I Is A Bajan

My name is Ready Done and I is a bajan. I got a Masters in common cents.

I know Barbados like to think it is as important as over and away but ya got to laugh when ya study that we is just a big rock in the whole sea. We so small to the world they might forget we if the world in a catastrophe. I don’t mind if they leff we out of the economic catastrophe because they left a size able depression in my pocket.

When ya hear the news and understand that Russia already ban all oil and grain export (Russia is one of  the world’s largest suppliers of grain and oil) and then apply your Masters in common cents ya have to look at the bigger picture concerning the wars and dwindling natural resources more closely. Once that done, we should agree that it is necessary for Barbados to grow our own food, teafhing should never be the limiting factor in domestic agricultural production we got a army that needs a war, let the Government boots take care of this problem.

I also want to propose the concept of independent small contractors for Government where a licence is granted to all current Government employees and other specific persons allowing them to be applicable for jobs in Government under $1000 allowing not only competition for multi million but for the small man as well, this would increase efficiency and promote small business!

13 thoughts on “I Is A Bajan

  1. Solar efficiency….we have ’nuff sun.
    Food efficiency….we have ’nuff land (eff more en’ sell off dan already)
    Stop importation of things really not required for daily life.
    Stop importation of things that will harm our health and daily life.

    These are four important points that will help us get through the rough days and yes! we are just a little rock and that is why it should be easy for us to do what we have to do to become self-sufficient and healthy at the same time.

  2. Changing mentalities starts with the young.

    I notice in my son’s school that the children produce a tremendous amount of ‘stuff’ that then comes home to be dealt with. Is the desired tangible product of an education a pile of papers with gold stars on it? Aren’t there other lessons to be learned? Would it kill us to use both sides of the paper?

    Another aspect of our culture that troubles me are what I call the ‘plastic vendors’– it seems we can’t have a fair, funday or AgroFest, ect.without designating a massive area for ‘imported junk.’Where do we all think this stuff ends up when it is discarded?? My family flocks to school fairs to buy used books, but plastic toys? No way.

    Do we look at packaging on imported items, ha! We can’t even responsibly package our own dairy and juice products. Do we dare ask tourists to consider recycling the various bottles and plastic containers that they bring in when they arrive? I know some hotels do, but how many?

    I don’t have an answer but I do know that our importation is out of control. Our proclivity for ‘things’ is even worse.

  3. Tina Cockroach, please stop your doomsday prophesies and go back to the grease trap where you live and await your fate! You are one sick cockroach!

  4. @Homegrown,

    That was a preemptive strike. Tina Cockroach has been posting on every blog about on doomsday prophecies.

  5. I am supporting you on the use of the army to stamp out praedial larceny and also to reduce the number of monkeys on the island.
    If food production is to increase then those two problems must be resolved.

  6. I read about a man having “$80,000.00” in squash stolen–now to me that means that a retail outlet is likely complicit. But lordy stealing that much squash under the cover of darkness–undetected can’t be done by a lone ranger! What is the jurisdiction of the Defence Force? It is almost as if a separate unit ala the Coast Guard would be required. That though begs the question of whether or not the farmer like the store owner, is responsible for safeguarding his/her own goods.

  7. If government want to seriously tackle the high food prices in Barbados planting more of our own food is the place to start.

    An increase in staple crops would fuel a reduction in food prices, and in addition a reduction in our health care bill, as our people would be eating more healthily.

    Sitting patiently for the recession to come to an end is stupid as the arable land continues to produce bush, while the price of food is climbing beyond the reach of the average man.

    Sometimes I wonder if outside forces are preventing government from doing more in agriculture. It is awful that farmers would like to produce food for the society, but government refuses to put proper laws and measures in place to protect their investments.

    What agenda does government have? I too have a little common cents and it doesn’t make much cents importing what you can produce at a cheaper cost. The idea that bajans don’t want to work the land and that we have to bring in Guyanese as workers is a lie. Bajans just want to see the laws stiffened, and upheld in order to protect them from thieves.

    If government were to lease some land to the guys on the block to produce some food this could help in the reduction of unemployment, and food prices. I know some youngsters who have band together to work some ground, and every Saturday morning they are in Cheapside selling their produce, but land for the guys on the block is a problem.

  8. wunna mekkin sport “If government want to seriously tackle the high food prices in Barbados planting more of our own food is the place to start.”

    The day may come when that will be the only option.

  9. Should this be made an election issue?

    The BLP is for services, the DLP has been making good noise about agriculture but at this point there is nothing to hang our hats on.

  10. Food security / food import substitution is the best thing Barbados can pursue in these times of problems in the world.

    Oil prices going up and food prices going up.

    I don’t know what is happening in Barbados but food prices in Canada are going up weekly. Fortunately we still have enough items that go on sale so the impact is minimized for some people.

    I paid $6.99 for a tin of coffee that was $2.99 a year ago.

    I am absolutely convinced that Barbados can grow 75% of the food it needs.

  11. Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever

    Below the fold is an essay by Jeremy Grantham, the Chief Investment Officer of GMO Capital (with over $106 billion in assets under management). Normally, we wouldn’t highlight an investment firm’s quarterly newsletter, but when one of the world’s largest asset managers articulates the same themes that have been debated on The Oil Drum for the past 6 years, such a watershed for biophysical awareness deserves to be highlighted. Grantham’s essay catalogues many of the issues related to resource depletion in a no-nonsense and urgent tone, yet with an odd juxtaposition – he is saying these things about limits, resource constraints, and human behavior as the head of a firm whose objective it is to increase financial capital. I expect his message will fall on deaf ears within the industry, but as has oft been pointed out here, in order to create change, we all have to start speaking a common language. This piece is a positive step in that direction.


    Failure to Appreciate the Impossibility of Sustained Compound Growth

    I briefly referred to our lack of numeracy as a species, and I would like to look at one aspect of this in greater detail: our inability to understand and internalize the effects of compound growth. This incapacity has played a large role in our willingness to ignore the effects of our compounding growth in demand on limited resources. Four years ago I was talking to a group of super quants, mostly PhDs in mathematics, about finance and the environment. I used the growth rate of the global economy back then – 4.5% for two years, back to back – and I argued that it was the growth rate to which we now aspired. To point to the ludicrous unsustainability of this compound growth I suggested that we imagine the Ancient Egyptians (an example I had offered in my July 2008 Letter) whose gods, pharaohs, language, and general culture lasted for well over 3,000 years. Starting with only a cubic meter of physical possessions (to make calculations easy), I asked how much physical wealth they would have had 3,000 years later at 4.5% compounded growth. Now, these were trained mathematicians, so I teased them: “Come on, make a guess. Internalize the general idea. You know it’s a very big number.” And the answers came back: “Miles deep around the planet,” “No, it’s much bigger than that, from here to the moon.” Big quantities to be sure, but no one came close. In fact, not one of these potential experts came within one billionth of 1% of the actual number, which is approximately 1057, a number so vast that it could not be squeezed into a billion of our Solar Systems. Go on, check it. If trained mathematicians get it so wrong, how can an ordinary specimen of Homo Sapiens have a clue? Well, he doesn’t. So, I then went on. “Let’s try 1% compound growth in either their wealth or their population,” (for comparison, 1% since Malthus’ time is less than the population growth in England). In 3,000 years the original population of Egypt – let’s say 3 million – would have been multiplied 9 trillion times! There would be nowhere to park the people, let alone the wealth. Even at a lowly 0.1% compound growth, their population or wealth would have multiplied by 20 times, or about 10 times more than actually happened. And this 0.1% rate is probably the highest compound growth that could be maintained for a few thousand years, and even that rate would sometimes break the system. The bottom line really, though, is that no compound growth can be sustainable. Yet, how far this reality is from the way we live today, with our unrealistic levels of expectations and, above all, the optimistic outcomes that are simply assumed by our leaders. Now no one, in round numbers, wants to buy into the implication that we must rescale our collective growth ambitions.

    I was once invited to a monthly discussion held by a very diverse, very smart group, at which it slowly dawned on my jet-lagged brain that I was expected to contribute. So finally, in desperation, I gave my first-ever “running out of everything” harangue (off topic as usual). Not one solitary soul agreed. What they did agree on was that the human mind is – unlike resources – infinite and, consequently, the intellectual cavalry would always ride to the rescue. I was too tired to argue that the infinite brains present in Mayan civilization after Mayan civilization could not stop them from imploding as weather (mainly) moved against them. Many other civilizations, despite being armed with the same brains as we have, bit the dust or just faded away after the misuse of their resources. This faith in the human brain is just human exceptionalism and is not justified either by our past disasters, the accumulated damage we have done to the planet, or the frozen-in-the-headlights response we are showing right now in the face of the distant locomotive quite rapidly approaching and, thoughtfully enough, whistling loudly.


  12. Good article,
    Barbados must be independant in all things -thats what independance means, not when a island claims its independant and has to come to england for justice. The venezulans have oil in the region, all the other islands have spices, herbs and ground provisions. The whole caribbean can be independant but needs to stop the in-fighting. each island needs quotas for the amount of fish they can catch, how much sugar and bananas etc and must decide who is going to grow which crop. We can’t have the whole caribbean growing the same thing at the same time, thats the bargaining power that the whole of europe, china, russia has been working on for a long time (the continued existance of their peoples. But no our people our busy scatching out each others eyes so non of us can see properly. They have always said the problems of the future will be food, water and oil to keep things running -did anyone hear!!!
    The europeans have been working on GM food and monsanto(whose owners-JEWS sold slaves) have been hoarding proper grain for its people and giving GM to the poor man.
    Only latin american countries like Cuba, Venezula, columbia and even Mexico might have the resources that might be useful instead of stupid drugs thats no for anybody (certain death)
    The chinese are heavily invested in the caribbean to supply their people and when times get hard -maybe through a natural disaster like hurricane, flooding etc, food will leave our islands for them and they’ll be telling us their isn’t enough to go round, just look at the size of china’s population compared to the whole of the caribbean!
    The problem happened when they told everyone to change their farm land into holiday resort and build extensions on their existing property for TOURISTS, what happens when they stop coming.
    Right now the economic boom is a fallacy to all but a few and they’re already rich off of others stupidity.
    Just look at wunna, infighting, drugs and crime and selling our bodies thats all they left us with (aids)
    Everywhere you look and see black people in this world they are living in some terrible conditions or scraping by (the majority) then there are our so called successes -who through personal tradgedy,fight and struggle have come through the other end, but only after that. Our lives ahve been made terribly hard by falling into the traps laid for us by massa. Just like the property buying.
    Most of the caribbean depends now on tourism and all that comes with it.
    We should have had (even under caricom) our own market for trading foods, money etc! along time ago.
    The american dollar is worthless so we can’t peg our money agianst theirs anymore, the chinese yuan is going to be the one because they have bought americas debt,n invested in the caribbean, africa and many other countries.
    The good thing is our people in the diaspora (other countries) have bought property and own businesses -and maybe with collective bargaining we can pull this economic crisis from the brink.
    Every country has its bad guys but its only good when they know what they’re being bad about and not selling out.
    Think about it, start with co-opertives and diversify. it takes bloody good co- operation between neighbours,friends and family.
    Hurricanes threaten our every endeavour, but our real homeland was always AFRICA (solid) anyway.

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