I don't care what Mr. Flatmo's critics say about the "obscenity" of prolific welding resources and labor used to create a frivolous, carbon-belching monstrosity "El Pupo" during the sixth largest extinction event on Earth that's being rapidly accelerated by carbon-caused climate change.
The U.S. is no longer an entrepreneurial manufacturing leader and our celebrity culture is offering today's youths an opportunity for a critical diversion from their malaise and decades of public divestment, outsourcing, record gaps in income, opportunity and reward. Celebrities want our forgiveness, they're not asking for permission!
Do we want more depressed youths, or do we want them wearing their favorite singer's logo at "El Pupo" concerts, to pour open their lives and data on Facebook and to adopt Apple as a lifestyle?
Celebrities are our kid's institutions!
Instead of a robust public education we have Zuckerberg's rescue of public schools, instead of a vibrant literary culture we have Oprah's book club, instead of investments in public health we have the Gates Foundation.
Celebrities aren't inviting our children to be just like them, celebrity's success is based on leaving everyone else behind.
A small price to pay to allow the rich to save America.
(Special thanks to G. Packer @ the New Yorker).
Well done Kathy.
Justice is not easily obtained for average citizens.
(Until they started burning down their own city in Baltimore).
Your victory is an anomaly and Nancy Delaney knows it.
Without free, modest, independent houses or apartments, most of the homeless will never have the fundamental human dignity required to participate in society.
Driving a wedge between working people and the homeless is shameful and irrational.
At no fault of their own millions of American families are still being wrongfully foreclosed and sent into bankruptcy at the hands of unscrupulous Realtors and financiers. Many working people are one illness away from homelessness themselves, families that would benefit by an actual safety net, if one existed.
Very few people want to live in destitution. 25% of the homeless are U.S. Veterans, over 50% are women and children.
If communities cared about their residents they would be loudly advocating for every American to have access to basic necessities because doing so actually saves money for local governments:
If the homeless want more than a free single-room apartment, subsistence food and medical care, (most do), they will be equipped to work for it and that's exactly what happened in Utah.
Self-educate to shed the hate.
No one can reasonably expect a few folks dressed as Nazis to raise any eyebrows in Eureka.
Getting some of the homeless to voluntarily leave the bushes is a good thing, unless Eureka keeps raiding other homeless camps and shuttering flop houses with no simultaneous effort to provide permanent apartments, at least, a few at a time.
If Eureka can make purty faster than blight, it just might just work!
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Apr 30, 2015
vol XXVI issue 18
Growing the Machine
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