Seattle, WA – Garden spot of America

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    • #6832
      AvatarMick
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      Homeless toll skyrocketing, Nike closes flagship store, multiplex cinema closes…

      Crime-ridden Seattle loses Nike store and multiplex cinema – as number of homeless deaths soar | Daily Mail Online

    • #6833
      AvatarNeodymium60
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      Seattle was originally known as New York -Alki.  English/Chinook.

       

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    • #6839
      AvatarBeeg_Dawg
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      And now the Washington State Legislature is proposing a $250M program to bring police departments up to an “acceptable” level of staffing. Problem is, there aren’t enough qualified candidates plus there is no way to train them when they are hired.

      The SJWs can’t connect the dots.  Three years worth of anti-police rhetoric, budget cutting and legislation protecting criminals, the chickens are coming home to roost.

      • #6840
        LegendLegend
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        They aren’t even sjws anymore they are just nihilists looking for a participation trophy. Tear stuff down and just be happy you “did something.”

        I think the only sane move is to move from places infected like this. Either that or get ready for the apocalypse.

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        Sic transit gloria mundi (so shut up and get back to work)

    • #6841
      Avatarrogpodge
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    • #6842
      AvatarBeeg_Dawg
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      A different link –

      https://news.yahoo.com/seattle-fire-department-responding-historic-035200131.html

      Seattle is cursed with leaders good at two things – spending money and pearl clutching.

      “The underlying root causes that have resulted in the current overdose crisis are, unfortunately, not ones that will be reversed overnight. Structural factors, including lack of economic opportunities, social isolation, structural racism, criminalization of substance use disorders, housing stability, and stigma, are just some of the factors that will require long-term, systematic changes and resources at all levels, from federal to state to local.

      Sharon Bogan, Communications Specialist”

      Great.  No short term solution, and long term “resources” (aka tax $$) will be required.  No promise that any thing will improve, only a promise to toss more money down a hole.

      • #6843
        rjnwmillrjnwmill
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        Perhaps it would be productive to formally list all the programs and public policy failures that over time have lead to these intransigent failures?

        Identify the full extent of the funding that has been lost and continues to be spent on these failures.

        Absent this approach how do you itemize the full extent of necessary changes?  How do you understand the net investment, positive or negative that is required to fund your strategic redirection. And most importantly, how do you make strategic staffing decisions for execution of the new direction.

        Plus the tax payers might have a passing interest?

        Here's a toast with one last pour, may it last forever and a minute more;
        Good fortune seems to you have sung, to live and love way past long

    • #6848
      AvatarMick
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      I think that the conditions which lead to and encourage mental illness, squalor, homelessness, drug abuse and addiction, crime, poverty and related social ills are deeply rooted in American society.

      We’re talking about what is proportionally a very small, albeit very visible part of America.  HUD estimates around 600,000 homeless in America, homeless advocates claim about 1.5 million. So at most, we’re talking about 0.4% of America, the most unfortunate and least well off.

      To give you an idea of the minimally acceptable level of social integration, the U. S. Army has essentially acknowledged that about 10% of the population are fundamentally unfit to do literally any job in the Army. And that’s 10%…the homeless, collectively, are about 1/20th that proportion.

      Obviously we should support them to the extent that we can. But the level of support is finite, and I can’t help but wonder whether some of the people administering these programs are little better than the homeless themselves.

    • #6852
      AvatarNeodymium60
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      “To give you an idea of the minimally acceptable level of social integration, the U. S. Army has essentially acknowledged that about 10% of the population are fundamentally unfit to do literally any job in the Army. And that’s 10%…the homeless, collectively, are about 1/20th that proportion.”

      The military has used an IQ of 80 as the lowest legal threshold for military service based on their form of IQ test.  It doesn’t mean they had many.  However during the Vietnam War that changed due to the available monthly draft pool drying up.  Politically toxic, Johnson would not drop student deferments for mostly white kids.

      I’ll bet not many people have ever heard of Robert McNamara’s Project 100,000 to solve the problem.   He was a lover of technology and believed that he could raise the intelligence of men through the use of video tapes.  The effect was to make the IQ floor in the mid to low 70s.  It was sold as part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.  The numbers drafted were around 350,000.   A one way ticket to Vietnam as cannon fodder.  The fictional Forrest Gump was deemed to have an IQ of 75.

      As a draftee and “grunt” in the late 60s I had a first hand look.  Some could only function at a minimal level.  Could not speak coherently.   Imagine putting a grenade in the hands of a guy with a 75 IQ.  Or having him in your squad.

      My guess is the HUD estimate is far short of what they say.

       

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    • #6877
      AvatarMick
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      I’ve heard of it. “McNamara’s Morons” was the unofficial tag line, as was “McNamara’s Folly” and “McNamara’s Misfits”, those who scored in the 10% to 30% range of the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).

      They died at triple the rate of other draftees. The Army got 71% of the draftees, Navy and Marines got 10% each, Air Force got 9%. To be fair, it wasn’t just those who scored lower on the aptitude tests, it also included those who were slightly overweight or slightly underweight, who had minor physical impairments or who didn’t speak English.

      The idea behind the program was that it would help elevate these men after their service. Instead, compared with their similarly disadvantaged peers, they had higher rates of divorce, made less compensation on average, and were more likely to be unemployed.

      Very sad all around.

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