The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – A Caribbean Tragedy

Jeff Cumberbatch – Chairman of the FTC and Deputy Dean, Law Faculty, UWI, Cave Hill

In 1960s Barbados, many looked forward on Friday afternoon to a publication called the “Calypso”. My late mother and I were among them. It was a newspaper that, according to my best recollection, consisted of stories of entertainment and the lighter stuff much like the traditional Friday afternoon newspapers in some regional jurisdictions such as Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

As the Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged some of the regional islands a week or two ago, my mind reverted to a character in the Calypso newspaper that had his own eponymous cartoon, the impressively witty, fashionably dressed (stingy brim, continental pants and all) and unapologetically chauvinist, gap-toothed “Kalypso Kat” and one panel in particular that we read with perhaps more enjoyment than we should have.

“Why,” queries one lady of Kalypso Kat, do they name hurricanes after women only? “Simple”, responds Kat, “that’s because dey dangerous like wunna”

Of course we have progressed to a more equitable distribution of the names of hurricanes since those days and nowadays for every Anna there is a Bernard and, for every Jacques, a Jillian. However, Kat’s mansplaining in that strip of long ago would have seemingly been borne out by the havoc wrought in some of our neighbouring islands by Irma and Maria while Jose eventually dissipated and harmed no one.

I have chosen to title this piece “A Caribbean tragedy” for obvious reasons. After all, the lives lost and the severe and probably irreparable dislocation caused to some in Anguilla, Barbuda, Tortola, Dominica and, for geographical comity, Puerto Rico, by these hurricanes are, indeed a tragedy of significant proportion.

But two other events are also tragic in nature even though neither might have displaced a single roof or directly caused a loss of life or livelihood. These are first, the niggardly and negative response of some individuals in Trinidad & Tobago to the selfless appeal by Dr Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister, for some Dominicans to be accommodated in that country where it was practicable to do so.This negativity was a clear display of selfishness by those responders, but it may go even deeper than it appears at first sight.

Since most of the Dominicans would be presumed to be mainly of one ethnicity and given the similar ethnic identity of the administration extending to them a helping hand in their hour of need, it might have possibly been perceived that some electoral advantage would most likely inure to the Rowley administration if those relocated individuals were ever granted the franchise in Trinidad & Tobago.

This might appear a fantastic deduction to my readers, but one of the cases that we treat in the law of defamation is that of a successful defence of qualified privilege on the basis of self defense of reputation on the part of a Trinidadian Senator who, stung by an imputation of dishonesty applied to members of his own party by a talkshow host, sought to respond in kind and suggested that the publisher of that accusation was himself part of an electoral strategy by Dr Eric Williams to permit the entry of Grenadians such as the publisher himself into Trinidad so that they would vote for Dr Williams party and thus perpetuate his hold on power. The defence of qualified privilege succeeded in the subsequent action for defamation by the talk show host against the Senator. The ratio was that the defendant was entitled to defend himself by a response of similar kind against defamatory imputations made about him. The significance of ethnicity in the Trinidad & Tobago partisan political environment is not to be taken lightly.

The second incident relates also to political partisanship and demonstrates the extent to which this phenomenon dominates the regional discourse in that it might assume eminence in a conversation as to relief for victims of this catastrophic act of nature.I refer to the accusation leveled a couple of days ago against the Prime Minister of Dominica by opposition political forces that the distribution of received aid was being effected along partisan lines.

Perhaps someday one of our political scientists with time on his or her hands will seek to explore the nature if the connection between the gain of political capital and material assistance to victims in times of natural disaster.

Indeed, it seemed for a brief while last week that the identical discussion might even enter our neck of the woods with the accusation that there had been a less than commendable national attempt only to offer relief to those in the ravaged islands, an imputation that would now have been displaced by the sterling work of the nation’s security forces and the use of Barbadian craft to transport both supplies to the islands and some individuals to safety.

The connection is indeed intriguing; an administration that is adjudged to be delinquent in its efforts at rescue and assistance is unlikely to gain favor with an electorate sympathetic to the victims, while one that is liberal with its assistance is more likely to find electoral advantage.One apt title for such a study would be “The Politics of Natural Disasters,” but then, what do I know?

Indeed, to conclude, there are more than a few commentators who credit anecdotally the 1986 entry of former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, into the Lower House as the representative for St Peter to the flood relief accorded to the constituency by the then governing administration during that period.

One issue that concerns me in all this is the seeming helplessness of the region in the face of these hurricanes. I am not aware of any research studies that are being conducted regionally to avert the destruction wrought by them and even the suggestions as to how best to avoid losing the roof of one’s dwelling to the winds of the hurricane, while laudable and important, are still accepting of the theory that the hurricanes will and must come. We speak glibly in the region of the need for research…to isolate the effects of decriminalizing marijuana…to discover the most effective means of gaining reparation for slavery. Doubtless impotent issues. Is there none interested in avoiding or mitigating the incidence of hurricanes and their consequent destruction?

104 thoughts on “The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – A Caribbean Tragedy


  1. Culpepper Island hits the news. Marked confidential. Barbados -gov.bb considering an offer from an unidentified British Guru. Price 1.5 M €uros.


  2. Jeff

    Any competent undergraduate in geography should be able to explain to you the enormity if the tasks involved in hurricane mitigation.

    For more than 60 years, engineers, meteorologists and climatologists in the UK and the US have experimented with various (expensive) technologies to reduce the strength of hurricanes. None have achieved significant results. Cloud seeding from aircraft and the Salter Sink cost millions of dollars. And failed.

    UWI couldn’t afford such projects. Especially since the prospect of success is approximately zero.


  3. “This negativity was a clear display of selfishness by those responders, but it may go even deeper than it appears at first sight.”

    Also goes to show how superficial and toxic the twin poisons of manmade politics, religion and christianity have both destroyed any remaining humanity in those who practice both.

    No one can stop the Sahara desert from expanding, but they can reduce their destructive habits that erodes nature and cause her to strike back.


  4. Hurricanes, earthquakes and other major natural disasters are important reminders that this life which we experience is just a fleeting illusion. One that is, in itself, nothing but shiite and sorrow.

    People like Jeff (who deny the REAL spiritual nature of everything) CANNOT appreciate this, BUT it is NOT WORTH the effort of accumulating material wealth and seeking to ‘protect it’ with hip roofs and concrete bunkers – cause then the storm surge will come and drown your donkey … or an earthquake or volcano can just as easily eradicate your tail…. or your donkey will just die after three score and ten any damn how…

    What does it profit a brass bowl to keep his roof on …and lose the REAL opportunity he has to exploit this short, sorrowful time on earth?

    Instead of trying to extend our sorrowful existence by a few more painful (for most) years, perhaps we should spend some time SEARCHING for the real meaning of this experience that we call ‘life on earth’.

    Steupsss
    Bushie would build EVERYONE a nice 5 bedroom chattel home for about $50,000 and then construct concrete community centres in each community strong enough to be used in emergency. One month after a bad storm, everyone is safe, the homes would all be rebuilt, and life goes on for the next 5 years until the next big storm…

    instead…
    Every damn brass bowl trying to build his own ‘Tower of Babel’ … and looking to BORROW money to do so…

    #brassbowl&coLtd


  5. Every once in a while Mother Nature has to show the pretentious frauds who are thisclose to being permanently inhuman because of their useless manmade paper power…..who is and wields the REAL power on this earth, least they continue to think otherwise and forget.


  6. I agree with you – again – Bush Tea. Take a look at the Swiss model. Now i know that Switzerland is rather creative in hoarding and collecting money from nefarious sources. It is a land locked country surrounded by high mountains and is not so accessible. Her leaders both past and present decided to invest some of her ill-gotten gains into providing some sort of security to her population in the event of a major disaster hitting their region. It’s called forward planning a term that is beyond the comprehension of the majority of small-minded Caribbean regions.

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/prepared-for-anythingadd-the-underlinebunkers-for-all/995134


  7. There is opportunity in disaster. And it is not beneath the consumate political animals in the society, to seize the moment for cheap political points, and mischief-making.


  8. You do realize Jeff, that what you are asking for is “anthropogenic climate change,” but in a good way 😉

    There are already billions of dollars being invested in geo engineering to combat the climate change that we have already inadvertently caused. UWI could join an already active research consortium https://geoengineering.environment.harvard.edu/Forum-US-Solar-Geoengineering-Research-DC-March-2017, but it is unrealistic to expect that our contribution will be earth shaking.

    It’s easy to see why astronomical sums will be invested even though the odds of success are marginal at best (as Chad99999 has pointed out we’ve been chasing this rainbow for many decades), the insured damage likely over the next several decades will amount to quadrillions; if we mitigate by only spending billions that will be a huge return on investment.

    The capitalist (what Bush Tea might call albino-centric) business case is very compelling as well: if a company invented an effective way of lowering climate change damage they could easily hold the world to ransom. In fact, I predict that fraud will be the order of the day, with companies pretending that they have invented an effective way of lowering climate change damage and attempting to hold the world to ransom.


  9. @ PLT
    …with companies pretending that they have invented an effective way of lowering climate change damage and attempting to hold the world to ransom.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    …or perhaps HAARP may represent the other option, where countries spend billions to develop technologies to actually control the weather – and to devastate their enemies (and albino-centric competitors) in the process…

    Human beings always seem to tend towards the lowest common denominator (morally speaking)


  10. @Bush Tea,

    You are right. “Control” of the weather, given the energy levels involved in natural phenomena, will almost certainly involve redirecting, rather than weakening, tropical cyclones. So when they are redirected on a more southward trajectory with the rational that they are being guided away from high ocean surface temperatures, but really they are just being directed away from insurance losses in the USA, I leave it to you to work out where they will impact.


  11. @Bushie. Indeed. I have seem so many people in my lifetime whose whole existence revolved around material accumulation ..and now they are all 6ft under.


  12. I agree with the thrust of your argument @Bushie being the need for fortified safe centers across communities.

    However, if individuals have the means beyond the need for onerous high financing for endless years to the banks then of course they too can erect their mini fortress against these Cat 4 & 5 hurricanes.

    @Jeff, you are being supremely tongue-in-cheek with your assessment of “The Politics of Natural Disasters”. There is much basic reporting (certainly from places like US and UK) that supports your assertion of a skewed political calculus at these times of need.

    Locally, I can recall being advised by a relative that after Janet when he was coopted to take charge of logistics for one area that there was a partisan flavor to who got what first … not blatantly so mind you, but based on the tales recounted it was there.


  13. @ fortyacresandamule October 1, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Boss, there are some that are not even dead yet, ….but can only watch helplessly as their drug-crazed children destroy themselves, the family name, and even the country …with the VERY wealth that the albino-centric parents rode rough-shod over innocent poor people to accumulate…. not picking on any lawyers…but

    Can you imaging how THAT hurts….
    Bushie could name a few, but no doubt it is unnecessary….

    The BIG question is –
    How is it that the rest of us still alive – seem not to LEARN this basic lesson…?
    …until it is too late to benefit from the sweets of ‘seeking FIRST the spiritual REALITY and potentialities of being alive…. (the Kingdom of God) …. after which you will be shocked….

    There is a good reason why a donkey does NOT push the cart up front, but pulls it along BEHIND him.
    Seek first the kingdom …. and the sweets will follow….
    …trying to push the ‘sweets’ up front is guaranteed to be a mess…. but we seem unable to convince the albino-centrics of that reality.


  14. “not picking on any lawyers…but

    Can you imaging how THAT hurts….
    Bushie could name a few, but no doubt it is unnecessary…”

    Indeed….and indeed.

    Yet they learn nothing.


  15. Bushie
    What is this Shiite about seeking a kingdom of God.

    For that is more Shiite than the world you described, current

    Btw, the tower of Babel was merely the first paramid built by the Kemetians, nothing more.

    Bare shiite


  16. Bush Tea wrote ” Bushie would build EVERYONE a nice 5 bedroom chattel home for about $50,000 and then construct concrete community centres in each community strong enough to be used in emergency. One month after a bad storm, everyone is safe, the homes would all be rebuilt, and life goes on for the next 5 years until the next big storm”

    Better to compulsorily acquire all the mansions in Barbados, repatriate the foreigners and let ordinary Bajans occupy said mansions.

    Shiite Bushie, me an you musse smokin de same kind a weed yuh.


  17. I understand that the Indians in Trinidad and Tobago believe that Black Dominicans will
    eventually vote for the Black PNM if they
    are allowed into Tand T.
    Plain racism but we have to dress it up in fancy language. In other words Black Dominicans
    should be left to the elements because as far
    as the Indian UNC is concerned Black lives
    really don’t matter.
    I also I understand why there is no research
    about disasters: UWI produces wordsmiths
    not energetic graduates who interested in
    research into anything that is understood
    by the masses who have underwritten their
    Education.
    Garbage in garbage out !
    I also understand why there is no research


  18. This is what humanitarian aid looks like, not what the mingy, mangy, stingy UK government is offering or what trumpturd is doing to Puerto Rican Americans, Dominica has nothing this dude wants or needs but he is pure humanitarian.

    British businessman recruits FIVE private jets to rush desperately-needed supplies to Dominica – Hurricane Maria’s ‘forgotten victim’

    Jonathan Brown has been helping the Caribbean island get back on its feet
    Dominica, with a population of 71,000, had 90% of its buildings destroyed
    At least 27 people were killed by the Category Five hurricane
    By Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline

    PUBLISHED: 20:52 BST, 1 October 2017 | UPDATED: 21:25 BST, 1 October 2017
    A British businessman has hired five private jets to help get necessary supplies to the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria just days ago.

    Jonathan Brown, who set up his own smoked salmon company when he was 16 before moving to Miami to expand his business empire under the company name MacKnight Food Group, claimed the £5million in relief aid given by the UK would be nowhere near enough to get the island back on its feet.

    Dominica, a small 290-square mile island which is 400 miles east from Puerto Rico, had 90 per cent of its building destroyed by the category five hurricane and 27 people were killed.

    Mr Brown is determined to help the country get back on its feet by coordinating private jets and ships with relief workers and supplies to come to its shores.

    Jonathan Brown has been helping organise aid relief to Dominica after it was ravaged by the category five hurricane

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    Mr Brown, who was born in Keswick, said: ‘Five million pounds is great, but if no one is on the ground to help clear the roads or to help people, all you have is five million in the bank and thousands of people dead.’

    Rescue Global, a UK-based nongovernmental organisation which provides disaster relief, has teamed up with Mr Brown. On Saturday, he chartered two jets carrying government officials from Barbados to Dominica to help survey the damage, as well as bringing over hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of phones, chainsaws, water filters, batteries, non-perishable foods and other essentials.

    Roosevelt Skerritt, Dominica’s prime minister, invited Mr Brown to be the island’s honorary trade ambassador, where the 50-year-old Englishman has helped to sort out trade contracts between the island and the rest of the world.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4939060/UK-businessman-hires-jets-rush-supplies-Dominica.html#ixzz4uLkBLjAu
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  19. Dominica is an independent country. So is Antigua/Barbuda.

    The British have no continuing obligation to provide aid.

    The UK government IS providing over US$200 million in aid to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla. But that is not enough for ingrates like WW&C.


  20. I have never attended UWI but the relatives and friends of mine who have studied at Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine have described a “classroom” university, where students spend too much time sitting in lectures and in the library, and not much time doing research in the lab or in the field.

    A low-budget university that has very little money for research is not likely to be capable of creating new knowledge.


    • @chad99999

      Let us agree a research university needs access to significant resources. The UWI universities struggle with meeting basic expenditure obligation.


  21. Chadster.,,,Of course a savage like you wont understand that ya suppose to be humanitarian when disaster strikes.,,, what you dont care about is that the mingy, stingy, mangy UK is not providing enough aid for the islands they own either…despite having them insured and am sure already paid out…

    …. besides being the joker that ya are, has it occured to you that independent or not, the beasts of buckingham palace would still hold insurance in secret on the islands they previously owned…..can you prove not….we know ya aint too bright, but ya are a real embarassing trumptard….

    …doubt me check out Puerto Rico.


  22. https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/columns/things-matter-george-alleyne-chronic-disease-research-centre-%E2%80%93-celebrating-25-years

    THINGS THAT MATTER: THE GEORGE ALLEYNE CHRONIC DISEASE RESEARCH CENTRE – CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

    SIR HENRY FRASER
    How time flies. We opened the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) 25 years ago, in 1992, in the apartment at the back of ‘Avalon’ – a condemned Ministry of Health residence used for junior doctors’ flats, overlooking the Ena Walters Roundabout. It was the brainchild of Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, at a meeting of consultants in the Department of Medicine, and it was a challenge I couldn’t refuse! We started with a mission statement, three projects and three staff – me as part time director, Dr. Colin Alert and a part time secretary. When I demitted office in 2005, thirteen years later, I left a lively, rapidly maturing adolescent in the capable hands of Professor Anselm Hennis.
    Our mission statement was “To improve the health of the population and promote human development through research into the prevention and management of the lifestyle related chronic diseases, so as to inform national and regional health policies and programmes (governmental and non-governmental).” Specific objectives defined in the new century were: “to create a world class research unit with epidemiological and molecular biological expertise in specific areas of cardiovascular and diabetes research, of particular relevance to the Caribbean region, but with global applications.”
    Our first three projects were: a collaboration with Loyola University on the International Collaboration in the Comparative Study of Hypertension in Blacks (ICSHIB); a collaboration with Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Medical School in London on an ODA funded study: Diabetes Care – a Caribbean Case Study; and a locally funded study: Lifestyle Intervention in Subjects with Glucose Intolerance. The term chronic non-communicable diseases had only just begun to be used to describe the cluster of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, and these early studies addressed all three.
    The work of the centre expanded dramatically with the return of Professor Hennis with his PhD in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1994. First he took on leadership of the National Institute of Health funded Barbados Eye Studies, begun by Dr. Anthea Connell, and these studies provide the most comprehensive information on the major eye diseases in African origin populations in the world. He was principal investigator on a Wellcome Trust-funded Diabetes Foot Study in collaboration with Imperial College; on the Hyperglycemia & Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) Study; and the PAHO-funded study: Health, Wellbeing and Ageing (SABE). The lessons of the Diabetes Foot Study are clear: daily foot exam and avoidance of high risk footwear. Bare feet, rubber ‘flip flops” and fashionable shoes, e.g. for church, all contribute to amputations.

    The Centre was funded for eight years by a mix of overseas grants and 1.3 million dollars I raised locally, from SAGICOR, Cave Shepherd, banks and other insurance companies, and philanthropists such as Richard Brown and Oscar and Rosa Davis, until formally established as a University Centre in 2000, linked with the three research centres in Jamaica, as The Tropical Medicine Research Institute – now the Caribbean Institute for Health Research.
    Other productive partnerships were with United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys & St. Thomas’ on the Barbados Register of Strokes, which helped to inform development of the Stroke Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, led by Dr. David Corbin; and with Johns Hopkins University on the Barbados Asthma Genetics Study. Dr. Hennis made history becoming overseas (non-USA citizen) Principal Investigator for the Fourth NIH Eye Study, which demonstrated the genetic basis of glaucoma in our population, explaining its high prevalence. The next major NIH study was the Barbados National Cancer Study, on prostate and breast cancer. This in turn led to the Barbados National Registries, informing our health care needs and health planning – and then the Health of the Nation (HoTN) Study.
    Other important studies include The Wound Healing Study in Diabetes (WHY) led by Professor Clive Landis, whose cutting edge molecular biology lab was a unique development – the Edmund Cohen Laboratory for Vascular Research. Later studies include the HAPO II Study, the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation led by Dr. Alafia Samuels, the new Director; the MRC / Wellcome Health Systems Development study; and others too numerous to mention. But one of my own pet projects was Centenarians in Barbados (CIB), carried out by Dr. Susan Archer, which found that strong social networks, physical activity and strong religious convictions were key to longevity. Another exciting recent study was the Barbados Diabetes Reversal Study, funded by Virgin Unite – a more formal approach to intervention in diabetes than our early study. This demonstrated reversal of blood sugars to normal after eight weeks on a very low-calorie diet. It heralds great promise for diabetes reversal, control and treatment.
    Current projects include: Environmental determinants of lupus; Integrating places of worship (PoWs) into the primary care pathway to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean; and one that’s even more dear to my heart: An assessment of walkability in the UN World Heritage site of Bridgetown and the Historic Garrison.
    The total amount of grant money raised by the CDRC, funding so much research, is US$20 million, or about US$1 million per year. The research team has grown dramatically. The CDRC currently holds three grant awards from the National Institute of Health. And assessment in the Accreditation Report on the UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) in February 2016 was glowing: “Much of the research being carried out, particularly that by the Chronic Disease Research Centre, is of world class standard and brings international credit to UWI.”

    The CDRC’s success has been due to outstanding leadership by my successors Professor Hennis, Professor Landis and Dr. Alafia Samuels, who have guided it from strength to strength, and to great teams, with a team spirit inspired by the importance of these projects that can make a difference to the health of our nation. A measure of the quality of work is the recognition of three senior staff, Professors Hennis, Landis and Hambleton among the 60 under 60 stars of the University at the 60th Anniversary celebrations – many more than statistically likely for a tiny unit of five academics out of more than a thousand across the campuses! Furthermore, all directors and professors have received Vice Chancellor’s Awards of Excellence, with biostatistician Professor Ian Hambleton and The Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation (POSDEVAL) led by Dr. Samuels, being the two latest awardees. The Centre has also benefited by the University’s emphasis on relevant research, by sagacious advisory committees, led by Sir Keith Hunte and by Sir Trevor Hassell, and partnership with the Ministry of Health.

    But the challenge for all researchers is to see results translated into policy, programmes and practice. With this in mind, a functional merger has taken place between the CDRC and the Public Health Group of the Faculty of Medical Sciences. This will strengthen the process of translation and application of research findings, with a holistic approach to Population Health, and will strengthen training programmes – new thrusts led by Dr. Samuels, who brings broad public health and academic experience to the role. The description of the CDRC as “A training powerhouse” is highly applicable, with Masters in Public Health, Doctorates in Public Health (DrPH) and PhDs all linked with research and translation of quality research into practice.

    The dramatic growth of the Centre, recognition of need and ability to “provide the goods” has led to further plans for achieving the national goals. These include proposals for a new building – The Population Health Sciences Building – on the old tennis court. Thus a restored historic building, already matched with a state-of-the-art laboratory in a forty foot container, will be joined by a cutting edge modern research block. It provides a major naming opportunity for a generous philanthropist, whose legacy will be assured by sustained high-quality research at the Centre.

    Meanwhile there are other opportunities for funding crucial, priority research, such as expanding the National Registry, extending the diabetes reversal studies, studying behaviour change methods and developing monitored public health approaches to address these issues. Barbados can turn around the health of the nation, while contributing ever more significant research findings to the rest of the world. Its mission and goals are being achieved. The success of the vision of the CDRC has been recognised in the renaming of the Centre as the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, for Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus of the Pan American Health Organisation and retiring Chancellor, and research mentor to many in the Caribbean, including yours truly the founding director.
    (Professor Fraser is Past Dean of Medical Sciences, UWI and Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.

    YOU SEE RESEARCH IS DONE BY UWI ALUMNI IN BARBADOS ………..EVEN WITH LIMITED RESOURCES!


  23. “Better to compulsorily acquire all the mansions in Barbados, repatriate the foreigners and let ordinary Bajans occupy said mansions.”
    This maybe more prophetic than you realise. Only error is “ordinary” which translates to “friends of the rulers”. The Democratic (you gotta stick that in whether true or not) Republic of ————- [pick your name]


  24. And build concrete roofs….it increases ya chances of survival during a hurricane.

    “CONVERTING FROM TIMBER AND GALVANISE TO CONCRETE ROOFS POST HURRICANE MARIA #HurricaneMaria Jaydee’s Engineering Services

    Most homeowners, whom Maria left without a roof over their heads, are now contemplating constructing reinforced concrete roofs for their dwelling homes.

    Before this can be done, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration. Concrete roofs require more support than timber roofs. Most homes, which sported timber roofs, might not have the structural frame needed to support a concrete slab.

    In some instances, some of the columns do not extend to the ring beam where the roof was attached. In others, the columns (for example stiffeners) present might not be adequate to transfer the load of the slab to the foundation.

    The foundation too, might not have been designed to accommodate the additional loading of a concrete slab. It is therefore advised to engage a structural engineer to:

    1.Assess the feasibility of rehabilitating a home to include a concrete roof.

    Recommend and design what structural adjustments are needed to support the roof.
    Design the concrete slab to include provision for waterproofing and anti-crack.

    In extreme cases where the structural elements within the building frame are inadequate, exterior foundation pads and columns need to be designed and constructed.

    Traditionally, concrete roofs have been constructed flat without any slope which encourages water ponding. It is paramount therefore to ensure that the roof is cast with at least a 1% gradient to allow drainage from the roof surface.

    Concrete roofs need not be boring. At an extra cost, they can be cast into gable or hip shaped roofs.

    After all this is done, having a good design means nothing if professional supervision is not sought during construction. The engineer can also be charged with taking concrete samples during pours to test, to ensure that the homeowner receives the grade of concrete purchased.”


  25. Get real folks most of those living in houses or constructions call homes can lest afford a home that is built to withstand the forces of a hurricane Irma or Maria
    However in my humble opinion the UN should uses all resources to help rebuild these small islands.
    After all the UN annually collects large sums of money from these small island nations annully as an indicator for giving aid in times of natural disaster
    These islands that have been greatly devastated are in the path of these monsters and in effect would encounter more of the same disaters yearly
    The UN has collected more than enough funds from these poor countries and can reach out in more ways with the kind of help that is out of reach or unaffordable to the average citizen of these countries


  26. As a Dominican, all I can say is hearing from my family how relief was being distributed (or lack of it) pretty much cements my opinion on the situation.


  27. @David

    What “upside”? Empty rhetoric does not a policy make, the hurricane destroyed the agricultural sector in a few islands and they are hoping to rebuild it but that does not include the places where agriculture has virtually disappeared from the landscape.

    In other news Dominica has receded from the front pages but the folk there are still experiencing hell with limited power and problems with potable water which is understandable given the lack of resources for a small island and we note that Puerto Rico with the support of the vast USA (where the moron in chief was recently seen throwing paper towels to residents) is not faring much better.

    We can only hope that the hurricane season is over and those islands have a few years to recover before the inevitable happens again.


  28. sARGE

    hOW DOES A MORON BECOME POTUS AND BE A WEALTHY A HE IS?
    hOW DOES A MORON PRODUCE REASONABLY PRODUCTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN?
    WE COULD DO WITH SOME MORONS LEADING IN BARBADOS
    I WONT MIND BEING A MORON LIKE TRUMP AT ALL

    WHY DO SO MANY RELATIVELY UNSUCCESSFUL AND UNACCOMPLISHED FOLK KEEP CALLING THE MAN NAMES


  29. Who the hell are these two? Not morons also? These two have the jobs they now have because of him. They serve at his “moronic” pleasure, whether they like it or him , or not. Everything is relative man.


  30. @Sarge you too sweet. And Doc you are even more sweet.

    Anytime a fella with a net worth of over $245 million is working for another fella who he calls an moron then he would had to be a moron too.

    And anytime someone can say that moron one did pick so called moron two over de now retiring so called moron three to govern the FoggyBottom state of affairs because dat #one did look betta and taller as if he was from central casting then definitely we gots a lots of men pleasuring themselves. HeHeHe. Wha loss. A lie.


  31. @GP

    What’s the over /under in Vegas for Tillerson staying on? At present he needs Tillerson more that Tillerson needs him but Tillerson has more money than he can spend so he can afford to go. He probably doesn’t want to disappoint Condoleezza R who recommended him for the job, he just thought he could do his job without a tweety finger “moron” (his words) getting in his way.

    BTW like you I reserve the right to be as critical as I want to be of any public figure.


  32. RE he just thought he could do his job without a tweety finger “moron” (his words) getting in his way.

    “HE THOUGHT?” WHAT WITH? THAT TILLERSON FOOL COULD NEVER BE THE PRESIDENT IF HE WANTED TO

    If he doe not like the “tweety finger “moron”” or what he says or tweets he should just go home or shut up and go back and sell oil
    no one ever heard about him before

    iggy
    i have to agree wid you when you say

    Anytime a fella with a net worth of over $245 million is working for another fella who he calls an moron then he would had to be a moron too.

    If i had that nett worth, I wont work for anybody

    PERSONALLY I THINK TRUMP IS A MORON FUH TRUTE
    WITH HIS WEALTH HE SHOULD BE RELAXING AND PLAYING GOLF AT HIS RESORTS NOT BEING CRITICISED AND INSULTED BY NON ENTITIES HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE who have accomplished comparatively little in their poor pithy pissy existence


  33. Why do members of the Left insist on going out of their way to be unpleasant to TRUMP ? THEY DID NOT DO IT TO SHITBAMA THE BULLING LIAR
    if you like your doctor……..you can keep your doctor
    if you like your plan ……..you can keep your plan

    since then both patients and doctors seeing shite


  34. Isn’t Trump relaxing and playing golf and eating “beautiful pieces of chocolate cake” at his properties as President? Does the man do any work other than watching TV and reacting to what is said about him?

    The right was downright critical about Obama and speaking of lies, the lies that Trump has told would fill a few volumes.

    Michael Bloomberg has accomplished much in his life and he is far wealthier than Trump and he called him a “New York Con”


  35. Isn’t Trump relaxing and playing golf and eating “beautiful pieces of chocolate cake” at his properties as President? YES HE DOES>>>>>>>>>>AT HIS PROPERTIES LOL. at whose properties did SHITBAMA PLAY

    actually he is known to work very hard daily……….. and he has reversed most of the shit dat shitbama did IN 8 YEARS IN 8 MONTHS

    I enjoy the way the lame stream media and all the pundits fret about the man and his responses and how he plays them like a fiddle…BARE SPORT MAN

    nothing wrong in reacting to what people say about you is there? ESPECIALLY THE WAY HE DOES IT

    who cares about Bloomberg and what he says? trump is thE POTUS NOT Bloomberg ah lie?

    HE IS THE MODERN DAY KING JOSIAH
    LET HIM DO WHAT GOD PUT HIM THERE TO DO IN PEACE. LOL lol

    DESPITE MC CAIN AND MCCONELL AND CONSTANT CRITICISM HE HAS DONE WELL SO FAR
    ECONOMY UP
    JOBLESS- NESS DOWN
    nuff stupid regulations removed


    • Why do we say Tillerson is working for Trump and not that he is a patriotic American who gave up a powerful private sector position to serve the country.


  36. @ GP (on Trump)
    ….HE SHOULD BE RELAXING AND PLAYING GOLF AT HIS RESORTS NOT BEING CRITICISED AND INSULTED BY NON ENTITIES HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE who have accomplished comparatively little in their poor pithy pissy existence
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Boss…
    What are the ‘accomplishments’ that empower you to “criticise and insult others here there and everywhere” on BU bozie…??

    Wait …wuh you gotta whacker now too…?!!


  37. The folks who like Trump were very generous in dishing out criticism to his predecessor but can’t take any criticism of Trump.

    Of course among the “shit” rolled back are “Federal Flood Risk Management Standard” which was rolled back 10 days before Harvey hit Texas. The damage that he has and will inflict on the US won’t show up for a few years or until the next hurricane hit ( I hear Nate has New Orleans in its sight)

    https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/executive-order-establishing-federal-flood-risk-management-standard-and-


  38. Bush Tea October 6, 2017 at 12:55 PM #
    @ GP (on Trump)
    ….HE SHOULD BE RELAXING AND PLAYING GOLF AT HIS RESORTS NOT BEING CRITICISED AND INSULTED BY NON ENTITIES HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE who have accomplished comparatively little in their poor pithy pissy existence
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Boss…
    What are the ‘accomplishments’ that empower you to “criticise and insult others here there and everywhere” on BU bozie…??

    Wait …wuh you gotta whacker now too…?!!

    YES I GOT A WHACKER TOO
    I CAN CRITICIZE AND TALK SHITE LIKE ANYBODY ELSE CANT I?
    I HAVE NO ACCOMPLISHMENT AT ALL SIR. NONE WHATOEVER


  39. Trump’S predecessor the BULLER SHITYBAMA DID A LOT OF SHITE
    FEW IN THE LAME STREAM MEDIA SAID ANYTHING
    THE RINO’S LET HIM DID WHAT HE WANTED

    NOW EVERYTHING TRUMP SAY OR DOES IS CRITICISED AND ONE DOES NOT HEAR ABOUT ANYTHING GOOD HE DOES ON THE LAME STREAM MEDIA
    EVEN HIS WIFE CANT WEAR WHAT SHOES SHE WANTS

    I DONT CARE ABOUT TRUMP……. HE HAS HIS BREAD BUTTERED
    HE CAN DEFEND HIMSELF AS HE DOES VERY WELL ON TWITTER
    BUT I FIND THE CONSTANT PETTY CRITICISM UNECESSARY


  40. @ David who wrote ” Hants will be happy to see how this unravels ”

    Yes I will David. I will not comment further. This blog has been trumped. lol

    Don’t forget Suzuka qualifying is at 1am so no sleep for me tonight.


    • @Hants

      The silver looks strong, top 3 finishes should do it.

      @GP

      Bushie was being sarcastic and complimentary at the same time.


  41. CLEARLY I HAVE NO ACCOMPLISHMENT AT ALL SIR. NONE WHATSOEVER………OR I WONT BE WASTING TIME HERE

    ID BE SPENDING MY TIME DOING SOMETHING MORE WORTHWHILE TO ME


  42. @David

    Tillerson thought it was his patriotic duty to serve the country and he is accustomed to being his own boss but when his Depts. policies are contradicted by “moronic” mouthing’s by 45 his blood boiled over. Tillerson is on the way out (somewhere Mitt Romney is smiling that he dodged a bullet) but there will be some patsy who will step in to be belittled by 45.

    45 likes Generals and he has Kelly as his Chief of Staff and Tillis as his Sec. of Defence, but Kelly can’t leave because he is still a military officer and leaving would be effectively retiring from the Army, the people who care about the country are privately saying it is a mess but they are hoping that a few good men would be able to save the country from 45.
    We can count on Kelly and Tillis to stay on (for now)


  43. re Bushie was being sarcastic and complimentary at the same time.
    I HATE THAT SORTA SHIT
    I SAW MY FATHER DO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MY MOTHER FOR OVER 6O YEARS

    On Trump
    I predicted that he would win the election several months before he did, and that he would do the role of King Josiah in Judah before the Babylonian captivity.

    In my view, the USA, like our beloved Bim, was going to the dogs, morally, fiscally and all types of ly…just as Judah was when God raised up Josiah.

    Under Josiah there was a temporary reprieve……but the Babylonian captivity as promised by God.

    It seems that folk in Bim dont believe in God as they once did, but I still believe what I heard and read from since I know myself.

    It is clear that the world is heading for chaos and destruction, and I feel it will start with the USA.

    Disagreeing with political leaders is one thing, but RESISTING as the Americans have been doing to Trump since his electing victory is contravening the edict of Romans 13:6.
    Bajans do not like the FUMBLE regime and we will vote it out but we have not RESISTED HIM DAILY FOR THE TEN YEARS H AND HIS COHORTS HAVE DESTROYED BARBADOS. NOR HAVE WE BEHAVED LIKE CRAZED FOLK LIKE THE residents of “the greatest country in the world ever.”

    the regime that Soros and his minions seek will come just as promised in 2Thessalonians 2 following the rapture of the church. those of us who believe God wont be here, but we will get to witness it from a higher sphere as the Tribulation period plays out


  44. “BARBADOS is set to get a spanking new four megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.
    The $24 million facility, for which permission has already been given, is to be located on 12 acres of land at Maynards, St. Peter. The project is to be undertaken by Enermax Limited, a 100 per cent fully-owned Barbadian company.
    The plant will combine solar PV electricity production and agriculture, producing both solar electricity and agricultural products.
    Hallam Edwards, Chairman of Enermax Limited, and his son Carlos Edwards, who is the Managing Director, told a news conference yesterday at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, that the annual electricity output will be approximately 6.4 million kilowatt hours, saving over two million litres of fuel and will be enough to power over 2 000 homes.
    Edwards, a professional engineer with extensive experience in power generation and energy, said that once in operation, the annual dollar value of
    the kilowatt hours saved will amount to some $4.4 million.
    Enermax is a power plant which has built solar PV installations for residential, commercial, and utilities customers, as they plan to do with the new project.
    He said that the panels to be built will number 13 500.
    “As far as the ownership is concerned, our company Enermax Limited is a 100 per cent Barbadian-owned company and we have discussions going on with some possible financiers at the moment, including two entities, both with substantial resources, who have expressed an interest in the project,” said Carlos Edwards.
    “As far as the design installation is concerned, we will deal with the entire project which is design engineering and procurement installation and operation of the plant,” said Hallam Edwards.
    Referring to the dual role of the facility where there will be electricity production as well as agricultural output, Edwards said that this was done to overcome a situation where space is limited and the usual reluctance by the authorities to give permission to put in a PV plant in an area used specifically for agricultural purposes.
    “So therefore we have looked carefully at that and considered how we could satisfy both requirements,” he explained.
    “Therefore the objective that we have now with this dual role is that the first thing that we do for any given area is to maximise the amount of electricity that can be produced in that area, and thereafter when that is defined, we will try to maximise the amount of vegetables and fruits that can be grown on the same area,” Edwards explained.
    There will also be energy storage in the form of batteries which will be charged by the same solar panels.
    “We are discussing this with the Barbados Light and Power. The stored energy will be used to smoothen the fluctuations in the electricity output due to the changing cloud cover,” he added.”

    https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/new-pv-plant-coming

    I hope this project is successful.


    • @Hants

      This is excellent to see locals stepping up. We need to start leveraging the power our investment in education should have given us.


  45. Tillerson thought it was his patriotic duty to serve the country and he is accustomed to being his own boss
    TRUMP IS ACCUSTOMED TO BEING HIS OWN BOSS TOO………..AND AS POTUS HE IS STILL THE BOSS ah lie?

    but when his Depts. policies are contradicted by “moronic” mouthing’s by 45 his blood boiled over.
    WELL THEN HE SHOULD LEAVE

    Tillerson is on the way out (somewhere Mitt Romney is smiling that he dodged a bullet) but there will be some patsy who will step in to be belittled by 45.
    THERE WERE PATSIES UNDER SHITBAMA, WHO COULD ONLY ADVISE PEOPLE HOW TO BULL… CF bENGHAZI, LEBANON , THE IRS SCANDAL, FAST AND FURIOUS , AND THE “AFFORDABLE CARE ACT” THAT IS DAMN EXPENSIVE INEFFECTIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE,
    THE IRAN DEAL
    SHITBAMA ACHIEVD NOTHING BEFORE HE BECAME POTUS AND ONLY DESTRUCTION AND DEVISIVENESS SINCE

    45 likes Generals and he has Kelly as his Chief of Staff and Tillis as his Sec. of Defence, but Kelly can’t leave because he is still a military officer and leaving would be effectively retiring from the Army, the people who care about the country are privately saying it is a mess

    WASNT IT A MESS UNDER SHITBAMA TOO?

    but they are hoping that a few good men would be able to save the country from 45.
    We can count on Kelly and Tillis to stay on (for now)

    THING WORKING AS THEY SHOULD

    RESIST RESIST AND ON TO THE REGIME OF ANTICHRIST


  46. RE When his Depts. policies are contradicted by “moronic” mouthing’s by 45 his blood boiled over.
    SEEMS TILLERSON IS A DICTATOR WHO THINKS HE IS STILL BOSS AND THAT THE REAL BOSS MUST LISTEN TO HIM

    TILLERSON SHOULD GO BACK AND SELL OIL
    WHEN HE DOES TRUMP WILL STILL BE PRESIDENT

    RE the people who care about the country are privately saying it is a mess
    AT LEAST THEY CAN STILL TALK OR RESIST BUT UNDER SHITBAMA………..PEOPLE DIED

    LIKE THE FELLA WHO WAS “MUGGED” AND LOST HIS LIFE AND HAD THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO HIS DEATH DISCONTINUED

    GOD GAVE THE US A REPRIEVE FROM THE DATARDLY DEEDS DONE UNDER SHITYBAMA THE BULLER………….BUT LIKE JUDAH IN JOSIAH’S TIME THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN

    THEY WONT HEED THESE WORDS FROM ROMANS 13

    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
    Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.


  47. @GP

    So you see Trump as some fulfillment of prophecy? Can’t argue with that as I am a Bible illiterate but what about Obama; GW Bush; Clinton et al? How about Kim in South Korea or Putin in Russia? Is that the inner Herbert W or Garner Ted? They often spoke of prophecy and the second coming and spoke about the United States of Europe (ECM) as the coming together of the 10 lost tribes of Israel but they didn’t see Brexit.

    All those scandals did you forget Hillary’s emails? The favourite daughter and favoured son in law have been using their private emails to conduct Gov’t business. It is now being revealed that there was no “there there” with the IRS scandals as it targeted liberal organisations too but Repubs are hypocrites, e.g. we are budget hawks and then use private jets to fly all over the country. We are against birth control except when it comes to our own mistresses and the list goes on……


  48. re So you see Trump as some fulfillment of prophecy?
    DID NOT SAY THAT HE IS ANALOGOUS TO KING JOSIAH

    Can’t argue with that as I am a Bible illiterate

    but what about Obama; GW Bush; Clinton et al? How about Kim in South Korea or Putin in Russia?
    THESE WERE ALSO RAISED UP FOR THE PURPOSE THEY SERVED OR ARE SERVING

    Is that the inner Herbert W or Garner Ted?
    NO HE WAS A FALSE PREACHER AND A SCAM WHO DID NOT HAVE A CLUE

    They often spoke of prophecy and the second coming and spoke about the United States of Europe (ECM) as the coming together of the 10 lost tribes of Israel but they didn’t see Brexit.

    EXACTLY HE DID NOT KNOW THE HELL WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT

    HOW COULD THE the United States of Europe (ECM BE the 10 lost tribes of Israel?
    THE TEN TRIBES FROM THE NORTH OR ISRAEL WERE NEVER LOST
    THE BABYLONIANS TOOK THE TWO TRIBES OF JUDAH TO THE SAME PLACE THAT THE ASSYRIANS TOOK THE NORTHERN TRIBES

    All those scandals did you forget Hillary’s emails?

    NO I DID NOT

    The favourite daughter and favoured son in law have been using their private emails to conduct Gov’t business.
    AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THESE TWO SHOULD BE IN NY DOING THEIR BUSYNESS NOT IN GOVERNMENT

    It is now being revealed that there was no “there there” with the IRS scandals as it targeted liberal organisations too but THERE IS A THERE WITH THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION?

    Repubs are hypocrites, e.g. we are budget hawks and then use private jets to fly all over the country. DIDNT THE DR GET FIRED FOR THAT

    We are against birth control except when it comes to our own mistresses and the list goes on…… I AM SURE YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THESE PETTY COMPLAINTS WHICH INDICATE CLEARLY THAT THE HART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS….WHO CAN KNOW IT


  49. BY THE WAY SARGE IM NOT DLP OR BLP
    AND I AM MOST CERTAINLY NEITHER REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT
    AND I DID NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP………….AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR CROOKED HILARY


  50. @GP
    There is nothing wrong with having some political affiliation, it is blind adherence to a political party or philosophy that one should be wary of.


  51. sARGE
    tHIS IS MY POLITICAL AFFILIATION AS LAID OUT IN PHILIPIANS 3;20-21

    For our conversation OR CITIZENSHIP is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
    Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

    I AM BAJAN TO THE CORE TOO


  52. I HATE THAT SORTA SHIT
    I SAW MY FATHER DO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MY MOTHER FOR OVER 6O YEARS
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Nobody really cares what you hate GP…
    …and the rest is too much information about your parents’ personal business….

    We don’t want to get Miller into speculating and psychoanalysing you now…..


  53. quid dixi scripsique, dixi scripsique
    what I hate is important to me whether nobody anybody or who evr care or not
    miller can go to——————you know where
    he can speculate and do as he pleases but
    I HATE THAT SORTA SHIT
    I SAW MY FATHER DO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MY MOTHER FOR OVER 6O YEARS
    i.e being sarcastic and complimentary at the same time.


  54. @ Jeff et al

    Oh how wonderful it is we take our time and write masterfully about our problems and they hi-jack the tread and talk about two white American millionaires calling one another morons. Oh how beautiful we are. Dear Hants cuts in about a solar energy project conceived by two Bajans and not even dat can stop those so enamoured by the inferiority of the White House.
    Oh well …….


  55. @W Skinner

    Try returning to the first contribution I made after “David” wrote about agriculture and then comment. The fact that I engaged with another blogger about the US does not detract from the blog and don’t try to be “holier than thou” you live in the USA, don’t you?

    Why don’t you comment on “Hants’s” contribution if you want to change the tenor of the discussion?

    To “Hants’ and all those who care “Happy Thanksgiving”, I’m off to celebrate with family near and dear.


  56. @Skinner, a mighty LOL at your post of 7:22. Jeff wrote this piece last Sunday…no correct that, it was published last Sunday but could have been written even earlier….

    And about five days later after the original topic was discussed extensively two bloggers used the forum on the piece to engage in a topical issue re the President of the leading nation in the world and you scribe DAT post screaming ‘oh how beautiful we are’!

    Brother, SERIOUSLY. 😂

    In blog post years Jeff’s kingdom has long been superceded by new and topical ‘presidents’.

    So I think an expansion of your handle as William Van Winkle Skinner is needed… you are quite discombobulated when you awake from slumber…😎


  57. Happy thanksgiving Sarge and the CanadianBajan bloggers.

    @ William Skinner, most of what I post on BU is ignored but I have no problem with that.

    BU blog allows ” freedom ” for all including morons, bullies and the exceptionally well educated and accomplished to write and respond to any and everything they choose.


    • @Hants

      Not ignored at all. Like you correctly said the Internet is not as structured as the peer review journal or the tightly regulated websites of some others.

      #JapanLHpole


  58. dAVID

    ARE YOU ASKING BECAUSE HE SEEMS TO HAVE GONE AWOL
    DO YOU THINK THAT HE CALLS STINKING LIAR AND FUMBLE MORONS?


  59. Hants October 7, 2017 at 10:27 AM #
    RE most of what I post on BU is ignored

    THIS IS BECAUSE YOUR IN DEPTH INTERVENTIONS CAN NOT BE REFUTED ah lie?


  60. @ Georgie Porgie October 6, 2017 at 7:34 PM
    “quid dixi scripsique, dixi scripsique
    what I hate is important to me whether nobody anybody or who evr care or not
    miller can go to——————you know where
    he can speculate and do as he pleases but
    I HATE THAT SORTA SHIT
    I SAW MY FATHER DO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MY MOTHER FOR OVER 6O YEARS
    i.e being sarcastic and complimentary at the same time.”

    But GP, as a ‘real-real’ doctor (unlike Denis Down-Lowe or even Georgie Porgie Braffit) you ought to know that “being sarcastic and complimentary at the same time” is an English disease.

    It’s called “Asteism”: a backhanded (or left-handed) compliment.
    What a ‘flatteringly’ useful word!

    GP, now that we have a common enemy in your friend with the porcine features, why can’t we both bury the hatchet stained with the homophobic blood of Pres. Obama (remember once a president always El Presidente).

    Clearly you know the ancient proverb on statecraft: ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’.

    Can we kiss and make up to fight our common enemy in that empty vessel called Shallow Hal Austin, the porcine runt?

    And you know what they say about empty vessels, no?
    Unless they are ‘genuinely’ inscribed with the hallmark “INRI” they are nothing more than piss-pots.

    Here is a piece of advice offered in a ‘most’ ironic style:
    Stop using Latin to make your point.

    Just use the Queen’s English, for God’s sake will you! We don’t want to upset Hal causing him to blow his top to discharge a blast of hot air all the way from Britannia, now do we?


  61. miller
    re you ought to know that “being sarcastic and complimentary at the same time” is an English disease.

    It’s called “Asteism”: a backhanded (or left-handed) compliment.
    What a ‘flatteringly’ useful word!

    between me and you THAT IS SHITE

    I CAN HANDLE ALL THE PORCINE EXCREMENT COMING FROM THE IDIOT WITH THE PORCINE FEATURES

    DO YOU KNOW THAT PIG SHITE IS THE MOST STINKING SHITE OF ALL?


  62. @ Georgie Porgie October 7, 2017 at 11:16 AM
    “DO YOU KNOW THAT PIG SHITE IS THE MOST STINKING SHITE OF ALL?”

    LOL!!

    And all along I was under the mistaken impression it was that of humans especially those that eat a lot of pork.

    The prodigal son in your book of myths must have had a very hard lesson to learn.

    In any event the Chinese make full use of both as a ready-source of animal manure to grow the food crops and vegetables and to farm their fish for export especially to places like Bim.

    No wonder Bajans are so hooked on Chinese-made food especially the takeaways laced with MSG.


  63. As man David….

    Don’t you just admire how Bushie has managed to forge that unlikely (and unholy) alliance between GP and the anunnaki?

    You done know that between the two o dem …. Hal is a dead man blogging…
    LOL
    ha ha ha

    …looka how Bushie now put two of his bitter enemies …to kill a third one nuh!!!!
    Life is good…!!
    Murda!!


  64. Bush Tea again. Wishing me dead. Are you an undertaker? Say something sensible for once. This blog provides Jethro Miller PGCE(FE) with his only social outings and you, a grand father, with entertainment..
    Let us talk about those opposing Dominicans settling in Trinidad, or something you know about. Jethro is far too bright for both of us.


  65. Hal Austin October 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM #
    Bush Tea again.
    Say something sensible for once.

    YOU COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER SIR…………………………………….YOU SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT ……………………….ONLY GOD CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE SIR


  66. 16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About
    By Michael Snyder, on October 3rd, 2017

    The public is not being told the truth about what really went down in Las Vegas. As you will see below, the evidence is mounting that there were multiple shooters and that this was an operation that was planned well in advance. But according to the mainstream media, a 64-year-old retired accountant with a flabby physique that had no military training whatsoever and that wasn’t very experienced with guns was able to pull the whole thing off all by himself. We are being told that Paddock was a “lone wolf” that didn’t have any ties to terror groups, and since he is now dead nobody is ever going to be able to interrogate him. But the American people definitely deserve some answers about what took place, and that means that all of us should keep digging.

    The following are 16 unanswered questions about the Las Vegas shooting that the mainstream media does not want to talk about…

    #1 Photos of Stephen Paddock’s hotel room have been leaked, and one of those photos appears to show a suicide note. Why hasn’t the public been told what is in that note?

    #2 Were there additional shooters? A taxi driver clearly captured video of an automatic weapon being fired out of a lower level window. A video from another angle and brief footage captured by Dan Bilzerian also seem to confirm that automatic gunfire was coming from a floor much lower than the 32nd floor room that Stephen Paddock was located on. And if you weren’t convinced by the first three videos, this fourth video should definitely do it.

    #3 Why were law enforcement authorities discussing “another suspect on the fourth floor”, and why isn’t the mainstream media talking about this?

    #4 As Jon Rappoport has pointed out, it would have been impossible for Stephen Paddock to kill and wound 573 people in less than five minutes of shooting with the kinds of weapons that he is alleged to have used. So why won’t law enforcement authorities acknowledge this fact?

    #5 How in the world did Paddock get 42 guns and “several thousand rounds of ammo” into his hotel room without anyone noticing?

    #6 How did someone with “no military background” and that wasn’t a “gun guy at all” operate such advanced weapons? Because what we are being told by the mainstream media just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. I really like how Natural News made this point…

    Far from what the firearms-illiterate media claims, these are not systems that any Joe off the street can just pick up and use to effortlessly mow down 500 people. Running these systems requires extensive training, experience and stamina. It is physically impossible for a guy like Stephen Paddock to operate such a system in the sustained, effective manner that we witnessed, especially when shooting from an elevated position which throws off all the ranging of the weapon system.

    Far from being a Navy Seal, Stephen Paddock is a retired accountant senior citizen with a gambling problem and a flabby physique. The only way he could have carried out this shooting is if he were transformed into a human superweapon through a magic wand. I’m calling this “Mission IMPOSSIBLE” because of the physical impossibility of a retired, untrained senior citizen pulling this off.

    #7 Why was one woman telling people in the crowd that they were all going to die 45 minutes before the attack?

    #8 Why did it take law enforcement authorities 72 minutes to get into Stephen Paddock’s hotel room?

    #9 Why did Paddock wire $100,000 to the Philippines last week?

    #10 Why was Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, in the Philippines when the attack took place? Did she know what was about to happen?

    #11 Was Paddock on antidepressants like so many other mass killers in the past have been?

    #12 Why was ISIS so eager to take responsibility for this attack, and why was the FBI so quick to dismiss that connection?

    #13 Apparently Paddock had earned millions of dollars “through real estate deals”. If he was so wealthy, why would he all of a sudden snap like that?

    #14 Why did he move so frequently? It is being reported that Paddock had 27 different residences during his adult life.

    #15 Why were nearly all of the exits out of the concert venue completely blocked?…

    In essence, the concert trapped the people, preventing them from escaping, and denying them the ability to seek cover. From there, sustained, full-auto gunfire is almost impossible to survive.

    From Fox News, a caller named Russell Bleck, who survived the shooting, said live on air, “There were ten-foot walls blocking us in. We couldn’t escape. It was just a massacre. We had nowhere to go.”

    #16 Why was a country music festival chosen as the target? Was the goal to kill as many Trump supporters and other conservatives as possible? And is there evidence that Stephen Paddock was connected to Antifa in any way?

    At first I thought that this was a fairly straightforward story too, but the more I have dug into it the more complex things have become.

    Personally, I have come to the conclusion that Stephen Paddock definitely did not act alone. That means that the others involved in the shooting are still out there, and they must be brought to justice. Let us never forget what these extremely wicked individuals did to innocent civilians such as 27-year-old Tina Frost…

    A 27-year-old woman has lost her right eye after a bullet ripped through her face during the Las Vegas concert massacre.

    Tina Frost remains in a coma in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove the bullet that became lodged in her eye when a gunman opened fire on the crowd of country music fans on Sunday night.

    Frost, who is originally from Maryland but moved to California several years ago, is expected to remain in the coma for a week.

    Whoever did this is going to pay greatly. Yes, I do believe that Stephen Paddock was involved. But he did not act alone, and the mainstream media is doing the public a great disservice by ignoring all of the evidence that this was not just a “lone wolf” operation.


  67. @ Hal
    Who called you Bozie..?? … Your name is David?

    Why don’t you wait until your trough is put ….before you bubble in it…?

    Bushie would waste time wishing you dead….?
    Only the good die young. You will probably see 100 years old…

    …too besides, you have been a ‘blogging dead’ now for YEARS… not much left for Miller and the traitor Porgie to kill off…


  68. David

    Do some follow up on this story making the rounds .

    Reliable sources have indicated that Mia Mottley, accompanied by Miller & Prodigirl , left the island on Friday for London.,,,,, to purchase an LEC !

    I would be astounded – if true – that Miller & Prodigirl would be part of such a mission..,,….after steadfastly for the past 2 years declaring that MAM does NOT require an LEC 😇😇😇

    What could have possibly led to this ” Road to Damascus ” EXPERIENCE …,,, if true ????


  69. @Vincent

    The point has been well made that the recent tragedy that has seen the destruction of the economies of Anguilla, Dominica, BVI and a few others should bring into focus agriculture. Coming back to Barbados, given the high rainfall we have been experiencing and the single digit sugar production of last season, whither the sugar crop 2018?


  70. David

    The political class is as yet not seized of the future potential of the sugar cane industry with its myriad possibilities for this islands longevity.

    We see a number of plantations headed by the CLICO 2000 plus acre plantations under bush waiting presumably to convert them into concrete jungles and rake in short term cash to the overall detriment of the country. Note the longer the lands are under bush the more expensive it becomes to bring them back under cultivation.

    We have the MoAg. complaining that he cannot do anything in his area as the MoF is not releasing funds agreed upon at cabinet level.

    Then we have the CEO of the BAS who is also a member of parliament on the govt side, complaining on a regular basis about how the govt is not doing the correct things by the farmers.

    Do you really think that Ag. has a future in Bim with the present thinking.


    • @Vincent

      We need to learn from the recent tragedy caused by the CAT 5s. What about all those acres of agricultural lands where river tamarind was planted? It shows if we are properly motivated we can mobilize resources to this sector. What a waste!

      On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 6:27 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  71. David

    UWI Principal just stated(VoB 4.30 news) at the opening ceremony of the new Agriculture multi-million dollar project on 28 acres at Dukes St.Thomas that this will revolutionise ag. on Bim and the wider Caribbean with great money earning potential.

    ……we await the actual facts in order to do a critique.

    …….why did it take them so long to get it off the ground?

    …….who is in charge of it?


  72. “The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus will soon be deepening its relationship with China as it embarks on an Agro-Business Project on 28 acres of land at Dukes, St. Thomas.”

    China…..interesting.


  73. @ David wrote ” We need to learn from the recent tragedy caused by the CAT 5s.”

    Barbados has had the expertise to grow all the food needed for Bajans.

    There are challenges for farmers the biggest of which is people tiefing crops but that is not an insurmountable problem.

    As long as Bajans have the money to buy cornflakes and chiquita bananas the importation of food will continue.


    • @Hants

      There is another problem. Production cost is high. As it stands, it is cheaper to import than to increase agricultural production. We have to fashion a plan given the structure of our economy.


  74. In the 80s both China and Isreal had access to hundreds of Govt. lands all over the island.

    …..The Isrealis tried to teach drip and weed control…still used

    ……The Chinese at the Home,tried mushroom production but poison spores kept invading….dead

    ……The Isrealis outfitted the then new Graeme Hall Min. of Ag, HQ with solar cooling……..today it uses electrical A/C.

    I wonder what new techniques that will be taught by them…….UWI been teaching Ag. in T&T as well as here…..will they be phased out…..have a curricula chane…..the mind boggles.

    One wonders why the Min. of Ag. was not heard on it or a govt spokesperson……we await the CBC 7.00pm news.


  75. @ David,

    As long as you can pay for imports there is no problem. doan worrybe happy an drink more rum.

    an wen de hurricane mash up….. beg.

    Rest assured Bajans in the diaspora will join the relief agencies and send food , water and money.


  76. Barbados will now benefit from the demise of our Caribbean neighbors.

    This coming tourist season is going to be mega. Nuff money to buy canadian bacon and Crown Royal,


  77. David

    I posted the UWI Ag. plan to you……it might be time to have another airing of the future of Ag. in Bim……note nothing really new in what was presented all of it dates back to discussions of the 90s and even a similar exercise on 16 acres in the Scotland District.


  78. . after steadfastly for the preceding(a) 2 years declaring that MAM does NOT command an LEC 😇😇😇

    What could feature possibly led to this ” Road to Damascus ” EXPERIENCE …,,, if honest ?

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