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Last Evenings on Earth By Roberto Bolaño @NewYorker
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His father’s car is a 1970 Ford Mustang. At six-thirty, they get into the car and head out of the city. The city is Mexico City, and the year in which B and his father leave Mexico City for a short vacation is 1975.

Time for dinner, B’s father says. B and the ex-diver follow him back to the Mustang. They eat an assortment of shellfish in a place that’s long and narrow, like a coffin. 

Then, before he knows what is going on, B is back in the car with his father and the ex-diver, who talk about boxing all the way to a place on the outskirts of Acapulco. 

It’s a brick-and-wood building with no windows, and inside there’s a jukebox with songs by Lucha Villa and Lola Beltrán. Suddenly, B feels nauseous. 

Inside, his father is sitting at a table with the ex-diver and two other guys. B comes up behind him and whispers in his ear: Let’s go. His father is playing cards. I’m winning, he says, I can’t leave now. They’re going to steal all our money, B thinks. 

A tequila, B says. A woman hands him a half-full glass. Don’t get drunk again, kid, she says. No, I’m all right now, B says, feeling perfectly lucid. 

Then two other women approach him. What would you like to drink? B asks. Your father’s really nice, says the younger one, who has long black hair. 

You were kind of jumpy before, one of the whores says. You want some? Some what? B says. He is shaking and his skin is cold as ice. 

Some weed, says the woman, who is about thirty years old and has long hair like the other one, but dyed blond. 

Acapulco Gold? B asks, taking a gulp of tequila, while the two women come a little closer and start stroking his back and his legs. 

Yup, calms you down, the blonde says. B nods, and the next thing he knows there is a cloud of smoke between him and his father. 

You really love your dad, don’t you? one of the women says. Well, I wouldn’t go that far, B says. What do you mean? the dark woman says. The woman serving at the bar laughs. 

Through the smoke, B sees his father turn his head and look at him for a moment. A deadly serious look, he thinks. 

Do you like Acapulco? the blonde asks. Only at this point does he realize that the bar is almost empty. At one table there are two men drinking in silence; at another, his father, the ex-diver, and the two strangers playing cards. All the other tables are empty.

The best thing for you to do would be to get your father out of this place, one of the women whispers in his ear. B orders another tequila. I can’t, he says. 

B’s father finishes counting his money and looks at the three men standing in front of him and at the woman in white. Well, gentlemen, he says, we’re leaving. 

Come over here, son. B pours what is left of his beer onto the floor and grips the bottle by the neck. What are you doing, son? B’s father says. B can hear the tone of reproach in his voice. 

We’re going to leave calmly, B’s father says, then he turns around and asks the women how much they owe. The woman at the bar looks at a piece of paper and reads out a sizable sum. 

The blond woman, who is standing halfway between the table and the bar, says another figure. B’s father adds them up, takes out the money and hands it to the blonde: What we owe you and the drinks. 

Then he gives her a couple more bills: the tip. Now we’re going to leave, B thinks. The two strangers block their exit. B doesn’t want to look at her, but he does: the woman in white has sat down in one of the vacant chairs and is examining the cards scattered on the table, touching them with her fingertips. 

Don’t get in my way, his father whispers, and it takes a while for B to realize that he is speaking to him. The ex-diver puts his hands in his pockets. The one who was shouting before starts insulting B’s father again, telling him to come back to the table and keep playing. 

The game’s over, B’s father says. For a moment, looking at the woman in white (who strikes him now, for the first time, as very beautiful), B thinks of Gui Rosey, who disappeared off the face of the earth, quiet as a lamb, without a trace, 

while Nazi hymns rose into a blood-red sky, and he sees himself buried in some vacant lot in Acapulco, vanished forever, but then he hears his father, who is accusing the ex-diver of something, and he realizes that unlike Gui Rosey he is not alone.

Then his father walks toward the door stooping slightly and B stands aside to give him room to move. Tomorrow we’ll leave, tomorrow we’ll go back to Mexico City, B thinks joyfully. And then the fight begins. ♦

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He said that snakes had been known to bite their own tails Roberto Bolaño Last Evenings on Earth
Misc.




He said that snakes had even been known to swallow themselves whole & if you see a snake in process of swallowing itself you better run because sooner or later something bad is going to happen some dislocation of reality

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Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.” ― @MargaretAtwood The Blind Assassin
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“When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don't yet know about the habit they have, of coming back.

''Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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A total of 39 Chinese air force aircraft entered Taiwan's air defence zone on Saturday, the defence ministry in Taipei said, setting a new high for missions @CNBCTV18News
Law & Politics



Taiwanese fighters scrambled against the 39 Chinese aircraft in two waves on Saturday,
 the Taiwan Defence Ministry said. It said Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.
That was one more aircraft than on Friday, the day China marked its national day, which was at the time more planes than the country had ever sent before to harry Taiwan's air defence zone.
Taiwan's Defence Ministry said that on Saturday the Chinese aircraft first came during the day - 20 aircraft - followed on Saturday night by a further 19. 

Most of the aircraft were J-16 and Su-30 fighters, it added.
The aircraft on both missions flew near the Pratas, the ministry said, in separate statements late Saturday and early Sunday morning.

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19-JUL-2021 :: COVID-19
Misc.




The Virus remains unresolved.


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Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 - 28 September 2021 @WHO
Misc.




Globally, the numbers of weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to decline. 

Over 3.3 million new cases and over 55 000 new deaths were reported during the week of 20 – 26 September 2021, decreases of 10% as compared to the previous week for both cases and deaths.


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There are exactly two possibilities for the virus' origins. @HansMahncke
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Either the Wuhan lab made a virus according to Daszak's furin cleavage site specifications and it escaped.
Or a virus naturally evolved in precise accordance with Daszak's specifications before emerging in Wuhan.

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01-MAR-2020 :: The Origin of the #CoronaVirus #COVID19
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What is clear is that the #COVID19 was bio-engineered The Science [and I am not a Scientist is irrefutable and in the public domain  for those with a modicum of intellectual interest. 

This information is being deliberately suppressed.

This took me to Thomas Pynchon

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”

“There's always more to it. This is what history consists of. It is the sum total of the things they aren't telling us.”

 Now Why are we being led away from this irrefutable Truth

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“No matter how the official narrative of this turns out," it seemed to Heidi
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Thomas Pynchon in Bleeding Edge “No matter how the official narrative of this turns out," it seemed to Heidi, "these are the places we should be looking, not in newspapers or television but at the margins, graffiti, uncontrolled utterances, bad dreamers who sleep in public and scream in their sleep.”

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It was idiocy. Predictable idiocy. @R_H_Ebright
Misc.



Only a compete and total idiot would believe a country that holds $1 T in US debt would share results of its bioweapons discovery program with the US in exchange for $0.000002 T and karaoke with the community-college grad serving as bagman.

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Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent
Law & Politics


“Now is the winter of our discontent” is the opening of a speech by William Shakespeare from Richard III.
It was also used to describe the profound industrial unrest that took place in 1978—9 in the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Callaghan was asked by a reporter
"What is your general approach, in view of the mounting chaos in the country at the moment?" and replied:
Well, that's a judgment that you are making. I promise you that if you look at it from outside, and perhaps you're taking rather a parochial view at the moment, I don't think that other people in the world would share the view that there is mounting chaos.
The next day's edition of The Sun headlined its story "Crisis? What crisis?"

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In terms of whether vaccination can go it alone: watch Portugal. They have basically vaccinated everyone eligible in that country. @DFisman
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A number of restrictions were lifted yesterday...if their numbers start to rise, you know that we have no choice but to use other tools now.

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What happens next depends not only on vaccination, but also on how the virus might mutate. @derspiegel
Misc.



"This virus keeps surprising us," agrees Mary Bushman, a mathematician and population biologist at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

"No one expected such large jumps in contagiousness.”

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Currency Markets At A Glance
World Currencies


Euro 1.1598
Dollar Index 94.027
Japan Yen 111.03
Swiss Franc 0.9308
Pound 1.3544
Aussie 0.7271
India Rupee 74.167
South Korea Won 1181.695
Brazil Real 5.3692
Egypt Pound 15.7193
South Africa Rand 14.8963

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African Region Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 - 28 September 2021 @WHO
Africa



The African Region reported over 87 000 new cases and over 2500 new deaths, a 12% decrease and a 5% increase respectively as compared to the previous week. 

Since the latest peak early July, the number of weekly cases has been decreasing continuously for almost three months; while weekly deaths remain elevated. 

Approximately one third of countries (29%; 14/49) in the Region reported an increase in new cases, ranging from 17 to 61%, highlighting the heterogeneity of trends in the Region.
The highest numbers of new cases were reported from 

United Republic of Tanzania (24 307 new cases, a country which has not reported regularly)

South Africa (15 627 new cases; 26.3 new cases per 100 000; a 40% decrease)

Ethiopia (8842 new cases; 7.7 new cases per 100 000; a 5% decrease). 

The highest numbers of new deaths were reported from 

South Africa (885 new deaths; 1.5 new deaths per 100 000 population; a 35% decrease)

United Republic of Tanzania (664 new deaths this week)

Ethiopia (254 new deaths; <1 new deaths per 100 000; a 22% increase).

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Africa is currently reporting a million new infections about every 45 days @ReutersGraphics
Africa



Tanzania Gabon Angola & Lesotho are at their peak 

Countries reporting the most new infections each day *
TANZANIA 3,497
SOUTH AFRICA 1,377
ETHIOPIA 1,018
LESOTHO 989
CAMEROON 984

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Turning to Africa
Africa



Democracy has been shredded.
We are getting closer and closer to the Virilian Tipping Point
“The revolutionary contingent attains its ideal form not in the place of production, but in the street''
Political leadership in most cases completely gerontocratic will use violence to cling onto Power but any Early Warning System would be warning a Tsunami is coming

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Rwanda flexes muscles in fight against terror in Mozambique @FT @AndresSchipani
Africa



Rwanda’s 1,000-strong brigade of soldiers and police achieved in weeks what Mozambican and other forces had been unable to do in years. 

The turn of events in Cabo Delgado illustrates Kigali’s willingness under president Paul Kagame to reach beyond its borders and act as police officer in regional disputes.
About 10 per cent of Rwanda’s 30,000 troops are on missions elsewhere in Africa and it “is the willingness to partake in these operations what has given us a good reputation globally. It’s got a lot to do with African solutions for African problems”, said Col Ronald Rwivanga of Rwanda’s Defence Forces.

“This is about responsibility to protect,” said a senior Rwandan military officer in Cabo Delgado. He added: “This is also about projecting Rwanda’s power.”
‘A strong public relations exercise’
In late September Kagame showed up in northern Mozambique in military fatigues to inspect his troops.
He dismissed speculation that the Rwandan deployment was linked to French interests, despite a pledge in late May by France’s president Emmanuel Macron of €500m in development aid during a visit to Kigali.

In a stark contrast, Rwandan soldiers have shiny new equipment and crisp new uniforms, their professionalism, discipline and military prowess prompting some observers to call them the “Israel of Africa” — a nod to the Jewish state’s military standing and the two countries’ shared history of the suffering of genocide.
Crucially for Mozambique the Rwandan efforts could herald the return of Total and the restart of the $20bn gas project. 

The company “will return” Nyusi told the Financial Times in Pemba, “when everything is calm; we are working on it.”
Total warned at the end of September, though, that even if it restarts next year the development in the Afungi peninsula may only produce its first LNG in 2026, delaying a project meant to transform Mozambique’s economy. 

Kagame said the troops will stay as long as needed, but not forever.

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Burundi: Between grenades and a hard place @mailandguardian @thecontinent_
Africa




On the eve of President Évariste Ndayishimiye’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, an unexploded bomb landed in the VIP section of the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport in Bujumbura, Burundi. 

Two other bombs are said to have detonated in the airport’s vicinity with minimal damage.

RED-Tabara, a rebel group, claimed responsibility. A high-level army official dismissed the whole episode as “a publicity stunt by RED-Tabara”.

What happened the day after President Ndayishimiye flew to New York, however, was anything but a stunt. 

Two grenades, launched at a bus station at peak traffic hours, killed two innocent people and left at least 104 wounded. 

Downtown Bujumbura, Burundi’s economic capital, was sent scrambling. Burundi’s social media fumed with anger. 

Two days earlier, grenade explosions in Gitega, the country’s political capital, had killed three and wounded more than 30.

The airport shelling capped a week that was otherwise dominated by headlines that described the abhorrent human rights record of the Ndayishimiye regime.
These headlines quoted the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Burundi’s September 2021 report.
This states: “Agents of the National Intelligence Service, placed under the direct responsibility of President Ndayishimiye, were the main perpetrators of executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and torture in connection with armed attacks and have continued to operate with absolute impunity.”

The report adds that “Police officers of the Rapid Mobile Intervention Group and members of the Imbonerakure [ruling party youth] were also involved in some of the cases of execution, arrest and torture.”
Paragraph 51 of the report is the grimmest: “Corpses have regularly been found in public areas, including near roads and waterways. The local authorities have continued to bury them without seeking to identify the deceased or to investigate the cause of death and possible perpetrators even though most of the bodies present signs of violent death.”
Where will salvation come from? In a recent angry tirade, President Ndayishimiye told Burundi’s judges he has heard they are the ones “behind the killings in the country ... because people are taking justice into their own hands ... People are desperate.” 

A judge at the meeting mustered enough courage to tell Ndayishimiye that judges weren’t blameless, but that, in their defence, they were under the influence of ruling party officials and army and police generals.
There is so much blame game, you wonder if anyone is in charge.
Whatever is happening, Burundi is losing dearly. ■

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Agriculture is a large portion of economic activity in major SSA economies (ex-SA), yet SSA govts are spending a lot less on the sector than many industrialized nations @AmakaAnku
Africa


Agriculture is a large portion of economic activity in major SSA economies (ex-SA), yet SSA govts are spending a lot less on the sector than many industrialized nations where it is employs a lot fewer ppl (US is included here as a reference but dynamics are similar in others).

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Kenya Revenue Authority collected taxes totaling 476.6 billion shillings ($4.31 billion) in the three months through September, exceeding a target of 461.7 billion shillings @economics
Kenyan Economy



Kenya Revenue Authority collected taxes totaling 476.6 billion shillings ($4.31 billion) in the three months through September, exceeding a target of 461.7 billion shillings.
Customs taxes during the first quarter of the government’s fiscal year totaled 173.2 billion shillings, compared with a target of 161.8 billion shillings, the agency said Sunday in a statement in Nairobi-based Standard newspaper. 

Domestic taxes totaled 302.1 billion shillings compared with a target of 298.6 billion shillings, it said. 

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Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. said smallholder farmers delivered 1.25 billion kilograms (2.76 billion pounds) of green leaf to factories in the 12 months through June compared with a record 1.45 billion kilograms the previous year. @markets
Kenyan Economy


Average prices of the commodity at the Mombasa tea auction dropped 8% to $2.18 per kilogram during the period, the agency said Sunday in an email.  
“The relatively favorable exchange rate of the Kenya shilling to the U.S. dollar has, however, helped shore up earnings from the sale of tea, which is generally dollar-denominated,” according to the statement. 

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