Sunday, December 4, 2016
By Namakando Nalikando-Sinyama The recent posturing and actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the world stage confirmed to me in no uncertain terms of his dogged drive and determination to take up the driving seat in steering World affairs in the right direction. It is clear for all to see that the people who have all along claimed to be in charge of matters on this planet have done so, much to its detriment. They have clearly made a sodding mess of things alright. From extra-judicial killings of Foreign Heads of States in the Arab World so as to effect regime changes, Invading and Destabilizing hitherto orderly Arab States and installing ragtag puppet regimes which fail to work and leaving failed states in their wake, establishing and arming Terrorist Networks like ISIS/ISIL which they in turn pretend to be fighting against, other world governments under the influence of the Illuminati Agenda have been complicit in staging false Flag Attacks on their soil and killing their own people so as to create a jus ad bellum (Justification for War) and place the blame on groups in foreign countries they want to go and take over and pillage their Mineral Resources, to authorizing Lethal Drone air strikes sometimes ending up in the Cold-Blooded killing of innocent civilians who are later found to have merely been in a wedding procession, to allowing the wanton slaughter of Palestinians and stealing their Land by the evil Zionist regime in Israel with impunity. As new ‘kids’ on the block, Putin and Trump do indeed engender hope of better things to come. Putin has further displayed his Mission Statement when he fearlessly kicked out The Rothschild’s Banking Dynasty from Russia for among other things undermining his country’s economic recovery trajectory and boring away at the very core of that Nation’s Soul. They have historically been known to have profited from funding global mayhem, and being a former KGB senior Officer, I knew Putin did not act from without but was in possession of solid information to that effect and was thus onto something and was determined to do his bit in correcting and rooting out this Global cancer. Let him join forces and partner with President Elect Donald Trump to confront The Illuminati threat so as to give this planet some much needed relief and breath of fresh air of sanity. This will definitely form one of the most effective Tag Teams ever between Nations whose old Cold War rivalry Neo-Cons would rather persisted even to the point of bringing the World on the brink of an Interstellar/Inter-Galactic or Terrestrial Apocalyptic Cataclysm involving the use of Nukes. The list of Heads of State they set out to oust from power by any means necessary obviously hit a snug in Syria when Russia and Iran came to the aid of the Assad regime. Here again we saw how Putin was the fly in their proverbial ointment to always frustrate their plans and effectively spoil their intended party. They have claimed, rather falsely to be fighting ISIS and ISIL which they actually created to fight alongside the rebels to remove Assad from power. Vladimir Putin was alive to this scheme of things and decided enough was enough and went into Syria to really ‘sort out’ ISIS and not the pretentious games being engaged in by Barry and his cronies. Putin’s forces later realized that they were actually facing western sponsored combatants at the War front; this is why they are not happy with his involvement and want to demonize and accuse Russia of all manner of War crimes in Aleppo. Guess what, he is not going to be a member of ICC anymore because lo and behold, The US is not a member either even though they helped create this body, Boo hooo!!! A lot of people did not know this. How so convenient indeed! This newly found cooperation between The US and Russia should involve ensuring that political candidates contesting elections the world over who are known Illuminati Agents should not be allowed to win Elections anywhere in the world. This is where Comrades Julian Assange’s wikiLeaks and Edward Snowden will always come in handy to uncover the clandestine dealings of these Agents of The New World Order! Locally, Trump promised to ‘Drain the Bog’ in Washington DC because that is the global seat of all things not right with the way the World was being run. We hope he will not back down on this promise or surround himself with Illuminati compromised individuals who will only weaken his efforts. Though not known to the general public, what was achieved by Trump election victory recently in America was a milestone in more ways than one. A lot of folks little realized what was at stake; The world was literally on the verge of a World War III and this, the mainstream media was a tool they used and always use to blind the masses to this impending danger and their many shady schemes of ushering into office their stooges to further their Agenda. From the FBI Clinton e-mails I have and read, which by the way, for civilian use, even after they were declassified, had to be heavily redacted. For a civilian to make sense of them a highly advanced Reverse Algorithm may need to be used. So you see, it was never that I was insensitive and naïve about the exaggerated misogynist threat and racism fears reported about during The Trump Campaign. I just happened to be privy to the bigger picture. If this Nuclear War had broken out after the improbable election Win by you know who, it would not have mattered much whether what was talked about Trump erecting a Wall along the Mexico Border to keep away illegal immigrants was done or the occasional racism suffered by Black people on the streets at the hands of Racist Police and the Klansmen in high offices of government. Heck it! Do people know there would have been NO streets to speak of after a Nuke is detonated or Borders or Racism to worry about? Life as we know it would have been completely obliterated. This, by the way, is the current level of Hi-Tech weaponry advancement that these Nations have reached. There is no longer the polarizing effect of M.A.D (Mutually Assured Destruction) between the super powers which ensured relative peace existed in the world. My sights were fixed on preventing a scenario which was more destructive to the whole planet and one which for all intent and purposes could well have ushered in a second Ice Age from the resultant Nuclear Fallout and particles which would blocked out the sun's rays. I do have a few online ‘friends’ who are either currently in The US or have been there for years, or are now back but did their tertiary education there and are thus obviously more knowledgeable than I am about the living conditions of our Brothers and Sisters of Color in The US especially as regards Race Relations and the Rights and freedoms of Minorities. Their reaction to the recent Trump election win is that of a morbid dread of yet unforeseen ramifications. We have even heard and seen previously Secretive Right Wing hate group members now openly come out to express themselves with their bigotry. Look, if Life becomes way too unbearable for you out there,Marcus Mosiah Garvey Elijah once said, ' Africa is for Africans , those at Home and those Abroad." You are always welcome back Home for , " Amid Pleasures and Palaces though you may roam, be they ever so humble, There is No Place like Home." - John Howard Payne. The Philosophy of Marcus can be fulfilled through Trump and The GOP, would not that be Grand? I know its quite a long short though for the many African Americans who speak of relocating back to Africa only speak of and want to over crowd South Africa since it is by far the closest they can ever be to the standards of Life they enjoyed in The US. This probable Exodus would effectively disadvantage other African countries of humble means as they would be deemed too unfavourable destinations for possible resettlement. The result would an Africa experiencing lopsided capital Investment. The message I have for all those communities especially African-Americans that are constantly whining about Racism from The Police and Right Wing Groups in the US is, 'Put Up or Shut The Eff Up' or better still , come back Home to Afrika damn it; Hell, but this is the only home we have known, they would retort. This reaction you would mostly get from those African-Americans with a lighter skin hue and the Mullatoes or mixed race individuals not so much from those Brothers and Sister that have against all odds and the passage of time and exposure to years of temperate climatic conditions managed to maintain the true identity and manifestation of quite remarkable phenotypic integrity and appearance of true negrescence. This is because these mixed race lighter negroes feel their chances of a better life and being fully accepted in White America as higher and as a result are less of a target for racial abuse. They would tell you they have no real cultural connections with Black Africa no matter how hard we try to force ourselves. Our children have fully integrated in American society. Integrated? Do define integration if you are not accepted as equal citizens and your freedoms and rights are almost non-existent.There is, am afraid nothing for us to go to in any African country. Really? News flash!The hard core Red Neck Racists make little distinction between negroes and give them a reality check by reminding even them that, no matter how light you think uou look, ' You still aint nothing but a Niggar ! Well, quit your bloody complaining then and deal with your challenges in America and spare us your problems.Here you will Live in Peace and quiet among your kind. This is where it really becomes sad because there exists among African American communities a subtle form of Intra - Racial segregation on the basis of skin hue. Some of these feel and behave they are superior to their counterparts.These do actually find their stay and fortunes in racist America slightly better than their melanin enriched folk who look more African having undergone very little phenotypic modification even after several generations of genetic interactions. They somehow have not attempted to artificially change their physical appearance by going under the knife or bleaching their skins and treating their hair so as to forcibly conform with perhaps what they deem to be the perfect image of acceptable human beings in America.These ‘friends’ of mine thus saw my total disapproval of the very choice of the DNC’s favored candidate over Bernie Saunders as naïve and none of my business since my opinions on their elections mattered squat! They saw my near celebratory reaction to the recent election result and my aggressive online canvassing against their preferred candidate to discredit her as rather shockingly odd coming from a non US Citizen and one who has never even set foot there. They feel I little realized let alone appreciated the fullest implication of a Trump victory and the background of the people who he has chosen to fill up his Administration with. There were also those that saw my postings as, of all things dull, because they felt I needed to instead expend my energies and attention to analyzing the full implication and the national logistical challenge that will arise from the distribution of Free sanitary pads to girls situated in some rural areas as allocated for in a the recently read out Budget! Excuse me! Unfortunately, unlike them, there are only a select few things that manage to engage my cranial department due to my limited space to work with in my head. This has made me somewhat selective on what I analyze. Going around the world touring other Nations and having closed door meetings with world leaders on Tax payer’s expense when the end of ones term of office as a Sitting Duck President is fast approaching is to say the least unusual, unless these excursions can be proven to be of absolute necessity and serving the overall strategic importance to the Nation. Unless there is stuff that needs to be said only in person behind closed doors thus avoiding the use of e-mails or phone calls. For obvious reasons of course! Pun Intended. The other trend we have noticed is where there are now last minute after thoughts or foreign policy direction pronouncements being made at International gatherings by folks who are soon to vacate their offices when they had more than ample time to do their bit during their tenure . These also should be received with a pinch of salt as on close scrutiny, they seem to come out with a highly nuanced view. Are they meant to serve the effect of pre-empting the foreign policy direction that the incoming Administration should steer the country in and by extension the world or what? Granted, that an official handover is a crucial feature of any job not the least that of President of Those United States. But it is my considered view that, they should Let Trump and the New Team he constitutes to chart the way forward in the best way he knows how and achieve what he promised the many loyal Americans who voted them into office to help make America Great Again. The sad truth is however, the two of them alone may not entirely succeed in unbundling The Illuminati due to the deeply entrenched nature of the machinations of this shadowy Group. It has been influencing World Governments much to their detriment for way too long. We hope to derive comfort from the thought that a few leaders will at least wake up and realize what has really been happening in the world and who has been behind it all. Notwithstanding, the fact that these other world leaders may not exactly be brave enough to do anything much themselves, the ground work would have been laid to launch a sustained wave of some sort of Global Resistance or revolution or uprising against evil. As to just how long Putin and Trump will be on this path and resist being compromised themselves is not known? Everything considered, may the world know this today that, these two gentlemen are the modern world’s only hope of preventing it from succumbing to a sustained barrage of evil plots and schemes by an extremely determined cabal of Family Bloodlines, Secret Societies and Organizations who are intent on ushering in The New World Order at all costs and make us all be at their mercy where we will be all ruled over forever as mere ‘sheeple’. The Mind Control programs have been active for years which have seen moral decadence marketed as the vogue via subliminal messages transmitted through Hollywood productions and the music industry. Your children’s minds are being manipulated without you realizing the full impact from the cartoon programs you constantly expose them to. Well, come on Namakando are you suggesting we all start wearing Tin Foil Hats over our heads in Hippy fashion? Well, anything will have to do in order for you to block out their mind control rays they keep bombarding your minds with! There is really no telling what these behind the scenes shadow governments are planning but one thing is for sure that they have be forced to go back to the drawing board. I will not credit them with too much sophistry by assuming they may well still be in control of things despite the helter-skelter appearance of the current global geo-political landscape. The emergence of Putin and Trump has made them recalibrate their schemes and plans for this world.
By Namakando Nalikando-Sinyama From the outset, I may need to explicitly state that, in writing this piece, I am not in any way claiming to be an accomplished entomologist in Chidumayo proportions, not by a long shot, but simply being the Amateur Naturalist Extraordinaire that I have always been who merely had an overdose of those BBC Nature documentaries presented by Sir David Attenborough growing up. I thought this should be out of the way lest am cited for some misplaced scientific misdemeanor. I also do not intend to, unintentionally of course, disgust people’s gastronomic exploits but I thought casting a bit of light on one critter that has featured quite prominently on menus of many urban family dinner tables would be in order given the season we are in. This is the Larger Flying Termite with the scientific name Mastotermes darwiniensis spp. or as it is called in these parts, “ Inswa”. It should gladden your hearts therefore to know that your seasonal culinary adventures ought to still be safe after reading it. I here make a somewhat unsafe assumption that it is a well-known and generally accepted fact that ‘ Inswa’ actually descended from, believe it or not, Cockroaches! What with those shifty mandibles and striped abdomen and hard heads with those eerie looking beady black eyes. Come on now, no need to make faces, it should have been pretty obvious even to the casual observer that, when magnified ,they do actually look a lot like the spitting image of the Roach! I will spare the reader all the gory details of the morphological similarities or features of these not so distant species of insects that most definitely must have dispersed along the same Evolutionary Speciation line. To prove my point even further, it will perhaps interest you to learn that , The Chinese have long since noted this very similarity and have as a result exploited and taken it a step further by actually breeding Cockroaches on a commercial scale to be fried as Food. They have since been appreciated as an acceptable constituent of their regular cuisine in most of their eateries. There is actually a video on cockroach farming which can be found on youtube. It must be stated that, I have cited or isolated the above termite species for mere convenience of analysis since officially there over 3000 species of Termites that are classified. So there is really no telling which one folks in these parts enjoy eating. The focus of this piece is directed at the subterranean one which later momentarily break ground takes to the skies in flight. As a form seasonal alert we are now being told that now more than ever, is the time to arm yourself with detailed information on where the best security lights are located around your neighborhood and collect the phone numbers of Night watchmen who make quite a killing picking these same insects to sell to marketeers early in the morning. Truly, to everyone’s delight, Nature does have its bounties indeed! At the onset of the very first rains, the smaller flying Termites emerge from the many burrows and crevices deep in the earth first. These should be ignored as they only serve as an undesired nuisance but a welcome primer or precursor to the incoming near swam of pharaoic plague of Biblical scale.These are later followed by the larger edible ones seemingly following a strict order of emergence. This is supposedly the time when the soil becomes soft enough for them to manage digging their way out of the earth and fly away to distant places further from the common nesting place for the entire colony probably becomes too overcrowded consequently causing food supplies to dwindle. What baffles me though, this I strongly feel could be an interesting area of possible research, is that their emergence may actually have little to do with the ground becoming soft enough. It seems to me there is just some connection with the first rains or rain water in general which triggers them to come on out. This, I have hypothesized, is the same way that the grass almost becomes instantly lush green with the very first splash rains whereas this does not happen that quickly enough even with prolonged manual watering of the lawn using your regular piped water. It must have something to do with rain water being laden with nutrients through atmospheric Nitrification. These Termites have developed an Evolutionary feature or Adaptation of growing wings which are meant to serve another purpose of Genetic Dispersal via procreation. The moment they either get tired of flying or simply land on preferred places, they quickly shed off their wings and you always see them as consential partners in twos tagging on each other in tandem in search of any crevices or holes to hide in and start another colony. Of course, never like the Winas who could be seen on Lusaka Central Business District always moving side by side! Awwwww! They were indeed once the perfect example of an ideal couple. They were always together as husband and wife, may God rest Her Soul. At least there was something positive about them after all! Without having to go into specifics that is, which would be a subject for another day. These Termites have apparently been cited as a living example from the Animal Kingdom where Humans can pick up a lesson or two on Fidelity. The other animal where this lesson can also be learnt is the common dove or pigeon. Stories abound in African urban folklore where we hear many an insecure wives who have had to suffer the misfortune of landing on philanderous hubbies and have sought fetishes from those notorious Tents which moonlight as makeshift pharmacopoeia stocking all manner of medicinal paraphernalia that are dotted on street corners in Peri-urban areas. These things or portions we are subjected to are gotten to tame husbands as they use parts of some of these animals as ingredients to achieve this very purpose. This I have come to learn is actually meant to either sedate them(husbands) into induced docility or zombies or make them(Wives) always tag along where ever the husband goes so as to curtail their husband's suspected run away libido. I may not vouch for the efficacy of these concoctions though. But then, what type of existence would this be? Talk about desperate measures by Desperate House wives indeed! This constant struggle with spousal mistrust eventually does get overly expensive and cumbersome since, unbeknown to these poor women, they battle against a deeply engrained Evolutionary feature in the male species in the Animal Kingdom which for Millennia has ensured their very survival as a species.This is the Biological Law of Fecundity. As a form of Dominance Expression, Alpha Males of most animal species seem to have an almost instinctive and insatiable desire to spread their genes to the next generation through any willing female. ANY being the operative term! This has however been curtailed by Human sociological inhibitions attributed to morality, economic considerations and general health and safety reasons especially in the face of communicable diseases contracted through this medium of gene preservation. Many so-called civilized societies have augmented such virtues by espousing the sanctity of Human sexual desire and act by emphasizing the need and importance of monogamous unions and even enshrining this doctrine in religious manuscripts. The total or partial suppression of The Sexual desire has certain Negative psychological effects which manifest themselves as different levels of psychosis and heightened levels of anti-social behavioral patterns. For a detailed appreciation of this subject, I strongly recommend the Book, 'The Function of The Orgasm by Herr Wilhelm Reich. The reason Infidelity persists and which most times eventually ,sadly leads to a total breakdown of the institution of marriage is that these concepts stand in direct contrast with the dictates of Natural Sexual urges. The counter argument to this type of reasoning is that we as Humans are believed, I have my doubts though, to be the most superior form of life and as such we are expected to control our sexual urges and not succumb every time we have them like lower animals do. These Termites are usually caught at night from places where there is a strong enough light source. Although, they have also been known to be found coming out of elaborate labyrinth or mazes inside built up termite mounds or just from simple holes in the ground even during the daytime. Humans quickly find that they are not alone in eating them but come in direct competition with other animals that feed on them too. We do see how even birds that are not nocturnal braving the night to partake of this feast. The traditional top feeders of flying termites are Lizards like geckoes that can be seen perched on walls with the help of those highly adapted sticky digital extremities near these light sources as they eat away. These larger Termites should however be differentiated from the smaller version of flying termite which to the best of my knowledge are not edible. There are tales where as children we were told if you ate the small ones you would lose your auditory faculties by going deaf upon ingestion almost instantaneously. This was all we needed to scare us off and stay well clear of them. This year's seasonal frenzy may however be like no other. The joys and projected cash windfall which people are expecting or used to make from this entomological bounty might elude the masses this time around if the power utility company has its way. The sometimes scheduled or abrupt sessions of pitch thick blackness that has become such a usual or common feature of suburbia will certainly have an impact on the quantities of these insects that will be harvested. The effect that this will have is make it scarce thus causing the resultant effect of rising the Price since their Demand for them still remains High but Supply will be definitely be short. Like the trawler Boat vessels on Water bodies that depend of light to catch sardines, the presence of prolonged periods of artificial illumination will be critical to attracting and catching them. The annoying Loadshedding will reduce the yearly catches am afraid. The other bit I find interesting is how these women who sell Termites price their catch since there is little or nothing that is incurred as a direct cost when picking them from street lights. It is the same argument I have had with the mushroom pricing regime. Although, the mushroom pickers justify their sometimes exorbitant prices due to the dangers they face in the thick forests. Look, they probably even pick these Termites from a neighbour’s security light or just from a street light at night so what do they factor in to come up with a price for these insects? The only danger one can speak off is that of being run over by some deranged intoxicated motorist coming from some overnight binge. We have also heard of guards who become so distracted with picking these insects that some notorious thieves have taken advantage and robbed them clean. These wretched insects are quite an enjoyable snack actually especially with a chilled brownie on the side! I once thought I could get adventurous and stealthily snuck out a pot from home and fried a handful of them which I brought home so that I could have a taste. Being Barotses plagued with all manner of dietary fussiness, our Culinary or gastronomic preferences are somewhat picky, except for the famed arboreal or aquatic reptilian slithery fellow that we are known to cherish on whose bone you must never bite, we try as much as possible to stick to what seemed as conventional foods. When I was unfortunately found out, the pot was thrown away and I was almost ostracized for attempting to eat these Insects and fill up the house with acrid fumes! This is why; it is more out of sheer, albeit well founded, Barotse Cultural and not so much Economic pride that only very few Barotses would openly admit to ever having eaten any suspicious looking critters for fear of being looked down upon by their kin or even worse still ,having your real ethnic identity or credentials as a Mulozi doubted for not being of Pure stock or a thorough breed. Apparently, to many of us, this is by far the worst form of punishment that can ever be imposed on a Mulozi. The eating of what we call ,’Bi Kokwani’ or creatures is thus a near taboo which is deemed to be a sign of being of a lower Caste or being of humble means or poverty stricken. If a Mulozi wants to eat anything meaty as a source of protein that is why we have cattle as Barotses it is reasoned. However, the truth on the ground is such that, not every Mulozi can boast of owning even a single herd of cattle. If however, for some strange reason, only known to one, a Mulozi turned to eating crawly or flying insects, they would rather keep it completely hush hush! I thought other languages have made an attempt at differentiating these insects. But maybe Butwa is specifically the unwinged Destructive Termites that eats away at wooden structures that are not protected with Anti-Termite chemicals.On the other hand, the winged bigger and juicy looking fattier ones with a big abdomen should be what they call 'Inswa' whereas the destructive non flying ones which were once rather erroneously called White Ants is distinctively refered to as 'Ubu Benshi' in Si Bemba. We may however seek some further clarifications from the Native speakers of Si Bemba. Malozi on their part may really not have bothered much to find specific names for these things. This is why, when it comes to Humans turning to any form of Insect as a food source, Ma Malozi would rather generically refer to everything as ' Bi Kokwani' and have little or nothing to do with them.It is for this very reason also that to the best of my knowledge we do not even have a name for these insects in SiLozi. I beg to be enlightened by anyone that knows it. On a more positive note, It must be acknowledged that even when these Insects may be deemed as bizarre foods by some, there are cultures that eat them and this should be respected. We have seen them being eaten as a preferred snack at outdoor drinking places and some women have sought to cash in on this by availing it to the patrons. They therefore do have an economic value since people pick enough to eat, it supplements their protein source in the absence of more traditional but now unaffordable protein sources such as meat and fish. The excess catch is taken to market for sale. It is an undeniable fact that we are living in beleaguered times so this level of resourcefulness by the citizenry is welcome. The proceeds from these sales end up sorting out a myriad of many a family’s financial needs courtesy of Mother Nature.