Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests

I guess I’m just plain simple

But I’m really having a hard time with this one.

The ugly looking pile on my desk, with the fine Corinthian leather, is a document allowing me to participate in a tender with a government agency helping those that need some help.  And help in servicing and procuring products in their pest prevention program.

I see about 50 of these a year, so no biggie. Except the amount of paperwork and hurdles are getting bigger and bigger.

As far as measuring up to other government docs, this one’s a winner at 1.75 inches tall!  With 3 parts and Sections A through J, all sub-sectioned and sub-paragraphed.  143 pages of itemized detailed conditions and terms and swearing on the Bible, each and every one requiring an initial, autograph or company seal.

All to quote some prices for this years bug killing bonanza.

After slogging through this with good intent of joining my fellow competitors in bidding away, somewhere on page 142, right at the bottom in little bitty print were the terms “non-exclusive” and “we reserve the right to purchase from whomever we want or who buys lunch the most, at our discretion, ahem”

That put the previous 141 pages into a whole new light, meaning that they were essentially meaningless, and the new light will be required for my eyes after straining through this document.

Then add to the fact that anyone can cite the new Municipal Right to Know Privacy and Reporting Act and ask for a copy of the winning tender, with prices, terms, freight etc., and simply undercut the winning bid.

Or other unsavory acts of competitive sabotage, but would I do that?

But here’s the real rub:  how much of my taxes are eaten up by having 2 pencil pushing purchasing agents, 2 IT geeks, a committee of subservient Supers and the one real guy who knows his stuff, or her stuff, to put together this purchase proposal?

Not to mention Legal, and any other fool looking to kill time in a Zoom meeting from home

The hours alone and wasted wages would get a new MRI machine.  Multiplied by thousands of cities doing hundreds of tenders for everything under the sun.

All to get the best price on pyrethrum to save the tax payer $50.  Not a good investment, spend $100,000 in man hours and get $50 back?

let’s go back to “here’s our price, thanks”

and a handshake of course.

So banning abortions isn’t pest related? Au contraire mon ami

After being chastised for being waaaaay off topic and outside the realm of pest control, I calmly corrected the former employee that it is Robert’s Rants.  Not “Percy’s Perspective on Pesticides” .   So who has boundaries? Not I said the little red Robbie.

But actually, banning abortions is pest related, you just need to follow some basic logic.  Bear with me…

So one day a young women becomes pregnant by some means besides immaculate conception, and although the father is in jail for statutory rape, she is forced to keep this future child.  Or abort the fetus and go to jail for manslaughter.

Not into prison, nor faced labor, she carries to term and gives birth to a beautiful child.

And being a normal mother, the minute she lays eyes on the young soul that she has carried for 9 months, she decides to somehow raise this child who suffered being brought into this world through no fault of their own.

Since her parents abandoned her after the first 3 months, she is forced to go to work, making minimum wage for 25 hours a week at AmazoMcWallymart.  Benefits?  You bet, you get to benefit the pockets of the latest Forbes billionaire.

Living on a shoe string, she has to rely on those very same politicians who banned abortion, and seeks shelter in subsidized housing.

Now you see where the logic is going?

We in pest control all know subsidized housing is sorely underfunded, even though with the taxes we pay they should be staying at the Ritz.  Underfunded, a new word for mismanagement of money.  Related closely to thievery.

These underfunded flop houses are just that, and with no money there’s garbage piling up, walls peeling and leaky pipes.  Bed bugs, roaches and rats like VW’s roam the halls looking for handouts or heroin.

Someone always benefits on other peoples problems right?

There you have it.  Banning abortion increases pesticide usage.

Chew on that one for awhile, then tell me I’m nuts!



A Handsmaid’s Tale: Now playing live in D.C.

So 9 conservative Supreme Court justices are changing the rights of women to control their own destinies and bodies.  All in one little vote and signing a decision.

Did you see they’re smiling photo shoot?  The pasty ass smiles killed me.

9 people nominated by 1 or 2 old men, and approved by another 100 people who were put into power by corporate donors and big money.

50 years of a civil liberty of 200,000,000 women gone completely.

and what was a right is now a criminal act.

The right for women to vote?  Only 100 years old…

Let’s all sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” as we sit back and watch this comedy while one crazy Russian bastard holds the world hostage.