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Old 07-18-08, 02:06 PM
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NPR article about hunger in the U.S.

This is really sad - they look like they're starving.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...oryId=92592545


Angelica Hernandez (left) and her mother, Gloria Nunez, struggle to make ends meet on a very limited budget.

Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. ... Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on ... food stamps.
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It would be really great if they were smoking.
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I was afraid they were going to be from Mississippi.
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Originally Posted by grundle
Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. ... Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on ... food stamps.
How the fuck does someone reach the age of 40 and never work?!
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How the fuck does someone reach the age of 40 and never work?!
Depression caused by a car accident two decades ago. You should be more understanding.
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
How the fuck does someone reach the age of 40 and never work?!
Disability. I heard part of the story yesterday.

<b>Palaver</b>, they're from Ohio, IIRC.
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I have a friend who's mom just died. She was 71 years old and never worked a day in her life.
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Disability. I heard part of the story yesterday.

<b>Palaver</b>, they're from Ohio, IIRC.

So this was a broadcast story on NPR? Yeah, I guess this story could work on the radio. Not tv though.
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Food Stamps should be for meat, bread, veggies, and fruit. I am amazed how often I see foot stamps used for nothing but pop, chips, and ice cream.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Food Stamps should be for meat, bread, veggies, and fruit. I am amazed how often I see foot stamps used for nothing but pop, chips, and ice cream.
I agree.....except for the whole "foot stamps" thing.
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So this was a broadcast story on NPR? Yeah, I guess this story could work on the radio. Not tv though.
What's a radio?
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Food Stamps should be for meat, bread, veggies, and fruit. I am amazed how often I see foot stamps used for nothing but pop, chips, and ice cream.

I know a guy who's on food stamps, and he only buys nutritious food. He lives in a tiny efficiency apartment. He went to college and loves science, but he has a very severe disability which prevents him from being able to work.

I saw someone in front of me at the supermarket use food stamps to buy nothing but junk food and bottled water, and then they drove away in their giant, new looking SUV. I thought food stamps were limited to low income people, but this incident really made me wonder.
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
How the fuck does someone reach the age of 40 and never work?!
Housewife?
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Originally Posted by grundle
she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on ... food stamps.
Food stamps must contain a lot of carbs.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
I agree.....except for the whole "foot stamps" thing.

I tend to think that those that make their money from work should be able to decide how to use it.
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Are any of you old enough to remember pre-food stamps? There were commodity programs available then. Milk & cheese and a number of other food items were available. It was the best cheddar cheese you ever tasted. I used to buy it from a couple of people who were eligible for commodities. I think they probably bought whiskey with the money, but I also felt it went to a good cause.
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Originally Posted by Nausicaa
Depression caused by a car accident two decades ago. You should be more understanding.
Actually, it was 17 years prior meaning she was 23 -- it's actually just as shocking that she had never had a job by age 23.
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Originally Posted by Seantn
Actually, it was 17 years prior meaning she was 23 -- it's actually just as shocking that she had never had a job by age 23.
Maybe she was working on a Ph.D.

Oh wait. I forgot the no high school diploma part. Maybe she had to work to support her family.

Oh wait!
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How did she ever find the time to start a family? She must be dedicated.
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Originally Posted by Nausicaa
Depression caused by a car accident two decades ago. You should be more understanding.
And since it was her cousin Carlos Emilio Garcia Hernanunez-Lopez who hit her, she is even more devastated.

How much you wanna bet those two cars in the background...are theirs.
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I'll take that bet. No way - those cars aren't big enough.
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Originally Posted by grundle
I saw someone in front of me at the supermarket use food stamps to buy nothing but junk food and bottled water, and then they drove away in their giant, new looking SUV. I thought food stamps were limited to low income people, but this incident really made me wonder.
It's pretty frequent for folks on tight incomes to overspend on cars. Some car salesman talks them into a "payment" that they can do. I hear the same thing from people with more money. "I need a reliable car". As if only expensive, shiny, relatively new cars are reliable Not surprising.
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