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A few nights ago I stumbled upon a book of poems I wrote when i was going through my pubescent “Romeo” phase. HILARIOUS doesn’t begin to explain he nature of the majority of these poems. One of these poems was not so Shakespearean but actually eerily reminded me of the blogs that i have written on politics and current affairs in  this blog (hence the above title). The poem I refer to was entitled JAMAICA, JAMAICA. The following was how it went:

As my idle mind wanders it encounters thoughts of Jamaica. What is Jamaica? What does it mean to be Jamaican?

Is being Jamaican having dreadlocks and smoking weed? Is it being a heartless criminal who prowls the streets with havoc foremost in mind?

Is being Jamaican being a don or one of his many mindless minions? Perhaps being Jamaican is driving the latest BMW or Benz and having high-class friends.

Is it sitting in an air-conditioned office or living the high life?

Is Jamaica a land proliferated with ghettos and zinc bound shanties or is it a land of mansions on the hills with breathtaking views? Perhaps Jamaica is just sunshine sand and sea.

This line of thought engenders  a dual relevance for “Out of Many One People” as it not only speaks to people of different races or from different places. it also speaks of a land which possesses many faces.

Again I start to question, when will our nation stop being characterised by polarization?

While I sit and ponder such things, something of a profound question is aroused in my mind – In which garden is the crop called “Jamaica” rooted is it CHERRY or TIVOLI?

Which is Jamaica? What is Jamaica?

PS – this “poem” commentary was written when I must have been 15 years old in about 3rd or fourth form. The cunning one been “reasoning” for a while LOL




Posted: December 5, 2012 in Politics/Current affairs

Interesting read

The Joy of Tax Law

cliffWhile Congress and the media obsess over the “fiscal cliff,” there is a growing dissent amongst some politicians and economists as to how the issue is being labeled.  More appropriate terms, critics of the “fiscal cliff” argue, may include: “fiscal slope,” “gradual fiscal slope,” “fiscal curve,” “taxmageddon,” and “austerity crisis.”  These alternatives attempt to reflect the idea that the fiscal cliff, a series of mandatory budget cuts and tax hikes that kick-in at the end of the year, is not quite the doomsday that falling off a cliff implies.

As Ed Ardeni, president and chief investment strategist for institutional investor advisory Yardeni Research, put it:

“We’re not going to fall off the edge of the earth at the beginning of next year. When you fall off a cliff you die. So it’s a bit of an exaggeration to say that’s what we’re facing here.”

Similarly, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), noted that even if the deadline is missed by a month…

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