Monday 24 February 2014

Thanks to Shakespear and the Merchant of Venice

Some of the banks in the world will give Shakespeare a run for his money, as if he is alive now, he will regret writing his story “the Merchant of Venice”, as what the banks are doing these days is not just taking a pound of flesh  of every person that needed a loan, they will suck his life too, and it will be a pity as we do not have the judge that saved that gentleman’s life back in the days of Venice and the Jewish lenders; what we have today is a system that live on the likes of the Shylocks of this world, with a total disregard to what the society pains and feelings were.

I did mention before that many banks over here had established these loan sharks divisions, of course without prior approval from the central bank, because if you are a bank that is open already, then you had your approval, and whatever you do next is limited to the board of directors’ choice, so if the board thinks that by having the loan sharks established and charging the people 25% interest is making sense, then they go ahead with it. 

What the banks had forgotten is that, there is no way that a business can do 25% profit knowing the economy of the time.  So a lot of people default in their payments (of course) and for that a new division will be established by the loan sharks called collection. 

The subject of today is about these divisions, the banks will get CV’ from all sort of people, so they chose those school drop outs, criminals, the scum of society, the types that you wouldn’t want to be associated with, and the residues of boiling sewage water and real human stool.  The place they put these collectors in is the hoods, the buildings have no name, and if you are passing by you wouldn’t even notice that it’s a place where dormant criminals reside. These people are vicious, they are ready to jump on you and extract your limbs because that is how they are paid.  Body parts, pounds of flesh and liters of blood.  They will continue to call you and visit your house and may even kick you out of your house, your office, take your computers and books just to cover the money that you owe them. And if they cannot find you, they will call your staff or your friends and try in every way to tell horrible stories about how mean you are and how you are avoiding the payments.  No confidentiality in the whole matter at all, so if you sign up with them, then you have given them a lien on all your life.  

People beware, as if they get hold of you, there is no saving, your life is in jeopardy, and the only way to get out of their face is to pay.  Of course if you cannot pay, you can commit suicide or run with their life, as you will not be spared.  

The surprising thing though is that the police will act on their instructions, and if they tell the police that a person didn’t pay, the police is ready to arrest.  No questions asked, and no intention of reaching a remedial action is even proposed, so the police become part of this cult; normally over here the police are not scary, in actual fact they are very nice and to agree to be involved in this loan sharks scheme is not something that I would like the police to be involved in, so this has to stop.  The police has to investigate how many people committed suicide in the country and why, I bet that 99% are due to these loan sharks.

Many things need to be investigated over here, beginning with the percentage of interest charged to the way the whole thing is handled.  If the central bank or the police need my help, I am ready, and will devote my life to save those unfortunate who gave their pound of flesh, liters of blood to these banks, and to find the judge who will save the merchant of Venice.

Thank you Mr Shakespear for giving me ammunition to use as analogy.

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Am I a prodigy child?

Now the answer to this question will not be possible because as I stand now I wasn’t one and had not been discovered as one; also being 58 already, I don’t think it possible to do those checks to ascertain the possibility of being a prodigy.

This came about when I watched some youtube channels showing some of the prodigy children that made it into college at 12, graduated as doctors at 20, and are writing books, playing music, playing sports, and having a life time of enjoyment in reading books and discussing science. So I wondered if it is possible to discover kids with special talent in our countries.  Do we have the elements that make this discovery possible?

Well, I don’t think we do for many reasons.  To begin with most of the marriages are not compatible, and parents spend a lot of their time arguing or fighting, the kids are neglected and left to their own devices while that is going on.

Secondly parents are busy working and trying to make ends meet, so instead of focusing on their children’s abilities and watching if the kids have the reading power at two, playing music at three, writing music at 4, finishing school at 6 and going to a college at 8, and so on, they come home, cook dinner and put the kids to sleep without noticing what the kids did or about to do.  The small means do not allow the kids to even buy those books, and the few items at home don’t provide enough inspiration to the children to explore.  

Thirdly, most of our countries are living in turmoil, political problems, religious differences, fighting for no reason and debates about unimportant issues.  This environment is not conducive to cultivate a prodigy child. 

Fourthly, our schools are not equipped with the right teachers that will notice clever children, and in any case by the time the child reach the schools it’s a bet too late to find out if he or she is prodigy.
Last but not least, our society at large believe in negative things, for example they are worried about evil eye, envy, black magic and so on, so they would rather have a child that is “normal” in their standards than have a child that is clever who will be the envy of the neighborhood. 

I think that a child’s brain is a sponge for information, it’s a fertile soil, anything can grew on it, so with a little bit of nourishment and planting the right amount of seeds, we could have prodigy children, and I don’t really care if we are the envy of the whole world, as maybe these prodigy children will discover a cure for that evil eye, or they  may eliminate black magic. 

Happy reading

The glory of Thailand

These days visitors to Thailand enjoy the beaches, the scenery, shopping and food. They also enjoy the good rates of the hotels, and how inexpensive the country is.  I frequent Thailand as a stopover when I go to New Zealand, but haven’t actually gone there as a tourists, so the maximum I have seen is the hotel and shops. Once only we went touring around to see the gem factories, the rivers with the jumping fish, and the lovely statues of Buddha and so on. 

I like Thailand, and enjoy reading about its history, and its glories, their king also sounds great having been in ruling since the 1940s, of course the government goes in and out with changes from military to civil ruling and many problems and turmoil’s had affected that country that generates billions in tourism alone.  The Thai people had been like hay stalk in the face of the wind for many centuries and had always succeeded to live and flourish.  Of course there is poverty and people fight their government and try to remove it to a better one, but the recent problems in Thailand are somewhat strange! Why am I saying this?? Well read on

The first time I went to Thailand was in 1998, and to tell you the truth, I am the best in noticing things, details do not escape my eyes, and my instinct never fails me.  I noticed prostitutes, but didn’t see ladyboys.  That word was not in my dictionary, until I went to Thailand this time and was utterly astonished.  Of course my kids think that I am sheltered and na├»ve, I agree, I am stuck in universities and colleges, busy reading books and meeting students so things in the social arena do not come easily in front of my eyes, but once they do, I grab them by the neck (don’t want to say the other word of course).  So we were walking and I see these stunning tall girls with husky voices and I ask my daughter about the voice, so she tells me it’s a guy not a girl.  My head turns faster than a bullet to take a peep, of course I didn’t want the lad to be startled because I was looking at him. The severe surprise came about when I saw a congregation of the ladyboys around town.  Now that got me thinking!! 

Apart from being scary that boys want to turn into girls and actually endure the painful operations to install breast and what not, what is happening to the girls? Who is marrying them? Are we going to be having Thai kids? If the formula of number of ladies to the number of gentlemen is interrupted then the Thai people who survived centuries of glory may actually soon be extinct!!

The second thing that came to my mind is why is this happening? Is it because Thai men feel that they have been minusculed as they cannot run governments, they cannot do anything of essence to their country so they might as well turn into women? Not sure what the Thai women would think about their men becoming ladies? Or do Thai men think that women are better off so let’s be like them? Or did the world take so much advantage of the Thai men to the extent that we made them feel that they are equal to women?  

I am not trying to degrade the women here, I am a woman and nothing wrong with me, I never think of turning myself into a guy.  I do notice however that the percentage of men changing into women (not transvestites) is large, I guess it’s larger than women changing into men, why is that? But then this is not based on research it’s just formulated by my naked eyes and looking at pictures on Instagram and facebook etc. 

The other factor I noticed in Thailand is an increase in the number of beggars in the streets, children are being used by adults to beg from the tourists, and dirty old ladies dance to attract attention and beg, women sitting in corners of streets with their kids running around them to beg, Kids with dirty clothing and no slippers and guys with no legs thrown in the street with a bowl and people trip over them, and of course the sites are ugly.  Thailand is turning like India guys, we must do something about it. 

In my thinking, any country that has these symptoms can only mean one thing; its resources are going to the pockets of those in power instead of the people’s pockets.  I feel that governments should be careful, they will soon have no one in their country except beggars, prostitutes and ladyboys.

Sunday 16 February 2014

The flowers are lovely but the words are even better

I have a friend from Oman who always send me some forward emails, some I just skim through and some I file away to be read in the future, but some of his forwards are really nice; this one in particular I thought that it must be shared with you, hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

We never get what we want,
We never want what we get,
We never have what we like,
We never like what we have.
And still we live & love.
That's life...

The best kind of friends,
are the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with,
Never say a word,
And then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.


It's true that we don't know
What we've got until it's gone,
But it's also true that we don't know
What we've been missing until it arrives.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back!
Don't expect love in return;
Just wait for it to grow in their heart,
But if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours.

It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone,
An hour to like someone,
And a day to love someone,
But it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don't go for looks; they can deceive.
Don't go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
Because it takes only a smile to
Make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile!

May you have
Enough happiness to make you sweet,
Enough trials to make you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
And enough hope to make you happy

Always put yourself in others' shoes.
If you feel that it hurts you,
It probably hurts the other person, too.

The happiest of people
Don't necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Happiness comes to
Those who cry,
Those who hurt,
Those who have searched,
And those who have tried,
For only they can appreciate the importance of people
Who have touched their lives.

When you were born, you were crying
And everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so that when you die,
You're the one who is smiling
And everyone around you is crying.