HUMAN ISSUES Kindness to Humans
IN THIS SECTION  Books     Human Rights     Helping Humans     No to Torture     No to Sacrifices Some Real and Questionable Human Rights Groups BOOKS (2016) Blood Sacrifices: Violent Non-State Actors and Dark Magico-Religious Activities. By Robert J. Bunker  On Robert J. Bunker:  Division of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University, and Non-Resident Fellow, Counter-Terrorism, TRENDS Research & Advisory, Abu Dhabi. He is a former Minerva Chair and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University, five other university degrees, and has both undertaken and provided counter-terrorism related training. He has hundreds of publications including numerous edited works, booklets, chapters, and articles in policy, law enforcement, and military venues. Past associations include the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LA-HIDTA); Counter-OPFOR Corporation; University of Southern California; National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center--West, National Security Studies Program, Cal State San Bernardino; and the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group. He can be contacted via robert.bunker@cgu.edu or #DocBunker. Contributors: Dawn Perlmutter, Ph.D. Robert J. Bunker, Ph.D. Marc W.D. Tyrrell, Ph.D. Paul Rexton Kan, Ph.D. Lt.Col. Lisa J. Campbell, B.A., SME Beheadings Tony M. Kail, B.A., SME Esoteric Religions Pamela Ligouri Bunker, M.Litt., M.A. Charles Cameron, B.A., SME Religious Violence SA Andrew Bringuel, II, M.A., SME Criminal Extremism Jo?se de Arimate?ia da Cruz, Ph.D. Mark Safranski, M.A., M.Ed. Alma Keshavarz, M.P.P., Ph.D. Student Pauletta Otis, Ph.D. Excerpt from Amazon on Blood Sacrifices:  The acknowledgment that blood sacrifice, particularly human sacrifice, actively occurs in the 21st century is a pivotal triumph in scholarly research. Twenty years ago, this book could not have been published. In most universities, think tanks, and government research facilities, characterizing any type of murder as sacrificial was viewed at best as a secondary motive and at worst as junk science. - Dr. Dawn Perlmutter" Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda Dallaire, Roméo and Samantha Power (foreword) Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor Farmer, Paul We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families Gourevitch, Philip World Report 2014: Events of 2013 (Human Rights Watch World Report) Human Rights Watch (Author) , Kenneth Roth (Introduction) Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty Wu, Harry and George Vecsey Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China's Gulag Wu, Harry and Carolyn Wakeman WuDunn, Sheryl and Nicholas D. Kristof Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Yousafzai, Malala and Christina Lamb Green Illusions Zehner, Ozzie NO TO TORTURE Torture does not belong within the contexts of any freedom loving society calling itself democratic, and should not be be excused by the popular maxim freedom is not truly free.  There are no circumstances whatsoever which justify torture, no matter how much we need the information, how rotten we think the culprits are or whether human lives are at risk. Americans should never, ever, ever sink to using torture on another human being and should not come up with justifications for doing so.  This also means not giving the jobs of torture to other countries or taking torture outside of the United States.  There is no religion anywhere that can justify torture. A country using torture as part of its control, punishment or information gathering portfolio is a dirty country and reflects poorly on all of its citizens.   NO TO SACRIFICE Sacrifice often is a secretive activity.  It is a tenacious cultural practice going back to the beginning of mankind’s history.  In modern times, it is not limited to less technologically advanced societies like indigenous populations.  It is likely to be found in everything from Native American Church* groups to private practices in fraternities at costly universities.  The sacrifices can range from animals to humans.  People often refer to Satanic groups as those which engage in sacrifices but Satanists often deny using animal or human sacrifices as part of their church practices.  Recognize that different groups or people can intermingle, thereby blurring the lines between one type of occult practice and another.  In addition, the notion of energy vampirism should not be ignored in considering sacrificial-like behavior.  As an example of how this might apply, consider the notion that there are large conglomerate companies making use of a secret type of strategy with an analogy to snake venom (numbing) or snake charming (mesmerizing) to immobilize victims (consumers) and then use them as cattle for sustained productivity (vampirism).    Once the victims are immobilized, life force energy is drained in the process of buying goods and services and also by having these same victims working at low paying jobs at the vampire-run businesses that prevent them from ever getting ahead.  If the victims working at these places are lucky enough to make a truly livable wage, they are probably snagged within the company’s bad business practices. There is something hypnotic and energy draining in how the vampires entice and hold onto customers while reducing competition and true choice about where to buy from.  Conglomerates using Satanic or other occultish energy in this imaginary scenario hold the market as well as the experience of buying.  As people lose touch with themselves and the reality of their situation, it is like losing a part of the soul - selling the soul to a market devil.  If this analogy has any validity, the Satanic or occult oriented issue here is that the thing sacrificed is the soul, not the body or outer vessel. No matter how sacrifice is actually performed, it (like torture) does not belong in an evolved society committed to the well-being and success of people, animals and the planet at large. *Excerpt on NAC: The Native American Church (NAC), also known as Peyotism and Peyote Religion, is a Native American religion characterized by mixed traditional and Protestant beliefs and by sacramental use of the entheogen peyote. US Courts (1993) Summary of First Amendment Landmark Supreme Court case: Church of the Lukumi-Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah (Florida) 508 U.S. 520 (1993) http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/exercise-religious-practices-rule-law New York Times on above case (Lukumi-Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah) http://www.nytimes.com/1993/06/12/us/supreme-court-animal-sacrifice-court-citing-religious-freedom-voids-ban-animal.html Encyclopedia 2 - Sacrifice Theology http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Sacrifice+theology   HUMAN RIGHTS Resources:  Books, Links The Nation China building massive railway across South America at significant human and environmental cost. China’s neo-colonialism and the spread of its totalitarian human rights violations to South America is an ominous sign and should be taken extremely seriously.  Communism is spreading.  The South American leaders are mistaken for doing this, for allowing China to spread and dominate.  In return for dollars, they are selling their people, land and diverse ways of life.  It is not just a railroad, it’s much more than that. http://www.thenation.com/blog/210401/china-building-massive-railway-across-south-america-significant-human-and-environmental Council On Hemispheric Affairs - Twin Ocean Project South Americas Transcontinental Railroad http://www.coha.org/the-twin-ocean-project-Asouth-americas-transcontinental-railroad/ REAL AND QUESTIONABLE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS xx indicates possible terrorist or anti-American ties; AU, ACLU, EF seem to be greatly linked xx Americans United AU Americans United for Separation of Church and State http:// au.org xx American Civil Liberties Union ACLU https://www.aclu.org/ The Day We Fight Back https://thedaywefightback.org/ xx Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/ Harry Wu Laogai Research Foundation http://www.laogai.org/tag/harry-wu Human Rights - website with information, videos, etc. http://www.humanrights.com/#/home Human Rights and Torture Issues http://act.amnestyusa.org/ Roots Action http://www.rootsaction.org/ Additional Groups/Individuals associated with either human rights or political/system abuse alleviation: xxseveral of these likely problematic Economic Policy Institute Policy Center American Family Voices Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund Campaign for America's Future Change.org Courage Campaign Crooks and Liars Daily Kos Deluge Democracy for America Left Action People For the American Way Rep. Mark Pocan (WI) Progressive Congress Silver Linings Action The Agenda Project The Nation HELPING HUMANS The Rationale For Good Quality Human Intervention Systems Nice Areas, Good Jobs - Living In The Land Of Make-Believe Social Groups and Working Together Important in Recovery From Abuse, Poverty, and Crime Consider Working Together In Coops Like Extended Family Walk In Beauty: Small Amount of Money Doesn’t Have To Mean Ugly and Hard Eco-Friendly Properties: Low Cost, Elbow Room, Quiet, Peace Low Funds On Hand, Living On A Shoestring, And Trying To Find Shelter      Motels and Hotels      Hostels      Extended Stay Hotels Note:  Shelters often have waiting lists and cannot be relied on for emergency shelter.  Frequently the permitted amount of time to stay is no more than a week or two, and then people are back on the streets.  We need creative real world solutions to help people get off the streets permanently but also to protect them while they are lumped together with other homeless people.  We need to understand that veterans are often finding themselves dealing with the same issues as the general public when it comes to shelter, food, medical and mental health care.  In addition, we are often dealing with non-addict homeless and poor as well as those dealing with addictions.  Personality types or lifestyle issues should be considered when grouping people into shelters or other facilities to get them off the streets.  For example, some people are single and quiet - they don’t like noise, cigarette smoke or heavy loads of social contact.  Those people should be put in one area to themselves.  Other people seem to need more stimulation - noise, for example, or they smoke, or they need to constantly be talking to feel normal.  There is nothing wrong with that, but they should be put in areas better suited to this.  Some homeless people need rest and time to the self to recover more than anything and added stimulation only is an irritant or slows things down.  Veterans might still be recovering from emotional and physical wounds which require specialized help, but for whatever reason they are not getting what they need from the military end of the government.  There should be special areas and resources set aside for these people, too. We have a lot of people in the USA today strongly connected to chemical dependencies of one kind or another.  Unfortunately, personal funds will go toward that before it goes to housing and food.  People will spend money on cigarettes also before they will take care of basic needs like gas.  We need to address these issues realistically without punitive or judgmental behaviors.  Please understand that many people think homeless people just need more discipline or authority.  Be very careful in your approach with that behavior.  Too much discipline might be what has caused these people to drop out in the first place; they are looking for softer and greener pastures away from all that authority.  The harsher the tone, the more strict the behaviors, the more you might be turning people off from real support.  Get a grip on authority, don’t let authority have a grip on you.  Power trips do not belong in working with the homeless.  People seemingly not doing life according to some standards used by the mainstream work force get a lot of flack already - they probably have already heard it before: “get a job”, “you expect all of us hard working people to take care of you”, “you lazy bum” - the put downs usually go on and on.  There is usually something else that is broken - not just a lack of discipline - and it is not always immediately obvious what that is.  Too many people jump to the conclusion that medication is needed - we have too many people on medication they probably do not need.  America looks for quick fixes and medication is one of those.  It often seems easier to get a problem person hooked on a “real” drug rather than really finding out better solutions.  Be careful with assuming people need medication to “be fixed.”  Frequently that is the easy way out - a cop out.  Don’t jump to conclusions that someone is manic-depressive or troubled by any other mental illness condition.  Don’t use labels lightly or carelessly to describe someone’s mental condition, not even in joking.  Be careful about maintaining privacy.  Don’t spread gossip.  Don’t talk about people behind their backs.  Keep an open mind at all times.  Be ready to change your view about someone when you gather new information; don’t lock up into a mindset.  Realize that psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors are all human and do make mistakes and that you will most definitely find differences in approach and diagnoses when you move between them.  No one person should be thought of as the ultimate authority on another human’s condition, state of mind, emotional disposition or worth.  Always be prepared to think - and to think creatively.  Handle things responsibly and ethically.  Again, don’t look for the easy way out.  Don’t dump someone into a system or with a doctor or counselor you figure is not ultimately in the best interests of that other person needing help.  Keep an eye out on things: sometimes things look good at first and then go sour, or the real personality comes out in the shelter, doctor or counselor later.  Lots of time people feel they are too busy with their own problems and lives to help someone else and so they are looking for the easy way out by dumping the poor in someone else’s lap without worrying too much about the quality of help there.  This can and does lead to abusive situations.  Don’t dump people in bad situations.  It’s better to leave them alone than to do that. We have a problem in our country today where there are so many people needing help everywhere that we rightly figure we just don’t have the money or time to help them.  What we need are systems-wide solutions because individuals cannot handle it alone.  We need to get at the root problems on a broad scale.  This means taking some good hard looks at the true state of human behaviors - not trying to make people into something they are not.  We need to be open to the idea that there are a number of different ways to solve a problem and that different people have different styles and needs.  We cover that again below and elsewhere on this website. Understand that sucking on a cigarette, drawing on a bottle of beer or having a caffeine addiction might all be compensating behaviors.  In other words, in addition to the chemical addictions associated with these things, they also can be comforting, like holding a teddy bear or drawing up a soft blanket are comforting.  People might seem like they are being lazy sitting on the side of the road with a sign up asking for help while sucking on a cigarette; that cigarette might be a way for them to feel comforted in some way.  People draw things to their bodies to overcome fear and hopelessness much like a baby draws a thumb to their mouth.  It is a way to say “I am real, I am here, I am still alive, and I need comfort.”  Don’t judge too harshly when you see people with soda pops or cigarettes on them when they are looking for help along the roads. We need a system-wide approach to give these people who have given up another way to meet their needs and to also maybe help others and society in a non-pushy or non-forced way.  People are disassociating all over the country right and left.  We are seeing increased employment levels and more jobs, but there still are people disassociating.  Be creative and help all of us open the door to survival. One way to do this is to have a realistic understanding of the application process at most entry level jobs today.  They are grueling affairs for many people.  Why?  Because they are long, for one thing.  For another, they require references.  Yes, references.  If people have fallen out of the mainstream work environment for awhile, or never were there in the first place, getting asked for references on an application is an absolute nightmare.  Really.  Another thing is job history.  If people have not played the game of normal employment at some point in their lives, trying to come across as worthy for employment can also be a nightmare.  People wind up lying out of sheer desperationOn top of that, most of the retail store applications have long-winded psychological evaluations.  Yes, they really doThey are usually at the end of the main part of the  application which describes job history, education and referencesThey go on and on - question after question about things like do you prefer to work alone or with a team, are you a self-starter or do you prefer to receive orders, do you think stealing is bad, etc., etc.  It is a grueling marathon run and frequently has a tricky approach to get you to reveal your hang-ups even though they often say there are no right or wrong answers. Understand that some of the people who are older who have to go through those applications processes after awhile just give up.  They don’t have anything good to report on them, so why bother?  Most of the jobs like that end up going to younger people with less troubled backgrounds.  This is one reason you often see so many older people in homeless shelters. We need to start creating user friendly jobs in which the application process is easier.  We also need to understand that fast food entry level jobs usually cannot pay the rent and keep people afloat.  Those are usually the jobs people can get easily - but it does not stop homelessness or poverty.  Let’s be clear about that, OK? People with troubled backgrounds in one way or another whether it is as non-threatening as just not having worked awhile or in a steady manner - or with criminal backgrounds of some kind - need to have a more accessible way of getting employed than is currently available through most of the entry level jobs in this country.  We should not leave these people to the wolves so that the only jobs they can get don’t pay enough or give enough hours, or don’t have safe environments.  For example, many people end up working in jobs that are bad for the human health when they cannot find jobs elsewhere - that is not right.   We need everyone in the USA to get out of the harsh and heavy blue collar mentality that life needs to be hard and that hard work is the only way out of a bad way.  Let’s learn to teach each other how to work smart and efficiently and that hard work, when it happens, happens from choice, not force.  If we choose to work hard, it should be at things we love and want to do, and we need to feel it is going somewhere meaningful. Hard work that wears out our bodies, health and spirits but leaves nothing but ashes and a bitter soul is not the answer.  We must demand a higher quality country than that for our American citizens.  We should not treat people on the low end of the stick as lepers or as people deserving the harshest treatment with the least respect. The more you beat up on someone like that, the harder it is for them to pull up and out of the problem.  Work on empowerment, not dis-empowerment.  Find what works, not what does not work.  HELPING HUMANS - HUMAN SERVICES, ETC. The Rationale For Good Quality Human Intervention Systems Areas of the country with good quality social work and volunteering tend to be safer and more gentle places.  Nurturing both humans and the environment creates a better planet for everyone. Having support systems available for those in need is a key element in any civilized society, Finding ways to open doorways and help light the spark of each unique individual so they can find their own path, independence and survival to the best of their abilities are primary concerns in working with human service enterprises. Human Services programs in and of themselves can be difficult to pay for (ie, taxes, donations), cumbersome and inefficient (low staff, high demand; bureaucratic red tape, long lines, waiting lists) and insufficiently prepared (staff with inadequate education, experience, or personal vision) to handle the growing numbers of victims of poverty and violence.  They can also be places that are misused by people who want a free ride.  Things can and do get mishandled and lost in the system.  However, without some kind of outside intervention, people usually have nowhere else to turn. When we are dealing with food, consider creating gardens that the poor tend for their own bellies and to sell at markets for income for the charity center.  Include year-round gardening strategies.  Consider getting people off junk food which is often donated to food banks and homeless shelters.  Look into various groups which have already worked with these concepts in various areas. Nice Areas, Good Jobs - Living In The Land Of Make-Believe Realize that the protected middle class and upper classes may be living in a fog and illusion which is not preparing them for the upcoming shocks of planetary shifting.  Living in isolated well kept neighborhoods with plenty to eat and drink may be creating an artificial sense of safety and normalcy when in fact people should be sensitizing themselves to upcoming possible major upheavals.  By working with the poor in a sincere and non-judgmental way, people can start preparing yourself for “What if that was me, too?”  By attuning to hardship issues in others, people can better prepare fo a possible planet without enough water, overheated conditions, and diseases gone awry without adequate medical and security support.  In many parts of the world, this is already a reality.  By getting into the groove with realism, people can start sensing why we need to make major changes on the planet before it is too late.  When people start sensing where others on the edge are coming from away from protected income sources and lifestyles, they start having a more direct relationship with the natural world.  In addition, those people on the streets become less frightening as it is realized that homelessness and poverty can happen to anyone, anywhere.  It becomes less of an “us” versus “them” concept.  Many times people at a higher economic and educational level carry a symbolic Lysol disinfectant bottle with them when coming around people they figure are low income or homeless; it’s as if they are afraid they are going to catch something.  That attitude of distancing from problems in general contributes to the environmental problems we have today.  People detach themselves from the machines and modes of our own destruction because many people keep the rougher side of life, including industrial activities, off to one side.  Social Groups and Working Together Important in Recovery From Abuse, Poverty, and Crime We need to work together to help create stronger human relationships which are easier on the spirit.  Positive social groups and extended family support can help with this (Please see the book The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog in Books. Particularly see the final chapter, Healing Communities starting on page 231.)  Treating each individual as a worthwhile Self and not an object of scorn, sexual abuse and neglect is also part of this. Consider Working Together In Coops Like Extended Family As the gap between the very wealthy and the poor or low to moderate income groups grows, we might consider group-based support systems which work as coops.  Using a well-organized strategy to work with everyone’s income, time and availability, people can work together to cover housing, food, transportation, child care and elderly care.  Several people wanting this kind of mutuality can find each other through posters, Craig’s List, newspaper ads, etc. or local social service networks may help getting several people to come together in this way.  When people pool resources and other things, it can act as an extended family.  It can be a mix of single mothers, singles with no children, married couples, etc., or it can be more of one type of household.  This can be done within one building (like a large rental house with shared rooms), on private land (people pitch into buy the land and help put together one large or several small properties) or across several buildings close together in a neighborhood or block. The private property could be owned by a stable organization that allows people to come and go, too - this could be a mix of people who live and manage the property and those who either rent or buy short-term.  In these coops, people look out for each other and make sure no one member of the groups ever goes without food, water or shelter.  It would be designed as a responsible organization with an eye on personal safety (gun-free, non-violent, drug-free, abuse-free) respect and kindness.  We should look into how ideas like these have already been put together in other areas, see what worked and did not work, and consider implementing ideas which fit certain needs.  Part of this should include organic gardening and sustainability education wherever possible, even in cities.   Walk In Beauty: Smaller Amount of Money Doesn’t Have To Mean Ugly and Hard The walk with poverty often gets lost in a quagmire of ugliness.  Ugly city streets, crowded homeless shelters, mean-spirited low cost apartment complexes, and then of course the whole dismal rough and tough cycles of abuse, street violence, drugs, and so on found in crowded conditions everywhere.  Poverty also finds itself in small rural communities with low education and heavy atmospheres of conformity, hopelessness and non- creativity. We need to start feeling and finding the poetry of the land.  Removing the harshness of gray city lifestyles or conformity driven small towns, and replacing them with the gentleness, loveliness and nature.   Some people in the cities have never even been to the country at all.  They don’t know what that feels like - but some people in the country don’t use the innovativeness and opportunities often found in cities and keep things too narrow. Eco-Friendly Properties: Low Cost, Elbow Room, Quiet, Peace.  Be Creative: It Won’t Break the Bank! Creating small inexpensive eco-friendly properties which give people a place to garden, have personal space and privacy, have a sense of plants and nature are much better than expensive apartment complexes or other areas with crowded conditions. Don’t have the houses lined up like graves in a cemetery.  Give the areas a sense of roundness, curviness and flow.  Put small indigenous garden areas between the houses so people have elbow room and privacy.  Keep a small grocery store, post office and other essentials nearby so people can ride their bikes or walk there if they want to.   Don’t make these areas feel over-processed and controlled like many housing subdivisions with a fancy sign and name outside the complex.  These areas should not have a formal housing subdivision feeling, but should be more natural and open.  Once something is linked with a subdivision or building corporation, it changes its tone and often becomes more formal, stiff and controlled.  You don’t want that with these properties.  A lot of the corporation owned apartment complexes put extras into giving their managers bonuses and commissions for renting properties.  They keep inefficient gardening areas around requiring high maintenance and utilities.  Advertising is usually high, like in magazines, on the internet and in newspapers.  All these things add up to higher rents than are necessary. Consider revamping old ugly city areas with these eco-properties.  Don’t scrape off forests and natural terrain.  Rework what is already there.  Each very small, humble and low cost, but solidly constructed home should be built with human dignity in mind.  The people with money usually spend it on themselves - big houses, large business complexes and so on.  They are always looking for ways to make more money, at the expense of the environment and other people.  Try to imagine making money from real estate while also cleaning up old and stale areas.  Provide people with small, lovely and respectable properties which give something to the present and to the future.  Reconsider how you look at a real estate money-making venture.  You might not make as much per unit as you do with larger houses, but you would sell lots of these things because more people could afford them.  Plus you would have the satisfaction of knowing you helped create sustainable life-ways for people. Low Funds On Hand, Living On A Shoestring And Trying To Find Shelter One thing to look for in helping people rise out of poverty are low cost start-up rentals.  Currently, we have a huge problem in most cities and towns with this issue.  Here is what is happening: people find themselves on a shoestring; they do not have much money to put together for a rental, because most rentals require: strict application process - job, credit history, references; usually at least half a month’s to a full month’s deposit plus the rent, sometimes more fees on top of that; a commitment for six months to a year on a lease.  Most people living on the edge don’t have the presence of mind to deal with all that.  They just a need a place to get off the street quickly and without a lot of fuss and expense.  People who are well-grounded with employment and housing often don’t realize how very difficult it really is for someone on the edge to try to start fresh or over with little funds and no job. Motels and Hotels Frequently people end up paying high weekly costs in motels or hotels; usually these places are the cheapest in town, and they often harbor rude and suspicious front desk personnel, criminals, drug addicts and prostitutes.  Because these places are known to draw such people, the police are also often there, using Gestapo-type tactics to invade and question at every given opportunity.  It is no joke that people with minor offenses like unpaid traffic tickets get hunted down and treated like full-blown criminals by the police in places like this.  Expect the cops to be checking out whole night roster lists, peering into your car when you sleep at night and checking you in any other way they feel so inclined.  Someone who is already and stressed and on low income just trying to make things work on a shoestring by staying someplace like this long enough until a job is found may find there is more stress and harassment living in a place like this than living in a tent.  At least in most campgrounds, there is more personal space and privacy. Hostels The other place people on a shoestring go to are hostels in those areas where they exist.  Not all towns have them.  Some get become quite seedy and unpleasant; others are kept safe and clean.  A person can find a roof over their head for low cost at these places, but the problem is that usually people are not allowed to stay very long (a week, ten days, two weeks maximum average) and the low cost comes with the price of no privacy because the place you sleep is in a dorm style room with bunkbeds; there can be piles of snoring and strange people in the room with you - people you have no way of knowing their personal backgrounds, criminal history, etc.  If you can sleep through snores and other noises in the room at night, you can probably handle places like this; some of us are sensitive to noise and need more personal space and privacy.  Again, there are times campgrounds and tents give people more options than this.  Quite a few hostels offer single rooms with bathrooms or with shared bathrooms; you will have to decide if the cost is worth it.  For example, if the cost is the same as  a cheap hotel but the privacy goes down, you might prefer to get a hotel room.  Most hostels are designed to be social places; it is encouraged that people who stay there mix with the other people and staying off to yourself might come across as rude or not part of the hostel culture.  Other hostels are more relaxed and let people be what they need to be - social or not.  There are times in our lives we are social, other times when we need quiet and privacy.  You will have to decide if any given hostel is the right environment for you in general and for that particular period of time in your life.  There are times meeting new people and having people around is exactly what we need; other times, we just need quiet and rest to gather our thoughts. Although usually hostels are geared toward younger people on the go, you will find all age groups and economic backgrounds in hostels.  Expect a drug and hippy culture running as an undercurrent - it’s typical for hostels.  This does not mean everyone does drugs or is a hippy, but that there is usually an old 60s offset.  You will often find it in the decor and the way the managers dress - but not always.   Many hostels have had to tighten ship with policies about drugs, rowdiness and criminals coming through, especially those that have had complaints from the community or elsewhere.  Things might have  that drug and hippy thing running underneath, but overall, hostels that manage to stay in business don’t want really seedy people coming through or dealing with people who are so out of it that they cause trouble in one way or another.  This is why hostels generally are pretty safe and well maintained.  Checking the blogs on the property usually is pretty enlightening but remember to look for both the good and the bad comments because bad experiences and coments can depend on a number of different factors including the personality of the person writing the comments, the particular staff member aboard that day, whether the hostel was short-handed or going through a particularly difficult period, etc.  One thing to note about some hostels is that if there are quite a few people sharing the bathrooms and there are not enough of them, things can be challenging in terms of going to the bathroom or taking a shower.  You may have to wait in line.  Also some hostels might keep the heat down too low in the winter so you have cold rooms at night - hard to sleep.  On the other hand, the rooms might be hot in the summer with inadequate ventilation or cooling.  Try to book new places for only one night to get a feeling for things before booking for a week or more.  That way if you hit a dive, you are not in the difficult position of trying to get a refund for the remaining unused nights, if refunds are even possible.  Parking can also be an issue - look around the grounds to see if there is enough room to park.  Sometimes you will find there is not and people are forced to park along the side of the street or up a few blocks. Extended Stay Hotels There are extended stay hotels with small kitchenettes which in many cases really do help people relocate, get a fresh start, and get out of the full-blown motel scenario.  The problem with these places is they are usually expensive and tightly run.  Again, these places are watched by suspicious front desk clerks, security hiding out behind the surveillance cameras on-site, and the police.  People are watched very carefully in these places, just like motels.  In the nicer and more costly extended stay, the sense of surveillance does go down. RV parks offer those people with an RV, camper, etc. a place to go at daily, weekly or monthly cost.  Many people have wisely started trying this as an alternative to renting.  It does save money, it gets people off the streets with some kind of shelter, and it does provide more personal space and privacy than room rentals, hotels, etc.  The main problem with living in RV parks is they can be dangerous.  You have no way of knowing who is around you at any given time, and for all you know, someone could be watching you from their RV, deciding you are a target.  Most RV units and campers are not very secure; it’s generally not that hard to break into someone’s unit.  The exterior materials are usually flimsy - doors and windows can be pried open fairly easily, for example.  Sometimes people find a low cost piece of land to put the RV on; this would be preferable to living in a park, but the trade-off is mobility.  In addition, parks usually have all the utilities including Wi-Fi; with a new piece of land, a person may have to put in the utilities, dig a well, put in a septic, etc.  That all costs money.   Build Low Cost Housing With Just the Basics - And Personal Space Ideally, what single people or couples trying to get a fresh start need are small one unit studios spread across the grounds with a little elbow room between each unit.  Each unit would have a small kitchen, bathroom and living space.  They would be designed for one or two occupants at most.  The cost of these units should be kept to a minimum.  People should be able to rent these units by the day, week or month.  These need to be run by independent, privately owned citizens, not major apartment, motel/hotel, or extended stay corporations because once those groups get hold of a project, prices go up.  Each person who comes into the complex needs to be given the disclosure up front whether or not police are actively checking occupant lists and keeping an eye on the property.  Where there is a particular problem with police intervention in the hotel/motel industry is that many people do not realize they are under scrutiny.  It is better if people know up front if the police are watching the property; this will also help keep suspicious characters from wanting to check out the property.  We live in a society that keeps trying to cram people too close together.  Take personal space and privacy seriously. One way to do that is to make sure people have privacy between living spaces to get in and out of their property without too much interference or friction with next door neighbors.  Remember and respect that different people have different bubbles; some people truly need more space than others.  Noises over fences and between yards can be an issue even if there are fences between them.  Some people are more social than others and don’t think twice about some of these things.  Realize there are different strokes for different folks, and if someone tells you they really like to stay to themselves or to be quiet, they mean it even if you personally feel that the main issue is housing.  It is good to get people into shelter, yes, but why not take a little extra time to make sure it is psychologically workable housing, not just a place to stuff people? Consider Using College Campus Family Housing as Models For Low Cost Housing Elsewhere Families with kids need other types of accommodations.  Family housing found at college campuses might be one example to follow for low income housing for the poor.  Exchanges as work for rent can act at gradating rental amounts from no pay, to subsidized pay, to low pay. Gradually increase the amount owed as the amount of trade is reduced.  Working in public gardens might be one way to offset rent, or on construction projects. Group childcare might be another way.  Consider group provided food banks so no one ever goes without food.  Smoking and non-smoking areas should be taken seriously and kept separate. Updates revamping kndness to humans section-2020/01/27; no to sacrifice 02/06/2017; Human Rights _02/07/2017_11/17/2016; helping humans___02/07/201_ 11/17/2016_updated 06/16/2016_10/12/2015; No to torture__06/20/2017_05/29/2017_02/07/2017_11/10/2016
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