4 All Old Folks around the Globe

April 6, 2018

Now watch me soon; one of these days I am going to publish a Post in the language of Afrikaans, which is derived from Dutch, or Netherlands as it is more often referred to by one Geert Wilders [a fiery politician as never before he arrived in that Old Land] from where we hail from and occupied the land that is now called South Africa.

When we arrived here England wanted to grab it too, and soon did but the Dutch fought back like tigers in a cage; some Frenchies arrived, some Germans too and soon after a fair bunch of Portuguese; for some or other reason Spain stayed out of here, or perhaps they were already to busy in the New America, and that gave you guys out there your Mexico, and of course, your Cuba.  Portugal invaded South America and gave you Brasilia.

It is one helluva story.

Eventually the Brits prevailed after some crazy fellow discovered diamonds in a place called Kimberly and soon another crazy buggar picked up a rock in a place that is now called Johannesburg and found the darn rock was solid gold.  Of course he then started digging into the ground and realised that the entire reef he was walking on was almost solid gold.

That was too much for the Brits; they had established their ruling in the Cape and later on in Natal [where they had first shot the hell out of the Zulu Nation] and now descended on the remaining porion of the land called South Africa and took it by brutal force.  Some idiot remembered William Tecumseh Sherman and his march to the sea in America and did same out here; following Sherman’s rule of leaving “a scorched earth” policy’ women and children were put behind barbed wire fences to care for themselves with whatever they had; all able bodied men were rounded up and those who did not want to stop fighting were packed off and shipped out to a place Brittain called Ceylon [where they had previously done the same, and where all the “prisoners” from South Africa were dumped to care for themselves.  Oh yes, almost forgot, Ceylon was the name the Brits gave to what is today Sri Lanka during the time they invaded India.

Our Dad [see my Post about my Brother Dirkie] was 5 years old at the time of the annexation of the gold reef up in the Transvaal Province of South Africa but he was living the life of a young boy, the son of an itinerant farm hand and general labourer on dry land some awesome 140 miles north of Cape Town

That is not the lowest point of Africa BTW.

The lowest point on the African continent is at L’Ugulhas:

Latitude/longitude:34°49′20″S20°01′02″E
Decimal coordinates:-34.8223 20.0173

As a bit of mirth for those who understand Dutch, the name of L’Agulhas is a difficult word for us and we just call it Ugallas because at low tide the water on the beach comes up to your ankles before it goes higher up as the tide come in but you retreat before it reaches above the knees and you will be washed out to the seas when it reaches your ……where the sharks will eat and feast of your …….

Anyway, of those who came most merged with others except for the British; they, the British, came to conquer and grab the land.  The Dutch merely wanted to use what is now Cape Town [then called The Tavern of the Seas] as a half way station to take in fresh food, water and repair damages to the leaking wooden tubs that they called ships in those days; the French came to plant grapes to make some good wines; some Germans came as artisans and stayed behind.

It is a long story with many versions of truth and lies nut one fact stands out.  The Englishman came to conquer and to rule whereas the others just stayed because there was space and good land.

You must remember that England was England at the time.  Scotland ad Ireland were independent monarchies and both would not have felt sorry for England if old Guy Fawkes had succeeded to blow up the England parliament in 1606.  Some McGregor’s and MacDonald’s made good husbands and wives for the Dutch [at that time called Netherlanders or Hollanders] in need of spouses.  They were more amicable than the English and with Dutch majority [apart from the English majority of the Ruling class who would remain England pretty soon started an Africanised version of Dutch with their exposure to the African Sun and the original tribal groups of the Aboriginals of the regions north of the Tavern and eventually east in what is today called Kwa-Zulu Natal, but that name came much later.

England was pretty much dominant in the now called Cape Town area and finally ended all Dutch dreams of resurrection of some Dutch influence early in the 1800 hundreds.

Shucks Folks, I have just realized the Ole Jan van Riebeeck stepped ashore in Table Bay on this day in 1652 and he story is much too long to complete in one Post.

See you all soon with Part Two.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

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My Brother Dirk saaka Oom Dirkie or just plain Oom Dirk

March 20, 2018

He was a man in ten millions of people.

I miss him something awful; our lives changed the day he crossed the river in August of 1909; these past nine years have been lonely without him.  Today he would have been 80 and at 78 to be soon I couldn’t fill his shoes.  He walked tall, talked little and while we never had a Patriarch in the Clan after our maternal Grandpaw crossed over at age 88 in the year of 1965, he, Brother Dirk, filled that vacant space to become the undisputed leader of the Clan when he was barely 30 years old.

Few dared to speak out of place while he lived; he wouldn’t hurt a fly but he also did not take kindly to bad manners or small minds.

He had a presence wherever he went.

We still miss you my Brother and we are all in touch with you today; you will live forever in our hearts and minds.

Here is our picture a few months before the day our lives changed.  You can guess who I am and who he was.  The third one is Boetie and his wife; she was my Sil, really my sister in fact since he joined Brother Dirkie in 2010.

[Subsequent insert:  Sorry to my readers, but I could not get the picture in here.  My system is frothing with hackers, but the funny part is that Ons Drie vroeg 2009.jpgthey think that they are scaring me.  Watch this space; right now I hope they will take the bait.  I know who they are and I shall handle them the way they deserve; don’t you now worry about me; this ole guy is no fool].  And I found the picture!

I have things to do, you two; you are part of it.  I must finish some matters but look forward to seeing you and Mom and Dad when I have served out all my duties.

You lived for duty, beloved Brother.  I can never match you in that but I am doing my best.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

Velocity Trade and Greg Blank an analogy with a variation Part One

February 25, 2018

via Velocity Trade and Greg Blank an analogy with a variation Part One

Evolution and Demise of the Manifest Destiny of Mankind Part Two

February 23, 2018

You have read Part One I assume; if not you have to read it here first.  It will enable you to find the analogy.

Part Two that you are now reading is not the oft mentioned “missing link” in the silly story of Evolution.  It is the natural result that will inevitably follow unless Mankind can sort his life out and get back to sanity before he destroys his last chance to survive as Specie.

To understand the risk we have to consider the natural development of Nature and the other Species.

The Earth is all we have and Nature has found a way to cope with Change and the greed of Man.  You see it in weather patterns or climate change as we started calling it recently when we had to admit that the “hole in the ozone” scare was a lot of bunkum.  Climate change is as permanent as the earth and will continue to adjust as we try harder to destroy it all in the pursuit of what has come to be called wealth but it will accelerate to cope with our excesses.

Our rivers, the seas and oceans have adapted but we have not.  I have a notion that Nature will care about some of that soon with a few of these luxury new floating hotels that are now entering the oceans, simply by sinking them like Titanic’s in a row one after the other, and I won’t shed one tear.  The oceans are for fish and the creatures of the seas and are not the domain of Mankind; we have to cease that abuse.  They will revolt if we don’t voluntarily leave them to do what only they can do best.

Mankind manifest Destiny was first mentioned by some mad American [go read it up] as the destiny of America to rule from the Atlantic to the Pacific; so the madness to grab came about.  Then they didn’t know what to do with it and greed took control.

Will a massive War provide the answer, or will starvation of the poor do it?  I don’t know how we can avoid either but therein is no answer.

I am sure Nature will do it.  There is nothing in Space; any oxygen or hydrogen; so that is no answer either.  Yes, I have heard that some lunatics are talking about a huge pipeline to deliver rivers of fresh clean water from Planet Mars to Planet Earth but that is just another warped mind for the fools that will pay for it.

Wait for Part 3.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

 

A Tribute to Julius Malema as a future President of South Africa

February 10, 2018

There are many sources and theories on this day in history when Brutus arrived at his meeting with the Caesar.

 The Caesar asked:

 “Et Tu, Brutus …?”

 The one I like best was [from Brutus in reply]:

 “I have not come to praise thee, Oh Caesar … I ave come to kill and bury thee.”

 Of all those who aspire to greatness in Africa and the rich White and Black, young Julius Malema, born as the son of a Domestic Worker on 3rd March 1981 is the only one with the guts to tell present incumbent Jacob Zuma “You gotta pay back that money.”

 Go well, Julius.

 Malema has broken free from old politics to tell his own people what the real problem is.

 Watch out for my follow up on this Post.

 Ike Jakson

saka Americoon in Americus GA.

 Running in Facebook at the same time.

 Read some more on Julius in the references to Caesar and Brutus: [acknowledgement and complements to Google]:

 Searches related to: What did Caesar say to Brutus when he arrived?

t Tu Brute? Not Caesar’s Last Words – Today I Found Out

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/…/et-tu-brute-not-caesars-famous-last-words/

 Apr 30, 2013 – Brutus‘ influence was also of more immediate impact on Caesar’sassassination: he was ancestor of Marcus Junius Brutus, the very Brutus to whomCaesar (allegedly) cried to in death. … Plutarch and Suetonius would have something to sayabout this, if they’d been around to read Shakespeare’s account.

All speeches (lines) for Brutus in “Julius Caesar” :|: Open Source …

https://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/…/charlines.php?…Brutus…juliuscaesar

 Ay, Casca; tell us what hath chanced to-day, That Caesar looks so sad. 14. I,2,312. I should not then ask Casca … What said he when he came unto himself? 20. I,2,369. And after that,he came, thus sad, away? 21. I,2,390 ….Caesar than you shall do to Brutus. The question of… 86. III,2,1591. My countrymen,—. 87. III,2,1594.

Et tu, Brute? – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_tu,_Brute%3F

 Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he reportedly responded as hedied. The historical Caesar’s last words are not known with certainty. The Roman historian Suetonius, a century and a half after the incident, claims Caesar said nothing as hedied, but that others reported that Caesar’s last words …

Missing: arrived

Julius Caesar Act 2, Scene 1 Summary – Shmoop

https://www.shmoop.com/julius-caesar/act-2-scene-1-summary.html

 Thus Brutus decides action must be taken now, as Caesar is like a serpent’s egg—dangerous once hatched. (Time to make an omelet.) While doing all this thinking, Brutus sends his servant Lucius to light a candle in his room. Lucius returns with a letter he’s found (Cassius’s invention). The letter says Brutus should …

In Julius Caesar, why does Caesar say “Even you, Brutus?” before his …

https://www.enotes.com › Homework Help › Julius Caesar

 He doesn’t, actually. He says “and you,Brutus?”, sometimes read as meaning “even you, Brutus?”, or perhaps “and you, as well,Brutus?”. And he says it in Latin. The one moment in this Roman play where Shakespeare has someone speak in Latin. It’s as if this colossal moment in the play: the central thirty seconds of action …

No Fear Shakespeare: Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 2, Page 2

nfs.sparknotes.com › No Fear Shakespeare › Julius Caesar

LUCILLIUS. They plan to spend the night in Sardis. The larger part, the main body of cavalry, are coming with Cassius. BRUTUS. Hark! He isarrived. March gently on to meet him.BRUTUS. Look! He’s arrived. March to meet him at a dignified pace. Enter CASSIUS and his powers. CASSIUS enters with his army. CASSIUS.

SparkNotes: Julius Caesar: Act III, scenes ii–iii

http://www.sparknotes.com › SparkNotes › Shakespeare Study Guides › Julius Caesar

Brutus and Cassius enter the Forum with a crowd of plebeians. Cassius exits to speak to another portion of the crowd. Brutus addresses the onstage crowd, assuring them that they may trust in his honor. He did not kill Caesar out of a lack of love for him, he says, but because his love for Rome outweighed his love of a single …

No Fear Shakespeare: Julius Caesar: Act 1, Scene 2, Page 5

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 BRUTUS. I don’t, Cassius, though I loveCaesar very much. But why do you keep me here so long? What do you want to tell me? If it’s for the good of all Romans, … And bade him follow. So indeed he did. The torrent roared, and we did buffet it. With lusty sinews, throwing it aside. And stemming it with hearts of controversy.

Did Caesar Really Say, “Et Tu, Brute?” | The Philology Institute

http://www.thephilologyinstitute.com/2017/03/14/did-caesar-really-say-et-tu-brute/

Mar 14, 2017 – When [Caesar] came in and the Senate saw him, the members rose out of respect to him. … With rage and outcriesCaesar turned now upon one and now upon another like a wild animal, but, after receiving the wound from Brutus he at last despaired and, veiling himself with his robe, composed himself for …

Julius Caesar Act 2 Summary and Analysis | GradeSaver

http://www.gradesaver.com/julius-caesar/study-guide/summary-act-2

3 days ago – Cassius, Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus and Trebonius, all of them conspirators against Caesar, have arrived at Brutus‘ home. … Brutus says that, “Since Cassius first didwhet me against Caesar / I have not slept” (2.1.61) He adds to this that his mind, “Like to a little kingdom, suffers then / The nature of an …

Ike Jakson

saka Americoon in Americus GA.

Why and who is closing SASSA Bank in SA?

January 28, 2018

A letter circulated by Piketberg Municipality just before this weekend informed the poor that SASSA Bank is about to be closed.  I can only suppose it has happened elsewhere too because Municipal Authorities are responsible for the identification of and records of recipients of grants

It is with a little wry humor that I noted the date on the letter was 7th December 2017 but only reached our town on Friday 26th January to inform SASSA grant recipients that unless they supply details of their banking accounts where future SASSA grants can be deposited they will no longer receive their grants.  Don’t they understand that a SASSA recipient cannot afford a banking account, even if there was a bank in town, which is not the case in hundreds of small communities in small towns all across the country?

We can talk about this for months but everyone knows who is behind this.

JULIUS MALEMA, THIS IS YOUR TIME.  SPEAK OUT, RAISE HELL, LET THEM HAVE IT BETWEEN THE EYES; YOU WILL FIND ME RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.

 Google January 28, 2018

 5 months to go and SA no closer to Sassa grants solution | News24

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/…/5-months-to-go-and-sa-no-closer-to-sassa-gr…

 Nov 1, 2017 – This team will comprise officials from Treasury, the South African ReserveBank, as well as Sassa and SAPO’s technical teams. It would need until Tuesday or Wednesday next week to review the deal in its entirety and provide suggestions. Only then will Parliament hear if a deal can be struck, seven months …

Expiry of SASSA Card

http://www.sassa.gov.za/index.php/newsroom/301-expiry-of-sassa-card

Oct 16, 2017 – The issues of the South AfricanSocial Security Agency (SASSA) expiry card has brought a lot of uncertainty among social grant beneficiaries who are now living in fear of what will happen when the card expires on 31 December 2017 . SASSA would like to assure beneficiaries of social grants that the …

Sassa to reactivate bank account to diversify payment of grants – EWN

ewn.co.za/2017/…/sassa-to-reactivate-its-bank-account-to-diversify-payment-of-grants

 Sep 16, 2017 – JOHANNESBURG – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini saysSouth Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) is in the process of re-activating its bank account by January. Dlamini announced the progress being made by the social security agency yesterday to appoint a new service provider to pay …

Five things Sassa is doing to take social grant payments away from CPS

https://www.timeslive.co.za/…/south-africa/2017-09-15-five-things-sassa-is-doing-to-t…

 Sep 15, 2017 – The outcome of the assessment and how the Post Office can support grant payments will be announced next week‚ said Dlamini. 2. The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) is opening a new bank account for the monthly R10-billion that is paid in grants with support from the Treasury and South .

 Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

Good work from The Hogg Man

December 14, 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017

 

  South Africa’s cash-strapped Treasury has just received some welcome news from Facebook’s chief financial director Dave Wehner.

Facebook has a large and hugely profitable slice of SA’s online advertising market. But because SA clients are billed out of Facebook’s international HQ in Ireland, no tax is paid to the SA Treasury. The company’s rationale is purely financial: Ireland has a company tax rate of 12.5%. SA’s is 28%.

After mounting pressure from many countries including the UK, Facebook has agreed to address its morally indefensible practice. In his Facebook blog published on Tuesday, CFO Wehner promised that in future “advertising revenue supported by our local teams…will be recorded by our local company in that country.” Put another way, something over R500m a year in SA-bought advertising on Facebook that’s now going to Ireland will in future be invoiced by the Johannesburg office. And the tax on the profit will paid in South Africa.

It’s a breakthrough in the running battle between smaller countries and tax avoiding multinationals. And is sure to put the local spotlight onto Google, which has a similar structure to Facebook, but six times the revenues. According to PWC, in 2016 Google generated a hefty R2.8bn from its SA online advertising clients. Taxpayers will be hoping where Mark Zuckerberg’s company has now gone, the one controlled by Larry Page and Sergey Brin will follow. Doing so would make Google’s “do no evil” credo almost palatable.

Best

 Signed by Alec

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

Good work Alec!  What you gotta do now is hit Velocity Trade and the rest of the thieves.

Evolution and Demise of the Manifest Destiny of Mankind Part One

October 5, 2017

Our family often visited the World famous Kruger National Park when our children were young.  The Kruger haven is or largest natural game reserve situated in what was then called the Eastern Transvaal region of South Africa of the day; millions of the rich in the World crowd the reserve today.  It has become the refuge of the rich and famous; all kinds of celebrities of dubious honor come in large groups and the old days when it was a weekend away for ordinary citizens have long gone.

Let me cut this story short.

I enjoyed visiting Pretoriuskop Camp in the southwest corner of the Park; always booked a cottage at the end of the northeast section close to the natural pool and from our front porch I looked out over maybe 60 by 80 meters of open space towards the surrounding fence [erected around all camps to keep the large animals of prey out] from where I could watch the monkeys climbing over the strong wire fence late afternoon to settle in a massively large wild fig tree for the night.  There would be half an hour of loud discussions [never any fight or injured monkey] as each one would find his reserved space according to what was obviously a rigid pecking order system obeyed by every single member of the clan.  Early next morning they would come down out of the tree, climb out over the fence and go about their business of looking for food for the day.  It was obvious from the orderly discussions before they all left that each of them had his role cut out for the day.  I never in many years saw any fights, friction or any signs of havoc in the World of the Kruger Park Monkey species.

I also never saw one rich or one poor monkey; none wore rings or mink coats; never saw one neglected young kiddy monkey or a poor one begging for food.

We were there last time in 1977 and my readers will all remember that we did not have fax machines or cellular phones at that time.  Computers were large big blue machines; input was all on punched cards; output had reached the tape deck stage and reams of paper; desktop computers did not exist as yet and there was no Internet.  The monkey species had reached their peak and they would continue to prosper but would do so within a strict order of discipline and duty.

Let me give you an example.

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Just decided to end Part One here to give you all enough time to work out what you may expect in Part Two.  ‘Nuff said if I tell you all that you will be shocked right down into your boots, or your little toes if you are not wearing boots at the time when you read Part Two.

The series will run concurrently in WordPress and Facebook.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

A short Interlude

September 26, 2017

I don’t know how long it will be but I have to take a short interlude for my eye.

It is not getting any better though I keep hoping that the deterioration has slowed down and I am taking care to protect what I have and that it doesn’t get worse.

However, I have learned that one must listen when the human body speaks.  I have had a good life; done my bit to live and let live and now face an adversary in Court on Thursday 19th instant.  I need all my wits and powers of observation to clear that hurdle.

Blogging is not all I live for; life has more than that and the Internet is not much more than a convenient tool to me.  It is more often the opposite of that and were it not for the fact that our family ties are now spread around the globe I would live without the Net.

On the other hand it has bestowed on me the joys of meeting a few people that I would not otherwise have met.  I won’t mention names now but a few of us are in regular email contact and they mean a lot to me.  They more than make up for the negative side of the Net that I abhor and despise in human life.

To these few, thank you guys and gals; you are blessings from our Lord God to me and I hope to be that to you one day when you need a shoulder as you have been for me.

For a while therefore my contribution to this Blog will be the minimum that I feel I should do that must be done now.  I remain positive about our Country and will make my contribution to ensure a better life for all whenever or whatever I can contribute to that.  Darn and damn those who cannot see it this way simply because they do not want to see it.

Bless you, all true friends.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

 

Of Vodacom and Orwell 1984 to Animal Farm 2084

September 11, 2017

Much has been said about Big Brother of 1984 but the People never understood and still don’t because the Machine took over.

The People were given cell phones thus creating the massive fences surrounding the cities where all the People were herded in.  Big Brother said “OK, now you all have cell phones and should be happy.”

So, all the Animal species were set free; they graze and flourish, moving freely but gaze in wonder at these strange creatures behind the barbed wire fences.  There is no escape.

Vodacom got what they wanted; all animal life got their freedom to roam and multiply and the People have cell phones.

The Machine is in charge.  To understand this, read Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath and follow that up with The Winter of our Discontent.

Thus we will get to 2084; life is great and everyone will have the choice of two cell phones for the parents; all the kiddies will have tablets and unlimited access to Cyber Space.

Reality?  What the heck do you want to talk about reality?  Virtual reality is so much easier; you have no responsibility and you do not have to think; the Machine does all the thinking for you.

Life has never been as good; why, oh me why did we wait so long to get here?

Hey, stop asking questions about poverty!  There will be no poor; press the cellphone button and the machine will bring you all the food you can eat.  Just think about what is going to be in the cinema tonight; press the button and you will have it.

We will all be equal and FREE AT LAST, courtesy of the Machine.

 Ike Jakson

Saka Americoon in Americus GA