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Puhleeze: Prince Harrys says his five-month-old son “found his voice” during Africa trip

These two have the WORST advisors EVER.

At five months old, a baby may start to make attempts at real speech. Well, as real as it can get when they are an infant. Babies certainly haven’t “found their voice” at five months old.

Meghan claims that five-month-old Archie will be able to “look back” on this African visit and claim it was one of the “best” moments in his life.

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

From Yahoo: While Prince Harry‘s love for Africa is well known, the proud father revealed that his 5-month-old son Archie is already fond of the area as well.

In ITV’s new documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the Duke of Sussex, 35, said that his and wife Meghan Markle‘s baby boy was “making more noise” than ever before during their royal tour earlier this year.

“He clearly loves Africa as well because he’s been happy looking out the window,” Harry revealed. “He found his voice here. He was bouncing up and down and making more noise than he’s ever made before.”

Proud mom Meghan added, “We thought he was happy before. He’s the happiest here. He’s been so happy the past two days.”

On day 3 of the family’s tour, the little royal was taken by his parents for his first official royal engagement to meet with famed anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.

Calling the meeting “huge and significant,” Meghan said in the new documentary: “I think Archie will look back on that in so many years and that right from the beginning of his life, he was fortunate enough to have this moment with one of the best and most impactful leaders of our time. So, it’s really special.”

And speaking about her own experience during the trip, the royal mom of one said she had “never been to this part of Africa.”

“I mean it’s incredible. It’s rich in history but also just the optimism, the hope that you feel. I mean it’s just so key because there’s so much to still overcome and at the same time to actively push towards it,” she said. “I think it’s really an inspiring place to be able to be and the first place for us as a family on a trip like this to bring our baby.”

Read the rest of their baloney here.

See also:

Meghan Markle: “Not many people have asked if I’m OK”
Prince Harry and Meghan will raise their child as ‘gender fluid

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Facebook facilitates human trafficking, allows family to auction off daughter for marriage

I guess Facebook didn’t deem this marriage arrangement “sensational” enough to warrant immediately remove from their platform.

From NY Post: Facebook is facing outrage after a 17-year-old girl from South Sudan was auctioned off for marriage on their platform.

The incident took place in October, when a family posted a Facebook message calling for men to place bids for their daughter.

One businessman from Juba, South Sudan, won the auction with an offer of 530 cows, three Land Cruisers and $10,000.

Although it was widely circulated online, Facebook didn’t take down the post until Nov. 9, three days after the daughter was married off and two weeks after it first appeared, Vice reported.

Information minister Taban Abel told Reuters that the girl has gone into hiding in Juba, but did provide any more details.

This is the first reported situation where a teenage bride was sold on Facebook. Now activists are calling out the online platform for how they’ve handled the incident.

“This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets,” George Otim, country director of charity group Plan International South Sudan, told Reuters. “That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief.”

“Any form of human trafficking whether posts, pages, ads or groups that coordinate this activity are not allowed on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesman told Reuters.

Although the legal age of marriage is 18 in the war-torn country, more than 50 percent of underage girls in South Sudan are married.

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Marine veteran amputee reaches summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

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Jake Rath (l) and Marine Kionte Storey (r)/Photo courtesy of Jake Rath


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From Fox News: Waking up around midnight on Aug. 25, Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey began his final trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the culmination of months of rigorous training that led him to the top of Africa’s highest peak.
With every step he took, the 29-year-old veteran climbed higher than he ever had before. At 10:45 a.m. local time, Storey made it to the summit, 19,341 feet up – a feat made more outstanding by the fact he achieved it with a prosthetic leg.
The view, he said, was simply “amazing.”
“You look down and you are above the clouds,” he told Fox News on Tuesday. “I keep saying it was the closest thing to getting to heaven, and then the sun comes out and you can see everything.”
The trip to Africa was part of a campaign by the Bob Woodruff and Steven & Alexandra Cohen foundations called #Give2Veterans.
For the journey, Storey was joined by Jake Rath, 25, of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, who documented the entire trip with a DSLR camera and 360-degree photo.
“The photos don’t do it justice,” he said, adding that seeing the night sky with only miles and miles of stars was breathtaking.
“To see the mountain in the starlight, thousands of stars, that was an amazing sight to see,” he added. “I was amazed by Africa.”
Storey, who joined the Marines in 2007, lost his right leg below the knee after stepping on an IED while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Part of his physical and mental recovery after the injury included training at Paralympic camps and hiking.
In 2013, he became the first African-American and first amputee to reach the summit of Antarctica’s Mount Vinson. “I didn’t know how my body was going to respond [in Africa],” Storey said. “My leg did well all the way up – it did a lot better than I expected.”
Both men said they had to pace themselves while on the climb, not trying to rush and give their bodies time to acclimate. Trekking through the different terrains – from jungle to savannas and finally glacier-covered stone peaks – made for a more interesting climb.
“We both trained a good amount – we were fit. The hardest was the mental challenge,” Rath said. “For each step you take, it’s the highest step you have taken.”
Through #Give2Veterans, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is giving away up to $500,000 to help veterans. The foundation will give the Bob Woodruff Foundation $1 every time a social media post is shared using the hashtag. The campaign ends on Sept. 30.
The California native said the final push to the top of Kilimanjaro was the make-or-break moment for them because it was the point in the journey when they started questioning everything.
“You start asking yourself ‘why’ – ‘why am I doing this when I could be doing better things?,’” he said. “And then I started to think about the whys and I remembered my friends serving overseas who aren’t alive. I started thinking about amputees and showing them through my experience that anything is possible.
He added: “For us know that we were doing it for something bigger than ourselves, [we thought], ‘we are getting to the summit and that’s it.’ That’s how big our reason was for getting to the summit.”
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New York Times scraps 'female genital mutilation' for being 'culturally loaded' term

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From Fox News: A top New York Times editor decided the paper shouldn’t use the term “female genital mutilation” because the phrase is too “culturally loaded” and widens a divide between the Western world and “people who follow the rite.”
Health and Science editor Celia Dugger said she came to the conclusion to refer to the act of removing the female genitalia of young girls as “genital cutting” during a trip to Africa in the 1990s. She spoke about her decision in a Times mailbag article in response to a reader’s question.
“I never minced words in describing exactly what form of cutting was involved, and there are many gradations of severity, and the terrible damage it did, and stayed away from the euphemistic circumcision, but chose to use the less culturally loaded term, genital cutting,” Dugger wrote. “There’s a gulf between the Western (and some African) advocates who campaign against the practice and the people who follow the rite, and I felt the language used widened that chasm.”
The term “female genital mutilation” has actually been used by the Times in six articles in 2017, according to a website search; however, the instances are extremely restricted. For instance, two of the mentions occur in the context of a quoted speech or statement, two were in opinion columns, one in a book review and one in the mailbag explanation of why the Times didn’t use the term. The abbreviation “FGM” appeared this year only in stories taken from wire services such as The Associated Press and Reuters.
The Daily Caller was one of the first organizations to draw attention to the Times’ practice; however, groups as ideologically opposite as the United Nations Population Fund have also written about the potential danger in referring to genital mutilation as “cutting.”
“UNFPA embraces a human rights perspective on the issue, and the term ‘female genital mutilation’ more accurately describes the practice from a human rights viewpoint,” a question-and-answer section of the UNFPA website says.
UNFPA estimates some 200 million women worldwide have been subjected to FGM, and though the procedure is typically practiced in African or Middle Eastern cultures, it’s spreading westward. Nearly 6,000 reported cases occurred in Britain from April 2015 to March 2016, according to the Health and Social Care Information Center, and, in the U.S., an Islamic doctor in Michigan was charged earlier this month with performing the procedure on a pair of 7-year-old girls.
The New York Times said the doctor had been “accused of performing genital cutting” in its version of the story.
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Deadly Ebola virus jumps from Africa’s jungles to urban centers

UPDATE (Aug. 29, 2014):

See “Ebola out of control: dogs eating Ebola corpses in Liberia

UPDATE (Aug. 3, 2014):

See “Can out-of-control Ebola epidemic hit America?” and “Obama signs Executive Order for detention of Americans showing signs of ‘respiratory illness’

Update (June 21, 2014):

The Director of Operations of the charity group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) says the ebola epidemic is now “out of control” in West Africa. Dr Bart Janssens warns that the epidemic would spread to more countries, unless there’s a stronger international response. (Source)

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Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses with a high fatality rate of 60 to as high as 90%.

There is no vaccine. No cure.

First identified in 1976 in the sub-Saharan jungles of Zaire and the Sudan, Ebola was transmitted to humans via the blood or bodily fluids of an infected fruit bat or monkey.

Symptoms typical of a viral infection begin 2 days to 3 weeks after contacting the virus — those of fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. Then it gets worse, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Then it gets even worse. The infected starts hemorrhaging or bleeding from the body’s mucous membranes — mouth (gums), nose, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.

Ebola1The present 2014 Ebola outbreak began in February in the remote jungles of Guinea in West Africa, then spread quickly, crossing the borders into Liberia and Sierra Leone.

As of April 10, 157 suspected and confirmed cases and 101 deaths have been reported in Guinea, 22 suspected cases in Liberia including 14 deaths, 8 suspected cases in Sierra Leone including 6 deaths, and 1 suspected case in Mali.

In the past, an Ebola outbreak was quickly contained because lack of roads and transportation in rural Africa helped to quarantine the infection. But Richard Engel reports for NBC News, April 14, 2014, that now, for the first time since the deadly virus first appeared 38 years ago, Ebola has jumped from the jungle to an urban area — Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with a population of 2 million.

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Dr. Jagatic described it as the biggest known Ebola outbreak an urban area: “It’s probably one of the more complicated outbreaks because it is occurring in a very densely-populated urban area, unlike previous outbreaks.”

Guinea is trying to contain the virus by prohibiting passengers with flu like symptoms — fever, diarrhea, or joint pain — from boarding plane flights.

Health officials do not expect the virus to go global. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institutes of Health says, by its methods of transmission, it’s “very unlikely” that Ebola will spread to the United States.

Human-to-human transmission occurs via direct contact with blood or bodily fluids (from diarrhea or vomiting) from an infected person, or by contact with contaminated medical equipment such as needles. Since the virus continues to live inside a dead person, transmission can also occur via embalming an infected dead person. Men who survive may be able to transmit the disease sexually via sperm for nearly 2 months.

In late 2012, Canadian scientists discovered that the deadliest form of the virus could be transmitted by air between species, from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them, leading to fears that airborne transmission could be contributing to the wider spread of the disease in parts of Africa.

Some scientists believe that the Plague of Athens, which wiped out about a third of its inhabitants during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.), may have been caused by Ebola.

Given the lethal nature of Ebola, and since no approved vaccine or treatment is available, it is classified as a biosafety level 4 agent, as well as a Category A bioterrorism agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has the potential to be weaponized for use in biological warfare.

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Elephants near extinction: Muslim jihadists profit from poaching fueled by Chinese buyers

My heart is sickened by the human avarice that’s driving the killing of elephants for their tusks. At the rate that these intelligent creatures of God are being slaughtered, elephants will be extinct in Africa in 9 years. Tears . . . ~Dr. Eowyn

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Wednesday’s Chuckle.

A Mexican (an undocumented Democrat), a Black (a documented Democrat), a Muslim and a Redneck were walking together on a beach when the Black stumbled over a bottle in the sand. He picked up the bottle, rubbed the sand off it, and a Genie appeared.

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“I can only grant four wishes,” the Genie said. “Since there are four of you, you may have a wish apiece.” Pointing at the Black, he said, “Since you found the bottle, you may have the first wish.”

The Black thought for a moment then said, “I wish for a fleet of ships so that I can gather all my people and take them back to our homeland, Africa .” Poof! It was done! Thousands of ships appeared on the skyline.

The Mexican said, “I weesh for enough Cheby peekups to take all my peoples back to our homeland, May-he-co!” Poof! It was done! Row after row of Chevrolet pickups appeared on the beach.

The Muslim said, “I wish for a hundred thousand camels to take all of my people away from this horrible country loaded with infidels so we can live in peace in Muslim countries and serve Allah.” Poof! It was done! A hundred thousand camels suddenly appeared on the beach.

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Turning to the Redneck, the Genie asked, “And what is your
wish?”

The Redneck watched as the loaded pickups began moving toward the border, then looked out to sea and watched the loaded ships sailing out into the sunset, then he looked at all of the Muslims getting on top of the camels and riding off.

The Redneck said, “Just give me a Bud Lite. It doesn’t get any
better than this!”

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~Steve~                                           H/T   hujonwi

 

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Not many know about Kulula Airlines, the South African low-fare airline that only travels in and around a handful of African countries, but with the airliner going to great lengths to demonstrate its humor inside and outside of its airplanes, maybe Kulula Airlines can turn some heads, gain some attention and even expand in the process.
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Kulula Airlines was founded in July 2001 as a low-cost subsidiary of British Airways franchise Comair, with Comair listed on the local exchange and British Airways retaining an 11 percent stake in the business. But even with a low budget, the South African airliner is finding new ways to attract attention and customers.
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After 11 years since launching, Kulula Airlines has actually become the No. 2 carrier in South Africa, thanks to eye-catching ad campaigns that depict ordinary flyers as superheroes, under their slogan, Now anyone can fly. Now, the airline is going even further with humor, using it both inside and outside the plane.
Humour has been part of Kulula from day one, said Heidi Braurer, Kulula’s marketing chief. It is well to be easy and funky, but this is serious business, too.
Inside the plane, Kulula takes a page from Southwest Airlines, adding wisecracks into the otherwise-bland pre-flight safety demonstration. For instance, you might hear a flight attendant say upon departure, In case you have two children, choose the one you love the most to help him or her first. Or upon arrival: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Cape Town. You can disembark in a moment, except for the hunk in 13A, who is welcome to stay.
They are encouraged to be interacting and original, but not insulting to anybody, Braurer said. We don’t hire them as comedians, we hire them as flight attendants.
But outside the plane’s cabin, Kulula is turning heads and making a name for itself in the process. The company has become very liberal with their exterior decoration, painting some planes with cows, signs that read This Way Up, and even adding arrows that point out each individual feature of the plane, including the black box, the seats, the back door, the nose cone, and even where the co-captain sits. It’s highly unusual for an airliner to not take itself so seriously, and people are noticing.
We couldn’t guarantee that we would always be cheapest, especially as the national carrier (South African Airways) in South Africa has had a history of cost-cutting to drive out new entrants to the market, Brauer said. [But] with a tiny budget, we needed to be seen.
In the last decade, Kulula has managed to claim 20 percent of South Africa’s domestic market, transporting more than 2.4 million passengers a year.
It is a very good case study, said David Blyth, a marketing manager at Yellowwood, an ad agency based in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a very difficult market, very competitive, he said. What they did very cleverly is giving humour, bringing an ambiance: as a passenger, you think you are a personality, you get more for the same price.
Kulula may be in trouble, however, as Comair just announced its first-ever financial loss recently. The company will need to face this obstacle and many more to come, including issues like increasing costs on fuel and airport access, but at least Kulula will do it all with a smile.
https://www.ibtimes.com/kulula-airlines-funny-flying-101-jet-brings-airplane-humor-skies-photos-554779
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Today's Geography Lesson

The Geography of a Woman

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Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa . Half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally Beautiful!

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Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe. Well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.

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Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty. 

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Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain, with a glorious and all conquering past.

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Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Italy, a bottle of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada, self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

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After 70, she becomes Tibet .

Wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages.
An adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge. 

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN 

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Between 1 and 80, a man is like Iran ,
ruled by a pair of nuts.

THE END

~Steve~       H/T  Wild Bill Alaska.

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Oh by the way, skippy has us in another war in Uganda.


Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army
ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Luis Martinez report:
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Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army
ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Luis Martinez report:
Two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA.
The forces will deploy beginning with a small group and grow over the next month to 100. They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries.
The president made this announcement in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Friday afternoon, saying that “deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa.”
He said that “although the U.S. forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.”
The president said that for more than two decades the LRA has been responsible for having “murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa” and continues to “commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.”
For rest of the story Pls Go HERE!!
https://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/obama-sends-100-us-troops-to-uganda-to-combat-lords-resistance-army/
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