Food Riots Commence As The Fed's Loose Money Policy Leads To First Violence Of 2011

Tyler Durden's picture

We were only partially serious when we predicted that following the just released FAO data confirming food prices have just hit an all time high, we were expecting food riots to ensue imminently. Alas, as all too often happens these days, we were right. 2011 first and certainly not last rioting comes out of Algeria, where Bernanke's genocidal policies are first to take root. From the Associated Press: "Riots over rising food prices and chronic unemployment spiraled out
from Algeria's capital on Thursday, with youths torching government
buildings and shouting "Bring us Sugar!" Police helicopters circled over Algiers, and stores
closed early. Security officers blocked off streets in the tense
working-class neighborhood of Bab el-Oued, near the capital's ancient
Casbah, and areas outside the city were swept up in the rampages. The U.S. Embassy issued a warning to Americans in Algeria to "remain vigilant" and avoid crowds. Riots on Wednesday night in the neighborhood saw a police station, a Renault car dealership and other buildings set ablaze. Police with tear gas fired back at stone-throwing youths through the night." Algeria's violence is unfortunately just the start. The big to keep an eye out on is rice. If the liquidity makes its way there, the Chinese soft landing may just become much, much harder.

From the AP:

Wednesday's violence started after evening Muslim prayers. It came after price hikes for milk, sugar and flour in recent days, and amid simmering frustration that Algeria's abundant gas-and-oil resources have not translated into broader prosperity.

Youths resumed their outbursts Thursday afternoon.

Violence erupted across town in the El Harrach neighborhood, where youths set tires on fire and threw stones at police. Some officers were seen rounding up suspected troublemakers.

In the suburb of Rouiba, youths set fire to tires and danced around them, chanting "Bring us sugar!" Others tore down street signs and smashed streetlights with iron bars. In the suburb of Bordj El Bahri east of Algiers, rioters set fire to a post office. In nearby Dergana, youths set a town hall alight.

The violence led to blocked roads and kept schoolchildren and workers from getting home. Parents were heard talking to their children on cell phones, urging them to seek safety.

Algeria is still recovering from an insurgency that ravaged the country throughout the 1990s after the army canceled 1992 elections that fundamentalists were expected to win. Bab el-Oued is a former stronghold of that group, the now-banned Islamic Salvation Front, or FIS.

"They are right, these young people. They have no job, no housing, no visa (for other countries) and now not even bread or milk," said Amara Ourab, a resident of the neighborhood in her 50s.

Neighboring Tunisia has also seen violent protests in recent weeks over unemployment, leading to three deaths.

We can't wait for the Banzai Institute to do an artist's impression of the hand sketches taking place at the Hague's 2013 proceedings for crimes against humanity which will prominently feature just one notable Ivy league educated defendant

h/t Sean

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bob_dabolina's picture

That one (clearly upset) old woman is scaring the shit out of those 12 cops surrounding her.

SheepDog-One's picture

Unlike in Europe or America, if the cops beat down an old woman in the streets in Algeria, they know thats their ass.

flaunt's picture

Not a beatdown, a tazering!

Dont Taze Me Bro's picture

Yep! I also think that the most aggressive cops are on the West Coast. A lot of people have this image of the West Coast as a highly liberal/laid back place, where people just chill and relax. But they'll have a rude awaking coming once they get pulled over by CHP or any other major police force on the west coast. Most of our cops here are assholes for some reason. I only learned this when I started traveling around the country and noticed how much calmer and nicer cops in other states are.


jomama's picture

this is true, i got my first ticket in ten years in Dec. going down 101.  i got caught in a speed trap with two other cars riding my ass... all three of us got pulled over.  the CHP's sidekick had his hand on the tazer the whole time even though i had my hands on the wheel the whole time except to give my info.  i didn't get tazed, but i got hit with a $600 ticket, not including traffic school charge...

4xaddict's picture

yeah your cops are some steroid pig self proclaimed hard asses at times. My first time in Atlanta and the boys in blue at the airport would have looked more at home at a Mr Universe comp.

I think the old woman has just found her son and is congratulating him on what a great job he's doing!

DaveyJones's picture

tickets are the new taxes. Our presiding judge for the largest county in the state just issued a statement (probably violating the separations clause) that she is pissed that too many tickets are being dismissed. Never seen that before. For the first time in twenty years, this county is staffing all contested ticket hearings with a prosecutor to make sure the county makes more revenue. Across this country, bankrupt counties are installing camera tickets which according to most state statutes do not allow the citizen to formally challenge the technological validity of the video process or system which violates evidence rule 901. There was recent federal appeal out of chicago and the US district upheld the system. In addition, in our state, these camera tickets (usually speeding, red light, or school zone) do NOT have any effect on your drivers license unlike any other kind of moving violation. The first thing a driver is told by our court system when they inquire on contesting the ticket is "don't worry, it will not go on your driving record, just pay the fine, however, if you do not pay the fine, it can have an effect on your license."   

velobabe's picture

another good reason to walk or ride a bike. close proximity to stores of needed supplies. i was taking a walk over to my 24hr store and went around a few extra blocks to enjoy the quiet time of 4AM. i thought what if i look suspicious, cause i look suspicious, i knew i had my grocery list and would show it to the officer in my defense. i am always going to have a grocery list in my pocket at all time. talked to my 'hood gang, mostly homeless and one of the guys pulled out a xerox copy of his driver's license in his pocket along with a few bucks. he says he has to show it all the time. he was white, but hippified tye dyed.

Dont Taze Me Bro's picture

Random stops are now common on Friday and Saturday nights in San Mateo County. At first, they were only pulling over young people and minorities, but now they pull over anyone after 10 pm. They usually ask where you going, what you are doing out, have you been drinking, etc, and then let you go after checking your license/registration. And these are low crime areas too, so no excuse for random stops.  Its right out of the movie 1984.

KnightsofNee's picture

He wanted to communicate with a different age, whether of the past or the future where men were individual or free. He wanted to carry on in some small measure, the human heritage. As a beginning of this communication, he writes in his diary addressing that unknown age “from the age of doublethink, from the age of solitude, of Big brother, of uniformity – Greetings.”

andybev01's picture

My zipcode overlaps the top of the hill in Woodside, and Portola Valley.

So far I've been allowed to pass...

Oh regional Indian's picture

My old home! I had a flash of nostalgia, ripping on Skyline Drive.... mmmmmhhhh....them dot.con days were something else.

And food riots, they were such a faraway, like a decade at least away thing, eh?


hbjork1's picture

Oh regional Indian,

At 75 years of living experience, I personally believe that our lives are determined by personal mindset.  We start with uneducated or inexperienced minds making choices on what we believe we see. 

 If we seek a paradise, then we must share that with other creatures (or humans) that seek that as well.  Any environment will only support so much.  And any lifestyle must be supported by our own mind and energy within the environment we choose.  There are accidents but they result either from our willingness to take a risk or our personal fantasies about the lack of risk. 

My observation is that people generally treat each other better in colder climates because the cold is a discomfort that touches everyone.  The individual needs the help, support and goodwill of his fellow man to survive comfortably.  Where the climate is warm, if food is plentiful, less shelter is required to sustain life.  (That, fundamentally, the primary concern for all.)  After that, of course, we have Maslow's hierarchy of needs.  

Any environment has a great mixture of human mindsets and talents, The California environment has been very liberal, with a populace able to do what they please as long as it works.  Politicians are, of course, elected to be the "deciders" by the populace. 

My personal experience, in earlier times was that the south and warmer climate zones were more likely to have "speed traps" than the cool climate zones.  Police in the small towns along the highway were not well paid and the innocent traveler could encounter some bizarre speeding charges. 

Five decades ago, historians Will and Ariel Durant were consicered a read for the history of civilization.  One of their "Lessons of History" was, in effect, that societies tend to swing back and borth between conservative  liberal.  

We choose based upon what we see ahead.     

Sausagemaker's picture

Recent experience passing through a small town in rural Louisiana:

Travelling down I-10 with cruise set ~72MPH. I see distant cop in the rearview with lights on. He catches up with me and pulls me over. Asks me if I know how fast I was going. I tell him 71-72ish. Cop says he clocked me at 86. I tell him this is impossible. I show him the trip log on my GPS that says it has been on for 4 1/2 hours and that my top speed in that time is 77. He says "I got you going 86. You are welcome to tell it to the judge. After he leaves, I place the ticket beside my GPS and take a picture with my camera phone. Then I e-mail it to myself. Now I have a picture clearly showing the ticket and the GPS trip log with a time/date stamp. 

Next week I call and listen to the automated message that describes the fines. Coincidentally, it turns out that anything over 86 is considered "Wreckless Driving" and tacks on an additional $500.

45 days later I take off of work and drive an hour to my 8 AM court date. Wait 1 1/2 hour to be called. I show the DA my picture and bring the GPS unit for him to inspect. He offers to reduce the speed to 77 MPH. I point out to him that 77 was the max speed in 4 1/2 hours and that once I prove that the officer was "mistaken" he has no evidence that I was speeding in his jurisdiction. I suggest that that the ticket should be thrown out. He tells me that I certainly have a compelling case and that he will be happy to schedule me for a court date in 2 months so that I can present my case to the judge. I tell him that I have taken off of work and driven an hour to present him with my evidence and that it is within his power to throw out the ticket. He told me that the best he could do was reduce the ticket to a non moving violation of "illegal equipment" of $140, or I could come back in 2 months to fight the ticket and pay $170 in court costs for the privilege to do so.

In the end I paid $140 for illegal equipment on my 2009 Toyota. I contacted the State Attorney General's office to file a complaint, but they were uninterested. 


Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

What was the illegal equipment?

Sausagemaker's picture

Apparently a 100% stock 2009 Toyota is illegal equipment on this stretch of I-10.

Agent P's picture

I'm guessing that anything you have in your possession that disproves a $500 ticket is considered illegal equipment.

Dave Thomas's picture

Hey Sausagemaker? This wasn't Sulphur Lousiana was it?

I remember going to Lake Charles all the time back in the day and the shitty little township of Sulphur just east of Lake Charles had about 3 different undercover cop cars. One was a Red Camaro, a Blue Pickup, and a black Crown Vic, in addition to their tiny gaggle of local cop cars. I was stopped by them once on my way to Lake Charles on business. That shitty town probably raked in about 500,000+ bucks a year with all the traffic they stopped.

I'm sure in 2010 they've upped the average ticket from 150~200 to like you said 500~600 bucks. Those cops are just like the shit don't stink fuckers in the movies too.

tmosley's picture

Perhaps you should contact an attorney rather than trying to get the state to prosecute itself?

Also, never drive that way again.  Send the mayor's office a letter telling them that you are boycotting their town because of the criminality of their police force.  Mention that you used to stop in and buy lunch there, and visit any attractions they had, but will refrain from doing so, and will ask your friends and family to join you in the boycott.

They don't like that.

Sausagemaker's picture

Unfortunately there is really no good way to go around this town to get from point A to point B. I have kept all of my documentation. I always reset my GPS before travelling that way. If it happens again in the next 10 years I am going to the US District Attorney in person.


LFMayor's picture

Yeah... but that mayor doesn't know that, does he ;0

hbjork1's picture


I think you got that wrong.

Sleezy crooked fuckers.

If there is a way to advertise names and dates on the internet, it would be a caution for the participants.

It has been a Southern tradition for decades.


TuesdayBen's picture

"tickets are the new taxes".... I couldn't agree more.

I got a $100+ tax bill night before last.  Cop asked me if I knew why he'd pulled me over.  I said "because you have a quota to fill?".  He wrote me up for blowing a fictional red light.  I've never blown a red light in my life.  Cunt might as well go to work for the IRS and trade the car-office for a cube, the uniform for a cheap suit, the weapon for a tape-recorder, and the badge for the right to work for Timmy TaxCheat.

pslater's picture


Here's a recent letter I wrote to a CHP officer after receiving mt first ticket in 30 years:

I had the misfortune of receiving an excessive speed citation from you on September 2, 2010 while riding my motorcycle southbound on highway 49 between North San Juan and Nevada City.  We saw each other again in the Nevada County courthouse on Wednesday December 8, 2010 when I entered my ‘not guilty’ plea to your citation.

Your defense was quite clinical and Judge Heidelberger agreed with you and found me guilty.  I maintain I did nothing wrong and broke no law.  I was no danger to anyone including myself, I was not driving erratically, nor was I in violation of the basic speed law – driving faster than safe for the conditions.  I was riding within what I believed was the speed limit on a flat road with no traffic at 2:00 in the afternoon of an 80 degree cloudless Thursday afternoon.  I have been riding motorcycles for 45 years and do not have a history of accidents or moving violations nor do I have any other record of brushes with the law.  In summary, I find your actions capricious.

Sure, you got your radar reading and conviction but your actions have destroyed much of the goodwill I have for law enforcement officers.  Two of my best friends are a retired CHP officer and a retired El Dorado County sheriff.  Somehow, I imagine that had it been one of them you pulled over rather than me, you would have had a nice chat and sent them on their way with a smile.  In fact, one of these friends was on duty with CHP Officer Scott Russell the night he was killed.  Over the last four years since Officer Russell’s death I have donated almost $1,000 to the charitable foundation that was established in his honor.  I am well aware of the risks you and your fellow officers take and admire you for that.

However, the consent of the citizens of this country to be governed puts a burden on those who govern to do so in a manner that maintains the respect of the governed.   Your stopping me and giving me a citation strikes me as little different from highway robbery.  You pulled me over because you could and basically extorted $203 from me, again because you could.  You did not make the roads any safer and the only lesson you taught me was that you pursue your job with little regard for how your actions affect the citizens that you were given the responsibility to govern.


velobabe's picture

story, brave on my man†

Red Neck Repugnicant's picture

If you ever get a ticket when an officer uses radar, you're fucked unless the officer doesn't show up in the courtroom.  That's highly unlikely though because they're paid time and a half to show up. 

If you're given a ticket by an officer "pacing" you in his/her vehicle without radar gun evidence, these tickets are relatively easy to win - if you were traveling on a street with multiple lanes.

Here's all you need to do:  Postpone the court hearing as far a possible, so the officer can't remember little details, like which lane he was in.  Get him to admit that it is possible that he might have been in the lane next to you.  Then - here's the coup de grace - get him to admit that the street is slightly curved.  Now you've won, because if he might have been in a different lane, and the street is slightly curved, he must travel at a different rate of speed to maintain a steady "pace" of your car.  Like athletes on a curved track, they all start at different locations because of the distance variable.  Rate X Time =  Distance, and you just created uncertainty in the Distance part of the equation.

Ticket dismissed!


tmosley's picture

Nice post.  I never speed, but if I ever get pulled over, I'll take that advise in the event of a ticket.

GreenSideUp's picture

I don't know about the postponement/continuance thing.  Was in traffic court a couple of weeks ago; the judge was extremely hard on those who asked for their case to be continued and told them that they'd better have a good reason. 

I know, it's just one court but just sayin'.

I think they're all "revenue-ing" for the most part.  How else are they going to self-perpetuate their jobs?

Ruffcut's picture

Did you get the option being tazed over paying a 600 buck ticket?

Both hurt, but  that's 125 hot and ready pizza's.

Dr. Sandi's picture

Only open the window enough to talk to the bastards. Crank it wide open and the K-9 can climb on in after you've been tasered.

grl's picture

Just another confirmation here. I live on the West Coast and the cops truly deserve the moniker of "pigs." I fear the cops in California far more than I do when I am in, say NY. Heck, I fear them more than just about anyone else in this state. I am sure their response will be quick and brutal should any starving people riot in the streets of California. 

andybev01's picture

I agree with that and with the poster above.


You don't fuck around with Californian police...ever.

knukles's picture

Nobody'll ever riot here in the Winter Home of the Great Satan now that Governor Moonbeam is back.  We're all chillin' out, smokin' Mr. Twisites, Peace, Love, Tranquility, Serenity.  Everybody's 12 stepin' it or soakin' at Esalen.  Evil people and big corporations movin' out-o'-state, renewable energy, recycling, everything for free, no more fat people, Birkenstocks, Whole Foods and HGTV custon yoga mats.

Saxxon's picture

Yes; a reluctant, humane tasering (TASR); and some day they will just spray happy mist and ask people to calm down.  I guess also Algeria doesn't have $.99 Happy Meals to offer the unwashed masses.

bob_dabolina's picture

If the woman is black Al Sharpton will have your ass.

Bastiat's picture

Yeah in the US we have plenty of punk cops who'd love to light her up with tazer and vibrate her across the pavement. (Not all cops, btw, or even most--  but we have plenty of punk cops and leadership that defends them)

ColonelCooper's picture

Let me play with a tazer for five minutes, I'd light my own grandmother up and vibrate her across the pavement. 

Rodent Freikorps's picture

The screams are the best part. Make a video for the family to watch at the next reunion. Mine was a hit.

Sudden Debt's picture

My grandmother died years ago...

I can only practice on my dog and my kids...


MachoMan's picture

I thought we were sick puppies in arkansas, but you guys wanting to vibrate your grandmothers are crazy!

e_goldstein's picture

nah, it's that lovely electric burnt meaty smell that's the best part.

Amish Rake Fighter's picture

I like old people, I just find their meat a little ropey if they're free range.

Joe Davola's picture

They're all trying to figure out if she's anywhere in their mahram chart:

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Try page 2. She's always found in the last place you look.

Turd Ferguson's picture

Great minds think alike, I guess. Just wrote about this earlier today:

Prices of basic foodstuffs are headed significantly higher because they are all dollar-denominated. This is going to get much, much worse.

DocLogo's picture

question: how much of these price increases are caused by speculation vs the natural effects of a falling dollar?

AnAnonymous's picture

Hard to tell, the two are connected.

Speculation has never disappeared. Only one thing is known to curb speculation: abundance or mass production.

As mass production is kicking the bucket, and as the US were expected to run that kind of monetary policy  to get the most out of the situation, good luck into decoupling the two.

Ruffcut's picture

The farmers have already sold their crops, to pay bills. THe goldamites are jacking up prices to dick the food producers, then lower them during harvest again. Rinse and repeat, as they as are so bonus driven.