An Alternative Theory on WalMart Closings

An Alternative Theory on WalMart Closings

I’ve posted many of the videos showing WalMart closings, as well as articles about the association between them and the #JadeHelm15 military “exercise”.

I watched videos about two Walmarts in different states, with interior signs glimpsed, and it struck me that perhaps, the actions of WalMart may be for some other reason besides some nebulous assistance to JadeHelm15
and any tunnel digging.

I haven’t heard anyone voice the theory I will present herein, so, I thought it would be good to investigate this possible explanation.

But first, I reject this whole “plumbing problem” nonsense. Many of the WalMarts didn’t even apply for a permit to work on plumbing until long after they closed the stores (one got a permit around a month after closing).

If you know anything about Walmart, you know the following :
a) They micromanage everything that goes on, from controlling the temperature from corporate headquarters in Bentonville, to the pharmacy part of the store.
b) The Waltons operate WalMarts like skinflints…and this goes along with the micromanagement.
c) Managers are acutely aware of their day to day income and expenditures, so it strikes me as crazy they would lose MONTHS of income during a fairly busy time of the year (summer and fall) on simple plumbing issues.

What is clear is that WalMart does NOT want the public seeing what they are doing in the body of the store,and those which have a pharmacy open, have erected partitions to keep pharmacy customers from seeing the main work area. You may remember they have the “See Something, Say Something” program that if you see something you think is odd, you should contact the manager of the local Walmart (I call it their “discount spy program”).

So, we know that WalMart is obsessive on metrics, ie measuring things such as store income, traffic in store, expenditures…in short, everything. WalMart for a time was even taking out life insurance policies on their employees (including managers) which had WalMart as the beneficiary…and neither the employee nor their family was informed by WalMart of it. It became known when an insurance company, BY MISTAKE sent either a check or correspondence to the widow of one of their employees. After getting busted, they announced they would discontinue this policy.

So, we know they are obsessed with details and measuring. They also constantly evaluate how to streamline their operation. We noticed this especially when they installed automated self checkout machines. We know they are working with the Homeland Security people AND probably, NSA.

Given that, here’s a notion I had this morning. Both WalMart and the NSA would love to know everything they can about the habits of customers, identity of them, what they buy, how much they buy, when they visit the store, and perhaps, home address of the people. The latter would be valuable from a business standpoint to see what percentage of traffic is from surrounding area, and what percentage are tourists or people just passing through.

I was looking at the “gutted” WalMart and thinking, if I were them, what would be the purpose of this ? What I thought was this. If you were going to install a sophisticated tracking system, combined with facial recognition technology, RFID readers and scanners, sensors hidden in shelves, etc, you would need to have them hidden well.

This may seem nuts, but think about this for a minute. Let’s say that the NSA and / or Homeland Security wanted to create an information gathering system that could collect the most information about people’s habits, what place would you pick that has national / international distribution, has a high traffic flow, and one that would work with you and not tell people? WalMart !

If the NSA / Homeland Security approached WalMart with the proposal that they would provide both money (to compensate for lost income) as well as equipment and technical support on installation and maintenance, in exchange for WalMart allowing them to install spying technology in WalMart (facial recognition, perhaps even retinal scanning) AND, if the NSA / Homeland Security told WalMart they could provide comprehensive data on the behavior of their customers, their demographic profile (in real time) and maintain the system, I believe Walmart would jump at it.

They could also install license plate readers in the parking lot to track customers that way as well.

WalMart could justify such a system by saying it helps with inventory, spy cameras helping to bust employees who are stealing (internal shrinkage / inventory loss), help stave off lawsuits about falls, injuries sustained by customers, etc.
But, they are supposed to have surveillance cameras for that. Surveillance cameras often do have blindspots, and they don’t give you personal info on the person.

Such a proposal would allow both WalMart AND the NSA / Homeland Security people, to gather, maintain, profile citizens on an ongoing basis, gathering lots of details about who went where, did what, and bought what ? NSA and WalMart would share info gleaned from the spy tech, and both could use the info for their own purposes.

I know this theory SOUNDS a bit crazy, but, the more you know about WalMart AND the NSA / Homeland Security, the more you will think that its NOT so crazy after all.

Such a system might even be installed in the pharmacy area and,though contrary to HIPAA, could amass data on what drugs people are getting filled (which can tell you a lot about their health problems).

What this would effectively do, is to convert existing WalMarts into standalone “panopticons”

The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a single watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behaviour constantly. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.

The design consists of a circular structure with an “inspection house” at its centre, from which the manager or staff of the institution are able to watch the inmates, who are stationed around the perimeter. Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, sanatoriums, daycares, and asylums, but he devoted most of his efforts to developing a design for a Panopticon prison, and it is his prison which is most widely understood by the term.

Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”  Elsewhere, in a letter, he described the Panopticon prison as “a mill for grinding rogues honest”.

WalMart is not a stranger to spying tech. In 2003, they were early adopters of RFID chips that can monitor customers in a simplistic fashion. .

If busted, WalMart can just justify installation of spy tech by saying it helps cut down on employee theft, and gives them valuable information that can help maintain stock via inventory control.

If they are doing what I think they are doing, you would become a target of their snooping and monitoring from the moment you enter the store, til the time you drive out of the parking lot.

WalMart is one of the most widely distributed of all retail stores, and they would be a perfect “partner” to join with the NSA and / or Homeland Security.

I can envision a data path from WalMart stores directly to Bentonville AND to one of the NSA installations, such as the one in Utah. The NSA has the infrastructure to store HUGE amounts of data,and this would be a natural partnership.

That’s my theory. I am not saying that this theory is mutually exclusive with others involving tunnels or repurposing of WalMart stores by the government. They could all be happening. But, to me, this theory makes sense given WalMart’s
preoccupation with customer metrics, combined with the desire of NSA to know everything about everyone in real time.

The best way to implement this is by shutting a few stores at a time, with the goal of eventually retrofitting ALL WalMarts nationwide.

Thanks for reading it.



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