Friday, March 30, 2012

Conservatives and Science: Welcome to the Vast Rational Conspiracy

Not all liberals will agree with conservatives that the quality of science is deteriorating. Educated conservatives, however, have developed a healthy distrust of science. Just over 34 percent of conservatives had confidence in science as an institution in 2010, representing a long-term decline from 48 percent in 1974, according to a paper being published today in American Sociological Review.

When I discussed the phenomenon with one of my liberal friends this week, he tortured me with Clay A. Johnson's book called The Information Diet, that discussed the poor quality of information we were getting bombarded with since new media made its entrance on the world stage. I was duped into spending a few hours of my time reading a Democratic Party propaganda piece, all in the name of promoting good intellectual communication with people that had different views to my own. Truthfully, I only got through one third of it before I was overcome with spastic revulsions. I don’t think anyone can point a finger at me and say I didn’t do my part! Now enough is enough.

Browsing through to the end of the book there were no solutions to the problems we are experiencing with science. Instead it recommended a disciplined filtration of information from the internet and by the looks of it there were some very handy tips in that regard. My friend missed the point though, just as Clay A. Johnson missed the point with his book. Liberals do not make any distinction between rational and empirical reasoning. If Johnson understood the difference, he would have understood that complicated issues became simplified with empirical reasoning when more data was analyzed. Not less data. In his book he would have recommended having an information orgy instead of an information diet.

The American public should have waited for more information to become available in the latest race controversy, the Travyon Martin shooting incident, before judging the shooter, George Zimmerman, as a white racist cold-blooded child murderer. They may have been surprised to find their beliefs challenged by truth. Instead the left-wing mainstream media has whipped up African Americans and created a virtual lynch mob, which they believe will somehow inspire African Americans to go and vote for Obama in the upcoming 2012 elections. They are wrong. Just as the Duke Lacrosse case backfired horribly on Mike Nifong’s chances of re-election to office, the Trayvon Martin case will backfire on Obama.

Empirical reasoning is not a principle that is limited to science, although it is according to Wikipedia, “A central concept in modern science...the scientific method is that all evidence must be empirical, or empirically based, that is, dependent on evidence or consequences that are observable by the senses.”

It is no secret that the academia and mainstream media has been hijacked by the left, heart and soul. So when the left steadfastly refuses to acknowledge empirical reasoning in their political ideology, is there any wonder that the right no longer has any faith in science?

P.S. "Welcome to the Vast Rational Conspiracy" was a chapter heading in Clay A. Johnson’s book. I found it incredibly humorous and ironic, at the author’s expense.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Purposeful Omission of a Distinct Nation.

The main reason as to why a lot of folks are not aware that the Boers are a distinct nation from the bulk of the Afrikaners is due to the fact that it was not quite taught at school as the following excerpt notes that the era preceding the British occupation of the Cape was basically omitted / not considered "important" & totally glossed over in order to present an erroneous monolithic language based group.

Quote: [ For Afrikaners the century between the British occupation of the Cape in 1806 and the execution of Jopie Fourie in December 1914 was the period of revelation. During that era, God made known His will for the Afrikaner people. Prior to that period events were unimportant except to the extent that they delineated a scant "myth of origin". ] From: the second page of The rise of Afrikanerdom: Power, Apartheid, and the Afrikaner Civil Religion. T. Dunbar Moodie.

The era preceding the British occupation of the Cape was omitted no doubt as it would have exposed the true distinct origin of the Boer people & would have shattered the "myth of origin" that the Afrikaners were expropriating for themselves. Notice that the Afrikaners expropriated a lot of Boer history of the 19th cent but deftly refrained from talking much about the era prior. Authors like P. J. van der Merwe / Roger Beck / Brian Du Toit / Sheila Patterson / Oliver Ransford & others note how the Boers were formed on the Cape frontier. The Afrikaners of the 20th cent also expropriated some of this frontier history as well [ seeing as how the mid 20th cent definition of an Afrikaner was a coalition of Cape Dutch & Boer ] but the Afrikaner establishment totally obscured the fact that this particular history had nothing to do with most of their ancestors: the Cape Dutch - a then hidden term - as it belonged to the Boer Nation.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Boers Documented as a Distinct Nation.

The Boers are a distinct people / nation from the bulk of the Afrikaner population.

Quote: [ More and more Boers followed the pioneers into the interior where conditions suited them so well that they experienced a minor population explosion and formed the nucleus of a new nation. They were as nomadic as the Hottentots, or as the antelope they hunted. Trekking for them became a way of life. ]

The distinct nature of the Boers from the bulk of the Afrikaners was noted in Chapter One of: The Great Trek by Oliver Ransford with the above quote. Now if the Boers are supposedly part of the "same" nation as the Cape Dutch then one would expect that Cape Town would be the "nucleus" of this nation. The fact that the Trekboers of the Cape frontiers became / formed the "nucleus of a new nation" & also had "a population explosion" DEMONSTRATES that the Boers are a distinct people / group from the Cape Dutch whom the Boers moved away from starting 150 years before the Great Trek.

Quote: [ Trekboers certainly recognized the differences in language, religion, etc. between themselves and the British. They had certainly developed a way-of-life and a set of values that were distinctive, but they were also significantly different from people of Dutch descent in the western province areas of the Cape. The latter regarded the Trekboers as rather wild, semi-barbarous frontiersmen and the sense of common identity was limited and incomplete. The westerners followed the Trek with interest and probably with a good deal of sympathy, but they certainly did not see the trekkers as the saviours of some mystical Afrikaner ‘nation’.]

From: Professor Wallace Mills. The Great Trek.

The Boers themselves recognized themselves as distinct from the Cape Dutch population.

Quote: [ This is a history of the Afrikaner peoples... The book highlights the distinctions between the settled bourgeois Afrikaner of the urbanized western Cape and the traditional Boer farmer of the plateau and examines the tensions within the Afrikaner community as well as its historically troubled relations with others, including Africans, Cape Coloreds and European powers. ]

From: The Afrikaners: an historical interpretation. Godfrey Hugh Lancelot Le May.

Notice how it states Afrikaner peoples plural thereby dispelling the erroneous notion of "one Afrikaner Nation" as a particular anti-Boer propagandist liked to assert in the past despite the on ground reality of the situation. That particular individual had a grand old time attacking myself over the basic points & observations made in the above excerpted quote. Quite a lot of folks have long since stressed that there are two distinct Caucasian Afrikaans speaking groups. To deny this is to consign Boer self determination to oblivion as it automatically shifts the demographic weight against the Boer segment & vests it within the hands of the those descended from the Cape Dutch population.

Quote: [ What divided the two segments of the Afrikaner people was a difference in culture between the relatively sophisticated Cape Dutchman, literate, urbanized and in touch with Europe, and the rough-hewed Boer. ]

From: Page 33. The Afrikaners: an historical interpretation. By Godfrey Hugh Lancelot Le May.

Of course it should be noted that the notion of an Afrikaner people was started by a few Cape Dutch intellectuals [ & curiously two Dutch individuals! ] in the late 19th cent at a time when the Boers were long since independent within their hard won Boer Republics. Curiously the movement on the part of the Cape Dutch to establish [ or rather to propagate the notion of ] a pan White Afrikaans based Afrikaner people only started after the discovery of gold & diamonds within the Boer Republics. Coincidence? Not likely as there was hardly any interest in the Boer people nor of the notion of any sort of pan White Afrikaans speaking monolithic [ sic ] entity called "Afrikaner" prior. The Cape Dutch were among those who ridiculed the Boers for wanting to escape British imperialism during the era of the Great Trek.

Quote: [ In speaking of an emerging Afrikaner political consciousness we must be careful not to ignore the social differences and economic cleavages existing among the late eighteenth century White population at the Cape. From the outset Afrikaner political thinking was not the unified product of an undifferentiated group consciousness, but tended to reflect the social differences and economic cleavages which existed within the settler community at large. The most obvious differences were between the settled colonists of the south western Cape enjoying an established community life, and the isolated cattle farmers of the interior. Politically the dominant group was the former: a small, fairly prosperous bourgeoisie, consisting of top government officials (some born at the Cape), the monopolists and entrepreneurs of Cape Town, and a few wealthy wine and wheat farmers who lived on large farms resembling feudal manors, employed white foremen and owned many slaves. ]

From: Page 4 & 5. Afrikaner Political Thought: 1780-1850. By André Du Toit, Hermann Buhr Giliomee.

Quote: [ The term Afrikaner for White[people]s was first used early in the eighteenth century, but it had to vie with designations like burgher, Christian, Dutchmen and Boer. For the period 1652 to approximately 1875 this book mostly uses burgher for a White person who spoke Dutch or Afrikaans; for the history after 1875 it employs the term Afrikaner, although it was not until the mid twentieth century that the term was reserved for white Afrikaans speakers. ]

From: The Afrikaners: biography of a people. By Hermann Buhr Giliomee.

Giliomee admits that the term Afrikaner was not reserved for White Afrikaans speakers until the mid 20th cent. Furthermore he omits mentioning the fact that the Boers are a specific people who are descended from the Trekboers. A term he curiously & tellingly does not mention - at least not here. He obviously hopes that by using clever tricks as he did in the first sentence quoted above that he can distract & gloss over the more significant bifurcation which occurred circa 1700 which gave birth to the Boer people leaving behind the Cape Dutch: who were the ones who appropriated & popularized the term Afrikaner to describe themselves before they co-opted & Colonized the Boer Nation.

Quote: [ The Boers had a tradition of trekking. Boer society was born on the frontiers of white settlement and on the outskirts of civilization. As members of a frontier society they always had a hinterland, open spaces to conquer, territory to occupy. Their ancestors had moved away from the limiting confines of Cape society to settle the eastern frontier. In time this location became too restricted, and individuals and families moved north across the Orange River. ]

From: The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and Identity. Brian M. Du Toit. Page 1.

Quote: [ The Boer was born in isolation on the veld and out of the turmoil and danger of the expanding frontier. ]

From: The Last Trek: A Study of the Boer People and the Afrikaner Nation. Sheila Patterson. Page 278

Quote: [ The Dutch Church in the Cape offered no blessing to those who trekked. The Church was part of the establishment and gave its support to the government of the day even if it was British. Between the [ Ron edit: Harrison insipidly uses the incorrect term Boer when he was talking about the Cape Dutch in this instance ] who lived comfortably on their fertile farms in the Western Cape and the restless frontiersmen [ Ron edit: ie the Boers ] five hundred miles away to the east there were already differences. The trek would make them even greater. ]

From: The White Tribe of Africa. David Harrison. Page 15.

This was the only hint of the Boers being distinct from the Cape Dutch from Harrison as he went on to parrot Afrikaner Broederbond propaganda which conflated the two or simply neglected the historical record. Even Giliomee admits that the term Boer was only ever used to describe the folks of the Cape frontier.

Quote: [ In March 1901, just as Kitchener's troops begin to bring tens-of-thousands of "refugees" into the camps, Liberal members of Parliament C.P Scott and John Ellis took up the attack on the camp system and first used the term "concentration camp." [Hansard XC, March 1 1901]. Secretary for war Brodrick replied that the camps were "voluntary" and that inmates went as refugees (which was in some cases true, but not most). Pakenham describes the events in South Africa and this moment: in order to break the stalemate K. initiated plans to "flush out guerrillas in a series of sytematic drives, organized like a sporting shoot, with success defined in a weekly 'bag' of killed, captured and wounded, and to sweep the country bare of everything that could give sustenance to the guerrillas, including women and children. . . . It was the clearance of civilians - uprooting a whole nation that would come to dominate the last phase of the war." Brodrick cabled K for information on March 18; K replied by cable on March 22. ]

Note that the Boers are viewed as "the whole nation" in & of itself & as such apart from the Afrikaners of Cape Dutch origin. This is explicit evidence that the Boers are a nation unto themselves. Remember: if all the Boers were to be killed off - there would still be Afrikaners since the Cape Dutch / Afrikaner population of the Western Cape would still be intact. The Boers were not even formally labeled as Afrikaners until well into the 1930s after the Cape Dutch Afrikaners had begun ascending to power.

Now another very important point to consider is that the Boers had cut their ties to Europe while the Cape Dutch were still connected with Europe. This fact demonstrates the inherent different natures & political outlooks of the two distinct Caucasian Afrikaans speaking peoples which manifests itself to this very day with Boer descendents being far more interested in political independence compared to the status quo outlook of the Cape Dutch descendents who are loyal to established powers & are thus conditioned to work within the dispensation.

Quote: [ the trekkers by the end of the eighteenth century had succeeded in establishing themselves in a territory which was larger than France. Already as a people they were moulded into a remarkably uniform pattern; they had developed the taal into a new language, Afrikaans, which was a simplified version of the High Dutch spoken by their forebears but with added words of German, Portuguese and Bantu origin; they had quite cut off their ties with Europe and were tending to do so with their seat of government at the Cape. The officials there, attempting to reassert their authority in the distant districts, appointed magistrates to Swellendam and Graaff Reinet, but this only increased the tension between the frontiersmen and the Company's servants at the capital. ]

From: The Great Trek. Oliver Ransford. Chapter 1.

The author Sidney Robbins also notes that the Boers had cut all ties / broke their connection to Europe in his book: The Devil's Annexe on page 59.

Quote: [ The majority of the Boers living in remote parts of the country, where established congregations or churches are an impossibility, it behooves every Boer to journey to the capital once a year to partake of communion. Pretoria then becomes the Mecca of all Boers, and the pretty little town is filled to overflowing with pilgrims and their "trekking" wagons and cattle. Those who live in remote parts of the country are obliged to start several weeks before the Nachtmaal in order to be there at the appointed time, and the whole journey to and fro in many instances requires six weeks' time. When they reach Pretoria they bivouac in the open square surrounding the old brick church in the centre of the town, and spend almost all their time in the church. It is one of the grandest scenes in South Africa to observe the pilgrims camping in the open square under the shade of the patriarchal church, which to them is the most sacred edifice in the world. ]

From: Oom Paul's People. Howard Hillegas. Published 1900. Chapter four.

The above excerpted post describes the Boers of the 19th cent. I have also long since come across a book called: Cecil Rhodes and the Cape Afrikaners pertaining mainly to the Cape Dutch population of the 19th cent. Comparing the two one will discover rather different outlooks as the Cape Dutch were very pro British & pro Colonial while the Boers on the other hand were anti-British [ stemming mainly from the Slagters Nek Rebellion & into the era of the Great Trek ] as they were very anti-Colonial & quite independence oriented. This is significant as the Cape Dutch population was [ & whose descendants are ] larger than the Boer population group of which both groups were lumped together in the 20th cent as part of an "official" coalition under the dispossessing Afrikaner designation. Therefore when folks assert that "the Afrikaners are from the Boers" they are perpetrating a mathematical impossibility as they are omitting the Cape Dutch population who are in fact the larger progenitors of the Afrikaner macro group.

The following is from Cecil Rhodes and the Cape Afrikaners by Mordechai Tamarkin from page 57.

Quote: [ T D Barry, an English-speaking Bondsman, assured Parliament that he 'had never heard a disloyal word uttered' in the Bond ad that he did not believe there were more than two or three Bondsmen who wished the British flag out of South Africa'. The Bechuanaland crisis, like the Transvaal one before it, rather than triggering disloyalty, was an occasion for Cape Afrikaners to restate their loyalty to Crown and Empire.

The jubilee year of Queen Victoria in 1887 offered Cape Afrikaners an outlet for amazing manifestations of love and loyalty, in town and country, in verse and prose. The Afrikaner Bond congress in its official address to the Queen gave the lead:

We the undersigned, representatives of the Afrikaner Bond of the Colony... wish to approach you with our heartiest and most sincere congratulations on this blessed occasion... We assure you humbly and respectfully [of] our true loyalty to your throne, and we feel proud that in the great British Empire there are not more loyal subjects than those we represent.

It was signed by 'the humblest, loving and most loyal subjects of Your most Blessed Majesty'. In Paarl, the capital of ' Afrikanerdom ', representatives of the Genootschap van Regte Afrikaners and the Afrikaner Bond were present at the local celebration with their flags, while the main speaker expressed his joy at the impressive presence of the burghers which proved Paarl's loyalty to the Queen. The local Dutch newspaper ran a special supplement including a long poem, full of praises for the Queen, by Oom Jan. Such celebrations were not restricted to major urban centers. A correspondent from Van Rhijndorp boasted that 'although our village is small and miserable we have demonstrated our loyalty to our honourable Queen Victoria'. A rural Bond branch in the east held a banquet on a farm. According to the correspondent , 'the house was beautifully decorated and the flag which during thousands of years [sic] withstood the blows of the storm flew merrily high, a striking proof of our Bondsmen loyalty'.

In 1887 Hofmeyr was a member of the Cape delegation to the first Colonial Conference held in London. In a proposal combining a mild preferential treatment for colonial produce with a scheme to finance imperial defense, Hofmeyr made the most important contribution to the idea of strengthening the imperial connection. ]

The Afrikaners - as a macro group under the mid 20th century definition of the term - are in fact mainly descended from the Cape Dutch while the Boer "segment" was co-opted only after the second Anglo-Boer War. Note also that capital of Afrikanerdom was noted as Paarl. Hundreds of miles away the Boer capital was noted at Pretoria. [ as well as other capitals like Bloemfontein etc. ] Further demonstrating the distinct nature of the Boer Nation.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Rules for Old Farts (h/t Stormbringer)

•If you remember when health insurance was optional, you are an old fart.

•If you are polite to strangers, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever changed a typewriter ribbon, you are an old fart.

•If there was only one fat kid in your class, you are an old fart.

•If you think “Occupy” is a verb and not a noun, you are an old fart.

•If you just want to be left alone, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when only sailors had tattoos, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when civil rights meant equal rights, not reverse discrimination, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve never uploaded naked photographs of yourself, you are an old fart.

•If you know how to spell, you are an old fart.

•If you ever waited to hear your favorite song on the radio, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when being radical meant hating the government, rather than relying on it, you are an old fart.

•If you know how to get there better than that GPS contraption, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever felt shame, you are an old fart.

•If you still feel a twinge of dread seeing a phone number with a lot of “9″s and “0″s, you are an old fart.

•If you think a nice warm day is just a nice warm day and not proof of impending doom, you are an old fart.

•If you ever paid for your own condoms, you are an old fart.

•If you know how to fix mechanical devices, you are an old fart.

•If the phrase “turn of the century” makes you think of the year 1900, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when Top Gun actually sat in the plane, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever bought something with cash, you are an old fart.

•If you don’t go all the way on the first date, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when being a Democrat meant being anti-communist, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when “books” were made of paper, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever played pinball, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when sex scandals would ruin a starlet’s career, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever gotten on an airplane without first being searched, you are an old fart.

•If you even know the meaning of the word “bipartisan,” you are an old fart.

•If you you don’t have a Facebook page, you are an old fart.

•If you do have a MySpace page, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever used the word “gay” to mean carefree or joyous, you are an old fart.

•If you kept a few leftover French francs and German marks the last time you visited Europe, you are an old fart.

•If you think self-esteem is earned rather than a birthright, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when the media at least pretended to be impartial, you are an old fart.

•If you ever ate at Sambo’s, you are an old fart.

•If you still have some bell-bottom pants way back in your closet from the first time they were cool, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when every quarter had an eagle on the back, you are an old fart.

•If you hold the door open for ladies, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when tech support answered without an accent, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when being on welfare was embarrassing, you are an old fart.

•If you know what VHS stands for, you are an old fart.

•If you admire successful people, you are an old fart.

•If you know what “the blue dress” refers to, you are an old fart.

•If a teacher ever smacked you on the knuckles with a ruler, you are an old fart.

•If you think school should be taught in English, you are an old fart.

•If you still think music comes on these black vinyl disks called “records,” you are an old fart.

•If you played with toy guns when you were a kid, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever visited a public library, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when Apple was a small struggling company, you are an old fart.

•If your debate coach taught you to see both sides of an argument, you are an old fart.

•If you still have some of those 8-track tapes in the garage, you are an old fart.

•If you love your country, you are an old fart.

•If you remember when budgets were measured in billions, not trillions, you are an old fart.

•If you want to go back to measuring budgets in billions like we used to, you are really an old fart.

•If you remember when campus revolutionaries fought against The Man, and weren’t yet The Man themselves, you are an old fart.

•If you’d welcome a death panel at this stage, frankly, you are an old fart.

•If you actually paid off your mortgage, you are an old fart.

•If you tried to copy Evel Kneivel with your Stingray bike, you are an old fart.

•If you’ve ever owned an encyclopedia, you are an old fart.

•If you remember singing Christmas songs in public school, you are an old fart.

•If you ever smoked a cigarette on an airplane, you are an old fart.

•If you still think there are only two genders, you are an old fart.

•If you ever used a phone booth, you are an old fart.

•If you still haven’t quite gotten the hang of Pong, you are an old fart.

•If you ever ate candy cigarettes, you are an old fart.

•If you ever got out of the car to open the garage door, you are an old fart.

•If you ever judged people by the content of their character, you are an old fart.

•If you ever turned a knob to change the station, you are an old fart.

•If you ever signed your name with a fountain pen, you are an old fart.

•If you ever looked something up in a card catalog, you are an old fart.

The Term Cape Dutch was Documented.

There was a poster here [ & in other places too ] who a while back made the ridiculous assertion that the term Cape Dutch was "my term" thus displaying the poster's ignorance regarding the topic. The poster's desperate assertion was no doubt part of a ploy at trying to hide some very important & valuable history of the region. Considering that just about anyone can look into this for themselves to verify the terms used: the poster had no point to stand on & only achieved outing / exposing him / herself as a third rate propagandist.

The above screen shot [ click to enlarge ] is taken from the History World web site on its South African history page at this link.

Historian Irving Hexham notes within Christianity in Southern Central Africa Prior to 1910. that quote: [ The majority of the original white settlers, known as Cape Dutch, or in frontier regions Boers, maintained a nominal loyalty to the Dutch Reformed Church. ] Link to document.

The author Brian Du Toit notes on page 1 of The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and Identity that quote: [ The Boers had a tradition of trekking. Boer society was born on the frontiers of white settlement and on the outskirts of civilization. As members of a frontier society they always had a hinterland, open spaces to conquer, territory to occupy. Their ancestors had moved away from the limiting confines of Cape society to settle the eastern frontier. In time this location became too restricted, and individuals and families moved north across the Orange River. ] Link to book. Thus demonstrating that the Boers were distinct from the Cape Dutch.

The notable author Arthur Kemp noted in The Boers of Southern Africa that quote: [ This group of Cape Dutch settlers therefore always opposed the Boers' drive for independence and anti-colonialism, and, along with the British settlers, were the true colonial masters of Southern Africa, while the Boers always tried to get away from this mentality and state of affairs. ] Link to document. The Boers always wanted to get away from Colonialism not perpetuate it as the other groups had.

On page Page 41 of the 1957 book The Last Trek: A Study of the Boer People and the Afrikaner Nation by author Sheila Patterson: she states quote: [ It will be noted that the mythology now being propagated is a Voortrekker mythology. Starting with the wrongs of the frontiersmen, it proceeds via the Trek to the Anglo-Boer Wars, well nigh ignoring the contribution of the Cape Dutch. Such is the dynamic of this mythology that the Cape Nationalists accepted it and ignored their own fine history and tradition. ] Link to book. End of quote. They ignored it no doubt in order to usurp the history of the Boers in order to prevent them from easily leaving the new British created dispensation.

The Cape Dutch were a notable & documented population group which coalesced in & around Cape Town up to Stellenbosch / Paarl & Wellington & were coined as such by the Trekboers who began moving inland into Africa during the late 17th cent. just a few decades after the initial settlement at Cape Town.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Reuters message: rather have fewer kids than prevent food wastage.

The Reuters article “Clean your plate, save the world?” made the point that the ruling class was making progress finding ways to reduce food wastage in America, Europe and Africa. This was necessary because “an estimated 30 – 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten.” It’s presumably uneaten by humans.

The journalists Lisa Baertlein and Ernest Scheyder gave the impression that they applauded a mother's efforts to prevent food wastage, yet they would prefer that she considered getting rid of her kids since there was always a limit to how far she would go to save food.

The article mentioned that the projected population size for 2050 will be 9 billion people. I’m in agreement that people should consider having fewer kids. However, since the journalists took it upon them to decide which people should consider having fewer children I’m also going to have a shot at making the same decision!

Most of the population growth, if not all of it, is expected to take place in the developing world. The mother of three and her American countrymen will probably not have enough grandchildren to maintain their standard of living during retirement, or anything close to what they’re used to. Her fellow Americans should not be giving any consideration, whatsoever, to the prospect of having fewer children. Let the people in the developing world reduce their birth rates. At the very least the developing world should stabilize its population size.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The face of the law in South Africa part 2

Like we have been saying, these are the people in positions of power today…

Apartheid made Maths difficult

Maybe one day the average westerner will understand the mentality of Southern African blacks.  That they have never been interested in being equal to any other nation, least of all a predominantly white one.  They want to consume everything in sight.  And if it is difficult for some or other reason, it is bad and the white man’s fault.

Even central and northern African tribes despise the southern tribes.  Not only for their violent nature towards other tribes and nations, but the fact that they won’t grant anybody else their little space under the sun.  Not even their own brothers.  Like the Malemas and Zumas who steal their countrymen blind.  There are other black Africans who would have used the opportunity presented in South Africa in the early 1990s to build something magnificent and maintain the infrastructure already in place.  Even within South Africa.  But, as has been the case since the first Boers moved into unoccupied land in the 19th century (the republics of Transvaal and Free State were established here) and tribes living in adjacent areas saw an opportunity to steal, rape and murder, the elements in power today plunder everything in sight.

Close on 2 decades after Apartheid ended, failing high school pupils are told that the reason they can’t do Mathematics at school is because Apartheid made it difficult.  These kids weren’t even born under the previous regime.  Yet Apartheid South Africa produced some of the most brilliant minds in people of colour.  Contrary to popular belief, they didn’t manage to study in exile.  Most of them obtained world-class qualifications at South African universities.  The same qualifications which obtained after 2000 are often laughed at in first world countries, because they are not worth the paper scribbled on.  Such is the collapse of not only infrastructure, but also standards.

Maybe Apartheid Maths was difficult for a reason other than to oppress people…

Apartheid maths

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Malema blew R3m through his trust

26578_358413915816_537235816_4273322_3720906_nSo much for all his drivel about being poor and the usual militant black mentality that anybody who questioned his lifestyle is “racist” with “white tendencies”.  No doubt he will still have his following.  The useful idiots.  This is something the modern, western, “civilised”, left-leaning person will never understand.  You are not dealing with civilised people here, at least not the majority.  Wearing a Gucci suit doesn’t make Malema civilised any more than a university degree guarantees that a person can do a specific job.

He will continue with his anti-white hate speech.  While blaming Apartheid and colonialism for all Africa’s problems.  All the while sucking at the capitalist teat.  And since many “civilised, educated” politicians in 1st world countries can’t even stay on the straight and narrow path, what do you think the sole purpose of these African bafoons are when they get into any position of power?  Self-enrichment, full stop.  They don’t give a rat’s bum about the poor, previously disadvantaged or “oppressed”.  All they have to say is that they do.  Like when you’re teaching a parrot to say something.

And until Africans are capable of producing within their own ranks a more civilised solution to this sordid tale of one militant power-hungry corrupt official following another, “civilised” first-world beings can pump as much aid in any form into Africa without the outcome being any different.  More corruption.  More murders.  More brutality.

There must be a good reason why Bob Geldof initially refused to organise the “Live 8” concerts.  Even he realised the futility of aid to Africa and the resulting outcome.  But even an aging pop star likes media exposure.

from City Press:

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is a Gucci millionaire and not “poor” as he claims.

As Malema’s political career draws to a close, City Press can reveal that in 2010 alone, different donors deposited more than R3m into Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust, which is currently the subject of a criminal investigation by the Hawks.

With his options of remaining in the ANC running out fast, focus now shifts to at least four investigations into Malema’s financial affairs and business interests.

The Hawks, public protector, South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the Master of the High Court are finalising forensic investigations into the extent of Malema’s wealth and the role of his family trust in benefiting from Limpopo government tenders.

City Press can reveal that more than R2m of the deposits into Malema’s trust in 2010 were made in cash.

In the same year, withdrawals and payments of more than R3m were made from the trust. Two recipients of money from Malema’s trust were Gucci clothing and the five-star Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town.

The information was corroborated by two independent sources with direct knowledge of Malema’s affairs.

The only beneficiary of the trust is Malema’s son and all transactions are legally supposed to benefit him.  Malema and his grandmother, Sarah, are the trustees.

Earning more than R3m a year places Malema among the country’s top earners.  Although their packages were propped up by performance bonuses, Malema’s income through the trust was on a par with the salaries of Investec chief executive Stephen Koseff, who, according to the Sunday Times rich list, drew a salary of R3.5m in 2010; Mvelaphanda head Mikki Xayiya with R3.2m, and Basil Read’s Marius Heyns, who earned a salary of R3.1m in 2010.

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee expelled Malema from the governing party this week, after it found he had threatened the party and held it to ransom.

As Malema’s career as an ANC politician draws to a close, investigations into his affairs by the police, the Public Protector, Sars and the Master of the High Court continue.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said their investigation is ongoing, but would not give details. “We will issue statements only when the investigation is concluded. We will not give a blow-by-blow account,” he said.

Justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali said although the master has not finalised his investigation into the trust, “significant ground has been covered”.

Malema and his grandmother have cooperated with the master’s office and the probe is expected to be concluded “in the next few weeks”.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has already stopped On-Point Engineering – a private firm partly owned by Malema’s trust – from adjudicating roads and transport tenders in Limpopo.

On-Point was awarded a R51m tender by the Limpopo roads and transport department in 2009 to manage a “project management unit” that designs, implements and oversees roads projects in the province.

Madonsela told City Press this week she had hoped to finalise her report into tenders awarded to companies in which Malema has an interest by the beginning of March, but was still busy.  “The investigation is at an advanced stage, but we have not been able to meet our deadline because it is a forensic investigation that involves a whole lot of documents.  "We have extended the deadline because we want to ensure that everything is explained on paper and in writing.  “We will release an interim report, not for public consumption, by the end of March or hopefully in the middle of March,” said Madonsela.

City Press understands that Malema and his lawyers are in discussions with Sars about tax compliance issues affecting his trust and business interests linked to the trust.  Southern Africa Report quoted sources last month saying sufficient evidence had been gathered to charge Malema with tax evasion and money laundering.

It reported Malema’s personal tax affairs were now in order after he was given a year to sort out paperwork and pay funds owed to Sars, but his businesses were in trouble.  “The forensic teams going through his and other ANC politicians’ business interests in Limpopo with a fine-tooth comb have discovered several violations of regulations governing trusts.

"They are also understood to have established a paper trail linking shell companies to Malema’s trust, with what could be instances of money laundering,” the journal reported.

City Press revealed the existence of the trust in July last year. Before that, Malema claimed he was “poor but creditworthy” and that he lived from “handouts” from people like Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale.

A businessman told City Press he had to pay money into the trust after Malema assisted him to obtain a Limpopo government tender. Property developer David Mabilu and building material supplier Steve Bosch have been identified as other benefactors of the trust.

City Press calculated that Malema needed at least a salary of R123 000 per month to sustain his lavish lifestyle. His salary from the ANC is rumoured to have been R50 000 or less per month.

Malema’s spokesperson Floyd Shivambu previously told City Press he would not respond to “futile fishing expeditions” by the newspaper.

- City Press

Saturday, March 10, 2012

O Captain My Captain.

The climax scene from the movie Dead Poet's Society:

People that value western civilizations; may they find leaders and role models that inspire them to see things differently.

Thursday, March 08, 2012 media war rages is vetting the media. The real story is the fact that the media removed harmful information to Obama from its reports, which they should have reported about when they found newsworthy sources during the 2008 US presidential election campaign. The only reason people may not feel any significant negative response to this fact, which is being put right up front and in your faces by the team, is because people have been conditioned not to question the media's narrative for so long. Welcome to your awakening from the deep slumber!

The team's next move against the mainstream media is eagerly anticipated! It seems that US conservative pundits have been emboldened by their loss over Breitbart's death.

This is an appeal to anyone that experienced the humiliation of having freedom of speech taken away from them. If you felt you wanted to burst with frustration because you were being judged by your conservative ideology then I'm addressing this to you. Use the "Breitbart is Here" image for an avatar, post it to your blog, facebook or twitter; spread it far and wide. You can even buy the t-shirt if you're a die-hard Breitbart fan like me.

Spread the message, it's time: take out the old and bring in the new! It's...war.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Afford others the same independence you once enjoyed, America!

I want to hold my friends to account for the mistakes of their country, the United States of America. During the past week or two there was an uproar in the Islamic world, particularly in Afghanistan, over the accidental burning of Korans by US soldiers. It was retaliation against the humiliation caused by the American military presence in Afghanistan, which has the stated goal that it wants to combat the influence of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the Middle East.

I’ve made a lot of online friends from America. My American friends are fiercely patriotic and conservative. They haven’t yet come to terms with the fact that their country’s doomed, thanks to the inevitability of developing socialism in a democracy. The 1700’s spirit of their Founding Fathers is still deeply embedded in their culture and they’re fiercely protective of their independence. Their moral superiority is referred to as American exceptionalism.

Believe it or not, Americans knew humiliation once. The North American colonies’ humiliation ended shortly after the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 by the Continental Congress. Before they gained their freedom Britain imposed a series of laws and taxes on them and many colonists considered the laws to be illegitimate and a violation of their rights as Englishmen. They won their freedom from a corrupted British Empire after fighting the Revolutionary War. To this day, American culture cherishes independence more than anything else.

America won’t achieve anything in Afghanistan by the time it intends to withdraw its military from the country in 2014. Counterinsurgency tactics are used in Afghanistan, which were successful when used during the Malayan Emergency. During the Malayan Emergency the British armed forces assisted Malayans in defeating the Malayan People's Liberation Army, with their communist ideology. Following that war, the Malayans were given their independence from imperial Britain and Malaysia became Britain’s strongest economic ally in the region. However, the tactics used in Afghanistan cannot achieve the same success. The Afghanistan war’s ideological premise is flawed.

Before American military presence in Afghanistan there was thousands of Osama bin Ladens willing to take up the reigns of leadership for al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Today there are millions. When the British “won the hearts and minds” of the Malayan people during the Malayan Emergency, there must have been a mutual respect for people’s culture and values. Clearly the Americans in Afghanistan are not demanding any respect. Instead they have a similar double standard in their application of justice that they apply to majorities in America, albeit inversed. Apparently Afghans have destroyed Korans in Afghanistan before without any consequence.

Americans have a hell of a cheek when they impose their authority on other nations and simultaneously preach about the virtues of independence. Therein lays America’s problem. Its actions are counter-productive and contradictory. It should afford other nations the same independence it once valued. Let moral relativity be damned!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Andrew Breitbart, thank you.

I don’t know many South Africans that knew of Andrew Breitbart. He was only 43 when he died a few days ago of natural causes. I hope in future, more people including South Africans, will become aware of the phenomenal impact he had on people’s lives.

I was especially touched by this youtube video posted by a young teenager (!) from America to pay tribute to Andrew Breitbart because it expressed my own sense of loss in the wake of his death. I’ll be searching for more conservatives like Breitbart on the internet that have the ability to reach people to the same extent that he did. But to tell the truth, he has some pretty big shoes to fill.

One of Andrew Breitbart’s best qualities, in his own words, was the in-depth knowledge of politics in America that he researched using the internet. He was able to express his unique views using the internet as a tool, despite the enormous effort in the mainstream media to silence him simply because they did not approve of any opinion that was contrary to their narrative. I can only make observations about people, in general, and won’t get drawn into conspiracy theories. Anyway, I was astounded to see the extent that the media was willing to go to, to avoid cold, hard facts.

After Andrew Breitbart provided accounts of his own experience as someone inside the American media complex, for the first time it was easy to understand the extent and nature of its corruption. My new insight, as the result of Breitbart’s influence, gave birth to a stubborn rebellion against exposure to the mainstream media, including Hollywood. I will not be brainwashed. Thank you, Andrew Breitbart.

Friday, March 02, 2012

In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)

by Larry Solov, Big Hollywood

With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.


Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.