The issues of April 2010
The children need flogging, whose children need flogging? Anybody flogging white people children? No! and Nobody flogging Indian children. They read Dickens wrongly.
A day in this island’s life is cynicism incarnate for there is nothing on which to anchor the black mob and pride in their chosen profession makes cynical thoughts that nothing has worth but money and since Barbados is controlled by white people to fight will results in them and their family being interfered with so the best thing is to bite dignity and find it in enslavement.
Meeting a wise Indian woman of my age last week, brought realization that evolved Eastern women pick up wisdom as they grow old; they go much deeper into analyzing their understanding of life - that comes with meditation and Karma, while by the time a woman of Western culture and philosophy grows old she is mad.
A Queen bee takes off and goes all the way into the sky and males take off behind her to try to mate her and die and as they fall she looks back. It is the last male that survives with which she will mate.
B.S. Skinner - a psychologist has written a theory about reinforcement – how to get a rat out of a cage every time: 1. Come out throw a pellet and it will come out. That he calls “direct reinforcement.” Only thing is that after a time, when the rat’s belly is full he says: “I not going come out any more.”
2. Every time do not throw a pellet but throw a pellet intermittently - the rat will come out every time. That is called “intermittent reinforcement.”
3. But if it is done not only intermittently but unpredictably intermittently it is even stronger reinforcement. “Intermittent non-predictable reinforcement.”
Whatever kind of behaviour done: not every time, now and then and the next four hours and then not - that is the strongest way to reinforce behaviour in someone. Do so many know that they do that? What they know is results and so long as they get results they want they are not worried about any thing else.
These values are passed on to children and people around; in many ways copied and learnt and going to go on for the next generation. Little boy and little girl grow up and will think that is how to be and it will be difficulty to live with, correct and to stop.
“Intermittent unpredictable reinforcement” is so manipulative that men rarely see it until very late but the matter is not about controlling men but about destroying the society. When women derive their livelihood from men there is no gratification and no glory only an ego to protect.
CBC advertising staff on television thinking that they made rhymes but they used doggerel – language that does not make a lot of sense - gibberish. Local productions are so weak - not rehearsed – and so the parts are not got into.
Cassandra Crawford the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation announcer looks, in awe, for information from boys half her age, which she should have learnt herself years ago. She is naïve has been sprung on the public like a novelty and is being push - will there be a line soon? She is not dignified and sophisticated like Marvo Manning, who made sure that she chose and always behave like a lady so that her origins could not be questions.
He is justly served
It is poison temper’d by himself
Prime Minister Errol Barrow should have said: “I am going to make the law courts that when you, an ordinary person, go there justice will be obtained,” instead of which he said; “if you want justice stay out of the law courts.” If our judiciary is not independent then we have no government.
One does not have to be a gangster for revenge. It is a natural human instinct; that is why there are police and courts - it is a state’s commitment to settling matters on behalf of persons, who has been wronged.
Law courts get their dignity from the people, who serve the court and a large percentage of those, who work our law courts know, what goes on in the inner circle with the men and women, who serve but they have their price. Dirtiest things happen in law offices and come out of law offices. Judges have lower the image of the court and everyone is equated to be on that level.
The behaviour in the new supreme court is a monument to those, who feel that all women are little girls looking for $50.00.
I asked in which courtroom my case was being heard. The guard told me that it was not on that day. He thought that even though all had the date he could just cancel four people’s experience.
“Why is the list of the cases in the court not put up on the wall like the old court house.”
“We are told not to put up anything on these walls.”
“That reflects lower order backgrounds, where you have a dining room but you eat in the kitchen.” I said.
“You cannot say that.”
“I can say what I want.”
“I will put you out. You talking too loud.”
“I have a loud voice and take your hands off me.”
“Put she out of the court. Do let she come back in.” Chorused the other guards.
A man asked what happened.
“Who are you?”
“I am a police officer.” He told me to wait, went up stairs came back and told me the number of the court.”
More degradation was to follow. Across the way my opponent’s attorney, stood, stared, laughed, fiddled with the court, changed three judges of his own volition; that was the confusion downstairs. This was the third judge.
Law is a moral business and moral convictions are needed to interpret it; its craft has to be learnt: which principles fit what but our law courts have not distinguished between political and legal and decisions are decided more on politics than legality.
A government sitting parliamentarian and Attorney General was appointed Chief Justice.
We govern ourselves through the law and this is my revenge.
I talked in front of my eighty-two year old mother with an older Q.C. on a serious matter, a young Q.C, whom I recognized from newspapers - our paths never have and will never cross - slinked-up, did not speak to me or my mother and mentioned my name quietly to the older Q.C.
“Why did he want me to hear my name?”
“He asked if you were Angela Cole and if I was screwing you. I told him no that I met you with Errol [Barrow, at the time Prime Minister] in 1961 and he asked me if I was trying to screw you now.”
I indicated that I was going to say something. “Do not it will affect our relationship.” Then came a story about that same Q.C.’s wife, recently nominated for higher office, a Prime Minister and someone, who returned unexpectedly, who had a key.
“It is not so much the sight of immorality of the great that is to be feared as that of immorality leading to greatness.” … Alexis de Tocqueville … Democracy in America
Whatever it is, it boils down to, who foops who and, who gets foop. Slavery corrupted and the hands on power have to prove themselves. They may have got some education but they do not know how to wheel it.
The only way this Q.C. can buffet his shame is to do whatever he can to take attention off him, for as long as he becomes in focus he will feel pain and to blank that he have to shift focus. He has not necessarily tried to drag me, in particular, down for he does not even know me only my name but he only has to know that I am involved in high moral standards.
“University as a tourist attraction” - George Belle, the Dean of Sociology and Political Science at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus has done a 360 degree turn. At present, it is difficult to credit him with any particular honesty. He is bright; his father was a bright man above the odds. If he came along comfortable how could he not see education as a vehicle, a tool to learn, not for achievement and accolades to succeed and he would have had a problem with the university for he could not have accepted that our Cave Hill campus was a normal place. You have to know what you know.
So much work to be done - average students should be at primary school but are rushed through conveyor belts and they cannot spell and cannot pronounce English words. The Speaker of our House and several parliamentarians and prominent blacks have not been taught to pronounce ‘th.’ When they go elsewhere they have to get someone born in England or trained there to mentor them.
Products of the university are - children with first class honours that are clones, subservient, someone that can be abused – see it and hear it - need remedial training in how to write, how to argue and how to interpret information
2. Paul Altman is to be the controlling man in the university. Zionist have had a fantastic coup. Of all the major institutions, university education was the one area, the only one, which whites could not touch; it had eluded their tentacles. There was Wayne Hunte and Robin Mahon - pure academics.
Our “Chair” will shout ‘anti-Semitic,’ meaning the dangerous exercise of truth. There will be restrictions, fixed ideas and certain imagery will be sanctioned. Calling the wall that Israel has erected to keep Palestinians out an “apartheid” wall as AJA did will be restricted and our first obligation will be to praise Israel. An official rule will be it shall written except how wonderful Israel. Our university our traditions will “ossify” even as we are allowed higher degrees.
The university amenities are outdated and inadequate so sell our brains - the last arena. Altman is occupying Sir Carlyle Burton’s previous position. Burton is my aunt’s husband. His had nothing to do with wealthy but with being perceived as a man wth brains and education, integrity and without greed, a librarian, permanent secretary - it had nothing to do with money. Altman is about money.
If we could aim to bring the look and feelings seen recently in the face of some hawkers in the Cheapside market there would be more societal and economic answers.
“Jean (Jean St. John) came and looked for us. She told the people in the nursing home that she has friends in the market and they brought her.” They said. Jean’s space has been rented. Too late the thought came that the space could have been rented by one of us.
Shortly after Jean had a stroke and cannot speak.
When love was the greatest emotion that one expressed to a person it sought means of expression. The language of poet myth writes Robert Graves, in his “historical grammar of poetic myth,” is about changing relationship between men and women. The greatest use of poetry in its “obstinate continuance” – up until today is in songs – the poetic theme continues to be love.
“Poetry in its archaic setting, in fact, was either the moral and religious law laid down for man by the nine-fold Muse, or the ecstatic utterance of man in furtherance of this law and in glorification of the Muse.” … The White Goddess …“Truth has been represented by poets as a naked woman: a woman divested of all garments or ornaments that will commit her to any particular position in time and space…The poet is in love with the White Goddess, with Truth: his heart breaks with longing and love for her…A poet cannot continue to be a poet if he feels that he has made a permanent conquest of the Muse, that she is always his for the asking.
“The reason why so remarkably few young poets continue nowadays to publish poetry after their early twenties is not necessary the decay of patronage and the impossibility of earning a decent living by the profession of poetry. … The reason is that something dies in the poet. … perhaps also he has lost his sense of the White Goddess: the woman whom he took to be a Muse turns into a domestic woman and would have him turn similarly into a domesticated man. Loyalty prevents him from parting company with her, especially if she is the mother of his children and is proud to be reckoned a good housewife; and as the Muse fades out, so des the poet.”
When violence replaces love that aggression seeks means of expression– in poetry, in song. So much of what our young listens to music:– in the minibus, on pods, in dance halls, are violent rhymes that ridicule woman and encourage disrespect and where money buys almost anything except truth. We must escape from this dilemma.
Along came some would-be investors in chicken a industry seeking government protection. The Prime Minister of Antigua Vere Bird saw it as: You can produce your chicken but I am not going to protect the price of chicken for you. At present my people eat imported chicken at .99 cents a pound and they have to eat at $5.00 E.C. a day.”
“Employment!” Screamed businessmen and also Tim Hector, head of the socialist movement Antigua and Barbuda and Caribbean Liberation Movement, ACLM.
People eating or people working do the mathematics, the economics and the finances? Since in 1987 the question has been posed to politician and revolutionaries. Finally Robert D. Lucas, PhD food bio-technologist gave the answer in Daily Nation December 21th:
“A democracy is supposed to be government for the people by the people. I see that more and more special interest groups are usurping the democratic process. The BEPA [Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association] is a special interest group. The industry it represents if truth be told, is only operating for the benefit of its member who, due to the extraordinary level of protection reap tremendous profits.
“There is very little saving of foreign currency outflow. The continual protection of this industry is based on the fact that it employs 2,000 persons directly andanother 4,000 are dependants of those employed, giving a total of 6,000. This figure represents 2.3 percent of the population of Barbados.
“Something seems to be radically wrong with the developmental strategy of this country that despite the miniscule benefits being derived form an industry, government persists in protection for fear of an increase in unemployment.”