Daily Archives: December 10, 2006

Exclusive BFP Photo: Pinochet Arrives In Hell

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Former Chilean dictator and mass-murderer Augusto Pinochet arrived in Hell on Sunday after his body died at the age of 91. In this exclusive BFP photo, Pinochet is shown saluting his old boss shortly after arriving in Hell. Commenting on the meeting, Pinochet said, “It’s not the first time I’ve met the boss. We’ve been very close for years.”

Indeed.

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Associated Press: Ex-Chilean dictator Pinochet dies at 91

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Skin Colour, Wealth and Power In Barbados

An excellent piece by Tony Best in today’s Nation News…

Black and White Myths 

… but the one point that nobody in the article mentions is that the terms “black” and “white” are ceasing to have meaning in Barbados as we are surely a nation of mongrels.

And this mongrel could care less about the colour of another puppy’s fur!

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American Secret Service Bugged Princess Diana’s Phone On Death Night

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The American Secret Service was bugging Princess Diana’s telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.

Among extraordinary details due to emerge in the report by former Metropolitan police commissioner Lord Stevens is the revelation that the US security service was bugging her calls in the hours before she was killed in a car crash in Paris…

… read the rest at Guardian Unlimited (link here)

Why Would The Yanks Bug Diana?

Maybe I’m naive, but I can’t think of a reason that the Americans would want to bug Diana. The Brits, yes. Americans, no.

Could the Yanks have been bugging Diana for the British? Perhaps on a “gentlemen’s agreement”?

And that brings us to the real problem – when the police or intelligence services have the equipment and the knowledge to intercept private communications, they do so. Without oversight and accountability, the police use invasive wiretaps as a first investigative step rather than as a measure of last resort when all other evidence-gathering techniques have failed.

Does Barbados Have Any Laws Regarding Police Interception Of Private Communications?

Any lawyers or Members of Parliament out there who can tell us what the law is regarding the use of telephone taps in Barbados?

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One Day, Two Headlines: 1/ British PM “Immigrants Have Duty To Integrate”, 2/ British Public Swimming Pool “Muslims Only”

What Was That About Going Somewhere In A Handbasket?

PM Tony Blair – “Immigrants Have A Duty To Integrate”

“Muslim Only” Pool Outrage

Again We Ask The Question…

As we asked in a previous BFP article about certain hotels around the world being restricted to “Muslims Only”…

What do you think, folks? Should any of the hotels on Barbados set aside floors for Muslims only? (article here)

… should hotels on (Barbados) be able to turn away people on the basis of their religion if, say a non-Muslim wanted a room and the only one available was on a “Muslim” reserved floor?

The time to discuss what is permissible in our society is always now.

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Barbados Government Party BLP Blog – 2 Weeks Since Last Post

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Dare We Say… Like All Government Projects?

It has now been two weeks since the last post on the Government of Barbados’ ruling party’s BLP Blog. As we said on December 7th in our post Barbados Government BLP Blog Dying A Slow Death?

“I wonder if they are losing interest in their blog – or has two-way communication with Bajan citizens turned out to be more of a handful than the BLP expected?”

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300 Cataract Patients On Waiting List In Barbados – Too Bad They Can’t See Those New Flyovers!

Cuban Doctors Going To Help Out – Thank God

From The Nation News (with not one question by the esteemed journalists of The Nation News as to how it is that “first world Barbados” has 300 blind and going-blind Bajans suffering on a never-ending “waiting list” for cataract operations – but we have no problem finding the money for lots of new roads & flyovers)

Eye Opener

THANKS TO THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT, relief will soon be coming to more than 300 patients on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s waiting list for cataract operations.

This was one of the major agreements coming out of the fourth meeting of the Barbados/Cuba Joint Commission which met in Barbados over the last two days.

Barbadians will benefit from Cuba’s Operacion Milagro (Operation Miracle), a programme which gives free eye care to thousands of people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Through the programme, Barbadians will be able to travel to Cuba to get eye care at its free facilities and Cuban opthamological specialists will also come to Barbados to bring specialised screening equipment and assess patients for treatment.

… read the entire article * (link here)

***** Bye the way… the Cuban eye operations will not start until March of 2008.

Have You Ever Been To Cuba?

I have.

Wonderful people who have nothing, yet will share anything and everything with strangers. It is perhaps because most folks are poor that things have become less important than people, friends, family and relationships.

I hate the communists, but I love the Cubans and I hope they can survive when their Berlin Wall falls – because they will be like little children thrust into the real world. (Coming Soon, Folks!)

Our Second Favourite Writer Named John Comments…

I say “second favourite writer named John” because my favourite fellow named John was a wild man who ate honey from bees. Here is what my second favourite fellow named John has to say about Cuba looking after our blind and sick…

There is an entire wing of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital donated by Lions International in the early 1990’s. It is called the Lions Eye Care Centre. It was intended to have helped people from all over the Caribbean. So much for good intentions.

It ended up being an embarrassment because Government could not find the budget to operate it!!

It is unbelievable that a free gift to the Government and people of Barbados and the wider Caribbean could be unutilised. And we actually have something called CSME!!

With a bit of imagination, Barbados could have helped some of the 500,000 people who have been helped in Cuba and the gift from Lions International used to its fullest effect, as it was intended.

Everytime I see Bajans going to Cuba for eyecare it makes me mad that The Eyecare Centre is not being utilised. I cannot believe the waste.

Guess GEMS, Greenland etc etc. had first call on resources.

It is nothing short of scandalous.

Bye the way, Lions International is based in Chicago, .. USA!!

post by Cliverton… I’m back in the USSA

“…Been away so long I hardly knew the place. Gee, it’s great to be back home. Leave it til tomorrow to unpack my case. Honey, disconnect the phone…”

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A Blog About Barbados Restaurants

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I stumbled across Barbados Restaurants blog last week, and I haven’t quite figured out what it is.

Is it a hobby? Is it a business for advertising restaurants? Does the author trade reviews for meals? (Heck.. they do that at the New York Times so it is hardly a secret anymore.)

Anyway, Barbados Restaurants is a well written and pleasing to the eye blog – even if Champers is their favourite place. Check out Barbados Restaurants blog (link here).

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