Daily Archives: October 7, 2008

Tainted Milk Deaths – Chinese Government Thugs Threaten Victims’ Lawyers To Abandon Lawsuits

Melamine Poisoned Babies

Melamine Poisoned Babies Without Justice

Barbados Government’s Newest Best Friend Is A Brutal Dictatorship

Remember the tens of thousands of children who are seriously ill because they drank contaminated milk that Chinese Government officials knew was contaminated with melamine? Remember the deaths, the stories of urine, melamine and other chemicals deliberately mixed into China’s milk products? (BFP story here)

The Chinese government has now declared that just like the Tienanmen Square massacre – the tainted milk disaster never happened.

And if you’re a lawyer in Communist China, you’ll drop those lawsuits if you know what’s good for you, your family and the country…

At least 14 lawyers from Henan province were told by officials from the provincial government’s justice department to stop their activities, Chang told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

“They called me and my boss at my law firm and put pressure on me,” Chang said. “They said that this has become a political issue and that I ought to follow the arrangements set out by the government.”

“‘If this suggestion is disobeyed, the lawyer and the firm will be dealt with,'” Chang quoted the official as saying.

… from the Star article China Pressures Lawyers To Drop Tainted Milk Suits

Chief Justice David Simmons - Political Hack

Chief Justice SIR David Simmons

Ahhhh yes… and to think that only a few days ago the Chinese Justice system was given a hearty belch of support by our own Chief Justice, SIR David Simmons. (BFP story here)

I hope Chief Justice Simmons remembers this story the next time he slimes his way into the Chinese Embassy for a few drinks.

Then again, his own brother threatened a lawyer and a UWI professor to drop a lawsuit if they know what’s good for them. And let’s not forget that the Chief Justice himself threatened political action against the Graeme Hall National Park if the lawsuit against him wasn’t dropped.

So I guess the Chief Justice feels right at home with this latest move by the Chinese Government thugs he delights in partying with.


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American Exchange Student Lindsay Pullin Discovers Her Truth About Barbados – Rain, Rum, Beach, Beer

Portrait of Lindsay Pullin Studying In Barbados

Portrait of Lindsay Pullin Studying In Barbados

We must confess that it has been a wee bit wet ’bout hey lately, but American exchange student Linsay Pullin doesn’t seem to mind at all. She’s written a very positive and fun article about her time in Barbados so far and we hope that she publishes another after she sees the sun. Wouldn’t want her folks back home in California to get the wrong impression and think that the sun never shines around here!

Oh… and Lindsay?

…. Should you ever meet Cliverton (maybe somewhere around Oistins 😉 ) don’t believe a word he says. He’s totally untrustworthy and will only break your little heart!  😉

University of California Daily Nexus: Keeping Fresh and Wet in Barbados


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Financial Meltdown Quotes From Around The World


“The lower price (of oil) will do nothing for global warming, hopefully a great deal for our tourist industry, and very little for offshore Barbados oil interests because deep water oil cannot pay for its drilling and production costs at a $50 dollar barrel return.

The amazing point about the cut back in the world demand for oil, is that it could have happened at all. It seems to have to mean people are now being frugal about their energy uses, and/or, so much more oil is being found because of the high oil price drive we’ve been seeing , it has driven the price out of the bottom of the market.”

… BFP Reader Colin L. Beadon on the dropping demand and price of oil


“In my adult lifetime, I don’t think I’ve ever seen people as fearful,”

… super investor Warren Buffett in the Telegraph UK


“There is a very real danger … that the Icelandic economy, in the worst case, could be sucked with the banks into the whirlpool and the result could be national bankruptcy,”

… Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir Haarde


“Once the current account goes back into surplus in the fourth quarter, as expected, and if the global financial turmoil eases, local markets will quickly return to normal,”

Lee Chang-yong, vice chairman of Korea’s Financial Services Commission

“At times like this, we, both the authorities and market participants, need to think and act rationally.”

Korean Finance Minister Kang Man-soo (Korea Herald)


“A ton of urea in Venezuela can be sold for 180 dollars without wasting it; however, we are not selling this resource in Venezuela to become rich, but to fulfill country’s needs.”

“On the contrary, the capitalism is perverse and does it (sells it) to become millionaire. That is why United States financial system is plummeting, because personal vanity and ambition,”

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías


“(This is) a large scale financial crisis… A number of decisions have already been made, while others we will discuss right now,”

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev going into a meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 4:54am EDT


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Tainted Ice Cream: Barbados Health Ministry Learns A Lesson (Hopefully)

For the last two weeks, Barbados Free Press and at least one other Bajan blog (Bajan Reporter – articles here and here) have been asking for the reason that our Health Ministry recalled / condemned Flavorite ice cream in Barbados. With all the talk about melamine contamination of milk products coming out of China, Bajan parents rightly were concerned about knowing the reason for the recall.

Was it bacterial contamination? Melamine? Metal shards from a broken blender? What was the reason? The notice from the Ministry of Health only stated that there was a recall – but not the reason.

Then a Flavorite representative wrote to Barbados Free Press and still didn’t provide the reason for the recall!

Now, the Ministry of Health has issued a new Flavorite ice cream recall that states the reason as “According to the Ministry, “testing of these eight flavours of icecream has confirmed bacterial contamination.”


That wasn’t so difficult, was it?

Why should transparency of government be such a difficult thing in our country? The initial secrecy by the Ministry of Health is representative of an elitist attitude that permeates our government.

Well, listen to this government workers – both elected and employed….YOU WORK FOR US

Not the other way around.

Further Reading

Barbados Government Information: Removal of more Flavorite Ice Cream


Sept 27/08: Barbados Health Minister Placing Corporate Interests Ahead Of Parents’ Rights To Protect Their Children!

September 26. 2008: Flavorite Foods Replies To Barbados Free Press About Ice Cream Recall – Won’t Provide Reason For Recall !!!

September 25, 2008: Barbados Health Minister Estwick: TELL US THE TRUTH !!! Is Contaminated China Milk Powder Behind Ice Cream Recall?

July 7, 2008: Serious Public Health Questions About Barbados BICO Milk and Ice Cream

Bajan Global Report: Local Authorities/Press Too Silent On China Milk Scandal Are Barbadians Safe?

Nation News, October 3, 2008: Ice Cream Meltdown


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