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Crime / Re: Obama: Vladimir Putin Is No 'chess Master' by Wallie(m): 4:01pm On Dec 23, 2014
Why can't Nigerians debate an issue without the name-calling? People just open their mouth like they have verbal diarrhea and start raining insults on someone who has a different point of view, and these are people that would meet you in real life and start calling you "sir" even though you're about the same age.

I sometimes wonder why I waste my time coming to this site as I’ve gained almost nothing just insults.

Anyway, continue on with your Tuesday morning armchair quarterbacking…maybe Nigeria will hire you guys as a foreign "analyst." cheesy

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Foreign Affairs / Re: USA Shuts Down North Korea's Internet After Sony Hack by Wallie(m): 2:53pm On Dec 23, 2014

There are two main weapon systems suits that (mostly western forces) try to never use unless its fir real war and against a peer state [read China,Russia]:

Cyber war tools (stuxnet,major bandwidth hacks,communication nodes and operating systems).

Electronic warfare tools (radar systems,sensor disruption,anti disruptive systems[resilient system ]anti-jamming technologies like frequency hopping and DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum).

Not a matter of movies, even when this systems are built they try to test them as far away from human/urban areas as much as possible.Places like china lake and far up the Arctic or Antarctica places it will be hard to have spy's come looking .

The U.S. Air Force, has taken the lead in developing electronic tools for attacking and defending satellite communications, he satellites themselves, and has been training people to use these techniques. This effort involves figuring out new, or improved, ways to jam satellites. Then you keep that stuff secret, in case potential enemies have not figured this out themselves. Next, you work on ways to defeat the weapons developed. Most of this is playing around with the signals themselves. You can un-jam a jamming signal with another signal. However, a lot of trial and error is required and you want to get that done way in advance of any actual war. When you do have to use this stuff for real, you have to expect that the enemy may well have come up with some angle you missed. Thus, there will be some rapid improvisation, and you will have more time and resources for this if you have worked out ahead of time the details of disasters you have already anticipated. No one is releasing much information about this, for obvious reasons. There won't be much discussion from any government, unless there is a terrorist attack using these techniques.




You are mostly correct but you fail to consider that there are various levels of secret weapons. The weapon you would use against China, Russia, or Iran is different from the one you would use against NK, Venezuela, or some other 3rd world country. Whatever was done to NK is not that sophisticated in the grand scheme of things as it seemed to be related to shutting down the power needed for their routers.
There is ALWAYS MAJOR top secret weapons being developed and improved in response to EVERY single country's capability. Take a look at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), whose motto is "Creating and Preventing Strategic Surprise."


Currently, if you have unique knowledge/idea for a product or service that relates to cyber security, you'll easily get funding by the private sector and/or the government to develop it.

I would even go a step further; if you want to become the next billionaire, develop a solution for corporations that prevents hacking.

EDIT: By the way, you can easily jam satellites by just swamping the bandwidth with very loud "noise." It is even better to send confusing info or wrong info by pretending to be the satellite or the person commanding the satellite.
Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 6:18pm On Dec 22, 2014

Go and die,we have been cooking with fire before the arrival of Europeans,also am not the same class with someone that is inferior like you,let me also tell you that many things that they europeans are using is from Africa,Egypt if you have forgotten. Go and dring your alumo boy.fool.

Na hunger mess with your brain so or you're just too dumb to get your point across coherently? Either way, you need to lay off the internet and go deal with your immediate problem. Asswipe!

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Crime / Re: Obama: Vladimir Putin Is No 'chess Master' by Wallie(m): 6:09pm On Dec 22, 2014
Lol, Obama just disgraced black men and black skin worldwide, with this statement. Why didn't someone give him the teleprompter? Obama, stop it - your sanctions aren't working.


Putin acknowledged that Western economic sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine was just one factor behind Russia's economic crisis, accounting for roughly 25 to 30 percent of the ruble's troubles.


President Vladimir Putin blamed "external factors" such as oil prices and sanctions for Russia's financial crisis Thursday, but admitted he should have done more to diversify the economy.

Speaking to journalists at his annual press conference, Putin said it could take Russia two years to overcome the tough economic situation facing the country.

Putin said sanctions -- imposed by the West over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine -- were responsible for 25% of Russia's economic woes.

While he was speaking, EU leaders approved a new round of sanctions on Crimea, banning any investment in the area.

Putin's optimism about the economy's ability to pull through is based on an assumption that demand for Russian oil will grow again.
"That is a fact of life," he said.

Half of Russian government revenue comes from oil and gas exports. If oil prices stay at $60 a barrel, the Russian economy is expected to shrink by almost 5% in 2015.

Putin said it was possible that the U.S. could be conspiring with Saudi Arabia to depress oil prices as a way of hurting Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

"We all see the lowering of the oil price. There's lots of talk about what's causing it. Could it be the agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to punish Iran and affect the economies of Russia and Venezuela? It could."

Asked about the collapse in the ruble -- the currency has lost 45% against the dollar this year -- Putin said the central bank could have acted "sooner and in a harsher way."

The bank's drastic interest rate hike last week was adequate, he said, adding that he expects rates to head lower "sooner rather than later."



Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 10:43pm On Dec 18, 2014

...Electricity is not an issue to a Ghana company, for instance...

Here's the honest truth....

Nigeria can't be directly compared to most African countries because we face unique challenges due to the size of our population that will make solutions that work in other less populous countries a waste of time/resources over here. You simply cannot just say we should scale up the same solutions; however, when we compare Nigeria to other countries with the same population figure, we are woefully lacking. How does Nigeria compare to Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Russia? Not favorable by almost any measure.

Brazil 203,601,000
Pakistan 188,437,000
Nigeria 178,517,000
Bangladesh 157,502,000
Russia 146,300,00
Science/Technology / Re: My Personal Experience With Nigerian Patents (say Something) by Wallie(m): 8:18pm On Dec 18, 2014
what do you know regarding the above?

What do you want to know? Are you trying to get one or determine its value?
Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 8:09pm On Dec 18, 2014

If this list is from any western nation,then forget it because I have no respect for them. Proudly Nigerian.

Let me get this straight - you have a problem with western nations ranking Africans against other Africans? Would you rather have them rank us against other western nations?

Are you also saying you have a problem with anything originating from western nations? If so, I suggest you eliminate 99.9999% of things you use or come across daily because it probably originated from them, especially if you live in a big city.

What you should be concerned about is bias. In this case, the report is there for you to read and if you sense bias, go ahead and post specific examples. Just don’t throw blanket statements out there. Specifically, what in the paper do you have a problem with?


Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 7:21pm On Dec 18, 2014
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Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 7:08pm On Dec 18, 2014
Quote from the actual article..

Education is a major pillar of a knowledge economy and a basic human right. Educational achievement leads to improved health and earning potential in the short and long term. Yet education is still a widespread problem in Africa. Consider Nigeria, where improvements in the economy have been substantial but education performance still lags behind.

In Nigeria, there are around 64 million people between the ages of 15 to 35 (more than one third of the overall population). Secondary school enrolment has grown significantly at 8.2% per year between 2000 and 2010 compared to a 2.7% population growth in the same period (Dalberg 2014). However, enrolment rates are still low and stand on average at 64% (primary) and 44% (secondary) in 2014 compared to 82% and 50% for 38 African countries.

Moreover, in this same period, the out of school population has also grown. Nigeria now has an out of school child population of 10.5 million, the highest in the world (UNESCO 2014). This deprivation is concentrated in Northern states (Adejoro 2014), and is higher for girls and women (UNESCO 2014). For those that do attend school, educational quality is a serious concern. Only 50% of Nigerians are satisfied with it and just 60% of the population believes that children are learning at school (Figure 1).*

A number of factors, both on the demand and supply side, contribute to the poor performance of the Nigerian educational system. On the demand side the main factors decreasing access to education include economic constraints and cultural norms, which predominantly penalise girls. On the supply side, the provision of inadequate school infrastructure (most Nigerian universities have a rejection rate of over 90%), insufficient quality, inadequate curricula, and poor learning outcomes play a role in keeping children out of school.

The use of education technologies and open educational resources, like the Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), may be a solution to Nigeria’s education problems. First of all, technology improves access, by giving more the opportunity to attend ‘remote’ lessons. A group of Nigerian universities, in partnership with the private and public sector, is planning to launch the first major e-learning degree in the country. However, to be really effective, e-learning in Nigeria should be adopted also in primary and secondary schools and not only at university.

UNESCO Dakar, which has been running the PAJEF literacy project in Senegal since 2011, showed that ICT may help decrease the gender bias in education since ‘mobile phones, computers, internet and TV make literacy courses much more attractive for illiterate women’ (UNESCO Dakar 2014). A similar project was launched in Nigeria in May 2014. Moreover ICT makes books cheaper and available to a larger share of the population.1 The American University of Nigeria recently opened a multimedia library containing the largest e-book collection in Africa.

In addition, the use of portable digital devices (including laptops but also solar batteries and charging facilities) will allow scholars to remain engaged with their schoolwork when they are not able to attend classrooms as a result of health crises (for example, Ebola),2 family emergencies, bad weather, and local/regional conflicts related to current (and future) political/religious extremism (such as the Chibok girls in Nigeria kidnapped by Boko Haram). UNICEF Uganda, for example, developed MobiStation, a solar-powered ‘classroom in a suitcase’, which features a projector and off-line educational content. Educational programs that utilise tablet computing and rural localised Wi-Fi connected to Remote Access Community Hotspots for Education and Learning (RACHEL Pis) (‘hubs’) started in Nigeria in early 2014.

Africa is lagging behind other regions in terms of MOOCs diffusion. The poor condition of infrastructure is the main obstacle to a larger diffusion of online educational platforms. For example, international internet connection in Nigeria has a capacity of 50,000 megabytes per second versus a world average of more than 900,000 mbps. Also, the diffusion of servers using encryption technology in internet transactions is limited (1.67 per million people in Nigeria versus 283 globally) (Figure 2). Moreover, only 48% of the population3 and 35% of primary schools4 have access to electricity.

There are, on the other hand, good opportunities for future expansion of ICT in education in Africa, and in Nigeria in particular. Indeed the large diffusion of mobile phones (Nigeria ranks 8th among sub-Saharan African countries in terms of household ownership of mobile phones), access to the internet (here Nigeria ranks 5th amongst African countries) and the falling price of ICT devices would support the success of this new educational approach. In order to increase access to educational technologies, the America University of Nigeria provides each student with a laptop on entry. Similarly, the Osun State government started distributing 150.000 laptops to school pupils in 2011 (Rwanda and Kenya have promoted similar initiatives).

In order to improve the education system and allow more people to lead prosperous lives, a transformation is needed within the ‘education ecosystem’ in Nigeria and technology may support this change. To increase the impact of these alternative learning approaches it is important to increase awareness of the benefits of digital literacy training and ICT in general, improve access to reliable ICT infrastructure, support the creation of a peer education network, improve the ICT skills of teachers and facilitate the utilisation of modern learning equipment and material (e.g. digital learning technologies). A partnership between government structures, NGOs, local communities, and the private sector is critical for the success of these initiatives

Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 7:00pm On Dec 18, 2014
Entire list

Botswana 1
Morocco 2
South Africa 3
Tunisia 4
Namibia 5
Ghana 6
Algeria 7
Mali 8
Malawi 9
Egypt 10
Tanzania 11
Zambia 12
Rwanda 13
Burkina Faso 14
Niger 15
Cameroon 16
Kenya 17
Uganda 18
Senegal 19
Benin 20
Congo Republic 21
Djibouti 22
Mauritania 23
Nigeria 24
Mozambique 25
Sudan 26
Côte d'Ivoire 27
Guinea 28
Sierra Leone 29
Angola 30
Liberia 31
Ethiopia 32
Zimbabwe 33
Togo 34
Burundi 35
Chad 36
Congo (DR) 37
Central African Republic 38


Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 6:49pm On Dec 18, 2014
This list has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with CNN. It was published by the Legatum Institute, a charitable public policy think-tank whose mission is to help people lead more prosperous lives.

And before you say "USA" or "America", The Legatum Institute Foundation is a registered charity (number 1140719), and a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England and Wales (company number 7430903), registered address 11 Charles Street, London, W1J 5DW.

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Investment / Re: CNN's 10 Most Prosperous African Countries, Nigeria Missing by Wallie(m): 6:43pm On Dec 18, 2014
You guys ever wondered what the criteria to the rating were?

1. Economy
2. Entrepreneurship & Opportunity
3. Health
4. Education
5. Governance
6. Safety & Security
7. Personal Freedom
8. Social Capital

How well do you think Nigeria fares in any criterion listed above? grin


Business / Re: Angel Investors And Aspiring Entrepreneurs Meet Here. by Wallie(m): 3:26pm On Dec 15, 2014
A few questions that should get the process going. Whatever business you're pitching should probably be more than just an idea.

1. How many members in your team and where are you located?

2. How long have you been working together on this project/company?

3. In one sentence, tell us what your company does.

4. In one sentence, pitch your product.

5. Why you and your team?

6. Are you Incorporated?

7. What’s the market like? What key assumptions about your market have you validated?

8. How do you plan to make money? Who’s your customer?

9. Why now? Who is your competition and how do you differentiate yourself from them?

10. Describe how the investment you seek will help you lunch a product.

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Politics / Re: How The Western Media Portrays Africa, China, And India Differently by Wallie(m): 3:51pm On Dec 11, 2014
Those with power decide what kinds of story we see, hear, or read about. They tell the narration that conforms to their bias and/or believe.

You want to tell a different story, the real story? Attain power. Nobody will listen to you if you're powerless; you'll just die of frustration.

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Politics / Re: Photo: Fashola Unveils Lagos Resident Card by Wallie(m): 3:27pm On Dec 11, 2014
Why a state issued ID?

1. To know the number of residents in Lagos.
2. To know the population of each local government area.
3. To know which area to focus development (schools, roads, hospitals, power, etc).
4. To know those using the benefits of the state so that they can be taxed.
5. To know those coming to reside in the state and those leaving.

Further, each state has the sole responsibility of governing within its borders not the federal government. The federal government can keep its own set of data for its own purposes but that has nothing to really do with why a particular state would want to know who lives within its own borders.

In the United States, which is a federal republic like Nigeria, every single state has its own resident state ID in addition to the federally granted social security number and passport. The federal government of Nigeria is more concerned about Nigerians and their State of birth. It will be almost impossible for the Federal government to keep up with people moving across state lines to reside in a different state. A state on the other hand can require its resident to get a state issued ID card before using its services. After all, the services where meant for just residents of the state alone and nobody else.

Great development by Fashola!


Health / Re: My Back Pain Is Killing Me - Pls Help by Wallie(m): 3:17pm On Dec 05, 2014
For many years now I have suffered severe-to-chronic lower back pains that has now extended to the upper regions and my sides. I have taken all known local and orthodox medications, all to no help. My job requires me sitting all day and much as I have tried to use hot ointments, massages and sometimes hot water massaging, it hasn't helped. I even attended some physiotherapy sessions, taken x-rays and so on.

I dont know what to do again. How can I live with this condition for ever. The pain is unbearable. I have even considered quiting my job, since I've been told that my constant sitting for hours on end may be the problem. If I quit my job what will I feed my family with?

Please help me.

You need to go see a doctor to properly diagnose you. Hard to believe people are claiming a known solution when all you've said is "severe-to-chronic lower back pains that has now extended to the upper regions and my sides".

Call Your Doctor About Back Pain If:
You feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs; this may signal damage to the spinal cord. Seek immediate medical help.
The pain in your back extends downward along the back of the leg; you may be suffering from sciatica.
The pain increases when you cough or bend forward at the waist; this can be the sign of a herniated disc.
The pain is accompanied by fever, burning during urination, or strong-smelling urine; you may have an infection.
You begin to have problems controlling your bowels or bladder; seek immediate medical help.

Other "red flags" that could point to a serious back pain problem include:
• A history of cancer
• You have been losing weight without trying
• You have been on steroids or medication that weakens your immune system
• A history of trauma
• Pain that is getting worse and does not get better after you rest
• Pain that has lasted more than a month
• Nighttime pain
• Unresponsive to earlier back pain therapies
• A history of IV drug use

Crime / Re: How I Was Duped Of N465,000 @trans Amadi, PH by Wallie(m): 2:59pm On Dec 05, 2014
If jazz/jins are truly used in this instance, can you answer the following:

1. Why require the guy to close the door?
Answer - to preoccupy his mind with a different task because he cannot close the door and watch his bag EXACTLY at the same time. If all that was required for jins to act is just close proximity, then the jins should have just switched the money when the guy got into the car. Abi jins no be ghost?

2. Why do occupants of the car reach across his lap to help him close the door?
Answer - so that while one was closing the door and leaning on the guy, the 2nd passenger can perform the switch.

3. Why replace the money with something else?
Answer - so that the guy will continue to think the money is intact because the bag is not empty and has about the same weight to it. If the bag was simply empty, the guy would have raised alarm before the scam artist could get away.


Crime / Re: How I Was Duped Of N465,000 @trans Amadi, PH by Wallie(m): 4:02am On Dec 05, 2014
I believe the story but it has nothing to do with jazz just misdirection.




Health / Re: Are Nigerians Who Reject Free Condoms Hypocrites? by Wallie(m): 11:05pm On Dec 03, 2014
I think most guys are just shy of being put on the spot.

How many guys would walk into a supermarket in broad day light to go buy a feminine product (pads, tampons, Summer's Eve etc) for their lady friend?

How many guys would have a problem dropping their pants for a “coughing session” in front of a pretty female doctor?
Politics / Re: Igbo Group Condemn Deliberate Frustration Of Geometric Power Limited Aba by Wallie(m): 10:40pm On Dec 02, 2014

What exactly do you mean by Barth cannot generate and distribute at the sametime? A company like Geometric has stake holders that can finance both generation and delivery of electricity. All this delays only affect businesses and increase unemployment in the east. It is not helping biko nu.

Besides the project is a private venture and their is plenty of room for other competitors,, but you have to do the work yourselves rather than tell Nnaji wat and wat his company cannot do on their project.

If Geometrics is simply generating power, why not contract with the government to pump X megawatts into the grid at a certain price per megawatt? It is not as if we have more power supply than we actually need.
Politics / Re: Igbo Group Condemn Deliberate Frustration Of Geometric Power Limited Aba by Wallie(m): 10:28pm On Dec 02, 2014

“We are also aware that contrary to the agreement entered into by Geometrics and Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) representing the Federal Government of Nigeria, a new set of greedy, wicked and selfish persons in high places halted the commissioning of the Power Plant and proceeded to concessioning the whole of the South East to a new company, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC, in a very spurious and dubious privatization arrangement that has the implication of transferring the huge investment of Geometrics to the new company (Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC.)”.

1. Is “Alaoji Power Plant” a power plant or a distribution company because I don’t understand how a power plant can be concessioned to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC.

2. Assuming, everything was indeed consessioned to Enugu Electricity Disco, what type of agreement was in place before Geometrics developed their power plant?

3. Did Geometrics participate in the PHCN privatization bid?

4. Why is Geometrics not going to court, especially, since there was an agreement between Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and Geometrics? My guess is that the govt will claim PHCN is no longer in existence but what about their outstanding obligations?

Here’s another reason why investing long term in Nigeria scares me - if you’re not in bed with the government of the day, you’re royally screwed!

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Travel / Re: US Embassy Receives 220,000 Visa Applications by Wallie(m): 3:15pm On Nov 26, 2014
The real issue with toy guns is that they are made to look like the real thing, especially if the orange cap has been taken off and it is being pointed at you. You have a split second to make a life or death decision.

This is even more true in the US where ANYBODY include kids as young as 6 can get a gun.

Here's someone that's about 5 years old with a loaded gun in his kindergarten class.

6 year old with a .45-caliber handgun in school

Travel / Re: US Embassy Receives 220,000 Visa Applications by Wallie(m): 3:04pm On Nov 26, 2014

Absolute nonsense.
Even as a young kid growing up in Nigeria we used to play 'Police and theif' my area and some of us had toy plastic 'Lux pistols'. Are you saying it would have been ok to shoot us down. Please I can accept that the Ferguson case may not be as clear as some feel, but to say it's ok to shoot a 12 year old kid for playing around with a TOY, well, that just makes me feel you've been watching way tooo much Fox news

The toy guns you played with as a kid bears no resemblance to a real gun. Why do you think manufacturers of fake guns are required to put an orange plastic cap on the nozzle of the gun? Can you tell which gun is real or fake in the pics blow?

Politics / Re: Why Desperate To Go Abroad?: Report From UK Adventure by Wallie(m): 8:31pm On Nov 19, 2014

...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, 2014



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, 2014
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, 2014
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 http://dicon.gov.ng/military.html

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, 2014
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: $44 per Barrel - Crisis Looming by Wallie(m): 3:07pm On Nov 04, 2014

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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014

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?

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