Hundreds of migrants drowned in the ocean waves. Petrini said he and the pontiff also talked about the farming world. Pope Francis wanted to emphasize how precious the good practices of rural communities are to the worlds destiny. On this subject in particular, the pope had strong words: The work of these people is extraordinary, he said. Accumulating money must not be the primary goal. My grandmother used to tell me that when you die, your shroud has no pockets for money. Petrini says the conversation had a profound effect on him. “I have been an agnostic since I was young, but the absence of religiousness has not stopped me from sharing experiences and struggles with men and women of faith. I do not have the capacity or the knowledge to open a deep and learned dialog on the question of faith, but I know that if humanity wants to escape the desert of ideas that surrounds it, people who know how to communicate like Pope Francis will be of great value. Even the channel he uses, the telephone, with no mediation, is a sign of openness and directness, with the interlocutors as varied as the motivations and the topics. One has the impression they are talking with a friend. And so our phone conversation ended, with wishes of good health and a mutual embrace.
Food stamp recipients panic as federal EBT system crashes; government IT systems rapidly unraveling
Technically, that’s three days, of course, but you get my point. The day the U.S. government collapses in default is fast approaching Because an exponential rise in debt cannot be sustained, at some point the U.S. government will simply collapse into financial default. Soon after, Martial Law will have to be declared in every major U.S. city to quell the riots. Imagine 50 million Americans going hungry and realizing their welfare food credits aren’t going to be available anymore and you begin to get an idea of why cities will be nearly impossible to survive when the chaos hits. The impending failure of the federal government is now obvious to everyone. Even Ron Paul is now openly talking about the coming collapse of the U.S. empire , mirroring the overnight collapse of the Soviet empire in 1991, where that nation broke into twelve independent republics. Many people now believe the U.S. is headed for a similar outcome, and that such an outcome can happen virtually overnight. The crash of EBT cards could be the tumbling domino that sets this into action.
Last week, the federal government stopped funding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC. WIC is technically a state administered program but is fully funded by the federal government. The program supports over 8.9 million moms and kids under five living near or below the poverty line, providing healthy food, breastfeeding support, infant formula and other necessities dispensed at clinics nationwide. At the time of the shutdown, the USDA estimated (report downloads as a pdf) that the program would be able to support a lapse in funding through late October. However, confusion over available funds has parents worried about available benefits much earlier. On Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that it would stop issuing WIC benefits because of a lack of funding. Thats a blow to the state, where one in four children go hungry every day. WIC provides benefits to 270,000 women, infants and children in North Carolina each month . Far from being a traditional welfare program, evidence suggests that WIC actually saves public dollars by providing cost-effective health care and nutrition to at-risk families. In North Carolina, for example, every WIC dollar spent on a pregnant woman saves $3.13 in Medicaid costs during the first 60 days of the babys life. WIC participation leads to lower infant mortality rates, fewer sick kids and higher rates of immunizations. Those benefits pay off long term, according to WIC proponents who cite studies showing that four and five year-olds who participate in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who do not participate in WIC. Participation in the program is based on eligibility. Women and children (up to five years of age) who meet the eligibility criteria receive food and cash-value vouchers for a variety of healthy foods (you can review NCs list of approved WIC foods here, downloads as a pdf).