Auction! Kill a child legally in the DRC for only $350 000

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$350 000 will allow you to legally hunt and kill a child in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You can save the lives of thousands of starving children in the DRC by taking part in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to legally hunt another human being. All proceeds will go towards the conservation of starving children in the DRC. Hunting and killing is necessary to control populations in Africa and the money will be used to procure food and medicine for the children, averting an enormous humanitarian crisis in the DRC.

Don’t like the sound of this? Are you appalled? Are you disgusted?

This is the exact same argument used by hunters across the world to justify their killing of wildlife. Just recently a Texas millionaire paid $350 000 at a Texas auction to hunt and kill a rhino in Namibia.

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos exist in the world today, according to conservationists. Their numbers plummeted dramatically from 65,000 beginning in the 1970s because of illegal poaching. The rhinos’ horns are popular in traditional Chinese medicine and are extremely valuable on the black market.

Knowlton responded to controversy in an interview with CNN. “I think people have a problem just with the fact that I like to hunt,” Knowlton told CNN. “I want to see the black rhino as abundant as it can be. I believe in the survival of the species.” Yeah right…

If these hunters, who call themselves ‘conservationists’ actually care about the animals and conservation why don’t they donate the money to conservation organisations without actually killing the animal?

The reason is obvious. They don’t care about the well-being of these animals at all. For them, it’s the thrill and pleasure they derive from the act of killing. Very much in the same way a serial killer derives pleasure from killing human beings.

The argument that by killing one animal for fun saves the lives of countless others is as stupid and disturbing as my satirical depiction of the child hunt in the picture. For how long will human beings continue to justify their morally corrupt cravings for blood? For how long will rational people and good governments accept and tolerate these justifications?

Stand up against those that use conservation as an excuse to kill for pleasure.

Hunting is not conservation.It’s just animal serial killing.

UPDATE:

In response to my article this is what Leopard Moon Safaris (based in Klerksdorp) responded with:

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Nice 🙂 Proves my point, don’t you think?

An inconvenient truth

 
 

You’re poor and earn a minimum wage

You’re poor because you don’t have skills that companies need. The better your skills the more money you make. Get off your ass and learn something that will make you valuable. Learn anything, but remember, becoming good at anything requires hard work. There is no short cut.

You hate your job

Get a new job. Get off your ass and go find a job you’ll enjoy. But you see, here’s the catch. Most people hate their jobs because it’s the only job they can get. Improve your skills in the career you enjoy and you will enjoy your job. Stop complaining about the fact that you hate your job. You actually just hate yourself for not having the balls to do something about it.

You hate your boss

You probably hate your boss because you’re getting pressure for not doing your job properly. You probably hate your boss because he/she doesn’t say thank you every time you do something that you are paid to do. Get off your ass and become better than your boss and you’ll eventually become the boss. Stop feeling entitled. You are entitled to nothing unless you earn it. You can’t earn it in months. It takes years. Learn from your boss and stop being jealous because you’re not the boss. You’re not the boss because you’re not good enough yet.

You don’t earn enough money

You work from 8 to 5 and you hardly come out with your salary. Shame. You need 8 hours sleep and another 2 for domestic stuff. That leaves 5 hours that you probably lounge away watching cricket or Desperate Housewives or some other mind-numbing drivel. Instead of working on your own goals you do nothing. I’m tired! I worked hard the whole day! Shame. Grow some balls and do something. Improve your skills. Start a part-time business. Sell something. Make something. You will not become wealthy with your day job. You can earn as much after hours as during office hours, thereby doubling your income. Catch is, it will require you to get off your lazy ass and do something.

You don’t have any friends

Maybe no one wants to be friends with you for a reason? Are you a nice person or an asshole? Look in the mirror. What do you see? Will you be friends with yourself? Stop blaming the world. Change. Improve. Make yourself better. Learn. Listen. Grow. 

You have really bad luck

We make our own luck. Garry Player once famously said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” 

Bad luck is just another excuse of weak people to try and justify their own ineptitude.

It’s an inconvenient truth, that almost everything that goes wrong in our lives is our own fault. Own up and get off your ass and do something about it.

How to clean your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

Dishwasher2Here is a simple and easy-to-do method to clean your dishwasher and washing machine.

Washing Machine

  1. Mix ¼ cup water and ¼ cup baking soda.
  2. Pour into the detergent container of machine
  3. Pour 2 cups vinegar into the drum
  4. Set washing machine to normal and hot cycle.

 

Dishwasher

  1. Pour 1 cup vinegar into a container and place in the dishwasher
  2. Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle
  3. Remove container and sprinkle 1 cup baking soda on the bottom of the machine
  4. Run the dishwasher on a short and hot cycle

 

 

The Secret of Happy Relationships

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I am unashamedly happy.

I say ‘unashamedly’ because sometimes we are made to feel as if were not allowed to be happy. With all the unhappy people around us we are made to feel guilty about our own happiness – as if it’s our fault that we’re happy, and that by showing and expressing our happiness, we are somehow bragging or attempting to make other people feel bad about their circumstances.

What a crock of nonsense. It’s peoples own weltschmerz that is defining their perceptions about happy people. Their reality is defined by their distorted view of ‘how things should be’, instead of the reality that nothing is ever perfect. No relationship is perfect and no person is perfect. That ‘perfect’ partner that you fantasize about does not exists, sorry. Maybe in a Disney movie, but not here on earth.

So what makes a couple happy? What are the ingredients for happiness in a relationship?

  1. RespectRespect for yourself firstly, and then respect for your partner. Many people respect their partners but not themselves. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Someone that your partner can respect? Someone that your partner can look up to and be proud of? If not, then you have to become respectable. If you don’t then it means you don’t respect your partner.
  2. Be the person you want your partner to beStop trying to change your partner. Just be what you want your partner to be. Be the kind of person that he or she would look up to and respect. Stop trying to change your partner. Stop trying to live your life vicariously through your partner. Look inward first, before you look outward.
  3. Unconditional loveBig words, but very important. Unconditional love means just that. It’s not some meme on Facebook. It’s real. But what does it mean? It means that you love your partner with all their faults and shortcomings. You love without condition and demands.

    You love them for who they are, not for what you want them to become.

  4. Learn to spend time with yourselfBoy oh boy, but some people can be demanding. They are so scared to be left alone that they can only be happy if they are the center of attention. It’s because they cannot stand being in their own company. Find a hobby or read a book. Go for long walks – alone. Learn to spend time with yourself because if you can’t then your partner will be smothered and suffocated by your constant needyness. Space and time is very important in a relationship. You need to be able to do your own thing, and you need to be able to give your partner the time and space to be alone.

    If your happiness is dependent on the attention you get, your relationship will fail.

  5. Don’t sweat the small stuffHave you ever seen these small arguments start? Perhaps about the dirty spoon that was left on the table? It starts as a banal argument and then escalates into a full-blown nuclear war. Thinking back on all the arguments, almost all of them started with stupid, insignificant disagreements. Almost all of them escalated into the third world war. This can easily be avoided by not sweating the small stuff. It takes two to tango and one person can not have an argument on their own. It’s your choice if you want to participate in the fight or not.

    Ask yourself this question when the tensions rise: “Will it make any difference in my life if I don’t argue about this?”

  6. Laugh and laugh and then laugh some moreLaughter cures everything. You can’t be unhappy while laughing. Make each other laugh, often. Be silly. Be spontaneous.
  7. Your partner must be your best friendI think this is the most important aspect of a happy relationship. If your partner is your best friend then you will be able to spend time in each others company without getting bored. Friendship in a partnership is more important than love. Love means nothing if you’re not best friends. Best friends talk about everything and anything.

    Best friends forgive and make up, they don’t get divorced.

 

DSTV didn’t listen. Now they’re going to pay.

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In 1998 I wrote a letter to DSTV and warned them that their arrogance is going to cost them their business. Over the years DSTV has become the poster boy for a company that exploits its customers to the point of extortion. They were riding the wave of first mover advantage. But, instead of building a long-term, sustainable business, they milked us for all they could.

One of the things they did was to charge customers as much as they could. It wasn’t a case of adding a reasonable margin, but instead how much they could get away with. That can work as long as you have the monopoly, but not when you get some competition. The low-cost airlines do the same. They would sell flights for as much as they could, instead of trying to make a reasonable profit margin. That is why a flight from Johannesburg to George can cost twice as much as a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, which is twice the distance. It’s exploitation and greed.

Companies that make easy money because they have a monopoly often exploit their customers and are examples of the ugly side of capitalism. They never last in the long term.

DSTV ignored my warnings and continued on their path. In 1999 Netflix launched and today they launched in South Africa. DSTV will not be around in 2025. Their days are numbered. They milked the cow and it’s now dry.

Instead of focusing on innovation and building a long-term, sustainable business by being customer-centric, they just killed the goose that lay the golden egg. Or rather, Netflix came and stole the goose.

Netflix just stole the goose.

DSTV has been warned numerous times about their arrogance. Arrogance in companies is often demonstrated through the way it treats it’s customers. DSTV has by far the worst call center in the country and despite many complaints refuse to change its ways. It’s almost impossible to deal with them and the frustration levels of customers are high, never mind the exorbitant cost of the monthly subscription. The DSTV website is one of the worst websites in South Africa and despite many complaints they continue to ignore their customers. Double billing is rife and I have come to the conclusion that purposeful mismanagement cannot be ruled out. It’s just happening too often.

Again this year, at the beginning of January thousands of customers were incorrectly debited twice. The call center acts as if they were not aware of the double billing, treating their customers as if they are fools. Of course they knew.

DSTV opened the door for Netflix. They realised this a few months ago and attempted to block them by launching Showmax. Unfortunately too little, too late. Netflix now has the first mover advantage and DSTV is trying to play catch-up. With a whole bunch of pissed off customers, I don’t think they’re going to get very far.

It’s going to take a little while for consumers to become Netflix savvy, but its going to happen. When devices become more user friendly and connectivity becomes even cheaper, there will be a mass exodus from DSTV.

Now we just need Netflix to get some of the big attractions in their bouquet, such as local sport, soapies and the like. It won’t be long before you have absolutely no reason to be a DSTV customer.

Arrogance in business is fatal.

R.I.P Dstv.

 

Related posts: 

https://marthinusstrydom.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/the-3-worst-south-african-websites/

https://marthinusstrydom.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/why-why-why/

 

 

 

The 3 Worst South African Websites

One has to wonder how these successful companies manage to be so pathetic online. It’s astounding that with the amount of money they make and their access to resources, they are unable to manage even the simplest task such as developing and maintaining a usable website. Go to almost any TV channel and you will see their commercials. They tell us how great they are and why we must use their services and then we go to the website that they advertise just to be confronted by broken links, error messages and gross incompetence.

It’s not just annoying but also insulting. We don’t like to have out time wasted and we expect you to get it right, or stop flashing commercials at us around every corner. It’s pathetic.

So what can you do? Fire you IT team for starters. Parade you CIO in front of all your staff and tell them how incredible useless he or she is. That will make me feel better at least. Collectively I have wasted precious hours on your useless websites just to be frustrated and left irritated. Your brand may be strong and it will definitely survive my little rant, but rest assured, you do not have a sustainable business. You have no pride in what you are doing.

So here are the 3 worst websites in South Africa.

#3 – Outsurance.co.za

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This website is sloooooow. It is so slow it will be faster for me to drive to their head office, stand in a queue and wait for a written quotation. Come on Outsurance, with all the hype and marketing why can you not just get this right? It’s not that complicated you know.

#2 – Hippo.co.za

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This is a joke. I fill in all the fields correctly to get a quote and then I’m confronted with a slew of errors. The errors are poorly constructed and you cannot continue after wasting 30 minutes on the site. It claims my ID number is incorrect. Now what? You spend millions on marketing but you can’t manage a simple quoting engine? It’s pathetic. All talk and no substance.

#1 – dstv.com

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And the winner of the most pathetic website in South Africa is… DSTV (again). Don’t even get me started on this one. They have this “self service” section that never works. You have to log in multiple times to get into different sections. Everything is disconnected. Boxoffice doesn’t talk to DSTV and Self Service doesn’t talk to your profile and on and on.

It’s a hodgepodge of rubbish slammed together by a bunch of greenscreen mainframe developers that think HTML is some obscure Italian pasta.

What is your major malfunction DSTV? There is not one single customer that think you have a good website. At what point will someone with half a braincell at DSTV get up and say, “mmmh, there are lots of people that think we’re shit. I think they’re right. We are shit. Let’s re-do this thing we call a website.” No?

South Africa’s slow descent into chaos

  As an artist I think I’m quite in touch with my surroundings. I am acutely aware of what goes on around me, at least visually. During the past two years I have noticed many changes. Some of these changes are good but some are really bad. 

I’ve noticed a slow slide into chaos during the past two years. People are markedly more agitated and aggresive. Not just on our roads but in almost every interaction I sense real annoyance and almost despair. Yes, yes I know, these are anecdotal and subjective experiences. If you live in some one horse town with a mountain and two goats then move on. I’m talking about the big cities. And the one down there doesn’t count, it’s full of fucking foreigners. It’s not even South African anymore.

Up here, in the 35 degree heat people are getting really pissed off. I don’t know why but women stare you down like you’re a rapist and men have this “what-the-fuck-are-you-looking-at” stare that belongs in C-Max, not in an upmarket shopping mall. Almost every guy is acting like he’s going to be butt-fucked (by me?). Almost every women is acting as if they’re Beyoncé and all us dudes want to get in their pants. Reality check ladies. Most of you are dog ugly and the reason why I’m staring is because I can’t believe the doctor let you live when you were born. 

Recently I started paying attention to BMW drivers (yes, yes, I’ve ranted about them before). Anyway, the more I pay attention, the more I realize that it’s all true. They’re fucking assholes. We make jokes about their indicators not working but just today I drove behind not 2, but 3 bmw’s and none of them had indicators. What is up with that?

Now, since I’ve been paying attention to the cars more than usual I’ve noticed another trend. The VW Amarok drivers. These guys are the worst. Their trucks are so big. I mean very fucking big, but I think it’s in direct proportion to the size of their egos. Testosterone, small brains, big egos, small dicks. That’s them. They have no respect for anything or anyone. Roads mean nothing. Stop signs are in some foreign language. They bully their way through the traffic causing destruction in their wake. These people need to be shot on sight. 

Our country is slowly descending into chaos. People don’t stop at robots anymore. I see people throw plastic bottles out of their cars and just today I witnessed a guy do an illegal u-turn while there’s a traffic cop behind him! He didn’t give a shit. You know why? Because you can buy yourself out of any situation today. The law is for sale. In any event I think the traffic cop was too scared to pull the guy over because he might just get shot. That’s what happens in this city. It’s become the new Lagos of Africa. Cars pull over on the side of the road all time. What the fuck are they doing on the side of the road? Did they get lost? What the fuck is going on? 

We’re on our way to shit street in a speed train and no-one is noticing. Lawlessness, apathy, lethargy, anarchy is around every corner. We’re like the proverbial frog in the hot water. It’s nice and warm now, but by the time we notice we’re boiling it’ll be too late. 

We’re all fucked you know.

Google search “intelligence” is a joke

  Why is it that if I search for a plumber in Pretoria that Google shows me plumbers in New Jersey? And that is just one example of a search engine that has zero intelligence. Almost every single search produces incomprehensible organic results and in the most cases totally irrelevant. 

If this is the future of AI then we have a very, very long way to go. In fact, the biggest mistake we can make is to allow google to put their self driving cars on our roads. Can you imagine the clusterfuck on the N1?

Google has lost the plot. Their innovation is driven by revenue and their initial drive to create a search engine that works has been largely abandoned. Now, all they do it clump together a whole bunch of rubbish and present it as search results. Why? Because it makes no difference to the paid advertising . Sorry, it actually does. It makes the paid advertising more valuable. Organic search results has become obsolete and pointless. The only thing that counts now is Adwords.  

 Google it seems, is actively pursuing a strategy of discouraging organic search. Big mistake Google because your core search users are going to abandon you. Fast.