Wednesday, 16 February 2011

New location for SAS

Numerous readers have been on relating to SAS being down again. One has advised that the following hosting site, http://www.prq.se/ prides itself on its strict free-speech policy and never caving in to threats, like hostgator obviously just did.

Best of luck guys. Seems that freedom of the net is becoming a questionable concept.

UPDATE 16/02/11 18.00 GMT: Uhuru Guru has been on as follows: temporarily up at www.zasucks.net, its just a placeholder site until we organise permanent hosting

33 comments:

Bemused stare said...

Thank you Savant. It seems that the other lot are now desperate to silence SAS. Obviously the truth is getting under their skin.

Cadnb said...

Apparently revealing the truth is scaring the hell out of someone?

Right now townships like Ermelo are burning with protesters running and attacking anything that moves, and being 'shot by the police'. New "Sharpville's" every day and no one gives a damn anymore? Hypocrites! That is very sad!

Macaw said...

Tried to check this morning and the usual story of it being suspended greeted me.

Anonymous said...

Liberal tolerance at its best hahaha.

SAVANT said...

Uhuru Guru has been on as follows: temporarily up at www.zasucks.net, its just a placeholder site until we organise permanent hosting

Anonymous said...

@Savant

No, the "South Africa Sucks" website at www.zasucks.net is still down. Reason unknown.

More sinister is that at exactly the same time that zasucks.net was shut down, Dark Raven's website was ALSO shut down without explanation. Regulars at SAS know who she is and what her personal site is.

Also, Mike Smith's Political commentary site where just last week we were updated as to developments with the new site is disconcertingly quiet. Mike Smith is not the sort of man to leave SAS commentators dangling in the wind. What gives?

I believe something is afoot. If anyone knows anything please report back here on Savant's blog.

Thanks,
Simon Q

SAVANT said...

I suppose my blog will be targetted now. Again. Fuck 'em, I'll still publicise SAS no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Cadnb said...

"Apparently revealing the truth is scaring the hell out of someone?

Right now townships like Ermelo are burning with protesters running and attacking anything that moves, and being 'shot by the police'."


I don't wish to sound like a ghoul, Cadnb, but do you have any more details?

One never hears a goddam thing in the overseas MSM and I worry about friends left behind.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

While we're waiting for the SAS site to stabilise, you might find it informative to go here:-

http://captainranty.blogspot.com/

Scroll down to "Got Nukes?"
... and click on the little time-lapse presentation video.

As the man says:- "Oddly compelling."

Wonder what Al Gore, Greenpeace and Bono would say? All I can say is, I nearly curried my knickers. We're breathing that crap and all Merrie Olde England can do is put up lots and lots of "No Smoking" signs, driving pubs out of business to the tune of six a day in 2009.

http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/82364

As we are endlessly told, second-hand and -- wait for it -- now "third-hand" cigarette smoke is deadly for you and the cheeeeldren.

They are strangely silent about radioactive isotopes.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Cadnb said...

@ Uncle Nasty: For two days (15 and 16 Feb)Ermelo's Wesselton Township has been rocked by rioting. Today is quiet but tense? It has something to do with dissatisfaction with ANC nominations for the coming municipal elections. Rioters accusing the ruling party of corruption and cronyism, and a general lack of services.

On E TV scenes of police firing rubber and solid rounds at the stone throwers before retreating leaving the camera crew to be attacked by rioters. Police were outnumbered and overwhelmed.

A commentator who is supposedly an expert interviewed during the news was saying this is happening all over a number of townships in Mpumalanga, KZN and Western Cape without naming any.

In the North West ANC ructions also led to unhappy campers within the ANC as well as the Western Cape where a new leader, a coloured guy was elected while the incumbent was pressured to stand down to encourage "unity". As usual the result is exactly the opposite.

It seems the ANC is busy cracking at the seams. Nothing to worry about for now, unless your family stays in a township.

@ Irish Savant: sorry for userping your excellent site!

Bemused stare said...

http://www.news24.com/

Try that Uncle Nasty it makes the new york times look rabidly right wing by comparison but you can get an idea of things.

SAVANT said...

@cadnb - you're more than welcome. Comment any time. Especially the gratifying news that the ANC seems to be bursting from over -indulgence. Pity that the good news had to be defaced by the pic of Zooma and Bono.........

kulak said...

@U.N.

As the man says:- "Oddly compelling."

Reminds me of Close Encounters

Anonymous said...

Cadnb said...

@ Uncle Nasty: For two days (15 and 16 Feb)Ermelo's Wesselton Township has been rocked by rioting.

It seems the ANC is busy cracking at the seams. Nothing to worry about for now, unless your family stays in a township.


Thanks for the updates, Cadnb and Bemused stare.

The whole bloody country is a township ...

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Franz said...

@ On an earlier comment I disclosed that I am professionally involved with the MSM in Germany. It was in this capacity that I was invited to a global investment forum just two days ago.

The presentation about doing business in South Africa might be of particular interest to readers of this post.

Basically the consultants in charge of the presentation told all investors in the audience to go "balls to the walls" with regards to putting money into South Africa.

Why?

Premise #1: "Because SA is the gateway to sub Sahara Africa." Well, that sounds reasonable enough.

Premise #2: "Because SA is politicaly and economically stable. Like a rock." I wonder if commenters UN and Bemused stare share that assesment.

Premise #3: "The growing black middle and upper classes are very consumption oriented." Anybody having spinnin' rims to sell: Here's your chance!

The presentation went on. The enlightened power point fiddlers on stage admitted to two ever so slight drawbacks about doing business in SA.

Drawback #1: If the product you are trying to sell has any degree of complexity, you have to have patience. S-l-o-w-l-y explain to your potential customer, what your products is and what it does. Repeat. Explain even s-l-o-w-e-r. Patience apparently is key when doing business in SA.

Drawback #2: Don't expect to find useful labour. It just isn't there.

Then the presentation came to an aprupt end. No reason was given why the guys in charge are dim witted and the guys supposed to do the work are even more so.

It just is as is.

Everybody in the room was polite enough not to ask any embarrassing questions. In the end I had a profound taste of cognitive dissonance in my mouth. On the one hand it is apparently a good idea to shovel huge amounts of money into SA. On the other hand it is considered bad form to ask any questions about the place.

Make of it what you will. Somehow it all reminded me of people buying Enron shares, ten years ago.

white4ever said...

Franz, I think there's no real mystery. You have hucksters trying to sell something. Few of these people, even when apparently independent, are not really so. A bit like the reviewers of holiday destinations. Interesting tho why nobody asked any questions.

Anonymous said...

South African Military Competence Part 1.

Please allow me to share the story of the three South African Navy Submarines, recently bought at a cost of Gazillions of bucks.

http://tiny.cc/8rm5b

A few extracts:-

"Rear Admiral Bernhard Teuteberg told the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans yesterday that there were three issues involving the Manthatisi. The first was that when the submarine is in harbour it is plugged into a shore service to keep its 250 tons of batteries charged. The South African Press Association elaborated that “someone” had connected the submarine to this “the wrong way round", blowing fuses in the submarine, apparently because the wires had not been marked properly. The sailor responsible had been disciplined. "A board of inquiry was convened and... a person was held responsible; he was reprimanded," Teuteberg said."

Teuteberg, who was briefing the committee on SA’s maritime defence capability, said that while the Navy was very proud of what it had achieved, particularly its role in securing the Soccer World Cup, he warned that underfunding could harm this capability. He pointed out that one of the frigates, bought for R3 billion [defenceWeb' figure is R9.6 billion based on 2008 Treasury figures], would cost R133 million to operate for a year. A submarine would cost R30 million and a patrol vessel R32 million.


It should be pointed out that blacks make very poor deep sea sailors and aviators ... the though of black submariners is positively frightening.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

South African Military competence Part 2

Selling off the family silver ...

http://tiny.cc/yujex

A quote from the site:-

"Looking for previously owned arms? Armscor may have a bargain for you! The South African Department of Defence's (DOD) acquisitions (and disposals) agency is currently assisting the SA National Defence Force in selling excess or redundant stock.
Judging by testimony at a recent Parliamentary hearing on excess stock management within the DOD, this could be the biggest spring cleaning since the end of World War Two.

The SANDF has 171 separate disposal plans for the present 2003/4 financial year, with a total monetary value of R4.312-billion. In a recent briefing to Parliament, DOD planners broke this down as:
SA Army: 31 plans, R2.445-nillion.
SA Air Force: 98 plans, R1.695-billion.
SA Navy: 34 plans, R643.2-million.
SA Military Health Services: Eight plans, R29.229-million.


Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

I see these images of the negrification of Detroit, and I am put in mind of this epitaph:

Remember man as you walk by,
as you are now so once was I,
as I am now, so you will be,
so prepare for death and follow me.

http://tiny.cc/a898v

Watch 'em and weep.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

And a bit of sad news for those who like reading -- and actually can read.

Borders, the international booksellers -- along with Whitcoull's (the biggest book-selling competitors in New Zealand) went titties-up today.

Another blow against literacy.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Bemused stare said...

@Franz

It brings to mind that old saying by, I believe, PT Barnum. "There's a sucker born every minute."

Political stability? Yes, we have had the same government in power for 17 straight years, who intend to remain in power for as long as it takes to utterly destroy the country and everything in it.

Economic stability? Are they smoking their socks? Forget about all the pretty pictures they paint for you on paper, the situation on the ground here is that the average Joe is having sleepless nights figuring out how to stay afloat.

If there is a market for you here, it will be to sell cheap, shiny things.

Bemused stare said...

@ Uncle Nasty

They might as well sell off the silver ware, as they no longer have anyone possessed of the "table manners" required to use it.

Anonymous said...

What happening at sasucks ? Mike smith's blog also vanished.
Have they been hijacked ????

SAVANT said...

Yes, SAS is gone again. It seems they're taking on a group of hackers from SA who are mainly focused on denial of service type of attacks, also trying to expose the identities of "Mike Smith" and some of the others.

The attackers have offered a kind of olive branch, in that they'll desist if SAS stops using the N and K words and stops referring to blacks as chimps etc. Needless to say, SAS gave them the finger. Whether they were wise to do so remains to be seen.

Franz said...

@ Savant

Luckily SA is a stable and non-corrupt democracy where denial-of-service-attack wielding hacker-thugs will be prosecuted to the full extend of the law.

I mean, it's a crime to shut down a bunch of bloggers exercising the right to free speech. Right?

Certainly the honorable Jacob Zuma will not idly stand by while the citizens of his country are suffering such horrible cyber-abuse.

My prediction: The offending hackers will be caught for some sort of sexual deviancy - perpretrated in Scandinavia - and then extradited to SA. Once there, the hackers will be forced to publicly apologize for their general misdeeds and the sorrow they caused the crew of SA sucks in particular.

All will be well and the sun will shine.

SAVANT said...

You could well be right Franz. The ANC have an almost emotional attachment to fredom of expression and the balanced application of the law.

Bemused stare said...

@Franz

I'm sure we can expect arrests soon. Or at least as soon as they manage to track down the bloggers in question.

Anonymous said...

SAVANT said...

The attackers have offered a kind of olive branch, in that they'll desist if SAS stops using the N and K words and stops referring to blacks as chimps etc.

Ah well. That's me fucked I guess.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the mechanics of the internet, so I cannot confirm, but I am sure that hackers can be traced.

I merely point this out, as a few years ago, some Russian pimple plantation decided -- as so many teen-aged basement dwellers do -- to play king of the hackers.

"Lookamee! Lookamee! I'm a hacker, Mom."

Unfortunately, this lad hacked the wrong guys -- who had connections to the Russian mafia (Read: Israeli mafia; Russian branch)

He was found ... and then he was later found.

Choose your enemies wisely.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

Here is an extremely interesting site regarding the ever-growing smoking bans, soon to be followed by drinking bans.

http://frank-davis.livejournal.com/144737.html

A quote:-

"It's my own personal conviction that the really serious damage that smoking bans do is to the very fabric of human society. I'd like to try to explain how this happens and why it matters.

Smoking bans drive smokers from pubs and bars and cafes, and one result of this is that pubs and bars and cafes close down, and this is a visible consequence - 'closed' and 'for sale' signs spring up on the bankrupted pubs. Much less visible are the human communities that are also closed down. A pub or a cafe is a centre of community, a place where people meet and make or renew friendships. When the smokers have been driven out, these bonds of community begin to be broken, because they are no longer being repaired and renewed. The entire community (and not just the community of smokers) begins to unravel. But no 'closed' or 'for sale' signs go up on these communities. The loss is invisible.


One thing Mr Davis does not (yet) connect to, is the old irish saying:-

"Just nipping down to the pub, Dear. To talk a little treason."

Take away the pub, take away the talk ... ultimately, take away the treason -- or the potential for the treason.

More paranoia from UN?

You decide.

Cheers,
Uncle Nasty

SAVANT said...

A great point Uncle N. Very few Irish people are now nipping down to the pub. Apart from the recession the two major inhibitors are the smoking ban and strict enforecemnt of draconian penalties for being over the drink driving limit.

In fact I supported both initiatives. As a non-smoker I found the air in pubs to be appalling and my clothes always felt filthy. Again, the number of poeple killed or injured by drunk drivers has fallen dramatically.

But that doesn't take away from the fact the the heart has been torn out of many, especially rural, communities.

Californian said...

There seems to be a webpage up at http://www.zasucks.net/
but not posts on it.

SAVANT said...

Got the following from Dark Raven (coontributer to SAS).

Everyone is fine, no the blog hasn't been hijacked. UG is still trying to get a
permanent domain registered with a secure server, and as he has a business to
run and is very hectic at the moment, it is taking some time. We didn't want to
bother with all joining the temp base that he put up, and he is just using it to
pull the piss with Rooster and these other people who are hassling us. Thus the
weirdness.

Once he has something more permanent we will all be back on board and put up all
the familiar logos and what all.