My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Libyan Freedom, Oil Prices and Alternative Energy - The Pelican Brief

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Libyan Freedom, Oil Prices and Alternative Energy - The Pelican Brief

I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world

Socrates as quoted by Plutarch, a student

And so am I. It seems that no matter how much we feel that events occurring a world away have no bearing on our lives, the West ends up footing the bill. Like the protests in Egypt that helped to topple the reign of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak thirty (30) year dictatorship as stated in the article “Egypt protests: Three killed in 'day of revolt'”, published 26 January 2011 at 02:09 GMT, BBC News.

Their Economy now had to pick up the pieces – and its own fixer-upper bill. This despite ongoing protests, it’s back to work for the moneychangers of Egypt’s Economy as stated in the article “Egypt’s Stock Market to Resume Trading on March 1 after one-month shutdown”, published February 27, 2011 9:36 AM ET by Ahmed A Namatalla and Abdel Latif Wahba, BloomBerg.

Its success has emboldened yet another Muslim country. Bahrain has caught revolution fever, Che Guevara Style as stated in the video blog “Bahrain troops 'fire on crowds'”, published 18 February 2011 20:11 GMT, BBC News. In their case it is a serious dictatorship with a powerful hold over its people: the Bahrain Royal family, still in power for the last two hundred (200) years – when I was last reincarnated. Good luck with that one. More on this in another blog!

Libya too, has felt the pang of Democracy in its young people’s belly. This puts President-for-Life Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's (“Gadaffi” is spelt with a “Q” in Egypt) in the crosshairs of the people who are tired of the Oil Wealth not been spread equally among the people of the still impoverished Third World Country as stated in the video article entitled “Libya protests: 84 killed in growing unrest, says HRW”, published 19 February 2011 12:22 GMT, BBC News.

And Oil prices are up 13%, skirting the US$100 per barrel, depending on whose news or Stock Market quotations you are inclined to believe as stated in the article “Oil Prices settle higher”, published Sunday, February 27, 2011 Associated Press, The Jamaica Observer.

The “West ends up footing the bill” part is clearly enunciated in the Friday edition of The Jamaica Observer in the article “Mid-East instability and our dependence of Oil”, published Friday, February 25, 2011 The Jamaica Observer and confirmed by the prior article entitled “Libya unrest leads to rise in Oil Price”, published 22 February 2011 at 06:40 GMT, BBC News.

And in both cases, the Internet was shut down as was in the case of Egypt as stated in the article “Egypt's Internet still offline, a Day Later”, published January 27, 2011 10:59 PM PST by Declan McCullagh, Privacy Inc. - CNET News and now in the case of the still ongoing unrest in Libya as stated in the article “Libya's Internet hit with severe disruptions”, published February 22, 2011 4:35 PM PST by Declan McCullagh, Privacy Inc - CNET News.

That, my dear readers, is the Technology connection to my Technology ditty of a blog; otherwise this would have become yet another Technology piece. Ironic, as it is the Internet and Social Networking that started this entire upheaval in the social fabric of society by giving people the tools to organize themselves as slyly and coyly suggested by CNET Blogger Caroline McCarthy  in the article “Egypt, Twitter, and the Rise of the Watchdog crowd”, published February 11, 2011 2:12 PM PST by Caroline McCarthy, The Social - CNET News.

This makes the Government of Jamaica seem almost like a clairvoyant in pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to effectively take all Government of Jamaica Ministries off the grid as stated in the Editorial in The Jamaica Gleaner entitled “Government to start saving energy”, published Sunday February 13, 2011, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Sounds as if Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding, in his eagerness to cut the Government of Jamaica JA$10 billion Electricity Bill for a spend of US$90 million, must have made another call to President of the USA, Senator Barack Obama via Google Voice as I amusingly suggested in my blog article entitled “Bruce Golding and the JDIP - 2 Fast 2 Furious”.

This is as President of the USA, Senator Barack Obama has made it his duty to have Energy Secretary’s ambitions plan to take State Agencies off the Grid as stated in the article “White House to install rooftop Solar Panels”, published October 5, 2010 5:19 AM PDT by Martin LaMonica, CNET News - Green Tech. Is this a conspiracy The Pelican Brief (1993) style?

This of course being achieved by initially having Solar Panels installed on top of the White House roof as of the Spring of 2011 AD. The history behind this decision has been chronicled in much detail in my blog article entitled “Alternative Energy and the President - Three Days of the Condor”.

Good move Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding to follow the example of the United States of America, especially now as Oil Prices appear so turbulent! At last! A short blog article from me that states a solution and evidence of a close connection between the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the United States of America in a common shared problem!

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