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The Euro Legacy: In Greece, Children Pick Through Trash Cans For Food

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"We have reached a point where children are coming to school hungry," as with an estimated 10% of Greek elementary and middle school students suffering from 'food insecurity', the troubled nation has fallen to the level of some African countries. As the NY Times reports, unlike the US, Greek schools do not offer subsidized cafeteria lunches. Exacerbated by the austerity measures including cuts in subsidies for larger families, the cost has become insurmountable for many. With 26% of Greek households on an 'economically weak diet', children are starting to steal for food and picking through trash cans as they proclaim, "our dreams are crushed." What is frightening is the speed at which it is happening, "a year ago it wasn't like this," as one family talks of the 'cabbage-based diet' which it supplements by foraging for snails in nearby fields. Programs are being started to help from wealthier Greeks, but as one parent said, "unless the EU acts, we're done for."


Via NY Times,

As an elementary school principal, Leonidas Nikas is used to seeing children play, laugh and dream about the future. But recently he has seen something altogether different, something he thought was impossible in Greece: children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old boy, Pantelis Petrakis, bent over with hunger pains.




“Not in my wildest dreams would I expect to see the situation we are in,” Mr. Nikas said. “We have reached a point where children in Greece are coming to school hungry. Today, families have difficulties not only of employment, but of survival.”



Last year, an estimated 10 percent of Greek elementary and middle school students suffered from what public health professionals call “food insecurity,” ... “When it comes to food insecurity, Greece has now fallen to the level of some African countries,” she said.


Unlike those in the United States, Greek schools do not offer subsidized cafeteria lunches. Students bring their own food or buy items from a canteen. The cost has become insurmountable for some families with little or no income. ...


... classmates are frequently hungry, she said, and one boy recently fainted. Some children were starting to steal for food, she added. While she does not excuse it, she understands their plight. “Those who are well fed will never understand those who are not,” she said.


“Our dreams are crushed,” added Evangelia, whose parents are unemployed but who is not in the same dire situation as her peers. She paused, then continued in a low voice. “They say that when you drown, your life flashes before your eyes. My sense is that in Greece, we are drowning on dry land.”




This year the number of malnutrition cases jumped. “A year ago, it wasn’t like this,” Ms. Perri, said, fighting back tears. “What’s frightening is the speed at which it is happening.”




Mr. Petrakis said he felt emasculated after repeatedly failing to find new work. When food for the family ran low, he stopped eating almost entirely, and rapidly lost weight.


“When I was working last summer, I even threw away excess bread,” he said, tears streaming down his face. “Now, I sit here with a war running through my head, trying to figure out how we will live.”


When the hunger comes, Ms. Petrakis has a solution. “It’s simple,” she said. “You get hungry, you get dizzy and you sleep it off.”


A 2012 Unicef report showed that among the poorest Greek households with children, more than 26 percent had an “economically weak diet.” The phenomenon has hit immigrants hardest but is spreading quickly among Greeks in urban areas where one or both parents are effectively permanently unemployed.




He has not found work for three years. Now, he said, his family is living on what he called a “cabbage-based diet,” which it supplements by foraging for snails in nearby fields. “I know you can’t cover nutritional basics with cabbage,” he said bitterly. “But there’s no alternative.”




“I’m not saying we should just wait for others to help us,” he said. “But unless the European Union acts like this school, where families help other families because we’re one big family, we’re done for.”



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Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:44 | 3467403 Mercury
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Nice work EU.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:44 | 3467411 camaro68ss
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little snail with your cabage sir?

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:48 | 3467419 Mercury
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Seriously, when is the next, bazillionth, catered meeting of public servant, financial alchemists?

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:49 | 3467438 McMolotov
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And how do we get on the catering staff so we can poison the fuckers?

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:50 | 3467458 Richard Chesler
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It's all part of God's work.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:01 | 3467521 imbtween
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Surely the Greek people understand they must make sacrifices in order to save their banking system from collapse. Chin up, Nikos, once the banks have enough money, everything will be great!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:05 | 3467549 Divided States ...
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I dont see any such scenes on CNBC depicting the dire situations going on in Greece....but instead we get our daily does of Larry Fuckin Fink in his Fed sponsored Armani suits, Fuckin senile geezer Carl "I CAN" Icahn throwing a hissy fit and other fuckin Jbags who continues to rape the rest of the world for their own fuckin pleasure.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:15 | 3467592 SilverIsKing
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Some of the blame has to be borne by the Greek politicians and even the Greek public for how they got into this mess in the first place.  They gave up their sovereignty and lived on debt while not doing much work and retiring at an early age.  Feel bad for the kids of course but there's plenty of blame to go around both in and out of Greece.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:20 | 3467615 SafelyGraze
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You Didn't Discard That.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:28 | 3467645 Popo
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"Unless the EU acts we are done for"


No, woman.  Unless YOU act you are done for.   Get a pitchfork, torch and whatever else is handy and get to work on your local EU puppets.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:38 | 3467684 DaveyJones
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Funny , in Monsanto's America, our children pick through food to eat trash

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:56 | 3467775 Skateboarder
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Chee-tos, dawg?

<-- I don't care if it's space food - flamin hot cheetos are the shit.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:34 | 3467938 AlphaDawg
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guess the message our beaurocratic heroes are telling us is that we need to suck it up.


seriously, the apathy around the globe has turned us all into gimps.


Oh fuck!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:46 | 3467989 Rubbish
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The world would rather buy guns and bullets instead of feeding the children. I mean really, what the fuck did they do.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:50 | 3468006 francis_sawyer
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Jew banker legacy...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:31 | 3468300 WayBehind
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Like the situation in the US was any better ...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:07 | 3468775 Supernova Born
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Soylent: The common sense hunger-control solution.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:09 | 3468810 TraderTimm
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@francis "there he goes again" sawyer

Reached your limit for not assigning racial tags again? Dang, you were doing so well.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:28 | 3468866 Seer
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Good point.  One made even clearer when you look at the funding for US's goon squad operations.

I'm in farming for a reason: it's the only way I know how to even attempt to pay back to the future what I got so (comparatively) easily.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:47 | 3467731 Shizzmoney
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Again, this is why we have a 2nd Amendment.

The ECB (and the bankign interests they work for) was going to steal the money from the Greeks once they joined the Euro.  We know that.

But what the guns would of done was scare the shit out of the local pols to actually stand with the people. 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:05 | 3468104 ronaldawg
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Mademoiselle/Fraulien Merkel:  LET THEM EAT CABBAGE....

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:48 | 3468715 tooktheredpill
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it sounds like an uprising can't be far off

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:07 | 3469255 Miffed Microbio...
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That may be difficult. If you are truly starving and are subsisting on cabbage what kind of rioter will you make? The longer this goes on the more likely TPTB win.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:11 | 3469273 akak
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If you are truly starving and are subsisting on cabbage what kind of rioter will you make?

A very flatulent rioter, I am guessing.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 23:01 | 3469732 Miffed Microbio...
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If it only was possible to destroy the PTB with stench! I, for one would gladly eat 20lbs worth. Unfortunately in our land of Oz, you can't melt a witch with water. Shame, would be glorious to behold.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:53 | 3469408 Parisnights
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Hope So.  When the Federal gov't of any country abandons the ppl, the ppl must abandon the fed gov't.  New city state bitchez

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:43 | 3468913 Seer
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"Money" is a CLAIM on future work.  Because there's not enough growth to entice the pursuit of the future much of that "money" is going to end up as a dead rotting fish.  And even IF you could keep it from spoiling just what then of the future, which demands more and more natural capital (from a finite capital store that is the planet).

Shoot all the bastards and we've still got the problem of BAD books.  We'll open up the "vaults" to see that they're empty, that they really never had anything in them: whatever was there is embedded in McMansions and whatnot, things that gave people work with which to help perpetuate the big bubble-up (circular function building upon the Great Ponzi).

The PROBLEM isn't the banksters etc, it's that the future cannot deliver what we've demanded from it.

Books empty.  No future growth.  Selling off the assets that the banksters et al may have is going to be about the same as selling off public assets- other RICH folks are going to pick things up penny-on-the-dollar.  How is all of this going to be rectified by the "2nd Amendment?"

I GET IT that people are pissed.  Lots of emotions.  However, we need more level heads to actually figure out what kind of future we're going to have than heads filled with revenge which will amount to little more than blowing off steam and perhaps giving TPTB another reason to crack some skulls (for old-time's sake- they won't be able to do so again).

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:13 | 3467846 klockwerks
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Doesn't anyone go fishing or grow anything. If they are unemployed they have plenty of time.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:59 | 3468050 new game
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they became worthless humans, dependant on a handout, government job and unrealistic benies.

what else do you expect.  picture new orleans without a catagory 5 huricane.

picture this accross america when the dollar tumbles.

picture it being widespread and in your face if you live in a shity city.

picture 1.6 billion bullets being deployed. picture fema camps for all these worthless eaters that are sucking one of the numereous tits that you are working for.  picture the future that ben and the banksters are creating for good ole ussra...

reality is knocking...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:23 | 3468241 Its_the_economy...
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Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:53 | 3468955 Imminent Crucible
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Picture 300 million fat, heavily-armed rednecks STARVING and ANGRY. That's the picture that keeps the central bankers from imposing "austerity" here.

It's coming anyway.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 03:00 | 3470200 Parrotile
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> Picture 300 million fat, heavily-armed rednecks STARVING and ANGRY.

You should be aware that if the American People become "a problem", the  Security Forces have plenty of very effective covert weapon systems to permit "that problem" to be easily managed, or even eliminated.

Mind you, it'll probably never be necessary. The "Divide and Conquer" strategy (Straight vs Gay, Red vs Blue, White vs Black, etc., etc.) seems to be doing the "management" job just fine, right now doesn't it.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:22 | 3469071 JoeSoMD
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there will be no fema camps set up. rather, ghettos like in warsaw during ww2 will be established.  rings of security will surround each.  gangs will control the ghettos.  when conditions deteriorate furtherand the gangs break out of the first ring they will be contained by the next.  over time they will establish their own 'state' as they consolidate more real estate.  there will be no rule of law, only survival of the fittest.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:39 | 3468670 BooMushroom
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No, and here's why:

Rigid and complex bureaucracy, ditto environmental rules, and corruption.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 07:41 | 3470599 Sanksion
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double post

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 07:38 | 3470615 Sanksion
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If they keep looking forward rescue and enlightment from political institutions, they have learnt dick and deserve to die.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:35 | 3467681 horseman
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Their citizens, as well as US citizens and any other country for that matter, are not responsible for any of this.  The banksters and politicians are alone in the responsibilty.  In the US, voter mandated reforms are routinely overturned by the politcal courts and people have no power over AG Holder who refuses to prosecute anything but white 15 yr old skinheads for anything.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:24 | 3467897 DaveyJones
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Let's review the tape. Goldman was caught red handed helping Greece cook the books to get more loans based on fraudulent statements. This helped start the domino effect. How many folks have gone to jail? The law has become a joke nationally and internationally 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:04 | 3468990 Seer
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Until we stop playing the victims we'll continue to be victims.


It was one huge global borrow-from-the-future growth orgy in which everyone piled into the greed wagon.  "Look, free money!"  "Money creates MOAR money!"  Why this happened is because we are ALL conditioned to believe that it's our DUTY to pump/pimp growth.  I don't believe that the end ever comes to those who are far off from consuming the natural capital available to them (unless by an outside force).  It's ONLY when depletion is fully set in that all of a sudden people start scrambling to pin the problem on this thing or that thing.

I don't know if you got up-arrows just because you embedded magic words ("AG Holder," "white"), or because of the basic statement that "citizens" aren't responsible for ANY of the problems we're facing.  Ever wonder if the elite are saying the converse?  Kind of like many here who also blame the poor, lazy slobs?  Yeah, the elite are convincing themselves that they are doing all the tough things while the rest of us ungrateful slobs berate them.

I definitely know what IS acting in all of this (and so did someone else who was pretty damn wise)...

"Men argue, nature acts." - Voltaire

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:15 | 3469288 tip e. canoe
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"Excellently observed," answered Candide; "but let us cultivate our garden."

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:36 | 3469367 horseman
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Seer, what are people supposed to do.  They vote, work within the system and their voices are ignored.  Sure, you can say they should fight back and revolt but I see you are here meaning you aren't exactley laying your life on the line for the cause.  As far as Holder, I am not using any code words trying to get up arrows.  I don't care about up arrows.  All one has to do is watch who he choses to prosecute and for what, as well as his crimes of ommission.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:23 | 3468239 Lugnut
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True dat, plus that country made not paying taxes into an artform.


No revenue, no spending, unless its borrowed.

Hello, ECB?


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:35 | 3468883 Imminent Crucible
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There's only 11 million of them. Over here, we've got 300+ million Supersized Americans who desperately need a respite from the buffet.

Let's ship 'em Monsanto, one-way, no return, and go on a fast-food diet. Then carpet-bomb their country with all the KFC, McD's, BK, etc we don't eat for a few days.

Greece will be invisible under the french fries and biscuits and gravy.

I wonder how Ollie Rehn would taste deep-fried and sliced thin?

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:05 | 3468997 Seer
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So, you don't really like those people over there very much, DO you? </sarc>

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:24 | 3469322 Miffed Microbio...
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We fatten our citizens with junk food and numb them with pharmaceuticals so they can't hold a pitchfork to revolt and are dependent on government for their every need. Greeks are being starved into submission and because they have been coddled for so long they don't have the ability to survive on their own or ban together and figure out how to produce food for themselves. There is some similarity between the two. The moral is do not allow yourself to become dependent on the government or you may suffer an unpleasant fate. Surround yourself with like minded people, fly under the radar as much as possible and pray you've prepared well enough if it all blows up.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 23:33 | 3469809 Imminent Crucible
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I must say, I like the way you think. I've closed bank accts and brokerage accts, reduced my standard of living and gone for simplicity and anti-fragility. Nassim Taleb is my hero and Kyle Bass is my role model. Even if I am older than him. I've gotten in with a sweet crowd of Mexicans who feed us like kings. You get kissed a lot. Well, the wife does.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:04 | 3475537 Miffed Microbio...
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We do think alike. Our new strategy is to try and be as much a locavore as possible. Our neighbor has a huge organic garden which he sells the excess at the farmers market. This month he has massive amounts of kale and Swiss chard. We bought 4huge grocery bags worth for $15 and have come up with all kinds of recipes. Our next project is to grow complementary to him so we can go to the next step: barter. I'm raising turkeys this year for exchange too. Network, network network is my new mantra as well as how can I be valuable to others.


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 03:02 | 3470204 Parrotile
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Mindful of the TONS of perfectly good food thrown away in the USA, every day, one wonders how far this would go to offset the problems faced with the Greek Hoi Polloi right now.

One suspects it would be far from "a drop in the Ocean".

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:15 | 3467594 HobbyFarmer
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Have 200+ seedlings started already and have planted 15 more fruit trees.  I intend to NOT cry to my overlords for feeding my capable of labor and enjoy farming (small scale) so it works for me.

That being said, shit happens to good people.  While I plan for the worst, a group of hungry government thugs could overwhelm me and take my farm at some point, so I'm not mocking the Greeks or looking down on them.  Certainly they have 1000's of years of small farming heritage to rely upon.

I do try to share with those who can't do what I'm doing.  I work with various youth groups including the Boy Scouts and have a "troubled" kid from a single mother home who is crying for attention.  I bring him to my farm a couple times a week to work out with some buddies and me, give him older brother type attention and encouragement.  Along with this, he proposed trading his labor  in exchange for food. 

So, I am buying an extra pig this spring and will take care of it everyday and have it butchered in the fall.  I'll send this boy home with fresh eggs and produce from the garden/orchard whenever he helps me.  And in exchange for this, he has seriously been working his butt off doing projects for me around the farm. 

Win, win, for the barter option.  I can't solve the worlds problems (although I complain enough) but I can help this one kid out. 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:35 | 3467616 Cognitive Dissonance
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"I intend to NOT cry to my overlords for feeding my capable of labor and enjoy farming (small scale) so it works for me."

I welcome my terrestrial overlords. After all they are a reflection of our collective insanity.

<However that does not mean I should succumb to them. Expand your mind and imagination and learn to be more self sufficient in various large and small ways. It begins with breaking from the slave (and hive) mentality. Thus it must begin within or it withers and dies on the vine.>

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:42 | 3467704 hedgeless_horseman
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+1 for the "extra" pig

a group of hungry government thugs could overwhelm me and take my farm at some point, so I'm not mocking the Greeks or looking down on them

It is important to realize that this is not what is happening to these Greeks.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:06 | 3467817 HobbyFarmer
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agreed and appreciate you pointing that out.  my plan works until a law is passed to make hobby farming illegal and thugs beat down my door.  perhaps (and hopefully) that point in collapse never arrives, as is the case in Greece at this moment.

Regarding the extra pig, will have 3 feeder pigs now instead of the two I'd planned on.  I am using them to bulldoze my brushy meadow area.  As they do their work, fertilizing, tilling, snouting, and uprooting all the plants, I'll move them to the next area.  The area they just worked will then be planted with either winter wheat or grass/alfalfa. 

In theory, I'll have the pigs clear my land.  Using my axe and shovel was taking too long.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:19 | 3467871 klockwerks
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You don't allow the thugs to come on your property. You dispatch them quickly and feed them to the hogs.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:36 | 3467945 SWCroaker
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Better have a clan living on the property, capable of 24-7 watch to fend off rovers.   Guns & a bunker r a nice start, but u'd better plan for sleeping @ some point....

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:57 | 3468429 ronaldawg
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Get some REAL dogs.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:00 | 3467712 DaveyJones
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Great post. You're a good man.

Nature is not a banker.

Treat her well, and she'll give you an honest return. 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:20 | 3467874 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Butcher your own & learn to cure it, it's not that hard. One thing that I nevver see on anyones list is curing salt also known as pink salt pink salt #1 for ham , bacon and such pink salt #2 for dry cure such as dry sausauge. I have been learning from a 36yr butcher from the chezk rep. he has taught me a great deal. I butcherd 6 hogs this yr and am cooking ribs tonight if I could id pull a hedgeless a post a pic. Pink salt is cheap and in a TEOTWAWKI situation will be as good as gold dust, IMHO

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:43 | 3469153 espirit
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Swamp cabbage and snails, yum?

South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world's most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster. More than 1,000 of the mollusks are being caught each week in Miami-Dade and 117,000 in total since the first snail was spotted by a homeowner in September 2011, said Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Residents will soon likely begin encountering them more often, crunching them underfoot as the snails emerge from underground hibernation at the start of the state's rainy season in just seven weeks, Feiber said. he snails attack "over 500 known species of plants ... pretty much anything that's in their path and green," Feiber said. In some Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, which are overrun with the creatures, the snails' shells blow out tires on the highway and turn into hurling projectiles from lawnmower blades, while their slime and excrement coat walls and pavement. A typical snail can produce about 1,200 eggs a year and the creatures are a particular pest in homes because of their fondness for stucco, devoured for the calcium content they need for their shells.

The snails also carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can cause illness in humans, including a form of meningitis, Feiber said, although no such cases have yet been identified in the United States. The snails' saga is something of a sequel to the Florida horror show of exotic species invasions, including the well-known infestation of giant Burmese pythons, which became established in the Everglades in 2000. There is a long list of destructive non-native species that thrive in the state's moist, subtropical climate. Experts gathered last week in Gainesville, Florida, for a Giant African Land Snail Science Symposium, to seek the best ways to eradicate the mollusks, including use of a stronger bait approved recently by the federal government. Feiber said investigators were trying to trace the snail infestation source. One possibility being examined is a Miami Santeria group, a religion with West African and Caribbean roots, which was found in 2010 to be using the large snails in its rituals, she said. But many exotic species come into the United States unintentionally in freight or tourists' baggage.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:21 | 3469305 tip e. canoe
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excellent point...sea/rock salt is a MUST for any SHTF situation, especially if you don't live by an ocean or volcano.   it's like mainlining minerals into the bloodstream.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 23:21 | 3469776 Skateboarder
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You don't appreciate salt till you don't have it. It's only the most amazing thing to happen to food since fermentation.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:13 | 3469029 Seer
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I suspect that it's happening, but the BEST thing is to impart knowledge of what all is happening there.  You know, teach a man to fish...

We WILL be handing off to a future generation.  And, if you go by how the Hopi Indians view things, we BORROWED everything from our children: I'd hope that people now start seeing this in this context, as it is often used in the context of debt and taxes being inherited by our children, or out children having to pay our debts- the picture is much bigger and clearer than what we've myopically seen it as.

You're doing the right thing.  As the kids grow up they're remember that you were one of the good guys.  That'll be an extension of your life, literally...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:47 | 3469392 Miffed Microbio...
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That was a wonderful story. Hobby farmer. I can attest to the bartering part. I live on 10 acres in arid east San Diego county and am slowly building it up bit by bit. I have a lot of experience raising laying hens and turkeys (trickier) on natural feeds and pasture. The local butcher was lamenting he had no end of trouble with raising turkeys so I made him a hand shake deal I would raise him 4 turkeys if he would be willing to butcher 4 for me as well. He was thrilled to do it. I gave him 6 of my laying hens so him 2 little children could collect eggs every morning and he's had mr miffed out to show him how to shoot a compound bow and hit his deer target at 50 yards. This type of education is so valuable to us and, even though we are college educated debt slaves, we know the value of what he is teaching us. Friendships like that are precious and we will help each if ever in need. To bad the bernank wont be able to extract any tax from our arrangement!


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 06:03 | 3470335 N57Mike
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nice post Hobby.... Edgar Cayce said something to the effect of "make your little corner of the world better, no matter how small" ....

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 22:35 | 3469611 MS7
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sorry-- wrong placement of post

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 22:37 | 3469618 MS7
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same thing happend again-- a conspiracy against me by ZH? I'm trying to respond to comment on page 1. I give up.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:58 | 3467502 Winston Churchill
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Castor bean soup to start.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:42 | 3467709 negative rates
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Then add a quart of diesel to a bag of N, put a nine volt battery to it, and kiss your ass goodbye! 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:03 | 3467528 A Nanny Moose
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...we guard you while you not fuck with us.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:16 | 3469040 Seer
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Demand respect!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:49 | 3467440 TeamDepends
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Todays entree features cabage d'escargot a la peasant...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:53 | 3467468 Ness.
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Don't kid yourselves - If not for our JPM supplied EBT cards and daily morning meals for our children (students) - this would be the norm in Amurika.


We're just better at hiding it.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:58 | 3467492 TeamDepends
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If you junked us, rest assured we are mocking the elites and not the struggling Greeks.  And yes, food stamps are the new soup kitchens.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:57 | 3467786 DaveyJones
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someone should do a black and white cartoon of EBT cards lining up for a skid row soup kitchen

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:25 | 3467904 TeamDepends
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Yes, and there's an entrepreneur standing there with a basket that has a sign on it that reads:  Apple Ipads $.05

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:58 | 3468973 CompassionateFascist
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Actually, the plastic food cards free up cash to buy plastic crap maufactured in Asian sweatshops by renegade Jews. 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:00 | 3467494 SemperFord
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Fo Zhizzle my Nizzle, some of you will not believe it's true but EBT America is for Realz 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:21 | 3467879 Freddie
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Oh Dude it is worse than that in the O nanny state.   US public schools have breakfast, lunch and an "afternoon snack" for the chillens in pubic school.  They also have afternoon/evening programs for kids at these schools and I am sure they get fed again.   There is no need for parenst for the spawn as their mommy baby momma is having her nails done while lacresha is at school.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:51 | 3468014 Joseph Jones
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Freddie you will love this.  This is real.  I do not make this up.  My best friend at work was associated with law enforcement people.  This LEO was telling my friend about a criminal case involving two black men.  Because one or both parents loved Jello their names were Oran'jello and Lemon'jello (respectively for orange jello and lemon jello). 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:30 | 3468292 Its_the_economy...
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junked u 'cause that urban myth has been circualting for a decade

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:38 | 3468899 Imminent Crucible
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Not an urban myth. I have a teacher friend who had a Lemonjello in her class a couple of years ago. Accent second syllable, please.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:34 | 3476222 Joseph Jones
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I apologize. My friend believed it when the cop told him.  I first heard this story about 15 years ago.  

Well, I stand corrected.   

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:04 | 3469246 Seer
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You always manage to get a racist dig in somewhere don't you?  "lacresha"  down-arrow

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:21 | 3469060 Seer
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My wife left the Philippines because she didn't like the corruption there.  I explained to her that it's even more corrupt in the US but that it doesn't appear that way because it's far more sophisticated here.  The equation is simple:

Location of most corruption = Location where most "money/wealth" exists

Money = power, and power corrupts.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:50 | 3467449 Joe Davola
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Let them eat static.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:50 | 3467460 LMAO
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.....unwillingly Venizelos springs to mind, I'm sure his leftovers will be ample to feed an average Greek City.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:47 | 3467726 Crash Overide
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I think the EU is trying to figure out how to tax the garbage in the garbage cans...  :(    Those poor fucking kids man.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:49 | 3467443 CrashisOptimistic
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Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:56 | 3467482 moonman
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Corned snail and cabbage for us Irish Amreikans


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:27 | 3467914 Freddie
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Makes u want to vote for Kennedys.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:58 | 3467493 somecallmetimmah
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I've heard if you tighten your noose enough, the hunger just floats away!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 22:04 | 3469441 Buck Johnson
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Good god, nasty as hell.  Also we saw this coming didn't we.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:47 | 3467429 freewolf7
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It's the same here.
There will be a day when we have collectively had enough.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:23 | 3469073 Seer
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No, I think that we've had plenty.  The "not enough" stage, though, WILL come...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:48 | 3467430 SheepleLOVEched...
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Broil the bankers and politicians, problem solved.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:18 | 3467605 dontgoforit
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Try'n eat that bitch; it would surely gag you to death.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:51 | 3467469 Clayton Bigsby
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Yup. So, about that fucking nobel peace prize....

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:58 | 3467498 Bangin7GramRocks
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"Tough Titty!" Ayn Rand

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:49 | 3468165 notbot
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EXACTLY the opposite. The best chance at prosperity comes from global free trade.  That's why I support "Randian" econ.


Socialism results in poverty.  This is tragic, and the reason why I support Austrian Econ is because I actually care that people suffer.

I'm a Bleeding Heart Libertarian.



Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:27 | 3469091 Seer
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Your vote duly noted.

Precious "global trade" is going to get a smack-down due to a lack of natural capital to move the ships which route the overwhelmingly meaningless crap all over the planet.

You can now return to dreaming of unicorns...  Really, I DO like the story (it's just that I have to actually LIVE in reality).

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:00 | 3467513 Groundhog Day
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"unless the EU acts were done for"

I'm truely sorry to say,  Your done for.  These sociopaths don;t give a rats ass about you or your starving children.  You will have to take back what truely is yours

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:32 | 3469103 Seer
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They're expected/anticipated way-of-life in the future is done for.  No amount of kicking, shooting or otherwise trying to reclaim what is not there is going to change this fact.

Either cling on to the sinking ship or let go.  BUT!  Please pass on the wisdom that will ensure that you do not fall into this trap again! (humans are deceptive; this is a finite planet, perpetual growth isn't free- don't fall for shit that entices you to believe otherwise!)

I suppose it's better to be one of the first ones than the last.  By the time the last ones tumble there won't be any shred of help available (not when everyone is just hanging on themselves).

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:13 | 3467587 dontgoforit
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Public unions & liberalism at its finest.  Folks are gonna havta learn to truk farm agin.  Sad for the little kids.  Their pain is our pain.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:33 | 3469116 Seer
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And the promotion of perpetual growth on a finite planet BY EVERYONE had NOTHING to do with this!

We're all victims by "THEM!"

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:27 | 3467913 Dugald
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Nothing to do with the profligate way they lived for so many years, chickens coming home to roost, a tragedy unfolding as a result of stupid greed. I feel sorry for the kids who had no hand in this greek tragedy.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:36 | 3469118 Seer
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Yes, as I'd noted above, EVERYONE piled into the greed wagon!  All is always fine until the wagon stops.  And when the wagon stops we all start pointing fingers!

I only "pray" that one day we'll figure out that we're living on a finite planet...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:38 | 3467965 Hobbleknee
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Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:01 | 3469238 Chuck Walla
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Coming soon to a North American Country near you!


Forward Soviet!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:17 | 3469297 H E D G E H O G
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it'll be worldwide before it's all said and done. there won't be a gold tooth left in anyones head by the time the scumsuckers are done with their pillaging. a few of these financial psychopaths,aka world leaders need to die a violent death before any change will occur, in my most humble opinion.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:44 | 3467405 camaro68ss
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Coming to a town near you!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:51 | 3467456 The Master
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I have a feeling this isn't the "Spartan Diet" everyone always talks about...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:37 | 3469127 Seer
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In boot camp we were often told that we were having duck- that we were to duck "in" and duck "out."

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:04 | 3467542 A Nanny Moose
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Dumpster diving FTW.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:44 | 3467406 ParkAveFlasher
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Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:46 | 3467416 camaro68ss
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I just had a huge lunch, im so full right now.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:48 | 3467437 IridiumRebel
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I'm krass as fuck, but children and grandparents are off limits. 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:52 | 3467462 Black Markets
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I like grandparents too. But I couldn't eat a whole one.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:53 | 3467478 IridiumRebel
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alright now that shit is China in "The Great Leap FOARward", parents would trade children to eat. 45 million died from hunger. Did your family eat any of its kids AnAnusonymous?

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:01 | 3467516 LFMayor
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Traded kids so that they didn't have to eat their own, didn't they?   Awesome.  China, "cradle of civilization".   

get it AnAnon?  CRADLE.

Center of the Heavens and i'm sure kids are succulent with steamed bamboo shoots and some tiger-dong sauce.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 04:39 | 3470271 Parrotile
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The situation faced by the Chinese was neither unique, or even particularly rare. There are plenty of instances of child cannibalism elsewhere, and when people are desperate, they do desperate things, including Americans during the Great Depression.

All this "Anti-Chinese" rhetoric on ZH is getting a bit tedious. America (and the West generally) CHOSE to send jobs overseas to "sweatshop" economies, with precious little (probably NO) regard for the consequences of such actions, the focus being entirely on the hallowed "Bottom Line", so important for those Corporate bonuses. The downside of this short-sightedness is that the Chinese (and the Koreans) are just as smart as anyone in the West; they too can innovate very nicely, thank you, and they now produce things other people want, for an acceptable price. Things like Rigol oscilloscopes, that Agilent "re-badge" under their own name and sell for a significant price premium - so much for the "Cheap Chinese Crap" meme.

At some stage in the future (maybe sooner rather than later) the West is going to have to accept the fact that it's had it's turn in the sun, and there are others just as deserving of their moment of centre-stage. Hopefully the transition will be effected with dignity and grace, but if the warmongers and associated "Greed-Merchants" remain in control, we suspect that the transition may herald the end of civilisation as we know it, for everyone.

War is neither necessary nor inevitable.  It all hinges on the humility (or lack of) of those in positions of power.

And let's be honest - their current track record is hardly inspiring, is it!




Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:19 | 3467608 SemperFord
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:23 | 3467899 centerline
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Now that was funny!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:34 | 3467671 waterwitch
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Soylent Greek?

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 17:28 | 3468278 Pareto
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had to +1 ya and -1 ya.  I laughed, and then realized that now I am too going to hell.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:43 | 3469141 Seer
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Another selling point for Hell!  Hang around the places that promote "heaven" and they're all anal and anti-laughter (go ahead, break out laughing in the middle of a sermon and tell me how it's received!)

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:45 | 3467409 Larry Dallas
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Why hasn't anyone responsible died yet for this travesty? Unbelievable.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:48 | 3467431 Freddie
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I wonder hoiw many of the unioonized govt workers (about 50+% of the workforce) in Greece have taken a pay cut?  They are like California or Illinois govt workers.

Greece needs to leave the EUSSR and the euro but they won't.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:56 | 3467486 otto skorzeny
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there is no fucking way they live as high on the hog as an IL govt employee worker

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:02 | 3467524 LFMayor
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How about double dipping Memphrica IRS workers?   They get lots of extra paychecks, from the latest news.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:16 | 3467602 exi1ed0ne
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It will come when the pain of staying put is more then the pain of change.  Unfortunately most of the deaths will not be those responsible.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:49 | 3469180 Seer
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Years ago I spent a fair amount of time in discussions about how it was all going to go down.  From those discussions I became convinced that most would go the whimper route.  Historically most people end up dying on the path to go find food somewhere,  not going out Rambo style.

While many might not be able to do anything for the folks there that doesn't mean that they cannot do something for someone close by (I often get the feeling that a lot of people spew empathy toward those far away because they know they don't have to actually see/hear/touch/smell/act with/on it).

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:24 | 3467627 Urban Redneck
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It's not like the Greeks don't have a tradition of bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations, and I'm not even that old.


Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:45 | 3467412 Híppos Purrós
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Thematically of a piece....

Check out this article:

Greece launches manhunt after immigrant farmworkers are shot and wounded for demanding back pay

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:45 | 3467418 williambanzai7
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Food insecurity is another example of ludicrous technocratic unspeak.

How about starvation!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:47 | 3467434 tarsubil
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Too insensitive. Murdering innocent children that are foraging in trashcans will now be referred to as "retirement".

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:58 | 3467501 LeisureSmith
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I Colombia they call it "Social Cleansing" when they "retire" street kids. The police there are very eh......creative in their methods.


Living in the Sewers of Colombia

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:07 | 3467558 somecallmetimmah
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'Zactly!  See how good life is in Europe?  They lowered the retirement age to '5'!!!

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:50 | 3467445 LetThemEatRand
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Whomever came up with that one needs to experience a sustained period of negative posterior comfort (a good ass beating).

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:01 | 3469242 Seer
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Where's our resident expert, Mr "Ass on Fire?"  paging...

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:53 | 3467454 oddjob
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It is a perfectly acceptable term when overfed PHD's confer with one another across the buffet table.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:54 | 3467475 Jim in MN
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Food insecurity = only one pastry left on the tray at the conference coffee break

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:52 | 3467471 Joe Davola
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Don't think of it as starvation, think of it as indoctrinating another generation of freegans.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:09 | 3469266 Seer
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See!  If only people would have listened to this guy they'd be OK now:

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:53 | 3467473 otto skorzeny
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no-it is accurate-the children are just not sure where their next meal is coming from. starvation means there is absolutely no food available to eat.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:45 | 3469158 toys for tits
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This fucking shit breaks my heart.  Cocksuckers borrowed all that money for the Olympics and now can't pay it back.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:45 | 3467420 Gene Parmesan
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People will only accept hunger for so long.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:48 | 3467435 centerline
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Watching their children suffer.  Won't take much more than that to motivate people.

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:52 | 3467464 IridiumRebel
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I try never to bandy about loosely veiled threats and want to always find a way to take the intellectual and peaceful way out, but seeing my daughter pick through trash to eat may make me become "creative". 

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:08 | 3467554 Cthonic
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Don't worry, U.N. peacekeepers will no doubt offer assistance.

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