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Freezing weather in Poland, 42 people dead in winter freeze... and no-one cares?


jonni 16 | 2,485
21 Dec 2009 #1
Apparently 29 people died in PL this weekend due to the cold. And looking out of my window, it's a day to stay at home.

Twenty-nine people have frozen to death throughout Poland during the weekend's bitter cold wave that has dropped temperatures to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

The latest deaths brought to 71 the number of people who have died from the cold in Poland since early December.

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delphiandomine 83 | 17,730
21 Dec 2009 #2
And looking out of my window, it's a day to stay at home.

Stay at home? You must be kidding, it's positively warm outside compared to the last few days :)
OP jonni 16 | 2,485
21 Dec 2009 #3
delphiandomine

At the weekend I just looked and shivered. Have to nip to the shops now too :-(
Zafrira - | 5
21 Dec 2009 #4
It was -22 in GdaƄsk this morning :)
But they say it's going to change soon. Before Christmas we'll have temperatures above 0 again.
I'm not sure if I should be happy... Now it's endurable, with no wind and not so humid air. When the rain starts again the weather will be even worse than now. And the snow - another Christmas without it :(
wildrover 98 | 4,451
21 Dec 2009 #5
it's a day to stay at home.

Most of the people who have died do not have a home....If there is a homeless person near you , take em a can of hot soup...you might save somebodies life...?
OP jonni 16 | 2,485
21 Dec 2009 #6
wildrover

Yes. A time of year to be be a bit kinder to the beggars round the station.
Sildar - | 34
21 Dec 2009 #7
72 people have already died since november, and 42 last weekend, mostly they wre homless or alcoholic.
mephias 11 | 304
21 Dec 2009 #8
It's sad aren't there any help organization for those people which may provide temporary accommodation and food ?
BrutalButcher - | 391
21 Dec 2009 #9
Scared of -22? Puss1es. Take it like real men!
wildrover 98 | 4,451
21 Dec 2009 #10
I read somewhere that some local governments are seeking out such people to offer them shelter , but i don,t know if they have a Salvation army type organisation that deals with such people..?
OP jonni 16 | 2,485
21 Dec 2009 #11
wildrover

There's the Red Cross, the Wielki Orchiestr and Caritas, but they're all severely stretched at this time of year.
Lir
21 Dec 2009 #12
And looking out of my window, it's a day to stay at home.

It's very cold in the UK too at present.

Warsaw is showing minus 4C at present, I'm in the North West Uk and we are minus 3 just now, at 9p.m. It's getting colder as well so I expect the temperature to dip a few degrees over the next few hours.

We have snow, lots and lots of it and lots of black ice.

Winter with a vengeance? Or maybe we all just forgot what Winter is really like as we have had milder winters over the last few years.

:)
richasis 1 | 419
21 Dec 2009 #13
Wow - this, despite all of the 'hot-air' coming out of Copenhagen about Global Warming...
PozPol
21 Dec 2009 #14
Dec 23, 09, 18:47 - Thread attached on merging:
42 people dead in winter freeze... and no-one cares?

News reports suggest at least 42 homeless people died in the recent cold weather.

Dead simply because they had nowhere to go.

I know its unfashionable but does that not concern anyone else?

We are prepared to throw inordinate sums of cash on Euro2012 and countless European projects, but we cant manage to get homeless people off the streets a week before Christmas?

In Russia, I accept this. The state doesnt care. But Poland? Why people must die?

42 people die in an accident and it would be a day of mourning.. these people will barely get a centimetres of newsprint...
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
21 Dec 2009 #15
Hopefully the cold snap will end soon. I've heard of such snaps to the north, though, I'm a bit too south for them. Everyone should stay inside until the cold snap ends!
convex 20 | 3,978
21 Dec 2009 #16
Apparently, cold weather is more lethal than swine flu.

And yea, no one cares. Everyone is too caught up in the holiday credit-a-thon that is christmas. Ah people spending money that they don't have on crap they can't afford.

But seriously, this happens EVERY YEAR. Apparently in the most righteous catholic country in Europe, the most people end up freezing to death on the street. 180 died over the winter of 2005-2006.
Floripa 3 | 39
21 Dec 2009 #17
Health Ministry: 27 people froze to death in Ukraine due to current cold wave
Yesterday at 17:22 | Interfax-Ukraine

This was the headline in the Kiev Post today.

It seems that most baltic and central European countries suffer this problem, especially with the homeless. A great shame.
Marek11111 9 | 816
21 Dec 2009 #18
people die as it's too cold or too hot, people care the media does not the dead has become too common not much money you can make by helping poor
mira - | 115
22 Dec 2009 #19
Dead simply because they had nowhere to go.

They have a place to go, there are many Social Services Centres where the homeless can stay, but there's one condition: they mustn't drink alcohol.Many of them choose to drink over a bed and even a meal and stay on freezing cold.
PozPol
22 Dec 2009 #20
I see... its ok to let them die if they are an alcoholic..it doesnt matter, right?

Things may have changed in the last 3 months, but the last time I was catching an overnight train from wa-wa cen i came across a 14 homeless old people, by the dilpidated toilets.

No vodka bottles in hand, 60:40 women, clutching their few items. No-one chooses to sleep outside a railway toilet, so please spare, me the middle class waffle. Such a pitful sight I last saw in Moscow backstreets.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
22 Dec 2009 #21
Dead simply because they had nowhere to go.

Nonsense. They didn't want to go to the shelters for homeless because they can't drink there.

its ok to let them die if they are an alcoholic..

What do you want to do with them ? Lock them every winter ? In vast majority of cases these people choose their way of life, It is their life. They want to live like sh*t, so don't expect us to cry over them.
PozPol
22 Dec 2009 #22
Hmm, you know I'm actually warming to your message.

I will stop paying PIT and ZUS and my taxes for my companies, after all, its my wealth, and I shouldnt care about anyone else

The poor, sick, eldery can just look out for themselves...

Become unemployed? Tough.

Homeless? Unlucky.

Capitalism at its very finest.
olga
22 Dec 2009 #23
Nonsense. They didn't want to go to the shelters for homeless because they can't drink there.

you heartless moron, I hope this fate comes your way.
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
22 Dec 2009 #24
Most shelters are full in the winter, so many homeless people must stay on the streets even if they don't want to. It's a shame that there is not enough places even for those who are not very drunk and behave well.

The first step should be to help them break their addiction, this is the key to everything. If they don't want this, there is not much we can do.

All people who really want to start a new life should get that help. Also society will save a lot of money if they help these people.
convex 20 | 3,978
22 Dec 2009 #25
I will stop paying PIT and ZUS and my taxes for my companies, after all, its my wealth, and I shouldnt care about anyone else

Apparently it's not working. Homeless people are freezing to death. Could you do a better job with the money? Something local? Could you setup and run a shelter with all the money that you dump the governments way? Could you help out some people that are down on their luck with medical care? I bet you could. In fact, without a middleman, I'm pretty sure you could get way more out of your money than the government could.

The thing is, if you were in charge of distributing the money...would you spend it on corporate welfare? How about pet projects? would you send your soldiers to play in the desert?

The concept of the government using tax money to take care of people is a noble one, but it ultimately fails in its application.

hmm, another 1am rant

for a 3000/mo brutto salary...

3600 starts at the employer, by the time it gets to the employees bank account, they've got 2100 sitting in there. Then of course comes VAT@22%.

If the company managed to make any money, it is taxed at 19%... and if you're paid dividends on the whatever is left, that's another 19%.

Could you make better use of the money than the government? I think I could. I think a cage full of baboons could.
Arien 3 | 721
22 Dec 2009 #26
I know its unfashionable but does that not concern anyone else?

I've got a better question, does it concern you? I mean to say, if you see a homeless guy or girl.. Would you offer that person a place for the night? (I know you can't help the whole world, but you can start in your own community if necessary!)

We are prepared to throw inordinate sums of cash on Euro2012 and countless European projects, but we cant manage to get homeless people off the streets a week before Christmas?

I share your sentiments. Some people actually have billions on their private bank accounts, and they keep everything to themselves, while people who had some bad luck (And those people could've been you and me aswell!) die outside because they're an inconvenience to society?

In Russia, I accept this. The state doesnt care. But Poland? Why people must die?

If it was up to me, I wouldn't accept this anywhere. People are people, and they should be treated as such.

42 people die in an accident and it would be a day of mourning.. these people will barely get a centimetres of newsprint...

That's because in this wonderful society of ours, someone doesn't count when he or she doesn't generate wealth for the people who already have millions. I'm sure these people can see reason? I'm sure they're able to understand that they will easily make it through another winter with a little less money? I mean, what does it matter? You have 5 million today, and maybe you'll have 4,9 million tomorrow. (Either way, you'll have more than enough?)

I mean, saving another person's life is priceless? I don't know how many rich people read things on the internet, but it's always worth a shot. I mean, I can make a difference for maybe one or two persons, but I know some people could literally save half the globe with the money and the resources they have.

My opinion? If we as all people, want to call this society of ours civilized, together we should make damn sure poverty doesn't exist anymore. For no one, regardless who's fault it is, or was..

That's my Christmas wish.

:)
f stop 25 | 2,513
22 Dec 2009 #27
maybe what they were missing was an access to accurate weather forecast?
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
22 Dec 2009 #28
I share your sentiments. Some people actually have billions on their private bank accounts, and they keep everything to themselves, while people who had some bad luck (And those people could've been you and me aswell!) die outside because they're an inconvenience to society?

Sometimes I wonder if everyone has been around homeless people in big cities. Did you know some homeless absolutely REFUSE to go to shelters? You cannot make someone go to a shelter who absolutely won't go.

Volunteers from shelters will go out and tell everyone about the shelter and hand out brouchures so people will know it's there and some people would rather just stay on the streets. I've seen it. Some people live in homeless camps with tents and everything and would rather be there than in a shelter.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
22 Dec 2009 #29
after all, its my wealth

I doubt you have any... and paying taxes is not a matter of your good will...

you heartless moron, I hope this fate comes your way.

It won't, dear heartful moron...

so many homeless people must stay on the streets even if they don't want to. It's a shame that there is not enough places even for those who are not very drunk and behave well.

That's simply not true.
olga
22 Dec 2009 #30
It won't, dear heartful moron...

ha ha thats what all those poor beggers thought when they were young, what goes around comes around, your turn will come.


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