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Submitted letter-to-editor of Daily Camera 4/26/2017


By Max R. Weller

Assuming I didn’t inadvertently run over the 300-word limit for a letter-to-editor, this should appear on the DC’s website and in print this weekend:

Random stuff 4/25/2017

(Apologies to Stephen Foster)

The Shelter bums all sing this song

Doo-dah, doo-dah

The road to Denver’s mighty long

Oh, doo-dah day

Watch ’em board the bus

They’ll smoke and drink and cuss

The road to Denver’s mighty long

Oh, doo-dah day!

By Max R. Weller

1) Only 6 nights remaining for the worst-behaved transients in the emergency overnight dorms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless — and with any luck law enforcement officers will make sure starting May 1st that they aren’t camping out in people’s yards without permission, in public parks where camping is banned, or anywhere else that is detrimental to good order and public health.

2) The further adventures of registered sex offender Leo Scott, as he posted on the Facebook page of Boulder Rights Watch:

I decided to come to california to check it out what he told me about in my earlier post and it is true.
I DECIDED TO GO TO SAN MATEO. I got here filed for benefits and this is what they gave me.
80 cash
179 food stamps
275 in Safeway Checks for any personal stuff or a total of 534. Much more then colorado. And they are looking at getting me a place and pay my rent. WE IS BOULDER SO RICH AND SNOBBY.


SOUNDS LIKE Boulder people are HEARTLESS and I agree as California believes all people are equal including the homeless. I will add more post from there sites later.

As far as I know, Leo is an able-bodied perv who apparently doesn’t want to apply at any temporary employment agency . . . I hope he doesn’t forget to register as a sex offender out there in California:

Leo Gerald Scott

3) There should be more definitive info about Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow crashing and burning very soon. If you’re a homeless BOHO client and want to blame someone for the churches becoming fed up with the drinking, drugging, fornicating, and vandalism that has occurred for years on their property, LOOK IN THE MIRROR. Once again, you pickled idjits have shot yourselves in the foot — with an assist from the apologists / enablers here in Boulder.

4) I had a couple of slices of still-warm pizza from King Soopers, along with my usual Brown Cow brand strawberry yogurt and a pint of orange juice, as I sat here at the computer in our lovely Main Library at 1001 Arapahoe. Surrounded by Froot Loops, of course.

5) After suffering the theft of $350 from my locker at BSH (no doubt in my mind the perp was a staff member), I’ve managed to again save $275 to this point, in addition to spending about $15 per day on necessities. The money will be kept by a friend in Longmont, CO. Thanks to all who have donated to the Homeless Philosopher:

Enablers to transients: Come to Boulder, die for dope . . .

Providing all of life’s necessities for FREE is NOT compassion; it only makes it easier for substance abusers to continue their self-destructive behavior.

By Max R. Weller

Read the story in the Daily Camera here: Body of transient woman found in Boulder on Saturday; foul play ruled out. Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder police are investigating the death of a female transient whose body was found Saturday morning as drug related after they were able to rule out foul play during an autopsy Monday.

Officers were called about 8 a.m. Saturday to the area of 19th Street and Upland Avenue about a possible death, Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of a woman in an area where she and two other transients had been camping.

Cordingly said a preliminary investigation shows there is a “strong possibility” that the death was drug related.

Cordingly said there were signs of trauma on the body that caused investigators to initially not rule out foul play. But by Monday afternoon, Cordingly said the initial results of an autopsy provided enough information for investigators to rule out foul play.

Police did not say what the signs of trauma were.

Investigators have asked for toxicology tests.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said his office was notified of the case, though they will wait for the results of the autopsy and the police investigation before they determine if they need to get involved.

“My office is always on call to consult with police as they investigate any sort of death,” Garnett said.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the woman will be released once she has been identified and her next of kin have been notified.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars


I won’t publish her name, but I knew her from Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this season. Like almost all of the out-of-state transients who come to Boulder, the availability of “legal” marijuana was the primary motivation in her case. Although she didn’t seem to me to be someone into hard drugs like heroin, this is where the homeless drug culture can lead you, and in that sense marijuana most certainly can be a so-called gateway drug.

This is also why I consider the concept of a “homeless community” absolutely harmful to homeless people themselves; isolation from the rest of society is NEVER a good thing for anybody, and the Homeless Philosopher has always made a point of seeking out friends and acquaintances in what I call the Real World.

Ultimately, of course, the individual who dies from a drug overdose (not yet confirmed in this case) is responsible for their self-destruction . . . However, when Boulder, CO has an entire homeless shelter / services industry which operates by the creed of More Homeless People = More Money, and provides life’s necessities — FOOD, CLOTHING, EMERGENCY SHELTER, MEDICAL CARE, CAMPING GEAR, ETC. AT NO COST — the homeless person is able to spend their own meager resources on worthless stuff like cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs. It’s an unintended consequence of inappropriate compassion which has contributed to the deaths of many transients, and those who support it belong in a Hall of Shame:

Addendum: Boulder, CO’s do-gooders enable misery and death of the homeless originally published in the summer of 2014.

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

I call bulls*** on this Feel Good story by ‘Jay Young’

Read the heartwarming tale in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Widd Wedford of Bridge House explains the program’s facilities to, from left, Leslie Durgin of the Boulder Chamber, City Councilman Aaron Brockett,

Widd Wedford of Bridge House explains the program’s facilities to, from left, Leslie Durgin of the Boulder Chamber, City Councilman Aaron Brockett, and Boulder housing official Kurt Firnhaber last August. The three were on a city-sponsored bus tour of homeless and transitional living facilities in Boulder. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

I was born in 1969 outside of Detroit, but consider myself a native Coloradan. I have an older sister and brother and had a wonderful childhood with a loving family. I also had a good education.

In August 1983, my family relocated to Denver. In 1987, I graduated from Northglenn Senior High School. I have had a very interesting career working with computer networks, in a bakery, bartending and in the retail industry — steadily employed for 16 years.

In July 2013 I was terminated from my employer here locally. When I could not pay my rent, I became homeless. I soon ran out of money for food, and went four days without eating. I was feeling sick, weak and hopeless, on the streets. Another homeless man saw me and said I wasn’t looking good. I told him my situation and he took me to the Carriage House/Bridge House. I had something to eat and got a list of where the evening Community Table dinners were held.

Still on the streets, I was feeling a little better until the 2013 flood. It is truly a miracle I survived. My campsite was wiped out and I was left with just the clothes on my back. I found out about Deacons Closet, where I was able to get some clothes and blankets. In late September, I started sleeping at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless through their emergency program for flood victims.

One day while talking with Dee Dee, a case manager at Bridge House, she suggested I sign up for the Ready to Work program. I met with Tim, the Bridge House employment specialist, and he signed me up. I did my internship and soon I was on the crew. My first day was Nov. 11, 2013, and we picked up trash on and around the Pearl Street Mall.

Some of the other projects we would do were landscaping, pulling weeds, shoveling snow, chipping ice, building trails and chipping wood. We worked in all kinds of weather from 10 degrees to 95 degrees. Some days were harder than others. Everyone on the Ready to Work crew and Bridge House were very supportive. They were there for me for my successes as well as my failures.

Bridge House staff helped me get into the First Step program at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. I was given a chore and guaranteed a bed every night. It felt good to be working again and moving in a positive direction. While with Ready to Work, I also met with my case manager and attended employment classes. In February 2014 my case manager told me about a grant I could apply for which would help pay for an apartment. I applied and received the short-term grant.

In May 2014 I moved into my apartment! That summer my case manager told me that Whole Foods Market was interested in hiring people from the program, one of the conditions being that the person be housed. I applied in August and started in early September 2014. I worked at the store on Pearl Street, starting out on the green team. I transferred to customer service in June 2015 as a cashier. In August 2016 I transferred to the store on Baseline. (Emphasis is mine — MRW)

I am full-time, have great benefits and I am paid a living wage and pay for my apartment totally on my own. I also am very fortunate to work with a lot of great people! Bridge House, Ready to Work and Whole Foods Market were there for me when I needed help. I am proud to say I am still involved with Bridge House and the Ready to Work program. I am on the board of directors for Bridge House and I am a mentor in the Ready to Work program. It feels good to give back to the Boulder community!

Jay Young lives in Boulder.


See the report in the Denver Post published on February 23, 2017: Whole Foods speeds up closing of Boulder store. Excerpt follows below:

Boulder shoppers will have a little less time than originally expected to say goodbye to one of the city’s Whole Foods Market locations.

The Baseline Road store, one of nine Whole Foods locations nationwide scheduled to shutter this spring, will close permanently at 6 p.m. Sunday, a company spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

The natural foods grocer had said it planned to keep the store open until April 9.

Indeed, I pass by this location on the SKIP bus twice every day (both southbound and northbound) and there is no longer even a sign to indicate that Whole Foods Market used to be there. And yet, Jay Young claims in the DC commentary above: “That summer [of 2014] my case manager told me that Whole Foods Market was interested in hiring people from the [Ready to Work] program, one of the conditions being that the person be housed. I applied in August and started in early September 2014. I worked at the store on Pearl Street, starting out on the green team. I transferred to customer service in June 2015 as a cashier. In August 2016 I transferred to the store on Baseline.” I guess we’re supposed to think that Mr. Young is still at the Baseline store.

Long ago, the Homeless Philosopher challenged the local shelter / services industry to come up with a single Success Story from any of the programs they operate . . . This is what they finally offer us? A transparently phony piece of work that insults the intelligence of anyone who is aware of what has happened with Whole Foods Market on Baseline here in Boulder.

It does NOT pass the smell test, and it’s indicative of the desperation the nonprofits must be feeling these days.

— MRW 

‘An age of social autism’

Read the column by George F. Will in the Washington Post here: The ‘alternative facts’ epidemic goes way beyond politics. Copied below in its entirety:

Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are shaping behaviors and dissolving civilities.

In 2005, Lynne Truss, in her book “Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door,” presciently said we were slouching into “an age of social autism” with a “Universal Eff-Off Reflex.” Long before progress, understood as streaming, brought us binge-watching, she foresaw people entertaining themselves into inanition with portable technologies that enable “limitless self-absorption,” making people solipsistic and unmannerly. Truss foresaw an age of “hair-trigger sensitivity” and “lazy moral relativism combined with aggressive social insolence.” This was 12 years before some Wellesley College professors said, last month, that inviting controversial, a.k.a. conservative, speakers to campus injures students by forcing them to “invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.”

In the latest issue of the American Interest, the Hudson Institute’s Carolyn Stewart, revisiting Truss’s book, wonders, “What is it about social media that compels us to throw off the gloves?” Stewart notes that, as Truss anticipated, people “have taken an expectation that previously applied to the private sphere — control over our environment — and are increasingly applying it to the public sphere.” Social media’s “self-affirming feedback loop” encourages “expectations for a custom-made reality” and indignation about anything “that deviates from our preferences.”

The consequences of what Stewart calls “our growing intolerance of an unedited reality” are enumerated in Tom Nichols’s new book, “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters.” Our devices and social media are, he says, producing people who confuse “Internet grazing” with research and this faux research with higher education, defined by a wit as “those magical seven years between high school and your first warehouse job.” Years when students demand to run institutions that the students insist should treat them as fragile children.

“It is,” Nichols writes, “a new Declaration of Independence: no longer do we hold these truths to be self-evident, we hold all truths to be self-evident, even the ones that aren’t true. All things are knowable and every opinion on any subject is as good as any other.” In the movie “Animal House,” when the epically unruly fraternity is hauled before the student court, the fraternity member who is going to defend it, when asked by a fellow member if he knows what he is doing, replies, “Take it easy, I’m pre-law.” When someone says, “I thought you were pre-med,” he replies, “What’s the difference?” What indeed.

In today’s therapeutic culture, which seems designed to validate every opinion and feeling, there will rarely be disagreement without anger between thin-skinned people who cannot distinguish the phrase “you’re wrong” from “you’re stupid.” Equating “critical thinking” with “relentless criticism” results in worse than the indiscriminate rejection not merely of this or that expert. Nichols says this equation produces “a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden” disdain for even the ideal of expertise. This ideal becomes an affront in a culture that “cannot endure even the slightest hint of inequality of any kind.” Unfortunately, Nichols tartly notes, “specialization is necessarily exclusive.”

And aren’t we glad: “When you take an elevator to the top of a tall building, the certificate in the elevator does not say ‘good luck up there’; it says that a civic authority, relying on engineers educated and examined by other engineers, have looked at that box and know, with as much certainty as anyone can, that you’ll be safe.”

The “spreading epidemic of misinformation,” nowadays known as “alternative facts,” gives rise to a corollary to Gresham’s Law (“bad money drives out good”): “Misinformation pushes aside knowledge.” Everyone with a smartphone has in his or her pocket, Nichols says, more information “than ever existed in the entire Library of Alexandria,” which can produce a self-deluding veneer of erudition.

Nichols recounts an old joke about a British Foreign Office official who retired after 40 years: “Every morning I went to the prime minister and assured him there would be no world war today. And I am pleased to note that in a career of 40 years, I was only wrong twice.” This official deserved an A grade, like everyone else.


Just imagine how people could benefit if they took the time to read and understand every word that Mr. Will writes . . . Easy enough to do sitting at a computer; open a new tab and search for “define erudition” as one example. You might say that erudition is that which President Trump lacks and Hillary Clinton fails to use to her advantage.

I’m amazed every morning at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless by the incessant rumor-mongering of most transients with smartphones; they’re unable to distinguish the unvarnished truth from horse s***:

— MRW 

Random stuff 4/4/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) To write a finish to the theft of $350 from my locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless over a week ago, Boulder PD accepted my report in the event that I had homeowner’s insurance that might cover theft from a locker located elsewhere. I’m homeless, of course, and therefore have no such policy. But, law enforcement has nothing to go on in my case and BSH does NOT like to cooperate with police investigations. NO surprise there, because they provide a haven for registered sex offenders from all over the country and there is rampant illegal drug possession, sales, and use on the premises at 4869 N. Broadway. I NEVER wanted to think that there would be at least one thief employed at BSH — and years ago I kept as much as $800 in a coffee jar in my locker without it being burglarized by those who ought to be safeguarding it.

Not when the evildoers know everybody’s combination AND also have a master key.

2) That’s the Bad News . . . The Good News is that I’ve been favored by the generosity of all those goodhearted passersby at the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36, as well as friends from the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. I plan to bury my cash savings at a secret site in the future, because the crooks at BSH will also go through the trash looking for discarded bank statements (true, they couldn’t guess your PIN — but after about three unsuccessful tries, the bank will BLOCK all electronic access to your account).

3) A couple of drunkards were near my campsite overnight, and one of ’em woke up about 3AM yelling because he was covered in 4″ of freshly fallen and very wet snow. It made me laugh, being an old hand at winter camping with only a tarp on top to protect my camping gear. Works as well as a tent, and is much less conspicuous. I figure one more night of these less-than-perfect conditions, then things will be Spring-like once again.

4) Fried chicken from King Soopers in my burrow tonight.