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Games & Riddles / Re: Counting in images.
« Last post by toonfandangl on December 07, 2017, 01:40:55 AM »
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Games & Riddles / Re: Word associations
« Last post by toonfandangl on November 24, 2017, 12:20:38 AM »
Queen

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Games & Riddles / Re: Counting in images.
« Last post by toonfandangl on November 24, 2017, 12:02:25 AM »
some mistakes but getting to the end   
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Oranjemund Newsletters / Re: Oranjemund Telephone directory from 1970
« Last post by toonfandangl on November 22, 2017, 01:52:44 AM »
Never seen this before just browsing through this 1970 telephone book and there under the B was my name amazing fireworks1. I thought I lived on seventh avenue, here in the telephone book its E49. 9th avenue number Tel 492. Its an old post which Michael A started  but it blew me away thank Michael for the post.

                                                                                                               
                  
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Games & Riddles / Re: Word associations
« Last post by toonfandangl on November 21, 2017, 04:17:43 AM »
Chess

     
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Games & Riddles / Re: Counting in images.
« Last post by toonfandangl on November 21, 2017, 04:00:17 AM »




               
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I was astonished to see a report about how much money.



Robert Mugabe’s Luxurious Mansion in Harare.
According to a leaked US diplomatic cable published this week, the bulk of Mugabe’s assets were at the time believed to be in the form of real estate.

Together with his wife Grace, the Zimbabwean leader was said to own at least six residences in the country, including a multi-story mansion in Harare’s posh Borrowdale suburb.

The couple also own several farms that they grabbed from former white farmers under a violent land “reform” programme that the despotic leader says was necessary to correct the injustices by former colonial masters.

The full extent of Mugabe’s assets are unknown, but are rumored to exceed $1 billion in value,
 the majority of which are likely invested outside Zimbabwe,” said the cable written by the US embassy in Harare in August 2001 and made public by whistleblower website WikiLeaks this week.

Media reports have linked the dictator to a looting spree over the past few years during which Mugabe and his inner circle allegedly seized commercial farmland equivalent to more than half of Zimbabwe.

                                                     

The US diplomatic cable acknowledged that it was difficult to ascertain the full extent of Mugabe’s overseas assets although these were rumoured to include “everything from secret accounts in Switzerland, the Channel Islands and the Bahamas to castles in Scotland”.

Mugabe has insisted that he has no foreign assets or bank accounts, challenging the West to seize any that they find under his name.

His associates, including Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and businessmen John Bredenkamp and Billy Rautenbauch, are said to have amassed significant wealth, mainly acquired during Zimbabwe’s controversial involvement in the five-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo civil war.

Although the embassy had no firm confirmation of the assets held by the three, it said they were major beneficiaries of military contracts and mining concessions. “They are presumed to have channelled some of that wealth to Mugabe,” the cable said.

Mnangagwa was at the time chairman of First National Bank of Congo while Bredenkamp’s company, Tremalt, was reported to have a 20 percent stake in the DRC mining parastatal Gecamines, which granted substantial mining concessions to Zimbabwean companies.

“The full extent of Mugabe’s assets are unknown, but are rumoured to exceed $1 billion in value, the majority of which are likely invested outside Zimbabwe,” said the cable written by the US embassy in Harare in August 2001 and made public by whistleblower website WikiLeaks this week.

Media reports have linked the dictator to a looting spree over the past few years during which Mugabe and his inner circle allegedly seized commercial farmland equivalent to more than half of Zimbabwe.

The US diplomatic cable acknowledged that it was difficult to ascertain the full extent of Mugabe’s overseas assets although these were rumoured to include “everything from secret accounts in Switzerland, the Channel Islands and the Bahamas to castles in Scotland”.

Mugabe has insisted that he has no foreign assets or bank accounts, challenging the West to seize any that they find under his name.

His associates, including Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and businessmen John Bredenkamp and Billy Rautenbauch, are said to have amassed significant wealth, mainly acquired during Zimbabwe’s controversial involvement in the five-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo civil war.

Although the embassy had no firm confirmation of the assets held by the three, it said they were major beneficiaries of military contracts and mining concessions. “They are presumed to have channelled some of that wealth to Mugabe,” the cable said.

Mnangagwa was at the time chairman of First National Bank of Congo while Bredenkamp’s company, Tremalt, was reported to have a 20 percent stake in the DRC mining parastatal Gecamines, which granted substantial mining concessions to Zimbabwean companies.

 The ICC                                           



Should intervene here, and in cases like this strip them of the money and assets they have accumulated and put into programs that would help the 17,000,000 Zambian people! but would that happen I guess not. To much greed in the world.

                                                    notfair  ThatStinks2
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.... and He still won't resign, Impeachment....


I was astonished to see a report about how much money he has stashed offshore...

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                      A North Korean Defector Has ‘Enormous’ Parasites. Where Are They From?




PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST
A CRAPPY MATTER
A North Korean Defector Has ‘Enormous’ Parasites. Where Are They From?
A parasitologist and doctor weigh in, suggesting that this might be more rampant in the isolated nation than we know.

JACK CROSBIE
11.17.17 6:00 PM ET
On Monday, a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea, pulling off a daring escape from the reclusive, authoritarian nation, and successfully crossing the demilitarized zone between the two countries. During the escape, he was shot several times by guards from his own country; when rushed to the hospital, surgeons discovered fresh horrors lurking in his intestines: parasitic worms.

South Korean doctors told journalists on Monday that the patient was stable, but that his insides contained “an enormous number” of worms, the longest of which was 11 inches long. “In my over-20-year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook,” Dr. Lee Cook-jong, a doctor who treated the defector, told The Guardian.

Details on the case are still pretty scant, but two parasitologists told The Daily Beast that the worms are most likely roundworms, an extremely common parasite found in impoverished and developing countries that is usually spread when food sources are contaminated by human feces.

“I think it’s probably a roundworm,” Paul Crosbie, a parasitologist at California State University, Fresno, told The Daily Beast in an interview. “But we’re dealing with some really iffy information here.” (Disclaimer: Crosbie is the author’s father.)

Crosbie said that his best guess is the worms are a species of roundworm in the ascaris genus, which are some of the most common intestinal worms. Crosbie said the largest female ascarids usually grow to about 9 inches, which would make Lee’s surprise make sense, although members of the genus have been recorded as long as 14 inches.

There are other kinds of common worms that live inside humans, of course. Crosbie mentioned whipworms, which “sew themselves” into the lining of the large intestine and often cause bleeding. Considering the volume and size of the worms, however, Crosbie said it’s unlikely they were in the large intestine, which measures only a couple feet long. Roundworms and tapeworms aren’t embedded in the inner lining as much, and would be easier to notice during a more intense surgical operation, like treating gunshot wounds in the abdomen.


But tapeworms can often grow to “many, many feet” long, which makes them less likely to be remarkable at only 11 inches. According to Crosbie, that makes a roundworm the most plausible parasite the defector was housing in his intestines.
Roundworms like ascarids spread through direct transmission, usually through food contaminated with human feces. Humans infected with the parasite spread its eggs in their poop, which then infect other hosts who eat food contaminated with the fecal matter. Fecal contamination is widespread in impoverished and developing countries, as farmers there often use human excrement as fertilizer to grow crops in otherwise nutrient-deprived environments.

“Chemical fertiliser was supplied by the state until the 1970s, but from the early 1980s, production started to decrease,” Lee Min-bok, a North Korean agriculture expert, told The Guardian. “By the 1990s, the state could not supply it any more, so farmers started to use a lot of night soil instead.”

And Crosbie said the soldier isn’t alone—the number of people routinely infected with roundworms is astonishing.

“The general estimates for how many people have big roundworms [ascarids and other related species like whipworms] in impoverished countries worldwide... we’re talking up to 1.5 billion people harboring these parasites.”

Dr. Thomas Nutman, the head of the National Institute of Health’s laboratory of parasitic diseases, agreed, putting the number of infected people worldwide at between 1 and 1.5 billion, although exact data is hard to come by. In particularly stricken communities, the infection rate can approach 40 to 50 percent of the population, with individuals in their late teens most likely to be infected.

“You can imagine—these are living things, and they live in the lumen of the GI tract,” Nutman said. “If this patient had surgery on GI tract and these things were flailing about, let’s just say it’s possible that they could have a deleterious effect on the sutures.”

Assuming the young soldier pulls through, treatment is relatively simple—another reason the parasites are almost completely extinct in developed countries.

“Both roundworms and tapeworms are easily treated with longstanding anti-worm drugs,” Crosbie said. “You take the drug, and it either kills the parasite or makes it let go of its grip in the intestine and you shit them out.”

In the defector’s case, this time, they won’t make it back into the food supply.
                 
                                    Don't expect anyone to read it all so North Korea is challenging the world


                                                                 
                       
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Lived there from 1995-2002. Boom time to start of downfall and taking over of farms. I hope that this is the beginning of a new start for this beautiful country.
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