Walter Blackman’s Political Insights

It will be worth the time to study Walter’s brief odyssey into local politics to extract learnings;

David, Blogmaster
Walter Blackman,
Actuary and Social
Commentator Extraordinaire

If we are going to extract learnings, we need to look at the dots and connect them. I have reaped no success in politics to justify the writing of a book or my memoirs at this point in time, but there are a few revelations I can make exclusively on BU which would help Barbadians to understand the genesis of some incidents which extensively damaged Barbados, the lives of Barbadians, and the Barbados brand.

I do not know if this particular topic is the best place for me to start, but I am going to start. You, as blogmaster, have the right to package my writings and place them wherever you see fit.

I hope by taking this course of action that I will inspire other Barbadians who believe that they have a tale to tell to start doing so. William Skinner readily comes to mind.

The success of our oppressors stem primarily from the fact that they want to silence us and make us cower in fear. They want to make us feel that it is a sin for us to share our experiences. It is my deep-rooted belief that our shared experiences will help us to understand and appreciate each other more, and by so doing, will create a catalyst for change, however small.

These are my writings and I own them. I have attached my name to them so they are my intellectual property. I reserve the monopolistic right to use them as part of any book I decide to publish in the future.

Let me state, up front, that I have not been privy to any secrets created or held by any political party in Barbados, so it is impossible for me to divulge any. Almost all of the positions adopted by me arose out of deductive reasoning, or by analysis of events that stumbled into the public domain.

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  • Hi Walter:

    Looking forward to it.

    Grenville.

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  • One time, a log time ago, when we were in Infants D at school, Ossie Moore told me that an odyssey is never brief. He told me to change brief to bibbadee and we still got it wrong. The teacher accused me of copying and said she had five minds to make me run a short marathon.

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  • @Walter

    Looking forward to read your “connecting of the dots”. The blogmaster is one who felt that your opportunity to trigger meaningful change would have been better served entering the belly of the beast of a different breed. Sometimes one has to take a pragmatic position based on the options available. Third parties have not been attracting candidates with “pedigree”, they are unable to attract financial resources and often lack the expertise to engage in effective strategic and tactical decisions. After over a decade behind the BU dashboard it has become obvious the opportunity for a third party movement to take root in Barbados is a pipe dream. Today the most visible of the third parties is Solutions Barbados and recent results show it has been a slog for Grenville with negligible returns.

    Thank you for agreeing to share your insight, hopefully it might assist others thinking of making their way.

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  • @Raw Bake

    Behave!

    You are aware there is the BUblog lexicon.

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  • Politics is a double edged sword
    1. Corruption of Power*
    2. Protest against Corruption

    Career politicians have leanings towards 1. where it is a dirty dog eat dog two faced cut throat game and abuse their power to steal money from public tax payers offering Government contracts in cronyism.

    If you have leanings towards 2. then it has to be a special calling and a life purpose where you are willing to spend all your time and effort in a long drawn fight to fight the power the powers that be.

    The Haves usually win,
    but sometimes the Have Nots prevail.

    A good example of a political fight is Vietnam War which divided USA into Doves and Hawks
    and was based on paranoia and fear of Communism

    The soundtrack of that era reflected the fight between different sides of the US population where people protested and police used violence to squash protest and killed students and protesters.
    Most people know about the Kent State Uni Massacre in Ohio as White Students died as they were shocked and outraged and it was covered extensively in media, but people don’t know about other “Kent massacres” the overlooked Jackson State College Massacre in Mississippi 11 days later and the South Carolina State Massacre in Orangeberg against segregation two years earlier, as they were in predominately black colleges and people were not outraged or shocked about similar killings of black students.

    Republicans often play the rock version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In USA” in their Campaign rallies as they think it is an gung-ho American anthem, but have never listened to the lyrics as it is another anti-war protest song. If you listen to the acoustic and demo versions you will understand the song meanings better.

    2020: The current state of US politics election fighting / Trump shenanigans could well be another “Vietnam” civil war in USA about to kick off around half past three when the butterflies fly in their usual hour.

    (*) Power corrupts, Absolute Power corrupts absolutely

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  • Unfortunately i cannot invite some people JUST YET to certain things that are going on, but until then….who want to take it personally, too bad, it should be received in the spirit in which it’s being given..

    Actually, i should upgrade this to reflect that as long as STUPID present and wannabe politicians’ ONLY INTENT IS TO continue to use and misuse Elizabeth’s CORROSIVE, archaic HUNDREDS YEARS OLD colonial system to lead people who were/are already socially reduced and financially demoralized and dehumanized by the same system that was NEVER CHANGED IN ANY WAY, as long as they are intellectually incapable of creating and putting forth a new more sophisticated, AFRICAN/Black FRIENDLY system..ya still on a highway to nowhere.

    Most people still don’t get it, …am specificlaly speaking about those on BU…..there are those in other forums who fully understand this, as long as you leave the same colonial system in place, you will continue to go nowhere..the system is not yours, and NEVER WILL BE….i have been saying this for years and will probably have to repeat it again and again until am tired, because hard heads never listen until something cataclysmic happens, which finally has, and now everyone is in a tailspin

    unless all of that happens, and people commit to doing REAL WORK, to making real changes, and stop using someone else’s system, existing politicians and upstarts are only looking for titles and fame. i say that with no apology whatsoever.

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  • Maybe, if yall can SHOW and not just talk and promise……the majority population WHOSE VOTES YOU NEED or yall NEVER be elected..,,,that ya are capable of creating a NEW system that BENEFITS THEM ONLY….ya will DEFINTELY BE AHEAD of the nobodies who are now polluting everything and are all on their WAY DOWN..A…

    sorry i can’t post any ideas for the crooks in parliament to feed off and steal, but in the fullness of time, much will be revealed publicly, which will give ya a starting point to add to anything yall devise…..

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  • The title of the book

    Connecting Dots & Trembling Botsys

    Good luck looking forward. I shop on Amazon

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  • @Walter

    Holding you to your word to ignore stupid comments by some who we know will never be part of the change required to solve the problems they rail about daily.

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  • You will do the same to Walter Blackman which was done to GRENVILLE PHILLIPS II. Encourage him to enter politics and then curse him when he enters.

    You are a devoted supporter of the BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY.

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  • David words can endear or words spoken can hurt or hinder
    Those were Walter Blackman words not mine
    He has to live with them
    I encourage him to write and connect along with cleaning his character
    He step into the mud all by himself he was not pushed
    He came on BU recently to ask people who were behaving in inappropriate manner to clean their words
    Hence the manner in which he invoke ethics and self righteousness was pointed in his direction
    Enjoy yuh rum and coke

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  • @Walter
    Looking forward to your posts.

    I have an admiration for some of the folks here as they have made an art of distracting and pulling people off course.

    If you decide to respond to a jab, let some time pass before you reply, as nothing here is immediate or urgent. You cannot recall the ‘spoken’ word.

    Above all, always maintain a high standard of behavior.

    Looking forward to your posts.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Raw Bake at 3 :36 AM

    Your teacher in Infant D was quite right . Whether you changed “brief” to “bibbadee ” or went commando at your ages made no difference in the swing of the pendulum. Not even on a race as long as a marathon.
    @ Walter
    I certainly would buy your autobiography . Those local authors who have dared to write their stories can be an inspiration to those who come after them. Autobiographies and first novels of Barbadians have helped me to understand myself and my society. They are authentic sources of inspiration. We learn how to change probabilities into possibilities.
    I wish you success.

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  • Walter wants to be counted amongst pedigree status whilst maintain slum dog style
    He can’t have it both ways
    His own words have already condem him

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ TheOGazerts at 8:19 AM

    I agree with you 100%. Yesterday I was so focused on avoiding rabbit holes that I was inches away from falling into the gutter. A timely reminder of those institutions, that assisted in my intellectual development, pulled me back from the brink.

    There is plenty gallow’s bait around.

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  • @Vincent

    You should be complimented for always trying to walk the high road. A reminder that respect is earned.

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  • The Haves usually win,
    but sometimes the Have Nots prevail.

    Just Keep On Keeping It On
    and Keep On Trying

    Losing and failing is just a part of the journey and important lessons to be learnt along the way. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Like Filing Complaints, Court Cases or Tribunal hearings there are further processes at various levels, such as raising complaints at the next higher level, higher courts, appeal courts and new cases can be refiled again to keep trying again when things don’t go your way. You need to play the long game and keep pushing to force the opponents in adversarial processes to make errors. Strengths can be their weaknesses, as shown in Civil Rights fights such as Sharpesville, South Africa and Birmingham, Alabama, where Police violence lost them support when the whole world was watching. Honest, moral and truthful people don’t usually fare well in Politics or against Government. Sometimes you have to play dirty and tactically lie to swing things when fighting against a Hideous Strength, (but the moral of every fairy tale story is don’t fight evil, resist evil). Every slave learned from an early age that you have to lie, as those who told the truth died early. Sometimes you just have to just up your game and up the ante. Malcolm X said to fight by any means necessary and Black Panthers and other groups decided there comes a point where peaceful protests have proved not to work and should be replaced with more radical, militant and violent protests or as in case of ANC utilise military force with allies.

    Sittin’ in the morning sun
    And watching all the birds passing by
    Oh how sweet they sing
    And oh how much I wish that I could fly
    And I try
    I said I try
    I try
    I really try try try
    But I got to
    Pick myself up
    Dust myself off
    Start all over, again Sittin’ in the midday sun
    And wondering where my meal’s coming from
    After working so hard
    Not even piece of bread at the yard
    And I said I try
    Oh Lord I try
    I try
    I really try try try
    Sittin’ in the evening sun
    And watching the same birds passing by
    Sittin’ and wondering
    And waiting for the time for me to fly
    And I try
    I said I try
    Good Lord I try
    I really try try try
    So long and I just find
    It was just a waste of time
    So long and I just find
    I been been wasting all my time
    I’ve got to pick myself up…

    — Peter McIntosh

    ▷ Pick Myself Up, (Acoustic Version)
    ▷ Pick Myself Up, (7″ Single)
    ▷ Pick Myself Up, (Live At The Ritz, NYC 1981)
    ▷ Pick Myself Up, (Live At San Carlos, California 1981)
    ▷ Pick Myself Up, (Atlanta, Georgia 1979)

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  • I watch with a sense of conviction how the men ran up to the goal post as goal keepers to protect Walter
    So amazed that many are showing their true colors without realizing that their sexist colors are being shown
    Woman have fought long and hard for due respect.
    Some of that respect goes along the track as to how men treat them verbally
    I remember my youngest child not more than eight years old chastising a man for his expressive manner in how he was staring me down
    Older men on this blog seems to think that a man eyeballing woman or teenager’s give them a notch up their belt
    However i leave it for the younger generation to call them dirty ole men

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  • nextparty246
    November 20, 2020 11:50 PM

    “Hi Walter:

    Looking forward to it.”

    Grenville,
    I want to take this opportunity to commend you for your political efforts which were aimed at making Barbados a better place. Please don’t give up. You still have a contribution to make.

    Congratulations should also be extended to your family members for offering their support as you embarked on a “mission impossible”.

    You too have a tale to tell.

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  • “I watch with a sense of conviction how the men ran up to the goal post as goal keepers to protect Walter
    So amazed that many are showing their true colors without realizing that their sexist colors are being shown”

    I do enjoy your writing and your clever distortion of facts. To ask a man to travel the high road is now a sexist act.

    Perhaps you have realized that if he sticks to the high ground then his contact with you will be limited. I can feel your pain.

    Still loving you, Theo

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  • I have not commented on the blog master use of the word ‘pedigree’. It would be interesting to know if he consider Walter as belonging to the ‘pedigree’ or just an aspiring member of the political class.
    #HiddenShade

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  • Yes, Walter has the “pedigree” defined by his body of work as a talk show host, his intelligence and an obvious sense to want to serve. If he has persevered he would have eventually found a spot on the team.

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  • A quote from a book currently on the blogmaster’s bedside table, seems most relevant:

    I tried to explain to her the conflict tat I was feeling between working for change from within the system and pushing against it; wanting to lead but wanting to empower people to make change for themselves; wanting to be in politics but not of it.

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  • @David.
    How come you ain’t tell Vincent to behave too?
    My name easy to call nuh?

    (~_~)

    David November 21, 2020 12:35 PM

    …If he had persevered he would have eventually found a spot on the team.

    Just like the Oysters did with the Walrus and the Carpenter?
    https://barbadosunderground.net/2017/12/04/another-walter-blackman-column-the-walrus-and-the-carpenter/
    Man you ain’t easy atall boy.

    Anyhow he now seems to be suggesting that GPII should not make the same mistake he did.
    If thirsty wait, hot would cool. Yes?

    Pulling out too early is never a good thing.
    This is especially so for the ambitious or aspiring politician.
    Pedigreed or not.

    Patience, the gift of gab and the ability to pretend, will more often than not, allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labour and ultimately, political success.

    Probably.

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  • Has it not been already establish on this here BU, that there will be no changing of the system from within?
    If you join them, you will become them or go mad trying not to.
    Ask Guy Fawkes.

    Resistance is futile.

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  • David
    November 21, 2020 5:40 AM

    “@Walter
    The blogmaster is one who felt that your opportunity to trigger meaningful change would have been better served entering the belly of the beast of a different breed. Sometimes one has to take a pragmatic position based on the options available.”

    David,
    On the surface, how you felt appears to be quite reasonable. However, I was looking at the situation from a completely different angle. That is why it is so important for us to speak with each other. There are forces and experiences that shape all of us. What one person might view as pragmatism, another might see as brazen opportunism, parasitism, or the selling of one’s soul to the Devil. In the final analysis, we have to live with ourselves as individuals.

    Every year, some Barbadian children are highlighted in the newspapers as the top 11+ performers. The objective is to make them feel, from an early age, that they are brighter than their peers, and that great things are expected from them. In a subtle way, the seeds of ambition are being sown deep down within their breasts.

    Every year, some Barbadian students are highlighted as the top Advanced Level performers and are awarded Barbadian scholarships. They are encouraged to be ambitious. Barbadian taxpayers fork out hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly to feed the academic ambitions of these scholarship winners. The underlying justification behind this expenditure is that these potentially brilliant Barbadians will develop their skills and use them to help develop Barbados for the benefit of all Barbadians.

    No one (not even the newspapers) takes a minute to cross check the names of the Barbados scholarship winners against the names of the 11+ exam stars who had surfaced about six or seven years earlier. Most of these scholarship winners chose an area of study in line with their personal ambitions (rather than national needs), leave Barbados, and are never heard of again. This political strategy is deliberate – identify the bright ones from an early age and create a pathway for them to leave the country in a blaze of academic glory. Discourage them from returning.
    This simple observation is enough to start us thinking about the problems inherent in our system of education, and the remedial action that needs to be taken.

    Our history has shown us that many Barbadians who have studied, worked, and lived overseas can help to bring progressive change to Barbados as members of the House of Assembly.

    Leading up to the 2018 General Election, most of us had realized that the Thompson/Stuart administrations had charted a course which was retarding the growth of Barbados. A political rescue effort was needed. Barbadians who felt they had something to contribute to national development needed to stand up and be counted.

    Now, it’s question time.

    Can you name one political party which reached out to Barbadians with unique skills living overseas and offered them as a candidate for the House of Assembly in 2018? (For example, do you remember Errol Barrow and Branford Taitt in 1976, Tom Adams and Don Blackman in 1981?)

    Can you name any Barbadians living overseas who stood up and offered themselves as a candidate for a political party in 2018?

    Now let us look at the reverse concept.

    Can you name Barbadians who were sitting members of the House of Assembly and were then selected by a political party to go and live and work overseas at a job that really called for unique skills? (Examples are Elliott Mottley by the DLP in 1976 and Gline Clarke by the BLP in 2020).

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  • @Walter

    Your point is taken. A budding politician offering themselves to serve has to be aware of the need to balance a Machiavellian approach with his or her conscience. In the majority of times, some will small every time, there is only one winner.

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  • re Our history has shown us that many Barbadians who have studied, worked, and lived overseas can help to bring progressive change to Barbados as members of the House of Assembly.

    I DONT KNOW WHY to bring progressive change to Barbados as members of the House of Assembly. IS SO IMPORTANT BUT WHAT I KNOW, AND IT CAN NOT BE REFUTED I THAT ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO A DR THEO TALMA AND A DR ATHERLY WHO HAD STUDIED, WORKED AND LIVED OVERSEAS RETURNED TO BARBADOS

    DR TALMA, A GREAT PAEDIATRICIAN GOT SO MUCH HELL FROM THE LATE SIR A C GRAHAM, THAT HE BEATED A HASTY RETREAT.

    IN LIKE MANNER, THE EQUALLY OUTSTANDING AND HIGHLY REGARDED AND GENUINE CARDIOLOGIST (IN THE US) DR ATHERLY WAS ALSO RUN OUT OF BARBADOS BY SIR TREVOR HASSELL, THE CARDIOLOGIST, SO CALLED

    THESE ARE FACTS THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED.

    IS “This simple observation enough to start us thinking about the problems inherent in our system of education, and the remedial action that needs to be taken”?.

    OF THE BAJANS IN THE 78 GRADUATING CLASS FROM UWI ONLY WAYNE WELCH REMAINED TO SERVE IN BARBADOS–ALL THE OTHERS WENT ABROAD TO STUDY WORK AND LIVE
    OF THE BAJANS IN THE 😯 GRADUATING CLASS FROM UWI ONLY ONE REMAINED TO SERVE IN BARBADOS–ALL THE OTHERS WENT ABROAD TO STUDY WORK AND LIVE
    OF THE BAJANS IN THE 79 GRADUATING CLASS FROM UWI ONLY ONE WHO WENT ABROAD TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION HAS RETURNED I NEVER LEFT UNTIL I MIGRATED TO TEACH, BECAUSE I WAS FORCED OUT

    IS “This simple observation enough to start us thinking about the problems inherent in our system of education, and the remedial action that needs to be taken”?. I JUST ASKING

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  • David
    Kay McConney and Rawdon Adams were living overseas. Both are now Senators and Kay McConney is a minister. The appointment of both was ridiculed on this same BU and people questioned if persons living in Bim weren’tgood enough. Some of the consultants are Bajans who lived and worked overseas. One or two of the ambassadors were also living overseas. It is also clear that Bajans in the diaspora contributed ideas to the party’s manifesto. One need not be a candidate to serve/contribute.

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  • GP,
    My focus here is on the political arena.
    I take your point, and i agree with you, that many Barbadians who have studied, worked, and lived overseas can help to bring progressive change to Barbados in many other areas as well.

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  • Boy, are people mixed up! A Bajan is a Bajan, is a Bajan. They should be able to come back any time and serve anywhere. Has nothing to do with rejecting who is here. All are Barbadians and there should be no distinction. It should be about who is better for the job.

    Why do we make things so difficult????

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  • WALTER
    RE My focus here is on the political arena.
    I KNOW THAT SIR ….BUT WHY IS POLITICS ALWAYS THE MAIN FOCUS ON BU?

    RE I take your point, and i agree with you, that many Barbadians who have studied, worked, and lived overseas can help to bring progressive change to Barbados in many other areas as well.

    THERE IS A NEED TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO RETURN TO PARTICIPATE IN SEVERAL AREAS

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  • Gold is a rare metal. As a result of its rarity, scientists investigated it and discovered that it is formed through a supernova (the explosion of a giant star), or through the collision of neutron stars.

    I have looked specifically at the cases of political parties bringing home Barbadians who were living and working overseas and offering them as candidates for the House of Assembly. I identified Branford Taitt and Don Blackman as the only two candidates in our modern history.

    Let us investigate these rare events. Was there something special about these two gentlemen? Did their contribution to Barbados turn out to be special? Was the rare action of identifying them and bringing them home for House of Assembly duty justified?

    I also mentioned the reverse concept – a political party identifying a sitting member of the House of Assembly and sending them overseas to live and work. I identified Eliott Mottley and Gline Clarke.

    Let us investigate these rare events. Were these two men lured, and then tempted to resign their Lower House seats because they possessed unique skills that their country required to do a critical job overseas? Or were their resignations obtained to simply satisfy the political objectives of a political party?

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  • @ Walter
    This may be a very bitter pill to swallow but very few Barbadians of your ilk will be enticed to return to serve the political masters in the BLPDLP. The last I recalled was Vic Johnson of the BLP.
    There are dozens who tried to return and even if they did , they did not last. Barbados is steeped in classism. The recently resigned Chief Justice, was given hell because he was not from the elite lawyer class.
    I know both brothers and sisters who could not even survive the classism in the public service, the teaching service and even the snobbery in the corridors of Cave Hill.
    I know a Comrade who returned and could not get a job teaching with a masters degree because he was a radical. The first opportunity he got was from white Father Taylor at St. Gabriels. Even with all the qualifications, a godfather is needed.
    They never let you forget which side of the tracks you are from. Let us begin with the unvarnished truth , at present the country is a play ground for the corrupt political class of the BLPDLP. No new blood going to overcome that. Chris Sinkler was a failure as MOF but they always thought he did not have the right school tie .
    It’s time to remove the rose tainted glasses. The philosophy that if you can’t beat them join them will not work.
    Taking any advice from @David is self defeating, he is a die hard defender of the status quo. I repeat – they will eat you up and spit you out before you blink.
    Good luck my Brother.
    Peace

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  • GP
    November 21, 2020 8:27 PM

    “WALTER
    WHY IS POLITICS ALWAYS THE MAIN FOCUS ON BU?”

    GP,
    Barbadians have reached the stage where they view every single issue through a political microscope. BU is a microcosm of the wider Barbadian society so we have to expect and anticipate the level of politics we witness on BU.

    If we plan to commence and sustain a national discourse, we have to utilize politics. As an alternative strategy, try reaching Barbadians through medicine or religion, for example.

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  • GP
    November 21, 2020 8:27 PM

    “WALTER
    THERE IS A NEED TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO RETURN TO PARTICIPATE IN SEVERAL AREAS”

    GP,
    I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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  • The Gov’t introduced a Constitutional amendment to remove the residency qualification to serve in the Parliament of Barbados and many people here disapproved.

    Senator Caswell Franklyn, Cometh the Man, Cometh the Hour | Barbados Underground

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  • William Skinner
    November 21, 2020 9:36 PM

    “@ Walter
    The recently resigned Chief Justice, was given hell because he was not from the elite lawyer class.”

    William Skinner,
    If the retired CJ was given hell, it was because many thought that he was unable to reform the justice system. It is quite possible that he was unable to make an impressionable dent in the system because the problems were, and still are, too massive for one man to wrestle to the ground.

    I have a lot of confidence in the ability of Patterson Cheltenham GCM, QC (he has to be knighted, right?) so if he is unable to wrestle the judiciary beast to the ground, I would have to conclude that the problem is really intractable, and by extension, the country is in deep trouble.

    On a related note, I have nothing but admiration and respect for Madame Justice Margaret Reifer, so I would like to take this opportunity to offer her congratulations on her elevation to the position of Justice of Appeal, which takes effect on December 1.

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  • William Skinner
    November 21, 2020 9:36 PM

    “@ Walter
    Barbados is steeped in classism.
    I know both brothers and sisters who could not even survive the classism in the public service, the teaching service and even the snobbery in the corridors of Cave Hill.
    They never let you forget which side of the tracks you are from.”

    William Skinner,
    The public service, the teaching service and the corridors of Cave Hill are dominated by blacks.

    Slavery was abolished in 1834. The Apprenticeship System ended in 1838. Have you ever stopped for a moment to reflect on what that really means?

    It means that just about 6 generations ago, all of our ancestors were slaves.
    So all of these feelings of classism and superiority were developed in such a short space of time? So we have a group of blacks who went through slavery and their offspring emerged as class-conscious beings with a superiority complex, and another group whose offspring evolved into weak-minded, fawning, diffident underlings?

    There is no man or woman on Earth who I view as being superior to me. There is no man or woman I look down upon. I advise every Barbadian to adopt this view.

    Our problems in Barbados stem from the lack of opportunities. Scarce resources and scarce opportunities create a sense of power for some who ruthlessly exercise this power to exploit, subjugate or humiliate others.

    The bitter pill you and I have to swallow is the impotence we feel from knowing that we are unable to create meaningful opportunities for Barbadians who just need a start.

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  • @ Walter
    “ It means that just about 6 generations ago, all of our ancestors were slaves.
    So all of these feelings of classism and superiority were developed in such a short space of time? So we have a group of blacks who went through slavery and their offspring emerged as class-conscious beings with a superiority complex, and another group whose offspring evolved into weak-minded, fawning, diffident underlings?”(Quote)
    “The bitter pill you and I have to swallow is the impotence we feel from knowing that we are unable to create meaningful opportunities for Barbadians who just need a start.”(Quote)
    Well said and absolutely true.
    However allow me to say the following:
    If I did not have the privilege of meeting and making life long friendships, with some of the most genuine progressive brothers and sisters ,I would not write a single word, run for no political party or you would never see me on BU or any other publication in Barbados.
    Some of these comrades have gone to their graves broken and destroyed by these criminals. I don’t have no fancy talk for them. They are rogues.
    Every time I lift my pen or open my mouth I do it for those who have gone ; or forced into exile. I don’t write to impress nobody else and when I read some of the hypocrisy and downright attempts in the press and here on BU , I realise that we are conning each other and some are pretending that they are more positive and love the country more than anybody else.
    Then there are the intellectual snobs who hide behind sophistry but they are also guilty of believing that they know more than anybody else.
    Do not for one moment be conned into believing that they would ever put an X next to your name when they can vote for the “ socialites @ and those with “connections” Even if perchance they put you in parliament, the moment you offend the financiers and the power brokers you would be destroyed. Within the same NDP, a candidate offended one of the power brokers and he now lives in North America. And he had a PHd. and was a lawyer.
    My eyes are opened wide and I will not be fooled by these rabid opportunists.So there you have it.
    Like I said good luck .
    Peace

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  • There is a reason why some try to be agents of change. Alert, alert change will not happen by filling your head with all the problems. You do a better job of being excited by the possibilities when change occurs.

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  • If I did not have the privilege of meeting and making life long friendships, with some of the most genuine progressive brothers and sisters ,I would not write a single word, run for no political party or you would never see me on BU or any other publication in Barbados.
    Some of these comrades have gone to their graves broken and destroyed by these criminals. I don’t have no fancy talk for them. They are rogues.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    SO HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY DAVID COMMISSONG?

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  • @Baje
    Comrade Commissiong has served at high levels in the BLP, DLP and NDP. He has apparently put his own Peoples Empowerment Party on a long rest. It means that he sees his goals being achieved by association with the BLP at this time.
    I would not judge him because in many ways I identify with some of his positions.
    He and others have more stomach for the rogues than I do.
    However I was quite alarmed when Comrade Prescod compared Toni Moore with Harriet Tubman. I had to drink a straight white to catch myself. Then another Pan Africanist compared Mia Mottley with Fidel Castro.
    Strange things happen from time to time.
    Peace

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  • WALTER
    WHAT YOU HAVE SAID IS VERY TRUE
    WHEREAS I DO NOT KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE POLITICS GENERALLY, I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT I SAW AND PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED IN MEDICAL SCHOOL AT QEH

    THE WHITE LORD SIR HENRY FRASER CAME HOME WITH A PhD IN CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, BUT HE KNEW NO BIOCHEMISTRY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. WHILE SEEKING TO SHOW THAT A WHITISH BOY WAS SMARTY AND FIT FOR HONOURS, A BLACK STUDENT, WHO DID NOT KNOW ANY BETTER, WENT TO THE BOARD DREW THE CHEMICAL STRUCTURE OF THE DRUG AND EXPLAINED ITS OBVIOUS BREAK DOWN. THAT STUDENT SUFFERED IMMENSELY AS A RESULT.

    I CAN TELL YOU TOO OF THE RED SKINNED TRINIDADIAN LAD WITH A PhD WHOM THE WHITE LORD SIR HENRY FRASER GAVE HELL

    THEN THERE IS THE INCIDENT OF THE LEBANESE TRINIDAD STUDENT WHO FAILED PATHOLOGY TWICE, AND THE RULES WERE BROKEN TO ALLOW HIM TO TAKE PATHOLOGY THE THIRD TIME ALONG WITH FINALS. HE HAD SERIOUS CONNECTIONS WITH THE ABEDS

    THEN THERE IS THE INCIDENT OF THE BLACK DR WHO WAS STROKING A WHITE BAJAN DR
    HE WAS VIRTUALLY RUN FROM THE QEH

    A PARTICULAR POOR BLACK STUDENT FROM BLACK ROCK WAS TOLD ON A WARD ROUND ONE NIGHT ON A1 THAT HE WOULD FAIL THE SURGERY EXAM…….LONG BEFORE THE EXAM WAS HELD
    HE HAD TO REPEAT SURGERY IN MONA IN THE OCTOBER EXAMS. HE NEVER RETURNED TO WORK IN BARBADOS. HE IS A GYNAECOLOGIST IN TRINIDAD WITH THE MRCOG

    THEN THERE IS THE WHITE ENGLISH FELLOW WHO CAME TO BIM ON HOLIDAY THINKING THAT HE HAD FAILED HIS EXAMS IN THE UK, AND HAD NOT MADE PLANS TO WORK UP THERE.

    HE WILL TELL YOU THAT HE WALKED INTO THE QEH BAREFOOT OFF THE BEACH AND SIR AC GRAHAM ARRANGED A JOB FOR HIM HE THEN MARRIED INTO A RICH WHITE BNAJAN FAMILY AND WAS SET

    I CAN GO ON AD INFINITUM AD NAUSEAMQUE

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  • William Skinner
    November 21, 2020 11:48 PM

    “@ Walter
    Every time I lift my pen or open my mouth I do it for those who have gone ; or forced into exile. I don’t write to impress nobody else and when I read some of the hypocrisy and downright attempts in the press and here on BU , I realise that we are conning each other and some are pretending that they are more positive and love the country more than anybody else.
    Then there are the intellectual snobs who hide behind sophistry but they are also guilty of believing that they know more than anybody else.”

    William Skinner,
    You are taking your gaze away from what is important. Don’t get distracted by who you perceive to be hypocrites and intellectual snobs. If being that way “floats their boat” all power to them. Maybe that is their way of enjoying life. You have to know yours.

    Focus on the ideas of “some of the most genuine progressive brothers and sisters” who you have met, and who had a positive impact upon your development. Pass those progressive ideas on to the next generation.

    You have never allowed the actions of backward-thinking Barbadians to define your happiness, so you should not, at this stage of your life, allow their actions to define your anger, sadness, or disappointment.
    Life is short and we are nearing retirement, so we should start relaxing our minds and enjoying ourselves. We brought nothing in this world and we will take nothing out. Votes, the number of terms spent in the House of Assembly, fortune, and fame are all ephemeral. The baton needs to be passed to the next generation. Let them carry on the fight.

    As you continue to age, you might want to take a closer look at the words that Shakespeare put into the mouth of King Lear:

    ‘Tis our fast intent
    To shake all cares and business from our age,
    Conferring them on younger strengths, while we
    Unburden’d, crawl toward death.

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  • @ GP
    Thank you ! That’s who we are.
    Peace

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  • @ Walter
    Thanks bro’ . Believe I am trying.
    Peace

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  • GP,
    In Barbados, all of the events you mentioned are possible. The persons who you highlighted that got “unfaired” are the ones pinned down by limited options. When we are being “unfaired” and we have options or other opportunities, we flee. You and I know the feeling. Every day, I thank the Lord for the options I had.

    However, as Donna pointed out, there are many Barbadians who live a very enjoyable life. They never really encounter racism, have no interest in mingling with the snobbish well-to-do, do not depend on politics or politicians for anything, and do not have any problems with lawyers. They keep their affairs in good order, pay their bills, and revel in the beautiful climatic conditions of Barbados. They are not wealthy by any means, but they are happy and contented. For them, there is no place in the world like Bim.

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  • Well, I am one of the positive ones who love Barbados, although I have never claimed to love it more than anybody else.

    My position is that these evils of which we speak are not peculiar to Barbados and it is counterproductive to behave as though they are. If we describe Barbados as though it is the worst hellhole on earth and Barbadian politicians as a unique brand of monster some people will switch off because they know it is not so.

    I believe in keeping it real. Our politicians and others in positions of influence and authority must be made to do better. Activism is gaining traction in Barbados. I have hope that it will soon do its job. Some day I hope we will march against corruption and force the issue to the forefront. Until then, the powers that be shall do as they please.

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  • Correct Walter, HAVE NO INTEREST in mingling with the snobbish who’s who. Can’t be yourself around that lot. Always looking to impress. Too tiring for Donna.

    Never said I did not have problems with lawyers though. I just applied the mad woman pressure and solved them soon enough. They wanted to get rid of me. The only one I did not have a problem with was Hutson Linton. He was my father’s friend. Even waived some of his fees.

    Look, I know many of these people. All they need is for pressure to be applied. It is doable. But Bajans just talk. I am not the type to get people to follow me. They think I am crazy because I am different and march to the beat of my own drum, so I cannot start the activism. I’d be happy to join in when it starts.

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  • Really Donna…ya don’t need anyone to be an activist, i do my best work alone because the niga mentality in others turn me completely off…so i shed everyone, started alone and will finish it all off that way….the one thing ya can’t do is sit on the fence, it’ll never work, ya either an activist or ya are not, can’t have it both ways.

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  • “Anyone who worships a man because of his position is a dangerous agent of corruption.
    Stop the praise singing because people in positions must serve, they are not to be worshiped.”

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  • Wasn’t Nigel Barrow brought back by the Dipper?

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  • Male worship is loud and clear on BU
    Notice how fast the men protect each other against loud outburst and offensive language against women well with the exception of Hal
    On BU women can be the object of all kinds of name calling and the men like sissy would jump in haste to accommodate each other
    Reason why Walter can come on BU and pretend to be lilly white when his words have already condemn him
    Read the mens perspective of Walter which gives walter an altar ego and the go ahead to be an agent of leadership although Walter sexist opinions fails and falls short of the what woman expectations are of the male gender utterances about the female

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  • A TOTAL FRAUD…..worshipped by FRAUDS…in Barbados.

    “FRASER CAME HOME WITH A PhD IN CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, BUT HE KNEW NO BIOCHEMISTRY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. WHILE SEEKING TO SHOW THAT A WHITISH BOY WAS SMARTY AND FIT FOR HONOURS, A BLACK STUDENT, WHO DID NOT KNOW ANY BETTER, WENT TO THE BOARD DREW THE CHEMICAL STRUCTURE OF THE DRUG AND EXPLAINED ITS OBVIOUS BREAK DOWN. THAT STUDENT SUFFERED IMMENSELY AS A RESULT.

    I CAN TELL YOU TOO OF THE RED SKINNED TRINIDADIAN LAD WITH A PhD WHOM THE WHITE LORD SIR HENRY FRASER GAVE HELL.”

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  • I have been the only person on BU who made my views known with disgust on Walter terminology of the female posterior
    David has now resort to blocking comments if the words “tb” are used
    David you are so wrong and now you have gone so far as trying to protect Walter from a wrong
    Men have always used females as the butt of jokes
    Womens movement have fought long and hard to put away false impressions and jokes about women
    Time u men wise up to such truths and shed that ole thinking of men always right and women are silly

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  • @ Mariposa

    The language is an indication of common decency, of their morals. When I call it the Bajan Condition I am attacked, but it flows from the very top to the bottom.
    The lawyers and doctors behave in much the same way as the boys under the tree – remember Kerrie Symmonds talking about horning during the last general election campaign? And he did not show the slightest bit of embarrassment.
    I once brought a friend of mine, a television journalist, to Barbados and in the process introduced her to a childhood friend of mine. Some time after, back in London, she rang me at work and asked if I had heard from my friend. I said no.
    She then told me she had heard from him and he was in London and wanted to hook up with her. It was the kind of jungle behaviour that is acceptable among some Barbadians. This man was a well known public figure. I also know of a case when a then magistrate who officiate at a wedding, spent the entire reception trying to get the bridge’s email address. You cannot make it up.
    I often see it in London among people who are out of Barbados, but Barbados is not out of them.

    .

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  • In all of my years on BU, I have never read where anybody, even those who are critical of the country, deemed it a hell hole or anything of that nature.What suggest that when putting pen to paper we all occasionally go overboard. I honestly think that they have been severely critical of the fact that after fifty six years of independence , there are still some basic matters that have been left undone or allowed to fall apart to accommodate a parasitic minority.
    If Barbadians were not a relatively contented people , they would be protesting every day in the streets. I don’t know if I tell my grandson , that there is racism every where or poverty every where so let us go to the beach and enjoy the day and don’t be negative, that I would have done him any favors or taught him anything.
    Furthermore, I really don’t know if a Barbadian in any part of the world being robbed blind by any professional can get his money back by just applying pressure. The ninety six year old gentleman, who lives in an North American city and has been trying to get his “papers” from lawyers for the last twenty years may have a very different view. At least when my friend , who visits him , and has been trying to assist with this predicament for at least fifteen years, including when going home on vacations, may have a different view.
    I would imagine that the world is all right with most of us who come on BU , even those who are deeply partisan, and perhaps that is why we can find the time to express ourselves with such frequency.
    Attempts to nullify facts remain the shortcomings of our people. I really don’t know that because I have not been lynched or shot by a police , that I must always bring the argument that there is police brutality or racism everywhere.
    But what I do know is, I have never met or known a Barbadian who hates Barbados or puts down Barbados for the fun of it. I have met and known Barbadians who criticize their country because I know that their love their country and I personally don’t go around pretending that I love it more than anybody else and I alone appreciate its natural beauty and what a beautiful thing it is to just some days eat a wonderful meal and drink a tall glass of lemonade under the shade of a tree and doze of . I think most of us have experienced that.
    I humbly suggest that we bitch and argue to make sure that other generations can have these simple pleasures. By the way, we need to remind poor Black people that people wait for operations and eye examinations and MRIs for three and four years everywhere. And that people turn on their taps and get brown water to drink or no water everywhere. That’s why I have never agreed with @Hal that we are a failed state and why I totally agree with much of @WURA states and I would put my head on the block that neither hates or loves Barbados less or more than any body else.
    Perhaps some believe we should all accept and fulfill the biblical philosophy that the poor will always be with us , enjoy ourselves and move on.
    Now, let me read the Nation newspaper and listen to Radio Barbados.
    A very pleasant Sunday to all and may all good things attend you and yours.

    Peace

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  • @William

    The Klu Klux Clan justified what they did for the love of country. What is your point again?

    #MAGA
    #apologist

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  • As has been your wont of late, misrepresenting my position. You sir, have gone over the deep end. I cannot help you. I shall just correct you on one point – if you look at the context within which my comments were made you will see that I was referring to pressure being applied not by individuals but by the masses through organised activism. If this is not the method you expect to bring change, kindly enlighten us as to your preferred method.

    As for WURA, I have no intention of getting into any stupid back and forth with the Wonder Woman.

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  • My cucumbers are more level-headed than the champions of the poor on this blog.

    Time to do something more productive and empowering than banging my head against BU brick walls.

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  • @ David
    I really have no point. I just writing like everybody else.
    Peace

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  • @ Donna
    An opposing position is just that. Should you think that I have directly misrepresented you, I sincerely apologise.
    I have described your contributions as “ balanced” . I don’t know if there is a better way to express how I view them.It makes no sense asking me to come up with suggestions or show what I would do. I have opinions like everybody else.
    You are just so free to attach any description to my views. Believe me there are sincerely welcomed.
    You would note that @Hal, @David @Pacha @ Walter and I “ get in to it times”, to me it’s just debate and ideas floating around. Nothing more. It’s never personal with me.
    Peace

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  • MARIPOSA November 22, 6.38 pm

    Well Said.

    On this male dominated blog, it ok to curse, insult, denigrate and make women the butt end of “male jokes””. This charge is lead by the “honourable blog master”. He sets the standards. If you express a contrary thought and it against the Barbados Labour Party then you draw ire of the blog master .

    Everyone must be signing in the Barbados Labour party choir just like him.

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  • “As for WURA, I have no intention of getting into any stupid back and forth with the Wonder Woman.”

    Wahlossss! 🤣🤣

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  • The blogmaster always allow latitude on the blog. Can we get back to the substantive matter? If not the blogmaster will act.

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  • We are all adults here. Sex is part of life. We women take some shots at male genitals also. There are some men who go overboard. I don’t find that to be the majority.

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  • Bajan Doctors being picked or rejected on whether they have right or wrong skin sounds a tad harsh
    they must be Specialist Skin Doctors
    Left Wrong
    Right Skin
    March
    March
    March
    March
    Mash Down the Walls of Jericho
    Sing an Ethiopian Song All Day Long

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  • “We are all adults here. Sex is part of life. We women take some shots at male genitals also. There are some men who go overboard. I don’t find that to be the majority.”

    Joey Knox uses an algorithm to determine male and female as a percentage of probability
    a more accurate test is whether they have a penis or vagina

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  • In America the only crime that some people commit is being born Black in America, where they can give you a life sentence

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  • You have made this point many times on the blog yet you continue. Sometimes you have to wonder if some of you are brain dead.

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  • Just one more time. One more time.

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  • Fake outrage.
    There is nothing I hate more than fake outrage. I will have to search for the original comment but it did not alarm me then.

    However, I remember a few who blew it up to score political points. I do not recall mention of any race, but here you are introducing a racial component.

    Do you want to know what disgusts me. It is not the trembling, but the cheap and lewd gyrating botsies that can be found all over the internet after crop over.
    Not trembling, gyrating in a suggestive sexual and promiscuous manner. Trembling is an upgradeto that type of behavior. Be outraged at that and what
    I said.

    You want respect. Respect yourself and your age.

    Note: TheO don’t even want to be dog catcher, so he can tell it as it is

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  • “As for WURA, I have no intention of getting into any stupid back and forth with the Wonder Woman.”

    Donna…maybe if you spent 8 years on a blog and on other forums with on a useful mission, you too may take on the attributes of someone who actually works toward results, don’t have time for the wait and see attitude which is counterproductive to empowerment of the mind, our ANCESTORS ARE STILL WAITING…

    Fowl Enuff….. it’s the one with all the SELF-BUILT FIRES now running around trying in vain to put them all out with a little bucket of water while everyone else has DRUMS OF GASOLINE..

    …now that is the definition of a REAL Wonder Woman…trying to outwit everyone despite what she SET IN MOTION now on AUTOPILOT….her own doing…no one has to even use their brains to WATCH IT ALL COLLAPSE….free entertainment

    like ya got burnt too badly, lost most of ya fowl feathers ya mixing up things….ya may need medical help..

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  • @9:58. Sorry, was here typing on a phone and missed it.

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  • “I honestly think that they have been severely critical of the fact that after fifty six years of independence , there are still some basic matters that have been left undone or allowed to fall apart to accommodate a parasitic minority.”

    among other things, but this is not the forum to expound.

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  • In my haste I may have merged a few posts together.
    This mAy be an error on my part as I have searched for the phrase that triggered it and cannot find it…

    “I do not recall mention of any race, but here you are introducing a racial component.”

    If I am the one who introduced race into your statement then I apologize.

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  • i made a reply to hal about common decency and it was removed which gives further evidence of women living in a male dominated world and any effort by a woman to describe a male lewd and offensive behaviour would not pass the litmus test prescribed by the male gender
    which begs the question of David BU what is your haste to be a goal keeper for those whose actions fall short of decency
    Could be that who the dog love the dog show preferential treatment

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  • I think even the apologists for the BDLP would agree that Barbados could be a better place.

    At this time, discussion of who is to blame is pointless. We had several exchanges of the leadership baton and it is clear that we are unable to change course.

    Good men and women have stepped forward with sound ideas, only to have rabid partisan jumped on them as soon as they open their mouths.

    WURA, who is akin to a modern John the Baptist crying in the wilderness of BU is now a mad woman.

    Piece wore a tin foil hat

    WS lost his deposit.

    Hal is everything not found in the book of good.

    Patriotic men an women reduced to a single word or a carriacture. Meanwhile the BDLP with fifty years of flawed leadership flounders on.

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  • Caricature

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  • @Marioosa

    These things are not unobserved. As I have said, there is a fake politeness, addressing other bloggers as Mr or Ms, it is like the police stopping young black boys and calling them ‘sir’, before stripping them in public.
    On Bu, the one who profess to be educated, start out by being ‘polite’, but if you challenge them they resort to abuse and expletives and even talk of being a liar and hate, words I rarely hear in my ordinary social experience.
    Quite often it is a shield for their own ignorance. Sometimes all that is needed is simply to ask the person to explain themselves, or to elaborate.
    You will notice only certain bloggers ask people to explain themselves, while others jump on what appears to be ‘wrong’ as a signal that the person is lying. It is the gotcha complex.
    I remember one person going to Mailonline and posting some information, which s/he claimed was from the Daily Mail. I pointed out it came from Mailonline, a simple fact. Rather than thanking me, s/he attacked me for nitpicking.
    On another occasion, I said that the regulatory body for accountants and auditors in the UK is the Financial Reporting Council; one person came one shouting that I was not only wrong, but a liar. Of course it was correct, but in the BU echo chamber who listens to the facts.
    Only recently I pointed out that the fist-past-the-post system of voting encourages a two party system, the winner and the runner-up, while proportional representation encourages minority parties because government is usually by coalition. A statement of fact.
    I gave as examples Israel, Germany, the Scottish National Party, etc. I was accused of being ‘obsessed’ with PR. BU is reflective of Barbados.
    You will find the psychology of the mob in its perfect form on BU. People who bully and those who are scared to call them out in case they too become victims.
    There is one person I am watching his/her postings as a sign of a meltdown in real time on social media. Have a look at Peter Finch in the film Network. A real-life nervous breakdown is a frightening experience.
    .

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  • Every body talks about ethics moral standing integrity all which can be described as Common decency and highly appropriate for good leadership
    However when those aspects are placed on a foundation which requires due respect
    There is an underlying current of anger against the message and messenger
    Walter Blackman wants to step out and make a difference no problem
    However he must be vetted and scrutinize making shore his character shines brightly as an example for others to follow
    The apologist can comfort and support all they wish however the bottom line lays within a person character
    A great philosopher once said “by they fruits we shall know them”
    Fake outrage No! just a debate which hinges on an individual moral character
    Have a great Sunday bajan style

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  • @Ha
    @All
    Sometimes you have to let go and move on. There is truth in the expression that when pointing fingers, three are pointing back at you.

    The fight for the last word is endless. Having the last word does not mean victory

    Let it go. Move on

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  • 😃
    I have developed a liking for you.
    You have mastered the art of making gold from straw.

    I remembered when we talked of two or three Mariposa/ac and how you attempted to ride a dead horse past the winning post, but you have evolved to a much higher level.

    Your deliveries are now clever, consistent and very effective.

    Indeed, if you can match your level of outrage to actual events, you would be unbeatable. Keep up the effort.

    Have a beautiful day.

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  • “You will find the psychology of the mob in its perfect form on BU”

    I think a good take away conclusion is people from Barbados are nuts, but this thread is getting confusing about who is having a pop at who. It conjures up a scene of a street gang of about 20 people pulling out guns and aiming them at each other and shooting randomly and all of them dying.

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  • You and some others are like children. You must get in a last word, it t does not matter if it makes no sense. Then you same people claim to be at the vanguard of wanting change.

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  • @ 555dubstreet

    You are correct. And, it appears as though every BU thread is indeed becoming increasingly confusing as well.

    All of a sudden, a level of outrage is being directed at Mr. Blackman and ‘talk’ about “ethics, moral standing, integrity, individual moral character, common decency”……. simply because he mentioned something about “trembling botsies?”

    Where were these same people who are now expressing outrage HIDING when, with monotonous continuity, contributors, INCLUDING WOMEN. are described as predators, wild beast and savages that should be in the jungle, slimy pigs, hungry dingoes, buzzing flies, billy goats, wild barking dogs, buzzards and buzzing flies?

    That’s why I believe this ‘outrage’ is not only fake, but hypocritical as well.

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  • Here it is the blogmaster invited Walter to share insights about his forage into political life in Barbados and what do we get from supposedly intelligent people? A bariffle of BS. All comments will now be deleted at the blogmaster’s discretion.

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  • GP
    November 22, 2020 1:33 PM

    “THE ONE WHO SOUGHT TO TEACH ME BIOCHEMISTRY ABOUT THE OBVIOUS AND EASILY EXPLAINED INBORN ERROR OF METABOLISM EXHIBITED BY MS SEMANYA, THE BLACK 800 METER CHAMPION. IF SHE WAS OF A DIFFERENT HUE, HER SITUATION WOULD BE ACCEPTED. SHE OBVIOUSLY LACKS THE ENZYME TO CONVERT TESTOSTERONE TO ESTROGEN”

    GP,
    I accept the main thrust of your argument.

    I have watched the summer olympics for “may moons” and I have seen some white female competitors who were built like men. Admittedly, the majority of them competed in the field events. No one ever questioned their gender. No one ever labelled them as “intersex” athletes

    Caster Semenya, a black South African female athlete, has won the last two gold medals in the 800 metres, and her success has caused her to be subjected to many tests. All of a sudden, we have become bombarded with “scientific ” data about her. She has X and Y chromosomes, the studies claim, and these chromosomes enable her to produce testosterone levels in the male range.

    Consequently, Semenya was barred from competing in the World Track and Field games last year, and the IAAF has imposed hormone restrictions in women’s races ranging from the 400 metres to the mile. The immediate impact of the IAAF’s restrictions is to limit poor Semenya to competing in the 100 and 200 metres. The obvious objective of this strategy is to wipe Semenya from the face of international athletics.

    This is the world we live in.

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  • Here is a tidier presentation how to start a WordPress blog for dummies.

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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  • CORRECTION WALTER

    Caster Semenya, THE black South African female athlete, WHO has won the last two gold medals in the 800 metres, has X and Y chromosomes. THIS MAKES HER FEMALE BUT these chromosomes DO NOT enable her to produce testosterone levels in the male range.
    ALL WOMEN MAKE TESTOSTERONE BEFORE THEY MAKE OESTROGENS

    THE PROCESS IS CHOLESTEROL=-> THE FEMALE HORMONE PROGESTERONE =-> TESTOSTERONE where it stops in men

    in females TESTOSTERONE is then converted to OESTROGENS WHICH INDUCES THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT TEND TO DIFFERENTIATE THE SEXES APART FROM THE GENITALIA
    IF I KNOW THAT SHE HAS AN INBORN ERROR OF METABOLISM IN THE LACK OF THE ENZYME THAT CONVERTS TESTOSTERONE TO ESTROGENS, THE SCIENTISTS MUST ALSO KNOW IT

    THIS IS BASIC BIOCHEMISTRY THAT IS WELL KNOWN TODAY
    THEY HAVE NEVER FOUND HER TO HAVE EXOGENOUS STEROIDS. THEY KNOW THAT ALL HER EXCESS TESTOSTERONE IS PRODUCED ENDOGENOUSLY.

    RE The immediate impact of the IAAF’s restrictions is to limit poor Semenya to competing in the 100 and 200 metres.
    SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN THESE EVENTS WELL BECAUSE HER MUSCLE FIBRES MAY NOT BE FAST TWITCH,AND THEY PROBABLY KNOW THIS

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  • @ Walter Blackman November 22, 2020 3:36 PM

    Sorry to add a bit of diversion or a little levity to your blog.

    But you have just argued, inadvertently so, one of the best cases on behalf of same-sex unions (in which Caster her/him self?? is involved).

    Why should mainstream society discriminate so blatantly against ‘others’ who are always in the minority just because they might be the victims (let us say ‘products’) of the quirks of Mother Nature?

    W.McM. B, you are certainly a true Xtian at heart and indeed in mind; even if not in thoughts. LOL!!

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  • Here it is the blogmaster invited Walter to share insights about his forage into political life in Barbados and what do we get from supposedly intelligent people? A bariffle of BS. All comments will now be deleted at the blogmaster’s discretion.
    THE SAME OBTAINS ON SSS EVERY WEEK AND ON MOST THREADS
    IT HAS BEEN SO FOR YEARS

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  • Is there morality in politics?

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  • RE But you have just argued, inadvertently so, one of the best cases on behalf of same-sex unions (in which Caster her/him self?? is involved).
    Why should mainstream society discriminate so blatantly against ‘others’ who are always in the minority just because they might be the victims (let us say ‘products’) of the quirks of Mother Nature?
    THE PERENNIAL PABLUM BY MILLER
    CASTER SEMANYA IS PHYSICALLY AND GENETICALLY FEMALE
    SHE IS NOT A QUIRK OF NATURE EITHER
    SHE FUNCTIONS AS AN OUTSTANDING ATHLETE IN HER DISCIPLINE, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF ANY HORMONAL ADVANTAGE, BUT PROBABLY SHE WORKS AT HER DISCIPLINE, AND IS MOST LIKELY ENDOWED WITH THE SLOW SWITCH MUSCLE FIBRES REQUIRED BY AND CHARACTERISTIC OF LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS

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  • So here These are my last words on the issue
    I apologize. I was rude i was disruptive.i was immoral unethical and ruthlessly untruthful
    I apologize
    Time for dinner cow heel red beans and rice and a greek salad

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  • @ GP November 22, 2020 4:19 PM

    How come you have avoided, and deliberately so, that morally burning vexed fact that she is a same-sex relationship in which she is committed sexually to another biologically-proven female?

    What is your biblical exegesis on that ‘odd’ state of affairs?

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  • @ Mariposa

    My father loved red beans and rice, I am not sure about the cow heel. He favoured beef stew. Enjoy. Remember to say your prays. I am a simpler eater.

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  • Hal my dinner all symbolic of having to traverse high waters
    Cow heel. a symbol of toughness
    Red beans . symbol of sacrifice
    Greek salad. A combination of choices with good intentions

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