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Could You Eat On $30 A Week?
CNN/theindychannel.com ^ | September 22, 2011 | Sheila Steffen

Posted on 09/22/2011 7:36:30 AM PDT by Abathar

(CNN) -- That is the reality for the more than 40 million Americans who rely on food stamps. According to the Food Research and Action Center the average food stamp allotment is just $30 per week.

I began thinking about taking a food stamp challenge earlier this month when I met several women who we profiled on hunger for two CNN stories airing this week. These women had to make tough choices between paying bills and buying food. Often they skipped meals so their children could eat. Often the amount of food stamps they received was not enough.

Living on a food stamp budget for just one week won't begin to put me in these women's shoes or come close to the struggles that millions of low-income families face every day; week in and week out, month after month. But I do expect to gain a new perspective and a better understanding.

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Yes you can, if you actually cook your meals and are careful in what you buy. Bologna sandwiches and ramen noodles, baked potatoes, hot dogs, it can easily be done if you wanted to.
1 posted on 09/22/2011 7:36:32 AM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

baked potatoes from food stamps.. you haven’t seen the EBT song video have you? lol..


2 posted on 09/22/2011 7:40:10 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: Abathar

Before Obama took office you could.

Now... holy crap!!!!!!!

I went shopping the other day and spent $180 on about a HALF A CART of stuff

I am a VERY good shopper and used to pride myself on never going over $100 in my cart but that is nearly impossible now.

Why don’t we hear consumer price index numbers any more? I bet they are up 100% since Odumbass took office


3 posted on 09/22/2011 7:40:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket~!!!)
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To: Abathar

My food budget is $150 a month - so stepping down to $129 (there are 4.3 weeks in the average month) wouldn’t be too hard...


4 posted on 09/22/2011 7:40:40 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Abathar

Are you freaking serious? Bologna sandwiches, hot dogs, raman noodles that is not nutrition, that is the meat remnants and empty starch.

Now if you start talking brown rice, beans and rice, fruit and veggies, grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, the perfect protein that is different.


5 posted on 09/22/2011 7:42:36 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Abathar
Yes you can, if you actually cook your meals and are careful in what you buy.

I watched a lady in front of me pay for a grocery cart full of food with food stamps. I swear, there wasn't one thing in that cart that was fresh. Everything was processed, frozen, or microwavable...easy and fast to cook.

As to living on $30/week, I'd say yes. When I was a freshman grad student, I was told that my TA scholarship check would be issued on the 15th. I timed my little cash to run out on the 15th, only to be told I wasn't paid until the end of the month. I had about $3 to last until payday. I ate steel cut oats for two+ weeks. I think it's time for some food stamp people to do the same.

6 posted on 09/22/2011 7:43:10 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are dumber than soup.)
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To: Abathar

This list is a little dated, but you could probably pull it off for $50/week these days, depending upon where you live:

http://www.heart4home.net/2011/08/30perweek/

I’ve always fed my family on the cheap. Three teen boys and three adults got by on $150/month, but we had a HUGE garden and hunted and fished...and that was 10 years ago.

One of the few places you really have control over your household budget is in the food budget. Now that I’m just feeding me and assorted friends and relatives on a weekly basis (I love to entertain!) I find myself spending a little too much in this area, so thanks for the reminder to knock it off, LOL!


7 posted on 09/22/2011 7:43:17 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Abathar

You can bet that MoochHell Ubama couldn’t eat on $30 bucks a week.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 7:43:30 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Abathar

One word “Aldi’s”


9 posted on 09/22/2011 7:44:05 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: Abathar
Eating on $30 per week is easy IF you use coupons. As an example, yesterday I "bought" two 1 lb cans of ham. Cost nothing because of coupons. Also I got a bottle of Canola oil FREE, 1 dz jumbo eggs FREE, Swiss cheese FREE, saltine crackers FREE, 6 cans fruit juice FREE.

For a couple of weeks Publix had a deal where you got a FREE $10 gift card for every $50 you spent so I used coupons over and over to buy $50 worth of stuff for FREE to get those gift cards. I ended up the two weeks with about $400 worth of Publix gift cards which I used on whatever I wanted (except liquor). I even bought several already prepared mojo pork dinners on days when I didn't feel like cooking.

10 posted on 09/22/2011 7:44:28 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Choot 'em, Liz! CHOOT 'EM!!!)
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To: Abathar

I don’t know what states pay the $30/week figure. In PA, it’s $50/week, for a single-person household.

My non-food stamp grocery bill for one week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is roughly $28, and that’s for convenience foods (cereal for breakfast, packaged sandwich lunches, whole fruit, and frozen dinners).


11 posted on 09/22/2011 7:44:28 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: All

No to mention if you can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em.

There are clinics that will hand out all the birth control you can use.

But having more poor, dumb people like themselves is the ticket to firmly attaching their scolexes to the working person’s bodies.


12 posted on 09/22/2011 7:44:40 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Abathar
Yes you can, if you actually cook your meals and are careful in what you buy. Bologna sandwiches and ramen noodles, baked potatoes, hot dogs, it can easily be done if you wanted to.

Or you could, you know, go get a freekin' job...

13 posted on 09/22/2011 7:45:17 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: Abathar
According to the Food Research and Action Center the average food stamp allotment is just $30 per week.

Tricky, tricky. They average everyone from those who are completely crippled so are not capable of making any money to those who are right at the edge of eligibility and only get a few dollars of food stamps. You wouldn't be expected to feed yourself on the "average" allotment. That amount is meant to supplement your own money spent on food.

14 posted on 09/22/2011 7:45:21 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: Abathar

Beans and rice with something left over for Tobasco.


15 posted on 09/22/2011 7:45:21 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Abathar

$30/ week? i want to know where they get these numbers. i have yet to meet someone on food stamps that doesn’t get so much more than they need for the month that they don’t spend it, or barter it away.

most of their kids are probably also getting free breakfast and lunch at school, so they really only need to worry about one meal a day.


16 posted on 09/22/2011 7:45:21 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Abathar

I live on the equivalent of 28 US dollars a week for food, in a country where food is usually more expensive than in the States.

I don’t go hungry.


17 posted on 09/22/2011 7:45:44 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Abathar

$30 per person per week, hayna, with the large-welfare-family economy of scale figuring in?

Or no?


18 posted on 09/22/2011 7:45:52 AM PDT by flowerplough (My favorite lesbian in the whole world is Joan Jett.)
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To: Abathar

Baked potatoes, seriously as long as you eat the skins that is everything you need in a diet right there. PBJ makes a good lunch, lots of protein and calories to keep you going. Cut out the cheesy poofs and snackey cakes and $30 can go a long way. Especially if you have a little vegetable garden to make things a little more interesting. I have peppers, beans, tomatoes and lettuce out of mine. And it is just a tiny little hobby garden. My onions didn’t do well this year, but those are cheap to pick up and keep well.


19 posted on 09/22/2011 7:46:03 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Great post.

I’m not that good...but every tip helps, thanks!!!


20 posted on 09/22/2011 7:46:56 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Abathar
Back in the 60's, when times were pretty tough for our family, my mother used to feed a family of 6 on a buck. Tenderoni macaroni was 19 cents, 3 cans of tomato sauce 24 cents, a can of beans was 11 cents and a half-pound of hamburger meat was 35 cents.

Talk about stretching a dollar...and my kids still ask me to make my mother's pasta fagiole. They love it.

21 posted on 09/22/2011 7:47:05 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: Abathar
Half the world's population lives on a diet of rice and beans, and it is a thoroughly adequate and nutritious diet.

My bet is you could live on $10 of rice and beans a week, and eat all you wanted.

22 posted on 09/22/2011 7:49:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Abathar
Before we get too excited about this $30 Dollar food stamp receipient, let's first learn what the maximum food stamp recipient draws. It is entirely possible that the majority of those drawing the $30 dollar amount are gainfully employed and only qualify for that supplemental amount.
23 posted on 09/22/2011 7:49:23 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If bull s*it was gold Obama could pay off the National debt all by himself.)
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To: yldstrk

Your definition of nutrition is unscientific.


24 posted on 09/22/2011 7:49:46 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: SueRae

Budgeting in any area is an acquired skill, just like anything else.

I keep a budget spreadsheet which helps me a lot, but I do get lazy from time to time. :)


25 posted on 09/22/2011 7:49:55 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Howie66
"You can bet that MoochHell Ubama couldn’t eat on $30 bucks a week."

Mochelle wouldn't make it past her first morning slopping for under $50.

26 posted on 09/22/2011 7:50:05 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BobinIL

Amen! Family of five, about 50 bucks a week, supplemented by items from Walmart that Aldi doesn’t stock.


27 posted on 09/22/2011 7:50:25 AM PDT by agrace
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To: Mr. K
Food and gasoline are no longer included in the inflation numbers because they are "Too Volatile". For example, the Tomato juice I was buying last summer for .99, is now ON SALE for $1.89. HOPEY CHANGEY!!!
28 posted on 09/22/2011 7:50:29 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Democrats have been OUTFORCING America's jobs for 40 years)
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To: yldstrk
Bologna sandwiches, hot dogs, raman noodles that is not nutrition, that is the meat remnants and empty starch.

As a food service professional, I have to disagree with you. There is no such thing as "empty calories". The body uses the starch in ramen noodles as well as it does brown rice or beans and rice.

As for your assertion the meats mentioned are "meat remanants, also bravo sierra. The body uses bologna and hot dogs the same way it does filet mignion.

You have highly romanticized view of food.

/johnny

29 posted on 09/22/2011 7:50:40 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Abathar

$5 of beans and rice will take you a lot further than $5 of bread and bologna.


30 posted on 09/22/2011 7:51:35 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Abathar

$30 a week might be harder if your are a single person but for families.
When my sonIL was out of work for a couple of months my daughter applied for food stamps, they are family of five and received $800 a month plus WIC for the two under five.
They had more than enough food.
When my sonIL start working again two months later they dropped the food stamps and went back to their food budget of $350 a month.


31 posted on 09/22/2011 7:51:54 AM PDT by svcw (It is who I am, it is what I do.)
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To: Abathar

Bologna, hot dogs, and Ramen noodles. Ya, that’s the ticket. Thats a recipe for a heart attack.


32 posted on 09/22/2011 7:51:54 AM PDT by Roklok
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To: yldstrk
Bologna sandwiches, hot dogs, raman noodles that is not nutrition, that is the meat remnants and empty starch.

Maybe not, but replace the Ramen noodles with Peanut Butter and you'd pretty much have what we fed our brood over the years. Not a sick or obese one in the bunch.

33 posted on 09/22/2011 7:52:08 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: Howie66
You can bet that MoochHell Ubama couldn’t eat on $30 bucks a week.

It's a safe bet that she couldn't eat her fill on $30 a meal.


34 posted on 09/22/2011 7:53:25 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: Abathar

when i was on welfare, back aounr ‘80, my food budget was eleven bucks a week. i doled it out carefully, and survived on it. the government cheese was a godsend.


35 posted on 09/22/2011 7:55:03 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: yldstrk
"Are you freaking serious? Bologna sandwiches, hot dogs, raman noodles that is not nutrition, that is the meat remnants and empty starch."

*embarrassed* I'm a kept man who gets fed three squares a day by my incredible wife, those are the first things that came to mind from someone who doesn't make good life choices if left to his own devises on diet...

36 posted on 09/22/2011 7:55:58 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The Rice and Beans Diet – Inspiried by Dave Ramsey
37 posted on 09/22/2011 7:56:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Abathar

30.00 a week X 4 people = 120.00 a week
120.00 X 4 weeks in a month = 480.00 per month - breakfasts and lunches for 2 kids 5 days a week at school. (if I’m correct in all this)

That is MORE than I spend and I homeschool so I have to feed them every meal.

Read the article. The author is complaining that she ran out of money when she bought chicken breasts at 4.69 a pound and fresh broccoli. Honey, you need to shop at Aldi’s or Sam’s Club.

*snicker* She is going to starve.


38 posted on 09/22/2011 7:58:18 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: econjack
I swear, there wasn't one thing in that cart that was fresh. Everything was processed, frozen, or microwavable...easy and fast to cook.

I see a lot of that. Yesterday, I found beef shanks that were beautiful, and $1.70 per serving. I bought 2 and a package of beef bones for $0.80. I'm making the brown beef stock now, for the occo bucco and polenta that will be tonight's supper for 2, with a total cost of less than $5.

At the restaurant where I learned to make the dish, we charged $35/plate for that meal.

It's very high quality gourmand fare.

But it does take time and effort I started the stock yesterday at 1400.

/johnny

39 posted on 09/22/2011 7:59:32 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: IMR 4350

Just on the gas alone.


40 posted on 09/22/2011 7:59:40 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Abathar

On sale at our Pricecutter supermarket this week in Springfield MO.

http://www.pricecutteronline.com/promotions/promotion.php?p=2011-09-21-42824057&l=20

Let’s go shopping!

Using only items found in the sale bill:

Page 1

Family Pack Pork Steaks (3 lb pack): $5.37
6 apples (2lbs): $1.98
1 dozen eggs: $.99

Page 2

Home Pride Wheat Bread: $1.99
Eckrich Lunch Meats (2 pkg): $4.00

Page 3

Corn King bacon: $3.69

Page 4

Best Choice Golden Potatoes (5lb bag): $2.99
3 Pears (1 lb): $1.39

Total cost: $22.40

Leaves $7.60

Not eating like a king, but bacon and eggs for breakfast, cold cut sandwich for lunch, and pork steaks and potatoes for dinner.

And that is from a single grocery stores online sale bill.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 8:00:05 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Abathar

False question. A fool’s game to answer it.

Food stamps were always intended to be SUPPLEMENTAL, not the whole budget one has for food. Folks are supposed to (1) Provide for themselves (2) Rely on family and friends (3) Rely on charity and then with all those being done — food stamps provide a supplement, a minor addition of aid specifically for food. This is so fools wasting what little money they have elsewhere would still have some food, but still be encouraged to save some of that other money for food.

As EBT and food stamps exist now, there are no real restrictions of what the funds are used for. It is just another form “fungible” money thrown at wastrels more than the truly needy by the government, and the government is no slacker at forcibly taking that money from the innocent, the productive, the honest, and the humble truly needy.

Yes, such programs make thongs harder for the meek truly needy, in so many different ways. They make neighborhood merchants less likely to give away, they create a emboldenment of the aggressive slacker which creates moral hazard and social dangers in the neighborhoods where the truly needy also are found.


42 posted on 09/22/2011 8:00:17 AM PDT by bvw
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To: Molon Labbie
No to mention if you can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em.

Food stamps were never meant to support a family. It was intended to supplement their income in order to prevent a child from starving. It would help if folks would use a helping hand to get a job. It seems to me that working for a living improves ones attitude not to mention fills the belly.

43 posted on 09/22/2011 8:00:30 AM PDT by River_Wrangler (Nothing difficult is ever easy!)
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To: mnehring

I could probably live off of my lawn clippings if I had enough Tabasco to go with it.

I have the big 12 oz. bottle in my desk as a matter of fact.


44 posted on 09/22/2011 8:00:35 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Kirkwood

really?

How so?

You want people to eat pink slime and pig tendons on a regular basis?


45 posted on 09/22/2011 8:00:59 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Abathar

Pea soup, rice and soon to expire vegetables here. I try to limit my food spending on 10$ a week.

It helps also to have a food dehydrator so you can dehydrate soon to expire vegetables and eat it at any time.


46 posted on 09/22/2011 8:01:50 AM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (Springtime in America will arrive on January 21, 2013.)
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To: Abathar

Sure...but I’ll have to slice the two $16 muffins pretty thin.


47 posted on 09/22/2011 8:02:06 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Abathar

Here’s an odd notion: If you want to have children, enter into a legal binding contract with another person prior to having them that has the will and the means to feed those children. My mother mangaged it, and so did hers, and so did hers,...


48 posted on 09/22/2011 8:02:11 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: econjack

While your point is valid for most, there is a possibility the lady you saw has no stove.
You can get a cheap microwave for $50; used, far less. A stove is a little harder to come by.
Then too, some old folks don’t cook because they don’t remember to turn things off when they’re done. Microwaves aren’t that big a fire hazard (except when they’re GE microwaves, but that’s another story).
Old people don’t like to stand in the kitchen, poor old people don’t like to stand in the cold kitchen, preparing meals for one. They don’t see well; they drop stuff; they forget the leftovers in the fridge until said leftovers are furry.
And some never learned to cook.


49 posted on 09/22/2011 8:02:17 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Heavy the head that wears the tiara.)
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To: Abathar

A gallon of milk.
A pound of rice.
A bag of beans.
A head of spinach.
7 potatoes.
7 onions.
7 bananas.
doz eggs.

Is that $30? I doubt it. But you could survive on that.


50 posted on 09/22/2011 8:02:28 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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