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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thank you, from Tia Mysoa!


TIA MYSOA - November 2014 Stats
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TIA MYSOA - November 2014 Stats

This blog has not been very active with the publishing of new posts during the year 2014. As a matter of fact, a total of only 23 posts were published the entire year!

There were times when I seriously considered deleting the entire contents of this blog, not only because my viewpoint on certain subjects, particularly those expressed in older posting, have changed to a certain degree over the years, but also because it was becoming a laborious task to fend off attacks from vexatious individuals who happen to fall in the categories of BOTH “demonic” and “liberal”. If I had all the time in the world it would have been no problem, but unfortunately I don’t!

Nevertheless, whenever the urge came along to delete this crappy ol’ blog I always checked the stats first. And, every time I looked at the stats I was astonished to see how many people, from all over the world, were actually visiting. This fact is the sole reason why this blog still exists!

So, dear visitors – whether you’re a friend or foe of this blog; a liberal idiot; crazy right-wing lunatic; Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatever; Black, White, Yellow or Pink, I much appreciate your presence here.

Thank you and God Bless!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

AfriForum’s assessment of human rights during 2014


AFRIFORUM - Assessment of Human Rights 2014

by Esmarie Prinsloo on 10 December, 2014

AfriForum is of the opinion that South Africans will find it increasingly difficult to exercise their rights. An overall assessment of the Bill of Rights reveals concern regarding certain rights during 2014.

Political meddling in the running of Chapter 9 institutions, lack of government ability to provide safety to citizens, as well as adequate protection for minorities, and an unwillingness to curb corruption are some of the findings in AfriForum’s Human Rights Index for South Africa, which will be released on 31 March 2015.

According to a researcher at AfriForum, Johan Nortjé, one of the reasons states exist is to protect the rights of their citizens, and states are assumed to be failing in their duty to realise rights when they can no longer adequately protect rights such as safety, or deliver public services.

A fact sheet illustrates some of the rights that were not effectively protected during 2014. The following are cause for concern:

The right to life: a total of 17 068 murders were reported over the period 2013/2014 – an increase of 5% when compared to 2012/2013 incidents of murder. This means an estimated 47 murders a day.

Freedom of trade, occupation and profession: the Employment Services Act (No. 4 of 2014) and the Labour Relations Amendment Act (No. 6 of 2014) were signed into law in 2014. The Employment Equity Amendment Act (No. 14 of 2013) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act (No. 20 of 2013) commenced during 2014.

Political rights: South Africa is still considered to be a ‘flawed’ democracy by the Economist Democracy Index and is also a classic example of a one-party dominant system. According to the public violence monitoring project of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 76 incidents of election-related violence took place in the six months leading up to the election on 7 May 2014.

Environment: during 2014, approximately 1 020 rhinos were poached according to SanParks.

Property: the Infrastructure Development Act (No. 23 of 2014), the Property Valuation Act (No. 17 of 2014), the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act (No. 22 of 2014) and the Rental Housing Amendment Act (No. 35 of 2014) were all signed into law in 2014.

Language and culture: The transformation agenda received renewed attention with efforts to change the language policy at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, and attempts to introduce English as the language of communication at other tertiary-education institutions appear to be gaining momentum – despite the fact that the three most spoken languages in South Africa according to the 2011 census are isiZulu (22,7%), isiXhosa (16%) and Afrikaans (13,5%).

AfriForum is of the opinion that one of the best ways to reduce the dependence on government and exercise rights is instruments of activism that are used to promote and claim rights. These include lobbying, civil mobilisation, petitioning, litigation and the creation of independent institutions that make up for the state’s shortcomings.

A detailed report will be published in March 2015.

Sourced from: www.afriforum.co.za

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello darkness, my old friend


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Well, there you have it folks! The wheels of sunny ol’ South Africa are finally falling off and the days of Braaivleis, Rugby, Sunny skies and Chevrolet are rapidly coming to an end for most common folk. This was the ultimate aim of the Socialist-Communists from the very beginning! The good news, however, is that these bloody bastards are going to have a tough time getting rid of our sunny skies ;-)

I noticed that a Facebook Group calling themselves Grap Blad vir Almal (English: Joke Page For All) were obviously inspired by the present turmoil caused by Eskom's load shedding when they published, in image format, the following short chorus, an adaptation of the lyrics from The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel:

South Africa’s new National Anthem
Sound of Silence
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you AGAIN
Because a darkness softly creeping
Silos crack while I was sleeping
And the power is off once again,
This is South Africa my friend.


Oddly enough, the original lyrics, created in 1964, ring so true for our present-day circumstances that it gave me shivers down my spine. It speaks of people talking without speaking, and people hearing without listening, the typical liberal-sheeple relationship-parallel that has now grown to epidemic proportions in almost all ‘Western’ countries…

“But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed 
To the neon god they made…”

Click here to listen to the original version from the 1964 album "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM."

BTW: Garfunkel once summed up the song's meaning as "the inability of people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally but especially emotionally, so what you see around you are people unable to love each other." Apparently the song was written in Garfunkel’s bathroom, where he turned off the lights to better concentrate.

Source: Eliot, Marc (2010). Paul Simon: A Life. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-43363-8.

And on this note I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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