FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 523
Is Mambilla Too Expensive?
The Mambilla Dam project was approved yesterday, and immediately some said Nigeria was being cheated, the Buhari Govt had corruptly inflated the costs, Fashola was cheating the nation, dams were not this expensive to build anywhere else in the world, etc etc.
The Mambilla project will cost $5.8Billion and generate 3050MW. That effectively means it will cost $1.9M per MW to build.
Soooo, I did a small study on how much dams have cost to build around the world.
Under Construction/or work yet to begin.
1) Patagonia, Argentina. $5.7B to generate 1,740MW. $3.27M per MW.
2) Inga 3 Dam, Congo. $12B to generate 4,500MW. $2.5M per MW.
3) North Indus Pakistan. $50B to generate 40,000MW. $1.25M per MW.
4) Diamer-Bhasha, Pakistan. $12 – 14Billion to generate 4,500MW. $2.66M – $3.1M per MW.
Largest Dam in World (Currently).
1) Three Gorges, China. $28B generating 22,500MW. $1.24M per MW. Built 2008.
Dams built between 1941 – 1986.
1) Grand Coulee, Columbia river, USA/Canada. £6.5B generating 6,809 MW. £954 ($1.24M) per MW. Built in 1941.
2) Kariba Dam, Zambia/Zimbabwe. £1billion generating 1,266MW. £790K ($1.03M) per MW. Built in 1960.
3) Tarbela Dam, Pakistan. £6 Billion generating 3,478MW. £1.7M ($2.21M) per MW. Built in 1976.
4) Tucurui Dam, Brazil. £4Billion generating 4000MW. £1M ($1.3M) per MW. Built in 1986.
With costs of dams currently under construction ranging from $1.25M – $3.2M per MW, to costs of dams built last century between $1.24M – $2.7M per MW, Nigeria’s Mambilla project at $1.9M per MW, seems like a reasonable standard industry average price. Admittedly this is just a small study.
Nigeria needs power urgently. The Mambilla project should be seen as one of vital national and economic interest.
Credits: Bucky Hassan
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 524
The Simple effective way to prevent cows from grazing and destroying your farm
The *raining season* will soon be over and the *Fulani herdsmen* will begin to parade their cows on people’s farm.We don’t need to fight them. But *Be Prepared* is the Watch Word. By putting them off our farms.*How*?If we plant some plants at the boundary of the farm.(Farm Perimeters)Such as*Jathropha* plants *(Lapalapa*), which naturally animals don’t like the smell of this plant.
*Senna Alata* plant *(Efinrin)* also puts animal off.
*Castor plant* is very poisonous to animal.God is wonderful. Animals can smell poisonous plants.
So with the little rain we expect, let’s get our hands on any one or more out of these plants to secure our farms from those intruders.You can get *victory* without a battle if you are prepared.
Be informed that it’s*Used on Federal Government Project on Cassava in Ijebu Igbo.*
This has nothing to do with hatred of a tribe or cruelty against animals but protection of one’s properties and prophylaxis and prevention of unseen future conflict.
Prevention is always better and cheaper than cure – Nostradamus II
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HISTORIC FOOTBALL MATCH NIGERIA VS BRAZIl ,ATLANTA ’96
I remember the historic football match between Nigeria and Brazil in Atlanta 1996.
Brazil was the king of global football and they knew it. So, Nigeria losing to Brazil that night would not be a big deal.
Gosh! Brazil dealt with us that night. Till around 77th minutes (about 12 minutes to the end of the game) Brazil was obviously dominating the game. The score line was Brazil 3, Nigeria 1.
Despite the Brazil squad including star names such as Carlos, Rivaldo, Bebeto and Ronaldo, Nigerians watching the game still think Nigeria did not deserve such humiliation by Brazil boys, we had been beaten mercilessly. Nigerians became angry toward the end of the match; many had turned off their Television sets, some were shedding tears. While few hoped and prayed that we would not be further disgraced with yet another goal.
But the unimaginable happened in the game.
At about 78th minutes Victor Ikepba stroked from 20 meters to score the second goal, everything changed beyond the 3:2 score line. Pressure came upon Brazil. And hope for the Nigeria players, they became more motivated and began to fire shots from every angle.
Then another miracle, at the 90th minute, just before the final whistle, Kanu Nwankwo turned and flipped the ball over Dida and it was another goal, the equalizer. What a wonderful match.
And there was a rule then, “the Golden Goal”. That the first to score in the extra time wins the game.
Then came the decisive goal from Papilo in just 3 minutes of the extra time… And that was how the messy game became a message.
A lot can still be done this year to make it a glorious year, the remaining part of the year is sufficient to define the whole year. Don’t loose hope now. It is too early to give up on your beautiful expectations for this year. It is not over until it is over. Wipe off the tears and buckle your shoes.
You will win. Resist the pull of fatigue regardless of the past disappointments, delayed gratification, failures, and broken promises……… keep moving you are getting closer.
This is a food for thought I received today.
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 526
Einstein Vs Atheist Professor
Ever heard of the word Apologetics? This conversation gives an instance..
Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student was Albert Einstein.
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Native Americans Left A Code Of 20 Rules For Mankind To Live By.
Probably one of the most spiritually advanced and character building code is The Native American Code of Ethics which was originally published in the Inter-Tribal Times in October of 1994.
It is fascinating to note that most of its teachings are reflected in other beliefs and faith too.
The Native American Code of Ethics
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. Animals, plants and other living creatures are all part of your worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react.Be responsible for your own actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
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Types Of People You Will Meet In A Bus When Traveling (Which one are u????
Let’s go and don’t forget to tell us the category you belong..
1. The Preacher
“Let someone shout Hallelujah” .. that’s usually their first statement.
The trip is usually long enough for a short service. So before you get to your destination, you guys would have done praise & worship, sermon, announcements etc.. some even add the offering session for you to support their ministry.
2. The Marketer
This set of people convert a cramped bus cabin into a moving Tejuosho market. They sell anything they lay their hands on from edibles and drugs to wears and gadgets. Their sugar-coated mouth can make you embark on impulsive buying leaving you stranded after spending your transport fare.
3. Mr Nigeria
This politician knows the past, present and future of Nigeria.. It’s always easy for them to get a chat partner discussing various topics ranging from the birth of Nigeria to the corruption in the land.
They have one common attribute… they like to sit in the front seat while doubling as the driver’s personal assistant and google map. They know how to tell the driver to overtake and maneuver but the interesting thing is some of them cannot even drive.
5. The Gentle One
You would only hear them speak twice throughout the trip. Their first word is “change” and the second one is “owa oo”. Owa oo is used to tell the driver you’ve gotten to your bus-stop in Lagos.. what is it called in your state?
6. The Super Sleeper
These ones can sleep for Africa. Before the driver puts the bus in gear 1, they are already in gear 5.
Some of them would have gotten to Ibadan before realizing they were meant to alight at Sagamu. Then you’ll see them begging for transport fare to make it back to their actual destination.
7. The Warrior
Don’t try the Floyd Mayweather in the bus. He/She is always ready to fight anybody on the slightest opportunity.
8. The Pilferer
Don’t gawk yourself.. because if you do, you might end up looking for your money, phone and/or any other valuables you’ve got. Imagine a pilferer sitting next to a super sleeper. Lol.
9. The Smooth Smoocher
While the preacher is preaching and the pilferer is pilfering, the smoocher will be busy smooching silently.
They always like the potholes and bumpy rides which helps them to tap some more current. This is one easy way to earn yourself a dirty slap in the bus.
I remember an elderly man smooching a lady inside Edo Line on a Port Harcourt to Lagos trip way back.. She only gave the gist after the man alighted. Despite pricking the man’s hand with her toothpick endlessly, he never gave up throughout the journey.