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"Working Poor" Spark 170% Increase In Britons Needing Food Handouts In Past Year

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While the dismal news of endlessly rising food stamp recipients in the US seems to be glossed over by most of the media because, well, stock markets are at all-time highs, in Britain, things are becoming increasingly awful. As the FT reports, the number of people receiving emergency food rations has surged from 130,000 to almost 350,000 in the past year. As inflation eroded incomes and government austerity pushed hundreds of thousands into crisis, the 'working poor' has emerged. The food bank provider estimates about half of the households it helped has at least one person in work. During the Great Depression, the desperation was graphically evident with long lines of families waiting for soup; in the new depression, the record levels of starving and needy are hidden by a blanket of EBT cards and direct transfers from government. The situation is no less terrible - no matter how hidden from view. As one food bank manager noted, "the fundamental thing is that more and more people are living an increasingly precarious life financially."

 

Via The FT,

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The 170 per cent surge in demand for food handouts will fuel debate over the impact of government austerity on poorer households, amid concerns about the effect on demand as consumers cut back on everyday spending.

 

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For policy makers, the high proportion of emergency food going to working households illustrates the wider trend in the post-recession job market, where many new jobs are part time, temporary and low paid – meaning even those in work sometimes struggle to put food on the table.

 

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“There was a real shock with one group [of donors] at the concept of the working poor... We know many people who are doing everything they can; they’re in a job, they can’t find another job that pays more, they’re paying rent, water, council tax, electric, and they honestly struggle to buy food for their family.”

 

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On food bank manager noted... “We are being so pressured to fill the gap that is now being created by the welfare reforms – and we’re not that. We are meant to be short-term help.”

 

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"the fundamental thing is that more and more people are living an increasingly precarious life financially."

 

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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:54 | 3492512 Zen Bernanke
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but stocks are at all time highs. 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:58 | 3492538 Rubicon
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Alarmist. I dont see any here in Belgravia.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:05 | 3492569 GetZeeGold
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We blame it all on Margaret Thatcher. She warned us about it...and then somehow she caused it to happen.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:43 | 3493068 Ghordius
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bloody deep thought, this one. don't forget that the Baroness (and Ronnie) believed that markets self-correct everytime and practically on the spot, without the need of any supervision of any kind, including moral

I doubt she envisioned what would really happen after the twin whammies of globalization and the Big Bang, then a London banker was a gentleman, a cautious lender and had plenty of skin in a long game, with consideration for the next generations

the Mayors of Greater London were also a bit more discreet when catering for the great, and MPs did not kneel and grovel in public when Mr. M and his ilk showed up

anyway, between the ashes you'll find embers, and many previously American bankers are indigenizing, which opens them to the old (tribal) English social correction of shaming - then London is after all a social capital where climbers want to achieve social capital (is this a pun?)

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:10 | 3492571 hedgeless_horseman
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“There was a real shock with one group [of donors] at the concept of the working poor... We know many people who are doing everything they can; they’re in a job, they can’t find another job that pays more, they’re paying rent, water, council tax, electric, and they honestly struggle to buy food for their family.

Everything?  Honestly? 

We've seen their HDTVs, iPhones, and new cars. Let's see their gardens.

Here is our onion patch and last night's salad, everything except the tomatoes and salami, is from our gardern, including the blue cheese and eggs.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:16 | 3492586 scatterbrains
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how come the deer haven't eaten everything in that photo yet ?

Looks great!  I wondering if folks should bother though as I would expect  the gov. will prohibit backyard gardens (after a virus/poison scare initiated in order to pass legislation to protect the public is set in place) and besides it's best to go through the JPM food card system in order to insure safe abundant food to the masses. Mean while the deer get fatter and more lazy with each passing day..   kill one and your ass is going to jail and your guns will be confiscated in liberal suburban America.

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:17 | 3492616 Sudden Debt
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they drank water from the little pawn nearby and died...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:22 | 3492628 hedgeless_horseman
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Great question!

There was a real shock with one group [of donors] at the concept

Solar charged hot-wire with a double-wide top wire; seven years and no intruders.

Deer will not jump a double-wide top wire spread.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:22 | 3492653 Rubicon
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Your roses look ill

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:25 | 3492663 hedgeless_horseman
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lol...right-side photo?  Newish (3rd year) blueberries, early season photo from a month or so ago. 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:24 | 3492668 Rubicon
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Respect. Love the Gestapo gates.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:32 | 3492696 Sudden Debt
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:) +10 :)

:) :) :) :)

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:35 | 3492707 Rubicon
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But they just need "Arbeit macht frei" suspended above them

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:35 | 3492712 Sudden Debt
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Nah... that only attrackts people who think they can shower over there for free....

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:37 | 3492722 hedgeless_horseman
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Am I keeping zee deer out, or zee verkerz in?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:43 | 3492750 Rubicon
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Are your veggies Jewish?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:46 | 3492774 Sudden Debt
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well... let's see..:

1. Can you cut them up without anybody noticing?

2. Do people care if you boil them?

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:56 | 3492810 Rubicon
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You sick bastard!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:42 | 3492755 Sudden Debt
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You do have a cool setup and enough land so it seems :)

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:54 | 3493120 ILLILLILLI
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It could be changed to "gardening will make you food"...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:49 | 3492778 LawsofPhysics
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That's a lot of arable property HH.  Unfortunately, such property and resources (water, timber to build fences, minerals etc.) is not available for 7+ billion (and growing) people.  Besides, collecting rainwater (watershed) is already "illegal" in many cities and suburbs.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:58 | 3492791 hedgeless_horseman
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...not available for 7+ billion (and growing) people...

Really?  That is odd.  I have seen plenty of property for sale around here, and plenty of Whataburgers, too.

It is not the availability of food that concerns me, it is the quality of the food that is available that concerns me.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:20 | 3492952 _underscore
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Is this supposed to be the UK at this time of year? Nothing is growing yet - we've had the latest Spring on record (nearly).

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:30 | 3493523 css1971
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There is colour in the photo, it isn't a uniform grey so clearly not the UK.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:11 | 3492592 duo
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39F this morning in Dallas.  Tomatoes don't like that.  Gardening is a crap shoot without a greenhouse.

I'll have to compost a bushel of Swiss Chard because  I can't give it away.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15 | 3492612 Buckaroo Banzai
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Don't compost it, juice it.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:27 | 3492675 hedgeless_horseman
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Stir fry swiss chard with vinegar.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:33 | 3492699 duo
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trust me, I've cooked it many different ways.

Chard makes EXCELLENT Kimchi lacto-fermented.  I have a cupboard full of that already.

Meanwhile, Whole Foods is selling organic Chard for $6/bunch.  Go figure.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:06 | 3493715 Byte Me
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39F

Well that sounds Texas sized

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:18 | 3492625 AnAnonymous
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Ah, the land handed down by the Indians to sponsor the 'american' project of liberty, freedom and truth is not that good.

Bury them all, those Indians... Without them and their shitty land, 'americans' could live so much the life...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:24 | 3492667 prains
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AnAnalogousAnus

3000 years of chinese "history" has been manufactured by the whip, 99% of your population still lives like serfs with the standard of living as someone from 500 years ago. So relative to that what exactly is your point??

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:56 | 3492805 AnAnonymous
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You mean that in 3000 years, the chinese did not manage to put the world on the path of depletion of resources as 'americans' have been able to in 236 years?

Woooo, you might be on something here.

Oh, no wait, 'americanism' kicks in: an overconsumption problem is never because some over consume. It is always because other consume lowly or do not consume. So say 'americans'...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:14 | 3493210 Bobbyrib
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China is due to take over from the United States. How much is China investing in Africa?  Do you have any idea what it will take to continually feed one billion people? It's China's turn.

I would also like to mention the Senkaku Islands and how two countries are fighting over a pile of rocks. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the oil reserves, right?

US American citizenism has only been an empire since the end of World War 2, you'll notice before that time that Europe was heavily involved in Africa and not the United States. Don't you think 236 years is a little too long to be blaming the United States? Have we wasted a ton of resources since becoming an empire? Yes, who has not?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:31 | 3493536 prains
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still haven't answered the question

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:06 | 3493717 The_Dude
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Listen Tiny (and you know what I am talking about)....you Chinese Citizen is the quintessential pillager and destroyer of everything around you.  Like a locus you over consume anything that you can lay your greedy hands on.

 

Just one more example in an endless list:

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/poaching-04162013183100.html

 

Soon ....no more tiger penis or bear paw to help your little tiny.....hopefully then you will go away.

http://www.nerdygaga.com/5584/weird-medicinal-animal-organs/

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:53 | 3493952 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous told this drivels:

Ah, the land handed down by the Indians to sponsor the 'american' project of liberty, freedom and truth is not that good.

Bury them all, those Indians... Without them and their shitty land, 'americans' could live so much the life...

Thanks to the Internet, I found out this side, especially among Chinese citizenism citizens.

You dont need to know the correct answer to know that an answer is flawed.

Yet for many Chinese citizenism citizens (as sampled by daily life and the Internet), this little piece of reality completely evades.

In Chinese citizenism, if you are not able to provide the correct answer then outlining that an answer is wrong is moot.

Once, there was some Chinese citizenism guy big on that behavior. Any time a wrong answer was outlined as a wrong answer, he kept asking the proper answer as an evidences.

Funnily enough, one of his roadside dung heaps he crapped not vertically, but lopped sided. In a matter of self derision, I asked if he knew how to excrete a dung heap vertically so he could tell about wrong answers. I thought the guy would laugh at himself but instead, he somehow grew violent and crapped himself, to the degree that his pantaloons burst open at seams.

Which outlined another strong trait in Chinese citizenism citizens, what is good for others is not forcefully good for them.

So if we start with the idea that this AnAnonymous guy expects a certain level of quality in the answer to an issue, the list fails miserably.

The guy is more interested in seeking evidences to validate a pre-conceived point of view than analyzing facts (a propagandist then). Meaning that what was considered an issue before will no longer consider as such.

That is the AnAnonymist way. And that is why nothing has to be expected from Chinese citizenism, only decadence, fantasy and failure to take responsibility.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:22 | 3495347 StychoKiller
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So, to sum up:  The Chinese are not the "chosen people?"

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:23 | 3492659 Doubleguns
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Duo, your supposed to eat the swiss chard and its too early for tomatoes now anyway. Just saying...so you do not waste money on a green house in hot as hell Texas. I would think it would kill a mortal soul to walk into a green house in Texas like being 10 feet from a massive solar flare. LOL

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:28 | 3492683 duo
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the whole trick to tomatoes and most garden stuff here is to plant as early as you can and cross your fingers.  Everything is going to die in June anyway.  This year I've had one whole crop of tomatoes go into shock and another freeze.  A greenhouse would allow a safe February start to tomatoes.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:25 | 3492666 HobbyFarmer
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Normally I just read the article/comments.  Today I logged in to upvote HH and duo.

Some kids my wife knows have roped her into preparing a weekend backpack for local schools.  I hadn't heard of this before, but basically parents aren't feeding their children over the weekend (schools here serve breakfast and lunch to kids who parents refuse to send them fed or with a lunch).  So, local charities have kids organizing families to prepare a backpack with enough food for several meals.  The backpacks are collected and left at area schools and children are welcome to take one home on Friday so they have food over the weekend.

I have mixed feelings about this.  Especially when we were told not to include anything fresh or that required cooking from scratch (rice and beans, you know, stuff we eat regularly).  Apparently, a lot of these parents are not only unable to feed their kids but are unable to cook meals for them.  So, the most complicated we're allowed to put in the backpack is mac+cheese or spaghetti.  the more processed, the better.  My wife and I are too embarrassed to buy the stuff at the store regularly (to give away) so we don't help out with this charity very often.

So, we do this as a favor, but prefer to help other ways.  A local woman's shelter gratefully recieves fresh eggs or extra greens/veggies from our hobby farm.  They actually have staff help moms prepare meals if the women are unable to cook very well.  That type of giving sits better with me than sending processed foods (that we almost never eat) to families who are being fed but not taught to fish for themselves.

Anyway, again, I logged in to up arrow HH's comment about 'show me their garden' and Duo saying he composts Swiss Chard because he can't give it away.  I have similar experiences myself.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:38 | 3492728 duo
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:16 | 3493436 bonderøven-farm ass
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I saw your post regarding Swiss Chard.   Chard is a staple in our home/garden....aside from using it in salads, juicing it with other tops or dehydrating it (using a little olive oil and salt/pepper to taste) to make 'chips' for snaking works well.  Our hens love any unsavory leaves as well.  

Good to see other farmers on the thread.  Happy sowing......

 http://pinterest.com/annoyingserf/tranquil-toad-farm/

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:28 | 3493497 hedgeless_horseman
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Beautiful farm, and a beautiful-healthy-happy looking woman.  Funny how they go together.

Peace be with you.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:33 | 3493543 bonderøven-farm ass
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Thanks HH, love the pics and information you share of your farm as well.  Indeed, we are a reflection of the environment we create....

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 15:21 | 3494081 green888
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now into growing nutrient dense food- heads up you farmers

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:36 | 3494983 bonderøven-farm ass
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Right on green888.  Taking responsibility for you own existence is the first step to freedom....welcome to the club.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:49 | 3492779 Bee
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School teachers have now noticed that many children have parents that no longer brush their teeth at night and tuck them into bed.  A new Federal Program has been proposed and named, The Bedtime Corp.  It will hire aides to visit each home at 8:30 PM to brush each child's teeth and then tuck them into bed.  Bed Corp aides will be required to join a union. 

Your taxes will provide this "free service". 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:02 | 3492837 Temporalist
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Is there an age limit for that?  I need some good "tucking" too.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 16:54 | 3494533 Bee
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After the third year the program will be expanded to reach your age group and to also include a bedtime story.  But, you won't get to pick your Tuck-In-Aide.  Sorry.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:47 | 3495034 Fíréan
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I logged in to put a positive reply and an up arrow to your post, and the work and action that you do.

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:02 | 3492835 Muddy1
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Beautiful, well done!!!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:17 | 3492940 _underscore
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Are you saying this is grown in the UK, this year, outside? If so, that's a fantasy - nothing except last years leeks & brasiccas  are growing yet, spring onions would hardly be started - it hasn't been warm enough.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:27 | 3493000 tsouth
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American gardens are bigger.. English households with enough land to grow food for even partial self sufficiency ain't going to foodbanks.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:45 | 3493078 markovchainey
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I've said it before and I'll say it again:  Hedgeless is my hero! 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:53 | 3493117 Dave Thomas
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Hey Hedgeless, what do you grow in June, July, August, and September? Inquiring Texans want to know.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:16 | 3493141 hedgeless_horseman
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Corn, okra, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, watermelon, and cantaloupe all do well for us in the summer heat. 

However, summer is our off-season for gardening.  It is a great time to re-charge the soil with some fresh fish guts.

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:04 | 3493385 ncdirtdigger
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A good cover crop of cow peas (aka black eye peas) or buchwheat will help feed your soil as well. I have so much extra from my garden i had to learn to can it. Now my shelves are stocked with salsa, spaghetti sauce, pickles, beans, etc. 

 

My gardens  http://agrowingcuriousity.blogspot.com/

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:02 | 3493387 Totentänzerlied
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My guess is, inadequate cultivatable land legally available for planting, i.e. they live in apartments or small nearly yardless houses, like most low-income people. If they live in council housing (UK's version of Section 8) they can't be expected to have a garden of any size as they simply have no land.

Assumptions, man, don't make them. Not everyone owns arable farmland, particularly not the (sub)urban poor who are receiving welfare benefits.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:21 | 3493478 hedgeless_horseman
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...they live in apartments or small nearly yardless houses, like most low-income people. If they live in council housing (UK's version of Section 8) they can't be expected to have a garden of any size as they simply have no land.

Most do choose to remain where they can receive "help" from the government. 

Humans have brought these populations under their control and care for a wide range of reasons: to produce food or valuable commodities (such as wool, cotton, or silk), for types of work (such as transportation, protection, and warfare), scientific research, or simply to enjoy as companions or ornaments.
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestication

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:10 | 3493424 stuckonarock
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your dead right, but the initial learning curve for becoming more self sufficient is longer than the period of time someone can live without food.  People who learn quickly will live and be healthy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:10 | 3493426 stuckonarock
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your dead right, but the initial learning curve for becoming more self sufficient is longer than the period of time someone can live without food.  People who learn quickly will live and be healthy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:44 | 3492768 Urban Redneck
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I don' think "those people" can afford to walk in the door, much less buy anything at the Waitrose on Motcomb, much less Partridges or Harrods, the economic Ring of Steel and all..

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:48 | 3492781 Sandmann
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Very few people can afford to live in Britain; even fewer can afford to work and live in Britain.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:02 | 3492825 Urban Redneck
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The IRS Kleptocrats went from salivating to soiling themselves when they looked at my boxes and boxes of printed receipts documenting what it actually costs to live in that gilded dystopian-hell-hole, and the fact that the English cost-of-living had "legitimately" swallowed the money they were trying to steal out my pocket.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:33 | 3493024 tsouth
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bollocks, plenty of us doing just fine.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:06 | 3493403 Totentänzerlied
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The real surprise is that anyone would want to.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:47 | 3493093 GaryNeville
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I work in Belgravia (London) and you wouldn't believe the amount of homeless people around here....

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:05 | 3493168 Urban Redneck
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Is it the Victoria vagrants migrating west and breaching Hobart, the Chelsea crowd invading from the SW, has Hyde Park gone Hobo-by-Night? I just can't picture those residents handing out keys to the private gardens...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:39 | 3493579 GaryNeville
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Victoria vagrants mainly... There's loads of homeless around Victoria and Pimlico - just saying....

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:00 | 3492540 13thWarrior
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Tour de France: Why has no one been appointed the winner of Armstrong's seven tours?

This is why:

 

1999

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Alex Zülle (‘98 busted for EPO)

3. Fernando Escartín (Systematic team doping exposed in ‘04)

4. Laurent Dufaux (‘98 busted for EPO)

5. Ángel Casero (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

 

2000

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Jan Ullrich (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

3. Joseba Beloki (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

4. Christophe Moraue (‘98 busted for EPO)

5. Roberto Heras (‘05 busted for EPO)

 

2001

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Jan Ullrich (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

3. Joseba Beloki (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

4. Andrey Kivilev

5. Igor González de Galdeano (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

 

2002

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Joseba Beloki (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

3. Raimondas Rumšas (Suspended in ‘03 for doping)

4. Santiago Botero (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

5. Igor González de Galdeano (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

 

2003

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Jan Ullrich (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

3. Alexander Vinokourov (Suspended in ‘07 for CERA)

4. Tyler Hamilton (Suspended ‘04 for blood doping)

5. Haimar Zubeldia

 

2004

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Andreas Kloden (Named in doping case in ‘08)

3. Ivan Basso (Suspended in ‘07 for Operacion Puerto ties)

4. Jan Ullrich (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

5. Jose Azevedo (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

 

2005

1. Lance Armstrong

2. Ivan Basso (Suspended in ‘07 for Operacion Puerto ties)

3. Jan Ullrich (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

4. Fransico Mancebo (‘06 implicated in Operacion Puerto)

5. Alexander Vinokourov (Suspended in ‘07 for CERA)

http://www.quora.com/Tour-de-France/Why-has-no-one-been-appointed-the-wi...
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:13 | 3492591 GetZeeGold
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Fastest doper to cross the finish line.....just sayin.

 

Half the people on Wall Street couldn't meet those standards.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:03 | 3492555 LawsofPhysics
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Many people were "enriched" by Lance's performance.  Another distraction for the sheeple.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:14 | 3492597 AnAnonymous
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Armstrong, who in January admitted using performance-enhancing drugs after years of denials, has argued that the Postal Service's endorsement of his team earned the government agency far more than it paid him.
_____________________

'American' once...

Armstrong is so 'american'...

That guy sued a newspaper for telling as it was, that Armstrong was a drugs addict. Armstrong knew he was a drug addict but still sued the paper for libel.He racketed those guys from their money, using the 'american' system of justice (aka everywhere else as injustice)

As a fine 'american' he is, he totally lives in a world of fantasy, where his achievements were obtained through hard work, dedication, honesty etc

Middle class hero... Typical one. He perfectly embodies all the values of the 'american' middle class.

Not only this guy should return every single cent he made but he should pay compensation.

But hey, it is an 'american' world so 'americans' are rewarded for being 'american'

The way it works in an 'american' world...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:45 | 3492753 Pure Evil
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Its not as if he stayed home, sat on the couch and peddled it in on his XBox.

Sure, he doped it up, but he still peddled every mile sitting on a tiny seat that cuts the flow of blood to the male private parts.

Seems they all do it, the doping. Lets see you go out and peddle one of those bikes up and down mountains and over great distances without coming back winded and needing something to replace your depleted energy.

If you want something to worry about, start concerning yourself with all the fags coming out in the NFL. After NFL Hispanic appreciation month, then NFL Breast Cancer Awarness month, comes November where I'm more than sure we'll be celebrating NFL GLBT month. Luckily halftime has been reduced to about 15 minutes so there's little chance we'll be seeing Gay Pride parades during halftime. Or maybe you will, cause I won't be watching.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:01 | 3492821 AnAnonymous
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Absolutely. They all do it. Everyone is an 'american'.

NFL? Wait, aint that 'american' sport league packed with negroes in it?

Who 'american' would care about negroes and their health?

Ah, nice diversion. Them making bucks the 'american' way is un-american.

'Armstrong' is an 'american'. He was a sub par bike rider who could not accept what he was. He had to perceive for what he was not.

Armstrong is a mediocre sportman at best but he shined so much in theft, lie, propaganda, bullying, racketing, lecturing etc

A fine 'american'. Very fine 'american'.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:54 | 3493622 Pure Evil
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Well, compared to the corruption in China, Lance Armstrong is an angel by comparison. In fact don't you have some corruption to cleanup in China? Have you pulled all those pigs and other animals out of the river yet? How about all that pollution covering your most densely populated cities in smog.

I see a lot of high ranking officials are transferring billions of dollars in ill gotten gains out the the country right before they flee, done anything about that yet?

And, with your one child policy, how many female fetuses have been aborted so that you can maintain your male progeny cultural traditions.

Hey, when you finally clean up that 3rd world sewage pit you call China, then you can point your finger at us and laugh.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:10 | 3493417 Totentänzerlied
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"Seems they all do it, the doping." Welcome to professional competitive sports. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 15:15 | 3494045 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

That guy sued a newspaper for telling as it was, that Armstrong was a drugs addict. Armstrong knew he was a drug addict but still sued the paper for libel.He racketed those guys from their money

Quite telling how this guy obsessionates on Armstrong status as unlicit drugs addictate.

Hogwashed divertion talks, though, given the hypocritizenism of this guy posting via wifi from his neighbohoud Peoples Liberation Opium Parlour.

But hey, when it comes to Chinese citizenism citizens, anything appeals when it is about not taking up responsibility...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:58 | 3492523 malikai
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More zombie Keynes writing. FT = dead men talking.

Article Translation: "Moar QE, moar spending, slave."

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:57 | 3492525 buzzsaw99
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#WINNING!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:58 | 3492530 Pareto
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Given them Larry Kudlow's "Green Shoots" to put in their soup.  That'll make them feel better.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:11 | 3492585 Joe Davola
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I tend to avoid the soup around these parts.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:58 | 3492531 Zola
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Serfdom - 2013 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:58 | 3492533 Racer
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And those who are poor are being hit by things like the bedroom tax to squeeze the little money they have even more.

They refused to change or cap the interest rates the loans sharks.. er... payday loan companies can charge because it would be 'detrimental' to those with poor credit rating and little access to loans!

They charge several thousand percent interest.... they shouldn't cap that????

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:59 | 3492534 Edward Fiatski
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Those poor things, yet they diligently pay Council Tax & suckle on the King's COCK during the appropriate holidays.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:04 | 3492543 Kina
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I suggest Europeans and many Americans acquaint themselves with 'Down and Out in Paris and London' to get a handle on their new life.

The good olde days.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_and_Out_in_Paris_and_London

 

 

Its going to be made into a movie too.... timely.

 

In 2012, BBC News announced that Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is penning a script for a film adaptation of Down and Out. "It's a very timely book because it's about people in the midst of a depression," Hall said. The film will be shot by director Kevin Macdonald, who made The Last King Of Scotland and State of Play.[30]

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:24 | 3492619 MilleniumJane
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A great book by George Orwell!  Loved it even more than 1984 and Animal Farm.  A riveting portrayal of Depression life in Europe.

I especially remember his descriptions of the chef at the start-up restaurant in Paris where he worked.  She is overworked (along with the rest of the staff) and constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  It is simultaneously humorous and tragic.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:34 | 3492705 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes! The characterization of the poor woman he worked with at the restaurant was haunting. Read the book 20 years ago but that part still sticks with me.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:19 | 3492641 Buckaroo Banzai
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Great book. Everyone should read it. 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:55 | 3493124 Dave Thomas
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+100

Long Plongeurs.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:01 | 3492545 Dr. Engali
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Keep that stiff upper lip chaps. It's a good thing the serfs have been disarmed,it sounds like they may be getting close to some trouble brewing.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:10 | 3492580 forwardho
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I don't know Doc, we have 47 milion here in the states.

Not to be insensitive, but I have noted anecdotal correlation between ebt use and obesity.

When the inverse is true...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:00 | 3492546 q99x2
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Tear down the City of London and put the royal family along with Blythe Masters into the Tower. Get those parasites off your backs. Long live the revolution.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15 | 3492614 The Abstraction...
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The Rothschild Sassoons must have all their wealth confiscated first.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:05 | 3492562 fonzannoon
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"WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on Oct. 8. The note incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon and can be found here. The design was unveiled in 2010, but the introduction had been postponed due to printing problems."

I wonder what happens to old $100 bills?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:07 | 3492578 Dr. Engali
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It amazes me that each time they make a change in the currency it looks a little bit more like the monoply money that it is.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:18 | 3492622 Jayda1850
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More than likely, these sociopaths do the shit on purpose as a way of laughing in the face of the ignorant masses who know no better.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:27 | 3492673 A Middle Child ...
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I have a suggestion for the Treasury regarding the new $100 note. How about some perforations and multi-ply, padded design. Pre-aging to remove the crispness would be a sweet design feature as well. And replacing Franklin with Our Dear Leader would be truly inspired! When it assumes its true value as a finely printed piece of paper then Obama will get to take all my shit and kiss my ass while he's doing it!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:28 | 3492680 fonzannoon
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What happens when the treasury adds that old $100 bills have 3 months to be converted before they are no longer considered currency?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:29 | 3493004 Temporalist
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I hope they put Obama on the new $100 bill because it will go perfectly with the collection of commemorative plates I have on display.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:04 | 3492564 AnAnonymous
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If they can go and see an Arsenal game...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:06 | 3492568 Lordflin
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Welcome to the New World Order...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:05 | 3492570 Quinvarius
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The greatest depression.  Bigger and badder than the last.  But caused by the same people.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:07 | 3492577 lemarche
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DID THEY NOT GET QE????!!!!!

 

HAAA, ALL IS WELL... FRENCH REVOLUTION STARTED THIS WAY... ONLY 220 YEARS AGO BUT PEOPLE IN POWER HAVE SHORT MEMORIES IT SEEMS...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:08 | 3492583 Rayfp65
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Until the world stops revolving around Wall St. and where global stock markets are trading, nothing will change, things can only get worse. The federal Govt is joining the lawsuit against Lance Armstrong for "Unjustly Enriching himself", how about all the Financial culprits who "Unjustly Enriched themselves", (and still are) where are those Lawsuits.

Wall st. cares not for Main st.  It will run over you multiple times. True prosperity comes from working hard in a world that offers that opportunity, unfortunately, the world we now live in, does not!!

Thank you Dr. Bernanke!!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:17 | 3492613 AnAnonymous
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They managed to be as 'american' as the Texan? Djeee, that makes a lot of fine 'americans' on the road...

The 'american' world is secure with such a load.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:14 | 3492596 q99x2
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If they could get cash on their EBT they could buy BitCoins and forget about having to work. Last price $159. +200% in a week.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:41 | 3492745 The Abstraction...
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They would buy at $200, and set at $50.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:17 | 3492609 Navymugsy
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At least they're "working poor" and they'll be able to laugh at the non-working poor.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:19 | 3492624 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Wouldn't the non-threatening politically correct term be 'food insecure' for these people. They aren't poor they have jobs /sarc.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:20 | 3492644 AnAnonymous
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'American' economics reward work... Well known.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:28 | 3492676 rwe2late
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"nutritionally challenged"

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:40 | 3493295 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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That describes most processed food..... The same slop that all them sickly looking types been eating for the past 20 years or so.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:40 | 3492739 The Abstraction...
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The PC term would be White Racist Vigilante Terrorist Supremacist. As in, 'their lives don't matter, they are WRVTS.'

 

It is the foreign families that walk away with full benefits. The natives are the first to go homeless and die thirty years before their time..

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:19 | 3492635 adr
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The middle is destroyed to repair the decay at the bottom, the top gets all of what would have gone to the middle, and the middle falls to the bottom.

The top stands on a tiny column built out of blocks of their choice.

You can take away 90% of the pyramid, but the top can still stand. What do you have then?

Hmm, an obelisk. Funny how that is the symbol of Washington DC.

The NWO plan in simple terms. Build a column of support for the top to stand high above the ground. Destroy the rest of the structure so there is no way for anyone on the ground to ever reach the top again.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:22 | 3492654 AnAnonymous
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Nopey, nopey.

The 'american' middle class has grown so fat under 'americanism' the world can no longer endure them.

Part of it must be sacrificed to manage to save the rest of the middle class.

Those poor in England do not release that many resources when falling down, they were not high enough on the consumption ladder.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:21 | 3492646 lolmao500
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When it REALLY hits the fan, the highly urbanized (compared to the 1930 depression) population rate will surely do wonders right?? Back in the depression at least people had farms and knew how to grow food... now? LULZ! People will starve to death...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:25 | 3492671 AnAnonymous
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When it REALLY hits the fan, WE, the REAL Americans, will prevail REALLY in the REAL world through REAL honesty, REAL hardwork, REAL freedom, REAL truth, REAL justice.

It is all it takes: REAL.

Signed: A REAL American

Could make a song of that. As a REAL American...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:27 | 3492674 lolmao500
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LULZ. For REAL??

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:35 | 3492713 The Abstraction...
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Good luck REAL Americans, both of you.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:07 | 3493181 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I think that is the first thing you've ever typed I actually agree with. Lot of faux socialist types claiming otherwise are causing a lot of damage in this country and around the world.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:22 | 3492656 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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When the food banks are reduced to poverty soup (basically boil up whatever is edible) then you know we are in real deep shit.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:39 | 3492730 rwe2late
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There were food bank shortages last year.

Expected to be MUCH worse this year>

Try doing web searches for "food bank shortage 2012"

and

"food bank shortage 2013".

 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:29 | 3492685 mckee
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"No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:31 | 3492694 Never One Roach
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The next thing you'll be telling me is over 50 million people in USA on food stamps...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:31 | 3492700 Iam Yue2
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UKDK

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:58 | 3492752 semperfi
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ah!  the joys of socialism - the idiots deserve whatever they've asked for, and I wish them all the best in getting what they asked for - good and hard - breadlines and circuses !

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:47 | 3493086 smacker
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Quite so.

What is happening in Britain is a direct consequence of socialism over many decades which took a Great Leap Forward under Blair & Brown when they created a whole new class of people who had "entitlement rights". All funded of course by hard working taxpayers thru ever higher taxation.

But as always in Britain when socialism wrecks everything and impoverishes its citizens, there are growing calls for more socialism.

Socialism is not an alternative political ideology for running anything, let alone a country. It is the politics of fear, of power, control, envy, jealousy, hatred, corruption, fake equality, fake social justice, and of ever bigger government.

People refuse to learn this crucial lesson and by their own stupidity, are committed to suffer its consequences.

Let them eat cake!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:48 | 3492776 Sandmann
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I was surprised in Peterborough Cathedral to see a Soup Kitchen Rota. i had not imagined relatively new towns like Peterborough had such a problem 

http://www.peterboroughsoupkitchen.org.uk/our-partners/peterborough-cath...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:56 | 3492802 Kreditanstalt
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There's an ethical difference between coercive taxation and true charity. 

I'd much rather see a lot more food banks and soup kitchens than horrendous theft of people's income at gunpoint to pay for an expensive an insolvent government social welfare empire...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:03 | 3492842 AnAnonymous
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yes, true charity...

Funny how since they have declared freedom and property human rights, 'americans' must always add true this, real that...

Ummm, maybe because after keeping so many human beings as slaves and robbed so much wealth from human beings, they feel the urge of distinguishing between fake this and fake that.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:11 | 3492906 Edward Fiatski
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Everything must be a relative & subjective in the Chinese Imperium.

A Peasant is King - A King is Peasant!

Freedom is slavery.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:46 | 3493319 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I agree wholeheartedly. Charity comes from a genuine place of wanting to help others it is given freely and willingly, if you have to use coercion to tease it out of someone then it is not charity. At this point if I have excess I'd rather see it go somewhere where it is needed not to some entity that doesn't need it but wants it and is going mismanage it's use anyways or steal it outright.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:00 | 3492814 ak_khanna
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More and More people are having a hard life because all the efforts of politicians, government, central banks etc are focused on saving banks instead of targeting job creation which is the only way economy can recover. 


Jobs can be created by initiating the following :

Replace the top management of the too big to fail banks, put the existing ones in prison and charge them with fraud and misrepresentation. Break the banks into smaller ones so that they are no longer a risk to the whole financial system. Implement the Glass Stegall Act.

Use the reclaimed billions of dollars from the arrested bankers and use them to improve the infrastructure of the country. This would create jobs instantly and the improved infrastructure would give the confidence to the small businessman to hire more people.

Tax the richest 5% of the population heavily as they no longer create jobs in the country but outsource the jobs to the low cost developing nations. Stop completely the funding of election candidates by corporates and rich individuals so that their influence on politicians to make rules beneficial to themselves is clipped.

Stopping speculation and derivatives in commodity markets would reduce their prices substantially which would be beneficial to the majority of the population. This would lead to a better standard of living for the middle class families and they would go out and spend helping the revival of the economy.

But in the real world we can keep on dreaming.

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35345.html
www.letstalkmoney2012.in

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:04 | 3492846 AnAnonymous
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More consumption, more jobs, more 'american' middle class.

The solution is to add more 'american' middle class...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:46 | 3493325 akak
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More sweatshops, more ghost cities, more river pig armadas.

The solution to Chinese Citizenism?  MORE Chinese Citizenism!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:07 | 3492868 LongBallsShortBrains
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You didn't cook that!

You didn't grow that!

But here is an ebt card.

Eat til you are obese.

Now eat some more.

Now blame the farmers for profiting.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:26 | 3493507 ableman28
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Farmers by and large don't profit much from what they produce.  Its the intermediary processors of semi-manufactured foods like General Mills, etc. that make the most money.  If your able to garden much you'll notice two things............food you grow, like a farmer, is much cheaper than what you pay for it in the store.  And, the food you grow is much healthier for you.  You can't grow cheeto's.  

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:52 | 3493103 callaway1
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Just saw some numbers for the the affordable (HA) healthcare plan. It costs $12,500 a year. Some people will qualify for a $3,550 credit. Now for those that qualify that comes to $745 a month! No woner this bill passed. Big pharma, doctors, and the health care industy will not be affected at all. This changes nothing.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:28 | 3493263 yogibear
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Come to the US where even the Boston bombers were given welfare/free money to attack the country.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:47 | 3493327 SmittyinLA
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Britons have wised up and realized their govt is paying for a free invasion, and why shoudn't they partake of the free shit too?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 13:10 | 3493421 dolph9
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The Empire is history, but the country can survive a long time.

It's simple...you either hang bankers and vote in parties that will stop immigration, or you starve.  It's not that complicated.  Are you listening, British people?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 17:05 | 3494579 Iam Yue2
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Hello, hello, hello, now here's a massage from your queen
As figurehead of the status quo I set the social scene
I'm most concerned about my people, I want to give them peace
So I'm making sure they stay in line with my army and police
My prisons and my mental homes have ever open doors
For those amongst my subjects who dare to ask for more
Unruliness and disrespect are things I can't allow
So I'll see the peasants grovel if they refuse to bow.

Crass, Big A, Little A.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 23:38 | 3495972 Seer
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Apparently there are no real problems in the UK after all...

Pound Gains Versus Most Peers as U.K. Seen Skirting Recession

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-24/euro-remains-lower-against-poun...

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