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Politics / Re: Why Desperate To Go Abroad?: Report From UK Adventure by Wallie(m): 8:31pm On Nov 19

...The truth must be told that what you seek abroad is rightly within your reach in Nigeria. Lack of entrepreneurial skill is the problem of our people....

You are painting with very broad strokes! I personally know the following types of people currently in the US:

1. Someone that worked at Arthur Andersen in Nigeria before traveling to the US to get her MBA - currently making well over $100k. UNILAG schooled. Came here on scholarship after acing the GMAT. UNILAG schooled.

2. Someone that did his IT (or whatever you call the service after NYSC) at Mobil before traveling to the US to get his MS in engineering - currently making close to $200k as a contractor. UNILAG schooled.

3. Another guy that studied chemical engineering at UNILAG - over $200k
4. A Nigerian guy that owns his own govt contracting business - over $50M made in 7 years

5. A handful of Nigerians that had their first degrees in Nigeria but came here to start college afresh - 1 makes $70k+ out of college and the others are still looking for jobs.

The only thing all these people have in common is their work ethic, schooling and green card/citizenship.

My point is, some will succeed and others will fail. Some never had what it takes to make it in Nigeria or the US. Some have what it takes to make it but lack the papers needed to get a shot; however, if you have what it takes to succeed in the US and can also work legally, there’s a high probability that your lifestyle will be well above average. The same is not true in Nigeria.

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Science/Technology / Re: Nigerian Scientist's Conversion Of Urine Into Flammable Gases Gets Patent by Wallie(m): 8:23pm On Nov 14

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I doubt the patent is worth anything more than the paper it was written on because Nigeria does not substantively review patents and only check for form. In other words, they just check to see that you filled out the forms correctly (name, address, date, etc) and do not check to see if your claim of turning urine into fuel is credible and not done before.

You want to see patents already granted that converts urine into fuel? If you want the same type of patent they guy got, just copy the details of one of the linked patents below and submit it to Nigerian authorities and they'll give you your own patent number because they have no way of knowing better. This is not meant to be a dig on Nigeria; it is just the truth.
Politics / Re: Nigeria To Buy Arms From Russia by Wallie(m): 8:08pm On Nov 14
I'll be the first to admit that I do not know much about South Africa except apartheid.

I wonder what infrastructures they had in-place that allowed them to develop the know-how to build nuclear, chemical and biological weapons since the 1960s, and was the development completely in-house?
Politics / Re: We Won’t Sell Fighter Helicopters To Nigeria, US Insists by Wallie(m): 5:03pm On Nov 14
Sorry texazpit, u are the olodo here. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything. We can manufacture these things here. Our problem is our leaders don't care about this country. We have no sense patriotism. Tell me why we can't manufacture these things if we want to.

You are right that you can achieve anything with enough time and money but thinking that Nigerians can suddenly build a better weaponry or something that can withstand BH’s heat seeking weapons when we lack the knowledge, expertise, high tech factories to make super sensitive sensors, money needed for R&d to develop better materials, and skills needed to better use the stuff is simply illogical.

What do you think the difference is between a US, Chinese, Japanese or South African made aircraft? Most of those countries have access to the same raw materials or fundamental technology. Kinda akin to comparing Honda Accord, BMW M5, Benz E63, Ferrari 458, and Kia Sedona.

Also, would giving you the same pair of soccer boots worn by Messi make you just as good a player? Companies that hold these technologies spent billions of dollars to develop the skills and expertise needed, and they will not simply hand it over to ANYBODY.

Even DICON is only manufacturing weapons from WWI & WWII that are ineffective in the 21st century. Why do you think the military is having trouble keeping up with BH with their AK47 and SMGs? Here are the products made by DICON

To develop anything decent, we need to nurture brilliant students from primary school by providing them scholarships, hire them when they graduate into a technology area bolstered by the government, encourage competition and collaboration between companies in that technology area and then award contracts to the companies that can deliver.

What we lack is skill (not intelligence) and with time we can develop the skills needed as long as someone is nurturing it. Extremely brilliant people should be doing r&d and not working in the banking sector or rotting away due to lack of opportunities.

The US is great because extremely brilliant people from around the world are courted. The government and companies are always willing to throw money at the next genius from anywhere just to get an edge over the competition. Even Ethopia spends more money on r&d than Nigeria because we did not even make the list!

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Foreign Affairs / Re: Evidence That Putin Is Strongest Man And Obama Is A Filthy Whimpering Dog by Wallie(m): 11:14pm On Nov 11
I think this thread is funny!

Whenever someone is trying too hard to prove their strength, it is usually because they're insecure and soft inside. I’m guessing Putin has short man syndrome (Napoleonic complex)?

Have you ever seen a martial arts expert or a professional boxer pick a fight? Rarely happens because they’re confident in their abilities and would only resort to defending themselves when forced to. All that stuff Putin is doing “na demo” just like most of those area boys in Lagos – all bark and no bite.


Politics / Re: Latest Oil Price: $73.57 - Crisis Looming by Wallie(m): 3:07pm On Nov 04

I think your infatuation with the US is clouding your ability to see issues objectively. Just so you know the US stands to lose if the price of oil goes below $70 per barrel because the oil produced by fracking cost about $62 per barrel unlike the oil produced from Saudi Arabia that's about $32 per barrel.

I'll help you make the connections: look to the Saudi's for the declining price of oil. They are either dumping more oil in the market to force the US to slow production or trying to protect their market share. Either way, if the price of oil goes below $70 per barrel, production and investments in shale oil will dwindle because companies in the US will be making less profit and will invest elsewhere.

What's going on has absolutely nothing to do with Nigeria.

Oil prices were in free fall on Tuesday morning after it emerged that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter, had slashed its contract price for its US customers in a further sign of an escalating war for control of global energy markets.

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Politics / Re: Defection: PDP Demands Tambuwal's Resignation by Wallie(m): 8:12pm On Oct 28
One does not necessarily have to be from the majority party to be elected speaker of the House as any of the two people nominated for the post can attain absolute majority of all votes cast; however, it only makes sense that the person nominated from the majority party win because the party with more people in the House nominated him and will vote for him.

Tambuwal’s defection to APC is a real blow to PDP and I wonder if more reps will follow suit. This means that Tambuwal who has the power to decide what gets heard or done in the House will be doing the bidding of APC (treating them like the majority party in power).
Celebrities / Re: Regina Askia To Work At Ebola Center In US (She's A Nurse) by Wallie(m): 8:20pm On Oct 24
In the US, it is not easy to guess one’s tax rate based on the amount earned because everyone’s situation is unique due to deductions that can reduce one's tax base.

For example, you can deduct Medical and Dental Expenses, Deductible Taxes, Home Mortgage Points,, Interest Expense, Charitable Contributions, Business Use of Home, Business Use of Car, Business Travel Expenses, Business Entertainment Expenses, Educational Expenses, Employee Business Expenses, Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Losses (Including Federally Declared Disaster Areas).

This is the reason you would hear of people making $100 million but pay less tax than someone making $30k per year. Also, she’s capable of making about 200 X 36 X 52 = $374,400 per year because nurses usually work 12 hour shifts and the hospital will need specially trained nurses to monitor any Ebola patient 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

If she has no deductions to take advantage of, she will probably be in the 33% tax bracket but if she has her own business, home, business car use, she can reduce her effective tax rate and fall to the 28%or lower tax bracket.

Rate Single Filers Married Joint Filers Head of Household Filers
10% $0 to $9,075 $0 to $18,150 $0 to $12,950
15% $9,076 to $36,900 $18,151 to$73,800 $12,951 to $49,400
25% $36,901 to $89,350 $73,801 to $148,850 $49,401 to $127,550
28% $89,351 to $186,350 $148,851 to $226,850 $127,551 to $206,600
33% $186,351 to $405,100 $226,851 to $405,100 $206,601 to $405,100
35% $405,101 to 406,750 $405,101 to 457,600 $405,101 to $432,200
39.6% $406,751+ $457,601+ $432,201+
Politics / Re: Ebola Must Be Contained In 60 Days Or The World Is In Big Trouble - UN. by Wallie(m): 4:17pm On Oct 15

A second healthcare worker has just been confirmed to have contracted ebola. Americans are now very scared. Look at this comment I copied from an American forum:

Rejoicing a little too soon, perhaps?

This is a deadly disease that we dodged a bullet on due to luck being on our side. If Ebola becomes a full blown pandemic across neighboring countries do you think our porous border will keep us safe?

We got lucky with the last outbreak because the high level official got sick at the airport and was taking to one of the best clinics in Lagos that treats expatriates.

Can you imagine if the index patient had crossed into Nigeria through Cotonou in a public bus and headed to one of the slums in Lagos? How long do you think it will be before the patient sees a doctor in one of the state hospitals that is capable of testing for Ebola? How many acquaintances, family members, passengers, patients, nurses, and doctors do you think such a person will infect along the way?
Celebrities / Re: Linda Ikeji Finally Addresses The Guy That Is Trying To Bring Her Blog Down by Wallie(m): 6:48pm On Oct 09
The United States, Canada and other countries also recognize common law trademark rights, which means action can be taken to protect an unregistered trademark if it is in use. Still common law trademarks offer the holder in general less legal protection than registered trademarks.

Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting), according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.

What will make this issue easier to resolve legally is the fact that the current owner of will have difficulty coming up with a believable reason for registering a pair of words that is so uncommon except the fact that it represents a celebrity’s first and last name.
Celebrities / Re: Linda Ikeji Finally Addresses The Guy That Is Trying To Bring Her Blog Down by Wallie(m): 6:38pm On Oct 09
Trade mark may likely not hold water because the name was registered before she filed for the trademark.

Nope. You do not have to file for a trademark for you to own the rights to it. Merely using a trademark in the marketplace to distinguish your goods/services gives you rights to it; however, for you to sue someone in a federal court, you need to have a registered trademark. All she has to do is file for the mark with evidence of actual use and in her case, it is relatively easy to prove actual use because she's a celebrity and her name is her mark.
Celebrities / Re: Google Removes Linda Ikeji's Blog by Wallie(m): 5:47pm On Oct 08

If I were advising Linda Ikeji, I would tell her to file a suit against Emmanuel Efremov in the US (NY) under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) for registering the name It is relatively easy to prove that the guy is cybersquatting.

Emmanuel Efremov
2 Address(s) Found Available
Hempstead,NY 11550
Indianapolis,IN 46224
Emmanuel Efremov
Age: 27yrs.

If she's interested, I wouldn't even mind looking into suing the guy on her behalf! BUT Linda needs to file a trademark application first and only then can she bring a suit against the guy in a federal court.
Celebrities / Re: Linda Ikeji Finally Addresses The Guy That Is Trying To Bring Her Blog Down by Wallie(m): 5:46pm On Oct 08
If I were advising Linda Ikeji, I would tell her to file a suit against Emmanuel Efremov in the US (NY) under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) for registering the name It is relatively easy to prove that the guy is cybersquatting.

Emmanuel Efremov
2 Address(s) Found Available
Hempstead,NY 11550
Indianapolis,IN 46224
Emmanuel Efremov
Age: 27yrs.

If she's interested, I wouldn't even mind looking into suing the guy on her behalf! BUT Linda needs to file a trademark application first and only then can she bring a suit against the guy in a federal court.

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Career / Re: It Is A Fallacy That No Knowledge Is a Wasted one by Wallie(m): 2:16am On Oct 08
Quite an interesting debate here with a high level of intellectual sparring!


New knowledge builds on the fabric and framework of older knowledge...for instance you can read because you learnt the alphabet, you can do some arithmetic because you learnt to memorise some tables (2X1=2, 2X2=4...). Scientists have discovered that we learn and recall a lot of things by association, in order words information is not just stored in distinct areas of the brain but what you learn to do today needs to be connected with something you learnt in the past for it to be useful and memorable.

We all know that there are more books in the world and more information available that we may not imbibe even in a 1,000 lifetimes so it is impossible to attempt to know everything and that is not what the argument is about. Anything we do learn reinforces or realigns with what we learnt before and makes it easier to learn other things. For instance, I read sections of a geography textbook while I was in primary school (just the introduction). While I never went ahead to do geography in secondary school or beyond, the knowledge I gained from that book and the fascination of some statements (like it takes minutes for sunlight to get to the earth and years for the lights from the star to get to us...and that when you actually see a star you are really looking back in time) have stayed with me today and increased my understanding of the vastness of the universe in which we exist and live in. grin

No knowledge is a waste because every knowledge creates some foundation with which we can leverage on to know something else and creates associations with others that helps us better apply what we know. What you know helps you critically appraise any new knowledge you are faced in the passage of time.

No knowledge is a waste because it is not about whether it gets used actively/deliberately or not, it is about what the knowledge does to you...creating a deep sense of confidence which will make you comfortable (in the mind...and in the body i.e what you know can make you rich in wisdom and rich in finances if you know how to apply it). wink

No knowledge is a waste because what you know will shape what you become either consciously or subconsciously...and what you don't know can hurt you (e.g ebola). shocked

Thanks for saying most of what I dreaded to post due to lack of time; however, I would like to bolster what you’ve said by saying a few things:

1. It was never meant to be a universal truth that “no knowledge is lost”.

2. There are different types of knowledge, namely: a priori knowledge, factual knowledge, empirical knowledge, and inferential knowledge. You do not necessarily have to actively seek some types of knowledge in order to gain it.

3. When you actively seek knowledge through education the end use of such knowledge justifies the means. The question is, why are you actively seeking knowledge? To be well-rounded? To be able to hold your own in social circles? To earn a living? Just because you want to know? Could the knowledge be incidental to something you love doing?

Here’s an anecdote: it is hard for a medical doctor or an accountant to lose me in a discussion about their relevant fields because I will most likely have an inkling about what they’re saying even though I did not study physiology or accounting.

4. Being well-rounded gives you the confidence to be part of any conversation and to be able to contribute intelligently.

5. Being knowledgeable makes you more likely to appreciate nuances you come across in your every day life and not be a binary thinker.

6. If your knowledge is one-dimensional you will most likely end up being an expert in your field but also anti-social and boring to be around (e.g. most people on the autistic spectrum that are extremely brilliant).

My position is, generally speaking, no knowledge is lost. Learn a skill and become proficient at it but also read broadly to make you well-rounded. Opportunity cost is really irrelevant to the discussion if you're already an expert in your chosen field.


Politics / Re: US Denies Blocking Fg’s Purchase Of War Aircraft by Wallie(m): 3:18pm On Sep 25
What most people fail to realize is that countries rarely give away valuable things for free unless through non-profit organizations. When you have a country that does not need the money from an outright sale of equipment to you, they start attaching other conditions that money can't buy.

For example, when Nigeria did not allow AFRICOM, do you think that made the U.S. happy? As a person, if you fail to help me in my time of need when I know you're capable of doing so, why should I help you when you need me? Why shouldn't I treat you with scorn? Why should I go out of my way to help you? Do you think you're the only ones with feelings? You cannot claim to be my friend only when you need me.

Generally speaking, the U.S. Government controls exports of sensitive equipment, software and technology, and any company needs to make sure that they're not running afoul of the law because the penalties are severe even for dual-use items. You need a pre-license checks and post-shipment verification. If found in violation, you will be subjected to both criminal and civil penalties.

For weapons export control violations, there's a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million per violation and, for an individual person, up to 10 years imprisonment. It can also result in civil fine of $500,000 per violation, as well as debarment from exporting defense articles or services.

For dual-use export control violations, criminal penalties can be up to a maximum of $500,000 per violation and, for an individual person, up to 10 years imprisonment. Dual-use violations can also be subject to civil fines up to $12,000 per violation.
Politics / Re: US Denies Blocking Fg’s Purchase Of War Aircraft by Wallie(m): 2:52pm On Sep 25
The details of the blocked weapons sale probably got mixed up because Israel does not use Boeing's CH-47 Chinook.

List of Boeing CH-47 Chinook operators
Argentina (former)
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
South Vietnam (former)
United Kingdom - See Boeing Chinook (UK variants)
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Vietnam (former)
Business / Re: Why Linda Ikeji Makes More Money Than Nairaland by Wallie(m): 4:52pm On Sep 17
1. Nairaland seems to be losing steam while Linda Ikeji is gaining.
2. Nairaland's home page is archaic and looks like an internet wasteland.
3. Linda’s blog provides most of the same important topics as Nairaland. Actually, I won’t be surprised at the blog being the more original source of info. It seems people actually duplicate the topics on Linda’s blog on Nairaland.
4. All the tribal crap is a huge turn off. I used to love checking in on Nairaland but now, I first go to Linda’s blog, then to Sahara reporters, and then maybe Nairaland.
5. I rarely check any other page than the home page. If I can’t find anything worth reading then I occasionally check the politics section.

1. Nairaland seems to be innovating more features.

1. Hire a charismatic CEO. I know this is easier said than done especially in Africa. An Alternative may be to hire a PR/media person that will represent you at events. Either way, someone needs to be out there promoting your website.
2. Do not get embroiled in politics because you’ll end up alienating your some of your clients and posters. You are a business man trying to build Nairaland. Can you imagine if Mark Zuckerberg starts commenting on people’s political post and not being neutral? If you feel the need to participate, create a different moniker/alter ego and comment away.
3. Look at foreign forums that are successful and see if there’s a thing or two that you can learn from them.

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Politics / Re: Censorship In The Media: Are We Better For It? by Wallie(m): 6:37pm On Sep 12
Here’s an anecdote why censorship is bad: I was for subsidy removal when it was first proposed because it made sense to divert whatever was used to subsidize fuel to other programs that could directly reach the populace instead of enriching the “cabals”.

Well, in the typical Nigerian fashion, news started trickling out about whether or not there’s subsidy, phantom ships, senate hearings, Farouk Lawan’s cap, etc. It soon became clear to me that in Nigeria, when you think you have all the facts, you’re probably barely scratching the surface. It is best to be open-minded and entertain views different from your own because you might just learn of a fact or two that will change your views.

Personally, I do not want my information censored. If someone is filtering my information, it means (1) they want to control what I think, (2) they think they know better, or (3) they think I’m incapable of making up my own mind. Give me access to all the information including misinformation and let me decide whether or not I want to believe it. Misinformation can only serve as truth when the true information is censored; otherwise, someone will speak up that the info is wrong.

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Politics / Censorship In The Media: Are We Better For It? by Wallie(m): 6:15pm On Sep 12
In the current highly charged political climate, there are allegations that some Mods and Seun are colluding with a party to the detriment of the other by censoring contents of posts. In a different thread, Seun said:

I want change as much as anyone else. I would have voted for Ribadu last time if he had any chance of winning. What do I hate, then? I hate the manipulation of our platform using propaganda, lies, and bullying by people who have been paid to promote one party over the other.

His argument certainly has merits and he believes he's doing it for the greater good. My guess is that time will tell whether or not he's right. To me, Nairaland is but one source of information and is wholly a private endeavor and as such, he can do whatever he thinks is best for Nairaland.

However, in general, should the government be censoring the media? Are we better off having viable opposition parties? Should we censor dissenting opinions because they do not align with our own? Is there anything that we can learn from the other side?

Here are some pros and cons I found on a website:

1. Censorship does not mean restraining the expression of people, in fact it is imposed to protect them.
2. Censorship of pornographic material prevents the minds of children from becoming corrupt.
3. Religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting or offensive to a particular religious community.
4. Censorship is necessary to preserve the secrets of a nation.
5. It is useful in hiding sensitive military information, which could be used by an enemy state.
6. Scenes of people consuming alcohol or smoking influence people to copy them. Hence, censoring such scenes serves a useful purpose.
7. People may copy dangerous stunts shown on TV or movies. Censorship proves necessary here.
8. Books may be used to portray wrong information about individuals or groups that could incite violence against them. Censorship would definitely prove helpful here.
9. It can be used to prevent politically motivated propaganda.
10. It protects the privacy of people.
11. Plagiarism is prevented.
12. Abusive scenes in movies may offend some people. Censorship prevents that.
13. It protects indigenous cultures from the bad influence of foreign cultures.
14. It prevents the public display of disrespect to any particular individual or community.
15. It prevents companies from spreading inaccurate or grossly exaggerated claims about their products.
16. It prevents spreading of racism.
17. It promotes political correctness.
18. Terrorists are prevented from learning about dangerous technology like the atom bomb.
19. Children are prevented from learning things that could harm them and others.
20. It prevents the ill effects of globalization affecting societies.
21. It shields the morals of society.
22. It restrains vulgarity and obscenity.
23. The surfeit of violence in movies and TV is restricted by it.
24. It prevents violence by stopping the broadcast of events, which might trigger it.
25. During an emergency like a terrorist attack, it helps in controlling panic and rumors throughout the nation. This was observed in India in 2008 when terrorists attacked The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

1. Censorship denies access to vital information.
2. If sex-related topics are completely censored it becomes difficult to teach children and teenagers about the dangers of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
3. Dictators use censorship to promote a flattering image of themselves and for removing any information that goes against them.
4. Freedom of speech is compromised.
5. Religious fundamentalists like the Taliban use them to coerce the population.
6. It encroaches upon the freedom of the press.
7. It prevents the free flow of ideas.
8. It may intrude on the privacy of a person.
9. Withholding of information only leads to ignorance in the society.
10. Censoring of information may lead to a wrong image perceived by the public.
11. It is generally associated with dictatorship.
12. Censorship in books, plays and movies may compromise their entertainment value.
13. Censorship has been misused in the past.
14. It is a force against globalization.
15. It works against creativity.
16. If you hide something from people they will become extra curious about it.
17. It has no place in a truly democratic society.
18. It gives rise to and hides abuse of human rights.
19. It is used to control people.
20. There can be different standards of morals among different societies quite different from the imposed ones by the censorship.
21. It may be used to block legitimate criticism.
22. Governments should not control people. It should be the other way round.
23. Political parties around the world use media censorship for their own benefit. It stifles the opposition, broadcasting only a particular point of view.
24. People have a right to know.
25. Media giants push their own agenda under the pretext of censorship.
26. Censorship is just like a double-edge sword. If used properly, it serves as a valuable weapon. However, it can also be misused. Censorship may have many technical and legal repercussions. Governments and other regulatory institutions must learn to use it judiciously. An absence of censorship might not be a perfect notion, however, it also doesn't mean that the government uses it for its own personal gain by suppressing dissent. Hence, censorship should not be treated as a taboo.

Read more at Buzzle:

Personally, I think having viable opposition or dissenting views makes us better informed. What are your views?
Travel / Re: Lagos State: The Pride Of The South West.. by Wallie(m): 6:25pm On Sep 09
This is EXACTLY what Nigerian politicians are missing: accountability. If you’re awarded a contract and you’re sure the governor, minister, or president will show up in person to check its completion, you will most likely complete the contract favorably.

We need to start holding people accountable.

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Politics / Time To Ask For Help In Fighting Boko Haram? by Wallie(m): 4:07pm On Sep 02
Is it high time we ask the US or any other western country for air support? It should have been absolutely impossible for BH to travel in large numbers from wherever their base to attack Bama. I can only attribute their success to lack of air support! It is a lot easier to defend a place when people are outside trying to get in than fighting the intruders door-to-door to displace them.

I'm starting to think we should put our ego aside and ask for help! BH only needs one really good whacking and it will take them years to be able re-equip themselves to the level where they can attempt to overrun a large city in just one day!
Health / Re: Ebola: Nigerian Research Firm Submits Sample Drugs To FG by Wallie(m): 2:07pm On Aug 18
Anybody can make a claim that they developed a new drug to treat an illness but it will be foolhardy to directly test it on patients. After all, the drug's risk can far outweigh its benefits or the drug may not even work at all and kill the patient after they spend money that they do not have to enrich the manufacturer.

For example, we all know that using hand sanitizer will kill most germs but does that mean that when you're afflicted with a particular virus, you can drink the hand sanitizer? You would probably say no but what's stopping Mr. Wazobia, a drug manufacturer, from claiming to have a cure for the virus you're afflicted with and the cure is something that he created in his lab? So you ask, “What did he create his lab?” His hypothesis is that since hand sanitizer kills germs on your hand, simply drinking it in a capsule form will kill the germs in your body. So he’s simply going to re-package the hand sanitizer into capsules that you can swallow and it should work.

The point I'm trying to make is that anybody can say anything that they want; it is up to the authorities to test the efficacy and toxicity of the drug. Somebody should be tasked with protecting the public from someone like Mr. Wazobia who may be well intentioned by lacks the information and/or knowledge needed to come up with a solution.

In the US, whenever a new drug is created, the FDA test for the drug's efficacy and toxicity through a series of clinical trials designed to determine (1) how toxic the is drug, (2) how much should be given to patients for it to work, and (3) whether the drug really works for its intended claim.

It is great that people out there are trying to do something about Ebola and not just waiting for a handout but let us not get ahead of ourselves by being too overly optimistic because there are people out there that are just looking to capitalize on people’s fear and illness similar to all the fake cures for HIV. We need to be cautiously optimistic and hope that one of these claims works.


Politics / Re: Nigeria Army Has Lost A Hero, My Father Is Gone. by Wallie(m): 7:55pm On Aug 15

Anyone who has never experienced the utter chaos and panic of a full-blown firefight would have trouble understanding that much of the shooting is not even aimed, but intended to pin the enemy down to facilitate an advance, rapid change in firing positions, or a tactical retreat, while firing in "spray and pray" mode, most of the time now even knowing how many kills were actually made.

Exactly! Here's a video of US soldiers pinned down by the Taliban. You can't even see what they're shooting at!
Politics / Re: Nigeria Army Has Lost A Hero, My Father Is Gone. by Wallie(m): 7:39pm On Aug 15
seaman007: 30 to 60 bullet for each soilder
whc is 30 multiply by 45
Is 1350 bullet

45 trained soldier won't shoot aimlessly
I rest my case

What makes you think the soldiers were shooting aimlessly? You think this is the movies? Even assuming argunedo that your assertion is right, there are 7200 seconds in 2 hours; how long do you think it takes for a single shot to be fired and how long would it take to exhaust all the bullets if they were fired serially? In your infinite wisdom, do you think soldiers pinned down should be firing one weapon at a time? In which direction should the single weapon be fired? Do you have any idea what the terrain looks like?

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Politics / Re: 30 soldiers feared dead in Military Operation to liberate Gwoza. by Wallie(m): 1:06pm On Aug 15
If 30 soldiers truly died in exchange for 50 Boko Haram killed then we have a serious problem! This is not supposed to be "shoot me I shoot you" contest. At this rate, how many soldiers will need to die to wipe out Boko Haram? It seems our soldiers are just running in blindly without any intelligence gathered of what's ahead of them. Did the military just think BH will lay a welcoming mat as they approached the town? Isn't it common knowledge that even common thieves ambush policeman? Why would an ambush by BH not be expected?

RIP to the soldiers!

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Politics / Re: Nigeria's First Lady Flies Into Rage On Missed D.C Trip---huffington Post by Wallie(m): 9:08pm On Aug 01
ugopumping: Nigeria's First Lady in outrage over missed trip to Washington, D.C
by, Rachel Rabinowitz
Lagos, Nigeria
Reports emanating from Aso Rock yesterday indicated that the wife of Nigeria's President, Patience Jonathan, after being informed that she would not be accompanying her husband to the United States, flew into a rage and slapped a Protocol Officer and an unnamed female Minister in her husband's cabinet accusing them of infidelity and trying to break up her marriage. She has reportedly insisted that they be fired immediately.

This story appears to be FAKE!!!


Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 10:09pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: What scenario are you talking about? we thought we was squaring off with one B-2,now you say (change the goalposts) we got multiple bogeys?! against one lonely battery?!!, that is not a feasible nor strategic or a tactical scenario..It can never happen....[b]If it is an air raid or a bombing run then its imperative the radar stations must be knocked out but how is it possible when most are very mobile with thick camouflage?? O.k, so you manage to knock off some and drop your bombs then how do you escape with heatseekers all over the sky, else you shut your engines and crash....Yes,Russia is the best in advanced missile weaponry that is why expensive american jets will become obsolete very soon.[/b]

Are you saying a B2 will invade enemy territory without any other support system? You are the one not thinking clearly because all along I've said fighting is not unidimensional. Check out post #113. Further, what's this "heatseaker" you keep harping on? Heat seeking missiles are generally susceptible to flares and/or evasive maneuvers! Na today?

You ask how it's possible to knock out mobile radar stations. Take a quick look at Iraqi's self-propelled SAM and tell me what happened to them during the war: You can ask the same exact thing about Kosovo which had a much more superior air defense system.

Let me tell you how a hypothetical attack on a potential strong enemy would occur:

1. launch 100s of cruise missiles from ships and submarines offshore with the sole aim of knocking off long range radars and command and control. An attack can occur 3,700 km (2,300 miles) away from the target;
2. follow up with B2s that can fire a weapon at a target 1,500 miles (2,414 km) away;
3. start jamming radars with EA-6B Prowler;
4. bring out the F-117s to continue degrading the air defense systems. Fly well above 15k feet to stay out of range of the portable SAMs; and
5. if the air defense system and command control are somewhat degraded, bring out the F-16s and F-15s to patrol the skies.
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 7:06pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: With a very good crew manning a mobile system capable of 20 mile radius and 10km altitude detection there is not a chance in hell fire any bogey can get within 10 miles how much more in our midst..
you be ghost??..Yes war isnt unidimensional that is why it is has evolved into another dimension...the age of self propelled ballistic weaponry...? have no idea what you're talking about. Self propelled ballistics? Like cruise missiles that we fire in the hundreds from ships and submarines off-shore when we detect enemy radars?
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 6:57pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: By mobility,we mean 4-wheel drive sometimes the most simplest inventions can get the hardest tasks done.Now using the aforementioned principle, heatseekers are a surefire way to hunting B-2s....except if they exhaust cold-air contrails from their afterburners...

In theory, after B2s fire off a missile IR can be used to detect them but, again, you're not just fighting a B2! You're being attacked from all sides possible! Plus, if you attempt to lock on them with your radar, you're essentially leaving a return address for other systems to attack you. Why do you think during all the wars that the US participated in in the last 20 years, they have very few confrontations in the sky?

Russia is about the only country that can have significant kills when confronting the US in the sky! If you put your plane up there or turn on your radar, it is going to turn into a pile of ashes. Simple.
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 6:39pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: Just like the advent of the wheel, the advent of mobility has given stationery military assets e.g artillery,radar stations even air-strips (air craft carriers) an edge in the fight for supremacy.So if i command a SAM battery transporter,we get decoyed into an ambush then we change location and counter.....its a lot less riskier than commanding from a stationery radar station-bunker..

True except if I'm always present in the sky above and on the ground in your midst to see your movements! Spy satellites, drones and special forces make for a deadly combination. Before actual fighting begins, special forces are already behind enemy lines doing their thing! My point is, fighting war is not as unidimensional as what most people think!
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 5:33pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: [b]So as most SAMs can reach altitudes of up to 10km and range of 20km, there isnt any need to sight the enemy before launching.[/b]Either way,aircrafts these days are very vulnerable to guided surface fire, especially high altitude long range projectiles.I foresee the next air war to be on a juncture as to who deploys the most advanced SAM batteries....Not the most expensive Aircrafts.

Kinda like the first few days of the Kosovo and Iraq wars? All you see is the sky being lit up by anti-aircraft weapons and you wonder what they were shooting at! You cannot hit what you cannot see unless you got lucky!

For your SAMs to work, the radar needs to work by acquiring the target. Radar works by listening for signals that they emitted. Emitting a signal identifies your exact location and gives the enemy a location to shoot at (which is why they only turn on the radar briefly and quickly switch it off). Listening for the enemy after emitting a signal also gives the enemy an opportunity to confuse or mislead you once they know the type of response you're expecting.

All the weapons you see cost millions of dollars for a reason! It is simply a game of chess as every weapon has an inherent flaw that can be exploited (if you know what the flaw is grin).
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 5:19pm On Jul 30

Please explain to us its level of engagement. I know it took part in both wars, but to what extent. The plane was design to be stealthy, but you hardly see them participate in active role like F-15. Instead, they drop bomb from a high altitude and go away.

By the way, I based my claim on the fact that they haven't come in contact with any known advanced missile system like the Buk, S-300,S-400. Until then, I rest my case.

Roles differ for different types of aircraft. The B2 is not designed to be a fighter like the F-15. Your enemy's capability will determine the type of weapons you deploy. Also, you just don't deploy a single weapon; you attack from the air, sea, land, and digital realm.

B2's capability is not just based on the fact that it is stealthy, in addition to flying and being able to attack 15 km in the sky, it also has advanced electronic countermeasures that will confuse and distract the enemy's radar. Have you ever tried listening to someone talk when standing in front a giant concert-type speakers blaring music? It becomes very difficult to understand what the person is saying!

By the way, B2 is the plane that will clear the way for F-16s, F-22s, F-35s, etc.

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