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THE PIRACY OF MARIJUANA – Marlene Daley

For over a century and many years before its use became vogue, Jamaicans were pioneering the use of ganja for religious, medicinal and recreational purposes. Information on Jamaica becoming known for having the “good stuff” went so far and wide that all Jamaicans were presumed to be ganja smokers and were left no choice but to embrace the “stigma” of being from the island known as the ganja capital of the world. But for all these years, the use of this God given bush of nature was legally prohibited in Jamaica and this despite the eventuality of places such as The Netherlands legalizing ganja to the extent that it could be ordered with coffee, yet any mention or discussion of ganja in foreign circles remained synonymous with Jamaica. During Jamaica’s pot history and the seemingly irrefutable reputation of the entire nation being ganja smokers, no layman would have guessed that highly developed countries were positioning themselves to legalize it in such a strategic, posited and structured manner that the gains would be enjoyed only by them, while deliberately leaving countries such as Jamaica totally marginalized. It has become exceedingly clear that peripheral societies will continue to make unilateral decisions to ensure that their agenda to expropriate resources from tropical biospheres, or dispossessing the tropics of its chrematistic value, remains internalized, so as not to share any benefits from such undertakings, in order to ensure the continuation of imperialism. Discussions on legalizing marijuana in Jamaica have made the rounds from time

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KUDOS FOR OBAMA’S MERCY – Marlene Daley

The gut wrenching and tear jerking story carried by CNN on September 1st 2016 regarding clemency granted by President Obama to Sharanda Jones, shines a damning light on the underbelly of a justice system in America that reeks of a stinking stench which, prior to this becoming broad knowledge, would be enough to trigger convulsive vomiting and dysentery. It underscores a constitution that is replete with cracks in its judicial system, deliberately and strategically focused in underprivileged areas to “capture” minorities, but with a specific agenda to bring in Black youngsters primarily, for servitude, to feed the greed of super wealthy capitalist enterprises. It stands as a testament of how the penal system has postured itself to pit one against the other in this country, with a mandate to imprison them in droves and to level extreme sentences as harsh as life imprisonment, based only on hypothesis where there is no hard core evidence. But more so, it reflects a sector of the population as being straight up unethical psychopaths who are simply the prophetic underdogs driven by fear and insecurity. This fear mentality has its genesis deeply steeped in guilt carried over from slavery, and the harsh penal existence that it meted out to human beings based solely on the color of their skin. To add credence to this claim would be to site the “Cash for Kids” case which unfolded in Pennsylvania in 2009 where judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were sentenced to prison for accepting bribery

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THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DOMINANCE OF FACEBOOK – Marlene Daley

FACEBOOK is for sure the best social media platform for networking but more-so it seems, for self-aggrandizement, for such is the thought of many. This weighs in on acceptance, self-value, self-worth, continuous applause/likes, and the desired maintenance of a would-be lofty psychological posturing. Facebook has lured and made addicts of many, in that it serves up hope for one of the greatest hierarchical needs of man – that of recognition. Liking the posts of others sometimes has no bearing on what is posted or whether it makes sense, but more so by whom it is posted. Profiles, weddings, graduations and other pictures of outstanding achievements, preferably of Caribbean nationals, are ranked high but so too are pictures that are a bit more risqué. The count is still being tallied as to whether the general preference is for boobs or large bottoms. It is also the medium used for those who would otherwise prefer to be published denominational religionists or advocates of any Black conscious movement, again, preferably where people from the Caribbean are involved, but especially for those affected by homophobia. Most outstanding however, is the level of social comparison and envy with which it comes. It is totally fine for many to broadcast travels or other achievements whether past or present, but woe be unto those who come out of left field to announce anything that threatens to topple the status of others who considered themselves hitherto, at the top of the chain. To give social media its due

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A PARADIGM SHIFT FOR DR. CAROLYN COOPER – Marlene Daley

Bway mi a tell yuh, mi haffi stay weh from Facebook and mi haffi refrain from reading the Observer and Gleaner and me haffi stop from watching the likkle bit a TV whey mi watch becawzen seh the news can be too depressing and the trite remarks and subliminal messaging dat come tru sometimes pan social media from odda people a faas inna odda people business gall mi to no end. Plus, mi nuh really have di time fi read tru plus find suppen pan Google fi post. But mi ah try mek a p’int in reference to Miss Coopa article, far as the world moves forward, a whey mi wooda guh fi one interview and respond to questions inna mi native tongue fi people undastan? Which healthcare professional mi coulda go give a pitch to, inna mi owna creole? How many potential clients and customers mi coulda talk to dat woulda understand dis? Which high flown job mi bredda or sista coulda fine inna ‘merica fi relate to people suh and which scholarship dem coulda apply fah and to which university? Mi cyan tek it star! Have mercy! Ah ongle Miss Lou mi know seh mek it and she was a folklore entertainer. Unuh can correck mi. The article in today’s Gleaner from Carolyn Cooper smacks of the same rancor I experienced from Marlene Malahoo Forte’s tweet, which shows a total lack of respect for people, insensitivity to murder, a lack of compassion for pain and suffering of others and

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TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM HUNGER – Marlene Daley

I presume the Worldometers.info website is one of the most comprehensive tracker of global population growth on the web and the most trustworthy in numbers. Their clock ticks endlessly. To date the global population stands at just under 7.5 Billion and this from all other credible sources, while life expectancy has been on the rise peaking in Japan at 83.10 years.  While this bit of data is comforting for many, the other side of the coin reveals that 21,000 people die daily as a result of hunger or hunger related causes – per information confirmed by the United Nations. This number amounts to one person dying every four seconds from hunger. Though it may be hard put for charity organizations to reach people in remote areas, it is noteworthy that there is more than enough food to go around in many countries to alleviate hunger, where people, especially children, are dying. In fact, there is enough food being produced to feed 10 Billion people. Back home in America, hunger coupled with what has been categorized as “food insecurity” (the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food), accounted for 45 million Americans in this predicament in 2010. The inevitable inequitable distribution of wealth comes to mind immediately in any such discussion but so too should the lack of employment opportunities, sometimes due to various disabilities. But for whatever reason, it never cease to amaze me that in the face of this, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,

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