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Re: Money
« Reply #525 on: December 24, 2018, 12:31:05 pm »
Be careful with that homeless stat. If it comes from official government statistics just remember those numbers are often massaged to make the incumbents look better. It is ALWAYS prudent to ask how the government arrives at those figures and then consider the ways this method of data collection is flawed and fails to capture some subsection of the population it purports to cover (examples RE provided is things that are typically forgotten). I am not saying government statistics are wrong but they should not be taken as gospel either. Take them with a small (or large) pinch of salt and always remember they are always designed in a way that flatter the government either by under-reporting (bad things) or over-reporting (good things).

How much could it be off? If it's off by a factor of ten, homelessness is still so low that it's a very small issue compared to the real problems.

I am old enough to remember when there were essentially no homeless people in America. At least none you ever saw anywhere other than Skid Row areas. No sign-bearing people on the street corners like we have now. You had to go to Mexico to see it.

It's a big deal suddenly because it's more visible now.

The bottom line is that anyone willing to do it (and more especially if you're disabled) can make a good living panhandling and holding your hand out.

Some are people down on their luck, no doubt. Many more are scammers. Whole criminal organizations have sprung up to milk the soft hearts of Americans as they sit in their cars at traffic lights. All kinds of fake charities.

Addiction and mental illness are far and away the primary real causes of real homelessness. No amount of redistribution of assets is likely to make it better.

Actually, it is BECAUSE people are generous and good-hearted, that it is getting bigger. Homelessness, in a city like Austin, pays way better than minimum wage.

If you reward people for standing on street corners with their hands out, more and more of them will be out there. That's the way feedback works.

I know I sound like the Grinch who stole Christmas when I say that, but it's 100% true.


I'm not going to discuss the grifters.  They exist but talking about them is a distraction which makes people forget about the genuine homeless and needy.  The numbers can be way off, that's obvious with a moments thought.  Homeless or traveling for six months?  Depends on your perspective.  Political Agendas-R-US.  And only looking at scum is confirmation bias besides being as cold as a dead fish.

30 in Ten Thousand is 1 in 333 in this game of horseshoes.    One in 333 makes it a real problem because it means 10 times that many are on the cusp of being homeless.  They are equally miserable.  They have a roof, perhaps not one they like and they are skipping meals all the time.  Now the math says 1 in 33. 

At one in 33 people being miserably f u c k e d does it matter yet?  For ever 1 of them you will have 10 more that are more than mildly depressed about their economic situations.  Whirling dervishes they try and get ahead but the Red Queen has them going.  Never experiencing success they may not be morbid, but they are not happy.


Does one person in three matter yet?

Homelessness is actually a good barometer of how things are going. Even if one dismisses the actual homeless as scum as Eddie 😈 does.  Even a small number shows we have a lot of unhappy campers. They are unhappy for very good reason and they are not all about running scams.


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Q: Do you know why you don't see homeless people who are not trying to scam you at traffic intersections?

A: Because they are not there. They have better things to do.  Like trying to provide for their families.

Merry **** Christmas

Va te faire foutre!

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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