Bermuda Fables

"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." – Charles De Gaulle

MPs turned down the pay rise increase. November 20, 2008

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Good on them. As the Premier says, it would have been inappropriate right now.


Is Gay the New Black? November 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsys @ 3:31 pm

As many that followed more than just the presidential election results on November 4th knows, three states in the US (most particularly California) also had Proposition 8 on its ballots that day. This proposition allowed for voting on the legality of same-sex marriage. It passed, banning homosexual marriage. This was a actually quite a bit of a shock, prompting the media to ask “Is Gay the new Black?”. Apparently, a larger voter turnout of the elderly, the devout religious and african americans for such a historically important presidential race allowed for a stronger proponent of people voting FOR Prop 8.


How sad is that. A time when people around the world are celebrating the shattering of barriers and professing hope that perhaps equality for all is possible, we are confronted with the inescapable fact that humans inherently need to hold others back, no matter their own situation. Harsh? Perhaps but no less true in my opinion. I have yet to understand why same-sex marriage or indeed same-sex lifestyles are so… threatening to some. Especially the religious. Case in point, of the millions of dollars spend on advertizing for the ban, 1 in every fourth dollar was spend by the Mormons – yes, those who tout pologamy as a more than acceptable lifestyle… or as Jon Stewart said “Of course, ’cause Mormons believe that marriage is between a man and a…um…”.

African americans have apparently gotten a bit of the shaft in the US, being blamed by many for being the proverbial straw. How true that is, I can’t say, especially considering that the african americans only account for 10% of the Californian population and Prop 8 passed with 69% in that state. It can’t, however, be argued that they didn’t have a part in this as more than two-thirds of all african americans voted for Prop 8

“I was born black. I can’t change that,” said Culver City resident Bilson Davis, 57, who voted for Proposition 8. “They weren’t born gay; they chose it,” he added, reflecting a commonly held belief that many researchers dispute.

Sigh… just, sigh. Look, discrimination is discrimination, no matter what coat it wears and it is all wrong. We made a huge step a couple of weeks ago. Couldn’t we continue walking forward??


Why didn’t anyone tell me… November 17, 2008

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that Barack was a geek?!? According to newsweek:

  • He reads, no, collects, London’s Telegraph reported, Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarbian.
  • He may or may not collect Harry Potter books, but according to the Telegraph, he’s read them. All of them.
  • Per an account in Newsweek, at a campaign rally in May in Iowa, he walked up to wife Michelle’s belt buckle, tapped it and said, “The lithium crystals! Beam me up, Scotty!” (It’s unclear if Obama, or Newsweek, confused lithium for the essential Star Trek component, dilithium.)
  • According to the New York Post, he once greeted Leonard Nimoy with the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute.
  • At a black-tie roast in October, he revealed his secret identity (and his more than passing familarlity with the Superman legend), announcing, “I was actually born on Krypton, and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth.” 
  • In Ohio on the weekend before Election Day, he accused John McCain of being Kato to President Bush’s Green Lantern. (One minus point for mixing up Green Lantern with Kato’s real boss, the Green Hornet. One bonus point pulling the somewhat-obscure Lantern out of his apparently hero-stuffed memory banks.)
  • In 2006, he posed, arms akimbo, in front of the Superman statue in Metropolis, Illinois.
  • In the biggest geek move of all, he posted the Superman picture on his Senate website.


Taken on the whole, Obama’s leanings beg the question: How long before he calls out Terence Stamp for Gen. Zod’s assault on the White House in Superman II?

“I don’t know if it’s another sign of geeks inheriting the earth,” says Liz Walsh, artist of the online comic the Tao of Geek. “But I definitely think it’s become a more mainstream, acceptable hobby.”

I mean, anyone who knows me knows that geekhood DEFINITELY trumps political ideology!


Sink or swim… November 14, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsys @ 4:00 pm

I have an issue. The gov’t has announced that $15m has been set aside for an Olympic swimming pool. Which I think is a great thing but… well, not right now. Affordable housing initiatives have been cut or minimised and we are spending money on a pool? Is this really a priority?

Don’t get me wrong, I do understand having an Olympic sized pool would be a boon to the island and our aspiring swimmers but when thought of in terms of the current fiscal environment, of which many analysts state will get worse and even our own government admits we haven’t seen the bottom of, it seems… well, it seems rather stupid. Don’t worry if you’ve not got anywhere to live cause we can swim just the two laps instead of the four (we do currently have one or two half-sized pools)!


Minister Burch yesterday held a press conference in which he waxed eloquent on how we need to tighten our belts and focus on the important things, to “stop using people and loving things”. And I totally agree with him…


Obama won. November 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsys @ 3:06 pm

What a historic moment that was! I actually had tears in my eyes as I watched the cameras on CNN pan over the crowd at Grant Park. Seeing Jesse Jackson standing there with tears running down his face, so lost in his thoughts that he didn’t even notice the cameras pointed at him. Powerful indeed.


Don’t get me wrong, I was a McCain supporter – and still am after seeing his speech last night (THAT’s the guy I have been trying to tell everyone about, that McCain!). But it was definitely one of those moments you’ll want to tell your grandchildren where you were when. Congratulations to President-Elect Obama. To his family and friends and to his many supporters, american or not. This is an amazing day for many reasons.


I’m just gonna leave it at that for today. God bless and godspeed.


Is it over yet?? November 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsys @ 2:43 pm

Today is election day in the States and. honestly, it almost feels like election day here too… I think it will be an extremely close race, much more than many realize. But then what? What happens after all the furor dies down? Sadly enough, probably not much. No matter who is elected to be the next president of the US, I suspect the next four years will change the landscape of that country… due to reasons outside of any of their control right now. Much like a rodeo, the next president’s main job will be simply holding on and trying desperately not to slide off. I don’r envy them that job and I’m guessing tomorrow will be a day of happiness and sadness for both men (and for nearly the same reasons!).


Okay, i’m done with the moroseness :). If anyone wishes to post how they feel about this election today, please feel free to do so.