The Extraordinary Case of a Jakarta Toddler Who Smokes Four Packs a Day

Bad habit

The Extraordinary news that an Indonesian toddler of about 2 years has become a tobacco addict is sending disbelief all over the world. I still find this totally shocking because, I am aware that smoking involves not just puffing smoke, but getting it right through the mouth down to the lungs before exhaling the smoke out through the nostrils. This could choke you to death if you are novice smoker. Where did an 18 month old toddler get this talent or skill? I never smoked at all, yet today in my ripe old age, I can hardly get smoke down to my lungs and puff them out without a respiratory mishap!

It is reported that this toddler of two years smokes up to four packs a day and still cries for more. In fact the media has hilarious put it that he goes into a tantrum if his mother fails to provide him with a stick of cigarettes. His mother has confessed that she was largely responsible for spoiling her child because she smoked heavily while she was pregnant with him and when he was finally born, she continued to smoke around him and his father is said to have been the one who gave the little boy the first butt of cigarettes. From this first cigarette, the toddler became such a phenomenal smoker that he could complete 4 packs of cigarettes a day. Latest reports indicate that he has reduced his intake rate to 1 pack a day, but this does not yet give any reasons for celebrations because Ardi Rizal should be taking more pints of milk instead of inhaling smoke loaded with nicotine even if it were just a half a stick a day.

Available statistics show that infantile addiction to smoking in Indonesia has steadily been on the rise since 2001. I still believe this is the greatest disgrace to parenthood the world has ever seen. It also borders some modicum of national shame because the law makers and the Child Protection Agencies of this beautiful country of Indonesia seem to be looking away from the real social catastrophe that is slowly eating up their society.

Indonesia may be the number 3 world super power in smoking, but I want to put a wish list to the powers that be in this country for consideration. My first wish is, let there be no smoking for toddlers. It is extraordinary, spectacular and stunning to see a toddler smoking side by side with his mother and father all at the same time and place. Only strict regulation can bring this vice under control and the case of the smoking 2 year old Ardi Rizal should give authorities some good grounds to act now.

Pastor John Hagee and His Prophesies on The Destruction of Israel, America and The World

He regards Obama as the worst thing that ever happened to America especially when allowed the construction of a Multi-million dollar Mosque near Ground Zero

 

If there is any American Pastor who has some strong views about America and how it will soon lose her undisputed super power status in a world that is constantly heading to the unstoppable thresholds of the Armageddon, then it is John Hagee.

He is a strong willed man with a strong conservative view about America and the end of our era. He believes America does not have a chance any more,to give unto Americans the American dream of unfettered freedom. He draws his analytical power from the Bible and when Pastor John Hagee is talking about the issues of the end of the American era, you don’t need to be a faint hearted part of his audience, otherwise you could give up on life as a whole and wait for the end times.

He quotes the book of Ezekiel quite often whenever he is talking and he links the end of our era to the attitude of certain world players against Israel. To this day, Pastor John Hagee believes, Iran will destroy the world because she is bent on destroying Israel. Remember, he links the destruction of the world to the destruction of Israel. To him, the marriage of convenience between Iran and Russia are all machinations to accomplish the prophetic Armageddon. Iran is wealthy with countless barrels of untapped oil, Russia wants this oil and has the best scientists to transfer technology to Iran in exchange for oil.

According to Pastor John Hagee, Russia is completely convinced, she will never recover her super power status in the world and feels strongly, that she has nothing to lose with the collapse of the America as a super power. It is therefore, Russia that is secretly urging Iran to enrich her nuclear capability while openly appearing to oppose that Iranian project. All the appearances of Iran to slow down her tones on building her nuclear capabilities lately in the wake of the threat of American led sanctions is, according to Pastor Hage, an effort to dub the world into believing she has given up on her nuclear ambitions but the truth is, she probably has several war-heads already, poised to strike at Israel.

He regards Obama as the worst thing that ever happened to America. He could not believe, that a true American would back the construction of a Multi-million dollar Mosque, a few meters away from ground Zero. In fact, like many hard-line conservatives, Pastor Hagee takes particular exception on the manner in which President Obama is running the country. He regards the health care reform that Obama is pursuing as some kind of socialist policy being imported to the free world by Obama and his cohorts. He believes, there has not been any time in history when Israel has been abandoned by America as we see happening today.

According to his latest book on the survival of America, Pastor Hagee believes Obama is playing into the hands of the enemies of Israel and therefore, bringing America onto the course of destruction. He still echoes the fear of 2012. 2012 according to Pastor John Hage is going to see one huge destruction around the world on a scale and manner that has never be seen. He actually mentions that one third of the earth will be destroyed in 2012 and the good Pastor believes, Iran, Russia and the foolish complacency of the current American Administration will largely be responsible for such a massive destruction to our planet. He doesn’t tell the world though, what will destroy the planet but believes, whatever it is, Iran and Russia will have a hand.

Pastor John Hagee is a political animal after all, and does not have any specs of shame to espouse his political opinion. He at times appears resigned to the fact that America is on an unstoppable downward fall, but he still thinks, in a desperate effort to hold onto the crumbling power base of America as a super power, there is need for Americans to rise up in the November Mid term election and vote out the Obama team of leaders altogether from running the affairs of America. I am waiting to see the prophesies of this great Pastor unfold, I hope I live to see all he has predicted come to pass.

My Childhood Squirrel Hunting and White Ant Gathering

Back in my little village in Northern Uganda years ago as an 8 year old boy, hunting squirrels and gathering white ants were exciting preoccupations for all folks in Acholiland.

Squirrel Hunting

Squirrels were mainly hunted during the dry season. Little boys of my age would try to undo one other in narrating to each other, their heroic adventures with squirrels. It was no doubt, a risky business where deadly accidents would occur along the way. Sometimes I look back and wonder how I made it alive to this prime age because there were things that I now consider too risky for any child to do,  such as extracting the squirrels from the ant hill holes whose chambers, both snakes and squirrels share as their dens. Many young boys would push their heads deep into the ant hill holes, some would come out with snake bites on their fore-heads and die as we looked on. Others would pull out big squirrels that instantly accord them a hero’s status both among their peers and back at home where their family members constantly look to them for a change of diet. No boy growing up in my village had a name to talk about if he could not hunt, kill or trap squirrels for home consumption.

A squirrel dish is usually very deliciously prepared. It is smoked over fire for a day before boiling it in a cucumber stew. The stew is seasoned with ground nut paste and the entire family members would eat with a dynamic appetite. The boy responsible for bringing the squirrel home traditionally eats the head of the squirrel because  society here believes that eating the head of the animal one has killed brings good fortunes for the hunter and empowers him to kill more.

White Ant Gathering

As far as white ant gathering was concerned, we would engage in this economic activity with the onset of the rainy season. This was perhaps the most exciting food gathering experience for the Acholi population. The signs that there would a white ant catch starts with a heavy and prolonged rain in the morning which would then be followed by an equally heavy sunshine from around midday till sunset.

By around 6 o’clock in the evening, the entire village would be embroiled in a beehive of activities, trying to locate ant-hills fertile with white ants and clearing the arena for the white ant harvest. By 8 o’clock in the night, only the sick, the disabled and the very old folks would be left at home. Even those left at home would not be sitting idle to let the flying insects pass them by-they would light grass torches and attract the flying insects into their calabashes. You easily tell it is a white ant night by the shouting and general commotion in the entire neighborhood.

By around 9.30 pm, the hunters return home with sacks upon sacks of gathered white ants. Before family members go to sleep, the white ants would be roasted and feasted upon by everybody. The rest of the catch would then be sun dried and stored for home consumption while the surplus would be shipped away to distant markets for sale.

White ant dishes are often reserved for the most important visitors available, like sons in laws and chiefs. Wives who truly love their hubbies also hide away some white ant dishes from the rest of the family members and serve small amounts to their hubbies by the bedside late in the night. It is usually an ingenious way employed by clever wives to show how much they care, love and respect their hubbies.

The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Runs The Music Industry for The Devil

You may think your top musician is doing great with his new track, but what you don’t know is that you are a fan of the devils agents, the Illuminati

Illuminati are a secret society whose identity has been deliberately kept secret for many generations straight from Elvis Presley to the Bob Marley era. They call themselves the enlightened from the word illuminate. They control the music industry and manipulate some musicians to advance their cause knowingly, while some others, simply fall prey to the demonic machinations of the Illuminati unconsciously.

The society is responsible for making of Michael Jackson, Tu Pac, Bob Marley, BIG, Jay–Z, Rihannah and many others. It is through Music that the demonic messages of the Illuminati are passed on to the Masses. It seems to me that we often node our heads to the demonic lyrics of this secret society unknowingly.

The Illuminati believe that in the early times, Satan was misjudged and punished unjustly. They believe in Satan and therefore enjoy sacrificing humans to Lucifer via the music industry. Some of the most popular songs that top that charts have messages of the Illuminati well crafted within the stanzas. For example, have you ever given thought to the song “Fallen Angel” by Chris Brown? The Fallen Angels in the Bible refers to the devil and his followers, thrown out of God’s Kingdom when they rebelled against God. In his track, Chris sings about helping these angels mend their wings so that they can fly again.

In an interview with Tu Pac, he openly begged hip-hop die hard to stop nodding their heads to any music they hear because the songs may not be what they think. He went on to say that people should hold Musicians accountable for the songs they put out. We all know that a week after that interview, Tu Pac was shot nine times in the chest! His crime was to stand out against the Illuminati by letting out the top secrets of the society.

Take a good look at Rihannah’s “good girl gone bad” album and single out the first track, “Umbrella” video. In silver coated body tight attire, Rihannah is positioned crouched with both hands spread in a massive triangle. If you are keen, you will actually notice that what is formed is the devils symbolic pyramid with an eye at the top. This Satanic symbol is the same as the one Jay-Z flashes on stage and camera with both palms joined to the index fingers and thumb tips.

Even Michael Jackson in his early years had undertones of the Illuminati messages in both his tracks, “ The Thriller” and “Beat It”, one only needed to listen carefully to detect the handiwork of the Illuminati.

Dr Edonna Alexandria: The American Academic Who Lives in a Kampala Slum.

According to the Ugandan daily newspaper the New Vision of June 29th, 2010, an American Academic, Dr Edonna has chosen to live a completely humble life in one of the slums of Kampala with her son. She is not engaged in any kind of social research or Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) which could have required that she lived among poor people; all she decided to do here is try life in poverty.

This is quite ironical because, she is not only a highly educated woman with many degrees and accolades to her honor, but she is above all, a woman from America, a country where nearly all Africans believe is a land of opportunities. Many Ugandans keep asking, whether there is something wrong with the brain of this American woman. They wonder how an educated woman like her could leave a mansion in America, only to come and live in a one room house in a filthy Ugandan slum!

According to Dr. Edonna, she has lived in this Kampala slum for the last four months.  She was earlier employed in one of the Ugandan Universities as an Academic staff, but that job was terminated and the University authorities have not paid her terminal benefits. That was when she moved over to Kampala in search of employment which sadly, has not come her way yet.

Her one room apartment has literally no fridge, no TV and not even a radio. All she has are a few locally made papyrus mat and stools. She cleans her house personally and does her own cooking and washing. Her son Kimathi Cofi Alexandria who is now 10 years, studies online.

Because of the really hard financial conditions she and her son are going through, Dr. Edonna lives on hand-outs from online friends who send her a few dollars here and there. She literally spends all her time on the internet and indoors. Many of her American friends are constantly urging her to return to America but the determined Dr. Edonna does not believe that is the most prudent thing to do.

She has bought some land in rural areas of Buganda where she hopes to do some investment. She has vowed never to leave Uganda until she has proved to the world that an American like her can come to Uganda and live a successful life. Going by what we see, I think Dr. Edonna still has a long way to be successful in Uganda. Many Ugandans think she is probably fleeing from something in America because no right thinking person can leave a land flowing with honey and milk, only to come and cling to a land riddled with abject poverty such as the kind she is living in right now. We hope someone will persuade her to go back home soon.

In Karamaja, Rape courtship is an accepted social norm.

Karamojong Men

Uganda has over 52 distinct dialects with unique cultures that go with these ethnic groups. However, culture shocks are still a few surprises you find in our land and the Karamojong people’s way of life has never ceased to astound many Ugandans.

The Karamojong are the cousins of their neighbors the Iteso. They live in the North-Eastern region of Uganda called Karamoja. They are a Nilo-hamitic stock of people who settled in their present lands between the 15th and 16th Centuries. They are tall, strong and fierce looking men with a strong cattle culture. They love their cows more than their God. Their next most treasured possession is the gun and they can do anything to have one.. They live in sprawling villages made of little huts and barricaded up with wooden fences. At the center of the villages are common Kraals where the cows are kept overnight under tight security. In this part of the world, stealing cows is a mark of honor and those considered great men are those who have made many successful cattle raids and thefts.

They use the cows as a core value in every aspect of life. They marry using cows, they live on milk and blood from the cows, they use the hides as sleeping beds  and the horns as adornments It is in the Land of the Karamojong that women have no say in the affairs of the land. They are the beasts of burden in the home. They wake up early in the morning to go and collect firewood for cooking. Then they have to go and dig, weed, harvest and store the fruits of their labor. The work of building huts and storage granaries as well as fencing the entire village is in the hands of the women. The men wake up late and sleep all day long under the trees. Theirs is night duty to ensure that all the cows and the villagers are safe. They keep watch all night as the women sleep alone in their huts with their children. In meetings women are not allowed to sit near men. Theirs is to listen to resolutions of men and they dare not say no to any opinion.

In Karamoja, rape is a social legality. A young man sees a young girl he desires; he approaches her and makes known his desire for her. The next day they meet, be it at home  or along the road, the boy will have every right to chase the girl like a cock chases a hen until he gets to have carnal knowledge of her. No one is supposed to interfere with the two parties. This has to happen whether or not the girl likes it.  Once the rape is complete, then the girl is officially his and marriage arrangements are made. But every man who wants a girl must rape her and there is no negative outburst from the community about this. Marriage is an expensive venture-a girl considered traditionally married must have 100 cows given to her family as bride price. This is the main reason why cattle raid is a preoccupation for all Karamojong young men. Any man who does not  raid cows remains unmarried and this is why raiding is a treasured business. Men prefer to die in cattle raids than stay un married.

Generally speaking, the Karamojong communities still remain the most backward tribes of Uganda. Until recently, walking naked were fashionable, but lately young warriors tie colored bed sheets around them. They are tall and very friendly people as long as you have no ill intention against their cow, guns and grazing land!

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