Unfortunately what you are reading in those settlements is a direct effect from a new species that started appearing in the mid to late '70s. This new species evolved due to a tremendous increase in the number of courses offered at our institutions of higher learning. In the '80s this species began preying on the those of low common sense and by the '90s were boldly advertising on all forms of media as they discovered that prey would flock to them in droves. They continue to increase in numbers due to the tremendous reproductive speed of the prey species and the limited gene pool ( family trees that don't branch).
This new form of preditor is Homo Chupasangre ( Homo bloodsucker) or commonly known as "personal injury attorney".
It's time to take action! Hunters unite! I suggest an open season with no bag limit!
Emeralds are real Gems!