic system where a large segment of society does most of the work to make it function while a small segment of wealthy people takes the vast majority of the benefits, creating a state of virtual slavery disguised as democracy!
The following are the crime statistics for some of the biggest cities on or near the border with Mexico, they include reference to largest megachurches in these cities, which I reviewed in previous articles and found that there are higher murder rates in cities with megachurches than the national average; however even though, Hispanic Communities on the border have above average number of megachurches they also contradict that correlation as well, with below average murder rates:
El Paso Texas, 679,000, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.4 median household income in 2016: $43,200 80.7% Hispanic 13.1% White Abundant Living Faith Center 12,400; a total of four megachurches others range from 4,000 to 2,000
Brownsville Texas, 183,800, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.16 median household income in 2016: $36,584 94.4% Hispanic International Christian Center 2,000
Laredo Texas, 258,000, above average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.86 median household income in 2016: $36,195 96.4% Hispanic Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia 2,400
McAllen Texas, 142,200, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.53 median household income in 2016: $43,062 85.6% Hispanic Baptist Temple Church 2,000
Mission Texas, 83,550, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.41 median household income in 2016: $40,945 85.4% Hispanic Palm Valley Church 3,700
Del Rio Texas, 36,080, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.21 median household income in 2016: $43,061 85.4% Hispanic
Hidalgo Texas, 13,500, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.85 median household income in 2016: $38,525 98.4% Hispanic
Edinburg Texas, 87,640, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.01 median household income in 2016: $41,319 89.4% Hispanic
Alamo Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.23 median household income in 2016: $35,986 84.6% Hispanic
Yuma Arizona, 94,900, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 4.44 median household income in 2016: $42,731 58.8% Hispanic 33.3% White Hispanic
San Luis Arizona, 31,000, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.32 median household income in 2016: $33,313 96.8% Hispanic
National City California, 60,340, above national average but below state average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.59 between Chula Vista with rates of 2.69 and San Diego with a rate of 3.67 median household income in 2016: $44,901 65.8% Hispanic Cornerstone Church of San Diego 6,300
San Diego California, 1.38 million, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.67 median household income in 2016: $71,481 42.8% White 30.0% Hispanic The Rock Church congregation 14,000 or lower estimate of 12,864; total of seven megachurches with rest ranging from 7,000 to 1,800
Chula Vista California, 267,170, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.69 near San Diego with a rate of 3.67 median household income in 2016: $68,699 59.6% Hispanic EastLake Church 6,280
Imperial Beach California, 27,150, below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.98 median household income in 2016: $51,109 51.5% Hispanic 31.9% White
In between these cities there are few major population centers so if there is one murder here or there, related to immigration or not, it will send the local rates for that area skyrocketing, which is typical for a very small percentage of rural areas that have rare murders.
Nowrasteh: Everything is Bigger in Texas — except the illegal immigrant crime rate 03/12/2018
Undocumented Immigration Doesn’t Worsen Drug, Alcohol Problems in U.S., Study Indicates 08/01/2017
Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows 02/07/2017
Reports find that immigrants commit less crime than US-born citizens 03/19/2017
The corporate media ignores the rise of oligarchy. The rest of us shouldn't, Bernie Sanders 03/16/2018
Because 'Corporate Media Ignores Rise of Oligarchy,' Sanders Says Rest of Us Must Fill the Void 12/1/2017
Bernie Sanders is right about the corporate media ignoring the rise of oligarchy; and when he discusses the issues he is far better on almost all of the other politicians that the media is willing to cover; in addition to providing poor coverage of the rise of oligarchy the media also provides poor coverage on causes of crime and many other issues.
His conclusion that the rest of us need to fill the void by providing alternative media outlets and taking advantage of the ones that are already there is also correct; however we need to rely on a more diverse source of media and candidates to represent us; and we need to be prepared to hold those accountable and switch if they seem to be caving to the oligarchy. Even though I like Bernie Sanders far more than any other establishment politician and agree with him on almost all the issues, when the nomination was rigged against him, he caved and declined to speak out about some of the worst rigging, instead endorsing Hillary Clinton, which is part of the reason why Donald Trump was able to get elected.
We can't get reform by relying on, or in some cases worshiping, any one candidate or media outlet; instead we need to teach the majority of the public to sort through the best media outlets and candidates and hold them accountable, moving as much of the decision making process to the public, not the representatives, as possible!
The following are some of my previous articles about contributing causes of crime including one about how organized gambling and Donald Trump's own Casinos, which had a high number of murders on the premises for a few years with minimal media coverage, are contributing to higher crime:
Las Vegas Massacre Is Just A Minuscule Fraction Of Gambling Crime Between 2008 and 2011, 1 in every 8 murders in Atlantic City took place at Trump's Taj Mahal casino
Scapegoating human trafficker to protect corporations?
Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation Should Become a Priority Again!
Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows
Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion?
How much does Income Inequality Affects Crime Rates?
States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations
Teach a soldier to kill and he just might
The tragedy of gambling politics in United States
How does gambling and gun control impact violent crime?
Politics, not technology, caused botched executions
Troy, Cameron, Gary all innocent? And executed?
Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse!!
Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit
Life Insurance and media companies are encouraging lots of murders
Union Busting adds to corrupt bureaucracy and incites crime
Monday, March 12, 2018
Our leaders are routinely betraying veterans, civilians, and the entire world!
By now everyone must be aware that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq; and those that pay attention to alternative media are also aware of the fact that they knew or should have known ahead of time and the war was based on lies! Weapons inspectors Scott Ritter and Mohamed ElBaradei, both warned the public that there were no weapons of mass destruction before the war and the media stopped providing them coverage and MSNBC also fired Phil Donahue for speaking out against the war; and even though those that paid attention to alternative media outlets or watched traditional news close enough knew that this war was based on lies before they invaded.
However, as the famous fundamental of propaganda says, often ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin, "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to, especially if it is accompanied with appeals to emotions and patriotism. The traditional media routinely repeat their claims that our military is always "fighting for freedom and democracy," they rarely ever mention historical facts about the truth which is that the United States has an incredibly long history of suppressing democracy, a few of the most widely reported examples, outside of the corporate propaganda machine are coups in Iran, Guatemala, and Chile which were all supported by the United States.
The mainstream media and the United States government have, on rare and brief occasions admitted to their involvement in all of these coups, they also acknowledge the fact that Vietnam signed their own Declaration of Independence however they rarely ever remind the majority of the public that wants to believe that their activities abroad are to "defend freedom and democracy," not advance the economic interests of wealthy elites.
Many veterans are often more interested in finding out what they're fighting and dying for and they often eventually figure this out, although the vast majority of them don't go off the deep end, but many do have emotional problems that they often refer to in the media as PTSD without explaining the full details.
At the grassroots level there is a much greater effort to warn people that their government is betraying them, and this is virtually guaranteed to have escalated after the Abu Ghraib trials where the people that were following orders were prosecuted, but the people that gave the orders weren't held accountable; and at the same time some veterans who learned that the Iraq war was based on lies, therefore it was illegal and orders to participate in it were also illegal refused to obey illegal orders and some of them were prosecuted!
When people with political power gave illegal orders those without political power risked being prosecuted for, whether they obeyed or not, but commanders and politicians were above the law; and some figured it out so it became harder to recruit. They often had to either recruit people that were isolated, often from rural areas and had little or no contact with alternative media outlets exposing these lies, or in some cases they had to recruit people with emotional problems, or even white supremacists.
Now I don't know whether or not Albert Wong, was upset about this or something else, but this isn't the first time that veterans with PTSD or other emotional problems have gone on shooting sprees but instead of reporting on the details of it the media has historically been very selective about which potential contributing causes might have led up to it. Not to long ago when Devin Patrick Kelley went on his shooting spree in a Texas Church the media gave it an enormous amount of coverage coverage as they often do with mass shootings, but when they found out that he was a veteran they were initially slow to report it, but when it had already received an enormous amount of attention they clearly had to follow up on it which led to disclosure about not reporting on past domestic violence problems.
Last Friday they knew ahead of time that the suspect in a stand off was a veteran with emotional problems, and like many other incidents, some of which I have listed below, they gave it far less coverage, at least in the mass media without even mentioning it, that I saw, in the three news networks, even though it had been reported briefly in the evening news, and must have been big news in California, while they continued to pretend that the latest trivial details about the Mueller investigation or Stormy Daniels were Breaking News as many pundits, especially Erin Burnett refer to everything even when it's hours or even days or weeks old. But they reported in a much lower profile on the internet including the following article:
When I first heard about how many veterans have been going on shootings sprees or killing each other their families, I found it hard to believe since there were references to a large volume of them including many that took place during the Vietnam War, especially since they weren't reporting on the actual incidents, except perhaps one or two at a time, which hardly seemed like an epidemic. However, apparently there have been far more of these shooting incidents than the vast majority of the public is aware of, and part of the reason is that the media only reports on them one at a time.
Between 2008 and 2010, there were several more comprehensive articles from the New York Times and Colorado Gazette, which were more widely reported; however Cable News and the Evening News, where a large percentage of the public gets their news, only mentioned these briefly, initially, then when they received more attention on traditional newspapers or the internet and a modest percentage of the public started learning about them Cable News started covering them more.
But they didn't cover it well, instead have a large number of emotional and patriotic people act with outrage at the reporting, often ignoring the best statistics and providing biased statistics, like some of the ones provided by David Grossman who I cited in a previous article about this subject.
A few years ago Dakota Meyer Linking (Second High Profile) Fort Hood shooting to PTSD hurts vets trying to heal, 04/06/2014 and he was partially right, but he was alos partially in denial about many things including the fact that the Iraq war was based on lies. However he doesn't cover many of the contributing causes leading up to violence, especially when it comes to how early child abuse leads to escalating violence, and this is made even worse with boot camp indoctrination where they use hazing practices to teach everyone to go along with the program and believe what they're told to believe by their commanders, even when they're lying.
It's certainly true that all veterans shouldn't be stigmatized with the stereotype that they're more inclined to shoot people up, and I never meant to imply that, nor to the best of my knowledge have other people reporting on high profile cases where veterans went on shooting sprees. Many of the most common victims when veterans do go on shooting sprees are other veterans or the family members of the veterans, and in many cases they're the ones that do the most to recognize this problem. Instead of teaching cadets about the causes of violence and recognizing that their leaders have been making it worse by fighting wars absed on lies they teach veterans to resolve their differences with intimidation often escalating to more violence.
More recently Dakota Meyer may have demonstrated this when he challenged Dan Bilzerian to a FIGHT to settle row over Las Vegas shooting ‘like men’ in an argument that turned into petty bickering about whether or not Bilzerina reacted the way Meyer's thought he should and accused him of grandstanding instead of rushing in and engaging the shooter. This petty bickering does nothing to prevent these shootings from happening and makes both of them look like they're grandstanding.
Chris Kyle had a similar attitude about how to settle differences and on one event which he described in his book he clearly seemed to imply that when someone, who eventually was disclosed as Jesse Ventura, challenged the justification about why they fought the Iraq War the appropriate way to handle it was to blacken his eye. He gave the name of the celebrity on a radio or TV show bragging about it, and Jesse Ventura sued him for libel, claiming the story was false and eventually won. Any one reading the book that wasn't devoted to the claim that he was a hero, might easily recognize that he was prone to exaggeration, but the truth was clearly that when it came to admitting that the war was based on lies Ventura was right and there's no justification for escalating that to a fight, and the jury who heard more details than me clearly agreed.
Chris Kyle was also one of the high profile people killed by other veterans with PTSD, after apparently he tried to help him by taking him to a shooting range, and the shooting along with the testimony of Eddie Ray Routh his alleged attempts to help him with his emotional problems weren't very rational and might have made things worse contributing to his own death although many people are outraged when anyone suggests such a thing, including Ron Paul, who stated the obvious. This is part of a major denial based on a pseudo sense of Patriotism that involves never admitting they're wrong and finding the real cause of violence and how it escalates.
Both Chris Kyle and Dakota Meyers and many other veterans also had many of their own domestic problems, some of which may involve their inclination to solve their problems through intimidation often leading up to violence, perhaps, instead of admitting that the things they've been indoctrinated to believe, like that the Iraq War was "fighting for freedom," was based on lies. Both Dakota Meyers and David Grossman have expressed outrage at the people that have reported on the high number of veteran shootings instead of acknowledging that it is a real problem that must be addressed, and this isn't going to happen when they refuse to consider major contributing factors like that the Iraq War and many others are based on lies or that boot camp indoctrination escalates authoritarian upbringing that often starts with early child abuse and corporal punishment teaching people to solve their problems with violence.
By quickly reporting these stories before forgetting them they make it far less likely that the majority of the public will recognize how often they happen, especially if they keep reporting a lot of hyped up stories to keep them distracted and an enormous amount of seemingly patriotic reporting on how we're "fighting for freedom" without reminding how often this proves to be false and how often the people they allegedly train to "fight for freedom are going on shootings sprees, or how much of a problem they're often having in their own families with domestic violence.
A list of all the shootings by veterans with emotional problems quickly grows into the thousands but the vast majority of them never get reported and the ones that do get reported are often reported as isolated incidents, often reducing the coverage when they realize it is a veteran or cop going on a shootings spree. A modest sample of the high profile shootings reported nationally over the years includes Micah Xavier Johnson, Gavin Long, Everett Miller, Matthew Riehl, Stephen Kazmierczak, Itzcoatl Ocampo, Aaron Alexis, Lloyd Dean Buie, Esteban Santiago, John Neumann Jr., Richard Rojas, and many more and additional ones that were hardly mentioned at the national level but reported widely at local levels include Marcell Travon Willis, Roy Murry, Dionisio Garza III, Brandon Olsen, Bryan Cage, and much more than the ones that were reported at the national level, since presumably due to the lower coverage even I haven't heard of the majority of them. And even plenty of police officers, often also military veterans, have gone on shootings sprees, in some cases exposing massive corruption within the police department or while rejoining the military including Eulalio “Leo” Tordil, Steven D. Bellino , Christopher Dorner, and Joseph Gliniewicz who didn't actually go on a shootings spree but threatened to kill people and was exposed in massive amounts of corruption before allegedly committing suicide, although I doubt if that's the true story.
Many of these shooters were decorated war veterans and are considered heroes, not necessarily because they fought to protect our country but often because they learned that in the military if you blindly obey orders and do what your told to you'll be rewarded, at least temporarily with medals and glory or honor, however once the military no longer need them they're often abandoned, after being indoctrinated to believe lies. The veterans that do the most to save lives are the ones that recognize they've been betrayed by their own government and speak out against them, but of course the government doesn't reward them with medals, instead tries to portray them as fringe for telling the truth!
Some people like Dakota Meyers and David Grossman been outraged by people that try to report on this, and although I haven't been high enough profile for them to pay attention to they would probably be outraged by this article; however there are others that, although they may not agree with everything I say, recognize there's a real problem that needs to be addressed and they've done far more to expose the lies than those that remain in denial. We're not going to stop these shootings or even slow them down as long as we continue ignoring the causes including early abuse leading to escalating violence and wars based on lies that teach people to kill!
Gunman at California veterans' home 'wanted to get back at them' but 'not kill' 03/12/2018
The Latest: Veteran worries about length of hostage standoff 03/09/2018
Gunman and victims identified in deadly standoff at California veterans home 03/10/2017
The following are some of my past articles about veterans that go on shooting sprees after being abandoned by the government that trained them to kill for wars based on lies; instead of accepting this as the new normal we should recognize and prevent the causes:
States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations
Teach a soldier to kill and he just might
List of Veteran murders often of other veterans and other crimes
Is Itzcoatl Ocampo an example of divide and rule tactics?
Warnings signs for Aaron Alexis are abundant and came out quickly
Memorial Day Veteran Shootings Part of Much Larger Problem
Scripted media coverage of Joe Gliniewicz's "suicide" is incomplete at best
Media Downplaying Two Police Killing Sprees Ignoring Solutions
Media Suppresses Causes Of Orlando And Texas Shootings Again
Media Ignores Solutions For Both Police And Black Lives Matter
Meet The Real Jigsaw Horror Psychologists
Veteran Murders Brings Wars Based on Lies Home!
Military Indoctrination Endangers Veterans and Public for Wars Based on Lies
Texas Church Shooting Exposes Cover-up of Military Domestic Violence Problems
Government trains people to kill that turn against us again!
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Do you think it makes sense to subsidize cotton so that it's grown in the United States, ship it all over the world, some times even as far as Pakistan or China so we can take advantage of sweatshop or slave labor, then ship it through a complicated distribution network so wages can be crushed and profits increased?
Economists, not chosen by the vast majority of the public, think it is!
This isn't always quite as simple as this; however in many cases it's damn close; and the reason they get away with it is that they provide an enormous amount of propaganda about how great our free market capitalist system is and this only complicates the story which is almost entirely controlled by a small percentage of the public that refuses to report on the
If the media covered the whole story, and reported on candidates that actually represent the majority of the public, there's no way the public would believe that an economic system that pays deceptive advertisers, union busters, lobbyists, media pundits and other white collar workers that study how to rig the economic system enormous amounts of money and workers that provide services that improve the quality of life, whether it's factory workers teachers or other productive jobs have their wages slashed, is a good system!
This would be even more obvious if more people realized that while they've been shipping jobs overseas over the past few decades the quality of the merchandise has plummeted because they've been cutting manufacturing costs to the bone and sending shipping lobbying, advertising expenses, and profits through the roof.
If human rights organizations, unions, environmentalists, teachers, and social activists were involved in the decision making and reporting process then there are many more incredibly simple and obvious things that the media would report and they would take into consideration when making trade policy. As it stands the only ones involved in the media or that get coverage to enable them to get name recognition necessary to get elected are those that pretend to defend workers the environment and the public without actually doing so.
Thirty years ago toasters and coffee makers could be expected to last close to if not longer than ten to fifteen years; now they routinely break after no more than two or three years often less than one. For a long time we often saved our old appliances, perhaps because we thought we might repair them or something and after ten to fifteen years they piled up and I realized just how often they were breaking down, in addition to that we've also piled up numerous other broken items before eventually throwing them out, although bigger items get thrown out faster. There appear to be more than a dozen broken garden fittings that seem to break almost every year.
With all Trump's talk about trade wars none of this is even subject to debate in the commercial media which is distracting us from many of the most important issues; although some of his critics have been quick to point out that Carl Ichan dumped millions of steal related stocks the week before he announced his tariffs, which I'm guessing won't be put into practice anyway. They weren't so quick this time to remind the public that the Trump family including both Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka have been making YUGE amounts of profits from sweatshop labor while the workers that produce their products are treated like virtual slaves!
The quality of clothing is as bad, if not even worse, than appliances!
Forty or fifty years ago hand me downs were standard operating procedure for many families, especially lower income families, although thrifty middle class families benefited from this as well and enabled them to put the money they saved to more important things that improved quality of life including education; now it has virtually come to an end, with little or no notice from most people. Now clothes wear out faster so that they're useless for hand me downs, and jeans are among the worst. Blue jeans used to last much longer, for adults that wore them almost every day, often lasting over ten years, without rotating a large number of jeans!
For a while about six or seven years ago they started falling apart much quicker, and at a time that I received gift cards from Walmart, which I would never shop at otherwise, I noticed that the only jeans they had were their own brand name, Faded Glory and I gave it a shot for a couple of pairs, after no more than two years they fell apart, and since I wore shorts in the summer and rotated a modest volume it wasn't hard to estimate how long they lasted, which would have been no more than six months, if I wore the same pair everyday without working nearly as hard physically as I used to!
When I worked much hard and longer hours decades ago and wore old fashioned blue jeans whether it was Levi's Wranglers or what ever was cheapest at that time they lasted at least five to six times as long, if not ten times as long!
Thirty years ago when they first came up with pre-washed jeans that didn't have to be broken in there were people saying this was part of a scam to gradually reduce the quality of jeans so they could increase profits; this was approximately the same time they first tried to market torn jeans to kids, and it flopped because it was done so poorly.
You won't find reports about what changed since then in the traditional media; but if you're familiar with alternative media outlets and good non-fiction books, often discussed at the grassroots or by non-corporate organizations, but that the traditional media never promotes, and if you pay attention to marketing tactics it may not be hard to figure out what happened.
As Susan Linn and Juliet Schor pointed out the marketing industry learned that advertising is much more effective if they target children while they're young, and repeat their advertising over and over again, often even in schools, which never used to allow advertising, which is what they're doing. Schor and Linn, along with other good researchers like Roy Fox and Naomi Klein, have reported extensively on how they use psychologists to help advertisers manipulate children, not for their benefits but to sell them products often over priced and lower quality. By showing video's of stars like Brittany Spears modeling torn jeans that don't last nearly as long, but seem to look sexy while gradually reducing the quality of all clothes they managed to reduce durability without many people noticing until they get so bad that often they have many more complaints!
I happened to make a big deal out of it myself on a few occasions, but with an oligarchy system my complaints are unlikely to have done much if any good; which means if there is temporary improvement in quality it is almost certainly the result of a large volume of complaints from many other people!
And sometimes even fights at the cash register and people angry taking it out on the workers that aren't responsible for the reduction in quality. In addition to advertisers that study effective how children respond to ads; they also have sales analysts who study when sales go up or down for one reason or another. I've spoken to one or two of them and they explained that they tell their bosses which changes cause reductions in sales. This isn't something that is ever reported in the traditional media.
However it doesn't take much speculation to tell how this could potentially be used to increase profits by studying consumer complacency. If they reduce quality of merchandise gradually in one area they can have sales analysts examine any loss in sale, and if the customers don't notice they can gradually reduce quality all across the country. It's virtually guaranteed that this has been going on for decades!
Have you heard about this idea once in the media?
Not likely this type of research would be considered a closely held trade secret because they're obviously studying how to increase profits by committing massive fraud on the public!
Instead of passing laws requiring disclosure for this type of fraudulent practice, including deceptive marketing to kids, the elected officials, that collect enormous amounts of bribes thinly disguised as campaign contributions, pass trade secrecy or proprietary information laws. The media also collect an enormous amount of revenue in the form of advertising dollars, and often have interlocking board members or stockholders, so they have a major incentive not to report on it.
These same elected officials have been allowing the consolidation of corporations without much if any enforcement of antitrust laws which were implemented after enormous amounts of complaints from workers and corporations. Recently one of the pundits complained that Donald Trump was retaliating against CNN for political reasons when he raised questions about the latest merger, and he cited as justification for the merger and claims of bias the fact that few if any restrictions have been made on these mergers for the past thirty years, implying that this means that they should allow all mergers with little or no questions!
I'm no fan of Donald Trump and doubt if he really wanted to stop the consolidation of the media any more than I believe that he wants to defend worker, consumer or environmental rights or anyone else's rights except for the rich that he's been bending over backwards for all his life despite his lour rhetoric during the campaign.
The six oligarchies have known for decades how to rig elections, and prevent real anti-establishment candidates from getting elected, by simply refusing to cover them at all! Now they hardly even try to hide it!
In 1999 they virtually announced that the nominees would be Al Gore and George Bush saying they were the most popular, although they only allowed a few candidates to get any coverage and only mentioned them in the polls which is the way they rig the polls long before they rig the actual elections. By giving them an enormous advantage in the overage they ensured that they would win but at least they allowed other candidates to run or pretend to run and pout on a show. Bill Bradley was the only one running against Al Gore, which implies the Democratic establishment decided on him just like they decided on Hillary!
Then after they virtually announced who the nominees were they went through the process of a campaign that only covered those collecting money form multinational corporations and campaign operatives and advertisers spent as much money as it took to ensure that they were the two nominees ensuring that regardless of who won they would serve corporate interests. The only thing different was that they came so close in Florida that some of it was exposed and the Supreme Court rigged it for Bush without mentioning that the bigger rigging took place months earlier with the coverage of only candidates supported by corporations ignoring Ralph Nader, who many people at the grassroots remember and other candidates that even most grassroots observers forgot like John Hagelin, who I suspect was by far the best candidate that year, even better than Nader, but he didn't get any media coverage.
The vast majority of the public never knows about the worst election rigging because they never even hear of many of the best candidates!
Whether John Hagelin really was the best candidate that year isn't the point; the point is that most people never even got the chance to consider him and therefore never realized the media vetoed his chances of winning. This has been standard operating procedure long before and every election cycle since.
In 2004 John Dean pretended to be the progressive candidate like Bill Bradley, but took a dive the week before the Iowa caucuses, which was before the Dean Scream which many people remember. He made absurd blunders that angered a lot of local people that he should have known would happen virtually paving the way for John Kerry to put two Skull and Bones against each other; in 2008 they rigged the coverage for two more people chosen by the political establishment before the election; and in 2012 Mitt Romney was chosen as a sacrificial lamb just like Bob Dole where it was obvious even before they were nominated that they couldn't beat either Bill ?Clinton or Barack Obama, but if there was a chance that McCain might win his choice of Sarah Palin enabled him to win easily.
Then in 2016 the rigging on the Democratic side was so obvious it's hard to imagine how anyone could even miss it. But this was part of an effort to rig it on the Republican side was real as well, since they've been pushing clowns in that party for decades and they had researchers studying how outraged the public was with the establishment they had to know that they were sick of falling for the same scam over and over again and they gave them a candidate that pretended to be anti-establishment and was going to stand up for the working class and bring jobs back ending unfair trade.
If you believe Trump is really anti-establishment, or that he ever intended to stand up for fair trade, I'll sell you a bridge! The media knew damn well that he was never a threat to them; otherwise they would have simply refused to give him all that obsession coverage while ignoring sincere candidates that didn't cater to the oligarchies.
The economy is rigged just like the elections, and evidence of it is only reported in alternative media outlets the media refers to as fringe, like Naomi Klein or Stacy Mitchell; who both reported on how slotting fees are used to turn department stores into consignment stores where only big corporations can participate. Naomi Klein author of "No Logo" and "Shock Doctrine" also reported about some of these corporations that are allegedly competing against each other are actually manufacturing some of these products in the same sweat shops in some cases!
This isn't a free market it's an oligarchy system where people in the corporate offices make all the decisions and those that help them learn how to manipulate the public get paid far more than those who provide work that actually improve the quality of life! If people like Kathy Lee Gifford, Paula Dean, Michael Jordan, Ivanka Trump and many other advertisers and executives are making massive amounts of money while the people that manufacture the products and provide services at the local stores have their wages suppressed this clearly has nothing to do with meritocracy.
The same goes for environmental protection when Lawrence Summers once wrote, "I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that. ..... I've always though that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly UNDER-polluted, their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City." (Summer's memo below) He wrote this back in 1991 and still gets nominated to one high profile job after another even by the Obama and Clinton administrations that pretended to defend the environment. Intentional exporting of pollution isn't limited to third world countries; Robert Bullard has written extensively about how an enormous amount of it is dumped in the poorest areas of the South, often in minority communities but also in poor white areas, and although Jonathan Kozol focuses mainly on education he's also reported on how the poor often have the worst waste dumped in their areas especially in abandoned inner cities.
But the mainstream media never reports on either of these investigative reporters or professors or many others that are only covered in alternative media outlets!
Part of the reason for this is that the oligarchy controls the government and instead of passing laws demanding disclosure of activities that might be fraudulent they pass trade secrecy laws that allow incredibly obvious crimes to be kept secret, often because of these non-disclosure agreements, similar to the ones being discussed in numerous sexual harassment lawsuits or virtual bribes to cover up Trump's affair with Stormy Daniels. Even Jackie Spieir, who says she wants to change these laws, at least when it comes to sexual harassment, said she respects these laws as her excuse not to tell the public which congressmen have used tax payer funds to cover up allegations.
These non-disclosure agreements are being used to make illegal, or at least seem illegal, to expose criminal activities. In the case of the sexual harassment cases they claim that they're innocent and wanted to avoid embarrassment. If this is actually true then the person making the accusation is actually committing extortion, and the congressmen are paying them off. If the congressmen's excuse is true, which it probably isn't most of the time, it takes figuring out which is true out of the public domain, and puts it in the hands of people with an incentive to cover up the crimes, either of the congressmen or those extorting them.
They should be able to come right out and say that non-disclosure agreements can not be legally enforceable when they're used to cover up criminal activities!
They don't do this of course, presumably because this is much more common than the majority of the public realize, even in trade conflicts or abuse of workers. Reporters like Naomi Klein have exposed how corporations abuse workers in illegal activities one time after another, often creating a state of virtual slavery in some of the poorest areas in the world, and these non-disclosure agreements are also used to cover up environmental destruction that is literally killing people!
Secret trade agreements make it even worse; there have been numerous reports about how the IMF have sued local areas that tried to pass laws to protect their own environment often by preventing water corporations from taking all the clean water or polluting in other ways. Trade agreements are being used used to prevent workers rights and the environment from being protected so that the oligarchies can increase profits by oppressing people and destroying the planet!
There's little or no reason to believe that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, who hardly hid her ties to Walmart, Wall Street and free trade, at least not to those with a medium term memory, have any intention of fixing this problem if they have any choice as long as they can continue confusing the issue as they have for decades!
As I finish this up there appears to be some reporting that might have gotten their second agreement to a raise thanks to an enormous amount of protests, although it's to soon to see if the government will keep their part of the deal after they broke it the first time. There are also a lot of establishment candidates, including some that pretend to be progressive like Kamala Harris, that have come out in support of the strike, but only after the teachers showed they meant it. They've used tricks like this before and will again but if there's a solution for either the teachers strike or unfair trade policies it won't be from the candidates packaged and handed to us from the commercial media that represents the oligarchy, not the public, it will be from grassroots efforts at local levels around the world including several times where people in China were so outraged that they took hostages to get their point across. Not that I recommend that but when the oligarchy pushes the working class to extremes sometimes that is what they get, so the best way to avoid is for the oligarchies to stop oppressing the public and they won't incite extreme activities!
If enough people learn how to sort through alternative media outlets and join active groups not controlled by the oligarchies then we might actually elect people that want to do a good job instead of those helping to rig the economy!
The following are some additional sources for this article including the Summers memo and articles about sweatshops, some from Ivanka Trump's clothes line; do you really think that someone without her name recognition and connections can get the publicity and sales needed to market all these products and keep all the profits while oppressing the workers?:
Lawrence Summers Export pollution memo 12/12/1991
Ivanka’s book should be called “Women Who Work… In My Sweatshop For $1 An Hour” 04/26/2017
Here Are Some Photos Of The Chinese Factory Where Ivanka Trump Shoes Are Made 06/01/2017
Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory 06/13/2017 Workers complain of verbal abuse, impossible targets and ‘poverty pay’ so bad they have to live away from their children
Trump confidant dumped millions in steel-related stock last week 03/02/2018
Radar investigation uncovers unsafe conditions at factories 11/22/2013
11 Facts About Sweatshops
Naomi Klein "Shock Doctrine"
Susan Linn "Consuming Kids"
Juliet Schor Born to Buy
Roy Fox "Harvesting Minds"
Bob Ortega "In Sam We Trust"
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Walmart had at least ten shootings this month, with four of them leading to deaths, one of which was a suicide after being confronted by police after alleged shoplifting incident, most if not all the others lead to injuries and or property damage; at least two of these shootings were the result of parking lot arguments or road rage; and two involved police officers, although it is unclear if it was the police that fired the shots. Two of them happened only hours apart in two separate states; and three of them were in Louisiana, which consistently has the highest murder rates, with two only a couple days apart.
There were also at least ten more gun related incidents, although one of them turned out to be a false alarm about an active shooter. Walmart has so many crime problems that fake reports seem very credible and often get widely reported including another that appears to be a fake robbery and assault. However one of the real incidents involves someone that managed to get a stolen shotgun from behind the counter and load it, before being stopped which could have been another active shooter incident. And the Parkland shooter also showed up at Walmart after fleeing from the school, although it is unclear whether he brought any guns with him, but unlikely since that would have attracted more attention sooner. Most if not all of the remaining ones involved robberies or failed shoplifting attempt including one that was over a pair of gym shorts. It's not uncommon for petty theft to escalate fast into violence incidents including another incident where a shoplifter made a point of stealing a baseball bat which he pulled out when confronted.
Committing armed robbery or attempted armed robbery with weapons stolen from Walmart is more common than most people suspect.
Apparently Walmart quietly stopped selling AR-15s back in 2015; however this wasn't for political or gun safety reasons; it was because of sluggish sales. They're now banning sales to anyone under twenty-one, which might seem good to some gun control activists, but most of them will almost certainly see how weak it is, especially with so many other problems with people getting guns at Walmart, including a lot of people stealing them, like the one that almost had an opportunity to become an active shooter last month.
Gun rights activists are guaranteed to call for a boycott!
Gun control activists that have called for boycotts of Walmart in the past may still call for boycotts in the future, if not almost immediately; and it won't be the first time people on both sides of the issue were calling for boycotts of Walmart.
If Walmart wasn't so incompetent at everything I might feel sorry for them!
A former employee of Walmart was sentenced to fifteen years for "slashing customers" at a Texas Walmart in 2016; however they didn't report many of the details that came out shortly after that incident, including the fact that one of the customers that was slashed was a contractor working indirectly for Walmart, which implies the possibility that even though they claim it was arbitrary and they didn't know each other they might have had some contact; this is especially suspicious since they also neglected to mention a previous report that the incident happens shortly after the customer had a conversation with his supervisor about something.
I have no way of knowing for certain, but I can't rule out the possibility that this was a disgruntled employee with an argument with a contractor that might have been related to work of some sort. There have been a lot of problems with disgruntled employees, including one that allegedly used a stolen phone from a co-worker to call in a bomb threat this month.
I don't know which one is worse, having employees randomly attack just any customer that comes in, or admitting to problems with their worker discipline problems, assuming there are any.
A large portion of their business practices has been shrouded in secrecy which almost certainly includes non-disclosure agreements with contractors, and instead of passing disclosure laws that would make it illegal to cover up information that might endanger the public including union busting tactics they pass laws to protect secrecy when it increases profits, even at workers and customers expense.
There were at least two more police departments reporting about how Walmart was a "crime magnet" or shoplifting there was an "epidemic," however the mainstream media only reports these stories briefly at the local level without letting the public know just how common they are, yet many people figure it out anyway.
There was also a viral video of what they called a "good Samaritan" who was trying to slash the tires of an attempted shoplifter as he was trying to get way, who almost got run over as a result; some people might think this sounds more like vigilantism. Neither the government or Walmart are overly concerned about addressing the causes of their high crime problems by stopping the corner cutting, union busting, bad store design that contributes to them, yet there's no shortage of people that are ready to get in a fight over petty shoplifting to protect corporate profits.
In addition to the four people that died in shooting incidents there were at least two other dead bodies found on the premises, one of which they were quick to declare was not suspicious, and later reported that it was an apparent suicide, but they didn't say how. The majority of successful suicides at Walmart are with guns which could mean this is an eleventh shooting incident this month, but recently there was another attempt by putting a hose from the tailpipe into the window where the suicidal person was allegedly saved by a police officer that noticed a problem.
There's no shortage of people getting caught for the strangest reasons including a former employee that attempted to retrieve "medication" he left behind in a safe and getting arrested for illegal drugs, and another one that stole a car and called the owner to ask for help when it wouldn't start.
I did not have to make these things up, this is Walmart!
They had at least eight more auto related crimes including chases, one that started with an attempted kidnapping, crashes, at least one near miss that started out as a shoplifting attempt and three hit and runs. One of these crashes started a grass fire and there were several other fires at Walmart and one where a woman allegedly set her house on fire after being informed she was being evicted and went to Walmart with her cat to call 911 and ask for a ride. One of these fires shut down a store for a full week and they allegedly had to replace all the merchandise in the store before partially reopening.
There were at least two stabbings and a third threat to stab when confronted about a shoplifting. They had plenty of brawls, robberies, assaults, and Alaska police went on a "retail blitz" to catch shoplifters, which I doubt they would be so vigorous about when it comes to robberies from the public and especially when it comes to corporate scams of all kinds, including union busting deceptive advertising and many other things that the government looks the other way at when it's campaign donors stealing from people that don't donate to campaigns.
They also had a police impersonator pulling people over, and four people poisoning fish, although they seemed more concerned about the financial value than the fish. A scam that had a major amount of success for a while simply involved people wearing Walmart vests informing workers that their shift was over, taking over and stealing the cash, although I suspect they might have had inside knowledge.
Walmart has had dozens of times where they found active meth labs in their parking lot which have led to some rumors about them being in stores as well, which turn out to be false but there was an exceptional high profile evacuation this month.
Apparently Benjamin Netanyahu is welcoming Walmart although, I might want more confirming evidence before saying this is a sign of the apocalypse; but Walmart is clearly trying to monopolize as much retail around the world including attempts to adapt to cultures in India or China with very different stores these but just as authoritarian. They're buying up several more businesses including some that use technology to manipulate their customers. With Rachel Brand joining Walmart it's another sign of the revolving door with government and the corporations, not public, they serve. Even though there are more high profile women from the ruling class they're becoming rarer in management, although this isn't as widely reports as they try to cash in their brownie points. They're also getting involved in free flu shots and being sued for contributing to the opioid crisis.
How could anyone have ever thought it would be a good idea for Walmart to take over portions of our health care?
Not that this is good enough evidence to make that apocalypse hypothesis much more credible.
Once again Walmart's money transfers have failed to send money and they stonewalled a women until the media started reporting on it and in another incident a man claimed that he opened a new TV box to find a TV that was much smaller than the one he paid for and he claims they refused to accept responsibility as well, although hopefully after it's being reported he might get better luck. This is actually far more common than most people suspect people have claimed to have found many strange things in products they've bought at Walmart. They also can't seem to figure out what Maryland looks like; for the second time they screwed it up, by creating a bad copy about a year or so after selling a Maryland T-shirt with Massachusetts on the picture.
They're also selling counterfeit products through "independent contractors" on their web sight which seems to be the way they try to avoid accountability, and they're being sued again for discrimination and accused of mistreating nursing mothers again.
Are they capable of learning at all?
When it comes to indoctrination they are; they've opened up what they call "Walmart academies" around the country but anyone looking at how they cheer people on and familiar with research done by Barbara Ehrenreich or Stacy Mitchell might recognize this as part of their indoctrination and union busting practices, as concerned with controlling their workers as with educating them.
They're also having second thoughts about allowing people to camp in their stores, at least in the north west, which I would have thought they might have done if Florida first since that seems to be where they find most of their decomposing bodies.
Despite all their attempts to control everything their online sales came up short and their stock has taken a hard hit leading them to start blaming each other, although anyone that recognizes that sales can't grow forever, especially when a large portion of it is based on political connections or fraud, wouldn't be surprised.
Their executives aren't jumping on counters, and yelling profanities, that I know of, but it's not unprecedented for people outraged with their practices to do so.
Nor is it unprecedented for fights at the checkout lane to get caught on camera and go viral.
Or for suicidal people to start taking their clothes off at Walmart.
Or viral video's of someone ramming a car into the barricades multiple times when they can't agree on who owns it.
Some strange parking jobs might be unprecedented.
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 February 2018. 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.
Phenix City woman left 4 children alone in Ga. Wal-Mart parking lot, police say 02/01/2018
These photos reveal what it's like to shop at Walmart in China 02/01/2018
We visited Walmart in India — and it's shockingly different from what you'll see in America 02/06/2018
Accused Thornton Colorado Walmart shooter says he doesn't think he has mental illness, despite judge's order "I'm not prejudiced against Hispanic people." 02/01/2018
Police arrest accused Tx. Walmart beer run bandit 02/02/2018
Convicted sex offender arrested after showing up at Fla. Wal-Mart despite ban 02/02/2018
Fraudulent Lego returns to Va. Walmart earn man three felony charges 02/02/2018
Man sexually assaulted 2 women at NC Walmart, deputies say 02/02/2018
Woman assaults Ky. Walmart employee with Mountain Dew bottle 02/02/2018
Prosecutor: Police shooting of alleged shoplifter at Sept. 2016 Kearny NJ Walmart justified 02/03/2018
Man arrested after exposing himself to children in Knoxville Tenn. Walmart 02/03/2018
Fire destroys vehicle at Sharpsburg Pike Md. Walmart 02/03/2018
79 Year-old man struck by Jeep in NY Walmart parking lot 02/03/2018
Their Kansas Target closed. For the candlelight vigil, some bought their candles at Walmart 02/04/2018
Memorial held for Starkville Mississippi woman shot and killed in Walmart 02/03/2018
Blotter: Pair arrested on theft charges at Tx. Walmart 02/04/2018
Three women allegedly steal $630 in items from Eureka Missouri Walmart 02/04/2018
Constable: Children Left Alone While Mother Shopped At Ky. Walmart 02/05/2018
Woman accused of shoplifting more than $900 from Ga. Walmart 02/05/2018
Teens arrested, charged with setting pants on fire at Colerain Ohio Walmart 02/05/2018
Police search for WV Walmart thief in Wood County 02/05/2018
Walmart adds ‘Scan & Go’ to Jacksonville Ill. store 02/06/2018 Jacksonville joins stores in Pekin and Wood River as the only Walmarts in Illinois to offer the service, which is being slowly rolled out nationwide.
Appleton Wisc. Walmart installs Scan & Go to skip the checkout line 02/05/2018
Skip the checkout at Santa Rosa Beach Fla. Walmart 02/06/2018
Chesapeake Va. Walmart offers 'Scan & Go' checkout app 02/08/2018
Walmart introduces 'scan and go' technology to skip checkout lines in St. Louis Missouri 02/16/2018
Owasso Okla. police work to identify man involved in 'sensitive' Walmart incident 02/06/2018
Police asking for help finding man wanted for Bennettsville SC Walmart theft 02/06/2018
Indian River County Sheriff's Office charges woman for begging outside Fla. Walmart 02/06/2018
West Monroe man arrested after claiming to put bomb in La. Walmart restroom 02/06/2018 A West Monroe man tells a Walmart employee he's got a bomb, causing an evacuation and landing him behind bars.
Police: Woman left Va. Walmart without paying for $1,500 worth of gift cards 02/06/2018
Owasso man accused of showing pornographic image to child inside Okla. Walmart 02/07/2018
Springfield Ill.’s South side Walmart hit with $18K in fines for semi parking 02/07/2018
Man tried to steal 151 boxes of candy from Va. Walmart 02/08/2018
Deputies: Riverview home invasion suspects used stolen debit card at Tampa Fla. Walmart 02/08/2018
Police: Suspects stole two computers, TV, and computer processor from Ga. Walmart 02/05/2018
Walmart declines to donate Wisc. Sam's Club building to Boys and Girls Club 02/08/2018 Madison, Wis. - Walmart officials said they will not donate the Sam’s Club building on Watts Road to the Dane County Boys and Girls Club, but suggested the nonprofit organization make an offer to buy the building.
PD: Waterford Conn. police seek man who stole from Walmart 02/08/2018
West Bend Police: 2 arrested after shoplifting from Wisc. Walmart, caught with drugs in vehicle 02/08/2018
Police looking for men who walked out of Pa. Walmart with TVs 02/08/2018
Man arrested on outstanding warrant at Heights Tx. Walmart 02/09/2018
Odessa Tx. PD searching for Walmart thief 02/08/2018
ETX man steals wallet from hospital, uses stolen card at Tx. Walmart 02/08/2018
Two arrested in Tenn. Walmart bathrooms 02/08/2018
AT&T, Walmart bolster their tax savings in paying worker bonuses 02/09/2018
Walmart: Liquor, beer, wine coming to Westfield Mass. store 'very soon' 02/09/2018
Brothers arrested in connection with carjacking of elderly woman outside Fla. Walmart 02/09/2018
Teen accused in Ohio Walmart parking lot shooting awaiting decision on possible move to adult court 02/09/2018
Three indicted for armed robbery in Butler Township Ohio Walmart parking lot 02/09/2018
Woman says her truck was stolen from Fla. Walmart parking lot at River City Marketplace 02/09/2018
Scooter-riding theft suspect busted at Fla. Walmart 02/09/2018 OCALA — A 24-year-old Silver Springs man accused of stealing close to $300 worth of items from Walmart so he could sell them for rent money was arrested on Thursday.
DHL to lay off 511 workers in Greenfield Ind. 02/09/2018 DHL currently manages Walmart's warehouse in Greenfield, but Walmart has made the decision to take over operations once its contract with DHL comes to an end.
Four suspects identified in Fla. Walmart theft 02/09/2018
Strange Nebraska Walmart shoplifting case leads to charges against woman 02/10/2018
Guardian of child found at Palm Coast Fla. Walmart located 02/10/2018
Raytown Missouri Walmart reopening after bomb threat 02/10/2018
He allegedly shoplifted from SC Walmart. Then, he hid from police in a drainage hole. 02/11/2018
Greensburg woman accused of attempted $1,800 merchandise theft from Indiana County Pa. Walmart, troopers say 02/11/2018
2 Ludlow women accused of shoplifting at Chicopee Mass. Walmart 02/12/2018
Fla. Walmart hit with salad dressing slip suit 02/12/2018
Montana Police blotter: Wanted man arrested; threats at Walmart; assault arrest 02/12/2018
POLICE REPORTS: Officers respond to multiple theft reports at Tx. Walmart 02/12/2018
Woman indicted on murder at Va. Walmart after judge initially cleared case 02/12/2018
Man attempts to steal five-pack of boxer briefs, NY deli sandwich at Wal-Mart in Summerfield Fla. 02/13/2018
Decatur man accused of having meth in Alabama Walmart parking lot 02/12/2018
Man accused of voyeurism in Wash. Walmart bathroom 02/13/2018
Police: Walmart larceny suspects wanted in Lynchburg, Bedford Co., Amherst Co. Va. 02/13/2018
Ithaca NY Walmart shooter sentenced to 25 years behind bars 02/13/2018 Article fails to mention this was the person that claimed he was killing person he thought was then-candidate Donald Trump to save country at the time.
Police, not Cupid's arrow, stop Valentine's shoplifters at NC Walmart 02/14/2018
Fraud suspects bought $4,000 worth of electronics from Wallingford Conn. Walmart 02/14/2018
Indecent exposure suspect wanted for exposing himself to SC Walmart employee 02/14/2018
Virginia Walmart evacuated after suspicious package containing a white, powdery substance delivered to nearby bank 02/14/2018
Ohio Suspects in high-speed, stolen, school bus chase ‘wanted to go to Walmart’ 02/14/2018
Strangulation suspect arrested outside Montana Walmart after victim called out for help 02/14/2018
Augusta man accused of stealing shopping cart filled with groceries, booze from Me. Walmart 02/14/2018
“The victim shoved the man out of the way” and went inside the store, where police were contacted, Hass said.
McAlester Police Patrolman Colby Barnett arrived at the scene and located Buchanan still in the parking lot, Hass said. “The officer saw the man drop something,” he said. When police recovered the item, they found it was a gun and determined it to be a BB gun, with a strong resemblance to a real gun, Hass said. Complete article
After battle with residents, Rock Hill NC Walmart development stopped 02/15/2018
34-year-old charged with thefts at Ill. Walmart 02/15/2018
Police also said Traywick's 2-year-old child was in the vehicle during the robbery.
All three suspects were charged with aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment and theft. Benson also was charged with simple drug possession. He was being held on $62,000 bond in the Washington County Detention Center. Bolds and Traywick were put in the same jail on $61,000 bonds each.
Arraignments for all three were scheduled for Thursday morning. Complete article
Marion man to serve 2 years, pay restitution after using a stolen credit card at Ill. Walmart 02/16/2018
Man Who Exposed Himself to SC Walmart Employee Arrested, Police Say 02/16/2018
NY Walmart thief faces more prison time after 'one-man crime spree' 02/16/2018
Strangulation suspect arrested outside Montana Walmart after victim called out for help 02/14/2018
Livonia Mich. police briefs: Shoplifting suspect returns to Walmart 02/19/2018
Man in truck picks up ‘pretty’ woman on run after botched shoplifting spree at Fla. Wal-Mart 02/19/2018
Suspect sought after inappropriately touching woman alone in aisle at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza 02/19/2018
Frazer police charge 3 in thefts from Walmart at Pittsburgh Mills Pa. 02/19/2018
Pair wanted for stealing 14 smartphones from Horry County SC Walmart 02/19/2018
Do you know this man? Cops look for Pa. Walmart theft suspect 02/18/2018
Police search for suspects accused of assaulting elderly man in Tx. Walmart parking lot 02/1/2018
NC Walmart shoppers forced to evacuate following bomb threat 02/17/2018
Conway mom leaves infant girl alone in car while she shopped inside SC Walmart, police say 02/20/2018
Pa. Walmart employee was under-ringing his girlfriend, police say. Now he no longer works there 02/20/2018
Woman groped in bread aisle at Fla. Walmart in The Villages, deputies say 02/20/2018
Woman accused of using 8 children to help her shoplift at Orlando Fla. Walmart 02/21/2018
Suspect charged in robbery of Fern Creek Ky. Walmart 02/21/2018
Fulton Mississippi police are investigating three separate instances of apparent shoplifting at Walmart. 02/21/2018
Two arrested after police get call about woman ‘doing drugs’ in Walmart restroom with child present in Franklin Wisc. 02/21/2018
Walmart's Low-Price Strategy Breaks Down Online 02/22/2018
Sheriff's office: Woman leaves kids alone in car while shoplifting inside Okla. Walmart 02/22/2018
Montana pair arrested with stolen car after stealing merchandise at Hayden Montana Walmart 02/22/2018
2 charged in NC Walmart return ruse 02/22/2018
SPD releases body cam video of fatal shooting at Shadle Wash. Walmart Oct. 2017 02/22/2018
POLICE REPORTS: Thirsty thief steals cases of water, Gatorade from Tx. Walmart 02/23/2018
Indecent exposure suspect gets much too close to NM Walmart shopper for comfort 02/23/2018
Women accused of stealing $500 in goods from RI Walmart 02/23/2018
Police: Man exposes himself to child at Fla. Walmart 02/23/2018
Women accused of stealing thousands in gift cards from Walmart, including Eau Claire Wisc. store 02/23/2018
Spring Creek woman arrested in Nevada Walmart theft 02/23/2018
Search is on for man teen says sexually assaulted her inside Ga. Walmart 02/23/2018
Women accused of stealing $500 in goods from RI Walmart 02/23/2018
State Police Looking for Thief Who Stole $5K Worth of Electronics from Pa. Walmart 02/25/2018
Fla. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 02/25/2018
Alabama fan wanted for Pa. Walmart wallet snatching 02/25/2018
Mother and daughter Naples Fla. Walmart theft 02/25/2018
Jury to be selected today in Tx. Walmart bathroom murder case 02/26/2018
2 believed to be part of $1 million Walmart fraud scheme arrested in Monona Wisc. 02/26/2018
The Latest: Walmart quit selling AR-15 in 2015 02/26/2018 The company stopped selling AR-15 rifles and other semi-automatic weapons back in 2015 because of sluggish demand.
Corvallis Oregon police searching for man who robbed Walmart cashier 02/26/2018
Woman’s wallet stolen from shopping cart at Fla. Wal-Mart in Summerfield 02/26/2018
Winston-Salem man exposed himself, photographed woman at Thomasville NC Walmart, police say 02/26/2018
Pacific man, woman arrested for stealing from Walmart in Eureka Missouri 02/26/2018
Tupelo Mississippi police seek ID's of trio for Walmart thefts 02/26/2018
Police seek suspects in connection to Okla. Walmart auto burglary 02/28/2018
Nixa Man Accused of Planting Fake Bomb at Missouri Walmart Pleads Not Guilty 02/27/2018
Man Wanted For Stealing Customers’ Purses At Hurst Tx. Walmart 02/27/2018
Police looking for man in Lake City SC Walmart shoplifting 02/27/2018
Booneville Mississippi police investigate Walmart theft 02/27/2018
Man stole TV from La. Walmart, sheriff says 02/27/2018
Suspect who evaded Greeley Colorado police after Walmart theft is a tracked gang member, warrant states 02/27/2018
Springfield resident duped in scam involving Westfield woman's credit card used at Mass. Wal-Mart 02/28/2018
Greece NY cites elderly couple, Walmart, Northgate Plaza owners for trash buildup 02/28/2018
Do you know these women? Police want to ID Pa. Walmart theft suspects 02/28/2018