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Sunday Sun newspaper of 09th August 2009:ANALYSIS

posted Aug 31, 2009, 5:00 AM by Caribusiness Admin

National honours are coming up.  The Editorial was window dressing and could have come out, 100 years ago, in the Times of Barbados or London or anywhere else.  The language was heady and those, who are educated will congratulate themselves on their prose but prose is not commonsense.  “But Sir Lloyd imminent departure and the assumption of these duties raises some collateral questions of more domestic interest.” To inserted this sentence and not explain means pandering and feathering nests:  “Oh! You have said a such lovely thing about the man!” 

 

if we have enough power to maintain it; it may have been a  brilliant idea to appoint a permanent ambassador  to China.   Mr. Sandiford’s popularity went to rock bottom and it stayed there from years ago with the pay, pensions and unemployment benefits cuts.   The man is not liked but when he stands up they applaud:  “I going clap if you going clap. Let us see who clapping first and them we going start clapping.”  It is hypocrisy.

 

He looks sick, his speech was laboured and his tongue was tied.  There are doctors in the cabinet and in the party that could tell him:  “Let me have a look at you something ain’t quite right Skipper.”

 

Peter Simmons’ column  –– “has elevated them [black people] to top position as  attorney general, head of NAS an Surgeon general.  Momentous psychic gains in here in these appointments at home and abroad.  So, to the first black family in the White House daily makes us proud that “family first” is a much admired realty and not just a catch slogan.”  Answer to first statement:  Obama has to give his hangers on something.  He has to bring some cronies to say yes.  It is a  typical things that has happened for ages; Margaret Thatcher put her own favourites into the centre of her government and Tony Blair went way overboard: his henchmen were placed in places like Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell, Press Secretary Alastair Campbell; his “tsars” and “task forces” and most essential positions were given to un-elected political allies rather than civil servants. An  “orgaogram” was issued to explain how his office worked.

 

The recession has bottled out, says Simmons, he has taken the word of Allan Greenspan, the person that help cause the recession, because he accustom of taking his word. 

 

Al Gilkes’ headline “Wee-Weeing  in the Shower “ is as far as was read and I cannot even get a letter to the editor published.   A lot of wisdom is not to be expected from him; he went to Harrisons College for a long time but he writes journalistic fodder, pig food for the ignorant.  Surprise and indignation like, when Lyndon Johnson gave interviews during which he pee-ed - de did not see anything wrong with that regardless if some smirked at him for he was the most important man in the world.   We have people out there that want knowledge of our country and cannot find it because it is being kept from them, but vassals and minions cannot restrict ideas anymore there is this, the Internet, and a belief that we have in our power right to be used effectively.

FRESH WATER BARBADOS

posted Aug 31, 2009, 4:55 AM by Caribusiness Admin

TRANFER THE DUCK by Timothy Callender unpublished poem for Children 

 

Droughtmaker has an invention: his device

can suck water from earth, moister from air

His plan is to take all water, store it in

his huge water tank, and charge farmers,

gardeners, swimmers, frog, fish, etc.

for water.  One drop cost $1.50

 

Plants are dying.  Fish barely survive in

Mud, which Droughtmaker is threatening to remove

Dirty Laundry is piling up

Pots are empty

And everyone is sick of

Roasting things to eat.

 

Obviously, the problem calls for

the intervention of the power-packed

Protector of Pondfield – None other

than – TRANSFER THE DUCK!!

 

In the June-July 2001 issue of Nexus magazine they quoted from Project Censored 2001 from Sonoma State University -  Website: www.projectcensored.org.

 

“Sonoma State Univeristy’s Project Censored team has released its list of the top 25 most under-covered news stories in the United States during 1999-2000.  Media students, faculty staff and community experts are involved in the selection, screening and evaluate process.  These top 25 stories , as ranked by Project Censored’s national judges, are summarised below in edited form.  We recommend that you visit the website: www.projectcensored.org - for additional text, references and update. – Editor.

 

“World Bank and Multinational Corporations Seek to Privatise Water.

 

“Global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth.  According to the United Nations, more than one billion [1,000,000,000] people already lack access to fresh drinking water.  If current trends persist, by 2025 the demand for fresh water is expected to rise by 56 percent more than the amount of water that is currently available.   Multinational corporations recognise these trends and are trying to monopolise water supplies around the world.  Monsanto, Bechtel and other global multinationals are seeking control of water systems and supplies.  The World Bank recently adopted a policy of water privatisation and full-cost water pricing. This policy is causing great distress in many Third World countries, which fear that their citizens will not be able to afford for-profit water.

 

“San Francisco’s Bechtel Enterprise was contract to mange the water system in Cochambamba, Bolivia, after the World Bank required Bolivia to privatise.  When Bechtel pushed up the price of water, the entire city went on a general strike.  The military killed a 17 year-old boy and arrested the water rights leaders. But after four mounts of unrest, the Bolivian government forced Bechtel out of Cochambamba.  Bechtel Group Inc., a corporation with a long history of environment abuses, now contracts with the city of San Francisco to upgrade the city’s water system.  Bechtel employees are working side by side with government workers in a privatisation move that activists fear will lead to an eventual take-over of San Francisco’s water system.

 

“Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy group, and a director of the International Forum on Globalisation, states:  “Governments around the world must act now to declare water a fundamental human right and prevent efforts to privatise, export and sell for profit a substance essential to all life.”

 

“Governments are signing away their control over domestic water supplies by participating in trade treaties such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO)> These agreements give transactional corporations the unprecedented right to the water of signatory companies.  Water related conflicts are springing up around the globe.  Monsanto estimates that water will become a multibillion-dollar market in the coming decades.”

 

MORE NEXT ISSUEHow privatised Fresh Water for Profit can be done in Barbados with the same kind of bolt-agreement that our government signed on for with the prison at Dodds and the proposed flyover. Look out for new video on privatised Fresh Water for Profit.

 

BUSINESS IN BARBADOS

posted Aug 26, 2009, 7:57 AM by Caribusiness Admin

Businesses are fastly going the way of no longer running on principle.  Some have taken a new twist and a new turn.  Workers are being treated like dispensable articles – when businesses think workers are useful they work them and when they do not think they are useful they replace them fast.  Workers are taken off jobs that were their station for many years.  No longer are people secure in their job by any right of being the first one to achieve or being a long-standing, hard working employee.  Whether by merit or right a situation now exist, where people employed, whether as contract workers or full time employees are fired without reason or if reason is given a flimsy one and without notice and being replaced by workers that are somehow in favour or on par with the boss or someone else is their friend.

 

When workers are looking for promotion they are fired, discriminated against, treated as second class citizens There is no longer faith in management. workers cannot work and promote themselves it iss becoming grab whatever, however, snatch a piece and run – creativity is not promoted but bad feelings are and business are not looked with any favour or merit.

 

Without principled mentality some do not see this as only a temporary hold on power; they believe they are immune and when more and more of this type of person ends up in positions of power and at the top is, animalism comes out. This has a negative impact on our society and all that will happen is that businesses will eventually tend to collapse.

 

I’Akoybi was a bright university graduate from the Port of Spain campus of the University of the West Indies with a degree in chemical engineering.  He returned back and a company give him a job.  The following is taken from the now released coroners report and was left out of the newspaper.

 

L’Akobi, a healthy 6’ 3’’ well adjusted young man, saw himself as:  “I am 23 years old, the job I have been doing for the past two years as a chemical engineer does not need a chemical engineer and I am not being paid the salary as a chemical engineer.  The company has made me wait every month to see if they will confirm me permanently.  Dust, a by product of the company’s product, which has affected people living in the area, is affecting me, I now have a condition, which the doctors say is asthma but it is the dust.  I have calluses on my feet from having to wear boots all day long in the job and my back injury from my martial arts which I came here with is being aggravated by the walking up and down steps I have to do all day.  I am going to resign and the same way I get a job here I could get it somewhere else.”

 

Capital was destroying her son physically and his mother advised him to work for another year. 

 

”I am taking responsibility for my back.”  He said the day he resigned.  I am not prepared to sacrifice my well being for a job.

 

HISTORIANS and HELL

posted Aug 26, 2009, 7:56 AM by Caribusiness Admin

Trevor Marshall, the historian and Peter Wickham waste time on the People’s Business - the same old lot over again with the same old hackney.  The “N”elson word -  Marshall wants to go down in history as the man, who defeated the man, held by white European to be the greatest navel general in history – that battle will have to take place in hell – that is where, we presume, that Nelson has gone.  Marshall used his degree to say that historians, he should let people call them that, are not being consulted and then qualified it with “these people, who do not even go to the archives.” 

 Our historians have read one more book than most and are like three card men, they take the Queen out of the pack, there is no feel for social history:  the way we lived, why some did not succeed and about nobility and mobility of people, who beat the odds.  

THE POLITICS of HOT AIR

posted Aug 26, 2009, 7:53 AM by Caribusiness Admin   [ updated Aug 26, 2009, 7:55 AM ]

On a recent CBC television newscast, what three Democratic ministers of government said did not make sense.  David Estwick played for the audience because he is still being looked at very critically by other members of the cabinet.  He has to say but why say to the public?  We are not all ignoramuses.   He was with a large Chinese delegation and what he said should not have been said in public.  He and the Chinese should have sat down and talked. 

He spoke about the Chinese market and cannot trade around Caricom, Cuba and Latin America.  China is a problem but our government has not let us know if the Chinese products sold in our market contains transfat, lead, dangerous fake proteins etc. {Another breaking story in the USA - dnagerous Chinese building materials.)   An alarm clock from the $3.00 store - nothing could go wrong with something so simple but obsolescence was built-in in the alarm – after a time the alarm could not be turned off so any time a battery was put in it ran down.  

Regardless of how our people feel about China’s well-know policies, if the Democrats  want to go along and talk to them then go along; we want to see action; do not say things off the bat; prove it; not “looking into.” It should have been done before.   

They talk a big lot of hullabaloo, when it is only public relations and being polite.  Between the Chinese and the Japanese they are the most polite nations on earth “thank you very much sir!”  It means nothing. 

Estwick has nothing to do; health was a mill stone: all the ministers they juggled with in the ministry of Health there is not a competent Civil Service so when a minister does not know they cannot find anybody, who knows.  Dealing with personalities does not work and spot inspections are like the police sergeant trying to check out the policemen on the beat at the wharf, who he and his mate would climb under one of the lorries and sleep until they had to go back to Central.   The sergeant came and found them under the truck and one policeman point and played that he was on a stake-out for a thief.

It is all garnishing. 

Sir Lloyd gasped for breath as if he had what the Bajans call a “passover” - long pauses, slow speech were enough because he had a captive audience; the squire said so it is so.  Then there was Richard Sealy and tourism from China.   All is goo and can be remember only if it is written and in front of some one, who has to refute it.  It is called doing something, just in case, nothing assiduous whether it works or is right or wrong.  

FIRST SUICIDE of THE RECESSION

posted Aug 24, 2009, 12:17 AM by Caribusiness Admin   [ updated Aug 24, 2009, 12:21 AM ]

Mostly from November last year hotels on the South Coast are empty, every thing shut down and nobody out at night.  Alfred Taylor, who committed suicide lately was at the head of a conglomerate of hotel financers and managers and because of the world economic crash he did not get enough business and could not pay off his debts which is rumoured to be $63 million.   So much ridiculous greed in a small island that whenever hard times arrive it is the equivalent of death.  Taylor felt obviously that it was too embarrassing, too humiliating to go back to living a realistic life.   What his father had was stolen [see A.E. Taylor] and it ended a curse through to the next generation.

Crop Over

posted Aug 22, 2009, 5:38 AM by Caribusiness Admin

It is slackness.  Wuk-up has no significance and is damned nonsense.  While classical music played on one station for two hours the television stayed on mute and four hours later:  “Could Christ, these people still at it.”   We tell children to be virgins and virtuous but go outside and spread your legs in “the middle of the road” and masturbate on the asphalt, rub up on a penis between the ass but abstain from sex.  How do you divorce that form of sex and one consequence from another?  

 

When whites go up higher, blacks go up a little higher but blacks do realize that that does not mean that blacks are ever going to get, where whites are but blacks are groomed, trained and socialized to follow without question whites and not to question their authority.  They look to white people as role models but are fooled.  

 

White people fosters that wuk-up mentality follow them in their night clubs and watch how they tend to show off their legs more than anybody else, be loose and set the standard.  Young women, not old ones, walking about with their asses looking good and their skin pretty - that does things to men.  They wearing a short bikini with all showing travel about in a open back buggy and because they meet a slack white boy their foot cock-up. 

 

There were about a dozen honoury whites amongst two or three hundred whites in the Blue Box Cart Band called “Bamboozle.”   The white women knew what they were doing:  “We going jump up but that ain’t we party.”   As far as they are concern so many white women getting on common bamboozled the black commentator for he repeated himself about beautiful women in the band, when they were also beautiful black females in other bands and not a word did he say of the blacks.

 

Blue Box Cart is apartheid and they got sponsorship.  They get in their living rooms or their little patch of ground, where they talk and they have their Cockspur and cocktails because Hanschel Inniss (the Goddards) is strictly commercial.  They do not behave like genuine persons.  Old Joe Goddard used to say: “once anybody buy my drinks they can do as they like about here.  They spending money at me they are welcome.”

 

The band AMBUSH did not wuk-up and the theme and costumes were good.

 
Abeds sponsored a band calling themselves Christians and the name was WALK HOLY.  That was an oxymoron but then again the theme was against marijuana and not cocaine.  The band portrayed drug taking as leading to greed and homosexuality but left out cocaine trafficking maybe it leads to a comfortable living.  What another piece of codified nonsense and a way to live comfortably that is wugga-wugga theology that is difficult has done and is doing uncontrollable damage to a society.

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