Monday, September 30, 2019

Did Dutch police arrest a bird for robbery?

A viral tweet is claiming that Dutch police arrested a bird for robbery.


However, if you follow the link to the article the Twitter user shares as proof, the embedded police release on Instagram, however, shows the actual story.

The police in the Netherlands arrested a suspected shoplifter. The suspect had a bird on their shoulder. Police did not have a cage to house the bird in, and thus, consulting with the suspect, allowed them to keep the bird in the cell with them while making sure it was well cared for.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

'We will just hop on a plane'? No, you won't. You need a detailed plan.

'We will just hop on a plane'? No, you won't.

Emigration is not easy. Even if you have an EU passport or right to be in another country, just hopping on a plane isn't a good plan.

You need to find work, housing, adjust to a whole new society with different laws and conventions. If you are allowed to live and work somewhere, great, but often you won't be able to afford anything if not earning in the local currency. If you plan to move based on some skill or qualification, what do you need to do to get such and to have it recognised in the place you want to move to? Do you have a plan sorted out, and the details accounted for? Will you be allowed to job hunt in the country? Or will you have to do so from South Africa and then apply to go through? When will your family be able to join you, and will they at all?

How will you find work, do you have a curriculum vitae in the format preferred in the place you are going to? Do you mention things which would by law force them not to hire you due to anti-discrimination legislation there?

Do you understand the local language, or the local variation spoken there? Will the way you personally speak be clear and understood, there? Do you have clothing suitable to the local environment? Are your pets ready, and certified ready, to emigrate? What are your plans for getting any medication you may need? Have you got your medical records from your doctors? What are the rules on bringing your children and spouse? Have you budgeted and prepared for your child's schooling and care? What furniture and other effects will you be able to take with you? Which would be foolish to take with, based on local laws and customs? What are your plans for internet and cellular phone usage, and for getting your money out of the country legally? Do you need to open a bank account before leaving? Are you ready for the process of converting your driver's licence? What are your plans for getting out and making new friends (bear in mind, you take your current social support system for granted, you might need a friend quite urgently to do a favour at some point).

Do you have letters of recommendation attesting to your trustworthiness for potential employers, and in some cases, letters from former landlords to new landlords attesting you are a good tenant? Do you have police clearance, if necessary?

Will you be able to afford a car, and possible statutory insurance? Do you have the right plans in place to register to pay tax and financially emigrate? Have you started looking at a budget, and at converting your qualifications to work there? Have you spoken to someone in your field who made the move?

Will you be able to fill your own car with petroleum and keep your own place clean? Have you budgeted for things like rubbish removal fees?

If you think you might land up leaving South Africa, you can't just plan to jump on a plane. That is how you land up homeless with no support system, stranded in a foreign land.

You at least need to be on emigration footing, from having what you need to leave, to having a curriculum vitae prepared, qualifications valuable there, and a real plan.

Do you at least have unabridged computerised originals and apostilles (if needed for that country, or may be needed there in future) of each of your major certificates, e.g. birth, marriage, divorce order, death, adoption, etc? Have you checked that unabridged is enough and vault is not possibly required by the specific country? Have you applied to Home Affairs for retention of South African citizenship in case you land up naturalising in the country you want to move to? Bear in mind, if South Africa goes bankrupt, the state may not be able to print new certificates for you. Zimbabwe ran out of funds to print new passports for their citizens. Do you have your antenuptial contract ready to bring with? Do you have baptismal and other certificates which could affect whether some churches allow marriage in them, or children to attend their schools?

If you are an attorney or advocate, do you have originals and apostilles of each of your court orders admitting you to the profession you are in? Is your firm ready to shut down on short notice?

Whatever profession you are in, have you started the process to convert your qualifications to be accepted there? Whether industry tests or via organisations which validate academic achievements? Have you got your syllabus description for your degree from the university you attended?

For dual nationals, do you have your South African passport, which you need to enter or leave South Africa on? Is your foreign passport current (bear in mind it can take months to arrive)?

Do you have enough money offshore in foreign currency to afford an airline ticket and a stay in the place you are looking at going to, until you have an income? Is your LinkedIn up to date? Do you know how salaries are quoted, and how in demand your profession is?

For those staying, are you on emigration footing? For those leaving, have you thought the process through?

Essay by Marc Evan Aupiais

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Let us not delude ourselves, as ordinary, non-violent, law abiding South Africans, we live in a society permeated by devils

South Africa is one of the most violent societies on Earth. Men don't hurt women because of some sort of universal patriarchy, but because those men who do are violent men anyway, and we live in one of the most God forsaken, violent societies on planet Earth, with that violence permeating our politics and staying within every level of society.

The vast majority of violence is against men by men. The small percentage of that violence against women is an overflow which has become a flood because of the general violence.

The same men who loot foreign owned stores, murder others, steal with impunity, and pay and receive bribes, will more likely take a woman against her will for his own sexual gratification or assault her.

South Africa is a violent society that worships Marx and his religion of envy, lust and force rather than Jesus Christ and his religion of self control, self denial, and consideration of the needs, rights and wants of others.

The answer to violence against women in South Africa lies not in feminist doctrine, nor with lumping together good men with the bad, but with God.

South Africans are a nation corrupted by a widespread entitlement attitude and with it the unnatural desire to acquire unjust wealth and unearned respect. Victims to be are demonized and dehumanized. Women are treated in the same way by rapists, who are not deterred by communities taking things into their own hands and burning the alleged rapists alive, in informal settlements.

The mistreatment of women in our nation, which some call the rape capital of the world, is to be condemned utterly, but cannot be viewed in isolation of the society of entitlement by force and through force of unjust institutions and corrupted laws which exist to perpetuate such a society of violence and indifference to to suffering of our fellow man, which is South Africa. South Africa is also a human trafficking capital of the world, and a place where organised crime and gang violence flourish. Political power is gained through assassination, and deals with the corrupt, so much so that the New York Times has noticed it, doing a long special on how local council positions are fought for through bullets aimed upon rivals and witnesses.

A government was just elected on promises to steal the pensions from old people, and to change the Constitution to let the government steal possessions from the people without it frowning on them for it. You are not entitled to someone else's pension or land, but according to South Africa's parliament you are.

When a woman who accused our former President Jacob Zuma of rape had to flee for her life to the West, and this was applauded, an example was set. When elderly women are put to death as witches, an example is set. When fathers and mothers go off to loot shops, an example is set. When cars and trucks are stoned and set on fire, an example is set. When jobs are gained or kept because the government threatens companies with jail, ultimately, if they don't give you them, an example is set.

Let us not delude ourselves, as ordinary, non-violent, law abiding South Africans, we live in a society permeated by devils, one where violence is a way of life and how many of our nation's leaders have got ahead. Our ultimate national secular saint is a man who was jailed for 27 years for a massive bombing and sabotage campaign, a man who was offered freedom if he would only denounce violence, whose wife of many years was famous for her support of setting people on fire. Yet, we as a nation treat his being jailed for violence as a great injustice, and teach that in our schools, justifying violence. Violence begets violence. Our society has chosen a religion of force over a religion of peace, one where no matter how violent people are, they cannot be questioned, because their means are justified in their ends, and so any means become justified and then become normal.

The problem with South Africa is that it does not know God. And if it knows him, it does not believe in Him, and if it believes in Him, it does not obey Him. Instead, it obeys, praises, and worships the use of force, and the strong men who use it against others. Our foundations are what have cracked, as a nation. And into the cracks, the edifice has begun to collapse.

Essay by Marc Evan Aupiais.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The lack of a gay gene does not mean sexual orientation is a choice; environmental factors include neurodevelopment

A study recently found there was no gay gene, and determined that environmental factors are responsible for homosexuality. Unlike the 1990s left, the new intersectional left is very pleased to report this. However, environmental factors include neurodevelopment, which genes provide the building blocks for but not an exact map to guide. The likelihood of genes creating any one outcome in neurodevelopment is calculated by means of twin studies.

If one identical twin is gay, there is about a 50% chance of the other twin also being gay. i.e. placing people with the same genetic makeup, 1 in 4 with certain combinations of genes will be gay. Among those without that heritage, none will be gay, according to the current literature.

Bisexuality is incredibly rare, and homosexuality, seems to only occur in very specific circumstances. It being largely down to environmental factors and a number of genes interacting in specific ways, actually puts it on par with most neurodevelopmental conditions. Most of the conditions you hear of, bar the very extreme ones - which prevent breeding almost 100% of the time, and thus are almost always new variations occuring at conception itself by random mutation - are inherited, and carried in families.

The ways in which brain wiring doesn't occur in the ordinary path are many but the results tend to be quite finite.

There is definitely choice involved for gays: act in their orientation to the same sex or don't. However, the body of science indicates sexuality is not a spectrum. Bisexuality is rare, and homosexuality only tends to occur with people with specific genetic heritage.

Just because something occurs at the stage of neurodevelopment and not the stage of conception, does not mean it is a choice or the result of childhood and not innate.

In some cases it is a choice, cultural influences (much like in the case of rapid onset gender dysphoria), brain damage, or childhood trauma, but the statistical analysis of twins and modern knowledge of neurodevelopment suggest that sexual orientation is not a spectrum (bisexuality is incredibly rare); although studies have found that it can be, and often is, temporary, changing to the norm upon maturation of the brain.

Understanding the latest study on what is a fascinating thing to neuroscience, a difference which almost always causes individuals to not breed and to not pass on their genes, by choice, requires a better understanding of the genetic influences on neuroscience themselves.

Essay by Marc Evan Aupiais.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Angels bearing the message of death ... and Ramaphosa's admission of national bankruptcy

I know it can be hard to see, but bannings like that of a harmless flag or of speech or of insulting politicians, are signs of tyranny and the complete erosion of liberal democracy.

Combine that with the President's admission that the state has run out of financial resources ... we are a lot closer to Venezuela than people think, but we don't have their oil resources. If you don't have a plan to get out of the country, you need one.

You can glory in revenge against whites, our culture and history all you want, and many South Africans are super focused on that, making Rhodes fall, banning the Union flag. But, in the end, the result of everything going on is collapse. Is the worst possible outcome.

Right now, we live in Sodom. The angels have come to visit us and warned us that due to the immorality of our city, God is going to destroy us. That immorality is communism, tyranny, and the lies many of us have been okay with for decades, and God is reality and the market.

Like Lot, we need to escape without looking back. If you don't have emigration plans, you need to make them now. Collapses like the one the ANC is steering us towards almost inevitably lead to fighting in the streets. Individual rights and responsibilities and honesty are how any nation survives.

The path we have been on for years now, leads straight to hell on earth.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Prosperity gospel tells you to be a prostitute. In Christianity, the church is the bride of God.

Wealth isn't a bad thing and God does often give those he loves rewards including wealth. We do need money to survive and Jesus taught us to ask God for our daily bread.

You can't be generous or charitable if you are worried about losing everything, all the time, but can focus on the things of God if you can trust God to clothe, shelter and feed you, your spouse and your offspring.

The heresy of Posperity Gospel is strongest here in Africa, where Christianity isn't viewed the same as in the West. People go to church and then go home and sacrifice animals to their ancestors.

The problem with prosperity gospel is that it teaches Christianity as a form of witchcraft: do this and this and become wealthy by the ritual of it.

Christianity is a relationship with God, our protector and provider.

The difference between a Christian and a believer in prosperity gospel teachings is kind of like the difference between a wife and a prostitute. Prosperity gospel tells you to be a prostitute. In Christianity, the church is the bride of God.

Essay by Marc Evan Aupiais

Saturday, July 13, 2019

What else explains their actions and their fear of judging based upon the merit of an individual?

Liberals don't believe their victim classes really have agency as people, or free will.

On the right there seldom is a racism steeped in fear; on the left, there is a pandemic racism, cemented in the bigotry of low expectations. Victim class members are treated as infants in need of protection, perhaps as two year olds, whose only duty is to have tantrums and be cared for.

Viewing whole classes of people as pathetic is far worse than the sin of fearing them as profound.

The left are steeped in intersectionality. People on the right usually believe in merit, and in judging large groups of people as large groups of people, but individuals by their own value.

On the intersectional left, they secretly are all white supremacists, at least in how they view the world and act out that belief, and they often act to fight what they ironically believe to be a present supremacy of the white race. This is reflected in different standards for different races.

An example is victim classes needing lesser scores to enter university than other classes. Other examples abound, liberals, for instance, speak in smaller words when speaking to perceived victim class members.

They also don't hold an individual belonging to a victim class to the same standards when judging culpability for one's own calamities in life.

The intersectional left ironically, in the way it lives its beliefs in the real world, judges victim classes as though they were non-actors in life, lesser creations. What else explains their actions and their fear of judging based upon the merit of an individual? They act as though they believe their victim classes to be inferior, surely that is bigotry.

Monday, July 8, 2019

If you attack people for employing people, expect less and less-desirable jobs to exist ...

If you attack people for employing people, expect less and less-desirable jobs to exist, and for employees whose productivity would drive our economy's engine, to move elsewhere, and drive the engines of other economies.

A woman asks what to pay a gardener if she needs one, and what hours and conditions of employment are right. While some helpfully point out the legal requirements, and the going rates and practices in the area, the inevitable comment is posted, this time about food. The poster, a university educated black woman, insists that employers who don't serve their 'helper' lunch are essentially the devil.

Similar attacks are made on employers who allow their domestic worker (maid or gardener) to wear their work clothes outside of their place of employment (as though they were a toddler or pet the employer has a right to dress or prevent from wearing what the employee happens to want, outside of work), or who don't buy their child's nanny a steak dinner when going out, as though she were part of the family, in the sense of a 'one of the family' pet, rather than what they are, an employee, if I read the anti-employer Facebook posts' attitudes right.

I suspect that the dignity of unemployment is not preferred by such employees, to having a livelihood and the ability to feed their children. In fact, many employees who are given lunch at work, take it home to feed their children. Some would prefer payment in cash than in kind, after all, domestic workers are human beings, not beloved pets, often, they may prefer to buy their own food, for less or better quality or nutrition, in their financial planning goals.

A while back, a farmer was crucified by South Africans, in their nasty views of him, because he dared to let a woman of a different race take a ride in his livestock cage in the back of his pickup truck. Apparently, she had not only asked for a lift, but had preferred the fresh air due to her health at the time. The result is likely that less farmers will be prepared to give strangers lifts.

Most people of my generation, myself included, have no intention of ever hiring a domestic worker in South Africa. Why bother, when employers are treated as the devil, and already on probation, no matter what.

South Africa's government, and a highly misguided local Catholic Church, has compared some jobs, such as those which migrant labour travels hundreds of kilometres to perform, to slave labour. Minimum wages, have solved that problem quite effectively, as farmers have sold and emigrated, or switched to less labour intensive crops, causing South Africa to have to import food, and giving the workers involved the great and kind dignity of having no way to feed their families.

South Africans have two very distinct reputations in the workplace, those of expat South Africans, who are known as incredibly hard workers, and those of the average South African semi-skilled worker, and recent social grant paid for university graduate. The word 'entitlement' is often used by local employers wishing to find someone who will take the bull by the horns and work with enthusiasm.

Whenever a law firm advertises a job where an intern must have a car, or driver's licence, cries of racism, and attack after attack on the law firm commence. This despite the fact, that many black South Africans own cars, and that the job for a paid intern, a candidate attorney, in a law firm, usually involves serving documents on other law firms, filing them in time at court, and court appearances, etc. All of which require reliable and timeous transportation.

I have often pointed out that if all the firms who demanded candidates have cars were prevented from doing so, and thus could not afford the cost to firm of an intern, those competing for jobs where cars are provided by the firm would be competing against hundreds of more candidates for each job of that nature. Most firms which don't demand a candidate with a car, are situated in the centre of town, where no car is required by many such firms. Take away the jobs you see as bad, and the demand for jobs you see as good sky-rockets, and every candidate for an internship has to not only offer more to get the job, but is likely to get less in return.

Something similar happens when laws protecting tenants from rent increases are passed. It stops being as profitable to rent out property, and so many new developments never happen, and rent protected apartments seldom are maintained or kept up to standard by landlords.

Minimum wages, and hounding employers for paying less than sentiments prefer, usually just make it illegal or undesirable to hire the young, new graduates, and those needing to be upskilled. Candidate attorneys, for instance, are competing with legal secretaries and messengers and drivers for similar work, but messengers, legal secretaries and drivers don't need to be extensively upskilled to be of any value to a firm. Firms take into account the hassle of hiring someone into what they pay them. If you aren't worth the effort, you won't get the work.

In the legal industry, if interns wanted the industry to give them better pay and conditions on average, allowing more firms to afford hiring candidates, would mean less candidates compete for each job, forcing firms to offer more to get them. Instead, government has pumped out so many law graduates, that few get work in industry, and even fewer stay in industry longterm.

Any money paid for an employee is ultimately paid by the customer in the end of the day.

And yet, employees in South Africa so often have an entitlement attitude. The employer is almost seen as owing them reparations for the fact the employer has etched out a better living than the employee. South Africa officially has the worst labour relations in the world, ranking 137th of 137 countries surveyed.

Employers are seen as the bad guy in South Africa. Extensive labour laws, and a conciliation process which are designed to force employers to bend the knee, make hiring any potential new talent a massive risk. South African youth often complain that all the jobs advertised demand years of experience, while they are just out of university or high school. They usually have to get work with jobs not advertised, which nonetheless see many people competing for them. Make it easier to fire an employee, and it is easier for that employee to find another job when fired or retrenched, because employers will take more risk. Make it easier to fire an employee, and you don't need them vetted by past employers, as extensively, to reduce risk. South Africa has such terrible youth unemployment, as it is such a risk to take a chance on an untried youth.

While vaunted by the government, black economic empowerment has also bled the economy dry. Why would whites, who often have the savings, build or expand a firm, if they have to give large portions of it away? How to compete with the international market, when it is illegal to hire the best person for the job? In skilled industries, important jobs just go vacant. South Africa's skilled and university educated population does not adhere to the demographics of the population as a whole, leaving skilled employees who would work hard for a job, locally, unemployed, and employers unable to find workers they can legally hire. Government literally threatening for example UCT with having its accreditation for its LLB (law degree) taken away if it did not pass more black students, and a university industry which does its best to pass the right number of graduates of the right demographics, will not solve this, as making university easier to pass, or easier to pass for some races and not others, negates the value of a university degree as something difficult to get. Students who went to top private schools, are still likely to outcompete students who have government education, if what union controlled government schools do can be called education.

The Pareto Principle and Price's law indicate that a very small portion of a population will always be the most productive. It is why retrenchments at a firm often cause a death spiral. Employees who are worth something, leave, leaving the less productive co-workers behind. There are fascinating graphs showing the South African economy and emigration from South Africa, and the dramatic loss of productivity as the young and skilled take skills they can't use locally, to foreign shores. Why live and work in a country, where your skin colour hurts your future? And why stay in a country, where the economy is going down, because many of the best skilled, and most educated are leaving, and causing the country's economy, which is always something which is based on productivity, to lose steam?

The upcoming expat tax, for another example of South Africa's bizarre treatment of productive people, is likely to cause many South Africans who are testing the waters overseas, to pay the price and financially emigrate, meaning it would be expensive for many of them to return for the five years following that, without paying the South African government quite a bit for a failed financial emigration, thus keeping even more productivity out of the economy.

South Africans overseas, in contrast, have a much vaunted reputation for being hard workers, and highly capable. Why not, though? These are people happy to just have a decent job at decent pay, where they felt they had no or a far lesser future in South Africa. They are also often raised under a capitalist mindset, contrasting the Marxist theories of exploitation that are so pervasive in South Africa, itself.

As long as employers are presumed guilty until proven innocent, and are treated as potential bad guys off the bat, South Africa will continue to lose both its best potential employers, and many of those employees who want to be judged on the merit of their productivity, and how well they personally do their job, to places who value both.

Nothing in this essay constitutes, or in any way should be relied upon as, legal advice. For that, make an appointment with your attorney, disclosing all the nuances of your specific matter to them.

Written by Marc Evan Aupiais.

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