The End of the Road

The Great White Hunter

RIP

11 Nov 2009 – 8 April 2021

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Green Energy Breakthrough!

This was reported yesterday (31 March 2021) in Our Environment magazine.

According to professor Albert Mondschein of Tübingen University in Münich, they have developed a new type of solar panel which is strong enough to also act as blades on wind turbines. This will allow wind turbines to generate electricity from sunlight in addition to energy from wind.

This solves one of the biggest problems for green energy, namely the surface area required for renewable energy. This breakthrough will halve the area required for green energy.

The revolutionary solar cells can even generate electricity at night because, in addition to sunlight, they also capture solar neutrinos. These neutrinos can travel right through the earth so that the cells even generate electricity when the sun is on the opposite side of the earth.

In a later bulletin at Independent On Line (IOL) it is reported that Cape Town mayor, Dan Plato has ordered 5000 of these turbines to be deployed all along the Cape Peninsula from Table Mountain to Cape Point. “This, in addition to Koeberg Nuclear Power station, will make Cape Town independent of Eskom”, Mr Plato smiles.

Read the articles here and here.

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Tweedle-dum & Tweedle-dee

Or, perhaps Tweedle-dee & Tweedle-dum? Who can tell?

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SONA Non Grata*

*I copied the title for this post from David Bullard’s opinion piece in politicsweb.co.za

Bullard often refers to our beloved president as President Frogboiler. This opinion piece (also in politicsweb.co.za) explains why. Here is the relevant quote:

“In his brutal honesty, Ramaphosa told me of the ANC’s 25-year strategy to deal with the whites: it would be like boiling a frog alive, which is done by raising the temperature very slowly. Being cold-blooded, the frog does not notice the slow temperature increase, but if the temperature is raised suddenly, the frog will jump out of the water. He meant that the black majority would pass laws transferring wealth, land, and economic power from white to black slowly and incrementally, until the whites lost all they had gained in South Africa, but without taking too much from them at any given time to cause them to rebel or fight.”

SONA refers to uncle Cyril’s (I’ll refer to him here as PFB) State of the Nation Address.

In his address, PFB used a most unfortunate but telling metaphor for the state of the economy:

At least once every twenty years, fynbos must burn at extremely high temperatures to allow the ecosystem to be rejuvenated and grow afresh…“. See here The Citizen.

Ja well no fine. Note that the ANC has been in power for a few years more than twenty and has made great strides in the goal of burning down the economy. Then came the Covid pandemic to raise the temperature and speed up the process.

I hope to be around to experience the rejuvenation but I’m not holding my breath. Chances are there won’t even be any rejuvenated economy for a second burning. Not until the Second Coming when, according to Jacob Zuma, the ANC will no longer reign.

But hey! Don’t worry, us (pale skinned) frogs are already used to the rising temperature (and it’s not due to global warming)

So, open another bottle of plonk whilst there are still a few left.

Cheers!

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Better to Remain Silent …

… and be be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt – Often attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

Have you noticed that every Tom, Dick(!) and Harriet has a Spokesperson? And not only those three clowns but also every Cabinet Minister, Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister (turtles all the way down), every government department, every provincial MEC and provincial department has one or more spokespersons (shorthand Spokeree: The boss of the Spokesperson. Spokerer is the spokesperson).

Not to mention that most big corporations also need spokerers.

A veritable army of spokerers. On TV we even see sign language spokerers signing for vocal spokerers.

What does this spokerer army do the whole live long day? (i.e. when they’re not negotiating contracts to supply Covid PPE’s) Do they spoker all day long? How do they know what needs to be spokered? Do they consult with the spokeree? In which case the spokeree could just have cut out the middleman/woman and be the spokerer. But, hey, Middlewomxn/mxn (woke, hey?) is the name of the game, not so? Just ask any tenderpreneur – lots to choose from.

But maybe the spokerers are needed so the spokerees only look stupid – lest we catch on to the horrible (inconvenient) truth?

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Breaking News: NASA’s Rover off course!

This has just come in: The NASA Perseverance Rover due to land on Mars has been blown off course by an extreme solar wind. The same wind that has caused the blizzards in Europe and the US where Texans have been without electricity for three days. (Eskom, eat your heart out – you still have a long way to go – and a lot to learn as to how wind turbines can destabilise the grid).

Anyway, the Rover was last seen here (In Cape Town, nogal. I guess rovering is thirsty work?)

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Die Breë Weg

Kunswerk: Per Petterson

Ek moet Worcester toe,
Met kaart en kompas
Merk ek die regte pad.

Die tog begin met die eerste tree,
Die naald wys Noord,
Maar my voete loop na Wellington.

©vuurklip 21 Jan 2021
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N.a.v. ‘n Volksliedjie waarin ons sing:
My voete loop na Wellington
Maar ek gaan Worcester toe.

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Rubicon

In ‘n verskroeide land
Met brûe agter my verbrand
Staan ek aan die Rubicon
Se verkeerde kant.

©vuurklip 10 Feb 2021

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*MAGA Men

*MAGA: Make America Great Again.

Waarvoor sou MAGA staan in die Ace konteks? Enige voorstelle?

 

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Kringloop

rosary

Dae volg mekaar
Soos krale in ‘n rosekrans.
Eentonig met “Onse Vaders”
Wat in die Hemel is.

Die eentonigheid onderbreek
Met “Wees gegroet Marias”
En bede vir bystand
In ons laaste uur.

‘n Onverbiddellike kringloop
Waar die eindpunt saamval
Met die begin: Want stof is jy
En tot stof sal jy terugkeer.

©vuurklip
9 Augustus 2020

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