Tuesday, April 03, 2018

An uncensored report from Africa

By: Richard Munrow, International Security Consultant at International Non Governmental Organizations

Nigeria, (tried to) work there for 3 years. My first and worst experience of Africa..and hopefully last.

Nothing works and no one seems to care, it's all ‘someone else's problem'.

Being objectified as a potential source of money, rather than a human being. As an obvious none Africa foreigner, every single person who approached me uninitiated, be it in the street, a bar, or hotel, (even inside a supermarket) would try to hussle you.
The smell - Reeking BO to make your eyes water. Once again no-one cares about personal hygiene whether their rich or poor.
The inedible food which gave me food poisoning all the time. Got so bad I ended up living on canned soup (when I could find it to buy) and multi-vitamins.

Total lack of customer service culture. Ordering food took hours even with no other customers, over half the things on menues were never available (I think they were just to there for show) and when you finally got your food, after complaining two times at least, it was either overcooked and/or stone cold/inedible/wrong order (all of the above) Complain…’so sorry sir’ or ‘no have, tomorrow sir' shrug shoulder and even laugh at you nervously. This was at the local equivalent of high end hotels and restaurants too.

It's a kleptocracy, he who steals the most has the most power. No shame and no self respect. The exception being government officials and rich business men (usually the same persons) who thought they were gods as they had already achieved the position to steal whatever they wanted unopposed, thus they had egos bigger than mountains! Wether you claim to be a Christian or a Muslim, money is the only God there.

Considering the obsession with money no one understands 'time is money', and they waste yours without a care. It take 5 times longer to do anything than it does in the West and that's if you can even get it done. Local saying 'Nigerians get paid to turn up to work, everything else at that point is extra'.

Insanity that is traffic. Someone told me ‘Nigerians don't Drive…they move vehicles'. No ryme or reason to driving as it is done either at insane speeds weaving all over roads in smoke belching car about to fall apart or brand new BMW/Mercedes covered in dents and scratch's. Or you're stuck in traffic jam for hours because no one will let anyone else through ahead of them, even an inch.

So traffic jams up everywhere and no one gets to where their going fast. People driving on pavements or even embankments to get a few yards ahead of others in jams and then forcing themselves back into the traffic stream, it's called playing chicken with your paintwork. Total disregard for safety of self or others and absent of restraint. Total chaos.

No responsibility for consequence of you own action to others. When there is an accidental it's either 'the Devil’s work' or ‘Allah's will' never their own fault. Oh and shouting, lotts of shouting!

Lack of any credible law and order. Can't remember the number of time I go pulled over for an attempted to extract a ‘dash'(bribe) from the white man driving himself (see traffic..I didn't trust my life to a locals driving skills). Worst as a MOPOL who was guard at my accomodation compound armed with an AK-47 and so drunk he swayed back & forth and had to lean on my car to standup. Last thing you do when your on trouble is call a police officer.

Constantly collapsing water & power infrastructure. 3–4 days a week no water in morning. Power off 8–12hrs a day, no fuel or spare parts for backup generator, etc. Thus was the Capital City in the high end suburb for embassies etc. Driving round the city at night was dicing with death as only 20–30% of streetlight work or have power to work and 90% of the few functional traffic lights (nearly always ignored) turned off…but still crazy drivers, this time with only 50% having 2 functioning headlights!
I could go on and on…i dont have a positive thing to say about the place. Basically if the 57 counties I've visited this is the worst hands down and I never want to go back


NYT Links Poverty to Racism  

I had some comments on this on 21st. March

Headlines — be careful how you allow them to frame a piece of news.

Last week, The New York Times published an analysis topped by the headline declaration, “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys.”

Based on this headline and the first few sentences of the piece, the March 19 article written by four contributors successfully posits that black males — even those raised in wealthy homes — are more likely to be poor as adults, largely because of racism.

But if you were to read the actual study, “Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective,” suddenly you see that, to serve its race narrative, the Times selectively plucked a few details from a very complex research document that made numerous observations.

Before we break this down, let’s make sure we all use the actual definition of racism. Merriam-Webster defines the term as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” So, using this term but twisting the definition, the Times tells readers that the societal construct created by the oppression of a white majority is the cause of black men being most likely, among the demographics studied, to become poor as adults.

If the Times’ reporters had chosen to print all the findings of the 106-page study — a retrospective analysis covering 26 years conducted by Stanford University, Harvard and the U.S. Census Bureau — rather than isolate a few items in order to mislead, a bit more trust could exist in the dying profession of journalism.

Let’s compare a few statements by the Gray Lady’s quartet to the actual data from the study.

Both the NYT article and the research study record that the income mobility, or the ability of an individual to improve her economic status, is not very different between white females and black females. Simply, as adults, females of all races and ethnicity demonstrate the ability to increase their incomes and improve their economic status.

But, as hypothesized by the Times, black men become poor because of racism when looking back from 2015 to 1989: “Even when children grow up next to each other with parents who earn similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of America. And the gaps only worsen in the kind of neighborhoods that promise low poverty and good schools.”

In several references within the actual research, the role or lack of a father figure is documented. For example, it states, “Less than 5% of black children currently grow up in areas with a poverty rate below 10% and more than half of black fathers present.”

How does that compare to whites? The actual study reports, “In contrast, 63% of white children live in areas with poverty rates below 10% and more than half of white fathers present.”

The study observes, “One mechanical explanation for black-white gaps in household income is that blacks marry at much lower rates than whites, leading to lower levels of household income simply because they tend to have one rather than two earners in their families.” It continues later in the introduction to note of the comparison between white and black males, “Among low-poverty neighborhoods (those with poverty rates below 10%), there are two factors that are strongly associated with better outcomes for black men and smaller black-white gaps: low levels of racial bias among whites and high rates of father presence among blacks.”

The academic research with maps, charts, appendices and a hefty bibliography makes this statement: “We conclude that neighborhoods with low poverty rates, high rates of father presence among blacks, and low levels of racial bias among whites have better outcomes for black boys and smaller racial gaps. But very few black children currently grow up in such environments.”

Does racism still exist? Sadly, yes. But does racism cause the low rate of marriage in the black community? Does racism create entire neighborhoods with few father figures? Just as racism has no causal impact on the number of marriages in the minority community, marriage is not a function of race.

Racism didn’t make marriage unnecessary. “Great Society” welfare did. In 2017, 77% of black children were born to mothers without a husband. Contrast that to 30% of births of white children to moms outside of marriage. And, no, it’s not just black children on welfare. But, regardless of race, a working father isn’t necessary when there’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) or WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children), just to name a few of the 80-plus income-redistribution programs.

As Dr. Thomas Sowell, the economist and senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, has written for decades, “A vastly expanded welfare state in the 1960s destroyed the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and generations of racial oppression.” In his 2016 analysis, “‘Favors’ to Blacks,” the black conservative wrote, “In 1960, before this expansion of the welfare state, 22 percent of black children were raised with only one parent. By 1985, 67 percent of black children were raised with either one parent or no parent.” Again, it’s far higher today.

Yes, racism contributed to the perverted role of government that ensnares individuals and destroys families with the lure of services that create a permanent underclass and generations of dependency. But it was Democrat racism like that of Lyndon B. Johnson, who said of his “Great Society” programs, “I’ll have those n—ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

There are many factors that contribute to the state of poverty, one of which is the composition of the family unit. Until Americans restore the value of marriage and an intact family, don’t expect much progress on poverty, sexual abuse, “gun violence” or a whole host of other societal ills — regardless of your race and gender.


A day in the life of Lesbianism

With white "mothers" and black kids

The lesbian mothers who died on Monday along with at least three of their six adopted children after plunging 100ft over a coastal cliff in California had been reported to Child Protective Services days earlier for allegedly starving their kids.

On Friday, neighbors of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, called CPS to report that their son Devonte had come to their home asking for food every day for a week. 

They said Devonte - who made national headlines when he was pictured hugging a police officer during a 2014 protest - asked them to leave food out in a box for him and said his mothers were 'punishing' him by not feeding him.

In 2017, another of the children came to their home at 1.30am asking for their 'protection' and claiming the women did not treat her well.

They also said one of the daughters who was 12 looked about seven and had no front teeth.

On Friday, a CPS worker arrived at the home and knocked on the door, according to the neighbors Bruce and Dana DeKalb, but the Harts never answered.

Instead, they packed up in a hurry and fled with all six kids in their 2003 GMC Sierra truck, they said.

'The next morning when we saw that the vehicle was gone, and then Sunday morning when it still wasn’t there, we figured something was off because they never go anywhere.

'They go to the store and back but.. we figured that they saw the (CPS) business card and loaded up the kids as quick as they could and took off, ' Mr. DeKalb told KGW on Thursday.

On Monday, their bodies were found at the bottom of a cliff in Westport, California, off Highway 1 along with the bodies of three of their children, Markis, 19; Jeremiah 14; and Abigail, 14.

Hannah, 16; Devonte, 15; and Sierra, 12, have not been found.

It is not clear yet if they drove over the cliff purposefully or by accident but police said no brake marks were found at the scene. 

To reach the cliff edge at the lookout, the women would have had to have driven off the Pacific Highway and traversed 75ft of rugged dirt road.

It is not known yet if they came to a stop at the edge before falling over. 

'I can tell you it was a very confusing scene because there were no skid marks, there were no brake marks, there was no indication of why this vehicle traversed approximately over 75ft of a dirt pull out and went into the pacific ocean,' Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said on Wednesday. 

'We have no reason to believe, we have no evidence, that this was an intentional act. Certainly people are wondering what caused this.

'If this was an intentional act, I truly believe we are going to come to that conclusion.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. They are asking for anyone who may have seen them in a restaurant or hotel in the days beforehand to contact them.

They are also still considering the three children who were not found as missing people and say in the best case scenario, they were not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. It is not clear what either woman did for a living.


Obamacare HHS Mandate Dealt a Lethal Blow in Court

The Obamacare Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing Catholic non-profits to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, was dealt a lethal blow by U.S. District Court Judge David Russell.

He issued a permanent injunction stopping the federal government from enforcing the mandate against the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA). He also issued a declaratory judgment, holding that the mandate was illegal; it violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The CBA represents over 1,000 Catholic employers, including 60 dioceses and archdioceses, as well as many religious orders, colleges and universities, hospitals, and other ministries. Baltimore Archbishop William Lori chairs the CBA; serving with him are six other archbishops. Douglas G. Wilson is the CEO of the organization.

Judge Russell's ruling not only binds the Trump administration (which was opposed to the HHS mandate anyway), but all future administrations. Catholic employers who belong to the CBA are now free from attempts by the federal government to coerce them into providing morally offensive healthcare coverage.


NFL Fumbles on National Anthem Again While Bowing to SJWs

Owners cater to social justice organizations while avoiding any rules aimed at anthem protests.   

National Football League team owners unanimously voted Monday to give $90 million to social justice causes, while they continued to punt on the issue of how to deal with player protests during the national anthem. “The NFL is committing $90 million to a new social justice initiative that supports efforts and programs to combat social inequality. In a memo sent to all 32 teams in early December, the league said it plans to work closely with players, teams and other groups in the new and expanded community improvement program,” a post from the NFL read.

The NFL plans to support three groups, one of which is Dream Corps, an outfit created by CNN commentator and former Barack Obama campaign organizer Van Jones. So much for the NFL’s claim of wanting to avoid politics. This move is explicitly an endorsement by the league of leftist politics. And this, of course, explains why the NFL still refuses to discipline any players who engage in protests during the national anthem.

The joke used to be that the reason soccer was so unpopular within the U.S. was because it was the “socialist sport.” Well, it looks like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the majority of team owners are bound and determined to take that dubious moniker away from soccer. As if calling American football “football” wasn’t dumb enough… Even after staring at a ratings drop of 9.7% last year alone, the NFL is doubling down by committing itself to that socialist fantasy of absolute equality. The league is evidently unconcerned with alienating its fans all for the sake of placating those noisy “social justice” leftists. Well, we guess this is good news for baseball.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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