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Homeless In America

Posted in Economics, Ethics & Morals, Interviews, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2019 by Drogo

After writing a book on Economics and interviewing several homeless friends, I feel confident enough to address the subject of homelessness in several states. I have studied homeless issues in CA, UT, NV, WA, GA, WV, MD, DC, VA, KY, MO, MI, NY, and a few others. The best states for homeless people usually seems to be those where there are large expanses of rural country (GA, WV, MO) for poor people to survive without getting jailed or harassed as often as in cities, but they are also more likely to stay monetarily poor (although land and space rich). The best cities for homeless are Salt Lake City, UT and Las Vegas, NV because of annual weather climates and liberal policies. Cities are the best places in general for homeless people to beg or busk for money, due to population stats; however it is important to note that due to larger economic forces more people with jobs are homeless, as the cost of living outpaces even employed income.

Salt Lake City started a program that gave tiny homes to homeless people; and yes that attracted more homeless people (who existed regardless previously without help), but compare that to most other cities. Los Angeles (LA), CA and New York City (NYC), NY (both huge cities) have huge homeless populations many of which are employed and get income but not enough to own property or rent; and despite the ability to bum or busk, the quality of life on the street is not improved as illegal shanty towns grow and get raided and removed. LA has a more hospitable year-round climate on the streets than NYC; but as long as the aristocratic ‘annoyance’ attitude about homelessness persists in US culture, it is likely that the causes will increase as the ‘unsightly’ problem gets pushed out of sight of official agendas.

One point about the ‘Liberal City Homelessness’ thing that i never hear people bring up, is that homeless people are taken better care of by liberal programs; therefore it is ironic but logical that homeless people will migrate to places they are treated better. Also cities with large populations on the coasts are more liberal because the masses are so mixed culturally it would not make sense to be conservative dip-shits to each-other, nothing would get done (it would be like Jerusalem and Palestine in every neighborhood).

The Homelessness crisis in America is always connected with the larger civil rights socio-economic problems of living wages and worker rights in a Capitalist culture.

SCOD Interviews and Talks about Housing, Jobs, and Homelessness:

SCOD History of Modern Philosophy

Calvin in Chicago about Homeless Shelters

[look for more on that Audiomack account near those recordings]

2019 – Drogo

 

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Poem on Death or Loss

Posted in dreams, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Poems, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, relationships, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2019 by Drogo

My gardens, my pets, my friends, my family… those I lose are still with me every day and every night. i still see, hear, and feel them around me and inside me. im always reminded of those things that make me who i am. the things i lose are alive in my dreams or in the presence of other things. Sometimes my dreams of my dead father being alive feel very real. To be remembered is not a depressing concept it is the dying and absence aspects that hurt; but only in forgetting is there absence of our conscious minds; but that is limited absence in the totality of being. 

– Drogo

Requiem of a Dreamer

Posted in dreams, Economics, Ethics & Morals, Futurist, Military, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2019 by Drogo

I have been exploring “fairness” in journalism (Fairness Doctrine) and “justice” in politics (Just War Doctrine) ever since i was in the military working on my ‘Conscientious Objector’ theory. It is not until i made time to study the things i wanted to, that i was able to learn things that no one was going to teach me; and perhaps that is the most important lesson as an adult …. that we must pursue our best interests or give up free will, if freedom scares us too much.

People think that if they are allowed to dream or be seen to do ‘nothing’, then they will grow more and more lazy and be losers entirely. I have always had ambition to dream, create, and share with fellow dreamers. As AOC pointed out recently in Congress, ambition is not always bad or just for greedy people; and apathy can be used contemptuously by greedy people that had ambition to gain power, but now that they have power they selfishly cling on to their bribes so that they can make no changes to help the masses (who become apathetic too), rather than ambitious to make the world a better place for all. Watching the film “Saving Mr Banks” about Mary Poppins’ author and Walt Disney was very inspirational today regarding creating using stream-of-consciousness imagination; and so I am writing this poetic essay on a few idealistic subjects, including judging books by their covers and adult rights to life.

I had some understanding when we visited Italy as a child, that Rome represented ‘law and order’ (the good guys), and barbarians represented ‘tribal chaos’ (the bad guys). I began to wonder, were all those who looked or acted ‘barbarian’ evil? Were all those who looked or acted ‘Roman’ good? Should we judge good and evil by the uniforms we wear, or the languages we speak? Both sides seemed to fight each-other, back and forth equally; but for some reason the Romans were considered better as winners. This is part of why I choose to look a bit different as an artist, to get people to think beyond stereo-typing.

As a young adult massively in debt out of college, barely able to earn a living working 5 jobs during every month, I was miserable trying to provide a living for myself and others (parents and partners), at the cost of our environment and future as a civilization. The two goals (income and sustainability) are not mutually exclusive, but we all must find our own balance. If we cannot make money pay for our dreams, we can let our dreams pay for our money.

 

– Drogo the Dreamer

On Living & Working Together

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Philosophy, Psychology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by Drogo

Living and working together are similar, and sometimes combined. When part of most days are spent doing things with each-other, we should realize it is a partner relationship, and it is very important to evaluate functionality and success whether the goal is happiness or a project. You cannot really understand who people are, unless you have serious lengthy interactions; and if you cannot spend hours with each-other, pushing, pulling, and in silence, then just realize you do not really know them well enough for major partnership decisions. Even when you have lived with another, which is even harder than long distance, there are things about them which will not make sense to you. It is only through meditation on the shared living experiences and communications, comparing and contrasting ideas and results, words and actions, good and bad feelings, can we have a real basis for knowing if who they are works with who you are sustainably enough to live happily together. This is not to say that anyone is perfectly good to themselves or others all the time, but we can only know relative to our own experiences and wisdom. Desire to do something with partners cannot be so selfish it excludes them; we succeed or fail together with group projects.

Facebook has made it clear to me, that text messages (no matter how personal), are not a true substitute for the kind of testing that must be done in person eventually. However, the less challenging your communication is, the less prepared you will be to handle each-other when the hardest tests come. The best indicator that you cannot work together, is if both people harbor more resentment than love consistently. The best indicator that you can live and work together successfully, is if the partners harbor more joy and love, than bitterness consistently. Some people have problems expressing certain emotions, so that should be taken into account, however it will impair communication. If you cannot tell how satisfied a person can be or is, it can cause confusion; same for bipolar mood shifts. This is why natural psychological medication, like moderate doses of organic cannabis, are so important for many people to find balance during stressful times or for severe personality disorders.

Maintenance of a Boarding House

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Architecture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Drogo

Maintenance of a Boarding House requires a minimum of weekly tasks all year round, dependent on the quality and quantity of existing structures and grounds. The principle structure is often a Mansion, or Manor House.  The house itself is complex, as it has inner needs as well as outer needs. Outside the exterior of the building must keep the unwanted elements out, while allowing access safely to the tenants. Inside, the interior of the building should have functioning utilities and furniture, all of which are subject to the condition of the exterior. Leaks can damage the interior decor as well as the exterior and interior structural strength of the house.

Tenants of the Boarding House pay Rent, which is used to repair the house, make improvements, and pay bills for the property. Bills include Utilities, Taxes, and Mortgages. Utilities include electric, water, sewer, garbage, and others. Rent may be on a Daily, Monthly, or Lease agreement. The term “boarding” originally meant “meals served on a board” (as in “room and board”), in which Boarding Houses would be more like a long stay B&B (Bed and Breakfast), with the emphasis more on dinner meals.

It is an important task of the Landlord to keep tenants that pay rent on time. If rent is paid regularly, then bills should be paid and the architectural condition of the building should be maintained. The Landlord is to then appropriately utilize the funds provided by rent. This in turn keeps renters interested in paying rent to live there. Communal tasks, events, or meals are secondary to the function of affording the shelter.

While the Landlord often owns the property, the owner may delegate responsibilities to a custodian or relative who acts as the Landlord. Boarding Houses often hire local workers, but do not usually have estate staff like a Hotel or traditional Manor House. The Landlord may do most of the work themselves to maintain the property. If the Landlord has family, often they share in the duties, or work elsewhere to supplement family funds to various degrees.

The amount of rent paid cumulatively by all the tenants, should be relative to overall costs of maintaining and improving the properties of the House. Although high rent can provide better facilities, the reality is that many renters can not afford to pay high rent. Therefore a balanced Boarding House will have rooms of all sizes and features, lesser rooms for less rent, and more room and amenities for more rent. Slum Houses held by Slumlords, are usually the result of poor incomes only able to afford small rooms and cheap expenses, and rich incomes produce Manor Houses, with poor income renters as the servants.

It is generally the floor plan of the building that determines whether it is called a Boarding House, or an Apartment House (or Tenement House). Boarding Houses are functionally closer to family households, because those who live there share more of the architectural features and costs of utilities. Boarding Houses have common rooms, including Kitchens and Dining Rooms, that are more “house like”. Apartment Houses are usually partitioned into more independent clusters of rooms, for more private divisions of renting. Apartment Houses share common rooms that are more utilitarian, and the Apartment Buildings themselves are usually located in the city, and therefore not usually “houses” at all, but rather Townhouses. Terms that better describe urban multistory apartment complexes and their function, are “apartment buildings” or Townhouse Apartment Buildings.