Saturday, April 27, 2019

To our regional Governments ... There was a time

… 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.
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.

So we see how the oppressed become the oppressors.

Judge (Ret) Chris N Greenland.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sudan … What now? … Freedom?

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The news media is awash with footage of the ordinary people of Sudan demonstrating their demand to be free of oppression … of military rule … of Omar Al Bashir … to be free … at last.
The military is caught in a situation of organic ambivalence and embarrassment as it was/is very much part of the oppression but is also the Bashir removal agent.
The African Union is caught in a situation of organic hypocrisy as it has always supported African leaders, howsoever bad, but has to be seen to be doing “something” about these tumultuous events.
The future for Sudan is also caught in a situation of organic ambivalence as was Iraq and Libya (and Zimbabwe).
This is because human beings that have been oppressed and denied the opportunity to determine their own interests for many decades do not have the competence to govern, as has been proved in Iraq and Libya.
This incompetence also accrues to the oppressors themselves as appears to also apply to Zimbabwe.
It certainly will accrue to the military that have deposed Omar Al Bashir as they were 100% part of the oppression.

It has been politically correct to blame “the West” for the chaos and instability that exists in Iraq and Libya.
There are many who lament the removal of the despotic bloody tyrants, Saddam and Gaddafi.
Now who are they going to blame, as regards Sudan, for the chaos that is looming?
Their problem is that of naivety and low emotional intelligence.
They see the STABILITY of tyranny as preferable to the chaotic CHANCE at freedom. They have a low understanding of human rights.
President Thabo Mbeki was widely praised for keeping the tyrannical ZPF regime in power for the sake of "stability" using something called "quiet diplomacy".
History has proved what a diabolical betrayal of a whole people this was.
We should all understand that this era/period is but a moment in time … just a moment in the journey that humanity is making.
Yes … Yes … Yes … things can be chaotic after the removal of despots and tyranny.
However, in that chaos, reposes the CHANCE of FREEDOM that was absent before.
The chaotic moment in time will pass.
Despots and tyrants MUST be removed … and it matters not by whom they are removed.
This is the only way that human beings can be afforded the chance of freedom.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cry Again The Beloved Country

Starting in 2011 I posted appeals to the whole of South Africa, pointing out that the racial reform model was inherently evil for being a “cut and paste” version of apartheid culture.
In the image below, we have "A" instead of "B".

I insisted that –
i) as much as it had been devised in “good faith”, given the horrors of apartheid, this was a case of “the road to hell indeed being paved with good intentions”;
ii) as putting a value on race … ethnicity and skin tone would inevitably induce the populace to associate advantage … disadvantage with these natural attributes;
iii) and, having made the association, would act this out almost as naturally as breathing;
iv) inducing a race/ethnic/colour-coded mentality;
v) that would divide the populace into silos of real and perceived groupings of power, influence and assets;
vi) in real and perceived competition on so many levels;
vii) resulting in a country at war with itself;
viii) instead of having a nation.

I distributed my stance across the social media board and to all the major media houses for a number of years thereafter.
It was treated with emphatic contempt and ignored on all fronts.

In fact, none other than Professor Pierre De Vos, a highly respected national public interest guru, dismissed it as “spam”.…/dear-professor-pierre-de-vo…
In my appeal I predicted that “nothing good would come” of this racial reform model … only bad ... as, in part, the growing generation would be psychologically infused with the notion that “Black good, White bad, Coloured and others not too good/bad”.

It gives me no pleasure to point out that I was right … that my assessment was right … that I was right on the outcomes.

Today we do not have a nation. We have human beings in silos. Our people are in the same silos that they were under apartheid …
i) in the same silos that they were under apartheid ...
ii) that the whole world perceived and condemned as one of the most evil systems in history.
iii) All that has happened is that the dominant group is now “Black”, enjoys legitimacy under a very credible Constitution, espouses democratic policies … but has a populace in race … ethnic … colour coded camps psychologically and physically.

With elections looming the ANC and the EFF both brand the DA as a “White” Party, so as to leverage the stink that has been created about White people. The EFF lambasts the ANC as having “sold out” to Whites. Even our iconic Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who still straddles the whole world posthumously is having his incredible name besmirched by vigorous campaigns that he “sold out to the Whites”.

The outcome of this “racial” model is that our people are still far from free.
There are many definitions of “freedom”. My definition is that – “freedom is achieved when a human being “feels free” … feels that he or she is able to realize his or her potential whether it be to be as a business tycoon or as a successful vegetable vendor”.

We do not have that in South Africa currently.
What we have is a “Black” majority “feeling aggrieved” … a White minority “feeling threatened”, with Coloured folk and others “feeling irrelevant”.
“Black” folk are “us”. White folk are “them”. Coloured and Asian folk are “others”.
The first two groups are in competition with each other and take each other seriously.
The third group is regarded and treated as irrelevant to that competition.
The three groups do not comprise a nation of a proud free people.
Proof of this is proved daily, beyond any doubt, on social media and interactive radio discourse.
Innumerable topics play out on race/ethnic/colour coded lines, be it about the “genocide” of White farmers to “land grabbing” and to who is racist and who is not.
Members of each grouping are routinely condemnatory of each other with increasing levels of intensity.

One of the most terrible statements I have ever heard was when a very senior "Black" lawyer responded to a presentation I had made to young "Black" lawyers by -"I cannot agree with Judge Greenland, as it would mean that a poor Black person would have to be treated the same as a poor White person".

The world was also treated to a "Black" Advocate, a Senior Counsel no less, breaking down in tears when, within a few minutes of the hearing, he had to accept that there was nothing "Racist" about the "Spear" painting depicting Jacob Zuma.
He should have actually bee referred for disciplinary action for being so emotionally invested in his client's case.

If we take the plight of Coloured folk as a litmus test it is blindingly clear that this racial model is the very definition of racist hypocrisy.…/the-case-of-coloured-correc…
As morning breaks there is an interactive 702 Radio program about the ANC Youth League threatening to invade book stores and burn a book penned by a White journo about a “Black” ANC regime leader’s corrupt shenanigans.
Understand that burning books is a hallmark trait of regimes that become despotic.

The 1994 election, that supposedly delivered “freedom” to our people was decidedly non-racial in content. The buildup to the pending elections is being hit by racial trumpeting at any number of levels, with one political Party, in particular, indulging in racial point scoring at somewhat enthusiastic levels.

So that is the current situation … as I repeatedly predicted.

We don’t have a nation.
Our people are still in race/ethnic/colour codes silos … 25 years after Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s promise of “freedom for all” … a promise that he challenged an apartheid Court to hang him for rather than give it up.
The majority are still languishing in the legacy of apartheid-induced poverty … still disadvantaged … still disempowered …
while largely politically connected “Black“ members have traded on their claimed black skins to join the previously advantaged.

As predicted the “racial” reform model has induced the birth of its twin brothers “racist” and “xenophobia” as they are all the offspring of the same womb.
Because of the reality set out herein none other than President Cyril Ramaphosa made a speech about “foreigners” that inevitably was understood to be an incitement to subject our indigenous African brethren from Zimbabwe and Malawi, in particular, to depraved murderous attack. As said the driver of this barbaric treatment of our brethren is because the association of advantage/disadvantage with race is now embedded psychologically.

Sadly an online video link plays out in which the President of Ghana laments and condemns the repeated xenophobic pogroms as a betrayal of South Africa’s struggle objectives that the whole of African supported.
Note that the label "Black", that was not in existence when the ANC was formed and like the label "Kaffir" was configured to dehumanize and oppress, is retained from the days of oppression as it serves to unite our indigenous tribal groupings under one banner in the quest for race/ethnic/tribal dominance.
As if to portend the bad future that this country is heading towards power goes off, on account of even more “load shedding” as I am typing this post at 5:17am, this 10 April 2019 … and stays off until 10am.

We have "A: instead of "B" as our reform model
As if to portend the bad future that this country is heading towards power goes off, on account of even more “load shedding” as I am typing this post at 5:17am, this 10 April 2019 … and stays off until 10am.

Friday, April 5, 2019

An Appeal To The Government of Botswana

Understand that it pains me deeply to have to do this as Botswana has always been close to my heart and to date, I have been a fierce supporter of this country. It is a country that has been very good to us as a family.
However, the decision by the government to reverse the Ian Khama ban on trophy hunting of animals must be objected to in the strongest terms.
The Minister’s explanation of why this has occurred smacks of artful deception using half-truths and convenient reasoning. It is unprincipled from start to finish.
1. “Conservation?”
He has trotted out the now standard lie that this course of action “Serves Conservation”.
This is the same thing as saying that animals do not have a right to life and must be made to pay for that right.
a) Surely such thinking is diabolical and, at the very least, morally, logically and ethically reprehensible and demeans us as a species??
b) In, any event, it is a downright lie. I am attaching pictures, that I took at Kasane, showing jam-packed photo-safari boats. There were 4 of these boats. For the week that I was at Kasane every one of them was jam-packed every day, even though, it was by no means cheap to be on one of these.
It is obvious that photo-safaris and other bush and wild-game experiences can be successfully configured so as to commercially exploit human love, fascination of, and interest in animals that does not involve killing them.
2. Bloodlust
Let us be clear … very, very clear ... I mean VERY CLEAR.
The whole hunting industry is predicated on the notion/culture that gratuitously taking the life of another creature is “enjoyable”. That is the fundamental premise that is being served.
It is diabolical, if not satanic.
Yes we do kill. But we do this out of necessity. We do this in order to eat. That is how nature, or God, structured the rules of survival.
However no normal human being “enjoys” killing. Only a pervert can enjoy killing. It is that simple.
There is nothing good, justifiable or commendable about gratuitously shooting a 76-year-old bull elephant in its prime, so that you can take pictures, posing on its body, in order to validate yourself as a human being. Only a pervert can imagine that this is good.
There is nothing good about shooting an astoundingly beautiful creature like a leopard, unmindful and uncaring of the fact that it may have cubs waiting for their mother in a den, cubs that will now die slowly and painfully.
Only a pervert can imagine that this is good.
These are the FACTS.
They cannot be denied or wished away.
3. Analogy … satanic reasoning.
The Minister’s argument is, with respect artful, hypocritical and mendacious as it has equal diabolical merit if applied to pedophilia.
Botswana could become an enormously rich country in no time at all if it were to make its young girls and boys available for the perverts that abound on this planet.
It could then advance the same argument that this is necessary so as to raise money to fund the education and development of the rest of its young girls and boys.
The same logic applies to both matters.
4. Dragging in tribal folk.
Claiming that this has the approval of the indigenous humans is perniciously artful. These desperate people are not being given any other or better option.
It is that simple.
Botswana is truly blessed. I first realized this in September 1975 when sitting in our camp at Savuti surrounded in every direction by animals of very description like we were in the Garden of Eden.
The one night the baboons started to bark, followed by monkeys screeching, with buffalo bellowing, elephants trumpeting and lions roaring in a cacophony of sound that made the ground vibrate.
I felt how insignificant I was in this wondrous scheme of things.
Botswana now has five times less animals than it had in 1975.
Its natural resources should be viewed as a sacred trust and not abused.
I assume that the government is acting in good faith. However, it is all too often the case that "the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions".
Please join me in appealing to the government to review its decision and adopt a course of responsibility, love and caring for this wonderful country and its creatures.
Let us insist that Botswana needs to be an example to the rest of mankind not an accomplice in uncaring mindless cruelty in the service of perverts and at the altar of monetary gain.
Please share far and wide.
Note: I have read an extremely detailed paper on this issue by Joseph E. Mbaiwa of the University of Botswana and he concludes that hunting should be supported.
However, his paper simply omits the issues raised here that, to my mind, are fundamental.
I have emailed him and asked him to respond to my stance.
Two weeks later he has not done so.
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Botswana … is man indeed a virus

In September 1975, I sat in a camp chair at Savuti, Botswana, and marveled at the world around me. There were animals of so many descriptions all around us, in great abundance; antelopes, buffalo, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, wart-hogs, elephants … and even the humble tortoise. Soon a pride of lion arrived. We were reassured by the game warden that they posed no threat as there was so much food available to them.
I was truly awestruck when I thought I saw an elephant trampling on a tortoise only to have the game warden show me that, with seeming compassion for another creature, it had turned the tortoise back right-side-up after the hyenas had turned it upside-down.
This was what the Garden of Eden must have been like.
That night I lay in my camp bed looking up at the stars. The sky was so clear that the stars were like lanterns within touching distance.
Then the baboons started to bark … followed by the screeching of monkeys … joined by the bellowing of buffalo and then the trumpeting of elephants with the roar of lions. The ground was vibrating with this crescendo of sound exhorting the power of nature.
Right there I changed as a human being. I felt my insignificance in the grand scheme of things. Man was just one piece, one tiny piece of a smörgåsbord … a truly grand mosaic … that is nature.
I had grown up in Rhodesia, with its culture of hunting. I had inculcated a disregard, disdain, contempt for animals.
Right here I changed. With every fiber in my body I became aware that I was no more important than any other creature on this planet.
Yesterday I posted an appeal on Facebook, imploring the Government of Botswana to reverse its decision to permit the gratuitous killing of animals as the fundamental premise that the whole hunting industry is predicated upon is that killing is something “enjoyable”.
There is no denying this fact … as much as it is obfuscated humongously.
For this I was set upon by some Tswana males … abused and insulted.
Common to their stance was that animals have no rights and are expendable at the wish, whim and convenience of man.
Nowhere in their comments of self-righteous aggression was there even a hint of empathy for the plight of animals. There was no recognition, that like us, these animals are social creatures that live in family groupings … communicate with each other and are traumatized just as we are when they are brutalized. Far be it that they even started to understand that , like us and all other creatures, their animals are in a fight for survival.
Their heartlessness astounded me.
But it does not surprise me.
Man is the most recent arrival on this planet, having arrived just 2 minutes ago calculated in terms of a 12-hour historical world existence clock.
However, since his arrival he has set about destroying the planet and the lives of all other creatures.
He does this with the self-righteous impunity as displayed by our Tswana male friends.
It astounds me especially as we are a grouping that experienced being treated as unworthy of having any meaningful rights. We too were considered as having some right to existence provided only that it did not impact, inconvenience or disturb the lives of our colonizers.
We were treated as sub-human. Some treated their animals with more regard than they treated us.
Our Khoisan brothers and sisters were actually subjected to extermination.
To be fair, our Tswana friends are not alone in this culture. It is now an international pandemic.
But, in reality, they have caught the virus.
What induces a heart-pang is that Botswana is truly blessed to have been accorded the privilege of custodianship of such an enthralling mix of animals.
Instead of providing leadership … imaginative, innovative leadership … as to how to make the planet better for all its inhabitants, it is succumbing to the avaricious, self-indulgent, mean-spirited mode and culture that now defines this virus that is man.
But I have hope.
The post has been shared over 75 times by those in support and the share-meter is still running.
God bless those that are doing this.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Liam Neeson ... said he wanted to kill a Black person
This statement by Liam Neeson, during an open interview with a journo has induced widespread outrage.
Many have jumped onto their pulpits … frothed at the mouth … hollered, screamed, moaned, groaned … in righteous indignation and condemnation … of a man that had the courage and integrity to say what he did … what he felt … and that it was wrong … and that he deeply regretted it.
Now Please clear your mind and listen to Liam Neeson slowly.
This is an instance of a human being telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth … without seeking to be excused … only to be recognized as a human being … with human failings … and to be forgiven.
John Barnes
I do not share in any condemnation. I am with John Barnes, a legendary Black English soccer player who also declined to pontificate, vilify and condemn when interviewed at length on Sky News.
The starting point is to realize that we are all inherently prejudiced. We are prejudiced in favour of our family … or community … our village … our district … our race/ethnic group … our country.
It is as natural as breathing.
It is why we "automatically" side with and support our own in sporting events such as the Olympics.
So there is an “us” and “them” culture deeply embedded in our psyche. It is encoded in our DNA. It became encoded when we were still in a cave … huddled together … utterly dependent on our group … against man and beast out there.

If a hyena came and took a child, we would go out and slaughter any and all hyenas we could find.
If a member of another group killed one of us … we would go out and slaughter any members of that group that we could find.
We did this in terms of another deep-seated instinct. That instinct expresses itself as “fight … flight … freeze … and/or revenge”. All those elements have to do with our basic instinct of “survival” that Charles Darwin expressed as “survival of the fittest”.
Survival of the fittest necessarily encompasses a need for dominance.

The jump from being simply prejudiced to indulging in racism is a hair breath wide. It only needs a trigger .. and we have all made that jump at some time in our lives.
So understand that when one of our own … whom we love and cherish is attacked … all these instincts coalesce in our psyche as an attack on “us” by “them” ….
and a need to get revenge wells up as a very powerful driving force over which we might have little … marginal or no control … even when we know that what we then do is wrong. Thus it is that our laws have come to accept that there is a defense even to an apparently heinous killing as “sane automatism” … where we know that what we are doing … we know that it is wrong … but we cannot stop ourselves.

We are all potentially racist ... because we are naturally prejudiced. So if an Islamic fundamentalist bombs our family we will naturally want to kill any Muslims in the immediate aftermath.

At the heart of the reason why Donald J Trump is the President of the most powerful nation on the planet was that he leveraged human propensity to have "us" ... "them" ... and "others".

This culture informs his perspective, policies, operational culture and mode. Its astounding success was/is due to the fact that it accords with human nature and instinct to be dominant.

MAGA, i.e "Make America Great Again" is no more, no less, an expression of a human need for dominance, called "native nationalism". 

It is important to note that Liam was not out to gratuitously murder any so-called “Black” person. He was intent on killing if such person attacked or threatened him. So-called“Blacks” were now "them" and any more aggression on their part was going to be dealt with resolutely.
It is obvious that he regained his “normal sentient responsible” self. That is why he is horrified at his actions. That he is a very decent human being is proved by his complete honesty about the matter. It can be accepted that his remorse is 100% genuine.
Regrettably what “colours” public perception of the whole saga is that there is a “political correctness” that accrues when a matter involves so-called “Blacks”. This is because they are generally perceived as victims and generally perceive themselves as victims.

So please get off your pulpit if you are on one … stop frothing at the mouth if you are … cease your pontifical condemnation … and understand when a very good human being is admitting human failing and seeking forgiveness.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Facebook Hypocrisy

Facebook is a social media platform.
What this means, by definition, is that it is a cyberspace meeting place for human beings to discuss, explore and share.

It is perfectly proper and reasonable for Facebook to set “Community Standards” in this regard. It is perfectly proper for Facebook to impose a sanction if those “Community Standards” are violated.
What is improper, arbitrary and capricious is blocking a user for an arbitrary period while the alleged breach of a “Community Standard” is being adjudicated.

Certainly the allegedly offensive video clip that is the subject of the alleged breach can be taken down while the adjudication process is in progress.

But why block the member during this process??
In this case the video clip was an authentic recording of sadistic violence and brutality inflicted on human beings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was a visual and audio report of the truth of brutality by man on man.

I have gone through the Community Standards and, as a highly experienced Advocate, cannot see in what way they have been breached.
The video clip was to draw attention to the fact that similar brutality was being perpetrated in Zimbabwe and needed to be condemned and stopped.
How this can be considered a violation of anything is incomprehensible.

Apparently it was considered a violation of “Community Standards” because of how visually graphic such brutality actually was.
So it is apparent that the “Community Standards” insist that truth must be censored if it is visually powerful.
So perpetrators are to be exempt from exposure on Facebook if what they do is really bad.????

Please note that in so many other instances what Facebook does is to “cover up” the video clip with a warning that it is visually disturbing. Excellent!!
Now, why not in this case??

In this case, the posting of a “disturbing” video clip led to me being blocked for 24 hours.
Why could the clip not have been simply covered with the warning about its contents?
Why the 24-hour block?

Most importantly, why the block while my representations on the matter, on an express invitation by Facebook to make such representation, was being considered?

Such action is mindboggling.
It is equivalent to a Court imposing punishment on an accused while it is deciding whether or not the punishment is merited.
Such an operational culture and mode is highly objectionable.
It smacks of arrogance and hypocrisy. It is hypocritical to posture that an accused person might be found innocent after his/her representations have been considered while still imposing a punishment.

So why is Facebook doing this?
It is another example of the arrogance and hypocrisy of big business.
Ultimately Facebook cares tuppence about how it treats individual members … provided the majority are kept on board and profit is served.

So it is part of the Facebook business model that anything that might offend other members must be suppressed even if an individual member is treated with arbitrary contempt.
The individual member can lump it or like it as long as the equilibrium regarding keeping the majority on board the profit train is not disturbed.

The whole world saw this culture betrayed when Mark Zuckerberg gave evidence to Congress. It was obvious that Facebook had been aware of Russian trolling to interfere in the USA elections and did precious little about it.

The reason for doing precious little about this was the same as we are seeing here. Acting in a principled manner might have prejudiced the extent  to which Facebook was being used and ultimately this would have been prejudicial to the generation of profit.

It is a highly unprincipled stance.
So to as regards the matter at hand here.
In effect what Facebook is saying is that, even if 100% true; the brutality by man on man must be censored if that brutality is extreme. If extreme it must not be shown and discussed on their platform, even though it is a social media platform.

How Facebook members are to know when a video clip crosses their line of acceptability is impossible to define.

Holocaust Children Skeletons
It is not rocket science to realize that this attitude means that video footage of the horrors of the Holocaust would have, and must still be, impermissible on Facebook. It means that video clips of mass genocide are anathema to Facebook …

and the reason is … ??

these reports ultimately set up a dispute between the perpetrators and the victims.
Both sides have members ... in significant numbers.!!!

Facebook does not want to lose membership on either side as this ultimately impacts on profit generation.

As said, it is the arrogance and hypocrisy of big business that cares tuppence about human rights and only serves at the altar of profit.


PS: I was originally blocked for 24 hours.
I filed a protest and request for review.
Within 3 hours Facebook responded adhering to their ruling, but lifting the block.In addition, I was invited to file a request for another review.
I did this.
Back came a message confirming that the matter was under further review.
However the block was reinstated.  ????????
That message states "please let us know if you think that this is a mistake".      When you click on the message you are presented with an input field to make your representation and "submit".
On submitting you get this message --- "
We could not process your request. Please try again later."
PPS: Then I get a message on my profile page from Facebook saying ...  "4,380 people want to hear from you ....... please post something...."  
Free counters!