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Sunday’s farmer solidarity march for human rights, not race

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – In the one week it took to organise Sunday’s mass march through Brisbane in solidarity with South Africa’s embattled farmers, four more were brutally murdered. For many in the crowd of over 1,000 people marching from Roma Street to Queensland’s State Parliament House on Sunday, the march was personal. In our group of five, one had recently attended the funeral of an Eastern Cape relative brutally tortured. The elderly woman, a stalwart in her rural community, died of injuries too graphic to relay. Her housemate succumbed to equally severe injuries, and her husband was left for dead – beaten, bound, burnt and gagged. He miraculously survived. My farm connection has more romantic roots. I spent the first few years of my life living on an agricultural college in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. I later attended the local school, and my boarder friends all came from surrounding farming communities. My German-descent friend, Ute taught me to ride horses on her parent’s farm. My grandfather had been a Karoo farmer, and my dear late …

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Time to Cull Celebrity Campaigners

One of life’s most basic lessons is never to assume. Check your facts. And never, ever assume you can win your audience with arrogant self-importance. Hillary’s leftwing press failed dismally in this regard. And so did she. What both parties assumed was that everyone believed their spin. That eloquent words shape a nation’s attitudes. That Hillary’s fraternizing with Hollywood was lauded. And Hollywood was even more misguided. The ordinary people clearly didn’t care when singer Katy Perry stood up and in a spectacularly condescending manner, dictated who people should vote for. What must have come as a crushing shock is that she just wasn’t that important. What Katy did … or said, just didn’t cut it. Similarly, people did not care when Beyonce and Jay-Z ran a free concert (which, incidentally, they only half-managed to fill) and Hillary embraced them with gushing rhetoric. The sexist, racist trash that emanated from Jay-Z’s mouth should have been enough to turn off the most avid Hillary supporter but that aside, again, why do these celebrities in their opulent …

Ten Resolution Revolutions

FEELING DAUNTED about making New Year resolutions? Well, here are some suggestions … DO NOT … compare yourself to others. A big no-no. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and as much as we’d all like more talents, not everyone can be a neurosurgeon. Embrace what you have and quit worrying about what you don’t have DO NOT … tell everyone about your resolutions. This sets you up for failure and there’s a danger that bossy britches may decide to make some more on your behalf DO NOT … give up chocolate. Again, setting yourself up for failure. Life’s surely too short DO NOT … clean out your wardrobe. Something in there is bound to have a fashion rebound DO NOT… assume your spouse is a mind reader. Christmas should have taught you that you need to verbalise your wish list throughout the year. Even better, write it down and stick it on the bathroom mirror DO NOT … repeat last year’s resolutions. How depressing DO NOT … wear old, faded undies/knickers that are well past their use-by date. Again, life’s too …

The Trouble with Mitt, America and the 2012 Election

Just before I talk about Mitt, here’s an astonishing statistic – America has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population. I’ll come back to that. There are lots of problems with Mitt Romney but the biggest is that he is a liar. Not your average run of the mill let’s stretch the truth a bit liar. But a huge, hairy hairball of a liar. Like Richard Nixon, it seems he lies just to practice. The more I listen and read the more appalled I get. His lies are well documented but let’s just list three. And let’s remember the disaster Obama inherited from W. Remember the budget deficit W left? 1) Romney has accused Obama of raising taxes. LIE. Taxes have reduced under Obama in large part due to the stimulus bill. 2) Romney has accused Obama of doubling the deficit. LIE. LIE. The deficit has reduced under Obama. Worst case statistics is that it is about the same. 3) Romney has taken credit for the success of the auto …