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The man who looks after 735 dogs

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Rakesh Shukla is a software engineer
Rakesh Shukla is a software engineer who's found his life's calling in looking after dogs that no-one wants, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Bangalore.
The car pulled up outside a dusty farmhouse near the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka and suddenly dogs were everywhere, yelping and barking, jumping with joy.

Within seconds, they were all over Rakesh Shukla, nuzzling him and licking him, and Mr Shukla was as delighted to see them. He spoke to them, patted some, scratched one behind the ears, and lofted another onto his shoulder.

Then he gave me a tour of his three and a half acre farm. At last count, Mr Shukla had 735 dogs.

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Mr Shukla said there were 735 dogs on the farm
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He only takes in dogs that have no owner
There are Labradors on the farm, there are Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Beagles, Dachshunds, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards and even a pug. There are hundreds of mongrels too.

Music

Putin to sing at Trump inauguration

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After having difficulty persuading prominent entertainers to participate at the event, the Trump transition team announced on Sunday that the Russian President Vladimir Putin would sing at Donald J. Trump's Inauguration next month.

In a brief statement from the Kremlin, Putin said, "I will be most delighted to perform for my comrade."

The choice of Putin raised eyebrows in Washington, since the Russian, while famous for invading neighboring countries and imprisoning political opponents, is not particularly well known as a singer.

The Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway pushed back against such criticism during an appearance on CNN. "If we limited ourselves to people who had talent and experience, that would disqualify half of our Cabinet," she said.

Putin's choice of musical material also stirred controversy, as politicians on both sides of the aisle questioned his plan to perform the Russian national anthem.

According to those critics, the spectacle of Putin praising the glory and majesty of Russia in song would be inappropriate for the Inauguration of an American President.

In an attempt to quell that controversy, Putin said late on Sunday that he would instead serenade Trump by singing the Bette Midler classic, "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Arrow Down

Nature freaks scout forests in search of rare predator, Hillary Clinton


The Hillary Beast is known for its disarming grin, which usually precedes it consuming its prey.
The other day, Carol Meyer and her friend Ellen went walking in the woods of Chappaqua. For all they knew, they might see a coyote or some rare mushrooms or Hillary Clinton.

"I just have a sense — " said Ellen, putting on her gloves.

"You think so?" said Carol, adjusting her scarf.

A Clinton sighting was hardly unlikely. She and her husband were Chappaqua neighbors who enjoyed an invigorating, mind-clearing tromp in the local nature preserve as much as anyone else. And now, of course, she was back in town. Ellen had already seen her in the woods twice since she lost the presidency, and she wasn't the only one. Two days after the election, a young woman had spotted Clinton and taken a photo with her that went viral, leading to fake news stories alleging that the whole thing was staged, which was said to prove once again that Hillary Clinton couldn't do anything that did not strike a false note. But Chappaquaians knew better.

Comment: Yes, this is the depths to which the Washington Post has sunk. What a mindless, unimportant, trivial, and unintentionally hilarious piece of garbage.


Propaganda

Revealed! Putin personally hacked DNC from surveillance aircraft with bear on board

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Shocking revelations earlier this week as US intelligence officials confirmed with "high confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "personally involved" in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

According to the anonymous sources inside the anonymous US intelligence agency, Putin's objectives were multifaceted, but the whole thing began as a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton because she said some mean things about him a few times. Putin is also an "immature 12 year-old child," a former US official with links to the defense industry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed (with high confidence).

The high level, anonymous and completely trustworthy sources also told a major US news agency that Putin himself had piloted a specially-designed Russian spy plane across the Atlantic to personally direct the still-ongoing hacking operations from the air.

Cookie

Seriously folks: The extraordinary interference of Russia in the domestic affairs of America

The CIA - or as some call the agency the "LeBron James of the Intelligence game" - proved it. It's virtually a slam dunk. According to the journalistically accepted Mainstream media the Russians were engaged in a cyber crime of historic proportions when they perniciously meddled in the American presidential elections in order to ensure their secret asset "won the vote".

This obviously was done so that Trump would select Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State (the 2nd most powerful man in the government). Tillerson is a close friend of not only Putin, but Igor Sechin- Russia's 2nd most powerful man. I was skeptical at first until I realized that the new Secretary's initials are...wait for it...RT. I mean c'mon - we're not idiots!

Wine n Glass

Dead Polish man goes back to the pub from the morgue

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A 25-year-old Pole was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest after drinking too much vodka, but he woke up with a toe tag in the morgue, and then he went back to the pub.

In the small town of Kamienna Gora southwest of Wroclaw, 25-year-old Kamil surprised everyone when he woke up after being declared dead of cardiac arrest, several Polish media reported Saturday.

The young Pole had been at the pub, after which he felt bad after a massive intake of vodka. He went outside and collapsed shortly after, suffering from cardiac arrest. Several came rushing and called for help, at the same time it was carried out a rescue attempt. But nothing helped.

Kamil was then rushed to hospital, where despite multiple attempts they had to give up to save his life. A heart attack had hit the Pole, and they were not able to save him. Subsequently, he was taken to the mortuary, where he was placed in a refrigerator.

Later the same day a guard at the hospital heard strange noises coming from the room in the morgue with the refrigerators.

Camera

Hair, there & everywhere: The most bizarre 'sightings' of Trump's famous hairdo

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Trump's hair has been compared to the New York Times logo.
With Donald Trump's hair back in the headlines again due to its apparent resemblance to the New York Times logo, of all things, we take a look at what else Trump's hair has been likened to.


The latest discovery came from journalist Jennings Brown who tweeted that he "can't ever unsee it" after noticing the resemblance between the NYT typeface on its logo and the president-elect's hair.

Uncanny or unconvincing? Either way, it's just another in a long line of cats, shoes and waves that could be perfect stand-ins for Trump's hair if ever needed.

Wolf

Putin's 'no-nonsense' dog gives a 'ruff' start at interview with Japanese journalists (VIDEO)

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The Moscow Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Akita-inu dog Yume before being interviewed by Nippon Television Network Corporation and Yomiuri Shimbun in the run-up to his official visit to Japan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to use all of his dog-handling skills as he brought his boisterous Akita breed dog, Yume, under control, after she refused to follow protocol in front of visiting Japanese journalists.

Yume was given to the Russian president by the governor of Japan's Akita prefecture as a three-month-old puppy four years ago, in a symbolic gesture of gratitude to Russia for its help following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

On Tuesday, Putin was scheduled to give an interview to Nippon TV and Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper ahead of a landmark visit to Japan, and the Kremlin said that the journalists requested to check up on how well the dog was doing in her new homeland.

Bullseye

Putin and the Russians did it! CIA mercilessly trolled after #RussianHack blame game

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In the wake of CIA claims about Russian involvement in the US presidential campaign, netizens are using #RussianHack to shift blame for everyday shortcomings, with Vladimir Putin now the fall guy for everything from speeding tickets to ruining Christmas.

Taking jibes at the CIA's allegations that Russia was behind the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, John Podesta, the internet took no prisoners over the unproven claims.

Attention

Putin refuses puppy gift from Japan - war inevitable


Practicing Judo neck holds on friendly dogs. Typical for a monster like Putin.
Our friends at SkyNews report that Putin has "snubbed" Japan by declining the gift of a puppy before a scheduled summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Connoisseurs of Japanese culture and tradition will know that graciously accepting free puppies is an important sign of respect in Japan, and refusing such a gift brings eternal shame to your entire family and ancient ancestors.

In 2012, Putin was wise enough to accept a female puppy, Yume, from Japan. What has changed in the last four years? Has Putin's grand ambitions for world domination gone straight to his head? This is the only logical explanation, because any normal person would eagerly accept a free puppy. Especially someone like Putin, who has a lot of free time to train small dogs to poop outside and not behind the couch, etc. etc.

Experts now say that the only way to avoid a major international conflict between Russia and Japan is for Putin to commit seppuku. See? This is why Russia is so isolated:
The Japanese government had planned to present Mr Putin, widely known to be a canine lover, with a male Akita as a "bridegroom" to Yume, a female of the same breed that Japan gave the Russian leader in 2012.

But a Japanese legislator said Russia had turned down the offer.

"Unfortunately, we heard from our counterparts, and our hope to present a bridegroom was dashed," House of Representatives member Koichi Hagiuda said in a blog post on Friday.

He did not give a reason for the rejection.
The reason is obvious: Russia has no respect for diplomatic protocol. All it wants is war, war, and more war.