South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 6 October 2017

By John Stupart 6 October 2017

DA's doomed Saxonwold march explained, NRA backs limited gun reform, and Netflix to up its prices.

TGIF, 6 October 2017

“Quantity has a quality all its own.”
Napoleon (but often misattributed to Stalin)

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

amaBhungane & Scorpio: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 3 – Eskom tells McKinsey and Trillian to #PayBackTheMoney

By Susan Comrie for AMABHUNGANE and Pauli van Wyk for SCORPIO

Eskom has moved to reclaim R1.6-billion paid to McKinsey and Trillian for a consulting project that left the power utility “open to excessive economic exposure”, according to a confidential report. 

 
 
 

DA’s Saxonwold march proceeds like wet fart

There are many different ways to take action against the state capture. For the DA on Thursday, the most logical course of action was apparently to trod down a soaked Johannesburg Saxonwold to “protest” in front of the faux Tuscan gaudery on display. It was idiotic, and as RICHARD POPLAK writes, it was bloody cold.

 

NRA backs gun reform, kinda

The National Rifle Association, otherwise known as America’s second government, has backed reform efforts aimed at banning bump stocks. The modifications are the same devices that enabled Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock to fire on automatic. For the NRA, the move is probably a logical “give” of the proverbial inch. If you’re expecting real, substantial gun reform moves from the NRA, though, don’t hold your breath.

 

Brazil arrests Olympic committee head

The chairperson of the Rio 2016 Olympic committee has been arrested by Brazilian authorities. Officials were acting on an investigation into the buying of votes to assure Rio’s host status. Carlos Nuzman, 75, was picked up in his version of Brazilian Saxonwold early this morning.

 

Netflix to raise its subscription prices

The US and part of Europe will be the first to face increased subscription fees for the Netflix fix. Hold on to your hat, however. South African users were not mentioned in the statement so would be exempt, for now. The rise in prices is not terrible, however, with the single screen basic service remaining at $7.99 and the two-screen HD service going up a dollar to $10.99. Your new Star Trek episodes are going to live long and prosper, at a slightly higher rate.

 
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IN NUMBERS

3.6

The number of times higher the fatality rate is in “dry” counties in the US compared to “wet” ones.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

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