LIME FLOW

How to Squeeze a Lime

Submitted by Bush Tea
Jeff Cumberbatch - New Chairman of the FTC

Jeff Cumberbatch – New Chairman of the FTC

Life is really not as complex as many make it out to be. In the final analysis, we find ourselves existing on a big rock which is spinning wildly through space at ridiculous speed, somehow managing to (so far) miss the millions of other rocks and other objects also speeding randomly through the same damn space.

With that perspective in mind, one would think that human beings would be much less obsessed with the accumulation of materialistic bling, and much more reflective of the kind of high level thinking that could, and would, have created such a perilously balanced world. In particular, on the reason and objectives that could have led to such an obviously temporary, short-term existence for humans. But NO!!!

We continue to be obsessed with money, material things, ‘status’, and all other things that are clearly only means to the end of sustaining the very short time that we have been allocated here to make sense of the clearly fantastic concept of ‘Life on Earth’. Even in this misguided predisposition, we are not ‘intelligently obsessed’.

We have large Corporations with huge financial resources at their disposal, and yet their main objective in life seems to be that of squeezing every last possible drop out of their customers in order to further enhance their already massive profits.

Barbados Light & Power for over 100 years made good profits and provided good service to the country. Now we have EMERA on the scene and the profit levels have more than doubled, while the quality of service has fallen badly, provisions for future needs have been neglected, and they have taken a hands-off approach as the country plunge headlong into a ridiculous Waste-to-Energy scheme – which BL&P admits to having studied and discarded as unsuitable for this country.

Cable and Wireless, like EMERA, makes a disproportionate percentage of their profits from this region. In other words, they overcharge customers in this region and subsidise those in their ‘developed’ home countries. Despite this already loop-sided exploitation, C&W has now used their massive wealth to re-established a monopoly for their communication services -such that they are again able to dictate prices, control supply and reduce quality without fear of retribution.

Of course we all know that our (FTC) Fear Trading Commission is nothing but a show to satisfy the formalities required by international agencies. It merely rubber-stamps whatever these monopolistic vampires demand.

What can Bajans do…?
Barbadians can EASILY counter the selfish moves by these vultures by responding in kind to their monopolistic moves through formal and informal co-operatives.

With Electricity…
It is now quite legal (and VERY feasible) for small communities to get together in co-operative neighbourhood groups and to invest in solar /wind energy systems which can be used to provide most of their energy needs.

To avoid the legal quagmire that the vultures (with the support of the Fear Trading jokers) have instituted by way of inter-connection regulations, quotas, limitations on size etc, stand-alone battery systems are now very feasible. Also independent and unconnected service can be retained from the BL&P to be used only where and when needed.

It is even easier to squeeze LIME
There is ABSOLUTELY no reason why every damn house in Barbados needs an internet service. Again, by getting together with neighbours, Bajans can share this simple service by simply sharing the login password (and the cost) within a group.  Three of four families can therefore get together, experiment, and work out which services can be disconnected, then they can make a contribution to the payment of the needed internet services …. with an immediate reduction in monthly charge. of up to 75%.

IF LIME AND FLOW CAN GET TOGETHER TO SCREW BAJANS, WHY SHOULD BAJANS NOT GET TOGETHER TO UNSCREW THEIR DONKEYS?

Give your next door neighbours a call TODAY and cut your outFLOW of funds from next month.

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54 Comments on “How to Squeeze a Lime”

  1. David August 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM #

    Wow Bushie, where did this come from?

    Truly nuggets of wisdom Sir!

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  2. Caswell Franklyn August 7, 2015 at 9:57 PM #

    Bushie

    All of that is nice in theory but this is Barbados where it has now become every man jack for himself. We have become a society where we don’t care about the person next door. We are not our brothers’ keeper anymore.

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  3. Bush Tea August 7, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

    Man David, since Caswell refuses to BUP and to push the needed co-operative society, bushie has decided to encourage a grass roots revolution… of sorts…🙂

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  4. lawson August 7, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

    bt you advocating piracy ???? the new stede bonnet perhaps , i cant understand how you are so behind the curve on satellite manipulation……. are there no middle easterners living on the island?

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  5. Bush Tea August 7, 2015 at 10:04 PM #

    @ Caswell
    Absolutely right!
    …and it takes a SPECIAL person who truly UNDERSTANDS the co-operative principles to lead us away from that self-destructive predisposition.
    …look back at your life experiences and see if you can even THINK of anyone anywhere as prepared and as qualified as you are for the job…

    You just playing the Dompey…

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  6. Bush Tea August 7, 2015 at 10:10 PM #

    LOL @ Lawson
    Skippa, you better don’t let Money Brain hear you characterising ‘middle easterners’ yuh… according to him all peeps are the same shiite…

    Wait … dat was you Bushie passed on the Boardwalk this afternoon…? …a Rich looking fellow walking and looking down to see if other walkers drop money by any chance…🙂

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  7. Hants August 7, 2015 at 10:24 PM #

    @ Bushie,

    The Solar idea is brilliant. Storage battery technology has improved tremendously.

    http://www.teslamotors.com/en_CA/POWERWALL

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  8. St George's Dragon August 8, 2015 at 12:02 AM #

    An odd train of thought. Why pay probably BDS$10,000 for batteries so you can go independent of the grid? If you have a PV system on the roof and a grid interconnect BL&P will pay you money each month without having to spend money on batteries.
    And then Cable and Wireless which “…..makes a disproportionate percentage of their profits from this region….they overcharge customers in this region and subsidise those in their ‘developed’ home countries.” They make a disproportionate percentage of their profits in the region because C&W is pretty much only a Caribbean operation these days. It does not have UK customers to subsidise.
    So it’s ok to pay foreign companies for batteries, but it’s not ok to pay a regional company for telecoms services. Hmm.

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  9. pieceuhderockyeahright August 8, 2015 at 2:45 AM #

    Brother Bush Tea you have de Ole man support in boar things and wherever else de squeeze a lime concept can be applied e.g. Mrs Ram one Door Fire Hazard at Kirpirlanis

    Continued success

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  10. pieceuhderockyeahright August 8, 2015 at 2:56 AM #

    De stupid iPad change “boaf ” to boar

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  11. lawson August 8, 2015 at 6:48 AM #

    you are right BT it could have been me but I was not looking down to see if someone has dropped money I have found if I make eye contact with a local it seems like it is an invitation to ask me if I need a taxi or can spare anything. Everyday I stop and buy a newspaper from the guy near blakeys I like guys that are trying even though times are tough and after I am finished reading it I can use it as a weapon to run the gauntlet of beggars on the gap.
    middle easterners have had to adapt for a long time and are very savvy at doing technological wizardry with very little.
    But dont be disheartened barbados will never be useless in the co-operative spirit ….it can always be used as a bad example.

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  12. Bush Tea August 8, 2015 at 6:49 AM #

    @ pieceuhderock
    Thanks bro…

    @ Dragon
    LOL..not sure if you are serious….
    .. or perhaps have been associating with Dompey a bit too much…

    Do you think BL&P makes electricity with clemmycherries or sea water? How much foreign exchange goes into buying generating plant AND fossil fuel AND PROFITS?
    Do you think that LIME is a ‘regional company’? …or EMERA?
    Do you think that THEY make their own equipment?

    Shiite fella – don’t mek Bushie get vex yuh!!

    The same damn way that wunna white people could use foreign exchange to OWN the assets of BL&P to produce electricity …and to OWN the assets of FLOW to control telecommunications …why can’t BLACK people invest in their OWN assets to produce electricity …..an not be forced to kowtow to white capitalists?

    An “odd train of thought indeed”…. is that not the same shiite wunna say about the Credit Unions owning a bank ….
    “…an odd train of thought..why control your own money when we have been looking after you so well for these last 500 years..?” So well for wunna selves!!

    Boss… if there were a few more bushmen around (or if wunna get this one vex) …wunna would be forced to work for a living like all other ordinary Bajans…..

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  13. Bush Tea August 8, 2015 at 6:57 AM #

    @ Lawson
    LOL … well that is a good reason to look down…
    Barbados has ALWAYS been a bad example. A complicated place where a minority controls the majority of assets ..with the tacit consent of the majority.
    In the other places like South Africa and Rhodesia where a similar thing happened, the majority was pissed….and eventually revolted.
    But brass bowls don’t get pissed …they get pissed on…and end up begging tourists to take their taxis or buy their newspapers..

    As you say – BAD example.

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  14. lawson August 8, 2015 at 7:28 AM #

    BT this is where you guys lose out….you guys were uber before uber but someone else ran with your idea and has made billions you are not alone ….bermuda onions are not from bermuda any more, tropical sea salt is out of new jersey… what you guys cant make salt better than haiti????? You have ideas that people are stealing right under your noses and making money out of them . But there is still hope for barbados just remember laziness is the mother of nine inventions out of ten.

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  15. Dompey August 8, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    What ideas you talking bout man Lawson? You must be foolish or something to blow that poor old man head up with your cheap flattery. Bushie, can’t even find the necessary coodinates to save his own life, if he was lost in enemy terrian.

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  16. David August 8, 2015 at 7:46 AM #

    @St.Georges Dragon

    For decades now the Caribbean has been a treasure trove for C&W and others. What about he foreign loans Barbados has had to issue sovereign guarantees?

    Bottomline we have to find ways to fuel security, homegrown ways. It is important to defining who we are as people and a nation. In your contributions over time you say on one side of your mouth we need to stop depending on government and on the other side your encourage us to rely on greedy corporations who are slaves to metrics of ROI,SHAREHOLDER VALUE etc.

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  17. David August 8, 2015 at 7:59 AM #

    Further to the previous email here is a classic case why corporations rule!

    http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/09/florida-makes-off-grid-living-illegal-mandates-all-homes-must-be-connected-to-an-electricity-grid/

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  18. lawson August 8, 2015 at 8:06 AM #

    rather than living off the grid….. start living off the girth

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  19. Dompey August 8, 2015 at 8:46 AM #

    Yes Lawson… I see that you have some knowledge of gird-coordinates- which is a fundamental application in military science? Well, it’s best that you inform some of these BU savants that there is a polar-distinction between the ability to construct a sentence with the precise grammaticality, and intelligence, which is by all intents and purposes the faculty of knowing and reasoning.

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  20. St George's Dragon August 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    I don’t see any sense in this anti-corporation paranoia. The world is a connected place these days and corporations are a fact of life. It’s a conundrum that we are happy to dress in our Aeropostale T shirts, drive our Toyotas and Suzukis, call people on our iPhones or Samsungs, tap into the internet through our fibre-optic cable connections, go to work at off-shore companies and drink Mountgay rum – all the products of big corporations – but we feel that spending $10,000 on off-grid batteries will allow us to poke big business in the eye. That’s just tilting at windmills.
    You have to choose your battles carefully. As an example you can have a grid-connected PV system and generate all your own power needs which means that you pay nothing to BL&P and will have saved the import cost of the oil that would have generated your power.
    Unfortunately the Arcadian days of Bajan simple living are over and those who want to try to recreate them are going to fail. There is no point in blaming corporations for everything. It’s not BL&P’s fault that we have the Cahill proposal so why blame them?

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  21. David August 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM #

    @St Georges Dragon

    You are correct it is an interdependent world in which we live, it does not negate the responsibility we have as a sovereign to make decisions in our best interest which has nothing to do with being anti corporation.

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  22. Dompey August 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM #

    Lawson

    I have to ask you this question though because it seems as those when West Indians from a certain generation speaks of new ideas, their often interpret those business ideas in terms of agriculture, eateries and tourism, but little if not anything is made of science and technology. Why is that Lawson?

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  23. David August 8, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    Further, to compare how we make strategic decisions about communication and energy to conspicuous consumption habits trivializes the discussion.

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  24. HAMILTON A HILL August 8, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    @ Bush Tea….innovation and my people don’t speak. Yours are very good proposals but not for Bajans. We refuse to use social media for our benefit. How long has it been since people were crying out about the numerous challenges associated with Lime’s internet service? How difficult would it have been to use lets say the very popular FACEBOOK to organize a boycott, where about one thousand persons meet at the same time up Government Hill modems in hand and tell Lime go to hell? ANSWER: Very difficult, because in unison the chorus is ” I caaan do without it”. We are strange people, and the shadows know this very well.

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  25. King Solomon August 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    Brilliant!!! How would you address security of access to your bank accounts, use of your credit card, access to your retirement plans and other internet based private information over a shared internet account?

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  26. David August 8, 2015 at 9:36 AM #

    @King Solomon

    There are solutions to managing security on a public network.

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  27. Dompey August 8, 2015 at 9:45 AM #

    I hope to see in the not too distant future a debate right here on BU, which involves the young people from across the wide spectrum of the Barbadian society. I think a discussion which includes the young people would be healthy and ought to be encourage because it only serves to widen a national discussion which is now centered on a limited crosssection of the Barbadian society. I have consistantly call for and have endeavored to encourage such a discussion from the inception of debut here on BU, but I guess there are those here who do not see the immediacy neither the importance of such a discussion. We all can agree wholeheartedly that BU is representative of the social and political consciousness of the Barbadian people to some small extent. But doesn’t it not appear self-defeating that such a medium which comprises of the eldership of the Barbadian society, who talks about the present government lack of foresightedness, are themselves guilty of the same charge with respect to the legacy of the youth.

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  28. Dompey August 8, 2015 at 10:14 AM #

    David

    There are solutions to managing security on a social network, but not with the inventive ingenuity of today’s whitecollar criminal element. The former vice-president in the Bush administration, said on CNN just this week that:” His biggest fear during the post 9/11 attaks, was that of a terrorist compromising the technology employed to monitor his pacemaker online.” David, I yet to read or hear of any security system that can secure our information online 100% because thus far the federal, state and municipal governments online acconts have been compromised by the whitecollar criminal.

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  29. King Solomon August 8, 2015 at 10:17 AM #

    What are the solutions for four households sharing one account?

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  30. Observing August 8, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

    Good points Bushie and completely sensible and timeless!!

    Only challenge though as Caswell said is that we have a slight problem with collective advocacy and coming together for good causes

    If you doubt me just look at the trade unions🙂

    Just observing

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  31. lawson August 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM #

    Dompey actually the reasoning is quite simple… when it comes to science and technology discussions there is a component that only bajans can supply ….their absence. Which is quite shocking to me as people in st john are descendants of scots and Scottish people invented anything worth inventing I cannot understand how they have not dragged the rest of you along with them.

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  32. Gabriel August 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM #

    Good article Bushie.Food for thought.Ideas for implementation.Barbados,champagne taste,mauby pocket.Barbados,the most expensive destination for tourists and natives alike.Overcharge and send the money to Germany for a Benz and a Beamer and to the UK for a Range Rover.The VAT tax will be passed on to the final consumer in the usual way.High price destination=high profit margin=starvation wages=stumbling economy=Barbados.Some say”man yah cahn eat de money’…lime,digi,massy,emera,ansa all uh dem like that statement.

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  33. Bush Tea August 8, 2015 at 11:46 AM #

    LOL
    …actually Observing, what happens is that when certain elements are confronted with challenges which they CAN SEE will rock their boats they are very fast and furious with all the “challenges” that will be faced…
    Their chorus goes like…
    look how happy wunna have been as slaves in Egypt….
    why the hell would wunna want to cross that hot unpleasant desert..?
    when wunna could relax right here…
    and organise another fete tomorrow – after making our quota of bricks…

    @ Dragon
    Shiite man – you MUST be into banking…in Barbados.
    You have NO problem with Bushie buying a car for $100,000 that will need to be replaced with another in 5 years, but you consider it sacrilege to buy batteries for $10,000 that gives Bushie POWER independence for 10 years?

    Why the hell would any right thinking person prefer a grid connected power system…
    – that he DOES not have any ownership of…
    – that becomes useless when the grid is down?
    – that is owned by greedy foreign capitalists?
    – that can and does set unreasonable limits on his expectations?
    – that dictates his every limit?

    Oh Wait … in a land of brass bowls…. where else?

    Actually, grid connected systems simply permit the PRIVATE power Company to make higher profits by deferring capital investments that would have been required (AND that are provided in FTC rates) to cover otherwise needed expansion of plant.

    If you think such a move by Bajans – especially as co-operatives and Business groups – is just ’tilting at windmills’ then you are indeed no more ‘in the know’ than was St George’s actual dragon…

    @ Hamilton Hill
    Bushie is painfully aware of the disposition of Bajan people.
    Honestly, after GENERATIONS of slave brutal slavery, where one’s very survival depended on being subservient, and where ‘certain folk’ did everything possible for CENTURIES to break our spirit, ..such brass bowlery is even understandable.
    Even now you MUST detect Lawsons derisive snigger….🙂
    Indeed, it is only with the advent of Barbados Underground and the GOD-SENT messenger David(BU) that Bushie has seen a hint of hope that a Moses could arise and provide that spark needed to rekindle the dormant GOD-LIKE spirit that has been suppressed in us for 500 years…
    …of course Caswell continues to play the ass….but..
    Perhaps Grenville will take up the rod….

    @ Observing
    Only challenge though as Caswell said is that we have a slight problem with collective advocacy and coming together for good causes
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    True Boss….
    But all that is needed is ….LEADERSHIP with wisdom.

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  34. ac August 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    And you have Caswell espousing the value of a brothers keeper but have no problem joining a diabolical suasion to uproot by any means necessary
    Barbadians from cradle to the grave have been taught a penny saved is a penny earned a physchological principle that is rooted in selfishness. A principle that closes our eyes to change and which keeps us in a permanent stage of denial

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  35. Hants August 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    Have any of you researched Solar energy for residences (and small businesses) ?

    Bushie’s Solar idea is workable.

    I don’t know the law in Barbados as it relates to Internet use but shared internet access in a neighborhood is also viable.

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  36. Bush Tea August 8, 2015 at 11:56 AM #

    @ Hants
    Workable?
    Workable shiite… Bushie’s proposals represent THE FUTURE of these technologies.
    LOL
    …ask anyone from FLOW/LIME or EMERA ….

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  37. Alvin Cummins August 8, 2015 at 12:22 PM #

    @Bushie, Lawson and St. George’s Dragon.

    First of all the use of Batteries with PV systems is not new; and remember these batteries have a life and when they are dead, not to be resurrected they have to be disposed of. (How?).
    Dr. Erskine Simmons has been doing that for over thirty years. He also uses a windmill to ensure that his batteries are constantly charged. Another friend of mine Erskine Headily;a young man, airplane pilot;( Lear Jets) has his house completely wired for the use of PV and batteries, he also has it hooked into the grid. However it is better to use the PV system hooked into the grid. That way any excess power generated by the PV system goes back to the company and is credited to your account. I have a PV system on my house,; recently installed, and my Niece has one on their home in Husbands. A couple of months ago their electric bill was sixty seven CENTS.
    Bajans have to think positively and progressively.

    Caswell is talking foolishness. Our Credit Unions are quite successful and are only so through the collective and people coming together. Didn’t I read in June about the amount of money Bajans had saved in
    foreign Banks; Scotia Bank, RBC, CIBC, etc; somewhere in the vicinity of 8 BILLION dollars, but there was also over 1.9 Billion dollars in CREDIT UNIONS and Friendly Societies. How did they get this if there was no collective, and working together? Meeting Turns have been a staple of groups and individuals for a long time. This shows that the spirit and ability to come together is alive and well.
    Get together and get your PV system installed and hooked into the grid. Save money, through the sun. The initial cost will be paid with the passage of time. A new car is usually paid for over time, why not your PV system that will save you money in the long run. Why would you be so quick to buy a car for forty or fifty thousand dollars; That costs you money every day, and not be willing to pay the cost of a PV system that will save you money every day?

    @ Dompey,
    How do you know that some contributors to BU are not young people? Does David know their ages?
    @Hamilton Hill,
    One of the products of modern Barbados is a Brilliant man Professor Carl Warde, Electrical Engineer, former professor at MIT, and one of the world’s top scientists, who is presently grooming young scientists in Barbados), holder of over 12 patents on spatial light modulators, displays and optical information processors, (check him out on google or Yahoo; the back light on your cell phone is one of his inventions) who had a number of companies; later sold to large corporations. In 1999 he co-founded Radiant Images, manufacturer of liquid-crystal micro displays for use in cellular phones, digital cameras, computer projections, TV and computer monitors and virtual-reality display eyeglasses.
    At the moment there is a young Barbadian who has won a number of international competitions in the telecommunications field. I think I read recently that he was in Kenya in connection with those same achievements. We do have brilliant scientists. Don’t forget that every PhD we graduate has to produce a research paper based on his research, and we produce PhD graduates every year at UWI; Cave Hill and Mona, who are Barbadians.
    Professor Warde has established the Caribbean Science Foundation; “whose main aim is to develop and fund relevant Science and Technology projects within small companies and to assist with education reform that places special emphasis on maths, science, engineering, business and entrepreneurship fundamentals, foreign languages and communications skills. ” and much more.

    Our problem is that we don’t big up our successes or successful people. We are much better at denigration and being negative instead of being positive. We also forget that we are a small country; 270 thousand (not even as big as the Bourough of Scarborough, Toronto) and only 166 square miles.
    We do indeed punch above our weight.

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  38. lawson August 8, 2015 at 12:23 PM #

    I was talking to a fellow who has an electrical company there and like in Ottawa he is selling his excess power back to the grid, Barbados is very high in the usage of watts per person in the world ranking and it cannot all be contributed to ac,s vibrator consumption. BT you are whistling in the wind….four people can only keep the secret of shared stolen time use is if three of them are dead. You need phones that are powered by solar panels on your hats so when it gets dark your kids sit down to a dinner with conversation, read a book or newspaper at night and not to be able to text there friends 24/7 and maybe then you will get one of those Moses you are looking for. But you can always take the easy way out and find a moses on swan st.

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  39. pieceuhderockyeahright August 8, 2015 at 1:55 PM #

    @ Brother Bush Tea

    This is what the “real world” does to break the backbone of Internet monopoly

    Google’s Project Loon balloons to cover Sri Lanka with internet access

    Project Loon balloons like this are set to bring universal internet access to all of Sri Lanka

    Bringing internet to remote regions by sending internet-enabled balloons into the stratosphere sure sounds like a wild idea, but it’s about to become a reality for the resident of Sri Lanka.

    The government of the island nation has just announced a partnership with Google that will bring affordable high-speed internet access to every inch of the country using the company’s Project Loon balloons.

    I have always that James Husbands and what some call Cro Magnon man technology should have led the way in Renewable Energy and Alternative Power but such requires “Succession in Innovation Planning” a characteristic that we as a people are sadly lacking

    It is like how Errol Barrow is noted for “free education” and “free School Meals” but successive administrations cannot see the new vistas and how to optimize these gains

    Waste foops…better suited as candidates for the Sin of Onan

    Me Grandson say dat with a few Bridge repeaters at critical points over barbados it would be possible to have “free Wifi”

    You only have to start it amongst good honest friends who WILL COMMIT TO sharing the costs

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  40. Green Monkey August 8, 2015 at 3:14 PM #

    SGD says: “I don’t see any sense in this anti-corporation paranoia. The world is a connected place these days and corporations are a fact of life.”

    Bear in mind that just because you are paranoid, doesn’t necessarily mean someone isn’t out out to get you.

    Synopsis of the Canadian documentary The Corporation:

    Among the 40 interview subjects are CEOs and top-level executives from a range of industries: oil, pharmaceutical, computer, tire, manufacturing, public relations, branding, advertising and undercover marketing; in addition, a Nobel-prize winning economist, the first management guru, a corporate spy, and a range of academics, critics, historians and thinkers are also interviewed.

    A Legal “Person”

    In the mid-1800s the corporation emerged as a legal “person.” Imbued with a “personality” of pure self-interest, the next 100 years saw the corporation’s rise to dominance. The corporation created unprecedented wealth but at what cost? The remorseless rationale of “externalities” (as Milton Friedman explains, the unintended consequences of a transaction between two parties on a third) is rsponsible for countless cases of illness, death, poverty, pollution, exploitation and lies.

    The Pathology of Commerce: Case Histories

    To assess the “personality” of the corporate “person,” a checklist is employed, using diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization and the standard diagnostic tool of psychiatrists and psychologists. The operational principles of the corporation give it a highly anti-social “personality”: it is self-interested, inherently amoral, callous and deceitful; it breaches social and legal standards to get its way; it does not suffer from guilt, yet it can mimic the human qualities of empathy, caring and altruism. Four case studies, drawn from a universe of corporate activity, clearly demonstrate harm to workers, human health, animals and the biosphere. Concluding this point-by-point analysis, a disturbing diagnosis is delivered: the institutional embodiment of laissez-faire capitalism fully meets the diagnostic criteria of a “psychopath.”

    snip

    You’d think that things like disasters, or the purity of childhood, or even milk, let alone water or air, would be sacred. But no. Corporations have no built-in limits on what, who, or how much they can exploit for profit. In the fifteenth century, the enclosure movement began to put fences around public grazing lands so that they might be privately owned and exploited. Today, every molecule on the planet is up for grabs. In a bid to own it all, corporations are patenting animals, plants, even your DNA.

    Around things too precious, vulnerable, sacred or important to the public interest, governments have, in the past, drawn protective boundaries against corporate exploitation. Today, governments are inviting corporations into domains from which they were previously barred.

    http://thecorporation.com/film/synopsis

    FYI You can watch the documentary on Youtube. Just go to Youtube and search for “The Corporation”.

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  41. SuckaBubby August 8, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

    Good submission of an article.It can be done but the psyche must be retrained.I wondered how come alot of Bajans bellyached about Flow and come Kadooment Day I see people displaying Flow paraphernalia in pics all over Facebook.Even if it was “free” any right thinking person in my view should have refused to take it.We want a revolution but the body can only go where the mind goes first.

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  42. David August 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM #

    Barbadians have never displayed an appetite for advocacy. The fight led by Kammie and the Future Trust us the fiercest we have seen a significant group fighting a cause.

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  43. Colonel Buggy August 8, 2015 at 4:48 PM #

    The telephone system all over Barbados is in chaos, and even moreso since FLOW took over. The Land line system appear to be given the lowest of priority ,and we all know why. I had my Land Line for more that 35 years, and my Cell phone for just over 10 years, yet on my latest new look FLOW bill , it has listed the Cell Phone as the Primary Service.

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  44. David August 8, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    @Colonel

    The poor service is being blamed on a damaged underwater cable caused by the volcano.

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  45. Gabriel August 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM #

    My colleague who was signed up since July 2014 for Lime Free Tv offer and who was made to upgrade his cell phone prepaid by $50.00 per month,says in spite of frequent reminders most of which are unanswered,he is yet to receive the service.The FTC might put a complaint form on its website for unfulfilled promises by Lime/Flow in particular.Of all the monopolies in Barbados Lime/Flow stinks to high heaven when it comes to service.But who cares?Who will bell the cat?

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  46. Donna August 8, 2015 at 6:19 PM #

    Corey Worrell had an I-petition against Lime last year. Only about seventy people signed it. I signed it. Lime Slime has changed its name to Flow but a rose by any other name would smell as sweet and a pile of crap by any other name we know will smell just as foul. I

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  47. David August 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    The following received via email with a subject line ‘Note to Bush Tea’

    Here is a real cause for Bush Tea to rally the people behind:
    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2015/08/08/fast-food-outlet-blasted/, unless he is just full of hot air.

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  48. FearPlay August 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    From LIME to SLIME now from FLOW to SLOW! Lets say you went to the supermarket and picked up a pound of minced beef and when you got home and weighed it, it came in at 12 oz. Can you imagine contacting the supermarket and being told the following “I know you’ve paid for 16oz and we try to deliver that at all times HOWEVER, when lots of people want minced beef at the same time, we cannot guarantee that is the amount you will get in a pound”. Well, that is exactly what we are being told about internet speeds. The fine print says “up to” so we must be satisfied with any speed we get as there is no stipulated speed guaranteed. Can you imagine Fair Trading allow this? We pay for “up to” but very often “down to” is what’s delivered.
    I find it passing strange that FLOW had such a glowing reputation before the marriage and now this. Just goes to show if you lie in bed with a dog you must expect to get flees.

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  49. David August 10, 2015 at 11:58 AM #

    @Fearplay

    Wasn’t this approved by the FTC and the reason given it is a market practice?

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  50. FearPlay August 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM #

    True @David, true and what we need now is for them to give the supermarkets the same generous terms of service/product delivery. One needs to start asking what is the cost to the taxpayers to fund the Fair Trading and are we getting a fair return on investment. It is also market practice to have a political party deliver on printed manifesto promises once elected – need I say more? So much for market practice.

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  51. David August 10, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

    @Fearplay

    Agree with you, it was a tongue in cheek.

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  52. David Weekes August 11, 2015 at 10:40 AM #

    This is a very interesting article.

    It features LIME (now called Flow or Slow) and The Fear Trading Commission also called the Fair Trading Commission.

    After a while everyone finds out that what “that troublemaker Weekes” keeps publicizing in his “one-man campaigns” about this travesty and their (collective?) abuse of “dominant market position” is not so singular and experience after all.

    As time progresses and the voices continue to rise, it comes to light that the unilateral treatment of disdain is what all of us are experiencing but incredibly, so few are willing to speak out about.

    Of course, I have no option but to carry my issues with them to court, when the fear Trading Commission abdicates its responsibility as the adjudicator of Consumer Issues, but, should 1,000 of us band together and carry these similar matters to court, then the sheer force of numbers should make a difference, once we meet up with Men and Women of Character on the Bench.

    There are still a few of our Judges who have balls of steel and are driven by Justice

    I have started a case against LIME and, if any of you want to join my matter, if you are being overcharged, having internet service woes, are being overbilled, or have paid for yellow page ads and not been listed for two years and they refuse to give you a rebate or any of the myriad travesties that you have experienced at the hands of LIME, aided and abetted by the FTC, feel free to reach me here at BU.

    Strength in Numbers

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  53. FearPlay August 11, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

    Oh dear, I have been trying to wire money from my bank account in Grenada to FLOW in Barbados so as to settle my account but what with the damage caused by Kick Um Jenny to the underwater cable, it appears as if my bill will have to remain unpaid. Ah well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander I suppose.

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  54. Erol Barrow August 14, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    While I am in complete agreement with your analysis, it is merely superficial and shallow. Barbados has a system. It is the system that keeps us in chains politically and economically. In order to change this system we must drastically demolish and reconstruct a better, more democratic, and efficient system of government. We are still beholden to a system of government that was not designed and intended to further our interest. We are still worshiping a system that even its inventors have discarded some time ago.

    Let us do the right thing and become a truly independent people and country.Bajan

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