Sunday, February 28, 2010
I'm adding this one, not because I'm an expert, but because I would like some views on what went wrong with Capitalism, and how the hell it's going to be fixed. For sure we can't just carry on the way it went before. The recession is going to take decades to fix.
"Every fiat currency ever created in the history of the world has collapsed in disaster"
A fiat currency is a worthless piece of paper having no intrinsic value, since it cannot be redeemed for a tangible asset such as gold or silver. Fiat money's only intrinsic value is fuel: you cannot reuse the paper money for printing because the paper has already been spoiled with ink from the Central Bank, and you cannot use the fiat money as toilet paper because of its poor absorption.
If you cook on a wood stove or live in a cold area, at least paper money has some intrinsic value to you (energy), otherwise paper money remains trash - an expensive pollutant brought to you by your Government.
A fiat currency is money issued by a government order that it must be accepted as a means of payment by law extortion. Without the threat of using force (such as jailing or killing recalcitrant's), no fiat currency would ever come to existence. A fiat currency remains in circulation as long as its government make it illegal to its citizens to conduct business in gold or silver.
If a government would partially legalize freedom, that is, allowing people to trade in gold or silver, and the courts would be allowed to recognize and enforce a contract settlement in gold or silver, then the government's Central Bank would become useless within months.
Because a fiat currency can be printed on paper, it makes it easy for the government to spend more than they tax, thus inflating the money supply. Printing fiat money is the favorite means for politicians to buy votes. Since most people are ignorant about inflation, voters are misled to believe they are receiving more money from the government compared to what they pay in taxes.
The truth is government cannot create any wealth. All the government can do is confiscating wealth from one group and give it to another group, in exchange for a few votes. Ironically, the inflation tax affects the poorest in society, usually the very ones voting for more government.
What most people fail to realize that inflation is a tax. They know only that the cost of living has gone up, however they don't understand why. Politicians and the media use propaganda to blame the rising cost of living to greedy businesses, however the root of the problem is the printing of fiat money.
Ending inflation would cause your money to buy more and more as the economy grows, instead of less and less, as it does today. Stopping inflation would also end bubbles and booms, and the recessions they cause. Past inflations, booms, and busts were created through essentially the same process, including the recent stock market and housing bubbles. The Central Bank (or the Federal Reserve) is simply the government's latest-and-greatest tool for legalized counterfeiting...(page break)
Whilst they, the highly skilled managers Jimmy Manyi is so proud of, are wasting time and effort on name changes money disappears like water down a faucet leaving the heroes of transformation scampering around with their begging bowls in hand.
It took months for Ramakgopa to show an interest in the perilous state of the city finances. Months before she graced the umpteenth crisis meeting with her divine presence. Her first reaction—after her team squandered millions, some, forcibly borrowed, interest free from the ratepayers, by changing to a payment in advance system and an R500million overdraft—was that the crisis was due to the credit crisis.
Her next reaction, whilst on her knees, begging ESKOM for relief and after securing a further R 1200million overdraft facility, was to resort to the favourite tactic of the empowered; she denied the existence of the problem.
Fortunately, our super hero, saviour of the rich and the poor, and black and white, came to our rescue in his shiny Merc. He, the Piccanin President, our inimitable Juliaas, immediately after he had his advisors investigate the issue, recognized the problem for what it is—a lack of leadership. It seems, Gwen Ramakgopa is actually only a phantom in our minds, a figment of our vivid imagination, as drug-induced nightmare.
I have to agree with the Piccanin President’s advisors; the name changes must be finalized. The Pretoria city fathers of old, would not want the name mentioned in the same sentence as the disgrace known as Tshwane, city of street trashing and mutinous soldiers—a city of shame.
from News24 blogs
Due to the huge (apparently?) numbers of not so
So in light of this fact before me I have decided to put together a WCSSK or WCSSK for short, to assist visiting soccer tourists survive our land of
Upon arrival at the chosen point of entry into SA the naïve foreigner will be able to purchase the WCSSK package at a nominal price.
All WCSSK’s shall include: (Hopefully, because good hard working staff are hard to find)
*1 condom, with instructions stapled to it for ease of use, there is only one coz the tourist will probably get mugged, raped or sold into the slave trade during his first sexual encounter with an SA horizontal pleasure hostess.
*1 Nato type Flak Jacket for those chilly late night walkabouts in down town Jozie. The flak jacket will allow said tourist to carry large sums of foreign currency, expensive camera, and passports all whilst leaving his hands free to hold them above his head during the real African experience of being robbed at gun point by a drugged up xenophobic Nigerian refugee. (They tame and don’t kill as easily as our locals)
*1 B23T Heavy armour military Kevlar vest as worn by Pope John Paul the 5 during his unexpected fall from the motorcade after being shot fifteen times by a deranged hit man. This Kevlar vest will stop all incendry rounds and lesser threats if fired at by suspected hit men during violent street protests due to poor service delivery. Ballistic helmets will be sold separately.
*1 Old South African Map Book, containing all the old street and town names as some towns have failed to partake in the new unabridged renaming process. For an extra thirty five hundred dollars you can purchase a GPS to support the navigational process of getting horribly lost in the middle of Alexandra or Kayelitsha.
*1 Tin of spray on Tan for those German tourists that may just wish to wear sandals WITHOUT socks whilst wandering along coastal promenades. If the German tourist wishes he might also buy an African language translation dictionary should he wish to sample the wares of a Horizontal Pleasure Hostess?
*1 Duncan Fernley Willow Wood Cricket bat as used by that gay spin bowler during the last ashes five-day test, AND a complimentary 5L tin of New Improved Doom with Dphen to keep glue sniffing street kids at bay while you withdraw money from the ATM or happen to be standing around after your hire car has been hijacked.
*1 Hostage Negotiation Manual with relevant phrases in all eleven official languages just in case you happen to be in the Home affairs office or Banking institution when a crazed customer loses the plot after waiting close on 5yrs for what ever document and decides to make front page news to get his story heard.
*1 Stainless Steel and Titanium Vuvuzela Look a like, to put an end to the demented fool sitting next to you’s constant drone about how bad (Insert Team Name Here) have been playing. These fine works of art have been lovingly crafted by orphaned Somalian refugees that swam the Limpopo river during the 2009 floods, to look like a Vuvuzela but are in fact deadly weapons that can be used to beat blubbering soccer louts from Britain to a pulp with out looking suspicious. Obviously they can be painted in your favourite team colours.
*1 Get out of Jail free card (its actually a visa gold card loaded with R1000000 credit) this can be used to bribe police officers, government ministers, and obtain highly profitable government tenders. The card can also be used at roadblocks when faced with drunk driving, driving under the influence of mind altering substances and of course driving while under a Horizontal Pleasure Hostess. (SAPS don’t take kindly to anybody getting screwed more than they do)
*1 free, Anc/ Inkatha/ Cope/ DA/ Ancyl/ T shirt, a food parcel and a forced bus ride to the nearest city centre just like the ones used to bribe millions of Impressionable South African voters during the 2009 National Elections.
*1 10kg bag of stones, a high-powered catapult, a box of matches, and 2 litres of unleaded petrol (depending on current fuel prices of course, it may only be 1liter, please check web site before ordering) so the tourist can also partake in South Africa’s newest national sports of Poor Service Delivery Protesting and or Violent University Fees Objection protest. The tourist will be allowed to return fire when shot at by the Police, upturn vehicles and burn all the buildings he may deem necessary to feel satisfied. (This is our top seller; do not be with out it!
*1 Pack of Long life Long Burning Candles and a top quality flint. So the tourist can make light of the expected black outs due to our national power suppliers inefficiency to comprehend that we might have just a few extra visitors. They will of course claim they were not aware of the problem.
*1 Pot hole repair Kit, this ingenious package includes, 50kgs of wet tar to fix that ghastly pot hole, as soon as the vehicle recovery team have managed to extricate your vehicle, 2 free tyre and rim repairs, one R10,500 insurance excess, a two night stay in a state hospital and a complimentary front page news paper headline if you manage to roll your vehicle after hitting said pot hole at speed.
*1 Parliamentary Handbook, so the tourist can figure out who is who in Government, to allow for intercontinental business dealing should said tourist have some sort of valuable merchandise to palm off into the illegal import market. Drugs, diamonds, gold and weapons are highly sought after commodities now days. Chinese tourists will not be legible for a handbook as they are in bed with the enemy and are already on first name terms with MP’s
This wonderful package has been loving put together by MISA Enterprises and will be selling faster than a smash and grab artist running from an intersection, Place your orders early to avoid delays in receiving your very own WCSSK or WCSSK for short.
Delma Lupepe, a leading member of Mugabe's party, said on Saturday he helped raise the money from donors.
The Chinese Embassy gave a cake the size of a large TV, which Mugabe's wife Grace helped cut on Saturday in the southern city of Bulawayo. (They couldn't have had it made in Zimbabwe. Every thing's depleted.)
Lupepe says: "We have to celebrate our leader, who's now 86. How many people reach that age?"
The UN says the average life expectancy is about 44 in Zimbabwe, which is beset by hunger and Aids. (No long and prosperous lives for the majority of the country. There is NOTHING to celebrate.)
Some 25,000 Mugabe supporters were invited to celebrations a week after his birthday. A concert on Friday night was followed by a meal of beef, chicken and rice on Saturday (The only way to get anyone to go to any 'celebration' is to use food as an incentive. Boy, Mugabe must feel like such a dick!). - Sapa-AP
Cape Town - The new target for finalising restitution and land reform has now been set down for 2020. A further 4 222 land claims need to be dealt with at an expected rate of 603 claims a year.
This has emerged from the budget for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which forms part of the national budget submitted to parliament.
Agri SA executive director Hans van der Merwe says the budget indicates that government has pulled the handbrake on restitution.
For the 2009/10 fiscal year R2.1bn was set aside for the restitution programme, while R1.5bn has been earmarked for it in 2010/11. For 2011/12 the estimated budget rises to R2bn and for 2012/13 to R2.1bn.
The Land Claims Commission expects to finalise its current commitments by 2012/13 and, after further negotiations, will review the price at which land is bought, according to explanations accompanying the budget.
The Land Reform Commission also envisages trying to acquire smaller tracts of land that are cheaper and better suited to human settlement.
Van der Merwe says restitution is a political necessity, but corruption, nepotism and injudicious purchasing have wasted a lot of money and negatively affected the country's food production capacity.
Government intends funding its land reform programme better in future. The R2.9bn in the fiscal year soon to end will rise to R4bn in 2010/11, R4.7bn in 2011/12 and R4.9bn in 2012/13.
It seems that with this programme, as well, a greater realism has come about - targets for transferring land from white to black hands are being considerably scaled down.
Instead of attempting to transfer 721 700ha in 2010/11, the new target is 283 592ha. For 2011/12 it has been reduced from 794 070ha to 302 615ha, and for 2012/13 the new target is 321 122ha.
The department says, however, that it will be necessary to alter the principle of "willing buyer, willing seller" and ways of acquiring cheaper land are being investigated.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
This guy is good for a laugh, even though his subject matter is absurdly truthful.
Slightly off topic but we've featured Pat Condell a couple of times before. He definitely is extremely articulate and a vociferous defender of free speech. Pretty strong meat, so if you are of a religious bent, skip it...
By James Osborne, The Philadelphia Enquirer
The idea was that African American educators could better relate to the small but growing number of black students at the high school. (Spell it out! The black students weren't performing so well, right?) Freeman felt welcome enough, but she noticed that any discussion of race was conducted in code, with teachers and administrators avoiding words like black and white.
It was always "the school is changing," Freeman said. "One day I said, 'What do you mean?' and there was silence. But I knew what they meant."
These days, the Camden County inner-ring suburb - where minorities, including significant numbers of Latinos and Asians, are now half of the population - is engaged in a public discussion about the role of race in its future.
The issue is how to stanch the outflow of the town's white residents while creating a welcoming environment for everyone.
Fifteen years ago, residents began an effort to try to stem the "white flight" that had afflicted many U.S. cities in the 1960s and '70s and was threatening Pennsauken. The strategy, as refined over the years: Market the town's diversity as an asset. (Nope, you got it all wrong! No-one is attracted to 'diversity.')
Tours led by the township for prospective residents emphasize Pennsauken's multiculturalism, and new-resident meetings encourage interaction across racial and class lines.
Some call Pennsauken's forthright approach a refreshing change from the suburban norm.
"The town has developed a reputation for openness," Freeman said. "People find it much more accepting. It's easier to move into a community and see yourself."
In 1980, white residents accounted for 91 percent of Pennsauken's population. By 2000, 60 percent of the town's 36,000 residents were white. In those 20 years, there had been a doubling of minority residents, drawn by the same relatively low property taxes and proximity to Philadelphia that had attracted families for decades.
In 1994, at the height of the white exodus - and the year the township elected its first black councilman - local residents Lynn Cummings and Harold Adams created the grassroots group Neighbors Empowering Pennsauken (NEP) to improve relations between established residents and the minority families moving in.
In 2001, the township created a commission on integration, phased out NEP, and committed public money to billboards and other efforts designed to market Pennsauken's diversity to white families looking for an alternative to more homogenous suburbs. (Can you believe the naivity of these people?? They're only treating the symptom and not the problem.)
"People were asking why I, a black man, wanted more white people living here. It wasn't an easy sell," said Adams, 50, a real estate assessor. "We were coming at it from a practical standpoint."
According to studies, he said, the market value of homes tends to decline as more minorities move into a neighborhood. That translates into lower revenue from property taxes.
"When a town gets below 50 percent white, it makes it very difficult for the town to maintain services," Adams said.
That spiraling down is mostly the result of paranoia, says Nathaniel Norment Jr., chairman of the African American Studies department at Temple University. *
"It's something that's created based on white people's fear of being close to black people," Norment said. "There's this myth we have that blacks' moving in will change the social environment." (There is proof all around you about how the social environment has changed. Do you even understand the meaning of the word 'myth'?)
Not everyone in Pennsauken has supported the focus on maintaining the community's white population.
"Some people of color had feelings that if whites wanted to leave and not live next to people of color, you should let them do as they want to do," said resident Darlene Hannah-Collins, 53, who is black. (Exactly!)
But Pennsauken has received no shortage of publicity. Most recently, Adams, Cummings, and some of their neighbors were featured on the PBS documentary The New Metropolis, which looked at the issues of "first-ring" suburbs, those closest to urban centers, through the experiences of Pennsauken and two towns in southern Ohio.
The question hanging over the town is whether the steps it has taken have slowed the departure of the nonminority population.
According to a 2008 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the township's white population has declined by 22 percent since 2000. The census conducted this year will be more definitive. (My bet is the white flight did not slow down. Oh dear...)
Eric Dobson, a planning consultant who has done work for the township and sits on the school board, said the preliminary census numbers indicated what he already knew.
On the computer screen in his office, he scrolled through mortgage data and property values, neighborhood by neighborhood, and saw a continuation of trends he first noticed in the 1990s.
"When you see the low property values, you can figure people of color are living there," Dobson said. "It's troubling when you have an overwhelming number of one particular race buying in a place. That's the sign of moving toward segregation."
At Pennsauken High School, white students now make up 17 percent of the enrollment. The disparity between the school's racial makeup and that of the town is partly a reflection of Pennsauken's white population being older.
But another reason is that many white families send their children to private school, say teachers and students.
"The school has this bad reputation, but it's not right," said Lorresiki Collado, a 17-year-old senior whose family is from the Dominican Republic. "We beat the Catholic schools up in the math competition, but some of the students here don't work, so our test scores are low." (Are you paying attentiong?? - right there you already have evidence of the changing social environment.)
Fifty-six percent of Pennsauken High students failed to meet basic proficiency standards in math last year and 34 percent failed to do so in English - 5 and 7 percentage points below the state averages. School officials attributed the scores to the influx of students who had not passed through Pennsauken's elementary and middle school programs.
For those involved in the integration effort, there is a consensus that however many white families have departed, more would have left had nothing been done.
Among them is Mayor Rick Taylor, the first black man elected to the township council.
"Any time a town changes complexion, there's always people that are going to say that it's going to hell in a handbasket. But we fought that. We had some Realtors running the old fear game, and we put them on notice," Taylor said.
"We might not be progressing as much as we need to, but we're not sinking. That's something."
On a recent weekday morning, Cummings toured Pennsauken in her Subaru station wagon, pointing out neighborhood after neighborhood of modest but well-kept homes and the industrial parks that provide the township much of its tax base.
Two nights earlier, Cummings, a professional fund-raiser, had given a speech with Adams at a symposium in North Philadelphia on gentrification. Cummings, who is white, told of how she helped form Neighbors Empowering Pennsauken after watching for-sale signs go up in front of white-owned homes as blacks moved into her neighborhood in the mid-1990s.
Driving around town, Cummings explained that she and her husband are the adoptive parents of three: Kathleen and Keith, who are white, and Krysten, who is biracial.
Krysten, an actress who now lives in London, was one of a handful of minority children in Pennsauken in the 1980s. Mostly, life was peaceful. But Cummings recalls when her daughter's kindergarten classmates threw rocks at her, and when neighbors called police when they saw Krysten, then a teenager, hanging out with friends outside her home.
"All we ever wanted was a harmonious town," Cummings said. "I think we've been successful, but it's never done. It's continually being brought to another level of consciousness."
Why the Netherlands is not fit to be part of Europe.
The following article highlights the extremely worrying developments in Europe regarding freedom of speech. It provides some context for the Geert Wilders trial that is presently under way in the Netherlands. After reading this, I wasn't so sure about certain victory for GW anymore...
Americans think of Europeans as essentially like themselves. They believe European societies are like their own—rooted in the rule of law, freedom of religion, democratic government, market competition, and an unfettered press. In recent years, however, Europeans have given up an essential liberty: freedom of speech.
It is true that in the United States prevailing orthodoxies on some questions are ruthlessly enforced but it is still legal to say just about anything. Not so in much of Europe. In the last decade or so countries we think of as fellow democracies—France, Germany, Switzerland and others—have passed laws that limit free speech for the same crude ideological reasons that drove the brief, unsuccessful vogue of campus speech codes in the United States.
Today in Europe there are laws as bad as anything George Orwell could have imagined. In some countries courts have ruled that the facts are irrelevant, and that certain things must not be said whether they are true or false. In others, a defendant in court who tries to explain or defend a forbidden view will be charged on the spot with a fresh offense. Even his lawyer can be fined or go to jail for trying to mount a defense. In one case a judge ordered that a bookseller’s entire stock—innocent as well as offending titles—be burned!
Just as Eastern Europe is emerging from it, Western Europe has entered the thought-crime era, in a return to the mentality that launched the Inquisition and the wars of religion. It is a tyranny of the left practiced by the very people who profess shock at the tactics of Joseph McCarthy, an exercise of raw power in the service of pure ideology. The desire not merely to debate one’s opponents but to disgrace them, muzzle them, fine them, jail them is utterly contrary to the spirit of civilized discourse. It is profoundly disturbing to find this ugly sentiment codified into law in some of the countries we think of as pillars of Western Civilization. At the same time, these laws cannot help but draw attention to the very ideas they forbid. Truth does not generally require the help of censors.
There are two subjects about which Europeans can no longer speak freely. One is race and the other is Nazi Germany. “Anti-racism” laws generally take the form of forbidding the expression of opinions that might stir up “hatred” against any racial or ethnic group. In some countries, it is now risky to say that genetic differences explain why blacks have, on average, lower IQs than whites or to say that non-white immigration should be prevented so as to preserve a white majority. There are probably parts of every issue of American Renaissance that could be banned in some European country, and we have an obvious interest in opposing censorship of this kind.
Far more prosecutions have taken place, however, in connection with what is called “Holocaust revisionism” or “Holocaust denial.” This appears to cover any skepticism about the generally-accepted view that the Nazis had a plan to exterminate Jews and managed to kill some six million, mostly by gassing. There is considerable variety in the laws that forbid disagreement on this matter, but the Jewish Holocaust has become the one historical event on which people in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Poland, Austria, Lithuania (and Israel) can be legally compelled to agree. It is still legal to dissent from Holocaust orthodoxy in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Britain, Ireland, and Croatia, but there is powerful pressure in some of these countries to join the censors. Third Reich Jewish polices are of no special interest to AR, but it is outrageous that any point of view on any question be forbidden.
In the United States there is widespread complacency over this blatant thought control practiced by our closest allies. This complacency proves the utter lack of integrity of those who make principled free-speech claims for Communists, pornographers, rap “artists,” and flag-burners, but who will not lift a finger to stop the persecution of “racists” and “Nazis.” Liberals get dewy-eyed over the First Amendment only when it suits them, and are quietly delighted to see their opponents dragged off to jail because of their opinions. Indeed, several thousand Europeans are arrested every year who, if they were leftists, would be lionized as “prisoners of conscience.” Indifference, even joy, over their fate is the contemptible sentiment that prevails across the political spectrum even in America.
Read more here.
Friday, February 26, 2010
After reading this my mouth is dry, my body is shaking...This article is worse than any Facebook "hate group" because it is being passed off as legitimate journalism on Richmark Sentinel. It is full of distortions, mythical revising of history, religious confusion and contextual errors. Never mind the terrible grammar, which I have noted accordingly. Read it at your peril.
About 6600 years ago, when 70 percent of the people were satisfied, and 30 percent were dissatisfied, among the dissatisfied was born a Mr. Yakub (Jacob).
He was born to create trouble, to break the peace, and to kill. His head was unusually large.
When he was four years old, he began school. At the age of 18, Yakub had finished all of his nation’s colleges and universities (sic). He was known as the “big head (sic)scientist”.
Among (sic) other things, he had learned how to breed races scientifically.
Yakub began preaching in the streets of Mecca, making such host (sic) of converts that the authorities, increasingly concerned, finally exiled him with 59 999 followers to the Island of Patmos, described in the Bible as where (sic) John received the message contained in Revelation in the New Testament.
Though he was a Black man, Yakub embittered towards God now, decided, to create upon the Earth a bleached out, white race of people.
From his studies, the scientist knew that Black men contained two germs, black and brown. He knew that the brown germ stayed dormant as, being the lighter of the two germs, it was weaker. Yakub, to upset the laws of nature, conceive (sic) the idea of employing what we today know as recessive genes structure, to separate from each other the two germs, black and brown, and then grafting the brown germ to progressively lighter, weaker stages.
The humans resulting, he knew, would be, as they became lighter and weaker, progressively also more susceptible to wickedness. And in this way, finally he would achieve the intended bleached out white race.
He knew it would take him several total colour change stages to get from black to white. Yakub began his work by setting up a eugenics law on the Island of Patmos.
Among Yakub’s 59 999 all-black followers, every third or so child that was born would show some trace of brown.
As these became adult, only brown and brown, or black and brown, were permitted to marry. Yakub’s law dictated that, if a Black child, the attending nurse, or midwife, should stick a needle into its brain and give the body to the cremators. The mothers were told it had been an “angel baby”, which had gone to heaven, to prepare a place for her.
But the brown child’s mother was told to take good care of it.
Others, assistants, were trained by Yakub to continue his objective.
When Yakub died on the island at the age of one hundred and fifty two, had left laws and rules, for them to follow.
Yakub, except in his mind, never lived to see the bleached out white race that he conceived.
A 200 year span was needed to eliminate on the Island of Patmos all of the Black people, until all brown people remained.
The next 200 years were needed to create from the brown race the red race, with no more brown left on the island.
In another 200 years, from the red race, the yellow race was created.
200 years later, a completely bleached out, white race was created.
On the Island of Patmos, was nothing but these blonde, pale skinned, blue eyed, nude and shameless, hairy, white race.
600 more years passed before this race of people returned to the main land, among natural Black people.
After all their mischievous deeds, they eventually driven (sic) out of the land, up to the caves of Caucas mountains, hence the word “Caucasians”, where they became Vikings and barbarians later on.
Mendell’s Theory states that: You can extract the recessive from the dominant but you cannot extract the dominant from the recessive, meaning you can get the weak from the strong but you cannot get the strong from the weak.
Therefore, since Black people are genetically dominant and Caucasians genetically recessive, it means the White race originated from the original, the Black race.
The Origin of the White Race as taught by the Nation Of Islam.
Two young men accused of having sex with a goat in central Mozambique are facing criminal charges, and the goat's owner is demanding they make traditional wedding arrangements, state media says...
The young men, whose names and ages were not released, were caught in the act by police and arrested outside the rural town of Mbucuta in central Mozambique, said the website of the state broadcaster.
"One of the young men was naked and holding the goat's head, and the other was having sex with the animal," witness Mario Creva told Radio Mozambique.
District prosecutor Leonides Mapasse said the two will face trial for simple larceny.
The goat's owner may also file a civil suit against them, he said.
The owner is demanding the young men pay him damages and initiate a traditional wedding ceremony by paying "lobolo", a dowry, a family member told Radio Mozambique.
“Pannar operates in about 50 countries worldwide, but Africa is probably the most challenging due to its diverse cultures, languages, politics and infrastructure, among other things,” Nick explains. “While some countries, like Zambia, have established commercial farming sectors, others, like the Democratic Republic of Congo, have many small-scale farmers.
These different farming scales need different marketing approaches and product presentation. Also, some countries are still politically unstable, and one needs to exercise caution when working in them.” Nick points out that some African countries, like Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, already have a number of South African farming businesses.
The need to prepare
Many African countries have excellent rainfall and arable land for agricultural production. But before a South African farmer invests there, he should have significant financial resources and a well-placed person or partner in the country who can pave the way for business. A farmer also needs to understand clearly what products he wants to produce, and whether the local infrastructure is suitable for local and/or international distribution. “This local person should understand how things work in the country,” says Nick. “It’s also better to be part of a group of other interested farmers, because it’s easier to get things rolling.
“Bear in mind that as one moves north, agriculture is linked strongly to politics. Politicians use land and agricultural issues as campaign tools, because these are often central aspects in many African cultures.”
Nick adds that Africa needs the right type of investment – long-term, where the investors aren’t out to make a quick buck by abusing African resources before pulling out again, leaving nothing constructive in their wake. “Also, remember that developing a commercial farming business from virgin land is difficult and expensive,” Nick points out.
Farming in Africa
Some large foreign companies have contributed to developing large-scale rice and vegetable production in Mozambique – for example, MocFer’s operations in the Chokwe area. The potential for producing biofuel feedstock, such as jatropha, on a large scale, is also generating major foreign and local interest. For a country that was figuratively off the map not too many years ago Mozambique is showing massive potential and progressing extremely well, says Nick. He suggests that South African farmers should gain experience of local conditions, by working with an established local farming business there before branching out on their own.
Central and south-central Africa
Africa is said to be poor and corrupt because of neo-colonialism. Or maybe it’s because blacks run it.
American blacks politicians are always in trouble for corruption. It never ends. This isn’t me picking on blacks for things everyone does. This is a black issue.
Whites do it, sometimes. But it’s rare. Corrupt black politicians are always in the news, however.
Today we got news on a duo of black politicians. New York Governor David Patterson was caught trying to protect his black aide who punched and kicked his girlfriend. All are equal, but some more equal than others?
Patterson’s neighbor in Harlem, Congressman Charles Rangel is in yet another ethical quandry. This time it involves vacation kickbacks from lobbyists. I lost track of all the illegal things he’s done so far. The guy doesn’t even pay taxes on his properties and nobody bothers him. Where are the feds? Shouldn’t he be arrested? He didn’t hide a couple grand. The guy repeatedly hides gifts and taxes in large amounts that normally trigger prosecution.
This reminds me of another New York politician, David Dinkins, who got elected and began preaching higher taxes. Turns out he did not pay taxes for several years before. The guy was a Manhattan Borough President and did not bother to pay taxes!
Well, at least he didn’t hide his bribe in the refrigerator!
With black politicians, it is one scandal after another. Somebigger, some smaller, but there is always something. Pretty much every month we hear something.
Maybe colonialism is also responsible for corruption in Harlem and the South Side. Or maybe…
"We are looking into the matter, we will be studying the judgment along with our legal team," said National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele's spokeswoman, Nonkululeko Mbatha.
"After carefully studying the document, I'm sure that will be the route we will be pursuing, but for now we cannot say for certain," she said in reply to whether the SAPS was considering appealing the decision.
This was after Judge Paul Pretorius ordered the police service to promote Barnard to superintendent from July 2006 and pay her legal costs.
Trade union Solidarity acted on Barnard's behalf. (These guys need a medal.)
The judgment said the failure to promote Barnard was a decision based on her race and constituted discrimination. (Right, anybody still want to tell me that whites feel like they're part of this country?)
The court found that "it is not apparent that consideration was given to the Applicant's [Barnard's] right to equality and dignity".
The police services' failure to promote Barnard was unfair and therefore "not in compliance with the Employment Equity Act".
Solidarity deputy general secretary hailed the ruling, saying it would have a "far reaching effect". (Hmmm...there are no more whites left in the government. It's too late to have any far reaching effects.)
The Social Movement Against Racist Tendencies said it's "taken note of the "upper hand enjoyed by anti-transformation forces who use the courts to advance their hatred of transformation laws". (Oh, bring out the big words..er..guns so that we all crap ourselves!)
"We will register our displeasure if the court grant Solidarity union the right to reverse the need to ensure representivity within the police force," said the organisation's leader, Panyaza Lesufi in a statement. (Seriously, how many whites are left in the police force??)
"We call on fellow South Africans to reject the criminalisation of representivity in our workplaces."
Freedom Front Plus spokesman on labour, Anton Alberts, said the party was "elated" by the ruling.
"This is the clearest sign that affirmative action's days are counted and that this policy should finally be brought to an end," he said. - Sapa
An 18-seater school bus was impounded and the driver arrested after it was spotted travelling through Mitchell's Plain packed with 102 children, Cape Town traffic services said on Friday.
Spokeswoman Merle Lourens said the bus had a false licence plate, its back brakes were not working, its safety windows had been replaced with perspex and wooden benches were fitted inside for extra seats.
"Officers found scholars aged between five and 13 years sitting on the floor and on each other's laps," she said.
The 49-year-old driver was arrested and faces several charges, including driving without a licence and a professional driving permit.
The Western Cape government last year launched an intensive campaign to crack down on unsafe buses. - Sapa
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"We believe that even if [comrade] Malema is in business, he has not contravened any law or code of ethics by his involvement in business activities. President Malema is neither a member of Parliament nor a Cabinet minister," they said. (It is not that he is in business, it is how he is business.)
On Wednesday, the league said it had closed the chapter on the controversy over Malema's assets and company directorships. (maybe you've closed it, we haven't)
It viewed the attack on Malema as a "declaration of war" saying "it leaves us with no choice but to hit back with our maximum force have at our disposal". (Ja, and if we had to "hit back with maximum force" you would kak)
It said there was no such thing as a "tenderpreneur", and defended the government's tender system as "transparent".
"As the ANCYL we will encourage our president to fully participate in business so that he is able to inspire our young South Africans who are passionate about business." (What an inspiration, Juju's approach will definitely create jobs in the future, reduce poverty and spread the wealth around .... NOT)
Let's see..."It must be Apartheid?" Nope, ended nearly two decades ago...."Mmmm, Colonialism?" Nope, that's an old fashioned excuse, try another one...."Slavery!" Oh man, you are going in the wrong direction altogether now...But hey, if you can't figure it out, I guess there must be a reason for that, and it's got nothing to do with wolves either LOL.
Cape Town - It is only the education of black children that is in crisis in South Africa, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.
Speaking during a debate on education in the National Council of Provinces, she told MPs the education received by children in other communities was good.
"We should not mislead ourselves and say the whole [education] system is in crisis... It is the education of an African child that is in crisis.
"The education of children in other communities still remains quite good... we should not create the impression it is a huge crisis and everybody cries, and others scream wolf when there is no wolf.
"The wolf is in African schools, and that's where we are supposed to be focusing our energies. Because that's where the crisis is," she said.
.....OK, now what’s wrong with Judith’s picture?
First, let me say that the problem is much bigger than Judith seems to think. Wiser men than I have weighed in on this question. In a speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854, Abraham Lincoln said:
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
So it will not be easy. The confidence is forfeit, that ship has sailed.
The biggest problem with Judith’s proposal is her claim that the issue is that climate scientists have not understood how to present their ideas to the public. Judith, I respect you greatly, but you have grabbed the wrong end of the stick. The problem is not how climate scientists have publicly presented their scientific results. It is not a communication problem.
The problem is that 71.3% of what passes as peer reviewed climate science is simply junk science, as false as the percentage cited in this sentence. The lack of trust is not a problem of perception or communication. It is a problem of lack of substance. Results are routinely exaggerated. “Scientific papers” are larded with “may” and “might” and “could possibly”. Advocacy is a common thread in climate science papers. Codes are routinely concealed, data is not archived. A concerted effort is made to marginalize and censor opposing views.
And most disturbing, for years you and the other climate scientists have not said a word about this disgraceful situation. When Michael Mann had to be hauled in front of a congressional committee to force him to follow the simplest of scientific requirements, transparency, you guys were all wailing about how this was a huge insult to him.
An insult to Mann? Get real. Mann is an insult and an embarrassment to climate science, and you, Judith, didn’t say one word in public about that. Not that I’m singling you out. No one else stood up for climate science either. It turned my stomach to see the craven cowering of mainstream climate scientists at that time, bloviating about how it was such a terrible thing to do to poor Mikey. Now Mann has been “exonerated” by one of the most bogus whitewashes in academic history, and where is your outrage, Judith? Where are the climate scientists trying to clean up your messes?
The solution to that is not, as you suggest, to give scientists a wider voice, or educate them in how to present their garbage to a wider audience.
The solution is for you to stop trying to pass off garbage as science. The solution is for you establishment climate scientists to police your own back yard. When Climategate broke, there was widespread outrage … well, widespread everywhere except in the climate science establishment. Other than a few lone voices, the silence there was deafening. Now there is another whitewash investigation, and the silence only deepens.
And you wonder why we don’t trust you? Here’s a clue. Because a whole bunch of you are guilty of egregious and repeated scientific malfeasance, and the rest of you are complicit in the crime by your silence. Your response is to stick your fingers in your ears and cover your eyes.
And you still don’t seem to get it. You approvingly quote Ralph Cicerone about the importance of transparency … Cicerone?? That’s a sick joke.
You think people made the FOI (Freedom of Information) requests because they were concerned that the people who made the datasets were the same people using them in the models. As the person who made the first FOI request to CRU, I assure you that is not true. I made the request to CRU because I was disgusted with the response of mainstream climate scientists to Phil Jone’s reply to Warwick Hughes. When Warwick made a simple scientific request for data, Jones famously said:
Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?
So I waited for some mainstream climate scientist to speak out against that kind of scientific malfeasance … and waited … and waited. In fact, I’m still waiting. I registered my protest against this bastardisation of science by filing an FOI. When is one of you mainstream climate scientist going to speak out against this kind of malfeasance? It’s not too late to condemn what Jones said, he’s still in the news and pretending to be a scientist, when is one of you good folks going to take a principled stand?
But nobody wants to do that. Instead, you want to complain and explain how trust has been broken, and you want to figure out more effective communication strategies to repair the trust.
You want a more effective strategy? Here’s one. Ask every climate scientist to grow a pair and speak out in public about the abysmal practices of far, far too many mainstream climate scientists. Because the public is assuredly outraged, and you are all assuredly silent, sitting quietly in your taxpayer funded offices and saying nothing, not a word, schtumm … and you wonder why we don’t trust you?
A perfect example is you saying in your post:
Such debate is alive and well in the blogosphere, but few mainstream climate researchers participate in the blogospheric debate. The climate researchers at realclimate.org were the pioneers in this …
The key to restoring trust has nothing to do with communication. Steve McIntyre doesn’t inspire trust because he is a good communicator. He inspires trust because he follows the age-old practices of science — transparency and openness and freewheeling scientific discussion and honest reporting of results.
And until mainstream climate science follows his lead, I’ll let you in on a very dark, ugly secret — I don’t want trust in climate science to be restored. I don’t want you learning better ways to propagandize for shoddy science. I don’t want you to figure out how to inspire trust by camouflaging your unethical practices in new and innovative ways. I don’t want scientists learning to use clever words and communication tricks to get people to think that the wound is healed until it actually is healed. I don’t want you to learn to use the blogosphere to spread your pernicious unsupported unscientific alarmism.
You think this is a problem of image, that climate science has a bad image. It is nothing of the sort. It is a problem of scientific malfeasance, and of complicity by silence with that malfeasance. The public, it turns out, has a much better bullsh*t detector than the mainstream climate scientists do … or at least we’re willing to say so in public, while y’all cower in your cubbyholes with your heads down and never, never, never say a bad word about some other climate scientist’s bogus claims and wrong actions.
You want trust? Do good science, and publicly insist that other climate scientists do good science as well. It’s that simple. Do good science, and publicly call out the Manns and the Joneses and the Thompsons and the rest of the charlatans that you are currently protecting. Call out the journals that don’t follow their own policies on data archiving. Speak up for honest science. Archive your data. Insist on transparency. Publish your codes.
Once that is done, the rest will fall in line. And until then, I’m overjoyed that people don’t trust you. I see the lack of trust in mainstream climate science as a huge triumph for real science. Fix it by doing good science and by cleaning up your own backyard. Anything else is a coverup.
Judith, again, my congratulations on being willing to post your ideas in public. You are a rara avis, and I respect you greatly for it.
PS – In your post you talk about a “monolithic climate denial machine”?? Puhleease, Judith, you’re talking to us individual folks who were there on the ground individually fighting the battle. Save that conspiracy theory for people who weren’t there, those who don’t know how it went down.
This is another huge problem for mainstream climate scientists and mainstream media alike. You still think the problem is that we opposed your ideas and exposed your errors. You still see the climate scientists as the victims, even now in 2010 when the CRU emails have shown that’s nonsense. Every time one of your self-appointed spokes-fools says something like “Oh, boo hoo, the poor CRU folks were forced to circle their wagons by the eeevil climate auditors”, you just get laughed at harder and harder. The CRU emails showed they were circling the FOI wagons two years before the first FOI request, so why haven’t you noticed?
The first step out of this is to stop trying to blame Steve and Anthony and me and all the rest of us for your stupidity and your dishonesty and your scientific malfeasance. You will never recover a scrap of trust until you admit that you are the source of your problems, all we did was point them out. You individually, and you as a group, created this mess. The first step to redemption is to take responsibility. You’ve been suckered by people like Stephen Schneider, who said:
To capture the public imagination, we have to offer up some scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and little mention of any doubts one might have. Each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective, and being honest. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.
Because we don’t want scientists who are advocates. We’re not interested in scientists who don’t mention their doubts. We’re sick of your inane “simplified dramatic statements”. We laugh when you cry wolf with your scary scenarios. Call us crazy, but we want scientists who are honest, not scientists who balance honesty and effectiveness. You want trust? Get honest, kick out the scoundrels, and for goodness sakes, get a clue about humility.
Because the truth is, climate science is one of the newest sciences. The truth is, we know little about the climate, we’ve only been studying it intensely for a couple decades. The truth is, we can’t project the climate of the next decade, much less that of the next century. The truth is, we have no general theory of climate. The truth is, we don’t know if an average temperature rise of a couple degrees will be a net benefit or a net loss. The truth is, all of us are human, and our knowledge of the climate is in its infancy. And I don’t appreciate being lectured by infants. I don’t appreciate being told that I should be put in the dock in a Nuremberg style trial for disagreeing with infants. You want to restore trust? Come down off your pedestals, forsake your ivory towers, and admit your limitations.
And through all of this, be aware that you have a long, long, long climb back up to where we will trust you. As Lincoln warned, you have forfeited the confidence of your fellow citizens, and you will be damn lucky if you ever get it back.