Thursday, February 24, 2011

Guns Don't Solve Crimes, People Do

"Why We Are Losing The War On Crime"

It’s funny how words shape human thinking, how we see things and how we respond.
Trinidad and Tobago is a militaristic society. Citizens accept the presence of police officers in full battle gear topped off with a bullet proof vest and AK47 in parties. That's normal.

How many police officers lives were saved by these vest? Law enforcement efficiency is equivalent to a display of fire power. The justification is that the criminals are all armed and dangerous so the police must also be more armed, (and more dangerous). A local arms race.

Somebody should whisper in Mr. Tibbs ear. He seems to be more concerned about his image than getting results. Coming from Canada he should know that big weapons are only useful in full all out fire fight and not on normal days in the crowded city or at packed parties. 

Are they winning the war on crime? 

Apparently not, because now the government is deploying army personnel; are we in a state of emergency? These army boys like nothing better. Without a lick of training they now can assist the police in doing what they have not been doing. But that begs the question... 

Why do we have an Army anyway? 

Do we need to defend ourselves from Grenada, Martinique or Venezuela? Or are do they exist to fight the "war on drugs" coming from other lands? How effective were they in the 1990 coup?

Trinidad and Tobago faces no external threat and even if we did our military will stand down and surrender their weapons to superior forces.
Would not an efficient police service be more useful than a battalion enlisted men whose only purpose is to assist the police? 

Wake up Trinbago; "crime fighting" "war on crime and the war on drugs should not be taken literal. Crime fighting is detecting, identifying, sorting, building an air tight case against suspected criminals and isolating them from society. 

You need guns but you also need crime detection skills and equipment. You need man power but not armed reinforcements. We have to power to make a difference but believe that armed force is the answer. 

And while we are on the topic of power versus force, one minister recently said in Parliament that the "hanging bill will solve crimes". Not reduce but solve crimes. If a minister is so confused to think that a bill will solve crime we are certainly in a desperate state of affairs.
Why would a murderer worry about getting hanged when they know they will not caught? And when someone is actually caught the likelihood of being acquitted is always better than them being convicted. Here is a suggestion...

Why not dissolve the local army, train them in law enforcement procedures? Screen out the bad seeds in the law enforcement service. Invest the saving on real crime fighting solutions such as a DNA lab, a finger print and criminal database with the network to support it.
Too simple huh?

Instead, lets buy more weapons. Suspend and transfer police officers and cover up police brutality. Pass more legislation and pay foreigners to run our police force. Lets depend on the results of torture, intimidation and superior weapons to solve crime. 

Is that working?

Monday, February 21, 2011

"We will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8, 000,"

Will We Eat Ourselves Out Of Existence?

As a Caribbean blogger I felt it would be remiss of me if I did not share this.

The headline above is REAL, that is if you want to believe the experts. It has far reaching serious implications for people in the Caribbean and the globe. Consider the source; it did not come the Russians but directly from the horse’s mouth, the United Nations.

This is a problem that actually portends the survival of the human species. It affects every community, region, nation and hemisphere in the world. There is no individual solutions here, it must first be recognized by governments and global organizations.

As the world turns the only time it will truely be recognized is when there are drastic food shortages; not before. If the same study was done 50 years ago and extrapolated the population growth; it would have been sadly inaccurate. Unpredictable events like World War one, two and the Vietnam war could not have been taken into consideration. The culmative results of those wars meant that literally millions of mouths never need to be fed.

According to the infomation coming to hand, the following are the reasons the world will find itself hungry by 2050. This of course assumes that there will not be another great World war that decimates half of the projected population:

 Global Population Growth
- This growth is projected mostly in Africa and South Asia but it refers to the overall growth of all countries.

 Global Increased Income
- The fact is that an increase in income means people can buy more, eat more. Income is expected to at least triple by 2050 allowing access to more food.

 Lack of Family Planning
– Not only is over population an issue but not acknowledging it makes it a more serious problem. Very few if any of the countries in the world have in place structured family planning guidelines. And when they do, like China did other implications arises.

What’s the solution other than another world war or natural disaster that wipes out most but not all of the world population? Simply grow more food, control the population intelligently and improve the wealth generating power of a greater percentage of the population. LOL, the answer to the world’s food problem in one sentence. It really should not be that easy.

What does that mean for me in the Maracas Valley in Trinidad or for you in your part of the world? It means that your community, region, country must focus on the legacy left to our children. Population growth and food production is important to every nation. Imagine if China or India runs out of food and they learn that here in the Caribbean there is a supply of green tasty vegetables? Invasions and wars?

The solution offered is the only way to forestall the inevitability of over consumption of food stock.

Read what they are saying in Washington here: Planet could be 'unrecognizable' by 2050, experts say

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Perfect Example of Superior Customer Relations

We Can All Learn From This

The following was shared in an email and I liked it so I'm sharing with you. Ok, I wiould admit it's not perfect but very appropriate.

An award should go to the Virgin Airlines desk attendant in Sydney some months ago for being smart and funny, while making her point, when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo.

A crowded Virgin flight was canceled after Virgin's 767s had been withdrawn from service. A single attendant was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said,
"I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS to be FIRST CLASS".

The attendant replied, "I'm sorry, sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these people first, and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out.."

The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear,"DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"

Without hesitating, the attendant smiled and grabbed her public address microphone:"May I have your attention please, may I have your attention please," she began - her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal.

"We have a passenger here at Desk 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to Desk 14."

With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the Virgin attendant, gritted his teeth and said, "F... You!"

Without flinching, she smiled and said, (I love this bit) "I'm sorry, sir, but you'll have to get in line for that too."

Friday, February 4, 2011

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