As I suspected, this has nothing to do with the housing mess. As the article clearly points out, none of the people present are present because of sub-prime loans or foreclosures. These are individuals who were already homeless and are just congregating in a centralized area, probably for mutual protection like the hobos of old.
It’s a shame, but I think the article missed a lot of the free hand outs that are still given in this country. There’s plenty of homeless shelters (but hey, it’s S. California,it never rains or snows there anyway, why get a shelter when you can sleep out?) and plenty of soup kitchens. Hunting wild goose for dinner is also extremely easy as we’re literally overwhelmed with geese, so these people only go hungry as long as they choose too. Also, each and every state has an employment office where they will literally teach you how to bathe and shave if they have too, to help you find a job. They have jobs posted on the walls for both skilled and unskilled labor and they have suits for you to borrow for interviews if you need it.
Failing that, if you want to stay off the government radar, you can always pick up a trick or two from the illegals. Work for cash and stand out front of Home Depot.
C) I don’t think that they are a church at all. Gosh, the second class sci-fi author who started this organisation once admitted himself that “starting a religion is the best way to become rich”. And if you look at its history … the first “clean” committed suicide, something that should be impossible once you are “clean” … and then the invention of stati beyond “clean” … etc. … if it wasn’t so dangerous because of its successses, it would be ridiculous.
They are called “clears.” Being “clear” means you no longer have a “reactive mind” which means that interbulation because of miscommunications or break downs in relationships between you and the world in general won’t bother you for extended periods of time. At least as I understand it in my outsider knowledge.
As for suicide, I didn’t hear that. However, there’s lots of stories about OT3 and the “wall of fire” that are concerning.
To blame “The Media” for societal degeneration is a bogus argument. Media reflects what is occurring in our world and culture. It is not a causative entity.
If you want to look for the cause of the degeneration in our society (if indeed it actually is degenerating… we seem to have improved dramatically from the crime ridden culture of the 1970’s where our cities were considered to be on the verge of total collapse due to crime) then you need to look to the breakdown of the family and the community first and foremost.
Well that’s different. So what you’re trying to say is that Germany fell apart after the war which is absolutely correct. Back to my original argument, WWI led to enormous social change that sparked the technological progress which led to the lifestyle we now enjoy. In Germany particularly democracy and progressive ideals had been supressed for generations, but after WWI this was no longer possible due to the chaos you describe. Additionally, an affect of both world wars has been the spread of democracy by the victorious powers of Britain, France and the US.
Again how would the world be different without the world wars. I think it would be more backward, less changed, less democratic, more imperialistic, but perhaps more stable because Democracy tends to breed instability.