For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium. — Yeats
Seen here are a number of lifestyle enhancements this street-junkie has at his camp on the sidewalk:
- A. Cans in the sack as an emergency cash reserve.
- B. Spare shoe for those carefree barefoot days in the sidewalk camp.
- C. Personal security guard so no other junkie can interrupt your live-saving shot of Narcan.
- D. Outdoor kitchen and dining area with condiments and sauces du jour.
- E. Armchair for watching the passing parade from the gutter.
- F. Neighbor junkie looking around to see if there’s anything he can steal.
- G. Personal paramedic to make sure you get all the Narcan you need to breathe and move and shoot up and shit on the sidewalk for one more glorious day in San Francisco, that heaven for the homeless.
ELSEWHERE: MAKING HOMELESSNESS SUSTAINABLE WITH YOUR OVERPRICED PURCHASES
Last weekend at ye olde Cost Plus World Market Chico located on [naturally] Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Parkway I came across this example of sucking profits out of rich white progressives’ feel-good guilt.
The “marketing” bumpf-bullshit-BS copy tells you that if you blow a hundred bucks on this feeble and highly overpriced blanket, the company behind it will send some sort of Progressive cocaine-dusting helicopter to coke dust the streets of San Francisco with blankets of a quality to be determined later from its profit and loss statement.
One thing you can know from this is not that a blanket will actually make it to somebody in San Francisco whose lifestyle includes smoking crystal meth, sleeping in a piss-soaked tent, aggressive panhandling for drug money, and defecating in the street. All that is obscure and not easily verified.
No, one thing you can know is that if you buy it World Market and the blanket company both have their margins and profit margins guaranteed. You will note that the company has thoughtfully trademarked the phrase “Sackcloth and Ashes” as in Sackcloth & Ashes™ .
I particularly have to admire the gorge-rising statement on the sell card:
“Box reusable for donations of items that shelters need.”
Yes, just take this second-rate blanket out of the box and then walk about your city home tossing in odd crap that you can dump on the doorstep of the homeless shelter as you drive-by en route to your beach house.
The marketing bullshit bobs soft and feculent on the web-page of these shameless white folks profiting off guilt. For instance, here’s a hot item from the blanket scammers: Leather Blanket Roll | Sackcloth & Ashes™
Handcrafted with full-grained, vegetable-tanned leather, this embossed Sackcloth & Ashes blanket roll is perfect for bringing your favorite blanket on your next adventure.
“vegetable-tanned” No sweet animals such as cows were harmed in the tannery by the use of gentle tanning acids featuring veggies.
“embossed” Just so you know how “aristocratic” the look of the product is.
“next adventure” Oh yes nothing beats feeling good abouty your guilt than wrapping this blanket around you and getting cozy around the campfire at your catered $25,000 African safari.
We are proud to partner with DECE, a Romanian organization whose mission is to empower, educate, and employ Roma families in their community. They are one of the only two World Fair Trade Organization approved producers in Europe and adhere to all Global Organic Textile Standards.
“a Roumanian organization” i.e. One far away and very, very difficult to audit.
“Roma families” i.e. Gypsies with their own centuries long legacy of theft, scam, and fraud as family values.
“all Global Organic Textile Standards.” i.e. A group you don’t know from nations you never think about that are , really, just making such standards up.
Leather is a natural material and if taken care of, will only grow more beautiful over time. Do not immerse or soak your leather products in water. Do not machine wash or dry – instead hand wash them using a soft cloth dampened with saddle soap or mild soap and cold water. Let them air dry.
“Leather is a natural material…” Who knew?
“Do not immerse or soak leather…” Who knew?
“hand wash them using a soft cloth dampened with saddle soap…” Who knew?
“Let them air dry.” Translation: Our guilt-drenched customers are so effing stupid they’d put a leather coat in the drier when they should be putting their guilt-drenched heads in ovens.