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The ANC Governing Party of South Africa is officially a nutcase.

They have divorced themselves from logic and reality and are surrounding themselves now with strange and bizarre fantasy.
 
“I have never heard such madness in my life ... Those people are clowns. Our biggest problem is that our ‘intelligence’ is not intelligent.”
Thuli Madonsela, Julius Malema, Lindiwe Mazibuko, and Joseph Mathunjwa have refuted claims that they are spies.
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We take away your floofs~ =3 Floofs are all important for listening to foxie floofs, mhm~
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Excellent.
 
What is your favorite fundamental force?
149 votes
Gravitational
35%
Electromagnetic
51%
Strong
9%
Weak
5%
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Via +Urs Bolt
 
Nuclear power: Energy for the future or relic of the past?
You would be wrong. Quite wrong.
(BBC News - http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30919045)
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Ultimate One Percent 
Don't believe Republicans when they say they didn't know Sarah Palin was a dult. They knew. They just hoped YOU wouldn't catch on. You see, Republicans don't care who fronts their show, just that you buy the ticket and don't figure out that it's to the execution of the once, economically-powerful, American working class.
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What could this imply....?

Thank you to +Horton Copperpot

 
IDIOTS OF THE DAY -- Cultural Elites Edition

So the chicken-and-egg question -- does extra education make people more liberal or does being liberal make people get more educated? And conservatives think intelligence is genetically linked -- what does that say about voting Republican?
This graph compares the percentage of the population of states that have graduate degrees with the percentage of the voters who voted for President Obama in 2012.
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In political science, education itself is not a factor in predicting voting behavior.  Rather, education is merely a proxy for income -- and income, along with ideology, age, and race -- is a key predictor.

What the graph shows is that ideology rules.  Red states vote red, blue states vote blue. 

Is the graph showing that blue states have more people with college and graduate degrees?  No.  The graph doesn't control for population.  New York state, a blue state, has 19.75 million people living there.  Montana, a red state, has just 1 million people.  Yet, by not controlling statistically for population, New York "will have more people with college and graduate degrees, showing it is more dedicated to education".  Nonsense.
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Batch conver it with Irfan view - or just some other image converter. It is maybe not standards compliant. 
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What is your favorite fundamental force?
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Electromagnetic
51%
Strong
9%
Weak
5%
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According to one theory, all ordinary matter is made up of electrons, protons, neutrons... and morons

Like this idiot.

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Live long and prosper

Ambassador Spock is dead. Long live Ambassador Spock

"Of all the souls I ever encountered, his was the most... human..."
- James T Kirk's eulogy for Spock in Star Trek II
 
In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
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+Rudi van de Venter I'm sorry. I should have checked your original post before; but I wasn't expecting this. Definitely not death... My father died back when I was 15, in February. It's life. I think a kid's courage and confidence dies with his father too. Life gets worse, then it gets better. Don't be upset. 
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My father is old and no longer well.

If you are young or want to read something light and uplifting, then this is not for you - apologies for writing this post here, then.

But I really am shocked and distressed at what his condition does to him and what it is doing to my old mother.

I no longer recognize me father. He is physiologically healthy (blood pressure, sugar levels, heart, blood, kidney, liver, etc. and even brain - I saw his CT scan reports of two weeks ago) but yet he has tremors (which appear when he is stressed), he has difficulty speaking (we now longer understand him and that frustrates him), mundane tasks are difficult, handling eating ustensils for example and he is so extremely confused and paranoid.

His condition appears to be in response to traumatic events like when he tripped and fell last month and when he accidentally fell if a chair last week. It does not present as a constant chronic condition in the way Alzheimers and Parkinsons do, although symptoms are similar. He has an appointment with a clinical psychologist only in April.

I should mention that he has been taking Tegretol and Camcolit for almost two decades and we ( and the house doctors) believe that the current condition is caused by the Carbilev tablets another doctor prescribed for him when she thought she detected signs of Parkinson's disease a few weeks earlier. We believe this because there is indicated interaction between the drugs and his condition started to deteriorate rapidly right after he started taking the Carbilev too.

Our doctor is taking him off the drug Carbilev now, but it has to be done gradually. It will take another 2 weeks for his dosage to reach zero. I hope my mother and him survive these two months.

I feel so helpless. He is so aggressive and she tries so hard. For the past few nights he gets so aggressive when he wakes to go to the bathroom. And he has great difficulty going back to sleep so he keeps my mother and himself awake for almost the entire night.

I do not know what to do. My impression is that he is in a condition to be institutionalized since my poor mother cannot take care of him 24/7. But I am certain he would not survive such a trauma as he is hypersensitive to change and aggressive about nurses and hospitals due to a bad experience a few weeks ago when he was forced to spend the night in hospital following tests.

I am a bad person for wondering now whether it is better to die young and healthy than old and in confusion and pain.

I am an agnostic. The current situation makes me hypocritical: I hope and pray that God will help somehow, perhaps take him befote his condition worsens - yet I claim to be convinced that God, if he exists, is not a personal god who concerns himself with afflicted old men or their silly, selfish sons.

So, perhaps, if you are still reading and have faith, you could pray for my mother and my father, that their last days on earth (he is 76 and she is 65) may be peaceful and not spent in stress, fear, confusion and delibitating ilness. Pray for them, I do not ask anything for myself since I am well and I claim to be independent.

But while I am selfish, silly, arrogant and wicked in many ways, my parents are good people who do not deserve this time of hardship - then again, that is what everyone thinks when they are afflicted by difficult circumstances, is it not?

I you got this far, you are a good friend.
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So. The time has come to write down a eulogy for my father. In 11 minutes it will be morning of the day of his funeral.

I know that he can no longer hear me (I wish that were different; but life and time goes forwards and not backwards) so I wish to do something special for my mother, brother, sister in law and the other relatives who will be attending.

I wish to give them the rekindlement of old fond memories of my father, of the kind that one often forget that you have it... little pieces of a person's personal history that carries special value but yet, somehow, get buried beneath heaps of mundane details and less meaningful memories of less valuable experiences - resulting in a fading of the image one has or used to have of a person.

I cannot resurrect my father, but it is my hope and desire to resurrect some special memories about who and what he has been to us all.

Thank you all for being good friends to me in this time.
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1.78 m, 78 kg, healthy and fit regular guy who likes privacy and who respect other people's privacy. I stand by true friends and I prefer to be as direct as possible and to communicate as clearly and directly as possible. I accept all people who accept me. I like to converse with attractive people with sharp minds and who like to engage with valuable ideas which have power and meaning beyond regular life.
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