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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Solid proof on why Socialism is doomed to fail, although it won't convinced those a sandwich short of a picnic!

An economics teacher at a local school made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that, if socialism was fully adopted, no one would be poor and no one would be rich, and all would be equal.

The teacher then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.

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 teacher 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, and gives to those who do nothing, no-one will try or want to succeed. 

It could not be any simpler than that. 

Remember, there will be a test in the future - The next general election.


Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Black economy, and how we can circumvent this in one fell swoop.

A new idea for taxation in Britain.

My aim here is to create a system where we bring all the full time and part time fiddlers of taxation (as a Libertarian, I don't really agree with taxation) into the tax system, in a way which will make it impossible to avoid.

We need to shift the emphasis from taxing income to taxing expenditure.

Apart from my aim of bringing the crooks into the taxation system, this may also encourage people to save more; as the more money saved would equate to more money being available for industry and business to expand.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Mirna van Wyk talks about turning a negative into a positive.

Mirna van Wyk

Mirna is an educational psychologist from Stellenbosch. She taught at several schools, amongst others Stellenbosch High School, Bloemhof Girls’ High and Jan Kriel School for learners with barriers to learning. She is a mother, loves art, the ocean and children.

Negative to Positive

Some evenings when I take our dog for a walk I take a R10 along for the paper or an ice-cream. Last week, when it was exceptionally hot I arrived at the little café and took out the R10 note. Whoops. No R10 note.

I start searching diligently—another pocket, the cuff of my jeans, etc. I am castigating myself for being so careless. I could have bought the paper and an ice-cream!

Then I thought, “Mirna, this is a waste of good time and energy. No use wasting energy on a situation you have no control over, so make this an enjoyable, entertaining walk. Rather concentrate on making this a memorable moment instead.”

Cathy Buckle's newsletter from Zimbabwe

Cathy Buckle is writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter is below.It seems that it isn't just the Government giving trouble to the people of Zimbabwe, but natural incidents as well. This newsletter covers one of each. I include these each month because of the high readership figures for these pages as they show a lot of interest.


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Shaka Zulu, South African restaurant review (Camden Town)

Last year we had an opportunity to buy two vouchers entitling us to a free lunch until February. On the voucher ticket the date said until end December 2011, on the email containing the voucher the date was February 2012. This was, I thought a bad omen so I phoned up the restaurant to establish which was correct. February they said, so I booked for Sunday 23rd January.

The restaurant is in the middle of Camden Market and is just a door in the wall. Oh dear, I thought, what had we let ourselves in for. Anyway, we went in and there was an escalator which whisked us down into the murky depths.

The receptionist took our vouchers and queried the date. This was beginning to annoy me and I wished I had never booked the damn meal. I told the receptionist we were going to the bar and she was to come over to me when she had sorted it all out.

After waiting for nearly ten minutes for the barman to appear, Pam and I ordered a Klippie 'n' coke (an Afrikaans drink of a cheap brandy called Klipdrift and coca cola). This, actually, is a very "more-ish" drink and eventually the receptionist came over and said it was all in order.

I should hope so, but the Klippie had put me in a better mood and we were led to our table.

You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Virgin must pay peanuts!

My phone is with Virgin Mobile.

Three months ago the phone would take a call, ring once, and send it direct to voicemail.

I complained about a dozen times, and received a dozen different excuses. One of the more recent ones was "It is because you live near a railway line" Bollocks I said, what about other people who travel on trains and receive calls on their mobiles? They are sitting on the bleddy rails.

I might have toned down my language a little but not that much!

Anyway I shot each excuse down in flames. All these young kids trying to blind me with false logic. They forget - and I have told them in the past - that I have been an IT Journalist for over thirty years and have more than a basic knowledge about cellphones and how they work.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

ASUS Transformer Prime and Android 4, good news and bad news.

Before you look at the ASUS Transformer Prime, you may want to look at Google's own write-up on their new Ice cream Sandwich (Android 4 operating system for both Pads and Smartphones.  Android seems to have come of age at last.

Now to look at the new ASUS Transformer Prime, the specification below was taken from the ASUS special website on the new Transformer Prime. At present it is over priced in the UK. It comes with 32GB or 64GB hard storage and a microSD slot for further storage.

Amazon UK are selling this complete with Keyboard for £1,057.97 but beware, Amazon USA are selling it for $858 (UK £555.60 complete) so wait awhile before getting it.

As from today, new Transformer Primes will be fitted with Android 4 and will be a slightly revised hardware edition so, if it isn't Android 4, don't buy it as it may be the original hardware edition.

ASUS Transformer Prime specifications:

Friday, 13 January 2012

Password encryption between Windows, Linux, Mac computers and smartphones.

We use an OpenSource program called Keepass for our encrypted passwords.

There are better programs around but they aren't free. And, the benefit of OpenSource means that the program code is available for the more paranoid amongst us, to pour over to ensure there are no hidden gotchas in the code.

At home, my computer is Linux, as are both my Notebook and my Netbook computer. My wife has a Windows computer and we both have Android smartmobiles. In addition, later this month I shall be buying the ASUS Transformer Prime pad so will install it all on there as well.

Between all our computers, we have one data file where all our passwords are kept. (My wife and I have no secrets from each other, we share everything including bank accounts.)

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A special message to bloggers from the Rt Hon David Cameron MP and Prime Minister

10 Downing Street
London  SW1 
Dear people of the United Kingdom

Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown of the economy, your Government has decided to implement a scheme to put workers 50 years of age and older on early retirement. 

This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early).

Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to the government to be eligible for the SHAFT scheme
(Special Help After Forced Termination).
Persons who have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under the SCREW program

(Scheme Covering Retired Early Workers).

A person may be RAPED once, SHAFTED twice and SCREWED as many times
as the government deems appropriate.

Only persons who have been RAPED can get AIDS (Additional Income for Dependants & Spouse) or HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance).

Obviously, persons who have AIDS or HERPES will not be SHAFTED or SCREWED 
any further by the government.

Persons who are not RAPED and are staying on, will receive as much SHIT
(Special High Intensity Training) as possible.

The government has always prided itself in the amount of SHIT it gives out.
Should you feel that you do not receive enough SHIT,
please bring this to the attention of your local MP.

They have been trained to give you all the SHIT you can handle.


Monday, 9 January 2012

What would happen if China based their troops in Texas? This awesome video explains all.

This is absolutely awesome and watching it, you will see why only one of the candidates for the Republicans is worth being President of the United States of America.

Do you know how many American forces bases there are around the world? Not even the American Government is sure of the number. This is from The Occasional Planet's website:

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Wow, everything about the Kindle or owners and would-be owners, and millions of free books.

I have found an excellent website full of information for the Kindle Owner, or would-be Kindle owner.

British Politics succinctly summed up in 42 words!

I saw this, with the link to the original website, on Guido Fawkes blog and doesn't it sum up Brtist politics perfectly?

Marina Hyde succinctly sums up contemporary British politics…

“…the overriding impression is that Ed Miliband’s Labour don’t know what they’re doing. And while the other lot don’t know what they’re doing, and in a far more worrying way, they manage to go about not knowing it with considerably more finesse.”

Friday, 6 January 2012

Lady Margaret Thatcher - one can identify her with Marmite - you either love her or hate her

Margaret Thatcher’s legacy is that no-one tries to scrap what the Iron Lady achieved.

Jan Boucek of the Adam Smith Institute writing for City AM. I have deleted some of the paragraphs but you can read the full article on the CityAM website. The emboldened emphasis is mine.

He starts off writing about the new film of Thatchers's life and of Streep’s portrayal of Thatcher. This posed a real problem for her self-professed loathers granted that sneak preview of the film. They reluctantly conceded Thatcher’s struggle as a middle class female against an entrenched establishment of privileged old men, but quickly dismissed her accomplishments in office and reiterated their rejection of everything she stood for.

Everything? This is where the Thatcher-as-Satan camp is vulnerable. If it was all so bad why haven’t four succeeding prime ministers even begun to reverse her legacy? Let’s take a look at some of her accomplishments.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Poor Ampers, he has been diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. and it is serious.

A.A.A.D.D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how is manifests itself:

I decide to wash my car.  As I start toward to the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table.  I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin under the table, and notice that the bin  is full.

So, I decide to put the invoices back on the table and take out the rubbish first, but then I think that since I’m going to be near the postbox when I take out the rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my chequebook off the table and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find  the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I’m going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A beautiful aerial view of the Houses of Parliament - absolutely fantastic!

Thanks for this, Max! If you visit Max's site, be prepared for some shocking comments.


"Ons vir jou Suid Afrika - Great video by Manuel Escorcio, rather an unusual Boer name!

But first, a little story about an Englishman who had a great respect for the Boers and was a doctor in a British Army hospital in the Great Boer War. From the information from the wounded, he pieced together the only war story I have ever really enjoyed. And, it has the ring of complete authenticity about it. This doctor eventually became famous with a long series of books of a fictional detective called Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I am referring to Sir Athur Conan Doyle!

Here is what he had to say about the Boers on the very first paragraph of the first page of Chapter One of "The Great Boer War" which is available for download, free, on the Gutenberg Project. I have made it into three chapters for easy reading

Sunday, 1 January 2012

British u-turns on the EU - written by an English MP

Here are five of the points which Douglas Carswell makes in his blog which I hope you will enjoy. For the whole picture, visit his website.
    1.  The people on electoral reform: When the AV referendum campaign started, it looked as if there was a majority in favour. As the public got closer to the day of the poll, they reached for the brakes and pulled a u-turn, rejecting AV overwhelmingly.

    2.  Danny Finkelstein on Europe: Having spent the first few years of David Cameron’s leadership of the Conservative party telling the rest of us not to bang on about Europe, Danny began to bang on about Europe.  

    Shortly after 81 Conservative MPs voted in favour of an EU referendum, Danny – who just a few days before the Commons vote was fiercely critical of it – started to write brilliantly telling us all about the dangers of the EU. 

    Actually, you might say that it was the commentariat that pulled a u-turn on Europe in 2011 .....  others who also saw the light include Max Hastings, who renounced years of faith in federalism with this superb column.  So, too, did Matthew Parris – one of the country’s greatest writers – who it seems is now an advocate of a referendum on our membership.

Men! How to guarantee you will be divorced within three years.

This is going to be a very short blog as the way anyone can guarantee they will be getting a divorce is so elementary and simple.

When you meet a girl, and suss her up, and decide she is looking for a certain type of man, become that type, rather than the person you are. Then after you get married and start reverting back to the person you really are, your divorce will arrive faster than you may think.

This equally true for women.

Men! How to be successful with the opposite sex.

I am not sure whether this is good advice for the women, but I know, from experience that it works for men.

When I was thirteen, I used to saddle up in South Africa and ride out into the bush after school on a Friday for the whole weekend. I would shoot or fish for my supper, skin or descale my meal and cook it over a camp fire. (no - I used matches, couldn't be arsed to rub two sticks together).

I have started this way to give you an inkling that I have always been self-sufficient.

In the sixties, after leaving the army in 1963 at aged 23, I wasn't really interested in girls and moved to Earls Court in London where the swinging sixties started. I was a member of the OVC (Overseas Visitors Club) where they had a passenger liner booked every two weeks from Australia, once a month and South Africa, also  once a month. Each time around 500 girls descended on Earls Court to the OVC from the colonies!

I had hundreds of girl friends over two years, literally! I guess my success was because I was never really that interested. I used to drink, and play 3-card brag with my mates and we would always have a great laugh together. Women were never important to me in my life at that time.