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Are we hard wired to run a sustainable planet? And are we accountable to the entire world that we live in? For me the Jungle is something made up of so many fascinating elements; a journey of intriguing possibilities. That kind of sounds like "life" on planet-johnson.

Can I travel with a presence that allows my footprint to add value to the world that you live in while "capturing moments" that tell a compelling story? Karma is a belief that all of your actions will have equal reprecussions, affecting you and I. This journey is a search for some balance, a little discovery and hopefully some visual poetry?

This blog will humbly attempt to see my world through the experience of TRAVEL, photos and sincere examination of an experential and visual karma. And I will find a way to incorporate some positive travel experience into that karma with the perspective of a Digital Camera. Photography and writing have become my "love affair" with life on planet-johnson. Hopefully I can share my passions for the best of this crazy world!

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Friday
Aug172007

Dirty Little Secret

    "Seven out of Ten Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless"  Pras Michel

Pras Michel could be a spokesman for his generation. Maybe all generations.  Prakazrel Samuel Michel, known as Pras, (born October 19, 1972) is a Grammy Award-winning Haitian-born American rapper, actor, producer, and member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, and he has created a docu-movie called "Skid Row".

What do Pras Michel, John Edwards and the City of Toronto have in common? They give a shite about poverty and homelessness and are doing something about it. Edwards is just another American Presidential candidate but he`s got the poor and homeless on his mind (what the frack is going on here?) which is kinda refreshing after all the usual warmongering and homophobia that naturally comes to the vacant mind of your average politician. John Edwards has a low ball chance at winning the race but maybe Bobby Kennedy`s spirit will resurface in "in an America gone wild and greedy".

The City of Toronto with all its financial woes, and no help from the Provincial or Federal governments has tackled homelessness head on. There are still plenty of homeless in Toronto but so far nearly 1200 people have moved into permanent housing directly from the streets since 2005. The program is called "Streets to Homes" and its the right thing to do. Toronto seems to have this funny notion that everyone deserves decent shelter as a right to life. Crazy stuff!

So, my minor effort at highlighting our "Dirty Little Secret" will be to find the news of the desperate and bring it to this site on a fairly regular basis. The "truth is out there" on sites like this! e.g.  Homeless News Headlines in Canada. For now I`ll focus on Canada but there`s a big desperate world of poverty waiting to be found! And I`m looking for the Karmadawg`s who can help make this right? Pras Michel, John Edwards and Toronto are on the right track! Lets talk dirty little secrets!

 

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