Language of Afrikaans and Khoisan Two of 24 Spoken in South Africa

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Not many people know that 24 living languages are spoken in South Africa today. Of these, according to some estimates, Afrikaans is spoken by around 23 million people, or 46% of the population of nearly 50 million people.

At the other end of the scale, an almost extinct Khoisan language known by various names, including Ng’uki, is spoken by just 12 known individuals. These rare Ng’uki speakers are scattered about South Africa in isolated ‘ones’ and ‘two’s’. Continue reading “Language of Afrikaans and Khoisan Two of 24 Spoken in South Africa”

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Dan Balsam Emails-Anti-Spam-Crusader. This Man Is My Hero

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Eight years ago Dan Balsam received one too many emails inviting him to take advantage of an offer to enlarge his breasts. The rest is history.

Dan launched a web site called danhatesspam.com, quit his job in marketing to go to law school and is now making a living suing the authors of emails offering miracle drugs, free sex and mail order brides. Continue reading “Dan Balsam Emails-Anti-Spam-Crusader. This Man Is My Hero”

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Records On Xray Film: Propaganda Video of Cuban-Missile-Crisis Era

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In common with America in the Cold War era of the 1950s, Soviet authorities tried to prevent the evil spread of rock and roll and to save the youth from it’s moral dangers.

The video shows a bunch of youths “stiljagi” who are dealing in black-market records behind Continue reading “Records On Xray Film: Propaganda Video of Cuban-Missile-Crisis Era”

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Was 3 BC Venus “Star of Wonder” the Real Christmas Star?

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A week ago, one morning after a restless night, I was up before dawn. There in the predawn blue-black sky was a burning “star”. So startling in it’s intensity and so bright it was that it seemed unreal.

I stared at it for a long time thinking that I had never seen anything quite so astonishingly brilliant  in the sky. Well, apart from the Sun and the Moon, that is.

Days later my friend Bill, who is an amateur astronomer, solved the mystery for me. “Venus is exceptionally bright in the sky right now”, he said. That got me to thinking about the Christmas Star, it being Christmas and all. Could there really have been a “Star of Wonder”. Continue reading “Was 3 BC Venus “Star of Wonder” the Real Christmas Star?”

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