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While you were sleeping: 5 October 2016

While you were sleeping: 5 October 2016

Vice presidential candidates square off, Wits closes until Monday, and Google unveils the "Pixel".

We will always cry.
But with loving reflection
more than hopeless longing.

And that is how we survive.
That is how the story should end.
That is how they would want it to be.

Mark Rickerby

Story of the Day

SARS Wars: ROGUE – reclaiming the narrative from the inside out 

If there is one destructive narrative that has dominated headlines for two turbulent years it is that of an alleged SARS “rogue unit”. The shocking purge in 2014 of the entire SARS executive – an executive that had managed to transform the country’s revenue collection service into a formidable machine – remains unprecedented in South African history. The just-published Rogue – The Inside Story of SARS’s Elite Crime-Busting Unit, written by former Group Executive Johann van Loggerenberg with ex SARS spokesman Adrian Lackay, is an attempt at telling this remarkable story from the inside out. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Vice presidential debate far more contentious

US vice presidential novitiates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence squared off in a debate last night. The theme of the night’s arguments essentially took the form of Kaine launching a full on assault on Pence’s tacit support of Trump’s idiotic policies. Pence, however, shot back several criticisms of his own relating to Hillary Clinton’s track record, particularly on matters of foreign policy. Read More

Wits to stay closed until Monday

The Wits University senior executive team has announced that Wits will remain closed until the 10th October. This followed discussions with the Black Student Society and the SRCs, who appear ready to enter negotiations. Again. With any luck,  theresolutions made will be upheld for longer than a week. Read More

Hurricane Matthew crashes into the Dominican Republic

Hurricane Matthew has killed four more people, including three children, in the Dominican Republic. So far seven people have died as a result of the storm, and it has now moved to Haiti, where it has caused extensive damage. Although only 800 were evacuated from its path in the Dominican Republic, 18,000 have been displaced, at least temporarily. Read More

Google reveals ‘Pixel’ phone

Google has come out guns blazing against Samsung, Apple, Amazon, and just about every other smartphone manufacturer, with its revealing of the ‘Pixel’. Sporting hardware similar to an iPhone 7, and with a similar price tag, the Pixel will rely heavily on Google Assistant, the company’s AI, to power many of its functions. It also has a headphone jack. Read More

In Numbers


The percentage of North Americans for whom the night sky is so polluted they cannot see the Milky Way. (A third of all humanity cannot see it.)

Facts of the Day

Today is World Teacher’s Day. It’s also International No Prostitution Day, somehow.

The UN has predicted that the world’s population may actually start declining by the year 2100.


Financial Data

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Marianne-RogueReview.jpg SARS Wars: ROGUE – reclaiming the narrative from the inside out 
By Marianne Thamm
Main photo: A protester throws a stone. In photos: Violent Clashes at Wits 
By GroundUp
Main photo: At the University of the Western Cape, protesting students
disrupted some classes but most lectures continued, the university said.
Photo: Ashleigh Furlong Cape Town: No lectures at CPUT, but UWC and UCT open 
By GroundUp
Photo: Students from Wits University put maple flowers in used shotgun
and stun grenades rounds during ongoing protests against the cost of higher
education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016.  EPA/KIM
LUDBROOK GroundUp: ‘We let you down’ – Habib commits to securing Wits as he sends intimidated staff home 
By GroundUp
Photo: Students from Wits University stand defiant against police
forces during ongoing protests against the cost of higher education in
Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK Reporter’s Notebook: Waiting for Godot, South African edition 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, has a moment to himself after retaining
his position as ANC president. Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 18
December, 2012. Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire Op-Ed: We need an Integrity Commission… now 
By Paul Hoffman
Photo: Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest
gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in
Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa
Negeri Ethiopia mourns – but mourns what, exactly? 
By Simon Allison
Marelise-breast-cancer.jpg Good news for breast cancer sufferers even as prevalence rises 
By Marelise van der Merwe
San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick (C), San
Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (L), and San Francisco 49ers
free safety Eric Reid (R) take a knee during the US national anthem before
the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers at
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, USA, 02 October 2016. Kaepernick
is protesting police brutality and oppression in America. EPA/JOHN G
MABANGLO While you were sleeping: 4 October 2016 
By John Stupart


Maryke.jpg Solutions must rise 
By Maryke Bailey
IvoVegterBW R.I.P. the African Grey parrot 
By Ivo Vegter
Oresti-New-Pic.jpg Heritage Day or Braai Day? It’s Time to Choose. 

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