That they do this VOLUNTARILY is a very important distinction since so many people are now in reduced circumstances due to the ruthless international implementation of what is called Agenda 21, but is in reality, the enforcement of the Marxist NWO/JWO. Although perhaps not in the category of these ShantyTown folk, the concept of a poverty vacation does not hold much of an appeal to the average person struggling to survive.
One person describes it as “Poverty Porn.” Yes, indeed the whole concept is just that corrupt and offensive, but does that really surprise anyone in a world currently based on the values of soulless exploitation, greed, and avarice?
The whole concept is beyond calloused and just so amazingly wrong! At first I thought of Huxley’s Brave New World, but then remembered that the process to obtain documents for travel to that place had been complicated and difficult for fear of contaminating the minds of the less mentally “stalwart”. Do any of you remember that scenarios when the couple first landed in the midst of squalor?
It could take me time to verbalize my initial disgust in this whole enterprise; instead I will leave you to explore and decide for yourselves. After a few articles surface of these types of temporary escapes the thought of Marie Antoinette came to mind. This controversial child monarch met a tragic end due to her excesses, the same types of excesses that we see all around us.
I have just had a brilliant brain storm!
Here we have a lovely spot in Shatila just ripe for exploitation by wealthy tourists or perhaps the occasional curious Israeli. Those Palestinians are missing a great opportunity to reap in the sheckels (!?!) through the tourism hostel business. Although we know, in truth, if it were possible to exploit these folks further, some Israeli would have already done so by now.
We have seen over the years the effects of continued deprivations and attacks upon these beleaguered people. It has made them strong, resilient and more determined than ever to survive ~ and maintain their dignity as a people. I do not think, however, that the Palestinian variety of resilience and strength is quite what the Emoya Estate sells as:
Shabby chic taken to a whole new level of decadence.
A South African luxury resort is now offering rich tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ~ to experience what it's like to live like the poor. Sort of.
Visitors to Emoya Estate can choose to stay in corrugated metal huts in Shanty Town “for a unique accommodation experience in Bloemfontein.”
But the luxury Shanty Town is no ordinary slum. Guests have access to “long-drop effect toilets, donkey geysers, electricity and a bathroom with shower.”
“This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless Internet access!”
Here’s an explanation of the Shanty Town experience:
“team building, fancy theme parties and an experience of a lifetime.”
"EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!?"
Tell that to the locals and see if you get out in one piece.
September 18, 2013
Photo via http://mamelodiforamonth.co.za/
From Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich’s commitment to live on $4.50 a day to highlight food insecurity, to Cory Booker’s Food Stamp challenge, many are using their notoriety to draw attention to larger issues.
“Like so many people in South Africa, we live in a bubble,” Ena Hewitt explained the reason for the move, “We wanted to get outside that bubble.”
“It is what I call poverty pornography,” Ms. Dlamini said. “They put themselves at the center of the narrative that reinforces the centrality of whiteness in South Africa.”
“They have sought out, won and accepted sympathy and praise for living the hardships others experience daily without receiving the commensurate plaudits.”
ED Noor: Then, according to this summary, the family took and did not give back. Their comment is self-oriented. "We did it to change ourselves." No comment.
ED Noor: Only in South Africa you say? Well, not quite. The phenomenon seems to be spreading to North America. One can only wonder how many other scams there are out there similar to the one below that enriches an entrepreneurial opportunist at the expense of the street people whose "lifestyle" he is prostituting for profit.
“A well known Seattle dominatrix had a service where clients would pay thousands for her to render them homeless. She and her assistants would effectively kidnap them, strip them of any identification or money, dress them in appropriate garb and then toss them out on the streets of Seattle for 48 hours to survive. She then kept a circumspect eye on them during this time and paid someone to drive by and toss them food once a day. I always felt this transcended sex positive to just highly highly bad taste.” ~ Jezebel commentator
Aaaand that's why people think a lot of panhandlers are liars. If you can afford to spend $2,000 to act like a homeless person, you shouldn't even "try your hand at panhandling" unless that money is going to a charity that helps to homeless. You don't need that money. ~ Jezebel commentator
October 2, 2013
Howdy, my name is Mike. I am a 44 year resident of Seattle. As Seattle grew and became more expensive I wondered how homeless people survived as costs rose. I also began practicing a form of minimalism.
I took 2 months in the summer of 2013 to find out for myself. I intermittently lived on the streets and learned about all the great resources provided by our city. I also met many interesting people and experienced a minimalist lifestyle like none I’d ever experienced before. You Can Live on $600 a month in Seattle!
I learned that homelessness is nothing to fear; albeit nothing to aspire to either. In 3 days I will give you a crash tour of the homeless life style. You will gain a new respect for the folks that are forced into this existence.
You will see the seedy side of Seattle in a new light and have an experience that you will never forget. Embrace the Adventure!
ED Noor: There we go with that ridiculous "lifestyle" rhetoric as if everyone chooses homelessness the way they might choose farming or working on Wall Street!
After a pleasant afternoon at the Seattle Center we'll test the dress codes at some of the finer restaurants on Queen Anne and then top it off with a cocktail and conversation at a long time watering hole, a historic working class dive bar the Mecca Cafe.
This service is dude-only at the moment, because the shelter you'll slumber party it up in only hosts men, and it's 100% safe:Will you be safe? ~ Absolutely. We will be GPS trackable online and 911 will be one click away. It's also not near as dangerous as you might perceive. I will teach you some homeless etiquette that will go a long way towards gaining respect and facilitating interesting conversations in our encounters.