Call for MASS COVID 19 Testing

 

Highly reliable test kits are available from Germany at a cost of Bd$346 per hundred tests. We immediately need to acquire 1 million tests for under 4 million dollars (that includes chartering a private jet to bring them here).

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/asia/testing-coronavirus-science-intl-hnk/index.html

This is the most important way of dealing with the pandemic because without data about infection rates we are simply pissing into the wind with every other measure that we take.

We need mass testing now.

– Peter Lawrence Thompson

There has been a call by a BU commenter and philanthropist Peter Thompson for the Barbados government to initiate mass testing for the COVID-19 virus, NOW.

 

Discuss for 50 marks.

327 comments

  • Hal Austin
    March 25, 2020 6:12 PM

    With doctors playing God, deciding who will live and who will die, blacks come bottom of the list. When people talk of the wonderful NHS, it is not the general experience of black people.

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

    .. or old people unfortunately.

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  • Ok Hal

    What celebrations have been held in Britain in January or February in which large crowds participate??

    Were there Chinese New Year celebrations in the UK in January and February?

    Where is Peckham in relation to any such celebrations??

    Was this celebration well attended?

    https://chinatown.co.uk/en/chinese-new-year/chinese-new-year/

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  • Hal Austin
    March 25, 2020 5:28 PM

    @ John
    By the weekend most people expect London to be in total lockdown; the length of stay on an ICU ventilator is 3 weeks; some expert s now estimate the government estimate of 250000 deaths is optimistic. Anyone over age 75 will not be saved.
    This virus is frightening. We are taking it lightly in Barbados. Either we know something or the Europeans are mental. I know which I believe.

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

    Apart from Ms. Mockley’s gathering, we have had no big bash here in Barbados in January or February where thousands of people from all over the world are in close proximity.

    The Europeans, Americans Chinese etc are not mental!!

    They just had the misfortune to concentrate large numbers of people from all over the world at the wrong time.

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  • Look at Africa.

    We and Africa are lucky as shite.

    Neither Africa or ourselves had a concentration of thousands of infected persons from all over the world gathered together at one time.

    Having a few persons arriving from the centres of infection is a whole different story from having thousands.

    The math is different.

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  • Hal

    Where is Peckham in relation to Chinatown?

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  • Multiculturalism?

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  • @ John March 25, 2020 7:23 PM
    I have been pointing out to Hal that to be British one has to have lived and develop an ethos over hundreds of years in the country and to have shared the same cultural experiences over that time period. Of course there is also the fact of genetics. When push come to shove, they are going to go for kith and kin. There is always the fact that people always connect to people who look like ( apart from the black race).themselves . One can call it racism but that is a fact of life.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mariposa, I dread getting into back n forth wiypth you as they quickly dissolve into yoyr nasty attacks or just simple ignorance… and that’s meant in the good way of displaying a lack of information.

    But for the record…

    It is ignorance (lack of knowledge) to equate your New Yorker article to a suggestion that the tests were defective. The kindest thing to say is as @PLT noted…you SIMPLY do not UNDERSTAND basic English or understand basic science.

    Suffice to say you are so wrong as to be absurdly ridiculous.

    Two quotes from your article (Really SMH at your absurdity) 1…”..And yet while the reagent problems were, in their way, a *** fairly ordinary technical hiccup—”***

    We’ve got a lot of scientists and doctors and laboratory personnel who are incredibly good at making assays. What we’re not so good at is figuring out all the forms and working with the bureaucracy of the federal government.”

    It was REGULATORY paperwork which affected the lab NOT their technical or scientific skills or results… the failure of the reagents in the prelinary testing kits were accepted technical isdues that were reported BECAUSE the scientist KNEW and understood that there was a flaw discovered. That’s how that stuff works…test, retest, validate!

    Your DLP team never found Nemo, did they. 🤣

    This is pure hogwash as clearly you have no grasp of what was said in the article: “Most likely all those kits that didnt get the required necessary oversight during the manufacturing process were probably sent to small island nations”

    And yes *”this is a time of health crisis where action is necessary to saves lives and [DISINFORMATION SHOULD NOT be offered so ridiculously]

    I gone bro.

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  • There’s that temperature again.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/fauci-says-us-needs-to-be-prepared-for-coronavirus-to-be-cyclical/ar-BB11I0s1?ocid=spartandhp

    Next year just make sure the world has fewer international multicultural events in the colder months where many people are gathered.

    For the winter coming up in the Southern Hemisphere, do the same.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971216310207

    Somebody better find a vaccine quick!!

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  • Sorry, that second link is better separate.

    There have been epidemics but not of flu in another major gathering.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971216310207

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  • Numbers far smaller but principle the same, movement of large numbers from differing cultures and countries for a specific reason.

    “In 1987, 1841 confirmed cases of meningococcal disease were reported in Saudi Arabia, predominantly in the three cities most closely associated with pilgrimage (Mecca, Medina, and Jeddah).20 Internationally, soon after the 1987 pilgrimage, group A meningococcal disease was reported from neighboring Gulf countries and among Hajjis returning to Europe and North America.19 In the UK, approximately 10 000 pilgrims travelled to Saudi Arabia in 1987. There were 19 reported cases of serogroup A disease among the pilgrims returning from Mecca, and 15 subsequent cases among Muslims over the following 19 months.23 All the primary cases were adults, but the 15 secondary cases were mainly children who had had some family contact with relatives who had returned from the Hajj.22, 23 In France, Denamur and colleagues observed four cases of group A meningococcal disease in the city of Amiens in the 2 months following the 1987 Hajj.24 The cases were two children, the mother of one of the children, and a 16-year-old adolescent. All cases were contacts of pilgrims returning from Hajj.”

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  • Look at the picture of pilgrims at mecca.

    Suppose testing reveals on is positive.

    Who are his contacts?

    Similar position with a parade in January/February, regardless of where it was held, New York, San Francisco, London, Ottawa, Toronto, New Orleans etc etc etc

    It would be interesting to know what actions South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, China’s close neighbours took with their celebrations.

    Here is Hong Kong, a stroke of luck for them, canceled for a different reason.

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  • NorthernObserver

    This guy is good….he imitates POTUS to a T

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  • Dibbler
    .you are a bold face liar
    Now you are testing my patience where did i say in my comments the kits where defective
    You brought up the principle of kits being done under strict requirements
    I pointed you to an article which stated that in early Jan that such requirements where not permitted because of a law
    I believe u consider your self to be intelligent
    However from my vantage point i consider your retort to intentionally take my comments out of context and replace with words which would support your point of view
    Just be honest and say your initial statement in which you vouched to say the kits were made under strict requirements was wrong
    The comments from the article made clarification

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  • @Dribbler u can also read this article to get a clearer understanding of what is happening and how govt interference can hamper the necessary requirments for making the kits

    Any how not going engage this matter any longer

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  • Mariposa, count the locks on this sexy specimen’s head and go to sleep, nuh!

    There’s a killer on the rampage,
    Don’t feel no fear!
    Can’t kill my love for you……

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  • @ John

    You seem to have some bizarre theories which confuse me: smoking, blaming the Chinese (which of course you got from your racist in chief the dumb Donald Trump), gathering in crowds months ago, etc.
    There is no evidence of smokers, or ex-smokers being more susceptible to the virus; you are making that up. That is no more the case then people who eat cucumber being susceptible.
    The origin of the virus is still out for debate, but of course, learning by rote means that if a Wuhan live market is the main suspect, then it become fact.
    How about the Americans planting the virus as part of its biological war against rising Chinese power? Some people say they do not trust Chinese figures, but do the US and European? Is that based on fact or political bias?
    Western governments lie and black people who remember the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment should be wary of government claims. American public democracy is not the same as European public democracy. That is what having a critical mind means.
    By the way, I do not know how it helps, but Peckham is about four miles away from China town, which is between Leicester Square and Piccadilly. In January dozens of Chinese came in at Grantley Adams/Seawell airport. None had a health check at the airport.
    But the epicentre in London is at Northwick Park hospital, Harrow, with a large Asian (Indian) community, mainly Hindus and Muslims; the hospital is also in the catchment area for Brent, which has the largest Bajan community in the UK.
    I suggest you make your will and get ready to settle your account with God.

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  • @ Hal March 26, 2020 3:35 AM

    Where did the outbreak Start? The Chinese tried to cover up (like all governments) the outbreak.. The virus just jump from animals to humans. A normal occurrence. A lot more of these outbreaks will happen.

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  • @ Robert

    The place of the outbreak has nothing to do with the origin of the virus. As I have said, the possibility of biological warfare must be factored in.
    I am no scientist, but we do not yet know how this particular disease started. From animals to humans, yes, but that does not mean the Chinese were eating bats. It is perfectly rational to assume it was created in a laboratory.
    This is what the scientists are saying, unless you know better. Stop blaming the Chinese and look for the evidence. For what it is worth, I think the US is one of the most evil nations on earth. I will put nothing beyond them.
    You may remember the murder of Lumumba, et al, Bay of Pigs, Grenada, Aristide (by the liberal Clinton), Dominican Republic, Panama, etc.. The long reach of American wickedness.

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  • @ Hal March 26, 2020 3:54 AM

    As I said, the virus jumped from animals to humans .That is normal. As for the this virus it is generally acknowledge that the flu bugs start in China .Jump from pigs to humans. The flu vaccine each year is modeled after genetic profile of the flus found in China. The reason for this is that China has the most pigs in the world and in the country side and until recently in other parts there was/is a cheek by jowl association between pigs and humans. Sure the Americans have done a lot of foolishness. I wager you have heard talk of a Hanta virus outbreak in China. The Hanta virus was first describe in the western states of the US. It is associated with rodents primarily mice. According to rumors the Americans are also responsible for the alleged outbreak. The disease that is killing off hogs in China is also attributed to the US. If all these things are true If I were a yank I would proud as hell of my country’s ability to be omnipotent and omniscient.
    Take a more measured approach. let there be less invective where the US is concerned and more objectivity. Do not allow personal animus to color your stance.
    I will take a break for now and watch some true crime programs. Will resume later

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  • @ Robert

    I am not disputing your claim to the ‘normal’ transmission of the virus. You are the scientist. All I am saying is that it could be developed in a laboratory. That is what biological warfare is about.
    Why do you think the Brits have Porton Down? For fun? They spend all their time creating biological weapons. I am saying at this stage of the crisis we do not yet know the origins of this PARTICULAR virus. It could be part of the US war against rising Chinese power. You do not know, I do not know. And the idea cannot be taken off the table. Ignore the propaganda, the official US narrative.
    As to the veracity of Chinese data, all states lie. Let us maintain some objectivity. I do not have any confidence in the honesty of the US state, and this is made worse by having a Queen’s gangster as president. It was not for nothing that Queen’s was the US home of the Mafia.
    Let us deal with the virus now, and look at the politics and history later, when the books are written..

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  • This virus was in the making for years
    The epicentre was all in place starting as the perfect breeding ground in a place called China
    All the chemical compounds and toxins and pollutants contributed to the environment by mankind gave mother Nature ease and access to create a ticking time bomb which eventually explode in the atmosphere as a virus called Corona
    Over the years i have observed how mankind act with much disdain and disregard for the environment
    Behaving like children playing with fire thinking they will not get burn
    Well the environment has spoken loud and clear and its about time instead of counting economic numbers
    Get back to the drawing board and figure how all will start a process of cleaning the environment
    I indeed say that the next virus would be much deadlier and faster moving if all does not need Corona warning

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  • From off-Guardian(dot)org, the web site that aims to cover issues and news The Guardian doesn’t.

    12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic

    Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media.

    Dr Sucharit Bhakdi is a specialist in microbiology. He was a professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and head of the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene and one of the most cited research scientists in German history.

    What he says:

    We are afraid that 1 million infections with the new virus will lead to 30 deaths per day over the next 100 days. But we do not realise that 20, 30, 40 or 100 patients positive for normal coronaviruses are already dying every day.

    [The government’s anti-COVID19 measures] are grotesque, absurd and very dangerous […] The life expectancy of millions is being shortened. The horrifying impact on the world economy threatens the existence of countless people. The consequences on medical care are profound. Already services to patients in need are reduced, operations cancelled, practices empty, hospital personnel dwindling. All this will impact profoundly on our whole society.

    All these measures are leading to self-destruction and collective suicide based on nothing but a spook.

    (Link might take a few seconds longer than normal to load as it looks like there is a security check to prevent denial of service attacks before the connection is completed)

    https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/24/12-experts-questioning-the-coronavirus-panic/?cf_chl_jschl_tk=666eac711c356d72102527269c4f3af30e90ea23-1585218226-0-Abn12EYOjR1kk6P7b4kXu7PPXS-gnKTfRMDpOewVpYbRK6uDQ-NxZ_dhQDrOGnVdYXgLpTWIISeltf4MHdINtW0gRlv7xzdPT9QYUan6OJlBeyGemm8MgITmPUfcZZ2OHtVwRBwByW12CrfABrR033hFB_snCp_zEBX6-QtF4SnzmXMJPr3dJB6gnpFHd3LFfD1z-vWAPb1m6Yqy24JshZRTTAZFGH-mq0gWeqwy-bAkbl1-JHAg-MmjRYC566OZCOnNRC9rfOErc06cdmZT0K7iGYex-N9M3bSYUGIbo1rN-P_nc2o70cjydslnc52NDNa4byr6pjsTLyQCiOkyXfdlfEXjFbXhxN_w5j6va5vL

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  • It was bound to happen, Trinidad has around 50 or 60 Covid cases, there is a pattern from infection to first death and then multiple deaths….as long as stupid governments do not try to cover up the infections and deaths from the public…everything should run smoothly until this thing runs it’s course, no matter how long it takes.

    https://trinidadexpress.com/news/local/don-t-get-angry-with-kamla-over-covid-death-announcement/article_ef5c0e94-6f47-11ea-8b22-af8e3933a2ae.html

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  • The pattern, always follow the pattern.

    “As of Tuesday morning, the Health Ministry reports the following:

    • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 332

    • Number of samples which have tested positive = 53

    The Ministry provides the following update:

    • Two additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

    One of these persons has a history of recent travel.

    This person was isolated immediately upon disembarking the aircraft at the ANR Robinson International Airport and is being treated in isolation in Scarborough, Tobago.

    The Ministry of Health in a press conference this morning explained the process of contact tracing. They have identified and classified persons as either Primary contacts or Secondary contacts. Primary contacts are the persons within a household exposed to a recent traveler or someone who has been exposed to the virus, for example a spouse or child. A secondary contact is an individual who may have come into contact with a Primary contact, for example at work, religious or any social gathering.

    Contact tracing was initiated. Additional information is available in the media release issued from the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on Monday.

    The second new case is a primary contact of an existing recent imported case.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley all said at a press conference on Monday that the transfer of the virus from an imported case to someone in Trinidad was inevitable.”

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  • @Hal

    spot on Hal. years from now we may learn the real truth and be surprised. it is now said the spanish flu originated in Kansas altho i have read soldiers in the european civil war aka the 1st world war experienced a flu type illness in the trenches.

    bottom line everything said now about this flu should be taken with a pinch of salt- non semper ea sunt quae videntur

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  • All bacteria needs is a breeding ground with all the right ingredients to grow
    The long talk about mankind having hands in the Corona virus is true but not in the conspiracy theories making way across social media

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  • @ Greene

    I am not sure who taught you Latin. My teacher was Livy Greaves. Keep it up. Seriously, I have been in national journalism for a long time and know that things are often not what they seem. The last thing I would believe unquestionably would be the word of a journalist.
    I will give you two simple stories: I had a friend who was a lawyer for one of the Magic Circle firms and every time there was a big crime case we would ring up each other and speculate on how the investigation would go. Often it was the usual suspects; human error; etc. Reassuring the public.
    Remember when the Boeing 737 Max first ran in to trouble the first thing they did was to blame human (pilot) error. The technology is never wrong. We now know it WAS the technology.
    You may also recall the Post Office trouble with sub-post offices and the flawed technology. A number of sub post masters got jailed because the Post Office accused them of fraud. Now e know it was the technology.
    The other scandal is when officials brief on a situation and get their narrative out; when lazy journalists go along with that narrative they just mislead the reading public. Politics and crime are two good examples of this. Read the nonsense about black crime in London and knife crime, etc.
    I was involved in one small instance, the Stephen Lawrence case, and the myth is now embedded that the then editor of the Daily Mail, out of the kindness of his heart, supported the Lawrence family. Even the Lawrence family fell for the myth. When I tell people what my instructions really were they practically call me a liar.

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  • @Hal

    latin teachers were Bumpy Moore and KK King.

    but analytical skills gained in 6th form history especially european history taught by the beast- Mr Gittens- is what has helped formulate my thoughts throughout my life. he was a great teacher and impressed upon us whilst lecturing on the Renaissance and Reformation that one should always have a healthy distrust for authority, and official proclamations- they are almost always wrong and disseminated for disinformation.

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  • @ Greene

    Do you mean Stanton Gittens?

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  • So Hal

    Were there Chinese New Year celebrations in the UK?

    Close to Peckham?

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  • @ John

    There were celebrations, but in China town. Carry on with your Trumpism. Why you are picking on Peckham is a mystery. One lady died from Peckham. I have said the epicentre in London and the UK is Harrow, Northwick Park hospital. the other side of London, over 20 miles away.
    And no, I do not know if the dead lady was a smoker, or drank Bajan rum, or stripped at Crop Over, or put you to bed as a baby. I do know she was 36, married and BLACK, which to me is the key as to who will be allowed to live or die in the UK during this crisis.

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  • So Hal

    All I am doing is trying to eliminate te obvious.

    When I do that I will consider your weird theories!!

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  • @Robert Lucas
    “As for the this virus it is generally acknowledge that the flu bugs start in China”.
    ##############################################################

    By generally acknowledged, do you mean that the main western media and governments say so? You must be aware that this claim is strongly challenged by many, including spokespeople of the Chinese government. As for the claim that the virus originated in bats and made its way into humans, this too is hotly contested. Therefore, your statement is not accurate.

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  • CARICOM will need to start about how to secure resources to address the social and economic fall out from the current Covid-19 lockdowns. Imposition of capital controls and debt cancellation have to be put on the table.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/25/africa-leads-calls-for-debt-relief-in-face-of-coronavirus-crisis?

    https://criticalfinance.org/2020/03/24/developing-and-emerging-countries-need-capital-controls/?

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  • @ John,

    Unlike you, I do not have any theories. I am just challenging the nonsense.

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  • Hal Austin
    March 25, 2020 5:54 PM

    We still do not know how the virus is transmitted.

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

    It isn’t that we don’t know HOW the virus is transmitted in a crowd we do not know WHO is transmitting the virus.

    A person testing positive after the crowded event cannot even tell you with whom he/she was in contact.

    Obvious fact!!

    It is not possible to track the contacts down unless they happen to at some time later also test positive.

    Temperature testing, facial recognition are two means of screening a lot of people in a short time.

    If China’s data is right, the episode will pass.

    There should be far fewer deaths due to COVID-19 than the normal flu that is circulating.

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  • @ Quaker John

    My apologies. You are absolutely right and have been all along. Should I suggest that Mia should ask your advice?

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  • Hal

    The simple fact is that there are 97 countries in this world who have reported zero deaths due to COOVID-19!!

    Many have reported a ONE SINGLE case.

    It is obvious there was some event/events that precipitated the situation and in all likelihood they occurred inside the countries themselves.

    Let’s eliminate to begin with the idea of germ warfare.

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  • Wonderful to sleep on, even more wonderful to wake up to!

    Maybe the sunshine WILL save us!

    Some of you guys and gals have been up all night!

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  • Hal

    Another simple fact.

    China, Italy, Spain, USA, France and Iran have more than 1000 deaths.

    All have a single common factor, China.

    Iran is slightly different.

    https://fortune.com/2020/01/10/us-iran-sanctions-china/

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  • correlation is not causation

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  • @Greene

    This is a whole new global economic vista of which we are a part. BLP or DLP narratives must be tossed out. Are you willing to make the leap?

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  • why dont u ask others? what do you think the last ten years infer? and negative references to Barrow?

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  • Barbados like all countries in the world have to adjust to a whole new world. Old narratives will not take us anywhere. If this crisis does not jolt all of us into a new mindset nothing will.

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  • @John
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-iran-toll/iran-says-43-infected-with-coronavirus-eight-dead-official-idUSKCN20H0AT

    “The virus came from China to Qom city. A merchant from Qom, who died of the virus, used to travel regularly to China”

    Apparently licking shrines is a religious practice in Qom, that’s why it spread so quickly

    So the link is China in all cases

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  • If the US press concentrated more on the known facts of the virus spread and spent less time trying to get Trump people would not be so riled up over the virus and would view it in perspective.

    My bet is it will backfire on the US press once more.

    They never learn.

    The virus will pass, until the next one.

    The economy will recover until it falters again.

    Life will go on.

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  • Trump will in all likelihood emerge even stronger!!

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  • @John

    Enough of the Trump speculation on this blog. Can we focus on the topic?

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  • Relax Hal

    250,000 people are probably not going to die in the UK.

    Lockdown is the only way to ride this one out!!

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  • Blogmaster:

    @ Robert Lucas
    Hal A

    Re Trump’s “Chinese Virus”

    @ Robert Lucas (a food scientist)
    Hal Austin

    We must not forget that, beyond genetics, the environment and other factors, “we are also what we eat”. So goes too China.

    I had to dig into the archives to retrieve an old article for these gentlemen of exquisite taste.

    http://www.mit.edu/people/dmredish/wwwMLRF/links/Humor/Rat_Restaurant.html

    “Waiter, There’s A Rat in My Soup – and It’s Delicious
    Source: Wall Street Journal, May 31, 1991
    GUANGZHOU, China — The Cantonese people of south China are legendary for eating anything that moves — and some things that are still moving. The food market here features cats, raccoons, owls, doves and snakes along with bear and tiger’s paw, dried deer penis and decomposed monkey skeletons.

    Now, this rich culinary tradition, along with rising disposable income in this most prosperous city in China, has inspired kitchen utensil salesman Zhang Guoxun to open what is believed to be China’s first restaurant dedicated to serving rat.

    That’s right: Rat. Rat with Chestnut and Duck. Lemon Deep Fried Rat. Satayed Rat Slices with Vermicelli. In fact, the menu lists 30 different rat dishes, even including Liquored Rat Flambe, along with more mundane dishes such as Hot Pepper Silkworm, Raccoon With Winter Melon and Sliced Snake and Celery. And in the six months since the doors opened, customers have been scampering in at all hours to the euphemistically named Jialu (Superior to Deer) Restaurant.

    “I was always eating out, but I got bored with the animals that restau- rants offered,” Mr. Zhang says during an interview over a plate of Black- Bean Rat. “I wanted to open a restaurant with an affordable exotic animal. Then I was walking home one night and a rat ran across in front of me and gave me this idea.”

    Mr. Zhang’s restaurant is as trendy as they come in China. The 15-table, two-story eatery is a mixture of blond wood furniture, stucco walls and wooden lattice laced with plastic vines. Tonight’s crowd includes a young couple who stroll in hand-in-hand and nestle in a quiet corner for a romantic rat dinner. Other groups include engineers, office clerks, salesmen and factory workers.

    Tonight’s special is Braised Rat. Garnished with sprigs of cilantro, the morsels of rat meat are swaddled in crispy rat skin. The first nibble reveals a rubbery texture. But the skin coats one’s teeth with a stubborn slime. The result is a bit like old chewing gum covered with Crisco.

    But other dishes are better. German Black Pepper Rat Knuckle (rat should- ers, actually; the knuckles are too small) tastes like a musty combination of chicken and pork. The rat soup, with delicate threads of rat meat mixed with thinly sliced potatoes and onions, is surprisingly sweet. Far and away most appealing to the Western palate is Rat Kabob. The skewers of char- coaled rat fillet are enlivened with slices of onion, mushroom and green pepper and served smothered in barbecue sauce on sizzling iron plates that are shaped like cows.

    Also on the menu: a Nest of Snake and Rat, Vietnamese Style Rat Hot Pot, a Pair of Rats Wrapped in Lotus Leaves, Salted Rat with Southern Baby Peppers, Salted Cunning Rats, Fresh Lotus Seed Rat Stew, Seven-Color Rat Threads, Dark Green Unicorn Rat — and, of course, Classic Steamed Rat. Generally, the presentation is quite elegant, with some dishes served with lemon slices or scallions forming a border and others with carrots carved into flower shapes.

    Experienced rat eaters, however, warn that this is no meat to pig out on. “Watch out,” warns Wei Xiuwen, a factory manager eating at an adjacent table. “If you eat too much rat, you get a nosebleed.” Several customers take off their shirts halfway through the meal because eating rat, like dog, seems to raise the body temperature for some reason. That’s why rat is considered a winter food. In the summer, the restaurant does most of its business during the late-night and early-morning hours, after the weather cools down.

    The restaurant is popular — Mr. Zhang claims profits of $2,000 a month — because it brings people back to their roots. The restaurant’s cooks, and most customers, are originally from the countryside, where as children they ate air-dried rat meat. “If dried by a north wind, it tastes just like duck,” Che Yongcheng, an engineer and regular customer, says wistfully of his favorite childhood snack.

    For newcomers, Mr. Zhang has color brochures, featuring a photo of Rat Kabobs alongside a bottle of Napoleon X.O. In both the menu and brochure, the rats are referred to as “super deer” because Mr. Zhang says he wants to separate his fare from the common sewer rats that even Cantonese might find unappetizing. Mr. Zhang says his restaurant serves only free range rats, wild rodents that feed on fruits and vegetables in the mountains a couple of hundred kilometers to the north.

    The brochure explains why rats are the health food for the 1990s. It says the rats are rich in 17 amino acids, vitamin E and calcium. Eating them promises to prevent hair loss, revive the male libido, cure premature senility, relieve tension and reduce phlegm. A rat’s “liver, gallbladder, fat, brain, head, eye, saliva, bone, skin” are “useful for medical treatment,” says the brochure.

    The restaurant’s basement kitchen is a Dante’s Inferno where shirtless cooks sweat over huge woks atop howling gasfueled stoves that shoot flames five feet in the air. Dozens of fat, ready-to-cook rats are piled in a bamboo basket next to a crust-covered pump that noisily slurps up a small river of scum that runs off the stove and across the floor.

    The senior chef is not here tonight. An understudy, Huang Lingtun, clad in rubber sandals and pants rolled up to his knees, explains how the rats are rounded up. They’re captured and cleaned by farmers who free-lance as rat bounty hunters. Some smoke the rats out by setting fields on fire and snaring the fleeing rats in nets attached to long bamboo poles. Others string wires across fields to stun unsuspecting rodents with high voltage charges. The rats, each about a half-pound, arrive at the restaurant freshly gutted, beheaded and de-tailed.

    Mr. Zhang says that the traditional recipes on his menu were suggested by Tang Qixin, a farmer honored as a model worker by Mao in 1958 for his prowess as a rat killer. Rat eradication campaigns have been a staple of Chinese life since Mao declared war on the four pests — rats, flies, mosquitoes and bed bugs — in the 1950s.

    In 1984, the last Year of the Rat, the government launched an all-out crusade in which an estimated 526 million rats were killed. In 1985, the government tried to maintain the momentum by promoting rat meat as good food, explaining that “rats are better looking than sea slugs and cleaner than chickens and pigs.”

    Like most successful entrepreneurs during these times of shifting poli- tical winds in China, Mr. Zhang is quick to highlight the patriotic nature of his business rather than the personal economic benefits. “I am helping the government by eliminating some pests and helping enrich some farmers,” he says.

    Mr. Zhang says he’s too new to the business to think about a chain of rat restaurants. But he says he’s unconcerned about anyone stealing his idea. “My quality is tops,” he says, “so I’m not worried about competitors.””

    @ Robert, Not to defame the great Chinese Civilization, but what, if any, is the role/nexus of such exotic delicacies in the current corona dilemma?

    Sent from my iPhone

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @John March 26, 2020 9:55 AM
    “Trump will in all likelihood emerge even stronger!!”
    ++++++++++++++
    I agree that this is so… mostly because almost half the American population is bedrock stupid and racist as well.

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  • @ cpilgrimeaqaolcom March 26, 2020 10:22 AM

    I have no problem with the Chinese eating dogs and so on. We are dealing with what is known as eating habits. If one is born into a society eating dogs, eating of dog meat becomes the norm. The French eat snails and the British age meat until gets ripe and smell. This done to allow the break down of proteins by proteolytic enzymes present in the meat: the meat becomes soft and tender and more flavorsome as a result.

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  • A serious problem everyone has been worried about from Day 1. That also includes the countries like Germany who had it under full control but over time the deaths are beginning to rise.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8155405/Up-14-cent-recovered-coronavirus-patients-China-test-positive-doctors-reveal.html

    “About three to 14 per cent of the former patients are diagnosed with the deadly disease again after being discharged from hospitals, according to research conducted by Chinese medical experts.”

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  • @Robert

    We eat black pudding and souse from the entrails of Pigs in Barbados. Pigs eat anything. Chinese are also big pig meat eaters. Vietnamese eat all kinds of animals and insects. One restaurant in Tottenham Court Road is always crowded with Brits at lunchtimes, experimenting with these new foods.
    The point is Wuhan is the geographical location of the coronavirus; normally the virus jumps species from animal to human. But that does not mean in this particular instance it has.
    My argument is that it could also be created in laboratories. That is what biological warfare is all about. In this instance we do not know the source of the virus.
    What we do know, however, is that Trump has launched a vicious trade war against China. So, it is legitimate to ask, is the virus part of that war?

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  • @ TeeWhite March 26, 2020 8:32 AM

    There is an arrangement agreed upon at the international level, that facilitate the monitoring of new strains of the flu virus each year in China. The Chinese like all government tend to want to cover and put economics before people’s health. what happened to the scientist who first tried to raise the alarm in China? It is like space shuttle in the USA, the scientists warned about the O ring but they were ignored. China has been caught with its pants down and is doing like all governments trying to play the blame gain. Do some research on the annual monitoring of flu strains in China and the manufacture of annual flu vaccines

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  • A barbadian national came into barbados recently from England and has put herself in self quaratine
    When asked if on arrival what was the necessary protocol her response was to say ” nothing was said to her in particular about having to self quarantine but was handed sanitizers and wipes
    Cant imangine that at this late stage in the game govt ability to get a clear handle of all necessary information from people coming from infected spots
    Most of whom are tired after long journeys and are stressed out after going through long lines and then again having to go through a similar routine on arrival through immigration

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  • In this situation we must beware of the panic that the DLP is stirring up here on BU. Unlike the muzzlers and cowards in Trixidad, our government does everything right. Our government will guide us safely through this storm. God is a Bajan.

    There hasn’t been a new Corona case for days. There is no evidence whatsoever that Corona is spreading as rapidly in the tropics as it has in the north. Otherwise the tourists would infect all Barbadians in every winter with the colds they bring to our island.

    We just have to keep a cool head.

    However, it will soon be time to talk about the strong links between the DLP and the Chinese Communist Party. The people have a right to know why the former DLP government has signed so many treaties with China. Mariposa aka DLP president owes us an explanation.

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  • Robert:

    Thanks, but I shall pass on the “rat du jour” and the “rat vermicelli”, and take the VO on my way out. As to eating these poor creatures to prevent “hair loss”, I shall stick with Rogaine?? or some other product in the local Walgreens or CVS.

    Hopefully, there is no connection with transmitting the virus from a wet market in Wuhan. Who knows? But, the situation might recur sometime in the future, no?

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  • @ Hal March 26, 2020 11:22 AM

    “What we do know, however, is that Trump has launched a vicious trade war against China. So, it is legitimate to ask, is the virus part of that war?”

    What is vicious about getting your country to start back making the products the greedy elites outsourced to avoid paying their own country men? The US and other western countries are now experiencing a shortage of the products that they invented. Only an idiot with no sense of nationalist pride would tolerate such. In any case from personal experience the shoes and sneakers are sub-standard. Some time back there was a BBC program interviewing Africans on the same topic. The trend was all about the fact that the Chinese products were poorly made. The relaunching of manufacturing is a nail in the coffin of globalization.

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  • @ Hal March 26, 2020 11:22 AM
    “My argument is that it could also be created in laboratories. That is what biological warfare is all about. In this instance we do not know the source of the virus.”

    Why couldn’t it be made by the Chinese? The PH.D’s that Chinese have were all trained in the US or Europe. China has a germ warfare center.. What point are you trying to make It could also be the Japanese. They had a biological unit 731 stationed in Manchuria in China during the 1930-1945.Made a lot of toxins which were weaponized and carried out experiments on the Chinese. The Americans did not jailed General Shiro Ishii, the commander of Unit 731.He was put on their payroll because the US was far behind in the research. It is like the grab for German rocket experts at the end of world war 2.. You have a myopic view of things due to your animus towards America. When push come to shove white British are going to treat their kith and kin first and others after.

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  • @ Robert

    China did not put a gun against the head of US industry and compelled them to outsource. You may be a good scientist, but a lousy economist. Wall Street demanded the outsourcing, and in the process sabotaged US industry. Trump’s policy was based on right-wing nationalism, coated with anti Obama racism.
    The point is that Trump’s obsession could have led to his launching a biological war against the Chinese. Whatever you may think about Chinese goods and science, America is seriously threatened. It is a nation in decline.
    Both the Chinese and Americans are enemies of black people, even those black people who have no consciousness of who they are.
    The Americans wanted cheap goods and an exaggerated lifestyle. They got this in two ways: US$3tsrn of Chinese loans lodged in Treasusries and cheap goods.
    You do not have to be an expert to know that if a television set is manufactured in China, shipped across the Pacific to the US West Coast, then transported across the US to the east coast, and sold for US$1, that something is wrong. This happened in the late 2000s at Walmart.
    Trump’s interest is racist and reactionary, there is not a single redeeming feature about the vile and obnoxious Donald Trump.
    I can understand why some white Barbadians may find him appealing, but for a black Bajan it convinces me more than ever of the Bajan Condition.
    I go back to a youth terrorised by watchmen, Island Constables, who would chase and beat up young lads for stealing sugar cane; to detectives who made their reputations by beating up black people (ask Prof Frank Alleyne about his father one of those detectives).
    Or look at the contemporary magistrates, At most two or three generations away from domestics and the same watchmen, who treat ordinary Barbadians like dirt, when they themselves have nothing to set them apart – neither intelligence, money, or common decency – apart from anger and bitterness.
    This is our island home.

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  • Reason why the next pandemic would be worst than Corona

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  • @ cpilgrimeaqaolcom March 26, 2020 11:35 AM

    Will happen again. Once humans keep entering animals’ domains and hunt and eat wild game these events will occur. There is also natural genetic mutations. Also proper cooking of game is essential.

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  • @ Robert

    It could have been made by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Brits, the French, the Congolese….the point is that it could have been produced in a laboratory, rather than just jumped from species to species. Just do not buy in to the US propaganda, especially Trump’s putrid Scottish/Russian KKK nonsense.

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  • @Hal Austin March 26, 2020 11:59 AM
    Why do you live in the UK?

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  • @robert lucas March 25, 2020 4:45 PM “You have to be a connoisseur drinking rum on the rocks. I am glad to see some one else supporting the local industry. The rum you are sampling wouldn’t be EAS Fields white or Alleyne Arthur’s white I would wager.”

    Cockspur 5 star. Shhh!!! Don’t tell David the blogmaster, because I know that I am not supposed to advertise on his blog.

    I had 2 uncles, one on each side of the family who were real serious rum drinkers, both made it to three score, plus ten and more. I don’t know how they did it. Maternal grandad ran a rum/grocery shop. My mum worked there from time to time. I appreciate a little spirits from time to time. But I only did the drunken thing once, when I was about 25. Did not like it. Never did it again.

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  • I took another stroll into town. This morning Bay Street was nearly bereft of traffic. A funeral was being held at Bethel Church. The mourners seemed to be following the guides put out by government. The crowd was paltry. The lines at the supermarkets have declined. Expect to see a rise in the length of the waiting lines tomorrow. Lines also outside banks waiting to enter the banks and some to use the ATM (the latter were mounted externally). All of the rubble from the demolished National Insurance building and fire station have been carted away.

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  • @ Silly Woman March 26, 2020 12:12 PM

    Why do you think it said “EAS Fields white or Alleyne Arthur’s white I would wager.”

    These rums a really not too smooth.

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  • Police and military on streets Harlesden, North West London, along with trading standards. Closing down Asian shops for hiking prices.

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  • @ Robert

    Why do I live in the UK? What a question? What is the supplementary?

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  • You sound surprised Hal! Not a smart move by this minority group. Do you have a link?

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  • @TLSN

    Just got an email from someone on the spot. Huge traffic jam. Some culture are just unscrupulous. Bajans do not know what they face in the future.

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  • @Hal,

    mate, you are punching above your weight today. that was a brilliant reply to Lucas who ought to stick to agriculture, food science, microbiology, and his daily drives into Bridgetown. the eyewitness accounts are particularly interesting.

    and it was not Staton Gittens another Gittens way after your time

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  • I can understand why some white Barbadians may find him appealing, but for a black Bajan it convinces me more than ever of the Bajan Condition.
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    @Hal THIS IS A BULLSHIT AND A NARROW MINDED COMMENT.

    MANY BLACKS IN THE US ALSO SUPPORT TRUMP IS THIS AN AMERICAN CONDITION?

    YOU CURRENTLY LIVE IN A WHITE MAN DOMINATED COUNTRY WHO HAVE DONE FAR MORE DAMAGED TO BLACK PEOPLE MENTALITY.

    THE SLAVE TRADE WHEN IT FLOURISHED WAS LEAD BY THE BRITISH TO STEAL EVERYONE COMMON WEALTH.

    HAVING LIVED IN BOTH UK AND US, THE UK WAS AND STILL A MORE BACKWARD PLACE THAN THE US.

    BLACK PEOPLE ARE FAR MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THE US THAN IN THE UK.

    WHAT UNITES MANY PEOPLE IN THE US BEHIND TRUMP INCLUDING SOME BLACKS IS NOT RACISM SOLELY IT IS ABOUT PROTECTION OF US BORDERS AND JOB CREATION.

    YOU HAVE NEVER LIVED IN THE US BUT SEEM TO HAVE SWALLOW ALL THAT YOU HAVE READ AS YOU HAVE NO FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE.

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  • Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

    Pangolins smuggled into China have been confirmed to contain viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world.

    Sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future outbreaks, says an international team.

    Pangolins are the most-commonly illegally trafficked mammal, used both as food and in traditional medicine.

    Bats are thought to be the original viral source, with another species playing a role in human transmission.

    In a new research paper, published in the journal Nature, researchers say their genetic data suggests “handling these animals requires considerable caution, and that their sale in wet markets should be strictly prohibited.”

    Further surveillance on pangolins in the wild in China and Southeast Asia is needed to understand their role in the emergence of coronaviruses and the risk of future transmission to humans, they add.

    The ant-devouring scaly mammal, said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, is threatened with extinction. The animal’s scales are in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine, while pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-pangolins-found-carry-viruses-103254046.html

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  • We should stop making fun of Barbados and always talk negative about the island. Unlike many white, European and American dirt holes, Barbados is a premium island and a paradise on earth. Unlike in London, no people here die miserably in hospital from Corona. Those are the facts.

    In the current crisis, Barbados is a kind of modern Gondolin modelled after Tolkien. The day has not yet come when death crosses our gates. Goddess Bim and the nature spirits of the island will protect us also this time.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    Trump is trying to supress the following video that does nothing but quote what he has said about the corona virus. Therefore we need to spread it as widely as possible.

    Trump:
    the corona virus…
    this is their new hoax…
    We have it totally under control…
    It’s one person coming in from China…
    One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear…
    When you have 15 people…
    and within a couple of days it’s going to be down to close to zero…
    We really think we’ve done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum…
    I like this stuff. I really get it…
    People are surprised that I understand it…
    No, I don’t take responsibility at all.

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  • “Barbados is a premium island and a paradise on earth. ”

    There is nothing wrong with Barbados, ya know why, because none of you destructive creatures created or put it there…it’s the “dirtholes” on two legs calling themselves politicians, ministers, lawyers and their tiefing corrupt sidekicks are the problem, don’t get tied up..

    the ignorant never inherits the earth…only the poor and victimized do.

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  • @ Baje

    Well observed. I do not even know where the US is geographically. As to black people who support Trump. Bravo. How clever.

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  • And there she blows, no one is immune as too many believe.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2608184015977494&id=623220367807212

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  • @ Baje

    Well observed. I do not even know where the US is geographically. As to black people who support Trump. Bravo. How clever.
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    @ Hal I NORMALLY AGREE AND SUPPORT MANY OF YOUR VIEWS HOWEVER I HAVE TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE.

    I CANNOT TELL WHAT LIFE IS LIKE IN KOREA, CHINA, AFRICA OR INDIA AS I HAVE NEVER LIVED THERE EXCEPT WHAT IS PUBLISHED IN THE MEDIA PRIMARILY.

    I CAN HOWEVER SPEAK FROM FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE TO THE UK AND US.

    YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THE MOST RACIST PLACES IN THE WORLD THE EPICENTER OF WHITE NATIONALITY AND RACISM.

    WHICH EVER POLITICAL PARTY YOU HAVE VOTED IN BRITAIN/UK THEY ARE ALL DOMINATED BY THE WHITES WITH A FEW TOKEN BLACKS.

    YET YOU STILL LIVE THERE.

    HOW CLEVER.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Baje & Hal
    There is something oddly disorienting about a Black man dissing a second Black man because he lives in a racist country governed by a racist man who calls Black people ‘piccaninnies’ while the first Black man has chosen to live in a racist country governed by a racist man who bought full page advertisements calling for the execution of Black men after they had been proven innocent.
    Hmmm

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  • @ Baje

    I agree with you.

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  • @ Hal March 26, 2020 12:21 PM

    “Closing down Asian shops for hiking prices.”‘ ‘Coming against a back ground of grooming and the refusal of government to release that report, the sensible thing would be confiscation of all their goods and revoking of British nationality. One would expect violent reaction which would be dealt with an iron hand. Solve a lot of problems in one go. A civil war is on the cards eventually.

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  • @ Robert

    A food war.

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  • @ Hal:

    As to your choice of residence?

    Is a knife, simpliciter, always and by definition, a deadly weapon? Couldn’t it be used to peel potatoes, yams and slice other vegetables in one’s kitchen?

    Does residence, of and by itself affect/deny all loyalty and spirit of patriotism?

    I remember a Barbadian colleague who reportedly cried at her naturalization ceremony. Others thought she cried, along with others similarly situated, because of her adopted nationality. … On the other hand, she indicated that she became emotional at the thought of someone asking her to surrender her Barbadian nationality.

    To use a phrase borrowed from UK Immigration, because you may “have succumbed to the charms of U.K residence”, does that legally or morally deprive you (Hal) of your sense of patriotism, nationalism, and above all your democratic right and duty to speak out on any issues of national import pertaining to Barbados, as you see fit?

    Non-sequitur: As a Barbadian …. Do we need to (re)read the Barbados Constitution? Or, just fuhget it!

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  • @ Greene March 26, 2020 12:44 PM

    What is brilliant about Hal’s reply? Why do think I asked why he was living in the UK? I could have asked why don’t you live in China?

    @Baje March 26, 2020 12:58 PM

    Baje post says it all. It is listed above, read it.

    As I have said never let your dislike of a person or country influence your analysis of a situation.

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  • @ Hal Austin March 26, 2020 3:35 AM @ John. You seem to have some bizarre theories which confuse me: smoking, blaming the Chinese (which of course you got from your racist in chief the dumb Donald Trump), gathering in crowds months ago, etc. There is no evidence of smokers, or ex-smokers being more susceptible to the virus; you are making that up. ”

    @ Hal Austin March 26, 2020 3:35 AM @ John “How about the Americans planting the virus as part of its biological war against rising Chinese power? Some people say they do not trust Chinese figures, but do the US and European? Is that based on fact or political bias? Western governments lie and black people who remember the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment should be wary of government claims. American public democracy is not the same as European public democracy. That is what having a critical mind means.”

    Seems to me that Hal has some bizarre theories too

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  • @peterlawrencethompson

    @Baje & Hal
    There is something oddly disorienting about a Black man dissing a second Black man because he lives in a racist country governed by a racist man who calls Black people ‘piccaninnies’ while the first Black man has chosen to live in a racist country governed by a racist man who bought full page advertisements calling for the execution of Black men after they had been proven innocent.
    Hmmm
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    PLEASE DON’T SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE IN THIS CASE.

    FOR ONE I DON’T CURRENTLY LIVE IN THE US.

    SECONDLY I RESPONDED TO @Hal BECAUSE HE ATTRIBUTED BLACKS IN BARBADOS WHO SUPPORT TRUMP AS BEING A BAJAN CONDITION WHICH I COUNTERED BY MANY BLACKS IN AMERICA BEING AN AMERICAN CONDITION TO SHOW HOW FOOLISH A COMMENT TO MAKE HIS POINT.

    IF YOU HAVE EVER READ ANY OF MY TRUMP CONTRIBUTIONS YOU WOULD CLEARLY SEE WHY MANY BLACKS SUPPORT HIS POLICIES EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT LIKE HIM AND RECOGNIZE TRUMP IS RACIST AND A LIAR.

    IN FACT THEY RECOGNIZE ALL POLITICIANS ARE LIARS INCLUDING BIDEN AND OTHERS.

    I HAVE SPOKEN TO MANY OF THEM WHO SUPPORT HIS POLICIES OF BORDER CONTROL AND JOB CREATION WHICH IMPACTS THEM DIRECTLY.

    I HAVE NEVER VOTED AS I STAY CLEAR OF ALL BULLSHIT AND FALSE PROMISES INCLUDING IN BARBADOS..

    IF MY SPEAKING THE TRUTH AND DISAGREEING IS DISSING @Hal THEN YOU NEED TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

    MY FRIEND @Hal NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE WHITES IN UK/EUROPE HAS MORE IN COMMON WITH TRUMP/US THAN THEY ARE APART.

    CRITICIZE BOTH EQUALLY AS THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME.

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  • @ Robert

    Sorry. I must have missed something. What is the question again? Why did you ask it?

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  • @ Pilgrim

    I am being dragged in to an argument I neither started nor appreciate. But for clarity, I say again: I am not a Barbadian or British nationalist. I do not do reactionary nationalism or patriotism. Sorry, wrong man. I don’t wave flags.

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  • Indians are warned they could be SHOT if they defy coronavirus lockdown, as thousands ignore social distancing advice while queueing for food
    Three more people died overnight as government said number of cases had risen to 649, including 13 dead
    Thousands of citizens were still seen queuing close together for food today in Delhi, Kolkota and Mumbai
    Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-week lockdown came into force for the 1.3bn populace
    Police enforced stay-indoors order with savage beatings and one governor warned of ‘shoot on sight’ policy
    Today Modi will join other G20 leaders in conference call about COVID-19 which has ripped across the globe
    Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
    By ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE

    PUBLISHED: 09:04 GMT, 26 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:37 GMT, 26 March 2020

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  • Hal you were asking where was Verla Depeiza
    Here is a press release she made a few minutes ago

    DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY
    Verla Depeiza
    WHERE ARE THE PROMISED UPDATES?

    Barbados is beginning to receive news about this island from agencies outside of this country.
    There is a loud silence from a usually loquacious and camera friendly administration.
    On behalf of the people of Barbados, we expect the promised transparency and fulsome communication; especially at this time.
    In the absence of the promised daily updates, the Democratic Labour Party raises the following questions:
    1. Was there a second and third group of CARICOM nationals stranded in Barbados?
    2. Are our ports now closed as per a Press report from a respected Guyana newspaper.
    3. What is the update on COVID -19 positive and suspected cases? Our last Government live update was four days ago, and finally
    4. Is our Prime Minister ok?
    Verla DePeiza
    President
    The Democratic Labour Party
    2020-03-26

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