Las Vegas Storm Drains

So do they deserve it? I have seen many try to portray people in circumstances beyond their control as “deserving it”, “stupid” and “proles”. Based on where the system is headed, this might be your future. Oh.. take some ayn rand books and gold coins with you, and brush up on your austrian school of economics.. You are just one illness or sociopaths decision from being there.

Jobs can be outsourced, made redundant, cut for profit or your employer might lose customers (because they have lost their jobs too). You could get some treatable but expensive (in the west) illness. Your business may not get bank loans or any government help. The people in those pictures were not always living on the street, and once had jobs, cars, houses, apartments.. just like you.

But isn’t unregulated capitalism without any concern for the people great.. note the words ‘unregulated’ and ‘without and concern for the people’. It can be done in other ways, but if you choose to live in an kleptocracy and preach ‘survival of the most deceptive’, better hope that someone does not do that you (because you won’t get any help from those whom you looked down upon).

Living in Sin City’s Underground Tunnels

The irony is hard to overlook. There are few, if any, cities on earth where the show of wealth and consumption is so shamelessly on display, and yet hidden beneath the surface of Las Vegas, another world exists. In sobering contrast with the bright lights and bustle of the famous strip up above, dispossessed people inhabit the storm drains that run below, venturing up into the casinos to make ends meet scouring the slot machines for coins or credits left by drunken gamblers.

  1. January 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve seen this before, incredible!

  2. January 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Nobody cares about homeless people
    if they aren’t
    minorities

  3. z
    January 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    This is what I hate the most about 10% unemployment. Some people who really would work basically can’t find anything right now. Its a shame. You’d think the government could use folks like this to work on infrastructure, windmills, solar projects, -something- constructive.
    —-
    That is why we had the new deal 1.0 in the 1930s.

  4. Don Robertson
    January 16, 2010 at 6:38 am

    The pictures are a manifestly stark representation of the failure of science, -and- of all things empirical really, -right down to our Enlightenment ideas about the rights of man, universal suffrage and the social psyche. Here we have a modern society, modern right down to the storm drainage systems, a modern credit-based economy, a literate, liberal, tolerant and humanitarian population. And yet human beings, if they aren’t locked away in some dungeon, are living in some storm drain under far worse conditions awaiting the sure release coming during the next massive deluge. This existentialist-wish-existence, may be what people are asking for, or asking to see, -but the world was not meant to be some scientific nightmare. Science is a lie. Turn around and head toward home. You are not Cyborgs.
    ___________
    This is a failure of a scarcity based morality in a post-industrial world, where there is no real scarcity.

  5. Masi
    January 18, 2010 at 2:27 am

    I know how it is. In the course of ten years I had the bad luck of being involved in THREE auto accidents. Two rear-enders and one blowing thru a red light. Two of the people had NO insurance! I live in FL, a no fault state so my insurance went sky high even though none of the accidents were my fault. I did the proverbial pull myself up by my boot straps after the first two. I went thru operations, months of therapy and long drawn out court battles with the insurance co’s (still ongoing to this day) that have drained 35 years of my savings I had to dish out even though I payed for insurance to cover this shit!!! After the third accident my body just won’t heal anymore. All my physical recovery and job retraining gone in a split second. Due to my sky high auto insurance now I was only able to afford the basic minimum coverage that only pays $10,000 for my medical. That is gone in ten minutes at the hospital. I had both health and auto insurance and they are fighting each other and ME to pay the medical bills that are well over $200,000!! I have sustained in total a broken knee, a broken left wrist, three broken left ribs, 180 stitches in my head and four broken vertebrae in my back!! I paid 25% of my salary for five years for health insurance and they will not pay doctors that they themselves sent me to. I am in horrible pain 24/7. I did nothing wrong but yet here I am broke and being sued by doctors my credit is ruined not to mention the rest of my plans for my retirement. This is deregulation at it’s worst. Insurance co’s claiming bankruptcy because the laws says they no longer have to have the money on account to pay their claims. I lived on an old abandoned 20 ft sailboat for more than five months. I am made to feel like some kind of sleaze bag because I am in too much pain to work. my last job was cleaning toilets at the local grocery store until they forced me to leave on medical leave. My back was so bad with pain toward the end of my shift I couldn’t straighten up to talk to the customers. You could not help but see the grimace in my face from pain. The customers complained to management about them forcing me to work but it wasn’t them. I kept pleading with them to keep me on so I wouldn’t lose my place to live. It took me four and a half years after that to get disability. I applied for food stamps and was allotted $10 a month and back then you had to go pick them up. A twenty mile drive one way. It was so sad I just laughed. I was rated single white male, no children. You never know what is going to happen. I am still in severe pain and mentally just drained. It takes me over twenty minutes just to type this. Sitting is the worst and the lack of sleep is driving me insane. I write this NOT for sympathy but just to let people know IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!

  6. Masi
    January 18, 2010 at 2:53 am

    I forgot to mention that now that I am declared disabled I get $150 /mth in food stamps. I thank God every day for Medicare. I had 3 to 5 dollars left over each month after living expenses and co-pays but now my co-pays have gone up 30% this January. What to give up? Will I have to give up my dial-up internet or soap and toilet paper? Being able to be on line helps keep my sanity and my feeling of still being connected to society. I have no social life anymore except food shopping and doctors visits. No car but I couldn’t drive anyway because of sudden loss of feelings in my legs. I haven’t had a beer in 8 months. It’s the knowing that I just can’t afford something so simple that eats at you.

  7. Desi fpua
    January 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    “But isn’t unregulated capitalism without any concern for the people great.. note the words ‘unregulated’ and ‘without and concern for the people’. It can be done in other ways, but if you choose to live in an kleptocracy and preach ’survival of the most deceptive’, better hope that someone does not do that you (because you won’t get any help from those whom you looked down upon).”

    The thing is, they have ALREADY GOTTEN HELP FROM THOSE THEY LOOKED DOWN UPON. Tax payers’ money bailed out those corps and banks!

    The rich will always get back up.
    ____________________________
    Have you seen the french, russian and prussian nobility lately? What happened? Ever wonder why the french are still against mixing religion and state? Read a little more history.. and reading history is not sucking some white guy’s cock.

  8. January 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Masi,

    Your story is heart wrenching. Do you have family you can live with or anything? Luckily, if I’d been hit three times, I could turn to them. Stories like yours make me thank God for the blessings I have…

    MarkyMark

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