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Sunday, 16 February 2014

The fable of the porcupine - Lessons in life # 142

I never knew porcupines were so cute as babies. A good story with a great message.

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine?


Fable of the Porcupine  

It was the coldest winter ever.

Many animals died because of the cold.

The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their  companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others.

This way they were able to survive.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Tax-Payers, You'll be so happy to learn of this

Where do all our taxes go?

UK 'helps dictators buy Paris homes'

African leaders accused of stealing millions in aid

By Peter Allen of the Daily Mail on 29 July 2011
Link to original article which also contains photograph and a piece on Zimbabwe.

* Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Congo owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in Paris

British taxpayers are funding the multi-million-pound Paris property portfolios of a African dictators, it has been claimed.

Scores of luxury houses and flats in the French capital are now owned by men who regularly receive vast charitable hand-outs.

It emerged yesterday that Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in the French capital.

Nguesso is one of a number of African politicians said to have built vast overseas property empires using public funds – including the proceeds of foreign aid – from their countries’ treasuries.

Ali Bongo, president of Gabon, owns at least 39 properties in Paris, while the portfolio of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, includes an entire six-storey period building on the prestigious Avenue Foch, alone worth £15 million.

The details are contained in a report compiled by the anti-corruption groups Transparency International and Sherpa, and handed over to Paris prosecutors.