Daan Joubert

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About a year ago, when what soon became known as the COVID-19 pandemic had started to spread from its epi-centre in Wuhan in China to the rest of the world, I wrote that 2020 would go down in history, along with 1939, 1973 and 2001, as a...
The crossing of the Delaware in midwinter on Christmas Eve of 1776 was General Washington’s major commitment to take the revolution to the enemy. Now, a little more than 245 years later, a similar opportunity for a similar inspirational...
The Constitution of the United States is an awesome document that has stood the test of time, despite having been amended a number of times to allow for changing circumstances, much of these related to individual rights and privacy.
2020 came to a rather muddled up end, with the election still undecided and prices of gold and silver having spent nearly five months under tight control. The new year was barely one day old when the fireworks that rang out the old year...
. . . for the wrong reasons. Normally, this issue would be a preview of what could be expected in the new year. This time around the future is badly out of focus, as if one with poor eyesight is looking at a distant vista wearing his...
The president’s election has turned more convoluted than even the more complex plots of a top mystery writer. It looks to take more than a week or two, into 2021, to resolve in either one way or another. Time enough then to speculate about...
Cognitive dissonance is the uncomfortable feeling one gets when, for example, one is in a new place and one ‘knows’ instinctively where east and west is, but then the sun the next morning rises in what one ‘knows’ is ‘west.’ It...
A recent more often read word in commentaries on matter of an economic nature is “reset”. As a term it is unlike, ‘overweight, ‘fast’ and ‘tall’, where people know quite well what it means; it is more like “beautiful’ and ‘rich’, where the...
The past almost 3 weeks prove the point made here last week: the US of today is far removed from what it used to be during the years before and for a few decades after WWII. The physical and emotional violence of the past four years,...
Evolution is often defined as “survival of the fittest”. Those who are better able to exploit opportunities offered by the circumstances in which the live, better at the process of adapting to changes and trends in their environments, even...
The term “carat” comes from “carob seed,” which was standard for weighing small quantities in the Middle East.

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