Archive for March, 2011

A civilised rally against debt in London 14 May 2011

Join their Official Page here for updates and debate: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-Against-Debt/215405205140114?sk=wall

A well mannered, polite rally for civilised people who don’t wish to see
their hard earned money being spent on pointless government
initiatives and instead would like government spending
to actually fall and our national debt to be cut.

They don’t think that it’s fair for us to continue borrowing money to live a lifestyle that we simply can’t afford – burdening our children with unnecessary debt that they will have to pay back.

Any visits to Fortnum and Mason’s by protestors will only be to marvel at their selection of quality goods and perhaps make the occasional purchase.

Bonfires will be strictly forbidden: it’s out of season anyway

Trips to see Vodafone and other high street chains will result in congratulations to the company for providing jobs and growth in the UK.

And a caveat on their Facebook site: “Offensive posts will be deleted. This is an event for people who want to come to our event to support what we stand for, not an opportunity for defamation or hate. We reserve the right to delete what we do not like and don’t really mind if you have a problem with this. It is our event after all, not yours.”

Offical hashtag #RallyAgainstDebt or #RAD

Official Website: http://rallyagainstdebt.org/

What a bleddy marvellous idea!

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A fascinating South African newsletter

I get this regular newsletter from PeterJasie in South Africa. (Make sure you click on the English link!) He is retired and spends a lot of his time holidaying all around Southern Africa and his newsletter is a mixture of useful information, travel information, recipes, often a “letter from Zimbabwe” Mirna van Wyk articles (she is an educational psychologist from Stellenbosch) and lost of other snippets of information.

Here is an extract from his latest newsletter – but first, one of his photographs.

Photo of an African night sky

African skies by Peter Jasie

Venda Myths and Traditions

The Venda people were one of the last black tribes to migrate south of the Limpopo River. When they moved in to South Africa they found a beautiful, bountiful area, which they promptly named Venda (pleasant place) and settled there.

Lanky, yet graceful, the Venda people are warm and friendly. Their history began in the valleys and mountains of Limpopo Province, where their forebears established a great civilisation centred round Mapungubwe.

Though ruled by kings, the position of women in Venda culture is unusual in Africa in that they are encouraged to occupy senior positions in society. It is common for a woman to inherit her father’s estate where there is no apparent male heir.

Children and the elderly have their own role to play. This is linked to the recognition and worship of the ancestors. Having just joined the earthly plane, the children are still close to the ancestors. The elderly are also close to the ancestors because they will soon join the spiritual realm in death.

In Venda tradition there are many sacred sites, especially Lake Fundudzi high in the Soutspansberg Mountains. Even today, it is believed this is where the White Python – the god of fertility – lives.

Lake Fundudzi
A must see is definitely the sacred “Lake Fundudzi” situated in the Thathe Vondo forest, the home of the mythical python and white crocodile. The python is the god of fertility in the Venda tradition and the legend tells us that a Venda man had a broken heart because of the loss of a great love. In his sorrow he walked into Lake Fundudzi at which time he turned into a python. Young virgin Venda maidens still perform the famous Domba-python dance in this area to honour this god of fertility. It is also believed that the white crocodile lives in this Lake. This crocodile might have really existed because this Lake is still today populated by large crocodiles, and an albino crocodile might have once lived in the lake where young, virgin Venda maidens were once offered to them. Lake Fundudzi is surrounded by mountains and special permission has to be obtained to visit this sacred Lake. No-one washes or swims in this lake.

Sacred Forest
Also in the Thathe Vondo forest is the so-called “Sacred Forest”. The Thathe Vondo forest has giant hardwoods (jakkelsbessie, yellowwood), a wide variety of ferns, creepers and a wealth of plants and trees which makes the forest nearly impenetrable on foot. The Sacred Forest is a mystical place, where no ordinary Venda person may walk and as a visitor one may not walk off the dirt track going through the forest – hikers are not allowed. In the Sacred Forest, two mythical creatures keep guard namely the white lion (the spirit of Nethathe an important chief) and the thunder and lighting bird called Ndadzi which according to myths flies on the wings of thunder. One can speculate further about this bird and its origin, and the origin of the Venda people.

Domba
The Domba is not a tourist attraction but a ceremony with deep meanings, and it is not possible to witness many parts of it (teaching, ritual bath.). The public is only able to see the dancing which is the occasion for men to choose future wives for their nephews or sons. To see such a dance one gets goose bumps running up and down your spine looking at the bodies movies together to their own rhythm.

Tshikona
This is traditionally a male dance in which each player has a pipe made out of a special indigenous type of bamboo growing only in a few places around Sibasa and Thohoyandou but unfortunately these have almost disappeared. It is quite something to listen to the pipe which has only one note and they have to play in turn in such a way that they build a melody.

The Tshikona is a royal dance, each sovereign or chief has his own Tshikona band. Tshikona is played at various occasions for funerals, wedding or religious ceremonies, this can be considered as the Venda “national music/dance

Tshigombela
The Tshigombela is a female dance usually performed by married women, this is a festive dance sometimes played at the same time as Tshikona.

Tshifhasi
Tshifhasi is similar to Tshigombela but performed by young unmarried girls (Khomba) – womenfolk.

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Die ware Suid Afrika – vandag (in die Engels se taal)

The song is sung in Afrikaans but you don’t have to know the language to understand what it is all about, the video explains it very well
Now ask yourself what story does the video tell and reflect, is it the truth or is it a lie – ask yourself, is it really happening in South Africa as we watch?

Read what Wikipedia has to say about the deaths of Afrikaans farmers. Here is an extract from Wikipedia to save you following the link:

Genocide Watch has theorized that farm attacks constitute early warning signs of genocide against Afrikaners and has criticised the South African government for its inaction on the issue, pointing out that the murder rate for them (“ethno-European farmers” in their report, which also included non-Afrikaner farmers of European race) is four times that of the general South African population. There are 40,000 white farmers in South Africa. Since 1994 close to three thousand farmers have been murdered in thousands of farm attacks, with many being brutally tortured and/or raped. Some victims have been burned with smoothing irons or had boiling water poured down their throats.

I was brought up amongst Afrikaners as a child and although they can be a prickly race and if you get three of them on a street corner talking politics, you will never get one agreeing with another. Having said that, they are a warm and friendly people. One story was, my mother with her British accent was travelling a long journey on a train and five Afrikaners (a family) got on the train. When they found out she was a Brit, they exchanged a few polite sentences with her, and lapsed in their Afrikaans and ignored her. When it was lunchtime, they got out their large hamper and automatically set out six places. They wouldn’t have dreamed of not sharing their food, even with an accursed Brit (in the Boer War approximately 27,000 Boer Women and children died in Kitchener’s “Konsentrasie Kampe”) – I will leave you to work out the translation. Here’s a tip – Hitler copied the idea from the British and used it in WW2.

Finally, Look at our British Parliament and the way our politicians behave. Would you like foreigners to look at our parliament and say, “look at those Brits, that’s the sort of people they are”. Or would you rather them look at parliament and say “look at those politicians, the poor Brits having to put up with them”. If you are American, just transpose Americans for Brits. It is very much the same in South Africa, the shower running the country pre 1994 did not reflect the white races, and as you watch the video and wonder how these killers can get away with three thousand murders – and wonder further whether the ANC government have turned a blind eye, reflect that the people in Government do not reflect most of the black races at all. Just like Britain. Just like America. Look at Iraq, our governments are even worse than the ANC!

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An army of Lions lead by a sheep?

An old African saying reads: An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.

The question to ask here is, which of the following seems like a sheep, and which one seems and sounds like a lion?

David Cameron – sheep or lion?
Nick Clegg – sheep or lion?
Ed Milliband – sheep or lion?
Nigel Farage – sheep or lion?

Take a look at this website – I show an extraction below:

Annual Costs of EU Membership

The net cost of the EU to Britain is £20 billion pa. But the actual cost is much more than that.

The European Union costs us £65 billion gross every year.

That’s about £1,000 each every year for every man, woman and child in the UK. And it increases every year.
Direct and Indirect Costs of the EU

Estimates of the true cost of the EU are difficult to come by. MPs have called many times for a cost-benefit analysis, to prove or disprove the benefits of membership. Successive Governments, both Labour and Conservative, have refused, on the grounds that the “benefits” are self-evident. In truth they are afraid of what such a study would show. The Bruges Group have finally produced an authoritative study.

(http://www.brugesgroup.com/CostOfTheEU2008.pdf)

The second question to ask is what can you do with an extra £1,000 for you, an extra £1,000 for your spouse, and an extra £1,000 for each of your children each and every year? Or, to put it another way, what could our country do with an extra £65B each year to go towards paying off our debts?

This is a very hard question to ponder over, so I’ll go away and leave you to it!

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Cuddly furry animals explain Quantitive Easing

Please don’t drink your coffee anywhere near the keyboard when watching this…

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What Unions in schools is about

But, relax, this isn’t about Britain. It is about America.

I mean, surely it can’t apply here… can it?

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Ebaynomics

by Anton Howes

We’re all now familiar with the way the online exchange market eBay works. However, it should also be seen as an example of how unregulated free markets can work. In 2010, 90 million people from across the world, often unable to speak the same language, and totally unknown to each other due to adopted pseudonyms traded $2000-worth of goods every single second.

Without any government input when it came to advertising standards or fair trading, or any of the usual regulations we see with conventional off-line markets, a whopping 98% of trades managed to get a positive rating. This shows that trust can be built between and amongst people who will never meet, and may even conceal their identities.

You may argue that this is simply because of the rating system, something put in place by the eBay designers, and that this provides a justification for a similar government scheme. But then eBay, like all other markets is entirely voluntary – we buy at our own risk but try to reduce it. Even if eBay had not built in its own ratings system and provided free Buyer Protection, the huge demand for these services would have prompted someone to design them in any case.

Whilst government may wish to get involved, the chances are it would be a waste of taxpayer money, and would displace both consumer wariness and voluntary approaches more open to innovation. Furthermore, regulations always respond to the last disaster. But consumer ratings are likely to be more immediate and effective, whilst also changing seller behaviour without the need for intrusive or expensive top-down rules governing everyone else too.

Read the full article at The Adam Smith Institute

My own monika is “ampers” on eBay and I have traded 158 times with a perfect 100% record.

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