Elections are the bedrock of democracy. This statement is supposed to give comfort to billions of people around the world, who believe in the system of government which has been in place for many hundreds of years. Yet, if you look at governments around the world, you will find that the systems which have been put in place to ‘elect’ the Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chancellors of this world, are very flawed.
This subject has been broached increasingly over recent decades. The amount of money in sport. This includes not only the pay, salary, or whatever it is called, but the sponsorship, advertising, personal appearance add-ons.
We are talking about previously unimaginable amounts of money now being commonplace. Sportsmen and women, earning in excess of 50-100 million pounds before they are 25 years old.
A disturbing, although long existing trick, tactic, or whatever title you may wish to call it, is the use of the phrase ‘stop resisting’ by police, to, on the one hand ensure that they at least ‘warned’ the suspect that he/she should not resist the officer(s) who are in the process of making an arrest, or detaining them, or on the other, to ensure that if the suspect turns out to be innocent, then at least the police can extort money and give the person a criminal record, which will subsequently make it easier for the person to be arrested in the future(anyone who has a previous conviction will be on their database, regardless of the nature of the offence).
I watched another of the thousands of You Tube Videos which show how police officers ‘circumvent’ the law to get a result.
What we have to understand before we delve into this, are the incentives/directives given to police officers in America( I do not know if this practice exists in The UK yet, but what the US does, we usually follow, like sheep) to raise their figures. The more arrests you make, or tickets you issue, counts towards your promotions, salary increases, etc… This is another reason why there are thousands of traffic laws. More laws = more dollars, because ‘you are going to get caught out by one, even of you have never heard of it before. Most drivers do not know most of the hundreds, if not thousands of driving laws.
This blog is about two things which are inexorably ‘joined at the hip’ Cars and speed. Cars are ultimately about speed, especially when we get to the luxury end of the market. The specs which attract the buyer are; the 0-60 time, the top speed,which often now exceeds 200 mph, and the handling ( how does it handle at high speed). Whole industries and fortunes have been made around these things, and with the addition of sport (Formula 1, Indy 500, etc…) added then the lust for speed becomes an addiction. Some of the performance figures are the indications of how much you will need to ‘shell out’ to buy a vehicle in this range.
Crazy little thing called religion!!!
I wrote a blog on religion a few years ago. In this blog I pointed out my personal views regarding this controversial and often thought provoking topic.
As a member of a religious family(mainly on the female side. When I was a kid, it was very noticeable that religion afflicted the female part of the Caribbean society far more than the male side) church was an integral part of my childhood. Fast forward to this week. Among the plethora of coverage on the Corona virus, and the murder of yet another black man by Police in The USA, was a hidden article about India.
Where else , but in America of course!! The latest ‘execution’ of a probably innocent man. I say probably, because all of the facts are not in yet.
The background to this story is as follows: A man jogging in a neighbourhood near his home is followed by 2 men in a truck. They believe he has been involved in robberies in the same neighbourhood.
The Coronavirus is here. With us every day. All around us. Restricting our lives. Ruining livelihoods, destroying businesses. Uprooting the financial world, and much more. But is it the deadliest plague of modern history, as is being claimed in many quarters?
I want to talk about a movie I watched, starring Matt Damon, whom I actually like as an actor(one of the very few).The film was called the Martian.
It was about an astronaut who was a part of a team on a mission on the surface of Mars. During the mission the team encountered a storm and had to take off to save themselves, but Matt Damon’s character was hit by an object before he could make it back to the ship, and was presumed dead. He survived, and eventually made contact with earth. The rest of the movie was about his survival, the plan and mission to rescue him. Read more
We know they did it.
Finally, after two decades of bulls**t it has finally been acknowledged that the 9/11 towers were all brought down by
explosives. What does this signify? I will tell you. It signifies one of the worst episodes in recent world history. Not only due to the actions of the people involved, but also the catastrophic knock-on effects, which are still being felt in several parts of the world. Read more