Is someone at the Times reading the Moral Volcano in secret? Hello, are you there? Well, if you are, then, shame on you. You are pathetic. I don’t care much about Times of India but what you did to Economic Times is simply unpardonable. I have been reading the latter for over a decade now and I am saddened at what you have done to it. ET sucks, just like the Times of India, now.
Anyway, the latest “Times Campaign” is meant to get Bangaloreans defensive about their city. Bangalore is BORING. So, what, no big deal. Bangalore was originally a pensioner’s paradise and it was meant to be that way. Of course, the paradise is now totally lost and unrecognizable. If intoxicated drivers and late-night gang-war shootings are going to make it more exciting, then who wouldn’t want that? After all, what if some anti-liquor activist got hacked to pieces in the middle of the road in broad daylight? No big deal. What was the point of that old dude Gandhi leading a campaign against alcohol more than half a century ago? Nothing.
Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is leading the charge against the newly inaugurated “boring tag”. Wasn’t she snubbed by officialdom when Metro was inaugurated? No, no. She is so altruistic that she doesn’t care about all that.
Because the police is understaffed, bars and discos have to shut down before midnight. This most likely inconveniences Shaw’s foreign visitors. So, she is offering to help Bangalore once again by helping booze flow through the night! Oh, puhleeeease! Could you slack off a bit more and help us a little less, please? With your company’s clinical trials, only some people might get hurt. With 24-hour booze, everyone will face danger.
Bangalore City spends more on new infrastructure than on regular services and maintenance. Streets are filled with potholes. Conservancy workers are not getting paid and the garbage is piled everywhere.
Like all other Metro projects, the Bangalore Metro was designed to drain funds from state and city budgets and also to get governments mired in to debt. After all that expense and inconvenience, it looks like the elevated rail will not last longer than 10 year, as it seems to have been built with fake sand.
Because of our hopeless exchange rate, foreign money lenders wanting to plug into our tax collection system are only interested in very very big infrastructure projects.
Bangalore City spends more than it earns and is unable to repay loans. Malleswaram market, Public Utility Building on MG Road, KR Market, and many other public properties have been pledged with banks.
BBMP exists only for infrastructure projects. They have no time for citizens of this city.
Karnataka CM Siddaramiah has refused to help BBMP because its mayor is a BJP guy. BJP and Congress play their little petty games and ordinary citizens are the losers. Maybe this is why we need to vote for Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). [Communist Party of India (Stalinist) led by the Moral Volcano will overthrow our Fascist system and execute all imperialist stooges at a more convenient time. I am currently busy with The Slave App browser for Android app. The revolution will have to wait.] BBMP has resorted to hiring drummers in order to create a scene and shame tax defaulters into paying, selectively of course.
Times of India says the police is not really needed on the streets. Instead, shops and establishments should be allowed to operate 24 hours and there will always be people on the streets. Let’s consider that for a moment.
Because of the great increase in traffic and economic activity over the last few decades, air, water and land in Bangalore has become extremely polluted. An unmanageable amount of garbage is being generated and unscientifically being disposed. It is only during the night that there is some respite. With 24 hours of non-stop activity, Bangalore will be permanently covered by smog like in many cities in China are right now. Don’t the idiots at the Times know this? [Funnily enough, The Economic Times aped The Economist and has an data intelligence unit. Let those guys look at this proposal. Okay, fools?… The Times Group has in the past tried infringe on the Financial Times (London) trademark. They do a lot of things like that.] Untreated sewage goes into the Cauvery. Now, a high-speed rail link to Mysore is planned with foreign aid. Can Bangalore cope up with all this?
Has anyone looked at the numbers? Of course, not. This is most likely a plug for the liquor industry. Just like the Kolaveri viral campaign that Times seems to have inaugurated for Sony Entertainment.
Bangalore has great infrastructure. It also has exceptionally good revenue streams to maintain adequate services. The government should say that development in Bangalore is over and anyone who has any complaints should move to Tier-2 cities and towns. That is how you bring development to new places. If all development is to be focused in Bangalore, we will all have to live in boxes like in Tokyo or Shanghai or Beijing. (Of course, that is one of the globalist aims – denser cities.)
What about the booze question? All shops and establishments, except essential services such as hospitals and pharmacies, should close at 6 pm. This is the case in many Western countries. [Of course, Indians and other immigrants who go to Western countries as workers and officials are changing all that.] There is a bar in every office. Works stops at 6 pm and then the party begins and goes on until people are tired and go home. That is a humane system, where humans are being respected as humans, not as animals in an industrialized farm.] And, if anyone there works for a minute extra, they will have to be paid double pay for over time or the management pays huge penalties. It is in beggar countries like India where employees want to pay as little as possible but make employees work as long as possible. Why don’t employers bring labour treatment to international standards first?
Bar and restaurants in Bangalore should be allowed to function until 9 pm. Everyone gets a good night’s sleep and society will be in a better mood in the morning. Roads will be emptied of traffic pretty early and the city will become livable again.
With 24-hour operations, all services will be stretched. Retail and hospitality employees are going to overworked and exploited. People will always be on the edge, ready to blow their top. Incessant honking and road rage will be the norm.
Uber-crony-capitalists from the House of Rothschilds are the main force behind this infrastructure spending spree. They control world’s central banks, multi-lateral lending institutions and big banks. The Rothschilds have figured out that governments have a lot of money and know exactly how to take it. They come up with expensive infrastructure projects and pitch them to state and local governments. To sweeten the deal for politicians and bureaucrats, they bring in financing from aid agencies such as World Bank and IMF. Once this “financing” is in place, no cost-benefit analysis is not done by the officials. There is no bidding. The deal is rammed through without public participation, debate or scrutiny. It is in these situations that I think they place calls to people like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. These people, wittingly and unwittingly, lend their good name and add vocal support for these budget-bursting schemes.
Take this pilot project, for example, to supply water for a few towns in Bangalore. The last line in the article hides the bombshell – Rs. 1800 crores for just three towns. Who pays for them? The usual suspects would be – you, the taxpayer. But, there will be a stage when the government has no money to pay the French firm. What happens then? Well, the consumers will have to pay!
People cut a lot of slack for Ms. Shaw because she is a woman. She needs no sympathy. Save it for the more unfortunate people in our country of which there are hundreds of millions. Ms. Shaw is an extremely rich person and a CEO of a listed SENSEX company. Would she be so dumb that she can’t follow the money trail in these deals? Does she really think that we are so gullible that we would want to get rid of the bogus “boring Bangalore tag” and support for the Times campaign?
In all these campaigns, they always use a Western example to support their case. So, let’s deal with that too. The finances of the California state in the US is in shambles. Crony capitalists, government officials and politicians are defrauding it in all kinds of ways. While the state can’t pay for schools or teachers, there is plenty of money for other useless expenses that go to private contractors.
For more, read the book Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast. Also, read Greg Palast’s latest expose Larry Summers and the Secret “End-Game” Memo (http://www.gregpalast.com/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo/).
Christopher Bollyn of the American Free Press says that Palast is a relative of former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and that somehow implies that Palast is an undercover operative. I think Palast is great and is doing a good service for humanity. We need more people like him – real journalists – and less of the jokers that run ET.