3.1.09

What a tragic waste of money

My local council is mean so I read on HERE Yes I have no doubt they were mean regarding the pyrotechnic displays to welcome in 2009. Our very own fireworks resident Guru chipped in $16,500 of his own money still at the same time when one considers the financial climate we live in today, one must ponder whether we should have them at all. No I am not being miserly just practical; I was shocked and stunned good people when I read on the link of the amount of money that just went up in smoke merely to welcome in 2009 when there is so much suffering and hunger in the world. Homeless comes into this category although thinking hard and long about the homeless, there is absolutely no need to be homeless in Australia. People may disagree with my view on Australia’s homeless so let them but there are social security payments, free medical and cheap public housing all available in my country I cannot say the same for other countries of course but the amounts spent on these celebrations were horrendous, it mentions the amounts on the site as you would have already seen. However a recap from the site reveals that the Gold Coast had spent $160,000, Brisbane had budgeted about $280,000, Melbourne had $1.4 million worth of fireworks and Sydney had more than $5 million. What a tragic waste in my view I’m sure that our disadvantaged folk would have just loved a share of these amounts even countries like Rwanda...just look at the starving kids there. But no it had to be spent on stuff like this as shown on the video below Comments are most welcome

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous4.1.09

    I can commiserate with you Whizzer! It is so strange that humans can compartmentalize life and leave out the important things, like other humans. At the same time - we all love our entertainment and the fireworks people need jobs too. I know it doesn't make any sense that I had more than enough for dinner tonight and at the same time I was eating, there were people dying who didn't have enough to eat. I was warm, fed and dry and there were humans out there who didn't have that "luxury". This earth and the people on it don't make a whole lot of sense but it is difficult to carpet the whole earth. My now deceased husband used to say "humans are the cancer of the universe". I think he was quoting someone famous but I don't know who that is. Please post this to your site if you will. Mads

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  2. Thank you for your comment Anonymous it was appreciated

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  3. Some cities in my country have adopted the fireworks display to usher in the New Year. But, in a place where money and decent living are scarce, such extravagance cannot be justified.

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  4. You are quite correct MarieLinda and to think there are other countries worse off than ours that still indulge in this custom...is stupidity at its best thank you for your comment

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