deeply troubled

If the cost and incompetence of renovating the corporeal element of our global redeemer is any indication, saving the rest of us is either not a priority or is going to cost us a whole lot more than we can really afford.

(Est.) New UN building: $1.5 billion.
Saving mankind: Priceless.

Ahh, to be one of the anointed, one of the global elite! "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams," indeed.

No less than Donald Trump testified before a Senate Subcommittee about the complete corruption and mismanagement, if not outright incompetence, of the UN's plans for renovating the UN building in NY. He also said he could do it, "Rolls Royce fine," for half the price and offered to donate his services as a developer for free to save the UN and US taxpayers some money. The fine people at the UN have no need. They have they're own experts.

When I say fine, fine, but Rolls-Royce. They spend money. But if I take a couple of those firms, and if I show them the right way to do it, and if I lead them down the right way, which is really what a good developer does, that number they're coming up with, will be cut in half. So, that's it.

Congratulations. You've got yourself a mess on your hands.

Apparently Kofi, at first, expected the US to fork over an interest free loan, but apparently was willing to accept a 30 year loan at five and a half percent. I don't know about you but I get all tingly inside when I hear these kinds of details about the mentality of our proprietors of world peace. Like how in addition to the $1.5 (likely $3) or so billion to renovate, that they want to build an entirely new building to move to temporarily while the renovation was ongoing. It's just another $600 or $700 billion more after all. And... it's just temporary!

First, a few facts: The United Nations wants the United States to extend it a $1.2-billion loan, interest free, to overhaul its headquarters. UN officials want to spend an additional $650 million in U.S. money on a 35-story building to use as "swing space" to house UN employees during the renovation as well as construct an elaborate 100,000-square-foot esplanade park that would extend into the East River. Altogether, the total bill for this extravaganza may be as much as $2.5 billion, with U.S. taxpayers expected to foot more than $500 million of the final bill.

Enter Sen. Jeff Sessions, a principled conservative Republican from Alabama who chairs the Senate Steering Committee. Sessions read press accounts about the renovation in which Trump and other New York developers questioned the exorbitant cost of the project. At up to $1,100 per square foot, the expected cost would be quadruple the "absolute maximum" cost, according to one leading developer. Trump summed up the consensus view in New York's real estate community. "The United Nations is a mess," he said, "and they're spending hundreds of millions of dollars unnecessarily on this project."

This is the saviour of civilization? This is the basket the left says we MUST put all of our eggs into? Those on the left who still believe the UN is the last best hope for mankind might also want to know that I have been thinking about starting a non-profit 'world peace' organization myself. Our stated goal will be to 'help the children of the world'. If anyone is interested you can send your donation to...

What I can never understand is how anyone can not see that the UN is entirely corrupt and moreover completely useless for fulfilling the utopian task of it's promoters. I can well understand the adherence to a cause, the belief in a greater good that can be accomplished by people and even nations working together, but any such trust is misplaced in the United Nations. It is literally a freeloading club of elite world bureaucrats who believe they are better than everyone else and who are so enthralled with their own self-importance that they cannot concede any control of their fiefdoms to a filthy-lucre stained capitalist exploiter like Donald Trump.

Mr. Conners didn't know the first thing about what he was doing. He didn't know whether or not the curtain wall was going to be new, old, and didn't even know what a curtain wall was. I said, "What are you going to be doing with the curtain wall?"

He said, "What is a curtain wall?" Now, he was in charge of the project. The curtain wall is the skin of the building.

I said, "Will it be new or old?"

He said, "I don't know."

I said, "Are you using New York Steam? Or are you using a new boiler system?"

He said, "I don't know what New York Steam is." It's a very common form of heating in the building. He had no clue. And the price, at that time, was $1.5 billion dollars. I mean, I don't know why it came down, because the world has gone up. But it came down. That was in the year, approximately 2000-2001. So he didn't have a clue. I don't know if he's still there. Perhaps he is. The one thing I found him very, very good at, is that he didn't want to lose control of this project. He was a man that absolutely wanted to keep control of the project, but he didn't have even the slightest inkling of what it was all about. Knew nothing about it. He then told me that he may move people out. He may not move people out. He didn't know. He thought he might. He wasn't sure. He had no...he just didn't know. radioblogger

Call your Senator and congressman and urge them not to appropriate any money to these international playboys and pretenders until they give a complete accounting of all the interest free loans they have already received from Saddam. Not to mention years of sexual predation:

Allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN staff more than doubled last year, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said in a report.

Most of the allegations, which include rape, sexual assault and sex with minors, involved UN peacekeepers.

Mr Annan says he is "deeply troubled" by the increase.

Deeply troubled. Yes, that about says it all.

Posted by Eric Simonson at July 23, 2005 4:25 AM