Monday, 28 November 2011
Usually BBM messages from some sources are scams. This had a touch of reality. This was from a reliable source:
"Please send to family & friends who may be in the area - From [omitted]: Confirmed bomb at Eastgate. Building evacuated. Avoid area."
I forwarded to my contacts, with the warning it may be spam.
Then, I got a reply, and said:
"another friend said they watched, said personally to me, the news! Said they heard there was a bomb! So please doubly avoid Eastgate- Marc!"
It seems by then it was defused. My final message on the matter was:
"All clear: They have announced on radio that there was a bomb and it has been defused and taken away. And my friend said bomb was disarmed already now!"
A few minutes ago!
I'm glad for bbm, or without my friends, I couldn't have kept right up to date and send this out to the other friends who didn't know.
Bombing, and terrorism is rare since an Islamist insurgency was halted in the 1990's. The Ethnic Afrikaans Farmer's Army, in the 2000's, was also infiltrated successfully and dealt with by security forces.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
It made national headlines, just because of the gruesome vivisection that the woman had committed on her victim. Her lover had helped. They had lured him in, by promising a date with her. They were to meet at a graveyard. He had had no hope of escape. Fortunately, he informed his employer, who told the police who arrested her.
She had written poetry about it, fantasized for years. The sort of poetry to disturb a school psychologist but meant!
I watched Bear Grylls and also River Monsters: hoping that the nausea would end. It is now only I know what bothered me most.
Having read she was going to jail for life, parole considered at 20 years: I wanted her dead. I wanted to inject her myself, or be on the firing squad. Like Hercules, I wanted to cut off her head and parade it to the villagers! To say the monster was dead.
I oppose the death penalty. Even in her case. Even in such a case as even Stephen King could not hope to write. A case unprecedented in history.
The reason we want monsters killed is that we feel the world is dirtied by them.
The reason I don't believe in the death penalty: isn't the monster: safely behind bars. It is because when you kill any person you remember them. You are tainted by them. They haunt you. Person and society lose their entire humanity.
Serial killers scare us because they treat people like animals. They treat us as nothing special.
But if we treated them as animals: we'd be worse than them. We'd have no soul!
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Agenzia Fides, has quoted a UN official claiming that food prices of basic goods on the international market have doubled in price in a year due to food price speculators buying securities. Food has become a market Western investors entered after the failures in the American and Western economies over weak banking regulations.
The article also quotes the British newspaper Guardian which claims that over a thousand million (US Billion) US dollars have been taken unscrupulously from poor countries in Africa, by vulture funds, which invest only in order to liquidate African firms.
The amount "stolen" through such false investment in equivalent to what the UN requested for Somali famine relief. It is twice the budget of the International Committee of the Red Cross allocated for the continental region of Africa.
With fighting for years, against the Communist and socio-political brand of separatist Sharia Islam, the Philippine government has increasingly relied on its armed forces. Agenzia Fides has reported claims by a source, a Jesuit priest: who has made certain the Vatican press know that all initiatives at peace are being shelved.
Talks between Catholic and Muslim leaders are no longer being sponsored by the state (under Benigno Aquino) reports the Vatican based news agency. Talks with any real merit at lasting peace with communists and Islamists have been halted- Fides' source claims.
In the South-Eastern island of Mindanao, the largest in the Philippines, and one of the few parts which were unaffected by Catholic Spanish rule, and where Islamists originally fought the United States of America in 1913, and continue to resist the current government of President Aquino, more trouble stirs.
Locals believe that the killing of a local priest is the work not of Sharia Islamists in the area, or of those the state claims to be pursuing in secret. They have held public demonstrations, believing paramilitaries linked to the army are responsible for the killing.
After years of civil war, the powerful Philippine army, is accused of rampant rank and file corruption in the report by Agenzia Fides. The current administration, has clashed with the Catholic church, after it decided it would obey American pressure to attempt population control measures. The Church which caused the downfall of many previous regimes, has also been a major voice for peace. The state is currently at war with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Maoist offshoot: New People's Army. The Moro, the M in MILF, are an ethnic group in the Southern Philippines.
The priest murdered was attempting to protect the land of South-Eastern Mindanao islanders against what Agenzia Fides sees as military linked land grabs. Mindanao, a trouble spot, is the largest of the Philippine Islands.
The Philippines' natural resources include nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, copper. All of these require mining to access. The rights of local populations have often been subjected to the will of well connected individuals in the Philippine state.
The Philippines, is a republic. It has one hundred and one million citizens. It is 80.9 percent Catholic, and 5 percent Muslim according to statistics dating year 2000 provided by the US government.
In his recent visit to the Vatican, the successor of assassinated Minister for Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti: Minister for Harmony: Akram Masih Gill, a Catholic, was given special Treatment. The Pope Benedict XVI, gave the minister the same treatment as ambassadors to the Vatican and heads of state. He was given a private audience.
While Asia Bibi has made headlines, and still is in a Pakistani death row cell, facing execution for alleged blasphemy, many others face extra-judicial killings, kidnapping, and workplace discrimination for being members of a minority.
Members of Parliament must understand Islamic beliefs, and be considered by them to be in harmony with these. The Pakistani president must be a Muslim, but a few places in the legislature are reserved for minorities and women. The Ministry for Minorities was quietly disintegrated and replaced in duties by the ministry for Harmony. The Minister for Harmony: Akram Masih Gill, recently proved his worth, by acting to have the name "Jesus Christ" removed from a list of terms the state forbids the use of in cellular networks' SMS (text) communications.
The British Foreign Office notes that attacks on minorities and different religious "sects" are high in Pakistan. There are constant police checkpoints, and foreigners often need police protection. People or places associated with the Western world or the state face bombings, kidnapping, and assassination plots.
Pakistani Christians, claims Zenit News Agency, face kidnapping, en mass assassination, workplace discrimination, and bribery to convert.
It is reported in Zenit: that the socio-political class of Islam fronted by the Taliban and Al Qaeda, in particular focusses on fresh recruits to Islam. Those who convert from Christianity are seen as easier to convince into suicide bombings and violent acts. Christians are therefore consistently intimidated, told they will have a better life if they convert and offered just such life.
Those who won't convert are intimidated, kidnapped, killed.
The lawlessness in Pakistan and in particular the Federal Tribal areas, where a protracted civil war is taking place, means that minorities are easy targets for Sharia Islamists.
Religion must be stated on official documents of Christians, reports Zenit. It claims that VISAs to leave are often denied by state officials to Christians, while Muslims are not. Jobs also, Zenit claims, are often denied Christians, who have a lot similar to illegal immigrants in the west. They have poor working hours and lack days off. Zenit claims from a refugee in Italy, that even Catholic organization Caritas Internationalis engages in discrimination against Christians. Caritas boasts that in Pakistan it has just about an entirely Muslim staff. It claims this as a boast that it aids irrespective of religion and is not purely religious. 95% of Pakistan is Muslim, but one in 20 people are not.
Friday, 25 November 2011
Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, is set to turn 80 years old on Tomorrow, November 26th 2011: reports Rome Reports. The fact of the matter, is that at age 80, the Cardinal will no longer be allowed to partake in the election of the next pope.
Rome reports, notes that with the retirement of the cardinal from the Netherlands, minus the retiring Dutch Cardinal: there will now be: 111 Cardinals able to elect; 63 appointed by John Paul; 48 by Benedict XVI; with about 82 cardinals currently unable to elect due to their age.
Benedict XVI, has consistently attempted to create more conservative cardinals. He has also moved to have the offices which appoint bishops, hold conservatives.
The current pope appears to be of the view that obedience to Canon Law, with its origins in the secular laws of the Roman Empire, ensures a better bishop or cardinal or pope. Benedict XVI, as a cardinal was instrumental in breaking up the conspiracy that had existed before he took charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His efforts lead to the near non-existence of sexual indecency cases after his appointment in the Congregation. The Bishops he has appointed Cardinal: are more likely to be those who believe in obeying the Canon Law: which has a basis pre-dating Christianity in the Early Roman Republic.
The Roman Law basis of Canon law, is the same basis of continental European law, South African, Zimbabwean, Pakistani law.
Canon law, in recent times, forces bishops to offer their resignation at age 75, and disqualifies Cardinals from electing a pope at age 80.
The Vatican missionary Agenzia Fides: faith news agency: has noted a stern warning from the local Catholic Church in Punjab province of Pakistan. The killing of a farmer, Akram Masih in the region could not possibly have been an act of religious hatred. He had Muslim funeral rites, and had since ten years past abandoned all semblance of Christianity for the Muslim faith. The farmer was wanted in relation to criminal acts he was suspected of. He was killed in a police operation. Fides source: Fr. Nisar Barka, of the Catholic commission of "Justice and Peace" for the relevant Diocese of Faisalabad has made the above particular claims.
There certainly is an issue of human rights in the area however.
Punjab is Hindi for Five Waters. It is identified in a fertile plain, traversed by the Indus River which is fed by the five tributaries on which its name has its basis. It crosses the border between India and Pakistan. Herein the reference is to the Pakistani province of which the capital is Lahore.
Fr. Khalid Rashid Asi: Vicar General of the diocese of Faisalabad explained to Fides, that wealthy businessmen in the area, often allegedly steal land from poor farmers with assistance of the state: in particular the army. These "Land Grabs" are recently common in Punjab and Sindh. The vast majority of Pakistan's population resides in Punjab. The official language is English. Land Grabs, despite these two factors are not commonly reported in Western media.
Whether police claims that the man was essentially a criminal, have any credence, or whether he was killed due to any opposition to development is uncertain. What the Vatican and local church want to make utterly clear: rumours that the man was attacked as a Christian: are utterly unfounded and counter-productive.
Punjab, is a strategic region, being a launching place of many of the invasions into the Pakistani nation.
Pakistan is 95% Muslim, 5% Christian, Hindu, etc. Having been formed on religious differences with Hindu India, after Gandhi's passive revolution, Pakistan still takes religion to the zenith. In the Northern Tribal areas, the military held government has waged a war with the Taliban, who hold a socio-political tainted version of Islam. Muslim faith is an important factor in gaining political power in Pakistan, although there are seats for non-muslim parliamentarians.
The army is thought to hold the power in Pakistan, with the elected government consistently relying on American power as a basis for its existence. Claims by Fides sources that links to the military give some level of power certainly have basis.
Somali Islamist strike at Kenya, as the African powerhouse may have succeeded in cutting off their power
The Vatican's Agenzia Fides, Agency of faith: has reported on retaliation by Islamists: Shabab. A number of people were killed in terror attacks, after a major port supplying The Islamists with shipping taxes, allowing transport of Charcoal to the Middle East, and contraband into Kenya was blockaded by the Kenyan Navy and Airforce.
Shabab had previously attacked a pentecostal church and a government base. The latter being a failed attack.
Kenya intervened in Somalia after a wave of Kidnapping caused danger to their citizens.
The move to blockade the port, may cause the Al Qaeda linked Somali rebels, to be forced to scale back operations. The port is so strategic, it may even be the start of the end of the Somali civil war. Fides calls it the Shabab primary source of revenue.
The pope has in passing mentioned that fraternity was the answer to the economic crisis: here is his statement in context. Paragraphing added:
"Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) -
"This is the Christian distinctive: faith that becomes active in charity. Each of you is called to give his contribution so that the love with which we are always and forever loved by God becomes hard work of life, strength of service, sense of responsibility": this is Holy Father Benedict XVI's exhortation to those attending the meeting sponsored by the Italian Caritas, received at the hearing on November 24, on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
In his speech, the Pope emphasized "the important educational role" assigned to Caritas "to communities, families, civil society where the Church is called to shed her light. This involves taking responsibility for educating people to the good life of the Gospel, and that life is good only if it includes the witness of charity". He then recalled the work method adopted in the past four decades, "based on three interrelated and mutually reinforced attention: listen, observe, discern ...
This is a style that makes it possible to act pastorally but also to pursue a deep and fruitful dialogue with the various areas of church life, with the associations, movements and the diverse world of organized voluntary".
Recalling the pages of the Gospel, that narrate the various "gestures" carried out by Jesus, the Holy Father said that "Jesus' gestures, signs are deeply-rooted to the pedagogical function of Caritas. Through concrete signs, in fact, you speak, evangelize, educate. A work of charity speaks of God, it announces hope and induces us to ask questions".
He then wished the members of the Caritas of "knowing how to best cultivate the qualities of the works" and know how to make "talk'', especially taking care of the inner motivation that animates them, and the quality of the testimony that emanates from them. Such works are born of the faith. They are works of the Church, expressions of her concern for those who suffer most. There are educational acts because they help the poor to grow in dignity, Christian communities to follow Christ and civil society to shoulder its obligations ...
The Church's humble and concrete service does not seek to substitute, even less to assuage, collective and civil conscience, but accompanies them with a spirit of sincere collaboration, and with due concern for autonomy and subsidiarity".
In the concluding section of his speech, the Pope focused on the need to be able to "read the evolution of people's lives", as "charity requires an open mind, broad vision, insight and foresight, a « heart which sees»".
And he explained:
"Responding to needs means not only giving bread to the hungry, but also asking ourselves about the reasons one for their hunger, using the gaze of Jesus, Who could see the profound truth of the people around Him... Our thoughts cannot but go to the vast world of migration. Natural calamities and wars often create emergencies.
The global economic crisis is a further sign of the times which calls for the courage of fraternity.
The gap between the north and south of the world and the wounded human dignity of so many people call for a charity able to expand in concentric circles from the small to large economic systems to the great. Increasing poverty, the weakening of families, and the uncertainty faced by the young all point to the risk of diminishing hope.
Humankind needs not only benefactors, but also humble practical people who, like Jesus, stand alongside their brothers and sisters and share their fatigue. In a word, humanity is looking for signs of hope. The source of our hope is in the Lord.
This is why we need Caritas, not to delegate it with the responsibility for charitable service, but for it to be a sign of Christ's charity, a sign that brings hope". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 25/11/2011)
Police in Northern India arrest and detain Christian based on Islamic Tribunal decision (Sharia Law)
A shocking event, whereby Indian police in the extreme north of the majority Hindu Nation, arrested an Anglican pastor: based on a decision by a Sharia Law court, is just another example of the shocking human rights situation on the sub-continent. Paris based Iglesis d'Asia reports that the arrest of Anglican reverend Channa Mani Khanna, pastor of the Anglican All Saints Church occured when a Sharia Law Islamic tribunal accused him of forced conversions. A common accusation against Christians in India.
While Christians and Islamic populations are both heavily persecuted in large parts of India by Hindu nationalists and the BVP, this arrest happened in Jammu and Kashmir. This region is just below Azad Kashmir, a part of Islamic Pakistan. Fighting over it is common.
The police in Srinagar, a city on the Jhelum River, in the Himalayan foothills, with half a million population: conducted the arrest due to the decision of the Sharia court under Muslim spiritual leader for Kashmir: Ahmad Bashir-ud-Din.
This arrest is similar to that conducted against Catholics in other areas of India, based on the same sort of "forced conversion" accusations. In that case the victims were nuns of Mother Theresa's Sisters of Charity.
The arrest based on a decision of a Sharia Law court has raised concerns that it is against the laws of India which sees all citizens as equal, none above the law. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) is reported as calling the arrest unconstitutional.
To give an except of a source on this:
Zenit New reports:
"Dans l'Etat du Jammu-et-Cachemire, à l'extrême nord de l'Inde, la police de Srinagar a arrêté le Rév. Channa Mani Khanna, pasteur anglican de l'Eglise All Saints Church, sur décision du tribunal islamique présidé par le grand Mufti de la vallée du Cachemire.
L'affaire a éclaté mi-novembre lorsque le grand Mufti Ahmad Bashir-ud-Din a accusé le pasteur de conversions forcées, sur la foi d'une vidéo postée sur YouTube (1) où l'on voyait le Rév. Khanna baptiser sept jeunes hommes et femmes, reconnus comme ayant été de confession musulmane. Cette vidéo, reprise immédiatement sur d'autres réseaux sociaux du web, avait déclenché alors une avalanche de commentaires menaçant le Rév. Khanna de représailles. Depuis, de nombreux chrétiens sont venus témoigner sur les mêmes sites, de la difficulté à vivre leur foi au Cachemire où leur communauté ne représente que quelques milliers de personnes (2)"
This is a link the Southern African (Catholic) Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has sent out:
We have not vetted it:
"[...] resources for the Implementation of the new Roman Missal, including English Music resources. (see link below).
Increasingly, Western Nations, and others are taking conflicts in poorer parts of the world into their own hands.
Stronger armies allow fewer casualties. When a battle gets too tough, even after destroying an economy and killing tens of thousands or innocent civilians, withdraw occurs.
The truth is any nation is very cautious to go to war with an equally matched enemy. America would not go to war with Russia or China.
A weaker nation, being able to attack one: serve to prove strength: without the risks true bravery will inevitably incur.
Unfortunately for the West: destabilising regions across the world, results in extreme poverty on which Islamic Fundamentalism thrives. It is the sort of poverty and poor existence which hurts moderate Islam, and feeds a socio-political cult: on which Al Qaeda and allies of it relies.
By attacking weaker nations, the West think no harm is done. Political clout is gained. With this clout however will emerge the Plebian disaster which destroyed the Roman republic. Violence, especially against the weak: only serves to destroy the basis of peace, and the security upon which the wealthy rely.
America and Europe are in danger of economic collapse. If their armies cannot be funded, what will stop the ever greater threat of terrorism against their states? Violence only lasts as long as it can be sustained. This is the same with the peace gained by it!
A group of Christians, who have lived in a monastery for 1,600 years: pre-dating Islam, and the Turkish republic, have decided to approach the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe.
The government of the Turkish nation claims that agricultural land not used for agriculture belongs to the state. The Christians, in the minority in the strange secularist nation, face a strange situation. Those owning the land the government declares to belong to it: say they have the documents to prove their ownership to the European court.
It is common for laws to regulate land needs be controlled and used to be owned. In South Africa, it allows land to be transferred after 30 years of uninterrupted use and enjoyment as though owner. There is a marked difference however between allowing those who have been maintaining land to use it indefinitely, and become bona fide owner, and taking land because it is not being used to farm.
In Vietnam a similar situation exists: where the Catholic Church owned many lands. These were taken by the Vietnamese government, despite the Catholic Church being the just owner.
Legislation, has often been used throughout the world to weaken Christian churches. From MYANMAR to the South African Apartheid regime: defunding churches and hospitals.
The results of this case will certainly be noteworthy.
The Council of Europe is older and has more nations than the EU. Some of its decisions have been highly controversial.
Pakistan, released a list of forbidden words to be censored in all SMS (text) communications via cellular networks in the Asian nation. One of these words was "Jesus Christ".
The Catholic Church, and Pakistani Diospora, launched a campaign against blocking the name "Jesus Christ". They stated it was not an obscenity. They said that the ban on the word, hurt the gospel, and would hurt evangelization of the nation. They said it hurt the common good to ban the name "Jesus Christ" as an obscenity.
In another nearby Asian nation, Catholics faced violence for calling God Allah: God in Arabic.
In this case, the minister for harmony of religions, stepped in. The list of censored words, not to be allowed in telephonic text communications : now excludes the name of "Jesus Christ"!
Having just recently visited Africa, which he sees as a bedrock of humanity, its poverty a testimony to the fact God speaks through the weak not the strong, the pope has given his own solution to the economic crisis he postulated would occur.
The western world ought not to laugh at this suggestion of the Holy Father, or call it moralising, or preaching impracticable truths.
The basis of modern western civilisation. The basis of capitalism. The basis of modern democracy.
These are the awards the concept of the brotherhood of humanity can claim. From the Magna Carte, to the American constitution, to the basis of modern France.
To view the economy as one where all people have equal dignity: is to make more sound and stable financial decisions.
The headline above, this is quite close to the headline that made it into the British newspaper: Telegraph.
"French woman loses Opus Dei enslavement case"
The enslavement case was not over Opus Dei beliefs and controversial communal existence, but over a woman actually working for the group. This was an important distinction to be made at the time of the case. Media refused to make this distinction.
The fact the case resulted in vindicating the group: has proven that media ought to take with a grain of salt: certain accusations against groups they do not approve of. Groups which hold practices and views, consistent and present throughout all human history, as old, in truth: as Christianity itself.
Older than modern western civilisation could hope to claim.
The Southern African Bishops' Conference SACBC has released a letter demanding that the South African government push a Green, Environmentalist agenda. It has asked they focus on carbon dioxide and other "green house gases" but mostly CO2.
~SACNS, our service has consistently taken the view that while CO2 may play a role in climate change:
- other actions by people such as disrupting natural sand ratios,
- the building of cities and roads, urbanisation: causing heat traps,
- sun spots known to alter temperatures,
- extra-terrestrial gravity from sun and moon and cosmic forces
- impacts on the Ozone layer and magnetic field of the earth
- tectonic activities
- the introduction of plastics and heavy metals into the oceans: affecting fish including plankton.
- the introduction of chemicals into the environment resulting in cross-sex fish, and affecting the abilities of marine life.
- the emissions of bovine animals domesticated for their meat: which contribute a good deal of non-CO2 gases
All also play a role.
Recent data from NASA satellites showed that heat is not so deeply hampered from leaving the atmosphere as thought by Green House gases.
Even sceptics of climate change do not deny it is happening, they deny that it is a simple matter of CO2 emissions causing it. Some even believe it irreversible!
~SACNS believes that the Bishops ought to have suggested a combined approach to climate changes facing us. Demands for aid from first world countries based on damage: seems counter-productive as Aid promises are already not fulfilled as it is. It takes the responsibility off local governments. The Bishops ought to also have noted that Climate Changes if extant, can only be combated in such a way as does not sacrifice innocent human lives and livelihoods.
Emphasis on the positive impacts of insulation in keeping out heat and cold, of greening city roof tops, of alternate construction materials, and solar power could have been much better suggestions on the part of the Bishops.
South Africa is aiming unlike what they have claimed: for a nuclear future: focussing on building massive new coal and nuclear power stations. The government has however done so with greener designs in mind.
A pastoral letter from the bishops: ought to have focussed on what each individual can be encouraged to do to combat any extant climate changes or to adapt to them.
The bishops were right to acknowledge that climate change is a natural process. In fact it is continuous, and the world, so stable for the last 60 000 years, historically would be due an upset.
A united approach to Climate Changes: where not only developed nations are obligated to act, and where all take responsibility for climate change, while acknowledging that people are an asset not a obstacle in combating or adapting to climate changes would be much wiser an approach and in line with actual Catholic doctrine.
Catholics are not under obligation to obey mere pastoral letters, which are there to help order the church.
Here is the press release, not sent to ~SACNS but as sent to Agenzia Fides (paragraphing added):
AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA -
"Defending creation fighting greenhouse gases": the request of the Bishops of Southern Africa on the eve of the UN Conference on climate change
Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) -
"Our beloved world and the entire creation - that God has given us - are threatened by climate change", write the Bishops of Southern Africa in a Pastoral Letter published on the eve of the 17th UN Conference on Climate Change to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December.
"While climate change is a process that happens naturally, there is now a general consensus that human activities make this happen much faster.
Those responsible for this process are the 'greenhouse gases' like carbon dioxide and methane, which are released into the atmosphere", says the Letter of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), of which a copy was sent to Fides.
The Bishops launch an appeal to put pressure and encourage the South African government, which chairs the Durban conference, to support the following resolutions: to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide) so that the increase in global temperature remains below 1.5 ° C; to ensure that current decisions concerning economic development are not based only on the immediate economic needs, but take into account the survival of future generations; forcing the Countries that emit large amounts of "greenhouse gases" to meet its obligations to fund the programs of developing Countries to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change; South Africa, in the 13th place among the Countries that release more carbon dioxide in the world; commits itself in the production of renewable energy, gradually eliminating coal and nuclear production, and developing the potentiality of renewable energy.
The Bishops also ask for the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 (on limiting greenhouse gas) to be extended and that the treaty becomes a binding agreement and that there are real controls in compliance with these agreements. (L.M.)
No mention of combating the abuse of populations in Africa by both commercial developers and by climate change believers. This press release is likely to have little if any impact. It pushes an agenda of the extreme left, so far from practicality that it will not impact negotiations.
Practical suggestions for talks, or a more comprehensive approach would mean far more.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
I don't know if we can believe ANC claims on 702 that corruption and felonies being shown up will be adequate defences: but Public Interest is not any good justification for spilling state secrets: given what the term really means.
In Delict you study Public Interest: truth and in the public interest, in general. For media that becomes Reasonable Publication.
Public interest includes hypocrisy. If the Military or Crime Intelligence knew someone had been naughty on the phone or was cheating with their secretary. This is Public Interest material. It is very wide.
The Regulation of the Interception of Communications Act, as amended a.k.a. RICA forces phone and internet companies to keep all emails, SMS (text), MMS (image SMS), sent through South Africa: for government access. Phone calls on cellular phones are also all recorded. Only BBM and BlackBerry etc Enterprise Server Email, are except. The government claims to be attempting to legislate these under the RICA powers in March or so next year.
Believe it or not: your phone behaviour, etc is in the public interest.
When RICA passed, the Secrecy Bill was both inevitable, and necessary.
It may need some altering under Constitutional challenges, but the worst thing in the world would be allowing public interest defences: given that the South African government now has more intelligence on its citizens than Soviet Russia ever dreamt of.
(please note: This does not constitute and is not legal advice. Consult a legal professional in relation to any facts or real world situation facing you. I do not guarantee the accuracy of these statements, nor warrant against harm in reading or listening to or acting on them.)
Suspicious ousting of Zenit editors after the Legionaries of Christ came under Vatican curatorship made few headlines outside the Catholic press.
After the shaming of the legionaries by the Vatican, for their founder's double life, the editorial team of Zenit wanted to give the organisation, with a generally European world view over to the American Catholic media organisations. The founding editor was asked to leave. His team quit in protest.
The question: was it the Legionaries or their Vatican curators who had this done. ZENIT's news agenda is now not only written similarly to Vatican press, but follows the Vatican agenda perfectly.
Just as Agence France Presse is really the French Government, and RT is really the Kremlin: due to not too well hidden financial ties, another organisation has in fact secretly been renditioned.
The Legionaries are under Vatican control after their criminal activities were discovered. Zenit is owned by the Legionaries. Zenit is following the same news agenda as the Press Office of the Holy See.
How long it will last is uncertain, but the half a million subscribers must have been too big a temptation for the Holy See, because an organization now under their indirect or direct curatorship: is now following their news agenda. The editors from years under loyal service to the Legionaries: having been fired or quit.
Monday, 21 November 2011
-Scripturelink's Catholic Voter's Guide-
Sacns's negative coverage of Justin Bieber over the past has certainly had nothing to do with his consistent support of the US democratic party policies (calling capitalist healthcare "evil") and his asking Christians to butt out of homosexual "marriage" issues. It also has nothing to do with the sad fact that the South African government has considered bankrupting National Health Insurance due to American adoption of the now very unpopular policy. A policy that never worked in Canada or the United Kingdom: but instead resulted in corruption, limited service and pressure on the elderly and discrimination based on weight and other issues.
Obama, is quoted in the Sunday Independent (owned by Britain's Independent) as once again showing his companions. Justin Bieber is his name drop this time: saying that it certainly didn't hurt his campaign hanging out with him. The teenager recently even met a girl at Obama's request (the US president promising the meeting on the spot), to create goodwill for the ultra-leftwing and frankly anti-capitalist US president.
Obama, in 2008 got into power with the help of anti-war campaigns which have disappeared, as Obama escalated US military campaigns three-fold, targeting civilians and alienating old allies. While the bush administration opposed the move, Obama had the revolutionaries in Egypt trained to overthrow Mubarak, after receiving intelligence that they planned a revolution when it in fact later occurred, as detailed by Wikileaked cables. The sudden buying by Egypt's military of massive US arms caches before the revolution, is something the SACNS noted with alarm, believing then there may be other reasons for arms stockpiling.
Mubarak was an army plant: openly put in power by the army, and the army remains as in power today as when they made him their third appointed puppet president. The difference is, most people in the Middle East, now heavily oppose Obama and America. A similar belief holds in Pakistan, due to CIA blanket drone bombings of tribal areas. Also, Western and Christian schools in places like Afghanistan don't exist any longer. In Libya, leaders who were renditioned by MI6 as suspected Al Qaeda: now suggest Sharia Law as a constitution now in power. In Afghanistan, radicalist legislation has also passed. In Kenya, US allies under Obama have introduced Sharia law into their constitution. In all these countries, anti-Israeli, and Anti-US sentiments have sky-rocketed. Also, the average person is forced to pick up the pieces after wars. Their well-being is damaged. Radical Islam which Now rules their puppet regime nations, only thrives among the vastly poor. It operates much like the prosperity new wave "Christian" Churches in North Africa: which only really succeed among the poor: and introduce shocking, unwise laws. In Afghanistan, marital rape was one of the things the US backed government attempted to assist: allowing a man to starve his wife for three days whenever she refuses sex with him.
Obama can call on the Hollywood elite, for re-election. It is they, like Justin Bieber now, who fought so hard to get him elected in 2008, before shutting up quickly when he repeated Bush's mistakes to an even greater degree. While songs were made about Bush failing New Orleans: the fact Obama sidelined the need for safety regulations for off-shore drilling is often ignored. That he used poisonous chemicals to clean the spill, when natural dissipation was advised by experts, again is not sung of. The deepest destruction to the gulf coast environment was from the clean-up not the oil spill.
Like the ANC in South Africa, Obama relies on fear mongering: Climate Change (which he has done nothing but exacerbate internationally), lack of jobs (a lack created by him and bad management), fear or the religious right (which founded his country and its constitution), and support of Muslim, but not Christian holidays, while putting in place policy that disenfranchises mainstream Muslim culture in America, many parts of the world, and forces Catholics in America to disobey they consciences.
On the matter of Justin Bieber's support, which Obama has flaunted at town (halls) meetings. A sad fact no self respecting politician would be proud of. It certainly is a good thing that this kid only appeals to 13 year old girls, and some male rap artists.
One can only hope that parents dumb enough to wait hours in ticket lines, won't vote for the man who put them out of a job and alienated the rest of the world, simply because their 13 year old daughter wants Justin Bieber to marry her.
Just as Justin Bieber's parting at gay club Kremlin, and support of gay marriage special privileges, should concern his flock of 13 year old zealots, Barack Obama's choice to use celebrity to try to be re-elected should concern just about everyone.
South Africa weathered the financial disasters of world economics by keeping close advisors like Standard and Poors: Obama, however has alienated and attacked the authorities of world finances.
His just recent attempt is dangerously, of late: to do away with conscience protections against his radical social and financial agenda: forcing the closing of adoption agencies, and hurting Catholics who would be excommunicated if they assisted in abortion and other things.
The man who prompted a senior Vatican official to state his healthcare legislation was an act of war against the Vatican, is running for re-election. France 24 and all international media and authorities, have warned of the effect of US withdrawals in nations they destabilised, but that has been just the agenda.
Like Justin Bieber, he (Obama) relies on a cult of dedicated followers, blind to his courting of several others: here the special interests of the companies that funded him into power. Companies such as abortion and healthcare chain Planned Parenthood, who gained millions of dollars from healthcare legislation, which a vast majority of Americans oppose. Supporters such as those that praised US intervention, introducing Sharia law in to Kenya, Libya, Afghanistan, et al.
Obama in 2008 was very vague in his promises. He is again.
-World Tainted Green: Environmental Service of Scripturelink.net-
On Sunday I was in Entabeni conservation wildlife reserve, at Legend golf and safari resort lodge. The temperature was such to create heat stroke, and as I was in the car for two hours, I needed a way to stay cool. It is a myth that you get heat stroke just by being in a vehicle. I put my survival knowledge to use.
Earlier, on my arrival. Air-conditioning off, I was cooler in the car than outside air was. Once, again it got me thinking.
What I did was insulation. I put up that reflective tinfoil on the wind shield, and covered the windows with a cotton jersey, and my wind breaker from Pringle. I then opened all the windows, and created the right amount of space to create a through breeze.
Early man would spend his days in caves. They provide insulation against hot and against cold. Houses used to be built to insulate against weather, at certain angles, in certain ways.
This morning when I woke up I put blankets over my curtains, pulled blinds too. One blanket I attached to the window on the top of one side and closed it, the other was over.
Already, with only my fan on, and even with my window open, and light on: my room is cooler than the rest of the house. The wall of insulation against the outside is doing what my fan alone could not.
Mine is the only bedroom in the house without air conditioning. A simple survival trick I knew to use to spend two hours in desert like temperatures in the Waterberg, has now lead to an experiment.
Blankets keep heat in and out. A few layers of insulation and my 1970's or '80's fan is able to keep me as cool as in winter or spring.
Especially up on the hill where I live.
Perhaps I will have to wait for a sunny day for the full test. It is raining and nearby Johannesburg is on 15 degrees according to the weather on my phone. It is set to reach 25 degrees today. Where I am it is 5 degrees hotter than on road level it should be interesting to test.
If the insulation by curtains isn't enough (my house has brick walls 4 layers about thick), then I will move to put soil in bags above my room in the ceiling, if fire safe or some other method. Either way, what worked in Mpumalanga, ought work here!
Friday, 11 November 2011
When the "Other" Vatican spoke: crackdown on personal views, in the Holy See: after document appears to support Occupy Wall Street!
Dark waters swirl at the Vatican. Notorious for sporadic shocking press releases, and lack of media packs to explain statements to major press houses: forcing Catholic media to defend it. Famous for misstatements and infamous clarification.
When the Vatican press office released a statement which media saw as supporting anti-establishment and anti-deodorant occupy wall street, despite the document itself claiming no Vatican sanction: the press office wasn't replaced.
The Justice and Peace department of the Vatican city state, which made the statement, caused some division and calls of foul play, unnamed sources have released to the press. The Secretary of State, responsible for the Vatican government and foreign relations, reeled at the impact of such an anti-G20 document being delivered to the G20 and the world without permission or clarification. Damage to Vatican G20 relations, and with the public, where the document was misinterpreted, has made waves.
"No more firing from the hip, even if it was hurt in a fall"
Down to the intrepid facts
Secretary of State for the Vatican: Tarcisio Bertone, Sandro Magister of L'Espresso is reported in CWNews as reporting: has ordered that all Vatican government departments have their statements to the public vetted by the Department of the Secretary of State, before media ravenously are allowed to devour them.
"Blot out my offence"
The document, asking that the IMF (International Monetary Fund) be replaced by a new global financial authority, controlled within the UN (United Nations) structures, which would govern world financial authorities, and act like a central bank: apparently was even controversial within the Vatican itself, and released to media far in advance of any Vatican officials seeing it.
The Vatican's IOR central bank, has been known to issue statements in the past, as has the pope, but the Justice and Peace Council, really would be better suited to justice and peace issues than those of finance or relations with states. It is surprising despite the controversy of their document, that Italian media now reports they kept all other interested Vatican departments in the dark. On such an important spiralling out of control issue. It seems it involves ruffling feathers, when some independents take to: Involving crimes against logic and body odour; monetary and social left wing, anti-institutional agendas, and bad Halloween costumes: with the Vatican's clean, institutional ("right wing"), intellectual, the-anti-Halloween-like clean bathed image!
The question is why the National and International Relations and not the dogma department is the one to review these documents. The answer is simple enough. The release is clearly seen as hurting the Vatican: on its global stage.
Monday, 7 November 2011
South African Catholic actually owes its birth to the fact the Southern Cross was once entirely void of an internet presence.
Back then, in the stone age, I was known as a Catholic apologist, a blogger: seldom political, and creater of a search engine of the Vatican: better than the Vatican's own blind fumblings at the search world.
But, my fascination, my obsession with the Continent: my continent: Africa: meant that I wanted search results for events here. Or RSS or something. CISA (hereinafter CISA; that is Catholic Information Service for Africa) spoke of Africa, but their website was impossible.
I begged the Southern Cross to let me Blog their articles. I pleaded, and instead got the right to discuss them, as critically as I should choose. I did. Kindly. Then critically. A good friendship emerged.
A storm however changed the shadows of time and space. I was contacted by a person from media, who informed me of their strict view: that the Southern Cross were not good friends.
It turned out they published more anti-Catholic than Catholic letters: Cardinal Napier told us, calling them anti-magisterial (anti-Vatican). But he wouldn't bring his own newspaper, on which board sat his inferior Chris Townsend: under raps.
The Southern Cross promoted legal abortion, gay rights, condoms, sedevacanists: all while contradicting anything the Vatican said as false.
I had Catholic Culture review their website with the note that they sold their product in Parishes officially for the Bishops. I noted their failings. A review came out attacking them.
The offer I had to help the Vatican design a new search engine, and that to help set up a specialist news service for the SACBC soon fell away: especially when I caught out an ally of theirs' abusing Vatican charity funds to support anti-Catholic political campaigns. They were forced out of office, following Vatican activity on the SACNS.
It was then that the Southern Cross launched their new website, finally giving the SACNS a minor competitor online: in our own water territories.
CISA, allied with them, and started to Blog for them. The Church also now has the paper which organised to have the new mass trashed, after the Bishops in charge of it introduced a version early: the church now has it explain, "justify" such mass.
So, if one goes on this new website, easily linked to by Radio Veritas, and other Catholic media locally: but not by us: one finds a basic platform: the type non-IT types update easily.
What is lacking, in this pseudo-independent media; ironically is independence. Articles are either clearly from the SACBC: some figure demanding them, or else fitting a specific liberal, secularist almost ex Catholic worldview.
Sadly for the Southern Cross: such publications are a dime a dozen: especially among local media.
Even more sadly: their site disappoints.
Even if their contents didn't, their site is only mediocre, if even that.
SACNS was founded to create a Catholic web presence in South and Southern Africa: because I thought Southern Cross articles, or some Catholic view needed to go online: even if I had to write some of my own articles.
Ironically: that very fact: is why we compete in a small but powerful way: independent of the Bishops: yet successfully against the Southern Cross.
At a total operations cost of about R 1 000 a year, it isn't bad that we compete online with much larger services.
Sadly, CISA and others, who's value I can't determine, as they truly enter so little into the debate: have sided with the Southern Cross over their own independence. At present I know of only two Southern African Catholic Voices: SACNS and our allies etc, and the Southern Cross.
But the latter, even if it were loyal: hardly competes. It is marketed sorely by almost every parish priest, but hardly grows. It is neither fascinating nor independent where other services are. It isn't original, and its views are clear and in opposition with what those same priests promoting it, same bishops publishing it promulgated!
A site of mixed opinions, all most confusing than the last: helps explain why 90 percent of Johannesburg Catholics have left the Church. Though other contradictions more strongly evidence this contradiction in terms, that is at work within the SACBC.
What gospel is preached, when the gospel itself is the enemy of so many claiming to be within the City of God?
We obey our rulers in what they say not what they do: as long as they don't contradict the magisterium or good morals: yet, what sadness when the lives of the church's servants are so undedicated to the gospel, as to allow it to be slandered right within the very walls of the church!
Zenit. Such a strange, mysterious name. Perhaps an ancient Peruvian monster. A sea monster, which warriors pursue. Zenit, the internationally recognised Catholic powerhouse, now ironically dead under Vatican indirect control.
Zenit, the voice and face of the Legionaries of Christ: now so infamous: somehow claimed to be independent all its years of quiet operations. The Late Editors, now claim, to the competition at Catholic News Agency, that it was following a desire for more transparency; for changes to the board: that a tornado of change engulfed Zenit.
The Editorial Team: wanted members of other Catholic media on the board: to push out the legionaries. They quit or were asked to quit when this failed.
The shining star of Catholic independent media: through wanting to be less independent but more transparent on funding use: frankly died. The Founding Editors left, en masse. Zenit died. Hydra Zenit rose in its place.
After the plagiarism, and the shocking double life of the former, Late (dead) head of the Legionaries of Christ : Fr Marciel: was discovered; and the complicity of the legionaries: high tea Zenit found itself in the Vatican and Legionary Cross-hairs.
The Legionaries came under Vatican control. Zenit came directly under Legionary control: losing its famed editors, and their bright ideas of submitting to other Catholic media: their competitors.
Independence from a monopoly was persevered at Zenit: but now fully clawed by the tentacles of their legionary masters.
When I read Zenit now, I almost wonder what monster hides just below the surface, what Yeti hides in the snow white of the page: what sea serpent hides under the blue: waiting just that moment to grab me.
Fact is: while dramatically boring: something Zenit wasn't the last time I really truly read it before it died: about a year ago. After the change just a short time ago, articles have continued much the same but without a flair they had. It is as though an old priest now edits it, rather than laymen. It has that ancient dignified sense.
While many have unsubscribed, I have not. I read AFP of the French government. I read Fides of the Vatican. I read Zenit: of the Legionaries; who are now directly babysit by the Vatican.
It makes an interesting read. One wonders: who controls Zenit: the legionaries, or their Vatican babysitting teams.
The tentacles reach out around the world symbol of Zenit! But who's tentacles? And perhaps is it not a good thing: that American Catholic media houses have not taken over what was always a largely global viewed operation: once truly a view from Rome.
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Be better than the Pharasees or you won't enter heaven. Don't be like the Hypocrites, who's faith is false. Don't be like a tax collector. Tax collectors, and harlots will enter heaven before you!
Any of these ring a bell.
Pharasees came from the Maccabees: the famous Jewish warriors who fought on the Sabbath. They became a religious cult/denomination in Jesus' time. They were closer to the truth than the other Jewish major Hebrew sect.
Hypocrites: were stage actors in the Greek plays. Actors, celebrities to use a modern word. If you want to know what not to be: pick up People Magazine, Time Magazine, Forbes. Jesus also said only through God's grace can the kings, emperors: the rich: of our days be saved. John the Baptist said: those with good clothes serve in the palaces of kings: you did not come to see such a man. Jesus said to a disciple: if you want to be perfect give up all you have and follow me: but as a rich man he could not accept the call to be a monk.
Jesus shows again: by his wisdom: that kings, claim to be representatives serving the people, but really aren't: saying: be the least that you may be greatest in Heaven: God's presence is Heaven: his dominion: we call heaven! The pearly gates don't exist yet, God however does. They will after all is destroyed that can be destroyed.
Be humble. Don't seek after the things people seek. Don't emulate actors, celebrities. Jesus reacted to the celebrities of his day by mourning them. The Pharasees who everyone greeted, and who valued the respect they gained. The kings, who he snubbed: saying: My Kingdom is not OF this world, even if it includes THIS WORLD!
Jesus has no respect for celebrity. He said Greet EVERYONE in the marketplace: knowing most only greeted the important! Jesus doesn't want us to have two standards: one for the rich and one for the poor: where the rich always get the softer standard: rather: he wants us to be as he is: frankly unimpressed! Unimprinted! Honest! And thriving and doing every deed, taking every sip, stroke: in honest air and water of honesty! I AM WHO I AM: not who YOU tell me (ME) to be!
The mortal sin of suicide has always fascinated me. It seems to contravene Lumen Gentium XVI to say it always is for hell, but also it likely often is a mortal sin, and seems likely those who commit it go to hell.
I suffer from suicidal depression, periodic temporary paralysis, and 24 hour pain throughout my body. I am 21 years old.
The depression usually follows the collapse and pain. It is when whatever it is affects my brain. I sense a change in me and know it is coming. Brain chem alters. I have attempted suicide in this state. I survived. Each time.
I also suffer from PANDAS, something still under research, the cutting edge. It means that happy pills will mix with me in a Catastrophic way, I am more likely to die from them than my depression.
Pain killers also react badly, and most medication. When I take medication, I usually land in hospital.
The Catholic Dogma of Hell and Mortal Sin, and Tolkien's metaphor of tending our own little garden in life: our duty to God to live: keep me alive. My pain, which can feel like being killed, no doubt: is constant and always present. Sometimes, it becomes unmanageable.
Sometimes I also feel extreme emotions: love, anger, lust, joy, happiness, embarrassment, etc. These I generally control ten times better than anyone else: I have learnt to control emotion, but depression is different.
I tell when I sense the brain chem alteration, I pray and ask for prayer, I inform, and I try to get home and sleep in a dark room. I read also: Jane Austin has literally saved my life!
I fight depression: our task as Catholics. I control me.
The question for you, or anyone affected, if someone you know commits suicide: isn't: are they in hell, but how does one fight as best they could to obey! If I fight as best I can to obey- to live: to tend that little garden: and a sudden wave crashes, killing me as deeply as an ocean tragedy: how can you live as best to obey God!
My spelling goes, my ability to speak, sometimes my hearing. Sometimes when I get up, I go blind. My reasoning goes, my emotions too: these three remain: Love (Divine Charity); Hope (God's Hope in my Soul); Faith (God's Faith in Me; My Faith in God; Love; Hope; Family; True Good Humanity; Friendship; Community; Love)!
So from someone who knows; and who believes in obeying God to absolute: Catholics must focus on their most utter best: to strive: and when the pain is impossible: strive some more: try your hardest: to fulfil the duty to live! Life is a duty not a gift!
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Where a contract results from government incompetence and bribery, which benefits special interests and hurts the citizens, I see no reason why such an immoral contract against public policy and the constitutional duties of government should be upheld- in my personal capacity. Further, the Tea Party, and Right Wing, while foreign concepts to the liberal Democratic Alliance, actually are those in America seeking sound financial governance and smaller government where this is efficient. They directly mirror the Democratic Alliance in these, or one would hope this were the case.
On to a press release emailed the South African Catholic SACNS by Manny De Freitas, a known Roman Catholic who the Editor of the Archdiocesan News, Johannesburg a long time ago: introduced our service to and we as they had: verified was: Member of Parliament, Shadow Deputy Minister for Transport, Member of Parliament for Johannesburg South, Democratic Alliance: Manny De Freitas, as the emails claimed:
Manny claims the following: given in full, as political statements are often twisted, something our service doesn't do in our past practice:
"Reasons to oppose Toll roads continue piling up
The construction of toll roads in Gauteng has been a subject of debate for a while now. The overwhelming majority of residents in Gauteng are against it – the main reason being that motorist will be forced to fork out money they don't have. The tight economic conditions we are currently in reinforce this. Government is making it expensive simply to get around. Unlike many other countries motorist have no choice as the use of a public transport system is not an option, simply because it does it exist.
The complicated e-tolling system alone costs some R14-billion. Whilst foreign companies install these systems and get rich, South Africans are forced to pay up and tighten their belts. Not only will motorists pay the toll fees but will be charged VAT on these charges. Basically, we will be paying tax on a tax!
The argument against toll roads continues to pile up. The reality is that with these expensive tolls have to be paid for by everyone, including businesses who have to use our roads for products and services. This will make everything more expensive. The poor will be most affected. Irrespective of what SACP (South African Communist Party) Secretary General, Blade Nzimande may say, who describes our anti-toll campaign as "right-wing, tea-party campaign" – the reality is that this will lead to a loss of jobs. As the cost to conduct business increases, businesses will have no option but to lay off workers or even move out of Gauteng to more economical provinces. Gauteng, the economic heartbeat will dramatically suffer.
As this happens and more and more people feel the financial pinch, motorists will seek alternative roads to use. Roads previously less used suddenly will become busy. This will mean that these roads will need additional repair and maintenance attention that they previously didn't require. These roads fall within the jurisdiction of municipalities and provinces. These tiers of government will be unable to keep up financially with the newly required repair work as they historically didn't have these requirements – and thus were not budgeted for. These roads will begin to crumble whilst local and provincial authorities will be unable to keep up with this decaying infrastructure.
Don't be fooled by the clever spin and smoke and mirrors coming from the Department of Transport and SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency Limited). The toll roads system in Gauteng is going ahead – the fight is not over. We need to fight it all the way.
Help us in this fight by visiting www toollfreegp.co.za and fill in the petition as a first step.
Manny de Freitas MP"
Toollfreegp.co.za seems like a spelling error, however we have not corrected it: in accordance with policy.
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