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This Guy Believes He Can Cure Even The Worst Diseases…But The Treatment Is Horrifying

South Africa doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to claims of miracle disease treatments.

One of the worst myths there is that those with HIV can be cured by having sex with a virgin. Unfortunately, though, that’s only the tip of the iceberg — other outrageous lies are negatively affecting innocent people’s health all over the country.

One such lie is being propagated by Lethebo Rabalago, a pastor at the Mount Zion General Assembly in the Limpopo province. He says that pesticide can cure cancer and HIV.

The self-proclaimed prophet sprays Doom insecticide directly into the faces of his congregation members, telling them that it will heal them of their various ailments.

He even sprayed one woman with an eye infection. He told BBC that she was “just fine because she believed in the power of God.”

These Adorable Squirrels Decided To Duke It Out In The Desert. So Fierce.

Squirrels may look like adorable, docile little creatures when you first see them. Truthfully, they’re fierce fighters who know how to settle a score. This is obvious after seeing these photos of South African ground squirrels duking it out in the desert.

You’ll think twice before you mix it up with these guys.

Apparently there wasn’t a real reason for the scuffle.

Maybe it’s a rodent form of fight club?

Or these two might have a troubled history together.

Whatever the cause, they do not pull any punches when they go at it.

They are pretty evenly matched.

They dance, bob, and weave like pro boxers in the ring.

And then fling themselves at each other with as much force as their tiny bodies can muster.

Looks like this one is almost down for the count…

…but he found his second wind just as a spectator showed up to enjoy a ringside view.

It’s probably the cutest fight I’ve seen.

Tensions may be high, but the adorable factor is even higher.

(via Mirror.)

There’s no word on who won the battle, but I’m sure the war continues to rage on between these two. Keep it cool, little guys.

Mia Farrow under fire for role in defrauding Chevron of billions

Filmmaker and journalist Phelim McAleer’s piece in todays New York Post exposes a horribly corrupt legal decision which forced Chevron to pay $9 billion in damages to the nation of Ecuador.

A few months ago, a New York court found the Chevron judgment was obtained by fraud and bribery — mostly masterminded by Manhattan-based attorney Steven Donziger. The fraud was so outrageous that the judge found the Ecuadorian lawsuit was the equivalent of organized crime extorting money from Chevron.

The RICO laws, normally used against organized crime, are now being applied to Donziger and his associates.
The case was so corrupt, it’s impossible to list here all the outrages.

McAleer points out the involvement of actress and active Twitter user Mia Farrow. McAleer reports that the government of Ecuador secretly paid Farrow $188,000 to use her celebrity to hype the case against Chevron.

People on Twitter wanted to know whether Farrow knew about the fraud and what the status of the payment is.  So far she hasn’t provided many answers.

Wonder if @MiaFarrow knew she was helping commit fraud? http://t.co/8PfTLlTDlB

— Yes, Nick Searcy! (@yesnicksearcy) October 6, 2014

@yesnicksearcy no!

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 6, 2014

@yesnicksearcy @MiaFarrow Fair questions.

— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) October 6, 2014

@HarrietBaldwin Harriet I had no idea. And I don't know if what I'm reading is true.

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 6, 2014

.@MiaFarrow I think a public statement about this #Chevron business would be in your best interest. Clear the air, as it were.

— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) October 6, 2014

Mia Farrow's Dirty Payoff in Chevron Ecuador Fraud: Her 'Love Letter$' to her own bank account http://t.co/jKCP1p8S5e pic.twitter.com/InIMZLyCtA

— Sam Singer (@samsinger) October 6, 2014

@samsinger Is this true, @MiaFarrow? It doesn't look good. @PhelimMcAleer

— Lady of the Lore (@AZlibrarian) October 6, 2014

.@AZlibrarian @samsinger @MiaFarrow it's is true she admitted it in a tweet

— Phelim McAleer (@PhelimMcAleer) October 6, 2014

.@AZlibrarian @samsinger @MiaFarrow the documents detailing the payment were registered with the state dept

— Phelim McAleer (@PhelimMcAleer) October 6, 2014

.@MiaFarrow @yesnicksearcy Why keep you payment a big secret then?

— Phelim McAleer (@PhelimMcAleer) October 6, 2014

Thanks, that's good to know. But why have you not made a public statement about it? “@MiaFarrow: @yesnicksearcy no!”

— Yes, Nick Searcy! (@yesnicksearcy) October 6, 2014

Dear @MiaFarrow – Can you please tell us what due diligence you conducted before taking money in a bribery scheme? http://t.co/2FLA7UqJOj

— Michael James Barton (@MichaelJames357) October 6, 2014

.@MiaFarrow has blocked me so can some1 ask if she now accepts Chevron case corrupt & does she regret lucrative involvement @yesnicksearcy

— Phelim McAleer (@PhelimMcAleer) October 6, 2014

@PhelimMcAleer @DLoesch I'd like to know if .@MiaFarrow has returned the $188K. @yesnicksearcy

— Clay Johanson (@clayjohanson) October 6, 2014

Good question.

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Twitchy coverage of Mia Farrow

#Has Justine Landed Yet: World awaits PR pro’s arrival in Africa

http://twitter.com/#!/thefocusedphd/status/414182837516898305

It was the (tasteless) joke heard around the Twitterverse, as a public relations professional managed to make an AIDS joke that some perceived as racist.

http://twitter.com/#!/JustineSacco/status/414052561248075776

It’s been retweeted nearly 4,000 times in 12 hours, and now it’s inspired a post on the New York Times website and its own hashtag, #HasJustineLandedYet, which trended high among Twitter’s trending topics Friday night.

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It even inspired a NORAD-style tracker.

Sacco didn’t say where she was going to in Africa, but that hasn’t stopped Twitter from imagining her arrival at the terminal.

It appears Justine has landed, and deleted the tweet a bit before midnight Eastern.

http://twitter.com/#!/ChristinaM96/status/414257303299186688

And now the entire account is deleted.

Imagine …

Editor’s note: After publishing, we slightly altered the description of Ms. Sacco’s joke to more accurately characterize what she tweeted.

Related:

‘Worst tweet ever’? PR ‘pro’ manages to sound ‘racist,’ mock AIDS in a single tweet

[Update]

Sacco has been fired and has apologized for her AIDS joke:

“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” Sacco said in the statement. “There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.

“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.

“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.”

500 African Rhinos Will Be Relocated Due to the Increasing Level Of Poaching.

Over a thousand rhinos were murdered last year for their horns. That number is increasing at an alarming rate from the 13 who killed in 2007. Illegal poaching in South Africa’s Kruger National Park recently reached such high levels to the point where hiring more guards isn’t enough.

The only solution: evacuating the animals to safer zones. The plan is to relocate 500 of the rhinos to areas where poaching is less of a concern.

Over 600 rhinos were already murdered this year.

Over 600 rhinos were already murdered this year. Piximus

Poaching was made illegal in 1977, but the demand kept it thriving over the years.

Poaching was made illegal in 1977, but the demand kept it thriving over the years. Piximus

Asian countries who use the horn in their traditional medicine and as symbols of wealth are especially guilty of encouraging the terrible act.

Asian countries who use the horn in their traditional medicine and as symbols of wealth are especially guilty of encouraging the terrible act. Piximus

The rhinos will be taken to other areas of South Africa and possibly other countries.

The rhinos will be taken to other areas of South Africa and possibly other countries. Piximus

Transporting the hefty animals is no easy task, with each animal weighing over a tonne.

Transporting the hefty animals is no easy task, with each animal weighing over a tonne. Piximus

Environment Minister Edna Molewa explained that they will also create “rhino strongholds” in their efforts to protect them.

Environment Minister Edna Molewa explained that they will also create "rhino strongholds" in their efforts to protect them. Piximus

Their hope is to maintain their ability to remain and grow in population while remaining in South Africa.

Their hope is to maintain their ability to remain and grow in population while remaining in South Africa. Piximus

The region is home to 80% of the country’s entire population of rhinos.

The region is home to 80% of the country's entire population of rhinos. Piximus

This is why they are so aggressively targeted here.

This is why they are so aggressively targeted here. Piximus

The conservation project is supported by South African government’s Security Cluster, who will also enforce harsher punishment for those caught poaching.

The conservation project is supported by South African government's Security Cluster, who will also enforce harsher punishment for those caught poaching. Piximus

The cost of moving each of these massive animals could be up to $2,000.

The cost of moving each of these massive animals could be up to $2,000. Piximus

But the money is well spent to keep their population from plummeting.

But the money is well spent to keep their population from plummeting. Piximus

You can find more information on the crisis facing South African rhinos and ways you can help their continued survival on Save the Rhino. I hope they all survive and find a better place to call home.