A lesson in socialism Mr Obama (and more importantly for the SAn public)!

I was sent this by a South African friend living gin Sao Paulo of all places. The point Is not to comment or disagree with Barack “I still think he is the world’s savior’ Obama but rather to understand the impact of a decision like this in our own context.

What’s important is to read the experiment and then to read the questions for South Africa at the bottom!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. 

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

 After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

 

Dear ANC and PUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA,

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections in South Africa.  These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

A dark day indeed #BlackTuesday!

I sat on 22 November “Black Tuesday”  in a pension fund board meeting that looks after roughly 40 000 lower LSM South Africans and much to the irritation and dismay of my board members I was glued to my twitter feed from @EWNreporter and other reputable journo’s present at the passing of the Secrecy bill.

I could not help but think of the fact that the people we were spending the day ensuring their futures are safe financially (who feed roughly 5 people for each person employed so more than 200 000 people) had voted in a party that was in the process of taking away one of the most important rights I have as a free citizen.

Suddenly my entire body filled with anger!

About two months ago I wrote an article about this bill and the danger it poses, needless to say as a rather unknown blogger I didn’t have much impact on parliament. Despite my pre-warning, yesterday the bill was passed in a house that looked and sounded like a cross between a zoo and a kindergarten playground based on the behavior of most ‘elected officials’

Yesterday as I burnt with anger, my soul filled with sorrow, because as hard as the founders of the ANC fought for freedom (in every sense of the word), crowned in a way  by Nelson Mandela’s famous words in 1997 “Press freedom would never be under threat in South Africa for as long as the ANC is the majority party” I realized that the dream they had realized was being pissed on by the new ANC, the ones who want the money, the ones who want ultimate power, the ones who behave like ANIMAL FARM!

We have worked so fucking hard in this country for a bunch of corrupt cowards to erode away at it and we have so many devastatingly serious problems without our government being able to hide their disgusting abuse of power behind the shadows in the name of national security. National security, HA! What fucking national security do we have and what national security do we really need that is so important to be able to black out any transgression the government choose.

I hear the hopefuls saying this isn’t the end of the fight, and when I re-watched Lindiwe Mazibuko speak on behalf of the DA I began to cry. She managed to stay so calm and so poised when all others were ready to take to the streets. She spoke with such still power and harrowing words that the reality of what had just happened sunk in. In that moment as I sat fearing the worst, I listened to minister after minister (of all races and colours and genders) speak from the heart and then get booed and hissed at by an ANC that would have disgraced its forefathers.

To echo Lindiwe “let the message ring out from this house across South Africa: the ANC has abandoned the values of its foundations exactly 100 years after it was founded”

The sad thing is, I think most of parliament doesn’t care really, they’re like spoiled brats in a sweet store. They want to stuff their fat faces full of as much chocolate as they can while they can and everyone else can clean up the mess they leave behind.

While I don’t share the panic quite to the extent of some of my facebook friends suggesting tickets to Oz are the only answer, I do share the deep sorrow every journalist around this country must feel today and I hope that this is not the end of this fight.

I hope someone, someone other than a rather unknown blogger, has the strength to push this fight as far as it needs to go because if we don’t, if we allow a wave of darkness to cover what ever wrongdoings it sees fit, then my fellow South Africans we may never see the light again. The nagging concern in the back of my mind is, sadly our only recourse is the constitutional court . . .

 

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” – Nelson Mandela

 

In defense of Sepp Blatter!

Let’s get a few things straight before you think of lynching me for this.

Firstly Sepp Blatter reminds me of Tony Soprano, he runs a very well organized crime family (true every now and again he needs to, figuratively, kill off a few people but which mob boss doesn’t?) , he makes masses of money and people around him are too shit scared to replace him.

Secondly I believe in abuse during sport. I like the aggression, the rivalry and the passion it promotes BUT, an enormously big BUT, (Kim Kardashians ears are burning) never ever should any form of abuse be racial. If my opponent is a **** then he is a ****, not a black, green, white or orange ****, the word **** should carry enough weight to be abusive. If comments are ever based on race either positive or negative in a sporting environment or not – THEY ARE GENERALIZATIONS, RACIST AND ARE UNNACCEPTABLE!

Good now let’s get on with my defense of Sepp . . .

The man runs an exceptional business, whether crooked or not, he consistently delivers to the football watching community on such a big shiny platter that it gets our mouths watering! He has made a few puzzling decisions on video reffing and goal line technology but if you look around the sporting world these decisions are not out of place in baseball, basketball and football.

So to his comments . . .

We live in a time where every sound bite is recorded and sent around the world through social media for every person on earth to comment on. With that amount of coverage at some point you will slip up, you don’t have to do it EVERYTIME like Mr Joe Biden, but you will at some point say something that can be interpreted horribly or taken out of context!

Sepp said ‘things get said on the field in the heat of the moment, as long as players shake hands after the final whistle its fine’. Do I believe he was referring to racism, not really, he was referring to the abuse players give each other in general he just happened to be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

He came after John Terry parading as a nazi in Chelsea blue (see the video later), then Luis ‘cheating little bastard’ suarez being charged by the FA for racist comments against the epic and stoic Patrice Evra. Even Tigers former caddy getting pissed with all other caddies got caught for referring un-lovingly to Tigers black ass.

Before we could clarity Rio jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, as did the ever moronicly narcissistic Piers Morgan and somehow Tokyo Sexwale became the center piece of Blatters rebuttal . . .

The world was in an uproar calling for the head of the world’s biggest crime family’s (FIFA) head. The man who has focused on anti-racism campaigns trying ACTIVELY, not just talking about it in the press, to stamp out racism and at the first stumble of words we don’t even let the man explain himself, we merely jam a pointy white hat on his head and demand he step down.

 Fortunately he has more back bone than that and his response to calls for his resignation of ‘Why should I?”  are just Blatter old school classic.

The bottom line is racism has no place anywhere, let alone in something that is designed for the joy and entertainment of billions of people.  The man who is in control of football apologized profusely for his comments (even if they were taken out of context and then blown out of proportion) and that should be the end of it!

Players get on the pitch and shut your mouths (or twitter thumbs rather), coaches have enough shit keeping their jobs without the unnecessary distraction and let the officials get on with punishing those archaic idiots who believe its ok to taunt someone based on their race!

Thursday’s Threesome

It’s been a long time since the last installment of Thursday’s Threesome. It’s not a case of censorship I can assure you, but seeing as everyone’s getting a little censor phobic at the moment, I’ll give you an appropriate image. This one has a bright side after the click of course.

We’ve tried to make up for our absence so the pic after the click is a little more than a threesome…

Why can’t more of the world be like this?

It’s time to take a bit of a break from the serious and look at the future a little. Now these guys get what I want (not a massive surprise that its ex Apple engineer Tony Fadell). I want my house to be a ‘living’ space, one that is constantly changing and updating based on my needs. Its constantly evolving temperatures, TV recordings, music downloads and the list goes on and on!

I suppose these guys did this to save some costs for the average user but for me I would pay a premium for this thing, this NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT!

Why?

Let me tell you very simply how it works. It asks you a few questions on startup (things like do you like a ball tingling 25 degrees or more of a polar munching on your leg 8 degrees), it goes online to get the days temp updates so it can adjust itself to the needs of that specific moment and it can be controlled remotely so if you want your girlfriend to get home and have to strip down to lingerie due to your heat setting, you can!

 

Its simple to install . . .

And it just looks sensationally sexy!

To the team at NEST thank you for finally starting to push the world in the right direction!

Here’s a video of how this little superstar works!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCJ1PnVlzIE&feature=relmfu

Stand and applaud as the ANC regains its soul!

Yesterday was a defining day in the future of South African politics, not because JuJu was beaten like the insolent child he is (I think the Hawks were and still are going to F#@K him anyway) but because of the way the ANC have handled themselves over the past few weeks.

This has no doubt been a difficult few months for the ruling party!

The first hint of disciplinary action set off a call to arms for JuJu’s supporters which led to the uptick in support through the marches for economic ‘just give me money for free’ freedom. I’m pretty sure JuJu felt relatively safe that he had enough support to scare the ANC into letting him go, and why not? He was gaining followers, he was making front page news and he was obviously confident enough to threaten the leadership of the most powerful party in the country!

The questions that I’m sure the disciplinary committee asked itself and its leaders were, do we draw a line in the sand now and face whatever consequences it may bring or do we bury our heads in the sand because it’s the easier option – I’m very proud to say they chose the former!

Similarly to the Dalai Lama decision (although right and wrong are a little more clear cut in this example) this was a very tough call to make and when Derek Hanekom stood to read his 136 page verdict, pride began to swell inside me like never before. Again I must re-iterate not because of the subject matter (ok a little – it was glorious to see that brat get a beating even though he wasn’t there to take it himself) but for the way the ANC conducted itself.

The ANC made a point to go back to its roots of a proud, disciplined organization run with truth and integrity at its heart. They made a point to say somewhere along the line we have let this trouble maker and his band of merry degenerates get out of hand and portray this organization as something very far from what its founding fathers had in mind and finally, and most importantly, they made a point to say enough is enough!

The level of detail with which the hearings and the verdicts conducted were nothing short of impeccable and the outcomes were fair and just for all parties (this of course as our JuJu supporting readers keep telling – is my opinion!) The deliberations were done with calm heads and the answers at the press conference were clear and confident. Although I am not an ANC supporter or voter (I have been in the past) I must say that if this party starts to rule like this I may become one of their strongest followers (we have light years to go before they have cleaned up their act enough though)

All in all I must commend the ruling party and its leaders for an exemplary job on the whole and I just hope that those selected for appeals board don’t allow this great line that has been drawn in the sand to be rubbed out or moved! You comrades have been proud and stood up to the task – best you do the same now!

X factor will blow your mind all over the wall!

I’m not a big reality show person, in fact when I saw South African Idols was coming back I held a night vigil outside parliament to intervene (I almost got as many people as JuJu’s night vigil) but when I do get into one, like So you think you can dance, I get into it properly!

I was VERY skeptical about the new X factor. I mean if you put up $5mill as a prize, of course you are going to have a million audition-ers and of course you will, just by playing the odds, get some good ones and some very good ones. Then you add Simon Cowell, Paul Abdul who lets be fair do this kind of thing in their sleep (at this point we were just and American Idol carbon copy with more prize money) but then they added the delicious Nicole Sherzinger and possibly the coolest man alive LA Reid – so now we were getting somewhere.

They took a slightly different view by making categories rather than one straight road (Over 30s, Groups, Boys, Girls)and make no mistake this was not so you could jam to a bunch of different people, it was so they could sell more records to multiple target markets, that Simon is a smarty pants isn’t he?

Finally they gave each category to a judge to mentor – so now we have something unique in terms of show. The set looks like it cost more than the U2 360 tour set and the production value makes every other competition show like this, seem like it has been held in someone’s mother’s basement!

The question I still kept asking was why the hell must I watch a new group of people who will be as good / average as the last 5000 seasons of idols? So, I resigned myself to watching the auditions. If there was nothing that was blow-your-brain-all-over-the-wall-amazing I could end it before I got sucked in and still save some dignity!

Here’s what I found! (If you don’t want to watch them all WHICH YOU SHOULD! Then watch Drew – even though the first 30secs will kill you keep watching she is a musical GENIUS! Watch Melanie – she auditions a Beyonce song and sounds better than Beyonce & finally watch Brian Bradley WHO WILL become a hip hop giant!)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FbsmvXzMJY

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BWPbIdFlvs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIoNP6BG7wU

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TanlK2J4eoA

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOPew2CfXKk

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqjroNlL4pI

Now tell me those don’t blow away, trash, kick the living shit out of any other FIRST auditions on any show you’ve EVER seen (well except maybe Paul Potts but that’s just the ‘life-time achievement award’ of first time auditioning! I just watched it again and started crying and got goose bumps – fuck I’m pathetic sometimes!)

This is probably the most diverse crowd of talent, outside of that fuckwit Piers Morgans America’s-got-freaks-but-we-already-knew-that-so-why-put-them-on-tv show, and has some of the most special musical abilities I have ever seen. In fact watching it last night I said I wanted the competition to stop and I chose three or four of them and said I’d be happy if no one in the world ever made music again except these people (maybe I got a little excited)

The fact remains that every.single.one.of.them is not good, not great but sublime! If you are not watching this show you are going to miss some of the greatest amateur performances of your life.

Kim K is laughing at YOU!

Let me just clearly state before we start I DON’T GIVE F#@K who this podgy brain dead women fornicates with on / off camera, dates, marries, divorces and the same for her podgier sister and her prettier but more brain dead sister – everyone clear.

Now that I have that out of the way, the below photo is Kim Kardashian laughing AT YOU!

Why, you dare say? Well quite simply because you and your magazine and TV guzzling face continues to make her rich (look she was rich before so you are not a complete moron but you are supporting the habit so you deserve a beating, albeit only verbal!)

I hear you uttering “How?” knowing in the back of your mind you are somehow to blame – well here’s how you idiots! KK, who is basically on a reality show ALL the time (even outside of her stupid shows with her mother and sisters et al). In fact she and a whole host of precious little beauties (Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and the list goes on but the IQ remains close to ZERO!) have managed to successfully turn their lives into reality shows.

However KK must be the smartest of all cause she has tricked millions of people into believing it’s actually real, in fact all of you stayed glued to E watching her ‘relationship’ with some dude (I’m not sure who he is but I’m sure he is in pro sports) unfold and then you went out and bought this!

Then, bless their hearts, OMG they are getting married so you went out and bought a few more . . .

Then sadness, I can’t believe it, she’s already unhappy AND. YOU. BOUGHT. MORE!

 

And finally, shock, out of nowhere they are getting divorced and STILL YOU IGNORAMUS BOUGHT MORE!!

I hope you see what I’m getting at here?

SHE MADE IT ALL UP! You see because I’m guessing she realized after her last ‘relationship’ with what was no doubt another pro athlete, that this is big business. So if just dating a famous guy is huge business then MARRYING one must be even more . . . and my god she was absolutely right!

E news made a fortune, People magazine’s photos and expo on the wedding made a fortune, I’m sure HELLO or OK got in there somewhere and made a fortune and last of all KIM K Made a fortune from all of them (I’m not sure if the players in this theory are correct but they are the usual suspect, if it wasn’t them you can just sub in the names of the magazines sitting in your home currently with her fat face plastered all over the covers!)

You know who didn’t make a fortune?

YOU!

You lost money!

You gave it away so fast you can’t even remember how many hours you spent watching this crap or how much money you spent buying these mags but the fact remains YOU got poor while everyone else got rich.

Now do me a favour and go back to the first photo of Kim K and you tell me HONESTLY . . . is she laughing at you?

Is this the Proteas team to rid the chokers Tag……

AS you may know by now, STM is not a big Proteas fan! So when we were invited into their locker-room for a chat and a drink we pleasantly DECLINED and sent someone who is a fan! Here is his story!

This is our man on the ground!

The Protea’s had a locker room function at Kingsmead where Graeme, Jacque and Boucher were on hand to answer questions first about the locker room experiences and then general questions. The function was interesting as it gave some insight about personal off the field antics as well as the opportunity to ask questions which one does not hear at your post match presentation. One particular interesting point was that Shoaib Akhter, with his flailing hair was agreed to be most revered fast bowler according to the three Protea’s batsmen. While it was with much laughter that Graeme Smith was apparently slower then Paul Harris in the beep fitness test.

The function also conveyed that the Protea’s future could indeed be rosy, much to the protest of Protea critics. So much so that there is reason to believe that this side could be the side to rid the chokers tag.

Its with Gary Kirsten at the Helm which should provide the team with a much needed cool mindset and experience in big match situations, having already coached the Indian side to a world cup victory. Allan Donald as the bowling coach is another great asset, having been the coach of New Zealand when they sunk the Proteas in the last world cup. Graeme Smith jokingly mentioned that Donald’s impact has already been felt with the amount bouncers being dished out at net practices.

Supersport presenter Derek Albert’s effectively pointed out the wealth of talent the Proteas have in mentioning that the Proteas,  at the time of the function,  held the number one spot for bowlers and batsmen in the world for both One Day Internationals and Test matches, an admirable accomplishment. The number one ODI Batsmen being Hashim Amla and Test Jacque Kallies while number one ODI bowler being Morne Morkel and Test bowler  Dale Steyn.

Do you think they are seeing who can eat more cheese burgers (this is an STM comment not from the author)

 

In assuming the Proteas as a chokers side it is easy to overlook the teams test accomplishments over the past 5 years, with a series win in 2008 in England the first since readmission and the series win in Australia also in 2008, the first since 1970. Tests have indeed been South Africa’s favourite format, its the shorter format which to date has been the stumbling block.

A newly acquired bow in the Proteas quiver as Kepler Wessels mentions is the threat Imran Tahir offers as an attacking spinner, then there are also the additional spinning options of both Robin Peterson and Johan Botha to back up the potent opening attack of Dale and Morne, which are arguably the most deadly opening attack South Africa has ever fielded.

Its with the cool headed and experienced coaching staff,  new founded spinning options, great talents in the worlds number one ranked batsmen and bowlers and potentially the greatest all rounder –  Kallis, nicknamed ‘God’, which should provide the ingredients to getting the team over the line in trophy tournaments.

Personally I feel the victor of the shorter format games is more of a lottery than that of the winner of a test match. This is because its often one individual performance which determines the result of a game. For instance in the world cup when New Zealand beat South Africa, many would have said that the Protea’s side would have won four out of every five games vs the Black Caps, but Jesse Ryder managed to fire on that day, while none of the Proteas batsmen could respond with a similar innings of equal calibre and hence on the day the Black Caps won.