Submitted by Bush Tea
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.
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.