The Crow Collective, Eating Crow, The UN and the Sustainable Development goals of Agenda 21
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... of a different kind — of crows, to be exact. You may wonder: what’s up with crows?
Well, it depends on whether you embrace socialism and government control of your every move or whether you prefer freedom to speak, travel and work as you please.
Crows are Clever
Crows are clever birds! In fact, they are among the smartest birds on Earth. They communicate with each other through a variety of caws (calls) about danger, food and many other things. Crows are quite intelligent; they learn quickly and remember for a long time. The collective noun for a bunch of them, a "murder of crows" probably relates to their rambunctious group behavior which can create havoc on land and in the air. Crows are highly competitive but also social and caring creatures; you’ll rarely see a lone bird. In any event, when they visit your neighborhood, you can’t escape their noisy calls screaming hell and murder all over.
Many years ago, a young colleague of mine had befriended a crow. It was a real treat to see it approach and steal some food from his inner-city roof top hideout when we worked on a joint project. Another memorable impression is the painting by Deborah McCarroll entitled Contemplative Crows,
Whether you like her painting or not is up to you. Personally I like it as these crows have a decidedly mischievous demeanor while contemplating their next move. As the Crow Flies
While in the North Country hiking, fishing or hunting, I have often encountered crows (or their northern cousins, ravens) flying well above the tree tops in a straight line for miles without making any call at all. Obviously, those birds meant to get from point A to point B in the shortest time, whatever those points were; I never managed to figure it out. Presumably, that’s where the term "as the crow flies" originates from. Of course, the crows fly as they please. But they usually have a purpose. If they did not, they would not be a successful species. That’s one more reason to wonder, what can we learn from them?
Perhaps they have solved the "traveling salesman problem" before Google did? In case you are not familiar with that problem, it refers to the fastest/cheapest way to get to a number of destinations, given one available method of travel, such as by roads, adjusted for length, speed limits and other obstacles. With multiple methods of transportation (e.g., road, train, air), that problem of course becomes much more complex and has yet to be solved. The crows seem to have figured it out just by themselves, without a supercomputer in their brains. If that observation doesn’t suit you, perhaps you can’t stomach "eating crow."
Eating crow is another interesting colloquial idiom, apparently unique to North America as it does not seem to have parallels in any other language. Wikipedia defines it as "meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proved wrong after taking a strong position [to the contrary]. " The
defines it as "To eat crow implies, at its mildest, an unpleasant action since the flesh of the crow is believed to be unpalatable. As an expression, it denotes the anguish of humiliation at having to admit to wrongdoing or fallibility, usually in the wake of hubristic actions or words. "
I don’t know if crows actually are unpalatable or not - never tried to eat one. Who knows, with the right kind of preparation, they could be a culinary delight! Will have to talk about that with my favored "road kill restaurant maestro de cuisine" (his motto: You kill, we grill). Eating crow is what is expected from many civil servants when higher politics demand. It happens every day and all over the world; I know it of first hand. Watching the daily news, it is obvious to many observers, even in countries expected and commonly thought to be without fault. Few of the individuals involved are willing to stand up for the truth and face the consequences.
The Crow Collective
If you are a raptor, like hawks and eagles, you’ll likely want to steer clear from crows as much as possible. Though much smaller than most raptors, crows will attack you without mercy until you leave the area. Smaller birds just hide where possible. If you are a human, you ought to be safe, possibly bar Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror movie
Crows don’t need an organization like the United Nations (UN) to help them finding food, a roost for the night, or adjudicate some dispute. They are claimed to "hold court" over offenders. Crows help each other with a repertoire of well over 100 different caws. Crows also have an ability to count and can use some tools; some can even make tools. No wonder, crows are considered to be among the most intelligent animals on earth.
Perhaps you might ask then: Are crows smarter than people? If they can figure out how to make a living by working together for the common good, can we humans possibly learn some useful pointers from them? More to the point, does an international organization like the United Nations (UN) and its many offspring and sub-organizations have a crow-like ability to foster the greater benefit for all, possibly even to the detriment of some individual members? On the face of it, the UN’s Agenda 21 and its Sustainable Development (SD) goals would fit that description. However, are they really as advertised and do you really know what they entail?
The UN and the Sustainable Development goals of Agenda 21
The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, in addressing the UN’s 67th General Assembly recently under way in New York, urged the adoption of the UN’s program Agenda 21 with its sustainability goals and promises of “green” jobs, economic stability, etc., if adopted. - Not many crows listened.
A couple of months earlier, the UN’s Rio+20 conference tried to re-invigorate the same ideological agenda known as UN Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is a framework for redistributing individual and collective wealth around the world according to socialistic principles. Among the 10,000 or so attendees of Rio+20 were some groups of people adorned with colorful bird feathers. As far as I know crows were neither invited nor represented, dead or alive.
One of the goals of Agenda 21 is the prescriptions for Sustainable Development. The term by itself sounds benign, even desirable. However, on closer inspection, you may wish to reconsider. SD intends to reorganize your entire life, rights to property, freedom of speech, and just about anything else you may think of as your natural right. For example, on Oct. 2, 2012, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, during a press conference on October at the UN headquarter in New York claimed Free speech is a gift given to us by the [UN’s] Declaration of Human Rights.
Surely, that is preposterous! The UN asserts the right to give to you (hence also to take away) your right to free speech!
Joseph Klein wrote about that as follows: "Under Deputy Secretary General Eliasson’s logic, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which gave us thegift
of free speech, can be modified or interpreted in such a way that would restrict its use if people were deemed too provocative or irresponsible in what they express. " . Article 29 of the Declaration puts some real meaning onto that "free gift", where it says: These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
In other words, the UN and its derivatives are sacrosanct and can control your free speech.
As Tom DeWeese wrote, "Sustainable Development is the process by which America is being reorganized around a central principle of state collectivism using the environment as bait".
Let’s come back to crows for a moment. Few people like them but fewer can give specific reasons; they just feel like that. The same analogy applies to people who think that sustainable development and other euphemisms of that kind are worthwhile goals to pursue. Again, on the face of it, they sound perfectly clear, as well as achievable and desirable. Hardly anyone knows the many crucial details of Agenda 21 and SD, or thinks about any possible drawbacks, such as the potential limitation of your right to free speech, use of your property, or perhaps even the right to own any property at all. Do you really want to make that trade?
The answer is a brief and clear NO!
Like many other institutions which take their cues from false information or from political or monetary desires, they quickly succumb to “the facts of life.” What I mean by that is that the good intentions originally agreed upon are rapidly being eroded and “redefined”. In the end, exactly the opposite of what was generally thought and hoped for is going to happen. The “free lunch” is going to turn out to be not free at all, perhaps even inedible.
The UN and its myriad of committees and sub-organizations have mostly become a system of self-serving groups, living off the avails of misinformation and deceit. The false claims of the Pacific island nations disappearing in a rising sea, a climate-(change)-driven demise of penguins, or the supposedly drowning polar bears in the Arctic are all myths propagated by the UN and its many offshoots in order to elicit our willingness to submit to the goals of Agenda 21. I don’t think the crows would go for it; they are too smart to be taken in so easily.
A Murder, YES! Deceit, NO!
Now that is something to “crow about!”