Daddy On Duty…
I worked nights yesterday – or was it today? The human body is not naturally set up to handle these kinds of changes in our daily sleeping schedule. The only reason I know it is Tuesday is because I have been looking forward to the Thrown Speech.
Sleep will have to wait because I’m doing the diaper changes this morning while my woman takes a much-needed break. (Side note to all the guys out there – make sure that mommy gets enough time off for herself. You think that work is stressful? Try staying at home with a house full of stinky diapers all the time!)
While the girls left early this morning to do the rounds, the little one and I played a few games like “Daddy pick up whatever I throw on the floor” and “Watch how many times I can fill my diaper in an hour!”
Yup, I fully understand why some women go crazy.
Cruising The Internet
I love random surfing… just following the links and discovering little tidbits that you wouldn’t normally see. The zombie at the keyboard (that’s me!) stumbled upon the January 17, 1961 “Military-Industrial Complex” speech of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
President Ike’s words are well worth reading because although we don’t have a “Military-Industrial Complex” in Barbados, we do have a few groups that come together in a nexus of political and economic power that often thinks about power and money first, and what is good for Barbados and Bajans second.
On the day that our new Parliament opens, Bajans would do well to consider who these groups are in Barbados and how we citizens need to be ever vigilant – no matter how we voted or our faith in the folks we elected.
Here’s a few lines of wisdom from Dwight D. Eisenhower…
Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present * and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
… taken from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Military-Industrial Complex speech (link here)
China’s Rising Military-Industrial Complex
The last Barbados government kept silent about Communist China’s human rights abuses – which include slave labour camps with millions of slaves. I have no doubt that this new DLP government will do much the same.
I would like to say otherwise, that our government will at least have the guts of the German and Canadian leaders who have criticized China’s deplorable human rights record while continuing to do business with them. In a less than perfect world, at least that is something.
The fact that we still struggle with our history of slavery yet remain silent about China’s slaves is something that boggles my mind – especially with no sleep. I don’t have the mental fortitude to write more eloquently about the issue this morning, so I’ll leave you with a link to an editorial in the Taipei Times…
Taipei Times: Beijing’s Deadly Trade Policy
(Only a couple of more hours to go and then sweet sweet sleep. See you later friends.)