Over the years, I have learned to never be surprised as to how low people will go. For this reason, I am not at all shocked by the fact the Native people are being slammed with an onslaught of racism. While this has been going on for sometime now, it is only now that I choose to address it.
Since the start of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, it has been no secret that the reservations have been slammed. While much of this can be attributed to the lack of available medical supplies, the bigger problem is in how the Native Americans are generally treated. This brings up the very reason to which I write this article.
In a recent Facebook post, a New Mexico native man makes a rather serious allegation against one of their local Home Depot stores. In his post, “graywolf” accuses a Home Depot assistant manager, Sandra Rodriguez, of posting a racially based statement. The statement, which is shown below, reads as follows:
Go back to your nasty Rez with your diseases.
Sandra Rodriguez Assistant Manager Home Depot, Gallup NM
In his post, “Graywolf” is calling for people to call the corporate office. As a matter of fact, we are too. Pandemic or not, there is absolutely no excuse for this sort of behavior, especially when it stems from those working to serve the public in any capacity. During the past few months we have seen the best of society. However, we have also seen the worst aspects of it. If you are against this sort of behavior, and would like to help with “graywolf’s” campaign of reporting this woman, the information is below.
The Home Depot Contact information Main: (505)726-2362
Corporate number 1 (800) 466-3337 The Home Depot/Customer service
When it comes to the police departments being “above the law,” it should come to no surprise that constitutional laws would be included. For the sheriff’s department, of pottawatomie county, Oklahoma, it seems they have gone balistic with violating the rights of citizens.
Over the past several months, we had recieved multiple complaints regarding this department censoring out citizens who speak against them. Many of the contacts simply want to know if they can legally block them. Well, we did the research and concluded the answer to be no. Let’s dive right into it.
We found multiple articles on this very subject, all aiming at different angles. In July of 2019, the second circuit court had ruled that Donald Trump, being an elected official, could not block citizens on his twitter. Doesn’t apply, you say? Actually, it does. Though the situation is slightly different, the ruling is based on the concept that he is a public official. To extend on this, there is also a ruling by the fourth circuit court, stating public officials cannot block citizens on social media.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the sheriff is an elected, public, official. That means that a sheriff falls into this category as well. Because they are the lead for their departments, their departments Social Media pages become a public forum. It also means that, like Donald Trump, blocking citizens is a violation to the first amendment.
When looking into the department itself, we found multiple reviews. The comments ranged from buying alcohol while in uniform, unprofessional behaviors, overly aggressive, and wreckless driving, nearly hitting a woman with child. For us, this only served to validate the fact that this department has some serious problems that are not being addressed.
Regardless of the federal and circuit rulings, this department has only shown a complete disregard for its citizens rights, as well as the federal rulings. Via Facebook and Twitter, we reached out to the department. The Facebook results was that of no comment and me being banned from their page. As of this time, we have gotten no response on Twitter.
By now, most of you are probably familiar with the name, Greg Anderson. This, soon to be former officer, was made famous when he posted a video encouraging officers to NOT uphold illegal orders to stay at home. Though the video was met with much praise, including from his department, that has quickly changed.
Anderson, three days after making the viral video, the department he worked for, began demanding the video to be removed. Using various claims, including equipment being identifiable and policy, the intimidation failed. Anderson, who held his ground, was ultimately suspended pending termination due to policy violation.
War on Corruption reached out multiple times to the department, asking what policy was violated. Though the department has read our messages, they blatently refused to reply. With that, we found alternative methods of obtaining their social media policies.
It didn’t take long for us to understand why they refused to respond. Starting at policy 5: 125-POL 2, we found it to be extremely vague. A portion of the policy reads as follows:
Engaging in prohibited speech outlined in this policy may provide grounds for discipline and may be used to undermine or impeach an officer’s testimony in legal proceedings.
The issue here is it leaves the department open to select what language is inapropriate speech. In fact, the closest we get is:
– Make, share, or comment in support of any posting that includes harassment, threats of violence, or similar conduct
– Make, share, or comment in support of any posting that ridicules, maligns, disparages, expresses bias, or disrespect toward any race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or any other protected class of individuals
– Make, share, or comment in support of any posting that suggests that Department personnel are engaged in behavior reasonably considered to be unlawful or reckless toward public safety
Even the above, in many aspects is vague, leaving it open for the department to utilize the policy as they see fit. Even so, the claims the department made for wanting the video removed seem invalid.
Through the department’s silence to clarify the policy violation, we are under the presumption that they are fully aware that no policy had been violated. In fact, you can read their social media policy Through the department’s silence to clarify the policy violation, we are under the presumption that they are fully aware that no policy had been violated. In fact, you can read their social media policy here.
Should the department decide to respond, we will place it within this article. Until then, it is to our opinion that what is being done is nothing short of an unethical removal of one of the few good officers this country has.
It’s not often that we take a leap and target a medical facility. Of course, it’s not often that we see as many complaints against one as that of Concentra. We began looking into this medical chain due to various reports of hostility, forcing patients to leave (some needing medical attention,) and incompetent staff/doctors.
During my investigation I made two visits. Using the most basic medical need, a drug test, I walked in without a mask, and then with one. The experience, to say the least, were interesting. Without the mask, the staff made no attempt to maintain a form of professionalism. No sooner had I walked into the door, the nurse, working the front desk had stated, “If you’re going to come in here, you must have a mask. Otherwise, you can get out.” At this point, they had no idea as to why I was there.
After going to a local shop, picking up a makeshift mask, I returned to the Concentra facility. This time their demeanor had completely changed. Though thanked me for the mask. At that point, I advised them of my article and inveatigation. Things got a bit unusual at this point. They repeatedly apologized for their rudeness, telling me it was corporate’s doing. Basically, her attitude is the fault of the company.
At that point, I terminated the drug test. Afterall, I didn’t really need one. With the knowledge obtained, I took my investigation online. I began with Facebook reviews before proceeding to reviews posted to other sites. Removing the positive reviews, what we found fell into the same categories: unprofessionalism, medical incompetence, disregard of patient needs.
The reviews talk about being denied medical treatments, doctors berating patients, employees who are rude, and the list goes on. With so many reviews sharing this commonality it isn’t surprising they average at 2.3 and an F with the BBB.
While we understand that not all employees are not a reflection of these mentioned aspects, it doesn’t change the fact that the company has something evidently wrong within its business practices and culture. Until now, WoC had ignored most of the complaints sent to us. However, this article was eventually going to happen. Seeing it first hand, it’s clear that patient respect is an issue. It’s clear that they, on an overall scale, don’t care. For a medical facility, one has to ask, “is this really the sort of environment that is condusive for patients needing assistance?”
For many people, online privacy is a must. The safety of knowing that strangers can’t simply locate you works as a form of “safety net.” However, what many people are oblivious to, and some learn the hard way, is some information can be obtained even if kept away from the public. One woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was one who learned this the hard way.
When joining the group, “Kai is crying,” she was completely unaware that the group administrators would be given certain private information. Although her location is hidden from view, the administrators could see this information. While this is not typically an issue, one admin, who is known as Eco_Aquamarine on Twitter, took it upon herself to post a photo, revealing the victims’ location and more.
What lead to this event? Is this a dox? To answer the second question, yes. The information, prior to this post, was hidden from view. This means that nobody, aside the account holder, was able to view it. While it was made visible to the administrators of this group, it was still hidden from the general public eye. While this admin did not seek out the information, she did willfully make it public. We can further establish this as doxxing by simply looking at the definition:
“Doxing, or doxxing (from “dox“, abbreviation of documents), is the Internet-based practice of researching and publicly broadcasting private or identifying information (especially personally identifying information) about an individual or organization”
By this very definition, we can establish the case that the administrator of, “Kai is crying,” did commence in a form of doxxing; the only aspect lacking is the research. Now, what lead to this situation?
As it turns out, Eco allegedly has an issue with a Youtuber who goes by Edwin. The situation is alleged to involve him displaying the group in one of his videos. When the victim tried to join, it is believed that the admin thought he had sent her. The doxxing victim, who was an innocent bystander, was thrusted into a feud purely because of paranoia.
The dox, which was conducted due to a percieved threat, was actually misguided. The response that was so threatning, turned out to be an actual group on Facebook. However, the victim made the mistake of typing the name wrong. For the assailant, this only further destroys her “justification” behind her action. Through our contact, we learned that an apology was issued for the dox. Now, I plan to shred that apology.
An apology is an act of remorse, something given for an accident or a mistake. While Eco did issue one, there were several issues with it. First off, what she did was no accident or mistake. She willfully blasted this individuals’ information for the world to see. Second, while she essentially claimed ignorance in the apology, another tweet we obtained states it was out of retaliation.
In the images above is the apology and the justification behind why the private information was made public. The administrator admits that she considered editing out the private details. However, she opted not to. With malicious intent, she blasted these details for all to see, simply due to the alleged actions of another person. For the victim, joining this group quickly became a nightmare. Our platform has given information regarding her rights legally, she is aware that she may take legal action against this woman, known as Eco. Perhaps in the future, this young woman will think twice before releasing the private information of another person.
While most social sites, such as Youtube and Facebook, take an aggressive stance against the MAP (Minor Attracted Person) community, Twitter has taken a more obscure approach. It is through this obscurity that questions began to arise, what is Twitter’s stance?
In one section of their TOS, the site claims to have a zero tolerance policy. However, within that same segment, Twitter backtracks this claim. The evidence is pictured below.
The two images, in many ways, contradict one another. Twitter states they have a zero tolerance policy. Immediately after stating this, they claim discussions related to child exploitation is not a policy violation so long as it doesn’t promote the act. That opens up a pandora’s box. Aside from speaking against the act, how does one talk about it and not glorify it? This also leads to questions regarding the MAP community, who thrive on Twitter with no reprecussion to what they tweet.
Twitters “child exploitation” policy, at best, is vague in this regard. If you have a zero tolerance policy, than that should mean zero tolerance. With the exceptions that the site has allowed, they are claiming a zero tolerance policy that isn’t really a zero tolerance. The exceptions leave many loopholes opened, and it’s abundantly clear. When reporting these MAP accounts, we almost never see any reaction from Twitter. When there is a reaction, it usually ends with a few tweets being removed while the account continues to thrive. The policy boils down to incompetence, wreckless, and lacks any sort of thought as to how it should be implimented.
If you ask any journalist they will most likely tell you, “journalism isn’t an easy job.” This is especially true when it comes to reporting on predators and scammers. Journalist, Meko Haze of discuss global, has been reporting on the lengthy criminal activities of the 501(c)4, “Punished for Protecting (P4P.) While we have, in the past, covered articles on this very organization, we have never gotten the backlash that he has endured.
P4P alleges that they are an advocacy group. Desperate families, who utilize their services, quickly learn that this “nonprofit” organization is anything but nonprofit. With excessive fees, that range into the thousands, families are given false hope and misinformation by this group; that is just the tip of this iceberg.
The information provided to these families falls into the category of “sovereign citizenship.” If you are unfamiliar with what this is, here is a brief explanation. In short, they believe in “God’s law.” They do not recognize any laws passed by the courts, and are recognized by the government as being a terrorist group. P4P had been exposed countless times for spreading this sort of information, alongside false affadavits. This is where our article picks up, regarding Meko Haze.
Following what is clearly his moral convictions, Meko began a campaign of sharing information. The information discussed how P4P’s founder, Francesca Amato, alongside several others, were breaking multiple laws. Unlike our platform, Meko did get retaliation. While most of it has been the typical nonsense we journalists deal with daily, the group decided to step it up a level.
The accused initially claimed that the journalist was, in fact, paid by CPS to derail their movement. We have found nothing that proves the claim. What we did find, sadly, is the claims didn’t end there. Other claims included child trafficking, pedophilia, and even being a fraud himself exist. This failed to silence Meko.
Earlier tonight, I watched a live video broadcasted by Meko. The video took a rather disturbing turn when Robert Slaven, boyfriend of Amato, joined the comments. Though being given multiple oppurtunities to call-in live and be interviewed, Slaven declined. Instead, he left a variety of comments that contained implied threats of bodily harm against the journalist.
While it was clear that Slaven intended to proclaim innocence of the various crimes, some being felonies, his actions only further harmed that notion. Another fact that has harmed them stems from the families they claim to have helped. We have seen cases in which the families spoke against the organization. One such case came from overseas. While a relative lives in the States, P4P took $5000 from an elderly couple. Worst of all, it didn’t stop there. After violating a “stay at home” order, due to the SARS-CoV-2 situation, the organization demanded an additional $3000 from the couple.
With the nation being in a state of shutdown, including courts, this leads me to not only ask, “why did they really go to California?” But also, “where did the money really go?” It is estimated that a trip to California, from New York, would only cost around $1000. This meams, if they really went as they claim, there is a lot of money unaccounted for.
This is the same conclusion, Meko had come to. The same conclusion that has gotten him threats of bodily harm from alleged P4P representatives. Beyond that, it has also gotten the police called.
Recently, Meko attempted to reach out to Amato, using the number she claims is for her organization. After answering the phone as her organization, Meko speaks. At this point, she tells him to never call her personal phone again, insults him, and abruptly disconnects the call. This call lead her to file a police report against the journalist. This report brings about a few problems, however.
To start, by answering the phone as your organization, she is not claiming it as a personal number, as she attempted to claim. Furthermore, by filing the report with police, she is willfully making a false accusation. To be a legitimate claim, he would of had to call her personal number. Since he made the call during a live video, her claim can be easily disproven, and I hold no doubt that it will be.
There is a fine line between harassing a journalist and outright conducting in criminal activity against one. When that line is crossed, it is time for accountability. I have no doubt that Meko has already gathered evidence to use in court, nor do I doubt his integrity. What I do doubt, is an organization, that claims to be for children, exploiting families and bullying those who speak out. Both of these are actions P4P are guilty of. If you would like to read more on this organizations, articles are linked below.
UPDATE: The store in question has released a statement. We are including it here.
We understand everyone’s concern, we Will match or beat any advertisers price on any product that we carry. Business needs to carry on, We sell protective gear along with many other businesses. If we ever have a price that you think is too high we will do our best to beat or match competitors price. We sell essential ite.ms, and these products are needed by people locally because all of the supplies are going to hospitals. These products need to be available for the public and we are doing our best to bring these products to you for the best prices possible. I understand that we are under attack, but we are here to talk, and I know that if you find a better price let me know. We get these gloves from our supplier, and I think that people should understand that these products are necessary for the regular people too. We will be glad to talk to anyone about any concerns that you know. anyone commenting are doing this based on hype and not because you have been charged too much because we bring low prices. There has been a brigade against me, but I have called the Board of Health who gave me the guidelines for me to sell these essential products. We are doing a service and I hope anyone mad can give me a call or stop in for the best possible price. NOBODY that ACTUALLY knows me or visits my store will see that we will do everything possible to bring you the products that you want for the besyt possibe price.
Additional information We recieved photographs containing the prices of items that no longer appear on the site. We are posting them here.
Recently, the ‘Director of sales and Marketing,’ Lindsay Catherine Lorence, recieved backlash after posting, “We’ve got all the essentials! Stop by Treasure Point or hit me up! 206 Marine Drive, Anderson. 765.643.5822.” The backlash stems after it was discovered that she, acting on behalf of her business, ‘Treasure Point,’ had apparantly bought out available supplies at other local retailers before allegedly price gouging the items for resell.
The above shown items bring even more question due to the fact the store is listed as being a ‘car stereo’ and ‘motorsports’ retailer. However, predatorial business practices, post the SARS-CoVID-2, outbreak, aren’t unheard of.
Recently, there was public outcry when a Tennesse resident began stockpiling supplies for resell on Amazon. In the end, he was forced to donate the items, currently faces charges for price gouging, and had his items removed from the site.
When looking at ‘Treasure Point’s’ previous images, we found no indication that the store, prior to the outbreak, ever carried the items they are now accused of gouging. For this reason, and due to the outcry, we reached out to the store for comment. Currently, we have gotten no response.
Sadly, unethical practices such as this are becoming all to common. For Indiana residents, the state to which this store is located, a consumer complaint can be filed with the following telephone numbers: 1.800.382.5516 or 317.232.6330. Alternatively, an online complaint can be made here.
Recently, I took it upon myself to do a three week trip across country. This time was spent studying the affects of the virus in various locations. In this research I focused on local economies, civilian mindset, impact on various industries, and how COVID-19 has impacted various cities. impact
No matter where I traveled, one thing remained true: businesses were suffering. Practically overnight, Americas witnessed the loss of thousands of jobs, entire cities came to a grinding halt, and supplies began to run dry in local stores. Although grocery stores have worked hard at keeping supplies stocked, it appeared to be a losing battle. For many, entire aisles were baron or close to it. Many of the items that seemed to be high demand were things that could be stored for prolonged periods. This includes canned and frozen products.
As the mass hysteria set, items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizers, even hand soaps seemed to be a luxery item in some locations. Employee morale was clearly low, doing anything they could to keep the potentially infected public away from them. However, it extended far beyond local retail stores.
In every city I visited, the streets were practically deserted. While a few vehicles remained, it was clear that no opened business would be able to sustain itself for long. Fast food resturaunts had also taken a hard blow. Being forced to close their lobbies, the customers simply stopped coming. Though there was the occasional drive-through order, they weren’t like they used to be.
“I can’t support my family, I can’t pay my employees, and I am about to lose it all because of the f****** city forced me to close,” were the solemn words of a local resturaunt owner I spoke to. Clearly, the pandemic had hit him hard.
With the impact being so hard on the stores and resturaunts, I began to wonder how it affected the industry that was charged for delivering these products. With this in mind, I sought out the trucking companies. Though there are articles discussing this industry already, I wanted to find out for myself how they were handling the inner workings.
While researching the first company, I was invited to sit and observe their orientation process. Though the process, according to them, was three days, I decided one day was more than enough time to collect my data. Upon leaving, I took my journey to Dallas, Texas. With safety precautions in mind, I began my expedition.
Like Cedar Rapids, Dallas was essentially empty. Businesses that once thrived, stood as ghostly reminders of the world before the outbreak. While there, I had gotten word of a local business that was ignoring the safety precautions. Naturally, I had to locate this business for myself. ‘Big D,’ a truck wash, with parking, was confirmed to be ignoring protocols. Upon entry, I noted hotdogs being cooked. While most stations removed these to prevent further spread, this location did not. When asked about it, the clerk simply stated, “we are not violating safety precautions, now get out.”
Utah, Illinois, and so fourth, the scene was the same: fhost town after ghost town. With the scene being all to familiar, in so many cities, I couldn’t help but assess the mindset of the residents.
Precaution or hysteria?
With media crying the end of the world, social distancing, self quarantine methods, etc., I began looking into rather or not this was precaution or fear. I took what I had learned on this trip and began writing my observations down. It is here, I will be discussing them.
While all cities have taken precautions, some cities have taken it to an entirely new level. Salt Lake City, with plastic “shields” in front of the registers, have gone as far as to not directly take money from customers. While these precautions are, to a degree, understandable, they show the amount of fear people now live in.
City by city, fear creeped in, set itself into the social network, and shutdown entire nations. At this point, one can only wonder which is worst: the virus or the fear that follows in its wake? Sadly, this is a question that is purely opinionated and thus will never concieve a factual answer. Even with this, we can conclude that this fear stems from the fact that this is a “novel” virus, it’s an unknown agent that has entered our lives. I wanted to compare stats. How lethal is this virus in contrast to the things we are familiar. Below, is a grid displaying this very thing.
It is hard to determine rather or not we, as a society, have handled this ordeal correctly. For this, future generations can only determine that based on the words of history. For now, society waits. Some wait for a resolution, others wait for the nightmare to conclude, and for some, they wait to grieve for those who didn’t survive. While the situation is horrible, history has shown that pandemics, such as this, do end. Until then, stay safe.
Editor’s notation: Due to the abundance of information provided from this research, we had to condense this article for readability purposes.
It’s been awhile since we’ve touched on this subject. Within those articles, we had withheld the identification of our source, and will continue to do so. However, we have been granted permission to release the name of the facility to which the articles discussed. If you need a “refresher,” the articles can be found here,here, and here.
As you may recall, we spoke of how the whistleblower had gone months without employment, a common trend among those who speak out against law enforcement. In recent times, even members of our platform have recieved messages from people alleging to be former employees, thoug some of their profiles state they are current officers.
The articles, to which we spoke of, derived from an correctional facility out of Oklahoma. Mabel Bassett Correctional center has a long history of alleged cover-up as well as corruption among the officers. Beyond this, there are many other accusations regarding the facility. In one review, the individual alleges,
It’s infested with mole,kitchen has roaches and medical is the worst. An inmate received notice from medical that she was exposed to HEPATITIS A and medical refused to give her the vaccine, so now how many inmates have been effected in this facility????
Other accusations, some to which had been confirmed, range from officers refusing to stop fights to a potential cover-up of a death (unconformed.)
While this article is a basic update, that isn’t what caught my attention. As stated, members of our team had gotten some messages from an alleged former officer. Recapping one of the messages, the individual wrote, “I got a random message not long ago asking about the place and I looked at the reviews and saw ur comment.” When asking about the comment, I was informed that he had no memory of writing anything regarding the facility, and so we looked.
Searching on Google reviews and Facebook, it would appear that the statement was, in fact partially true. There was a comment left on Facebook, an oversight perhaps. Upon showing the member the screenshot, he did recall it, stating it was to bring awareness for those negatively effected by this place. However, the messaging person wanted information about our whistleblower. Details we cannot, and will not provide.
WoC has had a long standing policy of not revealing sources. Should the individual contact me for this information, I will be obligated into citing our policy to them. This protects our sources and prevents potential retaliation. Over the years, we have learned many things. One of these things is nobody ever asks for sources without having a reason. While the reason may very well be for information, as a platform we have an obligation to protect them; we simply can’t maintain trust and credibility if we reveal those who trust us to withold their identities.
This article isn’t much, just an update with some other details. Unless we get something more critical, we are planning to end fiture updates regarding this facility here. While we still haven’t revealed some information, such as the name of the captain, it’s not due to the lack of knowledge. In fact, we using nothing more than a lastname, we were able to find the captain on Facebook. The rest of the information is being stored away for the “just in case” factor. While we hope to never need to, we will only do another article if the facility does any future retaliation against our sources.
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