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While you were sleeping: 10 November 2017

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While you were sleeping: 10 November 2017

Seagal, Louis CK added to sexual misconduct scandal, Trump and Xi unveil trade plans, and new Star Wars movies announced.

TGIF, 10 November 2017

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” 
Douglas Adams

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

One of the great ironies pertaining to human society is the following: when huge institutions implode, comedy is the principal byproduct. Sure, there will also be loads of death, mayhem, misery, and hastily silk-screened t-shirts. But for the most part, there’s the yuks. Only with this in mind is it possible to understand the motivations behind the State Security Agency laying charges against journalist Jacques Pauw, for revelations contained in his new book, the bestselling “The President’s Keepers”. 


Sexual assault claims spread to Seagal, Louis CK

Action star and credit card-knife man Steven Seagal has been accused of sexual misconduct by Portia de Rossi, Arrested Development actress and wife of chat queen Ellen DeGeneres. Five women have accused Louis CK, the red-headed comedian and source of the world’s common sense quotes, of sexually harassing them. CK has told reporters that he was “not going to answer any questions”. Someone’s been learning from Danny Jordaan, then.


Giant building collapses in Russia

A nine-storey building has collapsed in the rural city of Izhevsk, Russia. At least three people were confirmed dead and three others injured. The collapse of the corner section of the building is suspected to have been the result of a gas explosion, with the remaining residents evacuated from the structure.


Disney unveils more Star Wars films

Disney has revealed more Star Wars entertainment than you can shake a lightsaber at. A new film trilogy and a live-action TV series were announced, showing Disney’s preparations to suckle on the rich vein of Star Wars profits for as long, and for as much, as humanly possible. Star Wars fans are almost certainly happy to oblige.


Competing APEC visions to come from Xi and Trump

Just a day after the pair wooed each other with platitudes and honour guards, President Xi and Donald Trump are set to reveal completely different trade strategies at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC). Trump is expected today to unveil an “America First” plan, with Xi expected to champion the cause of free trade. Because in 2017, the communists now herald a new age of free-market capitalism, while the former leaders of the free world shrink into an isolationist anachronism.




The years it would take you to visit each island in the Philippines if you saw one a day.



Today in 1989 Germans began tearing down the Berlin Wall.

In 2010 an American man was caught in northern Pakistan trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden. He was armed with a sword.






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