Daily Archives: September 7, 2007

Politicians, Much Like Scientists, Never Say “Should We?”, They Always Say “Can We?”

Scientists Often Ignore Common Sense, Morality And Ethics

When the first controlled atomic chain reaction was set off in Chicago on December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, George Weil and the other scientists were pretty sure that they could control the atomic pile and bring it back from critical.

Pretty sure.

When the first atomic bomb was set off in New Mexico on July 16, 1945, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi and the other scientists and engineers who developed it were pretty sure that it would not start a chain reaction that would destroy the world.

We can debate to what extent they were “pretty sure”, but when reading their biographies one is struck by how uncertain they were about everything to do with atomic energy. Uncertain or not though, Fermi, Weil and Oppenheimer pushed their “start” buttons. They were more concerned with their ability to do something than to ask the question “Should we do this?”

Today I read that British scientists have received permission to create hybrid human-animal embryos for “research”. Yes, they had a little study counsel to consider the question of “Should we?” but that was only going through the motions. The conclusion was undoubtedly written before the study. If someone disagrees with that statement, perhaps they could provide me with a list of scientific developments that have been considered and rejected on moral, ethical or societal grounds.

Reckless, Amoral Scientists Are Nothing Compared With Politicians…

When I think of all the stupid, wasteful spending and failures that our government has put us through in the past few years, I have to wonder if anyone in the Cabinet ever said, “Wait a minute, friends. I know we can borrow more money, but should we?”

It doesn’t take much imagination to hear some of the big spenders saying, “The money is available. We can do it.”

Did no one disagree? Didn’t any of our elected representatives have the foresight enough to see that trying to hold Cricket World Cup on playing fields thousands of miles apart was madness? Did no one say, “If we’re spending a hundred and fifty million for a new stadium, shouldn’t it have lights?”

Didn’t anyone say, “It is immoral to condemn our next generation to a lifetime of serving this debt for Cricket” ?

How many government guarantees for loans are unrecorded in the nation’s financial records? Do you think that under the BOLT projects, companies are putting that kind of money into Barbados without guarantees from the government?

Lord help our children. Protect them from politicians who never ask “Should we do this?”

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Wayne Jackman At The Limelight Cafe Tonight!

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Shona likes Wayne. Marcus likes the music.

They both like the LimeLight.

Will they be going?

IF they do, you’ll find them sitting at their usual table overlooking the harbour!

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Cayman Islands Pass Freedom Of Information Law – Time For Bajans To Stop Crawling On Their Knees To The Massa

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Barbados Will Never See Freedom Of Information Laws Under The Current Government – And We Have The Same Doubts About Thompson’s DLP Too

The Government of the Cayman Islands has passed a Freedom of Information law that enshrines the public’s right to access most government records – including the records of government owned companies.

The leaders of both major Barbados political parties would be well advised to read the words of Cayman Islands Government Minister Kurt Tibbetts – because they represent exactly the type of transparency that Bajans want – especially every time we see the lavish lifestyles of many, even most, of our current government members…

“As a result of public input, greater emphasis has been placed on the general principles of maximum disclosure and releasing information in the public interest. These principles provide the foundation on which Government can begin building a new culture of openness,” Tibbetts said and added. “For example the scope of the bill ensures that Government ministries, portfolios, and statutory authorities are all defined as public authorities and even Cabinet is not excluded from a Freedom Of Information request.”

… read the entire story about the Cayman Island’s new Freedom of Information legislation at Caribbean Net News (link here)

Let’s Start By Making Demands – Not By Crawling To The Massa Begging For Something That Is Rightfully Ours!

Our friends at Notes From The Margin first picked up on the Cayman Islands story earlier in the week, however we are rather surprised by the luke-warm-gruel-in-the-mouth position taken by NFTM. It sounds like something right out of a Nation News “Excuse me for mentioning this, don’t want to bother you oh Great One” editorial…

“We in the Margin support (Freedom of Information legislation) on general principles and we also would ask both parties in Barbados to implement such a law. I believe this has been a regular feature of political manifestos on both sides of the house however it does seem to be one of those items (like a second TV station) that falls between the cracks.”

Excuse Me? Freedom Of Information Laws Are At The Same Level As A Second TV Station? What Are You Smoking?

Citizens’ ability to access their government information is a foundation of democracy. Without this right of access enshrined in law, citizens are unable to effectively hold their elected and appointed government officials accountable.

Politicians and governments know this.

That is why the current Barbados government and all past governments have chosen to not pass such legislation.

Oh sure – they talk about it, muse about it, discuss it like they really are thinking about it… but actually do it? Never.

It is time for Barbadians to get up off their knees. The government works for us. It is OUR information. OUR property. OUR money that they spend without any accountability at all.

Get up off your knees and demand what is yours.

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TELL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS: Barbados Media Hides 3S Fraud Scandal From Bajan Citizens

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“Years from now, Friday September 7, 2007 will be remembered as the day that the news media of Barbados formally announced surrender to Bajan strongman Owen Arthur. Barbados citizens cannot trust their news media.”

Barbados News Media Again Proves It Cannot Be Trusted

On Tuesday, September 4, 2007, two local blogs – Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press – published news stories about how Jonathan Lazlo Danos, President of Barbados flyover contractor 3S Structural Steel Solutions, is being sued for fraud and secret kickbacks on another government highway bridge project in Jamaica.

This story is no mere rumour or speculation – the court documents are available online for all to see and both blogs have been pointing to these documents since September 4th. (Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL, May 11, 2007, Case No: HC 06 C04511 – LINK HERE)

This Is A Huge And Important Story That Should Have Been Covered Immediately By The Barbados News Media

The fact that the President of the company that is building Barbados’ controversial highway and flyover bridges should be sued for fraud and secret kickbacks in relation to a similar bridge project for another Caribbean government is a HUGE news story. The Barbados highway and flyover bridge project is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and was awarded by the Barbados government behind closed doors under circumstances that have even the most jaded government supporters shaking their heads.

Today is the fourth day that the print, broadcast and electronic mainstream Barbados news media has ignored this story.

CBC Televsion – Nothing

Voice of Barbados Radio – Nothing

The Nation Newspaper Print Edition – Nothing

The Nation Newspaper Online Edition – Nothing

The Advocate Newspaper Print Edition – Nothing

The Advocate Newspaper Online Edition – Nothing

Tell Your Friends, Family and Co-Workers!

This joint refusal of ALL the Barbados news media to cover a story of national importance about allegations of fraud and secret kickbacks by a man who is in charge of our national highway and bridge project is unforgivable.

At best, it shows that there is no freedom of the press in Barbados. At worst, it shows a conspiracy by all the major Barbados news media to hush up what should be a crisis of credibility for the Barbados Government.

The Barbados news media today formally announced their surrender to the Government of Barbados and strongman Owen Arthur. Barbados citizens cannot trust their news media.

Phone A Friend Right Now, Tell A Co-Worker Right Now, Talk To A Neighbour Right Now

Tell them everything that the Barbados news media is hiding.

Further Reading…

Barbados Underground – Government Of Barbados Awards Road Building Contract To 3s Structural Steel Solutions Against The Advice Of The Barbados Association Of Professional Engineers

Barbados Underground – President Of S3 Barbados Limited Jonathan Danos Is Being Sued For Fraud And Conspiracy By Mabey, His Former Employer ~ Yet Another Shady Project By The Government Of Barbados

Barbados Underground – Media Houses In Barbados In Collusion With Government To Suppress News, Press Freedom Under Threat ~ The Voices Of The People Must Be Heard

BFP – President of 3S Structural Steel Solutions May Be Stripped Of Order Of The British Empire – MBE

BFP – President Of Barbados Flyover Contractor 3S Structural Steal Solutions Being Sued For Fraud, Kickbacks In Jamaican Bridge Project!

BFP – What A Surprise! ABC Highway Cost Triples Or More…

BFP – Flyover Files Missing From Barbados Government Corporate Affairs Office

BFP – Barbados Flyover Costs Set to Soar – Just As We Predicted…

BFP – Barbados Tender Process Corrupt?

BFP – Prime Minister Owen Arthur Opens a New Can of Paint – To Cover Old Corruption

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Gardin Democracy Sings The Barbados Hospital Blues!

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