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Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Tonight, countless numbers of homeless people will try to make it through another chilly night in large tent cities that have been established in the heart of major cities such as Seattle, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis.  Homelessness has gotten so bad in California that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a state of emergency.   And in Portland the city has extended their “homeless emergency” for yet another year, and city officials are really struggling with how to deal with the booming tent cities that have sprung up

There have always been homeless people in Portland, but last summer Michelle Cardinal noticed a change outside her office doors.

Almost overnight, it seemed, tents popped up in the park that runs like a green carpet past the offices of her national advertising business. She saw assaults, drug deals and prostitution. Every morning, she said, she cleaned human feces off the doorstep and picked up used needles.

“It started in June and by July it was full-blown. The park was mobbed,” she said. “We’ve got a problem here and the question is how we’re going to deal with it.”

But of course it isn’t just Portland that is experiencing this.  The following list of major tent cities that have become so well-known and established that they have been given names comes from Wikipedia

Most of the time, those that establish tent cities do not want to be discovered because local authorities have a nasty habit of shutting them down and forcing homeless people out of the area.  For example, check out what just happened in Elkhart, Indiana

A group of homeless people in Elkhart has been asked to leave the place they call home. For the last time, residents of ‘Tent City’ packed up camp.

City officials gave residents just over a month to vacate the wooded area; Wednesday being the last day to do so.

The property has been on Mayor Tim Neese’s radar since he took office in January, calling it both a safety and health hazard to its residents and nearby pedestrian traffic.

“This has been their home but you can’t live on public property,” said Mayor Tim Neese, Elkhart.

If they can’t live on “public property”, where are they supposed to go?

They certainly can’t live on somebody’s “private property”.

This is the problem – people don’t want to deal with the human feces, the needles, the crime and the other problems that homeless people often bring with them.  So the instinct is often to kick them out and send them away.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t fix the problem.  It just passes it on to someone else.

As this new economic downturn continues to accelerate, our homelessness boom is going to spiral out of control.  Pretty soon, there will be tent cities in virtually every community in America.

In fact, there are people that are living comfortable middle class lifestyles right at this moment that will end up in tents.  We saw this during the last economic crisis, and it will be even worse as this next one unfolds.

Just like last time around, the signs that the middle class is really struggling can be subtle at first, but when you learn to take note of them you will notice that they are all around you.  The following comes from an excellent article in the New York Post

Do you see grocery stores closing? Do you see other retailers, like clothing stores and department stores, going out of business?

Are there shuttered storefronts along your Main Street shopping district, where you bought a tool from the hardware store or dropped off your dry cleaning or bought fruits and vegetables?

Are you making as much money annually as you did 10 years ago?

Do you see homes in neighborhoods becoming run down as the residents either were foreclosed upon, or the owner lost his or her job so he or she can’t afford to cut the grass or paint the house?

Did that same house where the Joneses once lived now become a rental property, where new people come to live every few months?

Do you know one or two people who are looking for work? Maybe professionals, who you thought were safe in their jobs?

Don’t look down on those that are living in tents, because the truth is that many “middle class Americans” will ultimately end up joining them.

The correct response to those that are hurting is love and compassion.  We all need help at some point in our lives, and I know that I am certainly grateful to those that have given me a helping hand at various points along my journey.

Sadly, hearts are growing cold all over the nation, and the weather is only going to get colder over the months ahead.  Let us pray for health and safety for the hundreds of thousands of Americans that will be sleeping in tents and on the streets this winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive: Refugee Tent Cities in Kos

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Where's Kos?  It's not a place too many folks on this side of the Pond are familiar with.

Kos is one of the plethora of Greek Islands sprinkled around the Greek mainland, which is part of the European Continent.  It's been part of Greece for at least 3 millenia, but it actually sits much closer to Turkey than continental Greece, where the capital of Athens is located..

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It's a place many Europeans are familiar with though, because like many of those islands, Kos has beautiful beaches and is a great spot for German touristas to spend their Euros.  Well, at least it used to be.

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The nightlife for the Tourista is also fabulous!  Retsina and Ouzo by the Amphora full!

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Not only do they have gorgeous beaches for the touristas to frolic on, they also have Clasical Greek ruins you can take the kids to and get them excited about History and Western Civilization!  At least if mom & dad are not too hung over from the Ouzo and Retsina anyhow.

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Kos is even great for the Doomer Tourista!  You can charter a yacht for a week (captained or bareboat, depending on your sailing prowess) and imagine yourself a Sea Gypsy escaping doom in your trusty sailboat, living off Dates and Fish!

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One small problem with all of these things these days in Kos, that is the proximity to Turkey.  Turkey is a main transit station for Syrian and Afghani Refugees seeking to make their way to the Promised Lands  of Germany & Sweden.  Unless they are positively loaded and can afford a Chartered Jet flying straight from Istanbul to Stockholm, they first gotta make it into Europe, and the shortest way with the least risk at the cheapest price  is via water transport into Greece.

Where's the closest and easiest Greek island to get to?  You guessed it, KOS!  It's so close any old rowboat or canoe can make this trip, about 2.5 miles.  Hell, good swimmers can swim that one, or you could paddle a surfboard or use a Windsurfer to make the crossing!

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Not that I really think most of the refugees are escaping on Windsurfers or Swimming it, I'm just demonstrating a point.  The boats they really do travel on are mostly old fishing boats of various sizes and capacities, or various categories of inflatables.  I'm not joking, this is an actual photo of refugees arriving at Kos in an Inflatable.

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They're Comin' to Kos in Greece!  They're Comin' to Kos in Greece!  TODAY!

OK, so now they are IN EUROPE! FREEDOM!  In principal anyhow.  Unfortunately, in physical miles and water miles and cash outlays to get to the mainland, they still have a long way to go, and once hitting Kos, they are kinda stuck there until they get Registered as a Refugee and get some kind of permission to move onward to the Promised Land of Germany, where they will all surely own Mercedes and drive the Autobahn at 100 Km/H!  Refugees have dreams too!

So what you have here is a classic Bottleneck situation, and the Refugees are stacking up in Kos, which is not so good for their regular Tourista Trade. It might not be too bad for the overall Kos economy though, as long as the recent arrivals come into shore with a bagful of Euros.

These folks can't spend those Euros TOO FAST though, because if they burn through what they have on Kos, they won't have spare Euros to buy passage on the next, hopefully bigger and somewhat sturdier boat that will bring them over to Athens for the next leg of the Journey.  So they are not wasting the precious Euros on luxury hotels on the scenic beaches.  Rather, they are setting up cheaper accommodations, TENTS.  A small city of tents already.

Recently, the Diner received Boots on the Ground footage from this week in Kos from our informant, Deep Kos.  Here's the latest from the streets of Kos:

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Hopefully next time Deep Kos will video in Landscape instead of Portrait format.  LOL.

More from Deep Kos:

Things are taking a turn for the worse in the homeland… :-[. Golden Dawn (GD) is currying support from desperate islanders who are in fear of being overrun by waves of refugees.

"The issue of illegal migrants is becoming critical & is reaching a fateful crossroads, says GD member"
"The situation here on Kos is unbelievable says the member. The government is doing nothing, just managing PR."
"Save us, plead Kos locals."
"Vote for Us (Golden Dawn) and we'll Send in the Army to deal With this Riff-Raff."
"Otherwise, Greece will become Pakistan, says member."

Video link: http://bit.ly/1MLXKoG
Video translation, courtesy of me…

Numbers are around 7000 at present. Most of the late arrivals have been Syrian. They are particularly well to do as they can afford luxury hotel accomodation whilst awaiting processing by Greek authorities. The ferry boat that was relocating them to the mainland, the Venizelos, hasn't been seen for some time though, so unsure what that will mean for the  Syrians, although they do receive priority passage. The other refugees are roughing it in awful conditions mainly near the Police station and on along the foreshore, none have ventured out towards the villages. Business in town is dreadful, despite the hotel bookings as both locals and tourists alike are shunning the zone. Aid is being distributed by a Greek agency akin to UNICEF…

Anyhow, at least so far these vids look reasonably peaceful, and it actually does not look that much different than the early days of Occupy Wall Street.

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OK, the weather was chillier in Zucchini Park in November, but otherwise quite similar.

While it remains peaceful for now, one suspects that the locals in Kos will get tired of all the tents and migrants cruising in pretty quickly.  No doubt laws will be passed regarding setting up tents on the street.  Then of course they have to enforce those laws, in the case of Occupy, the NYPD got the job of this.

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Sadly for Kos though, unlike NY Shity, they don't have a Standing Army of 35,000 Thugs to Protect & Defend the Rights of Wall Street Pigmen to Loot the World.  If Kos has a police force of 100 I would be surprised.  This of course is no match for the 1000s of refugees rolling in there each week.

So at some point they bring in the Army on this, and Deep Kos has mentioned that they have Army Bases on the Island equipped with Tanks and other essential crowd control hardware.

http://infossible.com/infosdata/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Infossible_Egyptian-billionaire-buy-an-island1-700x442.jpgAll this does not bode well for the Tourista trade though, nor for the local residents either, who would be well advised at this point to GTFO of Kos!  Sell the island to the Eyptian Wannabee Pharoah, split the cash amongst the current resident, take the money and RUN!  Run Away!  Run Away FAST!  RUN AWAY NOW!

As long as Kos remains a part of Greece and then by extension part of Europe, it's going to be a Magnet for every refugee trying to GTFO of the War Zones and climate ravaged countries of MENA.  There is no way to stop the flow short of mining all the waters, which will not be conducive to running a yacht charter biz there.

One small problem for Pharoah, the current infrastructure on the island houses a population of around 30.000.  After they leave, he's gonna have a heck of a time doing upgrades to squeeze even the current 100K on the move in there.  For the 30,000 current residents of Kos though, it's a great deal.  If they sell him the island for $1B, they'll each get $33.3K, plenty of money to get to Germany or Sweden and make a new start!  Plus they already have papers!  It's Win-Win for everybody! Refugees get a new home, Kosians get out of harms way! Well, except Pharoah, who will have to keep bleeding his account building more infraastructure as the population swells.

At some point here, the countries in Europe who are being shamed into accepting refugees will stop accepting more of them.  The pool of potential refugees as we move forward here is simply too large.  At some point there will be a backlash, and when that occurs Kos is not a place you want to be, whether you are Resident, Tourista or Refugee.

If you can, GTFO of Kos.

TODAY.

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