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Tue May 13, 2014, 07:21 PM

Artist Converts Trash Into Compact Mobile Homes For The Homeless

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/13/homeless-homes-project_n_5312105.html?utm_hp_ref=arts



"The shelters are no larger than a sofa, crafted from reclaimed wood and plastic found on the street by Kloehn and his volunteers in Oakland, usually over the course of two or three days. Equipped with wheels and a roof, and built on a foundation of discarded wood pallets, the mobile houses differ in size and shape but all supply the same overall benefit of creative shelter.

"Our goal is to bring together imaginative people and discarded materials to make sturdy, innovative, mobile shelters for the homeless people," Kloehn writes on the Homeless Homes Project website. "By sourcing our materials from illegal street dumping, commercial waste and excess household items, we strive to diminish money's influence over the building process."

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Reply Artist Converts Trash Into Compact Mobile Homes For The Homeless (Original post)
purple apoplexy May 2014 OP
IGotWalldudeFired May 2014 #1
purple apoplexy May 2014 #2
Baron Funchausen May 2014 #3
IGotWalldudeFired May 2014 #4
Baron Funchausen May 2014 #5
femDem May 2014 #6
Baron Funchausen May 2014 #7
Dusty Weatherwax May 2014 #9
Dusty Weatherwax May 2014 #8

Response to purple apoplexy (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:04 PM

1. And this garbage right here

is why liberals cannot be taken seriously with regards to helping the "homeless".

Liberal father: Look Jimmy, instead of going to play catch today, we are going to stand on a corner with a sign asking for money to help out this artist who turns dumpsters into condos........don't you feel better already?

Son: *sigh*

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Response to IGotWalldudeFired (Reply #1)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:09 PM

2. People help wherever they can, with whatever means they have

What are you doing to help the homeless--voting against everything that would help them?

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Response to IGotWalldudeFired (Reply #1)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:10 PM

3. Yeah, you've got that "Christian" thing nailed down tight, I can see.

Poor people, Jesus hated 'em.

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Response to Baron Funchausen (Reply #3)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:14 PM

4. You believe charity comes from the government

at the end of a gun.

I believe charity comes from the money I freely donate to the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries and thru several local religious food banks.

People like you conflate the two. You look at someone and say "You need to pay more in taxes so I can feel better about myself" and when in reality, government, especially the federal government, cannot help the homeless man sitting on the street corner, addicted to drugs.
The worker at the Salvation Army can though.

Big difference

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Response to IGotWalldudeFired (Reply #4)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:22 PM

5. I do? The artist in question is a volunteer, is he not?

Here, try this, just for fun: see of you can have a 'discussion' without reflexively falling back on things like straw man arguments, putting words in peoples' mouths, much less creepy noises about your knife collection or whatever.


We've heard from right wingers for so long how you would debate DU into the ground if you didn't get banned, so, okay, here's your chance.

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Response to Baron Funchausen (Reply #5)

Tue May 13, 2014, 09:23 PM

6. Don't hold your breath, Baron Funchausen.

I've never heard a right winger use true facts, backed up with honest sources. It would be nice if they did, though. Someone would undoubtedly learn something.

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Response to femDem (Reply #6)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:05 PM

7. Ah, no matter. I'm only here for the fun, anyway.

I've been running a bit o' a fun deficit, I need a fun transfusion. A transfunsion, as it were.

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Response to IGotWalldudeFired (Reply #4)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:33 PM

9. Hmm...

This seems to contradict your initial response. This person is freely donating his time and creativity to help others. There doesn't appear to be any government involvement. Yet in your earlier response you described the page he seems to have taken from the conservative playbook as a prime example of what's wrong with liberals.

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Response to IGotWalldudeFired (Reply #1)

Tue May 13, 2014, 10:28 PM

8. More like -

Jimmy, before we go play catch today we are going to spend time helping look for wood and plastic that others have thrown away that can be used to make small shelters for people who don't have a home - and then we can go play catch.

Use the exchange to help Jimmy learn about the value of recycling, that not everyone can afford a place to live, and that one person can make a real difference in the lives of at least one or two people who are not so well off.

Is it a complete solution? Absolutely not. The artist doesn't pretend it is: “Stuff people just throw away on the street can give someone a viable home,” Kloehn explained in an interview with NBC News. “Does it have merit as a solution to homelessness? As far as giving people a shelter, yeah, definitely. Is it a solution to homelessness? It’s an answer. An attempt.”

I recall that private charity was one of the things pushed by conservatives, rather than government intervention. Do you have constructive suggestions for what this person engaging in private charity might do more effectively?

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