Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jamaica Chinese Invasion? Well it will not be an Invasion if we both Benefit!


This is not our first Chinese invasion, on July 30 1854, the first large group of 267 Chinese immigrants came from Hong Kong, later that year 205 Chinese workers demanded to leave Panama fearing yellow fever, arrived in Jamaica on November 1 and 18, one of the ships was called the Vampire. A decade later in the 1860s another set of Chinese arrived from Trinidad and British Guiana and two decades later, in the 1880s, another group of 680 immigrants arrived, this time directly from China. Most were not welcomed at first with open arms by the newly emancipated slaves who saw them as competition. Over the many decades since then we have seen several mini-invasion and several cases of Chinese leaving Jamaica in mass for greener pastures in The United States and Canada, some claiming discrimination by local Jamaicans and others using Jamaica as a stepping stone to get to more fertile grounds overseas.


The Chinese are not known for their assimilation into local society and for that matter neither were the Indians after their initial invasion, between 1845 to 1921, over 36,000 East Indians, mainly of the Hindu faith, arrived in Jamaica. It took many decades for these early migrants and the local population to create a formula for coexistence where we now joke that person-A might be Chinese, and person-B might be an Indian and person-C white and person-E Black but come Sunday evening everybody eats rice and peas, which is the National Sunday dinner for Jamaicans similar to the Sunday Roast for the British. This was used as proof that the concept of “Out-Of-Many ...One People” was real, implemented and part of the fabric of the Jamaican society.

Of course some differences and conflicts remained but nothing too serious that we could not work them out as one people. It was not uncommon and in fact normal to attend school and sit in class rooms with people from different racial backgrounds, all learning about Jamaican History, playing together in school yard and hanging out at each others home, this was normal for me growing up in Jamaica. I am not saying we are perfect because it was also not uncommon to meet parents and grandparents of kids you were good friends with, who still had a negative reaction towards assimilation and the one-Jamaica concept. Many did not want their kids to associate too much with black Jamaicans but most quickly realized that their kids had different ideas based on how they now see themselves because they saw themselves as Jamaicans, part and parcel of our imperfect Jamaican Society.


In the late 80’s and 90’s we had another mini-Indian invasion, some of which occupied the jewelry stores and gift shops in tourist country and these new arrivals resisted integration for them and their offspring’s. At one point they petitioned the Government because they wanted permission to create an Indian only school, claiming that their children were losing their Indian culture. To which the majority of Jamaicans responded that if they wanted to maintain their culture then they should go back to where they come from, because we refused to have a fragmented society based on state mandated isolation of the people within small pockets of racial ignorance. There were also reports that the Indian business owners would prefer to import East Indians workers to work in their places of business instead of employing black Jamaicans and a few incidences of Indian children committing suicide because their parents tried to force them into arranged marriages and a way of life that was foreign to them.


I am totally against schools based on race or schools based on religion to the point where all others are excluded from attending. I have been to many religious based schools but most were in name only, they really did not care if you practiced that religion or not. My Primary School was Roman Catholic but most of the kids were not Catholics or religious and you were not forced to take part in religious ceremonies… I have been to Baptist High school but most of us were not even religious and the school was not selecting people based on their religion or race but passing grades. So I will resist with all my might any group calling for schools based on race or religion.


Totalitarian Iron Curtain Isolationist Countries
There is something about an entire country spending decades in isolation, not allowing its citizens to leave that country or allow people from other countries to enter, they creep me out. It gets even worst when they spend decades educating their population to think that their race and/or nationality was superior in every way to any other race or nationality and that other races are inferior to them. The former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe quickly comes to mind, these people do not play well with others and most are totally ignorant of other races and cultures and do not have any problems expressing their disgusting ignorant racist xenophobic views. When I was younger I thought the USSR was cool, until they started migrating from their nest of ignorance, coming into contact with people who have spent hundreds of years trying work out their differences and coexist. The worst thing you can have is a bunch of low class people thinking they are superior and it is OK for them to let the world know and act on it.


I watched a documentary not too long ago about Eastern Europeans migrating to the United Kingdom of Great Britain, I watched as several Eastern Europeans ask the question, why are there so many black people in the UK and why are they allowed to live anyway and anywhere they like, walking about like they own the place. They were visibly disgusted at the sight of other races and many were not afraid to express how they feel on camera. So when it comes to people from Totalitarian Iron Curtain Isolationist Countries, I thread carefully and take them one person at a time because decades of ignorance cannot be undone in such a short space of time. In the early 90’s I had experienced interactions with Russians and Eastern Europeans and that interaction was not pretty.


The Chinese Invasion 2000
Ever since the Chinese joined the World Trade Organization they have been on a one track mission of world economic domination. The Great Dragon of the East is out to be all it can be, gobbling up everything in its path, spreading its influence and money, buying up the worlds resources, well on their way to becoming the world’s number one Economic Power. This I do not have a problem with, since most of the world’s Economic Powers behave basically the same exact way, however the difference between a Country like China, the United States and the United Kingdom is the mindset of the Chinese people as they spread around the globe. I have been in many discussions with people from other Caribbean islands and one thing is common… The behavior of the new Chinese arrivals is totally unacceptable, most are harsh, without manners, no tact or diplomacy, racist and do not play well with others. On top of all that they export more of their people than most of the other world’s Economic Powers who would normally just fill upper management positions. The Chinese however export people from every level, Chinese companies in distant foreign countries are filled with Chinese people working at every level, from the ground up and this is certainly not acceptable. Coupled with the fact that when their period of indentured/contract is over a lot do not return to China but open businesses and live in the country, again this I do not have a problem with but if you are going to live in a country then you must learn to live with the native people of that and assimilate into their society. No one is saying that they should stop being Chinese, discard their culture and become Jamaicans, far from it, that is not what I want but they must understand the fact that they are Chinese living in Jamaica and accept all that comes with that reality, they must respect Jamaicans and the Jamaican culture. How can you live in a country and hate the colour of the people who live there and their culture, it makes no damn sense to me and thinking you can hide your hate behind the language barrier is a massive mistake because if we think you are saying some shit …. It done!!!


Fact: The Chinese are not coming to Jamaica to take our Jobs because Jamaica have no jobs to take!  Jamaica’s unemployment rate is 14.9% as per STATIN and 37.7% for youth unemployment. So clearly we have no jobs for anyone to take. It is more accurate to say that the Chinese will use their own money and invest/inject capital in Jamaica thus creating jobs. As such, the price they must pay for using our resources to create wealth is to share that wealth by paying for access to our resources and the ways to do this is by paying taxes and employing Jamaicans.

The Incident
My sisters and cousin were out shopping in one of those new Chinese stores when they came across two Chinese women who manage or own the store talking to the black Jamaican stocking the shelves like he was her there dog. In-between barking orders in pigeon English they communicated with each other in Chinese with smirks, snickers and condescending mannerism. Then they turn around and barked some more dog like orders at the poor boy who was clearly embarrassed and wish he could crawl into a hole… all this while my sister and cousin was in the checkout line observing the situation. My cousin who could not take it anymore, walked up to the Chinese women, looked her dead in the eye and dared her to bark another command to the man (“if yu bad… talk to him again in that manner, say one more word!!”). By this time the entire store of Jamaicans had a look on their faces that said they were ready to burn this fracking store to the ground and the Chinese women along with it…. The barking immediately stopped but by this time my sister and cousin staged a walkout by declaring that this was not the only store and they would rather spend their money with people who provide a friendly service and show some respect, so they pushed the trolleys filled with goods to one side and started to exit the store and much to their surprise so did almost everyone else leaving behind some choice words for the Chinese women.

Over the past couple months I have noticed more and more anti-Chinese rhetoric among the Jamaican people because of the potential Chinese investments, which seems to be taking place mainly on Chinese terms, for example they want Goat Island even though it is an environmentally protected area. The idea that China is buying up Jamaica by offering the Political class gift is also spreading real or imaginary and I have heard some disgusting things being said about the Chinese using Goat Island as an excuse. We have had several run in’s with the Chinese working on various projects, accusation that Chinese are being imported to do the jobs that Jamaicans are supposed to do or that they do not know how to relate to Jamaicans. We have seen conflicts between Chinese workers and Jamaicans during the building of Greenfield Stadium in Trelawney and similar conflicts during the construction of Palisadoes Road.

The hard work of Nation Building and dedication that descendants of early Chinese migrants to Jamaica had put into this society, is being undone by members of the new Chinese migrants and I call upon the population of Jamaican Chinese (Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica) to help us bridge this gap, no one else can do it but you, you are upstanding, respected members of this Jamaican Society that you helped to build, so you must be the go between and help these people assimilate into Jamaican society or else “Jah Know seh”.. This will not end pretty.


Jamaican Chinese community part 3

Chinese Invasion of Trinidad

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Reality, Perspective and our Feudal Political Overlords


Worshiping our Political/Feudal Overlords
Honestly I find this hero worshiping of our Feudal like Political and Capitalist Overlords a bit nauseating, creating a God-like complex around these people is…. To say the least ...NUTS, just a tad bit retarded!!! A friend of mine, describes Jamaica’s Social and Political System liking it to the Medieval Feudal System of old. The relationship we have with these people is counterproductive. Portia Simpson Miller is not a Goddess or a Queen, Andrew Holness is not a God or a King and certainly Butch Stewart and Michael Lee Chin and people like them are not Gods to be worshiped.



Jamaica’s Political Feudal/Monarchy
The Jamaican political system is a democracy where our selection between who to vote for is very limited to a certain number of recycled people, our Feudal Overlords! What is amazing about Jamaica’s Political/Feudal/Monarchical System is that when a person is born they become familiar with Politicians who have a certain last name and also listen to their parents and grandparents talk about these politicians with the same last names who seem to outlive everybody because even on your deathbed a person with same last name will still be in office or trying to get back into office and one must wonder if it is the same person and do they live forever?


The legacy of the Jamaican Political class is like the legacy of the Phantom who is the 21st in a line of crime fighters that originated in 1536. The legacy of the Phantom is passed from father to son, leaving people to give the mysterious figure nicknames such as "The Ghost Who Walks", "The Man Who Cannot Die" and "Guardian of the Eastern Dark", believing him to be immortal and so is the Legacy of the Jamaican political class except that the legacy is not only passed to sons but also to daughters, niece, nephew, sisters, brothers and almost every and any family members.


It seems that our Future Leaders are already getting into their hereditary positions, like royal successions, jockeying for position to the Royal Throne. Our Home Grown Colonial Class, fought for independence only to create a Monarchical, Feudal like system that guarantees them control, power and wealth from generation to generation.

  • Michael Manley - Norman Manley
  • Douglas Manley - Norman Manley
  • Daryl Vaz - Douglas Vaz
  • Mikal Philips - Peter Phillips
  • Dr.St Aubyn Bartlett - Ed Bartlett
  • Imani Duncan - DK Duncan
  • Patricia Duncan Sutherland - DK Duncan
  • Patrice Charles-Freeman - Pearnel Charles
  • Pearnel Charles Jr - Pearnel Charles 
  • Duane Smith - Derrick Smith 
  • Matthew Samuda – is he related to Karl Samuda?
  • Hugh Buchanan - Donald Buchanan
  • Kamina Johnson-Smith - Anthony Johnson
  • Juliet Holness - Andrew Holness
  • Michael Peart - Dean Peart
  • Winston Spaulding - Frank Spaulding
  • Anthony Spaulding - Frank Spaulding


My cousin always seh:
”Freedom and Democracy is not for everybody”… in the wrong hands it is like a loaded gun, used to shoot one's self in the foot or face… Democracy requires a strong sense of responsibility, discipline and participation from everyone… qualities that are missing from the Jamaican society of ungovernable's, where commonsense decisions play no part in everyday life… Zim zimma, who got the keys to my bimmer … (or should I have said Audi) ...who am I… The girls dem sugar.

The IMF
I have always been totally against the IMF and still am but once you call the IMF, negotiate an IMF agreement, read the negotiate IMF agreement, then sign the negotiated IMF agreement you read and then take the IMF money and nyam it!…. Then you only have one fracking course of action… You now have an obligation to implement the IMF agreement you negotiated, read, signed and the money you consumed, importing Audi and water… And if I was the IMF and you broke that agreement, I would make you pay for what you have done, suffer beyond belief. I would organized the other members of the Global financial community and unleash my wrath upon the land making sure you eat mud pies for decades to come. Do not trouble weh no trouble but if you do... stick to your agreements and obligations.

Reality and Perspective!
Recently “On the Ground News Report” (OGNR), the Jamaican Facebook news page reported several news items from other Caribbean countries and suffered a mini-backlash from some of their readers who were both dismayed and disgusted. Some readers responded saying that OGNR should not report news from the Caribbean region but stick to news only from Jamaican sources.

I quickly realized that these readers were not really upset because OGNR was reporting more news from the Caribbean but what they were upset about was because the news items being reported was Bad Negative News about a country that was NOT Jamaica. So the question you might ask is, why would this be so upsetting to some people? In all my interaction with Jamaicans I have come across a lot of Jamaicans who sometimes take great exception to the reporting of bad news from other countries for a number of reasons.

The Anti-Jamaica, Jamaicans whose favorite pastime is to declare Jamaica a failed state, to continuously bash and curse the hell of Jamaica every chance they get, do not want to hear anything good about Jamaica and only like to hear positive/good news about other countries especially those in the Caribbean region. These are mainly foreign based, Never-See-Come-See Jamaican but we do have a huge amount of home grown locals hoping to become foreign Never-See-Come-See Jamaicans and they need to maintain that hate for Jamaica to follow it through.

How else are they expected to propagate the concept that Jamaica equals everything bad in this world, a wicked and evil place, no longer a pearl and everywhere else especially our wonderful Caribbean neighbors as good, progressive and better than Jamaica and Jamaicans. The reporting of Regional Reality News by the blasted local media is making this a difficult concept to sell, you cannot have murders in Jamaica and also murders in the rest of the Caribbean, it would make murders seem like a bigger problem and not just a localized Jamaican issue..

The Opposition’s Diehard Party Supporters (regardless of party, PNP or JLP) do not want good news reported about Jamaica and do not want bad news reported about countries in the region, how can they continue to sell the concept that Jamaica is going to hell in a shit basket under any government that is not theirs, if the news organizations continue to report Negative Regional Reality News. Spreading misery, doom and gloom is an election campaign tactics. The more miserable the people are under any Government that is not theirs then the better their chances of being elected to become the next Government.

In this situation misery certainly does not love company, the Anti-Jamaica, Jamaicans and the Political Diehards do not want Jamaicans expose to miseries from other countries but want all the misery in the universe to focus like Hurricane Gilbert, hanging only over Jamaica.

Access to Regional News
Recently I found myself more and more in various debates with people from all over the world including and mainly the Caribbean region and realized that we cannot actively and realistically debate each other without proper knowledge of each other’s society and the problems we face. It is amazing the amount of stereotypical, made up generalized rubbish, spouted by people in the other Caribbean countries when one is trying to have debate. To get a better understand of the Caribbean region, I made it my objective to seek out almost every online news outlet, from almost every Caribbean island. I now get a daily feed of what is happening in every country, even at times listening to debates in their parliaments and their nightly news. I now have a better understanding of their reality and a deeper perspective of the problems we all face as people, in this region. Yes I do agree Jamaica is in a bad state, have been for some time but I now understand that most of the countries in this region are also suffering from some of the same problems we are suffering from. I no longer have to make assumptions but quote actual economic and social facts and figures... Everyone should try it, instead of pulling crap from their asses and spout it, as if it were factual.

Comparing Jamaica to America, ...is it really apples and oranges?
Well it depends on what you are comparing…. Some weeks ago I compared a certain situation between Jamaica and the United States and was bombarded with people telling me I cannot compare Jamaica to the great United States of America. Which is amazing because these people are more than willing to compare Jamaica and America only when the things they are comparing are negative for Jamaica but Positive and peachy perfect for America, however when it is the other way around or equal, they quickly declare you cannot compare Jamaica to America since doing so to them is like flying too close to the sun or assume yourself to be Godlike as they rebuke you in the name of their lord and savior...USA!! ...USA!! ...USA!!


How a Bill Becomes a Law?
Recently the leader of the Opposition declared that the Government should not pass certain bills until our Feudal Financial Overlords get a chance to look them over and give their seal of approval...

I have nothing against the opposition saying they want more time to study the bill, after all they are elected MP’s and paid by the people. However I have a problem delaying bills, holding up progress, while waiting for approval from a group of people, the Jamaican people did not elect… The members of the financial sector were not elected by the people of Jamaica. I therefore see no reason why the Government should delay the passing of any bill, so they can give their 2 cents while grandstanding. The bill in question, have been talked about for some time now and if the financial sector cared they would have studied it and give their concerns already… Frankly I am tired of sitting around waiting for Jamaica’s Technocrats to come to some conclusion, since as far as I am concern they only care about hearing themselves talk, basking in their own self-importance and stroking their own feudal like egos.

Amazing at the start of the PNP term in office the opposition was complaining that the Government was not tabling any bills in parliament and now complaining they are tabling too much. …Politics is a dangerous game my friend…

Exchange Rate and Imports
In 2011 the PNP inherited an exchange rate of 86.34, Jamaica’s exchange rate is now over J$106.00 to US$1.00 and this is by IMF design since they have declared they will no longer lend Jamaica money to finance their nasty disgusting import spending habits. If Jamaicans want to live like big shots then they must work hard and earn big shot money not borrow it…


Recently Agricultural Minister declared that the country's food import bill has increased by 20% for first half of 2013, this after 15% devaluation of the Jamaican dollar and after everyone complained that the exchange rate was way too high. No matter what the Exchange rate is, Jamaicans it seems are genetically predispose to consume imported rubbish… It is almost impossible to wean us off our love of Butterball Turkey and Hennessy and imported Weave …Even if the Jamaica’s exchange rate reached 150 to 1, which is where the IMF said is the true value of the Jamaican currency, based on our meager production levels, Jamaicans will continue to import like there is no tomorrow. I say let it run wild, run free, if for nothing else but a social experiment to see what it would take to wean these idiots of importing rubbish... and we should all take bets on that final number, like guessing how much marbles are in a jar.

Jamaicans have been using the excuse that imports are cheaper, even when the products was not cheaper. The last Government pushed for increase Agricultural production as everyone demanded that our farmers step up to the plate and deliver. The farmers did stepped up and delivered increasing Agricultural output from 400,110 in 2008 to 500,305 in 2010 but at the time when agricultural output was increasing, so too were imports. In 2008 imports reached a record US$8,162,874 while export was only US$2,496,156. The increased agricultural output was largely ignored by the Jamaican people, onions and red peas rot in the fields as the Government continue to give away import waivers (tax reduction to importers) even for products produce by our farmers who now could not sell their produce fast enough…

The then Minister Agriculture, in stroke of brilliance had no choice but to create the “Eat what you Grow program”  aka Operation Grow... with farmers markets all around the island to help the poor farmers get rid of the bulk of produce. It was a fashion statement to attend the Farmers markets but as soon as it stopped being fashionable, people stop buying and went back to imported products.

Political Youth Org. wants end of garrison Politics
OK so another Jamaican youth organization of a political party, made a grand announcement, “calls for end to Garrison Politics”…. And actually got a little media attention for this…. We have been paying lip service to garrison politics since the garrison politics started… It is just some shit people say when they have nothing better to do and need to some spotlight.

I am sure soon they will log on to one of those useless petition websites, while sitting in their bedrooms, in their Y-fronts and create more useless petitions… Jamaicans seems to have adapted to this lazy form of public activism like fish to water… These petitions get lost in cyberspace the second they are created. 

Meanwhile in the UK, students are rallying, yet again… after a week of protests, you see, their talk and petition creation is backed by solid actions, they hit the streets… Our so called young, up and coming political clowns are a bunch of lazy ass, lip service paying, ipod carrying, Samsung galaxy using, Hennessy drinking fools, basking is their own self-importance… they are more first world than the actual first world… they have arrived…. And to borrow a word from my friend Jane… They are part of the Feudal system we call the Jamaican society… where we worship our feudal overlords in the political and business class…

Clovis
One thing I have gotten use to with the Jamaica Observer cartoonist Clovis is that:
  • Kartel face will always be white from bleaching
  • Portia always look like Sketel, dutty gal..
  • Gays look like cross dressing Donald duck
  • PJ always have a bag of money over his shoulder
  • Roger Clark will always be daggering or eating rice or both
  • Bounty Killa is never without his Hammer and Chain
For couple weeks now Clovis has been drawing Andrew Holness without is right hand because it offended him and he cut it off… However breaking from tradition Clovis is now drawing Holness with a new right hand…. It must be Bionic…

Community Get Standpipe
Someone needs to explain to me how adding a standpipe to a community is moving backwards? Since one must admit that the standpipe is making water more accessible to the people... versus before the standpipe ... so the argument that we are moving backwards is retarded, maybe not moving forward fast enough is more appropriate… and 2) why all this shock and awe that there are people in Jamaica still depending on a standpipe, a communal source of water, some people still using the river. I am beginning to understand that being in foreign turn these neva-see-come-see Jamaicans into idiots, they are no longer connected to the reality of their homeland or when they step off the plane they put blinkers on and head for the resort with speaky spokey accent…. The full spectrum of Jamaican life is not equal and yes we are third world (developing country). It might be shocking to believe that this exist in almost every single island in the region even Trinidad with it Gas and Oil and mega billions….

It is not the Government’s Job to install modern Kitchens and bathrooms in people’s houses, the Government however must make sure that a water commission water main runs in every community… and make sure the economy is in a state to provide people with employment so they can install their own pipes and pay their water bills... How much do you want to bet that if you go out to the frigging standpipe a couple big head SUV Park up and the owners filling barrels of water fi put in dem brand new F-150 truck.

Government in my view should only provide Security, Infrastructure and create a climate for Economic Growth. This giving away land titles and loads of free stuff should not be the purpose of any government and wasting my tax dollar.

The Jamaica Logistic HUB Symposium 

Symposium is just another word for idle chatter from Jamaica’s chatting class… Our ever talking Technocrats who love to hear themselves talk… as they pay lip service to development and implementation without actually developing anything and implementing anything… The Government goes on and on about the master plan and the opposition goes on and on against the master plan while the diehards hang on to every word… It will be an orgy of technocratic babble – “well you know the socioeconomic, micro, macro indicators and the economics of scale… with budget and expenditure and I will take you to the mountain top…”…. My head hurts just thinking about it… Hub, Power Plant and Rare Earth Projects are fictional projects design to give them something to chat about… and consume tax payer’s money... Oh Please, Please, Please prove me wrong… I do not want to be right but history is on my side...

The Jamaica Constabulary Force


I do understand that we have some problems with our police force and I am not denying the fact that some are semi-literate and rotten to the core but this over generalized, across the board, relentless attacks on the police force will do nothing but to demoralize good hardworking front line officers who are not even being paid enough for the abuse they get.  I mean why bother, if all you get for your troubles, risking life and limb, is constant daily cursing from the general public and everybody who wants to get their name and picture in the newspapers, with fancy popular anti-police sound bites… I have never heard people cuss criminals like how they cuss police officers…. Dons and warlords and semi-literate DJ’s are role models and loved by the general public while the police are treated like warts on the backside of humanity. Over 1000 people get murdered every year in Jamaica, it is more than likely that I will lose my life at the hands of the Jamaican civilian than at the hand of the Police force, who at this point are the only thing standing between me and the murderous mob.

The Crime Rate is Spiraling out of Control
Let’s define the term spiraling out of control…. If our crime rate was 500 per year and in one year it reached 1000 ....then yes crime did spiral out of control… But our murder rate has been at this level, in this region, around this ballpark for over a decade now… 2001 -1100, 2002 -1045, 2003 -975, 2004 -1471, 2005 -1674, 2006 -1340, 2007 -1583, 2008 -1618, 2009 -1683, 2010 -1428, 2011 -1124, 2012 -1087, 2013 -1200... I really fail to see a spiral but business as per NORMAL!!! ...SNAFU - "Situation Normal: All Fucked Up"

CrowdFunding vs Remittance
I think we should rename remittance and begging’s to "Crowdfunding"....the new hip techno terminology... you no longer beg your relatives in foreign.... you crowdfund... as in... I have a dancehall event to go to and need to raise 12,000 for the entry fee and 20,000 for the imported drinks and food... and seeking some funding...

The Dutty Black Gal Campaign Strategy
It seems the entire JLP campaign strategy is centered on short unflattering video clips and sound bites of the Prime Minister, often taken out of context to create a certain negative image. There is so much more to base ones campaign on, other than the Dutty Black Gal Strategy, which have been tried many times before, the JLP has simply been there and done that already. The disgusting state of the economy, the delivering of Austerity hardship and various anti-social issues should be enough to guarantee any party, winning any elections, if that party can come up with a valid and viable alternative, which I think is the crux of the matter … If one cannot formulate a valid and viable economic and social alternatives then cheap video gimmicks and sound bites …it seems, is all there is to run on…

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Auntie and the Handyman, In the Land of Wood and Bottle Water...

My Auntie hired a handyman to do various work around her house. On his first day on the Job he arrived very late with the excuse that he did not have any money for bus fare and had to borrow the money for it…


My Aunt then asked if he needed something to drink before starting work, tea, coffee, juice, water and he requested water. My aunt went into the house and returned with a tall glass of ice cold water to which Mr. Handyman asked… Is that Tap water or Bottled water? My Aunt declared that it was refrigerated tap water to which Mr. Handyman responded that “he does not drink tap water but only drinks Bottled water”.


My Aunt told him that she does not have any money to waste on bottled water especially since she is at home and that she drinks the refrigerated tap water because she finds nothing wrong with it since Jamaica’s water is not recycled but comes from various rivers, springs and underground streams. However she directed him to the nearest shop and told him he would then have to finance his own bottled water… So I said to her …if he had to borrow the bus fare, then it sounds like he also need to borrow the money to buy bottled water…. To me bottled water is something you get when you are not home, on the road and need to quench your thirst...

Produced In Jamaica
The factory is located in Newcastle in the famous Blue Mountains of Jamaica. 
Here, spring water is bottled at source and packaged under the Catherine’s Peak label, perfect when you are on the run and need a drink.

One can only hope that the bottled water he cannot afford but only drinks was locally produced and not imported, I am also sure he does not know the source of bottle water or care about the source… I remember a news report coming out of America that a bottle water company was filling up bottles with tap water… The case was against NestlĂ© Waters, which sells Ice Mountain and other popular U.S. bottled water brands, including Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ozarka, Calistoga, Zephyrhills and NestlĂ© Pure Life and the charge was that the bottles contain filtered municipal tap water.. The company ultimately settled by agreeing to provide $8.05 million in consumer discounts and contributions and made $2.75 million in charitable donations, court records showed.

Imported Trinidad Garbage

More Imported American Garbage


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Strategic Taxation and Jamaica's Floss Giants!

UDC 'Fireworks on the Waterfront'
Watching scarce foreign exchange go up in smoke
How does the Government decide what to tax and what not to tax, or are they just looking at their budgetary shortfall then look around the economy to see what they can make a quick Buck from, in the shortest space of time? In my view Taxes should be strategically applied in order to protect local industry and increase growth both in the short and long term. Jamaica’s problem is well defined, we suffer from very low almost anemic productivity in almost all sectors and we suffer from a negative balance of trade in that we Import in value 5 times what we export in value and most of it consumer goods rubbish and as such we have a foreign exchange problem. So any tax plan that is put in place should be targeted with precision to encourage production growth sectors and discourage economic leakage.

Applying too many taxes will affect the Governments ultimate objectives of raising revenue and generating growth because at some point it will affect the rate of return, creating a diminishing rate of return… You cannot tax and austerity your way to growth even though Jamaica is in need of a good amount of austerity and taxes which should help to prepare the way for growth by easing our financial burden, reduce loans and helping to balance the financial books, which are in a disgusting state… Growth requires spending and spending needs optimism… but apply too much tax and too much austerity can kill economic optimism, reduce spending and thus affect any chance of growth…. So there is a fine line between the need to balance the financial books and getting your financial house in order and still leave enough optimism in place for spending and investment to occur.

ClovisToons
No one can deny the fact that Jamaica’s financial house is in serious disarray, on the verge of collapsing because of decades of borrowing, to spend like there was no tomorrow, one thing we Jamaicans know how to do is live large on borrowed money, we have been doing it for so long now that we do not know what to do once the source of loans dries up. There are outhouses in the country stronger than Jamaica’s financial house because every penny we make belongs to someone else.

Could it be that the eyes of Jamaica’s political class are open to the fact that Jamaica has very little wiggle room from which to move and maneuver. No member of the Political Class is making any big promises or making threats of dismantling and changing course, since we have long since ran out of courses to change and the world has better things to do than to worry about our sorry asses. I read the other day someone said that the Government should go back to the IMF and renegotiate the terms, I almost died with laughter… Talk about delusion of grandeur, basking in our own self-importance without two cents to rub together... Jamaica does not have a leg to stand on, how can you renegotiate when you are not doing so from a position of any power and what are you going to bring to the renegotiating table… Tessanne Chin? I can see it now, “we a beg yu a money, zeen but it has to be on our terms”…

What are Floss Items?

These are items that are off no real National Importance, they are items that are imported to support the fad based, floss culture that we have developed in Jamaica. It was Floss items that allowed Christopher Columbus and the Spaniards to gain a foot hold in the new world thus allowing them to exterminate the indigenous population and it was floss items that caused some Africans to join in with the slave trade by capturing their brothers and sisters for European slave traders. Look shiny beads and mirrors and before you know it the Spaniards are loping heads off with their swords..

ClovisToons
So much people like this about complaining that they cannot find food to feed the family
but they are always shopping, have nice things and never miss a merriment event.
Floss items and the act of flossing, appeal to certain type of people with simplistic mindsets and Jamaica is full of simple minded people regardless of educational background. As a matter of fact I can understand the poor and uneducated need for floss over the educated class, simply because with education they were supposed to use that superior knowledge and make better, solid life changing decisions but I have long since realized that education does not guarantee intelligence nor does it guarantee commonsense and that there is very little difference between a poor fool and an educated fool, they both just damn fools!...

The need for imported gadgetry in Jamaica is strong and characterized by a strong Inelasticity of Demand, this is because of our need, and a deep desire to impress other Jamaicans and to outdo them. We are an Over the top Profiling Country where everything must be designer this and brand name that, which is the average Jamaicans only measurement of quality. In Jamaica “designer this and brand name that “means simply IMPORTS, since local goods and services are no longer classed as designer this or a brand name that, they are no longer must haves. I am happy to say I grew up in a Jamaica that had several local designer this and brand name that which were must haves but those days are long gone.

I was once at the Airport duty free trying to buy a bottle of Appleton Rum 21 but the sales clerk was busy trying her best to get me to buy a bottle of Imported Hennessy instead. Imagine that, a duty free store in Jamaica trying to get people (a Jamaican) to buy an imported item over a quality locally produced item…. That speaks volume to me because she was not trying to sell it based on superior taste and real quality but instead she was trying to appeal to my inner Jamaican desire for floss items with perceived quality…and I have no such desires.


Designers cars, Brazilian weave hair, skin bleach, top of the line electronic gadgets like phones, Hennessy, imported water, congested roads with bighead SUV’s, imported red peas, onions …. I can go on and on but all these items are just Floss Items and most Jamaicans prefer floss over substance anytime. A friend of mine told me she once saw a man trying to put a Lexus logo on his Toyota motor car and the reason he gave her was that the Lexus logo was 'more special', ....floss lipstick on a pig comes to mind.

Strong Inelasticity of Demand means that no matter how high a price these items cost, Jamaicans will still continue to show a strong demand for them. The Jamaican dollar is in a process of free fall, it devalues on a weekly basis and have been doing that for some time now. This devaluation is making imports more expensive and so, one would think the natural reaction of normal people would be to reduce their demand for more expensive imports but in a year when the devaluation was severe, a 15% devaluation, food imports increased by 20% with over $1 billion per year spent on Imported Brazilian Weave Hair, Audi sales in Jamaica increased by 50% and BMW sales up 20%. This from a people who pay lip service to hard life. On every level of the economic spectrum, people are spending huge amount of borrowed money on imported floss items that have no National Importance, thus draining the country's resources and making other countries richer while making Jamaica poorer.

In Jamaica we have Floss Giants not Frost Giants
Tax The Floss!!!
This importation madness, this flossing gone wild situation is ripe and ready for some brutal taxation, this is the revenue stream the Government has been looking for and it is right under their nose.  Just tax the bloody floss items and since it is proven that no matter what the price, Jamaicans will still continue to Import Brazilian Hair, drink Hennessy and have 3 different smart phones strap to their blasted belts the decision is easy,  apply as much tax as possible, if for nothing else but a social experiment to see at what level these muppets will reduce import and flossing.

Are there any Brazilians left with hair on their heads?
Merriment Floss Tax
"It cost patrons as much as four times what it costs for Yush — $3,000 at the gate, $2,500 presold — to attend other parties, including the Ibiza-themed Boxing Day party at Kingston Polo Club, Utopia, which was $12,000 at the gate."...Jamaicans also have a strong Inelasticity of demand for Merriment, we love to party like the world will end in the morning. 2013 was a year when almost everyone took to social media and declared that life is hard and times tough and the Government was trying to kill them but in 2013 the Merriment “Tun-Up” as Jamaicans turn out in droves to attend various events from stage shows, to Dancehall, Clubs, fashion show, Jazz Festivals, wine tasting events and weekend long parties at various coastal resorts.

The Suffering Masses, Look how Government a kill them!!
"Meanwhile, Dwayne Dacres, an organiser of Absinthe, hosted on New Year's Eve, said he saw between a 15 and 20 percent increase in attendance in 2013 over the prior year."......Hard-life and suffering!!!

Jamaica’s entertainment industry is making billions as a result of this. In the summer it was reported that Jamaicans where going to financial institutions to borrow money so they could attend various events and there are financial institutions created just to provide party loans to the people so they could satisfy their partying needs. With such a strong desire to waste money the Government should put in place a special Merriment Tax, tax each and every event, tax the hell out of it since the price increase will not stop them from partying like the world will end in the morning…

Yea $12000 per head partaay..This is how we roll!

But Merriment and Politics goes hand in hand, the political class needs this atmosphere of free for all merriment because it takes up the time and attention of the people, it is a source of diversion, better they jump around like circus clowns than attack the Political class with pitchfork, tar and feathers. I remember a member of the last Government declaring that his Government should relax the end time for nightly events, at the time an election was fast approaching. 

ClovisToons
A good day at the races!!
Inappropriate use of Tax payers Money
Jamaica's Suffering Masses!!
At Sting 2013
The use of tax payer’s money by the Government to help finance that most disgusting of nasty, dutty-Rup-up event called Sting …is a new low for this Government and Jamaica as a whole. I have never seen anything more disgusting than this… The behavior of the people on stage met the usual low standards that I have come to expect from Dancehall entertainment but the fact that tax payer’s money was used to finance this event is a slap in the face of decent human beings.

Imagine my tax dollars used to pay Lady Saw to hold her nasty Crotch on stage. I watched an interview with Lady Saw some time ago in which she declared that she was about to turn Christian but her last record blew up, which she regarded as a sign from God Almighty, that he wants her to continue her Dancehall ways.. aka nasty, dutty-Rup-up-Rubbish…


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Friday, January 3, 2014

New Phase - NEW BEGINNINGS

 “For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." T.S. Elliot


Our body is a remarkable machine and if we observe the workings of the body with fascination, it helps us to see the bigger picture of life in nature.

Greek philosopher, Heraculutus compared the human body to a river. He said a river is a very mysterious thing. When you look at a river it looks the same to you in every second of its existence but in fact it's not the same river. He said you cannot step into the same river twice because new water flows in all the time. The physical bodies that you had a year ago, isn't the one the one you have now. The cells in our bodies are constantly dividing, regenerating, and dying, Your body makes between 11 and 13 million new cells every second.

You are regenerating yourself continually. Your skin renews itself every 2-4 weeks, your liver every 5 months, your red blood cells every 4 months, Intestinal cells change every 2 -3 days. Taste buds every 10 days. Even your bones completely regenerate themselves.

If you are in fact regenerating yourself every moment of every day, the end of each cycle signals an opportunity. An opportunity to create a stronger, healthier, more energetic, more conscious, happier, and more loving entity.

The earth also renews itself gradually over long stretches of time as well, and so does the elements in nature; water, soil and air.

Rebirth is necessary for evolution, but rebirth without evolution is crazy.

The cycles of nature shows the process of rebirth as a template for growth, decline and rest. You see a necessity for moving away from processes that no longer promote growth, but then after a period of development there is always decline then rest.

Year in, year out we make resolutions but rarely do these commitments stick.

This is because our resolutions sometimes reflect societal values and not our truest deep seated drives. Typically popular resolutions might be; losing weight, gaining more wealth, and travelling more, but if we haven’t reached the stage where we are ready to commit to these endeavors we won't succeed.

People change their ways because they want to change them or better yet, are moved to change them when the time is right/ripe. Change is usually gradual, it is not a process for the impatient. Success comes when all the right things are in place. We cannot FORCE change.

FORCING change is doomed to fail because it comes from a negative place and usually associates the solution with punishment. The resulting failure results in making negative judgments about ourselves and others, which is decidedly more destructive to our love of self.

I see people paying for memberships they don’t use, not giving their all in their training (“just going thru the motions”), and having no passion for their undertakings.

MAKE THE EFFORT, DO THINGS YOU LOVE! AND if you have the strength LOVE THE THINGS YOU DO!

This year make a commitment first to loving yourself, you will see how over time this will mean making better lifestyle choices that promotes peace, love, health, happiness and prosperity not only for you, but for humanity and the entire planet.

Peace, Love, Health, Happiness And Prosperity
Happy New Year
Martino