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Food Banks in the U.S. Running Low on Supplies... Ominous Sign for 2013

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Via Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

This is a very interesting yet ominous article from Reuters about the current food bank situation in these United States.  As a result of the drought this summer the Federal government ended up buying less food than normal, and because this excess food is used to provide assistance to the poor in many cases, there simply may not be enough to go around.  This sets up a potentially tragic situation as we head into 2013, and is likely to bring heightened social unrest to our shores as I outlined in my recent article The Global Spring.

From Reuters:

The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has weakened the safety net for the 50 million Americans who struggle to get enough to eat, and the nation’s food banks are raising the alarm as the holiday season gets into full swing.

 

Executives at major food banks across the United States worry they will not be able to keep pace with demand, which they don’t expect to ease until more Americans find better paying jobs. In a sign of how stressed the budgets of many Americans are, a record 47.1 million people used food stamps in August 2012, up from 45.8 million the year earlier.

 

With such pressures at work,on-hand supplies at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank have fallen from a peak of about 3.3 weeks in 2010 to less than two weeks – the lowest in recent history, according to its president and CEO, Michael Flood.

 

Tightening food supplies last summer forced the food bank to start a waiting list because it does not have enough inventory to expand beyond the 640 agencies it already supplies with food. There are now 565 nonprofits on the waiting list, Flood said.

 

Government commodities once made up 28 percent of the food flowing through the Feeding America network, which includes about 90 percent of U.S. food banks and provides food for about 37 million people during the year. This year those commodities account for 17 percent, Feeding America said.

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina has seen its monthly supplies of TEFAP products plummet by roughly two-thirds to about 170,000 pounds from 500,000 pounds. At the same time, state budget cuts have slashed its annual funding by about half to $500,000, Executive Director Clyde Fitzgerald said.

This is a development we must all keep a close eye on.

Full article here.

 

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Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:18 | 3004463 Rainman
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" Put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert and soon there will be a shortage of sand "....Milton Friedman

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:26 | 3004473 GetZeeGold
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No worries.....the Red Cross will come to our rescue.

 

You're not suppose to see this........so don't look.

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/21014.html

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:53 | 3004533 vast-dom
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just be a good sheeple eat your turkey, donated or otherwise, and shop till you drop on friday.

 

and i hear the dumb drums...the parade has started...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:56 | 3004537 akak
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Just what the HELL is your problem with Thanksgiving anyway, asshole?

Were you not hugged enough as a child or something?  Attacked by monster mutant turkeys while still in the crib?  Did your mother habitually drink gravy while pregnant with you?  Do you wake up screaming from cranberryphobia?

Shut the fuck up about it already.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:14 | 3004570 vast-dom
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glad it strikes a nerve. enjoy your turkey. your ikea. your ever expanding bitch tits. your little stupid life celebrating tradition based on slaughter.

 

isn't EVERY day above ground a day to give thanks. or is it more so today, because it's supposed to be? who's the real asshole?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:16 | 3004584 LetThemEatRand
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+1 for using the phrase "bitch tits" on Thanksgiving.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:21 | 3004589 vast-dom
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i find it quite amusing that these asswipes here in the fight club would celebrate such a sick holiday. i guess they haven't waited outside the house for 3 days without food, water and shelter and were let in somehow. Tyler is clearly getting soft.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:24 | 3004609 akak
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You are a pathetic piece of crap.

What is so "sick" about a holiday which celebrates thankfulness and family gathering?  Are you THAT much of a misanthrope?  Compared to the commercialized travesty that is Christmas, I find Thanksgiving to be honest and refreshing.  But some people will always find a nit to pick, apparently.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:25 | 3004614 vast-dom
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you are a certifiable moron. i wish we could beat it out of you. but i think it wouldn't help even if your skull was stomped in and your teeth knocked out -- you'd still want turkey. pilgram, you have no idea....

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:28 | 3004623 LetThemEatRand
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I think all of us here would understand if you decided to hate fuck a turkey tonight.  Just make sure to defrost it first.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:32 | 3004635 vast-dom
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nothing to hate, not even stupidity. a man that compares the slaughter of a peoples masked by a holiday of turkey feeding frenzy with Santa Clause is a sad specimen here in the fight club, but a perfect sheeple out there. maybe he will next defend the tooth fairy. give thanks, every day, not the day you're told to. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:18 | 3004753 Enslavethechild...
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We demonstrated our thanks to the indians over the last few hundred years by stealing everything from them, good reason to celebrate

s/

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:55 | 3004841 hedgeless_horseman
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Turkey is stuffed and in the oven.  T-5 hours, bitchezzz!!!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:16 | 3004904 Global Hunter
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The first thing I noticed was that I have the same salt as you...obviously I need to get out more!

Happy Thanksgiving from Canuckistan.

signed, mr. mom.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:59 | 3004991 vast-dom
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dumb shit.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 15:40 | 3005056 Overfed
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Home grown? Looks pretty nice.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:23 | 3005281 StychoKiller
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Get thee hence then, and alleviate some suffering:

http://www.stlabre.org/

http://www.worldvision.org

Leave the world a better place than what you found...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:45 | 3004672 xtop23
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+1 for "hate fuck a turkey" - I actually woke up the wife laughing.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 18:08 | 3005207 pies_lancuchowy
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'hate fuck a turkey' , rotflmao

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:32 | 3004633 akak
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Well, since you are doing nothing here but engaging in mindless bashing and ranting, presenting no logical argument --- in fact, no argument at all --- then I can only presume that you are the kneejerk asshole that you appear to be.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:34 | 3004642 vast-dom
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you find Thanksgiving to be "honest" and "refreshing" hahahaaaaaaa ! Holy fucking shit someone please put this man out of his misery. someone please force-feed him turkey shit!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:39 | 3004655 akak
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Thank you for confirming that you are indeed the total asswipe that I initially took you to be.

Oh, and by the way: Happy Thanksgiving.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:40 | 3004793 Philippines
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I'm not here to defend anyone... nor any "holidays"

But to clarify on your confusion, "thanksgiving" is a "holiday" that has been completely commercialized much like Christmas. Were the original settlers reduced to cannibalism upon their arrival to the USA at the beginning of winter? Were they "saved" and "thankful" to the Native Americans for sacrificing their stored food? (Only to give them poison blankets later on, but that is for another ZH article comments section) 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:01 | 3004859 hedgeless_horseman
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Pecan and pumkin pies are finished and out of the oven.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:12 | 3004894 PlausibleDenial
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Yum, my god I am glad I am not there.  Fight club over the scraps. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 18:22 | 3005221 Yen Cross
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 Akak +1 for taking the time, to support a Holiday that gives Thanks for what little "freedom" we have left...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:06 | 3004724 DanDaley
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I personally hate all those PETA people, torturing and eating defenseless little fruits and vegetables.  The nerve.  Good thing we'll all be breatharians soon.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:13 | 3004739 akak
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Vegetables are people too!

Down with autotrophcentrism!

Power to the Chloroplasts!

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:04 | 3004874 hedgeless_horseman
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Cranberry sauce is finished.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:41 | 3004963 TheFourthStooge-ing
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+1 for the breatharian reference.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 03:22 | 3005816 Joe A
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This precious holiday of yours marks the start of the genocide on the natives.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:52 | 3004688 fonzannoon
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If you call having the day off without a choice, being forced to spend time with your in laws who break your balls and not actually making any money because you are not paid by salary "celebrating" a holiday then I apologize for the fact that today I will be doing just that. I am just saying why not try to make the best of it...

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:45 | 3005750 ronaldawg
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"...waited outside the house for 3 days without food, water and shelter...."  ???

Lemmie guess - your a dog?  In a wheelchair and they took away your wheels?  Help me out here...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:23 | 3004606 centerline
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I prefer to call them "man boobs."

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 18:35 | 3005228 IrritableBowels
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moobs

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:28 | 3005525 TBT or not TBT
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There is literature about that sort of thing happening, for those so inclined.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:18 | 3004588 akak
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Wow

With such a lengthy thread of non-sequiturs, you could knit yourself a nice afghan to curl up in with your favorite strawman on a cold winter's night.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:19 | 3004595 vast-dom
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keep it up. with enough anger you may transcend your stupidity. a little acid vagina could help...

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:20 | 3004761 Enslavethechild...
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Being pist off at the sheeple for blindly eating birds is one thing, but being pist off at the vagina monster is an entirely different set of issues

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:10 | 3004890 hedgeless_horseman
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Dough for bread is almost done rising.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:19 | 3004590 Enslavethechild...
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It's really about slaughtering humans, specifically those with skin pigment. Blowing childrens limbs off is just an appetizer for the wealthy criminals that have enslaved us

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:20 | 3004597 vast-dom
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exactly. this is trans-generational slaughter. evil lands, dumb traditions and stupid sheeple.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:42 | 3004666 HiHoAg
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White guilt or Downs Syndrome?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:45 | 3004675 akak
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I would guess both, but most people with Down's Syndrome whom I have ever met have been rather happy people and significantly less mindlessly angry than this guy.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:25 | 3004768 Enslavethechild...
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VastDom is suffering from an incredibly high I.Q. with out an outlet for it.

Anyone that can not see his point should take a healthy look at their own views

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:28 | 3004774 vast-dom
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there are too many outlets for vast IQ. this is the "vomitorium" where little (out)bursts of steam help with the main subversive activities. eat your dark meat bitches!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:59 | 3004995 Kurion
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+1 for the dark meat...just sayin!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:50 | 3005423 hedgeless_horseman
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Much to be thankful for.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:40 | 3004795 akak
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After rereading his and other posts, I believe that I can tease out the gist of his bugaboo regarding Thanksgiving, that being the takeover by the Europeans of the North American continent from the original inhabitants, but to link that with Thanksgiving and thereby condemn the holiday is utterly specious and illogical --- by that argument, EVERY aspect of our current American society can thereby be condemned.  The holiday of Thanksgiving, even the original one, did not inherently involve nor was associated with the slaughter of Native Americans.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 01:51 | 3005758 ronaldawg
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The whole argument against Thanksgiving is bullshit anyways - the Indians replaced the inhabinets of North America when they migrated here from East Asia - they probably fucking ate them too.   So we are back to Happy Thanksgiving....

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 03:24 | 3005817 Joe A
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It was all downhill from then for the natives!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:13 | 3004573 Bay of Pigs
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Yes akak, here's hoping you have a nice meal and relaxing day with your family and friends and can be "thankful" for that.

And Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow ZHers in the USA.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:19 | 3004594 akak
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And you as well BoP!

 

PS: You are up rather early, aren't you?  Or are you back on the mainland?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:37 | 3004634 fonzannoon
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Listen, I was not around when that slaughter happened. It's one of the few things in life my wife has not blamed on me yet. So since most of us probably fall into the same boat, why not just try to have a good day? I personally am thankful I don't have to watch CNBS today. That makes today a true holiday.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:52 | 3005426 hedgeless_horseman
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Don't forget to give thanks.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:23 | 3005473 nmewn
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I didn't forget ;-)

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:38 | 3005537 Fíréan
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You don't have dessert spoons ?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:21 | 3006143 hedgeless_horseman
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Yes, but dessert was served with coffee in the music room.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:38 | 3004656 vast-dom
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4nSxArk9g8&feature=player_embedded#!

 

For John Dillinger
In hope he is still alive
Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts
thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison
thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger
thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcass to rot
thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes
thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through
thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces
thanks for Kill a Queer for Christ stickers
thanks for laboratory AIDS
thanks for Prohibition and the War Against Drugs
thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business
thanks for a nation of finks — yes,
thanks for all the memories all right, lets see your arms you always were a headache and you always were a bore
thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.

WSB
Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:10 | 3004734 Bay of Pigs
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You certainly are a miserable prick aren't you?

Here, this is moar your speed. You like parody right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50ebdZNxiw&playnext=1&list=PL7D2D97372B7BFE9C&feature=results_video

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:19 | 3004756 fonzannoon
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People are just in a fowl mood today....

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:42 | 3004803 akak
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Especially the turkeys.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:56 | 3004845 Ginsengbull
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If only we were a nation of Finks.

 

Mike Fink was a folk hero from Western Pennsylvania.

 

Google him if you don't believe me.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 15:45 | 3005063 Overfed
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I think you need a drink, or maybe burn a bowl or two. It'll make ya' feel better.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:47 | 3004680 max2205
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Long Visa

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:57 | 3004541 Bicycle Repairman
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Remember, all of this is occurring right next to a major media center.  It's that easy to shove it all down a rat hole.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:34 | 3004493 prains
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priced in, planned for, strategic unreserves,  call it what you want, this is ALL done with a purpose if you look at it on a time line longer than a sitcom

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 22:35 | 3005532 Fíréan
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I saw the photo of the Occupy Sandy people handing out food the FEMA group in the same area. Who can get the jpob done and who can't ?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:19 | 3004464 Tinky
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A problem with something containing the word "bank"?

Hmmm, you don't say.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:19 | 3004465 knukles
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A gobamint failure, shortfall?  

Surprise, surprise.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:19 | 3004469 Cookie
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Jaw dropping that this is the US of A

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:48 | 3004520 GOSPLAN HERO
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... it's the US of SA.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:46 | 3004971 dizzyfingers
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"Jaw dropping that this is the US of A"

Weather is weather -- not controllable, no matter how much money is wasted trying.  Better for govs including states to stock food in fat years.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:26 | 3004477 Oquities
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some states allow food bank donation credits, so your $200 contribution may cost you less than $100 after including federal deduction.  the food bank leverages your money by buying from distributors withiut retail markup.  also, some philanthropical orgs will match your contribution near the end of the year, so utilize donation timing.  happy thanksgiving!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:55 | 3004538 Zap Powerz
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Fuck that.

Its every man for himself now.  I refuse to donate to anyone or anything for any reason.  Im keeping as much of my overly taxed income as I can.  I already write a six figure income tax check every year.  If the govt doesnt think that is enough then fuck them and the people that depend on them.

Any time I start to think about making a charitable donation I just take that money and buy junk silver with it and feel significantly better.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:02 | 3004552 Oquities
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i understand that too.  i have debated eliminating my donation because the govt taxes me to make donations on my behafl, and wastefully.  but i was once a poor boy who often went hungry, and i can't yet overcome that.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:14 | 3004577 Zap Powerz
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I grew up poor too.  Now Im not poor no thanks to anyone but myself.  We are all ultimately on our own.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:23 | 3004603 LetThemEatRand
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There are basically two kinds of financially successful people:  1) those who feel they are entitled to it, and 2) those who feel lucky to have been born with the talent, smarts, drive, or whatever else it is that caused them to achieve it.   The former tend to be selfish assholes who sleep well at night with the assurance that everyone else can just go fuck themselves.  The latter often are in actuality more successful than the former, though they also tend to be less intent on making sure everyone else knows it. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:01 | 3004706 Zap Powerz
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Must be nice to have the world catalouged into two groups.  Makes things simple right?  Perhaps you need to keep things simple because you have a simple mind that is incapable of categorizing things into more than just two groups?  Face it, your two categories that youre limited to bascially break down to "like me" and "not like me".  You fear those things not like you and hate them. 

How do you feel about people that dont have your skin color?  Your sexual orientation?  Your language? 

There are some pretty fucking scary people out there not like you Rand.  WATCH OUT!!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:01 | 3004707 Zap Powerz
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Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:28 | 3004933 Renewable Life
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Jesus, it's Haters, Inc on ZH this holiday!

We got the genocide of the Native Americans crowd, the "we built this" by ourselves with no help from anyone bullshitters, sprinkled in with some tax cry babies, and finally the "fuck the world" I'll be as greedy and selfish as I wanna be team!!!

The fucking article was about a food shortage in the US related to a drought, which is still ongoing BTW!!!

And before you haters start spouting your big mouths, I also pay six figures to the government in taxes, do I like it? fuck no! But do I sit around fixating and obsessing about it? Fuck no! Because I AM lucky and feel lucky and thankful, that I have what I have, and do I feel any hatred or animosity for others who don't, absolutely not! I will continue to be charitable and humble and care about my family and others I don't know, regardless of how much money I have!!!

Embrace the reality you'll be dead soon and you can't take your precious money with you, so take care of yourself first and as many other people as you can, teach, inspire, mentor, pass on your good fortune and leave something positive behind, enjoy yourself and fucking travel a little so you can get some fucking context man!!!

Will you, fuck no, but that's the difference between you and me, huh!!!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 16:37 | 3005139 The Continental
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I'm with you brother. I pay multi six figure income taxes every year. When I hear minimum wage assholes say that I don't pay my fair share, it just confirms what my old man once told me: people who demand assistance can never get enough of it. No amount of charity will satisfy their entitlement appetite. So be generous to the deserving and needy in your circle. To everyone else, a hearty Fuck You.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:26 | 3004478 Landrew
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The CRIME is NOT food stamps, the CRIME IS anyone needing food stamps in our great country! JOBS, JOBS and more JOBS! Thank your largest ten BANKERS for destroying JOBS at all levels!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:00 | 3004550 Zap Powerz
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The crime is that we live in a country where 47 million people feel like it is not dishonorable to take a hand out.  That is fucking pathetic and embarrassing.

Humans didnt rise to the top of the food chain by taking hand outs.  Our ancestors were predators and resourceful.  They survived the cold, heat, food shortages, disease, other predators and injuries without treatment.  Now?  We are a bunch of fucking useless parasites depending on other people for our survival. 

I am embarrassed to live in a country with so many weak, pathetic, useless, feeble kneed, dependent, stupid people.

End food stamps and let them starve.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:20 | 3004596 DeliciousSteak
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We are a bunch of fucking useless parasites depending on other people for our survival.

 

That's what those noble savages of our past did too, genius. Nobody survived shit alone. Try to think about what you write before actually hitting the Save button.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:06 | 3004721 Zap Powerz
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So our ancestors lived in groups where a significant percentage of the population did not contribute at all?  Where the fuck were you educated exactly?

Zorg go hunt by self.  Zorg kill all food and bring back to tribe of 50 that sit round and play with rocks all day. Zorg like social justice.  Zorg glad everyone else play rocks while zorg spend all his day running and killing food then drag back to tribe by self. Zorg say "FORWARD!"

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:49 | 3004824 A Nanny Moose
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Zorg not hunt that. Zorg have help along the way.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:27 | 3004620 PGR88
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The crime is that we pay people to stay unemployed, with printed Bernank money

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:55 | 3004696 Acet
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Sorta.

I think you will find that there are three kinds of people who depend on handouts:

  1. The lost ones, which usually have things like mental problems.
  2. The parasites, who choose to not even try to get out of it.
  3. The ones that fell on hard times even though they tried their best not to (maybe they were stupid, maybe they were naive, maybe they were just unlucky) and who eventually had to swallow their pride and ask for handouts in order to feed their children.

The way I see it, I pay Social Security to help the 1st and the 3rd. The 2nd can die on the streets for all I care.

I don't give money to charity because where I live (the UK) most charities are either tax evasion schemes for the rich or just businesses run for the benefit of its employees, paying fat salaries to worthless CEOs and well entrenched employees, organizing big partis once in a while, spending more money on marketting than on doing good and in general wasting 70%+ of the money they are given. In fact, they might be only kind of business that is even less efficient than the State. There might be a couple of good ones amongst all the corrupt ones, but given the local laws and social practices (can't talk bad about charities, so there's no real serious discussion about abuses in that area), I can't tell the righteous from the sinners, so I won't give my hard earned money to any.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 18:55 | 3005243 Shigure
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Acet - you are so right!

I would also add that many have expensive London offices and top-heavy management structures.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:37 | 3005304 StychoKiller
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Hmm, then http://www.worldvision.org is a charity you should support (arguably, the most efficient charity in existence right now)

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 07:49 | 3005907 Acet
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Sorry but "Save the Children" is not the best way to save the children. The best way to save the children is to avoid that lots of them are born in regions that can barelly support the existing population.

The whole "Save the Children" is just a self-sustainable charity business model where money is given to help out a lot of "charismatic subjects" (notice the emotionally appealing "cute kids pictures" on the site) who grow up and turn into mass-production factories of a new generation of "charismatic subjects" who then are in even more need to be saved.

Point me out at a decent charity that focuses on contraception and other non-violent population control methods and I'll think about it.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:22 | 3004764 Ginsengbull
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They will kill each other and themselves before they experience real hunger.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:17 | 3004907 Henry Hub
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***End food stamps and let them starve***

 

Food stamps are one form of government handout that many like to condemn. But no one seems to want to condemn the the Federal Flood Insurance Program. It is going to be handing out over seven billion in payments mostly to rich assholes who insist on having homes in flood plains and along the coast. These are properties the private insurance firm won't touch with a ten foot pole. Everyone is, in some form or other, is sucking at the government tit. A lot of it we never hear about.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 15:27 | 3004945 Renewable Life
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Your a fucking joke Zap, die quickly fuck head, your an absolute waste to our society!!! BTW, if you come near my family, land, friends, or anything I value, I got a 7.62 round with your fucking name on it!! So keep your pathetic mouth shut about the "pussy liberal shit"! I know your so fucking clueless, that will be your next predictable pop off!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:49 | 3004946 Renewable Life
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Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:57 | 3004698 NidStyles
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I hate that word, likewise I hate the morons that do not understand That the demand for JOBS at all costs means Socialism.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:27 | 3004480 sangell
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Food stamps, free school lunches with 'weekend' supplies for the kids, not a shortage of food but a shortage of food budget management by those receiving the aid.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:03 | 3004556 Zap Powerz
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And most of those little fucks are obese.  Not only are we giving them free food, but we are giving them the shittiest free food man can make so that they turn into life long food addicts than turn into diabetics and become eligible for medicaid at an early age.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:24 | 3004611 Enslavethechild...
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Anything you say Forest Gump

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:53 | 3004685 GeorgeHayduke
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Boy Zap, it looks like you're out to prove yourself as an asshole's asshole. You should consider running for president on the Republican ticket in 2016. You're exactly what they're looking for to ensure yet another puzzling loss.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:10 | 3004732 Zap Powerz
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If the republicans could manage to nominate a libertarian like myself I would vote for that republican and it would be the first republican I will have ever voted for.

Its sadly naive that you think the republicans dont love welfare and expand the welfare state whenever they can.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:51 | 3004830 GeorgeHayduke
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It's a joke son. Too bad your ass is clenched so tight you couldn't understand it. But then guys like you usually only find humor in someone else's pain.

I never would have guessed you consider yourself a libertarian, except for maybe the personality and attitude. /sarc. Looks like my "libertarians are righteous assholes" experience in life remains at the 100% confidence level.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:20 | 3004760 Ginsengbull
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Growing up I knew plenty of people who ate froot loops and lucky charms, but they weren't worth shit when it came to work.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:27 | 3004483 nmewn
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Can one eat an ObamaPhone?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:55 | 3004695 A Lunatic
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Be sure to remove the tracking software first.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:07 | 3004727 nmewn
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lol...good point!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 03:38 | 3005827 CCanuck
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Ya, but he gunna do moar, you see.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:28 | 3004484 Pants McPants
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This news is especially depressing considering the amount of food produced in the US.  That .gov cannot succeed in distributing this food is a testament to gov't inefficiency (but I repeat myself).

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:43 | 3004513 Bobbyrib
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Why would the .gov distribute the food?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:29 | 3004625 Enslavethechild...
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Why would anyone want a government for any motive?

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:40 | 3004662 blunderdog
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It's not like it's in the Constitution or anything, but the government DOES distribute millions of tons of food, just not to poor Americans. 

It's flown all over to feed soldiers, put in aid-packages for foreign countries, and shipped all over the planet after disasters.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:05 | 3004559 Zap Powerz
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Mr. McPants.

Kindly fuck yourself for automatically thinking its the governments job to distribute the food.

Sincerely,

Zap Powerz

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:29 | 3004486 Ginsengbull
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Meanwhile, lets take corn from the foodstream to make ethanol gasoline blends, to screw up peoples carbeurators.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:29 | 3004487 Cookie
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Please start an open thread Tyler, something to help nurse my hangover in the morning here in Thailand

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:50 | 3004528 Jason T
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3 beers last night and just 3 today .. gonna space out.. don't want no hangovers.  "Ithaca Pale Ale"

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:07 | 3004563 Zap Powerz
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These are not "beer times" my friend.  These are "scotch times".  Beer will make you fat and slow you down so you wont be able to out run the zombies.  Switch to (at least) 12 year old scotch and man up.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:27 | 3004617 centerline
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Bought some Bacardi 151 the other day.  Later on, the idea of drinking something flammable just seemed so wrong.  That feeling lasted for a moment and went away.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:53 | 3004689 willwork4food
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actually, a good beer has about 125 calories and contains many necessary nutrients. Give me a cold beer anyday over the hard stuff-but only after work.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:52 | 3004835 A Nanny Moose
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I'll drink to that.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:20 | 3004759 Zap Powerz
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-raises glass-

Ill drink to that.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:33 | 3004489 Pool Shark
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Who needs foodbanks when we have EBT?

Foodbanks are so 1930's...

 

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:33 | 3004492 Disenchanted
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Let them eat Twinkies and Ding Dongs.

 

Oh wait...

 

I Stuffed a Turkey with Twinkies

 

sorry I'm in a fowl mood.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:53 | 3004532 Ljoot
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Twinkful Turkey... Another holiday tradition gone the way of the Dodo bird. Dam nit.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:39 | 3004505 Yellowhoard
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Fuck the hungry.

We convert 40% of our corn into ethanol!

Hungry people should take comfort in how amazingly green America is!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:48 | 3004522 toomanyfakecons...
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Fuck ethanol and the corn it rode in on.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:31 | 3004632 negative rates
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Wrong again jr.  Bio-fuel is the way to go, choosing simply corn was manufactured by the upper class, and their confident arrogance that they could plant enough corn world wide to never have a shortage or high prices. How did that work out for the country and tax payers? Not well, and they still won't admit they ever made a mistake. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:53 | 3004535 wonderatitall
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i fucked ethanol and she wasnt any good...besides obama the lord of light will print some more foodstamps, problem solved...wink wink

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:42 | 3004511 tooriskytoinvest
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Legendary Investor Jeremy Grantham: We’re Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions. Most of Us Are Going To Starve To Death.
http://investmentwatchblog.com/legendary-investor-jeremy-grantham-were-headed-for-a-disaster-of-biblical-proportions-most-of-us-are-going-to-starve-to-death/

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:10 | 3004544 centerline
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On our current path, he is more correct than not unfortunately.

I have come to the conclusion that human nature itself (free will per se) creates the growth paradox that is too easily exploited by those who understand this and can position themselves accordingly.  The growth mantra ultimately drives everything... right to the same logical conclusion.  The paradoxical component to this is that avoidance of compound growth would look and feel like oppression - and would be cast off as such.  Hence the cycle of history in terms of government regimes.

This particular cycle is really scary.  It has been fueled by incredible advances in technology and cheap energy (oil) that have allowed us to build the most complex civilization ever known to man.  With such complexity though, we have also woven in dependance.   Redundacy is lacking.  The system is inherently fragile and getting more fragile by the day.  The design has been ad hoc in the name of profit.

Probability of a very ugly near future is simply too high to ignore.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:11 | 3004569 Zap Powerz
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Fact is, friend, most of us need to starve to death.  47 million people on food stamps need to be starving right fucking now.  if you cant feed yourself and your family then mother nature has no use for you and neither does your society. Die already, you lazy fucks, and let society advance.

I have > 1 years supply of food, water, fuel and the means to defend it.  I pay attention to my environment.  I see threats and plan accordingly.  I wont starve.  I might die defending my shit, but Im not going to starve.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:06 | 3004580 akak
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If you are not a sulf-sufficient farmer or hunter-gatherer, one could argue that you (and I) should and will starve too --- it will just come one year or so later for you than for all the others.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:23 | 3004765 Zap Powerz
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Stocked up on heirloom seeds too.  Maybe I can find a good use for them.  :)

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 15:22 | 3005030 willwork4food
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I admire your insight and determination to help your family survive. That said, there might be a problem with that-

1. If and when it falls apart we are going to have alot of pissed of people. After the hoodlums tire from looting plasma tvs & Ipads their going to realize mama isn't baking the fried chicken you like because mama doesn't have any.

2.  Then ,after the 7/11's and stores are looted, people will start going house to house with one main goal, and scoring some computer equipment won't be one of them.

3.Sooner or later the homes in the city will dry up of any canned food, firearms laying about and former virgins that have served their purpose-THEN they will be finding other places-like yours.

4. The actual wording of this might be akin to some partiers discovering throwing rocks at a killer bee's nest is not a good idea; i.e. SWARM. In that alot of people will be coming to pay you a visit.

5. Of course you will be successful at first in keeping out the easy ones, the curious and the weak. But a swarm doesn't happen all at once, there is a progression. Sooner or later the easier homes around you will be emptied, and most will keep going further out. Incidentally while others are going further out trying to find food, others will be coming in from their point of view...and then you will be against thousands of battle scarred, tough, pissed off and hungry people-with guns of people they killed- that damn well know you would not be fortifying something for nothing. And they will keep coming, and coming and coming.

Sorry to be so depressing on Thanksgiving Zap, but you better  have a well established community with ALOT of ammo and some experienced soldiers in your group. Homeland Security didn't buy 1.6 BILLION rounds of hollow points for nothing.

 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 15:47 | 3005067 centerline
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Mad max outcome scares the hell out of me.  Nowhere would be safe.

Can only hope things play out okay, and if not the exits are not blocked.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 17:10 | 3005171 willwork4food
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Not even a mad max CL. That was just when people's EBT's get cut in half. If you draw it out to its logical conclusion, a real American Financial/Dollar collapse it would be a living nightmare for those that managed to not just survive but survive with each other in groups/communities for protection. Just think what will happen after all food stores & households are looted from thousands of scared, hungry people with no hope ever going back to the good old days of Black Friday shopping. Looking into your little girl's eyes after she says " Daddy, I'm hungry!" will drive normally rational ex-IT experts to la la land very quickly. Without food and water, nothing else will mater. Scavaging in forests and woodlands will be abundant at first but it will run out fast, assuming the majority have the capacity to gutt, skin and make good squirrel stew, which might be a huge assumption. If they don't, well, let me just say the next American Thanksgiving might not necessarily feature turkey as the main course.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:38 | 3005305 centerline
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+1.  I'm actually surprised that more people are not freaking out already.  Amazed actually.

I have been putting alot of thinking towards various outcomes - this being one of them.  And it could really get rolling inside of a week.  Any significant hit to the supply chain for water, fuel or food and chaos is the result in a short order.  And I don't know of many (well.... any) communities of large numbers of like-minded people in and around major population centers.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 20:55 | 3005430 willwork4food
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Well said. The way I see it we are going to become something similar to Modern Day China, with abundant riches for the connected and affluent and bare necessities for everyone else, with a Orwellian style control grid that will look just like the movie V for vendetta. That's the best scenario.

The others are quite similar to the ones I listed, which would occur if the USD is devalued and massive entitlement checks stop coming. Even if the USD devaluation is a small one at first, the associated tax rises and welfare cuts would exascerbate the situation, which would effect GDP and...you got it, cause more devaluations.

The PTB would have already booked to greener pastures, but their henchmen, still living the good life in cities with food,water and garbage collection would do everything needed to keep control. But they couldn't go far since it costs a lot of capital which would be severely limited, so their would be zones or city states created. Got a USID? Good you can take your kids and live in the zone if you have any skills.

Don't got a skill? Dont have an ID? Got a handicapp? Tuff luck looser, you're locked out. Good luck fighting over the neighbor's cat when suppertime comes around. Hint: Don't cook your food at night, as that will bring a few other people that might want your meal and might not want your company...and yes there's going to be alot of people outside, with guns and with an attitude.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 08:29 | 3005931 BidnessMan
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You are assuming a whole lot more discipline and organization than is likely.  Most of the lazy, drug-addled, fat people are going to kill each other off for the last piece of Momma's fried chicken.  "Battle-scarred and tough"?  I don't think so.  They only get off the sofa to take their EBT card to the corner store for beer and cigarettes.  The average thug is not going to be willing or able to walk more than 5 miles.  The swarm is only going to go a limited distance, and will kill each other off.  The survivors will be desperate, but not disciplined and organized.  Agree that an established community, ammo, and experienced soldiers in a group 50+ miles away from a city is the place to be.  

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:28 | 3004615 hairball48
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Right on!!! I'm with you on the year's supply of food and stuff. And I too would rather die defending my stuff than be a whimpering sheeple begging for food.

http://local.honeyvillegrain.com/index.html

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:08 | 3004729 A Lunatic
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I'd rather die in a hot-tub full of Swedish bikini models, a scotch in one hand and a piece of ass in the other. To each his own I guess..........

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:28 | 3004773 Zap Powerz
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Lunatic,

I like the way you drink.

Cheers!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:46 | 3004678 blunderdog
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I do hope you give thanks today that someone runs this website where you can spew your hateful shit.

God Bless America!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 13:26 | 3004771 Zap Powerz
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It is highly likely that the reason my posts offend you is because they touch a little close to your home.  Perhaps you or people you care about are parasites and depend on my taxes in order to survive?  If so, youre welcome.  Now STFU.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:06 | 3004879 blunderdog
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Why the hostility, friend?  I'm paying my own way.

It is true my parents are both retired--they get honkin' monthly checks just for being OLD.

But at least they're not assholes. 

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:35 | 3004947 Zap Powerz
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Consuming more than you produce makes you an asshole.  Requiring dozens of people to work to support you when youre not working makes you an asshole.  Borrowing money and forcing future generations to pay for it with interest so that you can live  high on the hog now makes you an asshole.

I hope your retired parents do not fit that description.  If they do, they're assholes.  No offense.

You may not like me, but at the very least I am no burden on anyone for anything.  My existence costs no one anything.  It will remain that way until I die.  I refuse to burden my family and my society because I believe it is dishonorable to do so.  If more people thought like me there would be zero need for welfare or any safety net of any kind.

Teach your children to depend on no one when they are adults.  It is the greatest act of charity you can give your society because your children will not grow up to be dependents and moochers.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:54 | 3004986 dizzyfingers
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"I hope your retired parents do not fit that description"

Present retirees were forced to share what they earned whether they liked it or not. If they had been allowed to save the money that was confiscated they'd be using their own money now. Take that up with your government.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:58 | 3004990 blunderdog
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It's all much simpler than that, in my view.  I don't fault you for your political opinions.  I fault you for being a hateful prick.

WISHING ILL on your fellow humans makes you an asshole.

Being *impressed* with your own gifts makes you an asshole.

Folks like you HAVE TO refuse to burden those around them, because no one cares about you, and will be glad to see you gone.

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 14:32 | 3004941 captain_menace
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Every organism could be considered a parasite given that inputs to growth are finite and organisms require these inputs.  You seem very pissed to be a parasitic organism.  Self-loathing isn't healthy.  Happy Thanksgiving, and good luck defending your stash against the hungry hordes.

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