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Thursday, December 05, 2013
Nelson Mandela dead at 95
By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News
Nelson Mandela - dead at 95
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95. "He is now resting," said South African President Jacob Zuma. "He is now at peace." "Our nation has lost his greatest son," he continued. "Our people have lost their father." A state funeral will be held, and Zuma called for mourners to conduct themselves with "the dignity and respect" that Mandela personified. "Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world, let us reaffirm his vision of a society… in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another," he said as tributes began pouring in from across the world. Though he was in power for only five years, Mandela was a figure of enormous moral influence the world over – a symbol of revolution, resistance and triumph over racial segregation. He inspired a generation of activists, left celebrities and world leaders star-struck, won the Nobel Peace Prize and raised millions for humanitarian causes. South Africa is still bedeviled by challenges, from class inequality to political corruption to AIDS. And with Mandela’s death, it has lost a beacon of optimism. In his jailhouse memoirs, Mandela wrote that even after spending so many years in a Spartan cell on Robben Island – with one visitor a year and one letter every six months – he still had faith in human nature. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.” “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Mandela retired from public life in 2004 with the half-joking directive, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” and had largely stepped out of the spotlight, spending much of his time with family in his childhood village. His health had been fragile in recent years. He had spent almost three months in a hospital in Pretoria after being admitted in June for a recurring lung infection. He was released on Sept. 1. In his later years, Mandela was known to his countrymen simply as Madiba, the name of his tribe and a mark of great honor. But when he was born on July 18, 1918, he was named Rolihlahla, which translated roughly – and prophetically – to “troublemaker.” Mandela was nine when his father died, and he was sent from his rural village to the provincial capital to be raised by a fellow chief. The first member of his family to get a formal education, he went to boarding school and then enrolled in South Africa’s elite Fort Hare University, where his activism unfurled with a student boycott. As a young law scholar, he joined the resurgent African National Congress just a few years before the National Party – controlled by the Afrikaners, the descendants of Dutch and French settlers – came to power on a platform of apartheid, in which the government enforced racial segregation and stripped non-whites of economic and political power. As an ANC leader, Mandela advocated peaceful resistance against government discrimination and oppression – until 1961, when he launched a military wing called Spear of the Nation and a campaign of sabotage. --more at NBC.com--
Michel Lotito (born June 15, 1950) is a French entertainer. Lotito, who was born in Grenoble, is famous as the consumer of undigestables, and is known as Monsieur Mangetout (Mister Eat-it-all). Lotito's performances are the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and so on in items such as bicycles, televisions, a Cessna 150, and smaller items which are disassembled, cut-up and swallowed. The aircraft took roughly two years to be 'eaten' from 1978 to 1980. He began eating unusual material while a child and has been performing publicly since 1966. Lotito does not often suffer from ill-effects due to his diet, even after the consumption of materials usually considered poisonous. When performing he consumes around a kilogram of material daily, preceding it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water during the 'meal'. He apparently possesses a stomach and intestine with walls of twice the expected thickness, and his digestive acids are, allegedly, unusually powerful, allowing him to digest a certain portion of his metallic meals. Read more
The new approach, which involves blocking the release of sperm
brings scientists closer to developing an effective male pill
A pill for men that can provide a safe, effective and reversible method of contraception is a step closer, researchers have said. Currently, the use of a condom or a surgical vasectomy provides the only proven form of contraception available to men. Previous attempts to develop an orally administrable male contraceptive have faced significant problems. Some pills have focused on disrupting the production of sperm, which is difficult due to the huge number of sperm cells created by men. This also presents the risk of having a detrimental genetic effect on future offspring. Other pills have centred on altering hormonal mechanisms to produce dysfunctional sperm, but this is said to have “intolerable” side effects. Now, a team of researchers, led by Dr Sabatino Ventura from Monash University in Australia, have published a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which outlines the possibility of a safe, non-hormonal, readily reversible male contraceptive. The pill works by genetically deleting two proteins (alpha1A-adrenoceptor and P2X1-purinoceptor) which in turn blocks sperm cells from being ejaculated during intercourse. Removing the proteins in genetically engineered mice resulted in male animals that were completely infertile, but continued to mate normally. “This bypasses perhaps the greatest stumbling block in the quest for a socially acceptable male contraceptive,” the scientists wrote. The mice appeared normal and did not suffer any side effects that would make such a treatment impossible for use on humans. They were also able to father normal offspring, when their sperm was extracted straight from the testes and injected into female eggs. The researchers said that there is a potential for an orally administered drug to be developed that's effects would be reversed once stopped. Medicines for prostate enlargement and high blood pressure that currently exist already block one of proteins, the researchers added. *originally published on The Independant
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods. On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) -- 'Do not turn upside down.' On Sainsbury's peanuts -- 'Warning: contains nuts.' On Boot's Children Cough Medicine -- 'Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.' (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5 year-olds with head-colds off those bulldozers.) On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding -- 'Product will be hot after heating.' On a Sears hairdryer -- Do not use while sleeping. On a bag of Fritos -- You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside. On a bar of Dial soap -- 'Directions: Use like regular soap.' On some Swanson frozen dinners -- 'Serving suggestion: Defrost.' (but, it's just a suggestion.) On packaging for a Rowenta iron -- 'Do not iron clothes on body.' On Nytol Sleep Aid -- 'Warning: May cause drowsiness.' On most brands of Christmas lights -- 'For indoor or outdoor use only.' (as opposed to?) On an American Airlines packet of nuts -- 'Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.' On a child's Superman costume -- 'Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.' On a Swedish chainsaw -- 'Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals.'
SYLVIA: Hi! Wanda. WANDA: Hi! Sylvia. How'd you die? SYLVIA: I froze to death. WANDA: How horrible! SYLVIA: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you? WANDA: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV. SYLVIA: So, what happened? WANDA: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died. SYLVIA: Too bad you didn't look in the freezer -we'd both still be alive.
SETUP: Sol Star (John Hawkes) tells town sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), “Your fly is down.”
is set in 1876. The modern zipper didn’t exist yet—it wasn’t perfected
until 1913. Star should have told Bullock his fly was “open.”
A plasma TV uses about twice as much energy as an LCD set of the same size.
Ten most watched drama series finales
1.Magnum, P.I. (1988), 50.7 million viewers
2.Dallas (1991), 33.3 million viewers
3.Gunsmoke (1975), 30.9 million viewers
4.The Fugitive (1967), 30.0 million viewers
5.Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994), 27.8 million viewers
6.St. Elsewhere (1988), 22.5 million viewers
7.MacGyver (1992), 22.3 million viewers
8.Miami Vice (1989), 22.2 million viewers
9.L.A. Law (1994), 22.1 million viewers
10.Quantum Leap (1993), 20.6 million viewers
In 11 years of operation (1995–2006), UPN never made a profit, and lost more than $1 billion.
YOU’RE MY INSPIRATION
Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
began in 1994, Lisa Kudrow found it difficult to portray her flighty,
hippie-ish character—she’s nothing like that in real life. But costar
Jennifer Aniston is. Said Kudrow, “Jennifer introduced me to books that
gave me an insight into that spiritual world.” So Kudrow read the books …
and studied Aniston.
That’s a bunch: 464 children auditioned for the six kids’ roles on The Brady Bunch.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE JOURNEY THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT AND ONE FRIEND SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE IN THE FACE.
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, WROTE IN THE SAND:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS, WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH.
THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING, BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.
AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.
THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND ASKED HIM, "AFTER I HURT YOU, YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW, YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?"
THE OTHER FRIEND REPLIED "WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN SAND WHERE WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY. BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US, WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT."
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
THEY SAY IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL PERSON,AN HOUR TO APPRECIATE THEM, A DAY TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN AN ENTIRE LIFE TO FORGET THEM.
DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT VALUE WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!
I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, start out dead and get it out of the way. Then you wake up in an old age home feeling better every day.. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, then, when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You work 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You drink alcohol, you party, you're generally promiscuous and you get ready for High School. You go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a baby, then, you spend your last 9 months floating peacefully with luxuries like central heating, spa, room service on tap, larger quarters everyday, and finally you finish off as an orgasm.
Ethel was a bit of a demon in her wheelchair, and loved to charge around the nursing home, taking corners on one wheel and getting up to maximum speed on the long corridors. Because the poor woman was one sandwich short of a picnic the other residents tolerated her and some of them actually joined in.
One day Ethel was speeding up one corridor when a door opened and Kooky Clarence stepped out with his arm outstretched.
"STOP!," he shouted in a firm voice. "Have you got a license for that thing?"
Ethel fished around in her handbag and pulled out a Kit Kat wrapper and held it up to him. "OK" he said, and away Ethel sped down the hall.
As she took the corner near the TV lounge on one wheel, weird Harold popped out in front of her and shouted "STOP! Have you got proof of insurance?" Ethel dug into her handbag, pulled out a drink coaster and held it up to him. Harold nodded and said "On your way, Ma'am."
As Ethel neared the final corridor, Crazy Craig stepped out in front of her, Butt- Naked, and holding his "You-Know- What" in his hand. "Oh, good grief," yelled Ethel, "Not that Damn Breathalyzer Test again.!!!"
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