The Newtown Pentacle

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A busy week arrives.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A humble narrator has been somewhat less than fully engaged with my normal round for the last couple of weeks, simply in the name of enjoying the last couple of weeks of August. Uncharacteristic of me, periodic downtime is nevertheless a “necessary.” One believes that all true wisdom can be gleaned from 1970’s “prog rock” lyrics and as the band “Yes” proferred in their anthem “Roundabout” – don’t surround your self with yourself, move on back to square.

Ruts can be depressing, as are the daily demands of the world.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This week, I’ve got a fairly major Newtown Creek event going on (not a public event, unfortunately) which has been increasingly all consuming, that will play out on Wednesday evening. Suffice to say, it takes place on a boat, and that one has been tremulously watching the quite changeable weather reports that have accompanied the path of Hurricane Hermine up the eastern seaboard.

As soon as the event has passed, which will be after Wednesday evening, I’ve got a few new offerings for the general public as far as walking tours and so on that I’ll tell y’all about.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The aquatic excursion will be a Newtown Creek event, onboard and co hosted by the Fireboat John J. Harvey, which I’ve been describing to invitees as a “Community Conversation about Newtown Creek with the Newtown Creek Community.” The event will bring together community representatives, business leaders, environmentalists, and government employees with the goal of discussing the future. I’m proud too say that one of the goals of the trip – to engage neighborhood people and organizations from the eastern section of the Creek (Maspeth, East Williamsburg, Bushwick) seems to have been accomplished. The event has been underwritten – in the name of full disclosure – by Connective Strategies and the Newtown Creek Group, who represent the “potentially responsible parties” named in the Superfund declaration.

Cross your fingers, as this should be a rather productive conversation. We are nearing the interval in which the post superfund future of Newtown Creek will be decided upon, and it’s one of my goals to ensure that everybody’s voice and concerns be addressed. As I’ve told multiple people – there’s a path which I think is the right one, but it’s not up to me to tell Maspeth what it needs. That’s what City Hall does, and unlike the Mayor I happen to believe in Democracy.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As an aside, the probable serial killer whom I’ve christened the “Queens Cobbler” seems to have returned to the area, and resumed their nefarious work – as evidenced by a sudden dearth of “single shoe” occurrences.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

September 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. Your faith in the democratic process, all voices being heard and the political establishment (including the bureaucracy) heeding the will of the people, is charmingly revanchist.

    When one becomes a reclusive specter who haunts the edges of society of which they have eschewed all emotional ties with, one develops an unusually sharp vision especially for that which is below the living’s perception and can clearly see all their follies. If you wish to hear the truth, ask the recluse but only if you are prepared to hear it. If not, then read no further. The short version is found in summary paragraph below.

    Alas a century of progressive mind poison given in the gentle illusion of being “for the good of the common man” all the while destroying social mobility. Then 80 years of the godling Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cult of action whereby government “experts” will solve every problem fostered dependency in big government. And more than 50 years of postmodernist moral and cultural relativism with lethal doses of the precautionary principle have left a once proud and independent people renowned for their inventiveness little more than apathetic slaves to the state who expect their “betters” to solve their every problem for them and protect them from every boogeyman that may frighten them.

    When one inevitably turns to the State seeking protection from all threats real or imagined, or even the State to protect them from their own foolish choices, one can be rightfully seen by the State as a dependent idiot whose very life depends on the State’s constant intervention. Nobody accepts the counsel of dependent idiots who are little more than burdens of noblisse oblige.
    Further, when one accepts the premises of, and, or the payments of entitlements and the welfare largess of the State, one is in a real sense bought and paid for, i.e. a slave.

    Now this being the case, why would our Ruling Class care a whit what their slaves or dependents think or want? Especially since despite the slave’s occasional whinging and rattling of chains, they still obediently crawl off to the polls to elect those same politicians to virtual lifetime offices.

    In Summary.
    The State obeys nobody but their designated ruling class, follows no plans but their own and benefits none but the ruling class. No amount of Jane Jacobs style showboating protests will impress them nor any of the little dog and pony show public meetings change anything more than some window dressing around already formed plans for the reasons articulated above.

    It remains to be seen if some distant rumblings as accompanies the candidacies of Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders will have any long term effect on the mass cultural inertia that maintains the current oligarchic paradigm. My own prognoses, for what it’s worth, is nothing will change until the current paradigm collapses.

    “Cross your fingers, as this should be a rather productive conversation. We are nearing the interval in which the post superfund future of Newtown Creek will be decided upon, and it’s one of my goals to ensure that everybody’s voice and concerns be addressed. As I’ve told multiple people – there’s a path which I think is the right one, but it’s not up to me to tell Maspeth what it needs. That’s what City Hall does, and unlike the Mayor I happen to believe in Democracy.”

    By Apollo, King, thou swear’st thy gods in vain.

    Don Cavaioli

    Cav

    September 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  2. Nice work! I’m recently returned from DSNY and looking to assist. Thanks, Ron Blendermann

    Ronald Blendermann

    September 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  3. The Charming or Whimsical Revanchist. An excellent title for a blog should you consider another in addition to the Newtown Pentacle. So good in fact, that if you do not steal it then I shall shamelessly steal my own idea.

    Well, on further musing, considering the atrociously poor levels of literacy of the average reader (as well as the debased intellects of millennials in general and hipsters in particular), the Whimsical Revanchist might be confused with being some kind of French cookbook or some wretched new Broadway musical.
    So I must remain the Custodiat Sepulchrum.

    Pearls before the swine…

    Cav

    September 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm


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