Monday, October 14, 2019

Facebook ... The Hypocritical Arrogance of Big Business

I made a comment on Facebook that - "The Saudis are murderous swines".
For that Facebook rightly imposed a sanction, correctly stating that the comment constituted "hate speech" and banned me for a period of 48 hours.

After serving the ban I posted an unreserved apology to the "good people of Saudi"  and stated that I accepted that the comment, in its blanket format, constituted hate speech.

However I added that it was the Saudi regime that I had in mind when I posted the comment as this regime was, inter alia, responsible for -
persecution of women;
bombing children; and
the diabolical murder of a journalist ...
 who was butchered with his body being bagged and disposed off  to an unknown locality which was horrendous for his family given, in particular, their religious imperatives as regards burial.

I also added that my comment had been unfair to pigs as this breed had never indulged in such conduct.

For this apology Facebook banned me for Seven (7) days without stipulating in what way my apology had violated its Community Standards.
I submitted a detailed query pointing out the facts and merits herein. The ban was maintained without any explanatory response.

Not ONE Community Standard had been violated by my apology. !!!!

The inescapable assumption is that Zuckerberg & Co took exception to my accusatorial statement about the Saudi regime as augmented by the accompanying image, shown above herein.

This reaction by Zuckerberg & Co. is mind boggling in view of the fact  that no reasonable person would take exception to my apology or the accompanying image.
There is nothing graphically disturbing about the image.
The statements made about the Saudi regime are matters of fact, widely reported on and supported by innumerable international agencies of repute.

I should mention that on occasion I have reported content to Facebook that posited current "Whites" in the Southern African region, as greedy racist bigots, on account of the conduct of their ancestors.
Facebook has always responded by thanking me but opining that these blanket condemnations and labeling  of White humans, who are not responsible for the conduct of their ancestors, was NOT a violation of Community Standards !!!???

The inescapable inference must be that Zuckerberg & Co have an inhouse policy sensitivity about anything being posted that posits the Saudi regime in a bad light, even if 100% true ...
while it publicly takes an opposite stance.
There can be no other inference as the only persons who could be offended by my apology are members of that regime.
Hypocrisy is all too apparent.

Whichever way one assesses this saga it is clear that there is an arrogance underpinning Facebook's reaction, particularly the complete absence of any explanation for the seven (7) day ban.
It is the arrogance of Big Business.
Since Facebook has billions of subscribers it does not care about treating one subscriber with arbitrary summary contempt.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Robert Gabriel Mugabe … and Whites … especially American Whites



Mugabe was educated by Whites … very, very good Whites … Roman Catholic Priests of the Jesuit Order. In the result he was exceptionally well educated and later amassed more Degrees than a thermometer.
In his early adult life, Mugabe was a great voice of truth, reason and justice. This carried through to the first 3 years as President of Zimbabwe, a country taking its first steps as a country coming out of systemic oppression and a bloody war.  His was a voice of peace and reconciliation as a new united nation.
Symptomatic of his operational mode and culture was that he appointed General Peter Walls, who had served the Rhodesian Government as Commander of the anti-liberation forces, as the country’s first Army Commander.
All this was to change once he was complicit in the Ndebele Genocide, known as Gukurahundi.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/19/mugabe-zimbabwe-gukurahundi-massacre-matabeleland From that point Zimbabwe became a de facto military State, with Mugabe its tyrannical leader, until his demise on account of the very monster he had husbanded.
He would routinely seek to justify his tyranny with strident rhetoric.
This included him scolding Whites that they should not pontificate and lecture Africans (Blacks) as regards codes of behavior and how to rule.
He charged Whites with being hypocritical. In his indictment they had no right to tell Blacks how to behave as they were worse.
Was he right … was he right wholly or in part?  That is the question?
By Whites we mean, and he meant, the general group of Caucasians that comprise what is referred to as the “Western or Free World”.
They are the group that achieved advancement, as members of the human race, to a level where they more-or-less overran the whole planet, including colonizing and subjugating Africans.
Upon abandoning the oppression and subjugation of Africans, these members of the “Free world”, the “Western World”, have routinely insisted, pleaded, begged, advised, lectured … African leaders to emulate their operational mode, culture and conduct in order to embed “sacred” principles of democracy.
These pleas, lectures and advice from White Western leaders have largely fallen on deaf African ears, as Africa continues to present as a litany of failure … with coups … famine … human rights abuse … and even genocide being something of routine occurrence in Africa.
So was Mugabe right? Was he right in contending that Whites are just as bad … or even worse??
We will know the answer to this in 2020 when Americans vote in their Presidential elections.
a)       You see America has Whites as its dominant group. Those Whites are made up of a huge representation of the various Caucasian groups that comprise “Whites” since it is indeed a
nation of Immigrants” … White immigrants.  
b)      It is the country that has emerged as the most advanced, most powerful and most influential and dominant.
c)       Given the above, it has also presented as the “Leader of The Free World”.
d)      Now it is challenged in a very, very fundamental way, that can be usefully dubbed “Trumpism” ... of which such conduct is pretty typical
e)      Trumpism is where –
i)                    The President presents as a criminal sexual deviant or pervert and this does not matter.
ii)                   Where the President is the biggest recorded liar in history and it does not matter.
iii)                 Where the President rebukes, condemns and repudiates all of America’s intelligence agencies and this does not matter with this type of support now fairly routine. 
iv)                 Where the President demands, expects and wallows in personal aggrandizement and this is accepted as a norm.
v)                   Where the President considers himself as above the law and unaccountable and this is the norm.
vi)                 Where the President is in a love fest with the principle megalomaniacs on the planet like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jon Un, Rodrigo Duterte, Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil El-Sisi, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-treacherous-ties-to-a-murderous-prince… and skunks like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage … and members of the bigoted Alt-Right groups … and this is accepted.
vii)               Where the President openly equates the actions of bigoted Neo-Nazis with those in opposition and this is accepted.
viii)              Where the President openly indulges in a pernicious bigoted racist attack on four (4) Congresswomen, demanding that they leave the country, and this is tolerated ... with Republican support for him rising as a result of his racism.
ix)               Where a President tears up nearly all international agreements and embarks on bully-boy “America-First” operational mode and culture.
x)         Where the President now threatens a whistle-blower, whose actions are actually protected by law, and posits that citizen as guilty of treason, punishable by execution … and this is accepted.
xi)       And as regards the way the Dotard (Trump) speaks.  

xii)      Where the President routinely scapegoats "migrants: as being a terrible threat to America while doing absolutely nothing about the reality that over 100,000 Americans are killed, maimed, robbed and raped at gunpoint every year by other Americans.

xiii)     Trump/s operational mode and culture has so many attributes of fascism and/or that of a tinpot dictator.
         
f)       And what we see is ---
      Millions of Whites, referenced as “Trump’s Base”, enthusiastically supporting this President in all the above listed abrogation, repudiation and trampling on America’s professed values and behavioral codes.
g)      And what we see is ---
       Most members of the Republican Party, especially its leaders, acquiescing, conniving, colluding and actually supporting this dangerous buffoon of a President in his actions and shenanigans.
Good example.
Conclusion
The Great US of A is in its most disgraceful period since the era of slavery … and … millions of Whites don’t care … and actually support this heinous state of national affairs.
Republican leaders and followers don’t care that that the Party of Lincoln and Reagan has been hijacked by Trumpism.

So, on the hard evidence to-date, it has to be conceded, on an objective test, that Robert Gabriel Mugabe may well have been right about Whites.
His stance will be DISPROVED OR CONFIRMED in 2020 when America’s Whites vote in the Presidential election.
Then we will know.
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Notes:-
The pic includes Jim Jordan ...
and Kellyanne Conway on "alternative facts" ...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders ...
with Lindsey Graham presenting as the leading now typical Republican leader, spineless and hypocritical to the core.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Dominance ... the Proof of Ignorance

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We can define ignorance as not understanding that ADVANTAGE does not equate to ADVANCEMENT.
You see mankind has been on a journey of Advancement from the time he arrived on this planet. He was able to do this because he is blessed with the gift of Reason as the species known as homo sapiens.
Note that he started off in a cave ... huddled together ... apprehensive about everything out there. From the moment someone introduced the use of fire he gained an Advantage. From the moment he invented the spear and the knobkerrie, he gained an Advantage.
Eventually he invented the gun ... and secured a huge advantage.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Thabo Mbeki and Robert Mugabe

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It was galling to hear Thabo Mbeki, on Radio Power FM today, eulogising Robert Mugabe.
His eulogy was riddled with lies that would make arch-propagandist Paul Joseph Goebbels giggle with delight in his grave.
This included a claim that "Mugabe is to be revered for having redeemed Zimbabwe when the British were trying to remove him from power in 2008".
It was NOT the British that tried to remove Mugabe & Co in 2008.
It was the people of Zimbabwe, who very bravely it must be said, voted this lot of skunks out.
What then happened was that then President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa got the AU and SADC to force a "GNU Agreement" that ensured that the bloody Mugabe regime retained power, using something called "quiet diplomacy".
Our brethren in Zimbabwe have paid dearly ever since, and Zimbabwe is now a Hell-Hole of note.
But, of course, Mbeki was deeply indebted to Mugabe. He got the job of President of SA because of Mugabe.
You see, at that time, Cyril Ramaphosa was the natural successor to Mandela. However the great man made a BIG mistake and consulted African leaders, starting with Mugabe.
These leaders were still in a state of catatonic shock as a result of how elder Statesman Dr Kenneth Kaunda had been removed by a pipsqueak nobody, Frederick Chiluba, who came from nowhere.
You see ... understand this PLEASE ..... Frederick Chiluba was a Labour man .. . and so was Cyril ... and so was Morgan Tsvangirai who won the 2008 elections.
In addition, why would Mbeki simply not overlook the voluminous blood that was on the hands of Mugabe?
They are two-of-a-kind ... both with blood on their hands ... both caring nothing for the plight of our people.
As regards Mugabe, there is the obvious matter of the Ndebele Genocide, called Gukurahundi, just for a start.
As regards Mbeki, there were the tens of thousands of HIV/AIDS patients would died as a result of his ignorant, arrogant Aids Denialism policy.
For those who still want to obfuscate the issue of Mbeki's AIDS Denialism, as having been a "genuine" stance against a rapacious pharmaceutical industry, let us pose this VERY SIMPLE question?
What do we think, imagine or supposed would happen to a Provincial Hospital Administrator if patients died in consequence of EXACTLY the same "reasons" that Mbeki had???????
That Administrator would be arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to many periods of life imprisonment. The conviction(s) would certainly be for Reckless Culpable Homicide if not Murder on the basis of dolus eventualis.
At that very time Mbeki was trying to foist the quack medicine of Virodene, at humongous expense, on the people of South Africa.
I was in the Public Sector when Mbeki took over from Mandela. It became a nightmare for a "public interest" functionary like myself, as his regime embedded a wall-to-wall system of political patronage.
The RAF entity. that I headed and was forced out of, is now over a Rand billion in the red.
The shenanigans of this regime nearly cost me my life when two (2) armed goons were sent to take me out in our home.
We blame Zuma & Co for the current wall-to-wall inefficiency,ineptitude, failure and corruption.
Understand that the rotten bed from which this all grew was actually laid by Mbeki.
The man is actually responsible for the mess that Zimbabwe and South Africa are in right now.
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PS: I did love his "I am an African speech" ... especially as there is no reference to the "Black" mantle of dehumanization in that speech.
But, of course, at that time he did not have power.
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PPS: It must be said that his brother, Moeletsi Mbeki, is a "man among men". 😊👍

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Did Mugabe have a point about White hypocrisy?

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Taking the ongoing saga of Anthony Scaramucchi, as a litmus test, we find that Mugabe Is somewhat vindicated.

Hillary Clinton said that SOME were "deplorable".
Mugabe was saying that the whole lot were.
You see it was Whites that colonised us Africans ... and have always insisted that their way is "civilized" ... the best way for humans to be civilians.
Before colonization Africa mostly had systems of authoritarianism without notions of human rights and equality.
Not surprisingly our leaders have often, if not mostly, slipped back into this traditional authoritarian self serving mode ...
and Africa is a litany of failure.
Led by America, the White free world has always condemned,lectured and lambasted our African leaders for their dictatorial inclinations.
Mugabe openly railed against them, condemning them as hypocrites for being themselves corrupt hypocrites.
Was he right ?
Did Mugabe have a point??
Hillary Clinton said that SOME were "deplorable".
Mugabe was saying that the whole lot were.
You see it was Whites that colonised us Africans ... and have always insisted that their way is "civilized" ... the best way for humans to be civilians.
Before colonization Africa mostly had systems of authoritarianism without notions of human rights and equality.
Not surprisingly our leaders have often, if not mostly, slipped back into this traditional authoritarian self serving mode ...
and Africa is a litany of failure.
Led by America, the White free world has always condemned,lectured and lambasted our African leaders for their dictatorial inclinations.
Mugabe openly railed against them, condemning them as hypocrites for being themselves corrupt hypocrites.
Was he right ?
Taking the ongoing saga of Anthony Scaramucchi, as a litmus test, we find that Mugabe Is somewhat vindicated.
Today Anthony Scaramucchi is a veritable oracle of truth on what a corrupt, narcissistic,self-serving swine Donald trump is.
Yesterday he was standing next to Trump hailing and supporting him as an ideal leader.
Scaramucchi has not had an epiphany. He is just a hypocrite.
The point to be made here is that Scaramucchi is not alone.
He is representative of the White dominated Republican Party.
They ALL KNOW that what he is now saying so eloquently and forcefully is 100% true.
But they hypocritically connive, collude and acquiesce in the thoroughly rotten Trump presidency ...
to serve their own interests ...
individually and as a Party ...
just as our very own African leaders and their supporters behave.
As Trevor Noah pointed out, on day one, Donald Trump has all the attributes of a typical African dictator.
He exhibits this daily ... and yet these White leaders of the free world, and their supporters ...
the most powerful people on the planet ...
are actually doing nothing about it ...
except for Anthony Scaramucchi ...
only because Trump dumped him like he was dog's poo.
To my mind Trump is already a de facto dictator, as Robert Mugabe was. It is very difficult to separate their operational culture and mode.
There appears to be hope ... as the White leaders at the G7 conference isolated the would-be despot Donald Trump and his corrupt hypocritical agenda.
However , for my part, whether Mugabe was right or not, will be proved or disproved, next year when America has its Presidential elections.
To date White Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell have vindicated Robert Gabriel Mugabe 100%
Did Mugabe have a point??
Hillary Clinton said that SOME were "deplorable".
Mugabe was saying that the whole lot were.
You see it was Whites that colonised us Africans ... and have always insisted that their way is "civilized" ... the best way for humans to be civilians.
Before colonization Africa mostly had systems of authoritarianism without notions of human rights and equality.
Not surprisingly our leaders have often, if not mostly, slipped back into this traditional authoritarian self serving mode ...
and Africa is a litany of failure.
Led by America, the White free world has always condemned,lectured and lambasted our African leaders for their dictatorial inclinations.
Mugabe openly railed against them, condemning them as hypocrites for being themselves corrupt hypocrites.
Was he right ?
Taking the ongoing saga of Anthony Scaramucchi, as a litmus test, we find that Mugabe Is somewhat vindicated.
Today Anthony Scaramucchi is a veritable oracle of truth on what a corrupt, narcissistic,self-serving swine Donald trump is.
Yesterday he was standing next to Trump hailing and supporting him as an ideal leader.
Scaramucchi has not had an epiphany. He is just a hypocrite.
The point to be made here is that Scaramucchi is not alone.
He is representative of the White dominated Republican Party.
They ALL KNOW that what he is now saying so eloquently and forcefully is 100% true.
But they hypocritically connive, collude and acquiesce in the thoroughly rotten Trump presidency ...
to serve their own interests ...
individually and as a Party ...
just as our very own African leaders and their supporters behave.
As Trevor Noah pointed out, on day one, Donald Trump has all the attributes of a typical African dictator.
He exhibits this daily ... and yet these White leaders of the free world, and their supporters ...
the most powerful people on the planet ...
are actually doing nothing about it ...
except for Anthony Scaramucchi ...
only because Trump dumped him like he was dog's poo.
To my mind Trump is already a de facto dictator, as Robert Mugabe was. It is very difficult to separate their operational culture and mode.
There appears to be hope ... as the White leaders at the G7 conference isolated the would-be despot Donald Trump and his corrupt hypocritical agenda.
However , for my part, whether Mugabe was right or not, will be proved or disproved, next year when America has its Presidential elections.
To date White Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell have vindicated Robert Gabriel Mugabe 100%

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Tribute to A Then Young Lad

I was fitting a brand-new motor onto the back of our boat.
Just then I heard the ominous sound of the tick-tock hoist slip.
Gravity kicked in. The full weight of the motor came down … came down onto me as I was crouched under the motor. 
This caused my back to bend to a bow shape, seize and lock in that shape.
I was trapped … trapped under the motor, unable to move.
I knew that it would only be a matter of time before my back snapped like a twig … but I could do nothing … nothing whatsoever about my plight … except to once again start reeling off them Hail Marys, that had always worked in my long and troublesome life.
Would Mother Mary come through? Would She??
Just as my back was starting to give and I was giving up hope, I became aware of someone approaching.
It was our son, Christopher Mark Greenland, known affectionately as CG.
I heard him intone an exclamation of concern – “Dad”. The expression on his face mirrored my desperation and helplessness.
The relief I felt at seeing him played out in my mind as a cruel trick.
What could this 13-year-old do about this horrible situation?
Nothing!
Fate was adding to the horror by letting our son witness his father being crippled for life.
In a hoarse whisper of utter desperation I started to tell him to get a car jack to wedge under the motor, hoping against hope that there was enough time.
However, to my utter astonishment and disbelief, the lad grabbed the motor and lifted it up and off me as if were a feather …
all 268 KGs ... yes 268 KGS of a 75 HP Mercury boat motor.
I was free.!!!
I was not going to be crippled for life. !!!
It was unbelievable.!!!
As these words hit the screen my eyes well up in tears of that pride that a father has for a son …
a son who has always been so good …
so good at everything he has turned his hand to …
including now being South African Bass Fishing Champion …
due to represent our adopted country in the USA in November 2019.
Feel that pride with me .. and yes, don’t forget to thank Mother Mary.
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PS: When we later transferred that motor to another boat, it took three grown men. 🤭

Monday, May 27, 2019

European Election Results for Dummies

In simple terms the EU elections reveal a marked swing towards the right …
towards nationalism …
towards nativism …
towards tribalism.

Why?
The main reason is that the current generation of humans is not as imbued with the lessons learnt as a result of the last World Wars and the Holocaust …
having not experienced that era of diabolical human conflict and suffering.

They do not have a deep seated affinity for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”) that was a paradigm mindset/culture shift for humanity as a result of those wars and the Holocaust.
So they are not naturally or instinctively inclined to a culture of universal brotherhood.

To this we add the fact that the UDHR was central to the shift towards “globalization” that brought with it an influx of “foreigners” in ever increasing numbers …
culminating in the disturbing spectre of thousands of “migrants” marching into Europe.
Understand that we humans are naturally prejudiced as is clearly explained here --https://www.facebook.com/notes/chris-greenland/prejudice-guilty-as-charged-please-share-far-and-wide/10214408826088875/

It only needs a trigger to convert this natural prejudice to something more sinister such as overt racism or a drift to the nativist nationalism and tribalism that Trumpism and the EU election results prove.

Unhelpful has been the pathological failure of our African governments.
Despite the fact that Africa is the most resourced continent, Africans have failed dismally to realize their potential or to be humans naturally accruing respect, let alone adulation.

So, we are tolerated … NOT respected, except perhaps as athletes.
How on earth do we expect to be respected when we define ourselves as "Black", a label that was imposed on us to dehumanize us??

Africans were more than well represented in the caravans of migrants invading Europe, and the World was treated daily to video footage of Africans drowning in the Mediterranean trying to get to Europe.

Feel free to imagine that Europeans are spooked into not wanting our type in their midst.

These phenomena were/are god-send ammunition for the bigoted likes of Le Pen of France, Farage of the UK, Petry of Germany, Salvini of Italy, the Hungarian PM and others, now comprising the Alt-Right, to psychologically proposition Europeans that they are under threat from these “others”.

What certainly does not help is that we participate in what is known as a “Black Grievance Industry”, in

terms of which we routinely lay a guilt complex on current Whites for the ills of the past for which they have no responsibility. We take it further and actually blame current Europeans, frothing at the mouth about something called “neo-colonialism”.

We do this as matter of routine … as an excuse for the pathological failures of our leaders.

It is to be very naïve to imagine that Trump’s referencing Africa as “shit-hole” countries and having a preference for migrants from Norway did not strike a huge accord with many European voters.

Obviously there are also other reasons why Europe is experiencing this drift to the Right. However the above is a significant component.

In concluding we should recognize that this planet is now at a watershed moment in time.
It will either drift back to the pre-war, pre-UDHR era of “Might is Right” or continue on a journey of universal brotherhood.

There is hope. There is hope because, on a total analysis of the results, more Europeans voted for what is good than for what is bad.
So the meter has not yet swung over towards Trumpism and the Alt-Right ...
but it is trying to.😳😨😵
Free counters!