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Man from Iowa Comes to California to Protest

Dustin Menke drove from Mason City, Iowa to protest injustice and to talk about how medicine killed 475,000 people in 2011 to anyone who would listen. He participated in the Venice protest as well as one of the protests the day before.

Dustin said it took him 24 hours to drive from Iowa to California. “I feel the Floyd incident was unjust but I mainly come to talk about the medical profession and their mistakes that killed 475K in 2011,” he said. (Statement has not been confirmed.)”

He displayed his scars on his neck and his back as proof of injury or surgery. He said he was dropped on floor three times during hip replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic, “fracturing both hips and shattering my left completely.”

He carries with him a fact sheet for anyone who will listen. “New York Times has interviewed me,” he said. He plans to stay in California indefinitely. He claims he can breathe better here than Iowa because of lack of humidity.

Comments (6)

  1. Colin B

    Look at the pictures of the protesters…. I can remember seeing another group of people who saluted with their right arm. And the same people are up in arms about injustice..Smart people know this has nothing to do with injustice. It’s about power. This is how the Nazis got started.

  2. robert L

    The mayor of Los Angeles supports anarchy, lawlessness, criminal violence, mob rule and clearly holds honest business people and the police in total contempt. Tourists across America, if you value your lives, do NOT go to Los Angeles!

  3. Flip Johnson

    Black Lives Matters is wasting their time in Venice we are small potatoes compared to these companies who directly profited off of slavery.
    Tiffany and Co. why are they get off the hook, they still make big profits.

    Tiffany and Co. was originally financed with profits from a Connecticut cotton mill. The mill operated from cotton picked by slaves.


    Aetna insured the lives of slaves during the 1850’s and reimbursed slave owners when their slaves died.

    Brooks Brothers

    The suit retailer started their company in the 1800s by selling clothes for slaves to slave traders.

    Norfolk Southern

    Two companies (Mobile & Girard and the Central of Georgia) became part of Norfolk Southern. Mobile & Girard paid slave owners $180 to rent their slaves to the railroad for a year. The Central of Georgia owned several slaves.

    Bank of America

    Bank of America found that two of its predecessor banks (Boatman Savings Institution and Southern Bank of St. Louis) had ties to slavery and another predecessor (Bank of Metropolis) accepted slaves as collateral on loans.

    U.S.A. Today

    U.S.A. Today reported that its parent company (E.W. Scripps and Gannett) was linked to the slave trade.


    Two institutions that became part of Wachovia (Georgia Railroad and Banking Company and the Bank of Charleston) owned or accepted slaves as collateral on mortgaged property or loans.


    AIG purchased American General Financial which owns U.S. Life Insurance Company. AIG found documentation that U.S. Life insured the lives of slaves.

    JPMorgan Chase

    JPMorgan Chase reported that between 1831 and 1865, two of its predecessor banks (Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana) accepted approximately 13,000 slaves as loan collateral and seized approximately 1,250 slaves when plantation owners defaulted on their loans.

  4. Go home sell crazy somwhere else

    Looks like he wore out his welcome in Iowa. Now we are stuck with this crazy. He will have his choice of encampments to live in.

  5. Nick Antonicello

    This disproves the lie and myth that those marching were from Venice and that’s just a lie.

  6. zoey H

    He is not wearing a mask says it all.

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