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(The Wire)   Japan finds a solution to homelessness. It's just not what you think   (thewire.com) divider line 45
    More: Fail, Japan, Fukushima, homeless, Sendai  
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2013-12-30 09:15:16 AM
When a 50ft homeless guy asks for change, you give him some change.
 
2013-12-30 09:17:14 AM
Our solution is so much better, just ban them from all public places and pretend they don't exist.  Out of sight, out of mind.  U S A!
 
2013-12-30 09:17:43 AM
Mentally unstable people near nuclear reactors/waste? What could possibly go wrong?
 
2013-12-30 09:18:30 AM
Feed them to godzilla?
 
2013-12-30 09:32:52 AM
And somewhere a Japanese cult leader is sitting in his cell thinking, "if only I had waited a little longer. . ."
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-12-30 10:18:59 AM
So someone made a modest proposal to solve two problems at once.

Clever little devils.
 
2013-12-30 10:22:04 AM

vpb: So someone made a modest proposal to solve two problems at once.

Clever little devils.


Its the Yakuza doing this at the behest of the government...of course the Yakuza is the government in many locations...
 
2013-12-30 10:23:19 AM
They'll make money, plus, have glowing complexions.  It's a win/win, people!
 
2013-12-30 10:23:54 AM
Better than being turned into Cybermen.
 
2013-12-30 10:24:30 AM
Radioactive transients, just what Japan needs. America's solution is to put them on Greyhound buses for Florida or Las Vegas.
 
2013-12-30 10:24:50 AM

Sybarite: When a 50ft homeless guy asks for change, you give him some change.


Especially if he has a big stick.

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2013-12-30 10:25:02 AM

pueblonative: And somewhere a Japanese cult leader is sitting in his cell thinking, "if only I had waited a little longer. . ."


Hasn't he been executed already?

By the way, *great* book:

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2013-12-30 10:26:34 AM

vpb: So someone made a modest proposal to solve two problems at once.

Clever little devils.


I swiftly see what you did there.
 
2013-12-30 10:27:20 AM
DNRTFA: Get them some homes?

Also...

http://www.theonion.com/articles/unkempt-japanese-man-must-be-some-so r t-of-artist-o,3226/
 
2013-12-30 10:32:15 AM
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2013-12-30 10:37:58 AM
"Can't get a job?  Here, the government has a guaranteed and unpleasant job for you" is too right wing for me, but simultaneously too left-wing for the USA.
 
2013-12-30 10:43:18 AM
Sounds like a fine ol' solution to me...
 
2013-12-30 10:43:29 AM
What are you talking about subby, that is exactly what I thought they were doing with the homeless when I read your headline. I was really amused that I was right, once again my co-workers wonder why I'm laughing.

Those who think the US government is a corrupt pile of crap ought to go abroad and experience places like Japan, Russia, or Greece. You will come to love the US bureaucracy at least it works 80-90% of the time.

I find it ironic that the largest number of complaints we have are not about not getting licenses or permits, but the amount of time and effort it takes. Everybody loves to biatch about the DMV and Postal Service, yet nobody is turned away and you are not expected to bribe the clerk to get your shiat processed.
 
2013-12-30 10:52:56 AM

cgraves67: Radioactive transients, just what Japan needs. America's solution is to put them on Greyhound buses for Florida or Las Vegas.


Sad reality: Nevada "dumped" hundreds mental patients in other states by putting them on buses with one-way tickets. Lawsuits? You betcha there are lawsuits.
 
2013-12-30 11:00:23 AM
actually, it's exactly what I thought.  learn to think outside the box a little, subby.
 
2013-12-30 11:01:11 AM
Great, they just gave the GOP some new ideas
 
2013-12-30 11:04:21 AM
For some reason, even having never been to Japan before (going through Tokyo in between flights doesn't count to me), I'm not really surprised.
 
2013-12-30 11:50:03 AM
Japan is just one radioactive accident away from having a supervillian.
 
2013-12-30 11:51:19 AM
Damn it. Super villain.
 
2013-12-30 12:10:46 PM
We use the Mexicans they use the homeless...
 
2013-12-30 12:14:02 PM
So, now Japan will have to deal with HOMELESS, RADIOACTIVE, ZOMBIES.....

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2013-12-30 12:18:24 PM
Another three year delay in the cleanup?

Dang.

And this story moves TEPCO from the 'incompetent' column over into 'actively evil'.
 
2013-12-30 12:18:40 PM
Our homeless won't work. Not even for a large sum of cash. They'd rather collect handouts. They have 50 years of Democrat mindset to ever consider employment.
 
2013-12-30 12:28:48 PM

Zukipilot: We use the Mexicans they use the homeless...


Right, we kidnap the Mexicans, drag them screaming and kicking across the border, and then force them.....Oh wait, that's not how it is, is it?  I get it, in your mind that's how it is.  Please cue the Sex Pistols, "Pretty Vacant".
 
2013-12-30 12:30:38 PM
My thought was to make them solyent solvent members of society.

/so subby was right. It wasn't what I thought.
 
2013-12-30 01:02:04 PM

Nemo's Brother: Our homeless won't work. Not even for a large sum of cash. They'd rather collect handouts. They have 50 years of Democrat mindset to ever consider employment.


Yep, just keep farking that chicken. It's not like the Republicans are pushing for getting rid of social assistance programs so we can give tax breaks to wealthy people, or bailing out wealthy companies when they make bad business decisions with taxpayer funds, or having a bloated military budget to keep weapons companies in business giving our military equipment they don't need (like thousands of Abrams tanks rotting in the desert right now), or paying large corporate farms taxpayer money to *NOT PRODUCE* food to keep a prices up and keep monolopys from destroying the smaller farms, or getting rid of unemployment insurance extensions while companies (owned by Republicans) are on a hiring freeze holding onto their record profits and not giving out wage increases and/or extra hours to their current staff but are demanding and getting record productivity gains by people too afraid to be fired and replaced, or attempting to get rid of the Affordable Healthcare Act by any means they can think of including extortion even though it was the Republican plan in the 90s and they now hate it because a black man made it happen.
 
2013-12-30 01:03:16 PM

Nemo's Brother: Our homeless won't work. Not even for a large sum of cash. They'd rather collect handouts. They have 50 years of Democrat mindset to ever consider employment.



The homeless aren't living high off the hog on your tax dollar, you f*cking right wing stereotype. By and large they're broken people living broken lives.
 
2013-12-30 01:32:57 PM
Actually, subby, my first thought was "what, are they sending them to Fukushima?"
 
2013-12-30 01:38:36 PM

iheartscotch: Sounds like a fine ol' solution to me...


What you did there, I see it...
 
2013-12-30 02:09:23 PM

TDBoedy: vpb: So someone made a modest proposal to solve two problems at once.

Clever little devils.

Its the Yakuza doing this at the behest of the government...of course the Yakuza is the government in many locations...


This.  The campaign to crack down on the yakuza in recent years is pretty much lip service. They're so firmly entrenched within Japanese society that they figure it would do more harm than good to actually do something to extirpate them.  Also, soaplands.
 
2013-12-30 02:55:04 PM

Nemo's Brother: Our homeless won't work. Not even for a large sum of cash. They'd rather collect handouts. They have 50 years of Democrat mindset to ever consider employment.




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2013-12-30 03:07:57 PM

vpb: So someone made a modest proposal to solve two problems at once.

Clever little devils.


Came for the modest proposal and the "Japanese homeless is the new Irish" equivalency.
 
2013-12-30 03:34:13 PM
Well that's disturbing.

Homeless? We have this incredibly dangerous job that no one else wants to do because it will probably give you cancer but hey, there's a free lunch in it for you!
 
2013-12-30 03:38:06 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Nemo's Brother: Our homeless won't work. Not even for a large sum of cash. They'd rather collect handouts. They have 50 years of Democrat mindset to ever consider employment.

Yep, just keep farking that chicken. It's not like the Republicans are pushing for getting rid of social assistance programs so we can give tax breaks to wealthy people, or bailing out wealthy companies when they make bad business decisions with taxpayer funds, or having a bloated military budget to keep weapons companies in business giving our military equipment they don't need (like thousands of Abrams tanks rotting in the desert right now), or paying large corporate farms taxpayer money to *NOT PRODUCE* food to keep a prices up and keep monolopys from destroying the smaller farms, or getting rid of unemployment insurance extensions while companies (owned by Republicans) are on a hiring freeze holding onto their record profits and not giving out wage increases and/or extra hours to their current staff but are demanding and getting record productivity gains by people too afraid to be fired and replaced, or attempting to get rid of the Affordable Healthcare Act by any means they can think of including extortion even though it was the Republican plan in the 90s and they now hate it because a black man made it happen.


Federal farm policy allows the U.S. to have the lowest priced food in the world as a percent of income 'http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/01/america-food-spending -l ess '.  My small-farm father could not survive without federal money, which allows him to grow food cheaply.  Paying farmers not to grow food was chiefly phased out in the Nixon administration , but is occasionally used as a stop gap measure.  Netflix has a few documentaries on this.
 
2013-12-30 05:12:14 PM
Russia already did this, they called them liquidators.  Didn't work out particularly well for the people doing the "liquidating".
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I wonder if there's also something like this in the bottom of Fukushima.
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2013-12-30 06:17:52 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Nemo's Brother: Our homeless won't work. Not even for a large sum of cash. They'd rather collect handouts. They have 50 years of Democrat mindset to ever consider employment.

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Thank you... I actually had no idea what to Farkie him with... now it's "Lucky Ducky" in grey 1.
 
2013-12-31 12:01:39 AM

gopher321: Mentally unstable people near nuclear reactors/waste? What could possibly go wrong?


Japanese homeless don't tend to be of the Western "crazy" flavour.

In Japan there is almost nothing in the way of a welfare safety net, so there is a lot of homelessness - especially older couples since only the man ever worked - relating to loss of a job.

There are also lots of dodgy (yakuza) loan sharks.  Japanese banks have never been into lending to anyone except well-established large firms who they are certain are good for it, so there's a long tradition of Japanese people and businesses borrowing money from gangs because there's no other way to get it.  In America if you're a small business that needs to buy x cubic tonnes of concrete for a job, you probably have a line of credit to do that while you wait for payment.  In Japan, the small business will borrow the money from a loan shark because the bank won't give them a loan or line of credit.  People end up losing everything to repay the loans.
 
2013-12-31 01:03:30 AM
The government could just pass a law that all homeless people have to buy a house or pay a fine.
 
2013-12-31 08:57:34 AM
Where is the FAIL?
 
2013-12-31 08:22:57 PM
Always remember to bang homeless women only.
It doesn't matter where you drop them off when you're done.
 
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