My sister has just reminded me that I haven’t posted anything on the blog for a while.
It’s not because I haven’t got anything to write about; it’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on my new chic toy – the kindle…
Well, that’s not entirely the whole truth – Facebook and Season’s One and Two of True Blood have also been the main culprits keeping me away from blogging. Oh yes, nearly forgot about the new Photoshop software that I’ve been trying to feel my way around. But it’s mainly the reading.
With absorbing titles like those below, can you blame me?
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [I’ll start reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as soon as I’m done with H2G2]
The Choice of Hercules by A C Grayling
I hope to be back soon sustained by and armed with some awesome new knowledge.
The ANC Youth League believe that they’re “an inspiration around the world.” Or at least the former Deputy President of the League, AndileLungisa seems to think so.
In this video he regales us with the supposed achievements of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) which are matter-of-factly claimed to be the inspiration for youth on the African continent and even around the world. There is no doubt as to Andile’s sincerity when he makes the sweeping statements he does; he really does believe what he is saying. The evidence however is so totally lacking.
He goes on to tell us how under the leadership of Julius, they have managed to “put the bar up.” [00:29]. Now this I can believe. Under Julius, the bar has most certainly been put up – nothing but Johnny Walker Blue and varieties of other single malts will do for our inspirational youth leaguers at their many gatherings which turn into parties. Oh no!
If however, like me, you can see past the moving lips, you’ll find that the ANC Youth League does indeed inspire one – to get a real education and have as little to do with these louts as possible.
I finally joined the world of the chic and got the Amazon Kindle earlier this week.
And yes, it’s a little beauty. I’ve already spurned the paper versions of three books that I’m currently reading, by purchasing the e-Book versions for my new Kindle. They’re lying on the table right beside me as I write [type] this, looking rather rejected with their paper bookmarks sticking out like drooling cardboard tongues.
And naturally I got a little carried-away and bought a stack [can I still call it that?] of books – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Choice of Hercules by A C Grayling, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and the Believing Brain by Michael Shermer (Audiobook version), among the one’s I haven’t read yet.
But one of the books I bought among that lot mentioned above, that’s intriguing me the most at the moment is The Good Book: A Secular Bible by A C Grayling. It’s styled along the lines of the King James version of the Bible, but presents meanings, morals and values from a secular or non-religious viewpoint.
…All who read this book, therefore, if they read with care, may come to be more than they were before. This is not praise of the work itself, but of its attentive readers, for the worth to be found in it will come from their minds. If there is anyone who learns nothing from this book, that will not be attributable to faults in it, but to that reader’s excellence. If readers judge candidly, none among them can be harmed or offended by what it asks them to consider. Yet all who come hungry to these granaries of the harvest made by their fellows and forebears, will find nourishment here…
If that excerpt from the introduction is anything to go by, I think I’m going to be wrapped up in this book for a little while…
I just came across a news article that reveals that South Africans are among the dirtiest people in the world according to a study conducted by antibacterial products manufacturer, Dettol.
While I view all studies with skepticism, I believe this study may be spot-on about a certain segment of the South African population. Before your mind starts getting you into trouble, let me reveal that I’m referring to South African politicians – especially those who belong to the majority party.
Yes, we have about the dirtiest politicians in the world. Describing them as oozing slime is being rather kind. I do believe that right now, any surviving architects and guardians of Apartheid view the current bunch of miscreants with a great deal of envy.
I actually think they’re beyond redemption. Cleaning up will be a total waste of time and resources. In fact it’s so bad, I’m convinced that the only solution will be to physically drown them in batches, in a giant swimming pool filled with Dettol.
Hopefully that will rid this country of the bad stench of post-Apartheid politics.
The South African government, or more precisely the ANC, wants to rape your freedoms because they think you’re stupid.
That’s right. First they raped justice and actually got people to support their heinous crime. Now they’re attempting to rape freedom of speech with the implementation of the disgusting Secrecy Bill [POIB]; and they expect you’ll fall for this one too. They’re testing your gullibility and they seem to think they have a good chance to prove once again that stupidity is like death and taxes.
Those of us who fought tooth and nail against them the first time around, are still fighting, but this time we’re going to throw the kitchen sink at them too. And cartoonist Zapiro, never fails to come to the party…with yet another beauty that sums up everything I’ve said, perfectly.
I’m sure that like everyone else who contributes substantially to the South African treasury, you thought that your money was being spent by government to build, upgrade and maintain public roads for your benefit.
Willies Mchunu the Transport MEC for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province has just confirmed without actually meaning to, that public roads are built for speeding vehicles fitted with flashing blue lights, which among other things transport Members of government and other connected people. According to this government goon, ordinary motorists on public roads are to be merely tolerated, and will be guilty of violating the National Road Traffic Act if they do not make way for the blue-light-brigade.
Off course, I need not tell you that Willies Mchunu belongs to the ANC who are not averse to aping the African continent’s most despised dictators.
So let’s delve deeper into the other privileged beneficiaries of our national roads. There’s the traffic police and their cars with flashing blue lights. The roads were just made to support their talent for bribery and corruption. And let’s not forget how the levying of traffic fines, which takes precedence over traffic safety, contributes handsomely to the local coffers. How can we forget the South African Police Service? They also speed around in their official vehicles, blue lights flashing, rushing to their next act of brutality. Yes, they’re becoming quite adept at beating up and even killing members of the public.
But that’s not all. The construction of roads is a very lucrative business for well-connected contractors who tender for multi-million Rand projects; well-connected to the government that is. And let’s not forget the toll roads which are proliferating like a bad rash. Those who run the companies constructing and managing these blood-sucking operations are without doubt well-connected to government.
They’re all rolling in the dough, while you cough up the taxes, get forced out of their way on the roads your taxes built, get shot at by thugs masquerading as their bodyguards, and even prosecuted to add insult to injury.
Yes, my dear taxpayer, the roads were built by government for government…and their cronies.
“The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” So said Mark Antony in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Now if the religious texts are to be believed, one can conclude that Abraham the founder of the three major monotheistic religions was responsible for the proliferation of Patriarchy, that evil virus found in the minds of men who are mostly religious or traditional or both.
Off course, Patriarchy could well have evolved in the minds of the progenitors of Abraham, but the religious texts of these religions, if they are to be believed, don’t allude to such. However for the sake of this narrative, let’s stretch credulity as is often required with such tales, and accept Abraham to be the father of Patriarchy, even if the religious texts don’t acknowledge it as an evil mind virus.
Please bear with me for the long-winded introduction to the thing that is bothering my mind – a mind that has hopefully suppressed for eternity, the evil of patriarchy.
The depravity and megalomania of the clergy is well-known all over the world by those whose minds are fortunately not held captive by these despicable scoundrels; but those squatting down in Saudi Arabia right now with their gullible followers are the focus of my ire. You see, the Saudi clerics have convinced the pathetic men of Saudi Arabia that women should not be allowed to drive cars. Off course this is not all that women in Saudi Arabia are forbidden from doing, but this is one of the more ridiculous prohibitions dreamed up by men with seriously sick minds.
Manal Al-Sharif, one such women unfortunate enough to be living among these patriarchal pricks, was recently arrested for the “crime” of driving her own car. Thankfully human-rights groups have exposed the real criminals here – patriarchal men whose minds are stuck in the stone ages. Imagine if these idiots are allowed to continue practising their bigoted religiously inspired norms? How long before they have women arrested for thinking for themselves.
The video below is a tribute to Manal Al-Sharif for defying the ludicrous thinking [if one can call it that] of the men [if one can call them that] of Saudi Arabia.
Fortunately, such behaviour is not common here in South Africa. I live in a small town dominated by Islamic men, but their wives are seemingly allowed to drive cars; very expensive ones too. Depending on your point of view, the clerics here are either very lax or the patriarchal mind virus is not so dominant in this part of the world. Either way, it’s good news for both the women in South Africa, and the future of the human race.