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Entire Countries.....not just people have skeletons in their closet........
February 23, 2009
2:54 pm
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Here recently I have wondered just why the "P' word....aka...poverty is all but absent in the US media coverage?

Not only in the US - but abroad as well.

As if it doesn't even exist?

Out of sight - out of mind?

It's about positioning.

It's about posturing.

I always knew that that was true with individuals - but never thought that it could extend to the 'illusion' of states and governments as well...

Take the movie: "Slumdog Millionare" for example.

What did it do?

It exposed the slums and living conditions present in modern day India.

Is Michael Moore's documentaries any different.

Just what exactly IS this ILLUSION that countries are too afraid to admit to and should rightly be ashamed in?

China is no different either.

In the last Olympics - do you know that the original singer of their 'anthem' was actually sung by a little girl with crocked teeth etc.....yet, the Chinese government saw fit to have a much so-called 'prettier' girl actually lip-sync the words????

Can you just imagine how that other little girl felt?

Same goes for the Olympics years ago here in Atlanta.

Did you know that 'they' actually gathered up all of the homeless people and put them up until such time as the event was over with then just pretty much booted them back out into the streets?

I never made this connection before.

Hiding the shame by countries at large.

Pretty ridiculous, if you ask me!

But this crap actually happens.

What a gross illusion all the way around!!!!!!!!!!!

February 24, 2009
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I work the great armpit of poverty in an urban area. I guess I don't look for it because it's in front of my nose all the time.

February 25, 2009
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TT,

I so applaude you for working in the trenches day after day, year after year (If I remember correctly from your past posts that you are a teacher in an inner city.)

I can not even BEGIN to imagine how hard that is!

You and others like you are TRULY the unsung heroes of today!

TRULY!

I just think that this reality ought to be made more public.

Much more exposed than what is currently homogenized and ignored in everyday media coverage.

You live it. Day after day.

You know it first-hand!!!!!

Sadly, most folks here in the US have no inkling at all.

Removed from it, by and large.

Or if they do - it is just as a passing short-lived thought in some sort of temporary news blurb.

I meant no offense to you personally.

I just think that this reality/inner city conditions/poverty/homelessness ought to be more exposed and made public and 'as a matter of record' - for we can't change what we don't acknowledge - and I think that this country has to pull their head out of the sand and see the dire inner city conditions occurring each and everyday across all corners of the US for exactly what they are!

That's kind of all I'm saying.....

February 25, 2009
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wow TBT I can't believe you remember that. I think that this homelessness poverty is sort of always there and so people just sort of forget about ti until it is shoved in to their faces.
One of my kids has been homeless for about a year now. some of the kids at school tease her about her clothes. (these are the kids that have free lunch but come to school in 60 dollar sneakers.)
when I see her coming to school sockless i am reminded and take pains to make sure that she has socks and underwear and stuff.

I am also of the opinion that poverty in other countries is worse. I mean very few of my kids are starving.
What do you think of poverty on oother countries.

February 25, 2009
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TT,

I think poverty as a whole ought to be not only validated - but reckoned with as a whole.

And fully accepted as a reality of life in the US.

Just a real damned hard fricking-fracking wake-up call.

TT, you make sure and take pains that she has socks and underwear and such.

Do you not know how special you are?

My point exactly.

So many folks in this country are just 'removed' from this reality.

Have no real inkling - really.

Not really.

It is - how shall we say - 'unpleasant.'

Unpleasant to even think that this kind of stuff happens on a day-to-day basis for many americans.

In this grand ole US of A.

For what would that make us all....indifferent?

You see, a survivor of the holcaust said that the opposite of love is not hate.

The opposite of love is indifference.

Something that we can just 'push aside.' - and yet sleep good at night.

Call me naive - I seem to think that we are more than that as Americans.

We are MORE THAN THIS!!!!!!!

That we are NOT afraid to look at the shadow of our own existence and merely sluff it all off.

We are MORE than this.

That we can face our own fears.

That we will never be able to sleep good at night KNOWING that others suffer.

That that is NOT about what being an American is about.

That it is more than hanging a little red, white & blue sticker on our vehicles and somehow thinking that because of this - that we have all of a sudden have exonerated ourselves from this real world reality.

How shallow.

Indeed.

How shallow are we?

(you know?)

No.

We gotta do more.

Be more.

If we are ever to consider ourselves "American' in a prideful sense.

Buillet finally hitting the bone here.

We either deliver as Americans - (bottom-line....as nasty as it may seem....) or else - just basically boils down to a lot of empty lip service.

Personnaly - I tend to want to align myself with the former.

We will emerge from this awful mess.

With priorties clearly in place.

Perhaps trading in our cell phones and mundane (so thought about as very important) conversations with real connections to real people in our lives.

And who would have ever thunk????

That it almost served as a wedge.

Almost.

A wedge.

See - the most important thing IS to connect with others.

Just doesn't mean that the local cable company has to be involved in the process.

Quite contrare.

(Here's where the thought process of thinking that a company has you over the barrel - really is a myth.)

See - there are many, many ways to connect with each other.

Won't go into all the details right now - save to say that there is more than one way to skin a cat 😉

We may be part of the grid right now....doesn't mean we have to STAY there......

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