• Tim Knight from...
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  • Tim Knight from...
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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 - 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.

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