Slog AM: More Rain, More Trains, and More Ghosts

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Oh I’m sure the people moving into to shelters will be self sufficient members of society in no time. I assume they have jobs and will soon be paying for their own apartment.

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concerning the power pole mystery: I believe because the pole was top heavy, and the wires kept it from falling over, the base swung upwards into the 2nd story window like a teeter-totter

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@1: A percentage who aren't tweaking have a realistic chance of doing so.

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@1: hilarious. there are plenty of people on permanent disability who live in subsidized housing situations and will never be self-sufficient.

hopefully these recently-sheltered folks do become self-sufficient members of society, but more likely is they'll wind up in a similar situation as the permanently disabled. which is preferable to having them live (and die) on the street.

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For all practical purposes many of them are permanently disabled but a lot americans seem to think the only disabilities that count are physical. There will always be a subset of society who will never be self-sufficient and that's fine. We're all better off with them in homes and not on the street, in jail, or the hospital.

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The pictures aren’t even the craziest thing about that downed electrical pole in Madison Valley: while it was being worked on, some wacko carjacked the utility guy at knifepoint, then rammed the stolen car into another guy riding a scooter. The cops finally caught up to him near UW. https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/seattle-carjack-utilities-police/281-fe84af7b-19c3-430b-9099-b3c7ee38614f

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Matt, The Polar Star is more appropriately called an "ice breaker". As far as maintaining her station in Seattle during the northern summer, changing home ports every six months would be expensive and ultimately stressful on the crew and their families. Besides, it would be ludicrous to home port an ice breaker in San Diego!

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Yes yes to Ghosts the British version.

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@7: Though pathology such as paranoid schizophrenia should be fairly easy to diagnose.

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Matt, The Polar Star is more appropriately called an "ice breaker". As far as maintaining her station in Seattle during the northern summer, changing home ports every six months would be expensive and ultimately stressful on the crew and their families. Besides, it would be ludicrous to home port an ice breaker in San Diego!

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Living on the streets is itself a source of trauma that can permanently break a person’s ability to function in society, esp those who spend years unhoused.

We do not need to gatekeep the concept of disability for fear of people getting something for nothing. If people are in need we should help them when we can, and they will self-sort into those who can help themselves and those who need permanent care.

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Legal representation went a long way in getting someone I know disability for mental health reasons.

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Not to cast a discouraging word, but there has been a really big emphasis on getting homeless vets off the streets here in Los Angeles. Great, right? It's been pretty successful getting people who have been in service to our country housed. New construction. Clean. No extraordinary rules and regulations. Counseling, if desired. Social services, if desired.

After 18 months the city wanted to do an appraisal of the effort (for which they and we should all be very proud) only to find that about 43% of those housed had decided to return to the streets. Alarming and sad, but I'm digging the fact that maybe 57% have a reason to get out of bed - so to speak.

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Yes. If a small program is highly successful at helping homeless people then scale it up, measuring and documenting the results at every step. This is exactly how public policy is supposed to work.

It's the antidote to "we have have to do something!" politics.

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@1, you're in for a very rude awakening in the years to come. Housing, like autos, telecommunications, water/gas/electric utilities are managed economies. Meaning the price is NOT set by supply & demand markets. You pay what they want you to pay because the market/supply/demand is totally controlled. Or do you really think that, unlike consumer electronics, new auto prices keep rising even though they are built in the millions by robots?

I was at a real estate conference in Vienna Austria in 1972 and it was apparent even then that housing for the average, middle class people in the more affluent European nations was already based on subsidies. America is a plantation where what you're paid & how far your check stretches is already decided before you're born.

You DO have the choice to live in a shack, cook all your own meals, watch broadcast TV, & own a Boost mobile phone. And if you do, you can spend your spare change on travel or live entertainment. But most likely if you put away a few dollars, you'll lose it when you turn 40, get sick, & go on assistance anyway. Believe me, by the time you turn 62, you're grateful as hell to go on Soc Sec.