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Big Pharma’s Latest Trick: Testing Meds on Homeless People

Homeless Veteran on the streets of Boston, MA

Homeless Veteran on the streets of Boston, MA

Are the massive pharmaceutical corporations known collectively as “Big Pharma” now the world’s worst corporate villains? Carl Elliott writes of a dastardly plan to test trial medications on homeless people, at Medium:

Two years ago, on a gray January afternoon, I visited the Ridge Avenue homeless shelter in Philadelphia. I was looking for poor people who had been paid to test experimental drugs. The streets outside the shelter were lined with ruined buildings and razor wire, and a pit bull barked behind a chain-link fence. A young guy was slumped on the curb, glassy-eyed and shaky. My guide, a local mental health activist named Connie Schuster, asked the guy if he was okay, but he didn’t answer. “My guess is heroin,” she said.

We arrived at the shelter, where a security guard was patting down residents for weapons. It didn’t take long for the shelter employees to confirm that some of the people living there were taking part in research studies.

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Vancouver Shames London With Homeless Shelter-Benches

raincity_benches 01In the wake of those nasty London “Anti-Homeless Spikes” we’ve all been seeing, RainCity Housing in Vancouver has installed shelter-benches that can be transformed immediately into a shelter by unfolding the back.  “Now, how do we get our bums over to Vancouver..?” London thinks to itself.

Boris Johnson condemned the practice of putting metal spikes in doorways to deter rough-sleepers as “ugly, self defeating and stupid” – so maybe the London mayor could take a lead from the city of Vancouver when it comes to tackling homelessness.

Designed by Vancouver company Spring Advertising, these benches fold out to create an instant emergency shelter for rough sleepers.

A handful of the benches were constructed in Vancouver last year to raise awareness of homelessness in the city. When the top is flipped up, the phone number and address for local housing organisation RainCity is displayed – to encourage rough sleepers to seek help and find shelter.

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Homeless In Ethiopian Capital Risk Being Eaten Alive By Urban Hyenas

Pic: Defenseimagery.mil (PD)

Pic: Defenseimagery.mil (PD)

They’re fierce predators that can crush an elephant’s leg with their teeth. They’re hyenas. Urban hyenas.

Via BBC:

It is late evening in Addis Ababa. Stephen Brend, a zoologist with the Born Free Foundation, is driving me to the airport to catch a flight back to London.

“Have you got time for a ten-minute detour?” he asks, as we passed the British embassy. “Of course,” I reply.

So he turns off the road and up a dirt track between some rough shacks and a collection of battered old jalopies that passes for a taxi rank in Ethiopia’s capital.

“There! Look there!” Stephen exclaims. In the beams of his headlights I see several pairs of eyes glinting in the darkness like tiny mirrors. As we drive closer I begin to make out the shapes of the animals behind those eyes. They are hideous beasts, as large as the largest dogs, with coarse spotted brown fur, elongated necks and front legs much longer than their back ones so their backs taper away from their powerful shoulders.

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Los Angeles Considering Proposal to Ban Feeding Homeless People in Public

1107NightoftheLivingHomeless-585x452This holiday season, give thanks that Capitalism is kicking Jesus’ ass.  Scott Keyes writes at ThinkProgress:

There’s a perpetual yuppie belief that society’s true failing isn’t the fact that half a million residents don’t have shelter, but that some do-gooders have the audacity to give homeless people food. The latest epicenter of this thinking is Los Angeles, where the City Council is considering a ban on feeding homeless people in public areas after complaints from nearby homeowners.

Los Angeles has the second highest homeless population in the country, at 53,800 individuals, according to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. And although the number of homeless people went down nationally over the past year, it increased by 27 percent in Los Angeles.

For a quarter-century, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, a group of community members who strive to meet homeless people “on their own turf, talk to them, and listen,” has served meals to the hungry every evening.

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