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While you were sleeping: 13 December 2017

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South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 13 December 2017

Landmark victory for Alabama Democrat, UN funding drawdown by US, and major GPS project launches more satellites.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

“I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.” 
Baruch Spinoza


The legendary Grootslang of the Richtersveld is a primordial cross between an elephant and a snake. Now the Richtersveld seems beset by the massive dominance, on the one hand, of the Alexkor elephant and, on the other, by a shelf-company whose corporate coils seem to lead back inexorably to the Guptas. And in the background lurks the presence of a Grootslang that survived: Trans Hex, the company controlled by that old giant of White Monopoly Capital, Christo Wiese.



Jones unseats Roy Moore

Alabama’s Senate tussle left child abuse-accused Republican Roy Moore out in the cold, shaving down the party’s Senate majority to just a single seat. Jones’ win has been perceived as a rejection of divisive state and national politics. Moore, accused of child abuse and sexual assault, was ultimately defeated by a massive voter turn-out after intense campaigning on both sides.


US demands major cuts to UN budget

The United States is looking to cut $250-million from the core budget of the United Nations in 2018-2019. The 5% cut would possibly focus on UN missions in Libya, Afghanistan, and Palestinian rights and communications services. The last office, given recent affairs, is probably considered a bonus of the massive cut proposed.


Crack found in Japan bullet train

For the first time in its history, the Japanese “bullet” train has had a serious incident. A large crack and oil leak was discovered on one of the carriages as it pulled out of station heading towards Nagoya. This is the only time such a serious flaw has been discovered mid-journey. This kind of incident would be called “Wednesday” by most other passenger rail companies.


European GPS satellites launched

Four more satellites of a 30-satellite project were launched today. The Ariane 5 rocket took off from Kourou Space Centre. When eventually online, the GPS network will provide an accurate position to within a metre. Soon you will be able to get lost with your direction device to an even more precise degree.




The height of a hill in Rome that was made mostly of broken amphora shards.



Today in 1949 the Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.

Synchronised swimmers have a high risk of concussions due to kicking each other in the head.




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