Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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
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
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
Here are just a handful of progressive candidates most if not all of whom have endorsed Bernie Sanders:
Thomas L. Fiegen
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
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
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
Granby Man Arrested For Alleged Theft From NY WalMart 03/0/2016
Westfield Mass. Police ID four Walmart larceny suspects with public's help 03/08/2016
Anderson Ca. Walmart open after being evacuated for bomb scare 03/10/2016
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
Affidavit: San Antonio Tx. man stabs Walmart employee who was walking home from work 03/09/2016
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
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."
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
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
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
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
Bizarre arrest made in NM Walmart parking lot: People in pickup truck reportedly had sex, Albuquerque police say 03/16/2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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