Daily Archives: June 30, 2009

Suspicions Of Vote Tampering: 98.1 The One & Banks Sweet Soca Competition

Banks Soca Cheating Barbados

(Above photo is a sample from the 46 screen shots taken to document possible vote tampering)

Online Photos Demand Answers From 98.1 The One & Banks Sweet Soca Competition

Technology is welcomed and has played a vital role in the development and advancement of mankind. At times that said technology and increased knowledge are used in self fulfilling and greedy ways.

That leads me to my topic at hand… 98.1 The One & Banks Sweet Soca Competition.

Apparently some artistes have been getting a rather generous boost in votes from seemingly suspicious means.

On my investigation of these bold claims I was quite intrigued by my findings.

The matter was brought to my attention around 22:50 June 29, 2009. I must add that it took me a while to actually lend my resources to same as i was engaged in what I thought at the time was more pertinent.

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On inspection of the claim involving vote tampering at around 23:50 the votes per artiste stood as follows:

Aritste: Blood
Song: Back It Up
Votes: 14688

Artiste: Mr. Dale
Song: Come Out
Votes: 5157

Artiste: Statement
Song: All Night Till Mornin’
Votes: 3437

Artiste: TC
Song: Hot Sun & Riddim
Votes: 3299

Artiste: Tarah Holdipp
Song: Hottie Hottie Gal
Votes: 2906

Artiste: Lorenzo
Song: Good Vibes
Votes: 620

Artiste: Lil Rick
Song: Carnival Jucks
Votes: 545

Artiste: William Watts
Song: Busted
Votes: 59

What follows next is mind-blowing… shocking at the least! What you are about to see are screen shots taken of the following website (www.barbadoscropoverfestival.com) between 23:49 Jun 29, 2009 & 01:04 Jun 30, 2009. The pictures speak for themselves.

I invite you to pay attention to the times of the screen shots and the first two artistes on the list namely Blood & Mr. Dale.

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Am I paranoid or does all evidence lead to some form of foul play? Is this actually possible? Something is definitely ‘fishy’ here to me, after all it unfolded before my very eyes.

On even further investigation of the site in which the activity was purported by my technical assistant it was found that inadequate security measures were put in place to deter dishonesty by players or supporters of persons within the competition. Investigations revealed that persons were able to vote multiple times or in batch by either a) reseting their internet browsers i.e deleting cache, cookies, history etc or by (b) running a script encompassing elements of (a) to yield catapulting results.

As you can see Blood at the time of writing this post was already sitting comfortably on top with 16,000+ votes with Mr. Dale trailing behind with a steady rising figure of  9000+.

All this being said… in the spirit of  Crop Over and the festival upon us this should never be happening, so I appeal to the major players and fellow citizens like myself to put an end to this at once. In my opinion this competition is a farce and something needs to be done urgently to correct the wrong doing that has transpired. Lets not let a few bad apples destroy ‘we culture’.

NB: Dirkmouse “Da Bouse” does not blame or hold any artiste or individual responsible for any material contained or discussed within.


Kurt Linton
a.k.a Dirkmouse “Da Bouse”

Website: http://www.dirkmouse.com

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President Obama A Class Act: Interrupted By Quacking Duck Ringtone During Gay Rights Speech – No Problem Without The Teleprompter

Obama Duck Ringtone

This Guy Is The Right Blend Of Approachable, Dignified Authority & Leadership – And Yes, He Does OK Without A Teleprompter

I haven’t agreed with everything that President Obama has done since he took office, but that’s ok – he probably wouldn’t agree with everything I’ve done either. He’s trying to implement some big changes in the middle of an economic crisis not of his making, but I give him high marks for trying to make many of those changes that he said would be on his list.

One thing I give him credit for big time is a new message to the world about what the USA is all about. Some folks disagree with President Obama’s quiet and friendly style compared to the gunslinger-talk favoured by Dubya. Those folks are, I think, misreading the man. Obama still has a big stick available if he needs it – and the world knows it – but he is secure and confident enough in himself and in America that he doesn’t have to shake that stick aggressively at everyone who disagrees with him. Not right off, anyway.

Which brings me to this YouTube video hot off the press from Drudge Report only 30 minutes ago. President Obama was giving a speech today at the White House about gay rights (LGBT I think means “Lesbian, Gay, uh… Bisexual and Transgendered people” – I think) when right in the middle of it someone’s cell phone went off with a quacking duck ringtone.

Have a look and listen at how the President handled the situation and himself and you will again see that blend of dignity, friendliness and authority. This man is a leader – he is no pushover – and he is confident. What a pleasant change.

Darn, I like this guy more and more. Now if we could only get him to relax a bit on his anti-offshore banking agenda.

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