Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Have you noticed that they're (quietly, and slowly) taking everything away?

From Mark Crispin Miller:

Homelessness is on the rise. The cost of housing keeps climbing. The WSJ describes some of what is going on:

“The fact that we are seeing elderly homelessness is something that we have not seen since the Great Depression,” said Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania social policy professor and researcher with expertise in homelessness and housing issues.

Ah, the answer might lie in buying a tiny house. You won’t be so happy and you won’t own much, but at least you will have a roof over your head. Be grateful, practice mindfulness and smoke some weed. You’ll be fine.

It’s a funny thing, but in addition to the war on cars (more about this in a future post), COVID-1984 ushered in an enhanced (“stay safe”) crisis of public transportation. Despite the fact that we are told everyone should ride public transport for the good of the planet, people are afraid to do it even as the reliability and stability of the entire system is under unprecedented stress. In addition to crime, people smoking pot and playing loud music and screaming on El trains, we now have ghost buses. Rent a bike or an electric scooter, contribute to the developing chaos on the streets, but that way you pay your own way and help us build 15-minute cities, smart cities, C40 Cities, or whatever you want to call them.

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Driving on Argyle Street in Chicago yesterday, I happened on a CARE USA, food distribution point and stopped to film the astonishing mix of people waiting to get something to eat. They were quiet, polite, patiently waiting their turn.

So, where does this gradual diminution end? 

As businesses cut costs by having AI take over people's jobs, and, at the same time, prices go up up up, I wonder what they plan to do with us all.

Does anyone else ever wonder that?

Are 15 Minute Cities anything like the Jewish Ghettoes of the 1930's?



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