Daily Archives: December 15, 2008

You Can Taste The Fear In Barbados – Travel Poised to “drop off a cliff” in January

The Government of Barbados has been sending a mixed message lately to the populace, and in fairness I tell you that whether the DLP or the BLP were in power, that conflicted message would be the same. Your government is scared stiff and they really don’t want to lose control of the message. The message is all they have left.

On one hand the government is assuring citizens that “As bad as things are everywhere, if we work together everything will be OK here. Your government is doing what needs to be done.”

On the other hand, the government is sending out a bigger SOS than anything Rihanna ever recorded. The Thompson gang has been appealing for – get this – philanthropists and the Bajan diaspora to bail out our Barbados.

Whoaloss! You’ve got to be in desperate trouble to be staking the country’s future on begging from charity and the diaspora!

Once again, you can blame the BLP for running gazillions in spending for which Barbados achieved no appreciable benefits, but for the moment it doesn’t matter – any Barbados government in power would be desperate. And it shows, despite their efforts to insulate the citizens from reality.

OK… so tourism is toast for the next few years. What about our offshore banking? Well, we have Thompson appealing to President-Elect Barack Obama to forget about what is good for the United States – don’t hurt our offshore banking and tax-avoidance industry. That should go over really well in Nebraska!

My friends, let me give you some advice to personally get through what we are going to face in the coming three or four years…

1/ Shun debt.

2/ Work hard. Harder than you ever have before. Make your employer and your customers regard you as invaluable and as a friend. Do it.

3/ Economise. Find new ways of saving money and not spending money. Forgo pleasures and materialistic desires. Save cash. Forge real stability in your life, relationships and finances. Reject the culture of “appearances”. Better a 10 year old auto that is paid for than a new 4×4 on the never-never.

4/ Maintain and develop the family relationships and friendships that will function in place of support from THE STATE. If you lose your job, if your company goes under, you will NOT be able to depend upon “de guvmnt.”  That day is over although most (and the government) do not realise it. Your family and friends will look after you during the bad periods. Realise this and treat them well. Look after your friends and family when bad things happen – even to your immediate detriment. (Read “Hawaii” by James Michener and focus on the Chinese lady who saved her family with hard work and wisdom.)

Things are much worse than folks let on. Take stock. Change your habits. Love your family and friends.

And that is all I can advise for the moment. Here is the article that made me stop for an hour today and consider the state of my family and the nation…

9 reasons ’09 will be the year of the ‘naycation’

If 2008 was the year of the staycation, then ’09 is bound to be the year of the naycation.

As in, nay — we’re not vacationing.

The conventional wisdom about travel is that it will slip by just a few percentage points next year. But the unconventional wisdom — supported by several troubling surveys — points to a much bigger drop. A recent Allstate poll found nearly half of all Americans plan to cut back on travel in 2009. An International SOS survey says slightly fewer of us — about 4 out of 10 Americans — are reducing their international trips next year. And a Zagat survey says at least 20 percent of us will travel less in ’09.

But that’s just the half of it. I’ve been talking with people in the industry, who tell me — direct quote here — that travel is poised to “drop off a cliff” in January. In other words, people are telling pollsters one thing but making other plans.

Specifically, they’re making no plans.

Here are nine reasons why 2009 will probably be known as the year of the “naycation” — and what it means for you…

… continue reading this article at eTurbo News: 9 reasons ’09 will be the year of the ‘naycation’

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Bajan Reporter Talks About Drunken Santas, Barbados Asthma Crisis and Kwanzaa

I don’t know where Ian Bourne gets the energy and time to be such a prolific writer. He works by himself and sometimes publishes three or four articles in a day while four of us at BFP often struggle to produce our promised one article a day. I guess that is the difference between a seasoned media professional like Ian and a bunch of normal drunks thrown together like the “staff” at Barbados Free Press.

Ian has a few new offerings posted and even when we don’t agree with him on certain subjects (or like today when he is criticising BFP) we always enjoy his style. Here’s what’s new…

ian-bourne-bajan-santa-has-asthmaDrunken Santa – Is It Bourne Or Not?

Santa Ian weighs in on what it is like to be sweating in a costume made for a chilly New York Christmas while the little brats offer more abuse than one man can take. Then he calls one of Robert’s BFP articles “drivel” (OUCH!). Check it out … (Bad Santa? Bad Children? Bad Parents? Who is the true victim at Christmas?)

What Is Causing The Asthma Crisis In Barbados?

In this piece, Ian reports on a recent BBC television programme that revealed some disturbing information about life and death on Bim. We have a huge problem with asthma – much bigger than many other countries. Something is wrong in Barbados and no one can figure it out. Check it out… (BBC claim Barbados’ new type of lifestyle is clue to rising cases of asthma)

Kwanzaa – The Holiday Created By A Criminal Who Kidnapped & Tortured Women

Ian is getting into the festive season with his Santa piece above and by publicising a “pre-Kwanzaa” party planned in the Virgin Islands. Lot’s of good will flowing at this time of year and that’s great.

Don’t forget… the first principle of Kwanzaa is Umoja – unity of race for blacks. As it says at the official Kwanzaa Information Center: “red, or the blood, stands as the top of all things. We lost our land through blood; and we cannot gain it except through blood. We must redeem our lives through the blood. Without the shedding of blood there can be no redemption of this race.” The Kwanzaa Information Center also notes that the flag “has become the symbol of devotion for African people in America to establish an independent African nation on the North American Continent.”

karenga-kwanzaaKwanzaa’s Inventor

Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by Ronald McKinley Everett who changed his name a few times and finally settled on Maulana Karenga. Karenga was the founder of the murderous United Slaves movement in the 1960’s and was funded at the time by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation – the FBI – in a warped scheme where the FBI decided the best way to fight the black power movement was to fund different factions to keep them from uniting.

“I’m trying to understand which of the seven principles of Kwanzaa was represented by founder Karenga putting a running hose and detergent into the mouths of kidnapping and torture victims…”

After inventing the racist celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966, in 1971 Karenga and two other associates were convicted of kidnapping two black women and torturing them in an effort to learn if they were working for anyone else.

“Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Ms. Davis’s mouth and placed against Ms. Davis’s face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths…”

I’m trying to understand which of the seven principles of Kwanzaa was represented by founder Karenga putting a running hose and detergent into the mouths of kidnapping and torture victims…

At first I thought is was Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) “To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.”

… but then I thought it would be pretty hard to speak with the hose and detergent in the mouth, so I thought the principle represented might be…

Kuumba (Creativity) “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.”

After all… clean is beautiful, you know!

But then I found the answer right in front of me. Of course! Karenga had two other black brothers helping him torture the women, so the principle was…

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) “To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.”

That’s the principle being illustrated by working together to torture the women!

Happy Kwanzaa to you too, Ian!

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