If you have not reached this plateau in your life, then you are still growing and still searching.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. ~ Buddha



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I got these pics from 3 followers today and decided to collage them to make a statement on racism. That statement is it is alive and always has been despite the mask of ‘fairness’.

The lessons learned in the #Ferguson case is not only poignant for the USA but for every black souls all over the world. Humans are the most complex beings with innate prejudices that are used against each other for monetary gains. The ‘System’ is powerful, controlled by the power of money. it cannot be fought in entirety but it must not be left unchecked.

As generations come and go each will face its own depth and degree of racism that it must confront. The Palestinians and Israelis have showed us one thing, that anger and hatred will always be present if both parties refuse to acknowledge and respect each other’s inherent right to exist despite religion, color, wealth or sex. Religion, the great neutralizer of the world, is nothing but an inhibitor, applied spiritually to calm the afflicted. It is to this that this generation and many others to come, are taught to inject internally to mask the pain of racism, wealthism and sexism but like all drugs the effects only last for a fleeting moment. We will always face this cancer of mankind so gullibly taught and spread.

Some will be affected, other will not but KARMA is also the great healer , with powers unimaginable. It has no deadline , it has no face, it has no smiling face for the virus of racism. KARMA when understood is sufficient. Time along with Karma is omnipotent. Everything happens for a reason unknown to us, there are no mistakes or coincidences. Humans also have a trait of never giving up, understanding their collective power when they come together. That power of collective majority is our only weapon against this virus. So, which is it? Let the virus decides , or never give up? The answer is: both.


Okra has never been a favourite of mine. Jamaicans eat this plant with steamed fish topped with crackers. Have to admit, it is delicious but the okra was just too slimy for my taste. Growing up you hear a lot of talk about its benefits but until recently more research has shown where it helps in the natural cure of breast cancer. Here is the latest report.

ocraOkra Kills 72% of Breast Cancer Cells & Slows Growth in Vitro: A newly discovered lectin in common okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) was shown to kill 72% of human breast cancer cells (MCF7) in vitro, mostly by inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). The okra extract was also shown to slow the growth of breast cancer cells by 63%. It’s interesting that we are still discovering new anti-cancer compounds in common foods we eat on a regular basis. The research on #okrafor preventing #cancer is just starting up, however another recent study has shown that okra pectin is active against highly metastatic melanoma cells (B16F10), reducing their proliferation, inducing cell cycle arrest and programmed cell death (apoptosis). In another study, the “Southern” eating pattern, characterized by eating okra, grits, cornbread, beans, rice and sweet potatoes, was shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 40% in a group of American men, but interestingly a diet richer in fruit & vegetables did not reduce risk in that group. Bottom line: okra is a healthy food which is already widely consumed, and now latest research tells us it may give protection from at least three different cancers. More research is needed to confirm this in humans but in the meantime, it may be a good choice to add okra to your regular diet, which should already contain a wide variety of vegetables – and plenty of them. (From The Eden Prescription)

For years I have not eaten okra until about 2 weeks ago when a friend who is a herbalist told me to try it as a drink. I had no idea this made a great drink but he said try it and if I liked it, come back to him. i tried it and loved it and it has become my daily go to filler- upper. It is ideal for those who desire to eat healthy, it keeps your weight down, it provides great antioxidants and cholesterol cleansing properties and it is also delicious. Its okra and oats. Here’s the recipe!

4 large okra  , 1 cup oats, 2 cups water, 2 tablespoon honey, vanilla, nutmeg , blender

1. Pour 2 cups of water in blender

2. Cut okra in small cubs add to water.

3. Pour in oats , grate your nutmeg, a teaspoon of vanilla, all in and puree.

4. Add some crushed ice to make a nice cold drink, pour in glass and voila, you have the perfect drink. For the guys, its also a good and natural aphrodisiac.

Try it and let me know. For good measure you can also add 1/2 banana , makes a good pre- workout or after work our drink.


                    PM Simpson Miller  expanded on her answer, stating that she had been advised by the board of the NHT that their decision to purchase the property at Orange Grove in Trelawny, and not the attraction known as Outameni Experience, “was firmly grounded in the National Housing Trust Act of 1979”.
Ok I amnational housing trust confused here. The PM just told the nation that the NHT has purchased the LAND that Outameni sits on but NOT the building that houses the brand Outameni? In other words the PM, in reading from her notes, is saying one of two things to the nation. Firstly the NHT, in its agreement with the owners of the property, has bought the land only but the buildings and other improvements is separate from the sale agreement and therefore subject to further negotiations or the NHT has entered into an agreement that is as stupid as the board themselves.
When we pump J$180m of taxpayers money into an ill thought out investment without the taxpayers questioning the purchase, we are building monsters at the gate of capitalism that will sooner be tamed than afforded to be let loose to continue to pillage and plunder as they feel.  The NHT was created by the government of Jamaica as an independent agency. The purpose of the NHT is simple – to assist with and create opportunities for Jamaicans to own affordable housing. This cash cow receives its flow without fear or favor from every Jamaican that is working, employer, self -employed or volunteer so needless to say it has cash, lots of cash,  something the government does not have. If the purchase of the property was land only then whiter the building? The question still prevails what did the NHT buy?
There is a saying in real estate that says what you own depends on what you bought. Only the documents of sale can answer this question . I tried to see these documents but of course you cannot find these records online. Has the NHT bought the land only but now must spend additional money to either remove or refurbish the building? Or has the NHT bought the land and has the right to build houses on the property or has the NHT as the sole owner of land and chattels, decided to exercise its new found powers of becoming investors in an attraction that will generate more than the investment they made to purchase? Is this the NHT’s answer of generating income for its primary focus of increasing revenue to build houses? Are they now entertainment operators?
The PM certainly feels so based from the words coming from her lips that the NHT board was..’exploring the possibility of acquiring and operating  the investment as an educational and cultural heritage as well as a tourist attraction.” So apparently  the NHT is continuing its lucrative portfolio of owning ‘cultural enterprises’ , Emancipation Park being one of the other enterprises, to give back to the contributors as well as to generate funds to further enhance their core portfolio of providing houses for the people of Jamaica. Sounds like a plan but any plan  is only as good as the magical hands that rub it. Does the NHT have a wizard rubbing this plan?
People are skeptical of politics like this in that the truth is rarely a politicians objective, election and power are. On the surface it sounds like a good plan but statutory bodies, like all government agencies, are not famous for their efficient and profitable operation of any enterprise. The NHT should set up a separate management body to manage these assets, monitoring and ensuring profit is not substituted for political gains. The NHT by its makeup and profitability is capable of making decisions of this nature for the intended objective. As I wrote in another op-ed our tourist and people are tired of Dunn’s River. Jamaica needs this portfolio in its arsenal of attractions to tourist and locals alike , but without proper management can lead to a colossal loss, an experience the previous owners knew only too well. Outameni becomes out of pocket, a pocket Jamaicans have long tried to sew the large hole that keeps expanding everytime he shoves his hand to find money to pay for anything!
My advice to the naysayers is this, stop, drink some coffee and calm down it may not be as bad as it is politicised. There are many out there hoping to get the keys to the political city of Fame but thankfully we have changed the locks to free loaders. The NHT can and has made the purchase albeit clandestine and suspiciously. Could it have been done more transparently the answer is a resounding yes. But transparency is never the objective of government which is ironic as transparency manages politics and mistrust,  a lesson they refuse to learn. But unlike the PM and her inept knowledge of issues and pulse on matters relating to Jamaica, the people have a right to ask and require accountability. J$180M is a lot of money and tax-payers want to know their money is well spent with the ultimate knowledge that any investment  of their money will equate over the long term to more opportunities for a lower mortgage to affordable housing. That should be the ultimate objective. Owning a home should not be a luxury only for the rich. Manley in his infinte grace left this legacy for the people of Jamaica an entity called the NHT. This institution, like Jamaica,  is still owned by Jamaicans. Governments have changed but the institution remains but when people’s misery is caused not by nature itself but by institutions such as the NHT, then our sins are great and mortal, very, very mortal.


Friday November 7, we woke up to a major headline carried by all the local news outlets in Jamaica and around the world. It was “Cable & Wireless buys Columbus International.”

“ British telecoms firm Cable & Wireless Communications, parent company of LIME, on Thursday agreed to buy Barbados-based peer Columbus International, operators of Flow Jamaica, for US$1.85 billion.  CWC said it will also assume US $1.17 billion of Columbus debt, taking the total value of the transaction to US $3.02 billion.   London-listed CWC will pay $707.5 million in cash, with the rest in shares. It will fund the acquisition via a share placing totaling ten percent of the group.”

moneyThree BILLION dollars for a company that provides telecommunication services a lot of Jamaicans have come to be very familiar with their disservice rather than their service is staggering. Comments made by the average Joe on the street primarily centered around one thing..’they hope the service will improve.”  What was totally lost to him was the hidden crime being committed blatantly in his face, the crime of money heroin!

Cable & Wireless is only one of the big players in a world created and run by Banks, monopolies and oligarchies, to  prostitute their wealth in public making  an announcement of considerable financial transaction. Days before,  another of the addicts, Grace Kennedy, reported $57 billion revenue in their 3rd quarter earnings, and another Scotiabank,  enjoyed its own injection by announcing on one hand major investment in Jamaica  by raising J$1Billion dollars in financing for shipping tycoon Jamaica Producers Group whilst on the other announce that they will close several branches in the Caribbean.   And this is just Jamaica. Imagine the world transactions by their wealthy friends.

This kind of news would have passed over the  average Joe’s head and understandably  so. The quantity of money these boys talk about are beyond his understanding and perception. But what the news media, also owned by rich oligarchies, and the system  fail to do is to  enlighten him on who is paying for this big money ticket? Where does all this money come from? Once upon a time financial language spoke in millions and at the time such utterances were beyond comprehension.  Now the language is Billions and Trillions equating a Million to a mere petty cash transaction. The answer to that question of WHO is simple, HIM, Joe Blow, the average man toiling, borrowing, paying taxes, swiping, purchasing cable, buying Grace products, excessively talking  on his phone, HE is the one that make these transactions possible whilst the addicts shoot up themselves,  offering more, acquiring more, spending more, reaping more and smiling as the profits keep rolling in. You ask yourself when is enough, enough? For an addict, it is NEVER enough.

Stop and think for a minute. How did this all begin? How did we become so dependent on a piece of paper printed with pictures on it? Who started all of this? History will tell you 2700 years ago someone came up with the idea of using metal to fashion into coins to be used for money to trade for the things people would need. Its simple- I need a horse, you have a horse and you need some crops which I have. We arrive at how many coins we want for each item, we pay each other and we smile and go home. No one was hurt in that transaction, everyone slept well. The Chinese invented paper years later and it was only a matter of time money was now printed on paper to make life easier but if you are lucky to have it, you are lucky!

Wealth over time has evolved to mean many things to many people  but one thing that has not changed is the truism that  He who has wealth, Has power, so the accumulation of wealth which has become the favorite pastime of most, has become the successful race of the few and the runners in the race are  aided by the suppliers of this heroin , the Banks. These bad boys tell you to give them your wealth, your money, whilst they in turn use it and then ask you to pay them for using your money. We give it to them without complaint. Their pockets fatten and with their wealth they create more wealth using your money. The astute and connected people take this money from the Bank to create services and products  they say you need thus creating their wealth, whilst Joe Blow in turn go back to the Bank to borrow his money to purchase the products and services that his money helped produce in the first place. You see the mess?

 It is all one big circus of what is seen as legitimate transaction, but in reality  is a junkie party, creating oligarchies like Cable and Wireless and a good neighbourly friend like the JPS,  and those other FAT BOYS  that have accumulated excessive wealth, together they lie in bed with government whose job it is to maintain the status quo giving them the opportunity to reap more from Joe Blow’s pockets, just like an addict on alcohol and drugs. They are junkies, money junkies and  they cannot get enough. The banks supplies the Big Boys with the money and the Bank’s profits soar. They are all hooked on money, money heroin. These boys  are not titans of the industry as many would like to describe them , they are just better at playing the game, a bunch of guys spending Billions of dollars for what? Billions in bonuses for what? So you have money junkies on one hand and power junkies on the other, the latter is otherwise called government.

All this started from Joe Blow trusting the Banks, giving them his  money, and the Banks  using it  for something else. What an ingenious system? The Banks,  in partnership with Cable & Wireless, seem to be saying to the public …..

“‘Our aim is to promote development, offering a higher efficiencies to compete in the global market, blah blah blah….”  

We become slaves to the system created and controlled by the Banks and  managed by the oligarchies like Cable & Wireless whose sole concern is to make a profit, taking the coins from the pockets of the gullible global market of Jamaican citizens that love to talk.

How can we solve this problem of socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor? The government will tell you it is a good deal and we should continue with their services . They will also  tell you to tighten up on our spending, buckle up and better will come. The problem with that is if Joe Blow  must tighten up why aren’t the big boys tightening up? The answer to that is the rich are ‘creating jobs’. the usual trickle down theory that in essence means while the big boys spend it will somehow benefit Joe Blow. To use a more real example , when Cable and Wireless buys Flow it will somehow benefit  the consumers and workers in the long run. What the government  will not tell you is that there is another solution and that is to cut the benefits to  the Bank to create money out of nothing. Why? Simple, because they can afford to.

Banks  are the most protected and subsidized businesses in Jamaica and the world , yet they make money out of nothing and out of lending, sometimes foolish lending.  Have you ever seen any Bank head office lately? They are marvels in architecture. Banks control , own and run the entire digital money system. Joe Blow is convinced to take out a credit card, further putting him in debt, one that he will never pay off . You would think banks would channel their money in the things Jamaica really needs like schools, public transport and hospitals but sadly Banks don’t want the credit, they want the debt. if it does not make them a profit, they are not interested. It can be argued that because of the Banks, the over spending  on items we do not need or cannot afford helped in causing the present economic instability in our balance of payments, and now Joe Blow is being  asked to pay for it. Never forget it was the Banks that caused the world  economic meltdown , a problem they collectively came out of that furnace burn free, whilst Joe Blow once again had to pay for the Bank’s sins.

The aim of the Bank in this business transaction is simple- control the debt that this transaction will produce. The real value, the true value is the debt that will be created, a debt that Joe Blow will ultimately pay for  through the over priced services Cable and Wireless will deliver. The bank controls the debt, Cable & Wireless controls the people, the Big boys  control everything. In other words, Joe Blow will be a slave to this debt. Joe Blow is once again f*cked!

Can we continue to live with less while the banks and their friends get more? Can we afford to tie our belt while the big boys loosen theirs and expand their profits? The IMF, another bank, says yes we can. Look at who is talking, the IMF, that beast of insatiable hunger for greed and money, devouring poor countries consuming their debts as collateral whilst implementing their draconian policies that will never see the light of the economic table.

We have another option. Personally I do not trust these banks holding the reign to our economy. Our debt is forever increasing, never to be reduced. The Bank’s ability to create invisible money and controlling debt must stop. The debts are suicidal. The hohini economy only works in their favor. If public institutions take over the creation of money, then this money can be channelled and directed to support jobs and the economy , reducing our national debt in real time, steering our economic recovery. We spend on the things that matters to us in this country. We cannot continue to subsidize the rich in order for them to fatten their pockets. We can have a democracy in Jamaica where all men are given the same opportunity and wealth distributed equally creating jobs, paying measurable earnings and tackling issues in our society  that matters to all or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But frankly we cannot have both.

I agree with Plato. In an oligarchy society where the poor is exploited by the elite and rich, you get social maladjustment and disunity, growing oppression and growing bitterness, high crime ending in revolution. It seems to me Plato’s words may just be prophetic to Jamaica.

”  Get ready for wars in the name of the free                                                                                         Vaccinations for the illness that will never be                                                                                               The assault on your children’s impressionable minds                                                                                    And a microchip world , you’ll put up no fight

Information suppression will keep you in toe                                                                               Depopulation of peasants was always our goal                                                                                               But eugenics was not what we hoped it would be                                                                                         Oh yes it was us that funded the Naziis

But as long as we own all the media too                                                                                                   What’s really happening does not concern you                                                                                              So just go on watching your plasma TV                                                                                                       And the world will be run by the ones you can’t see. ”                                                                                  (c) The Banker by Craig-James Moncur. 


Surfing can be a time waster to some as it is seen more often as hitting sites aimlessly accomplishing nothing.  But for the more experienced web user surfing is like visiting the library going through books, in this case sites, that hopefully will give you some form of enlightenment. Today I had such enlightenment. From one site to another I reached the link of a wonderful site called THE MOTH.

The Moth is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling.

The Moth is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling.

The name was interesting.. Moth?  What on earth could that be? I hurriedly hit the link and found it was a site dedicated to storytelling, the kind of storytelling that was both personal and true. Interesting concept. i spent some time on the site and read that it started in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.  He Invited some friends over to his house and soon this little movement became an organised group of active storytellers, conducting six ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members. Some of you may have heard about it but i am just discovering this little gem.

The stories are compelling, some are funny and all of the story evenings are based on chosen themes for the nights presentation. I feature this story as it was moving and thought provoking. Anthony Griffith, a comedian tells his compelling story of the best of times and the worst of times. The story captures your attention as well as grips your heart, pulling at your emotional strings as he pours his heart out , telling his story about life’s triumphs and life’s challenges. Watch the video and I hope you are as moved as I was  watching it.

A comic must earn his living as a clown while suffering the ultimate heartbreak.
Anthony Griffith lives in the mountains of California at 5,000 feet elevation in an animal protected community. It’s much different from the inner city of Chicago where he used to live, but he still travels doing stand-up. He says that the overwhelming positive response of him telling his story at The Moth has prompted him to write my one man show and pen other short stories now in development.


Georgia, USA:
I understand the public concern over telephone expenses incurred during the twelve (12) month period July 2013 to June 2014.  During the period, I went on 15 overseas assignments on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica.  I visited several countries, including the United Kingdom, Turkey and Indonesia.  The call and data charges were incurred as I executed my duties as Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Whilst on overseas assignment, it is necessary to be in contact with, and be accessible to the Ministry, key stakeholders and the Diaspora by phone and email.  The concern of Jamaicans is fully understood and accepted, and without more information, I know the impression that such expenditure may convey.

I acknowledge that the bills are very high, largely attributed to data and roaming charges. However, it is important for everyone to know that these bills were incurred genuinely as I carried out my work and because of the high cost of roaming for voice and data services.  In going forward, I intend to put in place measures to ensure a reduction in the cost of these bills.
Currently, I am on official business overseas and I am more than willing to address this issue and to give a more fulsome response upon return.
Hon. Arnaldo Brown, MP.‎

Arnaldo-Brown-Phone-ldI have been watching like most people the comedy of errors being played out by the characters of politics, the latest is the ‘Phone-Gate’, investigated by a journalist that has caused a lot of emotional outburst by a mass of people and from the accused nothing less than insanity.

Let me commend the journalist for breaking this story. It is rare that you find investigative journalism exercised by a Jamaican journalist as in this country it can be costly to not only investigate but to expose corruption. People take it personally here. It may be how this country was brought up, not to expose your business in public. Our parents, if not anything else, certainly  nailed that in our thick skulls growing up. For a journalist to expose these hidden secrets of a ruling government it is earth shaking for the masses but for those that are mildly curious it opens up a can of worms- how many other misappropriation and mismanagement of public funds exists and are NOT investigated or at worst  not made public?

As a country we have never been honest in expressing or communicating our true feelings. We are a classic country that says one thing but does another. A classic example how many of the promises outlined by politicians have come to past for the benefit of those who were promised? If we move away from politics you can count on your hands how many times your employer, your family or even your friend actually do something they promise to do.

Our culture is not an honest culture of self expression so people tend to take everything with a grain of salt. From  our politician to our common folk, the majority of Jamaicans are scared of the power of democracy which was created as an ideal where everyone, from the rich to the poor, have a say and can express themselves honestly and openly without repercussions. Our political culture is even worse. If you want to test democracy in Jamaica in our political culture , just have a 5 minute conversation with a PNP or a JLP supporter.

Phone-gate is split right down the political divide in Jamaica and with such a divisive electorate there is no way this scandal can be truly expunged from our present economic debacle. Jamaicans have been led, indoctrinated and persuaded to take each of our differences with a grain of salt, despising those who think differently or ensuring that those who differ are marginalized , casted out , killed or maimed. It is our volcanic differences that lie at the crux of our maturity as a nation, a maturity that allows us to see when our politicians are pulling the cloak of ignorance over our intelligence. When we allow a  politician to think  that he is more  intelligent than the people that elect him, we have just created a monster and junior Minister Arnaldo Brown is the head of this Hydra.

talking_headsLet us be honest, if you are given $1000 and told to use as you desire, you would. A few days later you are given another $1000 and told the same thing. In time you develop a habit of spending    unconsciously as your gratification of wealth can only be measured by what you spend this wealth on. Minister Brown et al is no different. Their gratification of wealth can be measured in their use of the limitless source of funds to gratify their insatiable desire to TALK, and TALK claiming to do Jamaica’s business.  In this case the gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession of an unmonitored public cell phone  or in the lavish expenditure  accorded these Ministers  much less a “Junior” minister, but rather in its wise application of using cell phones from around the world knowing that roaming charges are like death, it spares no one, the rich or the poor.

The only difference between a private business and a government run entity is that the private business focuses on making a profit operating on the least expenditure. Any private business that takes its expenditure seriously understands that  any expenditure must generate a residuary profit for the company. Talk is cheap, It is also expensive and an expenditure of words without income of residuary profits in terms of ideas or positive economic impact to move our country forward in the short  and long term,  is nothing but  intellectual and actual bankruptcy, a situation this country is already facing. Where is the business Mr. Minister? Where does your talking on our behalf is making the lives of the least amongst us a bit bearable?

The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it, but rather to the sheer insensitivity of those in charge spending it with no regard for our present economic plight. Business must not only be done, it must be measured. The first responsibility of the leader of government is to define what is government business, the last is to say thank you for conducting the business. In between the definition and the thank you the leader and her ministers are a servant, servant of the people that they represent. The business they conduct is like all business, it must make money, it must move the country forward.  Running government, like a business,  is an art and good business is the best art. One million dollars of talk ought to deliver one million dollars of economic activity that is not only positive but real. The Junior Minister cannot and will not be asked to account for this real  activity, the government has never been accountable for its expenditures so why start now?

If we had built a culture where honest expectations are communicated and  accountability is the norm, then the people of Jamaica  would  address effectively and outrightly this poor performance and attitudes of the Junior minister et al and the leader would have no choice but to immediately correct this gross error of judgement and report to her shareholders the new SOP going forward. Instead we are fed with nothing but self approval and  attempts to justifying the expenditure of 5 million dollars of tax payers money with no real profit to show.

Insanity in individuals is something rear but  in groups, parties, nations and epochs It is the rule. Congratulations to everyone in showing the world and by extension the diaspora how insane we are in dealing with our economic plight. Jamaica has a government that is completely out of touch with reality and its people, through its political divide, conditioned, Indoctrinated, Manipulated to be the servants of a system we did not ask to be imposed on us, but is set up to divide and conquer. Jamaicans are not living in a democracy. We are living in a PNP/JLP autocracy where very little if anything  gets done , no one is accountable and the people either live in excessive wealth, ‘stush’ poverty or frenzied liberty where the rule of the  law does not exist.

Wake up Jamaica. We are sleeping. We can do better than this. We are a democratic country where we elect to govern the country, not a group of people. We must never forget the government is not an alien or in our case the PNP or JLP. The ultimate rulers of our country is not the PM, or the ministers of government but the voters of this country. Those that work for us are answerable to us. The voters cannot think like the government. We have to think differently, ahead of their game. If everybody were to think alike, then somebody is not thinking.

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