government food

  • billionaires: *profit off of the unpaid labor of the worker*
  • billionaires: *profit off of the taxes from the same laborers which they appropriate their due profits in the first place*
  • billionaires: *literally don’t even work unless they feel like having fun otherwise they under-pay people to do whatever*
  • Poor People: *work 12+ hours, have several jobs*
  • Poor People: *tries to get an extra $50 on their food card*
  • Government/Society: NOW YOU POOR PEOPLE HAVE GONE TOO FAR.

Venezuela is in the midst of a war — a bread war. That’s according to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Amid a severe economic crisis, his government is dealing with widespread food shortages. Now, even bread is hard to find.

In a recent speech, Maduro accused bakers of waging a “bread war against the Venezuelan people.”

Maduro claims that bakers are hoarding flour and using it to make more profitable brownies and cookies rather than bread. All this, Maduro contends, is part of a broader effort by private business owners to sabotage the economy and bring down his government.

In response, officials over the past month have seized numerous bakeries and arrested their owners during police operations.

Venezuela’s Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding

Photo: Wil Riera/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caption: A bakery worker grabs a bags of bread in Caracas, Venezuela, last month. The government has ordered bakers to use scarce supplies of flour to produce price-controlled loaves.

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What kind of world do we live in where people get arrested for being kind???

It doesn’t surprise me. Why would the Government want to feed the people…..It not like its there job to get people homes jobs food. They are too busy helping themselves…..shocking ( sarcasm )

And the only reason they were arrested is because Tampa officials didn’t want a congregation of homeless around for the weekend of the “big game” (the college national championship).

anonymous asked:

as far as race goes, biology is the root, and culture is the flower.

Wrong, Anon.  As any actual biologist, geneticist, or physical anthropologist could tell you.

“Race” has zero basis in biology

There are no genetic markers found exclusively within one “racial” grouping of people.  None.  

Race is not biological or scientific reality; it is a social construct, invented in America shortly after European colonization as a way to keep poor white colonists from uniting with slaves and Native Americans and overthrowing the ruling class.  

It’s laughable, Anon, that you believe that culture is race-based.  Take “white culture,” which is the result of white supremacists’ demonstration of their love and respect for their culture by randomly and thoughtlessly mixing every “white” European culture together, creating an incomprehensible mishmash of languages, local and regional allegiances, belief systems, systems of governance, foods, art forms, etc.  By slapping a “white culture” label on all of it, white supremacists ironically obliterate the very distinctions and differences that made each culture special and unique; erasing any meaning or value inherent in the cultures white supremacists claim are so special and dear to them.  

Seriously, you’re going to sit there and tell us that the Albanians and Aragonese and Armenians and Asturians and Basque and Castilians and Catalans and Corsicans and Croatians and Danish and Dutch and English and Estonians and Finns and French and Frisians and Galicians and Germans and Georgians and Greeks and Huguenots and Hungarians and Irish and Italians and Leonese and Normans and Poles and Portuguese and Prussians and Roma and Romanians and Russians and Sardinians and Scots and Serbs and Spaniards and Ukrainians and Venetians and Walloons and Welsh are all just “white culture?”

Do you actually believe that 100+ distinct cultures - many of whom have been or are at war with each other - can all just be lumped together as “white culture” and that term will have a valid, distinct meaning that in no way dishonors or erases the distinctiveness or special nature of each of those individual cultures?

Maybe you should try to think things through a bit more carefully before accepting glib, racist metaphors as something to base your conception of reality on.



Pondering: Why isn’t there a city elf mafia?

As historical entities, mafias and organized mobs tend to pop up in locations (usually cities) where there is a sub-population whose needs are not being met by the official government. They fill the role of a sub-government, providing food, medical care, and security to communities in exchange for the support of those communities; eventually they grow to claiming relevant slices of territory as their own miniature countries, enforcing borders and regulating trade (usually trade of items that are not being regulated by the official government.)

We even see this behavior a bit in DA2, as with the Dog Lords filling this role for the Ferelden refugee population in Kirkwall.

The city elves certainly meet all these criteria. So, why is there no City Elf Mafia?

The Day After The Election I Did Not Go Outside by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

BUT for a moment, to drive to the soul
food spot on Congress ave. where utensils,
large & made for the hands of no one living among
us, hang on the walls & where the woman behind

the counter yells out my order before my second
foot makes it in the door & where her laugh is like
my sister’s or where her laugh is like my mother’s or
where her laugh is like my grandmother’s or where her laugh

is like the laugh of a black woman who knows where the devil
is hiding & knows how to shake him loose & in the soul food
spot there are no devils but there is plenty sin & where you look
at the sweet tea & your dentist gets a chill from miles away &

where, if the gossip is good enough, the smoke from the kitchen
puffs into black halos & someone ain’t getting the catfish they
ordered & where all is forgiven & where forgiveness is always
dressed in something fried or sweet & where, around a circle

of spent plates, men with their full bellies & thin gold chains slap
cards on a wooden table & where those men ignore the yelling
& the marching on the television & where I imagine those men
have seen this movie before & know its ending & yet are still

here to watch it again & where the plates rattle when one of the men shows
his hand & says his partner ain’t shit & where I laugh because these men
could be my father & around the right table, I am everyone’s child &
where the stereo is from the 90s & so is everything that crawls out of it

& where Lauryn sings how you gon’ win if you ain’t right within & I am
oh, I am right within for this small and shrinking moment. I am right
within for this newborn praise, because the rain stopped & the clouds
gave way earlier & yes, the darkness arrives sooner now & yes,

the streets were still slick, but on this day, the children were in
them, dodging the streetlights on their small bikes & the girls
leapt & whipped their long ponytails through the open mouths
of two jump ropes & this is the only country they know & it is nothing

to get free when your only country is freedom & so I say, then:
make a border around any place you are loved & call it yours.
make a border around those who hold you up & build what
you must to keep the devils out. I say, then: I know, I know

the burning cannot be unseen & on this night I claimed a new
& fleeting empire, governed by soul food & loud black children &
no one telling them to be quiet. governed by men who lose
card games. governed by men who know they ain’t shit & the women

who know it better but have loved them for too long to stop
now. oh country, my new and brief country. how I walk from you
full & into the wreckage. how I wish you everywhere now.
how I try to taste you in the air instead of blood.

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Are you eating humans? Study finds human DNA in burger meat all across the USA.

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FILMS WATCHED IN 2017 ×
→ The Big Short (2015) dir. Adam McKay. “We live in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking, but in government, education, religion, food, even baseball… What bothers me ins’t that fraud is not nice. Or that fraud is mean. For fifteen thousand years, fraud and short sighted thinking have never, ever worked. Not once. Eventually you get caught, things go south. When the hell did we forget all that? I thought we were better than this, I really did.”

Who could challenge the contention that the world is an asylum when you observe the place for even a few minutes? – We have bankers lending us money that doesn’t exist (‘credit’) and charging interest on it – We have doctors supposedly healing the sick when the biggest killer in the United States is the treatment – We respond to cancer by killing the patient with chemotherapy and radiation which destroys the immune system and opens the door to even more cancer and much else – We have vaccines allegedly boosting the immune system when they are actually destroying it – We have scientists telling us how everything works, when they have not a clue about the true nature of reality and thus not a clue about how everything works – We have teachers telling children and young people whatever an insane and ignorant system dictates, no matter how flawed and mendacious it may be – We have men in frocks telling their congregations that all they need to know is between the covers of a single book, the Bible, Koran, Talmud, whatever; even crazier than that, we have billions believing them – We have political parties competing for office when behind the scenes all are controlled by the same force, which is why the same agenda unfolds no matter who is officially in government – We eat and drink chemical poisons in food and water and most people appear to think that this is perfectly okay – We have genetically-modified food that is genetically modifying us and yet most people never even consider the possibility or the implications – We have a media with no idea what is going on in the world telling us what is going on in the world – We have our freedoms constantly deleted to protect our freedoms – And we have civilians pepper-bombed from the sky to protect them from violence.
—  David Icke - The Perception Deception

A reminder that you can be denied food stamps and other government assistance when you’re a felon. So let’s review this: as a felon you are unable to live in most homes and apartments. As a felon most employers will not hire you. As a felon, you don’t deserve food, low cost medical coverage, or money to help you get your life together.

You were making better money doing what made you a felon and if you have to go back to that I don’t even blame you.

Breaking Molds and Taking Names

Part 2

Warnings: none

Word Count: 3.8K

Pairing: ??? x reader


Originally posted by softestae

To be fair, you didn’t just trip on nothing.

After making an impact with the stage itself, you noticed that one of your heels had gotten entangled with a loose cord. Be that as it may, it was still embarrassing. In fact, for lack of a better term, this was definitely the nightmare scenario.

Can’t wait to see that all over the internet tomorrow,’ you thought bitterly.

While you detangled yourself, Sebastian and Anthony, who had been called right after you, helped you get resituated. You on the other hand, were mortified and wanted to hide somewhere. Or at least have the ground open up beneath your feet and swallow you whole. Not to mention the slight stinging pain in your knees from how hard you landed. You stood back up and winced at the ache. Seb gave you a look of concern but you waved him away to not let him worry so much.

“You alright [Y/N]?” Mackie asked you.

“Oh my god, no. Please take me out. Right now. Kill me,”

Both men chuckled at your dramatics and said that it’ll all be ok. The three of you settled down in your designated chairs and you took advantage of the free bottle of water in front of you by downing half of it in one go. Inhaling to steady the nerves that had crept up, all you could do was smile and wave for now. Best to get the show on the road. It could only go up from here after all, right?

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Venezuela’s “food apartheid” leaves some citizens starving

  • The current “food apartheid” in Venezuela means that if you don’t support the president, you won’t be getting any help from the government. 
  • Food is in short supply in Venezuela, where falling oil prices and inflation have caused an unstable state.
  • But reports from the country, which has a population of over 30 million, reveal that the government is selectively handing out subsidized food. Read more
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How The Government Is Keeping Us Fat
Just watched this extremely important documentary on Netflix, has a lot of good stuff about how the food industry controls what we are fed and marketed. A lot of deceit, a lot that has slipped under the rug. “soda is the cigarettes of the 21st century”. Please give it a watch if you haven’t yet. 

Food shopping 'extremely stressful': Protests against high prices in northern Labrador

Frustrations over food prices in Labrador’s Inuit communities, where some groceries cost three times as much as they do elsewhere, led to a protest in Nain Wednesday, where residents confronted Premier Dwight Ball about food subsidies. 

“I asked him ‘are you aware of all these high prices in Nain, and what it takes and how we’re suffering?’” said Heather Angnatok, who helped organize the demonstration.

Born and raised in Nain, Angnatok said the situation is getting worse. 

She said it’s very difficult to put food on the table with an average income of $1,000 every two weeks, and many others survive on less than that or on social assistance.  

“I actually had an e-mail from a young mother,” Angnatok said. “She said 'I only receive $175 every two weeks. I’m really hungry, I can’t afford to eat. I’m so stressed out, I’m trying to not depend on my family so much, because they’re having difficulties as well. If you have any leftovers, can I have them?’”

Shocking price tags

Meanwhile, pictures posted on social media of grocery store shelves in Nain are prompting outrage online. Viewers can’t believe the $7-cans of soup, $16-bottles of dishwashing liquid and boxes of cereal, $17-bottles of juice, and nearly $75 for baby formula. 

The photos and the protest come on the heels of a new study showing 60 per cent of people on Labrador’s north coast struggle to feed themselves and their families.

In Nain and Hopedale, those numbers are over 80 per cent, with some people facing what researchers call severe insecurity, which includes skipping meals, or sometimes going full days without eating.

Lindsey Moorhouse called grocery shopping in Nain “extremely stressful.”

“I’m just a single person. I don’t have any children, so it’s just a stress that’s on myself,” she said.

“But I think about families every time I go in, because even with the paycheque that I get, it’s stretched to the limit just to get the bare necessities of perishable foods — bread, milk, eggs, cheese — and I can’t imagine having to provide for a whole family, let alone children.”

Moorhouse moved to the community in October, and was shocked by the prices, which she calls “extreme." 

Perishable food has to be bought when it comes in, usually on Thursdays, and even then there’s a rush to the store because, if you wait, you end up with sub-par produce, Moorhouse said.

"You just deal with it.”

She said meat is frozen, not fresh,  sometimes freezerburned, and also very expensive. 

“If you have friends over and you have to go let’s say get a special supper, you have to pay the price,” Moorhouse said.

“You have to go in. If you want to make spaghetti, you’re going to pay $11 for your pasta, you’re going to pay I don’t know how much for your pasta sauce and your meats and your mushrooms.”

The problem is made worse by a provincial ban on hunting caribou in Labrador, forcing residents to change their traditional reliance on that regional staple and instead use food bought in stores. 

Are subsidies passed on?

Both the federal and provincial governments do offer food subsidy programs, but there is skepticism about whether they work.

A 2014 report by Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson said the Department of Aboriginal Affairs doesn’t require merchants to report their profit margins.

Moorhouse and Angnatok both want more transparency from governments and store owners about how the programs are working. 

Angnatok says she’s “not one bit” convinced subsidies are being passed on to customers.

“They’re not listening to us. How can we go in and say 'look, you really need to put your prices down, we can’t afford to come here.’  But you know what?  We’re still going there. We go there every day. We have to.”

washingtonpost.com
Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget this week
The president will deliver his most detailed look at how he wants to change government.

Damian Paletta at WaPo

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net.

For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.

The White House also will call for giving states more flexibility to impose work requirements for people in different kinds of anti-poverty programs, people familiar with the budget plan said, potentially leading to a flood of changes in states led by conservative governors. Many anti-poverty programs have elements that are run by both the states and federal government, and a federal order allowing states to stiffen work requirements “for able-bodied Americans” could have a broad impact in terms of limiting who can access anti-poverty payments — and for how long.

Numerous social-welfare programs grew after the financial crisis, leading to complaints from many Republicans that more should be done to shift people out of these programs and back into the workforce. Shortly after he was sworn in, Trump said, “We want to get our people off welfare and back to work. . . . It’s out of control.”

Trump’s decision to include the Medicaid cuts is significant because it shows he is rejecting calls from a number of Senate Republicans not to reverse the expansion of Medicaid that President Barack Obama achieved as part of the Affordable Care Act. The House has voted to cut the Medicaid funding, but Senate Republicans have signaled they are likely to start from scratch.

The proposed changes will be a central feature of Trump’s first comprehensive budget plan, which will be the most detailed look at how he aims to change government spending and taxes over his presidency. Although Trump and his aides have discussed their vision in broad brushes, this will be the first time they attempt to put specific numbers on many aspects of those plans, shedding light on which proposals they see making the biggest difference in reshaping government. Congress must approve of most changes in the plan before it is enacted into law.

Trump offered a streamlined version of the budget plan in March, but it dealt only with the 30 percent of government spending that is appropriated each year. In that budget, he sought a big increase in military and border spending combined with major cuts to housing, environmental protection, foreign aid, research and development.

But Tuesday’s budget will be more significant, because it will seek changes to entitlements — programs that are essentially on auto­pilot and don’t need annual authorization from Congress. The people describing the proposals spoke on the condition of anonymity because the budget had not been released publicly and the White House is closely guarding details.

The proposed changes include the big cuts to Medicaid. The White House also is expected to propose changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though precise details couldn’t be learned. SNAP is the modern version of food stamps, and it swelled following the financial crisis as the Obama administration eased policies to make it easier for people to qualify for benefits. As the economy has improved, enrollment in the program hasn’t changed as much as many had forecast.

An average of 44 million people received SNAP benefits in 2016, down from a peak of 47 million in 2013. Just 28 million people received the benefits in 2008.

SNAP could be one of numerous programs impacted by changes in work requirements.

Josh Archambault, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative think tank, said that giving states the flexibility to impose work requirements could lead to a raft of changes to programs ranging from Medicaid to public housing assistance.

“One of the encouraging things about putting this in the budget is that states will see if it works,” he said. “States will try it.”

SNAP already has a work requirement, which typically cuts benefits for most able-bodied adults who don’t have children. But states were given more flexibility during the recent economic downturn to extend the benefits for a longer period, something that split conservatives at the time.

Michael Tanner, a welfare expert at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the U.S. government spends between $680 billion and $800 billion a year on anti-poverty programs, and considering wholesale changes to many of these initiatives is worthwhile, given questions about the effectiveness of how the money is spent.

‘We’re not seeing the type of gains we should be seeing for all that spending, and that would suggest its time to reform the system,” he said.

Many critics have said work requirements can include blanket ultimatums that don’t take into account someone’s age, physical or cognitive ability, or limitations put in place by the local economy. Benefits from these programs are often low, and hardly replace the income someone would earn from a job. And critics of stricter work requirements also believe it could pave the way for states to pursue even stricter restrictions, such as drug tests, that courts have often rejected.

After The Washington Post reported some of the cuts Sunday evening, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump was pulling “the rug out from so many who need help.”

“This budget continues to reveal President Trump’s true colors: His populist campaign rhetoric was just a Trojan horse to execute long-held, hard-right policies that benefit the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” he said.

The proposed changes to Medicaid and SNAP will be just some of several anti-poverty programs that the White House will look to change. In March, the White House signaled that it wanted to eliminate money for a range of other programs that are funded each year by Congress. This included federal funding for Habitat for Humanity, subsidized school lunches and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal response to homelessness across 19 federal agencies.

Leaked budget documents, obtained by the think tank Third Way, suggested other ways the White House plans to change anti-poverty funding. These documents show a change in the funding for Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program, which provide cash benefits for the poor and disabled. It’s unclear, though, what those changes might look like. A White House official said the Third Way document was out-of-date and would not comment on specifics in their files.

Medicaid, SNAP and the SSI program are now classified as “mandatory” spending because they are funded each year without congressional approval.

[…]

Beyond an increase in the military budget and new money for border security, the White House is expected to call for $200 billion for infrastructure projects and an additional $25 billion over 10 years for a new program designed by Ivanka Trump that would create six weeks of parental leave benefits.

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October 18, 2016

Ask yourself this most important question!

Why were GMOs very quietly but deliberately unleashed onto America’s grocery shelves in the mid 1990’s without OUR knowledge and consent?

I have yet to find a legitimate answer to this question, no matter how much I get trolled by Monsanto’s minions on social media.

It is no coincidence that big biotech, major food corporations, and government agencies like the FDA, USDA and EPA are no longer trusted by a majority of Americans. Would you rely on people that have intentionally poisoned you for decades? Why would anyone blindly put their trust in corporations and governments who have proven beyond all reasonable doubt that they are paid liars like the media that sells those lies to you every second of every day?

Where are the most basic questions about GMO health and environmental safety that any rational individual can ask? I can tell you that the answers are NOT found in any 90 day, short-term rat health study that big biotech like Monsanto passes off to the FDA for rubberstamp approval! Why were these GMOs so quickly approved by a government agency that is supposed to protect us?

What about our Congress? The DARK Act was passed by both the senate and house. Then, the backstabbing of consumers (that’s all of us) was given a final jab at the hearts of all Americans when our Traitor-in-Chief signed the DARK Act that our elected leaders passed, despite the fact that about 90% of Americans wanted and still want transparent GMO labeling. You will hear the same old, tired excuses from food companies that it costs too much to change a label, but they do it whenever they ship their GMO, poison-laden food products overseas. They have to; otherwise, their GMO junk will never make it further than a Boston tea party.

Why don’t the corporations that ship food and beverages to foreign countries every day at least label these genetically modified products that are made in the U.S.A.? Doesn’t it seem a bit suspicious to you that these same major corporations, like Coca Cola and Kraft, funneled millions of dollars to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, or GMA, to defeat GMO labeling laws in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and California (twice)? In the meantime, biotech brat Monsanto stole Vermont’s GMO labeling law, and turned it into a weak federal labeling law (the DARK Act) that has the same eight, glaring loopholes in it that Vermont’s state GMO labeling bill had before our elected leaders and president deserted us, again, by signing this sinister act of American betrayal.

I am sure you are wondering at this point how much of what I stated is true. Where are the facts? They have been in front of you the entire time. I repeatedly point them out in my articles and social media posts. Other basic human rights activists have been doing the same for years. For big biotech, big Ag and big food, this is all just a money game. The losers in the end are the confused consumers who willingly keep shoving “glyphotoxic” (glyphosate and genotoxic) crap down their throats and also into the mouths of their children and grandchildren.

So, ask yourself all of the questions that I asked again, starting with the first one. Can you come up with any simple answers?

Or, maybe you already have that bitter taste of betrayal that consumes America’s barely beating heart.

John Loeffler
-Calling Out Corruption