PEOPLE WITH EBT (federal debit cards, "food stamp cards") WHO WERE UNABLE TO USE THEM TO PURCHASE GROCERIES RIOTED AT A MISSISSIPPI WALMART STORE IN JACKSON, MS ON SATURDAY.
"MINI-RIOTS" WERE REPORTED IN SEVERAL OTHER STATES AS WELL.
<<At a Mississippi Walmart, customers rioted and even left the store with groceries without paying after they were unable to use their food stamp cards on Saturday, according to the Clarion-Ledger .
In some Walmart stores, customers emptied shelves like it was Black Friday, while in others, no one could buy anything -- all thanks to a weekend of glitches with the nation's welfare system.
Problems involving Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, the government payments for food for the poor that are administered by states with the help of private companies, plagued at least 17 states Saturday and Sunday, creating retail riots.
At Louisiana stores in Springhill and Mansfield, the opposite happened...cards registered NO spending limits, prompting recipients to go on buying binges.>>
47% OF ALL AMERICA FALLS INTO THIS CLASSIFICATION OF THOSE WHO NEED 'ASSISTANCE'.
ALMOST HALF OF AMERICA IS CONSIDERED "POOR"!
THE FAILING ECONOMY, JOB LOSSES AS AMERICAN COMPANIES MOVE OVERSEAS, LOW WAGES, HIGH TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, 2013's CLIMBING ENERGY/GAS PRICES, SKY-ROCKETING FOOD COSTS, LACK OF JOBS, COST OF DAYCARE FOR CHILDREN, HIGH MEDICAL AND PRESCRIPTION COSTS, HIGHER HOUSING AND HEATING/COOLING COSTS HAVE ALL COME TOGETHER OVER THE PAST 3 OR 4 DECADES TO CRUSH HALF OF ALL OUR FAMILIES UNDER THE WEIGHT, HAS DRIVEN THEM INTO POVERTY OR NEAR-POVERTY.
HALF OF US, AMERICA!
PANIC AMONG THOSE NEEDING FOOD...
<<People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.
Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn't get their benefits.
Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards — known as LINK in that state — on Saturday morning, said Januari Smith, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services.>>
The federal EBT website was unavailable due to the government shutdown.
THERE IS A GOOD ARTICLE ON FOOD RIOTING, IN A HISTORICAL CONTEXT , HERE: http://www.answers.com/topic/food-riots
IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW THE UNMET DEMAND FOR FOOD HAS FUELED REVOLUTIONS, CHAOS, ANARCHY, MURDEROUS MOBS, AND WARS.
IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO TO GET FOOD, WHAT THEY'LL DO WHEN THERE ARE NO JOBS, NO MONEY FOR ANYTHING, HAVE A LOOK AT THIS FROM OUR OWN "GREAT DEPRESSION":
THIS HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR DECADES AS SMALL FARMS GO UNDER, AS IT COSTS FARMERS TOO MUCH TO FERTILIZE FIELDS AND FUEL THE MACHINES FOR PLANTING AND HARVEST.
RANCHERS HAVE FACED THE SAME PROBLEMS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE EVER-GROWING DROUGHT AREAS OF OUR NATION.
SMALL TRUCKING COMPANIES AND SEVERAL LARGE ONES HAVE ALSO GONE OUT OF BUSINESS WHEN FUEL PRICES SOARED THE PAST FEW YEARS.
ALL THIS MAKES FOR HIGHER PRICES AT CHECKOUT.
WITH SO MANY UNEMPLOYED, WITH SO MANY DEPENDING ON SHORT-TERM FEDERAL HELP TO FEED THEIR CHILDREN, THERE IS LITTLE WONDERING THAT FOOD RIOTS ARE ALMOST GUARANTEED.
WHEN YOUR CHILD IS HUNGRY, WHEN YOUR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS CAN'T GET A MEAL, PEOPLE HAVE RESORTED, AND ALWAYS WILL RESORT TO ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO SECURE FOOD.
DO NOT FOOL YOURSELVES THAT YOU WOULD BEHAVE ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN THESE CURRENT RIOTERS HAVE IF YOUR CHILDREN NEEDED FOOD AND YOU COULD NOT BUY ANY.
THIS DOES NOT, IN ANY WAY, EXCUSE THE VIOLENCE NOR THE BREAKING OF LAWS, BUT SINCE OUR CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE ALL KNOW WHAT A FOOD CRISIS WILL DO TO OUR NATIONAL STABILITY, WHY ARE THEY TAKING US TO THE BRINK OF SUCH A CATASTROPHE?
DO THEY WANT RIOTS IN AMERICA?
THIS DOCUMENTARY FROM BACK IN 2008, SHOWS THAT 1/6th OF ALL NEW YORKERS DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT THEN.
THAT NUMBER HAS SURELY ONLY RISEN, AND RISEN ACROSS AMERICA.
( http://youtu.be/nzCp7N-e4WU )
THE NEXT VIDEO ASKS:
<<Where would be the place in the United States to be in the event of an economic collapse?
What if you had to grow some of your own food to feed your family?
What if utilities failed provide water, natural gas or electricity?
How would you heat your home or cook your meals?
What if riots and crime plagued large cities?
What would happen if the government stopped handing out food stamps and welfare?
This is one analysis of where may be the best place to be in the United States?>>
THIS NICELY ORCHESTRATED VIDEO SUGGESTS JUST ONE COUNTY IN ALL AMERICA WHERE SURVIVAL AFTER THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE WILL BE MOST POSSIBLE... NOT EXACTLY TRUE, BUT HE GOT HIS FACTS RIGHT....JUST MISAPPLIED SEVERAL OF THEM....AND LEFT OUT A LITTLE LOGIC AND REASON...
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, THE PENTAGON IS OUR BIG SPENDER WITH A LOSS OF TRILLIONS MISSING FROM THEIR INCREDIBLY LARGE YEARLY FUNDING.
RUNNING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PAYING SALARIES TO 850,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS OVERWHELMING OUR ECONOMY, AND THE ONLY REAL SOURCE OF AMERICAN FEDERAL INCOME, ACTUAL INCOME, COMES FROM THOSE PAYING INTO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE.
TAKE THAT AWAY AND WE'D NEVER AGAIN BE ABLE TO RUN THIS PLACE!
DEPLOYING OVER A MILLION U.S. TROOPS TO OVER 140 NATIONS ON EARTH IS COSTLY, AND OUR TROOPS STILL AREN'T PROPERLY EQUIPPED BECAUSE THE PENTAGON KEEPS LOSING TRILLIONS AND CUTS OUR SERVICEMEN SHORT.
TRY SOME FACTS, SEE WHAT A DIFFERENCE THEY MAKE, MR. VIDEO MAN.
IT'S WORSE THAN YOU THINK, BUT "WELFARE/FOOD STAMPS" CAN NEVER COMPARE TO WHAT THE PENTAGON, THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX GETS.
AND HAVE A LOOK AT CORPORATE WELFARE, HOW HUGE THE SUMS ARE THAT GO TO THE BIGGEST NAMES ON WALL STREET.
CORPORATIONS GET TWICE THE AMOUNT WE SPEND ON "SOCIAL WELFARE", AND AN ACTUAL "ACT OF CONGRESS" GUARANTEES THEY ALWAYS WILL.
THOSE ARE AMERICA'S REAL "WELFARE QUEENS", THE BIG CORPORATIONS AND BIG BANKS THAT MILK THE TAXPAYER'S EACH YEAR, WITH CONGRESS HAPPY TO DOLE OUT BILLIONS TO HELP THEIR PAYING 'JOHNS' OUT.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:
Just one explanation of how we might 'run out of food'.
ABOVE VIDEO, YES, IT WAS "JUST A TWILIGHT ZONE" FILM, BUT...WHAT IF?
ANOTHER THING TO CONSIDER...
WILL WE BE A DISARMED AMERICA WHEN, IF FOOD IS UNAVAILABLE?
ARE YOU READY TO FACE ABSOLUTE CHAOS UNARMED?
DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE AS IT IS NOW?
SORRY, BUT, FOR THE FIRST TIME, I HONESTLY FEEL A SENSE OF URGENCY AND UTTER SADNESS FOR AMERICA'S SITUATION.
AFTER MY BLOG ABOUT THE GRID GOING DOWN, AFTER READING ABOUT THE "NEWLY DISCOVERED" SUPER TOXIN THAT CAN KILL MILLIONS BY THE DROPPERFUL, WITH NO CURE, NO TREATMENT, AFTER I READ THAT CHINA HAS HACKED INTO OUR DATABASE ON ALL OUR FRESH WATER SUPPLIES AND DAMS, AFTER I SAW THE PANIC IN THE FACES OF THOSE WHOSE NEXT MEAL RELIES ON CONGRESS RESTARTING THE GOVERNMENT, READ THE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES ABOUT AMERICA'S DEFAULT ON GLOBAL DEBT, AND LISTENED TO A SMALL GROUP OF VETERANS WHO CAN'T EVEN GO BUY A JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER RIGHT NOW, IT OCCURRED TO ME HOW EASY IT IS TO JUST CONTINUE THE SHUTDOWN TO FORCE US ALL INTO "CIVIL UNREST".
I IMPLORE YOU, DON'T FALL FOR IT!
GO QUIETLY ABOUT MAKING YOUR PROVISIONS TO SECURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AS BEST YOU CAN, AND DON'T GIVE THE DAMNABLE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, YOUR LOCAL MILITARIZED POLICE, NOR THE POWERS THAT ARE CREATING THIS CRISIS THE IMPETUS THEY HOPE FOR SO THEY CAN DECLARE MARTIAL LAW.
THIS MAY BE THE GREATEST CRISIS WE HAVE EVER FACED AS A NATION.
HUNGRY PEOPLE DO THINGS THEY'D NEVER NORMALLY DO.
DIVIDED, WE HAVE FALLEN TO THIS NEW LOW.
DIVIDED, WE WILL CONTINUE TO PLUNGE INTO OBLIVION.
WE CAN'T HELP THIS NATION NOR EACH OTHER BY BEING "DIVIDED ALONG PARTY LINES" ANYMORE!
THE PARTIES HAVE CREATED THIS MONSTER UP ON CAPITOL HILL, BOTH PARTIES, ALL PARTIES.
TO HELL WITH PARTIES!
IT'S TIME TO SAVE OURSELVES!
THE ANSWER TO ALL THIS CAN BE BUT ONE THING....ANOTHER 1776.
WE CAN'T FIGHT BACK BY BEING DIVIDED!
WE CAN'T WIN BY STICKING TO THE OLD "PARTY LINE"!
ALL THE BEST, AMERICA!
MAY ALL HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT, ENOUGH OF EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE.