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Child Hunger Is Exploding In Greece – And 14 Signs That It Is Starting To Happen In America Too

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

The world is heading into a horrific economic nightmare, and an inordinate amount of the suffering is going to fall on innocent children.  If you want to get an idea of what America is going to look like in the not too distant future, just check out what is happening in Greece.  At this point, Greece is experiencing a full-blown economic depression.  As I have written about previously, the unemployment rate in Greece has now risen to 27 percent, which is much higher than the peak unemployment rate that the U.S. economy experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  And as you will read about below, child hunger is absolutely exploding in Greece right now.  Some families are literally trying to survive on pasta and ketchup.  But don't think for a moment that it can't happen here.

Sadly, the truth is that child hunger is already rising very rapidly in our poverty-stricken citiesNever before have we had so many Americans unable to take care of themselves.  Food stamp enrollment and child homelessness have soared to brand new all-time records, and there are actually thousands of Americans that are so poor that they live in tunnels underneath our cities.  But for millions of other Americans, the suffering is not quite so dramatic.  Instead, they just watch their hopes and their dreams slowly slip away as they struggle to find a way to make it from month to month.  There are millions of parents that lead lives that are filled with constant stress and anxiety as they try to figure out how to provide the basics for their children.  How do you tell a child that you can't give them any dinner even though you have been trying as hard as you can?  What many families go through on a regular basis is absolutely heartbreaking.

Unfortunately, more poor families slip through the cracks with each passing day, and these are supposedly times in which we are experiencing an "economic recovery".  So what are things going to look like when the next major economic downturn strikes?

A recent New York Times article detailed the horrifying child hunger that we are witnessing in Greece right now.  At some schools there are reports of children actually begging for food from their classmates...

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.

“He had eaten almost nothing at home,” Mr. Nikas said, sitting in his cramped school office near the port of Piraeus, a working-class suburb of Athens, as the sound of a jump rope skittered across the playground. He confronted Pantelis’s parents, who were ashamed and embarrassed but admitted that they had not been able to find work for months. Their savings were gone, and they were living on rations of pasta and ketchup.

Could you imagine that happening to your children or your grandchildren?

Don't think that it can't happen.  Just a few years ago the Greek middle class was vibrant and thriving.

And we are starting to see hunger explode in other European countries as well.  For example, in the UK the number of people receiving emergency food rations has increased by 170 percent over the past year.

This is one of the reasons why I get upset when people say that "things are getting better".  Yes, the stock market has been setting record highs lately, but things are most definitely not getting better.

Even during this false bubble of debt-fueled economic stability that we are enjoying right now, we continue to see hunger and poverty rise dramatically in America.

Since Barack Obama has been president, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 32 million to more than 47 million.

Will we all be on food stamps eventually?

Will we all become dependent on the government for our survival at some point?

According to the Boston Herald, even Tamerlan Tsarnaev was receiving government welfare benefits...

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.


State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits.

Isn't that crazy?

And yes, there are some people out there that are abusing the system.  In fact, the cost of food stamp fraud has risen sharply to approximately $750 million in recent years.

But most of the people on these programs really need the help.  Thanks to our incredibly foolish economic policies, there are not enough good jobs for everyone and there never will be again.  The percentage of Americans that are unable to take care of themselves is going to continue to rise, and the suffering that we are witnessing right now is going to get much, much worse.

Not that things aren't really, really bad already.  Here are some signs that child hunger in America has already started to explode...

#1 Today, approximately 17 million children in the United States are facing food insecurity.  In other words, that means that "one in four children in the country is living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life."

#2 We are told that we live in the "wealthiest nation" on the planet, and yet more than one out of every four children in the United States is enrolled in the food stamp program.

#3 The average food stamp benefit breaks down to approximately $4 per person per day.

#4 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps before they reach the age of 18.

#5 It may be hard to believe, but approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.

#6 The number of children living on $2.00 a day or less in the United States has grown to 2.8 million.  That number has increased by 130 percent since 1996.

#7 According to Feeding America, "households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent".

#8 According to a Feeding America hunger study, more than 37 million Americans are now being served by food pantries and soup kitchens.

#9 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#10 Approximately 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

#11 One university study estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy 500 billion dollars each year.

#12 In Miami, 45 percent of all children are living in poverty.

#13 In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty.

#14 According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

For many more facts about the dramatic explosion of poverty in this country, please see my previous article entitled "21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know".

Unfortunately, most of the time statistics don't really tell the whole story.  Numbers alone cannot really communicate the soul-crushing despair that millions of American families are enduring on a daily basis at this point.

How can numbers communicate the pain that a child feels when her grandmother does not eat because there is not enough food for everyone in the family?  But this is what some families in America actually go through because there is not enough money...

Vanyshia tells about the sacrifices her Grandmother makes so that she and her siblings can eat. “Sometimes my Grandma can’t even eat because she has to feed me and my brother and sister. Sometimes I don’t eat as much as I want to because I leave some for my Grandma because I don’t want her to sit there and starve. Sometimes she doesn’t have enough money to buy food, so she has to go to the bank and borrow money. It makes me feel sad. I don’t want her to be hungry. I just feel sad sometimes,” says Vanyshia.

Things can be particularly tough when you are a single parent.  The BBC recently profiled a single mother that is struggling to raise two young children in Iowa...

"We don't get three meals a day like breakfast, lunch and then dinner," says Kaylie. "When I feel hungry I feel sad and droopy."


Kaylie and Tyler live with their mother Barbara, who used to work in a factory. After losing her job, she was entitled to unemployment benefit and food stamps - this comes to $1,480 (£974) a month.


But they were no longer able to afford to live in their house, which along with bills cost $1,326 (£873) a month, leaving little for food or petrol.


Kaylie supplemented their income by collecting cans along the railway track near their old home - earning between two and five cents per can.

For more examples like this one, I encourage everyone to go watch a recent BBC documentary entitled "America's Poor Kids" that you can see right here.

I wonder why we don't see more stuff like this on the mainstream news in this country?

Could it be that the mainstream media does not want to admit how bad things have really gotten?

All of this is also a reminder that we need to be generous to those in need.  Times are going to get much, much harder than this, and we are all going to need one another.


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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:07 | 3499930 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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According to Feeding America, "households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent".

There is that politically correct Orwellian language shift to minimize the emotional impact on people reading it.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:26 | 3500012 Freddie
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Could it be that the mainstream media does not want to admit how bad things have really gotten?

LOL!  The mainstream media, TV and Hollywood lie 24x7 for our dear muslim.   It is full on and total brainwashing from Operation Mockingbird.   Only sheep shits and retards watch Tv and Hollywoods crap. 

ALso loads of children are fat shits thans to corn syrup (ADM-Illinois) and processed GMO food (Monsanto-Ayers-Chicago).

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:32 | 3500048 knukles
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Enuf with the negative vibes, Moriarty

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:42 | 3500105 ronaldawg
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EBT going to liquor and cigs.....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:22 | 3500254 negative rates
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That's life, run out of energy during the day, and I have to have sex for 4 hr's before I can fall asleep at nite. No wonder there's no time to eat. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:36 | 3500311 killallthefiat
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How many of these "children" in Cleveland and Chicago and Peoria, IL are gang bangers that are 13-17. 


I hate that when there is a news article about a "child" being shot, you learn that is was a 16 year old Latin King or Sex Money Murda.


Worse is the "teenagers" fighting...19 year old with guns!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:24 | 3500263 Scro
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Drug test those mofo's

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:48 | 3500125 Ineverslice
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Woof, woof!


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:55 | 3500158 ronaldawg
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These tear jerking examples are so stupid!

The three person family could not live on $1,480 a month?  In IOWA?????  And an apartment in IOWA goes for over $1K - bullshit again.

I bet the children in this story are BEACHBALLS - morbidly obese. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:06 | 3500195 akak
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Greek children just need to go to work in the gold mines, and they will be fed.

So let it be written, so let it be PUD.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:34 | 3500305 nmewn
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There or a sweatshop making sandals for the masses of self centered, hyper-critical, white bourgeois, chardonnay drinkers driving back & forth to the liquor store in their Prius ;-)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:41 | 3500334 knukles
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Let them eat Mercury

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:46 | 3500357 nmewn
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The earth will be fine, the people are fucked.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:52 | 3500382 knukles
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Ha ha ha ha
Whenever one of my uber-libtard acquaintances starts on about climate change or "save the planet" I merely point out that Earth will be here in all her splendor long after man is extinguished. 
The planet will do more than just fine without us.... and is probably geared for just such a resolution... Don't fuck with Mother Nature.
Ah, the egocentricity of man "saving the universe."
Man is the pestilence insofar as I can discern.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:10 | 3500494 espirit
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+1 for The Matrix reference.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:51 | 3500645 negative rates
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It has been so far, but there is some hope for the future, but only if you are God fearing.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 23:15 | 3501089 Jack Burton
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The clock is ticking on humans, it is ticking on earth and the solar system. It is ticking on the universe. Entropy is the driving force as we know and it means everyting is fucked in the end.

What concerns us is what happens in our life times and what will happen to family and friends in the future when we are gone. It is all a matter of how bad things will get before they reset. In history, civilizations collapase very so often and people degrade into a lower level of existence.

A perfect example of this type of thing is the Fall of Roman Britain and the end of that well organized civilzation to be replaced with invading barbarians from all compass points. In a few centuries all the great roads, cities and buildings were ruins and people had fallen backwards 500 years. Then it took a 1,000 years to start to really come around.

When the collapse comes, it could come in many forms. What we need to really worry about is the nuclear states taking down the world when things get out of control. I know Israel has plans to nuke all of the major cities of Europe and the Middle East should their ship of state sink.  They have vowed that if they go down, every body goes down. To the best of my knowledge they are the only nuclear power to reserve the right to destory the world if they lose power in Palistine.

But our power to destroy is so much greater now. Rome could not nuke the world because barbarians had taken Rome and the empire. But Israel says if they lose their state, as all states do fall eventually, they will kill everybody they can. And as far as I know, Israeli politicians have said this plan is real and major Middle East and European states know this plan is in existence.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 07:13 | 3501612 dkny
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Oh dear, another one of those who "knows".

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:23 | 3500552 TBT or not TBT
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Obesity is a common sign of malnutrition, because the cheapest calories available to people on a tight food budget are always carbohydrates, often bread and pasta, which have glycemic indices higher even than table sugar.   They are uniquely fattening, and contain little nutritional value other than the regular hit of spiked blood sugar.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 21:01 | 3500588 akak
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I have to question that.

Many if not most populations since the rise of agriculture have existed overwhelmingly on bread, rice, and other grain-derived food without the high (and rising) rates of obesity seen nowadays.  Hell, that was true even 30 or 40 years ago in the USA and Europe as well. 

Whatever the reason for the rising rate of obesity in the Western world, one needs to look at changes in the food supply and/or dietary habits over the past 40 or 50 years, not categorically blame it all on a food source that has nourished mankind for millenia.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 21:21 | 3500743 TuPhat
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You got that right, Akak.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 21:40 | 3500804 Miffed Microbio...
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Akak, I think if you were to look historically at the types of foods eaten by societies 30, 40 or even 100,000 years ago you'd be humbled by the difference. Carbohydrates of yore were complex and grown seasonally in rich soil, and served minimally processed. Carbs today are genetically engineered ( primarily to withstand Roundup) grown in nutrient deficient soil, developed for maximum yield not nutrition and highly processed to deliver the most pleasing palate response to insure addiction. Honestly,to me, modern day " food" is a misnomer. I wouldn't feed it to my dogs. Also if you were to analyze the caloric amount people consumed in those days, I'd suppose you'd see a vast difference as well. Nutritious food is naturally filling and more satisfying. It's always amazing to me how little calories I need. Generally I eat 1200-1500 calories/ day just not to gain weight and I'm quite active. The average MEAL at a fast food restaurant is easily that or more. Plus it's nutritionally lacking and addictive so you're hungrier sooner. A win win for big food.

Personally, I'm careful with carbs because if I indulge too much I will gain. This doesn't mean I vilify carbs, just they don't work well for me. Perhaps if I were employed in a very physical job like most people did historically I'd find I could eat more. There's the other problem. Efficiency tends to produce inactivity. I noticed after the invention of the nail gun the local construction guys went from "skins" to "shirts" in short order. Of course they also cranked out the " ticky tacky homes all in a row" much faster than before!


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 04:51 | 3501486 willwork4food
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Well said Miffed. but skins to shirts tells me you're up north somewhere. You ever try to lug around a nail gun with several clips on you in the sun? Your shirt will be a sponge in short order!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 00:33 | 3501300 TBT or not TBT
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Humans and our biped ancestors evolved for several million years before agriculture began, which was only a hundred to two hundred generations ago, and for most of that time yielded nothing close to what it has in the last few hundred years in terms of carbohydrate content, nevermind what it has produced since the "Green Revolution" of the 1960s.   Norman Borlaug won a Nobel for saving billions of people from starvation, with his dwarf wheat developed before genetic engineering or roundup came into the picture.   As a result at least 25 percent of calories consumed by humans come from wheat, because it is both cheap and malleable into so many sorts of confections, thanks to glutens.   The poorer one is, the greater percentage of one's calories come from this new to the world high yield wheat.   The "complex carbohydrate" in it that yields most of the calories is in no way good for humans.   It is primarily amylopectin A, which breaks up into individual glucose molecules so quickly in the small intestine, and absorbs so quickly, that BREAD HAS A HIGHER GYLCEMIC INDEX EVEN THAN TABLE SUGAR DOES, on a calorie equivalent basis.  Whether Wonder Bread or "Whole Wheat" it matters not.   Wheat based products make for uniquely fattening, and very cheap food, the kind people on a tight budget eat to survive.   The nutritional value, beyond the blood sugar pump, is limited, ergo people living on "bread alone" (because they're on a tight budget) are starving for nutrition, and fattening at the same time.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 01:07 | 3501341 Miffed Microbio...
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I agree with most of what you say but I do question if there is more to it than a proliferation of carbs( wheat, corn) that is the basis for our modern ills. For example, take the ancient roman empire. The success of the expansion of Rome can really be explained by the vast quantities of wheat and spelt imported from Egypt. The average soldier ate an estimated 1/3 of a ton of grain a year! Of course they ate local veggies and wild game but the bulk of their diet came from hard tack. This is what has caused me to question the simplistic view that all carbs are inherently bad. Granted, the life of an ancient Roman soldier is vastly different from a modern day American and with so many variables it's hard to come up with any meaningful conclusions. How could so many people be living on grain and not be succumbing to gluten or other health problems? It's just a dilemma that I just haven't resolved. Poignantly so because my husband has 2 autoimmune diseases that vastly improved when he quit eating wheat. He asked me how come wheat, which had been a staple for so many cultures for so many years, had become a toxin for so many people today. I just don't have an answer and am fascinated as to why myself.


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 07:17 | 3501614 onthesquare
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A friend of mine was telling me the best way to prepare ground hog.  He eats a lot of sqirrel and cotton tails.  Gardens every year and buys very little from the grocer.  Most of these poor children and their parents and grand-parents think all food comes from the grocer.  Twinkies do not grow on trees.

Dandilion salad, slightly marred potatoe, a bit of mustard from a sealed packet and that is a meal.  Most starving children are victums of their stupid parents.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:06 | 3500192 Debt-Penitent
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Plus 1 for Kelly's Heros ref.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3500361 knukles
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Plus 1 for the catch!

Many years ago when I was going to school in London I was walking out of the side door of Harrods and Donald Sutherland was getting out (more like uncoiling) of a Rolls, door held by the chauffeur.  I stopped and was trying to say something like; "Can I get your autograph?" and all my mouth could do was flap.
He looked at me real calm with that distant look of his (kinda like Leon Russell) and said ; "Eeeeasy fellah, easy." making a slow down motion with his hand and waltzed right on by.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:51 | 3500381 nmewn
Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:56 | 3500407 knukles
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I knew that was gonna be Tight Wire!
Jezzz... I still have that album, Carney.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen with Joe Cocker is another great!

(I'm dating myself!   As in age, guys., age...)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:14 | 3500510 nmewn
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lol...we're both dating ourselves.

(Rosey Palm was always there for me though)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 21:48 | 3500811 Uncle Remus
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"Well maybe you're just too blind to (bump bump bump) see."


Mighta been a thump tho. Depends on your woofers.


Or a sampled dry heave. Leon breathed that good Tulsa air. *cough* Did you know there is a scaled down version of a single WTC office tower in Tulsa? Kinda eerie in it's own way.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:54 | 3500654 GeezerGeek
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One of the best movies for goldbugs.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:19 | 3500240 nmewn
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Moriarty: Now look, Oddball. The trade for the uniforms I can understand.
But to buy into Hope-n-Change at these levels, you got to be crazy!

Oddball: It's a mother beautiful Benny ramp.

Moriarty: It's a piece of shit!
The fiat system leaks all over the place! Its killing entrepanuer spirit! The debt could blow sky high at any minute!

Its a piece of junk!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:36 | 3500310 Ineverslice
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...but you zee American Army.

No baby, we aint'...

$16 million in gold.

That's about 60 million marks...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3500372 nmewn
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See how that works?

Just wait till a loaf of bread costs a hundred million mark/bucks ;-)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:58 | 3500413 knukles
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Ah, lots of smiles....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:34 | 3500065 yogibear
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Hollywood and the media have become one.

The only time you will get people to wake up is when their hungry. If prices increase so much that the EBT doesn't buy enough you'll have people roaming the streets and just taking.

The admin is going ti indoctrinate millions of new voters. Many are already collecting welfare and medicaid.



Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:28 | 3500027 Uncle Remus
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WTF is "food insecurity"?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:34 | 3500067 323
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Getting enough to eat is an emotional thing these days

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:36 | 3500075 knukles
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Hunger, starvation....
It's the politically correct way to say something along those lines that doesn't insult anybody who really either doesn't give a shit or no speaka de englasiha

I mean seriously, people.  This is part of the reason (And a very real part, dammit) why there is a failure to communicate these days.  Nobody has a fucking clue what anybody else is saying because every term has been hijacked by somebody else and twisted and wrapped to be bad, good, whatever....

We're fucked.  People cannot even communicate anymore.
Let alone watch the adults on the telly news stations Yell at One Another.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:55 | 3500131 Uncle Remus
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I realize my question was borderline rhetorical. However, "food insecurity" could mean a preppers paranoia about his pallet of MREs, "illegal" gardens, the Hostess debacle, or Wookie stew. I mean Jesús Cristo, it could be sweating out the expiration date on that jug of 2% in the fridge, some kind of pestilence on your cantaloupe rind, shit on your lettuce or paraquat in your pot.

Fuck - it could mean having an unlicensed pressure cooker!!!

It could mean being forced to eat your broccoli, crow or your fucking hat.

Jus' sayin'.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:21 | 3500251 nmewn
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I'm running low on coffee & sugar, I'm feeling insecure.

Somebody help me ;-)

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:14 | 3500507 espirit
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Have a Mountain Dew.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:20 | 3500533 knukles
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That's seriously twisted

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:01 | 3500437 knukles
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Dat be da troof, brother.

I was very worried about Twinkies some months ago even tho I'd not had a hankerin' for what, some 25+ years?
So I getcha, loud and clear.

BTW, Twinkies is sold the best in the neighborhoods where the EBT cards proliferate to which the term "food insecurity" is primarily directed. 

Nutrition Insecurity a better descriptor, maybe?

Go figure.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:41 | 3500332 Poor Grogman
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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 07:22 | 3501623 onthesquare
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did you see George W tearing up yesterday when they opened his library.  Clinton saying he liked bush...I mean George Bush.  What a bunch of bullshit.  Is it any wonder ordinary people are discusted and acting out like those boys in Boston.

They are trying to fix the symptoms and ignoring the disease.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:48 | 3500122 McMolotov
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Food insecurity is when a cow asks if her spots make her butt look fat.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:50 | 3500136 Uncle Remus
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Is that a Wal-Mart joke?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:55 | 3500148 McMolotov
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This is just anecdotal evidence of things being bad, but I've noticed over the past few months that Walmart's been running low on rice every time I've been in there. I think people have cut way back on what they spend on food.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:12 | 3500211 Diogenes
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If I was broke and out of work again, the first thing I would buy would be a 20 pound sack of rice for under $10. While I was at it I would hit up the bakery department for a white plastic pail with a tight fitting lid, the kind pie filling or icing comes in. Usually they will give you one for free or maybe a buck or 2.

That much rice will feed one person 2 meals a day for a year, or a family in proportion.

Next would be a bottle of soy sauce, some cooking oil and tea bags. And a bag of dried beans.

Add some fruit and vegetables from the "last day for sale" table, a bag of cheap chicken parts, a little fish or meat or eggs and you can make some nice meals.

There are millions of people around the world who would consider themselves well fixed if they had all those things.

I'm not the only one who knows this. Maybe that accounts for the run on rice. How are the dried beans doing?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:07 | 3500464 ronaldawg
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Liquor and cigs taste much better.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:18 | 3500521 espirit
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Have all the things you listed + some.  Buy an extra lb. of beans on every trip to the store.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 23:58 | 3501238 mjk0259
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1 pound of rice is less then the calories one adult is supposed to consume in a day. Your plan might work if the person started 100 lbs overweight.


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 00:21 | 3501284 Diogenes
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Millions live on rice, fruit, and vegetables. Some don't even have fish or meat,

I have lived on this diet for months and yes, it will take off excess weight but it won't hurt you.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:42 | 3502315 Punch Bag
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Just need to spend a week or two in India and learn what little people actually need to get by.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 07:29 | 3501630 onthesquare
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The North American Indians would feed a dog throughout the winter and when things got lean that would be their meal.  Dogs make nice companions and their body heat is greater for spooning to keep warm just don't get too attached to them.  Lots of wild eggs this time of year.  A goose egg is a full meal if you can get the goose off of the next without getting hurt.  Deer are on the move so lots of road kill to be had.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3500283 three chord sloth
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The cows think they're hot.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:29 | 3500276 Miffed Microbio...
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I was interested in that definition and finally found it. You are food insecure if food in your immediate area is,unavailable or un accessible. So when I drove to Las Vegas last October and was surrounded by cactus and had no food in my car, I was experiencing food insecurity. Somehow I managed to live through it.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:52 | 3500644 ncdirtdigger
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When you forget what day your EBT card gets refilled

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:31 | 3500039 Praetorian Guard
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Perhaps, just perhaps, instead of feeling sorry for the chitlins, we should be looking at the useless breeders/eaters who continue to breed. If you cannot afford a family, don't have one. Far too many people cannot keep their "gear" in their pants and continue to bust the seams of overpopulation. Funny, or more properly, ironic, that fuel production and populace have risen parallel the last 100+ years...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:34 | 3500064 HelluvaEngineer
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Just for reference, I could afford a large family if everyone would quit debasing our currency.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:33 | 3500292 NumNutt
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Hey Praetorian retard, so you think we should plan our families and personal lives around the poor decisions of power hungry assholes? Just an FYI, there is no shortage of food, just a shortage of sound economic policy decisions that ends up robbing us of all our jobs and value of the mighty dollar. That is why people are experiencing "food insecurity".  These kids were on earth prior to this economic fiasco taking place. What is your next grand idea? Gas chambers and ovens?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:47 | 3500354 Anusocracy
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Poor decisions of power hungry assholes voted into office by the the public.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:40 | 3500323 Anusocracy
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There are too many humpers and thumpers in the world.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:01 | 3500440 NumNutt
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You can call me a thumper if you want I don't care. My point is I hate when people come up with asinine simplistic ideas to solve a problem. "Let’s just stop having babies, that will solve everything!".  Just that comment in itself shows a persons understanding of the problem at hand as shallow and foolish.  Look at the country of Haiti that shares an island with the Dominican Republic, one half of the island is a complete failure of a hell hole, the other is a reasonable country that is not a bad place to visit. Is Haiti the result of to many "humpers and thumpers"? No, it is a direct result of poor decisions by the corrupt government of that country.  Until the government that is running that country is thrown out by it's own people they are doomed to the current situation.  Limiting the number of children on the island will do nothing to solve their problems, if anything it will make them worse. Children are the future, look at Japan, they are in a horrible economic situation (for the same reasons as the rest of us) and they have gone down the road of low birthrate. has it solved their problems? No it has not, and actually the government has recognized that in 30 years they are in serious trouble since the population will be getting older, and there will be no workers to support the necessary social programs.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:53 | 3500650 ronaldawg
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Could it BE that being classified as being in POVERTY gets you more EBT and welfare - therefore it is better to be in POVERTY than to work - ergo the high poverty statistics?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 00:00 | 3501241 mjk0259
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How much do you think a person on welfare in Haiti gets? There isn't even such a thing

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 01:47 | 3501357 kareninca
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The fertility rate in Haiti is 3.26.

In the Dominican Republic it is 2.54.

Haiti's high birth rate IS a problem for them.

Japan doesn't have a birthrate problem; they have a racism problem.  They could easily accept plenty of absolutely delightful people from the Philipines, or India, or Greece, or Argentina (and so on, and so on), to tend to their elderly people.  On a planet with 7 billion humans, many of them living in dire poverty, many of them young, a bit of population movement might be more conducive to human happiness, than adding to the population.

As long as abortion isn't the means, I really don't see the problem with a falling population.  So what if it hurts the economy?  Are you really saying that individuals should plan their lives, in order to best support the world economy??   That women are supposed to pump out kids, in order to support a growing global and national economy?  What a gross reason.  They should have kids because it makes them, their husbands and their kids happy; not for some stupid world-economic-planner's purposes.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 14:50 | 3503440 NumNutt
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I think you missed my point, I am not advocating people have children to support a government. What I am saying is just because someone comes up with a report showing more children are going hungry now as compared to 10 years ago, that does not mean that all the sudden there are to many children, it means that something in the environment has changed to cause the situation.  In this situation we are currently debating, it is due to economic policies placed on people by their elected officials, and yes they were elected by the people so you get what you ask for. As for japan their birth rate is at 1.39, and yes they could import a large number of unskilled workers to fullfill their employment needs but then that opens another problem such as what the US is dealing with, population movement, which is not a good thing.   The other thing you might want to take into consideration is the infant mortality rate of the given countries. Haiti is 52.44 deaths out of every 1000 births, as compared to Japan that is 2.21 deaths for every 1000 births. So in actuallity japan has more children then Haiti per 1000 births when you compare their populations, Japan 125,855,953 Haiti 10,269,080. As far as parents having children 'to make them happy", are you suggesting that if it does not make you happy it is ok to do away with them by what ever means just to ensure your happiness? That is a gross reason. Sorry but I don't advicate taking out our society's problems on the children.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:05 | 3500463 Dingleberry
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Don't know about ya'll....but where I live, the lack of food is not the problem judging by the size of the kids bellies.


Even the poor ones.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:10 | 3499943 Too Big 2
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Obama is working on getting everyone high speed internet so it's going to be ok. 


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:27 | 3500028 Uncle Remus
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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:38 | 3500086 knukles
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Well then, see.  Problem solved.  Everybody'll be able to grow as much environmentally friendly organic fresh nutritious crops needed to live happily ever after.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:59 | 3500170 Uncle Remus
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I know there's a bitcoin joke in there somewhere.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 07:45 | 3501654 Disenchanted
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If I buy a Farmville steak with a bitcoin am I still hungry?

edit: sorry I'm a little late but I just now got to this thread.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:11 | 3499946 Bam_Man
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It's nothing that a global pandemic - or thermo-nuclear war won't take care of.

And probably coming sooner than you think.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:23 | 3500554 espirit
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Nah, a super EMP space burst would work just fine, no lost of life until they run out of drinkable water +/- 3 days to a week.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:12 | 3499954 sunstreaker
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The Financial Stability Board (FSB) develops the policy makers’ strategic response to the banking crisis and directs its legal and institutional implementation in its jurisdictions, including the US and EU:


The FSB Plenary is comprised of the most senior representatives from Central Banks, Finance Ministries as well as from the main international bodies governing finance (FSB’s current chairman is Mark Carney, his predecessor Mario Draghi):


The FSB developed the so-called Bail-In. The main working paper is “Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions.” It is candid and succinct. Specifically check points 3.5 & 3.6 titled: Bail-in within resolution:


Equally to the point is the progress report, “Resolution of Systemically Important Financial Institutions,” from November 1st, 2012; it leaves no doubt that the Bail-In is indeed a template for many jurisdictions, amongst others those of the US and the EU:


Please report on this, Zerohedge!


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:35 | 3500063 Kirk2NCC1701
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So, a Crew cut for all? What will Michelle call it, the J Crew?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:14 | 3499961 InconvenientCou...
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Future News:

McDonalds and JPMorgan, announce historic partnership with the USDA SNAP program.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:28 | 3500033 Uncle Remus
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McDumpster & McVig

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:15 | 3499967 q99x2
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It would take at least 6 months of no food for the fat bitches in the San Fernando Valley to get anywhere near to normal proportions.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:28 | 3500025 PeterLemonJello
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I gave you +1 on sheer hilarious insensitivity.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:45 | 3500117 ronaldawg
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Hey - those are people of Hispanic descent that would be fat if you fed them cardboard.

Until I go to Walmart in Panaroma City and see the EBT being used, then see $100 bills pulled out for non-EBT items, I will not agree that there is a problem.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:18 | 3499977 AGORACOM
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Just had a relative committ suicide the other day ... the pressure just became too much to handle.  Now his family has to fend for itself, albeit with one less mouth to feed.

Terrible stuff.


George ... The Greek ... From Canada

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:27 | 3500023 Bastiat
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Sorry to hear it.  My condolences.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:29 | 3500034 PeterLemonJello
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That's a terrible is a shame we have gotten to this point.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:31 | 3500040 Freddie
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Sad.  Was he in Canada?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:45 | 3500120 HelluvaEngineer
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Sorry, dude.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 15:35 | 3503569 AGORACOM
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Thanks for all the comments and thoughts below.  He lived and died in Greece.  Just couldn't take it anymore.

Per Tyler's comment above, 5 years ago Greeks never would have imagined this. My Uncle and his brother had a nice little construction biz and a little hotel.  Not rich, just right.  Life was good ... Americans can't think they're immune from the same turn of events.


George ... The Greek ... From Canada


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 16:35 | 3503760 Miffed Microbio...
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Dear George,

I am so so sorry to hear what happened to your relative. I am witnessing so many more suicides now in San Diego, primarily in men. It's just heart wrenching to see and I know there is a sad story around each one. Yes, there always have been suicides and attempted suicides. Being in the medical field you see more than the average person. However, this is different. These people are younger and are in relatively good health, not chronically ill. I think these people are in total dispair and see this is the only way out. I had one a few months who couldn't find a job after years of trying kill himself and put his 17 year old son on the street. The son managed to find a homeless campto live in but got a bad case of Tuberculosis and almost died. Last week I had a man whom they thought had drowned in his swimming pool. Turns out he had so many drugs and alcohol in his body it turned out to really be a suicide. He just wanted to make sure he drowned so he couldn't be revived if found. His wife said he was horribly depressed after losing his job a year ago. I could go on and on. When people tell me this is temporary and things will eventually bounce back I just have to grit my teeth not to slap the shit out of them. I see a lot where I am and believe me it is not pretty.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:17 | 3499978 duo
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we've encouraged the poor to have as many children as they wanted for three generations.  What could go wrong?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:25 | 3500018 Bastiat
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Encouraged? Incentivized.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:21 | 3500250 sun tzu
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Incentivized? Paid.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 01:18 | 3501348 Freddie
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Paid?  Rewarded with lots of things including ObamaPhones and MarcoPhones.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:22 | 3499990 dizzyfingers
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This is the way TPTB will reduce world population. It's in the play-book.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:23 | 3500005 Abi Normal
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It is a sad time my friends, and it will become even sadder over time, as this collapse gains steam.  No one will be safe from it, no one!  If you are prepared you will be a target of the unprepared.  For the love of God, greed, sloth and avarice have taken the world down a dark path.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:26 | 3500021 Tulpa
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There are people in the US officially classified as "living in poverty" who have smartphones and DVD players. I ride with busfuls of them every day playing with their electronic toys.  And "food insecurity" is NOT the same as hunger.  A kid whose parents don't buy enough fruits and veggies has food insecurity according to their definition, regardless of how much food he eats.

There are definitely economic problems but overstating poverty and hunger is a tool of the leftist oppressors; BO and company will gladly use these stats to demand more govt spending.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:06 | 3500199 Boiling Frogs
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40 acres and an iPhone. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 15:32 | 3503587 akak
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The mule got transferred to the White House.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:27 | 3500026 dizzyfingers
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This is the new "defraud everyone" plan. Urgent to read.

Resolution of Systemically Important

Financial Institutions

Progress Report

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:31 | 3500032 Floodmaster
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This nation of burger eaters could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:13 | 3500041 Uncle Remus
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I say let's start with the corn you're driving around on then maybe we can discuss my grass-fed beef.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:33 | 3500054 Praetorian Guard
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...or the ethanol that gets pumped into your car.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:35 | 3500308 Boiling Frogs
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Your point reminds me of a comment on read on ZH a while back regarding ethanol and food. I wish I could paraphrase in better, but it pointed out the absurdity of a species using food for fuel despite there being millions of the same species starving. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:30 | 3500043 icanhasbailout
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"Some families are literally trying to survive on pasta and ketchup."


I've spent significant periods of time in my life where I survived on pretty much just that (tomato sauce instead of the ketchup).

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:40 | 3500049 Dr. Engali
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Each generation will have their expectations managed lower until they believe eating worms is a good meal.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:08 | 3500201 waterhorse
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Oh, I thought it would be cake.  Let them eat cake.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:55 | 3500653 negative rates
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No, they were eatin cheesecake until the worms showed up.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 22:01 | 3500875 Imminent Crucible
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I'm looking for the day when the worms think Dimon and Blankfein are a good meal.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:33 | 3500053 agent default
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The writing is on the wall for the EU and the Euro.  The Eurocrats have to resort to harsher and more extreme measures every day in order to preserve their pet little project and victims are piling up day by day.  But thanks to their lack of contact with reality, it will go out with a bang of bloodshed instead of the whimper of admission of failure.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:36 | 3500074 mumbo_jumbo
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modern America, if you wanna know what's going on in the country read the foreign press......all the while the sheep chant USA USA USA

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:17 | 3500520 BeagleOne
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all the while the white sheep chant USA USA USA... Fixed it for you.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:37 | 3500080 SmittyinLA
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Greece is also exploding with foreign invasion and a huge alien underground ecnomy (its no coincidence) this is ALSO why Greece will continue to get aid. 


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:38 | 3500082 reader2010
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AmeriKan kids need drinking High Fructose Corn Syrup now.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:39 | 3500092 yogibear
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The hunger and anger needs toi be directed to the banksters.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:38 | 3500095 Mylegacy
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Here is what we know...

The evolution of "Capitalism," as practiced in the western world, has led (still is leading) towards greater and greater concentrations of income in fewer and fewer hands. It is well past an appropriate confiscation of societies wealth and its distribution to an ever decreasing group. It is unsustainable. It is counter productive and must be reversed.

If you are a Righty, Lefty or Centerist THAT IS NOW the central issue for the system to cure. I strongly suggest those with an interest in "Capitalism" (be they Adam Smith's version, Karl Marx's or the Financial Rape of the present system) be the ones that offer SOLUTIONS - 1% owning 80+% of all the wealth is CRIMINAL THEFT of the economic production of society. Either the "Capitalist" will find a solution - or - (possibly more likely) - a solution will be imposed on them.

Time - is running short.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:47 | 3500126 ronaldawg
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Yipeeeee - SOCIALISM!!!! Works everytime it has been tried. 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:49 | 3500115 Kirk2NCC1701
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So, in spite of all that mechanization, automation, fertlizer, GMO crops, slave farm labor, etc... we STILL have hunger in America?

Hey, let's give more foreign aid to some scumbag African war lords, more foreign aid to Israel, more aid to ppl who hate us, more...

This country is fucked. Totally FUBAR.

/But hey, we still wave flags and chant "We're #1, we're #1!" /sarc

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 21:16 | 3500725 GeezerGeek
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I'd bet a high percentage of those hungry children are the offspring of people who came to the US illegally or are children whose parents were displaced, job-wise, by those same illegals. Send them (illegals and their offspring) home, then redo the statistics. 

We don't need all the people we have, and we can't afford them. We certainly do not need more immigrants at this point in time, legal or illegal. End government subsidies and let private charity care for those in need. I hear that Joe Biden hasn't been pulling his weight in this respect, nor did AlGore last I heard. I don't need a bunch of leftist Progressives trying to make themselves feel good using my tax dollars.

What right do I have to suggest this? Well, my wife and her two brothers and their families all came here from Taiwan the legal way. I volunteered to pay their way if need be by sponsoring them. Based on what I've read, I contribute about 10 times as much as they do as a percentage my income - now mostly Social Security and IRA withdrawals - to charity each year. Let the libtards and other bleeding hearts walk the walk, not just talk the talk. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 00:07 | 3501260 ronaldawg
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Or have them eat the illegals...problem solved.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:49 | 3500129 bill1102inf
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most kids are fat, humans are only suppose to eat once a day

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:52 | 3500145 Uncle Remus
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I suppose that if you are referring to you and your buds grazing on the mastedon you just ran off a short cliff onto the smoker parked below, you might have a point.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:14 | 3500502 knukles
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Unc, now you just reminded me of another mind screw perpetrated upon our children in Public Indoctrination Facilities staffed by Unionized Thugs.  (school) 
They're still teaching kids that the Mastodons were hunted out of existence.
There, see.
I mean the fucking things were the size of a small house and had fur about a foot thick, leather skin that you couldn't hurt with a sharp stick and were hunted out of existence?

And man was devised to eat as much as necessary to satiate the hunger whenever he gets hungry, FFS.



Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:01 | 3500179 HelluvaEngineer
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Uhm, no.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:55 | 3500147 Meat Hammer
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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:07 | 3500468 akak
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You are obviously a selfish person of low moral fibre.

Eat a bran muffin.  For the children!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 22:04 | 3500881 Imminent Crucible
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I shall take a dump for the ECB right this minute.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:00 | 3500174 Tango in the Blight
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Why do Americans like numbered lists so much? On lame stream tech sites you often see numbered lists like Top 20 Reasons Why Windows 8 Is Better Than Windows 7.

Here in Yuuurp people tend to put their facts in prose. Maybe boring but more readable if you ask me.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:17 | 3500512 knukles
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Yuuurpean prose?
Uh huh.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 22:04 | 3500886 Imminent Crucible
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It's our American restrooms. When you go in, you're an American. When you come out, you're American. But while you're in there, European.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 06:14 | 3501530 Parrotile
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That, Sir, is quite a good one!!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:35 | 3502529 Imminent Crucible
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It would have been better if I'd mentioned using the Eurinal.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:29 | 3504125 Parrotile
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As in "European in the Eurinal"??

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:06 | 3500186 Racer
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ChairSatan and the rest of the world's banksters... you are worse than Hitler... at least he gassed people quickly after starving them... you let them starve to death slowly

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:11 | 3500215 Yen Cross
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      We need a new Holiday for the children... We'll call it, {Banker > Bail In Day}... We can have it the Friday before Halloween, and send all the hungry children into their local bank branches with real knives and pitchforks demanding donations...


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:34 | 3500302 Westcoastliberal
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Here in the U.S. these problems all go back to Bernanke's theory that if you sufficiently pump up the stock market with the QE to eternity, then the economy will follow.

My opinion on this is these guys have it backwards.  If you pump up the economy by rebuilding the infrastructure, next generation energy/agriculture/transportation technology, and reverse these ill-minded "free trade" agreements, then jobs and demand will follow, thus stimulating the economy directly.  And this results in higher market values based on a firm footing rather than thin air.

I don't think this is so hard to figure out, is it?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:04 | 3500449 ronaldawg
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Yeayyy - Protectionism.  Works everytime it has been tried.

Even fuckhead Krugman doesn't like it.

Most mainstream economists agree that protectionism is harmful in that its costs outweigh the benefits and that it impedes economic growth.[7][8] Economics Nobel prize winner and trade theorist Paul Krugman once stated, "If there were an Economist's Creed, it would surely contain the affirmations 'I understand the Principle of Comparative Advantage' and 'I advocate Free Trade'."[9]

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:08 | 3500470 shovelhead
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Agrees wholeheartedly as I jump into my Fiskars to get to my job at Solyndra.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:20 | 3500526 Diogenes
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You mean you can't cure cancer by Photoshopping the X rays?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:54 | 3500380 Dr. Engali
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Somewhere in Cina there is a mom telling her kids to eat because there are starving children in America.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:08 | 3500475 akak
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"But Ma, we just had General Tso' kitten yesterday!"

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:57 | 3500662 negative rates
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Lewis and clark expodition started a war when they grew tired of eating fish and killed one of the Indians dogs for a meal. It was all downhill after that.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 00:42 | 3501310 TBT or not TBT
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There was plenty of fighting with the natives of the Americas well before Lewis and Clark and Pocahontas were born.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:10 | 3500490 shovelhead
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in China they have free pork soup. Just need a bucket and a walk to the river.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:58 | 3500666 negative rates
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That's the new version of the 3 stooges chicken soup, or progresso, you got try this stuff.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:16 | 3500513 new game
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somewhere in this world...

wow, child prostitute, a bomb, drink eat gamble,, destruction of sustainable habitat, wife beaten, child beaten,

rape, murder for a ______, preacher scaming his flock, a banker sleeping soundly, courts bringing down the hammer of injustice,

a politician in the back room hammering a deal to fuck most everybody for repayment to the donor, and most of all 7/10 watching idol in amerika.

yea we got a few problems...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:35 | 3500585 espirit
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Suppose you had old world craft skills and nobody else wants to learn them?

Sad, so sad...

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