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Panic In California As Thousands Of Food Stamps Cards Suffer Brief Outage

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This past weekend, as part of a system update to the CalWIN software of California's Social Services department, HP accidentally cancelled EBT cards for some 37,000 Californians. We can only imagine the resulting panic and the scramble by all these Californians who suddenly could not live within their means to print trillion, and other denomination, coins, in the shining example of their government. The OC Register reports that eighteen counties were affected in the CalFresh chaos (the 'friendly' name given to California's food stamp program - also formerly known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). While we worry for the strippers and liquor stores, CalWIN and Xerox (the state's primary contractor for administering CalFresh) developed a process to reactivate the cards by Tuesday morning. While this must have been a tough day or two for many, we wonder if Geithner's 'extraordinary' efforts to extend the debt ceiling deadline have perhaps gone a little too far?

Finally, instead of minting coins, perhaps Hewlett Packard can remotely update its software in the Fed printers, which can then proceed to print a few cool extra trillion unsupervised, and voila: all of America's problems are gone.


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Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:56 | 3138466 Wakanda
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McPanic and a super size McWorry

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:57 | 3138475 Victorio
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I want my cheezy poofs!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:05 | 3138515 flacon
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"CalFresh"! LOL! We are living in cartoon land. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:14 | 3138556 Ness.
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Yes, we are living in a cartoon.  From the Land of Lincoln - Gov Quinn has taken a new approach to address the nation's least funded pension plans.

"Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is using a cartoon character to raise public awareness of the state's pension problem.  Mr. Quinn last week introduced Squeezy the Pension Python, meant to highlight the “squeeze” pension payments are putting on other state services such as education, health care and public safety."



Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:20 | 3138592 redpill
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Can you buy Brawndo on the CalFresh program?  It's got electrolytes!


Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:31 | 3138628 TruthInSunshine
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The future has arrived (if even only a example of what lay ahead):


Extra Big Ass Fries Purchase Declined At Swipe Yo EBT Station

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:46 | 3138669 goldfish1
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Where do I sign up?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:12 | 3138768 CPL
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CNBC hasn't changed by much in the future either.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:20 | 3138998 DeadFred
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All you heartless clowns think this is funny? It took me ninety minutes to get my nightly six pack of PBRs!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:29 | 3139029 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Wait and see what happens when your Visa cards don't work.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:50 | 3139082 krispkritter
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August 2011, Clayton County, GA

A peek into the future...

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:02 | 3139149 Hook Line and S...
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Adipose encumbered slobs aside... I know an ex-Bear Sterns broker who swam with the big fish who is on the CalFresh program, so if all your current hubris allows you remain untouched, the more to you.

Keep in mind, myself included, a large% of the $$$ we made has been the product of 'work' that produces little or no value for society (at least when I was a commodity broker), was directly influenced by the FIAT falling out of the Feds rump, institutionalized USURY, and the foolish gambling losses of others who played in a manipulated market (they weren't aware).

To the best of my knowledge, she's been looking for employment to no avail. That said, you try competing for washing your neighbor's car, mowing lawns, getting a municipal job, or scrubbing the toilets of city parks in S. CA   NO MUCHO TRABAJO SENOR!

2 thumbs up that the gravy train keep a rollin' so you don't have to come face to face with that hook firmly entrenched.

Hook Line and Spincter ( ! )J

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:52 | 3139293 WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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COLLAPSE, bitchez!!


edit: Ho-ly shit, Krispy. That really puts a face on the problem.

"When y'all gonna come thru?!"

Uh, when Y'ALL gonna figure out that your survival depends on YOU and that the government ain't y'all's suga' daddy?

Oh, and what, exactly, made you think that having 6 kids was a good idea, given your financial situation? Occupational hazard of a crack whore?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:12 | 3139544 Hook Line and S...
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If you're on a train that has jumped the tracks, and is now falling 5 miles down into a canyon, you should at least feel free to suck down a free martini.

After all, your tax payer dollars and creative counterfeiting shouldn't both go to waste.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 02:41 | 3139948 StychoKiller
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Why didn't ya just go to the local T!tty bar and chill till yer card got reinstated?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:27 | 3138621 donsluck
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Quinn should have replaced public pensions on the python with Goldman Saks. As it stands, his cartoonish response to a complex problem of Contract law and public policy only makes him look, um, shall we say, simple?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:01 | 3139145 Matt
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The purpose of the ad is to raise awareness amongst the average citizens of Illinois, in a clear manner.

I don't think a 3-hour documentary with details of the finances of the State for the last 40+ years and a breakdown of payouts and fund performance would really work.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 22:42 | 3139438 ImReady
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Fuck Quinn! Illinois needs to rid itself of the City of Chicago and the worthless corrupt politicians that come from it. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:27 | 3138623 Tijuana Donkey Show
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LOL! I thought you were joking, and I was going to get Rick Rolled. Fact is stranger than fiction. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:19 | 3139213 Buck Johnson
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We are in deep do do if they have to do stuff like this to explain fiscal death to us.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:38 | 3139281 Freddie
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Just mint pretend Platinum Oba/Krugman magic coins and grow magic beans. Problem solved.

Anyone notice youtube gun guys and rifle company owners getting murdered in the past few days?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:38 | 3139604 caconhma
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The USA reming me so much the Soviet Union I've left 30 years ago.

The good news is this shit will not last long.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:30 | 3142841 creeper
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To answer your question...yes.  Unfortunately, no one else seems to have noticed.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 00:41 | 3139757 dark pools of soros
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wait... can't they re-lease out those parking meters again??  just like gold bars?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:28 | 3138821 Spigot
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It would be interesting to review the crime reportage for those Counties for the week that happened.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:02 | 3139153 zerozulu
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Simple test to check what will happen When SHTF.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 22:36 | 3139430 Dingleberry
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If you really want to see a riot, let a McD's run out of McRibs.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 01:20 | 3139845 ball-and-chain
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There we go again.

Let's blame the victims.

The welfare witches didn't bring down the global economy.

It was the good elite capitalists who gave it to us in the ass.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:57 | 3138473 Dagny Taggart
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Remain calm everyone... this is only a test. We will resume with our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:05 | 3138517 sgt_doom
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Ya know, there might be a smaller number of food stamp recipients if American corporations, and American-based multinationals (those guys who refuse to pay fed taxes) hired American programmers and code cowboys and cowgirls, instead of offshoring those jobs or brining in foreign visa scab workers.

Just wait until the EB5s take over your neighborhood....

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:26 | 3138816 A Nanny Moose
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Surely you are not suggesting that corporations actually pay taxes?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:03 | 3139155 MachineMan
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In Mother Russia, software programs you.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:07 | 3138522 localsavage
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Coming this fall, a new reality show from Bilderberg TV....Food riots the reality show.  See what happens when people with no job or life skills have their government debit cards shut off.  

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:14 | 3138563 Sauk Leader
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The Hunger Games

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:30 | 3138631 Tijuana Donkey Show
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They actually went through some training. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:48 | 3138672 LFMayor
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oh don't you worry brother.  There will be OJT for this, like the world has seldom seen.  Take any distopian/post-collapse film you care to remember and there's the baseline.  Training starts when that 3rd, last meal is consumed.

Wendigo Meats, LLC.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:19 | 3138588 Chuck Walla
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Coming this fall, a new reality show from Bilderberg TV....Food riots the reality show.  See what happens when people with no job or life skills have their government debit cards shut off. 

The new "American Idle"!


This time starving them will be so much easier...

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:20 | 3138796 Osmium
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+1  "American Idle"!

I see what you did there.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:56 | 3138915 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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"American Pie Hole".

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:30 | 3138629 donsluck
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I don't call people who know how to use their situation to their advantage as having "no life skills". This philosophy is increasingly common, that the little guy is cursed for following the rules to his advantage, and the BIG guys are allowed to re-write the rules as things change to their advantage.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:50 | 3138686 goldfish1
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Why work?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:22 | 3138804 helping_friendl...
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I told my dad "work is for chumps"....He said "I'm proud of you son; I was twice your age before I realized that!"

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:42 | 3138659 Ookspay
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The horror, right in the middle of my lap dance when it became time to swipe my EBT card through the card reader embedded in the strippers ass, the damned thing was "declined"!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:40 | 3138862 centerline
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You might be more correct that you realize.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:59 | 3138486 CheapBastard
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Popeye's went into panic mode.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:00 | 3138493 TideFighter
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24 hours? Good thing they weren't out 48 hours, when homelsss become canibals.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:01 | 3138501 TideFighter
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OK, Honey. CALFresh cut my EBT card, could you cut your lap dance to just three notes?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:02 | 3138504 Lost Wages
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Oh, SNAP. Where might I obtain a few of these digital nutrition credits?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:02 | 3138505 buzzsaw99
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No worries, this is the 9th of the month already.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:10 | 3138544 Sudden Debt
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it's not that they don't get enough money, but rather that almost every month has 30 days that's the problem!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:18 | 3138585 Yen Cross
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 Buzz and Sudden Debt / Fight Club

 I'm long Buzz. I like ya S/D. Buzz has the edge though.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:03 | 3138510 americanspirit
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This was a test. This was only a test. If there had been a real emergency the National Guard would have been directing you to the camps for your three hots and a cot.

Shoplifting in supermarkets did spike, but there were no riots or molotov cocktails. So far, so good. Next we're gonna shut down a whole state and see what happens. And then ... heh heh. We're gonna get that old budget deficit under control. No problemo.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 22:51 | 3139474 Mr. Magniloquent
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My immediate impression was identical. It certainly elucidates the effort to enroll people to the SNAP. Considering that there is heresay about deliberate and purposeful implosion of the US economy for bridled chaos to justify emergency authority...I would say we are prompt and on schedule.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 00:28 | 3139725 Bohm Squad
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So......Obama for a third term then?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:04 | 3138513 Rainman
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This is a flash crash experiment to enact Moochele's initiative to make fat people skinny. Winning. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:06 | 3138518 Unprepared
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Or a test experiment for the sheeple reaction when the cards are permanently canceled.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:16 | 3138569 Esso
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My first thought.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:30 | 3138632 CheapBastard
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Bad flu season worsens as Boston declares emergency


Why owrry about out-of-control flu when we can distract the masses with gun control issues.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:11 | 3139538 Weyland_Yutani
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The government should ban the flu or put flu control in place.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:06 | 3138519 SHEEPFUKKER

You can't spell DEBT without EBT. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:45 | 3138667 Vashta Nerada
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If you don't put that on a T shirt and sell it, I'm stealing it.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:49 | 3138680 kito
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@sheepfukker---not for the holders of the ebt cards...they got it ALL GOIN ON...who needs to borrow when you can get a phat 4 bedroom pad compliments of section 8......full medical coverage......plenty of food to stock the cell service.......

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:45 | 3138878 SgtSchultz
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Is that it? No cable TV, no car (with driver), no laundry service, no domestic help, no cook, no vacations?  The hardships!!  We should add some more programs! 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:52 | 3138902 wee-weed up
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Coming in The One's 2nd term. Be patient!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:07 | 3138521 PaperBear
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What will these people do when the outage goes on for days, weeks or months ?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:23 | 3138608 Say What Again
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Can you buy guns & ammo with these cards?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:32 | 3138639 donsluck
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Only indirectly, wink wink. So, "these cards" makes it sound like you have one. I am considering lowering my income next year to qualify.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:23 | 3138805 Osmium
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With inflation, you may not need to lower your income, it will happen for you.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:32 | 3138836 A Nanny Moose
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Even if incomes rise, taxation is never properly indexed to inflation (Tax brackets, and AMT). Heads they win, tails you lose.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:40 | 3138864 MachoMan
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It will happen, but changes to the poverty level won't keep up (nor will benefits derived therefrom)...  welcome to the grinder.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:37 | 3138645 otto skorzeny
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good luck getting any ammo-you just wonder if .gov is turning all of the shipments of Russian made ammo back to Russia or just confiscating it all.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:08 | 3138526 urbanelf
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CalFresh, bitchez!!!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:09 | 3138528 Sudden Debt
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I bet some of them even thought: SHIT! I'M GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK FOR A JOB NOW!!

Now that's bad... what a crisis we live in...
sun, beach and free welfare cards.

Reminds me of my college days :)

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:20 | 3138594 sessinpo
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Those few that even can think, even if erroneously said: "Damn you Bush!"

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:33 | 3138641 donsluck
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Another comment by a person who equates low income with stupidity. The few that think insinuates a minority. The poor that DON'T apply are the ones who don't think.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:47 | 3138670 Vashta Nerada
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The best thing we could do for the poor would be to cut them off and let them learn to swim on their own.  At the current rate of growth, the takers will drown all of us.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:02 | 3138731 goldfish1
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Wake up.

What is being provided for the "poor" is a small fraction of what the 1% ers are stealing.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:35 | 3138845 A Nanny Moose
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Who do you think EBT was setup to benefit? The poor? LMAO.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:41 | 3138870 MachoMan
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They'll drown us either way...

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:12 | 3138538 Yen Cross
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 One good tembler, and "Clive Barker" will be writing {HellRaisers} prequels/

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:11 | 3138547 Dr. Engali
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Obama better gather up those guns quick. The swirl is going faster.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:12 | 3138550 monad
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I'd like to thank someone at HP. You know who you are. Great job! Keep up the good work. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:58 | 3139132 AgAu_man
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You know what'd be ironic? If some of those affected were ex-HP guys, after their jobs moved offshore, having first taught their Asian successors how to design and make the HW. That happened a lot.

Like shoving others into gas ovens kept you out if them. Sad but true.

But, hey, the execs bonuses looked good as they were officially 'increasing Shareholder Value'.

I call that the American Boomerang: Gutting US design and manufacturing, so a few could max out while the rest were shipped out.

Who is gonna make your stuff when China and US have a parting of the ways? Your execs, your Shareholders? ;-/

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 00:31 | 3139732 monad
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The theft of intellectual property is almost as chilling as the weaponization of all new research. It is best not to share any new work until the bluntskulls have finished killing themselves off. Shouldn't be long.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:15 | 3138557 busted by the b...
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What percentage of the "food stamp" recipients really need assistance?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:24 | 3138607 sessinpo
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And the fallacy continues - what is need? Is that a constitution right? And even disregarding the constitution, what is need and ability of some to take from others?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:34 | 3138831 busted by the b...
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So your answer is zero?  Surely there are some who are deserving.  Is it not our moral duty to take care of those truly in need? Should not the strong take care of the weak?  The young take of the old?  The rich take care of the poor?

Should we blame all the poor because some may be taking from the system more than they need, or the system itself that does not adequately discriminate between those truly in need and those who are not?

And more importantly, who hurts us more, those who take small dollars to buy food when they could maybe buy it themselves, or those on Wall Street and elsewhere who take big dollars by abusing the system at the small investors and taxpayers expense, and through lobbying for special tax treatments and bailouts when they already have more than enough to keep them in luxury for a lifetime?


 “From 2007-2011 spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the SNAP program, informally known as the food stamp program) increased 135 percent to reach a cost of $78 billion last year alone, the report reveals.”

And how much was TARP?

“TARP allows the United States Department of the Treasury to purchase or insure up to $700 billion of "troubled assets,".

And the value of specific industry and corporate tax loopholes purposefully added to our tax laws?  Untold $100s of billions over the years, I imagine.

And how much have Wall Streeters bilked the public for over the decades?  $Trillions?

While we focus our ire on an assumed undeserving poor and on each other, the truly undeserving PTB continue to rob us blind, imo. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:37 | 3138853 A Nanny Moose
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So two wrongs make a right? Got it.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:43 | 3139073 nmewn
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What you do not see or care to understand is Wall Street bankers making millions off of EBT/SNAP "transfers" of taxpayer wealth at the behest of a complicit government.

You defend Wall Street banker practices everytime you defend "the poor" and EBT/SNAP or any other electronic "benefits".

And no, I am not my brothers keeper...I am in fact, their worst nightmare.

I define charity and welfare completely opposite, it never comes through the barrel of a gun or any law and is never given on the premise of financial systemic collapse.  

That is called theft and extortion.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:53 | 3139109 krispkritter
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Heyyyy, what's a 1/2 billion dollars amongst thieves, er, friends? JPM=Just (other)Peoples Money

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:04 | 3139158 nmewn
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I'm gonna beat this nail in until every "progressive" understands...then I'm gonna counter sink it and stick a bung in it ;-)

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 04:16 | 3140002 Hobbleknee
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There is plenty of private charity to take care of people who really need help.  We don't need the government to do that job for us.  The government only excels at criminal activities like stealing and murdering.  Why would you put these criminals in charge of charity, retirement or health care?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:09 | 3139529 Weyland_Yutani
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A lot of college students use food stamps to buy snacks and stuff for their frat parties.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:55 | 3139650 goldfish1
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Good. Better than the trillions to Big AG, Big Pharm and Big Chem. Can't forget Big G.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:14 | 3138560 pashley1411
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Ever wonder if there isn't some nice solar flare just bubbling away (in the super-hot-H-gas-sense-of-the-term) just waiting to reach and out, and wipe out those cards (and cars, planes, phones, other monetary units not denominated in sea shells and metal) and bring the world back to basics.

Like cave painting. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:58 | 3138712 Ookspay
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One can dream... 

I think David Byrne summed it up nicely:

Here we stand
Like an Adam and an Eve
The Garden of Eden
Two fools in love
So beautiful and strong
The birds in the trees
Are smiling upon them
From the age of the dinosaurs
Cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone?
Now, it's nothing but flowers

There was a factory
Now there are mountains and rivers
you got it, you got it

We caught a rattlesnake
Now we got something for dinner
we got it, we got it

There was a shopping mall
Now it's all covered with flowers
you've got it, you've got it

If this is paradise
I wish I had a lawnmower
you've got it, you've got it

Years ago I was an angry young man
I'd pretend That I was a billboard
Standing tall By the side of the road
I fell in love With a beautiful highway

This used to be real estate Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots
Now it's a peaceful oasis
you got it, you got it

This was a Pizza Hut
Now it's all covered with daisies
you got it, you got it

I miss the honky tonks,
Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens
you got it, you got it

And as things fell apart
Nobody paid much attention
you got it, you got it

I dream of cherry pies,
Candy bars, and chocolate chip cookies
you got it, you got it

We used to microwave
Now we just eat nuts and berries
you got it, you got it

This was a discount store,
Now it's turned into a cornfield
you got it, you got it

Don't leave me stranded here
I can't get used to this lifestyle

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:17 | 3138575 virgilcaine
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Get a job loozers.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:24 | 3139014 smiler03
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Are you sure there are 46 billion jobs looking for people? 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:19 | 3138586 whoopsing
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Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:44 | 3139315 Freddie
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Hope & Change!  Winning!  Forward Soviet!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:21 | 3138593 Say What Again
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I was in line at the grocery store the other day when the lady in front of me tried to buy a "Grocery Gift Card" with her credit card.  The clerk told her that the store does not allow the purchase of "Grocery Gift Cards" with a credit card.  They got into a long winded argument regarding how she has been doing that for months, and how the clerk was an idiot.  I wonder how many times the grocery store got burned on that type of transaction?

I was getting a pissed off for having to wait for the idiot lady to STFU so I could buy my Orange Crush!!!  Eventually, she ran out of energy and paid for the groceries with her EDD/SNAP/Obama card, which was conveniently in her other hand!

I should have been making a video of the entire event!!!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:48 | 3138677 Zap Powerz
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I was in line at the grocery store one time and there was a non English speaking fat as fuck family in front of me buying a shit load of food.  They had their "food" divided up into what they could "buy" with an EBT card and what they had to buy themselves (cash).  I noticed on the floor was a $100 bill.  It was inbetween them and me.  I picked it up and stuck the note in my pocket.  Since I also speak their native language I listened to their conversation.  When it came time to buy their food with their cash they became aggitated because they couldnt find that $100 bill that was now in my pocket.  The male pulled out his wallet and I viewed a very thick stack of $100 bills in his wallet.  He proceeded to pull one out and pay for his groceries.  I smiled.

I kept that money because, afterall, ITS MY FUCKING MONEY!  Those motherfucking parasites are given my money through state confiscation.  It felt good to get a little of it back.  They were not hurting for food OR money.  They are fat as fat can be AND loaded with cash.

I made a point to waste that $100 dollars at the strip club that night.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:01 | 3138726 helping_friendl...
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Would be a great opening scene in screen play.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:25 | 3138808 PeaceLover
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Hmm California

I like your energy level but the target. Should change from the fat F*()_ to the real problem!

Should be the legislators.

California is richer than most country's and broke higher taxes than 48 other states( I think)
and there broke, they pay fox news to run the con that its the poor people that are breaking them.

Its not the entitlement its the banks :-)


I like your choice on getting it back into the economy  LOL
I lived with a stripper in SF and man we didn't need anything she made more that a "good" day trader.
was always buying me crap and flying me to Hawaii


PS. I think you will understand this.
California is like a drunk,hoo((er, that you said go pick me something up here is my credit card go buy something.
and she calls you the next day without returning telling you your the ASSHAT because you only have a ??,000 limit.
and your embarrassing her because it was declined
Call the bank now and get the limit raised. or I'll never return. 


Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:18 | 3139205 Matt
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1. As I understand it, many of California's problems come from ballot initiatives the general populace democratically voted to enact. They can vote to start a project such as a high-speed monorail, but that same bill does not need to include new revenue to cover the cost of the program. Further, the elected representatives cannot remove anything enacted by ballot initiative; only another ballot initiative can do so (as I understand it).

2. Legislative votes, as I understand, they need 50% to spend and 66% to raise taxes.

3. The people get the representatives they vote for.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:50 | 3139327 Freddie
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Obam and the Dem now can rig the vote in just about any state now.  The 3 west coast states are totally rigged now. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:22 | 3138601 Tango in the Blight
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Wot no riots?

I guess this was a test to see how far they could go in shutting down EBT.

Just like those "virus attacks" in the UK a few months ago which made it impossible to use ATM's for a week.

The Soma levels are just about right. Collapse and BNW imminent!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:23 | 3138605 Salt
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How fresh is CalFresh? Only days old.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:26 | 3138615 Yen Cross
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According to Calpers:  A major transmission line was severed during excavation for the { High Speed Rail} project.

Updates will be sporatic, as Calpers employees are striking over their new "Yellow" [safety vest] design.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:53 | 3138693 lolmao500
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You're making this up right??

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:01 | 3138727 Yen Cross
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 It's worse! I wish I was making this up!

   Despite Tax Increases, California Budget Deficit Already $2.7 Billion

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:14 | 3138778 Never One Roach
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Salary 'spiking' drains public pension funds, analysis finds Twenty California counties, including Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego, allow some workers to make more in retirement than they did while working. The coffers are underfunded by millions of dollars.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:40 | 3138863 Yen Cross
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Well done/

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:49 | 3138893 A Nanny Moose
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"Ventura County officials have defended the practice, arguing that some pension boosts were meant to make up for pay freezes during lean years. It would be unfair to take them away now, Robinson said during a board hearing last year."

Wimpynomics in action.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:28 | 3138624 Debeachesand Je...
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No need to comment the columm headline said it all.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:38 | 3138648 All Out Of Bubblegum
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The future: More and longer EBT "glitches", PMs rise. It's so simple even I can see it.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:39 | 3138654 GrinandBearit
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Done on purpose to gauge the reaction.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:43 | 3138661 israhole
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Oh, the humanity!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:55 | 3138700 buzzsaw99
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huge manatee

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:51 | 3138687 Smuckers
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Makes that KFC dish look tastier by the day.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 18:53 | 3138689 lolmao500
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Now it would be hilarious if Anonymous hacked into all states SNAP databases and desactivated all the cards on the same day... Or when the gov. can't pay them anymore... whichever comes first.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:06 | 3138747 Getting Old Sucks
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There was a day last month here in NY where at two supermarkets, an announcement was made that EBT cards couldn't be used because of technical difficulties.  Amazing that we saw people stop pushing their carts and just walk out.  Did my heart good to see that.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:30 | 3139030 smiler03
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 "In New York an old man died from a heart attack when he found that he'd lost his wallet while shopping for food"


I'd piss myself laughing!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:25 | 3138789 Hook Line and S...
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Adipose encumbered slobs aside... I know an ex-Bear Sterns broker who swam with the big fish who is on the CalFresh program, so if all your current hubris allows you remain untouched, the more to you.

Keep in mind, myself included, a large% of the $$$ we made has been the product of 'work' that produces little or no value for society (at least when I was a commodity broker), was directly influenced by the FIAT falling out of the Feds rump, institutionalized USURY, and the foolish gambling losses of others who played in a manipulated market (they weren't aware).

To the best of my knowledge, she's been looking for employment to no avail. That said, you try competing for washing your neighbor's car, mowing lawns, getting a municipal job, or scrubbing the toilets of city parks in S. CA   NO MUCHO TRABAJO SENOR!

2 thumbs up that the gravy train keep a rollin' so you don't have to come face to face with that hook firmly entrenched.

Hook Line and Spincter ( ! )J

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:20 | 3138794 Korbin Dallas
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Call the Amblamps, I'm outta chips, gotta call the man on my gubmit phone 'bout dis

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:26 | 3138814 mayhem_korner
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Was this interruption a joint venture of The Peoples Republic of Mexifornia and the DOHS' Martial Law Division?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:56 | 3138914 Yen Cross
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  m_k I have seen just about every variation of /bank-rupt. Here's a sight for you to contemplate new { Acronyms}

Acronym Creator - find a name for your company, project, algorithm

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:27 | 3139250 donkshover
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An incredible amount of Indians work at Amazon.There is no way they are hiring out of college, U.S. programmers. It isnt the worker, its the  employer. 

EBIT is the future for most Americans.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 00:47 | 3139769 dark pools of soros
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IT has been handed to India without any care of quality..  same as Mexicans cuttin lawn.. that is how the CEOs see it anyway..  programming is just like cutting lawn to them

raise your daughters to be strippers and your sons to be patent lawyers...  both are whores with endless clients

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 19:24 | 3147697 pitz
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Yup, most of the tech majors, including ones that claim labour shortages, don't even bothering interviewing US Citizen new grads anymore.  Their jobs applications are simply ignored, and when questioned, HR usually will point to some standard boilerplate text, to wit:  "only those whose resumes selected for interviews will be contacted".  Absolutely disgusting and heartbreaking for the thousands of people who studied the sciences only to see their job apps go into the garbage or the virtual /dev/null equivalent.

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