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350 Million Indian Families Starve As Politicians Loot $14.5 BIllion In Food

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While The Brits are about to tax their Super-Rich, it appears one of the old colonies remains in full anti-Robin-Hood mode. Nothing surprises us much anymore but this note from Bloomberg too the proverbial biscuit. In the "most mean-spirited, ruthlessly executed corruption," India's politicians and their criminal syndicates have looted as much as $14.5bn in food from one province alone. 57,000 tons of food meant for the devastatingly poor of the Uttar Pradesh region is sat in a government storage facility five football fields long. The 'theft' has blunted the nation's only weapon against mass starvation and as Supreme Court commissioner Naresh Saxena notes: "What I find even more shocking is the lack of willingness in trying to stop it," as the Minister for Food, who stands charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and electoral fraud, has diverted more than 80 percent of the food. "Who is a person who holds a below poverty line ration card? A person of no influence; you can just tell him to buzz off." But there is growing tension "We could just storm the place, and every one of us could get a bag of rice each. Who would stop us?"

Via Bloomberg:

India has run the world’s largest public food distribution system for the poor since the failure of two successive monsoons led to the creation of the Food Corporation of India in 1965.


This scam, like many others involving politicians in India, remains unpunished. A state police force beholden to corrupt lawmakers, an underfunded federal anti-graft agency and a sluggish court system have resulted in five overlapping investigations over seven years -- and zero convictions.


Even after accounting for the wastage, only 41 percent of the food set aside for feeding the poor reached households nationwide, but in Uttar Pradesh, where the minister of food stands charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and electoral fraud, the diversion was more than 80 percent in 2005.


"This is the most mean-spirited, ruthlessly executed corruption because it hits the poorest and most vulnerable in society," said Naresh Saxena, who, as a commissioner to the nation’s Supreme Court, monitors hunger-based programs across the country. "What I find even more shocking is the lack of willingness in trying to stop it."


"Who is a person who holds a below poverty line ration card? A person of no influence; you can just tell him to buzz off."


"Is the scam still ongoing? It may be," said Bhatnagar. "But that is not my concern."


but there is growing tension:


"We dream about robbing it," said Vaish, the activist, as the men and women around her laughed. "We could just storm the place, and every one of us could get a bag of rice each. Who would stop us?"

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Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:17 | 2746398 GetZeeGold
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Oh....did you want to eat that?


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:39 | 2746476 Lohn Jocke
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That giant warehouse full of food? ...you didn't build that...

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:56 | 2746545 Zero Govt
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this Indian food scam is no different to any and every Govt Dept in any nation across the world

Stop Paying Tax : don't fund the biggest criminal enterprise in history


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:03 | 2746567 Precious
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"We dream about robbing it," said Vaish, the activist, as the men and women around her laughed. 

Unfortunate resigned mentality, this dreaming and laughing ...

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:14 | 2746612 Things that go bump
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They are just thinking about it now.  If they get desperate enough they won't count the cost.   

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:50 | 2746751 malikai
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Exactly, what that line says is that: "We are not yet hungry enough."

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:54 | 2747179 AldousHuxley
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this is indian take of china's 1 child policy.....starve them after they are born....


India is a shit hole.


less Indians would make world better.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:10 | 2746598 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:39 | 2746714 CaptainObvious
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+1 for your cleverness.  I saw what you did there. ;)

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:22 | 2746420 Cognitive Dissonance
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From the piece......


When Mr. Romney and the RNC cheat so blatantly, they make the game no longer about politics: they make themselves ineligible for the vote of anyone who cares about his own morality, his own honesty or his own integrity -- regardless of his politics. And from a purely practical standpoint, they invite Americans to ask if they want to live in a nation governed with the same contempt for those who don't toe the party line as has been displayed both in Tampa and throughout the primary process.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:35 | 2746445 GetZeeGold
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Ron should run for President of India.


Sounds crazy but Obama ran for President of America......and WON!


I like Ron but even I'm not going to campaign for him in the comments about starving people in India. It just doesn't seem appropriate.


The red down arrow is the junk button.....annnnnnnnnnd GO!


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:55 | 2746540 tonyw
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But America is not India.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:09 | 2746594 GetZeeGold
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True dat....but America is quickly flying down the greased rails to become India.


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:10 | 2746599 Cognitive Dissonance
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Just wait. It's coming.

The caste system is already here.


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:44 | 2746731 LMAOLORI
Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:22 | 2746650 CaptainObvious
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But America is not India yet.

Fixed it for ya.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:13 | 2747048 Freddie
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Oh yes it is.  Keep watching TV sheep.  Your month cable and sat TV bill keeps The Matrix controlling you serfs.   Morons.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:18 | 2746406 Stuck on Zero
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I hope that he's well fed in jail.


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:06 | 2746583 LULZBank
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Who cares about food man, India has other major issues to take care of!!


Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:15 | 2747051 Freddie
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Let me guess - their cricket team or some other BS.  Send Indians in the US writing crappy software back to India to "fix" it.   A Slurpee machine in every hut.  Sad to see people treated like sh*t in almost every country.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 14:05 | 2747216 LeisureSmith
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Nope. I'ts about a pussy tightening cream, which contain ingredients such as Pomegranate, Almonds and Gold dust. Gold, tasty fruit, nuts and tight pussy, i'm all for it.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:20 | 2746410 LongSoupLine
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"Quick, send iPads!!" - Dudley

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:07 | 2746585 Precious
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One laptop per child.  American MIT professorial and Intel corporatist notions of excellence.  

As if Americans know the first thing about quality education.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:26 | 2746662 francis_sawyer
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You need to be computer literate at an early age so that you know how to surf porn later on as an adult at the SEC...

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:39 | 2746412 Cognitive Dissonance
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But there is growing tension "We could just storm the place, and every one of us could get a bag of rice each. Who would stop us?"

In America we can shorten this to......."Refill my SNAP card now or we storm the Safeway!"

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 18:47 | 2748176 HungrySeagull
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Find out where the Safeway distribution center is first and storm that.

Forget that pissant little store that will be stripped.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:21 | 2746416 LawsofPhysics
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What?  Central banks can't print food?  "Shocker".  

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:25 | 2746428 ZeroPoint
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Amazing isn't it? They can't print food, jobs, or gold.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:40 | 2746475 FeralSerf
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"Printing" money is the primary method land, protuctive capacity, food, gold and other real saved wealth is transfered from the workers to the elites.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:48 | 2746739 Things that go bump
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Indeed.  Did you know that by the time the sun never set on the British empire only the elites owned land in Ireland? The Irish were a nation of renters, something along the line of sharecroppers, and they were squeezed without mercy. Even here, within living memory, coal miners lived in company houses that were rented to them and were paid in company script that was only redeemable at the company store.  Those people were slaves in all but name and they are planning to slip that yoke over our necks again, those of us they don't cull first.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:42 | 2746489 madcows
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No, but they can make it damned expensive.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 18:47 | 2748178 HungrySeagull
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Expensive becomes cheap when you have a 12 gauge run up your shirt.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:32 | 2747100 LongSoupLine
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obvious they can't print moral character, honesty and common sense either.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:21 | 2746417 GeezerGeek
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We're from the government and we're here to help you. Or maybe to help ourselves to what should be yours.

Corzine couldn't have done it any better.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:59 | 2746559 Zero Govt
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Govt is MF Global ...with bells on

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:22 | 2746418 The Axe
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Fucking Insane......Maybe Putin could do a better job....while he uses his 58 planes and helicopters to survey the famine.....

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:22 | 2746419 Dr. Engali
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New century same old crimes. Things will never change.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:39 | 2746470 ThisIsBob
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Since pre history there have always been just a few guys in the village who ended up owning most of the goats.

It was  sop until the "Enlightenment."

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:23 | 2746423 madcows
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Well, they're at least skinny.  Our poor are so super-sized fat that they need a motorized cart to carry them down the aisles at Walmart.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:55 | 2746542 Panafrican Funk...
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Tends to happen when you load them up with shit that barely qualifies as food.  Negative externalities are a bitch to deal with.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:08 | 2747017 BooMushroom
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It's funny - you can buy a pound of frozen veggies for a dollar, and a pound of chicken for a dollar, and a pound of rice for a dollar. Or you can buy a twelve pack of Pepsi for three dollars.

But people who make poor choices, make poor choices.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 14:03 | 2747209 Citxmech
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Yeah, and the pound of veggies is mostly water and empty calories with no nutrients, and the pound of Aushwitz Farms chicken is soaked in ammonia, salt water, and loaded with hormones and anti-biotics to keep the bacterial burden at bay.



Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:57 | 2746549 azzhatter
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This just disgusts me. Everytime I go to a grocery store seeing fat fuckers riding around in little scooters plucking potato chips and candy bars, pies and ice cream bars off the shelves. Have they no self respect? Meanwhile, I'm 5'10" and 165 lbs and I'm buying cans of fruit and vegetables and yes even a piece of meat occasionally. I just don't understand why people don't take better care of themselves. We will all need to be fit for the shitstorm that's coming

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 12:35 | 2746902 americanspirit
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"I just don't understand why people don't take better care of themselves." You have to have self-respect and an optimistic outlook before you want to take care of yourself. If life isn't worth living, and if there is absolutely no hope for the future, why bother? 

Judge not. You know the rest.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 12:37 | 2746909 pazmaker
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I'd stay away from stuff in a can..I guess it's all how you look at things.  When I see people in the super market buying can fruits and vegatables I think, "Why don't people take better care of themselves?"

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 18:52 | 2748185 HungrySeagull
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I saw a number of those today yeesh...

I look at staying fit as important as markmanship. Cannot have one when the other fails you in your hour of need. If I have to slow down and fall back to haul someone's obese ass out


What angers me is the 200 pound pre-teen badgering a mother twice her weight for juice.


UGH. Adds a whole new line of thinking towards the heft required for humping when puberty hits.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:23 | 2746424 Seize Mars
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How is that Central Planning working out for you?

Every place it goes, every single time, it creates poverty, suffering, death.

Third world, first world, doesn't matter.

Socialism = death

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 10:54 | 2746525 CH1
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Socialism = death

Agreed, but you are mentioning only one flavor of evil.

The State = Death.

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