The Newtown Pentacle

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Are those drums I hear?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Western Queens is under assault by the powers that be in Manhattan. Blissville gets a homeless shelter population which outnumbers actual residents by more than two to one? Check. The LIC Core rezoning is on the way, which will extend the residential towers of Hunters Point and Queens Plaza all the way up Northern Blvd. to Steinway Street? Check. Traffic on the highways – namely the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway – higher than ever? Check.

Did anyone in Queens ever ask for any of this, or is it just the dream of people who work in Lower Manhattan office buildings and at Columbia University?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Do we receive literal mountains of garbage and recyclables curbside collected by DSNY on a daily basis? Check. Do the truck fleets of both DSNY and private carters transverse our residential neighborhoods on a daily basis? Check. Do we host power plants, and sewage plants, and waste transfer stations? Check. Is our transit system failing? Check. Did the Manhattan people export Fed Ex Ground and other truck based businesses to Western Queens the last time they decided to deck over a rail yard at Hudson Yards in the City?


– photo by Mitch Waxman

The NYC EDC is moving forward with their quixotic plan to deck over the Sunnyside Yards, lords and ladies.

EDC has told me in the past that bringing construction materials in by rail is not an option, to a rail yard, which means it will be trucked in. Is that through Manhattan via George Washington and then Triborough Bridges? Midtown Tunnel? They do not intend on building new hospital beds, nor expanding fire and police service, or new transit stops and lines while installing half the population of Boulder, Colorado into our neighborhoods.

Have I mentioned that Sunnyside Yards has been added to the list of “PRP’s” or Potentially Responsible Parties in the Newtown Creek Superfund? Check.

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  1. Mitch, You are plainly living in interesting times there in my home town.You got a moment, My good friend, John Baeder had an idea for an art projectthat could interest you, and/or the historical/art community.

    May 4, 2018 at 11:44 am

  2. What was never realized about the rise of the modern centrally planned and controlled managerial state is that first a gulf grows between those that govern and the governed. Our masters know nothing about us and do not care to know us less care what we may think. In fact, they hold us beneath contempt.

    Politicians and bureaucrats (or to use their preferred vernacular- technocrats) believe that political, social and economic issues are far too complex for us poor proles to comprehend therefore it is incumbent upon them to make decisions for our own good. We are routinely lied to by our betters to placate us as if we were little more than idiotic children. If afterwards we don’t like what they decide, tough shit. They’re the experts, so sit down and shut up. “And what the fuck are you going to do about it anyway?” They sneer in response to complaints.

    Further, as the size and power of the state grows, the move to globalism gathers steam, the aforementioned gulf between rulers and the ruled grows in other ways. There appears to be a sense among the managers that we the people are little more than interchangeable cogs in the machine of state. Nothing more than masses of indistinguishable meat puppets to be moved about or packed like sardines into tower dwellings at the convenience of the planners.

    I suppose the move to bring in masses of homeless people and a large influx of immigrants both foreign and domestic could be seen as a way of pre-planned way of destroying any sense of community as these identity groups will act in accordance with their own group interest. In this way it becomes impossible for a community to act in any organized way against the state. But this view would only be found on the local level of the state apparatus.

    In summary, I think Sam Francis was only half right when he wrote that in the managerial state, the citizen has a vote but does not have any power. With the rise of the bi-factional, red/blue faction uniparty agreeing in essence of the blueprint of the state and quibbling only over minor details, ruling much the same way whichever factions is in power, we do not even have a real vote.

    In conclusion, the proles of Queens have been more inclined to crawl on their bellies to the polls not so much as to vote for an elected leader but to affirm their master’s right to his sinecure and show their slavish devotion to master. Therefore nothing will change nor could even if the proles somehow found their balls.

    Don Cavaioli


    May 4, 2018 at 1:20 pm

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