Who will rule South Africa at the resurrection?

Jacob Zuma said in 2008 that the ANC will rule until Jesus returns. While things do look a little shaky on the ANC front, it does look as if the ANC might be able to last for a few more years, and based on performance to date, they will have no difficulty in retaining their local rule by bending the knee to the anti-Christ.  So they might make it all the way to the end.

However, after that, there is a question: who will rule?

The millennium (1000 years) is introduced in the following words from the book of Revelation:

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Reign. Who will reign with Christ? Who made excellent use of their faith, and bore fruit of righteousness and justice? While the ANC does sport a number of fine Christians (not one of which immediately comes to mind), it is evident that the pool of the faithful in the current generation is somewhat thin. When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth, or yet in the ANC?

However, there is a glimmer of hope. Maybe by including in the talent pool such ancestors as the ANC looks to that had actual faith in Christ, there will be someone who does qualify to rule.  Paul explains the return of Christ thus:

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This tells us that the resurrection will bring us not just those that were beheaded in the tribulation, but all that sleep in Jesus.  And when they come with Jesus, what will they do? According to John, they will judge, which agrees with Paul:

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

And this agrees with the words of Jesus:

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

The faithful that are alive at the time of Christ’s return will not be alone: they will be joined by the faithful of the generations before, and will be rewarded according to their faith. The apostles will judge the 12 tribes of Israel. The saints will judge the world.

When South Africa is judged, and position is awarded, who will rule? Who will be first, and who will be last? Will Nelson Mandela escape the fires of hell by some hidden mustard seed of saving faith in Christ which remained so well concealed during his life?

Mr Jacob Zuma showed himself ignorant of the gospel of Christ in December 2014, when he said,

“The sins we have today are more than those that Jesus came to salvage. I ask the priests to ask God to send His son to come back again to cleanse our sins,” he said, adding that there were few sins “when Jesus was here, but now there are too many”.
“He [God] must send him [Jesus] again. This time we won’t crucify him,” he said.

The lack of faith in the atonement of Jesus is remarkable:

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

So when Jesus does appear, whom will he appoint? He will appoint whomever he pleases. He is by no means bound to appoint someone who has lived in this part of the world before. If he does, he is by no means bound to appoint someone who remains alive to the day that he comes, or to the tribulation that precedes it. The current generation will have to compete for reward not only with each other, but with previous generations.

Much as the ANC has struggled to throw off minority rule so that they can rule as black men, Jesus will be under no obligation to give the cities of South Africa to a black man. The colour of your skin is really of no account, since we are all descended from one man, Adam, but if you think it does matter, you may be in for a rude surprise.

Be warned O ANC: you may be ruled by a white man again, unless you produce some better people – humble people who hold fast to faith in Christ that you have consistently counted of little value: people whom you do not consult, whose values you consistently trample.

He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

According to reports, Jan van Riebeeck whom you hate was a godly man. According to reports, so too was Paul Kruger, who threw off your the colonial bonds.  You might even get Pieter Willem Botha.  What are you going to do about it?

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Illsong

Being distressed at the prospect of singing a Hillsong song, I collected all the lyrics of 100 or so Hillsong songs, and put them through a Markov chain generator, to generate new songs in the style of the originals.  The parameters used are:

  • order: 10 – this is the length of memory
  • prior: 0.0001 – the bias towards using something unknown
  • corpus: the complete lyrics of each song make up the sample data, ie. each song is represented as a single string.  The results then are songs comprised of multiple lines, as a single string.

The results are about as coherent and approximately as Biblically sound as bulk of the songs that Hillsong writes.  Have I mentioned that I find the lyrics repetitive and incoherent?

Here are three selections. Notice the odd spelling mistake – that’s the Markov thing randomly choosing to make an error.  I made up titles for fun:

No end, this was not a new thing

There’s no end to Your embrace
Light of the world
Let the poor say, “I am rich”
Let the poke the Earth, let us sing
God, our hope is Yahweh, Yahweh
Forever You will never fail
Your name shout in all the earth
Will fade away
Still my soul
My heart within the darkness
Glory pierced the night sky
You give me breath and all I found was You
My God, I’ll only ever give You my heart
Distant shores and the end
The promise out
This was not a new thing
Until itSaviour, He can move the mountains with a whisper
And You calm my soul
Oh, now save
Our God is great and mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity

In the highest praise at the sound of faith

To the Lamb that was slain
Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest praise
What can separate us
Nothing can separate me now
You taught a way, You made a way
When You call, I won’t hide it, I won’t refuse
Each new day again I’ll choose
There is none like You
There is no one like You, God
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of faith
and the words to express the way of the Lord
Eternity’s King
Is coming again
Though all of the universe is at Your feet
Hide me now in the shadow of Your word, Your name
“I live to know You
I live to know You
Let go and throw my life has changed
When You took a crown of thorns
And Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I have, I give You praise in all of the earth rejoice
Let all the heavens
For You are holy, You are holy, You alone
Awake my soul the reason why I sing
All around the words to express
there’s nothing like
Your love You always

Nothing that’s true

For all Your sons and daughters
Who are walking in the east, beyond the heavens
And Your love transforms my soul, He is the Lord with all my hope is in You
Jesus Christ the Savior is born
He shall become a wonderful counselor, everlasting Lord
Late in time, beholding Your beauty
And in the palm of Your hands I belong, I’m a living stone
In this house I will grow
There is nothing that’s true

The script:

#! /usr/bin/python

from __future__ import division
import random


class Categorical(object):

    def __init__(self, support, prior):
        self.counts = {x: prior for x in support}
        self.total = sum(self.counts.itervalues())

    def observe(self, event, count=1):
        self.counts[event] += count
        self.total += count

    def sample(self, dice=random):
        sample = dice.uniform(0, self.total)
        for event, count in self.counts.iteritems():
            if sample <= count: return event sample -= count def __getitem__(self, event): return self.counts[event] / self.total class MarkovModel(object): def __init__(self, support, order, prior, boundary_symbol=None): self.support = set(support) self.support.add(boundary_symbol) self.order = order self.prior = prior self.boundary = boundary_symbol self.prefix = [self.boundary] * self.order self.postfix = [self.boundary] self.counts = {} def _categorical(self, context): if context not in self.counts: self.counts[context] = Categorical(self.support, self.prior) return self.counts[context] def _backoff(self, context): context = tuple(context) if len(context) > self.order:
            context = context[-self.order:]
        elif len(context) < self.order: context = (self.boundary,) * (self.order - len(context)) + context while context not in self.counts and len(context) > 0:
            context = context[1:]
        return context

    def observe(self, sequence, count=1):
        sequence = self.prefix + list(sequence) + self.postfix
        for i in range(self.order, len(sequence)):
            context = tuple(sequence[i - self.order:i])
            event = sequence[i]
            for j in range(len(context) + 1):
                self._categorical(context[j:]).observe(event, count)

    def sample(self, context):
        context = self._backoff(context)
        return self._categorical(context).sample()

    def generate(self):
        sequence = [self.sample(self.prefix)]
        while sequence[-1] != self.boundary:
            sequence.append(self.sample(sequence))
        return sequence[:-1]

    def __getitem__(self, condition):
        event = condition.start
        context = self._backoff(condition.stop)
        return self._categorial(context)[event]

class NameGenerator(object):
    def __init__(self, name_file, order=3, prior=.001):
        self.names = set()
        support = set()
        for name in name_file:
            name = name.strip()
            if len(name) > 0:
                self.names.add(name)
                support.update(name)
        self.model = MarkovModel(support, order, prior)
        for name in self.names:
            self.model.observe(name)

    def generate(self):
        while True:
            word = ''.join(self.model.generate())
            return word

def readsongs(fd):
    o=[]
    for line in fd:
        o.append(line)
        if line.strip()=='':
            yield ''.join(o)
            o=[]
    if len(o):
        yield ''.join(o)

if __name__=="__main__":
    import os,sys
    fd=open(sys.argv[1],'r')
    
    ng=NameGenerator(readsongs(fd), order=10,prior=0.0001)
    while True:
        r= ng.generate()
        if len(r)

You give that code a file with all the lyrics of your song (delimited by a blank line) and it will spit out a new Illsong – maybe a better one.  WordPress doesn’t like to publish files (what’s with that) so you’ll have to get your own illsong archive to see the wonderful results.  The code, by the way, is not my own … I can’t figure out where I plagiarised it from.

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Hate speech

Melusi Gigaba said stuff about Steven Anderson and barred him from coming to South Africa to preach the gospel of Christ.  It doesn’t wash, and Gigaba’s history of adultery renders him an incompetent witness and a partial judge on matters of morality.

Here is the truth of the vile matter:

St Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 1

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The 3rd book of Moses, called Leviticus, chapter 18

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the Lord your God.

After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord.

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord.

The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.

The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

The nakedness of thy son’s daughter, or of thy daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister: for she is thy mother’s near kinswoman.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son’s wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God.

The 3rd book of Moses, called Leviticus, chapter 20

And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

And if a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.

And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.

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Organs: Neither donor nor recipient be

Organ transplants used to be a matter of saving lives: after a tragic death, the better bits of the deceased are given to someone in desperate need, whose life is saved.  It was a good news story: sight for the blind, healing for the lame, snatching those away who are being led to death – and a small comfort for the family of the person who died, that by their death they brought some life.  Careful surgical work, and miracle drugs to discourage rejection of the transplanted organ made it possible.

Things have changed.

There are new sources of organs:

  • Middle Eastern human traffickers are butchering migrants to Europe for their organs – especially the inconvenient ones that failed to pay the full fare:

    Egyptian organ traffickers bought ‘hundreds’ of men, women and children from people smugglers so they could kill them to be used in illegal transplants, it has been claimed.

    Nuredin Atta Wehabrebi, the first senior people smuggler to break ranks to expose the cruel industry, told prosecutors in Sicily that migrants who couldn’t pay for the next part of their journey across the Mediterranean were sold to traffickers for $15,000. [daily mail]

  • China is using the organs of prisoners to drive its booming transplant business – 60000 transplants per year!  This would not be so bad, except that you can become a prisoner in China by simply minding your own business:

    On June 22, 2016, former Canadian cabinet minister David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann published an update to their books Bloody Harvest and The Slaughter. The new findings reveal continued expansion of transplantations in China after organ harvesting first came to light in 2006, driving factors behind the industry’s growth, the role of Party and government agencies and individual officials in implementing and perpetuating the systematic killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs. [stop organ harvesting]

  • Clinics run by Planned Parenthood are harvesting organs of aborted children.  There are not many uses for baby organs and tissue beyond pseudo scientific fraud-for-grants.  Adult stem cell treatments are superior, and actually work, but these crazed fools are going to keep at it until they find some way of using the valuable goods they are harvesting from a sea of children’s blood.
  • Who knows what is happening in Africa, where governments are paying little attention to the wellbeing of their people?

What does this mean for regular organ transplants?

Anonymous donors – Critically, the original wisdom of organ transplants was that the identity of the donor should not be known to the recipient.  This arrangement made it unlikely that there would be perverse arrangements between the recipient and the donor. Ironically, this was very suitable arrangement for the South Africa of 1967, where Chris Barnard did the first heart transplant.  After generations of fighting the unwashed natives, many white people would have been horrified at the prospect of receiving a life-saving organ from an unwashed black or coloured or Indian – those people are not like us, tissue matching be damned!

Because donors are anonymous, it is completely possible to insert additional organs into the system.  No questions will ever be asked.  It is not necessary to know that you are dealing with the liver of the late Mr Dhlamini, once of Ivory Park, who died on his way to work in a taxi smash, survived by his common law wife and 3 children: all you care about is matching.  You can just as gladly supply the liver of the late Farouk Ali, once of Damascus, who died on his way to Europe in a chain-saw and cooler bag accident with organ traffickers, together with his wife and 3 children.  This can be done by a single doctor without any corruption of administrators.  When someone sets up an international organ exchange system, then the switch can be done by anyone in any country.  Need a type O kidney?  Well, go out and harvest, and create a glut of type O kidneys on the market, and your man will get the organ he has paid you to provide.

But, you may happen to know, they have very strict protocols in place.  Well, that’s wonderful.  However, these protocols must be enforced by normal people, working under normal pressures – work and financial.  The story of corruption is that the protocols remain on paper, but go out the window in practice, and a special arrangement is made to accommodate the thing that brings in the money.

If the administrators are corrupted, then inserting an organ into the system from commercial grade murder for hire is easy, and routing it to your paying recipient is easy too.  Can we blindly trust hospital administrators employed by companies that operate for profit?  Can we blindly trust hospital administrators employed by governments that daily demonstrate that they have no grasp of morality?  Choosing to trust them blindly is an immoral choice.

The solutionAll transplants of human tissue, cells, organs and derived products (yes, blood too) must bear the name of the donor in such a way that the recipient can verify in person that the donation was voluntary, should he choose to do so.  Yes, this raises the possibility that people may donate family members’ organs in the hope of financial gain.  However, it will do something very important: the random checks by the random few that do follow up the identity of the donor will inject honesty and transparency into the system.

The organ transplant business is not going to change overnight.  Until they do change, and donors become known to recipients, there is a slowly growing risk that when you undergo a transplant operation, you will benefit from someone’s deliberate murder, and that you will pay the murderers for their evil work.  There is a slowly growing risk that when you donate your organs, you are helping to create the sea of anonymity and the sheen of respectability that covers over a trade that is corrupting overnight.

If your organs are going off into the system, anonymously and unverifiably when you die, then know that the anonymity of the system is open to abuse.  You may be helping people today, but tomorrow, the anonymity of this same help will be complicity in murder.

I want my organs to bear a note to the recipient that says, “Freely given by (name) once of (place) upon his death on (date)”.

Actually, I want to stir: “Freely given by (name), a Christian, once of (place) upon his death on (date)”.

(and ban transplant tourism to China!)

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Search-engine assisted fraud HOWTO

As many of the readers of this fine site are career criminals, it seems good to explain a new and popular procurement fraud scam.  Here’s a piccie to muddy the waters, followed by the blow-by-blow account, in which the numbers do not match the picture.

Scam by search engine

Scam by search engine

1. Register a web site with a forgettable name, e.g. hpa-supply-centre.com

2. Register a web site with a name derived from some well-known business, e.g. vodacom-sdo.com

3. Send mail to your victims from finance@vodacom-sdo.com (Vodacom Special Delivery Office) requesting quotations for the Meissner RRC929PPZ toner cartridge, light bulb, shredder, light meter, call quality meter, gamma ray emitter, mulcher, etc.

4. Your victim visits his favourite search engine, and finds that the RRC929PPZ is available from only one supplier, who happens to be in a distant part of the country, but has a local office.  He asks for a quote: it’s going to cost him R100k.  This is the hook.  Now you reel him in.

5. Your victim submits a quote to finance@vodacom-sdo.com.  You accept the quote irrespective of how much it costs, because it’s about the principle of the thing, not the money.

6. Your victim contacts your “supplier”, and orders the goods.  You ask for payment.  Once you get paid, you withdraw the funds, while you slowly ship the goods from your “warehouse” directly to the well-known “business”.  Laugh all the way from the bank to your evil lair.

Bonus points are awarded for …

  • Accepting multiple quotes
  • Haggling about the price
  • Trade discounts
  • Getting your victim to fill in a dealer application form
  • Not going to jail

Fundamentally, this scam relies on people’s willingness to make a quick buck at the expense of others, also known as greed.  If you think you’ll make a quick buck, you’re ready for the taking.  If you think you will make profit by using a search engine, and forwarding mails for well known businesses, you are ready to lose your money.

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Hello China, goodbye freedom

The South African government and the ANC has started to flirt with China and take their loans.

It’s too good to be true.  There’s a problem:

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

These loans are on very generous terms, and they come at a time where the country’s credit rating is close to “junk” meaning “you’re not getting your money back, fools”.  The ANC is running out of businesses and projects to sell, so what is left to sell?  The future.

China is not ignorant of the moral character of the leaders of South Africa.  They know that money that they lend will be frittered away, and that there will be severe difficulties in repayment.  When this happens, then they will rule.  As this happens they will make us slaves.

When repayment in money fails, what repayment in kind will be demanded?  Maybe we can look forward to:

  • Citizenship or unequal rights for Chinese settlers
  • Military concessions – outposts of the Red Army in every major centre, or in every rural centre.
  • Political support – cutting ties with Taiwan, turning a blind eye to China’s abuses of freedom
  • Policy changes – eliminating freedom in South Africa in favour of making South Africa more like China.  Maybe a one-child policy to make South Africa a living hell.  Maybe the mandatory use of various Chinese products … and languages …
  • Territorial concessions – not just an industrial area, but a self-governing ever-growing industrial area.  Maybe a Chinese court having jurisdiction over matters involving Chinese, crassly overruling any sovereignty of local courts.

Sadly a Chinese take-over of South Africa would result in a net improvement in the moral character of the country.   Once a few of their special people are targeted by the rampant thuggery that is smiled on by the ANC there will be some sharp action.  Maybe they are exactly what the ANC deserves for their many sins.  I don’t know how we will ever get back to freedom though.

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Repent and believe the good news

Update: Believe it or not, this is a muddled message – see the note at the tail of this article.

Christians follow Jesus, who said as follows:

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the good news.”

The good news of the kingdom of God is not just a matter of good news, but a matter of repentance.  What should men repent of? Sin.  Repent of sin; live in holiness:

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

But wait!  Never mind holiness!  There’s a new gospel!  It is at war with the gospel of holiness, and it says:

A new time has come: repent of calling men from sin!  Sin matters no more, and you can choose to live in it!  This is good news!

And this is the gospel that the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NG Kerk) has recently adopted as an optional confession.  In accordance with this new gospel of sin, churches are now free to admit unrepentant sinners as preachers of the gospel, including those that flout their sinful lifestyle.

They took the trouble to present their resolution in that foreign language, somewhat stilted English:

4 The General Synod decides, in the light of point 1 above, to give recognition to the status of civil unions between persons of the same sex that are characterised by love and fidelity. The General Synod makes provision for pastors who see their way open to solemnise such unions.
5 The same Christian ethical standards (doctrine and life) apply to all persons with regards to licensing and ordination.
6 The General Synod acknowledges the diversity of opinions within the DRC concerning same sex unions and confirms the right of church councils to formulate and exercise their own viewpoints and practices.

There are thus two gospels permitted in the NG Kerk, only one of which is the gospel of Jesus Christ:

  • The gospel of free grace and sanctification: freedom from sin
  • The gospel of free sin: freedom to sin

The proponents of the new gospel say they will reach out with evangelistic zeal to win over converts from the old gospel to their new gospel.  For now, they say they are content to have the new gospel of sin approved as an official alternative theology of the church.

So here’s what it means to congregations:

  • The door to the infiltration of the church by homosexual activists is now flung wide open.  Homosexual activists that pretend that they are teachers of the gospel with no special commitment to sin will gain trusted positions.  When their concealed sin becomes known, they will claim that their deception was innocent, and they were under no obligation to disclose that they are sold out to sin, rather than to Christ.  They may now infiltrate the church with official sanction.
  • Young men in the church will be exposed to sexual predation by officially sanctioned homosexual clerics.  When this recruitment is exposed, the predators will point out that it is quite normal for the homosexual lifestyle to recruit new members to their sin.  And furthermore, this practice is officially sanctioned by the church.
  • Congregations that do not tolerate sin will be targeted by activists for harassment and re-education towards sexual deviance and acceptance of the false gospel.
  • Depraved men (and women) will feel free to preach all manner of false doctrine, and go from bad to worse.
  • Any sin and lapse by those that preach the true gospel will be taken as a proof of the false gospel.  There’s no logic to this, but they will do it.
  • The gospel of grace that calls us to faith and repentance from sin will never be heard again.  Instead, there will be endless bickering about a matter that should not even be mentioned in private.

The official position of the NG Kerk is that they base their teaching on the Bible:

Die NG Kerk fundeer dus sy leer op die Bybel. Die Bybel is die onfeilbare Woord van God. In dié Woord openbaar God Hom as Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees. Die Kerk verklaar dus sy onvoorwaardelike gehoorsaamheid aan die wil van God soos dit in sy Woord geopenbaar is.

However, this resolution (and a few before it too) are a bit of a problem.  By accepting public sin, they are publicly rejecting the true gospel  There’s not much left after this:

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Edit:  The careful reader will note that the Lord did not say “repent from sin”, but rather “repent and believe”.  The gospel calls us to repentance (a change of mind) and to believe (you had better believe it).  The practical effect of believing the gospel is that the believer calls on the name of the Lord, is saved to a new birth to a living hope that is fatal to the life of sin.  While this is colloquially shortened to “repent from sin”, it is incorrect to consider this to be the gospel appeal.

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The password hash doesn’t have the expected format

Today I thought I would grant permissions to use a mysql database.  I did the regular thing, but it didn’t work:

mysql> grant all on *.* to 'user'@'169.254.1.1' identified by 'somesecret';
ERROR 1827 (HY000): The password hash doesn't have the expected format. Check if the correct password algorithm is being used with the PASSWORD() function.

The reason turned out to be this:

[root@mysqlserver ~]# grep passwords /etc/my.cnf |
old_passwords = 1

I don’t know how that affects it, but way to grant permissions is to override that setting:

mysql> set old_passwords=0;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> grant all on *.* to 'user'@'169.254.1.1' identified by 'somesecret';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

And viola it works!

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Homo Naledi explained

Since many don’t understand the scientific paper  on the pile of bones from the Sterkfontein caves, here is the picture:

Homo naledi: an ape that buries its dead, after breaking the bones into little bits

Homo naledi: an ape that buries its dead, after breaking the bones into little bits. Just like people do.

If making up stories about a pile of bones is science, then my story is science too.  It is, however better, because it is a picture.  In my picture, I’ve added a scavenger (is that a lion?) that explains why there are so many bits, and no complete skeletons.

A pile of bones in a remote chamber of a cave sounds a lot like burial – but that a the ground on top of the cave was not necessarily there 200 years ago.  It is the notion of ritual treatment of death that motivates the label “homo” for man, rather than “-pithecus” for ape.  It looks more like a rubbish tip.

I didn’t draw the other possibility, which is that the Voortrekkers shot the last of the pesky southern apes, sold “vetkoek en bobbejaan” to the locals, fed the rest of the carcasses to the dogs, and threw the rotting remains in a pit. Two hundred years and a  good flood later to cover, a team of priests from the First Scientific Church of Evolution at Wits arrives to worship the broken remains.  (And if 200 years or so isn’t enough for you, then just change the story – make it 2000 years, swop Voortrekkers for Romans on expedition, and substitute vetkoek with pizza – science is all about telling a story about stuff, remember.)

The strangest part of this bizarre tale is that presenting a pile of ape bones as “Primitive African men” that buried part of the bones their dead is somehow science, and not racism.  You don’t have to be a racist to complete their words “and to this day the most primitive men are found in Africa”.  There are most certainly primitive savages with limited powers of understanding involved in this project, but they are neither the animal bones, nor the bemused locals, nor their ancestors.

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The class struggle is over: long live the class struggle

In South Africa, the class struggle between the capitalists and the proletariat has been won by the proletariat.  As a result we have the popular rule of the ANC, and largely friendly relations with COSATU (representing the proletariat) and the SACP, providing ideological guidance.  They struggled, they won.

So what now?  Is it all over?  Has heaven descended to earth?  Is there welfare for all?  Not quite.  There are voices trying to keep the class struggle alive – stirring up industrial discontent, fanning the dying embers of racism – but this cannot produce anything of value.  What is the barrier to prosperity?  What is beyond the class struggle?

A very large problem that the country now faces is the emergence of a new class: a class of people sold out to wickedness and selfish anti-social pursuits: the criminal class.  Criminals, for better or worse, were an important ally in the struggle against apartheid.  Now, however, the criminal element has started to define themselves more clearly in society. This brings us an epidemic of rape, murder, thefts and a continual stream of anti-social behaviour.  The law is routinely flouted, and the courts are mocked as they flounder under the flood of criminality.

The proletariat face a struggle against crime, which is clearly seen in areas where criminality has organised into criminal gangs.  Criminals brazenly oppress regular people who are trying to make ends meet, and convert the victory against capitalism and apartheid into a bitter defeat.  Even among heroes of the class struggle, criminal corruption is seen.

The new class struggle is the working class against the criminal class: the righteous class against the wicked class: the upright man versus the corrupt man.  This is the current struggle.  The old is gone: it’s not about the means of production any more.

What methods should be employed in this class struggle?  How should the criminal class be destroyed?  What must be done to neutralise the wicked?  What will convert the wicked into the righteous?  What example must be set by leaders?  What message must the leaders give to the people?  How must the community be helped to deal with criminal aggression against their class?

There are two things that should be used without apology in this class struggle against the criminal class:

  • The law: the law puts criminals on notice of the consequences of their criminal acts.  The law must be in humble submission to the law of Almighty God, and must be published widely and broadly.  Trial and punishment should be executed speedily to send a clear message to the criminal class.  Whenever it is done correctly, it should be done visibly, loudly and in public.  The law should put the power in the hands of upright men, and do away with the current arrangement where the power of life and death is only in the hands of criminals.
  • The gospel: the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: from the criminal class men can be, and are converted to righteousness.  Men promoting the true gospel by preaching and teaching and by good works should be given every practical support, and people opposing sound doctrine should be silenced.

The old struggle against capitalism is done and dusted: the capitalists are neutralised, and as far as they are not, it is easy to fix, as their political power is gone, and any scheme against the proletariat can be trivially crushed.  Criminals may have been allies in the class struggle against apartheid and capitalism, but they did not get the permission of the workers to form a new ruling class, and rule with cruelty and unrelenting wickedness.

Long live righteousness!  Down with wickedness!  Panzi!

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