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darrenolivier
    @kalei Of course, that goes without saying. I’m just glad there are people on ADN interested in the subject matter. I’ll speak to my colleague who handles the podcasts about a non-iTunes feed.
    darrenolivier
      @kalei Thanks for the repost, much appreciated!
      darrenolivier
        My interview with the Force Commander of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC: http://www.africandefence.net/this-time-its-over-monusco-shows-its-teeth/
        boingboing
          Cover and summary for Lauren Beukes's next horror novel http://bit.ly/1hktu0q
          darrenolivier
            @treestman Some of those choices are really hard to justify. The Gear is the best wearable, really?
            darrenolivier
              @bglaettli I’m genuinely curious, does the Brazilian acquisition of the Gripen E change your view on the risk level of the aircraft?
              darrenolivier
                @simon_w Thanks. Beautifully designed, rare to see such a nice airline app.
                darrenolivier
                  Quick question, any idea what the correct designation for the Xi’an Y-20 in Mandarin (Simplified Chinese notation) is? 西安 运 二零 or 西安 运 20?
                  darrenolivier
                    @kalei In short, unlike the trend in the rest of the world the South African mining industry got smaller, not bigger, during the recent extended commodities boom. With labour issues and high input costs many mines are closing permanently.
                    darrenolivier
                      @kalei The supertax proposal wasn't halted because of miners' complaints,it was created to placate the pro-nationalisation wing in the ANC and was subsumed into a general tax review due to report soon.Mining firms are under huge pressure in SA. cc @rabryst
                      darrenolivier
                        @kalei Mining firms campaign far less against the ruling ANC than they could or arguably should. SA business is generally quite meek for historical reasons, usually only say the harshest things behind closed doors. @rabryst
                        boingboing
                          India sending spacecraft to Mars for about 75% of 'Gravity' film budget http://bit.ly/1jyKIuw
                          africandefencereview
                            The impact of Angola's new Su-30Ks: An analysis of the West African country's new acquisition and what it means for the region: http://www.africandefence.net/the-impact-of-angolas-new-su-30ks/photos.app.net/23160639/1
                            darrenolivier
                              @rabryst Right, that's something else we forget, what a contribution foreigners have made to SA. Most of SA's decent Italian food tradition stems from Italians who were POWs during WWII then returned afterwards.
                              darrenolivier
                                @rabryst Same with the members of my family who've emigrated. Could never understand South Africans who mock or criticise those who go elsewhere.
                                darrenolivier
                                  @rabryst Good viewpoint to have, too many expats can't handle their adopted countries because they can't let go.
                                  darrenolivier
                                    @rabryst I can imagine. While there are fantastic parts about staying in SA, still, I saw a great quality of life in my brief stays in the northeastern US and southern England.
                                    darrenolivier
                                      @rabryst With gap between govt spending & govt income growing, pressure is on squeezing ever more tax out of few taxpayers. Becoming an expensive place to stay.
                                      darrenolivier
                                        @rabryst Exactly. They can't demand that you pay it, nor do they have any actual mechanism for you to do so now that I think about it. Ridiculous.