Tide Thefts, Cargo Hijacking And Cattle Rustling: Why Is An Epidemic Of Thievery Sweeping America? Michael Snyder Economic Collapse November 4, 2013
Desperate people do desperate things, and it appears that Americans are rapidly becoming a lot more desperate. An epidemic of thievery is sweeping across America, and authorities are not quite sure what to make of it. Down in Texas, cattle thieves can get up to $1,500 per head of cattle, and cattle rustling was up nearly 40 percent last year. As you will read about below, cargo hijacking is becoming much more sophisticated, and it is being estimated that losses from cargo thefts will total about $216 million this year alone. And for some reason, Tide laundry detergent has become a very hot commodity among common criminals all across America. In fact, it is being reported that some grocery stores are “losing $10,000 to $15,000 a month” as a result of Tide thefts. So why is all of this happening? Well, as I have written about previously, crime is on the rise in the United States, and poverty is absolutely exploding. In fact, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month. Over the past five years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people that cannot take care of themselves without help from the government. Millions upon millions of Americans that have been forced into poverty are becoming increasingly angry, frustrated and desperate. And what we are watching right now is only just the beginning – all of this is going to get a whole lot worse. When people think of the “social decay” that is happening to America, most of the time Texas and Oklahoma would not be the first places that come to mind. But according to NPR, there was nearly a 40 percent rise in the theft of cows and horses down in that area of the country last year… Ranchers saw a sharp jump in cattle rustling last year in Texas and Oklahoma. Over 10,000
cows and horses were reported missing or stolen. That’s an almost 40 percent increase from the year before. It’s a trend that’s surprised some in law enforcement. And this is happening even though the penalties for cattle rustling have gotten much stronger… Penalties against rustlers were toughened by Texas lawmakers in 2009. Now, the crime could put you in prison for up to 10 years. But ironically more and more cattle have gone missing or stolen since that law was passed. Another trend that is baffling law enforcement authorities is the huge wave of cargo hijackings that they have been seeing. According to a recent CBS News article, cargo thefts are becoming a lot more elaborate these days… To steal huge shipments of valuable cargo, thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it. It’s an increasingly common form of commercial identity theft that has allowed con men to make off each year with millions of dollars in merchandise, often food and beverages. And experts say the practice is growing so rapidly that it will soon become the most common way to steal freight. You may not think that stealing truckloads of walnuts or cheese is a big deal, but the truth is that the dollar values of some of these thefts are absolutely staggering… News reports from across the country recount just a few of the thefts: 80,000 pounds of walnuts worth $300,000 in California, $200,000 of Muenster cheese in Wisconsin, rib-eye steaks valued at $82,000 inTexas, $25,000 pounds of king crab worth $400,000 in California. And this is not just happening in a few isolated locations. We are literally seeing an epidemic of cargo theft that stretches from coast to coast… Although cargo thieves prey on companies across the nation, the hot spots are places with shipping ports or rail hubs. California leads the nation. Large numbers of thefts have also been reported in Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Perhaps most fascinating of all is the wave of Tide thefts that is sweeping the nation. The following is an excerpt from a New York Magazine article from earlier this year… The call that came in from a local Safeway one day in March 2011 was unlike any the Organized Retail Crime Unit of the Prince George’s County Police Department had fielded before. The grocery store, located in suburban Bowie, Maryland, had been robbed
repeatedly. But in every incident the only products taken were bottles—many, many bottles —of the liquid laundry detergent Tide. “They were losing $10,000 to $15,000 a month, with people just taking it off the shelves,” recalls Sergeant Aubrey Thompson, who heads the team. When Thompson and his officers arrived to investigate, they stumbled onto another apparent Tide theft in progress and busted two men who’d piled 100 or so of the bright-orange jugs into their Honda. The next day, Thompson returned to the store’s parking lot to tape a television interview about the crimes. A different robber took advantage of the distraction to make off with twenty more bottles. So why are criminals so interested in Tide detergent? Well, apparently it is heavily used as currency in the drug trade… Southern California authorities say it’s a dirty business and a bizarre trend – drug users trading Tide detergent for crack. The Riverside Press-Enterprise says it’s a nationwide problem – people are stealing the popular but expensive detergent and trading it for marijuana and crack cocaine. San Bernardino police Sgt. Travis Walker says detectives raiding dope houses in recent years were puzzled when they found lots of Tide. Turns out it wasn’t being used to make drugs but to buy them. We live at a time when an increasing number of Americans will do just about anything for money. Down in Florida, one mother was so desperate for money that she was actually prostituting her three teenage daughters. Two of them were under the age of 18… A St. Cloud mother was picked up Thursday on charges of serving as her three teenage daughters’ madam in a West U.S. Highway 192 prostitution ring, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. At 2:30 p.m., Paula Howard flagged down an undercover detective acting as a “John” in front of a bus stop and arranged for him to have sex with one of her girls, ages 16, 17, and 18, an arrest record states. The daughter agreed to perform the act for $20 and hopped into the car, telling the detective, “Oh yea. That’s my family, but don’t even worry about it. They know what I do,” the report states. But haven’t you heard? Everything is just fine in America. Barack Obama and the mainstream media keep telling us that over and over, so it must be true. Right? I think that we got a glimpse into the true condition of America last month when a “technical glitch” caused the system that processes food stamp card payments to malfunction for a couple of hours. A Time Magazine article described what happened at one Wal-Mart in Louisiana… Customers cleared shelves and police were called in to control crowds taking advantage of suddenly unlimited spending allowed on their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, which are
issued to recipients of government food stamps. Spending limits on the cards were reportedly disabled for about two hours. When a store in Springhill, La., announced over the loudspeaker that the glitch was fixed, shoppers simply abandoned loaded carts, according to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd. And similar “mini-riots” happened in a bunch of other locations as well. For example, customers at one Wal-Mart in Mississippi just started taking groceries out of the store that they hadn’t paid for when their food stamp cards were not accepted… Customers staged a disturbance then walked out of a Mississippi Walmart store with groceries that hadn’t been paid for Saturday night after a computer glitch left them unable to use their food stamp cards. People in 17 states found themselves unable to buy groceries with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a temporary system failure. Shortly after the mini-riot, managers decided to temporarily close the store, citing customer safety. Keep in mind that all of this was caused by a “technical glitch” that only lasted for a few hours. What would happen if there was a problem that lasted for much longer? That is a sobering thing to think about. And as I wrote about recently, all 47 million Americans on food stamps just had their benefits reduced on November 1st. This is causing food banks all across the country to brace for a huge influx of needy people… Food banks across the country, stretched thin in the aftermath of the recession, are bracing for more people coming through their doors in the wake of cuts to the federal food stamp program. Food stamp benefits to 47 million Americans were cut starting Friday as a temporary boost to the federal program comes to an end without new funding from a deadlocked Congress. Under the program, known formally as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP, a family of four that gets $668 per month in benefits will find that amount cut by $36. In fact, the president of the Food Bank for New York City says that members of her organization “are panicking”… As president of the Food Bank for New York City, Margaret Purvis expects those cuts will draw even more people to organizations that already provide 400,000 meals a day to hungry city folks. “Our members are panicking,” she said as time wound down before the benefit decreases go into effect. “We’re telling everyone to make sure that you are prepared for longer lines.”
Purvis also told Salon.com that “when people cannot afford to eat food” it has the potential to start “riots”… “If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told Salon Monday. Purvis said that the looming cut would mean about 76 million meals “that will no longer be on the plates of the poorest families” in NYC alone – a figure that outstrips the total number of meals distributed each year by the Food Bank for New York City, the largest food bank in the country. “There will be an immediate impact,” she said. So will we see riots as a result of these food stamp cuts? No, I do not believe that we will see riots yet. But the volcano of anger, frustration and desperation that is simmering just below the surface of this country continues to get hotter. Someday it will explode. What will you do when that happens?
Understanding The Attack On The TSA Robert Wenzel economicpolicyjournal.com November 4, 2o013
This was bound to happen. After groping hundreds of millions of men, some loosely hinged passenger was sure to start shooting up the groping unarmed TSA agents. And such a nut job revealed himself to us in the name of Paul A. Ciancia on Friday November 1 at terminal 3 at LAX Airpot. He fits the profile. Seeming unhappy, without good job prospects in the Bernanke distorted economy, he lashed out at the gropers. As more and more regulations suffocate the economy, there will be more lone nuts going off on other parts of the government. Push hundreds of millions and eventually someone at the edge of society will push back.
But there is another part of the TSA attack that I want to comment on. Keep in mind that this was one single lone nut job shooter. He started shooting at the lower level below the TSA “security” area and easily made his way into the “security” area and beyond into the middle of terminal 3, where all the planes arrive and depart. I repeat. This was one lone nut job who was able to advance that far before being taken down. My point being that suppose instead of this being one lone nut job, it was a dozen or two trained terrorists. We can now see how easy it would be for them to takeover terminal 3. They could have secured a perimeter with 4 to 6 terrorists at the security entrance to terminal 3, while others could have attempted to board planes that were at terminal 3 gates. Serious terrorist mayhem could ensue. The TSA does nothing to protect against such a massive terrorist assault. Fortunately, it appears there just aren’t that many terrorists within the borders of the US, since we don’t see such attacks, but Ciancia shows us how it could be done. Bottom line: TSA security theater is no defense against a terrorist attack. It provides false security. It should be shut down, with each airline developing its own security measures.
U.S. Govt. May Force Doctors To Accept Obamacare And Medicare Patients, Eventually At Gunpoint Mike Adams Natural News November 4, 2013
The primary tool of socialism is force, and while that force usually begins with good intentions codified into law, it inevitably ends up with the kind of force used by Mao Zedong to murder millions of his own citizens. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,” he famously stated, and Obamasupporting democrats are following in his footsteps. Word from the street is that Kathleen Murphy, a democrat running for the House, wants to make it a legal requirement that doctors accept Medicare and Obamacare patients. Many doctors, of course, have already announced that will not accept such patients because they would
go bankrupt if they did. The government’s payout on medical services rendered to patients in these groups is a total joke, you see: doctors sometimes receive only 30% of what they actually billed. And they can’t negotiate, either. The government simply tells you what you “get” to receive in terms of payment, regardless of how much you actually billed as a doctor. So forcing doctors to accept Medicare / Obamacare patients is the same as forcing them to work for free. Most doctors won’t work for free, as they have their own families to financially support, so they’ll simply quit the industry altogether. That, in turn, will cause a radical worsening of the existing doctor shortage across the USA, resulting in yet more people going without health care. Force doctors to practice medicine at gunpoint The reaction by democrats to all this, of course, will be to make it illegal for doctors to quit. And that will sooner or later be enforced at gunpoint, because force is the only tool that socialists really understand since they operate in total ignorance of the mechanisms of the free market and informed consumer choice. With Obama and the democrats, it’s always “Mandate! Mandate! Mandate!” even if it means assigning a government paramilitary worker to hold a pistol to the head of every doctor across America to make them see patients against their will. And why not? Obamacare already forces hundreds of millions of American citizens to buy health insurance against their will. Now Kathleen Murphy wants to force doctors to accept all these patients against their will. Where does it ever end? I’ll tell you where it ends: Violent revolution. Every socialist entitlement dream — whether it’s in China, Venezuela, Argentina or even Fascist-style systems like Nazi Germany – always end in violent collapse and mass slaughter. Because, you see, a centrally-planned economy simply never works. And once the government has to resort to threats, penalties and force to make everyone comply, you end up with nothing more than an oppressive police state where everybody is angry, everybody lives in fear, and the costs of goods and service skyrocket because the free market is crippled. Sooner or later the people revolt and overthrow the tyranny for the simple reason that liberty is part of the DNA of all humans. We are beings with free will and consciousness, and that means we don’t want to be enslaved and forced to act against our will — especially not by a criminal, incompetent government run like a mafia. A health care voucher system would slash costs almost immediately The way to really bring down health care costs in America while still fulfilling part of the Big Government dream of entitlements to the masses would be for Obama to announce a voucher system where every person gets (for example) $500 / month in a free health care voucher that they can spend as they like.
This would put consumers in the position of actually shopping around for affordable doctors, affordable medications and even preventive services such as holistic health care fitness memberships or dietary supplements that prevent chronic disease. A voucher system is the opposite of the current monopoly system, and that’s exactly why democrats hate voucher systems: They give people the freedom to choose. Government hates choice, and the Obama government in particular hates the entire private sector. Deep inside, all Obama supporters believe in a soviet-style centrally-planned economy, and they live in a matrix of wild delusions in which they believe government actually delivers services more efficiently and cheaply than the private sector. Just look at Healthcare.gov if you want to refute that delusion. In truth, no institution is more inefficient, wasteful and crooked in delivering services than the government itself. That’s why the real solution to health care in America is to allow consumers to shop for their own treatments, cures, insurance policies and doctor visits using free market principles of 1) informed consumers, 2) freedom to choose, 3) incentives for consumers to find the best price. I proposed a solution to national health care in 2009 I’m actually the creator of a voucher system proposal that could have turned Obamacare into an amazing success instead of a disastrous failure. I proposed this system in 2009 and you can read it here: http://healthrevolutionpetition.org That petition was endorsed by the Life Extension Foundation, the Organic Consumers Association, the American Association for Health Freedom and Citizens for Health, among other groups. Had America chosen that kind of system instead of the disastrous Obamacare, we wouldn’t be hearing democrats today saying incredibly stupid things like, “We have to MAKE doctors accept Obamacare patients!” Here’s the full text of my Health Revolution Petition from 2009. It remains a viable system today: We, the People of these United States of America, hereby call for revolutionary changes in our health care system that encourage health and prosperity instead of disease and corporate profit. Specifically, we call for: 1. Federal government encouragement and reward for the People taking personal responsibility for their own health - A full federal income tax deduction, with no minimum, for the purchase of any product, service, or device that is intended for use in the improvement of health. This includes, but is not limited to, dietary and herbal supplements, gym memberships, health coaching services, exercise equipment, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies or any other health-enhancing products and services. - The immediate creation of an investigatory panel, comprised of leaders from both conventional and naturopathic backgrounds, that would investigate the “Citizens In Charge” debit card health care system described at www.HealthRevolutionPetition.org/CitizensInC…
* The “Citizens In Charge” health care system is a “socialized-free-market” system of health care that eliminates all health insurance and puts health care decisions back into the hands of the People, allowing them to spend their government-provided health care funds on any health-related products or services they choose (conventional, alternative, licensed or unlicensed). * The investigatory panel shall report on the economic viability (and potential savings) of the program, as well as the likely improvements in health care outcomes. This report shall be made publicly available on the internet for all citizens to read and discuss. 2. Restore Health Freedom to All Americans and Legalize Healing - Allow all practitioners of the healing arts, licensed or otherwise, the freedom to practice healing arts with the consent of patients. End all government persecution of alternative and complementary care practitioners and clinics. - End FDA oppression of free speech about health products and therapies. - Protect access to dietary supplements, colloidal silver, medicinal herbs and anti-cancer products. - End FTC and FDA assaults on the Free Speech rights of natural health companies who accurately describe the health benefits of their products. - Affirm the rights of American moms and dads to choose to avoid mandatory vaccinations of their children. - End federal assaults (DEA) on the possession or sale of medicinal plants that have been medically recognized and legalized by States such as California. - Legalize Healing: End state monopoly medical licensing laws that grant conventional medical authorities absolute power to decide who can or cannot practice medicine. 3. End FDA Tyranny, Censorship and Corruption - End the FDA’s definition of a “drug” and strip it of authority to censor truthful health claims about dietary supplements. - End revolving door employment between the FDA and Big Pharma; fire current FDA employees and advisors with past financial ties to Big Pharma. - Require full disclosures of financial conflicts of interest of FDA managers, scientists and decision panel members. - End the FDA’s Big Pharma-initiated attack on compounding pharmacies and bioidentical hormone therapy. - Investigate the FDA’s collusion with pharmaceutical companies in hiding clinical trial data from the American public. 4. Protect the Food Supply - Ban GMOs in the U.S. food supply.
- Ban harmful food additives: MSG, aspartame and sodium nitrite. - Require honest labeling of irradiated foods. - Require country-of-origin labeling for all foods sold in the U.S. - Ban the importation of foods using pesticides outlawed in the U.S. - Save California’s almond growers and end the fumigation of raw almonds. - Require honest investigation into mad cow disease and the questionable practices of factory animal farms. - Only permit “harmonization” of our healthcare and food laws with other nations if all the freedoms and rights mentioned in this petition are respected and guaranteed both domestically and in the harmonizing nation. 5. Restore Honest Science to Medicine - Require the open, timely publication of all medical studies. - Require open disclosure of all ties between study authors, researchers and for-profit entities. - Require clinical trial results to report ABSOLUTE numbers, not just relative numbers. - Require long-term testing of drugs (at least 12 months) before approval in order to determine realworld side effects. - Require safety testing of multiple drug combinations that are commonly prescribed to real patients. - End disease mongering and the psychiatric medication of infants and toddlers. Outlaw the drugging of young children with mind-altering chemicals such as ADHD drugs. 6. End Era of Big Pharma Domination Over Health Care - End all drug-company-funded “benefits” to doctors, including vacation-style CME events, speaking fees, consulting fees and author fees. - Investigate and prosecute drug company executives for intentionally hiding negative drug trial data and misleading the public about the safety of their products. - Get Big Pharma out of medical schools. - Guarantee the right of consumers to sue drug companies and medical device manufacturers for damages caused by unsafe products. - Restore power to the FTC to regulate commercial drug advertising practices. - Modify the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to double product liability and personal injury awards involving any pharmaceuticals that are advertised in a Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) manner. - Enact legislation that would impose substantial criminal penalties for executives of drug companies that advertise drugs for which serious adverse events were known by the company at the time the drug was submitted to the FDA for approval. - Regulate direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription medications by removing its jurisdiction from the FDA and shifting it to the FTC, which is normally the agency that exercises jurisdiction over commercial advertising. Additionally: * Require such ads to prominently and conspicuously display, for a period of no less than five seconds, a toll-free phone number that drug consumers may use to report drug side effects.
* Disallow the practice of using celebrity spokespersons for the promotion of any drug. * Disallow ads that exaggerate claims of drug benefits or that do not accurately reflect the scientific findings of clinical trials. * Require all statistical claims of drug benefits to be stated in absolute numbers, not relative numbers. * Require drug side effects reports gathered through the toll-free phone number to be reported on a timely basis to the FDA. * Require the FTC to disallow pharmaceutical “lifestyle advertising” that suggests taking a drug will dramatically transform the lifestyle of the patient. Lifestyle advertising sends a dangerous message that the “before” person (depressed, miserable, unhealthy-looking) will be magically changed into the “after” person (healthy, vibrant, happy, energetic and sexy) by taking the drug. 7. Protect Children From Products That Compromise Their Health - Restrict commercial advertising of junk foods, sodas and caffeine energy drinks to programming hours not commonly viewed by children. - Eliminate junk food and soda vending machines from all schools and public buildings. - Get processed foods out of the school lunch program and encourage the use of fresh, unprocessed foods. - End mandatory vaccination requirements (as per section 2, above), restoring this decision to parents. 8. Ban Man-Made, Non-Natural Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products - Ban man-made, non-natural chemicals in cosmetics that have not been proven safe. - Require government-funded testing of commonly used man-made, non-natural chemicals to determine their safety. - Require honest labeling of cosmetics and personal care products with appropriate cancer warnings. - Recognize that the skin absorbs chemicals, and chemicals used on the skin can enter the bloodstream. 9. Invest in Disease Prevention - Encourage and permit tax deductions for routine testing of vitamin D as part of routine patient exams. - Encourage vitamin D supplementation and sensible sunlight exposure to correct deficiencies. - Teach the population about nutrition, vitamin D, medicinal foods and disease prevention by using Public Service Announcements. 10. Protect the Environment from Drug and Chemical Companies - Require the EPA to investigate the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals in the water supply. - End the chemical fluoridation of public water supplies. - Require hospitals, pharmacies and nursing homes to dispose of expired pharmaceuticals in an environmentally-conscious away that avoids more drugs being flushed down the drain and passing intact through waste water treatment facilities and then into our bodies when we consume tap water.
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