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(AZ Family)   Hey everyone, the country's homeless problem has been taken care now that dozens of affluent people spent the night sleeping in cardboard boxes designed like a castle, a spaceship, and the Eiffel Tower as a sign of solidarity   ( divider line
    More: Silly, Eiffel Tower, Phoenix metropolitan area, city services, cardboard boxes, homeless  
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7850 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Oct 2012 at 3:47 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-28 04:06:28 PM  
3 votes:
Yes, the reason that homelessness exists and persists is that nobody is aware of it.

Hang on, my eyes are rolling out of my head...

I love this end of the spectrum, with their pat-themself-on-the-back, holier-than-thou social activism. I wonder if they posted some catchy graphic or slogan to their Facebook profile to let their friends know just how Active and Progressive they really are.
2012-10-28 04:00:44 PM  
3 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: And what has subby done to try and raise awareness?

WTF tangible benefit does 'raising awareness' provide? It is so stupid. So many groups spending money and making pointless gestures to 'raise awareness'.

Theres always someone outside the grocery store or mall collecting money to 'raise awareness'. LOL ridiculous. Can you eat awareness? Can you use awareness to stay warm? Does awareness end conflict or solve anything? NO. What are you actually DOING to solve a problem? 'Raising awareness' doesn't.
2012-10-28 04:19:57 PM  
2 votes:
OMG, some people did something to bring awareness to a problem but didn't solve it completely and entirely!


/Perfect is the enemy of good.
2012-10-28 04:14:40 PM  
2 votes:

titwrench: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: And what has subby done to try and raise awareness?

Raising awareness is just code for give us money. They don't actually "do" anything.


The biggest culprit
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2012-10-28 05:19:58 PM  
1 vote:
Possible solution: Stop sending enormous amounts of aid to Africa. We've been doing it for as far back as I can recall (meaning decades) and nothing changes. Basically they still have mass genocide, insane leaders, kill each other off for the slightest reason, mangle each other over superstitions (albino body parts in demand by witch doctors, sex with virgin kids -- rape -- as a cure for AIDS, and pretty much every nation having rebel armies who slaughter anyone for anything) and leaders who tend to pocket most of the aid, sell the majority of the remainder off to other nations and dribble what little is left to the people.

I figure that ought to free up a couple of billion per year. Cut off aid to assorted other nations which gobble it up and rant about how evil the USA is and you have another couple of billion saved.

Take that money and start building or buying homes for the homeless. What with so many folks being tossed out of their homes thanks to crooked mortgage dealing by banks, there's a glut on the market of empty ones, which should be available dirt cheap. Plus, some of those billions could be used to actually keep people from being thrown out onto the streets to become homeless while their now empty houses slowly rot or get vandalized or squatters move in.

Plus, you could actually build homes for the homeless someplace else besides low income communities, where crime explodes or use some additional funds to increase police presence in such areas.

Siphon some of those billions off to reopen some of the huge State Mental Hospitals president Reagan shut down, dumping the mentally ill into the streets. Many of them, while not perfect, provided adequate food, shelter, care and help for their occupants and quite a few were nearly self sufficient. Crime would drop dramatically, which would save even more billions.

(The Waverly State Mental Hospital, up until it's closing, made it's own power, grew a lot of it's own food, provided on site housing for staff, had it's own morgue and cemetery, and fed, clothed, treated, educated and provided medical care for thousands of severely mentally ill folks.)

Maybe not perfect, but better than a cardboard box in a homeless camp and a whole lot better than tossing the patients in over crowded prisons.

I roughly estimate the homeless problem could be cut in half this way. Then you'd see a difference for those dollars you send to charity. You could actually feel good about it. You wouldn't have to worry about your kids joining the military and be sent to some aid guzzling nation, where the citizens, raised on food and medications you paid for, use Russian weapons and IED's to blow them into hamburger because some fanatic told them to.

Not to mention that taking care of the homeless would eventually generate many more jobs not only for them, but for others. So you'd be getting a dividend on your 'investment'.

Seem logical?
2012-10-28 04:45:49 PM  
1 vote:
I am on the board of a 501c3 organization that raises money for the Veterans winter shelter every year. There are 6 of us involved and we raise about $25-30k a year. Our operating budget is $500 a year to print flyers maintain the website etc. Every cent over and above that goes to provide clothing and food for the shelter. Every cent. There was an awareness organization that wanted to partner IP with us and do an event similar to this and we declined. They essentially wanted us to give them money for the event. Every "member" of this organization pulled a paycheck from it and we are a 100% volunteer organization. On top of that we have never seen them at the shelter doing any work and the Veteran's Village had never heard of them or received anything from them ever.
2012-10-28 04:21:38 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-10-28 04:17:41 PM  
1 vote:
The homeless should be thankful we slept in well designed, flashy, cardboard houses! We did it for them! I went one night without watching the food network for them! Wait...they want us to donate our cardboard castles to them? Fark that! We're recycling! Earth is better than those homeless freaks! They need to go out and get jobs! I won't give them money or something to spend on excuse me while I go pay for my son's adderall.
2012-10-28 04:15:23 PM  
1 vote:
I wonder how many homeless people surrounded the base of the Eiffel Tower boxes and sold trinkets?

/One of these days, Quantum Apostrophe. Boom! Straight to Alpha Centauri!
2012-10-28 04:07:49 PM  
1 vote:

titwrench: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: And what has subby done to try and raise awareness?

Raising awareness is just code for give us money. They don't actually "do" anything.

"Raising awareness" is just code for LOOK AT MEEEEEEE, I'M SO PROGRESSIVE AND ENLIGHTENED.
2012-10-28 04:00:21 PM  
1 vote:
Imagine that . Rich people pretending to commit crimes so they can pretend to be "down on their luck" as their excuse for being homeless. Or rich people pretending to not be able to get along with their loved ones/coworkers/etc.Like 99% of the homeless.
2012-10-28 03:54:42 PM  
1 vote:
And what has subby done to try and raise awareness?
2012-10-28 03:51:31 PM  
1 vote:
I've often fallen asleep on the 7th hole green with a cardboard score card until the servants woke me, so I'm all over it.

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2012-10-28 03:04:33 PM  
1 vote:
Wow, sixty degrees! Why, that's almost as cold as room temperature!

/so glad I don't live in Cali
//seasons rock
2012-10-28 12:05:11 PM  
1 vote:
Great moments in pointless gestures #39662

/it's their fault because they didn't save
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