Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jamaica's War on Green Space and The Environment


The Waterloo cholera cemetery ground is being developed by a Portland member of the government who owns the lot. I am amazed at the fact that the cholera cemetery ground is privately owned and also at the speed of the development once approval was given. It was a rush to certify that the ground was safe by what I am sure is a well-paid Chief Medical Officer. In Jamaica one can get any of these so called professionals to say what you want them to say, if you pay them enough money to say it because they are all Eat-A-Food-Professionals. The privately owned land, located at Waterloo and West Kings House roads, is where victims of an 1860 cholera outbreak are buried.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera remains a global threat to public health and an indicator of inequity and lack of social development. Researchers have estimated that every year, there are roughly 1.3 to 4.0 million cases, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide due to cholera.

That development was made possible only because the Portland MP’s party and Government is in power. Not to mention the concept of "Conflict of Interest" does not exist in Jamaica. Members of our Political class and Government are not afraid to use their position of power to generate great personal wealth for themselves and their friends and family. In fact both they and the population take great pride in it. The fact that the MP developing the land is advising the public that the land is safe is classic Jamaican way of doing business. The proposed development on the land is for a two-storey commercial building consisting of a restaurant, bistro dining, pharmacy, supermarket, retail and office space, including rest rooms.


Everything about this deal tells me, that nothing about this deal is above ground and how could it be if a person like that Portland MP is involved. I am hoping that one day this person will run out of luck and be made accountable for once in his disgusting miserable little over privileged life.


I am told by a police friend of mine (hearsay) that skeleton remains of some of the cholera victims were found and bagged away in secret so as not alarm the general public, the area is now completely fenced off as work continues.



I thought places like cemeteries were supposed to be sacred ground, to be respected and never touched. In the movie the Poltergeist, the housing development was done on top of the graves because they only removed the gravestones and left the graves in place. Let us hope that this wicked action does not come back to haunt us by doing us harm.

It is not surprising to me that the so called Environmental NGO’s and the Articulate Minority are so very quiet at this development or any development so long as their political party is in power. Jamaica’s Environmental activist are all partisan political operatives, operating as a wing of the political party. The same environmental activist who were firmly against dredging of Kingston Harbour when their party was in opposition but now since their political party is now in power and the leader of the pretend Environment NGO received National honours, they have been very quiet. Picking their battles carefully as not to oppose their friends in Government. Trying not to cause any ripples of discontent and discomfort for their political masters.


IN MY OPINION... JET the pretend Environmental NGO is partisan and act as an arm for the ruling JLP party and is only active when that party is in opposition. Only then do they talk a good talk and put up a good fight but when their party is in Power, their palms are greased with gold and their lips sealed… Hypocrites the lot!


Yes concessions are made in other areas, so as to make it look like they are working in harmony with the Government and achieving something but for the most part they have gone missing, MIA like a dog who was given a nice big soup bone.


The area surrounding the Waterloo cholera cemetery ground is well developed and the green space round-about that now sits on the lot, is a welcome break from that development.  It would have been nice to convert the land into a lovely green forested garden area supporting the ecological system so that wildlife would have a space to co-exist among the over developed concrete jungle.

This is War!
I have come to the conclusion that most Jamaicans hate Green Space and the Environment. It seems to me that most of us think that to have Green Space is backwards and not very metropolitan. For some reason Green Space is not seen as progressive but something to be destroyed and replace with concrete. Jamaicans view anti-green space concrete construction as the only context where progress can take place and that is because they view smog filled American rat infested concrete cities as a true symbol of modern progress.


The war on greenspace and the environment is real and taking place right in front of our eyes but if we do not respect the environment and green space then we do not see this as a destructive war on life itself but as progress.

Kingston and St. Andrew is beginning to look like a concrete townhouse congested Jungle and I wonder why the Environmental Groups were going crazy over Goat Island, predicting Environmental doom but are completely silent on the destruction of Kingston and St. Andrew at the hands of unscrupulous developers.

Galactus - The Destroyer of Worlds and his Herald

Every piece of empty land in and around Kingston and St. Andrew is being converted into some tacky over the top Florida style townhouse complex compound with big tacky slow moving electric gates bigger than God's own pearly Gates. This to me is a catastrophic environmental disaster because where there was once a nice house in a big lovely green yard or a nice piece of open land, full of trees, birds, various wildlife and a flourishing eco-system, now sits a tacky looking oversize hideous townhouse complex that is almost invading the blasted sidewalk, squeezing every square inch out of the yard and causing an eyesore to all.



Dillsbury Avenue Is A Total Wreck
Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 4:00 AM
THE EDITOR, Sir:

It's a shame and disgrace that local authorities have continued to ignore the appallingly deplorable condition of Dillsbury Avenue. Dillsbury Avenue connects Jacks Hill Road and Millsborough Avenue, and is heavily traversed by a wide range of citizens, sometimes using it as a shortcut to avoid the Barbican Road traffic.

Dillsbury Avenue is home to almost a dozen townhouse complexes. With the construction of the last two over the past year, the destruction of the road has come to a head. Running water from National Water Company construction, and building materials such as aggregate, dirt and rubble that are left on the roadway for months, continue to impede traffic and further destroy the road.

Heavy construction equipment and trucks carrying construction materials further fatigues and breaks away the surface. While the parties responsible for construction have promised to fix the roads once they have completed their works, the road remains unfixed.

The potholes they created continue to widen, and have become so big and deep that it is not uncommon to burst a tyre or damage the front end of your car.

It is not all of us who drive SUVs, and it is becoming unbearable to use either end of the road.

We are calling for the National Works Agency, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and other relevant authorities to come to our rescue.

HAZEL NANGLE
Kingston 6




Political Mouthpiece for effect ONLY! Now you are the Government , what do you intend to do about it? NOT a DAMN thing. In fact since they became the Government they have stepped up the war on Greenspace and the Environment by handing out more permits even to Building on cholera cemetery ground.

People's Report: Save Kingston 6 From Hodgepodge Construction
Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 5:00 AM
This is an open letter to Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke.

Over the past 10 years or more, numerous residential developments have caused gross and egregious inconvenience to residents of my constituency. The residents are bombarded with heavy-duty equipment, unwholesome noise levels, and damaged and eroded residential roads.

Let me state very clearly that I strongly favour development, especially attractive developments that preserve and/or improve the character of the neighbourhood. However, the concerns and complaints of the residents cannot be ignored.

I bring to your attention three areas in which apartment developments in Kingston 6 have damaged the residential roads and caused unspeakable dislocation and nuisance to residents:

1. Washington Drive, Drumblair;

2. Dillsbury Avenue, off Millsborough Avenue;

3. Halifax Avenue, off East Kings House Road; and there are others.

I strongly urge that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), which you chair, properly supervise the developments to ensure that:

(a) Heavy-duty construction is only performed during normal working hours;

(b) The roads are maintained during construction;

(c) Dust and noise nuisance is avoided;

(d) The adjoining roads to the developments are returned to a satisfactory condition and a National Works Agency certification obtained before certificates of title are issued.

These conditions, inter alia, should be normal obligations of developers. Yet, if the roads such as Dillsbury Avenue, Washington Drive, Halifax Avenue and many others are examined, developers damage them, make their profits, and move on. Surely, the KSAC is failing in its duty to impose and supervise these basic conditions on developers.


DELROY CHUCK

MP, North East St Andrew


SO very soon something like this - A big yard with lovely green space



Will be converted into something like this. Fugly - tacky and over the top



Even the Prime Minister Andrew holness is a part of the War on Green Space and The Environment. In fact he is the Commander-in-chief leading his army of Environmental destroyers to wreak havoc on the natural word.

 Andrew Holness's Butu Baroque and Ghettofabulous Compound



Sustainable Architecture - Construction designed to have minimal negative Impact on the environment and one that promotes a healthy natural environment. It is architecture that seeks to maintain and enrich the natural environment. What we do in Jamaica is scorched earth, slash and burn development. A perfect example of this is taking place right now on Dillsbury Avenue.


Our Political class and Property developers are in fact Environmental destroyers who exist to wreak havoc on the natural word out of selfishness and pure greed. Profits without morality, void of all conscience.


Friday, February 24, 2017

On Movies and Superheroes With a JTID Geek

An Evening at the Oscars with a JTID Geek, this is my Bobby Ghisays moment: One “Yuuge” difference between watching an American movie versus a British/European movie is that 99% of the time in an American movie the hero will save the day. It is so predictable that it is not worth watching at times. We know any second now the hero will overcome whatever challenges he or she is facing and save the day and we know 99% of the time he/she will not only survive but ride off into the sunset.



With British movies you never really know how this movie will end because chances are both the hero and the people he/she was trying to save will end up dead or the world get blown to bits and we all die. Somehow people in Europe and the UK are not too concern with saving the day because the reality is, we cannot win all the time. It got to the point where the British film industry was forced to create alternate happy American endings to some of their movies in order to satisfy the snowflake American market and leave the reality of life ending to mature people who understand that we cannot win all of life's challenges. These days money is winning over creativity and the British are making movies for the American market.


I remember my disappointment after watching “Crimson Tide” with Denzel and Hackman that movie should have ended with the world destroyed instead of the predictable last minute save the world happy ending. It would have had a bigger impact with a more realistic message that one day our luck will run out and we will self-destruct, that this is a possibility. That movie should have ended with the brutal destruction of the world, showing human suffering because of human stupidity.


The movie “28 Days Later” was one of the best zombie movies ever to me because it was the only zombie that scared the hell out of me and I am not afraid to say that. “28 Days Later” had 3 alternate endings one where everyone died, some died and they all lived as they try to please the market.


One of the worst Sci-Fi movie to me was Independence Day. I am a Sci-Fi geek but this movie was an insult to my intelligence from start to finish. The special effect was great but the storyline was terrible and the ending predictable. Will Smith who is a brilliant actor just decided to play Fresh Prince in the movie. But it was the science that was all wrong, are you telling me that those aliens with superior technology had no concept of an anti-virus or that a ship that crash landed on earth decades before still had the same software version as the ship that just arrived decades later and was able to reconnect to the mother-ship without a software upgrade or any identifying login sequence and with the Apple PowerBook 5300 they were able to upload a virus to the mother ship. Then that July 4th speech almost made me puke, it was corny and over the top. I was able to look past the fact that humanity cannot get to our nearest planet but we can beat aliens who traveled between galaxies.


The original “War of the World” was a true classic, humanity failed to defeat the aliens, all seemed lost but in the end they were defeated by germs. I still remember watching that on JBC with my 13 inch black and white Westinghouse TV.


One Sci Fi movie that left a lasting impression was the 1951 black-and-white movie, the original, "The Day the Earth Stood Still". It made me question the future of humanity and this planet at a very young age. I began to see humanity through a microscope like little destructive insects

The First Matrix movie blew me away, the second, Matrix Reloaded was rubbish and should never have been made with elements of that script merged into the third movie, Matrix Revolutions. That was milking a script too far.

The 1970 British Sci-fi show with the groovy music UFO was a must watch for me growing up, “SHADO, the Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation”


And who can forgot the 1975 Space 1999. Not to mention the fashion of the time use to drive a young boy crazy.




Star Trek Next Generation is the best of the Star Trek franchise, followed by Star Trek Enterprise and the Star Trek Voyager. I was not a big fan of Star Trek Deep Space Nine but it comes sixth behind two shows that does not belong to the Star Trek franchise but are top rated by me, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis while Stargate Universe was just rubbish!




I purposely left out Star Trek Original because it is in a class all by itself.











The Christopher Reeve superman movies just did not do it for me, I remember watching the first Christopher Reeve’s movie at the Carib and was excited about it but that quickly wore off. The first one was great but all the others failed, however the line “kneel before zod” will live on forever. Reeve was perfect for the role but the writing, plot and characters were way too weak for a comic head like me. Coupled with directors who ignore decades of comic history and decided to create their own idea of what superman was, the same can be said for some of the old batman movies.


I can sit down and watch the old Star Wars over and over but I cannot sit down and watch the old superman without feeling like throwing something at the screen. The worst one by far was Superman Return, I was not sure what the writers and directors was trying to do but it was an epic failure not worth a second watch and what made it even worst was that the movie had the technology to do whatever it wanted. Henry Cavill Superman, Man of Steel was in my view the best so far.

I think people are either a Superman or a Batman fan, everyone have a preference. I am a Batman person, not that fancy pants version of batman but the Frank Miller, Jeph Loeb type Batman, mean and gritty, the Batman who would not kill you but when he is finished with you, you wished he had, not to mention he carries a piece of Kryptonite with him just in case he needs to whop Superman’s ass.





The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that time travel is impossible.
I frigging wish it was because that is one concept that does my head in. I can handle the simple go back in time shows (Doctor Who) but I refuse to watch shows stuck in time loops with subtle changes between loops. It is lazy television, making 10 minutes of show and loop it for an hour until the end. Then there is the time paradox, a temporal paradox. A causal loop is a paradox of time travel that occurs when a future event is the cause of a past event, which in turn is the cause of the future event. The consistency paradox or grandfather paradox occurs when a future event prevents the occurrence of a past event that was partly or entirely the cause of the future event, thereby preventing the future event from occurring, thus creating a contradiction. Oh dear lord please shoot me now!



Time travel drives me crazy and I can see why the logical Vulcans would say it is not possible, as a way to simply not deal with it, the permutations can drive you crazy.

Time And Relative Dimension in Space 

However I love Doctor Who because for the most part it is simple time travel.

99% of the movies I watch have nothing to do with reality because I try to disconnect from reality when watching movie. 85% of the movies I watch are Sci-Fi movies with strong story line because the science is not enough. I do not watch movies that stereotype black people as suffering criminals and poor sistas with worthless baby fathers, none of that Boyz n the Hood type rubbish. I feel a lot of these movies are telling kids how they should live and not how they should NOT live. It is a glorification of a dysfunctional lifestyle and does nothing to uplift people. In a large part of the white world their perception of everything different comes from Hollywood and I must say some of us get the perception about ourselves from Hollywood as well.

If all you know about human history comes from Hollywood and the film industry then you do not know history because that industry exist for a different purpose.

AND YOU BETTER KNOW WHO Bobby Ghisays was.


The post Oscar debate is just so amazing
When people from the ethnic minority are omitted no matter how hard they work and how professional they are and when they complain, there are those who tell them to shut up and stop complaining declaring the reason they were omitted was only because they were not good enough to win. As they ask if they think they deserve to be rewarded simply because they are from the ethnic minority or female. That was the debate and defense the last time the Oscar was accused of not recognizing the contribution of people from the ethnic minority.


However when people from the ethnic minority are rewarded for hard work and professionalism. These same people complain that they are only being rewarded because they are ethnic minority or female, again implying that they are not good enough and in their eyes they will never be good enough. With these people, the ethnic minority cannot win, no matter what they do as people like these do not want them to win.

Women of Sci-Fi
























Villains of Sci-Fi 


I do not know what it is about the Weeping Angels from Dr. Who, maybe the fact that they do not move when you are looking at them, the fact that you cannot even blink. They look like ordinary everyday Gothic graveyard statues. They do not talk or have real human like roles in shows, no fluid movements BUT they scare the living daylights out of me. You see them one way and then the light flickers and they appear to change position, facial expressions and locations getting closer and closer until they get you.