Thursday, January 30, 2014
In the past week there have been dozens of stories announcing that Doug Rauch, Trader Joe's Ex-President, is launching a Store Selling Expired Food including many reports on the nightly news. They declined to point out a few basic facts that many people seem to have forgotten which were widely known thirty years ago.
Over the past thirty years the agriculture and retail business has consolidated into a small number of corporations which they often tell us is much more efficient; Wal-Mart even spends an enormous amount of money buying ads to tell us this over and over again. They also spend a lot of money on ads telling us that they deal directly with suppliers and that their food is fresh.
Few if any of these ads stand up to a minimum amount of scrutiny whether they come from Wal-Mart or Trader Joes.
One of the simplest things that they routinely fail to mention is the fact that factory direct, or in the case of produce farm direct has been dramatically reduced if not completely eliminated. Another important fact is that they ship things much farther with globalization than they used to which means that they spend more of the money on subcontractors, shipping and other bureaucratic expenses involved in a complex system instead of the production of the food or other kinds of products.
They rarely if ever mention the fact that the mark ups from original production is much higher than it used to be so the people that do all the work to put value into it aren't the ones that are getting the vast majority of the money we give corporations. And how can anyone fail to see that if they only sell expired food that other stores won't sell then it means they're adding one more step to the process by shipping it one more time which makes it even less efficient. And it takes time to ship which means that it will be even farther past it's expiration date.
Any one that remembers the way they used to do things or shops at some good grocery stores that still do rotate their food properly might quickly recognize the problems with this. I vaguely remember one time where they briefly told me in school that grocery stores routinely rotated their food and that they had a standard operating procedure to minimize the amount of expired food, or at least the good ones did and still do.
That doesn't apply to some stores that have been cutting costs to increase profits as far as I can tell; I don't know how Trader Joes has been handling things but I know that Wal-Mart has been relentlessly cutting corners based on orders from the corporate office and that some of the stores have been caught selling expired food or even replacing the labels with later dates.
Other stores still remark some of their food, not to change the date but to reduce the price, when they come close to their expiration date and if you look closely at the labels they usually aren't that confusing and they say recommended sell by date and a reasonable person can judge, depending on the product, how much additional time is reasonable for use it or lose it time.
On top of that people used to understand that fresh produce was a seasonable thing and that when they were out of season they were either buying imports or canned food. Some things like potatoes kept longer and people didn't worry about them.
This simply wasn't that complicated thirty years ago.
The reason why simple things are routinely forgotten, if you rely on the commercial media for your information is that they have a totally different objective then the majority of us and the economy serves one purpose for them and another for us.
Most of us want to get the things that we need to improve the quality of life in the most effective way possible.
They want to increase their profits in the most effective way possible and since they have consolidated control of the commercial media they use it as a propaganda machine to convince those that don't pay attention that the most effective way possible is for us to trust their so-called experts on the economy and business.
Increasing bureaucracy by adding another step in the food chain without improving lives for most if not all workers and consumers isn't going to do anything to improve the effectiveness of the economy if the objective is to improve the quality of life; however if the objective is to find another way to increase profits without benefiting the consumer there is still a chance that it might work, although, in this case I doubt it.
For some strange reason the commercial media decided this was worth a lot of attention over the past week but they don't provide much coverage at all for alternatives like those that recommend a more local and truly efficient economic system that rolls back all the changes that have taken place over the last few decades that aren't really improvements at all.
Even though the traditional media does little or nothing to inform the public about the more effective improvements to the economic system that would benefit all, not just those that control large corporations, Bill McKibben, Susan Clark and Woden Teachout and several other lower profile researchers have reported on how a lot of small communities have been dramatically changing things at the local level and some additional things that could be done on a larger scale as well.
Unfortunately it is unlikely that you will find much if any coverage of them on the traditional media outlets. I haven't seen any coverage, unless you count Democracy Now, which is generally considered alternative media, although apparently they have all received a token amount of coverage; but without knowing where to look for it many people including myself miss this coverage, instead I found out about them from alternative outlets.
I don't like to be cynical about the bad coverage coming from the commercial media but finding one problem with their coverage after another has become routine. I occasionally try to find the exception but they are rare and they seem to be limited to things that don't impact profits for the relatively small number of people running the Six Conglomerates That Control 90% Of The Media In America. Many of the alternative media outlets are also plugs for corporate America too so they actually control more than 90% of the media. But with time and fact checking it is possible to find more credible sources with a much lower profile.
Ex Trader Joe's president to open store selling expired food
Slow Democracy.org based on book by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout, includes additional resources.
Bill McKibben's "Deep Economy" PDF copy.
Bill McKibben's "Deep Economy" at his home page
If any of you would like to support the cause in return for the free E-Book from Bill McKibben you can do so by either donating at his page or to 350.org which also provides additional information.
On another note I updated my recent post, North Dakota explosion forgotten already now Walpole, Omaha, Mississippi, and many others also quickly fading into memory hole, about the lack of coverage on the volume of gas explosions and other environmental disasters based on some additional news. The following has been added to the bottom or you can see the whole post at the previous link.
Edit: No more than a few days after I posted this another major explosion took place in Manitoba. When I first saw the coverage of it they only spent about twenty seconds reporting it and it quickly fell from the headlines of the traditional press as well. Earth First Journal also reported on a dramatic increase in these explosions as well. This was based on a traditional news story that doesn't seem to have been widely circulated by most of the traditional press. Without alternative outlets looking for many of these low profile stories many of us would surely miss them. Also I Googled a few more of the stories about explosions from Mississippi, as I said I might and added them below. these are still only a miniscule fraction of the explosions and other environmental disasters.
TransCanada Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Southern Manitoba
More Oil Spilled From Railcars in 2013 Than in Previous Four Decades Combined
Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.
Tank barge explodes on Mississippi River at Sunshine 04/25/2010
Mississippi River Barge Crash: Barge Carrying 80,000 Gallons Of Oil Hits Railroad Bridge, Leaks 01/27/2013
Gas line explodes near Batesville, Mississippi 11/21/2011
One dead, seven injured after explosion at Donaldsonville Louisiana plant 06/15/2013
Cherokee Nitrogen plant explosion shakes multiple counties 11/13/2013
Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi 10/22/2964
1 dead, 8 injured in explosion that leveled part of Alabama apartment complex: video 12/17/2013
Monday, January 27, 2014
Here at Bloopbert News we have exclusive news that you won't see anywhere else!
We have obtained a transcript of a conference in the White House from before Christmas where they decided about the advantages of Jay Carney growing a beard for propaganda purposes. There should be absolutely no doubt about the authenticity of these transcripts since they came from an incredibly trustworthy anonymous source that has absolutely no credibility.
The White House was unwilling to respond to questions about whether or not he decided to shave his beard after hearing that this transcript may have been leaked. They claim that he shaves so that he could rig a bet for Ann Compton to avoid discussing it any further.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
North Dakota explosion forgotten already now Walpole, Omaha, Mississippi, and many others also quickly fading into memory hole.
It wasn't that long ago that there was an explosion in North Dakota and there was a significant amount of news about; but it has quickly faded from the headlines and most people are almost certainly already forgetting about it.
Shortly after that there was an incident in Walpole Massachusetts where a fire broke out at a gas station and this received much less national attention but it is already fading from the local headlines. These smaller ones might seem less important but since they happen more often and get less attention that might be misleading. This was followed up by another explosion in Omaha and reports of many safety violations that should have warned people of the problem and polluted water in West Virginia.
If a couple of these incidents are still getting any coverage from the traditional media they will surely stop soon without much if any follow up.
As I began writing this the news reported another one in Mississippi.
When I Googled "explosion Mississippi," before I even found the article for it they gave me a long list of suggestions which led to even more explosions of a variety of types including some additional recent ones that I never even heard of as well as some that date back years and have been forgotten by most people assuming they heard of them at all. This is just Googling for one out of fifty states. It doesn't take long to find a long list of these if you Google them or look at an alternative media outlet like Earth First! Journal or other environmental news outlets with much fewer resources than the traditional commercial media. Without even looking very hard it doesn't take long to find a comparatively small sample of additional stories that clearly indicate that if I or anyone else took the time they could create a much bigger list of incidents that are only reported at the local level and quickly forgotten with little or no attempts to scale back the enormous amount of environmental damage that is taking place at an epidemic level.
If the enormous amount of environmental damage doesn't seem to be at an epidemic level to many people it is almost certainly because of the lack of comprehensive coverage that they're getting from higher profile media outlets.
They clearly have other priorities.
While these incidents get reported briefly and often only locally before they're forgotten the commercial media continues to sell an enormous amount of air time to oil, gas and coal companies to tell us about how safe their products are an how beneficial they are for us.
It isn't hard to find much more reliable and well sourced material that indicates that these propaganda ads don't stand up to the most basic amount of scrutiny; yet they're the ones that get repeated over and over again to the majority of the public.
Vladimir Lenin allegedly said "A lie told often enough becomes the truth;" this isn't quite true but it does successfully convince an enormous amount of people that it is true so more accurately perhaps it should be "A lie told often enough becomes the perceived truth."
The oil companies and media outlets selling ads seem to know this, whether or not the quote is from Lenin, and they're making an enormous amount of money selling their lies to the public.
Who is it that that really pays for all these propaganda ads? If oligarchies use their market power to pass on their expenses to their consumers wouldn't it be reasonable to conclude that the public is financing all the lies that are being told to them indirectly?
How could anyone doubt that? Well of course there are plenty of propagandists that would dispute this assumption or ridicule it; but do you think their claims will stand up to scrutiny?
Fortunately there are many more alternative news outlets that are covering them although many people still aren't aware of them yet; but they are having some degree of success calling for action including the following excerpt.
I don't doubt that Climate Change is a major problem but it isn't the only one as people can see by looking at the long list of disasters that are mounting without proper coverage; and many of these are much simpler and easier to see that they're a serious problem, unlike Climate Change which can be more confusing for people to understand. Or at least it would be easy to recognize the problem if they reported on it properly but the commercial medias quickly forgets things and moves on to the next obsession du jour without much if any follow up on how to address problems.
Fortunately as reported by "Earth First! Journal" many of these protest have begun to achieve some successes especially at the local level but they aren't being reported by the traditional press anymore than the full extent of the damage. If more people knew that they could make a difference they might try more and reform things even more.
I suppose this could interfere with the short term profits of the commercial media and their advertisers which might have something to do with why they don't report on them.
Susan Clark and Woden Teachout authors of "Slow Democracy" also wrote about how many communities have made a difference although they have had problems including a Pennsylvania attorney general who sued one of these towns that imposed stricter protection rights than the state or federal level claiming that, “There is no inalienable right to local self-government." Fortunately most of these ordinances go unchallenged in courts since corporations find it easier to go elsewhere and on top of that if they went to court they would have to make a case against democratic self government and environmental protection and this could be a public relations disaster even if the commercial press ignores it since it would add one more thing they don't report and they would lose more credibility to the alternative outlets.
They might have a good case if they were arguing that the people have "no inalienable right to local self-government" because they're using it to suppress the civil rights of a minority like they did in the fifties and sixties but under the current circumstances it might sound like the profits of corporations are more important than the health and even lives of the majority of the public.
Actually if people reviewed the materiel that is already available, mostly from alternative outlets, or scattered in the traditional press where it is hard to find, our government and corporations are acting as if the profits for their campaign contributors are much more important than the health and lives of the majority of the public especially from those that have the least amount of political power.
Regardless of what the Pennsylvania attorney general and other defenders of corporations want The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and a growing number of towns are making a stronger case for an inalienable right to local self-government, assuming it isn't used to suppress peoples civil rights, and if more people knew about it then it would be much more difficult for corporations to profit off of negligible mass murder through environmental destruction. I don't consider it an exaggeration at all to refer to this as "negligible mass murder" since there is an enormous amount of evidence to support this claim if people look at it, including some of the deaths that are directly related to many of these explosions and many more that are related to the environmental destruction that increases diseases and kills people in slower ways that propagandists and lawyers can cover up especially with the help of corporate financed "research" which investigators like Bill McKibben and Lawrence Lessig have exposed as biased if not out right fraudulent.
To add insult to injury many of these people have limited access to affordable health care despite the name of Obama's misleading bill; partly due to the fact that insurance companies use a large portion of the money they get from premiums on political purposes, bureaucratic expenses and advertising instead of going towards health care, not to mention their excessive profits which should be considered the result of an extortionary system.
The next thing you know our lawmakers will start claiming that peaceful protesters that want to prevent the destruction of our environment are "terrorists."
Actually that has already happened.
The following are a relatively small percentage of the disasters that have been happening. If I continue searching "explosion Mississippi," or some other states or countries I could and might add many more and I still won't expect to find more than a miniscule fraction of the total.
Oil Train Derails Causing Explosions, Hazmat Incident in North Dakota
Breaking: BNSF Crude Oil Train Explosion
Officials Urging Evacuation of 2,400 Residents Near Oil Train Derailment
Another Bakken Shale Oil Train Derails and Explodes: This Time, in Alabama
Police: Dump truck rolls over Route 93 guardrail into Dorchester Bay, traffic delayed
Omaha explosion: Rescue operations resume
Walpole Gas Station Worker Injured In Fiery Crash
Worker killed in Mississippi refinery explosion, fire 11/15/2013
The Aftermath of a Chevron Pipeline Explosion 11/22/2013
1 killed, 3 injured in Mississippi pipeline explosion 07/15/2009
Hurley's Jeremy Moore killed in Mississippi Phosphates' explosion 06/01/2012
Explosions, fire reduce Mississippi biodiesel plant to rubble 01/22/2014
Cascadia Forest Defenders Called “Terrorists” by Oregon Lawmaker
Fire destroys ancient Tibetan town in SW China
Three CP Train Cars Carrying Coal Derail in Burnaby, B.C.
Founder of the company that poisoned West Virginia is a twice-convicted felon
Water wars come to Texas
ELN (National Liberation Army) Bomb Columbian Oil Infrastructure
Fate of Exxon’s Burst Arkansas Pegasus Pipeline to Be Decided in 2014
Federal Government Warns Against Oil Trains, Gives Them Tax Breaks
Peru Police in the Pay of Mining Companies
West Virginia Chemical Spill Triggers State Of Emergency, Widespread Tap Water Ban
Anarchists Torch Coca-Cola Christmas Tree in Mexico City
Moscow, Russia: ELF Torch Excavator and Dozer During New Year Festivities
Peru Ignores UN and Pushes Ahead with Deadly Gas Project
Anti-Road Demonstrations in Burgos Have Caught the Spanish Government’s Attention
I’m From West Virginia and I’ve Got Something to Say About the Chemical Spill
2013 Saw Many Environmental Wins — But Too Many Losses
Oil leak on Massive Pipeline Pushing Tar Sands through the Great Lakes
Following Neil Young’s Money
Spain: Anti-Gentrification Riots in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza; Temporary Victory in Burgos
Goldcorp Mining in Guatemala: Water Deprivation and Militarized Expansion
Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails on Philadelphia Bridge
Edit: No more than a few days after I posted this another major explosion took place in Manitoba. When I first saw the coverage of it they only spent about twenty seconds reporting it and it quickly fell from the headlines of the traditional press as well. Earth First Journal also reported on a dramatic increase in these explosions as well. this was based on a traditional news story that doesn't seem to have been widely circulated by most of the traditional press. Without alternative outlets looking for many of these low profile stories many of us would surely miss them. Also I Googled a few more of the stories about explosions from Mississippi, as I said I might and added them below. these are still only a miniscule fraction of the explosions and other environmental disasters.
TransCanada Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Southern Manitoba
More Oil Spilled From Railcars in 2013 Than in Previous Four Decades Combined
Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.
Tank barge explodes on Mississippi River at Sunshine 04/25/2010
Mississippi River Barge Crash: Barge Carrying 80,000 Gallons Of Oil Hits Railroad Bridge, Leaks 01/27/2013
Gas line explodes near Batesville, Mississippi 11/21/2011
One dead, seven injured after explosion at Donaldsonville Louisiana plant 06/15/2013
Cherokee Nitrogen plant explosion shakes multiple counties 11/13/2013
Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi 10/22/2964
1 dead, 8 injured in explosion that leveled part of Alabama apartment complex: video 12/17/2013
Monday, January 20, 2014
After more than six months of sporadic news about the Prism program leaked by Edward Snowden the traditional media has stopped paying much attention to it at all; and when it does come up it often involves more bickering than any real reforms or new disclosures. This is also the case with some of the highest profile alternative media outlets.
As I pointed out previously in Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON? the program that Edward Snowden claimed to be exposing wasn't really news at all. It has all the same characteristics as ECHELON, which was disclosed widely no less than thirteen years earlier, before the attacks on 9/11 even happened and it was first exposed in 1989 although at that time it didn't receive nearly as much attention. Very few news outlets, including most alternative news outlets seem to have acknowledged this problem at all yet ECHELON was reported on Sixty Minutes and several other high profile and reputable news outlets including the National Geographic and the characteristics clearly are the same.
It wasn't long before conspiracy theories began appearing and some of the contributors began arguing with each other and I followed it up with Are Naomi Wolf, Edward Snowden, Prism, and ECHELON, dividing us? The bickering has only escalated although there hasn't always been much coverage of it in the traditional news.
Unfortunately some of the good reporters that have exposed a lot of news worthy stories have begun arguing with each other and in some cases some of them have even adopted the same deceptive tactics that the traditional commercial news routinely use as indicated in the following article.
It wasn't that long ago that David Gregory tried to read Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian out of the journalism club; Gloria Allred claimed he wasn't being neutral when releasing information and Alan Dershowitz said Glenn Greenwald: "did this because he hates America." These claims didn't hold up to the most obvious scrutiny and they did more to discredit those making them than they did Glen Greenwald, assuming the people listening thought things through. If one relatively small group of journalists decides who is or is not eligible to be a journalist without reviewing all the facts especially ones that they might not like that is more biased than those being excluded. The claim that Glenn Greenwald might not be entirely unbiased might actually be true but neither are those that blindly go along with the program. In many cases the establishment media perception of neutrality isn't actually neutral at all; instead they often portray those that agree with the establishment neutral and those that disagree as biased.
Alan Dershowitz's claim that Glenn Greenwald "did this because he hates America," is even more absurd assuming the disclosure that he is making are legitimate which he didn't seem to challenge. The best interest of America involves allowing them to have all the information they need to participate in the decision making process and it doesn't involve covering up bad decisions based on false claims of "national security." For a long time I had the impression that Alan Dershowitz was a credible civil rights activist; however when I heard about his carefully staged torture hypothesis and started looking closer it became clear that the more I knew about him the less credible he actually was.
If anything they seemed to do more to add to Glenn Greenwald's credibility than to smear him, assuming the public took the time to think things through. A significant portion of the public has been falling for this propaganda for a long time but with the quality of it deteriorating that percentage almost certainly is decreasing. the bigger problem is that he didn't reveal enough or put it in its proper context by acknowledging the fact that ECHELON was much older than Prism.
Sibel Edmonds and Glenn Greenwald Twitter conversation (or a slightly different version of Sibel Edmonds and Glenn Greenwald Twitter conversation) did far more to damage Glenn Greenwald's credibility than either David Gregory or Alan Dershowitz; and it wasn't primarily because of what Sibel Edmonds had to say; instead it was how Glenn Greenwald responded by using ridicule without addressing her concerns properly which might indicate that he might not have been able to do so.
Jeremy Scahill also did more to raise doubts about himself than his critics could have when he attempted to use appeal to emotions by saying that questioning the official version of events on 9/11 is “insulting to the people who died on 9/11,” when some of the people who raised questions were relatives of those people and there are major overreactions even if the official story is true and additional questions about whether or not the activities of the U.S. government might have incited these attacks even if they were taken by surprise.
There are a growing number of claims that some of the leading alternative media outlets are "gate keepers," which might address some of the most important issues but then decline to go as far as they could or should in many cases. whether this is intentional or not there is ample evidence to indicate that there might be something to it. Some of these claims have surrounded the funding of many of these alternative media outlets, which may raise some legitimate concerns but in many cases the strongest evidence that something like this might be going on is that many of the best issues aren't being addressed by either the alternative media or the mainstream press. The inadequate coverage of ECHELON and Prism is a strong indicator that there might be something to this. Some of the people that are addressing these issues might not always seem as rational or credible, at least to some people but until more reputable sources start doing a better job addressing all the issues then it might be worth looking at some of the so called fringe sources once in a while.
If there is a single source that can be trusted for everything all the time I haven't found it; and occasionally I have found that some of the most absurd sources get somethings right, or perhaps close, when the more reliable ones are ignoring or misrepresenting them.
Unfortunately at least to some degree whether the intention was to confuse the issue and make most if not all people involved in this bickering and distract people from more important issues or not it seems to have accomplished that. To minimize this no one should try to imply that we should completely stop listening to one source or another or dismiss everything they say without consideration although in many cases it is necessary to chose priorities and Glen Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill have both lowered their own credibility with their own actions even though they have been among the best sources for a lot of information in the past. In all fairness I also have some doubts about some of the issues that Naomi Wolf has raised as well but that is part of the process of sorting through all this contradictory information.
Some of the most important issues isn't even related to the ECHELON or Prism program so even though some effort needs to be made to sort through this it shouldn't be allowed to distract people from more important issues including environmental damage and wars based on lies. In many cases there are more reliable sources about how they have lied about all wars going back decades and many people still haven't paid enough attention to it, and they might be the ones tat would be most easily distracted by this bickering. If many members of the public don't remember ECHELON properly they might also not remember the Pentagon Papers and the fact that they clearly indicate that the war in Vietnam was based on lies and had absolutely nothing to defend freedom or democracy; or they might not remember the Iran contra scandal and the Contra drug connection or the October surprise story that was not addressed properly by the political establishment in the first place.
If more people understood what our government has been doing then they might be much more outraged and that is almost certainly why there may be so much effort by so many people to keep them distracted.
If the most important things that Edward Snowden released wasn't news at all then why did they hype it up so much? Is he really a whistle blower at all or is this a massive social research project of some sort that reveals bits and pieces of the truth under a controlled basis mixed in with disinformation so that they have a minimum impact? These assumption seem absurd but the actions of our government are also absurd and some of the evidence to support the belief that something major is wrong with the way they're presenting it is enormous and obvious, so obvious that some people might think that they wouldn't do something so foolish, yet they appear to be doing just that.
As I finish writing this Obama has been promising to reel in the NSA's activities; there are a couple of problems with that. The NSA began these activities long before they're willing to acknowledge and they continue to misrepresent it repeatedly. When they discussed the possibility that they would establish "Total Information Awareness" or TIA they already had ECHELON up and running doing the same thing and when the public was outraged and they agreed not to start TIA, ECHELON was still running doing the same thing. It is just one of many broken promises and they have still done little or nothing to disclose the vast majority of their activities, except when they've been leaked and then they threaten the leakers even when they don't seem to be leaking anything new like Edward Snowden.
And of course we now know how Barack Obama keeps his campaign promises.
“When I'm president, one of the first things I'm going to do is call in my attorney general and say to him or her, I want you to review every executive order that was issued by George Bush, whether it relates to warrantless wiretaps or detaining people or reading e- mails, or whatever it is. I want you to go through every single one of them and if they are unconstitutional, if they're encroaching on civil liberties unnecessarily, we are going to overturn them. We're going to change them.” Candidate Obama in 2007
The following are some related articles; whether they're worth sorting through, instead of other stories about environmental destruction, war based on lies or how credible some of the sources might be is up to you to figure out.
Transcript of President Obama’s Jan. 17 speech on NSA reforms Transcript of President Obama’s Jan. 17 speech on NSA reforms
Glenn Greenwald—of all people!—lashes out against “conspiracy theories”
Legal Insurrection Beware Glenn Greenwald bearing leaks
ECHELON Today: The Evolution of an NSA Black Program Before PRISM there was ECHELON
Contradictory & Highly Troubling Questions on Guardian’s Snowden Coverage
Mr. Snowden, It’s Time to Come Out and Take a Stand Publicly as to Your Intentions
BFP Roundtable Video 2– Glenn Greenwald & Checkbook Journalism
Greenwald-Omidyar Joint Venture: The Blurring Lines Between Being A Source & Being A Journalist
NSA’s ECHELON: The Predecessor of PRISM
5 Reasons that Both Mainstream Media – and Gatekeeper “Alternative” Websites – Are Pro-War
Why I Can No Longer Defend Glenn Greenwald as Merely a Dupe in the Snowden Psyop
Manufactured Hero Edward Snowden: Losing my religion
Manufactered Hero Edward Snowden: Paving the Way for New CISPA
Echelon Spy Network Secrets To Be Revealed in Megaupload Copyright Case
Kim Dotcom claims US spied on him through Echelon
Project Echelon And Edward Snowden
How Did A Guy With A GED End Up With Top Secret Clearance At The NSA?
Is Glenn Greenwald’s Alternative Media Network Another CIA Mockingbird Operation?
Monday, January 13, 2014
Before the 2012 election was even done there were many people in the commercial media that seemed to think that Hilary Clinton would be virtually guaranteed to get the nomination for president if she decided to run and they were providing a lot of coverage to indicate that some of them thought this would be great for the Democratic Party.
At the time I thought it was way too early to come to such conclusions and that Hilary has been exposed as a bad candidate numerous times which only became worse with some of her activities as Secretary of State. In fairness this isn't the first time I came to this conclusion and was wrong when I came to a similar conclusion about John Kerry, who did wind up getting the nomination, although he lost the general election.
However, this time it seems as if Hilary Clinton is a far worse candidate and it would be come even more obvious after four years of speculation and scrutiny. On top of that Elizabeth Warren appears to have a campaign of some sort promoting her over Hilary. As some of you might know I began taking a closer look at Elizabeth Warren in 2011 when I wrote a blog post, "How sincere is Elizabeth Warren?" This was followed up by several other posts the most recent were Elizabeth Warren is NOT a “consumer advocate!!” and Elizabeth Warren's propaganda overlooks many flaws!
There seem to be an enormous amount of people that have come to the conclusion that she is a grass roots candidate that represents the majority of the public unlike the vast majority of the politicians that are in Washington and get coverage from the commercial media.
A close look doesn't support this assumption at all; she has been part of the establishment since before the majority of the public knew much if anything about her and she has indicated loyalty to the Democratic Party and Barack Obama since the beginning. The positive media coverage about her began before many people at the grass roots level picked up on her implying that they may have responded to that coverage; or in some cases her grass roots supporters might not actually be grass roots supporters at all; instead they may be political operative acting at the grass roots level which has been quite common for a long time.
Elizabeth Warren clearly is charismatic and she has been coached like many other political candidates on how to appeal to people's emotion; and she has done this quite well.
As I have indicated before she has supported some token causes which are legitimate and this has received an enormous amount of positive coverage; but she has been unable to push much if any improvement in these issues. She still gets the credit for trying although I'm not convinced that she deserves it nearly as much.
Unfortunately on many of the other issues she has been supporting many of the positions that many populists oppose, although this has been much quieter and she has received credit for some things that she hasn't even done, like leading the opposition to Lawrence Summers in favor of Janet Yellin. The closer I look the more it is clear that she is more concerned about protecting the current establishment and taking the side of the Democrats against the Republicans even though it should be clear that neither of these parties is truly representing the public; instead both parties spend an enormous amount of time collecting money from the wealthiest people in the country and supporting their interests while pretending to represent the public.
She is following a similar pattern of behavior that many other politicians have done in the past including Barack Obama. He made many of the same promises that she did but as soon as he was elected president he started reneging on them. He was attacked as a great threat to business but when it came to to act on it he sided with Wall Street instead of standing up to them.
Elizabeth Warren has already indicated that she is doing the same. As I indicated in previous posts she is supporting The Affordable Care Act instead of pushing for Single Payer Health Care; she supports voluntary disclosure for GMOs instead of passing required disclosure; she has taken on gambling lobbyists as advisers and remained silent on the issue; she has refuted what she calls Juliet Schor's "Over-consumption myth" despite the fact that it was her term not Schor's and many people are buying an enormous amount of things that they have no need for and that does nothing to improve their quality of life. Juliet Schor and other more reputable researchers have gone farther and investigated how marketing to children has contributed to an enormous amount of consumer waste and how it is having a negative impact on education; while Elizabeth Warren has been silent on this issue and many others.
And yet despite a close look at most of her position on the issues and the fact that she is also collecting funds from wealthy contributors as fast or faster than other politicians there seems to be an enormous amount of propaganda indicating that she is a grass roots candidate and some of this is even coming from alternative outlets that often do a much better job providing news than the traditional commercial media.
One of the latest examples is an article that has been posted on at least half a dozen of the most popular alternative news outlets, "Elizabeth Warren Comes Down Hard Against Global Warming, Separates Herself From Hillary Clinton on Climate Change." How does she "Comes Down Hard Against Global Warming?" someone else writes a letter and she signs it along with about 20 other congressmen.
That's it. she doesn't start speaking out repeatedly on the subject nor does the article say that the authors, Henry Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, or the rest of the signers of the letters are "Coming Down Hard Against Global Warming."
This also happened with her opposition to Lawrence Summers even though she appears to have been Mostly Absent In The Left’s Fight Against Larry Summers; and she said that that Lawrence Summers "made terrific contributions to the field of economics," and ignored the fact that her candidate, Janet Yellen also Urged Glass-Steagall Repeal And Social Security Cuts, Supported NAFTA.
This is just a small part of the efforts that seemt o be promoting a presidential run although there are also signs that she isn't including the fact that she says she’s not seeking presidency, also "she has signed a letter urging Clinton to run." It is hard to see how this could be compatible, although this isn't that uncommon in politics. How is she going to portray herself as the alternative to Clinton while also encouraging her to run? regardless of how she might do this, it is just one more example where she appears to be supporting conflicting positions indirectly. By signing the letter she gets credit for opposing Climate change which is repeated over and over again and by supporting Clinton she does the opposite but this isn't repeated as often; also many of her other positions like her rebuttal of the "over-consumption myth" also contribute to pollution and climate change.
She also provided opposing views about Clinton previously in her book where she talks about how Clinton initially opposed an "awful bill" as first lady until she raised money from the financial sector and supported the same bill as senator. This involved essentially criticizing Hilary Clinton for changing positions once she got in office which is typical of politicians and now Elizabeth Warren seems to be doing a similar thing herself. Now that she is office she is more interested in raising money for the party, serving the interests of her contributors and providing rhetoric for the public.
Just like most other politicians.
A close look at the following article which has a title indicating that Elizabeth Warren is a "populist," but may provide content to indicate that she is more interested in supporting the party than the public provides further indication of this.
This indicates that she believes that it is more important to preserve the power of the Democratic party than it is to convince the Democratic party to support many of the issues that the public want. At times she and many other politicians criticize all the campaign contributions that are being collected and the selling of access, as if they're going to do something about it; but then she says that she is going to "spend more time fund-raising and campaigning for Democrats." Then when it comes time to pass legislation she represents the campaign contributors just like any other politician and she's having, “just plain ol’ fun,” doing so.
A common claim is that being outspoken might be good for getting elected but when it comes to "getting things done” politicians have to avoid upsetting each other and this often seems to mean don't rock the boat and negotiate behind closed doors as usual.
Then what is it that they "get done?”
The agenda of their campaign contributors?
So it would seem and despite all the propaganda that is being spread aobt Elizabeth Warren she isn't doing any more than any of the other politicians representing the public. If she really did want to get things done that actually represent the public not the campaign contributors then she might need some help and the most effective way to get this help would be to wake up the public. She could do this by being much more outspoken about many issues and do more to educate the public. The commercial media would have a hard time ignoring her is she did so now.
The most important thing about her might not be the rhetoric that she is coming up with but many issues that she simply declines to discuss. For example, if she really was concerned about climate change and workers rights then she could bring much more attention to the fact that we the U.S. exports more cotton than any country in the world thanks largely to government subsidies which benefit the corporations but provide little benefit for workers since they do it all by machine; then they ship it half way around the world to take advantage of low wages. When it is manufactured into clothes it is much lower quality than the merchandise that used to be made in the U.S. since they have been gradually cutting the manufacturing cost while increasing shipping lobbying and advertising costs over the past thirty years. The result is that wages are suppressed and consumers get low quality products so that they have to replace them much more often; which means that the only people benefiting from these practices are the campaign donors.
Or she could draw more attention to the fact that both the gambling industries and the insurgence industries operate on the same principles. This means collecting money from the customers in the form of either bets or insurance premiums; using some of it for their overhead and profit then returning the rest to the customer in the form of winnings or insurance payments. This means that the average customer can't possibly get a full return on their money, although a small percentage might make out better while the rest do much worse. If this is more widely understood then people would know they should minimize both these activities and when they have to do efforts should be made to minimize the wast.
But the opposite is being done. Instead of minimizing expenses so they can serve their customers both industries use a portion of the money they collect from their customers to lobby against the interests of their customers and buy up propaganda ads to convince more consumers that it is worthwhile even though it clearly isn't.
Or she could be more outspoken about many other issue which she remains silent about.
Why isn't she?
Could it be that she is representing her contributors?
If they thought they might not be able to rely on her to remain silent about exposing their propaganda tactics in a much higher profile manner would they have given her the coverage she needed to get elected?
Almost certainly not!
This is not just wild speculation; we have enough reason to believe this is the case, since many others have been consistently outspoken on some of these issues although they haven't all covered all the same material; and these people can't get any coverage from the commercial media even when they do get a lot more real grass roots support that doesn't start after media coverage of them. A modest sample of these people include Bill McKibben, Jill Stein, Susan Linn, Juliet Schor, Robert McChesney, and many more people that the CEOs of commercial media can't rely on to do their bidding, so they can't get much if any coverage to express their vies to a larger audience.
Many of these people drive the grass roots pressure to finally get things done; but when the politicians finally give in and provide a token amount of reform they give the credit to someone they promoted that didn't do nearly as much to push for it.
This isn't unprecedented; when it became clear that they couldn't continue to support the Vietnam war and John Kerry began considering his political career he switched positions and opposed it and received credit as a leader of the anti-war protesters even though it began while he was still supporting it. Now that he is the Secretary of Defense he is now back on the other side supporting arm sales around the world and promoting more wars, which, by the way, Elizabeth Warren either supports or remains silent about.
The reliance on charismatic leaders that often are made to seem like saviors or messiahs is standard operating procedure for the political establishment but it should be for a sincere democracy. Instead of relying on charismatic speakers more should be done to educate the public about the issues so that they could actually participate in the decision making process.
The fact that so many people at the grass roots level seem to be helping her is even more reason why people should learn to focus more on the issues than the sources. We could wind up with another situation where we get a token amount of reform and a handful of new reformers rise to power and then just start doing many of the same things with no more reform than they need to appease the public.
If we were going to have a messiah come and save the day it would have already happened. If one came from God as many people seem to expect then he might have to explain why God didn't send him much sooner, assuming we actually allow scrutiny for our messiahs; which is the problem with many charismatic speakers; in stead of checking facts many people just trust their leaders who routinely betray that trust, once they recognize they aren't being scrutinized properly. Before the last election there was a lot of propaganda that portrayed Barack Obama as the one that would save the day and they had a lot of satires about it too. He didn't turn out to challenge corporate power anymore than Elizabeth Warren and she is a strong supporter of him despite the fact that he doesn't come through for much at all.
The following are some additional articles on Elizabeth Warren including some that criticize her, or perhaps provide propaganda for her, even from some sources that are usually more reliable.
Elizabeth Warren comes down hard against Keystone XL, the Kochs—and Hillary
Populism Rising? Senator Elizabeth Warren
One year in, Warren not shying from populist aims
Thank you Elizabeth Warren boosters for reminding us how unappealing Hillary is
Elizabeth Warren obtained federal fee waivers despite high 6-figure income and 8-figure net worth
Worth $14 million, Elizabeth Warren thinks she's not a wealthy investor
Bernie Sanders on 2016: His Candidacy, Elizabeth Warren and the Clintons
Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016 movement Wiki
Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren: 'Now, more than ever, the U.S. needs a strong labor movement' Propaganda from the Daily Kos for Elizabeth warren isn't surprising, as I found out when I had an account there and was Censored at Daily KO which pretends its promoting democracy
Elizabeth Warren says she’s not seeking presidency also, Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren
Huffington Post Stephan Richter: President Elizabeth Warren
Candidate or Not, Elizabeth Warren Has the Right 2016 Message John Nichols
Monday, January 6, 2014
If I ever have occasion to visit Wal-Mart for one reason or another and I happen to notice a naked woman participating in an attempted shoplifting spree I might be a little surprised.
But not a lot!
If I notice a drunk driving a motorized scooter inside the store I might find this a little surpising too, but not a lot.
If it comes to my attention that there are people that got super glued to the toilet as a prank this won't be too surprising either.
The reason none of these would be too surprising to me is because I know that they aren’t unprecedented. The number and variety of strange things that happen at Wal-Mart just keep rising. It would be tempting to say that “now I’ve heard it all,” but every time I think this might be the case some one comes up with another one.
These things can seem quite amusing and they could provide entertainment for many people but they could also be used to understand what causes many of these problems and try to solve them.
When it comes to any activity that might indicate that people with political power, like those that control Wal-mart, might be implementing policies that might impact some of the social problems, though, the research is often not even done or if it is done, perhaps by a grass roots organization concerned about social problems, it is ignored by the political establishment and the media.
A large number of these incidents continue to occur and in some cases there are indications that Wal-mart policies might be a contributing factor. In other instances this might not be immediately apparent; but a review of how Wal-Mart contributes to poverty and poverty contributes to social problems might demonstrate a connection. And of course there are also instances where Wal-Mart policies won’t be a contributing factor at all; but the point is that little or no effort is made to find out.
One of these incidents indicates that some police departments allow Wal-Mart’s private security to control the investigation of an incident that led them to believe there might be a bomb because the surveillance system was private and they “can’t just go in there and start looking at their stuff,” and an officer adds, “But when or if they find something, they’ll give us a call.” This should raise concerns since many of these incidents involve employees that might be involved or because Wal-Mart has a history of covering up things that might be embarrassing to them including when their security procedures often overreact, or if their employees retaliate against oppressive store policies.
There was another report where Wal-Mart was caught covering up expired food with a more recent date; another incident where a syringe was found on the premises, this time in a sweat shirt which stabbed a boy who stuck his hand in the pockets of his Christmas gift; it was in the same state, Washington, as the last one. There was also an incident where a car chase that began with a shoplifting resulted in an accident killing an innocent bystander.
There were several incidents where disgruntled employees or customers acted out including one where a customer angry about their return policy called in and threatened to shoot up the store and one where an employee shot up the car of another employee who won the employee of the month award. According to the article, “after the award was announced Mitchell started arguing with the victim about their workload,” and ironically it goes on to say, “Investigators said they’re still stumped on the exact motive for the shooting.”
I’m not convinced they do an adequate job considering the possibility that some of these customers or employees might have some legitimate grievances even if they don’t justify their reactions. There continue to a fair amount of similar incidents and there is an enormous amount of evidence to indicate that many more people with legitimate grievances can’t get them addressed and only a small fraction of them overreact like this.
If I ever have occasion to visit Wal-Mart for one reason or another and I happen to notice a man with a hatchet attacking people I don’t know exactly how surprised I’ll be.
But I’ll get out of there ASAP!
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. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd 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. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in December 2013. 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 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. To minimize redundancy most gun related incidents will only be one lines, since they have been highlighted by Wal-Mart Shootings; some of the other more relevant incidents may have additional summations.
Armed robbery at Round Rock Texas Walmart 11/27/2013
Man arrested in shopping fracas at Walmart in Garfield NJ on Thanksgiving Day 11/29/2013
Police: Boys with knife tried to rob Md. Walmart shopper 12/02/2013
CMPD investigating bank robbery Sunday inside Charlotte NC Walmart 12/02/2013
#WalmartFights: Are you not entertained? 12/02/2013
Bomb Threat Cleared After Evacuations Ordered At Long Beach Ca. Walmart 12/02/2013
Police investigate bomb threat at Oxford Walmart 12/02/2013
Salvation Army volunteer accused of stealing from assigned Tx. Walmart 12/02/2013
Suspects wanted for damage, larceny at Yorktown Va. Walmart 12/03/2013
Firefighters respond to several fires inside Lakeland Fla. Walmart 12/03/2013
LMPD: Man admits role in armed robbery outside Ky. Walmart 12/03/2013
Security cameras trail stolen credit card user at local Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 12/02/2013
Two men wanted for breaking into cars at Yorktown Va. Wal-Mart 12/03/2013
Shoplifter left child behind at Walmart, Helena Mont. police say 12/04/2013
Suspects indicted in Tx. Walmart robbery 12/03/2013
Youngstown Oh. man charged after stabbing at Boardman Walmart 12/04/2013
Sheriff: Topless woman arrested at Walmart in Manatee Fla. 12/0/2013
Fresh out of jail, man accused of stealing from same Fla. Walmart 12/04/2013
Shots fired at a Cincinnati Ohio Walmart lead to school lockdowns 12/03/2013
Man arrested, accused of punching officer in face at Canton Ohio Walmart 12/04/2013
Report of disorderly man at Walmart ends in drug charges 12/05/2013
Police Seek Robber Targeting United Dairy Farmers and Walmart in columbus Ohio 12/04/2013
Woman stole from Howell NJ Walmart, fought while holding child and fled, cops say 12/05/2013
Two wanted for theft from Pa. Walmart 12/05/2013
Bayonne NJ Walmart shoplifter assaults security guard and escapes: police 12/05/2013
Woman who robbed Walmart shopper in Wentzville Mo. is charged, police say 12/0/2013
Electronics theft at Alexandria Minn. Walmart foiled, police say 12/05/2013
Woman Charged With Defrauding Ct. Walmart 12/05/2013
Woman charged with trespassing in Taylor Pa. Walmart 12/06/2013
Ohio Police reports: Walmart employee accused of stealing almost $5K in merchandise 12/06/2013
FBI: Woman arrested in OKC bank robbery inside Walmart 12/06/2013
Police: Men kidnap mother, 7-year-old son from Walmart parking lot 12/2/2013
Man who stuck syringe in meat at Wa. Walmart sentenced 12/06/2013
Suspected Fla. Walmart thieves arrested when they return to store 12/06/2013
Man accused of public masturbation at Short Pump Va. Wal-Mart 12/06/2013
Suspects sought in Greensboro NC Walmart armed robbery 12/07/2013
Two men attempt to steal from Honesdale Pa. Wal-Mart 12/07/2013
Man Indicted for Bank Robbery Inside Ohio Walmart 12/09/2013
Authorities seek suspect in robbery at Missoula Mont. Walmart 12/09/2013
Man accused of taking up-skirt photos in Tx. Walmart arrested 12/09/2013
Groveton parolee charged with taking bras, lubricant into bathroom stall at Tx. Walmart 12/10/2013
Police Investigate Bomb Threat at Pa. Walmart 12/10/2013
Police: Estranged husband, wife assaulted each other in Rock Hill NC Walmart parking lot 12/09/2013
Former Ky. Walmart employee accused of theft 12/09/2013
Bedford In. Man Arrested At Walmart 12/09/2013
Drunken man arrested at Athens Ga. Walmart 12/0/2013
2 arrested on suspicion of thefts at Nv. Walmart stores 12/09/2013
Walmart worker accused of firing shots in domestic incident in Gulfport Miss. 12/09/2013
Alleged credit card fraud leads to Ca. Walmart arrests 12/10/2013
Hancock Co. Ind. coroner accused of stealing toy trucks from Walmart 12/09/2013
Williston Vt. Police Seek Identity of Woman Accused of Stealing From Walmart 12/09/2013
3 Arrested in Daphne Ala. Walmart Robbery 12/09/2013
Four men charged for stealing from Canada Walmart 12/0/2013
Walmart employee kidnapped outside Gateway Road Ga. store 12/10/2013
Man accused of stealing $414 in goods from Fla. Walmart 12/10/2013
ID sought for Punta Gorda Fla. Walmart wallet thief 12/10/2013
Catskill NY police seek Walmart thieves 12/10/2013
Colorado man threatens to shoot woman over a Walmart parking space 12/10/2013
GPD: Man used stolen credit card at Fla. Walmart 12/11/2013
Ky. Police: Man threatens Wal-Mart employee after attempted theft 12/11/2013
Suspect Arrested for Snatching Woman's Purse at Seaford Del. Wal-Mart 12/11/2013
5 adults, 2 teens arrested for shoplifting at Gallatin Tenn. Walmart 12/11/2013
Police: 4 stole 32 cases of Bud Light from Union SC Walmart 12/11/2013
Woman charged with shoplifting at NH Walmart 12/11/2013
Suspect in Mitchellsburg burglary apprehended at Danville Ky Walmart 12/12/2013
Two Ca. Walmart shoppers arrested on suspicion of burglary 12/1/2013
AZ man banned from Wal-Mart after allegedly threatening worker 12/12/2013
Woman arrested in Punta Gorda Fla. Walmart wallet theft 12/12/2013
Man charged after allegedly attempting to steal from Ok. Wal-Mart, pulls knife on security 12/12/2013
POLICE: Driver Identified In Fatal NC Walmart Hit And Run 12/13/2013
Eden NC police: Toddler left in car in Wal-Mart parking lot 12/13/2013
Walmart card scam hits Northampton County NC 12/13/2013
Ok. Wal-Mart worker’s car stolen from handicap parking, while at work 12/13/2013
Police say woman assaulted at Lincoln Neb. Walmart 12/13/2013
Teen allegedly eats marijuana in East Stroudsburg Pa. Wal-Mart lot 12/14/2013
Man wounded in shooting behind Walmart and Sam's Club in Florida 12/14/2013
Or. Walmart the scene of robbery, theft 12/14/2013
Coroner ID's man who killed himself at Las Vegas Nev. Wal-Mart 12/15/2013
Two Arrested On Meth Charges At Boyd WV Walmart 12/15/2013
Police search for suspect following Pa. Wal-Mart theft 12/15/2013
Woman dies in car at Ky. Walmart parking lot 12/13/2013
Woman injured in Commerce Township Mi. Walmart parking lot after intentionally being struck by car 12/16/2013
Investigation underway into robbery and possible gun fire at Alliance Ohio Walmart 12/15/2013
Ky. Walmart shopper accused of intentionally crashing cart, injuring autistic child 12/16/2013
Houston Tx. police warn of purse snatchers this holiday season 12/16/2013
Nurse Holiday Shopping Performs CPR On Woman In Cardiac Arrest At Pa. Walmart 12/16/2013
Southridge WV Wal-Mart reopens after evacuating for threat 12/17/2013
POLICE: Mom uses son to shoplift at Port St. Lucie Fla. Walmart 12/17/2013
Burglars take iPods from Monroe NC Walmart 12/17/2013
Police searching for men accused of stealing laptops from Newberry Township Pa. Wal-Mart 12/18/2013
Realistic-looking BB guns stolen by gang members from Mississippi Walmart 12/17/2013
Man, two women sought in credit card fraud at Biloxi Miss. Walmart 12/17/2013
Police: Salisbury NC woman robs bank in Walmart, gives teller her name 12/17/2013
Police: Pregnant woman tried to shoplift 29 items from Rock Hill SC Walmart with kids in tow 12/17/2013
Harrington man arrested in connection with Del. Walmart thefts last July 12/04/2013
Police search for men who stole 12 iPhones at Ark. Walmart 12/18/2013
Ten laptops stolen from Walmart in Newberry Township Pa. 12/18/2013
Man stabbed in leg after argument in NC Walmart parking lot 12/18/2013
Police: Auburn NY woman with prior larceny arrest illegally entered Walmart 12/19/2013
As far as I can tell neither the police or Wal-Mart or the press reported this until after they could say they caught the guy and people no longer should worry about shopping at Wal-Mart.
Mansfield NJ Police arrest three people after disturbance at Walmart 12/20/2013
Jacksonville Tx. Walmart beer shoplifter escapes capture 12/19/2013
Az. Walmart robbery suspect recognized in pictures, arrested 12/20/2013
Police: Woman steals from Missouri Wal-Mart, flees in motorized wheelchair 12/20/2013
Security guard, 70, attacked at gunpoint in Ind. Walmart parking lot 12/20/2013
Update: Police release images of suspect in Red Kettle theft at Oshkosh Wisc. Walmart (photos) 12/2/2013
Police charge pair for shoplifting at NH Walmart 12/20/2013
Police log: Az. Walmart hit-and-run 12/21/2013
Police Shoot Shoplifter in Tx. Wal-Mart Parking Lot 12/22/2013
Man shot in Brink's truck robbery attempt at Walmart on Indianapolis Ind. Far Southside 12/22/2013
Three Hurt At Tenn. Walmart After Truck Plows Through Break Area 12/22/2013
Roanoke Va. Walmart Supercenter power outage affects nearby businesses and neighborhoods 12/22/2013
Shoplifters Hit West Sacramento Ca. Wal-Mart Two days Before Christmas 12/23/2013
Laptops stolen from Conn. Walmart, one arrested 12/23/2013
Mother, daughter, 3rd woman charged in SC Walmart shoplifting 12/23/2013
Authorities search for suspect who boldly robbed bank inside busy Tx. Walmart store 12/23/2013
Return scheme at Bayonne NJ Walmart turns sour for 40-year-old woman , say police 12/23/2013
West Melbourne Fla. police: Man stole purses at Walmart 12/23/2013
Wanted killer spotted at Richmond Va. Walmart 12/24/2013
San Jose Ca. Police Ask For Help Finding Victims Of Walmart Crash Caught On Tape in March 12/24/2013
NJ Walmart shoplifter caught on surveillance 12/24/2013
Witness: Aberdeen NC Wal-Mart evacuated after shots heard in store 12/24/2013
Mom, daughters arrested at Walmart in west Harris County Tx. 12/24/2013
Dawn Serino of Howard Beach, N.Y., charged with carrying 47-inch Sony television from Toms River NJ Walmart 12/25/2013
Fleeing SC Walmart shoplifter dies in Christmas Eve crash; she had kid in car 12/26/2013
Intruders break into Chesapeake Va. Walmart 12/25/2013
Cops: Weaverville NC man stole TV from Walmart 12/26/2013
Man shot to death in Oakland California Walmart parking lot 12/23/2013
Pedestrian struck, injured near Fla. Wal-Mart 12/27/2013
Walmart worker in Texarkana Tx. attacked with box cutter 12/27/2013
Walmart wallet-snatcher wanted by Portsmouth NH police 12/27/2013
Police: Suspected shoplifter flees Pittsburgh Mills Pa. Wal-Mart, fights with officer 12/27/2013
Five suspected shoplifters arrested at American Canyon Ca. Walmart in two days 12/27/2013
Police: Teen stole 108 condoms from Ga. Walmart 12/2/2013
Shoplifting suspect leaves teen daughter behind at Ohio Walmart 12/26/2013
Easton Pa. Woman Charged with Retail Theft at Walmart 12/26/2013
Email Scam Targets Walmart Customers 12/27/2013
Bomb threat made at Walmart in West Plains, Missouri turns up nothing 12/28/2013
Man, 97, survives jump from truck after it's stolen from outside Dilworth Minn. Wal-Mart 12/28/2013
Woman charged after stealing over $1k worth of items from Pa. Walmart 12/28/2013
Bomb threats called in at both Jefferson City Missouri WalMart's 12/30/2013
Woman leaves ID at Fla. Walmart after attempted theft 12/28/2013
Shots fired at a North Carolina Walmart 12/28/2013
Kernersville NC police investigate shots fired at car outside Walmart 12/29/2013
Washington was the same state where a Drug addict stabbed meat with syringe at Walmart last October. It is possible that either it was the same person who put it there or that it was a copy cat case where someone heard about it put them there.
Woman charged with theft from NH Walmart 12/31/2013
Cops: Concerned citizen helps foil Walmart robbery in West Norriton Pa. 12/31/2013
Easton Pa. teen caught stealing $1,140 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart, court records say 12/31/2013
Some Charges dismissed after Sept. fight at Alaska Wal-Mart 12/30/2013
Man gets jail time for Pasco Wash. Walmart burglary 12/29/2013
Police: Lawndale man inadvertently trespasses in Shelby NC Walmart 12/31/2013
Jersey City NJ man ends 2013 with arrest after dispute at Bayonne Walmart: cops 01/03/2014
Christmas Eve scuffle at Walmart results in arrest: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 12/31/2013 A Walmart employee was arrested at the store Dec. 19 for processing returns without a receipt. It was believed other employees were involved in a scheme with the 30-year-old East Cleveland woman.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. : Ellsworth Maine man accused of threatening ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend with gun 12/31/2013
Man Wanted in NY for Stealing X-Box Consoles From Walmart 12/31/2013
Man exposes himself inside Shawnee Missouri Walmart 12/31/2013
Wal-Mart exploits employee charity to help Ted Cruz and John Boehner 12/23/2013
Vine Videos Show Why Walmart's Christmas Wasn't So Jolly 12/2/2013 At least one Walmart store had so much extra inventory left over after the holidays that it had to use its outdoor center for storage, according to a Vine video shot by a financial analyst.
WMT Stock is No Bargain – Sell Walmart ASAP 12/26/2013
Atlanta Ga. Walmart employees (not corporate office) save co-worker's Christmas 12/26/2013
Dallas Tx. Walmart Plays Grinch, Turns Away Shoppers On Christmas Eve 12/24/2013
The Minimum Wage, Wal-Mart's and McDonald's Welfare 12/17/2013
Forbes: Are Walmart And McDonald's 'Welfare Queens'? 12/24/2013
Midwest chain buys former Walmart in Canandaigua NY 12/22/2013
House GOP Doesn’t Listen Any Better than Walmart 12/20/2013
Walmart, Waltons epitomize America's class war 12/18/2013
Malfunctioning sprinkler briefly closes Walmart in Calais Me. 12/20/2013
Walmart, Cargill and BIO discuss ‘sustainability’ at Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium 12/19/2013
Lawsuit filed over Walmart dress that caused "an excruciatingly painful red rash" due to allergies 12/19/2013
Will 'Duck Dynasty' star's anti-gay rant hurt Wal-Mart? 12/19/2013
Man Claims iPad Mini He Tried to Buy From Walmart Turned Out to Be Something Very Different 12/18/2013
Appeals court upholds Las Vegas judge’s distribution of attorneys fees in Wal-Mart suit 12/19/2013
Tenn. Supreme Court Says Case Against Red Bank Wal-Mart Can Proceed 12/18/2013
8th Circuit Rules Wal-Mart Shareholder Bribery Lawsuit Can Move Ahead In Federal Court 12/18/2013
Human Rights Watch: Letter to Walmart Re: Compensation for victims of Tazreen Fashions fire 11/19/2013
S. Jersey Walmart suit tossed, teenager ordered black shoppers to leave over intercom 12/18/2013
Raymond NH: From shoe factories and dirt roads to Walmart 12/14/2013
CEO vs. worker pay: Walmart, McDonald’s, and eight other firms with biggest gaps 12/12/2013
Obama's Union Cronies Push Anti-Walmart Campaign 12/11/2013
Wal-Mart Ca. contractor to pay $4.7 million to settle lawsuit by workers 12/11/2013
Too Big to Succeed – It’s Time to Break-up Walmart: Sozzi 04/16/2013
3 Signs Walmart’s Best Days Are Behind It 08/07/2013
3 Ways Walmart Can Save Itself From Extinction 12/11/2013
Critical Alerts For Walmart, Sina, Home Depot, Groupon, and T-Mobile Released By InvestorsObserver 12/10/2013
Letter: Column touting virtues of Walmart was callous, reprehensible 12/09/2013
Truth-out: Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think 12/07/2013
Wal-Mart's Costs Connected To Mexican Bribery Case Reach $400M 12/09/2013
An internal corporate video from a company meeting in 2003, posted on YouTube by a communications company, shows a Wal-Mart official making a joke about a gas can exploding.
EMT student saves man at Cranston RI Walmart 12/08/2013
Wal-Mart’s war on the Ill. North Shore 12/08/2013
Walmart over town's citizens, writes JJ reader 12/06/2013 I would think that in the 21st century, the order to the police would be to protect the constitutional rights of the protesters and not act as union busters on behalf of an unconscionable employer.
This Was the Scene At a Walmart Factory in Bangladesh On Black Friday 12/05/2013 We continue to ship our cotton to Bangladesh. Three Reasons U.S. Cotton Is King
Walmart cited for illegal firings as workers ramp up struggle 12/05/2013
Walmart petition goes viral 12/05/2013
Shoppers eventually evacuated as electrical malfunction hits Ware Ma. Walmart, resulting in smoke inside 12/05/2013
Is Walmart Defying Economic Gravity? 12/05/2013
How Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit McDonald’s and Walmart 12/05/2013
Pro-Walmart group makes super cheesy video about how unions and workers ruined Thanksgiving 12/04/2013
From Walmart to Fast Food Chains, Big Labor Bullying Doesn't End 12/0/2013 The truth has been a casualty of these misinformation campaigns.
NASDAQ: Break Up Wal-Mart? - Real Time Insight 12/04/2013
Letters: Opposition to a Walmart world 12/04/2013
Testing Wal-Mart's Made in the USA campaign 12/03/2013
Walmart's greed is showing 12/05/2013
Mayor intervenes in Broadway, Walmart vote 12/04/2013 Green Bay Wisc. Mayor Jim Schmitt appointed himself to the Larsen Green governing board on Monday in an effort to kill the Walmart on Broadway proposal.
Seven things to know about Walmart and wages 12/04/2013 Five former Congressmen are now Walmart lobbyists
3M hires Wal-Mart exec who wrote speeches for Schwarzenegger 12/04/2013
Wal-Mart has data on most U.S. adults, and could sell it, charges report 12/03/2013
How Wal-Mart's Chairman Burned Through Millions Of Dollars In A Matter Of Seconds 12/03/2013 Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton was reportedly tearing around a corner in his rare Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, one of five ever made, when he ran it off the track and wrecked it.
Democracy Now: Over 110 Arrested as Record Black Friday Protests Challenge Wal-Mart, Major Retailers on Low Wages 12/02/2013
Considering how many crazy things really do happen at Wal-Mart is this surprising?
Wal-Mart pays lawyer fees for dozens of executives in bribery probe 12/04/2013
Oh the Irony: Walmart Sells Banksy Piece ‘Destroy Capitalism’ 12/04/2013 In a comment to the Huffington Post, Walmart said that it had “disabled” links to the piece. “If Walmart had contacted me for a licensing deal, there’s not a dollar amount that exists that I would have done it for,” Colla told LA Weekly, adding that he plans on taking legal action.
Wal-Mart won't host Epping NH community giving tree 12/03/2013
Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton’s DWI arrest expunged from Parker County records 12/03/2013
Millions watch girl fight video from Palmhurst Walmart on Black Friday 11/29/2013
For employees like my mom, Wal-Mart is the new company store: PennLive letters 12/02/2013
13 arrested at Secaucus Walmart Black Friday face $256 fines, court appearance 12/02/2013
Wal-Mart's hottest Black Friday seller was a 29-cent towel 12/02/2013
Black Friday at Walmart: Faces and voices from the shopping wars 12/02/2013