Homeless people freezing to death


This January 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Tour of Ithaca’s Tent City Where Homeless People Survive in the Freezing Cold

I shot and edited this vlog down and dirty to get it up quick.

People are dying outside! WE MUST ALL DO SOMETHING!

Chris Biehn who is an Ithaca College student and who started an organization to help the homeless people in Ithaca invited me down for a visit.

We met up with Carmen Guidi, a local businessman who started building tiny homes to help our homeless neighbors. In 2013, Carmen gave me a tour of Ithaca’s tent city known as the Jungle and I wore Google Glass to share more of an immersive experience.

While walking with Carmen talking about the tents that are catching fire I remembered the person Carmen introduced me to in this video died the following day after his tent bust into flames! THE NEED IS URGENT!

Many of the people that live in this tent city are employed. They just cannot afford rent. Chris explains that Ithaca is the 8th most expensive city in the U.S. and had only a 1% vacancy rate. The cost of housing has skyrocketed to the point living in a tent in the woods is now affordable housing.

Ithaca is a rural community in Upstate New York. Although the cost of housing is high the funding for social services you’d see in a larger city is not available. There literally is no place for all of the homeless people to go to get the help they need.

Sadly, this is not just an Ithaca problem but a crisis happening all over America. Unless we do something about the increasing lack of affordable housing in this country homelessness will continue to grow!

TJ and Alie share their story here.

Here is their GoFundMe page.

Please help support the people like Chris that are working to help the homeless men and women in Ithaca’s tent encampment: here.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 22 December 2018

597 homeless deaths, 130,000 homeless children! Slum landlords and capitalism must be got rid of!

FIVE hundred and ninety-seven homeless people died on the streets of Britain last year, up from 482 the year before – in fact homeless deaths in the UK have increased every year since 2014.

The figures for 2018 are not available yet, but one thing is for sure, as the cold weather starts to bite, the number of homeless people who end up literally freezing to death is almost certain to rise. One of the most recent tragic deaths is that of 43-year-old Gyula Remes, who was found by his friend Gabor Kasza on Tuesday evening just outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Gabor Kasza said his friend had turned blue after choking on his own vomit. Kasza said: ‘This death could have been prevented if he’d been helped to get into a night shelter. He was turned away because he was told that the shelter is full up and there’s no space. ‘The sad thing is he had just got a job working as a chef’s assistant. He was so happy and said: “I can get a lot of food.” He was a kind man, everyone in the homeless community who knew him liked him so much.’

Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: ‘There is something rotten in Westminster when MPs walk past dying homeless people on their way to work.’ Quite! While the MPs, with their second homes, expenses and big salaries sit in the Houses of Parliament, outside their door a 43-year-old homeless man dies.

Over the last five years, the number of homeless people who have died on the streets has risen by 24%. The life span of a rough sleeper is 44 among men and 42 for women, compared with 76 for men and 81 for women among the rest of the population.

Meanwhile, Shelter says that 130,000 homeless children are in temporary accommodation over Christmas, the equivalent of five youngsters in every school, a rise of 59% in five years. Nearly 10,000 of those will wake up on Christmas Day in bed and breakfasts, hotels or hostels where in many cases their family will have been put up in a single room, sharing bathrooms and kitchens with strangers.

Shelter’s director, Greg Beales, said: ‘The number of children hidden away in hostels and B&Bs is enough to make anyone’s heart sink. These are not places for children. We hear about cold, damp – even rats. Young children are sharing beds with multiple family members, trying to play in dirty public corridors and having to leave their block in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.’

This is the sheer horror of homelessness, a direct result of the Tory government’s vicious attacks on the working class. First, the systematic demolition of council housing, bulldozing entire estates to make way for luxury flats, left empty for the super-rich to ‘land bank’.

Then the introduction of Universal Credit (UC), the hated new benefit system, which rolls six benefits into one, represents a savage cut to the amount you receive, and then, because you do not receive a penny until at least six weeks after you have been forced on to the scheme, causes poverty, destitution, starvation and mass evictions.

Thirdly, rents are spiralling out of control, while wages are falling. You now have the emergence of the working homeless, where those with a job, even if they are working six or seven days a week cannot afford to pay rent. Half of homeless people are actually working!

Those who do have a roof over their heads are reduced to living with their entire family in a single room, sharing a toilet with many other families all crammed into a single home. This is the re-emergence of the slum landlords, of the Peter Rachman ilk who operated in Notting Hill in the 1950s and early 1960s. He became notorious for mass evictions, intimidation and exploitation.

Homeless people dying on the streets, 130,000 homeless children, slum housing and Rachman-style landlords, this is the barbarism of ‘modern’ capitalism. The rulers of this country are trying to drive people back to the conditions of the Victorian era.

However, the working class will not be driven back. It is determined to drive forwards to socialism. The only way to tackle homelessness is for the working class to call a general strike to bring this government down. It will then seize empty properties to house the homeless, and build a million new homes a year to ensure every single man, woman and child has a safe and warm home to live in.

Canada: Callous government policies lead to freezing death of homeless man in Edmonton, Alberta: here.

Snow in Amsterdam zoo


In Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, animals can choose themselves whether they want to stay inside or go outside on wintry days.

This 16 December 2018 video shows four animal species going outside: Hudson Bay wolves from Arctic Canada; Eurasian cranes; Bennett’s wallabies from Australia; and scimitar oryxes, originally from North Africa.

Birds at feeders in New York winter


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

Morning Visitors Frequent Snow-Covered Feeders – Nov. 13, 2018

Hairy Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves, and a Black-capped Chickadee round out the visitors in this snowy morning clip from the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam. Who is feasting outside your window this morning?

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

Coot on too thin ice


This March 2018 video shows a coot on too thin ice; while a mute swan watches.

Heike Prinsen in the Netherlands made this video.

Wind makes ice sculptures


This 19 March 2018 video shows how a wintry east wind makes ice sculptures near Monnickendam in the Netherlands.

Birds in Dutch winter, video


This video is about birds in this Dutch winter; on Goeree-Overflakkee island and the Grevelingendam causeway. Including smew, common merganser, coots, little grebe, tufted duck and others.

Jack snipe in Shetland islands winter


17th century painting, battle re-enacted in the Netherlands


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

3 March 2018

2018 Hendrick Avercamp – Live Painting @ Slag Om Groll

Live event filmed by Paul van Druten

with Canon Legria Mini X Pocket Camcorder

This video is about people in 17th century clothing skating in Groenlo town in Gelderland province.

In this way, they commemorated both 17th century Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp, and the 1627 battle of Groenlo.

17th century skating, painting by Hendrick Avercamp

The 17th century was a ‘little Ice Age‘ for the Netherlands, with many icy winters and many people skating. Hendrick Avercamp was one of many painters depicting that then.

In that, Rembrandt was not a typical Dutch painter.

Though Rembrandt was born close to the Rhine river, where, as we know from other painters, in many winters, usually more severe in the seventeenth century than now, many citizens of Leiden came for skating, he seems to not have liked winter and skating.

As of all his paintings, only one is a winter scene.

This re-enactment was also about the 1627 battle of Groenlo. When the army of the Dutch republic drove the Spanish army from the town. That battle is reenacted year after year; but now for the first time on ice.