Taking minimalism to the extreme, buy nothing in 2012

I just thought about something i think i’ll try to stick with. I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions but I’m going to try my best not to buy anything in 2012. Obviously if there are bills for hosting, petrol for the car or maybe a tire that needs to be replaced i’ll do it. This also excludes things that I need for health sake, like pills or toothbrushes. Basically I’m going to try not to buy anything at all as much as possible.

Is this even possible? My wife busy the food so that also excludes that and might make it a bit unfair for others that might want to do the same but the project is with common sense, you have to eat obviously.

The main thing is not to buy gadgets, software, junk i dont need, camping gear etc. If i want something i’m going to have to make it myself.

Is this possible?

Amazon.co.uk is down, is Anonymous responsible?

Amazon in the United Kingdom is down, not only for those browsing in the UK but from any location. The website seems to be under a DDoS attack. We have no information if Anonymous is responsible but they might be behind it.

At this point no one knows. Anonymous took revenge last week against sites that kicked Wikileaks from using certain providers of services or providers that refused Wikileaks access to their services and payment systems. Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and a few others got attacked.

It was said that Amazon was also a target and a lot of people believed that Anonymous failed in taking down Amazon but they never did try to take down Amazon.com according to insiders and a press release from a Twitter account that appeared to be connected to Anonymous.

So, is Anonymous behind what looks like an attack on Amazon.co.uk?

Update: Amazon.de in Germany is down as well.

Update: Amazon.fr in France is down.

Update: Amazon.it is down, no Amazon for Italy tonight.

Update: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.it and the rest are back online.

Update: Thus far Anonymous or those that appear to be part of Anonymous says they are not behind the attacks or downtime of the Amazon servers.

Update: It was not Anonymous, It was not attacks either it was Amazon’s hardware that malfunctioned.

Ron Paul defends Wikileaks on House Floor

Congressman Ron Paul addressed the house about Wikileaks. He stated that the attack on Julian Assange is like killing the messenger for bringing bad news and gave them nine questions to consider:

Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?

Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?

Number 3: Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?

Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?

Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?

Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?

Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more  about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?

Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?

Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?

Thomas Jefferson had it right when he advised ‘Let the eyes of vigilance never be closed’

“Some Questions To Consider” Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks “Killing The Messenger For Bad News”

Sarah Palin's site offline, SarahPAC.com down and out

Sarah Palin that earlier said Julian Assange is “un-American” had her site hacked or DDoS attacked by operation payback. SarahPAC.com is now totally offline, the webmasters are aware of this but theres not much they can do about it.

SarahPAC.com’s hack comes after Mastercard.com and Paypal.com and Twitter may follow soon by the looks of things. “operation payback” had their twitter account suspended earlier.

Sarah Palin also said that Juliun Assange should be “hunted down like Al-Qaeda”.

Paypal caves in to pressure from US government and DDoS attack

The places we trust with our money is showing some serious flaws. Paypal just released the funds of Juliun Assange’s account but said they will not enable the account again.

This comes after the internet fought back against Paypal with a massive DDoS attack that brought the site to a standstill. Although denial from most of the companies that stored money for Wikileaks , the US government involvement in the shutting down of his accounts it still remain obvious.

Paypal however is now singing almost the same song that Juliun Assange’s previous bank sang, they claim that they “reviewed” their policies regarding Wikileaks because of the US government saying Wikileaks might be in possession of documents that is in violation of US law.

“PayPal was not contacted by any government organization in the U.S. or abroad. We restricted the account based on our Acceptable Use Policy review,” writes PayPal’s General Counsel John Muller.


Democratic Alliance "deplores" comments by Steve Hofmeyr

The Democratic Alliance “deplores the deeply racialist comments” by Steve Hofmeyr the party said in a statement.

The DA is specifically talking about the part where Hofmeyr spoke about the “Suck up the propaganda of entitlement”.

The DA said in their statement  “Hofmeyr’s statement that black South Africans “suck up the propaganda of entitlement” in order to “justify their brutality” is profoundly repugnant. It demonstrates deep-seated prejudiced views that are completely inconsistent with the values that inform our constitutional state, it lowers the standard of constructive political and social debate, and it sets back efforts to build a truly nonracial, compassionate South African society.”

“Regrettably, this statement shows there are still South Africans who are severely detached from the values of modern South African society, and who hold prejudicial views about their fellow citizens. Every South African who is committed to building a compassionate society should reject Hofmeyr’s comments. They are more reminiscent of a bygone era of racial domination under Apartheid than the kind of conversation one expects to hear in a multiracial democracy in 2010.”

Mysterious object or planet moves over the sun on SOHO imagery

NASA has no explanation or announcements on what this could be so we can only guess that this is another planet moving past the SOHO imagery. The question is what planet could this be? Is it a astroid,  Venus or Mercury maybe?

Something did move past the sun, people online believe it could everything from the “nibiru” / planet x theory to a camera anomaly but no one has come out with an official answer yet.

That planet scientists talked about a few days ago, throwing ice bullets and causing chaos on earth, maybe he came for a visit.

The imagery is from 2010/12/06

What could this be?

Update: You might want to look at around 10 second into the video, it happens fast because the video is actually in fast forward mode,not real time. You can see the “object” coming in from the right side at around 10 or 11 seconds into the video.

Update: Could it be our moon?

Earlier this year NASA posted a few pictures and said the following:

This was a first for SDO and it was visually engaging too. On October 7, 2010, SDO observed its first lunar transit when the new Moon passed directly between the spacecraft (in its geosynchronous orbit) and the Sun. With SDO watching the Sun in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, the dark Moon created a partial eclipse of the Sun.

These images, while unusual and cool to see, have practical value to the SDO science team. Karel Schrijver of Lockheed-Martin’s Solar and Astrophysics Lab explains: “The very sharp edge of the lunar limb allows us to measure the in-orbit characteristics of the telescope e.g., light diffraction on optics and filter support grids. Once these are characterized, we can use that information to correct our data for instrumental effects and sharpen up the images to even more detail.”

The images below show both a full disk version and a close-up of the event.

Update: The moon did not pass between the earth and the sun as shown in the video above at that time when the video was taken

Cant be the moon, what is it?

Steve Hofmeyr – black entitlement is cause for brutal crimes

Over the weekend Steve Hofmeyr stated something on his Facebook page that is on the mind of many South Africans, especially white South Africans. Its the matter of the entitlement that is ingrained into South African black population from a young age. From politicians to the street cleaner that see the white man in his nice house, driving a car and believe with all their hearts its only because he is white that he has those things. That’s just not true.

As white people tend to generalise about blacks so does the blacks about whites. When have you heard a ANC politicians say to the people they have to pull up their socks and work hard to achieve that what was achieved by others? A very small minority of whites South Africans have what they have today because someone gave it to them. The majority have achieved all this through hard work – first in school, then university/college, then in the work place or being a entrepreneur.

Ons MOET veralgemeen. Meeste swartes wat ek ken is nie geweldadig nie, maar alle swartes wat ek ken slurp die PROPAGANDA VAN ENTITLEMENT op, presies dit wat jong moordenaars nodig het om hul brutaliteite te regverdig.

Dan kry ek die antw in die volgende berig: dat ons die swart matrieks vergewensgesind moet wees as hulle dop. Hoekom? Want niemand sal ooit skuld he aan hul eie lamsakkigheid solank hulle ander daarvoor kan blameer nie. Swartes (God weet, seker nie almal van hulle nie, maar meeste wat ek waarneem) voel geregverdig en ‘entitled’ in alles, vanaf kwotas/lae matrieksyfers tot grondregte/ brutaliteit.

Translated: We MUST generalise. Most blacks that I know is not violent , but all blacks what I know suck up the PROPAGANDA OF ENTITLEMENT up, precisely what young murders need to justify their brutality.

Then I find the answer in the following article: that we should be forgiving if they failed. (in other words they must be exonerated from failing matric) Why? Because no one will ever take responsibility for their laziness so long as others can be blamed. Blacks (God knows, probably not all of them, but most that I observed) feel justified and entitled for everything, from kwotas/low matric pass-rates to property rights/brutality.

But what is getting the whites in such a ‘knot’ is that black criminals use this thinking to justify cruelty when they commit a crime. Instead of just stealing or do whatever they do, most of the time they seek out to hurt, humiliate and torture their victims. This whole rant from Steve Hofmeyr came because of the systematic murder of the Potgieter family that lived on a farm in the Free State. The father Attie Potgieter, who was the steward of the farm, was hit over the head then stabbed. His wife Wilna and their little three year old girl was killed execution style with a bullet shot in the back of the head. If that was not bad enough the murderers left a message at the gate when they left saying – that they killed the farmer and they will be back. Just because this man was a farmer he was killed but why kill his wife and three year old? They could have just waited for him outside if they wanted to rob him, no it is obvious their intent was to murder the whole family toward what gain we can only speculate.

Ek weet nie hoe die wereld dink ons moet transformeer, intergreer en ons vooroordele moet laat vaar en oulike verdraagsame Christene moet bly terwyl SWARTES N WIT 3-JARIGE KIND IN DIE KOP KAN SKIET NIE. Jammer as ek die kleur beklemtoon, maar ek sukkel om daardie aaklige wittes op te spoor wat saans oor swartes se mure .. klim en dit aan hulle kinders doen. Ek gaan al weer uiters bitter hierdie naweek in.

I don’t know how the world thinks we must transform, integrate and let our benefits go and be cute enduring Christians stay while BLACKS SHOOT A WHITE 3-YEAR OLD CHILD IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD. Sorry if I emphasise color of race, but I am struggling finding those horrible whites that jumps over blacks walls during the night .. and do this too their children. I am again going very bitter into this weekend.

His voice joins a couple of others who have had the guts to stand up against the farm murders, one of those are Afriform who have released a statement stating that the ANC should shoulder the blame for the murders.This is not the first time Steve Hofmeyr received attention for his honest opinion. One of the first times was when he wrote a letter to the ANC youth league leader, Julius Malema, a very condemning letter, telling him exactly what Steve thinks of his ‘speeches’ and singing a song about ‘Kill the Boer’ – ‘Kill the Farmer’. Until the black population get rid of the idea they can all achieve riches of someone else’s hard work. This all will continue and the divide between black and white will only grow because the white population can only take so much before they also have nothing or leave seeking refuge where they are appreciated, leaving the masses to fend for themselves.

Israel's largest forest fire in history still burns, Satellite image from NASA

The largest forest fire in Israel’s history is still causing havoc just outside Haifa. The fire that started yesterday grew way out of control and is still going on in the dry forest. Today NASA again took a satellite image with the Moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer on NASA’s aqua satellite. The image was captured on December 3 at 12:50pm local time.

NASA outlined the active fire areas with a red outline which can be seen on the image. The winds at time of capture was still strong, the smoke can be seen blowing to the Mediterranean ocean.

More than 7000 acres have been destroyed, more than 17000 people have been evacuated and 42 people have been killed.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Massive fire in Israel can be seen from space – NASA satellite photo

Afriforum: ANC must accept responsibility for murder of 3 year old

Afriforum said that the ANC should accept the murder of a three year old and her family because of their use of the slogan “shoot the boer” and their fight to have it legalised.

The civil rights initiative AfriForum said as long as the ANC continues with its appeal case in the South Gauteng High Court to have the use of the slogan “shoot the Boer” legalised, the ANC and Julius Malema have to accept responsibility for the murders on farms, like the most recent incident where the 3 year-old Willemien Potgieter and her parents, Wilna and Attie Potgieter, had been executed in cold blood on their farm near Lindley in the Free State.


According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, the murder of the Potgieters make people all the more bitter because it took place in the same week during which the ANC had been trying to convince the Court that the “shoot the Boer” slogan in ANC songs is not meant literally. “People are literally being killed on farms and efforts by the ANC to justify ‘shoot the Boer’ is absurd,” Kriel added.

Kriel stated that in the light of the continuing bloodshed on farms, the ANC and Julius Malema have to do the responsible thing by putting an end for once and for all to the use of slogans that propagate violence, and by condemning the murder of farmers and all other victims. If the ANC were to refuse, AfriForum will, according to Kriel, continue with its legal action against the ANC’s appeal against the prohibition of the use of the “shoot the Boer” slogan. AfriForum is also going ahead full steam with its hate speech case in the Equality Court in Johannesburg against the ANC Youth leader, Julius Malema.

In addition, AfriForum intends to step up its protest actions at courts where murder suspects appear.

Farmer and family brutally murdered

The farm of Tweefontein was attacked and the farmer, his wife and their three year old daughter was brutally murdered this morning police confirmed. The farm lies between Lindley and Steynsrus. The area is known for numerous farm attacks in previous history.

The farmer according to police was stabbed (Edit: previously said shot, but the farmer was stabbed to death), his wife and his daughter were shot at close range. People that know the family are in shock, especially for the fact that they shot a 3 year old girl.

Farm murders in South Africa is nothing new but the government still blames farmers and refuses to acknowledge the attacks on farmers as planned. The ANC, South Africa’s ruling party went to court just this week to fight and keep the song “kill the boers” legal.

South Africa’s farmers get no help from government in protection, instead the government goes to court to sing about murdering this minority.


Stephen Harper's adviser Tom Flanagan : Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be assassinated

There has opened up an alarming call for the assassination of Julian Assange and the death penalty for Pvt Manning who allegedly passed on the confidential documentation to Wikileaks. First Ms McFarland wrote a article on Fox News website calling for the prosecution then execution of Private Bradley Manning;

Let’s charge him and try him for treason. If he’s found guilty, he should be executed.

She also stated that President Obama should use his influence to have Iceland shut down Wikileaks, for they are hosting the site, then he should turn to Australia to revoke Julian’s Passport leaving him stranded in whichever country he is residing. Then she suggest that Obama should request that Julian must be charged with espionage. If that is not going  far enough Ms McFarland wrote that President Obama should have Julian extradited to the United States of America and have him brought in front of  military tribunal even though he is not a terrorist or part of any military and should be tried for his ‘crimes’.

Now Professor Tom Flanagan , the adviser of the Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada, said that Julian Assange should be assassinated for publishing those confidential documents. He did it in a joking manner saying Obama should have Julian assassinated and he should use drones to do it. That someone could say something so callous on a news broadcast just show how power hungry politicians have become. They honestly believe people do not have right to political or military information. That as normal citizens who they ‘rule’ instead of working for, they have the right to do as they please without giving explanations of what is truly happening they are only interested in protecting themselves. Without people like Julian and without sites like Wikileaks the people will be ignorant of what their governments are doing behind their backs.

Harper advisor calls for assassination of Wikileaks director


South Africa to amend driver licence law

South Africans hoping to get a driving licence for a heavy vehicle should know that from 1 February 2011 the laws will be different. From February you will not be able to use your Code 14 licence to drive a car or a light motor vehicle.

New amendments were made to the road traffic legislation that will kick in on the 1st of February 2011.

Current licence holders are not included in this new law and would be able to use their licence as usual.  This does not mean you would need two different cards with you while driving. The Department of Transport said that “Holders of two categories of licences will not be required to carry two different licence cards. One licence card will be endorsed with the necessary authorisations that allow that person to drive the stipulated class of motor vehicle”

Wikileaks – America's best weapon yet?

It is getting more obvious as the Wikileaks documents come out that some of them must be fake or setup. The reason for this is that a lot of the evidence in the Wikileaks released files contradict previous evidence of certain events.

Yesterday Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised concern about the “leaked” documents published by Wikileaks. He claims they are psychological warfare.

One of the biggest inconsistencies about Wikileaks in relation to other sites for instance torrent sites is that the US Department of Homeland Security ceased 76 domains for copyright violation without court orders. If they are so hellbent on censoring certain websites why did they not censor Wikileaks as well? It might be speculation but that is because Wikileaks is going to give them reason to invade Iran.

So like 100’s of other people ask, is Wikileaks part of a bigger conspiracy?

US Bill S 510 passes

In the United States many things are illegal and starting to be illegal. You cant take a photograph because then you are profiled, you cant disagree with government then you are a terrorist, you cant protect your head when police beat you with battons because then you are resisting arrest. Now to put the cherry on the cake of the police state S510 passes.

There is a lot of controversy and people argue on what can or cant be done under this bill but most people agree that you cant grow your own fruit or vegetable garden in your own backyard.

S 510 has officiallly passed.

Who voted for the bill?

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —57
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs —27
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)
Not Voting – 16
Alexander (R-TN)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bunning (R-KY)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)

World's cruelest mom on Dr Phil

This boy was bad, so bad his mother throws hot chilli sauce in his mouth and makes him take a cold shower. Surprisingly she did not try to waterboard him or tortured him with electricity.

This video is part of a Dr Phil show where the woman confessed that she is in fact the world’s worst mother.

Baba Vanga's claim: World War 3 will start in November 2010

Baba Vanga 31 January 1911 – 11 August 1996 was a famous mystic that lived somewhere in Bulgaria’s mountains that predicted some events accurately.

Back in the day when she still lived she predicted a few things, one of them was that WW3 would begin in November 2010.

She is also well known for things she predicted that already came true.

People that learned and read her prophecies claim she predicted 9/11 back in 1989

“Horror, horror! The American brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel birds. The wolves will be howling in a bush, and innocent blood will be gushing.”

They also believe she predicted the Russian disaster in 1980:

"At the turn of the century, in August of 1999 or 2000, Kursk will be covered with water, and the whole world will be weeping over it."

 To be honest she made some seriously crazy claims as well. 

The claim or "prophecy" that might be relevant today is what she said before her death.

She claimed that World War 3 will start in November 2010 and that it will grow worse than just missiles and guns.

Check it out:

“The start of WWIII. The war will begin in November of 2010 and will end in October of 2014. Will start as a normal war, then will include usage of nuclear and
chemical weapons”.

2011 – “Due to the radioactive showers in Northern Hemisphere – no animals or plants wil be left. Muslims will begin chemical war against Europeans who are still alive”.

Ocean Panoramio photos to be added to Google Earth soon

You can soon view more Panoramio photos on Google Earth, a few days ago they announced that photos from the ocean will be added to Panoramio soon and they are currently working with Google to enhance the Panoramio photos feature in Google Earth.

A few months ago Google launched Google Ocean, you can browse the sea bed on Google Earth by going beneath the water. Since Google launched Google Ocean there’s been loads of new interesting kml files on the internet where you can see things beneath and in the ocean.

Some of the enhancements since Google Earth got the extra ocean layers is surf spots, research, dive spots and other things.

North Korea attacks South Korea

North Korea fired around 200 artillery shells onto the a South Korean Island where more or less 1300 people live. The Island in the far north of South Korea and very close to the North Korean border was basically on fire. Houses was on fire, people were in panic and two South Korean soldiers died from the attack.

South Korea is now in the highest non-war military alert possible

Border arguements between North Korea and South Korea is nothing new but today’s fire exchange is the worst in the last 60 years since the 1950’s war between the two countries.

South Korea’s president fled to a undergound bunker at an undiclosed location where he addressed the nation.

At around 2:34pm the bombing began lasting for some time setting everything and everywhere it lands on fire.

The attack has many suggested reasons, one being that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong 2nd is taking over and has to show some form of power. He has to get some credibility for his badges and this is what many suspect is behind the attacks.

13 people, mostly marines were also injured in the attacks.

South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak ordered his military to strike if North Korea shows any more provocation.

Google Streetview now in Germany's 20 largest cities

Google Streetview is now in Germany’s 20 largest cities including Berlin and Hamburg and can be seen both on Google Earth and Google maps. Two weeks ago Google launched streetview in Oberstaufen and showed some blurred houses, now you can view much more of the country.

It almost feels like you are in Germany as you "walk" through the streets of Berlin and see some of the city’s best tourist attractions.

Obviously there are some more blurred houses.