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A man who ordered a prostitute to his hotel room collapsed when his daughter turned up at the door.

Titus Ncube from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, said the shock of seeing his 20-year-old daughter sent him to the ground.

The unnamed woman reportedly fled the building.

According to the Zimbabwe News, Ncube ordered the prostitute as he was experiencing marital problems.

“I am sorry for what I did,” he said. “I spoke to my wife and my daughter… I apologised for my actions because I just wanted my family back.”

Ncube said his daughter was no longer working as a prostitute and was planning to return to school.

“My marital problems are not over, but we have a marriage counsellor who is helping us to get over this most difficult period in our marriage,” he added.

On hearing the news, his wife said: “If it were not for my children, I could have divorced him a long time ago.”

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At first it was anti-Israel. Now it’s anti-Jews. It is no longer safe for South African Jews in South Africa. The next mark of the radical parties will be all non-Muslim whites, then all whites, then all black elites, then the remaining residents will war amongst themselves when their leaders will no longer have any scapegoats to redirect the populace’s attention from the real problems. Anyone remember Rwanda? Will there still be a South Africa in two decades time or will the state burst asunder into tribes fighting over false ideals and remaining resources?

South Africa has the ability to provide a decent standard of living and a good level of education to all its citizens. It breaks the heart that the elite care not for their most precious resource, their citizens.
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The Germans have a word – ‘Schadenfreude’ – which, loosely translated, means to take satisfaction in the discomfort of another. This is exactly what many South African Jews are feeling as we witness Nathan Geffen, Doron Isaacs, Stephen Friedman et al., try to scramble and disassociate themselves from the anti-Semitic utterances of their bedfellow Muhammed Desai, who recently led crowds in a rendition of the chilling mantra, “Shoot the Jew.”

Anyone sufficiently naïve to think that this noble call to action died with the defeat of the Nazis has received a clear signal that it continues to exist, even amongst those who are openly supported by members of our very own community.

Not that this comes as any surprise to those of us who can tell the difference between fact and fiction. The depth of the hatred directed at Jews both in South Africa and abroad, if not clearly evident, lies just beneath the surface, waiting to pop out at the slightest provocation.

Before I’m accused of oversensitivity as the target of a supposedly innocuous chant calling for my death, allow me to remind Desai that the equally harmless call to “Kill the Boer” contributed to a fair number of murders of white farmers over the past two decades.

There is little more unpredictable than the actions of an uncontrolled mob.

Until now, Jewish supporters of the BDS campaign have ducked and dived behind the claim that the focus of their organization is primarily directed at Israel’s supposed ill-treatment of the Palestinians, and ending the occupation of the West Bank. The villain was always Zionism, never Jews as such.

Happy to work for a good, recognizable cause, many intrepid Jewish do-gooders climbed on board. Nothing makes one feel better than to have a banner to wave and an underdog to support, particularly when you’re doing it from the safety of an armchair thousands of kilometers away from the site of the action.

Despite the clear warning bells, which included some hostile, anti-Jewish comments from Zwelithini Vavi, Bongani Masuku, and that doyen of the ANC, Ahmed Kathrada, our brave, committed activists, chose to plow ahead. These threats were not directed at them; they were not a component of the target. After all, were they not the ‘good Jews’ with the good cause and the right friends?

Of course, the analogy is clear;: Germany 1933-45. There were no ‘good Jews,’ only good dead ones.

What a shock to suddenly find yourself on the outside looking in. What a strange sensation to have to face the cold reality of a leading light within the BDS movement, Muhammed Desai, defending the call to shoot Jews because, according to him, “the word ‘Jews’ was not meant in a literal fashion.”

In fact, Desai claimed that the call to kill Jews was “just like you would say kill the Boer at [a] funeral during the eighties [and] it wasn’t about killing white people, it was used as a way of identifying with the apartheid regime.”

Perhaps Desai can explain that to Amy Biehl, Dr. Melville Edelstein, and the 3,000 white farmers murdered in an orgy of killing following the acquisition of new-found freedom.

Desai should also explain how the word “Jews” can be used in any sense other than the “literal.”  It is certainly no verb, adverb, nor adjective.

One can only imagine the outcry and retribution that would follow were Jews to sing, “Kill the Muslim.”

What doesn’t appear to penetrate Desai’s limited intellect is that when a mob with a cause (however misguided) is presented with an appealing and emotive slogan, the line separating rhetoric from violence is thin indeed. Ask the millions of Jews who died in the pogroms of Eastern Europe.

In their scramble to either justify or condemn this embarrassing outrage, some strange things have been said which do no more than raise further questions. For example, Professor Farid Esack, writing on behalf of the board of BDS South Africa, expressed his opposition to “any and all incitement to violence and racism – including anti-Semitism and Zionism- even if it were to come from within our ranks.”

In the context of his statement, Esack is saying that “Zionism” should not be subject to racism. This is an open admission by Esak that Zionism is not the monster that it is portrayed as being, but is in fact the respectable movement that it is.

Thank you Dr. Esack! Your supporters will be delighted with your acknowledgment of Israel’s respectability.

However, ‘the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.’ And close behind this admission, Esack ensures that we clearly understand that it is “unfortunate but not unexpected that supporters of Israel will focus on the singing of this song. …  [as the] purpose and context [of the protest] … were and remain the larger struggle against Israeli apartheid, Israel’s illegal Occupation and its violation of Palestinian rights.”

The fact that Israel’s occupation is, according to International Law, not illegal; that Israel does not practice apartheid by any stretch of the imagination; and that Palestinian rights may be being violated, but are violated more severely by the Palestinian Authority, is obviously not understood by Esack.

Esack’s claim that it is unfortunate that supporters of Israel will focus on the singing of the song prompts the question: “Unfortunate for who?”

Unfortunate for the veracity of the BDS movement, which sails on the so-called victories of ‘persuading’ visiting performers to cancel their tours of Israel through threats and coercion, or the visit by Professor Steven Hawkins, who has yet to explain how he can hypocritically allow himself to use an Israeli designed microchip that enables him to speak?

The victories of BDS are small and hollow, and, other than an inconvenience, do little to nothing in advancing the cause they claim to pursue. Their actions, as we have now seen, are grounded in bigotry, hatred, and intolerance. In calling for the killing of Jews, they have revealed the evil within their ranks and the corruption of their aims.

Another Jewish advocate of BDS, political analyst Professor Steven Friedman, has rushed to say, “A series of organizations that support the boycotts have made it clear they don’t think it’s a remotely acceptable slogan. … It is very important that those of us who support the boycott make it clear it’s about the denial of rights and the denial of self-expression and self-government for the Palestinian people. It’s not targeted at a particular ethnic group.”

But that’s not true, Professor, otherwise what was sung would not have been sung. What do you not understand about “Shoot the Jew?” All the spin in the world cannot change what has been said and against whom. Even as an avowed opponent of Israel, you, as a fellow Jew, must feel a little niggle of discomfort at the thought that such bigotry can surface so easily from the mouth of one of the leaders of an organization that you openly support.

Finally, prominent anti-Israel activists, Nathan Geffen and Doron Isaacs lamely bleat that, “Anti-Semitism, besides being personally insulting to us, scores an own-goal. It undermines the struggle for Palestinian freedom.”How touching. Perhaps you need to reassess who your real friends might be.

My closing question to those Jews who swell the ranks of BDS is simple:  With the identification of the undeniable true feelings of your fellow travelers, where is your self respect?

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Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai discusses the importance of education in diffusing terrorism and empowering women.

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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.

On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in BirminghamEngland for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father.

The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Malala may have become “the most famous teenager in the world.” United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015 – a petition which helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. In the 29 April 2013 issue of Timemagazine, Yousafzai was featured on the magazine’s front cover and as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World“. She was the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. On 12 July 2013, Yousafzai spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education, and in September 2013 she officially opened the Library of Birmingham. Yousafzai is the recipient of the Sakharov Prize for 2013.

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The following is an email that I received:

Yesterday, eight days into the Republican government shutdown, President Obama spoke from the White House about the need for Republicans in Congress to stop threatening another recession just to sabotage Obamacare, stop demanding ransom just for doing their jobs, and just vote to reopen the government. He talked about the toll this shutdown is already taking on our country and the economy, and warned against the dire consequences of a default if Congress doesn’t act to prevent an economic shutdown.

Keeping the government running and paying the nation’s bills aren’t bargaining chips or a matter of negotiation – they’re a fundamental part of Congress’s job. Here’s how the President put it yesterday:

“If you’re in negotiations around buying somebody’s house, you don’t get to say, ‘Well, let’s talk about the price I’m going to pay, and if you don’t give the price then I’m going to burn down your house.’ That’s not how negotiations work…. In the same way, members of Congress — and the House Republicans in particular — don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs. And two of their very basic jobs are passing a budget and making sure that America is paying its bills.”

Watch the President’s statement here, and then pass it on to your friends:

Watch: President Obama's statement on the government shutdown

As the President has made clear — and the press has reported — the government could be reopened, today, with the votes of reasonable Republicans and Democrats if Tea Party Republicans would allow a simple yes-or-no vote on a Senate-passed compromise bill to fund the United States government. It’s time for Congress to just vote and end this government shutdown now.

I’ve got to see this movie! Thanks for the review, Tracy!

Gravity reviewed

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a movie review. Mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve been to the movies….sad robot :(

Anyhooters, I saw the panel for Gravity at Comic Con and listened to Sandra Bullock describe the process of making the movie and the hours she spent locked in a 9 foot square box every day and, I’m not gonna lie, I got pretty excited.

It’s hard to say much about this movie without giving it all away. What I will say about the plot (because you can gather as much from the trailers), is that Mission Specialist Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Mission Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are on a Hubble Space Telescope spacewalk installing some kind of software for new hospital systems when the Russians decide to blow up a spy satellite starting a deadly chain reaction that sends thousands of pieces of debris rocketing around the Earth directly at them every 90 minutes. Directed, co-written (along with his son, Jonás Cuarón) and co-produced by Alfonso Cuarón and featuring exactly seven actors, five of which are really only voices (including Ed Harris as Mission Control in a lovely nod to Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff), the movie is completely dependent on Bullock and Clooney and, to be honest, it felt like the parts were written specifically for them.

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Clooney is all charm as Kowalski, a veteran Astronaut on his final mission. Even in the face of unspeakable circumstances, he stays cool and calm. His ability to see the sheer beauty of his surroundings, the way his good humor instantly turns serious when issuing an order and then flips back again, and his instinct that something bad is going to happen, coincides with so much of what I’ve read about and by real life Astronauts. Despite the nitpicking of Astrophysicist (and personal favorite of mine) Neil deGrasse Tyson, for those 90 minutes, I believed that Clooney was the Mission Commander.

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At first, I wasn’t completely convinced by Bullock until it quickly became obvious that Stone was not an Astronaut by choice, but by circumstances. Her knowledge of the system they were installing made it necessary for her to be there and she wouldn’t have been there otherwise. Like her character, Bullock rose to the occasion. I can’t imagine that she won’t be nominated for an Oscar, and by gods, she deserves one for this performance. She carried this movie from start to finish. I want to discuss her metaphysical devolving and re-evolving but I’ll give too much away if I do so you’ll just have to spot those parts and discuss amongst yourselves.

Alfonso Cuarón deserves an Oscar as well. The visuals are breath taking. Truly. I saw an interview with Astronaut Michael Massimino on ABC World News this past Friday and he said that Gravity finally allows him to show his friends and family what it’s like to be in space and look down on the Earth. Massimino’s participation in the final Hubble servicing mission in May 2009, in which he became famous for his difficulty with a stripped bolt and his eventual triumph in removing a handrail with brute force, was one of the inspirations for the movie. Cuarón even made exact replicas of some of Massimino’s one-of-a-kind tools as props. Cuarón  followed one of the Whedon rules: “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” Just when you think you can’t take much more, Bullock declares that she “hates space” or Clooney shows up with a quip about beautiful blue eyes.

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I was stiff and sore when I stood up after the ending credits. The suspense had me wound up so tight I alternated between chills and forgetting to breath. Twice I looked over at my Mom because she gasped and clapped her hand to her mouth. Little things, like the Marvin the Martian figurine floating out into space, the floating tears, the barking like a dog; and big things, like the continuous shot that makes up the first several minutes of the film, the view through Bullock’s helmet, and the lovely musical score, combine to make a movie that is must, must, must see. I saw it in 3D and I’d like to see it again in 2D. Maybe I had messed up glasses or saw it on a messed up screen, but it seemed a little out of focus at times which hurt my eyes. Despite that, it was beautiful to behold.

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My mom asked me afterwards if I still wanted to go to space after seeing the movie and the answer is a definite and resounding YES. I would go in a heartbeat even if I knew ahead of time that I wasn’t going to make it home. Because “either way, it’ll be a hell of a ride.”

5 out of 5 Sci-Fives!

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Would you be interested in reading a crossover story of: Star Trek 2009, about four years after ‎the Nero Incident (ignoring the events of Star Trek Into Darkness); Serenity, about one year ‎after the Operative Incident; ‎Battlestar Galactica 2003, during the second season episode “Lay ‎Down Your Burdens Part II”, from the point when the fleet finds New ‎Caprica (ignoring the ‎events thereafter); and, Doctor Who, sometime between the fourth series episodes ‎‎”Journey’s End” and “The End of Time”?

I have begun writing such a story the end of 2010, but have not returned to it since. If you ‎would like to read what I have written so far, click here.

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Obviously I don’t own any rights to any of these creations, but the story itself based the universes of their respective creators (as ‎much as it can be) is mine. I hope you enjoy reading this as ‎much as I enjoy thinking and writing ‎about it.

Thanks Jeannine Sioco for getting me to this post.

Thought Catalog

Recently, I’ve been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.

I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life.

The best part? It’s a simple strategy that couldn’t be easier to use.

Here’s what you need to know…

How to Stop Procrastinating With the “2–Minute Rule”

I call this little strategy the “2–Minute Rule” and the goal is to make it easier for you to get started on the things you should be doing.

Here’s the deal…

Most of the tasks that you procrastinate on aren’t actually difficult to do — you have the talent and skills to accomplish them — you just avoid starting them for one reason or another.

The 2–Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness…

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“Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, including the operation of the “mandatory spending” portions of the law, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill.”

Read more at:
http://meadows.house.gov/uploads/Meadows_DefundLetter.pdf

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“Before Meadows sent off his letter to Boehner, he circulated it among his colleagues, and with the help of the conservative group FreedomWorks, as well as some heavy campaigning by Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee, seventy-nine like-minded House Republicans from districts very similar to Meadows’s added their signatures.”

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“The Continuing Resolution (CR) that allows funding for the federal government expires on September 30th and must be renewed in order for the doors to stay open in Washington. The CR is the best chance we will get to withdraw funds from ObamaCare. This can be done by attaching bills by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) to the CR, which will totally defund ObamaCare.”

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