People in Slovakia protest the murder of a journalist
who investigated ties between politicians and the Italian mafia.
Photo: Vladimir Simicek/AFP
(c) Local Italy
The first thing you have to know about organized crime is that they're in the business of easy and big money. In other words, these organized cartels don't want to work hard or honestly, like the rest of us. They see that as what chumps do. Remember that lesson: Easy money.
Usually, the mob's business activities are illegal. Cocaine is fairly cheap to make, but because it's illegal, this drives the price up incredibly, because of the risk of distribution. Right? But, it's still easy money for the executive or mob boss controlling the show. Prostitution is easy money for the pimps. Selling people into slavery is big money too, right?
But the mafia is creative. It doesn't stop there. The mob even rigged the McDonald's monopoly game. Someone in the mob saw that McDonalds was giving away millions of dollars in prize money and had a simple thought: "What if I could steal it?" (This is how the mafia thinks. Remember: easy and lots of money.)
After meeting the man who was responsible for distributing the winning pieces, the mafia sent their sales rep to meet him at an airport. And the deal was simple: Win, win, right? The mob would provide the operations for stealing McDonald's prize money and the distributor would receive a cut. (And that makes sense, you need a large operation team to pull off such a heist, as the article shows you.)
Let's put our mafia hats on again. A mob boss sees that a local city brings in millions of dollars in taxpayer money and calculates that it isn't too expensive to run a city. He thinks: I'd be filthy rich if I could have the city borrow against itself, and we could take out the biggest loans possible. Only if that excess money could be siphoned away, I'd be rich, no? But how to do it is the problem.
In other words, millions of dollars are locked into the city bank account. I just need to figure out a way to get it out. (More on the how over the next few articles.) If you don't believe me, see how this group of city officials stole $43 million from the city coffers.
One of the first thing the mob needs to do is send their people to run for public office. Hey, isn't that why all the Mayor and Council Members and a number of directors are from Texas, originally? . . . Yeah! (See my section on the potential origins of these directors and administrators in my identity theft section.)
After taking over politics, they can then enact law and control the police force to do whatever they want. (Now, it appears that these officials and administrators actually lie about their origin. Key point: Don't trust what they say.)
When I was in Cabo, Mexico, I remember reading about how the Mexican mob tried to do this in a small mountain town of Cheran, which has a population of 20,000. The mob wanted to chop down their timber and make a fortune from it. (Stealing natural resource is big and easy money.)
But the local people, mainly women, wouldn't have it. They fought back. They burned cars of candidates. And they drove the mob back home. The town has made it illegal for outsiders to run for public office.
According to the BBC, in the recent year, "in the last year there have been no murders, kidnaps or disappearances." Cheran is currently self-governed, and it is considered one of the safest places in the Mexican State of Michoacan.
Let's come back to Baldwin Park. Instead of forests being logged away, replace that with taxpayer dollars in the bank account being siphoned away. That gives you the main business objective of the politicians and administrators in Baldwin Park.
For the activist, the activist must identify where the stockpile of money is, whether it be McDonald game pieces, taxpayer money in a bank account, or wild timber.
The solution to getting rid of organized crime has been shown with the people of Cheran. I suppose there has to be a collective awakening of the citizens and a desire to rid ourselves of these outsiders - who only want to steal our resources - which could be used to better the community and the future for the next generation. It's our responsibility to take back our governments and restore law and order.