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  • DeNihilist October 30, 2021, 6:54 PM

    Here in Vancouver we have had “harm reduction” the longest of anywhere in N.A.
    Does it work, a bit, but not really.
    A lot of the addicts are mentally unbalanced, and because of the rights for all gang, we can no longer house them in safe and secure hospitals, so out to the streets they go.
    My son is a paramedic. He has brought back a lot of addicts from deaths warm embrace.
    Always dangerous when it is one of the liberated,
    He states their biggest worry is not how clean their drugs are (yes a large proportion will not go to the government site for clean drugs), but whether “you bastards put that vaccine shit in me” whilst they slept in death.
    He now just shakes his head and carries on to save another “life”.

  • OneGuy October 30, 2021, 8:19 PM

    30 days in the worst jail in the country for public drug use. Do it every time. No treatment, just a cold cell. Stop giving them narcan, if they die it just saves a lot of trouble and expense.

  • Sixtyville October 30, 2021, 11:29 PM

    Welcome back, Stanley. One of the best BAY Area reporters, ever. Stanley Roberts is to video what Herb Caen was to print.

  • Mike Austin October 31, 2021, 4:31 AM

    “If you’re going to San Francisco
    Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
    If you’re going to San Francisco
    You’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”

    Those lyrics have not aged well.

    I know, I know: It grates that nothing seems to work to cure these millions of pieces of human debris. It goes against the grain of American know-how and can-do attitudes. “We went to the moon, We can certainly solve this!” Well no, we can’t. We cannot even control it as it metastasizes. Is there any large, Democrat-run city where this public nuisance has not appeared?

    We can debate, we can argue, we can plan, we can propose, we can legislate: all to no avail. You might as well try to stop a corpse from decomposing. What we are witness to—in real time, right here in our faces—is a civilization in its death throes. All our libraries, all our fine and exquisite eateries, all our universities, all our brilliant minds, all our iPads, all our museums, all our military power, all our politicians, cannot stop one addict from looking for and finding drugs.

    Many pundits wring their soft hands and wail and gnash their teeth about “the fall of Rome”. Ah…too late! The barbarians are not at the gates. No, they flooded in decades ago to the clapping and cheering of our ruling “elites”. They no longer “slouch toward Bethlehem”, they commandeer its heights. There is not a single aspect of American “civilization”—can we still call it that?—that has not been subsumed with barbarism. Entertainment, media, politics, education: all under the control of madmen, of barbarians. What you see in the streets of San Francisco is the result of a hostile takeover of this nation.

    I will leave you with this: Have you considered that what you see today in the avenues of our big cities is no accident? That to those in power it is not a problem, it is a solution? Watch and listen to those who control our cities. Do they look like normal people who are concerned about the welfare of their fellows? They are as Prince Prospero in “The Masque of the Red Death”:

    “Prospero and his court are indifferent to the sufferings of the population at large; they intend to await the end of the plague in luxury and safety behind the walls of their secure refuge, having welded the doors shut.”

    All to no avail of course. Prospero died too.

    “And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”

    If it helps your grim mood know that all the Nancy Pelosis and Lori Lightfoots and Barack Obamas and Andrew Cuomos will perish along with the nation they purposefully demolished.

    So what’s to be done? Nothing. Those who survive will have “an ocean of difficulties” on their hands. I wish them many good lucks.

    • Snakepit Kansas October 31, 2021, 5:52 AM

      I think Mr. Austin is correct. There is no government solution. Divine intervention is required.

      • Mike Austin October 31, 2021, 6:42 AM

        Agreed. But why should He do so? We have tossed Him out of every public space. We have kicked Him out of every classroom. We laugh at and persecute His followers. We have denigrated and insulted Him in every possible way. He told us since the Garden that “His will be done.” We demanded otherwise, that our own will be done. He finally agreed. What we see all around us is the earthly manifestation of our will being done.

        We have become as the Krell in “Forbidden Planet”, whose every desire was instantly granted. As they perished in one dreadful night, they could not understand what was happening to them.

        What we see all around us —no mater how miserable, no matter how terrifying—is not Hell. That will come later.

        • Snakepit Kansas October 31, 2021, 6:16 PM

          Deserving’s got nothing to do with it. – Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven.

          Deny your maker. He who tries, will be wasted. – Layne Staley, Alice in Chains

          I saw a bumper sticker a few decades ago that said “Jesus is coming and He is pissed”. Seems legit.

    • gw October 31, 2021, 9:31 AM

      Think you’re correct on all counts. Will try to build on one point in particular. The people in charge seem to act based primarily on the popular leftist books they discussed in undergrad or graduate school (e.g., Edgar Allan Poe greatly disliked Thomas Jefferson).
      A different example might be “Origin of Species” where Darwin said that human beings should ensure that the fit breed and the unfit are weeded out. So, letting the drug-addicted slowly kill themselves is just part their leftist reset.
      More concerning, many of them seem to be familiar with Lenin’s works. Maybe a topic for a different day.

  • Annie Rose October 31, 2021, 7:26 AM

    It’s not just in SF. It’s everywhere. It’s in your hometown, but perhaps just hidden behind affluent doors or on a farm down the road from you. Don’t believe me? Just watch how erratic people’s driving has become compared to two years ago. There’s a whole lot of medicating going on. Covid has not been good for mental health. Before covid, there might be one overdose every 6-8 weeks with an occasional death in my community of 45,000. Once people were locked down and kept from working and socializing, the rate became one to two per week with overdose deaths about 2-3 times per month. As the months of lockdown continued, the rate increased. For some, they probably preferred death to unending isolation and financial ruin from lack of work. I would not be surprised if drug overdoses/ suicides-but then I repeat myself- outpaced actual covid deaths. This local problem in my town wasn’t publicized, but my husband was the local fire chief with first hand knowledge of what his paramedics were dealing with. Typically, he said those overdosing were brought back to life from 2-3 overdoses before they were finally successful in killing themselves. Usually family members who lived with them knew and were defensive about getting their loved one help. Our police department social workers simply could not get most of them to get help, that’s how deeply addicted they were and how deeply in denial the families were. Nearby affluent communities also had overdose deaths, including teenagers. Until we cut off the supply chain of fentanyl flowing over our southern border and crack down on China-the largest producer, nothing will change. China has a longterm plan for our destruction and it’s working quite well.

  • Gordon Scott October 31, 2021, 11:14 AM

    Michael Shellenberger, the former radical leftist turned realist, is known lately for his book Apocalypse Never, which points out that environmental alarmism is wrecking any real chance to implement sound environmental policies. Now he’s got a new book out, titled, San Fransicko, which shows that we don’t have to be victims of the deranged and drugged.

    Shellenberger makes the point that the whole progressive philosophy–give them everything and demand nothing–is doomed to failure. We can look at places like Amsterdam, Switzerland and Portugal. They simply don’t allow the “homeless” to live on the streets. We would not conscience our schizophrenic friends to rot in the open. Why do we tolerate it among others?

    Carrots and sticks. No free housing until you are living clean. Want to do drugs in the open? Nope, you will sit in jail until you demonstrate a willingness to live better. He says there must be a government component especially in the health care; private charities don’t have the resources. And yeah, make them miserable. They are not allowed to inflict their misery on us.

    Homelessness is an invented term designed to make people think the problem is lack of housing. It isn’t.

    • Mike Austin October 31, 2021, 1:43 PM

      “A controversial and polarizing figure, Shellenberger sharply disagrees with other environmentalists over the impacts of environmental threats and policies for addressing them. Shellenberger’s positions have been called “bad science” and “inaccurate” by environmental scientists and academics.”

      Since that spew comes from Wikipedia, it means that Shellenberger is worth a look. I will keep an eye on him. He seems to have a bunch of ideas of what can be—must be—done. I have no idea if they might work or not.

      But such activity might be yet another colossal waste of time, of energy, of money and of resources. But who knows? I would imagine that, with civil war approaching, any solution involving government action is doomed. When what we call “American Civilization” is involved in a death struggle, then such human detritus as shown in the videos will simply be in the way. When one side declares victory, those sad creatures will be long gone.

      Better for them. Better for us.

    • gw October 31, 2021, 2:40 PM

      One opinion, some interesting notions. Nevertheless, based on your note Shellenberger apparently ignores a critical aspect of the epidemic. At the end of the day, until and unless the root causes of addiction are agreed upon and can be effectively addressed, this misery will not end.

  • ghostsniper October 31, 2021, 11:28 AM

    Everybody would be homeless, if everyone was a lazy ass.
    Yes, it’s that simple.

    • Snakepit Kansas October 31, 2021, 6:21 PM

      Me and the kids pretty much finished up the mowing hustle this weekend. I am free labor. 188 yards YTD. No lazy asses allowed in this AO.

      • ghostsniper November 1, 2021, 4:57 AM

        The only good thing to come out of all the california fire smoke this summer was that our yard only needed mowed 6 times. I could live with that. Otherwise, it didn’t even seem like summer.

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