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When R12 000 was stolen from a safe, a sangoma won the day.

Last week, Centenary Hall manager Julius Majola told the municipal Oversight Committee how, after the theft, his secretary had phoned the police and told them not to come to take fingerprints as a sangoma had arrived.

Briefing the committee on the theft, Majola said the money had been put in the safe, in the presence of his secretary, after payment had been made for a function.

When he returned to the office on Monday and opened the safe, the money was gone.

Majola then phoned the police and reported the matter and had also called two friends, one of whom was a sangoma.

When his secretary learnt one of them was a sangoma she phoned the police and told them not to send fingerprint experts.

Asked by Elizabeth Trent (DA) if the safe had been damaged, he said it had not.

"It must be magic," Trent said. - Own Correspondent

Published on the Web by IOL on 2010-03-15 04:22:00

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By Jesse Washington

Near the end of the hit film Avatar, the villain snarls at the hero, "How does it feel to betray your own race?" Both men are white - although the hero is inhabiting a blue-skinned, 2.74 metre-tall, long-tailed alien.

Strange as it may seem for a film that pits greedy, immoral humans against noble denizens of a faraway moon, Avatar is being criticised by a small but vocal group of people who allege it contains racist themes - the white hero once again saving the primitive natives.
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"Maybe if he had a black hero in there, that point would have been even stronger," Bogle said. - Sapa-AP

Published on the web by Tonight on January 18, 2010.


Actually, the properly PC way would be if the hero was a Han Chinese. They are after all the biggest ethnic group.
This kind of nonsense makes me sick. Then again, those idiots probably wouldn't know a metaphor if it hit them on the head.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] polymale , these articles talk about a new way to look at MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
Quite an intriguing read.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/researchers-labour-of-love-leads-to-breakthrough-in-treating-ms/article1372414/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8374980.stm
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By Mike Howard

Article Here

Before I unveil my list of the most overrated exercise and diet trends, I feel a disclaimer or two is in order:

   1. I'm in favor of anything that helps people become healthy or fit. The word "overrated" needs to be taken into context and is certainly open to interpretation.
   2. Just because I deem something to be overrated does not mean I don't think it has merit. I may feel something is "overrated" simply due to the amount of hype it gets or to the degree that its proponents revere it.

With those 2 things in mind, let's get going.

   1. Balls, BOSU's, balance boards, Oh my!: Read more... )
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 We can't trust Zuma, warns Zille

ANC president Jacob Zuma cannot be president of the country because he cannot be trusted, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Saturday.

"When voters put politicians in power, they must be able to trust them. Without trust, democracy goes bust.

Read more... )Published on the Web by IOL on 2009-03-07 17:40:22
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A commercial satellite collided with a Russian satellite over Siberia yesterday, yielding a cloud of fragments, according to a NASA scientist tracking space debris. The collision between the commercial satellite, belonging to the American communications firm Iridium, and the Russian satellite, believed to be defunct based on its advanced age, was the first of its kind,
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Article from the Scientific American.


We need to send some Metro cops to space, preferably the whole force.


valkyrieza: (Karev)
The People Time Forgot: Flores Find - question below

It is an old story, but worth reading )

Of course, the opposing side disagreed, claiming that one skeleton is not enough. From what I can understand this caused quite a furore in the palaeoanthropological community. Heck, if 'complicated' terms appeared in mainstream newspapers, then it is indeed quite a discovery. The sceptic in me, does wonder if one skeleton and partial remains of several other skeletons is enough to claim a new species, even if they are the descendants of the Homo erectus species that evolved into their own species over time thanks to isolation of the island. This of course brings the other contentious point of how Homo erectus got there in the first place.

Recently, as in just over a month ago, a
Minnesota anthropology professor, claimed validity to the existence of  Homo floresiensis in his study.

Article )

So anyone who is more knowledgeable on the matter?

I do not have even the basic ground facts to make an informed decision with which side to agree. Another human species is undoubtedly cool, especially as recent as this one to have interacted with our ancestors. On the other hand, there is not enough evidence to fully justify such a claim. This is not a subjective topic such as religion/politics where my view makes it right I my eyes.  I also do not have a greater understanding at a higher level then high school, like with economics or accounting to be comfortable to 'choose a side'. I am open to more information and explanations that I can at least feel better about this.

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Jan. 25th, 2009 03:38 pm
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This is an old report from the "Onion" about McDonalds, referenced by someone on Digg It is about 12 years old by now, but still funny as it laughs at the idea of obsessive cult fan and the lack of usefulness of some of the aspects of modern consumerist culture.

There is also an old issue of some expensive NCDs (negotiable certificates of deposits) using teleportation. It starts of with a mysterious disappearance of approximately 8 million South African Rand en-route from the headquarters of one bank to another in Johannesburg. The distance between the two banks? About 10 minutes walking at a leisurely pace. These same NCDs were put to the branch in the Western Cape Province to be cashed out on the same day they went AWOL in Johannesburg, bear in mind we are talking more then 1000km difference between the physical places and back in 2000, when this started not very frequent air trips between the Johannesburg and Cape Town. Of course, everyone has signed off to the fact that they were in Johannesburg and the businessman who has asked for the NCDs to be redeemed has proof of purchase for the these papers. Add to that a grisly death, a persistent heir still trying to redeem the money, a bypass of the Reserve Bank's exchange rules regulations and numerous court dates. I reckon the people who specialise in being Private Investigators in financial matters will have a ball. Who needs a smoky office and people shooting at you?

I did not know that this year is an International Astronomy Year 2009 for South Africa. It seems there is also a solar eclipse on the cards this coming Monday. My neighbour bought a telescope so this will be an opportunity to view a solar eclipse with proper equipment.

There is also the tragic news of the murders of infants and one of the minders in the small town near Brussels in Belgium. I had spent about two, not the nicest months in Belgium and despite my feelings towards certain people there, it is a law-abiding place where such violence, especially towards infants (youngest was 6 months old) is doubly unexpected.

CNN.com offers the first page story about 25 years of Macs. I wonder how much Steve Jobs paid for that little promotion? It took a little scrolling to see this article. It is about reversing the policy that "prohibits U.S. money from funding international family-planning clinics that promote abortion or provide counselling or referrals about abortion services." [CNN.com, "Obama reverses abortion-funding policy", accessed 25.01.09]. This policy has been implemented each time an uneducated, pardon the expression 'hick' like presidents Reagan and Bush reverse it. I applaud the common sense shown by the Obama administration, this is one of those issues that should not be politicised. I believe most women, myself included do not appreciate a mainly male body of politicians deciding about their bodies.

BBC offers a cheerful combination of reporting about violence in the world and more impacts of the global financial crisis. it is interspersed with a cheerful article about a pilot who had managed to land his plane on water after both its engines were crippled by birds . I have done some quick Googling, it is exceptionally difficult and has only been a few times before, where like in this case, everyone had survived.

Also, for[livejournal.com profile] lyonza , an academic article about how MUDs were started. It is a bit old, but still interesting to know how.

Back to studying, thank goodness, it is an open-book exam.

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Jan. 14th, 2009 11:38 pm
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Note to self: When a shoe sale is mentioned, ignore the statement and try not to catch the name of the store at which it is at.
Make it a note-to-self from tomorrow, since obviously, it did not work today.


In other news, the ignorance, arrogance and chauvinism of old men in turbans continues to infuriate me.

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A BOFFIN too busy to find real love has INVENTED his idea of the perfect woman – a female ROBOT.

Inventor Le Trung, 33, created Aiko, said to be “in her 20s” with a stunning 32, 23, 33 figure, shiny hair and delicate features.

She even remembers his favourite drink and does simple cleaning and household tasks.

Fem-bot" Aiko, who has cost £14,000 to build so far, is a whizz at maths and even does Le’s accounts.

Le, a scientific genius from Brampton in Ontario, Canada, said he never had time to find a real partner so he designed one using the latest technology.

He said he did not build Aiko as a sexual partner, but said she could be tweaked to become one.

Odd pair ... Le with his robot girlfriend
Happy Couple )


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The story is sourced from the SUN.

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Atheist adverts declaring "there's probably no God" could be placed on buses across the country after a fundraising drive made five times the target amount in just one day.

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Last Updated: 11:02PM BST 21 Oct 2008

Even religious groups donated money to the cause in the belief that the campaign, highlighted in The Daily Telegraph, would encourage people to think more about faith and could actually enhance support for Christianity.

Organisers needed to raise just £2,750 from supporters in order to pay for adverts doubting the existence of God to be plastered across 30 London bendy-buses for a month, after the prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins agreed to match all donations. Previous attempts to raise the money had failed.

Read more... )

Source: The Telegraph.

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 Man killed wife in Facebook row

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing his wife to death over a posting she made on the social networking site Facebook.

Read more... )

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7676285.stm

Published: 2008/10/17 14:36:44 GMT

© BBC MMVIII



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When we talk about herd behaviour of the financial 'gurus' in the international markets it tends to give me a chill.


Washington - Herd mentality rules during a financial crisis because people are wired to follow the crowd when times are uncertain, experts say.

Brain and behaviour studies clearly show that when information is scarce and threats seem imminent, people often stop listening to their own logic and look to see what others are doing.

Read more... )
Source here.

P.S. Neuroeconomist as a profession is so cool!

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Internet war games fanatic Matthew Pyke was stabbed to death by a fellow player who flew from Germany to murder him after an online dispute, police believe.


Police confirmed a man, believed to be 21, had been arrested near Frankfurt in Germany following the death of student Mr Pyke, who was killed in his flat in Nottingham.

 

Read more... )
Source here

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Tourists just get dumber

London - "When do you turn off the mist?" "Is this where Ozzy and Sharon actually live?" "Where are all the hobbits?" The bizarre questions asked by visitors to British tourist spots were revealed on Monday.

An unidentified visitor to Osborne House, Queen Victoria's retreat on the Isle of Wight, was presumably disappointed when told that former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his celebrity wife were not at home.


A misty day at Dover Castle in southeastern England prompted the hopeful: "What time do you switch the mist off?" while one visitor to Whitby Abbey wondered: "Why did they build so many ruined castles and abbeys in England?" - AFP

Source here.

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Beijing - Two lovers ended up in hospital in Taiwan after their car plunged 70 metres down a cliff face as they made love in the backseat.

Lin Gu, 25, and lover Lee Shin, 29, were left with broken bones and bruises after their car toppled over the edge of a hill in XinDian, reports Today News.

A spokesperson for police who were called by witnesses said: "They had parked up close to the edge of the mountain and had left the handbrake off.

"When they started having sex the rocking motion started the car moving and it rolled off the hill. They were lucky they were not more seriously hurt."

The two lovers had driven to a deserted mountain road and parked, but their movements made the car topple over the edge and roll down to the bottom of the valley.

Despite their injuries - and being covered with mud and grass - the couple managed to clamber back up to the road where the woman asked the man to keep walking while she sought help at a nearby house.

The homeowner said the woman pleaded with him not to reveal how the accident happened as her husband "would definitely sue for divorce". - ananova.com
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This amused me greatly:

"Two men were arrested on Thursday and six are on the run after police caught them taking turns in carrying a stolen double bed through East London, police said.

Superintendent Mtati Tana said the group stole the display bed outside a shop in Fleet Street.

"The men were stopped by police for questioning and six immediately ran away, leaving behind the two carrying the bed. It was later discovered that the bed was stolen," said Tana.

The two are expected to appear on Friday before the East London magistrate's court on a charge of theft. - Sapa
"

Source: IOL

This was even funnier:

"Canberra - A dry-cleaning shop owner in Papua New Guinea has found a unique way of encouraging thieves to clean up their behaviour: giving them a steam cleaning.

Police in the northeast coastal town of Lae said a 20-year-old man suffered burns and scalding to his abdomen, chest and back after the owner turned a steam cleaner on him after he was caught stealing pants worth 14 kina (about R44; $5,50).

"The owner has done this to many people already," police spokesperson Nema Mondiai told Australian Associated Press on Wednesday.

Police seemed unconcerned about the radical punishment and released the thief after being assured he had learned his lesson.
"

The rest of the story can be found here.
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Blah, blah, blah, blah...

Berlin - A desperate German called emergency services to rescue her after a visiting friend at her flat had talked for 30 hours non-stop, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police in Speyer said that the guest had rambled on about personal problems and became increasingly intoxicated until the 48-year-old host dialled the emergency hotline.

After failing to encourage the by-now unwelcome guest to leave last Saturday, the woman called an ambulance. When the paramedics refused to carry the friend out of the flat, the owner called the police, who took the other woman home. No charges were filed. - Sapa-AFP

Source: IOL
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SAA boss needs a new sangoma to help in fuel crisis
May 18, 2008

By Edwin Naidu

Khaya Ngqula, the SAA chief executive, must change sangomas. When economists warned the price of oil was rising and forecast to break the $100 (R763) a barrel barrier, the airline budgeted for oil at $65 a barrel.

No surprises to hear on Wednesday that soaring oil prices, which peaked this week at $125 a barrel, cost SAA R950 million. Someone at SAA got it hopelessly wrong but there was some good news. Ngqula says the airline's fuel levy on ticket fares had enabled SAA to make up for the extra it paid for oil. So, passengers paid for someone's blunder.

As head it is not for Ngqula to simply explain away such a substantial loss, blaming factors beyond SAA's control, when he ought to be tackling the inept in-house forecasters who obviously struggle with budgeting. But he will not.

If the track record of much-ado-about-nothing Alec Erwin, who, as minister of public enterprises has political responsibility for the airline, is anything to go by, Ngqula must be preparing a hefty bonus for his officials who cannot budget for a crisis.

Article from Business Report here.

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