Thursday, 19 March 2015

Fooled Again

It has been said that ‘it is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled’. 
Here in Ontario, our government has squandered its way into financial ruin to the point that they are acting against the very people that elected and hired them. 
The situation has become so acute that our government is already conducting itself in the same vein as other infamous and desperate regimes which also started out riding a tide of prosperity only to be driven to the depths of despair by autocratic theory toting elitist thugs. 

The Ontario regime is following an old familiar path to ruin simply caused by running out of other people’s money. As ‘legitimate’ sources of governmental income become harder to achieve, without taxpayer backlash, and prosperity creating commerce and industry is driven out, the regime increases its agencies and harnesses them to “GET’ the money required.

 MPP Jack MacLaren said in the Ontario Legislature: I have become alarmed at the proliferation of agencies, boards and commissions and the increased delegation of governance authority to these agencies, boards and commissions from the provincial government”. 

Our career MPP Jim Bradley said in the Ontario Legislature: “I look at the Niagara Peninsula, for instance, which used to be a place—a gem—for tender-fruit farming. Today we have development all over it”.

After  three and a half decades MPP Bradley should be cognizant of development ‘all over it’ considering that his ‘Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’ is the Ontario government corporation that built a corporate/commercial and competitive Banquette/meeting hall lavishly located smack in and on our much vaunted UNESCO World Biosphere Park  (Not Listed) paid for by the builder of ‘Mt. Carcinogen’ in Welland, Niagara! 
This tax supported corporate entity is overpowering private businesses of the region.

The first evidence of the regime’s desperation is the rapid increase in rules and regulations followed by ravenously expensive and extortionary financial penalties and of course zero tolerance for noncompliance. Or as the government’s Environment Minister Jim Bradley puts it, “Charges and convictions remind us all that we need to take care not to damage the environment as we go about our business”.

Perhaps it’s the word ‘Conservation’ that has the effect of ‘Fooling’ so many people into believing that our beautiful resources are safe in the hands of a rabid corporate entity such as the  ‘Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’.

But will exposing the NPCA for the brutal corporation that it actually is, convince anyone that they have been fooled, deceived by an empire building criminal
entity willing to destroy our beautiful resources to suit their own purpose?

The latest outrage perpetrated on our environment and society is cutting the heart out of 22 acres of a magnificent Carolinian Forest of mostly Sugar Maple, Black Walnut, and Red Oak! 

Our duped civic leaders have been well apprised of the dishonorable activities of the NPCA.

At our expense we have informed our ‘civic minded’ civic leaders of some of the most extraordinary and egregious information imaginable. 

In 2012 we brought forward concerns regarding serious toxic pollution followed by even more and deadly toxic pollution followed by information regarding conduct and unwarranted assault on private property and even criminal attack against private property owners.

We exposed the shocking and perverse White Family fiasco where the judge in the case actually took the Ontario regime’s NPCA and its Niagara Region lawyer to task over criminal conduct!

We brought forward the excruciating ‘Barnfield’ story.

We exposed one of the most irrational and illogical NPCA transgressions regarding the NPCA’s efforts toward the actual destruction of an Ontario Significant Wetlands.

In the face of all these things some of our citizens are going through, and doing without, our Niagara Regional Government honors the NPCA with a nearly 6% 2015 budget increase totaling multi-$millions without so much as considering even a ‘Value for Dollar’ accounting! 

Considering what we have uncovered so far (as proven by these blue Hyperlinks) and learning that the CEO of the NPCA is also the Treasurer of that same authority, surely a forensic audit is in order!

Obviously it is the voter that must be convinced that they have been fooled!
                               ...and for only $400K of Taxpayer Dollars FOOLED Again!

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

What do we learn from History?
The Ceausescu regime argued that  this predominately vacant Romanian Parliament building would be desired as a palace from which to govern 21 million Romanians

Why would a regime want to burden its poor people to build a totally gratuitous  palace for the communist autocracy to rule over  a small country the size of the US State of Oregon 

What do we learn from History? 
We do learn from history but what we learn from history is generally slanted toward the things that concur with our prior prejudice. We tend to pick and choose the parts of history that suits our purpose. We seem to have an innate ability to ignore history that does not deliver our desired outcome. How else can we possibly explain our tendency to follow the policies and practices of societies and civilizations that have repeatedly and so miserably failed?

If you visit and browse nations of all political stripes and listen to their citizens then you will learn from recent history. You may begin to revisit your current wealth of knowledge for answers that seem to conflict with what you are witnessing first hand. You begin to challenge the origins of information that fly in the face of fact. It becomes disturbing to discover or rediscover the thoughts and observations of individuals such as Aristotle, John Adams, Oswald Spengler, Ayn Rand etc. Equally disturbing is the realization that the source of that same dismissal of history is the smug suggestion that we are in modern times so this new ‘Age of Enlightenment’ protects us from the failures of the past.

Of all the despotic oligarchs perhaps Romania is one of the most pronounced example of political subjugation of its people. Lack of ‘Term Limits’ allowed Communist Party Leader Nicolae Ceausescu to turn Romania from the typical short lived benefit of socialism, with world leaders of the 70’s visiting and admiring Romania’s ‘Shining City on the Hill’ to its inevitable downfall into moral decay and devastation. You may well ask, how could this happen?

Ceausescu and his gaggle of know-it-alls placed an inordinate amount of resources and faith in the reputed supremacy of academia perhaps because he had so little. Academia wilts like a flower in the face of corruption, cronyism, inane and debilitating rules and regulations. 

Over burdening the taxpaying citizens drove their underground economy, devoured their commerce, and generally impeded the country’s ability to meet its obligations.

The Ceausescu regime caused one of the most successful agricultural exporting nations of the Eastern Block into a nation that now must import much of its food. Academia tried but failed to replace Romania’s agri-expert farmers who fled the country primarily to farm in Spain. Now much of the county’s fields lie fallow. Ceausescu scared away investment to such a degree that his abundance of oil and ‘Oil Export Revenue’ turned into the ‘Need to Import’.

As recently as spring 2010 nearly 500 doctors abandoned their home country of Romania.

  'A nation that no longer competes is forced to export its academic and qualified lay expertise'.

   Observing the consequence of not learning from History 

As things tightened up and Romania began its decline the Ceausescu regime embarked on an ever escalating crusade to buy prosperity and to spend its way back to health. Their crowning achievement was the building of the world’s second largest building (second only to the US Pentagon) as the predominately vacant Romanian Parliament building. Is it possible that this privately desired edifice to vanity was the predictable final straw.

A study of Romanian communism within this autocratic/repression dialectical framework, examines the relationship between ideological fanaticism and public policy in the Ceausescu regime. It discusses the ways in which the regime used tactics of manipulation, persuasion, and repression to cope with threats it saw as simultaneously domestic and foreign. The theory behind this approach, therefore, could be applied to ANY OTHER cases of repressive, autocratic dictatorship.

Following their inability to hide financial abuse and fiscal failure the Ceausescu regime began a campaign to stifle descent, the right to free speech, and suppression of civil liberties. In desperation they began to use their secret police to chase down their own dissenting citizens for torture and murder. Many of the same communist individuals are still in charge but now they refer to themselves as socialists or liberals. They are still standing in the way of Romania’s progress by continuing with debilitating impediments. They have burdened their businesses into oblivion or migration.

On December 21, 1989 Ceausescu and his wife stepped out onto a balcony to receive accolades from a gathered crowd of 350,000. What they got were jeers and boos, a 2 hour trial and were summarily executed by firing squad on Christmas morning!

Corruption is still part of daily life in Romania, with almost half of Romanians admitting to paying bribes.

Now the EC is putting increasing pressure on the Romanian government to end bribery.
Some officials struggle against the rampant corruption but it often results in their dismissal. It's an ongoing battle between the politicians exploiting corruption and those fighting it. But following a push from Europe a number of high profile politicians have been charged, to the delight of Romanians. Romanians want to see convictions.

'We must learn from History or suffer the consequence of repeating Historic failures'.



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