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While you were sleeping: 21 July 2017

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    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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O.J. Simpson (R) attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center, in Lovelock, Nevada, USA, 20 July 2017. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.

OJ Simpson to be set free, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dead at 41, and moon bag sells for millions.

TGIF, 21 July 2017

"it’s much more fun to take a bullet between the eyes while playing Lawrence of Arabia than dying of cirrhosis at Bercy” 
Bernard Kouchner

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

amaBhungane: How Gupta associates ‘fleeced’ Cosatu in HQ deal

By Micah Reddy for AMABHUNGANE

Evidence suggests that an influential Gupta associate and a future Eskom acting chief executive colluded in a deal that fleeced the trade union federation of millions. 

 
 
 

OJ Simpson to be released

Murder-acquitted OJ Simpson will be released from prison after serving nine years for armed robbery. Speaking to a five-member parole board and streamed live online, OJ channelled the ghosts of the 90s media frenzy, eventually expressing remorse for his actions that led to his arrest in 2008. Expect more movies, documentaries, and general press attention upon his release, which could be as early as October.

 

Linkin Park vocalist hangs himself

Chester Bennington, the throated lead vocalist in Linkin Park, has killed himself. Bennington, 41, had been a close friend and admirer of the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who also recently committed suicide. Bennington helped forge a new genre of metal, creating some of the highest-selling nu-metal albums of all time.

 

Dark web hubs shut down

US and EU police announced late on Thursday that two major dark web marketplaces have been shut down. Alphabay and Hansa Market had been a hub of activity for those wishing to anonymously purchase drugs, weapons and hacking software. Alphabay's owner, a 25-year-old Canadian, was arrested two weeks ago, with the website running "hijacked" since then. Best to close that Tor browser for now, then.

 

Major moon bag sold for millions

Neil Armstrong's moon bag sold at auction late on Thursday for $1.8-million. Used to collect moon rock samples and at one point almost thrown away, the Apollo 11 bag was sold to an anonymous telephone buyer by Sotheby's. Although it may seem a lot for a bag, Sotheby's had initially estimated it would sell for over twice as much.

 
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IN NUMBERS

26,000

The average number of people killed per year in the United States by the flu.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1969 Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon.

Cate Blanchett is the only actor to win an Oscar playing an Oscar-winning actor (Katherine Hepburn in "The Aviator").

 

 

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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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