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Russian groomers turn ordinary animals into fantastical creatures: Dragon-cats and bee-dogs

An emerald green cat with a dragon tail and a yellow-black dog which looks like a bee... It's not a scene from a futuristic movie, but an animal salon in southern Russia, where groomers turned a cat into a scary dragon and a dog into a buzzing bee.

The groomers from the southern Russian city of Yekaterinburg, in the Urals, decided to stage a beauty contest among their clients.
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"We decided to make a bright summer, pretty dog. That's why we decided to color it as a bee. It's a bright image," says Ekaterina Aidimirova, a groomer and the owner of Pchyolka, a bee-dog. Ekaterina thinks that the dog with its smooth fur really looks like a bee.
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Vasya, a Siberian cat with grey fur was transformed into a savage dragon at the hands of creative groomers. His skin became emerald-green and his tale was shaved and colored like a dragon's tail.
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David Cameron To Scottish People ahead of their referendum: 'I'll Kill Myself If You Leave'

In an emotional public address this morning ahead of Thursday's national referendum in Scotland, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron pleaded with the Scottish people to stay and vowed that he would take his own life if the territory votes in favor of independence. "Scotland, the second you leave I will kill myself - I swear I'll do it," said a visibly disheveled Cameron, who spoke with a shaking voice and appeared at several points during the speech as if he was on the verge of breaking down in tears. "How can I go on living if you're gone? If you vote yes to independence, that's it - you can say goodbye to me right now, because I'll be dead the next time you see me. Just look at what you're doing to me!" At press time, Cameron was seen sobbing softly and climbing up the stairs to the top of Parliament's Elizabeth Tower.
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Social network for Richie Rich begins accepting members for $9,000 apiece

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Consider this hypothetical situation: You, a wealthy socialite, want to make friends over the internet, but without encountering any of the riff-raff that hangs out on traditional social networking sites. What do you do?

If you're former Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra conductor James Touchi-Peters, then you would have resolved this dilemma by launching Netropolitan - an "online country club for people with more money than time."

And for everyone else "Seeking a place to talk about fine wine, fancy cars and lucrative business decisions without judgment," then Touchi-Peters' new project may be the perfect place - his social networking site began accepting members on Tuesday this week. In order to get involved, however, you'll first have to write a $9,000 check for membership in the web's newest, and likely most exclusive, online club.

"James and others have mentioned feeling judged for talking about certain topics on other social media outlets. Like they were bragging and met with a little ill will," messaging specialist Michelle Lawless at Media Minefield told the Los Angeles Times this week. "Netropolitan is designed to be the place to talk about your last European vacation or new car without the backlash."

"I saw a need for an environment where you could talk about the finer things in life without backlash -- an environment where people could share similar likes and experiences," Touchi-Peters, 48, explained to CNN recently. "This is 100 percent real, and I believe there is a need and an audience for this service."

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Nessie photographed in English Lake District

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Original picture: With the creature in the distance.
It seems that it is not just high-street banks, or hardcore unionists, who are looking for the exit door in Scotland should the country vote yes next week. A photograph has emerged, purporting to show the Loch Ness Monster swimming in Lake Windermere - in the English Lake District.

Scotland's most famous monster was captured accidentally by a photographer who had set their tripod up at the beauty spot in Cumbria, some way south of the border. A creature appearing to resemble the reptilian 'Nessie', with her arched back and long neck, can be clearly seen in the distance. It was taken more than 300 miles from Nessie's mythical, eponymous home.

This week, banks RBS, Clyesdale, TSB and Lloyds both announced they would move their Scottish operations to England following a Yes vote next Thursday. Standard Life has also said it will move some operations from Scotland in the event that the country secedes.
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Obama committed to fracture ISIS into dozens of extremist splinter groups

Declaring that the terrorist organization's actions can no longer be ignored, President Obama vowed Wednesday that the United States would use precision airstrikes for as long as needed to ensure that ISIS is divided into dozens of extremist splinter groups.

"ISIS poses a significant threat to U.S. interests both overseas and at home, and that is why we are committed to a limited military engagement that will fracture the terrorist network's leadership and consequently create a myriad of smaller cells, each with its own violent, radical agenda," said Obama during a prime-time address to the nation, stressing that any campaign to transform the group into a patchwork of volatile jihadist factions will not be performed unilaterally, but rather with the support and cooperation of key allies in the region.

"I have already discussed this plan with congressional leaders, and I have no doubt that our efforts will eventually replace this militant organization with many smaller but equally determined groups bent on using extreme brutality to impose fundamentalist Islamic rule. It will not happen overnight, but I can assure the American public that, in time, this group will be defeated, allowing us to focus our attention on the countless threats to homeland security posed by its many immediate successors."

Obama added that while the ISIS campaign will not involve American boots on the ground, he reserves the right to deploy troops should one or more of the spin-off cells grow to be even more powerful.
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Funny or Die: Cop v. Black Guy

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A message from the Unarmed Black Men of America.

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COPS Ferguson: Funny or Die's satire on the police militarization America

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This 2010 episode of COPS shows the early warning signs of a militarized police force.

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SOTT satire desk: Bibi's 'rubble bucket challenge', new comets and ISIS

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No shortage in Gaza for Bibi's 'rubble bucket challenge'
In a symbolic imitation of the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' craze currently sweeping the world, traumatized Palestinian people have nominated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the 'Rubble Bucket Challenge'. To commemorate the ceasefire in the recent Gaza conflict, massacre, in which more than 2,130 Palestinians were murdered and some 11,000 wounded, the chosen charity is EPIC (Exposing Psychopaths in Control). EPIC aims to educate all people in matters of psychopathy, psychology and secret history, by sending books and articles to schools and community groups throughout the world.

A sneering Israeli spokesman, having learned the aims of the charity and the somewhat unconventional scale of the proposed bucket (2130 cubic feet, filled with rubble and body parts from the devastated Gaza Strip and to be suspended 33 feet above the Israeli PM) called it completely "disproportionate". He apparently also failed to note the significance of the buckets composition - that of cast iron(y).
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Russia asks help from facebook users to teach Obama a history lesson

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U.S. President Barack Obama listens to leaders of Baltic States for a joint news conference at the Kadriorg Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has asked social media users to help teach U.S. President Barack Obama a history lesson after he claimed Russia is trying to regain territories that it lost in the 19th century.

"Quiz for amateur historians: what parts of Russia ... were lost in the 19th century?" the ministry said Thursday in a Facebook message.

Obama on Wednesday said Russia's involvement in Ukraine was a sign it was "reaching back to the days of the tsars, trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century [but] this is surely not the way to secure Russia's greatness in the 21st century," according to a statement on the White House website.

Comment: See: Obama history gaffe: Blames Russia for trying to reclaim Alaska

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