Clico Investment Bank Failure


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Could the failure of the Trinidad and Tobago conglomerate  CL Financial, the largest financial group in the Caribbean, be the tip of the financial crisis in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean?  Is the financial Titanic about to hit? If citizens are asking what the country would be getting for the multibillion dollar Government bailout of CL the answer would be a financial system which has not collapsed. If people are asking why no beefed-up laws were passed to regulate CL Financial when the Central Bank became concerned about their high risk ventures since 2004, the answer would be who knows.

The worst thing a financial institution and system could experience is a run. No financial system could endure a run by its depositors for very long since runs are to banks what silver bullets are to werewolves. Financial systems survive on confidence and the lack of confidence can move from one institution to the next easily like a forest fire in the wind.  In the financial world the strong usually pays for the sins of the weak. As ludicrous as it seems right now, the best thing the public could do is be concerned but party. People should leave the financial institutions alone and let the regulators do what has to be done. This is one time where don’t worry be happy might work. The other banks in Trinidad and Tobago are stable and we were told the others never went into those high-risk ventures that CL Financial was prone to undertake. The problem with high-risk financial institutions is that most of the people who invested in them were ignorant to how high risk the ventures were and made the decision to invest based on a glossy brochure an/or an insurance agent – the two least credible sources of the truth.

For Trinidad and Tobago’s and the Caribbean’s sake I hope the valuable assets of CL Financial prove to be valuable. Maybe this is the right time for cash-rich China to step in and acquire a part of Trinidad and Tobago at fire sale prices. Or maybe they will wait for it to burn a little bit more.

Trinidad Carnival in Pictures


The best and only way to look at this Trinidad Carnival slideshow is in HQ (High Quality). If the video image quality doesn’t look HQ just click the HQ button on the lower right pop-up button on the YouTube video. The HQ button only seems to be available after the video starts to play. HQ mode requires more bandwidth so it take longer to load but the difference in video quality is drastic and worth the wait.

Naturally, the photographs that appear on the slideshow were taken by me and also appear on that Trinidad and Tobago Photo Website oddly named mayarobeach.com.

Stolen


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This meme was stolen from Girlblue and the fact I took the time to fill it out should say something about my quest to provide quality content to my blog readers. And now I quote girlblue:

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 of these films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and share at will. Have fun.

I used no x’s just bold type to highlight the movies I saw. But remember, just because you paid to see something doesn’t mean you will like it.

Conclusion: I have no life but in my defense:

Most of us do not consciously look at movies ~ Roger Ebert

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Grease
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
Boondock Saints
Fight Club
Starsky and Hutch
Neverending Story
Blazing Saddles
Airplane
The Princess Bride
Anchorman
Napoleon Dynamite
Labyrinth
Saw
Saw II
White Noise
White Oleander
Anger Management
50 First Dates
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Scream
Scream 2
Scream 3
Scary Movie
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Scary Movie 4
American Pie
American Pie 2
American Wedding
American Pie Band Camp
Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter 2
Harry Potter 3
Harry Potter 4
Resident Evil 1
Resident Evil 2
The Wedding Singer
Little Black Book
The Village
Lilo & Stitch
Finding Nemo
Finding Neverland
Signs
The Grinch
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
White Chicks
Butterfly Effect
13 Going on 30
I, Robot
Robots
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Universal Soldier
Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Along Came Polly
Deep Impact
KingPin
Never Been Kissed
Meet The Parents
Meet the Fockers
Eight Crazy Nights
Joe Dirt
KING KONG
A Cinderella Story
The Terminal
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Passport to Paris
Dumb & Dumber
Dumber & Dumberer
Final Destination
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3
Halloween
The Ring
The Ring 2
Surviving X-MAS
Flubber
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Practical Magic
Chicago
Ghost Ship
From Hell
Hellboy
Secret Window
I Am Sam
The Whole Nine Yards
The Whole Ten Yards
The Day After Tomorrow
Child’s Play
Seed of Chucky
Bride of Chucky
Ten Things I Hate About You
Just Married
Gothika
Nightmare on Elm Street
Sixteen Candles
Remember the Titans
Coach Carter
The Grudge
The Grudge 2
The Mask
Son Of The Mask
Bad Boys
Bad Boys 2
Joy Ride
Lucky Number Slevin
Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Twelve
Bourne Identity
Bourne Supremecy
Lone Star
Bedazzled
Predator I
Predator II
The Fog
Ice Age
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Curious George
Independence Day
Cujo
A Bronx Tale
Darkness Falls
Christine
ET
Children of the Corn
My Bosses Daughter
Maid in Manhattan
War of the Worlds
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
Best Bet
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
She’s All That
Calendar Girls
Sideways
Mars Attacks
Event Horizon
Ever After
Wizard of Oz
Forrest Gump
Big Trouble in Little China
The Terminator
The Terminator 2
The Terminator 3
X-Men
X-2
X-3
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Sky High
Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers 2
Catch Me If You Can
The Little Mermaid
Freaky Friday
Reign of Fire
The Skulls
Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions 2
The Hot Chick
Shrek
Shrek 2
Swimfan
Miracle on 34th street
Old School
The Notebook
K-Pax
Krippendorf’s Tribe
A Walk to Remember
Ice Castles
Boogeyman
The 40-year-old Virgin
Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Baseketball
Hostel
Waiting for Guffman
House of 1000 Corpses
Devils Rejects
Elf
Highlander
Mothman Prophecies
American History X
Three
The Jacket
Kung Fu Hustle
Shaolin Soccer
Night Watch
Monsters Inc.
Titanic
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Shaun Of the Dead
Willard
High Tension
Club Dread
Hulk
Dawn Of the Dead
Hook
Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
28 days later
Orgazmo
Phantasm
Waterworld
Kill Bill vol 1
Kill Bill vol 2
Mortal Kombat
Wolf Creek
Kingdom of Heaven
the Hills Have Eyes
I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
The Last House on the Left
Re-Animator
Army of Darkness
Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
Ewoks The Battle For Endor
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Animatrix
Evil Dead
Evil Dead 2
Team America: World Police
Red Dragon
Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal

Our Choice of Death


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The Choice is Yours

Gumby said he nearly got a heart attack three times that night. The first was when the bandit pointed a gun at him, the second happened when the bandit couldn’t start Gumby’s car and the third was after the bandit offered to shoot Gumby. I was amazed how calm Gumby seemed telling me all this but he got angry when I told him I was surprised he didn’t get a real heart attack because he was fifty pound overweight.

Gumby didn’t seem to mind a man pulling a gun on him but he hated people telling him about his weight. Gumby is like so many people who would prefer to criticize the Government on the lack of health services instead of losing weight and jogging round the local KFC car park. There are those who think smoking is cool and the state should provide quick-responding paramedics and ashtrays.  Drinking can induce a feeling of happiness and the look of stupidity simultaneously but its effects over time can overstress hospitals and make doctors wealthy. Our diet and lifestyle play an important part in determining who ends up under a nurse’s care and who ends up under a nurse at night.

Criticizing the state of health care is legitimate but not while you are on your third doubles or fried chicken leg. Criticizing the ambulance service for slow response is valid but less so when the paramedics could smell alcohol ten feet from the victim. Taking responsibility for our health doesn’t free the Government from providing proper services but by having to spend less on health care the Government can have more to spend on overpriced stadiums and gas-guzzling SUVs. Not withstanding Government’s neglect of its citizens we should remember that Governments come and Governments go, but your health is not on sale.

Trinidad Bat Facts


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Trinidad Bat

  • Trinidad has more types of bats than any other country
  • There are 1,100 species of bats worldwide and these accounts for 70 percent of mammal species
  • There are 100 species of mammals in Trinidad and Tobago of which 60 are bats
  • The Tamana Caves, located in the Tamana Hills in Trinidad has a bat population between 500,000 to 3 million bats.
  • A type of vampire bat – Desmodus Rotundus Rotundus – is found in Trinidad
  • Vampire bats feed on the blood of animals and sometimes humans
  • Less than 0.5% of bats carry rabies
  • Dr Joseph Lennox Pawan, a Trinidadian medical doctor, was the first to discover that the rabies virus was transmitted by bats. He made the discovery in 1931.
  • Bats have very small teeth and can bite a sleeping person without being felt.
  • One bat can consume 4,800 insects a night
  • Bats disperse seeds and pollinate fruits which make bats vital for the survival of the rain forest
  • The local legend of the of the blood-sucking Soucouyans was probably based on vampire bats
  • It is unclear what characteristic of the bat influenced Bruce Wayne in becoming Batman
  • Vampire movies have given bats a bad name
  • Some Trinidadian girls look bloody good dressed in vampire bat costumes at Carnival time

Desirable, Sexy, and Beautiful Women


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Eva Mendes

Are there differences between a desirable, a sexy and a beautiful woman? Crudely speaking and according to definition, if a woman is desirable to a man it means the man wishes to possess the woman. The definition doesn’t go on to say what the man wishes to do with the woman once he takes possession. It could be for housework or some other sexist activity such as being an ornament. Sexy, on the other hand, is a form of desire and is very specific about the nature of the desire. When a man uses the word sexy to describe a woman people understand the nature of that person’s lust or depravity. Then there are those men who seldom use the words desirable or sexy and instead use the word beautiful to describe women in public. These men are typically timid or well-mannered and don’t speak of women as objects of desire or sex. They look at women in a more holistic way and picture how a woman may look in an evening gown, behind an ironing board or even beating a rug. These men think of themselves as sophisticated and rarely eyeball women in public but they do eyeball on the Internet.

Eva Mendes has been voted as the most desirable woman for 2009 by askman.com. I didn’t vote and find all this talk about desirable and sexy and beautiful to be too commercial for my liking. It all entertainment and an I sure if you look on the streets of Port of Spain on Carnival Monday and Tuesday you may see more desirable, sexy and beautiful women than those being proposed by those clever Internet Buzz makers.

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Barack Obama – The Unofficial Blog Interview


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This a fictitious interview between President Elect Barack Obama and that devilish blogger, Aka_Lol. The interview was held in the back of the mind of the blogger on the 19th January 2009, the eve of his Inauguration as President. The President Elect was gracious enough to grant the interview and he always wanted to see inside the mind of a blogger. He was disappointed.

AKA: Mr. President Elect, how does it feel to be so close to becoming the most powerful man in the world?

BO: It’s like being a teenager. First they take away your Blackberry then they don’t let you say what is on your mind. Then they watch every move you make and don’t even let you drive or go to the mall. But the good thing is that you don’t get pimples. It feels good I guess.

AKA: So what are your plans immediately after the Inauguration Ceremony?

BO: Would Beyonce be there? Just joking, just joking.

AKA: Mr. President Elect, people have been asking what would be your priorities on assuming office on Wednesday.

BO: I will be removing that portrait of George W. and conducting interviews for a dog but only after I deal with Israel and Hamas. Bastards!

AKA: I understand you are attached to your Blackberry but the Secret Service and your lawyers have advised against it for both security and legal reasons.

BO: Have no fear, I will be out there and I will choose a puzzling name like Aka_Lol, perhaps. Wouldn’t it be nice to declare war via an email or SMS for a change. Seriously, as President I must do not only what is legal but also what is right.

AKA: What are your plans for the economy?

BO: The economy is like a balloon, the more you pump into it the bigger it gets but if you pump too much into it, one pin prick, and it goes out with a bang.

AKA: Meaning?

BO: I am saying we need a tougher balloon and less pricks.

AKA: That sounds like a plan. How was your recent vacation in Hawaii?

BO: It was great to be back home and Michelle and the kids had a good rest. One night we lost electricity for a few hours but I slept through the crisis.

AKA: Not signs of things to come, I hope.

The president Elect chuckles cynically and whispers something to a nearby Secret Service Agent while pointing at Aka. Aka looks nervous.

AKA: Women say you are sexy and you are idolized by almost 80% of the US and 95% of the World. Do you think that would work in your favor?

BO: Aka, sexy can be a dangerous asset and like a shaken can of Coca Cola it must be used with caution or else it could blow up in your face.

AKA: How would being a black man affect the Presidency?

BO: I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton’s Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave owners…

AKA: Mr. President Elect, sorry for cutting you short but my blog is waiting for this interview and time is of the essence.

BO: Of course. Blog is life and life is blog.

AKA: You are young, athletic, handsome, charismatic, extremely well educated and possess a six pack. Do you think you have set a new precedent for US presidents and even word leaders?

BO: I hope so, Aka. Part of the problem we face today is a that most World Leaders are so pathetically ugly they wage wars and spend needlessly to get a little attention and show their people who is boss. I am leaps and bounds ahead of the pack in that regard.

AKA: Yes, indeed Mr. President Elect. Do you think Hillary will be an asset to your administration?

BO: We need a woman to bring peace to the world. Women are peaceful by nature.

Both Aka and BO suddenly burst out laughing and in the uproar someone blurts out “What have I done.” Sanity returns to the room.

AKA: Mr. President Elect, do you still smoke?

BO: Only in bed Aka, only in bed.

AKA: Thank you Sir, for your time. Good luck and may the Change be with you and The World.

BO: Thank You.