Once again those in power and those that want to be in power but cant be find fault with white males. Instead of working and educating "their own" people, because it is not us as South Africans anymore, its the white males and the "rich whites" and the poor blacks as COSATU’s Vavi referred to. Unfortunately that is untrue but for now, lets go with Vavi’s theory.
While thousands of white people are desperately poor and those that have jobs cant move up on the career ladder, it is only the black people of South Africa that’s getting the top jobs and it is not only the white people in South Africa that have a hard time, it is also the "coloured" communities that are still left out of just about everything. They had no place in apartheid and now they find themselves still having no place.
Wealth is never distributed. Whenever wealth is distributed the rich stop working and join the poor. When the rich has to work 10 times as hard to feed all the parasites that feed off them they too will climb down that ladder and join with hands wide open hoping to receive free housing, free transport and free everything while another man instead of them dies from stress working from 7 in the morning till the sun goes down.
That Inequality he so speaks of is the divide between the rich ruling ANC and those that live in shacks. Blaming the white man for a country that is run like the rest of Africa will by no means get those living in shacks out of their shacks. It will instead create more shacks, poverty and a lazy nation that depends on someone else to do the work.
Here is what COSATU’s Zwelinzima Vavi said:
The central challenge is that our economic structure, in particular the distribution of wealth and income, remains largely unchanged, and in one crucial respect – inequality – has worsened, to become the widest in the world, and it also still reflects the racial and gender features of apartheid, with wealth and financial power still predominantly in the hands of white males.
Political correctness will destroy a nation.
Due Date is a comedy road movie featuring Zach Galifianakis who is most widely known for his wacky character from Hangover alongside Robert Downey, Jr who has a long list of credentials with mostly out of the ordinary characters. Due Date was directed by Todd Phillips who has a long list of popular comedy films from Road Trip (2000) to The Hangover (2009), co-written by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, and Adam Sztykiel. This is looks like could be one of the best comedy road trip movies ever.
Peter Highman (played by Robert Downey Jr) is going to be a dad for the first time and is extremely nervous about it. While on a business trip his wife Christine Highman (played by Michelle Monaghan) is about to go into labour. For some reason he is unable to board a plane and decides to make the trip by road in desperation not to miss the birth of his child. On his journey he meets Ethan Trembly (played by Zach Galifianakis) who is an aspiring actor that at times seem to have a screw loose. And so the two men goes on a journey to get Ethan to the hospital in time for his child’s birth.
‘Due Date’ Trailer HD
Due Date is going to be released on 5th November 2010.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said today that the abuse and murder of Iraqi civilians as well as the prisoner abuse in various Iraqi prisons should be investigated.
She also said that those responsible should be brought to justice for their unlawful killings, executions, torture and human rights violations and abuses. The US could be held responsible for war crimes.
The recent Wikileaks leak of 400 000 files from the US Iraq invasion showed that around 15 000 people were killed but it was not reported.
Did the US commit war crimes?
Looking at the most recent "understanding" of war crimes, it means to murder, abuse or deport civilian residents of an occupied territory. Includes the killing of hostages or any devastation not justified by military or civilian necessity.
Then there is the rape of woman including a 15 year old girl where the US army members murdered the entire family after raping the girl.
Part of the Geneva convention reads:
Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity. Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault. Without prejudice to the provisions relating to their state of health, age and sex, all protected persons shall be treated with the same consideration by the Party to the conflict in whose power they are, without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race, religion or political opinion. However, the Parties to the conflict may take such measures of control and security in regard to protected persons as may be necessary as a result of the war.
Whistleblower website Wikileaks will post Russian and Chinese files soon according to a Russian Newspaper.
Recently Wikileaks posted thousands of files relating to Afghanistan and then a few days ago posted around 400 000 files of the Iraq war that proved many things that were not previously revealed by either the US government or anyone else.
The recent files revealed that the US ignored and even looked away at obvious torture and under reported the death of 15000 people.
George Clarke is a collector of all things Charlie Chaplin and upon watching one of the DVD’s he bought of Charlie Chaplin’s "the circus" made in 1928 he discovered something that looks like a woman with a cellphone. Now obviously in those days there were no cellphones but no one seems to be able to explain his find.
If you watch this video you can see the woman is most definitely holding something in her hand and indeed it looks like a cellphone. The best explanation anyone came up with so far is either a "earpiece" or hearing aid of those days, or that she or he was in fact a time traveler if there is going to exist such a thing.
You really cant argue with George Clarke’s theory, the woman is holding something. The hard thing is to figure what exactly that might be.
Thousands flee as Mount Merapi erupts for the first time since 2006. This time however officials believe that it is a Plinian eruption the most violent of the four classified types of volcano eruptions and can be compared to a bomb exploding. So far there have been three loud explosions that shoot the whole area accompanied by large amounts of volcanic ash coming from the volcano.
Monday there have been alert these couple of days since white clouds started appearing signalling the coming eruption. The government have been evacuating the area since then, trying to remove as many of the 50 000 people that are in immediate danger. Unfortunately those that evacuated was children and the elderly leaving the rest behind now thousands are fleeing in panic and some have been injured in the process.
Mount Merapi in Indonesia has erupted. After hearing three loud bangs people saw the mountain finally erupted. The eruption began at around 6:49pm local time on Tuesday.
It is unknown how many people are now in danger but yesterday authorities estimated that around 50 000 people would be affected. There were also pyroclastic flows recorded yesterday.
There were 19 people injured by ash. The mountain can blow and most people were already evacuated except those that refused to go.
The volcano for now is not expected to erupt any bigger than at the moment.
The photo above is said to be of the volcano in Indonesia. Taken by twitter user Dila Aprinda Sari. Although we cant find her twitter account the image seems to be real.
20 people injured by hot ash
Second photo beneath by twitter user: holongLUBIS
At this moment, while you are reading this, Willem Ratte is dying in a South African Prison.
He has been charged and detained on 30 September for charges that varies from theft, illegal possession of firearms and drugs.
Interesting to note is that the firearms that were found in his possession, was in fact pellet guns, for which no license is needed. They also confiscated farm equipment such as a panga and knives, used for cutting grass and wood.
The theft charge has presumably since been withdrawn.
A new charge of terrorism was bought against him. It seems that every time there is a court appearance, the charges change, with the state failing to provide substantial evidence against him.
The latest charge is now possession of child pornography. However, the state can not confirm yet, if this was found on his computer or some other computers that they have confiscated.
When the judge asked the prosecutor exactly what Ratte is being charged with, the prosecutor changed the subject to pornography.
Willem Ratte himself is a poor white South African, offering his time and energy to provide a better future for young South African boys, teaching them some discipline, and giving them skills like welding.
He has been on a hunger strike since October 1st, and refuses to put in a bail application, because he claims he is being held illegally. A previous judge also laughed in his face when seeing him in such a terrible condition.
The state must have known that he would engage in a hunger strike, because he did that on a previous occasion as well.
While the SA judicial system is still deciding what crime he has actually committed, this man is dying. Is that what they want??
South Africa ranked 54th when it comes to corruption according to the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index. Ranking 54th out of 178 countries South Africa did average on the index.
Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are tied at the top of the list with a score of 9.3, followed closely by Finland and Sweden at 9.2. Bringing up the rear is Somalia with a score of 1.1, slightly trailing Myanmar and Afghanistan at 1.4 and Iraq at 1.5
The index is worked out :
The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index is based on 13 independent surveys. However, not all surveys include all countries. The ‘Surveys Used’ column indicates how many surveys were relied upon to determine the score for that country.
The confidence range indicates the reliability of the country scores and tells us that allowing for a margin of error we can be 90 per cent confident that the true score for this country lies within this range.
Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are tied at the top of the list with a score of 9.3, followed closely by Finland and Sweden at 9.2. Bringing up the rear is Somalia with a score of 1.1, slightly trailing Myanmar and Afghanistan at 1.4 and Iraq at 1.5.
Iran started loading the fuel into the core of their Bushehr nuclear planet this morning in the southern port city of Bushehr.
The plant according to Iran will become operation once all 163 rods are injected to its core.
The US believes that Iran is going nuclear for military purposes while Iran claim they are operating under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
160 People are reported missing and 2 people have died from a tsunami that struck Indonesia on Monday after a powerful 7.7 or 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia.
The tsunami wiped out houses, washed away everything in its path and sent boats crashing into each other.
There are also reports of missing surfers, a group of Australians are missing, they were on a boat. We dont know at time of writing if they have been found.
The two that died was on Sipora Island. In the village of Boshua most of the buildings have been destroyed by the tsunami.
Two more earthquakes happened in Indonesia. This is now a earthquake swarm. Whether it has something to do with the volcano we cant tell but there is a earthquake swarm.
The first was a 5.0 magnitude earthquake and struck at a depth of 31.6km and was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center. This earthquake was 265km from Bengkulu, Sumatra (Monday, October 25, 2010 at 15:21:13 UTC)
The second 5.2 magnitude hit at depth of 10km and was 252km from Bengkulu. The earthquake hit at 2010-10-25 15:31:09.4 UTC.
This brings the total above average sized earthquakes in Indonesia today to 5.
The earlier earthquake in Indonesia that set off tsunami alerts and was reported to be a 7.5 Magnitude earthquake was now upgraded to a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia.
There were no reports of injury or damage to buildings as the earthquake was in the off the coast.
240 km (150 miles) W of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
280 km (175 miles) S of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
305 km (190 miles) W of Lubuklinggau, Sumatra, Indonesia
795 km (500 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
The government of Indonesia has their hands full today with the second big earthquake hitting near land and the volcano about to erupt.
At 10/25/2010 2:42:22 PM UTC a 7.5 Magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of 14.2km in the unpopulated area of Sumatera Barat Province. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage to property since the earthquake is in a unpopulated area as mentioned. There was a tsunami event triggered.
The maximum tsunami wave height near the coast of Beleratsok will be 0.67m
This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact since the affected region is unpopulated and has medium resilience for natural disasters.
The nearest populated places are [None]. It is a hilly region with a maximum altitude of 270 m.
Edit: Full tsunami alert.
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 1449Z 25 OCT 2010 THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN. ... A LOCAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ... A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR INDONESIA FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION...THIS MESSAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME. THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 1442Z 25 OCT 2010 COORDINATES - 3.1 SOUTH 100.1 EAST DEPTH - 33 KM LOCATION - SOUTHERN SUMATRA INDONESIA MAGNITUDE - 7.5 EVALUATION A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA. HOWEVER - THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI THAT COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES FOR THE REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY. AREAS FURTHER FROM THE EPICENTER COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL COASTAL CURRENTS. ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR. LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME -------------------------------- ------------ ------------ INDONESIA SIBERUT 1.5S 98.7E 1510Z 25 OCT BENGKULU 3.9S 102.0E 1527Z 25 OCT PADANG 0.9S 100.1E 1528Z 25 OCT ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THIS EVENT. IN THE CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION...THE MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.