Getting Our 'Equal Opportunity' Act Together

To be honest, I did not intend to pay any attention to the most recent "rumbling and a tumbling in the atmosphere" ensuing as a result of statements by PSC Chairman, Nizam Mohammed. I am addressing it here only because I'm now wondering why there has been such an exaggerated show of indignation from the heights of the government. I would have been happy if even fifty percent of this scrambling had been demonstrated over recent occurrences which I found much more deserving of public outcry and remedy.

I read in passing that Mr. Mohammed said something about the Police Service and a disproportionate number of citizens of African descent in the senior administrative positions. I know that there is more to the story and that he probably said other things and there was a context within which he offered his opinion and that he probably had the statistics to back up what he was saying. I lost interest precisely because of the response to the statements. I tend to avoid "discussions" where important inputs will be ignored or where the writing on the wall predicts that the shouting match will lead to nothing of much value, to be quelled eventually by another distraction of equal or greater shock value. Heads may or may not roll, more likely the latter, a plaster will then slapped over the whole thing until the next time somebody feels brave enough to jook de jep nest.

I smiled when I saw this photo of Nizam Mohammed adjusting his spectacles because it amused me to imagine that he had been captured giving something the finger. I remain unconvinced that that something was "racial" harmony. Take a deep breath, people. Now exhale.

Someone speaking about race does not make that person and his/her statements racist. Stating statistical facts about race is not racist talk. Saying that more people of African descent are in the upper management of the Police Service or in the jails is NOT a racist statement if there is statistical proof. To make it racist you would have to say that the reason that there is a disproportionate representation is due to inherent qualities of that race. For instance, if you were to say that people of African descent are more likely to end up in jail because they are black or that Afro-Trinbagonians [hate these terms!] are genetically or politically advantaged to become policemen. Did Nizam Mohammed say that? I don't know. I've been distracted by the dizzying spectacle of the world trying to catch its tail.

It is instructive and interesting to be told about the history behind the present state of affairs - the social factors that lead to more policemen of African descent occupying the senior positions in the Police Service but how does that inform how we proceed from here? Do we need to proceed from here? It sounds like the status quo is just an innocent outcome of one group being more interested than any other in entering the Police Service. Have we proof of historical wrongs? If it takes a while for officers to be promoted to senior positions, perhaps East Indian officers due to their late interest in the Service are still making the ascent? Is noting that situation somehow more inflammatory than the observation that East Indian people were always more interested in becoming doctors, lawyers, businesspersons and composers of songs about rum? Hence their numbers in those fields? Well, if according to the PM, we are cultivating a meritocracy, we need no intervention at this point in time. More people of whatever extraction will continue to apply and the process will be as fair as it has always been. The best persons for the jobs will continue to be chosen. Records will be kept of applicants and the eventual intake with the evidence to support why certain candidates were chosen over others. There will be transparency and these records should be available for perusal and to be contested.

Talk done? No!!

Unless we are happy to tolerate all the other imbalances that make our society hum [for some] you have to remember that when you announce yourself as being willing to start picking at one patch of crab grass, to be as universally fair as possible, you'd better be prepared to crawl over the entire lawn. What you ent attending to today is what go be waiting fuh yuh round de corner tomorrow. Maybe Mr. Mohammed's statements scared people because there is the slight possibility that spotlights may eventually be turned onto other areas.

I don't know this Mr. Mohammed and I admit that I am not qualified to judge his motives since I haven't followed what he has said or done in the past. I have no preconceived notions about his "agenda". Perhaps, being a forward thinker, he was simply trying to get us to reflect upon and do something about this and all the other sticking points in our society. He spoke about the Police Service because that is the area in which he serves. Now we need others to ask the same questions about the other fields of employment and endeavour. Are people of all ethnic persuasions well represented everywhere in our society? Are we certain that they really want to be? Because from the little that I know, certain "races," for example, do not want to be well represented among those who will actually be convicted for their murders, drugs/weapons running and graft and they certainly do not want to be, and will do everything within their power to not be well represented among the inmates of the nation's jails. If I have to make any criticism of Mr. Mohammed's statement it is that he remains bogged down in the old Afro/Indo-Trinbagonian dyad. If I had been in his position, I would have said that I was disturbed also by the lack of persons of obvious Chinese, Syrian and Caucasian descent [imports aside] in the TTPS. I would have said this with lines of sincerest regret and consternation etched upon my noweyrian brow. How could we, as a progressive society, stand back and do nothing about this travesty? How many unfortunate lighter skinned compatriots have been summarily relegated to the ghettos of administration and upper management in the professions, industry, academia and the fine arts, to name a few, without any thought given to the fact that they too may harbour lifelong desires to join their Afro-Trinbagonian compatriots within the ranks of the Police Service? Ting to cry and I laughing.

I believe in equal opportunity and so do most Trinbagonians. After all, that's why the PP won the elections. We had to give another party an equal chance to cock up this country. [Hopefully, on that score they will disappoint.] And now that we've also remedied the other glaring lack by inserting a female Prime Minister into our pantheon of leaders, there is no turning back. I don't know what is happening with the Equal Opportunity Act after that glitch some years back but that should have been our opportunity to state for the record what is expected in the nation's hiring practices.

Rikki Jai acknowledged in his song "Identity" that a bogey man of race does exist and it seems like after all this time we haven't yet devised a protocol for addressing that elephant man in the room. I actually don't like to talk about "race" although I will if I feel that the environment is respectful and conducive to productive discussion. Maybe like religion, I feel that it should be kept out of the business of government. Don't get me wrong, I do not deny the importance of "race" to some people because I understand the ineluctable pull of family and tribe. I know, for instance, what I feel about my countrymen. I know what it is to be far away from them and to want to run up to them, whether I know them or not ,wherever I encounter them in the world and hug them up tight, tight, tight. When you associate childhood comfort and familiarity and goodness with a particular group, it is hard to extend that trust to those who are unlike your home people. I guess it's a form of filial imprinting. When you are in a position to gather persons around yourself to constitute a team, it is not impossible to understand why you may feel more inclined to select "your own." Consider then, those persons in our society whose home people are still mainly of one "race." Apart from dying to ask them how in the world did they manage to achieve that feat after all this time in our society, I cannot denounce them as racists for gravitating towards those who look like them and share certain cultural traits. But there must be an agreement, preferably enforced by the law, that requires us to take off our tribal shoes especially before entering the commons of public interaction.

As I have said before on this blog, my personal situation is different and there are many others in my country who live this. My "tribe" is not East Indian or African or Chinese or Lebanese or Portuguese or Caucasian or First Nations. We are all. Within my own family I can see the full spectrum around me, the products of various mixtures of african blacks, north european and iberian whites, chinese, east indian and amerindians. Under what circumstances would I ever be associating any one of these with strangeness or familiarity when they are all family to me? If I should ever go to the TTPS to apply for a job, what category would I fall into? Are there hiring quotas for noweyarians?

I welcome Nizam Mohammed's turning of the sod and I look forward to seeing more people of all extractions in all the areas where they are now not well represented IF that is what we all want. If we are going to abandon "ethnicity" as a factor influencing intake then we have also to abandon it as a factor influencing the ones excluded which is to say that we are not going the way of either affirmative or negative action. We are drawing a line and saying that from this point onwards admissions will be based only on merit, on how the applicants meet the requirements.

But we cannot stop there.

We have also to look at the system that supplies the applicants, we have to note the ones who are being turned away. Those statistics are also important and merit equal attention. If certain persons appear to be historically and now chronically disadvantaged, we have to ask and answer the question, WHY? If we do not address this question, then meritocracy will be just another pretty word for continuing a now officially sanctioned unequal entitlement.
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Drama Island [Song]


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DRAMA ISLAND
By David Rudder
Album: Random Notes

Free falling!

Looking out on the massive fete, you see how the vibe was dead
The DJ was pushing out sweet soca music and all you seeing was head
Some youths come and lobby the DJ and tell him to change up the plan
Well, the DJ push a panic and he dent out the rhythm
Now all you seeing is hand !

It's just another, it's just a, another day on Drama Island. Yow wo oh!
Just another, just a, another day on Drama Island. Yeah ey yey ey!

Long ago the fete had a promise, a promise of frolic and fun
But these days the rhythm kinda angry, the rhythm packing a gun
Just gimme the old school melodies to free up mih soul
But then again these days the out of control are really in control.

It's just another, it's just a, another day on Drama Island. Woh oh!
It's just another, just a, another day on Drama Island. Yow!

Twelve midnight in the heart of the fete, people now start to prance
Ten jagabats solve the new world disorder, they ramjack the dance
They snatch 'way the mike from the DJ and tell the people make space
They say we not responsible when we start to hand grenade we waist.

It's just another, folks, just a, another day on Drama Island. Yow wo oh!
Just another, just a, another day on Drama Island. Yeah yey yey yey!
Just another, just another day on Drama Island. Wo oh eh he-he-he hey!
Just another, just another day on Drama Island. Yeah everybody, everybody body say...

[Tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu, tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu] Free falling.
[Tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu. Fire iya] We're free falling.
And is [Fire!] down below [Fire!] over so!
[Fire!] Look it dey! [Fire!] Run away!
[Tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu, tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu] Free falling.
[Tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu. Fire iya] We're free falling.
[Tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu, tu-tu tu-tu tu-du tu] Free falling.
[Tu-tu tu -tu tu-du tu. Fire iya] People free falling.
[Fire!] down below [Fire!] over so!
[Fire!] Look it dey! [Fire!] Run away!....

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull


Thank you, David Rudder! The soundtrack for our frenzied world. We're free falling.

"Just gimme the old school melodies to free up mih soul
But then again these days the out of control are really in control."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Got Democracy?

It is all over the news today that Obama signed a secret Libya order authorizing support for Libyan "rebels". According to US Government officials, this "presidential finding" authorized covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and was signed THREE WEEKS AGO by President Obama.

The New York Times also reports today:

"WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and make contacts with rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials.

While President Obama has insisted that no American ground troops join in the Libyan campaign , small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks and are part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help set back Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said." SOURCE
According to the Huffington Post, such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House have declined immediate comment on the disclosure but the allies are now quite openly discussing the possibility of sending arms supplies to Gaddafi's opponents.

The Huffington Post describes these "special operations":
"People familiar with U.S. intelligence procedures said that Presidential covert action "findings" are normally crafted to provide broad authorization for a range of potential U.S. government actions to support a particular covert objective.

In order for specific operations to be carried out under the provisions of such a broad authorization -- for example the delivery of cash or weapons to anti-Gaddafi forces -- the White House also would have to give additional "permission" allowing such activities to proceed.

Former officials say these follow-up authorizations are known in the intelligence world as "'Mother may I' findings."
In 2009 Obama gave a similar authorization for the expansion of covert U.S. counter-terrorism actions by the CIA in Yemen. The White House does not normally confirm such orders have been issued." SOURCE
The article refers to an earlier article by Gary Thomas in VOA News of March 4, 2011 where the author explores whether covert action was being undertaken to remove Gadhafi?

Gary Thomas defines US "covert action" as:
"any U.S. government effort to change the economic, military, or political situation overseas in a hidden way. Intelligence professionals consider it to be different than clandestine operations, which cover more traditional espionage and counterintelligence activities. Covert action can encompass many things, including propaganda, covert funding, electoral manipulation, arming and training insurgents, and even encouraging a coup." SOURCE
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Not Soup For The Soul: Roosting Chickens And The Fire Next Time.

Were you just about to say something about chickens coming home to roost? Bite your tongue! Unless you're going to use those fowl to make more chicken soup for the pampered souls in need of more pampering, just pretend that you are blind, deaf and dumb if you like your life. That was Ward Churchill's mistake. He didn't sugar coat the truth or dismiss it or hide it. Like Malcolm X before him and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, he was punished for this honesty.


Chickens Coming Home To Roost - MALCOLM X
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America's Chickens Come Home to Roost - Rev Jeremiah Wright
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"Ward LeRoy Churchill (born October 2, 1947) is an American scholar, author, and political activist.

In January 2005 Ward Churchill was a tenured full professor of American Indian Studies, chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, and the recipient of the University of Colorado’s highest awards for teaching, scholarship and service. Then the right wing stumbled on an old op-ed piece about 9/11 and a media feeding frenzy ensued. Politicians and donors put intense pressure on CU to fire Ward Churchill. The piece was "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens". In the essay, he claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks were a natural and unavoidable consequence of what he views as unlawful US policy, and he referred to the "technocratic corps" working in the World Trade Center as "little Eichmanns".

Then the “controversy” broke, University officials launched an investigation of “every word” Ward Churchill had ever published. They knew it was all protected by the First Amendment, but needed time to find some other excuse to fire him. So, first, they tried the case in the media, in violation of all their own rules on confidentiality.

CU had received no complaints about Ward Churchill’s scholarship so, with the help of the Rocky Mountain News, University officials spent months soliciting allegations. Even then, they only had some random allegations but still no actual complaints, so Interim Chancellor Distefano stepped in as “complainant,” using the newspaper stories as the “complaints.”

An Investigative Committee dominated by CU insiders and including no American Indians or Indigenous Studies scholars was appointed. The Committee never told Ward Churchill what standards it was using, and arbitrarily limited his time to respond. It was chaired by a “feminist” who, before even meeting Ward Churchill, had sent out an e-mail comparing him to “male celebrity wrongdoers” like OJ Simpson.

After combing through more than 4,000 pages and 12,000 footnotes of Ward Churchill’s publications, CU found only a handful of minor points to dispute. CU called them “fraud” and “plagiarism” but they were really questions of historical interpretation and claimed deviation from unspecified “standards.”

Many people have been fooled by the heft of the Investigative Committee’s 124-page Report. In fact, most of the allegations were dropped. The charges boiled down to:

- 4 questions of interpretation of sources concerning smallpox epidemics or “blood quantum” laws.
- 3 charges of ghostwriting and attribution of authorship, under “standards” the Committee never could identify. The author whose work was supposedly plagiarized never accused Ward Churchill of doing so.

Qualified American Indian studies scholars who examined the charges and the evidence have concluded that Ward Churchill did NOT engage in research misconduct. Legal scholars have noted that the investigation was pretextual and that even if the charges were true, these are not acts for which tenured professors are fired.

Because pressure from donors and politicians is more important to the University of Colorado than teaching, scholarship, service, or the Constitution. SOURCE: Ward Churchill Solidarity Network

"The battle continues as on Jan. 10, 2011. Ward Churchill's attorneys filed a petition today asking the Colorado Supreme Court to review the decision of the court of appeals because:

(1) the jury should have been allowed to decide whether CU's 2005 investigation into "every word" Ward Churchill published or spoke publicly violated his First Amendment rights;

(2) CU & its Regents should not have absolute immunity from suit when they fire a tenured professor in violation of the U.S. Constitution; and

(3) Ward Churchill should have been reinstated after the jury decided unanimously that he was fired for speech protected by First Amendment, not for alleged research misconduct." SOURCE: Ward Churchill Solidarity Network

Freespeech TV documentary on Ward Churchill

"Embattled Professor Ward Churchill speaks on the controversy over his essay, his treatment by the media and the people calling for his firing, and even execution, for 'treason'. In this hour-long program, Prof. Churchill invites FSTV into his home to tell the side of the story told nowhere else on American television: his side."


When They Came for Churchill - Freespeech TV



Farrakhan warns, advises Obama on Libya.
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And Like That, Blink, A New War - Mumia Abu Jamal
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Going To Bocas Lit Fest T&T - Apr 28 - May 1, 2011

Scroll down the page for the original "Going to Bocas" by Walter "Gavitt" Ferguson

I learned recently that a Literary Festival is being launched this year in Trinidad and Tobago. From the 28th April to the 1st May, 2011, books, writing, and writers will be celebrated in my country. I was filled with a rush of excitement and joy. To be honest, although I do appreciate most of my country's cultural expressions...ehemm...the positive ones, I have not ever felt this giddy over any existing festival. I sincerely regret that I will not be there and even more, that I am not a part of it in any way. This post is my way of pretending that I am part of that literary Cherry Blossom Time.

According to the Festival's website:
"The Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago, is an annual celebration of books, writing, and writers. Launching in April 2011, the Bocas Lit Fest is an exciting new addition to the Caribbean’s literary calendar. The centrepiece of the festival will be the award ceremony for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, a major new award for Caribbean writers of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction." SOURCE
As I read the explanation below for how the Festival organisers had arrived at their choice of Bocas, many thoughts and memories to mind:
"Boca is the Spanish word for mouth — the organ of speech and song and storytelling. And the Bocas del Dragón — the Dragon’s Mouths — are the narrow straits off Trinidad’s northwest peninsula, which connect the sheltered Gulf of Paria to the open Caribbean Sea. For centuries, the Bocas were the gateways connecting Trinidad to the Caribbean and the Atlantic. The Bocas Lit Fest invites readers from around the world to enter through the Dragon’s Mouths and celebrate with us the rich literary heritage of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean." SOURCE
The Bocas: Where are the writers whose language named the Bocas. I looked at the participants and although it was not specified where the individuals are based, I guessed that they were mainly located in the Caribbean and North America...maybe Europe? Cannot tell. But I don't see participants from the Hispanic Caribbean and wider South American Caribbean. Have we no writers from the Spanish Caribbean diaspora?

It is not just because of my Spanish heritage that I continue to call our attention to the seasonings that they add to our culture. They are too near to be ignored. They are right in our midst, literally [literary-ly] in our blood. Most immediately, the Bocas constitute a water bridge to South America and a huge reminder of our First Nations and Spanish heritage. The traffic and cultural exchange is still going both ways. For some of our ancestors and probably even today, crossing the Bocas to Trinidad and Tobago and vice versa is either a push from trouble in one place or the pull towards the hope for a better life for opportunity seekers.

They are in fact part of our wider Caribbean so I do not agree with Eric Williams, who in 1975 dropped that sarcastic [now amusing] comment meant to scoff at Venezuela's dreaming that it was part of the Caribbean. I don't have the exact quote but it went something like this, "If Venezuela is made part of the Caribbean, I expect next to hear that Tierrra del Fuego is."

Well apart from the geographic FACTS that we are actually part of Venezuela and Venezuela has coastline on the Caribbean Sea and is definitely to be included in Caribbean South America, I tend to want to be warmer towards them. I think of my ancestors from Venezuela, of the Venezuelan diaspora in T&T and the T&T diaspora in Venezuela and all the souls who, for good or for bad, are making legal and illegal crossings every day between the two places, over the same Bocas after which we are naming our Festival.

The song "Going To Bocas" which I included at the start of the post is not the original version. It is an interpretation sung by Manuel Monestel of the Costa Rican band "Cantoamerica." The original song was in fact composed by their countryman, the Costa Rican calypsonian from Cahuita, Walter "Gavitt" Ferguson. I have included Walter Ferguson's original song at the bottom of this post with the lyrics. He sings in the distinctive style of the old school Caribbean calypsonian as recorded on his CD "Dr. Bombodee". I am not sure if Walter's Bocas is our Bocas or the Panamanian but it works as well for the situation which he describes.

Other Memories: "Boca Chimes" and "Legends Of The Bocas"

Many of us know the song based on the poem, "Boca Chimes." It is a beautiful song filled with enchantment and mystery. It is based on the poem written by A.D. Russell, First Puisne Judge, Trinidad and Tobago, and included in his book published in 1922 "Legends of the Bocas" [Available here as pdf file.] I cannot remember if we were ever told who put it to music. My mind inserts Pat Castagne or Marjorie Padmore but I might be wrong. I won't volunteer to record myself singing it here although I have been told that I possess a rather mellifluous voice, but a performance of it may add historical/cultural depth to the proceedings.

Anyway, here are the lyrics that we used to sing:
"In the air there is a chiming, stealing far from out the west,
Where the crimson sun is sinking, o'er the mountains to his rest.
Oft, at eve, I hear that chiming, solemn, silvery, dying fast, dying fast;
'Tis as from some chapel hidden 'mid these Bocas wild and vast.
Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm [We used to hum here to simulate chiming]
God is Eternity, the world is Time!"
I was only about seven or eight when I was taught this song but that line, "God is Eternity, the world is Time" contained the most awe-inspiring words that had ever been entrusted to my young heart.

The poem "Boca Chimes" continues:
Oft, at eve, I've sought that chiming ; sought it by the lone sea shore,
'Mong the islets and the reaches, where the seabird hovers o'er ;
'Mid the ebb- and 'mid the flow-tide, 'mid the remous' rune-like moan.
Till my heart is sick with longing, and my eyes are weary grown.
Chime, chime, chime! God is Eternity, the world is Time!

Somewhere, somewhere that fair Chapel hidden lies from mortal ken.
In an elder world of wonder, for a race of sinless men;
And they kneel in the old arches, young and old, and evermore
Rises up the rich, undoubting, simple faith of days of yore.
Chime, chime, chime! God is Eternity, the world is Time !

Might I find it, might I enter, kneel within its hallowed shrine,
Lave me at its mossy fountain, it might calm this heart of mine ;
Still the anguish, still the grieving, heal all sorrow, cleanse all sin. .
But the Way is deep in shadow, and the Light is all within.
Chime, chime, chime I God is Eternity, the world is Time!
Anyhoo, all that aside, I am overjoyed that this has finally been started. I think it's a fantastic idea and I congratulate Marina Salandy-Brown for her vision and all the others involved who will help her to make it a reality. See the Programme of Events.

Like Walter Gavitt Ferguson, I seriously studying now to buy a pass, packing up my things and going to Bocas.


GOING TO BOCAS
By Walter "Gavitt" Ferguson [Costa Rica]
Album: Dr. Bombodee

Then the young girl claim that she do not want me no more
Then I notice she start to dash mih things outta door
She say she going to a foreign land, she going to kill the calypsonian
Going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas
I say, I going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas.

Believe me say the young girl declare that she do not want me no more
I discover she start to dash mih things outta door
She say she want me to understand, she will not support a calypsonian
Going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas
I say, I going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas.

Believe me say the young girl claim that she do not want me no more
She tell she friend dem, "Segundo too bloody poor!"
And when she want to get she money, she only live in ah misery
Going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas
I say, I going to buy a pass, packing up my things and going to Bocas.

Believe me say the young girl declare that she do not want me no more
I discover she start to dash mih things outta door
She say she want me to understand, she will not support a calypsonian
Going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas
I say, I going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas
Uhmmm, I going to buy a pass, packing up my things and go to Bocas.

Muchas gracias, Walter "Gavitt" Ferguson!
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Life [Song]


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LIFE
By Gypsy
Arranged by Frankie McIntosh
Album: Life - MRS | T&T 1988

Life, oh life! What is life, I would like to know
Seems like only woe, sorrow,
While so few happy and so many have to suffer so
The rich man oppress the poor man while living a happy life
The poor man still on the corner catching he backside to survive
Nobody cares, nobody hear his cry
Because life is a struggle with too much ah trouble
That sometimes I feel like I could die.
But mih heart keep beating and mih blood keep flowing
And that's just what keeps me moving on, and on, and on, and on
In this life of torment and confusion. Oh, Life!

Crime, yes crime. Crime keeps on rising all the time
Good gosh, tell me who - me, she, he or you
Going to stick our necks out to see humanity through?
When the law that we put to protect crime, they indulge in it just the same
Our leaders indulging corruption and so bring our world to a shame
Nobody cares, where do we go from here?
My gosh, life is a struggle with too much ah trouble
That sometimes I feel like I could die
But mih heart keep beating and mih blood keep flowing
And that's just what keeps me moving on, and on, and on, and on
In this life of torment and confusion. Oh, Life!

Love and peace and justice are all fictitious things of the past
Seems like cruelty, inhumanity and injustice to one another is what is here to last
The pusher man 'round the corner have dope users like puppets on strings
Prostitution and homosexuality is an everyday thing
If that is life, what are means to survive
My gosh, life is a struggle with too much ah trouble
That sometimes I feel like I could die.
But mih old heart keep beating and mih blood keep flowing
And that's just what keeps me moving on, and on, and on, and on
In this life of torment and confusion. Oh, Life!

You, yes, you and I could make a big difference if we try
Try and do our best, and in this process
One day this whole wide world going to find true happiness
When the things we do for humanity, we do from within our hearts
Greed, selfishness and enmity could never stand in our path
And so we stroll on to a better world
Til then life is a struggle with too much ah trouble
That sometimes I feel like I could die.
But mih heart keep beating and mih blood keep flowing
And that's just what keeps me moving on, and on, and on, and on
In this life of torment and confusion. Oh, yeah!

Life! Oh why? Oh why? Tell me why?

Why, oh why? Why, oh why? Tell me why?
Why, oh why? Why do we know hate? Why, oh why?
Why, oh why? When would it end?
Why, oh why? Why can't we all be friend? Tell me why?
Why, oh why? why when you watch my skin
Why, oh why? You can't see deep within? Oh ho, tell me why
Why, oh why? Why can't we live at ease?
Why, oh why? Why can't this world know peace? Tell me why?
Why, oh why? Why, oh why? Why? Tell me why?
Why, oh why? We got to find a way to change this life!
Why, oh why? We got to find a way to change this life!
Oh, yes, oh ho, tell me why?
Why, oh why? How long could we proceed?
Why, oh why? With so much pain, envy and greed. Oh yes, tell me why?
Why, oh why? Why don't you look within?
Why, oh why? Instead of looking at the colour of my skin?
Oh yes, tell me why?
Why, oh why? Why can't we be friend?
Why, oh why? This friendship should never end. Oh why?

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!

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A Note From The Gull


Thank you, Gypsy. I am grateful always for your sincerity.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Go So Nah [Song]


Uploaded by Trinnilicious4life

GO SO NAH
By Sally Sagram

Boy, you always giving me old talk
How you like my smile and my walk
How the two ah we going to marry
But I have a man, so just leave me.

Chorus:
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!

Spoken:
Yeah, this is the girl, Sally Sagram, and the band XTREME in the Maha Studios!

You say I does look like KFC
Spicy, tender and oh, so juicy
You say I does look like KFC
Spicy, tender and oh, so juicy
For me you does get real tabanca
Only me you want for your lover
You go mind mih man and mih father.

Chorus:
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!

Spoken: Gosh man! The man like a real pest! He following me all over the place, boy! Oh god!

I sing in Couva in a cooking
You know the man was up dey and he waiting
I sing in Couva in a cooking
You know the man was up dey and he waiting
If he doh see me, he does cry
How I is de apple of he eye
Even in guava season, he ent lie.

Chorus:
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!

Spoken: This man have never ending lryics, ah set ah old talk! [Go so nah!] You know... you know when they always talking in yuh head? [Man, move nah!]

He say I's de channa in he doubles
And he go never give me trouble
He say I's de channa in he doubles
And he go never give me trouble
Look how he want a big family
He go cook and wash and clean for me
'Cause I is the froth in he mauby.

Chorus:
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!

Boy, you always giving me old talk
How you like my smile and my walk
How the two ah we going to marry
But I have a man, so just leave me.

Chorus:
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!
Go so nah, go so nah, go so nah!
Rock so nah, rock so nah, man, move nah!

Spoken: Boy, me ent know what does wrong with dem fellas and dem these days nah? I really ent know...steupppppsssss!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Sally! Allyuh could keep "Advantage" and the "White Oak and Water", I running with "Go So Nah". Can't get this song's chorus out of my head.

Yeah, Sally, ah hear yuh, gyul. It had a time when dey used to real check fuh me too. Dem days gone! I does have to check fuh myself now! De number of pests [or pestesses] in yuh tail is directly proportional to yuh good looks and nature. I lorse all dat real fas in dis graveyard place. Yuh know how long I ent even get a sweet eye self?

Beauty, enjoy your youth and your talent!

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

The Table Turning [Song]

Listen to Explainer's "The Table Turning" courtesy We7.
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THE TABLE TURNING
By Explainer

The way the world is going on, all who up start to fall back down
This might sound like fallacy, '79 prove this to me
I sure you'll remember the fall of many world leaders
Rulers of oppression overthrown by the oppressed man.

The table turning, sah [Round and round]
All dem oppressor [Falling down]
The table turning, sah [Round and round]
Now the oppressor is the oppressed one.

[Round and round, falling down. Falling down, round and round]

March the 13th of '79, --------- came to mind
Bishop overthrow Gairy backed by the People's Army
Well, look at Somoza moved by the Sandinistas
Idi up in Uganda and Emperor Bokassa.

The table turning, sah [Round and round]
All dem oppressor [Falling down]
Table turning, sah [Round and round]
Now the oppressor is the oppressed one.

[Round and round, falling down. Falling down, round and round]

The world's a wheel, the Bible say, that keep spinning every day.
Today you rule a kingdom, tomorrow you in the opposite position
The Shah control Iran with everything at his command
Ayatollah took his position, now the Shah leave Iran and run.

The table turning, sah [Round and round]
All dem oppressor [Falling down]
The table turning, sah [Round and round]
Now the oppressor is the oppressed one.

[Round and round, falling down. Falling down, round and round]

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

On The Invasion Of Libya: Thinking Away From The Mob.

The world is roiling. Can you feel its disquiet? There is so much that can only be classified as pure insanity, but when you find the reasons to hope, you grab them and hold them close. I felt some relief when I encountered these opinions about the invasion of Libya. It pleased me even more that two of them were offered by my own countrymen:


Farrakhan warns, advises Obama on Libya. FCNN

Arab 'fig leaf' for regime change.
By Rickey Singh
Trinidad Express Newspapers | Mar 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM ECT
"THAT which started as a claimed humanitarian mission to save civilian lives in Libya has quickly escalated into the more precise objective of the intervening military powers — US, Britain and France — regime change in Tripoli.

As a journalist I have no tears to shed for President Moammar Gadaffi who has been ruling that oil-rich Arab nation with an iron fist for some four decades.

Nor do I have any illusion that the intervening military powers have much time for the thinking of the people and governments of the Caribbean — a region that bridges the two Americas — when it comes to attaining their objectives in any part of the world — much less the personal views of an ordinary West Indian journalist.

As Gadaffi was facing a militant armed rebellion against "undemocratic governance'', in the wake of earlier similar uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen — where governments have long mocked democratic governance — a Washington-Paris-London leadership troika was engaged in quietly lobbying for an Arab endorsement to provide regional cover via the United Nations Security Council." Read more...
Africans need a strong international voice.
By Khafra Kambon
Trinidad Express Newspapers | Mar 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM ECT
"...In 2004 Aristide had been removed from office under a blitz of misinformation demonising him to the world, and in the midst of an orchestrated armed invasion of Haiti, led by known criminals and convicted mass murderers from previous regimes. On March 19, one day after his return, the “international community” that had deposed him dropped over 100 bombs on Libya in an opening onslaught, reportedly on the country’s air defences and government troops, now labelled “Gadaffi forces”, said to be threatening the civilians of a city called Benghazi.

As the days go by more and more targets are identified and struck, including Gadaffi’s home compound in Tripoli. Now Western leaders openly debate the legality of targeting Gadaffi himself, the new demon of the world, preparing the justification for his murder, if they are able to get him. They espouse the possible necessity for regime change, signalling an escalated military campaign that will result in the mega death of the civilians they are supposedly in Libya to protect." Read more...
The Libyan Revolution is Dead: Notes for an Autopsy.
By Maximilian Forte
Zero Anthropology | Posted on 18 March 2011
"...A great mass of humanitarian social media addicts and self-styled cyberactivists in their hundreds of thousands signed petitions to beg the United Nations to authorize the bombing of Libya. Bearers of good intentions, no doubt, but perhaps less skilled as historians. Many will not even Google their way to the nearest Wikipedia entry that might cause them to ask some basic questions. On the other hand, history does not always repeat itself, and I am not one to make solid predictions, so perhaps this is not a useful basis for discussing the role of “humanitarian concern” in this debacle.

Instead, I have questions.

For example, exactly what kind of global human rights agenda is it that requires substantial military spending, private defense contractors, and a robust air force?

“We can’t stand by and do nothing”–and why not, when it is precisely what you are doing every day when it comes to the slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan (courtesy of our own troops), when it comes to the “secret” war in Pakistan, the “secret” war in Yemen, the “secret” war in Somalia, or for that matter, the killing of civilian protesters today in Yemen and Bahrain? How about how we stood by and did nothing, as our allied torture state, Uzbekistan, boiled alive opponents and the detainees sent to them by the CIA? Boiled alive–whisper it, because not even Gaddafi has imagined perpetrating such horrors. Whisper it, so you can forget it again: “Andijan massacre;” “Uzbekistan: Repression Linked to 2005 Massacre Rife;” “500 bodies laid out in Uzbek town;” “‘High death toll’ in Uzbekistan;” “’700 dead’ in Uzbek violence.” Surely, by now, we have abundant practice in doing nothing at all–we must be a hardened people, with very thick skin, and an ability to ignore the screams coming from the basement whenever we like. So why must Libya be this exception? What made you wake up, and wake up in such a way that you wanted to be the hero of someone else’s story?" Read more...
The Qaddafi I Know: The Libyan leader was no saint. But the West was wrong to intervene in African affairs.
By Yoweri Museveni
Foreign Policy | March 24, 2011
"...Qaddafi, whatever his faults, is a true nationalist. I prefer nationalists to puppets of foreign interests. Where have the puppets caused the transformation of countries? I need some assistance with information on this from those who are familiar with puppetry." Read more...

Familiar with puppetry?
Familiar with puppetry??
Familiar with puppetry???
Familiar with puppetry????

No comment, Sir... Not today anyway.

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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Think Well [Song]


Uploaded by kaiso22

THINK WELL
By Black Stalin
Album: Moving Up, 1988
Arranged By Emanuel Ector

Mister Decision Maker, leh we all get together and for once discuss a serious matter
For when making decision for we youth man and woman
This is one thing I think we must understand
Them same youths for who we planning, is them future, them ent joking
So we must do some serious thinking
For if we leave them a world with problem to deal with as men and women
This is what we could always expect from them.

Plenty lightning and thunder, brimstone and fire
If we don't plan well, I say, for we children future
They would never forgive we, as we did them before we
Because we know we parents never had the opportunity
But we got it now for a fact, so we got to clean up we act
'Cause the men and women of tomorrow ent taking that.

Every day we keep hearing how parents keep complaining
The generation gap widening
Today daughter cussing mother, son fighting with father
No way could the young and old get together
But if you make your children, grow and educate them
And later on in life you start getting problem
You must stop, look up and look down, make a sound evaluation
And find out exactly where you went wrong.

Otherwise is lightning and thunder, brimstone and fire
If we don't plan well, I say, for we children future
They would never forgive we, as we did them before we
Because we know we parents never had the opportunity
But we got it now for a fact, so we got to clean up we act
'Cause the men and women of tomorrow not taking that.

Look around and see evidence, even babies in their innocence
Like if they born with their own intelligence
But the things they used to teach we when we reach the age of twenty
The eight year-old done know that already
Even five year-old and under, today playing with computer
So we must see it's a serious matter
For if we don't take stock with what we doing
Then that answer for which we looking
As they say, would be revealed unto babes and sucklings.

And then it goin' be lightning and thunder, brimstone and fire
If we don't plan well, I say, for we children future
They would never forgive we, as we did them before we
Because we know we parents never had the opportunity
But we got it now for a fact, so we got to clean up we act
'Cause the men and women of tomorrow not taking that.

Go ahead and blame your leader as the reason for your failure
And tell yourself you out the hot water
You don't have to convince me about your sincerity
Is your children and them who would write your history
So you just keep mamguying, tell yourself the youths ent looking
And later on find they misbehaving
Is the inheritors of tomorrow is the ones who got to make you know
Whether your life would be happiness or sorrow.

Otherwise is lightning and thunder, brimstone and fire
If you don't plan well, I say, for your children future
They would never forgive we, as we did them before we
Because we know we parents never had the opportunity
But we got it now for a fact, so we got to clean up we act
'Cause the men and women of tomorrow not taking that.

[Think well. We ent taking that!
Think well. We ent taking that!
Think well. We ent taking that!
Think well. We ent taking that!...]

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Don't Hate [Song]


Uploaded by cool4rocknroll
DON'T HATE
By Colin Lucas
Arranged by Colin Lucas
Album: One-Foot Man | Coral | T&T 1995

"You damn coolie! Yes, yuh dutty nigger!"
Cruel words of hate propelled by deep-rooted anger
"You son of a slave!" and "You from indentured labour!"
Statements of fact and yet not cause to despise your neighbour.
We might be different, it's true, many creeds and races
Forged together right here from many different places
But now we got to chart a new course before it's too late
I say, we got to love one another. Don't hate.

So if Ramsingh house up in the air because he start a business there
[Don't hate] Say, "Well done!" [Congratulate]
If when the profits start to soar, he buy the property next door
[Don't hate] Do just like he. [Emulate]
And if he want to chop he big daughter because she love a nigger
Still [Don't hate] Show him that he wrong. [Educate]
I say, "Don't hate." [Educate.]

Divide and rule, schemed the old slave master
It was his ace in the hole, his tool to control our lives
But now he gone, we jump from the pot to the fire
'Cause under the guise of Independence, colonialism still thrives
Beware the new vanguard, I say, with their evil ambition
Clutching the reins of power with a racist tension
But we must expose and derail their plans to segregate
Fight back with the power of love. Don't hate.

So if Wong Ping, the next door Chinee, open up he fifth laundry
[Don't hate] Say, "Great job!" [Congratulate]
And if he save he last penny to send he kids university
[Don't hate] Learn from him. [Emulate]
And if he want to gamble 'way he life, lost he house and he wife
Still [Don't hate] Pull him aside. [Educate]
I say, "Don't hate." What to do? [Educate] You now talking!

They say that hate consumes the hater
While the hated and pure of heart moves blissfully on
Expel that hate from your heart right now, not later
Or you will soon become just an evil pawn
Come, let us unite Trinbago, build a stronger nation
With discipline, tolerance and production
And in the process of bonding, we will demonstrate
The full potential of love, not hate.

So if Joe, the blackest boy in school come first in test, prove he ent no fool
[Don't hate] Say, "Yeah, man!" [Congratulate]
And if added to that great report, he could play music and he tops in sport
[Don't hate] Do just like he. [Emulate]
But if instead of that, the young fella hooked on marijuana
Still [Don't hate] Set him right. [Educate]
I say, "Don't hate." Sing it. [Educate] Yeah!

Spoken lines: Too much hate in the world. How you could just watch a man and because he's a indian or a negro or a white man or a chinee just hate him, just so? Nah man, don't hate at all. Keep your heart full of love. Trinidad and Tobago, the West Indies, the world, only love could keep us going on the right track. Keep it tight, keep it tight! Respect!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull


Thank you, Colin Lucas, for a disturbing glimpse into a reality which inspired this song. It wasn't my reality though. My parents never displayed the slightest inclination to envy or to hate anyone for success of any kind, and there were always others around us who had much, much more than we could afford when we were growing up.

We were always taught that material wealth, for example, was there for the making, whether by honest or dishonest means, the latter route involving vigorous "pulling of the Devil's tail" according to my very religious parents. Unless you had inherited all your wealth, it was going to be hard work whichever road you chose. If you were not prepared to do the hard honest work or the hard dishonest work, then you should not envy the people who were so inclined. My mother would say, "Don't envy anyone. You don't know what people have to do and to go through to be where they are."

Of course, the fact that we never went hungry a day in our lives, and were sheltered, clothed, educated, loved and prayed over ever single day by two parents who had no intention, come hell or high water, as God was their witness, to ever abandon each other or their children, played no small part in making us feel that we were richer than most.

But if I imagine what it is like to stand in the shoes of brothers and sisters who lack the basic necessities, some through no fault of their own or even through the greed of others, I can see how despair can sometimes lead to envy and resentment and hatred.

Violence often springs out of an inequality which is perceived to be unjust.

It might sound strange that I am implying that there are inequalities that can be perceived as just, but if you think about it, many people support inequalities like monarchies and the benefits which are directed towards persons/institutions which are traditionally regarded as somehow deserving of a larger share of wealth. If you live in a society, for example, which is based on a religion which supports a caste system, as long as you are a believer, you will accept your lot in life as just, even if you are barely clinging to the lowest rung. The impulse behind colonialism and imperialism is fueled by the conviction that the world is its oyster and it is just that all others bend to accommodate its ambitions. The targets with the slavish mentalities accept and often facilitate their machinations as inevitable and part of Nature's plan. Over time, many of these slaves have occupied leadership positions in our country.

Democracy should allow us all to have a say in making the decisions that have far reaching impacts on our lives. We expect free and fair elections, we expect that there will be opportunities for our active participation in the civic and political spheres; we take as a given the rule of law and we anticipate that all the laws and procedures will apply equally to us all, and as citizens, we are confident that our rights as human beings will be protected.

Unjust inequality is the kind that is not democratically agreed upon. I did not agree that if the blue collar criminal commits a crime, he or she will be punished but not the platinum collar criminal. I did not agree that my government should make decisions that cause harm to one section of the population to enrich another section. While I agree that our creativity should be encouraged, I did not agree that exorbitant prizes should be heaped on entertainers while the citizens who have been making the more urgently needed contributions to their society are going unrecognised and unrewarded.

Most recently in the USA, Congress was bypassed in a decision to engage in a war that the country cannot afford on so many levels. This is not the "democracy" that I want for citizens anywhere but there are minds in our country that are clearly in shocking phototropic lockstep with the policies that are enforced there. This never fails to cause me deep disappointment but as I am not in the majority, I can only continue to fervently pray for my country's awakening.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Snake In The Balisier [Song]

SNAKE IN THE BALISIER
By Shadow

I want to invoke the Doctor and then write him a letter
I want to ask him a question, if he knew what was going on
The other day I was passing, I hear people complaining
He is the man with the answer but he quite over yonder.

They saying snake in the balisier, snake in the balisier
Snake in the balisier and they biting hard
Snake in the balisier, I sorry for Trinidad.

Big snakes in the country, man, they worse than mapepire
When they making they racket, they does dress up in nice jacket
Some big fat macajuel drain out the oil in the oil well
I don't know how they found the key but I hear they empty the Treasury.

Snake in the balisier, snake in the balisier
Snake in the balisier and they biting hard
Snake in the balisier, destroying Trinidad.

I want to question the hunters who does hunt down the squatters
They does cut down your hammock, they don't care if you sleep on rock
While them snakes in the country only fulling their belly
I want to ask what causing that but I 'fraid they shoot off mih hat.

I telling yuh, snakes in the balisier, snake in the balisier
Snake in the balisier and they biting hard
Snake in the balisier, I sorry for Trinidad.

Them snake have no feelings, they does bite up anything
I hear they bite up the money and have the country in jeopardy
They bite up the pipeline, no water for the swine
I don't know what they would do next, they bite up a whole racing complex.

Snake in the balisier, snake in the balisier
Snake in the balisier and they biting hard
Snake in the balisier, I sorry for Trinidad.

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

The Bull Of Dharma Has Only One Leg.

"And the kings of the earth with souls steeped in ignorance and discontented with what they have, will at such a time, rob their subjects by every means in their power. And without doubt the whole world will be Mlecchified."
---Kali Yuga. From The Mahabharata. Vana Parva, Section CLXXXIX. Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli

"Morality then is said to wait on men, with only a fourth part of itself remaining

And Markandeya said: Listen, O monarch, to all that has been seen and heard by me, and to all, O king of kings, that hath been known to me by intuition from the grace of the God of gods! O bull of the Bharata race, listen to me as I narrate the future history of the world during the sinful age. O bull of the Bharata race, in the Krita age, everything was free from deceit and guile and avarice and covetousness; and morality like a bull was among men, with all the four legs complete. In the Treta age sin took away one of these legs and morality had three legs. In the Dwapara, sin and morality are mixed half and half, and accordingly morality is said to have two legs only. In the dark age (of Kali), O thou best of the Bharata race, morality mixed with three parts of sin liveth by the side of men. Accordingly morality then is said to wait on men, with only a fourth part of itself remaining. Know, O Yudhishthira that the period of life, the energy, intellect and the physical strength of men decrease in every Yuga!

Wedded to avarice and wrath and ignorance and lust, men will entertain animosities towards one another, desiring to take one another’s lives.

O Pandava, the Brahmanas (Brahmins) and Kshatriyas and Vaisyas and Sudras, (in the Kali age) will practise morality and virtue deceitfully and men in general will deceive their fellows by spreading the net of virtue. And men with false reputation of learning will, by their acts, cause Truth to be contracted and concealed. And in consequence of the shortness of their lives, they will not be able to acquire much knowledge. And in consequence of the littleness of their knowledge, they will have no wisdom. And for this, covetousness and avarice will overwhelm them all. And wedded to avarice and wrath and ignorance and lust, men will entertain animosities towards one another, desiring to take one another’s lives.

And Brahmanas and Kshatriyas and Vaisyas with their virtue contracted and divested of asceticism and truth will all be reduced to an equality with the Sudras. And the lowest orders of men will rise to the position of the intermediate ones, and those in intermediate stations will without doubt, descend to the level of the lowest ones. Even such, O Yudhishthira, will become the state of the world at the end of the Yuga."
---From The Mahabharata. Vana Parva, Section CLXXXIX.Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli

"In consequence of these and other indications of wicked conduct and the reversal of their former nature, I shall not, O chief of the gods, dwell among them (Danavas) any longer. There, where I reside, the seven other goddesses with Jaya for their eighth, who love me, who are inseparably associated with me, and who depend upon me, desire to live. They are Hope, Faith, Intelligence, Contentment, Victory, Advancement, and Forgiveness. She who forms the eighth, viz., Jaya, occupies the foremost place amongst them. All of them and myself, having deserted the Asuras (demons) have come to thy domains. We shall henceforth reside among the deities who are devoted to righteousness and faith."
---The Mahabharata. Santi Parva, Section CCXXVIII. Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli

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A  Note From The Gull


This is the world's insanity and I want no front row seat.


"O Solitude", Z 406 - H. Purcell. Performed by Gérard Lesne. Uploaded by civileso

O SOLITUDE

O solitude, my sweetest choice! O solitude, O solitude, my sweetest, sweetest choice! Places devoted to the night, remote from tumult and from noise, how ye my restless thoughts delight!

O solitude, O solitude, my sweetest, sweetest choice! O heavens, what content is mine, to see these trees which have appeared from the nativity of time, and which all ages have revered; to look today as fresh and green, to look today as fresh and green as when their beauties first were seen.

O, O, how agreeable a sight, these hanging mountains do appear, which the unhappy would invite to finish all their sorrows here, when their hard, their hard fate makes them endure such woes, such woes as only Death can cure.

O, O, how I solitude adore! O, O, how I solitude adore! That element of noblest wit, where I have learnt, where I have learnt Apollo's lore without the pains, the pains to study it. For thy sake, I in love am grown with what thy fancy, thy fancy doth pursue. But when I think upon my own, I hate it, I hate it for that reason too, because it needs must hinder me from seeing, from seeing and from serving thee.

O solitude, O how I solitude adore!

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

WE - Arundhati Roy [Video]

Warning: ;) Contains thought-provoking material. Recommended for minds that can still accommodate and process more than tweet length messages. Viewer discretion is advised.


WE
Arundhati Roy [Full Film]
Length: 1 hr 4 min
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Push On [Song]


Uploaded by kaiso22

PUSH ON
By Lord Shorty [Ras Shorty I]

Obstacles in your way retarding your progress
You'll find them every day in your struggle to achieve success
So, come on, move on, push on!
Kneel when the going gets too rough
Even though you feel that you have had enough
Fight, make your dream a reality
No achievement comes easy.

No work, no money. No joke, it ent easy
Fighting starvation, frustration
Living like a feather, watching every dollar
Fighting starvation, frustration
Pray to your Maker, He go ease this pressure of starvation, frustration.

Out there is a jungle and if you must survive
You got to keep up the struggle, it's the only way to stay alive
So, come on, move on, push on!
Search deep within your soul and seek out the strength
To find your pot of gold
Come, don't just sit down there and mope
Wherever there's life, there's hope

No work, no money. No joke, it ent easy
Fighting starvation, frustration
Living like a feather, light, light, watching every dollar
Fighting starvation, frustration
Pray to the Maker, He go ease this pressure of starvation, frustration.

Every story of success carries scars of frustration
You got to be stronger than the rest
Or the evil of failure has won.
So, come on, move on, push on!
Meditate, free your mind of all the strain
Then communicate with your spirit once again
Pray, pray relentlessly every day
And you will surely find the way.

No work, no money. No joke, it ent easy
Fighting starvation, frustration
Living like a feather, light, light, watching every dollar
Fighting starvation, frustration
Pray to the Man, He have the solution for starvation, frustration.
Starvation, frustration
The only way is sacrifice, be prepared to pay the price
Of starvation, frustration....

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

UN Votes To Stop Gaddafi. [Russia, China, Germany, Brazil, India abstain]

UN votes for action to stop Gaddafi.
Sydney Morning Herald | March 18, 2011 - 9:51AM

A UN Security Council vote calling for "all necessary measures" against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been passed unanimously.

The vote - which was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China - will allow the effort to enforce a no-fly zone and ground Gaddafi's air force to begin within a few days.

Gaddafi has already criticised UN Security Council Resolution 1973/2011, with The Guardian reporting him telling Portuguese television station RTP: "This is craziness, madness, arrogance. If the world gets crazy with us we will get crazy too".

"We will respond. We will make their lives hell because they are making our lives hell. They will never have peace."

The Libyan leader vowed just hours before the vote to oust the rebels from their eastern stronghold.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said if the resolution was approved, France would support military action against Gaddafi within hours. The US said it was preparing for action.

Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will join international forces ready to enforce a no-fly zone, US Congress and UN diplomatic sources say.

These officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorised to speak publicly on the issue, after briefing US Senators on the issue.

Chinese envoy Li Baodong, who holds the rotating council presidency this month, said: "We are going to take action very quickly.

"I urged all the delegations to get instructions from their capitals as early as possible," he said.

Meanwhile, in Tripoli, Libya warned it could target military and civilian air and sea traffic in the Mediterranean in case of a foreign military intervention, the official Jana news agency reported.

"Any military operation against Libya will expose all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean to danger," Jana quoted Libya's defence ministry spokesman as saying.

"And any civilian or military moving traffic will be the target of a Libyan counter-offensive," he said. "The Mediterranean basin will be exposed to grave danger, not just in the short term but also in the long term."

With Gaddafi forces claiming to be at the gates of the rebel capital, Benghazi, a decision has become imperative.

France and Britain have led a campaign at the 15-nation council for a no-fly zone over Libya. While this is resisted by China, the US has taken an increasingly tough line seeking broader measures against the threat posed by Gaddafi.

The United States has said a no-fly zone may not be enough and stressed the need for strong Arab participation in any operation.

The chief of the US Air Force, General Norton Schwartz, told US lawmakers in Washington that imposing a no-fly zone over Libya "would not be sufficient" to halt Gaddafi's forces.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on a visit to Tunis the United States "will look for a broad base of participation, including from Arab nations".

France, Britain and Lebanon have tabled a draft UN resolution "broadening the scope of sanctions and opening the path for using the necessary means to stop Gaddafi's offensive", said a French foreign ministry statement.

The draft resolution now being negotiated "calls for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and authorises states to take the necessary measures to protect the threatened civilian population, especially in Benghazi", French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

NATO has already planned for a no-fly zone and its chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged the UN security council to quickly agree on a resolution, warning "time is running out" to stop Gaddafi.

"If Gaddafi prevails, it will send a clear signal that violence pays. That would be unacceptable from a humanitarian and democratic perspective," Rasmussen said.

"NATO stands ready to protect the civilian population if there is a demonstrable need, clear legal basis and strong regional support."

Technical experts held talks on Thursday on a draft resolution drawn up by Britain, France, the United States and Lebanon, acting for the Arab League.

China has opposed military action, Germany has also spoken out against no-fly zones. Russia, India, South Africa and other nations have expressed various degrees of doubts, diplomats said.

Britain, China, France, Russia and the US are permanent members of the council who can veto any resolution.

"It has to be stressed that this resolution could be greatly changed before it comes to a vote," said one Western diplomat at the UN, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russia had wanted a resolution demanding a ceasefire to be passed first, but this did not get enough backing to go for a vote.

French ambassador Gerard Araud said there was a demand for a ceasefire in the new draft, "with teeth" to back up the threat.

AFP
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare