Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The truth is a commodity for campaign spokespeople and media pundits, as demonstrated by Symone Sanders and her recent decision to join the Biden campaign.
This isn't unique to Symone, nor is this the first sign that she's sold her political views. This is standard operating procedures for the majority of pundits who agree to support what ever "team" they join and go along with the talking points. Sam Clovis was one of the other most obvious people that sold their views and didn't even try to do a good job pretending otherwise, although the mainstream media barely mentioned this, so most people might not have noticed. He was hired by Rick Perry's campaign in 2015 talking about how Rick was in it for the long run one day then no more than a few days later quitting and on the next day announcing that he's working for Donald Trump, as the Perry campaign began collapsing because he couldn't pay his staffers.
The biggest problem isn't Symone Sanders or Sam Clovis, but the system that provides a financial incentive to cater to the interests of the wealthiest political operatives, usually serving Wall Street interests, although they routinely have to to pretend to serve the interests of the majority of the public. What we need to end this is better education about how the system works teaching the public to recognize conflicts of interests and how they study how to manipulate the public and enabling them to control the debate themselves.
I explained how part of this problem can be solved by setting up an interview process where all applicants for political office can have a chance to be heard in Modern "Poll Taxes": Voter ID & Campaign Contributions Instead of raising thousands if not millions of dollars to campaign for office, the public should control the interview process, requiring all candidates to fill out an application and show up for interviews, and national media should be required to provide fairly equal coverage for all candidates, not giving preferential treatment to those collecting the most money or hiring professional spin artists.
By now most people have forgotten about how obvious Sam Clovis's selling out to Donald Trump; but Twitter is having a field day with Symone Sanders, and how obvious it is that she's selling out too (I included a sample of some of the Tweets exposing her below). It's not hard to check the record to find out how different Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are, although it can be time consuming since they both have long records, but Biden is almost always taking the side of Wall Street, while Bernie Sanders takes the side of working class people and minorities.
Many of the people on Twitter have seen right through this incredibly obvious sell out; however, the vast majority of the public isn't nearly as inclined to check the record so closely, and might rely on mainstream media for a lot of their information, or if they are on Twitter and Facebook but follow mostly establishment pundits many of them might buy into their excuses justifying her working for Biden. So this can show how corrupt the system is to a modest percentage of the people, for now, but these tactics could enable them to rig the nomination again.
However, since Biden's record is so extreme, my best guess is that it'll backfire on them and he'll collapse in the polls long before the primaries.
I went into many of the problems with Joe Biden in Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap and I've updated it with numerous new articles since I first posted it, most of his record is hardly being mentioned on the mainstream media, including articles that show he supported segregation, overturning Roe v. Wade, supported outsourcing of jobs, gave preferential treatment to his own family while arguing for get tough on crime policies that only targeted the poor and much more.
But selling out isn't something Symone just started doing when she was hired by Biden; she also began campaigning for Hillary Clinton while she was pretending to support Bernie Sanders for the 2016 primary, as if it was already over, and Bernie had lost fairly. When Bernie won several of the primaries and showed that he had a chance of winning, and there were major signs that some the primaries he lost were being rigged as I pointed out in Can Hillary Clinton win without cheating? there were several of his supporters including Ben Jealous, Van Jones and Symone Sanders spending a lot of time on CNN or other cable news networks coming to Hillary's defense when Donald trump was attacking her, often spedning far more time at this than they were defending Sanders; and both Van Jones and Symone Sanders were given jobs as pundits that continued to this day, or in symone's case until she went to work for Joe Biden.
However, in addition to providing additional evidence to how bad the mainstream media is, which is hardly even covering many of the contradictions or Biden's incredibly long record contradicting his propaganda, it may also raise some questions about both the Bernie Sanders campaign and hiring or campaign staff, including unionized staff, now that Bernie Sanders has become the first candidate to have a unionized staff.
I supported Bernie Sanders in 2016 and still do, but there have been some problems which I can't forget, including the fact that he remained silent about the cheating during the primaries then campaigned for Hillary Clinton and Tom Perez after he was elected chairman of the DNC, trying to restore the credibility of the Democratic Party, when it clearly had no credibility. He agreed to support the Democratic Party and nominee when he first began his campaign and George Stephanopoulos asked him if he would support the nominee or run as an independent and again this year when he became the first to sign the Indivisible Loyalty Pledge Which Is A Duopoly Protection Pledge without even discussing Ranked Choice Voting that can enable more parties to compete so that the two dominant parties will have a much harder time rigging nominations for candidates supporting the Wall Street agenda.
The real solutions, if we're going to have major reform clearly have to come from the grassroots not a political candidate, even Bernie Sanders! I'm tempted to join in the call of many supporters of the Green Party or Democratic Socialists of America to oppose all establishment candidates, even Bernie Sanders, sometimes, but there's little or no chance that they're going to elect a president from their parties or many if any to Congress or Governors offices.
I also support unions as a means to protect workers; however, when union leaders like Richard Trumka support the Democratic party, or remain silent when there's a candidate that's far better for workers than the ones pushed by the Democratic party like Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, there's major doubts about whether these leaders really are doing their best to defend workers right. The same might go for unionized campaign workers.
Many progressives were thrilled when Bernie Sanders campaign workers unionized, and to some degree I'm happy to see this to; however, there's no guarantee that the campaign workers have the same interests as the grassroots or many of the volunteers supporting Bernie Sanders on weekends and nights when they can without getting paid. Symone Sanders is a clear example of this problem; she's not the exception to paid pundits or campaign workers selling out, this is the rule, although most of us have come to expect better of Bernie Sanders campaign workers, some of which have been far better.
The vast majority of campaign workers that jump from one campaign to another and often work for media companies or serve as staff for winning politicians aren't looking out for the best interests of the public, they're looking out for the best interests of their campaign donors who're paying their salaries! If these campaign workers unionize do you think they're going to be better advocates for good public policies anymore than the politicians they work for?
There's also a possibility that there might be conflicts of interests between paid campaign workers and unpaid volunteers. Unpaid volunteers presumably join campaigns because they support the candidate, or in the case of a charity, the cause, while paid campaign workers are doing this for a living and they might be as interested, if not more interested in job security, that often pays much better than working class people get paid.
There have been some concerns about full time volunteers, because only the wealthy can afford to do this, and they might have other undisclosed motives. The most obvious example of this is Paul Manafort who volunteered to work for the Trump campaign and famously wrote “How do we use to get whole,” to Konstantin Kilimnik as part of an alleged conspiracy to use his position as a campaign manager to pay off his debts, clearly indicating he had a major conflict of interests, which has led to his trial and imprisonment, although some of the details about this have been distorted for one reason or another.
These professional campaign workers, or unpaid volunteers with connections to wealthy clients should not be confused with the vast majority of volunteer campaign workers doing low level campaign work for sincere reasons. And these professional campaign workers also come from upper classes, that often go to the same colleges joining fraternities dominated by wealthy families, that working class people can't get access to. A handful of these college educated people, like Thomas Frank, Bernie Sanders, David Sirota do stand up for the working class, but they usually don't come from quite as wealthy families, and sometimes even they support the duopoly, supposedly to get some modest reform, which they consider better than nothing. In many cases this is true; especially if there aren't large numbers of working class people speaking out and acting to defend their own rights, which is the only way we'll get major reform that we need.
Another major potential conflict of interests that has also been exposed by extreme actions of the Trump campaign are non-disclosure agreements. There have been several lawsuits filed exposing that he not only required his paid campaign workers to sign non-disclosure agreements or non-disparagement agreements but also attempted to require unpaid volunteers to sign them as well. When the media exposed this they reported it in a manner that stated or implied that this was unique to the Trump campaign, although they didn't make a major effort to find out for certain if it was, that I know of.
Could this be common practice for most political campaigns?
It almost certainly is! I don't have any hard evidence of non-disclosure agreements for other campaigns; however, the entire scandal about stolen E-mails from the DNC and John Podesta clearly indicates that they're shrouding a large portion of their campaign activities in secrecy; and instead of admitting that they were caught rigging the elections so that Hillary Clinton would have an unfair advantage over Bernie Sanders, they dug in their heels and declared that they have a right to shroud their activities in secrecy and that by exposing their activities the alleged hackers, assuming it wasn't actually inside leakers, were victimizing them, not that they were victimizing the American people!
If they expected their activities to be shrouded in secrecy do you think there's a chance they might have protected their secrecy by using non-disclosure agreements as well?
It's almost guaranteed.
If unionizing campaigns becomes routine and establishment candidates do it as well will campaign union members like Neera Tanden or Brian Fallon demand that this secrecy continues as part of their union negotiations? Not publicly, of course, but will they have their think tanks come up with a way to make is seem justifiable and then come up with a way to screen campaign workers to find out if they would object? Probably not all of them, since there are to many, however there's a good chance that top campaign workers will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
We don't have the right to know how our elections are being run under the current circumstances; and whether or not they require campaign workers to sign non-disclosure agreements the campaign workers at the highest levels all come from a relatively small class of people that have connections to the political establishment. As much as I like Bernie Sanders he's already demonstrated that he's not going to do much if anything to change this, unless he's under pressure from the grassroots. Yet I still support him because on most issues, including Single payer health care, free college tuition, taxing the rich, opposing outsourcing of jobs, and many other issues he's been consistently on the right side of the issues for decades, and even though Obama Hillary and many other establishment Democrats have demonstrated, with their actions that they routinely say one thing during the campaign, and do another once elected, I doubt if Bernie Sanders will cave like they do, although he'll face an enormous amount of opposition from the rest of the political establishment.
However, contrary to what the mainstream media claims I doubt very much if Joe Biden will win the nomination, and it's even less likely that he'll win the general election if he does win the nomination, presumably with epidemic levels of help rigging media coverage from the mainstream media. The reason I came to this conclusion is mainly that I just looked at his record, despite the fact that the mainstream media isn't reporting on the vast majority of it, and noticed that even though they ignore most of it, they're routinely forced to cover some of it as people draw attention to it, and it's being spread on alternative media, which a growing number of people are relying on.
Most of the other corporate candidates are going to have a hard time winning as well because a close look at there record is just as bad, or at least the closest ones in the polls that I can tell including Kamala Harris, Beto O'rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker etc. with the possible exception of Elizabeth Warren, who at least does a better job pretending to be progressive than the other corporate candidates, although I doubt if she'll be able to attract much of the progressive votes from Bernie Sanders.
At this point I'm cautiously optimistic that Bernie Sanders just might get the nomination; and if he does that he'll easily be able to beat Trump, although it'll be a nasty campaign from both the Democrats before he wins the nomination or epidemic levels of cheating even worse than with Hillary Clinton to rig it for one of the corporate candidates, who will inevitably lose to Trump, as a result of that cheating.
Whether this happens or not there's overwhelming amount of evidence to indicate that the entire political establishment is behaving in an insane manner when there are far more important things to address than the silly Russia conspiracy theory, when it's clear that the mainstream media did far more to rig the election by only covering the candidates they support, refusing to cover honest candidates, with the exception of Bernie Sanders, presumably because he gained so much popularity by being sincere for decades, or so it seems.
There's also evidence to indicate that the political establishment knows far more about rigging elections and manipulating voters than they seem to be letting onto, especially with all their incredibly bad blunders. I explained some of this in an article about Frank Luntz, and other political advisers, one of the most effective ways they have of rigging elections so that candidates they don't want to win can't win, is simply refusing to cover them at all.
This adds to many other major unsolved mysteries, including some that don't seem to be related, although I suspect they might be, as I explained in a long series of articles including Is The Pseudo-Revolution Already In Progress? where I speculated about the possibility that it might somehow be related to incredibly rapid development of technology over the last seventy years, megaliths that were moved thousands of years ago, despite experiments that show that it should have been impossible, and claims by Philip Corso that he shared alien technology retrieved from the alleged Roswell crash in 1947 and other alleged extraterrestrial crashes.
If Corso's claim is true then it can explain how technology was developed so rapidly over the past seventy years. if it's false then there has to be another explanation why he was able to make it up and get so much institutional support from the publishing companies, along with why many other high ranking, and credible officials, were claiming that there's much more to UFOs than the government is admitting to. Either there's a massive cover up, or there's a massive effort to make it seem like we've been visited by UFOs when we haven't.
This theory probably seems far-fetched to most people, especially if they're not familiar with many of the details, or even if they are; however, there is something incredibly foolish going on and the political establishment is acting in an obviously dysfunctional manner despite the fact that not only should they know better, but they almost certainly do. However, it does explain how the ancient megaliths were moved and perhaps, if many of the details are worked out, it can explain many other major unsolved mysteries, although it clearly needs work, since there's simply not enough information to figure out many of these things or confirm the theory.
If there's something to this theory then they might actually be rigging the nomination for Bernie Sanders, as far-fetched as that sounds, so that he can implement partial solutions to the problems that they want to solve while using us for their own purposes for other reasons. This could explain why Bernie Sanders caved and campaigned for the Democrats after they rigged the primaries against him. It could also explain why they let him have enough media coverage to get so far ahead in the polls of everyone except Joe Biden, or so it seems. He's not necessarily actually behind in the polls, since it's been exposed that they under polled people under forty, and some polls that are being spread on the internet from mainstream media show him ahead, but mainstream media is only giving these polls a token amount of coverage buried where few people notice them.
Whether or not this theory is true, or somewhat close, there's little doubt that a small fraction of the public has near total control of the political debate as it's being presented in the mass media and they can use that control to rig elections, as they've been doing for decades. there's also little or no doubt that Bernie Sanders is far better than Joe Biden, Donald Trump or any of the other corporate Democrats. The only candidates that might be better than him are Mike Gravel or some of the candidates that get absolutely no media coverage from mainstream media like Sanderson Beck.
But even if Bernie Sanders does win, with or without this theory about Corso sharing alien technology, and this being part of a controlled disclosure effort is true, he's far better on most issues than other mainstream politicians; but, there are some major problems with him on a few, including the fact that he campaigned for the corrupt Democrats, and that he's remaining silent about epidemic levels of cheating. there's also little or no chance that he's going to try to break up the media so they can't continue rigging elections by rigging coverage so only candidates they support can win.
As much as I like Bernie Sanders on most issues, it's clear that even he isn't going to fix many important problems unless he's under an enormous amount of grassroots pressure. the most effective solutions are going to have to come from the grassroots no matter who is elected, but with most of these other Wall Street candidates they're not even going to take steps in the right direction on any issues, including climate change which may be irreversible, single payer, affordable education, or ending one war after another based on lies and many other issues.
Perhaps the best thing that Bernie Sanders is doing is drawing much more attention to many of his issues than other politicians and rallying people behind him, and these issues. I can't completely rule out the possibility that he'll cave on some issues as he has in the past when campaigning for Democratic politicians working against his issues; but, real reform has to come from the grassroots, and if they keep pushing beyond what he calls for then there's a chance that we'll get major reform!
Even though the best reforms have to come from the grassroots, we still need help from our representatives, at least until we can increase reliance on ballot issues and direct democracy on those issues, and reform the interview process; until we can elects real grassroots candidates like Sanderson Beck or many others that most people have never heard of because the corporate media never mentions them, Bernie Sanders is by far the best candidate with a reasonable chance of winning.
This may not sound like the loyal support that is expected for many politicians but we're not cult followers, and as the saying goes "not me, us," meaning that we want a leader that's willing to listen to the people. When Bernie does that it's what makes him so much better than other establishment candidates.
Symone Sanders recently tweeted, I learned something from @brianefallon everyday we worked together at Priorities. So when he told me he was going to start an organization to ignite grassroots activist interest in the courts, I wondered if he knew something I didn't. Per usual, he did. 05/17/2019 Apparently shorty after leaving the Sanders campaign, not only did she get a job as a CNN pundit, but she also worked with the democratic establishment she was previously working against supporting the corporate agenda, while pretending to be part of the "resistance."
Like many other politicians or advisers she comes up with statements like the following tweet defending Sanders, only to have to explain it away a few months later after joining the Biden campaign, although as far as I can tell, instead of explaining it, she ignored it and the mainstream media is helping her by ignoring it as well, so only those that pay attention to social media at the right time will recognize how hypocritical she's being.
Major Democratic super PAC hires Clinton, Sanders vets, Brian Fallon and Symone Sanders, for relaunch 01/18/2017
Anita Hill because she is a Black woman did not have the luxury of vulnerability before the all white male Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. 09/17/2018
The following are some related articles including my past one about Joe Biden which has been updated with more articles about him and there will probably be many more added to it periodically; tweets exposing some of her hypocrisy are included as well:
Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap
Is Oligarchy Creating Second Wave Of Fake Progressives? If So Why?
Symone Sanders Slams Shaun King After He Attacks Her For Supporting Joe Biden 05/19/2019
Symone Sanders, Bernie’s Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden’s Campaign 04/25/2019
CNN Humiliates Symone Sanders By Using OUR Talking Points 05/19/2019
Sam Clovis switching from Perry to Trump one day later on Rachel Maddow.
Symone Sanders Said Dems Don't Need White People To Lead. She Went To Work For Joe Biden 04/25/2019
Symone Sanders defends past donation to Buttigieg after joining Biden campaign 04/25/2019
Facts are facts @SymoneDSanders. U have a job 2 do-& that’s spin. My job is 2 point out facts—which is that the crime bill ushered in unprecedented mass incarceration. The fact that u & @JoeBiden can’t ackowledge it/propose reforms is telling 05/19/2019
Yesterday something truly painful happened. A dozen activists wrote me saying they were sick to their stomachs seeing it. The Biden campaign asked @SymoneDSanders to say that the crime bill only impacted states. At 1:37 the anchor called their bluff. 05/19/2019
Symone Sanders earns her money in this clip trying to convince us water isn’t wet, birds don’t fly and paying states billions to lock up more black people didn’t contribute to mass incarceration. Honesty is your friend @SymoneDSanders 05/18/2019
Damn, @SymoneDSanders, you ignore that Bernie voted for Crime Bill because the Violence Against Women Act was included. How can you look in the mirror? You chose to be on the payroll of a man who's done severe harm to most Americans? You are a paid liar just like Sarah Sanders. 05/19/2019
.@SymoneDSanders wants voters to "give us a minute, you will see.” See what, @JoeBiden unaologetically defend his racist crime bill that has devastated Black families for 25 yrs? Nah, it wasn’t "over correction,” it was white supremacy. 05/19/2019
I mean, you did bust a mean jig defending Biden @SymoneDSanders At what point do your convictions, morals, and integrity supersede your desire to have an illustrious but empty career? 05/19/2019
Please keep going on TV trying to defend Joe Biden and his racist crime bill. It's helping Bernie tremendously. People see through your nonsense. 05/19/2019 I don’t think Symone was this useful to the sanders campaign even when she worked for it // She literally wasn't. She was a mole.
The 1994 CB disproportionately incarcerated Black men, destroyed Black families & left Black children fatherless. @JoeBiden’s denial of it is disgusting. @SymoneDSanders sycophantic caping, simplifying it as “some people went too far” is foot shuffling to excuse white supremacy. 05/18/2019
A Lawsuit by a Campaign Worker Is the Latest Challenge to Trump’s Nondisclosure Agreements 02/25/2019 The most legally significant aspect of Johnson’s suit may ultimately be something the complaint does not explicitly address: the pervasive use of nondisclosure agreements by Trump during his campaign and in his Administration. Johnson’s suit is at least the sixth legal case in which Trump campaign or Administration employees have defied their nondisclosure agreements. Three of those actions, including Johnson’s, were filed this month. Johnson, who was the campaign’s administrative field-operations director in Florida, signed a nondisclosure agreement that bars her from revealing any information “in any way detrimental to the Company, Mr. Trump, any Family Member, any Trump Company or any Family Member company.” Johnson’s attorney, Hassan Zavareei, said, “We expect that Trump will try to use the unconscionable N.D.A. and forced arbitration agreement to silence Ms. Johnson. We will fight this strong-arm tactic.”
A Former Trump Staffer Filed A Class Action To Invalidate All Of The Campaign’s Nondisclosure Agreements 02/20/2019 Jessica Denson, who worked for the Trump campaign in 2016, is arguing the language of the nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements that all staffers had to sign is unlawful.
Non-disclosure agreements aren't limited to political campaigns or business transactions they're used for just about everything, including collecting money for charities, apparently. These are literally agreements to conspire against the best interests of the majority of the public, in many cases. There may be some minor exceptions but many charities have turned into public relations arms of corporations as pointed out by Christine C. MacDonald in "Green, Inc: An Environmental Insider Reveals how a Good Cause Has Gone Bad," and there's good reason to believe that this practice isn't limited to environmental providing propaganda cover for energy companies as MacDonald reports, but it's done on virtually every major charitable organization including Planned Parenthood, the AARP and many other organizations.
This secrecy is used to deprive people of the information they need to know how much of the money they donate actually goes to the charity and of information about potential conflicts of interests from many major corporations donating to charities and using them as propaganda public relations. The following is a sample Non-disclosure agreement that seems to include charitable organizations:
This agreement may ban volunteers from disclosing information about the people donating but it's not guaranteed to ban charity collectors from selling their lists. there good reason to believe that lists are routinely sold by many businesses and we have now way of knowing how often it happens, possibly because those involved in it are bound by non-disclosure agreements!
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Bernie Sanders was the first to sign the pledge by the indivisible group, which is similar to his promise at the beginning of the 2016 election when asked by George Stephanopoulos. I supported Bernie Sanders in 2016 and still do, especially since he's far better on all the issues than any of the other candidates that the media is willing to cover, but this is a disappointment, especially since he didn't even mention Ranked Choice Voting.
The reason Trump was elected in the first place was because the media has been providing obsession coverage for candidates that cater to wealthy campaign donors for decades and they've rigged the economic system badly against the vast majority of the public. they've been studying how to manipulate voters for decades, and have become incredibly good at it enabling them to rig the economic system in favor of the wealthy, while convincing the working class that one demagogue after another will serve their best interest, only to betray them once in office.
After decades of this outrage against mainstream candidate reached epidemic levels, and they were ready to fall for another demagogue, who in this case turned out to be Trump, who isn't actually that good a liar, but they also rigged the primary for Hillary Clinton who's an even worse liar.
By providing obsession coverage for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, even though they had incredibly high negative poll ratings and they were both involved in epidemic levels of coverage they ensured that a large percentage of the public would hate who ever won, and that there would be justifiable causes to call for impeach either of them even before the election.
Now they're trying to do the same thing with Joe Biden, who has an incredibly bad record that most people would hate assuming they heard much of it. The following meme shows just how much more he is like Trump than the vast majority of the public, although Trump did oppose the TPP, but his trade policy is still rigged heavily in favor of the wealthy and they're working on other similar policies, but the rest of the examples are close if not exactly right.
I went into Joe Biden's record much more in Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap where I explained that Joe Biden's record is much worse than the mainstream media has been reporting recently; they're clearly relying on the short memories of most voters. they claim that Biden is well known which is certainly true, at least to a point, and that many of thees stories have already been reported, which is partly true. Many of these stories have been reported in a very low profile manner, others have only been reported on alternative media outlets while the propaganda making them seem good is repeated over and over again.
I updated this article with a long list of new stories about Biden's record after he joined the campaign that have been circulating on the internet, but mostly ignored, with a few exceptions in mainstream media, but many more of them will inevitable be reported long before the campaign is over. This is how I knew that when he said he wasn't "middle of the road" on climate change I knew that either he was lying, or only telling the truth because he was on the side of the oil companies, on the wrong side of "the road." When he said he that the crime bill didn't cause mass incarceration, that was another massive lie, although the mainstream media didn't even try to correct this.
He said that we should "Look at my record" which is what I already did, and it was how I knew so fast that he was telling incredibly obvious lies!
And when Giuliani claimed that he was going to Ukraine to "Meddle in an investigation" I knew that even though he was obviously doing it for partisan reasons there was a legitimate scandal there involving his son dealing with a Ukrainian oligarch and a corporation involved in epidemic levels of fraud losing $1.8 billion of aid money! But the media portrayed this scandal as if it was something Giuliani was stirring up for partisan reasons, giving some people the impression there was nothing to it.
There's much more where that came from for Biden, who's allegedly the front runner for now; and when most of the other corporate friendly democrats take their turn in the spotlight there'll be more similar stories that they mainstream media might not cover very well for them either.
Bernie Sanders, on the other hand has been supporting the grassroots for decades and his positions have been consistent, and checking the record will only confirm this. He's the only one the mainstream media is willing to give a reasonable amount of coverage that supports the majority of the public. If there are any other high profile candidates that are reasonably good they're the ones the mistreatment media only gives a minimal amount of coverage to like Mike Gravel, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson, but there's little or no chance that any of them will ever get enough media coverage to become a top contender; the only reason Bernie managed to get enough coverage is probably because he's been so consistent for so long he developed a strong base that the media felt it couldn't ignore. and a close look at these candidates probably indicates they're not as good as Bernie anyway.
If there is a candidate that is as good as Bernie Sanders, it's one of the candidates the media doesn't cover at all, like Sanderson Beck who I went into in Censored Candidates For President By Mass Media where I explained that the media rigs the presidential election against the vast majority of hundreds of declared presidential candidates by simply refusing to cover them or letting people know where to look for information about them if they're sick of the establishment candidates the media gives obsession coverage for.
It's already clear that the media is trying to do the same thing that gave us trump in the first place they did last time where a leaked e-mail even said that the Democrats would like to see a "pied piper candidate" get nominated, thinking they could easily beat him; well they got what they wanted, and took it for granted thinking they didn't have to serve the interests of the public or campaign in the battleground states while catering overwhelmingly to Wall street which is how Trump got elected.
Biden is trying to do almost the same thin that Clinton did in a virtual repeat of the 2016 elections, but instead of signing another pledge, which didn't work last time, there's only one option that can easily beat Trump, and that's nominating Bernie Sanders. It shouldn't be that way, as much as I like Sanders we should have a good primary with several candidates serving the interests of the public to choose from but the media refused to cover candidates that weren't collecting massive amounts of money from wealthy people for decades, which is why we're in this mess in the first place.
There are several other ways to reform the electoral system, even if we can't get support from the mainstream media or dominant political parties that are clearly catering overwhelmingly to Wall Street. One of them is increasing reliance on alternative media, which many people at the grassroots are already doing, although we need to do this much more and we need to convince many people more interested in sports or celebrity worship to check with other more reliable sources.
Another major reform which can help reduce control of the two dominant parties is Ranked Choice Voting, also know as Instant Runoff Voting, which was passed into law thorough a ballot initiative in Maine after an enormous grassroots effort which the majority of the country still hasn't heard of, thanks to the media which only briefly covered it after the election, and on the rare occasions they do mention it they try to misrepresent it. there are additional efforts to pass more Ranked Choice Voting in several other states including Massachusetts, Utah and a dozen other states, although it'll take more research through the grassroots to find out which ones are making progress since the political establishment doesn't like this idea because they can't force us to accept the lesser of two evils, which is their most effective tactic to suppress alternative parties like the Green Party or the Libertarians.
Ranked Choice Voting enables people to pick their first choice, second choice, etc. with only the top choice counting; but if no one gets a majority then the least popular candidate is automatically eliminated, with each person who choose that candidate automatically going to their second choice. For example if it were in place in 2016 people could have chosen Jill Stein as their first choice, Hillary Clinton as second etc. and if Jill Stein didn't win it would automatically go to Hillary Clinton, assuming she actually got the nomination, which I doubt she would have. It wouldn't have been a guarantee and Trump might have still won, but they couldn't argue that he won because Jill Stein "stole" Hillary Clinton's votes.
This was never a good argument in the first place, since Hillary Clinton never earned her votes, relying on behind the scenes actions to rig the primaries for her; if anyone was stealing votes it was Hillary Clinton, not Jill Stein. there are some details that need to be worked out and see how it works in practice, but it's far better than our current system. The political establishment is trying to make it seem as if this is to complicated, so even though there might be some problems we have to be careful not to let them sabotage it or misrepresent it, enabling them to keep using the lesser of two evils argument, while fixing the legitimate problems that might exist.
If Indivisible is concerned about beating Trump you would think they might want to draw attention to this, since the promise extracted from Bernie Sanders by George Stephanopoulos in 2015 when he first announced his run for the presidency. When he lost, as a result of epidemic levels of cheating and a massive advantage in the coverage for Hillary Clinton by trying to make seems like the presumptive nominee months if not years before the debates even began let alone any votes cast, many of the best informed people supported Jill Stein, although it didn't turn out to be a large percentage, others either stayed home or voted for Donald Trump.
Not only will this ensure that Trump can't get elected with less than fifty percent of the vote but people will worry less about losing to an incredibly corrupt candidate and vote for the best person in the primaries, since unpopular candidates like Hillary Clinton will be far less likely to win the primaries with this system.
Why didn't they even discuss this?
Because the Indivisible group was never a grassroots organization at all, instead it's AstroTurf, attracting enough people at the grassroots to make it look like a grassroots effort but the leadership coming up with the ideas have ties to the political establishment; it was started by former congressional staffers from the Democratic Party who recruited people willing to support their views and trained them to adopt their ideas.
I went into this more in Indivisible Protest: Overdue Reform or Democratic Trojan Horse? when they first arose after Trump got elected. these congressional staffers had ties to the same political establishment that helped rig the nomination for Hillary Clinton hoping to go up against a "pied piper candidate" they thought would be easy to beat. they helped enable a Trump victory in the first place, and many of them are likely to rise within the political establishment serving Wall street interests once they do their part to defend the duopoly system.
either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would have been willing to serve the best interests of wall Street, and now instead of winning both ways they want to win both ways with either Biden or Trump, or if his campaign falls apart they would be happy with Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, or any other other candidates catering to Wall Street!
Regardless of how we got here or what additional reforms have to be put in place there's little or no doubt that Bernie is far better on the issues, and far more likely to defeat Trump than Joe Biden or any other establishment candidate that has a reasonable chance of winning the primaries.
If they rig it for Joe Biden again he won't be much if any better than Trump, although he may do a better job pretending to be better, so there's little reason to worry about which candidates wins the general election and more reason to try to break up the duopoly, perhaps by supporting the Green Party or some other alternative party!
Bernie Sanders has been consistent for decades when it comes to support for the working class, Single Payer, standing up to corporate corruption, defending minorities and voting rights, protecting the environment, and much more!
However, his support for this pledge is disappointing and it's not the first time; he endorsed Hillary Clinton instead of speaking out against the rigged primaries in 2016, and tried to defend the Democratic Party, helping to cover up that corruption, instead of exposing it. He hasn't spoken up about Ranked Choice voting, nor has he demanded that all grassroots candidates like Sanderson Beck or many other local candidates running for other offices get a reasonable chance to get some media coverage so the political establishment.
It's difficult to argue that he's the lesser evil on most issues, but clearly there are some issues that the grassroots will have to push him to improve. And, we'll also have to do more to elect progressive candidates at local levels so he can get more help from Congress and state governments implementing reform.
Furthermore, it's clear that a lot of establishment pundits prefer to have Trump as the enemy to make themselves look like the lesser evil, than to have Bernie Sanders as their own nominee; so there's little chance that they'll keep this pledge, assuming they make it at all, I noticed that at this time Biden still hasn't taken the pledge!
After looking at Joe Biden's record and seeing how bad it is, my best guess is it's virtually guaranteed that he'll drop hard in the polls long before the primaries begin, and it'll be difficult for the Wall Street supporters to rally behind one candidate that can beat Bernie, especially without obvious smear tactics, virtually guaranteeing that they'll have to either let him win the primary, and easily beat Trump; or they'll rig the nominations in an even more obvious manner than in 2016, virtually guaranteeing that Trump wins, showing their real priorities!
There will be people refusing to take this pledge or breaking it, the only difference is whether it's to oppose the duopoly or to defend it; opposing the duopoly can help bring about the reforms we need; defending the duopoly will virtually guarantee that we'll never get needed reforms, or if we get a few they'll be able to roll them back as they have in the past!
The following are some related articles; I included a few of the articles about Biden that were related to subjects discussed in this article, but added more to my previous article about him:
Now That Maine Tried Ranked-Choice Voting, Will Other States? 06/26/2019
Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap
Joe Biden’s Pollster Signs Up to Lobby Against Labor for Trump’s NAFTA 2.0. 05/10/2019
Joe Biden: “If you go out and bundle $250K for me, all legal, and then you call me after I’m elected and say ‘Joe, I’d like to talk to you about something.’ I’m gonna say ‘Come on in.’ It’s human nature.” (Video) 05/11/2019
Bernie Sanders walks the picket lines with striking labor while @joebiden crosses picket lines to collect corporate cash from Kaiser Foundation Director while picket lines at event! #BERNIE2020 05/10/2019
Exclusive: Presidential hopeful Biden looking for ‘middle ground’ climate policy 05/10/2019
Joe Biden is stuck in the past when it comes to climate change 05/11/2019
Biden tells wealthy donors he is from the 'corporate state of Delaware' 05/09/2019 Protesters stood outside the home chanting "Kaiser, Kaiser, you can't hide; We can see your greedy side ... Kaiser, Kaiser, you're no good; Treat your patients like you should."
Biden’s Climate Adviser Earned $1 Million From Natural Gas Company 05/10/2019
The Trouble With Biden Defeating Trump isn’t the same thing as defeating Trumpism. 05/11/2019 “I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race,’” Biden told a Delaware-based weekly newspaper in 1975. “I don’t buy that.”
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Intentionally or not, social media is using incitement of violence to justify massive amounts of censorship that often restricts research that can reduce violence, expose wars based on lies, or expose corporate fraud, and much more. They often don't even know what they're censoring, since it's heavily automated!
The internet was promoted as a massive improvement that could help even the rights to free speech, although it never worked out quite that way. For a while a small fraction of people paying attention to issues and familiar with it took advantage of it, and it was supposedly a great tool to spur democratic revolutions, including the Arab Spring.
But now there's a major effort going on to roll that back by dramatically increasing censorship and consolidate the control of many of the biggest platforms under authoritarian control.
I was blocked about a month ago on Twitter, for "violating the rules," initially without saying which rule I violated, it took a couple days before I got a cut and past response, which may also have been automated for all I know, saying that it was for "abusive behavior," which I'm sure I didn't do, and that I would be blocked for the "allotted time;" but they didn't specify what I allegedly did that was abusive or what the "allotted time" was.
It appears as if this is part of a major automated system that is doing an enormous amount of their censorship.
Even though a lot of it is automated there's some evidence that they're using claims of Russian collusion or manifestos by mass shooters as an excuse for mass censorship and a lot of it is benefiting the oligarchs that already control well over ninety percent of the mass media. there are six corporations that control over ninety percent of the national media and at least half a dozen or more of the biggest media outlets not owned by these corporations, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, the Boston globe, and many more are own by billionaires. They're all for profit organizations and even the few that aren't run by billionaires are accountable to stockholders, and those that own the most are the richest, which means billionaires or people worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The primary motive for these people clearly seems to be to make themselves richer and maintain control of the majority of speech used to make major political decisions.
They're not nearly as concerned with reporting the most effective research to reduce violence, instead relying on censorship to suppress opinions they oppose, which may occasionally suppress some efforts to incite violence; however it's also suppressing research to reduce it by explaining how it starts as a result of early child abuse, poverty epidemic levels of incomes inequality, boot camp indoctrination in the military designed to teach cadets to blindly obey orders and solve problems with violence.
A large part of what I do on social media is promoting articles that expose the leading causes of violence and how to reduce it; so by censoring me instead of preventing speech that is designed to incite violence they're suppressing speech that might prevent it, or at least that's what I think, and they don't address and details at all. Instead they keep sending me the same cut and paste message, without telling me what the "allotted time" is or what I allegedly did that was allegedly "abusive behavior"
It took me three days just to find out they claim I used "abusive behavior" which I'm sure I did not, the rules say it's to threaten people or threaten to commit acts of terrorism, which I certainly didn't do; it also says that I "may not affiliate with organizations that .... use or promote violence against civilians" which I didn't knowingly do; however, I would have no way of knowing if I did and it was brief, nor would anyone else.
Even if I did one of these things they could at least let me know what it is that I allegedly did. Instead they keep sending me the same cut and past response without acknowledging my obvious questions, what did I do that was allegedly "abusive behavior" and what is the "allotted time?" some of the responses that come instantly are obviously automated, but these E-mails take several days, and still don't answer any questions. supposedly they take so long because someone is checking it, but there's no evidence that anyone is and this might all be cut and paste as fast as they can.
this is one of a variety of ways to regulate speech for the vast majority of the public while a small fraction has total control of the mass media, giving speech that increases profits or promotes wars based on lies a major advantage over speech that exposes fraud by major corporations or the lies leading us into war.
This isn't limited to me, or to total censorship; there are a lot of organizations that promote social activities that are good for the vast majority of the public, but can't get any air time on television, including other people trying to educate about how early child abuse leads to escalating violence, opponents of the death penalty, defenders of Palestinians, other war protesters exposing many lies leading us into war, defenders or workers rights and many other grassroots organizations that can't afford to pay massive amounts of money for advertising.
The mainstream media doesn't do a remotely good job covering any of these subjects, or many more; every-time I look into good non-fiction books on any given subject I find much better material than what they provide, and often find that they make blatantly false or misleading claims about them; including the most effective ways to reduce violence, which I've posted many articles about and often tweeted them or provided links on Facebook.
For example, yesterday there was another school shooting killing one more person and injuring half a dozen or so, and the mainstream media has gone into the same routine obsessively talking about gun control and ignoring all other contributing causes, perhaps briefly mentioning mental illness, without talking about what causes it or how to prevent it. I went into this many times, including after the Parkland shooting where I posted Prevention of violence has to address all causes, not just Guns! which pointed out that although reasonable gun control could be part of the solution it's not even close to being the only one, or the most important one. Yet the media implies or states that the only possible way they're willing to discuss stopping these shootings is by trying to catch them at the last minute often by shooting them before they can kill more people.
this article points out many different causes of violence, including early child abuse leading to escalating violence later in life, since it teaches violence and abused children are much more likely to become abusers as adults if not treated, which is almost certainly the most important contributing factor; poverty, income inequality, abandoned inner cities with little or not educational or economic opportunities, and much more. some of the best researchers including James Garbarino, Barbara Coloroso, Jonathan Kozol and many more have reported on how to reduce violence by preventing early abuse or providing adequate funds for education and their research is available in most libraries, but the vast majority of the public doesn't read many, if any good non-fiction books, instead getting their news and educational material from the mainstream media; which never discusses many of these factors or gives good researchers like them an opportunity to get their views across.
Louis D. Brandeis once said "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence." However by allowing the mainstream media to be controlled by six for profit oligarchs that don't event try to discuss the most effective research on any given subject, unless it increases profits for those that are already wealthy it totally disregards this and the purpose of the first Amendment!
We have good research about how to prevent violence but the vast majority of the public never hears about it, and in some cases instead of preventing people from inciting violence Twitter, and presumably Facebook are preventing people from talking about how to prevent that violence!
This also goes for speech to criticize wars based on lies or government activities like their response to the Branch Davidians at Waco as the following article points out:
The two leading justifications for all this censorship are the alleged Russian interference in our elections by stealing the DNC and John Podesta E-Mails exposing how they were rigging the nomination process in favor of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and the manifestos from numerous mass shooters. The Russian conspiracy theory ignores the simple fact that no candidate can win the election without getting name recognition; and the mainstream media routinely ensures that most candidates never get the coverage they need to get that name recognition as I pointed out in More Censored Candidates From The Underground. It wasn't Russia that gave Donald Trump the mane recognition that he needed over the decades and increased it even more in 2015-6 to provide obsession coverage, while presenting the same establishment candidates that people were outraged with, it was mainstream media in our own country!
And even without false flag conspiracy theories about these mass shooters there's plenty of evidence to show how to reduce violence and make all these shootings far less likely like I pointed out in the article about Parkland shooting and another one about some other mass shooters, including some that wrote manifestos about their motives as I pointed out in Driving People to "Go Out In A Blaze Of Glory" isn't working so well, including Joe Stack who wrote about how the economic system was rigged against him leading him to fly a plane into the IRS building killing one other person besides himself, two shootings against police officers in 2016.
They also have a history of censoring people campaigning for candidates the establishment opposes like Jeanette Jing who was blocked for a week or so during the 2016 campaign, and Bernie sanders supported raised a viral protest about her, until the restored her account; and in past articles about the presidential candidates that the media refuses to cover I pointed out that on several occasions they were blocked; a progressive reporting Kansas City officials poured bleach on food meant for people who are homeless, rather than let a community org serve food without a permit was blocked; and many more most of which I've never heard of, but I know I've heard of dozens more without listing them including Saif Deen Bitar who is currently being blocked for allegedly using several accounts to abuse people, although what I've seen of his account is speaking out against Israeli occupation of Palestinians.
I'm not aware of any evidence to show he uses multiple accounts, and haven't seen him be abusive, unless you consider exposing Israeli atrocities to be abusive, nor are many of his Twitter followers who are raising another campaign to get him reinstated.
However according to USA Today Israel has been doing this for years giving overwhelming advantages to well funded propaganda! Israel to pay students to defend it online 08/14/2013
And the Intercept has reported that Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments 12/30/2017 and The Koch brothers are funding Facebook’s newest fact-checking partner 04/29/2019 clearly indicating that the truth is at least partly if not entirely for sale on Facebook and Twitter like it is on the mainstream media that gives overwhelming preferential treatment to for profit ads even when they're based on fraud over small researchers that are looking out for the best interest of the majority of the public.
Ajamu Baraka has correctly tweeted that By becoming partisans, the liberal corporate tech companies have entered dangerous grounds with their open censoring of political content & limitations on speech. They are making case for those platforms to be publicly owned where 1st amendment standards can be applied. 05/07/2019 However this isn't likely to work while the elections continue to be rigged by mainstream media by only covering candidates they support, ensuring that ones that might deprive them of unjustifiable control of the mass media or social media platforms and enabling the vast majority of the public to have equal rights to free speech! In order to prevent these oligarchs from censoring speech, in addition to either public ownership or heavy regulation to prevent this censorship we'll also have to elect candidates that actually want to defend censorship, and the current system is rigged to ensure we can't do that!
Noam Chomsky once said "If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.” which at times I've doubted, because even though it sounded good, when he said it he was defending the rights of white supremacists to speak even though he disagreed with them, on the premise that they would censor progressive speech nest, and the mainstream media enabled them to get plenty of speech, but didn't cover progressive voices. If it worked as Noam Chomsky intended it would have made sense, but it hasn't always worked that way. But now they are doing exactly what Noam Chomsky warned against, while they're speaking loudly about banning Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan as reported in many media outlets what's not being reported is that many more people are being purged or censored with little or no attention!
They're very selective about who they censor, refusing to censor Donald Trump when he routinely incites violence or Matt Gaetz; when James Bovard was censored he was able to write about it and get reinstated, there's a chance that Saif Deen Bitar might get reinstated if enough attention is drawn to him; but the vast majority of people that are being censored by either Facebook or Twitter have little or no opportunity to draw so much attention to there problems, even if it's a result of automated systems or false accusations especially from powerful organizations. there have been numerous articles, including some listed below showing that there are much more progressives being censored than most people are aware of; however they're probably not widely circulated; I wouldn't have found most of them if I didn't search specifically for them.
Like many other people I was vaguely aware there was a problem, but didn't realize how big it was until it happened to me, although when there was attention to it after Jeanette Jing I did join in retweeting requests to reinstate her and perhaps a few other people.
We already have way to much censorship with mainstream media owned by a fraction of one percent that refuses to provide coverage for the majority of honest candidates and the best research on many given subjects; allowing this to continue can ensure that the internet will only add to the rigging of the economic system and elections, ensuring that the grassroots can't overcome this easily if at all!
James Woods is one of the few celebrities that have actually been banned for a variation of a famous Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, but at least they told him why and supposedly all he has to do is remove the Tweet to get reinstated, although they could simply remove it them selves, as they often do; but this is about power and indoctrination, not preventing incitement of violence otherwise they would suppress it when Trump Gaetz, or Israelis do it!
I'm not recommending that anyone be censored, but the obviously selective way they do it clearly indicates it's not about preventing violence; or if they actually believe their own propaganda they're incredibly incompetent and accomplishing the opposite of what they're trying.
Apparently Chris Hughes, Mark Zuckerberg's co-founder is now calling for the break up of Facebook, supposedly so it's subject to competition; however this wouldn't provide direct accountability to the public, like many other free market systems are supposed to do, yet don't because of collusion or some other reason. Ajamu Baraka also pointed this out responding by saying, "The issue with FaceBook, Twitter & Google is that breaking them up is not enough. Their power & now open partisan collaboration with the state by engaging in political censorship represents an existential threat to critical speech & thought."
In addition to increasing diverse views in social media, including some of the best research on many different subjects, we also need much more diverse coverage in the traditional media, which means requiring mass media to provide coverage for all candidates applying for public office and enabling good researchers to educate the public instead of non-stop propaganda. If we can have dozens of channels selling us useless garbage with fraudulent ads we can find a way to get some of the good research available in libraries and universities on to the media, when most people get their information.
There may be another major factor, involving the source of this technology and how it developed so rapidly, to this as well, but even without considering this there's no doubt that allowing a minuscule fraction of the public to control over ninety percent of speech and technology, enabling them to censor opposing views is unacceptable in a democratic society, without considering possible major unsolved mysteries. In James Bovard's article above, he writes that Facebook has automated blocking system that was able to recognize the picture of a Vietnamese girl running naked after being poisoned with napalm. This is just one of many incredibly advanced technological abilities that have been developed in a surprisingly short time.
How were tech giants able to develop this technology so rapidly, in just a few decades, or in many cases just a few years, when it took our civilization thousands of years to slowly develop much more primitive technology.
Very few people even think about this; however, the answer is almost certainly not as simple as the establishment claims, assuming they discuss it at all. As I pointed out in Do Aliens own Stock in Monsanto, DuPont, or Microsoft? and Who's Controlling Oligarchies Dividing The Market? Aliens? this is just one of many major unsolved mysteries, including how ancient civilizations were able to move massive megaliths over seven hundred tons despite fact that experiments prove that they could only replicate it for megaliths up to ten tons and cheated when they tried to move them between ten and forty tons without even trying anything bigger.
This subject seems insane to most people partly because the mainstream media doesn't even cover it seriously, if they cover it at all with articles like Alien abduction: an unlikely solution to the climate crisis 04/29/2019 and How angry pilots got the Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings 04/25/2019 being very poorly done, yet they're among the best that are available to the public, and they don't circulate very widely. The best known reporting on it comes from the History Channel, which looks incredibly absurd with so=-called experts making one obvious blunder after another making me believe they're not even trying to cover the best science.
There may have been times decades ago where they occasionally did a better job covering this subject, but at that time one of the strongest arguments against it was that other habitable planets are just too far away and it's not possible for other lifeforms to get here. Now thanks to all this rapidly developing technologies, many of the obstacles preventing interstellar travel have been overcome, even if life as we know it can't travel in one lifetime to another solar system artificial intelligence, nano technologies advanced propulsion and much more technology indicates that some form of space travel is almost certainly possible.
It opens up many more possibilities, but whether it's local censorship of some kind of influence by aliens we need to reform our democracy so that everyone has equal rights to free speech, and if some preferential treatment is given to anyone, it shouldn't be based solely on who's the riches, perhaps giving some of the best researchers better opportunities to be heard, including researchers with opposing views!
|Mark Zuckerberg may not have said this; however the actions of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies clearly indicates they seem to believe it!|
|This is just one of the photos Saif Deen Bitar has been posting which I was able to retrieve from Google, although if twitter censors him too long, most of his pictures will no longer be available, like his tweets.|
Why Did Facebook Purge TeleSUR English? 08/15/2018
Facebook censors Telesur and Venezuela Analysis 08/17/2018
Mark Zuckerberg Pledges to Spend More in War on Hate Speech 10/30/2018
Facebook Will Ramp Up Censorship Leading Up To The Midterm Elections 10/16/2018
Facebook will ban misinformation around voting during the midterm elections 10/15/2018
PLEASE RT, help our friend. #StopTheBias Same rules for everyone, we will not stop until you unsuspend @BitarDeen @TwitterSupport #Palestine 05/03/2019
Google, Twitter, Facebook, Apple slapped with class-action lawsuit over conservative censorship 09/04/2018
Supreme Court agrees to hear a case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users 10/16/2018
`Trump Demands Facebook and Twitter Ban MSNBC And CNN 05/04/2019 Trump wants some of the most prominent free press outlets banned from Twitter and Facebook, but pro-Trump propagandists, conspiracy theorists, and hate speech peddlers should have an amplified platform. The president’s demand is in line with an authoritarian view of the press. Trump does not believe in press freedom. He wants a media does not challenge or investigate him.
Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post 10/13/2018 The organizations censored by Facebook include The Anti-Media, with 2.1 million followers, The Free Thought Project, with 3.1 million followers, and Counter Current News, with 500,000 followers. All three of these groups had been on the blacklist.
The ‘Washington Post’ ‘Blacklist’ Story Is Shameful and Disgusting 11/28/2016
Matt Gaetz will face investigation by Florida Bar grievance committee over menacing Michael Cohen tweet 05/08/2019
Facebook Co-Founder Says Company Is ‘Dangerous,’ Should Be Broken Up 05/09/2019
Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners 09/25/2018 Media giant Facebook recently announced (Reuters, 9/19/18) it would combat “fake news” by partnering with two propaganda organizations founded and funded by the US government: the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). The social media platform was already working closely with the NATO-sponsored Atlantic Council think tank (FAIR.org, 5/21/18).
In a previous FAIR article (8/22/18), I noted that the “fake news” issue was being used as a pretext to attack the left and progressive news sites. Changes to Facebook’s algorithm have reduced traffic significantly for progressive outlets like Common Dreams (5/3/18), while the pages of Venezuelan government–backed TeleSur English and the independent Venezuelanalysis were shut down without warning, and only reinstated after a public outcry.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Walmart had at least eleven shootings in April, with five of them fatal, but two of them didn't take place on the premises. One was of two Walmart workers that were shot and killed shortly after leaving work; and the other one involved someone that claimed he was asked to kill a suicidal person in a park nearby then brought her to Walmart and called it in. One of the other fatal shootings was an officer involved shooting where a suspect with a knife was killed; the other was a civilian murdered. One of the non-fatal shootings at the beginning of the month, in Ohio, was in the same city that had another shooting just a few days earlier in March, although I'm not sure it's the same exact store. There were also several injuries resulting from the shootings.
There was also a shooting early on May 1, although this one doesn't appear to be on the premises, but the victim went to a nearby Walmart immediately afterward where she was found injured. This is the first time that they've ever had more than ten shootings for six consecutive months, although two of this months shootings were,' on the premises, but they either brought the body to Walmart or were two Walmart workers killed shortly after leaving Walmart, and it's the highest total number of shootings ever for a six month period, with one of those months, December, breaking the all time record with at least twenty, probably more shootings. Even if you don't count April, with two shootings off the premises, the five consecutive months with at least eleven shootings each would be a record as well.
There were more than half a dozen additional gun related crimes including several road rage incident, one with an off-duty cop pointing a gun at someone after he confronted him for cutting him off, a kidnapping and several armed robberies. In addition to the five people killed in shootings there were at least five more people who died, one as a result of an assault, three bodies found on the premises, and one person was killed on the highway in an accident that involved a Walmart semi-trailer.
These dead bodies show up every month, they often say there's no foul play, and move on; no need to figure out why or how to prevent it, they're usually poor people, and addressing their concerns might not increase profits for wealthy people.
Another video shows a cop slapping a handcuffed suspect while he was being detained at Walmart's interrogation room. Yea apparently many of them have interrogation rooms for suspected shoplifters. Cops usually don't face serious consequences for this; but when they rob Walmart, which another cop did this month they're prosecuted. It's different when the victim is a powerful corporation.
A Walmart Florida shopper that was accused of stealing, but there was no video to prove it was banned by Walmart, without evidence, is suing Walmart; the police don't seem to think they did anything but they're following orders, which is what people do when they work for Walmart, or is it the state, either I get confused about that or maybe they're the ones confused.
An investigation showed that drug addicts are being forced to work without pay in Louisiana and Texas as part of what they call "rehabilitation" often doing work for Exxon, Shell or Walmart. Inigo Montoya might say "I don't think that word means what you think that word means." I'm not sure the executives are too concerned, this isn't entirely new, and there's little or no chance that they're working directly for Exxon Shell or Walmart. By now they have this down to a routine and hire contractors for this kind of work, and when they get caught they put the blame on the contractors.
They're like the Corleone family, they have a lot of "buffers," and corporations that donate to political campaigns aren't accountable to the same laws the rest of us are accountable to.
At least three people were convicted for shootings or murders, one of them was only a month before which should raise major doubts about how thorough the investigation was or if they considered mitigating circumstances, but he probably wasn't rich enough to afford a high priced lawyer. The police went on a shoplifting "sting" in Florida catching 39 people; I guess they let them get away with it for long periods of time then work with Walmart to catch a lot at once to use as an example. With corporations working so close together with the government, it often appears as if they far more concerned with maximizing profits, that with looking out for the best interests of the majority by recognizing causes of high crime and preventing them.
Some of the causes are incredibly easy to recognize, they cut so many corners on employees and design the store so it's incredibly easy to walk out with entire carts full of merchandise, that it should be incredibly obvious example of entrapment, then on top of that they carry out enormous amounts of union busting activities that anger people, both workers and customers, but since most of this is done in secret they don't know why the service is so bad or that it's partly a result of union busting.
There were only three stabbings, assuming there weren't many more that didn't show up in searches, but there were at least a dozen crashes, chases, carjackings, hit and runs and who knows how many minor fender benders which are almost never widely reported. It's been a while since anyone drove a car or truck through the entrance and down the aisles, so it was overdue, and one crashed through the entrance this month and a motorcycle drove down the aisle in a separate incident, claiming he has a bomb.
They practically never have bombs.
The media often makes it sound like there's a great threat from bombs, but they're almost all false alarms, and on the few occasions where there is a device considered a bomb it's usually incompetent and harmless, but they create a lot of scares anyway. Police and management at Walmart have to know this, so do the media, assuming they want to know it, but they don't let the public know. I suppose one real bomb could quickly change statistics, but Walmart has been getting over a hundred deaths annually for at least the last few years, and none of them are from bombs.
If bombs were as easy to make as the media often implies, Walmart would be blowing up just about every week, but as it is saying they have a bomb is much easier and they must get them on average at least one a day somewhere int the country.
Walmart had at least half a dozen fires this month including a couple vehicle fires, most if not all the others were arson. there was also a report about three arsons in previous months that didn't turn up in searches which raises doubts about how well the media is reporting on Walmart's crime problems. There have been many hints indicating that Walmart is using their political and legal clout to try to minimize coverage of their crime problems over the years. One time, back in the nineties, they threatened a customer with legal action if he told anyone about his stolen car which was taken by an employee who was supposed to service it. Walmart initially refuse to take responsibility for it, but after it was reported in the media they had to; this story was also told in "In Sam We Trust," by Bob Ortega; now Walmart knows how to be more subtle, assuming they are trying to suppress reports about their crime problems.
There were also the usual amount of assaults, purse snatching, various other scams including counterfeit bills, mace attacks, bomb threats, walking out with entire shopping carts full of merchandise etc. One Walmart worker gave a co-worker a Marijuana cookie making her sick.
Walmart had at least three major recalls this month, including one for another salmonella outbreak, which didn't kill anyone that I know of but did make many people sick, a recall on Chips Ahoy!, which was supposedly "voluntary" as a precautionary measure; however this is misleading. Large corporations have been lobbying to reduce accountability for decades, and the government usually doesn't have the authority to demand a recall. Even though they claim it was a minor incident done only as a precaution, they're not required to tell the truth by law and routinely withhold information about serious problems. If they recalled it they probably thought they ahd good reason. one of several researchers on this is Eric Schlosser who wrote about it in "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" which focused primarily on fast food like McDonald's but a lot of it applies to Walmart as well.
They also recalled nearly 700,000 rocking sleepers after five infants died using them, this followed another recall, within the past few months, that killed over thirty infants. If there were any lawsuits about these deaths they would include non-disclosure agreements, so we don't have the right to know if they're taking precautions to make sure it doesn't happen again. These non-disclosure agreements also enable corporations to settle with people that can't afford good lawyers for much less money, sicne they won't know how often incidents happen or what other people get in lawsuits. Lawyers, lobbyists, corporate executives all like these agreements since they help increase profits. the vast majority of the public don't complain about them, because they don't know what's being hidden from them.
Do you want to be the next one to fly on an automated Boeing 737 MAX? How about an autonomous car? how about being a pedestrian when one is driving by? Walmart is bringing them to Arkansas, they've already been to Arizona and a few other states, but so far only =on a small basis and only a handful of people have been killed by them; I have no idea how many more will be killed if Walmart expands them rapidly. Any decent corporation would be very cautious about this.
This automation isn't limited to cars there are growing examples where they no longer have any cashiers and all people have to use self-check out lanes, although when enough people complain they put out more cashiers, for now. And, they're increasing use of robots and artificial intelligence for all kinds of things including spying on people in the parking lots, finding out how fresh the fruit is, keeping track of inventory, and much more.
Despite some rumors Walmart hasn't claimed they've been taking advantage of advanced technology shared with many corporations over the past seventy years from reverse engineering of crashed vehicles from aliens.
Doug McMillon is making $23.6M, which is probably about 900 times as much as the average Walmart worker, and four more top executives are making an average of over $11M each which is more than 400 times the average worker. they continue relying on union busting to increase their profits and don't spend this money to reduce crime by hiring more workers to watch the stores so it's not a massive invitation for theft. Income inequality and poverty ale also major contributing factors to crime, but lobbyists executives, and politicians aren't too concerned about that, although the politicians pretend to care during election season.
They also don't spend any of that money on things like "an AED" whatever that is; but a nurse who saved a life, despite the lack of this, seems to think it should be a no-brainer.
False advertising is part of an old routine for Walmart, it's been a little while since they've been caught falsely claiming products were made in the USA, but they got caught misleading customers with over-sized boxes, claiming that a professional wrestler would be visiting their store, and one media pundit has doubts about their claim “Save money. Live better.,” as a result of a lawsuit to lower the tax assessment since their store is only useful as a big-box store not for any other use. Some communities bought this argument but not in Maine, at least not yet. a simple obvious rebuttal is that if they leave the community would be stuck with the blight left behind by empty stores, as Stacy Mitchell reports. This should be a good reason for communities to demand that they have an exit plan before allowing them to build, and without that exit plan it should be good enough reason to deny them the tax break.
These tax breaks are part of what enabled them to wipe out small businesses that weren't getting them, and also have less crime. Which means that many communities are subsidizing high crime with tax breaks to Walmart. Raytown Missouri is one of the worst towns hit by these incredibly bad deals that were probably made by corrupt politicians, where they're facing massive budget cuts as a result and can't afford the police to take care of Walmart's high crime problems.
Walmart routinely uses their marketing clout and connections with the media to use them as their own public relations arm; they put out stories about renovations in stores all over the country which came out within hours of each other, this is now standard operating procedure, and often even includes ads disguised as news stories. They're also using marketing power to decide which doctors employees can use to cut costs on health care, little research is done to find out how it impacts quality; and they're pressuring suppliers to ditch Amazon, which should be a clear antitrust violation but it's not nearly as bad as what tehy do to smaller businesses ensuring that the large oligarchs can divide up the market, instead of a competitive market.
Additional oligarchy practices include influencing what we watch on TV, taking over the beef supply, increasing profits from deceptive ads, dominating child's clothing, and allowing food stamp recipients to order online, which will add to advantages over small stores wiping out even more competition, with help from the government that is supposed to enforce antitrust laws. but in the UK they're standing up to at least one sale of an Asda Unit to Competitor.
Pontiac pensioners managed to win a lawsuit against them, at least for now; and they worked out deals with optometrists to open operations in their stores, although there's little reporting on if consumer rights are being protected; and their feud with Jeff Bezos led to them saying "How about paying your taxes?" after he challenged them to pay higher wages, without noticing that both the pot and kettle are black.
Walmart still has more outraged greeters including one that made financial plans just before they decided to let him go with virtually no notice; other workers are accusing them of racial bias; and the FDA is threatening them for selling tobacco to minors. They're going to trial with a teen for refusing to sell him a gun, no word on if they intend to stall this until he's old enough to buy it under their new policies.
They had another hazardous waste problem in one store; and locked a women in after closing without checking in another.
They have no shortage of strange events including a man dancing on cars without shoes, while on heroin; another person helped distract the cashiers after they got suspicious when his friend was stealing thousands by dancing; and a women going to several stores trashing them throwing things around, before leaving quickly. No word on whether she's outraged by service or some other reason, not that they're likely to report that, especially if it makes Walmart look bad.
A mother and son with there dog created an panic in Wisconsin when she started practicing karate on them while her son and dog ran around naked.
Employees told some of their favorite stories to a news reporter. Over the years there have been dozens of stories where customers have claimed to find rock in their packages instead of merchandise, some might have wondered if they were making this up; but one of these stories is about a manager selling jewelry to her friends and replacing the empty boxes with rocks in them decided to start throwing jewelry at customers, when it looked like she was going to get caught. Someone from Target also told a strange story about a person that "took a dump in a kid training toilet, boxed it back up, and replaced it on the shelf." a few months ago the same thing happened at Walmart in the auto repair shop in the bucket of rags; I'm glad I'm not the one assigned to investigate the video to catch that guy.
And of course, alligators and geese just might want to do their share of shopping too, at least the alligators don't attack people though.
Strange things happen at Walmart!
In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart 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 Walmart’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 Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart 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 Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in April 2019. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, 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 Walmart.
Three petit larceny arrests at Queensbury Walmart 04/01/2019
Man charged with indecent exposure outside SD Walmart 04/01/2019
Police: Man Stole Almost $1,000 Worth Of Items From Pa. Walmart 04/01/2019
Letter: Walmart employees are friendly folks 04/01/2019 Usually true; but, this is obvious fluff supporting an oligarchy.
North Port woman in custody after stealing an employee’s phone at Fla. Walmart 04/01/2019
Person of interest in I-75 standoff, Ga. Walmart robbery, last week, named 04/01/2019
Police: Man tries to take items from Okla. Walmart, flee police 04/01/2019
Thomson Ga. Walmart cash register theft 04/01/2019
5 Arrests made at Boardman Ohio Walmart over the weekend 04/01/2019
Florida woman accused of directing 11-year-old daughter to steal from Walmart 04/02/2019
Marietta Ga. police release surveillance photos of Walmart armed robbery suspect 04/02/2019 Days after a traffic stop connected to an armed robbery at a Walmart turned into an hours-long SWAT standoff on I-75 in Cobb County, Marietta police have released photos of the person they say triggered the entire incident.
Employee at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. arrested in alleged theft of merchandise 04/02/2019
Father of six shot by stranger outside Queen Creek Ariz. Walmart last month says he 'doesn't hold a grudge' 04/02/2019
Walmart shoplifting arrests in Spring Tx. lead to heroin charges 04/02/2019
Winona Minn. police find meth, cash on Wisconsin man found unconscious in Walmart parking lot 04/02/2019
Redbird Tx. Area Walmart Supercenter Set To Shut Down Within Weeks 04/03/2019
Leland NC police looking for man in connection to Walmart thefts 04/04/2019
Stolen Credit Card Used at Tenn. Walmart from Jerry Erwin Park Burglary 04/0/2019
Man wounded in Hobart Ind. Walmart shootout last Sept. charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana 04/03/2019
New York man involved in 2016 ‘shoot-out’ outside Augusta Me. Walmart sentenced on federal drug conspiracy charge 04/04/2019
Warwick RI police say man walked out of Walmart with 2 computers 04/04/2019
Two duos tried to steal TVs from a SC Walmart — deputies say one was successful 04/04/2019
Walmart closing unprofitable Dallas Tx. store 04/04/2019
Police searching for a man who allegedly groped 10-year-old girl at Avondale Ariz. Walmart 04/04/2019
Police: Gun, knife pulled during fight about shopping cart at Gettysburg Pa. Walmart 04/04/2019
Pittsburgh Pa. man sought in connection with Walmart theft 04/04/2019
New evidence released in Kimberly Kessler case involving missing Nassau County mom Joleen Cummings 04/05/2019 Police say, they found more than $1,600 in cash, a Bible, black gorilla tape, eight journals and religious booklets. There was also a passport under the alias "Jennifer Sybert." Investigators say Kessler previously used 18 different names. There is also new video of Kessler appearing to buy an electric knife, trash bags, gloves and ammonia at a Walmart.
Man charged with lewd conduct outside Walmart in North Attleboro Mass. last August given probation 04/04/2019
Pair arrested in Cass County after Jamestown ND Walmart theft 04/04/2019
Two arrested in Seaboard St. SC Walmart parking lot following undercover drug operation 04/04/2019
Suspect wanted in Denison Tx. Walmart theft 04/04/2019
Police Seek Help To Identify 2 Women And Man After Tx. Walmart Theft 04/05/2019
Police: ID Needed For Suspect Who Stole Pa. Walmart Customer’s Cash 04/0/2019
Cash confusion scam: Thief targets Wisc. Walmart 04/05/2019
Oberlin Ohio police looking for Walmart theft suspects 04/06/2019
Serial Walmart shoplifter has hit the South Milwaukee Wisc. store six times, police say 04/05/2019
Traffic accident reported on Telegraph near Mich. Walmart 04/05/2019
2 Men Caught Stealing Samsung Galaxy Tablets at Sebastian Fla. Walmart 04/06/2019
Big-hearted Walmart employee pays for Gardner Mass. mom’s car repair 04/06/2019
Police in Ennis Tx. Seek Alleged Serial Walmart Thief 04/07/2019
Who is this? Cops look for scarf- and hoodie-wearing Pa. Walmart theft suspect 04/07/2019
Father, son arrested in Polk County after stealing bike from Fla. Walmart then attempting to return it 04/06/2019 .... Fowler Sr. was able to return the bike for a $179.76 Walmart gift card. He immediately used the card to buy a pack of cigarettes and a lighter, the sheriff's office says. When he exited the store, he was approached by law enforcement.
Tornado damage in Alabama update: Latest pictures, video; Guntersville Walmart damaged 04/08/2019
Police looking to ID man wanted for stealing from Va. Walmart's 04/08/2019
Woman caught gleefully shoplifting from Ohio Walmart 04/08/2019
Police: Woman used Tenn. Walmart scooter to drive to Waffle House 04/09/2019
Walmart now accepting ‘Open Call’ applications 04/08/2019 Open Call is a two-day event happening in June of this year where entrepreneurs can meet face-to-face with Walmart buyers for a chance to sell their American-made products. The June 2018 event saw more than 350 businesses meet with buyers; participants traveled from 46 states to attend the event at Walmart’s Home Office campus in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Eureka Missouri Police investigate theft of two drones from Walmart 04/09/2019
3 Men Stole $5K Worth Of Electronics From Walmart: Naugatuck Conn. PD 04/09/2019
Oklahoma man arrested after allegedly trying to hide propane tank down his pants at Walmart 04/09/2019
New York man sentenced in 2016 Augusta Me. Walmart confrontation 04/09/2019
Man swipes $3K worth of baby formula from Florida Walmart: police 04/09/2019
Armed robber sought after crashing stolen car near Casselberry Fla. Walmart, police say 04/10/2019
Starkville Mississippi police evacuate Walmart after bomb threat 04/09/2019
Suspect in robbery of Dauphin County Pa. Walmart arrested: police 04/09/2019
Two women don't pay for items at Pa. Walmart 04/09/2019
Police: Man wanted for using $300 in counterfeit money at NC Walmart 04/09/2019
Craig Colorado Walmart parking lot pole stalwart in collision with car: On the Record — April 8 04/09/2019
'Give me the wallet' | Woman follows suspect accused of taking money at Walmart The victim's girlfriend filmed the person Clearwater Fla. police say is the suspect. 04/10/2019
Walmart will sell 98¢ reusable bags at checkout carousels to cut down on plastic 04/10/2019
Stolen Concord daycare van found at nearby Ca. Walmart 04/10/2019
Police: Woman stole items from NY Walmart, bit employee 04/11/2019
'Walmart Wendy' filmed calling Ca. police on city worker she claims looks 'illegal' and 'creepy' 04/11/2019
Owensboro Ky. PD looking Walmart thefts suspects; Wanted Wednesday 04/1/2019
Va. Walmart Counterfeiter Sought In Stafford: Police 04/10/2019
Rincon Ga. Police seek help finding Walmart theft suspects 04/11/2019
Halfmoon woman charged in NY Walmart burglary 04/11/2019
'All clear' given after police investigate bomb threat at Del City Okla. Walmart 04/11/2019
Men took $14,000 worth of cigarettes from Fla. Walmart, Fort Myers police say 04/11/2019
Walmart outside Bakersfield Ca. limits charging customers city sales tax rate 04/11/2019
Police: Ohio Walmart parking lot skirmish including pry bar, glass cleaner leads to citations 04/11/2019
Woman steals items from WV Walmart by disguising them as diaper genie, potty seat 04/12/2019
Two women wanted for stealing a pink pony and cosmetics from Va. Walmart 04/11/2019
Walmart receipt helped nab teen suspects in ‘chemical bomb’ attack on Arvada Colorado officer 04/11/2019
Man steals TV from Yorktown Walmart and assaults employee 04/12/2019
Attempted shoplifter charged with assault for pepper spraying S. Austin Tx. Walmart employees 04/12/2019
Woman wanted for robbery and disorderly conduct at Pa. Walmart 04/12/2019
Person struck by vehicle near SC Walmart on Sunset Blvd., Lexington PD says 04/13/2019
Man used phone to ‘upskirt’ female shopper at Cobb Ga. Walmart, police say 04/12/2019
UPDATE: Police identify man photographed in connection with $1,900 Ind. Walmart thefts 04/12/2019
Homeless man accused of stealing 3 computers, men’s clothing from Walmart in Manheim Township Pa. 04/12/2019 A homeless man is accused of stealing goods totaling more than $1,200 from Walmart in December and February.
Police investigate bomb threat at West Michigan Walmart 04/14/2019
Six TVs stolen from Arnold Missouri Walmart 04/15/2019
Accused Iowa Walmart thieves plead not guilty 04/13/2019
2 suspects sought for using stolen credit card at Va. Walmart 04/15/2019
Police search for man wanted for stealing cell phones from a Camdenton, Missouri Walmart 04/15/2019
Deputies: Walmart shoplifting suspect caught hiding in vacant west Macon Ga. house 04/15/2019
Police: Two females caught on camera stealing iPhone XR from Walmart in North Port Fla. 04/15/2019
Prosecutors: Man accused in thefts at Wisc. Walmart, Meijer, Home Depot may be responsible for 23 others 04/15/2019
Troy Alabama police looking for suspect in Walmart robbery 04/15/2019
Suspect in motorized shopping cart steals shopper's wallet from floor of Florida Walmart, police say 04/16/2019
Homeless Bradenton Fla. woman loves the choice she has made. You may have seen her at Walmart 04/16/2019
Lexington Police searching suspects who stole $600 display watch from Lexington SC Walmart on Sunset Blvd 04/16/2019
Walmart customer who lost envelope with $2,500 in store reunited with cash thanks to good Samaritan, N.J. cops 04/17/2019
Women shoppers arrested for shoplifting at Walmart: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 04/17/2019
North Little Rock Arkansas woman faces robbery, theft charges after attack at Walmart 04/16/2019
Beloit and Belvidere Ill. Police look for Walmart thieves 04/16/2019
Man accused of struggling with officers after refusing to show receipt to Ohio Walmart greeter 04/17/2019
Sheriff: 2 wanted for stealing underwear, Doritos, right foot socks from Va. Walmart 04/18/2019
Man robs Walmart Neighborhood Market in Visalia, Ca. doesn't get far 04/18/2019 Verissimo says rejection didn't stop the suspected thief, who police described as homeless. .... He settled for a $7 pack of cigarettes that police say Keanche stole when he went behind the counter. He then walked outside.
Colorado Walmart shoplifter slips police for now: On the Record 04/18/2019
REPORT: Escambia man attempts to steal 50-inch TV from Fla. Walmart 04/17/2019
Vermont man accused in $200K Walmart embezzlement to pay $75K 04/17/2019
Walmart Closes Store in Dallas Tx. Redbird Neighborhood 04/19/2019
Lexington SC Police identify brothers who shoplifted over $4000 worth of items from Walmart on Sunset Blvd 04/18/2019
Maysville couple accused of Walmart assault last month in Swansboro NC 04/18/2019
Man involved in 2017 Cape Girardeau Missouri Walmart carjacking sentenced 04/18/2019
Tallahassee Fla. PD searching for suspect connected to Walmart battery 04/18/2019
Theft at Crockett Tx. Walmart 04/18/2019
Police searching for man who stole nearly $2000 worth of cigarettes from SC Walmart 04/1/2019
Family remembers Kaviaun Nelson, killed in Nebraska Walmart shooting, one year later 04/18/2019
Walmart, Va. police replace man's stolen bike 04/19/2019
Police say incident in Okla. Walmart bathroom was a misunderstanding 04/19/2019 We verified that he was in fact a plumber whom Walmart had contracted to fix a toilet located in that bathroom.
Suspects accused of trying to return broken TVs at Ky. Walmarts 04/19/2019
Man charged with crashing pickup through San Angelo Tx. Walmart last June officially indicted 04/19/2019
Shoplifters hit WV Walmart 14 times in 3 days 04/19/2019
Babysitter who left infant unattended in Delaware Walmart parking lot arrested: Police 04/17/2019
Police: Mother leaves infant in car in NY WalMart parking lot 04/22/2019
Suspects caught with printer after using fake money at Fla. Walmart 04/20/2019
Police: Suspects stole $4,200 from RI Walmart register 04/22/2019
Police roundup: Two arrested in connection to WV Walmart unarmed robbery 04/22/2019
Three Men Caught on Camera Stealing Thousands From Pa. Walmarts in Two-County Spree 04/23/2019
Have you seen Faith Kepner? Police search for woman last seen at St. Cloud Fla. Walmart 04/23/2019
Route 59 Walmart Busts Shoplifter, Joliet Ill. Police Say 04/22/2019
Pair sought in robbery of Walmart employee in Caernarvon Pa. 04/22/2019
Deputies searching for suspects who used counterfeit money at Crawfordville Fla. Walmart 04/23/2019
Police: Woman steals more than $1,100 in goods from Ill. Walmart, flees in Mercedes 04/2/2019
Help officers ID NC Walmart theft suspect in Forest City 04/22/2019
Suspects sought for shoplifting at Grovetown Ga. Walmart 04/22/2019
Metro Animal Care & Control looking for person who left kittens to die in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 04/23/2019
3 men sought in series of Pa. Walmart thefts 04/24/2019
Police looking for Benner Pike Pa. Walmart theft suspect 04/23/2019
Police: Man took money from Pa. Walmart self-checkout 04/2/2019
Woman alleges wallet stolen at Mich. Walmart 04/23/2019
Safe found near Mass. Walmart traced to Worcester storage facility thefts 04/24/2019
Md. Walmart freeloader remains at large, caught on camera 04/24/2019
Springfield Ohio Police seek person of interest in Walmart theft 04/24/2019
Southport NC police searching for suspects in Walmart larceny 04/23/2019
Police: man runs out of RI Walmart with unpaid television, air conditioner 04/24/2019 The man took a cart with an air conditioner, a television, and an air compressor said the Warwick Police Department.
SD Walmart employee accused of 'under ringing' items, charged with grand theft 04/24/2019
Vermont Walmart surveillance catches suspects passing counterfeit bills 04/25/2019
Escapee, woman arrested at Gardendale Alabama Walmart 04/24/2019
3 men sought in series of Pa. Walmart thefts 04/24/2019
Police investigating incident at Mattoon Ill. Walmart 04/25/2019
Two wanted in armed robbery at south side Tucson Ariz. Walmart in March 04/25/2019
Officers: Alabama man goes on two-day theft spree at Bainbridge Ga. Walmart 04/25/2019
Lexington SC PD searching for woman accused of shoplifting items from Walmart 04/25/2019
Crime Stoppers: The Ind. Walmart purse snatcher 04/25/2019
Paris Tx. police identify suspect in Walmart purse theft 04/25/2019
Felon Arrested for Firearm in Minn. Walmart Parking Lot 04/25/2019
Florida man accused of trying to steal $4K worth of stuff from Walmart blamed diabetes, deputies say 04/26/2019 Investigators say he told them his blood sugar and diabetes mean he does not always know what he's doing.
Pa. Walmart Theft Suspects Named 04/2/2019
Burglars strike at Planet Fitness, shop at Fla. Walmart: Sheriff 04/26/2019
Woman accused of shoplifting items from Lexington SC Walmart arrested, deputies say 04/26/2019
Walmart must stop trucks from using Weeks Road in Queensbury NY 04/244/2019
Gordon man arrested in Bainbridge Ga. after ‘2-day crime spree’ at Walmart 04/25/2019
Hamburg NY Police looking for individual in quick change scam at Walmart 04/26/2019
Police find parents of toddler seen wandering in front of a Phoenix Ariz. Walmart 04/28/2019
Retail Roundup: Yaphank NY Walmart backtracks on 24-hour LI store 04/29/2019
Naugatuck Conn. police searching for alleged Walmart shoplifter 04/29/2019
On The Lookout: Woman stole $1,300 from Walmart in Rome NY 04/28/2019
Man found guilty of second-degree murder in April 2018 Omaha Nebraska Walmart shooting 04/29/2019
Salem Oregon man gets 30 years in prison for June Walmart parking lot shooting 04/29/2019 An employee told police Borrego and a woman — later identified as Natali Tavizon — stole several items from the store, including a vacuum valued at $171.
Man robs Gretna Nebraska Walmart using sleight of hand 04/29/2019
Troopers look to identify woman accused of keying car at Unity Pa. Walmart 04/29/2019
Couple sought for shoplifting Red Bull at Fla. Walmart: Police 04/30/2019
JBC Airmen shown riding scooters in Charleston SC-area Walmart, base officials respond 04/30/2019
Woman created multiple IDs to return items to TX. Walmart, warrant says 04/30/2019
Two men, woman wanted after dropped credit card used in Prattville Alabama Walmart 04/30/2019
Police investigating after woman found shot outside Hartsville SC Walmart 05/01/2019