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Monday, February 29, 2016

Armed Forces Week 2016 in Port Elizabeth

Selected photos from the recent SANDF Armed Forces Week held in Port Elizabeth. Thank you to for the photos.

My Take on LGBT People

It's none of my business who other people choose to love and what they do in their bedrooms.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Can the drug Ecstasy (MDMA) cure Soldiers with PTSD?

This article by Jessica Winter appeared on on 15 February 2011.

Can a single pill save your life?

The following site is dedicated to the subject:

It would seem the jury is coming in on this one. Treating people with PTSD seems like a very effective and workable solution with high success rates in clinical trials.

One of the problems with PTSD sufferers is that they do not want to enter the space where their worst fear or traumatic experience lies within their minds. MDMA allows them to go there and to basically destroy the dragons there. The result is healing with varying results in different people, but is probably out performs anything else modern medicine brings to the table.

I for one would volunteer for this kind of treatment and if not legal here I will go where it is legal. PTSD does not just destroy the life of the patient, but also severely affects the lives of those close to him/her, like family.

Quote or thought of the week - Teal Blue Jay

I think we are what we think about. When we allow other people to change our opinion of ourselves other people control us and for the human ego that is the ultimate drug - control. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

The "White People" vs "Black People" Delusion

Recently in South Africa the term "White People" has been thrown around a lot, usually in a very negative context. Sometimes the term "Black People" is thrown around the same way in this country. When one uses the term "White People" or "Black People" in any way, even in a positive context one is being racist either to the other race or by referring to one's own race in a positive way you are being racist in excluding the other race from your praise. Therefore simply using the term, even when referring to the physical colour of a race's skin (since the skin colours differ in subtle ways and white people are mostly actually pinkish and black people are actually brownish), is racist.

People also tend to refer to a whole race based on what some members of that race did or did not do. We will see two white people being racist and refer to all whites as racist or see two black people doing something wrong and say it's their whole race. We are usually not interested in the whole truth because by making another bad we tend to feel superior and our egos really like feeling superior. When a black man says "all white people are racist" he includes those whites who support or supported his cause and in the same way when a white man says "all black people are ..." he includes those black people who are good people in his statement.

To add more water to the delusional fire there are no pure races either black or white. So when you refer to a race you also refer to that part of the race in you and a very clever person once said that we tend to see that bad in another person that we feel in ourselves. Therefore fix your own stuff first and everybody else would be happy.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Proteas Women beat England for the first time

Cape Town - An excellent batting performance saw the Proteas make history when they beat England by 17 runs in the second women’s T20 international at Newlands on Friday.

The televised match, which suffered two rain delays, saw the hosts secure a win via the Duckworth/Lewis method to level the series one-all.

The decider, which will take place at the Wanderers on Sunday, will also be a televised double-header with their male counterparts.

England posted a hefty 156/6 after they were put in to bat by the hosts. Skipper, Charlotte Edwards got the innings off to a flyer after losing Tammy Beaumont for one. She was eventually defeated by a good ball by Suné Luus (2/26) for 34 in the ninth over. Sarah Taylor was once again the star for England with the bat. She hit 66 runs from 52 balls and shared a 63-run, fourth-wicket partnership with Heather Knight (29) to give their side a firm grip on the innings.

South Africa’s batting response started with a 30-run opening stand between Dané van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty, before the latter was run out for eight in the fourth over. Van Niekerk played a Player of the Match innings, scoring 63 from just 43 balls, including seven fours and two sixes to give her side a winning foundation.

The match was twice delayed by rain, but at both points, the hosts were comfortably ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score. The second disruption saw an end to the match, giving the hosts a confidence-boosting victory to see them into Sunday’s series decider.

Captain, Mignon du Preez was delighted to beat England and level the series.

“We haven’t beaten England in a T20 before, so to do that today at Newlands was really special,” she said.
“We got really close yesterday, but we let the game slip out of our hands.

“We weren’t too worried when they got to 156 because we knew that Dané would set up the match for us. We knew that if we allowed her to play her natural game and score freely that we would get there in the end.”

Du Preez contributed an impressive knock herself, returning unbeaten for 47 off 41 balls to help steer her side towards victory. Her 46-run partnership for the third wicket with Marizanne Kapp (21) was the difference between the sides.

“I think everyone chipped in to this win, which is what makes this match really special,” du Preez continued. “There’s always something that can be done better next time or a lesson to be learned and we will make sure we are in top form on Sunday in Johannesburg.

“We are really keen on giving England a run for their money and hopefully secure a series win in front of another home crowd.”

Thank you to News 24.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Banting Lifestyle - The last diet you will ever need

On 26 October 2015 I started the Banting Diet with my fiance. At that stage I weighed 105kg. By 17 December I weighed 94.7kg. I lost almost 10kg in just under two months!

I currently weigh 91.7kg, but am maintaining the weight for months now by adapting the diet. We do not banting the whole week, only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For the rest of the week we eat what we want. This adapted programme is probably not recommended, but it works for us. Now we can maintain weight and eat what we want.

I would recommend this diet without hesitation. The basics of the Banting Diet is summed up as follows:

Eat enough animal fat. This is central to Banting. Animal fat DOES NOT make you fat, and you need to eat it. Small amounts at a time make you feel full and stop you from overeating.

Eat enough vegetables. Vegetables should be your bulk-food and this means that you must try to have veggies with every meal. Green vegetables are the best – low in carbs and full of nutrients. There are a great many different vegetables on the Green list. Make sure that you have variety in your diet.

Don't snack. For the first week or so of Banting, that is, when you are going carb-cold-turkey, you may need to snack periodically, if only to keep your sanity. Make sure that you have Banting-friendly snacks at hand; we have just the recipes to curb those munchies in our Beginner Banting Online Program. Remember it is essential to have a good breakfast to set you up for the day. If you aren't losing the hunger pangs, increase the animal fat in your diet.

Don't lie to yourself. Eating carbs that are perceived to be proteins, like legumes, baked beans, peanuts and quinoa, will undermine your Banting attempts. Pay attention to the Red list – the forbidden foods. Quite simply, a red-listed item is either toxic or will cause weight gain. Foods on the Orange list must be eaten in moderation, with careful attention to quantity and carb content. We understand how time consuming counting carbs can be – so, we have made it easy for you by developing tools specifically for this task, our meal tracker and carb counter will help you Bant with ease.

Don't over- or under-eat. New Banters get nervous about the idea of not snacking and tend to go overboard at mealtimes. Don't worry about this. As long as there is enough fat in your diet, you will soon, without effort, be eating moderately-sized meals that will carry you through to the next meal. Never force food down your throat. When you are full, stop eating! If you don't feel like lunch, don't have it.

Don't eat too much protein. We cannot stress this enough. Banting is NOT high-protein eating. No more than 80 to 90 g of meat or fish is what you should be eating with any meal. [But don't be over-fastidious, to the extent that you feel deprived. If, on occasion, you eat at a steakhouse, choose the smaller option on the menu and don't fret. What is more, it is quite unnecessary to chop the pointy bit off the chicken breast!] Remember, the main thrust of banting is to cut the carbs from one's diet and increase your fat intake. The consumption of proteins should be unaffected or even reduced.

Be alert! Many ostensibly 'healthy' products and ready-made meals are full of carbs. Before you buy something, check the label. Five grams of carbs is the cut-off. If the carb content is higher, don't buy it. Also, avoid any product that professes to be 'low-fat'. The chances are that it will be loaded with carbs to compensate for the inevitable loss of flavour. When you start scrutinising product labels you will realise why it has in the past been so hard to lose weight. In the Beginner Banting Online Program, Jonno helps you decipher food labels – one of his top tips is, “If you couldn’t have made it at home, probably stay away!”

Avoid too many fruits and nuts. Fruit is full of natural fructose (the substance that makes it sweet). Fructose is perceived to be 'good sugar' but for a Banter there is no such thing. Sugar is sugar regardless of its perceived 'goodness' and, while natural sugar is far preferable to refined sugar, its consumption needs to be strictly controlled. Of all the fruits, berries are best but even berries need to be restricted in some cases. The nuts on the Green list are low in carbs and great snack foods, but you must not go overboard. Nuts may cause weight gain in some individuals, especially women, so must be restricted to an occasional small handful. Macadamias are best as they are loaded with healthy fat and almonds are packed with fibre and goodness. Always choose raw nuts in preference to commercial roasted nuts, as natural is always better.

Control your dairy. Although dairy is good for you, it does contain carbs and can be a stumbling block for some people. When you start Banting, avoid eating too much dairy. In other words, limit your cheese intake as much as possible, use whole milk and double cream yoghurt instead of low fat choices and have cream in your coffee. Butter is always good.

Be strong!

Elon Musk - South African Tony Starke

Who does not know Elon Musk. He was born in Pretoria on 28 June 1971. Today he is the CEO and CTO of Space X, CEO and Product architect of Tesla Motors, Chairman of SolarCity and Co-chairman of OpenAI. In February 2016 his net worth as far as money goes was US $10.7 billion. As a human being who gets things done he is priceless.

Most importantly, he is South African. He was born here and went to school here, but moved to the USA and currently resides in Bel-Air. Like Richard Branson he is not afraid to chase any dream. He resembles the fictional character Tony Starke who becomes Iron Man in the movies.

I wonder what we can expect from him next.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Back in Business

I am back. After an absence of years I have decided to continue my blog. As you can tell by the photo I have a new woman in my life. I was very lucky to meet a great women such as Lien and her son Marcelle. Lien and I are now engaged and should be married within the year. We decided to make the wedding as cheap and stress free as possible by getting married in Thailand at Phuket. Unfortunately we need to save some more first before we can go.

In future I plan to post less about military matters and more about politics, religion and things happening in my life. Stay tuned for some great posts.