It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws

by Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse

Image result for homeless man and dog

Should we make homelessness against the law and simply throw all homeless people into prison so that we don’t have to deal with them?  Incredibly, this is actually starting to happen in dozens of major cities all across the United States.  It may be difficult to believe, but in many large urban areas today, if you are found guilty of “public camping” you can be taken directly to jail.  In some cities, activities such as “blocking a walkway” or creating any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation” are also considered to be serious crimes.  And there are some communities that have even made it illegal to feed the homeless without an official permit.  Unfortunately, as the U.S. economy continues to slow down the number of homeless people will continue to grow, and so this is a crisis that is only going to grow in size and scope.

Image result for homeless man and dog

Of course the goal of many of these laws is to get the homeless to go somewhere else.  But as these laws start to multiply all across the nation, pretty soon there won’t be too many places left where it is actually legal to be homeless.

One city that is being highly criticized for passing extremely draconian laws is Houston.  In that city it is actually illegal for the homeless to use any sort of material to shield themselves from the wind, the rain and the cold

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking a similar approach—his anti-encampment ordinance makes it illegal to use “fabric, metal, cardboard, or other materials as a tent or temporary structure for human habitation.” This ensures that the Houstonian homeless are vulnerable not just to the elements, but also to the constant threat of the police. Officials cite one of the most common justifications for crackdowns on the homeless: neighborhood safety (a more socially acceptable way of talking about the not-in-my-backyard mentality).

With all of the other problems that we are facing as a nation, it stuns me that there are politicians that would spend their time dreaming up such sick and twisted laws…

Image result for homeless man and dog

[read more here]

Advertisements

Clashes erupt between police & demonstrators during Paris protest (WATCH LIVE)

from RT

Clashes erupt between police & demonstrators during Paris protest (WATCH LIVE)

Clashes have erupted in central Paris between police and demonstrators protesting against both candidates who qualified for the second round of the French presidential elections.

Protesters have been throwing smoke grenades at police, who tried to push the crowds backwards down the road, live Ruptly footage from the scene shows.

Fires could be seen burning alongside the road. A policeman was reportedly injured in the clashes.

Tear gas has been deployed by law enforcement to keep the increasingly angry crowd at bay…

[see live webstream here]

The Existential Question of Whom to Trust

(The complicit media and the corporate press are wrapping themselves in the First Amendment as if they are the unsung heroes standing against tyranny. They feel they have the RIGHT to lie, mislead and essentially terrorize you into doing their bidding on a daily basis. Freedom of the press is not the same as freedom to propagandize. Freedom of the press is not the same as freedom to instigate color revolutions. Freedom of the press is not the same as freedom to scream “he’s got a gun!” during a high school pep rally. In this article, Robert Perry writes about how these shills, what I call “corporatist ladder-climbers”, parrot the group-think of the day, no matter how stupid or insane it is, so they can move up the corporate structure just as fast as they can)

by Robert Perry, Consortium News

The looming threat of World War III, a potential extermination event for the human species, is made more likely because the world’s public can’t count on supposedly objective experts to ascertain and evaluate facts. Instead, careerism is the order of the day among journalists, intelligence analysts and international monitors – meaning that almost no one who might normally be relied on to tell the truth can be trusted.

The dangerous reality is that this careerism, which often is expressed by a smug certainty about whatever the prevailing groupthink is, pervades not just the political world, where lies seem to be the common currency, but also the worlds of journalism, intelligence and international oversight, including United Nations agencies that are often granted greater credibility because they are perceived as less beholden to specific governments but in reality have become deeply corrupted, too.

In other words, many professionals who are counted on for digging out the facts and speaking truth to power have sold themselves to those same powerful interests in order to keep high-paying jobs and to not get tossed out onto the street. Many of these self-aggrandizing professionals – caught up in the many accouterments of success – don’t even seem to recognize how far they’ve drifted from principled professionalism.

A good example was Saturday night’s spectacle of national journalists preening in their tuxedos and gowns at the White House Correspondents Dinner, sporting First Amendment pins as if they were some brave victims of persecution. They seemed oblivious to how removed they are from Middle America and how unlikely any of them would risk their careers by challenging one of the Establishment’s favored groupthinks. Instead, these national journalists take easy shots at President Trump’s buffoonish behavior and his serial falsehoods — and count themselves as endangered heroes for the effort…

[read more here]

UK students launch hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

from Press TV

A group of students in the University of Manchester have gone on hunger strike to raise awareness about the abuses Palestinian prisoners are being subjected to in Israeli jails.

So far, five students have joined the movement, which began on Thursday and would last at least a week.

The hunger strike is an act of solidarity with a mass strike by more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, who have been refusing food for two weeks to denounce the harsh conditions in Israeli jails.

Palestinian detainees complain that they have been subjected to assault and torture at Israeli prisons.

Dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike, the ongoing action began on April 17. There are currently 6,500 Palestinians are in Israeli jails, according to rights group Addameer…

[read more here]

May Funding Drive for American Everyman NEEDS HELP

Next month I celebrate 10 years of running this website and there is nothing I am more proud of

I could really use some help guys

Thank you all so much

(For my mailing address, please email me at RSCdesigns@tampabay.rr.com)

output_95f0q7