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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JAMAICA HAS BEEN SET BACK BY “MENTAL SLAVERY” – Marlene Daley

It never fails to bring a smile to my face as I watch my dearly beloved people post sunsets on social media as if it rises and sets in its magnificent beauty only over the island of Jamaica. While it is imperative for us to do all we can to promote our little slice of paradise we should soon get around to accepting that the shape and geographical beauty of our hills, its contours, valleys and the beauty of our people are the only features on a physical level that are still unique and outstanding about the island. While some may not agree, if you think about it, our culture is just as indigenous as any other. Reggae can be enjoyed in any corner of the world, oxtail, salt fish and ackee can be prepared wherever you choose to have it and the Rasta culture with its proclaimed consciousness can be found everywhere on the planet as well. It has been 178 years since the Emancipation of Slavery in Jamaica and 54 years since Jamaica gained independence from Britain. Can we now truly, after half a century, hold Britain responsible for our lackluster economic performance, the untapped wealth of creativity within our people or our failure to exploit and use our own resources ahead of the rest of world? We have sat back and watched as individuals from other countries capitalize on our creative ideas despite having geniuses within our midst. History will show that we have struggled with the

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WHAT IS LOVE? – Marlene Daley

  WHAT IS LOVE? – Marlene Daley The Rachel Roy and Beyonce saga has brought back love, its concept and definition to the forefront of the mind of many, again, and the numerous answers that I am looking for continue to evade me. Is love that initial chemistry that is probably more a sexual attraction for copulation? Is it the more intense feeling, otherwise called the matrix? Is it purely the vibrations that can be felt across a room that signals familiarity from a past life? Is it that those men who are able to take the first look at a woman and say, “that’s my wife,” have had some longstanding mental image of her that makes her automatically identifiable? Is it an emotion that grows out of platonic relationships after being nurtured? Can it spring from those marriages little known to the West where parents choose spouses from a tender age? Is the initial attraction facial, busty, figure, hair, profession, financial needs, academic qualifications, color, opportunity, comfort, kindness or timely? And what should really be expected of the commitment of marriage? Should it last a lifetime because of uttered words or a solemn promise? Can “I do” sustain it or does “I do” become a life sentence for some? Should it be a compromise that will somehow erode one’s sense of self or create the tides that keep one afloat through periods of love’s elusive tendencies? In 1982 when Kenny Rogers released “Through the Years” and maturity had not

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“OLD WOMAN SMELL?” – Marlene Daley

  Vaginal PH is prone to be imbalanced periodically, often reoccurring over many years with different symptoms, but truly becomes a nuisance post menopause. It is really offensive, smelly and unpleasant. There is a rule of thumb that says, “People smell us before we smell ourselves.” If this is true one is inclined to run far and fast upon getting a whiff of this fishy smelling discharge. It has been suggested that there is a time, post menopause, when the brain signals period, but gently oozes the grey discharge. “Old woman smell,” is a figure of speech used in some cultures, but has less to do with age than bacterial vaginosis which occurs more frequently at that time. Bacterial Vaginosis can occur as early as during teenage years. Studies have shown that it happens more frequently in teenagers or women who have or have had more than one sex partner, but it is not unusual to happen in women who are not sexually active. Bacterial vaginosis or BV as it is known is the most common vaginal infection found in women. It is caused by an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria (meaning: it doesn’t need oxygen to grow), and an organism called gardnerella vaginalis. Small amounts of these anaerobic bacteria and gardnerella can normally be found in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance of organisms in the vagina is upset and this allows anaerobic bacteria to overgrow. The good, protective bacteria, lactobacilli are then outnumbered and not able to

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