While you were sleeping: 4 February 2016

While you were sleeping: 4 February 2016

Japan's military on high alert, US won't rule out intervention in Libya, and the world's most terrifyingly-named spider discovered.

“There are two methods, or means, and only two, whereby man’s needs and desires can be satisfied. One is the production and exchange of wealth; this is the economic means. The other is the uncompensated appropriation of wealth produced by others; this is the political means.” 

 Albert Jay Nock

Story of the Day

Trainspotter: The Moveable Palace — Jacob Zuma and his Great Nkandla Dodge 

The money is to be #PaidBack. Is this President Jacob Zuma meeting the terms of the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, or is this just a political ploy meant to run interference on a major loss of ANC electoral momentum? By RICHARD POPLAK.

The definitive account of the massacre at Marikana. By Greg Marinovich

While you were sleeping

Japanese military on high alert
The Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) have been put on alert following an announcement by North Korea indicating a possible satellite launch. The JSDF has been ordered to shoot down any missile or rocket threatening Japanese air space. South Korea has, in turn, threatened a “severe price” should the North go ahead with the launch. “Severe” in this case may translate to a severe cross-border talking-to.
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US to intervene against ISIL in Libya if needed
President Barack Obama has noted that the United States is not afraid to take “unilateral action” in the North African country. With the formation of a unity government pending, the possibility of ISIL increasing its operations in Libya has never been higher. 
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France dismisses British eurozone veto
French President François Hollande has explicitly ruled out any chance of Britain attaining veto powers in the eurozone. Although Britain is a desired member of the regional bloc, it currently falls outside of the EU monetary union. Thus, Hollande argued, giving Britain veto powers in a union in which it does not enjoy full membership was out of the question. David Cameron, it seems, cannot have his eurozone cake and eat it too.
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New spider to receive terrifying name
A newly discovered cousin of the daddy long-legs is to be named the ‘Cryptomaster behemoth’. The spider, discovered in the forests of Oregon, now officially holds such a daunting moniker that children and adults will forever weep at the thought of such a beast of the green depths crawling upon their faces. At any rate, the Cryptomaster behemoth is amber in colour and possesses “pincer-like extensions”. Truly the end times are nigh.
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Super Bowl preparations keeps Paris attacks in mind
Unless you’ve been living under a rock with the Cryptomaster behemoth spider, you would have read about the impending Super Bowl 50 this weekend. Organisers have been in contact with Paris security officials in order to best-prepare the sporting event for possible terror attacks. Previous Super Bowls have included major security operations, such as the use of snipers placed inside the building itself. Regardless, it appears as though Super Bowl 50 is being geared towards super counter-terrorism as well.
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The definitive account of the massacre at Marikana. By Greg Marinovich

In Numbers


The lowest claim made, in dollars, by an individual to the Transportation Security Administration for lost food and drink.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1961 saw the beginning of the Angolan war of independence. It would rage on until 1974.

Fact of the day:  KFC founder Colonel Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs, even being a lawyer. He started KFC in desperation at age 65.

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The definitive account of the massacre at Marikana. By Greg Marinovich

Trainspotter: The Moveable Palace — Jacob Zuma and his Great Nkandla Dodge
JERM: #PayBackTheMoney time
The Politics of Zuma’s #PayBackTheMoney offer
Life after Al Shabbab’s attack on El-Adde: How will Kenya respond?
Analysis: Zuma’s Nkandla offer, a.k.a. Let’s delay some more, shall we?
Phiyega: ‘I am not a criminal’
SA vs ENG, 1st ODI: De Kock heroics not enough in rain-affected match
Zuma’s #PayBackTheMoney offer: Not good enough, opponents say


Op-Ed: Gwede Mantashe’s nuclear mischievousness
Op-Ed: Safety last and no power to the people
By Aimee Clarke for EE PUBLISHERS.
Op-Ed: Are non-profit leaders different from business leaders?
Ivo Vegter: Don’t let Hollywood decide Africa’s hunting policies
Pierre de Vos: Nkandla Redux – too little, too late?

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