Sunday, 4 August 2013

Update and new post

Hey people! Not seen you in a while but I am writing again.

Also I have acquired a cool new webcam and have started experimenting with it so there might be some upcoming vids for your viewing pleasure. They will not all be serious skepticy stuff but just me having a little fun.

Any way here is the post I published at TS today for the Science Sunday feature...

Monday, 21 January 2013

Mathematicians to save the Rhino?

I'm back!!!! (Tell you more about this later)

To celebrate check out my new post on TS.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Little Boxes

To read this post I did for TS on how we place other people in "little boxes" click click click.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Religion in SA down to 64%

Fewer religious people in SA - survey


According to the latest polls released by the Win-Gallup International Religiosity and Atheism Index, which measures global self-perceptions on belief, religious South Africans dropped from 83% in 2005 to 64% in 2012.

This is interesting. It seems that as we better educate ourselves and become free from oppression (of various kinds) we see the light!

'via Blog this'

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

And I thought we had problems in South Africa

Not sure if any of you have heard about this but a couple in Mississippi was not allowed to marry at their church because they are black!

Now it is not as though they selected a strange church full of racists from the yellow pages, this is the church they attend on a regular basis. It seems that it was a very small group that had a problem with this and Stan the minister man decided to give in to their whining.

The amazing thing to me is that the world tends to point fingers to South Africa for racism but this story shows that there are racists everywhere. Every country has it's "iceholes" (and yes we have quite a few) but clearly the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs has a few of their own.

So next time anyone feels like flogging Mzansi for racism please take the time to check your own backyard and start there. Everyone here is very aware of the history of our country and though my generation have not experienced apartheid first hand we are well educated on the subject and very much aware of it's existence.

No country can afford to become complacent on issues of discrimination whether it be on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any of the other reasons people use to instill hatred. That's just what it is, hatred, and this small group of people from the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs call themselves followers of a loving and caring God. Perhaps they should go read their 10 commandments again.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Twelve!

At the very minute of this post (11:15 pm in South Africa) I am officially 12 years old.

Age is natural but growing up is optional, and in that case I still love all my teddy bears!!!!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Education Department FAIL!

FACTS:
  1. In South Africa our academic year starts in January and ends in December.
  2. This means that we are now half way through the school year
  3. The Limpopo Province has not yet received their texbooks for the year 2012*
  4. *Textbooks mentioned are for Grades R, 1, 2, 3 and 10
Shocking yes?

This is a 3rd world country and if we ever want to get ahead we HAVE to focus on the education of our children. This is a very simple equasion - no rocket science required.

Why is it then that the Government/Education Dept cannot even get the delivery of textbooks right? It would seem that there were some issues of maladministration in the Limpopo Education Department and due to this they have been run by the National Department since December. Now one would imagine that the National Dept would get it right - it is clear now that one would be wrong. Regardless of a High Court order wich decreed that the non delivery of textbooks were against our Constitution and which set a deadline (June 15th) for delivery, the books have still not arrived.

Furthermore the Democratic Alliance came upon the burning and shredding of texbooks - not old ones as claimed by our Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga - but new ones - some still in their original packaging.

The problem now is that there are factions calling for a free pass for these students. This would at first seem fair because they should be failed as they were not doing anything wrong. If we do however give them the free pass they will not know the work for the year and therefore not be ready for the next years lessons.

There is no explanation to this crisis that will satify me. There is no explanation that will ensure these kids regain the time they've lost. There is no explanation that will include truth and disciplinary action against the administration.

There are only excuses and blame-shifting.

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Here is a link to all the News 24 articles thus far if you would like to follow the saga on that platform.