Covid’s other nightmare — poverty and hunger

Starvation and homelessness can be a living death

More than 50 million Americans are now living below the poverty level — an increase of eight million since the deadly virus struck last May.

“We’re talking about families who cannot afford to put food on the table for themselves and their children,” said Zachary Parolin, a social researcher at Columbia University.

The number of people near starvation reached its highest level in half a century after federal stimulus money from the Trump administration was depleted and the Democratic Congress failed to follow up with more relief.

COVID’S IMPACT
People line up for food at one of thousands of American free pantries.

The struggling 50 million Americans earn less than $26,200 a year, which is what the federal government considers the poverty line.

Poverty levels were tracked from when the coronavirus pandemic crushed the U.S. economy in May and caused a widespread shutdown of businesses, stores, restaurants, and myriad other sources of income and livelihood.

Food banks are working overtime to try and keep up with people’s needs. So far it’s a losing battle.

“Even if the economy begins to recover,” said a food pantry volunteer, “there will be long-term food shortages before families get back on their feet. It won’t happen overnight.”

Easy Street in America is now reserved for the rich. For a whole lot of other people, it’s a hard road.

OLD MANHOMELESS

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Crocodile Dundee trapped in America by Covid

Show it your knife, Mick, that oughta scare off the little bugger

THE KNIFE

Paul Hogan, the Aussie Outback hero of the late 1980s, just wants to get back to his native Australia but he is trapped in the U.S. because of the Covid lockdown.

The former actor, who is now an 81-year-old recluse, is waiting out the virus in L.A. with his 21-year-old son Chance, a rock musician.

Hogan said he would leave the country immediately if he could. “I can’t wait for this stupid disease to go away so I can get out. I’m like a kangaroo in a Russian zoo — I don’t belong here.”

At 81
Paul Hogan, now 81, trapped in L.A.

The 1986 action comedy ‘Crocodile Dundee’ starred Paul Hogan as real-life crocodile hunter Mick Dundee and American actress Linda Koslowski as a New York City reporter who goes to Australia to do a story on him.

The action moves to New York City where Mick gets in and out of trouble with fearlessness and charm. The croc hunter and the big city reporter end up falling in love. Fade out.

LINDA GOT TIRED OF LIFE IN THE SHADOWS

‘Crocodile Dundee’ made Hogan a superstar, the most famous Australian in the world. After the movie, Hogan and Koslowski married and were together for more than 20 years. Koslowski, who is now 62, said she got tired of living in the famous Aussie’s shadow.

She was a struggling actress when she was cast in ‘Crocodile Dundee’ and after leaving Hogan tried to make it on her own in Hollywood but the party was over and she quit movies.

‘Crocodile Dundee’ (the first of three), was set in the Outback and New York City and cost less than  $10 million to make. It ended up grossing $330 million worldwide — the highest grossing Australia film ever.

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