Monthly Archives: April 2010

Die Besnydenis

Kan dit waar wees? En indien wel, waarom word Skwatsha en sy meelopers nie vervolg nie? Moet iemand eers ‘n klag lê? Hierdie is immers ‘n kriminele saak van ontvoering en verminking? Mbalula is tans adjunkminister van polisie en ‘n voormalige ANC-jeugleier.

In 2008, in the run-up to the ANC Western Cape provincial elective conference, for example, opponents of local ANC secretary Mcebsi Skwatsha claimed that he had rigged the conference, potentially disenfranchising up to 40 per cent of potential delegates. Yet when the ANC sent Fikile Mbalula to investigate these claims, he was met at Cape Town Airport by Skwatsha and disgraced MP Tony Yengeni and whisked off to a township.

 

There, to his astonishment, Mbalula discovered that he was scheduled, aged 38, to be circumcised. Mbalula reportedly tried to run away. The ingcibi who performed this operation, Maduna Nqabeni, told reporters that he actually lost his own mobile phone in the ensuing struggle to overpower Mbalula. Afterwards, Fikile Mbalula was sequestered for the traditional period for a male initiate – and was thus unable to report directly on any vote rigging. Skwatsha was duly elected unopposed as provincial ANC chairperson.

 

The question has not yet been answered: was this a case of tradition or thuggery?

 

Aldus Bryan Rostron in die Cape Timeslees die artikel hier

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Oom Jannie se naam is Goggabie!

Rokkies wou sy dra …

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oor Wolwe en Skaapwagters

Jy is seker al moeg vir die alewige gehamer oor Aardverwarming. Hou dan maar verby.

Die issue is veral van belang omdat dit aan ons sakke gaan ruk – regerings is onder druk om maatreëls te tref wat hoegenaamd geen verskil gaan maak aan die aarde se klimaat nie – dat gaan net ‘n verskil maak aan ons sakke. En dis nie die ergste nie. Die fondse wat so op nuttelose projekte vermors word, is dan nie meer beskikbaar om die agtergeblewe deel van ons bevolking op te hef nie.

Die Britse regering het net in 2008 reeds $50 biljoen aan subsidies uitbetaal! Hierdie raak ons direk – geld wat van die Britse belastingbetaler “ge-oes” word, is nou nie meer beskikbaar om produkte van o.a. die Derde Wêreld aan te koop nie – dit affekteer natuurlik ons uitvoere en dus ook ons groeikoers en ekonomie. Neem nou verder in ag dat talle ander regerings subsidies op soortgelyke skaal uitbetaal. Reken maar uit hoe dit die Wêreld-ekonomie kniehalter.

Die enigste bedreiging wat groter is (vir ons in ZA) as die wanopvatting oor klimaat, is ons koers op ‘n vinnige en gladde glybaan na Zanufikasie – aka die ZA trein op koers na die Zimbabwe Ruïnes. Maar hierdie saak kry darem nog aandag in die hoofstroom media – anders as die klimaat issue.

Oor die volgende sal jy niks in Die Burger te lese kry nie.

In vorige blogs het ek die botsende belange van Pachauri (Hoof van die IPCC) en Al Gore (wat sedert hy Vice(!) President was, sy vermoë van $2milj opgestoot het na $100milj – danksy die movie en ander klimaat-verwante belange).

Ook het ek geskryf oor Climategate – die emails en ander data van die UEA (University of East Anglia) se wetenskaplikes wat hulle korruptering van die wetenskap blootlê.

Hier is die volgende Wolf-storie:

Die UEA het ‘n ondersoek gelas na sy wetenskaplikes se optrede. Die ondersoek is gelei deur Lord Oxburgh – voorsitter van Falck Renewables – ja, ‘n maatskappy wat windplase oprig. Dit sal vir hom en sy maatskappy ernstige probleme oplewer sou hulle bevind dat die wetenskaplikes oneervol opgetree het. Dink jy dat die Good Lord onafhanklik kan wees, dat hy teen die wetenskaplikes sou bevind? Natuurlik nie, en dis presies wat dan ook gebeur het.

En dis nie al nie. Falck se sustermaatskappy in Italië is betrek by talle korrupsie-skandale en waarby o.a. die Mafia betrokke is.

Lees die Falck storie.

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Flanders & Swann Talking Dirty!

Oh, the innocence of yesteryear!

 

Ma’s out, Pa’s out,

Let’s talk rude,

Pee, po, belly bum drawers!

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Voëls – raar maar waar.

Die foto wys dit nie te duidelik nie, maar elke voël het drie vertikale strepe, dit is die handelsmerk van ‘n bekende sporttoerustingvervaardiger.

Dit is dan ook waarom die voëls sowel as die sporttoerusting ‘Adidas heet.

Nou weet jy dit ook.

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Blokkiesraaisel: 2010-04-19

Na ek ge-nag is om weer raaisels te pos, is daar doodse stilte!

Hier is dus twee finale clues:

 

  1. No reverse charge for a cause of tears. (5 letters)
  2. Neutralise what the shopkeeper did. (10 letters)
    Jy het hierdie letters om mee te begin:

    _ O _ N _ _ _ _ _ T

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Blokkiesraaisel: 2010-04-17

Gister se Blokkiesraaisel het sulke slim clues gehad dat ek nie weet wat om te kies nie!

Ek gee dus drie:

1. Present at present, but not in any place. (7 letters)

2. He apparently marks his choice wrong. (5 letters)

3. Consumed some of the fare at English hotel. (5 letters)

Onthou, die antwoorde moet volledig uit die clues gemotiveer wees. Jy hoef nie te raai nie, die antwoord kan eenduidig uit die clues afgelei word. jy wéét sommer as jy reg is!

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High Noon! The END is Nigh.

Hier is ‘n lang lys van goete wat deur Global Warming veroorsaak word. Die lys sou veel korter gewees het as dit gesê het wat NIE geaffekteer is nie.

Die skakels na elk van die items is hier: warmlist

Hier is die lys:

Acne, agricultural land increase, Afghan poppies destroyed, aged deaths, poppies more potent, Africa devastated,  Africa in conflict, African aid threatened, African summer frost, aggressive weeds, Air France crash, air pressure changes,  airport farewells virtual, airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaskan towns slowly destroyed, Al Qaeda and Taliban Being Helped, allergy increase, allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream end,  amphibians breeding earlier (or not),  anaphylactic reactions to bee stings,  ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrink,  Antarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk,   anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappear,  Arctic tundra lost, Arctic warming (not), a rose by any other name smells of nothing, asteroid strike risk, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty,   atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased,  Baghdad snow, Bahrain under water,  bananas grow, barbarisation, bats decline,  beer and bread prices to soar, beer better,  beer worse, beetle infestation, bet for $10,000, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billion homeless, billions face risk, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird loss accelerating, bird strikes, bird visitors drop, birds confused, birds decline (Wales), birds driven north, birds face longer migrations, birds return early, birds shrink(Aus), birds shrink (USA), bittern boom ends, blackbirds stop singing, blackbirds threatened, Black Hawk down,  blizzards, blood contaminated, blue mussels return, borders redrawn,  bluetongue, brain eating amoebae, brains shrink, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain one big city, Britain Siberian, Britain’s bananas, British monsoon,  brothels struggle, brown Ireland, bubonic plague,  Buddhist temple threatened,  building collapse, building season extension, bushfires,   butterflies move north, butterflies reeling, carbon crimes, camel deaths,  cancer deaths in England, cannibalism,  caterpillar biomass shift, cave paintings threatened,  childhood insomnia, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increase,  coast beauty spots lost, cockroach migration, cod go south,  coffee threatened, coffee berry borer, coffee berry disease, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), cold wave (India), cold weather (world), computer models, conferences, conflict, conflict with Russia,  consumers foot the bill, coral bleaching, coral fish suffer, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrink, coral reefs twilight, cost of trillions, cougar attacks, crabgrass menace,  cradle of civilisation threatened, creatures move uphill, crime increase, crocodile sex, crops devastated, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, curriculum change,  cyclones (Australia),   danger to kid’s health,  Dartford Warbler plague,  deadly virus outbreaks, death rate increase (US), deaths to reach 6 million, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, depression, desert advance,  desert retreat,  destruction of the environment,  dig sites threatened,  disasters, diseases move north, dog disease,  dozen deadly diseases – or not, drought,   ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt,  earlier pollen season,  Earth axis tilt, Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down,  Earth spins faster, Earth to explode, earth upside down,  earthquakes, earthquakes redux, El Niño intensification, end of the world as we know it, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, English villages lost, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing,  eutrophication, evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilisation, koalas,  logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod,  penguins, pikas, polar bears,   possums,  walrus,  tigers,  toads, turtles, plants, ladybirds, rhinoceros, salmon, trout,  wild flowers, woodlice,  a million species, half of all animal and plant species, mountain species,  not polar bears, barrier reef, leaches, salamanders, tropical insects) experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliage, fainting,  famine, farmers benefit, farmers go under, farm output boost, farming soil decline,  fashion disaster, fever, figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fires fanned in Nepal, fish bigger, fish catches drop, fish downsize,   fish deaf, fish get lost, fish head north, fish shrinking,  fish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flesh eating disease, flies on Everest,  flood patterns change, floods,  floods of beaches and cities, flood of migrants, flood preparation for crisis, flora dispersed, Florida economic decline, flowers in peril, fog increase in San Francisco, fog decrease in San Francisco, food poisoning, food prices rise, food prices soar, food security threat (SA), football team migration,   forest decline, forest expansion, foundations threatened, frog with extra heads, frosts, frostbite, frost damage increased,   fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, geese decline in Hampshire, genetic changes, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, geysers imperiled, giant icebergs (Australia), giant oysters invade,  giant pythons invade, giant squid migrate, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat,   glacier grows (California), glaciers on Snowden, glacier wrapped, global cooling,  glowing clouds,  golf course to drown, golf Masters wrecked, grain output drop (China), grandstanding, grasslands wetter, gravity shift,  Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes drop,  great tits cope, greening of the North,  Grey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, haggis threatened, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome,    harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, health affected, health of children harmed, health risks, health risks (even more), heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves, hedgehogs bald, hibernation affected,   hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late,  homeless 50 million, hornets,  human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health risk, human race oblivion, hurricanes,  hurricane reduction, hurricanes fewer, hurricanes more intense, hurricanes not,  hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice age, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, icebergs,  illness and death, inclement weather, India drowning, infrastructure failure (Canada),  indigestion, industry threatened, infectious diseases,  inflation in China, insect explosion, insect invasion, insurance premium rises, Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, invasion of alien worms, invasion of Antarctic aliens,  invasion of Asian carp, invasion of cats,  invasion of crabgrass, invasion of herons, invasion of jellyfish, invasion of king crabs, invasion of midges, invasion of slugs,  island disappears, islands sinking, Italy robbed of pasta, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, jet stream drifts north, jets fall from sky,  Kew Gardens taxed, kidney stones, killer cornflakes, killing us, kitten boom, koalas under threat, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, lake empties, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, large trees decline, lawsuits increase, lawsuit successful,  lawyers’ income increased (surprise surprise!),  lawyers want more, legionnaires’ surge,  lives lost, lives saved, Loch Ness monster dead, locust plagues suppressed, lush growth in rain forests,  Lyme disease,  Malaria,    malnutrition, mammoth dung melt, mango harvest fails, Maple production advanced, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, Meaching (end of the world), Meat eating to stop, Mediterranean rises, megacryometeors, Melanoma, Melanoma decline, mental illness, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, methane runaway, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration,  migratory birds huge losses, microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, minorities hit, monkeys at risk,  monkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, moose dying, more bad air days,   more research needed, mortality increased, mosquitoes adapting, mountain (Everest) shrinking,  mountaineers fears,  mountains break up, mountains green and flowering,   mountains taller, mortality lower, murder rate increase,  musk ox decline, Myanmar cyclone, narwhals at risk, National Parks damaged, National security implications, native wildlife overwhelmed, natural disasters  quadruple, new islands, next ice age, NFL threatened, Nile delta damaged, noctilucent clouds, no effect in India, Northwest Passage opened, nuclear plants bloom, oaks dying,  oaks move north,  oblivion, ocean acidification, ocean acidification faster, ocean dead spots, ocean dead zones unleashed, ocean deserts expand, ocean waves speed up,  Olympic Games to end, opera house to be destroyed, outdoor hockey threatened,   oxygen depletion zones, ozone repair slowed, ozone rise,  penguin chicks frozen, penguin chicks smaller, penguins replaced by jellyfish, personal carbon rationing, pest outbreaks, pests increase, phenology shifts,  pines decline, pirate population decrease, plankton blooms,   plankton wiped out, plants lose protein, plants march north, plants move uphill,  polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears deaf,  polar bears drowning,   polar tours scrapped, popcorn rise, porpoise astray, profits collapse, psychiatric illness,   puffin decline, pushes poor women into prostitution, rabid bats,  radars taken out, railroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rape wave, refugees,  reindeer endangered, reindeer larger, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice threatened, rice yields crash,  rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war,   river flow impacted, rivers raised, road accidents, roads wear out, robins rampant,   rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, rooftop bars, Ross river disease,  ruins ruined,  Russia under pressure, salinity reduction, salinity increase,  Salmonella,  salmon stronger, satellites accelerate, school closures, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, seals mating more, seismic activity, sewer bills rise, severe thunderstorms, sex change, sexual promiscuity, shark attacks, sharks booming, sharks moving north, sheep change colour, sheep shrink, shop closures, short-nosed dogs endangered,  shrimp sex problems, shrinking ponds, shrinking sheep,  shrinking shrine, Sidney Opera House wiped out, ski resorts threatened, slow death,  smaller brains, smelt down, smog, snowfall decrease, snowfall increase, snowfall heavy,  snow thicker,  soaring food prices, societal collapse, soil change, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, space problem, spectacular orchids, spiders getting bigger, spiders invade Scotland,  squid larger, squid population explosion, squid tamed, squirrels reproduce earlier,  stingray invasion, storms wetter,  stratospheric cooling, street crime to increase, subsidence, suicide, swordfish in the Baltic, Tabasco tragedy, taxes, tectonic plate movement,   terrorists (India), thatched cottages at risk, threat to peace, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tigers eat people, tomatoes rot, tornado outbreak, tourism increase, toxic seaweed,  trade barriers, trade winds weakened, traffic jams,  transportation threatened, tree foliage increase (UK),   tree growth slowed, tree growth faster, trees in trouble, trees less colourful,  trees more colourful, trees lush, trees on Antarctica, treelines change, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, truffle shortage, truffles down,  turtles crash, turtle feminised, turtles lay earlier, UFO sightings, UK coastal impact, UK Katrina,  Vampire moths, Venice flooded, violin decline, volcanic eruptions,  walrus pups orphaned,  walrus stampede,  wars over water, wars sparked, wars threaten billions, wasps, water bills double, water scarcity (20% of increase),  wave of natural disasters, waves bigger, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, weather patterns last longer, Western aid cancelled out,  West Nile fever, whale beachings, whales lose weight, whales move north,  whales wiped out, wheat yields crushed in Australia,  wildfires, wind shift, wind reduced, winds stronger, winds weaker,  wine – Australian baked, wine – harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California),  wine industry disaster (US),  wine – more English, wine –  England too hot, wine -German boon, wine – no more French ,  wine passé (Napa), wine – Scotland best,  wine stronger, winters in Britain colder, winter in Britain dead, witchcraft executions, wolverine decline, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World at war, World War 4, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, World in flames, Yellow fever, zebra mussel threat, zoonotic diseases.

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Skoenmaker nie by sy lees!

In die Cape Times van 15 April. is daar ‘n lesersbrief deur Biskop Geoff Davies namens die Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) Nogal ‘n bekvol nè?)

Die brief gaan oor die Wêreldbank se laning aan Eskom vir onder meer die bou van die Medupi kragsentrale en is so vol wanopvattings dat dit nog 5 blogs sal neem om almal te bespreek. Ek hou dus maar by net een van sy argumente.

SAFCEI wil hê dat daar eerder op hernubare energie soos son- en windkrag gekonsentreer word.

Daar is talle probleme hiermee:

Snags skyn die son nie – en ook nie elke dag nie. Die wind waai ook nie elke dag nie (behalwe hier by ons!). Nietemin, het ons elke dag krag nodig – daar is dus ‘n behoefte aan kapasiteit om in te skop wanneer wind en son  nie saamwerk nie. Terwyl die wind waai en die son skyn, sal ons steenkool bespaar, maar andersins, sal die Medupi’s en Koebergs moet instaan.

Gevolglik sál en móét Medupi gebou word. Om nou nog benewens hierdie onkoste vir duur alternatiewe by te voeg vir son en wind maak net nie sin nie. Nie terwyl ons oor groot steenkool reserwes beskik nie.

Verder beweer die goeie biskop dat “One year solar reserves in South Africa is equivalent to 20 years of coal”. Huh? Kan hy sê hoe ons ‘n jaar se sonkrag kan opvang, stoor en oor 20 jaar verspreid beskikbaar stel? Ek kry nie die kloutjie by die oor nie.

Die hele betoog klink soos ‘n propagandastuk van die WWF.

Dalk moet SAFCEI liewer ‘n biddag (of -dae) hou en sommer vir Oom Angus bysleep. O. ja, moenie Rhema vergeet nie.

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Volcanic ash closes UK airports

Hier is ‘n voorbeeld waarom ons nooit – of ten minste vir die voorsienbare toekoms – óf die weer, óf die aandelebeurs, óf klimaatverandering behoorlik sal kan voorspel nie.

Daar is net te veel veranderlikes waaroor ons géén beheer het nie en waarvan ons te min weet om hulle gedrag en of invloed te voorspel. Die meeste veranderlikes is boonop onbekend.

Ons kan nie eens die presiese lengte van die dag bepaal of voorspel nie – die probleem is te ingewikkeld en ons kennis van die detail is te onvolledig. Ons kan dit wel meet, maar nie die verandering voorspel nie. Selfs die onlangse aardbewing in Chile het die lengte van die dag geaffekteer.

Die dag wat iemand die gedrag van die die aandelebeurs akkuraat kan voorspel, sal ek begin glo dat die klimaat ook voorspel kan word.

Die enigste rasionele optrede is om voorbereid te wees en by verandering aan te pas en om hulpbronne nie te vermors nie, gebruik ja, maar nie vermors nie.  

Ons kan nie die lengte van die dag verander nie, ons kan nie die aandelebeurs se gedrag beheer nie, ons kan nie die weer beheer nie, ons kan nie klimaat beheer nie, ons kan nie natuurkragte beheer nie.

Ons moet ons self beheer!

Die vulkaniese as storie is by The Telegraph

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