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brianvds (August 13, 2019, 14:57:51 PM):
Wow, that's relatively tame, I thought they'd go with teaching the spherical vs planar controversy...

But you can't help but feel sorry for the poor schmucks who have in their heads that their lot in life is somehow tied to how they see a continent projected on a map. Like THAT is the real problem in their lives. I guess, being powerless to change anything of value, it helps to change trivialities as long as it keeps you feeling like you're changing something. Anything.

Bit like the ANC government solving the problem of poverty by changing street and place names, and improving education by turning "pupil" into "learner."
brianvds (August 20, 2019, 06:58:45 AM):
Saw this shite being spread around on Facebook:

https://help.four-paws.org/en-ZA/stop-lion-hunt

I gave them a piece of my mind, but I suppose it won't do any good. Most likely they'll just delete my comment, so they can keep on attempting to destroy more of the country's remaining bits of economy.
Tweefo (August 21, 2019, 06:21:33 AM):
I am with you on this, but when I looked at the site, all I wanted was to sign up to save the lion. The reality, of course, is that there is not nearly enough wild space left of nature to do its thing. It is very bad for the individual lion to grow up on a farm and to be shot in a canned hunting episode. But this is excellent for the survival of the species. Without the money incentive, farmers would not farm with lions, simple as that. They would see the lion as a pest.
brianvds (August 22, 2019, 05:08:23 AM):
I am with you on this, but when I looked at the site, all I wanted was to sign up to save the lion. The reality, of course, is that there is not nearly enough wild space left of nature to do its thing. It is very bad for the individual lion to grow up on a farm and to be shot in a canned hunting episode. But this is excellent for the survival of the species. Without the money incentive, farmers would not farm with lions, simple as that. They would see the lion as a pest.

Indeed. People get sentimental about lions, for who knows what reason. Because they're cats? Because they're perceived as "noble" animals? Don't know, but I don't see how slaughtering lions is in principle any different from slaughtering cattle.

I am old enough to remember a time when many species of crocodile were endangered because they were hunted for their skins. Then people started to farm crocs. Result: they're no longer in danger from over-hunting. No one seems to have a problem with a croc-skin handbag either, presumably because crocs are not cute and cuddly like lions. But let's not tell the animal rights nuts, because next thing they'll try to get crocodile farming banned as well, in order to, er, "protect" the species.

Heaven protect the environment from the "environmentalists"...
brianvds (August 22, 2019, 11:13:58 AM):
Being in the semi-formal sector myself, I'd be interested to hear comments on this:

Shattering the myth of high unemployment

https://www.biznews.com/thought-leaders/2019/08/19/shattering-myth-unemployment-gg-alcock

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