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More Americans Go Hungry Than All But 2 European Nations

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Since 2007, when the financial crisis touched down across the world, the proportion of people going hungry in Europe has soared, according to the OECD. As Bloomberg's Niraj Shah notes, the number has doubled in Greece alone from 8.9% in 2007 to almost 18% currently unable to afford food. Across the European Union, the proportion of people going hungry ranges from 4.6% in Germany to over 30% in (ironically) Hungary. However, before one gloats at the weakness in Europe and the cleanest dirty shirt the US pretends to be, at 21.1% of Americans unable to afford food, only Hungary and Estonia are in worst shape... USA USA USA...

 

 

Source: @economistniraj via Bloomberg Briefs

 

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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:45 | 4637763 NoDebt
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Because you see people rolling into ERs across the US every day suffering from malnutrition.

Sorry, but I'm flagging this bullshit.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:48 | 4637783 boogerbently
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Unless, by "unable to afford food", they're using the Food Stamp numbers,

which completely discounts the fraud factor.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:02 | 4637813 remain calm
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Bullshit. Americans still have the biggest feeding trough in the world, McDonalds still has the 99 cent menu. Supersize me mother fucker.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:04 | 4637850 Pool Shark
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Truly.

At least in California, the only people going hungry are either those too lazy to drag their sorry carcasses to the nearest DHS office for food stamps, cash aid, child care, Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, Section-8 housing, WIC, Foster care payments, Welfare to Work Subsidies, travel vouchers,...

... or small children whose parents just spent all the TANF money and food stamps on crack, cigarettes and beer.

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:40 | 4637957 WayBehind
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Or they are too lazy (or too stupid) to get Obamaphone so they can call a delivery service.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:59 | 4638026 Ignatius
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Or fat and happy hurts corporate profits.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:07 | 4638186 CheapBastard
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The Onion, right? Has to be written by Onion staff ... ha ha ha ... good one !

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:11 | 4638346 James_Cole
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21.1% of Americans >>>>>>unable to afford food<<<<<<<<< only Hungary and Estonia are in worst shape... 

 

http://www.theautomaticearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FoodStampsUS...

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:56 | 4638481 Occident Mortal
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People who are genuinely unable to afford food, die after 3 weeks.

 

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:39 | 4638502 James_Cole
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Never heard of theft I suppose..

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:22 | 4638457 Urban Redneck
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What, there's no one left in the State with enough dignity, self-respect, or moral fortitude to resist Uncle Sam and his Devil's candy?  

On the bright side -- the shit usually hits the fan shortly after the last resistance is "converted"

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:41 | 4638503 James_Cole
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there's no one left in the State with enough dignity, self-respect, or moral fortitude to resist Uncle Sam and his Devil's candy?  

Honestly can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:07 | 4639018 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I regret that I only have but one up arrow to give for that statement.

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:04 | 4638591 ugmug
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21% of Americans go hungry searching for drugs, booze, concerts, and every other vice known to mankind.

 

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:02 | 4637834 Future Jim
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Oh. I get it. They are not hungry, but they would be were it not for government assistance, but that is the whole purpose of government assistance - to put poor people on the new plantation that is government dependency. That is why those brave black men who have figured this out call themselves runaway slaves.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:08 | 4637859 Pool Shark
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Oustanding link, Jim. Greenie on ya'...

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:28 | 4637914 NoDebt
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I think you nailed it, Jim.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:51 | 4637795 Ralph Spoilsport
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"...and there's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGTY_jTZ-Zo

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:54 | 4637804 Cugel
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Shoes for industry, brother.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:01 | 4637837 Ralph Spoilsport
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"And he said the word, and we ate it. Hot Dog! A mighty hot dog is our lord"

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:02 | 4638035 Ignatius
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"More sugar!"

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:20 | 4639071 Boxed Merlot
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Shoes for industry...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kem9FBJjZ3I

 

shoes for the dead.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:25 | 4638099 Mine Is Bigger
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I have read somerwhere many obese people are actually malnourished.  Cheap manufactured food products offer just emty calories.  Eating them makes people fat but nutrition deficient.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:31 | 4638113 lasvegaspersona
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Mine

there are 2 kinds of malnutrition, caloric deficiency and protein deficiency in the face of adequate calories (kwashiorkor)

Lacking a specific vitamin or mineral in the modern era is almost impossible (seen much scurvey lately?)

Health Nazis will rail about various quality issues (and I agree I don't want to eat a welfare diet myself) but true starvation...prove it...show me the ribs (or red hair and bloated belly in the case of kwashiorkor).

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:37 | 4638412 BorisTheBlade
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Reminds of the old Soviet anecdote.

American and Soviet generals brag about how well their soldiers fed.

- Soviet general: my soldiers on average eat an equivalent of 2500 calories a day.

- US general: phew, mine are eating 5000 calories a day!

- Soviet general: I call that bullshit! One soldier cannot consume two bags of rutabaga every day!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:23 | 4638721 Its_the_economy...
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LAsVAgas

you confuse starvation w malnutrition. There is protein malnutrtion...sure. BUtn there are many malnutrtions, and they appear as disease entities such as cardiovasular disease, cervical and prostate cancers, central nurerology diseases, blood cell manufacturing diseases. I am not going to write the book here, but, in short, YDKWYTA.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:55 | 4638664 tmosley
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Almost everyone in the world is potassium deficient.

You'd be surprised at how many things the average person is deficient in.  That's why I started taking homemade soylent (blog.soylent.me) every day.  Complete control of my nutrition.  Loosing weight now too.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:24 | 4638100 lasvegaspersona
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No Debt

the line for flagging starts way over there.....>>>     grab a sandwich while you wait...and some chips and don't forget the dip....and dipping sauce for the dipped chips...put it on the EBT and.....

 

 

pure bullshit this hunger thing, it is statistics looking for a grant....kinda like global whatever they are calling it this week....

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:56 | 4638164 NoDebt
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"kinda like global whatever they are calling it this week...."

Global Income Inequality?

I should probably shut up and stop giving them additional stupid ideas.  They have plent of their own already.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:27 | 4638107 williambanzai7
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I think we need to redefine the word hungry. Are all the American fat asses running around hungry? Yes, 24/7.

But that is not my idea of hungry.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:57 | 4638667 newdoobie
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How the hell did you get junked for that statement? Trolls out today.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:21 | 4638728 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Nutritionly poor, high caloric food will do that, it is like US dollars. Purchasing power (nutritionily poor) poor, high face (caloric) money USD. It is the same shit and produces the same effects. It is manufactured theft whether you do it with processed food or through inflation with money. Same end results, fat and bloated systems tapped out starving a slow death as the gap widens between the 2. They are trying to kill us on all levels instead of bring things into balance.

You eat nutritionly rich food you need less calories relative to your needs same with money it has more purchasing power you need less of it relative to needs.

The problem is ingrained into the most basic and core things in society and any solutions not addressing this is just more of the same. And people will ridicule people like myself over things crypto-currencies like bitcoin that are trying to break this relationship and bring things back in line.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:34 | 4638408 Sharee
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Bullshit data, bullshit conclusions. It's all based on welfare recipients - who doesn't like the occasional free lunch?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:35 | 4638530 Treeplanter
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Gov't lies.  We have the fattest poor people in history.  21 %?  Maybe .1% can't find the county welfare office.  

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:00 | 4638981 masterinchancery
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Fattest people in the world, no food, total BS.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:12 | 4639525 Totentänzerlied
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All obesity-related conditions and complications are symptoms of malnutrition, as obesity is indeed a form of chronic malnutrition.

Also, if they're not counting people on foodstamp programs of every kind, private charity and public welfare, state, local, and federal, then the counts are absolutely meaningless. I think it would also be fair to claim that many people on welfare, foodstamps or no foodstamps, are technically unable to afford food no less than a panhandler with a coin cup - in the absense of some form of charity (whether it be private and unorganized or public and institutionalized), they'd both be starving.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:44 | 4637765 fonzannoon
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if we have no food it kinda makes sense that we would be the cleanest dirty shirt.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:45 | 4637766 nmewn
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Bullshit.

We've got the fattest poor people on the planet.

USA USA USA!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:47 | 4637781 toys for tits
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Grains (Carbs) are still cheap and fattening.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:49 | 4637788 nmewn
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Grain fed T-Bones is more like it.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:53 | 4637798 fonzannoon
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I have a buddy in silicon valley who promised me that within 10yrs I will be able to plug my phone into a fat guy to charge while I am grabbing a cup of coffee and commenting on here while at the coffee shop.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:54 | 4637809 nmewn
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lol...now thats "progressive".

Has anyone informed the cow? ;-)

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:58 | 4637818 fonzannoon
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LOL officially, no. Unofficially....yes

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1BQPV-iCkU

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:09 | 4637866 mjcOH1
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"I have a buddy in silicon valley who promised me that within 10yrs I will be able to plug my phone into a fat guy to charge while I am grabbing a cup of coffee and commenting on here while at the coffee shop.

We used to do that with a potato, cheap quartz clock, and hand cut electrodes back in the day. It could work. Your next charger may be a taser-like device that fires 2 small harpoons into your chosen electrolyte source. Hit the wrong fat roll and it could get hairy though.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:06 | 4638039 NoDebt
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Stop it, stop it.  I've got tears running down my face I'm laughing so hard.  A big fat human potato battery with Taser leads stuck in it.... its too much.  Please stop, I'm going to pee myself.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:54 | 4638157 QQQBall
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Well, well Mr. Anderson...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:53 | 4637993 UselessEater
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the Wall E clip link was new to me and I never want to see it again. The less I interact with cities and high tech the better for me - this morning I fed local wild kangaroos some banana's, walked on the beach, then checked on the lap top how cyclone Ita is tracking (too close!); natural and real.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:04 | 4637849 nightshiftsucks
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All I can say is that I hope I'm involved in making the chip that does that.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:08 | 4637861 Postal
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To each their own.

As for me, I have absolutly no interest in plugging anything of mine into a fat guy... o.O

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:56 | 4638666 tmosley
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Can only afford the 7 steaks now.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:58 | 4637822 Papasmurf
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Grains (Carbs) are still cheap and fattening.

You can starve to death eating cheap grains, corn and HFCS, all the while being obese.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:08 | 4637858 Hobo Sapien
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hmmm, up arrow not working atm, so +1

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:10 | 4637867 Postal
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PS broke it: Doesn't work for me either.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:05 | 4638181 Ralph Spoilsport
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FYI guys - if you start a comment in Italics like PS did, it disables the arrows. There's a workaround but I forget what it was.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:57 | 4638343 Skateboarder
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The grey background behind the user's name, time/day, post number - click on that. Press that Tab key twice. Hit Enter.

Voila.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:43 | 4638421 PhysicalRealm
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Skateboarder -- hey, thanks, that worked.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:50 | 4638478 Hobo Sapien
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shweeet - Thanks.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:58 | 4637827 RafterManFMJ
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When the dumpsters behind restaurants are without tossed food; when the dumpsters behind groceries are spotless; when roadkill disappears from the pavement in mere minutes - then you will know hunger is real and not until.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:59 | 4638169 NoDebt
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Possum's good eatin'!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:13 | 4638367 Two-bits
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Soon, I fear that they will begin to eat one another.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:58 | 4638672 tmosley
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Nope.  People can be starving in the streets, and (well fed) men with guns will continue to ensure that everything is thrown out by the expiration date.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:00 | 4637835 Bunga Bunga
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Right, it can only get better from here.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:46 | 4637769 Che Guevara is Dead
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Never seen so many fat starving people in my life. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:46 | 4637772 Boomberg
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Fat asses are the hungriest of all people, all the time. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:33 | 4637934 naughtius maximus
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Yes this is true

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:10 | 4638065 edotabin
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Yes, but they drink diet Coke!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:47 | 4637778 saulysw
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So they are hungry in Hungary? Hmmm.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:47 | 4637779 yellowsub
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What do you expect when you give people the responsibility of budgeting their EBT spending.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:51 | 4637794 HerrDoktor
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Bullshit.  Food is free in the USA.  We fucking give it away to anybody and everybody.

How is it that Poland and the UK have negative percentages?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:53 | 4637799 seek
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It's a 5-year change percentage. Fewer people in Poland are starving, so it's negative.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:03 | 4637846 Stuck on Zero
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If you had a choice of starvation or eating Polish or English fod what would it be?

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:04 | 4637851 Ralph Spoilsport
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Oh, just sit down and eat your gowumpki.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:17 | 4638707 Oldballplayer
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My ancestry is English. My wife's family is polish. The difference between their food is that one boils all of the flavor out, and the other boils all of the flavor out--and then pours burnt butter all over it.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:53 | 4637800 Handful of Dust
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I must live in a different part of the country then the author. I have never seen so many massively obese people in my life. I see them slide out of their Escalades every day [in the disability parking slot] then roll into Walmart [or other grocery store] then load up their carts until overflowing with meats, butters, lard, etc, then whip out their EBT card.

The last 'underweight' person I've seen was in Bombay where they die in the streets [literally] from starvation.

This article smells fishy to me.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:56 | 4637817 CrashisOptimistic
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A whale is not a fish.

It's a mammal.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:09 | 4637865 james.connolly
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Obesity is the result of eating SHIT, not the result of lack of food or too much food.

Anywhere in the world where people eat fresh food, and not processed food, obesity is rare.

Where you feed people process wheat or rice, sugar, and lots saturated fat,... they become obese because the body doesn't process this food.

When I go to the USA and go shopping, all I see people buying is frozen, or canned, or packaged food.

 

The problem is fresh veggies, and fresh meat, and fresh fruit is expensive. Those who are poor, but live near the source are not obese.

>>>

It's all by design, the USA wants a fat, dumb, and lazy public, so they can be controlled.

Also when you took people off the 'farm' and brought them to the city, you have what you have, ... those that live on the farm generally have happier healthier children.

Go to Ireland, and to the remote areas, you will see happy healthy children, to to LONDON you will see sick obese unhappy chlildren, just like the USA.

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:36 | 4637943 F22
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I'm sorry but it all comes down to physics and chemistry and physiology.  You can eat too much healthy food and be obese.  There are high calorie foods that aren't processed--nuts, eggs, dairy.....  The bottom line is that to gain weight, you must consume more calories than you expend.  If you eat 6000 calories of healthy non-processed foods per day and sit on your ass and don't exercise you will gain weight and become obese.  You could eat 2000 calories of junk, chips, fries, sweets and exercise like a fiend and be thin as a rail...

I'm not saying that it's right to eat junk--it's absolutely better to eat a healthy diet.  It's just that obesity comes down to calories consumed versus calories expended--bottom line.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:19 | 4638086 Leaping Lizard
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I'm sorry but it all comes down to physics and chemistry and physiology. 

Bullshit.  I was trained in the physical sciences, but I know that the human body/mind/spirit is a lot more complicated than a Carnot cycle.  Junk food has little nutritional content other than processed and refined carb calories.  People over eat that crap because their bodies tell them that they are starving, but starving for nutrients that are not contained in the garbage that they are eating.  A very bad news positive feedback loop.  There are other malicious factors involved as well such as GMO genetic reprograming etc.  

This story is told with wit, compassion, and humor in the documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead which can be viewed for free at:

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/watch-fat-sick-and-nearly-dead/

Caution:  Much of it is in Australian and without English subtitles :-)


Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:21 | 4638551 F22
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I call bullshit on your bullshit.

I say that if you eat fewer calories than you expend, you will lose weight.  This is easily provable. 

If you eat more calories than you expend, you will gain weight--also easily provable.

The more extreme the difference, the greater and faster the effect.

Not sure what physical sciences you were trained in.

I'd be happy to design an experiment for you to test this hypothesis.

I'd be more than happy to wager on the outcome.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:18 | 4638610 hardcleareye
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Strictly speaking basic law of thermodynamics applies to the human body... 

However, you need to consider the burn rate of those calories consumed and for this you look to a persons metabolism, example the teenage boy the can eat 5000 calories a day and be thin as a rail... What are the factors that control a persons metabolism?

The next part of the equation is... Why do people overeat? 

And then an other consideration is why is it so difficult and painful to lose those extra pounds.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:22 | 4638552 F22
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Double post

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:43 | 4637967 Cugel
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At my grocery store the SNAP card always seems to have room for deli meat, single-serve pies and 12 packs of sugar soda, but never enough for 99-cent/lb chicken, $1.50/lb beans or $0.49/lb cabbage.

Real ingredients aren't that expensive and fit comfortably in a welfare budget. People here buy processed garbage for cultural reasons, not economic ones. No need to make excuses for them.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:05 | 4638051 UselessEater
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Processed crap food does impact on energy levels and concentration etc. I suspect there is a vicious cycle of eating this crap thats biological and cultural. If people realized they were being used for future drug sales, brain dumbing, eugenics, etc a few more might give a shit what they put into the bodies of their kids and themselves. Behaving like an actual parent is a good start.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:22 | 4638303 CheapBastard
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sorry, but obesity is from eating too much. dont blame fast food or come up with some other cop out...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:12 | 4638072 Tulpa
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"Where you feed people process wheat or rice, sugar, and lots saturated fat,... they become obese because the body doesn't process this food."

If the body didn't process it then it wouldn't make you fat, it would just pass through your digestive system with no effect.

The basic problem is that your body is designed to store up fat and doesn't want to lose it.  Your DNA doesn't realize that you don't have to worry about storing up calories for the winter or for a famine anymore.  All this silliness about carbs and fresh vs processed is just confusing causation with correlation.  Processed foods are found in the same societies where food is plentiful and physical labor is uncommon.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:32 | 4638402 TBT or not TBT
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That wildly, wildly oversimplifies on the one hand, and ignores rafts of KNOWN factors and feedback loops that influence appetite, metabolism, and of course fat storage.   But you have plenty of company.   A good primer on this is Gary Taubes' "Why We Get Fat" or the much thicker tome "Good Calories, Bad Calories".

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:06 | 4638054 El Vaquero
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The title of the article is the problem.  The chart is "Unable to afford."  With English being the nebulous whore of a language that it is, "unable to afford" could include those on EBT. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:54 | 4637806 justanothersucker
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Step right up.  Our savior in chief (or was it chef?) has JUST announced the affordable FOOD act.  Yes, that's right.  Now YOU can have the food you never thought you could afford.  I't all right here, if you'll go on our website and sign up to have a Food assistant take care of your needs.  Our food transporters will show up AT YOUR HOUSE and shuttle you to the plant where you can have ALL of the Soylent Green you can eat.  Why what could be easier, simpler and more satisfying. 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:10 | 4639795 waterhorse
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Until you explain how the banksters will profit off of this new act, I'm afraid I can't believe its true.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:55 | 4637811 Cobra
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No way... If there is a percentage of Americans going hungry, it's directly tied to the percentage of people with eating disorders.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:01 | 4637838 Oreilly
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I see two things to consider here:

 

1.) people are hungry because food is not available

 

2.) food is available but a sub-group of the population is not able to access it

 

1.) doesn't happen in the US, flat out too much food at very low prices.  2.) does happen, in particular to children and the elderly.  People who are dependent on others to get them access to food are screwed if their "others" are undependable.  Why do you think we have such huge school breakfast/lunch/dinner programs?  It's because the parents of a large part of school age children can't be bothered (for whatever reason, you choose one ...) to feed their kids.  And the elderly just plain out get forgotten.  I'm not sure it's 21.1%, but I could see the f-ed up nature of our current social network leaving these people hungry in a land of plenty.

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:06 | 4638595 hardcleareye
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Last thing to point out, cheap food is usually calorie dense and nutrient poor....  hence the obesity epidemic in the USA.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:03 | 4637844 DrData02
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On a lighter, but related, note, the star basketball player at Univ. Connecticut says that he goes to bed "starving" regularily.  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&u...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:03 | 4637848 james.connolly
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If I were king and I could PULL FREE FIAT out of my ASS to INFINITY I would ..

Let's see I would put +60% of the people on the dole, and call them the FSA, and would give them all EBT cards to by processed food that made them weak, stupid, and lazy.

Then I would pick out the young who were physically attractive and groom them to be prostitutes, the rest just let them die. The strong I would groom to be police, to control those that are too smart for their own good.

The problem for all kings for all time is that you either thave KILL them all or make them all slaves. Killing them costs lots of money, the best thing in all history is to castrate all the males, and then make the attractive into sex toys, and the rest into workers.

The processed food will create enough disease to kill the weak, no needless money needs to be spent on KILLING, if you give them poison food, they will kill themselves.

>>>

Probably the biggest MYTH in intelligent man is that HUMAN life has value, no it doesn't life is closest to reality in AFRICA where the dead just lay there until family claims them, used to be much the same in CHINA years ago, and certainly the USA, if nobody claims the dead, you fed them to the pigs.

I can think no more contemporary example than MH-370, 240 dead, and nobody fucking cares,... except the immediate family, but they can't do shit, because they don't know where to collect the corpses,

HUMAN life has no value, and never has. Unicorn's probably ain't going to accept this truth, ... and I wish that it wasn't so, ... but this HUMAN as a good man, or good ape, ... is mythology, just go to Africa, and watch how Baboons live in the wild, ... its all about RAPE and MURDER.

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:35 | 4638122 tenpanhandle
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note to self:  Don't vote for this guy to be king.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:42 | 4638418 Serenity Now
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Best comment today.  LOL.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:35 | 4638569 Comte d'herblay
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That's ridiculous.  You don't Vote for a King!

That's the whole point of being king!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:34 | 4638568 Comte d'herblay
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Wellll.....in that case, i'm switching to turkey sausage. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:06 | 4637853 RaiZH
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You mean Americans are hungry for moar ? 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:07 | 4637855 ebworthen
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Wow, Hungary and Estonia, time for Russia to annex the U.S. sounds like.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:08 | 4637862 AdvancingTime
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Poor sad starving Americans. A recent article in the Huffington Post told how federal cutbacks were going to  affect Gwynn's food resources this year. In the spring, across-the-board budget reductions known as "sequestration" trimmed funding for senior nutrition programs.

Gwynn said she used to receive a hot lunch every weekday. "They took my lunches away because the sequester cut their budget so much they couldn't afford to pay the driver and they cut back to a once-a-week delivery," Gwynn said. The local agency on aging offered to bring seven frozen meals once a week, but Gwynn said no thanks. "When you live in an apartment you do not have a freezer large enough to hold what you already have in there and seven meals." More on this subject in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/10/food-stamps-and-snap-to-get-squee...

 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:29 | 4637917 quasimodo
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"When you live in an apartment you do not have a freezer large enough to hold what you already have in there and seven meals." 

I did read the article, but at that point thought to myself "WTF? She has a full freezer already so has  to turn down meals?"

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:44 | 4638422 Serenity Now
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JFC, we're supposed to PAY to feed people, and deliver it, AND do so at their convenience, AND make sure their freezer won't be TOO full?  What's next, spoon feeding them?

Shit. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:10 | 4637868 besnook
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the ultimate chart is the one that determines the point of world population density and demographic characteristics that best suit the needs of humans(the .1% and the 1% who serve them), a maximum efficient population number. the ultimate plan is the one that puts the number in place. that is the best cure for poverty.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:11 | 4637869 are we there yet
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Mexico is now the fatest country with America at # 2 for being fat, and now we are # 2 at being hungry. So America is Fat and Hungry. Somehow that explains why we are always at war with some distant worthless armpit country.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:00 | 4638027 Ms No
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Exactly, they are scarfing GMO corn saturated with pesticide and processed crap just like we do.  Fat has another purpose, toxin quarantine.  That's one of the reasons why China has been burning that shit at port. 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:38 | 4638414 TBT or not TBT
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And americans' fat, both skinny and fat americans fat, is loaded with a toxin derived from cheap vegetable oils that industry foisted on us with help from government and industry sponsored researchers.   This toxin is called Arichdonic Acid, and your body makes too much of it when your diet is flooded with omega-6 fatty acids.   Cook with butter or oils with very little omega-6, and you will slowly slowly slowly rid your fat and membranes of excess toxic AA.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:16 | 4637886 AdvancingTime
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The real issue is that regardless of how people feel about Government programs we are currently facing a massive Federal deficit and that the food stamp program also known as SNAP should be reformed. The food purchased with food stamps should be limited to "only" approved basic and healthy foods like milk, eggs, potatoes, rice, chicken, and generic brands of peanut-butter, ice cream and bread.

Off the list should be premium and luxury items such as T-bone steak, and all the high price designer frozen and snack foods that fill Americas grocery stores. An example of where they should not be allowed is at the gas station-convenience store near my home where they can be used to purchase pop, cookies or a sandwich. Thoughts about how this program should be reformed in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2012/01/food-stamp-reform-needed.html

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:47 | 4638425 Serenity Now
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Yes, and turn the majority of food assistance back over to charities.  Food stamps increase the money supply (since they spend exactly like cash), which increases demand, which increases prices.  Like night follows day.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:17 | 4639824 waterhorse
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Charities?  I hope you aren't trumpeting "faith-based" inititiatives, as that would be further erosion of separation between church and state.  Just imagine being a recipient in that system and if the religious dogmatic doling out the charity decides he doesn't approve of your lifestyle or failure to convert, you're SOL.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:19 | 4637888 Hannibal
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If GovCo got zillion money to burn for the war psychopaths then a well funded EBT card for everyone shouldn't be a problem,...eh!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:20 | 4637895 Sizzurp
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If they are hungry it's only because they are spending money on cigs, booze, and lotto tickets.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:21 | 4637898 Postal
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But put an ad on Craigslist about how you want a cute little skinny maid--and no fattys--(to perform occasional sexual favors) and the hate mail will pour in: "I can't help being fat!" "You should just accept me the way I am!" "What a jerk!"

So much for supply and demand. Oh, yeah. We passed that point a while back....

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:27 | 4637908 navy62802
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Then why in the fuck do we have so many fat asses?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:30 | 4637922 Dre4dwolf
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They ate all the food and now the other guys are starving.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:12 | 4638696 Ballin D
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Sans ethnic minorities we're in line with most european contries.  Oddly enough, id bet its those same ethinc minorities that are supposedly going hungry.

 

Americans are more likely to complain about going hungry when they throw a tantrum as the food stamps "paycheck" shrinks (in real terms).

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:27 | 4637910 TBT or not TBT
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The eStonians would have the munchies moreso than hunger per se, as the Hungarians surely would know all too well.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:47 | 4637913 the 300000000th...
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If your going hungry in this country then your just not looking hard enough. There is so much good food in them there dumpsters! I know because I used to eat out of them, you would be surprized at what resturants throw away. Those pizza slices that were $3 at 9:59pm are free at 10:01pm. All you need is a good ol set of bolt clippers to take care of that pesky lock on the dumpter, and then the buffet is OPEN!!!!!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:51 | 4638431 Serenity Now
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I researched this a while back, and American households, businesses, restaurants, and grocery stores throw out billions of dollars' worth of food every year.  

For some odd reason (sarc), the liberals who are so concerned about feeding the "hungry" are also the ones that won't let you make sandwiches for the homeless in the park and prevent restaurants and grocery stores from donating their leftovers to shelters.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:33 | 4637939 Ms No
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The government has victimized all of these people by giving them EBT.  One day the government wont be able to pay and then we will have to watch their kids starve.  That is the evil of welfare.  Not to mention all the wonder bread and sugar that diverts public funds to big pharma.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:58 | 4639237 headhunt
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The victimization starts with the teachings of the union fed school system.

The current school system teaches people to have a high self esteem and not to worry about learning anything.

Easy to control and easy to turn into mind numb robots who vote for more free shit.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:36 | 4637944 Magnum
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It is somewhat of a bullshit storyline because food is actually VERY cheap in USA but only if one can get off their Ass and cook it.  10# sack of potatoes last November touched $1 !! That is cheap.  Those who know how to shop, cook, can, etc can get food much cheaper here than in Europe.  The thing is, idiots go buy a box of frozen bagel bites and they're now 40% more expensive so they say they now can't afford to eat.  

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:37 | 4637950 quasimodo
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Just out of curiousity, what is "going hungry" these days? Not having deep fried fatty ass shizzle dripping off your bib 3x/day? Every fast food joint offers b'fast these days, and it's almost always, literally, the fat azzes behind the wheel with a belly so damn big it hits the wheel. WTF? We are a nation of fat azz foodies. 

Good gawd, with all the fat fucks I see slithering to and fro I have a hard time reading this article and not lol.

The other day I dropped the f bomb out of nowhere with the Mrs. in my car, when she asked me why I said it was because I have to park a half a mile away at any supermarket, while Jabba the Hut gets a front row seat due to an "impairment"........that being a fucking mobility scooter. 

One of these days I am gonna smack the fat fucker sitting on a little rascal that either

A. Runs me over while hitting the turbo mode on his/her scooter going to the "snacks" aisle

B. Tells me "welcome to XXX" or "thanks for shopping at XXX"

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:05 | 4638049 Tulpa
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Whichever one of the Tylers posted this is completely misrepresenting what the chart says, of course.  It's a change from 2007-12, not absolute percentages, and represents govt assistance, which may or may not have anything to do with food being unaffordable.  Someone's gotta get their daily dose of anti-Americanism in.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:20 | 4638090 yogibear
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Look at those electric fat carts at the Wal-Marts. The Obese people are always heading to the junk food isles to load up their carts.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:39 | 4638130 BustainMovealota
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Bullshit here-  Title of this article does not mach the information presented.  "Go Hungry" and "not able to afford food" are two very different statements.  Way too many nasty, fat , biscuit eating mofo's in the US.  Nobody is going hungry.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:27 | 4638221 Joe A
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I wish to contest that in the US they have 'food'. GMO and growth hormone infested meat is not food, merely empty calories, stomach fillers and stomach lining's destroyers. Wheat in the US contains much more gluten, proteins, and other things than wheat in Europe. In Europe only 2 GMO are allowed to be cultivated, in the US 96...

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:37 | 4638237 paddyirishman
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here in Ireland with one of the most generous welfare systems in the world, the 'entitled classes' have plenty of money from their benefits for booze, ciggerattes, drugs, satellite tv, playstations, and they get the taxpaper tp pay for their kids to be given breakfast and lunch, and we wonder why we're the most indebted country in the world.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:12 | 4638286 BustainMovealota
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Take a stance and do something about it.  Whats it gonna take?  Here in US the "entitled class" low information voters can get cash from their welfare / benefits card.  They of course take that cash and buy the shit you just mentioned. Nobody says a word because, if you did, you would be labeled a racist and bigot.  Interesting how folks have been brainwashed , worldwide, to tolerate this fraudulent welfare system.  This is not a coincidence.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:12 | 4638287 BustainMovealota
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Take a stance and do something about it.  Whats it gonna take?  Here in US the "entitled class" low information voters can get cash from their welfare / benefits card.  They of course take that cash and buy the shit you just mentioned. Nobody says a word because, if you did, you would be labeled a racist and bigot.  Interesting how folks have been brainwashed , worldwide, to tolerate this fraudulent welfare system.  This is not a coincidence.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:47 | 4638249 kurt
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Listen to all the assholes rail against the obese. Not a fun read.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:18 | 4638296 BustainMovealota
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Really?  listen to all the assholes that rail against folks that support traditonal marriage.  And force them to resign.

Who said you were supposed to have fun anyway?  Go back to watching "The Voice",  go back to sleep.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:13 | 4638491 kurt
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May I recommend Zero Mostel's "Songs My Mother Never Sang"

 

 

 

you're a funny little troll

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:46 | 4638331 Motorhead
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Estonia, aren't you glad now that you joined the EU and the euro currency union?  But then again, what's the US's excuse?  Pathetic.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:08 | 4638358 Debugas
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Estonia is better off than Latvia Lithuania Romania Bulgaria...

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:33 | 4638405 Serenity Now
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The chart says "Unable to Afford Food."  That does not mean hungry.  The United States does not have hungry people, and neither does Europe.

It is interesting to note that the so-called study only included the US and Europe.  Has anybody ever heard of North Korea?  What about Zimbabwe?  Now those are countries with hungry people.

See, this study is to compare food stamp programs, and it is meant to shame the US into believing that we are not doing enough for our hungry people.  Thank goodness so many of you called BS on this ridiculous article.

Only a Leftist can conflate obesity with hunger.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:48 | 4639186 headhunt
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Three big macs, fries, a milkshake and they are still hungry. 5'6" 200lbs.

Starving!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:36 | 4638411 waterdude
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What rubbish.  Show me all the malnourished Americans.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:26 | 4638461 NDXTrader
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Ahhhh...I see the European "Tylers" are on duty. This number is completely meaningless. Especially if you go to a Wal-Mart on a Saturday afternoon and wait behind someone with a Snap card

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:14 | 4638492 random999
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How can there not be food shortage when it seems that americans stomachs are like black holes?

I´ve been in estonia too you know, didnt notice much starvation there eihter..

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:07 | 4638519 pies_lancuchowy
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just a reminder, Europe does NOT mean European Union.

 

There are, fortunately, countries which ARE European and do not belong to the EU.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:31 | 4638563 Comte d'herblay
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In reading thru the above and below posts about "Welfare Queens", it strikes me that there is one thing missing from the 'thinking' that goes into these diatribes against them.

No where do I see the single most important reason why those who scam the welfare system should continue to do so, and for as long as they live.

The quadrillion dollars and never ending Welfare program for the Jewish Mafia on Wall Street.

How can you conscionably turn on your fellow man when Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, Jack Lew, and Janet Yellen, Peter Orszag, and Neil Kashkari give a few dozen Oligarchs newly printed money at zero per cent interest, no questions asked?

Until all that money plus 10% interest is added, compounded hourly, is clawed back, indictments flow like a river, and prosecutions begin against the Thieves of Wall Street those who are getting a paltry few $40,000 a year in living expenses without working for it, are the only ones who are being treated somewhat fairly. 

The rest of the 330,000,000  are getting screwed into the ground, not by those few million who are getting away with something but by a single Tribe who owns our government. 

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:29 | 4638622 Serenity Now
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This argument is getting old.  It is really played out.  In what universe (other than Leftist utopia) do you or anyone else get to decide that it's okay for one group of people to steal my money over another group of people who want to steal my money?

Guess what?  It's my money, and I'll bitch and complain all I want about welfare queens and anyone else I feel like bitching and complaining about.

Fellow man.  Sheesh.  They're takers....just as bad as Wall Street.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:11 | 4638694 Comte d'herblay
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You and your ken need a little lesson in perspective, priorities, and the FED.

The FED is not stealing your money, they are printing it and giving it to billionaires. 

You should be able to see that this is far different than you being taxed to support "welfare". 

You can bitch all you want, but you might save some of your ire for, primarily, the quadrillion and counting that is being given to Wall Street Mafia.

It's no wonder the richest get away with murder when you and other complainers about the people getting some free stuff can't see how much more those at the top are getting away with.

They aren't as bad, not even closel, as those on Wall Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:36 | 4639145 headhunt
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The FED is in fact stealing our money.

They are deflating the dollar you earn to pay their ridiculous monetized debt.

the FED is the biggest Ponzi scheme since the inception of government run SSI

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:17 | 4639296 Comte d'herblay
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The dollar hasn't changed significantly since the Euro came on line years ago.  Since then it's beena joy to short it at 81 and buy it at 78.

A man could get rich on just the miniscule ups and downs on the Buck.

It's a myth, so far that the dollar, in relation fo the other first world currencies is suffering. 

That's not to say that I don't think the FED shouldn't be rendered extinct with extreme prejudice. 

So they are not stealing our money, They are in fact printing it in the Quadrillions for their accomplices at the 12 Primary dealers' mostly operated by a Tribe of Semites.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:44 | 4639171 headhunt
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The newly printed money has nothing to do with the 'Tribe' (a bitches way of saying 'Jews') running our government.

The free money is given to those in a position to distribute the dollars back to those running government and their cronies and their agendas, most of who have nothing to do with the 'Tribe'.

Greed and corruption at all levels, religions and ethnicity. - because they are human pieces of garbage.

 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:24 | 4639329 Comte d'herblay
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If you don't think the Tribe is in control of WHO gets what then 'splain to me why Greenspan, Bernanke, Yellen, Geithner, Lew, and Orszag, as well as Gensler at the CFTC, and Dom Strauss KAhn among tens of others of the tribe have been in control of the National Tresury or the FED for going on 30 years and up to 40 if Yellen completes her term?

 

And while you're at it 'splain what would happen if the names of those ethnics were instead: Corleone, Rocco, DeLucia, Bonanno, Brazzi, and Gotti?

 

Would it still be meaningless.?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:05 | 4638593 skippy9
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Another bullshit survey without revealing documentation telling us we are doomed because our fellow ciizens are starving to death. Here in Sarasota, FL a similiar suvey without disclosing a source says that 25% of our children can't be fed at home. Who is behind this propoganda? I haven't seen anyone begging in the streets for food.

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