Barbadians Must See Beyond the Sophistry

Submitted by William Skinner

Emboldened by a now decadent and decaying two party system, we have apparently opted to embrace a society bereft of regulatory might. The citizens have been, in some cases, willing accomplices to the cowardly abandonment of their historical mission by the political managerial class. In every area of civic responsibility, we have allowed the devolution of duty whether it entails the mismanagement of the sewage systems or failure to control the destructive mini bus culture. To some degree, we are all accomplices to the current plight of our circumstance.

From blatant political party favouritism at state agencies such as the national housing, transport board and welfare departments to the obvious corporate political gymnastics of the CLICO corruption, we have been caught with blood on our hands. We allow inconsiderate vendors to dump their coconut shells any where they choose and turn a blind eye to political nepotism and underlying corporate racism and greed. Therefore, the results of our collective ineptitude have now been ruthlessly exposed.

This is not a condition peculiar to our society but one endemic of many societies in the region, emerging from a slave/colonialist past. Our plight is synonymous with those who gleefully declare the race over and the victory won long before reaching the finishing line. It is almost an embarrassment to suggest that we have been governed mainly by delusion.

These statements are not intended to be blistering and do not suggest that we cannot change the course for the betterment of our society. The question that will inevitably be posed is: How do we move on from here? The first step that must be taken is the difficult realization that independence does not mean the raising of a flag, a national anthem and too many public holidays. The elevation of outstanding citizens to that of National Hero, is indeed a worthwhile exercise but its usefulness to the national psyche is diluted if our children have no knowledge of the reason for such elevation.

However, without hesitation, we must note that the embodiment of the excellence we seek, can be found in at least one of those heroes, who with talent, fearlessness and exciting mastery, clearly demonstrated what it takes to beat a man at his own game. That same creativity and the ability to make rather than copy; to be the engineer and not the engineered, is what we ought to seek at this time of national socio-economic bewilderment.

The workshop of sustainable national pride and progress requires tools of: national energy, innovation and creativity. Having survived physical degradation, it is imperative that we believe that mental victory is now the only worthwhile goal. Against this background, the citizen must see beyond the sophistry of those whose only ambition is to enhance only themselves and should no longer allow political sycophants and corporate parasites to guide them toward their own destruction.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “It is almost an embarrassment to suggest that we have been governed mainly by delusion.”

    “it is imperative that we believe that mental victory is now the only worthwhile goal. ”

    First, to achieve mental victory, Black people must be taught that their own mentalities are their worse and biggest enemies and their first instinct to attack each other using pettiness, particularly for something positive that can add to the evolving cycle of changes, is a centuries old reflex inculcated into their psyches through the generations but which they themselves are now the ones responsible for and guilty of practicing indiscriminately against each other.

    Read: they cannot now blame anyone but themselves for their own self inflicted mental weaknesses.

    We see it on BU each and every time and it is ugly and still very destructive to the Black race, nothing changes with that practice, focusing on perpetrating each other’s destruction or demise over petty jealousy and the need to upstage and look good, brings about nothing positive for black people…..

    ……as we see in every day life, the self defeating practice only serves to devolve into violence and death in Barbados and across the Caribbean and in Africa, so it is a black people problem that they are reluctant to recognize, let alone fix….but it is decidedly worse in the Caribbean in countries that profess to be well educated aka miseducated and when the people also unable and unwilling to recognize their own mental detrioration.

    Upon that recognition and only then can they move on with strengthened psyches to tackle the beasts they elect to parliament and the greedy business people who help them steal from, discriminate against, disrespect, disenfranchise, keep in financial bondage and treat like mindless slaves instead of treating them as the people….who pay their salaries. …and shoulder the burdens for decades for all these loans and concessions to the private sector.

    It all begins when Black people emancipate themselves from their own mental bondage and free their own minds…none but themselves can do this.

    Lately on FB people have been calling for the hanging of world keaders who beat war drums to cause the anguish, misery and death of millions of people worldwide, that is how wide awake the people have become, there is no reason to tolerate or enable the mentally weak and stagnant among us, their eyes have to open to reality one way or the other…time to bring a brand new positive, progressive mentality to the table devoid of the petty, trifling and useless.

    And that also goes to the yardfowls.

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  • … in other words, Barbados has drifted into facism, communism, totalitarianism where the state supersedes the individual.

    The directing philosophy behind these conditions is of course, atheism!!

    Funny, not a mention of the Bible, the founding document of Barbados … or the church in the article!!

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  • @John

    How do you respond to the position that we are a secular society?

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  • Define a secular society.

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  • Would you agree that the below definition from wiki is a definition to which you would subscribe?

    “Secular society. In studies of religion, modern democracies are generally recognized as secular. This is due to the near-complete freedom of religion (beliefs on religion generally are not subject to legal or social sanctions), and the lack of authority of religious leaders over political decisions.”

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  • There is only one definition John.

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  • When one mentions a secular society it is to mean one where individuals exist who are not connected to religion.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Religion is the mentally destructive force, has been for centuries and wholly responsible for the mental weaknesses seen in Black people through brainwash and mind control….

    …,…and modern day politics serves to compound the destruction in the last 51 years.

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  • “This is not a condition peculiar to our society but one endemic of many societies in the region, emerging from a slave/colonialist past.”

    I strongly disagree, if the author means that slavery and colonialism are responsible for the present disaster. The narrative is false, since you find the same kind of bribery, crime and nepotism all around the Deep South from Mexico, South America, Southern and Eastern Europe, most parts of Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a lack of aspiration for the common good and for good governance.

    I agree with the author, if he means that slavery and colonialism are the historical background for Barbadian society which we must reflect and seek justice, eg through reparations from Great Britain.

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  • David January 15, 2018 at 7:04 AM #
    When one mentions a secular society it is to mean one where individuals exist who are not connected to religion.

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    So why do Bajan politicians claim Barbados is a Christian country?

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  • David January 15, 2018 at 7:01 AM #
    There is only one definition John.
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    … and the definition is ….????

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “eg through reparations from Great Britain.”

    Reparations from UK, Europe AND North America, these are the right conditions and right environment for that push, with anus mouth in the WH….

    …as I said, not monetary reparationd because there are things more important in life than money, I should not have to spell them out to spoonfeed anyone.

    In the meantime, all the mental stupidity on display in the Black race…has over centuries, become self inflicted.

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  • …because it is politically expedient so to do, to strike an emotional chord.

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  • @Tron
    “all around the Deep South from Mexico, South America, Southern and Eastern Europe, most parts of Africa to Southeast Asia.”

    You do realize, don’t you that you have pretty accurately identified those countries/regions emerging from colonial domination.

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  • So, what’s your definition of a secular society?

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  • Peter Lawrence Thompson January 15, 2018 at 8:13 AM #
    @Tron
    “all around the Deep South from Mexico, South America, Southern and Eastern Europe, most parts of Africa to Southeast Asia.”
    You do realize, don’t you that you have pretty accurately identified those countries/regions emerging from colonial domination.
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    It worked pretty well before “colonial domination” too … how else do you think the slave trades to the east and west worked.

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  • David

    Once there is the misguidance about some heaven somewhere else, religion will continue to be the master of the slave.

    Unless independence comes to mean the shedding of all the vestiges of slavery there will NEVER be any viable approach toward development, nationhood.

    In other words, this fictitious christian god must die for a new nation to live.

    That foolishness is less than 500 years old. We have histories which predate it by tens of thousands of years, littered with many more powerful, almighty, Gods.

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  • Pachamama January 15, 2018 at 8:24 AM #
    David
    Once there is the misguidance about some heaven somewhere else, religion will continue to be the master of the slave.

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    …. besides, if there were no religion there would not be a secular society to discuss!!

    A secular society needs religion to even exist!!

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  • That is untrue, of course!

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  • A secular society requires only diversity of opinion and freedom of conscience to exist.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    And there are many gods, always have been….take ya pick.

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  • But when somebody has argued, Akhenaten was the first, that there must be only one god there has been nothing but disaster wrecked in his name.

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  • @Peter Lawrence Thompson January 15, 2018 at 8:13 AM #

    Good observation. Eastern Europe could count as a Soviet/Russian colony, Greece and the Balkans as Turkish colony. However, this theory does not explain Spain, Portugal and Italy where bribery and nepotism is on the same level as in former colonies.

    Maybe the countries in the South share a natural disadvantage, namely high temperature which slows down productivity and leads to various diseases not known in the North. I read a study asserting that the perfect climate for productivity is around 13 degrees Celsius. Only a few areas around the globale fulfil this condition.

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    @ John January 15, 2018 at 6:43 AM #
    “… in other words, Barbados has drifted into facism, communism, totalitarianism where the state supersedes the individual.
    The directing philosophy behind these conditions is of course, atheism!!”

    John, would you please stop misleading the blog by blowing your own ‘trumpet’ of lies and falsehoods?

    How do you account for 300 years of chattel slavery and plantation apprenticeship which were legalized institutions and actively supported by both the State and the Church (Christianity’s version of the Gestapo)?

    Wasn’t the State- whether at Westminster or its local parody in Pilgrim House in tandem with its handmaiden called white man’s religion- the vehicle in which your version of “totalitarianism” and the control of the enslaved and oppressed black masses have always been driven?

    How can black people worship a god not created in their own black-skin image but in the image of a blue-eyed blonde hair homosexual?

    “God is [Light]; in {IT} there is no darkness at all.
    If we claim to have fellowship with {IT} and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the [Truth].”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    John Liesalot.

    Funny thing is that picture they have of a ‘white’ jesus was found to be the photo of a dude who killed his own brother and raped his own sister, when I come across the dude’s name again, I will share,

    They are liars, thieves and frauds among many other evil things, always were always will be.

    Ya have to deal with them individually to separate the ones who are not earth bonded demons, from the genuinely good people.

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  • Peter Lawrence Thompson January 15, 2018 at 8:52 AM #
    A secular society requires only diversity of opinion and freedom of conscience to exist.

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    Not according to the definition!!!!

    The definition requires religion to be present … and freedom to practice it.!!

    Google secular society definition and see what you find!!

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  • When professed Christians like John and GP write they merely demonstrate how little is known about so much.

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  • @John

    If religion has to be present to give wings to the definition of secular what is the more materiel point you are making? If the the street of the South Coast as now reported to be shitless means that shit is still present?

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  • Another article of sound bites and catch phrases. “The workshop of sustainable national pride and progress requires tools of: national energy, innovation and creativity.” What does this mean and where is the evidence-based approach to accomplishing these objectives? For someone complaining about lack of solutions, there are NONE in this contribution–NONE! You’re not hamstrung, but still zilch. Stupse!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Barbados and it’s people will stay far behind after everyone else has moved along if they do not remove the vestiges of mental slavery, the destructiveness of religion and the most recent 51 year old stupidity of being mindless followers of corrupt politicians from the society, they will remain the most mentally if not the most physically enslaved black people in the Caribbean…for another 100 years.

    One of the first steps will be never to elect a DLP party to the parliament again, they have been the most backward, corrupt force to enter the people’s parliament and regressed the island by decades, never again, send a message that 80 year old backward laws and equally backward ministers have no place in a modern society. ..make sure that political party becomes nonexistent on the earth going forward.

    Not one member of that blighted political party should be allowed to spend or receive another penny of taxpayer’s money ever again, bad enough they will get a pension, they should not get a dime.

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    Gonzales, not my favorite person, but he is moving right along.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/120319/opposition-leader-citizens-benefit-medical-marijuana-industry

    “KINGSTOWN – Leader of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Godwin Friday, says the Ralph Gonsalves government must ensure that any medical marijuana industry established in St Vincent and the Grenadines benefits citizens.

    “Whatever happens with the developments with respect to medical marijuana . . . or those persons here in St Vincent and the Grenadines who are engaged in providing products to the people who may make medicine and so on, whatever we do has to benefit our people,” Friday said on his weekly appearance on his party’s radio programme New Times on the weekend.

    “It can’t be a situation where you’re simply inviting multinational pharmaceutical corporations to essentially come and dominate an industry that our local people here can benefit from.”

    Friday said that over the last three years, the situation with respect to medical and recreational marijuana, and marijuana in general, has changed dramatically in terms of public opinion in St Vincent, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and also in North America.

    He noted that Canada is expected to pass legislation this year to legalise marijuana for medicinal and recreational use.

    He said that in 2015, the party had an internal discussion about the matter and had formed the opinion then that “medicinal marijuana, the use of it, is something that really we cannot, as a country and as a party oppose.”

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  • David January 15, 2018 at 12:04 PM #
    @John
    If religion has to be present to give wings to the definition of secular what is the more materiel point you are making? If the the street of the South Coast as now reported to be shitless means that shit is still present?
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    … in other words, Barbados has drifted into facism, communism, totalitarianism where the state supersedes the individual.

    The directing philosophy behind these conditions is of course, atheism!!

    Funny, not a mention of the Bible, the founding document of Barbados … or the church in the article!!

    Conclusion … Barbados is not a secular society, it is not even a Christian society!!

    It is a pseudo Christian, psuedo totalitarian, pseudo fascist, pseudo communist society!!

    In other words it has become a nothing!!!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John January 15, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    So let’s see how ‘Christian, non-totalitarian, non-fascist, non-communist’ a person you genuinely are.

    Do you, John, really think that the use of marijuana in whichever form should be ‘decriminalized in Barbados as is happening in other “Christian” democracies ?

    Or do you believe as a pseudo-Christian, pseudo-totalitarian, pseudo-fascist, pseudo communist that Satan is not only a talking serpent but is also a plant and should be treated like that ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ planted by your god in the middle of the garden as narrated in your book of myths and lies?

    “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

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  • I am not a good person to ask.

    I have never used the drug and I have no idea what its benefits are.

    All I have seen is the effects it has on pseudo “sane” “rational” individuals … it drives many insane and makes them completely irrational!!

    I was told a while back that it cured cancer so I asked what killed Bob Marley!!

    Why would I waste my time considering marijuana?

    … but I would ask a question … what exactly does an apple have to do with marijuana?

    Am I to assume you are yet another person who has turned insane and irrational because of marijuana?

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  • “The question that will inevitably be posed is: How do we move on from here?”

    Community leadership.Collective responsibility.

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  • An informed citizenry where civic responsibility is a norm.

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  • The thing with Christianity is you have to make a choice.

    You are an individual and your choice is an individual choice.

    No one can make it for you, not the state, not your best friend not your brother or sister.

    You have to make it.

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  • Suckabubby
    How?

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  • Enuff January 15, 2018 at 7:02 PM #

    Decentralize government.

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  • The country needs a period of meritocratic governance in the same way that a receivership will take control of a bankrupt firm, Democratic elections at this time are going to cause greater insecurity and delay the economy’s recovery, How can we expect lawyers and dentists, shopkeepers and engineers to direct this delicate a process?

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  • Suckabubby
    Yes, but How?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John January 15, 2018 at 6:26 PM
    “All I have seen is the effects it has on pseudo “sane” “rational” individuals … it drives many insane and makes them completely irrational!!”

    Sounds like you have been around a good few rum-drinkers in your time who had no compunctions in dabbling in the spirits served at both bars of hypocrisy in the Church and competing Bajan rum-shops.

    As far as we know ‘lunatics’ have always been around in Barbados; Mary Jane or no mary jane.

    Why do you mentally-circumscribed and religiously conflicted people always think of marijuana in terms of ‘smoking’ it similar to the misuse of tobacco by the white man?

    What about its use as an ‘Herb’ as Mother Nature intended it to be consumed like any other herb possessed with medicinal and culinary qualities?

    Why would your god have created a plant that is so wicked and evil as to make a zombie out of a man so much as to worship a drug pusher peddling imported crap rather than a farmer in St. Joseph growing genuine Bajan brownies like you used to do with Alleyne Arthur ‘white’?

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  • Enuff January 15, 2018 at 8:22 PM #

    Political reform of Governance complexity.By simplifying Government responsibility.Changing our current concept and number of Ministries.Apply correct “privatization” strategy.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Miller…dont care how many times you post on here that weed has many uses outside of smoking, the deceitful dinosaurs do not want to hear, that is one other reason the island has sunk into such stagnation and hopelessness , because of backward know it alls….

    ……I just got a newsletter from a certain company, Jamaican marijuana is now up there in international research with an extremely high demand for certain things.

    Blogs that are up there in information exchange, debate it all the time.

    …these days I dont even bother enlightening some people, let them leave the earth just as they entered it.

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  • Why as a people should we require to expect being govern?… Are we not as yet capable of self governing ourselves? …To be a society free of regulations and control, creating the environment that is conducive to good living and well being?

    If only mankind can express unconditional love, caring and sharing, what a wonderful and peaceful world it would be.

    All those linear constructs (identified in this article) are self-imploding due to their negative intent in duality, for their purpose was for the learning experience. Have you not notice the exponential awakening to the wrongs and motives in all societies and the birthing of the new way of thinking from the heart and not of the head/mind which was an incarcerating program to keep mankind in the mental control matrix by deception, keeping you from knowing the truth of what reality truly is and how it works?

    …”To some degree, we are all accomplices to the current plight of our circumstance.”…

    So true, but how was the current plight of our circumstances manifested?…however you look at it , it involved some negative attribute. NEGATION will no longer be part of the game of life.
    It will deconstruct and be exposed for what its worth and will be replace by meaningful programs
    We are at the point in galactic history that in this NOW TIME (not dwelling on the past nor giving thought of the future) we become more empowered to manifest positive creative energies in every sphere to the benefit of mankind and the environment. Old systems cannot be applied .

    …”How do we move on from here?”…As it is an absolute that our NOWTIME empowers us to create our next realities (within the parameters of love for all) as a collective, we can create/ESTABLISH the conditions WE NEED TO EXPERIENCE in our lives and society regardless of what is currently being experienced… expect the results. The Universe will move to manifest your most humble intentions.

    …”it is imperative that we believe that mental victory is now the only worthwhile goal”….

    That expectation of mental victory comes when focus is upon the heart.

    Truly an enlightening article

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  • ” Outspoken economist Jeremy Stephen is urging political parties contesting the next general election, constitutionally due by the middle of this year, to level with the public

    about the bitter pill that has to be immediately administered if the country is to stave off imminent economic collapse.”

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/15/stop-the-lofty-promises/

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  • @Hants

    Gov’ts get elected on the promise of good news, they are never elected promising that bad news is on the horizon.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    I have accepted that I will have to depend on my Canada pension for the rest of my life.

    But I could become a millionaire…..after devaluation of the Bds dollar. lol

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  • Emboldened by a now decadent and decaying two party system, we have apparently opted to embrace a society bereft of regulatory might. The citizens have been, in some cases, willing accomplices to the cowardly abandonment of their historical mission by the political managerial class. In every area of civic responsibility, we have allowed the devolution of duty whether it entails the mismanagement of the sewage systems or failure to control the destructive mini bus culture. To some degree, we are all accomplices to the current plight of our circumstance.
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    What we should have done with the sewage situation was to have made it a private sector industry.

    Government should not be in this at all.

    It is too inefficient and lacking in the technical, managerial and financial direction of such a vital and complicated industry.

    Too many disciplines are needed to make it work well.

    I can understand the supply of water and the need to control land use, but even in this Government control is a problem and encourages corruption.

    The sewage industry should be producing high quality water for sale and reuse.

    There should be sewer systems in the Warrens area, on the west coast and throughout Barbados where water is being produced for reuse and sale.

    Water should be priced to reflect its value and scarcity to force its efficient use.

    This is total madness.

    In a truly capitalist system such a way forward is conceivable.

    But we have instead a psuedo facist/communist/totalitarian system which encourages corruption and cronyism and perpetuates itself.

    In such a psuedo system, the private sector is no longer an engine, it is a parasite depending on Government largesse.

    I don’t know how we will ever get out of the mess in which the thinking of the past 50 years has placed us but somehow we need to do just that.

    It is a dismal failure.

    This is one aspect of Singapore from which we should have learnt.

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  • @John

    The sewage operations should be self sufficient in the supply of energy from the waste you forgot to add.

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  • The alternative to a truly capitalist/private sector involvement is a government that is answerable for its fcuk ups and works assiduously to prevent or minimize those fcuk ups.

    In a truly capitalist system, the profitability of the industry will determine its survival.

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  • Barbadians should face the reality.

    There is only one industry left, namely tourism with low-end jobs, and a dying offshore financial sector where academic jobs were created in the past.

    Tourism alone doesn´t make any country rich. Instead of neglecting the economic reality any longer, the local politicians, pastors and other members of the black elite should tell Barbadians that a further decline of the country is inevitable and that lots of African countries with good governance and rich resources will overtake Barbados during the 1st half of the 21st century. Instead of wining about the splendid past, the Barbadian elite should consider methods to manage social poverty and economic misery for the next decades.

    Forget industrial diversification and GDP growth rates higher than debt growth This will never happen. There is no benevolent creditor from China or Arabia or some oil or gas like Guyana to exploit.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Is it only me, but after doing the math, the reality is according to Mia….the country is 100 hundred million dollars in debt, but this incompetent government gave “ONE” man aka Mark Maloney, Bizzy and Cow Williams and Bjerkham…. 1 billion dollars in taxpayer funded contracts which did not include the hundreds of millions of dollars more in loans to them from the old people’s NIS pension funds….

    And somehow these vicious ministers never thought being fast and loose with what belongs to the people would destroy the country…oh really?

    The only reason Maloney did not get 100 million taxpayer’s dollars for his Hyatt scam, is the idiots in government don’t have it and no one will lend it to them….too many international downgrades, bad credit rating. .lol

    They know Africans are also brutal people, more brutal than these act to their own people, I wish them well, hope they have the strength left to continue seeing each other as competition and attacking each other instead of working together, as African descendants, for the common good.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Just to lighten the mood, I am very suitably impressed, Miller, our Ha, Ha Austin has taken on the very aggressive, terrorist on a keyboard and admirable BU-like attack traits of a blogger…on barbadostoday no less..lol

    Looks like Hal been hanging around us too long, he went all rogue and did not say a word..lol, hahaha.

    “Hal Austin
    January 31, 2017 at 3:22 am

    This grossly incompetent and, yo my mind, undemocratic and negligent attorney general is right about the mis-management at the BWA.
    But his main responsibilities at his ministries: the chaotic criminal justice system; the crisis in the court administration; the pile up of cases in the civil courts; his failure to manage the Guyana-born DPP; the list goes on.

    It is true that his fellow St |Philip MP, Mr Estwick, has not got a grip on the water crisis, neither how to deal with the immediacy of the problem, nor plans for the future.
    All tis on top of a six-storey white elephant in the Pine as its headquarters.
    Mr Brathwaite’s outburst is just the latest of a number of renegade Cabinets members positioning themselves for the forthcoming general election.

    They have abandoned governing the nation.”

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  • The problem is how the parties function … jobs for the boys.

    That works when circumstances do not demand skill, ability and foresight but is a recipe for disaster when they do.

    The sewage problem is a creation of the B’s and D’s and we should ditch the both of them.

    Any party or individual that shows even the slightest aspect of merit based thinking should be encouraged.

    We need people who have walked that walked, lawyers need not apply.

    These two parties have been disaster for this country …. the national heroes or zeroes can be ignored!!

    We need a merit based system of operation because all the taxes in the world cannot feed the appetites of these two sets of clowns.

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  • Depending on the infrastructure and sizing of the tunnels it might make sense to do away with/bypass the offending section between the Highway 7/Rendezvous junction to the plant, go up past Big B and cut across to the north of the swamp through Amity Lodge or lower to the plant.

    It looks to me given what I am seeing, and I could be wrong, that the concrete casement has collapsed and fractured somewhere between Sandy Beach and the Channel to the sea fracturing the sewage lines inside.

    Fixing this is going to be a big undertaking if I got it right.

    The problem with going towards Amity Lodge from the coast is gravity but lift stations can solve.

    There may be tunnels in place already to Amity Lodge.

    If this is the case most of th work can be done “off road”.

    Fixing this mess could be a long drawn out affair affecting the incoming Government as well in the future.

    I hope I am wrong in my interpretation of what I see.

    There are probably patches that can be done in the short term but this is a long term problem needing a long term solution.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John January 16, 2018 at 9:45 AM
    “It looks to me given what I am seeing, and I could be wrong, that the concrete casement has collapsed and fractured somewhere between Sandy Beach and the Channel to the sea fracturing the sewage lines inside.”

    You are not that “wrong” Sir John; just obstreperously deaf.

    Weren’t you told the same thing a few full moons ago that ‘sumting was wong, wong’ due to the ‘fracturing and collapsing’ state of the hardware?
    Maybe Bushie’s devil has relocated (with pitchfork in hand) to the GHS after being disturbed from his resting place on the Garrison where too much night exercise is going on to prepare for the upcoming multi-horses race when all but two would be classified as ‘scratched’ before the betting (voting) booths are open.

    Here is an ‘odds on’ bet for you.
    It’s just a matter of time (to quote that mutt of a MoT, “in the fullness of time”) that the utility poles of the South Coast affected by the undermining waste water would soon come a tumbling down just like a political wall built of dominoes or a tourism house of cards.

    You can bet your last ‘topsy’ of religiosity on that!

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  • On what basis is Donville Inniss being tables as a compromise DLP leader? Has he made a dent on business facilitation?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 16, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Because the Fumble is politically-damaged goods which would only weigh down the chances of DLP ship staying afloat.

    How can that man appear on any political platform and expect people (except the constipated yard ducks) to listen to him at this stage? What would he have to say other than Barbados is now a full-blown WC (a ‘wasted’ country for a latrine of temporary inconvenience).

    The problem with Donville is that he has nothing to show as success stories other than promising a brand new “QEH” 5 years ago.

    The Offshore business sector has taken more than its fair share of blows under his watch and the small business sector has not benefited from that 40% affirmative action promised by his damned lying party, condemned chicken wings included.

    The Don of Porn might be able to talk the bullshit talk but certainly can’t walk the business facilitation walk.

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  • @Miller

    Optics and impressions seem to impress more than substance in politics anyway.

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  • Interesting to note that the House of Assembly shut shop today st 2:50pm.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    It’s really disappointing after taking a rather long Xmas break with so much to do to make their bid for reelection more appealing.

    And these lazy bastards called the political class have the ‘bitter’ gall to talk about productivity in the public sector!

    Shouldn’t they be passing the much needed legislation to reduce significantly the chances of the country being treated as a full-blown pariah existing in a fully equipped tax haven by the OECD and EU?

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  • @Miller

    The MPs more than likely would respond that parliament represents a % of their work.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 16, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    So the promises made in the manifestoes of the local political parties should be reflective of that same “% of their work” and contained in a commensurate-sized pamphlet.

    No wonder the local circus of monkeys dress up as clowns can be so aptly described as a parody of Westminster.

    If you are going to take such long breaks 4 times a year and meet on average 1 day per week when not skiving why not do at least a full day’s work most of those days?

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  • • Average salinity in the Sanctuary’s mangrove lake has declined from 8.4 ppt in 2002
    to 1.9 ppt in 2010, a 77% reduction that correlates with a 75% sodium reduction.
    Brackish water is a defining characteristic of the estuaries where most mangrove
    ecosystems are found worldwide; their salinity is typically an order of magnitude higher
    than the lake water results at Graeme Hall.

    • Almost every biotic and abiotic indicator points to a freshwater transformation of
    the mangrove wetlands. In the absence of brackish water and tidal fluctuations, nearly
    all of the flora and fauna that typically live in the intertidal zone on red mangrove roots
    were missing.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    These points taken from the GHNS report in 2010 are important.

    What should have been happening was and is that the fresh water inflow into the swamp should be allowed to pass out to the sea so that the salinity of the water is maintained.

    The sluice gate, inoperable for ages created this issue.

    There is a real downside to making the freshwater transformation of mangrove wetlands.

    Rain water is slightly acidic!!!

    It dissolves carbon dioxide from the air as it falls ….. carbonic acid!!

    Here is what fresh water does to limestone!!

    By not letting the freshwater out of the wetlands the GOB may have unwittingly created a monster right under the land between the wetlands and the sea!!

    This is how caves form in limestone, coral.

    Acidic freshwater on top of seawater dissolves the coral and creates voids.

    Seawater is alkaline.

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  • Time maybe fast approaching to roll out the old GPR (ground penetrating radar) if it hasn’t been done already!!

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  • Theophilius Gazer 255

    GPR – ground penetrating radar
    GPS ??

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  • @255, he means GPR, to get images of the subsurface rock in the area.

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    Imagine the BLP holds ONE (ONLY ONE) political meeting last Sunday and here is how the fair and balanced Nation BLP newspaper covers one political meeting:

    FOUR PAGES dedicated to one political meeting.

    FIVE PHOTOS ALL IN COLOUR

    POSITION : FRONT PAGE and all the others within the first 5 pages of the newspaper.

    Is the Nation Newspaper the public relations arm of the BLP? The evidence is there for all to see and cannot be refuted.

    For those Nation lovers remember to get your copy tomorrow to read the daily
    “BLP SPEAKS” column which will be brought to you on Thursday by Clyde Mascoll.

    One person said recently that the editors at The Nation and the NUPW executive have something in common: their actions are purely political but they like to pretend otherwise.

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  • All newspapers have a bias/philosophy, the important thing is for it to be known or declared. We have the Nation on one side and the Advocate and CBC. There, we have balance. You are happy now?

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  • “We have the Nation on one side and the Advocate and CBC.”

    Hahahahahaha……

    Or you could have written “we have the Nation on one side……… and the Advocate, CBC and the Government Information Service (GIS) on the other side.” Perfect balance…….

    On a serious note……..in MY opinion, Chefette’s and KFC’s chicken is prepared with nuff salt. I remember buying chicken from KFC that was so salty……I had to throw it away. Continuing to purchase salty chicken from both restaurants and subsequently having to discard it would be an exercise in stupidity…..and a waste of my hard earned money……as such, I don’t buy…….

    NationBLPnewspaper……..If you are of the opinion the Nation has a bias towards the BLP and this displeases you, why continue to purchase the paper then come to this forum to complain?

    Take a hint from my experience………..

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ NationBLPnewspaper January 17, 2018 at 6:01 AM
    “Is the Nation Newspaper the public relations arm of the BLP? The evidence is there for all to see and cannot be refuted.”

    So why not put it out of business like what is happening to your PR prostitute in the Pine?

    You could certainly arrange for M H the whore of broadcasting to join VOB as a mole to bring ‘balance’ as she did (so it was told) prior to 2008.

    If you don’t want to go that ‘clandestine’ route why not go the route that will certainly work.

    Why not get your new boy-in-the-yard at the CB to starve it of its BLP propaganda lifeblood by cutting off its supply of newsprint and ink?

    In the interest of saving forex make the importation of newspaper supplies the last item on the fast growing list of forex scarcity.

    Clearly, such a move would find widespread appeal among the ‘reading’ masses when they are faced with the choice between reading a “NationBLP newspaper” full of anti-DLP shite and eating imported crap called canned foods.

    BTW, when will the ‘nation’ be given a report on the country’s economic report for the period ending December 31, 2017? Or has that ‘reporting’ on the dire state of the economy and plummeting foreign reserves been curtailed as one of the early of casualties of the upcoming state of emergency?

    We must agree that the Nation is just ‘waste’ paper which should only be used to
    clog up the sewers on the South Coast.

    Why is this anti-DLP “NationBLP newspaper” not calling to account this lateness in informing the nation about the current state of their economic and monetary affairs?

    Isn’t this the same ‘independent’ arm of government who is always hauling the workers over the coals for their low productivity poor work ethics and widespread inefficiency which are the main factors holding back economic recovery and growth?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Newspapers who pander to politicians are rags that are not ethical, rational, unbiased media in the true sense of the word..

    Miller…it would be interesting to see how this pending strike plays out, with the union wanting a raise, let’s see 5of the private sector employers will coerce their employees to march with the union, in solidarity, this time for a raise for their employees and make sure they are all unionized while they at it.

    We warned the unions to be very aware and careful with enabling or joining the private sector employers in any action against government, let’s see if the unions are left alone to fight government while the private sector either watches from a distance or collude with government, as usual.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service January 17, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Don’t pay any mind to these political fifth columnists parading in union garbs.
    They have waited for the past 7 years while their purchasing power has taken a hit by at least 35%.

    Why can’t they wait until a new administration is put in place whether under a red umbrella or under the existing deadbeat regime.

    All these jackasses are doing is playing right into the government’s hands to declare a state of emergency in order to extend the DLP’s term in governance.

    Caswell Franklyn has warned you guys accordingly.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Miller…ya know how incompetent the government is, not even their scams go to plan, just watch any planned state of emergency fizzle and fall apart, they do not have any critical thinking skills outside of filling their own pockets, it is a comical constant.

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