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While you were sleeping: 14 November 2016

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While you were sleeping: 14 November 2016

Trump appoints Preibus chief of staff, Bannon as strategist, and fleshes out a disturbing policy trend.

Slowly, ideas lead to ideology, lead to policies that lead to actions.”
Nandan Nilekani

 
 
Elections aftermath: Why did the ANC ignore its own research?

President Jacob Zuma’s life has descended into an extreme test of the quantum models of chaos theory. His dependents, big and small, are starting to call for payback, or worse, their payouts. As his back is pressed further to the wall, his statements become increasingly hysterical, and his security cluster fingers the triggers on the many, many weapons at their disposal. By RICHARD POPLAK.

 
 
 

Trump makes key appointments

Donald Trump has appointed Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff and Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counsellor. The hiring of the two creates an interesting, if chaotic, concoction of leadership under the Trump banner. Priebus, the current chair of the Republican National Committee and Bannon, an anti-status quo leader of America’s most-read conservative website Breitbart, show a willingness by America’s sentient naartjie to make nice with the Republican establishment, to a point.

 

Pro-life judges, no salary for Trump

Following hot on the heels of Trump’s new appointments, a glimpse at the president-elect’s new policies was unveiled during a television interview. Trump discussed the appointment of purely pro-life judges to the Supreme Court, the deportation of three million illegal immigrants, and the construction of his bloody wall, albeit now with some fencing in the mix. In addition, the luminescent president-elect will forego his $400,000 a year salary. How generous.

 

CO2 emissions level off, but still too high

A new UN climate change report has revealed that CO2 emissions have remained level for the past three years, mostly due to a reduction in coal use by China. Although a remarkable achievement, the emissions of 36.3 billion tonnes (GtCO2) is required to decrease by 0.9 percent a year by 2030.

 

Proteas lead Australia by 241

South Africa was bowled out for 326 on Monday, leaving Australia with the task of salvaging their second innings and bringing back a win. Bowled out for 85 on Saturday, the shell-shocked Aussie squad will face a resurgent Protea bowling attack. Something South Africa particularly enjoys.

 
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IN NUMBERS

4 years

The amount of time a zoo in Japan spent trying to get two hyenas to mate. They eventually realised both were males.

 

FACT OF THE DAY

Today in 1851 Moby Dick is published. Herman Melville’s novel now adorns shelves in every respectable bespoke coffee shop from here to Portland.

Dolphins cannot drink seawater. All their liquid requirements come from whatever they eat.

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

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OPINIONISTAS

Abyss Gazing: Is there life on Mars?

A column by JUSTIN MCCARTHY

 
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