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White House Security: Needs More Dog

White House Dog

The latest White House fence jumper was sent to a hospital to be treated for dog bites after he was nabbed by guard dogs on the White House lawn Wednesday.

Secret Service Dog23-year-old Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland jumped the north fence of the White House on Wednesday but was stopped by the Secret Service’s secret weapon: angry guard dogs. Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly subdued the intruder before he came too close to the residence. But Adesanya, who has a history of trying to break into government buildings, did manage to punch two of the Secret Service dogs, Hurricane and Jordan, before he was tackled.

While punching dogs is typically frowned upon, it turns out kicking a canine officer is also a federal offense. Adesanya was charged with “harming animals used on law enforcement” in addition to “unlawfully entering the restricted grounds of the White House.”

The two dogs were taken to a veterinarian and treated for minor bruising they suffered during the incident, but were later cleared for duty. No word on where the hell Bo and Sunny Obama were during the incident.

The latest intrusion onto the White House grounds came the same day that a gunman went on a rampage in Canadian Parliament. But Canada doesn’t need a guard dog to put a stop to crazed intruders – they have Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. Vickers, who shot to death gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau outside the Library of Parliament, was given a standing ovation in the Canadian House of Commons on Thursday by MPs returning to work.

Meanwhile, Hurricane and Jordan were given some kibble.

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Death By Crocodile… And Other News

Death by Crocodile

Instead of popping some pills or fastening a noose the good old fashioned way, a Thai woman has come up with a new method of suicide: jumping into a crocodile pit.

A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok killed herself by jumping into a crocodile pit at a reptile farm near the capital. Wanpen Inyai, who appeared depressed prior to the incident, took off her shoes and jumped right into the 3m deep pond that contained hundreds of adult crocodiles. Staff tried to use long sticks to stop the crocodiles from attacking her, but those crocodiles were mighty hungry. The reptile farm owner said the farm, which has, like most Thai tourist attractions, extremely lax safety rules, had already installed additional fences and other security measures along the walkways. The crocodile will not be charged. BBC News

Cab OdorPassing their driving test (or getting held up at gunpoint) is no longer cab drivers’ biggest worry – now, they must also pass a smell test. Officials at San Diego International Airport are using body odor as a criteria for judging taxi drivers—and the cabbies aren’t happy, complaining it stinks of prejudice and discrimination. Body odor is now among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers, along with the usual proof of insurance, functioning windshield wipers, adequate tire treads, good brakes, etc. Anyone who flunks the smell test is told to go home and change before picking up another customer. Sounds good to me, but not to Drivers with United Taxi Workers of San Diego who say the smell test perpetuates a stereotype that predominantly foreign-born taxi drivers smell bad. Body odor is body odor no matter where you’re from, but whatever, I’ve got an Uber account. Huffington Post

Ebola OutbreakThe Ebola virus has continued to terrorize West Africa, killing 2,461 so far and threatening the region’s economic growth. In fact, the Ebola crisis has gotten so out of hand that the U.S. announced it will step up efforts to combat the outbreak. On Tuesday, President Obama announced a plan to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region with the intention of building 17 new health-care facilities with 100 beds each and training as many as 500 health-care workers a week. Others are doing a little less to reign in the highly contagious virus. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has fired 10 government officials who have been “out of the country without an excuse” amid the national crisis. “These government officials showed insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority,” said a statement from the president’s office. The ten senior officials were given a one-week ultimatum back in August to return to Liberia or they would be fired immediately. Turns out unemployment was more appealing than the chance of catching a viral hemorrhagic fever. Bloomberg

alan-henningAl Qaeda is turning into one big softie. The terrorist organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks appealed to IS (the group formerly known as ISIS) to release the British hostage Alan Henning because it believed he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims. Al Qaeda told IS its capture of the British aid volunteer, who had traveled four thousand miles to deliver vital medical equipment to Syrian refugees, was simply unacceptable. In the Islamic State’s latest film showcasing the brutal beheading of aid worker David Haines, the IS militant warned Henning would be next. The question is, will IS listen to reason? No. When even al Qaeda makes you look bad, you knw you’re a horrible organization. Independent 

Auschwitz93-year-old Oskar Groening has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp. Groening is accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944. The ex-nazi was responsible for taking the possessions of those imprisoned at Auschwitz. “He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings,” state prosecutors in Hanover, Germany, said. Groening has spoken openly about his experiences at the Nazi death camp but has said while he witnessed horrific atrocities, he didn’t commit any crimes himself. In 2005, he told Der Spiegel he recalled one incident on “ramp duty” when he heard a baby crying. “I saw another SS soldier grab the baby by the legs. He smashed the baby’s head against the iron side of a truck until it was silent.” Well, that will give the 93-year-old something to think about during his life sentence – which will probably only last a couple months. CNN

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What’s New with Tara the Hero Cat?

Hero cat Tara with the help of her owner Triantafilo and team staff member Henry "tosses" the first pitch in Bakersfield

Tara, the cat who saved a small boy from a vicious dog attack, is living it up celebrity style, while the cat’s arch-nemesis, Scrappy, has been euthanized.

Tara the cat rose to fame after a security video recorded her throwing herself headfirst into a dog that was twice her size in order to save her owner’s 4-year-old son.

After saving 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo’s leg from further gnawing and being hailed a dog-tackling hero, Tara the cat was given the honor of “throwing” the ceremonial first pitch in a minor league baseball game in Bakersfield, California. Despite being an international YouTube sensation, Tara is still just a cat… so she only managed to throw the ball (which was attached to a piece of string) a few feet.

Still, Tara’s “dad,” Roger Triantafilo, seemed pretty impressed, telling a scrum of media: “She did everything I thought she would. She stayed calm throughout.”

Meanwhile, Scrappy, the eight-month-old Labrador-Chow mix, has been put down at Bakersfield animal shelter. After he was filmed attacking his young neighbour, Scrappy was given 10 days to prove himself. Unfortunaetly (for Scrappy) he continued to display aggressive traits during his 10-day assessment, biting a few of the animal shelter employees. He was subsequently destroyed. RIP Scrappy.

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Cat Hero Saves Child From Dog Attack

Cat Hero Saves Child GIF

Angry dog roaming the neighbourhood? Slow to react child with leftover food in his pocket? No problem! Family cat to the rescue!

A California boy was viciously attacked by a dog while playing on his bicycle in his driveway. A decidedly hungry  neighbourhood dog ran up to the boy and began gnawing on his leg and dragging him down the driveway. Without any intervention, the situation may have been cat-a-strophic, but luckily, the boy’s family cat, Tara, was there to save the day.

Tara the cat hero comes out of nowhere and jumps in front of the dog – chasing the animal from her family’s property. I have a feeling that dog won’t be bothering them any more (mainly because it might have to be put down…)

ABC23reports that the kid needed a few stitches and perhaps a rabies shot, but things could have been a lot worse had Tara the hero cat not intervened in the suburban driveway drama.

When asked about her loyalty to the child, Tara the cat replied “Child? There was a child there? I saw a fucking dog, I attacked. Tara looks out for Tara.”

Cats will be cats!

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Putin Trained His Snow Leopard Well…

Vladimir Putin Snow Leopard

Vladimir Putin’s snow leopard “friend” attacked two journalists moments before cuddling with the Russian President.

While on a tour of a Persian leopard sanctuary ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, a leopard cub became agitated and attacked two journalists, scratching one on the hand and biting another on the knee. While lesser men stood back in fear, Putin, ever the rugged outdoorsman, stepped in to calm the leopard down with a series of cuddles.

Snow Leopard“We made friends,” he said, completely at ease with the 6-month-old leopard. “I like animals, it seems I have a feeling for them. We liked each other.”

In response to criticisms from environmentalists accusing the Russian authorities of damaging Sochi’s natural environment during the construction of the Games, Putin is eager to show that the construction efforts have actually improved the environmental situation in Sochi – for the snow leopards at least.

Yes, snow leopards are apparently Putin’s latest pet project. The Russian President is working to re-introduce the great Persian leopard to southern Russia where they became extinct in 1970.

“We’ve decided to restore the population of the snow leopard because of the Olympic Games,” Putin said. “Let’s say that because of the Olympic Games, we have restored parts of the destroyed nature.”

So, restore the snow leopards but kill all the stray dogs?

Via: The Telegraph 

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New Zealander Fights Off Shark, Stitches Own Leg, Heads to Pub

New Zealand Shark James Grant

New Zealanders are apparently a badass bunch. James Grant, a 24-year-old New Zealand doctor, fought off a shark, stitched his own leg up, and then went to the pub.

James Grant was spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay at the base of New Zealand’s South Island on Saturday when he felt a tug on his leg. After realizing it was a shark and not his friend playing a prank, James thought, “bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg.”

So he did what any rugged New Zealander would do, said “that’s not a knife, THIS is a knife (presumably), and stabbed the shark with his spear before rushing to shore.

“I sort of just fought the shark off. The shark got a few stabs. The knife wasn’t long enough though,” he told reporters after.

After taking off his wetsuit he discovered bites marks up to 5cm long on his leg. This is the point where I would sit down, cry, and wait for someone to take me to the hospital, but Grant sutured his own wound using a first aid kit he kept in his vehicle and joined his friends at Colac bay Tavern to celebrate.

“It would have been great if I had killed it because there was a fishing competition on at the Colac Bay Tavern,” Grant said.

“I am pretty grateful to have my leg still,” he added. “When the stitches come out, I will be back in the water.”

And the award for manliest man goes to….

Via: ABC News 

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A Good Old Fashioned Australian Crocodile Hunt… And Other News

Crocodile

Australian rangers are on the hunt for a crocodile believed to have consumed a 12-year-old boy who was swimming with his friends in a billabong in Australia’s Kakadu National Park.

The four-metre crocodile also mauled the boy’s 12-year-old friend before snatching him up.  The first boy suffered deep wounds to both arms after he fought off the crocodile. Police have shot two crocodiles dead in their hunt for the boy, but “neither of them had anything in their stomachs,” Sgt. Stephen Constable said. Where’s the Crocodile Hunter when you need him? Oh yeah… the sting ray… CBC News

THe QueenThe Queen needs a crash course in money management. A report for Britain’s House of Commons shows that Queen Elizabeth’s bank balance has dropped from £35 million to £1 million in just over a decade. A bankrupt Queen? Well, I never! Adding to the Queen’s money woes is the fact that the royal palaces are “crumbling.” MPs are telling the Queen to cut back on her spending and tackle the huge backlog of repairs to the monarch’s crumbling palaces. Last year the queen received £31 million from the taxpayer to cover her staffing costs, travel and the maintenance of her palaces but apparently that’s not enough. The Public Accounts Committee report is encouraging palace officials to boost the royal family’s income, such as through palace tours and making its facilities available for commercial events. Where is all the money going? Kate Middleton’s wardrobe? AFP 

Bitcoin ArrestI knew Bitcoin sounded a little sketchy after the Winklevoss twins endorsed it… Charlie Shrem, the CEO of BitInstant, a Bitcoin exchange, and the vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was arrested on Sunday along with a co-conspirator and charged with money laundering for his company’s involvement with Silk Road, an online black market. The 24-year-old entrepreneur is accused of selling over $1 million in bitcoins to Silk Road users, who would then use them to buy drugs and other illicit items. “Hiding behind their computers, both defendants are charged with knowingly contributing to and facilitating anonymous drug sales, earning substantial profits along the way,” DEA agent James Hunt said in a release. Bail is set at 20,000 bitcoins. Just kidding – no one uses digital currency. Globe and Mail

TreyTrey Radel pulled an anti-Rob Ford and announced his resignation from Congress several months after his crack scandal. The Florida representative pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November after he was caught buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer. Although some fellow Republicans urged him to step down at the time, Radel held on, undergoing substance abuse rehabilitation treatment and returning to Congress earlier this month. But on Monday, faced with an Ethics Committee investigation, Radel changed his course and decided to step down, saying his personal struggles impeded his ability to serve in Congress. If only Rob Ford could finally acknowledge that his personal struggles also impede his ability to serve as Mayor – and make it through a press conference without embarrassing himself. National Post

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson’s children must be extra special needs because the Fox News host suggested that 17-year-olds should not be allowed to pre-register to vote because they were not even capable of “choosing an entrée at a restaurant.” In Sunday morning Fox & Friends segment, Carlson expressed concern about 17-year-olds pre-registering to vote and participating in party primaries if they would be 18 in time for the general election. “I have a 17-year-old, whom I love more than my own life of course, but are 17-year-olds really capable of choosing an entrée at a restaurant, much less voting?” the Fox News host wondered. “I mean, for real. Do we want them voting?” Well actually, if your children are as dumb as you, maybe we don’t want them voting. Raw Story

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Indonesian Men Up a Tree Without a Paddle (Or Tiger Repellant)

Tigers Send Men Up a Tree

Five Indonesian men were rescued after spending 5 days trapped up a tree to avoid being mauled to death by Sumatran tigers.

After entering the Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday in a search for rare incense wood, the men “accidentally killed” a tiger cub when it wandered into a trap they had set for deer. Needless to say, things didn’t turn out like Life of Pi. No, instead the tigers mauled one of the men to death and the other five ran up a tree.

The trapped men alerted nearby villagers using mobile phones. Sadly, none of them managed to tweet a picture of the large Sumatran tigers, who were circling the base of the tree. Even sadder, none of them had Eye of the Tiger as their ringtone to get them through the situation.

Villagers attempted to rescue them but had to retreat once they saw the size of the tigers. So they called in some back-up  and five days later the back-up arrived. The park covers nearly 7,930 sq km so it took them a while to get there… Police and rescuers moved in after tiger tamers managed to drive away the tigers and the men were escorted to the nearest village to recover from the ordeal.

In fairness to the tigers, the Indonesians started it. AND, Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species with only about 350 remaining in the wild due to forest destruction and poaching. Indonesians, on the other hand, are a dime a dozen. Surely they could have spared more than one in exchange for the death of a cute little tiger cub.

Via: BBC News

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When Animals Fight Back: Elephant Edition

Elephant Tramples Poacher

The hunter became the hunted when a suspected poacher was trampled to death by an elephant in Zimbabwe after he tried to gun it down.

I’m not saying he deserved it but… he deserved it. The bloody remains of Solomon Manjoro were discovered by park rangers in the Charara National Park in Gatshe-Gatshe, Zimbabwe. The rangers suspected they came across a poaching trip gone wrong. It appeared Manjoro was charged at by the elephant after he entered the game reserve for an illegal hunting trip with a friend. Manjoro was unsuccessful at gunning the elephant down and as a result got trampled to death.

Manjoro was part of a poaching trio. His alleged accomplice Noluck Tafuruka, 29, was later arrested inside the park and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. I guess he didn’t have much “luck”. A third man, Godfrey Shonge, 52, has also been arrested over the poaching incident. The two surviving poachers appeared in court last week to face charges of illegal possession of firearms and of contravention of local wildlife laws.

No word on what happened to the elephant. He’s likely off chilling in the forest writing his tell-all memoir: An Elephant’s Revenge.

In recent years, poaching of elephants and rhinos in wildlife reserves throughout Africa has risen dramatically, driven largely by demand for their ivory tusks and horns. Although Ivory sales were banned in 1989, Ivory is still sold on the black market and business is apparently booming – much to the dismay of the dwindling elephant population.

Via: The Telegraph

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