The Government is planning to use mini-drone choppers in its latest attempt loose the fight against crime but win another term in office. The mini-drones will be outfitted with the latest spy equipment that can see through heavily draped windows and women, closed and bolted doors, hollow clay and concrete blocks plastered on both sides as well as politicians regardless of party. Apart from the latest spy equipment with current firmware, the drones will come with the usual annihilation equipment and MP3 players with ear buds. It is said that the drones will be controlled by an independent committee made up of ten citizens chosen by another independent committee selected by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister and God. The Committee will be chosen from a wide cross section of the population and will include no more than one doubles vendor, one community leader and one atheist. A two thirds majority – 6.667 people – will be required to activate the annihilation equipment where the target looks funny or is a gold-color Nissan. The drones will be capable of streaming live video via the social media and have its own Facebook page.
The Committee, like some politicians, church builders building churches from kick-back money, former head of State agencies and billionaire crooks, will be exempted from prosecution for any crime committed thus the Drone Committee will not have to worry about taking out the wrong man or car. Crime is expected to take a nose dive once the drones take to the air and start buzzing over crime hotspots and political meetings held behind closed doors. As is customary in this country, a kick-back will be paid to the politician or politicians who put the things in place for this latest crime fighting initiative to happen. As is also customary, offshore bank accounts will be set up as necessary.
The Easter Blackout of 2013 will go down in Trinidad and Tobago’s history as the most exciting thing to happen to this country since the attempted coup of 1990. It is rumored that this 8, 10, 12 hour electricity blackout was accidental and in no way the work of a defeated and humiliated but powerful and highly moral union or the disgruntled and eager-for-power opposition.
The massive outage happened some minutes after midnight on the start of the long Easter weekend and seemed more than a coincidence at first. With the aid of cell phones connected to the social media via cell sites running on backup batteries and the mauvais lang nature of Trinis, the extent of the outage was propagated among the population in a short time. Not only was the extent of the outage and what might have caused it known instantly but who meat was spoiling and how much mosquitoes was attacking who and where.
It was during this blackout that people had time to reflect on something other than Jack Warner and realize how dependent on electricity and Protox we have become. It was however very unfortunate that few realized how much nicer the country looked under the moonlight as compared to the pollution of street lights. This incident showed how easy it probably still is to shut the country down and that storming a Parliament full of idiots by another set of idiots will do very little to terrify the nation again. All that is needed is one false alarm from a gas plant and away we go.
24 billion TT$ in Clico so far and no accountability
1.6 billion TT$ spent on Piarco Airport and 1 billion traced to offshore banks
I am now more than a bit concerned that corruption from the Manning era is flourishing under your watch. Despite all your ranting about setting up an Anti-corruption Commission, I have heard nothing about this essential service. I don’t know if such a Commission exist since a Google search shows that it was last mentioned early in 2011. I blogged about such a measure in January 2011, full of hope that finally a Government in power will do something about the corruption infestation that is still plaguing our land.
What has happened since this People’s Partnership was elected is that senior government ministers are now partying with the obviously-corrupt public officials and some suspected big drug men and money launders are courting and liming with the opposition. By now, despite rants form politicians on both sides, the population knows that Section 34 was no accident and it was one of the few things that the Government, Opposition and other higher powers agreed on for the good of the “better people” of our land. Our marketed-as-fearless Prime Minister said back in January 2011 “If it is that a man works for $1,000 but he is driving a million-dollar BMW, then where did that money come from?” What I want to add is “Where did some of the directors of various Ministries get money to build their $10,000,000 dollar second homes in Trinidad, and buy new Prados and BMWs.” These homes are places where some self-righteous Government Ministers party with dubious characters (public servants) who might well be sponsoring the Government.
Much of the population is feeling betrayed by the Government and Opposition as people are realizing the depth of corruption and money laundering in this country. Both political parties seem to have a hand in allowing these activities to flourish as these political parties and party officials benefit immensely from dirty money. These parties are unpatriotic and their main goal is to ride the backs of voters so that they can protect the Mr. Bigs of our country. What lies beneath our political parties stinks even more than what we see on the surface and what we see on the surface is rotten beyond belief.
A Betrayed Voter
As hard as it is to believe, the following is based on actual events that took place in the former Democratic Country of Trinidad and Tobago over the last few days.
“Attack the press and the people with full force” shouted the Trinidad and Tobago Cabal (formerly known as the Government) as they saw the treasury and iPads slipping from their grips. It was just two years ago they hoodwinked the population into casting their votes for a dictatorship disguised as a democratic party and were hoping that the nation kept behaving like sheep and goats. But as good luck would have it, the plot to free their treasury-plundering leaders from a life in jail, without the benefit of any access to extra-slippery butt cream, was exposed by the soon-to-be-strangled press of the land.
This one cataclysmic event, along with the nightmares of deeds of the Last Party in Power, jolted the country out of slumber and the usual sheep and goat behavior of the nation was transformed almost overnight to the behavior of wolves. The Cabal, on seeing this transformation, grew angry and flew into a blinding rage because they knew that jail is no place for butt-hole party leaders. “How dare they expose us” shouted the King, and the Queen and the Chief Corrupt Lawyer of the Cabal. “Don’t they know who is boss.” So, both in fury and desperation, every woman and Jack in the cabal asked all their minions who were given, getting, or about to get party favors, to come out and support the Dictatorship at a free brain-numbing event to show the protesting nation how mindless mass support can make a hugely unforgivable wrong, alright.
Despite previous public perception, I am the Attorney General who knows nutting about criminal law. Now under this maladministration we had a Minister of Justice who knew quite a bit about criminals so that is why the PM fire he ass. I see no reason to resign because I was so ignorant about criminal law it ain’t funny. I couldn’t even tell the difference between a purse snatcher and a white collar criminal. In fact, when Section 34 went before cabinet I fly away fast, fast because whether I was there or in Alaska, it wouldn’t ah make ah damn difference and I think the PM was fully cognisant of this. However it should be noted that only last night I ordered two books from Amazon Bargain Books section, Criminal Law for Dummies and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Criminal Law. With this new found knowledge I will now be able to advise Cabinet properly and at a level they can understand. I am surprised people are calling for my head and I only assume it is because I have fat cheeks. And, no, stupidity is never a reason to be dismissed from cabinet because if that was the case the cabinet of this country will be nearly empty all the time.
Despite countless wishes and prayers from Anand, Hubert and Jack the population will not be moving on from Section 34 simply because this trio are the ones who should be moving on. What these politicians don’t realize or what they fear is that Section 34 is like a ham bone, the more you boil it the better the soup taste.
The Section 34 Scandal has made it easy for a disillusioned population to come up with a plot for an international spy thriller where Mr. and Mr. Big paid a politician or group of politicians to ensure they (Mr. and Mr. Big) get away with the country’s money and possibly many other assorted criminal offenses in the future. What is now a thick plot in public’s mind is that this Government never intended to move the country forward but to help criminals get a better grip around the people’s necks and balls. And speaking of balls, if the Prime Minister doesn’t act with Partap haste on this matter then the population will understand why criminals are held in such high esteem by the Government and why we must be very afraid of every action by this ruling force.
I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
It is rumored that self-proclaimed law experts, Anand and Hubert, will not be getting their complimentary iPads from Parliament as punishment for sneakily making a hole in a brand new law through which two of the country’s most popular accused criminals, Ish and Steve, had planned to escape. It is also rumored that Hubert has already protested this latest atrocity saying he will get a medical certificate stating his heart was set on an iPad 2 while Anand bawled out how he needed not one, but two tablets for his latest headache. If these rumors are true then the legal duo will have to continue to tote millions of dollars worth of paper in an out of Parliament while their colleagues pretend their tablets are on.
When the news to this latest Government-approved law hole was highlighted by the press, the public and Government officials feigned surprise and horror with some true supporters wondering why the Government was taking so long to pay their pipers.
Within a month or so my fellow citizens of Trinidad and Tobago will learn what economic austerity measures will be in store for them. Measures which may include things such as increases in the price of fuel, VAT, import duties, along with higher taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, iPads and incomes. All these measures will be unleashed onto the public coupled with retrenchment in the public service. Also, within the same time-frame, Parliamentarians will receive, at taxpayers’ expense, the iconic and expensive iPad tablets which can be used for storing Parliamentary documents and playing Angry Birds.
According to the Speaker of the House, The Honorable Wade Mark, he decided to issue the iPads to strengthen the 50-year-old nation’s democracy which has an unlimited supply of taxpayers dollars. I understand that Mr. Mark said the process of acquiring iPads will be as transparent, thus corruption free, as possible. But to start with, Mr. Mark said iPads and not tablets. Does technology-savvy Speaker of The House of Representative even know there are many excellent tablets out there that will serve the 71 Parliamentarians just as well as iPads but are cheaper? Mr. Mark was backed up by the President of the Senate, Mr. Timothy Hamel-Smith, who said that laptops hide the faces of members of Parliament but I fail to see how that is a bad thing. When Parliamentarians were provide with laptops did the powers that be say what brand of laptops they needed? The Speaker needs to come out and tell the public why he has this bias towards Apple Inc. It could well be Mr. Mark used the word iPad to mean a tablet with a Retina display and dual-core A5X processor just as some use the word Colgate to mean toothpaste, Nescafe to mean coffee and Durex to mean condom.
The world has gone global, competition is stiff and Samsung is great. I suggest if this Government and Speaker want to appear to be the pillar of honesty they must go out for an open public tender for tablets with suitable functional specifications and not simply go out to tender for the prestigious iPad. Failing to do so will introduce the smell of bias and favoritism on the doors of Parliament and our Democracy proving once again to citizens that this Government is not as honest as previously advertised.
Sometime today, Trinidad and Tobago will become a 50 years old Nation even though scientists have concluded the land and some of the politicians are millions of years old. I also understand that TTT (Trinidad and Tobago Television) had its first broadcast on Independence Day 1962. Fortunately for the records sake I found the clippings (posted above) neatly stored in an old magazine I bought in a book store on Duke Street in the late 90’s. The clippings showed TTT’s weekly lineup of the first week in November 1962. Some of these TV shows might bring back memories to those who still have their memories intact. But that was just 50 years ago so some of the people who were fortunate enough to access a TV in Trinidad and Tobago back then might not be considered too old in 2012.
I scanned both the front and back of the clippings to add conversation to the blog. 50 years from now I expect archeologists to be digging up old blogs to find out what the nation of Trinidad and Tobago was like at 50. Were the people civilized, were the leaders and citizens honest and patriotic, and why were all the flights on all airlines leaving the Nation of Trinidad and Tobago packed with eager citizens armed with fully loaded credit cards and headed for North American Malls and shopping areas in London. 50 years from now I don’t expect patriotic citizens, on Independence Day, to be installing and waving Trinidad and Tobago cloth flags made in China but instead they will be waving their ultra-thin iPad 25 – also made in China – to the nostalgic sounds of Montano, Kes and even Aloes. 50 years from now the dogs that ran away during the setting off of fireworks observed with glee by fun-loving patriots during Independence Day celebrations will still not be reunited with their owners who failed to secure them properly. Nearly all the murder cases currently on the Police books today will remain unsolved 50 years from now, and the corrupt and their descendants will still be enjoying their ill-gotten booty and booty that was plundered from the Nation.
The video is blocked from this website by the IOC and the song is called Survival and sung by British rock band Muse. I hear this song nearly every day and probably even on our local Star 94.7 and still can’t picture it as a theme song for the Olympics.
On the other hand, the song below is a West Indies Cricket song which has enough energy to power the 2012 Olympics in London for all its days. The song is called We Are The West Indies and its performed by Tian Wynter & Keida.
- Muse – “Survival” (London 2012 Olympic Games Official Song) (stereogum.com)
- Muse’s official Olympics song ‘Survival’ now has a video: Watch it here! (music-mix.ew.com)
- Muse Premieres “Survival” – Official Theme Song For London Olympics (kroq.radio.com)
If you are a fan of the TV series Mad Men you will agree that Jessica Pare (Megan) is Hot! Some say she is too skinny and has big teeth but she looks amazing in black underwear and can seduce with her French accent. The series Mad Men obviously needed fresh Female Talent after January Jones(Betty) became a little too annoying.I think there was a white or satin underwear scene featuring January Jones in Season 4 but maybe not as sexy as Pare in black or white.
- Jessica Paré Steps From Mad Men To Met Gala (popsugar.com)
- Mad Men stars BEFORE they were famous: A schoolgirl Jessica Pare and a dishevelled Jon Hamm (dailymail.co.uk)
- Mad Men Emmy Shocker: Newcomer Jessica Pare to Vie With Elisabeth Moss for Lead Actress Nod (tvline.com)
- January Jones and Jon Hamm Team Up to Chat Mad Men (popsugar.com)
- ‘Mad Men’s’ New Man: Ben Feldman Debuts On Sunday’s Episode (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jessica Pare from ‘Mad Men': Very Canadian (balanceoffood.typepad.com)
Today was too good to pass up the opportunity to photograph the rain to help prove that it sometimes rains needles and pins. I used a tripod to hold the camera and a mango tree was positioned at the back of the rain. The photo was shot on location in Trinidad and Tobago using a Pentax K-7 fitted with a Pentax 50-200mm zoom lens at 1/80s and f6.3.
- Pins and Needles (hawkruh1.wordpress.com)
- How to Remove Pin Bones from Fish Fillets (thekitchn.com)
- Pentax K-30 official, resists rain, dust and temp extremes (electronista.com)
I love looking at live streaming webcams from all over the world and one I frequently visit is the Abbey Road Crossing webcam in London - I visited Abbey Road last year August but more about that in a later blog post. I was thinking that there should be live, 24-hour streaming, tourism related webcams for Trinidad and Tobago which will go a long way in promoting tourism in the country. Examples of good webcam locations would be Maracas Bay, Mayaro beach, Frederick Street, The Croisee in San Junan, Curepe Junction, somewhere in San Fernando, Fort George Trinidad, Store Bay, Fort George Tobago, Piccadilly Street Trinidad and Duncan Street.With all the reports of crime in the media the Ministry of Tourism should not be afraid to show to the world what Trinidad and Tobago is really like 24-7. Show the potential tourists we have nothing to hide and that 98.97% of the time they will not see any crime being committed. This will boost potential visitor confidence internationally and will do more for the country’s economy than any press release by any Government authority or even the Minister of Finance.
There are a few webcams operating for years in the Trinidad and the best are from Ultimate Solutions who decided to place mainly traffic related webcams at strategic locations and make them available to the public as good advertisement for their business. They also placed one at Maracas Bay and that can be considered a tourism related streaming webcam. There is another one in a street in Port of Spain which looks static some of the time because it can be a quiet street.
I want to advise Toyota to immediately stop selling Prados to the Government and their agencies and change the name of the vehicle to anything else. It is amazing how two consecutive administrations has, at taxpayers expense, almost destroyed the reputation in Trinidad and Tobago of a quality, high-end company and SUV. The Audi people must be thanking their good fortune that politicians and their stooges prefer Toyota. There is now a stigma attached to the Prado where the sight of one causes the average voter and taxpayer to go into a fit of rage despite not being able to see who is inside due to illegal, and heavy tints on the glass. The average voter thought they voted against this chaufferism last election but apparently those we voted in think otherwise. It will be wise to reveal to the public the written justification for buying, leasing or even using such a high end vehicle by politicians and their minions especially when the man on the street has to reduce their consumption of doubles from two to one not to lose weight, but to make ends meet. Is there such a written justification?
If this Government really care about the people – as opposed to pretending to care by mouthing politically correct catch phrases and waving a flag on stage to the sounds of “One Love”- they would set the example of going green by prohibiting all elected and selected Government officials from buying, using, or even dreaming of using gas guzzlers at the expense of taxpayers. The People’s Partnership will do well to remember that they were voted in such an overwhelming fashion not because we thought they were sooooo good and competent but because the PNM was sooooo good at corruption and incompetence. It now seems that the population, by the voting in of the current bunch of egoist and non-performers, have moved from the frying pan into the fires of hell. From all indications by experts, the economy is now depressed and so too is the population so stop the gallerying and get to work.
There is a 16-page color pullout in all the daily newspapers today boasting of the accomplishments of the Government over the last two years. This pullout is funded by taxpayers. Didn’t we vote against this foolishness? Nothing has changed.
I thought any political party that replaced a corrupt and vindictive regime like the Manning administration would have at least appeared, without even trying, competent and honest during its first two years in office. Sadly, that has not been the case. All the Peoples Partnership has appeared to have done was to replaced once set of corrupt, vindictive and incompetent people with another set. The die hard supporters will say the PP is trying hard but the PNM stooges are making it difficult. I don’t see that as being the reason for the PP’s lack of performance but instead the lack of performance is due to fighting at all levels of the party and parties for the spoils of the land. It is about greed and who will get to fly with Kamla. It seems the mandate of those who were appointed to positions of power is to beat up every living living thing that doesn’t look like a PP supporter. Make enemies out of your friends.
In my opinion, simply replacing the hate from the former PNM administration with the hate from the Peoples Partnership will never carry the country forward. The PP, including Kamla, is still blaming others for the PP’s inherent stupidity and incompetence. Two years in more than enough time for the PP to stop blaming the past regime for its failures. Rid the party of the likes of the spin doctors Tim, Suruj and Roodal, and the Party might have a better chance of being reelected. Tim and Suruj are nearly impossible to like while Roodal comes across as a smart-man who knows everybody knows he is one. Kamla, though likeable at times, now comes across as a puppet with nearly invisible strings.
The anti-productivity, falsely self-righteous MSJ, a nearly severed arm of the PP, has cited favoritism and nepotism as two of the reasons for not celebrating tonight with the other Parties that make up the PP – UNC, COP, TOP, NJAC. Regardless of the reasons the MSJ gave for pulling out of the celebrations (and not the Partnership as yet), the main but unsaid reason is probably the massive failure of the TCL strike – the failure of the OWTU. Next to the Government, the OWTU might be the biggest bully in the country and bullies tend not to get along well together.
So far, the PP has shown the country that they are no different to the PNM but then again that is what the majority of its hardcore supporters really wanted – jobs for the unsuitable boys and girls along with contracts for the supporters and financiers. Over the next three years I expect an increase use of the smoke-and-mirror technique while there will be more pick pocketing of the taxpayers’ purses by those who are friendly with those on the top. Because of the money is everything mindset of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, there will be no improvement in the way the country is governed as culturally, corruption is only a dirty way of life when others are the corrupt ones.
- Flak for Jack from two Trinidad groups (caribbean360.com)
- Kamla marks 60 with prayers (repeatingislands.com)
- Trinidad and the CCJ – Still loitering (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- An Educated Jackass (nastylittletruths.wordpress.com)
- Trinidad’s partial move to abolish appeals to the Privy Council is puzzling (kaieteurnewsonline.com)