Haiti Travel Stories, Page 3

Vigilante Force in Cite Soleil Haiti

Cite Soleil, Haiti vigilantes grabbed a thief, and a mob of people took him to the Police Station. I was lucky the other day; I was able to make a video when a special cultural moment happened here in Haiti. I have seen this in Africa, I was happy to see it in Haiti.



A mob of Haitian people took a thief to this police station, located in the center or Cite Soleil. I am told before it was a police station, it was the home of rich person who received money by kidnapping people, this was his business.

Theft or crime can have serious consequences in various countries on the planet. The locals will hunt down the person and kill them, this person was lucky; they took the person to the police station. My friend Chris wrote me from Panajachel, Guatemala a couple of weeks ago, saying something to the extent; the locals found a thief, tied him up and burned him.

I witness them chasing down a thief in West Africa, it makes me very happy to see this.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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I was walking just about behind that truck, used for public transportation, called a TapTap. I started to record a video, whereby I could walk along this very clean stretch of highway, showing the foods sold. Then just as I turned on the camera, I change video to this one below.

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If you do not see a video here it is because you are reading by email, click here to see video.
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In the developed world, we have become like fat steers, in the pen, ready to be slaughtered. We are soft, weak, and believe the responsibility for our safety is the police. While in many countries, the local people know they are responsible. Who is responsible, this is easy, both the locals and the police, they are meant to be a team.

When a person from Haiti walks up and says,
“Give me money,”
I examine the person, feel his or her arms, give a good gaze up and down their body, then I say,
“Work.”

There are people who cannot take care of themselves, the mentally ill, the crippled, and the old. Sometimes people have malnutrition and are not aware of why, everyone around them only ate five foods, why did their baby die.

If you have read along with me for years, you know I harp on the need for retirement plans; this would slow the number of babies being born. Presently in many countries, every family needs to have many babies, in the hope that one takes care of the mother and father when they are old, it is self-preservation. I also talk about traffic; cars create many crippled or handicapped people.

Malnutrition is more difficult, they need to change 1000’s of years of habits, their parent ate this way, therefore they eat this way, and it is handed down.

What is the big problem in Haiti, they are sitting around waiting for the Whites to come back, the same as Africa, ever since colonization ended, the same story, but different.

What do I know today, I am responsible for me, you, my family, and my world. The world is not responsible for me.

Vigilante Force in Cite Soleil Haiti


Possible Terror Attack Today

Today is December, 30, 2009, yesterday, I received on my Travel Blog, what I consider to be “Chatter.” I believe an Arabic speaking person, possibly from Iran is trying to tell the USA people.

USA people, you are going to die on December 30, 2009

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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I posted the message I received at the bottom of this post for you to read.

About the Message
I was in the internet café when I received this message, it was December 28-29, 2009, about 9:00 am New York City time. I instantly see it as a warning, so I copied and pasted the whole message, whereby the USA government could intercept my Travel Post, and try to analyze and help increase the “Chatter” over internet.

Chatter is an increase in the amount of words related to each other. Allah Akbar alone means nothing, when use in conjunction with the USA adds to the sum. If you put in put in a future date is become more probable. This is about probability, I would say this is Chatter, this does not mean the person is a terrorist, it is just one instance. If for example, was an increase of noise like this across the internet, then the USA government should if smart enough, detect, and hopefully intercept this person. Normally a form does not have an IP address, we do this to stop the slow down the liars writing us.

Readers wrote:

Cicily Martinez wrote:
Allah Akbar means “God is great in Arabic.”

The person is “trying to make a statement.”

ANSWER: Yes, the person is trying to make a statement, but the “God is great in Arabic,” is technically wrong. This is “God is great in English.” The person is trying to speak to the English speaking world.

Chuck wrote:
After he did some research, which was good, he read the research, and in a way concluded this is “Islamic Spam.” Now, I am going to warn you, do not have contempt, before consideration here, just because you read the word “Spam.” do not discard it.

IT IS NOT SPAM
People spam for a reason, I receive about 10 advertisement per day in the same format daily. What happens is this, a tour company in Iran, India, Kenya, Syria etc. hires people to find Contact forms like this one and post a message:
http://china-marbles.info/helpcenter//

Spam is normally an Email
This was not an email, a person came to my internet page, looked for the word Contact and sent this message to me. It is not spam, I solicited this , by having the “Contact Form” on my page, I have given an inferred permission, you have permission to write me. By putting the 1 + 2 = thing, I am saying, I am not going to allow a machine to do this.

I grant permission for you to write me for any reason, I do not guarantee I reply, but I believe I do read all of them.

Arabic Language
This was not an English speaker, let us assume this person speaks and writes Arabic, the alphabet is 100 percent different than the English alphabet. This person did very well, he got the words translated to English, he did the acronym U. S. A. correct, and he put the date backward, this is also a sign to me, in the US, we would put 10/30/09, he put
“30/12/09”
This is the custom of about three quarters of the planet, the USA is the odd one out.

Read the

What I read is this; I will translate what I read.
“Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!......USA 30/12/09!”
There are no spaces, try to read Thai language, or Arabic, there are no pauses.

I speak three languages, I do not speak Creole, here in Haiti, when I want to buy something, and I do not say 10 French words to a Creole speaking person. This would be 10 words of babble, I must simplify, I would say. “Hungry 10 Gourde.” Which mean, I want to eat that, I will give you 10 of the Haitian moneys called Gourde to purchase, I must keep it simple.

I see this “Allah Akbar!!!!!......USA 30/12/09”

What did I Read?
God is good; I want to tell the people on the USA about the future. Today is December 29. Well, on the December 30, 2009, in two days, my God will be good. I want you to listen to me, I am telling you, that on December 30, 2009, not today, God is good. My God is good, he is the one and only God, remember the date, December 30, 2009.

Why do people Spam?
Normally it is an advertisement, they want to make a statement, however, Spammers do not want you to think in the future, they want an immediate response, normally they want you to go to their webpage to buy something. They may want you to write an email back to them, whereby they can pitch you to buy something.

I do not know much about the Arabic Colander, the end of the Email domain name was .ru, I took this to me he thinks in terms of Russian Emails. There was an overwhelming credibility to this sent to me, which a person who did not speak English, was trying to tell the people of the USA a message.

I know my site; I know is written on it, I think the first page says,
“Andy Graham, a Citizen of the USA.
http://china-marbles.info

Do I try to Iran, yes, a lot, not just a little, a lot, but I this for 300 locations:

RECEIVED ON DECEMBER 29, 2009

A person clicked on the form, and sent this to me today:

ID: 2720
Category: Question for Andy

Name: Allah Akbar!!!!!
EMail: [email protected]
Country: Iran
Telephone: 666666666

Message:
Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!
Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!......USA 30/12/09!

Website Name: Allah Akbar!!!!!
Website URL: http://

Detected IP Address: 80.93.126.186
Submitted Through:
href="http://china-marbles.info/helpcenter//">http://china-marbles.info/helpcenter//

Readers, I want to thank you for your comments on the prior post, I wanted an increase SEO density of words related to terrorism, whereby the USA government could hopefully find this message.

Congratulations, if you read the whole thing, tried to focus, you are probably in the one percent of people who could be a good spy, or own a large travel site full of incredible amounts of variables.

So how many credible threats does the USA receive per day? How many does the government stop?

Possible Terror Attack Today


Allah Akbar USA December 30 2009

A person clicked on the form, and sent this to me today:

ID: 2720
Category: Question for Andy

Name: Allah Akbar!!!!!
EMail: [email protected]
Country: Iran
Telephone: 666666666

Message:
Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!
Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!Allah Akbar!!!!!......USA 30/12/09!

Website Name: Allah Akbar!!!!!
Website URL: http://

Detected IP Address: 80.93.126.186
Submitted Through:
http://china-marbles.info/helpcenter//


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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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Can anybody make an sense of it, the IP address is there, maybe someone can get a sense of what is going on better than me.

Allah Akbar USA December 30 2009


Marketing to Uneducated Haitians

How do you market a product or idea to people who cannot read? You need radio, if they cannot afford a radio, then it becomes even more complicated or simple.



The bigger the noise, the bigger the advertisement.

This may well be the world biggest Jam Box. This is a mobile music system; it is loud enough to shake the buildings. I was trying to debate, I think the ones in Brazil were louder, but smaller, so about a ties for annoying things to encounter on planet earth.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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It is amazing what people learn to live with, I am happy, I am in room X, that is really the number of my Hotel room, X, at the rear of the Executif Hotel, it is quiet, I am having trouble leaving, I do not know my next stop.

Which is worst?

1. Mosque Loud Speaker Systems
2. Christian Churches
3. Soap Box Ministers walking around with megaphones.
4. The horns of cars, trucks, and buses.
5. The noise made by the propane or water trucks wanting to sell their products.
6. The old ladies, and young boys selling water.
7. The men banging their dominoes, and screaming over something.

Just another day in Paradise, Haiti is truly a visceral experience. Nothing better than watching a 24 year old girl with no bra, carrying a five gallon bucket of water on her head. The daily wet t-shirt contest, with no way to talk or chat them up, because they speak Creole.

I am trying to get the perfect picture, they see me watching.

Marketing to Uneducated Haitians


Haiti Organized Trash Management

Women come around every morning in Port-au-Prince and sweep the streets here in Haiti. It was the same for the other six cities I know in Haiti.



Keep Reading, do not stop….

There are small dumpsters located in strategic locations, there are signs saying, donated by Unicef, USAid, etc on the side of them, etc. Thank you, giving Haiti dumpsters is a good idea; send some to India and the Philippines.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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Keep Reading, do not stop….

It would be easy to miss these happy go lucky women with their green shirts. They come out early, they sweep the streets and are gone before 8:30 a.m.



Haiti does have a trash management system.

1. People throw trash anywhere they wish.
2. The trash people come daily, clean, sweep and take it to a dumpster.

It is about the same system as India, without the cows to assist by eating the trash.

These people do not chase trash down into the canals, or water supply, therefore as the people throw their trash, some of it goes out of bounds. The water carries it into the canals leading to the ocean, same, same, but different.

My life is easier this way, I can just drop trash anywhere, there is about zero reason to look for a trash can, there are none. Dumpster yes, but a little too far away, when in Haiti, do as the Haitian do, drop or throw trash into the street.

Education Programs

At first thought, it would make sense to have big signs, do not throw trash into the street. Fine the people, and force them to use the dumpsters.

1. They cannot read, less than 5-10 percent could read the sign.
2. There are no police to enforce, or get bribed in the neighborhood.
3. Solving the problem would put the country out of business.

The road are great, missing the covers on manholes, but still, the road are good, there are sidewalks, streets, there is not a lot of mud, the country of Haiti is modern, coated with the plastic water bags, bottles, and plastic bags.

This country needs to maintain its image, to keep the money flowing, the government must keep this country looking bad. But, not too bad, or the Non Governmental Organizations will pull out and not do anything. They need good housing, lots of beer, and a way to drive SUV’s around the country easy, when the roads are too bad, they want to leave. Fun stuff to learn about in a twisted understanding of the ways of corruption

It does not behoove any of the stakeholders in the country of Haiti to stop the problems. Contrary to the misguided understanding of planet earth, the world is still like the King and the Queens, with all their serfs. The Kings would set up a market, allow the people to make money, and then force them to pay a toll to enter and leave the city. The priority was not to benefit the serfs, the people; the priority of the government was to make money from the people. When the business ventures leave the country, when there is no benefit, the highest and best option is to become the poorest, ugliest country at first glance country possible.

Haiti Organized Trash Management


Cite Soleil was my Haiti Letdown

I am in an emotional vacuum, it feels about the same as lying in a bed, you know, yes, that feeling of loss after a three to four days drinking binge. (Christmas-New Years is over.) It is called detox at the alcoholic rehab Hospital. I cannot see the future, there is no hope. My friend was the hope of some excitement here in Haiti; I have no reason to be here. Cite Soleil was the supposed to be a walk on the wild side; the neighborhood I live in is more dangerous.



No Risk, No Rush

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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In a normal Travel Story, the writer that would validate or authenticate, there was an adventure. I included a couple of photos, but I am not going to feed you.

Yes, Mathew almost got in a fight with a drunk, we did not need to go to Cite Soleil for this, in fact, and I often felt like beating up a drunk, by the name of Mathew.



Readers Expectations
For me, the high is always before, not during these excursions into confusion. Everything is clear during, and after the fact, I know what happened, it was the anticipation that was fun. Now, yes, I am positive, some readers truly do want me to die, or get hurt, I am not kidding myself, this is their rush. I know and understand the basic human need to feel a power rush by watching strong people get hurt. The world wants leaders to fall; they wanted George W. Bush to drop into a hole. Well, he did not, and will not, and will maintain the course. I am not going to die, get hurt, do something stupid, I am a survivor, bottom line. I take calculated risk, analyze, I keep situational awareness at peak levels.

I am angry, what is wrong with the world, I suppose I know on hindsight, yes hindsight is 20/20.

Photos Above

I took the two photos above at a Canal between the Champs de Mar and La Saline, this is not a slum; it is where the people of Haiti throws their trash. This is the normal city situation in Port-au-Prince; the city of Cite Soleil was much cleaner. Please try to realize, with these types of Photos, I could make it appears horrible, it was not.

In my guess, we walked about three kilometers towards Cite Soleil. Then we boarded a TapTap at a circle with a statue, Mathew called La Saline. I do not think we walked to La Saline, but I am sure we walked at least 3-4 kilometers, and almost there. I remember well, I wanted to slap Mathew. He is very manipulative, he says he wanted to save me money, and do me a favor. Truly he wanted to keep me confused, and dependent up his crap advice. When you are with poor people, they want this, they want you tied to them, both emotional and mentally. It becomes a battle of wits. Dumb, and dumber, this is often the way in poor countries like Haiti.

I have enjoyed my visit, I am ready to leave, and never come back. Countries are about people, and there must be a way to communicate with them, I am not going to learn Creole so I can talk with 11 million people, just not worth the time of day.

Do you see the date inside my post; it is above next to the Vote to send Andy graphic. There is an incredibly important reason for this; all information about a destination is time sensitive. What was maybe a problem in Cite Soleil five years ago is not a problem today. A reader should be able to know, when, where, what, why, how and how much to be called Ethical. Each post should not be dependent upon prior or future post, they must stand alone, I have problem with this, but I continue to work on the problem.

I always loose the majority of readers on the essential, critical, pivotal knowledge I try to explain. However, there is the one that truly understands, and that is all that is needed.

What was a problem in Cite Soleil, was a problem five year ago, the NGO’s are now just milking money from the situation.

What is happening with Twitter.com, people are finding old stories of mine, and trying to ingratiate tweet them, I am predicting a crash and burn for Twitter.com in the next year or two.



Map that shows La Saline, and Cite Soleil.

Cite Soleil was my Haiti Letdown


Uncceptable Email Address for Any Reason

I have known for a long time, I cringe when someone gives me an Aol.com, Excite, Comcast, Verizon or a University Email. When I see these emails, I think to myself, these people do not understand the internet; they do not do business international, they are out of the loop. You want an email you never need to change, I recommend Yahoo or Gmail, maybe Hotmail, all the other are just headaches.

My nephew Bobbie gave me his Indiana University email, it worked from Haiti, but will it work from Guatemala, I never know. I see emails now to my other Nephew Brandon is bouncing on Comcast, it become hopeless. These Nephew have had 10 email addresses in 10 years, it is just silly. The often do not bounce, they just do not get them, they go to nowhere,

A person cannot know a negative, it never existed, I have to try repeatedly, and then I finally call to check, Hello, this is Andy in Haiti, why don’t you return emails, oh, you never got it, let me test why I am on the phone…. Blah blah blah.

These companies are blocking whole countries, they say, we will stop those Nigerian Scammers, we will just block them, our customers will be happy.

I sometimes say, just forget it, when someone gives me an email address from a huge international company, or for some reason the USA government.

There IT departments are clever to the level of being idiots. These companies are too clever, in their zest to stop Spam, they have stopped business emails, and they force the telephone to be primary form of communication in a global world. As Bill Gates understands, email is asynchronous; it does not require us to work on the same time zone.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Monday, December 28, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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I think to myself, what is the point, the block so many email IP address’s, why would I want to write them.

Yes, Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo get more spam, but they do allow you to receive your email.

There are times when too many rules, is dysfunctional, the business are a certain point just fails to functions. The resistance is to high, people cannot be bothered to do business.

Just think, the USA government is going to make more rules to get on an Airplane, there is a point here where we must accept, there are risks in life, we cannot make so many rules, exceptions, and we have enough security for airplanes. They want to exclude humans from the equations, it is easy to see, this new bomber was a risk, they do not need a machine, and they need to use their brains.

Unacceptable Email Address for Any Reason


Cite Soleil Haiti is Fun

I just returned from the highly anti-climatic location of Cite Soleil. The USA had it Levittown, Haiti has a Cite Soleil. This city in Haiti is highly organized, with streets, curbs, sewers, water, and electricity.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Monday, December 28, 2009
By Andy Graham of china-marbles.info

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It has all the same characteristics of Port-au-Prince, street venders, people walking around, with half the traffic, and half the chaos. Cite Soleil is on a flat stretch of land, maybe about a 500 acres city laid out in grid, the streets have curbs, with brick roads.

What makes it fun; you can easy walk around on the streets without worrying about the cars. Port-au-Prince is built on rolling hills; a person is walking either up, or down a hill, full of poorly designed streets, without the capacity for the density of humans living here. While Cite Soleil is organized, I cannot call this a slum, somewhat of a shantytown, but even that definition is weak. The use of corrugated steel is always a mistake, when it rust, the color amplifies the look of a city. About the same a when there is red clay streets, the dust makes it look worst than it really is, Cite Soleil is organized.

I debate in my head constantly; I often feel the Philippines is in worst shape, the water here is a lot better quality.

I took many photos, made two or three videos; it was a fun day, other than the normal Mathew problems. It would be easy to say I did not need him, but I know that now, I did not know that before. He almost got in a fight with a man who was drinking, Mathew has the small man complex, and I am not sure, he cannot seem to talk Creole with many of the locals. He can a mystery, sometimes, other times he cannot.

More to come, I am fine, life is easy, and fun in Cite Soleil, I am back on Rue Lamarre in Port-au-Prince in the old part of town.

Cite Soleil, Haiti is Fun



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