CHAT ’BOUT: US ‘bullish’ for equal rights + Disempowering cyber criminals + What Portia got right

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“Portia’s greatness is more about who she inspired and made feel empowered. She might not have pushed the laws to give power to the people. However, she made thousands of poor Jamaicans feel ‘smaddified.’” – Columnist Dr. Orville Taylor weighing in on the legacy of newly retired PNP stalwart and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller** “Your hear people saying we are pushing a particular shared agenda or sexual imperialism. But that’s not the case. We just want people to be treated equally, as we in the United States put an emphasis on equality, race, colour, creed, religion, sexual preferences. People should all have the same rights. That’s what we are talking about, not pushing any particular brand or agenda or business. We just want equality, and we really are a bit bullish when there is no equal rights.” – Outgoing US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno, emphasizing his country’s perpetual fight against human rights abuses at home and in countries they serve globally ** “We need comprehensive laws that increase accountability for those who hold vast amounts of citizens’ confidential information. The United States, for instance, passed the Health Insurance and Accountability Act, which imposes obligations on the entities covered to make mandatory notifications to the authorities, the affected individuals and the media [in the event of breach]. Similar provisions would strengthen Jamaica’s security architecture and force entities to pull up their socks, instead of the usual knee-jerk enactments with little effect.” – Hodine Williams, Crown Counsel in the Cybercrimes Unit, on the need for more robust legislative framework to curb the activities of cybercriminals ** “Sometimes a politician’s best intentions are automatically placed under the microscope, as it should; their best efforts instantaneously dismissed, ridiculed, sabotaged or their blueprints for national or parochial advancement treated with scorn, intellectual dishonesty and disinterest. It is just as difficult for the constituents to accept and buy into their dreams and aspirations. The thing is, constituents must also overcome their own biases, fears, trepidations, and sufficiently so, for them to embrace and trust the politician.” – Social commentator Christopher Burns on the often complicated relationship between local politicians and the people they were elected to serve ** “I find it interesting that – revealing even – that the IMF is as pleased as punch with our performance and is encouraging us to continue in the same direction. I think the time has come for a comprehensive, scholarly, multidisciplinary study of the true cost of crime on this country. Special effort should be spent in properly quantifying the intangible costs because therein lies many of the mysteries that continue to mystify us.” – Educator and sociologist Glenn Tucker on the substantial costs of crime on today’s Jamaican society