The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – On Venezuela, Integrity, and Wrongful Conception

Any sensible resolution to the ongoing crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ought, arguably, to go beyond the current simplistic sloganeering of being for “Team Maduro” (Russia, China, Cuba) or for “Team Guaidò” (US, UK and others), depending on the nation’s political interest.

The current situation there is also far more complex than one to which our neutral foreign policy shibboleth of being “friends of all and satellites of none” might apply so as to offer a helpful suggestion, and Barbados patently does not possess the necessary geopolitical clout to be a major player in any final solution. Indeed, it may be reasonably regarded as an issue that we might prudently steer clear of, had it not been for the relative proximity of Venezuela to the Caribbean basin and the high probability of regional contagion from any civil war there.

We might consider aligning ourselves with our CARICOM neighbours, but, even in that body, there exists the identical divisions that exist internationally, each member state’s position being voiced in accordance with its own perceived national interests. As a collective, the region appears to have agreed on a rational call for further dialogue and diplomacy in the matter, although it might be legitimately queried whether the time for this has not already passed. Yet the alternative is too awful to contemplate. Clearly, the immediate outcome will be either a continuation of the existing Maduro regime or a change to an unelected Guaidò-led government.

The paramount consideration in this matter ought to be the best interests of the ordinary Venezuelan people, even if, from a purely legalistic point of view, the rule of law would consider the current Guaidò claim to the presidency nugatory. In this scenario, the issue should ideally be resolved by democratic arbitrament, but Sr. Maduro has already resisted this course. But therein lies the real complexity. How does one replace or install a governing administration outside of the constitutionally stipulated mode of doing so, except by changing the grundnorm, (the supra-constitutional order) which gives that administration its legitimacy? Revolution, (not necessarily violent), an outcome that no one wants, but one that now appears inevitable, usually effects that change.

Integrity

It might be a commentary, sad or otherwise, on the current state of local social existence when the return of a wallet containing a sum of money found by some schoolchildren goes viral on local social media. Of course, it was a commendable gesture, but I am assuming that it is not widely known that the alternative might have involved each of them in a possible criminal charge of theft by finding, so that their good deed was not only morally right but also the legally correct thing to do.

On Monday last week, four pupils from the Reynold Weekes Primary School found a wallet containing a substantial sum of money and agreed among themselves to give it to the snack vendor in order for her to contact the owner. Not that they did not explore other options –“We had a plan to just leave it…” “We were saying that the money would have benefited us for a long time but then we realized it was wrong to take it…”

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At the same time, the honesty of these children should be a teaching moment for many of us, including those public officials for whom the state is currently seeking to establish elaborate and expensive legislative machinery to prevent and control corruption in public life.

It was the youngsters’ conscience and not their knowledge and fear of the criminal law that ultimately dictated their plan of action. Would that our public officials were similarly minded when confronted with the possibility of benefit from corruptly using their office through illegally conferring a benefit on another for reward.

The difference may lie in true education. Here, I am drawn to the words of the school’s principal as reported in another section of the press. He stated, “Education is not only about academia, but it is also about building character…”

Perhaps we should engage in the re-education, as defined by the Principal, of our public officers rather than enacting complex legislation to guide them as to the right thing to do.

The children’s response in this scenario demonstrates clearly that corruption may be grounded in an admixture of selfishness, greed and a lack of concern for the plight of others. In his book, “Born a Crime”, Trevor Noah, the host of the popular “Today Show”, distinguishes between the circumstance where the criminal is aware of the identity of his or her victim and that where he or she is not. In the latter case, there is usually little or none of the remorse or sympathy that might be felt in the former situation. An act of corruption in public life is of the latter ilk; the victim is some remote, unidentifiable entity. Remorse? What remorse?

Wrongful life

Someone or other must have compiled, by now, a volume recounting legal actions brought in the weirdest circumstances. Such as that of the burglar who sued a homeowner for the personal injury he sustained when he fell through the skylight of a home in the course of an attempted burglary. Or the one brought by Mr Vezmar of Austin, Texas who filed action against his date for the cost of the movie ticket after she spent a substantial period of the evening on her phone. According to Vezmar,
“… she used her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to text and [to]check her messages.” 

Not all weird lawsuits originate in the US, however. During last week, we learnt of an Indian man, Raphael Samuel, who is suing his parents for giving birth to him without his consent and thereby causing him a life of suffering.

I am at a loss as to how this suit should be classified. I am fully aware of actions for wrongful birth, as for example where the parents of an unwanted child sue for the economic loss resulting to them from the birth of the child. There is also the action for wrongful life, brought by the child alone or with the parents on the ground that the child should not have been born. These actions are ordinarily brought against medical authorities that may have been negligent in performing a sterilization operation or in advising as to the success of one.

The suit here though seems to be one for wrongful conception, in that the man is suing both his parents and is complaining that he was created without his consent. In my opinion, this action is doomed to failure. For one, his claim of no consent to his own conception is plainly far-fetched. According to his mother, a lawyer –
“… if Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault..”

For another, the law sets its face, rightly or wrongly, against regarding the birth of a healthy child as an actionable wrong. So that for all of Mr Samuel’s notion that “the world would be a much better place without human beings in it”, based on his belief in anti-natalism –  a philosophy that argues that life is so full of misery that people should stop procreating immediately, it is doubtful that he will find a fellow believer in a temporal court that itself thrives on human existence.

 

199 comments

  • @Pacha

    What about Venezuela’s claim to a large piece of Guyana and geography offshore Dominica?

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/02/10/pm-denies-giving-diplomatic-passport-100000-waiver-to-hartley-henry/

    “…speaking from Washington on Sunday…”

    Of course, a PM must travel sometimes. Maybe this trip is for good reason. Anybody know?

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  • “I hear the sound of distant [oil] drums
    Far away, far away
    And if they call for me to come
    Then I must go”

    Surely it cannot be a coincidence that Venezuela is where the oil is!.

    And surely there is no doubt that status quo must be returned at the first opportunity!

    And surely there is no doubt that indigenous people should not be in control of these vast resources!

    Isn’t this what it has been about since Columbus sailed the ocean blue?

    Does anyone REALLY doubt that “It’s the same old song”.

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  • The Prime Minister said those spreading the rumours are seeking to destabilize the country, adding that other rumours and other forms of fake news have been abounding almost on a weekly basis within the last two months.
    “But that is what others would want to divert the country with when they can’t speak to us on substance,” Mottley said.(Quote)

    Note the language: “destabilising the country”, in simple language, to criticise the government is a security matter. This is not inflated language, it is well-thoughtout and is a threat to oppositionists, especially at a time when we hear talk about joint army/police patrols. Talk about destabilisation is part of the syntax of autocracies. To criticise the government is to implicitly criticise the state. The state and the government have been woven in to a single entity. Ipso facto, to criticise the prme mnist er, head of the government, s to criticise the head of the state, which poses a threat to the social order.
    What are rumours and fake news? Itemise them and rebut them. Do our radio interviewers ever interrogate politicians?
    Further, people do want to talk about substance, such as the economics of BERT. What is it and what is its objective? Let us go through each individual ministry and look at its programme since May 24. That is substance. Some of us are up for a debate on substance.

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  • David

    When the Americans were in Venezuela before Chavez they were raising that specious argument. This was when Burnham was in power in Guyana and that government posture was anti-USA.

    Now that Guyana is being primed as a vassal state the issue is of no more importance to America.

    But it was a matter with its genesis dating back from the colonial period and the rivalry between the British and the Spanish in the Caribbean. A matter that was never settled in a way that was clear to parties. Guyana inherited it at independence.

    Under Chavez overtures were made to settle the matter peacefully, once and for all.

    Guyana has always considered that the claim had no basis in law.

    This sequence of events should tell you something/s.

    We are unsure about the Dominica matter.

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  • We do not seek to be conferred anything by any one! We determine our own strengths. I thought that we had passed that line of thinking since the mid 60s.
    All that the Caribbean really needs are leaders who see beyond what others believe we should be

    Mr Skinner, I agree, I also know that talk costs nothing!.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Mia would do well to remember that many people have information on her, Dottin and quite a few others …it would do her well to play very nice.particularly with what is spinning around in my head..

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  • MAM does really make me laugh. linking criticism and rumours of political largesse to destabilisation is nonsense and the talk of dictators.

    when there were rumours of Sinckler owning a large house was that deemed as destabilisation? when it was said that Boyce ( i think) was sick and was coming back to Bim to die was that called destabilisation? in addition i seem to remember a porn clip going around that people said was Sinckler, was that seen as destabilisation? what about the other rumours about the DLP government? none attracted the destabilisation label

    MAM seem to speak for every ministry and one hardly hear any govt policy being trotted out as cabinet decisions. almost all significant policy seems to emanate from the PM

    we are headed down a slippery slope as i have said before. it may not happen but the signs are there; you can cricticise and spread rumour about the DLP but not about the BLP when it is in power otherwise you are trying to destabilise the govt. Bullocks MUGABEE. i hate monikers but that seems to fit the bill. thanks Mariposa

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  • David

    It has been an eternal failure of our systems that there has never been a generalized sensibility within the Caribbean about the science of war, intelligence structures, geopolitical constructs and what they mean for political-economy.

    For example, governments in the Caribbean have been urged by the USA to put people who go and fight with ISIS, Daesh etc on a kinda no-fly list. OK

    But there seems to be no understanding by bureaucrats and politicians, let alone the general public, that the Americans themselves are the recruiters of these same ‘terrorists’ to be their fighting force.

    A few week ago we mentioned this ‘anomaly’ to a senior civil servant who was totally unaware. He came back to us some days later with a recognition. The problem is that the whole world knows this and have known it for a long time. Canada recently gave citizenship to hundreds of these people. The British do the same as well.

    There is nobody in the English speaking Caribbean who we’ve heard on these kinds of matters who understood the state of play.

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  • @ James Greene
    I warned less than a fortnight ago that party paramountcy was emerging as the foremost driver of government policy.
    I also warned that the BLPDLP, has been promoting such a policy for the past forty years.

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  • @Pacha

    Some people are aware but it is justified by the fact the action originates in the Westw, land of the free.

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  • @ Pacha
    You should know that the people who know have been systematically marginalized and driven into political exile even in their own home states.
    The topic under discussion was around since the 60s
    Right here in Barbados, Hal Austin will tell you that the Black Star newspaper was foremost in educating us about the dangers of imperialism and our relevance to geopolitical activity.
    What has happened is that those voices were effectively silenced.
    And no true replacements emerged or they found themselves within the current political organizations, that are essentially reactionary.
    This is true of all Caribbean states.

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  • Jeff

    We disagree!

    When it comes to war talk. Talk can cost the very existence of the planet.

    Under the Geneva Conventions it is a violation to even threaten war. Like the USA has done to Venezuela many times. That is what talk can cost, or the absence thereof..

    David

    OK. But do you know that the very Americans are providing the funding for the no-fly list too. So they funding and organizing the terrorists to fight their wars and paying for the no-fly list as well. The beauty of a fiat currency.

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  • Skinner

    Humbly concede! But we were talking about the general narratives, the elite forces. Not the fringes that they have long sidelined from making critical interventions.

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  • It is an unjust world. Ants should crawl away from where the elephants are rumbling. It is a common sense position.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Besides…there is nothing uglier than when the limited in intellect….calling themselves leaders are REDUCED to mimicking the mouthing of ..illiterate racists…

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  • The language was not lost on me, Hal.

    It’s the same language that Trump uses. An attack on him is an attack on the USA.

    These kinds of rumours have been going around for as long as I can remember when both parties formed the government. I do not understand why these rumours are being seen as different from those of years gone by. Why would this rumour be any more destabilizing than the others.

    Now back to the topic.

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  • Only the UN has an exclusive right to declare war.

    Countries, always have a right to ‘self defense’.

    And if a country is threatened with war it can act it in own defense before the aggressor implements its threats.

    So world nations can now join with Venezuela and start taking measures which would neutralize those threatening war.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “PAUL SMITH
    That would be good PM, but I don’t trust your words or any other politician’s. All I see you doing, from my vantage point, is putting big bucks in the hands of those who already have, and taking away what little the man at the bottom has. There’s hardly anything worse, except a man’s health, than taking away his livelihood. And that’s what you’re doing”

    The problem with Mia…she lost the pulse of the people…the above comment should give her some perspective…although I am one who still give benefits of doubt….for a short time.

    And despite knowing she has done shit in 9 months…outside of the bare minimal…she will still want to think people cannot see through her….and someone is to join her bullshit when she is yet to show that she cares enough for the people who elected her to RECOVER WHAT WAS STOLEN FROM THEM…….LOCK UP DLP THIEVES…..and get the majority population what they need to progress without the corrupt input of the thieving minorities.

    She needs to check and see if hemp oil that was never illegal..is being seized at the port without her knowledge…once again criminalizing people …

    What is she doing about the country’s ECONOMIC GROWTH…….besides nothing.

    And that is still not getting into the shitshow that follows her.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Lexicon February 10, 2019 7:56 AM “Jeff, we are to assumed that in that wallet there was ID, or something indicating the identity of the owner or else it would have been the vendor’s lucky day based of the children honesty, ignorance and naivety?”

    The children are not naive. They are HONEST. Unlike some of the political and business class THE VENDOR IS NOT A CROOK.

    This business of having to spend a lot of time and our tax money keeping the crooks out of our money is very, very, annoying.

    Every single one of us know right from wrong.

    All to often WE CHOOSE TO DO WRONG.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    my two cents worth. “don’t bring a cricket bat to a gunfight. Especially if the gunfire is sniper fire”

    Long live common sense.

    Just say

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Then when this happens…the ministers do not want to accept blame..but they are always busy dwelling on the petty…

    then got the nerve to act like they are doing ya a goddamn favour.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/02/10/more-layoffs-to-come-pm-mottley-says/

    “Workers at State-owned enterprises are being put on notice that there are still more layoffs to come as Government seeks to manage a huge wage bill.

    “We’ve sent home so far just about 1,000 [people],” Prime Minister Mia Mottley said today on the call-in programme Down To Brass Tacks on Starcom Network Inc.

    “There are still a few more layoffs, what I call the peak structural layoffs, to come in one or two State-owned enterprises.”

    The Prime Minister said the additional layoffs will come during Phase three of the Government’s restructuring programme for the Barbados economy.

    “Phase three starts in April this year and goes to December 2020 to deal with some of those State-owned enterprises that require a greater amount of time and process to go in and do what has to be done so that you don’t end up without the services that have to be delivered.”

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  • Under the Geneva Conventions it is a violation to even threaten war. Like the USA has done to Venezuela many times. That is what talk can cost, or the absence thereof.

    @ Pacha, Ibi ius, iii remedium, (where there is a law there is a remedy). Where and what is the sanction for this patent infringement?

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  • So world nations can now join with Venezuela and start taking measures which would neutralize those threatening war.

    Such as?

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  • Jeff

    Professor, you have now raise the imponderable.

    We must submit that your laws now run up against the brick wall of the ‘law of the jungle’.

    Theoretical only, we are afraid. But the law, nonetheless!

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  • Jeff

    How do you mean? Your are a law ‘lord’!

    And if somebody is threatening you, justice demands the use of reasonable means or force to neutralize such a threat.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    And apparently Mia thinks someone should feel sympathy for her…am sure the airhead yardfowls feel the same way…

    when they all, many present BLP and former DLP ministers…minus yardfowls…got millions upon millions of dollars of the people’s money…STOLEN over the decades……and sitting in offshore accounts.

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  • And if somebody is threatening you, justice demands the use of reasonable means or force to neutralize such a threat.

    Agreed, Pacha, but no one wants war!.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    .@Hal ” people born in that year would now be 52, middle aged. So, a policy of free education has not borne any fruit.”

    The people born in 1966 , those who have survived are all now 52, middled aged. I cannot join you in saying that the policy of free education has not worked, and in fact education has never been free, those of us who live here and those of us who have invested here, we do pay for the whole thing, so no,it is not free, and has never been free. Anyhow some of those 1966 and onwards people have done excellent surgery for me. I suppose that it is possible to have surgery without anesthesia, but I bet that I would not have liked that very much.

    I thank the “freely” UWI educated surgeons, anesthetists, and the “freely” educated Barbados Community College nurses and lab technicians, especially since I have zero access to the NHS or to a Miami surgical team.

    I am thankful for these “freely” educated children of the Bajan working class who have treated me, and tens of thousands of others excellently over the last many decades.

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  • @ Jeff
    Martin Luther King’s I have a dream What was the cost?
    Fidel Castro’s famous multiple addresses to the masses of Cuba. What was the cost?
    Eric Williams in Woodford Square. What was the cost?
    To speak against injustices has always been costly.To suggest that talk costs nothing is quite interesting.
    Many people are rottening in prisons throughout the world because they talked against oppression and tyranny.
    It’s like saying that writing costs nothing.
    There is always a cost, my brother.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @de pedantic Dribbler February 10, 2019 10:42 AM “Can we contemplate anyone else other than the child of a lawyer bringing that suit for anti natalism.”

    The young man is the son of two lawyers.

    He says that they are good parents. They say that he is a good son.

    I am sure that with two lawyers as parents they will be able to “fix” him.

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  • Jeff

    Yes, but we see few ways for its avoidance, even if by proxy.

    Some may argue that we are already in a state of war.

    When you seize a country’s assets. Impose conditions which makes ordinary living near impossible. Overturn or disrupt the constitutional order. Have countries like Brazil state its readiness for invasion. Violate the territorial integrity of a sovereign country with armed forces. With alliances seemingly at daggers’ drawn. And the constant threats.

    This seems close to war, even if by another name.

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  • I hope Trump takes a page out of Obama book in getting rid of Maduro in likewise manner Obama got rid of osma binladen

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Freedom Crier February 10, 2019 12:37 PM “THE LEFT ALWAYS PLAYS THE RACE CARD.”

    It is not about the left playing the race card.

    The Europeans who came and their descendants have nothing but contempt for the indigenous people of the region.

    It is not about race.

    It is about the truth.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin February 10, 2019 2:26 PM “an 18 yr old on a multi-murder charge appearing in court with any legal representation.”

    Typically in Barbados when a male is charged with murder, and it is almost always a male, the first person to jump forward to ensure that the MAN has legal representation is his mummy. Often we hear nothing about the fathers. I believe that in Barbados thousands of children are born every year through immaculate conception.

    So when a MAN is charged with murdering his mummy, who will stand by him? His mummy? His father whose wife he is charged with murdering? Tell the truth Hal, if someone was charged with murdering your wife, would you take up your money to provide legal representation for the alleged murderer of your wife? Would you?

    Lesson for today: MEN, please do all that you can to ensure that you are never ever charged with murdering your mummy, nor with murdering your father’s wife.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @James Greene February 10, 2019 3:49 PM “i seem to remember a porn clip going around.”

    A real fat guy and pornography?

    Impossible

    Or as Bajans say “ya lie!”

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  • Pachamama
    February 10, 2019 4:08 PM
    “Under the Geneva Conventions it is a violation to even threaten war. Like the USA has done to Venezuela many times…”

    Pachammama…YOUR VERBIAGE IS A LOT OF COMMUNIST HOT AIR FATULENCE, and Mr. Dean you better watch you are NOT Hoodwinked by a Slick Commie!!!

    Venezuelan military block the bridge where the help must pass. A Tanker, a container and a convoy of the armed force of Venezuela block the border bridge of small in cúcuta, where it must pass the humanitarian aid of the United States managed by Juan Guaidó.

    The denial of access of civilians, especially children, humanitarian aid Including Medicines, and attacks on workers providing assistance to children are prohibited under the fourth GENEVA CONVENTION and their ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS and can Constitute a Crime Against Humanity And a War Crime. In addition, access to humanitarian aid is a principle of customary international law.

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  • Pachamama
    February 10, 2019 6:07 PM

    Liars Do Not believe in God because he is Not their Father!

    One Expert in Lying Mixes a Little Truth with a whole Lot of Lies…That has been their ModusOperrandi from the very beginning of times …

    LIES THE CHAVISTA REGIME & THEIR SUPPORTERS TELL…

    1 — “The Americans have wanted to topple the Chavista Regime for Years
    The 2002 coup against Chavez collapsed because of a lack of American support. Americans have been the main customer for the Venezuela’s only significant export, oil, paying the Chavista regime over US$1 billion a month in hard cash. It was only earlier last week that sanctions were applied to the oil industry as a whole.

    2 — The problems of Venezuela are all down to western sanctions
    It is ludicrous to suggest that these minor restrictions had anything to do with an economic crisis that was well underway a decade earlier. The first sanctions in 2015 only targeted corrupt regime officials. In 2017 some minor sanctions were introduced preventing Americans from buying oil company debt, which almost no-one wanted to buy anyway. By then, the borrowing capacity of the country had long since been exhausted. Domestic policy, not foreign intervention, has led to this crisis.

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  • While we are at it let us encourage the Iraqi people to try Bush for invading a sovereign country on the bogus reason it possessed weapons of mass destruction.

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  • @ David David February 10, 2019 7:23 PM

    Did the Iraqi people Ever Bring any Charges against Bush? Or they Grateful that Saddam is gone and that they are Sovereignty once more????…

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  • Do you mean like Obama in Libya

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “I am sure that with two lawyers as parents they will be able to “fix” him.”

    lol…some would take that personal..

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  • At the same time, the honesty of these children should be a teaching moment for many of us, including those public officials for whom the state is currently seeking to establish elaborate and expensive legislative machinery to prevent and control corruption in public life
    +++++++++++++
    Some years ago, an acquaintance from another Caribbean island said in his country there is a school of thought that can only be described as amoral i.e. a politician who is poor is a poor politician and the general public thought that one measure of political success was to leave politics better off financially than when you entered. In our small sphere most politicians who enter the political arena are full of promises to help the “people” but in the eyes of most they end up helping themselves and their cronies.

    The promised integrity legislation will not be a panacea to remove corruption from political life, if it follows a predictable path it will be more honoured in the breach than the observance.

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  • MADURO SUPPORTERS ON BU, IS THIS YOUR UTOPIA FOR BARBADOS????

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  • The law stands on one side Freedom and Justice for all
    On which side does the law stands for Oil
    The answer in this crisis seemingly is answered in Freedom and Justice
    The oil only being used as a political weapon against the Freedom a justifiably rights for the people of Venezuela

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  • @ Simple Simon,

    It is the role of the state to provide proper legal representation for those accused of murder. Failure to do so is another example of a failed state.

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  • My beloved Venezuela
    When you lose fear
    Then Freedom is Born!!!
    Sing if you can 🎶🎶🎶 if you can!!!

    WE HEAR YOU VENEZUELA…SING THE SONGS OF FREEDOM!!!

    Jorge Ramos and Nacho sit down to talk about the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis.

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  • Freedom Crier

    The thing about Hitler that a lot of people do not understand and what caused him to committed such atrocious acts against the Jewish people is the fact that he and his lot did not believed in Jewish morality.

    In other words: because Hitler did not believed in Jewish morality and their God he saw nothing wrong with extermining them, and he did so because he believed that the Jew were parasitical…

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  • Hal Austin

    That is how Peter Bradshaw escaped the hungman loose … because his lawyer argued that the lawyer that represented him in his murder trial did a bad job.

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  • Hal Austin

    I respectfully disagree with you on the role of the state in providing proper representation for a murder accused … and that devoid of this representation the state is considered a failed state…

    Then one can argue with much conviction that America is and has been a failed state because look how many people in America have been wrongfully convicted for the lack of proper representation by the state, and yet America is still considered one of the most desired countries in the world today.

    Hal Austin, look how many people the Justice Project has freed for the lack of proper representation by the state …and a lot of these people sat on death row for many years… so that does not mean that America is a failed state …it simply means that the state need to be mindful or reminded of the representation it provides to poor people…

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  • SirSimple

    Lexicon children are not naive. They are honest.

    Your thesis undermines the conventional wisdom because everywhere I’ve read that children are ignorant and void of reason … Ignorant or naive in the sense that they are unaware of the dangers based on worldly experience…

    For example: as you I get older we realized the dangers associated with walking and backing traffic … A child wouldn’t think twice about walking close to traffic because he/she is/are ignorant of the dangers associated with walking in close proximity to traffic unlike you and I whose knowledge of such dangers are based on our own previous experienced.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Mr William Skinner

    You said and I quote

    “…Certainly, you must agree that they had an elected government.

    Unless we are going to dismiss this fact , we can say no more than that was the will of the Venezuelan people…”

    A closer examination of the voting recording system should be effected before you say that…

    De ole man dun with that comment though

    Heheheheh

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  • @ Lexicon

    You need to stop believing you’re knowledgeable on EVERY topic and you go on and on without understanding what you read. It makes you look stupid.

    Comparing what Hal Austin wrote with the Peter Bradshaw issue is nonsense.

    All Austin is saying is that seeing the youngster appeared in court without legal representation, the state should have provided him with a lawyer.

    You like talking about the law and police so much, it’s surprising this missed you since in the U.S. this fact is included when police read your rights, Miranda (my spelling may be incorrect) or when a suspect is cautioned during the process of being arrested.

    Bradshaw HAD legal representation, even if, according to you he performed poorly.

    I believe you should rethink using the moniker “Lexicon.”

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the LUMINARY Mr Jeff Cumberbatch

    De old man was noticing your statement which was and I quote

    “… Revolution, (not necessarily violent), an outcome that no one wants, but one that now appears inevitable, usually effects that change…”

    Could it be that, embedded in this statement, one might hope that there is some ” freudian solidarity” for other “revolutions” of a more proximate nature?

    This is a rhetorical question and needs no answer.

    Yet mere mortals can but hope heheheheh

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  • Robert Goren

    Can you show me where in the Constitution of Barbados is stipulates that the state is required to provided a murder accused with legal representation?

    And you did not read carefully what Hal had said …he said…” Failure of the state to provide proper legal representation …!”

    Robert Goren, the word Proper does not mean without … It does mean the correct or inadequate legal representation …

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ ManyPokerts

    This is the second time in as many weeks that you have felt emboldened to be willing to make a statement of obvious assassination against the head of a state.YoYou said and I quote

    “…I hope Trump takes a page out of Obama book in getting rid of Maduro in likewise manner Obama got rid of osma binladen…”

    You seem uncouth enough to ignore the fact that this is a comment that, had you expressed it abot Trump or for that matter Mugabe, would have someone kicking down your door

    But yet you would consider it ok to repeat saying these things weekly.

    By the way were you able to distribute any of the grandson s Cartoons this weekend?

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  • Lexicon, you’re an idiot.

    While the police is arresting a suspect they caution him/her. Included is they have the right to an attorney, if they cannot afford an attorney, the state would provide one.

    This is basic police procedure and why do you believe it has to be included in the constitution,

    “Proper” in this context means “adequate” or “competent,”

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  • Robert Goren

    “The word Proper is indicative of the correct type”

    Hal, did not in anyway, shape or form stated that the state failed to provide the murder accused with legal representation …he said the Proper legal representation… so stop trying to misconstrue people words Sir …

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ pieceuhderockyeahright February 11, 2019

    stated @7:26 AM to a fellow blogger:

    “You seem uncouth enough to ignore the fact that this is a comment that, had you expressed it about Trump or for that matter Mugabe, would have someone kicking down your door.”

    We live in a truly bizarre world where we have one undisputable superpower in the USA that proclaims itself to be the bastion of democracy forever acting like a bull in a china shop. A country that continues to ride rough shod over all others who do not possess nuclear weaponry; or countries who will not play ball with them with regard to their valuable natural resources (such as oil); or shock horror countries who may have the audacity to embrace socialist beliefs.

    We have learned nothing from history. Quite frankly i’m appalled that a leader of a country can put pressure on others to press for “regime change” of a sovereign country. How quickly we forget the disastrous legacy of “Uncle Sam’s” failed political, social and economic incursions throughout central and South America.

    One day the USA will find itself in the cross hairs of another more powerful country. Will it be spare?

    As for those useful idiots such as Freedom Crier, I would say be careful for what you wish for. Your rhetoric is truly deplorable. You of all people (F.C.) with your middle eastern heritage and your descendant’s history of barbarity, suppression and invasion of the continent of Africa should know better.

    The BU family does not require your moral guidance or your narrow political views.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ Blogmaster,

    It would be appreciated if you could desist from censoring my harmless comments. Please check your spam. Many thanks.

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  • Piece @ 07:16

    You are becoming much too cleaver with your linguistic leanings. LOL

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  • “Hal, did not in anyway, shape or form stated that the state failed to provide the murder accused with legal representation …he said the Proper legal representation… so stop trying to misconstrue people words Sir …”

    Mr. Lexicon

    I keep “telling” you that you read, yet you do not understand what you read.

    I don’t want to comment for Mr. Goren, but could you indicate to me where in his contribution he mentioned Mr. Austin “stated that the state FAILED to provide the murder accused with legal representation?”

    All Mr. Austin seems to be suggesting is that the young accused appeared in Court to face a serious charge of murder, WITHOUT any legal representation……..

    …….. and under these circumstances, the state should have provided him with “proper legal representation.”

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  • Piece @07:05

    Venezuela has had 25 elections since 1998.

    The Cater Centre, time after time, declared that Venezuela has the most rigorous, transparent, elections in the world.

    But there was a problem, regardless of the efforts by America through the National Endowment for Democracy and its Republican counterpart, Venezuelans would not elect empire’s local oligarchs.

    And that is a problem for the American capitalists who cannot be unconvinced that Venezuela’s oil is theirs.

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  • Socialism/Communism… Whether you believe it or not and it does bear the Fruit that has been so blatant as History records of outright Murder and Devastation that Communism/Marxism/Nazism and Full Blown Socialism has caused by Endless Misery and Suffering on people. Capitalism did not cause the Collapse in Venezuela.

    Truth is Eternal …”Socialism is not in the least what it pretends to be. It is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build, it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing, it only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created” — Ludwig von Mises.

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  • Socialist/Communist are not about “Real Solutions” and the “Real Strategies” proposed to get us there, are all blatant lies, for they are never the end-goals. Again, “Real Solutions” actually act to impede their work and design. Only the governed chaos of dissension and ‘un-solutions’ propel them forward.

    Those like-minded in the Ideology as Pachamama and Commie Sing Song, true intervening objectives are always to sow continuous discord, foment confusion, erupt dissatisfaction, and encourage grievances between the citizenry. This is how they scheme to move their ball forward.

    Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer. Communist/Socialist likes to DIVIDE the WEALTH they do not know how to MULTIPLY the WEALTH.

    The ENTREPRENEUR is a Boon to Society while Communist like Pachamama with his Skewed dissertations have nothing to offer in Practicality, they are Anti-Free Marker Capitalist …Their method is CONTROL, CONTROL AND MORE CONTROL!!!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Ammmm

    Pachamama (whom I respect deeply)

    De ole man cant say much because…but research Smartmatic.

    Mr Vincent Codrington will have a field day with this matter as it underscores his position on technology and its fallibility

    By the way, I would know that you would already have anticipated that this Electronic Voting is the direction that Mugabe WILL BE GOING IN 2023…

    So you dun know whu…

    De ole man says no more…

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Gotta correct something…Hemp ..a derivative of cannabis…legislation is in place making it illegal already, the issue is it was never enforced at the port before …until now.

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  • Artax

    Then Mr. Robert Goren has contradicted himself … because he has stated that it is written in the Barbados Constitution that anyone accused of a serious crime as murder is required by the state to right of counsel.

    So therefore, I fail to believe that a judge would allow a murder accused to stand before him or her and not advise him or her of the right to counsel…

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  • “Then Mr. Robert Goren has contradicted himself … because he has stated that it is written in the Barbados Constitution that anyone accused of a serious crime as murder is required by the state to right of counsel.”

    Mr. Lexicon

    Mr. Goren may be capable of defending himself……but……

    ……….you have confirmed my point!

    You read, yet you do not understand what you read.

    Mr. Goren posted TWO contributions in response to you:

    (1). February 11, 2019 7:05 AM

    @ Lexicon: You need to stop believing you’re knowledgeable on EVERY topic and you go on and on without understanding what you read. It makes you look stupid.

    Comparing what Hal Austin wrote with the Peter Bradshaw issue is nonsense.

    All Austin is saying is that seeing the youngster appeared in court without legal representation, the state should have provided him with a lawyer.

    You like talking about the law and police so much, it’s surprising this missed you since in the U.S. this fact is included when police read your rights, Miranda (my spelling may be incorrect) or when a suspect is cautioned during the process of being arrested.

    Bradshaw HAD legal representation, even if, according to you he performed poorly.

    I believe you should rethink using the moniker “Lexicon.”
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    (2). February 11, 2019 7:31 AM

    Lexicon, you’re an idiot.

    While the police is arresting a suspect they caution him/her. Included is they have the right to an attorney, if they cannot afford an attorney, the state would provide one.

    This is basic police procedure and why do you believe it has to be included in the constitution,

    “Proper” in this context means “adequate” or “competent.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Could you please explain how Mr. Goren contradicted himself?

    Could you please indicate where in the above contributions Mr. Goren “stated that it is written in the Barbados Constitution that anyone accused of a serious crime as murder is required by the state to right of counsel?”

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  • “Then Mr. Robert Goren has contradicted himself … because he has stated that it is written in the Barbados Constitution that anyone accused of a serious crime as murder is required by the state to right of counsel.”

    Mr. Lexicon

    Mr. Goren posted TWO contributions in response to you:

    (1). February 11, 2019 7:05 AM

    @ Lexicon: You need to stop believing you’re knowledgeable on EVERY topic and you go on and on without understanding what you read. It makes you look stupid.

    Comparing what Hal Austin wrote with the Peter Bradshaw issue is nonsense.

    All Austin is saying is that seeing the youngster appeared in court without legal representation, the state should have provided him with a lawyer.

    You like talking about the law and police so much, it’s surprising this missed you since in the U.S. this fact is included when police read your rights, Miranda (my spelling may be incorrect) or when a suspect is cautioned during the process of being arrested.

    Bradshaw HAD legal representation, even if, according to you he performed poorly.

    I believe you should rethink using the moniker “Lexicon.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    (2). February 11, 2019 7:31 AM

    Lexicon, you’re an idiot.

    While the police is arresting a suspect they caution him/her. Included is they have the right to an attorney, if they cannot afford an attorney, the state would provide one.

    This is basic police procedure and why do you believe it has to be included in the constitution,

    “Proper” in this context means “adequate” or “competent.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Could you please explain how Mr. Goren contradicted himself……..and indicate where in his above contributions he “stated that it is written in the Barbados Constitution that anyone accused of a serious crime as murder is required by the state to right of counsel?”

    Mr. Goren may be capable of defending himself……but……

    ……….you have confirmed my point!

    You read, yet you do not understand what you read.

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  • Artax
    Mr. Robert Goren…this is basic police procedure and why do you believe it has to be included in the Barbados Constitution?

    Because I assumed that is was written in the Barbados Constitution and not just part of police procedure… Because the in America were I live it is not just part of police procedure … it is a constitutional right …the Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution gives defendants the right to counsel in federal prosecutions….

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  • Artax

    Robert Goren, may have gotten confused between the right to counsel and habeas corpus… So is the right to counsel a fundamental right in Barbados?

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  • Waru, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog.

    “WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog February 11, 2019 11:38 AM

    Gotta correct something…Hemp ..a derivative of cannabis…legislation is in place making it illegal already, the issue is it was never enforced at the port before …until now.”

    Hold that thought….ah got a different interpretation from another lawyer …so naturally …I will go to Jeff..

    Jeff…can you confirm for us if the derivative hemp is illegal or NOT …am hearing not, then I heard it is, then I head not, then I heard it is…and am supposed to be the crazy one…..we can go on like that for years..ah dont know about them, but ah don’t have all that time.

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  • Goren: “……..this is basic police procedure and why do you believe it has to be included in the Barbados Constitution?”

    Lexicon: “……….because he has stated that it is written in the Barbados Constitution that anyone accused of a serious crime as murder is required by the state to right of counsel.”

    Mr. Lexicon

    I hope you recognize the differences in the above comments.

    Asking you “why do you believe it has to be included in the Barbados Constitution,” is NOT the same as “stating that it is written in the Barbados Constitution.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    “So is the right to counsel a fundamental right in Barbados?”

    Perhaps you should ask Hal Austin or Robert Goren that question.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife February 10, 2019 6:24 PM

    @Freedom Crier February 10, 2019 12:37 PM “THE LEFT ALWAYS PLAYS THE RACE CARD.”

    It is not about the left playing the race card.

    The Europeans who came and their descendants have nothing but contempt for the indigenous people of the region.

    It is not about race.

    It is about the truth.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is what they do. They try to ignore the written history. Even the history they wrote themselves. We KNOW there is a race card to be played. We KNOW that it usually is the right card to play. Because that is the game that they are playing.

    The game they are playing and have been playing since Columbus sailed the ocean blue is WHITE MAN RULES.

    One of the modern day tricks is to pretend the game has changed.

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  • Most capitalists make their money by exploiting the people. Democratic socialism is intended to dispense economic justice to the masses who have been exploited. There is NOTHING MORALLY WRONG with democratic socialism. The problem comes from the actions of those who administer the system and those capitalists who resist the system from within and without because they stand to lose some of their ill-gotten gains.

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  • Democratic socialism allows capitalists to flourish but expects them to contribute something back to the society that helped to make them rich. They don’t do it on their own. The capitalists still end up with more money than they, their children and their grandchildren can spend in a lifetime.

    These damn extremists!

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  • Jeff…can you confirm for us if the derivative hemp is illegal or NOT …am hearing not, then I heard it is, then I head not, then I heard it is…and am supposed to be the crazy one…..we can go on like that for years..ah dont know about them, but ah don’t have all that time.

    @WARU, seemed that it may be-

    IST OF NARCOTIC DRUGS UNDER CONTROL
    1. The following substances and products, namely:
    (Section 3)

    ,,,,,CANNABIS (Indian Hemp)and Cannabis resin (Resin of Indian Hemp)

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  • @ Lexicon et al, The constitutional provision on the right to counsel-

    Where a person is detained by virtue of such a law as is referred to in subsection (5), the following provisions shall apply-
    *(e) he shall be afforded reasonable facilities to consult and instruct, at his own expense, a legal adviser of his own choice, being a person entitled to practise as aforesaid, and he and any such legal adviser shall be permitted to make written or oral representations or both to the tribunal appointed for the review of his case.

    The state does provide legal aid, but it is not a constitutional right.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog.

    Thanks Jeff..that is settled then…

    Is the Blogmaster having some issues??? my email keeps disappearing from the details box

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  • Mine too.

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  • Communism/Marxism/Nazism/Leftism/Socialism/Domestic Socialism all Stem from the SAME Tree and Root System…NAMES ONLY CHANGE TO SUIT THE TIMES!!!…

    It is obvious that you not only believe in Wealth Redistribution you also believe in Wealth Confiscation… Zimbabwe taking away the peoples land has Never Recovered. The People are in Poverty. Zimbabweans have fled to all the neighbouring countries. Uganda was the Jewel of Africa was ruined by a dictator that had your Philosophy and now we are seeing it being acted out in South Africa even with the pep talk of Obama. Venezuela is is our Neighbour and yet you turn a Blind Eye…

    Everything has Consequences, the Commandments were given so we could Reduce the Adverse Effects when we do things wrong. Socialism is Theft of peoples Property, it is also Driven by Envy, it also leads to Death and in their desire to Remove God from the Conversation they promote Promiscuity including Adultery. By now you should realize that the first three commandments do not exist for Communist/Socialist and they do not follow the others. The world can only operate for all to enjoy, under Goodly Principles, anything else brings Destruction and Untold Miseries in its wake. If you want a better Society follow Goodness. Socialism is a Counterfeit have you not learnt do you remember the Admonition of a Bitter fountain does not bring forth Sweet Water. Learn to judge the Difference between Good & Evil by the Fruit it Bears.

    Your Ideology has been around a LOOOOOOOOONG time. We Hope Barbados have seen its share of people with your beliefs and they have rejected it soundly. They didn’t choose Bishop, they didn’t Manley or Burnom and they are certainly not going to choose Commie Sing Song, They have witnessed the devastation that your ideology brings with the Crisis in Venezuela. Bajan’s might be quiet but they are not fools. They may have had times where they were fooled but they have righted the ship and when the Ship Captains do not do right they will be moved by the same Bajan’s. You may push your ancient ideology but Hopefully Bajan’s are not buying your recipe for disaster.

    By its very nature, Socialism takes away individual choice and stifles growth and innovation. Hayek, correctly, called it The Road to Serfdom.

    Just like you Donna and ilk who read Communist/Socialist Propaganda, it invariably talks about wealth inequality, slavery, rich capitalists screwing everybody and Creates Envy of the Rich. When Communist/Socialists take over, they destroy the rich, take their wealth, kill them and/or cause them to flee, but they do not put productive forces to efficient work like the rich did.

    My family and I are being plundered upon by a Dictator who believes like you that what is Ours belongs to him to do with it as he see fit …We have suffered Great Hardships because Greed and Envy knows no bounds and that is the Foundation of Socialism in Any Form!!

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  • Thanks Jeff …I thought so… but it does freely here for those charged with a felony… But not those who are charged with a misdemeanor…

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    It feels like a technical glitch Donna.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Jeff Cumberbatch February 11, 2019 3:30 PM
    “LIST OF NARCOTIC DRUGS UNDER CONTROL
    1. The following substances and products, namely:
    (Section 3)

    ,,,,,CANNABIS (Indian Hemp)and Cannabis resin (Resin of Indian Hemp)”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Presumably such a loose definition would capture the dangerous criminal act of the possession of the oil extracted from hemp and used as a skin moisturizer, massaging oil and for other domestic purposes, not so?

    Are those stupid backward Bajan ‘legislators’ aware that Hemp oil has been retailing in British shops like the Body Shop since the early 1990’s and can be bought from the souvenir shops located in the Eden Project in Cornwall where a lot of so-called white Bajans can trace their pirating roots?

    How come merchants of East Indian extraction can import incense sticks made from the same HEMP and peddle these highly valued products on Swan Street to make massive profits but black Bajans cannot grow it for personal and domestic uses?

    No wonder Barbados is stuck in some Victorian-dated time warp while preaching to the young people that they must ‘learn’ to be entrepreneurs!

    Utter hypocrisy and total madness by the backwardly insular Bajan legislators many of whom you have tutored and mentored but are dismally incapable of thinking outside the import and sell economic box!

    Would the same crap find itself in the sewer of economic thinking when it comes to the herbal matter of medical marijuana?

    What is so ‘medical’ about marijuana unless it is grown organically and consumed as Mother Nature intended?

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “Presumably such a loose definition would capture the dangerous criminal act of the possession of the oil extracted from hemp and used as a skin moisturizer, massaging oil and for other domestic purposes, not so?”

    That is why 4 lawyers will give varying interpretations…hemp oil has a very, very small thc content, not enough to make any medical difference when used for oils, creams and all the other uses ya can find..

    …….but ya talking about backward Barbados legislators who just have to hear some well crafted, well designed lie from some racist country demonizing and criminalizing the plant and these useless negros….without doing any research….. all fall in line and not only criminalize the plant but also the harmless hemp and their own black brothers and sisters for good measure…lock them up, give them convictions and destroy the lives of 2 generations, just because racist countries tell them to…

    ….now those same countries are large and in charge of the same marijuana trade, once again showing up the uselessness of black leaders….while the local jokers seize shipments of harmless hemp at the port, aint that something.

    They are dumb as ass and that is putting it nicely.

    Miller…just watch them cock that up too…out of pure stupidity,

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  • WHY MEN CHOOSE TYRANNY AS OPPOSED TO FREEDOM…

    The Written Word Explains Why Gross Darkness Covers the Minds of the people [having Hardness of Hearts] and Why they believe in the Craftiness and Deceitfulness of men …

    ¶ Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Isa. 29:13.

    For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; Matt. 13:15 (Acts 28:27).

    Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? 1 Sam. 6:6.

    A wicked man hardeneth his face: Prov. 21:29.

    Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. Jer. 7:26.

    …his mind hardened in pride, Dan. 5:20.

    But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;Rom. 2:5.

    But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. 2 Cor. 3:15.

    Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Eph. 4:18.

    But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Heb. 3:13.

    BRINGING THIS UNDERSTANDING ALL TOGETHER …

    For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity…. Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precepts of men… Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark…. Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted…. Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up…. They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, …they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men….

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    Maduro gives an excellent response in a BBC interview.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47209526

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    And this country is suppose to be the leader of the “free world”!

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47208909

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  • “Attorney General Dale Marshall strongly believes some business owners are using their establishments to bring guns into the country.”

    “Attorney General Dale Marshall strongly believes some business owners are using their establishments to bring guns into the country.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/02/11/guns-in-shipments/

    So if Attorney General Dale Marshall ” strongly believes ” does that give him the right to infer a criminal act is being committed by some members of the business community ?

    I strongly believe that some Barbados government ministers should think before they speak. lol

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  • Is this assessment based on criminal intelligence? If so, are there suspects? And if there are, will the attorney general be seeking a wealth explanation order? If they are New Barbadians, will they face having their right of residence/citizenship withdrawn? If not, is this just more Mottley/BLP waffle? Or is this another national security matter? Do we face treason charges for just asking?

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Per the above video, Simmons should indeed have stayed in his hole, maybe now he will.

    But dont mind me, ah was diagnosed as crazy, right here on BU..lol

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Enuff the intellectual…fireworks are still a little way off, stand too close and ya eyebrows will get singed ..lol

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  • Jefferson Cumberbatch

    And if there are, will the attorney general be seeking a wealth explanation order?

    @ Mr Austin, does not obtain here….

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  • Hal Austin

    The laws in Barbados need to be strengthen with regards to the illegal importation of firearms, but to revoke someone’s citizenship for importing illegal firearms is a little too extreme… Treason is grounds for revocation of someone’s citizenship … in much the same light as when Abraham Lincoln revoked General Lee citizenship for treason during the Civil War…

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  • …But Lincoln reinstated Lee’s citizenship after the War … now for those who believe that just because they are born and bred in a country that the government cannot revoke their citizenship … they ought to think again because Abraham Lincoln did it to General Lee…

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