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Wishes for a safer T& T in 2018
Even as Members of Parliament were sharing their
New Year's wishes for a drop in the murder rate on
Monday, there was a bloody start to 2018 with five
murders recorded in eighteen hours. This continues
a trend of recent years where January is the month
with the highest number of murders.
Sadly, the body count continued to increase
yesterday, with more murders reported within just
the first few hours of the day.
At the risk of be labouring the point, these
developments negate any progress claimed by the
T&T Police Service (TTPS) with its detection rate.
The final murder toll of 2017 came frighteningly
close to the highest ever recorded in this country, so
it doesn't help that another year has started with a
spate of killings.
The fervent hope is that things will turn around
and the wishes of the MPs and others for a safer,
more prosperous T&T will come true.
Wednesday, January 3,2018
Just checking! PC Willet, of the Highway Patrol Division, administers a voluntary breathalyzer test to Christal Patan
following the Soka In Moka XIX all-inclusive fete in Maraval on Sunday. PICTURE DION ROACH
or some, the holiday
season brings time that
can be spent on old and
new books and movies.
This year, I broke with
tradition and skipped
The Sound of Music, Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Find-
Instead, for about the sixth or
seventh time, I watched the 2006
dystopian comedy Idiocracy, and,
because I was anxious to explore
what was behind its prophetic
storyline, I got myself the 1951 sci-
ence fiction novella The Marching
Morons, by Cyril M I(ornbluth.
Idiocracy did not do very well
at the box-office when it first hit
American cinemas, but I am sure
it is now picking up in popularity.
Hopefully, the movie will in-
spire adaptations by some of our
creative folk right here in T&T in
this era of chaos, dysfunctionality
and sheer stupidity.
Idiocracy tells the story of two
21st century people-a male army
corporal and a female prostitute-
who become part of an army ex-
periment in human hibernation.
However, because of several mis-
haps the two are awaken more
than 500 years later in a world
occupied and run by greedy, sex-
crazed, dumb people.
Cpl Joe Bauers' lawyer binge-
watches testicle-crushing video
clips and, when Joe visits a
spaced-out medical doctor to
check on his general disorienta-
tion, he gets a huge bill with nei-
ther diagnosis nor treatment.
Bauers is arrested for not having
an identity tattoo and comes before
a judge with an over-sized gavel and
quick temper leading a cantanker-
ous, jeering jury shouting "fag, fag"
when they hear the corporal speak
in hifalutin' English.
Let the mas' begin
An official notice sent out yesterday shows that
President Anthony Carmona has signed the official
declaration of Carnival 2018. It confirms that the
period of Carnival will be from 7 pm Thursday,
January 11, to midnight on Tuesday, February 13. This
is in accordance with Section 47C (2) of the Liquor
Licenses Act and Section 5 of The Public Holidays
and Festivals Act, Chapter 19:05.
Of course, it is a well known fact that, official
notices aside, the Carnival season is already well
under way and is now in full gear. The first major fete
took place on New Year's Day.
While the three interest groups are yet to collect
their budgetary allocations for the festival, they
have not allowed that to delay their preparations for
the shows and competitions that will soon begin.
Hopefully they will come up with some creative
solutions for the financial shortfalls that are expected
Good response to PCA app
Just a little over three months after its launch, the
Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is reporting
"significant momentum" with the use of its mobile
application. According to the PCA, more than 100
reports have been made via the app which has been
downloaded more than 1,000 times.
The app is the first of its kind in the region and
the PCA is to be commended for a strategic use of
technology to strengthen its connections with the
Watering the plants
Bauers' lawyer joins in declar-
ing his client's guilt and he is
carted off to a disorderly, over-
crowded prison manned by of-
ficers he easily outwits in order
While in custody, though, Bau-
ers takes an IQ test he aces-a feat
that eventually takes him to the
post of Secretary of the Interior,
tasked with finding the solution to
a severe food crisis, as the smart-
est man alive.
The president, who appoints
Bauers, is in office mostly be-
cause he is big and bad, is good
with the ladies and can dance and
he storyline borrows
heavily from The
which tells of smart-
man salesman, John
Barlow, who awak-
ens in the year 7-B-936 after being
given too heavy a dose of dental
The world he wakes up to has
a population of three million
"highbred elite" (people who can
read and write) and five billion
morons. The average IQ on the
planet is 45-a score of 90-110 is
considered to be "average intelli-
In both Idiocracy and The
Marching Morons, there is the tri-
umph of stupidity over common
sense, good taste and decency.
In Idiocracy, people engage in
groin and butt-kicking voyeurism
24/7 while fast food outlets and
coffee shops offer deals on sex.
Crops are watered by an energy
drink "because it has electro-
lytes" and food mysteriously be-
Water is meanwhile used only
for flushing toilets. Bauers finally
gets the authorities to use "toilet
water" to irrigate the fields. He
succeeds and you will have to
watch the movie to see how it all
In Barlow's case, he finds a way
to slow the multiplying of morons
by using his skills as a real estate
salesmen to convince people
to travel to Venus on spacecraft
which never return.
Yao Ramesar, Michael
Mooleedhar et aI, there is work
for you to do. I can also see I(evin
Baldeosingh finding company for
Paras parmanandansingh in the
year 7-B-936 and Raymond Choo
I(ong producing the novel for
the stage. We are watering dem
plants with electrolytes and need
that ride to Venus.
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