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The Number Of US Citizens On Disability Is Now Larger Than The Population Of Greece

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Excerpted from Jim Quinn's The Burning Platform blog,

The number of people on SSDI now exceeds the entire population of Greece. The aging of the population has nothing to do with the increase. In 1968 there were 51 workers for every person on disability. Today there are 13 workers for every person on disablity. Even the most pollyanna would agree that medical advancements since 1968 have been significant. These medical advancements would argue for less people being on disability and unable to work. Workplace safety measures have been increased exponentially since 1968, so that also argues for less disabled workers. The good old ADA law forced all workplaces to become disabled friendly. That argues for less people on disability. The country has transitioned from a manufacturing society to a service society. Workers don’t work on dangerous assembly lines anymore. Robots do the dangerous stuff. This should have dramatically reduced worker injuries and disabilities.

Everything I’ve pointed out is true. The tremendous increase in people on SSDI is nothing but a gigantic fraud, perpetuated by the Federal government and slimy lawyers. The government broadened the scope of disabilities to include stress, depression, and non-diagnosable things like aches and pains. I have stress, depression and pains too, but I get up at 5:15 every morning and go to work. The SSDI program is a joke. More than half the people on SSDI are lazy good for nothing leeches. They are sucking you and I dry while sitting around eating cheetos, watching Judge Judy on their government subsidized cable TV, and texting with other lazy fucks on their iPhones.

And don't forget, you get the added benefit of Medicare coverage after only two years of SSDI stress.


Via CNS News,

10,962,532: U.S. Disability Beneficiaries Exceed Population of Greece


The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,962,532 million in April, which exceeds the 10,815,197 people who live in the nation of Greece.


According to newly released data from the Social Security Administration, the record 10,962,532 total disability beneficiaries in April, included a record 8,865,586 disabled workers (up from 8,853,614 in March), 1,936,236 children of disabled workers, and 160,710 spouses of disabled workers.


According to its latest census, Greece had only 10,815,197 residents.


April was the 195th straight month that the number of American workers collecting federal disability payments increased. The last time the number of Americans collecting disability decreased was in January 1997. That month the number of workers taking disability dropped by 249 people—from 4,385,623 in December 1996 to 4,385,374 in January 1997.


As the overall number of American workers collecting disability has increased, the ratio of full-time workers to disability-collecting workers has decreased.


In December 1968, 1,295,428 American workers collected disability and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 65,630,000 worked full-time. Thus, there were about 51 full-time workers for each worker collecting disability. In April 2013, with a record 8,865,586 American workers collecting disability and 116,053,000 working full-time, there were only 13 Americans working full-time for each worker on disability.


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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:30 | 3545425 vmromk
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S&P to 2000 on such positive news like this !



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:44 | 3545483 hedgeless_horseman
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I personally know more than a dozen Americans on disability, and they are all miserable, unhappy, lazy, obese, and very, very, able bodied.

One had a case of shingles...15 years ago.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:05 | 3545535 hedgeless_horseman
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Can't work?  Golf!


The Disabled Golfer's Learning Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c(3) foundation (Fed ID 27-0683553) dedicated to bringing the game of golf to people with physical disabilities, or helping those who have given up the game due to injury return to the game they love.

You may not be able to sit in a chair and answer a telephone, process benefit requests, do basic data entry, be a Wal*Mart greeter, telephone sex, or sort faulty components at a table.  However, you can still golf all day!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:07 | 3545582 The Proletariat
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EZeeGolf Club  (cough, cough)....Golf like this?



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:23 | 3545985 negative rates
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Any one living under this country's laws should qualify for disability insurance. It was the system itself that disabled the citizens.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:47 | 3545511 NoDebt
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Can't swing a dead cat around without disabling somebody.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:56 | 3545540 McMolotov
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What's so insidious about all this is that it will only serve to further destroy the middle class. As more people go on disability, more will be taken from the middle class; the uber-wealthy will, of course, not be affected at all. Power will become even more concentrated at the very top.

In my opinion, once the gulf between rich and poor becomes great enough, the free money spigot will be turned off, and the Hunger Games will begin. If I were a greedy, diabolical asshole at the top of the food chain, and I wanted to force Americans to accept Chinese slave wages, this is exactly what I'd do.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:03 | 3545568 fonzannoon
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McMolotov the only thing I can't get past, and I agree with you, is....I see these 1%ers enjoying the limelight in Manhattan very much. Turn off that spigot and their gallavanting around town would get interrupted by substantial violence at a much higher frequency than it currently does. I imagine that would go for many other places. No?

and to guess at a possible response...I think even the 1% know that even a bigger police state only serves as a bigger cleanup crew who won't risk their pensions to do anything other than spray and pray.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:08 | 3545585 centerline
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The potential flaw here is the assumption that there is some semblence of control.  What if, just for shits and giggles, we suppose not hardly a person is thinking further ahead than the next move?  And of those who are trying to game the system a few moves ahead are too few and are not necessarily coordinated in efforts?

I got a feeling that we are talking about the 0.01% that is concerned and the remaining 0.09% is going to eaten alive.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:12 | 3545607 NoDebt
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Guys.  Guys!  GUYS!  Everyone shut the fuck up for a minute.  Why are there red numbers on my quote screen?  What does that mean?  They've always been green by this time of day before.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:36 | 3545758 Herd Redirectio...
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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:01 | 3545917 nugjuice
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omg you're right what does that MEAN? Is that bad? Maybe the price went up so much it got too hot and turned red? SOMEBODY HELP US

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:26 | 3545997 negative rates
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No it was just me, I was working overtime and got a head rush, went right to the numbers on wall street.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:08 | 3545589 McMolotov
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China is the model. Those who refuse to follow the new rules will be dealt with accordingly during America's own version of the Great Leap Forward.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:05 | 3545578 SmittyinLA
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Actually the middle class has a lower disability rate than both the poor and rich, quite a few wealthy families have members on disability, the concept that this system is being abused by the poor isn't true, its abused by the wealthy too. 

Many ex-NBA players have walked away from CA with disability settlements from the state

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:38 | 3546026 Larry Dallas
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If you've ever hired anyone, you'll know that most Americans work, production and work ethic aren't worth even Chinese slave wages.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:03 | 3545571 centerline
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NPR had an interview some time ago with some woman collecting disability because when she worked it made her feel stressed.

I couldn't fucking believe it.  The whole system in this case is rigged at a lower level.  Welfare state gone wild.  Yeah, it's going to end well, right?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:19 | 3545654 1C3-N1N3
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So many libs are terrible with stress. It amazes me that they champion the theory of evolution, whereby organisms choose to adapt to stressful environments for survival purposes. How can a group of people hate stress, but love evolution?

I know there's more than enough cognitive dissonance to go around in both the red and the blue camps, but your comment rang a bell in this instance.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:28 | 3546173 GeorgeHayduke
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First off, you're assuming she's a lib. I've encountered plenty of low IQ conservatives who work hard to get on disability and game the system. But then, that possibility wouldn't fit with the sterotypes that dominate your thought processes. Please don't let reality interfere with your ideology.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 19:52 | 3546578 1C3-N1N3
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Anyone who advocates having a government large enough to enact those programs is a big-government liberal, regardless of party affiliation.

So yes, she is a lib. Republicans are libs, too.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:44 | 3547011 IrritableBowels
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IIRC, she was "feeling stressed" because she already had handouts and knew if she went back to work, she'd lose her free money and "make less", including paying for daycare for her daughter. 

Sucks, but does the fault lie with her or the system which allows, and some would say enables, her to get away with this?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:44 | 3545489 max2205
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Its the new and improved SNAP and EUI all rolled into one.  


Whad you say....judge judys on teveee 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:19 | 3546143 caShOnlY
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(honesty is the best policy)

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:28 | 3546169 HungryPorkChop
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Sweet!!!  Looks like we won!!  Better luck next time Greece!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:30 | 3545428 1000yrdstare
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The land of the free....

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:33 | 3545433 The Heart
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It's the new American Way.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:32 | 3545434 azzhatter
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land of the freeloader?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:33 | 3545446 fonzannoon
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There is truth in funny. Now we can throw in sad and pathetic.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:39 | 3545464 McMolotov
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Land of the Free Shit Army.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:41 | 3545476 James-Morrison
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I'll see your Greece and raise you one Italy

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:00 | 3546090 ceilidh_trail
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Actually, you've caused me to stumble on the answer: send all of our "disabled" to GREECE and let the people there be employed taking care of them. To fund this endeavor, we take the overseas money of companies like apple and use it to give the greeks full employment and we get the slackers outa here!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 20:03 | 3546603 PubliusTacitus
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Too late - Greece found it's way here last election.



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:39 | 3545467 I am more equal...
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The 'free' lunch currently being provided has been placed on the goberment credit card which is the black american express - no limits - no regrets - and no responsible adult in charge.  Since the Post Office can't seem to deliver that bill to the right address, the bill is way overdue. 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:02 | 3545488 Kaiser Sousa
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"they hates us becuase of our work ethic..."

Dow 36,000.....

oh, and by the way - how you like todays phony paper chart on Silver...

funny how it got slammed on the open and the close over there on Fraud Street NYC...

and be sure to look at the last three days of trading....see a fucking patterm?????????????

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:19 | 3545655 Herd Redirectio...
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NYMEX open, slam it down.  Its own of the first things I check in the morning, and I feel ill at ease if they haven't slammed it down at least $.30 or $.40

Then I go on Nucleo Direct, and there is no silver available for less than $26.  Bullion.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:34 | 3546194 GeorgeHayduke
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DOW is on disability too but we call it the President's Working Group on Financial Markets. Everyone who invests in stocks gets some of this disability but we prefer to call it stimulus instead of welfare and free shit.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 18:49 | 3546446 toady
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The markets are the largest hog at the trough. Lets switch the 85b the market gets with however much these people get and see how soon the shit hits the fan

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:56 | 3545544 DaveyJones
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just reading this article caused me "stress, depression, and non-diagnosable things like aches and pains"

where are the forms?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:42 | 3545787 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Not so simple.  Yes there are plenty of lazy asses out there but they would not be able to hang out and collect if it was not useful to TPTB (and their pals at .gov) for them to do so.  Another way to manipulate unemployment figures so that the proles continue to have no idea how bad things really.  "Leeches and lawyers" being the primary cause of this is WAY too easy and ignores the man behind the curtain as always.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:39 | 3545466 Sudden Debt
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gives a totally different tone to the quote "Proud to be... on disability..."

same here in Europe. we have ghetto's filled with generational unemployed and disabled people. Mom, dad, and their parents did it so...

we give them a appartment when they turn 18 and 800 euro's to get by.

and the funny part...
when you start your first job, you earn 1300 euro's, a appartment costs you 700 euro's and the costs to go to work are about 200 euro's making it totally less profitable to become a slacker from the start than to start working.

we have over 17% of the population that could work on some form of state sponsorship.
32% work for the government.
21% immigrants who collect a lifewage of 1100 euro's plus housing and all the rest of the bells.
and starting 2015, there will be more people collecting a pension than there are people working in the private sector.

I have no clue how you can twist the math to pay for it all.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:52 | 3545525 NoDebt
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That's why you don't work for the BLS or the BAE or some such government statistical agency.  They know how to twist the math to pay for it all.

I know the flames are rising but now is not the time to panic.  I'll tell you when it's time to panic.  [Casually strolls to the fire exit, opens it, steps outside yells "Now!" back through the doorway.]

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:52 | 3545531 Ruffcut
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You print money and keep 80% as the vig and use that to buy any and all assets.

math defying and simply amazing. Oops, gotta go, can't miss my teevee faves. That's my contribution. Ain't me special?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:53 | 3545859 object_orient
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Exactly right. Low wage earners are given a strong incentive by the government to not work. They'd have to be pretty stupid to not take advantage. And yet there are so many like Jim Quinn who get their blood pressure boiling about the no-good lazy underclass. If HE has to get up early and work, despite aches and pains, dammit, everyone else should too. I bet Jim doesn't make minumum wage though.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:42 | 3545481 freewolf7
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Learned helplessness.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:30 | 3545429 ZerOhead
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Disability... now why didn't I think of that?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:49 | 3545518 Strider52
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I wonder how much it would hurt to shoot myself in the foot....

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:54 | 3545536 Ruffcut
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use your neighbors gun and you can sue him,too. Come on! Get it right!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:58 | 3545550 NoDebt
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And you can sue the gun and ammo manufacturers, too!  They made dangerous "foot piercing" bullets and guns to shoot them with.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:21 | 3545669 green888
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the local UK youths are openly discussing getting a job to get "injured", smart lawyer gets a handsome reward for their self harming, gov pays disability 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:25 | 3545701 Poetic injustice
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And there were no instructions on gun about safety.
Looks like 100% winning case.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:17 | 3546760 Suisse
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To be honest, nearly all firearms have a warning label on them some place. 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:09 | 3545598 Agent P
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Why would you want to actually disable yourself just to get on disability?  There's no need for that.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:31 | 3545430 Bay of Pigs
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Sounds totally sustainable like everything else.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:41 | 3545478 Sudden Debt
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aahhh... the fountain of money and the sorcers stone.
just imagine how they would pay for it all if we hadn't those 2 things paying for it all.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:47 | 3545509 Esso
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DOW 15 Trillion, here we come!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:31 | 3545431 1000yrdstare
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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:32 | 3545432 Dr. Engali
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I pity that last worker when he/she has to support the rest of us. I'm going to drive that bitch like a mule.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:34 | 3545448 fonzannoon
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I felt a twang in my back as I submitted my last comment.

I am going to have to ask you guys to start chipping in for me if I am going to continue on here.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:50 | 3545521 Son of Loki
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My neck hurts, now that I think about it.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:39 | 3545768 RichardENixon
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I have sustained a compensable harm!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:34 | 3545449 Agent P
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And I will kick back like mule.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:53 | 3545533 MachoMan
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Exactly why some of the flock of sheep have ribbons tied to them...

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:30 | 3546001 negative rates
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Never mind that, I already invented a motor that wears out its driver, and he ain't goona pick up after no one either.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:32 | 3545438 1000yrdstare
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Ha! Dr, E!! Funny!!!!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:32 | 3545439 mayhem_korner
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The transfer payment industry is booming.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:32 | 3545440 azzhatter
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What we need is 30 million new immigrants to join the party

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:49 | 3545835 lotsoffun
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they coming bubba.  1 billion in china and india each = housing problem solved.  they own - you rent.  to them.  love it.

i'm in nyc and they are already here.  curry is cool.  i love it.


Fri, 05/10/2013 - 20:36 | 3550323 lotsoffun
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somebody gave me a down arrow.  i love you.  i'm into diversity.  and i promise.  free ticket home (one way) for you and yo mamma and daddy and your grand daddy and everybody else and h1b babies that got you the permanent.....


Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:32 | 3545442 1000yrdstare
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You owe me a keyboard!!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:33 | 3545444 asscannon101
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I wanna' be a lazy dumb-fuck too! Wait a minute... Nevermind. I've got that covered.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:33 | 3545447 azzhatter
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If we could increase the productivity of those 13 we could get it down to 11 or 12

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:45 | 3545494 Sudden Debt
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and with a descent hedge and some financial engineering we would only need 1.
That's why banking monarchs should rule the world and be called the new true gods.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:36 | 3545458 TrumpXVI
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Yup, I have stress, depression and pains, too.

I get up at 4:30am and go to work;-)

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:37 | 3545461 orangedrinkandchips
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Gee....thank the HNIC for giving everything to everybody! (excpet me!)


Socialism is here to stay!! 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:41 | 3545479 Kirk2NCC1701
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Physical or Mental Disability?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:45 | 3545498 Sudden Debt
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free drugs if you claim both.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:46 | 3545501 Hohum
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Both.  A sick society (who here would disagree?) makes people sick.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:24 | 3545689 centerline
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+1 for real.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:47 | 3545505 Agent P
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They don't discriminate down at the Social Security office.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:00 | 3545907 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:45 | 3545495 gamera9
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What is even more unfair is the same dabilitations that qualify for SSDI also qualify for Medical Marijuana. These people get all the friggin breaks


Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:46 | 3545500 dbTX
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We've been Greeced.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:47 | 3545508 cougar_w
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SSDI is the new unemployment payment. After anyone runs off the 99-week runway they just go on disability. Being stressed by being broke will get you in.

I had a young guy work for me recently hammering out concrete. According to him he was on "disability".

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:17 | 3545647 Agent P
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States are hiring companies that do nothing but work with people on unemployment to get them off unemployment (state) and onto disability (federal).  The companies are paid for each successful conversion.  Apparently it's big business.  I learned about this listening to a week-long series NPR ran a month or two ago on the SSDI program...the whole thing was essentially an infomercial on how easy it was to sign up...fuckers!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:27 | 3545714 centerline
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That must have been part of the program I heard on the radio.  Generally, I stopped listening to NPR... too many obvious hatchet jobs and it was obvious NPR is "owned."  Switched to audio books.

Glad I stopped listening to that program for sure.  Just little bit I caught was enough to get my blood pressure up.  A week long series and I might have stroked out.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:01 | 3545913 object_orient
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It's good to see government infighting. I like it. No state bailouts huh? Take THAT, feds.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:47 | 3545510 max2205
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Is there a racial breakdown on those numbers.   Bunch of angry white folks or street savy people of color?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:52 | 3545530 W T F II
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For da record, almost EVERY scooter rider I see is a 395 lb white person

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:58 | 3545552 Ruffcut
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I prefer the power chair. It is turbo charged, water cooled and can do donuts while filling your pie hole with more donuts.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:02 | 3545567 McMolotov
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Imagine what aliens would think of the human race if they landed in a Walmart parking lot.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:22 | 3545681 ziggy59
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They would see them as GH induced cattle, pigs..

Hold the ketchup..

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:36 | 3545761 Keynesian Mess
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Hmm, tastes like chicken!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:25 | 3545699 Agent P
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Given all the fat people with exposed ass cracks and aliens' penchant for anal probing, I, for one, think they would be very happy.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:10 | 3545602 ParkAveFlasher
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Disability is ghetto gold in NYC.  If you are on disability, then you likely have an Ecuadorian girlfriend, there is correlation there. 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:48 | 3545514 W T F II
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I want me a SCOOTER so I can eat more Twinkies and drive up the ramp for my dialysis while my subsidized van driver waits for me outside...who has a problem with dat..??

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:04 | 3545574 Praetorian Guard
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Hell, after working my ass off helping a friend install a cooling unit on his house, had to go to a big box store for some sheet metal and fittings. Hurt like a bitch from head to toe... Several motor wheelchair looking things on the outside for customer use. I was so tempted...

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:48 | 3545516 buzzsaw99
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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:51 | 3545524 W T F II
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We can pay for it all with a surtax on short term VIX gains...Like 90%....!! Congressional and Lobbyist accounts will be exempted, of course...!!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:52 | 3545526 Misean
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A broken market leads to broken people.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:55 | 3545538 NoDebt
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A government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 18:13 | 3546314 MissCellany
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I'm thinking we need to rewrite that old about "A government powerful enough to give SOME PEOPLE everything THEY want is powerful enough to take everything EVERYONE ELSE HAS."

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:56 | 3545545 Son of Loki
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'Survival of the Disablest''s the New Darwinian Miracle.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:57 | 3545547 Bastiat
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Covert soup line.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:59 | 3545555 TheMeatTrapper
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More than half the people on SSDI are lazy good for nothing leeches. They are sucking you and I dry while sitting around eating cheetos, watching Judge Judy on their government subsidized cable TV, and texting with other lazy fucks on their iPhones.

This is why I'm long Walmart fat ass electric scooters. Business is booming!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:59 | 3545558 Aegelis
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I'm wondering what the point of this article is other than pandering to us workers, and even then generating judgmental anger and resentment seems to produce little benefit.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:25 | 3545705 Herd Redirectio...
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Divide and conquer.  The poor vs the middle class (not the rich = $1 billion).  The young vs the old.  White vs black vs latino.  Man vs woman.  Learn to identify the strategy, its very common.

Now, back on topic, you need to worry about social welfare transfer payments, not corporate welfare transfer payments.

There is no man behind the curtain.  Go away.  /heavy heavy sarcasm

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:59 | 3545559 SmittyinLA
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Actually I was thinking of retiring early and joining the mob, I don't think we can win without breaking this donkey, working hard and complaining hasn't worked very well, they import disability recipients, that's only because we don't have enough disabled Americans. 

This is a problem we can fix.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:00 | 3545562 syntaxterror
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The soup lines are digital now. Just like Ron Paul said a few days ago.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:04 | 3545572 Lewshine
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These fed maniacs are gonna absolutely destroy gold and silver over the next 10 days. Cant get your hands on it, miners can't pull it out of the ground - BUT FAWKIN BEN says down she goes!

There is not one asset class that is trading on anything but NORAD QUANTS!!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:04 | 3545576 kito
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perpetuated by the Federal government and slimy lawyers......

hey jim, do ya think the people themselves....... the ones who make the conscious decision (unles of course they actually are mentally disabled) to actually find a way to get onto the disability ya think they are not perpetuating this??????........keeping up with jones-es used to be about the three car its about gettin their fair share.......................................

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:12 | 3545956 object_orient
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Up thread a bit ^^^ someone mentioned state-hired agencies that get people off state unemployment and on to federal disability. I have previously seen comments about how diffucilt it is to get on disability without a lawyer, who takes a big cut of the settlement. And ZH has run many pieces about income+benefits for welfare+SNAP vs. low wage earners. Why work for less money and fewer benefits if you can get more money and more benefits by not working? Why not take out a huge loan for a car, "education" or house you can never pay back? The moral collapse is nearly complete, and it was a top-down degradation.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:07 | 3545583 yogibear
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The US has turned from a nation of "Can do" to one of "Won't do".

The space progam has essentually been hacked and shut down. Attention has been directed to social programs instead.

Just print dollars and consume. 

How long will every other country fall for this until the US dollar is toilet paper? It should be already.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:08 | 3545587 fiftybagger
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Look on the bright side.  When these people all get cut off from the goobermint teat the DHS can save money on ammo.  Harder to riot on an electric scooter.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:13 | 3545622 W T F II
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Trust me, if induced to riot, every one of 'em can get up off a dat scooter and do sum whoop-ass

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:10 | 3545601 yogibear
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We need more and more attorneys to go with the printing so everyone can litigate.

Seach for those that still have money and sue them.


Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:13 | 3545623 donkshover
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Whats interesting is the disability lawyer banner on the top of the page. We've been had by the tylers!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:15 | 3545630 bill1102inf
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This is racism in America. Most of those on SSDI are black. Guess who approved their paperwork? A black .gov employee, from the same church no less.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:15 | 3545640 W T F II
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das bow shat...!!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:17 | 3546764 Cathartes Aura
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"Most of those on SSDI are black."

not even remotely true.  .gov figures say Whites are a majority in all age groups, by a factor of almost 2 to 1 - even your fave hate, the "welfare queen" is majority white (young females with babies on benefits) (see page 19 for stats, .gov pdf)

what the angry man post fails to include in his rant, and apparently no one else on thread is aware of, is the increasing numbers of veterans of the war on trrrrsm claiming SSDI for PTSD - I realise the OP has a myopia related to the whole nine-eleven meme, but surely even he realises perpetual war will reap perpetual veterans on benefits. . .

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:26 | 3546783 nmewn
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+1 for truth.

He probably meant proportionally though.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:16 | 3545632 W T F II
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Can I claim disability from Long VIX Syndrome...?? I think it is an 'official' malady...!!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:18 | 3545648 Jim B
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I have a small BIZ, haven't had a real vacation in 14 years, this whole frigging subject just inspires me to work harder and pay moar taxes (if iit isn't obvious /S)

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:29 | 3545726 green888
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I suffer from Information Fatigue Syndrome

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:20 | 3545663 Jim B
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Have we become Europe.... Yet?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:23 | 3545684 kevinearick
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...the long-term unemployable...according to empire terms and conditions...

Empire Distribution

This is what no one wants to hear, but I am telling you anyway:

There are non-conforming, self-destructive law breakers; several classes of conformers, subject to rewards and penalties by choice, linked in slave/master relationships; their chosen directors; and socially non-conforming, law abiding, developers. From the perspective of labor, the latter, the directors are eunuchs, beholding to legacy females, none of whom have any clue how an economy actually functions, except to behave in a manner that preserves the status quo, for as long as possible.

An empire, whether socialist, communist or capitalist, is a herd, subject to mob rule, which is fine, only so long as there are easily exploitable resources to ensure acceleration of demographic replication, that there is a revolving door of scapegoats and future generations to pay the bill. At the end of the cycle, the empire cannot get anyone to pay the bill, hence the viral growth and collapse of the financial sector, along with its dependent economies.

Digital accounting credits are not cash. They are debt. The corporations are hoarding debt. Beware; labor never maintains its investments within an empire’s reach. Labor ignores capital thievery so long as system gravity is useful, to fuel up.

No change may be initiated within an empire, but change occurs at quantum intervals, accordingly. The fact is we need a 20 hour workweek, we need to allow each other to raise our own children, and we need to group into communities by tradable surplus. Grouping to address deficits only accelerates deficits, which are sunk costs, gravity.

But you go ahead and prove me wrong.


Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:32 | 3545737 Herd Redirectio...
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Right now workers are being either squeezed before they get into the market (surplus of workers to choose from) or in it (pay freezes, making 10 do the work done previously by 12, for the same pay of course).

The most obvious solution, although not easy, never mind with government red tape, is to shorten the work week for those who are working too much, and give work to those who are looking, but unable to find it.

The only downside is training costs, government red tape (insurmountable), and it would mean reduced income for the currently employed.  

Even still, we are only addressing income inequality, wich does nothing about wealth inequality (as a result of theft and fraud, predominantly)

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:28 | 3545685 mccoyspace
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i make my money the old fashioned way -- by speculating


but you may want to calculate your fair share here:



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:25 | 3545693 Sweet Pea
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The biggest growth is in mental disability, since the advent of neuroleptics, major tranquilizers and antidepressants.  The longer you take 'em the sicker you get.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:25 | 3545703 Arkadaba
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LOL - Ad at the top of the page for me

Disabled? Get $35,000 free from the Canadian government - Arthritis, Fibromyalagia, Sleep Disorders, Anxiety - Call for Free Consultation

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:33 | 3545745 Herd Redirectio...
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Hell, if you don't have anxiety there sure as hell is a drug they can give you to fix that, right quick!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:54 | 3545873 Arkadaba
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Only thing people are anxious about up here right now is that the universally disliked Ottawa Senators may be the only team going to finals. Go Habs!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:43 | 3545794 besnook
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make sure you click at least an ad/day so the durdens can make some money and not have to resort to applying for disability because of an exploded head.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:27 | 3545706 TNTARG
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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:26 | 3545707 TNTARG
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The gvt staff has been counted?

Most of them are psychos who souldn't be left on the loose.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:47 | 3545813 dolph9
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The people getting on disability are the smart ones, just remember that.

The workers are either "useful idiots" or slaves with no choice.  I am the latter, surrounded by the former.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:47 | 3545821 Keynesian Mess
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The festering malady is Shitty Life Syndrome, and those who suffer from it are entitled to compensation from the sinking silent majority.  Don't bother complaining to your congressman.  The one thing that will get these disabled people off their government-funded scooters is the opportunity to vote for the dolts that support and expand their welfare state.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:50 | 3545845 besnook
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why the anger? the system is telling them that is what they are suppose to do so they do it. they are just following orders. there are not enough jobs at the chinamarts and chain restaurants to hire all the unskilled. besides, disability and all the other welfare benefits pay better.  i would do that in a minute and grow a coupla lucrative vegetables, 420 all day and go fishing, fucking retired at 18. i am the dumbass for working my whole life in a dead end labor force, aren't i? for what? pride. pride never paid any bills.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:59 | 3545896 Arkadaba
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I do think that "allowing" more people on disability is just another way of massaging the unemployment numbers. The UK did it in the 80s when the mining industry was decimated and many of those miners were encouraged to go on disability. 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:24 | 3546158 besnook
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exactly. it is all part of the anti riot programs. hungry people are uncivilized. they may even resort to killing the right people instead of marathon runners.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:57 | 3545890 q99x2
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One thing better than being a bankster is not having to work at all.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:58 | 3546435 Radical Marijuana
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Yes, q99x2, but that is comparing one kind of parasite with another. What feels best is to be paid to do meaningful work that one believes in doing. (It helps if that belief is well-grounded in reality, but that is not necessary in the short-term, as long as one feels that the work one is doing has a good purpose.) Doing nothing is not really something that makes people happy, since "doing nothing" is actually impossible to do. One ends up doing a lot of little things anyways, which may well not be satisfying, since there is no context of meaningful work, given purpose within some larger context.

The idea that people want to become parasites is mistaken. They are driven to become parasites by the banksters taking control over their civilization, and thereby driving all the rest of the social conditions which circumscribe the social environment to favour the parasites. As always, to focus on the individual "choices" and their psychologies, tends to ignore the bigger sociological and ecological factors. North American civilization is leading the way towards parasites taking control over governments, in order to drive everyone else into vicious spirals of parasitism ... Then, even the social predators degenerate towards become social parasites. Too bad, so sad!

AGAIN AND AGAIN, one has to attempt to comprehend the social meaning of the banksters being able to apply the methods of organized crime to take control over the government, in order to demonetize silver and gold, in order to substitute faith-based fiat money, made out of nothing, as debts, as the triumphant state religion.

The basic laws of nature, as manifested in the conservation of matter, seen in gold and silver money, are replaced by runaway frauds, based on the power of a privileged few to make "money" out of nothing, as legalized frauds. That legalized fraud, enforced by the government, systematically destroys the meaning of everything else that money buys, and everything else that people do to make money.

The ability of the parasites to take control of the money supply systematically perverts everything else that money controls, which means just about everything throughout the whole social system. A fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting system FORCES everyone living within it to adapt to that madness by themselves also becoming mad. After the banksters, as the supreme parasites, take control of the government, they then drive everyone else to become parasitical.

Triumphant organized crime that takes control of the government is "work" that destroys all other work. It becomes as impossible to live a sane life inside such an insane society as it is to ignore the IRS and the police. The banksters' triumphs drive the entire society to become more insane and sicker. Unfortunately, the parasites take over such total control of the overall culture that there appears to be no cure, other than the host eventually dying, which will take down their parasites with it ... As long as the vast majority of people continue to fail to understand the full meaning of making "money" out of nothing, then nothing else can be done to fix these kinds of social problems.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:49 | 3546044 JonNadler
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Social security has more people  12.5 million collecting disability and SSI



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 17:38 | 3546212 natty light
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From Bruce Krasting on SS annual report:

"- The "drop-dead" date for the Disability Fund will be revised to the 4th quarter of 2015. In 30 months all DI benefits will be cut by 30%. Again, that is current law."



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 18:37 | 3546379 Radical Marijuana
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"Even the most pollyanna would agree that medical advancements since 1968 have been significant."

Sure, the biomedical science and technology have made awesome progress, BUT, their actual use takes place inside of the PROFIT FROM DISEASE SYSTEM, which is evil beyond our ability to imagine, since that is at least an order of magnitude more evil than the military system.

It is symbolically appropriate that our society as a whole, which is terminally sick and insane, has these rates of bizarre disabilities, which are increasing ... However, the fundamentals driving this are that the banksters took control over everything, including the medical establishment, schools, research, and journals, in order to advance their overall profit from disease systems.

The laws related to profit from junk food, along with profit from disease, ENFORCE systematic frauds against the American people, so that their personal habits were conditioned to be extremely bad for them, while only good for the short-term profit of corporations. But nevertheless, those systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, became the FOUNDATION of American society, and most of the rest of the world (to a slightly lesser degree).

The realities are that money is backed by murder. The medical system has become a murder system, backed by the powers of governments, to make money for private interests. Along the way, the American people have systematically been the victim of their government being taken over by the banksters, which are the biggest gangsters. Our medical systems in North America are runaway social insanities. The established systems routinely torture people to death, in ways that extract the maximum profits from doing that. Those making the most money then are able to be the most successful lobbyists of the government, in order to continue to drive that vicious spiral around and around!

There must be some human ecology, with some system of death controls. Our ACTUAL death controls operate through the maximum possible deceits, and the biggest single manifestation of that social insanity is within the deaths caused by the medical systems, which were systematically distorted to make the most private profits, for those who could then use those profits to continue to corrupt the government, to drive those vicious spirals even further.

Healthy nutrition makes less money, and is systematically suppressed by the governmental subsidy systems. The most extreme example, of course, of these kinds of trends was that cannabis was criminalized, although it otherwise would be the cheapest kind of herbal medicine, as well as the cheapest plant source of oil and protein for human food. That was NOT an accident, but an aspect of the ways that the bankster controlled governments are set up to make more private profits for a few, by them being able to do every evil thing that they can possibly do!

I found this article, as well as many of the comments above, to be relatively superficial and silly, because they appear to only appreciate isolated fragments of this overall social situation. The complete set of theoretical solutions require a different murder system, operating different death controls, in which medicine is overtly seen as a death control center, operating systematic artificial selection pressures upon the population. THOSE THINGS ALREADY EXIST! HOWEVER, THEY ARE BEING DONE THROUGH THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE SOCIAL DECEITS, IN ORDER TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF PRIVATE PROFIT NUMBERS, WHICH ARE IN A VICIOUS CYCLE OF THE PROFIT FROM FRAUDS BEING REINVESTED IN MORE FRAUDS.

This little issue of disabilities increasing, often in perhaps bogus ways, should be seen as a fragment of the overall social problem of the triumphs of the banksters taking control over the economy, through the methods of organized crime directing the powers of governments to drive everything askew. Inside that system, everything is relentlessly bullshit, based on impossible ideals, from both the banksters and their buddies, as well as from their controlled opposition, which promote the same impossible ideals, which always backfire badly ... The solutions are to face the social facts regarding the real death control systems, and then operate those better, through more information along with higher consciousness. However, at the present time we are looking at the globalized runaway triumph of the banksters' systems of social lies, backed by violence, dominating everything more completely, and thus, more insanely! THESE EXPONENTIALLY GROWING SOCIAL TRENDS ARE RAPIDLY CONVERGING ON SOME BREAKING POINTS ...

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 19:56 | 3546591 Herd Redirectio...
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Just look at the cost of cancer TREATMENT, and ask yourself why would they ever want to invent a cancer CURE?  If it is less expensive, and more effective = less profit

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 18:46 | 3547316 Radical Marijuana
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For sure, Herd Redirectio ...

& Some links to that history:

Only about a dozen of these 400+ treatments are effective for advanced cancer patients ... The importance of the websites which do not directly sell any health products cannot be overestimated because they are the only websites which are allowed to talk about effective cures for cancer.

Cancer - The Forbidden Cures



Of course, that was totally criminalized!

Like I said, the magnitude of this runaway triumphant evil is now too large to have any practical solutions to stop it gettting worse, beyond our abilities to imagine how bad that is going to become, since we can not actually imagine democides being done to us! But nevertheless, we are taking step after step towards those things happening, while those steps are being taken faster and faster:

Basically, we are terminally screwed by reality:

Liz Fowler the Destroyer of the Public Option

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 19:52 | 3546579 HomelessCEO
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If you are unemployable, you are defacto disabled. Society refuses to employ you, and now society has to pay for you survival. Or face the anger of millions of starving, unemployed, homeless people buring down office parks and skyscrapers.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:08 | 3546739 toady
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Thank you. I truly believe that is how the millions who have exhausted their unemployment feel. It's a brave new world.

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