2011-09-23

is it #underemployment or #overpopulation ? #pol

8.16: web.pol/purges/number of purged in usa:

intro:

. my definition of the practically purged
includes all forms of societal outcastings
whether it be to prisons or the streets .
. my definition of the homeless poor
are those in such poverty they can't even afford
a warm, safe car to sleep in
(insured, registered, and licensed),
and those having such meager social relations
that they would rather ask a charity shelter for bedding
than seek a place with family or friends:
this segment tripled from 1980 to 1990 .
. often the research on homelessness
will define the homeless as
not living in a house;
but 59% of those "(homeless) were car campers .
. even if cities have a war against car camping,
a person who has the income to do that
and finds somewhere to get away with it,
is not homeless in a warm, locked car .
[9.5:
. it is often conjectured that
many homeless are voluntarily unemployed;
but we should consider overpopulation:
if employees were always scarce,
we could easily find the money
to reserve the loner jobs for loners,
and the easy jobs for the slow;
we could be more generous with
subsidies for the challenged .
. most of a city's quality standard rules
(car-camping bans, maximums on number of
persons at one residence, ...)
are really more concerned with
suppressing overpopulation
than they are with actual safety .
. when you volunteer for employment in our economy,
you volunteer to do the work of 3 men
in order to pay for the wildly inflated
housing made scarce by overpopulation,
and pay taxes to support police & inspectors
that are primarily there just to
suppress overpopulation by
raising the cost of construction
(eg, building codes with min'size requirements,
or bans on factory-built homes)
and enforcing the inflated living standards
with bans on car-camping
(maximises property taxes paid by rents).
. you gotta problem finding a job to
pay for all this?
step across any of our bureaucratic lines
and you're easily purged to prison!
-- we're all about purging; because,
you're all about abundant-life free parenting .]

summary:

. out of 307M usa citizens, there are
2.3M prisoners
+ 0.124M chronic homeless .
-- thus our actual numbers of purgables
may be equal to our entire
year-1790 population! (3.9M) .
. our number of "corrected"
-- under correctional supervision --
is the size of our entire
year-1810 population! (7.2M) .

number in prison:
. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS):
2.29 million adults were incarcerated in
U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails
at year-end 2009 .
7.2 million adults were under correctional supervision
(probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2009
— about 3.1% of adults in the U.S.

defining homelessness in the usa:
. the temporarily homeless are those who can
quickly get back in the game if there is
an agency there to help them .
. one part of this definition that puzzles me
is whether to count those who are
pressured into car-camping because of
rent money going to medical bills .
[9.5:
. people who have such income
are not obviously among the purged:
car camping is simply a cheaper house .
. however,
you can't talk about purging without
considering the issue of overpopulation
-- the primary reason for purgings!
. it is overpopulation that has
ballooned the cost of housing;
so if one with high medical bills
is not happy living in their car,
they might consider themselves to be purged .
9.23:
overpopulation raises the cost of housing
in 2 ways:
# job scarcity drives unions to create
job-preserving building codes that increase costs;
# the free market will charge what it can,
and it can charge more when there are more people
than there are safe, attractive homes to rent or buy .]

. HUD [usa`Housing and Urban Development program]
defines a chronically homeless person
as a disabled individual
who has been continuously homeless for a year
or has experienced at least 4 episodes of homelessness .
HUD reported the number of chronically homeless people
as 123,833 (from 2007 data).

82% of homeless people are not chronically homeless, and
( 6% are Chronically Homeless Sheltered
, 12% are Chronically Homeless Unsheltered
) -- www.hud.gov 2008

Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS):
Quantifying homelessness has been limited
mostly to single-night counts.
In recent years, however,
HUD's ability to quantify homelessness
has been significantly enhanced by the advent of
Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)
for studying the usage of emergency shelters
and transitional housing programs .
HUD July 29, 2008:
. Last year, [in 2007], nearly 32,000 fewer persons
lived on the nation's streets and in emergency shelters.
. that points to a 15% average yearly reduction
in chronic homelessness since 2005.
For the first time ever,
HUD's Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress
is also able to report on
the scope of homelessness in America
over a full-year period.
HUD Secretary Steve Preston said,
for the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
"( we're making progress in reducing
chronic street homelessness in America
and with more resources and better reporting,
we can continue this trend. )

Local communities across the country report that
the number of chronically homeless persons was:
123,833 in 2007,
155,623 in 2006,
175,914 in 2005. However,
when comparing the number of chronically homeless
from year to year we should keep in mind
what is actually being measured:
# funding levels from HUD and other sources
for permanent supportive housing,
# the accuracy of data sources,
and level of reporting compliance .
[9.5:
. the absolute numbers are hidden
since many unemployables would rather camp
than get sardined in a homeless shelter; 9.23:
conversely, they might get counted multiple times
by using both soup lines and foodstamps
-- perhaps even from multiple states with fake ID .]

2001 ... 2008:
HUD has awarded more than $9 billion
to support local housing and service programs
2009:
HUD sought $1.6 billion
for their Continuum of Care grant programs .

HUD's HMIS data 2007 found this of
all sheltered homeless persons:
77% are in central cities
23% are in suburban and rural areas;
70% are singles,
30 % in families with children;
64% minorities, 69% male, 55% age 31..50;
13% of adults are veterans.

crimes against homeless:

. the National Coalition for the Homeless's report:
Hate, Violence, and Death on Mainstreet USA,
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/hatecrimes/index.html
found for 1999-2008, there were
880 violent acts (244 were lethal)
-- including 80 females, as young as 4months --
committed against homeless persons over the period .
[9.5:
. while many of these are legally
hate crimes targeting the homeless,
there were also many sexual molestations
(crimes against women and children, not the homeless;
... homelessness certainly could
aggravate crimes against women and children;
because the existence of multiple vulnerabilities
are creating the perception of increased opportunity ).
. also tagged as a hate crime were "(bumfights)
where homeless men are paid to fight each other;
but then the entire field of boxing,
and boots-on-the-ground military service,
could also be tagged as
a hate crime against the poor .]
further reading:
"Teen 'sport killings' of homeless on the rise",
Fantz, Ashley, CNN, February 20, 2007.
"Unprovoked Beatings of Homeless Soaring",
Lewan, Todd, Associated Press, April 8, 2007.

8.16: news.pol/purges/overpopulation/
reality tv about teen moms:

. hearing about the issue of teen moms
helped me expose some of my misperceptions .

. callers commented that they are not showing
representative numbers of inner city minorities,
nor underage fathers who are being
illegally worked overtime to cover their mistake
--( as if the msg was about pregnant kids being
superfreeloaders ?! 9.6:
the whole point is there's a reason why
teen pregnancy is considered statutory rape:
youth is the most efficient time to learn;
so, why commit them to grunt work? .)

. another caller was quite bitter about
them showing only cases of understanding parents
when the caller's experience in the 70's
was that of being dumped by parents
and finding there was no welfare;
she had to pay a full-time babysitter
on a min-wage job:
is that really part of teen parenting?
or an appalling cherry on the cake of
parental neglect or mismanagement ?!
. perhaps that caller meant that we should
show pregnancies occurring against teen will
in which they shouldn't be held responsible,
such as date rapes and alcoholic accidents ?
. ironically the neglect was owned by
a society that lets the single mother
make that choice:
if we aren't going to provide a safe house
to pool resources (being each other's babysitters),
then we need to demand adoption .
. the sad story then
-- which the program already did show --
was that there were pressures on teens around adoption:
authorities urging it
vs a teen's parenting instincts resisting it .

8.16: co.apt/pol/purges/birth defect:

(I had just heard talk of the nation
discussing reality tv teen moms)
. the teens are injecting babies into our welfare system;
the europeans were injecting pilgrims into america;
any similarity?
as if the lead in a psychiatric team:
. he's in denial: apply the shock treatments again .

8.16: pol/purges/money for free:

(Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals, 2080)[see partial lyrics]
is meant to be like a twist of "(money for kids),. the recently heard lyric "(money for free)
to indicate money for being {free of kids}.
-- realizing pop'control = responsible wealth .