Monthly Archives: May 2013

Well, duh! It’s what I’ve said for years . . .

By Max R. Weller

See the article from the Daily Camera. I happened to notice it on the front page when I was at King Soopers yesterday, so I thought I’d interrupt my sabbatical long enough to mention it here. Quoting from it below:

More than half the people who sought help at Bridge House’s new resource center for the homeless had lived in Boulder less than six months, according to data released Wednesday by the day shelter and social service agency.

The information came from intake forms filled out by 417 people who sought help at the off-site resource center between October and April and was collected by Bridge House in an effort to better understand who Boulder’s homeless population is and what services it needs.

Asked where they lived prior to becoming homeless, 31 percent said they lived in other parts of Colorado and 32 percent said they came from another state. The other 37 percent are from Boulder or Boulder County.

Asked how long they had lived in Boulder, 52 percent said less than six months. Another 38 percent had lived here more than a year.

Why is it this way in Boulder, CO?

  • The local homeless shelter/services industry (comprised of both governmental agencies and private nonprofits) is Big Business, both dollar-wise and in terms of the number of people employed.
  • More homeless people = more money (from both public and private funding sources); the financial incentive is to keep the transient population high, and the best way to do so is by making Boulder a homeless people’s mecca.
  • Folks in Boulder like to Feel Good about helping worthy causes, and they also tend to think that they have answers to intractable social issues like homelessness which would make them “leaders” to the rest of the world.

One answer to stop this nonsense would be to shut down Bridge House as the public nuisance it is. Another solution would be to require homeless clients to show valid photo ID with a Boulder County address, before they could receive shelter/services from Boulder Shelter for the Homeless or anyone else. Transients from Denver and elsewhere could be given the $5 bus tickets on RTD back to that city, along with a couple of PB&J sandwiches to eat on the way. After all, Denver has resources far greater than those available in Boulder, so it’s absurd for our small town to serve as an overflow destination for homeless Denverites.

Remember, it’s Boulder’s own homeless people — including families with kids — who are being screwed by the current corrupt system.

Max’s Journal 5/21/2013

By Max R. Weller

Just a short post, because I haven’t been online at all for the past two weeks. I haven’t read newspapers or even seen any news on TV at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless during my morning visits, either, and in my case I can honestly say that ignorance is bliss. I doubt anything has changed for the better anywhere in the world, least of all inside the Boulder Bubble.

Nothing to report in re the situation in my north Boulder neighborhood; it’s much the same as always, with lots of pickled idjits brightening everyone’s days. I simply read most of the time, but have been playing the role of humble beggar on a few occasions and have saved $90 in the coffee jar kept in my locker at BSH (which had a balance of $0 two weeks ago). This is good, and if I can find a way to get to Wal-Mart I’ll buy a NEW pair of slippers like I’ve worn since last fall, a NEW tarp, and a $10 watch since both the second and minute hands have fallen off of the watch I’ve been using (due to rough treatment outdoors, I suppose).

This post should also put an end to rumors being circulated by the Campsite Crapper, who has a personal ax to grind with me because I torpedoed his homeless man’s candidacy for Boulder City Council back in 2011. I understand he’s now claiming that my blog has been taken down for inappropriate content (presumably including the truth of his weird behavior) simply because I’ve chosen to take some time off. Ron Chase remains the biggest liar I’ve ever met, and his apologists/enablers are despicable.

Now, I shall sign off from the computer at George Reynolds Branch of Boulder Public Library, and go across the street to King Soopers for a pint of some decadent flavor of ice cream to take with me back north on the SKIP bus . . . It may very well be another fortnight before I return.

Back to the outdoors!

By Max R. Weller

I’ll be returning to my campsite in north Boulder tomorrow, to a neighborhood I consider to be “home” because i’ve lived there since February of 2008. An indoor vacation with friends in Longmont, CO lasting almost three months was a needed break, but I know they’re tired of me and I’m anxious to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle again, anyway. I’ve become spoiled by fresh-brewed coffee each morning, of a quality far greater than than the cheap instant I make for myself at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. And sleeping in a real bed has been a delight, too. (The ghost which sometimes appears in my friends’ basement seems harmless, so I won’t mention it to them). I’ve eaten many good meals here, including shrimp stir-fry and grilled chicken and steak, and will remember that for a long time; ramen noodles cooked in my Thermos are filling, but not memorable. I’m humbled that anyone cares so much.

Geez, I hope the riff-raff who were loitering in my neighborhood have moved on, since BSH closed its emergency dorms for the season. I have no desire to be disturbed by their stupid antics and conversation when I’m sitting underneath my shade trees, reading a book or just watching the world go by. Lots of drunks hanging out — or passed out — in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, next to Laramie Drive leading to the Dakota Ridge subdivision. I’ve seen as many as six bums laid out together in a ditch on the nicely landscaped property belonging to the HOA there. Fights occur over the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36, where the pickled idjits like to “fly a sign” all day to scrape together $10 for a big jug of rotgut vodka; most passersby ignore ’em.

I hope I’ll be able to enjoy peace and quiet overnight, but sometimes there’s an obnoxious inebriate wandering around yelling at 3AM. Building a 31-unit, $6 million plus wet house right next to BSH is NOT going to cut down on the number of troublemakers at all.

I’d like to be able to take as long as a month, and never visit cyberspace or work on my blog once. I’ll return in June, unless something really extraordinary occurs that inspires me to log in and write about it before then.

See y’all later . . .


Buddy Ebsen and Fess Parker; guess the TV series and win a prize! (Or not).

‘Feds: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance’

Read the Associated Press article via the Anchorage Daily News. Quoting from it below:

A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006.

The intertwined factors cited include a parasitic mite, multiple viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, genetics, habitat loss and pesticides.

The multiple causes make it harder to do something about what’s called colony collapse disorder, experts say. The disorder has caused as much as one-third of the nation’s bees to just disappear each winter since 2006.

Bees, especially honeybees, are needed to pollinate crops.

The federal report, issued Thursday by the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, said the biggest culprit is the parasitic mite varroa destructor, calling it “the single most detrimental pest of honeybees.”

The problem has also hit bee colonies in Europe, where regulators are considering a ban on a type of pesticides known as neonicotinoids that some environmental groups blame for the bee collapse. The U.S. report cites pesticides, but near the bottom of the list of factors. And federal officials and researchers advising them said the science doesn’t justify a ban of the pesticides yet.

May Berenbaum, a top bee researcher from the University of Illinois, said in an interview that she was “extremely dubious” that banning the pesticide would have any effect on bee health. She participated in a large conference of scientists that the government brought together last year to figure out what’s going on, and the new report is the result of that conference.


Of course, just as we see with hydraulic fracturing used in drilling to obtain natural gas, it’s unlikely that hysterical pseudo-environmentalists pursuing a radical political agenda will be persuaded by science in re honeybees. A few of them will consider this report to be further “proof” of a government conspiracy, because it doesn’t lay exclusive blame on pesticides, which apparently play only a minor role in the problem.

The media should stop giving ignorant Froot Loops a worldwide stage for their ranting.


Best practices for Boulder, CO

By Max R. Weller


Facebook photo posted by Street Fare

This excellent and spacious facility should be a one-stop shop for homeless sheltering/services here in Boulder, CO. Certainly, if Boulder Shelter for the Homeless were open as a day center from 9AM until 4PM year-round, that would solve a lot of problems being enabled by the firetrap Bridge House downtown. BSH is already open every morning from 6 to 8AM, as well as running their transitional living program all year.


Cleaning up after the Denver bums

By Max R. Weller

Read the commentary from the online Daily Camera. It is instructive to the extent that it recites a history many residents of Boulder, CO may not be familiar with; otherwise, it’s a FAIL.

Anybody who knows the Boulder Creek Path well, especially the part passing through Central Park, understands that the problem is transients from Denver and elsewhere trashing the place. And make no mistake, the apologists/enablers of the worst-behaved homeless still dream about turning over city parks to their unwashed clientele on a 24/7 basis.

That Mr. Havlick fails to even mention the primary issue needing to be addressed is typical of Boulderites with misplaced compassion: turn a blind eye to the 20% of homeless people doing wrong, don’t hold them accountable, and continue enabling them with a network of shelter/services providers. Those of us who belong to the 80% are disgusted by the corrupt system, and clearly see it for what it is. Why can’t the public in general do so? Stop listening to the Isabel McDevitt, Greg Harms, and Betsey Martens-types who are running the circus! After all, they’re making a living from the status quo of catering to the lowest common denominator.

It’s not working, Spense. Stick your head in the sand, that only makes you part of the problem, not part of any solution.

Why not put the bums on the bus back to Denver? It’s only a $5 fare, and would be tax dollars well spent.

‘Scholars find cannibalism at Jamestown settlement’

Read the shocking true story from the Associated Press via the online Anchorage Daily News. Quoting from it below:

The historical record is chilling. Early Jamestown colony leader George Percy wrote of a “world of miseries,” that included digging up corpses from their graves to eat when there was nothing else. “Nothing was spared to maintain life,” he wrote.

In one case, a man killed, “salted,” and began eating his pregnant wife. Both Percy and Capt. John Smith, the colony’s most famous leader, documented the account in their writings. The man was later executed.

“One amongst the rest did kill his wife, powdered her, and had eaten part of her before it was known, for which he was executed, as he well deserved,” Smith wrote. “Now whether she was better roasted, boiled or carbonado’d (barbecued), I know not, but of such a dish as powdered wife I never heard of.”


What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, settled some twenty years before Jamestown? If the colonists were assimilated into local Indian tribes, there ought to be a means to confirm that through DNA analysis. But, if they wandered off and ate each other we’ll probably never know.


“Fry bread”

By Max R. Weller

I’d heard about fry bread from a few of my fellow inmates in Missouri DOC who were Lakota. It’s a staple on the reservation, and they practically sang its praises. Made from the simplest recipe — flour, a dash of salt, some baking soda or baking powder, and warm water to form the dough — it’s fried in a pan with hot oil. Most likely, it dates back to the Stone Age, and even the Bedouin tribesmen led by Lawrence of Arabia (British Army Intelligence officer T. E. Lawrence) in World War I ate it at every meal, by his accounts.

I got around to trying it this morning, since I’m alone at my friends’ house in Longmont. I was delighted with the taste and texture! I’ve been making biscuits lately, and using an entire stick of real butter for about 3 cups of flour, along with a dash of salt, baking soda/baking powder, and milk. Very tasty, and popular at this abode. By comparison, however, fry bread is much healthier. Flatten the dough out to about donut-size, slit it in the middle so it will cook up flat, and place it in the hot oil (not much of that is needed); it very quickly forms a brown crust on the outside as it puffs up, while the inside becomes moist and tender without absorbing any of the fat it’s fried in. Only a minute or so on each side will do the job. I suppose you could drizzle honey or sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on the finished product, but I ate mine plain. Fry bread would be great for dipping into soups and stews or chili, too, just like tortillas.

I’ll have to make a bunch of this to pack with me when Spring finally arrives, and I can leave the gracious hospitality of my friends behind . . .

Boulder, CO ignores “tiny houses” for the homeless

By Max R. Weller

I’ve mentioned this concept several times in the past, but it’s worth repeating. Here’s one plan, which dovetails perfectly with Boulder’s (alleged) concerns about homelessness and the environment. Truly cost effective, compared to the 1175 Lee Hill Housing First debacle which is costing well over $6 million before a single one of the 31 units is occupied.

According to the 2012 MDHI Point-in-Time Report, there are 750 homeless people on the streets in this city (2013 results for area cities, from the count in January, will be released sometime this summer).

Clearly, if the goal is to provide housing for as many of Boulder’s homeless residents as possible, it makes NO SENSE to provide only 31 chronically homeless, single adult alcoholics/drug addicts (having a dual diagnosis of mental illness) with new apartments at a cost in excess of $200,000 per unit. There will remain many times that number still on the streets! Tiny houses are not a viable option for homeless families, but they can certainly work for all of the homeless single adults. I’m guessing, of course, but it seems to me that if all of the players in Boulder’s homeless shelter/services industry — Boulder Housing PartnersBoulder Shelter for the Homeless, Bridge House, and others — worked together with Boulder City Council and concerned citizens EVERYONE IN NEED COULD BE HOUSED, for no more money than is already being spent on grandiose projects which fall short of that goal.

Frankly, we need to abandon the practice of hiring umpteen bureaucrats, case managers, counselors, and other staff to provide “services” which are supplemental to the task of putting a roof over people’s heads. Many chronically homeless individuals, like me, neither want nor need their assistance.

I hope I live long enough to see true reform of the current corrupt system, but I won’t be holding my breath waiting for a tiny house of my own.