Oddly enough, Obama can’t be blamed. Wonder how that happened?

What’s the number one reason we riot? The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense.

In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest.
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CSI expects a perilous trend in rising food prices to continue. Even before the extreme weather scrambled food prices this year, their 2011 report predicted that the next great breach would occur in August 2013, and that the risk of more worldwide rioting would follow. So, if trends hold, these complex systems theorists say we’re less than one year and counting from a fireball of global unrest.



  1. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Of course Obama can be blamed, or Romney if he wins and doesn’t end subsidies to Ethanol. How stupid is it to use valuable food crops for inefficient fuel? And ethanol has a bigger footprint than oil when its totality is calculated.

    Another liberal program of good intentions that harms people.

    • noname says:

      Most Americans would not consider Monsanto, “a liberal program of good intentions”. In fact, the Republicans are leading the subsidies charge, such as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

      Multiple Republican senators have collected, on average, $5,000 from bioengineering and agricultural chemical company Monsanto, $4,100 from farming giant Archer Daniels Midland, $1,600 from the National Corn Growers Association, $1,200 from ethanol producer POET LLC and $200 a piece from Growth Energy and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association!

      If you want to fix any problem, the first step is to correctly recognize and diagnose it, then establish the correct cause-effect (causal) relationships.

      You failed the first step; correctly identifying the major players in pushing Ethanol subsidies!

      Typical of a “limbaugh for brains” fan!

      • pedro says:

        Sure nobrain, Monsanto is the only problem. The current admin has nothing to do.

        • noname says:

          No pedro, Monsanto is not the only problem. You happen to part of the problem too!

          • pedro says:

            And you’re are the solution nobrain. Now get on your merry way out of this world and do us all the favor.

      • ReadyKilowatt says:

        Didn’t No Agenda cover all the Obama cabinet members and staff who used to work for Monsanto?

    • RR1 says:

      Valuable food crop? Got news for you, field corn used for making ethanol is not a human food crop. It can be used for fattening cattle for the meat, but it is not used for human consumption.

      • RR1 says:

        OK, some its byproducts are used for human consumption.

      • Dallas says:

        Speaking of inefficient use of food crop…. feeding and watering cattle is as inefficient means of producing human food as it can get!

  2. GregAllen says:

    In my time overseas I never saw food riots but I did see water riots.

    So, I always assumed people would riot over water before they riot over food.

    As Americans we don’t even think about water but when when it can’t be found, you quickly think about nothing else.

  3. Dallas says:

    We need a fat tax to prevent these shortages and as a huge plus, reduce our medicare/medicaid costs.

    For every 20 pounds of grease that God did not intend the sheeple to carry around, add 10% surcharge to sugar water beverages and triple bacon burgers.

    • pedro says:

      Now DUllass the hypocrite is catholic. But I agree with you about the fat tax. WondeEd eidard should be amongst the first to be taxed to the max.

      Because, like with the economy, people are going hungry because the 1% eat too much.

      What a birdbrain.

      • Dallas says:

        A fat tax will cost your fat, greasy ass a bundle of money but glad you see merit in this.

        Healthy and trim people, unlike you, need to stop subsiding the healthcare costs of the grossly obese.

        • noname says:

          Obese people are people with more to love.

        • pedro says:

          Bad news for ya DUllas, I’m not fay. And I’m not willing to pay a cent for anyone’s healthcare, specially yours.

          • noname says:

            That’s good pedro.

            An angry, pissy, annoying little fly like you, needs all the medical help our country can give you.

  4. dusanmal says:

    What “Obama can’t be blamed”? He and Progressive Government policies and his type of fascist economy is EXACTLY what pushes the World into the food/economic/… crisis. Individual farmers must be the ones completely in power of deciding what and how in agriculture, not the “all wise Government bureaucrats who are there to help”. Industries like Monsanto prosper under Progressive Governments because of fascist public-private partnership benefiting only existing dominant giants, protecting them from laws and crafting laws for their sake for corrupt money-back.
    The only solution here is again small, weak Government and empowered people. Small weak Government can’t setup corrupt laws and fascist economy – because there is nothing there to corrupt. No power->no corruption of power. Exact opposite of Obama Administration wet dream.
    History points to experimental results confirming this: where did worst famines emerge in last 100 years? – In large dominant Government systems with top-down over-controlled economies. In many cases DESPITE of natural resources (USSR/Ukraine) in many cases despite prosperity just next door (N./S. Korea). Big Government is the culprit. Progressives are the culprit (along with their brothers Socialists and Communists).

    • noname says:

      Most Americans would not consider Monsanto, “a Progressives, Socialists or a Communists sect”. In fact, CONSERVATIVE Republicans are leading the subsidies charge, such as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

      Multiple Republican senators have collected, on average, $5,000 from bioengineering and agricultural chemical company Monsanto, $4,100 from farming giant Archer Daniels Midland, $1,600 from the National Corn Growers Association, $1,200 from ethanol producer POET LLC and $200 a piece from Growth Energy and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association!

      If you want to fix any problem, the first step is to correctly recognize and diagnose it, then establish the correct cause-effect (causal) relationships.

      You failed the first step; correctly identifying the major players in pushing Ethanol subsidies!

      Typical of a “limbaugh for brains” fan!

      • pedro says:

        Copy/pasting now Mustard? Afraid that we find out that English is your second language?

        You were wrong in the first copy paste and you continue to be wrong the second time around

        • noname says:

          I am sooo shattered and disheartened you oouted me! It’s true, my U.S. birth certificate, U.S. newspaper birth announcement, my NSA security clearance are all based on a false citizenship. You caught me, it’s true, I am a albino Martian. It was a clever scheme my parents learned about from Obama’s parents, many years ago. It’s all gone now :(

          Oh, the horror of it all. I am just soo, soo, soo ashamed. I can’t stop myself from misspelling and making grammatical mistakes. Oh, the continuing shame, oh the humiliation, oh the dishonor, oh …..

  5. dcphill says:

    “Feed me Seymour”

  6. orchidcup says:

    The liberals are to blame for everything bad.

    The conservatives are to blame for everything good.

    I have it on good authority.

    Rush Limberger.

  7. spsffan says:

    There’s plenty of food. And water. Just about 50% too many people.

    It’s as though we didn’t know what caused them!

  8. The0ne says:

    Didn’t we wish the meteor had hit earth? Was close but no one even paid attention :D

  9. Rabble Rouser says:

    Forget the food riots, there will be water riots before that.

  10. deowll says:

    You can burn food or make plastic out of it but you can’t eat it once you do. We are using food as fuel and as a source to make plastic to be “green” and causing civil unrest among the hungry.

  11. bigdanlovin says:

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned it yet, but this might be the reasoning behind the big push to get the majority of Americans on Food Stamps (SNAP). Since Obama took office, the number of citizens on SNAP has nearly doubled. Feel free to check the figures & let me know if you think I’m full of $**t.

    • orchidcup says:

      Um, millions of unemployed people tend to qualify for food stamps.

      Try going without a job for 3 years and see if you get hungry.

    • msbpodcast says:

      I won’t debate the figures, but I would argue as to the cause of the doubling.

      Its got nothing to do with which millionaire is in office when, and everything to do with the fact that we only seem to elect millionaires. (Well, uh, duh, only millionaires run for office… [If they’re not millionaires they can’t afford the time or the money to run for office.])

      I wouldn’t expect any of them to know what to do when they’re hungry and can’t just call a restaurant for take out.

      But we’re idiots and keep on with a broken system even though we know trying it again with another bunch of millionaires isn’t going to make the situation any better.

  12. noname says:

    Mmmm… Forbidden Donuts

    • Torsten Hallman says:

      Capitalism : You buy a doughnut.

      Socialism : The State gives you a doughnut.

      Communism : The State sells you a doughnut.

      Soviet Communism : The State sells you a doughnut, only there aren’t any.

      Labour Party Socialism : The State sells you a doughnut, only there aren’t any, and it’s all the Tories’ fault.

      Trades Union socialism : The State sells you a doughnut, and you go on strike.

      Marxism : The State takes your doughnut away and gives it to someone who hasn’t got a doughnut.

      Stalinism : The State takes your doughnut away, eats it, and tells you that they gave it to someone who hadn’t got a doughnut.

      Bureaucracy : The State takes your doughnut away and then refuses to let you buy another doughnut because you already have one.

      Fascism : The Storm-troopers eat your doughnut and shoot you.

      Islam : The religious police beat you up and chop your hands off.

      Thascism : You sell a doughnut and buy a bigger doughnut.

      Thatcher : Nutritionally, Doughnuts are up 50% in real terms over the doughnuts produced during the last Labour government, etc.

      Kinnock : Nutritionally, Doughnuts are down 50% in real terms over the doughnuts produced during the last Labour government, etc.

      Edwina Currie : Doughnuts are infected with salmonella, tarantella, cinderella, valpolicella, winecella, rockefella etc.

      Church of England : You know, in a very real sense, God is a doughnut.

      Buddhism : God is a doughnut, and God is not a doughnut.

      Confuscianism : Confuscius he say doughnut.

      Zen : What is the sound of one doughnut clapping?

      Catholicism : The priest blesses the doughnut and you mustn’t chew it.

      Christianity : I was hungry, and ye gave me a doughnut.

      Fundamentalism : Doughnuts are an abomination unto the Lord, etc.

      Dictatorship : Buy a doughnut, or else.

      Mis-spelt : U bi er donut an u eet itt.

      Scottish Nationalist : Ye wanna knaa aboot doughnuts? It’s cos of they bastard English, that’s why, an’ fuck off the noo.

      Welsh Nationalist : Onid oes chwarae maesteg doughnut llanfairpwll defaid.

      Feminist : Wimmin, doughnut, repressed, sisters, male dominated, etc.

      Loony : You are a doughnut. I am a doughnut. I am not a doughnut.

      Poetry : You are/a doughnut./I am/a doughnut./I am/not /a doughnut.

      Football : ‘Ere we dough, ‘ere we dough, ‘ere we dough, ‘ere we dough, etc.

      Swimming : Blug blug blug blug fluffle doughnublug blug.

  13. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    I’m so hungry I could burn a police car. Who’s with me?

    • msbpodcast says:

      Only if I can bring the pop corn; and the burning enforcers are going to be the meal afterwards. (Hey, food’s food.)

      Leg of New York’s finest has got to be good. Its even so fat its self basting.

    • Dallas says:

      Put me down for wednesdays