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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2012, 02:47:22 pm »

This is sad, really - shouldn't food be the priority in homes, and not some whatever stuff that's enjoyable ONLY in the SHORT-TERM?(by next year, everyone will pretty much grow out of them) What does Jesus Christ have to say about this?

Matthew_4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat_4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


Luk 11:11  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?


Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Joh 6:34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 
1 Timothy_6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Hebrews_13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2012, 07:02:46 pm »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/11/23/cops-mass-bargain-hunter-took-home-left-tot/qh6O5MyD7hqug0QBh5pVAK/story.html

Cops: Mass. bargain hunter took home TV, left tot
AP /  November 23, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.

Police, alerted by store security, found the boy asleep in the vehicle in a Kmart parking lot at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

They forced their way into the car and took the boy to the hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile, they tracked the man to his Springfield home.

He told police he lost the boy while shopping, panicked and called someone else for a ride. The boy’s mother was working.

The 34-year-old man was not arrested and not immediately charged, but police say they expect to charge him with reckless endangerment to a child.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2012, 07:49:23 pm »

Just imagine if there is a food shortage in this country...I don't know what the situation is in this story, but nonetheless with all the reports of people fighting over flat screen tvs and smartphones, just imagine how much they'll fist-fight each other if it's over food shortages...

http://news.yahoo.com/2-shot-walmart-tallahassee-fla-204800541--finance.html

2 shot at Walmart in Tallahassee, Fla.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tallahassee police are interviewing witnesses outside of a Walmart where two people were shot.

A police spokesman says the victims were being treated Friday at an area hospital for wounds that weren't considered life-threatening. It wasn't immediately known whether the shooting happened inside or outside the store or whether it was related to Black Friday shopping.

No arrests have been made.
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 05:14:34 am »

Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?

If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake?  Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away.  For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food.  Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives us a look at how crazed the American people can be when given the opportunity.  This year was no exception.  Once again we saw large crowds of frenzied shoppers push, shove, scratch, claw, bite and trample one another just to save a few bucks on cheap foreign-made goods.  And of course most retailers seem to be encouraging this type of behavior.  Most of them actually want people frothing at the mouth and willing to fight one another to buy their goods.  But is this kind of "me first" mentality really something that we want to foster as a society?  If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families?  Are the Black Friday riots a very small preview of the civil unrest that is coming when society eventually breaks down?

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was not really a commercial holiday.  It was a time to get together with family and friends, eat turkey and express thanks for the blessings that we have been given.

But in recent years Black Friday has started to become even a bigger event than Thanksgiving itself.

Millions of Americans have become convinced that it is fun to wait in long lines outside retail stores in freezing cold weather in the middle of the night to spend money that they do not have on things that they do not need.

And of course very, very few "Black Friday deals" are actually made in America.  So these frenzied shoppers are actually killing American jobs and destroying the U.S. economy as well.

The absurdity of Black Friday was summed up very well recently in a statement that has already been retweeted on Twitter more than 1,000 times...

"Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."
It has gotten to the point where it is now expected that there will be mini-riots all over the country early on Black Friday morning each year.  The following are a few examples of the craziness that we saw this year...

-"Fights break out when stores open on Black Friday"
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2012/11/23/1722695/

-"Black Friday madness at Georgia Wal-Mart"
http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/23/black-friday-madness-at-georgia-wal-mart-video/

-"Black Friday Frenzy: 2 Run Down in Washington, Man Pulls Gun in Texas"
http://abcnews.go.com/US/black-friday-frenzy-run-washington-man-pulls-gun/story?id=17792650#.UK_AEoarGQ5

-"Black Friday 2012: Rush at Victoria's Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan."
http://www.kshb.com/dpp/lifestyle/holiday/black-friday-2012-rush-at-victorias-secret-pink-at-oak-park-mall-in-overland-park-kan

-"Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters"
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-tn-black-friday-costa-mesa-20121123,0,2542161.story

-"Black Friday Shopping Hysteria From Around The Country [PHOTOS]"
http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-photos-2012-11

-"Disturbance leads to scare at Westroads Mall"
http://www.ketv.com/news/local-news/Disturbance-leads-to-scare-at-Westroads-Mall/-/9674510/17527440/-/46jcqfz/-/index.html?absolute=true

-"Teens In Custody After Woodland Mall Fight"
http://fox17online.com/2012/11/23/teens-in-custody-after-woodland-mall-fight/

-"Boy Robbed During Black Friday Shopping At Arundel Mills"
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/11/23/boy-robbed-during-black-friday-shopping-at-arundel-mills/

-"Shoppers Were So Obsessed With Black Friday Deals They Left Their Infants Unattended"
http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-infants-horror-stories-2012-11

Fortunately, many Americans are starting to get fed up with Black Friday.  In fact, one activist named Mark Dice actually went out and heckled Black Friday shoppers this year.  I found the following You Tube video to be very funny, and I think most of you will too...



In the end, it is not that big of a deal that people want to fight with one another to save 50 dollars on a cell phone.

But this kind of extreme selfishness and desperation could become a massive problem someday if society breaks down and suddenly millions of extremely selfish and desperate people are scrambling for survival.

With each passing day our economy is getting even weaker, and the next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching.  What are people going to do when the next spike in unemployment hits us and nobody can find work?

To get an idea of where things are headed, just look at Europe.  In both Greece and Spain the unemployment rate is over 25 percent and civil unrest has become almost a constant problem in both of those countries.

So what kind of riots will we see in the United States when the economy gets much worse than it is now?

Already there are signs of social decay all around us, and most Americans are completely unprepared for what will happen if a major disaster or emergency does strike.

Sadly, the reality is that most Americans live on a month to month basis.  Most families do not have any emergency savings to speak of, and one recent poll found that 55 percent of all Americans only have enough food in their homes to survive for three days or less.

To me, that is an absolutely insane number.

We just came through a summer of extreme drought and global food supplies have dropped to a 40 year low.  Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and the global financial system could fall apart at any time.  Most of us just assume that there will always be huge amounts of very cheap food available to us, but unfortunately that simply is not a safe assumption.  The following is from a recent article in the Guardian...

Evan Fraser, author of Empires of Food and a geography lecturer at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, says: "For six of the last 11 years the world has consumed more food than it has grown. We do not have any buffer and are running down reserves. Our stocks are very low and if we have a dry winter and a poor rice harvest we could see a major food crisis across the board."

"Even if things do not boil over this year, by next summer we'll have used up this buffer and consumers in the poorer parts of the world will once again be exposed to the effects of anything that hurts production."
When I watch my fellow Americans trample one another to get a deal on a television or a video game, it makes me wonder what they would be willing to do if they went to the store someday and all the food was gone.

Desperate people do desperate things, and someday if there was a major economic breakdown in the United States I think the level of desperation in this country would be extremely frightening.

So what do you think?  Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below...

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/are-black-friday-riots-a-preview-of-the-civil-unrest-that-is-coming-when-society-breaks-down
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 05:10:03 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/black-friday-sales-slip-shoppers-opt-thursday-doorbusters-165525323--finance.html

Black Friday sales slip as shoppers opt for Thursday ‘doorbusters’

Black Friday, the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, saw more foot traffic than ever before, according to estimates. But it appears so-called "doorbuster" deals offered the day before dinged sales.

According to ShopperTrak, which tracks retail foot traffic, there were more than 307 million store visits on Friday, up 3.5 percent. But Black Friday shoppers spent an estimated $11.2 billion, down 1.8 percent over 2011, when consumers spent $11.4 billion.

And for once, the sluggish economy is not to blame.

"It is all Black Thursday's fault," ZeroHedge.com said.

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