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Africa’s Lost Billions – Illicit Flows Examined at #ADF9

“Illicit financial flows are unrecorded capital flows derived from: (a) proceeds of theft, bribery and other forms of corruption by Government officials; (b) proceeds of criminal activities, including drug trading, racketeering, counterfeiting, contraband and terrorist financing; and (c) proceeds of tax evasion and laundered commercial transactions. Estimates from various recent studies including ‘Financing Africa’s post-2015 development agenda’ reveal that, from 1970 to 2008, Africa lost $854 billion to $1.8 trillion in illicit financial flows…- UNECA.Africa illicit

The second revolution will come sooner than you think

Dr Bonke Dumisa
08 September 2014
Bonke Dumisa says the only rationale for supporting Julius Malema is “sending a thief to catch a thief”
THE SOUTH AFRICAN SECOND REVOLUTION WILL COME SOONER THAN MANY PEOPLE THINK

Dr. Bonke Dumisa

South African is in trouble; and we cannot continue deceiving ourselves that things are normal by burying our heads in the sand like ostriches. This country is facing many challenges, with many new pseudo-messiahs cropping up all over the place promising to take South Africans to a new land of milk and honey.How do you explain the psyche of many millions of South Africans who are excited about Julius Malema, a well-known corrupt politician who made millions of rands through the exploitation of dodgy tenders, being their new messiah for clean government? Can people justify this unjustifiable behaviour on grounds of sending a thief to go catch a thief?….. (note: extracts from ‘The second revolution will come sooner than you think‘ by Dr. Bonke Dumisa)

EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

MalemaMalema

Calls for accountability


The Politics of Plastics: The Making and Unmaking of Bisphenol A “Safety”

Sarah A. Vogel, PhD, MPH, MEMThe meeting’s final product, the Chapel Hill Consensus Statement, concluded with certainty, on the basis of several hundred studies, that BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with “organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals.”67(p134)

Hand Sanitizer May Increase BPA Absorption:

An ATM receipt with blurred information, from Shutterstock

Guests
  • Frederick vom Saal
    Curators’ Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Columbia, Missouri

Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA

Super-Sized BPA: Why Receipts and Greasy Fingers Shouldn’t Mix

WhyAn order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new study out today by scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt, and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper.
BPA has been identified as an endocrine disrupting chemical for its ability to interfere with estrogen and other hormones. In human and animal studies, BPA exposure has been linked to adverse effects on the reproductive and neurological systems as well as increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Some animal studies also suggest that BPA can set the stage for certain cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.


 Paralysed Man Walks Again After Cell Transplant: BREAKING NEWS


Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music 2014 DjDinTV

What is BPA, and what are the concerns about BPA?


TEDxMasala – Dr Vandana Shiva – Solutions to the food and ecological crisis facing us today.

Dr Vandana Shiva

Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother

Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India – by vandanashiva.com/

BBC – HARDtalk speaks with Dr. Vandan Shiva – Nov. 19th, 2012 (Audio)

Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.

Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on theright to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability. - by Navdanya

‘Bad Paper’ Explores The Underworld Of Debt Collection (Audio & Text)

In his new book, Jake Halpern looks at the industry, where having a criminal background is no barrier to entry. He explains debt buying and how little regulation gave rise to a chaotic marketplace.Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

Book Discussion on Bad Paper (Video)

Jake Halpern talked about his book Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street to the Underworld.The interview took place at the 2014 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City – by C-Span.org


Whoopi Goldberg Goes Off on Stupid Donald Trump for Ebola Tweets

Prof. Ali Mazrui has died in the US at the age of 81

Ali Mazrui The Africans a look back into the history of Africa with scholar Ali Mazrui to examine major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and religion. This series explores in depth Africa’s geography, history, anthropology, and religions.Discover the rich diversity of Africa and confront the problems that have resulted from different forms of government.


Five-year-old who pretended her crayon was a gun is forced to sign contract by her kindergarten promising not to kill others or herself

Angry: The girl's mother is furious that the school made her daughter sign the form without consent
Angry: The girl’s mother is furious that the school made her daughter sign the form without consent

Inappropriate: A five-year-old Alabama girl was made to sign this contract after pretending a crayon was a gun

School Has Child Sign ‘Safety Contract’

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and others.Rebecca is angry.”This isn’t right. She’s 5-years-old,” said Rebecca.


‘Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house’:

My right to death with dignity at 29


Ebola virus: Pandemic should be treated ‘the same way’ as threat posed by nuclear weapons, security officials say.

The Ebola virus spreading exponentially across Africa and killing thousands of people “will get worse”, the Government has admitted, amid calls for the full involvement of the international military to contain the disease.

Monday, October 6, 2014 By: Delphine Djiraibe, Jok Madut Jok, Arif Elsaui Omer, Franklin Oduro, Daud Osman
Two months after the White House invited 50 heads of state to Washington for the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Aug. 4-6, observers on both continents are asking, “What did the summit achieve, and how will any gains made be leveraged?” USIP asked several prominent Africans who have worked with the Institute over the years for their reflectionsPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One, U.S. Department of State on August 6, 2014 (Wikipedia)

Opinions are predictably mixed, though they lean postive.

Delphine-DjiraibeDelphine K. Djiraibe
Human Rights Lawyer
N’Djamena, Chad

For me the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit was a big storm in a little glass of water.  It has given opportunities to African head of states to be welcomed by president Obama, the leader of the world. They expected to get credit, and balance a little bit critiques of their poor record in democracy and good governance in the public opinion.In Chad it was really “un non evenement” [a non-event] as people are concerned with their daily life (access to food, to clean water, to electricity, to health care, to sanitation…). People see the participation in international summits as a waste of public funds, while the majority of people are dying of poverty.It was shocking for the Chadian population to see that a president who stayed in power for 23 years over rigged elections, and who did not hesitate to liquidate, arrest and harass opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, human rights activists and journalists, could be invited by a country known as the most democratic in the world.

7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million

7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23
7) Idriss Deby – Net Worth: $50 Million

Country: Chad, Years in Power: 23Idriss Deby has been the President of Chad since 1990. His net worth is estimated to be $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.Population below poverty line: 80%.GNI per capita around $600Education – Schools, ‘Real of Fiction?’

In Oil-Rich Angola, Cholera Preys Upon Poorest

LUANDA, Angola, June 10 — In a nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many in this capital depend on goes by a less fancy name: Bengo. –  By SHARON LaFRANIERE

1) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angola President– Net Worth: $20 Billion
1) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Angola President– Net Worth: $20 Billion
Angolan poor kids
Mountains of rubbish near residential areas are one reason that a cholera epidemic has spread through the slums of Luanda, the Angolan capital.

Business as usual.

ANGOLA EPA- Extraordinary Progress Achieved; in other words – thanks for civilizing 1% from the jungle life to the city life with extreme haves and have not, at the expense of the 99% indigenous Angolans who still live in poverty.Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santo, who has ruled Angola for 34 years, topped the list with a net worth of $20 billion. His daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has also been ranked on the Forbes Africa’s billionaires with a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s currently Africa’s richest woman and also the world’s richest black woman. (extract from Allafrica.com)

Fighting the Poor Instead of Poverty in Angola

A quote in Louise Redvers’ piece cited above is particularly eye opening:

“I remember very clearly one very well-dressed and expensively US-educated Angolan oil worker telling me: “We can’t have these people on our streets anymore, not in the city centre next to places like Sonangol. We need to improve our image, we are a modern country, these people can’t be here like this.”

Angola is currently one of Africa’s strongest economies and is enjoying new-found wealth coming primarily from its oil industry. However, the wealth does not trickle down to the great majority of Angolans, and the country has maintained one of the worst social inequality levels in the world. (extract from Clara Onofre’s post) 


Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

“It’s a huge landmark paper. I would say it’s bigger than the discovery of insulin,” says Jose Olberholzer, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois. “The discovery of insulin was important and certainly saved millions of people, but it just allowed patients to survive but not really to have a normal life.
The finding of Doug Melton would really allow to offer them really something what I would call a functional cure. You know, they really wouldn’t feel anymore being diabetic if they got a transplant with those kind of cells.” (extracts from Rob Stein’s Article)

 Why Prophet T.B. Joshua Lost the Power To Raise The Dead -Dr. Damages Show 155

(introduction is in French, but the rest is in English. @13:35 T.B. Joshua raises the dead )

Propaganda, prophecy and prosperity

Con artists thriving within African Churches at the expense of the poor needy souls. Criminals getting away with murder in the name of Jesus! It’s high time African governments stepped in and did their duty of protecting the citizens from these greedy criminal elements across Africa!


  Mufti Shaban Mubajje denied US visa

Nephew Tommy Church Folk Gotta Laugh Too: We Want To Get Married-The Cussing Pastor

It’s time Africa started listening to our young people, instead of always telling them what to do.

Mo Ibrahim

It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”

Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed again

The $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.


Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaid

Published May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com

May 11, 2014: A soldier stands guard in front of burnt trucks following an attack by Islamic militants in Gambaru, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets.

 

The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.

“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”

Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:

customised-24ct gold i-phone
customised-24ct gold i-phone

President Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.

The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.

 

Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.

 

The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’


EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”

Calls for accountability

Lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters party led by Julius Malema caused a political storm on Thursday (21.08.2014), when they hurled chants at President Jacob Zuma.

 

South Africa’s leader was being grilled over the controversial security upgrades for his private Nkandla residence which had cost the taxpayer $24 million (18 million euros).

Julius Malema: the real leader of the opposition

by Gareth van Onselen, 25 August 2014, 05:25

Zuma laughs at Malema’s remark that he is not going to leave until he gets an answer. But it’s a nervous laugh. Malema is aggressive. He points in rhythmical fashion at the table. “We want the date of when you are paying the money”. His language is powerful and demanding.

Malema

At 41m35s, interrupted by a point of order, Malema switches up a gear. His tone becomes more adamant and he points at Zuma. “These things of points of order are the ones that you are hiding behind”. It is now Malema talking down to Zuma. It is Malema doing the lecturing. Many will say the use of “you” is disrespectful. It is irrelevant.

The power dynamic is evident. President Zuma is on the back foot. Malema is dictating the terms.At 42m30s, in his reply, the president is defensive — arms folded, hands clasped.Zuma might not have taken Malema’s question seriously but he knew he was playing with fire. And the raging inferno that erupted thereafter will only fuel that hesitancy in the future.Julius Malema is the real leader of the opposition in Parliament. Maimane has a problem: he lacks the necessary gravitas. He is, as they say, “a nice guy”. And we all know where they finish.

 

Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn’t be solved.- by RICHARD HARRIS

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

“It’s a huge landmark paper. I would say it’s bigger than the discovery of insulin,” says Jose Olberholzer, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois. “The discovery of insulin was important and certainly saved millions of people, but it just allowed patients to survive but not really to have a normal life.
The finding of Doug Melton would really allow to offer them really something what I would call a functional cure. You know, they really wouldn’t feel anymore being diabetic if they got a transplant with those kind of cells.” (extracts from Rob Stein’s Article)

-Kofi Annan: Africa plundered by secret mining deals

The question shouldn’t be about Trade. It should be about “Fair Trade”

Under-pricing deprives Africa of much-needed money, the report says Tax avoidance, secret mining deals andfinancialtransfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has said.

Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn (£25bn) a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads. “Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors,” Mr Annan told the BBC.

It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said.

-The billion-dollar question: “Where is Angola’s oil money?

Court nullifies the Anti-Homosexuality law

The constitutional court in Kampala has declared the passing of the anti homosexuality bill into an act as null and void.

Woman strips naked to hug Mandela statue in S.Africa

Woman-strips-naked-to-hug-Mandela-statue-in-S.Africa-1A woman stripped naked in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and caressed a huge statue of the liberation hero as astonished bystanders looked on, local media reported Wednesday.

The young African woman first saluted the statue of the former president, who is revered for his role in defeating the racist apartheid system, before disrobing, witnesses said. A waitress at a nearby restaurant told The Star newspaper that the woman’s actions, at around 4.00pm on a busy Monday, had caused a frenzy. Male waiters got their orders wrong and a male customer was hit on the head by his wife for getting up to take a closer look, she said.

The fractals at the heart of African designs:

Cheikh Fall Ndiaye via Google+
The binary code used in all electronic components including computers is probably from Africa!
It is amazing to see how fractals where used in some African villages. Great talk!
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What makes the world go around:

A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of a frequent-flier card for “Cello Harrell.”

Delta kicked Harrell out because he always travels with his cello and pays for a separate seat for the large and very valuable instrument. Indeed, Harrell travels so much, and internationally, that he got a frequent-flier card for “Cello Harrell.”

Discuss: (a) vs. (b)

The viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine Speare

The viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine Speare

(a):

“Rules for dating my daughter
1. I don’t make the rules
2. You don’t make the rules
3. She makes the rules
4. Her body, her rules
Feminist Father

(b):

“I am as broken and ashamed as a bride who is not a virgin on her wedding night,” a lieutenant colonel says.Iraqi military humiliated by retreat

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George Ayittey’s War on African Dictatorships

Alemayehu G. Mariam | June 13th, 2011

George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist, and arguably one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals”

George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist, and arguably one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals”

In 1996, he told African intellectuals exactly what he thought of them: “Hordes of politicians, lecturers, professionals, lawyers, and doctors sell themselves off into prostitution and voluntary bondage to serve the dictates of military vagabonds with half their intelligence. And time and time again, after being raped, abused, and defiled, they are tossed out like rubbish — or worse. Yet more intellectual prostitutes stampede to take their places…”

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Dr. Maya Angelou Memorial Service

Dr. Maya Angelou“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s pro-life journey

I am reproducing it below, and then I will offer what the late Paul Harvey might call the rest of the story.

When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it. I was scared to pieces. Back then, if you had money, there were some girls who got abortions, but I couldn’t deal with that idea. Oh, no. No. I knew there was somebody inside me. So I decided to keep the baby.

My older brother, Bailey, my confidant, told me not to tell my mother or she’d take me out of school. So I hid it the whole time with big blouses! Finally, three weeks before I was due, I left a note on my stepfather’s pillow telling him I was pregnant. He told my mother, and when she came home, she calmly asked me to run her bath.

I’ll never forget what she said: “Now tell me this — do you love the boy?” I said no. “Does he love you?” I said no. “Then there’s no point in ruining three lives. We are going to have our baby!”

What a knockout she was as a mother of teens. Very loving. Very accepting. Not one minute of recrimination. And I never felt any shame.

I’m telling you that the best decision I ever made was keeping that baby! Yes, absolutely. Guy was a delight from the start — so good, so bright, and I can’t imagine my life without him.

At 17 I got a job as a cook and later as a nightclub waitress. I found a room with cooking privileges, because I was a woman with a baby and needed my own place. My mother, who had a 14-room house, looked at me as if I was crazy! She said, “Remember this: You can always come home.” She kept that door open. And every time life kicked me in the belly, I would go home for a few weeks.

I struggled, sure. We lived hand-to-mouth, but it was really heart-to-hand. Guy had love and laughter and a lot of good reading and poetry as a child. Having my son brought out the best in me and enlarged my life. Whatever he missed, he himself is a great father today. He was once asked what it was like growing up in Maya Angelou’s shadow, and he said, “I always thought I was in her light.”

Years later, when I was married, I wanted to have more children, but I couldn’t conceive. Isn’t it wonderful that I had a child at 16? Praise God!”

This essay takes on even great poignancy if we know that over the course of her long life Ms. Angelou endured enormous hardships. She accumulated countless honors—she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973, won three Grammys for her albums, received an honorary National Book Award for her contributions to the literary community in 2013, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom –but there was a great deal of pain and trials and tribulations as well.

The story is a long, long one but important. Angelou’s only grandson, Colin, was kidnapped in 1981 by her ex-daughter in law after she lost custody. It would take four years to find Colin and bring him back home. In the meanwhile, Guy’s physical condition deteriorated from bad to worse.

In 1962 Guy (then 17) had broken his neck in an automobile accident. The grandson had been missing for a year, according to Beverly Beyette, writing in 1986 for the Los Angeles Times, ”when Guy Johnson’s 20-year-old neck injury began to plague him; calcium deposits had attached to his spine and Johnson, tall and husky and athletic, was starting to have serious coordination problems. Soon, he was at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, paralyzed from the neck down.”

Guy, understandably, hit an emotional low, Beyette wrote.

Angelou remembers him telling her, “Mother, I refuse to live a talking head. And though you’re my Momma and though I’m your only child, and I know you love me, I have to ask you something no one should ever ask a mother. If there’s no chance of recovery, I have to ask you to pull the plug and let me go.”

Well, Angelou said, smiling as she recalled the startled faces of the intensive-care nurses, “When I really understood what he was asking me, I mean, I started screaming–’Total recovery, that’s what I’ll accept, total! I see you walking, standing, riding. Total!’ “

Things did not turn around quickly. “His spinal column was too fragile to even blow on and there was a blood clot sitting on it that had to be removed.”

As Angelou told her story, her voice again rose to a shout: “I said, ‘I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. I’m going to somebody much higher than you, much higher. You did the best you knew to do and I have no argument with you. But now I’ve gone somewhere else.’ “

The surgeries were a success. One morning, Angelou said, the nurse awakened her and said, ” ‘Good news.’ We went in and she pulled the sheets off Guy’s feet and there was one toe (wiggling).” The joy of that moment, now relived, made Angelou once again slap her hands together and laugh.

Now, the search for Colin would intensify.

I don’t think anything else needs to be added, or could be added. A remarkable woman whose loyalty to her son and grandson—her determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is incredible—is a lesson to us all.

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Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

2013: Maya Angelou discusses MLK’s dream

Maya Angelou: In her own words Maya Angelou: In her own words

1993: Angelou at Clinton’s inauguration

The memoir bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism in stark language. Readers learned of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name) up to the age of 16: how she was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She was homeless and became a teen mother.

Its publication was both daring and historic given the era of its debut in 1969.

“All of the writers of my generation must honor the ground broken by Dr. Maya Angelou,” author Tayari Jones posted on her Facebook page Wednesday.

By Todd Leopold, Ashley Fantz, Moni Basu and Faith Karimi, CNN

updated 8:40 AM EDT, Thu May 29, 2014

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A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

Interview: A Hormonal See Saw: The Altazine and Al Connection

Stimela – Jazz Day 2013 – Hugh Masekela

*-Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof-*

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Zahara ft. Mzwakhe Mbuli – Mandela

Rest in Peace BABA Madiba- We were all Created in God’s Image – by K. Kaunda

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Ahmed Kathrada’s full speech

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Rest in Peace Baba. Recap live coverage as Madiba is laid to rest in hometown of Qunu

“Who knew?” is a page that deals with unusual stories which make you stop and think or wonder about what you have just read; and hopefully learn a thing or two, or simply as a reminder to count your blessings or just for a chuckle but sometimes makes you mad and wish or want to do something about it. Disclaimer: I didn’t author any of the articles on this page. Click on colored text to go to links to get details. Go ahead – indulge:

A sign from above? Lightning strikes Vatican hours after Pope’s shock resignation

Vatican lightening

A win win relationship:

A win- Win

Parathyroid Glands and Hyperparathyroidism: Best Video! Get the Parathyroid App!

Mitt Romney Dog on Roof

MITT ROMNEY BUSTED FOR DOG ON CAR ROOF

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Stuck Up 100 objects

usual-object-in-unusual-places

Resourceful information:   Statistical Data you can use

Accused of passing gas, man charged with battery

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

BBC – HARDtalk speaks with Dr. Vandan Shiva – Nov. 19th, 2012 (Audio)

Dr. Vandan Shiva shoots a straight forward rebuttal at the myth that Bangal’s famine took millions of Indians because of inadequate backward farming methods which GMO could have prevented. She quickly revamps that assertion which has implied connotation – that for India to feed her citizens, she needs Britain or the West; Instead, Dr. Shiva attributes the death of millions of Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943 to the British colonizer who continued to import 50% of India’s rice to feed her people, leaving poor Indians starving to death.

 

Katwe Slum

quote from Queen of Katwe Tim’s latest book, The Queen of Katwe, is available now! It is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the poorest slums of Uganda, who — inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary — has become an international chess champion.

Let us all support this young lady by purchasing this book. For those already disappointed with the OPM’s Saga, here is part of the e-mail I got from Tim Crothers – the author’s assurance: “Phiona, her family and Robert Katende are all receiving a significant portion of the proceeds from the book contract and donations to Sports Outreach Institute, which sponsors Katende’s project”.

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Coffee Made From Elephant Dung

Just one cup of this dung coffee will cost you over $25.00 and two pounds over $1,000.

TALES FROM BORNEO

Pee power! African teens create urine-fueled generator

Future science stars? Three of the girls who invented the pee-powered generator.
(Credit: Maker Faire Africa)

-Sydney Peace Prize winner Dr Shiva joins Lateline (video)

-When Laws take away the freedom

-Ideas you could use

-Africa: The Next Chapter

“We had to unveil an Africa that wasn’t that well known to … a number of audiences.” — Emeka Okafor

There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it’s a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it’s a single place rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. We’ll engage with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries — and for the African continent a whole.

-warnings of Warren Buffett that were never taken serious:

In effect, our country has been behaving like an extraordinarily rich family that possesses an immense farm. In order to consume 4 percent more than we produce — that’s the trade deficit — we have, day by day, been both selling pieces of the farm and increasing the mortgage on what we still own.

For more information

-Economy-Time line

A lot to learn.

-I lost my virginity twice: Woman, 27, reveals she has TWO VAGINAS

Hazel Jones always wondered why she suffered from terrible cramps and heavy periods during puberty. But it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she was given her astonishing diagnosis – she had two vaginas.

-Crooked Bankers

Another banking scandal.  HSBC apparently laundering billions for Mexican drug cartels. How do we rein in crooked bankers?

Audio crooked bankers

-The Lessons Of MF Global
How do you misplace $1.2 billion and lose billions more? Jon Corzine and the lessons of the MF Global collapse.

-Kids-for-Cash Scheme

A federal jury has found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty of participating in a so-called “kids for cash” scheme, in which he received money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit youth jails over the years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., was convicted Friday of accepting bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers operated by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western Pennsylvania Child Care. Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, are said to have received $2.6 million for their efforts.

-Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant

Evan McMorris-Santoro August 19, 2012, 2:06 PM 895754

This post has been updated.

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

Woman Could Be Fined $600 For Giving Children Free Lunches

A woman trying to feed the kids in her neighborhood during the summer may be fined for her good deed. Angela Prattis of Chester Township, outside Philadelphia, has spent the past few months handing out free lunches to the children in her community while they’re home from school for the summer break.

Vandana Shiva: Earth Democracy at PCC

- Hedge funds ‘grabbing land’ in Africa

Hedge funds are behind “land grabs” in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, a US think-tank says.

“The same financial firms that drove us into a global recession by inflating the real estate bubble through risky financial manoeuvres are now doing the same with the world’s food supply,” the report said.

“This is creating insecurity in the global food system that could be a much bigger threat than terrorism,” the report said.

These reports, as well as briefs on other aspects of land grabs, are available at http://media.oaklandinstitute.org.

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The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic, and environmental issues (www.oaklandinstitute.org).

- Are foreign investors colonising Africa?

Indian, Chinese and U.S. companies are among many inking land-investment deals in Africa, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Mali, and Mozambique. According to a study by the U.S.- based Oakland Institute, foreign investors bought or leased a land area in sub-Saharan Africa about the size of France in 2009 alone.

As India, China, Saudia Arabia and South Korea all lease land in the horn, some say we are in the midst of a second ‘scramble for Africa.’

Courtesy of Aljazeera

CSO Monitoring 2009-2010 “Advancing African Agriculture”
(AAA): The Impact of Europe’s Policies and Practices on
African Agriculture and Food Security.

Land Grab in Africa

European direct or indirect involvement in land grabbing.

A number of different factors have increased demand for land (agrofuels, food crisis,
financial crisis). European involvement in land grabbing is first due to the policies of
both the EU and individual member States, which are directly and indirectly stimulating
these factors, and hence this increased demand for land. Moreover, in some cases,
there is a direct State involvement in the corporations acquiring the land.

The tribesman who Facebook friended me

A very interesting Article by Jonnie Hughes about Papua New Guinean tribes

(Credit: Image courtesy of the author)

Six members of the tribe came to Britain.  With every whispered observation, they left us powerless to explain the madness of our own social norms, and when they boarded the plane back to PNG, we were the ones racked with envy – envious of their joyously interdependent community, their clear understanding of what mattered in life, their rock-solid roles, simple pleasures and ample leisure time, their lack of mortgages and debts, their indisputable “goodness.”  Our world appeared an obscene and dysfunctional manifestation of human existence in comparison…..Continue Reading

(a)-A Disabled Iowa Man Fired Over 20 Cents after 25 years with the same company

Compare and contrast these two cases (a) above and (b) below

(b)-RBS bankers get £950m in bonuses despite £1.1bn loss

- Over in Africa, another former Portugese colony is booming while Lisbon is busy selling off state assets and getting bailed out by the IMF.

Louise Redvers: Portugal’s fortunes may have fallen, but Angola’s star is on the rise. Once ravaged by decades of war, it now expects 12 percent growth next year. Angolan companies, already own extensive holdings in the banking, energy and telecoms sectors. Some analysts see the changing relationship between the two countries as an intriguing role reversal.

Portugal’s prime minister seeks help in Angola
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Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Portuguese minister of foreign affairs, Paulo Portas (right) greets his counterpart, the minister of foreign affairs of Angola, Georges


- Nigeria: One-Month Old Baby Received a Salary

Hilversum — A one-month old baby, said to hold a diploma, was on the Nigerian government payroll, officials have discovered, exposing the levels to which corruption runs in Africa’s most populous country.

- USA-The Dead Just Keep On Voting

by Thomas R. Spencer (Diary)

Isn’t modern medicine wonderful? A hundred years ago, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years. In 2009, the federal government recently announced that it is 78 years. And, now, in an age when NASA has machines roving Mars, many states are extending the voting life of citizens for years after they are medically pronounced dead.

- Bernie Madoff: Happiest I’ve been in 20 years

According to Walters, Madoff says he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares over his epic fraud, but feels “safer here (in prison) than outside. I have people to talk to, no decisions to make. I know I will die in prison. I lived the last 20 years of my life in fear. Now, I have no fear because I’m no longer in control.”

From CBS News

-WOMAN MARRIES HERSELF!

-Never too late for the Blues. At 71 years of age Burt starts his music career:

-Dr. G. B. Burt

-Rape the men never saw it coming

HARARE Zimbabwean men are a proud lot, but they are slowly taking a bruising with increasing reports of women raping men, in a bizarre trend that appears driven more by superstition, and which social commentators say reflects a more serious underlying problem total moral decay of the nation. 03.09.1010:42am 4 0 (http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/)

by MISA
 

-”Women. They are a complete mystery.”

LONDON (Reuters) – The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world’s best known scientists is — women.

When New Scientist magazine asked “Brief History of Time” author Stephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unraveling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: “Women. They are a complete mystery.”

-Getting Along!

-Some kind of unboring way to begin a new year

-European Witchcraft Trial History and Puritan Beliefs

The People Executed, as Convicted Witches, By the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trial Death Toll (credit to www.squidoo.com)

For Kenya not wanting to be left too far behind:-

-Alleged witches (all around the world! could this be sexism at work?)

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-Video of marriage proposal gone wrong at UCLA basketball game

-Trial begins against surgeon who amputated man’s penis without permission

- Woman Gets Cement Injections In Butt:

MIAMI — A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price to give her a curvier body. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant

 

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