1lb of chicken is on average $2-3, tuna is $1.25 a can for the cheap stuff, vegetables average $1.50 a can.
When you consider the cheapest rent is a studio for $900, utilities run about $150 a month, fuel costs $4 a gallon and there is hardly any public transportation.
Here is what usually happens here, a guy gets laid off from his job because the company is moving to china. He gets unemployment. it usually works out to $1000 a month, and he gets it for 2 years. To survive he moves in with friends or family because $1000 a month does not pay rent for anything in California. He has to maintain a cell phone and a car to look for work, the insurance is $60-75 a month, the phone service from Metro PCS is $30 a month. Since looking for work means going to job sites he has to spend $60-70 a week on gas, He has to also pay $400-$500 for the couch/closet/tiny room he has. Add this together? $670 so far, he now has to buy food for the month, only he is limited in storage space due to roommates, so he buys food to cook on a limited bases this is a bout $200 in pasta and caned sauces. $870, he then eats out 2-3 times a week usually the cheap stuff so make that $50 a month, $920. this leaves him with $80 for everything else, of course that is $20 for razors hygiene, and $40 for the inevitable overdraft fee.
this is typical for unemployed people, the EDT cards go out only to people with children or on disability, a single person almost never can have one.
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My numbers are based on what I know people spend weekly for food and water, typically it is about $200 a week per person. I spend a lot less because I have enough money to afford the things that let me cook my own food.
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Interesting theory on the surge of secession petitions I found on reddit:
Definitely makes some sense.
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Its funny how the people who had enough sense to draft official petitions are unable to fully think this whole thing out. Most of this is a fad brought on by the popularity of social media.
Let's say a state does secede. Well they now in a whole lot of trouble because now have US citizens, federal infrastructure, and US military bases behind their borders. Do they not think the US would want all of that back? They have also disrupted trade and commerce of the union. On top of that, there is no way for them to set up a government fast enough before US rivals and drug cartels infiltrate their new found "country".
Any sort of rebellion would be put down swiftly but the US would most likely take two course of action. The "country" would be blockaded and starved into submission or the "countries" capital would be taken in 24 hours and the US will "occupy" the "country" until all rebel leaders have met justice, which is death or life in prison.
so, apparently all 50 states have one of these petitions now... am i the only one that finds the image of all 50 states leaving the union simultaneously hilarious? i guess that could leave peurto rico as being the United State of America?
Sucks to live in the world which is ruled by greed and hatred.
Still surprised how my posz got +1k posts in about a week =P.
Thanks a bunch for the Signature, Cthulhu Ftagn.
I blame MTV and the rising glamorization of drugs and alcohol for our decline of decency.
Americans values are declining because of the "what's in it for me" and "I want it nao" factors.
It's a sad time when people want to party, get high and wasted vs being productive and accomplished. Just reference Kesha's "we're gonna die young" BS, or that other song by Britney about dancing until the end of time, and others.
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frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond
words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and
respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise
[disrespectful] and impatient of restraint"
-Hesiod, 8th century BC
"What is happening to our young
people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They
ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions.
Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
-Plato, 5th-4th century BC
"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
-Socrates (apparently disputed), 5th century BC
Moral decry sure takes a LONG time...
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I'm glad this ridiculous thread was resurrected.
When survival is the goal, it's into the spider hole!
I wouldn't say we are falling apart just yet, there's still plenty of track to get ourselves back on track.
IF political gridlock continues to increased unabated and results in extreme negative consequences for the average citizen, and IF the political extremes start militarizing on a significant scale, I could see a second civil war breaking out in maybe 10-20 years.
Right now there is a lot of anger but very little actual violence. We still have it too good in this country for people to do anything more then grumble about whoever they blame for their ills. Political gridlock, if intense enough, could change that if the government finds itself in shutdown too often for too long.
Remember the lessons of the past, but do not become lost in nostalgia. Seize the moment whenever possible, but not when it could do you great harm down the road. And look to the future as far as you can, but do not become complacent waiting for a brighter future to come to you. For the past, present, and future all have their place in the human psyche, and to see one as superior to the others is the most grievous error a person can make in life.
Ron Paul was the best president you never had. He'd have beat Obama and turned things around. Sadly you ended up with two candidates owned by Goldman Sachs. The rest is history.
It won't be because of that petition by Texas, but all great empires fall eventually - at least that is what history teaches us... I don't see why the USA is any different.