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A new hope

Its just after 5 o’ clock in the morning on February 17th 2018. Last night our new President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his first State of the Nation address. For the first time in nearly a decade, South Africans are filled with hope. The Jacob Zuma era, is over. 9 years of lying, stealing, bullshitting and laughing at the nation he swore to protect and defend, are over. Like with removal of Robert Mugabe, I keep wanting to pinch myself just to check that this is real, that it isn’t some dream that I’ll wake up from and discover that these 2 major events didn’t happen. Mugabe tore Zimbabwe apart for 37 years, Zuma tore SA apart for 9. Now both countries are rebuilding. Zimbabwe has quite a journey ahead of it as does South Africa. But eat least the journeys have begun.

I will never understand why dictators choose to rape and loot their own countries as opposed to building them up. I suppose it’s true that absolute power does indeed corrupt absolutely. Men of weak character are easily addicted to power and all the so called benefits that comes with having power. And as time passes, they seem to see their actions as being in the best interests of their countries and the people over which they rule. When the time comes for them to step down, their addiction to power is such that they just can’t let go.

But for now, there are 2 less of these vile creatures in power. Hopefully other countries infested with this blight will see what’s happened here and in Zimbabwe and strive to remove the shackles placed on them by corrupt leaders and the supporters that keep in them power. Maybe one day, this continent from Cape to Cairo will be one where democracy reigns and everyone is free at last.

One can only hope.

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R.I.P.

If my opinion offends you, don’t unfriend me, tell me, I can deal with it.

Pete, I wish you nothing but the best in life dude.

This chapter – is now closed.

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Max Du Preez ‘sanitises history’ – I disagree

SA has so much potential, that is being squandered by very very poor leadership.

A united SA could be a true powerhouse on this continent – we have it all, the brains, the brawn and the resources – what we lack, is the political will, to see that every single person, has a roof over their heads, a hot meal in their stomachs and a hot shower every day.

Instead, the current leadership has chosen to lash the minority for the sins of the past and use them at every opportunity as the blame for all that ails SA. And introduce more laws than any other country in the world – to protect the majority from the minority.

Apartheid was a system created by evil men to ensure an impossible future. BUT IT’S GONE NOW, only the dust and the skeletons remain. BUT, a new form of apart-hate is taking root as the ANC, run by Zuma, is fast becoming a dictatorship as it changes laws, ignores it own courts and hires and fires people and does not deem it necessary to explain the rationale behind decisions that kick our economy in a place that really hurts it.

It’s time we voted with our brains and not our prejudices. It’s time we held the government accountable for the reckless manner in which it conducts itself. Before they usher in a new dark age, like Mugabe did in Zimbabwe.

It’s time we stopped fighting and started building, building a future for EVERYONE, not just those on the gravy train. You can’t CHANGE the past, but you CAN learn from it.

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2015

It’s the fifth day of January 2016.

2015 was a blur of a year. It was a year of stark contrasts. From movies that set records, and one that is continuing to shatter records. A disappointing cricket world cup, and a not so bad rugby world cup. The end of winter and the start of a very long heatwave, which shows no signs of letting up. Rain has fallen, but not in the quantities we need or the places we need it the most. Drought threatens.

I believe that the world is in the mess it’s in because we elected politicians instead of leaders, and those ‘leaders’ have lead the world down down a very dark path. Wars and rumors of wars abound.

In South Africa our genius of a president fired the minister of finance because he was doing such a great job – this act wiped a shit load of money off our countries worth. Then after begging the genius, he recalled an old favorite, redeployed the new guy, and plugged yet another hole that he’d hammered into the dam wall. Our currency soared to record lows and is still there.

South Africa faces a local election in a few months time, I’m hoping, but am not optimistic that the mindless masses that usually cast their vote in favor of the ANC will by now realise that the party they voted for, is now being run [into the ground] by a dictator – his every word and action only serve to reinforce this fact. I spent a week in George last year. It was quite an amazing experience. It’s hard to believe that one can travel to a first world country, that’s in YOUR OWN country – the only difference being is that it’s run by a different political party. Then I got home, back to the traffic chaos and the rubbish that is pretty much everywhere.

The Yanks will also go the polls as it’s time to elect a new president – I haven’t really followed this ‘race’ as I am very disappointed by the lame duck that currently sits in that chair – I had very high hopes for Obama.

This year, there are a lot of movies coming out, a lot of them are superhero movies and oddly enough, most of them are about superhero wars – ironic, art imitating life ?

I read a lot of good books last year, spent some time by the sea, followed the news with a growing sense of horror, dropped my Kindle in the sea [and fixed it courtesy of some good advice from my sister in law and a guy who posted a fix that sounded like a load of crap, but wasn’t].

2016 is going to be a tough one, on every possible front. Here’s hoping that we’ll emerge from it, alive and better people, and with a lot less dictator scum on our planet.

If you’re reading this – may the force be with you my friend.

 

 

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Malema sends warning to whites

Yesterday saw the EFF marching and handing over a list of demands – you can read them in the link below. At 12 o’ clock there was a mass exodus of people out of Sandton as this was where the march was due to end. Anyone who works in Sandton will tell you that the exit that started at 12 yesterday, was chaotic to say the least. Sandton early this morning, was littered with the remnants of the march.

Malema is obviously a very intelligent person and is very articulate. But he is very much the opportunist and just as lazy as those he seeks to unseat. Since being sworn in, he and his gang of sycophants have not done a single days work that has actually been of benefit to our wounded country. His soldiers have gridlocked parliament and have been thrown out of parliament almost every time the ANC is stupid+ enough to hold a session.

The whole student fees must fall we want everything for free debacle, hit the ANC in its tiny little balls. As its top brass made a run for it when things got ugly during the mini budget speech. Their actions serving only to embolden Malema like a shark smelling blood in the water.

What is most disturbing of all, is that the rhetoric of both the ANC and the EFF is now distinctly racist in nature as next years local elections hurtle towards us and aimed at their favorite punching bag – the white folks. What they fail to realise is that the ‘whites’ generate most of the taxes that are stolen or handed out as grants to the very people who will then ensure that the ANC stay in power. But I digress.

Malema is appealing to the crowd the same way his role model Mugabe did – by promising them things that he can’t deliver, or, if he delivers them, it’s game over for South Africa. He is the worst of both Mugabe and Zuma, in a MUCH younger body.

The bitter irony here is that all the ANC has to do to remedy the situation, is deliver on its promises. But it is so concerned about staying in power, that it will literally do ANYTHING to stay in power. It has formed alliances with both China and Russia in an effort to ensure [I believe] that if the shit hits the fan, the commies will come running to protect their new BFF.

Russia and China and both shining lights when it comes to how not to treat your people, and it seems both the ANC and the EFF want to emulate this practice in SA.

Sadly, apart-hate isn’t dead, it’s just under new management, and has stolen so much money, that the only way to keep the proverbial lights on, is to hike every single tax in sight.

So we are now officially an oppressed minority.

Fight the future – live FREE or DIE.

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Apartheid was legalised corruption

South African public discourse is rightly preoccupied with corruption, particularly this week after the anti-corruption marches in Joburg and Cape Town.

Our discussions and responses, as robust as we would like to believe they are, exhibit significant gaps which, by their existence, are to the benefit of the status quo.

The biggest of these is the perception that corruption is particularly a post-1994 public sector phenomenon, which is inaccurate.

Our discourse, even in the way in which we teach the history of apartheid, conveniently seldom articulates apartheid as grand corruption, which it was in every way. And this is how we end up with many confident assertions that things were better then and that the apartheid administration was cleaner than the current administration.

 While I believe we shouldn’t compare ourselves with apartheid, a time so deliberately and calculatingly atrocious and on such a grand scale that almost anything would be better, it is this inability or unwillingness to accept apartheid as corruption that informs a lot of apartheid nostalgia, even by self-styled lovers of justice, because it is unfathomable that what they are hankering for is a time of corruption.
In a recent Business Day column, Hennie van Vuuren wrote: “The baffling silence on apartheid corruption benefits the powerful and carpetbaggers in the new and old elite. Any attempt to pick at this issue is a threat to the status quo and thus a threat to the interests of politicians and businesspeople across the political spectrum.”

Moreover, the silence on apartheid and the manner in which it was legalised corruption is intentional, and to break it would not only implicate those who benefited from it, but demand a recognition of the humanity of the people who were broken to achieve it.

Part of the way we talk about contemporary corruption relies on the often racist “face of corruption” fat-cat trope. This is in stark contrast to the grand corruption of the apartheid era, which apparently had no face or beneficiaries – that’s a lie. That many white people benefited and continue to benefit and then use the “we didn’t know” defence is terrifying (the National Party was adept at covering up the extent of its criminality and theft, particularly when it came to defence and property).

As we try to grapple with current levels of corruption, our discourse has to stop the lie that the previous dispensation was a shining example of clean governance. It was a corruption so grand it seemed invisible.

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Gugulethu Mhlungu 

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It was a corruption so grand it seemed invisible – this about sums up the above article for me. I for one do not believe that the evils of the past should be erased or forgotten about. Apartheid was a system devised by men who were either determined to stay ass in the butter or feared becoming an oppressed minority.

Western Cape turning into new Orania – Joemat-Pettersson

Western Cape needs to be freed – minister

The above links are from articles that appeared on news24 over the weekend 3/4 October. The ANC’s rhetoric is fast becoming something that concerns me, as it doesn’t sound like a party that interested in keeping SA as a democracy.

Apart-hate isn’t dead, it’s just under new management. The Looting and the Lying has reached EPIC proportions. Now there’s talk of JZ serving a third term….

Gugulethu, News24 used to allow us peasants the opportunity to comment on articles like yours, but they shot themselves in the head and then turned off this feature – so this is my reply to you and your ‘article’ – pull your head out of your ass, SA is in a very bad place – and set to get a lot worse if people don’t wake up to just how bad the party that replaced the Nats is. The heady days if Madiba are gone, courtesy of Jacob Zuma and his team of flunkies we are a democracy in name only. The ANC is allying itself with the communists as it knows its hold on power is slipping and will need their backing when it eventually loses. And if you think the answer is Julius Malema – then you need a brain scan.

United we can do so much more than we can divided – and divided is exactly how the ANC wants us, so that when we vote, we vote with our Anger, our Fears and Prejudices – and not our brains.

 

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What’s that smell ?

Oh, it’s Mugarbage and his Wife Disgrace.

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8 tips to manage the blues

The good news is that depression is highly treatable. Between 80 to 90% of all depressed people respond to medication and psychotherapy and experience some relief from depression symptoms.

But treatment does not stop with medication and psychotherapy. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can feel great more quickly. Why not try the following?

1. You don’t snooze, you lose Insomnia is a common complaint amongst depressed people. The South African Memory Resource Centre suggests a number of useful tips to get you to the Land of Nod:

Discontinue unhealthy sleep habits. Don’t lie in bed for long periods if you cannot fall asleep. Your brain quickly associates your bed with lying awake and not being able to sleep. Break this habit by getting out of bed if no sleep occurs after about 10 minutes (do not watch the clock, but rather estimate the time). Carry out a non-interesting activity such as reading a boring book, until drowsiness returns and then go back to bed. Repeat this pattern until sleep takes place.

  • Follow the same routine at night before trying to sleep. Your mind and body will connect this routine with sleeping.
  • Don’t take any stimulants, such as coffee, before going to bed. Also steer clear of alcohol, as it doesn’t lead to a good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t eat a huge meal close to bedtime.
  • Your couch potato days are over. Get a bit of exercise and you will not only fall asleep more easily, but also sleep better.
  • Take a warm bath before bedtime.
  • Keep a notebook next to your bed and write down any worries that you may have before trying to sleep.
  • Daytime naps will make it more difficult for you to sleep at night.
  • Make sure that your bedroom is comfortable and dark and quiet.
  • Wake up the same time each day.
2. Get Active: Exercise Exercise gets those endorphins into your bloodstream. These are the feel-good hormones. But when you feel depressed, really depressed, it’s difficult to motivate yourself to brush your teeth, let alone go for a walk or a run. But don’t get caught in this vicious cycle of feeling unmotivated and wanting to camp on the couch as it will make you feel more depressed. Once you’ve broken this cycle by exercising a little bit every day, you won’t believe the difference. Begin gradually (even 10 minutes will be OK as a start) and slowly increase the intensity and amount of time spent exercising.

3. Watch your eating plan When you’re feeling depressed, you often either lose you appetite, or eat like a horse. This can make you feel even worse. Eat correctly and you can help to combat weight problems. But how?

  • If you are overweight, lose weight.
  • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily (a portion size is a fist size).
  • Complex carbohydrates (wholewheat grains) should form the basis of every meal. These include porridge, wholewheat bread, brown rice, pasta and jacket potatoes.
  • Eat plant and animal protein foods (fish, meat, eggs poultry), but avoid excessive saturated fat intake. Do not eat red meat more than once or twice a week. Replace it with fish.
  • Limit your fat intake to less than six teaspoons per day.
  • Make sure that you drink at least six glasses of water per day
Eating a high carbohydrate diet (wholewheat bread, unsifted maize meal, brown rice) boosts the production of serotonin in the brain which makes you feel more positive. Eating plenty of protein (meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, milk) to increase amino acid intake has the same effect.

In addition, B vitamins, especially B12, B6 and folic acid, can help combat psychological disturbances, so take a complete vitamin and mineral supplement. Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3, may also help, and the best source is salmon oil capsules. Foods rich in omega-3 are:

  • all types of fish and seafood, but particularly fatty fish such as salmon and snoek
  • fish oils (tuna, cod liver and salmon oils)
  • plant oils (flaxseed, canola, walnut, soya oils)
  • food fortified with omega-3 (eggs, milk and bread check the label)
  • salmon oil supplements
Alcohol and some drugs (recreational and prescription) can cause or worsen depression. This is possibly because it changes the balance of brain chemicals or the physical structure of the brain.

Too many changes in your insulin levels can lead to mood swings and fatigue. To avoid these you should:

  • rather eat five to six smaller meals per day than two to three big ones.
  • rather eat carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index (GI) than with a high GI.
  • *rather eat wholewheat pasta than white or wholewheat bread, rather Basmati rice or couscous than white or brown rice, rather fruit than sweets, rather oats porridge or bran cereals than other cereals.
What you eat and drink can interfere with your medication. Ask your doctor if there are any foods that need to be avoided. Some antidepressants can make you feel drowsy and alcohol will make matters worse. Alcohol could also slow the metabolism of some antidepressants.

4. Check your medicine cabinet Many types of medication (including natural remedies) interfere with antidepressants as some could reduce the effect of your medication, others could even lead to poisoning. Make sure to tell your doctor what you are taking.

5. Learn to relax Relaxation decreases tension and anxiety and improves sleep. Try meditation, yoga or specific relaxation exercises. Long, hot baths with aromatherapy oils or a massage will also do wonders.

6. Be gentle on yourself You may need to expect less from yourself. Think again about what’s important to you and rather set small, realistic goals. Also postpone major plans and life changes such as changing jobs or starting a family.

Don’t be scared to ask for help. Delegate tasks and ask your support network to help with childcare, chores and other responsibilities. You will be able to return the favour when you are better.

7. Don’t try to do it all by yourself Share your feelings with friends and family. Ask your doctor to refer you to a support group. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group has support groups throughout the country. They also have a telephonic counselling line.

8. Don’t give up hope Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t feel better immediately. Treatment takes time and some antidepressants take a few weeks before they make you feel better. If you don’t see an improvement within six weeks of being on antidepressants, discuss your concerns with your doctor. He or she will be able to prescribe another antidepressant which might be more suitable.

If you stick to your treatment and follow these lifestyle guidelines, you are bound to feel better soon. – (Ilse Pauw, Health24, updated May 2010

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Hobbit 3 in 3D and on Fast forward ??

I watched the final installment in the Hobbit series yesterday and was quite excited to do so. I didn’t watch the first one as the thought of another 3 year Peter Jackson special didn’t appeal to me. I watched a bit when it came out on disc and got hooked to the extent that I made sure I watched the second edition on the big screen in all of it’s 3D glory and loved it. Then number 3 rolled out in 3D and HFR or high frame rate.

What a mess. PJ got the application of 3D perfect in this edition with all the scenes being well lit. Then took a dump on it by filming it at twice the frame rate of previous editions. I’m no expert on this subject, but do watch a lot of movies and understand the basics like aspect ratios, surround sound etc. The standard frame rate is 24 frames per second. Hobbit 3 was shot at twice this. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie on fast forward.

After a while I actually gave up on trying to enjoy the movie and just wanted it to end. Today as I type this I’m trawling through my memories of the first 2 movies and am comparing them to my memories of the one I watched yesterday. Oddly enough the ones from yesterday as a gray blur. For the record I have an almost photographic memory.

Below is a link to a post by a guy who understands the technology much better than I do. I’m so glad he wrote it, as I thought I was losing my marbles. I totally agree with what he has to say.

Article that confirms I’m not mad

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News24, Stats and freedom of speech

I’ve been posting on News24’s various sections for about 2 years now.

About a month ago, I noticed that my posts were disappearing. I’d post a comment, then refresh the page and the comment would disappear.

At the time of writing this post I’ve made 3558 comments had 147,746 likes and 8,473 dislikes.

I am at a loss as to why this has happened, and even tried to email them in this regard.

They are quite vocal about freedom of speech and scream quite loud when one of their own is attacked. But the rules don’t seem to apply to anyone posting on their website.

We live in scary times as the ANC uses the SABC as its mouthpiece, with rumors of the same happening at E-TV.

A famous man once said, I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend unto the the death, your right to say it. This may soon be how the truth makes its way out into our South African world.

If the ANC have their way, we’ll end up being a Communist sponsored dictatorship as Zuma shakes hands and does deals with China and Russia as they don’t tend to have a problem with tin pot African dictators.

Nelson Mandela was a great man, a true leader and a giant among men. Zuma is something that you’d scrape off the bottom of your shoe and has been all but invisible during his second term.

I pray that I’m wrong about my News24 suspicions and that it’s just a technical thing.

I also pray that our democracy can survive the cANCer.

 

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