Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Pretoria High Court’s Judgement on the Anti-Tobacco Ban

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The Court has given its ruling, finding against the Applicants.
At the heart of its ruling was acceptance of the propositions that:-
a) smoking was not an “ essential activity”; AND
b) it was not wrong to think, imagine or suppose that imposing the ban was a good measure in the fight against Coronavirus-19.
The Court was right on both of these counts.
It was right in recognising that these two propositions were there to be weighed up in the scales of justice and in making these findings about them.
The question that arises … and it is a very big question … is whether or not the Court saw and appreciated what was ALSO in the scales …
on the other side …
in competition with these propositions??
In figurative speech this was a case of virus versus virus.
The one virus was/is Covid-19. The other was/is the multi-headed virus of Anomie.
Anomie is the noun used by social scientists and Criminologists to describe a condition of “social norm disorder … general culture of deviance … lawlessness”.
Did the Judges understand that South Africa has long since been chronically infected with this, across the board, vertically and horizontally?
For the last 20 or so years Carte Blanche has valiantly confirmed this to us week in, week out.
It seems impossible to conclude that the Judges were not aware of this.
In terms thereof (Anomie) it was always the case that:-
a) people were going to continue to smoke;
b) sourcing cigarettes from organised crime;
c) in defiance of government, authority and the law;
d) with government being divested of Rand billions in tax revenue to the benefit of organised crime;
e) with millions of our people, living in wretched poverty, thereby divested of being able to receive assistance from our cash strapped government;
f) thereby organically breaching a Constitutionally imposed duty to redress the socio-economic injustices that are an apartheid legacy.
Jurisprudentially this was/is not “rocket science”. It is 2nd Year Law.
Criminology is blindingly clear on this. It draws on the lessons learned as a consequence of America’s period of Prohibition. As a direct consequence of America banning alcohol consumption it became inflicted with the likes of Al Capone and organised crime that has become irrevocably embedded.
So, it is now universally accepted that a government does not make laws that its citizens are going to disrespect, resist and breach. Making such laws guarantees otherwise law-abiding citizens disrespecting government, authority, and the law.
That is exactly what has happened and is happening as confirmed by investigative reports and non other than the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele.
Anomie, that is a pathological affliction of this country from the days of apartheid is being given a huge boost … no question whatsoever!!
In terms of an objective test, it appears obvious that Covid-19 was used as an opportunity to ban smoking …
even though no country other than Bhutan has ever done this because of the dictates of Criminology forged in the fires of Prohibition.
This can be seen as an example of Crusader Syndrome.
The Judges have come out in support of this, even though, jurisprudentially crusading and its twin brother, vigilantism, are accepted as inherently dangerous to law, justice and the public interest.
That a smoking ban is, at best, marginally effective against Covid-19 scientifically, has been submerged by crusade enthusiasm.
In simple terms Covid-19 remains largely unaffected while Anomie achieves a Huge Boost.
That Superior Court Judges appear to be comfortable with this, is worrisome indeed.
With respect, In effect this amounts to promoting a functionally corrupt State.
Again with respect, at best/worst the Court has failed to understand that the "road to Hell is indeed paved with good intentions".
This judgement should be appealed as an Appeal Court will not be able to dispute one syllable of the statements I have made as regards Anomie.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

To our regional Governments ... There was a time

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… a time when we were at peace and in harmony with the world we found ourselves in, as hard as it was.
We were one group of the species known as mammals that are social by nature, live in groups, communicate and take no more than is needed.
Like all the other groups, we were in a struggle for survival, wanting no more, no less … than to be allowed to live in peace, raise our families and flourish.
However, on this score we were by no means dominant.
Physically we were no match for certain other mammals, such as the lion, the leopard, the crocodile, the buffalo and that magnificent giant, the elephant.
What is more we had the least resistance to the tiny mosquito that kept our numbers down to such an extent that only one of three of our babies ever survived.
Given these realities we were not infused with self-serving arrogance and disdain for other creatures or other humans.
Then something happened … something happened … something happened … that changed everything.
The White man arrived.
He arrived with a culture of dominance … dominance over all other creatures that our region was so blessed with … and dominance over us.
Today we classify this attitude as arrogance … ignorant arrogance.
Ignorant, because it fails to accept that every living creature, including humans, are all part of a grand mosaic of nature, each with its own unique attributes and gifts, a full understanding of which we have yet to attain.
Just as an example, we should know that, despite our big brain and ten fingers, we can never weave a nest that the tiny weaver bird weaves with its tiny brain and beak. We have no understanding how that same bird will forecast high rainfall and therefore build its nest higher.
The White man of that time was the oppressor and we were the oppressed.
And then the White man relinquished his dominance over us.
But, on doing so, he bestowed on us three incredible things –
a) Borders that gave us countries that we never had before.
b) Protection against the hitherto mighty mosquito.
c) A gun which reversed the physical disadvantage we previously suffered as against many other mammals.
d) Alas, what we also appear to have assimilated is the ignorant arrogance that the White man then had when he had us under subjugation and oppression.
So today many of us, not all, act out this ignorant arrogance.
Because of the advantages that we were given we are now claiming far more than we had … and grabbing more and more territory that used to be the habitat of the other mammals in our region.
We do this on a new-found attitude that other creatures have no rights; only us.
Ours is now a culture of self-serving dominance to the loss and prejudice of all others.
We don’t care that other mammals are social creatures, live in family groupings, communicate, have feelings and also experience being traumatized.
We don’t care that, like us, they are also in a struggle for survival.
Just as the proboscis of the tiny mosquito once made it “the boss”, the gun that we were given now makes us the boss … a selfish cruel boss.
We have become so ignorant that we are prepared to even allow other mammals to be killed “for fun” in terms of a deviant sport called “hunting”.
We forget that our very own kith-and-kin, the Khoisan were also once hunted and shot ...
"just for fun".
We are so blinded by our arrogance that we cannot see that anybody who “enjoys” killing is a pervert.
But we do this for money … something else the White man introduced us to.
Please share far and wide?????
Sent to all the big media houses in the region.
Not one has printed it. 😳😵😨😠

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. 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… 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.
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.

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.
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.
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%

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