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US Foodstamp Usage Rises To New Record High

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While the 0.4% perfectly unmanipulated and totally coincidental swing in the unemployment rate in an Obama favorable direction one month before the election came at a prime time moment for the market, one hour ahead of the open, setting the market mood for the rest of the day (which despite all best efforts still closed red, valiant efforts by Simon Potter and the FRBNY's direct pipe to Citadel notwithstanding), there was one other, far more important data point released by the government's department of agriculture, sufficiently late after the market close to impact no risk assets. That data point of course was foodstamps (or the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka SNAP), and we are confident that no readers will be surprised to learn that foodstamp usage for both persons and households, has jumped to a new all time record.

At 46,681,833 persons hooked on SNAP, the July number crossed the previous record posted a short month before, as the foodstamp curve continues 'plumbing' newer and greater heights each month.

More disturbing is that in the same month, the number of US households reliant on foodstamps rose by a whopping 99,493 to 22,541,744. Assuming a modest 2 persons per household, the increase means that more people went on Foodstamps in the month of July than found jobs (181,000 according to the latest revised NFP data). Furthermore, it appears that buying votes has become a tad more expensive in the past month. After the benefit per household dipped to a record low in April at just $275.81, this has since retraced some of its losses and is now at an inflationary $277.92. Oh well: inflation.

Adding the number of disability recipients in the month of July, which in that month rose by 20,474, and one can see why the government is quite happy with dumping this particular release long after everyone was on their way back home for the weekend.

Finally, and putting it all into perspective, since December 2007, or the start of the Great Depression ver 2.0, the number of jobs lost is 4.5 million, while those added to foodstamps and disability rolls, has increased by a unprecedented 21 million. Oh and about $7 or $8 trillion in debt. Who's counting really.

And this is the real and only key economic statistic of today that nobody wants to talk about, because it is equally the fault of both parties.

Total foodstamp recipient persons:

Total foodstamp recipient households and benefits per household.

Putting it all into perspective: Jobs versus Foodstamps/Disability:


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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:29 | 2861317 becky quick and...
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everybody in cleveland got obama phone! keep obama in president, you know!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:35 | 2861338 ACP
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You know!

The Taiwanese view:


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:43 | 2861362 NotApplicable
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Though no fan of Mittens, that was hilarious. Especially when he went after Lehrer.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:54 | 2861396 Cursive
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Very provactive of Mittens to start a thought experiment that at least half of Jim Lehrer's paycheck is signed by the ChiComms.  Too bad Mittens then pussied out and said "I'm sorry" and "I like you."  If you're gonna be a badass, be a badass and don't diminish manly statements with the I'm sorry bullshit.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:59 | 2861422 NotApplicable
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Too many female voters to play the bad-ass card.

Metrosexuals, FTW.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:23 | 2861471 TuesdayBen
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Forward! To a New Way. A New Order. A New Society. A Bold New World. The past is done, failed. Onward. No Going Back. Stick with Obama, and you'll not go hungry. Your comrade will not get ahead, and you will thus not be left behind. There will be nothing to fear, no anxiety. You, all, will be taken care of.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:24 | 2861492 The Shootist
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I love that slogan -Vorwarts meine Volk! Achtung Konservatives!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:41 | 2861918 krispkritter
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Not sure Ann Barnhardt is feeling 'it' for Obama...daaaaaaaammmn.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:49 | 2862041 markmotive
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It's all good. Millions of engineers, computer programmers, business grads, historians, etc. have chosen to flip burgers to keep the American machine going.

No foodstamps for them. Oh wait, probably foodstamps for them too.

Look on the bright least you don't live in Russia.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:19 | 2862096 Dalago
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But...but guys... unemployment went down to 7.8%!    What gives?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:07 | 2862154 economics9698
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Females like it hard, they voted Hitler into office.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:31 | 2862182 Harbanger
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I never thought of that....That's pretty fcked up.   A quick search says you may be right.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 01:55 | 2862264 Oh regional Indian
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Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly.

So that, in the full-ness of things and definitely NOT your belly, I may ground you.

Apace, here in Industan, the race is on to get every one "voluntarily" bio-metric id-d so that THEY can also be strung into the food-line, where shit that can and will make them sick is served to them as a favour.

Global Gulag Goulash...



Sat, 10/06/2012 - 05:40 | 2862366 The Alarmist
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Nah, this is a nothing statistic ... everyone knows that the people on food stamps need food stamps and will die without food stamps, so only cold-hearted types like Romney would suggest that more people on food stamps is a problem.

As for the Obamaphone, I would be surprised if it didn't turn out to be a very effective "get out the vote" tool on election day.

TEXT:  "It's election day.  If you don't vote at 123 Main Street, Anytown USA, your phone and data services will be terminated.  Have a nice day."

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 08:27 | 2862465 nmewn
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Fixed it for ya ;-)

TEXT: "It's November 7, election day. If you don't vote at 123 Main Street, Anytown USA, your phone and data services will be terminated. Have a nice day."

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 08:58 | 2862483 GetZeeGold
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Party like it's Nov 6th.


Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:22 | 2862924 economicminor
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take away the food stamps and end up with riots like the middle east which started over aceess to food...


This is just an indicator of how America isn't working for the majority. The rich are doing better than ever yet the masses are left with circuses and food give aways...


And Nero fiddles as Rome burns.



Sun, 10/07/2012 - 05:29 | 2864148 The Alarmist
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Actually its an unwitting conspiracy of the poor and a knowing conspiracy of the ver rich against the middle and moderately rich.

You know, this whole experiment with increasing liberty and property rights kicked off with the black plague of the middle ages, and is only roughly 900 years old, so actually it is an anomoly in a longer history of tyranny, oppression, serfdom and slavery for the masses.  We should stop resisting it and go back to our plows and be grateful for what our overlords allow us to keep.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:22 | 2862925 economicminor
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take away the food stamps and end up with riots like the middle east which started over aceess to food...


This is just an indicator of how America isn't working for the majority. The rich are doing better than ever yet the masses are left with circuses and food give aways...


And Nero fiddles as Rome burns.



Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:05 | 2862073 TuesdayBen
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:45 | 2862034 wee-weed up
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Yep, food stamps & SSDI are the best vote buyers ever!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:24 | 2861497 Cursive
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Well played.  Never put the word association together, but Mittens is the Metrosexual candidate.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:10 | 2861673 SILVERGEDDON

Mittens will play the food stamp game just as well, if not better. Power and control. Throw the plebes some bread and circuses while you and your buddies loot the treasury, debase the currency, sell off the entire fucking country, and create a war to cover it all up with. Worked for the Romans. For a while. Mittens and Obammie - the two tone minstrel song and dance act, pleasing TPTB for the forseeable future. Next step, free Fema camps, with big ovens, and lots of soap and green crackers ! Coming soon to a neighborhood near you ! The only people that are getting fucked right up the ass with the toe of a boot are " The American People ". After they vote first, of course.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:50 | 2861933 cynicalskeptic
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Romeny will just be a bit more blatant in feeding his friends at the trough... Pentagon will get billions thrown at it- whether needed or not (after all it goes to the CONTRACTORS, not the troops).  I'll be surprised if he's elected because he'll galvanize the masses - you'll have real rioting in the streets insteead of lame OWS demonstrations.  

BOTH parties play the same game - but Obama has just been a bit better at keeping the masses diverted and pacified... all that 'Hope and Change' - keep your eyes over here while they're looting over there...   all the 'socialist' BS is to make the masses feel like Obama is on 'their' side even though trillions have gone to he banks and Wall Street - same people in charge of financial affairs,serving the banks, same people running the wars..... NOBODY prosecuted for financial or war crimes   THAT won't happen under either party but both parties will; make sure there's no viable third choice or any fundamental change to the current $$$ buys influence system.

Trillions will go to the big boys until the Treasury is empty (or rather until the pyramid scheme falls apart) while bread and circuses will continue to keep the masses from rioting. Expect another war to keep atttention focused elsewhere, away from the economic implosion.  We're looking at a rerun of Rome's decline - alternating buffoons and aspiring tyrants in charge with horses in the Senate, while the edges of the Empire crumble - the barbarians aren't so afraid anymore and feel like Rome is more a parasite than civilizer.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:20 | 2861991 HappyCamper
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foodstamp usage for both persons and households, has jumped to a new all time record.

But, but, but....

This is "moving forward", isn't it?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:01 | 2862485 GetZeeGold
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Which way is forward again?


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:16 | 2861686 Rogue Trooper
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Watching the debate... I sensed a longing and degree of sexual tension between both candidates.  The eye contact and body language said it all at the beginning and end of the debate - after the hard stuff was all outta the way.... could be wrong, just sayin'.

A question are Mormons allowed to be 'bat for either team?'

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:34 | 2862187 Buckaroo Banzai
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I don't know about Romney, but in Chicago, Obama is a well-known homosexual.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:47 | 2862439 BidnessMan
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Being married to Michelle might do that

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:04 | 2862486 GetZeeGold
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Being married to Michelle means your gonna have to shell out a lot of hard cash on accessories.


She's gotta look good while she's pretending to work in the soup kitchen.



Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:18 | 2862581 Gully Foyle
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Rogue Trooper

Dude check out Big Love.

Bill had THREE wives and wanted a FOURTH.

Of course his family believed in the principle and Bill was low in the wife count.

Any way I am of the opinion that Big Love was designed to pave the way and humanize Romney or at least Mormons.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:23 | 2862594 GetZeeGold
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We took care of the Catholics with one round.....we haven't heard a damn thing from the Mormons since.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:22 | 2861680 Gully Foyle
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Mitt Romney Adopts New ‘Ronnie Ferocious’ Persona For Debates

DENVER—Saying that he wasn’t going to take any shit tonight and that the debate podiums “looked just as fucking lame as all the dressed-up suits in this godforsaken hellhole of a room,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared tonight at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena as Ronnie Ferocious, the aggressive, no-rules punk-rock persona he has reportedly adopted for his three debates against President Barack Obama.

Wearing a sleeveless cutoff suit jacket, tight leather pants, and a blue tie knotted around his head of spiky, red-white-and-blue-streaked hair, Romney swaggered on stage, took his position beside Obama, and ordered debate moderator Jim Lehrer to “fucking do this already.”

“You know what? I’ll ask the first question,” the former Massachusetts governor said before putting out his cigarette on his forearm and flicking the butt at Lehrer. “What kind of little shit show do we have here this evening, folks? That’s my question. Because from where I’m standing, seems like a big ol’ shit show. And Lehrer, shut your fat mouth when Ronnie Ferocious is talking, or I’ll pound your goddamn face in.”

“As for you, Mr. President, you can wipe that smug grin off your face or I can do it for you,” he added before sticking out his diamond-pierced tongue and wagging it at everyone in the auditorium. “I don’t need any of that ‘Forward’ shit from you tonight.”

After he signaled sound technicians to cut the Dead Kennedys' track blasting from the speakers and kissed his large bald eagle tattoo, Romney proceeded to offer his opening remarks on domestic policy, a low 45-second moan that turned into a high-pitched howl, which political analysts speculate may have been about health care, discretionary spending and entitlements, gay marriage, the Dream Act, or some kind of food or taxes.


( Oh for fucks sake who downvotes the Onion?)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:18 | 2862092 SAT 800
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False. A female will take a badd ass every day over a wimpl females are programmed to pick men who will stick and stay and make it pay; and feed those children. Look up your psychology.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 02:12 | 2862276 Harbanger
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I'm not so sure dude.  Maybe when times were harder.  My observation of chicks, especially the 20-30 yr olds is that they go out with guys that are almost physically smaller than them.  And not even that handsome.  They almost pick guys they can boss around.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:20 | 2862589 Gully Foyle
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Dude, have you seen what those young women have to choose from?

Not a lot of "manly men" in the younger crowd.

Not a lot of strong Heterosexuality in there either.

The kind of men who used to be humorous stereotypes until 2000 are now the norm.

Fuck we are doomed.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:49 | 2861381 DCFusor
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Yeah, plus 1 hilarious.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:03 | 2861430 max2205
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UI+snap= IPhone

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:59 | 2861412 Ham-bone
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Fucking awesome...hilarious.  Thank god for the Taiwanese pulling me back from the dumps.  I'm officially ready for "mancamp" camping this weekend where we get to Eastern Oregon for some good shooting, drinking, scratching, farting, and bullshitting.  Sort of like practicing for the Kevin Costners "The Postman"...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:59 | 2861633 drink or die
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We do it on Mt Hood in December.  It's not manly enough unless you are miserable the whole time and there is a possibility of death.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:08 | 2861447 slaughterer
Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:10 | 2862490 GetZeeGold
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I'm conservative.....I hate those damn Republicans.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:59 | 2861634 Rogue Trooper
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Epic ACP... LOL

I suggest Mitts counter the 'Obamaphone' with a 'free' Hewlett Packard (80's) HP12-C.

The 'Romneycalculator' would appeal to his sheeple base.  However, with all the new math around I doubt RPN would be a winner.... still worth a shot!

Target the 53%! Only a taxpayer can apply ... subsidised by the taxpayer, but errr free (?).

Obama/Romney 2013 Ticket....

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:56 | 2861950 cynicalskeptic
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The masses can barely do basic math - can't figure out change if the register doesn't tell them what it should be.  

Even HP started making conventional calculators  because RPN confused so many people (though it's simpler system)  -  Reverse Polish Notation ?!?!?  what's that - some kind of freaky sexual position    

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:19 | 2861676 blunderdog
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Koreans understand teevee SOOO much better than Americans.

(Check it out: the surfer chick at the end is a goofyfoot.)

EDIT: Nevermind, no she's not.  Still, props to Psy for inventing a good dance for the Romneybot.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 06:30 | 2862388 BattlegroundEur...
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Its Taiwanese ;)

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:25 | 2862928 blunderdog
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So even the Taiwanese love Gangnam Style!  How cool is that?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:40 | 2861350 Ineverslice
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 + 46,700,000 !

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:43 | 2861363 ACP
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No that's next month, right before the election.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:24 | 2861999 dark pools of soros
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does it really matter??  the cost is ~ $6 billion a month for these..  say we just give the avg $133 to ALL Americans??  then it jumps to only $41 billion a month

isn't Ben printing that each month anyway??



Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:41 | 2861357 slaughterer
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:19 | 2861478 FutureShock
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your still hot but you looked a lot better 8 months ago....even six.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:29 | 2861511 Totentänzerlied
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Meet some of your Obamaphone recipients, Obama voters, and fellow Americans!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:33 | 2861897 NuckingFuts
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Your link is either from the Onion..... Or.... I need to drink a whole lot more to forget that is reality. Sad shit.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:40 | 2862193 Buckaroo Banzai
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That is fuckin hilarious.

Oh wait. Maybe not.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:43 | 2861570 jekyll island
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Keep an eye on disability, that does not run out and is very difficult to revoke.  Much more expensive than SNAP cards. 

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:59 | 2861631 azzhatter
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Romney? he suck

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:49 | 2862040 centerline
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anyone seen this?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:28 | 2862108 Unbezahlbar
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More importantly:

Foxconn's iPhone plant "paralyzed" as thousands strike: report

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:42 | 2862120 Yen Cross
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Becky is a Z/H er. And she loves it!  Rick Santelli "rubbed off on ya".   Maria B. and Michelle are in (TOW>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:40 | 2862127 Fantasy Planet
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Those not counted have stopped eating. 

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 02:45 | 2862292 Wile-E-Coyote
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It's almost as if the employment stats are manipulated.................  naaaaa that's rediculas.

There is an error that last graph it has been surely labelled the wrong way around. (cough)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:31 | 2861319 LMAOLORI
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AGAIN it's a new high every week or so. This is truly why we are on our way down those on the dole won't vote against their own benefits being cut.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:46 | 2861369 DCFusor
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Several good philosophers (though I have Robert Heinlein in mind at the moment) have pointed out that once the population finds out they can vote themselves bread and circuses on "other people's money" it's pretty much over for your society/empire.  Plenty of examples through history.  The only solution will never happen - refuse to allow those on the dole to vote.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:03 | 2861431 NotApplicable
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I was trying to remember if Voltaire had any quotes along that line, and found this gem.

I hate women because they always know where things are.


"Honey, have you seen..."

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:01 | 2861557 akak
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Except for other drivers on the road around them, or the person futilely attempting to get around them in (the middle of) the grocery aisle.


Really, don't women have any peripheral vision at all?  Or is it just self-absorption?  What is up with this?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:30 | 2861734 object_orient
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They are concentrating on holding in their farts.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 12:20 | 2862831 WillyGroper
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OO---You may well have something there.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:33 | 2862185 Yen Cross
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Well done AKAK!

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:45 | 2862202 Buckaroo Banzai
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Q: How do you cut off a woman's peripheral vision?

A: Put her behind a windshield.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:24 | 2861715 blunderdog
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That all may be true, but are you REALLY saying you think the voters are in control of the legislative process?

Datapoint 1: weed's still illegal.

Datapoint 2: Israel and foreign policy.

Datapoint 3: the tax code.

Datapoint 4: illegal immigration policy.

I think the suggestion that the VOTERS are the problem is total bullshit.  The problem is institutional, and the only progress is going to come from a dramatic change to the system.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:04 | 2862069 centerline
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Proof positive for those of us who work in the private sector.  Unfortunately, too many don't work, can't work, work for .gov, have something promised by .gov, etc.

A new world awaits now.  Private sector is targeted for elimination.  Writing is on the wall.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:27 | 2862006 jerry_theking_lawler
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thats why originally only white male property owners were allowed to vote...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:06 | 2862072 centerline
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As if anything has changed?  We just have the illusion of voting now.  Same as it ever was in the grand scheme of things.  We are just property.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 23:28 | 2862268 Radical Marijuana
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The ironies are these: We the People collectively have the sovereign power, to tax, and to punish those who do not pay. That power is what makes money BE money. The effective privatization of that power, given away to privately owned banks, is the PRIMARY social fact! Therefore, the USA is theoretically a democratic republic, but is actually a fascist PLUTOCRACY.

The theoretical We the People powers are ACTUALLY controlled by a tiny minority, whose use of those powers depends upon fooling enough of the people, enough of the time, so that their puppet politicians can ACTUALLY run the PLUTOCRACY, behind the fake, and deteriorating, democratic republic bullshit. Superficial analysis of "democracy" that fails to understand that the social reality is ACTUALLY PLUTOCRACY, are over-simplistic and misleading!

What we should do, theoretically speaking, is make the democratic republic work, by the people taking back control over their money system. However, since the overwhelming vast majority of them have been brainwashed to believe in bullshit for their whole lives, that seems practically impossible to do. But nevertheless, the abstract theory should be this:

The basis of the entire economy is the power to rob. There is no private property outside of some system of public violence. Money does not mean much unless it is backed by murder. In theory, We the People are supposed to direct the use of that power (not give it away to tiny elites, operating through corporations). The whole of the economic process should be regulating and civilizing the systems of social robbery, in an attempt to bring those into a better dynamic equilibrium. This is especially imperative given the runaway progress of science and technology. The majority of Americans will NEVER be able to again compete with third world peasants, or machines, for jobs. Especially those computer controlled machines are going to eat all the jobs!

My point is that this food stamp situation is NEVER going to get any better. The vast majority of Americans will NEVER be able to compete with third world peasants, and, more and more, there will be no human beings whatsoever that will be able to compete with the advancing computer controlled machines. In point of fact, human beings will become "pets," whether they like it or not, and only through the more effective use of the people's soevereign power could they humanize that.

The problem today is that the global elites are controlling the American economy, for the benefit of those elites. They are deliberately destroying the democratic republic, that WAS the old USA, and are replacing it with science fiction nightmare scenarios. The fundamentals of those science fiction nightmares can NOT be stopped. We MIGHT be able to understand that, and go with it, to push it past where it otherwise would have stopped, to transform it into something more bearable?

Food stamp dependency is due to the fundamental fact that the entire economic system is predicated upon the power to rob. That power has been privatized. It should be returned to We the People, but, in order for them to do that, they would have to take back responsibility for the real death controls, and do what is necessary in better ways. Of course, I am not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

Rather, the runaway insanity of privatized money/murder systems, controlled by an elite, is ultimately a self-destructive insanity. The most wealthy are inside the most protected environments, and therefore, still able to believe in the oldest religions, etc.. They will tend to be the last to feel the impact of their decisions, although they still ultimately will ... However, in the mean time, the privatization of the power to rob, working through the money system enabling the privatization of fiat money, legalized counterfeiting, or endless runaway frauds, benefiting the few insiders, while systematically screwing everyone else worse and worse, is working through its INSANITIES, which are primarily debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits, which will run an ACTUAL death control system, that becomes genocidal wars abroad, with democidal martial law at home.

The ONLY genuine alternative solutions are to do the necessary death controls better, in order to sustain better debt controls. Like I said, (and as has been said by many others) human beings are going to be superseded by their technology. WE ARE GOING TO BECOME PETS.

At the present time, those who own the machines gain all the benefit from those technologies, while those who do not own the machines are being left behind in the dust. Those left behind in the dust in America can no longer compete with those left behind in the dust in less developed countries. Eventually, nobody who is human is going to be able to compete with the computer controlled machines. Right now, the POWER of the OWNERS is the only thing that allows them to control the machines for their benefit. That POWER is theoretically the power of We the People. However, that power has practically all been already given away. The powers of government have already be almost 99% privatized, as seen by the degree of privatization of the control over the money supplies, in the form of fiat money, generated by private banks, and the privately owned Federal Reserve Board.

All of that success at privatization is due to the history of the triumphs of the methods of organized crime, actually being able to take control of the political processes, and therefore, generate the laws which benefit the tiny elites at the center of that system of organized crime. My point is that privatized organized crime IS and WAS always the reality of all governments, which should be directed by We the People. That is the context in which we should smash through the popular notions about what "food stamps" are, and symbolically represent, which are ALL BACKWARDS.

Therefore, I believe that this comment by DCFusor was BACKWARDS. I think we need to break on THROUGH that looking glass, and stop seeing everything backwards, in that Bizarro Mirror World Fun House! Therefore, what we should do is reverse the idea of food stamps as being the exception for the few poor, to being the universal right of everyone, EXCEPT that there must be a new use of sovereignty to limit population, through a radically different death control. One sixth of the American population are already effectively "pets with rights," while about one half are already partially dependent upon receiving money from the government ... In that context, I point out that everything that we call "birth control" today is actually "death control," but, like everything else, inside of our Bizarro Mirror World culture, we always talk about that BACKWARDS. We need to think very differently about all these kinds of problems! Not go BACKWARDS, to think about them like any old-fashioned religions or ideologies ever did!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:52 | 2861385 spastic_colon
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think what the soup lines would look like if this were the first we call them iSoup lines

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:02 | 2861428 nmewn
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Phat bitches...bitchez.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:31 | 2861321 LongSoupLine
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What?!  That's fucking impossible...7.8% today!!...7.8% damn it!  How can this be??



unless...manipulation?  Nahhh, that's crazy talk.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:05 | 2861437 max2205
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The 47% just became the 51%...can't wait till next year. Weeee

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:45 | 2861578 CH1
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Anyone who mentions manipulation is a terrorist. No doubt.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:17 | 2861847 Acorn10012
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Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:48 | 2862203 Buckaroo Banzai
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I believe that's correctly spelled "raycess".

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:50 | 2861780 Go Tribe
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Growing up, we used to talk about helping the needy. Now everyone needs everything. There will be no end to it.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:31 | 2861322 Waterfallsparkles
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Well, they are all voters.  More of them than us.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:42 | 2861358 LMAOLORI
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Even the dead one's and the one's in the country illegally (sarc)

You don't think there could have been an ulterior motive for Amnesty by Executive Order do you?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:09 | 2861451 nmewn
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Let me stir this pot again...I ask again, why is it that a ward of the state cancels out a taxpayers vote?

Lets leave aside Bernankes printing press in exchange for deficit spending & debt issuance for this exercise.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:26 | 2861503 Zap Powerz
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Because there is no fucking way a majority of tax payers would allow the statists to spend our money the way they do.  So, they need to get some parasites on board to overwhelm the tax payer vote.

I hope that clears things up.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:34 | 2861529 nmewn
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Yep...and don't forget the boogeywomen with bombs under their burqas on every street corner, we need protection from them!!!...halp us dot gov...halp us!!!...never let a good crisis go to waste...thats why we get to pay for the loving embrace and groping of the DHS ;-)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:53 | 2861789 Overfed
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Ya got junked? Apparently we have some police state bootlicks here.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:10 | 2862410 nmewn
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I like to believe those three are products of MSM combining with the state to brainwash them into thinking they can be protected at all times. They cannot be protected 24/7/365 nor do we want the loss of liberty that comes with the attempt.

I object to DHS treating me as a common criminal suspect to be searched, spied on, groped and fondeled at will...just as I object to the local gendarmes pulling me over for not wearing a seatbelt and extracting my time/money/labor for "my own safety".

The iron fist in the velvet glove is still an iron fist.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:52 | 2861331 JuliaS
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Solve poverty, hunger, unemployment, homelessness and overpopulation all in one go - legalize cannibalism! Actually no... that's too small-minded!

Can we ferment people into ethanol like corn? I want my MPG to be "Motherfuckers Per Gallon"!

Screw octane grade system! I want my gas to have an ethnic content rating!

Fill her up, goddamnit! I have places to go and crap to consume!

This election vote [soylent] green!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:59 | 2861420 ShrNfr
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No ethanol, but I suspect you can make low grade bio-diesel out of them. However, if you Ben Berniebux as a feedstock, the MPG gets smaller all the time due to value combustion.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:05 | 2861436 NotApplicable
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I wonder which types are the oiliest?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:15 | 2861843 Cheesy Bastard
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So if corn oil is made from corn, then what is baby oil made from? It is merely a modest proposal.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:59 | 2861421 ShrNfr
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No ethanol, but I suspect you can make low grade bio-diesel out of them. However, if you Ben Berniebux as a feedstock, the MPG gets smaller all the time due to value combustion.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:09 | 2861449 GFKjunior
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Lets legalize cannabis while we're at it.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:16 | 2861463 Dr. Engali
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Cannibals smoking cannabis... I hope I'm not around when they get the munchies.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:26 | 2861502 nmewn
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lol...I'm for de-criminalizing it. If you legalize it they'll just tax the shit out of it like everything else.

De-criminalize, don't legalize.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:30 | 2861512 Dr. Engali
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Ideally that would be the route, but you know how a money starved government works.... If it moves tax it....

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:17 | 2861690 Totentänzerlied
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Tax it, and require permits and licenses and inspections and certificates for grow operations to operate "legally", creating artificial scarcity and state-backed cartels (a la Big Tobacco) leading to less choice and higher prices. How else would they make up the revenue shortfall that would ensue if the War on Drugs was scaled back or ended?

Hmm I think I've seen this before somewhere...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:41 | 2861759 nmewn
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Precisely...all the "lefty" potheads out there (I used to be one, not lefty but old school pothead) should understand that "legalization" is not the nirvana you think it would be.

Legalization just means regulation in a different form...instead of paying with your time in jail or attorney fees & fines you will still pay for regulation as the end consumer through the has always been thus.

And I can assure you, the pot will not be any better, just increasingly expensive over time.

The side benefit of either is, murder & mayhem is taken out of the equation...until they say you can't grow it in your own backyard because of the taxes lost to government...then the appeals to "stoner patriotism"...then rinse & repeat fines, penalties, jail & bloodshed ;-)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:31 | 2861516 JuliaS
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Meat Romney! Mmm!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:36 | 2861537 akak
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$oylent Green?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:01 | 2861637 Yen Cross
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:11 | 2861455 Dr. Engali
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Rendering fat people can make for great source of energy. Welcome to the matrix.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:26 | 2861507 JuliaS
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If NASA rockets ran on public sector fat, we would've colonized Mars by now.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:29 | 2861509 ghengis86
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And soap

And glycerin


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:10 | 2861674 Gully Foyle
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Mellified man, or human mummy confection, was a legendary medicinal substance created by steeping a human cadaver in honey. The concoction is mentioned only in Chinese sources, most significantly the Bencao Gangmu of the 16th-century Chinese pharmacologist Li Shizhen. Relying on a second-hand account, Li reports a story that some elderly men in Arabia, nearing the end of their lives, would submit themselves to a process of mummification in honey to create a healing confection.[1] This process differed from a simple body donation because of the aspect of self-sacrifice; the mellification process would ideally start before death. The donor would stop eating any food other than honey, going as far as to bathe in the substance. Shortly, his feces (and even his sweat, according to legend) would consist of honey. When this diet finally proved fatal, the donor's body would be placed in a stone coffin filled with honey. After a century or so, the contents would have turned into a sort of confection reputedly capable of healing broken limbs and other ailments. This confection would then be carefully sold in street markets as a hard to find item with a hefty price.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:48 | 2861741 JuliaS
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"... elderly men in Arabia" you say?! Now wonder there's so much oil in the Middle East!

And all this time I thought I was joking!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:56 | 2862055 centerline
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Too much time on your hands GF?


Good find.  Seriously wierd stuff.  Reminds me that truth is stranger than fiction.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:09 | 2862079 Bernankenstein
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Very much like the Fed monetary policy. If we feed the central bankers enough money, they will bathe in it, eat it, and eventually turn into perpetual self-sustaining money-shitting organisms, from which money can be harvested at will. The ultimate goal is a monetary ecosystem that grows and feeds on itself. When the organisms die, they can be pureed, rolled into little balls, dipped in powdered sugar, and be carefully sold on the street as ben bens, kind of like bon bons, but much more.....disgusting. "The incredible, edible Fed."

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:13 | 2862493 Oh regional Indian
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Gully, as always, hat-tip. Always fascinating stuff.


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:12 | 2862085 TuesdayBen
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:35 | 2861332 zebra
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Do Apple take Food Stamp for iphone?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:40 | 2861351 Rbh110
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Most ebt users seem to have iPhones from what I've observed..

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:07 | 2861442 NotApplicable
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...and nails, and HAIR.

One of my coworkers used to get extremely depressed if she broke a nail around the first of the month.

"It'll take me three hours to get it fixed if I go to the salon today!"

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:06 | 2861724 blunderdog
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Yeah, and most of 'em drive Maseratis and trade cocoa futures, too.

Derp derp.

(Innumeracy is a big part of our problem.)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:34 | 2861738 Rogue Trooper
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Anyone here got an EBT card? If so are you guys able to buy ammo or PM's with your card? Mind you I guess most of the posters here are not in the 'typical demographic' for EBT card beneficiaries - still with 43 out of 350 Million, statistically speaking, the probability that at least one poster here has an EBT card or even an Obamaphone for that matter, then please speak up. What do you guys think  - the ZH crew have all been pretty hard on y'all.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:14 | 2861841 blunderdog
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I have an expired one from a few years back--I keep it for street cred.

Short and simple answer: NO.  I was on foodstamps only, and I couldn't use it for anything other than "basic" foods.  No beer, no toilet paper, no plastic baggies, no pet food, etc.  It paid for anything in the market or deli that was on a SHELF and wasn't in the "non-food" category.

There are several different programs which use the EBT cards, though, and there are other qualifications.  If you're "legally" homeless you can use your SNAP for fast food and pizza and stuff like that.  In NYC, if you're legally homeless you get a plastic ID card you can use for entry into the various shelters.  You have to do paperwork for that, though, and if you're a white guy, you get a lot of hints that it's a waste of your time. 

I was effectively homeless and didn't bother with all that, myself--I moved in with a mentally-ill guy in a shithole 1-bedroom.  He took the $300 month I gave him for rent and spent it on crack.  He used to get arrested on a regular basis for gypsy-cab work.  They'd give him IV meds for a few days and he'd be OK, then they'd kick him back out of the hospital and he'd go back to ruining my night's sleep. 

Good times.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:37 | 2861341 phoolish
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Change You Can Beieve In

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:40 | 2861342 brak
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at this rate we'll be at 0% unemployment with only 250 million americans on food stamps by the time the next election rolls around

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:09 | 2861670 Rogue Trooper
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Success BitChez.... to be followed by supporting the housing market and creating the final economic solution to ALL our Economic wows.....

The Negative interest rate mortgageTM that self liquidate's the principal.  It was so simple .... expect an annoucement early next year - move on problem solved!


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:39 | 2862125 SilverDosed
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:02 | 2861958 RiverRoad
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What happens when we're all on SNAP?  Who pays?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:19 | 2862170 brak
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hmmm.. Brak's not sure about that.  One would think the system would collapse/reset way before that happens.  One scenario: everyone works their cush gov't job (@ fema camp, assembling cheap electronics for export to the next world power) for SNAP credits to spend at the gov't store, which is the only place SNAP credits are redeemable = SNAP for all.

Sound about right?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:38 | 2861346 AldoHux_IV
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The sad thing is the media will continue to push the debate on how such a pathetic NFP report is acutally a victory for Obama-- all the while the social class genocide continues.

Hey at least "Hairplugs" is happy that the in-bred fed got to work.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:38 | 2861348 The big unzip
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I heard  everything had been fixed.  

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:40 | 2861352 TrustWho
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Food stamps and disability are good metrics to gauge health of current economy. How could this be comparded to great Depression homeless, souplines, hooverville so we could know if this is just the "Greatest Recession" since the Great Depression?

I am amazed how passive the American citizens are in the face of such poverty caused significantly by greedy politicians used by the corporate elite.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:42 | 2861360 DCFusor
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That's why we have foodstamps etc.  Else we'd have soup lines in the streets and the people might actually wake up to how bad they've been fucked.  Can't have that, now, can we.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:11 | 2861454 NotApplicable
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Not to mention pre-assembled mobs. Can't have all of those people with nothing but time on their hands getting together for some shared misery.

The closest thing I see to this today is at the gas pumps. The higher the price goes, the more conversations people start with me discussing it. I of course, use the opportunity to point out Benron's counterfeiting operation.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:30 | 2861513 Parrotile
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Not to mention pre-assembled mobs. Can't have all of those people with nothing but time on their hands getting together for some shared misery.

A relevant time to remember the old adage " The Devil finds work for Idle Hands".

Just imagine the public outrage should US petrol / diesel prices ever rise to the lofty heights of prices seen everyday in Europe. And just notice how much of those "high prices" are in fact taxation (often "taxation on taxation").

How would the US Economy fare if UK Diesel prices became the norm?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:00 | 2861424 LMAOLORI
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:12 | 2861456 NotApplicable
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You mean YouTube.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:37 | 2861543 californiagirl
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Last year I saw a guy in line in front of me, wearing an Italian suit, pay for groceries with foodstamps in an upscale store in an upscale town.  Then saw him get into his beautiful Carerra 4s. I guess that's Silicon Valley poverty.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:30 | 2861733 blunderdog
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This depression is FAR worse than the '30s.  There's really not much basis for comparison. 

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:08 | 2861972 helping_friendl...
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I agree. They didn't have SNAP, ECB Cards, Food Stamps and all that in the 1930's. Those poor people were on the street. Now the soup kitchen is blended in to society and people don't see it. Now they are building ghost cities within inter cities? WTF?

These days are worse than the Great Depression. I think we shall see soon enough!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:15 | 2861979 blunderdog
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It's more than that.  A much higher percentage of the country was agricultural in the '30s and helped work to produce food.  You can't "lose your job" when you're a subsistence farmer.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:40 | 2861354 Long-John-Silver
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Soon you can just wave your Obamaphone at the cashier to pay for your Obamafood.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:20 | 2861387 Ineverslice
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:21 | 2862098 TuesdayBen
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Love/hate relationship right there.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:27 | 2861721 californiagirl
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I have seen lots of people already do that at my local Starbucks for the past year.  And in the grocery stores and gas stations around here, you can just waive your ATM card and your bank account will be cleaned out - skimmers.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:48 | 2861777 Yen Cross
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 You should think about relocating, to downtown Manhatten.  Get some of that banksta back for tha po man!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:55 | 2861797 krispkritter
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Yeah, but similar to M's FDA-backed food initiative you get a scale of calories based on age:

900 Out of HS: 18

1000 College: 22-30

1200 Working: 31-80

0 Old Age: 80+ 

Food panels?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 05:44 | 2861798 krispkritter
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:41 | 2861359 hmmmstrange
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30 years ago most people didn't even know what food stamps were.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:31 | 2861736 blunderdog
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Bullshit.  You know when 30 years ago WAS, right?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:14 | 2862089 fuu
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Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:28 | 2862929 blunderdog
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Precisely.  It occurred following a period called "the 70's," during which EVERYONE learned what "food stamps" were.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:43 | 2861364 Yen Cross
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  I used to joke about this. It's really pathetic, that 46 million people are either "destitute", or LAZY!   This shit needs to end immediately!

  I hope a "asteroid", plants it's ass in  "Central Park"!  That will wake up the " USURY" ILK!~

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