In the last issue , there was an article entitled “Time To Appreciate Our Men!” which would have fit perfectly with our cover picture. It’s an interesting thing that most working men first have to change or be extra careful when they are holding kids so as not to get drool on their one suit J Ah well, our cover model has clearly shown what he values most. BTW as far as I know he is not married , so if any ladies are interested , the WorkZine could set you up!!! Readers complained that the last issue was too short so this issue has more than the usual and even resurrects a few columns. My fave this time round is definitely the Africa day tweets. Enjoy Businge Abid Weere Ps. We are looking for (a) volunteer lawyer(s) to supply short tidbits and legal advice on labour law and employee rights.
Cover Model : Bobby and his niece Kayla
Misconstrued Bank of
was 2,374.99 and today’s (13 May 2011) rate was
average in the market.
(or lack of)
about 10% of the net balance of payments of the country
2,387.34 representing a fall in value of 12.35shillings on
The removal of the $15million shillings which represents
per quarter does not reduce liquidity but rather increases
By Rafayili Kayigwa Last week it was announced how the government had bought $15million from the market in a vain attempt to ease the liquidity issues in the country. But was this really necessary and could the bank have done something else more relevant to the economy
it since the shilling is forced to depreciate against the dollar thereby enticing those holding dollars to purchase shillings and thus invest or consume the excess shillings gained on these transactions which is in a way increasing liquidity and inflation.
and to the situation
The other policy I re-
our country finds
main critical of the
central bank is its con-
Liquidity in this case
tinued defiance to al-
the bank is worried
low the old currency
about is the increase
notes to remain in cir-
in cash and cash
culation even where
equivalents in the
we see increased infla-
economy which in-
tion to 14% in April
creases wealth in the
2011. The central bank
hands of persons in
has since June 2010
an economy that in
when the new currency
turn leads to an in-
notes were first issued
crease in demand of
refused to set a date upon which the old notes would be
goods and services and ultimately increase in inflation. Much as the bank can be seen in this regard as trying to help ease the level of inflation in the economy in a rather very subtle manner, which has since increased from 11% to 14% by end of April 2011, we must recognise that they went about it in a rather awkward manner. If the problem is the level of inflation due to increase in liquidity which is cash and cash equivalents in a Ugandan economy where the shilling is the legal tender, then why reduce the foreign currency and not the very legal tender which is the major contributor to the very liquidity and inflation you are trying to curb in the first place. By removing $15million from the economy it undoubtedly reduced the very dollars the economy was craving and thus instead increased the level of devaluation of the shilling against the dollar. To illustrate, at the beginning of the week on 2 May 2011, the dollar rate per the Bank’s very website
phased out of the monetary system. It has rather called for a “natural siphoning” of these notes from circulation via commercial banking i.e. any old notes entering the system are not returned. But I beg to put your notice of the different currency notes you actually receive when you withdraw money from a cash point or from the bank teller. Chances are you still receive those old notes like I do. Then it begs the question of when these old notes will actually be phased out altogether considering it is now 11months since the new notes were released into the economy. The Bank estimates that by February 2011, the money in circulation (i.e. currency outside commercial banks) was about 2.1trillion shillings. This seems rather conservative considering the many instances we have noted about indi-
viduals holding billions of shillings in cash. If the 2.1 trillion shillings however is a
shillings in cash then it is safe to assume that this has led to the unprecedented
Consider this, money on its own right is a commodity demanded by citizens in an
shillings each and hide it in their bedrooms then of the 2.1trillion shillings, 100bil-
(or lack of)
tion). This puts a strain on the currency as a commodity. The few people can make
fair estimate and we also estimate that a fair amount of individuals hold billions of
inflation in the country.
economy to settle transactions and if say a conservative 100 people hold a billion
lion (5% of currency circulation) is held in the hands of so few (0.03% of the popula-
unrealistic demand in the economy and this would also strain the price of the goods and services in the economy which is in a way increasing services since so few are demanding at such a high value amount and yet they own a high volume of the cash in circulation. It is then with this rather unconventional analogy of economic terms that I conclude that the interventions (or lack of) of the central bank are being misconstrued by the economic analysts as being for the entire economy and not those few persons holding most of the cash.
LETTER to the Last Born by Eunice Nokrach
Dear Last born, I hope this letter finds you experiencing and enjoying the highest degree of a chill. . . or atleast you are doing something that you are well aware will bring some sort of selfish satisfaction. Moving on, never ever attempt to assume roles that God already allocated to middle borns and first borns because; a) You will embarrass yourself forcing life b) Nobody will take you seriously c) You will wind up very very frustrated! d) You will get heart disease, and if you already have asthma, you might die.
You were born to take the back seat. Early linguists took time away from hunting, debauchery, etc to name something a 'back seat'. So take it with pride. Own that seat. Never attempt to act serious around family lest you are open to wearing a gas mask in ur 30s & onwards. Lastly, Confidence is Key. Refuse all tasks that your big brothers and sisters will probably perform without breaking a sweat. Show no remorse.... They will forgive you anyway.
Thank you. Eunice
MARKING AFRICA DAY
"@VickieRemoe: #tobeafrican is to have a
Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May
"@VickieRemoe: #tobeafrican is to know that the
25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of
proper way to eat fufu is with your hand, a spoon
African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a
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will never do" its cures fever. #tobeafrican RT @edymdatsa: Kai RT
founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. How-
@Ama_kay: De guy is drinking his own Pee!
ever, the name and date of Africa Day has been
retained as a celebration of African unity. And this year round Africans all around took to the internet to describe what it means to be African. Below are a few selected tweets that were sent out in honour of Africa Day
RT @Abocco: #tobeafrican on #Africaday ---- when I get older, I will be stronger, they will call me freedom, just like a waving flag.
DUSTAccra #tobeafrican is to know you can dis-
Pan African Ugandan "Don't care where you come
cipline the kid that lives down the road & the
from, as long as you're a black man" Peter Tosh
parents will feel you did a good job #africa
awittor RT @xxxliciousxxx: #tobeafrican is having to
@Sherrytums: #tobeafrican is to refuse to give ur
greet the whole clan when they visit,if u dont greet, u
baby a colonial name
noe ur gonna be getting sum gd insults
mumakeith #tobeafrican is to know that English is not your language, so if u make mistakes u shouldnt be hounded.....
sickofacebook nii martey If Harry Potter were #tobeafrican, 1. His wand wd have hairs stickin out of it 2. He'd come on radio and say pastors are his best customers
MutomboDaPoet #tobeafrican is to consult a
nanawireko Nana Wireko kename Nana Kwame OT
witch doctor/jujuman for answers instead of giv-
#tobeafrican is to experience the slowest internet
ing your money to men like Harold Camping
@GraceMwaura: #tobeafrican when you have limited opportunities but still succeed
@McFrankline: #ToBeAfrican means right after an Aunt has visted and left, your mom has to approach "How much did Auntie give u
"@Em9Jay: #tobeafrican is to sell something that is 30GHC for 80GHC." @larisamlbrown #tobeafrican There is no child labour. It is apprenticeship. *just kidding*
RT@mcgyver27: #tobeafrican is to call every toothpaste 'colgate'
Twitter Facts RosebellK #TobeAfrican U are asked for land title ,yo great great grandfather inorder to enter a country whose citizens enter your country with ease.
@motwi_86:#ToBeAfrican is to rule till u're 100
RosebellK #TobeAfrican is to call any medical male worker doctor and every female medical worker in those dresses nurse
africanwomanmag the female mosquito to be exact!!! RT@DUSTAccra @EdyOps: #tobeAfrican is to know the mosquito is mightier than the pen or the sword. @Batabazi: #tobeAfrican is to be the loudest in the room #AfricaDay
just_era #ToBeAfrican is to have good (read plump) child bearing hips. If you eat one tomatoe for lunch..arghh africanwomanmag #classic RT @mbabazi_an: #tobeafrican is to date boys and never bring them home until its time to talk cows, goats and feasts
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TusiimeSamson RT @mugumya: #TobeAfrican is to pee by the roadside because there are no public toilets. this actually is #soUG joshmali #tobeAfrican is to refer to a head of state as 'Yo Excellency' everytime you are speaking to him coz you even think it's taboo to say 'Mr'
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RETIREMENT WATCH :UNIT TRUSTS A unit trust is a form of collective investment constituted under a trust deed. Found in a number of countries including Australia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Uganda and the UK, unit trusts offer access to a wide range of securities. A Unit Trust is an investment that enables you to pool your money along with other investors who have similar investment objectives.
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by Businge Abid Weere
I have been out of town for two weeks at my full time job. A lull in activity allowed me to get to town for a few days of unofficial leave. While i was lazing around , i decided to skip by an office where i do regular kyeyo to say hi. When i got to the door, i noticed a new guard. They always change these guards after a few weeks and you have to sweet talk them all over again. tedious work ahead, i thought. I jumped into the office , said hi to people and then Eunice dropped the brick on my head. "I dreamt about you last nite," she said with a sad look. "I was actually about to call you and ....." She took a pause. "Micheal was murdered!!" "Which Micheal ? " "Our Micheal ,the guard. " I was shocked and i still am in shock. Micheal has been the guard at this office for about 6 months. Nice chap. He once met my mum and he sought of adopted her as his mum too. Everytime i would swing by , we would first have a chat . Catching up. He was about 23 years of age and a lively guy. He would ask me about upcountry , ask when Mum is coming back from her studies. I would ask about his family. See, Micheal got married last December. his new bride gave birth two months ago. I remember sometime at the beginning of year when she was suspecting she was cheating. She arrived unannounced at his one bed roomed rental one Friday and raised hell. Poor guy didnâ€™t know what to do . We sat down and talked the matter through and found a solution for him. His wedding had stressed him. Earning peanuts at work yet having to meet the expectations of his inlaws . I had typed out his budget , and his other stuff at work and sneaked them to him one Saturday when the boss wasnâ€™t around. Guys at office had generously contributed and the man was happy. I remember when the walk to work campaign started . he supported it yet he found it useless to him. He ued to walk every morn-
ing to walk and back in the eve-
ning. He used to wake up at
5 so he could be at his desk by
7am. To him walking to
work was nothing new yet he
hoped it would bring down
his costs. And unfortunately it
was during his walk back
home last wednesday evening
that he was set upon by
thugs and stabbed to death. The
contributions sent his fam-
ily may last them a month or two.
Micheal was the bread win-
ner since his dad passed away
three months ago. His wife.
His kid. His soul. Only God
knows ! RIP Andrew Michael Owiny
NENKI :) by Rita Kenkwanzi
I hate matooke (boiled bananaâ€™s). It's no secret. Many of my dreams comprise matooke trying to kill me. . Through choking, heartburn, etc.
My hate-affair with matooke began at a very early age. In primary school, I'd very gladly forego 100% in that SST exam because it was much better to just get 99 than to have to answer that question, "what is the staple food of Uganda?" I hate matooke. In fact, on my birthday, before I'd blow the candles, my one wish was usually that all matooke disappeared.
This loathing followed me well into adulthood. Often, when regular interaction would kick off between a potential suitor and I, I'd ask him if he likes matooke, and if he said yes, I put his number on auto-reject. Yes, friends, it is that bad.
However, this note is not about a yellow hot mass of socks-flavored Ugandan food. It is about an extraordinary experience. It is about finding the one person I would gladly cook matooke for. It is about God sending that person to me.
As is the norm, I asked, "do you eat, live with people who eat, sit near people who eat or possess pets that eat matooke?"
I held my breath. He is my soulmate. I cannot lose him to a bunch of green pointy gundis. I waited for his reply. I was dying inside.
And then he said, "Yes"
and I didn't mind. And it was magical.
ANOPHELES INSOMNIA by Sam Goodluck Otea
When I grow up, I want to make a movie. It will be called Anopheles Insomnia. It will be about mosquitoes. Most people have insomnia because of mosquitoes. They have thoroughly molested my extremities to the extent that I feel totally ravished by a pricky escort the following morning. In fact, the only other animals, apart from cockroaches, that will be found in hell are mosquitoes.
They have a variety of methods of keeping you awake. They hum aloud to break your concentration, while trying to count sheep and fall asleep, and if that does not work, then they prick you with their luscious sharp lips...or tongues …or teeth..whatever!
A typical night time ritual would be…count sheep and then drift off to sleep while the sheep wander off to graze. However, Buzz and co. just won’t let a brother do his thing …they keep humming loudly like a Weasel on Radio. I’m pretty sure they sang “Nyambura” last night. And oh, do they get personal. Lilly comes to whisper sweet nothings in my ear…yet all the time I’m wondering, “why are the others silent?”
Buzz and co have left Lilly to distract me while they poke their sharp prosboscises …I don’t know the exact term …into my arms and legs. At first, I thought I’d got a rash and would scratch the affected areas vigorously. I damn near scratched off my epidermis, and lost weight due to the amount of skin scratched off. Then I found out what was the real issue …and got me a mosquito net.
Now, mosquito nets, to me, look and feel like cages. I wonder why I have to be the one in a cage and yet I’m not biting anybody or sound polluting their bedside. Put the real female anopheles perpetrators in the cage, and let me sleep. Seeing as my breathing was suffering because of the net and the mosquitoes, I decided to just use the mosquito net as sheet and bedcover. No one can say I’m not sleeping in a mosquito net!
I think the Chinese character for mosquito has a man kissing a net. It’s also shaded to represent spray. I think doom has done more for the sleep lives of people than anything else. In other areas of the world, Doom means sadness, while in East Africa, Doom means joy!
Think about it, for a pesticide to bring joy to a peace loving populace, the pest must really be a menace. And these are a real menace. At times I keep awake at night warding off wave after wave of aerial attack from especially the females. That’s because I fear that when I go to hospital, I’ll have to take antimalarials AND sleeping pills …
Speaking of antimalarials, I was driving my cousin home one evening from hospital. It was the third time in the term that she was being treated for malaria. My aunt, at her wit’s end, tried to extol the virtues of mosquito nets to the girl but she vehemently protested her innocence, “But mommy, me a mosquito has never bit me…”
Really, young lady. This malaria you are being treated for is airborne, I take it? Or were those the really sleek, silent, assassin female anopheles that are really fit, and trained to extract blood like a SWAT team extracts hostages? Wait a minute. I want those mosquitoes…at least they will let me sleep!
In fact, if they were ever to show up in my room, I promise I’ll make a movie about them: SWAT-Painless Extraction. The soundtrack would be...that song where this guy sounds like a mosquito… where some girl is talking to him on phone…yeah, I remember now... “Angela”!
ings …Nooo …it is simple, you are just dumb you spent half your night running around a compound
shouting his name while that sharp dude who passed quickly notified the big MAN to help him read through the night and
THE OTHER weekend, someone announced that the World, as we know it will end. It didn’t, otherwise I wouldn’t be
wake up in time. I have heard and I am tired of listening to such pathetic excuses
posting this …anyways, the world was supposed to end. He
of being human …its shallow, weak and that makes you inhu-
then disappeared, actually hid in a motel for two days and
mane. I know we are not all supermen but only those who strive
then on the third, like Jesus (pronounced He-szus) he clari-
for perfection can attain excellence which is the closest thing to
fied to the masses on air (radio) that he was sorry and he
being inHUMAN as it is to being superman.
was apologetic and that his calculations from the bible were wrong.
This is not a diss post, this is an awakening post to all those fcuk faces who for some unknown reason did some stupid shit and
That is just inhumane.
blamed it on being human. That you failed is human to you is
So, he said the actual day would be October 21st, 2011, a
simply saying you are incapable of being human. It is saying
few months from now. This dude looks and is old, what has
that you failed to fulfill your bloody
he got to live for,
purpose when thats what you claim
deny the masses of a
you were born to do. It’s weak. Its
Harold The man
before his time comes …
inhumane … In life, lets not go on looking for excuses as to why we continuously fail to achieve that power that was given to
So, I ask myself this
us by the Big MAN. I say Big MAN be-
question, why are
cause to many, he is many things.
So, end of the world. A series of events
has led me to think that may be Harold
is right, the world might soon give in.
cally, spiritually …why
Japan and Island moved/shifted a
are we pathetic we
whole 2.5 metres …Icelandic volcanoes disrupting air travel for
always look for something or someone to blame and then say, ‘ Its human to be that way …or, we are only human’. Time and again, i keep on saying this,and whenever i meet people with such perspectives …i don’t hesitate but start to disseminate my own views of the way things are supposed to be in a rational and open minded way. Example …
a week, War all over Africa and the Middle East, Recession and economic hard times in Europe and the Americas, South America has not contributed to any of this …its a crazy crazy world out there there cant be any mistakes for being human. Why, coz most of this trouble is being caused by inhumane human beings with a shallow perspective rather than a rational interpretation of what the world should be like. And the Earth is say-
When a boy doesn’t like a girl, the most human thing (from girl perspective) is that the boy is ‘slow’ …seriously. It is simply because the boy doesn’t not find the girl interesting enough to bone her … .am just saying, but this is for the rational thinking dudes, not those bodaboda riders. When a christian fails to do something, they blame it on
ing, fcuk the world, let me show them what am made of. We are slowly depleting the human race and why, because for some unknown known reason we are human. Quit the Human race or else you might find your self being swallowed by the Earth. Peace
the high GOD and go on to say they are only human be-
Still growing up to be women listen to the Verb; I appreciate you and I scribbled a little verse". Ghanaian hiplife fans will remember the classic Mother's song, Maame by Obrafour. He sang "Sɛ mehwɛ nea woayɛ ama me a; Wosɛ ayɛyi; Nana Nyame nhyira wo o; Maame e". "Maame nyɛ obia anka me ne no bɛdi agorɔ; Ɛsɛ sɛ wo ho Bacteria
Mama was sang by BrendaFassie, which remembers her
mentwa wo ntrɔ; Wowerɛafi nea Maame ayɛ ama
mother, sang in the early 90's. She asks her to rest in
woɔ; Ɛnnɛ deɛ wose ɔyɛ obayifoɔ". Maame by
peace and that she will always be in her heart and asks
Bacteria. Mama by Sugar Ranking. The dancehall
God to bless her soul. Given that Brenda passed away in
star sings a song to his mama, saying "And I will
2004, I am sure her son, Bongani, will sing this for her too.
always wanna be a part of you; ama, I will never
Too late for Mama is another one by BrendaFassie. The
take myself away from you; I will always be around
song is very popular and was also sang by Alicia Keys at
the opening kickoff concert at the Mzansi Mundial World Cup held in South Africa in June 2010.
In Muciari, Kenyan songstress Mimmo knows that though they didn't always see some things eye to
Mama by Nigeria's Bantu ft Ayuba. He thanks his Mama - eye, she thanks her mother for all she's taught her "For all the efforts, For all the sweat, For all the comfort"
and adds "Mama, may you be blessed". From Tan-
and how her love is so unconditional. Asa also joins in the
zania, we have Mama Kumbena by Banana Zorro.
fun with So Beautiful from her debut album. She sings
From Namibia, we have Afroshine singing Ti
"Queen of my life you are so beautiful mama; You’re
mama. Uganda's Jamal brought us Mothers are
heroes. Jose Chameleone sang "I am writing this
Mama by Sala from Ghana featuring Fresh Prince. She
letter to tell you I'm getting better; I tried to call
joins with this 4x4 member to sing "Mama Mama Mama
you today, I miss you, I'll try and call you later;
Mama Mama Mama Maa, You are my hero". She also of-
Your sweet love and care can never be compared"
fered through Facebook to choose three lucky mothers
in Sweet Mama.
to sing for.
Mama by Khadja Nin is another favorite in Africa. Mama by Cwasi Oteng from Ghana. He sings "Mama, I
Sang in Kiswahili and Kirundi, the famous singer
just wanna to take this time; I just wanna take this mo-
from Burundi praises mothers. From Sierra Leone,
ment; Say Thank you (2x); Mama, I appreciate all the love,
we have Mama loving, which is by Queen da Boss.
you are to me; I thank you (2x)"
From Sa Leone as well, Lady Felicia sings a Song
There are many Thula mama songs by but the one by
for Mama. Baayo (the orphan) and Mariama (the
Vusi Mahlasela probably takes the cake . Another super
turtle dove) by by BaabaMaal, the famous Sene-
song from South Africa is by Unathi Nkayi called A
galese singer also make our cut. Youssou Ndour
Mother's Love song, singing "A Mother's Love is irre-
sings Woman's Day in Shaking the tree. Also check
placeable". Women is by ProVerb from South Africa. He
out Maman by Penzy, and Habib Koite from Mali.
raps "To all the Women in my life and all the women in the world; Women that are wives and to all the little girls;
simply thoughful that are satisfied with their situations? These guyz risk their lives for 12+ hours a day, without days off for a crippling 85/- to Recently a guard in a security firm was stabbed to death during
after hours. Facts emerging indicate that he was stabbed after a
Meanwhile, the Firm's directors/top officers give this
bar quarrel on his way home. The security firm has been criticized by some of its clients for contributing only an equivalent of about 120USD for burial arrangements. Some of its clients have threatened to terminate their services. The security com-
or more as pocket money for their kids getting going back to school or to spend lavishly at some evening party...
pany has been forced to make a pledge to provide more support for the deceased's family
To be precise, these firms should have Policies/
Should companies be liable for their emloyees after death ? especially if the death occurred after hours and was not in anyway work related . how much should a company give to the
Guidlines for this <These guyz don't have Health Insurance either> U earn 200k and two dentist visits have this finished!!
employees family ? Are the clients justified in threatening to terminate services of this security company ?
Nalukwago Brenda Rafayili Kayigwa That is extortion! The guy died in a pub after probably pissing off some dude so why is the company held to pay? On the other hand if at all the dude was an exemplified worker and he used to put in 120% while at work probably never getting any
They are supposed to be liable,c'mon this is a worker who has been providing services to the company regardless of the rank or grade as long as the person is an employee in the company.Its a sign of appreciation for the deceased and the family as well.
time off or overtime then perhaps the family may ask for more. For the clients saying they will leave if the firm does not pay extra, well let them expect higher charges next month!
Stella Nantongo No they shouldn't but we expect some kind of humane response to such tragedies. Considering how security companies usually pay the
Chêêm Allân That's right, but it depends on how "big" the company is, bigger, higher expectations.
guards i think they be lucky to get that much from them. Alex Ndibwami It is all about one's contract and then
Rinaldi BondservantforChrist At some point, I think its not about what was being done and where - the issue simply that he died & given that base - the company should have a policy for this for all employees to get the same amount for support in instances like this. These guyz (guards) are paid peanuts for their services to the Security Firm while the firms are paid quite a sum for the same services from the clients which is exploitation of the highest order! I don't know how many guards you know of, unless those who guard at wealthy homes or offices that provide food & etc or those family or offices that are
the company's personnel handbook – that spells out one's privileges etc. Kagarura Mark Employers are supposed to compensate for accidents to and from work especially if they lead to inacapacitaion or disability. Stella Nantongo the guy was coming from a bar. That's on his time not company time Chêêm Allân It's ethics Stella, like when u get pregnant n get paid leave but it's not the boss's..
Mulinya Mulinya- you have to put the clients'
reaction into perspective.
firms naturally under
tthey know that security value their staff, pay them peanuts and not
even on time, yet clients are charged highly.
Definitely Adrienne Kahangire
A kindergarten teacher one day is trying to explain to her class the definition of the word "definitely" to them. To make sure the students have a good understanding of the word, she asks them to use it in a sentence. The first student
Stella Nantongo Chêêm Allân yes but it is not guaran-
raised his hand and said "The sky is definitely
teed.was the bar this guy's station??
blue". The teacher said, "Well, that isn't entirely correct, because sometimes it's gray and cloudy".
Benzino Junior The law is clear. Compensation is warAnother student says, "Grass is definitely green."
The teacher again replies "If grass doesn't get Rhoda Gati The law is never clear.
enough water it turns brown, so that isn't really correct either."
Benzino Junior Rhoda Gati explain. Another student raises his hand and asks the Rhoda Gati Depends on who you represent and how
teacher "Do farts have lumps?" The teacher
good you are. A seemingly straight forward provision
looked at him and said "No...But that isn't really a
can be the subject of protracted litigation. Jr, you
question you want to ask in class discussion." So
should know this...i assume you are a lawyer.
the student replies, "Then I definitely shit my
Benzino Junior so the problem is one of Legal repre-
sentation NOT the law per-se. Rhoda Gati The problem is with Parliamentary Counsel. Benzino Junior for arguments sake: what other interpretation can accrue to the above provisions? Rhoda Gati Pay up and we can talk. Benzino Junior and that there is how one graciously bows out without losing face.
The first part of this finale double bill was actually
Clark took to the skies as Kal-El that was the
fairly good, with the interaction of the characters
best flying sequence you will ever see and it
serving to complement each other in rounding off
will have to remain the true Superman moment
some of their remaining rough edges. Now, al-
throughout the whole 10 seasons.
though Clark and Lois proved that they were each what the other needs in order to be fully matured in
The second biggest failed resolution was Clark's
character and purpose, that relationship has never
identity as Superman. There has been so much
convinced me - not like the real heart-beating ro-
lead-up over the years to formulating his name,
mance of Clark and Lana. Clark only ever looked
from the Red-Blue Blur, then the Blur, then
truly happy with Lana, and what we needed to see
Jimmy's "you're some kind of super...guy", even
was a situation where Clark showed that given the
Booster's advice to come up with someone begin-
choice he would rather be with Lois. In the past he
ning with "super", and then we got no payoff! We
always chose Lana over Lois and this needed to be
never find out how Clark comes to be known as
resolved - it wasn't. And this failure to resolve con-
Superman!! I mean, this is intrinsic to the whole
flicts haunts the whole finale.
purpose of the show!!! I would have cried but all the tears had dried up.
Now; Clark "learningâ€? to fly. Over the years there have been many different ideas as to how this might
The third failed resolution was why Chloe never
happen, either in a dramatic sequence where it's fly
comes to be known in the future for her huge role
or die, or a resolution of his fear of being too power-
in Clark's life. After the Legion revealed this little
ful (admitted in season 4's premiere), or going even
bit of trivia in season 8, we thought she would die
further back to the first few seasons there could
somehow, or that she might just disappear for
have been a resolution of his fear of heights. But
good, or that she would lose her identity as Dr
how did it happen? What exciting drum roll worthy
Fate, making it too painful for Clark to speak of
event led to him finally taking to the skies? What
her. But we never find out why Clark decides to
swirling camera motion measured his deep pur-
keep her out of his "memoirs". And seven years
poseful eyes as he overcame an emotional handicap
later she's still alive and kicking, married to Oliver,
to free himself of those inner shackles? What great
and assumedly still friends to Cousin Lois and best
barrier was overcome that had kept him spellbound
friend Clark. So what happened there then?
since the second ever episode when he found himself floating above his bed? Answer... you know I'm
Fourthly, how does Perry White become editor of
not even sure what it was we got. It was almost as
the Daily Planet? I've been waiting since season 3
bad as Season 8's mysterious escape from Dooms-
to find out. They even tantalizingly brought him
day. For me, the real pay off was in season 4 when
back for an episode in season 9, but again, no
resolution, no pay off. However, if we HAD seen Superman before the The only real pay off in this show was Lex's return, and
crowds, I'm not even sure that Tom Welling could
even then it was diminished by the fact that he had
have pulled it off, because in what little we did see he
no part in events. Just one iconic line, "you always say
just didn't seem like Superman, whereas at the end of
it the same way: astonishment, mixed with a hint of
season 9 he really did. I think the problem lies in the
dread, yet with a hopeful finish," sums up what this
fact that by the end of Season 10 he had become too
show was always about, and that was the relationship
placid - rather than entering through his toughest tri-
between Clark and Lex. Clark's comment that he
als to forge him as gold out of fire, his visions and trips
wished he had been able to save Lex was just so per-
to the future cheated him of it; because he had seen
fectly done, with so much heart, sincerity and virtuous
the end, knew it was all going to work out all right,
nobility, that you knew in that in-
there was nothing really hanging in the
stant that this show ended with
balance. From Brainiac in episode 3
season 7. This finale was a patch-
onwards, it just seemed as though he
work job to heal something that
was having his hand held on the final
died 3 years ago, and it required
part of his journey, so that when he
an artist, not a corporate commer-
finally became Superman it just lacked
cial empire, to have finished it
the sense of victory and accomplish-
properly in its prime.
ment that would have filled that colourful costume with the sense that he
The biggest letdown of all was
had earned it. The Superman costume
that we didn't get to see Clark as
is also too brightly coloured for Small-
Superman in front of a crowd, that
ville's introspective, heart-torn, serious
we didn't get a speech from him
-minded Clark Kent. He needed to
to say who he was, what he stood
have his character developed to fit the
for etc. The finale was supposed to
costume, but in the end Smallville and
be about the unveiling of Super-
Superman just didn't meet up. This was
man, getting to see him basking in the cheers of the
further hindered by the fact that Clark immediately
people which is HIS pay off after 10 years of trials. But
took to flying like a pro, without any of the learning
we saw nothing of it. We needed to see him as Super-
difficulties of his previous power developments. It was
man for at least half an episode, seeing how the city
as though Smallville wasn't quite on course for Super-
accepted him as the Blur in the flesh, answering peo-
man, and so they had to jump the tracks at the last
ples' concerns over his power and his promise to al-
minute, which is shameful considering they had a
ways act in accordance with the law, to see what deci-
whole season upfront to make this work.
sions he had come to about how to behave as a superhero (just like Superman I), decisions we saw him
I always knew this final episode would be boom or
struggling with over the last three seasons. Again, no
bust; season 10 was Smallville limping on one leg to-
pay off. Someone said that there might be a rights
wards either the finish line or defeat, and it needed a
issue with the Superman brand - well thank you cor-
great finale to shine new light upon a series that could
porate America! No wonder Superman doesn't want
be watched over and over again. Instead it's simply
to be recognised as an American citizen anymore. . . .
time to move on with life. Farewell, Smallville.
ful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office. Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60. But if you have something of value to
By Steve Pavlina
provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it. We
It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such
don’t care about your time — we only care enough
as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to
to pay for the value we receive. Do you really care
go out and get a job. But like many things the masses
how long it took me to write this article? Would you
do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’
pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only
s a good idea. In fact, if you’re reasonably intelli-
gent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can
do to support yourself. There are far better ways to
tional income for dummies path. So don’t feel bad
make a living than selling yourself into indentured
if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suck-
ered. Non-dummies eventually realize that trading
Here are some reasons you should do everything in
time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that
your power to avoid getting a job:
there must be a better way. And of course there is a
better way. The key is to de-couple your value from
Income for dummies. Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid! It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income! This is truly income for dum-
mies. Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working? Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps? Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too?
Why not get paid
24/7? Get paid whether you work or not. Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them? Why not your bank account? Who cares how many hours you work? Only a hand-
your time. Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work. The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income. Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs. Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money? If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead. If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel
free. As long as your system continues deliv-
ing your time for money – or the knowledge of how
ering value to others, you’ll keep getting
to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life
paid whether you’re working or not.
without ever needing a job again? Now I don’t
Your local bookstore is filled with books contain-
know about you, but I’d rather have the latter ex-
ing workable systems others have already designed,
perience. That seems a lot more useful in the real
tested, and debugged. Nobody is born knowing how
world, wouldn’t you say?
to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it. How long it takes you to figure
it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass
anyway. You might as well emerge at some future
point as the owner of income-generating systems as
Getting a job is like enrolling in
opposed to a lifelong wage slave. This isn’t all or
a human domestication pro-
nothing. If your system only generates a few hundred
gram. You learn how to be a
dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right
Look around you.
What do you
see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious
Limited experience. You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience. But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all. Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, phi-
animals? Have you fallen in love with the color beige? How’s
good behavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands? Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life? Humans are not meant to be raised in cages. You poor thing …
losopher, or politician. The problem with getting experience from a job is that
Too many mouths to
you usually just repeat the same limited experience
over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and
Employee income is the most
then stagnate. This forces you to miss other experi-
heavily taxed there is. In the
ences that would be much more valuable. And if your
USA you can expect that about
half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is
your experience won’t be worth squat. In fact, ask
designed to disguise how much you’re really giv-
yourself what the experience you’re gaining right
ing up because some of those taxes are paid by your
now will be worth in 20-30 years. Will your job even
employer, and some are deducted from your pay-
check. But you can bet that from your employer’s
Consider this. Which experience would you rather
perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of
gain? The knowledge of how to do a specific job
your pay, as well as any other compensation you
really well — one that you can only monetize by trad-
receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office
space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it. You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it. Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income. After all, who has more control over the tax system? Business owners and investors or employees? You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate. Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see. It goes straight into other people’s pockets. What a generous person you are!
Way too risky. Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves. Morons. Social conditioning is amazing. It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth. Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (“You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10? The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should beprofessional gambler.
Having an evil bovine master. When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way.
When you run into an idiot in the corporate
world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.” Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master? Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.” And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level. So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you? Nothing but a turd in the herd. Who’s your daddy?
Begging for money. When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then? Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own? If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”
inbred social life.
Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’ s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens. Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers. Ooooh … scary! Better stay inside where it’s safe.
Loss of freedom. It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee. The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will. A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations. This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/ he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible. Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question. Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave. As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on. We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we? That would ruin everything. God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy. Oh no, it’s the end of the world! Cindy has a plant on her desk! Summon the enforcers! Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training! Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course. The only policy they need is: “Be smart. Be nice. Do what you love. Have fun.”
Becoming a coward. Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault. It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards. If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free. You’ve become your master’s property. When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you? Of course it will. It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear: first courage … then honesty … then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will. You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion. And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ ve become. I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down. It is never too late to regain your courage. Never! Still want a job? If you’re currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness. It’s all part of the conditioning. But consider that if the above didn’t have a grain of truth to it, you wouldn’t have an emotional reaction at all. This is only a reminder of what you already know. You can deny your cage all you want, but the cage is still there. Perhaps this all happened so gradually that you never noticed it until now … like a lobster enjoying a nice warm bath. Read more from the writer at http://www.stevepavlina.com www.theworkzine.com
After an impressive career, one that included 26 Championship wins, 12 Grand Slams, 23 Triple Crowns and a Rugby World Cup Cup victory, English Rugby has announced that it will retire from the sport after the World Cup finals in New Zealand. At a special Twickenham media conference, called with just five hours' notice for the press, English Rugby shocked the game with an announcement no-one saw coming. Displaying a stiff upper lip, English Rugby just about retained its composure as it revealed to the assembled press that it was 'figuratively and literally' hanging up its boots this autumn. "It's been a splendid innings," said the 140-year-old sporting institution. "But it's time to move on and do something new. I've always wanted to go out on my terms and not be forced to end for other reasons. So with that in mind I wish to announce that after this year's World Cup, English Rugby will cease its involvement with world rugby." The decision has taken the rugby world by surprise and it seems no other goeverning bodies or indi-
viduals were aware of English Rugby's intentions. The abrupt announcement is likely to upset sponsors and broadcasters, who now face the prospect of future World Cups and Six Nations without England. As of press time it is unclear if the 2012 Six Nations will revert to a Five Nations or if another nation will be asked to enter. The BBC, who hold the rights to the Six Nations in the UK, is said to be 'seriously considering' ending its broadcasting deal as with current budget cuts it might not be able to justify the expense of showing a tournament that has suddenly lost the biggest section of its audience. Some of the BBC's main English presenters, such as John Inverdale and the fanatical England fan Ian Robertson, are said to be distraught at the news. English Rugby admitted it had been considering retirement for years now and, in hindsight, should have perhaps stood down after the famous 2003 World Cup victory in Australia. "Looking back, that would have been the perfect time to step away from the game," said the Twickenham native. "But I guess, like an old heavyweight champ, I just wanted a few more encounters and I think my performances in the Six Nations in the following years showed that the spark had gone and the love wasn't there anymore. To be honest, if I had managed to sneak a victory in my surprise World Cup final appearance in 2007 I would have stepped down there and then." English Rugby has had a career to be proud of, and here are some of the highlights: Milestones in English Rugby history: 1871: Plays first international against Scotland. The match was paused every fifteen minutes to allow for tea break, using only the finest china from the Empire. 1892: Kick off in Home Championship encounter with Wales delayed 43 minutes as Sherlock Holmes solves double murder in away team dressing room.
1923: First working class player allowed to play for England. 1947: England team make first pass to working class player. 1980: England claim a famous Grand Slam despite being captained by a television game show personality. 2000: Rise of isotonic sports drinks leads England to abandon traditional recovery drink of aftershave. 2003: England win 2003 World Cup despite 40% of team, according to Australian media, being made up of orcs on steroids. 2007: Mark Cueto has try disallowed in narrow World Cup final loss to South Africa. 2008: Mark Cueto tells world about his 'certain' try in 2007 World Cup final. 2009: Mark Cueto tells world about his 'certain' try in 2007 World Cup final. 2010: Mark Cueto tells world about his 'certain' try in 2007 World Cup final. 2011: England win Six Nations Championship, causing Mark Cueto to reflect on what could have been in 2007 World Cup. English Rugby revealed its win in this year's 2011 Six Nations was inspired by a wish to go out on a high. "The Home Nations Championships, as I still like to call it, is the special event for me," it said. "As great as the World Cup is, me and the Home Championship go back so long (1883) it holds a special place in my heart. I told myself at the start of the year that if I won this year that would be it, I'd say goodbye to this glorious game. It was that decision which spurred me on to glory this year and as enjoyable as it was at times, I also knew my heart was no longer in it. "At the age of 140 years, I'm just a bit tired and this year I really felt it. By the time I reached Dublin I felt burnt out and I think it showed. I considered stepping down then but I know so much work has gone into the World Cup by organisers and my old friend New Zealand Rugby that I didn't want to let them down by pulling out so late. Besides, it will be nice to have one more good old knees up with the old gang down under." The IRB is believed to be preparing a special appeal in an attempt to change English Rugby's mind. However, English Rugby has clearly stated it will not consider any appeals and its mind is made up: "Since I came to my decision I've felt at peace with myself. It really has been a wonderful experience and I've felt equally proud in all my 636 Test appearances, but it's time to do other things. I'll always have my memories." English Rugby denied rumours that the embarrassment of being associated with Chris Ashton's swandives were the main cause of its retirement.
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