"Yesterday millions of 'shoppers' living on the government dole left their shopping carts in droves in checkout counters, exited countless foodstamp-accepting stores, and made Wal-Marts and other general merchandise stores into veritable ghost towns, after a power outage at Xerox Corp, made EBT usage in 17 states for most of Saturday impossible, and left tens of millions of poverty-level Americans unable to engage in one of their favorite pastimes: shop with other people's money. In short: the Welfare States of America were probably closer to a state of outright revolution than at any time before in history. And had the EBT stoppage continues into today and tomorrow, things would have certainly spilled out from the shopping aisle to main streets where the people's anger may have culminated in an violent expression of disgust at a state which gives with one hand and a xerox company that takes with the other ... This was precisely the topic of our recent post 'From Cascading Complexity To Systemic Collapse: A Walk Thru Society's Equivalent Of A Heart Attack' which many read but few seem to have grasped. Recall from the article: 'The extent of our contemporary complex global system dependencies, and our habituation to a long period of broadly stable economic and complexity growth means a systemic collapse would present profound and existential challenges.' Such as resulting from a power outage at... Xerox Corp? If there is any better example of a system crossing the chaotic threshold due to a black swan event, we have yet to find it. And while this time it took just 12 hours to return the system to order, what would have happened if the failure states had propagated, and led to subsequent systemic failures on their own, halting down peripheral social choke points, and resulting in a freeze of the 'backup and restore' capacity of society. In short: this time, we - and especially those 46 million Americans on foodstamps - were lucky. Next time, luck may be in short supply."

Zum Artikel von "Tyler Durden", erschienen auf ZeroHedge (13. Oktober 2013) »

Zur Studie von David Korowicz "Catastrophic Shocks through Complex Socio-Economic Systems—A Pandemic Perspective", erschienen bei feasta (19. Juli 2013) »

Zum Artikel von Paul Joseph Watson "Debt Default Could Spark Food Stamp Riots", erschienen auf Infowars (14. Oktober 2013) » 

Zum Artikel von 'Tyler Durden' "Walmart Shopping Stampede Ensues When Foodstamp Glitch Removes EBT Spending Limits", erschienen auf ZeroHedge (14. Oktober 2013) »