Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

26 March 2007

The body count rises

Yesterday was a little depressing. We took a walk in the veld, where Mbeki's R90-million security wall is being erected.

The holes for the posts have been dug. They are huge: about 1.5m deep and spaced a metre apart (see accompanying pic). The Dept of Public Works dug the holes 3 weeks ago and since then, nothing further has happened. (Maybe they are awaiting delivery of the imported fence?)

Needless to say, these holes are deathtraps to each and every dung beetle, snake, frog, tortoise and chameleon who happens to sidle past this part of the veld.

I have counted at the bottom of these holes: one dead snake, five dead frogs, 32 dead dung beetles and thousands of dead ants and other non-flying insects. Yesterday I managed to save 3 dung beetles and one wily old frog who managed to hang in there.

These poor animals fell into these holes and suffered a long and agonising death in the heat wave we've been experiencing (global warming anyone?).

How I hate this death culture in which I live. The sooner civilisation crumbles the better. Roll on endgame, roll on peak oil.

15 March 2007

Thank you Justice Moseneke

Speaking at the opening of the Out in Africa film festival this month, Justice Dikgang Moseneke make an astounding speech in which he thanked the lesbian, gay, transexual, bisexual and generally queer community for advancing jurisprudence in south africa.

He added, "It's important to acknowledge the long history in this country, and in many other countries, of the marginalisation and persecution of gays and lesbians, to reassert their right to live just as well as everybody else. And it was an important assertion in an environment that was not exactly always friendly.

"All those struggles around the rights of gay and lesbian people have in many ways allowed the court and allowed our Constitution and many other people to be able to express themselves on issues of equality. We actually owe a great debt to gays and lesbians in this country, certainly around equality issues.

"I was at pains to suggest that if you sought to exclude people from making choices that they find appropriate in their own lives, you are probably much further away from your convictions, from compassion and from the understanding that each one of us has a right to be different. Each one of us has a right to live a full life without a need to apologise."

Anyway, I think it's really cool to hear such open-minded comments, from a man who operates within the patriarchy of African governance. I just wish more men in this country could think things through like this. Moseneke also commented on the second class citizen status of women in south africa. You go brother!

Oh the full article is available on M&G's website ...

12 March 2007

Where is South Africa headed?

Quote from an article about Cote d'Ivoire:

"What went wrong? A question with a thousand answers, spanning neo-colonialism, inaction about the status of millions of immigrants, land rights, a corrupt elite above a me-me middle-class, and lip-service to good governance." - Nick Kotch

sounds familiar ...