Time--2017 A to Z Theme
My theme for the 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is "Time". The posts will be more philosophical, contemplative, and even autobiographical than instructional. No time management tips planned, but you never know with A to Z.
Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog...
Monday, April 27, 2015
Walmart (Elements of Blogging) #AtoZChallenge
Walmart on Blogs
Of all of the businesses that people blog about, Walmart might generate the most online chatter. Beloved by many and demonized by others, the mega monster chain has blogs in it's favor and blogs of detractors as well as company blogs that promote Walmart from the inside. When you start searching you can find many blogs focused on Walmart.
Originally I had not intended on using Walmart as my "W" topic until a very suspicious thing happened with my local Walmart that is an anchor store in the shopping center across the street from where I live. To me going to Walmart is somewhat of a hassle so I usually only shop there once or twice a month. However they offer much cheaper prices on certain items so I tend to shop for these at Walmart instead of the higher priced grocery store where I do the majority of my food shopping.
Suspicious Walmart Incident
Probably few of you heard of the situation to which I am referring, but I'll tell you the story and then let you come up with your own conclusions. On Thursday April 16 I heard mention on the radio that the employees of the Pico Rivera Walmart were protesting at a nearby hotel where a labor meeting was underway discussing the status of our closed store. Closed? I had not heard that they had closed.
Apparently on Tuesday April 14th with 5 hours notice to the employees, the store management announced that the store would be closing for an undetermined period of time in order to fix ongoing plumbing problems. The estimate was that they could be closed for up to 6 months. Some employees could have the option of moving to other store locations, but many would be out of work. This all with only 5 hours notice. They just happened to make the decision to start repairing the plumbing that quickly?
Now curious, I began researching online for any information about this closure and what I discovered next amazed me and left me very suspicious. Besides our Pico Rivera Walmart, the corporation simultaneously closed four other stores in the same manner--four stores across the U.S. in Oklahoma City, two stores in Texas, and one in Florida. Looking at a map these stores are somewhat evenly distributed across the southern United States. Some strategic connection could be construed by looking at where these stores are in relation to each other. The plumbing alibi at five different stores across the United States doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
Conspiracy theories abound on this story and anyone who has been reading Tossing It Out for a few years probably knows that anything conspiratorial catches my attention, especially when corporate America or the United States government is implicated. When you add religious prophecy then you've really got my attention. All of these things start coming into play with the Walmart story.
What Is Walmart Up To?
The most immediate reaction to why these stores had closed was that it was a sort of punishment to labor and a warning to the unions to back off. As I had reported here on November 23rd of 2012 in a post called Does Walmart Deserve a Whipping?, our local store was one of the targets of the labor movement against the Walmart corporation.
The jabs at Walmart by labor have continued ever since at the Pico Rivera store and reportedly at the other stores recently closed for plumbing problems. Using the store closures as a retaliatory action against labor seems like a feasible corporate strategy, but on the other hand a questionable one that could backfire in a number of ways. The labor angle sounded possible, but I wasn't buying that explanation so I went further down the crazy rabbit hole of the internet.
A More Sinister Walmart Conspiracy?
My next investigations into Walmart connected the current events to suspicious reports dating back over the past few years. Google and YouTube are rife with stories about underground tunnels crisscrossing the United States for the purposes of troop movements and underground cities being built in case of some above ground catastrophic event.
This tunnel theory starts sounding a bit fantastical, but there is somewhat convincing evidence that it can be done more easily than most of us might think and that it has actually been achieved to some degree and this work is currently underway throughout the United States. When we consider the research now being done with ETT (evacuated tube transport) that is developing super trains that could potentially run at speeds up to 1800 MPH, we can see how a vast tunnel system would be necessary for this type of technology to be practical.
Some wild theories now abound that the closure of the Walmart stores have nothing to do with plumbing, but the Walmart Corporation is in league with the U.S. government to use the locations in conjunction with work currently being done on the tunnel systems. This is all far-fetched sounding and even impractical from the standpoint of why they would need tunnels that intersected Walmart locations. Then again Walmart is known for their highly efficient supply chain management strategy (Vendor Managed Inventory) that requires an intricate web of transportation and warehousing. The Walmart model of operating has certainly not gone unnoticed by the U.S. government. Besides how much do you trust the U.S. government or any corporations these days?
I won't go into too much detail in this post since I want to keep what is turning into a long article from becoming even longer. If you're interested you can do your own searches about the tunnel theories. But there is another sinister report that has come out that I think is worth a mention.
FEMA Detention Camps!!!
Either there are some people with wild imaginations out there who are trying to scare us or there is some element of truth to the story. Some of you have heard the rumors of government sponsored FEMA camps being organized around the country to be ready for some future event that will require rounding up large sectors of the population and placing them in camps or detention centers. It's happened in other places throughout history. Could it happen now in the United States of America?
There have been plenty of scenarios related to epidemics, natural disasters, civil unrest, foreign invasion, or the collapse of the power grid that could be motivations for the government to move populations into controlled areas to establish control and order. Any of these threats could potentially cause a chaotic state among the populace to the point where government would feel compelled to avoid the chaos that would likely ensue from any of these disasters.
The temporary closings of the Walmart stores have caused some to speculate that these sites might be getting retrofitted to act as detention centers that might be needed in the near future. In the event of the collapse of the infrastructure in the area where I live, I believe that this as well as all urban areas would be especially frightening as people struggle to survive. A detention center manned by government control officials might be seen as necessary to stabilize the societal deterioration. Has Walmart become complicit in helping to organize authoritarian rule of the people?
When you think about it, the Walmart machine is highly efficient at logistical movement of supplies, management of labor, crowd control. and organizational structure. A nation governed by a corporation or network of corporations is not unforeseeable and probably is in place already to some extent. Are you looking forward to being moved into a control center managed by the U.S. Government/Walmart?
No this is not some profane utterance, but a principle of Judaism that I will not go into detail about here. You can look it up. And why am I bringing this up in relation to the Walmart Conspiracy?
A few days prior to the Walmart closing and my investigations into all the crazy sounding conspiracies, I happened to flip the television on to some show about Bible prophecy where they were talking about things like "the Blood Moon", Shmita, the Rapture, and the Tribulation. (Again I offer these terms with no explanations but Google can explain to the uninitiated.)
The guy on TV was telling about how the next seven year cycle culminating in Shmita would be coming this September of 2015. He said at the end of every seven year cycle there is an economic downturn, the most recent being 2001 and 2008 which some of you probably recall as being somewhat bad economic years. The TV prophet added that this year the Shmita would correspond with a blood moon, which some of you might recognize as something with prophetic implications.
The upshot of all the prophecies was that in September we will be seeing the biggest economic collapse ever and perhaps the collapse of the U.S. as we know it. There will be chaos and martial law will be declared with government troops fanning out across the nation to take control of every community.
Okay, I know that now some of you are thinking I'm heading into Crazy Town, but I'm just telling you things I heard and observations I have made. One thing that did come to mind when the Walmart story emerged was that if the stores open in six months as projected, that would be in September just in time for the Blood Moon, Shmita, and martial law being administrated due to a chaotic state resulting from everything falling apart. They would need dentition camps and strategic networks for movement of troops and supplies.
Yes, wild sounding I know, but could it happen? If anything I think there is some great material here for some dystopian fiction. I hope it's fiction.
Have you heard about the Walmart closures, the tunnel network, or Shmita? Why do you think the Walmart stores have been closed for an approximately six month period? Do you read any of the Walmart related blogs?
Blogs about Walmart (can you believe it?):
Walmart Is Pure Evil
Walmart Blog (official company site)
I Heart the Mart (coupons and deals)
The People of Walmart (hilarious and at times unbelievable though true)
...And the list goes on...