Daily Archives: February 22, 2015

On Blogging: Finding Inspiration & Much More – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Rosaliene: Congratulation to you on your Very Inspiring Blogger Award. We look forward to your posts… please continue giving us your insights on the many subjects you cover in your Blog. Cheers!!

Three Worlds One Vision

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When one’s day starts with news of terrorist attacks and more war, it’s good to receive unexpected news that makes one smile and warms the heart. I received such news recently from blogger, Dr. Gerald Stein, a retired psychotherapist in Chicago. His candid blog posts on our relationships are well articulated, insightful, and knitted together with engaging humor and honesty. In his latest post, he surprised me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

When I started my blog over three years ago, inspiring others was far from my mind. As a newbie novelist seeking to have my work published, I started my blog as a means of building my author’s platform.

After learning that I was working on a novel set in Guyana, a friend sent me the link to the Guyanese Online Blog as a source of information. The blog, published by Cyril…

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“Chasing the Scream”: The Drug War and its racist policies revealed

“Chasing the Scream”: The Beginning and End of the Drug War

Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:30 By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout | Book Review

 Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, by Johann Hari, Bloomsbury(Photo: Bloomsbury USA)   (Photo: Bloomsbury USA)

More than 100 years ago, the US launched what became known as the War on Drugs, a relentless, if futile, campaign to convince Americans – and later the rest of the world – to “Just say no.” The history of that war is the subject of Johann Hari’s fascinating and compelling Chasing the Scream, an important analysis of the whys and wherefores of this colossal waste of energy, time and money.

Hari introduces several characters that serve as archetypes to tell the tale: Harry Anslinger, the law enforcer; Arnold Rothstein, the dealer and profiteer; and Billie Holiday, the addict.

“When Harry and Arnold and Billie were born [at the end of the   19th and early 20th centuries, respectively], drugs were freely available throughout the world,” he writes. “You could go to any American pharmacy and buy products made from the same ingredients as heroin and cocaine. Continue reading

NO MORE RUM FOR ME! – By Dmitri Allicock

No more rum

NO MORE RUM FOR ME!

By Dmitri Allicock

Slurred song of a high wine’s grin

A staggering drunk-man caroling

Words and echoes of a sadden tone

Sober ballad of those days known   

Eulogy to his dear friend of booze

Read more: Go to Dmitri Allicock’s blog to comment and share

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– Guyanese Online Blog entry #4800

Only people power can save us! – By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Only people power can save us!

February 16, 2015 • Stabroek News

David Comissiong

David Comissiong

By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Virtually the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is in crisis, and at the heart of the crisis are dysfunctional and corrupt Governments. It has now become plain for all to see that the so-called “Westminster two party political system” that was conferred upon our Caribbean nations as they moved into Independence has turned out to be fundamentally flawed.

The fundamental flaw consists of the fact that the system permits the powerful institution of Government to be held hostage and used as an instrument of personal financial profiteering by venal politicians, without adequate provision being made for interventions by the citizenry to hold politicians accountable or to punish them with dismissal when their behaviour so merits. Indeed, the only intervention that the Westminster system permits is a once every five-year intervention at General Election time, and this is clearly not good enough.  Continue reading

Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid – TED video

TED TALK OF THE WEEK

Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Guy Winch

Guy Winch

 17:24 minutes · Filmed Nov 2014 · Posted Feb 2015 · TEDxLinnaeusUniversity

We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch.  Continue reading

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