Saturday, August 20, 2016

Juggernaut

Prelude

During a thunderstorm, lightning struck a 100-year-old oak tree. The tree snapped in half onto a citizen's home. Damage to the house was extensive, the tree collapsed the residence into shambles...like a bomb had exploded. Fortunately, no one was inside a the time. When the homeowner finally arrived and saw his home ruined he was absolutely devastated and traumatized. His neighbour proceeded to console him.

Homeowner (horrified, shocked) - "Oh my God, look at my house, it's fucking destroyed." Neighbour (sad) - "Take it easy, your home can be rebuilt but look at the unfortunate tree".

We all have our favourite colour...I cherish navy blue. However, it appears all three levels of Government and these meddlesome environmentalists want to manipulate everyone to become attached to their beloved colour...green.

Over the years I have noticed a considerable amount of businesses in and around Hamilton, Ontario that incorporate the word green on their companies name, logo or motto. The outfit who picks up our garbage is called Green For Life.

A lot of gardening and landscaping establishments fancy the word green on their firm's names such as Green Collar, Green Home, Green Lawn, Greentario, Greenview and Heritage Green. Maybe the logic for that marketing strategy is it will attract and captivate the public because of the propelling force of the environment faction and if society observes the word green on their vehicles or advertising, the company will perform a superior, top quality green job compared to an operation called Block and Puritan Landscaping.

I couldn't help but chuckle when I read articles in City News - Breakfast TV, Toronto Metro and the Toronto Star on July 28/16. The write ups were about a contractor who cut trees down in Toronto, Ontario to make way for a townhouse complex. What forced me to laugh was Toronto Mayor John Tory stating he was "HORRIFIED" about the whole occurrence.

Goodness gracious, what a diabolical crime. Has Mr. Tory ever been "HORRIFIED" about the terrifying and frightening copious amounts of violent crime (murders, shootings, stabbings) in his Kingdom. Are trees more important than human life or is Mr. Tory just playing 'the game?'

Politicians are far from stupid but rarely are they genuine and straight forward. A lot of times they have the capability and aptitude to fool the people all of the time. They have to present a 'front' and have an extremely convincing demeanor...they must have their A-game ready at all times, especially at debates, here is an example.

A long time very good friend of mine was a contender in the 1990 Ontario Provincial Election. He was representing the Libertarian Party in the riding of Hamilton (Ontario) West. The candidates held a debate on a local cable T.V. station. The incumbent, Dr. Richard Allen, who represented the N.D.P. (New Democratic Party) and my chum were discussing an issue. They traded their comments with each other and Dr. Allen's final remark left my buddy speechless. Some time later my pal told me this guy (Dr. Allen) is good and said I have never heard of that program he mentioned in his final statement. It wasn't so much my friend didn't bring his A-game but Dr. Allen's experience definitely acted on his behalf but he was also thoroughly prepared and ready for any discussions...he's a pro.

Getting back to Mr. Tory, I don't recall reading he was "HORRIFIED" about the terrorist attack in Paris and Nice, France Nov. 13-14/15 and July 14/16 respectively. They could very easily happen in Hogtown...let's hope that never transpires anywhere in Canada...NEVER! In fact anywhere, anymore!!

Mayor Tory is looking to impose a $1 million fine on the contractor for that dreadful tree cutting "illegal act" because he is so "HORRIFIED".

Tory claims to be a conservative, supposedly a Tory (no pun intended) he may say he's conventional but he has a lot of liberal characteristics. This is the guy who is craving and yearning $3.9 billion in new fees/taxes as reported by CTV News on June 22/16. He has a real thirst and appetite for these latest dues to be enforced on Torontonians, visitors, and tourists.

His intention and scheme includes an alcohol tax, parking tax, entertainment and amusement tax, vehicle ownership registration tax and tobacco tax. I understand those taxes can be implemented under the authority of the City of Toronto Act. He is also showing keen and eager interest in a hotel tax, parking sales tax, municipal income tax, municipal sales tax, and development levy, however, those would require provincial approval.

I found the description and information about the parking tax very inappropriate and controlling, turning to the Government's favour and advantage. It stated the tax has the potential of increasing the number of Toronto residents to use the T.T.C. (Toronto Transit Commission). Ya, force and financially bully people to take the bus...shameful. Overall the whole idea of these new taxes is absolutely disgraceful.

These futuristic and outrageous expenses were researched on a 185-page report by K.P.M.G. a professional service company having it's head office located in Amsterdam. It is one of the big four auditors and provides three lines of service: audit, tax, and advisory. I can only imagine the cost of their study...it's quite evident these folks aren't working for minimum wage.

Mr. Tory makes himself known as a true, loyal and faithful tree lover but he also glorifies and worships taxes. Enough about Mayor John Tory. I had to write a segment on him because he was so "HORRIFIED" about a crucial and severe misdeed that took place in his city.

The tree movement has existed for many years. Politicians WON'T ignore the green campaign. The tree-loving lobby groups and even the green loving taxpayers are numerous votes for bureaucrats. These elected representatives know exactly which issues to fully support if necessary sell their souls and trees are a prime example.

I recall Hamilton Ontario Ward 1 Councillor Mary Kiss (1982-1997) was outright livid or maybe I should say HORRIFIED when she found out from one of her constituents trees were being cut down on the Queen St. hill. The Queen St. hill is one of five accesses connecting downtown Hamilton to the mountain residential and commercial area. Ms. Kiss phoned City Hall to complain.

Dispatcher - "Good morning City Hall". Complainant - (commanding, irate) "THIS IS ALDERMAN MARY KISS!!!" Dispatcher - (unfriendly, cold) "Ya." Mary Kiss - (commanding, irate) "THEY ARE CUTTING TREES DOWN ON THE QUEEN ST. HILL!!!" Dispatcher - (not really caring) "Who's cutting the trees down?" Mary Kiss - (irate, commanding, infuriated) "THEY CITY IS, HAVE A FOREMAN PHONE ME IMMEDIATELY!!!"

As it turned out the tree cutting 'felony' was entirely legitimate...why the fuck wouldn't it be. The Forestry Dept. had work orders for the work orders to perform their task. When Ms. Kiss finally re-entered the real world from her oblivious stupor and trance all she could say was, "I hate trees being but down."

This ex-politician should have shown more awareness and familiarity to work programs and activities occurring in her own Ward. Furthermore, she should have been more focused and attentive at City Council meetings.

Then there is Hamilton Ontario Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie (2003-2014) who totally opposed the construction and even the thought of the R.H.V.P. (Red Hill Valley Parkway). A huge opposition and disapproval of his was, ya, you got it...destroying trees.

The R.H.V.P. opened in 2007. It is 4.3 miles of expressway with a maximum speed of 90 km/Hr. and is located in the east end of the city and is an extremely significant and important transportation artery for Hamilton. Studies proclaim 70,000 vehicles drive on the Parkway every day. An article in the Hamilton Spectator Jan. 27/14 stated the R.H.V.P. is credited with being an economic magnet for commercial and industrial use.

The Parkway has various advantages and benefits such alleviating major traffic congestion on other thoroughfares, convenience and economic values for drivers and the creation of businesses and jobs. There has also been a massive residential build up at the south end of the Parkway (Stoney Creek Mountain). The frugal and personal impact for people is an absolutely fantastic innovation...it's beneficial to all.

Let's not forget about the environmental bonus. Prior to the R.H.V.P. being built traffic on Lower Centennial Parkway from Barton St. southerly to Queenston Rd. on any given day was bumper to bumper, we all know what that means...vehicles idling and producing unnecessary emissions into the air.

To give you an example, my Executive Assistant (E.A.) was a nine to five gal and worked at the corner of Barton St. and Lower Centennial. For her to drive to Queenston Rd., her journey would take five, sometimes ten minutes to travel 1.5 kilometers. Since the Parkway was built the gridlock on Lower Centennial has decreased enormously.

It appears these bird brain tree lovers despise progress and will do anything within their capabilities to disrupt, impede, interfere, hamper, obstruct, derail, ANYTHING for the improvement and/or advancement of infrastructure and technology just to save "their" trees.

In 2014 McHattie threw his hat into the ring for the mayor's title for the City of Hamilton. This guy is something else. An article in the Hamilton Spectator on Aug. 27/14 stated he finally drove on the R.H.V.P...after all those years, REFUSING to drive on the Parkway and now travels on it for the first time...I wonder why he reversed his morals...Hmm, could it be the election?

I think it's quite obvious why he adjusted his belief...votes. He reneged on his principles and standards, all for political reasons. He's another one you have to ask the question...can you trust him? Isn't it mind blowing what politicians will do to win an election, Anyway, McHattie lost the mayor's race to Fred Eisenberger. Maybe voters saw directly through his transparent thinking when he switched his attitude and drove on the R.H.V.P...again, can you trust this individual?

There is a multitude of average "Joe Public" citizens what are completely infatuated with any damage to trees whatsoever. The green propaganda is overwhelming.

I recall a few years ago the City of Hamilton's Forestry Dept. were cutting eighty plus year old trees down in the section of the city called Westdale. The trees were diseased and/or dead. That wasn't relevant to the residents perspective who lived in the area...they were enraged and fuming, calling the Forestry employees TREE KILLERS!!!

Back in the 1990's an infuriated and furious senior citizen from Stoney Creek (a suburb of Hamilton) complained to City Hall his neighbour was cutting a tree down. When asked where his neighbour's tree was located he replied "his backyard". He was then told his neighbour had every right to do whatever he desires with his own tree since it was rooted in his backyard and not on city property. This busybody became more agitated and outraged but after a few moments, he dismissed himself.

The City of Hamilton Traffic Operations Dept. has a yearly late spring, summer and fall program of trimming foliage from stop and yield signs that obstruct drivers 100% visibility of the signs. Quite often homeowners would become incensed seeing the city employees pruning limbs from the signs to make sure they were fully visible from 200 feet away...it's crystal clear this is a safety priority, but some of Joe Public just doesn't get it.

Some time in 2016 there was a report that a woman lodged a formal complaint about children hammering nails into a tree to build a tree fort. She was bothered and upset that the nails were hurting the tree.

Before the R.H.V.P. was opened the authorities had a few obstacles to contend with that involved the Green Panthers. In the beginning, there were many ground protestors but it wasn't long before they were arrested.

Since there were acres of trees to be removed, the tree lovers hatched an ingenious plan. Individually they would pack some provisions and climb the trees (some a 100' tall) and declared the tree their new home. Some of then endured up to two months before finally setting foot on the ground again. My question has always been, how did they get that amount of time off from their jobs?

The green folks reside on all four corners of the globe...young, old, male, female, different types of races and religions and economic status. It gives me the impression they are Mother Nature's Warriors.

Maybe more people will support and cheer professional North American sports teams like Boston Celtics, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Eskimos, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Seattle Sounders (just to name a few) and our future generations will choose those squads because their uniforms are green.

Epilogue

It has always shocked me why these tree huggers appear to have more adoration, devotion and affection for trees than they do for human life and suffering. There is an abundance of dreadful, frightful and horrendous issues happening throughout the world every day but trees are momentous for these so called guardians and saviours...sadly the green crusade is a mania.

The End

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

"Concept vs Reality"

In 1984 I enrolled in a first year Political Science night school course at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. (I was working full time.) My professor was extremely knowledgeable and educated. He was also a very amusing and entertaining individual. He and his brother escaped Nazi Germany and my 'prof' touched down in New York City. He drove a taxi for a living and received his education at Columbia University. One of his lessons was about the United Nations (U.N.). He finished his lecture with his final thought and said "are they (U.N.) really doing any good"?

The U.N. is an organization founded on Oct. 24/45 after the most devastating was in history was finally over...WW2. It's headquarters is located in New York City and had 53 member countries at that time with a $19 million budget. The U.N. tries to promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. Some of the other functions of the agency are refugee protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, enhance economic and social development and maintain international peace and security.

Here are a few facts about the power house institution today as narrated by Rachel Weisz on the video by Guardian - 'how did the U.N. get so big'. The U.N. is located in Manhattan with four buildings spreading over eighteen acres. It consists of 85,000 staff and has a budget of $40 billion a year and incudes a membership of 193 countries.

The C.N.S. news (Dec.28/12) stated the U.S. pays more than one-fifth of the U.N. budget but in another article from C.N.S. news on May 7/15 it stated the U.S. pays over $3 billion a year to the U.N. However, according to Wikipedia the U.S. pays 22% of the U.N. budget for 2016, Canada is just under 3%.

I understand there is hunger and poverty in the world and without a doubt those two elements coincide with each other. The World Food Program states hunger is the number once cause of death in the world...I agree, if you don't eat, sooner or later you die. They also stated there are 795 million undernourished people in the world in 2016.

The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (U.N.I.C.E.F.) proclaims 22,000 children die every day due to poverty...that's over 8 million kids every year. The website DoSomething.org states more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50/day and more than 1.3 billion live on less than $1.25/day and over 1 billion children live in poverty. I saw a television commercial from 'Save the Children Fund' which announced that 19,000 children die every day in Africa due to hunger...just under 7 million victims every year.

I don't know how accurate those figures really are or how they arrive at those numbers. Maybe they have been fabricated and/or exaggerated, either way if they happen to be authentic it certainly sounds like the U.N. IS NOT taking care of business.

We have all heard of U.N.I.C.E.F....many children would collect money for the agency's crusade when they ventured out to go trick or treating. U.N.I.C.E.F. was established on Dec. 11/46 and their world headquarters is also in New York City. Governments contribute two-thirds and one-third is donated privately for their mission. In 2008 their earnings were, are you ready for this. $3,372,540,239.

A few years ago my Executive Assistant's father showed me an article in the Toronto Sun newspaper about pay salaries and benefits Chief Executive Officers (C.E.O.), Presidents etc. earn from their charities they so dearly cherish. I remember a lot of these social conscience and devoted individuals were receiving enormous incomes 'managing their humanitarianism purpose.'

I discovered a website with similar information called Snopes.com written by David Mikkelson. His article contained top salary earners of charities. He stated for the eleventh straight year the worst offender was Caryl M, Stern, C.E.O. for U.N.I.C.E.F. who earned $1,200,000 a year. Another high priced executive was Canadian World Vision President Dave Toycen who receives a base salary of $300,000 a year, a home valued at $700,000-$800,000 and fully paid amenities from taxes to maid, pool and garden service...even the high definition cable is a freebie.

In Ms. Stern's defence U.N.I.C.E.F. wrote a letter of response on their own website and stated Ms. Stern's salary is only $521,820. Maybe she was thoughtful and considerate and donated over half her salary to the charity she so strongly believes in and adores. Either way, four-fifths of her so called salary now could feed a lot of hungry children.

Near the end of Mr. Mikkelson's article an e-mail from U.N.I.C.E.F. was written and stated Ms. Stern earns $472,891. The Canadian World Vision also replied in the same column and said Mr. Toycen (I believe he is retired now) earns $184,000 and none of his housing costs are paid for and has lived in the same house for over twenty years outside of Toronto, Ontario. If you are inquisitive about the discrepancies I suggest check out the website and you be the judge. It makes me wonder about other agencies such as C.A.R.E., Save the Children and Christian Children's Fund of Canada and their high price administrators.

There are more than a few websites praising the U.N. on their success such as The Flame - Top 9 Greatest Achievements of the United Nations, Borgen Magazine - 10 things accomplished by the United Nations and the United Nations Seventh Anniversary.

These articles are commending the U.N. in such categories as combatting terrorism, containing the world drug problem, fighting hunger and poverty, nuclear weapons peace keeping and human rights.

Many experts believe modern day terrorism commenced in 1968. Maybe they selected that year because Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by Palestinian-Jordanian Sirhan Sirhan on June 5/68. According to 'Our World. In Data' terrorism (observing their graph) started to erupt in the mid 1990's and we can never forget about that horrendous day...Sept. 11/01.

Quite often I will listen to the British Broadcasting Corporation (B.B.C.) news from London, England on radio station Jazz F.M. 91.1 located in Toronto. There is not a day goes by there is at least one act of terrorism happening in the world...it's a regular event. It doesn't appear to me the U.N. is mending this calamity.

Trying to combat the world drug problem is just a daydream. Ex President Ronald Reagan of the United States declared war on drugs Oct. 14/82 and look at the drug trade some thirty plus years later...a thriving, lucrative and successful business...illegal drugs are plentiful throughout the world.

Fighting hunger has always been a major priority of the U.N. but look how many starving kids are in the world today. The U.N. is attempting to fulfill their mandate but how hard are they really trying?

Supposedly the U.N. has banned nuclear testing and encouraged arms reduction. Meanwhile, India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan have high stockpiles. Five will get you ten Iran has a secret stash hidden in their backyard and I.S.I.S. has access to nuclear weapons.

Peace keeping is a primary issue for the U.N....why wouldn't it be, no one likes war or maybe some do. According to Freedom Outpost (Oct. 26/14) nearly 150 wars with over 100 million casualties have occurred since the birth of the U.N. in 1945.

Human Rights is one of the U.N.'s significant subjects. We all know that some Middle East countries regard women as absolutely inferior human beings and I wonder how often human rights are exercised in China, North Korea and Vietnam...probably nada.

The U.N. has had their share of sex scandals and corruption. In 1990 there were reports from countries of Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Kosovo and Mozambique that areas with peacekeeping personnel saw an escalation of child prostitution. U.N. soldiers would give children candy and small amounts of money in exchange for sex. Get this, the soldiers claimed it wasn't rape because the children were receiving some sort of payment for their "service".

The Congo Sex Scandal as reported by The Trumpet (Feb.2005) stated in 2004 over 150 accusations of rape, child abuse, solicitation and other sexual crimes were reported. Hundreds of images of child pornography were found on a French U.N. civilians laptop.

The Oil for Food program suffered extensive corruption and abuse. It was created in 1995 to allow Iraq to sell their oil on the world market in exchange for food and other humanitarian necessities without Iraq advancing their military capabilities. Profits were conveyed to Iraq and U.N. officials.

The Trumpet (Oct. 20/05) also wrote the U.N. has had rape and murder allegations as well as billions of dollars in fraud and embezzlement on a global scale over the years.

It's a crying shame to see starving children but I believe a lot of people are becoming very affluent off the misfortune and hardships of these skin and bones kids...I find it absolutely FUCKING DISGUSTING!

The Guardian (Sept. 7/15) published an article titled '70 years later and half a trillion dollars, what has the U.N. achieved'. I wonder how much money is exhausted on overinflated salaries and unnecessary perks and benefits...where is the money really going?

Epilogue

The U.N. was formed to conquer and eliminate all the despair in the world. Clearly the belief was wonderful (sounded like a good idea at the time) but it appears that the bigger organizations develop and expand the less effective and successful they are...does that remind you of some other huge and powerful organization...I'll give you a hint, the word starts with the letter G. I don't doubt it for a second the U.N. has kind, warm hearted, caring and compassionate principles, but on the flipside I get the impression they can be devious, untrustworthy and dishonest just like that word that starts with the letter G. I reflect back on my political science professor and ask myself, was he ahead of his time?

The End

The Harvenut Puritan Project

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