HEALTH: Coronavirus UK: Piers Morgan’s top 20 Cov-idiots so far | Daily Mail Online

And it’s been great to see people in other industries like entertainment being creative and thoughtful in trying to rally people’s spirits as millions of people sit at home worrying.

But sadly, I’ve also been repulsed by some of the outrageous, offensive and occasionally downright obscene conduct of a minority of people who have tried to exploit the crisis for personal gain, arrogantly ignored warnings to save lives, or brought a whole new meaning to tone-deafness.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Piers Morgan’s top 20 Cov-idiots so far | Daily Mail Online

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Hard to define the word better than what these people did, or are doing!!!

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TECHNOLOGY: Italian engineers help coronavirus patients by harnessing snorkel masks for CPAP machines | Fox News

Speaking with Fox News, Romaioli said that Favero proposed an idea: making an “emergency ventilator mask” by modifying a snorkeling mask that was available to the public. The teams contacted Decathlon, the French sporting goods retailer, about the Easy Breath Surface Snorkeling Mask. Isinnova said that Decathlon immediately provided the 3D computer-aided design for the mask, so the engineers could easily evaluate what modification could be made.

Source: Italian engineers help coronavirus patients by harnessing snorkel masks for CPAP machines | Fox News

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Some smart engineers make every CPAP machine a ventilator.

Great work!

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LIBERTARIAN: A civil liberties pandemic – The Boston Globe

The coronavirus epidemic may leave the economy in tatters, but economies grow back. What about Americans’ constitutional rights?

Source: A civil liberties pandemic – The Boston Globe

OUR HEALTH CARE system will eventually recover from the strain of the coronavirus pandemic. Our economy will recover too, notwithstanding the beating it is taking now.

Will our civil liberties recover?

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I don’t think so!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Trump Gave 100 Million Virtual Care Access with Telehealth

Clint Phillips, the CEO of telehealth company Medici, told Breitbart News Saturday that President Donald Trump’s telehealth reform has given 100 million Americans access to virtual care.

The Trump administration expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a broader range of healthcare services from their doctors. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a waiver that temporarily pays clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries. Medicaid recipients could receive access to the plan if a state government would approve the reform.

Source: Phillips: Trump Gave 100 Million Virtual Care Access with Telehealth

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Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

Rhode Island has just over 200, and it has begun an aggressive campaign to keep the virus out and New Yorkers contained, over objections from civil liberties advocates.

Raimondo, a Democrat, said she had consulted lawyers and said while she couldn’t close the border, she felt confident she could enforce a quarantine.

Source: Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

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Sounds like a violation of our Constitutional rights!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Lavallette Closes Beaches and Boardwalk, Bans Rentals Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak | Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

Additionally, the order prohibits the rental of “homes, apartments, condominiums, studios or other residential units” through Airbnb and other online rental marketplaces.

Source: Lavallette Closes Beaches and Boardwalk, Bans Rentals Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak | Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

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Who’s property is it?  The property owner’s or the municipal Gooferment’s!

What gives them the right to do this?

Isn’t this a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment?


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2020Not to be overwhelming first thing in the morning, but I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news? Today is Thursday, which means we’re pretty damn close to the weekend! The bad news? Today would have been MLB Opening Day, and does the weekend even really count in quarantine anyway?

Source: HQ AM/PM

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I doubt that any of the “sports” empires have any debt, so are at little risk of bankruptcy.  Not so for other businesses or individuals.  I think a lot of places will NOT reopen and individuals will be ruined for life.

Like those of the Great Depression, I think that people will be “scarred” forever.

Maybe some good will come out of this disaster.  Like thrift, Dave Ramsey advocates no debt .  Like savings, to have enough in your savings to enable you to continue living at your “burn rate”.  Like being prepared, the Mormons keep a year in their pantry.

One can only hope.

— 30 — Gold Bars in Short Supply Due to Coronavirus Disruption

Europe’s largest gold refineries have struggled to keep up because of the region’s widening shutdown. Valcambi, Pamp and Argor-Heraeus are all based in the Swiss region of Ticino, near the border with Italy. Local authorities announced in recent days that production in the area was to be temporarily halted.

Source: Gold Bars in Short Supply Due to Coronavirus Disruption

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Gold in short supply is even going to be even “shorter”!

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Mike Francesa blames Mets ‘dummies’ as Noah Syndergaard surgery ignites coronavirus outrage

“You’re going to get people furious, and they are,” Francesa said Tuesday while on the WFAN airwaves. “They’re going crazy everywhere. ‘How does he get elective surgery? I thought the hospitals closed elective surgery’ … And you know what? They’re right. The people are right.”

Source: Mike Francesa blames Mets ‘dummies’ as Noah Syndergaard surgery ignites coronavirus outrage

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Once again there are different rules for different classes.

“It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.” — George Carlin

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Boeing wants a bailout, But without giving equity to the government in exchange

Probably a bluff. (From The Wall Street Journal) “I don’t have a need for an equity stake,” Mr. Calhoun (Boeing CEO) said in a Tuesday interview on Fox Business Network. “If they forced it, we’d just look at all the other options, and we have got plenty.”

Source: Boeing wants a bailout, But without giving equity to the government in exchange

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No bailouts, PERIOD!!!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: MI Gov. Whitmer Criticizes GOP for Failing to Ban Church Gatherings

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) said on “Fox News Sunday” that Republicans were to blame for an exemption in her order that allows places of worship to gather in groups of 50 or more during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guest host John Roberts asked, “One thing that kind of puzzles me is that you have limited groups of people to 50 or fewer yet, there is an exemption for places of worship. Why would a place of worship be any less likely to transmit diseases in a larger gathering than another place?”

Source: MI Gov. Whitmer Criticizes GOP for Failing to Ban Church Gatherings

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Perhaps some one should refresh their memory about the First Amendment.  You know the one about “freedom of religion”.  The Gooferment has no power to regulate churches.


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GOVERNACIDE: Vin Suprynowicz » Who stood to gain by panicking the nation & shutting down our entire economy, over an epidemic that will likely kill fewer Americans than the ‘regular old flu’?

I believe we saw something highly significant today: The Let’s-Trash-Trump-and-His-Economy press are reporting today’s incident as though TRUMP did something wrong. When Trump announced Chloroquine works both to prevent and to ameliorate the symptoms of coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the massively commercially compromised National Institutes of Health promptly responded that it “hasn’t been clinically tested,” at which point Trump backed down and said it was “just his opinion.”

But guess what? The expert wasn’t right. It’s Trump who was right. Fauci is part of the conflicted, sold-out mob that moves endlessly through the revolving door between the NIH/CDC and Big Pharma, all anxious to create big profits by peddling a new vaccine (even “free” vaccines can be billed to and paid for by the gubbimint – including the ones that are only 40 percent efficacious and can cause more harm than good, which is a lot of them.)

Source: Vin Suprynowicz » Blog Archive » Who stood to gain by panicking the nation & shutting down our entire economy, over an epidemic that will likely kill fewer Americans than the ‘regular old flu’?

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And, no one remembers that.

Sure he’s wrong a lot.  Maybe even he tweets a “whopper” from time to time.  (I think he uses Twitter to engage his opponents, like a cat chasing a red dot.)

But, the media is running “the sky is falling” 24/7.

I prefer a more reasonable, factual, less panicked media.

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LIBERTARIAN: The State Is Not Your Friend – LewRockwell

The State isn’t a magical entity; it’s a parasite on society. Anything useful the State does could be, and would be, provided by entrepreneurs seeking a profit. And would be better and cheaper by virtue of that.

More important, the State represents institutionalized coercion. It has a monopoly of force, and that’s always extremely dangerous. As Mao Tse-tung, lately one of the world’s leading experts on government, said: “The power of the State comes out of a barrel of a gun.” The State is not your friend.

Source: The State Is Not Your Friend – LewRockwell

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The “priestly class” — in which I include politicians and bureaucrats — has been a curse on humanity and civilization from the dawn of time.  These parasites, in guise of providing “leadership”, “cost” a lot more than they are worth.  Argh!

Let’s get back on the track to freedom and liberty.

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Chinese Ambassador Lauds Hillary Clinton’s Attack on President Trump

An ambassador from China is lauding Hillary Clinton’s recent attack on President Trump. | Politics

Source: Chinese Ambassador Lauds Hillary Clinton’s Attack on President Trump

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Isn’t this a serious breach of diplomatic etiquette?

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TINFOILHAT: Don’t believe conspiracy theories; coronavirus wasn’t created in a lab

Anderson and her collaborators found evidence in the virus’ spike-like proteins, which help the infection grab and penetrate animal cells, to determine that they “evolved to effectively target a molecular feature” specific to human cells. The function is so effective, in fact, that they believe only natural selection could have produced such an efficient virus.

The Scripps teams also note that anyone attempting to generate a new coronavirus on their own — in a lab, for instance — would have used a prior coronavirus as a template. But the structure of SARS-CoV-2, they found, was unlike any they had previously encountered in humans, and instead resembled those found in bats and pangolins. Scientists believe the virus may have originated in a bat.

Dr. Josie Golding, epidemics lead at UK-based Wellcome Trust, also told Scripps that their findings are “crucially important to bring an evidence-based view to the rumors that have been circulating about the origins of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) causing COVID-19.”

Source: Don’t believe conspiracy theories; coronavirus wasn’t created in a lab

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So, what about the report that there was Chinese bio lab 600 yards from the wild food market in Wuhan?

Didn’t anyone else see that report?

Awfully convenient!

Or will this be like the BBC report of WTC7 collapse 20 minutes before it did?

Why did the BBC report the WTC Building 7 collapse twenty minutes in advance of the event?

Sorry but all I can do is ask questions and recall “hot stories gone cold”!

I only know what I am told and the quote from a great Jurist —  “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.” — Judge Judy!

This all doesn’t make sense.  Too coincidental.

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Debunking Nature Magazine’s “COVID-19 Definitely Didn’t Come From A Lab” China Propaganda
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/20/2020 – 23:25

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Maybe you shouldn’t blindly believe everything you read? Even if the source has a pretty solid reputation?

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Below is a takedown of that article, and the good news is a much more nuanced and honest look at the origins of COVID-19, the Wuhan Strain of coronavirus is just a click away.

Thus, the high-affinity binding of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to human ACE2 is most likely the result of natural selection on a human or human-like ACE2 that permits another optimal binding solution to arise. This is strong evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is not the product of purposeful manipulation.

As our report mentions right at the start, scientists passed the H5N1 Bird Flu through a series of ferret hosts until it gained ACE2 affinity and then became incredibly virulent, which is what’s seen with COVID-19 since its affinity to ACE2 is orders of magnitude higher than SARS. That process would leave a genome that appears “natural” and not purposeful as well since it wouldn’t leave a genomic smoking gun and would simply appear to be the result of “natural” selection. However the addition of artificial generations produced by this process of passing through ferrets in the lab would create a lot of genetic distance from any possible relatives – precisely what is seen in COVID-19: it forms its own clade and appears very distant from all other bat coronaviruses. So this is lazy research, they’re either unaware of the Bird Flu study or are willfully ignoring it.

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So I, your faithful blogger and resident curmudgeon don’t believe ANYTHING.  Even that sun will rise tomorrow morning.  (Best I can say is: “It appears to rise every morning”!)

As far as the Wuhan virus is concerned, it’s an ideal Conspiracy Theory.  Because whatever is advanced as “proof” or “evidence” is probably tempered by politics, politicians, and bureaucrats.

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OBSOLETE: Replace Handshakes and Hugs with One of These Greetings – LifeSavvy


Thais have an excellent greeting you could adopt during this time of turmoil. Wai is a way to say hello, goodbye, thank you, and even I’m sorry. It’s a greeting of respect, so reserve it for those who deserve it (older family members, your boss or teacher, or people you serve). To do it, you hold your hands in prayer position in front of your chest and nod (see the video below).

Source: Replace Handshakes and Hugs with One of These Greetings – LifeSavvy

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(Did I mention spent 47 weeks in a DLI Thai course?  And most Thais speak, read, and write better english that most of us.)

Seem like we could adopt this practice or one of the many others — except the one about sticking out your tongue — as a handshake / hug replacement?

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FINANCIAL: Help Main Street — Buy gift cards to support local business during COVID-19

Source: Help Main Street — Buy gift cards to support local business during COVID-19

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I don’t know if that is such great advice.

It would be reasonable to think some, if not most, will fail, bankrupt, and not reopen.

Your gift card is smoke.

I’ve been stuck with some Christmas and Birthday gift cards.

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HEALTH: Coronavirus crisis Deciding how to prioritize hospital patients

Happily, New York state put together a protocol back in 2008 titled “Allocation of Ventilators in a Public Health Disaster” (largely reaffirmed in 2015) designed for a moment like ours. Wisely, our state insists that age and health problems or disabilities unrelated to what is causing the epidemic shouldn’t serve as the basis for rationing. Prognosis for recovery is what matters.

A New York hospital could choose to give its last ventilator to the 72-year-old marathon runner rather than to the 57-year-old pack-a-day smoker. Again, based only on prognosis for recovery. The objectivity of the standard removes much of the physician’s subjective ideology from the picture.

Source: Coronavirus crisis: Deciding how to prioritize hospital patients

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Seems like a good way to ration if it has to be done.

Like the organ donor controversy, the Gooferment makes rules (i.e., you can sell a kidney but you can starve to death; you can’t sell a dead relative’s organs even if you’re dead broke; some rules don’t apply to the elite) and then says “there’s a shortage”.

When ever I hear that there is a “shortage” or “surplus”, I just know deep in my heart that the Gooferment has screwed something up.

Why did we ever put the Gooferment “in charge of health care”?  I can’t conceive of what “healthcare” would look like in a Libertarian USA but I’m sure it would be better that what a mess we have now.

The meaning of “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else is so muddled we can’t possible extract the Gooferment from it.  It’s like “who would build the roads”?  Do you think that WalMart, UPS, FedEx, and all the other carriers couldn’t figure it out without, as Tom Woods calls it, a guy with a bullhorn shouting out orders.  The truly Free Market would allow an efficient solution to evolve.

If health care was a “free market”, I am sure that Insurance Companies would have hospitals for their insured that would serve their Customers spectacularly.  By way of proof, i offer: health insurance, car insurance, and life insurance.  Notice the decreasing level of Gooferment “regulation”.  Notice, also, the decreasing level of cost and the increasing level of service.  Health insurance is a nightmare; life insurance is walk in the park.  Could there be a message in this example?  Ya think!

So now that the “China / Wuhan / Covid19 / whatever you want to call it” virus has drastically altered our society, let’s use it to create solutions with more freedom and liberty.

REMEMBER: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel  

So let’s use this opportunity to, for example, enshrine “distance learning” and close Gooferment Skrules.  Let’s create a national free market in “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else.  Let’s get the Gooferment out of “health rules & regulations” that prevented “telemedicine”, free exchange of medical records between doctors, terminate the CDC & FDA replacing them with a version of the Consumer Reports.  Let’s take the monopoly privileges from Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and the medical cartel forcing them to stand up for their failures — no bailouts or limitations of liability for mistakes.

We’ll all be better off.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. — Theodore Roosevelt

Let’s not do “nothing”!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Pentagon Warns They Aren't Set Up to Fight Coronavirus – News From

With many politicians long seeing the military as an all-purpose problem solver with a bottomless budget, it is unsurprising that the outbreak of coronavirus has many, particularly high-ranking Democrats, angling for a declaration of war and an outright militarization of the domestic issue.

“I would call out the military now,” Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said on Sunday. He said it’s an emergency and the US needs to treat it like a war. He suggested that the military could provide a “surge” for US hospitals, building more beds and tents that are secure. “We’re at war with the virus,” Biden added.

– By  Jason Ditz

Source: Pentagon Warns They Aren’t Set Up to Fight Coronavirus – News From

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It seems to be ludicrous to expect the military (mission = kill people and destroy things) to be able to do humanitarian tasks.

They maybe able to do some tasks (i.e., deploy a MASH unit; bury bodies in a mass grave; physically secure a perimeter — people may get shot), but that is NOT their area of expertise or operation.  Not that they wouldn’t want to help.  They are just not trained for that.

It seems that politicians and bureaucrats are delusional to thing that you can “drive screws with a hammer or pound nails with a screwdriver”.  But that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
— Theodore Roosevelt

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PIERS MORGAN: Coronavirus may be millennials’ wake-up call | Daily Mail Online

“… dumb, selfish millennials like Vanessa Hudgens can do is stop partying …”

Source: PIERS MORGAN: Coronavirus may be millennials’ wake-up call | Daily Mail Online

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Once again, surprisingly, I have to agree with Mr. Morgan.

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GOVERNACIDE: The Coronavirus Hoax – LewRockwell

Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them. After 9/11, for example, Americans accepted the near-total destruction of their civil liberties in the PATRIOT Act’s hollow promises of security. It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans. Declaring a pandemic emergency on Friday, President …

Source: The Coronavirus Hoax – LewRockwell

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That is not to say the disease is harmless. Without question people will die from coronavirus. Those in vulnerable categories should take precautions to limit their risk of exposure. But we have seen this movie before. Government over-hypes a threat as an excuse to grab more of our freedoms. When the “threat” is over, however, they never give us our freedoms back.

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Freedom has to be fought for in order to have it.

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” — Robert A. Heinlein

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SERVICE: Exchanging for private info like passwords, account numbers, proof of identity, and such!


If someone clicks that link, they’ll be invited to join an encrypted chat with you. Even if they haven’t installed Keybase yet, it will work. So post it anywhere.


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INNOVATION: This Library In Minecraft Was Built By 24 People To Fight Censorship Across The World

Most of us live in countries where freedom of speech is considered a fundamental human right and it would be hard to imagine living in a different state than that. However, not all of us are blessed with this sometimes overlooked right as there are a number of countries in this world where governments actively censor their citizens, especially those whose profession is to report facts.

In a number of places around the world, journalists are banned, jailed, exiled, and even killed for their words. In order to make their message heard and reach the places where they’re banned, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) opened a special type of library that could reach millions. They built it in Minecraft.

Source: This Library In Minecraft Was Built By 24 People To Fight Censorship Across The World

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What an innovative way to bypass censorship!


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INNOVATION: Sacramento building $5.6M tiny-home community for homeless

“Our community is very special, and we have a lot of homeless here, just like everybody has them,” Pastor Larry Joyner told KCRA, “but we’re willing to help ours.”There will be trailers on site for bathrooms, showers, and community space for counseling and social services inside the church building, where meals will be provided.

Source: Sacramento building $5.6M tiny-home community for homeless

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First thing I thought of — tiny homes — when I first heard of “homelessness”!  That and ending “rent control”.  And, reopening the mental hospitals.  Also, ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” shifting resources from prisons to treatment.

If we had more tiny homes neighborhoods, then the problem could be solved.

But, the Gooferment prevents entrepreneurial people from figuring how to solve the problem and make a few bucks out of it.  Remember — “no margin; no mission”!

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