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(Gawker)   Journalist and filmmaker who immersed himself in homelessness for story research strays just a little too far into method-acting territory   (gawker.com) divider line 29
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2013-04-05 04:57:41 PM
4 votes:
It's not the survival of the sensitive. It's the survival of the fittest.

What people don't realize is you either get smart (get out of the cold, find protection, build a fire or move to the food) or you die (or if you're lucky get medical care and social services).

Either way, after a while, nature figures out who is tough enough to be shiat on constantly.

/at least he died knowing just how rough it is on the homeless, the mentally ill, and others who are out there alone
/You think you're poor? Try saving one kleenex you've stolen from somewhere for a couple of days, then go out in the middle of the night on a dirt road by the railroad tracks in a violent major city, take a liquidy poop that you've been working on for couple of days, and try to wipe yourself clean with that single kleenex. Be sure and poke the used kleenex into your pile of excreta, like the ribbon on Hershey's Kiss. Oh and no soap or wipes for your hands either. That's poor. It's also alcoholic or mentally ill or a few other things.
2013-04-05 08:06:27 PM
2 votes:
Journalist and filmmaker  Unemployed  guy who immersed himself in homelessness for story research strays just a little too far into method-acting territory  makes it to day three of his week long heroin bender.
2013-04-05 05:27:11 PM
2 votes:
drugs.
2013-04-05 05:17:41 PM
2 votes:

BarkingUnicorn: Hope his camera was running, this would make a nice snuff film.


I wonder if the two guys who were arrested for selling him drugs gave him an OD so they could steal his stuff. Pretty sad.
2013-04-05 04:55:40 PM
2 votes:

SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.


Or it could be he had undiagnosed health problems that would only come to light when he was in a extremely stressful situation.

/assuming other factors weren't at play - like being bludgeoned to death
2013-04-06 12:40:13 AM
1 votes:
Been there, survived that.
2013-04-05 06:27:40 PM
1 votes:

Delay: SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.

This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.

He had a sleeping bag. He was in a building. I really don't believe this story.


It's really not that hard to die of hypothermia if you are cold and have taken any CNS depressant. Alcohol plus walking home in the snow gets a handful every year.
2013-04-05 06:13:04 PM
1 votes:

MemeSlave: [trevormeers.files.wordpress.com image 552x320]


He had one fine rifle.
2013-04-05 06:03:42 PM
1 votes:
Ironically, his death will do more to raise awareness of the conditions homeless live in, than his ill conceived homeless tourism article ever would.
2013-04-05 05:47:48 PM
1 votes:

MemeSlave: [trevormeers.files.wordpress.com image 552x320]


I, Hatchet Jack, being of sound mind and broke legs, do leaveth my rifle to the next thing who finds it, Lord hope he be a white man. It is a good rifle, and kilt the bear that kilt me. Anyway, I am dead. Sincerely, Hatchet Jack.
2013-04-05 05:41:06 PM
1 votes:

Danger Avoid Death: Dog Welder: So I'm guessing the Republican ideal of being homeless and getting all those free government handouts isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The Republicans don't mind if you're homeless, as long as you're homeless in Great Britain.


Republicans are truly responsible for this dumbass freezing himself in the U.K.
2013-04-05 05:21:17 PM
1 votes:
The people in Newcastle that have homes are already horrible, I can't even imagine how vile their homeless are.
2013-04-05 05:18:16 PM
1 votes:
My brother did the same thing for the LA Times years ago.  But he slept in shelters and,  you know, LA.
2013-04-05 05:15:37 PM
1 votes:
One less useless liberal arts master's student on the planet.
2013-04-05 05:14:58 PM
1 votes:

Pribar: Well did he get the job?


Nah, the immigrant was cheaper.
2013-04-05 05:11:14 PM
1 votes:

hammettman: Officials don't expect foul play.

How about cold play?


www.film.com

Tick tock, alarm clock, I'm gonna be late,
Porridge, toast, kids, car, bloody school gate.
Factory floor, what a chore, another week's graft,
And fifty times a day I hear "You havin' a laugh?"
Whatever happened to my dreams, is this the life I chose?
The highlight of my ruddy day is when the whistle blows!

When the whistle blows.
When the whistle blows.
2013-04-05 05:08:19 PM
1 votes:
hammettman: "How about cold play?"

cold play *is* foul.
2013-04-05 05:08:12 PM
1 votes:
Cooler heads will prevail. Or not.
2013-04-05 05:05:55 PM
1 votes:
He should have started being a bum in Austin and worked up to something harder.
2013-04-05 05:05:00 PM
1 votes:

TheShavingofOccam123: Two men arrested following death of young filmmakerTwo men have been arrested in connection with the death of a young filmmaker who was sleeping rough as part of a documentary he was making about homelessness.
Lee Halpin, 26, had decided to spend the week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.
Northumbria Police say they have now arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
The police said the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.
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Ah ha!


TY
2013-04-05 05:03:22 PM
1 votes:
I feel no pity for somebody who accepted their Darwin Award

/seriously though, don't go about method acting homelessness
//help those who ARE homeless, you moran
2013-04-05 05:02:00 PM
1 votes:

Rawhead Rex: This is so hilarious...it redefines the word!
Awesome...simply awesome.
Anyone who gives two shiats about those loser "homeless" people deserves whatever bad tidings they get.
They're losers.
Leave them alone.
Go make a real living.


See, I was going to go with the "Glad he's dead so he can't steal services from real homeless anymore", but you really shame my inferior concept.  I salute.
2013-04-05 05:01:34 PM
1 votes:
Two men arrested following death of young filmmakerTwo men have been arrested in connection with the death of a young filmmaker who was sleeping rough as part of a documentary he was making about homelessness.
Lee Halpin, 26, had decided to spend the week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.
Northumbria Police say they have now arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
The police said the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.
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Ah ha!
2013-04-05 04:58:03 PM
1 votes:

SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.


This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.

He had a sleeping bag. He was in a building. I really don't believe this story.
2013-04-05 04:57:17 PM
1 votes:
Wow, he experienced something a journalist going to cover war stories go through, the possibility of getting killed on the job:(

The way he died, if he really did freeze to death, simply sucks. Imagine working hard and trying to get your dream job as a kid to an adult, only to have everything ended by something that could have been avoided.
2013-04-05 04:50:39 PM
1 votes:
What? Was the Dumbass tag taking a holiday?
2013-04-05 04:49:07 PM
1 votes:
Should have done it in a kelty sleeping bag in a card board box with a space heater like the college kids do.
2013-04-05 03:47:54 PM
1 votes:
I had a sociology prof live in a shiatty part of Chicago for a year(I believe in the late 80's) to do research.  He hung himself the year after I had his class(1997.)

Not sure if it were me or the crappy environment he endured that made him off himself.

/NSCOASB
2013-04-05 03:41:33 PM
1 votes:
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C'mon Herm, gimme a happy ending here, man.
 
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