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Wednesday 29th of July 2020

― Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

“I dream that I have found us both again,

With spring so many strangers' lives away,

And we, so free,

Out walking by the sea,

With someone else's paper words to say....

They took us at the gates of green return,

Too lost by then to stop, and ask them why-

Do children meet again?

Does any trace remain,

Along the superhighways of July?” 

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The man behind the myth. A lot has been written about Vladimir Vladimirovich since his ascent to power in late 1999. @Medium
Law & Politics

We all know the situation in Russia during the 90s, the oligarchs, the worthless ruble and the rampant corruption being committed by both Russian and foreign politicians. As the carcass of the former Soviet Union was being peck by numerous vultures, the wealth that the new Russia should have enjoyed was being funneled into ever fewer pockets, nouveau-riche oligarchs racing to become the latest billionaires. As the millennium came to an end, the Russian stage was set for either a complete meltdown or a miraculous salvation.Enter Putin.Capital flight was rampant, the ruble was worth nothing and the life of the average Russian was plummeting at an unsustainable rate whilst at the same time war was raging in Chechnya.One of the greatest difficulties facing the Kremlin at that time was the war in Chechnya. The Dubrovka Theater attack brought the Chechen issue into the headlines both in Russia and abroad, meaning that a solution had to be found. Putin described the fall of the USSR as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the Twentieth Century”.
He might be small in stature, but he’s become huge on the world stage. Whoever succeeds him will be stepping into very large shoes indeed…


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05-DEC-2016:: One common theme is a parabolic Putin rebound.
Law & Politics
At this moment, President Putin has Fortress Europe surrounded. The intellectual father of the new Zeitgeist that propelled Brexit, Le Pen, the Five Star movement in Italy, Gert Wilders in the Netherlands, is Vladimir Putin.

From feeding the hot-house conspiracy frenzy on line (‘’a constant state of destabilised perception’’), timely and judicious doses of Wikileaks leaks which drained Hillary’s bona fides and her turn-out and motivated Trump’s, what we have witnessed is something remarkable and noteworthy.

Putin has proven himself an information master, and his adversaries are his information victims.

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5 OCT 15 :: Putin is a GeoPolitical GrandMaster
Law & Politics

Let us return to UNGA, where Putin set out his stall and I quote: ‘’I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation, do you realise now what you’ve done?’’

With hundreds of thousands of refugees entering Europe, his question was a sharp one.

Within 24 hours of delivering that speech, Russia instructed that the US should vacate Syrian Air Space. 

This message was not delivered to Ashton Carter by his Russian counterpart Shoigu.

It was delivered to the US Embassy in Baghdad. 

And pretty soon after that message was delivered, Russia began its intervention on the side of President Bashar Assad of Syria.

You could hear the squealing start immediately from Ankara to Riyadh, from the GCC to Washington. 

All these capitals have assets on the ground in Syria, and what is clear is that Russia is not making a distinction between IS or the ‘’moderate opposition fighting Assad’’ [which really means ‘’our’’ terrorists].

Lavrov said: “If it looks like a terrorist, if it acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it’s a terrorist, right?”

Putin fancies himself the fly-catcher and syria the fly-trap. 

The speed of execution confirms that Russia is once again a geopolitical actor that will have to be considered. It is a breath-taking rebound.

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22-JUN-2020 :: Whoever Controls The Narrative Controls The World
Law & Politics

I thought to myself This all has the Imprimatur of the "political technologist of all of Rus." And non linear War Specialist Vladislav Surkov.

Putin's system was also ripe for export, Mr Surkov added. Foreign governments were already paying close attention, since the Russian "political algorithm" had long predicted the volatility now seen in western democracies.

With a flourish he sponsored lavish arts festivals for the most provocative modern artists in Moscow, then supported Orthodox fundamentalists, dressed all in black and carrying crosses, who in turn attacked the modern-art exhibitions. @TheAtlantic

"It was the first non-linear war," writes Surkov in a new short story, "Without Sky," published under his pseudonym and set in a dystopian future after the "fifth world war":

"My portfolio at the @KremlinRussia_E and in government has included ideology, media, political parties, religion, modernization, innovation, foreign relations, and ..." - here he pauses and smiles - "modern art."

A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is undefinable Adam Curtis

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Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang speaks to Nikkei in her Taipei office last month. (Photo by Toshiyuki Kumagai)
Law & Politics

"We have seen that previous attempts at totalitarian government were at most sub-totalitarian because there were no sufficient technologies to ensure the total tracking of people," Audrey Tang told reporters in Tokyo in an online news conference. 

"Now in places like Xinjiang we are seeing a prototype of a truly totalitarian surveillance regime is being worked on."In a recent Nikkei interview, Tang said that putting Chinese equipment in a country's core telecom infrastructure is akin to inviting a Trojan horse into the network.Indeed, Taiwan has effectively excluded Huawei from its 5G network. 
She describes herself as a "conservative anarchist," and continues to be so despite being in government.

"So I am at once digital minister, that's my day job. But I'm also moonlighting as a civic hacker," Tang said. "I see myself as a channel, as a bridge, as a Lagrangian point between civic movements on one side and government on the other."

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5-MAR-2018 :: China has unveiled a Digital Panopticon in Xinjiang
Law & Politics

China has unveiled a Digital Panopticon in Xinjiang where a combination of data from video surveillance, face and license plate recognition, mobile device locations, and official records to identify targets for detention. 

Xinjiang is surely a precursor for how the CCCP will manage dissent. 

The actions in Xinjiang are part of the regional authorities’ ongoing “strike-hard” campaign, and of Xi’s “stability maintenance” and “enduring peace” drive in the region. 

Authorities say the campaign targets “terrorist elements,” but it is in practice far broader, and encompasses anyone suspected of political disloyalty.

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07-OCT-2019 :: Xi is building an Algorithmic Society.
Law & Politics

Xi’s model is one of technocratic authoritarianism and a recent addition to his book shelf include The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos. Xi is building an Algorithmic Society.

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27-JUL-2020 :: Drinking the Kool-Aid
Law & Politics

“Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script.” ― Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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I am convinced that the only ‘’zoonotic’’ origin was one that was accelerated in the Laboratory #COVID19

There is also a non negligible possibility that #COVID19 was deliberately released – Wuhan is to the CCP as Idlib is to the Syrian Regime – and propagated world wide.

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This is intergalactic Darwinism. @bopinion @nfergus

The universe is a dark forest. Every civilization is an armed hunter stalking through the trees like a ghost ... trying to tread without sound ... The hunter has to be careful, because everywhere in the forest are stealthy hunters like him.

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Geopolitically speaking we have entered ‘’a furin cleavage site’’ moment
Law & Politics

It is impossible to ignore the introduction of a PRRA insert between S1 and S2: it sticks out like a splinter. This insert creates the furin cleavage site

And the Run Up to the November Election is going to add more volatility not less.

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Coronavirus-infected cells sprout filaments that may spread the virus Tiny projections may serve as highways to new cells to infect @ScienceNews

Like a scene out of a sci-fi movie, cells invaded by the coronavirus can sprout probing appendages bedecked with viral bits.

Human cells infected with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, formed more numerous and longer extremities, called filopodia, than uninfected cells, researchers report online June 28 in Cell. 

High-resolution electron microscopy confirmed the presence of these filopodia in infected monkey cells and captured SARS-CoV-2 viral particles budding from the projections.  

These protrusions may have unexplored roles in spreading the virus, and could serve as targets for future antiviral therapies.

Similar spindly projections are found on some healthy cells, where the structures serve different roles. 

Repair cells, for example, send out filopodia to detect chemical cues to navigate to wound sites.

Other viruses, including the coronavirus behind the SARS epidemic, also can cause cells to sprout filopodia. 

Some viruses, such as Marburg and Ebola, travel along filopodia of infected cells and may use the structures to move directly from one cell to another. 

The extensions “are highways for transport,” says Robert Grosse, a cell biologist at the University of Freiburg in Germany.

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Coronavirus-infected cells can produce more and longer spindly projections called filopodia than normal uninfected cells. @ScienceNews

Viral particles (colored green in this electron microscopy image of a monkey cell) can bud from these protrusions and possibly infect other cells.

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SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause infected cells to produce hairlike projections that extend away from their surfaces that may play a role in the virus’ spread in the body @ScienceNews

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause infected cells to produce hairlike projections that extend away from their surfaces (colored white in this fluorescence microscopy image of a pair of human colon cells) that may play a role in the virus’ spread in the body.

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Currency Markets At A Glance WSJ
World Currencies

Euro 1.1747

Dollar Index 93.684

Japan Yen 104.98

Swiss Franc 0.9164

Pound 1.2936

Aussie 0.7174

India Rupee 74.7775

South Korea Won 1193.01

Brazil Real 5.1535

Egypt Pound 15.9652

South Africa Rand 16.4193

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27-JAN-2020 :: “But it is a curve each of them feels, unmistakably. It is the parabola.''
World Of Finance

“But it is a curve each of them feels, unmistakably. It is the parabola. They must have guessed, once or twice -guessed and refused to believe -that everything, always, collectively, had been moving toward that purified shape latent in the sky, that shape of no surprise, no second chance, no return.’’

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10-MAY-2020 :: #COVID19 and the Spillover Moment

―They fancied themselves free, wrote Camus, ―and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.

―In this respect, our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words, they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences.

A pestilence isn't a thing made to man's measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away.

But it doesn't always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they have taken no precautions.

We are witnessing a Spill Over into EM and Frontier Geographies

Viruses are in essence non linear exponential and multiplicative

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#Mexico #COVID19 death rate most in #NorthAmerica at 11.1%. @jmlukens

#Guatemala, #Panama, #Hondurus, #DominicanRepublic, & #ElSalvador deaths exponential rise continues since April/May.

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Africa is entering a Fast Growth ‘’escape’’ velocity Phase #COVID19

It took 123 days to go from the first case of #coronavirus to 250,000 confirmed cases Africa. From 250,000 to 500,000 21 days. From 500,000 to 750,000 14 days

Africa on track to pass 1 million diagnosed #COVID19 cases shortly @jmlukens

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Africa is now edging towards a million cases of coronavirus @AFP #COVID19

Countries across Africa have recorded more than 850,000 infections and at least 18,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally as of Tuesday.

The continent's most industrialized economy has notched up more than 450,000 infections -- the highest number in Africa and the fifth biggest in the world.

The country also has more than 13,000 infected health workers, a record. 

About 3,000 tests are carried per day on average in a country of around 200 million people -- just a tenth of the number conducted in South Africa which has about a quarter of the population.Kenya has seen cases triple to 17,975 in the past month.
Last week, Health Minister Ahmad Ahmad made an "urgent appeal" to development agencies -- his ministry is seeking oxygen bottles, face masks, gloves and medical blouses.

Ahmad was reprimanded by the government for taking what it called a "personal initiative" without consultation.

"That's why we are all not wearing face masks here. You think we don't fear dying? It's because there is no COVID-19," President John Magufuli declared on Monday.

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Africa has a Problem COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching ‘full speed’ @AP #COVID19
Africa has a Problem COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching ‘full speed’ @AP #COVID19 and it’s good to prepare for the worst-case scenario, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said 

’We’ve crossed a critical number here,” he said of the half-million milestone. 

“Our pandemic is getting full speed.”
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#Ethiopia #COVID19 infections have almost tripled in past month to 15k total cases @jmlukens

#Morocco experienced sudden increase past week.  #Mauritania continues to surpress growth.

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#COVID19 in #Africa @WHOAFRO
South Africa continues to record the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths on the continent. 

Since our last report (Weekly Bulletin 29), the number of recorded cases has increased by 81 105, an increase of 18% in a one-week period. 

Deaths have increased by 1 736, a 25% increase in the same period. 

As of 26 July 2020, the country has reported a total of 445 433 cases and 6 769 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.5%).

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On the 10-MAY-2020 : Africa was at 56,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases

The number of confirmed cases in Africa has been rising by about 30% a week over the past month, but is set to incline steeply now.

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02-MAR-2020 :: The #COVID19 and SSA and the R Word
We Know that the #Coronavirus is exponential, non linear and multiplicative.

what exponential disease propagation looks like in the real world. 

Real world exponential growth looks like nothing, nothing, nothing ... then cluster, cluster, cluster then BOOM!
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Ethiopia Sees New Benchmark Rate, Floating Currency After 2023 @markets @Habesh_

Ethiopia plans to start setting a central bank benchmark rate and to introduce a floating foreign exchange rate after three years, according to National Bank of Ethiopia Governor Yinager Dessie.

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21-JAN-2019 :: The Mind Game that ZANU-PF played on its citizens has evaporated in a puff of smoke
Law & Politics

I have been reading Yuval Noah Harari and in his best-seller he says this about money;

“Money is accordingly a system of mutual trust, and not just any system of mutual trust: money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.”

“Cowry shells and dollars have value only in our common imagina- tion. Their worth is not inherent in the chemical structure of the shells and paper, or their colour, or their shape. In other words, money isn’t a material reality – it is a psychological construct. It works by converting matter into mind.”

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Zimbabwe to resume stock trading, Old Mutual unit still suspended @ReutersAfrica

Zimbabwe’s stock market will resume trading next week after a state financial intelligence body concluded its investigation, but three stocks also listed on other exchanges, including the local unit of Old Mutual, will remain suspended, the finance minister said on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said an investigation by the Financial Intelligence Unit revealed that there was a link between the movement in prices of three dual-listed stocks and the parallel market rate of the Zimbabwe currency.

But there was no evidence that the companies, Old Mutual, Pretoria Portland Cement and SeedCo International, were involved, Ncube said.

The three companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ncube said trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange would resume on Aug. 3 but the three stocks would remain suspended “while further consultations continue on the best way forward regarding their re-listing under suitable rules”.

Stock market traders say the government is pushing to de-list the three companies and list them on a yet to be established U.S. dollar exchange in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party has recommended the de-listing of Old Mutual.

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I was reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah which sought to explain the intrinsic relationship between political leadership and the management of pandemics in the pre-colonial period.

Historically, such pandemics had the capacity to overtake “the dynasties at the time of their senility, when they had reached the limit of their duration” and, in the process, challenged their “power and curtailed their [rulers’] influence...”

Rulers who are only concerned with the well-being of their “inner circle and their parties” are an incurable “disease”.

States with such rulers can get “seized by senility and the chronic disease from which [they] can hardly ever rid [themselves], for which [they] can find no cure”

To thwart calamities, rulers should possess certain qualifications. Khaldun recognizes wisdom, logic, honesty, justice and education as the most desirable qualities in a ruler.

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On 12 March 2020, the Ministry of Health announced the confirmation of one new COVID-19 cases in the country. #COVID19 in #Africa @WHOAFRO

As of 25 July 2020, 16 643 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 278 deaths and 7 574 recoveries have been reported in the country.

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by Aly Khan Satchu (www.rich.co.ke)
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