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Measure S: "Mentally Ill, Addicted, Homeless and Other People"

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-Who is paying the taxes?  62.5% of California's Revenue comes from our Personal Income Tax (9.9% increase from last year), while only 9.8% comes from Corporate taxes (1.4% decrease)."

From the same source:

"We are told that we have to accept these massive cuts to what we need most - jobs, healthcare, education, retirement, libraries, and parks.  We are told that there are just no other options, that we have to make sacrifices, tighten our belts, tax ourselves more because of the budget deficit.  However this is an artificial deficit, a result of the priorities of those who run this society and put the profits of banks and corporations ahead of our needs.  California is the 9th largest economy in the world, there is plenty of money here."

I paid one dollar for this information, which has is chock full of source links of the aforementioned statistics.  You can receive this information at Berkeley City College or you can find out more about it with an email to: Email address removed .

Ignoring and scapegoating (the problem) has not worked, and neither will Measure S.  This measure is not designed to fix anything.  This measure is to "get rid of" what the bourgeois do not wish to see, their very own failures shufflin' around the front doors of their businesses.

There is metaphor and situations which are analogous to all these situations, and I observe them, daily.

This morning, I watched as a man (Shufflin') tried sleeping, with his scrubs falling off him, exposing his ass crack, when nobody even called for a plumber.  His shirt was also exposing the four-inch-wide scar that was running parallel Shufflin's spine.  The proponents of Measure S would have you believe Shufflin' is the problem here.  The Downtown [Berkeley] Business Association (DBA), Block By Block (SMS Holdings), and the city would all have you believe that this guy is at fault.  They would have you believe the reason his is this way and the reason he continues to shuffle around the downtown area is entirely his fault and no fault (or blame) should be levied on those who have ignored the problem until is bit them.

I have to call bullshit on this.

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Anyway, so I put my stuff down next to Shufflin', as that is where I sit my gear, every morning.  I am not worried about Shufflin' giving me something I do not want, like scabies... even though, maybe, I should? -- I do not.

I head into Peet's and head into the bathroom, as I needed to "unload a truck."

As I sat there, thinking of porcelain dreams, I could hear the toilet running.  I'm not plumber, but the sound of a running toilet tells me that if not fixed, there will be seal problems in the future.  So after I deposit my morning's payload, I decided to examine the toilet's interior, as I may just be able to stop the constant running of water sure to give this toilet future problems.  Before I checked, though, I thought to myself, "There are three types (at least) of people in this world:

1. Those who see (or hear) a problem and attempt to fix it, and do not stop until the problem is fixed.

2. Those who see (or hear) a problem and choose to ignore it, outright or hope it just goes away.

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3. Those who see (or hear) a problem and tell someone else about it, so they can fix it.

I fit into the category of number 1.  The people who fall into category 2 annoy the crap out of me and are the same folks who are doing the "get rid of," not too coincidentally enough.  I can handle category 3, as at least those folks are trying to fix the problem, even if they cannot help, personally.

And, even as analogous or metaphorical situations occur, there can also be other situations that arise from something that just adds to the story; situations that you cannot come up with on your own; situations that can only be true, because anything I try to come up with fictionally does not compare; situations like this one: as I examine the new-age-type toilets' bowels, I noticed a pointy, cylindrical reminder of this very fact.

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