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Here We Go: Wal-Mart Cuts Guidance, Blames Foodstamps, Weather

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That didn't take long. Moments ago the world's largest retailer (sorry AMZN) WoeMart (sic) just confirmed what everyone who is not an economist knows - the US consumer is barely alive. The reasons: cut in foodstamps, and of course, the weather: "“Despite a holiday season that delivered positive comps, two factors contributed to lower comp sales performance for the 14-week period for Walmart U.S. First, the sales impact from the reduction in SNAP (the U.S. government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits that went into effect Nov. 1 is greater than we expected. And, second, eight named winter storms resulted in store closures that impacted traffic throughout the quarter."

And all this just half an hour before we learn just how little savings US consumers have left with which to provide the same kind of one-time boost we saw in early Q4 before it all went to hell.

From the release:

The company provided fourth quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) guidance of $1.50 to $1.60, which included a $0.10 per share impact from two discrete items, which resulted in an underlying1 EPS guidance range of $1.60 to $1.70. For the full year, the company expected to deliver EPS of $5.01 to $5.11 and accounting for the $0.10 of discrete items, the range for underlying EPS was between $5.11 and $5.21.

 

We now anticipate that our underlying EPS for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 will be at or slightly below the low end of our range of $1.60 to $1.70,” said Charles Holley, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. chief financial officer. “For the full year, we expect underlying EPS to be at or slightly below the low end of our range of $5.11 to $5.21.

 

“Today, we are providing updated information on previously disclosed items, as well as new additional discrete items that were not anticipated when we provided our fourth quarter and full year guidance. These discrete items will impact EPS results for the fourth quarter and the year,” said Holley.

It wasn't just the weather though. The company also listed the following factors:

Detailed explanation on discrete items:

  • Brazil and China store closures: Approximately 50 underperforming units between these two markets were closed.
  • India transaction: Walmart terminated the franchise and supply agreements related to retail stores. The estimated charge for this transaction is now approximately $0.05 per share versus the previous estimate of $0.04 per share.
  • Brazil non-income tax contingencies: The company is subject to tax examinations for non-income taxes in Brazil. A number of these examinations are ongoing, and in certain cases, have resulted in assessments from taxing authorities, some of which we are currently contesting. As part of the company’s standard review process and as a result of changing conditions and circumstances, the company expects to record additional liabilities related to these loss contingencies.
  • Brazil employment claim contingencies: We expect to record additional charges related to employment claims. Walmart Brazil has experienced a significant increase in employment claims in recent years as a result of company efforts to improve productivity and reduce costs. The company has performed a detailed review of potential liabilities related to these claims, as well as a review of our historical processes and practices related to accounting for court deposits required to litigate such claims. As a result of this review, the company expects to record charges to increase our liabilities and account for settlements of historical employment claims.
  • China store lease expense charges: We identified a historical lease accounting practice that did not conform to our U.S. GAAP-based global policies. As a result, the company expects to record a charge to conform to this accounting practice.
  • Sam’s Club U.S restructuring and club closure.: Sam’s Club is implementing a new in-club leadership and staff structure to better align U.S. club teams with the sales volume of each club, and expects to record a charge for severance-related costs. Additionally, one club is being closed.

Well, there's always a reason.

 

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Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:05 | 4387324 Chupacabra-322
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What is the UNITED STATES?

Ah… now here is where it gets tricky. You see, when a corporation is created, it is always and without exception created using an ALL CAPITAL LETTER name. Thus, while we all live in the United States of America, we are bound by the government of this country, which is the corporation of the UNITED STATES.

For reference and so that there is no doubt of this being true as we continue down the rabbit hole, the definition of the UNITED STATES in Black’s Law dictionary is “…a corporation”. Also, you can look at the UNITED STATES CODE (this being in all capital letters due to its corporate structure representing the codes of the UNITED STATES corporation). The code is: U.S. CODE/TITLE /28/3002/15 (A) (B) (C). These codes state that the UNITED STATES is unequivocally a corporation.

We live in the United States of America, but we do commerce and follow the regulations, statutes, and legalities (which are not actually laws) of the corporate UNITED STATES, for which we are born, or birthed into as debtors and are used as the collateral of this corporation. We are all used as collateral for the government (the corporation) of the UNITED STATES as stated by our Birth Certificate. Because you are a corporate entity of this trust and not a sovereign individual of the Republic, you are susceptible to things like selective service, the draft, income tax, property tax, many other unlawful taxes which only go to fund the corporation and do not in any way fund public interests or services, and other unlawful statutes and rules (which again are not actual laws) like CPS (child protective services) which is in the business of kidnapping children – and even get bonuses for blond haired blue eyed kids, which is why there is such a high turnover rate in that particular job…

Wait a minute! Why am I a corporate entity of the UNITED STATES?

Basically, when my mother and father were married, they signed a marriage contract and received a marriage certificate or license (as did yours and everyone else’s parents, and as did you when and if you were married). If you still have yours, you should get it out and read it.

It states clearly that: The product of this union belongs to the UNITED STATES…

What does this mean, “a product of the UNITED STATES”?

It means that your children are the property of the UNITED STATES. It means that your parents, their parents, your children and your children’s children are or will be a vessel of commerce that is owned by the UNITED STATES corporation. You are an indentured corporate debt slave, who is assigned as collateral for the good faith and credit of the UNTITED STATES as soon as you are born.

And when you are born, you are assigned a corporate number. Actually, because the UNITED STATES commerce laws are in Maritime Law and UCC code, you are really birthed, very much like a ship at sea is birthed into a U.S. port and assigned a number of import. Your birth certificate is that contract. It is a contract that is assigned to you as the product of the union of your mother and father, and it indoctrinates you into the UNITED STATES as collateral and assigns you a trust account in which all of your credit and debt is assigned and allotted.

If you’d like to verify this as accurate, I would invite you to try and retrieve your original birth certificate from the UNITED STATES government. You’ll notice that no matter how many times you try and no matter how much you insist, you will never be able to attain the original document that is your birth certificate. You are, however, imbued the privilege of receiving a certified copy of said certificate. Your original certificate is housed in the District of Columbia, Washington D.C, in the ten mile stretch of land which is the corporation of the UNITED STATES. Understand too, that Washington D.C. is not part of the United States of America, and is a corporate structure completely separate from the rest of the country. In short, it is not one of the 50 United States of America.

The average citizen of the UNITED STATES is assigned a value when he/she is born for collateral and credit purposes. After years of inflation, that trust value is up to about 7 million dollars or so at birth. If you would like to verify how much you are worth as a corporate entity of the UNITED STATES, simply take your birth certificate number into your local stock broker and ask him to look up your number.

We also receive a social security number (a corporate number) for which we conduct trade and commerce and are allowed the privilege to start businesses with… and with which we are legally but not necessarily lawfully taxed.

Whew! Let’s slow down a minute. What is the difference between lawful and legal?

This is very important to understand.

Law – God’s law (whether you believe in God or not) is to do no harm to others or their property. This is the basic definition of law. It is also the definition of freedom, for all men are free under God’s law in the United States of America until the point where we break that law. You cannot break the law unless there is a living victim for which you do harm, or do harm to their property.

Legal – The word legal or illegal is a corporate term used to represent a state of being when related to statutes, rules, codes, mandates, and posted limits that are assigned to you by the UNITED STATES. While something can be unlawful, it can be legal. But remember, law always trumps legality. In the case of something being illegal, no living victim is required under corporate legality, and so the STATE assumes the role of the victim. More on this in a minute…

The Constitution For The United States – is the original document and declaration of independence that was written by our founders.

The CONSTITUTION OF THE UNTITED STATES is the legal corporate document that was created by a treasonous Congress in the “Act Of 1871” and which the UNITED STATES continues to fool us all into believing is the same document that our forefathers wrote for our God-given independence. I assure you, it is not. It is a corporate document for a corporation that operates outside of actual constitutional law.

http://realitybloger.wordpress...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:15 | 4387360 negative rates
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I didn't get my number until SS came around. What #'s you talkin about, the ones on the fridge?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:19 | 4387838 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is confuse, but accordingly of Black Law Dictionary, United States is not corporation, but is "name of sovereign occupying position analog to other sovereign in family of nation, or is designate territory over which sovereignty of United State is extend." As for all upper case, Black Law Dictionary entry is all upper case. Boris is suspicious of previous post and think is maybe propaganda for tax shelter scheme. Tread careful or you are find yourself in jail sit with Wesley Snipe.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:40 | 4388269 Al Gorerhythm
Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:18 | 4387376 jcaz
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Dude,  dunno if what you wrote is good or not, I tuned you out after the second sentence-  brevity matters....

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:35 | 4387427 new game
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!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:59 | 4387493 Sean7k
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Which makes you such a good slave!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:58 | 4387494 Jason T
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tis the soul of wit.  

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:53 | 4387733 FredFlintstone
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Good writing matters too. If it was well written, it could be a guest post. There are some on here who could make more of a difference if they did not come across as so fucked up and scary. I know that some will say that the times call for urgency, but really.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:19 | 4387377 Doña K
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Obama then is just feeding his subjects. What's wrong with that?

Maybe just maybe, he is the mesiah who is trying to bankrupt the company (USA) and destroy it in order to install the real and original constitution?

Help me people!  Is that possible anyone?

Is there a lawyer in the house? 'Cause I have a nice daughter for you. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:24 | 4387388 Oracle of Kypseli
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Oh yes! That's why he can't produce his own original Birth Certificate.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:00 | 4387496 pods
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The UNITED STATES is already bankrupt.  You just cannot make a speech about it on the congressional record, as they will find a way to toss you in jail, without the rug.

http://adask.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/the-bankruptcy-of-the-united-states-james-traficants-speech/

pods

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:56 | 4387746 Kinskian
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A great man, Traficant was also highly critical of Israel and active in the defense and exoneration of John Demjanjuk.

Today, Ohio mostly provides America with chicken shit politicians like  John Boehner and guests for the Jerry Springer and Maury shows.

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:20 | 4387379 BandGap
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And?

This is a long winded what? Please, get to the fucking point.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:05 | 4387523 Al Gorerhythm
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Succinctly, you're fucked.

Longer but condenced from above:if you are living in any country whose money is issued through the corporation's central bank, at birth you are registered as property of that corporation and bonded to it through the sale of your labour via bonded debt derivatives. If you don't believe this to be true,then try escaping from it. If you squint hard enough you'll see your registeration number tattooed on your anus. Your ass belongs to them and they can screw you any which way or day they like. 

If you have followed the unravelling of the US and any other western Developed Market, (That's what we are now, consumers and workers in a market) you will note that the corporative management in those countries have followed the memo and have transfered their headquaters to China. As far as you can see across these countries, there are factories and malls and people left abandoned. Their CEOs wearing their bureaucratic hats care not one whit for you and your wellbeing or the wealth of these nations, only insomuch as the resources are their wealth, not yours because it is tied to your debt which you had no say in.

Got it? It's laid out for you above by someone who made the effort but I guess its that instant gratification you've been trained to need that defines you. Fuck the truth, just entertain me, right?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:12 | 4387551 greatbeard
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You might have said the same things, but yours was a much easier read.  Maybe what the op posted was worth the time and effort to figure it out, but in the comments section of ZH the odds of time wasted reading and understanding such a long screed being worth the effort are slim indeed.  I enjoyed your rendition, I gave up on the op several sentences into it. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:43 | 4387705 Sean7k
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www.state-citizen.org ,for when you have time to read. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:19 | 4387840 greatbeard
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Thanks, I'll take the time.

I just ran into a situation with the post office that shows just how out of whack things have become, and how powerless the serf class is to fight it.

I was sending an overseas package.  The postage, although certainly legit, was deemed fraudulent.  I brought proof into the postmaster and she said that could be fraudulent.  She demanded proof of the funds coming out of my account for payment.  I provided those, then she demanded to know where the fund in the account that funded the postage come from.  They never proved anything about the postage being fraudulent but they did confiscate my property.  Apparently I'm out $80 in postage and my property and there seems little I can do about it. Our's is a system run a muck and all you can do is fight it in any small way possible.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:29 | 4387901 ElvisDog
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Your story doesn't make any sense. Were you sending the package or receiving it? If you were sending it as you wrote, wouldn't you bring your package to the post office and buy postage there to send it? If you had already bought the postage and they thought it was invalid, why didn't you just pay for the "approved" postage and send your package. It strains belief to think they would confiscate a package that you brought in to the post office.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:11 | 4388135 greatbeard
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I bought and paid for the postage on line.  Just to be sure, considering the cost of the postage and the destination, plus the fact I was going there anyway, I had the clerk weigh it and scan it in with my label.  It weighed and scanned just fine.  I questioned the clerk and told him I wanted to be sure and he said everything was fine.  It was down the pike that it was flagged as fraudulent.  The confiscation is clearly a case of a postmaster menopausal bitch gone wild on power.  None the less, I can't seem to get anything done about it.  In the right or not, how do you fight the post office bureaucracy? 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:42 | 4388199 Al Gorerhythm
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Well, thanks for your confidence in my post. However, mine is just one of those ZH postings of perhaps bloviated contrivence or then again there might be some substance to it. The difference in the two postings is that his has a link (not a peer to peer bibliography, I know) that could support his work, but mine, just an opinion (no supportive evidence) thatmay give people something to chuckle over or pehaps think about. Try his link as well. Damned rabbit holes.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:22 | 4387856 ElvisDog
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Al Gore, what you wrote is truly the attitude of a slave - you are owned, you can't fight it, just accept it. Do you know what TPTB are really afraid of? Not armed revolution. What they're afraid of is that people always have the ability to passively say "No". No, I won't generate enough income to pay taxes. No, I won't take out loans to go to college. No, I won't take prescription drugs. The oligarchs depend on people like (presumably) you who accept that there is no alternative but to go along and toil with passive indignation feeding the beast. Just say "No".

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:42 | 4387974 Al Gorerhythm
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You read into it something that I didn't intend to convey. The facts are the facts. we're bonded but there are ways to collapse it. My point is you have to be aware of it before anyone can take action. I already am and have taken action but realise that the system is there and trying to deregister is nearly impossible. I said, nearly. Yes, Im bonded but I've minimized my exposure. You tell me when you've successfully deregistered. Go give it a try. You need a nation that supports you as a sovereign man, not just being hairy chested about it. Give it a go. Jump down that rabbit hole. Ive beaten the path for you.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:48 | 4388030 ElvisDog
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Well, I do still work and pay taxes. But I have no debt whatsover, I don't take prescription drugs, I don't watch MSM news, I don't buy a bunch of crap I don't really need. That's a start.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:14 | 4388145 Al Gorerhythm
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That's a start but when you are forced to pay taxes, pay for registration of vehicles, boats, fishing liscences, renew your drivers liscence even if you have already passed as competent, exit and entry taxes if you leave your country for whatever purpose, land taxes, wage taxes, the list goes on, there is no escape. They are a leech and drain your wealth at every opportunity and invent new ones if the others are avoided by the populace (carbon tax for fuck's sake).

Good luck. Nice chatting.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:30 | 4388215 Sean7k
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What Al is talking about goes waaaay farther than you have considered. See my state-citizen reference above. You have numerous invisible contracts with the government that allows them to legally bind you and your wages and your property. These include: bank accounts, drivers license and registration, birth certificate, insurance (limited liability benefits) ,property, social security and more. 

Contracts do not require your signature. They only require that you accept a benefit. This benefit IMPLIES quid pro quo. It is almost impossible to completely remove state control over you as their property. Thus, the point that non-acceptance of the law will ultimately be our only defense.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:55 | 4388532 TuPhat
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Sean, as you say, "It is almost impossible to completely remove state control over you as their property"  That control is brought about by the use of force as stated by Al.  The "contract" you talk about is BS.  Control is the thing, and that is done by force not by an "invisible" unsigned peice of paper.  Some control is necessary.  Self control is the way it should be but some people in this world don't control themselves at all.  Govt. should protect the rest of us from them but too often govt. itself gets out of control.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 16:18 | 4389134 Sean7k
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You might want to read a little before making such absurd comments.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:13 | 4388141 greatbeard
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>> No, I won't generate enough income to pay taxes. No, I won't take out loans to go to college. No, I won't take prescription drugs.

You just described my resistance to a T.  A meaningless resistance, but I feel better about myself.

 

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:23 | 4387389 rwe2late
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Thread hijacking

comment belongs on a different thread.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:10 | 4387540 Al Gorerhythm
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That comment needs to be posted on every thread until the serfs get pissed off enough to do something about it. Bonded serfs, tied to debt money.

IT"S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, DUMMIES!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:47 | 4388286 rwe2late
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 It's still thread hijacking by chupacabra regardless whether you agree with the off-topic comment,

or arrogantly believe others need to "have it posted on every thread".

 

Is this to be a discussion thread for the headlined topic,

or a sounding board to be bombarded with long-winded and off-topic cut-and-pastes ?

 

The point is to stick to the topic because not everyone agrees with your opinions.

It is highly opinionated of one to maintain that those who may disagree

ought to have their discussions and opinions subordinated to

propagandistic irrelevant interruptions by yours.

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:58 | 4388338 Sean7k
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Fascista! :)

Based on the number of responses, it has meaning for someone. If you don't like it, ignore it.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:11 | 4388381 rwe2late
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http://www.indybay.org/animalliberation/

The conditions on modern factory farms have gained national attention with the prosecution of one of the nation's top egg producers on animal cruelty charges. Stemming from an undercover investigation by a worker affiliated with Compassion Over Killing (COK), the manager and owner of Esbenshade Farms have each been charged with 35 counts of animal cruelty. For each count, the two men face up to 90 days in jail for the treatment of hens on their Pennsylvania farm.

After obtaining a job maintaining a hen house, undercover investigator John Brothers worked from November 30th to December 9th, 2005 documenting conditions inside Esbenshade Farms. In graphic detail, the footage taken at the Mount Joy, Penn. farm shows thousands of birds in overcrowded; hens with wings, legs, or feet entangled in wire cages; birds left in the aisles to starve to death; chickens impaled cage wires, and living hens confined amongst the decomposing bodies of dead ones. COK presented the disturbing footage to a local humane officer who initiated the criminal prosecution, triggering this landmark legal case. This case is expected to be decided in mid-April. A courtroom victory could lead to more against other factory farms. In Defense of Animals (IDA) writes: "This is a rare chance for the story of animal agriculture's most abused captives to finally be told in a courtroom, bringing legal accountability to factory farmers and justice to their victims."

photos of “battery cages” at
http://www.factoryfarming.com/gallery/photos_egg.htm

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:10 | 4388383 rwe2late
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Another sad thing is, hemp could replace almost all of the things wood is used for, which is mostly paper products, chip board and plywood.
Growing hemp in the Unites States is illegal by federal law and hemp can be used for more than 3,000 commercial uses that are totally bio-degradable and commercial hemp is not marijuana.
Hemp is a weed and will grow on any soil, it needs no fertilizer or irrigation for good productive crops.
Hemp makes stronger plastics than oil based plastics... Henry Ford built an automobile with hemp and it used hemp fuel.
Hemp plastic is perfectly safe for packaging food products including lining cans and is bio-degradable and does not harm the environment when put into landfills, unlike oil based plastic which are poisonous.
But, oil rules, especially oil rules our DC elected.... So we use oil based plastics and wood pulp for toilet paper and snot rags.
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-284.html

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:13 | 4388394 rwe2late
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Sugar addicts anonymous ?How to stop the cravings! ?By Julia Califano for Lifetime ?
...According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), there is no conclusive evidence — as there is with nicotine — that humans can become addicted to sugar. However, registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer, author of "Food and Mood," says that recent studies may change current thinking. "There is interesting evidence that the taste of sugar on babies' tongues releases endorphins, a morphine-like substance," she says. According to Somer, as with other addictions, sugar fiends often find that going cold turkey and cutting sugar out of their diet virtually ends their cravings. This worked for Burton Isaacs, who quit candy completely after 25 years and has been "clean" for four years now. "It takes three whole days [before the cravings stop], but it does work," she says.
Of course, most of us aren't eating Snickers bars for breakfast, but we are eating more sugar than we think — or should. Many of the foods we eat on a regular basis, including granola bars, cereal, muffins and even canned pasta sauces and ketchup, contain sizable quantities of hidden sugars in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, glucose, sucrose, fructose and dextrose. All that sugar, on top of the healthy-but-sweet servings of fruit and juice that we consume, can cause a serious sugar overload. "Americans consume twice as much simple sugar as they should," says ADA spokesperson Julie Walsh, a registered dietitian. "And when you overconsume sugar, that can lead to weight gain."
Aside from  — which is linked to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers — the main hazard of excess sugar consumption is tooth decay. Sugar also fills the body with empty calories, which can lead us to skimp on foods we really need, namely vegetables, grains and proteins. Research shows that the average American ingests approximately 24 teaspoons of sugar each day; your goal should be to slash that amount in half. Here are four sugar-busting strategies:
1. Eat breakfast. "People who eat breakfast are less likely to have [sugar] cravings," says Somer. When your body wakes up, it wants the instant energy boost that carbohydrates provide. If you don't fuel up in the a.m., that chemistry comes back to haunt you: "By afternoon, you're hungry, and the carb you should have had as oatmeal you're now eating in the form of a chocolate chip cookie," says Somer. Filling up early in the day will make you less likely to overeat or binge on junk when  Prime  include eggs, unsweetened whole-grain cereal and fruit with unsweetened yogurt.
2. Dilute drinks. Consider diluting soda, juice and other sweet drinks with water, suggests Walsh. Also, try to make water your drink of choice. Not all waters are created equal: "The new vitamin water drinks on the market are loaded with sugar," Walsh cautions. Aim for eight glasses of tap or mineral water a day.
3. Go halfsies. It's easy math: To reduce your sugar intake, eat half the amount of the sugary foods you usually have. Drink only half a glass of soda, or cut up that muffin. Eventually you can wean yourself down to a quarter of the amount. For many sugar lovers, this is a better strategy than going cold turkey, since caving in just a little to your craving can be enough to satisfy it, while restricting yourself completely may only ratchet up your desire. "For many people, the pendulum can quickly swing from abstinence to Somer explains.
4. Test your cravings. Sometimes your desire for sugary foods isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Before you cave, figure out what role your body wants the sweet stuff to fulfill. If you think you're craving ice cream, have a tall glass of ice water instead. Somer says many of her patients find that what they were actually craving was something cold or wet, so ice water does the trick. And sometimes a piece of fruit will give you the energy boost you're hankering for in the form of a candy bar — plus, the fruit will provide you with some much-needed vitamins. It's up to you to channel your cravings in a healthy direction.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:57 | 4388553 TuPhat
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Al, IT"S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, DUMMIES! That's all caps so is that a coporation?  It's not about money.  It's about power and control.  Get real.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 20:37 | 4390046 Al Gorerhythm
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You are correct, that's why it's all caps. 

Sigh.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:42 | 4387441 Sean7k
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Keep up the good work Chupacabra. Don't let the comments bother you. You are doing a good work.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:57 | 4387487 pods
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How the flying fuck can you get dinged for that?  This place has really changed.

Ding me too fuckers.  For those who know, see ya at the bottom of the rabbit hole.

https://www.1215.org/

pods

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:40 | 4387507 Sean7k
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How can he get dinged without a SINGLE argument or refutation? I'll see you at the bottom pods, but maybe we'll come out on top.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:29 | 4388458 rwe2late
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Here's How ...

It’s an open secret. It’s been known for years. Mainstream media suppress it. They pretend none exists.
It’s real. It’s menacing. Imagine ignoring what threatens humanity. Imagine pretending Iran’s peaceful nuclear program does so. Imagine risking regional or global war by doing it.
London’s Guardian is an establishment broadsheet. It’s usually conformist. Once in a while it’s not.
It wrote many times about Edward’s Snowden’s revelations. It told readers what they need to know. On January 15, it headlined ”The Truth about Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal.”
Rarely ever would US establishment publications suggest one. Or Israel’s chemical and biological weapons.
They’re used freely against Palestinians and other adversaries. Doctors discover injuries never saw before seen. Mainstream media ignore them.
Israel’s nuclear program is one of the world’s best known open secrets. It’s still not publicly acknowledged. It’s hard refuting indisputable evidence.
Israel began developing nuclear technology decades ago. It did so “deep beneath desert sands,” said the Guardian.
It “us(ed) technology and materials provided by friendly powers…” It did it the old-fashioned way. A “clandestine network of agents” stole it.
It’s the “stuff of pulp thrillers and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about” Iran’s nuclear program. One’s military, the other entirely peaceful.
“In reality…neither US or British intelligence believes Tehran has decided to build a bomb…” Its program is the world’s most closely monitored.
Israel’s is entirely clandestine. It’s illegal. Iran’s fully complies with NPT provisions. Israel won’t sign the landmark treaty. It wants nothing about its program revealed. It wants freedom to enhance it.
Its open secret reflects “an extraordinary feat of subterfuge,” said the Guardian. It produced a powerful arsenal. It’s enhanced by long-range delivery systems.
Israel threatens to use all its weapons if threatened. It’s used chemical, biological and radiological ones against Gaza and Lebanon. It’ll do it again in future conflicts.
Despite open knowledge of its nuclear program, Israel’s position is never confirm or deny. In December, former Knesset speaker, Avraham Burg, broke the taboo.
He said Israel has nuclear and chemical weapons. He called official non-disclosure “outdated and childish.” He called for “open and brave public discussion.”
He said only “regional dialogue, including with Iran” could create a nuclear-free Middle East. Burg is a former Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee member.
He has direct knowledge of Israel’s nuclear program. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel is a right-wing group. It wants Burg investigated. It accused him of “treason.”
He revealed a key national security secret, it said. He disclosed what’s increasingly common knowledge. Israel’s nondisclosure policy is nonsensical.
Western governments play along with Israeli “opacity.” Obama won’t discuss it. Nor other US officials. Nor mainstream media. They pretend none exists.
Britain is largely silent. In November, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was asked about it in the House of Lords. She tried being circumspect.
She said what’s rarely heard. “Israel has not declared a nuclear weapons programme. We have regular discussions with the government of Israel on a range of nuclear-related issues,” she said.
“The government of Israel is in no doubt as to our views. We encourage Israel to become a state party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”
According to the Guardian, countries conspiring with Israel’s nuclear program include America, France, Germany, Britain and Norway. It omitted South Africa.
Israeli agents were involved. So was a Hollywood billionaire. Arnon Milchan admitted his role. He did so last month.
He was born in Israel. He supported Israel’s nuclear program decades ago, saying:
“Do you know what it’s like to be a 20-something-year-old kid (and your) country lets (you) be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exiting.”
He operated in 17 countries. He worked with 30 companies. He brokered deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
It was a challenge overcoming his arms dealing reputation, he said. He had to convince people he didn’t “live off selling machine guns and killing.”
He risked his life aiding Israel. Israeli President Shimon Peres was its unacknowledged nuclear weapons architect.
He recruited Milchan. Actor Ben Affleck calls him “a very mysterious, exotic figure in Hollywood.” Actor Robert De Niro asked about his clandestine activities for Israel.
“He (said) he was an Israeli and that of course he would do these things for his country,” De Niro said.
He had no qualms about being a secret agent. He wasn’t concerned about its illegal nuclear program.
He didn’t consider its potential harm. He ignored its destructiveness. Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, secretly ordered developmental activities.
It began after Israel’s creation. Ehud Avriel was a European operative. He was a later MK. He recruited East European Jewish scientists.
Avraham Marcus Klingberg was enlisted. He later became an Israeli chemical and biological weapons (CBW) expert. He was Israel Institute of Biological Research deputy director.
Ernst David Bergmann was the father of Israel’s bomb. He later headed the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).
In his farewell address to the Israeli Armaments Development Authority (RAFAEL), Ben-Gurion defended his agenda, saying:
“I am confident, based not only on what I heard today, that our science can provide us with the weapons that are needed to deter our enemies from waging war against us.”
He and Peres were the leading forces behind Israel’s nuclear and CBW programs.
By the early 1970s, Israel had advanced nuclear technology. It had world class scientists. It had several dozen ready to launch bombs. It had delivery systems able to hit distant targets.
France and South Africa were Israel’s main collaborators. Washington supplied a five-megawatt research reactor.
It was part of Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program. Washington became complicit in Israel’s illicit development.
Israeli scientists were trained at US universities. They had access to domestic weapons labs.
They got advanced technology transfers. They included supercomputers able to design sophisticated nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
Mordechai Vanunu became a heroic whistleblower. He did so long before term gained prominence. He exposed Israeli nuclear secrets. He revealed what everyone has a right to know.
He was unjustly punished. Israel dispenses it ruthlessly. He spent 18 years imprisoned. He was isolated brutally in solitary confinement.
He’s been harassed ever since. His fundamental civil and human rights are denied. He’s prevented from leaving Israel. He wants to do so to live free.
Daniel Ellsberg once called him “the preeminent hero of the nuclear era.” Vanunu says he’s neither traitor nor spy. “I only wanted the world to know what was happening,” he said.
From 1988 – 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize each year. His heroism is recognized worldwide.
Israel has destructive chemical and biological weapons arsenals. In 1993, it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
It refused to ratify it. It did so for spurious reasons. It wrongfully claims it’s surrounded by hostile neighbors. Israel’s only enemies are ones it invents.
It never signed the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Its policy is CBW ambiguity. It uses banned weapons in all its conflicts.
They include chemical, biological, and radiological ones. Monstrous new weapons are tested. Victims attest to their potency.
Corpses bear witness to hideous wounds, malformations and toxicity. Official policy prohibits discussing anything related to Israel’s nuclear, chemical or biological programs. Doing so is considered treason.
Israel’s destructive weapons threaten world peace. So do America’s. Both countries partner in crime.
Daily events should scare everyone. Warmakers win peace prizes. Peacemakers are vilified. Criminality is rewarded.
Permanent war is official US policy....
http://www.globalresearch.ca/israels-secret-nuclear-program/5366851

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:46 | 4387449 barwar
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TLDR...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:47 | 4387453 Tortfeasor
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So your argument is the CAPSLOCK key creates corporate entities?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:08 | 4387538 Sean7k
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The language of contracts does use this distinction. Just as important, why would you write the Constitution, the "law of the land", as attorneys, and then spell out that Contracts take precedence? It would do the "People" a world of good to read the contract on their life and decide whether they are going to allow the State to have jurisdiction.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:43 | 4387713 jefferson32
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This is a sovereign citizen litigation argument. I had looked at these ideas a couple of years back. I guess undermining the system by clogging-up its courts is as good a method as any - regardless of whether the arguments are "frivolous" or not (as the courts claim).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_citizen_movement Keep it up!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:46 | 4387721 jefferson32
Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:14 | 4388140 Sean7k
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This is not a sovereign citizen comment, nor should you use the CIA wikipedia for information. This is a non-resident alien argument encouraging you to realize you are a citizen of the state you were born in, not of the United States. You also need to read into "invisible contracts" and the use of Admiralty/Liability law which the courts practice. By accepting corporate control of your life, you allow yourself to be a slave for life and your children as well. 

Law requires acceptance for validity. Otherwise, it is just empty words and your overlords know it.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:05 | 4387328 SoilMyselfRotten
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Blame it on the rain....

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:17 | 4387357 Headbanger
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No... Because Obama.

But this is proof positive that food stamps really are corporate welfare!

And Wal Mart dug their own grave a long time ago paying shit wages to lower prices to become the largest employer in the country

Versus Henry Ford who boosted wages and cut the work week so his employees could afford to buy the cars they were building!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:19 | 4387372 duo
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Since so much of Wal-mart sales comes from SNAP, shouldn't some of Wal-mart's profits be returned to taxpayers?  WMT is just a giant civilian PX.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:26 | 4387400 NoDebt
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"WMT is just a giant civilian PX"

I'm using that one.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:16 | 4387579 eclectic syncretist
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If the small reduction in SNAP causes wally to warn, I have to believe that the millions rolling off unemployment at the beginning of the year will really decrease their outlook.  Maybe they will have to warn on earning again for that one.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:44 | 4387716 NumberNone
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Exactly correct.  When you see the program for what it is, theft and money laundering, it puts it all in perspective.  

Next time you see the government spending millions of your tax dollars promoting SNAP in order to increase the number of people on the dole, it's really just free Walmart advertising so that they can take money out of your wallet without you ever stepping into their stores.  

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:17 | 4387373 Oldballplayer
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Thanks Obama.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:15 | 4387560 Cattender
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hey! i have been doing my part. i bought some food there on Monday (a snow day for me) i know a Manager there and the Guy looks Fucking SCARED every time i see him..

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 14:28 | 4388395 LMAOLORI
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Did you hear Walmart is going to help Obama create more jobs it's a win win! (sarc). What I really think is funny is Walmart is considered the enemy of the left with it's anti-union policies but both Shillary and MO worked there and ran away from their connection until after the elections.  Mrs. O only resigned after Obama said he wouldn't shop at the store and now he's right back in business with them. Obviously Obama speaks with a forked tongue.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:18 | 4387369 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs. Cog and I have vowed to increase our purchases of useless shit in order to help out WoeMart. Now I can buy that neat Duck Dynasty red neck sippy cup.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:18 | 4387375 smlbizman
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god ur old...its a lunch box...sippy is sooo 1990eeeeees

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:25 | 4387390 Dr. Engali
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It didn't take long living with us hillbillies before you started fitting right in.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:07 | 4387536 Cognitive Dissonance
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I resent resemble that remark. :)

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:27 | 4387404 Cursive
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@Cog Dis

Wife got it for a kid for x-mas present.  Bought for $1.  After two dish washings the "Duck Dynasty" decal began peeling off.  My explanation to the kids?  "Hey, that's what you get for buying cheap Chinese shit."  They all agreed and said it'd be really cool when the decal came off enough to read, "Duck nasty."

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:39 | 4387433 krispkritter
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Guess that was 'Peking Duck Dynasty'?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:02 | 4387511 pods
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Wordplay is awesome, like HOTel cORAL esSEX.

pods

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:40 | 4387693 Bangin7GramRocks
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NERDS!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:33 | 4387420 The Limerick King
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Woemart is feeling the pinch

Consumers are starting to flinch

Cheap Chinese shit

Will write our obit

And debt is the rope for our lynch

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:39 | 4387435 krispkritter
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This early in the AM? And no coffee?  You're good!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:12 | 4387548 Cognitive Dissonance
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Nice. Very Nice. :)

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:50 | 4387458 Son of Loki
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Cog, don't forget the latest CD hit: "The Best of Beeber."

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:12 | 4387546 Cognitive Dissonance
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So just what was in that drug cocktail Bieber admits taking?

<Enquiring minds want to know.>

Well.....back to WoeMart to get a Bieber T-shirt. Got to help my man.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:15 | 4387558 stant
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next album in the works is angry beeber

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:07 | 4387332 1835jackson
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Got to keep em borrowing money to buy things they don't need.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:13 | 4387355 Wait What
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"with money we don't have, to impress people we don't like." T.D.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:07 | 4387335 TeamDepends
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To the drive-thru broker at Walmart:  Yeah, we'll hava an AMZN happy meal with a side of Twitter, and we would like a toy with that.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:58 | 4387483 superflex
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You want a toy toy?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:09 | 4387336 Dr. Engali
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Uuhhhmmmmm... About that taper thingy .....

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:15 | 4387352 buzzsaw99
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um, the fed can nominal-taper for as long as the one time revenue boost + spending cuts lower the deficit. they are still buying the same amount of Ts percentage-wise as ever.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:18 | 4387366 NoDebt
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Years from now, when they write about the downfall of the US, it will begin "The richest, most powerful nation on Earth slowly fell apart.  All agree it was the weather that did them in.  All of their plans failed to take into account that it was cold in the winter and hot in the summer.  They were all based on 365 days a year of sunny, 72* weather throughout the nation.  Unable to adapt to these cyclical changes called "seasons" their economy slowly withered and died off."

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:48 | 4387450 Sean7k
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When did we start naming storms? "Eight named storms"? Are we going to start naming sunny days or weeks? Periods of fog or wind? Tornados? Why are we making up headline names for stories? Someone must be pretty desperate to keep us in fear induced comas...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:40 | 4387692 pods
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But what if the start naming heat waves?  That could be fun.

Man when Kate Upton came I was dripping with sweat.

pods

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:10 | 4387341 youngman
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I would add in the fear of Obamacare costs....that should be slowing purchases...and currently heating bills will take a big chunk of spending....

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:17 | 4387364 negative rates
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Your future is so bright that I have to wear shades.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:14 | 4387561 slaughterer
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What?  Obamacare costs money?  Shit, I thought it was free, like the EBT!  I am fucked now.  

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:09 | 4387342 silvertrain
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income tax refunds are getting ready to help em out for a month or so...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:18 | 4387371 negative rates
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Bumped up the debt ceiling problem too, they will be late as usual if they don't up it in one week, can you say reruns in the shitter?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:18 | 4387343 Wait What
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where's endorush? and has he already made 4% BTFD today?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:11 | 4387345 Ar-Pharazôn
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say thanks to Mr. Idi Obomba.

 

am i wrong or he just raised US minimum wage at over 10 dollars per hour?

 

now pay the price USA.

 

and remember, kiss the negro's asses.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:11 | 4387346 buzzsaw99
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the walton heirs aren't welfare babies tho. oh no, they are hard core globalist capitalist alien lizard tzars bytchez.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:12 | 4387348 erg
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Food sales down...blames cannibalism. Ketchup sales up though...and salt.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:15 | 4387356 buzzsaw99
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i'll be needing a stack of those mcDs napkins to wipe my ass with later too bytchez

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:53 | 4387467 corporatewhore
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i haven't noticed any decline in cheetos sales at the cash register.  Panic only sets in when the EBT card doesn't work and you're out of rillos, beer and airplane shots

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:13 | 4387354 More_sellers_th...
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It's getting too bad to hide... Like in the old days, when a company like GE would miss earnings by a penny...I used to ask, why are they killing the stock? An old timer said to me, "they are so big and can fudge so much shit... If they miss by a penny, shit must be a lot worse than it looks."

 

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:16 | 4387362 new game
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all started at wally world-bought some ammo-limited supply ya know!

the bush did it again! went to the bush and came out empty handed. want to blame the weather, but really, there just wasn't anything flyin, really nothin dyin.

try another day.  the hunt was fun, got away from fellow mankind...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:16 | 4387363 Last of the Mid...
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You mean we've taxed so much, destroyed so many jobs, and passed so many monumentally inept regulations that they can no longer buy ishit and shop at Wally world? That's not possible! It's the consumer's fault! They will buy more shit on mastercard or else!. Let the beatings continue until morale improves! And Janet, get your ass in here. Pump, baby pump, We've got GOP sucking our balls for this amnesty thing, that's 12 million more voters on or side, but there's still 16 elections to onsider.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:16 | 4387367 Frozen
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2014: "Who dun it"

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:22 | 4387380 Peter Pan
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In reality the Walmart results are good news.

Perhaps this is what is needed to cleanse both the retail scene as well as the consumer.

I smell the beginning of a painful recovery. Thta is correct. Recoveries are always painful.

 

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:22 | 4387386 the not so migh...
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oh yeah recovery time...again

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:09 | 4387798 roadhazard
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Maybe we can start naming our recoveries.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:43 | 4388274 Raging Debate
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Ya Peter Pan, agree we have bottomed out. But the unfunded liabilities of Boomers means more taxes direct or indirect which is a big headwind. Another astute commentator pointed out the other biggie the other day and that is energy costs which may ease a bit but not much. Especially if printing continues...

I see several more years of stagflation coming, certainly not good for consumer confidence. That said, there are and will be some decent investor opps, but a lot of extra due diligence will be required when cherry picking.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:24 | 4387385 gafgroocK
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" And, second, eight named winter storms resulted in store closures that impacted traffic throughout the quarter."

 

Oh, of course, since the WeatherChannel has implemented a marketing scam of 'naming' eveything that shits on the earth from a snow squall to a down burst...might as well use that excuse.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:45 | 4387445 krispkritter
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I switched off TWC.  Wasn't going to wait for them to start using names like Shanaynay or Temiqua to try and boost their audience.  

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:49 | 4387452 stock trout
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I was hoping to be the first to point out that named thing. Gotta cut this comment short; there's a cloud named Larry about to float over and I can't comment while it's cloudy.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:53 | 4387466 Blano
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Weather Channel is just a bunch of freakin' drama queens.  Then they act like the world needs them.  It's weather already!!!  No wonder DirecTV dumped them.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:13 | 4387555 superflex
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I cant wait for one of their Hurricane reporters to be impaled by some flying debris on camera.

Hopefully Jim Cantore takes a 2x4 in the face.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:38 | 4388263 Freddie
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Pretty cool when Jim Cantore kneed that kid in SC this week.  It looked a bit staged though.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:19 | 4387589 1stepcloser
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Once GE bought it, did you expect anything different?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:58 | 4387485 toady
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And next, corporate naming rights...

Winter storm Alfredo brought to you by Chevrolet!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:24 | 4387387 KidHorn
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Apparently, their problem in China and Brazil is those contries don't have SNAP and unemployment benefits.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:25 | 4387396 Sudden Debt
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1944 : AMERICANS GOT STUCK IN THE ARDENNES BUT KEPT FIGHTING AND WON!

even with freezing weather and without the proper gear

fastforward....

2014: It snows and americans ARE TOTALLY GRIDLOCKED AT HOME

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:32 | 4387416 Ar-Pharazôn
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lol. yeah.

the germanz had instead all the equipment they needed.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:34 | 4387423 negative rates
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It was the all weather tire contract signed into law that did that, then you have to couple it with ignorant politicians inorder to create an event we can profit on, blame it on, and then promise that it will NEVER happen again. Sound familar? That's the sound of pure political incompetance. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:36 | 4387431 the not so migh...
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my dad was in Ardennes after Omaha, you make a fantastic point

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:50 | 4387463 stock trout
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True but now we are fighting the Battle of the Bulge.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:01 | 4387510 buzzsaw99
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the bulge won a long time ago

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:36 | 4387679 pods
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Greenpeace now has a land whale division.

pods

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:27 | 4387405 ifishivote
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Arent you going to Walmart out of necessity? Who would ever go to Walmart unless it was a matter of life or death. So weather causes a person to no longer need food or clothing? Maybe they are eating the yellow snow.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:29 | 4387413 R-502
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Walmart is just a parasite to the welfare system and now its by their own admission. All these small Mom and Pop grocers are pissed off and think Walmart is the enemy, when its really the welfare system that attracts them to an area. Like a wolf smelling prey. If the welfare system collapses I would give it 72 hours and all of them would be on fire. :p

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:36 | 4387424 Spumoni
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GallMart is a dollar mine, set up and designed to mine money from communities without providing anything of value in return. Boycott the bastards. Shop Mom n Pop shops. Hell, shop online. Don't feed the Smallton Greed.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:49 | 4387451 Bryan
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The weather again.  That is so stupid.  So I guess if there's bad weather, the consumer just gives up and decides that this week's groceries will just have to go unbought?  I don't get their reasoning on weather-related events.

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:48 | 4387454 krispkritter
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No wonder the weather has been so bad, it's getting blamed for everything under the Sun...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:25 | 4387614 superflex
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The investing radio clowns I hear on my way home from work told me nobody in their right mind would take their pickup truck out to buy a washer or dryer in this weather.  Hence, the reason durable goods orders were down last month.  

They also love mentioning the percentage drop in gold(Gold fell 2.5% or $250 for every $10,000) but never report the percentage gain (Gold went up today).

Their advice.  BTFATH!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:51 | 4387461 Secede Or Die
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What intelligent human shops at Walmart just to save a buck only to reap a future of economic ruin as uS dollars flood overseas?

Secede or Die.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:06 | 4387532 Jlasoon
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Where's is the average nutjob suppose to shop? 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:27 | 4387626 superflex
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Meijer, Target, Kroger, etc. sell Chinses crap too.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:27 | 4387633 Jlasoon
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Who doesn't? 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 15:31 | 4388895 Secede Or Die
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"Where's is the average nutjob suppose to shop? "

Really?? There are no other choices out there??? Fuck....through up your hands in defeat and go shop at Walmart then. OR, you could make an effort to support small retail business that at least TRY to sell uS made products. It takes effort to fight the Global powers that be. Seced....it means to withdraw.....Withdraw, stop your support from companies like Walmart.

 

Secede or Die

 

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:51 | 4387462 thismarketisrigged
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jim cramer just said that earnings have been really good and today we should buy companies with great earnings rather than panic, so there is no way wmt really reported bad earnings bc cramer said otherwise.

 

o, and of course its the weather, why do we have this weird phenomenon called weather occuring in the world, i have not heard of this phenomenon in my entire lifetime

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:52 | 4387468 Stuck on Zero
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MalWart could boost sales significantly if they replaced all the shopping carts with electric carts.  Better yet, make the aisles so wide people could drive their cars through the store to load up on useless wares from China.

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:59 | 4387501 dobermangang
Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:53 | 4387469 firstdivision
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Everyone will be cutting fwd guidence now. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:56 | 4387474 russwinter
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Store closures in Brazil and China; WMT must now realize business in these countries isn't that easy.


Next will be all the Wall Street US housing landlords announcing they didn't realize renting to poor people was that difficult. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:07 | 4387537 Jlasoon
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No SNAP benefits in China or Brazil?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:06 | 4387529 Rising Sun
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my finger smells - I blame that

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:08 | 4387539 Jlasoon
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Well at least you got lucky last night. 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:09 | 4387544 tnquake
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OT - One of the larger department stores in the area is having a "large" markdown sale Friday and Saturday, clearing out all of last year's left over merchandise. From someone who works there, the store took their annual inventory in January and had over twice the amount of inventory left over from Christmas sales. They are dumping the inventory with their "large" markdown sale before their fiscal year starts on Feb. 1st.

"Honest... I ran out of gas! I--I had a flat tire! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn't come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!"

Always wanted to use that line!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:00 | 4387760 Jameson18
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 Joliet Jake Bitchesss

 

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Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:17 | 4387583 WhyWait
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From Wikipedia:

"The Enforcement Act of 1871 (17 Stat. http://bits.wikimedia.org/static-1.23wmf11/skins/vector/images/external-...); padding-right: 13px; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-position: 100% 50%, 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;" rel="nofollow" href="http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=017/llsl017.db...">13), ... empowered the President to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to combat the Ku Klux Klan(KKK) and other white supremacy organizations during the Reconstruction Era. ... the last of three Enforcement Acts passed by theUnited States Congress from 1870 to 1871 during the Reconstruction Era to combat attacks upon the suffrage rights of African Americans. The statute has been subject to only minor changes since then, but has been the subject of voluminous interpretation by courts."

This act then was passed in the midst of two revolutions.  

The first was the revolution on the ground of the freed blacks, at first in alliance with the upland white farmers, demanding land, democracy and education and an end to the naked rule of the slavelords and their gangs of armed enforcers, as documented in DuBois' powerful "Back Reconstruction".  

The other revolution was the takeover of the Federal Government by the Corporations, which was completed and sealed with the Tildon/Hayes compromise of 1876 in which the Corporate-controlled Republican Party agreed to abandon the freed blacks in the South. What followed was a reign of terror against the regular people all across the country, North and South, black and white, including the crushing of the remaining free nations on the High Plains.  Popular history books were rewritten to expunge all memory of the South's brief experiment in revolutionary democracy. A succession of devastating economic crises and depressions swiftly followed, ruthlessly used by the new kleptocracy, dubbed the Robber Barrons, to consolidate their power and discipline their labor force.

The following words were attributed to Lincoln 20 years after his death by Populists leading the people's resistance to the corporate takeover.  I wish I could believe that Lincoln, despite being a Railroad Lawyer, actually said this, because it rings so true: 

"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless." 


Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:27 | 4387637 WhyWait
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This is a reply to post by Chupacabra-322.
 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:55 | 4388061 The Chief
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I seriously doubt that Lincoln said that. He was a gung-ho, centralized, big-goverment megalomaniac. He was uber paranoid of the proles in much the same way that the monsters in office today are paranoid.

I'm guessing that things will work out for the hundreds of Lincolns that occupy our government today in much the same way they worked out for him.

Help us, God, if you are there.

 

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:47 | 4387723 bobbydelgreco
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little known fact for you zhers while you wait for hyperinflation but without food stamps walmart would be bankrupt

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:26 | 4387882 SystemOfaDrown
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Republicans fought hard for cuts on gov't safety-nets that went into effect prior to 2013 Holiday Season. Ooops they first forgot about implementing Job Creation programs to help rebuild American middle-class with disposable income for 4Q shopping! [trickle-down theory doesn't work when 1% cuts off the Tap] Sleep on the bed you made Neo-Con Bitches! 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:45 | 4387978 NoTTD
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Is it the fact that the storms were "named" that caused the loss?   If so, I think we can lay this at the feet of the fear mongering morons at the The Weather Channel.  (TWC motto: "It's going to rain!!  You'll be killed!!! It's too dry!! We're all going to die!!!  It's too hot!! It's too cold!!!  Lightning!!  Wind!! Death all around!!!")

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:37 | 4388259 Lead Balloon
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(sigh) I long for the good old days when we didn't have weather.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:45 | 4388006 NoTTD
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Also, Bullish!!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:08 | 4388119 TheRideNeverEnds
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I'd say the majority of patrons at my local Wal-Mart store pay for their purchaces with food stamps just from my casual observation.

 

Food stamps should be terminated, we should make being on welfare as difficult and demeaning as possible it should not be a lifestyle choice.  At least make them pick up trash or something.

 

 

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:20 | 4388421 all-priced-in
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If Walmart could just keep ammunition in stock they would be making their numbers.

They should be concentrating on 500 round value packs of .22 LR - 9MM & .45 ACP - 7.62x39 & .223.

BTW - I left .40 S&W off the list - not a bad caliber - but my least favorite handgun cartridge.

 

   

 

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