Monday, October 27, 2014

The rich have a right to profit from polluting and killing the poor

I don't recall anyone ever suggesting that we should have the right to dump enormous amounts of toxic waste on the front lawn of one of the Koch Brothers or any other wealthy energy or chemical executive.

Or at least not in a manner that was intended to be taken seriously; although it is almost certainly said on occasion to point out the enormous hypocrisy in our current system.

For all practical purposes energy and chemical executives have a right to profit from polluting and killing the poor and it has been standard operating procedure for decades. There have been numerous studies or other reports pointing out the enormous inequity when it comes to the benefits from environmental destruction, which goes overwhelmingly to the wealthiest, and the costs, which goes overwhelmingly to those without political power.

If anyone were to attempt to make an argument that those that receive the benefits deserve it based on their merits because they work harder or do other things to benefit society it wouldn't take long before it flunked the laugh test or more importantly any rational test comparing the merits of the argument. The people that do most of the labor to produce products or mine energy are often the ones that pay the price in environmental destruction while the wealthiest rely much more on their political connections rather than their worth.

When enough people get together and protest the inequity the political and media response along with the response by the police only indicates that it is even bigger than most people realize; assuming people actually hear about it. The media and politicians routinely ignore the vast majority of the protests so most people never even hear about it, assuming they rely on traditional commercial media, which fortunately a shrinking percentage of the population is.

At best they might slow down the environmental destruction or in some rare occasions, where there is enough political power, and perhaps the upper middle class with enough money they might partially reverse the process; however when this happens the pollution is often increased elsewhere to compensate so there is little or no net gain.

Then, if they attempt to increase their chances of getting heard, after the consolidated media ignores them, the police arrest them for one trivial charge or another, usually trespassing or what they call disorderly conduct, although it is often much more orderly than the police or many of the allies of the energy companies.

The police, rarely if ever, open up an investigation to find out how many people are being killed by pollution and consider negligent mass homicide charges against energy and chemical executives.

No, I didn't mean that as a joke; this really would be justified if they actually investigated real crimes or things that should be considered real crimes.

If you're reading this then you probably already rely on alternative news outlets so you might not need back up do conclude that oil and coal executives are profiting off the pollution of the poor but here's a good article on it that is relatively recent anyway:

Low-Income, Black, And Latino Americans Face Highest Risk Of Chemical Spills 05/02/2014

The people who face the greatest threat from potential toxic chemical disasters are disproportionately low-income, black, or Latino, according to a study released Thursday by three environmental groups.

Compared to the national average, the 134 million people who live closest to U.S. chemical facilities are 75 percent more likely to be black, 60 percent more likely to be Latino, and 50 percent more likely to be poor, the study showed. The demographics of these areas — called “fenceline zones” — show a troubling “pattern of ‘environmental racism,’” among chemical and petroleum companies, the report said.

“The question now is: what will it take for government and industry to finally act to prevent disasters, and protect the communities and workers whose safety and security are unfairly and unequally put in jeopardy?” the report, said. It was written by the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, Coming Clean, and the Center for Effective Government. Complete article

This is just one of many studies to find similar results. It claims to do certain types of research for the first time, and I trust this is true; but others have provided additional types that go back decades.

However like the vast majority of these studies it either hasn't been mentioned at all in the traditional media or they only mentioned it briefly and quickly forgot it, while selling an enormous amount of propaganda ads, that won't stand up to scrutiny, which they don't provide, for the oil and coal companies.

Another report indicates that Half The Country Lives With Unsafe Air Pollution, American Lung Association Report Finds; but that was hardly reported either in the traditional press and there is little or nothing being done to address the problem.

Robert Bullard has also been reporting on this for decades and he has provided an enormous amount of evidence, including plenty listed below, to indicate that this is an enormous problem. He has been considered by some to be the father or "dean of environmental justice;" however this is probably only among those that are familiar with the environmental movement since the traditional media doesn't provide him with much if any coverage; and most people probably never heard of him.

I'm sure there is additional research to indicate that the worst of the inequity isn't even in the United States but around the world where our media doesn't even report about most damage at all unless it is really big.

This can't go on indefinitely as indicated by another study which has just come out:

Climate Change And Rising Violence Are Linked, According To 55 Scientific Studies 10/23/2014

According to a new review of 55 separate studies, there is a meaningful connection between climate change and human violence.

The working paper, put out by researchers with the National Bureau of Economic Research, is what’s called a meta-analysis: a study of studies, in effect. After going through numerous analyses of the relationship between climate change and violence in various settings, the researchers settled on 55 of the most rigorous pieces of work. They then evaluated the picture painted by those studies, and worked to amalgamate their findings into a single statistical result.

They looked at conflicts between individuals — “domestic violence, road rage, assault, murder, and rape” — as well as conflicts between larger human groups — “riots, ethnic violence, land invasions, gang violence, civil war and other forms of political instability, such as coups.” The end result? The researchers determined that changes in drought and rainfall patterns, but especially increases in temperature, all have a meaningful link to increases in both forms of violence. “We find that deviations from moderate temperatures and precipitation patterns systematically increase the risk of conflict, often substantially, with average effects that are highly statistically significant,” the researchers wrote. Complete article

Just because the media doesn't cover it doesn't mean that all these environmental disasters aren't happening. A handful of these disasters have eventually been reported and even made fairly wide spread news like Love Canal, PG&E as exposed by Erin Brockovich and Civil Action as portrayed by John Travolta; but the vast majority of disasters including the racial and class connection gets much less attention.

If a growing portion of the third world continues to become less inhabitable and a growing portion of the USA that can no longer be ignored then it is a matter of time before the political establishment has to address the problem one way or another.

Attempts by many of those with the most political power to describe environmentalists as terrorists clearly aren't inclined to help much. But fortunately the environmental movement is demonstrating how foolish these claims are and it is only raising more doubts about those that make these absurd claims, assuming the environmental movement has a reasonable chance to get their views across, which isn't happening in the traditional press.

There is a growing amount of evidence to indicate that if we can get past the overwhelming amount of political power of the energy companies then much more can be done to reverse this environmental destruction and a lot of it can be done without sacrificing quality of life like the following study:

We can provide power to everyone without a huge leap in emissions, study finds 10/20/2014

When we talk about international climate action, it’s often taken for granted that developing countries need room to pollute as they pull their citizens out of poverty. More than a billion people worldwide don’t have access to electricity, the argument goes, and getting them connected will require major development projects that will come hand-in-hand with significant new emissions.

But that might be a false assumption, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change.

Shonali Pachauri, a researcher with the Austrian International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, finds that the world’s poorest people use so little energy at the moment that initially, upon being connected to the grid, they will not make much of a difference at all. Complete article

This study clearly doesn't apply to everything but a little basic sense indicates a lot of other things that can be done to reduce pollution without harming quality of life and often even increase quality of life. This includes increased production of Geo-transfer heating and cooling which can be done anywhere and it can be powered by increased amounts of solar panels and wind turbines which are less expensive than they used to be.

One of the most important thing that can be done to change this is to simply stop buying things that we don't need. A shocking percentage of the products sold in the USA are things that have been hyped up through deceptive ads that have little or not practical use and do nothing to improve the quality of life.

Unfortunately when corporations take a portion of the money they obtain fraudulently from consumers and use it for more deceptive advertising that speech receives much more protection than the speech of environmentalists that are telling the truth about these scams because they aren't passing on the cost of their speech to those that they scam.

Or to put it bluntly fraudulent corporate speech receives much more protection under the first amendment than sincere speech thanks to the perverted interpretation by the Supreme Court.

If this continues then a growing portion of our country and world will continue to deteriorate; and the longer this goes on the more difficult it will be to reverse the process assuming we don't pass a point of no return without realizing it.

Recently according to an article, Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 26 in Germany. On several occasions when I have heard about disasters like these I have done searches to find out how many more have happened that weren't reported as widely and quickly found an enormous amount of additional disasters.

I have no doubt that if I did another search then many more would turn up including many in the USA; although there are probably more elsewhere; but they're less inclined to report it especially the USA media.

The following is some related material including the first two chapters of Robert Bullard's book "Dumping in Dixie" and additional material from him and others.

The SXSW kids are about to get schooled by Robert D. Bullard the dean of environmental justice 10/03/2014

Robert D. Bullard

Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality by Robert D. Bullard CHAPTER ONE Environmentalism and Social Justice

The environmental movement in the United States emerged with agendas that focused on such areas as wilderness and wildlife preservation, resource conservation, pollution abatement, and population control. It was supported primarily by middle- and upper-middle-class whites. Although concern about the environment cuts across racial and class lines, environmental activism has been most pronounced among individuals who have above-average education, greater access to economic resources, and a greater sense of personal efficacy.[1]

Mainstream environmental organizations were late in broadening their base of support to include blacks and other minorities, the poor, and working-class persons. The "energy crisis" in the 1970s provided a major impetus for the many environmentalists to embrace equity issues confronting the poor in this country and in the countries of the Third World.[2] Over the years, environmentalism has shifted from a "participatory" to a "power" strategy, where the "core of active environmental movement is focused on litigation, political lobbying, and technical evaluation rather than on mass mobilization for protest marches."[3]

An abundance of documentation shows blacks, lower-income groups, and working-class persons are subjected to a disproportionately large amount of pollution and other environmental stressors in their neighborhoods as well as in their workplaces.[4] However, these groups have only been marginally involved in the nation's environmental movement. Problems facing the black community have been topics of much discussion in recent years. (Here, we use sociologist James Blackwell's definition of the black community, "a highly diversified set of interrelated structures and aggregates of people who are held together by forces of white oppression and racism."[5]) Race has not been eliminated as a factor in the allocation of community amenities. Complete article

Dumping in Dixie: CHAPTER TWO Race, Class, and the Politics of Place


The cruel, increasingly usual prison punishment no one is talking about 10/06/2014

Ohio’s Clean Energy Programs Save Customers $2 For Every $1 They Spend

84,000 Lives Threatened By Sea Level Rise In New England

Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It ‘An Agenda-Driven Science’

Republican Bill Cuts Funding For Climate, Social, Economic Research By $160 Million

Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

California Regulators Decide Utilities Can’t Charge Solar-Killing Fees

The Denver Post’s ‘Energy And Environment’ Section Is Produced By The Oil And Gas Industry

Why Are 20 Far-Away States Trying To Block The Cleanup Of The Chesapeake Bay?

Bombshell: Study Ties Epic California Drought, ‘Frigid East’ To Manmade Climate Change

Not in My Backyard: Executive Order 12,898 and Title VI as Tools for Achieving Environmental Justice Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 What Is Environmental Justice?

Chapter 3 Title VI and Environmental Justice

Chapter 4 Environmental Justice Litigation and Remedies: The Impact of Sandoval and South Camden

Chapter 5 Alternative Dispute Resolution and Meaningful Public Participation etc. or go to and search for "Not in My Backyard: Executive Order 12,898 and Title VI as Tools for Achieving Environmental Justice" to get PDF

[PDF]Chapter 3 - United Church of Christ

PDF]Chapter 7 – Anatomy of the Urban Parks Movement: Equal .. The Quest for Environmental Justice Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution

Monday, October 20, 2014

Life Insurance and media companies are encouraging lots of murders

I don't know about you but I don't remember Alex Trebek ever saying the following in one of his commercials for Colonial Penn Life Insurance:

Hi I'm Alex Trebek and I want to recommend Colonial Penn Life Insurance because the payout when you die is so pathetic that your relatives would never use it as a motive to kill you and collect insurance money; and when you buy our insurance a portion the money you pay won't be used as an incentive for other troubled people that kill their relatives for insurance money.

This shouldn't be too hard to figure out if you consider the basic principles of insurance. Insurance is basically pooled risk but the cost of administering the pooling of risk has to be deducted from the amount of money that is collected from consumers before paying out to minimize losses. Otherwise Insurance companies would have gone bankrupt long ago. On top of that when you have for profit insurance companies then the profits also have to be deducted from the pool of money collected from consumers.

This means that regardless of what any commercial for insurance says all expenses for all insurance companies have to be deducted from the pool of money collected from policy holders so the more money they spend on commercials that make insurance seem like a magical replacement of lost, stolen or damaged goods the less they have to pay for actual claims.

Did you notice one commercial, ever, that actually gave you accurate information about insurance that helps you make decisions. Do you really believe that all these discounts we advertise are for real?

Have you ever heard the phrase marked up to mark down? Fine print? If it sounds to good to be true it probably is?

Have you ever heard about someone who tries to get away with murder for insurance money? Does it seem like it happens over and over again? Have some of these stories involved people that actually did collect and keep the money until they got caught years later?

Where do you think the money that provides an incentive for these murders comes from?

It doesn't come from your insurance policy if you buy it from Colonial Penn Life Insurance because unlike other insurance policies we don't collect enough money from our customers to provide an incentive for murder; nor do we collect enough to pay out much for policy holders when they die so one way or another something in the fine print is going to give us an excuse to avoid giving you much money at all when you die.

We'll still scam you for enough money to pay for all these commercials but we won't scam you by as much money as other insurance policies; however we're hoping you'll buy our insurance because now for the first time we're providing a commercial that actually tells you something much closer to the truth than all other insurance commercials!

My best guess is the reason that I don't remember him saying this is because he never said; if he had even if I missed it it almost certainly would ahve stirred up discussion and caught my attention which I would have remembered.

Let's face it no matter how dignified the media makes Alex Trebek look, he's still a scam artist and so are most if not all celebrities that do commercials. The entire advertising industry is encouraging distortions or outright lies.

Let's assume for the sake of argument there is an exception what would it be?

Don't expect me to come up with one.

The media uses all these murders for entertainment purposes and rarely ever informs the public about efforts that might actually work to reduce crime. They use the "public's right to know" as and excuse to justify all this coverage and hype about murder and celebrities; but they withhold the information that would be most helpful for the public when it comes to reduce crime and don't allow those that would inform the public about this to get air time.

Apparently the "public's right to know" only applie3s to information that helps increase p[rofits for the media and their advertisers, not information that primarily benefits the public.

The highest profile case in the news right now is probably Utah man, accused of killing wife for insurance money, cried over her dead body at hospital: report 12/08/2013; which is currently being tried in court. It wasn't too long ago that the highest profile story was the hot car death in Georgia. Warrants: Toddler’s dad told family how to collect $27K life insurance 07/04/2014

I didn't keep track of the majority of the coverage on that story but I find it surprising that anyone would even buy life insurance for a baby. When I first learned about life insurance we were taught that it was only for adults in case of emergency so families wouldn't be left destitute if the bread winner died and they had no income. The media practically never discusses this although if people search the internet it isn't hard to find information raising doubts about these insurance policies. Chuck Jaffe exposed both Colonial Penn Life Insurance as Stupid Investment of the Week 02/15/2007 and Gerber Life College Plan 03/11/2011 which is now being heavily advertised on TV including many news shows.

There are plenty of other advisers that strongly recommend that people never buy life insurance for children but they're not in the high profile media, only much lower profile articles that can easily be found by those that look for them, but not the complacent majority.

On some of the rare occasions where they do discus the fact that life insurance might provide an incentive for murder they often say that there is no way of knowing how often this might happen.

This isn't quite true.

One of the reasons they might say this is because some of them get away with it and there is no way of knowing how often that happens, which is true; but they have records of the incidents where it does happen and if they spent a small fraction of the money they use on deceptive advertising they could do much more to figure out how often they get caught.

The FBI already has a lot of this information on file; and the insurance companies also must have a much better idea how often it happens than the general public although they have an incentive to keep that information confidential.

The insurance companies might have an incentive not to do this research if they can avoid it but the FBI is supposed to work for the public and it is hard to imagine why they wouldn't do so unless they're under political pressure. However even without their resources which could and should provide better results it is possible to get a better idea how often insurance is a partial factor on many murders. A search on Murderpedia for "insurance money" turns up about 800 results and they have a total of about 6,800 entries. This is potentially almost 12% of all the murders in their database, assuming they all turn out to be insurance related murders. However that is almost certainly not the case. I checked to see approximately how many they might be and relatively quickly found over eighty entries without skipping many. This probably means that even though it almost certainly won't be over ten or eleven percent there is a good chance that it will come to at least six to eight percent and virtually guaranteed that it will be at least two or three.

If the same percentage applies to the murders in the United States it could come to nine to twelve hundred murders per year that are related to insurance. However my best guess is that this is probably still high but it is not unreasonable to assume that it is probably at least one to three percent which comes to at least 150 to 450 murders related to insurance per year.

As I said the numbers from a review of FBI files which are already compiled, although they're not completely public, would almost certainly be more reliable; and it is virtually guaranteed that such a review would enable changes that could help reduce these murders and the incentive to kill people for insurance.

At least when it comes to insurance related murders on planes they already seem to have done this. Between 1949 and 1965 there were nine planes mostly in the USA or Canada blown up for insurance that I could find. Since then there was one more in South Africa, 1988 and another in China 2002. I don't know for certain why they've been reduced but it is almost certainly a change in policies at airports or selling insurance.

There has also been some precedent for wrongful death lawsuits against insurance companies; however I doubt if this is used very widely and the vast majority of the public almost certainly doesn't know about it making it less likely they'll take advantage of the possibility, however slight.

The media would of course be in the best position to inform the public about how to minimize the risk of insurance fraud, whether it involves inciting murder or just selling bad insurance policies. Unfortunately the media collects and enormous amount of revenue from the insurance companies that profit off of this giving some people the impression that they might have an incentive to avoid coverage of it.

I don't know about you but I don't remember Little Boy George Stephanopoulos ever saying the following in one of the episodes of "This Week With Little Boy George Stephanopoulos":

Hi welcome to This Week With Little Boy George Stephanopoulos, I'm Little Boy George Stephanopoulos.

Recently there was a widely publicized story about a hot car death of a toddler that might have been for insurance in Georgia. Some people have expressed concern that we might have a conflict of interest when reporting on this subject since we have also been selling ads for Gerber Life College Plan on our show.

Nothing could be further from the truth and to eliminate any doubts we will be looking into this issue in depth to find out if insurance does anything to provide incentives for murder, whether it is for children or not. Over the years there must have been dozens if not hundred of stories in the news about murders were done partly, if not entirely so the killers could try to collect insurance money.

The media has rarely if ever discussed the possibility that the practice of selling life insurance might increase potential for murder.

Until now.

It is unlikely that many if any of these killings were solely done for insurance money but after we take a closer look at how many there are we will have a better idea of how much an impact insurance might have on the murder rates and while we're at it we'll take a closer look at what other potential contributing causes might exist and how to address them.

One of the things we'll do is take a close look at Tips On Child Life Insurance so that we won't be presenting just one side of the story in our ads for Gerber Life Insurance for children. The truth of the matter is that in order to accrue much value in most insurance policies you would have to pay into it for a long time and there is a much bigger chance that you will run into problems with financing somewhere along the line.

In most cases the way caring parents might respond is by dropping the life insurance policies, which would mean that for the insurance company most of the money they paid prior to that would be profit with no risk, but for consumers it would mean a total loss.

The insurance companies are fully aware of that but they make appeals to emotions when selling to people. This is potentially where a problem could come in. If some people are in serious trouble with debt partially because of the insurance policy, and possibly because of other reasons like gambling problems or loss of a job then they might become desperate.

A small percentage of these people might act out of desperation and if the same insurance that helped them get into financial trouble also offers them a way out then it could be an incentive to either commit a desperate act, or perhaps more likely go into depression and act out of negligence.

If this is the case then we will do what we can to inform the public to the best of our ability if the insurance might have something to do with it and if there are other contributing causes like financial instability we will take a closer look at the causes of that.

In some cases the causes that lead up to many people winding up in serious financial trouble if often gambling or fraudulent financial scams, whether they're insurance scams or other types. we will investigate these and report on them so that the public will have the information they need to make their decisions and vote for candidates that address these problems to the best of they're ability.

There have been similar concerns about our selling advertising for many troubled financial institutions like Enron or Worldcom then remaining silent until they were in so much trouble that they inevitably collapsed in huge scandals that went undetected even though there was an enormous amount of evidence months if not years ahead of time.

Also, even though we have been selling an enormous amount of ads to the Koch Bothers, BP and coal companies we will do much more to report on the environmental damage that they're doing so that we can demonstrate that advertising doesn't create a conflict of interest for media institutions even when large corporations have consolidated into a small number of oligarchies.

This should eliminate any doubt that we might not be trying to do our best to provide the public with the information that they need to know to participate in a democratic process.

Thank you this is Little Boy George Stephanopoulos reporting for ABC; and be sure to keep watching while we follow up on this.

Yea I'm quite certain the reason why I don't remember Little Boy George saying that is because he never said it.

Let's face it George is a scam artist too. He isn't even trying to report on the news anymore than any of other reporters for the traditional media. They're far more interested in selling advertising for profit than they are in reporting the news and what they do report is almost always more for entertainment purposes than to inform the public how to reduce crime or solve any other problems.

Insurance companies may not kill any people directly but they are by far the biggest perpetrators of insurance fraud. In addition to deceiving the policy holders about the risks and pay outs of insurance they pass on the cost of all other insurance fraud to the consumers.

On top of that the government has to foot the bill for all the insurance fraud and incarceration of criminals that commit them, excluding well connected insurance executives. This is what they call a negative externality; and instead of insurance companies or policy holders footing the bill for it tax payers pay for this.

Like Alex Trebek said "Otherwise Insurance companies would have gone bankrupt long ago."

Or maybe he never actually said that, at least not that I remember.

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Life Insurance Policies As An Incentive To Murder, And The Duty Of Reasonable Care by Norman L. Tolle 2002

Over the years, a number of state courts have recognized the validity of wrongful death claims against life insurance companies for their improper issuance of life insurance policies.[1]In particular, several state courts have permitted these actions to proceed under general tort law principles.[2]

These court decisions suggest that life insurers should make certain that they exercise reasonable care when underwriting policies so as not to provide an incentive to murder through the issuance of their life insurance policies. The concern is more than theoretical. Recently, for example, federal officials in New York charged that two men had obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance proceeds by obtaining insurance policies on "a large number" of individuals who thereafter had been killed.[3]Although public policy is rather clear that a life insurance policy obtained by one having no insurable interest in the life of the insured is void at its inception,[4]an insurer that issues such a policy may face liability for wrongful death in the event that the insured is murdered by someone who receives the benefits of the policy -- and damages may well exceed the policy's face amount. .....

..... Conclusion: Although life insurance policies procured by a person who does not have an insurable interest in the insured's life may be void, they still can lead to an insurer's liability under various theories adopted by a number of courts across the country. Insurers, therefore, should put appropriate procedures in place -- and require that the procedures are followed -- to help make certain that life insurance policies only are issued to those who have an insurable interest in the life of the insured and that the insured is aware of the existence of the policy. Complete article

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Fraud: why should I worry? Dina Abdelhaq suffocated her seven-week-old daughter Tara to collect $200,000 in life insurance money to feed her gambling addiction in 1995. Jobless and on welfare, the Illinois resident was deeply in debt from riverboat gambling. Tara died in her crib just two weeks after Abdelhaq took out a life policy on the child. Abdelhaq received 21 years in prison for insurance fraud in 2000.

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But They did find the metabolite of succinylcholine, succinylmonocholine. (Forensic Files 2010) Narrator: A metabolite means it's a by-product of succinylcholine. If you don't look for it, you don't find it. And that's not a condescending answer. That is the truth. Narrator: There has never been a documented case of succinylmonocholine produced as a result of embalming fluid. However, in Charles Augustine's case, there were no records of which embalming fluids were used. So, this possibility, however remote, could not be eliminated. Therefore, the medical examiner did not change the manner of his death to homicide.

The following are a list of over eighty murders for insurance from Murderpedia. This is more than one percent of the entries they have and there is probably between two and eight percent more that aren't on this list:

Rodriguez, Angelina September 9, 2000

Miyoko Sumida 6 murders 2003 - 2011

Brenda E Andrew November 20, 2001

Teresa Stone March 31, 2010

Audrey Marie Hilley May 25, 1975

Adele Craven July 12, 2000

Debra Jean Milke December 2, 1989 Milke also had a $5,000 insurance policy in effect on her only child's life.

Mark Edward Lundy 2 parents on August 29, 2000

Lyda Catherine Ambrose 5 victims 1917 - 1920

Judith Hawkey November 3, 2003

Richard Pryde Boggs April 16, 1988

Herman Webster Mudgett 27 plus victims 1886 - 1894

Josephine V. Gray 2 or 3 victims March 3, 1974 / November 9, 1990 / June 21, 1996

Christie Michelle Scott August 16, 2008 Scott was convicted last month of killing her six year-old son, Mason Scott, last August. Prosecutors contend that she set fire to her family's Signore Drive home in Russellville and allowed Mason to die in the fire so she could collect $175,000 in life insurance policies.

Kenneth and Sante Kimes 3 murder victims 1996 / 1998 Often houses owned by Ken and Sante would mysteriously burn to the ground and an insurance firm would have to write an even larger one.

Billi Jo Smallwood 2 children for husbands insurance money November 18, 2008 Army wife found guilty of setting fire to home killing kids aged 9 and 2 in blaze 'set for husband'

Nanny Hazel Doss 8 to 11 victims 1920s - 1954

Anna Cunningham 5 victims 1918 - 1922

Dr. John Dale Cavaness killed his 2 children April 7, 1977 / December 13, 1984

Gabriel Arturo Garza Hoth 3 victims in Mexico April 17, 1991 / October 3, 1992 / May 11, 1997

Gary W. Ploof November 3, 2001

Wendi Elizabeth Andriano October 8, 2000

Bruce Rich December 23, 1995

Susan Grund November 4, 1992

Marie Noe 8 victims 1949 - 1968 Neither the police nor the District Attorney would speculate on a motive for the killings, though they confirmed that the parents had taken out insurance policies on six children.

Angela Garcia 1999 PDF In a 5-2 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Angela Garcia, who was convicted of killing her two children in a 1999 house fire on Cleveland's East Side. The court rejected the appeal and ended the case without comment. Justices Paul Pfeifer and Francis Sweeney dissented. Garcia, 25, was charged with setting fire to her home to collect $40,000 in insurance. Her children, Nyeemah, 3, and Nijah, 2, died in the fire. The case twice ended in mistrials before a third jury convicted Garcia in 2001 of aggravated murder, aggravated arson and insurance fraud. She is serving two life prison terms.

Martha Lowenstein Marek 4 victims 1932 - 1937

Catherine Flannagan and Margaret Higgins October 2, 1883

Debra Hartmann June 8, 1982

Shirley Elizabeth ALLEN November 1, 1982

Stacey Castor 2 husbands early 2000 and August 20, 2005

Lawrence Horn 3 victims March 3, 1993

David Lee Fisher November 21, 1983

Dr. Glennon Engleman at least 7 victims 1954 - 1980

Johnny Ray Anderson December 1, 1981

Katherine A. Mock, and Elain Kay Young March 23, 2006

Peter Ventura April 15, 1981

Patrick Lane Moody and Wanda Robbins September 16, 1994

Pierre Corneille Faculys Basson 8 or 9 victims 1903 - 1906

Kimberly Hricko February 14, 1998

Karen Tobie and Lynne Blake June 30, 2004

Stella Nickell June 5/11, 1986

Alexander 'Sandy' Keith, Jr 88 victims December 11, 1875

Henry Keogh March 18, 1994

Amy A. Gilligan at least 5 victims 1908 - 1916

Gina Lynn Spann May 11, 1997

Sukhwinder Singh Dhillon 2 to 5 victims February 3, 1995 - June 23, 1996

Lynn Turner 2 victims March 3, 1995 / January 22, 2001

Eva Coo June 14, 1934

Susan Diane Hendricks 5 victims April 13, 2006 / October 14, 2011

Michael Apelt December 23, 1988

Elicia Hughes June 3, 2004

Maureen McDermott April 28, 1985

Robin Lee Row 3 victims February 10, 1992

Rev. Walter Dworecki August 7, 1939

Robert S. James 3 victims 1932 - 1935

Eugene Marie Chantrelle January 1, 1878

Martha Needle 5 victims 1885 - 1894

Belle Sorenson Gunnes November 11, 1859

James Campbell 2 possible victims hung jury followed by acquittal March 10, 1997

Dr. John Baksh 1983

Mary Frances Creighton 1 to 3 victims 1923 / 1935

Thomas York 2 victims 1978 / 1981

Lindi Nomso Mangaliso December 16, 1984

Kara Lounsbury 2 victims January 14, 2009

Toshihiko Hasegawa 3 victims November 1979 - December 1983

Earle Dennison 1 or 2 victims May 1, 1952

Mary Ellen Samuels 2 victims December 8, 1988 / June 27, 1989

Randolph G. ROTH July 23, 1991

Cynthia Sommer cleared after serving over two years in jail February 18, 2002

Mary Ann Cotton perhaps 21 or more victims 1857 - 1872

Kang Ho-sun 10 victims 2006 - 2008

Teresa Wilson Bean Lewis, Matthew Shallenberger, and Rodney Fuller 2 victims October 30, 2002

Deidre Michelle Hunt, Kosta Fotopoulos and Bryan Chase who was killed instead of receiving a cut of insurance October 20/November 4, 1989

Charles Stuart October 23, 1989

Anne Marie Stout June 10, 2007

Mass murders on airplanes

Julian Andrew Frank in North Carolina 33 victims For insurance money January 6, 1960

John "Jack" Gilbert Graham in Colorado 44 victims To collect insurance money November 1, 1955

Joseph Albert Guay in Canada 23 victims September 7, 1949 purchased a $10,000 insurance package ... A later incident, the bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 on November 1, 1955 (by a man, John "Jack" Gilbert Graham, wishing to kill his mother for insurance) was apparently inspired by the Albert Guay affair.

Zhang Pilin in China 111 victims May 7, 2002 Just several days after the disaster, there were reports that a passenger named Zhang Pilin had purchased seven air insurance policies worth a total of 1,400,000 RMB (about 170,000 USD) prior to boarding the flight.

Francisco Gonzales in California 44 victims May 7, 1964 The next morning he took out a $100,000 insurance policy on his life and then went to Reno airport where he bought a ticket on Pacific Air Lines flight 773 to San Francisco.

Thomas G. Doty 44 victims Bomb on a plane (suicide committed as an insurance fraud by a passenger) Missouri May 22, 1962

Monday, October 13, 2014

Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit

Slovenian criminologists made it clear that they understand a simple concept that many Americans might agree with, assuming they consider it, "Politicians have learnt that crime and especially fear of crime is also helpful to follow their own interests: to be elected again." (On Crime Policy, Crime Control and Crime Prevention–Slovenian Perspectives by Gorazd Meško and Helmut Kury)

As I pointed out in my previous post "Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse" Slovenia is one of the European countries with murder rates less than one per hundred thousand, at only .7, compared to the United States rate of 4.7. Their criminologists may not spell the same way we do but their efforts to address crime seem to be working better than ours, for one reason or another. They also have incarceration rates that are less than one tenth of the rates in the United States.

As I indicated in the previous post one of the states with the lowest murder rates is Vermont, which probably has the most active grass roots political organization in the country. Vermont has had an active Progressive Party where citizens have been active at the grass roots level for quite some time now. Minnesota and Maine are also among the states with the lowest murder rates and they have had active grass roots organizations as well.

I'm not aware of a scientific study that indicates that these grass roots organizations are the cause of their low crime rates but it doesn't take much thinking about the details behind some of them to come to the conclusion that it is virtually guaranteed that they are. Another major contributing factor is almost certainly that the states with the lowest crime rates are mostly rural states without abandoned inner cites. In most cases these areas are more likely to have active grass roots organizations and people are more likely to know people in their own neighborhoods.

It is virtually guaranteed that these reasons do more to keep crime down than politicians lock them up and throw away the key crime policies, which appeal to emotions but have major problems and don't work.

Large cities typically have bigger crime problems but a review of United States cities by crime rate indicates that a few of them with the most progressive political organizations also have some of the lowest crime rates, especially compared to other cities. Only twenty out of seventy-four of the largest cities with populations above 250,000 have below average murder rates. Only one out of the ten states with over one million people in it has below average crime rates; and most of the others have significantly higher crime rates.

The one city over one million is San Diego, which is probably the most progressive of the ten largest cities. Seattle Washington and Portland Oregon are among the cities with the strongest grass roots political organization in the country; Seattle recently elected one of the few socialists, Kshama Sawant, to local office and they have among the lowest crime rates for large cities. Madison Wisconsin doesn't quite have enough people to cross the 250,000 mark for this list of large cities but it is only 10,000 short and it has well below average murder rates and this is where David Couper, who wrote Hazing and Bullying in the Police Academy was police chief for twenty years.

However contrary to what many people have been led to believe the police are almost certainly not the most effective crime preventors at all. The most effective way to prevent crime involves finding the contributing causes of crime and preventing those before it becomes necessary to call in the police. This is almost certainly a major part of the reason why cities and states with stronger grass roots organizations participating in politics often have lower crime rates; assuming they pursue the right policies at the grass roots levels. There are a lot of southern cities and states that pursue the politically popular policies of "lock them up and throw away the key" but they have some of the highest crime rates including murder in the country. However even in the South there are some exceptions; in Austin and El Paso Texas they both have well below average murder rates, especially for large cities in the south.

However a relatively quick search of the internet is enough to see that it appears they might have more progressive grass roots efforts than the majority of the south.

Perhaps one of the best recent examples where grass roots efforts have succeed in dramatically bringing down crime rates is Richmond, California where they elected Gayle McLaughlin, one of the few Green Party candidates, thanks to a strong grass roots effort; and some of the same grass roots efforts appear to be contributing to numerous other improvements, including standing up to corporate corruption and efforts to address the root causes of crime, not just punish people after the fact.

In addition to some of the usual problems for large cities, like home foreclosures, and lack of funds for eduction, Richmond also has had major problems with Chevron's oil refinery and the pollution it has brought especially when there have been explosions or other disasters. This ahs finally spurred many people to stand up to a lot of the corporate corruption and it has helped bring down their crime, as indicated in several articles including the following.

Richmond reports lowest homicide total in 33 years, credits multipronged efforts 01/06/2014

RICHMOND -- Just six years removed from being ranked among the nation's 10 most dangerous cities, Richmond's 2013 homicide total was its lowest in 33 years. Total reported crimes also continued a decade-long fall and were more than 40 percent lower than the 2003 total. .....

Sixteen people were killed in Richmond in 2013, the lowest total since 1980 and a far cry from the 40-plus tallies of just a few years ago.

"We have a ways to go, but we're headed in the right direction," said police Chief Chris Magnus. "The reputation of Richmond as a dangerous city is not well-deserved anymore; that is becoming the Richmond of the past."

The decline in homicides and overall crime -- Richmond has not had more than 26 homicides in any year since 2009 -- can be attributed to a range of factors, law enforcement and anti-violence officials say, including better police-community relations, improved youth-outreach programs and changing demographics.

On the police side, Magnus has reformed a long-beleaguered department with an infusion of young officers, a focus on data-driven resource deployment and an emphasis on building community trust.

"We don't cast a wide net or move into hot spots like an occupying force, which fosters distrust among community partners," Magnus said. "We are surgical; we concentrate on people that need to be focused on."

At the same time, the ONS employs agents who build relationships with more than 60 young men and teens, identified through criminal records and other data as potential violent offenders. The program includes educational, counseling and job-placement support.

Operation Ceasefire, a volunteer campaign, helps give former gang members and violent offenders job training and counseling.

"We have built relationships with the people who may have otherwise perpetrated gun violence, and helped them become influential peacemakers," Boggan said. ....

"Part of crime reduction is not incarcerating kids in awful places where they become more violent," Krisberg said.

The 16 homicides in 2013 are the lowest total since 1980, when 15 people were killed. The lowest number on record, dating to 1971, was 12 homicides in 1973. But Richmond has about 105,000 residents today, up from just under 75,000 in 1980, according to U.S. Census data, meaning the homicide rate per capita in 2013 was the lowest in the city's recorded history. Complete article

Right or wrong the media often picks up on the most dramatic aspect of events, whether it is crime prevention or anything else; and this is no exception as indicated by the following article that puts emphasis on efforts "Paying People Not to Kill," which also creates what many people may consider shock value that tehy wouldn't go for. However they're doing something right and it is worth, at least considering if this is part of it.

Did This City Bring Down Its Murder Rate by Paying People Not to Kill? August/2014

It was a crazy idea, but Richmond, California, wouldn't have signed off on DeVone Boggan's plan if it had been suffering from an abundance of sanity. For years, the Bay Area city had been battling one of the nation's worst homicide rates and spending millions of dollars on anti-crime programs to no avail. A state senator compared the city to Iraq, and the City Council debated declaring a state of emergency. In September 2006, a man was shot in the face at a funeral for a teenager who had been gunned down two weeks earlier, spurring local clergy to urge city hall to try something new—now. "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten," says Andre Shumake Sr., a 56-year-old Baptist minister whose son was shot six times while riding his bicycle. "It was time to do something different."

Richmond hired consultants to come up with ideas, and in turn, the consultants approached Boggan. It was obvious that heavy-handed tactics like police sweeps weren't the solution. More than anything, Boggan, who'd been working to keep teen offenders out of prison, was struck by the pettiness of it all. The things that could get someone shot in Richmond were as trivial as stepping out to buy a bag of chips at the wrong time or in the wrong place. Boggan wondered: What if we identified the most likely perpetrators and paid them to stay out of trouble?

Boggan submitted his proposal. He didn't expect the city to come back and ask him to make it happen. "They asked me for a three-year commitment and told me to put on my seatbelt," he recalls.

In late 2007, Boggan launched the Office of Neighborhood Safety, an experimental public-private partnership that's introduced the "Richmond model" for rolling back street violence. It has done it with a mix of data mining and mentoring, and by crossing lines that other anti-crime initiatives have only tiptoed around. Four times a year, the program's street team sifts through police records and its own intelligence to determine, with actuarial detachment, the 50 people in Richmond most likely to shoot someone and to be shot themselves. ONS tracks them and approaches the most lethal (and vulnerable) on the list, offering them a spot in a program that includes a stipend to turn their lives around. While ONS is city-funded and has the blessing of the chief of police, it resolutely does not share information with the cops. "It's the only agency where you're required to have a criminal background to be an employee," Boggan jokes.

So far, the results have been promising: As this story went to press, 65 of the 68 "fellows" enrolled in the program in the previous 47 months were still alive. One had survived a shooting and three had died. In 2007, when Boggan's program began, Richmond was America's ninth most dangerous city, with 47 killings among its 106,000 residents. In 2013, it saw its lowest number of homicides in 33 years, and its homicide rate fell to 15 per 100,000. Rates are dropping nationwide, but not so steeply. (In 2013, nearby Oakland's homicide rate was 23 per 100,000; Detroit's was 47 per 100,000.) Complete article

Not surprisingly there are people, like Courtland "Corky" Boozé, that think that this program isn't what is bringing the crime rate down; and they might be right. However unless their sure it probably wouldn't be in there best interest to end it too soon especially since it will almost certainly be phased out anyway. The program officially cuts off when they're 25, although they try to keep in touch anyway even if there aren't more payments. And on top of that if it doesn't continue to keep bringing crime rates down then there would be no reason to keep it; but if it does then presumably their would be fewer troubled kids in the long run that would be eligible for the payments anyway.

One other important factor that should be kept in mind is that low crime rates require a functional economic and social system, which many abandoned inner cities don't have. This isn't unique to abandoned inner cities; it is a global problem.

Off the coast of the Horn of Africa there ahve been numerous stories about problems with piracy and kidnapping for ransom. What these stories rarely ever mention is what happened prior to these events and the fact that many of the pirates are former fisherman that can no longer earn a living that way. The reason for this is because large corporations have over fished the area with industrial fishing operations and at the same time other large corporations have polluted the area making it less capable of supporting fish.

That part of the story is almost never mentioned by the traditional news media nor do they mention that they're doing something similar when they cram large number of African Americans in inner cities with little or no education or employment opportunities.

This virtually guarantees high crime rates but the impact by decisions made by politicians is rarely explained by the media to the public.

Benjamin, a student cited by Jonathan Kozal gets right to this point when he says, "Put them over there in a big housing project. Pack them tight. Don’t think about them. Keep your hands clean. Maybe they'll kill each other off." (Jonathan Kozol “Amazing Grace” 1995 p.40-1)

In the long run continuing this drop in crime and keeping it down will have to break the cycle and create a functioning economic, social and political system that functions properly and Richmond seems to being doing this in several other ways that may not seem related to reducing crime including their efforts to stand up to corporations foreclosing on homes, stop Chevrons polluting, and stand up to the expansion of charter schools that have been proven not to work and often involve an attempt to control the education system by corporations with little or no local control.

One of the most important conclusions some of my past posts on preventing crime, and at least one or two of my future posts, is that preventing white collar crime of numerous kinds will help prevent blue collar crime. For one thing white collar crime does an enormous amount to increase poverty and this is a major contributing cause to crime; and some other types of white collar crime, like gambling, also increase crime in other ways. Unlike most other politicians Gayle McLaughlin really does seem to be doing this as indicated in numerous stories including, Richmond, California Mayor Occupies Wall Street. She has also indicated that she is not willing to go along with corporate attempts to increase their control of the educations system in a letter supporting Oakland's mayor for not joining the so-called race to the top, Mayor McLaughlin of Richmond, CA objects to RTTT; and other grass roots efforts have indicated that the citizens don't support corporate take over of their schools either, Proposed charter school in Richmond, CA sparks heated debate

In New England we have a major Democratic candidate for governor spending an enormous amount of money to tell the public that she is standing up to big banks and powerful corporations; however I have no idea what she is actually doing or where she gets the money to buy all the propaganda telling us she will help us. As far as I can tell the best reason to vote for her is that her Republican opponent would be even worse, assuming you accept the false claim that we can only chose between the Democratic candidate sponsored by corporations or the Republican candidate also sponsored by some of the same corporations instead of the independent candidates that the media tells us don't have a chance.

To the best of my knowledge Mayor McLaughlin isn't spending so much money to tell her constitutes that she will represent them but she seems to be doing more to demonstrate it with her actions, and although they still have a long way to go they're going in the right direction. They could also be demonstrating for many other large cities methods that would be much more effective than going along with the traditional tactics promoted by the media and the political establishment.

These grass roots efforts that have much more impact on reducing crime are rarely ever mentioned by the media. Instead they give traditional politicians plenty of time to promote their policies; occasionally echoing the ideas that come from the grass roots level if that is what it takes to get elected. On the rare occasion that a real grass roots candidate gets elected the traditional media only pays attention that the local level; otherwise other people might get the idea they can elect their own candidates as well.

(This is part of a series of posts exploring the root causes of violent crime and ways to recognize and prevent them. Past posts on the subject include Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows; Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion?; How does gambling and gun control impact violent crime?; Politics, not technology, caused botched executions; Wal-Mart crime: Rolling Back Safety more than prices?; States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations; Teach a soldier to kill and he just might; How much does Income Inequality Affects Crime Rates?; and Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse.)

Another possible contributing factor that may not seem to directly impact crime might be urban farming or the slow food movement, which encourages more community involvement in some cases. This is often accompanied by improvements in what ahs become the Slow Democracy movement described by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout in a book by that name. The following are a couple excerpts from articles describing how this might help reduce crime.

Growing Power?: Social Benefits From Urban Greening Projects by Lynne Westphal

.... This home style tree planting on America Street in Charleston, South Carolina, is a lesson in “standard sociology,” to use the words of Danny Burbank, the city’s superintendent of grounds maintenance and urban forestry. Because the event was organized and implemented entirely by members of Charleston’s East Side neighborhood, a low-income area with high crime rate, the new street trees live happily in the ground as well as in the hearts of the planters. ....

Reducing Crime and Drugs

The effects on crime are only hinted at in the Story of the East Side neighborhood in Charleston (above). Some practitioners report reduced crime and drug dealing on blocks after tree planting, although they rarely do so in print (personal communication with Susan Phillips, formerly with Philadelphia Green). There are several reasons why greening projects might reduce crime.

The new gardens and trees lead to people being outside more, sitting on their porches, talking with their neighbors, working in the garden—and more eyes to see the negative things on the block. This presence also provides social pressure against illegal activities.

Some times the police or firefighters join the greening projects (Ricard. 1994). By working together planting trees, residents and police come to know each other as people rather than as perpetrators and aggressors, which can lead to cooperation in efforts to reduce crime in the affected neighborhoods. It can also work against ‘profiling’—a procedure of guessing who is likely to be engaged in criminal activity based on external characteristics like race and gender.

Finally, trees and gardens are thought to create a higher quality neighborhood, which in turn, fosters more civil behavior. Anthony Bouza (quoted above), as a police captain in Harlem, planted trees in front of the police station houses. Asked by an officer why they were planting trees, Bouza replied “Because I want the [residents] to have beauty and nature … They lead to civilized behavior.” (Kostouros, 1989). Complete article PDF

Metro Detroit Goes Slow And Tastes The Difference Not only are poverty-stricken families provided with fresh food, but these community gardens have also been shown to have rehabilitative effects and reduce crime in their surrounding areas. They have done what food is meant to do: provide nourishment and bring people closer together.

For additional information on this subject or more back up see the following articles:

How to reduce gun crime in California? Why not pay people not to shoot each other?

Richmond California: A city that pays criminals to behave

Huffington Post: Richmond, California Mayor Occupies Wall Street

Seattle Crime Rates

Portland Oregon Crime Rates

Madison Wisconsin Crime Rates

Richmond California Crime Rates

San Diego California Crime Rates

San Francisco California Crime Rates

Community Gardens

Let them eat kale: In Harlem, a farm share for the people

Lynne Westphal

Crime Down Across California: Attorney General

San Diego County's violent crime rate dips in 2013

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wal-Mart Crime report September 2014

As usual there were about a dozen bomb threats this month, and, as far as I know, no actual bombs, especially competent ones. However, at the end of last month, there was a plea bargain for a past bomb threat and there was apparently a large crown and seventy letters in support of the person who made the bomb threat.

Yea the crowd supported defendant not Wal-Mart.

Apparently the defendant was a disgruntled customer who was upset when Wal-Mart refused to accept a return without all of its components. The article doesn't provide enough information to know for certain why all these people supported the defendant in this case but I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with large numbers of people that have had their own problems with returns and the low quality of merchandise at Wal-Mart. Even though I have personally done very little business at Wal-Mart I have seen enough first hand to know they have major problems with returns and this isn't the first time a disgruntled customer has made the news when he overreacted.

There was also another story about a disgruntled employee who overreacted when he was fired and drove his car into the store. This isn't the first time this has happened but when they do overreact it is more common for them to either go on shooting sprees or call in bomb threats although the most common overreactions are almost certainly not extreme enough to make the news.

Wal-Mart has indicated that they're aware they might have a problem with "active shooters" by teaming up with Texas police as part of their "Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training" program. This might seem helpful if it comes to minimizing the damage at the last minute; however it doesn't indicate that they're doing anything to address the root causes that precede many active shooting incidents. If anything it indicates that they're continuing to sweep many aspects of that under the rug.

Many of the past shooting incidents bomb threats and other violent interactions have involved robberies, domestic violence, disgruntled customers or employees; but they're not addressing any of these especially the ones where Wal-Mart might be partially contributing to it. When customers or employees have problems and try to address them through appropriate means it is extremely difficult to get results with their authoritarian management that follows orders from corporate offices made by people who don't seem to know what is happening in the stores.

Wal-Mart employees continue to face retaliation for their actions during some of these events and in Utah they have filed a lawsuit to defend their right to self defense. Several have been fired for not backing off. Without knowing the details of these incidents it is hard to tell their merits but if it is based on policies decided in the corporate office and the local people enforcing them have little discretion of their own, like many other past examples it could turn out to cause problems for them.

They have also faced retaliation for exposing when the company sells expired food.

Other employees continue to face retaliation for petty thefts and Wal-Mart often uses tax payer money to enforce this to the full extent of the law. In one case they had a pregnant employee continue working as a loss prevention officer and when she was pushed by a mother trying to steal baby items the shoplifter was charged of course but little consideration was given to whether they should have pregnant woman in that position at all. Surly they must know that loss prevention officers often face these problems and a closer look at how aggressive they should be is warranted.

Additional stories have turned up about tampered baby formula and a major lawsuit about PCBs is now pending. Wal-Mart is being investigated for seeking donations for political reasons in return for donation for employees in need. They don't pay enough to keep them out of need but it appears they might be willing to pay something if it includes a political benefit for themselves.

There are also plenty of updates about the shooting in Ohio which still hasn't received much national attention although it ahs recieved an enormous amount of local and grass roots attention from alternative media outlets.

Once again the behavior of Wal-Mart is considered so bad that large number of people haven't been able to sort out satire from the real news. A story about Wal-Mart taking over the police force for a Florida town was believed by so many that the police ahd to speak out and say that it was a satire, although a close look at the web sine shows a lot os similar stories. However Wal-Mart has been hiring so many off duty police officers and many real police officers seem to cater to Wal-Mart requests, often according to rules made by politicians collecting campaign money from Walmart, which might come indirectly from either employees or customers that never intended to donate to political causes.

Have you paid attention to what merchandise smells like in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart?

Apparently some kids were spraying Doe Urine on products there.

This isn't the first time a similar event happened; a few months ago in Washington state a man in drag was arrested for urinating on products there.

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 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 September 2014. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart.

Man confesses to Blount County Tenn. bomb threats dating back to January 08/20/2014

Ill. Bomb threat results in probation 09/01/2014

Nicholas A. Lane, 25, of Kewanee was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months probation for making a false bomb threat, a Class 3 felony.

Lane was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, $572.96 in restitution for refrigerated merchandise left in grocery carts, court costs, and 50 hours of community service.

Lane was found guilty in a June 13 bench trial.

The Kewanee Walmart was evacuated for more than four hours last Nov. 19, after Kewanee police received a report that Lane had mentioned something about a bomb in merchandise he was returning after he was told he couldn’t return the item without all of its components.

At the time, a security perimeter was set up, and bomb squads from the Peoria and Springfield area responded, along with Henry County Sheriff’s deputies and two Kewanee Fire Department engines.

First assistant state’s attorney Brian Kerr asked for prison time, along with restitution of $2,275.24 for Walmart for having to pay their employees after they were evacuated for over four hours. Walmart was also asking for over $25,000 in lost revenue for that time period.

Public defender James Cosby argued that Walmart “was not the only game in town in Kewanee” and he felt the $25,000 amount was a “nebulous idea.” Judge Richard Zimmer agreed, and that amount and employee restitution pay were denied.

Cosby noted Lane’s lack of a criminal record, aside from two minor traffic tickets, and said Lane has led a life of public service work.

Gesturing toward the back of the large courtroom, Cosby said in his 13 years as a prosecutor and now as a public defender, “I have never seen this many supporters.”

The court received more than 70 letters supporting Lane. Complete article

Man Arrested For Trying To Steal From Glenpool Ok. Walmart 09/01/2014

Woman charged with theft, trespass at NH Walmart 09/01/2014

Police: Over 2 dozen well-cared for pot plants found near Vt. Walmart store 09/02/2014

Police Arrest Man at gunpoint in SD Walmart Parking Lot 09/02/2014

Report: SC Walmart shoplifter tries to climb out cop car window while cuffed 09/22/2014

Tenn. Walmart employee accused of stealing thousands in merchandise 09/02/2014

Suspect sprays Tenn. Walmart employees with mace, flees with cash 09/02/2014

Former Wal-Mart Employee Faces Theft Charges in Union County 09/02/2014

Steamboat Srings Colorado Walmart evacuated after seizures 09/02/2014

Driver hits Walmart in Clearwater Fla. 09/02/2014

Wal-Mart to patrol Williston Fla.? The Internet said so 09/02/2014

Wal-Mart may be expanding beyond the world of retail, but running the Williston Police Department isn’t part of the superstore’s plans.

About a week ago, an article on the National Report website reported that the city of Williston would replace its police department with a privatized force managed completely by Wal-Mart.

The National Report is an online source claiming to be “America’s #1 Independent News Source.” The site’s legal page states its articles “may include unconfirmed or satirical material.” Complete article

Small Florida Town Signs Police Privatization Deal With Walmart .... or not, at least not yet 08/26/2014

Walmart is known throughout the nation and around the globe for dabbling in fields other than retail, from hair cuts to auto repair to commercial realty and beyond. And starting in January 2015, they’ll be adding their first public-sector service to the company’s already extensive resume: law enforcement.

On Friday, the town of Williston, Florida signed a deal with the world’s largest retail chain to replace their local police department with a new, privatized police force that is trained, managed, and wholly operated by Walmart. The deal would relieve the town’s local tax coffers by costing only 18% annually of what they currently spend on their police budget, in exchange for Walmart getting to test out the new service for one full year, all with mayoral and town council oversight. Complete article

Judge denies restraining order in SD Walmart case 09/02/2014

Woman Arrested for Stealing from Pa. Walmart 09/02/2014

A tough time for Iowa Walmart: construction workers for emergency repair of Walmart get in knife fight at nearby hotel 09/02/2014

Two Orlando Fla. suspects plead guilty in $2M Sams Club, Wal-Mart scam 09/03/2014

DA: Drunk driver crashes car into Framingham Ma. Walmart 09/03/2014

Ohio Walmart video reveals moments before officer killed man on cellphone 09/24/2014

Surveillance footage from an Ohio Walmart store, where police killed a young black man who was holding an unloaded air rifle and talking on his cellphone, shows he was was shot from the side as he moved to run away from advancing officers.

Police had repeatedly been told via a customer on the line to a 911 dispatcher that John Crawford III was pointing the gun at shoppers and may have loaded it with bullets. But the footage, released by prosecutors on Wednesday, shows Crawford walking past several customers in the minutes before he died without pointing the gun at them. ......

The 911 caller, Ronald Ritchie, later clarified to the Guardian in an interview that “at no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody”, stressing instead that Crawford had been “waving it around” and that the muzzle had moved in the direction of other shoppers. Ritchie told the dispatcher that Crawford pointed the rifle at two children, which the footage disproves.

The footage, which was viewed by the grand jury, showed that Crawford did not move from the spot in a corner of the store on which he was already standing by the time Ritchie called 911 to report that a six-feet-tall black man was walking around with a gun. ....

Crawford, who was speaking on the phone to the mother of his two young sons, had picked up the unpackaged air rifle from a shelf three minutes earlier, and continued wandering the aisles. Piepmeier said the item was “designed to look like the Real McCoy”. The footage showed that Crawford quickly passed four other shoppers. He did not appear to point the rifle at any of them. The two people whose bodies could be seen in full did not visibly react to Crawford or the rifle as he passed them.

Crawford then moved in and out of range of the store’s several surveillance cameras for the next two minutes. He could not be seen pointing the BB rifle at any other customers during the footage that was recorded. ..... Complete Article

Ohio investigators close Beavercreek Wal-Mart store to reconstruct fatal police shooting 09/03/2014

Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting victim was 'figuring out his next step' 09/05/2014

Doubts cast on witness's account of black man killed by police in Beavercreek Ohio Walmart 09/07/2014

Fairfield man's father says he heard son dying after Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting 09/08/2014

Crawford attorney concerned that witness saw video of Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting 09/09/2014

Suspect sought in June Ind. Wal-Mart shooting 09/09/2014

Blotter: Dead body in Montana WalMart parking lot, burglary at recycling company 09/09/2014

Police: Durham NC man stole children’s hospital donations from Walmart 09/09/2014

Beavercreek Ohio considers hiring PR firm in wake of fatal Walmart shooting 09/09/2014

Rev. Al Sharpton asks Ohio AG to release tape in Beavercreek Walmart shooting 09/18/2014

Why Did Cops Shoot Black Man in Beavercreek Ohio Walmart? 09/22/2014

Beavercreek Walmart shooting resonates with woman whose son killed by officer 09/22/2014

Demonstrators want justice served in Beavercreek Walmart shooting 09/22/2014

U.S. Justice Department to Review Beavercreek Ohio Walmart Shooting Case 09/24/2014

Ohio Student Assoc. discusses Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting 09/24/2014

1 officer in Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting to remain on desk duty 09/24/2014

Ohio police given 'pep talk' on shooting scenarios ahead of Walmart encounter 09/25/2014

Coroner: Williams death at Walmart ruled homicide 09/26/2014

Officer reports released in Walmart shooting 09/26/2014

'It was a crank call': family seeks action against 911 caller in Walmart shooting 09/26/2014

Beavercreek Ohio Walmart no longer selling air rifles 09/26/2014

Family attorney responds to officer's narrative about fatal Walmart shooting 09/27/2014

Police officer who shot black man in Walmart lied, victim's mother says 09/29/2014

Gov. Kasich makes statement on Walmart shooting 09/30/2014

Fired Utah Wal-Mart workers say they have right to self-defense 09/03/2014

Employees of Utah companies should not have to choose between self-defense and their job, an attorney for six fired Wal-Mart employees told the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Lorraine Brown, an attorney for the six who were fired after confrontations with shoplifting customers or another employee’s angry spouse, told the court that Utah workers sometimes had to confront a "terrible choice" of trying to ensure their own safety or keeping their jobs.

"No employee should be required to make this choice," Brown told the court.

The case arose out of Wal-Mart’s firing of the six for violating company policy that requires them to back away from confrontations where a suspected shoplifter or customer brandishes a weapon, then withdraw to a safe position and call law enforcement. Complete article

Police say woman stole nearly $2,900 in goods from Pa. Walmart 09/03/2014

Man Wanted in Counterfeit Checks Case at Ashland Ky. Walmart 09/03/2014

Police looking for man accused of flashing teen at Ga. Walmart 09/03/2014

Police: Man steals money from Carlisle Pa. Walmart cash back machine 09/04/2014

Police in Carlisle Pa. looking for man who took $80 mistakenly left at Walmart 09/04/2014

Cops: Dad charged with neglect for leaving infant alone in Fla. Wal-Mart 09/04/2014

Saginaw Mich. man gets 6 years in prison for using knife in theft attempt at Walmart 09/04/2014

Gawker: Walmart Workers Rant About the "Nonsense" New Dress Code 09/03/2014

Authorities: Man drove car into Sulphur La. Walmart after getting fired 09/04/201

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Authorities said a 19-year-old man drove his vehicle into the entrance of the Sulphur Walmart after being fired Thursday morning.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said Andre Marquise Hofemann was arrested on charges of simple battery of an officer and aggravated criminal damage to property.

Coats said Hofemann, of Lake Charles, was fired and escorted out of the store around 9:30 a.m.

"The employee then entered his vehicle and left the employee section of the parking lot, driving directly in front of the market entrance doors," Coats said. "After passing the barricades, the employee then drove onto the sidewalk between the barricades and building and crashed through the market entrance." Complete article

Lower Nazareth Pa. Walmart robbed of iPads by gunman 09/04/2014

Woman loses prepaid credit card at Ala. Wal-Mart; man uses it to buy a TV 09/05/2014

Police: Shoplifting suspects pepper sprayed SC Wal-Mart employee 09/05/2014

Police investigate false report of bomb in Kennewick Washington State Walmart 09/05/2014

Mom arrested for leaving toddler, 18-month-old twins in hot van outside Va. Walmart 09/05/2014

Tiffin Ohio Walmart closed after early morning fire 09/05/2014

Fugitive arrested in Del. Wal-Mart, police say 09/05/2014

Shelby County Alabama woman arrested for allegedly producing meth in Wal-Mart parking lot 09/05/2014

14 Laid Off By Arkansas Toy Car Maker in Blow to Wal-Mart's 'Made in USA' Initiative 09/05/2014

Police arrest man who allegedly tried to stab NM Wal-Mart employee with hypodermic needle 09/05/2014

NC father accused of leaving baby in car to shop at Walmart 09/05/2014

Stroudsburg Pa. designer says Wal-Mart is selling copies of her toys 09/0/2014

Police arrest pair for shoplifting at NH Walmart 09/06/2014

Omaha Nebraska Walmart, Employee Robbed At Gunpoint 09/06/2014

Mom finds baby formula tampered with at North Bergen NJ Wal-Mart, report says 09/06/2014

A North Jersey mother was shocked to discover the baby formula she was about to feed her infant child was tampered with, according to

The Wal-Mart Supercenter, at 2100 88th St. in North Bergen, recently sold Shaquette Morgan a new can of Enfamil baby formula on Wednesday, according to the article.

But when Morgan brought the baby food home to feed her five-month-old daughter, she found the security seal meddled with, according to the article.

While Morgan said the seal on the outside of the can appeared intact, the seal to the inside pouch containing the formula was broken, according to the article. Complete article

Man accused of stealing car from Fla. Wal-Mart parking lot 09/06/2014

Report: 18-year-old shot in parking lot of Goldsboro NC Walmart 09/07/2014

Police investigate death at Walmart in Berlin Delaware 09/07/2014

Police: Doe urine sprayed on products at Owasso Ok. Walmart 09/07/2014

OWASSO, Okla. — Imagine going to Walmart only to find that what you need is off the shelf. Not because it’s out of stock, but because it’s been soaked with doe urine.

Arrest and booking reports show that the damage amounted to more than $2,500.

Shoppers at the Owasso Walmart were shocked to hear what happened.

“It’s weird. It’s very weird and disgusting,” Cali Emberson said. Complete article

Thieves heist TV’s from Waterford Conn. Wal-Mart 09/08/2014

Criminal charges possible after fire at Walmart store in Tiffin Ohio 09/08/2014

Drug deal gone wrong leaves man's head bleeding at Athens Alabama Wal-Mart, police say 09/08/2014

Stroudsburg Pa. designer touts evidence: Rival bought her wares to copy for Wal-Mart 09/09/2014

Newport man arrested after allegedly photographing child in Me. Walmart bathroom 09/09/2014

Woman accused of using fake money at Fla. Walmart 09/09/2014

Walmart and Walgreens Won't Stop Selling Smokes, But Will The Decision Backfire? 09/09/2014

Fugitive in 2012 case arrested leaving Clearlake Ca. Wal-Mart 09/10/2014

Woman accused of stealing motorized Mich. Wal-Mart wheelchair, driving off with allegedly stolen items 09/10/2014

Richmond Tx. Walmart evacuated after workers report dizziness 09/10/2014

Woman Admits to Stealing Toothpaste From Del. Walmart 09/10/2014

Tacoma Wash. council violated open meetings law on anti-Walmart moratorium, developer alleges in lawsuit 09/10/2014

Fla. Walmart manager accused of sexually assaulting employee 09/10/2014

Armed robber hits newly reopened Walmart in eastern New Orleans, La., police say 09/1/2014

2 pedestrians struck in front of Walmart in Vineland, N.J. 09/11/2014

Walmart sign on dress code made fun of 09/11/2014

Mom arrested after leaving 2 kids in car at Villa Rica Ga. Walmart 09/11/2014

Retiree stalked and masturbated near Fla. Walmart shopper, police say 09/1/2014

Montana Walmart gun theft suspect in Yellowstone County jail, faces federal charges 09/11/2014

Large alligator captured near Leland NC Walmart 09/11/2014

Detectives: Suspect In Riverbank Murder Arrested At Turlock Ca. Walmart 09/11/2014

Police Investigating Attempted Kidnapping At San Marcos Tx. Walmart 09/11/2014

Bethlehem man accused of stealing $1,600 in baby formula from Whitehall Pa. Walmart 09/12/2014

Husband goes after purse snatcher at Tx. Walmart 09/12/2014

Man wanted for stealing credit cards from cars, using them at Newport News Va. Walmart stores 09/12/2014

Gas leak prompts Washington State WalMart evacuation 09/12/2014

Deputies: Man tries to use stolen credit card at NC Walmart 09/12/2014

Lake Hallie Wisc. Wal-Mart customer gets tased twice after causing disturbance 09/13/2014

Body Of Man Found In Trunk Of Car At Walmart In Riverside Ca. 09/13/2014

Fla. Walmart employees attacked during theft, suspects sought 09/15/2014

Second Tenn. Harvest Food Bank asking for votes in Walmart grant initiative 09/15/2014

Wal-Mart Spokesman Said to Resign Over Resume Falsehood 09/16/2014

Robbers slash a man's face in a Utah Walmart parking lot overnight 09/16/2014

Men stole 165 used car batteries in NC Walmart break-in, Raleigh police charge 09/16/2014

Three arrested in SC Walmart parking lot purse snatching 09/16/2014

Wal-Mart settles NY false advertising case; stores sold Coca-Cola at inflated price, claimed it was due to 'Sugar Tax' 09/16/2014

Going shopping at an Alabama Walmart? Add car insurance to the list 09/16/2014

Springfield Mass. police seek public's help as they seek 2 men suspected of stealing $710 from Boston Road Walmart cash register 09/16/2014

2 inmates who fled work detail caught at Va. Wal-Mart 09/16/2014

NC Walmart protest group continues work on plan of action 09/16/2014

Two injured in crash at Wal-Mart in East Stroudsburg Pa. 09/17/2014

Lawsuit filed over discovery of PCBs at Ind. Walmart facility 09/18/2014

An Indianapolis law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Walmart and corporate affiliates involved in an Eastside facility where PCBs were discovered, it announced today.

PCBs — or polychlorinated biphenyls — are highly toxic man-made carcinogens that accumulate in the body, according a release from Price Waicukauski & Riley LLC. The law firm bringing the suit on behalf of an employee who worked at a Walmart sorting facility at 3333 N. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis.

The production of PCBs was banned in 1979, according to the release. Complete article

Hundreds of Indianapolis Ind. Walmart warehouse workers tested for PCB exposure 09/17/2014

200 workers at Ind. Walmart return center won't get free blood testing for PCB contamination 09/18/2014

Employee speaks out about contaminated Ind. facility as Walmart faces third lawsuit 09/25/2014

Owner of contaminated Ind. Walmart building has "revoked" Indiana business status 09/2/2014

Firefighters called to Nebraska Walmart for possible gas leak 09/17/2014

Houston Tx. Walmart and Mississippi businesses target of bomb scare 09/17/2014

Corrections officer charged, resigns after alleged theft of Legos from Nebraska Wal-Mart 09/18/2014

Rape suspect arrested at Walmart in Ridgeland Mississippi 09/18/2014

Suspect takes beer, diapers from Tucson Ariz. Walmart 09/18/2014

Bomb threat leads to evacuation of Roeland Park Ka. Walmart 09/18/2014

Surveillance cameras capture dramatic rollover crash in Ga. Walmart parking lot 09/18/2014

2 wanted for multiple Tenn. Walmart thefts 09/1/2014

Jackson Miss. judge: Shoplifters banned from Walmart 09/19/2014 For stealing fourteen pairs of underwear or items that totaled a few dollars.

Nebraska Supreme Court rules in favor of Walmart in worker's death 09/19/2014

Fla. Wal-Mart manager accused of store theft 09/20/2014

SUMMERFIELD -- A Wal-Mart manager was arrested by a sheriff’s deputy on Friday for stealing less than $100 worth of clothing, according to officials.

Deputy Gregory Spicher went to the megastore at 17961 S. U.S. 441 and talked with another manager at the business. The deputy was told that Tiffany Harshman, a customer service manager, had left the store after admitting to taking two packs of men’s T-shirts and three packs of men’s underwear. The items taken totaled $65.83 before tax, officials said. Complete article

Shoplifting suspect stabs loss prevention employee with scissors at Wal-Mart in Roebuck Alabama 09/20/2014

Woman charged with battery against pregnant loss prevention officer in Fla. Wal-Mart theft case 09/20/2014

A woman caught shoplifting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman for shoving an obviously pregnant loss prevention officer who was trying to stop her, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

Shariea Kylla Wims, 25, of 3306 SE 23rd Ave., was also charged with petty theft for the incident, which occurred at the Waldo Road store about 5:13 p.m Friday, the report states. Complete article

Ontario Walmart ups security measures 09/21/2014

Walmart at 85th & Minn. Sioux Falls South Dakota in court over ballot language 09/20/2014

Labor Groups Seek Probe of Wal-Mart's PAC 08/22/2014

Labor and advocacy groups are seeking an investigation into whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. violated federal election laws by soliciting employees for donations to its political-action committee in exchange for charitable contributions to a fund that helps Wal-Mart employees in need.

U.S. companies are banned under federal election law from giving money directly to political-action committees. Corporations can use their own funds to administer PACs but are prohibited from compensating contributors for their donations.

In a complaint to be filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday, the groups are asking the FEC to determine whether the company flouted campaign-finance laws with a program that began more than a decade ago and matches every dollar employees donate to the retailer’s PAC with an additional $2 donation to the Wal-Mart Associates in Critical Need Trust. Hourly employees aren’t eligible to participate in the program. Wal-Mart’s PAC received $2.8 million in contributions in the last 20 months, according to FEC filings.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the company is confident its matching program is lawful and that the FEC will find the complaint lacks merit. The FEC declined to comment.

Ruling on a dozen related cases over the last 30 years, the FEC has found that certain charitable matching donation programs are lawful on the view that companies can match employee contributions to a corporate PAC on a one-to-one basis as long as employees don’t get any financial or tangible benefit in return. The commission has considered this a fundraising or solicitation expense.

To drive more dollars to their lobbying coffers, some companies, including Coca-Cola Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co., offer to make charitable contributions on behalf of their employees in exchange for PAC donations.

Most of those programs offer one-to-one matches to public, unaffiliated charities and allow employees to choose where to direct the money, said Stephen Spaulding, policy counsel for Common Cause, a social welfare nonprofit that is a signatory to the complaint. In Wal-Mart’s case, “employees themselves benefit from the donation because the match is limited to a fund that only supports Wal-Mart employees,” he said.

OUR Walmart, a worker advocacy group affiliated with and partly funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and consumer advocacy nonprofit Public Citizen are also signatories to the complaint. Original article

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Up To Speed: Wal-Mart accused of skirting elections law and other top U.S. business news (Video) 09/22/2014

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Police: Man steals 2 rifles from Virginia Beach Walmart 09/23/2014

Police looking for man who robbed Charlotte NC Walmart 09/23/2014

Walmart partners with Texas State active shooter awareness program 09/22/2014

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Focusing on safety, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State has announced an unprecedented partnership.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer in revenue, is working with ALERRT for new training material for more than one million employees. It will teach them how to deal with workplace violence.

ALERRT’s active shooter training program is well known. Now, the Avoid Deny Defend program will teach Walmart employees. Complete article

Shoplifter arrested at NH Walmart 09/22/2014

Woman charged with battery for striking her child in Ind. Wal-Mart 09/23/2014

NC man confesses to 1997 Ariz. murder after receiving texts from Walmart 09/23/2014

Man stabbed over Walmart parking space in Espanola NM 09/23/2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. —An Espanola man with a violent and deadly past is in trouble after police said he stabbed a man over a Walmart parking spot.

Ronnie Vigil faces charges for stabbing another man after the two argued who should have gotten a parking spot on Friday.

“It was an act of self-defense,” Vigil said. “He approached me while I was holding my son walking away … I asked him and pleaded and begged for him to let me go and he wouldn't let me go.”

Police don’t buy Vigil’s claims of self-defense, considering the surveillance videos of the incident. Investigators said the video clearly shows Vigil pulling out a pocket knife and swinging at the other man. Complete article

Lizella Ga. women hurt in robbery outside Wal-Mart 09/23/2014

Police seek ID of RI Walmart counterfeiting suspect 09/24/2014

New Jersey family claims 3-year-old son found porn on tablet from Walmart (VIDEO) 09/24/2014

Boyd gets fourth competency exam in Neenah Wisc. Walmart shooting 09/24/2014

WCSO seeking suspect in Fla. Wal-Mart thefts 09/24/2014

Six computers stolen from Oakwood Ga. Wal-Mart 09/24/2014

Police arrest suspect in attempted Tx. Walmart kidnapping 09/25/2014

NJ Cops: 2 stole Wal-Mart filing cabinet containing $3K in drugs 09/25/2014

Loiterers arrested in Ga. Walmart lot 09/25/2014

Employees face 99 charges in thefts at Ind. Wal-Mart 09/26/2014

Cops: Man tries to pass fake $100 at Burlington Twp. NJ Wal-Mart, Party City 09/25/2014

Police: Shoplifting Suspect Critically Injured In Shooting Outside Tenn. Walmart Store 09/26/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police in Nashville are investigating the overnight shooting of an alleged shoplifting suspect by an armed security guard in the parking lot of a Walmart store.

Metropolitan Nashville Police said it happened around 11:30 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Gallatin Avenue.

Police said 21-year-old DeMarko Peoples took a case of beer and a bag of dog food without paying for the items. A security guard inside the store yelled for Peoples to stop, but he reportedly ran and got into a 2009-model Nissan Altima. ....

“[Williams] said at some point in time when that car was driving by his weapon discharged. He stated he doesn't remember shooting the gun, he doesn't remember having his finger on the trigger. It just went off for some unknown reason,” said Metro Police Captain David Imhof. Complete article

Police: Tenn. Walmart security guard shot man who was stealing beer 09/26/2014

CMPD: Man accused in NC Walmart robbery tied to several other crimes 09/26/2014

Man charged with sex crimes against boys inside Henrico Va. Walmart 09/26/2014

Wal-Mart Markets Face Opposition in Northeast Mississippi 09/26/2014

Two wanted for stealing DVDs, Blu-Rays from Tabb Va. Walmart 09/26/2014

Craigslist transaction turns violent in Ga. Walmart parking lot 09/26/2014

Fla. Police: Woman stole Wal-Mart crates, tried to ram managers with truck 09/27/2014

Robber hits Overland Park Kansas Walmart store 09/27/2014

Teens arrested for Parkouring on top of Utica NY Walmart 09/28/2014

Yuma Ariz. Council to eye petition against Walmart plan 09/28/2014

Police search for armed man who robbed Orlando Fla. Walmart 09/29/2014

Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Kansas Wal-Mart 09/16/2014

Bomb threat clears Clovis Ca. Walmart 09/17/2014

Whitehall Ohio Authorities Investigate Report of Bomb Threat at Walmart 09/21/2014

Police investigate bomb threat at Alliance Ohio Walmart 09/22/2014

Niles Mich. Walmart reopens after bomb threat 09/26/2014

Bomb threat evacuates Ga. Walmart 09/26/2014

Police: Man called in bomb threat at Walmart in Orlando Fla. 09/30/2014

Fishing line prank injures toddler at a Oklahoma Walmart 09/29/2014

Man Caught on Camera Stealing Cash from Pa. Walmart Register 09/29/2014

Attorney: 'Appalling' for Wal-Mart to blame Morgan 09/30/2014

Suspects sought for larceny at Reidsville NC Walmart 09/30/2014

U.S. Judge Says Wal-Mart Must Face Mexican-Bribe Claims 09/30/2014

Following mistrial, new trial begins for Lewisberry man accused of indecent assault of 2-year-old at Pa. Walmart 09/30/2014

Three face charges after incident at East Greenbush NY Walmart 09/30/2014

Bomb Threat Briefly Closes Manchester, New Hampshire Walmart 09/30/2014

5 new lows for Wal-Mart — just this month 09/24/2014

Profiting off its new uniform policy. Faking a state sales tax. Abusing animals to promote soda. These are just some of the ways the world’s largest private employer has stooped to new lows this month. Here are five developments that expose the extent of Walmart’s greed.

1. Walmart set to profit off workers from its newly imposed dress code ...

2. Walmart fires workers who exposed the company selling expired food. ...

3. Walmart lies about a state “sugar-tax” to explain prices to customers. ...

4. Walmart harms animals for advertisement. ...

5. Walmart is even greedy with charity. ... Complete article