Happy feet

20 Sep 2017 10:00
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Beautiful Boulders Beach, Simonstown showing off...


A small punch for man...

19 Sep 2017 10:27
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One of the most memorable moments for me, tbh. You know, the one where Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut, one of the first two men to land on the Moon, and the second to set foot on its dusty surface, delivered a knock-down punch on an ideological opponent. The guy had been literally thumping a Bible on him, so Buzz decided enough was enough.

Now, I'm not in favor of violence and all that, but I can't deny sights like these can't help but make even the most avowed pacifist snigger with delight. Here's why.

First, the event:



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Sobieski is a Nazi now?

18 Sep 2017 15:31
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The other day, a bunch of Antifa geniuses decided to prettify a memorial to Jan Sobieski commemorating his victory in the Battle of Vienna (1683) - you know, the one that repelled the Ottoman invasion of Central Europe. These experts of history wrote "No Nazi" on it, probably because they believed Sobieski was a racist Islamophobe. A proto-Nazi, so to speak. He fought the Ottomans, after all.


Because Nazism existed in the 17th century, obviously.

He was such a Nazi, that Sobieski! )

Lacuna Coil: Delirium

15 Sep 2017 18:00
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Lessons unlearned

17 Sep 2017 17:49
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Failed companies, billions worth of lost investments and savings, millions of personal dramas... For many people, the mechanism that translates little digits jumping on the laptop screens of some costumed gentlemen sitting in their Manhattan offices, into a Greek docker losing their job, remains a complete mystery. But as all-encompassing as it may've been, the crisis never really reached to the core of the system. It didn't change the way the markets function, and neither did it prompt us to cleanse the financial system of the piled systematic problems, or to uproot the errors that have led to them.


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A win for the white beasts

17 Sep 2017 09:34
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Snow Leopards No Longer Considered “Endangered"

It is now thought that there are at least 4,000 adult snow leopards still prowling the peaks of the Himalayas, meaning that the felines no longer meet the criteria set by the IUCN for “endangered status”. While this is clearly good news, the conservationists involved have warned that this does not mean that the cats are doing well or face no threats. They are still declining, just not as rapidly as we once thought.

WTF, Boks?

16 Sep 2017 11:00
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The All Blacks have just scored their biggest win over the Springboks, winning 57-0 in Albany.

Rhule was a quota selection very obviously. Missed 99% of tackles and did almost fokol.

Jantjies always kicking deep off kick off??

Line outs? Wtf.

Backline- what backline?

Need a new coach please and thank you.

Not only that, we need to start working from scratch.

White giraffes

16 Sep 2017 09:00
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Watch Rare White Giraffes Spotted in Kenya
http://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00055349.html

The unique giraffes suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which prevents pigmentation in skin cells and results in a white, pale colour. The rangers got the information from a villager who claimed to have sighted a pair of rare white giraffes, a mother and its child.

Talk about stupid walls...

16 Sep 2017 00:11
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Not sure if true, but if is, then WOW.

These Plans For A High-Tech UK Border Wall Might Even Be Dumber Than Trump's



"Plans formulated by a think tank for a high-tech border between the UK and Ireland have been met with derision, because essentially the plan is to have drones and airships patrol the border like we're living in a steampunk dystopian future. ... A proposed solution from the Legatum Institute is to deploy drones, airships, and hot air balloons to patrol the border at all times. They say that "persistent surveillance of the border region" could be achieved through a combination of these unmanned arial vehicles and aerostats (airships or hot air balloons)."

I don't know, maybe the "think" part in think-tank is not too appropriate in this case.
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Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúin
Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin
Siúil go doras agus ealaigh liom
Is go dtí tú mo mhuirnín slán





Exactly twelve years of family life, and eighteen years of love... ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Cassini: the Grand Finale

15 Sep 2017 09:47
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20 years after NASA launched the Cassini probe toward Saturn, and 305 years after the death of its namesake, the bus-sized gadget is having the last moments of its mission. In a plunge into the atmosphere of the 5th planet, it will send a last batch of images, and will be no more. Just after 6:32 a.m. ET, Cassini will turn into a meteor, and burst to pieces.

Links for watching live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0
http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

Meet the failures club

14 Sep 2017 21:03
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BRICS. These countries were supposed to be the future economic superpowers that would eventually overcome the clumsy Western economies. But China is now pursuing goals of its own, Russia is pressed against the wall, Brazil and South Africa are lagging behind... What happened?

The BRICS meeting in China was a good chance for the host country to demonstrate their prowess right before the 19th congress of their Communist Party. To show off both to the world and at home. The sensitive topics were to be ignored for a while, lest any unrest be caused before the umpteenth re-grouping of the ruling elite. Only topics where relative consensus exists are to be touched, like free trade, climate change, and protection from cyber terrorism. Oh, and the challenges to the digitalized economy, a subject that's of particular importance for the Indian chairmanship of BRICS. Except, the big summit and the demonstrations of like-mindedness can't conceal the fact that China has long abandoned the main purpose of BRICS. With their New Silk Road initiative, they've shown they pursue their own goals and they want to increase their domination of the Asian continent.

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A few days ago Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN provided a glimpse into Trump's plans for his policy towards Iran. Sure, the details are yet to be forged out, but the international community got the idea.

And things ain't looking good at all...
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A few days ago Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN provided a glimpse into Trump's plans for his policy towards Iran. Sure, the details are yet to be forged out, but the international community got the idea. And things ain't looking good at all:

Haley lays out case for US to leave Iran deal

Trump himself is going to announce his intentions about Iran next month. But Ms Haley is preparing the world with what her boss perceives to be a long list of Iranian transgressions, making the case for the upcoming confrontation.

It's a long list really, and the accusations are serious. Given the events in Syria, the list will probably be growing even longer. Because Iran is about to turn Syria into its colony, as regional observers are so eager to point out. As far-fetched as such an assessment may sound, it's not exactly groundless.

All of this could serve as an excuse for scrapping the nuclear deal with Iran. Because Iran's regional ambitions are not subject to that agreement, and they're pretty obvious. As are the US ones.

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Empty threats

12 Sep 2017 20:25
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It's tempting to say Trump is incompetent and unfit for ruling just because his style is so inadequate. But such conclusions would only give more ammo to his supporters. They don't care about criticism, they believe it's the elite's clinging to the status quo that Donnie the Hero has brought down.

How low has Trump put the bar...

Empty threats

12 Sep 2017 20:25
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It's tempting to say Trump is incompetent and unfit for ruling just because his style is so inadequate. But such conclusions would only give more ammo to his supporters. They don't care about criticism, they believe it's the elite's clinging to the status quo that Donnie the Hero has brought down. In fact no flood victim in Texas would've received more aid, or gotten a new home if Melania hadn't made her first trip to the region on high heels but in rubber boots. The world would probably be no further away from a catastrophic conflict with North Korea if the president had given hints about his intentions at a press conference like most people do, instead of Twitter. And the pardoning of sheriff Joe Arpaio would've been a scandal anyway, because even before he had signed the decree, the president had already demonstrated his disdain for the supremacy of law too many times.

Let's face it. Both America and the rest of the world will have to learn to live with this president for a long time, whether they like it or not. As for the big tasks at hand, from Texas to Florida to Korea, it's useless to dwell too much on the little snags. In fact, the moderates within the GOP may be going too far by dismissing even his maniacal boasting as a stupid whim. Because with his empty threats and empty promises, Trump is undermining the credibility of the presidential post. It's an eternal crisis management, a permanent divide-and-rule tactic. After Harvey, his administration did avoid many of the mistakes Bush did in 2005. But that's not so much thanks to the president as it is *GASP* thanks to Congress, which has managed to reform its disaster response routine through the years preceding Trump (THANKS, OBAMA!)

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Oops!

12 Sep 2017 13:09
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Aung's silence has been nothing short of shameful. Once a Nobel Peace prize laureate, praised as a heroic opposition leader, is now turning the other way and pretending she is not seeing the blatant violation of human rights. I guess that is what happens when the dissident becomes a ruler.

A matter of myths

11 Sep 2017 14:17
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