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Canadian brothers save bald eagle from claw trap - take selfie

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Michael and Neil Fletcher pose for a selfie with the bald eagle they rescued near Windy Lake Facebook
The siblings were hunting for grouse when they came across the bird caught in a claw trap

A pair of Canadian brothers took a 'selfie' with a bald eagle after rescuing the bird from a trap.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher, from Ontario, were hunting for grouse in Windy Lake, Onaping when they found the bird of prey caught in a claw trap.

Michael told local newspaper The Sudbury Star they were driving through an open area when Neil thought he saw an eagle. After exploring the area on foot, they saw movement and walked toward it, where they found the huge bird on the ground. The eagle had one of its talons stuck in a claw trap, a type of trap used by fur harvesters.


Dog 'walks 200 miles to find woman who nursed her back to health after hit-and-run accident'

Shavi and Nina
A dog injured in a hit-and-run accident is believed to have walked almost 200 miles to find the Russian woman who nursed her back to health.

Shavi was left to die by the side of the road after the crash, in southern Russia's Rostov Oblast region last winter.

She had been living on the streets as a stray when the driver hit her, and then just drove away, Russian media reported.

He left Shavi to die in agony with two broken legs by the side of the road, where she was shivering and freezing.

But luckily, two passersby's saw the animal and took her to the vet, before appealing online for someone who could care for her as she recovered.


May the Schwartz be with you: New Bavarian Police garb and helmet

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Bavaria police have received some brand new protective gear that officers will don while managing high-threat security crisis. The uniforms however - particularly the oddly-shaped helmets - have drawn some sarcastic remarks.

The new gear was unveiled this week in Munich by Joachim Herrmann, Germany's interior minister. The Class-4 protection suits featuring an overcoat with ceramic composite plates and a titanium helmet can stop high-caliber bullets fired by an assault rifle.

Comment: One doesn't know whether one should laugh or cry. Or maybe cry laughing? I mean, really, can it be more obvious that the West is modeling itself after the Galactic Empire - right down to the ridiculous helmet?

And in case you didn't get the "may the Schwartz be with you" reference:

Black Cat

A tiger's best friend is a... goat

© Vitaliy Ankov/Sputnik
Amur, a Siberian tiger, and a goat called Timur are seen here in an enclosure at the Primorye Safari Park. Tigers there are fed on live food all year round yet Amur refused to eat goat Timur.
A rare friendship between Amur and Timur, a Siberian tiger and a goat, has raised many eyebrows after the dare-devil goat refused to be the predator's lunch, and commandeered the feline's bed instead.

Fans are calling on the zookeepers to resettle the goat, saying its life is worth saving.

"Please, house the goat separately and let it live in your safari park. Let his story be not only about the compassion the tiger showed towards the brave goat, but about people showing humanism too," one activist, Bogdan, wrote on the website of the Far Eastern Safari Park in the Primorsky region.

"Their friendship is highly unusual and phenomenal. Park staff, director, have you got a mite of compassion towards Timur? Can it be placed separately? The goat is sensational! Save it!" Mikhail, another enthusiast, added.


Smokehouse bandit? Pennsylvania 'trucker' falsifies records to steal $110,000 worth of meat

Where's the beef? That's what authorities would like to know after someone stole 40,000 pounds of it from a meat plant in central Pennsylvania.

State police say it happened Nov. 21 at Nicholas Meat near Loganton.

According to troopers, a trucker loaded $110,000 worth of meat into a trailer during a scheduled pickup and drove off. He was supposed to deliver it by Monday to a company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- but never showed up.

A spokesman for Nicholas Meat says the customer notified him Tuesday about the missing product, which would have been enough to make 160,000 burgers.

Police later discovered the driver used a fake ID to get the delivery contract. Authorities say the company information on the truck was also fraudulent.

The investigation continues.

Comment: A burger burglar whose buns are on the run with a 40,000 pound 'whopper'!

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Russian confectioners hope to break world record with life-size chocolate Putin statue

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The organizers of the festival, set to kick off on Dec. 5, added they would be applying to the Guinness Book of World Records with the chocolate stunt.
Russian confectioners are planning to create a life-size chocolate version of President Vladimir Putin at a chocolate festival in the Russian leader's native city of St. Petersburg next month.

The chocolate creation will be 1.70 meters high and will require more than 70 kilograms of chocolate to make, the organizers of the Prazdnik Shokolada, or Chocolate Festival, said in a post on their VKontakte social media page.

"As far as we know, there is no other chocolate sculpture of this size of a secular leader in the world," the post said.

The organizers of the festival, set to kick off on Dec. 5, added they would be applying to the Guinness Book of World Records with the chocolate stunt.


Indestructible passports linked to terrorists found in Putin's garage in St. Petersburg (Satire)

© Russia Insider
In all the hysteria surrounding the terror attacks one man has disappeared completely from view - Putin! But now the demented Russian is back! And with a story that is so surprising, you could only have expected it of crackpot conspiracy theorists! It wasn't deranged storytellers who revealed this but the investigative experts of the independent investigative platform, Bellingcat. After dedicated research of blurred Youtube videos and self-made satellite images, Bellingcat was able to identify an old garage in St. Petersburg.

As they realized on enquiry of the Russian Observation Centre for Human Rights, which is based in Tuvalu and whose reports have often proved to be reliable, this is a garage which the Russian dictator inherited from his grandfather. Allegedly he has never used it.

However an investigation with the help of the photographic analysis platform "Fotoforensics.com" revealed that there were at least 20 passports in the garage, which according to information from the platform "Future Leaks"are intended to be found at the next 20 terror attacks on Western capitals.

According to a virtual sniff test which was carried out by the innovative platform "satellitefotosmell.org", the passports had the same musty smell as did the ones which were found at the scenes of 9/11, Charlie Hebdo and the current Paris attacks.

In addition they found a collection of various different colored spotlights, with which buildings could be illuminated in various national colors and the program code for temporary profile photos on Facebook.

"Now we know that Putin staged all of this" rejoiced a Nato spokesman. "Let's nuke Russia!"

Source: Allgemeine Morgenpost Rundschau


G.O.P. unveils immigration plan: "We must make America somewhere no one wants to live"

© Politico
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party's long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters, "We must make America somewhere no one wants to live."

Appearing with House Speaker John said that, in contrast to President Obama's "Band-Aid fixes," the Republican plan would address "the root cause of immigration, which is that the United States is, for the most part, habitable."

"For years, immigrants have looked to America as a place where their standard of living was bound to improve," McConnell said. "We're going to change that."

Boehner said that the Republicans' plan would reduce or eliminate "immigration magnets," such as the social safety net, public education, clean air, and drinkable water.


The daily life of Darth Vader

I finished my personal 365 project few weeks ago and almost immediately I decided to start another one. A daily life of Darth Vader portraying the Sith Lord as just a normal guy with everyday life problems.

This is an ongoing project, updated with one new photo every day. I plan to continue until the Episode VII premiere. And if I get really hooked up, for a whole year. That would be a hell of achievement.

As for the gear, I'm using a mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark I with few M.Zuiko lenses and a cheap, amateur strobe. I'm not a professional photographer. Just an amateur with a will to learn and improve. The photos below are all selfies.

© Paweł Kadysz
Damn! Forgot half the stuff I was supposed to buy


The G20 cats who came in from the cold

The trio of cats that evaded tight security at last weekend's G20 Summit in Turkey brought some levity to the otherwise very serious event concerning the global economy. But animals have actually been used in the past for strategic gains.

The cats in this case came and went, as did leaders like President Obama and President Vladimir Putin, yet they clearly got through security, revealing holes in efforts meant to keep the event fully threat-free.

Comment: Could they have smelled a rat? Putin outed ISIS's G20 financiers — But not a single western media outlet has reported it [link]

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