Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bernie overturn cheating to win nomination or endorse Jill Stein!!

The media has been trying to present Hillary Clinton as the inevitable nominee for the Democratic Party for years, long before even one person had a chance to vote in either Iowa or New Hampshire; and every time they have an opportunity to try to declare Bernie Sanders candidacy to be over they do.

They've been doing this since the New York primary at an escalating pace without mentioning the problems with voting there that gave her an enormous edge often after the initial reports. As I explained in Can Hillary Clinton win without cheating? there have been voting problems in at least fifteen to eighteen different states and the stories have been growing, often faster than I can update this list. Recent stories indicate that if Bernie Sanders contests it Illinois might be overturned due to voter manipulation and several more states have even bigger problems including New York and Arizona which might have the biggest problems with voter suppression of all.

There are enough problems with the voting irregularities to raise serious doubts about the legitimacy of this election. When you add in the much larger advantage the media gives Hillary Clinton in this election and establishment candidates of their choice in others, there is no legitimacy to this election system. Jeff Weaver has been ridiculed by saying that he might try to win by convincing "super-delegates" to changes sides since Bernie Sanders is more electable than Hillary Clinton. This may seem to be inappropriate, but if we can't get a new election which is the most appropriate way to handle it then it is a better way to correct the problems long enough to overhaul the election system so that everyone can access the information they need, including an opportunity to hear from all candidates not just ones that collect bribes thinly disguised as campaign contributions, in the next election and ensure that they're vote is counted.

This is obviously a flawed way of handling it but it isn't as bad as ignoring the much larger problems, which is what the media is doing.

While trying to make Bernie Sanders appear as if he is inevitably going to lose they asked him if he would endorse Hillary Clinton and he indicated that it would be up to her to earn the votes of his supporters; and that he would do everything he could to ensure that a Republican isn't elected.

In a Town Hall immediately following his on MSNBC Rachel Maddow started by asking Hillary Clinton what she would do if anything to earn the support of Bernie Sanders supporters and if she would change any of her positions. She responded angrily and said that when she lost in 2008 she did everything she could to support Barack Obama without conditions and indicated that since she had so many votes that him that he should simply do the same for her without question.

Of course she didn't mention any of the epidemic voting problems or the enormous advantage the media was giving her with their coverage. Many Bernie Sanders supporters are fully aware of this and they're also aware that after campaigning as a progressive promising to put on a comfortable pair of shoes and walk the picket line if necessary and not to hire lobbyists among other things Barack Obama did the opposite once he got in office breaking most of his promises unless there was an enormous amount of protests keeping him honest, or at least preventing him from breaking too many more promises.

Despite all her rhetoric and flip-flopping during the campaign, Hillary Clinton hasn't done nearly as good a job pretending to support the public when all evidence indicates that she'll cater to her contributors once in office, assuming the media and political establishment manages to rig the election for her.

Donald Trump is already calling her "Crooked Hillary" and can be expected to repeat it over and over again between now and the election; and even though he exaggerates and lies about a lot of things there is an enormous amount of evidence to indicate that he is right about this one on many subjects from reliable sources. I provided a long list of these stories on several posts including Why would anyone consider Hillary Clinton if they knew this?

The media has repeatedly said that Trump has the worst approval rating ever; and that Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are almost as bad; perhaps the three candidates with the worst approval ratings since polling began are running this year. The reason for this has an enormous amount to do with the media coverage given to these candidates. With the consolidated media they have the ability to rig elections for their candidates by simply refusing to give any coverage at all to progressive candidates; and that is what they almost always do.

For one reason or another they gave insane amounts of coverage to these candidates without providing fair coverage for any decent candidates, enabling these outrageous candidates to rise to the top. Bernie Sanders has shown there is an enormous amount of support for real reform. Hillary Clinton doesn't come close to attracting the crowds and enthusiasm that Bernie Sanders does.

They might be able to rig the media coverage and perhaps in many cases the votes making it seem like she has much more support than he does but they can't fake that!

Just because Bernie promised to do what he can to prevent a Republican from being elected doesn't mean that he has to support Hillary Clinton who is as corrupt on financial issues and war mongering as the Republicans. He can either continue fighting to convince the public to support himself; of if they successfully rig the media coverage and votes, like they did in 2000; he can put his weight behind Jill Stein.

When he ran as a Democrat he ran the risk of saving the Democratic primary while providing a modest amount of reform and adding his credibility to the corrupt establishment. If he wins then that risk is still there but his supporters aren't going to forget who the real progressives are, assuming they continue doing their research.

The worst thing that could happen is if he loses as a result of cheating and he adds his credibility to their party even though they aren't doing more than a token amount of reform; and his response indicates he knows that his supporters won't fall for that.

Fortunately it clearly isn't over yet and there is even an effort that is beginning to organize a March on the Democratic National Convention 2016! with additional support at Bernie Supporters March on Philadelphia - Democratic National Convention and at the Democratic Underground This could be the biggest protest in years thanks to the incredibly bad candidates the establishment is trying to push through especially when they're trying to shut out much better candidates with well informed grassroots support that won't fall for media lies.

If these protests turn out to be large enough they could either convince the Democratic Party to start fixing the system by giving Bernie Sanders the nomination, since his campaign hasn't been dependent on epidemic amounts of fraud and begin cooperating with further reforms. Obviously many of the insiders may not go along with this but if there's enough pressure from the real grassroots they might not have a choice especially if they realize that refusing to nominate Bernie Sanders would jeopardize their duopoly by having enormous turnout from alternative parties including Jill Stein and the Greens.

If they do give Sanders the nomination hoping to preserve their duopoly it will be up to the public to pursue Instant Run-Off elections alternative media outlets until we can get media reform and more reliance on ballot initiatives.

Regardless of how or why we wound up in this insane situation it has potentially created the biggest challenge to the corporate duopoly in decades. It is virtually guaranteed that there will be another alternative party candidate from the Libertarian Party on the right; and with record breaking negative polling it is highly unlikely that Donald Trump will win.

Besides Hillary Clinton is simply not much better and falling for the same lesser of two evils trick while large portions of the country falls apart isn't much if nay better than Donald Trump, especially since the outrage of all these people provides the greatest alternative which is real reform, either with Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein.

The claim that Hillary Clinton has that much more support than Bernie Sanders because of the votes in a seriously rigged system with enormous amounts of corporate propaganda given to the people instead of the most important stories about Hillary Clinton and other candidates is no more credible than Joseph Stalin's claims to have won 98% to 99% percent in election when he was still in power!

As I've said in numerous posts since Invest in Activism, AND Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Grassroots and more before that the most important thing is grassroots activism; but we also need candidates in office that are at least trying to do their best so that we aren't fighting them tooth and nail just to prevent them from making things worse. With Clinton that would be even tougher than with Obama who broke many promises including to put on a pair of "comfortable shoes" not hire lobbyists and much more. Clinton clearly isn't even trying to do a good job pretending. But even Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein isn't a messiah and they don't pretend to be.

On at least one issue Jill Stein might actually be better than Bernie Sanders. He has repeatedly said that he favors arming and training Muslims to fight ISIS. That is how they were created in the first place. If we continue arming and training anyone we should keep it to a minimum since many of the groups we armed in past have turned against us or sold weapons to enemies.

It is far better to simply stop bombing Muslim countries turning people against us and making terrorists seem like lesser of two evils to some. If most Americans were being bombed by American bombs they would be much more likely to see this. This won't solve all problems but it would dry up the support for ISIS and help turn Muslims against ISIS. And developing functioning local economies both here and abroad will help reduce root causes as well.

Even after the eastern primaries including Pennsylvania Clinton is still only ahead by about 327 pledged delegates and there is still a chance to pull ahead, especially if they challenge voter irregularities. If they do this and have enough people let them know that they're not going to take it any more they could still get the nomination.

But if they rig it for Hillary Clinton and try to make us choose the lesser evil a Sanders endorsement could provide the boost and attention Jill Stein and the Grassroots movement they need to win and break up the duopoly.

If Bernie Sanders doesn't do this and the outrage is enough they could still do this; but refusing to try is submitting to corporate rule without accountability.

Which sounds an awful lot like submitting to tyranny!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Is Negligent Homicide And Treason More Polite Than criticizing Super-Delegates

Recently there has been a lot of media coverage about how "rude" Bernie Sanders supporters are when they ask Super-Delegates to respect the will of the people.

There has been a lot of outrage about a speaker at Bernie Sander's rally who said, "Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.”

When a poor pedophile gets caught raping and killing one child there is typically an enormous amount of outrage about that; and few if anyone, including me, would doubt that it is justified.

When large institution run by people out of touch with the lower or middle class start wars based on lies killing thousands of people; profit off of pollution killing thousands more people; profit by denying medicare for all coverage to thousands of people resulting in their deaths and many other activities that cost the rest of us enormous amounts so they can increase profits there is little or no outrage from the people that control the mass media.

Why would there be?

They're getting their cut of the loot being stolen from the public and they have access to security and health care even if the rest of us don't.

Health care companies that profit off of the current system spend and enormous amount of money on advertising so the media gets an enormous profit from them. They also donate an enormous amount of money to political campaigns including to Hillary Clinton and many of the members of congress that Paul Song said he was referring to. After taking this money they preserve a system that doesn't work nearly as well as the systems in countries with Single Payer Health care.

The media doesn't report most if any of this so that the public will have accurate information to make their decisions.

They don't call it bribery even though it clearly accomplishes the same goal.

This pattern is repeated in one industry after another, where the leaders of powerful institutions are paid enormous amounts of money for controlling the industry but large amounts of expenses go towards work like advertising, lobbying, union busting, public relations that do far more to shift wealth to the rich than serve a public good for the majority.

The same goes for the so called "Super-Delegates" who often take campaign contributions from the same corporations involved in epidemic amounts of fraud or in many cases they are lobbyists or fund raisers instead of public officials elected by the people. The vast majority of the people have little or no say who these people are and they can overturn their votes the way the system is set up.

People who go through the details of this get little or no access to traditional media and often make their case on alternative media outlets that can't reach the majority of the public; but they generally do a much better job siting sources and making their case than the media pundits that do have reach the majority of the public. Instead of educating the public these pundits repeat the same propaganda over and over again.

One of the things they repeat over and over again is outrage about a critic using the phrase "Democratic whores" without putting it in it's full context. When they began this frenzy there were a few reports citing part of his speech but what was repeated over and over again was the same phrase, "Democratic whores," without reminding the public that he was complaining about the system being rigged. Mainstream media did little or nothing to confirm or deny whether this claim is reasonably close to the truth, which it is.

People that are accustomed to checking alternative media outlets are much more likely to know the details about how the system is rigged and how much money that could be going toward health care or other services in other industries actually goes to corporate bureaucracy primarily designed to shift wealth to the rich. They might also be more familiar with how the Super-Delegate system works, assuming they can sort through the details which are often intentionally complicated so that only those involved in the establishment understand or benefit from them.

However on one relatively recent occasion Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted, “Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,” (Un-Democratic Party: DNC chair says superdelegates ensure elites don’t have to run “against grassroots activists” 02/13/2016) This essentially means that if the alternative media manages to inform the public about many important issues and they use this information to win the majority of the popular vote the "Super-Delegates" can overrule the will of the people and choose a candidate that will cater to camping contributors while giving the majority more propaganda instead of keeping promises, which has been standard operating procedure.

Many people are justifiably outraged by that!

The vast majority of complaints that I have seen aren't exceptionally rude but few people from mainstream media pay any attention to them, and only those checking social media ever hear about them. Some of them are inevitably angry; but even in most of these cases they are less "rude" than many of the pundits that aren't criticized for their manners if they cater to corporate interests.

Outrageous policies that do enormous amounts of damage to the majority of the public especially the poorest people with the least resources. Often these are the people that do the menial labor that makes the high standard of living possible for corporate CEOs and politicians like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton.

A modest amount of research will turn up evidence that, like most politicians, Hillary Clinton's, record isn't remotely like her campaign propaganda; and if elected she will almost certainly follow past patterns. The state department lobbied against an increase of the minimum wage from 31 cents to 61 cents in Haiti, under her leadership. She didn't speak about supporting twelve dollars an hour until the fight for fifteen was well under way and it was as what she considered a more practical alternative to appease the public.

Now we're supposed to believe she led the fight for higher wages?

Her E-Mails disclosed her support for the coup in Honduras which led to many refugees; then instead of admitting to the problem and at least letting the poor children and their parents that fled from her abuse she said they have to go back.

Whether it's children being polluted by the fracking she promotes, the children turned into slave labor in sweat shops either in Haiti or other parts of the world producing goods for Walmart or the refugees from her foreign policies disasters or many other disaster produced by clueless bureaucrats these decisions do thousands of times more damage than when one pedophile rapes and kills a child.

Ironically Hillary once laughed about defending a pedophile.

Even when it comes to pedophiles there is an enormous amount of research to indicate what causes that and that most of them were abuse themselves as children. This means that if the mainstream media or political establishment educated the public about this and created policies that would do more to protect children from being abused they would be much less likely to grow up to be abusive parents themselves.

However, the establishment continues to promote policies that focus on punishing after the fact instead of preventing root causes so they pass up an opportunity to prevent domestic violence as well.

There really does seem to be evidence that the claim that politicians are "corporate Democratic whores" or something close. The biggest problem might not be that they aren't "Democratic" at all, since they don't respond to the will of the people. Perhaps they should just be called "corporate whores" serving corrupt interests and arranging for "Media whores" to provide the propaganda that makes their atrocities seem polite.

At least with traditional prostitutes people aren't lead to expect honesty or integrity. It is hard to see why people would believe many politicians including Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton have any integrity at all; and yet we're supposed to be offended when someone honestly questions this lack of integrity.

The activities by politicians clearly lead to negligent homicide, at best if not intentional mass murder in some cases; and corrupting the political system so the public doesn't have accurate information to make their decisions and rigging the delegates system while pretending this is democracy should be considered treasonous.

Sources for some of the claims on this post and additional details can be found in some of my past related posts including the following:

Why would anyone consider Hillary Clinton if they knew this?

Can Hillary Clinton win without cheating?

Hillary Clinton Is Using Children As Props While Her Record Betrays Them

Nominating Bernie Sanders would virtually put Minimum Wage on the Ballot and Drive Voter Turnout Up

Bernie Sanders wins foreign policy debate hands down despite propaganda

Regardless of Polls Bernie Sanders Supports Blacks much better than Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton using Propaganda tactics described by Adolf Hitler?

Excuse me if I didn't get permission from the high priests of propaganda; but after reading Hitler's description of propaganda tactics written about ninety years ago and looking at the tactics used by the Clinton campaign and media outlets supporting her it seems clear that they have a lot in common. However modern propagandists have improved on Hitler's tactics; and they've learned not to pursue a course of action so extreme that it even destroys themselves, or at least not immediately.

This isn't limited to Hillary Clinton using propaganda tactics; it now dominates the consolidated media and that includes the right wing Republicans. It also includes most comparisons with Hitler to Clinton from right wingers who support radical extremists that might be as much like Hitler, if not more, than Clinton. This often plays to Clinton's advantage especially if they do a bad job with their comparisons. When this happens Hillary Clinton can claim that it is an unjustified attack and that the right wingers are the real threat and that she is the one standing up for the public.

Whether you consider the comparison to Hitler legitimate or not it should be clear that a greater effort needs to be made to teach the public about propaganda tactics that can be used to manipulate them so they can make their decisions based on rational research, instead of deceptive lies. Neither the mainstream media or many if any politicians do this. When a politician does try to inform people of manipulation tactics they're often only doing so selectively when they're being used against the politician not when they're using it against others.

However a closer look might indicate that even though the right wing extremists don't make a good argument comparing her propaganda tactics to Hitler's there may still be a reasonable comparison after looking at the details.

Don't take my word for it; look at some of Hitler's quotes from Mien Kampf and judge for yourself. If you don't recognize some of these tactics in modern media I'll follow it with a few examples:

Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side. It was a fundamental mistake to discuss the question of who was responsible for the outbreak of the war and declare that the sole responsibility could not be attributed to Germany. The sole responsibility should have been laid on the shoulders of the enemy, without any discussion whatsoever. …..

In this respect also the propaganda organized by our enemies set us an excellent example. It confined itself to a few themes, which were meant exclusively for mass consumption, and it repeated these themes with untiring perseverance. Once these fundamental themes and the manner of placing them before the world were recognized as effective, they adhered to them without the slightest alteration for the whole duration of the War. At first all of it appeared to be idiotic in its impudent assertiveness. Later on it was looked upon as disturbing, but finally it was believed. …..

The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. If this principle be forgotten and if an attempt be made to be abstract and general, the propaganda will turn out ineffective; for the public will not be able to digest or retain what is offered to them in this way. Therefore, the greater the scope of the message that has to be presented, the more necessary it is for the propaganda to discover that plan of action which is psychologically the most efficient. .....

In journalistic circles it is a pleasing custom to speak of the Press as a 'Great Power' within the State. As a matter of fact its importance is immense. One cannot easily overestimate it, for the Press continues the work of education even in adult life. Generally, readers of the Press can be classified into three groups:

First, those who believe everything they read;

Second, those who no longer believe anything;

Third, those who critically examine what they read and form their judgments accordingly.

Numerically, the first group is by far the strongest, being composed of the broad masses of the people. Intellectually, it forms the simplest portion of the nation. It cannot be classified according to occupation but only into grades of intelligence. Under this category come all those who have not been born to think for themselves or who have not learnt to do so and who, partly through incompetence and partly through ignorance, believe everything that is set before them in print. To these we must add that type of lazy individual who, although capable of thinking for himself out of sheer laziness gratefully absorbs everything that others had thought over, modestly believing this to have been thoroughly done. The influence which the Press has on all these people is therefore enormous; for after all they constitute the broad masses of a nation. But, somehow they are not in a position or are not willing personally to sift what is being served up to them; so that their whole attitude towards daily problems is almost solely the result of extraneous influence. All this can be advantageous where public enlightenment is of a serious and truthful character, but great harm is done when scoundrels and liars take a hand at this work.

The second group is numerically smaller, being partly composed of those who were formerly in the first group and after a series of bitter disappointments are now prepared to believe nothing of what they see in print. They hate all newspapers. Either they do not read them at all or they become exceptionally annoyed at their contents, which they hold to be nothing but a congeries of lies and misstatements. These people are difficult to handle; for they will always be sceptical of the truth. Consequently, they are useless for any form of positive work.

The third group is easily the smallest, being composed of real intellectuals whom natural aptitude and education have taught to think for themselves and who in all things try to form their own judgments, while at the same time carefully sifting what they read. They will not read any newspaper without using their own intelligence to collaborate with that of the writer and naturally this does not set writers an easy task. Journalists appreciate this type of reader only with a certain amount of reservation.

Hence the trash that newspapers are capable of serving up is of little danger - much less of importance - to the members of the third group of readers. In the majority of cases these readers have learnt to regard every journalist as fundamentally a rogue who sometimes speaks the truth. Most unfortunately, the value of these readers lies in their intelligence and not in their numerical strength, an unhappy state of affairs in a period where wisdom counts for nothing and majorities for everything. Nowadays when the voting papers of the masses are the deciding factor; the decision lies in the hands of the numerically strongest group; that is to say the first group, the crowd of simpletons and the credulous. Complete online copy of Mien Kampf

Is there any doubt that few if any of the highest profile candidates including Hillary Clinton "investigate the truth objectively" and try to convince the public to base their decisions on it? How much research does it take to determine that an enormous number of the claims from Hillary Clinton's campaign or the campaigns of the Republicans doesn't hold up to basic scrutiny, if it's actually applied? The media which used to try to at least appear to fact check many politicians claims and even investigate some stories that politicians never bring up have virtually given up this responsibility. They still fact check some of their stories; but in most cases they only check things that average voters with access to the internet could do themselves.

I have no doubt that those whop do a good job researching Bernie Sanders claims will find that they're almost always much closer to the truth. The reason for that is almost certainly because, unlike Hillary Clinton, he rose through the grassroots in a much more progressive state that was much more involved in the political system through town hall meetings, more common in Vermont than many other states. His followers have done much more research to determine that they've been following the right candidate. He claims that his enemies, presumably the British during World War I, before Mien Kampf was written, repeated their propaganda over and over again and the Germans weren't nearly as good. This was probably at least partly true, although it almost certainly wasn't completely true.

But don't take my word for that; if you doubt it do your own research.

In addition to describing his own propaganda tactics, Adolf Hitler also demonstrated them in practice, including the practice of attributing his negative characteristics to his opponents and implying that they don't apply to him. Hillary Clinton's campaign is doing the same thing. Her campaign manager even claimed that Bernie Sanders is trying to rig the system when he attempts to get the "super-delegates" to switch to his side even though they're supporting Hillary Clinton by a seventeen to one margin when the popular support is much closer. This claim is so bad it is clearly at the state where it appear "to be idiotic" and it is hard to imagine this one will ever appear rational unless the public doesn't do any of their own research, which unfortunately a lot of them don't.

However one tactic that somehow has become acceptable within the mainstream media, and ironically even Hillary Clinton uses it, is the irrational phrase, "there's no there there." This is a senseless blunder that makes no sense and, for those who don't remember it was ridiculed when Bill Clinton was the first to use this phrase. When he was defending against accusations which later turned out to be true about Monica Lewinsky, he was well known for using legal denials that often seemed very deceptive to the majority of the public even some of his supporters more worried about other issues. He often relied on narrow definitions of one word or another to avoid legally admitting to one thing or another. This led to famous blunders like "that depends on what the definition of is is," and "there's no there there."

Young people that were born about twenty years ago might not even remember this or understand why media pundits are mangling the English language when they say, "there's no there there," but this was how it started. As Hitler might say, "At first" this phrase "appeared to be idiotic in its impudent assertiveness. Later on it was looked upon as disturbing, but finally it was," accepted as a legitimate denial. On several occasions including a few days after was recently asked about donations from fossil fuel companies by Greenpeace Hillary Clinton responded by saying "there's no there there," even though further research indicates that she did receive six times as much money from employees as Sanders and much more, three to four million by most estimates, went to her super-PAC. Bernie Sanders doesn't even have a super-PAC. This is actually a common phrase for her as you can see if you google "Hillary Clinton there's no there there," she's turned her husbands blunder into a regular denial and the media practically never reminds the public.

Does the Clinton campaign believe Hitlers claims that, "The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget." If so it will explain why they think they can flip on almost every issue important to the public, including the Keystone pipeline, support for TPP, CAFTA, Fracking, gay marriage the war in Iraq and many other issues which Bernie Sanders has been consistent on. A list of issues that she flip-flopped on during the election would include dozens of issues if people have the time to research them, which a lot of people don't. But her propaganda is often repeated over and over again, often unchecked by the traditional media.

Some things have changed since Hitler wrote Mien Kampf. In the twenties the vast majority of news was spread through newspapers or word of mouth from those that read them to those that didn't; now most people get their news from television but the best informed people are more likely to get their news either from newspapers or alternative media outlets on the internet. Instead of counting on, "those who believe everything they read," the Clinton campaign and most Republicans might be counting on a group of people that believe everything they see on television repeated over and over again. Or some of them might "no longer believe anything" they hear from mainstream media but when they find a demagogue that demonizes the media like Donald Trump they might believe everything they hear from him, even though he's getting enormous amounts of free coverage from the media they don't trust and he doesn't even make as much sense as the traditional media.

It's hard to make less sense than the traditional media but Donald Trump manages to do it.

The third group that Hitler speaks of may not be the same size that it was when he wrote his book in the 1920s; but his basic idea is probably close to the truth even if he didn't follow up on his beliefs in a rational manner. I doubt very much if most people that fall into this group would be inclined to trust Hillary Clinton's claims or the claims that most of the Republicans make. Since Hitler wrote his book there has been an enormous amount of research into manipulating the public and very little of this was used to teach the public how to avoid being manipulated by demagogues. Instead it has been used to significantly improve on how they manipulate people. I have reviewed some of this in Manipulation Tactics; Philip Zimbardo, Lucifer Effect, Stanford Prison Experiment; and Eli Roth’s Milgram/Obedience experiment much more extensive than most people realize in an attempt to show how the government and the military has been involved in this and how people can avoid being manipulated, at least to some degree.

Some of their tactics are much more complicated now; but some of them are very simple when you think of it. The simplest way they can ensure that grassroots candidates don't win is simply not to cover them at all. This is much more effective now that the media is now controlled by six corporations that can rig high profile elections by simply refusing to cover the best candidates. In many cases the most qualified people fro many offices are almost certainly ones that no one has ever heard of.

Fortunately there are some exceptions like Bernie Sanders who seems to have gained enormous amounts of coverage by slowly developing a grass roots following big enough that the media feels they can't ignore him as much as most other qualified candidates, without having his follower abandon them for alternative media outlets and exposing how corrupt they are.

A closer look at propaganda tactics described in Mien Kampf comparing them to tactics that are currently being used will turn up many more similarities, although in many cases they've been improved upon. One of the biggest improvements is that they play two parties off against each other. This is simple to recognize but they keep presenting us with the lesser of two evils arguments and a shocking percentage of the public falls for it every time. As long as the public keeps falling for this obvious tactic they'll keep using it and we'll never have a real democracy.

However one of the most common tactic remains the same, war propaganda which Hitler was most famous for. One of the simplest examples was described by Hermann Göring in an interview that might be famous among people familiar with alternative media outlets, although those that rely on traditional media may never heard of the following:

Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. additional Hermann Göring quotes

the mass media has been leading this country into one war after another based on lies and appeals to emotions at least since World War Two if not much longer. They've never made much of an attempt to educate the public about the tactics that they use to control the public instead of responding to the will of the people. Most people are shocked by Adolf Hitler, as they should be but, whether you like him or not, Mien Kampf describes propaganda tactics far better than the traditional media does, assuming people use reasonable discretion to sort out the rabid antisemitism or other manipulation tactics that aren't being presented right, like when he falsely attributes the worst use of propaganda to his opponents when his is worse.

There are now better sources of information to expose these tactics in alternative media outlets or library books that the media and political establishment never mention; but until educational efforts are made to inform the public how to sort through propaganda we won't have a sincere democracy. Instead we'' continue having a pseudo-democracy where the politicians continue manipulating the voters instead of responding to their concerns.

Obviously I think that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate that the traditional media is willing to cover that makes many claims that remotely stand up to scrutiny and can be trusted to implement a reasonable amount of reform.

If there is a more qualified candidate it is one that most people have never heard of since the media doesn't cover most candidates that don't get approval from corporations that finance campaigns. The closest thing to an exception could be Jill Stein who may be the only remaining chance if Hillary Clinton and the establishment manage to rig the media coverage and nomination for Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why no national coverage for Tim Canova and other Progressives?

Tim Canova is just one of many progressive, third or fourth party candidates that have an enormous amount of grassroots support at the local level, even without help from mainstream media that; yet even after they get large support and in Canova's case provide a strong challenge to the leader of the Democratic National Committee the media refuses to give them much if any coverage at all.

This isn't because they don't give any national coverage to local candidates at all; they often do. Not to long ago they made a reference to the 2008 campaign and refereed to Barack Obama as the "unknown Senator from Illinois." This isn't close to the truth although some people who don't any attention to politics may not have been familiar with him. I first noticed what seemed like a surprising amount of coverage from the mainstream media for Barack Obama in 2004 when there were quite a few stories about him, first as a keynote speaker at the convention then as a surprise winner in November.

This was followed up by plenty more stories over the next four years and widespread promotion of his book in the media and libraries. Barack Obama had enormous amounts of coverage years before the 2008 election which enabled him to make a strong campaign and become president.

The media also provides enormous amounts of coverage for many conservative candidates like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Tom Cotton and many more giving them the name recognition they might need to run for higher office starting with the offices they won and in some cases major presidential runs; but they never provide much if any coverage for candidates that get support from local grassroots levels opposing epidemic levels of corporate corruption.

This is the standard practice to ensure that the candidates supported by corporations get enormous amounts of coverage, while those that support consumers, workers the environment, or other progressive causes get little or no coverage making it virtually impossible to get elected. 

Recently Debbie Wasserman Schultz must have gotten some media coverage when Barack Obama endorsed her but I didn't see any of it, at least on traditional media, even though I was watching it regularly, so they clearly didn't repeat it very often like they do many other obsession du jours. Providing coverage for this endorsement would have drawn attention to the fact that she has a strong challenge from Tim Canova largely because of the enormous amount of outrage for her handling of the debates and giving enormous advantages to Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders as indicated in the following article about how Obama's endorsement turned into a major fund raiser for Canova, not Schultz:

Obama’s Endorsement Of Debbie Wasserman Schultz Brings In Serious Money... For Her Challenger 04/04/2016

Tim Canova, a progressive law professor taking on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), pulled in more than half a million dollars in the first three months of 2016, according to his campaign — a massive sum for a political newcomer.

Canova raised $557,000, powered by small donations. Nearly 15,300 people donated, for an average contribution of $20. Only six donors gave the maximum amount allowed under law, meaning he still has a significant pool of people to tap into for future donations.

Wasserman Schultz has never faced a serious primary challenger in her congressional career, and as the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, she is a formidable candidate.

Last Monday, Wasserman Schultz scored the official backing of President Barack Obama. It wasn’t entirely surprising, given her leadership position in the party. But it still gave her a high-profile boost and one of the most coveted endorsements in the party. Complete article

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova also made local news briefly and wider news on alternative media outlets and the internet when she opposed regulation for predatory payday lenders as indicated in the following article:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacked for bank donations and position on payday loan bill 04/0/2016

A law professor running against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of South Florida says she is in the pocket of big banks and isn’t looking out for consumers who get crushed by debt from payday loans.

"My opponent, after taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street banks, has voted to prevent the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFTP) from regulating payday loans and addressing racial discrimination in car loans," said Tim Canova on his website.

Canova, a first-time candidate and professor at Nova Southeastern University, is challenging Wasserman Schultz in the August Democratic primary in a Broward/Miami-Dade district. The race has drawn national attention because Wasserman Schultz is the Democratic National Committee chair. Complete article

Tim Canova is just one of a handful of progressive candidates that get virtually no coverage from the media although they have a large amount of grassroots support. Candidates that pretend to support progressive causes while actually supporting policies friendly to corporations get much more coverage from the media like Barack Obama. He convinced an enormous number of people that he would put on a pair of "comfortable shoes" and walk the picket lines if necessary, refuse to hire lobbyists, oppose free trade agreements outsourcing jobs, that he would oppose military intervention in many cases and much more; but then once he got into office he demonstrated that he really meant the opposite on most if not all the major issues he ran on to get elected.

Clearly he was never the progressive he pretended to be in the first place. The real progressives are the ones the media doesn't cover, presumably since we now have a consolidated corporate media controlled by six corporations that are solely interested in maximizing profits no matter how much damage they do to society.

A lot of people seem to have been convinced that Elizabeth Warren might be the exception to the traditional candidates not being progressive; however as I indicated in numerous posts starting with How sincere is Elizabeth Warren? and most recently Elizabeth Warren steals credit from real grass roots efforts Elizabeth Warren isn't nearly as progressive as she appears to be on many issues. Ironically, I'm not the only one that seems to have noticed this and a lot of the people that did notice have been putting a lot of pressure on her; and as a result she often becomes more progressive to live up to her image. However this often only happens as a result of grassroots pressure not because she started out as progressive as the media makes her out to be.

They just cr5itisized Bernie Sanders because he can't unilaterally break up the big banks, which is almost cert6ainly true; however it is also true that all presidential candidates make many promises like that and well informed people know he can't do it alone. The media is much less likely to criticize other candidates for making similar claims; and even if he can't do it alone he can use the presidency as a bully pulpit to draw attention and make it much more likely that action can be taken on this and many other issues.

One of those issues clearly needs to be election and media reform so that the majority of the public can hear from real progressives and they have a better chance to get elected.

But until that happens we need much more help from alternative media outlets promoting many of these progressive candidates so they might be able to take a large segment of the public when they get elected in November. I'm not saying that all of these progressive candidates should be elected but they should get much more attention so that people can recognize their positions on the issues and if there are a handful of insincere candidates among the Berniecrats or progressives they can be exposed with research. I have noticed that many of Bernie's supporters do much better research than Hillary Clinton's or traditional establishment candidates that target complacent voters; so I suspect and hope that most of these candidates are being screened at the local level and we will have much better chances with them.

Edit: since I posted this the following articale came out about some of the progressives taht amy ahve the the best chacne of winning including two already mentioned:

These 5 ‘Sanders Democrats’ Are Proving To Be Real Contenders 04/19/2016

Inspired by the rise of Bernie Sanders, there is a new group of progressive challengers looking to beat out establishment candidates to secure nominations for Congressional seat races in this election cycle in the hope of beating Republicans in general elections.

While this group continues to grow on a daily basis, many are facing established incumbents or candidates with large financial backing.

Out of the many declared challengers, there is a small group of candidates that are currently in strong positions to defeat their opponents and take their place as the beginning of the progressive movement in the political arena.

See Complete article for more details.

Here are just a handful of progressive candidates most if not all of whom have endorsed Bernie Sanders:

Tim Canova

Zephyr Teachout

Alex Law

Pramila Jayapal

Lucy Flores

John Fetterman

Thomas L. Fiegen

Steve Stokes

Marcia Moody

Endorse Bernie and progressive Berniecrats twitter account which lists many more progressive candidates.

The Berniecrats Network which lists hundreds of candidates around the country, although there almost certainly many more where that came from that aren't getting nearly as much attention as they should.

In most cases the ones that the media covers are much less sincere than those that rise slowly through the grassroots levels; however there are some exceptions. When reviewing the murder rates in states with Republican or Democratic control I noticed one so called independent who voted for an Ag-gag law in Kentucky who claimed to be standing up to the establishment and multinational corporations, and I'm sure there are hundreds of pretenders like him, which is why people need to do their research and keep them accountable. Those that do the best research won't elect phonies like him.

If a growing number of people get their media from alternative outlets they can elect real progressives and the establishment could be in for a surprise in November.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wal-Mart Crime report March 2016

There were at least seven shooting incidents at Walmarts this month, including at least two deaths and at least five more wounded, plus at least one incident where several cars and a cruiser were shot. There was also an evacuation due to suicidal person with a gun that didn't lead to a shooting. Another evacuation was caused by an emotionally disturbed man who picked up a machete and a hammer and started shouting threats. There was also one person killed in a drunken accident, a carjacking that lead to a chase

On average there were at least one more evacuation every other day this month due to bomb scares this month. It is hard to know if this is above average since they're reported sporadically but Walmart almost certainly gets over two hundred bomb threats per year, perhaps much more. Actual bombs are much rarer and are almost never accompanied by threats.

A Walmart worker stopped a purse snatcher and returned it after chasing the thief; at times in the past chasing and fighting thieves has led to employees being fired often with outrage from people involved, but there are no reports of that happening yet this time. Perhaps they've learned from the past or they waited to make this decision. In another incident a shoplifter using a lighter to open a product accidentally started a fire; and a couple people were arrested after a brawl broke out.

Bad customer service or disgruntled customers led to numerous complaints this month including one where a car was stolen during an oil change, like in past incidents the victim was forced to get a rental at her own expense while asking Walmart to cover it. Another incident involved a customer slapping and threatening an employee over a return. A couple claim they got bedbugs from a bed they bought at Walmatt, which Walmart denies. Another Walmart ahd confusion over towing policies and at least one of their customers barely avoided being towed twice due to confusion.

More foreign objects were found in food at Walmart, this time it is a recall for chicken with metal in it and there may be other items with plastic.

They're sending their managers to "customer service academies" in an effort to fix some of their problems. Small bussinesses rarely have nearly as many problems even without "customer service academies."

There are additional stories about how they want to increase their influence on public schools through the Walmart Foundation or other means.

But their sales are clearly past their peak; they've had declining same store sales in many locations often for years at a time for a while now; but for the first time they had declining total revenue. In the past they've been able to offset losses in same store sales by opening new stores but now they're closing them instead.

It shouldn't take a genius to realize that they can't expand forever but our economic system is based on the belief they can do just that.

Another naked man was arrested at Walmart and they had an even stranger incident with customers visiting their Walmart vision center.

Some people might think it might be sexist to doubt if a women working at the vision center decided to send naked pictures of her private parts to men if they would consider it a crime and report it. However that isn't what happened, it was of course a male employee who sent pictures to customers and the sixth women to get them knew how to trace them and reported him to the police.

I could make these things up but there's no need.

Strange things really do happen at Wal-Mart!

In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Wal-Mart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Wal-Mart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues un-investigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. For regular updates about events at Walmart through the month see Walmart Watch on twitter or check the Wal-Mart Wall; they have helped compile some of this information. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in March 2016. 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, woman charged with obscenity after allegedly having sex in Louisiana Walmart parking lot 03/01/2016

Man accused of groping woman at Ga. Walmart turns himself in 03/01/2016

Police: Naked man at Ky. Walmart charged in residential burglary 03/01/2016

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man found naked at a Louisville Walmart has been charged in a residential burglary that happened a short time before his arrest.

According to a police report, officers responded to a woman's home in Okolona Monday morning on a report of a break-in in progress. The victim told police an unknown man entered her home through the back door and that he ran from the home wearing only a blanket.

A short time later, officers received a call about a naked man at the Walmart at 11901 Standiford Plaza who matched the description of the burglar. Complete article

Medic: Person struck by vehicle in west Charlotte Walmart parking lot 03/01/2016

Ind. Walmart last summer's brawl suspect headed to court 03/01/2016

Woman leaves toddler in car to go into Newport News Va. Wal-Mart 03/01/2016

Wal-Mart employee arrested in theft of $40K from Biloxi Miss. store 03/01/2016

2 arrested in credit card scam at Ohio Walmart 03/01/2016

University of Idaho professor makes WalMart run to achieve nano-technology breakthrough 03/01/2016

Police say South Ridge WV Walmart fire suspect set blaze before taking jewelry 03/03/2016

Man whose last name is Loser arrested on suspicion of stealing from Murrieta Ca. Walmarts 03/02/2016

Man carjacked at Oklahoma City Walmart 03/02/2016

Police blotter: Pickup truck, garage spray painted; Butte teen eats his way through Montana Walmart 03/02/2016

Police: Man spends day at Fla. Wal-Mart before allegedly shoplifting 03/02/2016

Bomb threat prompts Walmart evacuation in Saddle Brook NJ 03/01/2016

Walmart Says a Coding Error Exposed Some Customer Data 03/02/2016

Mother, son laundered counterfeit cash at La. Wal-Mart: Kenner police 03/0/2016

Police: Man Arrested After Saying He “Would Shoot Up” Arkansa Walmart Parking Lot 03/02/2016

EXCLUSIVE: N.Y. lawmakers want lawsuit against Walmart for selling ammo used to kill three people 03/02/2016

Heroin Bust Goes Down at Groton Conn. Wal-Mart Parking Lot 03/02/2016

Authorities Respond to Bomb Threat at Walmart in Live Oak Fla. Wednesday Evening 03/02/2016

Merritt Island Fla. Wal-Mart evacuated 03/03/2016

Police seek vehicle in alleged road rage incident at Hudson NH Walmart 03/02/2016

Opelika Ga. Police search for alleged Wal-Mart thief 03/03/2016

Choose without the booze: Raynham Mass. Walmart bans alcohol sales during election 03/03/2016

Oops! Thief trips and slams into SUV outside Two Notch Road Columbia, SC Walmart door 03/03/2016

Man allegedly punched store employee during Walmart robbery 03/03/2016

Lampasas, Tx. Walmart evacuated because of bomb threat 03/03/2016

Suspicious Packages Found at Weslaco Tx. Wal-Mart bomb squad found it to be not hazardous 03/03/2016

Edmond Okla. police searching for people involved in Walmart theft 03/03/2016

Ohio Walmart worker injured in shelf collapse 03/04/2016

Siblings steal girl scout's cookie money from Fla. Walmart table 03/04/2016

Swatara Township Pa. Wal-Mart evacuated due to second bomb threat in recent months 03/04/2016 1st on Dec. 2 2015 due to custody dispute with employee.
Police investigate two bomb threats at Pa. Walmart in 24 hours 03/05/2016

Mich. Walmart worker stabbed in neck, shoplifting suspect charged with attempted murder 03/04/2016

Wake Forest NC police seek help finding Wal-Mart thief 03/04/2016

Sanders: Walmart, Waltons Examples of Rigged Economy 03/05/2016

Man found dead in Fla. Walmart parking lot 03/06/2016

Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart Reopened After Bomb Threat Evacuation 03/04/2016

Tulare Ca. police make one arrest in Walmart bomb threat 03/07/2016

Police: Couple who used stolen credit card at Pa. Wal-Mart stores caught on surveillance tape 03/07/2016

Wall Street falls, snapping three-day rally; Wal-Mart weighs 03/07/2016

Know these suspects? Westfield Mass. police look for 4 in Walmart theft 03/07/2016

Police searching for man accused of stealing trading cards from Pa. Walmart 03/07/2016

Police say 3 men stole 20 iPods from Chesterfield Va. Walmart 03/07/2016

Customer Slaps and Threatens Cashier over Return at Wisc. Walmart in Brown Deer 03/07/2016

A 63-year-old Milwaukee woman slapped and threatened a cashier over a return at the Walmart in Brown Deer, according to a report by Brown Deer Police.

Walmart reported a customer slapped a cashier and then left the store, walking towards Walgreens.

The cashier, a 31 year old West Allis woman, said the customer did not have the right merchandise for the return. The customer then threatened her and poked her in the face.

The customer, a 63 year old Milwaukee woman, said the employee was rude and would not refund her money. The 63 year old threatened the employee prior to leaving the store. She was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. Complete article

Beach Fla. Wal-Mart towing policy causes some confusion 03/07/2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - A local woman is upset after she said her car was almost towed out of a Panama City Beach Wal-Mart twice in one day.

The towing company, White’s Gulf County Wrecker Service, claimed they work with Wal-Mart during spring break to help keep the parking lots safe.

Michele Giroux said she parked her Mini Cooper near the back of a Panama City Beach Wal-Mart parking lot on Sunday while doing some shopping.

"I parked back here to avoid as many cars as I could," she said.

Giroux said when she came back to her car, it was about to be towed away by White’s Gulf County Wrecker service.

"So I ran after it and I was able to stop the guy." Complete article

Granby Man Arrested For Alleged Theft From NY WalMart 03/0/2016

Car stolen from Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart during oil change 03/07/2016

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - Jon Ashley is riding through Murfreesboro in a rental. He was supposed to be on his way to the Smokey Mountains in his own 2003 Hyundai Sonata.

But Sunday night it disappeared.

“At first I said this has to be a joke,” Ashley said. “There is no way someone stole my car from the Walmart garage.” .....

Ashley filed a claim with Walmart, but hasn't heard back. He is paying out of pocket for a rental car. Complete article

Westfield Mass. Police ID four Walmart larceny suspects with public's help 03/08/2016

Shooting victim found in Poplar Bluff Missouri Walmart parking lot identified 03/08/2016

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - We are learning more about the shooting death of a man whose body was found in his car on Tuesday morning in the parking lot of the Poplar Bluff Walmart.

Joseph Wisdom, 33, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, second degree murder and armed criminal action. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

According to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers, the victim is 50-year-old Stahl Sturgeon of Doniphan. Complete article

Man allegedly shot and killed driver, sat on his lap to drive to Walmart 03/10/2016

Anderson Ca. Walmart open after being evacuated for bomb scare 03/10/2016

Chicken nuggets sold in Walmart may be contaminated with metal 03/08/2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Canadian company has recalled 103,752 pounds of chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with metal pieces, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The chicken nuggets, produced by Maxi Canada Inc., of Quebec, were exported to the United States and shipped to retailers nationwide including Walmart, Kroger and Safeway.

The recall comes on the heels of a separate recall by Perdue of chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with plastic.

The products subject to the latest recall include:

38-oz (2.975-lb) boxes of Yummy brand fully cooked "CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS | 100% All Natural* | Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with rib meat PRODUCT OF CANADA" with a BEST IF USED BY date of 07/17/17. Complete article

Perdue recalls chicken nuggets that may contain plastic 03/07/2016

Customer reports diamond ring missing while inside Pa. Walmart 03/08/2016

Lower Allen Township police look for man who took cart-full of goods from Pa. Walmart 03/08/2016

Charges: Drunken woman killed man in Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 03/08/2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who prosecutors say was driving drunk when she hit and killed a man in a Wal-Mart parking lot was charged Tuesday with automobile homicide.

The third-degree felony was filed in 3rd District Court against Lindsy Ann Floyd, 31, of Salt Lake City.

On Oct. 28, 2015, George Kassavetis, 71, had just left Wal-Mart, 350 W. Hope Ave., and was pushing a shopping cart when he was hit by a Subaru Forrester that had just turned the corner, according to a Salt Lake police report. Complete article

Police car, vehicles struck by gunfire at Santa Fe NMWalmart 03/09/2016

SANTA FE, N.M. —A police vehicle was struck by gunfire Tuesday night near a Walmart store in Santa Fe.

Several vehicles were also hit in the shooting on Cerrillos Road just after 9 p.m., police said.

The person responsible for that shooting remains on the loose. Santa Fe police are asking anyone with information on that person’s whereabouts to contact them. Complete article

Mich. Walmart customer used lighter to open toy, not set store on fire, he says 03/09/2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aaron Pagan tried to steal a toy by burning off the twist tie but he insisted he didn't intend to start the fire that caused thousands in damage at the Cascade Township Walmart store.

"It was a petty theft thing that terribly went wrong," he said Wednesday, March 9.

"I tried to burn a twisty thing off. It just went wrong." Complete article

Affidavit: San Antonio Tx. man stabs Walmart employee who was walking home from work 03/09/2016

Man shot in Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Payne Alabama 03/09/2016

Fort Payne police confirm a man was shot in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday night.

Police say the victim was flown to Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His condition is not yet known.

Two persons of interest are in custody for questioning. Charges have not yet been announced. Complete article

Fighting For You: Walmart says beware of mystery shopper scams 03/09/2016

McCandless Pa. citizens group challenges Wal-Mart ruling 03/0/2016

Police searching for ‘suspicious’ man found in women’s restroom at Lebanon Tenn. Walmart 03/10/2016

Two off-duty Springfield Missouri cops surprised a shoplifter at Walmart, police say 03/10/2016

Individual passes away outside of Minn. Wal-Mart 03/10/2016

No charges from shooting in Ft. Payne Alabama Walmart parking lot 03/10/2016

Why It's Better to Live Near a Target Than a Walmart 03/10/2016

It’s widely known that location matters, especially when it comes to the value of your home. And the difference between living near a Target TGT 0.45% vs. a Walmart WMT -0.36% could be pretty substantial, according to a new report.

Online real estate information company RealtyTrac analyzed home values, appreciation, and property taxes in U.S. zip codes with a Walmart or a Target to determine which superstores give homeowners the biggest returns on their investments.

As it turns out, homeowners living near a Target saw the value of their homes rise higher since purchase. Among homeowners who sold in 2015, those with homes near a Target experienced an average 27% increase in home prices, which equals to an average gain of $65,569. That’s compared to a 16% increase, or $24,900, for homeowners near a Walmart. Complete article

Mayor uses veto power to nix possible Wal-Mart development in South Salt Lake Utah 03/11/2016

NC Wal-Mart employee charged with stealing money from register 03/11/2016

Affidavit: Teenagers stole $3,500 worth of televisions, laptops from San Antonio Tx. Walmart 03/11/2016

Women wanted for stealing from Fla. Walmart 03/11/2016

Suspect sought in NC Walmart theft 03/11/2016

Mom in baby death case arrested in Everett Wash. Walmart for drugs 03/12/2016

Walmart will prohibit buses from directly serving new Cheektowaga NY store 03/12/2016

Mesa police investigate 'suspicious package' found in Walmart parking lot 03/12/2016 Package was not bomb was "just some clothes."

Bernie Takes on Trump, WalMart at Affton Missouri Appearance 03/13/2016

Affton, MO (KMOX) – Democrat Bernie Sanders took a few swipes at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump during a campaign stop Sunday in Affton.

Sanders said Americans don’t want a president who insults other races and religions than his.

Sanders also said Democrats should choose him over opponent Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Missouri primary, because he has a better chance of beating Trump in November.

Sanders took on Wal-Mart during his speech on Sunday.

Specifically, he claimed that the company pays wages so low that many Wal-Mart employees need Medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing. Complete article

Wal-Mart to train store managers in new customer service academies 02/29/2016

Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it’s opening new “training academies” for store managers and department managers in an effort to boost customer service, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Wal-Mart also laid off a number of employees in its Information Systems Division, with the cuts representing some 1% to 3% of that unit.

The layoffs mostly targeted Wal-Mart’s Bentonville, AR headquarters and were not part of the tech restructuring reported earlier this year. They were also in a addition to a round of layoffs of 450 headquarters employees announced last year. ......

The retailer acknowledged to the Dallas Morning News that it has been inconsistent in its customer service training, leaving stores with a spotty record. Complete article

Walmart Attorney: No Merit To ND Walmart Lawsuit Filed By Fargo Woman 03/14/2016

Police: Iowa Walmart worker assaulted by customer inside store 03/14/2016

Man steals from Virginia Beach Walmart, pepper sprays loss prevention officer 03/14/2016

Two people arrested in separate incidents at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 03/14/2016

Razor blades stolen from Walmart in Stuart Fla. 03/14/2016

Man, woman arrested after brawl breaks out inside North Olmsted Ohio Walmart, police say 03/14/2016

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — A California man and a woman were arrested after a brawl inside Walmart spilled into the parking lot, police said.

Surveillance video captured the fight that broke out just after 11 p.m. at the store in the 24000 block of Brookpark Road. requested a copy of the surveillance video. North Olmsted police have not responded to the request.

Witnesses told police that the man slapped the woman near the self-check out Saturday night. The woman struck him back, and the man knocked her to the ground, got on top of her and the two started fighting, according to a police report.

A couple restrained the woman while the man left the store. The woman attacked the couple, and ran out into the parking lot and grabbed the man. The man then punched the woman in the face, police said.

Police saw blood coming from the woman's nose and mouth. She was taken to an unknown hospital, where she was treated and released. Complete article

Attempted Fla. Walmart Theft 03/15/2016

Brewer Me. police seek Wal-Mart theft suspect 03/15/2016

Shoplifter who struck, bit Mich. Walmart employee arrested on multiple charges 03/15/2016

Former Butler Co. Pa. woman going to prison for stealing Wal-Mart customers' identities 03/15/2016

PBSO: Man stole truck with $46,000 worth of meat from Fla. Wal-Mart 03/16/2016 Needing a ride home, a Miami-Dade man stole a tractor-trailer carrying nearly $46,000 worth of meat from a Wal-Mart parking lot, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police release photo of possible suspect in Tenn. Walmart car theft 03/16/2016

18-year-old Okla. Walmart clerk arrested for embezzlement 03/16/2016

Man accused of pointing air rifle at SC Walmart customers 03/16/2016

Carjacking at Gunbarrel Road Walmart in Chattanooga Tenn. leads to north Georgia chase 03/16/2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Chattanooga Police are investigating a carjacking that happened Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Walmart on Gunbarrel Road, near the Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga. The suspect was later caught and arrested after a chase involving four local law enforcement agencies: Chattanooga Police, Fort Oglethorpe Police, Walker County deputies and Catoosa County deputies.

On their Twitter account, Chattanooga Police tweeted this info at 7:27 a.m. alerting the public of the crime.

About an hour and a half later, authorities spotted the truck in north Georgia, after Walker County was alerted to be on the lookout as well as Catoosa County.

Police say the truck was going 80 mph in a 45 mph zone and driving erratically, passing cars in a no-passing zone and swerving. Police say he almost wrecked several times. Complete article

Police: Ferndale Mich. credit union customer stole $800 left on counter, went shopping at Walmart 03/16/2016

NC Walmart larceny suspect sought 03/16/2016

Man critically injured after shooting in Richmond Va. Walmart parking lot 03/16/2016

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police have identified the suspect arrested in the Walmart parking lot shooting on Sheila Lane.

The suspect, identified as Randall C. Hicks, 26, was charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies.

The shooting happened around 11:55 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the store near the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Chippenham Parkway. Police say a customer was simply putting groceries in his car, when in broad daylight, someone approached him with a gun. The man was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

Witnesses on the scene say they heard a shot fired. An NBC12 crew saw someone being put into an ambulance and then driven away with a police escort. "It's not surprising, not for this area, but it is concerning," said Jen Martin, a customer at the store.

"You bring your kids here, expect it to be a safe environment and boom, you've got shots out of nowhere," said another customer. Complete article

Police: Elk Grove Ca. Walmart Cash Room Robbery was Inside Job 03/16/2016

Sheriff's Office Seeks Falcon Walmart Shoplifter 03/16/2016

Bomb Threat Closes Fountain Colorado Walmart For Hours 03/16/2016

Derby Conn. Walmart to close this summer 03/16/2016

Couple says they got bed bugs from padded headboard bought at Missouri Walmart 03/16/2016

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A Kansas City couple has a brand new apartment with brand new furniture and a bad case of bed bugs.

The owners say a new bed is to blame, but they company they bought it from isn’t doing anything to investigate or fix the problem.

“I freaked out. I was almost in tears,” said Brittany Drummond.

She said she and her boyfriend were horrified at their discovery of bed bugs crawling out of their padded headboard.

“It’s bad. You don't want to live in that,” said Charles Mincey.

The hidden bed bugs explain a lot. Drummond had a mysterious rash that she now realizes are bed bug bites.

“I never would have thought that would have happened to me,” she said.

She’s itchy and angry because when she contacted Walmart, who sold her the bed, their response showed indifference.

“There's nothing we can do. Uhm, we're not going to do anything for you,” she recounted. Complete article

Bizarre arrest made in NM Walmart parking lot: People in pickup truck reportedly had sex, Albuquerque police say 03/16/2016

The ‘Walmartization’ of public education 03/17/2016

The Walton Family Foundation — which says it has given some $1.3 billion in K-12 education across the country over the last two decades — announced early this year that it is committing $1 billion over the next five years to help expand charter and other school choice options across the country. What the effect of that financial support will be on public education is explored in this post, by Jeff Bryant, director of the Education Opportunity Network, a partnership effort of the Institute for America’s Future and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign. He has written extensively about public education policy. This appeared on AlterNet, and I am republishing it with permission. (The original has multiple footnotes, which I have removed.)

By Jeff Bryant

Walmart’s recent decision to close 269 stores was a blip on the national media radar, but it was big news in small towns and suburban neighborhoods across America.

“Now we have to figure out how to do our shopping,” a Walmart customer in Baldwin Hills in Southern California lamented.

“Before Walmart’s arrival, Winnsboro had two grocery stores,” a local reporter in that South Carolina town noted. Now that Walmart is gone, so is convenient access to groceries and other retail goods. ......

But what if that story isn’t just about businesses anymore? What if instead of a closed factory or shuttered store, the story is about a closed public school? What if the consequence of these types of “business decisions” isn’t a grown man having to look for another job or an elderly woman having to figure out a new way to pick up her prescriptions, but a child having his or her education significantly disrupted or a whole community left without convenient access to schools? Complete article

Ohio Walmart reopens after hazmat response 03/17/2016

Man threatened to shoot up Penn. Wal-Mart with BB gun after dispute with clerk: police 03/17/2016

Oregon Walmart employees honor murdered man 03/17/2016

Tx. Walmart Evacuated Due To Suicidal Person With Gun 03/17/2016

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Walmart at I-820 and Rufe Snow has been evacuated as a suicidal person with a gun is barricaded inside, according to North Richland Hills Police.

The parking lot has been evacuated as well.

No one has been hurt.

Police are sending in a robot to look around for person with gun. Complete article

Two stolen cars recovered in Eugene Oregon Walmart parking lot; three men arrested 03/18/2016

Fire prompts evacuation at Hurricane WV Walmart 03/18/2016

Hinton Canada sheriffs randomly round up shoppers as potential jurors 03/18/2016

Man found in Transit Road Lancaster NY Walmart with compressed air can against his mouth 03/18/2016

ND Walmart shoplifting suspect flees police 03/18/2016

Investigators Find Little Evidence of Corruption With Walmart in China 03/18/2016 Investigators interviewing former executives and others associated with the company’s Chinese operations over the past few months have been hindered by Chinese laws that prevent disclosure of certain information outside the country, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Milpitas Ca.: Walmart shoppers evacuated after fire breaks out 03/19/2016

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Clerk charged with texting nude photos to female customers at South County Missouri Walmart vision center 03/21/2016

A clerk at a Walmart optical store has been charged with texting pictures of his genitals to female customers.

Elver Sivac, 20, told police he used the store's records to learn the women's phone numbers, court records allege.

Five women in a 10-day span couldn't figure out who was sending the photos. But the sixth woman used a search function to figure out whose phone had sent the picture, authorities say.

St. Louis County prosecutors last Thursday charged Sivac with six counts of second-degree sexual misconduct, which are misdemeanors. Complete article

Alto Tx. duo reportedly steals $500 worth of items from Walmart 03/21/2016

West Plains Missouri police searching for person who hit Walmart employee 03/21/2016

Wife of woman who sued Mass. Walmart for same-sex bias dies 03/21/2016

Lake Nona Fla. gets area's 1st drive-up for Walmart goods 03/22/2016

Man wanted for stealing from Lancaster Co. Pa. Walmart 03/21/2016

1 Employee Dead, 1 Injured in Attempted Murder-Suicide at Kaufman Tx. Wal-Mart 03/22/2016

One person is dead and another is injured after an apparent attempted murder-suicide inside a North Texas Wal-Mart Tuesday morning, NBC 5 has confirmed.

The sheriff's department received a call of shots fired at the Kaufman Wal-Mart on the 300 block of Kings Fort Parkway at 9:41 a.m., according to Capt. Ed Black, with the Kaufman Police Department.

Investigators said Tuesday afternoon that witnesses reported seeing 55-year-old Donald Ray Coleman walk into the store earlier that morning and, without provocation, pull out a handgun and shoot 59-year-old John D. Morgan multiple times as he worked in the garden center.

Fred Klingelberger, with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, initially said the man then fatally shot himself. Kaufman police later said the gunman survived after shooting himself in the head and was transported by air ambulance to a Dallas hospital in critical condition.

Klingelberger said the men had an ongoing dispute, but further details were not known. Complete article

Police: Florida man arrested for grand theft at Walmart 03/22/2016

Picture released of person of interest in Arkansas Walmart assault 03/22/2016

Man accused of pulling a gun on Wal-Mart employee in Macon Ga. arrested in Houston County 03/22/2016

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Police Blotter: Man arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at ND Wal-Mart 03/22/2016 A 40-year-old Arizona woman was arrested at Wal-Mart around 9 p.m. Thursday for shoplifting $47.78 of merchandise.

Police blotter: Broken window reported at Covellite Theatre; Butte sisters arrested at Montana Walmart 03/22/2016

Nitro police say 77-year-old man accused of groping woman at WV Walmart 03/22/2016

Police: San Antonio Tx. couple threatens to kill Walmart employee 03/23/2016

Judge orders Wal-Mart 'shoulder-surfing' defendant to prison immediately 03/23/2016 Security camera footage from Texas to Florida shows Jennifer MacVittie sneaking up behind customers as they cashed checks and secretly using her cell phone to record their Social Security numbers.

Volunteers clean up unsanctioned golf cart path connecting The Villages to Fla. Wal-Mart 03/23/2016

Wylie Tx. Walmart closed due to hail damage 03/24/2016

Man Steals Donation Jar, Table From Ky. Walmart 03/25/2016

Polk County deputies searching for man using counterfeit $20 bills at a Lakeland Fla. Walmart 03/25/2016

Walmart is not awarding $300 gift card 03/25/2016

Man trying to steal tools at Pa. Wal-Mart leaves boy, 11, behind 03/25/2016

Dalton Ga. police seek Walmart theft suspect 03/25/2016

Walmart Evacuated In Uniontown Pa. for Bomb Threat 03/25/2016

Police: Man arrested after exposing himself in Pa. Wal-Mart toy aisle 03/26/2016

Woman Leaving Pa. Walmart Hit by Vehicle 03/26/2016

Fire damages Wal-Mart garden center in Las Vegas Nevada 03/27/2016

Victim stabbed at Walmart in Washington Twp. NJ 03/27/2016

Gastonia man charged with trying to return un-purchased items at NC Wal-Mart in Hickory 03/28/2016

Google business listing shows many Walmarts being "closed" 03/28/2016

Ind. Wal-Mart theft, possible carjacking in Clarksville involves two victims 03/28/2016

Police: Mom takes kids to Cobb County Ga. Walmart to shoplift 03/28/2016

U.S. court shoots down Puerto Rico tax on Wal-Mart 03/28/2016

PD: Man shot during alleged drug deal at Hartford Conn. Walmart 03/28/2016 (Update charged with murder)

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Police responded to Walmart in Hartford on Monday evening after a man was shot in the abdomen.

The shooting happened at the Walmart located on Flatbush Avenue after 6 p.m.

Police said a drug deal lead to the shooting.

One man was allegedly trying to buy marijuana from another, but after a dispute, both men pulled out weapons and fired. Complete article

Suspect in Shooting Outside Hartford Conn. Walmart Charged With Murder 03/29/2016

Morgan Hill police: Welfare check ends in burglary arrests at Ca. Wal-Mart 03/28/2016

New NH Walmart's exit sign a puzzler 03/28/2016 The only problem: By the time a westbound driver reads the sign, he has already passed the exit.

Man arrested, accused of exposing himself in NH Wal-Mart parking lot 03/28/2016

Trio arrested for using fake $100, $20 bills at Colonial Heights Va. Walmart, surrounding stores 03/29/2016

Cocoa Fla. PD, FD respond to smoke at Wal-Mart 03/29/2016

Cashier charged with stealing money from NY Walmart register 03/29/2016

Albemarle County Va. Wal-Mart cleared after bomb threat 03/29/2016

Police Investigate Bomb Threat at San Anglo, Tx. Walmart and SAM's Club 03/29/2016

Couple wanted after fraud takes place at Wake County NC Walmart, police say 03/29/2016

Police evacuate Rexburg Idaho Walmart after man with a machete and hammer begins shouting threats 03/30/2016

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Rexburg Police Department have evacuated the Rexburg Walmart after a man entered the store and began to shout threats.

Captain Randy Lewis says the man is in his mid 20's and was carrying a machete and hammer, which he picked up in store.

Police tell Local News 8 that they have cleared the store and made contact with the man but he isn't responding to them. Captain Lewis says the man is apparently yelling at stores shelves.

Update 2:30 p.m: The suspect of the incident at the Rexburg Walmart is now in custody. We've also added video of the suspect yelling inside the store. Complete article

Update: Suspect in Walmart incident being treated for mental health issue 03/31/2016

WalMart Holding an Open Call for Entrepreneurs 03/30/2016

Man arrested for allegedly exposing himself at Eugene Oregon Walmart store 03/30/2016

4 charged with shoplifting at Secaucus NJ Walmart in 27-hour span: police 03/31/2016

Phoenix Ariz. Walmart employees honored for saving co-worker having life-threatening attack 03/31/2016

La. Wal-Mart evacuates for bomb threat 03/31/2016

Robber slinks away after demanding cash at Colorado Springs Walmart 03/31/2016

Fla. Walmart worker wrestles purse from snatcher 03/31/2016

MANATEE COUNTY - A Walmart worker chased down a purse snatcher on Thursday afternoon.

A man in his early 20s grabbed a woman from behind in the parking lot of the Walmart in the 6200 block of State Road 64 as she was walking toward the front door. The man ran through the parking lot.

Deputies say a Walmart employee chased the man, wrestled the purse away from him and returned it to the woman. Complete article

Walmart’s first-ever revenue drop: End of an era? 03/31/2016

For the first time, giant retailer’s revenues shrank from the year before
Its shares have fallen below retail competitors and the broader market
Has the company reached its growth limit?

Not every milestone is worth celebrating.

For the first time ever – or at least since the company went public some 45 years ago – Walmart's revenues shrank from the year before, according to its annual financial filing released Wednesday.

Walmart is clearly having trouble adapting its gigantic stores to the Internet age. To be sure, it is a retail juggernaut that brings in half a trillion dollars (that’s right, trillion) in sales every year. And with more than 11,500 stores in 28 countries,there’s no way it will disappear anytime soon.

Still, Walmart might have just hit its growth limit. Complete article

Woman shot near Beach Boulevard Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 03/30/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say they are looking for suspects after a woman was hit by gunfire,near the Walmart store, not far from the intersection of Beach and Southside Boulevard.

The shooting happened Thursday evening as a group of people were walking along Beach Boulevard on the sidewalk, according to investigators at the scene.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office believes a car with at least one gunman inside approached the group and started firing. Complete article