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Foodstamp Program Shutdown Imminent?

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When over the weekend, a Xerox "glitch" shut down the EBT system, better known as foodstamps, for nearly the entire day across 17 states leaving millions without "funding" to pay for food leading to dramatic examples of the basest human behavior possible, some of the more conspiratorial elements saw this merely as a dress rehearsal for what may be coming in the immediate future. While there was no basis to believe that is the case, a USDA (the currently shuttered agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) memo obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center in Utah carries in it a very disturbing warning for the 46+ million Americans currently on foodstamps.

To wit: "understanding the operational issues and constraints that States face, and in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing States to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to State electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice." In other words, as Fox13News summarizes, "States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice."

The full memo first posted on the Crossroads Facebook page is shown below:

More on this dramatic development which, if implemented, would will result in significant unpredictable outcomes across the nation:

This is going to create a huge hardship for the people we serve here in our food pantry,” says Bill Tibbits who is the Associate Director at Crossroads Urban Center.


They posted a letter from the USDA on its Facebook page. It says in part, “in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing states to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to state electronic benefit transfer vendors until further notice.”


“What this means if there’s not a deal, if Congress doesn’t reach a deal to get federal government back up and running, in Utah about 100,000 families won’t get food stamp benefit,” says Tibbits.


In other words, tens of thousands of Utah families may not be able to feed their children come November.


People out here are going to go without food,” says Loralee Smith whose been homeless since August and says the uncertainty is making her uneasy about where her next meal will come from. “I’m on food stamps, I don’t know if I’m going to get them, a lot of people are on food stamps and they don’t know if they’re going to get them.”


Others say if SNAP shuts down, they’ll find a way to feed themselves.

One hopes such "alternative" feeding arrangements will be peaceful, although in the most heavily armed nation in the world, and arguably the one where a massive portion of the population is now fully reliant on the welfare state for virtually every daily need, it is easy to see cutting off daily bread to tens of millions has a less than happy ending.

As the report notes, for people out on the streets like Richard Phillips, "It could impact us and it’s going to cause problems because you’re going to come to find out that people are going to steal and do what they have to do to survive."

Such a realization could come as a very unpleasant wake up call for the millions of other Americans who still live in their Ivory Towers, focusing on the daily gyrations of the S&P500, and largely oblivious of how the rest of America lives.

The full report on what may be the most catalytic event in the history of the US welfare state is presented below.


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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:38 | 4056650 WayBehind
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Hell yeah!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:37 | 4056659 YBNguy
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Gives new meaning to "ooooh SNAP!"

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:41 | 4056673 WayBehind
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Sheeple revolution is imminent 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:45 | 4056694 TruthInSunshine
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No possible way this is true.

This would make the Rodney King L.A. Riots seem like tea intermission at the Nutcracker Ballet by comparison, and the FSA walkers will not discriminate in their collective fit of rage & destruction.

Wal-Mart & about 900 other grocery chains would declare Chapter 7 within a year, at most, too.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:47 | 4056712 wee-weed up
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Exactly what Obama wants!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:48 | 4056726 Mark Carney
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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:52 | 4056751 Tortfeasor
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The trial balloon results must have been better than expected.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 13:57 | 4056794 Manthong
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Maybe we should first consider ending tax credits to illegal aliens to save a few bucks:

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:04 | 4056841 SilverRhino
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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:03 | 4056858 Arius
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right on time ... I am just contemplating to apply and what do you know ... shutdown! 


of course, it is a conspirancy against ME!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:13 | 4056902 malikai
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Looks like it's going to be a bad third quarter for Walmart.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:17 | 4056935 TruthInSunshine
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"This is Chris Matthews, POTUS bunghole-sniffer-in-chief, and it looks like President Obama has activated the FSA!"

"I've hoped & prayed that the greatest president, leader & person in all of history would start playing hardball, and it looks like he heard my advice."

"Now, let's go over to our fellow cable news network & Obama testicle washer & scrubber, CNN, where Wolf Blitzer is in The Situation Room with the latest news on how it's unreasonable to NOT raise the debt ceiling without any conditions, unlike the time when Obama voted AGAINST raising the debt ceiling when the national debt was less than half the amount it is now."


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:19 | 4056961 Boris Alatovkrap
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Obvious this is false report - Barry is not have testicle.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:28 | 4057015 j0nx
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Barry is not need testicle. All Barry is need to do is go on live TV after the food stamps are cut off and say this is fault of old white gray hairs in GOP and then FSA take it upon self to attack anyone with white skin driving a late model sedan. This all by design. Barry is much crafty.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:36 | 4057059 knukles
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Showtime at the Necropolis

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:59 | 4057206 BaBaBouy
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Thanks BEN, FED, GOLDman, BANKsters & The .01%ers ...


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:34 | 4057412 HoofHearted
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And now those of us who have been stacking ammo don't look so stupid, do we? That 50 BMG will really fuck you up if you come this way.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:43 | 4057437 boogerbently
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A lot of democratic voters will die in the street.

All SNAP/welfare losers are already dem voters.

This could pull independent voters to conservative side.


The BEST possibility yet...... all dems and GOP pols are pilloried, and we can start with a cvlean slate.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:52 | 4057496 BoNeSxxx
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And this matters how?  

Dems/Repubs/Red Team/Blue Team/Elephants/Donkeys... all sides of the same coin.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:05 | 4058104 SWRichmond
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Likewise be all manner of beasts, when they be brought into the field and cried havoke, then every man to take his part.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:40 | 4058246 Bad Attitude
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Dear Leader is a sociopath. Now it appears that Dear Leader is willing to literally sacrifice his core voting block to further his agenda. This will not end well.

This is so crazy.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:19 | 4058369 Incubus
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Obama's an intelligent man. 


He's doing exactly what's been asked of him, and he's doing it skillfully.


What demonstrates masterful antagonism than using an army of useful idiots to bring a society to its knees?  It's a squeeze on the middle class, and it's from the top and bottom, and this week all the sheep "on the right" are too busy focusing "on the left" when the issue is "from the top." 

End goal is that the parasite class on the bottom will be wiped out, and so will the middle class.  The goal is a slave class for the power elite.  And you're all just falling into the dichotomies set out for you. These people know exactly how to get you all riled up and focused on distractions.  The FSA is just a tool to further an agenda.  Too many idiots on ZH can't see the forest for the trees.

gogo hegelian dialectic.


Too bad ZH is being over-run by garden variety conservatives who don't have a fucking clue.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:08 | 4058603 Abi Normal
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Yes, he is quite intelligent, and can follow a teleprompter very well.  Ummm, ahhh, mnnnnnmmmm...

I am a conservative, have lived through this exact same scenario, turned into civil war...

When I first heard this blowhard speak, I knew he would get elected, and started preppging right there an then, in 2006.  He will NOT force me to do a thing.  I see the man as a fabian socialist, at best or a communist or islamofascist.  I can't pin any one on him, maybe all three apply.

I lean toward, communist...

Socialized Democracy is a joke, social justice is a code word for murder...I am prepped and ready and will stand tall, and never live on a bent knee.

I am no garden variety my friend, I am a patriot who will stand up for the Constitution if necessary.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:10 | 4058622 Incubus
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And not a word about the billions and trillions to banksters was heard that day.


FSA is as complicit in the downfall of this country as anything else.  Another piece on the board.  Obama means nothing--he's just a pawn, too. 


Politics is theatre.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:35 | 4058716 chumbawamba
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Along with having a sexy ass, you are also clear thinking.

You think anyone is listening?


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:01 | 4058798 nmewn
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You know, intelligence does not imply morality or ethics.

Hard for me to imagine what all the moral, ethical creatures look like who helped him into office actually look like...even after they knew his largest contributor was, Goldman Sachs ;-)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:40 | 4059162 DaveyJones
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Hitler was "intelligent"

Speaking of labels, the GMO food label battle is on in Washington.

Maybe Monsanto should rename their product "food stamps" 

It too is government backed, war connected and will self destruct  


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 23:22 | 4059268 JackT
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How about a little Q & A:

Q. We as a state have some concern about SNAP administrational expenditures and SNAP benefit effective 10/1/2013. Would you tell me whether SNAP program will be an exception to the possible shutdown of federal government as of 10/1 or not.  Our 120 local DSS agencies have great concern about this.

A.    Please refer to letter dated October 1, 2013, which provides information regarding SNAP benefits and operations during the lapse in appropriations.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 23:25 | 4059274 JackT
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• The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue operations and eligible 

households will still receive monthly benefits for October. The authority to make October 

benefit payments comes from the Recovery Act, through which Congress provided “such sums 

as are necessary” to finance the SNAP benefit provided for in the Recovery Act. In addition, 

about $2 billion in contingency funding will be available and could be used to support State 

Administrative activities essential to continue the program and issue and process benefits. 

These contingency funds were provided in the FY 2013 appropriation and do not expire until the 

end of FY 2014. 


• No additional federal funds would be available to support the Special Supplemental Nutrition 

Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)’s clinical services, food benefits and 

administrative costs. States may have some funds available from infant formula rebates or 

other sources, including spendforward authority, to continue operations for a week or so, but 

States would likely be unable to sustain operations for a longer period. Contingency funds will 

be available to help States – but even this funding would not fully mitigate a shortfall for the 

entire month of October.
Tue, 10/15/2013 - 23:33 | 4059293 Mr. Fix
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I just wanted to see how narrow a post can get 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 23:35 | 4059303 Mr. Fix
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That's pretty thin!

Just like the FSA is about to get!

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 04:59 | 4059573 Scarlett
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"Spain is not Uganda"

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 05:00 | 4059576 Scarlett
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"This is not a deadbeat nation"

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 05:01 | 4059577 Scarlett
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"Please do not worry"

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 05:01 | 4059578 Scarlett
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"Oh, when the president does it, that means it's not illegal"

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 05:04 | 4059582 Scarlett
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yup, it gets pretty thin.

"We're going to be doing one thing, and one thing onlykilling zombies"

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 05:05 | 4059583 Scarlett
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"you've met me at a very strange time in my life"

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:05 | 4058823 divide_by_zero
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That was always the plan, useful idiots go first.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 03:35 | 4059526 old naughty
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will ZH get to 100K readers mark with this Foodstamp article?

Well done.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:35 | 4057685 SilverRhino
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50 BMG or 88 magnum .... 

This goes through armor. And through the victimthrough the wallthrough a tree outside

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:21 | 4058157 nmewn
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Hey, I just thought of sumpin.

Them "law abiding citizens" in anti-gun states are sorta screwed now if this happens huh? Kinda provides some vivid clarity between rights & laws though.

To the ignorant and the soon to be dead ;-)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:11 | 4058621 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Not dead, just raped with their stuff liberated to it's new owners.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:01 | 4058807 Abi Normal
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LOL, not dead huh, think again fella.  You think the drug addled taker is going to care whether one lives or dies?  Same for gangbangers?  Or the UN?  ROFLMAO...this is going to be the biggest CF you've EVER SEEN.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:11 | 4058841 nmewn
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Hey, molon labe.

Gotta take it first right? ;-)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:45 | 4058951 Abi Normal
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If they can my friend, but they will pay a heavy price doing so my friend!  Bring it, Molon Labe!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:24 | 4058878 Agent P
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It's an 88 magnum.  They made it for him special.  It shoots through schools.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:42 | 4057702 Oldwood
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You really need diversity in your armory investment strategy. Think in terms of close range and long range, daytime and night. Sound suppressed and scary loud to round it all out. It doesn't all have to be about end of times, it can be fun! I try to have one of everything with plenty of rounds for all.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:43 | 4057719 XitSam
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A couple years ago Halloween, the college kids down the block had a party.  No street light on this block. Lots of people wandering up and down the block to cars, throwing trash, making noise, etc.

Just as a theoretical thing I considered, if they had decided to swarm my house lots of them would be wounded or dead, but they would win in the end.

A Failure of Civility is worth the $30, available on Amazon too.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:46 | 4059393 yogibear
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Direct the mobs to the Federal Reserve banks.

Bernanke, Yellen, Evans, Dudley and Fisher, looks like your going to have the mobs of hungry people at your doorstep.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:53 | 4057756 Kirk2NCC1701
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No Zombie riots will happen in Utah, right? 

After all, we all know how well prepared the Mormons are, and how charitable they are.  Now if their charity will only go beyond their LSD religious affiliation, things should go well there.  Right?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:11 | 4058349 MisterMousePotato
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"LSD religious affiliation."

Mitt Romney back in the news?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:32 | 4058443 Lost Word
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Was LSD a typo or intentional ?

LDS Latter Day Saints.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 02:50 | 4059508 Deo vindice
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Maybe their founder was on LSD when he have dreamed up the religion?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:35 | 4057064 walküre
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that should drive the cost of Obamacare, Medicaid and all this other Viagra sponsoring and Pfizer profiteering nonsense down, no?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:43 | 4057112 Meat Hammer
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It's time to put armor plating on my car in the form of an Obama-Biden 2012 bumper sticker.

Junk away, but you know it'll keep me safe.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:50 | 4057161 TeamDepends
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As long as you are wearing black-face, you are golden.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:02 | 4057231 Meat Hammer
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Nah, whiny California white liberal guilt face will work.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:48 | 4057474 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Add a "My other car is a bike" sticker for safety.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:30 | 4057653 Popo
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I just wish they'd stop calling it "nutritional assistance".  My ass.  These people are fucking fat.  Show me ONE American who is undernourished and emaciated because they're poor.   It's just an utter crock.   There are countries in the world where people live on rice and ramen noodles with the occasional egg thrown in, and a few diced veggies from their own garden.   And you know what?  They're fucking healthy.  This whole shitshow is a joke.  Cut the fatties off.   Anyone remember the interview with the fat POS in Chicago who bought nothing but pizza and fast food on her food stamps and when they asked her why she didn't cook, she said she didn't know how to cook?   Give that bitch a bag of rice and beans and tell her to learn how to cook, or die.   I'm so over this fucking nanny state bullshit.  Shut it all down.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:54 | 4057775 El Vaquero
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No shit.  I was standing in line behind one fatass who's card wouldn't work and nobody could figure out why.  Well, it turns out he was using his EBT and the transaction was being nixed because he was purchasing an already prepared meal, which, I guess you cannot do with EBT.  And when I say fatass, I mean probably 5'10 and at least 350lbs.  The dude probably purchased his shirt at Drapes R US. 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:49 | 4058270 Nikao7
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Actually Americans are the most malnourished and obese people on the planet.  Go figure ;)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:25 | 4059119 mkkby
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FINALLY demand for steak and lobster will crash and the rest of us will be able to afford it.  I've got plenty of ammo, so it would be nice to have something to go with my popcorn.

This is fake news of course, but if it actually happend I'd sure love to see the zombies destroy Shitcago and LA.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:47 | 4059184 DaveyJones
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hear hear

if they really cared about these people (and their health), they would give them a rake and some soil and teach them something worth a shit (manure included)

Cuba did that when the soviets (and their oil) took a hike

and their food quality and health increased


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:52 | 4057171 j0nx
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You crafty bastard. I never even thought of that. On the other hand it might cause you to become a target of 'patriots' if the FSA starts to get uppity and attack red blooded 'Mericans for no reason.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:05 | 4057251 thecoloredsky
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How about Obama 2012 sticker on one side, and a III %er sticker on the other? Surely the FSA won't know wtf it is and the "patriot" should. You'd be like the Pope mobile with bullet proof glass driving through the hordes.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:08 | 4057261 Meat Hammer
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Great fucking idea!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:37 | 4057697 RafterManFMJ
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Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:38 | 4058474 homme
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Oh man that's hilarious!


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:30 | 4057016 Skateboarder
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Arithmetic will come knocking at your door someday.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:34 | 4057043 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are reference of imaginary number?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:42 | 4057095 Svendblaaskaeg
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"...Barry is not have testicle"

No, Putin got 'em in a jar

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:59 | 4059218 uplicidlit
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Hey Boris - I don't care what the others say about your routine being old. You still make me laugh (and it has nothing to do with the wine tonight).

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:23 | 4056985 knukles
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Damn right....
Get the FSA out rioting in the streets, blame the Republicans, Tea Party, etc., declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY which engages the FEMA led occupation of America with the DHS's billion rounds, armored trucks, etc, 7 region martial organizations, complete takeover of all public utilities, transportation, foods production, etc.,etc.,etc....  
It's all been documented for years, now. And not by the Conspiracy Nuts, but in hard, black and white documentation.
And all it takes is one sweep of the hand of the UKnoWho...


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:32 | 4057047 cougar_w
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2) ....

3) profit!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:08 | 4057266 Keyser
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You are stealing Alex Jone's thunder you know. 


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:17 | 4057311 dontgoforit
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Then unleash the single-use, hollow-point drones.  Whamo-presto, revolt put down.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:21 | 4057618 e_goldstein
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Nah, they want the old white guys to do their work for them. Afterwards, they can tie up the prisons with old white guys. It's basically just another Keynesian wet dream.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:48 | 4058509 Buck Johnson
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Essentially yes.  This is going to be nuts when those cards don't work, just look at what happened in Louisiana and it's Walmart.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:49 | 4057467 El Tuco
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Anyone wanna sit together on the FEMA Camp Bus?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:53 | 4057492 Incubus
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I'm safe.  I'm out in rural country.  Too far for the FSA to walk.


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:55 | 4058070 it aint easy
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Actually, a FEMA camp could be the safest place to be if this goes down...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:26 | 4056993 RSloane
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You got it in one. +1000 if I could.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:27 | 4057003 Evil Peanut
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What better way to cause mass panic and public revolt...


Martial Law here we come?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:50 | 4057149 fonzannoon
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what better way to get people to beg for their government to fix things because they are helpless without it.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:00 | 4057229 RSloane
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Very sad and very true.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:05 | 4059038 BoNeSxxx
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Words to live by... when the shit hits the fan.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:55 | 4057786 XitSam
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Just this letter getting out may be enough, doesn't even require a cut off of benefits.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:13 | 4058641 darkstar7646
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You realize what that means, do you not?

The continuance of this nation probably now depends on it's stupidity.

If enough of the Free Shit Army gets hold of this tonight, we don't have to wait even for the X-Date.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:37 | 4057992 GubbermintWorker
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I'll give them business.....ammo! And I!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:13 | 4056908 MiguelitoRaton
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Memo to Self: Pick up more ammo on the way home

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:19 | 4056947 Pool Shark
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The only thing that would cause more widespread panic is a shutdown of ZeroHedge...



Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:23 | 4056972 Boris Alatovkrap
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Zombie shrubbery appear is almost immediate.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:49 | 4057143 RSloane
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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:28 | 4057014 TeamDepends
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What!?  Zerohedge shut down!!!!  (jumps through window)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:06 | 4057259 DaddyO
Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:14 | 4057289 Keyser
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Is Salvia the new designer drug distributed by the CIA? If so, it looks like it's working quite well. They went from human to zombie in no time at all. 


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:11 | 4057284 cougar_w
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This post had 26,400  views as I write this comment. That must be pushing some kind of record.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:37 | 4057414 nope-1004
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Not even close. Last year there were a few over 120K.


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:52 | 4057760 cougar_w
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Well back in my day <spit> you were lucky to get 3,000 views ever. 24,000 was a big day yes sir. Everyone had to be hopping on a day like that.

'Course you young fellas don't appreciate what 3,000 meant back then. But can't say anything bad, it's all progess and such.

Still. You appreciated a view back then more than you do today. Just say'n.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:14 | 4057873 Selah
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You remember these days:

and back when you could post anonymous comments!


Whatever happened to Project Mayhem?


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:14 | 4058644 Tijuana Donkey Show
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MDB. Trav777. and Frances Sawyer. (Who I suspect are all the same person)  Hell, racial comments are even managed now. Those were the DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYS!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 23:24 | 4059269 Mentalic
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Yup...I remember that....Plus, I hated when they changed the format to the current one, where you have to click on the article to get more content....Now, I really don't know what I liked about the earlier form of displaying content :-)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:38 | 4057996 GubbermintWorker
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More red pills were consumed since then.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:11 | 4059358 HardlyZero
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Do the red or blue go with the Soylent Green ?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 03:10 | 4059514 NickVegas
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All the slaves on the hedge eat the green regularly. They are so stupid, because everyone knows soylent green is people. If you stick to the soylent red, there is no chance of disease transmission.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:26 | 4057363 Max Cynical
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Write it down...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:53 | 4057759 Selah
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consider the end:



Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:32 | 4057032 j0nx
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If you need more then you haven't been paying attention.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:11 | 4057285 outamyeffinway
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Ironically I was in WMart Sunday and they were still OUT of 9's and 40's. Nothing but dust on the shelf.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:55 | 4057499 whirling tword ...
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skip that stuff and go for 5.56 and buckshot.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:09 | 4057843 Flagit
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you left the bathroom light on again.

and stop buying those nasty ass graham cracker cookies.

the surveillance team prefers Keebler.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:09 | 4056865 CH1
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Like TiS, I really doubt they will do this. This is a bargaining chip.

All the same, be prepared boys and girls.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:21 | 4056904 Dr. Richard Head
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While I agree food stamps should not be handed out, it pales in comparisson to corporate welfare.  Total SNAP allotments from fiscal year 2012 was $74.4 billion.  A piker could do that compared to $85 billion a month of Bernanke Bucks.  Either way, most of us bitchez simply caught in the middle, bitchez!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:28 | 4056994 Boris Alatovkrap
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In visit China, Boris is mail letter but is not adhesive on posterior of stamp to lick, so Boris is must apply rice porridge for adhesion to envelope. In Amerika, poor people eat stamp? Maybe China citizenry can send supplemental nutritional assistance to Amerika counterpart by mail...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:51 | 4057165 RSloane
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Perfect! A new nutritional international pen-pal program. I like it.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:08 | 4057275 Son of Loki
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UN report recommends insect-based diet


A UN report suggests that switching to a diet heavier on insects could provide health, environmental and economic benefits.

The report comes from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and explains that many insects are "rich in protein and good fats and high in calcium, iron and zinc".


See, problem solved!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:16 | 4057296 Keyser
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Insects are the staple of diet in the Issan region of Thailand and it seems to work for them. Deep fried crickets, yum... 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:20 | 4057325 Boris Alatovkrap
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Slug on skewer is more provide of protein base supplement.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:39 | 4057420 Bastiat
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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:57 | 4058074 americanspirit
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We already have lots of "alternative protein" in our processed food - insect parts, rodent turds, various kinds of hairs, fly eggs & larvae - just not on the label. USDA even issues 'approved levels' for all that shit. Yum.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:09 | 4058123 Clycntct
Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:46 | 4058494 fiatmasochist
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All over China, mothers are telling their child(s) to eat their supper, because there are poor starving kids in America, going to bed hungry!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:51 | 4057166 Demonoid
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The real cost is the lost productivity and economic contributions of those who are trained to think that their mere existence entitles them to perpetual free food and other goods. What's that cost, in lost GDP, increased security and infrastructure repair, foregone tax revenues, and perhaps most important of all, quality of life?

WAAAY more than $75 billion. WAAAY more.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 03:49 | 4059535 Squid-puppets a...
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like there's any jobs or business opportunities in america for them


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:13 | 4057877 chdwlch1
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Food Stamps ARE corporate welfare!!  In the absence of a SNAP program, companies would have to pay a livable wage to their employees.  Here's a good article on the subject...


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:31 | 4057962 aerojet
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It's not just on that side--a considerable portion of Wal Mart's sales have to be government transfer payments!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:35 | 4057982 Diogenes
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Walmart would lose half their profits and hundreds of junk food manufacturers would have to make decent stuff or go broke.

JPM would lose the billions they make servicing the program

Guaranteed income = guaranteed customer = guaranteed profits for big business.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:47 | 4057468 centerline
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JPM throwing their shlong on the table.  Let the spice flow or cue the zombie hordes.  Told ya the isolated incident was a shot across the bow.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:23 | 4057619 buzzardsluck
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You mean like this?


skip to 3:30

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 16:49 | 4057745 centerline
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That was awesome.  lol.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:09 | 4056880 ACP
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Or in modern terms, release the crackheads!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:11 | 4056893 Sophist Economicus
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The way I read this, the memo is just telling states that upload early to hold off.   I think it's to make sure they vet the 'vendor systems' for any more bugs.

Nobody is going to cut off EBT deliberately.    These folks aren't that stupid 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:16 | 4056937 Possible Impact
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<Snort> Thanks for the laugh!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:21 | 4056968 cossack55
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They may not be that stupid (arguable), but they are certainly that evil.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:30 | 4057019 Boris Alatovkrap
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Never to underestimate stupidity AND malice of bureaucrat class.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:42 | 4057094 dontgoforit
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Watch for the next false flag.  They'll be pulling them out right-and-left if the tea party holds.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:24 | 4057337 Boris Alatovkrap
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Naked capitalist is light bundle fire in rotunda of Capitol?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:56 | 4057186 Jonas Parker
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"These folks aren't that stupid "


Wanna bet?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:57 | 4057196 Quinvarius
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They probably have some other clever motive in their own minds.  But, I am pretty sure they will, and to everyone else it will just look like stupidity.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:33 | 4057394 Agent P
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That's exactly how I read it too.  Still, I knew the comments section would be required reading on this one! 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:44 | 4057122 Professor Fate
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Release the Kraken ROFL.  Fuck that's hilarious.  Id give you 10 ups if I could. 

Fat the Magnificent

"Push the Button, Max"

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:49 | 4057139 dontgoforit
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Do you know Fat Burns?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:37 | 4058237 jonytk
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did i hear Kraken ??

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 08:22 | 4059805 painlord-2k
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SilverRhino, did you think about the Terrasque.
What will it do if they release the Zombie Apocalypse and the Kraken?
What will it eat and destroy?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 08:22 | 4059806 painlord-2k
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SilverRhino, did you think about the Terrasque.
What will it do if they release the Zombie Apocalypse and the Kraken?
What will it eat and destroy?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:01 | 4056838 kralizec
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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:08 | 4056886 still kicking
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